NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown~ July 21 – 27, 2016

Live Music Options for Thursday, July 21, 2016:

There are a lot of choices for the readers in the western parts of the state this evening so let’s start with this three day event that gets jumping tonight.

This three day event gets underway today and runs through Saturday. Now celebrating their fifth year of bringing this festival to Mebane, NC. These are the details I found on the event page:

Big Something, Possum Holler Productions, and Life is Art Studios are proud to present ….

The Big What? 2016

Celebrating our 5th Anniversary !!!

Featuring …

Big Something x? (3 Nights)
The Werks
Zach Deputy
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Spiritual Rez
Barefoot Manner
People’s Blues of Richmond
Big Pigeons Playing Something (Late Night)
The Southern Belles
Empire Strikes Brass (x2)
Urban Soil
Groove Fetish
Dale & the ZDubs
Dr. Bacon
Mac & Juice Quartet
Psylo Joe

Artist At Large: Al Al Ingram (Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band)

Plus 2 late night secret sets in secret locations!!!

I do know that the Mac & Juice Quartet are slotted to start at 6 pm; so ya better get rolling if you want to be on hand for this fun event!


Over in Salisbury they offer Thursday Night Live at DJ’s Restaurant and SkyLounge.  You can catch Cory Luetjen & The Traveling Blues Band. Music starts at 8 pm and DJ’s is located at 1502 W Innes St., Salisbury, NC.


In Charolette, NC tonight you can watch five bands rock thru the night at this all ages event that I found:

You’re Too Kind
Local Support
Beyond The Broken

Amos’ Southend
14023 South Tryon St
Charlotte, NC

Doors at 7 p.m.
Show at 7:30 p.m.

All Ages

$17 in advance
$20 day of show
$3 surcharge for under 21


Closer to home but down along the coast you can find Nantucket live on the deck  tonight at Southern Salt Seafood Company in Morehead City. Tickets for this event are $15.00 and the band will be on hand for a meet and greet for about an hour before show time. Then it’s business as usual as they get the crowd rocking at 9:30 til 11. SSSC is located at 701 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC .



Over in Cedar Point you can find Justin Castellano live at the Salty Air Open Market from 6-8:30 pm and this is what I found on their Facebook page for this week’s event.

Thursday evening Farmers Market starting at 3:pm to 8:pm
Bring out your garden vegetables, fruits and homemade goods every Thursday
Farmer’s Market will be FREE to the vendors and farmers for the remainder of the season!
**Please bring your own tents, table, chairs**
Veteran Owned Veteran Grown, LLC will be set up with their eggs, honey and more
The Salty Bee will have Live music by Justin Castellano and FREE wings!
Cigars Afloat will be open so stop in and smoke one with Roger or take one or two home!
The Salty Sweet has FRESH squeezed lemonade.
Miss. Sara will be there with her baked good.
A to Z Essentials will be there with her great selections of summer soaps!
Can’t wait to meet you in the salty air!


The Aqoostix are live the Saltwater Grill in Swansboro, NC tonight from 6:30-9:30 pm. The duo will be back in Swansboro this Sunday as well, performing at the PUG  Pavillion for SwanFest from 6:30-8 pm



Members of The New Bern Golf & Country Club will be entertained by Paid Time Off this evening from 7-10 pm.



Here around town you can find John Van Dyke and friends jamming at Christoff’s on the Water right inside the Double Tree by Hilton. They jam each week from 7-10 pm.



Adrian & Co are live on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant tonight from 5:30-8:30 pm



Also in town you can grab your rig and join the fun at The Brown Pelican where they host an open jam each week from 7-11 pm.

