On Sunday, September 11, 2016 I headed out to The Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC where activategood.org hosted a full weekend of gathering community members for the purpose of volunteering for our troops and first responders.
The weekend concluded with a day of free music, our pledge of allegiance, our National Anthem delivered by Orlando Parker Jr., military and community leaders took to the podium and performances by Waking April and, closing out the weekend, Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade.
I remember I made a vow fifteen years ago and I reaffirmed it four years ago that I will never forget the victims of 9/11. Each year I make the effort to remember those victims of terror and I pray for peace for the families that lost so much. Being at this event made me feel like I was a part of a greater good movement.
It was amazing to see the people sitting at the stations provided and with some putting together care packages for our current service members, and others assembling care packages with blankets for our homeless vets. There was a station for writing letters to our service men and women and one for making braided keychains to send as a token gift.
The entertainment was soulful and soothing and seemed to fit perfect with the mood and the day. To check out Waking April search them out on Facebook and Twitter. This trio of players offered the first set of mostly original material.
It was Hank Barbee who extended the invitation to me to attend this event. The artist from Richlands spends a good part of the music journey traveling gig to gig solo. I had seen him several times and have enjoyed every show. But I had wondered what he would sound like with a full band behind him. Last Sunday my curiosity was cured and it was worth the drive just to see that.
Hank Barbee and The Dust Parade are putting the final touches on a recording they finished last year. One of the things that is needed for the release to be complete are a few good photos. So of course, when the opportunity arrived to capture it, I thought it could be a day well spent for several reasons.
This player stays busy entertaining crowds around the region and along the east coast. An example of how chaotic things can get, on Saturday, September 24, 2016 he will start out his day with a solo show at Whaley’s Chapel OFWB Church located at 8156 Hwy 41, Richlands, NC at 8 am in the Multi Purpose Building for the Women’s Fall Morning Praise. If interested in attending an inspiring morning of music and praise, you must RSVP today by calling 910-324-1549.
Following that show close to home, Barbee hits the road to meet up with band mates in Wilmington to perform for the Celebrate Recovery Rockfest where he will deliver a rocking set from 2-2:45 pm on the Main Stage.
He finishes the day at The Trading Post in Emerald Isle where he will perform solo from 6:30-9:30 pm.
To find out more about Barbee and to keep up with his latest news and dates check out his website at www.hankbarbee.com
Persimmons will be hosting a day long BBQ bash with live music and good food from noon til 8 pm. To enjoy the grooves and tastes of the end of season celebration head on over to 100 Pollock St., New Bern, NC.
This is what I found under the details of the event page on Facebook:
Join Persimmons for the End of Season Bar-B-Que! Featuring a Tap Takeover, Pork Roast and BBQ Plates provided by Weeping Radish Brewery and Butchery! Drink Specials made with local liquors! Live music will be jamming all night with Adrian and Co. starting at 12pm playing till 3pm and then BRB from 4pm till 7pm!
For fans of folk music and roots americana sounds, here is the information on an event taking place tonight at our History Center this evening.
Enjoy works for strings by innovative American composers Mark O’Connor, Charles Ives, and Samuel Barber alongside the North Carolina premiere of Michael Miles’ “Suite of the Americas” for banjo and string quartet during this concert presented by the Carolina Chamber Music Festival.
Regarded as one of America’s most innovative clawhammer banjo players, Miles will perform a concert of works for banjo and string quartet. He will collaborate with CCMF string artists from the Boston Symphony and Pops, Yale University, Harlem Symphony, and local New Bern talent Rachel Harmatuk Pino (violin). An artist comfortable in the worlds of traditional song, classical music, and composition, Miles is also featured as CCMF’s Composer-in-Residence.
Before the concert begins, Miles will host a pre-concert discussion at 6:30 p.m. with the concert at 7 p.m. Following the concert, the audience is invited to a reception in Mattocks Hall.
Cullman Performance Hall, North Carolina History Center
$30 per person
Craven Arts Council / Bank of the Arts
Robert Hurff & Peace Soldier will be performing live tonight at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC. He will get the crowd grooving to his take on classic rock tunes from 8-11 pm. There is no cover charge for entry but you must be a member to enter!
Adam Hill is bringing his band to BrÜtopia located at 1201 highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. The stinging six stringer will be tearing it up with special guest vocalist Donna Storey.
The talent is thick in this rock unit and Hill has the ability to breathe new life into lost icons such as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan with his heavy string bending grit. If you have not seen this player in action he is worth the time and travel!
They hit the floor at 7 pm and rock the room tonight until 10 pm. There is no cover to get in and they have lots of craft brews ready for your Saturday night!
