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

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Morehead City, NC

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Floyd’s 1921 Catering

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

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Off The Hook

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

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

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

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Emerald Isle, NC

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The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits

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

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SALT BAR

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

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Rocking Around the Region

Clayton, NC

Revival 1869 – A Drinkery

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

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Goldsboro. NC

Heroes Sports, Oyster Bar and Grill

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

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Kinston, NC

The Red Room

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

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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

The Wine Crate

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

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Answering the Call

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

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Thank You for Reading!

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When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Weekends are Meant for Rocking Good Fun and Fundraising

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

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Friday Night Fun

Sam Lewis Serves the Sounds at BrUtopia

Let’s start things out with the local singer Sam Lewis. I have been wanting to hear Sam share songs for nearly three years. On Friday night the moment finally arrived and I enjoyed quite a few fine selections that he offered to friends and fans at BrUtopia. It was a great way to kick off the weekend. Lewis is a New Bern based act, that enjoys offering sounds for the sole purpose of providing pleasure to those around him. I will be sure to share his new dates as they become available.

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Big Jim Blues Parked at The Garage

Big Jim Kohler Blues Band stayed very busy this week, sharing the blues all about New Bern. They snuck off to share songs in an Easter Jam last Sunday and returned to town to play Monday at the Brown Pelican, Wednesday at The City Stage, Thursday on stage at the Fairgrounds to welcome Fairgoers, on Friday they rocked the blues for The Garage in James City and when we get around to tomorrow you will hear more about the fundraiser they took part in.

The Garage is the fun new joint in James City that is offering fun for all families. They have a fun arcade, a virtual game field, fine fresh beer on tap, food trucks in the lot and live music on the menu each weekend. If you have never been there be sure to stop out soon. This coming Friday Mark McKenzie will be sharing songs, Shepp Herd will be blowing glass and Ben will be pouring the beer.

The Big Jim Kohler Blues Band has a standing engagement, as he plays the last Friday of each month. Music is offered from 7-10 pm.

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Jan Michael Fields Band Brought the Party to Blackbeards

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Jan Fields is a busy and talented singer that gained popularity in the ’80s and ’90s with the well known touring act that rocked the scene as SideWinder. Besides fronting his own project, The Jan Michael Fields Band pictured above, he also rekindled the SideWinder effort and recently stepped into the lead singer position for the reincarnated Jesse Bolt, another famed NC band that gained popularity in the ’70s and ’80s.

Based in North Myrtle Beach, SC, Fields and Co. offer a fun show with a great variety of material to keep things interesting throughout the night. Full running production of lights and sound, these players are all professional and enjoy bringing a show to fans and meeting new friends along the way. This was their second appearance at Blackbeard’s in recent months. I will gladly share the news of when they return. While we await news on their return, get to know them better by checking out their website.

Jan Michael Fields Band

For friends and fans of Sidewinder, that band will come together in June on the 15th for a rocking reunion at The State Theatre in Greenville. To get your tickets early check out this link:  Sidewinder Tickets. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm.

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Friday Ends on A Rocking Note in Kinston with Brad Benson

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It’s been about a year an a half since I last saw this next act. Brad Benson was in Kinston with his Rebel Armada Band and they are an intense rock trio with great energy. The talented singer has two projects that keep him busy. Dead Man’s Mail is the other band that features his strong vocals and stealth guitar.

When not sharing the stage with band-mates the singer performs solo as well. He has a solo performance on Tuesday at Tonic Bar & Social Club. Music will be offered from 7-9 pm. On Saturday the 4th he reunites with Rebel Armada to unload on Locked & Loaded Grill in Garner, NC. Music starts at 10 pm.  The following Saturday the guys come to Winterville and rock Tie Breakers. That will be Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 10 pm.

To get to know this awesome artist, intense with talent, find his website by clicking on his name:

Brad Benson

 

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Saturday Night Delights

Sara’s Big Apple Serving Sounds for Supper

I started Saturday night in the back room of Sara’s Big Apple, where dinner was being served to my friends and neighbors and Charlie Duzan was shredding the notes for those in earshot of his fun music. Duzan spent a good couple of decades thinking about playing out and today he is enjoying more time sharing songs in the town he knows and loves.  Sometimes the crooner teams up with his young son Tommy, and other times the duo keeps busy on the solo sides of life.

You can find Duzan sharing songs most nights at The Brown Pelican, he is also known to jam on the street and accepts any obligation which is offered. To find him, seek him out on Facebook today. Charlie Duzan

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Big Jim Blues Band Offers Blues for Hurrican Relief at the Bruin

 

All Hands and All Heart- Smart Response hosted a Fundraiser for Hurricane Relief at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine Store on Middle Street last night. The team of volunteers gathered to auction off goods and accept donations from the community to help the community from 5-9 pm. In the midst of that good deed, Big Jim Kohler Blues Band offered the blues for listeners and gatherers with big hearts! The money raised by this organization stays local and gets filtered back into Craven and Pamlico Counties.

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Marron Chaplin Set a Date to Set Sail!

 

The acoustic rocker that we all fell in love with, in the time she called New Bern home, Marron Chaplin was out on the scene last night and sharing songs with friends and fans at The Garage. During the show, she announced that she would be leaving the area in June and taking flight for a career in Nashville, TN. With management already in place in the music city for this beautiful girl, it is only a matter of time before we read more about her successes. She will have several shows around the area between now and the time she leaves, and we will bid her a fond farewell together!

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Monterio Experience Offers Plenty of Soothing Sounds for the Soul

 

Next up we find another band that I have been trying to catch for nearly two years or better. The Monterio Experience was in town last night, featuring the powerful voice of Eric Monterio. The skilled singer has a range that is second to none. He is the only singer in the area to pull off the song “Picture,” by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow while nailing both leads of the duet. The band offers all of the fun party songs that the crowd likes to hear. They offer a little bit of country, a twist of rock n roll, then turn up the funk and the get groovy with soul. You can find the band on Facebook by following this link:

The Monterio Experience

Hearing the band live is always the best, so for those in the Greenville area be sure to look for them on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Christy’s Euro Pub. They will be on hand and offering a trio formation for that show. The full band will be back in action the following week on Saturday, May 11, 2019, when they play Buck Wild Tavern. Showtime starts at 9 pm.

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Carolina Swamp Dogs Offer A Private Show to Attendees at City Stage

 

The Carolina Swamp Dogs returned to town last night to offer a full night of raw blues music to the few that gathered at The City Stage. This trio of retired Marines have a unique set up and a rare sound to match. I love them. I met them about a year an a half ago at The Seafood Festival in Morehead City and now work with them in bringing them to the area whenever the opportunity serves.

The blues union prefers not to play bars and watering holes but loves the opportunity to serve on benefits and they love restaurants and outdoor community events as well! If you missed them last night, I am sorry for you. The band will return to our area in August to play an afternoon show for me in Fairfield Harbour on August 11, with music being offered 2-4:30 pm and on Saturday, August 24, 2019. The duo that played for the Earthday event will return to the Brown Pelican to play from 8-11 pm. Be sure to put both gigs on your calendar and come celebrate the blues!

