Blues Is Our Bizness All Week Long And End the Week On A Rock Groove

On the Scene With with Tracey Stones

Rocking my new job as music promoter on the deck at Persimmons last Sunday. Photo Credit: Dan Jam Phillips.

 

Monday Is Never Manic With Blues Mania at The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican is the popular watering hole that is known for hosting live music five nights a week. Kicking things off with a blues fix is Big Jim Kohler Band who each Monday offers music jams from 7-9:30 PM each week. This popular night brings out many blues admirers and players too. All are welcome to come out and be a part of the fun. The band offers a fun set of Chicago style blues before asking guests to share the stage for more jams that lean into the blues.

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Mid Week Blues Break Brings New Faces and Many Bassists

Following a night off, Big Jim and the Band get back to work sharing more jams with more jammers in town. Most Wednesdays, the band can be found on stage at City Stage, sharing the blues and cutting the grooves with special guests.

This past week we saw some new faces and two new bassists who stepped up to jam with the band. First, we met Chiles, a new face on the stage, who shared a few songs before tuning over the bass detail to David Rappaport. Rappaport is the bassist for the new line up of Due East who will be making their debut at The Brown Pelican in a few weeks. Look for them in mid-October. 

Along with a couple of new bass players, we featured two harmonicas at one point in the program. Blowing the notes were Gordon Graham and David Sawyer.

The mid-week blues jam offers two hours of blistering blues and rocking grooves that bring fans to Chicago and back in two hours time. The BJKBB will be there each week until September 11, when the DownEast Folk Art Society brings a show to town. More on that as we grow closer to the event.

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Thursday Yields More Blues From the Road as We Head to The House for Woolly’s Big Blues Jam

Woolly & The Wingnutz are the house band at The House in Durham where each Thursday, players gather to join the jams. This week Woolly requested that Big Jim come early and play with the Wingnutz. This weekly jam welcomes many players from the Triangle region and always offers a bouquet of talent. Many of these players are friends we met along the way in our travels to The Blue Note Grill. 

Speaking of the blues supper club, they will be hosting their annual blues competition, next week for The Road to Memphis. This annual competition is judged and selects one winner from each category to go to Memphis to represent The Triangle Blues Society at The International Blues Challenge at the beginning of 2020. The Big Jim Kohler Band is registered to compete. I will be on hand to stream live from the competition.

Not long after the competition, Woolly & his Wingnutz will be coming to New Bern to rock your blues away. on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant on Saturday, September 14, 2019. That show will start at 6:30 pm.

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We Welcome The Weekend with More Blues and Rockin Grooves

Things got underway between Tracey Stones Productions and Persimmons Restaurant after the manager, Meghan Margarum reached out to hire Big Jim for a show. I replied that he would be available in late August and that I would love to meet about bringing more music to the beautiful venue. After a few messages and a meeting, it was agreed that we can work together in bringing talent to the waterfront restaurant that overlooks the Neuse River. 

Last night it was the debut for the Big Jim Kohler Band on the deck. Bringing their talents to make the music were Big Jim on guitar and vocals, Chris Buttitta on bass, Mike Ferrara on drums and there is vocal spotlight which shines also when Kathy Kohler grabs the mic to belt her blues. They set up outside on the deck for the first set, but as the storm set in during the break, we broke down and moved the party upstairs and inside. Tonight you can find the boys rocking their blues at Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Wilmington NC. Music starts at 8 PM. Next week they will be back on the Bear City clock and doing what they do about town. Be sure to be a part of the fun soon. We love seeing you.

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Closing Out My Week Of Blues with Good Rock

I closed out the week with the rocking fun grooves of Stairwell. This Greenville-based band has been creating sounds for 13 years and have two original discs available for purchase. They also travel with lots of merchandise, from t-shirts to jewelry, hats, stickers and more. The band plays a variety of cover songs that run the gamut from pop to rock. Of all the songs they offer, it is the original works that truly impress me. Here is a sample of what I mean.

 

The band keeps their events up to date on Facebook so if you wish to keep in the know, be sure to check them out on Facebook by following this link: Stairwell. Their next show will bring them to Da Bayou Wilson next Friday night with music being offered at 10 PM. Next Saturday the band returns to their home base to rock Tiebreakers Sports Bar and Grill, Greenville, with music again starting at 10 PM.

 

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Dining and Dancing Picks:

North Carolina History Center

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TICKETS:

$25: (August 1 – August 24)
$8: Designated Drivers

Featuring: Big Game Brewing, Fishtowne Brew House, BrÜtopia, Shortway Brewing Co., Brewery 99, Tight Lines Pub & Brewing Co., The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, and Savi’s Wine.

Live music from The Dust Parade and The Spread!

Food trucks include La Cocina Del Coqui, LLC, Pops & Pucker, Dank Burrito, Kings Restaurant, NEST CAFE on Wheels, The Little Chef Food Truck and Catering Company, and PB’S Italian Ices!

All proceeds will benefit the Tryon Palace Foundation.

https://www.tryonpalace.org/LiveAndLocal

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On The Outskirts of Town

Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood

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Live music will be offered tonight at Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood from 6-8 PM with Country Express Band sharing songs with diners.

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Persimmons Restaurant

In case you missed the news, Persimmons Restaurant has committed to bringing more live music. The waterfront restaurant will offer local sounds each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 6:30-9:30 PM and Sundays offer Jazz from 5:30-7:30 PM. Music will be offered rain or shine. Tonight on tap and ushing in the dinner grooves will be Adrian Watts of TrainWreck with his scaled-down band, Adrian & Company.  Make plans to dine and dance the night away soon. Sunday Jazz will be dished out by the incredible John Van Dyke tomorrow.

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City Stage New Bern

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City Stage New Bern welcomes the rocking trio Gary Dudley & The Maxxtones offering the live music from 8-11 pm. Come early and grab a bite and stay late to rock the night away. GD&TM will rock your socks off as they offer up all of the classic rock favorites you love. Doors open for dinner service at 5 PM. Admission for music is $8.00.

