It surely was a great year of listening to live music all around our beautiful state. I have enjoyed countless bands and visited many new venues this past year as I tried my best to bring you live music from the scene in North Carolina. To recap the year I picked many of the bands that moved me this year and decided to capture these moments and tell you about their road ahead!
Adam Hill Band became a brand and the trio revealed itself for the first time at the close of 2016, but solidified with the addition of Cecil Pittman Jr offering the back beat. He joined songwriter and guitar powerhouse Adam Hill in February, with Gordy George on bass. All the players add vocals to the set list, which offers a blend of great music to all crowds. The band offers audiences a bit of classic rock, a taste of classic country, they rejuvenate the sounds of southern rock and they resurrect rock and blues legends that have since passed. Along with a long list of familiar favorites, the band also offers soul crushing original works hand scribed from Hill’s life.
Over the past year the band has been building a following and grabbing the attention of music fans from the coast to the mountains and even beyond our own state lines. We developed the website and kept a calendar full of fun dates. Some of the great highlights for the band came with radio opportunities with John Jones, who welcomed Adam Hill in studio three times this year. We went to the station in Jacksonville, where the Raeford Brown Morning Show turns its air space over to John Jones at the Earl School of Music for Music Monday. Which airs on Thunder Country 96.3 FM each and every Monday from 8:30-9:00 am. Hill was the performer on February 20, which marked his 38th Birthday and radio debut. He was joined in studio with bass player Gordy George. On that day the duo was joined by host John Jones also. On May 20, 2017 the full band made their radio debut with Hill offering three original works. On December 4, 2017, Hill returned for a solo engagement and offered four original song selections. In the year ahead Hill will return to the studio on January 29, 2018 to assist and log the show with Fairlight Moriah on vocals. She is a singer you will hear more about in Part Three of this Three part Series. But before we get to that, you might want to set an 8:30 am reminder now for that January day! You won’t want to miss it! Music Monday is a great feature show that shines a light on local NC artists. It has been wonderful hearing the show and finding new music through the broadcast.
We also made an appearance in studio with music brother and radio announcer Will Baker in Hillsborough, who hosted Lunch Crunch. It was an Adam Hill solo with his daughter Abbi Hill offering live video coverage in studio, as I documented the event with film and photo coverage. For much of that hour is was Hill on guitar, but I was on hand to talk about his website, this blog. We also spoke of Hank Barbee, and The Harvey Mansion. Hill offered five great songs for the audience to digest during their lunch hour from 12-1 pm.
When it came time to break out into new territory, the band headed west to Winston-Salem, where they entered a Battle of the Bands. They event was hosted by Ted’s Kickin Chicken. They were the first band out of 13 acts and they walked away the winners! They won $500 and the opportunity to open the Camel City Bike Fest 2.0 in September, which they did on the 9th of that month. We also made it south of the border this fall for an appearance at Suck Bang Blow in Murrells Inlet, SC.
We made great progress in branding the Adam Hill Band. We did that by creating a logo, developing a website, got a banner, made and sold T-shirts, designed business cards and it helped keeping the band working 3-4 night a week throughout most of the year. This is considerable progress which leads to more plans for the future. The band scaled back on gigs as we walked into the final quarter. Hill is revamping the plan and looking forward to laying down tracks for an original effort. That is the goal for 2018 for Hill. My goal is to focus on bringing more attention to the band and finding sponsorships for better equipment.
The band is off this holiday weekend, but Adam Hill will perform solo on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Crossroads Bar & Grill, located on Highway 55 W, Seven Springs, NC. Music plays from 9 pm til 1 am.
To keep up with Adam Hill and his band check out his website at:
I would say it was a very productive and fun year for Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade. Barbee released his follow-up solo effort Son Royale, an effort that offers ten tracks from the recording artist from Richlands NC. The album was released Eleven O’Clock Records and brought Barbee several wonderful opportunities on the road, including more festival shows, radio spots and a bigger store with more merchandise to sell.
