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Live Music Options for Thursday, January 19, 2017

~ Gettin’ Down, Around Town,  New Bern ~

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Taking place tonight at The City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC; it’s an open mic event with host Gabrielle Christie. Music starts at 6 pm and they play til 8 pm.

Musicians, poets, comedians and more! All performers are welcome at The City Laundry Open Mic. Come down to perform or to simply enjoy the local talent and creative atmosphere that The City Laundry has to offer with your own family. Be sure to check out their cafe menu as well as their bar options! 


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The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, hosts a weekly open mic night that takes place each and every Thursday from 7 pm til, the jammers quit jamming; usually about 10 pm. So head to town tonight with your talents and put yourself on display for others to appreciate your offerings.


~ Rockin’ Around The Region ~

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Looking around the western region we have a blues act that will be performing live tonight at UpCountry Brewing Company,  located at 1042 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC. The spotlight will shine on the talents of Vince Junior Band. This is an all ages show with music starting at 7 pm. So pack up the family and get ready for a great night of soulful blues.


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Looking around Greensboro there is a night of awesome classical offerings courtesy of  the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. They will be offing their best Russian selections on tonight and again this coming Saturday evening at Dana Auditorium, located at 5800 W Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC. This event center is located at Guilford College. Tickets for this show range from $34 to $46 per ticket and you can get yours by visiting this link:

Here’s more that I found on the Facebook event page for this performance:

Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Dmitry Masleev Concert Pianist join forces with Greensboro Symphony Orchestra for two evenings of Russian music on 19 & 21 January 2017.

Programme features:
Stravinsky Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique”


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While we are around town, let me remind you that, there is a weekly open mic event at  Common Grounds, located at 602 S Elam Ave., Greensboro, NC. You are welcome to pack up the gig bag and bring your talent downtown for a full display. Music starts at 8 pm and they player play til 11 pm. This weekly offering is hosted by Carrie Paz.


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Looking around Raleigh you can enjoy and eclectic collection of winds and wine tonight at the Raleigh Wine Shop, located at 126  Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC. Here is all the info you need to know, which I found on their FB page.

The Triangle Chamber Music Collective Woodwind Quintet will be performing at the shop for an evening of live music and wine. Five musicians will be performing for your listening pleasure, meanwhile you’ll be able to taste a selection of wines to accompany the origins of each musical piece.

Cheese and charcuterie from our friends at Orrman’s Cheese Shop in Lafayette Village will be enjoyed, at standing tables throughout the shop, cocktail style, along with the wine.  You’ll be able to hear from the musicians and learn about the composers and the pieces they have selected to perform for the evening, as well as the wines that have been chosen.

Come mingle and meet fellow neighbors and music lovers at this unique event. Doors will open at 7:30 pm for this 2 hour standing event. Follow the ticket link to purchase your tickets ($30 per person), for there is limited space available. For more information or questions, contact the shop or reach out to the Triangle Chamber Music Collective on their Facebook page!


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Orlando Parker has a show tonight at Slim’s Downtown. This marks the singer’s debut performance at the club. Opening the night will be Daniel Chavis from The Veldt.  Music starts at 9 pm and will continue til the midnight hour. Slim’s Downtown is located at 227 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC.


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Pour House Music Hall continues their Thursday night Local Band Local Beer series, featuring the sounds of The DeBonzo Bros.; Milango Saints and The Blue Footed Boobies. Music gets started at 9:30 pm and each band will offer a set of great music. Behind the bar, you will find local beer being featured as well. Pour House Music Hall is located 224 S Blount St., Raleigh, NC.


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The Second String Band has a show tonight at Berkeley Café, which is located at 217 W Martin St., Raleigh, NC. Music starts tonight at 8 pm and this show is free.


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Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music , located at 101 Timber Pointe Ln., Garner, NC, offers the fun sounds of their house band this evening from 7:30-9:30 pm. They will be offering many familiar and fun cover tunes to get you in the mood for the weekend. Come on out with the family for this free show.


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The Anchormen will perform this evening for a free show at Seven Springs Baptist Church located at 5924 Highway 55 E, Seven Springs, NC. Tonight’s concert starts at 7 pm.

