NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options and Band News~ Friday, October 21, 2016

Live Music Options for Friday, October 21, 2016~


Dan Jam with Dan Phillips is taking place at Sunset Italian Grill located at 100 Marina Dr. New Bern. This is located in Fairfield Harbour. It is beyon the main gates to the right and down at the end. Dan gets the jam started at 7 and rolls thru 10 pm. If you have not heard him yet, check him out last week with Al Gleeson and Scott Carlise at ArtWalk live at the Brown Pelican

Dan Jams ArtWalk # The Brown Pelican


Might as well shoot on over to town and tell you qbout the double bill The Brown Pelican tonight. That is of course located at 411 Broad St., New Bern. Tonight they are featuring Buck Loy entertaining the happy hour crowd from 5-7 pm.

Following Loy’s fun and familar set of great grooves we get to welcome The Hounds  to the house and they will make their debut and play for the crowd from 7-10 pm. This blues duo will be making their debut on the city club circuit though the players are well versed. Known mostly for their work as players with the New Bern Civic Theater Band, they are stretching out and bringing their blues to the Dirty Bird tonight. This show is free and the music will be swinging!


Chit Nasty Band is making their City Laundry debut located at 901 Pollock St,. New Bern, NC. This promises also to be a great doublw bill for $7.00 admission. Here is what I got from the event posted on FB:

You asked for it, you begged for it, and it’s finally here. Chit Nasty Band will make their triumphant return to New Bern, their first full band show since Bernaroo 2015, on October 21st at The City Laundry. This raucous Raleigh-based funk band is known for their timless tunes and engaging live shows and they’re guaranteed to be bringing New Bern yet another sweat-soaked dance party. Local upstarts Bearfoot Monty are set to open the evening. Admission is $7 and doors will open at 8:00 p.m. with the music starting at 9:00.

Chit Nasty Band’s live show is nothing short of a euphoric experience, their last full band outing in New Bern closed out with a Soul Train-inspired dance tunnel that saw folks young and old engaging with one another in a release of pure, unadulterated happiness. With infectious melodies and captivating rhythms, attendees are guaranteed to be drenched in the funk and overcome with love and positivity. We may be in a tumultuous time as a country, but it’s always all good in the Nasty Nation!

Opening up the evening will be the debut of New Bern-based Bearfoot Monty. Led by vocalist Justin Hargett, this roots rock blues-based crew is an incredibly promising young act with an attention-grabbing sound. Featuring members of Merchant’s Road and The Dick Richards, these seasoned musicians will be bringing their whiskey-soaked sound to the stage for one hell of an opening act. While they only have one live video showcasing their music, there’s no doubt that Bearfoot Monty is a name you’ll want to keep your eye on.

This sounds like a fun show to check out, and I think the opening act is going to offer  a fresh sound for the New Bern scene. Make sure to check out Barefoot Monty!



Just over the bridge in James City there is no shortage of entertainment eitheryou can find Rick Huff on stage at Triple Play Restaurant located at 111 Williams Rd. New Bern, NC.  He will be giving up his grooves from 6-9 pm.

Following Huff’s soulful set, the room will welcome The Bi-Polar Express rwho olls through and rocks the room from 9:00 pm til 1:30 am. This fun trio features all local talent with skills that make them fun to watch. If you missed their debut, tonight is the night to  fill your prescription of rock and roll!

Around The Region:

Live at the Twisted Kitty located at 2918 Fort BraggRd., Fayetteville, NC offers a triple rock bill with Last Call Messiahs, Osara and Machinegun Earl & The Algor Rhythm Band. Music starts at 8 pm and it don’t stop til 2 am. If you are going out in search of original music with rock origins, pay attention to the players that are crossing this stage! Good stuff.


Mercy Creek has a gig live tonight at Villedge-Wood Fired Kitchen located at 207 SW Greenville Blvd., Greenville. This show taking olace from 8:30-11:30 pm promises to deliver some earthy sounds and agressive folk rock beats. That sounds fun enough to want to dance.


Looking down around the Southern Coast you can find another triple bill of rock n roll fun with Jucifer, A Bottle Volcanic  and Revolving Beast are on the stage tonight to rock you. Here are more details about the bands and details about admission and cost:


A Bottle Volcanic

Revolving Beast

doors at 9 / show at 10
18+ / $7

Reggie’s 42nd St Tavern is located at 1415 S 42nd St, Wilmington, NC.


