NCMZ.LIVE Welcomes Festival Season Around the State

Music Season Means Weekends of Festival Frenzy

Beaufort Music Festival 30 Years Strong


Beaufort Music Festival (BMF)is a community-supported, volunteer-run event, put on by Beaufort Arts and Music Incorporated, a 501c3 non-profit organization. For over 30 years, the free festival has taken place each May in Beaufort’s historic downtown and the town is packed on Friday and Saturday, with locals and tourists alike enjoying the beautiful weather and some pretty great music.

Two of the main goals of the Festival is to present a diverse music line-up and to introduce attendees to fresh musical acts. In addition, the BMF strives to be a family-inclusive event and to provide an immersive experience for all ages over two days, with food trucks, a family area with children’s activities and a beer garden highlighting North Carolina craft brews.

Each year, the Festival gives back to the local community with outreach activities. The BMF is funded by sponsorships from local businesses, donations, partnerships with local organizations, and beer and wine sales during the Festival, all of which allow it to remain a free event.

Friday Evening Performances:

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm: Kate Rhudy
5:45 pm – 6:30 pm: Matt Walsh & the Movers
6:30 pm – 7:15 pm: Qualian 

7:15 pm – 8:30 pm: L Shape Lot
8:30 pm – 9:15 pm: Laura Blackley & the Wildflowers 
9:15 pm – 10:30 pm: Town Mountain

Saturday Performances:

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Ellis Dyson & the Shambles
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm: Violet Bell 
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm: Leah Blevins
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm  Brothers Egg 
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm: Caroline Dare

Saturday Evening Performances

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm: Laura Reed
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm: Arson Daily
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm: Devon Gilfillian
8:15 pm – 9:00 pm: Lyric
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm: Seratones

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One of the vendors at BMF will be GEM Productions, who will be promoting New Bern’s own two-day music festival, 2018 BERNAROO MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL, which is taking place at The New Bern Farmers Market on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 5-10 pm each evening.

Come back tomorrow for more talk and the full line up for that event!


Beach Music Festival Comes to Atlantic Beach


Atlantic Beach Music Festival

Saturday, May 19, 2018

5th Annual Atlantic Beach Music Festival at the boardwalk

115 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC



Band of Oz
Fantastic Shakers
Mighty Saints of Soul

Admission is free. Pets and glass containers are prohibited.


Carolina Blues Festival Takes Place

in Greensboro, NC


The Carolina Blues Festival will have international, national, regional and local blues acts on the docket for a weekend of blues, rain or shine!

We are partnering this year with Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival and Second Harvest Food Bank, to shed light on literacy and hunger in our communities.

The literary festival is May 18 to 20 in downtown venues, including the Greensboro Cultural Center, Central Library and Greensboro History Museum that surround LeBauer Park.

Second Harvest will set up food donation sites in our PBPS Blues and Foods Marketplace, which will be on Davie Street and is Free and Open to the Public.


Festival Concert: Saturday, Doors 2pm/ Music 3pm-9pm (PAID ADMISSION)
   Sunday: Noon to 5 pm (FREE)
Crafts & Foods Market: Noon-10pm Saturday, Noon-5pm Sunday

Tickets for the Carolina Blues Festival are on-sale now, Advance tickets are just $20


Festival Fun at the NC Fairgrounds All Weekend


Featuring Carolina Bluegrass Battle


Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
Dorton Arena 
free spectator admission 

Picking and plucking bluegrass style. Bands with both traditional and contemporary styles will compete for bragging rights, gigs and cash.
Stay tuned for the announcement of competing bands!


Black River Express

Youngsville, NC


The Carolina PineCones 

Raleigh, NC


Cumberland County Line

Fayetteville, NC


Cuttin Grass 

Apex, NC


Carolina Switchgrass

Littleton, NC


Hazy Ridge Bluegrass Band 

Clemmons, NC


Oak City String Band 

Raleigh, NC


Shannon Baker & the Classic Stepbacks 

Elm City, NC

Dorton Arena Lawn Music Stage presented by NC’s Electric Cooperatives

Friday, May 18

3 p.m.

