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Music Fun at The Festival ~ 31st Annual NC Seafood Festival, Morehead City, NC

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Hard to believe that it was a full 12 hour day, covering the 31 Annual NC Seafood Festival in Morehead City, NC, last Saturday;  but it was, and I stayed entertained from the moment I arrived until the minute I left. I got there just after 11:30 am. In time to park and make my way over the Beer Garden that Charlie Weatherby created for his patrons and guests outside of his establishment, Off The Hook on the corner of Evans and S 7th St., to hear Adam Hill Band rock it. What a great way to welcome day two of a 31-year-old tradition, I thought to myself as I watched this band wow the crowd.

This was a last-minute booking for the band. Back in July it looked like they were playing and then in August they were not and then they were and weren’t again in September. Though that was frustrating, the frustration ended last week when I got a call from Weatherby looking for a band.

 Adam Hill Band is my ace in the hole band. I still am just as excited to be working for Hill, as I was the day I first heard him in Havelock last summer with the band Solid Ground.

He has grown a lot in this past year of focusing on his music. For me, being a fan a killer guitar players, it has been a great trip getting to know this star player. His music captivates as much as his playing skill. He grabs people with his sounds and I saw it happen last week for hours on end!

Even though Noon starts are always slow starts, when one plays til 2 am the night before, has to travel home, grab a nap and then roll again. After the first ten minutes of crossed wires and loose connections they were rolling and rocking the crowd. I gave out a handful of cards and received compliments on the band the entire time they were on the stage. They even had the kettle popcorn vendor playing air guitar with his stirring oar. It truly was an exciting way to experience the Seafood Festival.

This weekend you can find the band playing live at The Beauty & The Beast Car Show, taking place at The WalMart on Yopp Rd., Jacksonville, NC. The car show starts at 10 am. Music starts at noon with rocking it til 4 pm. Following their time there, they will pack up and head out to Ayden to rock the folks at The County Line Bar & Grill, located on Highway 903 N Ayden, NC. They rock that room from 10 pm til 2 am. There is a $5 music charge at the door. Ladies free til 9:30 pm. Free meal being served at 8 pm and BROWN BAGGING IS WELCOME!

For more on Adam Hill, his music and his band please visit:


Following Hill’s show I wandered around the corner to check in with Hank Barbee and The Dust Parade, who were accompanied by students from the Pamlico County High School Jazz Band and they offered a great show as well. It was an awesome set of seasoned players working with students, bringing them to new levels on their music chart.

Barbee was also a last-minute change in the schedule for the Tight Lines Brewing Co., located at 709 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC, but a phenomenal choice always.

He is riding the wave of the vinyl release of his latest recording Son Royale, released earlier this year. Last night the band did a show at the Annex of The Brooklyn Arts Theater in Wilmington, to offer the world its limited edition vinyl version. The singer songwriter has three more shows in our area, then hits the road to release the vinyl in Georgia on a southern states tour.

Tonight you can find him with his trio in Atlantic Beach, NC, where they will perform at Idle Hours Biergarten right there on the circle. Come enjoy Barbee and the band from 6-9 pm while enjoying some awesome pretzels, supper and fresh brewed beer. Tomorrow he will be solo at NorthStar Cafe in Jacksonville, NC, where he plays from 8-11 pm and on Sunday afternoon he will be on the patio with the trio at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC from 5-8, wrapping up MumFest 2017.


I saw while writing my blog for Saturday, there was going to be a blues band on stage at The Coastal Stage, just before my friends 3 Day Weekend took to closing out a full day of festivities under the tent.

This authentically unique blues band is a trio of retired Marines, that rocked my soul with their offering of traditional blues and blues rooted rock music. Carolina SwampDogs have been jamming for the past four years. The trio calls Jacksonville, NC home and together they have 85 years of combined service to our country. That just made them even more incredible to this girl. Gary Oles offers vocals and harmonica as well as percussions, Tommy Langlois plays the guitar, bass and snare drums with his feet and sings backup and occasional lead vocals. Over stage right was bass man Matt Ingram keeping everyone locked in the groove. Those grooves are very traditional in blues and long on celebrating the history of the music. And as long as there are still young people in the crowd dancing, these boys help keep the blues alive. That is something I am passionate about myself.

Before they packed up and headed home, I spoke with Oles and Langlois before they rolled out and expressed an interested in having the band come to New Bern, NC. The following day, we set up having the band play on the patio at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St, New Bern, NC. Mark your calendar for my Christmas gift to you. It’ll be a blues Christmas, Carolina SwampDog style, on Saturday, December 23, 2017. Music will play from 8-11 pm and you won’t want to miss it! Expect to hear more about this trio of Marines now that they are in my scope!


