NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options & Music News ~ Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday Teasers~

When I listen through to Lee Delray’s,  Brand New Man,  his second release in recent years and latest effort; I am can hear his many different influences and am even reminded of  my own life’s version of “Yesterday’s Tears” the final track of the recording that had me recalling how we met so many years ago.

I met this blues stringer when he crossed paths with a blues slinger from NEPA that I represented for more than a decade. Delray and I have been friends for the better part of seventeen years.  Born in Florida and raised in New York, he hails from PA and is making some waves throughout the industry with his new works.

Vested in the blues since I met him in 1998, he has spent his time playing hard and building his fan base. Since setting out on the road, Delray has worked hard to get to where he is today. This is the follow up to his initial recorded effort 570-BLUES. That 2013 debut that climbed the charts and shined a light on Delray’s potential in the blues world.

Looking over this new release, some of my favorite tracks on this new ten song release that will help solidify his roots in Keeping The Blues Alive, include “Hollar” a catchy come here tune that ought to get ya grooving; “Gotcha” a gritty guitar number that tells it like it is and “Cookin’ In My Kitchen.”  In all, these selections not only depict the life of a blues man, but with Delray at the helm, he is sure to rock face with his brand of music.

Thick in the blues, Delray is also influenced by funk and country and good ol rock n roll. Sticking true to his own roots on this latest effort you can find them all mixed in as he lays his soul out; track after track. Right on down to the final offering, a bonus track on the new release. “Don’t Ya Mind,” the Son House classic sung in true, raw acapella fashion. To be quite honest I like this effort from the opening track “Meet My Maker” to the bonus offered on the purchase of the actual disc. To check it out and learn more about Lee Delray and his trio of blues rock that will certainly move you; visit his website at www.leedelray.com.

Brand New Man is out now and you can get a copy on Amazon, through iTunes or go to Lee Delray’s website and check out his history and his latest news too. I am telling my friends in North Carolina about this artist today so that they are plenty familiar with him when I bring him through the state in January and February.

Plans are in the works to have The Lee Delray Band here as the band travels to and from Memphis at the turn of the new year. He is now the two-time regional International Blues Challenger winner. Delray represented the Lehigh Valley Blues Network at the IBC in Memphis, TN in 2014 and will be returning in 2017 to represent the Second Story Blues Alliance. With his current climb of the blues charts just underway we ought to have a number on blues act in town in just a matter of months.

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On another note, I have an area  artist to tell you about as well. I happened to  receive an older release from the above pictured axe man, Hank Barbee a few weeks back.  He gave me a copy of his self named debut release from 2012 when we met and I have been enjoying many of the tracks on that release as I get ready for this singer/songwriter to come to town this weekend.

Barbee will be appearing live at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC this Saturday evening. He will take the stage at 9 pm and will be in the house  with merchandise to sell. Great on guitar and soothing on vocals, I like this six string player. He is fun, his music familiar and this Richlands player truly enjoys interacting with his audience.

I caught him along the coast at Cru Bar & Wine Store in Beaufort. I think he is a great fit for New Bern and the crowd ought to enjoy his contemporary style and sound.  Currently finishing up his second release which will be available this fall, Barbee is excited about his follow up effort, Son Royale.

To keep up with all this stringers news and dates check him out at www.hankbarbee.com. You can also search him out on YouTube and look for him on Facebook too!

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The final teaser that I have for you is an event taking place at The City Laundry located at 901 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC on Saturday; October 1, 2016.

Foodie Blues with Vincent Farro is a special engagement that requires a reservation in advance. Seating for this night featuring fine food and glorious entertainment is limited which is why I am telling you early.

I have sampled the chef’s food and it is delicious. He is a top notch caterer new to town. In the short time he has been in New Bern, Farro has kept busy with all his many crafts. He is a Champion Hair Stylist that owed a salon in New Jersey. He keeps his license in good standing and offers haircuts to people who can’t leave home, whether it be because of a disability or an age factor, Farro will come to the house to cut your hair.