Barbee used the year to build a following along the coast, around New Bern and in many other places from Florida to Georgia and even the mountain region of his home state of North Carolina. This was also the year Barbee solidified his band unit. Though it is difficult to travel with a band, Barbee has secured two players to help him in his trip formation which offers Hank on guitar Matt Henderson on bass and Jim Durham on saxophones. When jobs and budget allow, Barbee expands on that base of musicianship by hiring subs such as Joe Brown on keyboards and his percussion man, T-Bone on bongos, and Logan Watson on drums.
Whether playing solo or with a full band, Barbee always delivers a professional show with great original music offerings. To keep up with the singer songwriter check out his website at:
Another fun and favorite band I have found since starting this blog is The Phantom Playboys, who I caught a few times over the course of the year. This band is a fun and rocking original outfit, that serves up the sounds of rockabilly music like few I have found in my days covering live music. The band is based out of Wilmington and do travel along the East Coast, points west and even South of the Border when called to perform. They have two CD’s of great music available for sale at their shows. They perform about a hundred shows each year and look forward to bringing their show back to New Bern in the year ahead. Keep it tuned right here for more on this fun band making more appearances in our area. Since meeting them last year I have watched them in Beaufort, Wilmington, New Bern and Washington. They are always worth the travel time and it is rare that I can get out without a dance or ten.
I met the band most popular around the Oriental area. Saltwater Gold made it to town this year where I first heard them at the Brown Pelican. This band is the creation of two longtime friends, singer Mark Hoff and guitarist Chris Daniels. Over the years the duo has rotated through a plethora of rhythm sections and currently are working things out with a new formation. The band made a surprise appearance on the patio this past weekend at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at The Harvey Mansion. They have a fun sound with familiar classic rock covers and a handful of fun originals. To check out the band be sure to visit their website at:
It was about a year ago that the holidays were upon us and a trio of friends Kim Kornegay on drums and vocals, Scott Carlisle on guitar and Greg Howard on bass and vocal assist first got together to play a holiday party. From that good time came The Feral Cats based out of Lenoir County and making music for friends and fans throughout the state. They are a rocking blues band that started out as a trio, but evolved early in the year at and open mic night at North Street Pub and Eatery when second guitar player Sam Zouari.
Since becoming a four piece band, they have worked out a solid set list of fun songs that keep fans on the dance floor to familiar beats not often offered by others on the circuit. They have also worked hard at branding themselves with many cute marketing strategies. They have built a good fan base from Kinston to New Bern and look to break into new territory in the year ahead. The band is available for private parties and live music shows at venues throughout NC. For more information or to hire them, you can give me a call at 318-789-6929 to discuss the dates you are looking to book as well as pricing.
To keep up with the band you can find them on the internet by following this ling:
Sam Lewis will offer the music tonight at BrÛtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. He offers the sounds from 7-10 pm. Let the shopping wait. There is plenty of time. Tonight you should just come enjoy a live acoustic guitar and vocal performance by local favorite Sam Lewis. Playing all your favorite #1 hits from roots, rock, to reggae… maybe even a popular Christmas tune for the holidays. Also it is noted that tonight is Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest /Dirty Santa Night. The Famous Bills Hot Dog 🌭 Truck on site, serving up the best Hot Dogs you will ever eat.
The other option on the James City side of the city is Limited Engagement, who will rock and funk up all that gather at Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Bar, 111 Williams Rd., New Bern, NC. Music is offered from 9:30 pm til closing.
Buck Loy offers the music at Thirsty Brunin Craft Beer & Wine Store , 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC ,with music being served from 8-10:30 pm and beer and wine being served all night. This is a free music event. Loy actually has a couple of shows this weekend. Besides his show tonight, he, will also be live on the patio at Circa 1810 Var at the Harvey Mansion , 221 S Front St. New Bern, this Sunday, for a special Christmas Eve music offering from 5-8 pm.
Brian Mac is offering the music to friends and fans that gather this evening at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. Music starts at 7 pm and is offered til 10 pm. This event is free, but feel free to offer tips to all the music makers you meet in the days ahead.
