Tracey’s Weekend Run Around~ August 16, 2016

 Thoughts on Thursday~

First thing we did on Thursday evening, August 11, 2016, was to stop at the Isaac Taylor Garden located at 228 Craven St., New Bern, NC.

The Safe Nest Project took place from 5-7 pm. They had a silent auction of bird houses that were hand painted by local artists. All the money that was raised was distributed among three local charities, including Coastal Woman’s Shelter, Religious Community Services  and Staff House. All of these charities wish to ensure everyone has a safe place to live. I took home a pretty purple house with a blue roof. Music accompaniment for the night was Dan Phillips and Alan Gleeson. They were jamming to my favorite Crosby Stills and Nash tune, “Southern Cross,” when we walked in.

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Our next stop was the deck of Persimmons Restaurant located at 100 Pollock St., New Bern, NC. That is where we found the Mac & Juice Quartet out of Greenville, NC; jamming their jams for the dinner crowd. There was not a table left when we arrived and the crowd was enjoying everything from familiar classics to M&JQ originals.

If you are looking for these boys tonight, they are playing at the Arendell Room located at 715 Arendell Ave., Morehead City, NC. Music gets started at 9 pm!

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Our next stop was over at the Christoph’s On The Water located inside the DoubleTree by Hilton where we only stayed long enough to hug a few friends and share a few well wishes. The band hosted by vocalist, John Van Dyke,  just went on break when we arrived and before it was over we were on our way to the next stop.

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One thing I can tell you, this place is always full and the crowd always fun.  If you have not made it out to the beautiful hotel on the water on Thursday for dining and a little dancing, you are missing out.

Seems most of Van Dyke’s pals are talented and enjoy sharing their love of music. Often it is magical, the sound that bellow from that stage. I was sorry to have to missed an episode. Another time, perhaps! Van Dyke will be live inside this Thursday with his traditional and fun jazz jam from 7-10 pm and on Sunday he will invite more friends to meet him on the deck from 5-9 pm

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Our last stop for the night was at Halftime Pub located at 3325 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. where we listened to Steel Shot while noshing on some cheese sticks and had a salad! It was the return of preseason football which brought in many that watched the screen and grooved to the band. Now that we are in preseason, let me say GO GIANTS!

Steel Shot is off in the week ahead as the guys have headed out for a quick, 11 day tour of the mid-west. You see, when not working on the duo effort, the boys are working with and for local country  crooner and Nashville’s Nine North Recording Artist, Bryan Mayer. 

Guitar man for Steel Shot is Shawn Mitchell, who also is the management force and drummer for Mayer; while bongo man  Jeremy Lowery is the stage hand for the full on country rock band.


Fun Times Friday!

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One of the great traditions that started in this town just over a decade ago took place on Friday and so I headed to town to enjoy ArtWalk/ArtCrawl. This event takes place during the second Friday of each month and many of the local artists in our area team up with the local merchant’s in support of our art and culture. You can enjoy the art works, painting, sculptures, and lots of great music that is scattered about town.

Last Friday I took in the sounds of many local music makers, including Dan Phillips, Al Gleeson, Scott Carlisle at The Brown Pelican; Alisa Mike on Middle St. in front of The Black Cat Shoppe, Gabrielle Christy, who jammed in front of Surf, Wind & Fire on Middle St., An unnamed duo in the square, Justin Hargett, also camped out at Surf, Wind & Fire, The Aqoostix rocked The Thirsty Bruin on Middle Street; Sean Canary, jammed during James Ford’s set at The Brown Pelican; Constantino & Pipero featuring the debut of Kira and Brice Williams and Vincent Farro were all at The City Laundry located at 901 Pollock St. for Music after ArtWalk.

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Before heading over the bridge to check out the scene on the James City side of New Bern, we stopped at The Farmers Market to get our shag on with The Embers. This favorite regional beach music band is legendary and their music has been well received for over five decades. Founded in 1958 and still featuring original members, it was a treat to watch them move the crowd. There was a great crowd and after The Embers concluded their set, Spare Change rock them for the rest of the night.This event was the final one in a Summer Series of three concerts brought to us by our New Bern Chamber of Commerce. Just wanted to say, thanks for rocking us!

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Live at Triple Play Restaurant located at 111 Williams Rd, New Bern, NC was the great rock grooves of Solid Ground. This band is definitely solid when it comes to their displays of musical ability. Each of them have honed their skill sets to master their craft and when they work together they deliver an awesome dose of bad-ass rock n roll. Though it was mentioned that the band was splitting up, it seems such is not the case, so look for more dates from this four piece rock outfit soon. In the week ahead they will be rocking the bikers out in support for Tuckahoe Motorcycle Club this Saturday with music by Solid Ground and Rebel Sons. Music starts at 3. Look for more on that event Saturday morning, right here in the Zone.

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Our final stop for Friday was at Monette’s Grocery Store located on the corners of E. Thurman Rd and Old Cherry Point Rd. The Rest of Us  were rocking the room when we arrived. It was all in celebration of a local resident’s birthday celebration that led to the booking of two bands over the course of this weekend. Mary Shine Williams was rocking through her birthday weekend…just like a lady after my own heart. If you have not checked out this 90’s and more current rock band, you will enjoy them! They feature members from the now debunked effort, Stairwell which made a name for itself around the area just a couple years back.


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Sunshine, Sand and Saturday~

 

Mary Shine William’s Rockin’ Birthday Weekend was how we ended our night on Saturday, as well, back at Monette’s and rocking with local classic rock favorites,  3 Day Weekend.

The band was faced with a challenge when their regular drummer got ill. They called around, just hours before the gig, Laura O’Neal accepted the mission and filled in so the birthday girl could dance. And she danced ALL NIGHT LONG! This I know, because we crashed her party at the end of the night each night and she was still going strong!

Happy Birthday Mary, I hope your year is as great as your weekend seemed to be. Cheers!

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 On Saturday after a few hours on the beach we got cleaned up and headed out. Our first stop was at The Idle Hour Biergarten located at 121 E. Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC; where on their beach they featured the reggae sounds of Monjah. The Carteret County quartet will be  making their New Bern Debut this Saturday, August 20, 2016 when they lay down their grooves  at The Brown Pelican from 8-11 pm.

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Next up we headed to Beaufort to see how Pirate Invasion was shaping up.

Our first stop was at Queen Anne’s Revenge located at 500 Front St, Beaufort, NC we listened to Victor Hudson & special guest. He played many classic country hits and added a bit of rock to the mix as well. The crowd was gathered on the deck and enjoying their music.

