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~ Spotlight on 2017 NC Seafood Fest and Our Local Favorites ~

I might be slightly excited about waking up to tell you that The Adam Hill Band will be welcoming all of the beautiful people out and about for day two, of the 2017 NC Seafood Festival, this gorgeous weather weekend. This last-minute gig came across the wire this week and I couldn’t be more delighted by this opportunity for this amazing band. They are going to stop y’all dead in your tracks when you hear that guitar call, as you walk along the waterfront. Be sure to stop by and enjoy a nice lunch and live music. The Adam Hill Band will be live in the beer garden at Off the Hook, 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC. They kick it from 12 pm til 4 pm and I look forward to seeing many wonderful and friendly faces this afternoon.

P.S. For those who can’t make lunch with Hill today, he will be in New Bern tomorrow  for supper. Come enjoy a great night, awesome food and great music. He will be unplugged on the patio at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St ., New Bern, NC, for a dinner show from 5-8 pm


Tonight you can rock to the tight rocking sounds of The Roman Sams, when they take the stage at Off the Hook from 9:30 pm til closing tonight. This rockin outfit out of Lenoir County delivers all of the classics, with great grooves to keep you locked in and dancing the night away.



Another place close by, offers some of my favorite live music, found around the scene is Tight Lines Brewing Co., located at 709 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

Kicking things off for Day Two of this awesome three-day event.

One of this region’s coolest song professors is the talented stringer, Hank Barbee. Stop out and enjoy the unique sounds and fun beats of his band this evening, while enjoy some great brews and good food.
Hank Barbee and The Dust Parade  will be live from 4:30-7:00 pm

Following Hank’s good time music, you can get ready to shake it for the rest of the night when the area’s own boogie party band The Spread, rocks the night away starting a 8:00 pm. 8:00 pm- closing. There is no cover charge for these events. So come out and support the area restaurants and enjoy the whole experience complete with fine NC music offerings. Cheers!





This is the 31st Annual offering of the NC Seafood Festival. With regard to finding the music, I am here to help narrow things down. There are three stages and here is who you will find on those stages according to the website at press time.

Agri Supply Main Stage

Visit the Agri Supply Main Stage for FREE music all weekend long! The Agri Supply Main Stage will be located between the 5th and 6th block on Evans Street.  Here is today’s line up

Saturday, October 7th

10 AM: Live DJ


12:30 PM: L Shape Lot


3 PM: Caleb Caudle


5 PM: Cale Tyson


7 PM: Honey Island Swamp Band


9 PM: Adairs Run


Coastal Stage

Visit the Coastal Stage for FREE music all weekend long! The Coastal Stage will be located at Shepard and 9th Street. 

Saturday, October 7th

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Calico Creek



12:30 PM – 2:30 PM – The CSA Band



3:30 PM – 5:30 PM – String Peddlers



6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Touch of Grace


7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Carolina Swamp Dogs


9:00 PM – 11:00 PM – 3-Day Weekend


SasSea’s Stage

Visit SasSea’s Stage of FREE entertainment for the young Festival fans or for the young-at-heart! SasSea’s Stage is located on 8th Street. Check back regularly for updates and additions. 

Saturday, October 7th

10 AM: Eastern Tumble and Cheer

11:30 AM: Cheer Hour

1 PM: Newport Elementary Choir

2 PM: Crystal Coast All-Stars

3 PM: Swansboro Dance

4:30 PM: Limited Dance Works

6 PM: Monjah ~ Reggae from the region.


8 PM: Carrlee & Noah


Looking at a few other venues known for having live music throughout the year…?


The Soul Psychedelique will be giving up their best, for everyone’s good time, at Jacks’ Waterfront Bar 513 Evans St., Morehead City. That party gets started this evening with doors opening at 9 pm and music starting soon after.



For the romantic couples in town, at the seafood fest, who are looking to escape the fair festivities and take a nice rest with good food and sweet sounds. You are invited to Floyd’s Restaurant and Catering, 400 Bridges St., Morehead City, NC. 4 Everall is the loving duo who share their gifts of music and love from 7-10 pm.


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Just over the bridge, you can head into Beaufort to take in the sounds of Todd Barnes live at Cru Bar & Wine Store, Beaufort Coffee Shop, 117 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. He offers up his music from 8-11 pm and this show is free, but I encourage you to feel free to tip all of the music makers you meet today!



Heading away from Seafood Festival in the other direction, you can find The Werewolves of Morehead City, live at Trading Post Southern Food & Spirits 8302 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle. NC. Sweet dinner sounds are offered from 6:30 til 9:30 pm, come out, dine and enjoy the music too.

