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On Saturday afternoon I headed out to Sneads Ferry for the town’s 47th Annual Shrimp Festival. Besides funnel cake and many varieties of shrimp they also offered live music for the town folk.

When I arrived I had the opportunity to check out Bad Disguise. Though my camera was not working due to a memory card issue, I did go live to catch the band for my Facebook followers.

This classic rock cover band hails from Jacksonville and they did a great job warming up the crowd and rocking them throughout their three-hour set. To check them out click the link below.

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Next up we heard the sounds of Journey by way of the Charlotte based tribute band Trial By Fire. This band was awesome. They have been together in this formation for about three years, but the project which was started 8 years ago was originated by singer Ernie Shepherd. If you enjoy the music of Journey then you will love this band.

This band does a lot of traveling and are on the road in September with shows in Virginia and South Carolina. To become a fan of theirs on Facebook check out their page:

Journey Tribute TRIAL BY FIRE



Closing out the night at Shrimp Festival was “The tallest man in country music,” Bryan Mayer. The Nine North Nashville recording artist offered a great show with many of his own songs, as well as a few well-known covers, such as “Can’t You See'” by Marshall Tucker. Loving this country as much as anyone I know, Mayer ended his set with the National Anthem and the crowd was treated to a fireworks display to end a perfect day!

Tonight you can find Bryan Mayer Band offering up a full night of great music as they host a back to school party, live tonight at Saltwater Grill in Swansboro, NC. Located at 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. The band will play from 7 – 11 pm. Come out and enjoy a great meal while dancing the night away with this fun band.




On Sunday afternoon I capped off my weekend with a bit of blues which was doled out by The Kohlers on the patio at Harvey Mansion. Located at 221 South Front St., New Bern, NC. Big Jim and Kathy offered the music from 5-8 pm under the tent as the sun went down.

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Gettin’ Down Around Town New Bern


We might as well kick things off this week at The Harvey Mansion, Circa 1810 Restaurant and Bar. This weekend they offer the sounds of Davy Williamson this evening. This will be the final appearance of Williamson in the area for a while. If you have not seen the singer songwriter yet, tonight is the night. The show is free and the music is familiar and awesome.


Tomorrow night you will find Cuzin Kirk’s Blues Band giving up the good grooves from 8-11 pm. They are a seasoned trio that offer familiar classic rock with lots of blues base and overdrives. This will be the band’s debut at Harvey Mansion, so be sure to make them feel at home.


On Sunday you can find Hank Barbee and the Dust Parade giving up their great offerings during the prime dining hours of 5-8 pm. Be sure to join them on the patio as the chef serves up the freshest and finest food, while Barbee gives up the side of appetizing grooves for you to indulge.

Once again, The Harvey Mansion Circa 1810 Restaurant and Bar is located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. They offer music each weekend from 8-11 on Friday and Saturdays and 5-8 pm on Sundays.


Tonight you can find Hank Barbee solo at Snapperz Steam Bar & Grill, located on Highway 70 W Morehead City. Come out to support this regional singers~songwriter who is out in support of his latest release on Eleven O’Clock Records, Son Royale. He will play many selections from this as well as his debut self titled release. The songwriter is getting ready for a vinyl release party on October 12 in Wilmington, NC. You can find out all the information by visiting his website. Check him out at




In the line of good news this week, The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC, reopened its doors this week. The venue closed it’s doors for a week as they updated their licenses. They reopened on Tuesday afternoon and resumed Trivia on Wednesdays and Open Mic last night. Tonight they bring back the music with Sparky Jones. He will offer music for free to folks from 7-10 pm. Stop out for a beer and say hello, the staff really missed you last week.

Tomorrow night you are invited to come out to enjoy the sounds of the always fun and plenty talented Bruce Lynch, who will offer all the classics from 8-11 pm. The show is free but always feel free to tip the musicians that work hard to ensure you have a groovy weekend!



Live at The City Laundry is always up to something creative and tonight you can come out and do battle in the Lip Sync Battle. Admission is free and here are the details for this night of fun:

“You do it in the shower, You do it in the car, You do it to your friends, Now it’s time to be a Star! Grab the mic and own the stage during our Lip Sync Battle. You’ve got the steps! You think you know the words! Step up and work your magic. You can do it on your own or bring your backups! Everyone’s a star at Live! Sign up and choose your song at 9pm – show starts at 10pm. Winners will receive free stuff from the kitchen and the bar, plus an entry into our Grand Lip Sync finals which will include costumes and props! Finalists will compete for cash prizes! Winners are decided by audience response so bring your fans! DJ Misfit will keep the dance music going all night long!
9pm no admission, tons of fun.” 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC”




For those taking a stroll up Middle Street tonight, you can catch the lovely and talented Logan Brooks live tonight from 8 til 10:30 pm at Thirsty Bruin Craft Beer and Wine Store. The show is free and the music is refreshing and fun to start the weekend. Come out and support the singer songwriter from Lawrenceville, GA.


