Music Promotions Why It Is Important Plus The Final Festival Rundown for May

Music Promotions and Festival Fun are the main topics here today  Plus where to find live music tonight!

This Music Business. Class Is In!

 Learning the business is essential to making or breaking it with your career in music. I am a big proponent of the promotions angle, as that has always defined best ambitions. Besides the music itself, the next important step is promoting it. If you don’t promote your music why even bother playing it?

Music journalists, photojournalists, videographers all capture a story that can bring your band project to the next level. The radio disc jockeys that can play your song to the masses is your best friend when you are breaking into the business. Cultivate a list and form relationships with these people who can help you broadcast your message.

Whatever you do, don’t rely on social media as your only branding tool. Case in point, I chose to publish my content on a WordPress site so that it can be shared independently to as many sources as I elect. In this case, I share it via email, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and LinkedIn.

When I first started out, wrote the content on Facebook and tagged the people who were playing. That was through a good portion of 2015, in 2016 I got more serious about the blog and committed to publishing content here twice weekly. Since 2017, the music promotions in New Bern has caught a lot of attention. That’s when I learned more about how to tag an article so that it is found in common word searches.

The more outside sources your name appears in, the easier it is for people to find your music. For those looking for more tips, I found a great site and good writer too!

Shaun Letang offered great insight into the importance of promotions in his article Master Music Marketing in 2019, The Art of Getting People To Listen to Your Music. And the How To site where it is published is a “Music Industry How To”, that offers great insight on many topics, from promotions to songwriting. The site even has a tool to generate your rapper name or new band branding.

Now go out there and make a name for yourself. CLASS DISMISSED!

 

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NCMZ.LIVE May 2019 Festival Guide Pt. 4

May and October are the busiest festival months in our beautiful state of North Carolina. Being a fan of fairs and festivals, I am going to use this section to highlight festivals around our state.

North Carolina Fairs And Festivals

To compile this information I research many sites and would like to highlight those first. For a full annual list of Festivals check out http://www.carolinamusicfests.com/.

Another good resource came from WRAL.com https://www.wral.com/2019-north-carolina-festival-guide/

The final site for resourceful information around the state is https://www.ncarts.org/comehearnc/whats-playing/2019-music-festivals

May 23-26, 2019:

Lil John’s Mountain Music Festival

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This is a three-day music festival that happens each year is Snow Camp, NC  it accommodates campers and offers a full line up of acts. It all kicks off with a Jam next Wednesday and following that welcoming event, the line up as per the website looks like this

MAY 22 – WEDNESDAY  Sideline open Jam & covered dish dinner 6 pm

MAY 23 – THURSDAY

12:00 – 1:00    3 rd Place Band Contest Winner

  1:00 – 2:00    Passin’  Thru

  2:00 – 3:00    Lawson Creek

  3:00 –  4:00   Hammertowne

  4:00 –  5:00   Cuttin’ Grass

  5:00 –  6:00   Supper Break

  6:00 –  7:00   Lawson Creek 

  7:00 –  8:30   Johnson Mountain Boys Tribute Band (Dudley Connell, Steve Dilling, Bailey Coe, Michael Cleveland, Jason Moore, Dave McLaughlin)

  8:30 –  9:30   Hammertowne

  9:30 –  Until  Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

MAY 24  – FRIDAY

12:00 –  1:00    2nd Place Band Contest Winner

  1:00 –  2:00    Diamond Creek 

  2:00 –  3:00    Buttermilk Creek

  3:00 –  4:00    Darin & Brooke Aldridge

  4:00 –  5:00    Sideline

  5:00 –  6:30    Russell Moore & III Tyme Out

  6:30 –  7:30    Supper Break

  7:30 –  8:30    Buttermilk Creek

  8:30 –  9:30    Diamond Creek 

  9:30 –  10:30  Darin & Brooke Aldridge

10:30 –  Until   Sideline

MAY  25 – SATURDAY

 9:00 AM       Skip Cherryholmes Cornhole Tournament

 1:00 –  2:00   1 st Place Band Contest Winner

 2:00 –  3:30   Constant Change

 3:30 –  5:00    Dave Adkins Band

 5:00 –  6:30    Sideline

 6:30 –  7:30    Supperbreak

 7:30 –  9:00    Leroy Troy & The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band

 9:00 –  Until  Balsam Range

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Gears and Guitars 2019

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2019 Gears and Guitars Fest  This is a four-day festival that takes place in Winston-Salem featuring lots of awesome music
May 23rd

Pre and Post Game Music at The Winston-Salem Dash

May 24th

Trampled by Turtles
The Infamous Stringdusters
Songs From The Road Band

May 25th

Drive-By Truckers
North Mississippi Allstars
Devon Gilfillian

May 26th

Stone Temple Pilots
Dishwalla
Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones

https://www.gearsandguitarsfest.com

Tickets can be purchased in person at The “B” String please refer to their page for hours.

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White Squirrel Festival

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Next weekend also marks the 16th Annual White Squirrel Festival in downtown Brevard, NC. This is another weekend-long festival with lots of music on the bill.

According to the Facebook event at press time, this was the line-up…

𝙈𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙘 𝙎𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙙𝙪𝙡𝙚:

𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟒𝐭𝐡, 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗
Brother Oliver 5:30-6:30
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys 7:00-8:00
Travers Brothership 8:30-10:00

𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟓𝐭𝐡, 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗
Davidson River Taiko 12:00-12:30
Cody Siniard 1:00-2:00
Zoe & Cloyd 2:30-3:30
Unspoken Tradition 4:00-5:00
Lovers Leap 5:30-6:30
Clint Roberts & the Wonder Drug 7:00-8:00
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds 8:30-10:00

𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟔𝐭𝐡, 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗
Spalding McIntosh 12:00-1:00
Chatham Rabbits 1:30-2:30
Jamie Laval 3:00-4:00
Fireside Collective 4:30-6:00

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Fiddler’s Grove

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Listed among one of 23 most intimate music festivals in North America, this Annual event takes place at 1819 W. Memorial Highway
Union Grove, NC.  For more information, you can email the event at info@fiddlersgrove.com. Full day passes cost $25.00 and kids under 12 are welcome for free.

“What started as the Union Grove Fiddlers Convention in 1924 has become an exciting 95-year old annual tradition for fiddler fanatics, families, and friends. This festival brings together 2,000 guests for an entertainment-filled Memorial Day weekend, and it is dedicated to preserving traditional old-time and bluegrass music. This is a three-day event kicking off Friday, May 24th.

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Closer to Home

Fossil Festival, Aurora, NC

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Headlining this event will be The Switch on Saturday evening, May 25, 2019. This is a great event to take the whole family out for a fun day. Located in downtown Aurora, NC it is great fun for the kids.

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SILOS Palooza

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Mark your calendars! Its the biggest event of the year. Live Music all day, cold beer, activities for kids, plenty of food and fun!!
Keep an eye out for Palooza Shirts! Check out the picture above for the fun-filled music line up!

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, May 17, 2019

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

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of classic rock treats courtesy of Third Degree Bern offering songs from 7-10 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs by this local group. 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 Ravenz Bru, 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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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine

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Live music will be offered is at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine each Friday from 8-10:30 pm.

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

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The Garage welcomes the music of Tommy Duzan Sr. Live music is offered from 7-10 pm for FREE! But I suggest, you feel free to tip the servers and musicians you meet along the way!

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good blues 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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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Old Smoke grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the rock blues and country grooves of this popular local duo.

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Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden

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Carolina Home and Garden welcomes the weekend with Joey & Mason jamming in the garden, offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from the Sub Tropics Food Truck, a cold beer and relax as you settle into the weekend.

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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. This weekend you can enjoy the music of Justin Castellano. Music plays at 8-11 pm.

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Surf City, NC

JM’s Place PUB

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JM’s Place PUB welcomes the rocking grooves of The Adam Hill Band. The fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am.

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Rocking Around the Region

Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

Tony Holiday Band / Jason Damico & the New Blue 

MAY 17, 2019 · FRIDAY * 9PM * $10

Tony Holiday is a vocalist and harp player who is rapidly emerging as a star on the international blues scene. He has been recognized by blues legends like Charlie Musselwhite and James Harman as one of the finest up-and-comers in the game right now and is steadily building his own legend one gig at a time. Speaking of gigs, he plays up to 200 of them a year across the US and has brilliantly recorded his latest album Porch Sessions in between them on the actual porches of some of the blue’s best-known musicians.

https://tonyholidaymusic.com/

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Jason Damico

High octane, rockin’, blues artist, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, actor and producer Jason Damico, is no stranger to the Blue Note Grill Stage. This artist has already racked up awards in music – 2014 Triangle Blues Society Solo Blues Challenge Winner, 2015 Carolina Music Awards Rock Male Artist of the Year and the youngest member of the Duke University Jazz Ensemble at 15.

