NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown for Saturday & Sunday, August 13-14, 2016

Live Music Options for Saturday, August 13, 2016~

Around the Region:

Looking to our west and just a quick drive from our area, there is a great event happening and you can bring the whole family ! The site location is 201 Pogue St., Raleigh, NC. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Gates open at 1 and the music starts at 2 pm and concludes at 9 pm. With regard to the music here is what I found for details on their Facebook Event page:

Hammer No More The Fingers(8pm)
Matthew E. White (7pm)
Inflowential (6pm)
Holy Ghost Tent Revival (5pm)
Skylar Gudasz (4pm)
The Fabulous Knobs (3pm)
Some Army (2pm)

Debonzo Brothers (7:45pm)
Matt Phillips (6:45pm)
Ellis Dyson (5:45pm)
Christiane (4:45pm)
Pinto (3:45pm)
Andrew Kasab (2:45pm)

Local Vendors, Food Trucks, Kids Activities, Dunk Tank & more!

Doors 1pm, Music 2pm
All Ages

Parking Map!!!!

I have a great event if you like Wine or Cheese or Chocolate;  and who doesn’t? It is also taking place in Raleigh and here is the latest on details for this event:

**Breaking News** As many of you know sampling tickets are sold out!!! This event was capped to ensure everyone’s enjoyment while participating in the festivities.
However, we are working on a way to release a few more VIP tickets stay tune for more details!
Didn’t get your ticket? No problem, bring your friends because there will be plenty of Wine, Cheese and Chocolate for purchase

Get your tickets today for a fun evening filled with delectable wine, cheese and chocolate tastings from local retailers.

DJs, vendors, entertainment and free giveaways!

Tasting booklets $25 and up.

Vendors contact Allen at CityHill Events


The folks that are helping to make Groove in the Garden happen will be featuring a double bill of quality entertainment. The Pour House Music Hall located at 224 S Blount St., Raleigh, NC  will feature People’s Blues of Richmond and Dr. Bacon. Looking at their events page, this is what they want you to know about the acts on their stage:

People’s Blues of Richmond is a heavy-touring, blues-psych power trio from Richmond, Va. In the past two years, they’ve signed with Management Anonymous and Madison House Booking, recorded their third full-length studio album, released a 7-inch single with sought-after rock & roll producer Mark Neill (Black Keys, The Hives, J. Roddy Walston & the Business), and have been featured at outlets such as PopMatters, Guitar World, CraveOnline, Relix and more. People’s Blues of Richmond managed to fit in their recent studio work while constantly touring the U.S., packing clubs and theaters full of amped-up fans, selling out The Hamilton in D.C., headlining NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and a dozen festivals around the country, playing Red Rocks and massive outdoor festivals like Electric Forest, LOCKN’ & Gasparilla, and sharing bills with legends & critical favorites like Modest Mouse, Tom Petty, Gary Clark Jr., Gogol Bordello and Dinosaur Jr.

Dr. Bacon is a genre defying “Appalachian Funk-Rock” band from Asheville, NC. We play an infectiously dancable blend of funk, soul, jazz, rock, blues, folk, hip-hop and more. We feature as diverse instrumentation as our influencing styles including: guitars, resonator, harmonica, bass, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone drums, trombone, kazoo and more. Dr. Bacon is sure to get you moving and grooving.

Tickets for the show are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Doors open at 8 and music starts shortly thereafter.To get tickets before the show visit their website Advanced Tickets.


Taking a pause for the cause I  found this Jim Jam Yappy Hour event happening at The Grove Winery located at 7360 Brooks Bridge Road, Gibsonville, NC.  And here are the details you should know:


This benefit for Old North Canine Rescue features the bands The Retro Band, Back Porch Orchestra and beach band Shaggie Maggie. Tickets are available for $10 at the door. Advanced, discounted tickets are available online for a donation

Thanks to concert sponsors Jim & Natalie Pierce, Vicky Hunley Real Estate,Grove Winery & Vineyards and Town ‘N’ Country Animal Hospital in Burlington. Please, by order of the NC-ALE, no alcohol purchased off-site may be brought on premise. Food will be available from the Heavenly Smoke food truck.