Live Music Options for Friday, July 22, 2016~


I have to tell you that there is a great show coming round our way this weekend. If you have an appreciation for roots rock and blues, you might want to check out  Tedeschi Trucks Band. They have two stops around our area for their Wheels of Soul Tour this weekend. They will be in Raleigh on Friday at Booth Amphitheater. The Facebook event offered this info:


Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces
Wheels of Soul 2016 Summer Tour with Los Lobos and North Mississippi All Stars
Event Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Gate Time: 5:30 pm
Event Time: 7:00 pm Tickets On Sale Now!

Ticket Prices:
Reserved seats closest to the stage are NOT covered by a roof, chairs are provided by the venue.
Please Note: Sections 1 & 5 are possible Limited view due to stage equipment set on ends of the stage

General admission Lawn seating starts behind the reserved seats and ends at the Crescent Deck in the back of the venue where the reserved table seats are located.

Reserved Table seats are covered by a roof and are located behind the lawn seats. Numbered tables are 6 seat tables (1-44), 4 seat tables are lettered (A-FF) and are higher pub tables.

Tickets for Booth Amphitheatre events are subject to applicable taxes and fees. Unless otherwise stated, posted prices include a 6.75% NC Sales & Use tax

All ages must have a ticket in the reserved seated areas.

Per request of the band, there is a strict 8 ticket limit per person.

Venue owned parking lots open at 5:00pm and offer Free parking that is filled on a first come first serve basis.
Area businesses offer concert parking for a fee ranging from $5 to $15
Tailgating is permitted however all vehicles must be removed by 6am the day after the concert. Venue management asks you to be courteous to your parking neighbors and remove all debris.

Patrons may bring one bottle of factory sealed water into the venue. No other outside beverages or food will be allowed in.
Check out our Food & Beverage Options page for items available for purchase inside the venue.
Choose the “picnic in the park” option to pre-order dinner and pick it up when you arrive!
Patrons can also pre-order food to pick up inside the venue when arriving for the concert through our Picnic in the Park program. Please check the link on our website to order.

Booth Amphitheatre is proud to support NC Breweries and local food trucks. Our feature breweries for the Tedeschi Trucks Band are Hi-Wire Brewing and Foothills Brewing. Our local food trucks on site will be Olio & Aceto, Baguettaboutit, and Charlie’s Kabob Grill on Wheels.

Items Allowed
Lawn chairs, blankets, rain coats & ponchos, 1 bottle of factory sealed water, purses/backpacks.

Prohibited Items
Food & Beverage, coolers, pets, weapons, tents/staking, professional cameras with detachable lenses and audio or video recorders.

Camera Policy: Small non-professional cameras are ok. No detachable lenses.

For more information please visit

On Sunday, you can catch them in Charlotte at the Uptown Amphitheater. Tickets for Sunday



While we are out towards the west, let’s have a look around that region first…

Spank invites everyone who is going to The Greg Allman/Peter Frampton show at the Red Hat Amphitheater  to stop in at The Deep South Bar to get Spanked before and after the concert. The band will be performing a set at 6:30 to get you primed for the show and another set at 10:30 pm when you are ready to keep rocking. The Deep South Bar is located at 430 S. Dawson St., Raleigh, NC.


Over in High Point, NC at After Hours Tavern it is BMFD Free Open Jam hosted this week by Bobby Davis, Judy Blair and Edwin Renn Jr. They are ready to jam at 8 and will rock you all night long. Here is what this week’s event page said:

Hey musicians and music lovers!
We’ve been invited back for another attack!

Bring your instruments, your ears, your voices, your friends, and your positive energy for a fun-filled Friday evening at After Hours. We are going to have another free range open Jam. Do not forget that all experience levels are welcome from the beginner to the seasoned Hired Guns. We have a great group of musicians coming out that do not mind sharing their skills. So some on out and give us a shout..

And as always don’t be a turd. Please help spread the word.

The After Hours Tavern is located at 1614 N Main St., High Point, NC.