Mary Selvidge

Mary Selvidge

Bailey, NC

4:30 p.m.

Eric Scholz

Eric Scholz


Burlington, NC

6 p.m.

7:30 p.m.


The Sunday Special


Raleigh, NC

Saturday, May 19

3 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Blue Notes Dixieland

Blue Notes Dixieland Jazz Band

Dixieland Jazz

Cary/Wake Forest/

Raleigh, NC

6 p.m.

7:30 p.m.


Joe Hero

90’s Rock Tribute

Raleigh, NC

Sunday, May 20

1:15 p.m.

2:45 p.m.

Big Bang Boom

Big Bang Boom

Kids’ Rock

Greensboro, NC

4:15 p.m.

5:45 p.m.

Mint Julep Jazz Band

Mint Julep Jazz Band

Jazz/Swing/Big Band

Durham, NC


Music Schedule Included at Arts Festival in Raleigh, NC


The Artsplosure street festival draws large crowds for performances by one or two national acts, plus several local and regional bands, alongside more than 170 juried visual artists and crafters from across the country, food trucks and kids’ art activities. The festival cuts back from three days to two and to a single music stage for 2018, which for Saturday evening moves to the Imurj creative collaborative space. Admission is free.


Morgan & Fayetteville Street


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The Last Bandoleros promo shot


6:15 pm – 7:30 pm

Media Sponsor: Downtown Raleigh Alliance

Ever since the members of San Antonio-forged, Tex-Mex/Pop-Rock outfit The Last Bandoleros can remember, they’ve been surrounded by dynamic and diverse musical influences. From Diego’s early Rock ‘n’ Roll collection to Emilio’s Beatles re-issues and the Tex-Mex music of their father to the Country-Blues of Jerry’s guitar tabs and Derek’s Jangly Brit-Rock records, the sounds around the members of The Last Bandoleros have always had an urgency and emphasis on songs and songwriting.

Ranky Tanky promo shot


4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Media Sponsor: WHUP 104.7 FM

Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut on Oct. 20th, 2017. By December of that year, the group had been profiled on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and their album soared to the #1 positions on the Billboard, I-Tunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts.

“Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit, this Charleston, SC-based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture, born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, SC are “rank” and fertile ground, from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

South Carolina natives Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, and Clay Ross first came together in 1998, fresh out of University, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet. Now, united by years apart and a deeper understanding of home, these accomplished artists have come together again, joined by one of the low country’s most celebrated vocalists Quiana Parler, to revive a “Heartland of American Music” born in their own backyards.”

David Myles promo shot with guitar


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Media Sponsor: Cary Magazine

Nattily dressed in a suit and tie, wearing his trademark specs, he looks like Buddy Holly transposed to an after-hours supper club. But Myles’s music conveys a populist appeal that leaves no one lacking. – No Depression

Rock ’n’ roll’s diverse, electrifying roots dig deep into David Myles’ tenth album, Real Love. You can hear them in the old-school Johnny Cash shuffle and lightning-in-a-bottle twang of “Night And Day.” They pull you by the hand and dance slowly to the swingy drums and ‘50s-era, Roy Orbison croon of “Easy.” With the rousing orchestral thrill of “Night After Night,” they sprawl out into simmering soul, as Myles seethes at a lover who’s been running around with another. Over Real Love’s 13 tracks, written as razor-sharp as Myles’ signature suits, those roots grow into a spectacular family tree of American musical tradition—with all its blood, sweat, and tears—that’s as endlessly entertaining as it is riveting.

