NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options & Band News – Saturday, September 24, 2016

Live Music Options for Saturday, September 24, 2016~

Around the Region

Starting things off where we kicked em off last night, here is who you can find playing on various stages in Raleigh for Ray Price Harley Davidson’s Bike Fest 2016! This three day event kicked off last night and finishes up tomorrow!  Grab your sweetie and head out west for tons of biker fun, games and lots of live and rocking music!

For more info on the event in its entirety  check out their website at


Closing out the Ray Price’s Capital City BikeFest tonight on stage at 400 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC it is Thunderstruck taking the stage with their premier tribute to AC/DC  at 8:30 pm. Once again click on the link above to see what bands are on what stages throughout the Capital City.


Heading West out of the Capital City you can head over to Little Creek Winery located at 3759 Vernon Ln,  Snow Camp NC, for their Smiling Frog Festival. This is an all day event that kicks off at 1 pm and lingers long past the sun going down. Here are the details I found on the event page:

Sept 24 th Gates open at 1 pm + music starts 2 pm lots of great music: James Olin Olsen, Blind Dog Gatewood, Gator, Quarvo Lactao, The Nitrogen Tone, MURDUB, Yesterday’s Gravy, MicAh Mccravey accoustic set & camp fire jams with ( live-wood )bluegrass band, plus open jamming with music till dawn ~ lots of great music
Also lots of good food including chicken or beef tacos, nachos & cheese also our salsa grown here at little creek vineyard !! Also black beans & brown rice, hot dogs , cheese hamburgers
Pancakes eggs & bacon breakfast
U pick muscadines $10 per gallon
Free spirits !!! With the purchase of a little creek souvenir cup $10
Entry fee is $ 10. Camping is $10 per person but bands camp free !
Hope ta see ya here @ little creek !


Live tonight from 6-8 pm you can enjoy a free wine tasting and live music courtesy of LA Squirrel Barkers who will be on hand at The Wet Whistle located at 101 Bonnie Pl., Archdale, NC


Live at The Cat’s Cradle located at 300 E Main St.,  Carrboro, NC you can check out two groovy jam bands, first up is Psylo Joe spreading the G-Vegas vibe  followed by Purple Schoolbus offering their jams to conclude the night. This is a FREE SHOW!!!

Carrboro Music Festival kickoff party! Free show!

The original seven members of Purple Schoolbus reunite for three shows this fall! This event will also feature Psylo Joe – a great band currently spreading the G-Vegas psychedelic vibe around the East Coast.

When the Purple Schoolbus makes a stop – everybody gets off!

Purple Schoolbus is an original band, playing original music. With their grooves, harmonies, and jams, they are often described as a cross between CSN, the Grateful Dead, and Santana; but are best described as “Southern Fried San Francisco”. The seven piece ensemble features Scott Scala and Todd May – drums and percussion, Bernie Taylor – bass and vocals, Kevin Sledge-guitar and vocals, Micah Peedin-lead guitar and vocals, Jesse Jennings – keyboards, and Mark Harris- saxophones.

Purple Schoolbus formed in early 1992 in Greenville, NC. They have released two critically acclaimed albums: Purple Schoolbus and Phoenicia Blind; and are currently adding the finishing touches to their third album. The “Bus” has played hundreds of live performances while touring as far north as New England , south to Florida, and as far west as the Rocky Mountains with many cool stops in between.


Live tonight at Doodad Farm located at 4701 Land Rd., Greensboro, NC  you can enjoy the grooves of Laurelyn Dosset and Friends. Here is what I learned about this show on the Facebook Event page:

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, we’re handing the reins of Doodad Farm over to Laurelyn Dossett, one of our area’s musical treasures. We’ve asked Laurelyn to bring in any musicians she wants and to perform anything she wants to perform.

There’s no denying that Laurelyn Dossett is one of North Carolina’s most successful and admired musicians, with a decades-long career that only seems to expand with each bold new musical project she undertakes. Far more than just an angelic-voiced performer, Laurelyn has written original scores for six Triad Stage productions, appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, teamed up with the North Carolina Symphony as a composer, written the title track of a Grammy-winning album, and toured with the likes of Rhiannon Giddens, Alice Gerrard, and Kari Sickenberger. One of the most sought-after voices in creative collaborations, Laurelyn is at the hub of the Piedmont musical community, and you’ll often see her on stage surrounded by stunningly talented folks.

More at

EVERYONE is invited! GATES OPEN AT 6:30 pm, but really, you can show up even earlier if you want to hang out our help out. The music will begin about 7pm.


If you are looking for the Blues done right be sure to check in with Abe Reid & The Spike Drivers tonight live at Green Heron Alehouse located at 1110 Flinchem Dr, Danbury, NC. This show gets started at 8 pm and offers three hours of rocking blues.


The Roman Sam’s Band return to Drifters located at 208 W Clay St., Mebane, NC. If you have not checked in with this band, take the time to do so. They are a rockin’ classic rock outfit out of Kinston, NC with Samantha Holland leading the charge on vocals. The band is tight and she is energetic and fun to watch. They will be rocking the room tonight from 10 pm til 1:30 am.


Billed as the baddest 80’s Rock Experience, Bad Romeo has a show tonight at Amici’s Pizza Sports Bar & Grill located at 929 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC. They get things rolling about 9:30 pm and promise to rock you til 1:30 am


There is another full night of rock on hand at THE NC ALLSTAR ROCK MUSIC FEST which kicks off at 5 pm at The Rock Shop located at 128 King Street, Fayetteville, NC . This event goes until 2 am featuring 14 bands on two stages. This is what I found on the Facebook events page:

14 Bands, 2 stages, plus much, much more!!!!  This one is going to be one of the biggest events of the year!!!!!!

Admission is $12 at the door.

Sponsorship packages that are available right now are as follows:

Company presenting the event –

Stage A – Monolith Stage
Stage B – White Swan Stage

Promotional and Band Sponsors –
13th Ink Screen Printing
Evening Star Entertainment

Monolith Stage White Swan Stage
Lauren Nicole Band Trailer Park Orchestra
Knightmare Aurora
A Light Divided 4th Hour
Kiss The Curse Soapbox Arson
Motorjunkie Raimee
The Gray Breathe New Life
Something Clever Fiftywatt Freigh Train

There will be prizes raffled off so donations such as merch, gift certificates, and other small items will also be accepted.


Steel County Express @ Mad Boar - Wallace, NC

Steel County Express will be bringing their brand of modern and classic country sounds to Mad Boar Restaurant located at 111 River Village Pl, Wallace, North Carolina. This show gets started at 8 and they will rock you til 11 pm.


The Carolina Soul Band will be performing this evening from 9 pm til 1 am at The Venue located at 2705 Sanderson Way, Kinston, NC.



GEN-X the 90’s rock cover band out of the Washington/Greenville areas will return to the Pebble Beach stage this evening for another rocking show from 7 til 10 pm at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill located at 1052 E Main St., Washington, NC. This is a great pick for some dining and dancing tonight!


New Bern based Zen Pirates will be shooting up Highway 43 to do a show at JJ’s Country Store & Tavern located at 1330 NC Highway 903 N, Greenville, NC. They will get the classic rock party started at 9 pm and rock you til 12:30 am.



It has been a while since I heard from Pamilco County duo Silver Creek but tonight they will be rocking The Wolf’s Lounge (Formerly The Hard Hat ) located on Highway 33 in Aurora, NC. The show starts at 9 and this duo will entertain you until the midnight hour or later.


For all you blues enthusists with a traveling jones check out this event I found out about going down in Clarksville, VA:

Big Buggs Island Blues Bash
Saturday, September 24th, 2016 11am-9pm
Robbins Ballpark, 104 Woodland Dr, Clarksville, Va
Gates open at 10am RAIN OR SHINE!
Lawn chairs welcome.


Facebook – Big Buggs Island Blues Bash or

September1st-24th $35

For a full summary of acts visit

Along the Coast:

We are starting things off in Wilmington  for The 2nd Annual Recovery Rock Fest. This Community Outreach event is for celebrating, inspiring and bringing awareness of recovery. This is a family friendly event taking place at Huge Macrae Park located at 314 Pine Grove Drive, Wilmington, NC. Things get started at 10 am and roll through the day.  It’ll be a fun day and I will be on hand to film Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade from 2-2:45 today!


