NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options & News ~ Friday, September 9 , 2016

Live Music Options for Friday, September 9, 2016~


Around Town, New Bern

New Bern’s monthly Artwalk. Local galleries, restaurants, and businesses will stay open late, host special exhibits, and offer deals! ArtWalk cards listing participating organizations and their ArtWalk events are located at every stop, including Bank of the Arts, and online at Craven Arts Council and Gallery will host an opening reception for “Mum’s the Word” in the Main Gallery and Susan Sirkin in the Director’s Gallery.


Alisa Mike will be the hostess of the Sidewalk Serenade in front of The Black Cat Shoppe on Middle St during the monthly town tradition known as ArtWalk/ArtCrawl.

This fun night takes place downtown on the second Friday of each month from 5-8 pm. It is a great vibe and a fine time to meet our towns many talented artists. We have all kinds of art featured on this night throughout the town. Make sure you bring the family and enjoy it tonight!


There was a call for Artists to set up in The Isaac Taylor Garden located at 228 Craven St. New Bern. Make sure to make this a stop to take in live art and music together with performance by The Spread, from 5-8 pm. I caught this fun band down in Beaufort early in the Summer season. They really know how to funk things up, There is what I found on the event page about the band to tonight:

LIVE MUSIC! ART crawl on Fri., Sept. 9, 2016 from 5-8pm with “The Spread” featuring Chris Jones on Piano/Vocals, the sweet sultry vocals of Kathryn Morgan, Chris Taylor jamming on Guitar, Will Phetterplace keeping the beat on Drums, Phil Wilson funking on Bass and Elton Daniels tapping Percussion. This Crystal Coast band entertained crowds at Beaufort Music Festival and NC State Fair. From the mountains to the coast, North Carolinians have enjoyed performances by The Spread. Its unique twist to Jam inspired music will rock the Isaac Taylor Garden. Free and open to the public!

Plus enjoy creative demonstrations by a plethora of artists, book signings and more! Meet the creative folk! Judy Szychowski, Jon Derby, Carol Jones, Ben Alden Watford, Edward Hood, Lisa Bisbee Lentz, Edward Hood Jr., Sandy Tripp Toler, Nancy Zachewicz, Sydney Gilgo, Alice Bilello,Lynne Baron Goodwin, Curtis Blake, Laura Arias, Shelley Mathiot, Leslie Tall Manning, Jerry Scott, Sam Love, SamraeDuke, Corinne Cutler Corr,Claudina Madrid, Christy Conley, Melissa Hall, Sarah Finch, and Donna Wolf

For more info, visit or call 252-649-1712.


Dan Phillips brings Dan Jam to The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern. He will be ready to welcome you to the WEEKEND just as soon as we hear the five o’clock whistle blow. Be sure to stop by  on your journey about town for a nice cold beverage and the great the grooves of Dan with Al Gleeson and others who stop out to enjoy the music


Following Dan Jam get ready for the rock  of Kinston outfit,  No Halos, rocking the room from 8-11 pm. This band features Denise Powers, vocals; Robert Ormond, guitars, keys and vocals; Rex Howell, bass; Mike Ferrara, drums. They offer sounds of classic rock to motown.


Ed Prophet will be performing live in town at Bear Town Market located at 402 S. Front St., New Bern, starting just after ArtWalk. He will be giving up his grooves from 8-11 pm tonight. He hails from town, but spends most of his time performing regionally outside the Craven County area. Be sure to catch him while he is home. You won’t be disappointed.




Arlin Tart is on tap to entertain folks at The Thirsty Bruin located on Middle St. He will be entertaining the crowd with his stylings of familiar songs from 8-10:30 pm. Be sure to stop out and enjoy the latest craft brew  or your favorite wine and unwind. It is finally time to weekend.


Casablanca returns to The City Laundry located at 901 Pollock St,, New Bern who are featuring the monthly series, Music After ArtWalk. Here is how the stage was set on their events page:

The Time: Friday, September 9, 1940.
The Place: Rick’s American Bar, Casablanca, Morocco.
Sam the piano man has taken the night off. Tonight’s music is provided by a motley but capable trio of musicians: a guitarist from Paris; a drummer who’s been living in Turkey; and a violinist from Eastern Europe, who occasionally swaps out with a local oud player. Their music, laced with favorite themes from the Silver Screen, takes you from Russia to Brazil to Persia to who knows where?

