Admiral Radio
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Admiral Radio

Admiral Radio was created after the discovery of an old wooden radio, tucked away in the back of a dusty, South Carolina antique shop. Becca Smith and Coty Hoover had been going steady for nearly 5 years before that, but felt inspired thereafter to create a sound people could gather 'round to - one that is deeply rooted in a traditional style, but also has the ability to touch the heartstrings of modern-day listeners. With sweeping harmonies often compared to The Everly Brothers, this pair of songbirds are making waves in the Carolina music community as their Johnny-and-June charm continues to turn heads. Occasionally joined onstage by a merry band of gentlemen, each suited with their own list of accolades, Admiral Radio is sure to woo audience members across the spectrum.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash cover.

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The Caroliners
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Caroliners

Formed in the summer of 2018 in Wilmington, NC, The Caroliners have thrust themselves into the music scene with a sound similar to that of southern rock and folk-rock bands of the 1960s and 70s. The songwriting of Mark Jackson blends seamlessly with the talents of Matt Rushin (Lead Guitar) and Joel Lamb (Keys). After the release of their EP “Blue Ridge Beauty” in March 2019, the group will be playing a number of shows throughout the Southeast.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash only cover.

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The Jillettes
Dec
1
4:00 PM16:00

The Jillettes

Come join us on Sunday, December 1st for The Jillettes! Their play list is heavy on the 60’s and 70’s pop tunes that have a melody that will stick in your head all day. Remember when? The first beat will take you back to your happy place.

Doors open at 3pm, $5 cash only cover.

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Massive Grass
Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

Massive Grass

Massive Grass has been bringing their unique alternative bluegrass sound to audiences in the Wilmington area since 2007. Featuring Ken Groce on Stand-up Bass, Adam Groce on Banjo, Scottie Lynch on Guitar and David Abeyta on Mandolin, they bring their bluegrass sound to venues all over the south. Growing up in the foothills of North Carolina, bluegrass provided the sound track for much of their lives, however, all four members of Massive Grass got their start performing in Rock and Metal bands. With the end of their band, Clone Cycle, the cousins Groce and Mr. Lynch decided it was time to go in a different direction and began to immerse themselves in the bluegrass scene. Mr. Abeyta brought his Mandolin stylings to the band a year later. Whether it is traditional bluegrass tunes, rock-to-bluegrass conversions, or their own original songs, Massive Grass mixes their rock n roll backgrounds with their love of acoustic mountain music to form a truly unique bluegrass experience.

Massive Grass has released a full length album titled 'Untethered', as well as a 5-song EP titled 'Five Years' Both albums were recorded by Bert Carlin at Castle Lakes Studio in Castle Hayne, NC. Both albums are available on this website, as well as, itunes, amazon, cdbaby, and many other online music retailers. Over the last few years the boys have branched out, playing shows from Wilmington to Asheville, and everywhere in between. They have played some of the Port City's biggest stages, including The Azalea Festival, Riverfest and Port City Ribfest. With every show, the Massive Grass family grows with new fans and friends added at every stop. Come out to a show, and you will see why their motto is 'Grass for the Masses!'

Doors open at 6pm, $10 cash cover.

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Clay Crotts
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Clay Crotts

Groove Fetish front man, Clay Crotts, is a singer songwriter hailing from Shelby, NC. He has been performing original music solo and with his band in Wilmington, NC for the past 10 years. With his soulful, powerful voice, Clay performs a creative solo show of originals and fun covers.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash cover.

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Speakeasy
Dec
8
4:00 PM16:00

Speakeasy

Drew Massey (percussion) from Groove Fetish & the Slick Mahoneys, Jason More (bass) from Mac & Juice, and Daniel Veit (keys) from Mac & Juice combine their musical powers to bring you Speakeasy- a funky, instrumental jazz group!

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Patrick Carr
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Patrick Carr

After nearly fourteen years of playing guitar, changing addresses multiple times during a period of aimlessness, and a major break-up, Patrick Carr comes forth with a multitude of original songs that are confessional, introspective, and intricate.

Heavily influenced by artists such as Nick Drake, Ryley Walker, and Bon Iver, he mixes complex fingerpicked guitar-playing, alternate tunings, and an earnest voice to create songs that are reflections of not only his past, but the present.

