NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options and Local Band News ~ Saturday, December 31, 2016

Live Music Options for Saturday, December 31, 2016


~Getting Down Around Town, New Bern~


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One of the best bands I found on the circuit will be rocking in town tonight. The Adam Hill Band will be rocking in the New Year tonight at BrÚtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. Admission is FREE. Music starts at 8 and the band will rock you til 12:30 am.



The Bears, New Bern’s beloved oldies band, will be celebrating with the sold out crowd that signed up to be a part of dinner and a show at Taberna Country Club, located at 401 Taberna Way. Music starts early and ends after midnight with a champagne toast!


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3 Day Weekend will be rocking tonight at Monette’s JG Grocery Store, located at 4001 Old Cherry Point Rd., New Bern, NC ,with music starting at 8 pm and all of the classics you love can be heard through 12:30 am. This will be their  11th year and each year is bigger and better! Tonight they will feature special guest Grier “C Boy” Crawford on the drums. The cost for this event is $10.00 at the door!


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Looking around town there are a few options to consider. First up you can enjoy the sounds of Merchant’s Road Band live at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. The good time, feel good music of bluegrass and more starts at 8 pm. The band will rock you with an awesome and eclectic variety of great songs until the New Year! This show is free.


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Live at The City Laundry you can enjoy the drag show that never drags with Madame Z’s Festival of Fantasy.

Madame Z and her Drag Divas are hitting the stage again for a rousing New Years Eve show! Join us for an evening of dance and entertainment in an atmosphere of friendship and diversity. Celebrate the birth of the New Year with a champagne toast and a feather boa! Masqueraders! come prepared to walk the runway for our fabulous costume contest with cash prize!

General Admission Advance $25.00 Door $28.00
(includes champagne toast and favors)

V.I.P ( Advance only) $55.00
(Includes dinner, soft beverage and VIP seating,
gratuity not included) Menu to be posted on this page.

Tickets available at The City Laundry and online.


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Live tonight at The Double Tree by Hilton, located on South Front Street, New Bern, is offering a 90’s themed party featuring the rocking sounds of The Joe Baes Project. This event is sold out. The gathering begins at 7:30 pm and the band and dj will have the people rocking until 1 am.


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For those looking to have their soul soothed as they walk into the new year, then head on down to The Bern Bar, located at 1904 Glenburnie Rd., New Bern, NC. The fun starts early and the music by Ed Prophet will rock you until 12:30 am.


~Along the Coast~


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4EverAll will ring in the New Year at Floyd’s 1921, located at 400 Bridges St., Morehead City, NC. This duo will rock the crowd on the patio from 9:00 pm til 12:30 am. Tickets are $10.00 for this event and it includes a champagne toast and a great view of the fireworks. To reserve your tickets reach out and call 252-726-1921.


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Live tonight at Off the Hook, located at 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC , is an 80’s throw down with the funky and fun band The Spread. (photos from 2016)

If you head out dressed in your finest 80’s wears and big hair, tickets are $5.00 for you. If you are feeling more in tune with today’s fashions, tickets are $10.00.

Fun starts at 9:30 with music at 10 pm til 2 am. And here is a little secret, it might pay off to grab you leg warmers and head bands kids, cause look what I found on Facbook:



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Just across the way,  Jack’s Waterfront Bar will be the rocking fun sounds of the party band Love Tribe. Tickets to join the fun for this good time are a $10.00 admission. However, they are also offering a private party upstairs for $25.00 per person starting at 8 pm, with a cocktail hour and lots of finger foods. The fun carries on downstairs at 10 pm with the familiar grooves that will get you dancing into the New Year. Music starts at 10 pm and rock til 2 am!


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Dick Knight will be celebrating with great music and fun grooves at Southern Salt Seafood Company. This player is a local legend on the scene and offers a great variety of music for your dancing pleasure. Music starts at 10 pm and he will send you into the New Year with fun sounds rocking til 2 am.


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Having a look just over the bridge in Beaufort, we find that Last Chance Wranglers Band rocking the folks at Cru Bar & Wines Store, located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort. Music starts at 9:30 pm this evening and the band will keep you rocking til 12:30 am



Just across the way you can enjoy the grooves of Spencer Scholes, an awesome New Bern player, who will be joined by another familiar New Bern talent, Patrick Edwards on bongo.The duo will be rocking into the new year from 9:30 pm til 12:30 am.


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Looking around the southern shores region, we find a few more of my favorite band units playing down around Wilmington and beyond. Starting things off in The Calico Room, located at 107 S Front St., Wilmington, NC, you can enjoy my favorite rockabilly band The Phantom Playboys. They will be rocking the room from 8 pm til 12:30 am. Since I won’t be there, I think we should dance now…Here they are with a jumping little ditty…

Here is the info I found on the site for their gig tonight:

Join the NEW YEARS BASH at The Calico Room with live music, dancing, champagne toast and party favors with The Phantom Playboys.

