Saturday Storms Cancel Music So We Go To Pirate Invasion in Beaufort, Plus Music Options for Friday Night

On The Scene with Tracey Stones

A Stormy Saturday  

Always up for a grand adventure, I recently went sailing with Ken, a new resident to our beloved City of Bears. We had our first outing just days before, where I learned some boat lingo and watched, as he did all of the work. Then on Saturday, the lessons continued when we were joined by his friends. We set out mid-afternoon and about an hour or so into the excursion the storm that was off in Jacksonville, according to several radar reports, developed on top of us and Mother Nature offered quite a display of force. I am grateful to our captain Ken Byrd and first mate Dave Hadden for braving the hail keeping us safe in the brutal weather. Following the wicked wind and hail ordeal, we decided to take in some live music!

When You See A Flock Of Seagulls…Storm is Coming

I was looking forward to hanging around town last Saturday night until the afternoon storm rolled in and changed our plans. I was really hoping to keep it local and enjoy live music on the deck at Persimmons with friends but instead, we rolled to Beaufort after Saturday’s brutal storms to check out the Pirate Invasion.


The Black Sheep Beaufort, Pirate Invasion, Pizza and The Shoaldiggers

The Pirate Invasion took place last weekend throughout the town of Beaufort. This is the weekend that they reenact the sinking of Blackbeard’s Ship and the street fills with pirates. There is lots of fun for the family at this annual event and one of the great highlights is the festive music.  We made our way to the Black Sheep where we settled in for some delicious pizza and music by The Shoaldiggers. 

This nine-piece ensemble hails from Hillborough and offers an eclectic variety of music.  I would sum up their sound as Celtic bluegrass with a zydeco swamp stylings thrown in. They were a perfect fit for the pirate invasion. They performed as an eight-piece on Saturday night and surrendered a mix of uniquely offered cover songs and original selections as well.

The bands first disc was released a couple of years ago and offers 14 songs for your listening pleasure. If I were to pick a favorite, I would say “Fix Shit Up” gets the honor. I even like the name! I  was glad they offered me a disc before I left that evening. It is on the disc jacket that I learned The Shoaldiggers are comprised of  Daryl White on bass and vocals, Chris Knotts on guitar and vocals, Stephen Beck on mandolin and guitar and vocals, Jim Adams percussion, harmonica, and vocals, Gary Lanson banjo, and vocals, Allison Zirkel sax, saw and vox Ben Zirkel, trumpet Johnny Wall Jr drums and vocals and Meighen Carmichael on vocals,

You can check them out on Facebook by following this link: The Shoaldiggers on Facebook. The band has a couple of gigs on the books next weekend should you find yourself in Carrboro on Friday night or Wake Forest on Saturday evening. Those events are all spelled out with details on their page. Give it a like while you are there. Your ears will appreciate their appetite of serving up a blend of sounds.


Phantom Playboys Turn Cru Bar On Its Ear 

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At this point, I’d venture to say that one of my favorite traditions of Pirate Invasion weekend is the Saturday night entertainment at Cru Bar and Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop. They always welcome the fun sounds and party grooves of the rockabilly band out of Wilmington, The Phantom Playboys. This five-piece ensemble has fun every time they bring it to Beaufort. They will make you swing and dance as you get lost in their grooves. They offer mostly original works that offer listeners a fun and inviting feel as you dance to tunes you never heard before.

They have two discs available for purchase and it became clear to me that they are probably ready to head back into the studio as they shared a number of new works with the audience last weekend.  To check out some of the news songs, be sure to head to Surf City tonight. The Phantom Playboys will rock JM’s Pub starting at 9 PM. Tomorrow the band is rocking around the home base and bringing it to Salty Dogs Tavern in Wilmington with the fun starting at 8 PM. Check out the band on Facebook by following this link:

The Phantom Playboys

For a sample of what you can expect, check out this snippet form Saturday night!


Don’t Forget To Visit The Music Calendars!