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Next up we head down just past The Dock House to the big tent and the sounds of  Motley Tones. A perfect name for the motley crew of performing pirates the formed a a band and became a staple for The City of Beaufort’s  Annual Pirate Invasion Weekend. This is a great family fun experience as pirates take over the town and entertain families as they walk about taking in the salt air, some ice cream or even a frosty adult beverage. Check out The Motley Tones playing North Carolina’s staple song Wagon Wheel. 

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For our next stop we slithered into our favorite little hamburger joint in town, The Royal James Cafe, located at 117 Turner St. where we found Lil Cecil & No Credit rocking the room. These guys are my kind of fun. I simply love their mix of blues blended rock with country overtones added for good measure to ensure the whole crowd gets into it! They play off each other well and the crowd can feel it too! They are a local favorite, from the Beaufort area so it was no surprise to find them there this weekend.

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Our last stop in Beaufort was at the Cru Bar & Wine Store right across the street at 120 Turner St. The only thing I can say about our time here is WOW! This swinging rockabilly band out of Wilmington known as The Phantom Playboys are a lot of fun and full of energy. They had the bar packed and swinging when we walked in. Their music thrills me. It is one of my favorite styles to dance to, though on this night I stayed focused on my job and recorded this for you to enjoy a sample of what I saw! I love these cats! Be sure to look for them and check them out soon!

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Not feeling like we had our fill of pirates just yet, Crystal Odham and I made one more stop on our way back to the Bern before leaving the coast and that was at Frank & Clara’s Restaurant located at 1440 Saltier Path, Atlantic Beach, NC. We checked in with some of our favorite local rockers, Zen Pirates from New Bern. They rocked the bar above the restaurant from 10 m until they closed. The crowd on hand got to enjoy a little of the pirate invasion of their own as they rocked us with some Black Crowes, Georgia Satelites and many other great grooves made popular decades ago. To keep up with their act, like them on Facebook or they will make you walk the plank!

That about wraps up all that I witnessed last weekend but I saw this last night and it reminded me of a great cause to share with you…one of the greats funk rock and pop bands to hail from the Greenville area is doing great things for their community and the kids there. They are  collecting school supplies to ensure the kids go back to school with all the necessary tools for a great and productive year. This band is not just fun, but their hearts are big just like their sound.

For a quick sample of how much they love their community check them out this past Sunday in the park at The Town Commons as captured on film by Zen Pirates manager, Julie Scheper.

Train Wreck, Greenville and The Electric Slide

To help the band with their mission of ensuring area kids have the tools they need when they head back on the bus this year just bring some school supplies to any of their shows and they will help in distributing the donations to the kids in need. Here is where you can find the boys as Labor Day approaches:

Aug 20 Saturday Southern Salt Food Company Morehead City NC

Aug 26 Buzz’s Roost Wilmington

Aug 27 Saturday night Clash of the decades with Biz Markie Ritz Raleigh

Sept 2 Friday 8pm-12am Shelby Jeans Restaurant Carolina Beach


Live Music Options for Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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Big Jim & Kathleen Kohler welcome all talents to the stage during an open mic session at Triple Play Restaurant located at 111 Williams Road New Bern each Tuesday from 8 pm til midnight! Pack up the gig bag and grab your talent and come entertain us tonight!

 

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Up in Greenville, NC tonight the touring act Jimkata will be venturing through our area and entertaining the crowd at Crossbones Tavern located at  114 E 5th St. in Greenville. You can learn all about the touring trio by visiting their website http://www.jimkata.com/

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Last but not least for tonight, just a quick reminder that as mentioned above, Mac & Juice Quartet are live at Arendell Room located at 715 Arendell Ave., Morehead City. Look for them to get ya grooving at 9 and rock you til closing.


Live Music Option for Wednesday, August 17, 2016~

 

Mesh Sports Lounge located at 2500 Trent Road, New Bern, NC offers an open mic each Wednesday night hosted by bar manager and music maker, John Morgan. Sign up sheet is out at 7 and music starts at 8 and goes until the players are done playing. If you have not made it out there yet, pack up the gig bag and get motoring. Come on down and enjoy the fun. It’s hump day!

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Open Mic Night also happens each week at The Silo’s Restaurant , located at 1111 Broad St., in Oriental, NC. They say “Come enjoy the music and the amazing options for dinner, for you and your family!!! Don’t miss it!! :)” So don’t forget to bring your talent and your appetite. The event is hosted by owner Chris Daniels who welcomes players to the stage from 7 – 10 pm.

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The final gig I have to share with you is Cuz ‘n Kirk’s Blues Band  performing live at Whitley’s BBQ located at 3156 Beechwood Blvd., Murfreesboro, NC. They will be rocking the dinner crowd with their selections of classic rock n blues from 7-10 pm.


Before I let ya go, I just wanted to give a shout out to Raeford Brown and John Jones for including me in their Music Monday feature yesterday. It was nice to tell folks about my blog. To listen to Tiffany Elaine perform and hear our interviews check out the last half hour of  The Raeford Brown Show on Thunder Country 96.3 FM. My interview can be heard at 1:47:34. But be sure to check out the whole segment!

Raeford Brown Show on Thunder Country 8/15/16

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Well kids, I will return on Thursday morning with a rundown of gigs for Thursday and Friday dance options. Until then hug a stranger,  thank a soldier for their service, and be kind even to those that hurt you. Life is to short for negativity so wallow in the positive and DANCE!!!

Thanks so much for reading. If you wish to be in the zone, invite me to your gigs. Send me dates, link and all information you care to share. Shoot me an an email and I will gladly include it here. Thanks so much for rocking me. Please share this with your friends.

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NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown for Saturday & Sunday, August 13-14, 2016

Live Music Options for Saturday, August 13, 2016~

Around the Region:

Looking to our west and just a quick drive from our area, there is a great event happening and you can bring the whole family ! The site location is 201 Pogue St., Raleigh, NC. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Gates open at 1 and the music starts at 2 pm and concludes at 9 pm. With regard to the music here is what I found for details on their Facebook Event page:

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MAIN STAGE LINEUP:
Hammer No More The Fingers(8pm)
Matthew E. White (7pm)
Inflowential (6pm)
Holy Ghost Tent Revival (5pm)
Skylar Gudasz (4pm)
The Fabulous Knobs (3pm)
Some Army (2pm)

GARDEN STAGE LINEUP:
Debonzo Brothers (7:45pm)
Matt Phillips (6:45pm)
Ellis Dyson (5:45pm)
Christiane (4:45pm)
Pinto (3:45pm)
Andrew Kasab (2:45pm)

Local Vendors, Food Trucks, Kids Activities, Dunk Tank & more!

