I wanted to start things out with a little groove by a few of our military men…I love this country and the land and freedoms they defend. I am grateful for the soldiers and their families and the sacrifices they have made for us all. It is always nice to remember the incredible fight that led to the birth of our land. I hope you all had a wonderful and safe holiday weekend.
Looking at the week ahead there is plenty to do, so lets get skipping so we can get to the dance.
Live Music Options for Thursday, July 7, 2016
4EverAll (Photos above) will be live at Carolina Home & Garden in Newport, NC. What a Beautiful setting and back drop for live music! Browse the selection of plants and decor while you listen. Beer &W Wine flow and there are appetizers too! Sounds like Heaven! Right there on Highway 24 from 6-9 pm.
For any serious blues fan, I have a great show for you. Skyla Burrell Band (Photo above) will be live at The Double Door in Charlotte, NC. Show time is at 10 and this is a do not miss special event for NC blues fans. The band hails from Pennsylvania and tours around the PA/MD/DE scene when they are not on the road. Heading back through our area from a recent string of dates in Florida, this band is high energy blues, with cutting guitar solos and they are only in town for one night! THURSDAY ONLY!
Over in Greenville, NC you can find The Old Grey Suits live at Ribeyes on Fire Tower Road from 8-11 pm. This music formation will delight you with their bluegrass grooves as you enjoy a wonderful dinner.
Also this Thursday you can check out Cody Braxton live at Winslow’s Tavern located at 112 W 5th St in Greenville, NC. His show gets started about 8:30.
Here in New Bern, there is an Open Mic event at The Brown Pelican each Thursday night from 7:30 on. And we all know there is a lot of great talent in this town, so chances are you will enjoy the grooves.
Live at Christoff’s on the Water you can see John Van Dyke (Photos above) and Friends as they surrender their favorite Jazz n Blues standards. That happens each week from 7-10 pm inside the Double Tree.
Live Music Options for Friday, July 8, 2016
Keeping things around the New Bern area first, there is a lot of live music in town this week starting with the Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival. This is a two day event taking place at The Isaac Taylor Garden. Here is what I found out about the event on Facebook:
$15 for One Day Pass
$25 for Two Day Pass (Only In Advance, $30 at the door)
Advance Tickets available at:
For the second year in a row, the streets of downtown New Bern will be filled with some of the finest artists the state has to offer. Combining a love of music, visual art and vibrant culture, Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival is a family friendly, community-building event that showcases the rich talents North Carolina has to offer.
July 8th will kick off the festival with music at the Isaac Taylor Garden while July 9th will serve as an all-day downtown excursion highlighting local artists, musicians, restaurants and craft vendors. The evening will end with another marquee event at the Isaac Taylor Garden as well.
On this bill for Friday – July 8th:
Rebekah Todd and The Odyssey – Wilmington, NC
Recommended if you Like: Fleetwood Mac, Alabama Shakes
Rebekah Todd is a long time New Bern favorite that came from humble beginnings as a solo singer-songwriter and has flourished into a powerful leading lady that commands attention with her soulful take on folk rock and R&B. Todd’s music toes the line between delta-blues, soul, folk and jam but ultimately lands in a place all her own. These live performances are brimming with energy and are as liable to get you shaking and swaying as they are to stop you in your tracks with powerful lyricism and emotionally evocative vocal prowess.
Brett Harris – Durham, NC
Recommended if you Like: Harry Nilsson, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Brett Harris is one of the states finest songwriters and on the heels of his long-awaited sophomore release, Up in the Air, you can expect to start hearing a lot more from him. Harris songs follow power-pop trajectories but are tinted with Southern style and flare. His songs are personal, yet relate-able and traverse powerful topics with a bright sheen and polished sound. Harris has an uncanny ability to pin-point unforgettable melodies and expand them into brilliant tracks with simplistic yet awe-inspiring arrangements, making for an awesome live act you’ll not want to miss.
Ellis Dyson & the Shambles – Chapel Hill, NC
Recommended if you Like: Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Dirty Bourbon River Show
Ellis Dyson & The Shambles are a band that produces timeless music, bringing a rag-time swing style to contemporary folk rock. These whiskey-soaked anthems will get your feet stomping and bodies swaying and you’ll be singing along to songs you’d never heard before. Their live show is nothing to balk at either, boasting an array of horns, guitars, banjos and bass, this raucous act will be the perfect way to close out night one of Bernaroo.
This Friday also offers another installment of ArtWalk/Crawl and that means that you can find great live music all around town. Some of the shows I know about include Dan Jam will be live with Alan Gleeson and Cochise Cowboy, Scott Carlisle at The Brown Pelican on Broad Street from 5-8 pm. Following his act you can catch the talented playing of Robert Hurff from 9-close
You can find the founding member of the Cochise Cowboys, Vinny Farro performing in front of the Next Chapter Book Store on South Front Street from 5-7 pm before heading over to join his cohorts at the Brown Pelican from 7-8 pm.