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Final Stop Offers A Pause for the Cause With Paul Picard Rocking for Cats and Kittens

My final stop for the night last night was The Brown Pelican, where they were hosting a fundraiser for an organization that goes into populated cat areas and captures the cats for the sake of spaying and neutering the animals. While I was there, I spoke with one of the volunteers about the work they are doing and she explained that the group of volunteers work in areas where cat populations are out of control. They keep busy capturing the creatures so to ensure they can’t breed.

The benefit was a Feline Fundraiser for K2C2, non-profit assisting animals. The night offered a silent auction, a donation box was made available for cat donations, and entertainment was offered by Paul Picard. It has been a minute since I last caught Picard, who sounded great as he ended the night with a great many classic rock selections.

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Live Music In the Week Ahead

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Monday offers the Blues with Big Jim Kohler at the Brown Pelican. Live music is shared from 7-9 pm. The first set is the full band the second set all jammers are welcome. On Wednesday we do it again with Big Jim and his Bride, Kathy Kohler, at The City Stage. Once again live music is shared from 7-9 pm. All gigs are free to attend and tips for the house band are encouraged! Also on Wednesday, there is an open mic night at Bern Bar, located on Glenbernie Ave.

Thrilling Thursday

Thursdays are becoming just as busy as any weekend offering. This week there will be live music and fine dining at two hot spots in town. The first stop is Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse, where they offer live music in the piano bar from 6-9 pm. Patrick Reid will be in the house to entertain this week. Then starting at 7:30 pm on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant there is live music being offered by Strung Together.

Just on the outskirts of town we have another dining and music option with Alisa Mike live at City Stage New Bern, with music served from 7-9 pm. Bouncing back into town, it is the longest running open mic in town over at The Brown Pelican. Sign up at 7, music starts at 8 pm and all are welcome to jam! The Performance Arts Series Presents: NC Raga Revival at Tryon Palace will also be an option this Thursday, May 2, 2019, at The History Center on S Front St. The last option for those looking for something fun and music infused, there is “A Musical Journey thru America” taking place at the Community College’s Orringer Auditorium. There are three performances for this show in all!

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Last Call For Big Jim

We All Love Him!

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

We Nearly Lost Him

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

Let’s All Support Him For the Joy He Brings

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

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

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

Visit the link below and donate! EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!

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

Thank You!

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Answering the Call

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

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and don’t forget the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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

Affordable Partnerships For All

Corporate Unions

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

Community Co-Hosts

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

Post Hosts Are Welcome Here

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

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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. www.paypal.com/ncmz
Fact is this is going to be something that takes flight with the help of the community! In fact, it can’t happen without you because it is all happening for you!

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

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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Grateful Blogger Gives Thanks, Learns Lessons, Opens Heart and Shares Stories

If We are Living Then We Are Learning

 

 

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Thankful for my fans and friends that keep this blog going! Thanks for pulling me through the darkness so to keep the words flowing into the light!  Blog follower and Supporter Kathleen Kolberg Forrest

 

The Vision

Since I took you all the way back in life last week when I was taking myself out of the blog game, let me just say, I am in it to win it! As self-driven firecracker that has big ambitions and even bigger dreams, I am an emotional wonder in the peak of menopause and awaiting a life without so many hormones.  Though I am unsure how to make everything come together, I just know my idea is still fabulous. And once the government shuts down Facebook, music lovers will survive as they’ll be able to turn to the music zone in their area to know the live music news in their state.

Seeking Clarity

As a means of telling you how vested I am, I went to Craven Community College to sit down with their small business center director Deborah Kania to assess my ideas with another business professional.  After explaining the end result,  she looked at me and said, “So, you’re not a small thinker, are you?” and we laughed.  She also followed up with a deep breath and a “WOW!”

I knew it was going to be a big build. The sample product was nowhere near completion. In fact, I was only 2.5 years into a 4-5 year development phase, on my end. Last September, I was on the verge of taking the leap to invest one business into the other and start monetizing this product when the banks of our river rearranged that plan. I try to stay positive and the best way for me to do that is by not dealing with my life until it becomes a crisis. Last week we hit crisis mode because I am having a very hard time making ends meet. I went from having several thousand dollars a month to invest in this build and now I don’t even have several thousand dollars at all.

Over The Years

I have met with several people over the years and discussed my idea in a shadowed light, as I don’t care to reveal the whole thing until it’s an app ready for the world to download on their phones. If I pull it off, I will build a platform that employs thousands of freelancers like myself who are out here supporting a thriving music scene. I am convinced this is the best way to build a stronger circuit so that local bands have the ability to break out regionally and beyond.

With this good work that I am doing, I am building an opportunity for hungry entrepreneurs, whether they be music journalists, bands, bars or club owners, local music studios, sound engineers, brewing companies and more to be exposed in a partnership that is profitable to all!

The Reality and Frustrations

It was during my meeting with Deborah that I recognized my many frustrations. Not surprising to me, my greatest issue is with people! I am so frustrated by the lack of business sense that floods our local music scene. After some thought, I decided instead of quitting on people, let’s educate them. I believe the best way to deal with this will be through educating people here in the blog.  There are plenty of topics to highlight as well.

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Behind the Scene With Tracey Stones

 

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There is always something in the works behind the scenes in my world. Lately, Tracey Stones Productions has been meeting with people about bringing music to their communities. In fact, today is the start of the 2019 concert series for the residents of Fairfield Harbour. We have 15 shows on the books. Some of these events are going to take place in the Community Center on Saturday evenings. Others will take place on Sunday afternoons at Red Sail Park. Tonight we welcome Rubich & Cain in the Community Center for a night of fun music. Next month marks the Sundays in the Park with Big Jim Kohler Band on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 2 pm

I am still seeking community sponsors for these shows. If you want the residents in Fairfield Harbour to know you are supporting live music then we should talk about putting your banner up on the stages we set. Currently, there is no firm commitment to paying these bands. We are relying on the kindness of others and now in a community that was devastated last year! If you know anything about me, you know I am all about paying the bands for their time. A community sponsorship would allow a fair pay scale and help cover promotional costs. The return is the advertising you get here in the blog and on site where the concerts take place.

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My Mission With Big Jim

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Friends Forever

Big Jim and I have been on a journey since we met in March of 2013. For a minute there I thought our journey was about to end when my dear blues buddy fell ill in August of 2017. It was a crazy ride for some time while he did battle with pneumonia. In an effort to help him through we that, the amazing medical team at CarolinaEast had to put the bluesman in a coma to help him combat his addiction with alcohol. Big Jim makes no secret about his love affair with beer and whiskey for 30 years. A love affair that ended after the disease nearly claimed his life in 2017.

When pneumonia nearly took him from us, I prayed for God to keep him here. I sat by his side, playing music in his ear and promising him that if he fought for his life, I would stay the course and build a stronger healthier music community in his honor.  My daily work with music has been happening in his honor since his 50th Birthday, September 1, 2017.

The Crawl and The Comeback

 

After a long road of addiction recovery, knee replacement surgery, and battling the blood sugar bounce,  Kohler emerged back on our local scene on April 11, 2018. He performed his first gig in front of the Black Cat Shoppe on Middle St for ArtWalk.  It was the greatest joy my heart had known in more than 8 months. Big Jim was playing the blues in New Bern again!