The Feral Cats return to New Bern tonight with live music for all that gather on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar and Restaurant at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. The Band will rock you from 8-11 pm. This show and all shows at Circa 1810 are free for your enjoyment. We encourage all to support live music by coming out and dancing and sharing love with the servers that serve you and the bands that rock you.
Christmas always makes Ed Prophet feel like a kid at heart and tonight he will be sharing his kid-like spirit with those dining at Boro Restaurant & Bar, 109 N Front St., Swansboro, NC. Music is offered from 7-10 pm. Call your date and don’t be late for this fine opportunity for a romantic dining experience.
Heading over the bridge, we find a fun time taking place at The Islander Hotel & Resort. This event is $25.00 per ticket and offers two great party bands that will keep you dancing all night. Get ready for the HIPpest Christmas party on the Crystal Coast!!! Emerald Isle may never be the same after this one y’all!!! Only 250 advance tickets will be sold!!! Mark your calendars for Friday, Dec 22 for this EPIC party at the all new Islander Hotel & Resort!!! Two bands and ONE BIG THROWDOWN!!! Jim Quick & Coastline, Hip Pocket & DJ Fred Rouse brought to you by Mr. Lee Ipock!!! Get your tickets early at one of the coastal locations listed on the event flyer or inland from Chris Boyette at Speaker Works in Goldsboro!!! This will definitely be one for the record books y’all!!! Food trucks will be on site and discounted hotel rooms will be available at the Islander Hotel & Resort!!! Stay tuned for more info as we get closer to event time!!!
EG Peters Band brings the sounds of the holiday and sounds that help you celebrate and dance, when they offer the music to those at Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant, 701 Evans St., Morehead City, NC. Music is served to those dining from 8-11 pm. Come enjoy the freshest catch of the coast and great live music offered each weekend.
Checking things out along the outer banks, Skip Hancock & Skylark will offer the music from 6-8 pm tonight at Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar, who hope you come out for this special night of music.:
Enjoy the classic and modern sounds of swing, jazz, rock, and funk as it comes alive with the Skylark Band!
Led by composer Skip Hancock on vocals and piano, this acclaimed group serves up groovin’ renditions of swing jazz classics and rarities through the years. Skylark brings you their unique brand of musical Americana, hot jazz revelry, and New Grooves to your event.
Steve Hauser provides the music tonight for all that gather at Beachside Bistro. He offers the sounds that wash down nicely with dinner from 6-9 pm.
We kick things off with some Open Mic Madness thanks to Cornerstone Writers, who hosts 4th Friday Open Mic Night, happening every 4th Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the New Hula Girl Café, in 103 S Raiford St. Selma, NC!
Call 919-337-5345 or message us here for details!
You’re writing, you’re rehearsing, but where can you PERFORM in front of a live audience? We invite you to perform your original music, poetry, short stories and screen play snippets in front of REAL PEOPLE. Writers, singers and musicians of all styles and skill levels can showcase their talent every 4th Friday of the month at Hula Girl Cafe. Door prizes!!! Everyone who attends is entered to win!
Each week we’ll be selecting great performances and sharing them with all of our followers. Be sure to include the following hashtag on YouTube/Twitter/Facebook/
Free admission. Food and drinks will be available for sale.
Please note that 7-8 PM is reserved for family friendly content and the mic is open to all writing from 8-9. Come early to register!
The band Smile, brings the good beats that make you dance to Tony’s Oyster Bar, 107 Edinburgh Dr South Ste 129, Cary, NC. Music plays from 10 pm til 2 am each Friday and Saturday night in the lounge. You are encouraged to come early for the good food and stay late to dance and enjoy the music.
For those looking for a long and lanky songwriter tonight, head to Plank Road Steak House, 3689 E Wilson St, Farmville, NC, to enjoy the sounds of the talented Hank Barbee, who offers the sounds for supper from 7-10 pm.
Andy Hall offers the sounds for your enjoyment tonight at Kickback Jack’s, 1405 Garner Station Blvd, Garner, NC. This is a free show with music playing from 9 pm til midnight.
