NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown ~ June 22-28, 2016

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Starting out with another form of live entertainment, I wanted to all aspiring actors in the New Bern area to know that there is a casting call for the upcoming performance of Mary Poppins at the New Bern Civic Theater. Here are the details from their event page on FB:

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s
MARY POPPINS
A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film

Directed by Keith Boyd
Produced by Nancy Hitchcock

Wednesday, June 22nd
• Children: 6-7pm
• Adults: 7-9pm

Saturday, June 25th
• Children: 10-11am
• Adults: 11am-2pm

LOCATION: 412 Pollock Street, Downtown New Bern

CASTING: Looking to cast men & women – 16 yrs & up with all different voice types AND (1) young boy & (1) young girl.

PREPARATION:
• 16 bars (a capella) of your favorite song; preferably a number that highlights your vocal range
• One (1) minute monologue – demonstrates your memorization
• Cold Read – use the character breakdown on the website to select role(s) for which you’d like to be considered

REHEARSALS: Begin first part of August. Tentative weekly schedule to start – two (2) weekday evenings plus Saturday mid-morning & early afternoon. The week of October 30th, please be available every night. 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…please.

PERFORMANCE DATES:
November 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th @ 7:30pm
November 6th & 13th  @ 2pm

For more information visit http://www.newberncivictheatre.org/#!auditions/c23wt.

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Turning out attentions back to live music for tonight, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. On Wednesdays at The Fat Turtle in North Topsail Beach, it is Dueling Guitars with Tim Briggs and this week features the talent of Gary Allen. This duo will get to dueling about 8:30 pm.

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In Swansboro, NC; you can catch Wild Honey (Photo Below) will be live at the Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant from 7-10 pm. To keep up with this duo check out their website by clicking here: Wild Honey.Trio Tour 014

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There is an open mic event each week at The Silo’s Restaurant’s Little Red Rooster Bar in Oriental, NC. They also feature live music Friday nights starting at 7 pm. So if you are looking for dinner and a show out around Oriental, you are now in the zone! Tell them I sent ya  😉

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There is also an open mic night tonight at Mesh Sports Lounge on Trent Road, New Bern. Things get started about 7 pm.

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Jerry Coyle will be live at Buccaneer Music Hall located on Fire Tower Road in Greenville, NC from 10 pm-2 am.

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Barefoot Wade is live tonight at The Dockhouse Restaurant in Beaufort, NC. Music starts about 7 pm and you can’t beat the vibe or the view!


 

Looking around our area this Thursday, June 23, 2016;  Tuppence, a folk music duo comprised of Sara and Simon Spalding, will present a house concert of Celtic Music in Fairfield Harbour. Sara and Simon sing and play fiddle, guitar, mandolin, “octar”, and more. The program will feature songs of Ireland and Scotland, as well as a few surprises.

Attendance is limited to 40, and reservations are recommended. Snacks and beverages provided. The music begins at 7:00 pm, but early arrival is suggested.

To reserve seats, please call Dale or Sarah Swan at 252-288-4928, or e-mail daleswan@suddenlink.net. The concert will be at the Swans’ house at 1304 Santa Lucia Road, in Fairfield Harbour. A $15 donation is suggested. The duo’s CDs will be available for purchase at the performance. Find out more about the band at www.tuppencefolk.com.

Tuppence is a moving force in eastern North Carolina’s music scene—don’t miss them!

“Tuppence has charmed concert and festival audiences in Scotland, Texas, and California with their unusual blend of European and American musical styles…”
–Historic New Bern Herald

I am just pointing this out for the benefit of all, only six tickets were available on Monday evening, so don’t delay.

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Over in town you can catch John Van Dyke (Photos below)  and his many friends each Thursday as they throw down some classic jazz and blues numbers for the dinner crowd. They play from 7-10 pm inside Christoph’s on the Water at The Double Tree.

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Consider this your invitation to join Musical Open Mic Night every Thursday… Sign ups 7 til 8 and Mic opens at 8 pm! Bring your instruments, plug in and jam with us! It’s sure to be a rocking good night at The Brown Pelican.

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Outside the region, Bob Laverty will be live  at the Saltwater Grill in Swansboro, NC beginning at 6:30 pm.


