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

Sweet Charity for Service Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

Live Music Options for Saturday, September 17, 2016~

Around Town, New Bern



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


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


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



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

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

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

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

Cullman Performance Hall, North Carolina History Center

Event Price
$30 per person

Contact Name:
Craven Arts Council / Bank of the Arts

Contact Email:

Contact Phone:


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


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

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

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


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

Around the Region

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


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

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


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

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


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


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



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


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

Along the Coast:

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


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

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



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


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


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


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

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

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



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

Feel Good Friday~

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

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

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

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

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

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

Live Music Options ~ Friday, September 16, 2016

Around the Region~

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Along The Coast


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


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


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



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


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


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


Around Town, New Bern

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

“Deathtrap” (Comedy/Thriller)
By Ira Levin

Evenings: September 16, 17, 23 & 24 at 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinees: September 18 & 25 at 2 pm

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

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

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


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


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

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



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

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


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

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

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

Thoughts for Thursday ~

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


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

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

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

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

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

ArtWalk New Bern ~ 9/9/16


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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


Live Music Options for Thursday, September 14, 2016 ~

Around the Region:


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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


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


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


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

Around Town, New Bern

Quartet from Greenville on the deck at Persimmons

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


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

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


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Live Music Options for Saturday, September 10, 2016~


Around the Region:

Starting out to our North, you can find this event in Greenville today:



Tickets also online at

**GATES OPEN 12p-8p

For info on sponsorship or vendors contact Danny Ocean at 252-626-7244 or Mike at 336-706-6247

For Opening Acts email


Heading South on 17, you might be interested in bringing the family out for a day of fun. This event is taking place in Richlands and offers lots of fun options:

Farmer’s Day is an outdoor festival filled with nearly 100 vendors. From homemade jams, salsas, and relishes, to hand painted birdhouses, Independent Consultants with many direct sales companies such as, Thirty-One, Scentsy, Mary Kay and Thrive, just to name a few.

Also all of your favorite festival foods, from funnel cakes, to hand chopped pork BBQ, Italian Ice and many, many more!!!!

FREE Admission and FREE parking!!! Historic Hayrides thru town, Bingo, Dunk Tanks, Basketball Throw games, and inflatable bounce houses for the kids…and the list goes on!!!

The 3rd annual Friends of Farmers Singer/Songwriter Contest is a great chance for novice and experienced artists to showcase their music. Winner gets a chance to appear on the Earl Jones Music Revue TV show in a spotlight segment.

And last but not least, our signature Antique Tractor Display, complete with a Parade of Power at 3:45 thru the festival grounds!


Over in Jacksonville this evening you can find Justin Castellano live at Biagio’s Italian Coffee & Espresso Bar located at 622 Court St, Jacksonville, NC. He will be delivering his music magic from 7-10 pm.


Heading out West we find a pause for the cause going down at the Southland Ball Room located at 614 N West St., Raleigh . Many of the areas hard rockers are getting together tonight to raise money for Tony. This man made a difference in another man’s life you see and that man he is well connected in the music industry, so when he heard that his friend, who once helped him on his feet needed brain and heart surgery, he took matters into his own hands. This benefit tonight will offer BBQ plates and lots of great hard rocking talent!

Here is the low down from the event page on Facebook.

We are helping our friend Tony raise money for his brain surgery & upcoming heart surgery. Lexx Luthor, Last Call Messiah’s, Fair Warning (Ultimate Tribute To Van Halen), LaureNicole, Shell Shock, Driver X & Chris Bledsoe are all donating their talents. We will be selling bbq plates from White Swan Bbq prior to the show for 10.00. Tickets for the event will be 10.00 in advance & 12.00 at the door. Let’s Rock This Forward For Tony!!!


Next stop, Raleigh Road Show parks at Tony’s Oyster Bar in Cary, NC. Here is what I found on this Facebook Events page:

PATIO PARTY #4 at Tony’s Oyster Bar with the Raleigh Road Show Invitational with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen. A great lineup of entertainment on the Patio with Uncovered and Clockworx. A special performance by the host Randall Honeycutt, Pat Murphy and Mike Krause of Crush at 6:30PM. Uncovered- 7:15/30. Clockworx-9:15. CRUSH will be inside for the after-party around 10:45PM. Don’t miss a great time!