Headed north on Highway 17 we find Daryl Lucas live tonight at The Fat Turtle Market & Tiki Bar. Located at 2181 New River Inlet Rd., North Topsail, NC. He gets Fireball Friday started at 9:30 and rocks the crowd with his brand of music until 1 am.


Steel County Express will be live at The Tarheel Opry House this weekend with shows slottted for Friday and Saturday nights from 8 pm til midnight. Put your boots on and get ready to kick it and have some fun.



Since we are out around Jacksonville let me tell you too that you can grab dinner and some music at Marina Cafe,  located at 110 S Marine Blvd. Wher Big Jim Kohler rocks his blues away with his bride Kathleen Kohler. They get the jam started at 7 and play until 10 pm.



My sweet sounding friend Justin Castellano has gigs in Swansboro this weekend.

Tonight he is at Boro Restaurant & Bar from 7-10 pm. They are located at 109 N Front St., Swansboro NC. Come on out and eat while enjoying this hard working player as he sing during your supper!

If you miss him there tonight you can catch him live at the Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant located at 103 W Moore St, Swansboro, NC. He will be grooving for the crowd on hand there from 9 pm til midnight tomorrow!


Winding things down with my favorite local guitar grinder, Adam Hill and his band have a show tonight at The Red Room, located at 220 N Heritage St., Kinston, NC. This powerhouse trio will surely rock your world. It is a pleasure to see this talented player come to life as music flows from his finger tips. IT is not every player that can lend support to such strong skills, but Hill has found a few great players that help lift his talents even more. Go see them tonight for a slight music charge. Before long you will be paying for concert tickets to see this guy, he is that amazing!

Here is a clip of Hill performing live last week in New Bern…his talent is telling:

Adam Hill Solo Original and Alive at The Brown Pelican

Thanks so much for reading and please feel free to send me where you are playing so that I can share your news with my readers. My email is

Please party responsibly and be kind to even your meanest friend! Don’t hold grudges and make sure you take the time to dance




NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options and Band News~ Saturday, October 15, 2016

Live Music Options for Saturday, October 15, 2016

Around the Region:

Starting things out around the Western part of our beautiful state we find some blues done right at Finnigan’s Wake located at 620 North Trade St., Winston-Salem, NC. Tonight they feature the sounds of Abe Reid & The Spike Drivers. Kicking things off will be the grooves of Peter May. Music starts at 8 pm and they play til midnight!


 Daryl Lucas returns to the stage as a newlywed stringer. I say, make him feel welcome as he debuts his new life on a new stage. Check him out at The Mad Boar  located at 111 River Village Pl, Wallace, NC. Music starts at 8 he’ll have ya grooving til 11 pm.



Looking to our North, the most cozy sound will be warming the air at AJ McMurphy’s located at 1914 Turnberry Dr., Greenville, NC. That is where you can dig on some traditional blues and roots grooving rock by way of Built For Comfort Band.  They rock the room from 9 pm til the midnight hour.


Heading to the coast? On your way you can enjoy the great tastes of The 35th Annual Havelock Chili Festival. On the stage in Walter B Jones Park  you can rock to the country duo out of SteelTown America (Steelers Nation), Pittsburgh, PA;  known for their work with SteelTown Cowboy:

They get things rocking at 1:30 pm and concluding their performance at the Festival they are packing up and heading for the coast, so we might as well let them take us there…

Tonight you can dig on the grooves of Shelby Lightner Duo live at the Royal James Cafe. They will be live from 9 pm til 1 am for you to dance and enjoy. Royal James has great burgers, awesome service and great live music, stop in and enjoy. Located at 117 Turner St., Beaufort, NC, it is easy to get to and worth the trip.



Just over the bridge in Morehead City my friend of many eclectic instruments Simon Spalding let me know about his gig at Infusion Cafe located at 1012 Arendell St., Morehead City. Here is what I learned:

“I’m performing Russian and Ukrainian music at The Infusion Cafe in Morehead City! It promises to be great fun…. Here’s how my hosts describe it:

Join us for this fantastic journey. Feast on traditional food. Be surrounded by the soulful old world music of the region… the longing voice of a violin accompanied by soulful cello, a djembe heartbeat, and fiery guitar rhythms & harmonies!
Let our gypsy band lead you on this fantastic journey. Violinist and domra-player Simon Spalding and cellist Erin Butcher, guitarist Kurt Petersen and percussionist Todd Hart will combine their talents to paint a musical picture to spark the imagination and enchant the ear, taking us on a musical adventure we wont soon forget.
What a perfect way to spend an October evening!
This night of traditional gypsy music and Romanian food will surely to be night to remember!

