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Last night I headed out to the Lenoir County Fairgrounds where I enjoyed most of the awesome bands that were on the schedule for last night’s kick off of Carolina Woodstock Arts & Music Fstival, an event being held to celebrate and raise money for our area Veterans with live music being featured throughout the three-day event.

I arrived just in time to kick my weekend of in high gear with an Adam Hill Empiricism…this band freaking rocks…and their original music melts my soul. I walked up to Hill offering his own song. “What’s Left” and before closing out a stellar set the band delivered this number as well:

The One by Adam Hill Band

I only caught about half of the band’s set. They were originally slated to close out the night, but due to having an early gig today, the band switched positions in the roster and rocked the crowd long before the sun thought about setting. It certainly did my soul good to see these boys set the stage on fire with their fierce set of guitar driven rock.

Today Adam Hill Band will be rocking in Beulaville for the Tuckahoe MC Anniversary Party. They will be sharing the stage with Rebel Sons. Slotted to play today about 3 pm you can always rock with this band by visiting the website I built for them at



Next up we all got down with the Kinston based blue band, Feral Cats. This quartet of talented players offers Kim Kornegay on drums and vocals, Greg Howard on bass and vocals, Sam Zouari on guitar and vocals and Scott Carlisle on lead guitar. They offered boogie numbers like Hip Shake and Big Boss Man and even took us Down to the River and through the jungle in their full set of awesome music.

One one the best moments for me was watching the band I represent standing in support of the other band I am proud to represent. It matters to me to feel a sense of community in my work . So when I see Adam Hill and his band of brothers standing stage side in support of the Feral Cats my heart was instantly warmed.

To keep up with these cool cats from Kinston known as The Feral Casts, be sure to visit their website at:


Next up we got a good dose of 90’s pop style music with rock infused throughout with The Wicked Shimmies who offer a fun set of great favorites that not every band offers. They offer mostly 90’s and more current music in their set but they also stepped back to give up some Dead Flowers by The Rolling Stones. This is another Kinston based band that is fairly new on the scene.

To learn more you can follow the band on Facebook by checking out and liking their band page:


Next up we got a dose of soul blended with some funk and even rock grooves courtesy of The Shady Melons. Another new band on my radar coming out of Lenoir County. They gave up a great set of modern music with the ability to bring us back in time as well. This is a great band with lots of soul for the offering. I enjoyed their set immensely. They also feature a few player familiar to Roman Sams fans. Matthew Hart on guitar and vocals and David Brown on guitar. So it seemed almost fitting to have Samantha Holland finish out their set with them before she took to the stage with her band The Roman Sams.

To become more familiar with The Shady Melons, you can find them on Facebook at


Closing out an extraordinary night of great local music, one of my favorite classic rock party bands brought it front & center. The Roman Sams never disappoint. I found this band down in Morehead City last year and get even more excited about them each time I have the pleasure of seeing them. They always deliver an unfiltered show of solid rock classics and they offer Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Journey and so many other bands most groups don’t attempt to cover, and they pull it off with ease with the seasoned Samantha Holland at the helm and Matthew Hart on guitar and vocals David Brown offering lead guitar, Trey Horton on bass and Joey Gillette on drums.

To keep up with this band be sure to check out their Facebook page :

You can find the band in Morehead City tonight at one of my favorite stops. They will be rocking at Off the Hook this evening from 9:30 pm til 1:30 am. They offer great food and awesome service and great live music on the deck each weekend. The Roman Sams are always worth the price of admission and tonight’s cost is $5.00 payable at the door.


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Today marks day two of the Carolina Woodstock Arts & Music Festival  at Lenoir County Fairgrounds. The cost to enter is $20.00 and the proceeds go to our local vets, so be sure to take a pause for the cause and come out to enjoy some great local music with many more acts lined and ready to rock today and tonight!

There are food and drink vendors on site and many Veteran’s organizations to stop and greet.

Here is who and what we can expect from today’s schedule of events:


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


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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:

15 August at 18:08

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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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