NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown Saturday and Sunday, August 6-7, 2016

Live Music Options for Saturday, August 6, 2016:

Around the Region:

Looking to our west there you can attend the 6th Annual Red White and Blues Festival at Grove Winery & Vineyards located at 7360 Brooks Bridge Rd., Gibsonville, NC. Door opens at 5 and the music gets started at 6 pm with Not Dead Yet Blues Band. 7:45 pm welcomes Andy Squint Music to the stage and 9:20 pm is the set that closes out the night with a serving of A Cup Full of Blues & The Mojos

The one thing you should know, by order of the NC-ALE no alcohol purchased off-premises can be consumed on site. Food will be available from The Crazy Rib Man and Morazi’s.


Over at the Pig Pounder Brewery located at 1107 Grecade St., Greensboro, NC, you can catch the sounds of Mark Wingerter live from 7-10 pm.


Low Keys will be live delivering their variety of classic rock and modern pop for the folks at Rody’s Tavern located at 5105 Michaux Rd., Greensboro, NC. Showtime is 8 – 11 pm.


Ethan Hanson will be live at World of Beer, located at 1310 Westover Ter; Greensboro, NC. The show will start at 10 and rolling into the morning hours. This pop/rock/blues player is a multi-faceted singer/songwriter who offers feel good grooves and meaningful and socially conscious lyrics. His influences include Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Jason Miraz, Jonny Lang and Ben Harper.


For you hip-hop fans  Fresh Empire & DLOW  will be delivering from 9 pm til 1 am at The Meridian Convetion & Events Center located at 312 W Meadowville, Greensboro, NC.


The last show I have for you out and about in the Greensboro area, is a mega show happening at  Arizona Pete’s located at 2900 Patterson St. Greensboro, NC. Tickets will be available at the door for $12.00. Doors open at 8:30 pm, show starts at 9:30 pm and ends about 2 am.


Gravy Boys

The Gravy Boys are live at The Blue Note Grill located at 709 Washington St., Durham, NC. There is a $10.00 cover for this show and the music starts at 8 pm.


Looking around Raleigh, there is a triple bill on tap at the Deep South Bar located at 430 S Dawson St. Raleigh, N. You can hear Zen Grove Arkest, Dave George & Friends and Grayscale Whale. This night promises to offer a Jazz-Funk-Fusion-Jam & Blues mix. Admission is $6.00 at the door. Sounds like a lot of fun!


Live this week at Tony’s Oyster Bar located at 107 Edinburgh Dr S Suite 129, Cary, NC it is a  Party On the Patio with Crush at 7 pm then head inside for the after party with Rockzilla at 10:30 pm.


Bad Incorporated; the Bad Company/Paul Rodgers Tribute Band will be rocking the room at The Cleveland Draft House located at 6101 NC Highway 42 W; Garner, NC . Showtime is set for 9:30. This is a FREE show folks.


Out in Charlotte there is a CD Release Party with Connor live at the Double Door Inn, located at 1218 Charlottetowne Ave, Charlotte, NC. This is a celebration of Connor’s new album “Skelton” CD release with a brand new backing band, the Skelton Crew. 8:30 pm til the midnight hour for this show!


Looking up to the north we have Ncognito who presents a modern take on every song they perform, from Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” to timeless classics by the Temptations. They say , “We are more than a cover band. We are Ncognito.” They will be live at Crossbones Tavern located at 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC. Showtime is 9:30 pm til 2 am. Rock til ya drop! For a quick listen,  click on this link for a sample.



Also in the area this weekend you can catch Vanilla Gorillas live at AJ McMurphy’s located at 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC. Their show is slotted for 9:30 pm-12:30 am. And here is how they summarize their sound:  “With influences from Dispatch, Jack Johnson, and OAR, three local guys, two guitars, and a box come together to make some sweet music.” Check them out as they debut at this venue! SHOW SOME LOVE for live music!


Over in Winterville you can enjoy an eclectic evening of art, with wine glass painting, poetry sharing, live music making fun at  The Coffee Shack located at 168 Beacon Dr. Winterville, NC. Here are all the known details on this event:

We’re headed back to The Coffee Shack for a smaller, more intimate vibe, and we hope you’ll meet us there!

You’re invited to join us for The Art Spot Presents: Art, Soul & Poetry — the ENC’s premiere event — a night filled with artistic expression in every form. Listen to and vibe with the area’s finest spoken word artists, singers, and musicians. Creativity will be thick in the air. Design and paint your very own wine glass to take home. But most of all, we invite you to relax and have fun!

The Coffee Shack will be our venue for the evening. You may purchase food, coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages from the venue.

Tickets are $15 online and at-the-door. Pre-registering secures entry, reserves you a spot at a table and makes you eligible for the exclusive giveaways.


Terms & Conditions

You must contact The Art Spot for a full refund prior to 48 hours before the event. Refund of 50% will be given after this time, up to 12 hours of event date. No refunds after this time.

Tickets are not transferrable and not good for credit for another event, except at organizer’s discretion.

Reselling of tickets is prohibited.

Must be 18-years-old or older to purchase tickets.

We can’t wait to #MeetUpMakeArt with you! Visit us online and follow us everywhere on social media: The Art Spot




Over at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill, located at 1052 E Main St., Washington, NC; you can hear the rocking blues of Cotton & The CWT Band on stage at Pebble Beach. I caught these guys  here in June and they rocked me all night with their mix of rockin’ blues.  This band features Kris Niebergal on guitar, Jim Barbee on vocals and harmonica,  and Chuck Phillips on guitar. They will rock you from 7 – 10 pm as you dance in the street, enjoy great food and excellent service.


Later in the evening you can find Chris Nash & The Nash County Line live at The Market Street Pub located at 143 N Market St., Washington, NC. They will rock the room with their country grooves from 10 pm til 1 am.


Coming out of Washington and stopping at Southern Front Campground you can listen to Bob Daw & Friends from 6-8:30 then the Lonesome Creek Band from 8:30-10 pm. Might as well pack the tent while you are packing the cooler and enjoy a great night with live music and a campfire after the music ends! The campground is located on Blounts Creek and the address is 68 Patch Creek Drive, Chocowinity, NC


Along the Coast:


It is DubbCamp5  Reggae Festival celebrating Jamaica Independence Day at Burnt Mill Creek located at 2101 Market St., Wilmington, NC. Tickets for the event are $5.00 and there are three bands featured in the bill including Monjah, Matt Irie and Bret Wray Blues Project. Doors open at 4:20 pm.



A little north, you can check out the blues grooves of Built For Comfort  who will be Shelby Jeans Restaurant located at 15 Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Beach, NC. They will be rocking the room from 8 pm til the midnight hour.


New Bern’s own Zen Pirates will be rocking at Gibby’s Dock and Dine located at 315 Canal St., Carolina Beach, NC. They get things rolling about 9 pm and rock you into the night til 1 am with their funky and soulful classic rock selections.



Steel Shot will be live at the Idle Hour Biergarten located on the circle in Atlantic Beach. They will groove you outside from 6-9 pm with all the rock and country classics that make you want to dance.


Over in Beaufort you can hear The Remedy jamming live at Royal James Cafe located at 117 Turner St., Beautfort, NC. You can catch them getting their groove on from 9 til midnight!


The Switch will be live on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Campany & Restaurant, located at 701 Evans St, Morehead City, NC. They will be rocking from 10 pm – 2 am and if you are in the area this is the show to see. They know how to have a good time as they help people dance!



Not at the shore but still along the coast, if you find yourself out and about in Oriental, be sure to check out Bob Laverty live at Oriental Marina & Tiki Bar this Saturday from 7:30-10:30 pm.

About New Bern:


Big Jim Kohler Band will be live on the deck at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the afternoon from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm. This is a great way to pass the afternoon…live music on the deck with great service and ice cold beer! Not to mention a fill band of blues too!


Coshise Cowboys are live at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St, New Bern, NC. They will be rocking the house from 5-8 pm. Also on this bill are Paul Brion & The Raucous Brothers. They take over the room with their grooves from 8-11 pm.




Aaron Davenport will be rocking the Mesh Sports Lounge located at 2500 Trent Road, New Bern. His show is from 10:30 pm-1:30 am…and there is NO COVER CHARGE!

Live Music Options for Sunday, August 7, 2016~

Around The Region:


At The Blind Tiger located at 1819 Spring Garden St, Greensboro, NC they are featuring an event called The Homegrown Artisan Market featuring handmade goods, live music, bar and food. Sounds like a great Sunday afternoon.Things get underway at noon and go until 6 pm.Here is what the event page said ” An alternative art market for local artists and craftspeople to hustle their wares in a great space. We will have live music, a food truck and the bar will be operating so you can drink and eat and shop and dance!”


Wake up, have donuts and enjoy the soothing sounds of Matt Phillips live at Rise, North Raleigh, Sutton Square, located at 6325-6333 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh, NC. He jams from 11 am til 2 pm. I hope to see you there.


Daryl Lucas will be live at The Outpost Saloon, located 3038 Richlands Hwy, Jacksonville, NC. His show is 4-8 pm and there is no cover charge.


The band Dauntless will perform live as part of The Sunday in the Park Summer Concert Series. This event takes place at the Town Commons located at 100 E 1st St, Greenville, NC. The show is from 7 – 8:30 pm.

Here is what the event page says: “Free fun for Greenville and surrounding areas!! Family friendly! Dancers welcome! Dauntless plays all your favorites jams!! Bring your tailgate chairs, beach blankets, and picnics goodies!”


Bryan Quintard will be playing a solo acoustic show with guest friends sitting in. He likes to loop chords over and jam on top them. It’s up-tempo and fun to watch. Come out and enjoy some local music~ This event is happening this Sunday at Christy’s Euro Pub located at 301 S. Jarvis St., Greenville, NC from 8-11 pm.


Along the Coast:

Train Wreck will be live at Emerald Isle’s premier night club, SALT Ultra Lounge located at 325 Mangrove Rd., Emerald Isle. They get the room rocking in their funked up and special way beginning at 9 and rolling til 1 am.


Around New Bern:


John Van Dyke and Friends are live on the deck at The DoubleTree by Hilton, located on South Front St., New Bern, NC. Enjoy some great jazz and blues standards as the sun sets over our peaceful little town. They will be live for dinner and music on the deck from 5-9 pm. Enjoy!


Well kids that is a wrap on the rest of the weekend’s events. I hope you find some time to get out and dance. Thanks for reading and please share this latest installment with your friends. My weekend recap of all the great bands I see this weekend will be posted next time. Look for that on Monday!

Life is too short to be a grumpy bumpy so be kind to the people you meet and hug a stranger. It might make their day. I also think you should tip bartenders and servers and please do not forget FREE MUSIC IS NEVER FREE so please tip our local musicians as well.

To get in the zone send me your schedule:



NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown for Thursday and Friday August 4-5, 2016

Live Music Options for Thursday, August 4, 2016


Around The Region:



Scearce & Ketner will be performing an indoor concert at Crystal Coast Unity located at 117 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC. The performance is 6- 830 pm and it will benefit the back to school mission for Morehead City Primary School. So head out for great music, good food and a worthy cause. Bring the kids too!




Also along the coast, Davy Williamson will be live at  Queen Anne’s Revenge on the Waterfront in Beaufort this evening from 6-9 pm. He will return for a repeat performance with his rocking grooves that keeps the diners coming back for more, on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 6-9 pm as well.


Maverick Rose and O.H Tommy Gun will team up as 2nd Time Around to deliver a night of acoustic bliss at The Coffee Shack located at 168 Beacon Drive, Winterville, NC.


Looking West, over at The Blue Note Grill, located at 709 Washinton St., Durham, NC you can find Michelle Belanger  & The Mystery Hillbillies on stage live from 7-10 pm and there is no cover for this performance.


The boys are back! The Real Backseat Romeo will live at Emerald Fest located at 102 Islander Dr, Emerald Isle. Listen for these great grooves by local New Bern talent, Ed Ward. Check him out live starting at 6:30 pm


Looking at the coast, there will be some Reggae rocking the stage at SALT Ultra Lounge located at 325 Mangrove Blvd, Emerald Isle, NC this Thursday featuring the grooves of TreeHouse, live on stage from 9 pm til 1 am. Be sure to catch this band passing through town on their summer tour!

Around New Bern:




Taking a look around town, you can find John Van Dyke and all of his fabulous friends at The Double Tree by Hilton, where he hosts a great jazz jam each week inside at Christoph’s On The  Water. Catch dinner and great tunes weekly from 7-10 pm.