Rolling up Highway 17 we find Daryl Lucas on tap for live music at Blackbeard’s Waterfront Bar & Restaurant located at 316 Fulcher St, Sneads Ferry, NC. This rocking country groover is getting ready to tie the knot to his lovely lady in just two weeks…come on out and help him celebrate before their big day! Music gets started at 8:30 pm and won’t quit before 11:30 pm. And by all means please throw honeymoon money in the tip jar if you happen to be in the house!


Looking around the Highway 70n  corridor, we will start things off  at a place I have never been for a little bit of blues action:

The Infusion Cafe is located at 1012 Arendell St, Morehead City offer up some American Roots Blues with The Remedy, local blues duo featuring Chris Lee playing the harmonica and singing and Tim Rowe playing on guitar and offering up vocals.

The show will go down from 7-10 pm so if ya like the blues, go grab so joe and enjoy a fun night!


It’s a great day for all my favorites. Tonight at The Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC you can find one of the hottest, jazziest guitar players on the North Carolina scene. Matt Phillips will be delivering his awesome grooves from 8:30 til 11:30 and there in no admission cost for this show!


Looking around Swansboro you can find the fanciest six string player along the Crystal Coast, Justin Castellano who will be rocking the bar tonight at The Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant located at 100 S Front St, Swansboro, NC He gets the crowd grooving at 9 pm and rocks them til 12 am. This place has amazing food, so why not check it out when they offer live music.


Having a look around Emerald Isle, you can find my favorite singer/songwriter with rock n roll sounds and country blues that grab you Hank Barbee will be solo at The Trading Post Southern Food & Spirits located at 8302 Emerald Dr. EI. He gets the crowd grooving along for dinner at 6:30 pm and will finish up when the kitchen closes. This is a great pick for dining and dancing if you are near these shore points.


Coming out of Emerald Isle you can stop at Harrika’s Brew Haus located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC. That is where you can find BluSky Crying live from 7:30-10:30 pm

Around Town, New Bern



New Bern has a lot of talent and some of it is going to be featured on stage at The Craven County Community College Auditorium, being brought to us by  The A&B Creative Events  this event kicks off at 2 pm. Tickets will be sold at the door.


The last Saturday of each month in New Bern means Open Mic at Trent River Coffee Company located at 208 Craven St., New Bern. This event welcomes seasoned and freshly budding talents to collide for one night to make music. Sign up starts at 6 and the jam gets started at 6:30 and concludes about 9 pm


Looking at other areas around town, you can catch James Ford on the patio tonight at Annabelle’s located at the main entrance of The New Bern Mall located on Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.  He will be there to entertain you for supper from 7-10 pm.


Solid Ground will be rocking a party goers at a private event at the VFW  off Old Cherry Point Rd., from 8 til midnight. They give up some solid rock sounds and know how to deliver a fun show with powerhouse vocals and grinding guitar licks that are rarely matched by any around here.


While we are over in James City let me tell you that Tastes Like Chicken will be checking in at BrÜtopia located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. This full tilt modern and classic rock trio promise to have you dancing to all the familiar hits they play. They will be rocking the room from 7-10 pm.


Tonight at The Brown Pelican they are giving back. It happens to mark 20 years since Merci Clinic opened their doors, where The Brown Pelican now resides. which is at 411 Broad Street, New Bern. NC.  As a way to thank them for the incredible work they do for our community members, Heather Haiss, owner of the Dirty Bird is holding a raffle fundraiser event tonight from 8-11 om. On stage to entertain the crowd will be Paid Time Off featuring Rick Huff, daughter Jenna Leigh Huff and Tod Stilley.

Well kids, that is all the options I have for you today and tonight. If you love live music please go out in support of the many local players who are laying it down for you to have a fun and fine time. Free music is never free so if you see a tip jar, share some love with the bands that move you. Thanks so much for reading. I hope you will share this with your friends so we can all enjoy the dance.


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NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options & News~ Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tracey’s Weekend Runaround

On Friday September 16, 2016, I waited for friends to gather at Triple Play Restaurant, located at 111 Williams Rd., New Bern. While waiting, I enjoyed the sounds of Rick Huff working out many familiar rock favorites including Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

Looking ahead, Huff will be on the deck at Sunset Italian Grill located at 100 Marina Dr., in Fairfield Harbour this Friday, September 23, 2016 and coming up this Saturday, he will be joined with the band Paid Time Off. This week’s rotation will include daughter Jenna Leigh Huff and guitarist Tod Stilley. This gathering will be a charity event at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC.  The night will raise money for The Merci Clinic, which opened their doors to the community where The Brown Pelican now dwells, 20 years ago. There will be a trio of talented players out in support of this event and I hope you can make it too. The night kicks off at 8 pm.


After the gang was all together we loaded into the Magic Music Bus and headed up the road to Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill located at 1052 E Main Street Washington, NC. It is there that we noshed on some amazing entrees and enjoyed the sounds of Gen-X live on the Pebble Beach Stage. This band is full tilt 90’s and more current day rock band. They are a four piece ensemble with half the players calling Washington home and the other two coming out of Greenville. They play around the regional area in between and are a lot of fun. You can find them on Facebook and back on the Pebble Beach Stage this Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 7-10 pm.

Backwater Jack’s is a family friendly restaurant that offers kicking live music outside on the stage until the end of the year. When we were there people were dancing and having a fine time. They just recently updated their music calendar with a Facebook post  and here is what I learned:

The music lineup for the rest of Sept. into Oct. is fabulous: Lipbone Sept.  23 / GenX  Sept. 24. Washington’s own Chuck Phillips with CAPS and special guests Wayne & Wes on the 30th. We start Oct. with Amy Hockaday-Stevenson on the 1st.  The following weekend Cuzin’ Kirk’s Blues Band on Friday and a repeat performance of Diedra Ruff on the 8th. John “Singer” Benson and The Corey Stewart Experience on the 14th & 15th. Stay tuned for more dates ’cause Pebble Beach ROCKS!


On Saturday, September 17, 2016 I saw a trio of great bands. First up, I headed out to Persimmons Restaurant located at 100 Pollock St., New Bern where they hosted their end of season BBQ on the deck. They featured two bands on the bill and I was there in time to catch Adrian & Co giving up some awesome soul and soothing rock sounds. These guys are such talented players. When not working in full formation as Train Wreck, these boys head out and entertain folks in different formations under the tag of Adrian & Co.

In the very near future, as in Friday, September 23, 2016 you can catch the full  band at Jack’s Waterfront Bar from 10 pm til 2 am rocking the deck with their funk and soul filled show. JWB is located on the waterfront in Morehead City, NC.


Next stop on the trail was The Adam Hill Band  with special guest, Donna Storey. This band just does something to me. They are a small band, just four members but mightier than most. And to tell their story accurately one must include the tale of two bands. The Adam Hill Band is actually a trio that includes string bending and fret filing, Adam Hill on guitar and vocals, Kevin James behind the kit and Gordy George on bass and vocals. Then there is the four piece rock cover band Solid Ground which offers Wayne Terrible on drums and powerhouse vocalist  Donna Storey as well as George on bass and Hill on guitar. When Terrible can’t make the gig the four piece bills as Adam Hill Band with Special Guest, Donna Storey as they were billed on Saturday, September 17, 2016 for the show at BrÜtopia located at 1201  Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC.

Throwing the spotlight on namesake and guitar man, Hill; I find myself curious each time I have the pleasure to hear and watch him play. Thing is, you just don’t see that caliber of playing everyday. In fact, he is the best I have seen in these parts. He has many originals that can rock you just like any familiar well known classic. If you have the opportunity to catch this guy,  he is worth the travel and time to make it to a show. Backed by any of the above formations, there is a powerful presence of serious talent. The next gig on the agenda is Solid Ground live from 8pm -12 am this coming Saturday, September 24, 2016 at VFW, New Bern located on Butler Rd, New Bern

Just to give you a sample of originality and talent; here is The Adam Hill Band with Change, a rocking original by Hill :

The final show I took in on Saturday was Built For Comfort live at The Red Room located at 220 N Heritage St, Kinston, NC.   I love this four piece rockin’ blues band who do things just a little bit different and that is definitely my attraction here. Being a fan of the blues, their music is familiar and comforting to my soul. They reach me right down to my toes and it is impossible not to swing and groove to that fun sound of celebratory music.