Part of the hope in his return is advancing beyond the New Bern scene. He is a seasoned pro with many years logged with a few awesome national blues acts. There are times and seasons in everyone’s life where there is a need for reflection. Big Jim has now moved beyond those moments and has emerged, sober and stronger than ever before. I thought that would be enough for our community to rally behind him in support of getting him back in the studio.

 

PLEASE! Help Us Pave The Road Ahead

Having said that, Kohler created a Kickstarter campaign at the end of February which will be shut down in 10 days without the promise of a product because we did not meet the goal. I cannot tell you how frustrating this is for me, so I can’t even imagine how disappointed Jim must feel.  I know I was stoked about it and thought his goal of $4,000 was a reasonable one to meet.  It breaks my heart that we did not rise in the first week to meet him in this need. After two months we are still short! Given how much he has done so much for this community with his music, I thought for sure, we would return the favor to our own father of the blues.

Thus far 19 backers have pledged $1711.00 to his $4000.00 goal. That means we have 10 days to raise just under $2300.00 and the bluesman’s spirits. If we meet him in his need he will return the pledged with a great new blues project. We are all ready for that! This will also give us both a product to push him back on the national blues circuit. We are both ready for the ride, we just need the help of the community to gas up the engines! Please take a minute and pledge your support for more Big Jim Kohler music by visiting this link:

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

THANK YOU!

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Back On The Scene With Tracey Stones

It’s like I never left!

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Reunions are the theme of the week and every time I hear about North Carolina Bands reuniting, I usually hear about memories of long ago when bands played at two very popular rooms. The Attic was in Greenville, NC and was the work of Joe Toronto and his team and The Redneck Saloon in Grifton, NC.  In fact, the two girls that would tell these tales most often oare my friends pictured above, Madonna Hawks and Belinda Barr.

Shad Festival Rocks Music Fans

As we walk into festival season, we stop in Grifton for the 2019 Shad Festival where The Wannabees delivered the Classic rock and Jesse Bolt returned to stage to rock crowd for the first time in years.

 

The Wannabees Warm the Stage With Classic Rock

Generally, when I attend a show where the New Bern based band, The Wannabees are sharing the bill, I make it just in time to see the exit the stage. Luckily, this was not the case on Saturday night as I got to enjoy the last handful of songs they offered the gathering rock crowd. The quartet of classic rockers always delivers a polished set of popular rock tunes that fans enjoy! They sounded great on Saturday night dishing out the Tom Petty and rocking to the beats of the Beatles!

The buzz on the street though was the news that Jesse Bolt would be returning to rock the stage at the 2019 Shad Festival. Since I was not covering the NC scene in the ’70s I had to admit, quite often lately, that I never heard of the band. But I took plenty of time to talk to my local friends about the act as we awaited their return to the bright lights of the small town that once housed these rockers regularly in a bar known as The Redneck Saloon.

 

The  Return of Jesse Bolt

 

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Regardless of who I asked, the answer was the same, “These boys rocked the NC scene back in the day!” Jesse Bolt emerged onto the scene in 1974 and gained popularity quick.  They received enough recognition to find themselves on the touring circuit, opening for bands like U2, Kiss and Black Sabbath.

In fact, while chatting with founding member Keith Stacy last night I learned, that the band is  “currently bringing more of our original songs back…we (my brother Don and I) have a vast catalog of songs,” Stacy said. “I think Kiss was actually influenced by one of them.” He explains, “We played with Kiss at the Charlotte Coliseum in 1976. The next day at breakfast at the hotel, Gene asked our drummer, Max, ‘what was the name of the 3rd song you played?’ Evidently, they liked the dead stop in the song. They then came out with Stole Your Love…which also has a dead stop.”

As it was; this band was put together for the Festival in the hopes of bringing the band back to the scene. Stacy admitted that the guys I saw did not have much time logged together and the next time the band would be tighter. Frankly, I thought they were a fun rocking act with a lot of guitar waves to work out. Jan Fields accepted the role as frontman and rehearsed just one time with the band and their new bass player, Jim Hunter, may have had two rehearsals under his belt!

For those that are looking for the band so to reminisce the days gone by or find out the news on the road ahead be sure to find them on Facebook by clicking here

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Reunions Are Always Fun for New Bern’s Delta Bones Band

 

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While we are on the subject of reunions of sorts, let’s keep that groove going as we revisit the blues of The Delta Bones. This was a popular band that played here in New Bern on the regular, some 20 years ago. Today the guys gather for an occasional show and such was the case this Thursday, when they returned to the Piano Bar at Captain Ratty’s Seafood and Steakhouse to perform for the supper crowd.

Guitarist and original player, Ed Ruiz, is the one who reached out and asked me to come out for a night of fun and good music. I was obliged by the invitation and accepted. He had told me about the band in the past. But, since writing the blog, this was the first time they regrouped in the area for me to catch a sample. It was a great night of fun music made by longtime friends and music making brothers.

Generally, the line up includes Mike McCully on guitar and lead vocals, Tom Small on harmonica and vocals, Ed Ruiz on the guitar a, Tom Dunn on bass and Zach Meadows on drums. With Meadows out of town on Thursday, they called in Glen Druhot to fill in the backbeat, which he did with ease and grace.

 

Thank You For The Love and Attention You Have Passed My Way

 

For anyone interested in reading more about my work with music and the attention it has gained, please follow this link to read the next installment of the Fairfield Harbour Beacon. Recently I met with resident writer Ellen Pettigrew who interviewed me on being recognized last year as one of the 52 Faces of Community! I am grateful for her efforts in helping me celebrate this honor! Her article appears on page 36

Fairfield Harbour Beacon

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Daytime Delights

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2019 Earth Day Celebration

Join us for the 49th Earth Day Celebration and After Party in Downtown New Bern!

Come out for a fun afternoon of learning and eco-friendly kids arts and crafts on Saturday, April 20th from 1 – 4 p.m. at the corner of Craven and S. Front Streets in the vacant lot next to Mitchell Hardware.

We’re kicking off the celebration with the reading of the Earth Day Proclamation by Mayor Dana Outlaw at 1 p.m. Please know that we’re celebrating Earth Day early as it’s officially on April 22.

Special thanks to New Bern Parks and Recreation for partnering with New Bern Now to present New Bern Earth Day 2019!

Our goal is to bring people together for a fun, learning experience about our local ecosystem and discover how we can all become more socially-conscious.

We want to start the conversation and spread awareness of how we can take steps to “Refuse, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”.

Meet organizations who are making a difference in the preservation and conservation of our local environment. Your children will have fun with eco-conscious activities hosted by the Boys andGirls Club of the Coastal Plains with materials sponsored by U. S. Cellular.

You’ll also be given a map highlighting participating Downtown Businesses.

Enjoy giveaways! Both at the event and at participating businesses!