The next act under the tent was the closing act for the night and dear friends of mine,  New Bern’s own; 3 Day Weekend. They rocked the close out of day two, at the Coastal Stage, for the 31st Annual NC Seafood Festival.Offering the best in southern and classic rock from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s. They offered up the songs that got people dancing to their sounds.

This band is always fun and offers the talents of seasoned players. On guitar and vocals is Josh Overby, on lead guitar is Mark Caraway, on bass guitar and vocals is Les Wetherington, on keyboard is John Thomas and sitting behind the kit for the night was the incredibly talented Grier Crawford, best known for keeping time with Sutter’s Gold Streak Band.


The next big show for the band will be, a triple bill of New Bern based talent with three bands banding together to raise money for a local family. This event is being billed as Lynwoodstock and is taking place at The DoubleTree in Downtown New Bern, on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Tickets for the event are still available and 100% of the ticket sales will be given to Lynwood Goff’s Family. Co-worker and friends of Josh Overby, this was a bill put together with the purpose of the proceeds going to help this family.

For your entertainment you will enjoy a set for the acoustic duo, Take Two, featuring Les Wetherington and Mark Shelton on guitars and vocals. Next get ready to be rocked like only The BiPolar Express can prescribe. This trio of rockers includes Josh Overby on guitar and vocals, Wick Wickline on bass and vocals, and Mike Lancaster with backing vocals behind the kit on drums!


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My next stop along the way was Southern Salt Company & Waterfront Restaurant, 701 Evans St. Morehead City, NC, offering music fans the fun sounds of SwivelHip. A fully charged five piece band that offer great funk, soul and party songs to keep folks lively on the dance floor. This party band is out of the Raleigh area and here is more on their story from their Facebook Band page:

Up and down the east coast from NYC to Miami, somewhere between the Outer Banks and the Appalacians, SwivelHip can be found serving up some of the finest live music you will find anywhere. With excellent lead vocals, deep harmonies, and accomplished musicianship SwivelHip provides authentic covers of everybody’s favorite hits from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and today’s current chart toppers. Private Parties, Club Gigs, Frat Parties, Weddings, Corporate Events, Civic Functions and Large Public Festivals are all within SwivelHips’ portfolio of services.

SwivelHip is comprised of five seasoned, accomplished musicians, each of whom brings a different element of talent to the band, and all of which combine to form a tight wall of sound. Lush pads from the keyboards, smooth moving bass lines, screaming guitar leads, and explosive rhythms and drum beats accompany some of the best vocals you’ll find anywhere. On and off the stage, the members of SwivelHip have bonded over time and grown together to become a solid, polished group of professionals recognized around the region.

Band members include:

Patrick Murphy – Drums
Vlad Kary – Guitar/Vocals
Al Felton – Bass/Vocals
Zack Kitto – Lead Vocals
David Littlejohn – Keys/Vocals

If you like to watch a band for the sake of energy and entertainment, make sure you put these guys on your radar. They are wonderful. They will be returning to our Crystal Coast next week, on Saturday, October 21, 2017, for an appearance at Salt Bar, located at 325 Mansgrove Blvd., Emerald Isle , NC. If you are ready to dance and have some fun, be sure to check them out soon.


My final stop of the evening brought me full circle back to Off the Hook where I had a great time grooving with another Lenoir County based rock cover act, The Roman Sams Band. They offered a great show for fans out rocking the night away, under the stars on the deck. It was a great day and night of awesome music and

I really enjoy the emotion and drive, as well as the talent and skill of this band. They cover everything you love about classic rock, with great attention to detail being paid when Janis Joplin songs echo through the air. The band rocked it from 9:30 pm til closing and the crowd loved dancing the night away to their beats.

For folks looking for a classic rock fix around the Carolina Beach way, be sure to head to Gibby’s Dock & Dine, 315 Canal St, Carolina Beach, NC. That show starts at 8 pm and the music plays til midnight.

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Once the Seafood Festival dies down, it is time for the locals and tourists to gather for Mumfest held in New Bern each year.

~ MumFest Weekend Music Offerings ~

The vendors that work hard along the festival circuit packed up their fun times, trucked down 70 West and parked in New Bern on Tuesday. Just in time to set up for MumFest 2017, taking place this weekend beginning this evening at 4:30 pm and lasting throughout the day on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Being most concerned about the music offerings at any fair or festival, here is a direct link on what our town will be offering the visitors this year.