Doors 1pm, Music 2pm
All Ages

Parking Map!!!!
http://www.hillsboroughstreet.org/directory/parking-and-transportation

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I have a great event if you like Wine or Cheese or Chocolate;  and who doesn’t? It is also taking place in Raleigh and here is the latest on details for this event:

**Breaking News** As many of you know sampling tickets are sold out!!! This event was capped to ensure everyone’s enjoyment while participating in the festivities.
However, we are working on a way to release a few more VIP tickets stay tune for more details!
Didn’t get your ticket? No problem, bring your friends because there will be plenty of Wine, Cheese and Chocolate for purchase

Get your tickets today for a fun evening filled with delectable wine, cheese and chocolate tastings from local retailers.

DJs, vendors, entertainment and free giveaways!

Tasting booklets $25 and up.

Vendors contact Allen at CityHill Events Cityhillevents@gmail.com

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The folks that are helping to make Groove in the Garden happen will be featuring a double bill of quality entertainment. The Pour House Music Hall located at 224 S Blount St., Raleigh, NC  will feature People’s Blues of Richmond and Dr. Bacon. Looking at their events page, this is what they want you to know about the acts on their stage:

People’s Blues of Richmond is a heavy-touring, blues-psych power trio from Richmond, Va. In the past two years, they’ve signed with Management Anonymous and Madison House Booking, recorded their third full-length studio album, released a 7-inch single with sought-after rock & roll producer Mark Neill (Black Keys, The Hives, J. Roddy Walston & the Business), and have been featured at outlets such as PopMatters, Guitar World, CraveOnline, Relix and more. People’s Blues of Richmond managed to fit in their recent studio work while constantly touring the U.S., packing clubs and theaters full of amped-up fans, selling out The Hamilton in D.C., headlining NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and a dozen festivals around the country, playing Red Rocks and massive outdoor festivals like Electric Forest, LOCKN’ & Gasparilla, and sharing bills with legends & critical favorites like Modest Mouse, Tom Petty, Gary Clark Jr., Gogol Bordello and Dinosaur Jr.


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Dr. Bacon is a genre defying “Appalachian Funk-Rock” band from Asheville, NC. We play an infectiously dancable blend of funk, soul, jazz, rock, blues, folk, hip-hop and more. We feature as diverse instrumentation as our influencing styles including: guitars, resonator, harmonica, bass, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone drums, trombone, kazoo and more. Dr. Bacon is sure to get you moving and grooving. 

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Tickets for the show are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Doors open at 8 and music starts shortly thereafter.To get tickets before the show visit their website Advanced Tickets.

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Taking a pause for the cause I  found this Jim Jam Yappy Hour event happening at The Grove Winery located at 7360 Brooks Bridge Road, Gibsonville, NC.  And here are the details you should know:

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This benefit for Old North Canine Rescue features the bands The Retro Band, Back Porch Orchestra and beach band Shaggie Maggie. Tickets are available for $10 at the door. Advanced, discounted tickets are available online for a donation http://www.oldnorthcanine.com/donate/.

Thanks to concert sponsors Jim & Natalie Pierce, Vicky Hunley Real Estate,Grove Winery & Vineyards and Town ‘N’ Country Animal Hospital in Burlington. Please, by order of the NC-ALE, no alcohol purchased off-site may be brought on premise. Food will be available from the Heavenly Smoke food truck.

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There is Double Trouble on tap for Saturday night at The Blue Note Grill, located at 709 Washington St, Durham, NC. They are featuring two awesome bands for only $8 admission. They have great food and awesome service too. Music starts at 8 with Doug Prescott Band kicking things off. Following their fun set, you can groove with Willie Painter Band until closing!
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Cotton & The CWT Band have a show tonight at The Point at Glenwood, located at 1626 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC.They will be live from 10:30 pm til midnight.
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Desperado Motorcycle Club Selma will be hosting their annual support party this afternoon. Doors open at noon to the public, and music will be provided by the Adam Hill Band starting at 3. Hill (photo below) is the guitar front for classic rock outfit Solid Ground as well as his own project. A $10 donation is required and bringing your own beer is frowned upon! For more info on location or directions call Ricky or Rand at the numbers above.
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Making our way back to the eastern side of the state, you can find Greenville’s own fun and funky groove band, Train Wreck who will be on stage at The Red Room located at 110 N Heritage St., Kinston, NC.
When talking to Adrian Watts, guitar and and vocalist, he wanted me to tell everyone that the band is collecting school supplies at every gig until the school season starts. So please, all contributions of school supplies are welcome. They will even accept monetary donations to buy the supplies that are still needed for the future shining stars. What a great opportunity for us all to pitch in and make a difference. You can help ensure a bright future for a kid and dance to a great band too! Does it get any better than that?
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Looking to our North, you can find Mac n Juice Quartet will be at Ribeyes located at 1056 Cantle Ct., Williamston, NC helping to celebrate their Anniversary Party tonight live from 7-11 pm. This is a fun jam band that plays popular favorites and funky and fresh originals too.
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Justin Castellano will be live at Biagio’s Italian Coffee & Espresso Bar located at 622 Court St, Unit 100, Jacksonville, NC. His performance is slotted for 7-10 pm.
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Over at Crossbones Tavern, located at 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC; Gumbo will be providing the live entertainment for this evening. And here is what they want you to know about the group:

Gumbo originated in Greenville North Carolina. Gumbo embraces all types of genres and cultures. They are known for there unique sound and spontaneous lyrics. The band is fairly new, two years in and has created a buzz through eastern North Carolina.

GUMBO is a band that embraces diversity but brings about unit.
Every dish in the same pot.

Facebook:
Gumbo

Instagram:
@gumbo252


Along the Coast:

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Reggae music makers, from Carteret County,  Monjah will perform live at Idle Hour Biergarten located at 121 E Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC. They will be jamming from 6-9 pm.

A quick head’s up to my New Bern readers, this band will be making their New Bern debut at The Brown Pelican next Saturday and I hope you are on hand to make them feel welcome. They jam to classic reggae tunes and off their own unique vibe when featuring their original vibe.

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Now look, I told you about the Pirate Invasion going down in Beaufort all weekend in my last installation, but what most of you don’t know about is there is a Pirate invasion of another sort taking place tonight at Frank & Clara’s  located at 1440 Saltier Path, Atlantic Beach NC. New Bern’s own band of pirates Zen Pirates will take over the stage from 10 pm – 1 am. They play many familiar tunes and have a great way of making the crowd dance. Perhaps it is the threat of walking the plank that gets the people grooving, but I am more willing to bet that it is their good grooves.