In October of 2017, he released his debut EP entitled When the Road Darkens. Described as a kind of catharsis, Patrick says the EP is an attempt to “excavate thoughts and feelings that had been bottled up for a while." Throughout these five songs, he deals with a slew of personal emotions and experiences ranging from hope, longing, past loves, and depression. Brian Tucker of Wilmington Star news writes, "Carr’s 'When the Road Darkens' feels like a dream, hazy and haunted, with his voice like a mix of Jim Morrison and Neil Young."

Doors open at 6pm, $5 cash only cover.

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Jared Michael Cline
Dec
15
4:00 PM16:00

Jared Michael Cline

Driven by a passion for music and performance, Jared Michael Cline always delivers, and when he does, it usually involves a simple, yet honest, performance. As an active performer, musician, and songwriter in Wilmington, NC, Jared Michael Cline aims to connect with his audiences on a level that digs deep below the surface of each and every person in attendance. Citing his influences as "life, love, and pain", he has no problem using his pen to address thoughts and feelings that are essentially taboo, or plainly, unspoken.

In 2012 he moved to Wilmington, NC to pursue schooling, having fallen in love with the local art and music scene. Since being in Wilmington, he has worked to become a better songwriter and performer, as well as a vocalist,, and has slowly matured and continues to carve his way as an active member of Wilmington's music community. Continually growing and developing, Jared Michael Cline shows immense promise as an artist and songwriter, and will certainly be one to touch even the hardest of hearts through his music.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash cover.

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Pete Pawsey
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Pete Pawsey

A thirty-year entanglement with songwriting began innocently enough with an appreciation of the classics of the 60s and 70s, then expanded to include some of the less-traveled. A devotee of Tom Waits and Randy Newman amongst many others, Pete explores the - sometimes fractious - defining moments of human interaction with humour and honesty. A near-obsession with Blues, Gospel and Southern roots music led to regular trips to the SouthEast, and eventually to relocation to North Carolina in 2005. Deeply immersed in the music of the Piedmont, Pete has served both the NC Songwriters’ Co-op, and Carrboro’s WCOM FM Radio station, and as director of Hillsborough, NC’s Lilac Lounge musical gathering. Pete hosts the longest-running all-originals open-mic in the Triangle at Chapel Hill’s historic Cave, as well as fronting blues-soul ensemble Radar’s Clowns of Sedation, and ska octet The Spectacles.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash only cover.

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Johanna Winkel CD Release Party
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Johanna Winkel CD Release Party

Pop artist Johanna Winkel can be seen playing guitar and singing her original songs at various local listening rooms and music venues in Nashville, Austin TX, Los Angeles, North Carolina and many more! Her collaboration with other musicians in both Nashville and LA has garnered a lot of attention for her music and helped to develop her unique style and sound. Her most recent gigs include 'House of Blues' and 'The Viper Room' in West Hollywood, CA.

Johanna Winkel is of Dutch/Indonesian/Scottish descent, and began her music career at the age of 5, singing on her dad’s radio program in Boulder, Colorado. She was soon starring in leading roles in musical productions and honing her skills on stage as a live performer.

At the age of 18, she wrote and recorded her first CD along with performing a live concert of her music. She then bounced on to study at a Performing Arts Conservatory in Hollywood, CA.

Johanna is an excellent energetic solo artist that travels from LA and Nashville to record her unique style that crosses over to Pop, Folk/Rock, Country and Blue-eyed Soul. Her influences are Sheryl Crow, Jewell, Bruce Springsteen, Michelle Branch, and the Goo Goo Dolls just to name a few.

She has completed recording and co-producing 2 EP's, 'Bending Hearts' and 'Shadow', which are available for purchase on her website. She has also just released an acoustic unplugged EP that will be sure to have everybody's ears hooked!

Johanna's goal is to touch everyone with her art.
"When I go to the movies or a concert I want to feel something, to relate, to have an experience and be truly moved. I love that feeling and my dream is to inspire and share and give that feeling and experience to everyone!"

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash only cover.