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Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of music with The Carolina Swamp Dogs. Coming to town for tonight, they will be offering more of the fun, folk-inspired grooves they enjoy shuffling through and more, 8-11 pm. 

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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 The Jan Michael Fields Band. They will bring the music to life with all the grooves you will love. Music plays generally at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info and confirmation on tonight’s show please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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On the James City Side 

Brütopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the grooves of Joe Baes Project live. 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 Sam Lewis live and grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.

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SWANSBORO, NC

Bake, Bottle & Brew

Big Drink Music Company offers the live music sounds tonight at Bake, Bottle & Brew this eveningMusic is offered from 6-9 pm.

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Emerald Isle, NC

The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits

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Country crooner, Ryan Cain will be offering songs to the fans and friends, that gather for good eats and great beer tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music starts at 6 pm and this New Bern based band will rock you until 9 pm.

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The Carolina Wine Mixer

The Carolina Wine Mixer welcomes the music of Stephen Poole, offering music from 7-10 pm

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Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes Red and The Rockers 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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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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~Saturday August 24th~
Open @ Noon
Live music by RRR (Rural Route Romance) starts @ 9:30pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

~Sunday August 25th~
Open @ Noon
Live music on the deck by Bill McLain 4pm – 8pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

See you at Jack’s!

See you at Jack’s!

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OFF THE HOOK

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Off The Hook welcomes ThBiPolar Express tonight on the deck. The rock trio from New Bern offered three sets packs with 80s rock grooves. 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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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop 

Endless Summer Queen Vacation, Saturday Aug 24th 9pm-1 am, cover $10, $1 from each door prize will be donated to Pride of the Crystal Coast, a local LGBTQ organization

 

Join us for a Summer PRIDE PARTY & Drag show, hosted by the Current Miss Gay North Carolina Pride, Veruca Salt!
She will be entertaining us alongside her friends, Amaya, Bang Bang Ladesh, Michelle Michaels, Emily Michales and Kayla Lashay! Dance music will be provided by Dj Nishfutz!

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Royal James Cafe

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Now or Never are on the stage tonight at Royal James with free music being offered from 8-11 PM. This Crystal Coast duo will be rocking their home base and offering up their original works. Riding the high, of their first single release, the duo released Waves just a few weeks ago and it is available for purchase at their shows or find them on Spotify. The short-order cooks behind the counter are serving the best burgers in Beaufort, make sure you get one.

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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

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SURF CITY, NC

JM’S PLACE PUB

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JM’s Place PUB welcomes the reggae grooves of The Adam Hill Band. 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 Rockzilla offering their rocking best tonight. Music is free and kicks off at 9:30 pm and lasts until 1:30 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

Groove-laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking Gulf Coast blues courtesy of the incredible Marcia Ball. 

Marcia Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world.

With SHINE BRIGHT (available April 20th), Ball set out to, in her words, “Make the best Marcia Ball record I could make.” In doing so, she has put together the most musically substantial, hopeful and uplifting set of songs of her five-decade career. Produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and recorded in Texas and Louisiana, Shine Bright contains twelve songs (including nine originals), ranging from the title track’s rousing appeal for public and private acts of courage to the upbeat call to action of Pots And Pans, a song inspired by renowned Texas political writer and humorist Molly Ivins. From the humorous advice of Life Of The Party to the poignantly optimistic World Full Of Love, the intensity of Ball’s conviction never wavers while, simultaneously, the fun never stops. Shine Bright is exactly the album Ball set out to make.

For more information see www.marciaball.com

Tickets are only SRO and are $30. To get your tickets MARCIA BALL AT BLUE NOTE GRILL

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Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar

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Johnny Bad Check & The Bouncers will be sharing songs tonight with friends and fans that gather at Crossroads Grill & Bar this Saturday night. Music starts at 10 pm.  Grab a burger, enjoy a cold beer and groove to the music tonight. 

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Kinston, NC

The Red Room

The Red Room offers the sounds of Joe Brown & The Band at 10 pm. There is a $5.00 music charge. Please pay the admission fee as a means of supporting live music.

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill is always a great time with music and good food on the menu! Music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. 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, drink and unwind. Tonight it is the talented David Cox Music plays at 7-10 pm.

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The Wine Crate

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Music is on tap at The Wine Crate tonight with singer-songwriter Duane Haddock, sharing the songs you are sure to enjoy. Come early to enjoy the taste from the bistro and stay late for the good music. Songs are shared from 7-10 pm this evening! 

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Market Street Pub

 

Friends and fans of Bill Lyerly are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Come out and enjoy a cold beer and fun and funky throwback sounds offered by this lively roadhouse rock band. Music starts at 10 pm.

 

Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

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A triumphant Debut on St Pats day, Nicks Blacksheep Tavern is proud to bring back.

WHERE did you find these guys Nick?????

Straight outta Myrtle Beach, SC

The Fossil Rockers

These guys rock!!!!

There’s nothing old about these Fossils. Their high energy will have you head bobbing and dancing around to your favorite songs. This is definitely a great show. If you’re into classic rock and heavy metal, be sure to catch them every time they are in town.

The Rolling Stones are still rocking and so are The Fossil Rockers guys. Offering amazing, high-energy, Classic Rock and Roll! All your favorites. Stunning vocals! Great fun!

 

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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. Follow the link to see what they said this week.

August 19 at 11:21 PM

 

One More Show Before We Go

Tomorrow afternoon Tracey Stones Productions Presents Live Music in the Park for my friends and neighbors in Fairfield Harbour. Live music courtesy of Hank Barbee & Friends. Music starts at 3 and the band will play until 5 pm. All are invited to pack a snack and bring the family to Red Sail Park for a fun afternoon of fellowship and music. It is encouraged that you bring a tip for the band. All tips this week will be donated to Hank’s father-in-law, Greg Davis, who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor and lost his job thereafter. For those that can’t make it for music but wish to help a family in need, be sure to visit this Go Fund Me for Greg Davis.

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Visit Our Calendars

 

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

Live Music Events ~ New Bern 

 Live Music Events ~ Along the Coast   

Live Music Events Around the Region

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With A Calendar Function Giving This Site A Daily Boost Offers GOOD News For Readers and Advertisers

This offers readers a resourceful tool to finding music in their area, all around the state, every day of the week. I am committing myself to the new routine of finding new gigs to list and add to the calendars daily. Committed to adding a minimum of ten a day that means adding 70 gigs a week to these calendars.