When you hear the shuffling hip-swivel of “Cry, Cry, Cry,” it’s clear Real Love is the album Myles was built to write. Since before competing in a lip-sync contest at seven-years-old by faux-belting “Heartbreak Hotel,” he’s been honing his skills, learning his way around the clash of country and R&B. Elvis shook the world in 1956. Real Love’s tendency to mix lush arrangements and danceable rhythms with timeless rock ’n’ roll structures has led some early listeners to dub the album’s vibrant sound “Elvis in Motown.” It’s easy to see why on the tambourine dance floor dream of the title track or the soulful, lonesome balladry of “Crazy To Leave,” a tune that re-confirms the magnetic Myles’ status as an unrivaled romantic.

All this new music injected with rhythm and groove will certainly be shakin’ up Myles’ already enthralling live performances. Even more toe-tapping, more head-nodding, and yes—more hip-swivelling—is coming to the David Myles Road Show with Real Love added to the band’s repertoire. It was written to achieve maximum entertainment, and the gorgeous three-part harmonies of “Dreaming” or the deliriously giddy bounce of “Everybody Knows” will be flooring crowds across the country this year and beyond. Real Love is an absorbing rejuvenation of rock ’n’ roll’s dramatic power—it will make you dance, weep, and never forget where you were the first time you felt it. That’s how you know love is real, after all.

Christie Lenee promo shot with guitar


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Media Sponsor: Carolina Woman

2017 International Finger-style Guitar Champion Christie Lenée is a captivating performer, with a devoted following among instrumental, folk-pop and rock band audiences. Combining guitar mastery, contemporary singer/songwriter and a passion for storytelling, she thrives on bringing people together through the language of music.

Christie’s unique guitar work and profound instrumental compositions are well described as Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews. Among the vast community of finger-style and tapping guitarists, her niche is the integration of melodic pop lyricism, with catchy hooks that excite both modern commercial listeners and classical purists. With a menu of percussive and sonic effects and larger than life sounding instruments. Her solo shows embody layers of orchestral elements, with a wide array of dynamics and harmonic textures.

Old Time Ramblers promo shot with instruments


ay12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Media Sponsor: V103.3

The ETSU Old-Time Ramblers is a 5-piece string band of students from the Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University. The band focuses on songs and tunes from the early period of country music, a time when fiddles and banjos and a good song were to be found in just about every nook and holler of the Appalachian Mountains.

Day Two



Morgan & Fayetteville Street

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The Wailers promo shot


4:45 pm – 6:00 pm

Media Sponsor: Triangle Tribune Newspaper

The Wailers – Keeping the Music Alive

The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ guitarists Julian Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to create musical history.

From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded toured and performed before millions of fans worldwide. Since T1981, Familyman and Junior Marvin have carried on the mission to “keep The Wailers together,” just as Bob requested, affirming: “By doing that, you keep me alive through the music.” In tribute to the late co-founder and drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett, The Wailers present Aston Barrett, Jr. on drums. It’s startling how this young powerhouse delivers with his uncle’s unique and inspiring landmark style. Lead singer Joshua David Barrett is a Rastaman by lifestyle and culture. Josh impeccably delivers Bob’s powerful message of Jah love and unity through his engaging performance and interaction with the audience.

Adding to the exciting stage show are singers Shema McGregor, daughter of I Three Judy Mowatt, and Hassanah, a multi-cultural powerhouse vocalist and dancer. Veteran Owen “Dreadie” Reid on guitar & bass is a past student of Familyman, while super-charged performer Javaughn Bond rocks on three keyboards. Live audio engineer Dennis Thompson, the man responsible for The Wailers sound in stadiums, clubs, and studios throughout the ‘70s will make special appearances as schedules permit. There are more than 100 million Bob Marley & The Wailers recordings sold worldwide, including 1977’s Exodus, anointed Best Album of the Century in 1999 by Time Magazine, and “One Love,” named Song of the Millennium that same year by BBC. Spin Magazine listed Bob Marley & The Wailers at #4 of the “50 Greatest Bands of All Times,” while The New York Times named Bob Marley the most significant musician of the 20th century. These accolades were made possible by the creative, timeless, and distinctive music, lyrics and production of these incomparable Wailers musicians.

