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I headed to Murrell’s Inlet, SC for the night because Adam Hill Band was scheduled to rock at Suck Bang Blow, which they did, more on that in a moment.

First I grabbed a bite to eat at King St. Tavern where I checked out the grooves of Austin Perry. Perry hails from the Myrtle Beach area but is quite familiar with NC as that is where he attended school. Currently the artist stays busy most nights of the week sharing his songs in bars and restaurants. Not a bad way to work it! If you’d like to learn more look for him on Facebook under Austin Perry Music and give his page a like.


My next stop brought me across the street from my final stop for the night. I checked out the scene at The Whiskey Fish Tavern and they had it going on with Joe’s On Call, giving up the beats for the party crowd. This trio was working hard for their pay, with the drummer not only kicking the beat but also offering all of the strong vocals too. If you get around the way and want to see a fun band look them up for a good night out.


Last but not least I closed out the night with my favorite rocker around the region. Adam Hill Band rocked Suck Bang and Blow last night for a good crowd of familiar faces. It was wonderful to be so far from home and see so many awesome supports we know from home. On behalf of the band, Thank you for all who made the journey. They think you rock! The Adam Hill Band has two more gigs today and I have more on that and other gigs now!

Rocking Around the State

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Getting Down Around Town New Bern



Happy Veterans Day to all that have served our great land. My heart is full of gratitude for you and the sacrifices you made for my freedom! Thank you!

For those looking to make a difference in a local homeless veteran’s life, please come out the VFW Auxiliary, 2514, 3850 Butler Road, New Bern, NC, for a great show this afternoon. Tickets are $20 and available at the door. This annual event comes to us by way of Peace Soldier Productions and the Peace Soldier himself, Bobby Hurff who has worked diligently with the good folks at RCS in town, to put in place a program that helps to serve our homeless Veterans right here in Craven County.

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Opening the show with the National Anthem will be New Bern talent, Tommy Duzan, Sr. at 12 pm noon today.


Next up comes Gypsy Sunrise, which is a band of students that Hurff has been working with for nearly two years. They have played several show around town and today they offer the first band set of the event.


Next up will be the band that rocked me good last night in Myrtle Beach, come check out The Adam Hill Band on stage about 1 pm to rock souls and melt faces. They are a busy unit with three shows to cover in under 24 hours and traveling through two states to do it. Big round of applause for them.


Next to the stage will be the fun party grooves of Limited Engagement, who will get you dancing to all the songs made popular in the 80’s 90’s and even now. This trio of players are fairly new to the scene, but have come on strong and made quite a splash with their talents and skill of offering good times via fun music.


The local rockers known as Smokehouse will be the next act to rock the house, with their brand of good grooves. They are a four piece outfit also from around town and known for rocking the crowd.


Closing out the full day of great rocking fun will be none other than Peace Soldier. This newly reformed band will close out this awesome event, that is intended to help those that need us. Please come out today and enjoy lunch and all of the great music. If you do, you will be helping Vets right here at home on this awesome holiday.

Once again the good times start at noon and tickets are available at the door.


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Tommy Duzan Sr. has a show following the Rocking Relief Benefit. Come out to catch this talented singer that gets bent on the blues and rocks your soul, with his awesome vox and simple six string. He will be live at BrÚtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E., New Bern, NC. This show is free. Nest Cafe Food Truck will be serving food and Duzan will be rocking from 7-10 pm.



Limited Engagement also have a double-decker on tap today. Following their set at the VFW today, the boys will head over to Circa 1810 Restaurant and Bar located, at 221 S Front St., New Bern, and give up more good grooves from 8-11 pm. Just remember this is an outdoor gig and you are expected to BUNDLE UP for comfort and good rocking fun outside tonight!



Live tonight at The Brown Pelican it is the music of Carteret County’s own, East Brogues Band who will rock the house from 8-11 pm. This show is free admission and member are always welcome! Not a member? It is easy… sign up, pay your one dollar tuition and BANG, you are a member all year and welcome to free music like the rest of us. The Dirty Bird as it is endearingly termed, is located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC.

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Cruising Along the Coast


Starting things off around Wilmington, this is a great family friendly event, so come enjoy great food, a full bar at Moe’s Original BBQ Wilmington with bluegrass from Folkstone Stringband. Music starts at 5:30 pm, so make supper plans with friends and meet at Moe’s


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TrainWreck will be pulling into Gibby’s Dock n Dine, 315 Canal St., Carolina Beach, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and plays til midnight. Don’t say anything but it is birthday weekend for the big guy. So, be sure to give Eric a big hug while out dancing to their good time grooves tonight.