The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St, New Bern hosts an ope mic event each Thursday from 7 til the music stops. All levels are welcome to get their jam on. This is a great place to practice in front of people that appreciate new talent. Grab your gig bag and show us what you got!

Live Music Options for Friday, August 5, 2016

Along The Coast:

The Mikele Buck Band will be performing for the Alive at 5 series this week along the Morehead City Waterfront. This show will happen this Friday from 5-8 at Jaycee Park located at 807 Shepard St, Morehead City, NC. You are welcome to bring your chairs and blankets. You are also welcome to dance and clap your hands in between songs. Bands like that kind of stuff!


Later that evening you can catch The Roman Sams live at Southern Salt Seafood Company, located at 701 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC. They will be rocking the crowd out on the deck from 10 pm til 2 am.


Just over the bridge in you can find Steel Shot featuring Jeremy Lowery who has no Jack but keeps a good beat on bongos and Shawn Mitchell on guitar. This fun duo hails from Pamilco County and will be appearing live at The Royal James Cafe located at 117 Turner St, Beaufort, NC. They get rocking at 9 and groove until 1 am.


If you decide to head to the coast early, 4EverAll will be performing live as part of the Fort Macon Concert Series live in Fort Macon State Park from 7-8 pm. If the weather permits you will find them in the courtyard of the fort, if it is raining look for this fun duo inside the Visitors Center!


Over in Emerald Isle you can find Amanda Daughtry live for a return show at SALT Ultra Lounge, located at 325 Mansgrove Dr, Emerald Isle, NC. She will hit the stage about  9 pm and rock the room til 1 am. She brought down the house last year and the band is ready to do it again this year. SALT is  EI ‘s premiere night club offering great service, a fun patio and smoking section and shuttle service all night long. You have to make this your stop when in the area.


Around the Region:

There is a two day even going on in Cary this weekend so we can start there:

August 5 & 6, 2016
Two Big Days!
Town of Cary’s Booth Amphitheater – Cary, NC

Friday Night Whole Hog Pig Pickin’: August 5th 6pm-10pm
Saturday VIP Session: August 6th Noon – 6pm
Saturday Regular Session: August 6th 2pm – 6pm

What Is All the Excitement About…

THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, PREMIERE, THE ONE THAT STARTED IT ALL! No other event in the Country beats the best. Join us at the festival for a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbecue eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE –TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day.

What You Can Expect…

• All Guests Receive a Souvenir Glass for Tastings.
• The first 200 Guests in line for EACH SESSION receive a FREE “COLLECTIBLE BBQ” Bag to celebrate the show.
• Unlimited Beer and Bourbon Tastings as you stroll from table to table and tent to tent. There are 40 Bourbons and 60 Beers on Tap. Enjoy, but please drink responsibly.
• BBQ Galore! Enjoy the great barbecue selection – pulled pork from whole hogs, ribs, brisket, chickens, sausages and any fixins’ you could imagine. We’ll keep the portions heavy and the prices low.
• Cary Classic BBQ COMPETITION. Come out and see the teams and their rigs as they smoke out the best flavors in the South.
• Enjoy The Shrine of Swine! The Shrine features pulled pork – right from the source. Pork Worship at its finest…..with a new pig every hour on the hour.
• Enjoy Seminars in the Tasting Theater with Master Distillers, Brewmasters, and Pit Masters From the Deep South
• Listen To Live Rock & Blues Music and great Bluegrass on The Main Stage
• Browse Cool Exhibits of Brewerania, Hot sauces, bbq accessories, and even a cigar tent for all guests.

GRAND POOBAH 2-DAY ALL ACCESS PASS: $89 Advance Ticket is good for 1 person for 2 days – cannot be split. Valid Both Days (Includes Saturday VIP) – all hours of the show. Includes admission to the show, a souvenir tasting glass, lanyard, t-shirt and goodies bag. Unlimited beer and bourbon, bbq dinner on Friday night and all live entertainment.

Valid Friday 6-10 pm. Includes admission into the event, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer and bourbon sampling, BBQ Dinner Platter and all live entertainment.

Valid Saturday Noon – 6pm. Includes admission into the event, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer and bourbon sampling, 2 extra hours of sampling, and all live entertainment.

Valid Saturday 2– 6 pm Includes admission into the event, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer and bourbon sampling, and all live entertainment.


Live at Bistro 150 located at 2205 Oak Ridge Rd., Oak Ridge, NC  you can find Michael Ken live from 9-10 pm



The Blue Note Grill located at 709 Washington St., Durham, NC offers two shows this Friday. First you can listen to the sounds of  Bill Newton & Friends  from 6-8 pm. No cover for this performance. Then from 9 pm til closing it is Microwave Dave & The Dukes.



Bob Laverty will perform live at Silo’s Restaurant located at 1111 Broad St. Oriental, NC. His show will start at 7 pm and end about 10 pm.



Heading back towards town and in another Harbour stop you can find Rick Huff live at Sunset Italian Grill located at 100 Marina Drive in Fairfield Harbour, from 7-10 pm on the deck.

Around New Bern:

Theatrically speaking there are a couple of options in town this weekend. Over at The New Bern Civic Theater located at 414 Pollock St., New Bern, NC  you can take in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Here are the details from their Event page on Facebook:

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
By William Shakespeare

Evenings: August 5 & 6 at 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinees: August 7 at 2 pm

Orchestra – Advanced: $20, Door: $22,
Balcony – Advanced: $17, Door: $19,
Students & Active Duty Military w/ ID – Orchestra: $12, Balcony: $10 (plus tax).

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

With four separate plots and four sets of characters, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written in a highly creative period in Shakespeare’s career. This play’s unifying themes are marriage with love, appearance versus truth and order versus disorder. A Midsummer Night’s Dream shows us that real love is much more than mere physical attraction.


Also showing in town at the RiverTowne Players located at 514 Hancock St., New Bern it is the final two performances of Working. This is a wonderful musical that hits home for everyone. It has a great cast and I know the director, John Van Dyke worked hard with his crew to bring this work to our town so go enjoy it while you can.


Getting back to the live music around town here is what you can find this Friday, August 5, 2016:


Buck Loy will be rocking The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St, New Bern, NC from 8-11 pm.




For those feeling inspired to play, but don’t have a gig, grab your gear and head over to Sweet Peas Cafe, located at  323 Middle St, New Bern, NC where Gabrielle Christie welcomes all players to the stage to play from 6-8 pm.



Also on Middle Street, be sure to stop in and share some love with Bruce Lynch who will be performing live at The Thirsty Bruin located at 224 Middle St. His show is 8- 10:30 pm and if you have not caught him live, you have not yet been rocked.




Just over the bridge in James City it is going to be a big night over at Triple Play Restaurant located at 111 Williamson Rd, New Bern. First you can enjoy the blues while you nosh on the daily food specials being served up by this friendly staff. Big Jim & Kathy Kohler will be on stage from 6-9 pm. Following their performance, it will finally be time for the Bi-Polar Express to pull into the station.

I am not sure if you recall, but a  few months ago I stopped by bass player and vocals,  Wick Wickline’s house to have a listen to this newly formed project under a reincarnated name. This session features Josh Overby on guitar and vocals who told me during the rehearsal that “The crowd can expect to hear all things rock when we take the stage.” On drums, completing the lineup and rhythm section all in one shot is Mike Lancaster.

All players hail from New Bern and are familiar to the local music scene. It should be a fun night watching these boys pick up fans on their new rock n roll train. They will hit at 9:30 and rock ya til the end of the night.



Well I will return in just a bit with your option for Saturday and Sunday. Until then I hope you get out tonight and enjoy the dance. But hey, if you are in a bar, don’t be like me…keep your shoes on so you don’t have to walk around with glass in your foot for three days. That interrupts the dance when you have mindless moments like that.

Life is too short for mindless moments so keep those limited and be kind to everyone you meet. Tip your servers and bar tenders as they help to make your days better and please remember FREE music is never FREE, so please tip the players that help you dance through the dark days and celebrate  the fun times.

Please know that if you have a band or gig, a venue or a live music event you are welcome in my zone. Feel free to send me your upcoming events. You can find me on Facebook and you can email me at

Thanks for reading. Please share this with your friends, so they can dance too!


Tracey’s Weekend Run Around ~ August 1, 2016

Welcome to the new spot for my weekend recap. I think this will be a great way to end a Monday. It will give people something light to read; while sharing news about our local music scene and all of the players that are filling it with their talent. I will also end this piece with open mic events that happen in the area and highlight gigs for Tuesday and Wednesday as well.

I stayed close to home this past weekend and reconsidered my path for this blogging adventure. Let me say, I am enjoying the journey and I am mostly excited about reporting again. I enjoy being a source for people to find live music.

I like informing people on options, giving them ideas that help a cause that is huge to my heart…supporting live music. My favorite past times are listening to live music, dancing and recapturing the night with words.   I used to get paid and my words were published. It was a great place to be at the age of 25! I never let go of those days. I have missed music since I left the scene in 2005. Now, I don’t miss it no more! So thanks for the support and please keep sending me your stuff:

Moving forward, deadlines are still going to remain Tuesday evening. You should include all gigs from Thursday  that week through the following Wednesday. Also include the address and the time if possible. I will publish the weekend recap each Monday and end it with a look around the region for Tuesday and Wednesday.  On Wednesday I will publish the regional list of events for Thursday and Friday. On Friday, I will publish the regional list for Saturday and Sunday. I think by doing it this way the regional rundown becomes more reader friendly and therefore, informative as well. I look forward to the journey, thanks for being a part of it.


After finishing the regional rundown for last weekend, I scooted out the door to Persimmons Restaurant where I checked in with Steel Shot. These boys have been keeping busy this summer, playing many gigs outdoors and in the heat of the day. This is definitely the busy season and best time for bands to make their money. They played to a full crowd on the deck from 5-8 pm, entertaining the early dinner crowd with familiar favorites.



After their show ended I headed over to have a listen to this week’s open mic event at the Brown Pelican. It happens each Thursday from 7-11 and is always a good time. This particular evening ended on a comedic note of karaoke! All players are welcome to sign up and be a part of this experience. Just grab you rig and gig bag and head to town. The Brown Pelican is located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC.


On Friday evening we started at The Brown Pelican where we checked in with a trio of seasoned area players. Rick Huff invited Mike Sandvig and Tod Stilley to sit in with him at the Brown Pelican last Friday night and all of them had a blast entertaining the packed house to with a bunch of songs they never played before…only because they never played together before. It was a fun night and the music was great.



Next up we headed over the bridge and stopped at Triple Play Restaurant located at 111 Williamson Rd., New Bern, NC. Friday welcomed Bill Lyerly Band back to the area. They offered two full 90 minute sets of a full tilt rocking mix of country, rock n blues grit.


One of the things I love about Lyerly is his knowledge of music. He is quite versed in rock n roll facts and I love swapping stories  about former Rolling Stones guitar man, Mick Taylor. He played during my favorite era of the Stones and Lyerly can happily accommodate most any request from that era. Nonetheless, I was not expecting him to spin me around with his version of Midnight Rambler, but that is just what he did as we note here on this video.

Tracey Stones dancing to Bill Lyerly


Saturday evening welcomed a quartet of players to BruTopia over in James City. Magnolia Steel played many great bluegrass favorites the packed house from 7-10 pm.



For those who are not familiar with their music here is a little snippet courtesy of my friend, Dan Phillips:

Magnolia Steel Live at BruTopia


Next up we headed back  over the bridge to see Steel Shot live at The Brown Pelican. They were not originally scheduled to play on Saturday evening, but after the band slotted to play had to cancel I reached out to Shawn Mitchell and he and Jeremy Lowery came to my rescue to play out the remainder of the evening at The Brown Pelican

The evening at the local watering hole offered two sets of jamming by Matt Riddle, followed by Matt Livingston. Closing out the night was Steel Shot. Many people enjoyed the last set as they danced and enjoyed the music. And isn’t that what the weekend should be all about…enjoying the dance!!


Live Music Options for Tuesday, August 2, 2016~



Looking around the region for the next couple of days, you can find that Pamlico County duo Steel Shot live each and every Tuesday  from 10 pm – 2 am at The Buccaneer Music Hall. That is located on Fire Tower Road in Greenville, NC.


Another event taking place in Greenville that might interest some folks is this event simply know as Tapped Featured Artists! Here is the scoop fro the event page:

Hello everyone. My name is John Williams, some of you may know me from some of the many Open Mics I run around town, or singing at some of the local businesses or even as one of your former teachers. I am so excited to be able to announce this new opportunity afforded me to promote local music and local business.