There is Double Trouble on tap for Saturday night at The Blue Note Grill, located at 709 Washington St, Durham, NC. They are featuring two awesome bands for only $8 admission. They have great food and awesome service too. Music starts at 8 with Doug Prescott Band kicking things off. Following their fun set, you can groove with Willie Painter Band until closing!
Cotton & The CWT Band have a show tonight at The Point at Glenwood, located at 1626 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC.They will be live from 10:30 pm til midnight.
Desperado Motorcycle Club Selma will be hosting their annual support party this afternoon. Doors open at noon to the public, and music will be provided by the Adam Hill Band starting at 3. Hill (photo below) is the guitar front for classic rock outfit Solid Ground as well as his own project. A $10 donation is required and bringing your own beer is frowned upon! For more info on location or directions call Ricky or Rand at the numbers above.
Making our way back to the eastern side of the state, you can find Greenville’s own fun and funky groove band, Train Wreck who will be on stage at The Red Room located at 110 N Heritage St., Kinston, NC.
When talking to Adrian Watts, guitar and and vocalist, he wanted me to tell everyone that the band is collecting school supplies at every gig until the school season starts. So please, all contributions of school supplies are welcome. They will even accept monetary donations to buy the supplies that are still needed for the future shining stars. What a great opportunity for us all to pitch in and make a difference. You can help ensure a bright future for a kid and dance to a great band too! Does it get any better than that?
Looking to our North, you can find Mac n Juice Quartet will be at Ribeyes located at 1056 Cantle Ct., Williamston, NC helping to celebrate their Anniversary Party tonight live from 7-11 pm. This is a fun jam band that plays popular favorites and funky and fresh originals too.
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Justin Castellano will be live at Biagio’s Italian Coffee & Espresso Bar located at 622 Court St, Unit 100, Jacksonville, NC. His performance is slotted for 7-10 pm.
Over at Crossbones Tavern, located at 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC; Gumbo will be providing the live entertainment for this evening. And here is what they want you to know about the group:

Gumbo originated in Greenville North Carolina. Gumbo embraces all types of genres and cultures. They are known for there unique sound and spontaneous lyrics. The band is fairly new, two years in and has created a buzz through eastern North Carolina.

GUMBO is a band that embraces diversity but brings about unit.
Every dish in the same pot.



Along the Coast:


Reggae music makers, from Carteret County,  Monjah will perform live at Idle Hour Biergarten located at 121 E Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC. They will be jamming from 6-9 pm.

A quick head’s up to my New Bern readers, this band will be making their New Bern debut at The Brown Pelican next Saturday and I hope you are on hand to make them feel welcome. They jam to classic reggae tunes and off their own unique vibe when featuring their original vibe.


Now look, I told you about the Pirate Invasion going down in Beaufort all weekend in my last installation, but what most of you don’t know about is there is a Pirate invasion of another sort taking place tonight at Frank & Clara’s  located at 1440 Saltier Path, Atlantic Beach NC. New Bern’s own band of pirates Zen Pirates will take over the stage from 10 pm – 1 am. They play many familiar tunes and have a great way of making the crowd dance. Perhaps it is the threat of walking the plank that gets the people grooving, but I am more willing to bet that it is their good grooves.


Looking around the Morehead City way there are a few shows for you to check out. Here are your options:


4EverAll has a live show at The Brandywine Country Club, located at 177 Brandywine Blvd., Morehead City, NC. They will be performing in the K Bar from 6-9 pm. This acoustic duo has a lot of charm and play off each others’ energy well; delivering a great mix of singer/songwriting classics. To keep up with their dates, so that you can take your date out for dining and dancing, like them on Facebook.


