NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source of Live Music Options and Local Band News ~ Thursday, November 17, 2016

Live Music Options for Thurs., Nov. 17, 2016:

Gettin’ Down Around Town, New Bern

Gabrielle Christie will host an open mic event this evening at The City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC. This new age coffee shop and art gallery offers a wonderful light menu and some of the best coffee in town. Music starts at 6:00 pm, all are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun. When not hosting open mic nights at coffee shops around town, Christie stays busy with a couple of band efforts. She plays guitar, banjo and mandolin with Merchant’s Road. She also plays bass with Bearfoot Monty. Be sure to check her out soon. Bearfoot Monty will be performing as part of LilyFest, a benefit for Coastal Woman’s Shelter. More on that in Saturday’s rundown.


There is a free event going on down tonight at Tryon Palace. Another Family Reunion: A Word Without Me, a play for anyone interested. To set the stage, here is what I found on the FB Event Page:

“Another Family Reunion: A Word Without Me” is an original historical play, by E.J. Stewart. It’s about summertime in the early 1990s. On a Friday morning when a rural farm community is preparing to celebrate another family reunion. There is an invisible cloud of discovery looming, as three young men practice their special dance. They plan to perform at the reunion. Suddenly the music stops. Chaos ensues when everyday conveniences start disappearing. Where is the ironing board and the folding chairs? Why have they disappeared? What will they do?

Can Sister – the teenage sage – use her knowledge to educate the community on how to reverse the current trend? Playwright E. J. Stewart uses humor, history and a speck of drama to answer all these questions and more to discuss the importance of African-American inventors.

E.J. Stewart is an author, historian storyteller, playwright and a speaker for the North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholars Program.

The Tryon Palace African-American Lecture Series offers a free, new program on the third Thursday of each month. All performances begin at 7 p.m. in Cullman Performance Hall and are free, thanks to a generous donation from the Harold H. Bate Foundation. Special hearing devices are available if needed. Contact Tryon Palace 48 hours in advance of the performance to make arrangements.

Cullman Performance Hall, North Carolina History Center

Event Price:


John Van Dyke

John Van Dyke will host his final Jazz offering at Christoph’s on the Wate tonight from 7-10 pm. Marking an end of an era, this event has been a weekly delight offered by the restaurant the DoubleTree, located on S. Front Street in New Bern, for more than four years. They got started in January 2012. Throughout the years, Van Dyke has welcomed many a guest to the stage to take part in this standard jazz jam. Van Dyke is quite the crooner and knows how to bring down the house with his tone and his music direction. If you have been missing out on this delightful night of great music and fine food, grab your date and come on down early to get a seat! It’s gonna be a fun finale for fans and friends alike.

Around The Region

IMG_0629.JPGHank Barbee, the shy guy pictured above is celebrating his birthday today. He has a gig set at Carolina Home & Garden, located at 4778 Highway 24, Newport, NC. He will be rocking the crowd with his own variety of great originals, sprinkled with a few familiar standards like, Dire Straits “Sultans of Swing” or  Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison”. Barbee will have merchandise available at his gig. Why not celebrate his birthday. Get started on that early Christmas shopping and buy a CD from him. He currently has two discs out and is getting ready to release his next effort. His discs and his recycled guitar string bracelets are all great gift ideas for any music fan. The music starts at 6 and plays til 9:30 pm. There is a $5.00 charge for this show.


Morgan Comer will be entertaining the dinner crowd tonight at The Saltwater Grill, located at 99 Church St., Swansboro, NC. Music starts at 6 pm and goes until 9 pm.


Phil Chestnutt will be offering all your favorite tunes at The Village Steakhouse & Pub, located at 5662 US Highway 70 E Goldsboro, NC. If you are looking for a good pick for dinner and music, this might be an option to consider. Chestnutt will be giving up his selections from 7-10 pm.


Another great option for steak and music is happening tonight at the Plank Road Steak House, located at 3689 E Wilson St., Farmville, NC. That is where you can go to catch Barefoot Wade, giving up the goods from 7:30-10 pm. This talented stringer will entertain you for hours with his familiar jams!


