NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Live Music Source ~ A Regional Rundown for Thursday & Friday; August 18 & 19, 2016

Live Music Options for Thursday, August 18, 2016 ~

Around The Region:

Ed Prophet, aka Backseat Romeo has a show at The Swansboro Yacht Club this evening. The club is located at 126 W Corbett Ave., Swansboro, NC. This New Bern native makes for great accompaniment with dinner and drinks.


Hank Barbee will be live at The Saltwater Grill located at 99 Church St., Swansboro, NC. His show includes familiar classics and inspiring new originals. This native of Richlands will be performing from 6:30-9:30 pm.

Barbee will be making his debut at  The Brown Pelican in New Bern next Saturday, August 27; so make your calendars for that event too next week from 8-11 pm.


Check out this event I found taking place at US National Whitewater Center located at 5000 Whitewater Parkway, Charlotte, NC.

Join us on Thursday and Saturday nights from May through September for River Jam, the USNWC’s weekly concert series. A talented line-up of national musical acts provide the perfect back drop for a fun summer evening outdoors. Bring your friends, enjoy our large food and craft beer selection, and take in the sights and sounds of River Jam.

Artist: Jarekus Singleton
Price: Free ($5 per vehicle parking fee)
Join us at 6:30 PM on Thursdays for River Jam Run, Open Water Swim, Summer Yoga, and Big Water Sessions


Carolina Tradition Bluegrass Band will be live at The Good Ttmes Cafe located at 16 South Broad St., E. Angier, NC. Music starts at 7pm


Looking at the southern shore region you can spend an evening with Casting Crowns at Port City Community Church located at 250 Vision Dr., Wilmington, NC. This is a sold out event but one you don’t want to forget if you are a ticket holder. Be there by 7 for a night of uplifting fun.


The rocking outfit out of Kinston, NC known as The Roman Sam’s will be live tonight at SALT ULTRA LOUNGE located at 325 Mangrove Blvd., Emerald Isle, NC. They are a fun band with Samantha Holland at the helm, captivating crowds with her raw energy and crushing vocals.

If you have not made it out to see this band this Summer, here is the chance to see them on EI’s premiere night club’s stage. Be on hand as they offer their brand of rock from 9 pm til 1 am.

Around New Bern:

Dan Phillips & Al Gleeson will be performing live on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant tonight from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. They restaurant located at 100 Pollock St is featuring a new deck menu. So come enjoy it with some local groovers.



Inside The Double Tree by Hilton at Christoh’s On the Water you can enjoy the sounds of traditional and contemporary jazz with John Van Dyke & Friends from 7-10 pm.



There is a weekly open mic event at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern. Sign up starts at 7 pm and music goes until the players quit playing.  So pack up the gig bag and bring your talent to the dirty bird tonight! I have seen some great players roam through this place. Including this week’s special guest on Music Monday 96.3 FM; Tiffany Elaine.

Live Options for Friday, August 19, 2016~

Along the coast:

Since there are only a few more weeks of my favorite season of the year remaining we might as start by having a look at what is going on along the Crystal Coast region:

First up there is a two day event kicking off this Friday with live music from 7-11 pm. Wild Caught Local Seafood & Music Festival  taking place at 380 Pigott Rd., Gloucester, NC. Here are the details they posted on their Facebook event page:

NC’s smallest and localest seafood festival right on the shores of the Straits! Music Friday night (7 – 11pm) and all day Saturday (noon to 10pm).

Acts include Bland Simpson, Unknown Tongues, Barstow and the Revamps, Connie Mason, Straits Haven, Six Pack of Gentlemen, Chupacabra (del la Rosa), Super Cobra Jet, Sorta Ricans, Lost Girls, Last Chance Wranglers, Beaufort Blues Project, Aren Blake, East Brogues Band! Stay tuned for schedule.

Local charcoal mullet, shrimp, and farm-raised produce served late Sat. afternoon. Sailboat regatta Sat. morning. This festival is free, donations encouraged on site or via PayPal at below link.

Primitive camping avail. Bring chair, shade, and other comforts. NO DOGS. More info can be found at, or call 252-729-8021.


Bring us back to the mainland my first stop is a show at Harrika’s Brew Haus located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC you can catch local favorite Barefoot Wade rocking the crowd from 7:30-10:30 pm.


Justin Castellano has a double header on Friday. He starts out his evening entertaining the folks at Boro Cafe Restaurant Bar & Cafe located at 109 N Front St., Swansboro, NC from 8-11 pm and then over the bridge to The Emerald Club located at 8102 Emerald Blvd for the revival of  funk band featuring another soothing crooner and talented guitar man from New Bern, also featured in a double header on the night, Ed Prophet. (More on his other gig below with pic.)

Their band from years ago will reunite on the stage for one night at 11:30 pm. Don’t miss the Color Blind Band Reunion!!!


The Mighty Saints of Soul will be performing at the 50th Annual Seafood Invitational taking place at The Morehead City Country Club, located at 2900 Country Club Dr, Morehead City, NC. The band is slotted to play from 6:30-11 pm. And for more information here is what I found on their Facebook event page:

Members $25, Members Guest $35
Includes seafood buffet & open bar!

For more information on the golf tournament visit


If you are not a member of the country club and you only have friends in low places so no going as a guest either, no worries; there are lots of other  options for the Morehead City area this Friday.

