Another Jamming Week Ends With A Rocking Weekend!

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

It was a busy week with my music making friends. I visited a jam each day throughout the week and then I enjoyed a rocking fun weekend. Above that, I got to spend a little time with my good friend, and singer Appaloosa Redd.

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Monday is Never Mundane

Monday makes perfect sense now that each one ends on the blues. The Brown Pelican welcomes the Big Jim Kohler Blues Band at the start of each new week. The band offers a full hour of grooves before opening the floor to rockers and country fiddlers.  All are welcome to attend.

Some of the regulars are honing their skills so that they can host a jam of their own. In fact, for any club owner interested in bringing an open mic night, consider seasoned jammer,  Steel County Express guitarist Jayke Steel who is definitely skilled, readily available and able to host your open mic night any Monday or Wednesday. You can find him on Facebook if you’d like to hire him today!

For those around the New Bern area looking for a cool way groove through the week,  start things off tonight with Big Jim and the boys and giving up the jams that bring you up from the delta and straight into Chigao by way of New York and North Carolina of course.

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Tuesday with Tiffany

 

Tiffany Elaine is the hard working single mother of two children and the mama bear for the Crystal Coast music community. She hosts several open mic events each week and plays music with her band, Now or Never each weekend. All are welcome to join the open mic fun and I encourage all to consider getting in on the action.

For fans and friends of Now or Never, you can find the group playing Lagerheads Tavern this coming Saturday, June 1, 2019. Music starts at 9:30 pm. On Sunday, June 2, 2019, the band will be rocking the stage of Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop with music playing from 7-10 pm.

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Wednesday is Never Worse

One of the great wonders of the week is who will come out to jam on Wednesday with Big Jim? Last week the stage was graced with the skilled stylings of Jayke Steel on guitar, Simon Spalding on the electric fiddle, and newest jammer, Gordon Graham joined in on harmonica. The beauty of the beats was given up by Mrs. Big Jim who offered a few selections to wow the crowd.

Wednesday is best spent at City Stage New Bern with the blues, Big Jim on stage and Stephanie on call to serve you behind the bar! Be sure to join us this week when the fun resumes midweek at 7 pm.

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Thursday is Thrilling

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Last Thursday a took a long overdue trip to Durham to check out Woolly’s Big Blues Jam hosted by The House in Durham. I have been threatening to get there for a better part of a year, but with an old truck and limited funding, long trips are difficult.

Scott Williamson is the real name behind the blues jam and Henrico Farms. His band Woolly’s & The Wingnutz Blues Revue will be the band representing the triangle area on a bill I am putting together at The Pour House Music Hall this coming July.

My friend, Gary Redd will join the line up as Appaloosa Redd with Big Ron Hunter offering sounds from the Greensboro region and closing out the fun day of blues from the New Bern region with the  Big Jim Kohler Band closing out the event. More on that next week.

I recommend taking the trip to the triangle area and stopping out at The House. It is located right off the highway, and treat everyone that walks through the door like an old friend. The jam starts early at 6:30 pm and they rock it with many rotations throughout the night until 10 pm. Enjoy a great meal, cooked fresh or enjoy the blues buffet. The House  is on Facebook and on the web at www.thehousertp.com.

Hosting the jam last week was Mark Heffington, who has been Big Jim’s main harmonica player since they met in 2012. I was interested in getting a few pictures of these two players to talk about them more. Heffington will be coming to town to help Kohler out this Friday on a special show. More on that below.

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Friday Brings The Summer Season

New Bern Parks and Recreation Bring Footloose on the Neuse

New Bern Parks & Recreation Department, Trent Cadillac Buick GMC and Riverside Camping Center offered the kick off of the second season for Footloose on the Neuse A New Bern Concert Series. The event offered the beach sounds The Castaways. They are the eight-piece ensemble based in Durham and made up by the mix of many talented players.

The band line up includes Karen Clayton, lead vocals; Guy Brooks, bass, vocals; John Arthurs guitar, vocals; Randy Smith, keys, vocals; Jeff Weidhaas, trumpet, vocals; Brady Hasting saxophone, vocals), Jason Pulley, trombone, vocals, Jeff Alspaugh, drums,working out the sound for this band is sound engineer, Mike Ashworth. They keep busy offering popular hits that make people want to get up and dance. From popular beach music to dance hits, they have fun covering it all!
To find out where you can go and dance with the band you can find them on Facebook here  The Castaways Band or for the most information be sure to visit their website at https://www.castawaysband.com/.
The band has three shows coming up this coming weekend with a show in Butner, NC on Friday; a car show on Saturday in Downtown Pilot Mountain, NC and some Sunday Funday at The Pointe in Littleton NC. All of the events are on the website!

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Bryan Mayer Band and Boaters

Next on the radar was leaving New Bern in search of New Bern talent and more. Funny as it sounds, I rather enjoy touching base with our local bands out there rocking the region. On Friday I found the new Bryan Mayer Band giving it up to the boaters that were ready to welcome the season in Swansboro.

The new band sounded like they were rocking it for years, not missing a beat and adding a new dimension with lead electric guitar man John Coltrane killing the leads and honing in on the backbeat is Victor Speight, Jr. who worked out the rhythms with ease with the help the bass player of the year, Mike Sandvig.

Working the sound for the band is Sound Hut Productions Chris Sandvig making the band sound awesome with his work on the soundboard. For anyone in need of production for their next event, call 252-259-7337 to learn more about how Sound Hut can be your next sound option!

It was a fun night for the fans that gathered for Saltwater Grills concert season kick-off. You can find Mikele Buck offering an acoustic show to fans this Friday, May 31, 2019. He will be joined by singer and stringer Brandon Ross. Music plays from 7 -10:30 pm on the stage outside.

Steel Shot In Swansboro

The final show we caught in Swansboro on Friday was that of Steel Shot, the Pamlico County-based duo with Shawn Mitchell on the six string and vocals and Jeremy Lowery on bongos and vocals.  To follow the band on facebook find them at SteelShot306. 

The duo does not rock the scene too often as Mitchell is now playing bass for RT Johnson while Lowery works as the band’s stagehand. To find out more about this project, be sure to check out R.T. Johnson Band. 

If you do follow the link you will note the band will be rocking Greenville on Friday, May 31, 2019, as they roll down the coast to offer their country grooves to Buccaneer Music Hall. Music starts at 10 pm.

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Into The Fog in Beaufort

For our final stop, Mary Shine and I turned up in Beaufort to catch the last set of Into The Fog. The newgrass trio is from Wilmington, NC. The first time I heard this band it was on tv during WCTI-TV local band spotlight back in January. The following month I caught the band live for the first time when they were rocking The Point at Glenwood in time for my birthday weekend celebration.

