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

Live Music Options for Thursday, July 14, 2016~

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


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


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



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

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

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

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


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


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



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

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



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



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



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

Live Music Options for Friday, July 15, 2016


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


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


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


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

What are you doing this Friday night?

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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

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

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



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


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


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


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

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

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



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


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



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


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

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

Live Music Options for Saturday, July 16, 2016~

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


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


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


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

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

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



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



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


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


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


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



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


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

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


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



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



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


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

FREE SHOW! Come hang out!

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

Savage Remains


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

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

Bands include :
Years Till Now (

Morte K. And The Mourners

Safe Word


Show starts at 8pm

$5 cover charge
Donations welcome

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


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


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



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


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


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



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

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

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


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

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

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

With food provided by The Marsh Pit and Lee Shumate!


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



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


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

Live Music Options for Monday, July 18, 2016~


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

Live Music Options for Tuesday, July 19, 2016 ~

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



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



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


Live Music Options For Wednesday, July 20, 2016 ~


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


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

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

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


Enjoy the dance!


If you want to get in the Zone share your dates with me on Facebook or email me your schedule. is the address. You rock so I roll!



Tracey’s Weekend Run Around ~ July 10, 2016

On Friday evening my dear friend Belinda and I learned that the “Magical Music Bus” is not so magical without air conditioning in 94 degree weather, so we hopped on her broom and headed to The Brown Pelican to enjoy a show brought to us by Bobby Hurff. 

Nice to finally check in with this local talent who is a veteran to the New Bern music scene. When we walked in the soothing sounds of the flute grabbed me and the harmonies made me take notice of a graceful and welcoming trio of talent. After a few solo tunes,  Dan Phillips joined the jam and helped Hurff finish out the set.


Once we made our way to the car, it was off to Beaufort to check in with original music maker, Hank Barbee who was engaging the crowd at Cru Wine Bar & Coffee Shop in Beaufort, NC. Barbee offered a selection of timeless classics, like Johnny Cash and nice blend of fine originals. He has new music in the works a couple projects you can check out on this web site.

Barbee is looking forward to lots of exciting things in the days ahead including a newly booked date at The Brown Pelican. That’s right New Bern, you are going to get to taste the talent of this fine young player from Richlands, NC on Saturday, August 27, 2016. So mark the date today and be on hand when he rocks the room from 8 – 11 pm. You won’t be disappointed.To keep up with all his news and learn more about this talented player check out his website


We then walked over the The Dockhouse and found Little Cecil & No Credit rocking on the deck. The crowd down on the water front was getting down with their brand of rock classics.

These guys are steady and tight. They also are a familiar favorite when playing in their stomping grounds of Beaufort, NC. I love their set list that boast a great mix of rock and seasoned blues. Check them out if you see them heading your way! t’s a guaranteed good time. I found them last month on the Deck at The Double Tree, here in my home town. This was my third encounter with these boys  since starting my blog adventure and it was musically charming!


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Back over to Tuner Street we ended our evening at The Royal James Cafe and grooved in good time to Mac and Juice Duo as we ushered in  Crystal Odham‘s Birthday with Belinda Barr.

I wanted to check in with Mac and Juice when they were in town last week with the full band, but my addiction to floating seemed to keep me from the music last Monday! Nonetheless, it was great to hear this duo deliver a fun set of rock standards and even some soothing blues. They definitely grabbed my soul and had me singing when they delivered “Life By The Drop.”

Life by The Drop


On Saturday, July 9th I headed to town early to check out New Bern’s fun and festive group, The Dick Richards who kicked things off for Day Two of Bernaroo Music & Arts Fest with a lively set at The Brown Pelican. This New Bern trio features the talent of  Parker Millar, Jake Ross and Justin Tinkler offering a great blend of fun indie rock!

It is always refreshing to find young talent with lots of originality. Each player is not just skilled but all players are well versed on each instrument taken to the stage. Talk about being able to mix things up. They are energetic and fun and the only hometown band featured on the bill at Bernaroo Music & Arts Fest.

I should tell you, Terry Mc, Grant Golden and Bailey Evans  are the committee members behind all things that make Bernaroo BOOM!  They certainly  did a fine job finding a seasoned selection to set motion for this great town event that highlighted art and music and originality for two days! A big round of applause to their efforts in making music a movement!

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Having delighted in the first offering of Bernaroo~Day Two , I stayed for seconds as Matt Phillips  tuned up quick and came right on front, center, large and in charge with an amazing display of talent that makes me ashamed to say I never heard of him until just before I heard him play.

His set which wrapped up a fun filled afternoon of great music was from 2-4 pm and offer seasoned folk and jazz that rocked your soul! And don’t even talk to me about his jazzy take on some Hendrix blues… I will just let you enjoy it yourself…WOW was all I could say when I caught it live of Facebook!

Matt Phillips Live at The Brown Pelican


Following Phillips’ first hour of magnificence, I pulled myself away to go meet birthday girl, good friend and my music scene assistant, Crystal Odham over at The Deck at the Double Tree, right there on the water. They offer live music on the deck every Saturday afternoon from 2:30-5:30 pm.

 Joe Baes Project is a New Bern outfit has been through many chapters  in their 11 years together, but currently bills as s a rocking cover trio with special guests. The basis of the band however is comprised of name sake and guitarist Joe Baes, who gives up steady vocals; a Marine Corp Veteran and Bass man and backing vocalist  Mike Galloway ; an Army Veteran out of Fort Bragg who met in Iraq  in 2005.

Before saying anything more, let me first acknowledge my thanks to you for your service!!


After their service defending our freedoms, they found themselves teaming up in New Bern and following their desires of making music. They have been with current drummer Jonathan Toler about two years and offer many great dance standards like “Wagon Wheel” for instance.


Next stop on the journey was The Bernaroo Open Mic Event at Sweet Pea’s Cafe on Middle Street  where I caught five very talented and eclectic acts take the stage for this event  hosted by the lovely and talented Gabrielle Christie, who just finished her set when I arrived.  Nonetheless she did a great job welcoming all the players to the stage.

When we arrived we walked in to the sounds of the young duo known as Middle St Saxes. What a delight to walk in and hear the sounds of dueling horns belting out familiar and popular standards like “Forget You”

Middle St Saxes~Forget You

Next up came the acoustic stylings of Parker Millar of Dick Richards fame. His voice and playing make it easy to tune in on what he is delivering. He enjoys performing and it comes across in his delivery.


