Let’s not forget, Friday marks the 242nd Birthday of our AWESOME Marine Corps~ many thanks to all who have served and those that are serving today. Risking it all for our freedoms, God Bless our Marines and God Bless America!!
This Friday happens to also be the second Friday of the month and another installment of ArtWalk in Downtown New Bern, NC. If you decide to stroll the street, here are some must see moments…
Check out the “Critters”Exhibit at Craven Arts Council, 300 Pollock St., New Bern, NC. If you happen to see my friend Laura Gammons nearby, be sure to say hello, she has some neat pieces on display. I am a huge fan of the Einstein Egert she named No Egerts! The Violin King that stole my heart, is actually the Lizard King (not unusual for me to get someone’s name wrong…) and he definitely plays my heartstrings. Many other artists will offer their displays for the collection, so stop in and enjoy some cheese, wine and awesome art designs. The Exhibit will be be available for all to enjoy this month. So if you are out of town during ArtWalk, there is still time!
While walking the streets be sure to head up Middle Street and check things out at The Black Cat Shoppe, where James Ford will be offering a full acoustic show from 5-8 pm. Stop in, meet the artist, check out the cool things found throughout the store.
Since we left things at The Brown Pelican last night, we can start things off there this Friday with a casting call for Peace Soldier Productions. Bobby Hurff is calling all the ladies especially and actually all the fine folks of this great city are welcome to be a part of this fun time. So come out and be a part of the bands new rocking video. Come early, music plays 7-10 pm and it is FREE ADMISSION!
This is a busy weekend for the Peace Soldier about town. He is also hosting a major benefit for our local homeless Veterans at the VFW, in New Bern tomorrow afternoon. A Veterans Day Lunch to help our local vets in need. That event will boast five area bands and a great lunch. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. Come make a difference in someone’s life that served for the freedoms we enjoy daily! Doors open at 11 and the event starts at noon. All proceeds go to a program set up through RCS in town, to get our local veterans off the street. Last year’s event helped one in need this year’s event should help more with your help!
Get ready for a fun rocking night of punk and funk on the patio, with the New Bern based punk rock trio known as Underground District, They will be rocking from 8-11 pm at Circa 1810 Harvey Mansion Restaurant & Bar, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. Come meet the band, Ryan Thacker-Drums, Peter (troublemaker) Strange- Guitar,Vox, Sarah (psycho) Baker- Bass Guitar.
Underground District, is what they say they are. They play good old fast paced rock n roll. From the Rolling Stones to the snotty east bay punk of NOFX.
These guys really do Live Fast- Die Young…
Live at the City Laundry, 901 Pollock St,. offers a night of Improv Comedy this Friday evening, where the audience’s are part of the show! Give us your suggestions and watch us create hilarious unscripted scenes right before your eyes! Featuring some of the best Improv teams from across the Carolina’s. Come and explore the hilarious, unpredictable world of improv comedy. 8pm Show Tickets $7.00
Over at The New Bern Civic Theater, 414 Pollock St., New Bern, NC, it is week two of three for the production of Aida. The timeless love story created by Elton John and Tim Rice. This show will take place at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm this Sunday, November 12, 2017. Tickets are available by visiting here:
Over on Middle Street you can enjoy the music of Wick Wickline, Friday evening from 8-10:30 pm. He will be jamming at The Thirsty Bruin, located at 224 Middle St., New Bern. Come support local business and local music tonight!
Cruising out-of-town, just over the bridge in James City, you can enjoy the music of Ed Prophet,who will be giving up his soul at BrÛtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E New Bern, NC. Music plays from 7-10 pm and this show is free.
Matthew Mayfield is an American singer-songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama. Originally the lead singer in the group Moses Mayfield, which disbanded in 2008. Mayfield has moved on to a solo career, where he’s released 5 full length albums and a number of EP’s. Mayfield has been featured on a number of national TV shows, as well as toured North America with other big name acts.
$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show
Limited Tables Available with a Dinner Reservation :: All Other Seating is First Come First Serve General Admission :: Please Call Venue for Dinner (Table) Reservations
This event is being held at Isis Music Hall is located at 743 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC. For more information, call 828- 575-2737.
The Georgia Flood have a show Friday night at Mac’s Speed Shop 142 E John St., Matthews NC. Doors open at 7:30 music starts shortly thereafter so come out and dance.
will be on site at 6pm serving up their award winning BBQ and sides!
