In this chapter of Stories from the Road, I can tell you this, it was going be great. There were going to be thousands in attendance for this running event in Jacksonville, Fl. where two of our local bands were scheduled to play last night. I made the trip because the band was going to record an EPK. After 8 hours on the road and very little sleep, the sound crew headed out early in the morning and got the stage set for sound check. Before they got a song worked out, with Second Helping who was headlining the event, the sky gave way and the weather changed the course of the day.
By the late afternoon, it looked like guitars were ruined, soundboards soaked, and keyboards smoking. The show was called on account of the weather. The spirits stayed damp throughout the day.
Just as we were making a plan for the night, Hill reached out to let me know that he would be playing after all. I got myself ready and headed down to the race event to see how the night would unfold.
The Adam Hill Band performed for two hours as the racers finished their event. Thousands of runners took part. From seniors to youths, many participated. Following the races, awards were given to the winners before Hill took us out of there with the help of Second Helping’s lead singer, Jon Riggs.
During his time on stage with Hill, Riggs played a little guitar, sat behind the kit and also belted out a couple of fan favorite Skynyrd tunes for the happy crowd.
Following the show, we all gathered at the hotel for more fun with strings and singing. That was where a young man asked Hill to sign his guitar. Hill made a deal with the lad. “I’ll sign your guitar if you sign mine.” The boy’s eyes got huge in disbelief at the offer. After Hill did the deed, we went down to the truck where he took out his strat and handed over the sharpie for the two brothers to sign their names.
Now it has been scribed by our youth, Hill should, “Never Stop Playing!” What sound advice!
If you’d like to hear Hill playing the young man’s guitar please follow this link to my Facebook feed:
By the time the night ended, spirits were lifted, family and friends were singing and everyone made it home safe.
Tonight at BrUtopia music plays 7-10 pm, food is served and the beer is fresh and delicious. Checking out what is going down in the bars around town, here is what I know… The Brown Pelican has Gary Dudley and the Maxxtones on tap to rock you from 8-11 pm. The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St. Music at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion. This weekend includes The Hot Buttered Grits being served on Saturday from 8-11 pm under the tent. This Sunday from 5-8 pm come out and groove with Steel Shot from 5-8 pm. Over at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant on Sunday, August 19, Joe Brown gets down with his friends from 6-9 pm. Next up, the newest venue in town, City Stage is offering a night of Sixties Live Review and Dance Party, tickets for that event have sold out. Doors open at 5 pm with a pub-style menu and cold drinks waiting for you.
The other event on the schedule tomorrow evening
Down East Folk Arts Presents:
Spook Handy ( a Pete Seeger Protégé) in concert.
Saturday, August 18th at the Bank of the Arts building
317 Middle Street in downtownNew Bern, N.C.
The show time is 7 to 8:30 pm
Doors open 6:30 with general seating
This is a free show but, donations are suggested and appreciated for this touring artist!
Here is a quick Bio on the artist-
After a few years away, Spook Handy is returning for another DEFAS show! For those of you that are new to Spook, he has performed alongside Pete Seeger 50 plus times at festival and concerts from 2003 to 2013, allowing him intimate access to Pete’s stories behind the songs.
Spook has been traveling throughout the United States, Canada and Europe keeping alive Pete’s tradition with songs from Pete and Woodie Guthrie, as well as a healthy handful of new songs by Spook wrote under Pete’s tutelage.
Spook has been named Best Folk Artist by Upstage magazine and has written for theater, film and is becoming a well-known speaker and workshop facilitator at festivals and conferences across the country.
Please join us for this intimate gathering with Spook and his great songs and stories.
TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT for this event, but I mention it since a couple of New Bern based bands are featured to rock you!
The Tryon Palace Foundation is celebrating Eastern North Carolina’s best brews at “Live and Local: Tryon Palace Beer Festival” on August 18th at the North Carolina History Center in New Bern, NC, from 5 – 9 PM.
This exciting event will exclusively feature local breweries, locally-owned food trucks, and live music performed by local artists. Feeling crafty? Learn about the brewing process, by seeing a live brew demonstration by a local beer master.
This event is 21+ only and offers two ticketing options. IDs will be checked before the entrance. Festival Ticket includes cover charge, 16 oz souvenir glass and 12 sample tickets so you can wet your whistle with some delicious brews. If you love what you taste, you will have the option to purchase full pours from the breweries!
Tryon Palace loves Designated Drivers! Take advantage of our “DD – Ticket,” which includes a Tryon Palace koozie and a Pepsi. Event tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Food will be available for purchase from Mari’s Hella Fat Food, 3 Kings Food Truck, and La Cocina Del Coqui Food Truck.
Location: North Carolina History Center
Event Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $8 designated drivers (plus tax). Must be 21 or older to enter. ID required.
All proceeds will benefit the Tryon Palace Foundation.
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
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