Down in Durham, Zen Poets  will be live at The Shed, located at 807 E Main St., Durham. This Jazz ensemble of young Jazz players from NC is led by saxophonist and composer Annalise Stalls. The show is 8-10 pm and the cost for tickets is $12.00


For all you rockers out in the RDU area, Widow’s Carved In Stone  album release party with Demon Eye and Duatra  is set for this Friday at The Pour House Music Hall located at 224 S Blount St., Raleigh, NC. Show starts at 9 pm and goes til 1 am.


Over at Tony’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant located at 107 Edinburgh Dr. South; Cary, NC they welcome; Outside The Beltline to the stage for the first time. Come early for half price appetizers and stay late to dance the night away! The band gets rocking at 10 and roll til 1 am.


Making our way back east, Mac & Juice Quartet will be rocking The Red Room, located at 220 N Heritage St. Kinston, NC so if your are looking for some fun rock and blues, check these guys out. They will be rocking the room from 10 pm – 2 am.


Ed Ward

Looking around the Coast for Friday, Backseat Romeo will be live at Boro Cafe & Bakery located at 102 South Front Street, Swansboro, NC  from 8 – 11 pm.



Down the way in Emerald Isle at The Irish Pirate Trading Co & Pub located at 8700 Emerald Drive; you can find Justin Castellano working his six strings from 8 – 11 pm.


Another place to check out while exploring EI, is SALT Ultra Lounge, located at 325 Mangrove Blvd., Emerald Isle, NC. Not one to be out done, owner Paul continues to bring in the areas hottest bands. This week he welcomes the sounds of Super Sonic  to his stage to rock the house from the stage live from 10 pm – 2 am.


Looking at the scene in Morehead City, NC you can check out Jive Mother Mary live on the Deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company this Friday from 10 pm – 2 am.


Over the bridge in Beaufort, NC you can catch the Lil Big Band all weekend live at the Dock House Restaurant. They will be rocking on the waterfront both Friday and Saturday night from 9 pm – 1 am.



Live at The Queen Anne’s Revenge you can listen to the sounds of John Nelson from 6-9 pm. Saturday evening they offer the sounds of Christina Lynn from 6-9 and on Sunday you can check in with Justin Castenllano from 3-6 pm.



Over in Oriental, NC  Buck Loy will be live at The Little Red Rooster Bar, jamming from 7-10 pm


Moving around the map here  on the home front, there are a host of live music options around town this weekend.


First up there is a Open Mic Event at Sweet Pea’s Cafe. This bi-weekly event is hosted by Gabrielle Christie who invites all local players to come out and take part in this fun night of impromptu music. The jam gets started about 6 and they welcome many players to jam until 9 pm.


A special treat for fol fans is coming our way. Over at The Trent River Coffee Company they will be hosting a Folk Maritime Duo from the Netherlands from 7 – 8:30 pm. I can tell you, here is what I found on the Facebook event page:

Nanne Kalma and Ankie van der Meer from the Netherlands will perform in New Bern on Friday, July 22.

Performing with voice, guitar, mandolin, and concertina, Nanne and Ankie will present a wide variety of folk and maritime music.

Nanne & Ankie have been playing together since 1980.

At first in groups like Kat yn ‘t Seil, Kajto and Liereliet – since the end of last century as a duo. Singing in Frisian, Dutch, Esperanto and in English, they produced nearly 40 albums on LP and CD and they regularly tour in many countries in Europe and also North America and Australia.

They sing traditional as well as newly written songs and have a wide repertoire. They like to sing about different subjects.

Maritime and historical themes play an important role, but they also sing about humorous events from daily life.

At festivals, concerts, on ships or in singing workshops, Nanne & Ankie’s program is always witty and adapted to the situation wherever they are.

They accompany themselves on several instruments such as guitar, mandolin, concertina and shawm. In the first 15 years of the 21st century they already released 18 new CD’s in several languages.

Nanne and Ankie will perform at Trent River Coffee Company, 208 Craven St., New Bern, on Friday, July 22.