We have a great selection of craft and domestic bottles and cans along with craft and domestic beer on tap. 6 draft taps that include $3 pints of Bud Light & $2 pints of PBR. Come out to the local beer bar for some great music, amazing BBQ & cold beer!
All the fun will be taking place at Clayton Beverage, 11679 US 70 Business Highway, W Clayton, NC. Come out and show your support tonight!
Kevin Baker acoustic singer songwriter will be performing live at The Streets at Southpoint, 6910 Fayetteville Rd, Durham, North Carolina. Come out and get familiar with this artist Friday, November 10, 2017 from 12-4 pm at the Mall!
In collaboration with Fullsteam Brewery, we are hosting a beer tasting in wxyz Lounge from 5pm -8pm. Emily Musolino will shred and melt your face with incredible guitar licks from 7pm – 10pm. Follow this link for directions! .https://www.facebook.com/aloftdurhamdowntown/
Friday , November 10, 2017 is when Jamie Pridgen offers up his good time grooves for the good time folks at Crossroads Grill & Bar, 8136 NC Highway 55 W, Seven Springs, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and he works hard for you all night long like a hard working country man does.
Built for Comfort performing for ECU Alumni and all Pirate fans at Freeboot Friday in Uptown Greenville!!!!! FREE ADMISSION!
408 S Evans St, Ste 102, Greenville, North Carolina. Music and great fun start at 5 pm and the rocking blues last til 8 pm come out and dance Pirate Nation!
On Sunday afternoon I found myself in Greenville and after having lunch with my Pirate, I headed over to Greenville Commons to check in with Adrian Watts who was showcasing the John Paul Catholic High School Jam Band. Watts and his many students played for several hours for the community event that promotes healing services for families struggle with drug and alcohol issues and more. It was a great day and I had great fun check out the band Watt has been working with since this past Summer when school was back in session.
The reason I mention this is because the band will be opening a fun night of Pirate Nation Celebrations at TieBreakers, 1920 Smythewyck Dr, Greenville, NC. Starting this Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8 pm. The band gets things started and the crowd warmed up for the return of hometown legends TrainWreck, who will take to the stage from 10 pm til 2 am to rock and groove you straight into the weekend!
Memories Beach Club is ready to bring you through the past 20 years of Shaggin and Beach Music fun. The two day celebration starts at 6 pm on Friday and again on Saturday at 7 pm. Come dance the night away and celebrate tradition of beach music at the beach.
Memories Beach Club 407 Atlantic Beach Cswy, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina 28512
Over in Beaufort you can find 4EverAll live at Cru Bar and Wine Store, Beaufort Coffee Shop, 120 Turner St., Beaufort.NC. Music starts at 8:30 pm and the loving duo will make you fall for them until 11:30 pm. Come check out the new stage and save room for dessert too. This show is free!
Just over the bridge you can find J Lane live at Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant. He gives up the sounds from 8-11 pm Friday, November 10. SSSCWR is located at 701 Evans St., Morehead City, NC.
Barefoot Wade is a solo artist with a full band sound, playing feel good music that has everyone dancing! Gaffer’s, 1050 Irvin Garrish HWY, Ocracoke, North Carolina, is where you can find the performer from 9 pm til midnight.
It’s your favorite time of month again! Time to join Carmen Bliss and showcase your talent to the world?!?!!! Always positive energy and an encouraging environment. We even have great “giveaways”! Only $5 admission and drink specials are all night. Bring your friends and show the Triad what you’re working with! Get there early and sign up to perform by 8:45pm. This is all taking place at the Artist’s Bloc, 1020 W Gate City Blvd., Greensboro, NC.
Dj Rukkah & Joy Of Connecting People Present:
All Artist Matter Open Mic and Concert
$5 Online Admission
Free food while last!
Performers ( rappers, dancers & singers), comedians & poets are welcome! (Host TBA)
Live DJ to load your tracks… Bring your flash-drive!
Audience and non-performers of course, welcome to come relax and enjoy the talent.
Let’s Have fun. Our Open Mic are a great way to try out new material in front of an audience, and a great way to meet and jam with other performers.
Plus we’re scouting for new talent for our 2018 shows so come get booked…
**SCOUTING TALENT FOR OUR 2018 CONCERTS SERIES & More… ( Major Exposure)
Noir Bar & Lounge
425 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
*21 and up
Questions Call/Text Kim@ 919-532-9520 or Dj Ruhhak 919-867-9271
On Saturday night I spent most of the night in the company of awesome talent. With giving hearts of many wonderful women, who offered up their talents for a night of raising money and awareness for the Coastal Women’s Shelter via, the 3rd Annual Lily Fest which is presented by GEM Productions. This event featured many great local talents that all played in support of this worthy cause.
