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Boogie Chillin’ with Tracey Stones

Tracey Stones with Ritchie & Mike (Drums & Bass) for Saltwater Gold

We have arrived at another weekend. We are here to welcome you to it and remind you there is live music happening every where throughout our great state of North Carolina. We are hoping that you make some time and even plan a trip to connect to some of our many talented artist.

Please support their efforts, dance to the music, buy their merchandise and hug them often! Tips are always welcome and applause always appreciated. These are the people that help us forget our troubles and worry as we let go and enjoy, dance and relax. Life is short and it is often filled with chaos, but music soothes and heals that restlessness and your soul and mind always reap great rewards when they benefit from the beats!

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The boys that are picture above with me make up the rhythm section of Saltwater Gold who will be performing this evening on the big stage at The Red Rooster, located behind Silo’s Restaurant at 1111 Broad St., Oriental, NC. They give up all the classic rock grooves you love while mixing in some of their own feel good originals. This is a free show that starts at 7 pm.

Here is what else you need to know about the happenings here tonight:


p style=”text-align:center;”>The Red Rooster behind the Silo’s Restaurant
Beer/Wine available outside, mixed drinks available inside Silo’s restaurant. SG starts around 7pm, going till ??? Come see the hottest band in Coastal Carolina work up a serious sweat and rock this town!!!

Silo’s dining room specials that night -> Homemade ribs, herb buttered corn on the cob, baked potato for $17 American. 16 cold craft beers on tap!!! what are you waiting for?? come on down and have a blast, ’cause we will!!! See ya there!!!

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Artist Development

In my world of artist development, we are getting ready for more radio with the Adam Hill Band. Hill was invited back to Music Monday which is a weekly feature for Thunder Country’s Raeford Brown’s Morning Show. 

The segment is hosted by John Jones and it is recorded at The Earl Jones School of Music in Jacksonville, NC.  Be sure to tune in to 96.3 FM this coming Monday at 8:30 am to hear the boys live on the air.

Hill made an acoustic debut on Monday,  February 20, 2017. That appearance also marked Hill’s radio debut for this fairly new solo project. On Monday, May 1, 2017 at 8:30 am  he will return with the full  band to rock the radio waves. We hope you get to listen along as it happens live but if you miss it I will be there recording video of it for your viewing pleasure on his website




Hank Barbee has returned from his recent tour down through the southern states. He and his Dust Parade visited many familiar spots on this tour through Florida as he brought the new disc along for fans to purchase. 

They are back in area and Barbee makes his return to the local scene and tonight! You can catch  Barbee solo at The Marina Cafe located at 110 S Marine Blvd., Jacksonville, NC from 8 pm til 11 pm. Tomorrow he will be rocking the fans in Swansboro as he offer music to accompany dinner at Church Street Pub located at 105 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. Music plays 7-10 pm.

In other news it was also just announced that Hank Barbee and The Dust Parade will be the featured act on Day one of Bernaroo Arts & Music Festival which will be taking place in New Bern this July. Save the dates July 14-15 and make plans to be in town for some great music all weekend long including the talented Barbee. More information on the festival will be featured here as we grow closer to the event.

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Live Music Options~Friday, April 28, 2017

~ Rocking Around The Region ~



Kicking things off in Winston-Salem tonight, we find music at Muddy Creek Music Hall located at 5455 Bethania Rd., Winston-Salem, NC. They are offering the bluegrass beats music of June Rise live from 8-11 pm.



BigDumbHick will be giving up the smart grooves live at The Wet Whistle Company located at 101 Bonnie Pl., Suite E;  Archdale, NC. There is no charge for this event and Susan Terry will offer bass accompaniment. Music starts at 7 pm and they will jam for two hours or better.


For music, food and family fun, head out to The Pickle Festival being held in Mount Olive, NC this weekend. For all the information available please visit their website:



For those looking for an adult only retreat with good rock n fun times, pack up the camping gear and cooler and head down Highway 55 to  the Thunder On Tobacco Road.   This bike rally is an annual Spring and Fall event and offers live music both nights. On deck to rock you tonight will be Steel Standing Band with their great mix of country and southern rock grooves to get your weekend started right! Here is what they would like for you to know about this event, according to the Facebook Event Page…

“Come on out to our Motorcycle Rodeo and Party. Good times start Thursday night while we unwind from a long winter.  Steel Standin’ Band will get you rockin Friday night with Shoot to Thrill taking stage Saturday night.

We are well into our second Ten Years of good Old School partying fun so lets keep this tradition going. This 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 Four Wheeler to get around on.