Bands and venues are welcome to invite me to their events on Facebook or via email at ncmz.live@gmail.com. There is no cost to be listed on occasion, but please understand just like free music is not free, this free promotional service is not free either. It costs me a great amount of time. 

If you are a busy band or a thriving music venue, I want you! We can create a calendar for you and keep you in the zone! $250 a year and you can have all your events added to a personal calendar widget right here in the music zone. Advertisers will be responsible for providing the event’s content. 

Beside offering calendar options, NCMZ.LIVE also can create an active link for your website, or social media pages. Which also offers some live coverage for your live music events. For five years we have been building this site together and thanks to your suggestions and my commitment it keeps getting better. THANK YOU!

I will still bring you live coverage of the music scene around us in the random fashion we have become accustomed to in these five years of reporting. Without your support since September, none of this would be possible. So a big shout out and thank you to everyone who has extended a hand, offered a tip, bought me a meal or a beer, I love you all for the love you have shared with me! And every time I think I have to quit, you really have stepped up to help me keep the beats! Together we are building an awesome product that we can be proud of as we share it with our friends.  

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Thank You for Reading!

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Tonight’s blog is made possible thanks to the donation and kindness of NC Life Media, LLC 

The calendar app is sponsored by Ken Byrd!

 

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

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Capping off the Weekend And Walking Through the Week

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Sunday Afternoon In The Park Brings The Blues

 

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    The Carolina Swamp Dogs came to Fairfield Harbour last weekend, to perform as part of the concert series which I host for the neighborhood. Tracey Stones Productions, LLC presents this concert series, which takes place every other weekend throughout the warmer weather seasons at Red Sail Park. The duo came from the Jacksonville area and offered two long sets of sizzling hot blues for the crowd that gathered.

I met this band as a trio three years ago at the NC Seafood Festival in Morehead City. They wowed me with their take on the blues. Offering an educational experience with listeners. They teach about the masters that created the first musical offerings from our American culture. The blues have a deep-rooted history in being America’s music offering to the world. It’s originators live on through those shared musical traditions which they offered the world, as new players carry the torch in keeping the blues alive. One of the things I appreciate most about this band, whether they come as a duo or a trio, the education comes with them. The lead singer, percussionist and harmonica Gary Oles tells tales about the players that carved the history of this music genre. Band-mate Tommy Langlois plays the guitar while keeping the beats with his feet. Offering some vocals, the duo offers a fun show of great music.

For those around town that missed the show, good news, The Carolina Swampdogs will be returning to town tonight to perform on the deck at Persimmons. Music will play from 6:30-9:30 pm, as you dine under the sails if the weather is right, upstairs if it is not so nice.  Next weekend they will return to town to play The Brown Pelican. The duo will offer music from 8-11 pm on Saturday, August 24, 2019.

For those interested in knowing, my next show in Fairfield Harbour will offer the music of Hank Barbee and The Dusty Trio. It was recently made public that Hank Barbee’s wife, Holly Barbee’s father Greg Davis is very sick. Recently diagnosed with a brain tumor, he also lost his job. These have been rough days for the family and in an effort to make things easier, we will be collecting donations for the singer’s father-in-law. Please come out for a fun afternoon of great music and help this artist help his family. Showtime is Sunday, August 25, 2019, at 3 PM. For those that cannot attend the show but would like to help this family in need, please consider visiting and donating to the GO FUND ME set up by his family.

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Sunday Evening Jazz and Special Guests Conclude The Weekend Music Offerings

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Following my concert in Fairfield Harbour, I packed up my banners and headed to town to catch some Jazz courtesy of John Van  Dyke and friends. They offer two shows each month out on the deck at Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant. I am glad I did not delay, as it was my sweet friends Kathy Kohler who was standing with the band when I arrived. She wowed the crowd like she always does by offering two songs. She was not the only diva to join Van Dyke on the mic. He also shared a song with June Bonner later in the show. These jazz offerings are served from 5:30-7:30 each Sunday afternoon. Welcome the evening with wonderful sounds under the sails as the moon rises over the Neuse River. Van Dyke is a resident performer, offering a jazz show on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. The first Sunday of the month offers the sultry sounds of Alisa Mike and this week come out for the Jazz sounds of Andrea Owens. 

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More Blues To Welcome The Week

 

Nothing gets the week started right better than a good dose of the blues. Blues Night at The Brown Pelican with host Big Jim Kohler is still a thing and people are flocking to it! Last week was a little more special than most, as Big Jim was joined by his bride midway through the show. Kathy Kohler rarely joins the Monday night party as she rather enjoys the night off. But last week with so many of her friends in the house, it only made sense to summons her to the stage. After a quick shower, the powerhouse singer graced us with her presence and offered a handful of amazing song selections. Included in her set was “People Get Ready,” as well as a slaying version of  B.B. King’s “The Thrill IS Gone.”

Big Jim stays busy bluesin’ throughout the week around town and then brings his show around the region on weekends. You can join the fun jams any Monday at The Brown Pelican or most Wednesdays at City Stage. The jams run from 7-9 pm at both venues and all are welcome to come out and join in the fun. Coming up this Friday, August 23, you can catch the band on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant sharing sounds with diners from 6:30-9:30 PM.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

Persimmons Restaurant

Live music will be offered at Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant this evening courtesy of the Carolina Swamp Dogs. They will be sharing blues grooves from 6:30-9:30 PM. I was informed this afternoon, that if it is raining at the time of the show the band will perform upstairs. This means live music rain or shine. We hope you will join us!

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The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of music with Sometimes Lions. Coming to town for tonight, this duo will be offering more of the fun, folk-inspired grooves they enjoy shuffling through and more, 8-11 pm. 

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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 classic rockers The Wannabees. They will bring the music to life, sharing all the grooves you will love. Music plays generally at 7:30- 11 PM. For more info and confirmation on tonight’s show please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

Brütopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the grooves of Kristie Lynnlive. 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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The Garage

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The Garage welcomes the music of local stringer and soothing singer Ed Prophet! 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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On The Outskirts of Town

Sara’s Big Apple

Justin Castellano will wow you, as he provides the dinner music at Sara’s Big Apple this evening. Music is offered from 6-8 PM. Come enjoy the terrific dinner specials and live music that will amaze you. Castellano is an awesome talent that should be seen by the masses. He plays the guitar like no one else around here. Come see what I mean.

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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 Now & Then live and grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.

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SWANSBORO, NC

Bake, Bottle & Brew

Davy Williamson offers the live music sounds tonight at Bake, Bottle & Brew this eveningMusic is offered from 6-9 pm.

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Emerald Isle, NC

The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits

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Big Drink Music Company will be offering songs to the fans and friends, that gather for good eats and great beer tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music starts at 6 pm and will rock you until 9 pm.

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Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes Mommicked 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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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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~Saturday August 17th~
Open @ Noon
Live music by Bounce begins @ 9:30pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

 

~Sunday Funday August 18th~
Open @ Noon
Live music by RV Road Show from 4pm – 8pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

 

See you at Jack’s!

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OFF THE HOOK

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Off The Hook welcomes Al G & Friends tonight on the deck. This four-piece band from Raleigh, blend funk with blues and mix in some jazz to offer the most fun grooves. 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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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Diane Cluck & Kayla Lewis, Sat Aug 17th, 7:30-11:30, $3 Cover Charge
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This is going to be an intimate night with singer-songwriter, Diane Cluck. Opening act Kayla Lewis!

Kayla Lewis is a local singer-songwriter and frontwoman of the band Nüttbrëd. Her voice is soulful, angelic and even edgy at times.

“Diane Cluck is an American singer-songwriter. She describes her music as “intuitive folk”. She currently resides in Virginia.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Cluck)

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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 Maxwell & Co will offer the dinner grooves and will be serving the sounds at Fishy Fishy Cafe tonight. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the food is always delicious. 

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Wilmington, NC

The Whiskey

A special night atThe Whiskey! LIVE Saturday, August 17th.
The Adam Hill Band with special Guests Travis Shallow & Bob Russell.
Doors open at 8 pm
Show Starts at 10 pm

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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 Automag, offering their rocking best tonight. Music is free and kicks off at 9:30 pm and lasts until 1:30 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

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The Gravy Boys are on tap for your Saturday evening entertainment at Blue Note Grill.  Music plays from 8-11 pm and tickets are at the door. The price is $10.00 for entry. Come dance your blues away.

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Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar

My sweet and talented friend Bill Lyerly will be sharing songs tonight with friends and fans that gather at Crossroads Grill & Bar this Saturday night. Music starts at 10 pm. This marks his last gig in the area this month, so catch him while you can. Grab a burger, enjoy a cold beer and groove to the music tonight. 

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Kinston, NC

The Red Room

The Red Room offers the modern country sounds of Steel County Express with Jayke Steel.  Music starts at 10 pm. There is a $5.00 music charge. Please pay the admission fee as a means of supporting live music.

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill is always a great time with music and good food on the menu! Music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. 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, drink and unwind. Tonight it is jam night. For The Love of Music with John William! The BEST in Music Jams! 

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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.

August 12 at 7:01 PM

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Visit Our Calendars

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

Live Music Events ~ New Bern 

 Live Music Events ~ Along the Coast   

Live Music Events Around the Region

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With A Calendar Function Giving This Site A Daily Boost Offers GOOD News For Readers and Advertisers

This offers readers a resourceful tool to finding music in their area, all around the state, every day of the week. I am committing myself to the new routine of finding new gigs to list and add to the calendars daily. Committed to adding a minimum of ten a day that means adding 70 gigs a week to these calendars.

Bands and venues are welcome to invite me to their events on Facebook or via email at ncmz.live@gmail.com. There is no cost to be listed on occasion, but please understand just like free music is not free, this free promotional service is not free either. It costs me a great amount of time. 

If you are a busy band or a thriving music venue, I want you! We can create a calendar for you and keep you in the zone! $250 a year and you can have all your events added to a personal calendar widget right here in the music zone. Advertisers will be responsible for providing the event’s content. 

Beside offering calendar options, NCMZ.LIVE also can create an active link for your website, or social media pages. Which also offers some live coverage for your live music events. For five years we have been building this site together and thanks to your suggestions and my commitment it keeps getting better. THANK YOU!

I will still bring you live coverage of the music scene around us in the random fashion we have become accustomed to in these five years of reporting. Without your support since September, none of this would be possible. So a big shout out and thank you to everyone who has extended a hand, offered a tip, bought me a meal or a beer. I love you all for the love you have shared with me! And every time I think I have to quit, you really have stepped up to help me keep the beats! Together we are building an awesome product that we can be proud of as we share it with our friends.  

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Thank You for Reading!

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Tonight’s blog is made possible thanks to the donation and kindness of NC Life Media, LLC 

The new calendar app is sponsored by Ken Byrd

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

 

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Living the Dream and Sharing the Blues

On The Scene and Keeping the Blues Alive

With Tracey Stones

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Big Jim and The Blues is an Evolving Story

Since coming out of a coma in September 2017, Big Jim Kohler has been an unstoppable force, a bluesman on a mission. Growing stronger with each gig, he is playing as often as six times a week, fighting through the pains of life and getting cleaner on the guitar after 30 years of mastering its strings in an altered state of mind. Big Jim now approaches the stage sober and celebrating the music he loves to share with fans and friends of the blues.

 

It has been a busy season for the blues-man and his band. He is rocking the local scene with regular engagements at The Brown Pelican on Mondays, with jams being offered from 7-9 pm and on Wednesday at City Stage, where again 7-9 pm the stage offers a slew of blues and music-making friends.

 

Along with hosting regular jams, they also play BrUtopia, Triple Play Restaurant and Sports Bar, and The Garage in James City. The band is busy offering their services for benefits and charity events often and they are also making a name for themselves on the regional scene as well.

