Friday, September 2, 2016 I aired on the side of caution and hung out in my cave and pulled pictures and recapped my Summer on the music scene. It was a great night of reflection and productive in thought. It made me realize I am on to something here and my services are necessary. This blog is helping musicians connect with music appreciators. What a wonderful movement we created together this Summer. Thank you so much for being a part of it; for reading, for sharing, for telling people about this blog! I appreciate you and all your help in spreading the word.
If I saw you this Summer, you are a part of the recap. If you have not read and viewed all the cool pics, be sure to check it out here:
Saturday, September 3, 2016 marked the return of college football, many of my friends, including my partner in crime, Crystal Odham, headed out to cheer our beloved ECU Pirates to an exciting and dominating first win of the season; I decided to reach out to Charlie Hall, staff writer and photographer for our local newspaper, The Sun Journal and asked if he wanted to tour around the New Bern scene with me.
Our first stop also served as our meeting place, Attitudes Pub & Grill is located at 32 Shoreline Dr. in River Bend. We got to enjoy a few selections from The Bears, our town’s beloved oldies band. There was a wonderful dinner buffet and live music show for friends and fans to celebrate the long weekend.
It was a sell out crowd and they were getting down when Charlie and I got there. The Bears feature Steve Latimer, guitar, harmonica, vocals; Pat Engeman, drums; Simon Spalding, bass and Janet Montero, vocals. To keep up with the band’s dates and all the news check out their web site :
Our next stop was Annabelle’s Restaurant located at the main entrance of The New Bern Mall to enjoy the grooves of Ed Prophet. He is known as the player and founder for the band Backseat Romeo. The New Bern resident spends most of his calendar days leaving the area to play his beautiful music.
He’s been known to join colleague and fellow band mate Justin Castellano, often along the Crystal Coast. That is always a special treat to catch these two players cutting it up and playing to a crowd. Regardless of what formation, it is always fun to check in with this talent guitar man and singer. Prophet has a beautiful voice and enjoyable acoustic stylings that can soothe even a vile soul. Prophet will be performing at Bear Town Market located at 402 S. Front St., New Bern this coming Friday following ArtWalk. Catch his groove from 8-12 for FREE. If you can’t make that show but want to keep up with this New Bern player who spends most of his time touring the region check out his ReverbNation page today:
Our third stop on the night brought us over the bridge to James City where we stopped in at BrÜtopia located at 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC to check out the sounds of the East Brogues Band.
This trio bills themselves as a classic rock band with music covering over four decades of rock and originals. Gary Dudley, lead vocals and guitar, Donnie Brooks, bass and vocals and Paul Willis on drums and vocals are the players and they hail from the Beaufort area.
They were a lot of fun and their songs are familiar and fun to dance to. They will be performing on the waterfront this coming Saturday from 8pm til the midnight hour on the deck at The Dock House Restaurant located at 510 Front St, Beaufort, NC. To keep up with their dates throughout the year check out their website and become a fan today.
Our final stop brought us downtown to enjoy the Birthday Bash for owner of The Brown Pelican, Heather Haiss and acoustic crooner, James Ford. Ford kicked off the night with an acoustic solo set that even included a pretty version of “Wild Horses.” Following his solo act, Ford was joined by Fred Scrungio on drums and horn player., BJ Waltson.
The town’s people gathered and sang Happy Birthday to all of the Virgo’s in the house and then the band played for the final hour. Ford is such a diverse and talented player. He is a lot of fun to watch and enjoyable to hear. When not busy on the music scene James can be found working at Bear Town Mobile, his phone and computer repair business located on Trent Road near Mesh .
Ford will be performing this Saturday evening at Annabelle’s at the Mall from 7-10 pm on the patio.If you can’t make that gig but care to keep up with this busy player check out his site today.
Well that is a look at the players we found around town this weekend. I will return tomorrow with Tuesday’s Teasers and some free business advice. Thanks for reading. Please share with your friend and everyone, enjoy the dance! Happy Labor Day!