NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options and Local Band News ~ Saturday, December 17, 2016

Live Music Options for Saturday, December 17, 2016


Getting Down Around Town New Bern~


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Tonight the community will gather to raise money for a local charity at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. The evening will bring three art genres together for Habitat for Humanity of Craven County. Musical guest on the bill is  the talented singer/songwriter out of Richlands, NC, Hank Barbee. 

During his performance, local artist and amazing painter, Laura Gammons will be painting a portrait stage side as Barbee performs. The panting that she creates will be donated to the approved family for the house being built as a part of this fundraiser.

The public is encouraged to come out and enjoy a great night of the arts and fine entertainment. There won’t be a dull moment with Meg Wethington offering her saucy spoken word stylings to the crowd in between music sets.

Tiny Tornado Food Truck will also be on site to offer many delicious options to fix your food cravings!

There are many ways that people can contribute too! There will be an angel tree for people to pick an angel to help serve our local chapter. The paintings hanging in the piano room at The Brown Pelican were all painted by Gammons. Any of her artwork sold this month, she will give 50% of sales to HFH. Barbee will also be selling his merchandise this evening. He offers two discs of great music and awesome guitar string bracelets, each created and crafted  by his mother using his recycled guitar strings. Half of the proceeds from his sales tonight will also go to HFH. Both artists offer awesome Christmas gifts for the ones you love!!!

There will also be helpers on hand to take your tax deductible donation. It costs between $80,000-$85, 000 to build a Habitat Home. Your contributions tonight will go to helping a local family with aiding to provide a safe haven for that approved family.

I will also encourage you to tip generously, as the bar will match tips and donate to the cause.

This event kicks off with live music at 7 pm and will go until 11 pm. ‘Tis the  season to make a big impact on the world  and every day is a good day to pay it forward. I hope to see you there!


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It is going to be a holiday Pro Jam with Blue Moon Jazz featuring John Van Dyke tonight at The City Laundry located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC. The fun gets underway at 6 pm and the music goes until 10 pm. One of the guest that will be on stage is Chris Hollacheck who is in town from Nashville. Check out some of his original music and enjoy some country favorites too. 

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For those looking for a fun time of dining and dancing, check out The Bears live at Attitude’s Pub, located at 32 Shoreline Dr, River Bend, NC.

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Just over the bridge in James City, you can check out The Joe Baes Project who will be jamming at BrÛtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. This classic rock project gets the music started at 7 and jams until 10 pm. There is no cover and Caution Food Truck will be on site to offer some great menu option. Personally I dig their burgers.

Around the Region ~


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Looking to the North, we find Steel Shot live at Winslow’s Deli, located at 120 W 5th St., Greenville, NC. The Pamlico duo offers bongos and guitar and a great selection of popular music for those looking for a good choice for dining with music. Music starts at 8 pm!


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Also taking place in the area, one of my favorite blues groups are making a holiday party of it at A J McMurphy’s, located at 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC. Music gets started at 8:30 pm and these boys will rock your blues away until 11:30 pm. Come on out and enjoy the annual Christmas party with some great blues and rock music.


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Looking a little to our south, Michael Telliga has been invited back by popular demand to Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern, located at 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd, Jacksonville, NC. This slayer tore it up in November and many have asked to have him back, so bar owner Nick Nichols has made it happen. Be there tonight at 9 pm for this free show!


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Heading out West to have a look around at a few options; I found Dr. Bacon and special guests Purple School Bus on the bill at The Blind Tiger tonight. Located at 1819 Spring Garden St., Greensboro, NC. Doors open at 8 pm and tickets are $10.


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Looking to the north western region of the state you can check out Sok Monkey. They have a show tonight at After Hours Tavern located at 16 14 N Main St., High Point, NC. They are a four piece band delivering  pop metal and all things rock! Check them out tonight as they celebrate the holiday season on stage. The music starts at 10 and they rock you til 2 am.


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Coming closer to home, The Limits will be on stage at The Red Room, located at 220 N Heritage St., Kinston, NC. Music starts at 10 pm. They are young indie rock outfit that enjoy making and sharing music. They will be rocking the room with their original tunes until 2 am. Be sure to catch this talent young ensemble of players tonight! There is a music charge at the door. But music is always worth the money!

Along the Coast ~

The Almond Brothers band have a show tonight at Shelby Jean’s, located at 15 Carolina Beach N, Carolina Beach, NC. They get their tribute to the Allman Brothers started at 8 pm this evening and rock you until the midnight hour!


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Looking around the Southern Shores area you can check out Psylo Joe live at The Calico Room. Located at 107 S Front St., Wilmington, NC; the music gets started at 9 pm. Opening the show will be a performance by ESP. 


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There is a holiday benefit party going down at The Palm Room located at 11 E Salisbury St., Wilmington, NC., to support a newly redone local skate spot in Wilmington. This event is  happening tonight. On the bill you can enjoy live music by: The Male Men, Sacred Cash Cow, Poison Anthem, Monkey Knife Fight and The Good Good Griefs. Doors open at 5 pm and there is a $5.00 cover charge for entry.


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There will be an ugly Christmas sweater event taking place tonight at RackEm Darts & Billiards, located at 415 S College Rd., Wilmigton, NC. On the bill for your entertainment you can enjoy the music of Crytal Fussell Duo, they will be offering the music from 9 til midnight!


Looking around the Crystal Coast…Justin Castellano will be performing tonight at The Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant in Swansboro, NC. He gets the music started in the bar at 9 pm and rocks you until midnight.



4EverAll has a show at Church St. Irish Pub, located on Church St in Swansboro, NC  They will offer their music selections from 7-10 pm this evening.

That is a wrap on where you can find live music around the region tonight!  I invite all bands and club owners to be a part of the Zone. If you support or play live music in NC, send your dates to me so that I can tell people about your upcoming events!

Thanks so much for reading. I hope you will share this on social media so that your friends find out about it too! Whatever you pick for your good time, please take kindness with you. Bartenders and wait staff do not even make minimum wage, so please tip generously in this season of giving to those who help you with your happy weekends! Also share that love and money with the bands that make you dance. I think musician wages are even less than waitresses!

Peace love and enjoy the dance!


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