Next up Christie welcomed Howie III to the stage and the only thing I could think of saying when I say he was a III was,”NO way, he is way too original! to be a duplicate, let alone a few!” The talented stringer opened with some Rolling Stones by special request and closed it out with a searing Robert Johnson lick.



Justin Hargett was next to the microphone with his six string strummer. He delivered a fine few selections of funky folk and fun music that had great feeling. He was full of raw emotion and just what I needed for a mid day delight!



The last guest performer that I was privileged enough to enjoy at this event was the talented country crooner, Tiffany Elaine. This young mom calls Beaufort home base but loves coming to New Bern to perform as often as possible. The first time I met her she was playing at the Brown Pelican during their open mic event a few Thursday evenings ago.

She tries to join New Bern native, Joshua Kitchin each week at the dirty bid’s open mic event, though she will not be in the house in the week to come as vacation calls the talented player away.

I am pretty sure this is name you should become familiar with, as her talent and dreams will carry her any place she desires. I am not one to tell anyone to take off the rose colored sunglasses, in fact,  I often lend mine out, but I did tell this talented beauty to stay invested in herself, as no one will do better in representing you than you can do yourself! At least until you have a team around you that you can trust. Record deals always sound fabulous, but when you come off the road in debt and exhausted it is enough to shatter steadfast dreams!

Keep up with her and friend her on Facebook soon. Tiffany Elaine on Facebook



Before long the day was done and the evening moved in and after a much long and anticipated moment I finally got to enjoy the talent of Arson Daily. This energetic rock back from Boone has roots in the Bern. They opened the second night of fun at The Isaac Taylor Garden and did a great job getting the crowd primed for the rest of the night. Did I mention how refreshing new, young talent is for the soul?


Once we departed New Bern party stopped in Atlantic Beach for a little reggae action with Monjah who was performing live at Idle Hour Biergarten on the Atlantic Beach Circle. This young original reggae band hail from Carteret County and offer an island groove that makes the soul happy with delight.

They will be making their debut in New Bern next month when they come to The Brown Pelican on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Mark your calendar and grab your best island shirt and meet me there!



Before long we were back in the car and going over the causeway and crossing the bridge into Beaufort to catch the sounds of Scearce & Ketner live on the deck at the Dockhouse. They were joined by special guest David Spence on mandolin. Together the stringed trio offered a great mix of beach country and original sounding classics that kept the crowd attentive and involved.You can find these guys on Facebook and keep up with their news by visiting their website


We were going to leave after that but then as I started making my way down a side street I asked Crystal if she wanted to see what was happening at Backstreet Pub since we were so close. I am glad we made this final stop to check out the funky fretting fusion of rock blues Lotus Sun who boast dueling drum talents and strong rhythm that keeps the crowd moving throughout their time on stage. Hailing from Fayetteville, NC this band will grab your attention and make you groove.

















Well kids that concludes another fun weekend of indulging in great grooves as we made our way around the region looking for live music to support. Music is like love, it is all around us so what ever you do, take my friend Madonna’s  advice and surrender your booty and dance!


I will be back on Thursday with a new selection of fun things to do in the weekend ahead. If you want to get in the zone, shoot me an email at 

Thank for reading.

NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown ~ July 7 – 13, 2016

CLICK HERE to get the groove going!

I wanted to start things out with a little groove by a few of our military men…I love this country and the land and freedoms they defend. I am grateful for the soldiers and their families and the sacrifices they have made for us all. It is always nice to remember the incredible fight that led to the birth of our land. I hope you all had a wonderful and safe holiday weekend.

Looking at the week ahead there is plenty to do, so lets get skipping so we can get to the dance.

Live Music Options for Thursday, July 7, 2016

4EverAll (Photos above) will be live at Carolina Home & Garden in Newport, NC. What a Beautiful setting and back drop for live music! Browse the selection of plants and decor while you listen. Beer &W Wine flow and there are appetizers too! Sounds like Heaven! Right there on Highway 24 from 6-9 pm.


For any serious blues fan, I have a great show for you. Skyla Burrell Band (Photo above) will be live at The Double Door in Charlotte, NC. Show time is at 10 and this is a do not miss special event for NC blues fans. The band hails from Pennsylvania and tours around the PA/MD/DE scene when they are not on the road. Heading back through our area from a recent string of dates in Florida, this band is high energy blues, with cutting guitar solos and they are only in town for one night! THURSDAY ONLY!


Over in Greenville, NC you can find The Old Grey Suits live at Ribeyes on Fire Tower Road from 8-11 pm. This music formation will delight you with their bluegrass grooves as you enjoy a wonderful dinner.


Also this Thursday you can check out Cody Braxton live at Winslow’s Tavern located at 112 W 5th St in Greenville, NC. His show gets started about 8:30.


Here in New Bern, there is an Open Mic event at The Brown Pelican each Thursday night from 7:30 on. And we all know there is a lot of great talent in this town, so chances are you will enjoy the grooves.


Live at Christoff’s on the Water you can see John Van Dyke (Photos above) and Friends as they surrender their favorite Jazz n Blues standards. That happens each week from 7-10 pm inside the Double Tree.


Live Music Options for Friday, July 8, 2016

Keeping things around the New Bern area first, there is a lot of live music in town this week starting with the Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival. This is a two day event taking place at The Isaac Taylor Garden. Here is what I found out about the event on Facebook:


$15 for One Day Pass
$25 for Two Day Pass (Only In Advance, $30 at the door)

Advance Tickets available at:

For the second year in a row, the streets of downtown New Bern will be filled with some of the finest artists the state has to offer. Combining a love of music, visual art and vibrant culture, Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival is a family friendly, community-building event that showcases the rich talents North Carolina has to offer.

July 8th will kick off the festival with music at the Isaac Taylor Garden while July 9th will serve as an all-day downtown excursion highlighting local artists, musicians, restaurants and craft vendors. The evening will end with another marquee event at the Isaac Taylor Garden as well.

On this bill for Friday – July 8th:
Rebekah Todd and The Odyssey – Wilmington, NC
Recommended if you Like: Fleetwood Mac, Alabama Shakes
Rebekah Todd is a long time New Bern favorite that came from humble beginnings as a solo singer-songwriter and has flourished into a powerful leading lady that commands attention with her soulful take on folk rock and R&B. Todd’s music toes the line between delta-blues, soul, folk and jam but ultimately lands in a place all her own. These live performances are brimming with energy and are as liable to get you shaking and swaying as they are to stop you in your tracks with powerful lyricism and emotionally evocative vocal prowess.