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~ An Eye on Other Local Favorites ~

There are other festivals in our region going on as well. So for folks who love visiting towns near the water, but are staying away from the crowds and chaos of Seafood Festival, let me guide your ship to Oriental and the Ol Front Porch Music Festival, taking place again today in Oriental, NC 18156836_635131890005469_7962499906462369121_n.jpg

They are expecting big crowds this weekend, thanks to the great weather forecast and our fantastic lineup of performers.

For updated parking and transportation information, go to

The Festival Command Center and Information Booth will be located in the Village Market on South Avenue at Freemason, Street with programs, maps, buttons and merchandise. Go…/

Please pass along this information to new visitors to the festival and share with your friends. 😀

For more about the event and entertainment schedule check out:



Since we are over in town, let me tell you that New Bern’s talented Wick Wickline live perform tonight at The Red Rooster in Oriental, NC, with music playing from 7-10 pm.


Checking out where else we have good friends playing tonight, here is a quick list to get you started:



Backseat Romeo ‘s, Ed Prophet will be offering up his soul after supper tonight for all to enjoy, at Latitude 35 1217 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and plays til midnight. Come enjoy the sultry and romantic sounds of this stringer from New Bern, NC.



TrainWreck will be staying close to home tonight and partying with all their local friends and fans. They bring their good time to The County Line Bar & Grill, 9527 Highway 903 Ayden, NC. You know it’s guaranteed to be a party! Show starts at 10pm with a Free FREE BBQ Chicken dinner, with sides served at 8:30pm! $10 Cover with Ladies getting in FREE before 9:30pm! Brown Bagging is Welcome!


Feral Cats have a busy weekend. The band played a show last night in Dunn, NC for the United Way, in an effort to help Harnett County Homeless. Tonight the band will be back at home base and rocking at North Street Pub, 115 W North St., Kinston, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and there is no cover charge. The band offer a great mix of rockin’ blues selections to keep hands clapping and toes tapping. Come out and dance. You are encouraged to come early for the good food and stay late to dance the night away.

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~ Staying Around Town, New Bern, NC ~

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For those in the mood for a little drama and theater, head out to Live at The City Laundry 901 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC, where you can enjoy the winner of the John Gassner Playwriting Award. This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedy combine with, intellect, satire and just plain fun. The writing is not only very funny, it has density of thought and precision of poetry…ALL IN THE TIMING is by a master of fun. David Ives spins hilarity out of words.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The show will be running 10/6, 10/7, & 10/13 so there are plenty of chances to catch the show!



Speaking of the theater, you can also find a wonderful performance this evening taking place at the New Bern Civic Theater, 414 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC. Where tonight they offer the music of Blue Moon Jazz and the sounds of Lewis n Clark. This is a fundraiser for our Civic Theater. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 7:30 pm




For those interested in new talent coming out of other regions, head down to The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. Where you can enjoy artists out the Triangle region of our state. This should prove to be a fun night of great live music. Stop out for the free show from 8-11 pm.


It has been a while since the skilled and talented Aaron Davenport played for us on the patio at Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. So tonight he returns to lock you in his grooves, and make you dance and groove to his sweet guitar sounds, that offer a great mix of musical genres. You will hear some funk, pop, rap and rock all mixed into his sets. Come enjoy his sounds under the tent from 8-11 pm



Just over the river and not far away at all, you can enjoy the party sounds of New Bern’s own Limited Engagement. Offering the fun songs to make you groove and dance from 7-10 pm at BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. They will offer the tastes of Nest Cafe Food Truck and the groovy music of this great local band. Come enjoy the flavor of great local beer too. This show is free and the beer is fresh so come dance!

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Answering the Call

Each week I ask my talented Facebook friends to tell me where they will be performing and here is what they told me this week. Please get out and support live music this weekend. These bands work hard for your good time.

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Live Music Events

If you have Facebook you can search the many music events happening throughout the state by clicking on:


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That is all my news and music that I found for your dancing pleasure. I hope you get out and enjoy the sounds of live music sometime soon. I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish. I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Thanks for keeping me informed!


Please take kindness with you today and hug strangers. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Party safely people! We love having you here with us! You rock, so don’t roll the car! Rely on sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

Send all of your event invites to me on Facebook, so I know where you are playing in the days ahead. I can be found on Facebook by following this link:

I also read emails daily. You can send those to:

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Pictures are also helpful. I share links to band websites, so send those along as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to fill me in on the details, together we will reach the people!


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