On Tuesday,  August 2nd I am cordially inviting you to come join us from 7:30 -9:30 as the featured artists this week will be Phil McLean starting off the night followed by Timothy Bivans to end the evening.

REMEMBER: Not only is this Featured Artist Night it is also Kick The Keg night where they are trying to empty out some of the kegs and you can save $$$$$. Talk to your bartenders about what they have on special.

Working in cooperation with the new Tapped, I will be able step away from my usual Tuesday Open Mic Nights and step it up a notch. I will be performing on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month but, will also be able to feature local musicians during those weeks. Rather than the usual 3 to 5 song limits imposed on Open Mic Nights these talented individuals will be performing mini-shows of about an hour. Hopefully this will garner them some extra experience, showcase their talents and give them the exposure they need to move on to full shows.

We return on August 16th with featured artists – Rob Jones and Curtis Coleman.

Come join us, bring a friend or two, enjoy the new patio area, grab a brew and just sit back and relax while listening to the sounds of local entertainment at its finest.

Please share and get the word out to your friends so we can keep this as a viable venue to promote local music and local business.

Hope to see you there!



There is an open mic event at Triple Play Restaurant each Tuesday  from 8 pm – 12 am. All players are welcome to come out and join this jam hosted by Big Jim & Kathy Kohler

Live Music Options for Wednesday, Aug 2, 2016~

Chris Nash will perform live at the Uptown Greenville Umbrella Market from 5-8 pm. That is located at the Five Points Plaza in Greenville, NC.


In Oriental each week they host an open mic event at Silo’s Restaurant from 7 pm -11 pm. All players are welcome to come out and take part in this wonderful weekly event hosted by the owner Chis Daniels. Daniels is a pretty solid six string player, so I imagine there is plenty of talent that comes to call here. Silo’s is located at 1111 Broad Street, Oriental, NC



There is an open mic event at Mesh Sports Lounge also each and every Wednesday evening. Mesh is located at 2500 Trent Rd, New Bern, NC. All players are welcome to come out and jam from 7-11 pm weekly.


Wednesday is also the kick off for the NC Watermelon Festival taking place in Murfreesboro, NC. Wednesday,  you can catch the great grooves of Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band  starting at 6:30 pm.

For more information about the full festival visit this website: NC Watermelon Festival Website

Well kid, that is a wrap on all the things I have been doing as well as a look at what is to come in the days ahead. Be sure to send me your dates and I will include you in the regional rundown in the days ahead.

Once again that email address is 

I will return on Wednesday with your music choices fro Thursday and Friday. I hope your week is smooth sailing and you get to enjoy the dance soon. Thanks for reading.


NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown~ July 28 – July 30, 2016

Live Music Options for Thursday, July 28, 2016~

Around The Region:

Looking to the west we have a free concert in Raleigh and here is the scoop:

Pickin’ In The Plaza is back  with another FREE concert at Raleigh City Plaza (400 Block Fayetteville St. Raleigh, NC) on THURSDAY, JULY 28th – featuring Old Habits with special guest The Carmonas

Come downtown for a relaxed environment with roots music and enjoy local food options, wine, and beer. PineCone – Piedmont Council of Traditional Music partners with Deep South Entertainment to present these free concerts in Raleigh’s City Plaza. The events will run from 5-10 p.m. Food trucks and local brewers will be on-site, and if you’re still up for more fun after the show, head over to Deep South Bar for the official after-party!

Pickin’ in The Plaza is 100% sponsor driven and does not utilize any taxpayer money. Please support the sponsors who support the arts and the growth of downtown Raleigh.

You can take a pause for a cause with  JC ALLSTARS and join the fun at Dukenfields Tavern in Jacksonville, NC  with Steel Country Express. This show starts at 7 pm.
Over in Greenville, NC you can find the Mac n Juice Quartet at Ribeyes of Greenville;  located at 1909 East Fire Tower Road, Greenville, NC. They get the show going at 8 and play until closing. Sounds  like the perfect late dinner paired with great tunes offering to me!
However,  if you are in town and looking  you’re looking for things on the lighter side of the menu,  I do have another great dinner and music selection to consider and that is Noelle Smith live at  Winslow’s Deli located at 120 W 5th St. Greenville, NC
Over in Newport you can find 4EverAll live at Carolina Home & Garden located at 4778 Highway 24, Newport, NC. The duo will be rocking folks from 6:30-9:30 pm.
Over in Cedar Point,  Rick Huff will be rocking the Salty Air Open Market located at 307 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, NC
Here is what I found on the venue’s page about this week’s offering:
Thursday July 28th evening Farmers Market starting at 3:pm to 8:pm
Farmer’s Market will be FREE to the vendors and farmers for the remainder of the season!
Bring out your garden vegetables, fruits and homemade goods every Thursday 307 Cedar Point Blvd.
**Please bring your own tents, table, chairs**
Veteran Owned Veteran Grown, LLC/Patriot Farmer Foundation, Inc will be set up with their eggs, honey and more
SF Farms Market at Cedar Point will be set up with fresh veggies….$4.00 watermelons!
The Salty Bee will have Live music by Rick Huff and FREE wings!
Cigars Afloat will be open so stop in and smoke one with Roger or take one or two home!
The Salty Sweet will have Floats and FRESH squeezed lemonade.
Miss Sara will be there with her baked good.
We are a PET FRIENDLY market!
We have corn-hole, Jenga and more. So bring out the FAMILY.
Can’t wait to meet you in the salty air!
Over in Emerald Isle you can find reggae rockers Monjah jamming at SALT Ultra Lounge.
 They will be grooving from 9 pm til 1 am.
Justin Castellano will be live on the deck at The Dock House Restaurant located on the waterfront in Beaufort, NC. You can catch him jamming his sweet rhythms live from 8-11 pm.


 Around New Bern:

Having a look around town, there are a few great choices for you here in New Bern. First over the bridge in James City you can enjoy the reggae of Rob from Part One Tribe  will be live at BruTopia from 7-10 pm.
Lee Gibson will perform live for the folks at Trent River Coffee Company on Craven St. from 7:30 to 9 pm
Nashville-born Country artist/songwriter Lee Gibson will take the stage Thursday night July 28th. Lee will be performing selections from his first 2 albums and a select few from an upcoming album. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. Tickets are $10.00. Call ahead to reserve your seats!
Don’t forget John Van Dyke and his many friends are live inside the Double Tree at
Christoph’s on the Water giving up their best jazz and swing numbers from 7-10 pm.

Steel Shot  will be live on the deck at Persimmons on East Front Street from 5 – 8 pm.  This fun duo hails from Pamlico County and features Shawn Mitchell on the guitar above and Jeremy Lowery on bongos. Both men sing and have a lot of fun with their audience.

Live Music Options for Friday July 29, 2016 ~

Around The Region



Sticking with Steel Shot they will be live at Winslow’s Deli rocking the room from 8 pm til closing. Come on out and enjoy some great food, drinks and fun grooves. Located at 120 W 5th St. Greenville, NC. This is a great pick for dinner and dancing!



Mercy Creek will be live at Villedge Wood Fired Kitchen located at 207 SW Greenville Blvd., Greenville, NC. These guys play an aggressive folk rock with earthy and edgy grooves. Check them out on stage from 8:30- 11:30 pm


There is also a double bill being featured at Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery, located at 707 Dickinson, Ave., Greenville, NC  Crunk Witch and Reunion will perform live and here is more on this event from the FB event page:

***FRIDAY JULY 29TH @ Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery***
Spazz Presents – CRUNK WITCH w/ Whothefolklohr

Crunk Witch (Presque Isle, ME)
Crunk Witch, comprised of Brandon Miles and Hannah Collen, is a bass heavy bit-pop husband and wife duo that deliver a fantasy-fueled blend of pop/rock, 8-bit synths, and drum & bass production that coalesces into blissful catchy anthem-like electro-rock. A supercharged 8-bit experience fueled by lights, lasers, love, and laughter.

He is not playing Pokemon Go, but your dropping the ball if you miss his set.

Brought to you with ♥ by Spazz Presents:


Also to the North, over in lil  Washington,  you can find Side Project / Veterans Benefit live on stage at  The Market Street Grill, located at 143 N Market St, Washington, NC. The show is from 10 pm til 2 am and there is a  $5 cover.


Venturing South on 17 and stopping  in Jacksonville; there are a couple of shows to tell you about. First you can check out Darryl Murrill & Jazzpel live at Riverwalk Park in Jacksonville. they will be live from 6-8 for this free concert in the park.


Then over at The Outpost Saloon located at 3038 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville, NC. you can catch  Gene Gregory  performing live at  from 10 pm til closing.


While we are out that way, let me tell you about Killing Time who will be playing on stage from 9 pm til 2 am at Black Rose Tavern,  located in The Piney Green Shopping Center, Highway 24, in Midway Park, NC


Looking West, you can find a double dose of tribute rock in Asheville, NC when Thunderstruck NC and Appetite For Destruction (Not Quite GnR) will be live at The Orange Peel, located at 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 8 pm, Thunderstruck takes the stage at  9 pm and Appetite for Destruction hits at 10 pm


On very different note, in a different city, there is a great jazz show over at The Mystery Brewing Public House, located at 230 S Nash St., Hillsborough, NC. They will be featuring Alexandra Valladares & The Berlin Brothers.  Here is what the FB Event page noted about this show:

The Berlin Brothers return to Mystery with the fabulous Honduras-born singer Alexandra Valladares leading the band! The show will exclusively feature jazz songs in French, Spanish, and Portuguese! The world-famous Wes Lambe Duo open at 8pm! Free Admission as always!


Now, back to the rock n roll,  Dogdaze’s Soul will be live at After Hours Tavern located at 1614 N Main St., High Point, NC. This show is slotted for 10 pm til 2 am and here is what else I found on the event page:

Come one, come all for a night to remember of Rock n roll metal at its finest. It will be the debut for new drummer Geoff Hippie La Penta. There will also be special guest with our friends from Red Velvet Voodoo in the house. It’s going to be a rock show of good times! You don’t want to miss out on the great service, drink specials  and rockin’ music with great friends.


Over at Tony’s Oyster Bar, located at MacGregor Village, 107 Edinburgh Dr. Ste. 129, Cary, NC you can get down with the return of TrainWreck live from 9 pm til 1:15 am


The Rest of Us  will be live at Fatback’s Bar & Game Room located at 1100 Dan Peele Road,  Bear Grass, NC this Friday starting at 9 pm


Live at The Red Room located at 220 N. Heritage St., Kinston, NC you will find The Roman Sams rocking the room from 10 am til 2 am.

Along The Coast:



Mac & Juice Quartet will be live at The Palm Room, located at 111 E Salisbury St., Wrightsville Beach, NC. They get to rocking at 9 pm.



Jim Quick & The Coastline Band will be live at SALT ULTRA LOUNGE located at 325 Mangrove Rd. Emerald Isle, NC. They hit the stage at 9:30 pm and will keep you in the groove until 1 am.


Over in Morehead City there are a few shows to tell you about and a couple of them offer the rhythms of reggae.

First up you can check out a triple bill over at Off The Hook located at 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC. On the bill for this show you can hear  Monjah, Scholars Word & White Abbot. Music starts at 8 and the jams roll until 2 am.


Also offering up some live reggae rhythms is Greg Gutty who will be live at Southern Salt Seafood Company & Waterfront Restaurant, located at 701 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC. He will be live on the deck from 10 pm til 2 am.


Ed Ward

Over the bridge in Beaufort, you can enjoy the soulful sounds of Backseat Romeo, live on the deck at Queen Anne’s Revenge, located right on the waterfront in Beaufort. It is the place to be for live music and dinner from 6 – 9 pm.


Also in in Beaufort for the weekend, it’s the Monica Jaymes Band live at the Dock House Restaurant both Friday and Saturday on the deck from 9 pm til 1 am.



Justin Castellano has a show at Boro Cafe & Bakery located at 109  N Front St., Swansboro, NC. He will be jamming from 8-11 pm

Around New Bern



Live at The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St, New Bern; it is Rick Huff & Friends. He will be accompanied by local players, Mike Sandvig on bass and Todd Stilley on guitar. This should be a fun show that will be rocking the room from 7 til ?




Across the bridge you can find Bill Lyerly Band live at Triple Play Restaurant, located at 111 Williamson Rd, New Bern, NC. He will be rocking the room from 9:30 pm til 1:30 am

Live Music Options for Saturday, July 30, 2016 ~

Around the Region

Continue reading “NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown~ July 28 – July 30, 2016”

Tracey’s Weekend Run Around ~ July 26, 2016


I should start by telling you where I ended up closing out the weekend, last week. I stopped in to see the last band scheduled to perform at Mickey Milligan’s on Trent Road in New Bern. That band was The Bears and Sunday, July 17, 2016 marked the first time this band had the opportunity to play this venue, and they would also serve as the last band on the books, as well. It seems the bar is taking a break from the live music scene.