MumFest 2017 Music Schedule


Many of the town bars and restaurants will be offering entertainment, throughout this festive fall weekend in the Historic City of New Bern, NC.

The Harvey Mansion, located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC, welcomes all to Mumfest and celebrates with a great lineup of live music offerings. Please stop out and enjoy sometime on the patio, as you enjoy the following music entertainment:

Friday, October 13, 2017 8-11 pm

Limited Engagement

New Bern’s newest party band Limited Engagement, featuring the talents of James Ford, Billy Mobley and Freddie Scungio, will be rocking the night away with fun songs that keep folks moving and grooving, just in time to start this weekend of fall fun. Music starts at 8 pm and the band rocks til 11 pm


Saturday, October 14, 2017 Acoustic Music from Carolina Sky 12-3 pm

Come enjoy the bluegrass sounds of Carolina Sky, live on the patio for lunch during MumFest 2017,they will offer up the songs that get the toes tapping and hips shaking from noon until 3 pm



Saturday Night 8-11 pm ~ Joe Brown & the Band

Saturday night marks the return of Joe Brown & The Band to the patio, for a great night of unity through music, a message that never gets old. Come out and enjoy the soul and funk and pop grooves of this New Bern based band, as they offer the great grooves from 8-11 pm. These shows at the Harvey Mansion are always free, but feel free to tip any and all of the music makers that entertain you.


Sunday Brunch with Casablanca

Come out this Sunday afternoon to enjoy the tastes of brunch, accompanied by the sounds of jazz and old world music of Casablanca, live on the patio from 12 til 3pm. The band is comprised of a trio of local talents including Simon Spalding on a host of instruments, Tom, Spellman on guitar and Glenn Durhot on drums.


Closing out MumFest on the patio, with a great sound to go with supper, will be the talented Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade offering the music selections from 5-8 pm. All of the live music being offered is found on the patio under the tent. It is a great place to see a show. Come check out the vibe of music on the patio.


~ The Brown Pelican Hosts Music this Weekend ~

Dan Jam Phillips 5-8 pm Friday, October 13, 2017

The weekend kicks right off at the 5 pm whistle, with Dan Jam rocking the dirty bird for the first shift of live music tonight. Come enjoy the sounds of Dan Phillips and his many talented friends, as they jam for your weekend welcoming pleasure. They will be live at the Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC, from 5-8 pm. This show is free, but feel free to spread the love and tip music makers all weekend long.


Buck Loy at The Bird following Dan Jam

Buck Loy follows Dan Jam this evening, as MumFest vendors set up in their spots and the town gets ready to turn into a three-ring circus. Three days of fun, complete with rides, food vendors, crafts and more. To escape the chaos of the set up, come out for a few beers and enjoy the acoustic contemporary classic rock songs you know and love. Loy is slotted to play from 8-11 pm and there is no charge for this show.


On Saturday evening you can enjoy the beach and pop sounds of Ravenz Bru, live at The Brown Pelican from 8pm til 12 am. This event is free, so come out and end day two with a dance and a beer.


~ Isaac Taylor Garden got Music on Friday ~


Tonight I will be popping by The Isaac Taylor Garden, to give a listen to Caffeinated Soul Boogie; a band that was born on Craven St at The Trent River Coffee Company during the open mic sessions. The trio of players are vocalist, Darria Yeager, her father Derrick Moore giving up the guitar grooves and Matthew Kerlin assisting with beat box.


Though ArtWalk was moved up to last week, in light of MumFest, ArtCRAWL is still keeping time with the second Friday of the month and you can enjoy it all tonight from 5-8  at Isaac Taylor Garden, 228 Craven St., New Bern, NC.


There will be live music found this weekend just on the outskirts of town too. For fans and friends of The Wannabees, you can catch the band tonight at Triple Play Restaurant, 111 Williams Road, New Bern, NC. You are encouraged to go early to eat and stay late for dancing. There is a music charge at the door, but the music they make is worth the cost. Music starts at 9:30 pm and they rock til closing.



Over on the James City side of the bridge, tomorrow night you can enjoy the acoustic offering of the duo known as Stoney Creek. They give up the grooves from 7-10 pm and as always this show is free to the public. So come support local food trucks, local beer, local music and local love, by stopping by BrÜopia, located at 120 Highway70 E New Bern, NC.

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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!

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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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