Brett Harris – Durham, NC
Recommended if you Like: Harry Nilsson, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Brett Harris is one of the states finest songwriters and on the heels of his long-awaited sophomore release, Up in the Air, you can expect to start hearing a lot more from him. Harris songs follow power-pop trajectories but are tinted with Southern style and flare. His songs are personal, yet relate-able and traverse powerful topics with a bright sheen and polished sound. Harris has an uncanny ability to pin-point unforgettable melodies and expand them into brilliant tracks with simplistic yet awe-inspiring arrangements, making for an awesome live act you’ll not want to miss.

Ellis Dyson & the Shambles – Chapel Hill, NC
Recommended if you Like: Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Dirty Bourbon River Show
Ellis Dyson & The Shambles are a band that produces timeless music, bringing a rag-time swing style to contemporary folk rock. These whiskey-soaked anthems will get your feet stomping and bodies swaying and you’ll be singing along to songs you’d never heard before. Their live show is nothing to balk at either, boasting an array of horns, guitars, banjos and bass, this raucous act will be the perfect way to close out night one of Bernaroo.


This Friday also offers another installment of ArtWalk/Crawl and that means that you can find great live music all around town. Some of the shows I know about include Dan Jam will be live with Alan Gleeson  and Cochise Cowboy, Scott Carlisle at The Brown Pelican on Broad Street from 5-8 pm. Following his act you can catch the talented playing of Robert Hurff from 9-close


You can find the founding member of the Cochise Cowboys, Vinny Farro performing in front of the Next Chapter Book Store on South Front Street from 5-7 pm before heading over to join his cohorts at the Brown Pelican from 7-8 pm.

Down on Middle Street you can find Randy Moore (Photo bleow) jamming in front of the Black Cat Shoppe this coming Friday from 5-8 pm


Also on Middle Street you can stop in at Sweet Peas Cafe to check out the local talent as they jam at this bi-weekly open mic event. This is hosted by Gabrielle Christie and she invites all players to come join her from 6:30-9:30 pm. Christie recently posted, “I am getting prepped early for a very open mic filled weekend. Everett is thoroughly cleaned and about to be restrung🎸 (and yes, my guitar’s name is Everett.)”


Following ArtWalk/Crawl you can head over to The City Laundry and listen to New Bern’s own beloved band, The Bears play The Beatles from 8-11 pm. Tickets are $10 for this performance and this venue is a great setting for such a show! The City Laundry is located at 901 Pollock’s Street and offers an awesome vibe for artisans and art enthusiasts alike. Open for business, this new gallery and coffee shop offers a stage and seating and great acoustics. They hope to offer great shows each month following ArtWalk/Crawl. Head over to their Facebook page and like them today to keep up with all the great happenings taking place here!


The other bit of live entertainment taking place in town which I care to call your attention to is Bye Bye Birdie will be opening this Friday and runs through July 17, 2016. Here is what I found on their event page:


“Bye Bye Birdie”
A Musical Comedy presented by NBCT’s Saax Bradbury Players
Book by Michael Stewart, Music by Charles Strouse,
Lyrics by Lee Adams. Originally Produced by Edward Padula

Sponsored by Moen, Inc.

Director: Caleb Puchalski
Musical Director: D’Nadre Bell
Producer: Kelly Rogers

July 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 7:30 pm
July 10 & 17 at 2 pm

Advance – $14, Door – $16, Students & Active Duty Military with ID – $10. Plus tax.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 252-633-0567 or online by visiting

One of the most captivating musical shows of our time, Bye Bye Birdie, tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. The singer, Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley type, has a pompadour and thick sideburns he wears gaudy gold costumes and speaks in a rugged voice. It is a feel good, high energy show peppered with old fashion fun.

Call 252-634-9057 or visit!current-production/cb3i for more information.



Pamela Glosser's photo.


Looking to the West of state, Mike Pope & Pamela Glosser (Photos above) who have joined forces and are hitting the circuit as Half-Baked Betty!  They play acoustically, with guitar, percussion & vocals. They ask that you join them at The Wet Whistle Co., in Greensboro this Friday evening, for a Tasting & Tunes, at 7 pm. They play everything from Johnny Cash to Snoop Dogg ; Linda Ronstadt to Pink and promise  to show you a good time!!

Looking around the area, all your 80’s rockers might want to consider heading over to Southland Ballroom in Raleigh to be a part of a double bill featuring Thunderstruck NC, (Photo above) our areas premiere AC/DC Tribute Band and Mostley Crue who offer the best of Motley Crue! Show starts at 8:30 and these band will rock you into the night!


Psylo Joe is back at the Red Room in Kinston, NC week. His show gets started this Friday at 10 and he promises to rock ya til 2 am.


There is show featuring Adelita’s Way live at The Rock Shop located at 128 S King St, Fayetteville, NC. Here is what the event offers for information:


wsg: Kiss the Curse | Nephilym
Chaos by Candlelight | Nowhere’s Home

Friday, July 8th
Doors: 7:00 PM | Show: 8:00 PM
$15 ADV | $20 DOS | ALL AGES*

Tickets on sale Friday, April 15th at 10:00 AM.


John Van Dyke (Photo above) will perform with  Blue Moon Jazz will be live at Biagio’s Italian Coffee and Espresso  Bar located on Court St in Jacksonville. The band will jam from 7-10 pm and their performance is always a treat!


Steel Shot featuring Jeremy Lowery and Shawn Mitchell (Photos above) will be live this Friday at AJ McMurphy’s located at 1914 Turnbury Dr, Greenville, NC. This duo will rock you from 8 pm – 12:30 am. They offer a great selection of tunes and enjoy the crowd when they are up and on their feet.


Also in Greenville for the night you can find Universal Sigh jamming at Crossbones Tavern located at 114 E 5th St in Greenville, NC.


Over at Backwater Jacks’s Tiki Bar & Grill, down on E Main St in Washington, NC will welcome Rowelette Green to the Pebble Beach Stage from 7-10 pm. This is always a great time with good vibes!
After things wrap up on Pebble Stage you can head around the way to hear Jerry & John from The Limits will be jamming together down on Market Street at The Market Street Pub from  10 pm – 2 am.


