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 ~ Live Music for Friday, March 10, 2017 ~

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~ Gettin’ Down Around Town, New Bern ~

Tonight ushers in another installment of New Bern’s ArtWALK/ARTcrawl, which means this little town will creatively come to life this evening for all to behold and adore. Come stroll the streets, meet our artists, shop, enjoy our music legends, eat and drink all while making memories that last a lifetime.

There is music throughout the city, on the streets, and in the bars that make this a wonderful night to visit New Bern.


Looking more closely at the music parts of the night, I can tell you that one of the great standards of ArtWalk is Dan Jam at The Pelican. Kicking off at 5 pm and rocking steady til 8 pm. Dan Jam Phillips and  band mates, Al Gleason and Scott Carlisle welcome friends to the stage throughout their performance for the sheer pleasure of making music together.

This is truly a great way to usher in the weekend and it’s also a wonderful thing to witness, while enjoying a nice cold beer. Come after work to indulge and delight in the sounds of Dan Jam tonight at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St. New Bern, NC.


Image may contain: 3 people, people sitting and textAlso kicking it from 5-8 pm outdoors is our own young talented rocking trio The Dick Richards. Come meet the music these three players make after work today in The Isaac Taylor Garden. They are a rocking original band from right here and they got some grooves going on for all to enjoy.  I dig them, I know you will too. Come check out all the artists, meet our poets, come talk to our writers, and dance to The Dick Richards tonight for ARTcrawl



Alisa Mike will give up her best in front of The Black Cat Shoppe, located at 245 Middle St. New Bern. She offers the jazz standards and show tunes you love from 5-8 pm.



The Kohlers will also be live on Middle Street this evening with the band. They will give up the blues grooves in front of Surf Wind and Fire, from 5-8 pm. Located just a block away you can enjoy both jazz and blues tonight.


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For music that starts during ArtWALK that carries on after it ends, drop by The Trent River Coffee Company for this great event featuring the talents of Simon Spalding:

“St. Patrick & The Battle of New Bern”

Simon Spalding returns to Trent River Coffee Company on Friday, March 10, presenting “St. Patrick & The Battle of New Bern”.

The program combines songs and tunes from Ireland with music of the Civil War, commemorating both St. Patrick’s Day and the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of New Bern.

The Irish part of the program will include real, jigs, and hornpipes on the fiddle, along with favorite Irish nautical ballads and sing along sea chantey’s. It’s just the music to get you in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day!

The Civil War component of the concert will include patriotic songs, dance tunes, and satirical songs by Union and Confederate soldiers and sailors. Simon will play fiddle and an original mid-19th-century fretless banjo, recreating the sounds of a century and a half ago.

Just a few days before the Battle of New Bern was fought on March 14, 1862, another battle was raging – a two-day naval battle in Hampton Roads, Virginia which pitted the Confederate ironclad “Virginia” against the Union ironclad “Monitor”, as well as the Union vessels “Cumberland”, “Congress”, and “Minnesota”. The program will include a song about this battle, which took place just a few days before the Battle of New Bern.

Trent River Coffee Company is at 208 Craven Street in New Bern. Doors open at 6:00, and the music begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10, available at the door. Admission is free for those under age 18. Call 252-514-2030 for more information. For more on the artist check out



Just around the corner on Pollock St. you can enjoy the sounds of some swing and jazz  with Fools Rush In, performing live tonight at Rivertowne Ballroom, located at 305 Pollock St. New Bern. Music plays from 7-10 pm, cost is $10.00 at the door and you are welcome to bring your own wine or beer. Joe DeStefano and company do a wonderful time keeping the grooves going and the dancers too.


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Moving more into the evening hours, be sure to stop out at The City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock St. New Bern, to do a little jump, jive and swing dancing with The Phantom Playboys. This five piece Wilmington based outfit have swing standards, surf sounds and 50’s rockabilly music, all covered in a couple of sets that always bring the house down.

They are a hard-working and well-traveled band with two discs available for purchase and a big tip that accepts your early contributions to the next recording effort. Tonight’s show starts just after ArtWAlk/ARTcrawl ends at 8 pm and the tickets are $10.00 per person and available at the door.



Live Tonight at The Bruin Craft Beer & Wine Store, located at 224 Middle St you can enjoy the acoustic grooves of local talent Aaron Davenport, who will be offering up the music for free from 8-10:30 pm.