Calling Greenville home base, this line up features Landy Spain on guitar and vocals;  Joe Tronto  keeping the back beat on drums,  Bill Hunneke, harmonica and vocals, and newest edition  Rex Gass on bass and vocals. Their sets offer fun classics like Mustang Sally done in an original way and Thrill is Gone by the King of the Blues BB King. I am quick to become a fan of any band that offer selections by blues groove master Jimmy Reed and guitar great Buddy Guy.

The band have no events pending but you can keep up with all of their news and events by liking them on Facebook! BUILT for COMFORT on Facebook

Shining a light on The Red Room, this is a converted warehouse with comfortable couches lining the walls and a big bar with a friendly staff and lots of IPA’s great drink specials great stage for the live music they support and a nice front patio and back door smoking lounge. This was not my first time in the house, but it was the first time I took full advantage of their big dance floor. If you have not been there yet, take a gander out highway 70 and check out this room that supports live music every Friday and Saturday with some of the areas hottest bands taking the stage at 10 pm for an affordable music charge upon admission.

Live Music Options for Thursday , September 22, 2016

Around Town, New Bern:

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The City Laundry

Local crooning sensation, Alisa Mike
Tonight is the debut of Vintage Thursday with AM Serenades  a new regular feature at The City Laundry located at 901 Pollock Street, New Bern.

Here are the details:

Join us every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, as vocalist Alisa E. Mike of A.M. Serenades, takes us back to a time when society cafés were all the rage! Unwind with a glass of wine while Alisa’s dynamic vocals flow from one classic jazz standard to the next. Frank, Ella, Billie, Tony, Sarah – Oh, my!

Mark your calendar for the official start of Vintage Thursdays: September 22nd, from 6:30pm until 8:30pm.

Food and beverage items will be available for purchase.



Live tonight at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern there will be an open mic event going down from 8 pm until all the players go home. Stop in anytime after 7 pm to sign up for your shot front and center. Just pack up your gig bag and talent too!


Live at Christoph’s On the Water inside the DoubleTree by Hilton on South Front Street, New Bern features John Van Dyke  and many of his talented friends offering a live jazz jam that always includes many great and familiar standards. If you have not made it out to this show that happens each and every Thursday from 7-10 pm, keep it on the list of options for a fun night  dining and dancing!


On the deck at Persimmons tonight they offer live music of Daniel Vaughn from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. If you are interested in dining on the deck they are located at 100 Pollock St., New Bern. This is the last slotted gig for dinner on the deck with live music for the season, so be sure to catch it if you can. I might just pop in to find out who this Mr. Vaughn is for myself!

Around the Region:

Bluegrass Island Festival kicked off yesterday in Manteo and goes through Saturday evening. To learn more about this event check out their website at


Hank Barbee has a show tonight on the patio at Carolina Home and Garden located at 4778 Highway 24, Newport, NC. He will be rocking the folks with his brand of original music mixed with several covers that sound unique yet familiar too. The singer/songwriter has many things in the works these days and the best way to keep up with his bus schedule is by visiting his website at


Live in The Boat Bar @ Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar  you can find Davy Williamson working out some six string magic live from 7-10  pm. Located at 3710 Arendell St., Morehead City. NC. They offer dinner and great specials starting at 4 pm and live music throughout the weekends  in the Boat Bar. It is a family friendly place.


The Swansboro Yacht Club located at 126 @ Corbett Ave. in Swansboro offers live music on their deck from 6-9 pm. No word on who is being featured tonight, but if you are in the area and wish to take in some tunes, at least you know where to go!

Well that concludes the live music options for tonight and a recap of most of the events I saw last weekend. Looking ahead at this weekend there are many live music options to check out from the west end of our state to the coast. I will return tomorrow with a recap of the final show, a play, I took in last Sunday at The New Bern Civic Theater as well as providing you with a complete list of gigs around the region.

Whatever you do, please be kind in your daily routine. Hug the necks of strangers, be generous to those that serve you and please tip any musician that makes you dance or forget your troubles. Life is too short for hate and discontent so make sure you spend moments enjoying the dance.

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

Live Music Options for Friday, September 23, 2016


Around the Region:

Starting things off out west after work it is the all original, full throttle line up for Ray Price BikeFest featuring four bands live at the City Plaza Stage kicking off a weekend full of great live music and BIKES! On the bill for Friday you can check out Adam Pitts opening the night from 5-6 pm. Lauren Nicole  will be rocking from 6:30 -7:30 pm. Sleaze rockers Last Call Messiahs are rocking the crowd from 8-9 pm and closing out the night you can hear The Fifth live from 9:30 – 11 pm. To find out more and to get a full schedule of events check here:   


There is an event at The Cary Theater located 122 E Chatham St., Cary, NC that celebrates the music of several area songwriters. Here is the bill and how to learn more about each artist:

Celebration of NC Songwriting

Five award-winning songwriters gather for the 5th Annual Celebration of NC Songwriting. Dean Driver, Wyatt Easterling, Rebekah Todd, Kirk Ridge, and Isabel Taylor perform country, folk, rock and blues in an entertaining full band format with noted session players bassist Bobb Head and drummer Jonathan Wilson

Dean Driver

A few years ago, Dean Driver started hearing songs in his head, calling him to pick up his old guitar and learn to play it in completely new ways. The inspirations continued until he felt the need to produce an all-original acoustic album at age 50, which he aptly called Late Bloomer. In 2011, with the generous help of friends and family, he and his partner Laurel built a music venue and arts center called Doodad Farm just east of Greensboro, with the goal of making live music more accessible and intimate, and fostering collaboration among artists of all types.

Wyatt Easterling

Leading Atlantic Records’ A&R Department began Wyatt Easterling’s two decades of platinum and gold winning releases. He later partnered with Miles Copeland (The Police & Sting) then moved out on his own writing with songs like his title track for Dierks Bentley’s chart-topping, million-selling album Modern Day Drifter. Wyatt’s 2014 release, Goodbye-Hello, was lauded as rich with wisdom, acceptance and optimism. Once again getting ready to launch a new album, Wyatt is headed back to the studio this summer.

Rebekah Todd

Rebekah Todd, born and raised in Benson, NC, now hails from the coastal city of Wilmington. With her roots in folk, soul and classic rock, her sound is rich and endearing. Vocals that flow like a whiskey/honey combo and an attitude that forces the audience to stop and listen, she is one to keep your eyes on. Her full band, Rebekah Todd & the Odyssey have been playing all around NC and other regional areas. Recently a part of festivals including Shakori Music Festival, they were named the first place winner of the “On The Rise” series of Floyd Fest. On the rise, indeed, Rebekah Todd is a force to be reckoned with.

Kirk Ridge

Kirk Ridge’s songs tell tales of life’s irony, humor, and frailty. He performs with his bands Black Dog Syndrome and Kirk Ridge & Friends. His lyrics have been published in American Songwriter magazine, and he writes for Cary Playwrights Forum productions. Kirk’s music has been featured on NPR’s Car Talk and he won Belfast’s Celtic Roots Radio competition. He co-hosts “Pass The Hat” on WHUP radio, featuring local performers and is events coordinator for the NC Songwriting Co-op as well as the Durham Arts Council.

Isabel Taylor

Isabel Taylor recently celebrated the release of her debut CD Awake Again, produced by Jon Shain and engineered by FJ Ventre. She has been performing in Triangle venues, festivals, and on the NC coast for several years. After joining the open mic scene in 2010, where she performed rarely-heard covers by artists such as Nanci Griffith, Emmylou Harris, and Bob Dylan, her focus turned to writing and leadership of the NC Songwriters Co-op. Taylor connects with her audience through common ground experiences.

Bobb Head

Bobb Head is a talented multi-instrumentalist who will play bass in tonight’s production. A native Texan transplanted to North Carolina, Mr. Head has performed at national and international festivals and has graced the stage of A Prairie Home Companion. He has played in ensembles including Big Medicine, Sidetrack, and Stillhouse Bottom Band.

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson has been playing drums for 30+ years. Full time drummer with Individually Twisted and Rosies. Plays with other local musicians, such as Black Dog Syndrome, Willie Painter Band, and Rebecca Newton, to name a few. Grew up in Durham, resides in Raleigh, and is always surrounded by music.