Last Friday was the most fun and I left thinking that the next time it might even be better. That is what happens, as you watch these artists grow into their own mastery of talents. Though the trio offers familiar jams, the best offering come when they deliver their own music. Brian Stephenson plays the guitar, banjo and  offers vocals; Winston Mitchell gives us mandolin, dobro, vocals
Derek Lane gets busy on bass and shares vocals. Fans can buy the bands music at any show or by downloading it from your favorite digital music app.

Coming up this week you can catch the trio and enjoy some of the freshest seafood around when they groove at Fishy Fishy Cafe this Friday with music being served from 6:30-10:30 pm.

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Saturday and Silo Palooza

It was a full line up of awesome local music on the Red Rooster stage at The Silos Restaurant in Oriental yesterday. I was on hand for five of the six bands that rocked the scene on stage and outside to the enthusiastic crowd. This year SilosPalooza marks the 8th Annual Music Festival offered by Silos owners Chris and Kim Daniels.

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Brant Island Strings

I made it on site to see the fabulous Pamlico County-based Brant Island Strings Band to get the day underway. This string quartet offers a great variety of folk-infused music that gets the toes tapping and hips shaking.

Rick Vogt, Ginny Vogt, Becky Ackiss, Perry Cheatham are the players that blend together to create the sounds of this fun group. The band is on Facebook at Brant Island Strings and they are available to play your next function. Reach out and enjoy the music.

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The Dust Parade

It had been a while since we have hung out with The Dust Parade. Good things are worth the wait as the band showed up to deliver their best set this year. They shared mostly original music with the growing crowd, marking their debut on the Red Rooster Stage. My sense is you will see this band again.

Keeping the beats on stage was the combined talents of Hank Barbee, guitar and lead vocals, James Durham on saxophones and supporting vocals, Matt Henderson on bass and cousin to the stringer and singer, Mykel Barbee rocked the backbeat.

Currently, the quartet is working on a new studio release for fans and friends of the band. Most of the tracks we laid at a studio in Atlanta earlier this month. More work will follow in the studio closer to home in the weeks ahead.

For friends and fans of the band, you can catch them this Friday, May 31 at The Joyce in Leland, NC, Music starts early with songs starting at 6 pm. On Saturday, the Dusty Trio will be rocking Fishy Fishy Cafe with music starting at 6:30 pm. The following week the band will be closer to home, with the trio rocking the Treehouse Beer Company in Cedar Point on Friday, June 7 with music at 7 pm On Saturday, June 8 the band comes to New Bern to rock The Brown Pelican. The best way to keep up with the band is to find them on Facebook at TheDustParade or visit The Dust Parade

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Saltwater Gold

House band for the Silos Restaurant and Oriental’s own party band is Saltwater Gold. The rock quartet took to the stage in the late afternoon to get the people up on their feet for the first time that day. Offering popular classic rock grooves and many of their own fun songs too, the band is fun and talented.  Frontman Mark Hoff gets the crowd going with his energetic offerings, guitarist Chris Daniels is the host on the day, Mike Ferrara hit the beats behind the kit and Scott Finch offering the bassline.

To find the band on Facebook visit Saltwater Gold. To see them live visit the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant this Friday, May 31. Music rocks 7:30-11 pm

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Joe Brown & The Band

New Bern’s popular Joe Brown & The Band took to the stage next so to offer a fun serving of “Music For The People.” The band keeps the familiar beats of popular dance songs from the ’60s through the ’90s. They also have a few original numbers.

The band that brought the music on Saturday came by way of is Joe Brown on keys and lead vocals, David Teebone on congas and supporting vocals, Jasmine Best was behind the kit and on bass was the solid delivery of Eric Whitehurst.

Fans and friends of the band can find them this coming Saturday grooving to the beats along the Crystal Coast when they play, E-Club Emerald Isle with music rocking at 10 pm.

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Gary Dudley and the Maxxtones

Headlining the 2019 Silospalooza Music Festival was the rocking trio from the Crystal Coast, Gary Dudley and the Maxxtones who offered all of the southern rock and classic songs we love rocking along to. The band is serious about delivering a solid set of rock grooves, offering everything from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and even a fun rocking version of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison.”

This band is ready burning up the region with their hot licks and fiery show. If you are looking for something like that at your next function be sure to give them your consideration, to help you rock your next function.

Offering the awesome sounds of rock and roll delivered right, Gary Dudley and The Maxxtones are ready to rock souls throughout the state and beyond. You can find the band on Facebook by clicking Gary Dudley and the Maxxtones.

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Tracey Stones Productions Presents

 Sunday in the Park Music Series

In my mission of connecting people to music, we kicked off our community concert series for the residents in Fairfield Harbour. Bringing the music was my favorite blues duo Big Jim and Kathy Kohler.

Though it was a bit warm yesterday afternoon, the weather did not stop residents from coming to Red Sail Park to enjoy the music. Things really got hot when Kathy took the mic to offer her warming vocals on several selections. She even managed to take us to church with a graceful version of People Get Ready.

The loving blues couple have been sharing the stage and spotlight and love for music with fans and friends for more than two and a half decades. They still have fun doing the thing they love most, entertaining the masses before them.

This is another busy week for our local bluesman. He is hosting music tonight at The Brown Pelican from 7-9 pm. On Wednesday evening he does it again also from 7-9 pm at The City Stage. This Friday the band will open a show at The State Theatre, this Friday night. They will be setting the stage for, national act, JoAnne Shaw Taylor who is out touring in support of her new release Reckless Heart. Tickets for the show can be purchased in advance by following this link:  Joanne Shaw Taylor at the State Theatre!

On Saturday, June 1, 2019, the band will be at the coast and rocking Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop with free music being offered from 8:30-11:30 pm.

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Music Options In the Days Ahead

Monday Mania

Blues Night at The Brown Pelican

All are welcome to come out and join the fun each Monday at The Brown Pelican. Live music is offered from 7-9 with Big Jim Kohler at the helm and blues on his mind!

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Tuesday Temptation

It is Honky Tonk Tuesday at The Brown Pelican each week. Country pickers and players are welcome to come jam between 7 pm and closing. All are welcome to participate or just relax and listen!

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Guitars Etc. in Havelock and Dean Guitars will host a free Dean  Guitar Clinic tomorrow night with Michael Angelo Batio master guitarist of Nitro. Watch the master up close and check out some very cool Dean guitars. This educational event starts at 7 pm.

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Open Mic night with Tiffany Elaine at Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop takes place tomorrow evening with music starting at 8 pm. All are welcome to attend and participate.

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Wednesday’s Weakness

Blues Is Back at City Stage

We get back to the blues on Wednesday when Big Jim Kohler hosts another fun night of swapping blues chops with other players. Live music starts at 7 pm on stage at City Stage New Bern and the fun goes to 9 pm. All are welcome to jam with the blues master or just come to listen and dance along!