Damico is honored to have performed two pre-shows for the late, great B.B. King at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), as well as opening for Joe Louis Walker, Lucky Peterson, Slam Allan, Trae Pierce, John Arthur Greene and more.

https://www.jasondamico.com/

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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It is going to be a night not to be missed by southern rock n blues fans, as AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Duane Haddock 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!

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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. This weekend it is Damn Yankees on Friday and this Saturday it is For The Love Of Music Jam with John Williams 

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Market Street Pub

Friends and fans of TrainWreck are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Come out and enjoy a cold beer and country sounds offered by this talented artist.  Music starts at 10 pm.

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Festival Fun Recap for May 17-19, 2019:

Cruising The Coast

Beaufort Music Festival

The Beaufort Music Festival is celebrating 31 years of bringing awesome music to the Crystal Coast. This year will feature five acts on Friday evening and an additional ten acts on Saturday. The fun takes place at Gallant’s Channel in Beaufort, NC.

Since this festival is all about the music, here is the awesome line up for this year:

Friday Evening Performances:

5 pm – 5:45 pm: Driskill
6 pm – 6:45 pm: Chatham Rabbits
7 pm – 8 pm: The Tan & Sober Gentlemen

8:15 pm – 9:15 pm: Stop Light Observations
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm: No BS! Brass 

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/.

There is limited parking on site and shuttle service available.

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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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Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival

This festival got underway Wednesday, a free kick-off party. The pre-party for this year’s annual event is hosted by the Bluegrass Island Trading Co. 107 Budleigh St, Manteo, NC.

The festival is celebrating its 8th year and here is their story:

Music lovers from all over the world flock to the Outer Banks for this “New” tradition, that adds a roster of acclaimed bands with one of the most beautiful venues anywhere. The Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, and this year’s event is no exception, with a number of regionally and nationally famous bands set to take the stage. ​
The festival is held at the stunning Roanoke Island Festival Park, which overlooks miles of pristine sound waters. This unique 22 acre island becomes Bluegrass Island each year to host the event. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets and lodging well in advance and despite its off-season timing, this event tends to fill up fast year after year. If your dream vacation involves laying back in your most comfortable beach chair and taking in the best bluegrass acts the country has to offer, then you’ll definitely want to set this long weekend aside for the Outer Banks most popular festival!
Make your plans today for Blue Skies…Blue Water & Bluegrass at the 8th Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival!

For the rest of the schedule and ticket information, the 2019 and 2020 Festivals visit the website: https://www.bluegrassisland.com

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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.

Founded in 2011, Bearded Face Productions is a full-service promotion and production company serving the Outer Banks and beyond in concert, festival and event booking, management and consulting.

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Around the State

 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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6th Annual Asheville Food Truck Showdown

According to this unique food festival’s Facebook Page we learn:

Asheville Food Truck Showdown, May 18, 2019, located at the WNC Ag. Center from 12 pm till 7 pm.
This year’s band lineup is epic. We have everything from Bluegrass, Classic Rock, Country and all those songs you love to sing in the shower! One of our bands named Soul Frequency has some members who played together for over 40 years. These guys will make you get out of your chairs to sing and dance to all those Classic Rock Songs. You now have only a few days left and the VIP Tasting Experiences are almost all gone for this year. There will not be any VIP Tasting Experiences for sale the day of the event. Head to www.ashevillefoodtruckshowdown.com.

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33rd Annual Carolina Blues Festival

The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society is proud to present the longest running Blues festival in the Southeast United States!

The 33rd Annual CAROLINA BLUES FESTIVAL has happened all over the Triad. This year they bring it back to LeBauer Park at Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc.

In recent years the society has been investing in Barber Park and supporting East Greensboro. But they have also held festivals in Jamestown and Winston-Salem as history tells.

This event is now being scripted in Downtown Greensboro for the second year in a row! NCMZ.LIVE was on hand last year for the final day of the fun festival. That is where I met my sweet blues friend Gary Redd.

It was the first time I met the singer, songwriter, former club owner and soulful stringer known as Appaloosa Redd He is a positive and vibrant talent from that area whose band closed out last year’s street fair and park festival. The blues-man stays busy around the Greensboro area with Big Ron Hunter and other talented friends.

Taking a look at this years lineup they have a fist full of fine talent on tap:

House of Dues
Melva Houston
Jon Shain
Clark Stern and The Musical Rewards
Dom Flemons

For more info and tickets visit the Piedmont Blues Society’s Website: https://carolinabluesfestival.com/artist-lineup

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Speaking of Appaloosa Redd and Festivals, he and Big Ron Hunter close out 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 opens the show and brings 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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Got to Be NC Festival

A festival highlighting all the great things from North Carolina. Enjoy carnival games and rides, live music, food, animal and agricultural displays, antique tractors and more. Most of the festival is free with the following exceptions: $3 admission charge for the Food and Wine Expo; and costs for rides, games, and food. Free events include the concerts on the outdoor stage, antique tractors, and parades, commercial exhibits in the Graham Building, racing pigs, grandstand shows and more. Expand your Festival visit at the Chatlee Boat Show in the Scott Bldg., the Flea Market or Horse Shows, all on the fairgrounds!

If you are looking for more information about the Got to Be NC Festival, please visit http://gottobencfestival.com/. 

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Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival

This two-day event in downtown Raleigh celebrates the creative talents found around our state and capital city. According to the Facebook event, the line up for music is set. Here are the details:

Visit RaleighArtsFestival.com for full festival details and information.

Join us on May 18 and 19 as Artsplosure celebrates 40 YEARS in Raleigh! Artsplosure 2019 will enliven Fayetteville Street with our juried Art Market featuring the work of over 170 artists, large-scale installations including What’s That by Australian artist Amanda Parer, music on the Main Stage, Kidsplosure, and more!

MAIN STAGE SATURDAY:
12:00 – India Ramey
1:15 – Rissi Palmer
2:45 – Scott Mulvahill
4:15 – Union Duke
6:00 – The Suffers

MAIN STAGE SATURDAY:
11:00 – DZ Carr Band
12:15 – The Old Ceremony
1:45 – The Artisanals
3:15 – The East Pointers
4:45 – Alejandro Escovedo

CITY PLAZA:
Amanda Parer’s Fantastic Planet sculpture What’s That

KIDSPLOSURE:
Activities and performances from some of Raleigh’s most talented young folks!

Stay tuned for more details, and visit raleighartsfestival.com for more festival information!

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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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Sacred Connections Music Festival

For anyone that is a fan of jam band, listen up. Little Creek Vineyard & Music Venue hosts this event, as well as many others throughout the year. But this one is special and besides the great line up of music, the stage area will be open with the fire burning all night for players. The festival will also include food and merchandise vendors. Admission is limited to 400. Attendees must be ages 18 and older. For the full line up and all of the details check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2212084618823306/

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Ayden BBQ Cook-off and festival

It is time for the Annual BBQ  Cook-off and Festival. This event is in Ayden, NC next week. There will be lots of vendors, cook-off competitions, a car show, a beer garden, rides, and live music.

On stage, tonight will be, the Raleigh based party band Hip Pocket and capping off the event on tomorrow evening with fun country grooves will be The Bryan Mayer Band. Show times are 7 pm both nights!

For full details visit http://www.aydenbbq.org

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North Carolina Potato Festival

The festival will be held May 17, 18, and 19 in downtown Elizabeth City. This year’s theme is “Eat, Shop, and Play Downtown,” in recognition and celebration of all our downtown businesses and to celebrate the amazing growth and progress happening in downtown.

There is a National Potato Peeling Contest, the Little Miss Tater Tot Contest, midway rides and games, the blocks-long Auto and Bike Show, free French fries (while they last), Cornhole Tournament, the CGEA 5K Run, lots of vendors. Interesting as well as traditional festival foods, and an amazing lineup of local and nationally-known musicians throughout the three-day event. And so much more!

Visit https://www.ncpotatofestival.com/ for more information and click https://www.ncpotatofestival.com/main-stage-schedule for the full line up of entertainment on the main stage.

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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.

May 13 at 5:02 PM

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Searching for more events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Keeping up with the Blogger

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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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I read emails daily. You can send those to:

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Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance.

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.

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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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TIPS! DONATIONS! KINDNESS CONTRIBUTIONS!

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.

This site is a free service to support live music. Most often it is published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music. Support the mission of promoting live music. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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Music Festival Season is in Full Swing Let’s Dance

This Music Business. Class is In!

Establishing relationships in the music business is no different from any other life or business situation. Trust and loyalty are earned, as is respect. Let’s say you live in Oriental or Havelock, and take note that there is more going on in New Bern these days. Don’t make it your ambition to play every room around. Even in the friendliest places on earth, businesses do vie for patrons and their revenue. Having said that, if you walk into an establishment and the owner or management hires you and you play the club with some success, don’t do the club owner wrong by talking to the competition.

