NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options & News ~ Friday, September 16, 2016

Feel Good Friday~

Welcome to the weekend folks! Before I take you around the region and run down all of the live music found choices from here to there; Ā I want to tell you about Ā an event that transpired last week here in New Bern, NC. Barn BashĀ a fund raising event forĀ Promise Place went down for the third year at the Batten’s Farm on Old Airport Road on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

For the first time in the three year history of the event there was no rain, but plenty of emotions poured down during the auction portion of the event.Ā Promise PlaceĀ is a non profit Sexual Assault Resource Center serving Craven, Jones and Pamlico Counties. They help victims and their families face the trauma caused by rape and sexual abuse. They offer advocacy, therapy and offer community outreach.

This annual event is a fun night for the non profit to raise awareness and much needed funds for their mission. The food is prepared by Len Reason, Jr and crew and the appetizers that are served are prepared by three of the kindest “Ladies of the Y” you will ever meet. Wine, beer and tea were served along with the bbq and fixings.Ā Merchant’s RoadĀ provided two fine sets of music accompaniment as the ground gathered.

After they ate, the live auction began. There were several other stations with silent auction items and four special ticketed raffles that were given away. The crossbow that I sold chances for raised nearly $900 and the black powder gun brought in over $600. The Grillman Grill was given away to one lucky winner and that raffle brought in about $900. Another run raffle item that went up for grabs was a KFC bucket full of scratch off lottery tickets.

By the time the moon was up and the stars were shining our community raised more than $63,000.00 Ā for Promise Place to use as funds for their commitment to their cause. They stay fully staffed through out the year and they serve three counties. Their important work is never done. If you missed the opportunity to give to them during their Barn Bash campaign, I want to remind you that you can donate your time and monetary contributions to them throughout the year. Send checks, gift cards to WalMart or Staples to the office at 1401 Park Place New Bern, NC 28562. You can also help them when shopping Ā on line through Amazon Smiles and pick Promise Place as your charity, you can even leave them in your will if you really care to make n impact on changing the rape culture we live in today!

I just want to extend a big thank you to the Battens, the Reason Family, the major sponsors, the staff and board of director of Promise Place and all the other contributors that made this night a huge success. What happened on Saturday at the Barn will not stay at the Barn it will be the night that makes a big impression on many lives in the year ahead. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for giving victims a place to become victorious after the trauma of rape!

Live Music Options ~ Friday, September 16, 2016

Around the Region~

White Oak Shores Fall Bluegrass Festival gets underway today and goes through the night tomorrow evening. Above you can find the schedule of events and who you can expect to see when. This is the 10th Annual event and here is what I found on the Facebook Event page.

Two fun filled days of Bluegrass music with food and craft vendors to add to the experience. 2 DAYS and 20 SHOWS!

This is our 10th year of Bluegrass Festivals. We have a great line-up with several new artists making their way onto the White Oak Shores Stage! No need to camp; just bring a chair or blanket and enjoy an awesome day of music. For complete details call 252-393-3244, email at or go to


Another fun good time event that includes camping, music and fun is the 25th Annual Crash In The Grass.Ā Hosted by Armed Forces of America Motorcycle Club this event is going down tonight through tomorrow night at 3264 Burgaw Hwy. in Jacksonville, NC.


While we are out around Jacksonville you should check outĀ James FordĀ live tonight atĀ Marina CafeĀ located at 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville, NC. He is a great option for dinner and a show any night of the week, but for the folks around the J’ville area can check him out from 8 pm and rocking til the midnight hour.


Daryl LucasĀ will be performing live tonight atĀ The Outpost SaloonĀ located at 3038 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville, NC. His show gets started at 9 pm and he will rock you with his brand of rocking country and classic grooves until 1 am.


Having a look to our North, I found a couple events taking place in Greenville tonight. First up you can catchĀ Dauntless live atĀ TiebreakersĀ located at 19320 Smythewyck Dr. Ste. B, Greenville, NC. This rocking outfit will get the crowd moving at 10 pm and will rock them til 2 am.


Live tonight at The Trollingwood Brewery located at 707 Dickinson Ave, Greenville, NC Ā you can enjoy the sounds ofĀ Geoff HappelĀ live from 8-11 pm


There will be a jam band delight is going down tonight atĀ Crossbones TavernĀ located at 114 E 5th Street, Greenville, NC who welcomesĀ Groove FetishĀ to their stage to rock you from 10 pm til about 1:30 am.


