NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options and Band News ~ Saturday, October 29, 2016

Live Music Options ~ Saturday, October 29, 2016

Around Town and Getting Down; New Bern:

Tonight at BrÜtopia located at 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC  it is Halloween Fun with a costume party fand contest with Caution Food Truck on site serving up the best grill food and featuring live entertainment from Joe Baes Project. Come dressed to impress and win a prize. Live music starts at 7 and the band plays til 10 pm. Local retired veterans leading the charge of this unit; they play a great mix of classic rock and familiar sounds. You can search them out on Facebook to keep up to date on their events.


Bouncing around town, we find an annual Halloween Pub Crawl in full effect for the night of freaky holiday fun. Before setting out on the crawl stop in at Trent River Coffee Company  located at 208 Craven St., where they offer an open mic event hosted by Matthew Kerlin from 7-10 pm. This fun event offers loads of great area talent. Here are some pics from the last time I stopped in for this event:


Tonight at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern they are offering a Hot Buttered Halloween with regional jam band Hot Buttered Grits. Music starts at 8pm and it is recommended that you get there early to ensure a good position for a fun and rocking show!


Live at Mesh Sports Lounge located at 2500 Trent Rd, New Bern it is halloween fun and another round with The Joe Brown Band. This show kicks off at 10:30 pm and they promise to funk you up until 1:30 am. There is a $5.00 music charge for admission.

Along The Coast:

Mac & Juice Quartet have a show tonight at The Whiskey located at 1 Slouth Front Street, Wilmington, NC. The music gets started at 10 and this jam band will keep you grooving until the closing hour at 2 am. Hailing from Greenville, NC this outfit have been making music that makes all music appreciators dance for more than a decade. I caught their show over the Summer in town and had a blast! So if you find yourself in Wilmington for the Halloween Weekend, stop by and give them some love!


Also going down tonight in the Wilmington area, it is Daryl Lucas live tonight at Rack ‘M Darts & Billiards located at 4165 S College St., Wilmington, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and the duo will rock you until 12 am. This act out of Sneads Ferry area includes newlyweds Daryl & Sarah who played in New Bern last night. Below are shots from their show at the Brown Pelican:



The final show I know about happening down along the southern coast is ZOMBIE FEST 2016 at Waterlin Brewing Co., located at 721 Surry St., Wilmington, NC, This event is $15 to enter. Doors open at 6 and music starts at 7 pm. On the bill are four fine bands to rock you.  The line up for tonights entertainment features:

Hooten Hollers
The Phantom Playboys
Deadly Lo~Fi
Viva Le Vox



Bringing things closer to the Crystal Coast, you can find Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade live tonight at Cru Bar & Wine Store, located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. He will deliver his unique blend of roots rocking original material from 8:30-11:30 pm. There is no charge for this fun Halloween show! There will be a costume contest and prizes. So come on out to enjoy good fun and great music.


The Low Counts have a show tonight at Harrika’s Brew Haus located at 911 Ceadr Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC . And here is what you can expect from this msuic combination:

You’ll find them effortlessly combining early 40’s and 50’s Mississippi/Urban/Piedmont Blues, 50’s Sun Records styled Rock/Rockabilly, 60’s Garage Rock, 70’s Stoner Rock, Psychedelia, old Country, Stax Soul, Hip-Hop or whatever else they can find to throw in the pot. As long as it comes out of the mash-up sounding original, real, fresh and if it rocks, it gets their stamp of approval. This duo isn’t easy to categorize, but one thing anyone could agree on is that whatever comes out of it is always no-nonsense, raw, energetic, primal and coming from many music avenues at once, weaving them into one unique sound. If you must call it something, call it Rock-N-Roll.



Justin Castellano will be live at Church Street Deli & Pub locared 105 W Church St., Swansboro, NC this evening jamming from7-10 pm. This is a free show and a great pick for date night!

Around The Region:



It‘s a triple bill of talent at The Cat’s Cradle, located at 300 E Main St., Carrboro, NC.  Matt Phillips & The Back Pocket and Age of Sages plus Window Cat. Music starts at 8 pm and runs til midnight.


Unknown Hinson has a show with The Dune Dogs at Southland Ballroom located at 614 N West St, Raleigh, NC . Doors open at 9 pm with music starting at 10 pm. Here is what I learned on the Facebook Event page:

The UNtold Story of Unknown

While singing his own hilariously politically incorrect songs, Unknown Hinson plays guitar in a style incendiary enough to have Satan himself reaching for the antiperspirant. But don’t dismiss him as a novelty act. He’s one hell of a talent and has the music to prove it!