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Stray Local
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Stray Local

Stray Local is the husband-and-wife songwriting duo of Jamie Rowen and Hannah Lomas based in Wilmington, North Carolina. The pair performs a bouquet of indie sounds punctuated by rich vocal harmonies, catchy guitar riffs, and well crafted melodies all woven together by their folk beginnings and new pop sensibilities. They released their debut EP “Passenger” in the summer of 2018.

When the couple is not writing or performing as Stray Local they are running the roads and trails along their tour route, competing in 5ks through marathons and even obstacle course races. In March 2019, they launched the Stray Local "Run Wild" campaign inspiring healthy living and an active lifestyle partnering with local run clubs throughout the country and rolling out their Run Wild activewear line. 

$7 Cover

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Big House Band
Jan
26
4:00 PM16:00

Big House Band

Come listen to the Big House Band live, and you're sure to stay and dance! Enjoy the rockin vocals and guitar of Michael and Bif, all built on the strong beat from Bruce on the base, and Ernie on the drums!

Doors open at 3pm, $7 cash only cover.

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"Shakey"- Solo Neil Young Tribute Show
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

"Shakey"- Solo Neil Young Tribute Show

He has been called the “Rich Little of Classic Rock” and a “Channeler of Rock Voices Past & Present”. New Jersey Americana performer Briz has crafted a career from his remarkable voice impersonations of Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, James Taylor, and countless others, but none so convincing or amazingly real as his Neil Young impersonation.

Briz is now performing his Neil Young tribute show, “Shakey” at theaters and listening venues around the country. “Shakey” can be performed as a one man acoustic show or with full band. Songs include Cowgirl in the Sand, The Loner, Needle and the Damage Done, Ohio, Heart of Gold, and many, many more. In addition to the music, Briz includes narratives about the songs and a "Journey Through the Past" of Neil's amazing career. And of course there will be plenty of flannel.

Briz has been the most consistent presence on the New Jersey music scene for the past 10 years, performing more than 200 shows a year at listening venues, bars, clubs, schools, house concerts, libraries, etc. Don’t miss out on a chance to host this amazing evening of music at your venue.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash only cover.

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Burnin' Bridges Band
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Burnin' Bridges Band

The Burnin' Bridges Band is a four piece instrumental band based out of Wilmington, NC. The members are Vince Bove on Bass, Bill Kerr on Guitar, Jake O'Handley on drums and Dave Maffris on keys. They play a mixture of original compositions and cover tunes covering many different genres including Latin, Funk, Contemporary Jazz, Fusion and Rock.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash only cover.

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The Kennedys
Feb
16
4:00 PM16:00

The Kennedys

In a career that now spans two decades, New York duo Maura and Pete Kennedy have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. The duo co-produced Nanci’s latest CD, and are currently touring the US and the British Isles with the Texas songstress. Alan Harrison of Made in Newcastle said "Opening act, the Kennedys, had a nice line in Country-folk with a quaintly English edge to it and songs like When I go and The Midnight Ghost, won them plenty of new fans, as was witnessed by the long queue buying up their CD’s at the intermission."

On their new release, Closer Than You Know, out on August 21, 2012 via Burnside Distribution, The Kennedys strike out into new territory, this time inspired by a sojourn in Paris, where they immersed themselves in the turn of another century, the time when Debussy and Ravel were inventing the sonic palette of modern music. No strangers to reinvention, Pete and Maura came up with a cappuccino-fueled concept at a small café in Montmartre: music inspired by the Impressionist composers, married to the rock and pop sounds for which the duo have long been known. In the spirit of Paris-trained composer Burt Bacharach and his lyricist partner Hal David, Pete took on the task of creating musical landscapes that would cushion Maura’s lyrics and bell-like harmonies. The songs have a quality, inherent in Maura’s voice, that is both soothing and urgent. As writers and producers, the Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today’s burnished sheen. Always tuned to their own muse, Pete and Maura have once again come up with a unique sound that is as uplifting as it is unclassifiable.

Doors open at 3pm, tickets to be sold in advance - $25

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Rod Abernethy
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Rod Abernethy

Rod Abernethy’s double album “The Man I’m Supposed To Be” reached No.9 in June 2018 and No.35 for the year 2018 on Folk Alliance International’s Folk DJ chart. He is an authentic southern folk troubadour, master acoustic guitarist and award-winning soundtrack composer for film, TV and video games.