He also has a love for cooking and started his own catering business since arriving to town seven months ago. He at another time in his years, also ran a restaurant in New Jersey. In case that is not enough to keep a man going, he is a singer and acoustic guitar player that enjoys jamming to his own original numbers as well as classics that remind people of fun times with song.

Tickets for this intimate event of food, music and memory making fun are $45.00 per person and that includes a full gourmet buffet prepared by Vincent Farro who will also be performing with his band the Cochise Cowboys while inviting  other local entertainers including local singer and performer, Tracey Brenneman. 

The price does not include beer or wine but there will be a cash bar available for those that would like a drink with dinner. To reserve your seating today call Kim at The City Laundry at 252-876-7007.


Well that is all I have for this first installment of Tuesday’s Teasers! I hope you enjoyed it…if you are looking for music in the Bern, head on out to Triple Play Restaurant where Big Jim Kohler is welcoming jammers to the stage right now. Have a great night and keep on grooving!

To get in the zone, drop me a line at

tracey.stones.writer@gmail.com

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NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options and News~ Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Morning Music Business 101 ~

 

Format. I think it is good to know yours if you wish to truly establish yourself in the music business. And there are many different ways that you can go, but it depends on what you wish to achieve with your music.

Do you want people to know you as a picker and bluegrass player? Are you a stellar six string blues stinger? Or is your group a party band, opened to offering many styles, genres?

If you stick to a certain genre, my advice to you is that you better master your craft to the point of making it your very own branding of blues, reggae, jazz, beach, funk, soul and anything other than the brand of “classic rock” because right there I know you are only a cover band and mostly passing time. But even if you are a cover band, passing time having fun doing what you love doing, at least be professional about it.

Some of the differences between the professionals and the armatures is promotions and presentation. Usually, I find in my travels, that when a band is represented professionally, they present themselves as a professional act on stage and on Facebook.

I know you just paused and said “On Facebook, what is she talking about?” I am talking about this column actually and for example. It started and came about because I have a lot of friends that like to support live music…did I ever mention I love my clan of characters? We all love to dance! Anyway, I started searching out live music events on Facebook and that led me to seeing just how much stuff was out there. Which in turn led to the creation of this blog.

The bands that take their craft serious, that want people to come out to show their support will take the time to post an event that gives details. I believe that promotions are a two step process and EVERY ONE is responsible for doing their part. Because everyone has a business to represent. Meaning, the club needs to make a big deal of their events if they are dropping dimes on live music. Make an event and invite the world. I mean why not? With social media, it is possible to reach the masses in mere minutes. Just take a minute to spell out the details.  And bands, if you are going to invest in the equipment, time and travel to rehearse, format your sound, load in, set up, play and load out, then you might as well make it fun and have your friends and fans on hand.Create an event and invite them all.

When you form a band, don’t stop at deciding who is going to play what instrument. Because there is so much more work to be done beyond the playing. So to ensure success; divvy up the duties in the beginning, before the first gig is even booked.  Assign leadership rolls in your band. When doing this in business, such as my cleaning business or when I was a volunteer ed at Promise Place, I try hard to use people for their talents. People usually do well at things they like doing!

So if someone in the band is a good writer, they can do the PR. If someone in the band is a natural car sales man, they can book the band. If the bass player likes photography he can set up the promotion shot for the band. Make someone in charge of Facebook events. Make another person in charge of sending out press releases to your local newspaper and people like me.  Who is booking the band? Is it fair to let that member do everything? And if so, how much more of a cut off the top are you giving for the time invested for all of that to happen?

Same is true of establishments that are booking live entertainment. Music is always a seller. People love it! I am not the only one. You just have let them know you are offering it. I understand the frustrations of club owners who book “big” drawing bands and turn out with a BUST night. My first question is who promoted it?