Looking somewhat like Dracula’s nasty little brother who spent some hard years drinking and working as a carnival barker for a second-rate freak show, Unknown Hinson translates that vibe to his style of country and western-tinged psychobilly. The band is now touring nationwide, wowing audiences with outrageous and campy, white-trash persona and freewheeling, sleazy tone.

Hinson’s most recent CD release, “Live and Undead”, melds weepy twang, searing guitar riffs and lyrics that speak of love-gone-bad. Recorded at a sold-out show, an enthusiastic honky tonk crowd sings along with the King on every song. Raucous, theatrical and over-the-top, Unknown Hinson isn’t just for the trailer park set anymore!

Unknown is gaining international notoriety in the 14-34 demographic as the voice of lead character “Early Cuyler” in the popular show from Cartoon Network – “Squidbillies”. The first four seasons were so well-received that an immediate green light was given to future seasons. Check website for dates and time slots.

Unknown Hinson is an international winner in the Independent Music Awards for his alternative Country track “Torture Town” from the album “Target Practice”.

Unknown Hinson is also a featured artist for Reverend Guitars, representing them in many issues of Guitar Player magazine. A signature Unknown Hinson guitar is currently part of Reverend’s celebrity instrument lineup. Full page interviews and photos of Unknown are in March and April 2012 issues of Guitar Player, and on

Upon his first performance at Rockabilly Revival, an annual festival in Austin, Tx, Rockabilly Magazine named Unknown Hinson as their “Find of the Year”

Check out YouTube for thousands of videos from various sources featuring the King of Country Western Troubadours.

Live interviews with Unknown Hinson along with his music are broadcast nationally on XM Radio’s National Lampoon channel. (XM 154 along with FM radio partners).



4EverAll has a show tonight at RiverSt Ale House located on River St., Boone, NC. The duo gets rocking at 10:30 pm and rock you til closing at 1:30 am.


The Twisted Kitty located at 918 Ft Bragg Rd., Fayetteville, NC presents STEAM PUNK CARNIVALE with performances by The Dapper Conspiracy and Chris Nash & The Nash County Line. There is an $8 music charge for this double bill of good music with tunes cranking by 9 pm.



Roman Sam’s Band

The Roman Sam’s will be rocking their hometown hot spot for Halloween. Be sure to check them out at The Red Room tonight rocking from 10 pm til 2 am. Covering all the great lassice rock tunes that make you want to get up and dance. This band is tight and have fun giving up their grooves. There is a music charge of $5.00 to get in. The Red Room is located at 220 N Heritage Rd., Kinston, NC.


Having a look to the north we find Rocktoberfest going down at JW’s located at 3208 Highway 17S, Chocowinity, NC. They are offering cash prizes for those sporting their best costume. Plus live music and great fun all night long with the bands Side Project  and Moon Shine! Doors open at 9 pm, music starts at 10 pm and the grooves go until 2 am.


High Cotton on Pebble Beach Stage

High Cotton out of the Cary Nc area will be live on the Pebble Beach Stage tonight at Backwater Jack’s located at 1052 E Main St. Washington, NC. They get the party started tonight about 6:30 and they will rock you with their brand of blues and classice rock until 10 pm. I had a blast when I spent time this summer dancing to their grooves. ome on out for some Halloween Fun, good eats and great music.


Having a look around the Greenville way, we find the Pamlico County duo, Steel Shot will be live tonight at Winslow’s located at 120 W 5th St., Greenville, NC. They rock the room with their 80’s and 90’s rock selections from 8 til 11 pm. There is no cover charge for this show, but please feel free to tip the band, as free music is never free!


The Main Event Band will be providing the entertainment for the Haloween Bash going down at A.J. McMurphy’s located at 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville. This party gets started about 9:30 pm and carries on until 1:30 am.


Psylo Joe will be live at Crossbones Tavern located at 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC. There will be more great Halloween fun here with costume sontests and prizes. Come on out for the Resurrection Set where Joe connect to musicians of the past. Doors open at 9 and music starts at 10 and plays until 2 am.


dscf9209The final show I have to tell you kids about tonight is the Halloween Party at Buck Wild Tavern located at 4052 S Memorial Dr., Winterville, NC. That is where you can find Backseat Romeo laying down his grooves from 10 pm til 2 am. Come on out in full costume and get some great treats too.

Well, I hope you get in touch with the kid in you and get dressed up for great fun tonight. Whatever you do please party responsibly and invite a designeated driver out for the night. If that fails, take a cab or get an Uber. Life is too short to be careless. Please be kind to your servers and be sure to share some love with the bands that make you dance.

If you want your event listed in this regional rundown of live music, please send me an email with the details. That address is:

Thanks for reading! I hope you share this with your friends so that we can all enjoy the dance!DSCF1011.JPG


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