Down on Middle Street you can find Randy Moore (Photo bleow) jamming in front of the Black Cat Shoppe this coming Friday from 5-8 pm
Also on Middle Street you can stop in at Sweet Peas Cafe to check out the local talent as they jam at this bi-weekly open mic event. This is hosted by Gabrielle Christie and she invites all players to come join her from 6:30-9:30 pm. Christie recently posted, “I am getting prepped early for a very open mic filled weekend. Everett is thoroughly cleaned and about to be restrung🎸 (and yes, my guitar’s name is Everett.)”
Following ArtWalk/Crawl you can head over to The City Laundry and listen to New Bern’s own beloved band, The Bears play The Beatles from 8-11 pm. Tickets are $10 for this performance and this venue is a great setting for such a show! The City Laundry is located at 901 Pollock’s Street and offers an awesome vibe for artisans and art enthusiasts alike. Open for business, this new gallery and coffee shop offers a stage and seating and great acoustics. They hope to offer great shows each month following ArtWalk/Crawl. Head over to their Facebook page and like them today to keep up with all the great happenings taking place here!
The other bit of live entertainment taking place in town which I care to call your attention to is Bye Bye Birdie will be opening this Friday and runs through July 17, 2016. Here is what I found on their event page:
A Musical Comedy presented by NBCT’s Saax Bradbury Players
Book by Michael Stewart, Music by Charles Strouse,
Lyrics by Lee Adams. Originally Produced by Edward Padula
Sponsored by Moen, Inc.
Director: Caleb Puchalski
Musical Director: D’Nadre Bell
Producer: Kelly Rogers
July 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 7:30 pm
July 10 & 17 at 2 pm
Advance – $14, Door – $16, Students & Active Duty Military with ID – $10. Plus tax.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 252-633-0567 or online by visiting www.newberncivictheatre.org.
One of the most captivating musical shows of our time, Bye Bye Birdie, tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. The singer, Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley type, has a pompadour and thick sideburns he wears gaudy gold costumes and speaks in a rugged voice. It is a feel good, high energy show peppered with old fashion fun.
Call 252-634-9057 or visit http://www.newberncivictheatre.org/#!current-production/cb3i for more information.
Looking around the area, all your 80’s rockers might want to consider heading over to Southland Ballroom in Raleigh to be a part of a double bill featuring Thunderstruck NC, (Photo above) our areas premiere AC/DC Tribute Band and Mostley Crue who offer the best of Motley Crue! Show starts at 8:30 and these band will rock you into the night!
Psylo Joe is back at the Red Room in Kinston, NC week. His show gets started this Friday at 10 and he promises to rock ya til 2 am.
There is show featuring Adelita’s Way live at The Rock Shop located at 128 S King St, Fayetteville, NC. Here is what the event offers for information:
Friday, July 8th
Doors: 7:00 PM | Show: 8:00 PM
$15 ADV | $20 DOS | ALL AGES*
Tickets on sale Friday, April 15th at 10:00 AM.
John Van Dyke (Photo above) will perform with Blue Moon Jazz will be live at Biagio’s Italian Coffee and Espresso Bar located on Court St in Jacksonville. The band will jam from 7-10 pm and their performance is always a treat!
Steel Shot featuring Jeremy Lowery and Shawn Mitchell (Photos above) will be live this Friday at AJ McMurphy’s located at 1914 Turnbury Dr, Greenville, NC. This duo will rock you from 8 pm – 12:30 am. They offer a great selection of tunes and enjoy the crowd when they are up and on their feet.
Also in Greenville for the night you can find Universal Sigh jamming at Crossbones Tavern located at 114 E 5th St in Greenville, NC.
Guitar player, balladeer, and self-reflective life-mender all rolled up in a lanky package of boyish charm, meet Hank Barbee. The once-upon-a-time hard living multi-instrumentalist sideman has come back to his roots. With a desire to live sober and with something to say, Hank is currently performing and creating his finest soundscape yet.
His personal brand of guitar playing melds influences from rock-n-roll, surf, thumb style, finger style, rockabilly, lap steel, slide and blues. His story speaks from experience and is musically crafted with the skill and style of a veteran song smith. Anyone with a fondness for great songs and interesting guitar playing shall deem themselves lucky to have come across this unique artist.
Personally this sounds like a fine choice if you find yourself in Beaufort, NC this weekend!
Over the bridge and on the water front in Morehead City, NC you can find The Reef live on the deck from 10 pm -2 am.