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Offering up a fierce and eclectic set of grooves over at Bear Town Market this evening will be local strummer and business owner,  James Ford. He will be jamming from 9:30 pm til 1 am. There is no cover charge and they have made a lot of great changes lately to make BTM even more wonderful. Come have a beer and enjoy the music of Ford tonight. BTM is located at 402 S Front St. New Bern, NC.



Bruce Lynch will be the second helping of great jams going on tonight, where we started it all. He will be jamming front and center at The Brown Pelican, on Broad St from 8-11 pm. This show is free, but like with all free music, free is never free so please tip music makers and support their efforts by buying their wares and merchandise.

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~ Cruising Along the Coast ~

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For folks along the Crystal Coast looking for dinner and a show, be sure to head to Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar, located at 3710 Arendell Ave. Morehead City, NC. That is where you can find my favorite singer/songwriter Hank Barbee. Live in the Boat Bar with a bucket of great new music to feel and enjoy, as you wash down the freshest seafood being served tonight. Music starts at 6:30 pm and Barbee delivers great grooves til 9:30 pm


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Over at Harrika’s Brew Haus they’re getting things started for the full week ahead of St. Patty’s day cheer. Tonight at 6:30 pm we mark the start of Irish Beer Fest: And here is what they said on the Facebook event page:

It’s our 10th year of celebrating St. Patty’s Day. The Born Again Heathens will be rockin the stage, 13 Beers On Tap & plenty of bottled & canned Irish Beers, The New Food Truck in Town makes their debut – URBAN STREET EATS. Tickets are $5 in advance & $10 at the door. Don’t miss the party of year in the Biergarten. Slainte!


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Live tonight at Island Time Tavern, located at 8700 Emerald Dr. Emerald Isle, NC, it is a similar story. Come out at 8 pm. That is when they kick off The St. Patricks Day Festival with the music of Steve Webb!! 13 Drafts and all your favorite domestics, with No Cover! Let’s get this weekend started right!! Bar opens at 1 pm, music starts at 8 pm.


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Live tonight at Cru Bar & Wine Store / Beaufort Coffee Shop, located at 120 Turner St. Beaufort, NC, you can enjoy the music of the Swansboro based act Wild Honey Hive, Who will offer their acoustic stylings of folk, country, blues and all things Americana from 8-11 pm.


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Leaving the Crystal Coast and checking things out around the Southern Shores, we find Steel County Express making an appearance at Halftimes Sports Bar & Grill, located at 1107 New Pointe Blvd. Southport, NC. Music starts at 9:30 pm and it won’t cost you a thing to go boot scooting tonight.


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Looking around Wilmington, NC we find Folkstone Stringband, live this evening from 7-10 pm at Waterline Brewing Company,  located at 722 Surry St. Wilmington, NC. This is a great way to end the work week. These boys will be picking and you will be grinning, so go check em out.


With Matt Phillips

For those that love jazz infused rock melodies, funky and creative new music out of the western region of the state. Check out Matt Phillips, who will be performing live this evening from 8-11 pm at Bomber Beverage Co., located at 108 Grace St. Wilmington, NC.

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~ Rockin’ Around The Region ~


New Bern strummer and song maestro Ed Prophet has a show tonight at Capt. Bob Beck’s Marina Cafe, located at 110 S Marine Blvd. Jacksonville, NC. He dishes out the music while the wait staff and cooks serve up the food. Come enjoy some live music and great food tonight from 7-10 pm.


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While we are nosing around J’ville, check this out! If you feel like rocking with your kids and for the kids, come to Discovery Church located at 1309 Lejeune Blvd., Jacksonville. Check out the Romans Sams Band, who will be rocking the night away as they raise money for the benefit of Montessouri Children’s School Fundraiser. This event takes place tonight from 7-11 pm and to find out more about the event call the number provided:

Montessori Children’s School
714 Bates Street Jacksonville, NC 28540
910-938-3826 |


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Over in Greenville you can check out another New Bern base act. The Rest of Us will be rocking the house from 9:30 pm til 1 am at McMurphy’s, located 1014 Turnberry Dr. Greenville, NC. This event is free and the band offers a great mix of 90’s rock tunes that make many gyrate and move.


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Things must be warming up, as I am hearing from those over around Oriental. Ken Belangia reached out earlier in the week, to let me know he would be laying down all the fun country songs that make you want to dance, after eating a great meal this evening at Gary’s Downeast Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Highway 306 Arapaho. He will be offering up the acoustic sets from 7-10 pm.