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Looking around the Morehead City way there are a few shows for you to check out. Here are your options:

 

4EverAll has a live show at The Brandywine Country Club, located at 177 Brandywine Blvd., Morehead City, NC. They will be performing in the K Bar from 6-9 pm. This acoustic duo has a lot of charm and play off each others’ energy well; delivering a great mix of singer/songwriting classics. To keep up with their dates, so that you can take your date out for dining and dancing, like them on Facebook.

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Dark Water Rising have a show at Off the Hook located at 105 South 7th St., Morehead City, NC. They will be rocking the room from 10 pm til 1 am!

For more information on this touring act, like them on Facebook. DWR

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Over at Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant, located at 701 Evans St., Morehead City, NC; you can enjoy the sounds of Nash Vegas as they rock the deck with their brand of country from 10 pm – 2 am.

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Heading over the bridge and checking out things around Beaufort, NC; you can enjoy the sounds of you can check out Victor Hudson & 13 live tonight on the Deck from 6-9 pm at Queen Anne’s Revenge located at 510 Front St, Beaufort NC.

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On the deck at The Dock House Restaurant located at 500 Front St, Beaufort you can enjoy the grooves of East Brogue Band. They will be doing the deed for the dancers from 9 pm til 1 am. For a sample of there sound, check them out here:

East Brogue Band

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The Phantom Playboys will be at the Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. They will be rocking the room for Pirate Invasion from 8:30 – 11:30 pm.

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Looking at other areas along the coast, you can enjoy a one night stand with New Bern’s own soulful crooner, Backseat Romeo. Ed Prophet has a show tonight from 7-10 pm at The Carolina Wine Mixer, located at 8700 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC.

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Live at The Church St. Deli, Pub and Inn located on Church St, Swansboro, NC you can groove to the sounds of Scearce & Ketner from 7-10 pm

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Mike Corrado has an acoustic show this evening at Harrika’s Brew Haus located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC. His show is slotted for 7-10 pm.

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Wild Honey has a show tonight at the Odgen Tap Room located at 7324 Market St., Wilmigton, NC  with their show starting at 7:30 pm.

The last show I found to tell you about along the coast is actually the first show slotted on the day and it is that of David Adam Byrnes who will be performing live at The Snead’s Ferry Shrimp Festival today at noon. That event is taking place at 126 Park Lane, Sneads Ferry, NC.


About New Bern:

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James Ford Trio will be on the Deck at the DoubleTree by Hilton, located on South Front Street in New Bern, NC. They offer live music on the deck from 2:30 – 5:30 and this week you are in for a local talent that is going to treat you to all of his great grooves. Ford is a very talented player and is working hard at inscribing his name throughout town as a player and a business owner.

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Live at five around town you can be a part of the 7th Annual Hot Buttered BBQ. Here is the lowdown on this event:

Hey friends, the Hot Buttered BBQ is back. Our friend and musical guru Aaron Lee Tasjan will be back to amaze and inspire. This year he’s bringing his band, which is made up of some of the hottest players in Nashville. The Grits will play a set, Aaron and his band will play a set, followed by a Grits-Tasjan band super jam

We’ll be passing the hat, so ALL WE ASK is that you bring a donation for our musical guest. Aaron is a professional musician, so this is how he makes his living, and we want to make sure its worth the trip for him. We are asking for a $15 donation per person, but feel free to contribute as much as you are able.

We’ll be cooking a pig and serving all the fixins. All you need to bring for sustinence is your own beverage.

This is meant to be a party for adults. Though this is a safe and friendly event, we kindly ask that you leave your kids at home. If you feel the need to bring them, it is the expectation that they be supervised at all times.

Please RSVP to this event so we can order enough food.

When: Saturday, August 13. 5:00 pm.
Where: Seth and Erin’s back yard. 413 Sandy Point Rd, New Bern NC.

Bring a beach chair, a beverage, an appetite, donation, and your boogie shoes and we’ll see you there!

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Steel Shot will be live at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St, New Bern, NC. They sat in a couple of weeks ago to give the crowd a sample of what will be on tap for tonight. Come out and have fun with this Pamlico County duo featuring Jeremy Lowery and Shawn Mitchell.

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Calling all you Motown fans with big hearts. There is an event in town tonight over at Craven County Community College. 

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There is an Open Mic event tonight at BruTopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. This is the place to display your talent tonight if you find yourself gigless and jonesing to play! Pack up your talent and sign up from 6:30 – 9 pm. (Yes, I made up two words in that one sentence in an effort to invite you out!)

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3DayWeekend will be rocking Monette’s on Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern NC. They are going to be helping longtime friend and fan to the band, Mary Shine, celebrate her birthday. Good news, you are invited too. Come rock the night away with one of the best classic rock bands in our area and DANCE!!!!  The fun starts at 6 and wraps up when it ends!!!

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Last but never least around town tonight, you can catch the soulful blues sounds of The Kohler’s Blissful Blues Union live at Mesh Sports Lounge, located at 2500 Trent Road. They jam from 10:30 pm -1:30 am, Admission is FREE! But please remember, FREE MUSIC IS NEVER FREE! So please be kind to wait staff and bartenders and whatever you do, please tip the bands everywhere you go too!


Live Music Options for Sunday, August 14, 2016~

Since there are only a few thins to tell you about I am just going to get to listing them:

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On the deck at The DoubleTree by Hilton, located on South Front St., New Bern, NC; you can swing to the sounds of Joe DiStefano’s Swing Band live from 5-9 pm. Come on out enjoy the sunset and swinging sounds too!

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There is a casting call that I wanted to tell all aspiring actors about. Here is the scoop from the Events page on Facebook:

CASTING CALL for High School Musical

Open to all teens 13-19 in the Craven County School System!

CO-DIRECTORS: Tevondre Bryant and Jaimee Wishon
CO-PRODUCERS: Kelly Rogers and Henry Johnson
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Grazie Boccia

**IF YOU ARE COMMITTED TO MARY POPPINS YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE PART OF THE SHOW**

Auditions: 800 College Ct, New Bern, Orringer Auditiorium
Sunday, August 14th @3pm
Monday August 15th @6pm
If you will be absent for both dates, feel free to send in audition videos via Facebook messenger to Kelly or Tevondre.

PERFORMANCES: November 11, 12, 13 / 18, 19, 20

SYNOPSIS: Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on our stage! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.

NOTE: Everyone must come prepared to sing “We’re All In This Together”.

CHARACTERS:
If you have plans to audition for a specific role please have the songs prepared.