Mac & Juice Quartet will be bringing their jams to rock The Red Room located at 22o N Heritage Ave., Kinston, NC. This band got together when the players were in college and after graduation they stuck with their hobby and followed their hearts and let the music fuel their careers.

More than a decade after graduation the band is still packing venues and entertaining crowds around the region. They are a good time, groove band with seasoned players that enjoy their craft. Check them out tonight when they rock it from 10 pm til 2 am.

Along the Coast

The Remedy will be bringing their blues to the Biergarten Festival that is going down tonight at Harrika’s Brew Haus  from 6-11 pm and dinner selections being offered by way of Jackie’s On Roll food truck! HBH is located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, NC.


The enchanting duo 4EverAll will be bringing their show to the dinner crowd tonight in The Boat Bar at Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar. They will be sharing their music and chemistry from 7-10 pm


Just over the bridge you can find Delancy Loftus  delivering gritty and grooving selections. He will be live at The Cru Bar and Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. You can catch this singer/songwriter from 8th Street Locals be entertaining the crowd from 8:30-11:30 pm.


Roman Sam’s Band

The Roman Sams have a show tonight at Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern located at 2316 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC. They will be delivering the best in classic rock tonight from 9:30 pm til 12:30 am. They are a tight unit with many seasoned players that make the crowd take notice of their talents. Get ready to dance, This band is a lot of fun and will rock your troubled soul!

Around Town, New Bern


Big Jim Kohler Band will be rocking their blues and celebrating the birthday of singing sensation Kathleen Kohler today on the Deck at The DoubleTree by Hilton located on South Front Street. The party gets started at 2:30 and the full band will be on hand to rock your blues away til 5:30 pm.


The Party at The Barn will be taking place tonight, all to help raise awareness and funds for Promise Place, our areas Sexual Assault Resource Center, serving children and adults, helping individuals and families heal from trauma. Tonight The Merchant’s Road will be performing live. Look for the recap of that story in the days ahead.  Gates open at 5 and music starts soon after. Food, raffles, auctions and live music make this event so inspiring!



James Ford will be live on the patio at Annabelle’s located at the Main Entrance of The New Bern Mall on Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.  He will be entertaining dinners from 7-10 pm.


Matthew Kerlin hosts an Open Mic event at BrÜtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern. Sign up sheet starts at 6 and music gets started about 6:30 til 9:30 tonight. Come on out and display your talent and enjoy some of the newest craft beers on the market!


This next feature is courtesy of my friend Charlie Hall at The New Bern Sun Journal. We both want you to know that there is a great show going down at Mesh Sports Lounge, located at 2500 Trent Road. Below are the images and words of Mr. Hall

Marron Chaplin, an Emerald Isle native now living in New York City and front woman for the acoustic rock band Dead Rocking Horse, is home visiting this week, including her mother in New Bern.
She has been hitting some local spots, including the weekly open mic at Mesh Sports Lounge on Trent Road Wednesday night. Saturday night, she returns to the Mesh for two shows, at 7 and 10 p.m.

Stay up on local musical and arts events with Charlie Hall in the New Bern Sun Journal.
Entertainment Ticket section each Thursday.
Email comments or information:



Steel Shot will be back in town tonight rocking The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern. Come on out to enjoy their fun grooves and a few adult beverages. I bet they will make you want to dance.

Well kids, that is the scoop for your afternoon and evening dance options. Whatever you do, remember life is short, so hug strangers, and love each other. Thanks for reading. I hope you will share this with your friends so we can all enjoy the dance!!!

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NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options & News ~ Friday, September 9 , 2016

Live Music Options for Friday, September 9, 2016~


Around Town, New Bern

New Bern’s monthly Artwalk. Local galleries, restaurants, and businesses will stay open late, host special exhibits, and offer deals! ArtWalk cards listing participating organizations and their ArtWalk events are located at every stop, including Bank of the Arts, and online at Craven Arts Council and Gallery will host an opening reception for “Mum’s the Word” in the Main Gallery and Susan Sirkin in the Director’s Gallery.


Alisa Mike will be the hostess of the Sidewalk Serenade in front of The Black Cat Shoppe on Middle St during the monthly town tradition known as ArtWalk/ArtCrawl.

