NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Source For Live Music Options & News ~ Friday, August 26, 2016

Around The Region:


You can bring the family to the park and groove to the sounds of The Prime Time Band who will be performing live at Riverwalk Park located at 421 Court St. Jacksonville, NC. Music starts at 6 and wraps up about 8 pm. Bring the kids, blankets and lawn chairs. Leave the coolers at home. Concessions will be available for purchase at this Free Music, Family Friendly event!


After you get done with family in the park, meet up with friends  now that you are primed for more live music head over to The Outpost Saloon, located at 3038 Richlands Hwy, Jacksonville, NC. That’s where you can find Daryl Lucas  live from 9 pm til 1 am.


Keeping on 17 South let’s have a look at all of the great gigs going on this last Friday of August down around Wilmington, NC.


First up we have one of my new favorite finds, The Phantom Playboys have a gig at The Home Depot located at 5613 Carolina Beach Rd., Wilmington, NC. They are there for the Monkey Junction Music Series.

This rockabilly band is great fun and will get things rocking at 6 pm. Go out and dance at the Home Depot! Why not live life like you only get one?



Next up we have Town Mountain performing live at The Throne Theater, located at 208 Market St, Wilmington, NC. Here is what I learned about this band and the actual event from the Facebook Event page:

Town Mountain
Folkstone Stringband

$15 advance | $20 day of show
Doors: 8pm | Show: 9pm

For Fans Of: Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, Oakhurst, Punch Brothers, The SteelDrivers, Yonder Mountain String Band, BĂ©la Fleck, Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine, The Avett Brothers

Bio:In much the same way that iconic southern dishes such as Louisiana gumbo or Brunswick stew can include any number of flavorful ingredients, so too does bluegrass music rely on a recipe that can vary wildly, depending on who’s doing the cooking. For Asheville, North Carolina-based bluegrass band Town Mountain, the key ingredient of the musical stew that is their career-defining fifth album, Southern Crescent, is the same confident – yet entirely embraceable – swagger that has distinguished the group since they first formed in 2005. The new album is due out on April 1, 2016 on LoHi Records.

With an insatiable musical hunger, the members of Town Mountain (Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals, and Nick DiSebastian* on bass) made their way to the little south-central Louisiana town of Breaux Bridge, where they recorded their most cohesive, most satisfying album to date. Produced by legendary GRAMMY-winning musician (and Louisiana transplant) Dirk Powell at his Cypress House studio, with low-swooping live oak trees and the picturesque Bayou Teche nearby, Southern Crescent is nothing less than a musical tour-de-force. Adam Chaffins* plays bass in the touring outfit.

Southern Crescent was recorded in a decidedly old-school way, live, with minimal fixes and overdubs, with all the musicians in the same room and no noise-reducing baffling between them. The result: a raw, soulful album that prompted iconic singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale to enthuse in the liner notes, “The first time I heard Town Mountain I loved, respected, and enjoyed them. And I do now more than ever. They have stuck with their deep bluegrass roots but as they have with all of their releases, they have grown and expanded. They sound like Carolina, and they carry that sound farther and farther with Southern Crescent, their latest gem.”

In spite of not having worked with Powell as their producer before, singer-songwriter Robert Greer says he walked away from the experience “thinking this is how I want to record every record from this point on.” It probably didn’t hurt that Powell’s mom, who lives next door to the studio, was keeping the group supplied with coffee and homemade chocolate chip cookies.

The new album is being released on LoHi Records. Based in Greensboro, N.C., the label is a partnership formed by entrepreneur and marketing veteran Jim Brooks with singer/songwriter and record producer Todd Snider, record producer Tim Carbone (who also plays fiddle in newgrass band Railroad Earth) and Chad Staehly from Gold Mountain Entertainment in Nashville.

Each of Town Mountain’s members contributed songs to Southern Crescent, with Barker, Langlais and Greer the chief writers in the band. A democratic process determines what they’ll record, but the greatest factor, especially on the new record, is audience reaction, which is basically what led to release of the band’s first official live album, Town Mountain: Live At The Isis, in 2014. “We’ve gone into the studio before with new stuff but every tune on this record had been road-tested,” says Greer. “We go in to the recording situation and we have our tunes arranged already because we’ve been playing them on stage. That’s a contributing factor to successfully being able to record them live, because we’re used to doing them night after night.”

From the boogie-woogie piano of Jerry Lee Lewis that inspired the delightful (and danceable) “Coming Back to You,” to Greer’s cleverly penned and fast-paced “Tick on a Dog,” which offers a taste of another major bluegrass influence, Jimmy Martin, Southern Crescent is tailor-made to keep live audiences on their feet, but it’ll also keep those who think they can easily peg Town Mountain on their toes. “With live music, anything can happen,” Greer acknowledges. “It’s not supposed to be perfect but does it have soul!”

