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On Tuesday, I told you about our new local resident singer here in New Bern, NC. Fairlight Moriah moved to town this past summer and has been finding her way about town slowly, when suddenly on Sunday she found herself back on a stage and with a microphone in hand and you can tell this is a natural state of comfort for this girl. She was born to sing her blues. Of course after learning this, I wanted to make her feel welcome in her new surroundings and asked he to come out to open mic at La Rosa’s Italian Restaurant.  

On Wednesday evening she introduced herself to the crowd with a new song written by her new friend and local talent, Vinny Farro. “Wanted Too” was a song penned and rehearsed by the duo earlier that day. It was a fun way to welcome her to the stage. Next up it was the low down blues of Stormy Monday, with local player Randy Moore offering the guitar work.  Next up, she tore it all down when she teamed up with Aaron Davenport, who assisted with a couple of tunes.

While I was out and about, I got to speak to the host of the jam Justin Hargett about his project Bearfoot Monty. They just recently finished up the recording of their first EP, which will offer fans six recorded songs of this New Bern based rock band. The release will come just after the turn of the new year. Keep it here for more information as the time draws near. There will be many shows to support this effort and I will be sure to share them as they come available.

Some of the other players I got to touch base with include Cleve Pomranky, who offered several selections some new to me, while others familiar. I also enjoyed the sounds of that sweet Tom Sellman, as he offered a few Stones selections including Wild Horses and Mother’s Little Helper.

This open mic event happens each Wednesday at LaRosa’s Italian Restaurant Bar & Lounge, located at 1503 Glenburnie Rd., New Bern, NC. Music starts between 9:30-10 pm and plays through the night. All levels are welcome to participate,

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Live Music Options

Friday December 1, 2017

Gettin’ Down Around Town, New Bern




Rob Lightner is the performer on tap for tonight at BrÛtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. This show is free. Nest Café Food Truck will be on site to serve up the food and Tim Bryan and staff will be on hand to pour the freshest brew, come enjoy all things local. Music plays 7-10 pm.



Also offering entertainment worth noting is The Wannabees, who will perform for the folks at Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Bar, 111 Williams Rd, New Bern, NC. Come early for the food, stay late to dance. Music starts at 8:30 and plays til just past midnight.


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I told you about this wonderful holiday offer of Chamber Music by Candle Light. Here are the details yet again:


“Join us Dec. 1 as UNC Wilmington’s Early Music Consort performs at Tryon Palace. “Chamber Music by Candlelight” offers the unique and rare opportunity to enjoy the Council Chamber in the Governor’s Palace, gently lit by candles and decorated for the holidays, while listening to a variety of period pieces performed on Renaissance and Baroque instruments.

Join us after the performance at the Commission House for a reception with sparkling conversation, holiday cheer and a sneak peek at this year’s beautiful holiday decor. Sweet treats, wine and coffee will be served.

Palace doors will open at 6:30PM. Please enter the grounds through the gate located on Eden Street.

Tickets: $50

Online tickets will be available until Thursday, Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, Dec. 1 at the North Carolina History Center until 4 p.m. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the gate before the event. Limited seating available. ”


Bruce Lynch

Giving up the good grooves over at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St, New Bern, NC, you will hear the sounds of local stringer Bruce Lynch. He will play from 7-10 pm. This show is free, but feel free to show some love and support the artists that move you.



Arlin Tart will be in duo formation with his drummer Miguel Delima tonight at Thirsty Bruin Craft Beer & Wine Store, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. Music plays from 8-10:30 pm. This show is free.



Live music on the patio at Circa 1810 Restaurant and Bar at the Harvey Mansion, located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC, is featured from 8-11 pm, with the sounds of local crooner and stringer, Tommy Duzan Sr. being served tonight.

