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Last Saturday night I was invited to crash a wedding that was taking place in Beaufort, NC so to meet the newest member Second Helping, The Lynyrd Skynyrd Show based out of Lenoir County. Guitarist Jake Johnson joined the line-up a few weeks ago replacing Tom Spellman. Johnson gave his first live offering with the band last week when they played for a newly married couple that was more than grateful for their performance.


As we made our way to the function former guitarist Spellman noted all of the pickup trucks parked on the street leading to the festivities.” The band sounded great and the bride was more than happy to have them.

The ten piece outfit tours nationally for festivals and quite obviously is also available for weddings. They perform mostly at town and community events and festivals. They are available to bring their show to your town next. To check out the band and consider them for an upcoming event please follow this link to their website:

Second Helping

The setting for the wedding receptions was in an old converted barn on the water and they band was set up in the old hay rafters. It was quite a tasks getting good shots of them on this particular night, but we did the best we could.

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Making our way back to New Bern in time to catch a couple more show, Spellman and I attended the Corey Stuart Show under the tent, on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion. This talented entertainer puts a lot into making his shows fun and full of energy. He is a one man band that brings a full band sound. Offering the fun songs of the 80’s and 90’s Stuart gets people moving to his groove. The Raleigh based performer plays around the state and beyond state lines. If you are interested in hearing more, check out Stuart by following this link:

Corey Stuart on Facebook


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We stopped in at The Brown Pelican  for the final set of music on Saturday night where we enjoyed the rocking sounds of the East Brogues Band. This classic rock band featuring the guitar works of Gary Dudley is based in Cape Carteret and enjoy visiting New Bern throughout the year to play. Each time they do, they bring the classic rock of the Stones, Doors, CCR, and many more.

The trio of rockers will be bringing their show back to the Bern next month when they play at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion on Friday, February 23, 2018. Music is offered outdoors under the tent every Thursday through Sunday. Music on Friday and Saturdays is offered from 8-11 pm. On Sundays you can enjoy the dinner shows from 5-8 pm and it all kicks off on Thursdays with Dueling Pianos from 7-11 pm each week.

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Rocking Around This Weekend



Thomas Knight Performs

Since I was out on the scene with Spellman last week I might as well tell you, he has an alter ego. Thomas Knight is quite the Romeo of entertainers and he will be on the patio tomorrow night with a host of lady friends that will offer and eclectic mix of great music. Heather Bunn, Amanda Korbee, Marron Chaplin and Jill Adair are just some of the great singers that will join Knight as he casts his spell! Man, watch as he slays hearts, well mine anyway! Be there from 8-11 pm Saturday, January 27, 2018 under the tent for the magical music show!


Feral Cat Attack in New Bern

Since we are under the tent let me tell you that the fun and funky blues rock band out of Lenoir County known as the Feral Cats will be making their return tonight to rock your work week blues away from 8-11 pm on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. This four piece band gets more tight with the grooves each time I catch them. If you have yet to hear them tonight is the night!


The Bears, Offering Oldies In New Bern

It will be the Bears that bring the dinner show this Sunday from 5-8 pm under the tent. This is New Bern’s favorite oldies band and the best way I found to end a great weekend with music and fine food. Please join us for some dancing and great fun from 5-8 pm this Sunday evening at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion.


On Tap at The Dirty Bird

Rick Huff will offer the acoustic sounds of singer songwriters you know and love including James Taylor, Jim Croce, The Eagles, The Beatles and so much tonight at The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., NEw Bern, NC; with a performance from 7-10 pm. Come sing along to the songs you know as you unwind with friends and nice cold beverage. This show is free and the music is fun.


Tomorrow’s line up is a fun local band that features the father and daughter works of Derrick Moore and Darria Yeager with Mathew Kerlin on drums, some vox and even guitar from time to time. Caffeinated Soul Boogie  is a talented bunch that came together at open mic nights at coffee shops. Tomorrow they will bring their show to the Pelican with music being offered for free from 8-11 pm. Please bear in mind, free music is never free and these players are working on their weekends off. Feel free to leave tips.



City Laundry Offers Comedy and Drag


Audience’s are part of the show! Give us your suggestions and watch us create hilarious unscripted scenes right before your eyes! This month featuring Walk in Bathtub New Bern’s own Improv Team! Come and explore the hilarious, unpredictable world of improv comedy. 8pm Show Tickets $7.00 Live at the City Laundry is located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC.



Madame Z and The Pollock Street Drag Divas are back to host our first Pride show of 2018. Celebrate Diversity with a fun and loving crowd. It’s always a great party. Everyone is welcome! 9pm Show $8.00 Cover.


Music is Jumpin in James City

That honky-tonk heart-throb that captivated my heart and inspired my soul to write about music is back on this side of the pond. If you scroll down to the first blog on this site, you will meet Bill Lyerly.

He is the road house guitar groove that boosted Super Grit Cowboy to popularity back in the day now spends much of his time on tour overseas in Spain half the year, where he resides with his bride. The other half of the year he returns to tour the Carolinas.

Tonight he comes to Triple Play Restaurant, 111 Williams Rd., New Bern, NC.  to deliver his first show of the year to New Bern Fans. Tickets at the door are generally $10 and under. Music starts at 9 pm and Lyerly will rock you right into your Saturday morning.