People games, Motorcycle Rodeo, Corn hole competitions and other various activities will keep you busy all weekend. Admission is $30 per person, 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.

This is an adult party so no one under age of 18 is allowed on the grounds. No Club Colors, No Attitudes, No Glass and No Worries. We reserve the right to refuse entrance!


Further west we find our way to Goldsboro and  make a stop at The Flying Shamrock Pub & Restaurant located at 115 N John St., Goldsboro, NC. Adam Hill will offer a side of music for those in the house looking for a great bite to eat. This show is free with music happening from 8:30 -11:30 pm. To learn more about Hill visit his website:



Checking things out in Kinston we find that New Bern talent Bryan Mayer heads north to perform at North Street Pub & Eatery located at 115 W North St., Kinston NC. Music charge is $5.00 and the music starts at 9 pm and Mayer keeps you in his groove til 1 am.



Just around the way you can stop in at The Red Room and get a fix of jam band Mac & Juice Quartet who will be live on stage from 10 pm til 2 am. Come enjoy a great night of fun grooves. They charge a music fee at the door and tips are always welcome by the band too.



Having a look at things going down around lil Washington we find that Scott Kirby has a show slotted for this evening at The Turnage Theater located at 150 W Main St., Washington, NC.  Here are the details as listed on Facebook:


p style=”text-align:center;”>”Join us on the big stage on April 28 from 7 – 9 PM for Scott Kirby — singer, songwriter, guitarist, storyteller, sailor and road warrior.
Writing songs for a new CD, performing 150 live shows a year throughout the US and Canada, and holding down the stage at his own club—Key West’s Smokin’ Tuna Saloon—keep the barnacles off this modern-day troubadour. A creative lyricist and accomplished finger-style acoustic guitarist with an expressive voice, Kirby describes himself as a direct descendent of the ’70s singer/songwriter movement.

Tickets are $15 and available at AOP,  online under the Programs click on Music tab or by calling 252-946-2504.”



Live tonight on the Pebble Beach stage at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar  & Restaurant located at 1052 E MAin St., Washington, NC; you can enjoy the folk and roots grooves of Lipbone Redding live from 7-10 pm. Come early for the great food and stay till closing for the great grooves Misc is free and and service is great!



After that show ends at BJ’s you can head up the road to Market Street Pub and check out the grooves of Mikele Buck who will be kicking it from 10 pm til closing about 2 am. If you like country be sure to catch this rising star soon.



Since we are moving around to points north and west of New Bern,  we find a double bill tonight at Farmville Dogwood Festival proudly presents a FREE CONCERT with the legendary NC band SIDEWINDER! Special guest Built for Comfort Band get the crowd primed and ready. This reunion show for Sidewinder will be there first time performing in eastern NC since The Attic Nightclub days! Built for Comfort is a Blues/Rock/Americana band based out of Greenville who always get your toes tapping and your feet moving!!! The fun starts at 6:30 pm so after work head to Farmville and listen for the street music!



Speaking of Mikele Buck and The Dogwood Festival, you should know that while visiting Farmville for the festival, make sure to check out Pour Haus Pub located at 3746 Main St., Farmville, NC as they offer the sounds of Davis & Davis tonight and Michele Buck tomorrow. Music starts both nights at 10 and continues til closing.



Live tonight at Winslow Deli located at 120 W 5th St., Greenville, NC they offer the sounds of Jessy Esterline live from 8 – 11 pm. No Cover!

This will officially be Jessy’s  going away party and last Greenville, NC gig until further notice. If you haven’t had a chance to see him before he moves  so to call Wilmington, NC home…please come out to say “Until Later” and show him some love before he leave.

“I’d like to say a special thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way and this is not goodbye, but until I see you again. Greenville will always hold a special place in my heart and all of the wonderful people and venues I’ve played have only helped me grow as a person. I will miss you all and love you dearly. Thank you to Winslow’s for giving me a place to share what I love and supporting me along the way. I can’t wait to see you there!”



Nashville recording artist David Lee Jones will be getting buck wild at Buck Wild Tavern tonight from 10 pm til 1 am!! Come on out to hear his current radio smash “Brandy on My Mind” and other hits from his album “Carolina Sunset”

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Tyler Godfrey is live tonight at The Outpost Saloon located at 3038 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville NC. Music starts at 9 pm and the jams last til midnight.



Closin’ Tyme has a gig at Tarheel Opry House located at 145 Blue Creek School Rd., Jacksonville, NC. Doors open at 8 Music starts at 9 pm and cover charge is $10.00 for entry. Come do some boot scootin’ tonight as we set the weekend in motion!



