I sure hope everyone had a great week, one that met your needs and offered growth and goodwill. I spent the start of last weekend running around town. It was a good night to stay close to home and there was lots of entertainment to enjoy!
My first stop takes up The Brown Pelican. where I caught Wick Wickline jamming with the Germann Family.
He joined a trio of brothers front and center for at the Dirty Bird a fun night of memorable music-making. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed their music and even danced to the beats throughout the night. Interesting to point out, the quartet of rockers never jammed together before last week and they only had time to fit in one rehearsal before showtime.
It was an impromptu gig which came complete, improvised rhythms and off the cuff jams. Most impressive about any band to me is the original works, so when they offered a few originals too, I was truly impressed by the skill and musicianship I was enjoying. With one of the brothers living in a different location nowadays, that being guitarist singer Jonathan Germann, who lays down his jams and rests his hat in Colorado. He arrived the night before the gig. His brothers Cameron joined in on keys and Jason held down the backbeat behind the kit and Wick Wickline gave up the bottom on bass, as they jammed the crowd right int the weekend.
When not cutting the grooves for good brothers, he is found on stage with his local music brothers Josh Overby and Mike Lancaster. That trio rocks under the domain of The BiPolar Express, where you can get your prescription refilled.
The Roman Sams returned to Circa 1810 Bar and Restaurant at the Harvey Mansion last Friday. They are such a fun band to go see, anytime you are in the mood to dance to the classics you love. Whether it’s 60’s classic rock or more current 90’s favorites, this band has your back.
Samantha Holland is a skilled vocalist that can cover anyone from the range of Janis Joplin to Pink. She is also backed by some great players, including Jasmine Best, behind the kit, Phillip Alcock on bass and harmonies, Matthew Hart helping on vocals and offering great guitar work, and David Brown giving up more vox and guitar skill.
To keep up with the band you can find them on Facebook by following this link:
Generally and as a rule, I try to mix things up each week by heading out-of-town to see who is playing around other parts of this beautiful state. Last Saturday brought me to the Crystal Coast where I checked in with a trio of acts.
The first place I stopped was The Royal James Cafe, where I checked in with the talented six-string player Davy Williamson. When not out touring as a freelance player, Williamson is happy to play around the popular shore spots found along the Carolina Coast. He is a seasoned player that keeps busy hustling his songs. If you are looking for a fun acoustic act to enjoy this weekend, you can find Williamson back at the Royal James Cafe tonight from 9 pm-12 am. The RJC is located at 117 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Tomorrow you can catch the singer live at Outriggers 21, located at 2004 NC Highway 172 Sneads Ferry, NC. He will be serving the sounds from 7-10 pm. On Sunday he will offer his music and talent to folks that gather at The Swansboro Yacht Club, 126 W Corbett Ave., Swansboro, NC. Music plays from 5-9 pm to close out your weekend of music by the sea with Williamson.
Just across the way I had the pleasure of checking out Spencer Scholes, who was rocking The Cru Bar and Wine Store The Beaufort Coffee Shop, 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Since Ash Harell arrived, The Cru Bar has been a welcoming spot for music makers. She offers live music each Friday and Saturday night and offers an open mic twice a month, which is hosted by the lovely and talented Tiffany Elaine.
If you have not checked this place out yet, you are missing out. Come for wine and stay for the music. Stop in for coffee and dessert, and dance the night away. Looking at the entertainment on tap in the days ahead, you can find New Bern’s own, John Van Dyke center stage tonight as Madame Z. It is a fun time drag show and dance party with the good times starting at 9 pm and wrapping up about 1 am. There is a $5.00 cover at the door which opens for seating at 8:30pm.
Tomorrow night you can enjoy the tall on talent, Hank Barbee and the Dust Parade. Here is more on that from the FB event:
The Dust Parade, Sat April 28th, 8:30-11:30 pm, No Cover but $3-5 suggested donation towards the band is greatly appreciated
Hank Barbee is an original singer-songwriter-musician, who has a bluesy soulful feel.
