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Last night I logged the miles between Craven and Pitt counties as I made several stops along the way. Much like I often do, I started out in town and was lucky to catch parts of three shows that took place in New Bern.

My first stop was The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad Street where I caught a soothing set of jazz to help unwind from my long work week. The Hot House Quartet are also our local Marines and are members of the US MArine Carp Band. They offered a great night of jazz standards which was a nice change of pace for a Friday evening at the Dirty Bird.


Tonight at The Brown Pelican you can get down with the rockin’ blues based outfit out of Kinston, NC; The Feral Cats. This show is free and the music starts at 8 pm and rocks til 11 pm.


My next stop brought me to Live at The City Laundry located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC where I enjoyed the ending of the first set of Simon Spalding and Tracey Brenneman who teamed up for this unique offering of musical talent. The pair delighted the crowd with covers and originals from 7-10 pm. 20232032_10212545189399964_360349675941222647_o.jpg

Simon Spalding will be debuting in a new project this evening over at The Trent River Coffee Company located at 208 Craven St., New Bern. Here are the details for this show tonight:

“A brand-new music group is performing in New Bern August 5 – don’t miss the very first concert by Rock Bottom Deal!

Rock Bottom Deal is a trio performing Bluegrass, Gospel, and other acoustic music. Combining vocal harmony with the sounds of guitar, fiddle, bass, and other instruments, Rock Bottom Deal will set your toes to tapping, your fingers to snapping, and your voice singing along.

Dave Knight sings and plays guitar. Dave has a special fondness for songs with funny lyrics and interesting chord progressions: he occasionally swaps his guitar for a mandolin.

Hal Cameron plays upright bass, and sings tenor or baritone vocal harmonies. Hal occasionally sets down his bull fiddle to play 5-string banjo.

Simon Spalding plays fiddle, and sings baritone or tenor. A Renaissance Man at heart, Simon sometimes doubles on 5-string banjo or mandolin.

All three members of Rock Bottom Deal now reside in New Bern, North Carolina. Their musical influences range from Doc Watson and Merle Travis to Flatt & Scruggs and Bob Wills. An occasional waltz or hoedown adds a little spice to the mix!

The concert is at Trent River Coffee Company, 208 Craven Street in New Bern. The doors open at 6:00, and the music starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10, available at the door. Concert-goers under 18 admitted free. Call 252-514-2030 for more information.

Rock Bottom Deal is available for concerts, festivals, parties, church functions, and pig-pickings. For information on the band, contact Simon Spalding at 252-636-1256, or by e-mail at


Heading back over to Live at The City Laundry, it is a night of Spoken Word. Here is more on that event from the Facebook event page as well:

Saturday August 5th 100 Presents: “Spoken Word like you’ve never heard” Host Maurice Crouell brings you an evening of spoken word Artists and poetry.
9pm show Tickets $15.00 advance $20.00 at the door.


My last stop around town was under the tent, on the patio at Harvey Mansion, located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. That is where I enjoyed the sounds of The Arlin Tart Trio. This act offered an eclectic mix that mixed jazz, funk, fusion and rock and roll for a fun night of music. The rocked the night from 8-11 pm as all bands do on the patio each Friday and Saturday night! Tonight you can check in with the 80’s and enjoy the sounds of  Corey Stuart who will be rolling this way from Raleigh. Be sure to make him feel welcome!


My last stop of the night brought me to Greenville where I checked in with The Adam Hill Band at AJ McMurphy’s located at 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC. These boys never disappoint! The band gave a solid show filled with many familiar hits to keep the crowd dancing and original music that kept onlookers closely glues to the stage as Hill and Company made souls soar!

Tonight the band is heading west to Seven Springs where they are taking a pause for the cause tonight at Maynard’s Entertainment on Highway 55. They will be sharing the bill with The Blake Kearney Band and Digger Foot as the three acts join forces for the sole purpose of raising money for two girls who lost their dad, tragically and suddenly. “Mike” was a security guard at the establishment where tonight’s event will be held. He lost his life in the line of duty, bouncing for the club. Now the club is bringing a community together for the purpose of the family and their future without a father. Doors open at 8 pm, Adam Hill hits first! Admission is $20 and this is a BYOB establishment!


Popping back over to AJ McMurphy’s for a minute, I wanted to let you know that you can enjoy the rocking sounds of 90’s pop band Gen-X. Thus show is free and they take the stage at 10 pm

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Answering the Call
Each week I ask where everyone is playing in the days ahead…here is what the fine folks told me this week:

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That is all my news and music that I found for your dancing pleasure. 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! Thanks for keeping me informed!

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Please take kindness with you today and hug strangers. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. 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 event 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:

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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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