NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options & Band News – Saturday, September 24, 2016

Live Music Options for Saturday, September 24, 2016~

Around the Region

Starting things off where we kicked em off last night, here is who you can find playing on various stages in Raleigh for Ray Price Harley Davidson’s Bike Fest 2016! This three day event kicked off last night and finishes up tomorrow!  Grab your sweetie and head out west for tons of biker fun, games and lots of live and rocking music!

For more info on the event in its entirety  check out their website at


Closing out the Ray Price’s Capital City BikeFest tonight on stage at 400 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC it is Thunderstruck taking the stage with their premier tribute to AC/DC  at 8:30 pm. Once again click on the link above to see what bands are on what stages throughout the Capital City.


Heading West out of the Capital City you can head over to Little Creek Winery located at 3759 Vernon Ln,  Snow Camp NC, for their Smiling Frog Festival. This is an all day event that kicks off at 1 pm and lingers long past the sun going down. Here are the details I found on the event page:

Sept 24 th Gates open at 1 pm + music starts 2 pm lots of great music: James Olin Olsen, Blind Dog Gatewood, Gator, Quarvo Lactao, The Nitrogen Tone, MURDUB, Yesterday’s Gravy, MicAh Mccravey accoustic set & camp fire jams with ( live-wood )bluegrass band, plus open jamming with music till dawn ~ lots of great music
Also lots of good food including chicken or beef tacos, nachos & cheese also our salsa grown here at little creek vineyard !! Also black beans & brown rice, hot dogs , cheese hamburgers
Pancakes eggs & bacon breakfast
U pick muscadines $10 per gallon
Free spirits !!! With the purchase of a little creek souvenir cup $10
Entry fee is $ 10. Camping is $10 per person but bands camp free !
Hope ta see ya here @ little creek !


Live tonight from 6-8 pm you can enjoy a free wine tasting and live music courtesy of LA Squirrel Barkers who will be on hand at The Wet Whistle located at 101 Bonnie Pl., Archdale, NC


Live at The Cat’s Cradle located at 300 E Main St.,  Carrboro, NC you can check out two groovy jam bands, first up is Psylo Joe spreading the G-Vegas vibe  followed by Purple Schoolbus offering their jams to conclude the night. This is a FREE SHOW!!!

Carrboro Music Festival kickoff party! Free show!

The original seven members of Purple Schoolbus reunite for three shows this fall! This event will also feature Psylo Joe – a great band currently spreading the G-Vegas psychedelic vibe around the East Coast.

When the Purple Schoolbus makes a stop – everybody gets off!

Purple Schoolbus is an original band, playing original music. With their grooves, harmonies, and jams, they are often described as a cross between CSN, the Grateful Dead, and Santana; but are best described as “Southern Fried San Francisco”. The seven piece ensemble features Scott Scala and Todd May – drums and percussion, Bernie Taylor – bass and vocals, Kevin Sledge-guitar and vocals, Micah Peedin-lead guitar and vocals, Jesse Jennings – keyboards, and Mark Harris- saxophones.

Purple Schoolbus formed in early 1992 in Greenville, NC. They have released two critically acclaimed albums: Purple Schoolbus and Phoenicia Blind; and are currently adding the finishing touches to their third album. The “Bus” has played hundreds of live performances while touring as far north as New England , south to Florida, and as far west as the Rocky Mountains with many cool stops in between.


Live tonight at Doodad Farm located at 4701 Land Rd., Greensboro, NC  you can enjoy the grooves of Laurelyn Dosset and Friends. Here is what I learned about this show on the Facebook Event page:

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, we’re handing the reins of Doodad Farm over to Laurelyn Dossett, one of our area’s musical treasures. We’ve asked Laurelyn to bring in any musicians she wants and to perform anything she wants to perform.

There’s no denying that Laurelyn Dossett is one of North Carolina’s most successful and admired musicians, with a decades-long career that only seems to expand with each bold new musical project she undertakes. Far more than just an angelic-voiced performer, Laurelyn has written original scores for six Triad Stage productions, appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, teamed up with the North Carolina Symphony as a composer, written the title track of a Grammy-winning album, and toured with the likes of Rhiannon Giddens, Alice Gerrard, and Kari Sickenberger. One of the most sought-after voices in creative collaborations, Laurelyn is at the hub of the Piedmont musical community, and you’ll often see her on stage surrounded by stunningly talented folks.

