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We Have Been Rocking the Beats for 300 Blogs!!!
Thank you for being here. Can you believe we have been rocking the beats for 300 Blogs? It’s true! The lights have shined, the stages have been set and the music has played. And since March 2015, we have been keeping the beats here! Thank you for being a part of the reason I keep this going! It is for the readers, the music lovers, the venues that support music, the players that rock the scene and the promoters that work so hard to make magic happen for communities that support live music.
North Carolina has a vibrant music scene with an explosion of talent filling the circuit. It has been my pleasure to introduce you to many new players along the way, as well as walking into great places throughout the journey. We have made some great memories while building a stronger music community.
It is my hope to provide quality content that stays fresh and relevant to live music scene throughout the state. I look forward to growing this blog by welcoming advertisers, supporters, and Patreons that help support my dreams and visions of living in a state with a stronger music community. I look forward to the road ahead and hope you chose to stay the course!
Big Jim Blues News
Big Jim Kohler has been performing live on stages around the country for decades. While calling New Bern, NC home, this blues slinger is now slotted to make a weekly appearance on stage at The City Stage. The band was offered two nights per month of blues done right, until recently when the owner, Chris Straight approached Kolher on being a weekly feature. You can catch the band this week for their final Tuesday appearance at City Stage, but come back next Wednesday and each additional Wednesday for your mid-week blues boost!
Big Jim has a few other dates coming up as well. Tonight he and the boys will be rocking BrUtopia from 7-10 pm. Then next weekend the Band will be taking a pause for the cause and performing for Pamlico Community College. Next week you can catch Big Jim and his blues while showing your support for education at The New Village Brewery on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Located on Broad St, Oriental. the music for this event will play from 4-7 pm.
Tan Sanders Debuts at Dirty Bird
I heard a new talent by the name of Tan Sanders last night when I walked into the Brown Pelican. This stringer is not new to the scene, as his skill sets show me he is rather seasoned. The young singer-songwriter hails from Goldsboro, NC. He offers a great variety of songs that most bands don’t often touch. I enjoyed his offerings of Southern rock by way of Little Feet, Beach music with Buffet and original grooves that locked me in. If you have never heard Tan Sanders you have a couple more opportunities to catch him this weekend. Tonight he will be offering songs tonight at Double Barley Brewing in Smithfield, NC. Music will start at 7 pm. And tomorrow you can catch him in Wilson rocking The Whirligig Festival. More details on that below.
Duzan Delights During String Change
When Sanders broke a string, he called on local string Tommy Duzan Sr., to cover the show for a song or two while he changed strings. Duzan is a popular local act hailing from the Bridgeton area. He will be rocking The Thirsty Bruin on Friday, November 16. Mark the date and come to show your support. Music plays 8-10:30 pm.
Rick Huff Rocks the Bruin
Friday night brought the music of Rick Huff to the Thirsty Bruin. This New Bern native calls Emerald Isle home these days. This singer and stringer loves to share songs with friends and fans. He will tell you it is the best job in the world. He keeps busy offering songs to many along the coast and here where his roots first formed. When not flying solo you can catch him jamming with friends and often with his daughter Jenna as well. But when that happens they bill the dream as Paid Time Off.
Roman Sams Roll Into Town and Rock Blackbeard’s
The Roman Sams are Lenoir County’s premier classic rock band. Offering fun songs from the 60’s straight through the current day, this band rocks all genres and eras. Last night they rolled into New Bern and brought the party to Blackbeard’s Triple Play on Front Street. This band has a talented blend of players with Matthew Hart and Dave Brown on guitars, Phillip Alcock on bass, Jasmine Best backing the beats, and the namesake and front singer Samantha Holland leads the way. Based out of Kinston, they have been a great fixture for rock infused fun around our region for years. If you have not seen them yet, they have a few more shows on the calendar this year. To keep up with their news like their page on Facebook by clicking:
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Live Music Options ~ Saturday, Nov. 3
Getting Down Around Town
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First Stop James City!
The Brown Pelican
Blackbeard’s Triple Play
Morehead City, NC
Get Amped Up with Music
Live at Jacks’s
Following his show at the fundraiser on the waterfront, mentioned above Mikele Buck Band, will head over to Jack’s Waterfront Bar to set up for their second coming of the night. They will be rolling out the grooves from 10 pm until 2 am.
Atlantic Beach, NC
Steel Shot is slotted to play the Tipsy Turtle Tavern tonight, with music starting at 9 pm. Come out and enjoy a drink special, cold beer or glass of wine, as you relax at the beach with this fun Pamlico County duo.
Checking things out in Swansboro, we find Hank Barbee on the schedule tonight at Church Street Deli, Pub, & Inn. The newlywed singer-songwriter will be offering his solo grooves tonight from 7-10 pm.
The Remedy is a rocking duo with good blues basics and fun time grooves. Tonight they will be offering the tunes to those that gather at The Boro Restaurant & Bar. They will be keeping the beats from 8-11 pm. Grab a date and don’t be late. Tonight is a great night for a date with music and fine food!
Rocking Around The Region
Groove Fetish is a five-piece jam band that offers fun grooves to fans and friends around the state and beyond. They are based out of Wilmington, NC and spend much time touring the state. Bringing the fun to juke joints and music venues, it is always a good time to get caught in their groove. The play classic rock songs few bands touch, like The Rolling Stones “Loving Cup,” a rare tune an awesome groove. I also recommend getting caught up in their music. They are a talented bunch offering fun times!
Another player that always brings the feel-good grooves to the stage is Abe Reid and his band The Spikedrivers. Tonight you can find him at Hunter House & Gardens. This is an early show with music starting at 6 pm. Come out tonight to enjoy a great night of good vibes. Reid never disappoints and always has good vibes to share.
Live on stage tonight at The Blue Note Grill will be harmonica man, Mel Melton and his Wicked Mojos. General Admission is $10 with music starting at 8 pm, the show will conclude at 11 pm. I recommend arriving early to enjoy a great supper and staying late to dance your blues away in Durham, NC.
The 14th annual North Carolina Whirligig Festival kicks off today and continues through Sunday. This event is going down this weekend in Historic Downtown Wilson.
This year’s festival footprint is expanded to encompass the new Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, which opened last November to considerable fanfare.
The festival offers something for everyone:
– More than 200 vendors (arts, crafts, food, beverage, including a beer garden)
– Four live entertainment stages
– The popular and free Whirli-Kidz Zone, which features carnival games, bounce houses, and arts and crafts
– Community non-profit organizations
– Inspiration Station, where kids of all ages can build and create alongside local artists, and this year will feature a tech component encouraging STEM among kids
And back by popular demand:
– Whirligig Warrior course and competition, where local American Ninja Warrior competitors will perform and do meet-and-greets; attendees can also try the course
– Extreme Inflatables, interactive inflatables and giant climbs/slides for teenagers and those age 13+ to enjoy.
For the full entertainment schedule please follow this link:
The Clayton Harvest Festival is going down all Weekend
Saturday, November 3
Sunday, November 4
The Adam Hill Band will be rocking the Wish You Were Beer Tavern tonight, with music starting at 9 pm. This is a new room for the band, so come out and make them feel welcome!
The Red Room welcomes Happy Hour to the stage tonight at 9 pm. There is a music charge of $5.00 payable at the door. Please support live music, pay the cover charge and show your support for this fairly new band on the NC music scene. Offering doses of blues and rock to soothe your soul, they are a great treat for the weekend.
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