Down along the coast in Emerald Isle, NC you can find Backseat Romeo, Ed Ward, live at Carolina Wine Mixer, rocking the crowd from 7-10 pm.If you have not seen this talent who hails from New Bern make it part of your agenda soon.
Ward’s good friend Justin Castellano (Photo above) will be just over the bridge and to the left in Cedar Point, NC where he will lay down his eclectic sounds at Harrika’s Brew Haus live from 7-10 pm.
Live Music Options for Saturday, July 9, 2016 ~
Surf, Sun, a 5K Beach Run, Beachside Live Music, Healthy Food, Summer Fun, and Environmental Awareness!
Registration for the Run is Open at:
Surf Registration is at On Shore Surf Shop and Online atwww.earthandsurffest.com
This is a waste-free event so be sure to carpool with friends and family, participate in a rad beach cleanup for killer prizes, bring your own bag, utensils, and a refillable water bottle.
For Questions, Vendor Info, and More – 910.937.1442 or KeepOnslowBeautiful
Join us Saturday, July 9th for an amazing concert with NC country music artist, Bryan Mayer! Enjoy our NC BBQ Sliders, Hot dogs, Hamburgers and Sweet tea bar!
Meet and Greet – 6:15 to 6:45 pm (first come first serve)
Show – 7:00 – 9:00 pm
VIP Admission: Top Level – $45.99 (Concert level is standing room only)
General Admission – $39.99 (Enjoy the concert via our sound system on the lower level
There will be a meet and greet with Bryan Mayer between 6:15 pm-6:45 pm
Space is limited, book now to secure your spot!
Crystal Coast Lady Cruises
600 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
Dead Birds 4:00-4:45 pm
The Reason You Stayed 5:00-5:45 pm
Psychotropic Remedy 6:00-6:45 pm
Inferior Design 7:00-7:45 pm
Desired Redemption 8:00-8:45 pm
Trailer Park Orchestra 9:00-9:45 pm
The Payne Road Tragedy 10:00-10:45 pm
Untold Salem 12:00-12:45 am
Join us on Saturday, July 9th, to toast Wooden Robot’s first anniversary! We will be featuring several new beer releases throughout the day as well as bringing back some fan favorites – you deserve them!
No #bashatthebot is complete without music! We have local band Modern Primitives joining the bash with a set at 3 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. We’ll also have DJ, That Guy Smitty, spinning from noon until 11 p.m.
Chef Rob and the Twisted Eats crew will be with us serving up some special new menu items – always the best from our brewery food truck!
Admission at the door: $5 per guest which includes a limited edition glass. Once inside, $5 tickets must be purchased to receive 12 oz pours. Two tickets ($10 total) will be redeemable for a Twisted Eats food item.
21+ event – More details on beers to come!
If you were at last year’s Pre-Big What party at The Blind Tiger then you know this is going to be a GOOD TIME!! Groove Fetish and Psylo Joe will be rocking The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh, NC on July 9th for a Big-What Pre-Party. Expect some epic collaborations and jams.
If you have ANY questions about The BIG What? you should come to this show and we will answer everything we can. This will get you amped and excited for one of NC’s upcoming top festivals on the scene. The BIG What? is bringing artists such as The Werks, Zach Deputy, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Spiritual Rez, Dr. Bacon, and plenty more. Come check out what it’s all about \mm/
Get Tickets to The Big-What Festival Here: http://www.missiontix.com/page/group?p=32209%2C32206%2C32210%2C32208
One of the highlights of the Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival from 2015 came from the free festivities at The Brown Pelican, so of course we’ll be filling out downtown’s finest venue once again this year. Bringing an afternoon full of folksy goodness, the dirty bird will showcase Bernaroo alumni matt phillips alongside The Dick Richards, making for a perfect escape from the sweltering heat and an excellent excuse to get your drink on with some of the finest craft beers around.
matt phillips – Carrboro, NC (2:00 – 4:00)
Folks that attended last year’s Bernaroo know that Matt Phillips is a musical force to be reckoned with. Producing timeless tunes, Phillips’ music bridges the gap between classic and contemporary with a soulful, bluesy twist on your expectations of a solo songwriter.
