Big Week for Big Jim and a Fun Weekend For Music Fans

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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It was a big week for Big Jim Kohler Band as they opened a show for Joanne Shaw Taylor at The State Theatre on Friday evening! Above I pose with the secret weapon after she slayed it!

Memorial Day Remembrance and The Blues

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Blues at The Brown Always A Blast!

It never gets old, this Monday Night Blues Jam at The Brown Pelican, hosted by Bear City’s King of The Blues, Big Jim Kohler and the boys. Always helping him on the killing floor are rhythm makers, Tom Parker on the drums and bass player Chris Buttitta.

Among the many jammers, we got to enjoy was Gordon Graham on harmonica, Phillip Alcock on the bass, Jonathan Peck and John R. Williams worked on their six-string skills.

It’s always fun to watch the people dance to the music and let their hair down. Come on out tonight and have a natural ball! Make a plan to join us this or some other Monday night. We promise to rock your blues away! Music plays from 7-9 pm.

The Brown Pelican is located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. They are a private club. If you are not a member, stop by, fill out the membership form and pay your annual fee of $1.00. It might just be the best dollar you spend all year!

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Mid-Week Music at City Stage, New Bern

The mid-week blues break was a little bit different this week at The City Stage New Bern. The band used the opening hour of last Wednesday evening as a dress rehearsal for their opening set at The State Theatre in Greenville, last Friday night.

Once they ran through the set-list that they were to unleash on the crowd that gathered for Joanne Shaw Taylor, a British blues babe with some serious guitar riffs, they opened the stage to jammers.

Joining  BJK on stage for the mid-week blues jam last week was, David Sawyer on the harmonica, Phillip Alcock on bass, Jonathan Peck on guitar, Simon Spalding on the electric fiddle, and last but not least, rocker Gary Dudley came up and shared the stage and used the Big man’s guitar! All in all, it was another great night of fun logged in the books at City Stage. The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St., New Bern, NC and is also a private club. This event is free but the state rules require you to sing up and pay a $1.00 annual fee for membership.

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Big Jim Gets A Break and Time on the Big Stage

It’s always exciting when a sound check is a part of the plan.

As an agent and an advocate for many music makers, it is always good to get a call for an opening act opportunity. Word came our way about two weeks ago that Big Jim Kohler would open the show of Joanne Shaw Taylor. 

Believe it or not, our friend Big Jim is already accustomed to big stages. He spent many years on the road touring with blues royalty. First as the backup band for his mentor, Son Seals and then with legendary Byther Smith. He has swapped chops with other mighty men and calls well-known slingers good friends till the end!

After raging a war against his addiction to alcohol, Kohler has combated the illness with sobriety and the blues. He has also worked hard in losing weight to head off the diagnosis of diabetes and works on gaining strength every day still. Since coming out of his medically induced coma nearly two years ago, the blues-man has been working hard to get back in the game and these days he is sounding and looking better than ever.

On Friday night Kohler stepped out on stage and wowed the crowd with a clean and searing set of Chicago style blues. Before the night was over Kohler invited his wife to the stage to offer one song. “I’d Rather Go Blind” was the tune that Kathy Kohler slew the crowd with.

To check out that offering straight from the stage to our souls…visit this link:

I’d Rather Go Blind feat Kathy Kohler

 

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Joanne Shaw Taylor on Tour and Sharing her Reckless Heart

 

Joanne Shaw Taylor is a British based guitar player deep in American Blues traditions. Inspired by many American blues stringers, she has an affection for Texas stylings and is out on tour in support of her six release, “Reckless Heart.”

According to her bio on Wikipedia the 33-year-old is influenced by some of my favorites, she lists Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix, she was discovered by Eurythmics guitarist, Dave Stewart and has been chasing her music dreams since joining his super group in 2002.  Her first release, “White Sugar,” was released on Ruff Records and her latest release is with Sony Music.

She made her way across the pond in 2017 headling her first US Tour and this year she’s doing it again. The band has a lot of stateside gigs and some are major music festivals, including Peach Festival in Scranton, PA this August. To check out all of the bands’ dates and enjoy Taylor’s music, visit:

Joanne Shaw Taylor Tour Dates

 

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4 Of A Kind Line the Stage at AJ’s Last Friday

Following the show at The State Theatre, I ventured around other parts of the city to see who else was playing. Stopping at AJ McMurphy’s I found a fairly new band lining the stage. 4 of a Kind was offering familiar sounds to the crowd when I entered the bar and restaurant.

Offering a folk-infused set of mostly country and pop songs, they have great harmonies and enjoy making music together. The quartet is working on putting together more shows and when those are announced I will share them with you right here.

 

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R.T. Johnson Band at The Buc Closes Out Friday Music Fun

 

My last stop in Greenville, NC brought me to Buccaneer Music Hall to check out R.T Johnson Band. They are a country band offering their own songs as well as many pop, rock, and country favorites. Working things out with a new rhythm section the new band line up features Shawn Mitchell on bass and backing vocals and Jeremy Lowery on drums.

Currently working in the top tier of the state, the band is based in Askewville, NC and is planning on making more appearances in our area. In fact, they have some dates in August that bring them to New Bern, Havelock, and the Crystal Coast. In the meantime, for those looking to check out this band on the scene, you can find them this week offering the grooves at The Sage Festival in Windsor on Friday, June 7th at 6 pm.

Before that big event, RT and Braxton will be swapping chops this Wednesday evening at Tavern 125Music will be offered from 7-10 pm. To learn more about the band you can find them on Facebook and give them a Like!

R.T. Johnson Band

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Saturday Sends Us Beach Bound for the Blues

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After such a wonderful start to the weekend, I had to stop in to check in with my blues crew. Big Jim Kohler Blues Band had an engagement at Cru Bar and Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop.  When I got there they were turning things up on Turner St. and giving the people a good reason to get up and dance.

Coming up this weekend the band will be rocking two new juke joints for their events schedule. First, the head to Surf City to give it up at  J.M.’s Place Pub on Friday, June 7, 2019, with music starting at 9. On Saturday they head to Jacksonville, NC for their debut at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern. Located at 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd., Jacksonville, NC they offer music from 9 pm until the midnight hour.

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 Rock Sounds Start with Nantucket

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As we all know by now, this next band is pretty much NC’s rock n roll royalty band. Nantucket is out on the road sharing songs for the Summer season. On Saturday night the band offered a solid show of rocking tunes to fans and friends that gathered at Salt Bar in Emerald Isle last Saturday evening. Offering all of their hits and a few fine cover songs, this band is a staple on our local music scene.

Following the show, they stayed busy selling merchandise to eager fans. This band formed in Jacksonville back in 1969, making them a staple on our scene for my entire life. Nowadays the band offers on average two shows a month and always delivers an exemplary set of great rocking grooves.