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Open Mic at Carolina Wine Mixer

Open Mic Night at The Carolina Wine Mixer with Tiffany Elaine starts this week and will take place each Wednesday night. The fun starts at 7 pm, all are welcome to come out and join the fun with family and friends.

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Cat’s Cradle presents An Evening With Charlie Parr and Phil Cook will be this Wednesday at Kings in Raleigh. Music starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased in advance by clicking on the event above.

Beer & Banjos

Interesting Facts about B&B headliner, Grizzly Goat:

Grizzly Goat has recorded their two most recent albums in a secluded cabin in Duck Creek, UT.
Alex and Scott studied music in college while Ben studied Digital Audio Production. Nate studied Wildlife and Wildland Management.
In keeping with LDS tradition, each member served a two-year volunteer mission. They served separately in the Philippines, France, Germany, South Dakota, and California.
Grizzly Goat is attempting to write a song for every state such as “Nevada, “Idaho”, “Indiana”. Since they spend a lot of time in the same states, there are a bunch of songs named after cities too, like “Berea, KY”, “Louisville, KY”, and “Paducah, KY”. The band likes birding, frisbee golf, hiking, camping, and fishing.
Grizzly Goat has also toured nationally visiting 19 states.

The Beer & Banjos Allstars are four people going to hell on scholarship.

Don’t miss it!

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Thursday Thrillers

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse will offer live music upstairs in the piano bar. Music is offered 6-9 pm and dinner is always delicious.

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Alisa Mike hosts a night of music each Thursday evening at City Stage New Bern. She will wow you with standard jazz offerings and groove you with fun show tunes. The City Stage offers a pub-style menu and entertainment most night of the week. They are located at 901 B Pollock St., Doors open at 5 pm.

Brian Mac of Third Degree Bern hosts the open mic night at The Brown Pelican each Thursday Night. Sign up starts at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm and lasts until all of the jammers have jammed. This is the longest running open mic night in New Bern and it is always new and exciting!

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Wild Honey will be sharing songs in the garden at Carolina Home and Garden this Thursday evening. This fun duo has a lot of original music to share and offers many popular songs too. Come meet Angie Cooper and Matt Miller and enjoy a fun evening of music, food courtesy of Urban Eats Food Truck and a cold beer or the wine of your choice.

Music plays from 6:30 -9:30 pm. Closing out the week and the month will be the duo, Now & Then in the Garden on Friday night. There is a $5.00 music charge

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One World Brewing

Ritual Talk :
A Brooklyn-based trio making psychedelic indie rock with a hint of soul. Each song uses their unmistakable blend of lush instrumentation and exploratory vocal arrangements to form a cohesive yet diverse body of work. Led by songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Alex DeSimine and joined by drummer Tom Criblez and fellow multi-instrumentalist Dylan Gleit, each member of the band uses every limb they have to create a soundscape that transcends their three-person appearance.

Armadilla:
Originally a two-piece acoustic project headed by Galen Stickles and Gabe Smiley, Asheville NC’s Armadilla was fully formed in October 2015 with the addition of brothers and Hagen and Harrison Johnston. The deep, emotional songwriting of Stickles (Keys, Vocals) and Smiley (Guitar, Bass, Vocals) was brought fully to life with the additions of Hagen (Drums) and Harrison (Bass, Guitar, Vocals). Drawing influence from folk, funk, blues, and R&B, Armadilla cannot be confined to the indie-rock label.

Thursday, May 30th at 9 PM

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Your June Festival Guide Plus Entertainment Options for Tonight

NCMZ.LIVE June Festival Guide

 

16th Annual North Carolina Gold Festival

 

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(May 31-June 1, 2019) Old Fort, NC: Enjoy taking a step back in time and learn to pan for GOLD, and about the rich history of our great state of NC as the “first in gold mining”. With many food vendors along with gold & Jewelry vendors,many door prizes, raffles, kids games, live music from 10 am till 4 pm. Something for everyone, Fun for the whole family. Free admission.

Strike it rich at the Official North Carolina Gold Festival in Old Fort. Activities include gold and gem panning. Headliner: Original drummer/vocalist member of the Supergroup Alabama band. The writer of many hits including “Why Lady Why” and Johnny Cash hits. Display by the Reed Gold Mine, demonstrations, exhibits, a Bechtler Gold Coin Exhibit, live music from NC Gold Album. This event gets underway.

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North Carolina Black Bear Festival

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(June 1-2, 2019) Plymouth, NC Don’t miss out! Mark your calendar for the award-winning NC Black Bear Festival. The Embers will perform on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at noon, so come on out and enjoy a great festival and beach music by The Embers featuring Craig Woolard!

 

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CAROLINA BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL

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(June 1, 2019) Carolina Beach, NC: Here is your chance to dance barefoot on the sand or just sway to the Beach Music Beat while standing in the surf. Held the first Saturday in June, the Beach Music Festival hosted by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is billed as “the biggest and only beach music festival actually held on the beach on the North Carolina coast” and one of the longest running beach music festivals in the United States. Come out and enjoy a full day of live entertainment with the hottest beach music bands in the south!

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Port City Music Festival 2019 – Wilmington, NC

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(June 2-9, 2019) Wilmington, NC: This is a week-long classical music festival that takes place along our coast in Wilmington. This is a great series of events to bring the family out for music fun and education. I have included the link to the website above for those that wish to look at the Facebook event check out:

Port City Music Festival 2019 – Wilmington, NC

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2nd Annual Poelico Arts and Music Festival

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(June 1-2, 2019) Asheville, NC: Bring your friends, bring your good vibes, and even bring your dogs out to Poelico Music and Arts Festival! Taking place in Asheville, NC, this event is hosted by The Bywater; 796 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC.

Live music from start to finish with local art vendors, food trucks, full bar, and much more! Everything you could want and more with soothing rock & roll, funky jams, trance DJs, and some of the most beautiful artwork you will ever see!

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RALEIGH’S INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL

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(June 8, 2019) Raleigh, NC Celebrate Raleigh’s diverse community, free and family-friendly event designed to promote cross-cultural exchange and promote respect between cultures. Dance performances, bands, food, beer and wine from around the world! Great line up! The fun starts at noon and wraps up at 10 pm.

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Charlotte Mimosa Festival

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(June 2, 2019) Charlotte, NC This is a tasty one-day music festival for Adults Only! You must be 21 to enjoy the delightful Mimosa Festival being held at Unknown Brewing Company,  1327 South Mint Street, Charlotte, NC on Sunday, June 2, 2019. “They welcome you to come out for an afternoon of unlimited mimosa tastings, great music, entertainment, pop up shops, and awesome food from some of Charlotte’s finest food trucks.” 