His latest project, The Dust Parade, an original music group from the coastal nether-regions of Eastern North Carolina. Theirs is a unique style of blues/surf/jazz-improv expressed through and expanded over catchy songwriting. Their sound is dynamic. Infectious. It’s entertaining and unpredictable, for all involved. It’s not “jam” and it’s definitely not jazz. It’s just music. Incredibly good music. Made in America with 100% heart.
Conceived in the solitude of a quiet bedroom during the lonely late hours of the night. Guitarist/singer/songwriter and self-proclaimed “clueless leader,” Hank Barbee writes and writes. The ideas flow down from the heavens. There are no rules there. No parameters of genre or prose. Simply melodies and a sparsely sketched canvas of mood and message.
In the winter of 2016, Hank began to jam with bassist Matt Henderson, and the two even did a few shows. There was a chemistry. In early 2017 Barbee called up a saxophonist he was pleasantly acquainted with named Jim Durham. Hank asked him to sit in on an upcoming show. More chemistry. After several months of trial and tribulation, the trio is gifted with the awesome soul of drummer, Logan Watson.
It’s now 2018 and the new songs and sounds are rolling out. Band practice is the highlight of the week. Creation is empowerment and love, and a reminder that we were all created by something bigger. Therefore, we in turn must create.
This sound. It makes people happy. It makes the girls wanna sway. It seems to make fans and ‘repeat attendees’. This breed of ‘bluesy island surf country bossa soul’ with that little dab of ‘beachy swing jazz’, is just the Dust Parade that this world needs.
Looking ahead to next week, mark your calendars and join me at Cru Bar on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. It is open mic night with our host, Tiffany Elaine. The singer-songwriter is busy recording in Nashville this weekend but will return in time to host a couple open mic nights around our region next week. Here are all the details on the night:
Open Mic hosted by Tiffany Elaine, Tues May 1st, 8-11 PM, Free event
Are you a musician? Are you a Songwriter? Are you looking for a place to play and share your talents? Look no further, Cru Wine Bar in Beaufort, NC is the ONLY open mic in Beaufort. We welcome all genres, all talents, don’t play? Are you a comedian? Poet? All acts welcome. Please be courteous to others and follow the guidelines. No vulgar or offensive behavior will be tolerated. To sign up speak with Tiffany Elaine Music or email me at Tejordan4@gmail.com for more information. We look forward to hearing your talent ! Depending on the number of sign-ups, there will be a 3 song limit unless there is no one waiting to perform.
The Adam Hill Band made their second return this music season to Off the Hook, 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC and rocked the room late into the night. The restaurant owner, Charlie Weatherby runs his place to include the freshest catch, the most savory flavors and after the final dish is served. The music is cued and the place comes alive again with drinkers and dancers, making memories with music. Weatherby opens the covered deck to music a couple of nights each week, with the hottest band playing on Friday and Saturday nights, from 10 pm till 1 am. Come eat and dance by the sea soon.
Looking ahead at this weekend’s line up, we find the band Sweet Sounds on tap for music tonight. Tomorrow, New Bern comes calling with Limited Engagement set to rock your socks off from 10 pm til 1:00 am.
Turning out attention back to The Adam Hill Band, tonight you can find the fellows live at Buck Wild Tavern, 4052 S Memorial Dr., Greenville, NC. Music starts at 9:30 pm and the band rocks you til closing! Tomorrow night Adam Hill Unplugs at Crossroads Grille and Bar, located on Highway 55 in Seven Springs, NC. You can enjoy his music from 10 pm until 2 am. On Sunday he gets back with the band and they head to Smithfield to have a little Sunday Funday at Plan B Bar. That good time takes place from 5-9 pm.
To keep up with the band, be sure to visit their website at:
Join us for Brews & Bites on the River to enjoy several tastings of craft brews, wine, bites from area food trucks and live music from Hot Buttered Grits! Mingle with a festive crowd to celebrate MCAS Cherry Point. All proceeds benefit Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow, in our effort to protect and grow MCAS Cherry Point, which continues to be our economic engine! Gates open at 5 pm and the deal goes down until 10 pm.