You have to establish, develop and nurture the relationships you cultivate in this life. If the club owners you meet in the towns you are playing, are treating you well and offering you a fair pay, please do not get greedy by going next door and asking for a gig. That will in some cases give you a one-way ticket out of some towns.

Be Considerate of Your Contacts!

Besides club owners, you will also have interactions with others. Let’s say for example you meet a publicity agent who is offered opportunities to book bands. This is a reflection of my own experiences. If I walk a band into a room and they play there, by all accounts that room is mine and the commission paid to me should continue. For some reason, bands don’t seem to remember that part of the equation. This will lead to burning bridges and hurt feelings.

The first rule of business is to gather as many sources as you can, that will help you meet your bottom line. Take those relationships seriously and nurture them if you wish for them to continue. This is a difficult enough business. The stronger the team you build, the longer you will endure! CLASS DISMISSED!

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NCMZ.LIVE May 2019 Festival Guide Pt. 2

North Carolina Fairs And Festivals

May 10-12, 2019

Mayfest in Pilot Mountain

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Mayfest is a three-day festival, hosted by the Pilot Mountain Civic Club in the beautiful Town of Pilot Mountain, NC. 150+ vendors, Amazing Food and Carnival Rides!! They also have a full line up of music to enjoy:

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Epicenter Fest 2019

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This action-packed music festival is for any rockers delight. It includes a fun weekend of camping and rock music.

Epicenter Festival
May 10, 11 & 12, 2019 | Rockingham Festival Grounds
Tickets on sale NOW!
The Inaugural Epicenter Festival features Korn, Tool, Foo Fighters, Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon, The Crystal Method, The Cult, 311, Evanescence, Bush, +LIVE+, Machine Gun Kelly, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Circa Survive, Killswitch Engage, Skillet, Beartooth, Mark Lanegan Band, Dorothy, Black Pistol Fire, Zeal & Ardor, Knocked Loose, Slothrust, Hands Like Houses, Hyro The Hero, Wilson, Amigo The Devil, Arrested Youth, Vein, Black Coffee, Yelawolf, Motionless In White, The Damned Things, Starset, Grandson, Badflower, Memphis May Fire, Issues, High On Fire, Wage War, Crobot, Sylar, Counterfeit., Pretty Vicious, Shvpes, Dirty Honey, Alien Weaponry, Hyde, Architects, Tom Morello, Fever 333, Reignwolf, Yungblud, The Glorious Sons, HO99O9, While She Sleeps, Basement, Scarlxrd, Movements, Teenage Wrist, Demob Happy, Boston Manor, Cleopatrick & The Dirty Nil

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Nashville Blooming Festival

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Next weekend brings the 23rd Annual Nashville Blooming Festival to downtown Nashville, NC. This weekend-long event starts at 6 pm on Friday with Soul Psychedelic offering the live music grooves from 7-11 pm. The fun continues with more live music and fun in store for Saturday. The event opens at 9 am on Saturday with vendors offering foods and crafts. On tap for the tunes on Saturday are August Road offering the first set at 12:30 pm. Silk Groove follows at 3 pm. Next up will be East Coast Rhythm & Blues at 5:30 pm.  At 7:30 pm Meredith Davis and Jamie Pridgen will warm up the stage for headliners, the popular local act, Parmalee who close out the event at 8:30 pm.

To check out the full schedule of events click here:

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Cleveland Co Strawberry Festival

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The Cleveland County Strawberry Festival takes place in Shelby, NC next weekend, and will offer all of the fair and festival goodies, from food, rides, games, and music for all to enjoy. The festival starts at 5 pm on Friday and continues through Saturday evening.

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According to my source, NC Festivals.com the Carthage Buggy Festival is a long-running tradition:

Started in 1989, the Carthage Buggy Festival is a celebration of the rich history of Carthage, North Carolina. The Buggy Festival is held each year to commemorate the famous Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory, that from the mid-1800’s to the 1920’s produced the carriages that were essential to life in rural North Carolina. The Annual Carthage Buggy Festival will be held in Carthage, located eight miles north of Pinehurst in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. It promises to be the biggest and best yet. With an annual attendance of approximately 20,000, the Buggy Festival has grown into one of the biggest and best known festivals in the region.
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The entertainment for this event includes a full line up of fun for all.

2019 Carthage Buggy Festival Entertainment

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31st Annual Down Home Festival

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This year marks the 31st Annual Down Home Festival in Bessemer City. This event is family friendly with activities for all ages. As far as music is concerned, Jim Quick & The Coastline will be kicking things off at 7 pm on Friday evening. On Saturday the festivities continue with opening ceremonies commencing at noon and live music resumes on the main stage at 4 pm with Back Stage Pass Band. 5:30 welcomes Carolina and closing out the night will be Tim Clark Band closing out the show with music starting at 7 pm. There will also be performers on the Center St Stage from 1-5 pm. Be sure to stop by and check out  Trish England, Bengi Neal, and Carolina.

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For families looking for fun in the Mooresville area, be sure to check out this fun-filled event. There was not much information on the music acts, but here is what the NCFestival.com offered:

The Race City Festival is “A Celebration of Lake Norman Area Arts & Culture” and is held outdoors along Main and Broad Streets in Downtown Mooresville, NC . The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual event for the community. In addition to our local merchants, the outdoor street fair will feature the arts & culture of our community, local businesses, NASCAR displays/souvenirs, live music & other entertainment, FOOD TRUCKS & beer garden. There is no admission charge. Open to ALL ages. Bring your chairs, stay for the day.
The Race City Festival is a true celebration of our diversified community and brings more than 20,000 show go-ers every year. Rain or Shine. Make a day of it, bring the family, friends and neighbors!! There is something for all ages and plenty of eats and things to see, do. Enjoy the sounds and tastes of a true festival atmosphere.
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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Early Shows

Union Point Park

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Festival of Fun! will be held at Union Point Park today. The event started at 10 am and runs throughout the day until 4 pm. Here are the details from the Facebook event:

New Bern Parks and Recreation presents the 19th annual Festival of Fun on Saturday, May 4th from 10am – 4pm. This annual event will be held at Union Point Park, located at 210 E. Front Street in beautiful downtown New Bern!

Enjoy a day full of arts & crafts, educational information, fun, games, great food, inflatables, kid-friendly vendors and so much more! The festival will also include entertainment provided by local performers, magicians and dance groups. This event promises fun for the entire family!

For additional information, call New Bern Parks and Recreation (252) 639-2901. This event is presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation.

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Harley-Davidson of New Bern

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Spring Open House is happening today at Harley-Davidson of New Bern. There will be demo rides, great sales on gear and riding apparel. They will also have free food, beverages and live music by Core Sound Band from the Crystal Coast. The fun started at 10 am and continues until 4 pm.

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Riverside United Methodist Church – RUMC

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Ukulele Hoalohas of Oriental is a group of music loving friends that just having fun playing the ukulele in Calypso-Style island songs, traditional folk music, and contemporary music. UHOO for short will be in town to perform today at Riverside Methodist Church. This free show starts at 3 pm.

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Orringer Auditorium

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A Musical Journey Through America presented by The Craven Community Chorus. Today’s event starts at 3 pm Tickets $5, available at Bank of the Arts, Fullers Music, Kitchen on the Trent, Harris Teeter and at the door (if available).

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The Late Shows

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

 

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It is an open jam session tonight at The Garage this evening. All musicians are welcome. The fun starts at 7 pm and the jams 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 classic rock stringer Rick Huff, 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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Centenary United Methodist Church

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There is a special memorial concert being held at Centenary Church on New St, New Bern.  This event will feature a performance by Paul Saik and Megan Johnson. Tickets are $20 and proceeds go to The RCS BEE Renovation Campaign.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts Ravenz Bru 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 a Kentucky Derby Party in town tonight. With live music and more.  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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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC

Brandywine Bay Golf Club

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Brandywine Bay Golf Club welcomes the public in for an offering of live music tonight, courtesy of the original band Now or Never. Music plays from 7-10 pm. There is a full-service bar and great food offered as well. This will also be a new site for an open mic night which Tiffany Elaine will host every other Tuesday evening from 7-10 pm. The first session will be this coming Tuesday. All players are welcome to come out and share songs!

Now Or Never is an up and coming band out of Beaufort, NC. In the few short months of being a band, they have opened for the Cast of One Tree Hill who played MumFest, The Dogwood Fest and much more.