 Larry Keel Experience with Ellis Dyson & The Shambles  will be live at The Pour House Music Hall located at 224 S. Blount St, Raleigh, NC.  Showtime starts at 8 pm and roll thru the next morning at 2 am. Here is what I learned about Keel when reading the Facebook Event Page:

Larry Keel is described by reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Country and Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that disciplined musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to playing the guitar and composing original music. He’s also got a knack for choosing interesting and appealing material from all realms of music with guts, whether it’s a tune written by a fellow song-writer/musician friend, or a tasty cover from any number of genres all over the map. The combination is pretty irresistible, and has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic musicians alive, and some now gone: Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers), Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show), Tony Rice, Chris Thile,Vassar Clements, John Hartford, Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, and Darol Anger to name a few. And his fierce, high-spirited energy also appeals to young rockers, jammers and alt country players and fans who are equally drawn to Keel’s deep rumbling voice, his earthy and imaginative songwriting, and his down-home-gritty-good-time charm. Keel regularly collaborates with Americana giants Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Infamous Stringdusters, Keller Williams, Steep Canyon Rangers (with Steve Martin), Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, Little Feat, Rebirth Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass, members of String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon, amongst others.

Keel has a variety of musical formats swirling around the calendar each year: look out for his core band, The Larry Keel Experience (featuring Will Lee on soulful, blues-grass 5 string banjo, penetrating vocals and exceptional song-writing contributions and Jenny Keel on upright bass, with impeccable timing, solid yet imaginative bass lines and vocal harmonies), Larry Does Jerry (Keel performing the music of Jerry Garcia), Keller Williams and The Keels, Keel paired with artists such as Drew Emmitt, Danny Barnes, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, and appearing as special guest with a multitude of major acts and artists on the tour circuit.

Throughout his career, Keel has released 15 albums and is featured on 10 others. The most recent release, “Experienced” is an entirely original work that showcases both Larry’s and band-mate Will Lee’s exceptional songwriting, singing and jaw-dropping instrumental performances, accompanied by Jenny Keel’s upright bass-playing and harmony vocals. Added to the raw sophistication of Keel’s progressive acoustic style are several guest musician-friends who appear on various tracks: Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Keller Williams, Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band), Mike Guggino (Steep Canyon Rangers) and Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass Band)

In addition to his performing and recording work, Keel also plays host to a special music event concept, ‘Fishin and Pickin’, which combines 2 unique but thoroughly complementary pleasures: the satisfying thrill of sports fishing, and the energizing intensity of live music, all conducted in all-inclusive style settings hosted on live water properties. There, experienced musicians teach every level of acoustic instrument players how to advance their musical ‘chops’ , while also having the chance to catch some big fish in the process. Bass and Grass takes place in Georgia each year in the fall, always with a fantastic roster of musician-instructors, and outstanding bass fishing! Similarly, there have been memorable events at Trout and Tunes featuring fly-fishing styles and mountain-music study and entertainment set in the misty mountains of West Virginia. More destinations on tap: The Salmon and Henry’s Fork Rivers in Idaho and the Maury River in Rockbridge County VA. There’s no end to the places Keel wants to play music in and fish, with like-minded folks!

For Keel the musical mission is always clear: to let technical skill and excellence, honest emotion and fearlessness connect the playing and singing to audiences, to entertain and to thoroughly enjoy the experience of creating and sharing in music.


Stone Age Romeo’s will be rocking the crowd at Tony’s Oyster Bar located at 107 Edinburgh Ave. S. Suite 129, Cary, NC. They get the  party started at 10 pm and will rock the room til 1 am.


Grace Potter & The Hip Abduction have a show tonight at the Lincoln Theater located at 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 and here is what I found on the event page:

The Lincoln Theatre and Band Together present:
Grace Potter
w/the Hip Abduction
on the Lincoln Theatre Street Stage
Friday September 23rd

Tickets are $25 advance and $30 day of
$75 VIP

For more information visit:

We will have to following food options for purchase The Pit, Cousins Maine Lobster and Taco Grande.

Described by Spin as “one of the greatest living voices in rock today,” and by SF Weekly as “the whole package”, Grace Potter continues to impress both critics and audiences with her musical achievements and captivating live shows.
Heralded as one of today’s best live performers, Grace Potter has played every major music festival from Coachella and Lollapalooza to Bonnaroo and Rock in Rio. She’s had the honor of sharing the stage with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, the Allman Brothers, Neil Young, Mavis Staples, and The Roots to name just a

Most recently, she was given the honor of performing, along with Sheryl Crow, a tribute to the late Glenn Frey at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. For an artist who has built a devoted fan base through her electrifying live show, Potter seems hell-bent on breaking out of the box when it comes to studio work.

She refuses to be defined by a single genre. Over the last three years, she has seamlessly transitioned from collaborating with the Flaming Lips for a Tim Burton film, to songwriting and producing for soundtracks and theme songs for film and TV, to multi-platinum, Grammy- nominated country duets with her friend Kenny Chesney, to most recently joining The Rolling Stones on stage for an inspired rendition of “Gimme Shelter.”
In late 2015, at the invitation of The First Lady, Michelle Obama, and TV host Conan O’Brien, Grace performed for the troops in Qatar (where she was joined on stage by the guitar-playing O’Brien). In the fall of 2015, Grace was honored with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, her home state of Vermont’s highest honor in the creative sector. Earlier in 2015 Potter received the ASCAP Harry Chapin Vanguard Award by WhyHunger honoring her for her work with several charitable organizations. On August 14th, 2015, Grace released her critically acclaimed solo album, Midnight, to a #17 debut on the Billboard 200 chart.
Midnight was recorded and mixed at Barefoot Studios in Hollywood, CA, with producer Eric Valentine. The core studio band consisted of Potter and Valentine on most of the instruments, with Matt Burr on drums and percussion.

Additional contributions came from guitarists Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco and bassist Michael Libramento, as well as former tour- mates and friends singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter, Audra Mae, Noelle Skaggs of Fitz & the Tantrums, and Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age.

“This album is about embracing life as it comes at you – with all its unexpected twists and turns,” says Potter. “I’ve experienced a huge amount of growth and change in the past two years – both personal and professional, and it can be overwhelming for an artist to find ways to express that in a vacuum. So I tried to strip away the confines of other people’s expectations. I started tapping into some of the deep-running themes that have shaped me into the human I’ve become, and as I went deeper and deeper, I found the results to be insanely satisfying.”
Citing Miles Davis, Dylan, the Beatles, Bowie, Blondie and Beck as prime examples, Potter says she is drawn to artists who make sonic leaps from record to record—a notion she has explored throughout her career. Potter has released four other studio albums through major label Hollywood Records: 2006’s Nothing But The Water, 2007’s This is Somewhere, 2010’s self-titled album and 2012’s The Lion The Beast The Beat, with the latter two both debuting Top 20 in the U.S. In 2010, Potter was featured on Kenny Chesney’s Grammy nominated, platinum-selling hit, “You and Tequila,” and his 2015 hit, “Wild Child,” which also achieved #1 status on the (billboard) Country chart.


August Road has a show tonight at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge in Snow Hill, NC located on Highway 91 N, Snow Hill, NC. Here are some details I found for this event:


We’re playing Friday night 9/23/16 at the Snow Hill Moose Lodge. We ask that everyone bring a covered dish of food for everyone to enjoy. $10 admission. 568 Hwy 91 Snow Hill, North Carolina 28580 


Looking around Farmville Community Arts Council located at 3723 N Main St., Farmville, NC presents Low Tide String Band who will be live from 8-11 pm tonight. Here are the details I found on the events page:

The Low Tide String Band

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 8:00pm!

Back by popular demand, the Farmville Community Arts Council welcomes The Low Tide String Band for one night only.

Performing songs from an array of genres including jazz, classic rock, and bluegrass, the Low Tide String Band were the featured entertainment for FCAC’s Bids and Bites auction in June. Due to overwhelming public response at that event, we are welcoming them back for an evening showcase.

General admission tickets to this event are $10.


Tru Soul will be playing live tonight at The Red Room located at 220 N Heritage St., Kinston, NC. This fun party band gets things started at10 pm and will rock you into the early morning hour of 1:30 am. There will be a minimal cover charge for admission.


You can get your gospel on tonight at Folkstone OFWB Church located at 133 Folkstone Rd. Holly Ridge, NC. This event will feature three bands which get underway at 7 pm.