The award-winning band features the talents of frontman Larry Uzzell, vocals, harmonica, Tommy Redd, songwriter, guitarist, vocals, Eddie Blair, keyboard player, Jason Patterson, drums and harmonies and Walt Garland, lead guitar. To keep up with the band on Facebook click here: Nantucket on Facebook. Or to keep up with the band on the internet check out their website:

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Things Got Funky In Morehead City

I love walking into familiar places and finding new sounds to enjoy. That is exactly what happened on Saturday evening when I stopped by my friend Charlie Weatherby’s restaurant and bar Off The Hook in Morehead City. Located at 105 S 7th St, they are in a good location to offer you the freshest catch and the best bands each weekend.

The new band I got to enjoy on Saturday night was a funky foursome known as Al G and Friends. Seems they are more than just friends, judging by the names, they are family too. Check it out, the namesake of the band is Alvin Gist. This is the boss man of the band and the backbeat. He is the lead singer of the band and keeps the boys grooving on the upbeats!  Joe Gist is the man on lead guitar and vocals.

Offering a funky bottom beat, Romero (DC) works the bass guitar and backing vocals. Then there is Darnell. Now Darnell, he is just the keyboard player. Well, at least that is what he told me when I walked on the scene and asked how long before they play. I show up on break often!  Timing is everything and my stinks! This is why I am not in the band, I just chase them!

When I did walk in, my buddy Charlie Weatherby gave me a hug and asked if I ever saw the band. I was excited to say NO! This band is a lot of fun and offer some great grooves to keep the crowd moving and happy!

Al G & Friends Band is on Facebook, so be sure to give the band a Like today and keep it here to find out when they will be around again.

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Bryan Mayer at Jean’s on Saturday was Our Night Cap on the Week

On my way back from the beach, I stopped at Jean’s in Havelock to check in with one of the latest 52 Faces of Community. Bryan Mayer was on stage and rocking the crowd at Jeans with his new band. Along with playing many popular hits, Mayer has a song catalog of his own. I happen to like it best when he shares his music. Here is a song he released a few years ago that enjoyed some radio after it’s release. This is his song “Leaving Town”:

For friends and fans of the band, be sure to check them out at an event next Saturday in Jacksonville, NC. The band will be rocking at New River Harley-Davidson for their 15th Anniversary Party. Music at 2:30 pm. The fun starts at 10 am and goes throughout the day.

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Live Music for the Week Ahead

Monday with Music

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New Bern, NC friends, and visitors, you can find live music tonight in two locations. Sara’s Big Apple will host Simon Spalding for an acoustic dinner offering from 6-8 pm.

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For those over in town,  you can enjoy the blues jam I talk about so much because I started it all! Big Jim Kohler live at The Brown Pelican for a two-hour music offering.

The first hour features Jim Kohler Band and the second hour is always a guess on who is coming up to the killing floor! Be sure to wear your dancing shoes and get ready to have a natural ball. Music is offered from 7-9 pm!

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Greenville, NC Play The Stage! Open Mic at AJ McMurphy’s

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Raleigh, NC Champions Bars – NC State, also offers an open mic event Champions Bar Open Mic Mondays,

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Tuesday Temptation

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This Tuesday features a monthly offering of  Irish Music Session at City Stage New Bern! It takes place this Tuesday. Music fun starts at 7 pm and lasts until 9 pm.

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It is Honky Tonk Tuesday at The Brown Pelican each week. Country pickers and players are welcome to come jam between 7 pm and closing. All are welcome to participate or just relax and listen!

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Tiffany Elaine will host an open mic night at the KBar at Brandywine Bay Golf Club. This venue is open to the public and Elaine hosts open mic on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 7-10 pm. All are welcome to come to display their talents! Enjoy some food, a cold beer, and live music!

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Wednesday’s Weakness

Blues Is Back at City Stage

We get back to the blues on Wednesday when Big Jim Kohler hosts another fun night of swapping blues chops with other players. Live music starts at 7 pm on stage at City Stage New Bern and the fun goes to 9 pm. All are welcome to jam with the blues master or just come to listen and dance along!

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Open Mic at Carolina Wine Mixer

Open Mic Night at The Carolina Wine Mixer with Tiffany Elaine starts this week and will take place each Wednesday night. The fun starts at 7 pm, all are welcome to come out and join the fun with family and friends.

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Thursday Thrillers

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse will be serving the sounds of Chuck Phillips this week, upstairs in the piano bar. Music is offered 6-9 pm and dinner is always delicious.

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Alisa Mike hosts a night of music each Thursday evening 7-9 pm at City Stage New Bern. She will wow you with standard jazz offerings and groove you with fun show tunes. The City Stage offers a pub-style menu and entertainment most night of the week. They are located at 901 B Pollock St., Doors open at 5 pm.

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Strung Together will provide the entertainment on the deck this Thursday evening at Persimmons Restaurant. Music is offered from 7:30-9:30 pm. Come enjoy a great night with fine dining on the water and enjoy the show!

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Brian Mac of Third Degree Bern hosts the open mic night at The Brown Pelican each Thursday Night. Sign up starts at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm and lasts until all of the jammers have jammed. This is the longest running open mic night in New Bern and it is always new and exciting!

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Ryan Rubich & Friends will be sharing songs in the garden at Carolina Home and Garden this Thursday evening. Music plays from 6:30 -9:30 pm and the food truck Seaside Sensations will be on site serving. There is a $5.00 music charge. They serve cold beer, good wine and free snacks.

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Thank You for Reading!

Please go out and support live music tonight!  Please be sure to call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the changes publicly.

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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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Highlighting New Bern Acts On The Festival Circuit This Weekend And More

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This Music Business, Class Is In!

Never underestimate the power of good goal setting plans. Be as methodical in your plans as you are in your practice. Setting small goals and meeting targets is critical to growth and development. Start simple after you have your band together. Commit to meeting twice a week. One session will be used for songwriting and business development. The follow-up session will be used as a rehearsal.

Set daily, weekly and monthly goals to strive for. As long as you have something to chase you will stay on task with moving forward. It can be simple stuff, like today… I am going to call four clubs to make an introduction. This week I will send 10 emails or messages to clubs or festival organizers to introduce our band. This month we are going to add four new songs to the set-list.

Successful bands are polished and up on their game. They keep things current and evolving so that their fan base grows with each show. This can all be achieved with the simple first step of setting goals and actively working towards them. What goals will you set for yourself and your band this week?  CLASS DISMISSED!

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Festival Fun Featuring New Bern Talent

There are several music festivals taking place this weekend and there are a few New Bern based bands being featured on those stages.

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Beaufort Music Festival

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This celebrated music festival is in its 31st year. Known for bringing the best in music to our Crystal Coast for two days of fun and music. The Beaufort Music Festival welcomes two New Bern based bands to the stage today.

Before we highlight their stories, let’s have a look at today’s full line up of talent:

Saturday Performances:

12 pm – 12:45 pm: Qualian
1 pm – 1:45 pm: Strung Together 
2 pm – 2:45 pm: Hot Buttered Grits
3 pm – 3:45 pm: Durty Dub’s Tribute to Charley Pride
4 pm – 4:45 pm: Pie Face Girls

Saturday Evening Performances:

5 pm – 6 pm: The Artisanal
6:15 pm – 7 pm: Kamara Thomas
7:15 pm – 8:15 pm: Aaron Lee Tasjan
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Lilly Hiatt
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm: Hiss Golden Messenger

For more information on the event please visit  https://beaufortmusicfestival.com/.