This band is one to watch, for they have a sound like no other. They are currently in the studio finishing their first album, set to release in fall of 2019, featuring their popular song “Waves”. Catch them locally while you can. Come out tonight and meet the band with vocalist Tiffany Elaine,  guitar and vocals Fernando Rivera and Lead Guitarist Steve Mehan.

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Off The Hook

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Rocking the deck tonight at Off The Hook with the grooves that will move you will be The Adam Hill 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 Davy Williamson, 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

E-Club Emerald Isle

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Big Drink Music Company will bring the early party tonight to the stage out back, to rock the E-Club Emerald Isle. They get the fun underway at 8 pm and inside on stage, you can jam to the grooves of Freeway Band offering the fun tunes at 10 pm.

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The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits

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The Naked Knees 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 Space Coast Ghosts w/ Kayas Embrace to the stage this evening with music starting at 9:30 pm.

SPACE COAST GHOSTS are just your Intergalactic Reggae, Hip Hop and Punk Rock crossover Band from another world…
100% Original Music. You don’t want to miss these very talented, high energy performers!

With support From East Coast Reggae hitters Kayas Embrace from Atlanta, Georgia

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Rocking Around the Region

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

MAY 4, 2019 · SATURDAY * 8PM * $20 SEATED/$15 STANDING

New Spin on an Old Sound – Davina and the Vagabonds

Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level “A” musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism and Sowers commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. In 2011 Davina released her first full length, all original album Black Cloud . It was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune and awarded 4 ½ stars from Downbeat Magazine. Their next release in 2014, Sunshine hit number 13 in the Billboard Blues Chart and led them to be a musical feature on the hit BBC show later with Jools Holland.

DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice: Sowers is a true original.

Bringing you 100 years of American music and Davina’s originals, which lend themselves to the American Songbook, brings edgy nostalgia to older generations and fresh new music to younger ears. The group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago.  Catch this one-of-a-kind live show while they are in town!

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Built For Comfort for a night of fun rockin’ blues 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 Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind.

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Market Street Pub

Friends and fans of Corey Stuart are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Playing all of the popular songs from the ’80s and ’90s, you should wear your dancing shoes.  Music starts at 10 pm.

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The Rebel Tavern

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Tonight at The Rebel Tavern you can enjoy all of the popular and fun grooves of AFreyed Knot, with the music and fun at 9 and rocking til midnight!

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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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Keeping up with the Blogger

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Sign up and subscribe to the blog and you will get an email notification each time NCMZ.LIVE publishes a new post! Thank you for reading

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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I read emails daily. You can send those to:

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

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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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TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

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.

This site is a free service to support live music. Most often it is published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music. Support the mission of promoting live music. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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Singing and Dancing at Jams Throughout the Week

This Music Business… Class Is In

I have been in business for myself for as long as I have called Carolina my home! I am dedicated to the cause of connecting people to live music so to support the scene!

 

Band Business Development 

Once you decide that you are going to approach your band like a business, the next step is to figure out what your needs are so that you know how much you need to earn to meet those needs. Many performers forget a few key expenses in this equation. The biggest might be forgetting to charge a reasonable hourly rate for their time.

The time equation is very important since there is more to this than most people see. When accounting for your time, you have to charge something for your road time, office time, as well as the performance. The other thing you need to add into to the mix of the expenses, beyond the cost of your equipment, is the cost of maintaining that equipment as well. Plus don’t forget the essentials that also add up like strings, picks, batteries, tune-ups and more.

All Aboard this Crazy Train!

Now then, once you account for what you need and what you need to charge to meet your needs, you then have to establish how many other people will this project support. Remember, everyone who is on board is in the same boat and their needs are just as important to the equation. So take the time to add up how much time is vested in the project per player and find out what the total needs are. Do not let that bottom line scare you. It is important to see that nuts and bolts of the operation on paper. It is the first step in setting your financial goals.

Always Set Goals and Assign Roles

As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, this endeavor is always a team effort. Even if you are a solo act, you need a team to carry you to the next level. Many serious players often fall back on the solo gig because running the business parts of the operation become easier to manage when flying solo. Many bands mates tend to forget or get sidetracked after the plans of going full time are initiated. It is important to keep on task and meet often, so that all the team members are on the same page. Communication is key to the success of this operation.

How? Who? How Much? To Who?

Here are some important discussions to have. Will the band be self-managed? Will they do in house promotions only? Who will pick up the cost of promotional items, such as an EPK for the band? These are all important conversations that serve bands better when discussed upfront. Don’t be afraid to discuss the money portion of this job, if that is what you intend for your project to be. And everyone must be accountable for their positions. The more you meet and plan for your success, the more likely you will reach your goals. These meetings can be held during rehearsal. If the band does not rehearse, it might be wise to secure day jobs as well for the brightest outcome! CLASS DISMISSED!

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On The Scene With Tracey Stones

It is always nice to run into sweet friends and happy faces! Tracey Stones on the scene with Shannon Naber!

 

Monday Brought the Blues

It was another fun start to the week with Big Jim Kohler Blues Band working out their blues at The Brown Pelican. We started this weekly tradition at the start of February and the fun and excitement continue each Monday, with new slingers showing up to impress the blues master. Music starts at 7 pm with a band set, then it closes out with an hour-long jam of guest players. If you have not been, be sure to join us this week.

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Tuesday Offered A Mix Bag At Open Mic in Beaufort

 

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It is always a great time when I attend the Cru Bar & Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop’s open mic, which is hosted by the lovely and talented Tiffany Elaine. The singer-songwriter does so much to support live and local music along the Crystal Coast where she roams.

For many months she has been hosting open mic on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. But last week the entertainer added a couple of new open mics added to the regular itinerary, and will now be offering open mic at Cru on the opposing weeks. Which mean she will be there again this Tuesday, promoting the many that come out to support her.

I always get to meet new players at this open mic at the Crystal Coast. Located in Beaufort, NC we meet tourists and newly relocated souls seeking out like-minded, music sharing folks to share time and songs with. Last week was no exception, as we met a few travelers and many locals jammers too. The open mic starts at 8 pm and all are welcome to perform. Each act is allowed three songs or 15 minutes under the bright lights.  

Talent Unleashed

This week I had the pleasure of listening to Steve Mehan open the night with his original works. Mehan is a part of Elaine’s band Now or Never and just one of the talents songwriters that is a part of that union. Next up was Jimbo followed by Fernando Rivera, who shared some pieces of his soul. Empty Baggies offered a drug-infused set while Now or Never uplifted the spirits of listeners. Ashton Ward graced our stage and John Durham also got a shot at sharing the stage. Closing out the night was the fun band Smoke n Oakem! A couple of players from that band offered a shot of solo works, as well they included sax man Dakota Newman and bass man Hank who shreds notes on a six-string also.

Tiffany’s Corner

Tiffany Elaine has added two new open mic nights to her monthly calendar. First up she announced “Guys! We have a new place to jam on the Tuesdays we aren’t at Cru! Come check out the K Club at Brandywine Bay in Morehead City, NC.  It’s absolutely gorgeous, they have great food and great drink prices. See you on May 7!” Also new in the mix is Open Mic Wednesdays At The Carolina Wine Mixer ! and that gets underway on May 8, 2019! 

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When she is not hosting open mic nights she is booking and promoting her band Now or Never. Today the band has two gigs, including a show at Humphrey Farm at press time today and tonight it is Now Or Never & Tiffany Elaine @ Pour Haus Pub For Dogwood Fest Music starts at 10 pm. To keep up with her band visit their Facebook Page Now Or Never.

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Wednesday Welcomed A Birthday Blues Jam

 

On Wednesday it was Big Jim and a Birthday celebration at The City Stage for our friend April Sunshine. The night included some great blues, good grooves, close friends and CUPCAKES! Homemade chocolate treats came courtesy of the camera-shy photographer that snapped the above picture of the birthday girl Deborah Shillito. This is another weekly offering that not only shares the traditions of that good blues music, but welcomes players to the stage to jam as well. Music plays from 7-9 pm each Wednesday at the City Stage, 901 B Pollock St., New Bern.

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Thursday Kept Us Bouncing About Town

Mad Fiddling For Supper

 

The Mad Fiddler, Jason Addams was back in town and sharing songs with those that gathered in the Piano Bar upstairs at Captain Ratty’s Seafood and Steakhouse. They started offering live music each Thursday in February and it is a nice addition to the weekly music calendar. If you have been missing the music and you missed the Mad Fiddler, the good news is that there is live music offered each week and the talent of Addams is on display once a month for all to enjoy.  For those that can’t wait until next month, look for him this Thursday jamming tunes from 6-9 pm at Salty Turtle Beer Company

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2019 Spring Fair Kicks Off with the Blues

 

 

Big Jim Kohler Band welcomed all those that come out to the opening night at the Craven Jaycees 2019 Spring Fair, at the Craven County Fairgrounds on Thursday evening. Gates opened at 6 pm and the music started at 7 pm. The fair is in town until next Sunday, May 5, 2019. 