Looking to our north Purple Schoolbus Reunion Tour pulls into Crossbones Tavern located at 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC tonight from 10 pm til 1 am.

Here are some details on the band:

The original seven members of Purple Schoolbus reunite for three shows this fall! This one brings them back to where it all began – G-Vegas! When the Purple Schoolbus makes a stop – everybody gets off!

Purple Schoolbus is an original band, playing original music. With their grooves, harmonies, and jams, they are often described as a cross between CSN, the Grateful Dead, and Santana; but are best described as “Southern Fried San Francisco”. The seven piece ensemble features Scott Scala and Todd May – drums and percussion, Bernie Taylor – bass and vocals, Kevin Sledge-guitar and vocals, Micah Peedin-lead guitar and vocals, Jesse Jennings – keyboards, and Mark Harris- saxophones.

Purple Schoolbus formed in early 1992 in Greenville, NC. They have released two critically acclaimed albums: Purple Schoolbus and Phoenicia Blind; and are currently adding the finishing touches to their third album. The “Bus” has played hundreds of live performances while touring as far north as New England , south to Florida, and as far west as the Rocky Mountains with many cool stops in between.


Ben Herring  will be playing all your favorite tunes tonight at Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery located at 707 Dickinson Rd, Greenville, NC. He gets the jams started at 8 and plays til 11 pm.


Hank Barbee will be performing  live tonight at The Marina Cafe located at 110 S Marine Blvd, Jacksonville, NC. He will get the party started at 8 pm and rock you til about 11 pm.He offers his own brand of music and mixes in some familiar classics too. He has some great merchandise to look at and his voice is smooth enough to calm a wild and restless soul!


While we are down around that way I should let you know that the Jacksonville outfit better known  Steel County Express has a show tonight further down 17 S at Shelby Jeans located at 15 Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Beach, NC. They get the crowd rocking with their modern take on country classics. Joining them on guitar and vocals, say hello to Jenna Leigh Huff. 

Be sure to check them out tonight from 9pm til midnight!

Along the Coast:

Now that we are checking out places by the water let’s have a quick look around the Crystal Coast.

Looking at shows along the coast, you can find Justin Castellano live at Boro Cafe located at 109 N Front St, Swansboro, NC . He will be jamming his sweet sounds from 8-11 pm.


The East Brogues Band will be live tonight at Harrika’s Brew Haus located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC. This trio of rockers will make ya dance with their selections of fun classic rock. Be sure to follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with their news and dates! No cover charge and the band will rock from 7:30-10:30 pm


Tonight at SALT ULTRA LOUNGE located at 325 Mangrove Rd., Emerald Isle, NC they bring the soul sounds of Carolina Soul Band  live on stage from 9-11:55 pm.  There is music charge at the door and free shuttle service if you live in the area. Check out their Facebook page to keep up to date on who is playing there!


Wild Honey Hive will be live at The Irish Pirate located in the Plantation Shopping Center in Emerald Isle. This duo will star rocking at 8 pm and roll till 11 pm or later!


David Robinson will be bringing his soothing jazz sounds to Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC . There is a wine taking going on tonight starting at 6:30pm and music will start at 8:30 pm and continue until 11:30 pm. There is no cover for this show.


Live tonight in the Boat Bar at Snapperz Grill and Steam Bar located at 3710 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC you can enjoy the guitar sounds of Will B from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.


Live on the deck at Jack’s Waterfront Bar you can get down and groovy with Greenville’s most funky and soulful band, TrainWreck.  They will be making the people dance from 10 pm til 2 am! I just saw the shortened version of this band last weekend when Adrian & Co. Played on the deck at Persimmions for their end of season BBQ.


Along the coast of the Pamlico Sound you can find Pamlico County’s own Steel Shot live from 7-10 pm at The Red Rooster Bar behind The Silos Restarant located at 1111 Broad St., Oriental, NC.


Around Town, New Bern:  

There is an open jam going on at Sweet Peas Cafe located at 323 Middle Street, New Bern . This event is hosted by Gabrielle Christie. Stop in with your talent from 6-9 pm and join the fun!


Just up the road a block you can head down to The Thirsty Bruin located on Middle Street, New Bern you can catch the sounds of Matt Livingston jamming from 8-10:30 pm.


Live tonight at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern you can catch the guitar works of James Ford live from 7-10 pm. There is no charge to get in and all your favorite drinks await!


 Also on stage tonight in town at The New Bern Civic Theater located at 414 Pollock St., New Bern, NC you can enjoy the production of DeathTrap A Killer Comedy. This will be the final weekend for this wonderful show. My friend, blues belter Kathleen Kohler is one of the handful of actors and does a fine job as psychic Helga Ten Drop. All of the actors did great and I do recommend that you catch this one before the final curtain call on Sunday.


Just over the bridge, the final show I found is taking place at around town is happening at  Triple Play Restaurant located at 111 Williams Road, over in James City!  Zen Pirates will be invading the restaurant and night club and rocking the room from 9:30 pm til 1:30 am. This band features local crooner Alisa Mike on vocals. They are also featuring a new drummer behind the kit!

Well kids this makes it official, it is time to WEEKEND! I hope you enjoy yours. Please go out there and promote kindness. Hug a stranger, tip a musician and be ultra kind to servers and bartenders they are in it to help you have a better weekend.Thanks so much for reading and have a great time with your friends this evening. Please party responsibly and enjoy the dance! dscf7831

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NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options & News ~ Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sweet Charity for Service Members

On Sunday, September 11, 2016 I headed out to The Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC where hosted a full weekend of gathering community members for the purpose of volunteering for our troops and first responders.

The weekend concluded with a day of free music, our pledge of allegiance, our National Anthem delivered by Orlando Parker Jr., military and community leaders took to the podium and performances by Waking April and, closing out the weekend, Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade.

I remember I made a vow fifteen years ago and I reaffirmed it four years ago that I will never forget the victims of 9/11. Each year I make the effort to remember those victims of terror and I pray for peace for the families that lost so much. Being at this event made me feel like I was a part of a greater good movement.

It was amazing to see the people sitting at the stations provided and with some putting together care packages for our current service members, and others assembling care packages with blankets for our homeless vets. There was a station for writing letters to our service men and women and one for making braided keychains to send as a token gift.

The entertainment was soulful and soothing and seemed to fit perfect with the mood and the day. To check out Waking April search them out on Facebook and Twitter. This trio of players offered the first set of mostly original material.

It was Hank Barbee who extended the invitation to me to attend this event. The artist from Richlands spends a good part of the music journey traveling gig to gig solo. I had seen him several times and have enjoyed every show. But I had wondered what he would sound like with a full band behind him. Last Sunday my curiosity was cured and it was worth the drive just to see that.

Hank Barbee and The Dust Parade are putting the final touches on a recording they finished last year. One of the things that is needed for the release to be complete are a few good photos. So of course, when the opportunity arrived to capture it,  I thought it could be a day well spent for several reasons.


This player stays busy entertaining crowds around the region and along the east coast. An example of how chaotic things can get, on Saturday, September 24, 2016 he will start out his day with a solo show at Whaley’s Chapel OFWB Church located at 8156 Hwy 41, Richlands, NC at 8 am in the Multi Purpose Building for the Women’s Fall Morning Praise. If interested in attending an inspiring morning of music and praise, you must RSVP today by calling 910-324-1549.


Following that show close to home, Barbee hits the road to meet up with band mates in Wilmington to perform for the Celebrate Recovery Rockfest where he will deliver a rocking set from 2-2:45 pm on the Main Stage.

He finishes the day at The Trading Post in Emerald Isle where he will perform solo from 6:30-9:30 pm.

To find out more about Barbee and to keep up with his latest news and dates check out his website at

Live Music Options for Saturday, September 17, 2016~

Around Town, New Bern



Persimmons will be hosting a day long  BBQ bash with live music and good food  from noon til 8 pm. To enjoy the grooves and tastes of the end of season celebration head on over to 100 Pollock St., New Bern, NC.


This is what I found under the details of the event page on Facebook:


Join Persimmons for the End of Season Bar-B-Que! Featuring a Tap Takeover, Pork Roast and BBQ Plates provided by Weeping Radish Brewery and Butchery! Drink Specials made with local liquors! Live music will be jamming all night with Adrian and Co. starting at 12pm playing till 3pm and then BRB from 4pm till 7pm!