James Ford will be rocking on the dock in Fairfield Harbour this evening. His show at Sunset Italian Grill located at 100 Marina Dr., New Bern, NC is slotted for 7:30-10:30. He will rock you and funk you up too, so be sure to catch this local talent and business owner! When not playing Ford owns and operates Bear Town Mobile Repair located on Trent Road. He is the man to see with your phone and computer problems.
There is a big country show going down tonight at The Jones County Civic Theater located at 832 NC Highway 58 S, Trenton, NC. Bryan Mayer will be on the same bill with Mark Chestnutt. Doors open at 6 pm and music starts soon after! Grab your partner and get ready to dance the night away!
TJ’s Cave located at 925 East Main St., Hacelock, NC will be hosting an open mic night this evening from 6-9 pm!
Open Mic nights are a great way for new players to expose their raw talents in front of peers and fans a like. If you are not gouging but want to get out and play, head on down to TJ’s with your gig bag tonight!
Looking at the Western side of the state there is a pretty cool show taking place at Scuppernong Books located at 304 S Elm St., Greensboro, NC. Here are the details I found on this show:
Join author Emily Edwards for the backstory and discussion of her blues book. Abe Reid will perform. Bars, Blues, and Booze contains true stories of musicians, bar owners, and regulars at the crossroads of good times and despair in her University Press of Mississippi published book, Bars, Blues, and Booze: Stories from the Drinkhouse. One of the storytellers, 1998 International Blues Challenge winner Abe Reid, will perform LIVE after the talk. Come listen, have a glass of wine or a beer, and join the discussion. Part of @17 Days Greensboro.
Ali Randolph & The Outta Luck Band will bring their show to The Rockhouse Tavern & Billards located at 2699 Aberdeen Blvd., Gastonia, NC. She gets the crowd jumping at 9 and they will rock the room til 2 am.There is a $7.00 cover charge at the door.
A little closer to home, Built For Comfort have a show this evening at The Red Room located at 220 N Heritage St., Kinston, NC. There is a cover charge at the door but this band will deliver a powerful set of rocking blues worthy of every dime. They take the stage at 10 and rock the room til 2 am.
Looking to our north, Raven’s Bru has a show tonight on the Pebble Beach Stage at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. Located at 1052 E Main St., Washington, NC this is a great place for live music and some great food. When I was in town last night I enjoyed the shrimp and oyster basket with a side of onion rings. Service is friendly and fun and the food is delicious. Open for dinner until 9 pm, this place is worth a visit. The band will be rocking from 6:30-10 pm.
Psylo Joe will be appearing with ELM (Electric Love Machine) for another night in the area. If you missed their show last night in Kinston, tonight you can check them out at Crossbones Tavern located at 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC. Music starts about 9 pm and they will rock you into the early morning hours of 2 am.
You can catch Daryl Lucas live tonight at The Fat Turtle located at 2181 New River Inlet Rd., N. Topsail Beach, NC. He will deliver his rocking country grooves from 9:30 pm til 1:30 am.
Looking around the Crystal Coast, I found an event happening now at The Islander Hotel & Resort located at 102 Islander Dr., Emerald Isle. Here is the scoop on this food, beer, wine and dine event…
Come celebrate with us this year at the 4th Annual Emerald Isle Coastal Cuisine & Craft Beer Festival on September 17th, 2016 at the Islander Resort in Emerald Isle. This will be another outstanding event overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with a day filled with excellent cuisine, craft brews, live music and more.
30 Breweries & 13 Locally owned restaurants are participating this year for our largest event to date. There’s still a few tickets left get yours at the website www.swansboroflavor.com.
Heading over the bridge and checking things out in Swansboro you can catch the fun and eclectic selections of Justin Castellano tonight at Church Street Deli, Pub & Inn located at 105 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. He will be playing to the dinner crowd from 7-10 pm
Ed Prophet will be delivering his sultry sets of familiar rock to the dinners out and about at The Boat Bar @ Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar located at 3710 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC. This New Bern native will perform for fans from 6:30-9:30 pm.
Just over the bridge you can check out Last Chance Wranglers Band live tonight at The Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. They offer live music every Friday and Saturday from 8:30-11:30 pm
As it turns out, there is live music everywhere. I am happy to help you find the right place to go so you can support live local music in your community. It is not easy packing up all of that equipment, driving from place to place, setting up, tearing down, rehearsing setlists, promoting shows all while finding new gigs new ways to make an impression on an unimpressive crowd of critics. Personally, I think there are enough critics in the world and these players need our support. I hope my column inspires you to get out and support a band in your area tonight. Life is tough, but it always feels better if we can tango through it!
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