 

Last night they were going to host the popular local act Joe Brown and The Band, but that show was canceled due to inclement weather. Given that announcement, the band has been rescheduled for next Friday, May 3, 2019. Tickets are $5 at the gate and you can buy bands to ride the rides all day for just $20.00.

 

Back on My Big Jim Soapbox

We All Love Him!

Have you met my blues brother, Big Jim? This guy is the real deal when it comes to Chicago style blues and he has a long list of songs ready to share with his fans and friends. It has been quite a ride sitting shotgun on this blues journey with this talented slinger, who not only plays the blues but lives them out like a true champion. Jim Kohler moved to ENC in 2011 and just six weeks after settling in with his family they were greeted by the rise of Irene, a Hurrican that washed through their house and washed away most of their possessions. It took them five years to recover and along the way they worked out their sorrows by sharing music with their community. They are the first band to show up at any cause and they are often there donating their time. 

We Nearly Lost Him

Before Florence was ever a consideration in our community’s story, there was another story that was penned about our cities blues father! In August 2017, Big Jim fell ill with pneumonia and nearly lost his life. In an effort to save his life and help him recover and heal. The skilled and professional team at Carolina East Medical Center placed Kohler in a coma, so that he could combat his addiction to alcohol. For anyone that remembers Big Jim near the end of that long relationship he openly had with beer and whiskey, it was not always pretty.

Let’s All Support Him For the Joy He Brings

Many things have changed since then, and throughout it all Big Jim has been sober and is now in better health than he has ever been in all the years he has called NC home. In fact, it was just Wednesday night that I overheard his bride talk about him being here for all of the many positive changes he has made. I will point out that behind it all, it is his family and music that keep this man going.

Having said that, I will also mention that music is how he makes his living. If he had a better product, it would not take long to send him back out on the road where he is destined to be. He cannot do that without your help. In February Big Jim fired up a Kickstarter campaign to get this new product recorded and manufactured. On Tuesday, this campaign will be shut down unless we come up with the still needed $1980 to press the play button on a new Big Jim disc!

For the last time, please reconsider and donate to the cause of keeping the blues alive. BIG JIM STYLE!

Visit the link below and donate! EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bigjimkohler/big-jim-kohler

Thank You!

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Come Back Tomorrow 

I know I said I wanted to throw in the towel, but that is because I am so uncertain about how I will afford this build. After revealing my struggles I was met with an overwhelming about of support. Mostly emotional and some financial help as well! All of those that have helped me keep it together, THANK YOU! It has not been always easy, following the beats of my heart, but you all have made it worth the trip! In an effort to show you my commitment, I am going to offer three blogs each week as we continue to grow and expand this live music support circuit! When you return tomorrow, I will take share scenes from the weekend and give you the goods on where to find gigs in the week ahead! 

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Saturday Night Specials

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Checking out all sides of that confounded bridge

Speaking of Big Jim and benefit gigs, let’s get the party started on that note tonight!

The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine 

All Hands and Hearts- Smart Response will be raising money for Hurricane Relief for those in Craven and Pamlico Counties. The event starts at 5 pm and music will be offered by Big Jim Kohler Blues Band from 6-8. The event wraps up at 9 pm. Please come ready to give and help those in need!

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Sara’s Big Apple  1150 Broad Creek Road, (252) 636-2555 welcomes the music of Charlie Duzan. He will be sharing songs from 6-8 pm

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Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood (New Bern, NC)

 

Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood (New Bern, NC) welcomes the music of old-time country sounds of the Country Express Band offering sounds from 6-8 pm.

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Broad Street Christian Church

Broad Street Christian Church The last Saturday of the month is when the area jammers gather to share songs and more. The monthly open mic welcomes all who attend. Music plays at 6:30-9 pm.

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Craven Arts Council / Bank of the Arts

 

Craven Arts Council / Bank of the Arts 317 Middle St, (252) 638-2577 Welcomes the Chapel Hil based duo Blue Cactus to offer the music of Willie Nelson. There will be a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm followed by the performance at 7 pm. www.cravenarts.orgfor tickets and more info.

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The Garage

 

The Garage 1209 US Highway 70 East (252) 288-5585 welcomes Marron Chaplin who will rock you from 7-10 pm.

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BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E, (252) 631-5142 welcomes B&B Acoustic Duo sharing songs from 7-10 pm.

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The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 welcomes Paul Piccard live from 8-11 pm.

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City Stage New Bern 901 B Pollock St. (252) 631-5122 welcomes the blues of The Carolina Swamp Dogs. Music starts at 8 pm.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 offers live music by The Monterio Experience this Friday 7:30 pm until 11 pm. Free music to welcome your weekend!

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

 

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Emerald Isle, NC

E-Club Emerald Isle

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E-Club Emerald Isle will bring my buddies from The BiPolar Express to the beach to rock you tonight. For anyone looking to throw back to the ’80s hairbands and ’90s grunge rock. Be sure to make this your final stop of the night if you are along the coast. It will be a rocking fun time for sure. Free music starts at 9:30 pm.

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Morehead City, NC

Promise’ Land Market

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4EverAll will serve up the sounds and sharing the grooves at Promise’ Land Market, with music being shared from 8:30-11:30 pm.

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Off The Hook

Off The Hook will host the good grooves of Joe Brown and The Band tonight starting at 10 PM. This New Bern based band packs a variety of funky soul and fun beats into the set, for all to groove and dance along to. Wear comfortable shoes and come dance!  They will be rocking the deck until 1:30 am. Come dance and Spread the love!

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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 of The Other Guys and good food too. 

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Wilmington, NC

Palate

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Palate welcomes the good grooves of The Dust Parade this Saturday evening. Music plays from 8-11 pm. Come swing and groove to this fun surf-infused jazz band that will carry you off on their waves of groovy sounds.

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Rocking Around the Region

Greensboro, NC

Craft City Sip-In

 

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Craft City Sip-In has the best music plus beer, wine, and whiskey!

The Grand Ole Uproar offer the music tonight with tunes beings shared until 10:30 pm. Tonight’s show starts at 7:30 pm.

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Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar

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Roy Stewert will be live offering the music from 10 pm until they turn out the lights at 2 am tomorrow morning! Come out grab a bite, have a beer, shoot some pool and groove to the beats to make it a night to remember.

 

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Greenville, NC

Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery.

 

Doors @ 7:30 Show @ 8:00 $5 cover at the door PLAIN JANE (Greenville) This band had their live debut during Spazz Fest and got everyone excited! Come see what the buzz is all about! CHRIS LARKIN (Raleigh) https://chrislarkinmusic.bandcamp.com/releases Chris Larkin is returning to Greenville with his live band trio rounded out by Greenville natives Michael Hudson (bass) and Alan Asby (drums). Taking notes from bands like Cage The Elephant and The Neighborhood, the trio strives to create carefully-crafted, energetic pop-rock songs. Chris released his debut full-length in March 2018 – check it out at the link above! STRONGMAN & CO. (Raleigh) http://www.strongmanandco.com/ Four-piece indie rock for fans of Applebee’s and trumpet solos. Come see them playing in Greenvile for the first time ever!

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Washington, NC

AOP’s Turnage Theater

Today is the BCTMA annual gathering takes place today at the Turnage Theatre in lil Washington. This is a free music event that shines a light on all sorts of traditional music. Here is the schedule of music events:


Jam Sessions:


10:00 AM Open Jam
 12:15 PM Bluegrass Jam
 1:15 PM Old Time Jam
 2:15 PM Folk Jam


Featured Bands in the Showcase Room:


4:00 PM Uncle John and the Hollis Trio
 5:00 PM Twisted Knot
 6:00 PM J.D. Joyner


Headline Band on the Turnage Stage:

 7:00 PM John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff

All proceeds will go to the fund for a new roof on the Turnage Theater. 
Free. Donations accepted.

Following the headlining act, there will be the long-awaited raffle where the 1st prize is an acoustic Martin Guitar DRS-GT with the case, 2nd Prize is an acoustic Electric Dean Guitar SADC-TBS, with the case; and the 3rd Prize being raffled is a 2-hour Pontoon Boat Trip on Blounts Creek with Bob Dew. I bought my tickets in January!

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The Wine Crate

Live music will be offered at The Wine Crate, courtesy of Duane Haddock. Music is served from 7-10 pm. Come early for the good eats, stay late for the spirits and live music. 

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Bill Lyerly Band will return to rock Market Street Pub this evening. $5.00 music charge payable at the door. Live music starts at 10 pm and remixed and remastered discs on sale during the break. Come out to support live music and buy the merch too!

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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.

 

April 22 at 5:20 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.