For fans of folk music and roots americana sounds, here is the information on an event taking place tonight at our History Center this evening.

 Enjoy works for strings by innovative American composers Mark O’Connor, Charles Ives, and Samuel Barber alongside the North Carolina premiere of Michael Miles’ “Suite of the Americas” for banjo and string quartet during this concert presented by the Carolina Chamber Music Festival.

Regarded as one of America’s most innovative clawhammer banjo players, Miles will perform a concert of works for banjo and string quartet. He will collaborate with CCMF string artists from the Boston Symphony and Pops, Yale University, Harlem Symphony, and local New Bern talent Rachel Harmatuk Pino (violin). An artist comfortable in the worlds of traditional song, classical music, and composition, Miles is also featured as CCMF’s Composer-in-Residence.

Before the concert begins, Miles will host a pre-concert discussion at 6:30 p.m. with the concert at 7 p.m. Following the concert, the audience is invited to a reception in Mattocks Hall.

Cullman Performance Hall, North Carolina History Center

Event Price
$30 per person

Contact Name:
Craven Arts Council / Bank of the Arts

Contact Email:

Contact Phone:


Robert Hurff & Peace Soldier will be performing live tonight at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC. He will get the crowd grooving to his take on classic rock tunes from 8-11 pm. There is no cover charge for entry but you must be a member to enter!


Adam Hill is bringing his band to BrÜtopia  located at 1201 highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. The stinging six stringer will be tearing it up with special guest vocalist Donna Storey. 

The talent is thick in this rock unit and Hill has the ability to breathe new life into lost icons such as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan with his heavy string bending grit. If you have not seen this player in action he is worth the time and travel!

They hit the floor at 7 pm and rock the room tonight until 10 pm. There is no cover to get in and they have lots of craft brews ready for your Saturday night!


James Ford will be rocking on the dock in Fairfield Harbour this evening. His show at Sunset Italian Grill located at 100 Marina Dr., New Bern, NC is slotted for 7:30-10:30. He will rock you and funk you up too, so be sure to catch this local talent and business owner! When not playing Ford owns and operates Bear  Town Mobile Repair located on Trent Road. He is the man to see with your phone and computer problems.

Around the Region

There is a big country show going down tonight at The Jones County Civic Theater located at 832 NC Highway 58 S, Trenton, NC. Bryan Mayer will be on the same bill with Mark Chestnutt. Doors open at 6 pm and music starts soon after!  Grab your partner and get ready to dance the night away!


TJ’s Cave located at 925 East Main St., Hacelock, NC will be hosting an open mic night this evening from 6-9 pm!

Open Mic nights are a great way for new players to expose their raw talents in front of peers and fans a like. If you are not gouging but want to get out and play, head on down to TJ’s with your gig bag tonight!


Looking at the Western side of the state there is a pretty cool show taking place at Scuppernong Books located at 304 S Elm St., Greensboro, NC. Here are the details I found on this show:

Join author Emily Edwards for the backstory and discussion of her blues book. Abe Reid will perform. Bars, Blues, and Booze contains true stories of musicians, bar owners, and regulars at the crossroads of good times and despair in her University Press of Mississippi published book, Bars, Blues, and Booze: Stories from the Drinkhouse. One of the storytellers, 1998 International Blues Challenge winner Abe Reid, will perform LIVE after the talk. Come listen, have a glass of wine or a beer, and join the discussion. Part of @17 Days Greensboro.


Ali Randolph & The Outta Luck Band will bring their show to The Rockhouse Tavern & Billards located at 2699 Aberdeen Blvd., Gastonia, NC. She gets the crowd jumping at 9 and they will rock the room til 2 am.There is a $7.00 cover charge at the door.


A little closer to home, Built For Comfort have a show this evening at The Red Room located at 220 N Heritage St., Kinston, NC. There is a cover charge at the door but this band will deliver a powerful set of rocking blues worthy of every dime. They take the stage at 10 and rock the room til 2 am.



Looking to our north, Raven’s Bru has a show tonight on the Pebble Beach Stage at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. Located at 1052 E Main St., Washington, NC this is a great place for live music and some great food. When I was in town last night I enjoyed the shrimp and oyster basket with a side of onion rings. Service is friendly and fun and the food is delicious. Open for dinner until 9 pm, this place is worth a visit. The band will be rocking from 6:30-10 pm.


Psylo Joe will be appearing with ELM (Electric Love Machine) for another night in the area. If you missed their show last night in Kinston, tonight you can check them out at Crossbones Tavern located at 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC. Music starts about 9 pm and they will rock you into the early morning hours of 2 am.

Along the Coast:

You can catch Daryl Lucas live tonight at The Fat Turtle located at 2181 New River Inlet Rd., N. Topsail Beach, NC. He will deliver his rocking country grooves from 9:30 pm til 1:30 am.


Looking around the Crystal Coast, I found an event happening now at The Islander Hotel & Resort located at 102 Islander Dr., Emerald Isle. Here is the scoop on this food, beer, wine and dine event…

Come celebrate with us this year at the 4th Annual Emerald Isle Coastal Cuisine & Craft Beer Festival on September 17th, 2016 at the Islander Resort in Emerald Isle. This will be another outstanding event overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with a day filled with excellent cuisine, craft brews, live music and more.
30 Breweries & 13 Locally owned restaurants are participating this year for our largest event to date. There’s still a few tickets left get yours at the website



Heading over the bridge and checking things out in Swansboro you can catch the fun and eclectic selections of Justin Castellano tonight at Church Street Deli, Pub & Inn located at 105 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. He will be playing to the dinner crowd from 7-10 pm


Ed Prophet will be delivering his sultry sets of familiar rock to the dinners out and about at The Boat Bar @ Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar located at 3710 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC. This New Bern native will perform for fans from 6:30-9:30 pm.


Just over the bridge you can check out Last Chance Wranglers Band live tonight at The Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. They offer live music every Friday and Saturday from 8:30-11:30 pm


As it turns out, there is live music everywhere. I am happy to help you find the right place to go so you can support live local music in your community. It is not easy packing up all of that equipment, driving from place to place, setting up, tearing down, rehearsing setlists, promoting shows all while finding new gigs new ways to make an impression on an unimpressive crowd of critics. Personally, I think there are enough critics in the world and these players need our support. I hope my column inspires you to get out and support a band in your area tonight. Life is tough, but it always feels better if we can tango through it!

If you are a venue supporting live music or if you have a band and would like to be mentioned here just drop me a note a. My email is:

Thanks for reading. Please share this with your friends so we can all get out and dance.


NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options & News ~ Friday, September 16, 2016

Feel Good Friday~

Welcome to the weekend folks! Before I take you around the region and run down all of the live music found choices from here to there;  I want to tell you about  an event that transpired last week here in New Bern, NC. Barn Bash a fund raising event for Promise Place went down for the third year at the Batten’s Farm on Old Airport Road on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

For the first time in the three year history of the event there was no rain, but plenty of emotions poured down during the auction portion of the event. Promise Place is a non profit Sexual Assault Resource Center serving Craven, Jones and Pamlico Counties. They help victims and their families face the trauma caused by rape and sexual abuse. They offer advocacy, therapy and offer community outreach.

This annual event is a fun night for the non profit to raise awareness and much needed funds for their mission. The food is prepared by Len Reason, Jr and crew and the appetizers that are served are prepared by three of the kindest “Ladies of the Y” you will ever meet. Wine, beer and tea were served along with the bbq and fixings. Merchant’s Road provided two fine sets of music accompaniment as the ground gathered.

After they ate, the live auction began. There were several other stations with silent auction items and four special ticketed raffles that were given away. The crossbow that I sold chances for raised nearly $900 and the black powder gun brought in over $600. The Grillman Grill was given away to one lucky winner and that raffle brought in about $900. Another run raffle item that went up for grabs was a KFC bucket full of scratch off lottery tickets.

By the time the moon was up and the stars were shining our community raised more than $63,000.00  for Promise Place to use as funds for their commitment to their cause. They stay fully staffed through out the year and they serve three counties. Their important work is never done. If you missed the opportunity to give to them during their Barn Bash campaign, I want to remind you that you can donate your time and monetary contributions to them throughout the year. Send checks, gift cards to WalMart or Staples to the office at 1401 Park Place New Bern, NC 28562. You can also help them when shopping  on line through Amazon Smiles and pick Promise Place as your charity, you can even leave them in your will if you really care to make n impact on changing the rape culture we live in today!