Bass player and backing vocal, Simon Spalding invited me not long after the date was booked. The crowd enjoyed finger foods and delicious baked goods prepared by singer,  Janet Montero and grooved along to all the classics familiar from decades ago. Rounding out the rest of this band is PJ Engerman on drums and vocals and Steve Latimer on guitar and vocals. This is a fun band that includes props for audience participation and plays a round of trivia after break and before grooving again.

To be honest, they are not really a typicl bar band. I see them more as a party and community band. They offer everything from the 50’s doo wop to 60’s surf music, classic rock from great American singers as well as covering the British Invasion. They give up a familiar set list that would lend great fun to backyard bbq’s, weddings, graduations, anniversaries. Also a great pick for community events. To keep up with their dates and news, check out their website.

The Bears

Jumping through the week, I spent most of my nights compiling the regional rundown but I made up for not going out once  Friday, July 22, 2016 rolled to town.



I stopped in The Brown Pelican early in the evening to meet up with my partner in crime, Crystal Odham. We checked out a set from Matt Riddle while we mapped out our evening plans.

Riddle was a great welcome to the end of the work week and the people were enjoying his early evening show.


Next up, we walked around the corner and checked out the Open Mic event that happens every other Friday at Sweet Peas Cafe. We were able to stay there just long enough to enjoy the fun created by two of my favorite resident players here in the Bern. Gabrielle Christie hosts the jam and when we walked in she was paired up with James Ford singing everything from ballads to rap! What a great effort !


Following their fun set we strolled over to the theater to meet up with my mother and her friend, Myra. RiverTowne Players is putting on a fantastic version of the musical Working. They worked hard bringing this production to the stage. This production was produced by Terry Daniels and Lori Farve and Directed by local jazz crooner,  John Van Dyke. This show is one that reaches from the stage and touches anyone who has ever held a job.

Based on a collection of interviews put together by a journalist, Working targeted everyone from entry level cashiers to high profile executives but showed the common ties we all share in living as we work.

I enjoyed this musical, thought the actors did great and was glad to be in the audience for opening night. There are several performances scheduled for the week ahead, including matinee on Sunday.  It is cheaper to buy your tickets early, so stop in town while you shop or order your tickets online today. The final shows will be on August 5 & 6.

Music for the production was directed by Brandon Banks and personally I enjoyed the band. I know you’re like WOW!


After the performance we scooted back over to The Brown Pelican to check out Bob Laverty who brought his rock, pop, country and blues show to the Bern. We enjoyed quite a few of his selections. My favorite on the night was “Don’t Look Back,” an old Temptations tune brought to my life courtesy of Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh in 1982.

It is always nice to finally meet the names you have been typing for several weeks. I enjoyed Laverty’s show and being diverse in his selections makes him a great solo act for any venue. His songs are familiar and his style makes you want to boogie. I also appreciated the shout out for my blog. Together we are gonna keep the fans informed.

To keep up with his life and music career, send him a friend request on Facebook

Bob Laverty on Facebook


Since we did not get enough walking in on the night, we took another jaunt up Middle Street only to catch the last song from Aaron Davenport at the Thirsty Bruin. By all accounts, it looked like he had a good night with his crowd.


Finishing up the night we finally hopped in our cars and headed across the bridge to James City where we enjoyed the final set of The Wannabees live at Triple Play Restaurant. They had the crowd rockin’ and rollin’! How nice that I showed up in time for a Rolling Stones montage that included my all time favorite…Honky Tonk Women.

These guys are seasoned rockers that always add a fresh spin on classic rock. They are great at reviving songs from the British Invasion. I always enjoy my time out with these guys. To keep up with their dates and news, like them on Facebook

The Wannabees on Facebook

Saturday, July 23, 2016, I started out at Harley Davidson of New Bern where Steel Shot helped them celebrate their annual Summer Bike Bash. This annual open house event is a way to say thanks and offer great deals on bikes, parts, riding accessories and clothes. Patrons enjoyed live music and a free lunch served by owner Jimmie Allen who is celebrating his birthday today! Happy Birthday Jimmie! Thanks for keeping our community rocking!


Following that late morning adventure I decided to go on a little  road trip in search of a new blues fix. I was told by a little drummer boy that Bobby Messano would be playing in Durham, and since it had been a very long while since I covered a show with my friend Dave Hollingsworth on drums, I decided 20 years was probably long enough. Time for a hug!

What a great night and a wonderful show at The Blue Note Grill located at 709 Washington St., Durham, NC.

Messano is pretty well known to the national blues scene with several recordings earning Grammy nominations. He has played with many greats and can cover some heavy hitters very well too. During his solo acoustic opening he covered his own original ballots and ended the set with a slamming acoustic version of Rude Mood. I was pretty much torn between wanting to film and wanting to boogie…you might note that in the video:

Bobby Messano live at The Blue Note Grill

Messano’s  rhythm section was solid featuring  Hollingsworth on drums and Ed Canovan on bass. I learned it was about nine months since the trio jammed together, but as an observer, I would have never known without that info being shared  in conversation the next morning. The trio all hail from NY/NJ/PA and all are familiar names to me from shows I covered long ago.

To keep up with Bobby and his endeavors check out his website: Bobby Messano


I have to mention that that my highlight week came when I met two couples in the audience on Saturday evening that came out to the show due to my blog.

Nothing makes the work seem more important than knowing that my efforts are helping people get out to support live music. I do this as an advocacy for the players. It is a hard way to make a living, choosing the way of a musician. Most times it is a path that chooses them. I have met a solid bunch of dedicated workers along my way on the music scene. They all have their own stories and I think each one should be told. I am happiest when I get to dance to their rhythms and sum up their shows with my own words.


Life is far too short, so be like Uncle and enjoy the dance!



I’ll be back in just a couple days with your regional rundown. Be sure to send me your dates today. That email address is

Thanks for reading. Please share with your friends! You all rock so I roll!


NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown~ July 21 – 27, 2016

Live Music Options for Thursday, July 21, 2016:

There are a lot of choices for the readers in the western parts of the state this evening so let’s start with this three day event that gets jumping tonight.

This three day event gets underway today and runs through Saturday. Now celebrating their fifth year of bringing this festival to Mebane, NC. These are the details I found on the event page:

Big Something, Possum Holler Productions, and Life is Art Studios are proud to present ….

The Big What? 2016

Celebrating our 5th Anniversary !!!

Featuring …

Big Something x? (3 Nights)
The Werks
Zach Deputy
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Spiritual Rez
Barefoot Manner
People’s Blues of Richmond
Big Pigeons Playing Something (Late Night)
The Southern Belles
Empire Strikes Brass (x2)
Urban Soil
Groove Fetish
Dale & the ZDubs
Dr. Bacon
Mac & Juice Quartet
Psylo Joe

Artist At Large: Al Al Ingram (Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band)

Plus 2 late night secret sets in secret locations!!!

I do know that the Mac & Juice Quartet are slotted to start at 6 pm; so ya better get rolling if you want to be on hand for this fun event!


Over in Salisbury they offer Thursday Night Live at DJ’s Restaurant and SkyLounge.  You can catch Cory Luetjen & The Traveling Blues Band. Music starts at 8 pm and DJ’s is located at 1502 W Innes St., Salisbury, NC.


In Charolette, NC tonight you can watch five bands rock thru the night at this all ages event that I found:

You’re Too Kind
Local Support
Beyond The Broken

Amos’ Southend
14023 South Tryon St
Charlotte, NC

Doors at 7 p.m.
Show at 7:30 p.m.

All Ages

$17 in advance
$20 day of show
$3 surcharge for under 21


Closer to home but down along the coast you can find Nantucket live on the deck  tonight at Southern Salt Seafood Company in Morehead City. Tickets for this event are $15.00 and the band will be on hand for a meet and greet for about an hour before show time. Then it’s business as usual as they get the crowd rocking at 9:30 til 11. SSSC is located at 701 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC .



Over in Cedar Point you can find Justin Castellano live at the Salty Air Open Market from 6-8:30 pm and this is what I found on their Facebook page for this week’s event.

Thursday evening Farmers Market starting at 3:pm to 8:pm
Bring out your garden vegetables, fruits and homemade goods every Thursday
Farmer’s Market will be FREE to the vendors and farmers for the remainder of the season!
**Please bring your own tents, table, chairs**
Veteran Owned Veteran Grown, LLC will be set up with their eggs, honey and more
The Salty Bee will have Live music by Justin Castellano and FREE wings!
Cigars Afloat will be open so stop in and smoke one with Roger or take one or two home!
The Salty Sweet has FRESH squeezed lemonade.
Miss. Sara will be there with her baked good.
A to Z Essentials will be there with her great selections of summer soaps!
Can’t wait to meet you in the salty air!


The Aqoostix are live the Saltwater Grill in Swansboro, NC tonight from 6:30-9:30 pm. The duo will be back in Swansboro this Sunday as well, performing at the PUG  Pavillion for SwanFest from 6:30-8 pm



Members of The New Bern Golf & Country Club will be entertained by Paid Time Off this evening from 7-10 pm.



Here around town you can find John Van Dyke and friends jamming at Christoff’s on the Water right inside the Double Tree by Hilton. They jam each week from 7-10 pm.



Adrian & Co are live on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant tonight from 5:30-8:30 pm



Also in town you can grab your rig and join the fun at The Brown Pelican where they host an open jam each week from 7-11 pm.

Live Music Options for Friday, July 22, 2016~


I have to tell you that there is a great show coming round our way this weekend. If you have an appreciation for roots rock and blues, you might want to check out  Tedeschi Trucks Band. They have two stops around our area for their Wheels of Soul Tour this weekend. They will be in Raleigh on Friday at Booth Amphitheater. The Facebook event offered this info:


Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces
Wheels of Soul 2016 Summer Tour with Los Lobos and North Mississippi All Stars
Event Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Gate Time: 5:30 pm
Event Time: 7:00 pm Tickets On Sale Now!

Ticket Prices:
Reserved seats closest to the stage are NOT covered by a roof, chairs are provided by the venue.
Please Note: Sections 1 & 5 are possible Limited view due to stage equipment set on ends of the stage

General admission Lawn seating starts behind the reserved seats and ends at the Crescent Deck in the back of the venue where the reserved table seats are located.

Reserved Table seats are covered by a roof and are located behind the lawn seats. Numbered tables are 6 seat tables (1-44), 4 seat tables are lettered (A-FF) and are higher pub tables.

Tickets for Booth Amphitheatre events are subject to applicable taxes and fees. Unless otherwise stated, posted prices include a 6.75% NC Sales & Use tax

All ages must have a ticket in the reserved seated areas.

Per request of the band, there is a strict 8 ticket limit per person.

Venue owned parking lots open at 5:00pm and offer Free parking that is filled on a first come first serve basis.
Area businesses offer concert parking for a fee ranging from $5 to $15
Tailgating is permitted however all vehicles must be removed by 6am the day after the concert. Venue management asks you to be courteous to your parking neighbors and remove all debris.

Patrons may bring one bottle of factory sealed water into the venue. No other outside beverages or food will be allowed in.
Check out our Food & Beverage Options page for items available for purchase inside the venue.
Choose the “picnic in the park” option to pre-order dinner and pick it up when you arrive!
Patrons can also pre-order food to pick up inside the venue when arriving for the concert through our Picnic in the Park program. Please check the link on our website to order.

Booth Amphitheatre is proud to support NC Breweries and local food trucks. Our feature breweries for the Tedeschi Trucks Band are Hi-Wire Brewing and Foothills Brewing. Our local food trucks on site will be Olio & Aceto, Baguettaboutit, and Charlie’s Kabob Grill on Wheels.

Items Allowed
Lawn chairs, blankets, rain coats & ponchos, 1 bottle of factory sealed water, purses/backpacks.

Prohibited Items
Food & Beverage, coolers, pets, weapons, tents/staking, professional cameras with detachable lenses and audio or video recorders.

Camera Policy: Small non-professional cameras are ok. No detachable lenses.

For more information please visit

On Sunday, you can catch them in Charlotte at the Uptown Amphitheater. Tickets for Sunday



While we are out towards the west, let’s have a look around that region first…

Spank invites everyone who is going to The Greg Allman/Peter Frampton show at the Red Hat Amphitheater  to stop in at The Deep South Bar to get Spanked before and after the concert. The band will be performing a set at 6:30 to get you primed for the show and another set at 10:30 pm when you are ready to keep rocking. The Deep South Bar is located at 430 S. Dawson St., Raleigh, NC.


