NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source of Live Music Options and Local Band News ~ Friday, December 9, 2016 ~

Live Music Options for Fri., Dec. 9, 2016~


Around the Region~


North Carolina Symphony presents the Pink Martini Holiday Show, which will be taking place tonight at Meymandi Concert Hall, located at 2 E South St., Raleigh, NC. Tickets range from $30-$90 per seat and some tickets still remain. Show time is 8 pm. To find out more visit the link:


Jukebox Revolver will be giving up all the classics you love, with a show tonight at Whiskey Sowers, located at 113 N 4th St,., Mebane, NC. They get they party started at 10 pm and rock your through the night until closing! Come check out this fun band that offers all the classics you know and love from the 60’s to the current day!


New Bernian, Spencer Scholes, will be celebrating his birthday by playing his music for the folks lucky enough to be at Grounds Cafe, located at 320 Vintage Point Lane, Wendell, NC. He will be giving up his grooves from 6:30 pm til 9:30 pm. He is a great singer/songwriter with lots of material that others will find familiar. So if you happen to be middle of the state with not much to do, come celebrate this player as he turns 41 and jams for you!


The Grand Shell Game have a show tonight at The Station, located at 201 E Main St., Carrboro, NC. Also on the bill, Arson Daily. Tickets for this show are $8.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door. Here is what I found on the event page:


“Listen a first time just to be surprised at what comes next, then listen repeatedly to examine and contemplate the messages in the song layers…” Sarah Fuller Hall – No Depression

A confrontation with the impossible, in life as in art. This might be the idea that serves to best define the debut album Man on a Wire by the grand shell game. It was created by a group of musicians who realized they were a band within the first few notes of their first jam together. It was inspired in part by Colum McCann’s novel “Let the Great World Spin,” which itself drew inspiration from Philippe Petit, the artist who forever redefined the realm of what is possible with his famous, unauthorized tight rope performance between New York’s World Trade Towers in August of 1974. It is at times reminiscent of The Beatles or Fleet Foxes, Zappa or Neutral Milk Hotel, while still sounding unique in and of itself. It is an album that seems alive and breathing, speaking to each listener individually with musical and lyrical layers that continue to unfold with each visit.


Brit-Born Blues and Funky Saturday Night Soul from Boone, NC
Bar opens at 5pm
7:30 doors | 8:30 show
$8 advance | $12 day of


Looking around Jacksonville, NC. you can find Closin Tyme, performing live at The Tarheel Opry House this weekend. Located at 145 Blue Creek School Rd., Jacksonville, NC. They will be delivering all the great country grooves that will make you want to get up and dance. They get the party started at 10 pm and rock you til closing at 2 am. This will be happening both Friday and Saturday nights, this weekend! Come on out and have some fun with these good ol boys this weekend.


Since we are talking about country music, let me tell you, the modern country players Steel County Express, will be live tonight at Halftime Sports Bar & Grill, located at 1107 New Pointe Blvd., Leland, NC. Show time starts at 9:30 pm and finishes about 12:30 am.


Along the Coast ~

New Bern natives Simon Spalding, Glenn Druhot and Tom Spellman make up the band Casablanca. They will be heading to the coast for a show tonight at Cru Bar & Wine Store, located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC The show is 8-11 pm.

Join us following our wine tasting for some live music by:


The Time: 1940.
The Place: Rick’s American Bar, Casablanca, Morocco.

Sam the piano man has taken the night off. Tonight’s music is provided by a motley but capable trio of musicians: a guitarist from Paris; a drummer who’s been living in Turkey; and a violinist from Eastern Europe, who occasionally swaps out with a local oud player. Their music, laced with favorite themes from the Silver Screen, takes you from Russia to Brazil to Persia to who knows where?

Tom Spellman is Casablanca’s guitarist, playing both nylon-stringed Classical guitar and steel string guitar.

Glenn Druhot plays drum set, djembe, bongos, and other percussion instruments. With sticks, brushes, or hands, Glenn lays down the beat!

Simon Spalding plays violin, guitar, and oud, the fretless lute of the Orient.

All three members of Casablanca are instructors in the teaching studio of Fuller’s Music House in New Bern, where they met.

“Casablanca will take you on a musical magic carpet ride to destinations both familiar and exotic… the sound of Casablanca is an exotic mix, as if Gypsy Jazz musicians from Paris were joined by local Moroccan players.” –New Bern Magazine

To hear live performances of Casablanca, follow these links:
Swing 42 –
Katyusha –
Take Five –


Point of Grace is doing a Home for the Holidays Tour and it is stopping at Glad Tidings Church, located at 4621 Country Club Rd., Morehead City, NC. Tickets for the show at $49 for the meet and greet. For balcony seating tickets are $18 and for general admission it is $23.00. The concert kicks off with all it’s traditions and good tidings at 7:30 pm and will go til 10 pm.


