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On Friday night I caught up with Tommy Duzan Sr., who was giving up the grooves for the folks under the tent and on the patio at Circa 1810 Restaurant & Bar at The Harvey Mansion. Duzan offered a variety of originals songs, blended in with popular songs that were familiar too the fans.

Those who might be interested in checking out talent that has been trying to break onto the scene, with six strings and a strong voice, come out to BrÛopia 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern NC. Duzan will be there this Friday evening from 7-10 pm . This show is free but feel free to tip the music maker.





I also caught up with Arlin Tart, who was in town with Miguel Delima. The duo played at Thirsty Bruin last Friday night and rocked the crowd with lots of classic rock hits. Before the night ended, the new singer we all met last week, Fairlight Moriah made an entrance before the night ended and joined Tart on stage for a couple of numbers. She introduced herself with a show stopping “Bobby Magee” and then offered the crowd her take on “Soul Shine.”




I also dropped by The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC., on Friday. I was treated to the music of Bruce Lynch and ran into some friends there as well, including singer Buck Loy, who was there with his girl, Renee Foley. It was a fun time of familiar sounds last Friday at the Dirty Bird. On Saturday, I headed back to the Dirty Bird and caught a new act for me…



Always Right is a five piece band out of Carrboro, that brought a trio of players to New Bern for a fun show of original music. They offer a blend of rock and folk stylings for their original sounds. The three players that came to make music for their gig on Saturday night were Joshua Phillip Pierce: songwriter, guitar and vocals EJ Sledge: lead guitar Jeremy Mitchell: bass. Pierce and Sledge also added some harmonica to the  mix as well. The trio of players offered mostly original sounds, during their show from 8-11 pm this past Saturday. They do have a Facebook page which you can check out by following the link:

In the coming year there will be many changes for the band. They will be doing some recording and making some personnel changes too. There is also talk of a new name for the band and lots more news to report from this cam in the weeks ahead. Keep it here.

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Live Music Options for

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Happenings



The Pitt Community College Symphony Orchestra will be presenting their Holiday Concert on Dec. 5th, at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church (510 S. Washington St., Greenville) at 7:00 pm. This concert is free and will include several ensembles from the PCC Music Department.

The Symphony will perform many of your Christmas favorites including “Sleigh Ride”, “March of the Toys”, and a new special arrangement by Bob Krogstad.

The PCC Chorale will be performing “Suo Gan”, and an arrangement of “Jingle Bells” with the Orchestra.

The Pitt County School Early College Choir will be performing “Mary Did You Know”.

This will be a concert for the entire family. The performance begins at 7 pm and concludes at 9 pm.




For the good folks out around the Clinton, NC way,  Sampson County Exposition Center offers The Embers Christmas Show tonight from 7-9 pm, in Clinton, NC. Tickets are $20.00 and you can still get your by following this link…

When local music fans think of The Embers, Christmas music probably isn’t going to be the first thing that pops into their head. The legendary North Carolina band is much more likely to have their music played at the beach than an ice skating rink, but on Tuesday, December 5th, the North Carolina Music Hall of Famers will perform their Christmas Holiday show at the Sampson County Exposition Center.

Bobby Tomlinson, the longtime leader and founding member of the band, says “the Embers are a perennial summer band that also can tour during the fall and winter months. All of the clubs in Myrtle Beach, like the Alabama Theatre, have been doing Christmas shows for years, so we started performing one about nine years ago. It doesn’t have anything to do with beach music; it’s 100% Christmas music; its ‘Christmas with the Embers.’ We have all varieties of Christmas music and a snow machine. It’s exactly what you would expect at one of the Myrtle Beach venues, but we take ours out on the road.”

Tomlinson is clear that when the Embers perform the Christmas show, the audience will hear holiday standards, not the beach songs they play during the warmer months. The band enjoys switching up its musical choices during these shows, bringing the joy of the season to a new group of fans – just as it did when they were invited to entertain US Troops a few years back. “I got an email from the office of a general who was a big Embers fan, who had been transferred from Fayetteville to South Korea,” Tomlinson said. “His cultural attaché asked if it would be possible for us to perform for the troops the following Christmas; I asked, ‘What’s wrong with this year?’ We put it together real quick and flew over there, and we actually performed two years in a row.”

This family friendly performance is suitable for all ages and is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.



Come watch as Triangle Town Center brings to life Creekside Cafe’s (food court) entrance, with twinkling lights and festive music, every night now until December 24 from 6pm until close (the show is every half hour). It’s a beautiful sight you don’t want to miss!

Triangle Town Center
5959 Triangle Town Blvd, Raleigh, North Carolina 27616





Join us as we celebrate the holiday season, with performances from Onslow County School music programs. Each night, several schools will perform to entertain guests and holiday shoppers. Stop by to support Onslow County Schools and hear some lovely music! Marine Chevrolet Cadillac will offer music tonight, tomorrow and on Thursday evening from 6-9 pm.




One of the most festive places to be during the holiday season is right here at McGregor Hall. This year, the celebrations will enchant you with Christmas Wonderland, a touring show that features glittering costumes, a dazzling cast of 24 singers and dancers and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole.

Your entire family will start Christmas in style, as Santa and his merry helpers take you on an unforgettable nostalgic journey that will prove…”it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”
Holiday favorite songs include: White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, The Christmas Song, Jingle Bells and many more Christmas standards.

The show is produced by Spirit Productions, which owns The Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach, SC, and The King’s Castle Theatre in Branson, MO, where their shows play year round.

McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center  is located at 201 Breckenridge Street, Henderson, North Carolina. Tickets range in price from $32-$37 and can be purchased by clicking below:



Come join Mr. Shook and the Longleaf Choirs for a night of seasonal songs! Spread the word, to spread the good cheer! This concert will take place at Asbury Church 
6612 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh, NC.

This is a fabulous way for families/students seeking a High School option to meet Longleaf students, families, faculty and staff. Please join us too! This program will take place tonight from 7-10 pm



Tuesday marks Beer & Banjos at Raleigh Times Bar, located at 14 E Hargett St., Raleigh, NC and tonight Alan Barnosky brings his original folk and bluegrass sound to the Beer & Banjos stage, celebrating the release of his debut solo album, Old Freight. Don’t miss it! Music plays from 7:30 – 10 pm.



This weeks Featured Artists are Tom Williams (Maverick Rose) and Eric Gray, both high energy entertainment starting at 7:30 pm at Tapped650, 650 E Fire Tower Rd. Winterville, North Carolina.

One of the few nights left where the weather is going to cooperate. It’s going to be 73 degrees and gorgeous out! A perfect night to bring your friends and family, enjoy the patio area, grab a brew or two and just sit back and relax while listening to the sounds of local entertainment at its finest.

Featured Artists Night always starts late enough to come out after dinner and ends early enough to be back home at a decent hour on a weeknight!

REMEMBER: Not only is this Featured Artist’s Night, it is also KICK THE KEG night where they are trying to empty out some of the kegs and you can save $$$$$. Talk to your bar staff about what they have on special.

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month features musicians anywhere from Raleigh to the coast. These talented individuals will be performing mini-shows of about an hour. Hopefully this will garner them some extra experience, showcase their talents and give them the exposure they need to move on.

The next Featured Artists Night will be December 19th and will feature an All Star Review from the past year.

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Open Mic Madness

Tuesday’s Jams


EVERY Tuesday at Asheville Music Hall! This weekly jam is an amazing opportunity for musicians to network and refine their mu23131747_1690923287625318_4909729251420784075_nsical chops AND for the people who support our scene to shake their hips to the best funk around! With surprise guests regularly! Asheville Music Hall is located at 31 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC. This weekly jam happens from 11 pm til 2 am each week. Come be a part of the fun.



UpCountry Brewing Company also opens their doors to welcome your talent. Open Mic happens here each Tuesday from 6:30 til 9:30 pm, each week and all are welcome to participate. Bring music, poems, comedy…they want to hear it all.



Pickled Onion Restaurant & Bar, 10750 Wakefield Commons Drive, Raleigh, NC, offers the talents of Chris Overstreet, as well as many others at their weekly open mic event which goes down from 9:30 pm til 1:30 am. Spots fill quickly, so come early to secure yours.

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Join us as we welcome back the Raleigh Uke Jam for a fun evening of music. It’s always such a good time and it will be happening tonight at Pelagic Beer and Wine, with music being offered from 7-9 pm. Grab your uke and come out and play tonight!


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Michael Dermott Music is the host for Open Mic at Cellar of Dunn, 108 N Wilson Ave, Dunn, NC. Here is what they say on the weekly event page:

Open Mic night folks. That means just about any old thing could happen. You can sing, recite poetry, do a bit of stand up comedy, interpretative dance … whatever you’d like!

Michael Dermott (the handsome fellow in the pic) will be hosting this open mic night. Check him out at .

This is held in conjunction with our Tuesday Night College special where showing a college ID gets you $1 off specialty drinks!


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Main Street Tavern, 411 S Main St Ste D, Rolesville, NC, announces that this will be their final Open Mic event until Spring. They will be taking a long Holiday break as  they bid Open Mic farewell til then. Come tonight from 8-11 pm. All are welcome to come out and display their talents and all genres welcome too. Come show them what you have. Sign up starts at 7 with music at 8 pm

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Wednesday’s Jams



They host Open Mic each Wednesday at Silo’s Restaurant, located at 1111 Broad Street, Oriental, NC. Music plays from 7-10 pm and all levels and players are welcome, but there is not a drum kit on site.




There is an open mic each Wednesday evening at LaRosa Italian Restaurant Bar & Lounge. This weekly event is hosted by local rocker Justin Hargett and gets started at 10 pm. All jammers are welcome to come out and take part. LaRosa’s is located at 1503 Glenburnie, Rd. New Bern, NC.



Wednesday + Jamming with friends = a great time! You don’t need to be a mathematician to figure this equation out. Add yourselves and subtract some great spirits from Cindirene’s, while we multiply our good times together. Division is not welcome. The fun starts around 7:30, because everybody has stuff to do beforehand (probably some math stuff). See you there! Cindirene’s, located at 559 3rd St, Ayden, North Carolina.



Twin Leaf Brewery
144 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC; opens their doors for your talents from 8-10 pm. Come out and shine as you show off your best.


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City Soul Cafe Open Mic is the hottest open mic in the Triangle. Now at Noir Raleigh, 425 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC.

For the 5th Wednesday, they are introducing a very special tradition for the audience, “Last Poet Standing!” This is a friendly competition where poets go head to head for a prize. The audience decides who advances to the next round Apollo style. Anyone can participate. You can read or recite your poem. Any style of poem is welcome. The goal is to connect with the crowd and advance! Pairings are done randomly.

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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 the 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!

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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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