Tomorrow Lyerly will be offering his sounds to fans out around Seven Springs when he plays at Crossroads Grill & Bar, 8136 Highway 55 W Seven Springs, NC. Music is offered from 9 pm til 1 am. Lyerly also wants us to know  “This Sunday (Jan 28) Koi Pond Brewery in Rocky Mount. Start time 4 o’clock!!!!! We’re planning on a LARGE time!!”


Here is What’s Brewing At BrUtopia

Tonight you can chill out and enjoy the sounds of Tiffany Elaine and Jimmy Kennedy as they deliver the sounds you love this Friday at BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 East, NEw Bern, NC. Experience the tastes of fresh beer served by the arm and friendly staff and be sure to sample the great tastes of Nest Cafe who will be serving the food before, during and after the show. Music is offered 7-10 pm and this is another free music event!



On Saturday night at BrÜtopia you are invited to enjoy the sounds of Mykel Barbee Live as he offers his blend of Acoustic Rock, Country & Soul. Nest Cafe serves up some award winning food. Once again this free show takes place from 7-10 pm.


Leavin’ Town


Hank Barbee and James Durham are going to offer a duo performance for friends and fans at Osprey Grill located at 2200 Gum Branch Rd., Jacksonville, NC. Music starts at 7 pm and plays til 10. This duo will be a delight for those there for a wonderful dining experience. The music will be fine, the service warm, the beer is cold and the food is being served now!



For those running around the Jacksonville area tomorrow night, be sure to check out Limited Engagement when they bring it to Nick’s Black Sheep Tavern. 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd., Jacksonville, NC. Saturday night’s show starts at 9 pm and the band rocks you til midnight. This fun and funky party band recently enlisted a new member out of the Raleigh area to join the trio, so be sure to make the New Bern based  party band feel welcome.



Built For Comfort has a show tonight at Crossbones Tavern 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC. This fun blues act bring traditional blues to the stage and offers a great rocking twist to the music they play. They offer standards by Jimmy Reed, Buddy Guy, BB King, Wilson Pickett and many more.

Put on your dancing shoes and meet your friends in GVegas tonight for a fun night of dancing downtown. There is a $5.00 music charge and music starts at 9 pm and plays til 1 am.



For those that were heading to The Market Street Pub 143 N Market St., Washington, NC to check out Stairwell tonight; please know the show had to cancelled due to a family emergency within the band.

Given that development, I reached out to the manager who told me that Billy & Billy Unplugged  would be filling the slot with music being offered tonight from 10 pm til 2 am.

Market Street Pub offers live music featuring local area acts. In fact tomorrow night you can catch the classic rock favs from New Bern, The Wannabees live from 10 pm til 2 am.



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Pup’s Steakhouse 2801 Ward Blvd, Ste 3D, Wilson, NC will not only be offering the great food but also the beautiful sounds of Christina live tonight from 8-11 pm. The young talented songwriter is based in Battleboro, NC and stays busy offering her music to the western regions. Tonight she will be live in Wilson and tomorrow she will offer her music to her friends and fans at Bud’s Tavern in Youngsville. NC. It was not too long that I stopped out at Bud’s to meet the owner and check out the venue. If you have not been to this good time bar, perhaps tomorrow is the night. Christina plays there from 8 pm til midnight.


Coastal Companions


Before there was The Adam Hill Band there was a project known as Victim of The Cause. This project is actually Hill’s music baby and one that is still dear to his heart. This is band unit that is his driving force in music. In all they knew a 12 year stint before taking a needed break. During that break The Adam Hill Band came to the helm of Hill’s world.

Still holding great regard for the music that was made in that era of Victim, Hill has returned and tonight the band debuts their 2018 line up at The Whiskey in Wilmington, NC

Opening the show will be another solid original force worth listening to, Unofficial Red Dog. I had the opportunity to hear a few of their songs not long ago. I loved how they took the country vocals and added a heavier rock sound to it. I think this is the show to see for music fans in Wilmington tonight. The Whiskey is located right on Front St.Music starts at 10 pm and rocks til 2 am


Checking the scene in Carteret County you can enjoy the music of Trey Calloway Band tonight at Salt Bar, 325 Mangrove Dr., Emerald Isle. Music starts at 9 pm and there is a $5.00 music charge at the door.




Justin Castellano can be found playing around Swansboro all weekend. Tonight you can catch him at Boro Restaurant & Bar 109 W Front St. Swansboro, NC from 6-9 pm and tomorrow enjoy great food and music at The Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant. Music is offered there from 9 pm til midnight in the lounge.



The final show I wanted to tell you about this evening is the Pamlico Based duo, Steel Shot who brought their show to Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion. I had the good fortune to catch up with these guys on a couple of occasions in the last several days.

First I spent some time with them on the patio at The Harvey Mansion when they played Sunday evening. Then I saw the boys off stage the following night in South Carolina. To hear more what how me and the boys spent Monday evening come on back tomorrow.

I will say this, we all got our fill of great local country music offered by many regional players, including our own Bryan Mayer. You don’t want to miss this news. Make a date to read more here  tomorrow!

Here is just a glimpse of what is coming your way!

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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

January 23 at 9:21pm

Thanks so much for and rocking around the state with me.

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options I found for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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 Thanks for Reading!

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!

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:

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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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