New Bern Offers So Much Talent to Delight

Taking a Pause for an International Cause

Local author and humanitarian Garret Biss, is on a mission to bring clean drinking water to the school children of Nicaragua. He explained upon my arrival to a benefit held in New Bern on Saturday, March 24, 2018. GEM Productions assisted in the benefit which hosted music all night, raffles, a silent auction, a 50/50 and beer of course. Held at Thirsty Bruin Craft Beer and Wine Store, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC.


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It was a great turnout and a fun night of great music. Opening the event was the New Bern based family band Strung Together, who introduced their first non-relative player that made a relatively big difference. Nick Eickhoff is new to the band and is a classmate of the bass player, Abigail Oliver. Banjo playing dad, George Oliver and soothing singer Dare Oliver, joked about adopting the lad and applauded the way he helped them complete their sound.


If you have not delighted in hearing this family band based here in New Bern, be sure to mark Friday, April 13, 2018 on the calendar. As the band will be bringing their show from 8-11 pm to Circa 1810 Bar and Restaurant at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. Music after ArtWalk will be wonderful this Spring, come out and see.


Next up, to help those that gathered for the worthy cause of helping children in need, were the dynamic duo of Danny Batten on banjo and harmonica and David English on kazoo and guitar. When not cutting up in the street during festivals, like MumFest, the two can also be found making music with Merchant’s Road. The New Bern based bluegrass band is always great fun to find at any event.



Saturday Night’s One Million Goal Fundraiser also marked the first live performance of New Bern’s newest music talent. Fairlight Moriah closed out the night with a duo arrangement featuring her on vocals and Aaron Davenport on guitar.

The duo offered a variety of blues standards and original music. One of the highlights of her set was “America The Beautiful.”

All in all, the fundraiser was a great success and Biss and his crew will be heading to Nicaragua on Easter Sunday, to make a difference in thousands of lives with his work of installing water filtration systems. That help  flush out the bacteria and all other parasites that make the children sick. Biss explained that he can help the most kids possible by installing these water purification systems in schools. This will help flush out the many things that make the children ill on a regular basis.

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For those that missed Fairlight and Aaron last week, they return for your listening pleasure tonight. Be sure to come to The Thirsty Bruin Craft Beer and Wine Store, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. Music is offered from 8-10:30 pm

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Banjo All Around New Bern



On the patio, last weekend at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion was the bluegrass sounds of Carolina Sky. The four-piece band gave up a lot of fun grooves to keep toes taps and hips shaking under the tent. Though there are no upcoming events to mention for the band, you can keep up with their schedule by liking their Facebook Page.


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Live on the patio this weekend you can enjoy a great variety of music starting the New Bern based original outfit, Spaghetti. This band features Wilson White on acoustic guitar and vocals, Parker Millar on lead guitar, sister Holly Millar on bass and Jake Ross behind the kit. Since coming together about two months ago the band has been keeping busy and most recently enjoyed performing a show at SpazzFest last weekend in Greenville, NC.

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Tomorrow night New Bern’s own rock trio Joe Baes Project, will rock fans with all the fun songs that keep you dancing and grooving into the Easter weekend. Music on Friday and Saturday is offered 8-11 pm each week.


On Easter Sunday you are invited to enjoy dinner on the patio with local favorite Bryan Mayer, who rocks from 5-8 pm.

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Dan Jam Rocks the Dirty Bird


There was even more banjos found at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC, last Saturday night, when Dan Jam Phillips welcomed friends to the stage to rock the night away. Music was offered from 8 pm until just after 11 pm. When I arrived I found Phillips on stay with banjo player Glenn Bisignani, bass player of the Feral Cats, Greg Howard, and the Cats two guitar players, Scott Carlisle and Sam Zaouri. Closing things out was singer Fairlight Moriah, who offered a combination of I’d Rather Go Blind blended with Tennessee Whiskey.



Live music at The Brown Pelican tonight includes the pairing of Hank & Brendan, who have lots to celebrate and talk about.