 

Strung Together

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New Bern’s famed family band Strung Together, will take to the stage this afternoon at 1 pm to offer a diverse set of pop, folk-infused fun music that will have your toes tapping and hips shaking!

I recently caught the band during their dinner performance on the deck at Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant. It’s been a great journey watching the Olivers as they raise their family on stages right before our eyes. They are a fun and refreshing band, offering good grooves and uplifting beats for all to enjoy!

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At the helm we find the talented Dad George Oliver on banjo and vocals, his wife Dare offers vocals on many selections. Their three children also take lead roles in the outfit from time to time. Oldest daughter Catherine plays the upright bass, ukelele, and vocals. The middle daughter Abigail plays the guitar and sings and their youngest offspring Mason plays the piano and guitar. Joining the band on fiddle is Addy Quinn and helping fill the sound on drums is  Nick Eickhoff.

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Today the band will be the first band to take the second stage at the 31st Annual Beaufort Music Festival. Be on hand to shake your hips today at 1 pm. This event has vendors to visit and two stages for live music. 

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Hot Buttered Grits

Following the performance of Strung Together will be the fun grooves of New Bern based jam band, The Hot Buttered Grits

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Set up as the second band to take the first stage today The Hot Buttered Grits will give another sample of the homegrown talent we know and love here in New Bern. This five-piece jam band offers great original grooves that will get you moving early in the day! Coming together more than a decade ago, this band has 14 years of music making memories logged together.

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Helping to create their fun and infectious sound are Seth Smithwith vocals, guitar and mandoli. Howard Longino with guitar, vocals, John Johndrowon electric lead guitar and backing vocals. Zach Meadows sits behind the kit and Chris Butitta on bass. The band has several releases and are working on new material for their next effort.  To catch them at the festival be there today at 2 pm for all of the groovy action.

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Bryan Mayer Music

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The final New Bern talent I wish to highlight today is the headliner at The Ayden BBQ Cook-off and Festival. Bryan Mayer started making a name for himself on the country music scene more than five years ago with the release of his single “This Is Me.” Since then, the country crooner has shared stages with rock and country royalty while touring the land.

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Currently the lead singer, tall on talent, is featuring a new line up behind him. Joining the band on guitar is John Coltrane and sitting behind the drums and offering backing vocals is Victor Speight Jr. Still holding down the bottom is bass player of the year, Mike Sandvig. 

Today’s event will bring the band to the forefront for their first public display. It was just last week that Mayer closed the curtain on the band he worked with for the past six years. I was on had to watch them as they finished that chapter of their lives. Here is the band offering the follow up to “This Is Me.” Here is Mayer’s song, “Closer To You!”

 

To keep up with Bryan Mayer be sure to check out his website: Bryan Mayer Music

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Recapping Festival More Options For May 18, 2019:

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2019 Atlantic Beach Music Festival

Calling all shaggers and cloggers, just over the bridge and across the causeway is the 2019 Atlantic Beach Music  Festival. This event is celebrating its 6th year of bringing the music that makes you dance, to the circle in Atlantic Beach.

The fun gets started on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11 am and it continues until 6 pm. For full details and the band line up please visit  http://atlanticbeach-nc.com/events/abbmf/

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Mustang Spring Jam

This is a two-day music event that promises amazing live music offered by eight nationally touring bands of various genres. That is what’s on the set-list for Mustang Spring Jam 8, which will be held the weekend of May 18-19 at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Corolla.

For event information, please visit MustangMusicFestival.com.

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 16th Annual Montford Music & Arts Festival

The festival is a free, one-day music and arts festival in the historic Montford Neighborhood. Saturday, May 18. The 16th annual Montford Music and Art Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. rain or shine, with continuous musical performances until 7 pm on a centrally located stage.
Stroll the art and craft booths, including a selection of juried artists and enjoy the eclectic variety of local food trucks and food vendors. There is something to entertain the whole family including the kids! Mark your calendar and plan to attend. More information is available at www.montfordfestival.org. Visit www.montfordfestival.org

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Today is the day for the Southern Roots Festival.

This one-day event will take place between 12-5 pm in Prospect Hill, NC. It is a free event and here are the details from Facebook:

The Caswell Council for the Arts will present our first ever “Southern Roots Festival,” celebrating the arts, music, and creative traditions at the roots of Southern Culture. The event will feature live music, an artist and crafter’s market, creative activities, antiques, historical tours of the Warren’s Store, and a variety of Southern food and craft beverages. Admission and parking is free!

Enjoy live music by Connie Badgett Steadman (12:20pm), Barefoot Manner Bluegrass (1:15pm), and Big Ron Hunter with Appaloosa Redd (3:15pm).

Visit us at www.caswellarts.org for more info or to register to participate in the artist and crafters’ market or as an antique vendor.

Durham Blues & Brews Festival

 

And speaking of the Blues and festivals; next Saturday also offers the Durham Blues & Brews Festival in Durham Central Park. This event gets started at 5 pm and offers amazing music until 10 pm. On the bill for this year’s event is

Born in Durham Oxente, opening the show and bringing infectious rhythms of Brazil to the streets of the beloved city.

Chicken Shack is an eclectic group of church musicians, who were brought together by their love of playing the blues. Although mostly from North Carolina, they have members from different parts of America – so they play many styles of blues. This band won The Triangle Blues Society, Road To Memphis Blues Challenge and had the opportunity to travel to Memphis to compete in the 2019 IBC  in January.

 The young and talented star on the rise in the blues world is now 20 years old and conquering souls. Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is set to take the music world by storm with the long-awaited release of his debut album, KINGFISH, on Alligator Records.

 

Closing things out this amazing night of great blues music will be the Mississippi Blues Child himself, Castro Coleman aka Mr. Sipp. This talented player has been around music all of his life. His parents and aunt had a quartet group. He was influenced by B.B. King at the age of 6 which is when he started playing the guitar.

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3rd Annual Cheerwine Festival

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The Cheerwine Festival is a one-day festival taking place tomorrow in Salisbury, NC

Here is what fun things you can expect at our 3rd annual celebration:

Enjoy a performance from multi-platinum California rockers, Smash Mouth on the Hotwire Communication Stage from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Music from Carolina-based bands Live House (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.)and Stella Rising (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.) and a performance from Nashville-based band, The Southern Gothic (5 to 6 p.m).

Enjoy a variety of street performers including Blazin’ Blues Bob, Lucas Beam, David Myers & Courtney Puckett, Kia Rice, Zoe, and Lisette Rodriguez.

Play in the F&M Bank Kids’ Zone. Available all day, The Kids’ Zone will feature tons of family-friendly games and activities.

Shop for Cheerwine merchandise at the official Cheerwine tent.