Rod has returned to his early roots writing both songs and instrumentals that harken back to his early folk artist days with new songs that revolve around family, friends and places across his home state of North Carolina. Rod’s guitar instrumentals evoke styles of his favorite guitar players like Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges and Tommy Emmanuel. Rod collaborated on “The Man I’m Supposed To Be” with legendary producer Don Dixon (REM, Marti Jones, The Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw) recording the basic tracks at Buddha View Studios in Charlotte, NC. All tracks were mixed by Rod at 1101 Studios in Raleigh, NC and produced by Rod, Dixon and Kari Estrin. Star performances include John Teer of Chatham County Line on mandolin, Joe Newberry on banjo, Caitlin Cary and Susan Cattaneo providing background vocals, and Pattie Kinlaw Hopkins of Hank, Pattie and The Current on filddle.

Rod has been a major force in the North Carolina music scene for decades, having played in North Carolina 80’s bands Arrogance and Glass Moon and recorded albums for major labels Warner Bros, MCA and Elektra Records. As a composer, he has scored and produced music for over 80 video games including the Electronic Art's blockbuster hit "Dead Space" which won a BAFTA Award in 2009 for Best Original Score and Tolkien's "The Hobbit" for Vivendi Universal and won Video Game Soundtrack Of The Year in 2003. Rod is also an adjunct professor of music composition at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, NC.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash only cover.

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Michael Daughtry and the Drift
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Michael Daughtry and the Drift

Michael Daughtry is a singer/songwriter from North Carolina. He graduated from Berklee College of Music where he received a performer/songwriter award for infectious song crafting. He gigged at the Charles Playhouse following several Blue Man Group performances in Boston. His current songs reflect the trials and joys of life. He has recently received recognition from artists such as John Ford Coley, Derek Trucks, Rosanne Barr, Luenell, Guy Torry, Jocko Sims, Bleu, and Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash cover.

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Brown Dirt Cowboys
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Brown Dirt Cowboys

Based out of Wilmington, NC, the Brown Dirt Cowboys cover Elton John, Ben Folds Five, Bruce Hornsby, Stevie Wonder, UB40, The Cure, and many more!

Joel Lamb - Piano, Vocals
Riley Kearns - Bass, Vocals
Derron Blackman - Drums, Vocals

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash cover.

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The Lark and the Loon
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

The Lark and the Loon

The Lark and the Loon are a songwriting duo consisting of husband/wife team Jeff Rolfzen and Rocky Steen-Rolfzen. Named after the state bird from which they were born the two bring their distinct writing styles together in what they call an exploration in the etymology of American music. They take inspiration from prewar blues and jazz, Irish dance music, Sea shanties, and dustbowl folk songs. Their debut album "Songbirds and Fog"  was recorded in their cabin home in the Ozarks after a period of heavy isolation and was met with fast critical acclaim. Their follow up album “Homestead Hands” contains songs focused on the American West and themes of rural life. As said by Netherlands based reviewer The Next Gig: “The Lark and The Loon, takes you to past times, but also paints a picture of modern-day America viewed from a farm in Arkansas.” The album received praise for its thematic elements, and garnered radio play across America and several other countries around the world.

Heralded for their harmonies, duets, and musicianship the two have enjoyed touring extensively both in the United States and abroad. When not on the road they enjoy the comfort of their Ozark home where they garden in the rocky soil, hike the scenic hills, and soak in the tranquility before their next venture.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash cover.

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Bryan Toney
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Bryan Toney

Bryan Toney is taking folk rock to the edge as a North Carolina alternative singer songwriter whose voice echoes soft and sweet with strong, hard-driving guitar toe-tapping riffs and intensely personal original lyrics, loaded with vibrant imagery that moves you – body, mind and soul. His music has been compared to Bread, Elvis Costello, America, The Zombies, Squeeze, R.E.M., Harry Nilsson, Belle and Sebastian, Wilco and Ryan Adams among many others and resonates with everyone from millennials to baby boomers. Bryan has performed in listening rooms, breweries, coffee shops and other venues across the US from his home state of North Carolina to South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, Colorado, and Utah.

Doors open at 6pm, $5 cash cover.

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Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards
Oct
27
4:00 PM16:00

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards

Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition. Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States since 2010.Transcending the genre of folk Americana, their music echoes inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer/songwriters like Ian & Sylvia, Kate Wolf and Neil Young - combining beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of their own.