After nearly a year’s work at Nightsound Studios in Carrboro, Chapel Hill’s progressive bluegrass/indie rock duo Hank & Brendan have announced the online release of their new voodoo-themed single, “E.R. Blues.” Also featuring the vocal talents of Ari Pappalardo and the drumming chops of Joe MacPhail (The Oblations, the Grand Shell Game) E.R. Blues is Hank & Brendan’s first release since putting out their debut EP “Space Grass” in December of 2016.

Hank & Brendan have a wide array of musical influences such the Velvet Underground, Beatles, Radiohead and progressive banjoist Béla Fleck. The resulting music uses Brendan Macie’s formal training in bluegrass banjo (East Tennessee State University) as a catalyst to create a fresh indie rock sound.

“E.R. Blues” comes a prior to Hank & Brendan’s return to New Bern on March 30th at the Brown Pelican. They perform at 7:00pm.

To learn more about the band check out their website by following this link below:



 The Brown Pelican on March 31st for the first ever Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival Battle of the Bands! Starting at 8:00 pm, 4 bands will perform for the chance to open up an evening of Bernaroo 2018 at the New Bern Farmer’s Market! Artists will be judged on several different facets of performance, but the biggest level of input is the audience feedback! So come out and show up for your favorite act and help them get on the official Bernaroo lineup! Artists performing include:

Peace Soldier – New Bern, NC
Southern Rock and Blues band

Underground District – New Bern, NC

JIMMY – Greenville, NC

Nevernauts – Hope Mills, NC

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Folks Journal, Local Beer and Local Bands Every Tuesday at City Laundry!

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New Bern now has a new media option for promoting the Arts. Folks Journal made their debut this month with the first issue which was scooped up eagerly by readers throughout New Bern.

As a means of making a splash on the scene, the Folks Journal is sponsoring many events in several venues around town. One of the weekly events they have teamed up with Live at The City Laundry and Parker Millar, to bring Local Bands and Local Brew to Live at The City Laundry each Tuesday night.

This is a great night of free local music features many great area bands on the NC circuit. Plus, great local beer being brought to us by Pete Frey at Brewery 99 and Folks Journal is sponsoring it.

This past week offered the sounds of Bruce Lynch who opened the night with a great set of strong songs. The New Bern based stringer plays at many of the watering holes around town.

Closing out the night was a solid couple of sets courtesy of The Adam Hill Band from Pink Hill, NC. Though the band offers a great number of familiar favorites, it is always my pleasure to share his original works. So rather than a bunch of pics, I offer you a video from Tuesday night’s show.




Tonight Adam Hill is playing on the patio at The Tarheel, 145 Blue Creek School Rd., Jacksonville, NC. On the stage inside is The Confederate Railroad, and on the break is Hill with his six-string.

Looking at the days ahead here is where you can catch the Adam Hill Band:

Adam Hill Band Spring 2018


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I am excited to make my debut in Folks Journal in their next issue. I will be adding written contributions to the new arts and music magazine that highlights the arts in New Bern. “Boogie n Blues” by Tracey Stones will feature news on the many blues bands, venues, and societies found around our state.

I will also be contributing to a podcast, that highlights some of the features of the new column. This new publication is doing so much for our small arts community. I am proud to partner with them and be a part of their team.

This new publication will be a proud media partner of Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival and is working with many venues to bring music to our town. Please consider supporting their work by becoming a patron of their efforts, visiting their site and donating. Your donation not only helps them sponsor music events, but also pays for staff and printing of the publication.

Another great thing they bring to town is an affordable advertising option. You can find out about all the opportunities that await small businesses by checking out their site:

The next issue will be released May 1, 2018

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Answering The Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region. I ask my Facebook followers where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

March 26 at 5:45pm

Thanks so much for and rocking around the state with me.

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options I found for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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 Thanks for Reading!

That is all the news and music that I found for you tonight. Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created for the said gig.

I hope you get out and enjoy the sounds of live music sometime soon. I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!


Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug and share the love. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! You rock, so don’t roll the car! Rely on sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

Send all of your events invites to me on Facebook, so I know where you are playing in the days ahead. I can be found on Facebook by following this link:

I also read emails daily. You can send those to:

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Pictures are also helpful. I share links to band websites, so send those along as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to fill me in on the details, together we will reach the people!


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