Generating Money and All the Many Gigs Around the Region

This Music Business. Class Is In

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Money Makes All Things Possible

 

In this segment, we are going to look at the bottom line. Money is a key factor in the success of any business. This is even true for the music business. Regardless of your feelings on the subject, money matters. It is the major component of tracking your financial success. 

Many players jump into the band business and never put in the time to develop a business plan. It is rarely even a second thought and quite frankly this is why many bands break up or fall to the wayside. If you are involved in a project and money is being made and time is being expended, then you should take the time to meet at the start of the endeavor to better plan the adventure. Communication is an important element in developing a well-executed plan. 

A lot of bands come together for the FUN factor and don’t split a hair or care about the money, at first! But after some time, as things work out and the band plays more… before long, it’s a few years of time and when adding it up, the money comes to matter.

You need money to keep your gear in tune and sounding the best it can. If you play any stringed instruments you need strings and often picks. Guitar players also need a lot of 9-volt batteries. Drummers need sticks. Everybody has expenses and those things add up over time. Make sure that it is factored in from the start. Also keep in mind how much it costs for travel, including and so often the forgotten costs of wear and tear, along with gas and tolls. (Consider paying .60 per mile travel to anyone who is driving.)

Often times, if your band grows to know some bit of success, you branch out and before long you need money to feed yourself and/or stay overnight if the gig is far away. So after adding up all of the expenses for that, let’s also remember that players need to be paid for their time too. Giving everyone the same wage is a mistake. You will run out of money before all of the expenses are paid.

Money Matters!

 Don’t act like money is unimportant just because we are all having fun. Let’s not forget a few truths. Money makes and breaks many relationships, it destroys marriages and it devastates many bands too. The key to money management is communication. When money is pooled together, and in any business that is what happens, all of your earnings are put into one account and then you pay out your expenses.

Let’s say I hit the scene with the Tracey Stones Band. I have four members plus myself. I don’t play an instrument, I am just the singer. But I provide the PA and lights for this operation. I also manage the bookings and promotions. Along with that, I own a large vehicle that houses my production equipment and two other players and their equipment, as I always pick up the bass player and lead guitarist who live close by. The drummer and the rhythm guitar player carpool in the drummer’s car.  This means you have two cars on the road for this job. $500 job. If the job is 40 miles round trip, then two drivers should be compensated for $24 of travel costs right off the top and before the hourly wages are sorted out. Same holds true for the cost of using the gear and lugging equipment.

As a unit, we are playing out on average, four nights a month and we have a travel radius of 50 miles. At the end of the night, Tracey Stones Band deposits a check for $500 for a three-hour performance. Quite often in this scenario, the leader of the band gets paid and distributes the funds evenly, meaning everyone walks away with $100 in their pocket. Eventually, the person who supplies the production, the one who does the driving and/or the person who manages the business portions of the project will get upset, feel short-changed and quite often quit! The reason is simple, piss poor planning leads to failure every time.

 

Cultivate Cash and Organize Opportunity

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One of the key steps to formulating a good plan is, to identify the ways you will cultivate cash in this business plan. Are all of the earnings coming strictly from live performances? Chances are as the band grows in popularity, the opportunity will come to create more income based opportunities.

Let’s take a minute to identify some income sources. First and foremost, we all came together to play, so of course that is our main objective and revenue source.  But being talented performers we have lots of options for cultivating cash. We can teach people our skills and help them develop their own. Teaching lessons is quite often a good source of revenue. Sometimes players sign up to teach students at a local music store, while others are traveling tutors, who visits students in the environment of their choice.

If you are an original band and you are producing products for sale, creating an online presence is important. Create your site just as soon as you have a name, logo and goal in place. This will be your stage set when the amps grow quiet. It is the platform which promotes you when you are not on stage under the bright lights. If you have a product to sell then you will want to create a site that has a store. 

Selling products is a great way to generate income. But again, be sure to plan this stage as much as you planned playing on stages. Here are some important things to consider before setting up shop. What items can and will the band offer their fans? Who is going to be responsible for the merchandise? How will the revenue be spent?  

If you have a successful band who generates a product, creating a store is a great way to ensure future recordings. Some of the most popular products include CD’s, t-shirts, coozies for beer cans, stickers. Every band model is set up differently, but a good model for merchandising the band is to use the profits for advancing the band’s career. 