Casablanca recreates Rick’s American Bar on Friday, September 9, 2016, at The City Laundry, 901 Pollock Street in New Bern. The performance begins around 8:00 p.m., just as the New Bern ArtWalk/ArtCrawl is winding down. The music will continue until 11:00. Tickets are $10, available at the venue, Bank of the Arts, or at the door. Call 252-675-1889 or email for more information.
For information on the band, contact Simon Spalding at 252-636-1256, or

Tom Spellman is Casablanca’s guitarist, playing both nylon-stringed Classical guitar and steel string guitar.

Glenn Druhot plays drum set, djembe, bongos, and other percussion instruments. With sticks, brushes, or hands, Glenn lays down the beat!

Simon Spalding plays violin, guitar, and oud, the fretless lute of the Orient.

Don’t miss this sentimental journey into an exotic past!

To hear live performances of Casablanca, follow these links:
Swing 42 –
Katyusha –
Take Five –

Around the Region

Make your plans now to join us in the heartland of North Carolina for the 76th Annual National Folk Festival NC—one of America’s largest, most prestigious, and longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and heritage. Best of all, this three-day celebration is FREE! No tickets needed!

This free event offers feature  performances and demonstrations by over 300 of the nation’s finest musicians, dancers, and craftspeople across seven stages in Downtown Greensboro.

The 75th National Folk Festival was a tremendous success. We look forward to another great Festival this September 9-11, 2016


Another two day event that gets started today is Camp JuJu. Pack you bags, bring the tent and head out to Snow Hill for a great first annual festival being brought to us by Grasshopper Productions. Here is what I found on their Facebook Event Page:

1st annual VooDoo Circus festival!

2 Nights. 15 Bands & Circus sideshow. Don’t Miss out!


Friday Night -Black Party ( like a white party, but wear all black)
Saturday Night – Hawaiian Tiki

$25. Price of admission includes camping.


Plus special guests SAFETY 3RD SIDESHOW!!

Food vending will be provided by Little Creek Vineyard. Souvenir cups will be for sale.



The final event taking place over the next two day that I found is The Boone Fall Bike Rally. This event will include live music and bike games both days. To find out the full schedule of events visit their website:


Allison King Band has a show tonight at Muddy Creek Music Hall located at 5455 Bethania Dr., Winston-Salem, NC and here is what the events page shared:

All ages show $12 advance/$15 at door Doors open at 7:30 for advanced ticket holders Doors open at 7:45 for general admission
The Allison King Band has been playing to packed clubs, enthusiastic festival crowds and appreciative private function guests since 1999. Made up of four pieces — the band has played in almost every kind of setting — from local Triad venues, clubs in Memphis, TN, and conferences at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC to foot-stomping festivals like the Carolina Blues Festival in Greensboro, VA’s Chateau Morrisette’s jazz and blues series and Pleasure Island’s Blues Festival. The group, led by charismatic lead singer Allison King, can get you moving and groovin’ with their expert renditions of soul favorites like “Chain of Fools,” and “Signed Sealed Delivered,” but also get you rockin’ and swinging with “Knock on Wood” and “covers by Led Zeppelin, Chaka Khan and Heart to name but a few.” And then they’ll surprise you with a Fleetwood Mac cover, a poignant jazz standard, or even one of their own original tunes! You never know what they’ll pull out of their musical hats, but rest assured, the surprise is always sweet!



Over in Jamestown tonight you can catch Jukebox Revolver live at The Deck located at 118 E Main St., in Jamestown. NC. The show gets started at 8 and this band will rock you til 11pm.


Bill Lyerly is in the final leg of his US tour. The roots rocker will be returning to Spain and touring Europe for the remaining part of the year. If you not seen Lyerly yet this year he will be live at The Red Room tonight.

He gets the show started at 10 pm and rocks the room until 2 am with his brand of rock, country and roots music. The Red Room is located at 22o N Heritage Dr., Kinston, NC. There is a music cover to get in which goes to the band!


Looking to our North there a a few shows that might interest everyone.