John Papagros promo shot


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Media Sponsor: WKTV 72.9 The Voice

New Orleans native John “Papa” Gros (pronounced grow) has spent more than a quarter-century behind the piano, championing the music of the Big Easy. He turns over a new leaf with his second solo album, Rivers on Fire, which is set for release August 26th. It’s a record that mixes the sounds of rock & roll, funk, and rootsy Americana into a genre-bending gumbo that carries on the tradition of New Orleans, both honoring its past and helping to shape its future.

Inspired by hometown hero and longtime colleague Allen Toussaint, who passed away while Gros was recording the album on the Vermilion Bayou in southwest Louisiana, River’s on Fire is John’s first release since his former band, Papa Grows Funk, disbanded in 2013. The quintet held down a weekly residency for more than a dozen years at the famous Maple Leaf Bar in Uptown New Orleans, mixing the smooth sophistication of a jazz quintet with the wild, anything-goes spirit of Mardi Gras. Papa Grows Funk released six critically acclaimed albums along the way, including Needle in the Groove, which was co-produced by Toussaint — with Gros leading the charge as the group’s frontman, songwriter and organ player.

River’s on Fire finds John shifting his songwriting focus back to the instrument that started his lifelong musical journey – the piano. The album reaches far beyond Papa Grows Funk’s groove-based sound and offers listeners a bit of everything — party songs, melancholy numbers, funk tunes and upbeat rockers. The record even finds Gros putting a new spin on “House of Love,” which was originally released on Papa Grows Funk’s Shakin’ album. This time, he revises the track’s groove and focuses more on its sharp, nuanced songwriting.

“Before River’s on Fire, it had been a long time since I had done any songwriting on the piano”, John explains. “Previously, I had done most of my songwriting on guitar. I found that it forced me to focus on simpler chord choices and arrangements. The piano allows me the luxury to create more sophisticated compositions. With the keys, I can focus on a balancing act, juggling between complexity and simplicity, while keeping the priority on the lyrics and melody.” Working with top-shelf collaborators like Grammy award-winning co-producer Tracey Freeman (Harry Connick, Jr., ReBirth Brass Band), Grammy award-winning mixer Trina Shoemaker (Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow) and guitarist Brian Stoltz (Bob Dylan, Neville Brothers), River’s On Fire finds Gros showcasing his talent on the keys and also furthering his well-deserved reputation as one of New Orleans’ most notable songwriters. Each song has its own distinct personality, with the influence of Allen Toussaint serving as the common denominator or unifying ingredient. River’s on Fire is one life-long Big Easy troubadour and composer paying tribute to another.

“Those are big shoes to fill and big shoes to follow,” John says of Toussaint. “That was the plan, though: to follow Allen’s footsteps with this record. Every song has his stamp on it, whether it’s an obvious line or a subtle trick. I was paying homage to my mentor all along the way.”

Throughout his career, Gros has been a bandleader. A sideman. A singer. An instrumentalist. With River’s on Fire, he becomes a solo artist once again. Just as New Orleans, America’s favorite river town, has had a resurgence recently so has John “Papa” Gros. His role is different, but the goal remains the same: to honor the music he’s been living his whole life, and to add his own page to the New Orleans history book. “I think this album symbolizes both my passion for my music and my love of this town”, Gros muses. “Urban Dictionary defines “Fire” as someone doing something great that is unable to be stopped. I hope Toussaint is smiling down on me from above, urging me forward.”

Onyx Club Boys promo shot with instruments


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Media Sponsor: Our State Magazine

Onyx Club Boys is an acoustic string band (violin, guitar, upright bass, and drums) rooted in Django Reinhardt’s Gypsy Jazz sounds of 1930’s Paris, and Stuff Smith’s New York City Swing. However, being from 21st Century North Carolina, their diverse influences take the music beyond borders. It’s a trip around the world, which will make you swoon, tap your feet, and realize how universally similar music really is.

100% genuine. No backing tracks necessary! “Curiously exotic, yet pleasantly familiar.”