Their new CD, Grain by Grain, demonstrates an ever progressive richness in songwriting and performance. From the opening title song through its closing track—“Across the Morning”—it is an exemplar of what modern Americana can and should be. -Nick Noble, host of THE FOLK REVIVAL on WICN (Worcester Public Radio)

Doors open at 3pm, $7 cash cover.

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Don Scott Blues
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Don Scott Blues

Don Scott, singer, songwriter, guitarist, rack harmonica and all-around seasoned blues man has been performing for nearly 50 years throughout the US, the UK, Europe, Asia and Mexico. A Minnesota native and disabled Vietnam vet, Scott started the legendary Dust Bowl Blues Band in 1970 and never looked back. Over the years he's shared the stage with Lazy Bill Lucas, Mighty Joe Young, The Legendary Blues Band, James Harmon and William Clark to name a few. His musical influences include Sonny Terry, Brownie McGee, T-Bone Walker, Count Basie, Big Bill Broonzy, Etta Baker and Blind Blake. Whether in a full band, solo, and now duo with Licciardi on percussion, Scott never disappoints. He has 8 CDs to his credit and a Minnesota music award for best blues recording in 1997 plus an IBC nomination in Memphis for winning the best Blues recording for the Minnesota Blues Society in 2013.

Doors open at 6pm, $5 cash cover.

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Cajammers
Oct
20
4:00 PM16:00

Cajammers

Cajammers is a North Carolina band that has been playing a highly danceable mix of Cajun, Zydeco, and swamp pop since 2012. This energetic group will keep your toes tapping from beginning to end with Louisiana-inspired tunes, Cajun-French ballads, the Blues, as well as a mix of lovely waltzes!

Regular performers at Monkey Bottom, the band has been featured at The Pit for Mardi Gras and played local events and venues like The Blue Note Grill, The Kraken, Nightlight, Cat’s Cradle Backroom, Mac’s Tavern, The Bullpen, Meadowmont Music Series, Cocoa Cinnamon, and The Bottle Shop.

Members: Heather Henry (fiddle), Dianne Freund (fiddle), Christine Westfall (fiddle), Cathy Pratt Davis (Cajun accordion), Tony Matthews (bass), Joe Galas (keyboard & piano accordion), Elvis Latiolais (guitar), and Ana Mitchell (percussion).

Doors open at 3pm, special cajun dance session at 3:30pm, $7 cash cover.

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Jon Shain
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Jon Shain

Jon Shain is a veteran singer-songwriter who’s been turning heads for years with his words, his fiery acoustic guitar work, and his evolved musical style – combining improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime. Shain’s most recent solo disc, Gettin’ Handy with the Blues: A Tribute to the Legacy of WC Handy, was released in January, 2018. Shain’s newest release is the  gorgeous roots album, Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday Soon,  recorded along with long-time collaborator FJ Ventre.

Jon grew up in Haverhill, Massachusetts, a Merrimack River mill-town that had already seen its better days by the time he was a child in the 1970s. His family’s business was a small textile dyeing company, and he worked in the factory during the summers throughout his teens. At the same time, Shain began to discover his love of American roots music and songwriting, specifically drawn to the narratives about regular people and themes of social justice.

Shain headed south to North Carolina in 1986, to study American History at Duke University and to continue his musical journey, as well. In addition to studying with jazz professor Paul Jeffrey, he also had the good fortune to learn the piedmont blues tradition firsthand by playing in Big Boy Henry’s backing band. It was at this time that Shain also got to meet and play with John Dee Holeman and a number of the great older NC blues players. Shain’s classes in school were heavily concentrated in southern history, English, and world religions. That mixture of the academic environment and the real-world blues music is what has most informed his musical direction.

Shain cut his touring teeth from 1989-1998 founding the Chapel Hill, NC folk-rock group, Flyin’ Mice and their spin-off group, WAKE. The band performed with acts such as David Grisman, Tony Rice Unit, Hot Tuna, and the Dixie Dregs, released four CDs, and played clubs, schools, and festivals up and down the East Coast, building a legion of fans.