Over in High Point, NC at After Hours Tavern it is BMFD Free Open Jam hosted this week by Bobby Davis, Judy Blair and Edwin Renn Jr. They are ready to jam at 8 and will rock you all night long. Here is what this week’s event page said:

Hey musicians and music lovers!
We’ve been invited back for another attack!

Bring your instruments, your ears, your voices, your friends, and your positive energy for a fun-filled Friday evening at After Hours. We are going to have another free range open Jam. Do not forget that all experience levels are welcome from the beginner to the seasoned Hired Guns. We have a great group of musicians coming out that do not mind sharing their skills. So some on out and give us a shout..

And as always don’t be a turd. Please help spread the word.

The After Hours Tavern is located at 1614 N Main St., High Point, NC.


Down in Durham, Zen Poets  will be live at The Shed, located at 807 E Main St., Durham. This Jazz ensemble of young Jazz players from NC is led by saxophonist and composer Annalise Stalls. The show is 8-10 pm and the cost for tickets is $12.00


For all you rockers out in the RDU area, Widow’s Carved In Stone  album release party with Demon Eye and Duatra  is set for this Friday at The Pour House Music Hall located at 224 S Blount St., Raleigh, NC. Show starts at 9 pm and goes til 1 am.


Over at Tony’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant located at 107 Edinburgh Dr. South; Cary, NC they welcome; Outside The Beltline to the stage for the first time. Come early for half price appetizers and stay late to dance the night away! The band gets rocking at 10 and roll til 1 am.


Making our way back east, Mac & Juice Quartet will be rocking The Red Room, located at 220 N Heritage St. Kinston, NC so if your are looking for some fun rock and blues, check these guys out. They will be rocking the room from 10 pm – 2 am.


Ed Ward

Looking around the Coast for Friday, Backseat Romeo will be live at Boro Cafe & Bakery located at 102 South Front Street, Swansboro, NC  from 8 – 11 pm.



Down the way in Emerald Isle at The Irish Pirate Trading Co & Pub located at 8700 Emerald Drive; you can find Justin Castellano working his six strings from 8 – 11 pm.


Another place to check out while exploring EI, is SALT Ultra Lounge, located at 325 Mangrove Blvd., Emerald Isle, NC. Not one to be out done, owner Paul continues to bring in the areas hottest bands. This week he welcomes the sounds of Super Sonic  to his stage to rock the house from the stage live from 10 pm – 2 am.


Looking at the scene in Morehead City, NC you can check out Jive Mother Mary live on the Deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company this Friday from 10 pm – 2 am.


Over the bridge in Beaufort, NC you can catch the Lil Big Band all weekend live at the Dock House Restaurant. They will be rocking on the waterfront both Friday and Saturday night from 9 pm – 1 am.



Live at The Queen Anne’s Revenge you can listen to the sounds of John Nelson from 6-9 pm. Saturday evening they offer the sounds of Christina Lynn from 6-9 and on Sunday you can check in with Justin Castenllano from 3-6 pm.



Over in Oriental, NC  Buck Loy will be live at The Little Red Rooster Bar, jamming from 7-10 pm


Moving around the map here  on the home front, there are a host of live music options around town this weekend.


First up there is a Open Mic Event at Sweet Pea’s Cafe. This bi-weekly event is hosted by Gabrielle Christie who invites all local players to come out and take part in this fun night of impromptu music. The jam gets started about 6 and they welcome many players to jam until 9 pm.


A special treat for fol fans is coming our way. Over at The Trent River Coffee Company they will be hosting a Folk Maritime Duo from the Netherlands from 7 – 8:30 pm. I can tell you, here is what I found on the Facebook event page:

Nanne Kalma and Ankie van der Meer from the Netherlands will perform in New Bern on Friday, July 22.

Performing with voice, guitar, mandolin, and concertina, Nanne and Ankie will present a wide variety of folk and maritime music.

Nanne & Ankie have been playing together since 1980.

At first in groups like Kat yn ‘t Seil, Kajto and Liereliet – since the end of last century as a duo. Singing in Frisian, Dutch, Esperanto and in English, they produced nearly 40 albums on LP and CD and they regularly tour in many countries in Europe and also North America and Australia.

They sing traditional as well as newly written songs and have a wide repertoire. They like to sing about different subjects.

Maritime and historical themes play an important role, but they also sing about humorous events from daily life.

At festivals, concerts, on ships or in singing workshops, Nanne & Ankie’s program is always witty and adapted to the situation wherever they are.

They accompany themselves on several instruments such as guitar, mandolin, concertina and shawm. In the first 15 years of the 21st century they already released 18 new CD’s in several languages.

Nanne and Ankie will perform at Trent River Coffee Company, 208 Craven St., New Bern, on Friday, July 22.

Tickets are $15, available at the door. The doors open at 6:00 pm, and the show starts at 7:00.

CDs will be available for purchase at the concert. For reservations or information, call 252-514-2030.

For more information see:



The other early gig to tell you about is the fun loving Pamlico County duo, Steel Shot will be live at the Taberna Country Club playing poolside this Friday from 6-9 pm.

This duo featuring Jeremy Lowery on vocals and bongos and Shawn Mitchell on the acoustic six string and vocals give up a great song selection and have a lot of fun with their audience.

Speaking of early gigs, the band will be on stage tomorrow morning at the Harley Davidson of New Bern, helping  to celebrate their Summer Bike Bash. They are slotted to perform from 11 am – 3 pm. Stop out for some food, fun and good times this Saturday and dance to the grooves of Steel Shot from 11 am – 3 pm.


Live at Latitudes Church this Friday you can enjoy the sounds of J J Weeks Band live in concert from 7 – 10 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information follow this link for tickets J J Weeks Band Tickets.


Another not so everyday music event happening around town this weekend and in the weekends ahead, is the musical production of Working. This theatrical piece is being played out on stage at the Masonic Theater located at 514 Hancock St,  New Bern, NC. To get you tickets before the show just visit this link below.

Tickets for Working


Around the corner from the Masonic Theater you can find Bob Laverty Live at The Brown Pelican on Broad Street.He will be rocking the room from 8:30-10:30 pm. I know it is my intention to catch a bit of his show after the theater.


Across the river, in James City, The Wannabees will be rocking the crowd at Triple Play Restaurant located at 111 Williamson Road, New Bern, NC. They will take their favorite classic rock songs to the people when they play from 9:30 pm – closing.

Live Music Options for Saturday, July 23, 2016~



Bill Lyerly Band will be performing at the Sundown Sports Bar located at 9612 Highway 903 N in Ayden, NC. Doors open at 6 and the band will be on stage to rock the house at 9 pm.


Looking over at The Bears Den located at 1102 Dan Peele Rd., in Williamston, NC, they will welcome David Lee Jones to the stage for a fun night of lively playing. Here is what they said on the event page!

Martin County Get Ready! David Lee Jones is bringing his Nashville country show to Bear Grass, NC! David was a resident there for several years and he’s coming back to play the Bear’s Den! You don’t wanna miss this up close and personal show!!


The Switch will be live at JW’s on Highway 17 in Chocowinity, NC. They will rock the room from 9 pm – 1 am with their brand of fun time rock and dance tunes. JW’s was The VIP Room.


Taking a pause for the cause…there is a heavy metal rock benefit going down in Charlotte and here is what I know, thanks to the event page I found on Facebook:

Some of the Charlotte areas best local heavy metal bands will be bonding together for a common cause… To raise money for friends who have been affected by the abomination known as cancer, and to hopefully help raise even more awareness of this horrendous disease… Aside from the days entertainment, there will be raffles held featuring some pretty awesome stuff to give away… Won’t you please join us?


BLACK RITUAL – 5:45-6:15
THE FILL INS – 6:30-7:00
DOGBANE – 7:15-7:45
NO POWER NO CROWN – 8:00-8:30
EVERTHRONE – 9:30-10:00
THE RETICENT – 10:15-10:45
MOCKTALLICA – 11:00-12:00

Minimum admission/donation price: $10

and to check out the bands on hand check out these links:
Further west there is another pause for the cause to tell you about. This one is in Greensboro down on the Doodad Farm, located at 4701 Land Road, Greensboro, NC.

It’s been five years since a bunch of friends got together to build a stage on an old tobacco barn, and now look at us! To celebrate we’ve invited back the band that blew us away at our very first show in 2011 — Graymatter! We’re also having a potluck dinner and inviting some of our songwriting friends to play in a big songwriter showcase.

Entry, as always, is FREE, because we want everyone to come out regardless of their ability to pay. We usually collect donations for the band, but in this case Graymatter has offered to pass those donations on to our friend and Doodad volunteer, Jill Hunter, to help her with some ongoing medical expenses. We love you, Jill!

If you want to contribute to Jill’s GoFundMe site:
5-8pm Potluck Dinner
Bring in a dish to share and join us for an informal dinner. Everyone is welcome to join us. We’ll supply plates, utensiles, and all the regular stuff.

5-8pm Songwriter Showcase
Short sets of original songs from some of our regular songwriter circle participants.

A harmonic mix of classic hits from the 60s and 70s, along with spectacular original songs from this family band that’s been together for decades.

• Kids, dogs, and even mothers-in-law are always welcome as long as they behave themselves.
• Bring your own chair, beverages, picnics, whatever you want.
• Smoking is permitted as long as you don’t bother anyone or do any butt-dropping.
• Please clean up after yourself and treat the Farm as if it’s your own (in a way, it is!).
• Toilets and drinking water will be available.
• Let someone help you park, especially if the field is wet
• We do not permit weapons of any sort, nor is there ever a need for them.
• Call Dean at 336 260-7999 if you have any questions.

Another show going down in Greensboro for all you Rolling Stones fans out there, be sure to check out Exile on Groove Street. This Rolling Stones Tribute act will be live at The Crown at The Carolina Theater, located at 310 S Greene St. Greensboro, NC. They will be singing all the hits from 9 pm til 12:30 am.
From one filed under: ONLY IN NC, there is a show at Yesteryears Brewing, located at 300 E Main Street, Carrboro, NC.
Come help us fight HB2 and sample Don’t Be Mean To People: A Golden Rule Laison!
$10 Ticket price gets you samples of this historic collaboration benefit beer, live Music from Rhonda Robichaux and Friends
Get ready to dance, and enjoy a spread of food from Hickory Tavern Carrboro!
Proceeds will benefit Equality NC and QORDS! Three easy ways to get tickets:
1) Visit click the “get my tickets” icon or the “donations” icon if you can’t make it, but still want to contribute, then check the cart in the upper right of the page.
3) Come into our beautiful taproom and enjoy a delicious craft beer while you help fight inequality!
Moving into the Durham area there are several shows going on out there to alert you to.
First off, you can find Paul Swest live at the Shed  from 8-10 pm on Saturday Night and here is what I learned from the Event page:

Cost: $7

The Paul Swest is an improvised free jazz trio consisting of Charles Chace (guitar), Tony Stiglitz (drums), and Casey Toll (upright bass). The moniker stems from Chace’s ongoing solo recording project which uses multi-track recording to assemble a live-group sound.