5924 NC 55 East
No Admission charge a Love Offering received. A Great evening of Gospel Music Quartet style.
The Anchormen are some of the Best in the Business. Don’t Miss this opportunity!


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Steel County Express has an acoustic show tonight offering dinner and a show options to the folks in the Kinston area. Tonight the duo will be live at North Street Pub & Eatery, located at 115 W North St., Kinston, NC, from 7-10 pm and there is no cover charge for this show.


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Checking out a few spots I have never covered; I found this event going on tonight in Wilson, NC at Edna Boykin Cultural Center. Here are all the details about the show, the artist and the venue:

Carrie Newcomer

January 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Edna Boykin Cultural Center

Tickets: $25/ $20 for students and seniors

“As the Marketing Director here at the Arts Council, it is my job to let everyone know about the many wonderful performances and programs we offer. When our Boykin Performance Series is finalized, I eagerly look up every performer to get to know them, in order for me to be able to share who they are and why everyone should come see them. When I started familiarizing myself with Carrie Newcomer, our next show in the series, I was immediately drawn in. When I first listened to her music and watched her beautifully produced videos, I was brought to tears. Her music has a way of talking directly to your heart. The best artists make you FEEL, they connect with their audience and bring you into their world. For the first time in a long time, I didn’t know how to articulate exactly who Newcomer is, or what her music is all about. Words and descriptions don’t do her justice – you need to hear her for yourself. I want all of you to Google her, listen, and enjoy.” — Elisabeth Farnsworth

Carrie Newcomer has been described as “a soaring songstress” by Billboard and a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe. The Dallas Morning News says, “she’s the kind of artist whose music makes you stop, think, and then say, ‘that’s so true.’” She is a mainstay on the contemporary folk scene, recently joining Alison Krauss on a European tour. Huffington Post Religion Community listed her song “Holy as the Day is Spent” as one of the best spiritual songs of 2012. She was listed as one of the “50 most influential folk musicians of the past 50 years” by Chicago’s WFMT, and Boston’s WBEZ listed her as one of the most influential folk artists of the last 25 years.

Newcomer is known for emotionally intimate songs that explore the personal, and the spiritual with compassion, insight, and wit. She travels the world working as an advocate for causes such as AIDS in Africa, non-violent conflict resolution through the arts, and the empowerment of women in the Middle East. She uses her gifts to connect with others, and has been a powerful teacher and agent for change.

“Carrie Newcomer is the most insightful and lyrical singer-songwriter I know – always attuned to the still, small voice of the soul that’s so often muffled by the noise of the world. She engages us in a conversation about what it means to be human, vulnerable to the whole of life, learning to love. The poems to which she gives voice in these songs comprise the musical score of a life lived fully and well.” -Parker J. Palmer

We hope you will join us and experience this special evening on January 19th. You can reserve your seats today by calling the Arts Council of Wilson at 252-291-4329, purchasing tickets online at, or coming on down to the Wilson Arts Center.

This performance was made possible by the County of Wilson.


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Looking around other new territory for NCMZ, we find Rob Alford has a show tonight at Westridge Grill, located at 3639 Sunset Ave., Rocky Mount, NC. This acoustic guitar act gets the music started at 7 pm and he will perform until 11 pm. There is no cover charge for this show.


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 Third Thursday Jazz Series will be a regular event folks can look forward to from January to June at Arts of the Albemarle; located at 516 E Main Street, Elizabeth City, NC. This show starts at 5:30 pm and ends at 7 pm. This is a free music series being brought to the community via The Elizabeth City Foundation.

~ Cruisin’ The Coast ~

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Mikele Buck makes for a great choice for dinner and a show. Come enjoy the talented country crooner at Saltwater Grill tonight, located at 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. Music starts being served at 6 pm and continues until 9:30 pm.


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Live tonight from 6 pm-9 pm at Carolina Home  & Garden, located at 4778 Highway 24 E, Newport, NC, it is The Reindl Brothers. They may even be able to set up on our patio with this warm weather! They will  have awesome food, beer & wine for sale, and just a great atmosphere to hang out with friends! We hope to see you tonight! There is a $5 dollar cover charge for this show.

Well folks that is where you can go to get your weekend kicked off early with great grooves. What ever you choose, please take kindness with you and as always enjoy the dance.
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