A couple of Rowdy Friends will get together for an acoustic show tonight at The Flying Shamrock Irish Pub & Restaurant, 115 N John St, Goldsboro, NC. Music is offered from 8-11 pm. Food is fine and the service is friendly and fast. Come enjoy some acoustic Southern rock to user in the weekend.
The talented Jon Riggs offers the free music show tonight at North Street Pub and Eatery, 115 W North St., Kinston, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and plays til 11 pm. The food is served all day, the beer is cold and ready and this place loves to support live music, so make a plan to show your support for their efforts.
For those that missed the memo, The Tarheel, 145 Blue Creek School Rd, Jacksonville, NC, is not just bringing country music to their stage. In fact next week they will feature the Adam Hill Band on Friday, December 29, 2017. Before that however and tonight in fact, you can get down with some 90’s grunge rock with Just Yesterday. This show starts at 9 pm and there is a $10 music charge at the door.
Glad tidings of jazz and joy are being offered at Bank Of The Arts 317 Middle St., New Bern, NC! Come enjoy the sounds of the beautiful Alisa Mike live from 6:30-7:30 pm. This event is free. Join them after work tonight an hour of Christmas tunes, some straight up and others with a twist!!!
Jody Bledsoe and Kim Vaquilar return to the stage at Live at The City Laundry, 901 Pollock St. New Bern, NC. They wlll be performing in two hilarious one-act plays. The Santaland Diaries features a conversation with Crumpet, an elf in Macy’s Santaland. Based on the true chronicles of play-write David Sedaris’ experiences, this cult classic riffs on some truly odd encounters with his fellow-man during the height of the holiday crunch. Act II Santa Responds. After receiving millions of letters from children all over the world, Santa finally writes back. And he’s being brutally honest…
**** PLEASE NOTE ****
The Santaland Diaries and Santa Responds are not recommended for children. They contain mature content and language.
Showtime 8 pm. Doors open at 6 pm. Tickets $10.00. Dinner not included.
For families just south of Wilson, you are invited to enjoy the Musical Light Show that is being offered to the public on Boulder Dr. in Lucama, NC. This display is happening throughout the weekend and it starts just as soon as the sun sets. Drive thru to shine a light on your Christmas spirit.
Time to blow off all that Holiday stress. Join Schoolkids Records, 2237 Avent Ferry Rd Ste 101, Raleigh, NC, for the Annual Christmas Extravaganza! The festivities begin at 5 pm with plenty of music, beer and fun! Come down and hang out with the crew from all 3 stores as well as plenty of friends. The music begins at 8:30 with Justin Ellis of Happy Abandon. Raleigh rockers Dr. Mudd and The Alamo tear it up at 9:15 and Hank Sinatra’s own Jeffro ( with special guests) goes on at 10PM and will rock into the night. As always, we will be chock full of BEER, MUSIC & FUN!
The gift of sound is fit for every season when Marcus Anderson comes to play. The saxophonist stands out with This Is Christmas, turning the traditional holiday cheer into something listeners can play throughout the year.
An incredible act and one worth watching, saxophonist Anderson is the golden child shining among stars. With eight studio albums on his list of accomplishments, the fusion jazz artist brings R&B, Pop, Rock Latin and Funk to make music that puts listeners in another atmosphere. Charting number one in both categories of Billboard’s Smooth Jazz and Sirius XM’s Watercolors, with his exceptional hit “A Cup of Joe” from the album “And Coffee” the Spartanburg, SC native is delivering major music in a humble way. His work with the late Prince and the New Power Generation led him to join stages with the likes of Ceelo Green, where he has become a key contributor to Green’s touring band.
He and his band will present a show in which he not only plays the sax, but sings and performs choreography as well.
Tonight’s show is taking place at Paramount Theatre, 139 S Center St, Goldsboro, NC.
$32 the day of the performance
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 the news and music that I found for you tonight. Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created for said gig.
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! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!
Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug and share love. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please 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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