TROY BOLTON:
The most popular kid at East High, he is the star of the basketball team who yearns to be more than what people want him to be. Athletic, attractive, and a true leader.
SONG: Start of Something New

CHAD DANFORTH:
Troy’s best friend. A star basketball player, part of the jocks, and second in command.
SONG: We’re All In This Together

SHARPAY EVANS:
The egocentric diva star of the school musicals, she is Ryan’s older twin and the alpha dog.
SONG: Bop to The Top

RYAN EVANS:
Sharpay’s fraternal twin and a self-delusional ‘star in the making. Although he possesses a diva exterior, he yearns to change.
SONG: Bop to The Top

Gabriella Montez:
The new girl in school. Eventually becomes Troy’s romantic counterpart. Pretty, shy, and smart.
SONG: When There Was Me and You

Taylor Mckessie:
The competitive head Brainiac of the school and President of the Science Club. Taylor has a hidden soft spot for Chad, which she hides.
SONG: We’re All In This Together

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Justin Castellano will be live at Queen Anne’s Revenge, located at 500 Front St, Beaufort , NC. He will be there to serenade you through dinner from 6-9 pm.

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The last live show I have to share with you on the week is taking place at The Outpost Saloon located at 3038 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville, NC. That is where you can dance and boogie down to the country sounds of Gene Gregory live from 5-8 pm.


Well kids that concludes the regional options for live music throughout our great state. I am not sure what you have on your agenda today, but here is to hope you get to dance.

Please be kind to those that serve you. Hug strangers, take part in random acts of kindness, be the change you wish to see in the world! Don’t forget our music makers. They work hard making sure that people enjoy their time while in their company. Spread your love and tip them too.

I will be back Tuesday morning with a recap of all the great fun I am having this weekend. If you want to get in the zone feel free to send me invites to your gigs or links to your websites. Shoot me an email: tracey.stones.writer.com

Thanks for reading. Please share it with your friends!

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NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown Thursday and Friday ~ August 11-12, 2016

Live Music Options for Thursday, August 11, 2016~

 

Around The Region~

 

Today is the start of the 3rd Annual Soulshine Farm Music Festival. The event will take place down on the farm located at 7216 Double Island Road, Green Mountain, NC. Tickets for the three day event are $85 for the full weekend and $35 for kids 13-17. There is a stellar weekend of music set for those in attendance.

Please check out their website for full details. Soulshine Farm Music Festival

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Over at After Hours Tavern located at 1614 N Main St., High Point, NC  you can take part in their Second Thursday Blues Jam which gets started about 9 pm and finishes when the music stops! The details are simple, pack your instruments and bring your talent.

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At The Blue Note Grill located at 709 Washington St., Durham, NC you can enjoy the blues sounds of Tad Walters & John Dee Holeman live on stage from 7-9 pm  and there is no cover for this show!

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Lastly around the region, yet near the coast as well, it is the second installment of Thursday Night live at The Havelock Tourist & Event Center is fun for the whole family . Located at 201 Tourist Center Dr., Havelock, NC.  It is sponsored by A Touch Of Class Art Show  and this week will feature the sounds of Hoot N Nanny.  The event takes place from 7 til 9 pm and it is a free event as well!

Here is what I found for details on their Facebook event page:

THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE is a community entertainment event. Every Thursday in August at the Havelock Tourist and Events Center we dedicate from 7:PM until 9:PM to entertainment, FREE Admission, open to the public. Come out and enjoy “The Band” as they play Oldies but Goodies.


Along the coast:

 

Wild Honey will be live tonight at The Saltwater Grill located at 99 W Church St, Swansboro, NC. Performing at 6:30 they make for great dinner accompaniment!

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Over at the Dock House Restaurant located on the waterfront in Beaufort, NC you can enjoy the grooves of Dicky Scearce from 8-11 pm.

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If you find yourself looking to score dinner and a show a little earlier than 9:00 pm stop by Queen Anne’s Revenge also located on the waterfront in Beaufort, NC. Irish will be performing live on the deck from 6-9 pm


Around New Bern:

The first event I want to alert you to around town, is a fund raiser that will be taking place this evening at The Isaac Taylor Garden located at 228 Craven Street, New Bern. The Safe Nest Project is the event offering a fun evening under the stars! A charity event fund raiser to benefit the 3 local homeless shelters in New Bern. Coastal Women’s Shelter, The Staff House and Religious Community Services!  There will be an auction of lovely bird houses painted by local artist.  Performing at the event will be local singer and six string strummer,  Dan Phillips. This event will be taking place from 5- 7 pm.

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Over on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant located at 100 Pollock St, New Bern;  you can enjoy the sounds of the band that starred on this week’s Music Monday feature with John Jones on Thunder Country 96.3 FM; Mac & Juice Quartet will be delivering the good grooves from 5-8 pm.

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Steel Shot is live this tonight at Halftime’s Pub & Grub located at 3325 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, New Bern. They get their show started at 8 pm and promise to rock ya for hours!

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Jazz crooner John Van Dyke and his friends are always happy to unleash some fun jazz standards and blues swing numbers to keep the crowd grooving from 7-10 at Christoph’s On the Water inside The DoubleTree by Hilton located on South Front Street in New Bern.

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Last but never least, there is an open mic event that takes place each week at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern. Sign up is at 7 and the jam runs as long as the players play. Come on out and support our local talent and enjoy a nice cold beverage.


Live Music Options for Friday, August 12, 2016~

Around New Bern:

This week marks the second Friday of the month and in New Bern that can only mean one thing:  ArtCrawl. A monthly tradition now celebrating it’s decade in existence, this is a great time to enjoy our downtown. It takes place from 5-8 pm and allows our area artists a chance to display their wares and talent. Musically speaking, here is who you can find where…

Gabby & Friends will be grooving and a rocking in front of Surf Wind & Fire on Middle Street from 5 til 8 pm.

Gabrielle Christy is becoming quite popular on the New Bern circuit. Carving a name for herself; this young player hosts the open jam that takes place every other Friday at Sweet Peas Cafe and she also plays guitar, banjo, mandolin and spoons for the festive and fun Merchant’s Road band.

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Also on Middle Street this Friday you can enjoy the sounds of female jazz crooner, Alisa E Mike who will be live in front of The Black Cat Shoppe.

This is another busy lady who not only sings solo but also leads the vocals in Zen Pirates. If you have not heard her yet, you are missing out on some great talent.

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Dan Phillips, Alan Gleeson and Scott Carlisle will be collaborating and rocking the room over at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern. This trio of stringers know all of the classics and most popular dance songs from contemporary singer/songwriters of the 60’s thru 80’s.

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Following their performance you can enjoy the rocking sounds of my favorite computer guy, James Ford. He will be jamming at the dirty bird from 8-11 pm and he is always in good company with musical friends so ya never know who might sit in with this funky and talented stringer.