The band just released their new album, “Million Color Vision” in the Fall of 2017. It features catchy originals along with a few classics and was carefully crafted and recorded over the last few years. Available from CD Baby, iTunes, and live shows.

Appearances have included Shakori Hills Festival, Festival for the Eno, Haw River Ballroom, Cat’s Cradle, Raleigh First Night, NC Museum of Art, WUNC’s Back Porch Music at American Tobacco Campus Durham, National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and many more.

Members have played in bands such as The Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Old Ceremony, Dialli Cissokho and Kaira Ba, and the Paperhand Puppet Intervention band.

“The cool dexterity of their playing binds together the broad catalog”
Grayson Currin, music editor at Indy Week, NC

Launch Ministries promo shot


12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Media Sponsor: The Connection Place

Launch Ministries Experience is a sensational and dynamic praise and worship team out of Raleigh, NC. Under the leadership of Launch Ministries Senior Pastors Al and Yolanda Morgan, this energetic team of Psalmist usher in the presence of God weekly in service. The Launch Ministries Experience copiously understands that our worship is LOVE inspired.


More Blues Festivities In Durham, NC this Saturday


Durham Blues & Brews Festival

May 19, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St. Durham, NC 27701

For the full line up for this Festival be sure to follow this link:


MOOG Fest Arrived in Durham Last Night and Offers Music thru Sunday


Moogfest is the synthesis of music, art, and technology. Since 2004, it’s been a forum for the exchange of ideas by artists, futurists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and scientists.

By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation, attracting creative and tech enthusiasts for four days of participatory programming in Durham, North Carolina. By night, Moogfest presents cutting-edge performances by early pioneers in electronic music, contemporary pop innovators, and avant-garde experimentalists in venues throughout the city.

Moogfest is a tribute to analog synthesizer pioneer Dr. Robert Moog and the profound influence his inventions have had on how we hear the world over the last 60 years. The exchange between engineer and musician, that he fostered is celebrated with a unique festival format, where the creative process is understood as collaboration among many people, across time and space, in commerce and culture.


One Day Jam Fest This Sunday


Bearded Face Productions presents the strongest lineup to date for the

7th Annual Mustang Spring Jam

 Mike Dianna’s Grill Room from 1pm-10pm on Sunday, May 20.

The Marcus King Band

 Greenville, South Carolina will headline Mustang Spring Jam 7, bringing the soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock to the event. The highly sought-after band is a group of masterful musicians, who play everything from funky R&B to Americana.

Fireside Collective from Asheville, NC, indie rock-reggae band

Of Good Nature from Charlotte, NC, progressive southern funk rock band 

Porch 40 from Cullowhee, NC, and Outer Banks reggae band 

Sensi Trails. Student bands from the 

Mustang Outreach Program will also take the stage at Mustang Spring Jam.

Tickets to the family-friendly event are available to purchase online (, at Trio Outer Banks in Kitty Hawk, and at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Corolla.

Below is the stage lineup:
– Doors open at 12:30 pm

Mustang Outreach Program Student Band on the main stage at 1 pm
Porch 40 on the main stage at 3 pm
Sensi Trails on the deck stage at 4 pm
Of Good Nature on the main stage at 5:15 pm
Fireside Collective on the deck stage at 6:30 pm
The Marcus King Band on the main stage at 8 pm

A portion of the proceeds from Mustang Spring Jam 7 will go to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the Mustang Outreach Program. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund protects, conserves, and responsibly manages the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs roaming freely on the northernmost Currituck Outer Banks. The Mustang Outreach Program supplements the cultural arts programs in local schools with world-class music performances, residencies, and mentoring programs.

Thank you to our sponsors: Coverage Upholstery, Shoreline OBX Vacation Rentals, Outer Banks Distilling, Carolina Designs Vacation Rentals, Butcher Block, The Backyard Glamper, Boulevard Brewing Company, Three Dog Ink Media, Outer Banks Milepost, Max Radio of the Carolinas, and Ignite Films.