Participating Downtown Businesses:

Carolina Creations – Recycled Art Exhibit, 317-A Pollock St., 252-533-4369
Hanna House Bed & Breakfast – Beekeeping, Tesla Charging Station, and Water Reuse System Exhibits, 218 Pollock St., 252-635-3209
Living Well Down East – Explore Healthy Living and Giveaways, 309 Middle St., 252-637-0011

Educators:

Carolina Nature Coalition, 252-626-5100
Coastal Environmental Partnership, 252-633-1564
Young Living Essential Oils by Dona Baker, 252-672-5933
New Bern Parks and Recreation, 252-639-2901
NC Sierra Club – Croatan Group
Trent Woods Garden Club, 252-288-4846
– Veterans Employment Base Camp

Special thank you:

– Volunteer Members of the Earth Day Planning Committee and day of Volunteers
– Artist Chris Wagner of The Sanctuary Gallery for creating the artwork for New Bern’s Earth Day

The After Party

The After Party will be hosted by the North Carolina Music Zone and the Brown Pelican held from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Brown Pelican with live music by the Carolina Swamp Dogs and the Neuse River Ramblers!

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Live downtown in Bear Plaza it is The Saturday Sessions. Come join us for a Saturday of LIVE MUSIC in Bear Plaza! Seth Smith, local singer and frontman for Hot Buttered Grits, will be playing solo some of his favorite originals and cover tunes. His set is slated for 1-3 pm. Then from 3-5pm the North Carolina Songwriters Co-op musician Michael Daughtry and the Drift will be taking the stage sponsored by Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp.

Saturday Night Specials

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

The Garage has live music and a food truck tonight. Come out and grab a cold beer and enjoy the good blues grooves of Big Jim Kohler live from 7-10 pm.

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the sounds of country crooner, Ryan Cain. He will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Getting Down Around Town

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

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the live music of Holt Up who return to town for the Easter eve party! They will be grooving the grooves at the Dirty Bird from 8-11 pm. Free music is never free, so be sure to tip the players that move you!

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The ’80s rock party comes courtesy of The BiPolar Express. This always makes for a fun night. Music plays at 7:30 – 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage New Bern

The City Stage New Bern. is offering

Madame Z’s April Pride

Tickets are $8.00 and the show starts at 8 pm

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Attitudes Pub & Grille

It’s the Spring Fling Dinner and Dance with our beloved oldies band. Come on out and enjoy a wonderful meal and then dance the night away with The Bears! Dinner starts at 6:00, including ham, baked chicken, fish, potatoes, vegetables and dessert. The band plays from 7 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 per person. Call 252-633-2006 to reserve.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

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Morehead City

Promise’ Land Market

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Barry Charleton is the acoustic act that will be offering the grooves and rocking the stage at Promise’ Land Market, with music being shared from 8:30-11:30 pm.

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Off The Hook

Off The Hook will host the good grooves of The Joe Brown Band tonight starting at 10 PM. This local band will offer a great variety of original grooves, blended with songs you know. They will be rocking the deck until 1:30 am. Come dance and Spread the love!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

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Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop  

Dick Knight, Sat April 20th, 8-11 pm, No Cover

Join us for a live performance by Mr. Dick Knight. He is a recipient of the NC Heritage Award, (NC Arts Council) and former member of the James Brown Band. He has played with Maceo Parker, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flak, Otis Redding and more!

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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 Fishy Fishy Cafe, 106 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport, NC, (910) 457-1881. Music will be served from 6:30 -10:30 pm. Come enjoy the grooves of REV tonight and be sure to sample some of the delicious food and cold beer too. 

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Wilmington, NC

Bourbon Street Wilmington

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Bourbon Street Wilmington welcomes The Jam Sandwich Band sharing the good grooves starting at 9 pm. You are encouraged to come early for the good eats and stay for the good grooves. Make sure your where your groove shoes and come ready to dance.

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Rocking Around the Region

Greensboro, NC

Craft City Sip-In

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

You are invited to make it a fun and festive Earth Day this Saturday as WristBand rocks Craft City Sip-In with some classic rock and blues! Come listen to some good music and enjoy their great selection of craft brews.

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Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar

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New Bern’s rocker chick, Marron Chaplin will be live, offering the music from 10 pm until they turn out the lights at 2 am tomorrow morning! Come out grab a bite, have a beer, shoot some pool and groove to the beats to make it a night to remember.

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Kinston, NC

The Red Room

The Red Room welcomes The Wicked Shimmies to the stage to rock the grooves tonight. Come ready to groove and enjoy the good music offered by this local and fun band. Live music plays from 10 pm until 2 am. There is a $5.00 cover charge to help support live music.

 

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Greenville, NC

Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery.

We’ll be printing large scale relief blocks all day in the parking lot. Come by and take in the art, music and beer! Bring your family and friends! Chill and paint/draw! Make new friends! Support the artists by purchasing some art! There will also be a raffle – with plenty of chances to win one of the prints! Message me if you want to help out with the event!

Check out the event page for updates as well as an example from last year!

If you would like to print a block send me a message!
Vendor spaces available – message for more info!

Design by Katelyn Stewart

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AJ McMurphy’s

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D-N-R returns to AJ’s!

for the fun and good times tonight. They’ll be rocking fans and friends that gather at AJ McMurphy’s. Get there early to enjoy some great food and stay late to dance dessert off the hips! Music starts at 8:30 and they rock you until 11:30 pm. D-N-R is an awesome local band that never disappoints! Dust off your dancin’ shoes and make your plans to join us!

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Answering the Call

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

April 17 at 7:11 PM

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

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

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

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and don’t forget the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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

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Tracey Stones Productions, LLC, is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site and community events. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

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And Just Like That, It was The Weekend Again But There is Always Some Fun To Be Had With Music

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And just like that… it was the weekend again! Looking forward to sharing some good times with you all, as we bounce to the beats.

We Spent Some Time with Justin In the Garden on Thursday

 

On Thursday evening I headed to the coast with Mary Shine and our first stop was Carolina Home & Garden, located on Highway 24 in Newport. This place is fun for the whole family and offers something for everyone to enjoy! From the fountain and fish to the petting zoo, good food and cold beer…it is a great place to stop by for a few minutes to shop and browse, or come for an evening of entertainment any Thursday or Friday night n the Garden. Music plays from 6:30-9:30 pm and there is a $5.00 music charge. They always have a food truck on site and offer appetizers too for noshing. 

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My favorite feature of all the Garden parties that I attend is the music of course. Justin Castellano is always a sweet treat to enjoy. He has such a unique style, that is sick with skill and talent. Castellano makes his guitar sing like few entertainers in our area do. He is a classically trained player with unbelievable chops. To check out his music and his schedule, please visit his website at www.justincguitar.com

 

Back In the City of Bears for Some Friday Night Fun

Tommy Duzan Offers Songs in James City

 

 

Tommy Duzan Sr is a skilled lifer. Music has been a part of this man’s journey from the start and he has made it a part of his future as well. Playing songs and sharing music is his favorite thing to do and it shows when he performs. Last night he was entertaining fans and friends that gathered at the Garage. This unique bar offers a fun reprieve for parents who wish to have a beer but don’t want to stay home or ditch the kids to do it. There is always good beer on tap and fun games for the kids to enjoy. Stop out and enjoy live music on Fridays from 7-10 pm.