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There are a couple of options in town that might interest you after ArtCrawl concludes.

Over at The City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, Kira and Brice Williams will be making their musical debut with Constantino Pipero during Music After Artwalk this Friday. Don’t miss it!

Following their debut listen to the sounds of the Cochise Cowboy himself, the champion hair dresser, master cook and caterer and serious six string singer, Vincent Farro as he closes out the night. Tickets are $10 and are available at The City Laundry and The Bank of the Arts located on Middle Street.

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The Aqoostix will be rocking the crowd at the Thirsty Bruin located on Middle Street. Just look for their sign and walk in and enjoy the best in craft beer and wine selections and great tunes from this rockin’ duo who will be playing live 8 – 10:30 pm

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Over the bridge and before we head out of town and have a look around the coastal region, we should make a couple stops in James City . First we can check things out over at  Triple Play Restaurant located at 111 Williams Rd, New Bern, NC.

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Solid Ground will be on hand to rock the room. I truly enjoyed this rock effort at Jean’s Place in Havelock last month. But since then I have learned this gig at Triple Play will be the last featuring Donna Storey in the front. I am not sure why as I have not gotten that scoop. Beside I am not sure I want band drama on my band support page, but I will say this; if you have not seen them, you won’t want to miss their last gig together this Friday. They are scheduled to hit the stage at 9 pm and rock til 1 am.

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The last show I found for us around town is The Rest of Us  who will be rocking at Monette’s  Grocery Store located on the corner of Old Cherry Point and Thurman Rds. This project features members from the effort once know as Stairwell, including the Sheriff’s son!

In case you did not know, the locals make it a habit of gathering each week down at Monette’s and always on Friday. It’s truly a great little neighborhood hang out!  Only this week at Monette’s,  they will have a rocking band leading the charge. Meet me at Monette’s!


Along the coast:

Having a look around Emerald Isle, I have several options for live music this Friday.

First up, you can stop by Flipperz Family Bar & Grill, located at 311 Mansgrove Rd, Emerald Isle, NC. That is where you you can enjoy the sounds of Scearce & Ketner live from 6:30-9:30 pm. They are the perfect duo for the beach arena!

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Keeping it right in the same locale, you can head a few doors down to Salt Ultra Lounge, located at 325 Mansgrove Rd, EI , NC and be a part of the most rocking country night of the week at this premier night club. They offer great services, serious drink specials and they offer curbside service to assist in getting you home. Doors open at 7 and Bryan Mayer Band will take the stage at 10 pm and rock the room til 1 am.

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The Emerald Club located at 8102 Emerald Dr., EL, NC where can get down with the grooves of E-Club Reggae Fest. This event starts at 6 pm and features three bands including Trevor and the Birds, Selah Dub and headlining the event Hertitage on tour from Destin, Fl.; don’t miss their area appearance.To learn more about this band  check them out here:

Musician/Band · Destin, Florida
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Over in Cedar Point at Harrika’s Brew Haus located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point NC; you can listen to the grooves of Justin Castellano;  the One Man Band, pictured above courtesy of George Mitchell. He will be jamming many classic favorites in his own unique way live from 7-10 pm.

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For all you people who find yourself in Morehead City this weekend, you can catch Changes In Latitude a Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band live at the Carteret County Community Theater located at 1311 Arendell St., Morehead City and here is what the Facebook event page wants you to know about this show:

Changes In Latitudes is the country’s premier tribute show to the Mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett. This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls and leis flying, dancing conga lines, and “Trop Rock” fun for all. It’s the ultimate beach party that’s good clean fun for all ages. Over their fifteen year history, the band has traveled from Maine to Barbados, Cape Cod to Chicago. Steve Kareta mimics Jimmy’s casual, storyteller style, while these world-class musicians, travelling with a full tropical stage set-up, will take you on a musical cruise through the sun-drenched waters of the Caribbean. You can expect to hear such classics as “Margaritaville”, “Come Monday”, “Cheeseburger In Paradise”, “Volcano”, and, of course, “Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes”, as well as other crowd-pleasing favorites, like “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Southern Cross”, “Another Saturday Night”, and the Alan Jackson / Jimmy Buffett hit “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere.”

Tickets are $20-$30 and may be purchased online and, if available, at the door on the evening of the event

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Live on the deck at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 513 Evans St in Morehead City, NC; you can catch the big band grooves of The Retro Band. They promise to keep you dancing from 10 pm until 2 am.

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Just down the road at Southern Salt Seafood Company & Restaurant located at 701 Evans St. Morehead City, NC you can check out Matty Begs live on their deck from 10 pm until 2 am.

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Heading just over the bridge to have a look around Beaufort, NC ; over on the waterfront you can enjoy an early dinner and the great sounds of Davy Williamson at The Queen Anne’s Revenge located at 501 Front St., Beaufort, NC. He keeps the crowd content with song from 6-9 pm.

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Just next door and right after things wrap up over at QAR, you can take a moonlit stroll down to  The Dock House Restaurant where you can enjoy the acoustic grooves of the talented duo 4EverAll rocking the waterfront from 9 pm til 1 am.you can find.

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As you are coming into town from Morehead City, turn down Turner St and stop in at Cru Bar & Wine Store. They will be featuring a double will be featuring a double bill of MaMa followed by Speak N Eye. There is no charge to get in and the music plays from 9 pm til the midnight hour!

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Pictured above are The Motley Pirates and they are the entertainment that will be provided throughout the weekend during the final event that will make going to Beaufort a blast for the kids as well as the adults in your group is the Beaufort Pirate Invasion. An Annual event that takes the community all year to prepare. You can find out more by visiting their website at  www.beaufortpirateinvasion.com.

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The last couple of shows I have for you along the coast bring us to points South.

You can enjoy a triple heavy rocking bill and FREE show at Patch’s Pub located at 6213 D Market St, Wilmington, NC. Doors open at 8 and the music starts at 9 pm. On the bill will be Hanover Fist, Open Wire and Draw The Sea.

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The final show I know about along the coast is Randy McQuay will be rocking the room at Burnt Mill Creek, located at 2101 Market St.,  Wilmington. McQuay is from Root Soul Project and The McQuay Trio. Ne sure to check out his rocking set from 8 – 11 pm.


 

Around The Region~

The first how I have for around the region is also along the coast. Ken Belangia will be live at The Red Rooster Bar, located behind the Silo’s Restaurant on Highway 55 in Oriental, NC from 7-10 pm.

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Over in Jacksonville there are two shows to tell you about. The first is the Concert in The Park Series taking place at Riverwalk located at 421 Court St,  Jacksonville, NC. This week they featuring the return of the Jolly Mon Band performing live from 6-8 pm.