Looking around the Crystal Coast, Hank Barbee (Photo above) has a show this Friday at The Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St, in Beaufort, NC. The show for this singer/songwriter will be 8:30-11:30 pm. I found this on the event page about this player:

Guitar player, balladeer, and self-reflective life-mender all rolled up in a lanky package of boyish charm, meet Hank Barbee. The once-upon-a-time hard living multi-instrumentalist sideman has come back to his roots. With a desire to live sober and with something to say, Hank is currently performing and creating his finest soundscape yet.

His personal brand of guitar playing melds influences from rock-n-roll, surf, thumb style, finger style, rockabilly, lap steel, slide and blues. His story speaks from experience and is musically crafted with the skill and style of a veteran song smith. Anyone with a fondness for great songs and interesting guitar playing shall deem themselves lucky to have come across this unique artist.

Personally this sounds like a fine choice if you find yourself in Beaufort, NC this weekend!


Over the bridge and on the water front in Morehead City, NC you can find The Reef live on the deck from 10 pm -2 am.


Down along the coast in Emerald Isle, NC  you can find Backseat Romeo, Ed Ward, live at Carolina Wine Mixer, rocking the crowd from 7-10 pm.If you have not seen this talent who hails from New Bern make it part of your agenda soon.


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Ward’s good friend Justin Castellano (Photo above) will be just over the bridge and to the left in Cedar Point, NC where he will lay down his eclectic sounds at Harrika’s Brew Haus live from 7-10 pm.

Live Music Options for Saturday, July 9, 2016 ~

Looking around the region for this Saturday Castellano (Photo above) will be live at Biagio’s in Jacksonville, NC from 7-10 pm
Further South along Highway 17 in North Topsail Beach, NC you can be a part of the Earth and Surf Fest. Here are the details I found for this event on Facebook:


Surf, Sun, a 5K Beach Run, Beachside Live Music, Healthy Food, Summer Fun, and Environmental Awareness!

Registration for the Run is Open at:

Surf Registration is at On Shore Surf Shop and Online

This is a waste-free event so be sure to carpool with friends and family, participate in a rad beach cleanup for killer prizes, bring your own bag, utensils, and a refillable water bottle.
For Questions, Vendor Info, and More – 910.937.1442 or KeepOnslowBeautiful

While you are there for the day, might as well call on New Bern’s own, Wick Wickline (Photo above) who will be live at the Fat Turtle Market & Tiki Bar from 9:30 pm- 1 am.
Another band native to New Bern that will be heading to the coast is  Atlantic Avenue (Photos above) who will be indulging the patrons at Frank & Clara’s Restaurant located at 1440 Saltier Path., Atlantic Beach, NC.  They get the crowd rocking at 10 and roll em to a close about 2 am.
Across the bridge you can delight in an evening of Southern Gospel, which  is what’s on tap on the other side of the causeway. Check out two regional sensations teamed up for a great night a spiritual awakening with music starting at 6 pm at Maranatha Pentecostal Church. That is on Airport Rd in Beaufort, NC.
John Baldwin  (Photo above) (will also be appearing live in Beaufort at the Cru Wine Bar and Coffee Shop. He will be entertaining the folks on Turner Street with his one man band from 8:30-11:30 pm.
The final fun option I have for you is Bryan Mayer (Photo above) live on the Crystal Coast Ladies Cruises. The posted FB event says this:

Join us Saturday, July 9th for an amazing concert with NC country music artist, Bryan Mayer! Enjoy our NC BBQ Sliders, Hot dogs, Hamburgers and Sweet tea bar!

Meet and Greet – 6:15 to 6:45 pm (first come first serve)
Show – 7:00 – 9:00 pm

VIP Admission: Top Level – $45.99 (Concert level is standing room only)
General Admission – $39.99 (Enjoy the concert via our sound system on the lower level

There will be a meet and greet with Bryan Mayer between 6:15 pm-6:45 pm

Space is limited, book now to secure your spot!

Crystal Coast Lady Cruises

600 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516

Over the bridge on the Morehead City waterfront you can find Emily  Minor (Event Photo above) live on the Deck at Southern Salt Seafood Restaurant from 10 pm – 2 am.
Ed WardLooking out around the Swansboro way, you can enjoy the sounds of Ed Ward (Photo above) live at the Church Street Grill, on Church St from 7-10 pm.
Attention beach music fans, Jim Quick & The Coastline Band will be the entertainment headlining The Beach Music Bash at Carteret County Speedway located at 501 Whitehouse Fork Road in Swansboro, NC. Gates open at 6 pm and music goes until 11 pm.
Keeping it along the Coast for one last options before heading west, you can catch Hank Barbee live at Harrika’s Brew Haus in Cedar Point live this Saturday from 7:30-10:30 pm
Heading out to the mountains before wrapping up right here in town for Saturday, July 9, 2016 you can check out many bands on the bill at BurleFest going down at The Somewhere Else Tavern on W Friendly Ave in Greensboro, NC. Doors open at 2 pm there is a $5.00 cover and on the stage that day will be :
Ali V 3:00-3:45 pm
Dead Birds 4:00-4:45 pm
The Reason You Stayed 5:00-5:45 pm
Psychotropic Remedy 6:00-6:45 pm
Inferior Design 7:00-7:45 pm
Desired Redemption 8:00-8:45 pm
Trailer Park Orchestra 9:00-9:45 pm
The Payne Road Tragedy 10:00-10:45 pm
Haymaker 11:00-11:45pm
Untold Salem 12:00-12:45 am
Over in Charlotte, NC there is a Bash at the Bot as The Wooden Robot Brewery celebrates their first year anniversary.  Details on this event page read:

Join us on Saturday, July 9th, to toast Wooden Robot’s first anniversary! We will be featuring several new beer releases throughout the day as well as bringing back some fan favorites – you deserve them!

No #bashatthebot is complete without music! We have local band Modern Primitives joining the bash with a set at 3 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. We’ll also have DJ, That Guy Smitty, spinning from noon until 11 p.m.

Chef Rob and the Twisted Eats crew will be with us serving up some special new menu items – always the best from our brewery food truck!

Admission at the door: $5 per guest which includes a limited edition glass. Once inside, $5 tickets must be purchased to receive 12 oz pours. Two tickets ($10 total) will be redeemable for a Twisted Eats food item.

21+ event – More details on beers to come!