After his band’s breakup, Shain went solo, returning to his roots in the folk and blues circuit. In addition to the album with Joe Newberry and a live album with Jon Shain Trio, Jon has released eight studio albums, working with studio luminaries such as Dave Mattacks, Tom Dube, and Chris Stamey, along the way. As a guest artist, Jon has recorded with Jim Avett, Greg Humphreys, Dana Kletter, and many others and his instrumental music has been placed in several documentary films and commercials, as well as on shows on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

The last few years have seen Shain headlining listening rooms on the East Coast, in the Midwest, and in Europe, as well as opening shows for John Hiatt, Keb’ Mo’, Little Feat, and others. When Shain is not recording, producing other artists, or performing, he stays busy giving private instruction in Piedmont blues fingerstyle guitar, and teaching group workshops in songwriting and blues guitar.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash cover.

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James Davy
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

James Davy

In the summer of 2018, songwriter James Davy left his home in Raleigh, North Carolina searching for something more — what for — he still isn’t exactly sure. James traveled through the plains of Oklahoma, up the Pacific coast, and eventually into the dense woods of the Northwest. As he traversed new landscape - of both country and mind – he was searching for “it” while feeling — lost, then found, then lost again.

After months on the road, James realized a personal truth: maybe the answer is not something you simply find, but perhaps something that finds you... like a song perhaps finds the writer. In his song, Personal Archelogy, James tells the story of finding shards of pottery that leads to an awakening “over time, piece by piece, slowly revealing the whole…like broken shards and punctured tires.” In another song, Diner Dawn, James’ lyrics haunt; “In a cloud, a lover’s eye, the golden glow of a diner dawn… the universe in a coffee cup, answers appear in a cream swirl… along a pawn dogs yarn.” Tales unravel, and leave you wanting more of “it”.

Armed with these new songs, stories, and a road-worn heart, James returned to the American South, stopping in Nashville, TN, where he decided to stay. Finding refuge in an old guitar player’s attic, James is currently writing and performing songs in prep for his solo debut.

James also fronts the North Carolina based Brothers Egg.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash only cover.

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The Wolfe Gang
Oct
13
4:00 PM16:00

The Wolfe Gang

MICHAEL WOLFE grew up in a family of professional artists listening to classical music on records, (yes, vinyl!) and hearing folk songs sung by his father, who was a gifted singer as well as as a painter. In high school he started listening to jazz, mainly Monk, Mingus, and Brubeck. In college he was introduced to blues by a friend. After learning guitar, he listened to all kinds of music but was consistently attracted to blues, R&B, soul, rock, reggae, jazz, swing, funk, zydeco, together with a sprinkling of country, bluegrass, and old-time music. He agrees with Duke Ellington: "If it sounds good, it IS good." (He doesn't think rap, metal, punk, or disco SOUND good!) Michael started playing in bands in the funky bars, nightclubs, roadhouses, and juke joints of South Louisiana, and the bayou feel has remained in his music.

Band Members: GENO CARMEN is a veteran drummer from Wilmington who has played with many different musicians in the area. He is a powerful, dynamic master drummer and rock solid timekeeper who has a comprehensive feel for music because he also plays guitar and keyboards. Geno and... ROB HARRINGTON, our bass player, have known each other since the fifth grade, and have played music together for practically that long, so it has long since become second nature for them to lock in on a groove! JON TUCKER, our golden-haired saxophone player, from Lexington, NC, is the youngest member of the group, but he has musical knowledge far beyond his age. He is a gifted natural talent whose jazz training adds a completely different dimension to the group's sound.

Doors open at 3pm, $7 cash cover.

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Port City Trio
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Port City Trio

Based in Wilmington, NC, the Port City Trio has been pleasing audiences for years. Featuring standards from The Great American Songbook, a little blues and strong originals. Members include former Ted’s owners Julia Walker Jewell and Kelly Jewell with Mr. Woody Dobson and Wilson Godwin.

Doors open at 6pm, $5 cash cover.