I just want to extend a big thank you to the Battens, the Reason Family, the major sponsors, the staff and board of director of Promise Place and all the other contributors that made this night a huge success. What happened on Saturday at the Barn will not stay at the Barn it will be the night that makes a big impression on many lives in the year ahead. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for giving victims a place to become victorious after the trauma of rape!

Live Music Options ~ Friday, September 16, 2016

Around the Region~

White Oak Shores Fall Bluegrass Festival gets underway today and goes through the night tomorrow evening. Above you can find the schedule of events and who you can expect to see when. This is the 10th Annual event and here is what I found on the Facebook Event page.

Two fun filled days of Bluegrass music with food and craft vendors to add to the experience. 2 DAYS and 20 SHOWS!

This is our 10th year of Bluegrass Festivals. We have a great line-up with several new artists making their way onto the White Oak Shores Stage! No need to camp; just bring a chair or blanket and enjoy an awesome day of music. For complete details call 252-393-3244, email at or go to


Another fun good time event that includes camping, music and fun is the 25th Annual Crash In The Grass. Hosted by Armed Forces of America Motorcycle Club this event is going down tonight through tomorrow night at 3264 Burgaw Hwy. in Jacksonville, NC.


While we are out around Jacksonville you should check out James Ford live tonight at Marina Cafe located at 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville, NC. He is a great option for dinner and a show any night of the week, but for the folks around the J’ville area can check him out from 8 pm and rocking til the midnight hour.


Daryl Lucas will be performing live tonight at The Outpost Saloon located at 3038 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville, NC. His show gets started at 9 pm and he will rock you with his brand of rocking country and classic grooves until 1 am.


Having a look to our North, I found a couple events taking place in Greenville tonight. First up you can catch Dauntless live at Tiebreakers located at 19320 Smythewyck Dr. Ste. B, Greenville, NC. This rocking outfit will get the crowd moving at 10 pm and will rock them til 2 am.


Live tonight at The Trollingwood Brewery located at 707 Dickinson Ave, Greenville, NC  you can enjoy the sounds of Geoff Happel live from 8-11 pm


There will be a jam band delight is going down tonight at Crossbones Tavern located at 114 E 5th Street, Greenville, NC who welcomes Groove Fetish to their stage to rock you from 10 pm til about 1:30 am.


Having a look to there West I found out that Red Line will be rocking Tony’s Oyster Bar located at 101 Edinburgh Dr., South, Suite 129, Cary, NC. They will rock and move you from 10 pm til nearly closing at 2 am


Psylo Joe will be teaming up with ELM (Electric Love Machine) out of Baltimore, MD to bring a show to The Red Room located at 220 N Hertitage Ave, Kinston, NC. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a small live music cover charge for entry.


Along The Coast


New Bern’s own suave trio Casablanca will be bringing their show to The Cru Bar & wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Show time is 8:30-11:30 and music styles range from classical to show tunes to jazz standards. This is a fun band for mature music tastes.


The jam band out of Greenville that has been entertaining crowds for more than a decade Mac & Juice Quartet will be live tonight at Harrika’s Brew Haus located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, NC. They play from 7:30 til 10:30 pm.


The reggae, rock beach and surf band out of Destin, Fl Heritage will be performing live tonight at The Emerald Club located at 8102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. They get the music started at 10 pm and will rock you til 1 am.



New Bern entertainer, Ed Prophet has a show tonight from 7-9 pm at the Islander Hotel & Resort  located at 102 Islander Drive, Emerald Isle, NC


The party gets started at 9 pm tonight at SALT ULTRA LOUNGE located at 325 Mangrove Dr, Emerald Isle when party rockers Hip Pocket Band take the stage to rock the room til 1 am.


Looking at other coastal regions you can enjoy a fine show tonight featuring the amazing tones of Mike Farris at Red Rooster located behind Silo’s Restaurant 1111 Broad St, Oriental, NC. Gates open at 6 music starts at 7 and goes til 10 pm. Cost is $22.00 and you can bring your own chair.


Around Town, New Bern

Deathtrap A Killer Comedy  opens tonight at The New Bern Civic Theater. Located on Pollock St., here are the details I found on the Event page for this show:

“Deathtrap” (Comedy/Thriller)
By Ira Levin

Evenings: September 16, 17, 23 & 24 at 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinees: September 18 & 25 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

A down-on-his-luck playwirght’s student tells him he has written the perfect suspense play and will bring it to the playwright’s Connecticut home tonight. The suspense over whether the playwright will kill the student and take credit for his play forms the crux of Ira Levin’s thriller. Deathtrap is “Two-thirds a thriller and one-third a devilishly clever comedy”.


Looking at other stops around town, Bruce Lynch is live tonight at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St, New Bern, NC. He will be laying down his grooves from 7-10 pm. He plays a variety of classic and modern rock and a few blues tunes too!


An original folk-rock Americana trio best described as a high energy Peter, Paul & Mary, or a co-ed Crosby, Stills & Nash, with a bit of the Byrds and a tad of Joni. Their 3-part harmonies….. Wow! With engaging, movingly meaningful originals and deep roots in ‘60’s and 70’s folk and folk-rock, the group is fast building buzz as an energetic, engaging harmonic head-turner.

You can dig this show tonight at Trent River Coffee Company located at 208 Craven St, New Bern, NC. They will be entertaining the ticket holders there from 7:30-10:00 pm.



Rick Huff has the early show just over the bridge at Triple Play Restaurant located at 111 Williams Rd, New Bern. He will be jamming from 6-9 pm

Following Huff’s set it will be time for The Rest of Us to take their rocking show front and center for the remaining portion of the night. They are slotted to rock from 9:30 pm til 1:30 am. They play a good blend of alternative and new rock. They have a nice edge and a solid sound.


Well now that we are done with the grind, we get to dance. Make sure you are kind to everyone you meet. Tip your servers and bartenders sweetly and please spare a buck or two for the music makers that help you to enjoy the dance.

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NCMZ.LIVE ~NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options & News ~ Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thoughts for Thursday ~

I have to tell you I hugged a lot of necks last week while attending several great events that helped many causes between Thursday and Sunday. It is weekends like that which help to restore some of my shattered faith in mankind.


Cheri Moyers, is the newly elected President of The Coastal Carolina Chapter for the National Federation of the Blind  of NC. Moyers found her way to this new role after losing her own sight. She only has peripheral vision and is now legally blind. In dealing with the acceptance of her own condition, she is helping to raise awareness in others. Now that is something I can admire.

Two weeks in her new role, she put together an impromptu event to get word out about the new chapter where she is leading the charge. She performed last week at The City Laundry for a couple hours and talked to the crowd and connected to with those in attendance. She gathered gifts for silent auction and raised a total of $529.00.

In speaking with her since the performance I learned her mission is raising awareness in others. She points out that the shots she gets in her eye monthly can potentially help save the likes of you and me from going blind. Her disease is rather rare, but what is not rare is the 7 million people or more who are walking around with vision impairment, too scared to face the reality of losing their sight. Moyers points out that it is a problem bigger than most realize. Many of those suffering do so in silence for fear of the unknown. Losing your sight is life altering as one can imagine.

“I did not want to give up my license, but when I was in the car asking my daughter to tell me what color the lights were and when to stop…(sigh) I knew it was time to accept it.” Moyers confessed. Since then she has spent time reinventing herself, honing her singing skills and refinishing furniture. My favorite thing about this lady is she is a work in progress and and beautiful inspiration.

To find out more about the National Federation of the Blind of North Carolina, Coastal Carolina Chapter and how you can help, call Cheri Moyer today at 252-675-8282. Moyers will also be back at The City Laundry to perform once a month. Keep your eye here for more dates.

ArtWalk New Bern ~ 9/9/16


On Friday evening, I went out in support of my favorite causes, the arts! It was Artwalk in downtown New Bern, just like it always is on the second Friday of the month; so, I did not have to venture far before stumbling upon a new story. As I took in the tour of the town I mostly enjoyed watching a lot of great people proudly doing their thing. I met four authors and watched several artists at work. One of the most charming features of New Bern is the artist vibe you feel as you move about the town. When you get right down to it, there really is something here for everyone.