 

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Also in Jacksonville this Friday night you can check out I PREVAIL live at Hooligans Music Hall, located at 2620 Onslow Dr. Jacksonville, NC Here is what the event page had to say about this event:

I PREVAIL is BACK! New songs. New look. Same energy.

We’re stoked to announce the “Strike The Match” tour wsg/ The White Noise, My Enemies & I, and Bad Seed Rising!

We’ll be playing a bunch of new music and hanging out with you guys at our merch table after the set. Make sure to click the “going” button if you want to #getrowdy with us! This show is going to be nuking futs.

Get tickets here, only $15! – http://bit.ly/1XmSugB

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Looking to our North, you can check out Victor Hudson & 13 live on the Pebble Beach Stage at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill located on E Main St in Washington, NC; this is a great place to start off a Friday night with great food, awesome drinks and quality music.

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Over at the Market Street Pub, located at 143 N Market Street, Washington, NC; you can enjoy the electrifying sounds of another one man band making a name for himself around the region, Corey Stuart will perform live from 10 pm til 2 am.

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Over at Crossbones Tavern located at 114 E 5th St. Greenville, NC; where you can party and groove with the popular area band Mac & Juice Quartet. They will rock the room with two full sets of great rock n original jams starting at 10 pm. Here is what the event page said about the impending night and band too:

The Mac and Juice Quartet, will be returning to Crossbones Tavern on August 12th. These cats have been on the scene for a while, so you are bound to have heard of them. They’ve been putting out amazing music for years now… True veterans to the game. If you’re looking for a good time, look no further. These dudes can give you that, piece of cake!

Since their beginnings 15 years ago, Mac & Juice have made tremendous evolutionary strides from their days as a dynamic acoustic duo. Now performing as a Quartet, both acoustic and electric, their vast stylistic range is seamlessly translated into every original song. The band personally describes their sound as “Jammy-Soul-Rock & Roll”- Organically crafted Rock music that isn’t afraid to jam out and improvise, but with a Bluesy touch of Soul sweetness to smooth out the edges.

Website:
http://macandjuice.net/

ReverbNation:
https://www.reverbnation.com/macandjuice

WATCH!!!:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ozOxd8q4yoA

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Having a look at the western side of the state; here is what I found: Crystal Brite & Jeremy Haine will  team up and preform at Common Grounds, located at 602 S Elam Ave, Greensboro, NC starting at 8 pm.

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If you are feeling the blues and need some good grub too, head on over to The Blue Note Grill located at 709 Washington St, Durham, where from 6-8 you can enjoy a free show courtesy of the Duke Street Dogs.

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Following their show, you will be treated to the fun sounds of FFAF: The Phantom Playboys who will swing and rock you through the night starting at 9 pm. Again there is no cover charge for this show either. Check out the Blue Note Grill next time your visiting the RDU area.

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Looking around Cary, NC you can check out Bigfoot Groove who will be rocking the room at Woody’s Sports Tavern located at 8322 Chapel Hill Rd., Cary NC. Their show is free and gets started about 9:30 pm.

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Over at Tony’s Oyster Bar located at 107 Edinburgh St. South,. Suite 129, Cary, NC; they welcome Big Love to the stage from 9 pm to 1 am. Come on out and enjoy some great food and live entertainment.


Well that is a wrap on the many events taking place over the next couple of days in our beautiful state of NC. I hope you take a trip and find something new to love about the landscape. Maybe a new view or even better still, a new band.

Please support our local musicians. They are out here working hard to see that you have a great time. Life is too short to wallow in misery so forgive people that trespass against you and dance often.Be kind to your bartenders and servers and please tip a local musician too!

Time for me to get working on Saturday and Sundays options for you, my wonderful readers. If you care to be in the zone send me your events and links to

tracey.stones.writer@gmail.com

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Tracey’s Weekend Run Around ~ August 9, 2016

 

On Friday, August 5, 2016; we started the evening at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC; where we got to check in with Buck Loy for a little more than a set. The crowd was enjoying his guitar grooves and dancing along to all the familiar classics. If you have not had the pleasure of hearing this solo acoustic act out of New Bern, NC; you can listen to him when he plays at BruTopia in James City; located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. He will be rocking that room next Friday, August 19, 2016 from 8:00 -10:30 pm

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Next up we headed over the bridge not quite 1/4 of mile down Highway 70 E to Triple Play Restaurant which is actually located at 111 Williams Rd, New Bern, NC; where we caught the last set of local duo, The Kohlers’ Blissful Blues Union featuring Big Jim Kohler on guitar and his lovely bride Kathy Kohler on vocals.

The crowd was enjoying great food and good blues when I walked into the joint! They ended their set with a dedication to a couple of friends whose wedding they played. Thanks to technology, we all get enjoy their rendition of Soul Shine for John and Stephanie Hunter.

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In the week ahead you can find this duo playing live at The Sunset Grill, located at 100 Marina Drive in Fairfield Harbour on Friday, August 12, 2016 from 7:30-10:30 pm out on the deck. On Saturday, August 13, 2016 they will be at Mesh Sports Lounge located at 2500 Trent Rd., New Bern, NC. On Sunday, August 14, 2016, they will be in Jacksonville, performing at the Marina Cafe from 5-9 pm.

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Friday was also the “locally” anticipated rock n roll moment of the Summer and when it was done,  a new trio of rockers gathered many new passengers as they left the stage at Triple Play.  The Bi-Polar Express did not disappoint the crowd that eagerly waited for the debut performance.  They held the crowd and rocked them throughout the night. This band is a lot of fun and the musicianship, truly excellent!

Bassist, vocalist and founding member Wick Wickline said he has really enjoyed this project with his two good friends,  Josh Overby on guitar and vocals and Mike Lancaster on drums and he thought their debut was a blast. He said, “It was the most fun I’ve had playing a gig within New Bern city limits!”

For anyone looking for a solid three piece rock effort for their club, private party, festival or community event give Wick a call at 252-670-5563 and book your ticket with The Bi-Polar Express today.

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After a debut set of great rock classics from the 80’s and 90’s we rolled down to Beaurfort, NC where we found another solo, duo, trio combo.

Our first stop was at Cru Bar & Wine Store, a great little cafe located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC where we enjoyed the fun grooves of Spencer Scholes.  After just a couple tunes solo, in walked Jon McGregor a young man and his bongo and before long the two were sharing rhythms that the crowd enjoyed.

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Next up we headed over to the Dock House Restaurant where we caught a quick set of upbeat and fun beach sounds courtesy of Scearce & Kentner on guitars with special guest David Spence on the mandolin. It was a beautiful night on the water and the crowd gathered and enjoyed the grooves well into the night.

