NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown! For May 25 – May 31, 2016

Wow!!! Is everyone ready for the kick off of “Fun In The Sun; Days of Summer?” Ready or not, we have arrived! As promised, I am here with your live music news and lots of dance options for the week ahead.

This is not only the time honored ¬†unofficial kickoff of Summer, it is also the kick off of my weekly installment of NC’s Best Live Music Regional Round Up! Welcome to my zone! I hope you enjoy the ride.

Having a look around the region tonight you can find the soothing groves of Matt Miller & his duo Wild Honey at the Icehouse in Swansboro tonight from 7-10 and tomorrow live at Home & Garden starting at 6:00!

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A New Bern local favorite James Ford is in Swansboro tonight also. He will be grooving with the folks at The White Oak River Bistro from 6-9 pm. You cal also find Ford tomorrow evening at  The New Bern Country Club from 7-10 pm. Another option is catching him down on Broad Street here in New Bern on Friday evening from 6:30-9:30 pm at The Brown Pelican. 

Another local favorite Ed Ward¬†is appear live now, Wednesday , at the Dockhouse in Beaufort, NC from 8-11 pm. On Friday evening,¬†Backseat Romeo will be live at¬†Christina’s Collectables on Cedar Point Blvd in Cedar Point, NC from 5-8 pm!

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Checking things out for Thursday, May 26, 2016; New Bern’s favorite country player Bryan Mayer¬†will be getting the weekend started early at The Swansboro Yacht Club! Look for him live on the deck from 7-10 pm.


Other options for Thursday include  the return of The Carolina Treat Band to the Village Steakhouse and Pub in Goldsboro, NC from 7-10 pm.

The Main Event Band will be at The Red Room in Kinston, NC. Starting at 10 straight into weekend mode.

The Webb Brothers  (Bobby n Jim)  will be live at The Dockhouse in Beaufort, NC from 8-11 tomorrow evening.

Over in Greenville tomorrow Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey will be live 10-1 at Crossbones Tavern.

Keeping the traditions going, in New Bern tomorrow evening you can catch live Jazz on the deck courtesy of¬†Christoff’s On The Water at The Double Tree. Entertainment provided by John Van Dyke who is looking forward to hosting his fourth year of a vintage Jazz & Blues Jam. Stop down to join that good time Thursdays, 7-10 pm.

Thursday’s at The Brown Pelican features open mic, so get gigging if you want to book some gigs around town. That takes place 7-10 each Thursday.



Touring around the area on Friday, May 27, 2016; Nantucket is hitting the road and will be appearing in Florence, SC for the Florence After Five event. The fun gets going at 5:30 and the band delivers their rocking dose of original grooves  from 6 pm.


In Beaufort at The Dockhouse,  you can catch the Acoustic Highway Band live from 9 pm Р1 am.

Rocking Horse¬† will be live at¬†Gary’s Downeast Seafood¬†in Arapahoe, NC from 7- closing on Friday evening. They are also one of the many bands featured throughout the day on Saturday at the Silo’s Restaurant¬†in Oriental, NC for SILO PALOOZA¬†an all day music event with many acts on the bill. Things kick off with Rocking Horse at 1 PM and goes until closing

Justin Castellano  will be live Friday at the Irish Pirate Trading Co & Pub  in Emerald Isle from 8-11 pm. On Saturday Justin will be jamming during the day at The Salty Air Open Market in Cedar Point, NC. Then over at Bake Bottle & Brew in Swansboro  from 8-11 pm and on Sunday he will be in Jacksonville at The Marina Cafe from 5-9 pm.



Lipbone¬†Redding¬†will be live at¬†Backwater Jack’s in Washington, NC¬†from 7-11 pm.

Jenna Huff will be live in Leland, NC appearing solo at Halftimes from 5-8:30 pm


Looking up around Greenville, NC for Friday, I found out that Darkwater Redemption will be live at the Buccaneer Music Hall. That show starts at 10 pm.