This fun night takes place downtown on the second Friday of each month from 5-8 pm. It is a great vibe and a fine time to meet our towns many talented artists. We have all kinds of art featured on this night throughout the town. Make sure you bring the family and enjoy it tonight!


There was a call for Artists to set up in The Isaac Taylor Garden located at 228 Craven St. New Bern. Make sure to make this a stop to take in live art and music together with performance by The Spread, from 5-8 pm. I caught this fun band down in Beaufort early in the Summer season. They really know how to funk things up, There is what I found on the event page about the band to tonight:

LIVE MUSIC! ART crawl on Fri., Sept. 9, 2016 from 5-8pm with “The Spread” featuring Chris Jones on Piano/Vocals, the sweet sultry vocals of Kathryn Morgan, Chris Taylor jamming on Guitar, Will Phetterplace keeping the beat on Drums, Phil Wilson funking on Bass and Elton Daniels tapping Percussion. This Crystal Coast band entertained crowds at Beaufort Music Festival and NC State Fair. From the mountains to the coast, North Carolinians have enjoyed performances by The Spread. Its unique twist to Jam inspired music will rock the Isaac Taylor Garden. Free and open to the public!

Plus enjoy creative demonstrations by a plethora of artists, book signings and more! Meet the creative folk! Judy Szychowski, Jon Derby, Carol Jones, Ben Alden Watford, Edward Hood, Lisa Bisbee Lentz, Edward Hood Jr., Sandy Tripp Toler, Nancy Zachewicz, Sydney Gilgo, Alice Bilello,Lynne Baron Goodwin, Curtis Blake, Laura Arias, Shelley Mathiot, Leslie Tall Manning, Jerry Scott, Sam Love, SamraeDuke, Corinne Cutler Corr,Claudina Madrid, Christy Conley, Melissa Hall, Sarah Finch, and Donna Wolf

For more info, visit or call 252-649-1712.


Dan Phillips brings Dan Jam to The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern. He will be ready to welcome you to the WEEKEND just as soon as we hear the five o’clock whistle blow. Be sure to stop by  on your journey about town for a nice cold beverage and the great the grooves of Dan with Al Gleeson and others who stop out to enjoy the music


Following Dan Jam get ready for the rock  of Kinston outfit,  No Halos, rocking the room from 8-11 pm. This band features Denise Powers, vocals; Robert Ormond, guitars, keys and vocals; Rex Howell, bass; Mike Ferrara, drums. They offer sounds of classic rock to motown.


Ed Prophet will be performing live in town at Bear Town Market located at 402 S. Front St., New Bern, starting just after ArtWalk. He will be giving up his grooves from 8-11 pm tonight. He hails from town, but spends most of his time performing regionally outside the Craven County area. Be sure to catch him while he is home. You won’t be disappointed.




Arlin Tart is on tap to entertain folks at The Thirsty Bruin located on Middle St. He will be entertaining the crowd with his stylings of familiar songs from 8-10:30 pm. Be sure to stop out and enjoy the latest craft brew  or your favorite wine and unwind. It is finally time to weekend.


Casablanca returns to The City Laundry located at 901 Pollock St,, New Bern who are featuring the monthly series, Music After ArtWalk. Here is how the stage was set on their events page:

The Time: Friday, September 9, 1940.
The Place: Rick’s American Bar, Casablanca, Morocco.
Sam the piano man has taken the night off. Tonight’s music is provided by a motley but capable trio of musicians: a guitarist from Paris; a drummer who’s been living in Turkey; and a violinist from Eastern Europe, who occasionally swaps out with a local oud player. Their music, laced with favorite themes from the Silver Screen, takes you from Russia to Brazil to Persia to who knows where?

Casablanca recreates Rick’s American Bar on Friday, September 9, 2016, at The City Laundry, 901 Pollock Street in New Bern. The performance begins around 8:00 p.m., just as the New Bern ArtWalk/ArtCrawl is winding down. The music will continue until 11:00. Tickets are $10, available at the venue, Bank of the Arts, or at the door. Call 252-675-1889 or email for more information.
For information on the band, contact Simon Spalding at 252-636-1256, or

Tom Spellman is Casablanca’s guitarist, playing both nylon-stringed Classical guitar and steel string guitar.

Glenn Druhot plays drum set, djembe, bongos, and other percussion instruments. With sticks, brushes, or hands, Glenn lays down the beat!