Alive at Five this week features  Liquid Pleasure. This free concert in the park take place from 5-8  pm. They invite you to bring your lawn chairs and blankets but ask that you leave your coolers at home. There are beverages available for sale at the event. Make plans to head on down to Jaycee Park located at 807 Shepard St., Morehead City, NC


Ed Prophet, aka Backseat Romeo will be on hand for the dinner crowd at Bistro By the Sea  located at 4031 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC. He will be performing his soothing sounds that are easy on the pallet from 7-10 pm. Once his lounge gig is up, he will slip into his funk mobile and get ready for the Color Blind Band Reunion at The Emerald Club.


Taking place at The Carteret County Community Theater located at 1311 Arendell St., Morehead City  is The Ultimate Tribute Show featuring the dueling pianos of  Joey Riedel and Michael John. Showtime is 8-11 pm. Tickets for this event range from $20-$30 per ticket and can be purchased in advanced by visiting:

Carteret Community Theatre brings you the Ultimate “Face To Face” Tribute Show

Elton John and Billy Joel tribute artists Joey Riedel and Michael John have joined forces to create The Ultimate Tribute Show.

The two capture both artists in their high energy, interactive Rock N Roll show.

The Face To Face Tribute concert events have been highly successful with all involved raving about the show and Joey and Michael’s intensity on stage.

Just like the original tour, each artist performs a solo set with a five to six piece Rock N Roll band, and then culminates the show with a Face to Face set which features both of them playing together on two pianos trading off lyrics on each song they perform.

Joey and Michael bring this experience to The Ultimate Tribute show adding sing-a-long parts and spontaneous humor.

The Billy Joel Elton John Ultimate Tribute show is a night of hit songs, energetic performances, outrageous costumes, and true Rock N Roll at its finest!


Over the bridges and not far at all you can find singer/songwriter and fine entertainer Hank Barbee live at The Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Catch his performance 8:30 -11:30 pm. He will have CD’s on hand for purchase. It is refreshing to find easy listening original material that sounds familiar enough to be classic in its own right!

If you can’t make his shows but want more information about him and his music you can check out his website at


Looking at other points along the Crystal Coast, there are a couple of things going down in Emerald Isle too that you ought to know about.

There they are as mentioned above, The Color Blind Band Reunion will take place this Friday at the Emerald Club located at 8102 Emerald Blvd. Emerald Isle, NC. Showtime is 11:30 pm-2 am.


Another fun and funky option is The Machine Gun Band at the area’s hot spot, SALT ULTRA LOUNGE, located at 325 Mangrove Blvd. This popular party band will have the room dancing from 10 pm til 1 am and owner Paul Musco cares to ensures everyone’s safety so if you need a ride to and from his club text him for a ride 252-241-7603.

I love to encourage dancing but I also am big on promoting partying responsibly!

I keep up with everything that is going on at this establishment by keeping up with their  page on Facebook. You can check em out on Facebook by visiting this link:

Around the Region:

Heading out of town down Highway 17 to Jacksonville, here is what I found:



New Bern talent and Jazz vocalist, John Van Dyke will be live with his Blue Moon ensemble at Biagio’s Italian Coffee & Espresso Bar located at 622 Court St in downtown, Jacksonville, NC. He will be live from 7-10 pm.


Once you are all jazzed up on coffee and sweet treats you can head over to The Tarheel Opry House, located at 147 Blue Creek School Rd in Jacksonville, NC. You can work out the second wind with a few drink specials and the hard driving country sounds of Closing Tyme! They will be rocking the room with new and old favorites for you to get in line and dance to from 10 pm til the midnight hour.



Looking to our north there is Music In The Streets  in Washington, NC.  This is is a concert series brought to us by the city on the third Friday of each month from May thru October. 6:30-8:30 pm. This week and for the month of August they feature Chris Nash &  The Nash County Line, live on the waterfront located at 310 W Main St, Washington. Music starts at 6 and this event is free.


On the stage at Pebble Peach located at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill  located on E Main St., Washington, NC; you can groove to the sound of John & JB  live from 7-10 pm.


Heading East on Highway 70 you can stop at TJ Cave located at 925 E Main St Suite 25, Havelock, NC and groove to the sounds of  Namon Mason live from 6-9 pm.


Looking far to the west ~

Dark Water Rising has a gig a High Rock Outfitters located at 13 S Main Street, Lexington, NC. You can catch them live from 9 pm til the midnight hour.

Around New Bern:

James Ford is live at the Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St, New Bern, NC. He gets things started at 6 and plays until he can’t play no more.



Buck Loy is live at The Thirsty Bruin located at 225 Middle Street, New Bern. He will perform all the hits he knows live from 8:30 -10 pm.


Gabrielle Christie will be hosting her open mic event at Sweet Peas Cafe. That event gets started at 6:30 -9:30. Pack your gig bag and bring your talent down to Middle Street.


Across the bridge you can find Rick Huff from 6-9 pm at Triple Play Restaurant.

After Rick concludes his singer/songriter acoustic set, get ready to rock with New Bern’s classic rock favorites, The Wannabees from 9 til closing.Triple Play Restaurant is located at 111 Williams Rd, New Bern and that is just over the bridge in James City behind the Shell station.

Well kids that is a wrap on the gigs around the region. I will be back on Saturday Morning with a look at Saturday and Sunday’s dance options.

Thanks so much for reading, We have a lot of talent in our great state. I hope you get out and enjoy the dance with some of the players making their way around our region tonight and tomorrow.

Please be kind to your bartenders and servers. Be kind to people who are unkind even. Hug strangers, dance to a new beat and please by all means, TIP the music makers that lift you and help you dance.


To get in the Zone be sure to drop me an email!


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