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~Mid-week Morsels of Band News~

~ Meet The Phantom Playboys ~

I remember it well! It always happens like that when I meet a great band or performer! Some have love at first sight moments, this for me was love at first sound. In this particular case it was just last Summer down in Beaufort during Pirate Invasion Weekend. It’s a fun family event that offers lots to see and enjoy throughout the weekend at the shoreline town, more than usual in the late Summer. Beaufort is known for it historic appeal, great eats, boutique shopping and fishing. If you haven’t spent time in Beaufort make plans to go this year. The Pirate Invasion takes place August 11 and 12, 2017 throughout the town!!

On my first trip down to that event, I happen to stop in at Cru Bar and Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop, located at 120 Turner Street Beaufort NC and on that particular weekend I was introduced to a sound you might all be familiar with, but for me it was terribly exciting to run across the music of The Phantom Playboys for the first time. I have actually been excited ever since.

¬†Being a great fan of swing dancing, that 50’s¬†rockabilly style pop and rock music thrills me to no end. So when I ran into their sound last August, it inspired me greatly. The five piece rockabilly band has a pretty significant history in our state, as they call Wilmington their home base. They have been working in the current formation for over half a decade and counting. They offer classic sounds you are familiar with and deliver fun originals that keep you wrapped up in their fun sound throughout any show.

When I returned to Cru Bar¬†for their Christmas show this past December, I was given their latest effort “Bartender Leave The Bottle”, by guitar player Henry Philip Blanton. This disc¬† is out on Doctor Gone Records¬†and offers ten great tracks of fun music to awake the spirit of any sleeping soul.

Some of my favorite tracks on this, their second recording, are the opening number “Born With A Pompadour” and ¬†“Corrupted”, both original numbers that get me toe tapping. “Drivin’ Wheel” ¬†and the final composition,¬† a classic made famous by their inspiration Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas”.¬† Written by Doc Pomus and recorded by Elvis¬†the same year, 1963. The Phantom Playboys play this rendition of the classic for the latest disc on the King’s birthday, January 8, 2016. ¬†To hear them give up ¬†this number live, leaves you dancing and begging for more.

As mentioned above Blanton plays guitar and filling out the rest of the band’s sound is¬†Eric “Rockabilly” Lawson¬†on sax and vocals,¬†Jones Smith¬†on the upright bass,¬†¬†Maaike Brender¬†√Ä Brandis on trombone and vocals, and¬†Jim Kaylis¬†on drums and vocals.

I happen to mention this band this evening because they are scheduled to appear live at The City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock St. New Bern NC, this Friday for Music After ArtWalk. Tickets are $10.00 and music starts at 8 pm. They have two discs available for purchase. The band works hard and drives far too, so please tip them generously while they are in town, because this girl wants to see them come back.

This band stays busy offering up the fun sounds of 50’s rock and surf sounds, mixed with jazz and jive melodies. To keep up to date with what is happening with them look for them on Facebook and at ReverbNation.

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~ Local Venue News ~

As The Sun Sets on One Dream, The Moon Shall Rise on Another

Tucked away in a tiny town called Ayden NC, located mid way between New Bern and Greenville, you could always find live music on Saturday nights at a place called The Grey Goose, located at 9527 Highway 903 N, Ayden, NC. The fun little juke joint is closing their doors this week. The establishment is coming under new ownership, with Ed Daugherty and Trisha Mower, teaming up and taking over. They will be making lots of great changes as they close the doors this week and look forward to reopening next week under a new name, with great many new things to offer the locals.

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The County Line Bar & Grill will have their soft opening on Saturday March 18, 2017. When they welcome Digga Foot to the stage, for the first night of live music  starting at 10 pm. It is exciting to watch live music supporters take over in towns near and far, and I personally wish Ed & Trisha the best in their days ahead. Please come out to support their efforts.

They love live music so much, that they would not dream of making their loyal fans and supporters go without live music. So they have arranged a party for this weekend. On Saturday night you can check out the Hard Time Blues of Jonathan Parker as he performs at Bell Arthur Barn, located at 2394 Bell Arthur Rd. Greenville NC.