Enjoy food, drinks, and crafts from local vendors.

We can’t wait to see y’ all there!

Visit the festival website for more information: http://cheerwinefest.com/

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RoseFest

The annual Pink Hill Rose Fest takes place next Saturday, May 18, 2019. This event will feature the music of The British Invaders, offering the classic rock of the bands that made us dance for decades, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals and more. Pink Hill Rose Fest kicks off at 11 am and continues until 8 pm. For the full schedule follow this link:

http://www.rosefest.org/schedule/

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Early Shows

Sara’s Big Apple

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Sara’s Big Apple invites everyone out for a family day of fun and pizza. Sara Walston purchased the well-known pizza place that serves the Fairfield Harbour and surrounding communities at the turn of the year. She has worked at the establishment far longer. As she makes plans for expansion she wishes to invite the community to grow with her.

Today’s Growing Together event will offer live music courtesy of Big Jim Kohler Band sharing songs from 12-3 pm.

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The Late Shows

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

 

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It is The Joe Baes Project at The Garage this evening.  The fun starts at 7 pm and these jams will rock till 10 pm. Come check out the new backyard space, plus all the beer on tap and fun games to be played.

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Caffeinated Soul Boogie, they will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Rocking Around Town Tonight

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts The Chuck Phillips Band tonight with music being offered from 8-11 pm.  Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there… please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. It will be Gary Dudley and The Maxxtones offering the live music and good grooves tonight.  Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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Bank of the Arts

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Tonight’s offering of At The Gallery brings the songs of Broadway to life tonight with this offering of the music of Sondheim performed by Ciara Dinapoli and Tyler Griffin. The pre-concert talk sets the stage for the evening at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7 pm. Tickets at $25 for non-members and $20 for members.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC

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Floyd’s 1921 Catering

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Plan for a fine dinner and live music at Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant Bar & Catering tonight. Offering the sounds for your dining pleasure will be Red and The Rockers. Music is served from 7-10 pm.

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Off The Hook

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Grooving the good grooves the deck tonight at Off The Hook will be Joe Brown and the Band. They bring the party from 10 pm until closing. This band will be playing all of the popular fun songs that will make you get up and dance to their beats. Music plays from 10 pm until 2 am.

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

Offering the live sounds tonight at The Boro Restaurant & Bar will be Justin Castellano, who will be making the music this evening. Music is served from 8-11 pm. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music.

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Emerald Isle, NC

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The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits

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The Werewolves will offer the entertainment at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music is offered in the back garden from 7-10 pm. Come early for the good eats and stay late to enjoy the music.

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SALT BAR

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SALT BAR welcomes Heads Up Penny to the stage tonight for a good time party. Live music takes center stage at 9:30 pm.

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Rocking Around the Region

Clayton, NC

Revival 1869 – A Drinkery

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The Dwayne Jordan Trio will serve the sounds at Revival 1869 – A Drinkery in Clayton this evening. This is a great little spot to catch some good jazz and a tasty drink. The bar is rustic with antiquated furnishings to seat you.

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Goldsboro. NC

Heroes Sports, Oyster Bar and Grill

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The Jan Michael Fields Band will roll up into Goldsboro, NC tonight, for the crowd at Heroes Sports, Oyster Bar and Grill. Music plays from 10 pm until 1:30 am. Come out and enjoy the fun rock and pop classics that always make you move from this SC-based party band.

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Kinston, NC

The Red Room

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The Red Room will be rocking tonight when Stairwell takes the stage to rock souls at 10 pm. There is a $5.00 cover charge. The Greenville based rock band will offer many familiar tunes and mix it up with their own rocking originals. Check out their merchandise table too if you make the show. They have lots of great gift ideas for your local music supporter friends.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Spank to the stage for a night of fun music. Music starts at 8:30 pm and they groove you until 11:30 pm. This show is free and the food here is outstanding, so come early to eat and stay late to dance!

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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. On Fridays and Saturday it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight all are welcome to come out and jam with the talented John Williams. He hosts the fun night of creativity on Pebble Stage from 6:30-10 pm.

The Wine Crate

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The Wine Crate welcomes the sounds of Duane Haddock live tonight offering songs from 7-10 pm. Country fans are in for a treat tonight. Come early for a good meal and stay late for the music.

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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.

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Thank You for Reading!

Please go out and support live music tonight!  Please be sure to call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the changes publicly.

If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

Thanks to the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

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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Back The Blogger

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The girl behind the banner has big dreams and major ambitions of healing the world with music. If you wish to help along on this journey of connecting people to music please consider one of the following options! There are so many ways for people to be a part of this build.

Affordable Partnerships For All

Corporate Unions

I am an advertising vehicle in need of a vehicle to take the dream farther. Let’s work together. If your corporate dollars help to build these well-contemplated plans, that will support the dreams of many local music makers, let’s talk about community commitment. I am very invested in this build and can’t imagine what life looks like without working on this business plan, which is going to need a lot of money to make it fire on all cylinders. Corporate Sponsorship packages start at $5,000.

Community Co-Hosts

 
Are you the leader in your niche? Consider partnering with me by being a stage sponsor! Proudly display your banner across the stages we set up to let locals know that you are supporting local, live music. Sponsorship dollars help to build fair pay stages for acts to offer their music. In exchange, you will be recognized as the co-host of keeping these music dreams alive! Stage sponsorships start at $1,000. 

Post Hosts Are Welcome Here

 
If you are a small business and want to back the mission, consider being a POST HOST! As a post host, you will be featured in an article that will highlight your love of music. A post host will also be given one month of advertising in the sidebar of the blog, seen on all pages. The price to be a Post Host is $250 for one Post or $400 to be The Weekend Warrior POST HOST are just two options to consider.

Advertisers and Donors Appreciated

Are you a band or a small business with an ability to contribute $50.00 each month, consider advertising here!
Donations from readers and live music supporters have always been appreciated also. 
Fact is this is going to be something that takes flight with the help of the community! In fact, it can’t happen without you because it is all happening for you!

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If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and you have a few dollars to spare, you can always tip the grateful blogger. There are several tip buckets found here on this site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

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#DowntownNBRocks with Benefits Featuring Live Music

 

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Our #DowntownNBRocks with Benefits Featuring Live Music! Let’s get Shamrocking and see!

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New Bern Live Charles Tendell meets up with NCMZ.LIVE Tracey Stones to rock the beats at Sham-Rockin’ 2019 in Downtown New Bern last evening 3/15/19. Together we salute The New Bern Rotary Club for a great night of celebrating community, comradely, blessings, food, and music! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend!

 

First Stop: Pause For A Cause

We get back to rocking the beats where we left off, which was taking a pause for the cause, for a local music maker. On Sunday, March 10, 2019; many in our local community came together to raise money for our beloved Janet Montero, who was recently diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that is attacking her kidneys. Montero is not eligible for a kidney replacement for several months and has a long road ahead.