After putting on a show in Raleigh last night, Big Mean Sound Machine will be making a stop at Crossbones Tavern, located at 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC. It will be this funk and fusion bands last stop in our area for a while, so catch them tonight while you can. They will be offering the music that makes you shake your booty from 9 pm til 1 am.

Live Music Options for Fri., Nov. 18, 2016:

Around the Region:

Starting out to our north, Ronnie McDowell will be performing at the Turnage Theater this Friday, located at 150 West Main Street, Washington, NC. Tickets are $35 for the floor seating and $25 for the balcony. There will be concessions for sale before and during the show. Doors open at 6 pm with the concert starting at 7 pm. For more information please call Arts of the Palmico at 252-946-2504.


Having a look at things over in the Greenville area…The Limits will be performing live at Tiebreakers Sports Bar & Grill, located at 1920 Smythewyck Dr., Greenville, NC. They are heading to the city with a new band and ready to rock you this Friday from 10 pm til 2 am.


Mercy Creek will offer their edgy earthy music, that mixes up the folk sounds we all know and love. They have an aggressive edge to their picking and playing. Be sure to check this duo out on Friday. They”ll be performing live from 8:30 til 11:30 pm at Villedge Wood Fire Kitchen, located at 207 SW Greenville Blvd., Greenville, NC.


Parmalee will be at Minge’s Coliseum Friday night, a benefit for flood victims here in the east. This event is being hosted by 95.7 FM WKML and here is what I found on their event page:

All net proceeds from Parmalee’s 2nd Annual Feels Like Carolina Homecoming will benefit victims of Hurricane Matthew in the band’s home state.

Listen to WKML at 9, noon and 5 to reserve your seats on the Parmalee Party Bus to see Parmalee, Thompson Square, Runaway June, and Luke Combs.

Sign up for bonus chances on the WKML app. and

Package includes VIP seats, a commemorative lanyard, t-shirt, access to a special pre-show concert and meet & greet with all the acts. The party bus will take you from your car to the front door of Minges Auditorium and back to your car!


Davis & Davis will be performing unplugged for your listening pleasure at the Pour Haus Pub, located at 3746 S Main Street #A, Farmville, NC. This duo is comprised of Larry &  Artie  Davis known for their rocking efforts with The Switch. The show starts at 9 pm and the boys will rock you til the early morning hour of 2 am. There is a $5.00 charge for this show that will not disappoint.


Robby Quinn will be the host of Artsongs Family Night. This event is great fun for the whole family. Admission is $15 per family. You will all enjoy great music, sweet treats and making a stained glass picture . This is all happening at Gwendy’s Goodies located at 514 2nd St, Ayden, NC. This event takes place from 7-9 pm and sure to be fun for the whole family!


There is an open mic night taking place at Cindirene’s Tavern, located at 559 3rd St., Ayden, NC. All are welcome to join in the fun. Sign up starts at 7 pm and music moves you from 8-11 pm.


Taking a look at things going on in the western part of the state. Did you know it is time again for The Joe Hippy Hoe Down?  This is a two-day event will be going down at Little Creek, located at 3759 Vernon Ln., Snow Camp, NC. Here are the details I found on the event page:

Hey, The Joe Hippy Hoe Down is here! If you had fun at last November’s Joe Hippy Hop, this one is going to be even better!

and with two nights of Psylo Joe!

Tickets are $30  for Friday and Saturday, $50 if you bring a friend or date. This includes camping and parking and $20 for Saturday only, this also includes camping and parking. You can’t beat that deal with a stick.
The line up for this event is going to be awesome.

Little creek vineyard & music
3759 Vernon Ln.
Snow Camp, NC

The Nitrogen Tone
Psylo Joe

James Olin Oden
ask the moon
The Fat Catz
Psylo Joe


Runaway Gin, the touring Phish Tribute band will be making a stop at The Pour House Music Hall, located at 224 S Blount St, Raleigh this Friday. They will be rocking the room from 10 pm til closing. Here are the details I found on the FB event page for this show:

The World’s most active Phish Tribute Runaway Gin will be back in Raleigh Friday, November the 18th performing at the Pour House Music Hall!
$10 ADV | $12 DOS

With over 200 shows under their belt, Runaway Gin is the World’s Most Active Phish Tribute Band. They play most Sundays at the Charleston Pour House and tour often. On July 4th, 2015, after the second show of the Grateful Dead GD50 run, Runaway Gin sold out the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago and catapulting them from a Southeastern regional act onto the National scene.