Seating is limited. Tickets required. 252-240-2800.


There are a few shows going on in Swansboro that I heard about so let’s wander around there for a bit.

Wild Honey will be live at Church Street Deli located at 105 W Church St., Swansboro. They will be jamming from 7-10 pm. This is a great pick for dinner and dancing kids. They are a familiar favorite on the Swansboro scene and tonight is the night you can enjoy their music and making memories!


Just around the corner you can check out The Aqoostics live at The Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant. This fun duo will be in the lounge from 9 pm til they close the joint down. I say that like this is some hole it the wall. No sir, this is a wonderful place for a date night, offering some savory dishes and great service, I love how they support live music every Wednesday and Saturday nights. They are located at 103 W Moore St., Swansboro.


Live at the Saltwater Grill located at 99 W Church Street you can enjoy a free concert with Spare Change live from 7 til 11 pm. Here are the details about this event all found on their Facebook event page:

“FREE Concert with Spare Change Band THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!

Swansboro Five-O King Mackerel Tournament – Downtown Swansboro @ Saltwater Grill

Live weigh-ins on Friday, Oct 14th & Saturday, Oct 15th starting at 4PM. Beer garden, corn hole games and music by MAD Music!

Saturday night – the incredible Spare Change Band rocks the waterfront for a FREE concert starting at 7PM!

Presented By:
Transportation Impact
Bud Light
Stevenson Chevrolet
Smith Custom Homes

Check out for more info!


Heading out highway 24 and over the bridge you can check out the great rocking grooves of New Bern’s own Zen Pirates live from 10 pm til 1 am on stage at The E-Club  located at 8102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. These guys and this girl know how to show every crowd a rocking good time.

Around Town, New Bern:

Speaking of New Bern we might as well bring it right back around to home as I get ready to head out the door to fill the roll out of the 8th Annual Breast Cancer Ride and Benefit going down at Harley Davidson of New Bern located at 1603 Highway 70 East, New Bern. Registration starts at 9 am. Kickstands up at 11, back to the barn at 12:30 for lunch, prizes and live music by Solid Ground. Let’s come together and make this event memorable by bringing lots of love and money to our local Journey of Hope. 

All cancer sucks, but October is all about the Booooobs, so let’s rally at this event today and make a big difference.


My heart gets going just thinking about the incredible talent that is rolling into town. If you have not caught SOLID GROUND you have two opportunities to do so today and tonight New Bern peeps!!!! They welcome in the riders from 12:30-3 pm at Harley Davidson of New Bern. Following dinner at my ranch the band will be heading over to The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC.

This four piece has a rhythm section from Jacksoneville and powerhouse singer from Pamlico County and an amazing guitar man leading the way from Pink Hill. They stay busy all around our region, but today and tonight they are all your New Bern…LET’S DANCE!

I had an amazing night walking around New Bern. I missed a few gigs but enjoyed all the shows I got to see. I hope to recap my weekend in the week ahead. Until then I just wanted to than you for reading. You can be a part of the NCMZ.LIVE listings by sending me an email.

I hope you have a great Saturday! Pray for our friends and neighbors in NC. Be kind to all you meet. Hug strangers and smile at everyone. Please remember servers are serving many and they get paid little, so your patience and tips are always appreciated. You know who else deserves big tips, music makers that make you DANCE!!! Free music is never free. please tip the players and buy their merchandise! I love you for supporting live music. Let’s groove!



NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options and Band News~ Friday, October 14, 2016

Live Music Options for Friday, October 14, 2016~

Around The Region:


The NC State Fair is taking place over the next week and tonight you can catch Matt Phillips live on stage from 5 – 8 pm. For all the details on this year’s events check out the link


Since we are talking about Festivals might as well tell you about the Havelock Chili Festival kicking off tonight and going through the day tomorrow. To keep up with the latest news and to find out more check out their page on Facebook by clicking this link:

Tonight One Lane Bridge will perform live  from 5 – 8 pm. Tomorrow you can catch Scott Shelby and Rob Lightner of SteelTownCowboy at Walter B Jones Park. They get rocking with their grooves at 1:30 pm.

The duo also have a couple of shows lined up at The Royal James Cafe located at 117 Tuner St, Beaufort. You can catch them tonight and tomorrow night from  9 pm til 1 am.