All promotions for every successful event is six weeks.for good measure. More for bigger events. That means for six weeks there should be and event up on FB being shared with your public one time weekly leading up to the event and then shared daily the week of the big deal. That is a good campaign. The best campaigns have an event created by the band and the venue. Generally those kinds of campaigns are not bust nights; ever! If you take the time to create the event ensure the specifics are included: time, price, who is playing, drink specials, give-a-ways, and whatever else you want to sell.

Since there is not much music to report on for Monday, I thought it was important to share the my thoughts on the importance of promotions. Band work is hard work. So is owning a live music establishment.  It is signing up to create your niche in the creative and unforgiving world. Success can only come with hard work and promotions of your endeavor is an important component.

If you wish to be successful, map out your goals with a plan, work on those goals and make your dreams a reality. But be prepared to work hard and make many sacrifices for simply pleasing others enough that they dance. Isn’t that the reason you do what you do?

Next week I will be back to talk about creating a page for your band. In the meantime, have a groovy Monday. I have a couple of CD’s and artists to report on, look for that tomorrow!  Peace and love until then and please hug a stranger! What? Stranger things have happened and you might make someone’s day brighter!

To get in the Zone send me your dates today. I am collecting dates from Thursday, Aug 25 thru Wednesday, Aug 31. Deadline for those is Tuesday at 8 pm. Thanks so much for sending your stuff to:

tracey.stones.writer@gmail.com

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NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Live Music Source ~ Live Music Options for Sunday, August 21, 2016:

Around Town:

They are celebrating the 90th Birthday of Sean MacMahon with a celebration of Irish Music today at the Trent River Coffee Company located on Craven Street in New Bern. Here are all of the details from the event page:

Sean MacMahon 90th Birthday Irish Music Session and Ceilidh

Sunday afternoon August 21, there will be a special event to celebrate the 90th birthday of a distinguished New Bernian Hibernian. Local button-accordionist Sean MacMahon was born in Navan, County Meath, Ireland, in August 1926. He moved to this country in 1948, working, living, and performing in New York and New Jersey. Since retiring and moving to River Bend in New Bern, Sean has been a mainstay of Irish traditional music in eastern North Carolina.

To celebrate Sean MacMahon’s 90th birthday, there will be a session of Irish traditional music at Trent River Coffee Company, Sunday afternoon August 21. The music will get started around 2:00 pm, and continue until TRCC closes at 5:00. The repertoire includes Irish jigs, reels, hornpipes, and songs. Audience members are welcome to sing along and sit in, or just sit back and enjoy the music.

Trent River Coffee Company is at 208 Craven Street in New Bern. There is no admission charge, and this celebration of Sean MacMahon’s birthday is open to everyone. Coffee, tea, ice cream, Italian sodas, and pastry will be available for purchase. Call 252-514-2030 for more information.

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If you missed mass this weekend, if you did not get your fill of the gospel from service this morning, if you still wish to be moved then you should know that the Daysprings Christian Center located at 1246 Pollock St, New Bern, NC is offer a FREE Gospel Concert today at 3 pm. This event features the music of the Moye Ensemble based out of Washington, DC and touring through our neighborhood tonight only. Get lifted in song and celebrate the Lord today only!

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John Van Dyke will be live on the Deck at The DoubleTree by Hilton located on South Front Street in New Bern. He will be live entertaining the dinner crowd from 5-9 pm tonight with all of his talented friends. This is a great retreat for fun live music and dinner or just drinks on the deck.


Around the Region:

New Bern’s own soulful singer, Backseat Romeo will be playing live on the deck at Queen Anne’s Revenge tonight from 6-9 pm . This soothing six string operator is wonder accompaniment with dinner or just drinks on the deck, should you find yourself in the area of this beautiful water front. QAR is located at 510 Front St., Beaufort, NC.

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The fun time Raleigh party band Trophy Husbands are playing on the community stage in Swansboro tonight from 6:30-8:30 pm. Swansboro is a great little town to walk about and grab a bite, why not make it tonight and catch some free live music too!

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Denver Dixon  from the band Old South Redemption will be jamming with band mate Matt Starling  live today at The Tackle Box  located on the circle in Atlantic Beach, NC. They will start jamming about 4 pm and keep the grooves going until 8 pm.