Rock cover band Solid Ground is back on the scene and tonight they will be coming to JAcksonville to rock the folks at The Brown Derby located at 1940 Wilmington Highway, Jacksonville, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and they will groove you with all the classic rock and hard rock tunes that move you til 1 am.

Solid Ground

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~ Cruising Along the Coast ~


Wild Blue serves up the side dish of tunes tonight at Sea Monkey 58 located at 2604 W Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC.  Music starts at 5:00 pm and lasts til 8:00 pm. Come enjoy a great meal with familiar tunes and loads of talent.



Justin Castellano will be your entertainmenttonight should you opt to head out to Carolina Home And Garden located at 4778 Highway 24 Newport, NC. Music plays in the garden from 6:30 til 9:30 pm.Call your date and make a plan for some sweet sounds and shopping tonight!



A fun night for the family as you learn about music….
Sweet Sounds Records presents – “First In Funk”: A Review of Carolina Funk Music with DJ Deaf Ears. North Carolina is more well known for being the home for early gospel, folk and country music; the influence of which is still felt widely today in their respective genres. Everyone still wants to pick a banjo like Earl Scruggs! Lesser known, however, are the roots of funk music. North Carolina is home to George Clinton, Chuck Brown and Maceo Parker among many others. Join DJ Deaf Ears for a night of good fun and great music as you learn about the roots of Carolina Funk! For more information, call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main St. Ext. You may visit us online at


Ed Prophet

Ed Prophet will be offering  the live music to accompany the delicious dinner options being offered at Boro Restaurant & Bar located at 109 N Front St, Swansboro, NC. Music plays from 7-10 pm and the food is quite amazing too!



Live tonight you can catch Nuttbred live at Cru Bar and Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Music plays from 8-11 pm and this event is free. But please keep in mind tips are always appreciated as FREE music is never free.




Hopping the ferry and heading to the outer banks we find Water High live this evening from 9 pm til 1 am. They will be performing at Gaffer’s Sports Pub located at 1050 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC. HW is a local band that offers a wide selection music from many genres including a great mix of classic rock and modern blues plus a mix of modern rock n jam bands.

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~ Gettin’ Down Around Town, New Bern, NC ~


It is a special concert occasion tonight at The Flame Catering & Banquet Center located at 2301 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC. 

Saxophonist Marcus Anderson shared the stage with PRINCE and has toured regularly throughout the years. Currently Anderson is quite the accomplished artist in his quest in the Contemporary Jazz Genre as his music continues to climb The Billboards.
His new CD is expected to be no different as it will no doubt climb the Billboard as well. For more information on this special event call 252-268-0525 ask for Connie Williams or go to Eventbrite for tickets:
This show starts at 7 pm. and the program concludes at 10:30 pm.


Just announced, Bruce Lynch will be on tap for the entertainment portion of the evening at Thirsty Bruin located at 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. This show is free and music plays from 8 – 10:30 pm



Friday April 28th is Jazz Night and tonight they will be celebrating Tenor Sax Player Russ Hamby.


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Each month Live@ The City Laundry located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC; brings together some of the best pro jazz players in our area. This month musicians and singers are coming together to celebrate the life and the music of local tenor sax man Russell Hamby

Hosted by John Van Dyke. Singers, musicians, and friends encouraged to share! Showtime 7:30pm. There is no cover charge! Donations will be accepted for the band.



Bobby Hurff & The Gypsy Sunrise are scheduled to perform tonight at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. Music starts at 7 pm and this folk style band offers the talents of Hurff and his many students as they perform an array of familiar folk standards. This show is free and tips are appreciated always.


The rocking blues trio based out of Kinston, NC, Feral Cats make their New Bern venue debut when they perform tonight on the patio at The Harvey Mansion located at 221 E Front St. Music plays from 8-11 pm on the patio and a DJ carries on the grooves in the bar when the music stops outside. Come meet the cool cats making music, The Feral Cats will rock you!



Big Jim Kohler Band will bring their blues to Triple Play Restaurant this evening from 8:30 pm til the closing hour. Located at 111 Williams Rd., New Bern, NC. Come out and enjoy some dinner and catch many local players as they offer a good dose of the blues. Helping out Big Jim on bass tonight is Wick Wickline on drum he calls Steve Hill to the stage and helping him on vocals will be his bride of 22 years, Ms Kathy herself.


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That is all my news and the gigs that I found for your dancing pleasure for the evening. I hope you get out and enjoy the sounds of live music sometime soon. I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish. I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Thanks for keeping me informed!

Please take kindness with you today and hug strangers. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance.

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