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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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We Visit Oriental, New Bern and Swansboro for Music Fun

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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There were many good times to be had last weekend and I found a few worth talking about on my journey of chasing music. Not only was there music here in town, but also it was found in a few coastal towns along the way, as well. In fact, I kicked things off in Oriental and closed things out in Swansboro, NC.

Pickin’ the Blues and Pouring Brews and Raising Funds

We start things off where we last left off. Which means on Saturday afternoon, it was off to Oriental where Big Jim Kohler offered his blues for the school! Pamlico Community College Foundation hosted a fundraiser at The New Village Brewery, where they poured pints and raised money throughout the day for future scholarships, for the students attending the community continuing education center.

Many turned out to enjoy the free pizza, home-brewed beer, and good blues. Inside they had a room set up with items for a silent auction. They offered artwork, posters paintings and so much more.

Before the night ended Foundation president, Michelle Noevere offered a few words about the importance of the Foundations work, in providing funds for books and supplies to students in need. Also speaking on behalf of the work done by the foundation was a student benefiting from the scholarship.

Mid Week Blues Is Now a Thing

As for Big Jim and his blues, the man has been staying busy since his recovery from a serious bout with pneumonia last year, that sobered the six string player right up! After boozing and bluesin’ for a lifetime, the song maker is now sharing his blues with a sober mind, a gleam in his eyes. With each show, Kohler openly shares the mastery of his craft with grace and flow.

Today the Big Jim Kohler Band is Big Jim on guitar and vocals, his wife, Kathy Kohler offering vocals,  Chris Buttita on bass and Tom Parker on drums. They have been working out songs since they came together this past Summer and seem to have a lot of fun picking the blues together!

You can come and check out the band each Wednesday night at City Stage, 901 B Pollock St, New Bern, NC. Moving forward the band will be opening each Wednesday evening with a two-hour dinner set from 7-9 pm. Following the dinner show, the open jam will begin. Opening the stage to all friends and players that enjoy jamming with Jim, this is your invitation to joining the Big man in the weeks ahead.

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Marron Chaplin Debuts at City Stage

When I got back to town last week, I headed over to check in with Marron Chaplin. She was setting up for her debut show at the City Stage. So I wanted to be on hand to go live when she got started, in the hopes that more people would come to see her performance.

For those who are not familiar with the NYC based player with a strong voice and guitar skills to match, she is currently calling New Bern home base and is enjoying life as a mom to her young daughter. These days the singer-songwriter spends her days at home, enjoying her daughter and learning new music. Her days of taking time off from music are coming to an end, as the new mom is ready to roll with more new music for her awaiting fans.

You can support the artist by checking out her latest recording project. One she is happy to personalize for you, her fan! To read more and sign up to support her music follow this link:

Support Local Artist ~ Marron Chaplin

I presented the music maker with a challenge a few weeks ago, which she graciously accepted. Tomorrow night she will be offering a two-hour program of Carly Simon music during a performance at Bank of the Arts. Tickets for the show at $20 for member and $25 for non-members. To get your tickets; follow this link:

www.cravenarts.org

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Stairwell Heats Up the Deck with Hot Rock Music!

We learned one good way to beat the early cold weather blues, is to get rocked! This is exactly what happened last weekend when Stairwell set up on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play for their show on Saturday night. With temps dipping down to the 40’s it was a challenge for the band but the fans rocking with them made it worth the effort.

Stairwell has New Bern roots, with original member and lead singer Jeremy Monette standing at the helm of the band. But really, their story started and developed in Greenville, NC. They have been rocking the scene for more than a decade and still get excited to bring the rock music for all to enjoy! Stairwell was founded by Jamie Rawls and Mark Richardson in 2007. Mark decided to take a leave of absence from the to pursue personal interests.

Currently, the band offers the talents of  founding members Jamie Rawls guitar, and vocals; original member Monette, on point with the lead vocals,  drummer Jeremiah Shawn Pierce, who has been offering the beats since 2015, Fred Watkins on bass, who joined the band in June 2017 and coming on board this Spring,  Jason Lawing on guitar.

Besides offering familiar songs that run the gamut from rock to pop to hard rock to funk, the band also offers a great variety of original tunes that truly help them shine as a band. They will be rocking the fans in Washington next. Mark the calendars for their appearance at Market Street Pub on November 30, 2018. Music rocks from 10 pm until 2 am.

For those looking to keep up with the band, support them and learn more be sure to visit their website at

STAIRWELL

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3rd Degree Bern Rocks the Dirty Bird

Bouncing around town makes the night the most fun. So following my fun times with Stairwell at Blackbeards, I headed over to The Brown Pelican to check in with Third Degree Bern. As one might note by the name, they are a New Bern based cover band offering the fun rock, pop, and blues hits that everyone knows and loves. Rounding out their sounds are local stringers Brian McDowell offering lead guitar and vocals, Tom Davis plays guitar an offers the lead on vocals, Chris Morden plays bass and holding the sticks is Rich Diemetre on drums. For friends and fans of the band, you can find them rocking Taberna Country Club on December 6, 2018. Save the date and get ready to rock into the holiday season with this fun quartet.

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Soothing Music at Mullet Fest

I had a Sunday morning brunch meeting at The Church Street Deli, Pub, and Inn located on Church St., Swansboro, NC.  While I was there I got to enjoy the music offerings of Robert Gasperson. This young pianist is a classically trained player and vocalist who is looking to branch out a bit more. With composing on his mind, the singer-songwriter is looking forward to making his own music as the days unfold.

He already offers a full variety of cover songs to fill hours of sets lists for shows. He is available for hire for anyone in need of music for their club, private party, wedding or special celebration. I first met Gasperson at a showcase performance for The Earl Jones School of Music where Gasperson is a student. It was a nice way to welcome the day, listening to familiar music coupled with good food and excellent company.

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First Stop James City!

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Checking in with our friends at BrÜtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC: Tonight you can come out and enjoy the sounds of  Caffeinated Soul Boogie. This is a fun band with original music and familiar favorites. Come to show your support for the local artists rocking out the sceneTomorrow night it is the acoustic sounds of the talented Irish Robinson, who is on his way to becoming a dad this week. What a great thing to celebrate. Be sure to congratulate the music maker when he comes to town tomorrow. As always, the music is free, the beer is fresh and the weekend awaits. Come out and celebrate! Music is served from 7-10 pm.

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Thirsty Bruin Tonight

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On stage tonight offering the music at The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC will be Tommy Duzan Sr. He will be offering songs from 8-10:30 pm. This show is free for all, but please feel free to tip your bartenders as well as the entertainment on tap to rock you.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts in, to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands. Tonight it is the local stringer and singer Kristie Lynn offering songs from 7-10 pm.

Tomorrow night, come early and take a pause for the cause courtesy of GEM Productions. Carolina Lily Fest 2018 kicks off at 5 pm, with New Bern’s family band Strung Together offering the opening set. Following their set, Mandy Mears plays at 6:15; followed by Sometimes Lions  7:15 pm. Batts come calling at 8:15 and closing out the night will be the music of the incredibly talented Crystal Bright. 

Along with all of the great entertainment, there will be a silent auction and a place to make donations for Coastal Women’s Shelter during this holiday season. Please come out and show your support and help this worthy organization help others in our community!

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight you can party right into the weekend with the fun vibes of Spare Change, offering the music and will be on stage rocking you starting at 7:00 pm. Tomorrow night it will be Push Play bringing the fun vibes. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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Cruising The Coast

Morehead City, NC

According to their Facebook Page, here is what is happening this weekend at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 513 Evans St., Morehead City:

~Friday, November 16th~
OPEN at 4 pm
Made to order brick oven pizza will be available starting at 8 pm
Music by the Side Trac band tonight starting at 10 pm 🎶

~Saturday, November 17th~
OPEN at 12noon
Enjoy our wood-fired pizza starting at 8 pm
Live music by Rural Route Romance starts at 10 pm 🎸

~Sunday, November 18th~
OPEN at 12noon for Sunday Funday ☀️
Brick oven pizza available starting at 2 pm

Friendly reminders: Everyone must be 21 and over starting at 9 pm and there is a $10 minimum on credit cards.

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Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop features the music of Blue Moon Jazz. For those who love the soothing sounds of jazz and fun show tuns, come out and celebrate the blues and jazz of this fun band. Music starts at 8:30 pm. This show is free, but please feel free to tip the music makers.

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Swansboro, NC

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Tonight at Boro Restaurant  & Bar you can enjoy the sounds that soothe you with music being offered from 8-11 pm tonight courtesy of New Bern’s own Ed Prophet. He will sing songs that make you fall in love with the weekend and maybe even your date. Come early for the good food and stay late for the romance and music.