NCMZ.LIVE is happy to announce our new calendar feature. We now offer three calendars for music lovers to check out for live music events. With a growing commitment to building this site to be a daily vehicle for music lovers to check out, I have added the new calendars pages and widgets. These pages and calendar widgets are broken down by area, New Bern, The Crystal Coast and Around the Region.

Live Music Events ~ New Bern

 Live Music Events ~ Along the Coast

Live Music Events Around the Region


~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, August 16, 2019

Getting Down Around Town in New Bern, NC

***Please note: Tonight’s event was canceled due to the weather!***


Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of great music featuring the bluegrass grooves of Wire Grass offering songs from 7:00-10:00 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs and wonderful originals by this local and regional songwriter. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Al G and Friends They will bring the music to life tonight on the deck with all the grooves you will love. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine


Live music will be offered is at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine each Friday from 8-10:30 pm. This week it is The Will & Tony Show. Bringing music from the Crystal Coast this duo of music makers will keep you grooving. Come meet Will Baker on guitar and vocals and Tony Johnston rapping beats!


On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge



BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Rob Lightner and Nathan Schaffer live. This PA-based country music duo will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. They play lost of popular hits. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!


Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016


Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company


Treehouse Beer Company has live tonight in the garden from 7-10pm, courtesy of local favorite, Old Smoke!


Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden


Carolina Home and Garden welcomes the weekend with Rubich & Cain in the garden, offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from Little Johnny’s, have a cold beer and relax as you settle into the weekend.


Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

 The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers live music each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music. Tonight it is Brittany Davis on the stage by the streetMusic plays at 8-11 pm. Tomorrow it is Dos Eddie’s grooving and entertaining diners.


Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering


Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes music for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music. Tonight the music comes courtesy of Carolina Sky. Tomorrow night come enjoy Mommicked on the patio


Off The Hook

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Off The Hook welcomes the fun grooves of DJ Chainsaw tonight. Tomorrow night they welcome Al G and FriendsMusic starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!


Jack’s Waterfront Bar


There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar.

~Friday August 16th~ Open @ 4pm Fun Friday Happy Hour 5pm – 7pm hosted by Jack’s Live music by Jupiter Jones begins @ 9:30pm Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

See you at Jack’s!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents


Megan McMartin, Fri Aug 16th, 8-11 pm, no cover charge

Megan McMartin is a contemporary singer-songwriter–her music follows a storytelling style, channeling raw emotion to create acoustic, folk style music. Check out her offical website below:


Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe


The Dust Parade Trio will offer the dinner grooves and will be serving the sounds at Fishy Fishy Cafe tonight. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the food is always delicious.

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Rocking Around the Region


Greensboro, NC

The Blind Tiger


Live tonight at The Blind Tiger, it’s A Midsummer Night’s Rock Show W/ Hard Rock Reunion & Louder Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 9 pm.


Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill


Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to The Switch, who will be rocking the fun tunes tonight. They will be offering the modern country and rock grooves we all know and love. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 2 am.


Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

 The Blue Note Grill is located in Durham and offers good food and great music.  This Friday it is the Mid-August dance party with local favorites, The Groovynators. Music plays 9-11:30 PM.


Raleigh, NC

The Pour House Music Hall


The Pour House Music Hall welcomes The Shakedown. Doors Open at 8 PM. Showtime 9 PM. Tickets are $20, General Admission.


Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s


It is going to be a night not to be missed by southern rock n blues fans, as AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Josh Branch to the stage! Come grab yourself some good food and a cold drink at one of the coolest places in Greenville. Music plays from 8:30-11:30 pm. This show is free!


Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays, they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic night hosted by Brian Burke from 6 pm – 9 pm.

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight on the Pebble Stage is Cooper Greer. Music plays at 7-10 pm.


Market Street Pub


Friends and fans of AFreyed Knot are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Come out and enjoy a cold beer and fun and funky throwback sounds offered by this lively one-man band. Music starts at 10 pm.


Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week.

August 12 at 7:01 PM


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When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Have a fun and safe weekend and take time to enjoy the dance! When we return at the end of the week we will pick up with the blues and more music news. Until we meet again, out on the scene or right back here, cheers!


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