“These cats are the real deal and probably my new Favorite Free Jazz trio from these parts.”
TJ Goode

Praise for The Paul Swest’sWizard Talk’:

“[T]houghtful beautifully layered improvised music through the use of multi-track recording[…] an absolute sonic adventure.” –

Also in Durham that night; it is The Mac & Juice Quartet live at Growlers Grlz, located at 4810 Hope Valley Road, Suite 110 Durham, NC, this show is being presented by Telepathic Productions and gets started at 6 pm.
Before we pull out of town, let me turn your attention to The Blue Note Grill. The Magic Music Bus will be rolling west as I check in with some roots music from up the north when Bobby Messano rolls through town. Check it out~
Bobby Messano is a legendary Contemporary Blues artist who has garnered 23 First Round Grammy Ballots, released six CDs, placed songs in TV and Cable shows and played on over 50 Major label and Indie albums. He has been heard on everything from MTV to Benny Mardones’ hit “Into The Night”
The celebrated guitarist has played on records by Clarence Clemmons, Franke & The Knockouts, Joe Lynn Turner and STARZ, and produced the 60’s hit act, “THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT”. Live he has played guitar and been the MD for Steve Winwood, Lou Gram and country artists Jimmy Wayne, Rodney Atkins and Steve Holy.
Bobby has played or headlined BAMFEST, The Charleston Blues Festival, Smokin’ In Steel, Summerfest, Charlotte Speed Street, Blues Brews & BBQ, Blues At The Beach, Bayfront Blues Festival, Deltaville Seafood Festival, Willow River Blues Fest, Ambassador Blues Fest, Colonial Beach Blues Festival, and Southern Maryland Blues Festival.
His last four CD’s (“Holdin’ Ground”,” Bobby Messano Live In Madison”, “that’s why i don’t sing the blues “and “Welcome To Deltaville” ) have garnered 19 Grammy 1st Round ballots and airplay on over 275 Blues shows. “that’s why i don’t sing the blues” was on the American Blues Scene’s Blues Top 5 Chart for 24 weeks and named 2012 TOP BLUES/ROCK ALBUM (USA) by Blues Underground Network.
Between 2012 and 2014, Bobby played 350 shows in 27 states to over a ½ million people. In 2012, Bobby was inducted into the “BLUES HALL OF FAME”. Bobby’s new CD “LOVE & MONEY” was released in April 2015 on Connor Ray Records and debuted on the Billboard Blues Chart at #7. It stayed on the chart for another five weeks peaking at #1. “Love & Money” was also nominated for a Blues Blast Magazine Award for Rock-Blues Album of the Year.
 What it does not mention on the event page or in the description above is that drummer Dave Hollingsworth, who is celebrating a birthday today, is an acquaintance of mine from long ago on the blues scene. It is going to be a blast to check in with him this weekend! The last time I covered a gig with this player on the bill was in August 1996, at Manny’s Car Wash, in upper Manhattan when he was slapping sticks for Todd Wolfe. 
Saturday night’s show will feature some great blues with a performance from 8 – 11 pm. Tickets are a few bucks cheaper if you buy them in advance. To get your tickets now click here:
Taking a trip south, down along the coast we are heading to Wilmington. I’m sure to cure your traveling jones. in any direction you care to venture… There is a Triple bill at Patches Pub, located at 625 Market Street, Wilmington, NC . Things get rocking at 10 pm .
Heading North as we make our way toward home, you can check in with Jenna Leigh Huff who will be live at the Fat Turtle Market & Tiki Bar in North Topsail Beach, NC  from 9:30 pm – 1:30 am.
Touring around the Crystal Coast, you can watch the sun go down in Morehead City this Saturday and enjoy the sounds of the  Outer Banks Philharmonic at Morehead City’s Jaycee Park on Saturday Night from 7 to 8:30 pm. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and enjoy the great outdoors with music on the waterfront. To learn more about the band check out their Facebook page.
Ed Ward
For those in town looking for dinner and music I might recommend Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar located at 3710 Arendell St. Morehead City. You can catch the soulful singing of Backseat Romeo from 6-9 pm.
Later that night, following that show and a bite to eat, you can enjoy the great grooves of The Carolina Treat Band on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company. This venue is also on the waterfront in Morehead City. They will be rocking from 10 pm til 2 am.
Around the way in Cedar Point, you can come to check out or be a part of Talent Night Hosted by Will Baker at Harrika’s Brew Haus. This event will be live from 7:30 -10:30 pm.
For our last stop along the Crystal Coast for Saturday, you can find Justin Castellano live at Bake Bottles and Brews in Swansboro for an early show from 5:30-8:30 pm.
In Atlantic Beach, you can find Robert McDuffy performing live at The Idle Hour Biergarten located on the cirle in Altantic Beach, NC. He will entertain the crowd from 6-9 pm
Over in Emerald Isle, Eight Track will give a performance for the people at The Trading Post Southern Food & Spirits located at 8302 Emerald Dr. Their show will be from 6-9 pm.
Bringing things back to the Bern, you should know there is a casting call for The New Bern Civic Theater this weekend. Here are the details according to their event page:
New Bern Civic Theatre – Next To Normal

DIRECTOR: Alan Berger
PRODUCER: Laura Wilson

AUDITION DATES: New Bern Civic Theatre 414 Pollack St.
Saturday July 23th @ 3:30pm
Sunday, July 24th @ 6:30pm
Call Backs
Saturday, July 30th @ 1:00pm

For actors considering auditioning for NBCT’s production of Mary Poppins, because of the overlap of rehearsal periods and the necessity for the small cast of “Next To Normal” to be available for rehearsals, it will be doubtful that you could do both shows.

Please bring headshot (selfie or snapshot acceptable) and resume.

Songs by character (see below)

Cold Read – use the character breakdown below to select role(s) for which you’d like to be considered.

For additional information and song samples –

REHEARSALS: Begin early September. Tentative weekly schedule – two weekday evenings plus Saturday afternoon. Specific dates and times will be published following casting. We will attempt to work around all conflicts known at casting. Once you declare your conflicts, we expect you to honor your commitment and to make every effort to minimize surprise absences. We intend to suspend rehearsals during Thanksgiving week and Dec.18 to Jan.2.

PERFORMANCE DATES: January 13,14,15 / 20,21,22 / 27,28 of 2017

ABOUT THE PLAY: Family struggles with the impact of mental illness. Believe it, or not, this is a musical dramedy. It is one of very few musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize.

Do not be overly concerned about the literal ages of the characters. Of greater concern will be ability to sing and to portray the age and personality of the character.


DIANA (Late 30’s-40’s) (Female): Sexy, sharp. Delusional, Bipolar, Depressive.

DAN (Late 30’s-40’s) (Male): Diana’s husband. Handsome, Genuine, Constant, Tired.
AUDITION SONG: “He’s Not Here”

GABE (18): (Male): Diana’s son. Dashing, Gentle, Bright, Playful.

NATALIE (16) (Female) : Diana’s daughter. Somewhat paranoid, anxious. Trying to be perfect.
AUDITION SONG: “Everything Else”

HENRY (17) (Male): Natalie’s boyfriend. Musician, romantic, stoner, slacker, philosopher king.
AUDITION SONG: “Perfect For You”

DR MADDEN /FINE (30’S to 50’s) (Male): Assured, “Rock Star”. AUDITION SONG: “Better Than Before”

The only thing I can think to say to all you wonderful, brave actors: Break a leg kids!
There is a fun event happening Live at five this Saturday evening at the Isaac Taylor Garden this weekend.  Come out and show some support for Pirates of The Neuse 
A New Chapter of the Parrot Heads in Paradise has been Hatched !!!!
Come out, join the club and have some rum… I mean fun!!! Or maybe I meant fun and rum.


Featuring the musical talents of local players
Buck Loy and Dan Phillips


Bring a friend or even a pirate. This will be our first event of many. You won’t want to be left behind, walking the plank. We need you to assemble your crew, garb your first mate, pull out all your Parrot Head Party Gear, unruffle your feathers, sign up and join the Phlock.

Cash Bar ..Food..Music..Fun.

Shake a tail feather and find that lost shaker of salt !!!!

***** No coolers or outside drinks allowed******

****Chairs are allowed ****
Big Jim & Kathy Kohler

Saturday evening you can get your blues fix live and local and for free with Big Jim Kohler and his bride, Kathy at Mesh Sports Lounge, located on Trent Rd. They jam from 10:30 pm – 1:30 am.

Live Music Options for Sunday, July 24, 2016~


Solid Ground has an early show this Sunday when they rock the HarborSite Bar from 3-6 pm in Sneads Ferry, NC. These bad ass rockers are worth checking out. I was very impressed when I caught this band live last weekend. No doubt, you will be impressed too. They have a lot of talent on one stage and they deliver a show that keeps people involved and having fun!


Looking around Jacksonville, there will be live music at the Outpost Saloon from 4-8 pm. It is a BYOG…Bring your own grilling item and join them for dinner as they serve up the good food you bring and the music of Daryl Lucus.


Also, since we are in that neck of the woods, I will tell you that Gene Gregory will be live at the Marina Cafe  in Jacksonville from 5-8 pm


Over in Oriental, country crooner Ken Belangia will perform live from 6-9 pm at O’Town Restaurant.


To our north we can find The Water Between live at Christy’s Euro Pub located at 301 S Jarvis St., Greenville NC. They go live at 8 and will rock you til the midnight hour!


It’s a night of Worship and song at the Harvest Church in Washington NC this Sunday night where they are bringing Rick Pino & Band in for a concert from 7-9 pm.


Looking at the coast, The Remedy will be live at The Dock House Restaurant on the waterfront in Beaufort, NC. This event features the music of Chris Lee and Tim Rowe rocking the blues and classic rock on the Beaufort waterfront.. Join them for a good time and good food and drink ! They are doing the deed from 7-10 pm.


Closing in on things closer to home there is a live music event this Sunday in Union Point Park here in New Bern NC.  Pitt Community College Orchestra will be performing live from 7-8 under the gazebo. Bring your chairs and enjoy an night of great music as the sun goes down.

Please join the Pitt Community College Orchestra as they perform for the first time outside of Pitt County. The PCCSO will present a pops concert in the Gazebo at Union Point Park, 210 E. Front Street in New Bern, NC on July 24th at 7 pm. This outdoor concert will be a joint venture between the PCCSO and the New Bern Civic Strings. Music performed will feature music from Broadway, popular marches, and patriotic selections. This concert is free and very family friendly. For more information, please contact R. Michael Stephenson at or (252) 493-7493.

Live Music Options for Tuesday, July 26, 2016 ~

Hooligan’s Music Hall located at 2620 Onslow Blvd, Jacksonville, NC presents Buckcherry live with Nonpoint and Failed Anthem. This event is an all ages show. Doors open at 7 and music starts at 7:30 pm


Bryan Mayer will be performing live 9 pm til midnight at The Arendell Room located at 715 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC



Looking around town Big Jim and Kathy Kohler host the Open Mic Night each Tuesdays evening from 8 pm til midnight at Triple Play Restaurant, located at 111 Williason Rd, New Bern, NC.


Alan Reid and Bob Zentz will perform in New Bern on Tuesday, July 26 at Trent River Coffee Company, 208 Craven St., New Bern. Tickets are $15, available at the door. The doors open at 6:00 pm, and the show starts at 7:00.

Performing on voice and a variety of instruments, Alan and Bob will present Scottish and maritime music.

Alan Reid is from Scotland, formerly of the renowned Battlefield Band. Alan plays accordion, guitar, and piano. Bob Zentz is a multi-instrumentalist from tidewater Virginia, and specializes in maritime music. Both performers have written widely-performed-and-recorded songs in their respective genres.

CD’s will be available for purchase at the concert. For reservations or information, call 252-514-2030.

Live Music Options for Wednesday, July 27, 2016~


The Band of Oz will be live at SALT Ultra Lounge  located at 325 Mansgrove Blvd, Enerald Isle, NC on Wednesday rocking the room from 9 pm to 1 am.


Silo’s Restaurant owner, Chris Daniels hosts an open jam at his place each week from 7-10 pm. All players are welcome to participate.


Mesh Sports Lounge on Trent Rd in New Bern hosts an open jam each Wednesday from 7-11 pm. All players are welcome to bring their talent down to showcase for the crowd.


Well kids that is a wrap on all of the live music in our area for the week ahead. I hope the rest of your week is smooth sailing. Life is too short to get hung up on the negative, so keep pushing to stay positive and make sure you take the time to dance.

Free music is never free so be sure to tip the music makers you meet along the way and always try to support live music !

Thanks so much for reading. Please share this with your friends.

If you want to get in the Zone just shoot me an email with your dates and I will try to include you. My email is



Enjoy the dance!









Tracey’s Weekend Run Around ~ July 17, 2016


On Thursday,  July 14, 2016; I started out with a near impromptu stop at the New Bern Golf & Country Club to grab a beer with my favorite blues couple, Big Jim & Kathy Kohler. This duo  had just returned to town, earlier that day from a gig in Seattle. WA.

The couple hails from Long Island, NY and has been a part of the New Bern Community since 2011. Recently, the former youth pastor from their church on Long Island reached out to them and asked if they would come to play at an open house event for his new church in Seattle, WA. Upon completion of the performance, Big Jim was able to say he has played his blues from coast to coast.

The event was a success and many new town folks stopped in to hear the band while meeting and greeting parishioners.

The talented pair will return to NBGCC to perform on Thursday, July 28, 2016.



For my next stop, I shot over to Half Times Pub & Grub on Martin Luther King Blvd. to check in with Paid Time Off. The father/daughter duo featuring Rick and Jenna Leigh Huff were joined by special guest on bass and backing vocals; Mike Sandvig for a fun night of familiar melodies and great grooves.

