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Live Music Options for Friday, September 23, 2016


Around the Region:

Starting things off out west after work it is the all original, full throttle line up for Ray Price BikeFest featuring four bands live at the City Plaza Stage kicking off a weekend full of great live music and BIKES! On the bill for Friday you can check out Adam Pitts opening the night from 5-6 pm. Lauren Nicole  will be rocking from 6:30 -7:30 pm. Sleaze rockers Last Call Messiahs are rocking the crowd from 8-9 pm and closing out the night you can hear The Fifth live from 9:30 – 11 pm. To find out more and to get a full schedule of events check here:   


There is an event at The Cary Theater located 122 E Chatham St., Cary, NC that celebrates the music of several area songwriters. Here is the bill and how to learn more about each artist:

Celebration of NC Songwriting

Five award-winning songwriters gather for the 5th Annual Celebration of NC Songwriting. Dean Driver, Wyatt Easterling, Rebekah Todd, Kirk Ridge, and Isabel Taylor perform country, folk, rock and blues in an entertaining full band format with noted session players bassist Bobb Head and drummer Jonathan Wilson

Dean Driver

A few years ago, Dean Driver started hearing songs in his head, calling him to pick up his old guitar and learn to play it in completely new ways. The inspirations continued until he felt the need to produce an all-original acoustic album at age 50, which he aptly called Late Bloomer. In 2011, with the generous help of friends and family, he and his partner Laurel built a music venue and arts center called Doodad Farm just east of Greensboro, with the goal of making live music more accessible and intimate, and fostering collaboration among artists of all types.

Wyatt Easterling

Leading Atlantic Records’ A&R Department began Wyatt Easterling’s two decades of platinum and gold winning releases. He later partnered with Miles Copeland (The Police & Sting) then moved out on his own writing with songs like his title track for Dierks Bentley’s chart-topping, million-selling album Modern Day Drifter. Wyatt’s 2014 release, Goodbye-Hello, was lauded as rich with wisdom, acceptance and optimism. Once again getting ready to launch a new album, Wyatt is headed back to the studio this summer.

Rebekah Todd

Rebekah Todd, born and raised in Benson, NC, now hails from the coastal city of Wilmington. With her roots in folk, soul and classic rock, her sound is rich and endearing. Vocals that flow like a whiskey/honey combo and an attitude that forces the audience to stop and listen, she is one to keep your eyes on. Her full band, Rebekah Todd & the Odyssey have been playing all around NC and other regional areas. Recently a part of festivals including Shakori Music Festival, they were named the first place winner of the “On The Rise” series of Floyd Fest. On the rise, indeed, Rebekah Todd is a force to be reckoned with.

Kirk Ridge

Kirk Ridge’s songs tell tales of life’s irony, humor, and frailty. He performs with his bands Black Dog Syndrome and Kirk Ridge & Friends. His lyrics have been published in American Songwriter magazine, and he writes for Cary Playwrights Forum productions. Kirk’s music has been featured on NPR’s Car Talk and he won Belfast’s Celtic Roots Radio competition. He co-hosts “Pass The Hat” on WHUP radio, featuring local performers and is events coordinator for the NC Songwriting Co-op as well as the Durham Arts Council.

Isabel Taylor

Isabel Taylor recently celebrated the release of her debut CD Awake Again, produced by Jon Shain and engineered by FJ Ventre. She has been performing in Triangle venues, festivals, and on the NC coast for several years. After joining the open mic scene in 2010, where she performed rarely-heard covers by artists such as Nanci Griffith, Emmylou Harris, and Bob Dylan, her focus turned to writing and leadership of the NC Songwriters Co-op. Taylor connects with her audience through common ground experiences.

Bobb Head

Bobb Head is a talented multi-instrumentalist who will play bass in tonight’s production. A native Texan transplanted to North Carolina, Mr. Head has performed at national and international festivals and has graced the stage of A Prairie Home Companion. He has played in ensembles including Big Medicine, Sidetrack, and Stillhouse Bottom Band.

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson has been playing drums for 30+ years. Full time drummer with Individually Twisted and Rosies. Plays with other local musicians, such as Black Dog Syndrome, Willie Painter Band, and Rebecca Newton, to name a few. Grew up in Durham, resides in Raleigh, and is always surrounded by music.


