NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown Thursday and Friday ~ August 11-12, 2016

Live Music Options for Thursday, August 11, 2016~


Around The Region~


Today is the start of the 3rd Annual Soulshine Farm Music Festival. The event will take place down on the farm located at 7216 Double Island Road, Green Mountain, NC. Tickets for the three day event are $85 for the full weekend and $35 for kids 13-17. There is a stellar weekend of music set for those in attendance.

Please check out their website for full details. Soulshine Farm Music Festival



Over at After Hours Tavern located at 1614 N Main St., High Point, NC  you can take part in their Second Thursday Blues Jam which gets started about 9 pm and finishes when the music stops! The details are simple, pack your instruments and bring your talent.


Tad Walters John Dee Holeman

At The Blue Note Grill located at 709 Washington St., Durham, NC you can enjoy the blues sounds of Tad Walters & John Dee Holeman live on stage from 7-9 pm  and there is no cover for this show!


Lastly around the region, yet near the coast as well, it is the second installment of Thursday Night live at The Havelock Tourist & Event Center is fun for the whole family . Located at 201 Tourist Center Dr., Havelock, NC.  It is sponsored by A Touch Of Class Art Show  and this week will feature the sounds of Hoot N Nanny.  The event takes place from 7 til 9 pm and it is a free event as well!

Here is what I found for details on their Facebook event page:

THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE is a community entertainment event. Every Thursday in August at the Havelock Tourist and Events Center we dedicate from 7:PM until 9:PM to entertainment, FREE Admission, open to the public. Come out and enjoy “The Band” as they play Oldies but Goodies.

Along the coast:


Wild Honey will be live tonight at The Saltwater Grill located at 99 W Church St, Swansboro, NC. Performing at 6:30 they make for great dinner accompaniment!



Over at the Dock House Restaurant located on the waterfront in Beaufort, NC you can enjoy the grooves of Dicky Scearce from 8-11 pm.



If you find yourself looking to score dinner and a show a little earlier than 9:00 pm stop by Queen Anne’s Revenge also located on the waterfront in Beaufort, NC. Irish will be performing live on the deck from 6-9 pm

Around New Bern:

The first event I want to alert you to around town, is a fund raiser that will be taking place this evening at The Isaac Taylor Garden located at 228 Craven Street, New Bern. The Safe Nest Project is the event offering a fun evening under the stars! A charity event fund raiser to benefit the 3 local homeless shelters in New Bern. Coastal Women’s Shelter, The Staff House and Religious Community Services!  There will be an auction of lovely bird houses painted by local artist.  Performing at the event will be local singer and six string strummer,  Dan Phillips. This event will be taking place from 5- 7 pm.


Over on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant located at 100 Pollock St, New Bern;  you can enjoy the sounds of the band that starred on this week’s Music Monday feature with John Jones on Thunder Country 96.3 FM; Mac & Juice Quartet will be delivering the good grooves from 5-8 pm.



Steel Shot is live this tonight at Halftime’s Pub & Grub located at 3325 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, New Bern. They get their show started at 8 pm and promise to rock ya for hours!



Jazz crooner John Van Dyke and his friends are always happy to unleash some fun jazz standards and blues swing numbers to keep the crowd grooving from 7-10 at Christoph’s On the Water inside The DoubleTree by Hilton located on South Front Street in New Bern.



Last but never least, there is an open mic event that takes place each week at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern. Sign up is at 7 and the jam runs as long as the players play. Come on out and support our local talent and enjoy a nice cold beverage.

Live Music Options for Friday, August 12, 2016~

Around New Bern:

This week marks the second Friday of the month and in New Bern that can only mean one thing:  ArtCrawl. A monthly tradition now celebrating it’s decade in existence, this is a great time to enjoy our downtown. It takes place from 5-8 pm and allows our area artists a chance to display their wares and talent. Musically speaking, here is who you can find where…

Gabby & Friends will be grooving and a rocking in front of Surf Wind & Fire on Middle Street from 5 til 8 pm.