Hank Barbee is back on the grid and playing in our neck of the woods again. Tonight check him out at Island Time Tavern, 8700 Emerald Drive Ste. 24B , Emerald Isle, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and he grooves you til 12 am.



Rob Alford who hails from around the Wilson way, will be rolling to the coast to offer his music to the folks out and about at Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant, 701 Evans St., Morehead City, NC. Music plays from 8 pm til 11 pm.



The first time I ever caught The Spread sharing their awesome grooves, it was at The BackStreet Pub, 124 Middle Ln., Beaufort, NC. Tonight they return to the upstairs stage to rock souls and groove hearts into the night. For details on admission price and start time give the club a call (252) 728-7108.

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Rocking Around the Region

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Thunderstruck will be rockin’ the Ritz tonight for WRDU Rockin’ at The Ritz Presents Heart Breaker  – The Ritz is a general admission/standing room only venue!
– DOORS: 7:00PM | SHOW: 8:00PM
– Support: Thunderstruck – AC/DC Tribute
– This show is all ages!
– For premium seating options, please call 919.424.1352 or email Please allow up to 48 hours for a response
– For ADA seating, please contact Savannah Core at
Ritz Raleigh
2820 Industrial Dr, Raleigh, North Carolina



Gen-X will be offering their set of great 90’s and modern-day rock tonight at Real McCoy’s, 3325 Rogers Rd, Wake Forest, North Carolina. Music starts at 9:30 and the quartet of rockers from out around the Greenville way jam til 1 am.


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Tonight in LaGrange, it is a special pause for the cause featuring a host of great bands. Tickets for the show will be available at the doors which open at 2 pm, with music starting at 3 pm. There will be seven bands on the bill. The band that invited me out is actually hosting it too. The purpose of this great music gathering that offers food, as well is to raise money for the Edgewood Community Developmental School. Come on out to 750 Race Track Road and enjoy lots of awesome music. Check in with me on Facebook later too as I go live for the creators of the event, Second Helping. Here is the complete list of bands performing:


Kaylin Roberson

Second Helping

Aaron Hamm & Big River Band

Brad Benson with Rebel Armanda

The Justin West Band




The Adam Hill Band completes their very full day with a final showing at The Red Room, 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC, where they will rock from 10pm til 2 am. Come enjoy the sounds of blues, country and southern rock done right, with a serving of slick guitar leads that bend and twist fans in time to the music on the dance floor. Nothing thrills me more actually than watching the dance floor fill, while Hill offers one of his own songs. This artist is amazing and beyond an average talent. Please check him out soon and rock your soul right. The music charge for tonight’s show is $5.00 and tips are also greatly appreciated.



Heading in a different direction, Tiffany Elaine who rocked New Bern last week for Lily Fest 2017 for the Coastal Women’s Shelter, will be back on the clock tonight and bringing her music to the folks at The Flying Monkey, located at 6250 B NC 11 South Ayden, NC. Come meet her and Jimmy Kennedy tonight as they play from 9 pm til midnight!



Wrapping up tonight’s options in Jacksonville, NC, we find Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern, 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd., Jacksonville, NC, is being invaded by Zen Pirates. They will give up the best party favorites and rock the crowd with classic rock they love too. Come out and enjoy a great night with these favorite Pirates out of New Bern. Music starts at 9 pm and they rock til midnight. The show is free, but feel free to buy Nick a beer for making it happen and tip the band, because they work hard for your good time! Thanks!

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Blues on My Mind

There are two great blues acts that I want to draw your attention to, so if you will please:


First I ask that you dress to stay warm and join me tomorrow evening at Circa 1810 Restaurant & Bar at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC, as the sun sets on another fun music weekend with David Russell and The Port City Blues Band, in town from Wilmington to rock your blues away from 5-8 pm.




For blues fans around the Triangle, be sure to come out and say hey to my friends from up the north, Skyla Burrell will be back in North Carolina with her band of blues misfits that will melt your soul. If you missed them in April when they lit Kinston ablaze, be sure to spend some time in Durham this Wednesday night. Burrell and her boys will be at The Blue Note Grill, 709 Washington St., Durham, NC Music plays from 8-11 pm and the admission for the sow is $8.00. The food is awesome and I recommend doing dinner and a show anytime you head to this venue.

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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


 November 7 at 7:56pm


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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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