Thoughts for Thursday ~
I have to tell you I hugged a lot of necks last week while attending several great events that helped many causes between Thursday and Sunday. It is weekends like that which help to restore some of my shattered faith in mankind.
Cheri Moyers, is the newly elected President of The Coastal Carolina Chapter for the National Federation of the Blind of NC. Moyers found her way to this new role after losing her own sight. She only has peripheral vision and is now legally blind. In dealing with the acceptance of her own condition, she is helping to raise awareness in others. Now that is something I can admire.
Two weeks in her new role, she put together an impromptu event to get word out about the new chapter where she is leading the charge. She performed last week at The City Laundry for a couple hours and talked to the crowd and connected to with those in attendance. She gathered gifts for silent auction and raised a total of $529.00.
In speaking with her since the performance I learned her mission is raising awareness in others. She points out that the shots she gets in her eye monthly can potentially help save the likes of you and me from going blind. Her disease is rather rare, but what is not rare is the 7 million people or more who are walking around with vision impairment, too scared to face the reality of losing their sight. Moyers points out that it is a problem bigger than most realize. Many of those suffering do so in silence for fear of the unknown. Losing your sight is life altering as one can imagine.
“I did not want to give up my license, but when I was in the car asking my daughter to tell me what color the lights were and when to stop…(sigh) I knew it was time to accept it.” Moyers confessed. Since then she has spent time reinventing herself, honing her singing skills and refinishing furniture. My favorite thing about this lady is she is a work in progress and and beautiful inspiration.
To find out more about the National Federation of the Blind of North Carolina, Coastal Carolina Chapter and how you can help, call Cheri Moyer today at 252-675-8282. Moyers will also be back at The City Laundry to perform once a month. Keep your eye here for more dates.
ArtWalk New Bern ~ 9/9/16
On Friday evening, I went out in support of my favorite causes, the arts! It was Artwalk in downtown New Bern, just like it always is on the second Friday of the month; so, I did not have to venture far before stumbling upon a new story. As I took in the tour of the town I mostly enjoyed watching a lot of great people proudly doing their thing. I met four authors and watched several artists at work. One of the most charming features of New Bern is the artist vibe you feel as you move about the town. When you get right down to it, there really is something here for everyone.
Along the way I found Jerry Scott at the Isaac Taylor Garden met Leslie Tall Manning at her table with two of her books. In all she has written about 11 books. I enjoy talking to other writers to find out how they find inspiration . to learn how long their work took, etc. I always walk away with helpful hints for writing too. I walked through the garden and was mesmerized by the scene of two artist working out paintings of musicians. That was inspiring to watch.
Upon leaving the garden we walked along South Front Street and spoke with three more writers all set up to sing their books and talk to passersby. Joey Jones has released A Bridge Apart, a suspenseful romantic thriller. Kaisey W. Mills was there representing her short story works co written with friend and sci-fi writer James A Courtney. The Dystopian Nation of City-State is their latest effort. I also met Laura Beth who was inspired by growing up and visiting her father’s farmhouse and has released a series of books that tell the tale familiar to her. There is a series of seven books that she proudly displayed.
Just around the corner on Middle street I found an amazing young girl playing the violin. Her efforts were beautiful and her songs balanced my spirit.
The other great benefit to ArtWalk are all the sweet sounds you can enjoy throughout town. In Bear Plaza we met Darria Womble who was singing to her dad’s soothing guitar melodies. Derrick Moore and his daughter have been enjoying the father daughter duo time for about a year and are looking and currently available for shows around town. She has a beautiful, angelic voice and he is pretty smooth working those strings, singing in his own way.
Around the corner on Middle Street I enjoyed the standards and show tunes being performed by Alisa Mike. She has an amazing voice that can take country to the city, rap down to the delta and the blues she can rock and belt out any jazz standard too. She is a sweet woman who works hard taking care of family and entertaining all of us! When not performing solo you can find her fronting Zen Pirates who have a show coming up on next Friday, September 23 at Triple Play in James City.
Being featured under the steel canopy of lights and beams, in the Isaac Taylor Garden, located on Craven Street, we found The Spread out of Morehead City. They are a fun and funky band that get down and grooving with the back beats and jams, add Kathryn Rene to the mix and you have a powerhouse of talent that draws you into their familiar sounds and funky grooves that get the hips shaking and feet tapping. You can find them on Facebook and catch them live around the area. Well worth a road trip if you like watching musicians play. They are all seasoned and professional.
Turning our attention to some of the live shows that were happening around town, Crystal Odham and I met up at our favorite little meeting place The Brown Pelican. Located right there on Broad Street across from Quay & Associates Law Practice, this establishment is a great supporter of live music. When I walked in the front door, I found Dan Jam in full swing with Scott Carlisle on guitar, Alan Gleeson on guitar and vocals and the host himself, Dan Phillips singing and jamming. When I walked out back we found Serial Experiments Lane outside and jamming on his acoustic six string.
Back inside, we caught the sounds of No Halos who offered up lots of rock n roll rush and fun and funky motown tunes. This was my first time hearing band and they impressed not just me but many that caught the show that night. Featured on stage was Denise Powers, vocal; Robert Ormond on guitar and vocals; Mike Sandvig on bass and Mike Ferrara behind the kit. To keep up with these fine players check them out on Facebook!