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Cedar Point, NC

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Seth and Sara Brand will be at the Treehouse Beer Company this evening. Offering the live music from 7-10 pm. This is a touring act, featuring the music of Seth Brand, an original singer-songwriter out of St. Louis, MO. Come out and show your love while they are in town. Enjoy a beer in the garden and kick back while enjoying a new artist.

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Checking Out the Gardens in Newport

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Carolina Home & Garden has been offering live music in the garden for years each Thursday evening. A few months ago they expanded their music offerings and started serving up sounds on Fridays too.

This week you can enjoy the Swansboro based duo, Wild Honey offering the tunes from 6:30-9:30 tonight. This fun duo offers familiar songs and blends a few originals in the mix. Come to show your support and dance in the garden tonight.

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Huntersville, NC

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Abe Reid brings his blues to the Hunter House and Garden Circa 1913 located in Huntersville, NC. Music plays from 7-10 pm with blues being the only special on the menu tonight. If you have yet to hear and see this talented player, I promise this is a great way to step into the weekend.

This amazing player hails from Statesville, NC and plays his “savory old-school blues whipped into sweaty, gritty, steady-rocking, party-down, musical dynamite,” all over the region. To dig on his blues check out his page Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers on facebook and then visit his website!

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Raleigh, NC

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It is a double bill of great grooves tonight in Raleigh, NC, Offering a good mix of funk and jam band blends, it should be a great time with the Asheville-based Dr. Bacon and the Downeast area’s own, Mac n Juice Quartet bringing the show to the stage at The Pour House Music Hall. This show kicks off at 8 pm with tickets ranging from $7.50 to $10. To get your ticket you can follow this link:  tickets or pay at the door.

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There is lots of exciting news coming out of the Bryan Mayer camp this week. First and foremost the country artist with roots just released his next big hit, which you can check out today.  “Crazy In Love,” is available for download at Spotify, CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes. To check it out on YouTube follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qbtLgXjFPg.

Also adding to the music news excitement is the fact that his first hit, “This Is Me.” was picked up by Sound Choice to be added to their extensive Karaoke catalog. To celebrate this milestone, the singer-songwriter will be making an appearance tonight in Raleigh to help kick off the new karaoke offering. It is all happening tonight at Brickhouse of Raleigh.

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Durham, NC

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On stage tonight at The Blue Note Grill, it is the winner of the Triangle Blues Society Challenge, Chicken Shack. This gospel-infused blues band offers a high energy show that will keep people on their feet and bopping on the dance floor tonight. There is a music charge of $8.00 payable at the door. Music starts at 9 pm but I encourage you to come early for the great food and stay late for the awesome music.

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Kinston, NC

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North Street LIVE offers the fun and good time music with Dueling Pianos tonight, Here again, I suggest heading there early to grab a bite to eat then stay late to enjoy the music. The Dueling Pianos entertain crowds everywhere they go. If you have not caught a show yet, you are out of excuses tonight Kinston, NC. Come out tonight to see what the fun is all about with music starting at 9 pm and playing until the midnight hour.

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TrainWreck will be rocking the grooves at The Red Room this evening. They get the party started at 10 pm with music playing until closing at 2 am. Come have a good time as we dance into the weekend tonight. The Red Room is located at 220 Herritage St., Kinston, NC. There is s $5.00 music charge payable upon entry.

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Havelock, NC

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North Carolina Country Superstar, David Lee Jones will bring his award-winning band to Havelock tonight to rock em at Jean’s. Music plays from 10 pm until 2 am. The rocking country star has a long list of songs that he has written and a set full of songs that he compliments when he offers them to his audience. If you love country music you will have a fun time boot scootin’ in Havelock tonight.

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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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Here are all the great music options for you on

Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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 publically.

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. 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 by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely 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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You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort 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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Halloween Creeps In, The Beat Goes Down and The Music Plays On

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

 

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Last night I stayed local and caught a couple early shows!

Thirsty Bruin Hosts Local Singer & Stringer Ed Prophet

 

Last night the weather offered more rain which put a damper on some events about town, but what I did manage to catch I thoroughly enjoyed! My first stop brought me to The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern, where I enjoyed the sounds of local song maker Ed Prophet. The talented stringer and singer keeps busy on the road offering music to fans along the Crystal Coast. I had just missed Ed last weekend at the Cape Carteret Fall Festival, so seeing him last night was long overdue. He offered two fine sets to friends that gathered at the Thirsty Bruin last night. Tonight the singer will be entertaining at The Church Street Deli and Pub, located at 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. Music is offered from 7-10 pm. To keep up with this singer please find him on ReverbNation by clicking his name:

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Carolina Sky Delights Bike Riders and Offers Bluegrass and More

There was a fundraiser in full swing last night when I stopped at The Brown Pelican and Carolina Sky was offering the fun grooves when I got there. They performed in a trio formation with Caroline Tanner, Phil Lanier, Sara Rosellen offering the sounds with all things strings. They swapped out between banjo, guitars, mandolins, and violin. The beautiful thing about this band is their uniqueness. At press time I had no news about upcoming gigs, but when I hear the news I will share it with you first!

The Brown Pelican often teams up with local charities to combine, music, food and fundraising fun. Next month you can join the cause for the cause with Lily Fest, brought to us by GEM Productions and the good people at Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival and help support the Coastal Women’s Shelter.

Carolina Lily Fest 2018

GEM Productions is proud to announce that Carolina Lily Fest returns for its fourth year on November 17th, as New Bern’s premier outlet for the celebration of powerful women in our community. Each year, Carolina Lily Fest hosts an array of female musicians, artists, and vendors, who donate their time and efforts to raise money for the Coastal Women’s Shelter, the sole provider of no-cost comprehensive domestic violence services in Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties. CWS is an organization that does so much to provide for our community, so let’s bear together and help raise funds for this incredible organization. This year’s event will return to The Brown Pelican for an evening full of female empowerment for a fantastic cause!

This year’s event will be headlined by the immensely talented Crystal Bright, an incredible Chapel Hill-based singer/multi-instrumentalist, who blends European and American world music influences, twisting her music into a darkly cinematic yet operatic burst of energy. Additional eastern NC based acts will be announced soon!

Carolina Lily Fest is open to any female performers/female-centric groups, poets, arts or crafts vendors who would like to participate. If you’re interested in joining us as a part of Carolina Lily Fest, send an email over to bernaroomusicfest@gmail.com

 

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Live Music Options

Getting Down Around Town

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Downtown New Bern, NC

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First Stop James City!

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Checking in with our friends at BrÜtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC:

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Tonight you can come out and enjoy the 2nd Annual Halloween Party with Joe Baes Project. Dress up and get ready to dance to all the great 80-90’s rock, pop and grunge tunes you love. Keep an ear out for their fun original tunes as well. Dress to impress. Mari’s Hella Fat Food Truck will be serving the food you love. Your favorite beer will be on tap and the music will be offered from 7-10 pm.

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Down on Broad St.

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Open Mic on Broad St.

The last Saturday of the month in New Bern generally means open mic music at Broad St Christian Church, located at 802 Broad Street, New Bern, NC. All musicians are welcome to join the fun. Pack up the gear bag and meet your friends tonight! Here is the news on this monthly event as per their Facebook page:

“Well we missed last month but let’s get together this month and encourage one another. The church is having a chili dinner, so you can get some food as well. Come to enjoy music, etc. plus support the church by getting a chili dinner…… it’s a win-win situation. Hope to see you there.”

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts in to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands. Tonight, they will celebrate Halloween with Ravenz Bru. Live music is offered each Saturday from 8-11 pm.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight you can enjoy the rock grooves of The BiPolar Express, offering the rock favorites to groove you from 7:30-11:00 pm. Tomorrow The Wannabees will perform on the deck from 6:30-9:00 pm, as a makeup to last night’s canceled performance.

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City Stage

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Tomorrow night you are invited to attend the Monster’s Bash. Tickets for that are $8.00. The Monster Bash Halloween Revue and Dance Party will be hosted by Madame Z.
Break out your craziest costumes and join your friends at City Stage. The City Players will perform live throughout the night and the dance floor will be full! Costume contest at midnight! 8:00pm – 1:00am. The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St, New Bern, NC. They are a private club. Sign up and become a member for $1.00.

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Cruising The Coast

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Morehead City, NC

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Simon Spalding will be performing tonight at the Infusion Cafe in Morehead City, a dinner-and-music program featuring the music of Eastern Europe. He will be playing the violin, domra, balalaika, and (a new acquisition), a Russian 7-stringed guitar! Kurt Peterson and others will play guitars, bass, and other instruments.

Call 252-723-0125 for the ticket price, information, reservations, etc. Music starts at 7 pm.

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Live tonight on the deck on the Waterfront will be the grooves of Groove Fetish. If you have not caused these guys yet, come out tonight. They offer the jams from 10 pm until closing. Off the Hook is located at 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC.