 Larry Keel Experience with Ellis Dyson & The Shambles  will be live at The Pour House Music Hall located at 224 S. Blount St, Raleigh, NC.  Showtime starts at 8 pm and roll thru the next morning at 2 am. Here is what I learned about Keel when reading the Facebook Event Page:

Larry Keel is described by reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Country and Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that disciplined musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to playing the guitar and composing original music. He’s also got a knack for choosing interesting and appealing material from all realms of music with guts, whether it’s a tune written by a fellow song-writer/musician friend, or a tasty cover from any number of genres all over the map. The combination is pretty irresistible, and has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic musicians alive, and some now gone: Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers), Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show), Tony Rice, Chris Thile,Vassar Clements, John Hartford, Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, and Darol Anger to name a few. And his fierce, high-spirited energy also appeals to young rockers, jammers and alt country players and fans who are equally drawn to Keel’s deep rumbling voice, his earthy and imaginative songwriting, and his down-home-gritty-good-time charm. Keel regularly collaborates with Americana giants Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Infamous Stringdusters, Keller Williams, Steep Canyon Rangers (with Steve Martin), Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, Little Feat, Rebirth Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass, members of String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon, amongst others.

Keel has a variety of musical formats swirling around the calendar each year: look out for his core band, The Larry Keel Experience (featuring Will Lee on soulful, blues-grass 5 string banjo, penetrating vocals and exceptional song-writing contributions and Jenny Keel on upright bass, with impeccable timing, solid yet imaginative bass lines and vocal harmonies), Larry Does Jerry (Keel performing the music of Jerry Garcia), Keller Williams and The Keels, Keel paired with artists such as Drew Emmitt, Danny Barnes, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, and appearing as special guest with a multitude of major acts and artists on the tour circuit.

Throughout his career, Keel has released 15 albums and is featured on 10 others. The most recent release, “Experienced” is an entirely original work that showcases both Larry’s and band-mate Will Lee’s exceptional songwriting, singing and jaw-dropping instrumental performances, accompanied by Jenny Keel’s upright bass-playing and harmony vocals. Added to the raw sophistication of Keel’s progressive acoustic style are several guest musician-friends who appear on various tracks: Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Keller Williams, Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band), Mike Guggino (Steep Canyon Rangers) and Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass Band)

In addition to his performing and recording work, Keel also plays host to a special music event concept, ‘Fishin and Pickin’, which combines 2 unique but thoroughly complementary pleasures: the satisfying thrill of sports fishing, and the energizing intensity of live music, all conducted in all-inclusive style settings hosted on live water properties. There, experienced musicians teach every level of acoustic instrument players how to advance their musical ‘chops’ , while also having the chance to catch some big fish in the process. Bass and Grass takes place in Georgia each year in the fall, always with a fantastic roster of musician-instructors, and outstanding bass fishing! Similarly, there have been memorable events at Trout and Tunes featuring fly-fishing styles and mountain-music study and entertainment set in the misty mountains of West Virginia. More destinations on tap: The Salmon and Henry’s Fork Rivers in Idaho and the Maury River in Rockbridge County VA. There’s no end to the places Keel wants to play music in and fish, with like-minded folks!

For Keel the musical mission is always clear: to let technical skill and excellence, honest emotion and fearlessness connect the playing and singing to audiences, to entertain and to thoroughly enjoy the experience of creating and sharing in music.


Stone Age Romeo’s will be rocking the crowd at Tony’s Oyster Bar located at 107 Edinburgh Ave. S. Suite 129, Cary, NC. They get the  party started at 10 pm and will rock the room til 1 am.


Grace Potter & The Hip Abduction have a show tonight at the Lincoln Theater located at 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 and here is what I found on the event page:

The Lincoln Theatre and Band Together present:
Grace Potter
w/the Hip Abduction
on the Lincoln Theatre Street Stage
Friday September 23rd

Tickets are $25 advance and $30 day of
$75 VIP

For more information visit:

We will have to following food options for purchase The Pit, Cousins Maine Lobster and Taco Grande.

Described by Spin as “one of the greatest living voices in rock today,” and by SF Weekly as “the whole package”, Grace Potter continues to impress both critics and audiences with her musical achievements and captivating live shows.
Heralded as one of today’s best live performers, Grace Potter has played every major music festival from Coachella and Lollapalooza to Bonnaroo and Rock in Rio. She’s had the honor of sharing the stage with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, the Allman Brothers, Neil Young, Mavis Staples, and The Roots to name just a

Most recently, she was given the honor of performing, along with Sheryl Crow, a tribute to the late Glenn Frey at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. For an artist who has built a devoted fan base through her electrifying live show, Potter seems hell-bent on breaking out of the box when it comes to studio work.