CRUSH and Love Tribe are splitting the bill at Tony’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant in Cary NC this Saturday. Great place to eat and make memories, might as well do it with friends and live music too. So make a plan this weekend. Come around 6 pm and come hungry, thirsty and ready to dance. If you made this show last year, you know what to expect – A BIG PARTY! If not, don’t miss it this year. July 9th,  LOVE TRIBE OUTSIDE and  CRUSH INSIDE for the AFTERPARTY! Two awesome bands, one great night in July- don’t miss it!
There is going to be a Party in the Parking Lot this Saturday at Scooters Bar & Grill in Raleigh, NC featuring the rock sounds of Skintight. Get there about 7 and rock the night way with food and great rock grooves.
Also in Raleigh this weekend at the Poor House Music Hall it is a Pre-Big What Party…The Big What is an event that is taking place in a couple of weeks and this is the primer before the main event…Here is what the event page said:

If you were at last year’s Pre-Big What party at The Blind Tiger then you know this is going to be a GOOD TIME!! Groove Fetish and Psylo Joe will be rocking The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh, NC on July 9th for a Big-What Pre-Party. Expect some epic collaborations and jams.

If you have ANY questions about The BIG What? you should come to this show and we will answer everything we can. This will get you amped and excited for one of NC’s upcoming top festivals on the scene. The BIG What? is bringing artists such as The Werks, Zach Deputy, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Spiritual Rez, Dr. Bacon, and plenty more. Come check out what it’s all about \mm/

Get Tickets to The Big-What Festival Here:

Hard Living (Photos above) will be live at The Junction in Benson, NC. Show time is 9 pm and they will rock you with their country grooves long into the night til 1 am.
Over at Locked & Loaded in Garner , NC it is the Second Annual Saddlebags of Love Food DriveThe Native Sons are hosting the 2nd Annual Saddlebags of Love Food Drive. The event benefits With Love From Jesus and The Eastern and Central Food bank of NC. This year  Old South Redemption comes back to headline our live music.
Bill Lyerly Band (Photos above) has a show at The Red Room in Kinston, NC this Saturday from 10 pm – 2 am, Lyerly (Photo below) is winding down his stay here in NC so if you have not seen him, put one of his shows on the agenda before he leaves for Europe.
Having a look to the north, The Rest of Us are back at AJ McMurphy’s located at 1914 Turnbury Drive, Greenville, NC. They will be rocking the room from 9:30 pm – closing!
Live at The Brown Pelican on Saturday afternoon as part of Bernaroo I want to make you aware of this great gathering happening in town.

One of the highlights of the Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival from 2015 came from the free festivities at The Brown Pelican, so of course we’ll be filling out downtown’s finest venue once again this year. Bringing an afternoon full of folksy goodness, the dirty bird will showcase Bernaroo alumni matt phillips alongside The Dick Richards, making for a perfect escape from the sweltering heat and an excellent excuse to get your drink on with some of the finest craft beers around.

matt phillips – Carrboro, NC (2:00 – 4:00)
Folks that attended last year’s Bernaroo know that Matt Phillips is a musical force to be reckoned with. Producing timeless tunes, Phillips’ music bridges the gap between classic and contemporary with a soulful, bluesy twist on your expectations of a solo songwriter.

The Dick Richards – New Bern, NC (1:00 – 2:00)

A forward-thinking trio of multi-instrumentalists, The Dick Richards are a diverse group as capable of warbling, rambunctious folk songs as they are punk-tinged indie rock. Expect this trio to give the day a brisk start with their acrobatic melodies and captivating tunes.
Around the corner at Sweet Peas Cafe it is the Bernaroo Open Mic event taking place from 3-5 pm and being hosted by the talented Gabrielle Christie!(Photo below)
Bringing you around town, there is live music out on the Deck at the Double Tree  in New Bern, NC each Saturday afternoon. This week you can enjoy the sounds of Joe Baes  from 2:30-5:30 pm
Day Two live from the Isaac Taylor Garden here is what you will find on Saturday – July 9th:
Arson Daily – Boone, NC
Recommended if you Like: Cage The Elephant, The Black Keys
Arson Daily may be the youngest band on this bill, with most members still in college, but they’re also one of the most exciting and refreshing acts to come from western NC in years. Arson Daily performed at Bernaroo 2015 free daytime show at The Brown Pelican and had the place shoulder-to-shoulder and at peak attention, damn near shaking the walls with their gritty new take on blues rock. Whether they’re churning out their barn-burning originals or dropping surprise Chance The Rapper covers, Arson Daily is bringing a unique spin to their tracks and is doing so with equal amounts of unabashed energy and fine-tuned restraint. Night two is gonna get loud, y’all.SkyBlew – Chapel Hill, NC
Recommended if you Like: The Roots, Kendrick Lamar
Few acts in the state have surprised us more in recent years than SkyBlew has. With the recent release of his full-length The Royal Blue Reverie, SkyBlew went from a young-promising rapper to a bona fide star, showing obscene amounts of talent in lyricism and production. His backing band, The Digi-Destined breathes life into already vivacious songs and provides a smooth jazzy compliment to SkyBlews acrobatic lyricism. Filled with messages of self-love, perseverance and positivism, SkyBlew is going to get you dancing, singing and most importantly, feeling the vibes.

Zack Mexico
Kill Devil Hills, NC
Recommended if you Like: The Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth
Zack Mexico is arguably one of the most visceral live bands in the state of North Carolina, between their on-stage antics and their sheer talent, you’re liable to lose yourself in their all-encompassing sound. Firmly rooted in psychedelic rock, Zack Mexico will take you careening through their immense soundscapes and leave you reeling and begging for more. There are hints of punk, surf rock and pop thrown in, but ultimately their sound is damn near indescribable and best experienced live. Things are gonna get weird, but how else would you rather spend your Saturday night?!

Across the river in James City, The Cochise Cowboys (Photo below) will be getting down live at BruTopia from 7-10 pm. Stop sown, enjoy the freshest in craft beers and groove to the guitar duo of Vinny Farro and Scott Carlisle.
The final show in town that I know about is James Ford (Photos below) who will be live at Mesh Sports Lounge on Trent Road in New Bern. He will get things rocking about 10:30 and he will groove you until 1:30 am.

Live Music Options for Sunday, July 10, 2016~

Live on the Deck at the Double Tree you can check out Joe Distefano’s Swing Band from 5-9 pm.