Making sure she does not have to go it alone, many gathered at the Rhem Volunteer Fire Department to raise funds and have fun with our sweet friend. IMG_0664 (2)

There was a silent auction which lined the fire station wall, with many items up for bidding. One thing I noted while I was walking up and down the tables, aligned with goods and services for all, was that every item offered had a bid on the table. This community stopped at nothing to show love for their Mama Bear!

Besides her very own bands rocking the cause, Montero was in attendance and surrounded by family, friends, and love. Quite frankly, I am surprised her heart did not explode thanks to all of the beautiful people that gathered for her on Sunday.

Entertainers Turn Out to Entertain 

Though I could not stay for the entire event due to other obligations, I was on hand for Tom’s Tunes featuring Tom and Dahlin’ who welcomed the attendees with fun songs and high spirits.

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Following the opening ceremonies, Ms. Melonie Wray offered a fine performance that brought us to church. She sings with angels surrounding her, you can hear it in her tones.

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Before leaving the event I caught most of Country Express’s set, which offered awesome country favorites. As I was positioning to leave, the Fairfield Harbour Chorus was gathering and assembling to offer their performance for the event.

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For anyone reading this that missed the event, but would like to help our Janet in her time of need, you can contact the cause by sending an email to benefitjanet@gmail.com and inquire about making a private donation for our beloved music lady!

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Following the benefit, Montero expressed her gratitude and love for the community which came out to lend her a hand last weekend. I can tell you that when I walked in my heart nearly exploded. The love in that room was awesome. There were several more act I, did not have the pleasure to enjoy. Besides the Fairfield Harbour Chorus, I missed Country Gold.

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Monday Means Blogging And Blues

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Monday nights in March I am hosting a Blogging Series at Pamlico Community College for their Small Business Center. These Adult Enrichment and Education offerings are free, for all who are interested in learning more about business.

Last week we took a dive into signing up for a site and becoming familiar with it. This week we are going to expand on how to customize your blog site, to sell your services and merchandise. We will conclude next week with how to make your blog work for you, as we explore the many ways blogging can generate revenue.

To join me this week please visit Personalizing your Blog Site and register today!

On With The Blues

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While I was saying “Class Dismissed!” on Monday night, Big Jim Kohler was welcoming jammers to the forefront. I got there just in time to see that Mondays are still a thing in New Bern. Pulling into town, in time for the final set, it was blues night at the Brown Pelican.

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This is a fun time and a great way to kick your Monday Blues. So if you find yourself suffering this Monday, be sure to come down to the Dirty Bird for some good blues and great grooves. Music plays 7-9 pm each and every Monday!

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Down East FolkArts Wrap Up Winter Season

On Wednesday night, I fought through the onset of a cold, which is now visiting, to attend another fine performance brought to us by the Down East FolkArts Society last Wednesday evening at the City Stage New Bern. It was Becky Warren on stage, visiting our city from Music City, Nashville, TN. Young and bursting with talent. Warren is an awesome storyteller and embellishes her stories with music. 

Showcasing her second album, Undesirable on this current tour, she offered songs from both of her releases. Warren has a strong military background and shares songs that many military families can relate to.

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War Surplus, is the gritty love story of an Iraq War vet and his girlfriend partly inspired by Warren’s own life, many asked her, ‘How the hell do you plan to follow that up?’ After the album earned her a Veterans Day feature on NPR’s All Things Considered, a regular opening slot with The Indigo Girls, and an A rating from the dean of American rock critics himself, Robert Christgau, Warren admits that even she sometimes worried she wouldn’t be able to make a second record she was as happy with.”

One thing is for certain, Warren delivers Americana Folk Rock in a special way, be sure to check out her music today.

Warren’s appearance in our area wrapped up the Winter Sessions for the 2019 Down East FolkArts Society. We are currently preparing for the Fall season where we will bring another trio of awesome acts to the area for free. Please consider joining our team by becoming a member.

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Visit http://www.downeastfolkarts.org/

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New Bern Goes Sham Rockin’

 

On Friday, March 15, 2019, the New Bern Rotary Club presented Sham-Rockin’ 2019 at The North Carolina History Center on S Front St. It was a fun night with a full house of friends and neighbors, gathering for the good food offered by Chelsea Restaurant. It was traditional Irish fare with corned beef and cabbage, and drinks offered by Coastal Beverage. Besides the fellowship and free spirits, there was music. During the dinner service, Tom’s Tune with Tom and Dahlin’ welcomed and warmed the crowd up!

 

Following dinner, the crowd got to the dancing portion of the evening, with the popular sounds provided by TrainWreck! All in all it was a wonderful night, that raised money for many area non-profits including Boys and Girls Club of New Bern, Backpack Blessings, Craven County Partners In Education, and Promise Place.

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Friends and fans of the band TrainWreck can find them tonight when they rock Tiebreakers Sports Bar and Grill in Greenville. Music starts at 10 pm. The grooves go til the break of a new day!

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New Venue Opens its Doors In James City

The Garage

The Garage opened its doors for their soft opening on Friday, March 15, 2019. This unique place offers something for everyone. They have games of all kinds for kids and adults as well as beer and live music too.

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Offering the live music for opening night was the one and only Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. Before leaving the establishment, I had an opportunity to introduce myself to the manager, Stormy Meadows. I look forward to meeting with her next week, to talk about ways of effectively promoting the efforts of this new venue.

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Brian Burke and BrÜtopia

Brian Burke was rocking the tunes at BrÜtopia last evening. This talented player is NY born and Greenville bound. Playing around our region most nights, you can find the stringer hosting open mics and sharing songs at solo gigs throughout the week. Tonight he has a show at Plank Road Steak House for anyone interested in a great night of music and food. Music plays from 7:30 – 10:30 pm.

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Finishing Off A Fun Night with Some Hot Buttery Grooves

It is always a fun time when friends gather to enjoy the music of the Hot Buttered Grits. This New Bern based jam band have nothing but fun sounds and good grooves to share with the people that they meet. Last night was no exception, as they came and grooved the crowd that gathered at The Brown Pelican. It was a packed house by the time I got there for the second set of great grooves. This band is always a refreshing burst of fun sound made for dancing.

 

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Saturday Night Specials

 

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of  Big Jim Kohler live, who will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Getting Down Around Town

There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: LIVE MUSIC

Craven Arts Council / Bank of the Arts

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Strung Together
Selections from the Carter family; June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash
pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm Music at 7 pm
Tickets $20/$25 for members and nonmembers

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts a GEM Productions Concert event. Come see the band that will be kicking things off at the 2019 Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival this Summer. Enjoy a fun night with Lazaris Pit! They are a Raleigh based band of psych-rockers!

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Bryan Mayer Band and Greenville Pipe and Drums. This should make for a fun night. Music plays at 7:30 – 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Emerald Isle, NC

Emerald Isle St. Patricks Day Festival

 

 

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Emerald Club

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E-Club Emerald Isle is taking part in the St. Patrick’s Day Festivities and Festival today, offering Spare Change on stage tonight. Music starts at 10 pm.

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

Offering the live sounds tonight at The Boro Restaurant & Bar, featuring the country sounds of the talented Ryan Cain on guitar and vocals. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music.