Tickets are $15, available at the door. The doors open at 6:00 pm, and the show starts at 7:00.

CDs will be available for purchase at the concert. For reservations or information, call 252-514-2030.

For more information see:



The other early gig to tell you about is the fun loving Pamlico County duo, Steel Shot will be live at the Taberna Country Club playing poolside this Friday from 6-9 pm.

This duo featuring Jeremy Lowery on vocals and bongos and Shawn Mitchell on the acoustic six string and vocals give up a great song selection and have a lot of fun with their audience.

Speaking of early gigs, the band will be on stage tomorrow morning at the Harley Davidson of New Bern, helping  to celebrate their Summer Bike Bash. They are slotted to perform from 11 am – 3 pm. Stop out for some food, fun and good times this Saturday and dance to the grooves of Steel Shot from 11 am – 3 pm.


Live at Latitudes Church this Friday you can enjoy the sounds of J J Weeks Band live in concert from 7 – 10 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information follow this link for tickets J J Weeks Band Tickets.


Another not so everyday music event happening around town this weekend and in the weekends ahead, is the musical production of Working. This theatrical piece is being played out on stage at the Masonic Theater located at 514 Hancock St,  New Bern, NC. To get you tickets before the show just visit this link below.

Tickets for Working


Around the corner from the Masonic Theater you can find Bob Laverty Live at The Brown Pelican on Broad Street.He will be rocking the room from 8:30-10:30 pm. I know it is my intention to catch a bit of his show after the theater.


Across the river, in James City, The Wannabees will be rocking the crowd at Triple Play Restaurant located at 111 Williamson Road, New Bern, NC. They will take their favorite classic rock songs to the people when they play from 9:30 pm – closing.

Live Music Options for Saturday, July 23, 2016~



Bill Lyerly Band will be performing at the Sundown Sports Bar located at 9612 Highway 903 N in Ayden, NC. Doors open at 6 and the band will be on stage to rock the house at 9 pm.


Looking over at The Bears Den located at 1102 Dan Peele Rd., in Williamston, NC, they will welcome David Lee Jones to the stage for a fun night of lively playing. Here is what they said on the event page!

Martin County Get Ready! David Lee Jones is bringing his Nashville country show to Bear Grass, NC! David was a resident there for several years and he’s coming back to play the Bear’s Den! You don’t wanna miss this up close and personal show!!


The Switch will be live at JW’s on Highway 17 in Chocowinity, NC. They will rock the room from 9 pm – 1 am with their brand of fun time rock and dance tunes. JW’s was The VIP Room.


Taking a pause for the cause…there is a heavy metal rock benefit going down in Charlotte and here is what I know, thanks to the event page I found on Facebook:

Some of the Charlotte areas best local heavy metal bands will be bonding together for a common cause… To raise money for friends who have been affected by the abomination known as cancer, and to hopefully help raise even more awareness of this horrendous disease… Aside from the days entertainment, there will be raffles held featuring some pretty awesome stuff to give away… Won’t you please join us?


BLACK RITUAL – 5:45-6:15
THE FILL INS – 6:30-7:00
DOGBANE – 7:15-7:45
NO POWER NO CROWN – 8:00-8:30
EVERTHRONE – 9:30-10:00
THE RETICENT – 10:15-10:45
MOCKTALLICA – 11:00-12:00

Minimum admission/donation price: $10

and to check out the bands on hand check out these links:
Further west there is another pause for the cause to tell you about. This one is in Greensboro down on the Doodad Farm, located at 4701 Land Road, Greensboro, NC.

It’s been five years since a bunch of friends got together to build a stage on an old tobacco barn, and now look at us! To celebrate we’ve invited back the band that blew us away at our very first show in 2011 — Graymatter! We’re also having a potluck dinner and inviting some of our songwriting friends to play in a big songwriter showcase.

