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Turning our attention back to MumFest 2017, there is still plenty more to say. This two and a half day event wrapped up on Sunday, October 15, 2017.  Making for another full day of fun with music beats and great bands.

I made it back to town to enjoy some sweet sounding blues courtesy of John Emil, who kicked things off under the Miller Lite Beer Tent. He offered his set at noon and gave up a great show to the early crowd under the tent. To check this player out be sure to visit his website at


After a great set of blues, I set to the streets to see what else I could find and before I knew it I was hearing live music again. This time it was James Ford jamming solo under the tent near Broad and Middle St. He gave his all to the early crowd that gathered for some shade and his sweet sounds.

 Tonight James Ford will be performing with his band, Limited Engagement at The Red Room, located at 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC. Music starts at 10 pm and the jams go til 2 am. This trio of players boast two-thirds of Big Jim Kohler’s Band, so when Kohler fell ill, I secured his booked gigs for LE to play under the agreement that Kohler would be paid for the job. Tonight is the first of two dates at this venue for this cause.


On the patio at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC, there is a special MumFest Brunch, with New Bern based trio, Casablanca. The talented three piece offered a great afternoon set of old world music and jazz standards to keep people swinging to their groove. The band features Simon Spalding on guitar violin and other strings, Tom Spellman on acoustic guitar and Glenn Druhot  on drums, bongos and percussion.


Since I brought up the subject, let’s turn our focus to the master of strings, world music and rockin’ good times. Simon Spalding stays very busy with many projects. Just in a week’s time I have seen him with his jazz ensemble, Casablanca, paired up as a duo with Tracey Brenneman last night, performing at Trent River Coffee Company on Craven St.

Last night was a rather incredible display of talent and grace, as Brenneman offered the audience her new song inspired by the #metoo movement spawned this week. This one moved me to tears. This is very personal for me, and to hear her add the touches of love and grace to such a dark subject offers me even more hope that these clouds of secrecy that blanket sexual assault are lifting and soon conversation, education and change will take hold so that there will be #NOMORE #METOO in the years ahead!

Turning our attention back to Spalding, today he will be jamming at The Havelock Chili Festival taking place this weekend, with his band The Bears. They kick off their oldies set at about 1:30 pm and will rock’em til they dance! Following that show, Spalding will load his gear and head to the crystal coast for an evening solo performance at Cru Bar & Wine Store ~ Beaufort Coffee Shop; 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Music for that free show starts at 8 pm and Spalding promises to take you around the world in 80 tunes and with many instruments.

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The Heart of Music


Just a quick recap of a few benefits going on today to help heal those in our community battling cancer.


This morning our area bikers join forces and roll out from Harley Davidson of New Bern, Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC, for the 9th Annual Breast Cancer Ride. This event will raise funds to be donated to our local chapter of Journey of Hope for Breast Cancer, patients right here at home. Registration started at 9 am and kickstands went up up at 11 am.

Right about the time this article publishes, riders will be returning to Harley Davidson of New Bern after a scenic ride and enjoy lunch, free prizes, free lunch and a great band to rock you into your late afternoon. Music by the Adam Hill Band will welcome the bikers back and rock them til 3:30 pm.

The Adam Hill Band will also be performing this evening on the patio at The Harvey Mansion, located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. The great people at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant have agreed to also collect funds, to be added to the day’s total for the 9th Annual Breast Cancer Ride. Music for this part of the program will start at 8 pm and conclude at 11 pm. Please come out to one of the two events featuring this rocking band offering up their best for a great cause!



Another rocking event that shines a light on the heart of musicians is that of Lynwood Stock, which is taking place at The DoubleTree tonight from 6pm til 11pm. This event will be held in the ballroom at the hotel on S. Front Street and will feature three hot area bands, coming together to raise money for a local family doing their own battle with cancer.

Besides working hard on stage with two rock bands, Josh Overby works hard daily at our local hospital. One of his friends and co-workers there was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after just having a child. To help the family cope with the overwhelming costs, Overby approached his close friends and band mates about putting together a concert.



This event will offer tickets at the door and the cost for the event is $25. The full ticketed price will be donated to the family in need. On the bill for your rocking pleasure are Take Two, who will open the show at 7 pm, followed by…. all aboard for all things rock with The BiPolar Express. Closing out the night with great selections of classic rock, will be the music of 3 Day Weekend.

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~ Rocking Around the Region ~

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

21761578_1557598271027570_336745621831872732_n.jpgCraven Arts Council & Gallery is proud to continue its signature “At the Gallery” concert series with the music of WC Handy, performed by Jon Shain. The concert will take place at 7pm on October 21st at the Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St, New Bern, NC.  as wellas a pre concert discussion of the composer’s life by Steve Kelly. Handy’s hits, to include “Memphis Blues,” “St Louis Blues,” “Beale St Blues,” and “Yellow Dog Blues.



GEM Productions is proud to present a very special Covalent Electronic Dance Party at LIVE at The City Laundry, featuring two fantastic New Bern-based producers, Grimmnoize and Dielon throwing down delicious, bass-heavy bangers all night. Admission is FREE and doors open at 8:00 with music starting at 9:00. Visuals will be provided by Jacob Burke of The UNDRGRND.

Grimmnoize and Dielon boast eclectic styles of dance music with a broad enough spectrum to entice a wide range of listeners to get up and throw down on the dance floor. So let the drinks flow, get your feet moving and get yourself ready to have one of the finest dance parties that New Bern could ever ask for.



There is live music at The Brown Pelican this evening. Located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. The private club offers live music several nights each week, beginning with open mic on Thursday, plus live bands and acoustic acts each Friday and Saturday. Admission is free for member and membership is available at the door. It costs a whole dollar, sign up and enjoy some live music at the Dirty Bird tonight featuring the sounds of Paul Picard live from 8-11 pm



The New Bern Singles Club is hosting a dance this evening at The Knights of Columbus, featuring the sounds of the Carousel Band live on stage from 7-11 pm

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There are a few area events to give you the heads up on. The first one is Wings Over Bridgeton, a seaplane splash in and flying display. Learn about seaplanes, talk to the pilots, learn about these specialised aircraft and thrills of their flying. For more info on this event follow me to their website:






The other local area event, full of family fun and featuring live music and great food is that of the 2017 Havelock Chili Festival. To get the full scoop and schedule you can visit their website too by clicking here:

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Answering The Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region.  I ask my Facebook followers where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week:

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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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