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Also taking place about 4 pm only over in Jacksonville, NC; at the Outpost Saloon, located at 3038 Richlands Highway in Jacksonville, NC. Come on out and support this singin’ six string slinger and enjoy the afternoon making memories with friends and good music.

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For all of you rockers out around Raleigh, the final show I have to tell you about is taking place at Scooters Bar & Grill located at 1911 Sego Ct., Raleigh. Fair Warning will be bringing their ultimate Van Halen Tribute to the people at this great place to catch a live show and good bite to eat. This is a great biker bar and the service awesome!


Well my good groovers, those are the options I found for you today. I sure hope you can get out and dance. I will be back tomorrow with a few CD reviews and some club  and band news. Thanks for reading. Remember you can be a part of the zone by sending me your dates and events. My email address is:

tracey.stones.writer@gmail.com

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NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Live Music Source ~ A Regional Rundown for Saturday; August 20, 2016

Live Music Options for Saturday, August, 20 ~ 

Around the Region:

 

Starting out in the western part of the state in a bunch of small towns I have not yet  visited, I have some fun for all you rockers!

We find Thunderstruck sandwiched on the bill at Hawg In The Holler Music Festival. This charitable event is taking place at Vino Oasi, located at 3200 Bliss Trail, Stem, NC. Doors open at 11 am and the event is all day with the areas best AC /DC Tribute Act this side of the Mississippi appearing the the middle of the day.

At press time the schedule shaped up like this for the day’s events: McCuller’s Crossroad 12 pm; Thunderstruck, 1:30 pm; The Restless 3:15 pm; and closing out this Second Annual Community Benefit will be Tim Cifers, 5:30-6:45 pm.

As mentioned this is Charity Event  and the Second Annual Festival’s beneficiary is the Granville Education Foundation. Come out and rock for education!

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There is another all day music festival going down featuring one of the funnest styles of rock on the block…The Rockabilly Resurrection featuring a car show and lots of live music  is FREE to attend!

Live ROCKABILLY bands playing thoughout the day/evening
10:00am VENDOR set-up
12:00pm CAR SHOW and VENDORS
1:00pm Throttle Kings BAND
2:00pm Instructors Denise Bach and Tom Bach from Charlotte Swing Dance DANCE LESSONS
3:00pm Jem Crossland & the Hypertonics BAND
4:00pm #MysteryHillbillies (Michelle Belanger music) BAND
5:00pm PIN-UP Pageant
5:30pm Slippery Jake and the Bad Brakes BAND
6:30pm Car Show AWARDS
7:00pm The Belmont Playboys BAND
8:00pm The Tremors BAND
9:00pm Jem Crossland & the Hypertonics BAND

Vintage CAR SHOW Oddballz CAR CLUB, Junk Yard Saints Car Club,#TheMessengersCCFellowship, Hooligans Car Club NC (more tba).

Retro VENDORS Retro Lucy’s Boutique, Essentially Good Inside and Out,#OwlsCROSSING, Art by Hightower, #SteveHuneycuttAntiquesAndCollectables, VintageGypsy Lillyjacks Thrift & Antiques Beauty Bone Custom Skulls

PIN-UP Contest. ♥ KEEP IT CLASSY ♥ No bikinis, short shorts, or lingerie.#Rockabetty

#LowBrow Art Show #ChistopherLee #BrianKRaynor #CraigMorrow#MelissaWineman #BeautyBoneCustomSkulls

Great FOOD and Cold BEER from McCabes Smokehouse.

FREE to attend – DONATIONS accepted for Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, Salisbury NC.

http://www.carolinamusicfests.com/

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There is a live Acoustic Jam taking place at The Wet Whistle Company, located at 101 Bonnie Pl., Suite E, Archdale, NC. On hand for the event will be Baconessence Food Truck will be here for the first time and we couldn’t be more excited! Come by between 2 – 5 and listen to some acoustic jam and enjoy some BACON!