Looking to make a long weekend out of Mustang Spring Jam 7? Our Premier Lodging Sponsor Shoreline OBX Vacation Rentals has provided a great list of homes that are available Friday, May 18 through Monday, May 21. You can find the list at

Mustang Spring Jam guests can enjoy 15% off at the Inn at Corolla Light May 17-23. Promo code is MSJ when you make your reservation.

Mark your calendars for this exciting event! For more information, please visit


Harmon Field Music Festival

Tryon, NC


A fun day filled with Live Music, Food Trucks from the region, Craft/Vendor Market and Classic Car Cruise-In. On May 19 we will be rocking out at Harmon Field in Tryon, North Carolina from 12-8.
Tickets $8. in advance and $10 at the gate, children 12 and under are FREE!
Tickets are Available at Landrum Antique Mall & Tile Specialties in downtown Columbus.
You may purchase online at

Musical Line up:

Thunder Road 12:20-1:45

Nobody’s Fault 2:05-3:20

Dixie Dirt 3:40-4:55

Jim Peterman Quartet 5:15-6:30

Shane Pruitt Band 6:45-8:00

Foothills Humane Society will be selling soft drinks.
Moonshiner Red Dog and Moonshiner Crazy Charlie will be on hand to sign autographs and selling t-shirts!

Proceeds benefit The Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce and our continued mission to provide local exposure and promotion for local business.

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Getting Back to Giggin’

Rockin’ Around the Region


202NorthMainWine  202 N Main St. Morrisville, NC serves the sounds of Delta Fire tonight from 9 pm until midnight.  You are invited to welcome the weekend with wine, friends and live music tonight.



Blue English is on tap and on the stage tonight at the Flying Shamrock, 115 N John St., Goldsboro, NC. Live music will be served from 9 pm until 1 am. Come dance, enjoy some wonderful food and enjoy the libations and live music offered tonight in Goldsboro!



Matty Begs has a new CD and they are hosting a release party tonight at Brewmasters 2117 Forest Hills Blvd, Wilson, NC. Music plays from 7-10 pm and please consider purchasing a disc in support of this artist tonight!



Mac and Juice Quartet will be giving up their grooves tonight at Growler Grlz, 4810 Hope Valley Road, #110, Durham, NC. Check them out from 7-10 pm. They will be grooving with the full band tonight on the patio.

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Cruising Along the Coast

30595021_1683742948380588_5967513619322109952_oArson Daily and Wax Imperials will be appearing live at Satellite Bar and Lounge, 120 Greenfield St, Wilmington, NC. 9pm – 1 am

Starting in 2014, North Carolina natives Arson Daily effortlessly work hard and play harder. Done so by making music and performance professionalism their main focus, in proper rock n’ roll fashion. The trifecta of talent (comprised of vocalist/guitarist Zach Dunham, bassist Quincy Platt, and drummer Adam McLean) has locked in a unique alt-party psych-rock sound. Comparable to the rage of Cage the Elephant, Arson Daily continues their quest with a second full-length album (due late 2018). Getting their early start performing in packed basement shows, the months spent playing these shows would only contribute to their growth as professional musicians. It’s essential to let their energy encapsulate the listener, holding them hungry for the next show.

Their most recent release, an EP titled “What’s On Your Mind” (June 2017) encaptures the essence that is Arson Daily. With split-step sounds complimented by chill-wave call-and-release, it’s your road trip go to. The trio is notable for taking their sound across several genres, which is showcased in “What’s On Your Mind”. The vox-garage styles of Dunham’s vocals coupled with Platt’s golden-groove bass licks and the complex, creative sounds of McLean’s percussion create the revolution that is Arson Daily.

When put up against the world, music like Arson Daily can teleport you to a tropical brit-rock reservoir. Their storytelling abilities showcase the sentimentality that even an extroverted three-piece can provide when given the chance to. For listeners looking to walk like a badass, throw on Arson Daily to put some party pep in your step.



