It is going to be a great gathering of girl power, for GEM Productions Carolina Lily Fest 2017 making its return for its third year tonight, as New Bern’s marquee outlet for the celebration of powerful women in our community. This event starts at 5 pm and music will be the feature til 11 pm. So be sure to take a pause for this amazing cause. Donations of all kinds are needed and encouraged.
Each year, Carolina Lily Fest hosts countless female musicians, artists and vendors who donate their time and efforts to raise money for the Coastal Women’s Shelter, the sole provider of no-cost comprehensive domestic violence services in Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties. This year’s event will return to The Brown Pelican for an evening full of female empowerment, for a fantastic cause!
This year’s event will be headlined by the incomparable Laura Reed, a Raleigh-based R&B/Folk artist, with a breathtaking voice and soulful musical arrangements. Reed has garnered international acclaim for her work. Working with Grammy-award winning producer Shannon Sanders (India Arie/ John Legend / Robert Randolph) on her most recent full-length and opening for the likes of Miguel, India Arie, Anthony Hamilton and more. Reed’s music lands somewhere between pop, soul, blues and R&B to make for a unique and captivating sound all her own.
Carolina Lily Festis open to any female performers, poets, arts or crafts vendors who would like to participate. If you’re interested in joining us as a part of Carolina Lily Festin future years, please send an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a new performance which opened last night in town at The New Bern Civic Theater, 414 Pollock St., New Bern, NC. Now playing is Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aidawhich will run through next week. Tonight’s performance is 7:30 pm and tomorrow they offer a matinée at 2 pm.
When you come and see our wonderful production of AIDA, you will notice many new changes to our lobby!
Get your AIDA tickets by calling 252-633-0567 or online at
We stop to enjoy live music on the patio at Circa 1810 Restaurant & Bar at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. who has live music events happening tonight from 8-11 pm. With the reggae beats of Monjah rolling in from the coast, bringing the tropical sounds of fun music to groove you.
If you are looking for live music to enjoy with supper tomorrow night, Circa 1810 offers a new local trio of talent, Caffeinated Soul Boogie will be live from 5-8 pm. Come enjoy this singer/songwriter father and daughter duo with back beat accompaniment. They have a sweet sound that will wash out the cares of this weekend.
Leaving the downtown area, we cross over the bridge to find Limited Engagement, live at the Craven County Fair tonight. This event rolled into town last week and it is leaving town tomorrow. But, tonight you can get down and dance with the party grooves that move you from 7-10 pm. Bring the kids and enjoy a night at the fair. Craven County fairgrounds is located at 3700 US Highway 70 W, New Bern, NC.
Checking things out towards the North we find the blues blowing into town tonight, with Built For Comfort taking the stage at Market Street Pub, 143 N Market St. Washington, NC. Music starts at 10 pm and they give up the great blues grooves to swing you til 1 am. Come dance and celebrate like it is Saturday, because it is!
For those in and around the Greenville area be sure to stop by AJ McMurphy’s, 1914 Turnbury Dr. Greenville, NC, this evening for some classic rock fun courtesy of The Roman Sams Band. They get the rock rolling at 9:30 pm and keep you on the dance floor til 12:30 am. This show is free and the band fun, so come out and have yourself a good time tonight Greenville.
For those looking for great original music in the area, be sure to stop by Crossbones Tavern 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC. Where you can enjoy the original music of two bands. Arson Daily, who is NC based out of the Boone area with New Bern roots and Sonic Graffiti, a Florida based outfit traveling to rock you in NC tonight.
Arson Daily (11:00 PM)
Bombastic indie rock trio from Raleigh NC that blends bluesy influences with biting alt-rock foundations. Their sets are wildly energetic and feature a divine mixture of sentimentality and yearning that’s packaged as fun and danceable.
Sonic Graffiti (9:45 PM)
Brothers Pearl have a show at The Deck tonight, 118 E Main St., Jamestown, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and they rock you til 11 pm. The Winston-Salem based project stays busy in the north-western region of our state. So if you are out that way, be sure to check in with them.
Mason Jar Bonfire will be rocking their country grooves for the good folks at North Street Pub & Eatery, located at 115 W North St. Kinston, NC. Music starts at 8 pm but you are encouraged to come early for some great grub and party all night long in the newly remodeled North Street Pub. This show is free, but feel free to tip the music makers.
Hank Barbee is back in the area and plays a double bill today. First he offers his show at Recovery Rock Fest, an annual event held in Wilmington each year. Celebrating those in recovery with great music and celebration, and tonight he will give up his grooves at Waterline Brewing 721 Surry St. Wilmington, NC. That show starts at 8 pm and the band plays til 11 pm. Barbee is alway big with merchandise and now offers new ladies shirts and a Vinyl record for his latest release. Come enjoy his grooves soon if you can’t make it tonight.
While we are in Wilmington, let me also tell you that Gene Gregory will offer his show to those in the crowd at Anne Bonny’s Bar & Grill, 101 S Water St., Wilmington, NC. He offers a full night of music from 7-10 pm, so come out and enjoy the grooves.
After Carolina Sky performs at the 3rd Annual Carolina Lily Festin New Bern today, they will head to Cru Bar & Wine Store, Beaufort Coffee Shop, 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Music plays 8;30 pm til 11:30 pm. So come out and banjo with this band this evening! There is no cost to enjoy this show and the Cru Bar offers a new stage, as well as great drink specials and sweet treats too!
Just across the street at Royal James Cafe 117 Turner St., Beaufort, NC you can jam to the music offering of Vicki Fox ho gets her grooves on from 9pm til midnight. This is a great place for a burger and fries and the service rocks too. The show is free admission but feel free to add some tips to the tip jar!
4EverAll will be sharing their sounds with the folks at Harrika’s Brew Haus, located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC. The loving duo love sharing their songs and will do just that tonight from 7-10 pm, come dance with them.
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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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!
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