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Show Tunes and Fine Dining

Last Sunday night I took the family out to Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant, to enjoy some great food from the new menu. The lovely Alisa Mike performed as we enjoy the meal and music memories made. Circa 1810 offers live music four nights a week, with Dueling Pianos each Thursday from 7-11 pm. Area bands live on the patio each Friday and Saturday from 8-11 pm and Sundays you are invited to dine and dance from 5-8 pm.

For fans of Mike, you can find her performing in the weeks ahead. She offers two-monthly Thursday shows from 6:30-9:30 pm at Live at the City Laundry. You can find her on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, offering the soul of the songs she sings.


The Treats of Taberna

One of the great things about this job is the ability to crash the private events. Here is a good example now. Last night I headed out to The Taberna Country Club. They do many events for their community members and for many months, several bands have invited me.

It was wonderful to speak with the director of the Country Club. Katie Shorter is doing a great job hearing the community and bringing them great music for fun and family enjoyment. I learned while speaking with Shorter, that they are looking to bring more music to the community. While we spoke she explained how 3rd Degree Bern came together as a group right there before the community’s eyes. It happened with a resident proposing the idea of playing there for the residents. Shorter agreed to try the idea and now it’s a monthly treat for the Country Club members.

As we can seem, this has been a great success for the members of the Taberna Community. They open the floor to the band one time each month for the dinner, dancing and a good time for all. The band will return again on March 17 to enjoy the good luck and great fun of St. Patrick’s Day!

3rd Degree Bern is a four piece band with Tom Davis and Brian Mac on vocals and guitars, Chris Morden on bass and Rich Demetre on drums. They offer the fun sounds of beach music, oldies, classic rock and shake it up with some authentic blues. Before I left, the band took me out with Buddy Guy’s “While You Were Slippin Out, Someone Else Was Slippin In!”


Pete Pawsey Played

I stopped by BrÜtopia to catch up with Pete Pawsey who was performing solo, offering familiar sounds and awesome original works to the crowd that gathered. On-site to delight, the taste buds was La Cocina Del Coqui Food Truck.

Located at 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC, this brew store has stepped things up this year and now is brewing their own batches. That was always the dream for owner Tim and I love watching dreams come true. My favorite part about this place…SURPRISE…they offer free live music each weekend from 7-10 pm, on most Friday and Saturdays. When offering sounds they pair it with a food truck to deliver the tastes and all together it is always a good time.


Tonight it is the sounds of Caffeniated Soul Boogie. This band has become a great addition to our music community and it has been fun watching it grow from a duo featuring father Derrick Moore and daughter Darra Yeager. They showed up at the open mic held monthly at Trent River Coffee Company, held on the last Saturday of each month, most months of the year. That is where open mic host, Mathew Kerlin joined the beats with his drumming additions and occasional guitar and vocal offering. Now that trio is a full band, welcominganew bass man to the line up just weeks ago.

The band has a great vibe and I love the songs they share, be sure to come out and hear them. If not this evening, then soon. For those that make it tonight here is what to hope for:

It’s your lucky day! Celebrate Valentine’s weekend with Caffeinated Soul Boogie and TataJo Food Truck at BrÜtopia. Good brew, good music, good food and good friends make an excellent combination on a cold winter night. See you there!


The Roman Sams Rocked

The Roman Sams are a great mix of musical talents and they deliver a fun and rockin’ show, everywhere I have the pleasure to enjoy them. I have wanted to see the band in New Bern for a long time and last night my dreams came true. This five-piece powerhouse delivers everything from classic rock to modern-day music that makes you dance.

Last night they delighted the crowd that gathered, under the tent at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at The Harvey Mansion. Offering music from 8-11 pm, they gave the audience a great mix of grooves which kept them dancing and applauding throughout the night.

The band will be returning to the tent on Friday, April 20, 2018… on Friday, June 22, 2018 and Friday, September 21, 2018.