Heading West; Friday, June 24, 2016,  Bill Lyerly told his Facebook friends earlier this week to; “Get ready for the biggest weekends of the summer for Bill Lyerly Band–Friday night at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St, Durham, North Carolina 27701) and

Bill Lyerly's photo.

Saturday night at the Brick House (213 Fayetteville St Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526)!! Two different line-ups–two different shows–featuring Joey Miller on bass Friday night & Jason D. Smith on bass and vocals Saturday night–and of course Dex will be on drums both nights! Come party all weekend with us–it is going to be a blast!!”

 

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Also out west you can take in a night  with the NC Symphony this weekend as they offer two wonderful shows. On Friday they offer Summerfest: Broadway at the Booth and on Saturday they will conclude this month’s performances with a tribute to David Bowie. All of this takes place at the Booth Amphitheater and you can learn more by visiting their website. NC Symphony

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Over in Cary, NC on Friday, June 24, 2016Big Love will be live at Tony’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant. They are slotted to play 10 pm-1 am.  You can find out all about this place by visiting their website at Tony’s Oyster Bar; Cary, NC.

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Marcus King Band will be live at The Rabbit Hole in Charlotte, NC. Also on this bill are Soul Mechanic, Brock Butler and I Got Five On It. For tickets visit this site now:   Marcus King Tickets

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Over at the Red Room in Kinston, NC you can listen to Vanilla Gorillas rocking the night away from 10 pm- 2 am.

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In Jacksonville, NC you can pack a chair or a blanket and head over to Riverwalk Park where they host a Summer Concert Series. This week features the sounds of Carolina Tradition Bluegrass Band. That is a free concert is 6-8 pm.
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Out in Swansboro, NC you can find Justin Castellano (Photo below) performing live at Boro Cafe from 7-10 pm
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In Greenville, at the Buccaneer Music Hall you can give a warm welcome to Moonshine. Drink in their grooves after 10 pm and rock until 2 am.

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Looking over Washington, Victor Hudson & 13 will be live on the Pebble Beach Stage at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar. (Photos above) That show starts at 7 pm and concludes about 10 pm.

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Ed Ward

Having a look at the Crystal Coast, you can find local talent. The Quiet Storm featuring Ed Ward aka Backseat Romeo (Photo above) live at Bistro By the Sea in Morehead City, NC from 7-10 pm.

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John Van Dyke  will be performing live for the folks at Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant and Catering in Morehead City. They are located at 400 Bridges Street and offer live music for their dinner crowd from 7-10 pm.

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Live at Jack’s Waterfront Bar in Morehead City this week you can hear  The Limits this Friday from 10 pm-2 am.

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Heading up the coast and over to Emerald Isle, you can find the female rock outfit Shoot To Thrill (Photo below) live this Friday at Salt Ultra Lounge. Their high energy AC DC tribute show starts at 10 pm.

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The Wannabees (Photo below) are heading out of the area this weekend for their show at Dead Dog Saloon located in Murell’s Inlet, SC. They will perform live from 8 pm -12 am.

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Bring things back to the Bern, Zen Pirates (Photo below) will return to Triple Play Restaurant located on Williams Rd. in James City. They get things rocking about 9:30 pm and close out the night playing all your rocking favorites.

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Over on Broad Street you can hear Bruce Lynch live at The Brown Pelican from 6-9 pm.

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Across the bridge and over in town you are invited to take part in or just enjoy the open mic event at Sweet Peas Cafe. on Middle Street.  This event is held every other week and is hosted by Gabrielle Christie from 6:30-9 pm.DSCF2983

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Aqoostix  will be live at The Thirsty Bruin, also on Middle Street. That show is from 8-10:30 pm

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Over on Front Street you can catch James Ford rocking the folks at BTM. Show time is 8:30 and admission is FREE!

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Pamlico duo, Steel Shot featuring Shawn Mitchell and Jeremy Lowery (Photo below) will be live poolside at Taberna Country Club from 6-9 pm. After that the boys will be heading over to Mickey Milligan’s to rock the crowd from 10 pm-2 am.


Looking around our area first for Saturday, June 25, 2016 there will be live music throughout the day at the Bridgeton Blueberry FestivalMerchant’s Road  (Photos below) are slotted to play at 12 noon, 1:30 and 3:00 pm.

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There is live music each week on the Deck at The Double Tree from 2:30-5:30 pm and this week features the sounds of Eazy Brreeze, NC

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Over on Craven Street the last Saturday of the month features an open mic at Trent River Coffee Company from 6:30 pm.