This is the First Annual Charlotte Mimosa Festival. Doors open at 1 pm for the general public, with VIP admission beginning at 12 noon. This is general admission and your ticket includes unlimited mimosa tastings from our flavored mimosa bars, with VIP admission including access to our VIP bar area, with unique mimosa flavors and limited complimentary catered food.

 

Tickets For Mimosa Festival

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CHEROKEE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

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(June 6-8, 2019 ) Cherokee, NC: There is going to be a lot of pickin’ and grinnin’ at Happy Holiday RV Village & Campground for The Cherokee Bluegrass Festival, which takes place during the second weekend of June. For the full line up and schedule and more detail, please visit this link:

https://adamsbluegrass.com/festivals-1/2018/6/7/cherokee-bluegrass-festival

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  Ocrafolk Festival

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June 7-9, 2019 Ocracoke, NC This celebration features musicians, storytellers, artisans, and characters of Ocracoke Island and beyond, who come together for one incredible weekend of performances and fun! Now in its 20th year, Ocrafolk Festival is recognized throughout our region as an extraordinary event in a one-of-a kind setting. Our fans and audiences have been an integral part of our story, along with countless volunteers, performers, and supporters that we call family. In 2019, your Ocrafolk Festival admission ticket doesn’t just assist Ocracoke Alive in creating a weekend packed with incredible performances.  It also supports hundreds of hours of student and community programming that would vanish without your funding. 

Visit Ocrafolk Festival for tickets and information.

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Washington Summer Festival

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 (June 7-8) – Celebrating its 36th year, The Washington Summer Festival comes to town. The weekend town event offers lots of fun for the family including live music, arts and crafts and a free street fair highlight this annual event.

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Raleigh’s International Food FestivalatCity Plaza

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Celebrate Raleigh’s diverse community, free and family-friendly event designed to promote cross-cultural exchange and promote respect between cultures. Dance performances, bands, food, beer and wine from around the world! Great line up! Raleigh’s International Food Festival takes place at City Plaza, 400 block Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC. The fun starts at noon and wraps up at 10 pm. 

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N.C. Blueberry Festival 

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(June 14-15) – Held annually and celebrating 16 years of community gathering in Burgaw, this festival attracts more than 30,000 people. There are more than 20 events including a car show, street fair, barbecue cook-off, 5K and more. For the full line up of Entertainment please visit http://www.ncblueberryfestival.com/entertainment/: 

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37TH ANNUAL ROGALLO KITE FESTIVAL & REVOLUTION COMPETITION

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Friday Saturday & Sunday, June 14th – 16th,2019

10:00am-4:00pm

Francis Rogallo was a NASA scientist and inventor of the flexible wing. His inventions started the sport of hang gliding and his designs have carried over into the development of stunt kites, power kites, and hang gliders that are flown today. We invite you to join us and fly a kite at the 36th Annual Rogallo Kite Festival to celebrate Francis Rogallo and his many accomplishments.

Kitty Hawk Kites and friends will be displaying amazing 30 – 100 ft kites on top of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Join us and fly a kite of your own, take part in FREE stunt kite lessons, kite coloring for the kiddos, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular kites as the fly in the sky.

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Queen City Jazz Festival

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(June 15, 2019) Charlotte, NC June An exclusive 1-day event featuring local and national jazz artists in an outdoor venue, attracting mature patrons and jazz lovers to Uptown Charlotte. Tickets range in price and can be purchased online at Queen City Jazz Fest Tickets.

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Beer Bourbon & BBQ Festival

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(June 15, 2019) Franklinton, NC: VegSouth Entertainment, Mason Street Manor & Mother Earth Brewing & Spirits invite you the First Annual BEER, BOURBON & BBQ FESTIVAL (Plant-Based Edition) in support of Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary! 

Please join us at The Mason Street Manor for food, drinks, live music, education, free samples, shopping, and more – all to support an amazing cause! 

Special Guests & Entertainment
– Highway 56 Bluegrass Band
– Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary 
– Carey Kidd • Vanilla Gorilla (@careykidd)

For full details and advance tickets please visit the event site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beer-bourbon-bbq-festival-tickets-56688747570

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(June 21-23) Bakersville, NC. This annual event, includes a pageant, craft fair, live music, 10K and classic car show. Looking at this year’s music line up here is what I learned about the Festival’s entertainment line up by visiting their website: ncrhododendronfestival.org

Music Schedule

Saturday:

10:00 – 10:55 – David Wiseman
11:00 – Noon –  Parkway Playhouse “Three Little Pigs”
Noon – 1:00 –   Rhonda Gouge
1:00 – 2:00  –    Sorella Jack 
2:00 – 3:00  –    Flannel Biscuit
3:15 – 4:45 –     Tellico

Sunday:

10:00 – 10:55 – Steve Barnes
11:00 – 11:55 –  Ron Blechner
Noon – 1:00  –  Crystal and Judge
1:00 – 2:00   –   Sam McKinney
2:00 – 3:00    –  Shanty Town 
3:14 – 4:45    –   Buncombe Turnpike

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Saturday Night Specials

On the Fairfield Harbour Side of that Confounded Bridge

Sara’s Big Apple

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Tonight Sara’s Big Apple welcomes Dan Jam Phillips performs live in the back room from 6-8 pm. Come out and enjoy a wonderful meal and fun music.

 

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On the Outskirts

Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood

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Another dinner option for the family is Country Express band offering the country grooves for supper tonight at Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood (New Bern, NC) this evening from 6-8 pm.

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James City Side of Town

The Garage

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Aaron Davenport will be rocking the stage at The Garage tonight from 7-10 pm. Come check out the new stage. Grab a fresh beer and some food while you are there too. This is the place to bring the kids too, with arcade games and a virtual playing field to keep everyone busy.

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the rocking grooves of The Raucous Bros., who will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap! What’s The Dilla Food Truck will be serving the tasty treats in the parking lot.

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Getting Down Around Town

There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: LIVE MUSIC

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Broad Street Christian Church

Broad Street Christian Church hosts a once monthly open mic. Tonight the talented players will gather. Sign up starts at 6 pm. Music plays from 6:30 pm until 9 pm. All levels and players are welcome to participate.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the live music of Holden Dixon joining Sometimes Lions for a show tonight at the Dirty Bird from 8-11 pm. Free music is never free, so be sure to tip the players that move you!