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Speaking of Oriental I might as well tell you that this is happening:

The Old Theater in Oriental is pleased to announce its production of Ben Gaskill’s It Happened in the Park 2 (The Wedding!).

Locally written and directed by community theater veteran, Ben Gaskill, this second installment follows the Hobo (played by Ben) from the time of the last play to the present. The Hobo reveals to us what has happened since “he has gotten engaged” to the Female Hobo played by Elaine Creel. The local citizens hear the news and they plan a bridal shower for the female Hobo. Later they plan a wedding.

The story line features songs like I Feel Pretty, Some Enchanted Evening, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and Get Me to the Church on Time and other familiar songs that abound in this production. The setting takes place in a fishing village, with quaint shops, and a lovely park which looks out to a majestic river. Song and dance with a touch of festival are thrown into the hilarity of the production. For added appeal there are even some songs to which the audience can sing along.

So, come out and revisit the Hobo and friends, for It Happened in the Park 2 (The Wedding!). There is going to be love in the air and the love train is soon to depart.

The cast members include: Michele Bessette, Myra Blue, Sally Bush, Patrick Clerkin, Denny Colbert, Elaine Creel (the bride), Michele Rodriquez, Rolayne Schwendy, Ann Stackhouse, Russ Stevenson, Judy Styron, Amir Zeidan, Layla Zeiden Musicians include: Katherine Wilson, (Pianist), Herb Blue (Drums), Gary Bush (Trumpet), Janice Rott (Flute).

It Happened in the Park 2 (The Wedding!) is suitable for all audiences and will be performed at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday, March 10 and 11, 2017 and a 3:00 PM matinée on Sunday, March 12.

All performances will be held at the Old Theater, 609 Broad Street, Oriental. Tickets are $15.00 (general admission) and $12.00 for military and students, now at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad Street, Oriental and online at; on performance dates at the Old Theater box office.

All proceeds of this event go to benefit the Old Theater, a non-profit organization.


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Psylo Joeis ready to rock Kinston again. He will be live this evening beginning about 10 pm and rocking til 2 am. Joe is a one man band that will amaze you with his ability to master so many sounds and deliver a great show each and every time. Come check him out tonight. Admission is $5.00 but the music make it worth the cost.


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Another talented player out of New Bern, Spencer Scholes will be slaying souls with his songs tonight at Grounds Cafe,located at 320 Vintage Pointe Ln. Wendell, NC. He serves up the hot sounds to go with the hot coffee, from 6-9 pm and here is what you can expect:

Spencer will be drawing on a repertoire of back catalogue original folk rock and americana as well as brand new originals and songs from his influences. Come grab a cup and a bite and if the weather is unseasonably warm ( again ) the entertainment and enjoyment will be outside, complete with comfy seating, a great view, and a fire bowl.
Try the food and the drink is good. The staff are great folks and will make you feel at home. Be ye warned though, you’ll probably consider moving there. Fur babies are welcome outside and there is a safe field right there for you to work their little legs.
All ages are welcome and there will most likely be someone to play with for your children and toddlers.


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Checking things out around Chapel Hill, we find a triple bill on tap to rock you tonight at Local 506, located at 506 W Franklin St. Chapel Hill, NC. Here are details on the three bands and the night ahead:

Mal Blum and the Blums at Local 506

Doors 8, show 9
Tix: $8 adv/$10 DOS

Mal Blum and the Blums
Mal Blum writes often self-referential, first-person narratives, sets them to music containing elements from anti-folk, punk or folk genres and tours nationally, usually alone in a little car, but sometimes with a band or another songwriter for company.

Cosmic Punk
Elayna: 21 years young, sings & plays guitar.
likes Latin food, glitter, and Amy Winehouse

Jewell: 21, drums
likes chocolate covered pretzels, roller coasters, and happy dogs.

Alex: 19, plays bass
has seen every Seinfeld episode, and loves jazz

Downhaul is an emo band from Greensboro, North Carolina with family all over Virginia. Brutally honest and painfully self-aware, they actually have way fewer ex-girlfriends than their lyrics would lead to believe.


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There is also a triple bill tonight at The Cave, where tonight you can get rocked by Raid the Quarry for their album release show!