PLUS Dueling Pianos at SALT Bar, 325 Mangrove Dr. Emerald Isle, NC 9 pm – 1 am

Plus Dueling Pianos is an interactive group with dueling piano players and a drummer. This crew is fun, hilarious and have just recently made their way to the area with an amazing reception. Come check them out at Salt and have a blast.



Ed Prophet “No Looking Back Tour”

Boro Restaurant and Bar, 109 N Front St., Swansboro, NC offers the sultry sounds of stringer Ed Prophet live from 7-10 pm this evening. Call your favorite date and make plans for a romantic evening near the coast with sounds that will move you.



Steel Shot at Crystal Coast Brewing Tonight

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Gettin Down Around Town, New Bern

First Stop James City


Daryl Lucas will be giving up his best songs tonight at BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, James City, New Bern, NC. Grab one of our handcrafted beers and relax with Daryl while he plays a mix of acoustic classics and blues. Bring your appetite too, because La Cocina del Coqui will be onsite to satisfy the hunger! Music will be served from 7-10 pm.


Cruising the City Streets


Paid Time Off offers music tonight at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St. New Bern, NC.

Come enjoy the acoustic sounds of Paid Time Off, featuring the music of father/daughter duo Rick and Jenna Leigh Huff. This show is free with music being offered from 7-10 pm.



Bruce Lynch Is Doin’ The Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC

Come enjoy a fresh beer and the fun sounds of Bruce Lynch, tonight at The Thirsty Bruin. This free show will offer the music from 8-10:30 pm.




This event is a charity show to help raise money for the family of Scott Felts, who has been diagnosed with Hepatitis C and stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver. Our goal is to raise as much money as possible, to help cover some of the medical expenses and get the family back on their feet.


Friday, May 18th, 2018

Doors 6:00pm / Show 6:30pm
New Bern Farmer’s Market – New Bern, NC
Tickets: $10 ADV/ $12 DOOR
BBQ Plates: $8 ADV/$9 DOOR
– This is an ALL- AGES event! – Must be 21+ to drink.

**There will be a raffle for a Peavey Vyper 30 Head and Peavey 4×12 300 Watt Cabinet. Raffle tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. The raffle will take place before Bridge To Breakdown’s set during the show.**


Bridge to Breakdown – Rock/Alt Metal

Faith & Scars – Southern Rock

NoWhere’s Home – Southern Rock Band

Planet Caravan – Black Sabbath Tribute Band

Blackbeard’s Triple Play

Mulchyard of New Bern


Swansboro Music, Gun & Pawn

Anita’s Copy and Print Warehouse

Down East BBQ Boys

Tom Gingrich – State Farm Agent

Paula’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant

HF Music And Media Group

Angel-Phoenix Media Group

Contact info:
Or message Ian Felts from Bridge To Breakdown



Ahoy, Matey!! Joe Brown & The Band will host deck party aboard Blackbeard’s Triple Play! Do you want the beat that soothes your soul? Come, see what ‘Music for the People’ is all about!! 7-10 pm Outside

Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Wanna come out and have a great time? How about one of New Bern’s most energetic bands! Come on out to Black Beards Triple Play and enjoy Limited Engagement inside for a night you won’t forget! Live music 10 pm – 2 am. Inside!


NCMZ.LIVE Pick of the Week

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Fairlight Moriah & The Scorpio Moon featuring Carolina Swamp Dogs Live at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion

There is a magical night of music scheduled on the patio tonight, with Fairlight Moriah & The Scorpio Moon performing live from 8-11 pm. Come out and enjoy this blues powerhouse, as she throws down with three retired Marines to belt the blues out of New Bern. The Colorado-based singer has been teaming up with our areas best blues strings and slingers, to make magical nights of music happen everywhere she goes. Tonight will be no different.

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

May 14 at 6:26pm

Thanks so much for and rocking around the state with me.

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options I found for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

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 Thanks for Reading!

That is all the news and music that I found for you tonight. Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created for the said gig.

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! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug and share the love. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please 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!

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Feel free to invite me to your events. If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event with me.

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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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