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of the makeshift version of Steel County Express. This should make for an interesting night anyway. Music plays at 7:30 – 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage New Bern

It’s going to be a wonderful night of music with John Van Dyke offering The Music of Nat King Cole tonight at  The City Stage New Bern.  Showtime is 8 pm this event is free! Come enjoy a great night and a fun show.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

 

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Emerald Isle, NC

E-Club Emerald Isle

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E-Club Emerald Isle will bring my buddies from The BiPolar Express to the beach to rock you tonight. For anyone looking to throw back to the ’80s hairbands and ’90s grunge rock, be sure to make this your final stop of the night if you are along the coast. It will be a rocking fun time for sure.  Free music starts at 10 pm.

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Morehead City

Promise’ Land Market

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Slum Underdogs is an acoustic trio that will be offering the grooves and rocking the stage at Promise’ Land Market, with music being shared from 8:30-11:30 pm.

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Off The Hook

Off The Hook will host the good grooves of Selah Dubb tonight starting at 10 PM. This local band will offer a great variety of reggae grooves. They will be rocking the deck until 1:30 am. Come dance and Spread the love!

 

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Checking things out for the Holiday weekend we find: 

~Saturday May 25th~
Open at 12noon
Wood fired Pizza available 🍕
Live music by Push Play 🎶

~Sunday May 26th~
Open at 12noon for Sunday Funday 😎 
Made to order brick oven pizza available 
Live music tonight – The Big Time Band 🎸

Happy Memorial Day Weekend from your Jack’s family!
See you at Jack’s!! 👀

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

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Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop  

Wyldwood, Sat May 25th, 8:30-11:30 PM, No Cover

Wyldwood is a bluegrass inspired trio joined by Hank Bowman on bass. They perform traditional and original songs in rich 3 part harmonies and have loved playing at Cru Wine Bar over the years in a number of variations!

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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 Fishy Fishy Cafe, 106 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport, NC, (910) 457-1881. Music will be served from 6:30 -10:30 pm. Come enjoy the grooves of The Other Guys Band and good food too. 

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Wilmington, NC

Palate

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Palate says:

Eli Lev brings a futuristic folk from DC to us in ILM. He is a music storyteller. He laments, “When I’ve been on the road, and I can’t speak the language, I’ve always been able to play a song and suddenly everyone’s singing and dancing. There’s a connection there, and, in that instant, there is a community.”

Join us for an evening of music storytelling 8-10 pm.

Kitchen at Palate opens at 5pm.

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Rocking Around the Region

Clayton, NC

Revival 1869 – A Drinkery

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Come enjoy a fun night of great jazz music courtesy of the Heart Trio giving it up aRevival 1869 – A Drinkery in Clayton tonight. Music starts at 8 pm.

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Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to SIXTEEN PENNY  to rock all that gather tonight. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 2 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

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Josh Preslar was born and raised in the Piedmont Region of North Carolina (NC). After watching his father play he was inspired to take up guitar at the young age of 11. “I would sneak my Dad’s guitar out from under his bed when he was at work. I didn’t know how to play anything yet but I couldn’t help myself, I was drawn to it!” By the age of 16 his interest in the guitar soon became a passion and he started performing in talent shows, friend’s parties, and, in fact, anywhere he could.

Tonight Josh will be rocking the stage at The Blue Note Grill. Show starts at 8 pm and tickets cost $8.00.

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Kinston, NC

The Red Room

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The Red Room will be grooving tonight with the fun sounds of  The Monterio Experience. They take the stage to funk you up at 10 pm. There is a $5.00 cover charge. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes and enjoy the grooves.

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays, they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic Night hosted by Brian Burke.

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight it is High Cotton rocking the blues for your soul!

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Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

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It’s an Adam Hill weekend at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern, with the rocking guitarist giving it up tonight with a solo serving from 9 pm until 1 am. Come back tomorrow for the three-course meal with the full band rocking you again from 9 pm until 1 am. NBT is owned and operated by retired Marine Nick Nichols and his devoted wife Valarie. This couple has been supporting live music since opening the doors three years ago.

Come out this holiday weekend and support them in their mission to entertain the area with the best live music on the scene! While you are out there, thank Nick Nichols for his service as we all take a moment to remember those that sacrificed it all for our freedoms today. God Bless America!

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Fossil Festival, Aurora, NC

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Headlining this event will be The Switch on Saturday evening, May 25, 2019. This is a great event to take the whole family out for a fun day. Located in downtown Aurora, NC it is great fun for the kids.

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SILOS Palooza

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 Saturday in Oriental is where you can find live music all day, cold beer, activities for kids, plenty of food and fun!!
Keep an eye out for Palooza Shirts! Check out the picture above for the fun-filled music line up! Silo Palooza is hosted by Silo’s Restaurant in Oriental. Bring the family for a great day of fun, food, and music. 

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Answering the Call

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.

May 20 at 5:41 PM

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Searching for more events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Keeping up with the Blogger

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Follow me on Facebook:
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Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

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Be sure to mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

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Thank You for Reading!

Please go out and support live music tonight!  Please be sure to call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the changes publicly.

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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 about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

Thanks to the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Back The Blogger

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The girl behind the banner has big dreams and major ambitions of healing the world with music. If you wish to help along on this journey of connecting people to music please consider one of the following options! There are so many ways for people to be a part of this build.

Affordable Partnerships For All

Corporate Unions

I am an advertising vehicle in need of a vehicle to take the dream farther. Let’s work together. If your corporate dollars help to build these well-contemplated plans, that will support the dreams of many local music makers, let’s talk about community commitment. I am very invested in this build and can’t imagine what life looks like without working on this business plan, which is going to need a lot of money to make it fire on all cylinders. Corporate Sponsorship packages start at $5,000.
 

Community Co-Hosts

 
Are you the leader in your niche? Consider partnering with me by being a stage sponsor! Proudly display your banner across the stages we set up to let locals know that you are supporting local, live music. Sponsorship dollars help to build fair pay stages for acts to offer their music. In exchange, you will be recognized as the co-host of keeping these music dreams alive! Stage sponsorships start at $1,000. 
 

Post Hosts Are Welcome Here

 
If you are a small business and want to back the mission, consider being a POST HOST! As a post host, you will be featured in an article that will highlight your love of music. A post host will also be given one month of advertising in the sidebar of the blog, seen on all pages. The price to be a Post Host is $250 for one Post or $400 to be The Weekend Warrior POST HOST are just two options to consider.
 

Advertisers and Donors Appreciated

 
Are you a band or a small business with an ability to contribute $50.00 each month, consider advertising here!
 
Donations from readers and live music supporters have always been appreciated also. 
 
 
 
Fact is this is going to be something that takes flight with the help of the community! In fact, it can’t happen without you because it is all happening for you!
 

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This site is a free service to support live music. Most often it is published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music. Support the mission of promoting live music. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

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The Long Weekend Begins Here with Live Music And Fun For All

 

Memorial Day Weekend Festival Recap

May and October are the busiest festival months in our beautiful state of North Carolina. Being a fan of fairs and festivals, I am going to use this section to highlight festivals around our state.

