New Bern welcomed in the holiday season last night, making for another celebratory moment for #NewBernStrong with the season of giving and Santa Claus too. As the town’s people gathered on Middle Street to meet the man of the season and take a sleigh ride, I walked around the downtown looking for music to share.
I love this town. I look forward to what we are going to become in the years ahead! Last night I rounded four city blocks and found five bands rocking our scene surrounding the holiday hoopla!
Our first stop brings us to The Brown Pelican which hosted Rick Huff last evening, offering classic rock songs from 7-10 pm. It is always fun to listen to Huff share his songs. He has been rocking around the region for decades and always tells me how blessed and lucky he feels that he gets to do this. He truly enjoys sharing songs with fans and friends and he has a good base of both, always out in support!
Marron Chaplin was surrounded by the love of fans and friends when I walked into The Thirsty Bruin last night. She was rocking the crowd and they responded with loud applause and lighter flames burning in the air. This talented songstress has been rocking crowds for years and is getting ready to put some fun new things together for fans to enjoy. For those hoping to catch her at a show soon, you are in luck if you find yourself around New Bern tonight. This rocker will be opening up the night at The Brown Pelican. She gets to work at 8 pm and will rock you until 10. Don’t miss it!
The first time I met this band they ran away with my heart. They were the first band to play for the Annual Fundraiser for Promise Place. That is the Sexual Assault Agency in town that serves victims of rape and sexual abuse. Each year they host a fundraiser called Barn Bash. Just days before Florence they hosted the 5th Annual on the Batten Farm in James City. The Wannabees were the first headlining act, to offer to their talents and services for the benefit. Since then, I can’t tell you how many times I have seen them. But it was just last night when I saw them again.
They were rocking the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play, working hard to keep ’em warm under the tent. This quartet of classic rockers is New Bern based and so much fun. For those who are interested in keeping up with the band be sure to give their Facebook page a like:
Another New Bern born band that is always fun and worth the price of admission is that of TrainWreck, who rocked the house last night from 10 pm until the last call.
Founder Adrian Watts formed the band nearly 14 years ago and has rocked crowds in many rotations. Making the music come together on stage is Adrian Watts, guitar and vocals, Darrin Pratt, on the bass guitar, Barney Branch, playing the saxophone and helping with vocals. Evan Roberson plays the trombone. Terrance Cooper offers the vocals. Stepfon Rodman, is back behind the kit, on the drums, Tracy Dudley rocking the keys and Alex Nieves is always working the sound for the band.
Tonight the band brings their show to the Crystal Coast. You can find them at Jack’s Waterfront Bar. They get to funking things up from 10 pm until the last call. To keep up with the band be sure to visit their website by clicking the name below:
I heard from my music promoter friend and guitarist April Anders this week. She has something worth talking about this holiday season. She is a part of a non-profit organization that she wants our area to know about, in the hopes that we can help them. I think it is a worthy cause so, here is what I learned:
is a non-profit that provides the gift of guitars and music to homeless shelters, including the Salvation Army after-school kids program, Raleigh Rescue Mission, Safe Place and many more. This charity is very near and dear to my heart. I have been a part of this since the onset. Music is healing and soothing for the soul. Many in this group have a story about how music has changed their lives. My hope is to be able to help provide others with something that can help them make a change in their lives, help them to find peace, and an outlet for the many feelings they may be going through.
When she reached out to me this week, she said in her message, “I would love for you to join our Guitarists for Good non-profit group. I will send you a link to the page. If you get responses from folks in your area that have guitars to donate, let them know to contact me. And I can make a trip down to your area to pick them up. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and I will be happy to tell you more about it. Thank you. “
To learn more you can check out their Facebook page.
My thought was, “No Thank you! What an awesome thing!” So for those that wish to learn more or help out with a donation, you can email Anders @
The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.
Tonight it is a double bill of rock’n blues. Starting off the night with her rocking soul will be Marron Chaplin jamming from 8-10 pm and Big Jim Kohler rocking the rest of the night away with his down-home blues til midnight.
Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight, fans of southern rock are in for a treat when The Potter’s Hill Band comes calling tomorrow 7:30-11:30 pm. This band is the result of two bands teaming up on tour this past year and the players playing around.
It all came about after The Adam Hill Band picked up a few dates with the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute act, Second Helping. From there Chris McCallister, founder, and guitarist for SH and leader of the self-named Adam Hill Band got to jamming, Jonathan Riggs got to singing, his wife Laura McCallister and her dear friend Fleeta Griffith started backing him up and Joey Gillette of SH got going on the back beat. Adding to that, the bass man from Side Track, Rick Ellis. They rehearsed a time or two in the town where they take their name and rocked their first gig a few weeks ago. If you missed their debut, come on out and hear their second gig. Tonight 7:30 pm! Come early for something to eat and rock the night away under the tent!
For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.
Live tonight at The City Stage it is Joe Brown and The Band.
Doors open at 5pm, food, and drinks will be available as always throughout the night. The show starts at 8 pm. This is going to be a special night! Joe Brown & The Band presents a Thanksgiving Holiday event, hosted by Comedian 2 Cups, with special guest appearances by teen talent Jasmine Bridges and the simply amazing Alisa Evans Mike. City Stage invites you to make this a holiday to remember, join us for “A Family Affair.“
$8.00 Gen. Admission
Tickets available at citystagenewbern.com
According to their Facebook Page, here is what is happening this weekend at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 513 Evans St., Morehead City:
~Saturday, November 24th~
OPEN at 12noon
Enjoy our wood-fired pizza starting at 8 pm
Live music by Trainwreck starts at 10 pm
Friendly reminders: Everyone must be 21 and over. Starts at 9 pm and there is a $10 minimum on credit cards.
See you at Jack’s!
On the deck tomorrow will be New Bern’s own rock show, The BiPolar Express. They’ll be providing the entertainment for the good folks that gather at Off the Hook this Saturday night. Live music starts at 10 pm. I encourage you to go early for the delicious food and stay late to get in the grooves with this fun and funky band! Off the Hook is located at 105 S 7th St, Morehead City, NC.
4EverAll will on stage at Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop. They will be sharing the songs you love and the creations that are spawned by their own love. Free music will be offered from 8:30-11:30 pm. Please feel free to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!
The Backstreet Pub, 124 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC, welcomes the soothing blues sounds of The Beaufort Blues Project. In case you missed yesterday’s blog, I mentioned that this band has been offering their service to help so many since Florence. I know that is true of all or most of us around here, but tonight we can give back to them. Tonight is a real gig for the band and it is my hope that music lovers from all around will come out and show their tip jar some love so they know how much they are appreciated.
Music makers are amazing, which is why I work so hard supporting them. They show up for any cause they donate time and they are always the first people to rise up. I know, because I’ve see it. I love our local music makers.
Tonight at the E-Club Emerald Isle invites you out anytime this afternoon. They will have a DJ rocking you until the town parade ends at about 5 pm. They will also offer a free pig to feed you and then a couple of great bands to rock you into the night. Pure T Mommick hits at 5 pm and Spare Charge finishing things out from 9 pm until closing.
The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits is where you can come out and enjoy the performance of Chris Bellamy, who will be offering songs in the garden following the town’s parade, this evening from 5-8 pm.
Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week
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