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Michael Tracy
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Michael Tracy

Michael Tracy combines straightforward American Rock and Roll with poignant lyrical themes, reminiscent of Rock Singer/Songwriters like Tom Petty & Bob Seger but with a modern edge that hints of The Killers.  He has released three studio albums, and together with his band has been invited to be supporting act for rock heavy weights like twice opening for Bon Jovi (garnering him a featured article in Billboard Magazine), Poison, George Thorogood, Styx, Foreigner, Don Felder, Jefferson Starship, Dokken, Marshall Tucker Band, & Foghat.  Michael has also has received many local and regional awards including: Best Of Charlotte (Best Songwriter), Queen City Award winner for Best Rock Artist, and multiple Carolina Music Award nominations for Best Rock Artist.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash cover.

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XcentriX
Oct
6
4:00 PM16:00

XcentriX

XcentriX - Four accomplished musicians making great music together and bringing back memories of some of the best times of your life! Dave Douse, Glad Douse, Jim Brim and John Comer all want you to smile, tap your toes, sing along, and dance while enjoying their skillful presentation of exceptional tunes.

Doors open at 3pm, $7 cash cover.

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Travis Shallow & Bob Russell
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Travis Shallow & Bob Russell

Travis Shallow is an American singer/songwriter based out of Wilmington, NC that's a blend of 'Americana', 'Soul' & 'Rock & Roll'. He is best known for his prolific solo career, and as a former member of alternative country band A Few Good Liars, with whom he recorded one studio album in 2011 titled, Battered Wooden Body.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash cover.

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Bev and Dave Gude
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Bev and Dave Gude

From the beginning of their musical partnership, Bev & Dave were drawn to the sounds of the great acoustic guitarists. They’d sit, listen, learn, explore and try to re-create the magic they heard. They also discovered a mutual love for British folk rock, traditional American folk songs, fun and beautiful Celtic tunes and the oh-so-many fabulous songs from their current favorite singer-songwriters. So that’s what you’ll hear when you come to a Bev & Dave gig: fun takes of their favorite Transatlantic folk, their re-imagined covers of fabulous classic and current songs, and their well-crafted originals too. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve worked hard and developed awesome duet guitar stylings that sweep these songs along. Genre-hopping great songs, great guitar, great fun. That’s what they’re all about.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash cover.

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End Of The Line
Sep
29
4:00 PM16:00

End Of The Line

End of the Line is an acoustic band that incorporates Bluegrass, Country and Americana into their act.

Sean Gould- Vocals, Mandolin, Guitar
John Fonvielle - Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin
Perry Hewlett -Vocals, Dobro & Banjo
Roger Cook- Upright bass, Vocals

Doors open at 3pm, $7 cash cover.

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Jared Michael Cline
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Jared Michael Cline

Driven by a passion for music and performance, Jared Michael Cline always delivers, and when he does, it usually involves a simple, yet honest, performance. As an active performer, musician, and songwriter in Wilmington, NC, Jared Michael Cline aims to connect with his audiences on a level that digs deep below the surface of each and every person in attendance. Citing his influences as "life, love, and pain", he has no problem using his pen to address thoughts and feelings that are essentially taboo, or plainly, unspoken.

In 2012 he moved to Wilmington, NC to pursue schooling, having fallen in love with the local art and music scene. Since being in Wilmington, he has worked to become a better songwriter and performer, as well as a vocalist,, and has slowly matured and continues to carve his way as an active member of Wilmington's music community. Continually growing and developing, Jared Michael Cline shows immense promise as an artist and songwriter, and will certainly be one to touch even the hardest of hearts through his music.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash cover.

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Jeremy Matthews
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Jeremy Matthews

Born and raised in Wilmington, N.C. singer-songwriter Jeremy Mathews has been performing since an early age. Influenced in his youth by his parents’ records such as American Graffiti, Grease, John Denver, The Beach Boys, and the Beatles his musical influences have continued to grow. When he was a teenager he played guitar and bass in many area bands. As a music teacher he is influenced by music from nearly every genre. Now he teaches by day and plays at night. Jeremy performs originals and a wide range of covers from artists like the Beatles, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, John Denver, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, and Taylor Swift. He plays acoustic guitar with experience, sings with soul and often performs with a harmonica and/or ukulele.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash cover.