North Carolina Fairs And Festivals

To compile this information I research many sites and would like to highlight those first. For a full annual list of Festivals check out http://www.carolinamusicfests.com/.

Another good resource came from WRAL.com https://www.wral.com/2019-north-carolina-festival-guide/

The final site for resourceful information around the state is https://www.ncarts.org/comehearnc/whats-playing/2019-music-festivals

May 23-26, 2019:

Lil John’s Mountain Music Festival

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This is a three-day music festival that happens each year is Snow Camp, NC  it accommodates campers and offers a full line up of acts. It all kicks off with a Jam next Wednesday and following that welcoming event, the line up as per the website looks like this

 

MAY 24  – FRIDAY

12:00 –  1:00    2nd Place Band Contest Winner

  1:00 –  2:00    Diamond Creek 

  2:00 –  3:00    Buttermilk Creek

  3:00 –  4:00    Darin & Brooke Aldridge

  4:00 –  5:00    Sideline

  5:00 –  6:30    Russell Moore & III Tyme Out

  6:30 –  7:30    Supper Break

  7:30 –  8:30    Buttermilk Creek

  8:30 –  9:30    Diamond Creek 

  9:30 –  10:30  Darin & Brooke Aldridge

10:30 –  Until   Sideline

MAY  25 – SATURDAY

 9:00 AM       Skip Cherryholmes Cornhole Tournament

 1:00 –  2:00   1 st Place Band Contest Winner

 2:00 –  3:30   Constant Change

 3:30 –  5:00    Dave Adkins Band

 5:00 –  6:30    Sideline

 6:30 –  7:30    Supperbreak

 7:30 –  9:00    Leroy Troy & The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band

 9:00 –  Until  Balsam Range

~  SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE  ~ 
 

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Gears and Guitars 2019

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2019 Gears and Guitars Fest  This is a four-day festival that takes place in Winston-Salem featuring lots of awesome music

May 24th

Trampled by Turtles
The Infamous Stringdusters
Songs From The Road Band

May 25th

Drive-By Truckers
North Mississippi Allstars
Devon Gilfillian

May 26th

Stone Temple Pilots
Dishwalla
Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones

https://www.gearsandguitarsfest.com

Tickets can be purchased in person at The “B” String please refer to their page for hours.

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White Squirrel Festival

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This weekend also marks the 16th Annual White Squirrel Festival in downtown Brevard, NC. This is another weekend-long festival with lots of music on the bill.

According to the Facebook event at press time, this was the line-up…

𝙈𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙘 𝙎𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙙𝙪𝙡𝙚:

𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟒𝐭𝐡, 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗
Brother Oliver 5:30-6:30
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys 7:00-8:00
Travers Brothership 8:30-10:00

𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟓𝐭𝐡, 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗
Davidson River Taiko 12:00-12:30
Cody Siniard 1:00-2:00
Zoe & Cloyd 2:30-3:30
Unspoken Tradition 4:00-5:00
Lovers Leap 5:30-6:30
Clint Roberts & the Wonder Drug 7:00-8:00
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds 8:30-10:00

𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟔𝐭𝐡, 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗
Spalding McIntosh 12:00-1:00
Chatham Rabbits 1:30-2:30
Jamie Laval 3:00-4:00
Fireside Collective 4:30-6:00

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Fiddler’s Grove

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Listed among one of 23 most intimate music festivals in North America, this Annual event takes place at 1819 W. Memorial Highway
Union Grove, NC.  For more information, you can email the event at info@fiddlersgrove.com. Full day passes cost $25.00 and kids under 12 are welcome for free.

“What started as the Union Grove Fiddlers Convention in 1924 has become an exciting 95-year old annual tradition for fiddler fanatics, families, and friends. This festival brings together 2,000 guests for an entertainment-filled Memorial Day weekend, and it is dedicated to preserving traditional old-time and bluegrass music. This is a three-day event kicking off Friday, May 24th.

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Closer to Home

Fossil Festival, Aurora, NC

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Headlining this event will be The Switch on Saturday evening, May 25, 2019. This is a great event to take the whole family out for a fun day. Located in downtown Aurora, NC it is great fun for the kids.

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SILOS Palooza

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 Saturday in Oriental is where you can find live music all day, cold beer, activities for kids, plenty of food and fun!!
Keep an eye out for Palooza Shirts! Check out the picture above for the fun-filled music line up! Silo Palooza is hosted by Silo’s Restaurant in Oriental. Bring the family for a great day of fun, food, and music. 

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Friday, May 24, 2019

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Footloose on the Neuse Summer Concert Series – The Castaways

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There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: LIVE MUSIC

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New Bern Park and Recreation Department present in conjunction with Trent GMC Buick Cadillac FOOTLOOSE ON THE NEUSE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES. Taking place in Union Pont Park, this concert series is now celebrating its second season and it kicks off tonight with the beach sounds of The Castaways.  Music starts at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to pack up the family, a blanket, pets and their leash, but we are asked to keep the coolers at home. Sunscreen and bug spray might be a good idea. 

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Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of crazy cool grooves with The Raucous Bros. offering the music from 7-10 pm. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Smokehouse, they will bring the music to life tomorrow night on the deck with all the grooves you will love. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine

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Live music will be offered is at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine each Friday from 8-10:30 pm.

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

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The Garage welcomes the music of Mark McKenzie Live music is offered from 7-10 pm for FREE! But I suggest, you feel free to tip the servers and musicians you meet along the way!

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the grooves of The Mad Fiddler, Jason Addams live, who will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Bar

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Live music on stage at Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Bar comes courtesy of Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. They will be offering the grooves from 8 pm until 12 am. If you love the blues, there is none better in the area, so come dance and welcome the summer season with The Blues.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of the Asheville based Hustle Souls live and grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the rock blues and country grooves of this popular local duo.

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Riptidez Bar & Grill offers good food and live music each Friday evening. To usher you into the summer season tonight, come out and groove with Brittany Davis. Free live music starts at 9 pm and continues until the midnight hour.

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Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden

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Carolina Home and Garden welcomes the weekend with Dave Paradise jamming in the garden, offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from the Earl’s Place Food Truck, a cold beer and relax as you settle into the weekend.

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Swansboro, NC

Saltwater Grill

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Saltwater Grill offers live music tonight with New Bern’s Bryan Mayer Band kicking off the season concert series. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music. Music plays from 7-10 pm.

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Emerald Isle, NC

SALT BAR

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SALT BAR welcomes the Mikele Buck Band on stage to welcome the summer season.  The grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am. Come to the beach and boot scoot with his talented country crooner that was on The Voice just last year!