Simon Spalding plays violin, guitar, and oud, the fretless lute of the Orient.

Don’t miss this sentimental journey into an exotic past!

To hear live performances of Casablanca, follow these links:
Swing 42 –
Katyusha –
Take Five –

Around the Region

Make your plans now to join us in the heartland of North Carolina for the 76th Annual National Folk Festival NC—one of America’s largest, most prestigious, and longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and heritage. Best of all, this three-day celebration is FREE! No tickets needed!

This free event offers feature  performances and demonstrations by over 300 of the nation’s finest musicians, dancers, and craftspeople across seven stages in Downtown Greensboro.

The 75th National Folk Festival was a tremendous success. We look forward to another great Festival this September 9-11, 2016


Another two day event that gets started today is Camp JuJu. Pack you bags, bring the tent and head out to Snow Hill for a great first annual festival being brought to us by Grasshopper Productions. Here is what I found on their Facebook Event Page:

1st annual VooDoo Circus festival!

2 Nights. 15 Bands & Circus sideshow. Don’t Miss out!


Friday Night -Black Party ( like a white party, but wear all black)
Saturday Night – Hawaiian Tiki

$25. Price of admission includes camping.


Plus special guests SAFETY 3RD SIDESHOW!!

Food vending will be provided by Little Creek Vineyard. Souvenir cups will be for sale.



The final event taking place over the next two day that I found is The Boone Fall Bike Rally. This event will include live music and bike games both days. To find out the full schedule of events visit their website:


Allison King Band has a show tonight at Muddy Creek Music Hall located at 5455 Bethania Dr., Winston-Salem, NC and here is what the events page shared:

All ages show $12 advance/$15 at door Doors open at 7:30 for advanced ticket holders Doors open at 7:45 for general admission
The Allison King Band has been playing to packed clubs, enthusiastic festival crowds and appreciative private function guests since 1999. Made up of four pieces — the band has played in almost every kind of setting — from local Triad venues, clubs in Memphis, TN, and conferences at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC to foot-stomping festivals like the Carolina Blues Festival in Greensboro, VA’s Chateau Morrisette’s jazz and blues series and Pleasure Island’s Blues Festival. The group, led by charismatic lead singer Allison King, can get you moving and groovin’ with their expert renditions of soul favorites like “Chain of Fools,” and “Signed Sealed Delivered,” but also get you rockin’ and swinging with “Knock on Wood” and “covers by Led Zeppelin, Chaka Khan and Heart to name but a few.” And then they’ll surprise you with a Fleetwood Mac cover, a poignant jazz standard, or even one of their own original tunes! You never know what they’ll pull out of their musical hats, but rest assured, the surprise is always sweet!



Over in Jamestown tonight you can catch Jukebox Revolver live at The Deck located at 118 E Main St., in Jamestown. NC. The show gets started at 8 and this band will rock you til 11pm.


Bill Lyerly is in the final leg of his US tour. The roots rocker will be returning to Spain and touring Europe for the remaining part of the year. If you not seen Lyerly yet this year he will be live at The Red Room tonight.

He gets the show started at 10 pm and rocks the room until 2 am with his brand of rock, country and roots music. The Red Room is located at 22o N Heritage Dr., Kinston, NC. There is a music cover to get in which goes to the band!


Looking to our North there a a few shows that might interest everyone.

At Five Point Plaza starting at 5 pm Uptown Greenville Presents Freeboot Friday and offers the live music of Rebekah Todd & William Seymore kicking things off first, followed by local jammers, Mac & Juice Quartet closing out the night with their fun and funky sounds. This is a free event that Starts at 5 pm and ends about 10 pm. Come enjoy art, music food and fun while experiencing the City of Greenville.


While we are up that way I might as well tell you that after Freeboot Friday you can head over to The Buccaneer Music Hall located at 2120 Fire Tower Rd, Greenville. Tonight they feature the country music grooves of Rural Route Romance – R3X  who will be making their debut appearance at the Buc!

This local band deems themselves as multi dimensional unit offering an uncategorized country sound. They will rock the room from 10 pm til early in the morning.


Cuz’n Kirk’s Blues Band will be tearing it up from 10pm til 2am live at The Market Street Pub, located at  143 N Market St., Washington, NC. This regional trio is a fun rockin’ blues band that delivers many familiar and dance worthy tunes. Come on out and dance with them tonight!

