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~ Live Music Options for Wednesday, February 8, 2017 ~

James Ford tearing it up at Mesh Sports Lounge, New Bern, NC


Close to home, we have an open mic event happening at Mesh Sports Lounge every Wednesday evening. You are encouraged to come down with your talented friends and jam. It is a fun night with a great staff. They open at 4 pm and sign up starts at 9 pm. Music starts shortly thereafter continues until midnight or later. Mesh is located at 2500 Trent Rd, New Bern, NC.



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Live at The Bar on 4th, located at 249 W 4th St. Winston-Salem, NC, it is a triple bill of talent with the following singer songwriters from the region: Seth Williams, Sarah Sophia and Sam Foster.  Music starts at 7 pm and there will be three fun sets of great original music featured til 10 pm.


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RUNA with The Dan River Girls will be the featured performers at Muddy Creek Music Hall, located at 5455 Bethania Rd., Winston-Salem, NC. They get the music started this Wednesday evening at 7 pm and play til 10 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. Here is more at RUNA:

All ages show (12 and under $5) $12 advance/$15 at the door
“There is truly a mystical quality to their playing. They create a lyrical sound that is at once unique as well as seamless.” – Lori Lander Murphy, Irish Philadelphia
Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups”, RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music, since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of bluegrass, flamenco, blues, jazz, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. The group has been honoured internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and an Independent Music Award for Best World/Traditional Song. “Timeless and flawless…” – Jim Allford, PA Music Scene
Seeking to preserve and continue a traditional culture in a modern age, RUNA creates the backbone of its signature roots sound from the musical and geographical diversity of its individually established band members. Their strive for excellence and creativity blazes a trail for the future of folk music, earning them the reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation. “Best of all, RUNA sounds like no one else.” – Travis Rogers, Jr., Music Life and Times
Members of RUNA have played with Solas, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Fiddlers’ Bid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O’Conner, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Barcó, Téada, Jonathan Edwards, and the Guy Mendilow Band. RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Dave Curley of Galway on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie Estes of Kentucky on the fiddle. Receiving lavish praise on both sides of the Atlantic, RUNA recently released their fourth album, “Current Affairs”, a cross-pollination of RUNA’s signature roots sound with the overtones of Appalachia and Americana.
Hailed by Marcene Bronson, (The Celtic Crier) as “an incredible masterpiece”, “Current Affairs” has been nominated in the 2014 Irish Music Awards for “Best New Irish CD” and in the 2015 Independent Music Awards for “Best Bluegrass Song” (Ain’t No Grave) and Best World/Traditional Song (False Knight Upon the Road). “Celtic music at its very best!” – Gene Shay, co-founder of the Philadelphia Folk Festival; WXPN-FM Innovative and award-winning Celtic Roots band, RUNA, draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material.
Through their repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies, along with their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States, this vocal and instrumental ensemble gives its arrangements of traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound. “Best of all, RUNA sounds like no one else.” – Travis Rogers, Jr., Music Life and Times
Members of RUNA have played with Solas, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Fiddlers’ Bid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O’Conner, Full Frontal Folk, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Barcó, Téada, and the Guy Mendilow Band. RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Dave Curley on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie Estes of Kentucky on the fiddle. The band often performs with world-renowned, guest musicians, including Ross Holmes (Mumford & Sons, Cadillac Sky, Chessboxer) on fiddle, Matt Mancuso (Cathie Ryan Band) on fiddle, and Isaac Alderson (The Yanks, Comas) on the uilleann pipes, flutes, and whistles. Recognized on an international level, RUNA won Top Group (US, IRE, EU, UK) and Top Traditional Group, and a nomination for Best Female Vocalist (2013, 2012) in the Irish Music Awards for 2013, and won both the fan ballot and judges’ votes for Best Song in the World Traditional Category for “Amhrán Mhuighinse” (Somewhere Along the Road) in the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards. The band won several awards at the 2010 Montgomery Buck Music Awards, including Best Entertaining Band, Best Folk Artist, Best Female Vocalist, and Best Album – “Jealousy”.
RUNA just released their fourth album, “Current Affairs” – hailed by The Celtic Crier as “an incredible masterpiece” and by Hearth Music as “Music inspired by tradition, but unafraid of a bright new future!”. “For contemporary Celtic music at its very best – do yourself a favor and check out RUNA.. brilliant!” – Gene Shay, co-founder of the Philadelphia Folk Festival; WXPN-FM


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You are invited to pack up the gig bag and head over to Pig Pounder Brewery for their weekly Open Mic Night. Sign up starts at 6 pm and music begins at 7 pm. You are invited to play two songs or a long song for 10 minutes. Pig Pounder Brewery is located at 1107 Grecade St., Greensboro, NC.


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Pat “Mother Blues” will be live at The Bullpen this Wednesday evening. Her show starts at 7 pm and she will entertain you til 10 pm. The Bullpen is located at 359 Blackwell St., Durham, NC.