Duzan can be heard sharing his songs all around town and beyond. He has been booking more dates and playing more shows outside of the area. He enjoys showing up at local jams and sharing the stage with like-minded players. Next week the rocker will be playing a gig with his father Charlie Duzan, for The New Bern Historical Society’s Heritage Home Tours. This year the Historical Society decided to include music on the back porch of the Attmore-Oliver House. To get your tickets for this two day, fun-filled event visit https://newbernhistorical.org/

Gene Gregory Comes for a Visit

Singer songwriter, Gene Gregory calls Wilmington home these days, but feels most comfortable on any stage that welcomes him. Last night the crooner was offering songs and sharing stories with new friends and old fans at Brütopia. While I was in the house he offered an original song which I captured for my YouTube page. For anyone interested in hearing “Moving On” it is a Gene Gregory original and now found on my Channel. 

 

 

For friends and fans looking for the talented stringer, be sure to like his music page on Facebook and visit his Website today at http://www.gugogene.com. Tonight the singer will be working the scene closer to home, when he shares songs at Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar – Leland NC. Live music starts at 7 pm.

Big Jim Bangs His Blues Downtown

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Rocking the blues at the Brown Pelican last night was New Bern’s own blues ambassador Big Jim Kohler. Helping to fill in the beats and round out the sound last night was The General Mike Sandvig on Bass, Tom Parker on the drums and Lee Tibbetts on the Harmonica. Just when you didn’t things could get any better, they bring the angelic sounds of Kathy Kohler to slay souls with her captivating voice.

 The Switch Swing Into Blackbeard’s and Bring the Party

 

On my way through town last night I stopped by Blackbeard’s Triple Play on South Front St to see how things were going with Switch last night.  As expected they were turning that little corner of the world upon its ear, with their fun party offerings. The dance floor was packed and the people were loving the beats, brought by these brothers and music friends. The Switch is a long-running party band fronted by two brothers. They always include the audience in the show and offer them the music that keeps them coming back for more.

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Taking their name from their ability to switch things up this talented band always have fun up their sleeves. If you have not seen their show yet, you are missing a fun and good time. They play all the songs that make people want to dance and encourage all to do so. To meet up with Larry, Artie, Dave, and Michael tonight, you can pack up the coolers and head out the country. The band will be rocking the Stage at Roadies Road House, located on Highway 55 East in Seven Springs. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a music charge which pays the band. Admission is $20, but you will be packing coolers and bringing own beverages. To keep up with the guys on the internet, you can find them on Facebook at The Switch on Facebook.

Adam Hill Band Brings it To Triple Play for James City 

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The nightcap of the evening came when I headed back over the bridge to catch The Adam Hill Band. They were the chosen band to kick off the music season at Triple Play Restaurant. Raw and captivating, this band is simply something for the eyes and ears to take in. Hill has a speed few players master and his voice is a match to his guitar talent. He is a musician’s musician. I have heard other guitar players threaten to go home and burn their guitars after watching Hill. But you know, instead they just take it all in and probably try to pull it off later at home. This is pretty much how the self-taught player got going himself. He would go to shows and watch his stepfather at an impressionable age and when they got home, Hill went to work on mimicking what he saw.

To keep up with Adam Hill and all of his music projects be sure to check out his website at www.adamhillmusic.net.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Daytime Delights

#ENCSTRONG Community Celebration

Please join us on April 6th from 2pm-6pm (after band will continue to @7:30ish) at Creekside Park, New Bern to celebrate our community coming together during tragic times. We’ve survived a history-making Hurricane (Florence 2018) And now the positive outcome of a missing 3yr old Craven County boy who was found alive after 3 days lost in the woods. We would like to bring EVERYONE together to celebrate the resilience & strength of our community! We are working on gathering all response teams to join us!

Our MC’s will be Christina Best & Braedon Welsh

Sheriff Chip Hughes & Team
Capt. Shane Grier & Team
Hendrix Valenzuela, NC Emergency Management-Eastern Services
US Marine Corps.
NC HWY Patrol
US Army
Coast Guard (Hoboken)
US Navy
NC Forestry Services
Vidant Life Flight
Several Search And Rescue teams

Children’s Event’s
Nutrien Aurora Phosphate ~ Providing a shark tooth scavenger hunt

Several Emergency Vehicles 🚓🚑🚒
Rock Painting
Face Painting
Fossil Hunt
Cake Walk
Egg Hunt
Jump House
LED light Show


Vendors of Arts & Crafts of all sorts

FREE food will be donated by:

Moore’s Old Time Barbecue & Chicken & Seafood.
The Flame
Outback Steakhouse
Famous Subs & Pizza
Mj’s
Panera Bread
Papa John’s Pizza
Pizza Hut
Baker’s Kitchen
Food Lion
Harris Teeter

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Saturday Night Specials

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

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

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Getting Down Around Town

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

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the live music of Joe Brown and the Band will be grooving the grooves at the Dirty Bird from 8-11 pm. Free music is never free, so be sure to tip the players that move you!

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The ’80s party comes courtesy of Suicide Blonde. This should make for a fun night. Music plays at 7:30 – 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage New Bern

The City Stage New Bern. is offering Madame Z Presents with Hysteria Cole Tickets are $8.00 and the show starts at 8 pm

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

 

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Morehead City

Promise’ Land Market

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Steel Shot is an acoustic duo that will be offering the grooves and rocking the stage at Promise’ Land Market, with music being shared from 8:30-11:30 pm.

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Off The Hook

Off The Hook will host the good grooves of  Selah Dub tonight starting at 10 PM. This local band will offer a great variety of original grooves, blended with songs you know. They will be rocking the deck until 1:30 am. Come dance and Spread the love!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

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Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop  

Tail Light Rebellion, Sat April 6th, 8:30-12, $3 Cover charge

Tail Light Rebellion: Currently touring the US.
Riot poetry set to Celto Bluegrass Ska Folk and Roll

Festivals performed at include Muddy Roots, Farmageddon Records, Pickin’ in the Pasture, and Moonrunners, Westport Roots Festival 2018, Heavy Rebel Weekender 2018. Le D’luge fest 2018 (QC, CDN)

Part of the Fistolo Records family and Outlaw Waltz Media Group

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TailLightRebellion
Bandcamp: https://tail-light-rebellion.bandcamp.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/taillightrebellion
Twitter: https://www.youtube.com/taillightreb
Website: http://taillightrebellion.org

They’ve shared the stage with: Spider Stacy (the Pogues), John Brown’s Body, Devil Makes Three, Split Lip Rayfield, Scott H. Biram, HR (from Bad Brains), Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Mischief Brew, The World/Inferno Friendship Society, The Goddamn Gallows, Real McKenzies, The Mahones, and many more.

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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

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Wilmington, NC

Bourbon Street Wilmington

 

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Bourbon Street Wilmington welcomes Lotus Sun, sharing the good grooves starting at 9 pm. You are encouraged to come early for the good eats and stay for the good grooves. Lotus Sun will rock you with reggae beats that move you!