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Live on Saturday at The Brown Pelican you can catch Dan Jam with Dan Phillips and Alan Gleeson from 6-9:30 and Serial Experiments Lane (Photos below)will finish out the night after 10 pm.

 

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Across the river in James City you can catch Big Jim and his lovely bride, Kathleen Kohler (Photos Below) live at BruTopia from 6:30 -10 pm.

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Down the road from there at the Taberna County Club they are featuring a Back Lawn Sock Hop with live music from The Bears and a dinner buffet. Doors open at 5 and music starts at 6 pm.

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Mesh Sports Lounge on Trent Road will offer the music of Joe Brown this week from 10:30-1:30 pm. There is no cover charge for this show!

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New Bern, NC will be hosting their seventh annual beer and wine festival at the Riverfront Convention Center on 25 June 2016. This 45,000 square foot venue is a first class, state of the art building located at 203 South Front Street, New Bern, NC 28560 in the city’s historic district on the Trent River waterfront. The festival will focus on 40+ American craft micro breweries and wineries with over 100 beers and wines being offered.There will only be one tasting session with three tickets options. The VIP ticket is $50 and will give you admission from 12 – 5 PM. The General Admission ticket is $35 and will give you admission from 1:30 – 5 PM. The VIP and GA ticket includes unlimited sampling of all products offered and a tasting glass but ONLY the VIP ticket includes a special limited edition full size collectors glass that features the Brew Bern and Beer Army color logos (available until the end of the VIP session). The Designated Driver ticket (available online only) which is $10 and will give you admission from 12 – 5 PM. 

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Following the Beer and Wine Festival get ready for the AfterBern Groove Fest featuring several awesome regional jam bands. On the bill you can hear Dubtown Cosmonauts + Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band + Medicated Sunfish for tickets to this event click here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afterbern-groove-fest-tickets-25807562113

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2016 Next Generation Summer Workshop Performance, directed by Noah Auten will be at the New Bern Civic Theater Saturday, June 25 at 7 pm and Sunday, June 26 at 2pm
Tickets are $5 (plus tax).

Tickets can be purchased by calling 252-633-0567 or by stopping by 412 Pollock Street Tuesday -Friday 10 am to 4 pm or at the theater box office window starting 1 hour before the start of the show. Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting www.newberncivictheatre.org.

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There is a rocking event going on at The Drunk Horse Pub in Fayetteville, NC. On the bill you can find Annandale, Bridge To Breakdown, Forever Chained,  Faith & Scars and Chemical Lizards are all on this bill. Things get rocking about 8 pm and here is what I found for details on the FB event page:

Annandale is a hard rock/alternative project of musical refuge, rebirth, and self-discovery, founded by Ashley and Chad in May of 2012.

Annandale’s intertwining voices awaken you with a comfortable tension, marking their sound with harmonies that remain chilling without sacrificing vocal strength. Blazing guitar lines and steady, upbeat percussion complement their signature melodies, and frame today’s mainstream rock elements with a creative, distinct sound.

Their first album, “Moving Forward”, is proving to be anything but amateur, due in part to the veteran finesse of producers Clint Lowery (Sevendust, Call Me No One, Hello Demons Meet Skeletons) and Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One). Annandale followed “Moving Forward” with a second EP, “On The Inside” in September 2014 and are currently touring regionally.

http://www.annandaleband.com/
https://twitter.com/annandaleband
https://www.facebook.com/annandaleband/
https://www.youtube.com/user/annandaleband
https://www.instagram.com/annandaleband/

https://www.facebook.com/bridge2break/

http://instagram.com/officialfaithandscars/
http://www.reverbnation.com/faithandscars
https://soundcloud.com/faith-scars
https://twitter.com/faithandscars

http://www.thechemicallizards.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thechemicallizards
https://twitter.com/ChemicalLizards

http://www.reverbnation.com/foreverchained
https://www.facebook.com/foreverchainedband/

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Having a look around the region, you can catch Corey Stuart live at The Red Room in Kinston, NC. He will be jamming 10 pm – 2 am.

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Taking it a little further West, you can catch Dirty White Girls (Photo below) live in Durham, NC when they play at Motorco located on Rigsbee Ave. Showtime is 8 pm

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In Greenville, NC at the Buccaneer Music Hall you can catch a killer country/variety show, it’s Nash Vegas at 10 pm.