Gabrielle Christy is becoming quite popular on the New Bern circuit. Carving a name for herself; this young player hosts the open jam that takes place every other Friday at Sweet Peas Cafe and she also plays guitar, banjo, mandolin and spoons for the festive and fun Merchant’s Road band.


Also on Middle Street this Friday you can enjoy the sounds of female jazz crooner, Alisa E Mike who will be live in front of The Black Cat Shoppe.

This is another busy lady who not only sings solo but also leads the vocals in Zen Pirates. If you have not heard her yet, you are missing out on some great talent.



Dan Phillips, Alan Gleeson and Scott Carlisle will be collaborating and rocking the room over at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern. This trio of stringers know all of the classics and most popular dance songs from contemporary singer/songwriters of the 60’s thru 80’s.


Following their performance you can enjoy the rocking sounds of my favorite computer guy, James Ford. He will be jamming at the dirty bird from 8-11 pm and he is always in good company with musical friends so ya never know who might sit in with this funky and talented stringer.


There are a couple of options in town that might interest you after ArtCrawl concludes.

Over at The City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, Kira and Brice Williams will be making their musical debut with Constantino Pipero during Music After Artwalk this Friday. Don’t miss it!

Following their debut listen to the sounds of the Cochise Cowboy himself, the champion hair dresser, master cook and caterer and serious six string singer, Vincent Farro as he closes out the night. Tickets are $10 and are available at The City Laundry and The Bank of the Arts located on Middle Street.


The Aqoostix will be rocking the crowd at the Thirsty Bruin located on Middle Street. Just look for their sign and walk in and enjoy the best in craft beer and wine selections and great tunes from this rockin’ duo who will be playing live 8 – 10:30 pm



Over the bridge and before we head out of town and have a look around the coastal region, we should make a couple stops in James City . First we can check things out over at  Triple Play Restaurant located at 111 Williams Rd, New Bern, NC.


Solid Ground will be on hand to rock the room. I truly enjoyed this rock effort at Jean’s Place in Havelock last month. But since then I have learned this gig at Triple Play will be the last featuring Donna Storey in the front. I am not sure why as I have not gotten that scoop. Beside I am not sure I want band drama on my band support page, but I will say this; if you have not seen them, you won’t want to miss their last gig together this Friday. They are scheduled to hit the stage at 9 pm and rock til 1 am.


The last show I found for us around town is The Rest of Us  who will be rocking at Monette’s  Grocery Store located on the corner of Old Cherry Point and Thurman Rds. This project features members from the effort once know as Stairwell, including the Sheriff’s son!

In case you did not know, the locals make it a habit of gathering each week down at Monette’s and always on Friday. It’s truly a great little neighborhood hang out!  Only this week at Monette’s,  they will have a rocking band leading the charge. Meet me at Monette’s!

Along the coast:

Having a look around Emerald Isle, I have several options for live music this Friday.

First up, you can stop by Flipperz Family Bar & Grill, located at 311 Mansgrove Rd, Emerald Isle, NC. That is where you you can enjoy the sounds of Scearce & Ketner live from 6:30-9:30 pm. They are the perfect duo for the beach arena!


Keeping it right in the same locale, you can head a few doors down to Salt Ultra Lounge, located at 325 Mansgrove Rd, EI , NC and be a part of the most rocking country night of the week at this premier night club. They offer great services, serious drink specials and they offer curbside service to assist in getting you home. Doors open at 7 and Bryan Mayer Band will take the stage at 10 pm and rock the room til 1 am.


The Emerald Club located at 8102 Emerald Dr., EL, NC where can get down with the grooves of E-Club Reggae Fest. This event starts at 6 pm and features three bands including Trevor and the Birds, Selah Dub and headlining the event Hertitage on tour from Destin, Fl.; don’t miss their area appearance.To learn more about this band  check them out here:

Musician/Band · Destin, Florida

Over in Cedar Point at Harrika’s Brew Haus located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point NC; you can listen to the grooves of Justin Castellano;  the One Man Band, pictured above courtesy of George Mitchell. He will be jamming many classic favorites in his own unique way live from 7-10 pm.


