I like starting the weekends early. Many years ago, when life got real and took a drastic turn, Thursday nights became my salvation. That was the night that the band I represented played a cool little watering hole in Milford, PA. The Waterwheel Cafe is a great little place to eat, drink and dig on cool music. It is in an artsy town, located in the Northeastern corner of PA just over New Jersey’s border to the east and New York’s border to the North. We hosted an open jam and each week some great players graced the stage.
I remember many fun nights with talents like Slam Allen, Bobby Kyle, Lee Delray, Dan Brother and of course, the host with the most, Teddy Young. Those were interesting days. I was 30 years old and adjusting to my new role in life; MOTHERHOOD! It would be the only night I got out to hear live music, after living a life of consuming it nightly. Those nights were my therapy and the music makers were my therapists.
Turns out, more than a decade and a half later I still like live music on Thursday nights. It just feels right! This past week I headed out to get the scoop on a new band getting ready to hit our local scene. Only thing I can think to say about that is brace yourself New Bern, there is a new train about to use the tracks and anyone who goes crazy for the rock n roll will want to jump aboard! The boys from the hard hitting rock trio Bipolar Express invited me to their rehearsal.
This line up will feature Wick Wickline on bass and vocals, Josh Overby on guitar and vocals and Mike Lancaster on drums (Photos above). The three local talents got to talking and before long were working out kinks on all things rock! They have a set list that offers everything from Morris Day & The Time to Iron Maiden. All the players are products of 80’s living. When talking to the guys, Overby pointed out, “As far as Classic rock goes, between the Wannabees and Three Day Weekend, there is a good lock down on that genre.” This is kind of the same thing only a decade later, he points out. They cover the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s eras very well. We are hitting 70’s 80’s and 90’s with this band.” They are looking forward to emerging on the scene later this summer. Look for the Bipolar Express to start rolling in August. Club owners looking for a quality, high energy rock band, these guys are booking dates now. For booking hit Wick at 252-670-5563.
After rehearsal, we headed over to Halftimes to check in with Steel Shot only to learn their gig was cancelled because of basketball playoff. Just for the record, there are die hard music fans out here who don’t appreciate it when establishment takes their mistake of booking a band during the basketball finals out on local entertainers. It does not go unnoticed!
Since there was no inspiration offered at our first stop, we ventured on to New Bern Golf and Country Club. They offer members live music in the bar each Thursday evening. On this particular night I had the opportunity to listen to father/daughter duo, Rick and Jenna Leigh Huff. (Photos below) It was very nice to check in with them. While I was there I also had the pleasure of finally sitting down and catching up with the owner of The Brown Pelican, Heather Haiss. She is working on so many great things to help support local music makers. It turned out to be a wonderful evening of conversation and great music. To keep up with these two players, become friends with them on Facebook and stay connected to all their upcoming events.
On Friday, it was my hope to catch Arson Daily, in the Beer Garden at Bear Town Market but given the weather at the time of my arrival, I never got to hear them. I only got a few pics of the boys while they were setting up for the show. (Photos below) The reviews of the Bernaroo show sounded like a good time was had by all. I look forward to hearing these guys soon, even if it means a road trip! In the meantime you can stream their debut release via Spotify. Lots of young talent at work here! Support them today!
Before heading out of town on our road trip to the beach, we stopped by Triple Play Restaurant in James City to check in with blues duo Big Jim & Kathy Kohler. They were warming up the dinner crowd for a rocking night of fun with Bill Lyerly.
Once we got the party wagon rolling we rolled through Emerald Isle to pick up a few friends before heading across the beach and over the causeway to Beaufort. We had a wonderful dinner at Clawson’s before checking out The Beaufort Blues Project at The Backstreet Pub.
This is hands down my favorite watering hole in town. They offer a cozy atmosphere, they friendly staff and often feature some great live acts. Friday was no exception. This six piece rocking blues act were fun and full of talent that filled the upstairs bar. Outside now offers a huge patio area. If you have never been here, be sure to make it a stop this Summer.
To keep up with theses guys follow them and keep up with where they are playing check out their website at www.beaufortbluesproject.com
Next up we headed over to The Dockhouse and caught a couple of songs by this duo pictured below. Wish I could give a full report that included the name of the act, but it was not posted anywhere that I saw and they never annoucnced it when I was there and there is no information that leaves me a clue on Facebook. Maybe someone out there can help a girl out and tell me the scoop if you recognize the band!
Our last stop for the night was back in Emerald Isle, at Salt Ultra Lounge. I stopped in to meet owner Paul and have a look at the place. I remember it years ago when it was an Irish Pub. Now, it is the place to be on the Island. They offer live music each Friday Night featuring the regions hottest bands. On Saturdays it is a DJ & Dance party. Throughout the week there is always something special featured here. Out in back there is a spacious patio with lots of seating, corn hole and the accompaniment of some rhythmic steel drums. It’s definitely worth checking out. Like them on Facebook to keep up with all their specials and upcoming events.
In the week ahead you can catch Machine Gun live on stage this Friday, the 10th starting 10 pm. Coming mid-Summer, Paul wants everyone to make plans to be here for their Fourth of July Spectacular. It is slotted for Saturday July 2, 2016 and will offer live entertainment, giveaways, fire dancers and ice sculptures; not to mention a ton of drink specials. Sounds like a great pick for a fun time for the holiday ahead!
On Saturday we headed North for a visit to Little Washington, to meet Laura and Kathy, owners of Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar. We enjoyed a great night that featured wonderful food and great music. I had the shrimp basket and it was by far the best shrimp I have had this year! If the food doesn’t bring you back the ambiance will. This a neat watering hole with an outdoor stage for local talents to display their craft. Last night my friends and I were treated to some good rocking blues courtesy of Cuz’n Kirk’s Blues Band.
This rockin’ trio (Photos below) features Bonez Malone on guitar, vocals Riverz Malone on bass, vocals and Cuz’n Kirk Malone on drums, vocals. I am pretty sure none of these boys are brothers, unless you count the fact that they are blues brothers, when sharing the stage. They offered standards like B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, while also reaching into to my soul and soothing it with a Rolling Stones medley that started with my theme song, Honky Tonk Women, went on looking for some Satisfaction before serving up some Brown Sugar. You know I liked that!!! To keep up with these guys like them on Facebook and keep up with their news as it happens.
Looking ahead; don’t forget there is live music on the deck tonight at the Double Tree featuring the sounds of John Van Dyke (Photo below) and Friends.
Monday night over at Persimmon’s you can catch the eclectic sounds of Merchant’s Road.(Photo below) I really enjoyed this unique band and I am sure you will too.
Well kids, that completes this week’s recap of my run around life! If you would like to be featured on my page, email me your events or live entertainment schedule. Send it to Tracey.Stones.Writer@gmail.com.
Thanks for reading. I will return on Wednesday with your regional rundown for the coming week! Peace, love and enjoy the dance!