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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 Fishy Fishy Cafe, 106 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport, NC, (910) 457-1881. Music will be served from 6:30 -10:30 pm. Come enjoy the grooves and good food too. Uncle Hairy offers the music.

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Wilmington, NC

Palate

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Palate says:

Join us for a night of music with local powerhouse Delia Stanley. A voice that fills a room and song selections that will keep you hooked for the whole night and leave you wanting more. We’re going to let Delia handle the tunes, but we got drinks on lock-down. Music served 8-10 pm

 

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The Rusty Nail

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Jon McDonald is on the bill tonight and sharing songs on stage at The Rusty Nail. Music plays at 8-11 pm. Come ready to dance your blues away!

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Greensboro, NC

Craft City Sip-In

 

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Craft City Sip-In has the game and live music tonight. On the Facebook event I learned:

Dave Moran is back in the house this Saturday! Dave is one of the most exciting musicians around these parts. His energy and sound is second to none. Come check him out, along with our amazing beer, wine and whiskey selections

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Benson, NC

Pitchers Bar

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Pitchers Bar is going to be rocking tonight with Bad Decisions on stage offering their grooves. This band from Johnston County, bringing the energy and fun with every appearance. Be sure to catch them soon. Tonight they rock from 9:30 pm until early tomorrow morning.

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Cary, NC

The Corner Tavern and Grill

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The Corner Tavern and Grill  says,

This will be the St. Patrick’s Day party to attend! No cover and BIGFooT GRooVE will be playing at 8:30 pm! Make sure you’re here for one helluva party! ⚜ Join the Corner Tavern’s St. Patrick’s Day Party with lots of drink specials, great food, and plenty of fun to be had!

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Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar

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Adam Hill will be in town to share the sounds tonight at Crossroads Grill & Bar. Music and fun start at 10 pm. Come celebrate the season of Green Beer and Lepricauns Saturday, with all of all your favorite Adam Hill songs.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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Six Pack Band will be bringing it to Greenville tonight when they rock fans and friends that gather at AJ McMurphy’s this evening. Get there early to enjoy some great food and stay late to dance dessert off the hips! Music starts at 8:30 and they rock you until 11:30 pm.

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some more 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.

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On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight you are all invited to come out and join the Jam. Hosted by John Williams and Friends, this is a fun time is 6:30-10 pm.

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John Williams and Friends in the Red Room at Backwater Jack’s Jamming!

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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.

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Thank You for Reading!

Now, PLEASE, Please go out and support live music tonight!  Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the changes publicly.

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. If you like this blog please sign up and you will get an email each time we publish.

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

Thanks to the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and don’t forget 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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If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

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Mardis Gras Madness and MUSIC Mayhem!

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It was Mardis Gras Madness and Music Mayhem last weekend, as we celebrated the season that ends with the start of Epiphany!

We toured the scene from Beaufort to New Bern and found music all along the way! This week, I Googled “Mardi Gras” and picked an article offered by the History Channel. It was more informative than the title lets on.

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Did you know that Mardis Gras in America is older than the Historic Cities of Beaufort and New Bern? Celebrated on US soil in Louisiana for the first time on March 3, 1699. Last weekend marked 320 years of celebrations and hoopla leading up to Epiphany.

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New Orleans is often credited as the original site for the now North American tradition, but I learned in an article that it was actually 60 miles downriver from the city at a place named Point du Mardi Gras by a  “French Canadian explorer  Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, who was camping there and realized that it was Fat Tuesday back home and held a small gala.”

To learn more about this festive season check out 9 Things You May Not Know About Mardis Gras.

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For me, when it comes to this season I just miss Louisiana. No matter where you live in the state, they do it up right for nearly two weeks, with parades and parties and music to delight the saints, when they come marching in…but let me tell ya, NC ya did well!

Big Jim on Stage at Cru Bar & Wine Store

There were authentic sounds of the season on stage at Cru Bar and Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop last Saturday afternoon. On stage and sharing the blues was Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. Backing up the big guy was Tom Parker on drums, Billy Mobley on bass, Lee Tibbetts on harmonica for the first set and Mrs. Big Jim, Kathy Kohler added just the right spice to make the day grand.

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The band now has a Kickstarter campaign up and they are hoping you will join in the support for their next recorded effort. To be a part of that great movement, please visit Big Jim Kohler’s Kickstarter.

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Blue Moon Jazz On Middle Lane

When I stepped out back, I heard the fun beats of jazzy blues coming from a stage outside and located on Middle Lane. It was the stage sponsored by the Backstreet Pub. And that is where I found John Van Dyke and his Blue Moon Jazz band celebrating the day with music and makeup.

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It was a wonderful surprise to run into so many great music makers that I know and love. Blue Moon Jazz will return to the area later this month, for a show at Cru Bar and Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop on Friday, March 22, with music being shared from 8:30-11:30 pm.

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Big & Richard Play Royal James

 

I never heard our next act, a country duo that shares some rock and pop songs too, Big and Richard have a lot of fun sharing the songs you know and love. From new country to classics and southern rock and pop they mix things up and keep it fun. Be sure to find the boys on Facebook by visiting Big & Richard.

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I caught the duo rocking the stage at Royal James last Saturday afternoon. Beaufort had a lot to see and do for anyone in the mood for a good time.

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Wicked Brew Shares The Blues Too

 

Next up is another band I never heard, but fully enjoyed. I know some of the players here in Wicked Brew, but never heard them all together until this Saturday when they played two shows for the Beaufort crowd.

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Chris Lee, Sr. and Tim Rowe stay active on the music scene playing in several different bands. Sometimes the duo teams up as the Remedy and shares their blues. Sometimes you can find Tim Rowe guitarist rocking with FAB the Band and Lee banging on the harp with Wild Blue. This was the first time I saw them together as Wicked Brew and joined by bass player Todd Humphries, drummer Steve Botterbusch, and sax man David Robinson.

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After rocking the Backstreet Pub’s Middle Street Stage, they brought it inside to the Cru Bar stage and rocked the night away with the folks that stayed for the nightcap of fun.

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Back In New Bern For Paid Time Off

 

As the sun set on Middle Lane I made the trek back to New Bern, where I first stopped in BrÜtopia to hear and hug my friends in Paid Time Off. It has been a few months since I checked in with Jenna Huff and her father Rick Huff. The duo shared familiar songs and enjoyed a fun night with friends and family that gathered.

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Riding the Rails With The BiPolar Express!

My nightcap of the evening was filled with music by The BiPolar Express, they are the New Bern based trio versed in 80s hair band hits. They rock the scene from New Bern to the Crystal Coast on the regular. When I found them last weekend they were rocking it right, on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant.

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For fans and friends of this rocking trio looking to be amazed and entertained, be sure to save the date for Saturday, March 23, 2019. The band rocks the stage at City Stage, 901 B Pollock St, New Bern. Music plays from 8-12 pm and there is a $5.00 admission payable at the door.