While out and about for the night, I got to enjoy dinner with Alisa Mike. Although I missed her opening set, I am sure her voice was as smooth as silk. This hard-working singer is taking some time for herself these next few weeks, as she recovers and heals from knee surgery which she underwent this week. Mike is the front woman for Zen Pirates and plays several solo shows monthly. Expect her return after the holiday season and in the meantime keep her in your prayers.
Carolina Sky offered the folks a fun set of acoustic sounds that filled the room. After a few technical difficulties the girls played their hearts out.
The first act I had the pleasure of hearing was Suzanne Madea, who offered a wonderful set of soothing sounds for the growing crowd that gathered in support of a great cause.
Holly Millar is an awesome, young, up and coming star raised here in New Bern. She delighted the crowd with a powerful set of original music
Next up was the fiercely talented Tracey Brenneman, who also offered a full set of mostly original compositions. Included in her set and closing it out, Brenneman offered her newest song “Me Too”, written weeks ago in response to the #MeToo movement and outpouring.
Throughout the course of the evening there were raffles and prizes given aways. There were many cool items donated, including a house party with local band Bearfoot Monty, jewelry, artistic creations, a home brewery gift set and so much more…
After the first round of raffles were distributed, it was back to the music with Maegan Jackson andIIayali Valdéz. The young duo gave up a great set of music, that they made you feel… as more gathered for this great cause.
The audience was then given a powerful set of original music courtesy of Gabrielle Christie, who has been working hard this past year with Barefoot Monty as vocalist and bass player. It had been a while since we were treated to Christie solo and although she claimed to have jitters it was not evident in her show.
Tiffany Elaine came to the stage next with her set of mostly original music. She had the crowd moving and grooving along. Jimmy Kennedy represented the male population as he took to the stage in support of the Coastal Women’s Shelter, located in New Bern.
Closing out this night of great NC talent on display for an awesome cause was none other thanLaura Reed, a powerhouse full of the blues and other mind bending grooves. Sharing the stage with her dear friend and musical sister, Miquela DeLeon, The duo offered a show stopping set that displayed their love of authentic blues in the way of Muddy Waters, as well as great original tracks that offer glimpses into a truly creative soul that is full of talent and awesome presence.
Born in Johannesburg South Africa and with roots that raised her in Nashville, North Carolina has been blessed to have her as their own for some time now. Making a life in around the Raleigh area, Reed is well worth checking out, even if it means road trip. To learn more about her visit her website, buy her music and go out and support this awesome artist. You won’t be disappointed. See her in action for yourself!
Her next show is coming up on November 18, 2017 at Ellington Underground
56 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC. On that bill will be Reed and Natural Born Leaders. Here is more on those artists:
Laura Reed // Soul, RnB, Pop // 11pm
South African born, Nashville and North Carolina based singer/songwriter Laura Reed has been critically acclaimed for her powerful vocals, soulful sound, vulnerable story telling and passionate stage performance. Winner of the SUMMERFEST 2016 Emerging Artist Series and 2014/2015 NIMA awards for best female RnB vocalist and performer.
Laura released her debut album, “The Awakening” in 2014 to rave reviews. Co-Written with and produced by 2X GRAMMY winner Shannon Sanders (India Arie/ John Legend / Robert Randolph) in Nashville on her own label, FIVE FOOT GIANT RECORDS. Laura is currently touring and working on her next album, which is due to be released late 2017/early 2018 on the heels of her socially aware single releases for “Don’t Shoot” and “Shero”.
Natural Born Leaders // Hip Hop, Gumbo Funk, Soul // 9:30pm
Natural Born Leaders (NBL) is a hip hop and soul prog-rock band based out of Asheville NC. They are fueled by the abstract, socially driven, and smooth and at times gritty, poetry-like vocals from Mike Martinez and hard hitting funky dankness of the rhythm section. They may be directly influenced by bands contrasting in range from The Fugees to Nirvana but their music displays links to everything from jazz to blues, to Afro-Latin and jam music. All blended into a soulful explosion of colors, powerfully painted in the raw form of hip hop and soul.
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
If you have Facebook you can search the many music events happening throughout the state by clicking on:
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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