Entry, as always, is FREE, because we want everyone to come out regardless of their ability to pay. We usually collect donations for the band, but in this case Graymatter has offered to pass those donations on to our friend and Doodad volunteer, Jill Hunter, to help her with some ongoing medical expenses. We love you, Jill!

If you want to contribute to Jill’s GoFundMe site:
5-8pm Potluck Dinner
Bring in a dish to share and join us for an informal dinner. Everyone is welcome to join us. We’ll supply plates, utensiles, and all the regular stuff.

5-8pm Songwriter Showcase
Short sets of original songs from some of our regular songwriter circle participants.

A harmonic mix of classic hits from the 60s and 70s, along with spectacular original songs from this family band that’s been together for decades.

• Kids, dogs, and even mothers-in-law are always welcome as long as they behave themselves.
• Bring your own chair, beverages, picnics, whatever you want.
• Smoking is permitted as long as you don’t bother anyone or do any butt-dropping.
• Please clean up after yourself and treat the Farm as if it’s your own (in a way, it is!).
• Toilets and drinking water will be available.
• Let someone help you park, especially if the field is wet
• We do not permit weapons of any sort, nor is there ever a need for them.
• Call Dean at 336 260-7999 if you have any questions.

Another show going down in Greensboro for all you Rolling Stones fans out there, be sure to check out Exile on Groove Street. This Rolling Stones Tribute act will be live at The Crown at The Carolina Theater, located at 310 S Greene St. Greensboro, NC. They will be singing all the hits from 9 pm til 12:30 am.
From one filed under: ONLY IN NC, there is a show at Yesteryears Brewing, located at 300 E Main Street, Carrboro, NC.
Come help us fight HB2 and sample Don’t Be Mean To People: A Golden Rule Laison!
$10 Ticket price gets you samples of this historic collaboration benefit beer, live Music from Rhonda Robichaux and Friends
Get ready to dance, and enjoy a spread of food from Hickory Tavern Carrboro!
Proceeds will benefit Equality NC and QORDS! Three easy ways to get tickets:
1) Visit click the “get my tickets” icon or the “donations” icon if you can’t make it, but still want to contribute, then check the cart in the upper right of the page.
3) Come into our beautiful taproom and enjoy a delicious craft beer while you help fight inequality!
Moving into the Durham area there are several shows going on out there to alert you to.
First off, you can find Paul Swest live at the Shed  from 8-10 pm on Saturday Night and here is what I learned from the Event page:

Cost: $7

The Paul Swest is an improvised free jazz trio consisting of Charles Chace (guitar), Tony Stiglitz (drums), and Casey Toll (upright bass). The moniker stems from Chace’s ongoing solo recording project which uses multi-track recording to assemble a live-group sound.

“These cats are the real deal and probably my new Favorite Free Jazz trio from these parts.”
TJ Goode

Praise for The Paul Swest’sWizard Talk’:

“[T]houghtful beautifully layered improvised music through the use of multi-track recording[…] an absolute sonic adventure.” –