Dark Water Rising have a show at Off the Hook located at 105 South 7th St., Morehead City, NC. They will be rocking the room from 10 pm til 1 am!

For more information on this touring act, like them on Facebook. DWR


Over at Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant, located at 701 Evans St., Morehead City, NC; you can enjoy the sounds of Nash Vegas as they rock the deck with their brand of country from 10 pm – 2 am.


Queen Anne's Revenge

Heading over the bridge and checking out things around Beaufort, NC; you can enjoy the sounds of you can check out Victor Hudson & 13 live tonight on the Deck from 6-9 pm at Queen Anne’s Revenge located at 510 Front St, Beaufort NC.



On the deck at The Dock House Restaurant located at 500 Front St, Beaufort you can enjoy the grooves of East Brogue Band. They will be doing the deed for the dancers from 9 pm til 1 am. For a sample of there sound, check them out here:

East Brogue Band


The Phantom Playboys will be at the Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. They will be rocking the room for Pirate Invasion from 8:30 – 11:30 pm.


Looking at other areas along the coast, you can enjoy a one night stand with New Bern’s own soulful crooner, Backseat Romeo. Ed Prophet has a show tonight from 7-10 pm at The Carolina Wine Mixer, located at 8700 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC.



Live at The Church St. Deli, Pub and Inn located on Church St, Swansboro, NC you can groove to the sounds of Scearce & Ketner from 7-10 pm


Mike Corrado has an acoustic show this evening at Harrika’s Brew Haus located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC. His show is slotted for 7-10 pm.


Wild Honey has a show tonight at the Odgen Tap Room located at 7324 Market St., Wilmigton, NC  with their show starting at 7:30 pm.

The last show I found to tell you about along the coast is actually the first show slotted on the day and it is that of David Adam Byrnes who will be performing live at The Snead’s Ferry Shrimp Festival today at noon. That event is taking place at 126 Park Lane, Sneads Ferry, NC.

About New Bern:


James Ford Trio will be on the Deck at the DoubleTree by Hilton, located on South Front Street in New Bern, NC. They offer live music on the deck from 2:30 – 5:30 and this week you are in for a local talent that is going to treat you to all of his great grooves. Ford is a very talented player and is working hard at inscribing his name throughout town as a player and a business owner.

DSCF5185.JPGFord also is the man to turn to with your computer and phone repair. He has his own shop located on Trent Road. Keep him in mind the next time you need a computer geek. He is cool enough to play guitar too!


Live at five around town you can be a part of the 7th Annual Hot Buttered BBQ. Here is the lowdown on this event:

Hey friends, the Hot Buttered BBQ is back. Our friend and musical guru Aaron Lee Tasjan will be back to amaze and inspire. This year he’s bringing his band, which is made up of some of the hottest players in Nashville. The Grits will play a set, Aaron and his band will play a set, followed by a Grits-Tasjan band super jam

We’ll be passing the hat, so ALL WE ASK is that you bring a donation for our musical guest. Aaron is a professional musician, so this is how he makes his living, and we want to make sure its worth the trip for him. We are asking for a $15 donation per person, but feel free to contribute as much as you are able.

We’ll be cooking a pig and serving all the fixins. All you need to bring for sustinence is your own beverage.

This is meant to be a party for adults. Though this is a safe and friendly event, we kindly ask that you leave your kids at home. If you feel the need to bring them, it is the expectation that they be supervised at all times.

Please RSVP to this event so we can order enough food.

When: Saturday, August 13. 5:00 pm.
Where: Seth and Erin’s back yard. 413 Sandy Point Rd, New Bern NC.

Bring a beach chair, a beverage, an appetite, donation, and your boogie shoes and we’ll see you there!



Steel Shot will be live at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St, New Bern, NC. They sat in a couple of weeks ago to give the crowd a sample of what will be on tap for tonight. Come out and have fun with this Pamlico County duo featuring Jeremy Lowery and Shawn Mitchell.



Calling all you Motown fans with big hearts. There is an event in town tonight over at Craven County Community College. 