4EverAll are live tonight at Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC. They are a fun duo who play off each other quite well and deliver classics that make you want to dance and groove with your sweetie! And why not? It is time to weekend! They can be heard live from 8:30-11:30 pm.

Around Town, New Bern


Blues duo Big Jim & Kathleen Kohler will be belting out their songs in front of The Black Cat Shoppe on Middle St from 5-8 pm.



Dan Jam with Dan Phillips and Friends is going down tonight at The Brown Pelican from 5-8 pm. The Dirty Bird is located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern. Come on out during ArtWalk and enjoy a cocktail and some great tunes from Dan and friends!


For those in it for the Art, this Art Walk, stop in at StarDust Gallery located at 224 Middle Street, New Bern where you can take in the works of the Survivors Knights Art Exhibit. These pieces were all created by the hands of the hurting. Please stop in and check out what comforts these healers.


While strolling along Middle Stree be sure to stop in at Bank of The Arts and enjoy all of the works out on display there as well.

ArtWalk is a fun experience that takes place on the second Friday of each month from 5 pm til 8 pm. There is live music throughout the streets and in the bars. Also, there is lots of live art to take in as well. Be sure to stroll the scenic town and take in as much of the culture as you can. Following  ArtWalk there is lots of music for listeners to enjoy…

Some of the acts being featured around town tonight include the following:

Paid Time Off will be on stage at the Thirsty Bruin located at 224 Middle Street. If you have not caught this talented father daughter duo, you will be pleased when you do. They offer many classics and they blend harmonies and mesh measures on their six strings like few families do. Be sure to stop in and enjoy their set tonight. They will be performing from 8-11 pm.



When Fools Rush In will be performing live at Rivertowne Ballroom located at 305 Pollock Street. If you like tradional Swing and Jazz music, this is the place to go after ArtWalk.Tickets are $10 and you can bring your own bottle of wine or cooler of beer. This is a fun time and the room sounds grand! Show time is 8 -11 pm.


The City Laundry located at 901 Pollock St, New Bern, offers Music After ArtWalk each month and this month you can enjoy the sounds of Blue Frequency opening for The Dick Richards. Tickets for this show are available at the door for $5.00. Music starts at 8 and goes until 11 pm.



There is no shortage of things to do across the bridge tonight either. First up you can check out one of the most eccentric guitar players I have ever had the pleasure to see in these parts. Mr. Justin Castellano is in town and bringing his grooves to BrÜtopia located at 1201 Highway 70 E New Bern. He will be jamming from 7-10 pm.



Live tonight at Triple Play Restaurant located at 111 Williams Road, New Bern; you can enjoy the sounds of two great country bands. Caroline Dare starts things off early from 6-9 pm and Bryan Mayer will finish out the night with his rocking country set from 9 til closing. The last time I saw these two acts together it was at last year’s Barn Bash. It will be wonderful to hear them again!


Well it looks like I will be getting up early to deliver your options for tomorrow, since now it is time to WEEKEND! Please party responsibly and be kind to all you meet. Please tip your servers and bartenders and don’t forget to give some green to the music makers that move you. Life is too short to be anything but kind and generous!

Don’t forget the Breast Cancer Run and Benefit for Journey of Hope, taking place tomorrow at New Bern Harly Davisdon. Come on out and support that boobs!   I look forward to seeing you somewhere soon. Thanks for reading now please share so we can all enjoy the dance!


NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options and Band News~ Thursday, October 13, 2016

Looking at the Weekend~


On Saturday, October 15, 2016 the Annual Breast Cancer Benefit Ride will roll out of the Harley Davidson of New Bern. This event started eight years ago and came about when Paul Brown decided to help his wife and her sisters. They were signed up for the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in Charolette, NC. In order to participate, walkers must raise a minimum of $1800 from sponsors before walking the two day,  36 mile hike. To help them reach their sponsorship goals he got together with Harley Davidson of New Bern to organize the first ride. They raised $5,500.00 and the three sisters walked for breast cancer research.

For five more years, Brown (Photo above) assembled the ride in the hopes of raising awareness as well as the money needed for his wife and her sisters to walk. Last year, however, Charolette stopped hosting the walk due to lack of participation. So instead of scrapping the idea of the annual ride, Brown approached our local organization Journey of Hope to see if they would be willing to partner in the ride. They agreed and last year they were presented with a check for $9,247.00.