They have many shows on the books already for the music season. You can keep up to speed with the band and where they are playing by sending a thumbs up to their Facebook page found here:


Live Music Options for

Saturday, February 17, 2018

New Bern Rocks


Live at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St, New Bern, it is the groove masters known as The Hot Buttered Grits. They will be bringing the music from 8-11 pm. This show is free and you can easily become a member of the private club if you are not one yet. Just stop in and sign up, pay your $1.00 for the year and get rocked each Thursday by an open mic session 8-11 pm and each Friday with great acoustic acts playing 7-10 pm and on Saturdays awesome area bands offer the goods from 8-11 pm.



Live at The City Laundry, 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC, offers the music of the family band, Strung Together. They stay busy playing throughout the area. Singing in churches, coffee houses and on their front porch from time to time, this band is refreshing and enjoyable. Come meet George and Dare Oliver, and their talented family as they play from 8-10 pm this evening. Tickets are $7.00 and available at the door.



It is always a good rocking time when Adam Hill brings his band to town. They will be rocking my birthday right tonight, with their awesome brand of rock and soul. Come see this incredible talent and his solid band as they rock Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion. Music plays from 8-11 pm and dancing is encouraged! The Harvey Mansion is located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC.


Leavin’ Town


Brothers Pearl will be bringing their show to Bull’s Tavern, 408W 4th St Winston Salem, NC. Music starts at 10 pm and they rock you til 2 am.



I found an open mic that is happening each Saturday in Raleigh, NC, PourWorks 900 East Six Forks Rd #120, Raleigh, NC, opens the mic at 8 pm and ask that you bring the talent to entertain. Come enjoy a beer and pack the gig bag!



Before heading out of Raleigh let me just say that Cat Daddy Groove will be giving up their show tonight at Scooter’s Bar & Grill, 1911 Sego Ct, Raleigh, NC. Music starts at 7 pm and they play til 11 pm.



Checking things out around G’Vegas, we find Steel Shot is live tonight at JJ’s Country Store & Taven, 1330 Highway 903 Greenville, NC. The Pamlico County-based duo will offer music from 8-11 pm.



The four-piece rockin’ blues band known as Built for Comfort will be rocking Market St Pub, 143 N Market St., Washington, NC. Music is offered from 10 pm til 2 am. This band offers the great sounds of standard blues music with modern rock overtones. They make it easy for dancing, come see.


Cruisin’ the Coast


Live music from the Beaufort Blues Project is in store for the folks at Backstreet Pub, 124 Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC. This is a fun band with great blues rhythms, as well as cool rock grooves that keep you dancing to the beats. They will be rocking it upstairs from 9 pm til 1 am. They do charge a small music fee at the door to support the band. I encourage you to pay that charge and tip the band. While you are there, you might as well dance too!



Another fun show found in Beaufort this evening is that of Bearfoot Wade, who will be live tonight from 8-11 pm on stage at Cur Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop, located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Come enjoy the tropical sounds of this amazing one man band while he is in town tonight.



Ray & Bobby Band are the New Bern based duo that sings all the fun beach songs you love. Come give them a listen when they play at The Tipsy Turtle tonight from 9 pm til 1 am. The Tipsy Turtle is located at 408 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, NC.



Jeremy Matthews offers the music tonight at The Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant. Located at 103 W Moore St, Swansboro, NC, they offer music in their lounge each Wednesday and Saturday night. Music starts at 9 pm and the sounds will groove you til midnight. I encourage everyone to come early, take in the town, enjoy dinner and then dance before calling it a night.



Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade are celebrating a milestone. This artist released his second effort one year ago today and tonight marks one year since building his band. This was great to watch. When I met Barbee he was working most of the beats solo. As we walked through 2016 and 2017, he came to find the layer that fit and now he is enjoying the success of having a full sound. Tonight the band will be along the southern coast, giving up their grooves to folks at Duck & Dive located at 114 Dock St., Wilmington, NC. Music starts at 10 pm and they groove you til 1 am.


Answering The Call

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

February 13 at 5:54pmThanks so much for and rocking around the state with me.

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Facebook Events Link

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.

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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 Thanks for Reading!

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.

I hope you get out and enjoy the sounds of live music sometime soon. I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

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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!

Send all of your events invites to me on Facebook, so I know where you are playing in the days ahead. I can be found on Facebook by following this link:

I also read emails daily. You can send those to:

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Pictures are also helpful. I share links to band websites, so send those along as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to fill me in on the details, together we will reach the people!


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