She refuses to be defined by a single genre. Over the last three years, she has seamlessly transitioned from collaborating with the Flaming Lips for a Tim Burton film, to songwriting and producing for soundtracks and theme songs for film and TV, to multi-platinum, Grammy- nominated country duets with her friend Kenny Chesney, to most recently joining The Rolling Stones on stage for an inspired rendition of “Gimme Shelter.”
In late 2015, at the invitation of The First Lady, Michelle Obama, and TV host Conan O’Brien, Grace performed for the troops in Qatar (where she was joined on stage by the guitar-playing O’Brien). In the fall of 2015, Grace was honored with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, her home state of Vermont’s highest honor in the creative sector. Earlier in 2015 Potter received the ASCAP Harry Chapin Vanguard Award by WhyHunger honoring her for her work with several charitable organizations. On August 14th, 2015, Grace released her critically acclaimed solo album, Midnight, to a #17 debut on the Billboard 200 chart.
Midnight was recorded and mixed at Barefoot Studios in Hollywood, CA, with producer Eric Valentine. The core studio band consisted of Potter and Valentine on most of the instruments, with Matt Burr on drums and percussion.

Additional contributions came from guitarists Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco and bassist Michael Libramento, as well as former tour- mates and friends singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter, Audra Mae, Noelle Skaggs of Fitz & the Tantrums, and Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age.

“This album is about embracing life as it comes at you – with all its unexpected twists and turns,” says Potter. “I’ve experienced a huge amount of growth and change in the past two years – both personal and professional, and it can be overwhelming for an artist to find ways to express that in a vacuum. So I tried to strip away the confines of other people’s expectations. I started tapping into some of the deep-running themes that have shaped me into the human I’ve become, and as I went deeper and deeper, I found the results to be insanely satisfying.”
Citing Miles Davis, Dylan, the Beatles, Bowie, Blondie and Beck as prime examples, Potter says she is drawn to artists who make sonic leaps from record to record—a notion she has explored throughout her career. Potter has released four other studio albums through major label Hollywood Records: 2006’s Nothing But The Water, 2007’s This is Somewhere, 2010’s self-titled album and 2012’s The Lion The Beast The Beat, with the latter two both debuting Top 20 in the U.S. In 2010, Potter was featured on Kenny Chesney’s Grammy nominated, platinum-selling hit, “You and Tequila,” and his 2015 hit, “Wild Child,” which also achieved #1 status on the (billboard) Country chart.


August Road has a show tonight at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge in Snow Hill, NC located on Highway 91 N, Snow Hill, NC. Here are some details I found for this event:


We’re playing Friday night 9/23/16 at the Snow Hill Moose Lodge. We ask that everyone bring a covered dish of food for everyone to enjoy. $10 admission. 568 Hwy 91 Snow Hill, North Carolina 28580 


Looking around Farmville Community Arts Council located at 3723 N Main St., Farmville, NC presents Low Tide String Band who will be live from 8-11 pm tonight. Here are the details I found on the events page:

The Low Tide String Band

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 8:00pm!

Back by popular demand, the Farmville Community Arts Council welcomes The Low Tide String Band for one night only.

Performing songs from an array of genres including jazz, classic rock, and bluegrass, the Low Tide String Band were the featured entertainment for FCAC’s Bids and Bites auction in June. Due to overwhelming public response at that event, we are welcoming them back for an evening showcase.

General admission tickets to this event are $10.


Tru Soul will be playing live tonight at The Red Room located at 220 N Heritage St., Kinston, NC. This fun party band gets things started at10 pm and will rock you into the early morning hour of 1:30 am. There will be a minimal cover charge for admission.


You can get your gospel on tonight at Folkstone OFWB Church located at 133 Folkstone Rd. Holly Ridge, NC. This event will feature three bands which get underway at 7 pm.


Looking to our north Purple Schoolbus Reunion Tour pulls into Crossbones Tavern located at 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC tonight from 10 pm til 1 am.

Here are some details on the band:

The original seven members of Purple Schoolbus reunite for three shows this fall! This one brings them back to where it all began – G-Vegas! 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.