Justin Castelllano (Photo above) will be live at Queen Anne’s Revenge this Sunday on the deck from 5-8 pm


Looking West, The Blind Tiger  on Spring Garden Street in Greensboro is hosting a show this Sunday. Their event page on Facebook says this:

An alternative art market for local artists and craftspeople to hustle their wares in a great space. We will have live music, a food truck and the bar will be operating so you can drink and eat and shop and dance!


Also this Sunday, in Greensboro you can catch a trio of players in the Round live at Doodad Farm from 6-10 pm. Jon Shain, Molly McQuinn and Sam Frazier will be on hand to perform at this event.


A little closer to home, in Jacksonville, at the Marina Cafe, John Jones (Photo above) will be hosting an event for his radio segment on 96.3 Thunder Country, Music Mondays. Stop down from 5-8 pm and be a part of history in the making!


Hank Barbee (Photo above) (will be live at the Dockside Bar in Wilmington, NC this Sunday  from 5-8 pm.

Live Music Options for Monday, July 11, 2016~

They offer live music on the deck every Monday at Persimmions. The bands get started about 5:30 for the dinner crowd and wrap up about 8 pm. It is a great way to end the most dreaded day of the week…by letting someone else do the cooking, you can indulge in the dance!

Live Music Options for Tuesday, July 12, 2016 ~

There is an open mic night each Tuesday at Triple Play Restaurant live with Big Jim Kohler from 8 pm – 12 am.




Up in Greenville you can catch Steel Shot (Photo above) live at Buccaneer Music Hall on Fire Tower Road. They play each Tuesday from 10 pm  until 2 am.


Hank Barbee (Photo above) has a show Tuesday at The Arndell Room in Morehead City from 9 pm – 12 am.

Live Music Options For Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Over in Wilson, NC it is Downtown Alive and the show features Jim Quick & The Coastline live from 5:30-8:30 pm. Here is what I found on this event page:

Come join the tradition of food, beverages, dancing and fun at Downtown Alive! The party starts at 5:30 pm so bring your chairs, blankets, sunscreen, and dance moves out to the grassy lot on 210 Tarboro Street in Historic Downtown Wilson. Please leave coolers and pets at home.

Parking is available in the adjacent Centre Brick lot as well as the BB&T lot. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be rescheduled.


WRNS Presents Tara Thompson at the Tarheel Opry House Wednesday, July 13 as part of the WRNS Tailgate Summer!! Doors open at 7 pm and tickets are only $5 ($10 if you’re 18-20 years old) and Tara takes the stage at 9 pm! Tara is a new Nashville act that has spunk and sass that you’ll definitely don’t want to miss. Plus, the Tarheel will have tons of drink specials that night! Check out Tara’s debut single “Someone To Take Your Place” and her EP out now on iTunes! Come party with us and break up the week on July 13th! We’ll see you in Jacksonville!


Looking more towards the coast, Ed Ward will be live at the Dockhouse in Beaufort, NC from 8 – 11 pm.

Well kids those are your live music option starting with tonight and taking you through next Wednesday. Please remember life is too short for misery and unpleasantness so be kind to the people you meet, treat your servers and bartenders well and tip the music makers too. Life is hard, but when we join together, making it through is easier! Enjoy the dance and party responsibly because I love you all! Thanks for reading!

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Tracey’s Weekend Run Around ~ July 3, 2016

I wanted to start this week’s Run Around by saying thanks for all the shares and support for this effort. I am thoroughly enjoying being back in the game of covering live music. Thing is, I always did it for publications, this blogging thing was invented sometime after I left the scene to raise my son.

I signed up for a premium membership so I can track readership. Each week I am getting alerts telling me when  my page is booming! Nothing delights my heart more than that little alert! It only happens with readers and shares, so thanks again for your support in making this site the source for live music in North Carolina! Without readers there is nothing to report so THANKS BE TO YOU!


Crystal and I started things off this week at another band rehearsal. We watched Rockin’ Horse (Photos above) work things out as they worked in the new chops of drum man, Shawn Mitchell. (Photo below)



Fact is, it was the last rehearsal before the big show for the weekend ahead and WHAM, just as life happens; suddenly you are there dealing with all the thick and thins of it! “This Band Business” as I call it, is no different. In fact, to be honest, there is a lot of drama that walks with it all. Thursday night was just another example of the many I have seen in my years around the scene.

To quote my favorite guitar man, Teddy Young, “Life is a merry go round playing in the band.” And thanks to him, don’t I know it! We worked together for nearly 12 years and in that time we changed bass players one time and went through about 20 drummers.

I am not the only person with such sagas either, there are other bands right here in this area that have been through 11 drummers in their 11 years. Not quite sure what is going on with all you drummers of the world, but I think the time has come for more drum circles to form and so to get some group therapy going for you all to work some things out!

Luckily, with Mitchell in the seat with his seasoned chops, things worked out well and the show went on for Rockin’ Horse this weekend at Croaker Festival in Oriental,  NC. Photos below are courtesy of  Daniel Sydow and April Fitchett.



On Friday evening we headed to The 36th Annual Croaker Festival and if we must confess it was a first for Crystal and I both so we decided to make a weekend of it! On Friday evening we stopped by the Tiki Bar to listen to Steel Shot perform for a set.


Then we headed over to the main stage to have a listen to the raw country grooves of Hard Livin’ who had the crowd up and on their feet.


On Saturday we headed out early to catch Little Cecil & No Credit, rocking out on the deck at The Double Tree, right here in my cool little town of New Bern.  This four piece outfit offers classic rock n blues selections while mixing in a few of their own originals which have a tendency to grab your attention.They hail from Beaufort and you can keep up with their dates by becoming a fan of their ReverbNation page. Little Cecil




Then it was back to the little harbor town of Oriental to take in more of the fair and festival life with Bryan Mayer closing out a full day of fun and festivities before the fireworks over the water. This New Bern native always puts on a fun show that keeps the crowd in tune to their good grooves. The Nine North recording artist ended the day by packing people under the tent as they rocked Croaker Festival’s Street Dance to a close.



After fireworks we headed back to The Tiki Bar to take in the sounds of Salt Water Gold Band. These guys also kept the crowd rocking with all of their dance selections. From Honky Tonk Women to Rock This Town they had the dance floor packed as they delivered a full tilt, high energy driven show.