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The biggest MC Anniversary Party going down in the east today has already opened the gates at 9 am for this all day fun event.  Tuckahoe MC celebrates their  28th Anniversary with a huge party featuring live music by  Solid Ground at 3 and Rebel Sons rocking you into the night. Admission is $15.00 at the gate.Lots of prizes and games and fun all day long. A steak dinner and a chance to win $5,000.  Nothing beats a biker’s bash so head on down Highway 24 and look for the signs when you hit Purgutory, NC! Or Call BamBam, Phatbak or Grinch at the numbers on the very bottom of the flyer above!

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Live Music Options for Saturday, August, 20 ~ Day Tripping~

Around the Region:

Starting out in the western part of the state in a bunch of small towns I have not yet  visited, I have some fun for all you rockers!

We find Thunderstruck sandwiched on the bill at Hawg In The Holler Music Festival. This charitable event is taking place at Vino Oasi, located at 3200 Bliss Trail, Stem, NC. Doors open at 11 am and the event is all day with the areas best AC /DC Tribute Act this side of the Mississippi appearing the the middle of the day.

At press time the schedule shaped up like this for the day’s events: McCuller’s Crossroad 12 pm; Thunderstruck, 1:30 pm; The Restless 3:15 pm; and closing out this Second Annual Community Benefit will be Tim Cifers, 5:30-6:45 pm.

As mentioned this is Charity Event  and the Second Annual Festival’s beneficiary is the Granville Education Foundation. Come out and rock for education!

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There is another all day music festival going down featuring one of the funnest styles of rock on the block…The Rockabilly Resurrection featuring a car show and lots of live music  is FREE to attend!

Live ROCKABILLY bands playing thoughout the day/evening
10:00am VENDOR set-up
12:00pm CAR SHOW and VENDORS
1:00pm Throttle Kings BAND
2:00pm Instructors Denise Bach and Tom Bach from Charlotte Swing Dance DANCE LESSONS
3:00pm Jem Crossland & the Hypertonics BAND
4:00pm #MysteryHillbillies (Michelle Belanger music) BAND
5:00pm PIN-UP Pageant
5:30pm Slippery Jake and the Bad Brakes BAND
6:30pm Car Show AWARDS
7:00pm The Belmont Playboys BAND
8:00pm The Tremors BAND
9:00pm Jem Crossland & the Hypertonics BAND

Vintage CAR SHOW Oddballz CAR CLUB, Junk Yard Saints Car Club,#TheMessengersCCFellowship, Hooligans Car Club NC (more tba).

Retro VENDORS Retro Lucy’s Boutique, Essentially Good Inside and Out,#OwlsCROSSING, Art by Hightower, #SteveHuneycuttAntiquesAndCollectables, VintageGypsy Lillyjacks Thrift & Antiques Beauty Bone Custom Skulls

PIN-UP Contest. ♥ KEEP IT CLASSY ♥ No bikinis, short shorts, or lingerie.#Rockabetty

#LowBrow Art Show #ChistopherLee #BrianKRaynor #CraigMorrow#MelissaWineman #BeautyBoneCustomSkulls

Great FOOD and Cold BEER from McCabes Smokehouse.

FREE to attend – DONATIONS accepted for Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, Salisbury NC.

http://www.carolinamusicfests.com/

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There is a live Acoustic Jam taking place at The Wet Whistle Company, located at 101 Bonnie Pl., Suite E, Archdale, NC. On hand for the event will be Baconessence Food Truck will be here for the first time and we couldn’t be more excited! Come by between 2 – 5 and listen to some acoustic jam and enjoy some BACON!

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The biggest MC Anniversary Party going down in the east today has already opened the gates at 9 am for this all day fun event.  Tuckahoe MC celebrates their  28th Anniversary with a huge party featuring live music by  Solid Ground at 3 and Rebel Sons rocking you into the night. Admission is $15.00 at the gate.Lots of prizes and games and fun all day long. A steak dinner and a chance to win $5,000.  Nothing beats a biker’s bash so head on down Highway 24 and look for the signs when you hit Purgutory, NC! Or Call BamBam, Phatbak or Grinch at the numbers on the very bottom of the flyer above!