These are just some things to consider as you get ready to turn the world on its ear with your music. Keep in tune with a plan and the success will come. Tomorrow we will check out a couple of local bands that offer a merch plan worth sharing. Until then, it’s the weekend! Get out and enjoy some live music! CLASS DISMISSED.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

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JUNE 2019 ARTWALK… Come to downtown New Bern to participate in the festivities at the local ArtWalk businesses. Downtown art galleries and restaurants stay open for extended hours and sponsor special events every second Friday of the month!

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Craven Arts Council will host receptions for the following exhibits:

-Main Gallery: Watercolor Society of North Carolina
-Director’s Gallery: Private Schools Exhibition

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

Union Point Park

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Tonight New Bern Parks and Recreation Department welcomes their second show, offering for the series Footloose on the Neuse tonight in Union Point Park. Music will be offered by the BackBeat Band and all are welcome to attend. Pack the chairs or blankets, pets are welcome but must be on a leash. Don’t forget the bug spray and please leave the coolers at home. Vendors will be on site to serve you. The fun starts at 6:30 pm and the music plays until 9:30 pm.

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Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

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

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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

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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 Ryan Cain. 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 grooves of Gene Gregory 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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Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Bar

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The Upsetters will play music over at Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Bar this evening featuring the guitar work of Big Jim Kohler. No one else in the band is worth mentioning on my watch. Music starts at 9 pm.

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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 Pure T Mommicked 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 Cecil Gillikin in the garden, offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from Dem Boyz BBQ, 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 Friday you can enjoy the music of Steel Shot. Music plays at 8-11 pm.

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Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes 4 EverAll for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music.

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Off The Hook

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Off The Hook welcomes the fun grooves of Groove Fetish tonight on the deck. Music starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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

Friday June 14th 
~ OPEN at noon
~ Happy Hour 5pm – 7pm hosted by Beaufort Proper
~ Live Music by Chocolate Chip and Company
~ Be sure to wish our very own Jeff McCann Happy Birthday today!

Saturday June 15th 
~ OPEN at noon
~ Live Music by Jukebox Revolver

Sunday June 16th
~ Happy Father’s Day 
~ OPEN at noon for Sunday Funday

See you at Jack’s!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents

 

Blue Moon Jazz, Fri June 14th, 8:30-11:30, No Cover charge

BLUE MOON JAZZ is a NC Jazz Ensemble *perfect* for a wine bar setting!

Please come early for best seating!

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Surf City, NC

JM’s Place PUB

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

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Rocking Around the Region

Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to Kings of the Highway Band, offering the pop and rock grooves we all know and love. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 2 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

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With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, his trailblazing, instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Selwyn Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young star in the blues. Birchwood’s high-octane blues—at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute—are played with passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6’3” young man with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease, his soulful, rocks-and-gravel vocals firing up the crowd.

For additional info see http://www.selwynbirchwood.com/

The show starts at 9 pm and music plays until 11 pm. Come early for the good eats and stay late to enjoy the music.

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The Red Room

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The Red Room welcomes Clay Whittington to the stage this evening for the music. Live sounds play from 10 pm until the closing hour. There is a $5.00 cover charge payable at the door. Support live music and pay the cover charge. That money helps to bring music.

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Oriental, NC

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The New Village Brewery & Taproom invites you to gather in their backyard to enjoy the tasty eats of Mari’sHellaFat Food Truck, the freshest brewed beer on the block served with live music from their talented friend Mac McWilliams, who will be offering his own mix of TexMexBluesabilly music for your listening pleasure. Music plays from 5:30-7:30 pm

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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 Jupiter Jones 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. Tonight on the Pebble Stage is John “Singer” Benson. Music plays 7-10 pm.

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Market Street Pub

Friends and fans of Bria Burke 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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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.

June 10 at 5:58 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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Follow me on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

Feel free to invite me to your events.

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

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

Tracey Stones Productions

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

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.

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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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Have a great weekend and enjoy the dance!

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

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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

Memorial Day Remembrance and The Blues

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Blues at The Brown Always A Blast!