I surprised sweet Jenna with a request for an original to send to my friend John Jones. She impressed me with the delivery of the first work she ever completed. This girl has is an amazing talent who can help you get lost in her soothing voice. The other thing that warms my soul about this girl is the connection she shares with her father. Be sure to check them of this Summer. I will, of course, keep you posted on their dates.


On Friday, July 15, 2016 it was the much anticipated Chamber of Commerce’s Rockin’ On The Rivers Concert featuring 3Day Weekend, Bryan Mayer and The Marshall Tucker Band.

Have you ever noticed that when you set up events outside in July here in the down east, more times than not; RAIN HAPPENS? Friday was no different. After a couple of songs by 3Day Weekend, the stage and the field had to evacuate due to inclement weather. Bryan Mayer did not get a chance to play at all. However, the good news for ticket holders on hand for the headliner, The Marshall Tucker Band, was that the weather moved out and the show went on.

This band was one of the first band’s I ever got to see live in concert. I saw them twice in the mid-80’s and loved them. On Friday night they brought me back to my youth as I stood stage side listening to all the classic tunes I’ve always loved. They played many great songs, including the old favorites like, “Fire On The Mountain,”  “Heard It In A Love Song,”  and of course the highlight was:

Can’t You See with Special Guest Appearance by Bryan Mayer

The other thing I really enjoyed about this show was watching the crowd of all ages get into the timeless southern rock made famous by the band so many years ago. Though this band has been through many season throughout their 45 years of entertaining us, the one thing that remains unchanged is founding member and lead singer, Doug Gray  is still leading the charge on vocals. The rest of the line up includes Pat Elwood, bass; Marcus James Henderson, keyboards, flute, and vocals; B.B. Borden, drums; Chris Hicks, guitar and vocals and  Rick Willis, guitar and vocals.


While waiting for the weather to figure out what it was going to do; my crew and I headed over to The Brown Pelican where we got to listen to James Ford and special guest on guitar and vocals;  Sean Canary, who had the crowd grooving to his music when we walked in.



IMG_1130[1]On Saturday July 16, 2016; I started out at the New Bern Civic Theater with mom where we took in the performance of “Bye Bye Birdie.” 

This show was a lot of fun and most importantly it was a production brought to us by the youths in our community. New Bern Civic Theater, Executive Director, Angelina Doyle explained that they tried to bring this production to the stage many years ago, but the reception of the idea was not so warm. After many years of urging the theater to enlist our youths, they finally listened and TA DA! They put on a fine production of this timeless classic.

Set in Sweet Apple, Ohio in 1958 this show is about singing sensation Conrad Birdie going off to service. It offered comedy, music and great theatrics. I especially enjoyed the dramatic moments of Mr. MacAfee played by Wesley Gerard. His delivery was so full of emotion and feeling, that he brought you with him into every scene he was featured.

All in all, the entire cast of teenagers did an awesome job with bringing this sold out production to the stage. Never underestimate the power of our youth. They are amazing people with great minds that are inclined to accomplish the things we think the can’t.


One of the things that made this show even more enjoyable for me, the music lover, of course, the band. I asked Doyle if I could take a few shots of the band for my blog and she agreed. Making up the orchestra for this production are pianist, Shawntez D’Nadre Bell; bass, Ethan  Goecke; clarinet, Brie Jones; trumpet, Aaron Register and drums, Nick Scott.

The final two shows for this play are happening today  at 2 pm and this evening at 7:30 pm. A few tickets for tonight’s encore performance were still available, but hurry as this final show will certainly sell out also.


After our trip to the theater I dropped Mom at home and jumped in the “Magic Music Bus” and headed down to the dirty bird (The Brown Pelican) to have a listen to Zen Pirates who were tearing up the joint with their rock n roll offerings. I actually did not have this stop on my agenda until yesterday morning. I read news that keyboard, guitar girl and singer, Tracey Brenneman would be calling it quits after this gig. Hearing news like that will always prompt me to be a part of the action.

Looking ahead the band will carry on in her absence. They have joined forces with Atlantic Avenue singer Alisa Mike so look forward to that dynamic pairing in the weeks ahead. She debuted with the band a couple of weeks ago and everyone enjoyed the results. When I asked Mike about the future of Atlantic Avenue, she said they are still standing strong and playing around. In fact, she even plans on enjoying the jazz thing she does too. “Atta girl” was the phrase that passed through my mind when she shared her news.



Our final stop for the weekend was in Havelock, NC. We headed down to Jean’s Place located on Highway 70 East to check in with Solid Ground. This four piece band  delivered a solid blend of rock favorites that kept the dance floor moving to their grooving!

The boys in the band already had a solid history of making good music, but with the addition of powerhouse vocalist, Donna Storey front and center, they seriously are standing on Solid Ground as their name reveals. In all honesty, last night was one of the best rock shows I have seen in these parts.

I became a fan of Storey’s some years ago when she was with another band project that played around the down east region.  Though that band was a good effort, this band offers Storey lots of room for growth. She is playing with some serious players that truly match her level of talent.

On guitar and vocals you have an amazing player in Adam Hill who hails from Pink Hill, NC. This guy can call Hendrix and Vaughan straight from Heaven’s door to the stage with his ability to shred a six string. Helping fill out the sound are bass player Gordy George  and Wayne Terribile behind the kit.

To keep up with all of the band news…like them on Facebook! Solid Ground on Facebook

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That is a wrap on this weekend’s run around. However, before I jet set to the pool for some float time, I just wanted to make sure you knew that New Bern’s mascot band, The Bears will be playing today from 5-8 pm at Mickey Milligan’s on Trent Road in New Bern.

This venue is a first for them and their show is a first for the club as well. Given that, they are hoping you can make it out to show them your support. Free finger foods will be available inside. There is a $3.00 admission to the show.


Well kids, thanks for reading. I hope you share my work with your friends. I will be back later in the week with a new regional rundown this Thursday. If you’d like to get in the Zone, send me your dates and invite me to shows. My email is


We enjoyed the dance!







NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown ~ July 14 – 20, 2016

Live Music Options for Thursday, July 14, 2016~

Tonight you can get a fix of live country music by Michael Ken from 6-8 pm at Prissy Polly’s BBQ located at 729 Highway 66 South Kernersville, NC.


4EverAll will be live at Emerald Fest in Emerald Isle, NC from 6:30- 8 pm. You can find them at the Western Regional Beach Access beside The Islander.


Steel Shot, the Pamlico County duo featuring Shawn Mitchell on guitar and vocals and Jeremy Lowery on bongos and vocals will be rolling Southbound tonight, performing live at the Fat Turtle Market & Tiki Bar located at 2181 New River Inlet Rd,  North Top Sail Beach , NC. They will have the crowd rocking with their takes on classic rock, country and even a few of today’s hits from 9:30 pm -1:30 am.



For shore points to our east,  Queen Anne’s Revenge located on S. Front Street in Beaufort, NC features Robert McDuffy live on the deck 6 – 9 pm.

This weekend they are also offering  Too Tall  live on the deck this Friday the 15th  and Davy Williamson,pictured above, on the patio this Saturday the 16th from 6-9 pm. This Sunday,  the 17th, they feature local soul soother Backseat Romeo from 3-6 pm.

****Ed Ward

Backseat Romeo, Ed Ward will be live at The Swansboro Yacht Club from 6-9 pm. That is located at 126 Corbett Ave. in Swansboro, NC. This New Bern native has the ability to make you fall in love…if you are not hip to the date you bring,  zero in on his fine voice and get carried away by his guitar grooves too.

Looking at the other days of the weekend, you can find him live at Carolina Wine Mixer this Friday from 7-10 pm, located in Emerald Island, NC. On Saturday he can be found  at Old Salt Restaurant from 7-10 pm. Then, as mentioned above he rounds out the weekend with an afternoon gig at QAR from 3-6 pm.


Good Morning Bedlam will perform live at Christy’s Euro Pub which is located at 301 S Jarvis St, Greenville, NC. Their show gets started about 10 and goes until 11:30 pm.


Get ready to rock in pirate fashion as Zen Pirates make landfall on the stage from 7-10 pm at Dukenfield’s Bar  which is located at 4285 Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville, NC. These fun rockers hail from New Bern, NC and play all the great dance tunes that help keep the floor moving and grooving throughout the night.



Justin Castellano will be live at Carolina Home & Garden from 6:30-8:30 pm in Newport, NC. This six string virtuoso is no ordinary strummer. He is classically trained and plays quite like no one I have ever heard. He makes his audience a part of the show and plays for them as he practices a craft he mastered long ago.

Castellano will also perform live in Morehead City this weekend. So if you want to do something with a first date, try dinner and dancing at Bistro By The Sea on Highway 70 E in Morehead City, NC. He performs Friday and Saturday 7-10 pm



Right here in town you can find  John Van Dyke & Friends live at Christoph’s on the Water located inside the Double Tree. Van Dyke gets the jam underway at 7 and plays his heart out until 10 pm. There are always special guest in the house to make it a  jazzy  delight.He will also be back there on the Deck this Sunday from 5-9 pm so be sure to catch his show at least one time this weekend.



Over on Broad Street you can stop by The Brown Pelican for their weekly open mic event. I have heard poetry and great talent on stage here. One particularly talented player and singer shows up each week to play a few of her songs. Country crooner, Tiffany Elaine performs each week at 9 during this event. Check her out if you can.



Live at Halftime Pub & Grub in New Bern on Martin Luther King Dr it’s Paid Time Off live from 8-11 pm. Be sure to catch this father and daughter duo sometime soon. They give up a great show of acoustic accompaniment and dynamic vocals.

Live Music Options for Friday, July 15, 2016


Lotus Sun has two shows slotted for Friday. First they will be playing at Bike Night at Fayetteville Harley Davidson from 6-8 pm. Then they head over to Louie’s Bar located at 2417 Roberson St., Fayetteville, NC and rock the room from 10 pm – 2 am. These guys were a great way to end my night last week. Hope you can make it if you are out that way! Fun, funky fusion rock that never lost touch with their blues!! Sweet surprises with this band!


They offer a free Summer Concert Series at Riverwalk Crossing located at 421 Court St., Jacksonville, NC. This week they will present Freeway on stage from 6-8 PM, so grab a blanket for the kids and a couple of chairs and enjoy some music in the park! For more information on the Summer Series visit their website.


Looking to the west of the state Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers will be live at The Blind Tiger located at 1819 Spring Garden St., Greensboro, NC. Their show starts gets underway about 9:30 pm. I went and listened to their music and the only thing I can say is I wish Greensboro was as far as Greenville, I would probably stand up Marshall Tucker to see this band; that’s all I’m saying!


Up in High Point, NC Bobby Davis and Judy Blair are hosting the BMFD Acoustic Jam at After Hours Tavern located  at 1614 Main St., High Point, NC. They welcome all jammers after 7 pm and will jamming into the night until lights out at 2 am. Here is what I found on the event page.

What are you doing this Friday night?

I know it’s been a long hard work week….

I can’t think of a better way to wind down from the week other than listening to and playing some simple (three chord tunes+/-) bad ass acoustic music from your favorite local musicians artists?
Come on out bring your instruments, bring your band, bring your voices, bring your ears, bring your friends, bring good vibrations, and let’s have damn good time!

Hey Electric Heads! Think of this as an unplugged version of you

Don’t be a turd and spread the word! 🙂

Well I am not a turd…so grab your gear and don’t make me look bad fellas! 😉 Let’s swing!



Hank Barbee will be live at Mystery Brewing located at 230 S Nash St, Hillsborough NC.  His show is from 8 pm – 12 am and he will keep the crowd engaged. He has lots of original takes on common songs he also offers what could be your next easy grooving favorite from his own written treasure trove. Keep your eyes here for news and dates on this upcoming Carolina singer/songwriter. from Richlands, NC.


Johnny Cutt Promotions is proud to present, Soften The Glare live at The Maywood, located at 658 Maywood Ave, Raleigh, NC. This progressive rock band offers the talents of Bon Lazaga who I met cutting the blues with Cuzin Kirk’s Blues Band and features Ryan Martinie of Mudvayne. 

They also have a gig slotted for Sunday at The Reel Cafe located at 100 S Front St., Wilmington, NC. They will jam from 6 -9 pm


Also in Raleigh this Friday you can see Urban Soil with Travers Brothership at  The Pour House Music Hall located at 224 South Blount St., Raleigh, NC. Things get started about 8:00 pm.


Built For Comfort Band will be live at the Red Room located at 220 North Heritage Street in Kinston, NC this Friday rocking their brand of blues, they ought to sound great on this stage. First time I caught these boys they were playing in a park down in Morehead City. Recently adding a new bass player to the line up, Built for Comfort Band  is fired up and ready to soothe your rocking blues desires!