Well my faithful groovers check back in a bit for the full regional rundown for the day. I wanted to get this posted so you knew of the early events taking place just a ride away! Have a great day. I’ll be back in a bit to dance some more! Thanks for reading!

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NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Live Music Source ~ A Regional Rundown for Thursday & Friday; August 18 & 19, 2016

Live Music Options for Thursday, August 18, 2016 ~

Around The Region:

Ed Prophet, aka Backseat Romeo has a show at The Swansboro Yacht Club this evening. The club is located at 126 W Corbett Ave., Swansboro, NC. This New Bern native makes for great accompaniment with dinner and drinks.

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Hank Barbee will be live at The Saltwater Grill located at 99 Church St., Swansboro, NC. His show includes familiar classics and inspiring new originals. This native of Richlands will be performing from 6:30-9:30 pm.

Barbee will be making his debut at  The Brown Pelican in New Bern next Saturday, August 27; so make your calendars for that event too next week from 8-11 pm.

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Check out this event I found taking place at US National Whitewater Center located at 5000 Whitewater Parkway, Charlotte, NC.

Join us on Thursday and Saturday nights from May through September for River Jam, the USNWC’s weekly concert series. A talented line-up of national musical acts provide the perfect back drop for a fun summer evening outdoors. Bring your friends, enjoy our large food and craft beer selection, and take in the sights and sounds of River Jam.

EVENT DETAILS:
Artist: Jarekus Singleton
Price: Free ($5 per vehicle parking fee)
Join us at 6:30 PM on Thursdays for River Jam Run, Open Water Swim, Summer Yoga, and Big Water Sessions

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Carolina Tradition Bluegrass Band will be live at The Good Ttmes Cafe located at 16 South Broad St., E. Angier, NC. Music starts at 7pm

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Looking at the southern shore region you can spend an evening with Casting Crowns at Port City Community Church located at 250 Vision Dr., Wilmington, NC. This is a sold out event but one you don’t want to forget if you are a ticket holder. Be there by 7 for a night of uplifting fun.

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The rocking outfit out of Kinston, NC known as The Roman Sam’s will be live tonight at SALT ULTRA LOUNGE located at 325 Mangrove Blvd., Emerald Isle, NC. They are a fun band with Samantha Holland at the helm, captivating crowds with her raw energy and crushing vocals.

If you have not made it out to see this band this Summer, here is the chance to see them on EI’s premiere night club’s stage. Be on hand as they offer their brand of rock from 9 pm til 1 am.


Around New Bern:


Dan Phillips & Al Gleeson will be performing live on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant tonight from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. They restaurant located at 100 Pollock St is featuring a new deck menu. So come enjoy it with some local groovers.

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Inside The Double Tree by Hilton at Christoh’s On the Water you can enjoy the sounds of traditional and contemporary jazz with John Van Dyke & Friends from 7-10 pm.

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There is a weekly open mic event at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern. Sign up starts at 7 pm and music goes until the players quit playing.  So pack up the gig bag and bring your talent to the dirty bird tonight! I have seen some great players roam through this place. Including this week’s special guest on Music Monday 96.3 FM; Tiffany Elaine.


Live Options for Friday, August 19, 2016~

Along the coast:

Since there are only a few more weeks of my favorite season of the year remaining we might as start by having a look at what is going on along the Crystal Coast region:

First up there is a two day event kicking off this Friday with live music from 7-11 pm. Wild Caught Local Seafood & Music Festival  taking place at 380 Pigott Rd., Gloucester, NC. Here are the details they posted on their Facebook event page:

NC’s smallest and localest seafood festival right on the shores of the Straits! Music Friday night (7 – 11pm) and all day Saturday (noon to 10pm).

