NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Source of Live Music Options & Local Band News ~ Thursday, December 15, 2016

Live Music Options for Thursday, December 15, 2016~

Tonight in Greenville, NC; live at the Convention Center it is the party to end all beach music parties…Steve Hardy says thanks for listening and celebrates the end of the year with his fans and closest friends. On the bill tonight for your shaggin’ pleasure you can find Mighty Saints of Soul, Band of Oz. Steve Owens and Summertime and Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot.

Tickets for this amazing and fun gathering are FREE. you just have to pick them up at one of the sponsor’s. Here is the link I found:


Zack Mexico has a show at The Pinhook located at 117 W Main St., Durham. NC. Tickets are $7.00 and available at the door. He gets started at 9 pm and keeps the jams going til midnight. This band features a psychedelic pop indie rock sound. They are on tour now and will be in Durham tonight and back in Cary on Saturday after a show in Richmond on tomorrow night. For more on the band check out their website:


There are more than a few Christmas shows taking place this week. Tonight Heart of Carolina Men’s Chorus  will be performing at 8 pm at Ponder Auditorium at Croasdaile Village. The auditorium is located at 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway, Durham, NC. Tonight’s show will offer many standard holiday favorites as well as several non-seasonal selections. This show is free and open to the public for to enjoy


There is a Holiday Open House tonight at Honeygirl Meadery located at 105 Hood St #6, Durham, NC. They are featuring the sounds of Lace Quartet (pictured above) and acoustic fun act Finnegan’s Keeper (photo below). Come on out and enjoy the taste and sounds of the holiday as the spirit and music move you. This show will take place from 7-9 pm and it is free!


For those near the coast looking for dining with live music; I would recommend checking out Steel Shot tonight as you grab a bite to eat at Saltwater Grill located at 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. They will be offering their rock,  country and pop selections from 6:30 pm til 9:30 pm. They are a fun acoustic duo out of Pamlico County featuring bongos, guitar and talent all around.



4EverAll will be performing tonight at Carolina Home & Garden located on Highway 24 in Newport, NC. The duo will be offering their acoustic show for those looking to enjoy great wine, tasty treats and amazing music. They play from 6-9 pm and offer lots of familiar favorites to enjoy!



Looking around at things going on in town tonight, Dan Jam Phillips will be rocking those in attendance tonight at The Riverside Convention Center for the Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday gathering. He will be performing from 5:30 pm until 7 pm.



Bringing things around town there is a Holiday Open House happening  all weekend long at The City Laundry. Tonight the event features Gabrielle Christie (above) as she hosts the Open Mic from 6-8 pm followed by a fun duo from Swansboro, Wild Honey  (Below) from 8-10 pm. For more details on the weekend line up, I have also included the flyer for the event.

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Live tonight from the Brown Pelican, talking about this blog will be this girl! I will be joining David Allen Hurst for his radio show on BlogTalkRadio. His show Creativity in Motion features talk about the arts and music.

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Last week, I recorded his show live when he featured artist, Laura Gammons, Spoken Word Poet and author, Meg Wethington, and singer Hank Barbee. The three artists will be teaming up for a show this Saturday to raise money for Craven County’s Habitat for Humanity. That show is going down at The Brown Pelican from 7-11 pm this coming Saturday! Home for the Holidays is going to be the feel good event of the season.

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This week Hurst invited me to do the show so I asked bar owner Heather Haiss to join the fun. Since it is all about the music for me, I also invited Adam Hill to come down from Pink Hill and Hank Barbee to come from Richlands. Tonight we are going to talk about this blog, why I  am dedicated to writing it and shine a light on some of the artists I have met and teamed up with along the way so to help in their music journey.

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Following the radio show there is a weekly open mic night that gets underway at 7 pm and goes until all the players go home. so pack up the gig bag and come on down to the Dirty Bird to jam!

Live Music Options for Friday, December 16, 2016


Gettin’ Down Around Town, New Bern


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Since we finished things off in New Bern we might as well keep it around town first as we look at Friday’s options for live music. First up you can catch James Ford live at The City Laundry located at 901 Pollock Street, New Bern. NC. They are hosting their Holiday Open House and feature many vendors, a great light menu and awesome coffee. Come out and get into the spirit with great live music and fun for all. Music starts at 7 pm and Ford will rock and groove you until 10 pm!



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Live at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC they are offering LV Duo rocking the room from 7-10 pm. This duo features a couple of players out of the Raleigh area, including namesake Luther Vaudville. 

Featuring many varieties and styles, they have a great sound. Check out their website to listen to more of their music.


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Over at Bear Town Market, located at 402 S Front Street, you can enjoy the music of Chris Hollacheck. This cat will be stopping by from Nashville, TN and offering  a variety of old school classics as well as and some modern country music to start the weekend off right. All your familiar country favorites plus his original music too going down from 7-10 pm and for FREE!

But please remember free music is never free! Please tip all of the player that make you dance.

Along The Coast

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Kate McNally is a singer/songwriter/guitar player who has a  classic country sound with familiar folk roots. She performs many classics that you will know and originals that you will relate to, all with her beautiful voice! There is no charge for this show taking place from 8-11 pm at The Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Charge!