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We will be closing The Grey Goose down this coming Thursday and the Grand Opening of The County Line Bar and Grill will be Saturday March 18 with Digger Foot on stage @ 10pm!
Please Don’t Forget we are moving this Saturday’s Show with Jonathan Parker to the Bell Arthur Barn with some of our Good Friends! Hard Core Country Music at its Finest!!
See Everyone There!!
Bell Arthur Barn
2394 Bell Arthur Rd
Greenville, NC


~ Live Music Options for Wednesday, March 8, 2017 ~

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There is an Irish Music Session going down tonight at The Barn at Reynolda Village, located at 106 Reynolda Village Winston-Salem NC. There will be a group of music makers that gather in the round to delight in the sounds of Irish music this evening, beginning at 6:30 pm and this is a fun for the whole family event that wraps up at 8:30 pm.


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Live tonight at The Garage, located at 110 W 7th St. Winston-Salem NC, you can check out Upright Man, Belle Game and  Gulley, who will all perform live this evening starting with Gulley at 8 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. This show is free and you can brush up on all bands by searching them out on Facebook.


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Live tonight from 6-9 pm at Burke Street Pizza at Cardinal Crossing, located at 2223 Fleming Road, Greensboro, NC you can enjoy the sounds of live music to accompany dinner. This evening pull up a chair and enjoy the sounds of the talented singer-songwriter  James Vincent Carroll.


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Live tonight at Tuba House located at a secret location, in Greensboro, NC the above bands will perform this evening doors open at 7 pm and music starts at 7:30 pm. To get more details and the address text (540) 623-5550.


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Grubby Little Hands and¬†Saw Black¬†are on the bill tonight at¬†Neptune’s¬†located at 14 W Martin St., Raleigh, NC. Doors open at 8 and the music gets rocking at 9 pm. To learn more about the bands playing tonight follow these links

Grubby Little Hands

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My Way Tavern located at 522 Saint Marys St., Raleigh, NC will host an open mic featuring the host Jared Place. This open invitation for all levels of players takes place from 8-11 pm. Here is what they said on the event page:

Here’s your chance to showcase your talent! Open mic night EVERY Wednesday night hosted by Jared Place. It’s what music is all about! Grab your guitar, harmonica, keyboard..whatever it may be and jam with some new friends!


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Live tonight at¬†Architect Bar & Social House¬†located at 108¬Ĺ East Hargett St., Raleigh, NC you can enjoy the jazz sounds of Nick Driver who will offer the music from 9 pm til midnight. This event is free.


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For all of you jammers outside the Raleigh area, you should know I found a jam happening at Lincoln Brewing Company located at 2912 N Main St. Fuquay-Varina, NC. They open the stage to all skill levels this evening from 7 Р10 pm. Come bring your talent and your friends and work the crowd over tonight.


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Andrew Kasab will perform at Wakefeld Wine Cellar this evening from 7-10 pm. That is located at 13600 New Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh, NC. What is not to love about a night filled with music and wine.


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Bryan Mayer will be live in the lounge from 7-10 pm this evening at Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant located at 103 W Moore St., Swansboro, NC. Come enjoy his modern country grooves and rock jams as you enjoy a wonderful dinner.



Local jammer Justin Hargett has been hosting the open mic event each week at Mesh Sports Lounge located at 2500 Trent Rd, New Bern, NC. He welcomes all players to the stage for a fun night of music and memories. Sign up starts at 7 and music gets started about 8 pm and the music lasts til past midnight on many occasions, so call up your friends and tell them to bring their talent to Mesh tonight!

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That is all my news and all of the gigs that I found for your dancing pleasure for this tonight.  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.


Send all of your event invites to me on Facebook and you will end up in the list of options in the days ahead. I can be found on Facebook by following this link:

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Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Pictures are also helpful. I share links to band websites, so send those along as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to fill me in on the details, together we will reach the people!



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