The Vanilla Gorillas are live at Crossbones Tavern from 10 pm into the early morning hours.

Also in town, is local favorite from around that way,¬†TrainWreck¬†who are live at¬†Tie Breakers. On Saturday those boys will be hitting the road for the beach, as they pull in to Carolina Beach in time get things going right for the folks at¬†Gibby’s.¬†They return to New Bern on Monday to get the party started at¬†Persimmions.


Other options around our way include  Big Jim Kohler  with the lovely Kathleen Kohler will be performing live at Sunset Italian Grill on Friday from 7-10 pm. On Saturday you can catch the duo at BruTopia in James City from 7-10 pm. And in case you were unaware, Big Jim also hosts the open mic each Tuesday night from 8-11 pm at Triple Play Restaurant in James City. Bring your talent and share the stage. All players are welcome.



Live at Bear Town Market on Friday, be sure to catch Rick Huff  live from 8:30 til close. He will be joining up with his daughter, Jenna, for a day trip to Topsail Island on Sunday where they will perform at the Fat Turtle Tiki Bar from 9 pm into the next day. They return to New Bern on Monday afternoon for a show at the Italian Sunset Grill located in Fairfield Harbour. Come by boat or car, why not take the bike? Good food and good music await your good time!



Dan Phillips will be rocking the Thirsty Bruin on Middle Street in New Bern from 8-10:30 pm. The other thing that is happening on Middle street a little earlier in the evening is an Open Mic event at Sweet Peas Cafe. Stop in for dessert and coffee and enjoy the great sounds of Gabrielle Christie who hosts the event and welcomes all player to join her anytime after 6:00 pm.

Over in James City this Friday you can catch The Wannabees live at Triple Play Restaurant @ 9:30 pm.


Looking around the region for Saturday, May 28, 2016 ; Bill Lyerly  will be playing a party in Hillsborough, NC and wants us all to join in the fun. He says get there early as he and the boys are gonna get things rocking about 2 pm.


Blake Kearney is live at Maynards  on Saturday from 9 pm.That is located on Highway 55 in Seven Springs, NC and it is a BYOB club.

Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey  will be live at The Red Room in Kinston, NC from 10 pm Р2 am.

Zach Burick is performing live at the Buccaneer Music Hall in Greenville, NC on Saturday from 10 pm to closing.

Local rockers¬†Zen Pirates are heading to Ceder Point on Saturday to play at¬†Harrika’s Brew Haus from 7-10 pm.


The Switch will be live at Southern Salt Seafood in Morehead City, NC this Saturday. That show gets underway at 9 pm.

Jack’s Waterfront Bar in Morehead City has¬†The Soul Psychodelics¬†on their bill.

Bringing you all around town on Saturday, you can find Buck Loy live on the deck at The Double Tree this Saturday afternoon from 2:30-5:30

Following that good time head over to the Trent River Coffee Shop on Craven St. for an Open Mic session which gets started about 6:30 pm.

Also playing in town on Saturday at The Brown Pelican you can groove to the sounds of Ken Belangia . He will get things rocking about 8 pm.

Over at Mesh Sports Lounge you can find the Pamlico duo Silver Creek jamming from 10:30 pm Р1:30 am.


Don’t forget there is also live music on the deck at The Double Tree on Sunday nights and this week you can hear John Van Dyke with his Vintage Jazz and Blues sounds.


Well music lovers, I hope you enjoy a relaxing holiday weekend, surrounded by good friends, family, great food and lots of soulful grooves. Remember, FREE music is never FREE, just like our FREEDOMS are not FREE. Please remember the soldiers that paid the price for us to live free as we know it.

Be kind to all, treat your bar tenders and servers well. They work hard for tips. Musicians often accept those too. It is a hard living, trying to entertain people with the sounds that move your soul. They give us a piece of themselves, let’s say thanks, shower them with dance and give them some green!

Thanks for reading!

Party responsibly, stay safe on the roads and enjoy the dance.

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