NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source of Live Music Options and Local Band News ~ Saturday, November 19, 2016

Live Music Options for Sat., Nov. 19, 2016:

Around The Region:

Starting things out in the western part of the state, Saturday we have Jonny Lang in our area to perform at Cone Denim Entertainment Center located at 117 S Elm St., Greensboro, NC. Some tickets still remain for this event. Show time is 8 pm and the music will not disappoint. It has been several years since I saw this young gun perform. It is always awesome to see this slinger do his thing! To get your tickets for this show, just visit this link :


The Mantras will perform at The Lincoln Theater located at 126 E Cabarrus St., Raleigh. Also performing on the bill, you can catch performances by Urban Soil, ELM and Psylo Joe. Here is the lowdown:
Doors 5pm
Psylo Joe 6:00-7:15pm
Urban Soil 9:20-11:00pm
The Mantras 11:20 pm until ?

Admission is $6.75 advance or $10.00 at the door.


Mandelin Orange & Joan Shelley  will perform this Saturday at King’s located at 14 W Martin St., Raleigh, NC. Doors open at 8 pm with music starting at 9 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17  at the door.


The Anchormen Quartet will perform this Saturday night at Williston United Methodist Church, located at 473, US Highway 70, Smyrna/Williston, NC. That concert starts at 7 pm and goes until 9 pm. Here is a bit of history on the band:

Formed in 1979, the ANCHORMEN have become one of the premier quartets in Christian Music. With over three decades in ministry, they continue a rich heritage of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ delivered by very talented and spirit filled gentlemen. Come and join us for a night of good ole’ southern gospel music!
♥ A Love Offering Will Be Taken ♥


Kasey Tyndall has a show this Saturday at Maynards located at 5404 NC Highway 55 E Seven Springs, NC. Admission for the show is $15.00 and you are welcome to bring your own beverages. You must be 18 to enter and 21 to drink.


Steel County Express will be rocking The Red Room this Saturday evening from 10 pm til 2 am. They are a great rocking modern country act out of Onslow County. Located at 220 N Heritage St., Kinston,  NC. The Red Room is a great place to take in a show. They have an awesome stage, great staff and comfortable seating. There is a minimal music charge at the door but the music is worth every dime!


Having a look to the north,  White Pine Hollow Reunion will be performing this Saturday from 7:30 -10:30 pm at R A Fountain General Store, located at 6754 E Wilson St, Fountain, NC. These pickers have years of experience under their belt and will be coming together for a fun and exciting show. If you like bluegrass this is your weekend stop.


There is an improv show going down this Saturday at The Turnage Theater, located at 150 W Main St., Washington, NC

Here are the details I found on the event page:

Come join us at a special time Saturday 11/19 at 6:30 for a great cause. We are proud to help raise money for the Washington pool. This is a family show, so bring the kids! Our language may be “safe”, but our tomfoolery is outrageous! Tickets are $5, and donations to the pool will be accepted and greatly appreciated! See you there!


Heading over to Greenville we find Jimkata ,making a stop at Crossbones Tavern located at 115 E 5th Street, Greenville, NC. Doors open at 9 and the music starts at 10 pm. Here is what I learned from the Facebook Event page:

9 PM Doors


Take note: Jimkata is not a cool electronic rock band.

I mean, they are. The band’s new album, In Motion, is a triumph of swirling analog synths and breezy pop hooks. It’ll make your body groove.

But dig deeper. You’ll be rewarded with something more…personal.

“There’s a lot of great music out there that makes you move, but you don’t remember it afterwards,” says Jimkata frontman, Evan Friedell. “We’re OK with embracing our emotional side. I think we have a little bit of soul. We’re embracing all the things that make classic songs.”

This added emotional gravitas is borne partially out of trust. Friends since middle school, Friedell, Aaron Gorsch and Packy Lunn infuse Jimkata — which, yes, is named after the so-bad-it’s-good 1985 gym-fu caper Gymkata—with both an adventurous musical streak and an emotional core.

“I was drawn to music in two ways,” says Friedell. “One was through the backbeat—I grew up with Michael Jackson and Paul Simon’s Graceland. Everything was rhythmically accentuated. But the second avenue is good songwriting. Something that hits the body and the heart.”

Which means, mixed in with the modern synth sensibilities (you’ll certainly hear echoes of LCD Soundsystem ,on album closer “Synapses”) and progressive rock tropes are influences drawn from the likes of Motown, singer-songwriters like James Taylor and even old country songs, where storytelling and a quick turn of phrase share priorities with melody and the beat.

It’s an unusually rich and rewarding mix, and one that’s evolved naturally. Over the past half-decade, the Ithaca-based band has operated without a record label, publicist or support system of any kind. “We just road dogged it,” says Friedell. “It’s all DIY. Doing 150 shows a year, sleeping on floors, recording songs along the way. We built everything organically, all word of mouth. The advice we got when we started was ‘Just go out and play. It’ll pay off.’”

In Motion marks the band’s second fan-funded record through PledgeMusic. Gorsch’s love of unusual rhythms and vintage synths fuel the album’s first half, highlighted by the pop earworm “Wild Ride” and the melancholia of “Jumping Out of Airplanes.” Halfway through, the album shifts to a more progressive, guitar-based affair, led by the percussive funk of “Innocence.” It’s an adventurous album, one that could find a home equally amongst fans of Yeasayer, LCD Soundsystem or Tom Petty.

Besides a musical shift, In Motion marks some other important changes. The group recently transitioned to three members from four. As well, the trio was forced off the road for an extended period of time, which ended up—unexpectedly—helping evolve their music.