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Rocking Around the Region

Greensboro, NC

Craft City Sip-In

 

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

Are you in the mood for good drinks, great times and stellar music? Well we have you covered up this Saturday with tunes from Patrick Rock Trio. Patrick will be joined by David McLaughlin and George Westberry for a #MusicMenageATrois! Bring your friends, family, and your dog for a fun weekend with us at #CCSI. #WeKnowGoodMusic #whenisipusipwesip #PatrickRock #localandlive

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Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar

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

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Greenville, NC

Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery.

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<<< Spazz Presents >>>

rickoLus (FL)
https://rickolus.bandcamp.com/album/american-backyard
He started a one man band, played run down bars with low ceilings. Played outdoor concerts, went on tour and cleared the Bone Zone. He played empty fields, full cemeteries, and bleating petting zoos. Writing songs on the spot, he dismantled guitars and deconstructed drum kits. He wrote “Youngster”, an album from an old man about the youth he spent and wasted away on cigarettes and long drives.”Coyote and Mule” was a return to the green shed’s four track recording. His soon to be released “Troubadour” is a double-album ode to his wife and to his marriage.

rickoLus is not your usual singer/songwriter. His music comes from a place that is deep, thoughtful and honest. The only annoyance with his live performance is how easily he pulls it all off, without a worry in the world.

+ MORE LOCALS TBA!

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AJ McMurphy’s

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4 Asses and A Mule will be bringing it to Greenville tonight, rocking fans and friends that gather at AJ McMurphy’s. Get there early to enjoy some great food and stay late to dance dessert off the hips! Music starts at 8:30 and they rock you until 11:30 pm.

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The State Theatre

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Pegasus Plus and The Wannabees are on the bill for tonight at The State Theatre. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm, with New Bern’s own classic rockers The Wannabees kicking things off. Following their fun set of rocking covers,  Pegasus Plus will emerge with their fresh set of rock mixed originals and other fun songs we all know.

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Pegasus plus reunited last year after a 35-year break in the action. Now that all of the kids are raised the guys are back at and rocking big stages once again. Tonight I will be on hand to bring you the action from the stage and around the room. With any luck we will see you there too! 

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Answering the Call

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

April 1 at 7:31 PM

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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

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

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

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and don’t forget the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Feel free to invite me to your events.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracey Stones Productions, LLC, is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site and community events. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

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

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. 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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A Week Full of The Working Blues Keeps Us In New Bern

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I stayed around town all week working for New Bern Now, Ledger Magazine and NCMZ.LIVE but that did not stop me from finding music all around our beautiful town.

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On Saturday, I made my way to town to check out The Neuse River Rambles. Surf, Wind and Fire owner Danny Batten is one of the unsung heroes of our community. After Florence left him with damage to his home and business, Batten became some of the hardest working boots on the ground for this community. Actively meeting with business leaders and citizens while planning new ways to revitalize our downtown and jump-start his own business; he is a great asset and positive force for our community.

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Batten is not only a business owner but a banjo player too. When we first met Batten here in the blog, it was 2016 and he was playing with Merchant’s Road Band. Nowadays he is pick’n notes and offering harmonies for The Neuse River Ramblers. Last Saturday marked their third performance and it was rather a charming way to welcome St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. Quite frankly, anytime you can find your way downtown and discover live music, it is a wonderful thing!

Business Development Makes #DowntownNBRocks

In his spare time, Batten squeezes in early morning meetings in an effort to help jump-start New Bern’s come back, post-Florence. One of the groups that meets and plans revitalization projects for downtown is the Downtown Business Council.

I was recently invited to an events-planning meeting, where I learned there would be more live music coming to the downtown.  That is always thrilling to report. You will be able to keep up with the news and developments of this new series, that is being deemed Saturday Sessions through Folks Journal. They will be partnering with the DBC and Swiss Bear, all working in conjunction with The New Bern Parks and Recreation Department. To present us with FREE LIVE MUSIC,for all that visit and shop New Bern.

Though ncmz.live won’t be involved with these music events, I can tell you that next month is already scheduled and a press release was issued. Here are some of those details as per that release, so that you can get an idea of what is in store for us!

Saturday Sessions

The Saturday Sessions in Bear Plaza are rotating music and art weekends located in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina. Saturday Sessions run from 1pm-5pm and begin Saturday April 6, 2019 and will run every Saturday until Mumfest weekend in October.

The first Saturday Session programming on April 6 includes live music by Sometimes Lions, a Greenville based duo singing and playing your favorite covers. They feature their own original songs, sponsored by FOLKS Journal, courtesy of Toyota New Bern, playing from 1pm-2:30pm. The second half of the Saturday Sessions is sponsored by Swiss Bear, Inc. and will feature original music from the singer/songwriters of the Carrboro, NC based North Carolina Songwriters Co-op. Renowned bluegrass band Neville’s Quarter will be playing from 3pm-5pm. More information about the band is available online at www.nevillesquarter.com and on the North Carolina Songwriters Co-op website at www.ncsongwriters.org.

Not Just Music, Art too

April 13, 2019 will be the first Art Saturday during Saturday Sessions in Bear Plaza. This program runs from 1pm-5pm and will feature an assortment of local artists. Local YA author Leslie Tall Manning will be having conversations and selling her books. Chris Wagner from The Sanctuary Gallery will be selling his work and demonstrate air painting alongside fellow gallery members. Local wellness guru and Kundalini yoga instructor Jenn Prem Arjan Pittman will be selling her holistic handmade jewelry. Artist and West Craven Middle School teacher Noël McKelvey of Blissworks will be demonstrating and selling her handmade whimsical card creations. Hope Baucher from A Hopeful Balance Yoga Studio will be providing instructors and classes in basic yoga and restoration poses. Reiki master and massage therapist Catherine Ould will be providing chair massage and reiki treatments.

Special Saturday Sessions children’s programming is available. Between 1pm-5pm the second and fourth Saturdays indoors at the The Next Chapter Books and Art and the first and third Saturdays outside of The Craven Arts Council/Bank of the Arts. Children of all ages are encouraged to paint #downtownNBrocks and hide them around town. The Craven Arts Council/Bank of the Arts will also be the host location of Saturday Session Storytimes,, held the second and fourth Saturdays at 1pm and 3pm. Please join us as books about community, nature, and neighborhood are shared alongside beautiful local works of art on display.

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Speaking of Banjo Playing Business Owners

This seems to be a trend when you look about our wonderful town, Banjo playing business owners. I was speaking with George Oliver not long before press time which brought the idea to mind. Oliver is another stellar citizen actively involved in helping the rebuild of the town.

It was nice talking to Oliver about some comedic business with Walk-In BathTub, and while we were on the phone he told me about his family’s show last weekend at Bank Of The Arts, where At The Gallery featured the music and story of June Carter and Johnny Cash.

The performance went so well that they have decided to bring it again to the community. This time they will perform on Friday, June 7, 2019, at The New Bern Civic Theater. Mark your calendars and make plans to be a part of a wonderful night of music and stories. This performance will be a fundraiser for the New Bern Civic Theater itself.  That is great news and another example of how Oliver and his family work overtime in assisting and serving our community.