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E-Club Emerald Isle

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E-Club Emerald Isle is ready to welcome the Summer season and have a weekend of entertainment lined up for all. Here is what Monday’s post offered: 

Fri- Corey Stuart Band 8pm. Dj Yspin 10pm

Sat- Jd Band 8pm. BiPolar Express 10pm. Dj Yspin 11pm. 

Sun- Beer festival / guys wet T-shirt contest., Free food, and Joey and Mason Band 2pm. Pure T Mommicked 7pm. Spare Change 9:30pm.

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Morehead City

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes The Last Chance Wranglers for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music.

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Southern Salt Seafood Company

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Tyler Davis Live at Southern Salt is on the menu on the waterfront in Morehead City tonight. Come enjoy the fresh catch of the day and this talented singer-songwriter as you dine. Music starts at 9 pm on the deck and rocks until midnight!

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Checking things out for the Holiday weekend we find: 

~Friday May 24th~
Open at 4pm
Brick oven pizza available at 4pm 
Fun Friday Happy Hour 5 – 7pm 🥳
Live Music by The Snap Band 🥁

~Saturday May 25th~
Open at 12noon
Wood fired Pizza available 🍕
Live music by Push Play 🎶

~Sunday May 26th~
Open at 12noon for Sunday Funday 😎 
Made to order brick oven pizza available 
Live music tonight – The Big Time Band 🎸

Happy Memorial Day Weekend from your Jack’s family!
See you at Jack’s!! 👀

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop



Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents

 

Into the Fog, Fri May 24th, 9-12

Into The Fog:
https://intothefogmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Intothefogmusic
https://www.reverbnation.com/intothefog
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4MkQOCVIxI6ya8OsIzCzjk?si=qyWL_3UBTxC1faptMv_e7g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeCo_uATxfU

Into The Fog is a string band out of Wilmington, NC that encompasses a wide array of genres from bluegrass to country to folk to rock n’ roll. The band is made up of Brian Stephenson on Vocals and Guitar, Winston Mitchell on Vocals and Dobro/Mandolin, and Derek Lane on Vocals and Bass. After forming around an opportunity to play in the 2018 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, Into the Fog is quickly making a name for themselves throughout North Carolina and catching audience’s attention with their high energy blend of traditional bluegrass and modern folk. In February 2019 Into the Fog released debut album Wishin’ It Would Rain.

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Rocking Around the Region

Benson, NC

Pitchers Bar

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Mason Jar Bonfire will make their debut at Pitchers Bar this evening. Fans of southern rock, classic country, and good old rock n roll will enjoy the sounds of this Lenoir County outfit. Music starts rockin’ at 10 pm and the fun lasts until closing time at 2 am.

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Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to Vertigo to rock all that gather tonight. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 2 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

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HOT SHOW ALERT! Tonight, 9pm.Jamie McLean is a triple threat. As a guitarist for New Orleans royalty Aaron Neville and Dirty Dozen Brass Band he’s toured the globe playing fiery guitar everywhere from Madison Square Garden to Japan’s Fuji Rock. His blue eyed southern soul vocals ooze raw emotion and his top line songwriting chops tie everything together. With hundreds of original compositions to his name McLean creates a musical gumbo that incorporates New Orleans soul, Delta blues, middle America roots and New York City swagger.

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Kinston, NC

The Red Room

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The Red Room will be grooving tonight with the fun sounds of New Bern based Joe Brown and The Band. They take the stage to funk you up at 10 pm. There is a $5.00 cover charge. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes and enjoy the grooves.

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays, they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic Night hosted by Brian Burke.

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. This weekend it is Tony Lefavi on Friday and this Saturday it is High Cotton rocking the blues for your soul!

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Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

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It’s an Adam Hill weekend at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern with the rocking guitarist giving it up tonight with a solo serving from 9 pm until 1 am. Come back tomorrow for the three-course meal with the full band rocking you again from 9 pm until 1 am. NBT is owned and operated by retired Marine Nick Nichols and his devoted wife Valarie. This couple has been supporting live music since opening the doors three years ago.

Come out this holiday weekend and support them in their mission to entertain the area with the best live music on the scene! While you are out there, thank Nick Nichols for his service as we all take a moment to remember those that sacrificed it all for our freedoms today. God Bless America!

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Answering the Call

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.

May 20 at 5:41 PM

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Keeping up with the Blogger

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Follow me on Facebook:
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Feel free to invite me to your events.

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Thank You for Reading!

Please go out and support live music tonight!  Please be sure to call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the changes publicly.

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Thanks to the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Back The Blogger

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The girl behind the banner has big dreams and major ambitions of healing the world with music. If you wish to help along on this journey of connecting people to music please consider one of the following options! There are so many ways for people to be a part of this build.

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I am an advertising vehicle in need of a vehicle to take the dream farther. Let’s work together. If your corporate dollars help to build these well-contemplated plans, that will support the dreams of many local music makers, let’s talk about community commitment. I am very invested in this build and can’t imagine what life looks like without working on this business plan, which is going to need a lot of money to make it fire on all cylinders. Corporate Sponsorship packages start at $5,000.
 

Community Co-Hosts

 
Are you the leader in your niche? Consider partnering with me by being a stage sponsor! Proudly display your banner across the stages we set up to let locals know that you are supporting local, live music. Sponsorship dollars help to build fair pay stages for acts to offer their music. In exchange, you will be recognized as the co-host of keeping these music dreams alive! Stage sponsorships start at $1,000. 
 

Post Hosts Are Welcome Here

 
If you are a small business and want to back the mission, consider being a POST HOST! As a post host, you will be featured in an article that will highlight your love of music. A post host will also be given one month of advertising in the sidebar of the blog, seen on all pages. The price to be a Post Host is $250 for one Post or $400 to be The Weekend Warrior POST HOST are just two options to consider.
 

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Are you a band or a small business with an ability to contribute $50.00 each month, consider advertising here!
 
Donations from readers and live music supporters have always been appreciated also. 
 
 
 
Fact is this is going to be something that takes flight with the help of the community! In fact, it can’t happen without you because it is all happening for you!
 

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If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and you have a few dollars to spare, you can always tip the grateful blogger. There are several tip buckets found here on this site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

This site is a free service to support live music. Most often it is published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music. Support the mission of promoting live music. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

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Another Fun Week Logged In The Books with Music Memories

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

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It was another fun week that got logged in the books, with music made memories, complete with good friends. Above from left to right, music appreciators Mary Spruill, Tracey Stones, and April Sunshine enjoy Blues Night at The Brown Pelican.

Rolling Thru the Week We Jam The Blues A Time Or Two

Blues at The Brown

Have you noticed that the week starts out better when you get to greet your Monday night with a serious dose of blues? My disposition on the week ahead has improved significantly since Heather Haiss, owner of The Brown Pelican took my recommendation to open the week with a blues jam.