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Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop has more great fun in store for you tonight:

The Beaufort Horror Show Drag & Variety,

Sat Oct 27th, 9pm-1am, $10-15 cover

Performers include:
DJ Jerm, who will be spinning some awesome tunes to keep the night rocking!

From Raleigh: Twixi Chardonnay, who has performed across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. She is a former Capitol City EOY Emeritus and Miss Carolina Comedy Queen Emeritus, that placed Top 10 at National Comedy Queen.

Haven Wolf, who has been performing for almost 7yrs. He brings a blast from the past and a little bit of spooky with each performance. Haven has performed at Legends and Morgan’s and holds the titles for Morgan’s Entertainer of the year and Mr. Tarheel Unlimited.

From Greenville, NC: Hysteria Cole, North Carolina’s Original Queen of Spook who has performed across many stages in North & South Carolina. She is the fun-loving comedy queen with a dark side!

Presenting the androgynous wonder from outer space Ellis D. He has performed on stages all over eastern NC. Hatched by the head house of spook Hysteria Cole herself, this creature is ready to thrill.

From Cape Cod, Mass., Angel Rosen, a professional aerial artist specializing in pole fitness and two-time Silver Medalist in national pole competitions.

Beaufort’s own Zatara Delavega, who will be undulating, twirling and adding some bling to the evening with a variety of dances throughout the night.

This line up of performers ensures there is something for everyone to enjoy! Join us at Cru for a fantastic night of Fun!

Tickets are $10 for 21 and up.
Tickets for ages 18-20 are $15.

There will be a costume contest with prizes, so please come dressed! Acts for this show will feature tributes to some of Hollywood’s cult classics! Audience participation throughout the evening for various games and dances. Please bring your best ghoul or ghost with you, for one evening of spooky fun!

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Tonight you are invited to attend Annual Halloween Costume Party at Backstreet Pub, 124 Middle Ln., Beaufort, NC! The Fustics will be jamming out with some great rock and dance music starting at 9:00! Come dressed up in costume – COSTUME CONTEST @ MIDNIGHT with a CASH PRIZE! Homemade and creative costumes are always favored!

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Swansboro, NC

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This weekend at Boro Restaurant and Bar, you are invited to come out to enjoy the great tastes being featured on the menu and enjoy the live music of the incredibly talented Justin Castellano. A local favorite, Castellano is classically trained and professional player. To enjoy all his works and to learn more about this artist visit http://www.justincguitar.com Music plays this weekend from 8-11 pm.

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Halloween Parties Abound

Havelock, NC

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They are calling all goblins, ghosts, and creatures of the night to come out to Jeans!!! So creep, float, or crawl on over to Jean’s to our annual Monster’s Ball with $200 in cash prizes in the costume contest.

All My Rowdy Friends, Hank Williams Jr. Tribute Show will be taking the stage around 10 pm.

Costume Contest to start at 11 pm in these categories:
Best Male $25

Scariest $50

Best Female $25

Most Original $50

Best Couple $50

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Hubert, NC

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Join us at Humphrey Farm for a Freaky Good Time. Costume Parade, Kid/Adult Costume Contests with CASH Prizes, Photo Scenes with Interactive Characters, Halloween Cookie Decorating, Carved Pumpkin Contest (Bring Your Own Work of Art to enter to win!), Haunted Inflatable Zombie Maze, Food Trucks, Vendors, Cider and best of all…TRUNK OR TREAT!!!!

At 6 pm, stick around for the Zombie Line Dance Party.

Advanced Tickets Now on Sale: https://www.humphreyfarmnc.com/haunted-halloween-party

*** Now accepting Businesses, Car Clubs and Individuals who wish to set up Trunk Or Treat. NO FEE. www.humphreyfarmnc.com for more details.

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Jacksonville, NC

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Join us at the Angry Ginger Irish Pub for a spooktacularly good time! Saturday, October 27th we will be having a Halloween Bash! We want to see everyone out in their spookiest, funniest, sexiest, costumes yet! DJ Donna will be playing the top hits in music and some Halloween favorites and we want to hear some karaoke while you’re with us!
There will be costumes contests with CASH Prizes!!
Categories will be announced shortly!
RSVP and come out to the best Halloween party in Jacksonville! The party starts at 10 pm.

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This is the 2018 Diggerfoot Halloween Party hosted by NONE OTHER than.. the biggest LITTLE bar you have ever been to! The County line Bar and Grill in Ayden NC! If you want to have a good time, listen to some good music, party like nowhere else with some good folks, this is the only place you need to plan to go! The fun starts at 10 pm!

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Raleigh, NC

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A Little Halloween Party at The Architect Bar & Social House Never Killed Anybody

8:00 PM – 2:00 AM

$10 Cover Starts at 10 PM

Costume Contest

Multiple Cash Prizes

DJ BBB

Start The Spooky Season Off Right & Join Us to Howl the Night Away!

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There will be a Halloween Party tonight at The DFR Room featuring the good time rock of AC/DC, which will be provided by Thunderstruck. Come dressed to rock. The fun start at 9 pm and the good times go until midnight!

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Washington, NC

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Kinston NC

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Come on out and join us for our annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest!
The Roman Sams will be in the house bringing you all your favorite tunes.
Costume categories include
Scariest, Best Couple, Sexiest, Best Group, Funniest, Best DIY, Overall Best.
We plan to have some pretty awesome drink specials as well as games!
Hope to see you all as its gonna be one spooktacular event! The Red Room is located at 221 S Herritage St. Kinston. There is a music charge at the door! Support Live Music. Party starts at 10 pm.

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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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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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 Facebook event created.

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. 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 by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

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Keeping up with the Blogger

Look for me on Facebook by following this link:
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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 with me.

I read emails daily. You can send those to:
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Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Sending along pictures is helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well. Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

Thank You For Your Support

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort 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!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. For simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

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If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets on site. Two of the stations take $10.00 increments and one station takes $5.00 donations. All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!  To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com to learn more.

 

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Let’s Kick the Weekend into High Gear with Music

New Bern Boasts the Blues Weekly

I have said it before and I will tell you again; the blues is alright! Knowing that we can celebrate it each week is equally as wonderful. It was announced earlier this month the Big Jim Kohler would be the regular Tuesday entertainment at City Stage New Bern, located at 901 B Pollock St., New Bern, NC.

Since the club opened, Big Jim has been a regular feature on stage., but now they have increased the volume on the blues and will be ushering in each Tuesday with two sets of fun and fine Chicago style blues with Big Jim on guitar and vocals, and his beautiful bride, Kathy Kohler on vocals, Chris Buttita on bass and Tom Parker on drums. Music from these cats starts at 7 pm and the entertainment is free.

If you have not heard Big Jim bring his blues, you are missing out on New Bern’s blazing sapphire string man. Born with many talents, he pursued music only after sports led him to injury. Here is the most recent band bio drafted by Kathy sent to me by Big Jim earlier in the week.

Meet the Band!

“Nearly 30 years into a playing career, Big Jim Kohler manages to keep it fresh every time he makes his way to the stage. He started cutting chords in clubs on Long Island and in New York City, before long he was playing festivals and alongside heroes and friends. With many stories to share and two CD’s under his belt; The Road Goes On Forever and The Party Never Ends.

On the caravan, these days are Kathy Kohler, a veteran of theater and clubs. Singing blues and gospel all while being the wife and mom to Big Jim’s brood. Chris Buttita is on bass; hailing from Chicago, Buttita also plays bass for North Carolina’s Hot Buttered Grits, a New Bern based jam band with a large and devoted fan base that love roots, funk and jamming good music. The drum stool is manned by Tom Parker from Syracuse, NY. Parker crossed Big Jim’s path out on the road, back in the day when Parker was keeping the beat with harp master Carey Bell and Kohler was swapping licks and backing the legendary bluesman Son Seals. After running into each other in Eastern Carolina it was only natural for the two to team up.

Always a good time Big Jim Kohler moves on playing intimate clubs or on larger stages with the same love for music and his audience.”

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For those who can’t make it out on Tuesday, be sure mark your calendar for Saturday, November 10, 2018. That is when you can take a little trip to the scenic Oriental, NC to take a pause for the cause and meet the Kohler’s, as the belt the blues to raise money for Pamlico Community College. They will perform from 4-7 pm at The New Village Brewery located on Broad Street. There will also be a silent auction, free pizza and great craft beer available at the cash bar.

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Chasing Rain Clouds & Finding Festivals

Speaking of the blues, that is one thing that the sky wasn’t last Saturday as I rode around from one festival to another trying to escape the raindrops, which greeted me at all locations, until it was time to go to an indoor gig, of course.

Cape Carteret Fall Festival