$12 tickets | doors at 8 | show at 10 to 1:30

Advanced tickets available for $10 —->




Since we are speaking about all my favorite things, have you heard one of my favorite jam bands around this great state? Mac and Juice Sextet will be rocking in the New Year with their great grooves at The Whiskey, located at 1 S Front St, Wilmington, NC. Also on the bill tonight is Signal Fire. Admission for this show is $10.00 and Music kicks off at 9:30 pm.


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Band of Fire is bringing the party to Reel Cafe,  located at 100 S Front St., Wilmington, NC. Music starts at 10 pm and they rock into the New Year.



A little bit further south you can enjoy the sounds of the father/ daughter duo, Paid Time Off, featuring Rick & Jenna Leigh Huff. They will be ringing in the new year at Check Six Brewing Company, located at 5130 Southport-Supply Rd SE, Southport, NC. They get the familiar grooves you know and love started at 9:30 pm and rock the crowd until 12:30 am.



Bryan Mayer, New Bern’s beloved country artist, is heading to the Island region of our great state, with his full band for his annual performance at Ocracoke Oyster Company. Located at 875 Irvine Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC, they are offering some great dinner specials, live music, great spirits, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

Music starts at 8 pm and the party will last til 1 am.


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Psylo Joe will be live again tonight at Gaffer’s Sports Pub, located at 1050 Irving Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC. The party gets started at 8 pm and Joe will rock you into the New Year with his original take on many of your favorite tunes.

~Around the Region~


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Somewhere Else Tavern is opening their doors at 5:30 pm, for a full night of live rocking music that starts at 6:30 pm.


Celebrate New Year’s Eve Somewhere Else This Year!

2016 has been a hell of a year, so the only way to close it out is with a hell of a final show!

Not only will there be an amazing line up of bands, but there will also be raffle prizes and more to make sure that you end your year with a bang!

This killer line up includes:

Divine Treachery
Black Plague
The Reticent
Blackwater Drowning
A Light Divided

Doors will open at 5:30 pm and the show kicks off at 6:30 pm!

Forget the same old stuff you always do, celebrate Somewhere Else this year!!!

Somewhere Else Tavern is located at 5713 W Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC.


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Also appearing in the Greensboro area is the Raleigh based rock tribute act Thnderstruck NC. If you find yourself in the western part of our state and have some love for AC DC you definitely are in for a treat this evening. They are opening the night for Trial By Fire. All of this will be taking place live tonight at Cone Denim Entertainment Center, located at 117 S Elm St., Greensboro, NC. Tickets are $45.00 for this show and are available via this link:

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There is a double bill also at Schooly’s Bar & Billiards, located at 102 East Trade St., Sanford, NC. Tonight you can enjoy the sounds of Tim Hair and the rocking modern country act Steel County Express. This show starts at 9 pm and rocks you into the New Year with the music going til midnight.


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For those looking for family fun, please note Raleigh is offering First Night Celebrations all around town!


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Undercover & Laura Nicole will rock in the New Year on the stage at Deep South The Bar, located at 430 S Dawson St., Raleigh. This show is free. Doors open at 7 and they get the music started at 9 pm and keep the party going until 1 am.


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There is a double bill tonight at The Pour House Music Hall, located at 224 S Blount St., Raleigh, NC. On the bill to rock in the new year, you can enjoy Little Diesel who will open the show for The Fabulous Knobs.

To learn more about the band and to order tickets, visit this link:


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Live tonight at The Ritz, located at 2820 Industrial Drive, you can enjoy the fun and funky sounds of TrainWreck.  They will be opening up the party for 120 Minutes. Their set starts at 9 pm and they will deliver all thing funky and fun til 10:00 pm.

Here is what I found on the event page for this fun time:

The Ritz is a general admission standing room only venue! Doors open at 8:00 pm and show begins at 9:00 pm!

Want FREE ENTRY to the show? Bring two non perishable food items to donate, to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, the night of the show and we’ll trade you a ticket!

We’re having a 90’s pop culture costume contest! Categories are Best Solo, Best Couple’s, and Best group (up to 5 people). Winners will be chosen by Ritz staff and will receive tickets to the show of their choice coming to the Ritz Raleigh! Even if you don’t want to participate in the costume contest, we encourage you to dress up in your best 90’s gear!

Premium seating packages are available. For $50, you get two seats on our balcony along with two tickets, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors! Contact Dana Dudley to purchase at


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Over at The Lincoln Theater, located at 126 Cabarrus St., Raleigh, NC, it’s Something Big live. Here are the details for this show:

All Ages Show!