More at

EVERYONE is invited! GATES OPEN AT 6:30 pm, but really, you can show up even earlier if you want to hang out our help out. The music will begin about 7pm.


If you are looking for the Blues done right be sure to check in with Abe Reid & The Spike Drivers tonight live at Green Heron Alehouse located at 1110 Flinchem Dr, Danbury, NC. This show gets started at 8 pm and offers three hours of rocking blues.


The Roman Sam’s Band return to Drifters located at 208 W Clay St., Mebane, NC. If you have not checked in with this band, take the time to do so. They are a rockin’ classic rock outfit out of Kinston, NC with Samantha Holland leading the charge on vocals. The band is tight and she is energetic and fun to watch. They will be rocking the room tonight from 10 pm til 1:30 am.


Billed as the baddest 80’s Rock Experience, Bad Romeo has a show tonight at Amici’s Pizza Sports Bar & Grill located at 929 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC. They get things rolling about 9:30 pm and promise to rock you til 1:30 am


There is another full night of rock on hand at THE NC ALLSTAR ROCK MUSIC FEST which kicks off at 5 pm at The Rock Shop located at 128 King Street, Fayetteville, NC . This event goes until 2 am featuring 14 bands on two stages. This is what I found on the Facebook events page:

14 Bands, 2 stages, plus much, much more!!!!  This one is going to be one of the biggest events of the year!!!!!!

Admission is $12 at the door.

Sponsorship packages that are available right now are as follows:

Company presenting the event –

Stage A – Monolith Stage
Stage B – White Swan Stage

Promotional and Band Sponsors –
13th Ink Screen Printing
Evening Star Entertainment

Monolith Stage White Swan Stage
Lauren Nicole Band Trailer Park Orchestra
Knightmare Aurora
A Light Divided 4th Hour
Kiss The Curse Soapbox Arson
Motorjunkie Raimee
The Gray Breathe New Life
Something Clever Fiftywatt Freigh Train

There will be prizes raffled off so donations such as merch, gift certificates, and other small items will also be accepted.


Steel County Express @ Mad Boar - Wallace, NC

Steel County Express will be bringing their brand of modern and classic country sounds to Mad Boar Restaurant located at 111 River Village Pl, Wallace, North Carolina. This show gets started at 8 and they will rock you til 11 pm.


The Carolina Soul Band will be performing this evening from 9 pm til 1 am at The Venue located at 2705 Sanderson Way, Kinston, NC.



GEN-X the 90’s rock cover band out of the Washington/Greenville areas will return to the Pebble Beach stage this evening for another rocking show from 7 til 10 pm at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill located at 1052 E Main St., Washington, NC. This is a great pick for some dining and dancing tonight!


New Bern based Zen Pirates will be shooting up Highway 43 to do a show at JJ’s Country Store & Tavern located at 1330 NC Highway 903 N, Greenville, NC. They will get the classic rock party started at 9 pm and rock you til 12:30 am.



It has been a while since I heard from Pamilco County duo Silver Creek but tonight they will be rocking The Wolf’s Lounge (Formerly The Hard Hat ) located on Highway 33 in Aurora, NC. The show starts at 9 and this duo will entertain you until the midnight hour or later.


For all you blues enthusists with a traveling jones check out this event I found out about going down in Clarksville, VA:

Big Buggs Island Blues Bash
Saturday, September 24th, 2016 11am-9pm
Robbins Ballpark, 104 Woodland Dr, Clarksville, Va
Gates open at 10am RAIN OR SHINE!
Lawn chairs welcome.


Facebook – Big Buggs Island Blues Bash or

September1st-24th $35

For a full summary of acts visit

Along the Coast:

We are starting things off in Wilmington  for The 2nd Annual Recovery Rock Fest. This Community Outreach event is for celebrating, inspiring and bringing awareness of recovery. This is a family friendly event taking place at Huge Macrae Park located at 314 Pine Grove Drive, Wilmington, NC. Things get started at 10 am and roll through the day.  It’ll be a fun day and I will be on hand to film Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade from 2-2:45 today!