Along The Coast

Randy McQuay of Root Soul Project will be tearing it up tonight on The Burnt Mill Creek stage, located at 2101 Market St, Wilmington, North Carolina from 8-11 pm.


While down around the Wilmington way be sure to stop in at Hell’s Kitchen located at 118 Princess St!    

That is where you can find the fun rocking Pamlico County duo Steel Shot featuring, Shawn Mitchell on guitar and offering vocals and band mate, neighbor and friend, Jeremy Lowery on bongos and offering his own vocal selections. This band will play classic country from the 70’s to rock of the new millennium.

They will start rocking at 9 pm and finish out the night about 1 am.


Taking Highway 70 to the coast here is what you can find:

The North Tower Band, rescheduled from last week will perform tonight at Jaycee Park  for the Morehead City Alive at Five Concert Series. 

This popular band has been making crowds dance to their fun beach and oldies blends of music for more than 30 years. Tonight you can shag and swing with them from 5-8 pm

Jaycee Park is located at 807 Shephard  St., Morehead City, NC. You are welcome to bring chairs and blankets. Leave pets and coolers at home. Beverages and concessions will be available on site.


Sweet sounding singer songwriter Hank Barbee will be performing at The Boat Bar in Snapperz Grill  & Steam Bar located at 3710 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC.

He will be performing solo tonight from 6:30-9:30 pm. Be sure to stop in for dinner and great grooves if your looking to impress that sweetie of yours!


Just over the Bridge you can find 4EverAll who have a show tonight from 8:30-11:30 pm at The Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC.

Come on out early for the wine tasting @ 6:30 pm and stay for some great live music!


Cruising up the strip and heading into Emerald Isle, you can find my favorite regional funk band laying down their good grooves at my favorite hot spot in EI.

Train Wreck will be taking the stage tonight at SALT ULTRA LOUNGE. Doors open at 7 and the show starts about 9:30! Get ready to feel the music like you haven’t in a long time! These boys hail from Greenville, NC and come with a stage packed full of talent!

SUL is located at 325 Mansgrove Rd., Emerald Isle, NC. And if you happen to be staying in the area you can always call for a ride to and from the club.


Before heading over the bridge into EI you can enjoy a wine tasting and the soothing sounds of Justin Castellano live tonight at Bake Bottle & Brew from 6-9 pm. That is located at 147 N. Front St., Swansboro, NC.


The final show I heard about this week is over in Cedar Point, NC.

Pure T of Pure T Mommicked  will be joining forces with band cofounder  to offer their blend of rockin’ covers and original tunes.

Jimmy Mahoney and Neal Paul joined forces to start Pure T Mommicked an original and rocking band out of Emerald Isle. Tonight the duo will be delivering their energetic grooves to the people at Harrika’s Brew Haus located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC.

Well you heard it here first… School is out and it is time to WEEKEND! Whatever you choose to do tonight, please party responsibly. Be kind to your servers and tip them and your bartenders well!  Hug a stranger and dance a jig! Spare an applause for the hard working musicians, and share some love with their top jars! Life is short, so I hope you always  enjoy the dance!

I will be back tomorrow morning with a regional rundown for Saturday Night. If you want to get in the Zone, send me your dates and info.


NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options & News ~ Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thoughts for Thursday~



 I have a few shows you might be interested in adding to your calendar. All of them will be taking place at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern in the next several months.


The first show I am excited to tell you about is Justin Castellano who spends most of his time touring  between the Crystal Coast and Charolette. He will be coming to New Bern for a show on Friday, November 11, 2016. He will perform following ArtWalk from 8-11 pm. If you have not seen this impeccable player, he is worth your time and attention. He is a educted played well versed in his unique stylings. He has a lot of fun playing cover songs in an original way always. And his originals will definitely grab you by the soul too!



Hank Barbee live in New Bern


The second show is slotted for December we have the return of Hank Barbee on Saturday, December 17th. There is going to be a live artist painting while Hank works his magic on guitar and vocals from 8 – 11pm. I will be dropping more details on this event soon. It will raise money for charity during the season of giving! In the meantime, mark your calendars today so you can be on hand for a night of magic and memories!