 

This music season has offered them an opening act opportunity at The State Theatre in Greenville back in May, which now leads us to more Greenville gigs and expanding territory. Most recently the band played AJ McMurphy’s for the first time and wowed the crowd there too.

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The blues band brought their music to Mardi Gras Fest in Beaufort this Spring and more recently rocked the Cru Bar’s Summer crowd a few weeks ago, as seen in the video above. They made their way to Wilmington a few months back and have been cutting chords along that coast ever since.

Currently, the band is filling the rest of 2019 and booking dates for 2020 as we speak. If you have room on your calendar for a great blues act, give Tracey Stones Productions a call about bringing them to your room soon. 318-789-6929

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From Opening Act to Headliner in A Few Weeks

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Woolly & The Wingnutz

BRING THE APPETIZERS

 

Last week we rolled to Raleigh where Big Jim Kohler Blues Band headlined an event I put together for The Pour House Music Hall. 

The bill was a  Sunday Blues Brunch offering three regional bands. Woolly and The Wingnutz opened the show at 2 pm, offering fun and funky set of down-home blues. We met Woolly at his weekly blues jam at The House in Durham. I asked him to join us given the fact that he works so hard on the local scene for the Triangle. This was a great way to start a fun day of music. These boys are nothing but professional and have a lot of fun making music together.

Cultivating the sounds for this band was Woolly on guitar, Mike Conway on guitar, Mark Heffington on Harmonica, T.A. James on the bass and offering strong vocals from behind the kit David Sword. 

You can catch these guys swapping grooves most Thursday nights at The House in Durham with good food being served and hot blues from 6:30-10 pm.

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Appaloosa Redd & Friends Serve the Second Course

 

My sweet friend Gary Redd, better known to the music world as Appaloosa Redd, brought his friends front and center for a fun time with old fashioned grooves that made sense in today’s world. I love his style and his music friends that he takes on the journey they are always spot on. This show was another great example of that. Offering a fifty minute set of music that traced back to Redd’s heritage on the Appalachian Trail, he is a gem to behold!

Based out of the Greensboro area, I met Redd and guitarist Jeff McLean last year at The Greensboro Blues Festival, where his band closed out the event. Since then we have traveled the state and talked about a lot of blues!  When I started planning this show it only made sense to bring the cool grooves of Redd and Co in for such an occasion.  I actually look forward to doing more work with both of these music trailblazers. Woolly and Redd are passionate about bringing music to the people and wish to share their gifts for that purpose. The friends that came to assist Redd was drummer Darrell, bassist Shiela Klinefelter, and guitar man, and good friend McLean.

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Big Jim & The Band for the Main Course

 

Filling out the bill for a regional three-course serving for the day was none other than the Big Jim Kohler Band out of New Bern, NC. Here again, another group of talented players passionate about sharing his sounds for the benefit of others.

When it came to selecting a band to fill the top slot, it seemed simple enough to me. I reached out hoping to secure some stage time for Big Jim, and I wanted to offer him that hope. Though Sunday Blues Brunch turned out to be slow, it was a fun experience to play with so many talented players in a room that caters to the music makers. I fell in love with The Pour House Music Hall on Sunday, even though I found public parking in Raleigh to be a great challenge.

Banging out the beats with Big Jim on this gig we bass-man Chris Buttitta, the drummer from the Triangle area sitting in on the gig was Chuck Katz. Mark Heffington was on harmonica, Kathy Kohler on vocals and the big man himself, on guitar and vocals.

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Tracey Stones Productions Presents

Concert In the Park witH the Kohlers

 

The Kohlers wrapped up another fun week of sharing the blues at a concert in Fairfield Harbour. Tracey Stones Productions brings music to this park during the months of May- October. This is a great way for neighbors to enjoy a good time of music and fun as they sit under the pavilion in Red Sail Park. This was their second performance this Summer and promise to return for our entertainment this fall.

I still have a great many shows slotted for this concert series for my friends and neighbors in Fairfield Harbour. Music is offered in the park where are all welcome to pack a drink and a snack and come enjoy great live music for a few hours.

Our next event will take place on Sunday, August 11, 2019, featuring The Carolina Swamp Dogs. This trio of retired Marines will bring an authentic set of great blues for your listening pleasure. The band will play 3-5:30 pm at Red Sail Park. On Sunday, August 25th, Hank Barbee and The Dusty Trio return for their second show. Be sure to save the dates and come show some love and please tip the band.

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Live Music Options In the Days Ahead

Monday Mayhem

 

Simon Spalding hosts a night of eclectic and educational acoustic music each Monday at Sara’s Big Apple Pizza. Music is offered from 6-8 pm and the dining specials are always a great option for taking care of the family at the start of each week. This tradition started in June and will carry on through August and possibly longer. Simon will entertain diners with a variety of acoustic instruments and educate you on the history of the instrument.

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Around the Region

Carolina Ale House (Jacksonville, NC)

Also offering an acoustic performance to diners each week in Jacksonville is Nick and Dean. This Lenoir County Duo have shared music for years and come together each week for an acoustic night of jams at Carolina Ale House. Nick makes music with Mason Jar Bonfire and Dean Daughtry and fronts his own band the Troublemakers. Music starts at 7 pm on the patio.

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Tuesday Temptations

Honky Tonk Tuesday

 

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! This night is hosted by Mike Watkins and Charlie Duzan.

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Crystal Coast Option

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Each Tuesday Tiffany Elaine is hosting an open mic event near the beach. Tomorrow she will be hosting the weekly offering at the KBar which is at Brandywine Bay Golf Club located in Morehead City. This venue is open to the public and is offering live entertainment every other Tuesday and on some Saturday nights. They serve beer and wine and offer a full menu of great food. Pack up the gear and stop out tonight. All are welcome from 7-10 pm.

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Around The Region

Jacksonville

Summer Concert Series: Latin Groove

Join the Onslow Winds Jazz Ensemble for a performance of  Latin Grooves at the Jacksonville Amphitheater in Commons Park. Music plays from 7-8 pm for this Summer Concert Series.