Hopping over the bridge you can catch TrainWreck live tonight at Triple Play Restaurant, located at 111 Williams Rd, New Bern, NC. It has been a while since this party band has made a stop in our area, so be sure to show them some love tonight. If you plan to rest up for round two of Woodstock well then be sure to catch more with Adrian, Eric and all the boys tomorrow at Day Two of Carolina Woodstock.

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Rockin’ Around the Region


Speaking of Carolina Woodstock...this is a crazy cool event that is celebrating the season of the most celebrated music festival of all time with a local down home show featuring awesome area talent.

Hats off to Mason Jar Bonfire and all of the other area sponsors that helped bring this event together.

Here are all of the details fo the weekend long event taking place at the Lenoir County Fairgrounds.

“G.I. Joe’s Eric Cantu and Mason Jar Bonfire and several other sponsors are hosting the first Carolina Woodstock Vietnam Veterans Revenge Music and arts festival. This will be 3 days of music and arts like Woodstock was in 1969 to honor and raise money for our Veterans of all Foreign Wars. All veterans in free for all the event. All vets should have proper documentation or Military I.D.. There will be food and drink vendors as well as beer venders. Many festivities will go on through the whole weekend in honor of our vets. There is camping available, both full hook ups and primitive .

Entertainment Schedule 


Opening ceremony 5:00 – 6 00pm

Dustin Varner plays the National Anthem at 6:00pm as paratroopers fly in the flag


Feral Cats 6:30 – 7:30

Shady Melons 7:30pm – 8:30

Wicked Shimmies 8:30 – 9:30

Roman Sam’s 9:30 – 10:45

Adam Hill Band 10:45 – 12:00am



Opening the day 11:00am -12:00pm

The Hound dog Band 12: 00 -1:00

The Dew Drops 1:00 – 2:00

Straightwire  2:00 – 3:00

TrainWreck 3:00 – 5:00

Ceremonies and time to honor veterans

Rocky Lynne 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Neglektyd Toyz 9:00 – 10:00

Mason Jar Bonfire 10:00 – 11:30pm


Morning worship service

Morning sermon

End of festival

All sound production will be done
By Lee Gargano and G & G Audio for this event
Information about vendor spots can be found at




Since we are around the area we can stop in at North Street Pub and Eatery, located at 115 W North Street, Kinston, NC. Be sure to say hey to Nicky and Tina and all the rest of the great staff. Tonight on the stage to keep the good grooves going in the music of Tony LeFavi. There is no cost to enter and the food is great too. Music starts at 8 pm and plays til 11 pm.



Live on stage at The Red Room, located at 220 N Herritage St. Kinston, you can groove the night away with Urban Soil. They get the party started at 10 pm and keep you locked in til 2 am. They are going to be had, great times all over Lenoir County tonight.



Checking out some other areas, we head to the north and stop in Washington for a series being brought to us by Arts of the Pamlico: Tonight we enjoy the following schedule as per the Facebook Events page:

IC Improv 7:30 PM
Marye Amanda 8:30 pm

This event is free to the public but we encourage the public to tip generously for the performers. Arts of the Pamlico is located at 150 W Main St., Washington, NC



Having a look around Arapahoe, I heard from Adam earlier today who wanted me to tell everyone that Silver Creek would be live at Gary’s Downeast Seafood, which is located at 7610 Highway 306 S Arapahoe, NC. Supper is served at 5 pm til closing and music is being dished out from 7-10 pm. Come rock with this Pamlico County duo to start the weekend off right!

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Checking out a few spots along the coast, we first stop in Morehead City. Live tonight at Floyds 1921 Restaurant & Catering, located at 400 Bridges St., Morehead City, NC, you can dine and delight in the sounds of Bryan McCoury. Music is being served from 7-10 pm and dinner is always a treat here.



Scearce & Ketner will be serving up the sounds on the waterfront tonight. You can catch this fun local beach duo tonight at Southern Salt Seafood Company  & Waterfront Restaurant from 7-10 pm on the deck! This makes a great pick to bring a date for fun, great food and awesome music to dance into the weekend.




Live tonight at The Tipsy Turtle Tavern, located at 408 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, you can enjoy the sounds of Robert McDuffy live on stage outside from 7-10 pm. Please remember the people who are working hard this weekend to make sure you have lots of fun and music to dance to throughout your good times…please tip these music makers in your travels as it always helps them with their gas expense and more.



Also happening in the area is the music offerings of Tiffany Elaine with Jimmy Kennedy live at Idle Hour Biergarten located right on the circle. Come out and put your toes in the sand, have a beer and enjoy some live music with this up and coming country music singer. Music starts at 7 pm and the duo rocks you under the stars til 10 pm.

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Answering the Call

Each week I ask where everyone is playing in the days ahead…here is what the fine folks told me this week:

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The Link for Live Music Options Happening throughout NC

If you have Facebook you can search the many music events happening throughout the state by clicking on:

Happy Dancing

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That is all my news and music that I found for your dancing pleasure. 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. Party safely people! We love having you here with us! You rock, so don’t roll the car! Rely on sober friends, call a cab or sign up to uber around!

Send all of your event invites to me on Facebook, so I know where you are playing in the days ahead. I can be found on Facebook by following this link:

I also read emails daily. You can send those to:
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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