Ben Herring  will be playing all your favorite tunes tonight at Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery located at 707 Dickinson Rd, Greenville, NC. He gets the jams started at 8 and plays til 11 pm.


Hank Barbee will be performing  live tonight at The Marina Cafe located at 110 S Marine Blvd, Jacksonville, NC. He will get the party started at 8 pm and rock you til about 11 pm.He offers his own brand of music and mixes in some familiar classics too. He has some great merchandise to look at and his voice is smooth enough to calm a wild and restless soul!


While we are down around that way I should let you know that the Jacksonville outfit better known  Steel County Express has a show tonight further down 17 S at Shelby Jeans located at 15 Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Beach, NC. They get the crowd rocking with their modern take on country classics. Joining them on guitar and vocals, say hello to Jenna Leigh Huff. 

Be sure to check them out tonight from 9pm til midnight!

Along the Coast:

Now that we are checking out places by the water let’s have a quick look around the Crystal Coast.

Looking at shows along the coast, you can find Justin Castellano live at Boro Cafe located at 109 N Front St, Swansboro, NC . He will be jamming his sweet sounds from 8-11 pm.


The East Brogues Band will be live tonight at Harrika’s Brew Haus located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC. This trio of rockers will make ya dance with their selections of fun classic rock. Be sure to follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with their news and dates! No cover charge and the band will rock from 7:30-10:30 pm


Tonight at SALT ULTRA LOUNGE located at 325 Mangrove Rd., Emerald Isle, NC they bring the soul sounds of Carolina Soul Band  live on stage from 9-11:55 pm.  There is music charge at the door and free shuttle service if you live in the area. Check out their Facebook page to keep up to date on who is playing there!


Wild Honey Hive will be live at The Irish Pirate located in the Plantation Shopping Center in Emerald Isle. This duo will star rocking at 8 pm and roll till 11 pm or later!


David Robinson will be bringing his soothing jazz sounds to Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC . There is a wine taking going on tonight starting at 6:30pm and music will start at 8:30 pm and continue until 11:30 pm. There is no cover for this show.


Live tonight in the Boat Bar at Snapperz Grill and Steam Bar located at 3710 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC you can enjoy the guitar sounds of Will B from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.


Live on the deck at Jack’s Waterfront Bar you can get down and groovy with Greenville’s most funky and soulful band, TrainWreck.  They will be making the people dance from 10 pm til 2 am! I just saw the shortened version of this band last weekend when Adrian & Co. Played on the deck at Persimmions for their end of season BBQ.


Along the coast of the Pamlico Sound you can find Pamlico County’s own Steel Shot live from 7-10 pm at The Red Rooster Bar behind The Silos Restarant located at 1111 Broad St., Oriental, NC.


Around Town, New Bern:  

There is an open jam going on at Sweet Peas Cafe located at 323 Middle Street, New Bern . This event is hosted by Gabrielle Christie. Stop in with your talent from 6-9 pm and join the fun!


Just up the road a block you can head down to The Thirsty Bruin located on Middle Street, New Bern you can catch the sounds of Matt Livingston jamming from 8-10:30 pm.


Live tonight at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern you can catch the guitar works of James Ford live from 7-10 pm. There is no charge to get in and all your favorite drinks await!


 Also on stage tonight in town at The New Bern Civic Theater located at 414 Pollock St., New Bern, NC you can enjoy the production of DeathTrap A Killer Comedy. This will be the final weekend for this wonderful show. My friend, blues belter Kathleen Kohler is one of the handful of actors and does a fine job as psychic Helga Ten Drop. All of the actors did great and I do recommend that you catch this one before the final curtain call on Sunday.


Just over the bridge, the final show I found is taking place at around town is happening at  Triple Play Restaurant located at 111 Williams Road, over in James City!  Zen Pirates will be invading the restaurant and night club and rocking the room from 9:30 pm til 1:30 am. This band features local crooner Alisa Mike on vocals. They are also featuring a new drummer behind the kit!

Well kids this makes it official, it is time to WEEKEND! I hope you enjoy yours. Please go out there and promote kindness. Hug a stranger, tip a musician and be ultra kind to servers and bartenders they are in it to help you have a better weekend.Thanks so much for reading and have a great time with your friends this evening. Please party responsibly and enjoy the dance! dscf7831

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