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Clayton, NC

Free Wine Tasting and Live Music Every Tuesday

Join us every Tuesday as we explore wines from around the world and enjoy the music of our local musicians at Wine on Main. These events are hosted from 5-7 pm.

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Raleigh, NC

The Pour House Music Hall

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Americana, Folk and Bluegrass blended in a natural and beautiful way that is extremely easy to fall in love with.

NATIONAL PARK RADIO:
National Park Radio is a new modern folk band born and based in the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. An all-acoustic band featuring well-written original songs and beautiful vocals, NPR has a unique sound that is easy to love. This self-titled EP debut contains five songs inspired by the beauty of their native landscape as well as the joys and trials of life and love. The lyrical poetry of lead singer and songwriter Stefan Szabo is a treasure not to be missed. The melodies and vocal harmonies complete the package. National Park Radio is a band on the rise…catch them at a show near you soon!

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Beer & Banjos

This Tuesday for Beer and Banjos it is Dane Page for your entertainment.

Page is a singer-songwriter living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Influenced by the traditions of Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie, his music reflects the complexities of modern life while keeping true to the simple tenets of songwriting. Dane’s lyrics weave listeners through Greek mythology, 20th Century literature, and American history while telling stories of love, loss, happiness, and pain. His music pulls from contemporary folk artists like Josh Ritter and Gregory Alan Isakov, but also ventures into sounds reminiscent of The War on Drugs and Tame Impala.

Beer and banjos is a weekly feature at Raleigh Times Bar. Live music is offered at 7:30-10 pm tonight.

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Imurj – The Artists’ Cafe

Raleigh’s wide-open no-holds-barred, no-styles-imposed musician’s hang, held at a legitimate music venue, this open jam assembles groups of musicians who may or may not know each other on the stage at Imurj and lets them come up with fifteen minutes of improvised music on the spot. This regular Tuesday night event is a fertile place for creative musicians of all styles and skill levels to meet people, let off steam, try new ideas, or catch up with friends.

The Local Jam is hosted by a new local house band each month to keep things fresh and allow for new styles.

A full backline is provided including the best-sounding house drum kit in town, bass amp, two guitar amps, keys, and mics and DIs, the jam is ready for almost any instrument you can throw at us. There’s no better way to improve your onstage confidence than by playing on stage, so come play with us!

Grab a beer or a soda and experience the creative process!

The event is FREE & welcomes all ages and we go until 1 am!

No judgment, no pressure, no boundaries.

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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!

MidWeek Open Mic Night at The Garage

Tommy Duzan invites all players to join him for a night of music-making fun at The Garage in James City. This open mic is open to all skill levels and talents. Come show us what you have, New Bern. Music starts at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend.

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Around the Region

Raleigh, NC

Brass Lightning w/ Ctrl Alt Del Band at The Pour House

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Brass Lightning
A horn section that will keep you moving in the right direction! Hailing from New Orleans, this unique quintet –three horns, bass, and drums– delivers sonically rich and energetic performances, guaranteed to get your soul and booty working together in perfect harmony.

Ctrl Alt Del Band
If the squeal of a modem is music to your ears, then Ctrl-Alt-Del is the band you’ve been looking for! This power trio cut the cord and found solace in pitch shifting and metronomic syncopation. When your ears’ operating system is on the fritz, Ctrl-Alt-Del will reboot what you thought you knew about music.

Tickets for this event are $10 for a single or $7.50 if you buy two or more and tickets are available here: TICKETS

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Thursday Thrillers

 

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse will offer live music upstairs in the piano bar. This week the offer Chuck Phillips. Music is offered 6:30-9 pm and dinners are always delicious.

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City Stage New Bern

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.

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Persimmons Restaurant

Live music under the sails will be brought to us by Cigar Box Jesus and the Revelation shares the sounds with diners from 7:30-9:30 pm.

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The Brown Pelican

Charlie Duzan will host open mic night at The Brown Pelican this week. Open mic happens 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! Pack up the gear bag and come on out!

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Along the Coast

Morehead City, NC

Riptidez bar & grill MHC

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Live music and good food are all being served this evening at Riptidez bar & grill MHC,  with the fresh catch coming out of the kitchen, and one of NC’s best stringers and singers will be rocking the mic from 8 pm until midnight

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Atlantic Beach, NC

Steel Shot Live

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The Sounds Like Summer In The Park features the sounds of Steel Shot. The Pamlico County duo will be rocking the Atlantic Beach Town Park located at 915 West Fort Macon Rd. Music is offered from 7-9 pm. They say you can bring a pop-up chair or blanket. But ask you to leave the coolers at home.  The concession stand will be open and selling fresh kettle corn, drinks, candy & ice cream! This is the last show of the series.

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Emerald Isle, NC

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There is a weekly concert series EMERALDFEST 2019 that has been going down since the middle of June. Sponsored by Buy The Beach Realty, they still have several shows all taking place at  Western Regional Beach Access with shows starting at 6:30 pm. All of the bands on the schedule are local talented stars that have been making a name for themselves for quite a while.

July 25 4EverAll & Friends
August 1 Big Drink Music Company
August 8 Pure T Mommicked
August 15 Naked Knees

Be sure to stop by the sponsor tent and say thanks for their support in bringing the live music. Your gratitude and appreciation do not go unnoticed by the organizers.

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Swansboro, NC

Bake, Bottle & Brew

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Wilmington, NC

The Sailfish

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8/1 – Selah Dubb
8/8 – Justin Cody Foxx
8/15 – Dos Eddies
8/22 – Crystal Fussell
8/29 – Desperado Duo
9/5 – Access 29
9/12 – Cross Creek Band
9/19 – The Casserole
9/26 – Signal Fire Acoustic

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Burgaw, NC

Summer On The Square Concert Series

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Head out to the Pender County Courthouse Square for the Summer on the Square Concert Series. The show will feature The British Invaders. Come here all your favorite tunes from the Beatles, The Rollin’ Stones, the Who and more! Concerts are free! Food trucks will be on site. Alcohol is not allowed and pets are not permitted for their safety.

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Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Nathan Wayne brings some #realcountry to Locked & Loaded for Jeep Night! Music is offered at 6-9 pm.