The highlight of this show was probably meeting guitar man Chris Daniels, who not only slings one hell of a six string but also owns the Silo’s Restaurant with his lovely bride. He hosts the weekly open jam at the restaurant and offers live music out back at The Little Red Rooster Bar each Friday night. For me it is always a pleasure to be able to put a face with the name when I am writing. Also nice to find great talent along the way.


Don’t forget with it being a holiday weekend, there is live music here, there and everywhere so be sure to indulge if you can. Maybe head out to check in Big Jim Kohler and his band live tonight at Triple Play Restaurant featuring all you can eat crab legs and great blues music from 8-midnight!

Another option for jazz fans is the fun of John Van Dyke live on the Deck tonight at the Double Tree from 5-9 pm.

Many other options are on tap for tomorrow as well, including Mac & Juice at Persimmons.

This is definitely one of my favorite weeks of the year as my favorite holiday approaches! I love our country and I enjoy our traditions of celebrating the birth of our nation.  We live in an awesome corner of this world and we should be proud. Regardless of your stance on politics, tomorrow is a celebration of our great nation and I take my hat off to all the soldiers on the home front and the heroes protecting us over seas. I know our freedom is not free and we owe you all a world of thanks for your service and dedication.


If you want to get in the Zone, send me invites to your events and perhaps soon, together we can dance. Hit me up on Facebook or send me an email today: Thanks for reading! I’ll be back on Wednesday with the Regional Rundown, until then enjoy the dance.




NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown ~ June 29-July 5, 2016

Live Music Options for Wednesday, June 29, 2016: 

Well with it being a long weekend ahead, it seems much of the fun will be getting under way starting this Thursday, but keep in mind that Silo’s Restaurant’s Little Red Rooster Bar in Oriental, NC offers an open jam on their stage each and every Wednesday and tonight is no exception.redrooster


Looking to the West there are three acts on the bill at The Pinhook in Durham, NC this  evening. According to that events page you can see

Dark Water Rising (Pembroke/Chapel Hill, NC)
“Native Americans who piece together Southern rock full of gospel harmonies, hip-hop inflections and Motown soul with a journeyman work ethic. With bold songwriting and bewitching arrangements, DWR breaks rules effortlessly.”– Sylvia Pfeiffenberger, “Indy Week”

Super Yamba Band (Brooklyn, NY)
Former members of Greensboro’s The Brand New Life in Brooklyn based Afro-Funk/Psychedelic project. Members of Super Yamba Band have also been contributors to groups including Reptar, Yeasayer, Trioscapes, The Afromotive and Mamadou’s Fantastic Band.

Africa Unplugged (Greensboro, NC)
Africa Unplugged moves and connects modern audiences by melding ancient, West African instruments and musical traditions with contemporary, global sounds. With Africa Unplugged, Blues, Funk, R&B, and Soul themes are given new life by the pulsing, pounding hands of a ferocious djembe and dunun section, while catchy guitar riffs, crooning vocals, and familiar grooves give the 21st century ear something it knows, loves, and won’t soon forget. Thanks to the band’s undeniable dance songs and its commitment to the West African tradition of community and audience participation, Africa Unplugged gets crowds singing and dancing as one.

All in all this sounds like an interesting evening of eclectic grooves.The Pinhook is located on Main Street in Durham, NC


Also out around that way tonight, making for the final announcement for Wednesday, June 29, we find the Ohio based band TWENTY ONE PILOT will be live at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC . Show starts at 8:30 pm and tickets are available through Ticketmaster.


Live Music Options for Thursday, June 30, 2016~

Speaking of open mic nights, here is a unique one I have for you, Marjorie Weigel  invites all ukulele players to gather with her at 7 pm in front of Surf, Wind and Fire on Middle Street. The New Bern Ukulele Jam Session is when new and experienced players get together and share in the joys of playing the ukulele.

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They host an open mic event at each week on Thursday evenings over at The Brown Pelican over on Broad Street also. That good time happens from 7-10 pm. Last week I walked in when Tiffany Elaine with Joshua Kitchin were performing (Photos below). Talk about talent! New Bern is not running short of that now folks.



Over at Christoff’s on The Water; you can check in with John Van Dyke & Friends  from 7-10 pm, inside the Double Tree. This is always a fine option for good food and lively entertainment. It is the place to be if you enjoy jazz and blues grooves.



For those out and about in Jacksonville, it is Thirsty Thursday Bike Night with Barefoot Wade at Dunkenfield’s Bar located on Gum Branch Road.Stop down anytime after six for some good food and great grooves.


The Swansboro duo known as Wild Honey (Photos above) has a show coming up for the Swansboro Rotary Club this Thursday from 7-10 pm.


The other gig I got word on in Swansboro for Thursday evening is Hank Barbee will be performing with his cousin, Leslie Britt live at The Swansboro Yacht Club  7:30-10:30 pm

Live Music Options for Friday, July 1, 2016~ Happy Canada Day!!! 

Make your plans now to join us in Oriental for the 36th Annual Croaker Festival, “Embrace Your Volunteer Spirit” on July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. This Year we honor the Oriental Women’s Club who celebrates their 100th year of Service to our community.

Schedule of Events (Subject to Change)

Friday, July 1, 2016:

7:00 am    South Street becomes one way (Hodges to 1st Ave. Streets)
8:00 am     Vendor set up starts
9:00 am     Vendors open their booths as soon as they are set up.
12:00 pm   South Street Closes at the Festival grounds
2:00 pm     Croaker Festival Information Booth opens
3:00-4:30  Baking Contest drop-off behind Croaker Booth
4:00 pm    36th Annual Croaker Festival Opening Ceremonies at Lou-Mac Park .
4:00 pm    The Pamlico Chorale; The Pamlico Community Band
4:45 pm     Judging for the Baking Contest begins
6:00 pm    Kids Park Opens with Putt – Putt golf and Games
6:00 pm    Minnow Pageant followed by Croaker Queen Pageant
7:00 pm    All contest winners will be announced
7:00 pm    Zumba Demonstration
7:30 pm    Street Dance: Hard Livin’ (Southern Country)


Pamlico County’s own Steel Shot  featuring Jeremy Lowery on vocals and bongos and Shawn Mitchell on acoustic guitar and vocals will be close by the Croacker Festival and playing at The Tiki Bar from 7-10 pm. Might as well stop down and have some fun with these cats! They will make you want to dance!