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Mondays Means Blues at The Brown

 

 

Things were swinging when I got to the Dirty Bird more accurately know as  The Brown Pelican on Monday evening. Chirs Buttitta was back on the bass and a few more guitarist joined the fun. Some of those that I caught on the carpet this week include, open mic host and guitarist for 3rd Degree Bern, Brian Mac; solo player, Randy Moore, plus Tommy Duzan Sr. Hammering out the harmonica was Lee Tibbetts and kicking in the drums was Tom Parker. Big Jim was leading the charge and before I left I was jumping and jiving about!

This weekly offering has been a wonderful pick me up for New Bern and its music lovers. Thank you for coming out and showing your support for this weekly blues offering. We look forward to bringing you more fun nights from New Bern. This weekly blues treat is now followed up with HONKY TONK TUESDAY. That is the night made for all you country jammers. Mike Watkins is offering this weekly treat and all are welcome to come out and share the love.

When we come back tomorrow to finish out our fun week, we will stop here for open mic Thursday as well. This means that The Dirty Bird aka The Brown Pelican is now offering live music 5 days a week! ROCK ON!! Big thanks to bar owner Heather Haiss for all she does to support live music!

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Mid Week Blues Bites

 

For those that like to dine and drink their blues away, you should consider joining Big Jim and the guys at The City Stage New Bern. That is where Kohler offers his mid-week session of blues education. Opening the stage to jammers to join him after the first set, this is always a fun and inspiring way to spend Wednesday evenings. Fun is found here from 7-9 each Wednesday!

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Currently, we are working on raising funds for Big Jim Kohler to lay down some tracks. The blues master has been on a healing journey for the past 18 months. Along the way, he has regained his strength and found his focus. He has remained sober and committed to living a healthier life.

Since arriving here in New Bern, Kohler has not released a new disc. With a new lease on life, the blues-man is ready to keep busy in the studio and on the road. To date, we have raised just over $1400 of the $4000 needed to get the disc done. For those interested in helping to fuel the mission please direct your contributions here:

Big Jim Kohler’s Kickstarter Campaign

For friends and fans of the blues-man, you can come to hang out at Sara’s Big Apple, where he will be offering songs from 6-8 pm tomorrow evening. We hope to see you there.

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Friday, March  22, 2019

Getting Down Around Town

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

The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of music with Paid Time Off, featuring Rick Huff with Mollie Hunter Belet offering songs from 7-10 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs and wonderful originals by this popular, local jam band. 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 Restaurant

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of The Backyard Groove, bringing 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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City Stage New Bern

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Holden Dixon:
Holden is a songwriter, and multi-musician, from Chocowinity, NC.

His band, “Holden Dixon & The Straightlines” will be bringing an Alternative Rock sound you don’t want to miss.

$5.00 Cover Charge Music starts at 8 pm.

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

 

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Caffeinated Soul Boogie 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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The Garage

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There is a new place opening today that will host music, games, and fun for the whole family. The Garage will open their doors today and offer live music tonight with Tommy Duzan, Sr. rocking the blues. Music starts at 7 pm.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

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Morehead City

Promise’ Land Market

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

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

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Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop  

Joey and Mason, Fri Mar 22nd, 8:30-11:30 PM, No Cover

Join us for live music by local musicians, Joey and Mason. They play originals and covers along the lines of classic blues and rock. These guys will be sure to surprise you with their talent! Come check them out!!

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Royal James

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

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

Offering the live sounds tonight at The Boro Restaurant & Bar will offer the music of Flipside! Great food, great music, great ambiance! Join us on Friday! Music starts at 8 pm.

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Newport, NC

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4EverAll will be in the garden to entertain fans and friends that gather. Music is offered from 6:30-9:30 pm. There is a $5.00 admission or the music. They have appetizers to taste, and serve beer and wine as well.

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Cedar Point, NC

Riptidez Bar & Grill

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Barefoot Wade has a  show at Riptidez Bar & Grill this evening. Music plays from 9 pm until midnight!

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Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company will be serving the country sounds of Big and Richard this evening from 7-10 pm. Come out and enjoy a fresh cold brew and enjoy live music as we welcome the weekend.

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Surf City, NC

The Trailer Bar!

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

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Rocking Around the Region

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

MARCH 22, 2019 · FRIDAY * 9PM * $10

Touring and playing for many years, Armand brings years of experience and loads of talent to the stage. High energy blues and R&B. Get here early for this one..oh, and bring your dancing shoes!

Joining Armand will be Carter Minor, Jim Henderson, FJ Ventre, Kelly Pace, and Becky Beeston Lenchek.

After a nearly a two decade apprenticeship playing behind the likes of Skeeter Brandon, Walter “Lightnin’ Bug” Rhodes and Nappy Brown, Chapel Hill, NC based guitarist Armand Lenchek assumed the role of bandleader with a vengeance on his solo debut, Everything I Need. He’s back again, still in front of the rotating crew of blues breakers he calls Bluesology.

Although he can shred with the best of them, Lenchek has mastered one of the most difficult skills in any guitarist’s repertoire: restraint. He plays every note he needs t, and not a note more. Sometimes that’s a blistering fury, sometimes it’s a laid back shuffle but every time it’s just what the song calls for.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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Summer Collins will provide the entertainment tonight at AJ McMurphy’s, with music being offered from 8:30- 11:30 pm. You are invited to come early and grab a bite to eat, and stay ’til later for the serving of live music.

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

For are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic night, hosted by Brian Burke. On Fridays and Saturdays it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind.

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The Wine Crate

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Jessica Hudson and Thorne Wiggs will offer the music tonight at The Wine Crate. Besides wine, they have all the top shelf brands of beer and liquor, and a wonderful menu for noshing. Live music plays from 7-10 pm.

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Market Street Pub

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Maddie Rean offers live music this evening at The Market Street Pub. Showtime is at 10 pm. Music offered until the break of day, or at least 1:30 am!

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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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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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Big Jim Blues News

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Big Jim Kohler was bringing his band and his blues to the City Stage twice a month, since their opening in July, on the third and fourth Tuesday of each month. However last week that ended. The live entertainment venue announced that going forth they will be hosting trivia and karaoke nights on Tuesday nights. They will be offering drink specials as well.

Though that sounds like the blues for music fans, here is the best part of the change. Big Jim Kohler and Band will now be the featured guest each Wednesday night from 7-9 pm. Be sure to mark your calendars going forth into the new year. The mid-week blues buster will surely be a welcome addition to the area.

Today the blues stringer and his bride will be helping out by providing the entertainment at the New Village Brewery in Oriental, NC. They will be doing their part to raise funds for the students that attend Pamlico Community College. There will be free music and free pizza too. Also, they will be pouring pints all day, to help the cause and they will also be holding a silent auction to contribute to the funds generated on this day!

Music plays from 4-7 featuring Kathy Kohler the first hour! Get there early as you don’t want to miss this blues belter!

 

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The Dusty Trio in a Treehouse

Last night I headed to the Crystal Coast to check out things at The Treehouse Beer CompanyLocated in Cedar Point on Highway 24, this is a fun place offering a good selection of beer and live entertainment each weekend. They have a nice backyard to accommodate many guests. There is cornhole set up as well as other games, including a game room indoors. Best of all they have a nice stage out back for the bands.