Rolling up Highway 17 we find Daryl Lucas on tap for live music at Blackbeard’s Waterfront Bar & Restaurant located at 316 Fulcher St, Sneads Ferry, NC. This rocking country groover is getting ready to tie the knot to his lovely lady in just two weeks…come on out and help him celebrate before their big day! Music gets started at 8:30 pm and won’t quit before 11:30 pm. And by all means please throw honeymoon money in the tip jar if you happen to be in the house!


Looking around the Highway 70n  corridor, we will start things off  at a place I have never been for a little bit of blues action:

The Infusion Cafe is located at 1012 Arendell St, Morehead City offer up some American Roots Blues with The Remedy, local blues duo featuring Chris Lee playing the harmonica and singing and Tim Rowe playing on guitar and offering up vocals.

The show will go down from 7-10 pm so if ya like the blues, go grab so joe and enjoy a fun night!


It’s a great day for all my favorites. Tonight at The Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC you can find one of the hottest, jazziest guitar players on the North Carolina scene. Matt Phillips will be delivering his awesome grooves from 8:30 til 11:30 and there in no admission cost for this show!


Looking around Swansboro you can find the fanciest six string player along the Crystal Coast, Justin Castellano who will be rocking the bar tonight at The Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant located at 100 S Front St, Swansboro, NC He gets the crowd grooving at 9 pm and rocks them til 12 am. This place has amazing food, so why not check it out when they offer live music.


Having a look around Emerald Isle, you can find my favorite singer/songwriter with rock n roll sounds and country blues that grab you Hank Barbee will be solo at The Trading Post Southern Food & Spirits located at 8302 Emerald Dr. EI. He gets the crowd grooving along for dinner at 6:30 pm and will finish up when the kitchen closes. This is a great pick for dining and dancing if you are near these shore points.


Coming out of Emerald Isle you can stop at Harrika’s Brew Haus located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC. That is where you can find BluSky Crying live from 7:30-10:30 pm

Around Town, New Bern



New Bern has a lot of talent and some of it is going to be featured on stage at The Craven County Community College Auditorium, being brought to us by  The A&B Creative Events  this event kicks off at 2 pm. Tickets will be sold at the door.


The last Saturday of each month in New Bern means Open Mic at Trent River Coffee Company located at 208 Craven St., New Bern. This event welcomes seasoned and freshly budding talents to collide for one night to make music. Sign up starts at 6 and the jam gets started at 6:30 and concludes about 9 pm


Looking at other areas around town, you can catch James Ford on the patio tonight at Annabelle’s located at the main entrance of The New Bern Mall located on Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.  He will be there to entertain you for supper from 7-10 pm.


Solid Ground will be rocking a party goers at a private event at the VFW  off Old Cherry Point Rd., from 8 til midnight. They give up some solid rock sounds and know how to deliver a fun show with powerhouse vocals and grinding guitar licks that are rarely matched by any around here.


While we are over in James City let me tell you that Tastes Like Chicken will be checking in at BrÜtopia located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. This full tilt modern and classic rock trio promise to have you dancing to all the familiar hits they play. They will be rocking the room from 7-10 pm.


Tonight at The Brown Pelican they are giving back. It happens to mark 20 years since Merci Clinic opened their doors, where The Brown Pelican now resides. which is at 411 Broad Street, New Bern. NC.  As a way to thank them for the incredible work they do for our community members, Heather Haiss, owner of the Dirty Bird is holding a raffle fundraiser event tonight from 8-11 om. On stage to entertain the crowd will be Paid Time Off featuring Rick Huff, daughter Jenna Leigh Huff and Tod Stilley.

Well kids, that is all the options I have for you today and tonight. If you love live music please go out in support of the many local players who are laying it down for you to have a fun and fine time. Free music is never free so if you see a tip jar, share some love with the bands that move you. Thanks so much for reading. I hope you will share this with your friends so we can all enjoy the dance.


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