Also in Durham that night; it is The Mac & Juice Quartet live at Growlers Grlz, located at 4810 Hope Valley Road, Suite 110 Durham, NC, this show is being presented by Telepathic Productions and gets started at 6 pm.
Before we pull out of town, let me turn your attention to The Blue Note Grill. The Magic Music Bus will be rolling west as I check in with some roots music from up the north when Bobby Messano rolls through town. Check it out~
Bobby Messano is a legendary Contemporary Blues artist who has garnered 23 First Round Grammy Ballots, released six CDs, placed songs in TV and Cable shows and played on over 50 Major label and Indie albums. He has been heard on everything from MTV to Benny Mardones’ hit “Into The Night”
The celebrated guitarist has played on records by Clarence Clemmons, Franke & The Knockouts, Joe Lynn Turner and STARZ, and produced the 60’s hit act, “THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT”. Live he has played guitar and been the MD for Steve Winwood, Lou Gram and country artists Jimmy Wayne, Rodney Atkins and Steve Holy.
Bobby has played or headlined BAMFEST, The Charleston Blues Festival, Smokin’ In Steel, Summerfest, Charlotte Speed Street, Blues Brews & BBQ, Blues At The Beach, Bayfront Blues Festival, Deltaville Seafood Festival, Willow River Blues Fest, Ambassador Blues Fest, Colonial Beach Blues Festival, and Southern Maryland Blues Festival.
His last four CD’s (“Holdin’ Ground”,” Bobby Messano Live In Madison”, “that’s why i don’t sing the blues “and “Welcome To Deltaville” ) have garnered 19 Grammy 1st Round ballots and airplay on over 275 Blues shows. “that’s why i don’t sing the blues” was on the American Blues Scene’s Blues Top 5 Chart for 24 weeks and named 2012 TOP BLUES/ROCK ALBUM (USA) by Blues Underground Network.
Between 2012 and 2014, Bobby played 350 shows in 27 states to over a ½ million people. In 2012, Bobby was inducted into the “BLUES HALL OF FAME”. Bobby’s new CD “LOVE & MONEY” was released in April 2015 on Connor Ray Records and debuted on the Billboard Blues Chart at #7. It stayed on the chart for another five weeks peaking at #1. “Love & Money” was also nominated for a Blues Blast Magazine Award for Rock-Blues Album of the Year.
 What it does not mention on the event page or in the description above is that drummer Dave Hollingsworth, who is celebrating a birthday today, is an acquaintance of mine from long ago on the blues scene. It is going to be a blast to check in with him this weekend! The last time I covered a gig with this player on the bill was in August 1996, at Manny’s Car Wash, in upper Manhattan when he was slapping sticks for Todd Wolfe. 
Saturday night’s show will feature some great blues with a performance from 8 – 11 pm. Tickets are a few bucks cheaper if you buy them in advance. To get your tickets now click here:
Taking a trip south, down along the coast we are heading to Wilmington. I’m sure to cure your traveling jones. in any direction you care to venture… There is a Triple bill at Patches Pub, located at 625 Market Street, Wilmington, NC . Things get rocking at 10 pm .
Heading North as we make our way toward home, you can check in with Jenna Leigh Huff who will be live at the Fat Turtle Market & Tiki Bar in North Topsail Beach, NC  from 9:30 pm – 1:30 am.
Touring around the Crystal Coast, you can watch the sun go down in Morehead City this Saturday and enjoy the sounds of the  Outer Banks Philharmonic at Morehead City’s Jaycee Park on Saturday Night from 7 to 8:30 pm. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and enjoy the great outdoors with music on the waterfront. To learn more about the band check out their Facebook page.
Ed Ward
For those in town looking for dinner and music I might recommend Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar located at 3710 Arendell St. Morehead City. You can catch the soulful singing of Backseat Romeo from 6-9 pm.
Later that night, following that show and a bite to eat, you can enjoy the great grooves of The Carolina Treat Band on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company. This venue is also on the waterfront in Morehead City. They will be rocking from 10 pm til 2 am.
Around the way in Cedar Point, you can come to check out or be a part of Talent Night Hosted by Will Baker at Harrika’s Brew Haus. This event will be live from 7:30 -10:30 pm.
For our last stop along the Crystal Coast for Saturday, you can find Justin Castellano live at Bake Bottles and Brews in Swansboro for an early show from 5:30-8:30 pm.
In Atlantic Beach, you can find Robert McDuffy performing live at The Idle Hour Biergarten located on the cirle in Altantic Beach, NC. He will entertain the crowd from 6-9 pm
Over in Emerald Isle, Eight Track will give a performance for the people at The Trading Post Southern Food & Spirits located at 8302 Emerald Dr. Their show will be from 6-9 pm.
Bringing things back to the Bern, you should know there is a casting call for The New Bern Civic Theater this weekend. Here are the details according to their event page:
New Bern Civic Theatre – Next To Normal

DIRECTOR: Alan Berger
PRODUCER: Laura Wilson

AUDITION DATES: New Bern Civic Theatre 414 Pollack St.
Saturday July 23th @ 3:30pm
Sunday, July 24th @ 6:30pm
Call Backs
Saturday, July 30th @ 1:00pm

For actors considering auditioning for NBCT’s production of Mary Poppins, because of the overlap of rehearsal periods and the necessity for the small cast of “Next To Normal” to be available for rehearsals, it will be doubtful that you could do both shows.