For all you people who find yourself in Morehead City this weekend, you can catch Changes In Latitude a Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band live at the Carteret County Community Theater located at 1311 Arendell St., Morehead City and here is what the Facebook event page wants you to know about this show:

Changes In Latitudes is the country’s premier tribute show to the Mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett. This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls and leis flying, dancing conga lines, and “Trop Rock” fun for all. It’s the ultimate beach party that’s good clean fun for all ages. Over their fifteen year history, the band has traveled from Maine to Barbados, Cape Cod to Chicago. Steve Kareta mimics Jimmy’s casual, storyteller style, while these world-class musicians, travelling with a full tropical stage set-up, will take you on a musical cruise through the sun-drenched waters of the Caribbean. You can expect to hear such classics as “Margaritaville”, “Come Monday”, “Cheeseburger In Paradise”, “Volcano”, and, of course, “Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes”, as well as other crowd-pleasing favorites, like “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Southern Cross”, “Another Saturday Night”, and the Alan Jackson / Jimmy Buffett hit “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere.”

Tickets are $20-$30 and may be purchased online and, if available, at the door on the evening of the event


Live on the deck at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 513 Evans St in Morehead City, NC; you can catch the big band grooves of The Retro Band. They promise to keep you dancing from 10 pm until 2 am.


Just down the road at Southern Salt Seafood Company & Restaurant located at 701 Evans St. Morehead City, NC you can check out Matty Begs live on their deck from 10 pm until 2 am.



Heading just over the bridge to have a look around Beaufort, NC ; over on the waterfront you can enjoy an early dinner and the great sounds of Davy Williamson at The Queen Anne’s Revenge located at 501 Front St., Beaufort, NC. He keeps the crowd content with song from 6-9 pm.



Just next door and right after things wrap up over at QAR, you can take a moonlit stroll down to  The Dock House Restaurant where you can enjoy the acoustic grooves of the talented duo 4EverAll rocking the waterfront from 9 pm til 1 can find.


As you are coming into town from Morehead City, turn down Turner St and stop in at Cru Bar & Wine Store. They will be featuring a double will be featuring a double bill of MaMa followed by Speak N Eye. There is no charge to get in and the music plays from 9 pm til the midnight hour!


Pictured above are The Motley Pirates and they are the entertainment that will be provided throughout the weekend during the final event that will make going to Beaufort a blast for the kids as well as the adults in your group is the Beaufort Pirate Invasion. An Annual event that takes the community all year to prepare. You can find out more by visiting their website at


The last couple of shows I have for you along the coast bring us to points South.

You can enjoy a triple heavy rocking bill and FREE show at Patch’s Pub located at 6213 D Market St, Wilmington, NC. Doors open at 8 and the music starts at 9 pm. On the bill will be Hanover Fist, Open Wire and Draw The Sea.


The final show I know about along the coast is Randy McQuay will be rocking the room at Burnt Mill Creek, located at 2101 Market St.,  Wilmington. McQuay is from Root Soul Project and The McQuay Trio. Ne sure to check out his rocking set from 8 – 11 pm.


Around The Region~

The first how I have for around the region is also along the coast. Ken Belangia will be live at The Red Rooster Bar, located behind the Silo’s Restaurant on Highway 55 in Oriental, NC from 7-10 pm.


Over in Jacksonville there are two shows to tell you about. The first is the Concert in The Park Series taking place at Riverwalk located at 421 Court St,  Jacksonville, NC. This week they featuring the return of the Jolly Mon Band performing live from 6-8 pm.



Also in Jacksonville this Friday night you can check out I PREVAIL live at Hooligans Music Hall, located at 2620 Onslow Dr. Jacksonville, NC Here is what the event page had to say about this event:

I PREVAIL is BACK! New songs. New look. Same energy.