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Sunday Sounds at Riverside UNC

 The Neuse River Ramblers played their second gig at The Riverside United Methodist Church, located on Avenue A in downtown New Bern. Lots of folks gathered for the free show last Sunday afternoon. The beautiful crowd offered donations, that went to paying some of the churches residual bills from last fall.

This band is made up of the talented Danny Batten on banjo and backing vocals, Van Rice on guitar and vocals, Andy Franklin on bass and Doug DeSantis on fiddle and mandolin. And tonight they have their third show during ArtWalk, at Community Artists Gallery and Studios located on Middle St. They will be jamming from 5-8 pm tonight!

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If you have a band and wish to host a community concert, please know that Simon Spalding is opening the church to area bands interested in hosting a show for the benefit of  Riverside RUMC. He is happy to help you arrange the hour-long concert. Last week was the second show offered at this church and it was also the second concert performed by the Neuse River Ramblers.

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Behind The Scenes With Tracey Stones

It was about five years ago that I went walking with my friend Mindy Moore and talked extensively about the idea of starting up a blog. Fast forward a few years and now I am teaming up with Moore to teach a class about blogging.

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Small Business Center Director at Pamlico Community College, Mindy Moore

Blogging for Small Business

Last week was the first of my four-part series on blogging. Only half of those that signed up attended the class and about halfway through we lost our wifi, which made things a bit challenging.

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Nonetheless, I am teamed up with the Small Business Center at Pamlico Community College, who’ll be offering three more snippets of Blogging for Small Business. This series on blogging takes place every Monday in March. It is free to anyone interested in attending. This week we will get familiar with our site and personalize our blog.

Anyone interested in learning more about blogging should sign up and join me at the Pamlico Community Colleges Small Business Center in Bayboro, NC. To sign up and check out all of the classes available for free follow this link:

Small Business Center at PCC

 

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Getting Down Around Town

 

DON’T FORGET ARTWALK

Tonight marks the second Friday of the Month, which means it is ArtWalk tonight in downtown New Bern. Be sure to visit our fabulous town soon, if not tonight. There are galleries to consider, shops to browse, art to buy, artisans to meet, music makers to meet and offerings of wine and cheese, as you wait for a table at one of our fabulous restaurants.

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Neuse River Ramblers will be sharing songs during ArtWalk at Community Artists Gallery & Studios 5-8 pm on Middle St.

Be sure to stop by The Isaac Taylor Garden and visit The Greater Good Gallery on Craven St. Then come meet the artisans on Middle Street at Community Artists Gallery and Studio and Craven Arts Council/Bank of the Arts, while you mingle with music-makers there too. This fun offering happens on the second Friday of the month from 5-8 pm.

Laura Gammons is featured Artist of the Month with her works on display at the New Bern Library. Her opening was earlier this week, but her work will be featured and for sale all month. To see more of her works visit https://lauragammons.com/home.html

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Friday Night Specials

 

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

 

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Justin Castellano live, who will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Getting Down Around Town

There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: LIVE MUSIC

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of great music featuring the talented William Seymour, offering songs from 7-10 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.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Chocolate Chip & Company Band,  they will bring the music to life tomorrow night 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.

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North Carolina History Center

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New Bern Civic Theatre and Tryon Palace invite you to RISE UP and singalong to the tunes from America’s favorite musical at HAMILTUNES: AN AMERICAN SINGALONG. Don’t throw away your shot to participate in this FREE community event.

Singalong begins at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Tickets are FREE, but must be reserved online. Registration is capped at 300 seats, so register soon! Light concessions and drinks will be available for purchase.

*This event is rated PG-13 for some adult language and situations. This event is a singalong to the music of Hamilton and is not an actual Hamilton performance.

Singing experience is not required and costumes are encouraged!

REGISTER ONLINE AT https://www.tryonpalace.org/Hamiltunes!

Location: North Carolina History Center

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City Stage New Bern

 

 

The hottest ticket in town is right on the out skirts of the city we love. Live on stage after ArtWalk tonight at The City Stage New Bern they offer the amazing Adam Hill Band in town to rock you into tomorrow. $5.00 cover is payable at the door. Music starts at 8 pm and they play until midnight.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City

Promise’ Land Market

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Rubich & Cain will be rocking the stage at Promise’ Land Market with music being shared from 8:30-11:30 pm.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

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Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop welcomes. Bobby Webb & Co.

Bobby, Russ, and Tim will be playing this Friday, March 8th at Cru Wine Bar in Beaufort.
Music starts at 8:30 pm. Bring a few friends and come on out for some great music and enjoy some adult beverages.

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Royal James

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Cecil Gillikin offers the music at Royal James in Beaufort tonight. Check him out on the stag sharing songs you know and even love to sing along to, from 8-11 pm.

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

Offering the live sounds tonight at The Boro Restaurant & Bar will be The Dusty Trio, featuring Hank Barbee, James Durham and Matt Henderson keeping beats from 8-11 pm  You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music.

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Surf City, NC

The Trailer Bar!

The Trailer Bar welcomes Faith Bardill tonight for the fun and music for music lovers in the Surf City Area. Come out to rock the night away with this talented local entertainer. Music plays from 8:30 until 11:30 pm.

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Rocking Around the Region

Raleigh, NC

The Maywood

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The Moon Unit w/ Solar Bear and Green Aisles at The Maywood

Come join The Moon Unit for a sick musical adventure at The Maywood! Green Aisles kicks things off around 9 pm. Lets rage!
Ages: 21+

The Moon Unit –
The Moon Unit is a progressive funk rock outfit hailing from Hickory, North Carolina. The band combines crisp riffs with deep grooves to create a fresh sonic experience for every listener. From lyrical to instrumental arrangements, the dynamic style of their playing includes compositions, live improvisation, and pulls on musical influences like Rush, the Meters, Nirvana, KNOWER, Snarky Puppy, and Weather Report. Composed of Brantley Ramseur (bass/vox), Charlie Garnett (guitar/vox), and Kurt Stracener (drums/vox), The Moon Unit lends each listener their own aural jaunt.
Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/album/3CsVYFrzmRhEElHHPUYH4K

Solar Bear –
Solar Bear is a 3 piece Groove Rock band from Raleigh, NC with a soulful flare. Our writing is simple, yet powerful, speaking on many different topics such as love, life, anguish, and hope. Undeniable grooves are provided by Alex Jolly on the Drums and Robbie Dooley bringing the tastefully melodic bass lines, mixed with the soul-soothing sounds of Jared Place’s voice and Guitar. All together a powerful, dynamic trio.
www.solarbearmusic.com

Green Aisles –
https://greenaisles.bandcamp.com/

Live at The Maywood
Friday March 8, 2019
658 Maywood Avenue – Raleigh, NC

8:30p doors, 9p show
$10 / ages 21+

** Use venue front door for entry to this show **

DIRECTIONS:

The Maywood is located inside the Raleigh beltline, right off I-40 at exit 297, Lake Wheeler Road.
Follow the signs towards downtown Raleigh / NC State Farmer’s Market.
Turn right onto Maywood Avenue (after the Exxon/Subway).
We’re the second building on the left, next door to Trophy on Maywood. Plenty of no hassle FREE parking in our parking lot.
FREE overflow parking on the street.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill welcomes Handsome Al & the Lookers

 

MARCH 8, 2019 · FRIDAY * 9PM * $8

Each member of Handsome Al and the Lookers has been making music for lots of years. Dave and Alan most recently with the “Chicken Fried Blues Band,” Emma with “Big Mama E and the Cool,” Richard not so recently with “Nantucket” and “BJ Thomas,” Steve with Al and Dave in “Marie LeBleu & the Comitz.” Boils down to this .. the guys can play and the girl can sing. Have a listen … it’s all in the music.