Hopefully you got your tickets this week for this amazing show…

Jessica Meuse was also a contestant on Season 3 of NBC’s The Voice in 2012, where she made it to the blind auditions. In summer 2013, Jessica won a spot to perform a set at the Vans Warped Tour in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2013-2014, Jessica Meuse competed on the national television series American Idol, finishing in 4th place and becoming the first person in the history of the show to perform an original song, “Blue-Eyed Lie,” during the finals. She went on to tour with the Idols LIVE Tour in summer 2014, visiting 40 different cities in the United States and Canada.

Post American Idol, Jessica released her first independent single, “Done”, recorded and mixed by a small production team based in Los Angeles. On January 1, 2016, she released her second independent single, “Rio Grande,” produced and mixed in Orange County, CA. She plans to release an EP as soon as possible and tour the country once more – as Jessica Meuse. Meuse is actively seeking management, writing new material, and participating in as many musical opportunities as possible.

Come on out to Harrika’s Brew Haus to enjoy her great show tonight from 7-10 pm. There are only a few tickets left for this event. HBH is located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC



Live tonight on stage at SALT ULTRA LOUNGE , located at 325 Mangrove Blvd., Emerald Isle, NC; you can check out Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot. As they bring the R&B and soul show to the stage. The band is from North Myrtle Beach and have been making a name for themselves along the coast. Tonight they will rock the room with their variety of funk, soul and R& B selections that make you want to dance. Show  time is 9 pm.



Mac & Juice Quartet will be on the bill with Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey, Dubtown Cosmonauts and Baked Fresh Daily. This great showcase will be  highlighting original new music from several area bands. Taking place at Thone Theater located at 208 Market Street, Wilmington, NC; tickets are $10.00 and the show gets underway at 8 pm.

Gettin’ Down Around Town, New Bern~

Tonight marks the final ArtWalk/ArtCrawl of the 2016 calendar year. That means that New Bern will be bustling with lots of artistic vibes and great music to enjoy as you shop and grab a bite to eat tonight in town!


92.7 FM The Beacon is hosting the concert of Jordan Feliz tonight, as he brings his regular show and his Christmas show all together for you to be uplifted and inspired. This event is taking place at Temple Baptist Church, located at 1500 Kingdom Way, New Bern, NC. Tickets range in price from $7-$12 and you can get your by clicking on this site:



Craven County Community College presents Explosion in The Arts. Kicking off the series tonight will be the Rockabilly fun band The Phantom Playboys. This band was one of the best I cam across this past summer. A refreshingly fun band that delivers grooves and jives that make you want to dance. Tickets for the event are $24.00 and Students cost $12.00. This show will be held at the Orringer Auditorium, located on campus in New Bern. Show starts at 7:30 pm


James Ford

Local rocker and entrepreneur, James Ford will be rocking the room at Bear Town Market, located at 402 S Front St., New Bern, NC. The show starts at 7 pm and he will keep you going til 10 pm. There is no charge for this show!



Rick Huff on guitar and Mike Sandvig on bass, you can enjoy tonight at The Thirsty Bruin located on Middle Street New Bern. They get the show started at 8 pm and rock the bar til 10:30 pm


Jazz fans can delight in the monthly tradition of Fools Rush In live tonight at Rivertowne Ballroom, located on Pollock St., New Bern, NC. Show starts at 8 pm and they jam til 11 pm. There is a $10 admission for the show and you are welcome to bring your beer and wine.



Another worthwhile talent to check in with tonight is, the sensational Alisa Evans. She will be performing her show at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. Evans will be available to give your soul an adjustment between 6-9 pm. She is not only a wonderful solo artist who offers, everything from Jazz standards to show tunes that will bring you back in time. She is also the powerhouse rocker who fronts local rock effort Zen Pirates.



To see all sides of Evans, you can head over the bridge and check her out with Zen Pirates, who will be rocking Bambooz II ,located at 1100 Highway 70 West, New Bern, NC. She will take the stage with her rocking outfit at 10 pm.

Opening the night be sure to check out the Ray & Bobby Duo



Just across the way, The Take Kindlies will be rocking live at BrUtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. They will be rocking the folks there from 7-10 om tonight. So if you are looking for some great beer and fun live music, be sure to stop in tonight!


The Rest of Us at Monette’s

Tis season for Holiday Hoopla! Given that, we might as well join the Christmas Party that is happening at Monette’s , located on the corner of Thurman and Old Cherry Points Roads. The Rest of Us will be rocking the corner store tonight from 8 til 11 pm. Come on out and celebrate the season and get rocked by this fun act offering lots of modern day and 90’s rock!


Well kids that is a wrap on where you can get out and dance! I hope whatever you choose you take kindness with you and tip our bands and bartenders generously during this time of giving. They give us a piece of their soul each time they serve us or perform for us. Since they help us with our good times, let’s help them by giving back!


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Thanks for reading and sharing. I will return tomorrow with your Saturday dance options around our great state! Party safe and have fun tonight!


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