Raid the Quarry (Raleigh)
The Undercover Dream Lovers (Brooklyn)
Nick White (Chapel Hill, previously of Bears In The City & Parallel Lives)

are the bands on this bill and there is a $5.00 cover at the door. Doors open at 8 pm and music starts at 9 pm.



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Checking things out in Cary, I found a unique show for fans of the accordion. It’s a solo show featuring the Accordion talents of Tom Neuhauser, who will be live tonight at the German Grille 243 Grande Heights Dr. Cary, NC. He will be there to entertain as you nosh on some great german fare from 6-9 pm.


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Funk n Disorder will be tearin up Tony’s Oyster Bar, located at 107 Edinburgh Dr. South Cary, NC. Tony opens up the doors for live music each weekend, to keep you in the house and grooving after a good meal served by his fine staff. Tonight you can get funky and have fun from 10 pm til 2 am. Let’s dance!


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The final show I found in that neighborhood was that of The Will McBride Group, who will be live at The Corner Tavern & Grill, located at 1301 NW Maynard Ave. Cary, NC. This popular little night spot offers great food, awesome service and tonight a wonderful band, live on stage from 9 pm til midnight.


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The Pinhook, located at 117 W Main St. Durham, offers a triple bill of entertainment and here is what you can expect:

Cost: $8
8pm doors
9pm Al Riggs
10pm The Shondes
11pm Pie Face Girls

All the bands are awesome so come for the whole show!


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Jukebox Revolver has a show tonight at The Deck @ River Twist, located at 118 E Main St. Jamestown, NC. Come out and enjoy the music you love to dance to from 9 pm til the midnight hour falls.


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Moving down to Charlotte we find an acoustic duo, giving up all the fun favorites you love at Big Al’s Pub and Grubberia, located at 9306 Albemarle Rd. Charlotte, NC. That is where you can groove with Jaxx & Bryan from 9 pm til 12 am.


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The Radical get things rocking tonight like only they know how at Beethirty, located at 505 N Greene St. Greensboro, NC. Music starts at 7 pm and they keep you rolling in their familiar down home grooves til 10 pm:


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Tonight they are ready for a Country Spring Fling at The Blind Tiger, located at 1819 Spring Garden Rd. Greensboro, NC. Always opening their doors to the hottest touring original bands, tonight they offer a country bill for your boot scootin’ pleasure. Here are the details straight from the Facebook event page:

Justin Fulp
$5 ADV / $8 DOS

W/ Marshall Rocks Country

Jacob Vaughan and Casey Noel


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Calling it quits in Winston-Salem, I found three show out there that might peak your interest. First up we have Russell Lapinski, who will perform live for folks gathering at the Muddy Creek Café, located at 5455 Bethania Rd. Winston-Salem, NC. He gives up the grooves from 6-9 pm.


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Live tonight at Muddy Creek Music Hall,located at 5455 Bethania Rd. Winston-Salem

All ages show (12 and under $5) $12 advance/$15 at the door.

Based out of Winston-Salem, NC, Brothers Pearl is a well-oiled rock and roll machine made to move you. Performing a variety of timeless classics and original tunes, these guys really know how to engage with the audience and get the most out of every show. Brothers Pearl play anything from Tom Petty to Eric Church, Bruce Springsteen to Merle Haggard and The Stones to Gnarles Barkley too… you get it! … They have also been known to play a few of their own tunes, that can be best described as…Rock and Roll, three-part harmonies and beautifully arranged guitars, sit atop a soul-shaking rhythm section. “It’s a new take on an old sound and good times are guaranteed!”

About the band…

Raised by a family of musicians, Robert Alexander Smith is a southern rock and roller with a passion for playing. Born in Rockingham, NC, “Bobby” grew up on a healthy helpin’ of all the southern classics. Although, it’s not strange to hear him do some off the wall hit you weren’t expecting!

From Winston-Salem, NC, Wade Ingram has an impeccable ear for music. Growing up with parents that rocked out to bands like Fleetwood Mac and The Allman Brothers, Wade blends those harmonies in like they used to!

With the chops of perfectly timed cannons, Mike Pitts has a “pocket” full of thunder. Originally from Asheville, NC, Mike has a very eclectic history in music. His roots have seen many seasons and grab every song with never-ending dynamics.

Jordan Luther hales from Asheboro, NC. Also raised by a family of musicians, Jordan has that old rock and roll soul that you can’t help but want to love. Big low bass lines and high crisp harmonies, ring beautifully from Jordan’s side of the stage all night long.

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That is all my news and all of 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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