Having a look to there West I found out thatĀ Red LineĀ will be rockingĀ Tony’s Oyster BarĀ located at 101 Edinburgh Dr., South, Suite 129, Cary, NC. They will rock and move you from 10 pm til nearly closing at 2 am


Psylo JoeĀ will be teaming up with ELM (Electric Love Machine)Ā out of Baltimore, MD to bring a show toĀ The Red RoomĀ located at 220 N Hertitage Ave, Kinston, NC. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a small live music cover charge for entry.


Along The Coast


New Bern’s own suave trio CasablancaĀ will be bringing their show toĀ The Cru Bar & wine StoreĀ located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Show time is 8:30-11:30 and music styles range from classical to show tunes to jazz standards. This is a fun band for mature music tastes.


The jam band out of Greenville that has been entertaining crowds for more than a decadeĀ Mac & Juice QuartetĀ will be live tonight atĀ Harrika’s Brew HausĀ located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, NC. They play from 7:30 til 10:30 pm.


The reggae, rock beach and surf band out of Destin, FlĀ HeritageĀ will be performing live tonight atĀ The Emerald Club located at 8102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. They get the music started at 10 pm and will rock you til 1 am.



New Bern entertainer, Ed Prophet has a show tonight from 7-9 pm at theĀ Islander Hotel & ResortĀ  located at 102 Islander Drive, Emerald Isle, NC


The party gets started at 9 pm tonight atĀ SALT ULTRA LOUNGE located at 325 Mangrove Dr, Emerald Isle when party rockersĀ Hip Pocket BandĀ take the stage to rock the room til 1 am.


Looking at other coastal regions you can enjoy a fine show tonight featuring the amazing tones of Mike FarrisĀ atĀ Red RoosterĀ located behindĀ Silo’s RestaurantĀ 1111 Broad St, Oriental, NC. Gates open at 6 music starts at 7 and goes til 10 pm. Cost is $22.00 and you can bring your own chair.


Around Town, New Bern

Deathtrap A Killer ComedyĀ  opens tonight atĀ The New Bern Civic Theater. Located on Pollock St., here are the details I found on the Event page for this show:

“Deathtrap” (Comedy/Thriller)
By Ira Levin

Evenings: September 16, 17, 23 & 24 at 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinees: September 18 & 25 at 2 pm

Orchestra – Advanced: $20, Door: $22,
Balcony – Advanced: $17, Door: $19,
Students & Active Duty Military w/ ID – Orchestra: $12, Balcony: $10 (plus tax).

Tickets can be purchased by calling 252-633-0567 or by stopping by 412 Pollock Street T-F 10am to 4pm or at the theatre box office window starting 1 hour before the start of the show. Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting

A down-on-his-luck playwirght’s student tells him he has written the perfect suspense play and will bring it to the playwright’s Connecticut home tonight. The suspense over whether the playwright will kill the student and take credit for his play forms the crux of Ira Levin’s thriller. Deathtrap is “Two-thirds a thriller and one-third a devilishly clever comedy”.


Looking at other stops around town, Bruce Lynch is live tonight atĀ The Brown PelicanĀ located at 411 Broad St, New Bern, NC. He will be laying down his grooves from 7-10 pm. He plays a variety of classic and modern rock and a few blues tunes too!


An original folk-rock Americana trio best described as a high energy Peter, Paul & Mary, or a co-ed Crosby, Stills & Nash, with a bit of the Byrds and a tad of Joni. Their 3-part harmoniesā€¦.. Wow! With engaging, movingly meaningful originals and deep roots in ā€˜60ā€™s and 70ā€™s folk and folk-rock, the group is fast building buzz as an energetic, engaging harmonic head-turner.

You can dig this show tonight at Trent River Coffee Company located at 208 Craven St, New Bern, NC. They will be entertaining the ticket holders there from 7:30-10:00 pm.



Rick HuffĀ has the early show just over the bridge at Triple Play Restaurant located at 111 Williams Rd, New Bern. He will be jamming from 6-9 pm

FollowingĀ Huff’sĀ set it will be time forĀ The Rest of UsĀ to take their rocking show front and center for the remaining portion of the night. They are slotted to rock from 9:30 pm til 1:30 am. They play a good blend of alternative and new rock. They have a nice edge and a solid sound.


Well now that we are done with the grind, we get to dance. Make sure you are kind to everyone you meet. Tip your servers and bartenders sweetly and please spare a buck or two for the music makers that help you to enjoy the dance.

Thanks for reading. Please share this blog with your friends so we can all get up and dance!

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