This ride grows with each passing year and we are hoping that this year is no exception. Breast Cancer has touched most lives on some level. Even if you don’t ride, you can participate by making donations and being on hand for the event. The great thing about this ride and benefit is the money stays local. It helps our own community members as they face their most troubling times.

Registration starts at 9 am. Kickstands up at 11 am and the ride will return to Harley Davidson of New Bern for lunch and live music from SOLID GROUND.

For those who can’t be on had for the event but wish to donate, please drop checks off at Harley Davidson of New Bern  located at 1613 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. Please note on the check Breast Cancer Ride.

Live Music Options for Thursday, October 13, 2016~

Around The Region:


17 year old Blues guitar phenom Matthew Curry opened for Peter Frampton and The Doobie Brothers at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park on Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Alpharetta, Ga.

Matthew Curry is live tonight at The Blue Note Grill, located at 709 Washington St., Durham, NC. Tickets for this show are $8.00 and the show starts at 8 pm. This place offers a great bbq menu and serves up sizzling blues talent seven nights a week on stage. Tonight will be no exception. In fact read about this player for yourself. Here is what was under the details section of the FB Event:

“Kid can shout like Joe Cocker, play guitar like a young Jeff Beck and rock like he’s still inside his first pair of shoes.” – Edmonton Sun

“Seemingly out of nowhere, MATTHEW CURRY has been creating a serious buzz the past few years. This rising star from the Heartland of Normal, IL has already seen rock star-like standing ovations at key festivals both in the U.S. and abroad, and the lines for his autograph at the merchandise booths are longer than most headliners. ”
— Top 40

Curry’s roots certainly run muddy-waters deep, something that’s not been lost on the guitar legends he’s had the honor of sharing the stage with over the past few years. “Matthew Curry is a phenomenal guitar player,” marvels Peter Frampton. “A highlight from my tour last year was jamming with him. He’s the next guitar hero!” Echoing that sentiment is Steve Miller, whom Curry both opened for and joined onstage during an exhilarating nine-date run in Canada in 2014 — and will again be his opening act for a slew of dates starting in May. Steve Miller declares that Curry is a “wonderful guitar player [and] great songwriter in the Stevie Ray Vaughan area of virtuosity and originality.” Besides continuing on with the Steve Miller Band, Curry will also be opening for The Doobie Brothers and Don Felder. “I’m absolutely thrilled,” Curry says of supporting these and other heavy hitters. “We have so much fun out there and I really, really enjoy it. I grew up listening to those guys, so to be out on the road with people like Don Felder, The Doobie Brothers, and the Steve Miller Band is quite an honor.”

Not only does he get to go toe to toe and string to string with some of his heroes, but Curry recently became one of only 10 artists asked to be a part of The Fender Accelerator Tour, a program that provides developing artists the resources needed to get out on the road and spread the good word about what they do and where they can be seen next. Fender provided a touring van, promotion, equipment and publicity to their 2 Million plus fans!

While Curry loves it when his band headlines its own gigs, he also sees the opening slot as a way of winning over new fans one lick at a time. “Part of the reason people like us so much is because we’re not just a corner-bar blues band,” he reflects. “We’re trying to make an impact and connect with audiences as best we can, even though when they see this young blond kid with a Stratocaster walk out there, they’re thinking, ‘Just get it over with.’ I know they’re there for someone else, but we’re able to grab their attention, so I like to think some of those people are walking away as fans.”

First up, 19-year-old blues phenom Matthew Curry. Hailing from Normal, Illinois, Curry has been capturing the attention of established acts and fans across the country as he’s toured with the Steve Miller Band and now the Doobie Brothers and Peter Frampton. Curry’s guitar riffs are so strong for his age that Peter Frampton had to give him kudos on his Facebook page: “I must also mention Matthew Curry who is opening for us on these dates. He wowed us all!! I see a big future for Matthew. Someone asked me in an interview today if I thought there could be any more guitar heroes. Well, hell yes of course and Matthew is one who will prove that to be true.”
Rocket, Music News Nashville July 2014

Curry believes the way to convert an audience is to perform an undeniably engaging set. “One thing I really enjoy is putting together a show,” he acknowledges. “We all have so much fun when we’re up there. Interacting with your bandmates or interacting with the people in the crowd — like maybe jumping off the mike and stepping out front and singing to them really loud — can really make people think, ‘This is so great!’ Sometimes it’s the real simple things that will connect you to the audience like that.”