The final show for you to put on the calendar is on the books for next year when my friend from PA motors this way with his blues trio. Lee Delray Band will be pulling into town for their show at The Brown Pelican on Saturday, January 28, 2016 for an amazing night of rocking blues. This seasoned player will be on his way to Memphis, TN for the International Blues Challenge Competition for the second time in the past several years. This trip Delray will be representing Second Story Blues Alliance from Lehigh Valley area of PA for the coming competition. Lucky for us we get to prime this player for his big week.

Live Music Options for Thursday, September 8, 2016~

 Around The Region:


Other People’s Music with Rebecca Newton will perform a show this evening at The Blue Note Grill  located at 709 Washington St., Durham, NC from 7-9 pm. There is no cover for this show but BNG has great food and smoking hot entertainment! If you have never been ther, put it on your bucket list!


Also happening around the Durham area tonight is a fun event taking place at The America Tobacco Campus located at 318 Blackwell St., Durham NC.


Live at Motorco,  located at 723 Rigsbee Avenue in Durham, it’s Heather Victoria on stage from 8-11pm.


Motoring from Motorco to the Coast we find a few along the banks of the Crystal Coast.  At our first stop we find  Hank Barbee live from 6:30-9:30 at the Swansboro Yacht Club located at 126 W Corbett Ave., Swansboro, NC .

This powerful player and talented singer/ songwriter will be performing as a duo with his cousin Leslie! Stop out and have fun with them as the mix it up.


4EverAll will be performing at the Cru Bar and Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort,NC this evening from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. The fun duo will go great with your after dinner drink and dessert! Stop by and enjoy their acoustic grooves. Their energy and good vibes are contagious!


Looking at points South on Highway 17 there are four shows to pick from this evening in Wilmington, NC

First stop is at Buzz’s Roost located at 15 S Front St. Where you can catch the sounds of  Jarrett Mlodzinski from 7-10pm on The Courtyard Stage.


Next stop we find Chris Luther and Alex Chamyan jamming tonight at Elijah’s Restaurant located at 2 Ann St., Wilmington, NC from 6-9 pm. Sounds like a great pick for dinner and music.


EL Jaye Johnson and The Port City All Stars are performing live tonight at The Bellamy Mansion Museum located at 503 Market St., Wilmington, NC.

This is the last concert of the Jazz at The Bellamy Mansion 2016 Concert Series. Come check it out from 6:30-8 pm and enjoy the dynamics of Sherome Clay on keys, RJ on bass and Myron S. behind the kit.


Before heading back to town to have a look around, I also learned that The Party Animal Tour is in full effect and stopping at The Whiskey tonight, located at 1 S. Front St, Wilmington.

Check out Of Good Nature and the headliners for the night, Tropidelic. Show starts at 9 pm and roll til 1 am.


Heading back up the highway towards home there are a couple of live music events taking place in Jacksonville, NC tonight.

First up you can find live music at The Brown Derby Pub located at 1940 Wilmington Hwy in Jacksonville. Starting at 7 pm you can find free food and free live music and you can find the game on too come 8 pm. Bike Night is every Thursday at The Brown Derby.


Carolina Sky will perform live at Dunkenfields Bar located  at 4285 Gum Branch Rd., Jacksonville, NC. That show gets started at 8 pm and they will rock you til the midnight hour.

Around Town, New Bern

I told you about this event the past two days and it is finally happening tonight from 7-9 pm. Come out for live music and a Silent Auction for this  Fundraiser for the Coastal Carolina chapter of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
of North Carolina.

Join us for a night of music and fun. Check out this new venue in town while supporting a good cause. Silent auction and music provided by Cheri Carmody Hinks. Open to the public. No cover. Donations are appreciated. The City Laundry  is located at 901 Pollock St, and offers a fine selection of beverages and food which are available for sale. Beverages include coffee, soda, wine, beer and more.


The final live music event I have to tell you about is the jazz jam that goes down at Cristoph’s on the Water at The DoubleTree by Hilton.  John Van Dyke & his talented friends will be on hand to entertain you this evening and every Thursday from 7-10 pm.


Wrapping it up where we started off, there is an open mic event at The Brown Pelican, pack up your gig bag and talent and come down to display your style. Sign up is after 7 and music usually starts about 8

Well folks that is the low down on what is ahead and what is going down tonight…After tomorrow’s grind we get to weekend. Come back then to check out your dance options. To get in the Zone send me a note to: