NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown~ July 28 – July 30, 2016

Live Music Options for Thursday, July 28, 2016~

Around The Region:

Looking to the west we have a free concert in Raleigh and here is the scoop:

Pickin’ In The Plaza is back ¬†with another FREE concert at Raleigh City Plaza (400 Block Fayetteville St. Raleigh, NC) on THURSDAY, JULY 28th – featuring Old Habits with special guest The Carmonas

Come downtown for a relaxed environment with roots music and enjoy local food options, wine, and beer. PineCone – Piedmont Council of Traditional Music partners with Deep South Entertainment to present these free concerts in Raleigh’s City Plaza. The events will run from 5-10 p.m. Food trucks and local brewers will be on-site, and if you‚Äôre still up for more fun after the show, head over to Deep South Bar for the official after-party!

Pickin’ in The Plaza is 100% sponsor driven and does not utilize any taxpayer money. Please support the sponsors who support the arts and the growth of downtown Raleigh.

You can take a pause for a cause with  JC ALLSTARS and join the fun at Dukenfields Tavern in Jacksonville, NC  with Steel Country Express. This show starts at 7 pm.
Over in Greenville, NC you can find the Mac n Juice Quartet at Ribeyes of Greenville;  located at 1909 East Fire Tower Road, Greenville, NC. They get the show going at 8 and play until closing. Sounds  like the perfect late dinner paired with great tunes offering to me!
However, ¬†if you are in town and looking ¬†you’re looking for things on the lighter side of the menu, ¬†I do have another great dinner and music selection to consider and that is¬†Noelle Smith live at ¬†Winslow’s Deli¬†located at 120 W 5th St. Greenville, NC
Over in Newport you can find 4EverAll live at Carolina Home & Garden located at 4778 Highway 24, Newport, NC. The duo will be rocking folks from 6:30-9:30 pm.
Over in Cedar Point,  Rick Huff will be rocking the Salty Air Open Market located at 307 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, NC
Here is what I found on the venue’s page about this week’s offering:
Thursday July 28th evening Farmers Market starting at 3:pm to 8:pm
Farmer’s Market will be FREE to the vendors and farmers for the remainder of the season!
Bring out your garden vegetables, fruits and homemade goods every Thursday 307 Cedar Point Blvd.
**Please bring your own tents, table, chairs**
Veteran Owned Veteran Grown, LLC/Patriot Farmer Foundation, Inc will be set up with their eggs, honey and more
SF Farms Market at Cedar Point will be set up with fresh veggies….$4.00 watermelons!
The Salty Bee will have Live music by Rick Huff 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 will have Floats and FRESH squeezed lemonade.
Miss Sara will be there with her baked good.
We are a PET FRIENDLY market!
We have corn-hole, Jenga and more. So bring out the FAMILY.
Can’t wait to meet you in the salty air!
Over in Emerald Isle you can find reggae rockers Monjah jamming at SALT Ultra Lounge.
 They will be grooving from 9 pm til 1 am.
Justin Castellano will be live on the deck at The Dock House Restaurant located on the waterfront in Beaufort, NC. You can catch him jamming his sweet rhythms live from 8-11 pm.


 Around New Bern:

Having a look around town, there are a few great choices for you here in New Bern. First over the bridge in James City you can enjoy the reggae of Rob from Part One Tribe  will be live at BruTopia from 7-10 pm.
Lee Gibson will perform live for the folks at Trent River Coffee Company on Craven St. from 7:30 to 9 pm
Nashville-born Country artist/songwriter Lee Gibson will take the stage Thursday night July 28th. Lee will be performing selections from his first 2 albums and a select few from an upcoming album. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. Tickets are $10.00. Call ahead to reserve your seats!
Don’t forget John Van Dyke and his many friends are live inside the Double Tree at
Christoph’s on the Water giving up their best jazz and swing numbers from 7-10 pm.

Steel Shot  will be live on the deck at Persimmons on East Front Street from 5 Р8 pm.  This fun duo hails from Pamlico County and features Shawn Mitchell on the guitar above and Jeremy Lowery on bongos. Both men sing and have a lot of fun with their audience.

Live Music Options for Friday July 29, 2016 ~

Around The Region



Sticking with¬†Steel Shot¬†they will be live at¬†Winslow’s Deli¬†rocking the room from 8 pm til closing. Come on out and enjoy some great food, drinks and fun grooves. Located at¬†120 W 5th St. Greenville, NC. This is a great pick for dinner and dancing!



Mercy Creek will be live at Villedge Wood Fired Kitchen located at 207 SW Greenville Blvd., Greenville, NC. These guys play an aggressive folk rock with earthy and edgy grooves. Check them out on stage from 8:30- 11:30 pm


There is also a double bill being featured at Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery, located at 707 Dickinson, Ave., Greenville, NC  Crunk Witch and Reunion will perform live and here is more on this event from the FB event page:

***FRIDAY JULY 29TH @ Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery***
Spazz Presents – CRUNK WITCH w/ Whothefolklohr

Crunk Witch (Presque Isle, ME)
Crunk Witch, comprised of Brandon Miles and Hannah Collen, is a bass heavy bit-pop husband and wife duo that deliver a fantasy-fueled blend of pop/rock, 8-bit synths, and drum & bass production that coalesces into blissful catchy anthem-like electro-rock. A supercharged 8-bit experience fueled by lights, lasers, love, and laughter.

He is not playing Pokemon Go, but your dropping the ball if you miss his set.

Brought to you with ‚ô• by Spazz Presents:


Also to the North, over in lil  Washington,  you can find Side Project / Veterans Benefit live on stage at  The Market Street Grill, located at 143 N Market St, Washington, NC. The show is from 10 pm til 2 am and there is a  $5 cover.


Venturing South on 17 and stopping  in Jacksonville; there are a couple of shows to tell you about. First you can check out Darryl Murrill & Jazzpel live at Riverwalk Park in Jacksonville. they will be live from 6-8 for this free concert in the park.


Then over at The Outpost Saloon located at 3038 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville, NC. you can catch  Gene Gregory  performing live at  from 10 pm til closing.


While we are out that way, let me tell you about Killing Time who will be playing on stage from 9 pm til 2 am at Black Rose Tavern,  located in The Piney Green Shopping Center, Highway 24, in Midway Park, NC


Looking West, you can find a double dose of tribute rock in Asheville, NC when Thunderstruck NC and Appetite For Destruction (Not Quite GnR) will be live at The Orange Peel, located at 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 8 pm, Thunderstruck takes the stage at  9 pm and Appetite for Destruction hits at 10 pm


On very different note, in a different city, there is a great jazz show over at The Mystery Brewing Public House, located at 230 S Nash St., Hillsborough, NC. They will be featuring Alexandra Valladares & The Berlin Brothers.  Here is what the FB Event page noted about this show:

The Berlin Brothers return to Mystery with the fabulous Honduras-born singer Alexandra Valladares leading the band! The show will exclusively feature jazz songs in French, Spanish, and Portuguese! The world-famous Wes Lambe Duo open at 8pm! Free Admission as always!


Now, back to the rock n roll,¬† Dogdaze’s Soul will be live at After Hours Tavern located at 1614 N Main St., High Point, NC. This show is slotted for 10 pm til 2 am and here is what else I found on the event page:

Come one, come all for a night to remember of Rock n roll metal at its finest. It will be the debut for new drummer Geoff Hippie La Penta. There will also be¬†special guest with our friends from Red Velvet Voodoo¬†in the house. It’s going to be a rock show of good times! You don’t want to miss out on the great service, drink specials ¬†and rockin’¬†music with great friends.


Over at Tony’s Oyster Bar, located at MacGregor Village, 107 Edinburgh Dr. Ste. 129, Cary, NC you can get down with the return of¬†TrainWreck live from 9 pm til 1:15 am


The Rest of Us ¬†will be live at Fatback’s Bar & Game Room located at 1100 Dan Peele Road, ¬†Bear Grass, NC this Friday starting at 9 pm


Live at The Red Room located at 220 N. Heritage St., Kinston, NC you will find The Roman Sams rocking the room from 10 am til 2 am.

Along The Coast:



Mac & Juice Quartet will be live at The Palm Room, located at 111 E Salisbury St., Wrightsville Beach, NC. They get to rocking at 9 pm.



Jim Quick & The Coastline Band will be live at SALT ULTRA LOUNGE located at 325 Mangrove Rd. Emerald Isle, NC. They hit the stage at 9:30 pm and will keep you in the groove until 1 am.


Over in Morehead City there are a few shows to tell you about and a couple of them offer the rhythms of reggae.

First up you can check out a triple bill over at Off The Hook located at 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC. On the bill for this show you can hear  Monjah, Scholars Word & White Abbot. Music starts at 8 and the jams roll until 2 am.


Also offering up some live reggae rhythms is Greg Gutty who will be live at Southern Salt Seafood Company & Waterfront Restaurant, located at 701 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC. He will be live on the deck from 10 pm til 2 am.


Ed Ward

Over the bridge in Beaufort, you can enjoy the soulful sounds of Backseat Romeo, live on the deck at Queen Anne’s Revenge, located right on the waterfront in Beaufort. It is the place to be for live music and dinner from 6 – 9 pm.


Also in in Beaufort for the weekend, it’s the Monica Jaymes Band live at the Dock House Restaurant both Friday and Saturday on the deck from 9 pm til 1 am.



Justin Castellano has a show at Boro Cafe & Bakery located at 109  N Front St., Swansboro, NC. He will be jamming from 8-11 pm

Around New Bern



Live at The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St, New Bern; it is Rick Huff & Friends. He will be accompanied by local players, Mike Sandvig on bass and Todd Stilley on guitar. This should be a fun show that will be rocking the room from 7 til ?




Across the bridge you can find Bill Lyerly Band live at Triple Play Restaurant, located at 111 Williamson Rd, New Bern, NC. He will be rocking the room from 9:30 pm til 1:30 am

Live Music Options for Saturday, July 30, 2016 ~

Around the Region

There is a Music Jam taking place this weekend at the High Country Tap Room, located at 110 Sugar Mountain Dr. Banner Elk. NC. Doors open at 4 and this event offers three great shows plus BBQ!


The Mystery Brewing Public House will be offering a great show this Saturday. Here are the event details:

Local favorite, Mysti Mayhem takes the stage with cellist Elana Scheiner for a great night of strings.

See some of their past collaborations on Youtube:

ABOUT MYSTI: Powerhouse vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist, with over a decade of seasoned performances throughout the United States and Europe. Mysti Mayhem was mentored by Bo Diddley and has worked on musical projects with members of the Justice League, Tenacious D, Highway 101, and released her first major debut fan funded $50 k album under record label Sellaband. Currently based out of Durham, The North Carolina and endorsed by Epiphone Guitars.


The Flowjo located at 100 Brewer Ln, Carrboro, NC ¬†asked folks. ¬†“Please join us for this special evening with two long-time friends & local musicians, Gabriel Pelli & Will Ridenour for a modified dance evening.” Here are the details:

Circle at 8  90(ish) minute dance journey
$12-15 suggested contribution

From Chapel Hill, NC, Gabriel Pelli and Will Ridenour are refining an unprecedented blend of American folk and West African kora music. They met while playing music for the renowned Paperhand Puppet Intervention theater troupe, where they first got a taste of what a collaboration could yield. People from all walks of life relate to their cultured songs that spark images of love and remembrance, beauty and resistance, passion and strength.

Gabriel Pelli brings an indie rock and jazz background to the group from his work and touring with The Old Ceremony and the Squirrel Nut Zippers. He also has a passion for folk and old time fiddle, which is an integral part of this band’s sound.

Will Ridenour has studied the West African harp-lute kora since 1999, and with this collaboration brings his unique and universal style to fruition. He has toured 28 countries worldwide with punk outfit Zegota and dance band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba.

Together, they create an uplifting sound with profound capabilities.


There will be a triple bill this Saturday at¬†King¬†located at 14 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC; featuring Other Colors, SE Ward and Hotline and here are all the details on this show and the bands…

Other Colors
S.e. Ward

Other Colors is an exploratory pop group from Baltimore comprised of longtime collaborators William Ryerson and Daniel Whatley, with a rotating cast of characters.