The music, perhaps, should also come with a road map. As Langlais explains, “A lot of the material is based around traveling. You start to peel back the lyrics of the songs and see that a lot of the material is about being out on the road and the experiences – positive or negative – that we may have living the lifestyle.”

Just as the guys find a wealth of musical inspiration in each other, there’s admittedly a little frustration that comes from being in a band with several other gifted songwriters at the same time. As Langlais explains, “You want to make sure you’re up there and everybody else is feeling the same about you. It’s good to have multiple writers in the band because it gives your audience more variety.”

That variety is indeed part of what drives Southern Crescent, which opens with Britt’s delightfully dizzying fiddle work on “St. Augustine,” and showcases Greer’s hard-country vocals on “House With No Windows” and on the freewheeling composition “Ain’t Gonna Worry Me,” (penned by Barker). The group members’ palpable chemistry (and individual artistry) are displayed throughout such instantly memorable tracks as “Wildbird,” (Barker) and “I Miss the Night,” which Langlais penned (with Mark Bumgarner) after experiencing 22 hours of daylight during Alaska’s summer solstice.

“Bands are constantly trying to define their sound, a sound that sets them apart from every other band, especially in genre as small as bluegrass,” says Langlais. “Our approach has been to find what our sound inherently will be and build off of that. Granted, we are taking a piece of what Bill Monroe’s band did in order to make our own bluegrass band. That’s just inevitable. But he borrowed from all these other genres, too – rock ‘n’ roll, country music, Scots-Irish fiddle music. I think we have realized what our sound is with this album.”

Greer, who hosts occasional nights of acoustic classic country and bluegrass in Asheville called Cornmeal Waltz (after a Guy Clark song), understands the music-food connection, saying that no matter what goes into gumbo or Brusnwick stew, they’re still “as southern as red clay.” The same is certainly true of Southern Crescent, Town Mountain’s prize-worthy signature dish.



Heading further south still on Highway 17 we should stop at  Gibby’s Dock & Dine located at 315 Canal St. in Carolina Beach and spend some time with Built For Comfort who will get the crowd rocking to their brand of rocking blues at 9 pm and keep the party going til 1 am! I really enjoyed this band when I caught them in Morehead City, NC earlier this Summer. I am a sucker for any band that is playing Jimmy Reed when I come walking up! He is the groove master of the blues and one of my all time favorites!


Now trekking to the North, we have the Winterville Watermelon Festival going down this weekend. This is a family fun weekend long event to get the full itinerary and event schedule please visit their website at


I know that appear tonight you can catch regional favorites, Sister Hazel. You can find them on the stage located at 324 Sylvania St., Winterville, NC. They get rocking at 9 pm.



Once Watermelon Fest wraps up  for the night you can head over to The Buccaneer Music Hall, located at 2120 Fire Tower Road, Greenville, NC. They are hosting Megan Doss live on their stage from 10 pm til 2 am. Come on out and dance to this  local country artist.



Also to our North, there are a couple of shows in lil Washington to tell you about. First up Rowlette-Green is on stage at Pebble Beach. You can visit them and even dance at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. Located at 1052 E Main St, Washington, NC; they offer live music on their stage from 6:30 -to 10 pm.



Once you finish eating  you can find more live music around town. In fact, at The Market Street Pub located at 142 N Market St., Washington, NC you can check out the sounds of the Pamlico County duo, Steel Shot live on stage from 10 pm til 2 am.



Tuesday’s Sermon is a high energy rock trio featuring TJ Jeter, Brandon GilliArd (Janelle Monae, OutKast, Kimbra) and Shane Pruitt (The Marshall Tucker Band). They have a show at High Rock Outfitters located at 13 S Main St., Lexington, NC. The cost is $10 for the show and music starts at 9 pm and they are ready rock you til the midnight hour.


Individually Twisted will be debuting on stage at Whiskey Sours, located at 113 N Fourth St, Mebane, NC. They get the crowd rocking at 9 pm and promise to rock you into the early morning hours until the closing hour. They are looking forward to bring their energy and show to a new place and invite all their friends and family and area residents to come out and join the party too!



The final show I have around the region is that of Cuz’n Kirk’s Blues Band. The NC based blues trio will be heading North for a show at Don Pancho’s Cantina located at 1200 Armory Dr. Suite D, Franklin, VA. Showtime and dancing start at 7 and they will rock your soul with the blues until 11 pm.

Along the Coast:


Robert McDuffy has a show tonight at The Barnacle located at 700 E Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC. He will be rocking the crowd with his one man show from 6-9 pm. Come on out and get groovy at the beach with this fun player!