Big Jim Kohler Blues Band hosts the night of music that kicks off at 7 pm and offers two hours of glorious, non-stop guitar action. Opening the first hour is the house band featuring the not so Big Jim on guitar and vocals, Chris Buttitta on the bass and Tom Parker sitting behind the kit. Following a fine set of Chicago style blues the floor opens to jammers.

Last week we were witness to the young marine guitar slinger John R Williams, showing off his moves and Phillip Alcock joined in on bass, with regular jammer Jonathan Peck gracing the stage as well. Closing out the night on vocals was Charlie Duzan, who took us out of the Bern and brought us to “Kansas City!” I can’t wait to see where we go this week.

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Wednesday Is Worse, UnTil the Music Plays

If Stormy Monday Blues don’t do a thing for you, then make it a happy hump day by bringing your butt to the City Stage New Bern for another round a jamming blues music with Big Jim Kohler and Friends. This free blues jam is also offered from 7-9 pm and welcomes another fun bunch of players to the stage.

Last week while I was in the house I enjoyed the delightful sounds of Mrs. Big Jim, who sings beautifully to the backing band. Simon Spalding quite often offers the electric fiddle, David Sawyer joined in on harmonica and Jonathan Peck offered some guitar parts.  The fun happens again this week and this is your open invitation for you to join us.

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Thursday is Seamlessly Thrilling

Nicholas William Bailey Returns to Ratty’s

The first time I met Nicholas Bailey I was quite taken by his unique offerings of seamless streaming of guitar phrases. It was early in March and not long after Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse started hosting live music upstairs in their piano bar. That night I only stayed for a snippet of sounds, but this week I returned for the full course set, to fill up on his mastery.

I have to tell you that throughout my time in his company, with all the setting up, ordering my meal, eating and paying my tab, it was one beautiful guitar verse leading into the other, with only one stop to answer a quick question from a tipping admirer and another quick stop to ask me what I would like to hear. I was thrilled to hear him offer “Gimme Shelter” again, in my honor.

To get a better understanding of this graceful guitar players essence and skill, come enjoy a great meal at Sara’s Big Apple on Saturday, June 15 to get a taste of his talent. He will be sharing sounds from 6-8 pm.

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Strung Together on Deck at Persimmons

Our local family band has had me on my toes and tapping to their beats from New Bern to Beaufort this week. It all started on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant, when the full band was together to play to the dinner crowd that gathered.

I wanted to stop in to see this fun, festive, folk-infused pop band, to have an updated picture to promote them for their appearance on Saturday’s bill at The Beaufort Music Festival. More on that show below.

Getting back to the musical family that our town has adopted, you can find them together again on stage and on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant twice next month before the family breaks for camp and gets set for college life this Summer.

Those dates are on the books for Thursdays, June 6 and 13. They offer live music to accompany dinner from 7:30-9:30 pm under the stars, beside the water. Be sure to save the dates and come out and dance!

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Friday Features A Festival In Beaufort

Tan & Sober Delights

It was my goal to get to Beaufort in time to check out The Tan and Sober Gentlemen. I met my goal of getting there in time, however, I did not plan for locking my keys in the car at the start of my work night. Nonetheless, I managed to do just that, which kept me busy bopping to their new grass beats near the perimeter of my car.

But as luck would have It, I mentioned my dismay to a tan and sober gentleman who returned moments later with a long enough wire to unlock the vehicle. When he approached me originally, I was trying desperately to unlock the truck with my antenna which was not nearly long enough. Two minutes after the debacle I was stage side and remembering why I loved this band so much.

They are the epitome of a fun festival band. They never fail to get the crowd up on their feet and moving to the grooves of their Newgrass roots music. When I first met the band they were rocking a festival in New Bern a few years back, this year they brought their best blazing bluegrass to Beaufort.

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Stop Light Observations Rock The Grooves

Following a festive set of awakened bluegrass came the revival of young rockers, a band from South Carolina known as Stop Light Observations. My first observation of this band was the young energy on stage and a spirit that threatens to keep indie rock alive and well. Very original and completely rocking this band has great appeal and presence on stage.

Stop Light Observations is a popular band from the Charleston region of the Southern Carolina state! They are made up of the combination of talents courtesy of Will Blackburn on lead vocalsCubby who is the master songwriter, piano player, synth sounder, vocalist, Louis Duffie bouncing on the bass and Luke Withers on drums.

No BS Brass Headlines Friday Beaufort Music Festival

Nothing like a 13 piece brass band fronted by one mighty vocalist to leave the soul soothed! That is how the organizers left it with festival goers on Friday night when they welcomed the Richmond Va based outfit NO BS! Brass Band to close things out.

They really are a fun and funky band that can cover the classic rockers as good as the pop artists we loved in the ’80s. Before closing things out on Friday night, they had everyone on their feet and moving to their groove. Be sure to visit them on Facebook and follow their website: http://www.nobsbrass.com

Saturday’s Sweet Treats

 Back In Beaufort… Qualian Opens the Day

The Raleigh based Qualian is a five-piece, indie/alternative band formed by students and friends that have played together since childhood. In their last five years together they have released two EP’s. The energetic rockers opened day two of the 31st Annual Beaufort Music Festival.

At the helm of this project, we met Walker Renfrow the lead vocalist. Supporting his vocals are Aidan Kelly on bass and guitar, Lee Sullivan offering guitar,  keys, and saxophone. Baylor Wordsworth plays guitar and bass and Gray Renfrow sits behind the kit.

I found it refreshing to see so many talented youths take to the stage over the weekend. It rejoices my spirit every time I get to hear new blood make fun music

 

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New Bern Treasures Found @ Coastal Music Festival

Strung Together and Their Adopted Son Danny

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Then next came New Bern’s first offering with the family band Strung Together. They started things off with George Oliver opening things up with the public adoption of their good friend Danny Batten, who filled in on guitar for their middle child Abigail Oliver. Following the quick and informal adoption, the band got busy sharing popular songs done with their unique twist of talent and style!

Included in there set were many familiar and popular tunes as well as some classics made famous by the amazing team of Carter and Cash. The band actually offered a show for the At The Gallery Series this winter, featuring the music of Carter Cash. The event was so successful the Oliver’s have decided to offer it our town again.

This time it will serve as a fundraiser for The New Bern Civic Theater. The event will take place on stage at the theater it will help support on Saturday, June 7, 2019, and for more info follow this link:  The Cash & Carter Tribute Show. Before that, the band will return to Beaufort for a show next Saturday at The Beaufort Farmer’s Market. Music plays from 10 am – 12 pm.

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Followed by a Serving of Hot Buttered Grits