Here are more details about Pat and the show from the Facebook event page:

Her first professional engagement came in the early 1980’s when she was asked to perform at a local club where she was attending college. “I had three days to find three musicians and put together 30 songs,” she said.
“They loved me—the rest is history because I’ve been singing the Blues ever since.”
For years, Pat sang in New Orleans six nights a week, performing at a wide array of venues including the House of Blues, until Katrina destroyed her home. She relocated to North Carolina and has recently started touring with the Music Maker Blues Revue. During her performances, “Mother Blues” unfurls the tapestry of her life experiences to her audience in soulful words and music. She shares the mettle, pathos and ocean-deep compassion of the famous female blues singers she idolizes—women like Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James.
$1 of every draft pint will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Always.


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There is a triple bill of original rock on tap at Slim’s Downtown, located at 227 S Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC. Doors open at 8:30 pm and music starts at 9 pm. On the bill you can check out Inaeona, Beerwolf and Plow. Tickets are $8.00 and available at the door. Here is more on the bands which I found on the Facebook event page:

INAEONA: Our first party with InAeona was almost three years ago. We’ve hosted them numerous times since and were stoked for them when they signed to Prosthetic Records. This trio creates a wall of encompassing sound with elements of post-metal, industrial music and psychedelic undertones .

BEERWOLF: smokey groovy desert rock from the swamplands of Florida! When I listen to Beerwolf, all I can think about are road trips and bongrips in a 1970

PLOW: instrumental heavy rock inspired by marijuana, cheese and the downhill drive from Boone to Raleigh

WITCHTIT: there can be only one! Some of my favorite Raleigh dudes laying down the stoner doom and slacking off on putting their jams on the interwebs. I’ll give Dirt the Dog a giant cow bone if y’all post some jams before this gig. Love y’all, really.


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It is a double bill tonight at The Pour House Music Hall, located at 224 S Blount St., Raleigh, NC, with Upstate Rubdown and Gasoline Stove performing tonight. Doors open at 7 pm, music starts at 8 pm and here is what I learned about the bands on the Facebook event page:

Upstate Rubdown is an acoustic septet drawing inspiration from every corner (and decade) of America’s musical heritage. Based in New York’s Hudson Valley region, the band has spent years cultivating its sound, and continues to grow by the tune. The instrumentation includes Harry D’Agostino on upright bass, Ryan Chappell on mandolin, Dean Mahoney on cajón, and Christian Joao on flute and alto/baritone saxophone. The dynamic rhythm section supports a three part vocal harmony powerhouse of founding members Mary Kenney and Melanie Glenn with recent Nashville-transplant Allison Olender.

Over its five-year history, the band has played in more than twenty states, from intimate house concerts to prominent festival stages, including Mountain Jam, Frendly Gathering, and Green River Festival. The band has opened for Cory Henry, Phox, The Felice Brothers, and many others.

Otis Mountain Get Down captures the heart of the matter:

“Pulling from the greatest corners of American music, this group has the power to get feet moving with or without amplification. Like fresh-farmed vegetables, their music is as organic as it is good for you. From foot-stomping bass, highlighted by the slap of a cajon, to the familiar strums of the mandolin over a wailing saxophone – there’s so much going on instrumentally that when the harmonious lead vocalists chime in, the result is nothing short of a homegrown hurricane of sound.”

Gasoline Stove is a timeless five piece band, mixing old country, folk, gospel, americana, rock and roots together to create dramatic but playful blues ballads. Rousing harmonies, accordion, piano and a slapping upright bass lead this storytelling extravaganza.


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Tyler Bradford Wright will perform live tonight with Ryan Dunson at The Outpost, located at 306 E Hargett St., Raleigh, NC. The music starts at 9 pm and they will groove ya til midnight.

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There is a triple deck of entertainment in store for those who head over to Visuite Theater, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC. On stage showcasing their skills will be Loudermilks, The Menders and Dust & Ashes. Doors open at 7 pm. Music starts at 8 pm. This is an all ages show. Ages 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent. For more information on the bands scheduled, visit their Facebook pages:

The Loudermilks
The Menders
Dust & Ashes


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Welshy Arms has a show tonight at The Underground at the Fillmore Charlotte. This is a general admission venue with standing room only. Doors open tonight at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. Wild Adratic will be opening the night. The Underground at the Fillmore is located at 820 Hamilton St., Charlotte, NC.


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Live at the Fillmore Charlotte, located at 820 Hamilton St., Charlotte, NC; it is Tchami with special guest Mercer. This show starts at 8 pm. For tickets visit this link:


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There is a triple bill of thrash and metal on tap tonight at Snug Harbor, located at 1228 Gordon St., Charlotte, NC. Here is what you can expect this week:

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 10:00 PM
(Doors @ 9:00 PM)
Black Fleet:
Violent Life Violent Death:
Charlotte metal
Violent Gods:
Black/Thrash/Grind Metal

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That is what I found for music options for your dancing pleasure for this evening. 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.


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