Along the way I found Jerry Scott at the Isaac Taylor Garden met Leslie Tall Manning at her table with two of her books. In all she has written about 11 books. I enjoy talking to other writers to find out how they find inspiration . to learn how long their work took, etc. I always walk away with helpful hints for writing too. I walked through the garden and was mesmerized by the scene of two artist working out paintings of musicians. That was inspiring to watch.

Upon leaving the garden we walked along South Front Street and spoke with three more writers all set up to sing their books and talk to passersby.  Joey Jones has released A Bridge Apart, a suspenseful romantic thriller.  Kaisey W. Mills was there representing her short story works co written with friend and sci-fi writer James A Courtney.  The Dystopian Nation of City-State  is their latest effort. I also met Laura Beth who was inspired by growing up and visiting her father’s farmhouse and has released a series of books that tell the tale familiar to her. There is a series of seven books that she proudly displayed.

Just around the corner on Middle street I found an amazing young girl playing the violin. Her efforts were beautiful and her songs balanced my spirit.


The other great benefit to ArtWalk are all the sweet sounds you can enjoy throughout town. In Bear Plaza we met Darria Womble who was singing to her dad’s soothing guitar melodies. Derrick  Moore and his daughter have been enjoying the  father daughter duo time for about a year and are looking and currently available for shows around town. She has a beautiful, angelic voice and he is pretty smooth working those strings, singing in his own way.

Around the corner on Middle Street I enjoyed the standards and show tunes being performed by Alisa Mike. She has an amazing voice that can take country to the city,  rap down to the delta and the blues she can rock and belt out any jazz standard too. She is a sweet woman who works hard taking care of family and entertaining all of us! When not performing solo you can find  her fronting Zen Pirates who have a show coming up on next Friday, September 23 at Triple Play in James City.

Being featured under the steel canopy of lights and beams, in the Isaac Taylor Garden, located on Craven Street, we found The Spread out of Morehead City. They are a fun and funky band that get down and grooving with the back beats and jams, add Kathryn Rene to the mix and you have a powerhouse of talent that draws you into their familiar sounds and funky grooves that get the hips shaking and feet tapping. You can find them on Facebook and catch them live around the area. Well worth a road trip if you like watching musicians play. They are all seasoned and professional.

Turning our attention to some of the live shows that were happening around town, Crystal Odham and I met up at our favorite little meeting place The Brown Pelican. Located right there on Broad Street across from Quay & Associates Law Practice, this establishment is a great supporter of live music. When I walked in the front door, I found Dan Jam in full swing with Scott Carlisle on guitar, Alan Gleeson on guitar and vocals and the host himself, Dan Phillips singing and jamming. When I walked out back we found Serial Experiments Lane outside and jamming on his acoustic six string.

Back inside, we caught the sounds of No Halos who offered up lots of rock n roll rush and fun and funky motown tunes. This was my first time hearing band and they impressed not just me but many that caught the show that night. Featured on stage was  Denise Powers, vocal;  Robert Ormond on guitar and vocals; Mike Sandvig on bass and Mike Ferrara behind the kit. To keep  up with these fine players check them out on Facebook!



Our second stop indoors was to check out Fools Rush In a jazz ensemble that does a great job  offering up some swing and standard jazz selections. This is an amazing group of players that enjoy playing together. They had the crowd spinning across the room at Rivertowne Ballroom when we walked in. This fun quartet performs live every second Friday of the month and tickets are just $10.00. If you are looking for a fun night, mark this gig on your calendar for October 14 and get ready to dance.


I really love the melodic sounds of jazz and show tunes done right. I even enjoy classical music. That appreciation came rolling  in when my son picked up the violin in the seventh grade. We were living in Louisiana where they offered orchestra in the public schools and we found another area of study that my son excelled at.

Our final stop for the night was full of that of magical music  like that. We wrapped up our fun night of frollicking with Casablanca, a fun and fabulously talented trio that has a knack for bringing you back in time with their compositions and selections! This New Bern based act includes Tom Spellman on guitar, Simon Spalding on an array of instruments and vocals and Glenn Druhot Jr keeping time on drums and other various percussion sounds. They performed at The City Laundry for their monthly series on Music after ArtWalk. 

On Friday, September 16, 2016 they will be live at The Cru Bar & Wine Store  located at 120 Turner St. in Beaufort, NC. They will be performing from 8:30 til 11:30 pm.


Live Music Options for Thursday, September 14, 2016 ~

Around the Region:


All you motorcycle enthusiasts pack up ad roll out highway 55 to Seven Springs for a fun time this weekend. Biker games, competitions, live music, and lots of fun to be had. Pack a tent, bring your cooler and grab your friends for a fun little getaway just a few miles before Goldsboro.This good time will be held at Mason Dixon Park  which is located at 7533 NC Highway 55 West in Seven Springs, NC. Here are the details I found on the event page.


Come out to our Fall Motorcycle Rally, Thursday night we are going to blow it out with a huge pre-party as we welcome new folks to our event and look forward to meeting past friends.

Friday night we have an Alternative Rock, Alternative Country, Rockabilly band that is going to take you off the road normally traveled and kick out some tunes with a twist. These are good ole fashioned rock it out music to get your juices flowing.

Saturday night if you have never heard a seven person Nation Wide touring band hammering it down in an adult atmosphere then you do not want to miss ALL MY ROWDY FRIENDS performing their variety show in concert. This is such a treat to see them play where they have free run with no limits in full form. We cannot express how rare and special this concert will be so make your plans now.

Our event is one of the few remaining Adult Parties in Central NC Region that won’t break your bank to attend. If you don’t own a motorcycle no concern, feel free to bring your Golf Cart or ATV to get around on. Our Motorcycle rodeo and random Impromptu events will keep you hopping all weekend. Admission for the entire event is only $30 per person. If your schedule does not allow you to come for the entire weekend your in luck. Saturday pack up your friends or that special lady and enjoy some great music and adult entertainment with our Saturday special entry.

Admission after 1:00 pm on Saturday to hear an exciting band in-conjunction with the night time activities is just $10.00 per person. Come in an stay the night. No additional fee’s for tent and camper boon docking with paid admission (generators are welcome), RV sites with water/electric are $30.00 and very limited so make your reservations now.


Another weekend choice for all of you pickers out there is the 10th Annual Hoppin’ John Fiddlers Convention that kicks off tonight and finishes up on Sunday. There is lots of fun and music and camping on site for this event. It is being held at the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center which is located at 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd, Pittsboro, NC. Here are the details I learned:

Come out and celebrate the 10th annual Hoppin’ John Fiddler’s Convention! Great music and camping all weekend. Band and individual instrument contests, children’s activities, food, craft and instrument vendors. We have a host of wonderful musician showcases and workshops. There will also be plenty of opportunities to dance all weekend long! And of course…the hoppin’ john cook-off!



Local rocker, James Ford is hitting the road and heading down Highway 17 to The Sushi Gem Asian Bistro located at 17230 Hwy 17 N, Suite 124, Hampstead, NC. He will be rocking the dinner crowd from 7-10 tonight.


Hot new country artists LanCo will making waves around the area as they roll into Jack’s Waterfront Bar located at 513 Evans St, in Morehead City tonight for a FREE show. These players are currently on tour in support of their latest release which has been gaining a lot of attention. Rolling Stone deems them as one of the top ten new country acts to watch…and tonight you can see them for free. Be on hand for their show which kicks off at 9 pm.


Tonight at Harrika’s Brew Haus they are offering a Beatles Tribute and Wing Night. Come on out from 6-10 with music starting at 7. Harrika’s Brew Haus is located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, NC.


Wild Honey has a show tonight for the wine tasting event at Carolina Home and Garden located at 4778 Highway 24, Newport, NC. They will be performing from 6:30-9:30 pm so come on out and enjoy their great grooves and some new wine too!

Around Town, New Bern

Quartet from Greenville on the deck at Persimmons

Mac & Juice Quartet are in town to groove you tonight on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant located at 100 Pollock Street, New Bern.  Come on out after work and enjoy their fine selections of jam rock and great menu too. They will be rocking on the deck tonight from 5:30-8 pm


The Craven County Arts Council located at 317 Middle Street, New Bern presents After Work: Bach Revisited from 5-6 tonight. There will be a wine and cheese reception following the performance.

Well that is a wrap on what is in store for tonight. I have more to recap from the weekend as we walk into another weekend after tomorrow’s grind. I will see you then. Enjoy the dance.


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