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Over Washington NC you can catch Ed Prophet aka Backseat Romeo live at The Market Street Pub from 7-10 pm.
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Live at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill, on Main St in Washington  listen to the sounds of John “Singer” Benson on the Pebble Beach Stage from 7- 10 pm

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There is a triple bill in Zebulon at Norris Creek where Emily Minor and Bryan Mayer will perform as the opening acts for Parmalee. Gates open at 7 pm. For tickets or more info check out the website in the above promo.
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Looking toward the coast you can hear the sounds of Soul Play live at Jack’s Water Front Bar in Morehead City, NC.

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Built for Comfort Band will be appearing for the first time at the illustrious Morehead City Waterfront Summer Concert Series. This is a FREE concert right on the beautiful waterfront. Come one, come all and don’t forget your dancing shoes!!! This event happens at 7 pm.

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Pianist and singer Grenoldo Frazier will play live from 7-10 pm at Bistro By The Sea located on Highway 70 in Morehead City, NC.

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There is a great all day benefit taking place at the Crystal Coast this weekend that is jam packed with live entertainment. HAT’S OFF FOR HOSPICE being held at the Salt Open Air Market in Cedar Point, Cape Carteret this Saturday.

On the bill you can find Justin Castellano 10:30 -11:30 am; John Dryer 11:30 am-12:30 pm; Little Cecil 12:30-1:30 pm; Paid Time Off 1:30-2:30 pm;  ROCKIN HORSE 2:30-3:30 pm; Now & Then 3:30 -4:30 pm  and closing out the event are Naked Knees, 4:30 -5:30 pm. Nothing makes a good time better than giving back. Hope to see you out in support of this worthy cause!

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Justin Castellano (Photo above) has a show at Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant in Swansboro, NC on Saturday from 9 pm-12 am


Looking at options for Sunday, June 26, 2016 Castellano will be at the Marina Cafe from 5-9.

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Rick & Jenna Huff  (Photos below) will be getting together for a show at American Fish Co. in Southport, NC  from 4-7 pm.

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Simon Spalding & Friends will play a free concert in Union Point, Sunday afternoon
under the gazebo at Union Point Park , at 2:00 pm. The concert will combine the talents of Randy Moore, Patrick Engeman,  Janet Montero, and probably some surprise performers as well!

The repertoire will span a wide range of each performer’s favorite songs. Randy will lead off with some of his songs such as Stray Cat Strut, Feels Like Rain, Wagon Wheel, and Goin’ Up the Country. Janet will sing Last Date, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Tennessee Waltz, and more. Simon will perform Leadbelly’s ode to traffic safety Relax Your Mind, surf guitar classics Mr. Moto and Walk Don’t Run, and fiddle favorites Ashokan Farewell and Wizard’s Walk. Through it all, Pat lays down a beat that will keep your toes tapping.

The instruments include the familiar (guitar, bass, violin, drum kit), but also a few surprises such as ukulele, and a one-of-a-kind instrument or two.

Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket, and join in the fun! Call Nicole Dewar of New Bern Parks & Recreation at 252-639-2902 for more information. For more on Simon, check out www.musicalhistorian.com.

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Sunday evening feature jazz on the deck at The Double Tree and this week you can enjoy the sounds of Jill & The Authentics from 5 -9 pm.

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Backwater Jacks in Lil Washington will be featuring live blues on the Pebble Beach stage from 2-5 pm this coming Sunday afternoon.

Monday, June 27, 2016  you can find live music on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant on East Front St. They offer music for dinner each Monday evening from 5:30-8:30 pm.

Last but not least, Tuesdays are open mic nights at Triple Play Restaurant. Big Jim Kohler invites all to take part of this fun night anytime from 8 pm – 12 am


Well kids that is a recap of all the music I found in NC and beyond for the week ahead. Here is to hoping it’s smooth sailing for us all from now until the end of the week.

 Life is too short for bitterness, so make happiness your focus. Remember to be kind to your bartenders and wait staff that serve you.  Also don’t forget the music makers that make you get up and dance…feel free to tip all the musicians you meet along the way as well. FREE music is NEVER FREE! Peace, love and rock on! Thanks for reading!

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If you want to get in the Zone just email me your events and schedule. tracey.stones.writer@gmail.com.

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