I have a few shows to tell you about in Greenville too this week. First up you are invited to grab your drum and join the circle at First Friday ArtWalk in Greenville where  the Sojo Drum Circle will form in front of The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions-located at 414 Evans St.from 6-9 pm. That sounds like a fun way to end a work week, banging on the drum with peers.



Also taking part in First Friday, Christy’s Euro Pub features a double bill with Foothills Tap Takeover at 6 pm and Jazz Jams at 10 pm. I met Chris Puckett (Photo above)  last Saturday when he was jamming on bass with ECU Jazz at Buffalo Wild Wings in New Bern . This week he will be jamming with  Jazz Jams. You are welcome to come out and enjoy a fun night of fine music.


Bryan Quintard (Photo above) will be delivering a night of “Live Acoustic Improv ” at Winslow’s Tavern, located at 120 W 5th St in Greenville. His show will start about 8 pm and wrap up about 11 pm.


Also in Greenville this Friday night at The Buccaneer Music Hall it’s The Bill Lyerly Band (Photos below) live from 10 pm-2 am. If you have not caught up with Lyerly during his stint here in the states, NOW is the time. Lyerly is planning his return to Spain soon and his tour around here is winding down.


Over in Washington NC you can find plenty to do for the night starting with The 440th Army Band  performing at Chamber of Commerce Park, in honor of our nation and the great state of North Carolina. Come enjoy patriotic and popular music from our many ensembles under the Carolina blue sky. Invite the whole family! This event will be held from 6-8 pm.


While mulling around the Washington way, you can find The Corey Stuart Experience live on the Pebble Beach stage at Backwater Jack’s  (Photos below) from 7-10 pm .


Over at Market Street Pub you can catch The Eli Craig Band. (Photos above) They get things rocking with their brand of country grooves at 9 pm and carry you to the midnight hour.

Washington, NC is a quick 30-40 minutes from New Bern and offers fine dining, great scenery and live music too. Plan a trip there soon.


Another quick 45 minute jaunt from the Bern you can head to Jacksonville, NC and check in with  6 Strings Under from 8-11 pm at The Brown Derby .


Speaking of New Bern, we might just as well have a look around here for Friday since there is always lots brewing in the Bern. This week is no exception.

Live at The Brown Pelican James Ford and Morgan Ash (Photo above) will reunite for a repeat performance  from 6-9 pm. Don’t miss this talented duo if you are sticking around town this weekend.


Rick Huff (Photo above) will be live at The Bear Town Market from 8:30-11 pm. BTM’s is located on South Front Street across from the Farmer’s Market.


Across the river, in James City you can celebrate your blues with my favorite blues duo around town. Big Jim & Kathleen Kohler (Photos below) will be performing together and alone on Friday at Triple Play Restaurant from 6-9 pm.

After they finish their fine sets of fun blues, get ready for some funky good times as New Bern gets down with TrainWreck  (Photos below) from 10 pm-2 am on the stage at Triple Play.


Looking West, YARN will be live at The Blind Tiger in Greensboro NC. That show gets started about 8 and lasts until closing at 2 am.


For all you hard and heavy rockers, listen up, Primitive Ways presents  a show at The Maywood in Raleigh, NC  featuring the following acts:

PSYCROPTIC: It’s not every day we get bands from Tasmania visiting Raleigh. I can’t tell you how stoked we are to bring you the tech death mastery of Psycroptic back to town. Tech death often loses the listener in a barrage of notes yet Psycroptic’s hyper-melodic sound does the opposite. Psycroptic is a complex and smooth running machine with a soul of its own.

BEYOND CREATION: Progressive tech death from Montreal that incorporates sweeping, soulful passages and cold technical prowess into a package that echoes bands of the genre’s inception. Though relative newcomers to the genre, they’ve used the tried combination of tech death and warm fretless bass to win over both vets and newcomers.

THE ZENITH PASSAGE: The Zenith Passage carries the flame of the Faceless’ 2008 smash hit Planetary Duality, bringing listeners right back to where the unique and enthralling hybrid of Spawn of Posession / Cynic worship left off.

LORELEI: The Triangle’s own killer combo of symphonic deathcore and tech death promises to leave the crowd reeling with just enough time left to recoup before the tour takes the stage.

AETHER REALM: Primitive Ways’ own folk metal heroes descend from the mountains to rally the crowd in support of the killer line-up. Show up early to crowd-surf, throw well-orchestrated hammers, and discuss bear pelt sewing techniques.


$15 ADV // $18 DOS // 21+


Taking you around the Crystal Coast and beyond, here is what I found around our beaches and all the hot spots for this Friday.

Zen Pirates (Photos above) will be hitting the stage at Harrika’s Brew Haus in Cedar Point, NC featuring Alisa Mike of Atlantic Avenue (Photos below) on vocals for the night. This show gets started at 7 and the Pirates will rock you til 10 pm.


Just around the way over in Emerald Isle, early on you can catch Backseat Romeo, Ed Ward, (Photo below) live from 7-10 pm at The Carolina Wine Mixer

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Over at Salt Ultra Lounge, Emerald Isle’s premiere night club welcomes  Tuesday’s Gone; The Ultimate Lynyard Skynard Tribute Band live on stage from 9 pm – 1 am.



Looking at other spots along the Crystal Coast, Morehead City Alive at Five features the sounds of Punch live in town on Shepard Street.This show will go down from 5-7 pm.


Hank Barbee will be live at Snapperz Grill in Morehead City. That show is slotted to happen from 7-10 pm.


Jupiter Jones will be live on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company in Morehead City. They will get the party started about 10 pm and rock you til 2 am.


A few doors down and over at  Jack’s Waterfront in Morehead City they will offer the sounds of Soul Psychodelique Orchestra  live from 10 pm – 2 am. The website for the venue says this about the band:

At full size, The Soul Psychedelique Orchestra features a 3-6 piece horn section, a string quartet, full rhythm section and a disc jockey. Every member of the Orchestra has made their rounds in the national music circuit for more than 20 years. Band leaders Wade Durham III and Johanna Boberg are veteran performers. Both have decades of experience in the music industry ranging from major artist tours, to television appearances on the Tonight Show and Good Morning America to name a few.  Also added to their impressive resume, are countless private celebrity events for greats such as Oprah Winfrey and T. Boone Pickens. If variety is the spice of life then TSP has the flavor to satisfy all entertainment appetites.  TSP has an extensive music library than spans style from the 1940’s Big Band sounds to Beach Music, R&B, to Rock, Reggae, Latin and the best of today’s music.