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Our last stop in Beaufort, was to check in with our very own Steel Shot. When not covering the music scene, Crystal Odham and I are working on putting together an agency geared towards promoting and booking bands. TNT Entertainment will be another entity of Tracey Stones Enterprises.  

The agency will be available for hire and our services include providing publicity and promotion tools, band bookings and promotions of such events. The Pamlico County duo, Steel Shot was the first band we agreed to work with back in March of this year. After a fun time of rocking to some cool grooves while shooting pool and eating great burgers, we headed down the road.

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Since there was still time, we hopped in the bus and headed over the bridge yet again and caught a few rocking tunes courtesy of the Kinston based rock outfit, The Roman Sam’s. This awesome five piece rock band features Samantha Holland in the front on lead vocals, David Brown on guitar and vocals, Matthew  Hart, also on guitar and vocals; holding down the rhythms are Trey Horton on bass and Joey Gillette on drums.

I was truly  impressed with the power of this rock unit. Hollands vocals and showmanship make the band fun and easy to watch. The Roman Sam’s take on Bobby McGee

To keep up with all the news and the latest dates please like their face book page: The Roman Sam’s on Facebook


 

On Saturday, August 6, 2016 we packed our bags and headed west to Raleigh where we attended the North Carolina Music Awards.

The best part of the event was the pre show on the Red Carpet. I had great fun taking pictures of all the players and performers who were on hand for the ceremony. As for the ceremony itself; I personally, was disappointed by the fact that not one band performed. Now mind you there were performers, but most of them were performing to tracks, making it feel like a karaoke event. There were a few great solo performances including the youth winner Marye Amanda and a pretty good blues blues stringer who’s name I did not catch; however his performance I did capture:

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There was an after show for the event at Vinnie D’s  at The Sheraton  but after we walked in and heard no live music at an event meant to celebrate live music, we took to the street and it did not take long to find live music. In fact a few feet away we found a street duo jamming for the passers by!

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Our next stop brought us to Slims Downtown, where we studied the rules and enjoyed the hardcore sounds of The Everymen live on stage. They were promoting their latest  New Jersey Hardcore. They had a heavy original sound.

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Our final stop on the night was at The Big Easy, located at 222 Fayetteville St,. Raleigh, NC where we thoroughly enjoy the funky sounds of Big Rick & The Bombers. They are a fun top 40 band that bring funk to life and knows how to rock souls.


After posting in my blog last week that Matt Phillips would be performing live at Rise in North Raleigh, it seemed like a great way to conclude our trip to Raleigh. We enjoyed the great sounds of his jazz and blues, sipping coffee and eating delicious donuts and breakfast biscuits.  If you have not heard this solo act from Carrboro, NC, be sure to look him up soon. He is never one to disappoint and always interacts well with his crowds.

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Live Music Options for Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Around New Bern

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Well that concludes the recap of the good times I had running around the state looking for live music. Looking at your options for tonight and tomorrow you can pack up your talent and head down to Triple Play located at 111 Williams Rd., New Bern. Tonight and join Big Jim & Kathy Kohler as they host the weekly open mic event from 8-12 every Tuesday.

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Around the region:

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Steel Shot will perform live tonight at The Buccaneer Music Hall located on Fire Tower Rd,. Greenville, NC, They rock the room each week from 10 pm til 2 am.

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Singer/songwriter Hank Barbee has a show tonight at the Arendell Room, located at 715 Arendell Ave., Morehead City, NC. His show starts at 9 pm. Playing many classics as well as his own music, Barbee is a refreshing treat any day of the week. He will make his debut in New Bern at The Brown Pelican later this month. Mark your calendars for the 27th of August and come on out to support this area talent from Richlands, NC.


Live Music Options for Wednesday, August 10, 2016~

Around The Region:

All you rockers to the west, there is a triple bill in Asheville that might interest you. The Pulp, located at 103 Hillard Ave,. Asheville, NC is proud to off Blitch, The Beard and Fist To The Ground. Doors open at 8 and show time is 9 pm.

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You can pack up your talent and jump ship and head over to the Silos Restaurant located at 1111 Broad St, Oriental, NC where owner Chris Daniels hosts an open jam each week on his stage. Sign up starts at 7 and the jam usually lasts until 10 pm. Much like New Bern, there is plenty of talent in the small harbor city.

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Around New Bern:

There is an open mic event each week from 8 pm until the music stops at Mesh Sports Lounge located at 2500 Trent Rd., New Bern NC. Bar manager John Morgan gets this started each week and wants everyone to know they are welcome to take the floor and take command of the microphone, just pack your gig bag and head on over to Mesh tomorrow night!

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Well kids that is a wrap on live music events around the region for the next couple of days. I will be busy working on the first portion of your weekend rundown. Be sure to look for that on Thursday morning. Thanks so much for reading and please share my site with your friends.

If you want to be in the Zone send me an email today: tracey.stones.writer@gmail.com is the address to send me links to your events, music or anything else you care to share.

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

Live Music Options for Saturday, August 6, 2016:

Around the Region:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MORE DETAILS TO COME!

Terms & Conditions

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

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

Reselling of tickets is prohibited.

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

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

CONTACT INFO:
talktous@theartspot-nc.com
252-495-6244

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

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

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

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Along the Coast:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About New Bern:

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

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

 

 

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


Live Music Options for Sunday, August 7, 2016~

Around The Region:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Along the Coast:

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

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Around New Bern:

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


 

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

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

To get in the zone send me your schedule: tracey.stones.writer@gmail.com.

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

Live Music Options for Thursday, August 4, 2016

 

Around The Region:

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Around New Bern:

 

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

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


Live Music Options for Friday, August 5, 2016

Along The Coast:

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

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

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

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

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

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Around the Region:

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

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

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

What Is All the Excitement About…

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

What You Can Expect…

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

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

FRIDAY NIGHT WHOLE HOG PIG PICKIN’ SESSION: $49 Advance
Valid Friday 6-10 pm. Includes admission into the event, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer and bourbon sampling, BBQ Dinner Platter and all live entertainment.

VIP SATURDAY WHOLE HOG SESSION: $59 Advance
Valid Saturday Noon – 6pm. Includes admission into the event, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer and bourbon sampling, 2 extra hours of sampling, and all live entertainment.

REGULAR SATURDAY SESSION: $39 Advance
Valid Saturday 2– 6 pm Includes admission into the event, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer and bourbon sampling, and all live entertainment.

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

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

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

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

Around New Bern:

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

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
By William Shakespeare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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