Acts include Bland Simpson, Unknown Tongues, Barstow and the Revamps, Connie Mason, Straits Haven, Six Pack of Gentlemen, Chupacabra (del la Rosa), Super Cobra Jet, Sorta Ricans, Lost Girls, Last Chance Wranglers, Beaufort Blues Project, Aren Blake, East Brogues Band! Stay tuned for schedule.

Local charcoal mullet, shrimp, and farm-raised produce served late Sat. afternoon. Sailboat regatta Sat. morning. This festival is free, donations encouraged on site or via PayPal at below link.

Primitive camping avail. Bring chair, shade, and other comforts. NO DOGS. More info can be found at www.unknowntongues.com/wildcaught.htm, or call 252-729-8021.

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Bring us back to the mainland my first stop is a show at Harrika’s Brew Haus located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC you can catch local favorite Barefoot Wade rocking the crowd from 7:30-10:30 pm.

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Justin Castellano has a double header on Friday. He starts out his evening entertaining the folks at Boro Cafe Restaurant Bar & Cafe located at 109 N Front St., Swansboro, NC from 8-11 pm and then over the bridge to The Emerald Club located at 8102 Emerald Blvd for the revival of  funk band featuring another soothing crooner and talented guitar man from New Bern, also featured in a double header on the night, Ed Prophet. (More on his other gig below with pic.)

Their band from years ago will reunite on the stage for one night at 11:30 pm. Don’t miss the Color Blind Band Reunion!!!

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The Mighty Saints of Soul will be performing at the 50th Annual Seafood Invitational taking place at The Morehead City Country Club, located at 2900 Country Club Dr, Morehead City, NC. The band is slotted to play from 6:30-11 pm. And for more information here is what I found on their Facebook event page:

Members $25, Members Guest $35
Includes seafood buffet & open bar!

For more information on the golf tournament visit www.moreheadcitycc.com

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If you are not a member of the country club and you only have friends in low places so no going as a guest either, no worries; there are lots of other  options for the Morehead City area this Friday.

Alive at Five this week features  Liquid Pleasure. This free concert in the park take place from 5-8  pm. They invite you to bring your lawn chairs and blankets but ask that you leave your coolers at home. There are beverages available for sale at the event. Make plans to head on down to Jaycee Park located at 807 Shepard St., Morehead City, NC

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Ed Prophet, aka Backseat Romeo will be on hand for the dinner crowd at Bistro By the Sea  located at 4031 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC. He will be performing his soothing sounds that are easy on the pallet from 7-10 pm. Once his lounge gig is up, he will slip into his funk mobile and get ready for the Color Blind Band Reunion at The Emerald Club.

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Taking place at The Carteret County Community Theater located at 1311 Arendell St., Morehead City  is The Ultimate Tribute Show featuring the dueling pianos of  Joey Riedel and Michael John. Showtime is 8-11 pm. Tickets for this event range from $20-$30 per ticket and can be purchased in advanced by visiting:

 http://www.carteretcommunitytheatre.com/

Carteret Community Theatre brings you the Ultimate “Face To Face” Tribute Show

Elton John and Billy Joel tribute artists Joey Riedel and Michael John have joined forces to create The Ultimate Tribute Show.

The two capture both artists in their high energy, interactive Rock N Roll show.

The Face To Face Tribute concert events have been highly successful with all involved raving about the show and Joey and Michael’s intensity on stage.

Just like the original tour, each artist performs a solo set with a five to six piece Rock N Roll band, and then culminates the show with a Face to Face set which features both of them playing together on two pianos trading off lyrics on each song they perform.

Joey and Michael bring this experience to The Ultimate Tribute show adding sing-a-long parts and spontaneous humor.

The Billy Joel Elton John Ultimate Tribute show is a night of hit songs, energetic performances, outrageous costumes, and true Rock N Roll at its finest!

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Over the bridges and not far at all you can find singer/songwriter and fine entertainer Hank Barbee live at The Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Catch his performance 8:30 -11:30 pm. He will have CD’s on hand for purchase. It is refreshing to find easy listening original material that sounds familiar enough to be classic in its own right!