On the stage last night was the Dusty Trio featuring Hank Barbee on guitar and vocals, Jim Durham on sax and backing vocals, and Matt Henderson on bass. This is three-fourths of the Dust Parade. Tonight the full band will be rocking Cru Bar, 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Free music kicks off at 8:30 pm. To keep up with the band check out on Facebook by clicking:

The Dust Parade

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Meet Dmitri Resnick from Chapel Hill Sharing his Blues in Newport

While visiting with Hank Barbee I ran into stinger Matt Miller, who mentioned the fact that there was someone he never heard before playing at Carolina Home & Garden. Loaded with that information, I split the scene and headed to the Garden to see what I could find out.

It was there that I made the acquaintance of  Dmitri Resnik, who calls Chapel Hill, NC home. What a wonderful music treat it was to meet Resnik. I thoroughly enjoyed his slide blues guitar offerings. I was glad to catch the final few songs of his show and it was enough for me to know that I will be checking him out again with his band in the future.

The singer-songwriter has made music a part of his life’s journey. Seasoned in the blues, he offers a refreshing take on the music I love most of all. I enjoyed hearing his original works during our short time together last night.

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For those looking to catch some great slide work and old-fashioned blues music be sure to catch Dmitri each Thursday at The City Tap in Pittsboro, NC. Offering the sounds each week from 6-8 pm, this is a great way to wrap up a work day! You can also check out the stringer on ReverbNation by following this link:

https://www.reverbnation.com/dmitriresnik

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Back in the Bern, It’s Bliss At the Bruin

I made it back to town last night, in time to check out a couple more gigs going down right here in my hometown.  First stop brought me to The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC, where I got to enjoy the last couple songs offered by Patrick Bliss. This stringer is an emotional player and offers many familiar songs throughout his set list.

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Holt Up Visits From Statesville, NC to Rock the Dirty Bird!

 

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The final show I caught last night was that of Holt Up, a band from the Statesville, NC region. Interestingly enough, they have family in New Bern, NC. When they were visiting this past Summer, they caught an open mic night at the Brown Pelican and not long after their jams, they were booking this date to bring us the good grooves. The trio of players features Ryan Lippard back behind the kit, Hailey Holt offer vocals, guitar, and ukelele. Joining her on guitar and vocals is her mentor and father Darren Holt. This band offered grooves from classic rockers to heavy metal. They are a unique trio with a great mix of music to keep things interesting. For those looking for a new band to check out, be sure to give this one your consideration. You can check them out on Facebook by following this link:

HOLT UP

 

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Live Music Options ~ Saturday, Nov 10

Getting Down Around Town

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On this, the Birthday of our great Marine Corps and just in time too for Veteran’s Day weekend, The Peace Soldier Nation will unite to bring us the Third Annual Rockin For Relief for the Homeless Veterans, today starting at noon in downtown New Bern, NC. This benefit concert features five local acts and one regional band offering the sounds to make a day complete.

Tickets will be available at the gate. Gates open at noon, and today’s music line up at press time was as follows:

 A Full day event with six Rocking Bands,

Tickets include lunch from Moores BBQ!! $20

Plus five New Bern Band to entertain you!

12:00 Strung Together
1:00 Gypsy Sunrise
2:00 Joe Baes
3:00 The BiPolar Express
4:00. Peace Soldier

Headlining this show is the regional touring AC/DC all-girl tribute act is Shoot To Thrill rocking the stage at 5pm.

Come celebrate our Veterans this Veterans Day Weekend and help out this worthy cause for a cause!

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First Stop James City!

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Checking in with our friends at BrÜtopia,, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC: Tonight you can come out and enjoy the sounds of Third Act with Daryl Lucas. As always, the music is free, the beer is fresh and the weekend awaits, come out and celebrate! Music is served from 7-10 pm.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts in, to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands. Tonight it is local party groovers,  Third Degree Bern returning to rock you from 8-11 pm.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight you can rock the night away with Stairwell, who will be on stage and rocking you starting at 7:30 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

Tonight you are invited to come out to enjoy fun and music of the talented Marron Chaplin, offering music from 8-10 pm. Following her show, you can be the star with Karaoke and a dance party that follows for weekend fun! The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St, New Bern, NC. They are a private club. Sign up and become a member for $1.00.

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Cruising The Coast

 

Morehead City, NC

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

~Saturday, November 10th~
OPEN at 12 noon
Enjoy our wood-fired pizza starting at 2 pm
Live music by Spare Change starts at 10 pm 🥁

~Sunday, November 11th~
OPEN at 12 noon for Sunday Funday ☀️
Brick oven pizza available starting at 2 pm

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

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Tonight on the deck at Off the Hook, 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC; they will be grooving the reggae sounds of a popular act, Selah Dubb. The band will be offering the island sounds that make you sail away to an island in your mind. Live music is offered for free each Saturday from 10 pm until closing.

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Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop features the music of The Dust Parade. For those who missed Hank Barbee and the boys last night in Cedar Point, you can catch him tonight with the full Dust Parade, offering the sounds from 8:30 until 11:30 pm.

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Swansboro, NC

This weekend marks the 64th Annual Swansboro Mullet Festival, a two-day weekend event, that will be held on November 10-11, 2018. The festivities begin with a parade down Highway 24 on Saturday morning at 9 am. Street vendors line the various streets throughout historic downtown Swansboro and are open for patrons at 10 a.m. Vendors are of a variety of types including arts and crafts, commercial, and food.

There is a kids’ area that also opens at 10 a.m., with a wide mix of activities geared towards children of all ages. Live music begins at 11 a.m. at the Pug Pavilion in the heart of downtown Swansboro and continues throughout the day, and into the evening on Saturday and Sunday.  At press time this was the schedule:

Entertainment Line Up;

Saturday, November 10
10 AM Anna Cole – National Anthem
10 AM Mystic Vibrations
1 PM Parade winners announced
2 PM The Attractions Band
6:30 PM Gene Pharr & Cindy Floyd Party Prophets Show

Sunday, November 11
10 AM Tee Fantastic Shakers
11 AM Bells of Peace with Swansboro Historical Association
1 PM Ryanhood provided by the Seaside Arts Council
3 PM – 6 PM – Liquid Pleasure Supershow

To accent the meaning behind the festival, the Swansboro Rotary serves fried Mullet throughout the event. Parking and shuttle services are offered from behind the Hampton Inn at Ward Farm.

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Brunch Show at Church St. Deli

 

For those looking to take a break from the street fair scene while enjoying the 64th Annual Mullet Festival this weekend, you can enjoy a great brunch at Chuch Street Deli, located at 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. Also being featured will be the music of Robert Gasperson. The talented pianist will be entertaining the crowd that gathers in the bar from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm.

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Cedar Point, NC

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The FAB Band will be rocking the Treehouse Beer Company this evening. Offering the live music from 7-10 pm. This is a local act, that offers all the fun party grooves to make the night fun. Offering all the hits from funk, soul, R&B, pop and beach grooves you love, this is a great time waiting!

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Rocking Around The Region

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Charlotte, NC