Emma Davis – vocals
Alan Heckle – guitar, vocals
Dave Youngman – keyboard, sax, guitar, vocals
Steve Boletchek – bass
Richard Gates – drums

NOTE: We do not take reservations on Friday. Seating is first come/first serve. Please arrive after 8 pm for the 9 pm show.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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3’s Company will be playing all your favorites and its gonna be an awesome show. Come grab yourself some good food and cold drinks at one of the coolest places in Greenville. Music plays from 8:00-11:00 pm. This show is free!

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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. On Fridays and Saturdays it’s the finest local acts on the list, to entertain you while you dine and drink and unwind.

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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.

March 4 at 9:44 PM

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Thank You for Reading!

Now, PLEASE, Please go out and support live music tonight!  Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the changes publicly.

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. If you like this blog please sign up and you will get an email each time we publish.

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

Thanks to the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and don’t forget 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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Keeping up with the Blogger

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Follow me on Facebook:
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Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

Do you need music for an event you are planning? Consider the services of:

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Be sure to mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

Pictures are helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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You are the reason I look forward to writing this each blog week. The readers are the ones I count on to support this movement the most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

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To learn more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today or call the number below.

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Sites to See

Here are some sites to see. Tracey Stones Productions, LLC publishes www.ncmz.live and is also available to write pages and content for your already published website, provide press releases for important events, or create sites for bands and venues.

Please take moment to visit these sites that keep me writing and promoting live music.

Adam Hill Music is a site to see

I met Adam Hill in July 2016 and have been working alongside him since. The first thing I did after hearing his original music was to create a site to keep him in the spotlight any time he is off stage. The next thing was to create a YouTube Channel and created an Adam Hill Playlist for that channel.

Big Jim Kohler Blues Band

is another site to see

I met Big Jim Kohler in Swansboro, NC in March 2013. This introduction would single-handedly walk me back into music promotions. When I left town, in 2008, Salty Dawg and Mickey Milligan’s were the only bars that were supporting live music regularly. When I returned we had Bambooz and the blues and life in New Bern was already better. Kohler walked me back to my writing roots.

Big Jim and Mrs. Big Jim are some of my best friends and it’s been a pleasure to be working and representing them. To bring us to your room visit my site:

Tracey Stones Productions, LLC makes the sites to see

My goal and mission in life are connecting people to music. I am not a critic, I am a promoter. I promote supporting live music. Tracey Stones Productions publishes this blog twice weekly as a gentle reminder that there is live music everywhere in need of your support. I am available to help your band set up an effective off stage presence for more public and positive promotions!

Hurricane Relief Was Amped Up in Morehead City Last Weekend

 On the Scene With Tracey Stones

Hurricane Relief got “Amped Up” in Morehead City last weekend, with an assortment of local and regional bands coming together for a fun day of great music and community!. Thanks to that little, day-long, shindig; I had the pleasure of checking out a dozen bands in all, last weekend throughout my travels. I love weekends like that! Thanks for being here week after week! I love checking out our music scene together!

Probably most exciting about the past weekend was the hearing bands that I first saw when I set out on the scene as a live music blogger. In particular, The Spread and The Beaufort Blues Project. But there were others also. The thing that stood out for me was, the focus on local/regional music acts that brought our people together for the sole purpose of enjoying a day, making donations, offering hugs and healing, smiles and dancing. And best of all, this was a family friendly event that had kids and adults smiling throughout the morning, noon and night!

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NC Seafood Festival and Big Rock Tournaments Offer a Fun Day on the Waterfront!

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Even though the Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival had to be canceled this year, due to the destruction and devastation caused by Hurricane Florence, the committees of the area’s two big events (NC Seafood Festival and Big Rock Tournaments) got together to sponsor and bring a scaled-down version of the festival to the waterfront. It not only offered a bit of hope to residents but it was great fun for all who attended. The event served as a fundraiser for those affected. The proceeds will help pay the utility bills this winter.

Festival Chairperson Ed Stack said the decision to still hold an event was important to the community. Best of all, it featured live music throughout the day! And so, on Saturday, November 3, 2018, vendors set up to welcome people. Along with many vendors, that included a variety of food trucks, nonprofits, as well as crafters and artisans, Jaycee Park set up a big stage and the committees welcomed nine acts that offered 12 hours of entertainment, provided by local acts familiar to the Downeast region.

The organizations had chosen the Salvation Army as the recipient of designated funds raised from the event. The Salvation Army has a program within its framework that benefits families in need of assistance to pay their utility bills.

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The event kicked off at 11 AM, with the sound of Mike Corrado of Jacksonville, NC welcoming the first guests.

Following the opening set, Spare Change came next. The wildly popular party band who got the crowd pumped and ready for a fun afternoon in the sun on the waterfront. Although I did miss the first two opening acts, I was happy to be greeted by the familiar fun sounds of New Bern’s own family folk band, Strung Together

 Family Folk Featured at Festival With New Bern’s Strung Together

 Strung Together, features the Oliver Family with some adopted music members added along the way, to complete the mix. Family members include the clan created by George and Dare Oliver and their three children, Cat on bass and mandolin and offering stellar vocal work, Abigail on guitar, piano, and vocals and youngest son Mason, guitar and vocals. Rounding out the instrumentation are drummer boy and family friend, Nick Eickhoff. Adding more depth and dimension to the folk sounds offered is Addy Quinn on fiddle. It is thanks to Quinn that the band added Charlie Daniels’ most famed composition, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” which closed out their set.

What some readers might not realize, the Olivers suffered great loss as their historic home directly across the street from the river, that tried to wash it away with a 10-foot surge. The family is rebuilding and still finding the time to offer their talent for the benefit of others in need. Tomorrow they will be in their hometown playing for the relief of homeless veterans. Come out to the Farmer’s Market on S. Front Street at 3 pm. Tickets will be available at the door. Rocking Relief for Homeless Veterans is now celebrating its third year. This year’s event features one great regional and four local bands.

Next week, Strung Together will be taking part in Carolina Lily Fest 2018 at the Brown Pelican. That event will benefit The Coastal Women’s Shelter. This annual fundraiser is happening on November 17, 2018, and Strung Together gets things going with music at 5 pm. To keep up with the band, like their page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/strungtogetherband/

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The Spread Shows Up and Spreads Love With Music