We’re stoked to announce the “Strike The Match” tour wsg/ The White Noise, My Enemies & I, and Bad Seed Rising!

We’ll be playing a bunch of new music and hanging out with you guys at our merch table after the set. Make sure to click the “going” button if you want to #getrowdy with us! This show is going to be nuking futs.

Get tickets here, only $15! –



Looking to our North, you can check out Victor Hudson & 13 live on the Pebble Beach Stage at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill located on E Main St in Washington, NC; this is a great place to start off a Friday night with great food, awesome drinks and quality music.


Over at the Market Street Pub, located at 143 N Market Street, Washington, NC; you can enjoy the electrifying sounds of another one man band making a name for himself around the region, Corey Stuart will perform live from 10 pm til 2 am.


Over at Crossbones Tavern located at 114 E 5th St. Greenville, NC; where you can party and groove with the popular area band Mac & Juice Quartet. They will rock the room with two full sets of great rock n original jams starting at 10 pm. Here is what the event page said about the impending night and band too:

The Mac and Juice Quartet, will be returning to Crossbones Tavern on August 12th. These cats have been on the scene for a while, so you are bound to have heard of them. They’ve been putting out amazing music for years now… True veterans to the game. If you’re looking for a good time, look no further. These dudes can give you that, piece of cake!

Since their beginnings 15 years ago, Mac & Juice have made tremendous evolutionary strides from their days as a dynamic acoustic duo. Now performing as a Quartet, both acoustic and electric, their vast stylistic range is seamlessly translated into every original song. The band personally describes their sound as “Jammy-Soul-Rock & Roll”- Organically crafted Rock music that isn’t afraid to jam out and improvise, but with a Bluesy touch of Soul sweetness to smooth out the edges.





Having a look at the western side of the state; here is what I found: Crystal Brite & Jeremy Haine will  team up and preform at Common Grounds, located at 602 S Elam Ave, Greensboro, NC starting at 8 pm.


Duke Street Dogs

If you are feeling the blues and need some good grub too, head on over to The Blue Note Grill located at 709 Washington St, Durham, where from 6-8 you can enjoy a free show courtesy of the Duke Street Dogs.


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Following their show, you will be treated to the fun sounds of FFAF: The Phantom Playboys who will swing and rock you through the night starting at 9 pm. Again there is no cover charge for this show either. Check out the Blue Note Grill next time your visiting the RDU area.


Looking around Cary, NC you can check out Bigfoot Groove who will be rocking the room at Woody’s Sports Tavern located at 8322 Chapel Hill Rd., Cary NC. Their show is free and gets started about 9:30 pm.


Over at Tony’s Oyster Bar located at 107 Edinburgh St. South,. Suite 129, Cary, NC; they welcome Big Love to the stage from 9 pm to 1 am. Come on out and enjoy some great food and live entertainment.

Well that is a wrap on the many events taking place over the next couple of days in our beautiful state of NC. I hope you take a trip and find something new to love about the landscape. Maybe a new view or even better still, a new band.

Please support our local musicians. They are out here working hard to see that you have a great time. Life is too short to wallow in misery so forgive people that trespass against you and dance often.Be kind to your bartenders and servers and please tip a local musician too!

Time for me to get working on Saturday and Sundays options for you, my wonderful readers. If you care to be in the zone send me your events and links to


Enjoy the dance!



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Tracey Stones

I am a writer and a dreamer; a mover and a shaker. I am self motivated to work and write my way through life. I am a mother and a business owner. I have been a music journalist and a band manager as well over the years. No matter what I do, life stays interesting and writing about it keeps me sane. My favorite subject is music! Support live music is the theme! Appreciation for the artists will be in focus! This is the North Carolina Music Zone! Welcome and thank you for supporting live music! Please share this site with your friends so we can all enjoy the dance. Thank you.

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