“This is the first time we’ve been off from touring for a while,” says Friedell. “We were sort of living like gypsies or nomads, living the road life. We’ve never had this much time to work on an album and just live with the songs. It’s been a creative, reflective time for us.”

Lyrically, In Motion doesn’t center on any one theme. “I sort of discover what I’m writing about later,” says the singer. “And I don’t always know where the inspiration comes from. But overall, these are songs about processing adversity.”

(Themes that certainly resonate with the band’s fans. “We’ve had people tattoo our lyrics on their arms. That was a revelation to me—we’re doing something right.”)

Fortunately for long-time fans, the band plans to hit the road again early next year. “We’re pretty high-energy on stage,” says Friedell. “We tour with a light show and improvise a lot. We’ve toured so much, and experienced every scenario, good or bad. So we know how to play live and create some energy.”

And for Jimkata, it’s about finding the right energy—that balance between heart and mind.

Says Friedell: “Ideally, we’re writing songs where someone says, ‘I know that feeling. That song picks me up. It has real meaning to me.’”


Pamlico County Duo, Steel Shot will perform at Winslow’s Deli located at 120 W 5th St., Greenville, NC. They will rock the room with their brand of classic and modern rock selections from 8-11 pm. There is no cover for this show!


Brice Street will be playing at AJ McMurphy’s located at 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC. There is no cover charge for their show and they promise to offer an evening of Beatles, Beach Boys, Little Feat, Jackson Browne and Steely Dan; plus some Brice Street originals. The band is stoked and ready to rock you, so lace up your dancing shoes! Show starts at 9:30 pm and they wrap up about 12:30 am.


Looking around Jacksonville, I found out the The Brown Derby will be hosting their  Anniversary Party, featuring the rocking sounds of SOLID GROUND. This powerhouse rock cover band offers Donna Storey on lead vocals, Adam Hill with his amazing guitar works, Gordy George on bass and Wayne Terribile sitting behind the kit, keeping the rhythm in the pocket. If you have not heard this band here is a sample from last week’s benefit for homeless vets:

Solid Ground Live

Along the Coast:

Rob Aldridge will be teaming up with Richlands music maker, Hank Barbee for a show at Broughie Nights, located at 127 Princess St., Wilmington, NC. I have told you much about Barbee here in the zone, so here is some 411 on Aldridge and the upcoming show this Saturday evening.

Doors 8:30pm. Show 9:30pm. $7 ADV $10 DOS.

Rob Aldridge

Rob Aldridge is an up and coming singer songwriter from Muscle Shoals, AL. He learned to play guitar and write music at an early age. He has built a diverse catalog of his own passionate southern songs, that showcase his storytelling abilities over the years. Rob has shared the stage and written with some of the shoals legendary musicians.

Rob has made a living playing original and cover sets across the Southeast and Midwest. His smokey, soulful, southern voice and lyrics win over anyone who loves a good story and his musical delivery and personality are charming and addictive.

Hank Barbee


For the folks in the Carolina Beach area, or any big fans of rockabilly music, you can check with the Phanthom Playboys on Saturday evening. They play at The Seawitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, located at 224 Carolina Beach Ave. N in Carolina Beach, NC. The show starts at 8:30 pm and they will rock and bop you until 11:30 pm. Personally, I can’t wait to hear these cats again. What fun!


The Travers Brothership  will be making a final stop at the shore, before the long winter comes calling. You can catch them at The Backstreet Pub located at 124 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC. The show starts at 9 pm and the band rocks til 12:30. There is a music charge payable at the door, but that is because free music is never free, so PAY THE ADMISSION! Thanks!

Gettin’ Down Around Town, New Bern:

Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival is happy to host the Second Annual Carolina Lily Fest. This event benefits The Coastal Women’s Shelter and is taking place this Saturday at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC. Music starts at 7 pm and goes til 11 pm. Here is what I learned from the event page:

On November 19th, Carolina Lily Fest will be making its return to downtown New Bern in a new, unique and intimate setting that will allow for our region’s female musicians to shine bright for a wonderful cause. Last year marked the inaugural Carolina Lily Fest, an event that raised funds and awareness for the Coastal Women’s Shelter, and this year at The Brown Pelican we’ll be doing the same.

Join us for an evening celebrating the powerful women in our community by soaking in a night full of fantastic local female acts. Many slots are still available for our lineup, and set times are still flexible. We want this to be a community-powered event so if you know of or want to highlight a strong female community member or artist in your life, feel free to let us know. Confirmed artists will be listed below as they come:

Bearfoot Monty
Holly Millar
Jenna Leigh Huff
Suzanne Madea
Tiffany Elaine
Asha Goodwin


Trent River Coffee Company located at 208 Craven St., New Bern, NC will be hosting their monthly open mic session a bit early, given the holiday ahead. You are welcome to come down and jam. Sign up starts at 6 pm, music starts at 6:30 pm and the players play until 9 pm. There is no fee for this show.


Daryl Lucas will be rolling through town when he comes to BrÜtopia located at 1201 Highway 70 E., New Bern, NC. Come on out to enjoy his rock, country and popular grooves while enjoying some of the best brews around. There is no cover for this show.Music starts at 7 pm and promises to rock us until 10 pm.


Well groovers, those are your live music options to get you through your Saturday. Whatever you pick as your option, please party responsibly and share kindness with everyone you meet.

Please remember that the servers that serve you are working very hard for you and they make less than minimum wage to help in your good time. The same thing is true for the music makers that make you dance…so please tip generously and be gracious!

Thanks so much for reading. Please share this with your friends, so they know where to go for the fun and good times. Be well and enjoy the dance.


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