Just over the causeway and then over the bridge you can head into Beaufort and catch Dick Night live at the Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St, Beaufort, NC. He will be jamming for the folks in attendance from 8:30 til 11:30 pm. Here is what I found on the FB event page:


Dick Knight is a well seasoned performer who will keep you entertained for hours! Be ready to dance with a warmed heart as Mr. Knight sings and plays multiple instruments all night.

His resume is especially impressive. He played with the James Brown Band for five years! Other big acts he accompanied are Otis Redding, Maceo Parker, Roberta Flack, and Gladys Knight, to name a few.

Please tip Mr. Knight! He travels to and from Kinston alone to put on his show and there is NO COVER CHARGE to come see him!

Please come early for best spots and appetizers!



On the other side of the Crystal Coast you can find 4EverAll, the acoustic duo hailing from  Carteret County will be live at Flipperz Family Bar & Grill located at 311 Mangrove Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. Their show is slotted for 6:30-9:30 pm. A fun choice for dinner and dancing, check them out if you find yourself in their vicinity.

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The soothing sounds of New Bern’s own singer/songwriter, Backseat Romeo can be heard at Boro Cafe and Bakery located at 109 Front St., Swansboro, NC. He will be rocking the room from 7:30-10:30 pm.

Around New Bern:


Starting out on South Front Street we can find Bruce Lynch live at Bear Town Market located at 402 South Front Street. He will be jamming from 7-10 pm according to the event page.





There will be an eclectic night of song with Simon Spalding & Dale Evans Swan being featured at The Trent River Coffee Company, located at 208 Craven Street. Here are all of the details about these two performers and what to expect tonight:

Local songwriters Dale Evans Swan and Simon Spalding join forces to present an evening of original songs and tunes at Trent River Coffee Company in New Bern, on Friday, August 26.

Dale Evans Swan’s songs cover a surprising range. His songs include “Old Smiley Joe”, the ballad of a street person, and “Haul Away Boys”, a tribute to commercial fishermen. Dale usually accompanies his voice with guitar.

Simon Spalding’s work includes “The Church at the Crossroads” which tells the story of the fire at Bethany Christian Church, and “The Ballad of S.S. Rex”, about a California gambling ship. Simon will play fiddle, mandolin, and banjo.

The program will also include a few instrumentals, such as “Kiss the Sky”, a fiddle tune based on Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”.

Dale and Simon will include a few songs by songwriters who have influenced them, such as Hudie Ledbetter, Stanley Carter, and Kate Wolf.

The concert is at Trent River Coffee Company, 208 Craven St., New Bern, on Friday August 26. Tickets are $10, available at the door. The doors open at 6:00 pm, and the show starts at 7:00. Both of the performers will offer their CDs for purchase at the concert. For reservations or more information, call 252-514-2030.



Dan Jam pulls into The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad Street. He will get the party started at 7 and rock the room until 10 pm. Dan Phillips welcomes players to share his stage but always comes with good friend and jam partner Al Gleeson. These boys always have a blast and so does the crowd. Nothing beats than meeting with friends and grooving to great tunes while enjoying a fine adult beverage on a Friday night! Give it a try!DSCF9266



Buck Loy has a show at Sunset Italian Grill  located at 100 Marina Drive in Fairfield Harbour. Buck will get the crowd rocking on the deck tonight from 7-10 pm. If you have not take the time to enjoy this local talent, here is your chance to enjoy dinner and dance to the beat of his groove!



Cuzins a trio of players featuring Mark Shelton Les Wetherington and Cynthia Manning, that once played as a quartet with the presence of Pete Huttlinger; many years ago.Since his untimely death last year, the band regrouped in his honor and will be bringing their show to Triple Play Restaurant located at 111 Williams Rd, just over the bridge in James City. There is a $5.00 cover charge for this show that gets underway at 8:30 and rocks until closing!

Well kids…that is a wrap on your live music options for tonight Friday August 26, 2016. Come on back tomorrow to find out who is playing where. I am sorry if I missed listing your gig! This things is getting crazy and I love it! I try to feature everyone. Just please keep sending your dates to me on Facebook or email me at

Thanks for reading. Please share this with friends so they can dance too!

As always I just want to remind myself and others that kindness counts. Be kind to those that serve you this weekend and don’t forget they get paid less than minimum wage to make you happy so your kindness counts in a big way.

My final reminder for folks is to tip the players that make you dance. Those tip jars that you see stage side, they are  out on the stage for you to show your admiration and support for live music, so please tip players generously too!

I sure hope the end of your work week comes to a smooth end and you can enjoy the dance all weekend.



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