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

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

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

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

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Another Good Dollar Deal

Mid-Week Music at City Stage, New Bern

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

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

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

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Big Jim Gets A Break and Time on the Big Stage

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’d Rather Go Blind feat Kathy Kohler

 

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Joanne Shaw Taylor on Tour and Sharing her Reckless Heart

 

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

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

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

Joanne Shaw Taylor Tour Dates

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

R.T. Johnson Band

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Saturday Sends Us Beach Bound for the Blues

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

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

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 Rock Sounds Start with Nantucket

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

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

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

 officialnantucketband.com

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Things Got Funky In Morehead City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Live Music for the Week Ahead

Monday with Music

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday Temptation

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

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

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

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Wednesday’s Weakness

Blues Is Back at City Stage

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

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Open Mic at Carolina Wine Mixer

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

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Thursday Thrillers

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

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

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

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

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

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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

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

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This Music Business, Class Is In!

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

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

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

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Festival Fun Featuring New Bern Talent

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

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Beaufort Music Festival

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

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

Saturday Performances:

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

Saturday Evening Performances:

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

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

 

Strung Together

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

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

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

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

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Hot Buttered Grits

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

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

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

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Bryan Mayer Music

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

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

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

 

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

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Recapping Festival More Options For May 18, 2019:

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2019 Atlantic Beach Music Festival

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

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

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Mustang Spring Jam

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

For event information, please visit MustangMusicFestival.com.

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 16th Annual Montford Music & Arts Festival

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

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Today is the day for the Southern Roots Festival.

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

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

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

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

Durham Blues & Brews Festival

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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3rd Annual Cheerwine Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shop for Cheerwine merchandise at the official Cheerwine tent.

Enjoy food, drinks, and crafts from local vendors.

We can’t wait to see y’ all there!

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

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RoseFest

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

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

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Early Shows

Sara’s Big Apple

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

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

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The Late Shows

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

 

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

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BrÜtopia

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

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Rocking Around Town Tonight

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The Brown Pelican

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

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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

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Bank of the Arts

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

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC

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Floyd’s 1921 Catering

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

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Off The Hook

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

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

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

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Emerald Isle, NC

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The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits

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

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SALT BAR

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

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Rocking Around the Region

Clayton, NC

Revival 1869 – A Drinkery

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

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Goldsboro. NC

Heroes Sports, Oyster Bar and Grill

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

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Kinston, NC

The Red Room

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

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays, they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic night, hosted by Brian Burke. On Fridays and Saturday it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight all are welcome to come out and jam with the talented John Williams. He hosts the fun night of creativity on Pebble Stage from 6:30-10 pm.

The Wine Crate

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

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Answering the Call

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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!

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Looking Back at the Week of Fun Plus a Look Ahead

Behind The Scene With Tracey Stones

Looking back at the week, there was a lot of music that I found and guess what? There is a lot ahead too!

Rehearsal with the new Bryan Mayer Band

 

I started the week out with logging some rehearsal time with the new line-up for the Bryan Mayer Band. This past weekend marked an end of an era for the band and the country crooner is getting ready to bring a new show to light with a new guitarist and drummer joining the ranks.

The next gig for the band will feature Victor Speight Jr on drums and John Coltrane manipulating the electric six string. Holding down the bottom is a bass man of the year, Mike Sandvig. Namesake and leader, Bryan Mayer acknowledged that 2019 has been a weird year for him. He was rather comfortable with his line up but like with all things, change sets in and directions turn. After nearly five years with the same group, it’s a period of transition for the local country singing star.

Though they can only fit one practice in per week, the players have been getting comfortable with each other for the past several weeks as they get ready to make their debut at next week’s Ayden BBQ Cook-off and Festival. That will be on Saturday night at 7 pm.

Bryan Mayer Band – Crazy In Love

Currently, the band is a part of a Facebook Competition for the song “Crazy In Love.” This new release is nominated for Song of The Year.  To cast your vote, follow the link dated May 1, ask to join the group and then cast your vote. May 1 at 10:21 AM.

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On The Scene With Tracey Stones

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Monday Evening Blues Fix

One of my favorite nights around New Bern is Monday night. That is when Big Jim Kohler brings his blues to The Brown Pelican, to offer the great Chicago style blues we all know and love. Music is offered each week from 7-9 pm.  Be sure to come out and support it soon. This is a great night for blues fans and jammers too.

A New Open Mic Night on the Links

Speaking of jams, I attended a new open mic last week. KClub at Brandywine Golf and Country Club in Morehead City now offers an open mic twice a month. Hosted by the lovely and talented Tiffany Elaine, all are welcome to attend. This club is open to the public and offers cold, beer, wine, delicious food and now live music too. All are invited to come out to see what’s new and exciting at the links this Spring and Summer season!