As much as Matthew Curry is invested in summoning the spirit of the blues — a commitment that’s in full display on the pair of smokin’ hot albums he’s released to date, 2011’s barn-burning If I Don’t Got You and 2014’s hard-charging testifier Electric Religion — the 19-year-old guitar slinger and soulful singer from Bloomington, Illinois likes to take a much broader view of his style. “If somebody came up and asked me what I would call my music, I don’t think I would say ‘the blues,’” he admits. “And I don’t think I would say ‘rock and roll,’ either. I would actually say, ‘good music.’ Blues is my first love, but I also love ’60s rock like Cream, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix. I’m also into things like Southern rock, Chet Atkins, and The Allman Brothers. All of those artists are complete musicians. They write great songs, and they sing great too. They’re just incredible.”

All in all, it’s been an amazing trajectory for someone who just couldn’t get enough of that guitar stuff at age 4 to having a tune he’d written, If I Don’t Got You’s epic tour de jam “Blinded by the Darkness,” win accolades as the Best Blues Song in the International Songwriting Competition. “My dad had this beautiful Martin acoustic guitar, and he was really big into old-school blues like Muddy Waters,” Matthew recalls. “It really caught my ear. I can remember my dad sitting in his recliner and playing his acoustic while I would just sit on the floor, watching every single movement his fingers made. I was mesmerized by the sound.”


There is a quadruple bill of indie music lined up tonight at The Pour House Music Hall located at 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC. Tonight you can hear the music of  LBLB  as well as enjoying  performances by Temperance League,   Austero and Silas Kane & The Citizens Admission is free and show starts at 8:30 pm.


The Rob Philbeck Duo is live tonight at Bahama Breeze Island Grille located at 3309 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh, NC. Show starts at 6 pm and they rock the dinner crowd til 9 with all the familiar favorites.


Justin Castellano  will be on the patio tonight at Carolina Home & Garden located at 4778 Highway 24, Newport, NC.  You can enjoy his grooves along with some appetizers and wine and beer for purchase, from 6:30-9:30 pm. Personally I am excited that he is coming to our town tomorrow night. Lookign forward to hugging his neck and grooving to his guitar at BruTopia on highway 70 E in New Bern. More on that tomorrow, but tonight in New Bern…here is the lowdown:

Around Town, New Bern




Tonight at The City Laundry it is Vintage Night featuring the serenading sounds of Alisa E. Mike, whom I have decided is happiest when holding a mic! Come out from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The City Laundry is located at 901 Pollocks St., New Bern, NC. There is no cover charge for this twice monthly event. However free music is never free so please support Alisa’s efforts while taking care of your servers too.



Over at The Brown Pelican you can jon in the fun by packing up the gig bag and bringing your talent to jam at open mic between 7 and 10 pm. Located at 411 Broad Street, it offers a great vibe and very talented group of artists always. Might just as well stop in for a cold beverage and some live music while you are out holiday shopping, before the rush! (Yes, I did just pull the holiday card early.)



Last but never least, please remember Thursdays means jazz done right at Christoph’s on the Water located inside the DoubleTree by Hilton, on South Front St., New Bern, NC. That is where you can find John Van Dyke and his friends live, 7-10 pm for dinner and great music.  The good times always roll on Thursdays, so if you have not seen it yet, you are missing out.

Well sweet readers, please join me in a prayer for our many friends and neighbors that are dealing with the tremendous flood that is hitting so close to home for so many. We have to forget about the things that divide us, embrace the good in each of us and help each other out. We are one nation under God and we have to take care of each other. Please do what you can to make the load easier on someone who is suffering. Life is short. If you are living in an area where the flood is threatening you and you are confused, let me remind you that your life means everything to me and thoses that love you. I know it is hard to leave, but it is just stuff. Withut you we have nothing. Please leave if you have been warned.

I will return tomorrow with a rundown of where you can dance. Until then, thanks for reading, please share this with all your friends. Much love and continued prayers for NC!



NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options and Band News ~ Friday, October 7, 2016

Live Music Options for Friday Night:

Around the Region:

Looking out West first where there is no threat of Hurricane Matthew, you can check in with original indie roots rocker, Hank Barbee performing live tonight from 8 – 11 pm at Common Grounds 602 S. Elam Ave., Greensboro, NC


New Bern’s own Country music artist, Bryan Mayer will be performing live at the 6th Annual Masonic Homecoming Festival taking place at The Masonic Home for Children in Oxford, NC. Mayer is slotted to perform from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. on The Pit Stage. For the full weekend line up of events, check out this link:


With regard to The Clutch performing out doors tonight in Raleigh, here is the latest news on that show:

 Effective immediately, due to impeding rainy weather this Friday, the CLUTCH, Zakk Sabbath and Kyng show outdoors at the Lincoln Theater is being moved inside to the Memorial Auditorium @ the Duke Energy Center.