The Dick Richards – New Bern, NC (1:00 – 2:00)
Recommended if you Like: Cage The Elephant, The Black Keys
Arson Daily may be the youngest band on this bill, with most members still in college, but they’re also one of the most exciting and refreshing acts to come from western NC in years. Arson Daily performed at Bernaroo 2015 free daytime show at The Brown Pelican and had the place shoulder-to-shoulder and at peak attention, damn near shaking the walls with their gritty new take on blues rock. Whether they’re churning out their barn-burning originals or dropping surprise Chance The Rapper covers, Arson Daily is bringing a unique spin to their tracks and is doing so with equal amounts of unabashed energy and fine-tuned restraint. Night two is gonna get loud, y’all.SkyBlew – Chapel Hill, NC
Recommended if you Like: The Roots, Kendrick Lamar
Few acts in the state have surprised us more in recent years than SkyBlew has. With the recent release of his full-length The Royal Blue Reverie, SkyBlew went from a young-promising rapper to a bona fide star, showing obscene amounts of talent in lyricism and production. His backing band, The Digi-Destined breathes life into already vivacious songs and provides a smooth jazzy compliment to SkyBlews acrobatic lyricism. Filled with messages of self-love, perseverance and positivism, SkyBlew is going to get you dancing, singing and most importantly, feeling the vibes.
Zack Mexico –
Kill Devil Hills, NC
Recommended if you Like: The Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth
Zack Mexico is arguably one of the most visceral live bands in the state of North Carolina, between their on-stage antics and their sheer talent, you’re liable to lose yourself in their all-encompassing sound. Firmly rooted in psychedelic rock, Zack Mexico will take you careening through their immense soundscapes and leave you reeling and begging for more. There are hints of punk, surf rock and pop thrown in, but ultimately their sound is damn near indescribable and best experienced live. Things are gonna get weird, but how else would you rather spend your Saturday night?!
Live Music Options for Sunday, July 10, 2016~
Live on the Deck at the Double Tree you can check out Joe Distefano’s Swing Band from 5-9 pm.
Justin Castelllano (Photo above) will be live at Queen Anne’s Revenge this Sunday on the deck from 5-8 pm
Looking West, The Blind Tiger on Spring Garden Street in Greensboro is hosting a show this Sunday. Their event page on Facebook says this:
An alternative art market for local artists and craftspeople to hustle their wares in a great space. We will have live music, a food truck and the bar will be operating so you can drink and eat and shop and dance!
Also this Sunday, in Greensboro you can catch a trio of players in the Round live at Doodad Farm from 6-10 pm. Jon Shain, Molly McQuinn and Sam Frazier will be on hand to perform at this event.
A little closer to home, in Jacksonville, at the Marina Cafe, John Jones (Photo above) will be hosting an event for his radio segment on 96.3 Thunder Country, Music Mondays. Stop down from 5-8 pm and be a part of history in the making!
Hank Barbee (Photo above) (will be live at the Dockside Bar in Wilmington, NC this Sunday from 5-8 pm.
Live Music Options for Monday, July 11, 2016~
They offer live music on the deck every Monday at Persimmions. The bands get started about 5:30 for the dinner crowd and wrap up about 8 pm. It is a great way to end the most dreaded day of the week…by letting someone else do the cooking, you can indulge in the dance!
Live Music Options for Tuesday, July 12, 2016 ~
There is an open mic night each Tuesday at Triple Play Restaurant live with Big Jim Kohler from 8 pm – 12 am.
Up in Greenville you can catch Steel Shot (Photo above) live at Buccaneer Music Hall on Fire Tower Road. They play each Tuesday from 10 pm until 2 am.
Hank Barbee (Photo above) has a show Tuesday at The Arndell Room in Morehead City from 9 pm – 12 am.
Live Music Options For Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Over in Wilson, NC it is Downtown Alive and the show features Jim Quick & The Coastline live from 5:30-8:30 pm. Here is what I found on this event page:
Come join the tradition of food, beverages, dancing and fun at Downtown Alive! The party starts at 5:30 pm so bring your chairs, blankets, sunscreen, and dance moves out to the grassy lot on 210 Tarboro Street in Historic Downtown Wilson. Please leave coolers and pets at home.
Parking is available in the adjacent Centre Brick lot as well as the BB&T lot. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be rescheduled.
WRNS Presents Tara Thompson at the Tarheel Opry House Wednesday, July 13 as part of the WRNS Tailgate Summer!! Doors open at 7 pm and tickets are only $5 ($10 if you’re 18-20 years old) and Tara takes the stage at 9 pm! Tara is a new Nashville act that has spunk and sass that you’ll definitely don’t want to miss. Plus, the Tarheel will have tons of drink specials that night! Check out Tara’s debut single “Someone To Take Your Place” and her EP out now on iTunes! Come party with us and break up the week on July 13th! We’ll see you in Jacksonville!
Looking more towards the coast, Ed Ward will be live at the Dockhouse in Beaufort, NC from 8 – 11 pm.
Well kids those are your live music option starting with tonight and taking you through next Wednesday. Please remember life is too short for misery and unpleasantness so be kind to the people you meet, treat your servers and bartenders well and tip the music makers too. Life is hard, but when we join together, making it through is easier! Enjoy the dance and party responsibly because I love you all! Thanks for reading!
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