At Five Point Plaza starting at 5 pm Uptown Greenville Presents Freeboot Friday and offers the live music of Rebekah Todd & William Seymore kicking things off first, followed by local jammers, Mac & Juice Quartet closing out the night with their fun and funky sounds. This is a free event that Starts at 5 pm and ends about 10 pm. Come enjoy art, music food and fun while experiencing the City of Greenville.


While we are up that way I might as well tell you that after Freeboot Friday you can head over to The Buccaneer Music Hall located at 2120 Fire Tower Rd, Greenville. Tonight they feature the country music grooves of Rural Route Romance – R3X  who will be making their debut appearance at the Buc!

This local band deems themselves as multi dimensional unit offering an uncategorized country sound. They will rock the room from 10 pm til early in the morning.


Cuz’n Kirk’s Blues Band will be tearing it up from 10pm til 2am live at The Market Street Pub, located at  143 N Market St., Washington, NC. This regional trio is a fun rockin’ blues band that delivers many familiar and dance worthy tunes. Come on out and dance with them tonight!

Along The Coast

Randy McQuay of Root Soul Project will be tearing it up tonight on The Burnt Mill Creek stage, located at 2101 Market St, Wilmington, North Carolina from 8-11 pm.


While down around the Wilmington way be sure to stop in at Hell’s Kitchen located at 118 Princess St!    

That is where you can find the fun rocking Pamlico County duo Steel Shot featuring, Shawn Mitchell on guitar and offering vocals and band mate, neighbor and friend, Jeremy Lowery on bongos and offering his own vocal selections. This band will play classic country from the 70’s to rock of the new millennium.

They will start rocking at 9 pm and finish out the night about 1 am.


Taking Highway 70 to the coast here is what you can find:

The North Tower Band, rescheduled from last week will perform tonight at Jaycee Park  for the Morehead City Alive at Five Concert Series. 

This popular band has been making crowds dance to their fun beach and oldies blends of music for more than 30 years. Tonight you can shag and swing with them from 5-8 pm

Jaycee Park is located at 807 Shephard  St., Morehead City, NC. You are welcome to bring chairs and blankets. Leave pets and coolers at home. Beverages and concessions will be available on site.


Sweet sounding singer songwriter Hank Barbee will be performing at The Boat Bar in Snapperz Grill  & Steam Bar located at 3710 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC.

He will be performing solo tonight from 6:30-9:30 pm. Be sure to stop in for dinner and great grooves if your looking to impress that sweetie of yours!


Just over the Bridge you can find 4EverAll who have a show tonight from 8:30-11:30 pm at The Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC.

Come on out early for the wine tasting @ 6:30 pm and stay for some great live music!


Cruising up the strip and heading into Emerald Isle, you can find my favorite regional funk band laying down their good grooves at my favorite hot spot in EI.

Train Wreck will be taking the stage tonight at SALT ULTRA LOUNGE. Doors open at 7 and the show starts about 9:30! Get ready to feel the music like you haven’t in a long time! These boys hail from Greenville, NC and come with a stage packed full of talent!

SUL is located at 325 Mansgrove Rd., Emerald Isle, NC. And if you happen to be staying in the area you can always call for a ride to and from the club.


Before heading over the bridge into EI you can enjoy a wine tasting and the soothing sounds of Justin Castellano live tonight at Bake Bottle & Brew from 6-9 pm. That is located at 147 N. Front St., Swansboro, NC.


The final show I heard about this week is over in Cedar Point, NC.

Pure T of Pure T Mommicked  will be joining forces with band cofounder  to offer their blend of rockin’ covers and original tunes.

Jimmy Mahoney and Neal Paul joined forces to start Pure T Mommicked an original and rocking band out of Emerald Isle. Tonight the duo will be delivering their energetic grooves to the people at Harrika’s Brew Haus located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC.

Well you heard it here first… School is out and it is time to WEEKEND! Whatever you choose to do tonight, please party responsibly. Be kind to your servers and tip them and your bartenders well!  Hug a stranger and dance a jig! Spare an applause for the hard working musicians, and share some love with their top jars! Life is short, so I hope you always  enjoy the dance!

I will be back tomorrow morning with a regional rundown for Saturday Night. If you want to get in the Zone, send me your dates and info.


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