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Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music

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Come out tonight to celebrate Lorraine Jordan’s Birthday the ticket includes your meal & cake and your entertainment throughout the night. Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music offers live music tonight from 7:30-9:30 pm.

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Raleigh, NC

Brio Tuscan Grille (Crabtree)

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We are kicking off live music at Brio every Thursday with Jared Place on August 1st at 5:30 PM! Get here early to catch our happy hour specials and enjoy some great food and drink specials! Join us every Thursday at 5:30 for different musicians and some popular favoritesacts from the area!

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Bahama Breeze Island Grille (Raleigh, NC)

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Mike Davis performing his popular solo act of Rockabilly, R&B, Blues, Reggae, Americana, Celtic Rock, Old-Time Rock & Roll at Bahama Breeze Island Grille (Raleigh, NC) from 6-9 pm.

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Midtown Grille NC

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Midtown Jazz Series: Gary Brunotte Jazz Duo is what you can expect this Thursday with music playing from 8-11 pm.

Kinston, NC

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Pride of Kinston will offer the music of Liquid Pleasure for Sumerfest on August 1, 2019. Music Plays from 7-9 pm. Here are more details from the FB Event:

This concert is sponsored by SCOTT MATTHEWS FAMILY & COSMETIC DENTISTRY, DR. PRADEEP ARUMUGHAM, and LEIGH PATTERSON – Y’all rock!!

After more than two decades of bringing audiences to their feet the band, Liquid Pleasure has become a multi-cultural icon. The band has been paired with greats like Chuck Berry, Eddie Floyd, Ben E. King, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and Whitney Houston.

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Since 2004, Pride of Kinston has held a summer concert series that has entertained thousands in beautiful Pearson Park. When the new executive director, Leon Steele, assumed his new role, this concert series, Sand in the Streets, was rebranded to Kinston Summerfest.

Kinston, NC Summerfest continues to showcase a diverse selection of the finest talents from North Carolina. Get ready for beach, boogie, and blues!

Summerfest brings people downtown

Kinston Summerfest is Eastern North Carolina’s hippest free outdoor music festival! This concert series is part of Pride of Kinston’s economic package to revitalize our historic downtown. Kinston Summerfest attracts thousands of people from Eastern North Carolina to shop and dine in our walk-friendly historic commercial district.

Pearson Park, the site of Kinston Summerfest, is a block away from nationally-recognized restaurants, bars, shops, and boutique hotels. Kinston Summerfest is great for people to relax and socialize in the evening. Bring the kids to enjoy the new Pearson Park playground!

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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Joe Shingara Music hosts open mic tonight at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill with music being shared from 6:30 – 9 pm. All are welcome to attend.

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Thank You for Reading!

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Tonight’s blog is made possible thanks to the donation and kindness of Ken Byrd. 

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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Have a great week ahead and enjoy the dance! When we return at the end of the week we will pick up with the blues and meet new rockers too. Until we meet again, out on the scene or here on Friday, cheers!

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Class Is Back In Session ~ This Week We Cultivate A Crowd Plus Lots of Live Music

This Music Business. Class is in!

Make Sure You Cultivate A Crowd

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Not only is it important to hone your skills but it is equally important to cultivate your crowd. Fans are funny. They are the one that likes you the most. Those are the people that pay money to see your shows and give you money to buy your music. They watch videos to see you play your music and they are interested in what’s happening in our life. Fans are an important part of a successful journey. Cherish them and more will come. These are the people that want to support your dreams and visions.

Think of your band as a construction project, with brick and mortar. If you have a bunch of product but no one supporting and buying it, you can build your structure to be a skyscraper of bricks, but after the first storm, you are going to be at ground zero rebuilding the pieces and laying out a new plan. Keep in mind the people are the mortar and the band is the foundation and their products are the bricks.

Your social media presence and your website are the tools you will need to use to keep in touch with your audience when you are off stage. Think of those people as your buyers. Keeping in touch with your buyers, your fans and your supporters is essential to the stability of your plan. Take care of those people. Make them feel special. Invite them into your world and your space. They want to be there.

National Attention

The first example, of a national act or artist who successfully keeps his fans in the know, is Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The blues slinger weighs in with a net worth of a cool ten million dollars. KWS is self-taught and does not read music. He started out in his career as a child and became a star pretty much out of the gate. He was also in the right place at the right time.

He came on the scene five years after the world lost Stevie Ray Vaughan and just when we were ready for a new slinger to hit the scene. Though many did, I could not make a comparison myself of the two, because Stevie Ray led his band in every form and fashion, while Kenny Wayne was more simply the guitar leader for his project. Or possibly I just don’t like comparisons when dealing with individuals. KWS took the number one position on the blues charts with his debut release “Ledbetter Heights.” An effort that replaced SRV’s greatest hits on the chart.

I would say today, 24 years later KWS is fully in control of that role like SRV was before he took flight from here in 1990. Some of the things that KWS does to keep his fans in the know is to maintain a steady presence on social media. He takes his fans into the garage to work on cars or talk about guitars. Sometimes he busts into Guitar Centers in different cities with his singer Noah Hunt and they record snippets of jams to post on YouTube. Shepherd is always up to something and speaking as a top fan of this blues cat, it’s great fun to watch.

When he gets ready for a release, he spends weeks dealing with the press and does an extensive media tour. He gets intimate with his interviews and shares pieces of his soul easily for fans to be a part of the journey with him. Today the guitar slinger is releasing “The Traveler,” his latest band release. To make his fans aware of this effort, he has been making noise on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter since the end of March, taking us on the journey with him. 

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Local Attention matters

 

Looking around our local scene, there are a few good examples we can look at as examples. Joe Baes Project always makes their shows fun for the crowds that gather. They play games with the audience, give prizes away and this makes everyone feel included and appreciated. You can check out this band tomorrow night when they hit the stage at The Trading Post tomorrow in Emerald Isle. They offer songs from  6-9 pm.

The Bears are another good example. They get audiences to participate with much the same tactics, like playing trivia with the crowd and calling up volunteers to jam with the band. They offer props like inflatable guitars and the audience loves it. I was speaking with Simon Spalding the bass man for The Bears, (Pictured above) who informed me that he just finished painting fun masks for the band to use as they close out their show with the Kiss classic “I Wanna  Rock n Roll All Night!”