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Steal Willin'
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Steal Willin'

Nourished by deep roots in the expansive canon of traditional American music, Steal Willin’ embodies the modern American condition – an understanding and reverence for the past that informs a push into the future. Paul Kunath (guitar, vocals) Paul Slovik (mandolin, vocals), Davis Canady Jr. (bass, vocals) and Jeff Hunnicutt (percussion/cajon) bring together their own musical styles to create a sound greater than the sum of its parts. They are original and unpredictable, fusing elements of blue/newgrass, country, and folk with a healthy dose of the Grateful Dead universe mixed in for good measure. The music is timeless. The music they have adapted to their unique style will take you on a musical journey, combining soulful instrumental passages with soaring four-part harmonies. Their growing repertoire of songs showcase not only their considerable talents, but a dedication to meaningful roots-conscious American music.

Doors open at 6pm, $7 cash cover.

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Port City Trio
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Port City Trio

Hurricane Dorian, you can’t keep the Port City Trio away for long! Based in Wilmington, NC, the Port City Trio has been pleasing audiences for years. Featuring standards from The Great American Songbook, a little blues and strong originals. Members include previous Ted’s owners Julia Walker Jewell and Kelly Jewell with Mr. Woody Dobson.

Doors open at 6pm, $5 cash cover.

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Grand Re-Opening Weekend with L Shape Duo
Sep
8
4:00 PM16:00

Grand Re-Opening Weekend with L Shape Duo

Wrapping up our Grand Re-Opening Weekend, we have local heroes Eric Miller and Alex Lanier from L Shape Lot! This duo mixes a healthy amount of musical chops, honest, and creative songwriting, powerful stage presence and well sung two-part harmonies. L Shape Duo creates an original and dynamic Americana sound based in country, rock, bluegrass, and roots/folk music. Their lively sound explores new ground, while still paying homage to their predecessors.

So what can you expect at a live L Shape Duo performance? Expect to hear music ranging from solid originals to classic country, to traditional bluegrass, to unique blends of all genres. Expect to dance even if you aren’t good at it. Expect knowledge of and respect for multiple musical genres and a passion for weaving them together.

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Grand Re-Opening Weekend with Jackson Emmer
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Grand Re-Opening Weekend with Jackson Emmer

He can’t help it. Songs keep Jackson Emmer up at night. Born with an unrelenting creative spark, Emmer has quietly built his reputation as a songwriter’s songwriter on the outskirts of country music. His work blends humor with heartache, and tradition with exploration. Emmer’s whiskey-smooth, conversational singing style is as distinct as his writing. He often croons at a whisper, drawing listeners in with his relaxed, understated delivery. Lately, Emmer has drawn critical acclaim for his 2018, sophomore album, “Jukebox.”

While honing his gentle, country sound on the backroads of America, Emmer moved around the US for almost a decade. Colorado, North Carolina, and Vermont were his main anchor points. He began performing in local blues bands at the age of 18. Too young to be admitted through the front door of a bar, Emmer often had to sneak in through the kitchen to play. A few years later, he found work in string bands and bar bands before focusing on the craft of songwriting. Never one to shy away from a side-hustle, Emmer has worked nearly 40 jobs to support his “music habit.” Grocery shelver, limo driver, waiter, museum attendant, and produce farmer- the list goes on. This varied background has become a key ingredient in Emmer’s writing.

Jackson Emmer is often compared to artists like John Prine, Guy Clark, and Roger Miller. In 2018 he won awards for his songwriting at the Telluride Troubadour Contest (Telluride, CO), Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase (Lyons, CO), and Songwriter Serenade (Moravia, TX). He has opened for or co-billed with: Leon Bridges, Della Mae, John Oates, and The Wood Brothers, to name a few.

Emmer tours the US regularly, performing approximately 100 shows each year- most of which are house concerts. However, he has appeared at several historic venues and festivals, including: Telluride Bluegrass Festival, House of Blues (Houston, TX), Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), The Iron Horse (Northampton, MA), and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (Lyons, CO). Emmer lives in Carbondale, Colorado.

$7 Cover

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Grand Re-Opening Weekend with The Jillettes
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Grand Re-Opening Weekend with The Jillettes

For the first night of the Live At Ted’s Grand Re-Opening weekend, we have a Ted’s staple! Come join us on Friday, September 6th for The Jillettes! Their play list is heavy on the 60’s and 70’s pop tunes that have a melody that will stick in your head all day. Remember when? The first beat will take you back to your happy place.

$5 Cover

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