Any tickets already purchased are good for entry for this concert at Memorial Auditorium @ the Duke Energy Center. For anyone still looking to buy tickets, tickets are still available here (

Here is the link to the new venue’s website:

Memorial is in the Duke Energy Center and is two blocks from the Lincoln Theater


Not letting a little rain get in the way, they are hosting a Hurricane Party at Marina Cafe located at 110 S Marine Blvd., Jacksonville, NC featuring the sounds of Barefoot Wade live from 7:30 – 10:30 pm.

Along the Coast:

Blue October will be live at The Throne Theater located at 208 Market St., Wilmington, NC.

Here is what the band posted about the event tonight. “We can’t wait to play The Throne Theater on Friday! In order to ensure you can get home safely after the show with Hurricane Matthew on it’s way, we are going to move everything up one hour. Doors will open at 6pm, Danny Malone at 7pm, and Blue October will go on at 8pm. If you purchased meet & greet passes, the meet & greet will still be happening at 5pm.”


Ed Prophet will be live at Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. He will be sharing his songs from 8:30-11:30 pm



Lorrie Morgan and her management team have decided that it would be in everyone’s best interest to schedule the start of her Friday concert ONE HOUR EARLIER. The concert will now be at 7:00 p.m. instead of 8:00 p.m.

Carteret Community Theatre. Home of the best live shows and PRE-HURRICANE PARTIES on the Crystal Coast!

Lorrie Morgan, the first woman in her genre to begin her career with three consecutive Platinum albums, re-emerges on Shanachie Entertainment with Letting go…Slow. It is a collection that showcases a rainbow of emotions, from darkest heartache to bright, shiny humor.

Morgan has long been the envy of her peers for her lustrous vocal phrasing and the down-to-earth believability of her torchy performances. On records such as “A Picture of Me Without You” and “I Guess You Had to Be There,” she ached with pain. She was feisty and sassy in “Watch Me,” “What Part of No” “Five Minutes” and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.” She has kicked up her stiletto heels in fun on her hits “Except for Monday” and “Go Away.” On her epic “Something in Red” she was an anguished, struggling every woman.


Justin Castellano will be jamming his jams at Bistro By The Sea located on Highway 70 East, Morehead City, NC. He gets the dinner crowd grooving at 7 and plays until 10 pm tonight and tomorrow night too! Be sure to look for this talented stringer here in New Bern next week at The Thirsty Bruin on Friday, October 14, 2016.

Around Town, New Bern:


Robert Hurff

Robert Hurff will be live at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. He will be rocking the room from 7-10 pm and there is no cover for this show.


Buck Loy will be live tonight at The Thirsty Bruin located at 224 Middle Street, Nw Bern, NC. He gets the crowd rocking from 8:30 – 10 pm and there is no cover charge for this show!


Tonight and Tomorrow night at The New Bern Civic Theater located at 414 Pollock Street, New Bern it is the return of Rick Faugno with special guest Joyce Chittick.

Tickets are $30.00 plus tax and are available at the door. This show starts at 8 pm.


Just over the bridge in James City you can groove to the Blues with Big Jim and his lovely bride Kathleen Kohler live at Triple Play Rastaurant, located at 111 Williams Rd., New Bern, NC. They will be rocking the dinner crowd from 6:00-9:00 pm.

Following their show get ready to rock with the areas hottest rock band Solid Ground, who will take the stage 9:30 pm til closing around 1:30 am. There is a music charge for the late show but not the early show.


Well kids these are the shows that are happening in preparation of Hurricane Matthew. Whatever you do, get out and dance. Life is too short not to dance and have fun. Please be kind to your servers and bartenders! And by all means, please tip the music makers that help make your world go ’round.

Have a wonderful weekend, stay safe, party responsibly and enjoy the dance! Thanks for reading, now please share with your friends so we can all dance!


NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options & Band News – Sunday, September 25, 2016

Live Music Options for Sunday, September 25, 2016~



Around the Region ~



Starting things out the same way we did all weekend long loong to the West and Ray Price’s Capital City BikeFest which wraps up today with performances by Fly Wheel, featuring service department workers rocking you from noon til 1:30 pm. They will be on the Ray Price Harley Davidson Stage located at 1126 S Saunders Ave., Raleigh, NC.

Following their show the event will close out with house favorites Pseudo Cowboys from 2 til 3:30 pm. I learned all about this event on Facebook and here is what the event page said about today:

Sunday closes out the Ray Price Capital City Bikefest weekend and at the Dealership we are proud to bring you Flywheel, the Ray Price House Band made up of some of our talented service technicians along with Ray Price favorite the Pseudo Cowboys! Both bands will keep you entertained with your favorite rock covers!

12:00-1:30pm – Flywheel
2:00-3:30pm – Pseudo Cowboys

Ray Price Capital City Bikefest is a FREE Family Friendly 3-Day event in Downtown Raleigh, NC!

Sound provided by Metal-Ward Entertainment

To learn more about all the FREE live concerts throughout the weekend visit:



Closing out the event at Carrboro Music Fest is local guitar ace, Matt Phillips and the band Back Pocket will take the stage at 11 pm. You can catch them at 2nd Wind located at 118 E Main St., Carrboro, NC. Phillips is a funky and fresh player with jazz overtones and cutting blues licks, he is pretty amazing solo, would love to hear him with a full band.Maybe you can head over there tonight and go live for me!!!


Looking to the North, I found a couple of family friendly free events happening in Greenville. First up you can head over to Pitt County Fairgrounds located at 3901 Greenville Blvd., Greenville, NC where you can enjoy the gospel sounds of Southern Harmony from 3 til 4 pm this afternoon


Once things wrap up at the Fairgrounds head over To A.J. Fletcher Music Center over at the college to enjoy the Recital and Masterclass of Joseph Loveinsky. I think anyone who takes in both events will have a new lease on life with a soul filled of music inspiration.

For this second event here is what I learned:

We welcome Joseph Lovinsky, formerly Principal Horn of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” to ECU for a Masterclass (3:00-4:00 PM) and Recital (4:30 PM) in room B110. Dr. Joanna Ross Hersey will join him for the Sonata for Horn, Tuba and Piano “Dancing with Myself” by Barbara York, as well as other solo works for horn, euphonium, tuba and piano. Anyone is welcome to put their name in to perform in the masterclass, names will be drawn by Dr. Hersey. Free Admission, no tickets required, please join us!


Looking around to the South I found another couple of options for your consideration.


Heading down Highway 17 S we can stop in Jacksonville and check out Gene Gregory who will be rocking his brand of country and rock classics from 4 – 7 pm. That good time will be taking place at The Outpost Saloon, located at 3038 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville, NC.


Another great live option for thoses even further South along the coast…check out Trae Pierce and The T-Stones live and in concert tonight at The Whiskey located at 1 S. Front St., Wilmington, NC.

Here is everything you need to know about this show:

Grammy Award-winning bassist Trae Pierce is leading a wild new musical experience known as Trae Pierce & the T-Stone Band (TPTS). Defined by hard-edged funk and hip-hop mixed with rock and blues, TPTS has developed a high-energy live show with a modern feel that also recalls the unstoppable grooves of Bootsy Collins: they “wants to funk you up!” Trae is a world-class bassist and four-time Grammy Award-winner (with the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama) who cut his bass chops as a member of The Ohio Players.

Trae Pierce (Multi Grammy Award Winner)- Bassist/Vocals/Talkbox

Ramon (Rae) Pierce- Vocals

David “D1” Grant- Music Director/Keyboardist

Charron Freeman- Bassist/Vocals

Gordon “G” Rodgers- Drums

Adam James- Guitarist/Vocals

Doors open 8 pm
Show Starts 10 pm


Around Town, New Bern:

Today is the final show for DeathTrap A Killer Comedy at The New Bern Civic Theater located at 414 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC. Showtime is 2 pm!



Jill & The Authentics

Live on the deck tonight at The DoubleTree by Hilton on South Front street, you can enjoy the sounds of Jill & The Authentics. This band will have you shagging to swinging before the night is over. They will be performing from 5-9 pm so join them for dinner and dancing as the sun sets and the moon and stars rise!

Well kids those are your music options for around the state today. Whatever you do, go out and promote kindness! Hug strangers and remember FREE MUSIC IS NEVER FREE so please tip the music makers that make your life better!

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