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Last weekend I headed west to Maynard’s Entertainment, where they hosted a benefit for a security guard, staff member and close friend to the establishment, that lost his life in a tragic work incident. He was killed while working at the live entertainment establishment and private club, which he loved and frequented as a friend when he was not working. The owners of the venue lost a dear friend, close customer and one of their own, when they lost Mike Brinkley the security guard, killed after an altercation on the premises on the night of April 22, 2017.


His family lost a caring father and faithful husband. It has rocked their world and as a means to help them put the piece back together. Owner Matt Price opened the doors last weekend for a special night of giving back to the family, with two young daughters trying to move forward in their last year of high school and first year of college. Both girls were out for the great night of community love and amazing music. Maynard’s Entertainment is happy to collect donations for these girls, as they face their formidable years without a father. Checks can be made payable to Layla or Alyssa Brinkley and mailed to 2022 Drummersville Rd. Seven Springs NC 28578.


They offered a 50/50 raffle which brought in a total of $1422, which was donated in full to the family! An auction was also held where they raised money with donated goods. The venue donated the $20 entry fee collected from patrons all night!

On stage to keep the crowd rocking were The Adam Hill Band, The Blake Kearney Band and Digger Foot, who all donated their time and for an awesome cause, in offering hope and healing to a family in need.


Digger Foot will return to the stage for a full on rocking night of great music on Saturday September 9, 2017. The Adam Hill Band is scheduled for a return on October 28, 2017. Make plans to come out for a rocking night of great music.



Getting Down Around Town ~ New Bern



With tonight marking the second Friday of the month, we find a call for artists being sent out around New Bern. This is ArtWalk /ArtCRAWL for August 2017 and like most months, artist will be set up in the Isaac Taylor Garden as well as around town, showing off their crafts, art, wares and  you will even hear music makers offering sweet sounds as well.


Here is what you can look forward to according to this month’s event:


“Fri., Aug. 11, 2017 from 5-8pm, the new and established artists will be at 228 Craven Street in the Isaac Taylor Garden around the perimeter of Greater Good Gallery. Jon Derby will be capturing the event with his camera. Carol Jones will be oil painting. In The Wind Beading will showcase Elisa Schulman’s new pieces. Nancy Zachewicz will be there with her hand painted, lighted wine bottles. Se’rah Cheatham will exhibit her newest paintings. Curtis Blake will display his aerial photography. Mattie Brown will work on her miniature sculptures. James Taylor from Swansboro will be there for his first showing in New Bern. Paden’s Treasure Chest hand-picks every shell and makes jewelry from start to finish. Brian Cardoza will be doing free spin art for all those that want to participate. Megan McCunn-Figueroa will be painting. AJB Wood Creations, Alec Bryan, does woodworking sculptures and makes bread bowls and other items. Rene Lee-Bryan does photography and creates handmade detergent.

On Friday during ARTcrawl, enjoy live music with local musician Bobbi Waters who will play from 6-8pm in the Isaac Taylor Garden.

Email info@GreaterGoodGallery if you would like to setup a table during the ARTcrawl.#CALLforARTISTS in #NewBern, setup for#ARTcrawl at Greater Good Gallery and Isaac Taylor Garden.





Live on the patio at The Harvey Mansion, located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC, they are offering music after ArtWalk tonight. You are invited to come out and enjoy the Adam Hill Band, as they rock New Bern with their brand of great grooves. The band hails from Pink Hill and has been working with me in breaking out of their area. They have dates ahead in Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Seven Springs, Greenville and even Myrtle Beach before the end of the year! To keep up to date with this great band on the rise check out



Rick Huff will be giving up the grooves with Larry Swinson of The Wannabees over at The Thirsty Bruin Craft Beer & Wine Store, located at 224 Middle St. New Bern, NC. This acoustic combo will be offering the great classics to welcome you to the weekend. This is a free show and music plays from 8-10:30 pm. 



For those looking for live music on the James City side of New Bern, you are in luck. There are two shows to tell you about. Big Jim Kohler brings his blues to BrÜtopia this evening from 7-10 pm. Located at 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. Come out and enjoy a great offering of killer blues and guitar offerings by the master himself. This show is free and you can support local beer, music and business in one stop! Having said that I encourage your to DO IT!



Live tonight at Triple Play it is the return of Stairwell, featuring their new line up that is ready to rock you. Come out and enjoy a fun night of rocking fun with this New Bern based band. They kick off about 9:30 and rock you til closing. Triple Play is located at 111 Williams Rd, New Bern, NC.



Cruising Along the Coast


Tracey Stones Productions and NCMZ.LIVE bring you the music of The Hot Buttered Grits, live on the deck at Off the Hook, located at 105 Evans St. Morehead City, NC. Music for this show starts at 9:30 pm and the New Bern based jam band offers the grooves til 1:30 am. Come enjoy the debut of this fun band that will keep you dancing well into the weekend. I encourage folks to come early for a great dinner and stay late to dance and rock the night away!



Just over the bridge there is a Pirate Invasion happening all weekend. This is a great weekend to check out Beaufort, as they rock the streets and many live music venues with music in celebration of our local heritage. Here is more on the weekend event from the Facebook Event Page:


“The biggest, best pirate festival in North Carolina. More heart, more fun, more pirates per square yard than any other! This is a great day trip for anyone in Eastern NC.

Come participate in Living History, talk to the villagers and sailors of the time and maybe get a glimpse of a pirate or two.

The Motley Tones will be performing at various stages and places all through the weekend. This is one of our absolute favorite festivals.

Come and see why!”




Heading along the coast we stop in Emerald Isle, where we find a couple of shows to tell you about. First up you can enjoy the sounds of Jim Quick & The Coastline, offering all your beachy favorites at the beach tonight at Salt Bar located, at 325 Mansgrove Dr. Emerald Isle, NC. Music starts at 8:30 and the band grooves you til 11:30 pm. Admission is payable at the door.



The other show that is taking place on that side of the beach region is Big Drink Music Company, who will be live at The E Club tonight, located at 8102 Emerald Dr. Emerald Isle, NC. Music for this show starts at 8 pm and the band will be rocking with lots of great covers and even the Rolling Stones…til 11 pm. Come out and enjoy the music as you welcome the in weekend.

Rockin’ Around the Region



Bob Laverty reached out to say he would be rocking live at The Red Rooster this evening from 7-10 pm. The Red Rooster is the outside bar, behind Silo’s Restaurant, located at 1111 Broad St. Oriental. They offer live music each Friday during the season and an open mic night each Wednesday throughout the year!




North Carolina based blues band Cuzin Kirk’s Blues Band, will be going over the border this evening to perform at Don Pancho’s Cantina, located at 1200 Armory Dr., Franklin, VA. Music plays from 7-10 pm. I mention these boys because they will be making their debut at The Harvey Mansion next Saturday and I am hoping you have sometime to come out and meet them.





Looking to the West we find the Shady Melons are lined up to rock your souls tonight with their party music at The Red Room, located at 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC. There is a $5.00 music charge and music starts 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!



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:


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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