Tommy Duzan Sr. is on tap for your entertainment tonight at BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E., New Bern, NC. Music is offered from 7-10 pm. BrUtopia is now brewing their own beers, so stop in and say hi and see what they have been busy brewing up for you. Serving up the tasty treat will be Nest Cafe food Truck. Come on out and support local music, local beer, and local food in one stop!
Buck Loy provides the music for friends and fans that gather at The Brown Pelican tonight. Located at 411 Broad St, New Bern, NC. music plays from 7-10 pm. Buck offers the best in beach, rock, country and pop music; so come ready to dance. The show is free and the beer is cold, so stop out to start the weekend.
James Ford will be rocking at The Thirsty Bruin, located at 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. He will be offering the rocking songs you love from 8-10:30 pm. That show is free but feel free to spread the love and tip the music makers that make you dance.
There is a full night of talent at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC.
It’s been a minute since we’ve had a bill this stacked! Mark your calendars for April 27th at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, because GEM Productions is bringing a powerhouse lineup of local music with The Oblations, Matt Phillips & James Walker. Admission is free and the music kicks off at 8:00, lasting until 11:00.
The Oblations – Carrboro, NC
The Oblations are a one of a kind two-man Blues/Funk band by Joe MacPhail (drums and keys simultaneously, vocals) and Daniel Fields (guitar, vocals). The resulting sound is that of a three or four piece, as Joe imitates a rhythm section, or plays a piano and bass part while keeping time with his feet. Daniel is multifaceted, with a mastery of both finger style and slide guitar, and a host of evolving tones. There are many genres and musical ideologies at play, but the foundation of The Oblations comes from Blues music, the first truly American musical form, and its various forms through history. Daniel and Joe tell their own stories from the thread of American music, and just like in life, the same story is never told the same way twice. They cut the difference between songcraft and improvisation, with covers from Howlin’ Wolf to Outkast. You will dance and have a fun time, and the deeper you listen the more you will be rewarded.
Matt Phillips – Chapel Hill, NC
Matt comes from a long line of southern preachers, but he left his faith behind in pursuit of a wider perspective. Born in NC to a nurse & a psychologist, his lyrics are evocative & autobiographical, alluding to American history, transcendentalist literature, & notes from psych 101. With a classic Fender & a dynamic duo of amps in tow, he sounds like an old man trapped in a young body. In his 24 short years, he’s spent countless hours in front of a crowd – from the North Carolina Boys Choir & street corner acoustic sets to session guitar work in blues, funk, and Latin music. Matt will tell you the hardest truths in the sweetest way: “I must be onto something, ‘cause I smile when I play the blues.”
English singer/songwriter James Walker is an introspective, intelligent & enthralling performer who sings songs of love, loss, and healing.
Having extensively toured Europe as a pianist, co-writer, and collaborator for Adam Barnes. James set his sights on creating his own work informed by his experiences of love and heartbreak, to finding an identity within the LGBT+ community, to recovery and rehabilitation from a rare heart condition. James has performed over 200 shows in the past year over the UK, EU, and USA.
Marron Chaplin will be giving up the grooves tonight at Salty Open Air Market, 307 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC. She will offer the sounds you love for supper and dancing. Music plays from 5-9 pm. Come get ya some. This New Bern based singer-songwriter plays lots of hits you know and offers great original works too.
Core Sound made their New Bern debut last week at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion. Tonight the rocking trio features guitar man, Cecil Gilken. The new band will be rocking the Dockhouse on Front St, Beaufort. Music plays 9 pm till 1 am. Come enjoy the music and the water tonight!
For all the players who aren’t playing but wish they could, pack up the gig bag and head out to The Second Row, 121 North Shore Drive, Surf City, NC. All are welcome to join the fun. Music starts at 7 pm and the jams last til 11 pm.
Justin Castellano is rocking Boro Restaurant & Bar this evening, with music playing from 6:30-9:30 pm. Come enjoy the soothing guitar of Castellone paired with the fine food of this great little place. Located at 109 N Front St., Swansboro, NC. This a great date night pick for you and your sweetie to consider.
Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week
Here are all the great music options I found for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.
That is all the news and music that I found for you tonight. Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created for the said gig.
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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug and share the love. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! You rock, so don’t roll the car! Rely on sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!
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