Please bring headshot (selfie or snapshot acceptable) and resume.

Songs by character (see below)

Cold Read – use the character breakdown below to select role(s) for which you’d like to be considered.

For additional information and song samples –

REHEARSALS: Begin early September. Tentative weekly schedule – two weekday evenings plus Saturday afternoon. Specific dates and times will be published following casting. We will attempt to work around all conflicts known at casting. Once you declare your conflicts, we expect you to honor your commitment and to make every effort to minimize surprise absences. We intend to suspend rehearsals during Thanksgiving week and Dec.18 to Jan.2.

PERFORMANCE DATES: January 13,14,15 / 20,21,22 / 27,28 of 2017

ABOUT THE PLAY: Family struggles with the impact of mental illness. Believe it, or not, this is a musical dramedy. It is one of very few musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize.

Do not be overly concerned about the literal ages of the characters. Of greater concern will be ability to sing and to portray the age and personality of the character.


DIANA (Late 30’s-40’s) (Female): Sexy, sharp. Delusional, Bipolar, Depressive.

DAN (Late 30’s-40’s) (Male): Diana’s husband. Handsome, Genuine, Constant, Tired.
AUDITION SONG: “He’s Not Here”

GABE (18): (Male): Diana’s son. Dashing, Gentle, Bright, Playful.

NATALIE (16) (Female) : Diana’s daughter. Somewhat paranoid, anxious. Trying to be perfect.
AUDITION SONG: “Everything Else”

HENRY (17) (Male): Natalie’s boyfriend. Musician, romantic, stoner, slacker, philosopher king.
AUDITION SONG: “Perfect For You”

DR MADDEN /FINE (30’S to 50’s) (Male): Assured, “Rock Star”. AUDITION SONG: “Better Than Before”

The only thing I can think to say to all you wonderful, brave actors: Break a leg kids!
There is a fun event happening Live at five this Saturday evening at the Isaac Taylor Garden this weekend.  Come out and show some support for Pirates of The Neuse 
A New Chapter of the Parrot Heads in Paradise has been Hatched !!!!
Come out, join the club and have some rum… I mean fun!!! Or maybe I meant fun and rum.


Featuring the musical talents of local players
Buck Loy and Dan Phillips


Bring a friend or even a pirate. This will be our first event of many. You won’t want to be left behind, walking the plank. We need you to assemble your crew, garb your first mate, pull out all your Parrot Head Party Gear, unruffle your feathers, sign up and join the Phlock.

Cash Bar ..Food..Music..Fun.

Shake a tail feather and find that lost shaker of salt !!!!

***** No coolers or outside drinks allowed******

****Chairs are allowed ****
Big Jim & Kathy Kohler

Saturday evening you can get your blues fix live and local and for free with Big Jim Kohler and his bride, Kathy at Mesh Sports Lounge, located on Trent Rd. They jam from 10:30 pm – 1:30 am.

Live Music Options for Sunday, July 24, 2016~


Solid Ground has an early show this Sunday when they rock the HarborSite Bar from 3-6 pm in Sneads Ferry, NC. These bad ass rockers are worth checking out. I was very impressed when I caught this band live last weekend. No doubt, you will be impressed too. They have a lot of talent on one stage and they deliver a show that keeps people involved and having fun!