If you can’t make his shows but want more information about him and his music you can check out his website at http://www.hankbarbee.com/

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Looking at other points along the Crystal Coast, there are a couple of things going down in Emerald Isle too that you ought to know about.

There they are as mentioned above, The Color Blind Band Reunion will take place this Friday at the Emerald Club located at 8102 Emerald Blvd. Emerald Isle, NC. Showtime is 11:30 pm-2 am.

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Another fun and funky option is The Machine Gun Band at the area’s hot spot, SALT ULTRA LOUNGE, located at 325 Mangrove Blvd. This popular party band will have the room dancing from 10 pm til 1 am and owner Paul Musco cares to ensures everyone’s safety so if you need a ride to and from his club text him for a ride 252-241-7603.

I love to encourage dancing but I also am big on promoting partying responsibly!

I keep up with everything that is going on at this establishment by keeping up with their  page on Facebook. You can check em out on Facebook by visiting this link:

 https://www.facebook.com/Saltultralounge/


Around the Region:

Heading out of town down Highway 17 to Jacksonville, here is what I found:

 

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New Bern talent and Jazz vocalist, John Van Dyke will be live with his Blue Moon ensemble at Biagio’s Italian Coffee & Espresso Bar located at 622 Court St in downtown, Jacksonville, NC. He will be live from 7-10 pm.

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Once you are all jazzed up on coffee and sweet treats you can head over to The Tarheel Opry House, located at 147 Blue Creek School Rd in Jacksonville, NC. You can work out the second wind with a few drink specials and the hard driving country sounds of Closing Tyme! They will be rocking the room with new and old favorites for you to get in line and dance to from 10 pm til the midnight hour.

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Looking to our north there is Music In The Streets  in Washington, NC.  This is is a concert series brought to us by the city on the third Friday of each month from May thru October. 6:30-8:30 pm. This week and for the month of August they feature Chris Nash &  The Nash County Line, live on the waterfront located at 310 W Main St, Washington. Music starts at 6 and this event is free.

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On the stage at Pebble Peach located at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill  located on E Main St., Washington, NC; you can groove to the sound of John & JB  live from 7-10 pm.

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Heading East on Highway 70 you can stop at TJ Cave located at 925 E Main St Suite 25, Havelock, NC and groove to the sounds of  Namon Mason live from 6-9 pm.

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Looking far to the west ~

Dark Water Rising has a gig a High Rock Outfitters located at 13 S Main Street, Lexington, NC. You can catch them live from 9 pm til the midnight hour.


Around New Bern:


James Ford is live at the Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St, New Bern, NC. He gets things started at 6 and plays until he can’t play no more.

 

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Buck Loy is live at The Thirsty Bruin located at 225 Middle Street, New Bern. He will perform all the hits he knows live from 8:30 -10 pm.

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Gabrielle Christie will be hosting her open mic event at Sweet Peas Cafe. That event gets started at 6:30 -9:30. Pack your gig bag and bring your talent down to Middle Street.

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Across the bridge you can find Rick Huff from 6-9 pm at Triple Play Restaurant.

After Rick concludes his singer/songriter acoustic set, get ready to rock with New Bern’s classic rock favorites, The Wannabees from 9 til closing.Triple Play Restaurant is located at 111 Williams Rd, New Bern and that is just over the bridge in James City behind the Shell station.



Well kids that is a wrap on the gigs around the region. I will be back on Saturday Morning with a look at Saturday and Sunday’s dance options.

Thanks so much for reading, We have a lot of talent in our great state. I hope you get out and enjoy the dance with some of the players making their way around our region tonight and tomorrow.

Please be kind to your bartenders and servers. Be kind to people who are unkind even. Hug strangers, dance to a new beat and please by all means, TIP the music makers that lift you and help you dance.

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To get in the Zone be sure to drop me an email!

tracey.stones.writer@gmail.com

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