There is an Open Mic event tonight at BruTopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. This is the place to display your talent tonight if you find yourself gigless and jonesing to play! Pack up your talent and sign up from 6:30 – 9 pm. (Yes, I made up two words in that one sentence in an effort to invite you out!)


3DayWeekend will be rocking Monette’s on Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern NC. They are going to be helping longtime friend and fan to the band, Mary Shine, celebrate her birthday. Good news, you are invited too. Come rock the night away with one of the best classic rock bands in our area and DANCE!!!!  The fun starts at 6 and wraps up when it ends!!!



Last but never least around town tonight, you can catch the soulful blues sounds of The Kohler’s Blissful Blues Union live at Mesh Sports Lounge, located at 2500 Trent Road. They jam from 10:30 pm -1:30 am, Admission is FREE! But please remember, FREE MUSIC IS NEVER FREE! So please be kind to wait staff and bartenders and whatever you do, please tip the bands everywhere you go too!

Live Music Options for Sunday, August 14, 2016~

Since there are only a few thins to tell you about I am just going to get to listing them:


On the deck at The DoubleTree by Hilton, located on South Front St., New Bern, NC; you can swing to the sounds of Joe DiStefano’s Swing Band live from 5-9 pm. Come on out enjoy the sunset and swinging sounds too!


There is a casting call that I wanted to tell all aspiring actors about. Here is the scoop from the Events page on Facebook:

CASTING CALL for High School Musical

Open to all teens 13-19 in the Craven County School System!

CO-DIRECTORS: Tevondre Bryant and Jaimee Wishon
CO-PRODUCERS: Kelly Rogers and Henry Johnson


Auditions: 800 College Ct, New Bern, Orringer Auditiorium
Sunday, August 14th @3pm
Monday August 15th @6pm
If you will be absent for both dates, feel free to send in audition videos via Facebook messenger to Kelly or Tevondre.

PERFORMANCES: November 11, 12, 13 / 18, 19, 20

SYNOPSIS: Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on our stage! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.

NOTE: Everyone must come prepared to sing “We’re All In This Together”.

If you have plans to audition for a specific role please have the songs prepared.

The most popular kid at East High, he is the star of the basketball team who yearns to be more than what people want him to be. Athletic, attractive, and a true leader.
SONG: Start of Something New

Troy’s best friend. A star basketball player, part of the jocks, and second in command.
SONG: We’re All In This Together

The egocentric diva star of the school musicals, she is Ryan’s older twin and the alpha dog.
SONG: Bop to The Top

Sharpay’s fraternal twin and a self-delusional ‘star in the making. Although he possesses a diva exterior, he yearns to change.
SONG: Bop to The Top

Gabriella Montez:
The new girl in school. Eventually becomes Troy’s romantic counterpart. Pretty, shy, and smart.
SONG: When There Was Me and You

Taylor Mckessie:
The competitive head Brainiac of the school and President of the Science Club. Taylor has a hidden soft spot for Chad, which she hides.
SONG: We’re All In This Together


Justin Castellano will be live at Queen Anne’s Revenge, located at 500 Front St, Beaufort , NC. He will be there to serenade you through dinner from 6-9 pm.


The last live show I have to share with you on the week is taking place at The Outpost Saloon located at 3038 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville, NC. That is where you can dance and boogie down to the country sounds of Gene Gregory live from 5-8 pm.

Well kids that concludes the regional options for live music throughout our great state. I am not sure what you have on your agenda today, but here is to hope you get to dance.

Please be kind to those that serve you. Hug strangers, take part in random acts of kindness, be the change you wish to see in the world! Don’t forget our music makers. They work hard making sure that people enjoy their time while in their company. Spread your love and tip them too.

I will be back Tuesday morning with a recap of all the great fun I am having this weekend. If you want to get in the zone feel free to send me invites to your gigs or links to your websites. Shoot me an email:

Thanks for reading. Please share it with your friends!


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