An historic blizzard in Baltimore back in 2010 played prominently in the early history of the band. With the city shut down for almost two weeks, Ryerson took the opportunity to write a droney, catchy set of songs on a broken electric guitar, layering sounds overtop on an old four-track. The results, captured on a self-titled EP released a year later, set a course for the group’s future pop ambitions: a skewed, lo-fi miniature of greater things to come.

Their proper debut album, Free Thoughts, was recorded in 2012 by Dan Frome (Big Ups, Expert Alterations). A more polished and recognizably rock affair, it features contributions from notable musicians including Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) and Dave Jacober (Dope Body). Released on their own Genpop imprint in early 2013, the album incorporates introspective folk-rock moods and atmospheric production into a set of memorable songs. To follow up, they recorded a two song seven-inch with Chester Endersby Gwazda (Future Islands, Dan Deacon) that more accurately captured the band’s dreamy live sound.

The band is now preparing to release their second album Natural Motion, recorded and mixed throughout 2015 at Beat Babies by Chris Freeland (Lower Dens, Wye Oak). This new album draws stylistic inspiration from forgotten AM radio hits and the smoother side of kraut rock, conjuring tender soft-rock vibes through the fractured lens of contemporary underground pop. Filled with imaginative arrangements and first-rate song craft, Natural Motion is a major step forward for the group: a lush, fully realized sound experience with abundant melodic treasures waiting to be uncovered.

Natural Motion will be released on July 29 via Friends Records.


Also in Raleigh this Saturday,


Slightly Stoopid will perform at The Red Hat Amphitheater located at 500 McDowell St. Raleigh, NC. Tickets range from $19.00- $115.00 and are available through Ticket Master.



Thunderstruck NC will be live at the Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store located at 39 West St., Pittsboro, NC. This family friendly event will so feature Tammy Gun ho will take the stage at 8. Look for the hottest AC / Dc Tribute band to hit about 9 pm.


Over in Jacksonville you can come together for a night of praise and worship with a concert featuring¬†¬†Michael O’Brein¬†who is performing from 6:30 – 9 pm for The Centerview Baptist Church Ladies. This event will be at 1165 Piney Green Rd., Jacksonville, NC


Looking to our North, you can find Lord Nelson live at Crossbones Tavern located at 114 E 5th St., Greenville,NC. Show time is 10 pm.

Around The Coast:



New Bern’s own, Zen Pirates will be live at The Emerald Club 2001, located at 8102 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC. They start rocking at 10 pm and wrap it up about 1 am.


The Machine Gun Band will be live on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company & Restaurant, located at 701 Evans St., Morehead City , NC. They will be rocking the crowd from 10 pm Р2 am!


Also in town that night at Jack’s Waterfront Bar¬† located just down the way at 513 Evns St., Morehead City; you can hear the sounds of The Purple School Bus live and rocking from 10 pm – 2 am.


Just over the causeway in Atlantic Beach there are a couple of other shows you might care to check out…

First up we have R3X live at Frank & Claras located at 1440 Saltier Path Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC. Their show will start at 9 pm and go until closing.


Also ¬†taking place in Atlantic Beach, it’s the Buddy Pelletier Memorial Long Board Classic featuring the reggae grooves of Monjah from 7-10 pm.

Around New Bern:

Magnolia Steel will perform live at BruTopia  located at 1201 Highway 70 New Bern, NC. They are a 5-piece string band of bluegrass, old time, and Americana music. Includes guitar, banjo, fiddle, upright bass, washboard, and stunning 3 part harmonies.Check them out live from 7-10 pm.



Trent River Coffee Company located at 208 Craven St will be hosting an open mic event this Saturday, as they do the last Saturday of each month. This event happens from 6:30 Р9 pm and you are welcome to bring your talent out and about!



Cochise Cowboys are slotted to rock Mesh Sports Lounge on Trent Road. They get the show rolling at 10:30 pm and will rock you til 1:30 am. This show is free. But please remember FREE music is never Free! Always tip the players that make you dance.



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