NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Source For Live Music Options & News ~ Sautrday, August 27, 2016

Today’s installment of the North Carolina Music Zone is dedicated to Stevie Ray Vaughan. As many of you know, I am a die hard SRV fan. When he was ripped from our lives 26 years ago today; a part of my soul went to rest with him on the side of that mountain in East Troy, WI.

I miss him every day and enjoy his music still. His loss was by far the most devastating music loss of my personal life. Having been blessed in this life, I saw him seven times and touched his hand for a brief second as he saved me from ejection from his concert in NYC.

One of my favorite memories of his many performances was at a General Admission show at the Pier at the South Street Seaport. It was 1985! I was very young and impressionable. I was a nearly a sophomore in high school. Living dangerously, I crossed the line on my friend’s shoulders in the hopes of maybe getting a pick from him, but instead he reached out toward me, brushed my hand and used his to wave away the police officers that were coming for us. We moved back on the other side of the barricade and he moved back to stage center and offered another tune. Two songs later his brother Jimmie Lee came out to the stage and played a double guitar with his baby brother. I won’t soon forget how much that man’s music reached me. He is still very alive in my heart every day!

Around Town New Bern:


Keeping the Blues Alive the Big Jim Kohler Blues Band will be giving up their brand of blues on the deck at the DoubleTree by Hilton located on South Front Street in New Bern. Come by boat, bike or drive the car. They will be jamming from 2:30-5:30 this afternoon. If you have not caught this blues band yet, today is a great opportunity. They play original grooves that have familiar beats and classic blues that cure my fix any time I get a dose!


Following the band’s performance you can catch The Kohlers Blissful Blues Union live at BrUtopia located at 1201 US Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. Big Jim and his wife Kathy will keep the crowd grooving to their fun and familiar blues and ballads from 6:30-9:30 pm. Come on out and enjoy this talented player as he makes his rounds, playing both sides of the bridge today.


The last Saturday of the month in New Bern means an Open Mic night at Trent River Coffee Company located at 208 Craven St, right down town. Pack up you gig bag and sign up to throw down your talent sometime between from  6:30 pm until 9 tonight! This a fun night for area music makers, why not join them as you sip on coffee and eat a sweet!



 If dinner is what you crave, them let me just say  James Ford  has a gig at Annabelles located at the New Bern Mall at 3100 Dr. MLK Blvd; New Bern, NC. He will be rocking from 7-10 pm on the patio. This will make a great choice for dinner and music if you are up for that kind of date night! Ford is a talented player that always seems to be busting through boundaries…his set list is as diverse as any player I have seen. He will rap, funk, and get you grooving to many classic tv theme songs too. If you have not heard the sounds of James Ford, change that tonight!


There is an amazing night of talent lined up tonight at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad Street in the downtown. First up you can enjoy the talents of Paid Time Off, featuring the young fresh talent of Jenna Huff who will be jamming with her dad Rick Huff from 6-9pm.

Following their great set of familiar classics and soothing melodies, we welcome Hank Barbee, a skilled and seasoned player and moving songwriter from Richlands, NC; making his debut  tonight at the Dirty Bird. I hope you can come out to make him feel welcome. He will be in the house from 9:30 pm and rocking the room til the midnight hour. He has music and other merchandise for sale and told me he will bring it with him.

For those wanting to search him out before the show,  check him out on youtube or visit his website to learn more:


Country crooner from Oriental, NC; Ken Belangia will be performing on the deck at The Sunrise Family Restaurant /Sunset Italian Grill located at 100 Marina Drive in Fairfield Harbour. Music starts at 7:30 and the food is good all the time!


For all you night owls looking for live music, you can head over to Mesh Sports Lounge located at 2500 Trent Rd, NEw Bern, NC. Tonight you can enjoy the music of Joe Brown and The Band! They rock the room from 10:30 pm til 1:30 am. There is no cover charge for this or any live music at Mesh.

However, let that serve as a reminder that FREE music is NEVER free! Please be kind to those that serve you and those that make you dance. Support live music. Support our local music scene.

Today we are keeping it all local, because SuddenLink insists on keeping me down. If you are looking for more events outside the area and you are my friend on Facebook, be sure to check out all of the events I wanted to write about. They can be found on my page by clicking the MORE tab and going to Events!

Thanks for reading. I hope you get out and enjoy the dance! To get in the zone


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