Looking around Jacksonville, there will be live music at the Outpost Saloon from 4-8 pm. It is a BYOG…Bring your own grilling item and join them for dinner as they serve up the good food you bring and the music of Daryl Lucus.


Also, since we are in that neck of the woods, I will tell you that Gene Gregory will be live at the Marina Cafe  in Jacksonville from 5-8 pm


Over in Oriental, country crooner Ken Belangia will perform live from 6-9 pm at O’Town Restaurant.


To our north we can find The Water Between live at Christy’s Euro Pub located at 301 S Jarvis St., Greenville NC. They go live at 8 and will rock you til the midnight hour!


It’s a night of Worship and song at the Harvest Church in Washington NC this Sunday night where they are bringing Rick Pino & Band in for a concert from 7-9 pm.


Looking at the coast, The Remedy will be live at The Dock House Restaurant on the waterfront in Beaufort, NC. This event features the music of Chris Lee and Tim Rowe rocking the blues and classic rock on the Beaufort waterfront.. Join them for a good time and good food and drink ! They are doing the deed from 7-10 pm.


Closing in on things closer to home there is a live music event this Sunday in Union Point Park here in New Bern NC.  Pitt Community College Orchestra will be performing live from 7-8 under the gazebo. Bring your chairs and enjoy an night of great music as the sun goes down.

Please join the Pitt Community College Orchestra as they perform for the first time outside of Pitt County. The PCCSO will present a pops concert in the Gazebo at Union Point Park, 210 E. Front Street in New Bern, NC on July 24th at 7 pm. This outdoor concert will be a joint venture between the PCCSO and the New Bern Civic Strings. Music performed will feature music from Broadway, popular marches, and patriotic selections. This concert is free and very family friendly. For more information, please contact R. Michael Stephenson at or (252) 493-7493.

Live Music Options for Tuesday, July 26, 2016 ~

Hooligan’s Music Hall located at 2620 Onslow Blvd, Jacksonville, NC presents Buckcherry live with Nonpoint and Failed Anthem. This event is an all ages show. Doors open at 7 and music starts at 7:30 pm


Bryan Mayer will be performing live 9 pm til midnight at The Arendell Room located at 715 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC



Looking around town Big Jim and Kathy Kohler host the Open Mic Night each Tuesdays evening from 8 pm til midnight at Triple Play Restaurant, located at 111 Williason Rd, New Bern, NC.


Alan Reid and Bob Zentz will perform in New Bern on Tuesday, July 26 at Trent River Coffee Company, 208 Craven St., New Bern. Tickets are $15, available at the door. The doors open at 6:00 pm, and the show starts at 7:00.

Performing on voice and a variety of instruments, Alan and Bob will present Scottish and maritime music.

Alan Reid is from Scotland, formerly of the renowned Battlefield Band. Alan plays accordion, guitar, and piano. Bob Zentz is a multi-instrumentalist from tidewater Virginia, and specializes in maritime music. Both performers have written widely-performed-and-recorded songs in their respective genres.

CD’s will be available for purchase at the concert. For reservations or information, call 252-514-2030.

Live Music Options for Wednesday, July 27, 2016~


The Band of Oz will be live at SALT Ultra Lounge  located at 325 Mansgrove Blvd, Enerald Isle, NC on Wednesday rocking the room from 9 pm to 1 am.


Silo’s Restaurant owner, Chris Daniels hosts an open jam at his place each week from 7-10 pm. All players are welcome to participate.


Mesh Sports Lounge on Trent Rd in New Bern hosts an open jam each Wednesday from 7-11 pm. All players are welcome to bring their talent down to showcase for the crowd.


Well kids that is a wrap on all of the live music in our area for the week ahead. I hope the rest of your week is smooth sailing. Life is too short to get hung up on the negative, so keep pushing to stay positive and make sure you take the time to dance.

Free music is never free so be sure to tip the music makers you meet along the way and always try to support live music !

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Enjoy the dance!









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