All Are Welcome

While in attendance for the debut, I was able to catch a few awesome stringers and singers. First up was Fernando Rivera offering his own vibe to the mix. Following his three-song set came Steve Mehan, who started out with a fine blues instrumental, one he thought would work well with some horns. Speaking of horns, next up came the fresh young talented Dakota Nyman who offered a smooth jazz set.

 

While I was in the house, I also had the pleasure to hear from Stephen Poole and Ashton Ward, they are both powerful voices becoming known along the Crystal Coast. Both crooners have strong country persuasion but offer some pop and rock tunes too.

Before heading back to town I was also able to enjoy a short set by the trio Now or Never. The trio came about as result of these open mics, being hosted by the singer Tiffany Elaine. Teaming up with two guitarists this trio has three songwriters too. The chemistry is great and that is captured in the essence of their music.

This week Tiffany will host Open Mic nights at Shortway Brewing Co. tomorrow with music starting at 6-9 pm. On Tuesday the crew heads to Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop for more fun from 8-11 pm. On Wednesday catch the gang at The Carolina Wine Mixer offer an open stage to share songs from 7-10 pm each week.

Honky Tonk Tuesday

When I got back in the area I stopped in at The Brown Pelican to see what was happening. I got to enjoy a few jams by Charlie Duzan, who was offering the vibes to Honky Tonk Tuesday, a fairly new feature each week at the Dirty Bird. Music plays from 7-9 pm and all country players are welcome to come out and jam.

Soulful Sounds Fill My Soul On Thursday

The elegant and popular singer Alisa Mike has had a standing gig at  City Stage New Bern, since they opened their doors nearly a year ago. In fact, Mike was the first performer to welcome attendees to the new club and she offered the crowd her debut record, a self-titled disc with so many standards we love to hear her sing. Since then, Mike has enjoyed the dinner crowd that delights in her show each week. For anyone interested in catching this fine weekly offering, come out any Thursday from 7-9 pm.

Castellano Comes to New Bern

Justin Castellano is always entertaining to take in. I caught up with the talented act on Friday night when he graced New Bern with his talent. He offered his fans and friends at BrÜtopia a fun show on Friday night. One of the things I love about this cat is the fact that he is a gear junkie and technology nerd. These combined traits always give the singer something new to talk about.

For those looking to catch this skilled player soon, you can find him on the weekend in Swansboro, NC. On Friday and Saturday nights he will be offering music to those that gather at  The Boro Restaurant & Bar. Music is offered from 8-11 pm both nights. On Sunday you can hear him offering brunch music to those that come out to Church Street Deli, Pub, & InnLive music plays from 12-2 pm.

For anyone who can’t make those shows but wishes to keep up with this talented stringer, be sure to visit his website at https://justincguitar.com

To get a taste of how talented and crazy good this stringer is, be sure to check out some of his awesome music. Here is one of my favorites:

Justin Castellano Music

Country Courtesy of Ryan Cain & Jimmy Kennedy

For the next stop, I found Ryan Cain and Jimmy Kennedy II sharing songs in the backyard of The Garage. This new family-friendly bar is located in James City and offers games for the kids and cold beer for the parents. They are making upgrades each week and soon we will have a stage in the backyard.

The Mad Fiddler Returned TO BEAR CITY TO PLAY THE PELICAN

Jason Addams is better known to this world as The Mad Fiddler, and for good reason. This talented singer and stringer is a true one-man band that offers a great mix of popular songs that many know and love. What is most unique is the way he offers those familiar songs. With a wild-eyed edge, Addams is dramatic in his delivery of the energetic songs that he offers to those that sit before him.

Many that were in the house had not seen the wonder of the Mad Fiddler and he was delighting all that I spoke with. Many had asked if I have ever seen him. Fact is, I have had my eye on his madness since I caught a clip of it on Facebook three years ago. I finally met the talented player last year at an outdoor community celebration in Cape Carteret. Since then I have enjoyed several offerings.

To keep up with the madness, be sure to become friends with Jason Addams on Facebook.

Last Call For Current Rotation

Turning our attention back to the start of this blog, I mention Bryan Mayer was working things out with a couple of new players as his current drummer and manager, Shawn Mitchell makes a break for the bass and heads to work with RT Johnson. Also pulling out to take on more corporate responsibilities is Keith Salyards, who has been offering the electric strings for the past 5 years for the country crooner, tall on talent.

