NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options & News~ Saturday, September 3, 2016

Memories Made During the Summer 2016 ~

Can you believe we have arrived at the end of the Summer Season already?  I was just getting started! Actually, thinking about it, it has been an awesome Summer filled with great music.As we walk into the last unofficial weekend of the Summer I thought it would be fun to have a look back at all the great shows we saw and say thanks to you, the players, who have kept me rocking all Summer!



I attended a benefit to support regional artist Rebekah Todd and saw many turn out at the Brown Pelican to show support as well as perform.

Young Frankenstein came to town at The New Bern Civic Theater. Loved the music and the band!

We also got to enjoy Paid Time Off live at New Bern Golf & Country Club featuring Rick Huff and his daughter Jenna.

Checked in with Wick Wickline live at the Brown Pelican

Before the month was over we also caught the Eli Craig Band when they played at Triple Play Restaurant. Caught Bill Lyerly at The Red Room in Kinston. NC and closed out the month with Cochise Cowboys live at Mesh Sports Lounge.




To start out June we were invited to a rehearsal for a new band that was getting ready to break the scene later in the Summer. Bi-Polar Express is trio of rockers featuring Wick Wickline on bass and vocals,  Josh Overby on guitar and vocals and Mike Lancaster on drums.  This rockin’ band had their debut on August 5, 2016 at Triple Play and they were very well received.

June also saw Bernaroo working concert magic with bringing Boone band Arson Daily to Bear Town Market’s Beer Garden.

We found Big Jim Kohler jamming at Triple Play before heading to the coast, to find The Beaufort Blues Project, 4EverAll and checked out ULTRA SALT LOUNGE located in Emerald Isle.

We were invited to Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill where we enjoyed a great meal and awesome tunes courtesy of Cuzin Kirk’s Blues Band.

Over at Persimmons Restaurant we enjoyed dinner and great grooves from Merchant’s Road. Though scheduled for the outdoors, they played inside to the dinner crowd, thanks to weather.

I was also invited to Earl John Music School in Jacksonville, NC where I met and interviewed John Jones, host of Music Mondays on Thunder Country 96.3 FM. A Music segment on the Raeford Brown show each week at 8:30 am where he shines a light on regional players and allows them to perform live in the studio.

ArtWalk for June was much fun and we took in as many acts as we could from the Brown Pelican to the City Laundry and many point in between we enjoyed many great performances.

I stopped in at Christoff’s on the Water where I met more of John Van Dyke’s friends at his weekly jazz jam. It was brilliant and full sounding. We also met Tiffany Elaine jamming at The Brown Pelican on open mic night.

Band of Oz came to town to rock Beartown! And local players came together to benefit the victims of the Lynaire Kennel fire in May. The event went down at Mickey Milligans and we saw Asha Goodwin, Gabrielle Christie, Serial Experiments Lane, Atlantic Avenue and Thick Modine

We met Little Cecil & No Credit for the first time at the deck at the DoubleTree in New Bern, NC. We then headed to Washington for their street fair and live music at Backwater Jacks courtesy of High Cotton, a great blues outfit out of the triangle area.

Heading back to the coast we met Todd & Jared, checked in with Davy Williamson, and caught The Spread a funky band out of Morehead City.

We caught Bruce Lynch at The Brown Pelican and we also got to enjoy Built For Comfort live at Jaycee Park in Morehead City. We also caught the last gig of Atlantic Avenue on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company & Restaurant in Morehead City.

We closed out the month with some great Jazz courtesy of ECU Jazz out of Greenville. of course. They were live on the patio at Buffalo Wild Wings.




July started off in rehearsal with Rocking Horse working things out in preparation for Croaker Festival, in Oriental; an annual tradition which we took in the first weekend of July.

The following weekend featured not only ArtWalk, which was musically wonderful with Robert Hurff live at the Pelican, Aaron Davenport at The Bruin and BERNAROO all about town.

Some of the great talent that rolled into town for the Music Festival included the Dick Richards and Matt Phillips who played live at The Brown Pelican. An awesome open mic took place at Sweet Pea’s Cafe and Arson Daily rocked party goers in the Isaac Taylor Garden.

We checked out the Joe Base Project lie on the Deck at The DoubleTree. We met Hank Barbee live at The Cru Bar & Wine Store in Beaufort and enjoyed the jams of Mac & Juice Duo at Royal James Cafe just across the road.

We caught Bob Laverty live at The Brown Pelican, The Wannabees at Triple Play and Magnolia Steel at BrUtopia.

The third weekend of the month offered Marshall Tucker rocking the Bern and Bye-Bye Birdie opening at the New Bern Civic Theater,  Solid Ground rocked Jean’s Place in Havelock, and The Bears offered the last live show at Mickey Milligan’s one Sunday afternoon.

The following week we caught Matt Riddle at The Pelican, Steel Shot at Persimmons, Bill Lyerly at Triple Play. I ran out to Durham the next night to take in blues man Bobby Messano live at The Blue Note Grill.

The final days saw Working which opened at The Rivertowne Players Theater, Buck Loy and Steel Shot live at The Brown Pelican.



In August we saw the debut of Bi-Polar Express rocking Triple Play Restaurant. We caught Spencer Scholes live at The CruBar & Wine Store; Scearce & Ketner live at The Dock House .

The second week of the month, like always, offered ArtWalk on Friday and a trip to Raleigh for the North Carolina Music Awards Ceremony. Though little music made the ceremony disappointing for this critic, we found good music in other places, like Slims and The Big Easy where we saw Big Rick & The Bombers. We ended out time in Raleigh over breakfast with Matt Phillips live at Rise. 

The third week we made our rounds about New Bern on Thursday to check out Dan Phillips and Al Gleeson jamming in the Isaac Taylor Garden for a great cause….Safe Nest Project raised money for area nonprofits that work to keep people safe. We also caught the Mac & Juice Quartet live on the deck at Persimmons.

The Embers brought their beach sounds to town,  Solid Ground rocked Triple Play, The Rest of Us rocked Monettes. The following night we headed to Beaufort and caught the Pirate Invasion and enjoyed some Phantom Playboys,  a rocking rockabilly outfit that we saw at Cru Bar & Wine Store, then The Motley Tones rocked the tent and the town. On our way out of town we stopped at Frank & Clara’s in Atlantic Beach to catch the new Zen Pirates. We ended the weekend with 3Day Weekend live at Monette’s.

The final weekend of the month offer a few wonderful surprises, including the rebirth of Cuzin’s featuring Les Wetherington, Mark Shelton and Cynthia Manning. They put their show on for folks at Triple Play the last Friday of the month.

In town that night I caught Dan Jams, with Dan Phillips, Al Gleeson and Scott Carlisle plus all his jamming friends, including Tracey Brenneman, Ann DiFrancesco and Vinny Farro.

The following day, marking the last Saturday in August, we caught Big Jim & Kathy Kohler live on the Deck at The DoubleTree. We ate dinner with James Ford at Annabelle’s and we checked out The Kohler’s again at BrUTopia before settling in at The Brown Pelican to enjoy a wonderful show courtesy of singer/songwriter Hank Barbee.

Well that is a wrap on the Summer shows that my friends and I checked out this Summer. I just want to give a shout out to all of the music makers who helped us dance and make memories. I enjoyed the music! If you want to get in The ZONE, send me an email Thanks for reading and sharing. I am still working on your list of options for later…look for it this afternoon!!!




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