$25 in advance/$30 day of show

Doors 8 pm, Show 9 pm

Balloon Drop & Champagne Toast @ Midnight!

Spend your New Year’s Eve with The Big Something & Spritual Rez at the Lincoln Theater. These two bands are guaranteed to work it all out of 2016 and start 2017 feelin’ fine!
Get your tickets early; you don’t want to miss this one!


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For fans of the NC Symphony, they are offering a concert this evening at Meymandi Concert Hall, located at 2 E South St., Raleigh, NC. You can catch the rhythm of the New Year, with the sweep of the Viennese waltz and the swing of the Big Band. The Symphony will be joined by, the NC Jazz Repertory Orchestra to present the biggest band in the state. David Glover conducts.

For ticket to this show that starts at 8 pm and goes til 10 pm, please visit their website:


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North Carolina’s Beatles Experience Liverpool will be rocking in the New Year tonight at The Real McCoys located at 3325 rogers Rd, Wake Forest, NC.

They get the party started tonight at 9 pm and they promise to rock you right into the New Year til 1 am.


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Live tonight at The Drunk Horse  you can rock to the sounds of Super Bob Nephilym opening the night for The Several Devils. There is a $12 cover charge at the door for this show. Doors open at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm. The Drunk Horse is located at 106 S Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville, NC.


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Coming closer to home you can get rocked by The Roman Sams Band who will be rocking on stage at The Red Room, located at 220 N Heritage St., Kinston, NC. There is a $10.00 cover charge at the door and this band is all things rock done right. Music starts at 10 pm and the band will rock you into the New Year til 2 am.


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Check out the scene in Jacksonville, you can enjoy the sounds of country crooner Gene Gregory live tonight at The Outpost Saloon, located at 3038 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville NC. Gregory gets his acoustic set started at 9 pm and he will groove you int 2017 til 1 am.


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Corey Stuart will provide the music for the fun and good times that will happen tonight at Archie’s Pub located at 1811 LeJeune Blvd. That party gets started at 7 pm and the music keeps going til 1 am.

Here are the details I found on the event page created on Facebook:

This New Year’s Eve we will be bringing in the New Year with the amazing Corey Stuart! NC’s only electric one man band will be rocking out with the sounds of the 80, 90s, and today! Come bring in the New Year with us at your favorite local pub!

Drink specials:
$3 Flavored Champagne Bombs
$3.50 Champagne Shirley Temples
$3.50 Cotton Candy Champagne
$1 off bottles!
Free champagne at midnight!

$5 cover


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Live tonight at Tarheel Opry House located at 145 Blue Creek School Road, Jacksonville, NC you can enjoy the rockin’ country grooves of Closin’ Tyme. The good times start at 7 pm and music gets started at 10 pm. They will help you dance into the New Year with a great selection of country favorites.

Here are the details provided on the FB event page:

Join us for our New Year’s Eve Party, and bring in the New Year. We will have a Pig Pickin’, watch the ball drop live on the big screen, have a champagne toast at midnight, CASH and PRIZE give aways ALL NIGHT LONG. Our LIVE BAND and DJ will keep the party rockin’ all night long. Bring plenty of friends to help you bring in the NEW YEAR.



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To the north, I found a fun gig that will bring you back in time. Find your flapper dress and zoot suit and head down to Market Street Pub located 143 N Market St., Washington, NC. Music with Brandon Sharmar Quartet starts at 9 pm and they will grove you until 2 am. Admission is $10 at the door.


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For those that like to party and shag to music, head over to  Greenville where you can ring in the New Year with Spare Change and The Embers who will be performing live tonight at the  Hilton located at 207 SW Greenville, Blvd., Greenville, NC. Tickets for this fun time are $25 and are available at the door. The fun starts at 8 pm and rocks on til 1 am.


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The young and talented country singer, Caroline Dare will start things off tonight at AJ McMurphy’s located at 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC. She opens for Rural Route Romance who close out the night with their brand of familiar rocking tunes.This show is free. The fun starts at 8 pm and the music goes until 2 am.

Well kids that is where you can go for a rocking great time to end 2016 on a bang. Be sure to grab your dancing shoes and get ready to welcome 2017 with live music and libations. Please party responsibly. Call Uber, call a friend, or call a cab, just arrive alive for more great gigs in 2017. Cheers to my readers! I hope you make memories with friends and cherish the ones you love as we turn another page. Be sure to take kindness with you every where and tip the servers and music makers alike!

Thanks for making this year so memorable for me. If you want to be a part of the North Carolina Music Zone in the year ahead, be sure to invite me to your upcoming events. My email address is:

Please share this with your friends on social media so everyone knows where to go to support live music and enjoy the dance.

Writer/Blogger Tracey Stones



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