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Cruising Along the Coast

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The Phantom Playboys will be taking part in the Annual Christmas Parade this evening for Carolina Beach. It will be going down tonight starting at 5:30 pm and you can catch’em during the fun, at Lake Park Boulevard Carolina Beach, NC. Bring the whole family and dance into the Christmas spirit with this fun rockabilly band.



Fridays at Lo-re-Lei’s are awesome this fall! We have live music from Boe Edens from 7-9:30 pm. And then get ready to get your booty shaking on the dance floor. DJ Boe cranks it up and the party every Friday will be amazing! $4 Fireballs and $2.75 Sam Adams. See you Friday night!! The party is always at Lorelei’s Pub and Grill, 1019 Old Folkstone Rd, Sneads Ferry,




See you all tonight at SALT 325, Mangrove Dr., Emerald Isle, NC, with our friend David Dixon Music from Wilmington,NC. No Cover! $2 Vodka Redbull, $3 Patron Silver, $5 Fuck-It Buckets. Come check this guy out, you won’t be disappointed.




Come party with a purpose this Friday with the Emerald Isle Parrot Head Club! Their monthly meeting will start at 7pm, with Live Music with Barefoot Wade! There will be free food, $3 Landsharks and Coronas, $4 margaritas. Wear an ugly Xmas sweater! Plus it’s No Cover to get in the party! 10pm. All this tonight at The Emerald Club, 8102 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, North Carolina.

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Rockin Around The Region



The production of Bending Towards the Light, A Jazz Nativity is this weekend. Please make plans to attend. There will be two shows, Friday December 1 and Saturday December 2. Please note the different times each night. And prior to the Jazz Nativity, there is a wonderful performance by the Marketbell Ringers, featuring Christmas handbell music. It’s a fantastic way to start the holiday season and is performed by the Chancel Choir of WMC and many other very talented musicians and performers. Don’t miss it! All of this will happen at  West Market Church, a United Methodist Congregation.



The Williamsons at the Wrangler Pop Up Shop Downtown, 314 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC.

Join Wrangler downtown during the Festival of Lights First Friday for a Pop Up Shop! This will offer acoustic live music during the shop evening hours from 6-9 pm. Please stop by!




Wilson’s Son Of Rock and Blues is back!!! Come see Steven Stewart bring the house down with one of the grittiest acts to ever hit Wilson!!! He will be offering the grooves with his six string and vox box from 7-10 pm. Ace’s Ale House is located at 3710 B Peppermill Drive, Wilson, North Carolina.



Wine on Main,  459 E Main St, Clayton, North Carolina, offers the sounds of Andrew Kasab. Come enjoy the taste of wine and get down with the cool vibe and great music tonight from 7-10 pm.



The Mad Boar Restaurant, 111 River Village Pl, Wallace, North Carolina, offers the music of Bill Powell, who will perform from 8-11 pm. Come out and unwind after the work week and relax to the sounds of live music.



Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade Trio bring their show to the Osprey Grill Jacksonville, 2200 Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville, North Carolina. Music is offered from 7-10 pm. You are encouraged to come early to eat and stay late to enjoy the music.



New Bern based rockers Stairwell, will be live tonight at Tiebreakers Sports Bar and Grill,
1920 Smythewyck Dr, Ste B, Greenville, North Carolina. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And Stairwell is coming back to rock those candy cane stockings off of your feet. Take a break from that chaotic Christmas shopping and come check us out. We can’t wait to play for this awesome crowd again. Show starts @ 10PM. Admission is just $7.



20818807_1269846859790853_372411429438474294_o.jpgGen-X has a double-header tonight. They will play two gigs in one venue this evening. They will first rock the house at AJ McMurphy’s, 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC or a private party, that won’t be so private and then the band will rock the rest of the night away as they play for the regular gig. Music starts at 6pm tonight and rocks til 12:30 pm. This local rock band offers familiar rocks sounds of the 90’s.

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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

November 28 at 6:20pm

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Live Music Events Around the State

If you have Facebook you can search the many music events happening throughout the state by clicking on:


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That is all the 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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