The event invites everyone to come early for the best spots and great appetizers! To have a sample of McNally’s sound visit this link:
video of Kate performing Dolly Parton’s Jolene


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Looking around he Southern Shores; the Palm Room located at 11 E Salisbury St., Wrightsville Beach, NC is offering a FREE show too. They have Gypsy Fire coming to rock their room and kick the weekend off. Music starts at 10 pm!


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Live at The Throne Theater you can catch The Ataris. They will be joined by Fatesealer, Slomo Dingo and Sunset Kings. Tickets are available for $8.00 in  advance and $13.00 at the door. To get your advance tickets visit:

The Throne Theater is located at 208 Market Street, Wilmington, NC. Doors open at 7 and the music will start at 8 pm


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Dos Eddies have a show tonight at Rack’MDarts & Billiards located at 415 College Rd., Wilmington, NC. They get the music started at 9 pm and rock the room with their riffs and jams until midnight. To check in and keep up with the band visit their website at:


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There is a two night event going down at The Whiskey beginning Friday and wrapping up on Saturday . This is a pause for the cause feel good event. It’s the 5th Annual Christmas Jam and Food Drive. They ask all patrons to bring an unwrapped new toy for Toys for Tots or some canned food for the Mother Huppard’s Cupboard. They are also accepting hygiene products, new clothes and shoes. The idea is to bring something to the jam to help those who are less fortunate this holiday season.

The Whiskey is located at 1 South Front St., Wilmington, NC. The Possums get the show started at 10 pm each night and rock the room til 2 am.


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The Folkstone Stringband will be giving up a great show for fans of folk and string music. The pickin’ and grinnin’ gets underway at 5:30 pm at Moe’s Original BBQ located at 5818 Oleander Dr, Wilmington NC. This quartet of strings ought to move you during dinner as the weekend gets started!


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Striking Copper Christmas Show will be hosted at the Waterline Brewery! We will have many musical guests preform throughout the night so make sure to come at 6!

Concert Line Up:

Entangled Dreams –

David Dixon Trio –

Stolen Hearts –

Striking Copper-

Come have some fun with us to kick off the holiday season!! 🙂


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The last show I heard abut in and around the southern shores is Snake Malone & The Black Cat Bone will be giving fans a dose of good blues for the holiday season. They will return to the Satellite Bar on Friday, December 16 for some pre-holiday festivities. Santa will be watching, he loves the Blues. Joining Malone for this great night of good music will be  Aaron Lane on trumpet, Tristan Burns on tenor sax, Sean Meade on alto sax, Matt Smith on drums, Jesse Phillips on keys and Riley Kearns joining us on bass.

Music starts at 9:30 pm and The Satelite Bar & Lounge is located at 120 Greenfield St., Wilmington, NC


Around the Region


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Coming back up this way and stopping in Jacksonville before we have a look around the western part of the state; you can check out Drowning Pool  tomorrow live at Hooligan’s Music Hall. Here is what I found out about the show and how to get tickets and learn more:


Hooligans Pub & Music Hall
Proudly Presents

Drowning Pool
Gemini Syndrome
Red Tide Rising
Death Of Uriah

Friday December 16th
All Ages

Tickets Onsale Now On
$15 Advance
$20 Day Of Show

Doors at 8:00PM for more info


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Running around in Durham you can enjoy the sounds of the Jim Ketch Swingtet live on Friday December 16 from 8-10 pm at Sharp Nine Gallery located at 4608 Industry Ln, Ste L, Durham, NC. Tickets for the show are $10 for students and $15 for general admission. You can get your tickets at this link:


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For those in Durham looking for a fun holiday event to take the family to; head over to Durham Armory for a free night of festive music with the Durham Community Concert Band play some of their favorite holiday tunes! They will be joined by La Fe/Faith Baptist Church Children’s Choir and invite you all to sing along. Santa will even be making an appearance!

The Armory is located at 220 Foster St., Durham, NC and this event will be taking place from 7-8:30 pm.


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Jukebox Revolver will be offering all their favorite hits this Friday, December 16 at The Hot Tin Roof located at 115 W Margaret Ln., Hillsborough, NC. This show gets started at 9:30 pm and the band goes until 1:30 am.


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Dakota Blue will be rocking the Red Room on Friday December 16, 2016. They will be live on stage from 10 pm til 2 am. There is a music charge at the door and the band give it back note for note during their show.

The Red Room  is a great music venue and it is located at 220 N Heritage St., Kinston, NC.

Well kids that is a wrap on where you can find live music around the region tonight and tomorrow! I will return on Saturday with the rest of your weekend options. I  invite all bands and club owners to be a part of the Zone. If you support or ply live music in NC send your dates to me so that I can tell people about your upcoming events!

Thanks so much for reading. I hope you will share this on social media so that your friends find out about it too! Whatever you pick for your good time, please take kindness with you. Bartenders and wait staff do not even make minimum wage so please tip generously in this season of giving to those who help you with your happy weekends! Also share that love and money with the bands that make you dance. I think musician wages are even less than waitresses!

Peace love and enjoy the dance!


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