Our second stop indoors was to check out Fools Rush In a jazz ensemble that does a great job offering up some swing and standard jazz selections. This is an amazing group of players that enjoy playing together. They had the crowd spinning across the room at Rivertowne Ballroom when we walked in. This fun quartet performs live every second Friday of the month and tickets are just $10.00. If you are looking for a fun night, mark this gig on your calendar for October 14 and get ready to dance.
I really love the melodic sounds of jazz and show tunes done right. I even enjoy classical music. That appreciation came rolling in when my son picked up the violin in the seventh grade. We were living in Louisiana where they offered orchestra in the public schools and we found another area of study that my son excelled at.
Our final stop for the night was full of that of magical music like that. We wrapped up our fun night of frollicking with Casablanca, a fun and fabulously talented trio that has a knack for bringing you back in time with their compositions and selections! This New Bern based act includes Tom Spellman on guitar, Simon Spalding on an array of instruments and vocals and Glenn Druhot Jr keeping time on drums and other various percussion sounds. They performed at The City Laundry for their monthly series on Music after ArtWalk.
On Friday, September 16, 2016 they will be live at The Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St. in Beaufort, NC. They will be performing from 8:30 til 11:30 pm.
Live Music Options for Thursday, September 14, 2016 ~
Around the Region:
All you motorcycle enthusiasts pack up ad roll out highway 55 to Seven Springs for a fun time this weekend. Biker games, competitions, live music, and lots of fun to be had. Pack a tent, bring your cooler and grab your friends for a fun little getaway just a few miles before Goldsboro.This good time will be held at Mason Dixon Park which is located at 7533 NC Highway 55 West in Seven Springs, NC. Here are the details I found on the event page.
Come out to our Fall Motorcycle Rally, Thursday night we are going to blow it out with a huge pre-party as we welcome new folks to our event and look forward to meeting past friends.
Friday night we have an Alternative Rock, Alternative Country, Rockabilly band that is going to take you off the road normally traveled and kick out some tunes with a twist. These are good ole fashioned rock it out music to get your juices flowing.
Saturday night if you have never heard a seven person Nation Wide touring band hammering it down in an adult atmosphere then you do not want to miss ALL MY ROWDY FRIENDS performing their variety show in concert. This is such a treat to see them play where they have free run with no limits in full form. We cannot express how rare and special this concert will be so make your plans now.
Our event is one of the few remaining Adult Parties in Central NC Region that won’t break your bank to attend. If you don’t own a motorcycle no concern, feel free to bring your Golf Cart or ATV to get around on. Our Motorcycle rodeo and random Impromptu events will keep you hopping all weekend. Admission for the entire event is only $30 per person. If your schedule does not allow you to come for the entire weekend your in luck. Saturday pack up your friends or that special lady and enjoy some great music and adult entertainment with our Saturday special entry.
Admission after 1:00 pm on Saturday to hear an exciting band in-conjunction with the night time activities is just $10.00 per person. Come in an stay the night. No additional fee’s for tent and camper boon docking with paid admission (generators are welcome), RV sites with water/electric are $30.00 and very limited so make your reservations now.
Another weekend choice for all of you pickers out there is the 10th Annual Hoppin’ John Fiddlers Convention that kicks off tonight and finishes up on Sunday. There is lots of fun and music and camping on site for this event. It is being held at the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center which is located at 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd, Pittsboro, NC. Here are the details I learned:
Come out and celebrate the 10th annual Hoppin’ John Fiddler’s Convention! Great music and camping all weekend. Band and individual instrument contests, children’s activities, food, craft and instrument vendors. We have a host of wonderful musician showcases and workshops. There will also be plenty of opportunities to dance all weekend long! And of course…the hoppin’ john cook-off!
Local rocker, James Ford is hitting the road and heading down Highway 17 to The Sushi Gem Asian Bistro located at 17230 Hwy 17 N, Suite 124, Hampstead, NC. He will be rocking the dinner crowd from 7-10 tonight.
Hot new country artists LanCo will making waves around the area as they roll into Jack’s Waterfront Bar located at 513 Evans St, in Morehead City tonight for a FREE show. These players are currently on tour in support of their latest release which has been gaining a lot of attention. Rolling Stone deems them as one of the top ten new country acts to watch…and tonight you can see them for free. Be on hand for their show which kicks off at 9 pm.
Tonight at Harrika’s Brew Haus they are offering a Beatles Tribute and Wing Night. Come on out from 6-10 with music starting at 7. Harrika’s Brew Haus is located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, NC.
Wild Honey has a show tonight for the wine tasting event at Carolina Home and Garden located at 4778 Highway 24, Newport, NC. They will be performing from 6:30-9:30 pm so come on out and enjoy their great grooves and some new wine too!
Around Town, New Bern
Mac & Juice Quartet are in town to groove you tonight on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant located at 100 Pollock Street, New Bern. Come on out after work and enjoy their fine selections of jam rock and great menu too. They will be rocking on the deck tonight from 5:30-8 pm
The Craven County Arts Council located at 317 Middle Street, New Bern presents After Work: Bach Revisited from 5-6 tonight. There will be a wine and cheese reception following the performance.
Well that is a wrap on what is in store for tonight. I have more to recap from the weekend as we walk into another weekend after tomorrow’s grind. I will see you then. Enjoy the dance.
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