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Another good way to cultivate your crowd, which I touched on above with our national act example,  is to use your social media outlets to connect with fans when you are not on stage. The best local example who is doing this is (pictured below) Justin Castellano. He uses all of his social media platforms to connect with his growing fan base. He will put up a video and then offer his weekly schedule so fans know where to come to hear him perform live. For those looking for this stringer, he has a gig tomorrow night at The Wine Room at Afton Village. Music starts at 8 pm.

You might consider using email blasts each week. I even know a few bands that still mail out monthly postcards to connect to their fans. Whatever way feels the most comfortable to you is the best way to go. Just as long as you can develop a routine of including your fans, your popularity and fan base will continue to grow. CLASS DISMISSED

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A Break Down of Festivals for the First Weekend In June

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COME CELEBRATE THIRTY-FOUR YEARS OF  THE LONGEST RUNNING BEACH MUSIC FESTIVALS IN THE UNITED STATES STILL ON THE BEACH

Carolina Beach, NC – The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to be hosting the 34th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 on the beach strand at the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk in Carolina Beach. 

 On Saturday, June 1st, ‘shaggers’ of all ages can enjoy a day of live entertainment with the hottest beach music bands in the South.  All three bands offer that laid-back style of rhythm and blues with deep roots in the Carolina Coast.  The gates will open at 10:00 am with the first band hitting the stage at 11:00 am.  This year’s line-up: 

Band of Oz

11:00 – 12:30

Black Water Rhythm & Blues Band

1:00 – 2:30

Jim Quick and Coastline

3:00 – 4:30

This annual, fun filled event is one of the longest running Beach Music festivals in the United States.  Tickets to the 34th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate (cash only).  Advance tickets will be  available through EVENTBRITE on-line (credit only).  Beginning May 1st, tickets will be available at  the Pleasure Island Chamber, Island Tackle & Hardware, Siver Dollar and Olde Salty’s in Carolina Beach (cash/check only).

This annual fun-in-the-sun extravaganza brings together a multi-generational family crowd, that lets the music flow like the crashing of the waves where you can shag a little, boogie a little and smile a lot.  Help make history at the 34th Annual get together, with your toes in the sand of famous Carolina Beach, where Beach Music originated and shaggin’ was born. 

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First Annual Carolina Music Festival

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JUNE 2ND 2019 THE 1ST ANNUAL CAROLINA FEST WILL BE HELD AT THE HUGE KARYAE PARK IN GASTONIA NC, 4227 LINWOOD RD. GASTONIA NC 

* THIS WILL BE AN OUTDOOR / INDOOR EVENT FILLED WITH VENDORS, PERFORMANCES, BOUNCY HOUSES FOR THE CHILDREN, PLUS FOOD, DRINKS AND SO MUCH MORE.

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2019 NC Black Bear Festival Car & Bike Show

NC Bear Fest Car Show takes place in Plymouth NC on Saturday, June 1, 2019

Right in downtown Plymouth on Water St. overlooking the Roanoke River. Please enter through Washington Street.

Come enjoy all the activities at the Bear Fest and show off your ride, all makes and models welcome!

Black Bear Tours
LIVE music
Motocross stunt show
Wooden Boat show
Lazy river tubing
Water slides
Sylvan Heights Bird Exhibit
Dakota and Friends Dinosaur Experience
Mechanical Bear ride
Boat and helicopter rides
Fireworks
Much much more!

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CRUISIN’ TO THE CAPE FESTIVAL 2019

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May 31, 2019 | 4:00 pm – June 1, 2019 | 10:00 pm

Come out for MacDaddy’s “Cruisin’ To The Cape” Festival!

Annual Car Show, Crafts, food, live music, beer and more!

Vendors needed – contact tracy@macdaddys.com for more information.

The first 100 cars that register get a FREE t-shirt and dash plaque! If we pre-register 100 or more cars online, that means NONE will be available day of the show! Shirt sizes may vary depending on availability.

Sign-in and registration: 10:00 am to 12 noon

Awards and Stage Presentation: 2 pm

FREE for spectators, bring the family! 106.5 WSFL will be broadcasting live!

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PORT CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL

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This exciting, free week-long classical concert series is committed to making the experience of great music accessible to everyone. Nationally and Internationally known guest artists will join local musicians at various locations around Wilmington, performing some of the best loved classical works. Please see their website for various events, venues and times.

http://www.portcitymusicfestival.org/festival-2019/

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Beer City Festival

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Celebrating of the 10th Annual Beer City Festival is set for Saturday, June 1, with fun happening at Roger McGuire Park – Asheville, NC – 12 pm to 5 pm. Ticket information can be found at http://www.beercityfestival.com. General admission tickets are $45 and include entrance to the festival, live music, and unlimited beer samples are from 1pm-5pm. VIP’ers get in for an exclusive VIP hour beginning at 12 pm and receive food, an exclusive restroom, and branded lawn chairs to enjoy during the fest.

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Wingate Summer Fun Festival

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WINEY GRAPES OUTDOOR FESTIVAL

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SATURDAY, JUNE 1st 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Charlotte, NC!

Join us at our Outdoor Winey Grapes Festival!

Enjoy hours of wine tastings from local and regional wineries, live music, food, and shop local vendors!

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Cold Mountain Music Festival @ LAKE LOGAN

May 31 and June 1, 2019

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Cold Mountain Music Festival features top-notch musical talent, amazing local food & drink vendors, a kid’s area and more – all in one of the most pristine settings imaginable.

The Milk Carton Kids

Calexico

Yonder Mountain String Band

J.S. Ondara

Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics

Driftwood

Kat Wright

The Travelin’ Kine

Joe Lasher

Logan Ledger

To get your tickets visit : https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1791041?utm_medium=bks 

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, May 31, 2019

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of crazy cool grooves of Brian Mac, offering the music from 7-10 pm. Free music is never free, 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 Saltwater Gold, 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 Marron Chaplin. 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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