The members of Runaway Gin are long time Phish fans, who have united with the goal of creating musical moments inspired by Phish. The band’s song list is constantly growing, their improvisational and communication skills are constantly developing, independently and together. Like Phish, Runaway Gin will never play the same show or jam the same way twice, making every show a unique experience and every moment pure artistic creation.


Live this Friday you can catch the Hip Pocket Band, when they perform at The Red Room, located at 220 N Heritage St., Kinston, NC. There is a cover charge at the door and music starts at 10 pm.


Steel Shot  will be the duo on hand to rock you at Gary’s Downeast Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar, located at 7610 Highway 306, Arapahoe, NC. They get the party started at 7 pm with their offering of 80’s music to modern rock. Come on out and have fun with this talented duo featuring Shawn Mitchell on guitar, Jeremy Lowery on bongos and featuring both on vocals.

Along the Coast

Blu Sky Crying will perform live this Friday evening in The Garage Bar @ Harrika’s Brew Haus, located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC. They get the party started at 7:30 pm and keep the music flowing until 10:30 pm. You are invited to come enjoy the rock and blues sounds of this fun band, featuring  Justin Abood on lead vocals, guitar, harmonica; Brian Maskell,  vocals, guitar; Lee Hodge on bass and Russell Harper vocals, percussion.


4EverAll will be performing live this Friday at The Cru Bar & Wine Store, located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. They play lots of great familiar songs and add chemistry to each show as well. If you have not seen this talented duo, be sure to have a listen. They will rock the room from 8:30 til 11:30 pm and this show is free.



Justin Castellano will be appearing at Bistro By The Sea, located on Highway 70 E in Morehead City, NC. He is scheduled to perform from 7-10 pm on both Friday and Saturday. This man is one talented player that gives up a great show to anyone in attendance. He is very interactive with his audience and enjoys performing. His style is rather unique and his ability puts him in a class by himself. Be sure to catch Castellano sometime soon.



Ed Prophet will be performing this Friday at Boro Restaurant & Bar, located at 109 N Front St., Swansboro, NC. This player gives a great show featuring all your favorite tunes. He will be rocking the dinner crowd from 7-10 pm. Come on out and enjoy some great grub and awesome entertainment.

Gettin’ Down Around Town New Bern

Cheri Moyers returns to The City Laundry located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC. She will be singing many standard and show tunes,  on stage from 7-10 pm. If you have not heard this angel sing, be sure to stop by to have a listen. I met Moyers a couple of months ago,  she was hosting a fundraiser for a new local chapter for the National Federation for the blind. Loosing much of her forward site, Moyers only has peripheral vision. This loss of sight has changed many things for this singer. One of the wonderful things that occurred in it all, was her return to the stage. She has a beautiful voice.


Looking for some raw emotions and amazing talent? Be sure to stop down at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC. That’s where you can find James Ford giving up his great jams from 7-10 pm.



Rick and daugher Jenna Leigh Huff will be giving up the grooves at Triple Play Restaurant, located at 111 Williams Rd., New Bern, NC. They will be performing their acoustic show from 6-9 pm for the dinner crowd.

Following their acoustic set of familiar songs, get ready to be rocked by New Bern’s own, The Wannabees. This will be the last band performing on the stage at TP .So be sure to make it down for a fun night of rocking classics. Looking forward, the owner Dale Overbee is getting ready to open his converted Diamond Club into Bambooz II. That is where you will be heading to catch the best rocking bands around. More information on that as it become available.

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 Hallow 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. 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 with the holidays 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 with a stop at 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 the weekend. After tomorrow’s grind, we get to put on the dance shoes and have some fun. Whatever you pick for your weekend fun options, 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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