Looking to the north I learned that Don Stewart, one of Eastern NCs most talented and versatile drummers, will perform with The Riverboat Dixieland Jazz Band at Ichibans from 6-9 pm That is located at 28 Hiway 33 W, Chocowinity, NC.


SideTracBand will be live at Market Street Pub in Washington NC from 10 pm- 2 am. You can expect them to play the best in modern country, country rock, rock, blues and of course their own original music. They have a high energy show that gets the crowd involved with the music and everyone is guaranteed to have a great time!



Looking South, lets have a gander around the Crystal Coast for a bit…Greenville’s rockingest big band, TrainWreck will be giving it up for the folks live on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company located at 701 Evans St, Morehead City, NC from 10 pm – 2 am


Just over the bridge in Beaufort, NC; you can check out 4EverAll live at the Dock House Restaurant. This duo offers nice harmonies and a nice selection of songs to enjoy. They will be working for ya from 9 pm – 1 am right there on the waterfront.


I like to make all the stops, when I am in Beaufort myself, so be sure to check in on Turner Street and enjoy some food at Royal James Cafe. This place is just plain great. You can shoot pool, eat and toast your friends all night long and enjoy great live music.

 Cru Wine Shop  & Coffee Bar  across the road is great for a coffee stop or any night cap selection you can think of to got with your cafe. They too feature live music and often display great talents within their walls.

Just down the way from The Dock House Restaurant you can have more fun with live music on the deck at Queen Anne’s Revenge. They host players on the deck each Thursday thru Sunday.



Heading up the coast if you find yourself in Emerald Isle this weekend be sure to make your way over to EI’s premier club SALT Ultra Lounge who will be welcoming the sounds of the Machine Gun Band live this Friday from 10 pm  2 m. This is a fun place every day of the week, but Friday’s here offer live music and great reasons to groove!


Moving back to town , as usual there is plenty going down in the Bern this Friday. Right after work, put your dancing shoes on and head on down to the Turn About in town at E. Front Street and Broad Street and get ready to rock with a triple deck of talent exploding where two rivers merge…oh indeed, we will be Rockin’  On The Rivers, this Friday with an event brought to us by New Bern Chamber of Commerce.


Gates will open at 5:00 pm and at 5:45 pm local rockers  3Day Weekend will open the show with a great rock and southern rock set. They will definitely get the crowd primed and ready for the night ahead!


Following the opening set, another local talent, Bryan Mayer will perform the second set starting at 7:20 pm. He will deliver his brand of country sounds that will rock souls for miles around.

Closing out the night at 9 pm will be the very first band I ever saw live in concert. I was 14 years old and the show was awesome. Now 33 years later I am looking forward to being in a field again listening to the sounds of The Marshall Tucker Band. I will have to include photos I take at the show that night in my recap on Sunday.

Pack a lawn chair or a blanket and head on to town for this fun family event! Tickets are $15.00 in advance and can be purchased at Mitchell’s Hardware on Craven Street, The Chamber of Commerce on S. Front Street or you can buy tickets for $20 at the door. Kids under 12 are free with a paying adult, so pack up the kids too and let’s rock!



Other options around town include Rick & Jenna Leigh Huff will be rocking  from 6:30- 9:30 pm live at Triple Play Restaurant.


Downtown you can find Bruce Lynch jamming on Middle Street, when he plays live at the Thirsty Bruin from 8:30 – 10:30 pm. Lynch will rock your soul with many familiar rock and southern rock selections. He is another treasure found playing all around town. Personally he inspires me each time I see him jam!



Down the street and around the corner on Broad Street Jame Ford will be rocking The Brown Pelican from 6:30 – 10 :30 pm. Ford ‘s a talented player that puts his audience in the mood to groove in time to his good time music. If you have not seen this player shred his strings, put it on the to do list soon. He is a great talent and located right here in town!


The final show I have to tell you about for this coming Friday is happening down in Texas. Now, I know that is a little out of the Zone, but what makes it a perfect fit for this blues loving girl is the fact that Jimmie Vaughan and his Tilt-A- Whirl Band will be live at Antone’s in Austin Texas to Celebrate 41 years of live blues music. Tickets are still available for this show and can be purchased  here Tickets for Antone’s.

This is going to be an incredible night of celebrating the blues at a bar that helped to birth the Texas Blues movement! If I could be anywhere in the world tomorrow night, I would absolutely pick this venue. If you are lucky enough to live in Texas, near Austin, get grooving and buy your ticket today!

Live Music Options for Saturday, July 16, 2016~

Looking West of state first can find The Machine Gun Band live at DJ’s Restaurant & Skylounge located at 1502 W Innis St. in Salsbury, NC. They will have the crowd rocking as they deliver and live and energetic show from 9 pm to midnight.


Grooving up the highway you can find Chartrouse Microbus live at Brewballs located on 3730 S Front St., Burlington, NC. They will rock you with their fun jams and have you grooving to their way out hippie vibe as they play for a birthday bash from 10 pm – 2 am.


One of this state’s most popular band’s, The Switch will be rocking the crowd at Tony’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant located at 107 Endinburgh Dr. S, Cary NC. They get the crowd fired up with their energizing show from 10 pm – 1:30 am.


Just north , between Wake Forest and Durham there is a benefit taking place at the Creedmore City Tavern. Here is what the Facebook event page wants us to know:

Night Sky performs at 6:30 pm Tim Cifers at 10 pm. Hot dogs, BBQ, and more. 50/50 raffle.

For Full details about Tai please see: Wheels For Tai event summer fund raising.
Share and invite everyone!



Come join Carolina’s party powerhouse band, Jane Doe, for an awesome evening of great live music and drinks, at The Capitol City’s hottest night spot, Raleigh Roadhouse! Located at 510 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC; the band plays from 9 pm to 1 am. Help them turn it up for a great time!



Over in Fayetteville, NC  you can rock with Lotus Sun  Live at Mac’s Speed Shop, located at 482 N McPherson Church Rd, Fayetteville, NC. for Summer Jam this Saturday from 7-11 pm.


Monkeywrench will be rocking The Red Room this Saturday from 10 pm – 2 am. They are located at 220 S Heritage St, Kinston, NC. I love the vibe of this place.


Looking to the North The Mickele Buck Band will be rocking the hometown crowd with their brand of country seasoned rock sets at Buccaneer Music Hall  located at 2120 Fire Tower Road in Greenville, NC . They get the party started at 10 pm and groove with you til 2 am.


Also in Greenville that night you can check out The Fustics live at Crossbones Tavern located at 114 E. 5th Street, Greenville, NC. They rock the house from 10 pm – 2 am.



Looking around the coastal region Hank Barbee will be live at Bake Bottle & Brew in Swansboro NC from 5:30 –  8:30 pm


Live in Beaufort, NC at the Backstreet Pub this Saturday you can catch TONK rocking  on the patio from 6-10 pm

They also feature bands inside on Saturday nights and ask for a $3.00 cover that goes to the band directly. So come out and show your support for live music and rock your night away at The Backstreet Pub . The staff are great and music is always top notch. 


Over the bridge in Morehead City you can rock your cares away with Band of Fire live on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company from 10 pm til 2 am.



Father daughter duo Rick & Jenna Leigh Huff will be rocking the crowd at McGruders in Leland, NC from 6:30 -9:30 pm



Wild Honey will be live at The Church Street Pub & Deli in Swansboro, NC from 7 – 10 pm


NC Underground Punx presents a free show this Saturday  at the HarborSite Bar located at 1940 Highway 172 in Sneads Ferry, NC. Doors open at 5 and here is what the event page wants you to know:

FREE SHOW! Come hang out!

Music coming from Savage Remains out of V.A.
and from Jacksonville N.C. Morte K. And The Mourners

Savage Remains


Another benefit concert happening near the coast is The Benefit for Wendy. This girl sadly was murdered recently and the Time Out Tavern itaking some time out to celebrate her life and while helping her family get through this most difficult time. Please show your support as they open their doors for an all night RAVE in Wendy’s honor. On the bill are many local bands. Here is what the Event page wants you to know:

Time Out Tavern was gracious enough to let us use the bar as a benefit venue for Wendy’s family. We will be remembering Wendy’s life and raising money to help the family through this traumatic event. We will be taking donations and there will be a cover charge of 5 dollars at the door. All door proceeds will be given to her family.

Bands include :
Years Till Now (

Morte K. And The Mourners

Safe Word


Show starts at 8pm

$5 cover charge
Donations welcome

If your band is interested please contact Steven Snyder or The Time Out Tavern


Heading west out of Newport and stopping in Havelock, NC, there are two events I found there for this coming Saturday. The first I want to tell you about is Altared live at TJ’s Cave, located at 925 E Main Street, Havelock, NC. Showtime is 6-9 pm.


Soon after that show wraps up head over to Jean’s Place on Highway 70 E in Havelock to check out a newly revised  area rock band, Solid Ground who will make their debut there this Saturday, rocking the house from 9:30 til closing.



Right here in New Bern, don’t forget they offer live music on the deck at The Double Tree each Saturday afternoon from 2:30 – 5:30 pm and this week they feature the sounds of  Pauline Smith


Across the bridge in James City you can find a live open mic event at BruTopia being hosted by Matthew Kerlin. All players are welcome to join the jam between 6:30 – 9 pm.


Looking at options around town, be sure to welcome the Zen Pirates this Saturday to the Brown Pelican. The New Bern based classic rock cover act will make their debut at the dirty bird. Let’s make them feel welcome. They rock the room on Broad Street from 8-11 pm.



Over on Trent Road you can find the classic rock selections of Bruce Lynch will be rocking the Mesh Sports Lounge from 10:30 pm – 1:30 am. Get your groove on for free and enjoy great drink specials served by an awesome staff!

Live Music Options For Sunday, July 17th, 2016 ~

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The Bears will be live at Mickey Milliagn’s this coming Sunday. Music starts at 5 pm and goes until 8 pm. Finger foods will be provided for this fun and early evening gig, debuting New Bern’s beloved band, The Bears! Make them feel welcome by showing your support.  


There is a benefit Rocking Riders for a Cure taking place in Randleman, NC  at 5701 Randleman Rd. They event gets under way at 2 and finishes out about 10 pm. Great rock and for an awesome cause right here people!

Join us for a day of rock n’ roll at Riders in the Country in support of St. Jude Children’s Hospital!

Featuring live music by:
Shmack Daniels
Flat Blak Cadillac
SIN Inc.

With food provided by The Marsh Pit and Lee Shumate!


Live at Crystal Coast Unity they are offering a fun night of music and comedy with a show featuring Greg Tramblyn live from 6-9. CCU is located at 117 E Fort Macon Rd in Atlantic Beach, NC



Funk fusion rockers Lotus Sun has a show at the Lincoln Theater this Sunday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. That venue is located at 126 E Cabarrus St in Raleigh, NC


Crobot will be live with The VirginMary’s and Aeges  all happening this Sunday at Hooligan’s Pub and Music Hall located at  2620 Onslow Dr, Jacksonville, NC. This is an all ages event and doors open at 7 pm.

Live Music Options for Monday, July 18, 2016~


Mac & Juice Duo will be live at Queen Anne’s Revenge on the waterfront in Beaufort, NC this Monday starting at 5 pm.

Live Music Options for Tuesday, July 19, 2016 ~

The same duo previously mentioned act will be live at the Arendell Room located at 715 Arendell Rd., Morehead City, NC. Rocking folks next Tuesday from 9:30 pm – 1 am.



Steel Shot is the house band every Tuesday at the Buccaneer Music Hall, on Fire Tower Road in Greenville, NC. They rock the room from 10 pm – 2 am.



Big Jim & Kathy Kohler host the open jam each week from 8 pm to midnight. at Triple Play Restaurant.  They ask that all you talented players come out and help them make the night fun and diverse.


Live Music Options For Wednesday, July 20, 2016 ~


Ashley Paul and Ben Prichard  will be live at The Shed, located at 807 E Main St., Durham, NC.


In town you can find an open mic event at Mesh Sports Lounge on Trent Road from 7-10 pm each and every Wednesday night. So come on and grab your gear and have some fun. You can find a lot of great talent in this town and right there at Mesh, like Jame Ford for example.

Well kids that is a wrap on who is playing where in the week ahead. I hope you get through the rest of this week with grace and enjoy a few grooves in the weekend ahead.

Be sure to be kind to your servers and don’t forget to tip the musicians you meet along the way too. Thanks for reading. Please keep sharing my work with your friends so that we all can dance. Peace and love with a big hug, I say, THANKS FOR READING!!!


Enjoy the dance!


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