Looking ahead, the new band will make their debut next Saturday, May 18, 2019, at The Ayden BBQ Cook-Off and Festival. Music starts at 7 pm.

For fans and friends of the band be sure to check out the band on Facebook at Bryan Mayer or check out his website by visiting  https://www.bryanmayermusic.com/

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Music Options In the Days Ahead

Monday Mania

Blues Night at The Brown Pelican

All are welcome to come out and join the fun each Monday at The Brown Pelican. Live music is offered from 7-9 with Big Jim Kohler at the helm and blues on his mind!

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Tuesday Temptation

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

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Tiffany Elaine will host an open mic night at the Cru Bar & Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. The fun starts at 8 PM and all are welcome to come out and jam. 

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Wednesday’s Weakness

Blues Is Back at City Stage

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

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Open Mic at Carolina Wine Mixer

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

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Thursday Thrillers

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

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Strung Together will provide the entertainment on the deck this Thursday evening at Persimmons Restaurant. Music is offered from 6:30-9:30 pm. Come enjoy a great night with fine dining on the water and enjoy the show!

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

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

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Back In Class Plus More Festival Fun and Music Events for Friday

This Music Business! Class is In!

Musicians spend a lot of time honing their skills, learning new techniques and mastering their instruments. Most times this investment of time yields the reward of performing your craft in front of an audience.

Make good use of that time investment after you meet the team members, that you will refer to as your band-mates, and develop a plan. Talk about it at rehearsal and write it down on paper. If you take the time to do this, it will help everyone stay on task of achieving goals that are set.

Developing a good business plan is a fine first step for any band ready to take the scene by storm. You will want to chart the course and write it out in plain detail, all of the specifics of this operation. You will want to list overhead and expenses and the means of meeting those expenses.

Detail The plan

A plan can start out as simple as; Johnny and The Rocketships are a southern rock band with four members, new on the scene and interested in playing six shows a month. For the first year, we are going to stay in a 50 mile radius of our location. We will book and accept jobs paying only $500.00 or more for a three-hour performance.

By this time next year, Johnny and The Rocketships will be blasting off on the festival circuit and developing a website for the band. Within the first year of hosting this site, we will build an online store offering hats, T-shirts, stickers and a new 5 song EP for sale online and at shows. The sale of merchandise will be recycled into the store and the profits aside for recording new material.

In this plan, you will name members and speak of their roles and personal achievement goals. This is where we look to know, who is responsible for what and their expectations for meeting those goals. Happy Planning! CLASS DISMISSED!

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NCMZ.LIVE May 2019 Festival Guide Pt. 3

As mentioned last week, 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 uses a section of each weekend blog 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 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 Artisanals
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 gets underway this coming 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.

On the bill for the pre-party celebration will be:

5:00 PM Iron Horse
6:30 PM Intermission
7:15 PM High Fidelity
9:00 PM Scythian

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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Durham Blues & Brews Festival

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 our 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 back for another great weekend of fun for all ages.

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.

Sample the flavors of the Carolina’s free of charge in our “Taste of the Carolina’s” booth sponsored by Food Lion.

Explore Salisbury by completing a scavenger hunt for a chance to win prizes.

Discover Cheerwine’s history at the Rowan Museum. The free Cheerwine exhibit will take fans on a walk through the soft drink’s last 102 years of delighting taste buds.

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. There is still time to become a vendor if you are interested, check out http://www.rosefest.org/. 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.

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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, next Friday night will be the Raleigh based party band Hip Pocket and capping off the event on Saturday 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 as well. 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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Friday, May 10, 2019

MAY 2019 ARTWALKCome to downtown New Bern to participate in the festivities at the local ArtWalk businesses. Downtown art galleries and restaurants stay open for extended hours and sponsor special events every second Friday of the month!

Craven Arts Council will host receptions for the following exhibits:

-Main Gallery: Watercolor Society of North Carolina
-Director’s Gallery: Private Schools Exhibition

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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 great music featuring the talented Jason Addams, aka The Mad Fiddler, offering songs from 7-10 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs and wonderful originals by this local and regional songwriter. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of TrainWreck, 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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Craven Arts Council / Bank of the Arts

DAYTON VESPER Piano Concert