8 Weeks of great music on the beautiful downtown Elizabeth City waterfront
Music on the Green at Mariners Wharf Park began twelve years ago as a way to encourage locals and visitors to enjoy the beautiful waterfront of Downtown Elizabeth City and its independent businesses while promoting the growing local music scene. Each year, the festival gets bigger and better! We had to take 2020 off due to COVID, but the 2021 season will return to its usual amazingness!
Beginning August 3rd and continuing for eight consecutive Tuesday evenings through September 21st (or September 28 if we have a rain date), local and regional bands will perform at Mariners’ Wharf Park (106 S. Water Street, across from Cypress Creek Grill) from 6:00 until 8:00 pm. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, sit back and enjoy the music. Each week the spotlight is on a different artist, a different genre of music. We have some new and exciting performers this year!
There will be food and drinks available on site at Music on the Green for your pleasure and purchase (provided by American Legion post 84), but we also encourage you to visit our downtown restaurants, bars, pubs and businesses prior to and after the concerts.
It is only because of the overwhelming generosity of sponsors that this event will happen. THANK YOU! We encourage everyone to visit their businesses and help support them for supporting this wonderful event.
August 3 Bobby Plough & Friends
Bobby Plough is a naturally talented singer, songwriter and musician living in eastern North Carolina, whose experiences from around the world and from his own backyard provide the material for his music. His goal is to share his heritage and his life through his songs and performances, and he does just that. At first glimpse, he is a simple man. But his songs prove otherwise.
Raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, his early influences included masters of Texas country sound Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Shake Russell, Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle. North Carolina legends Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, and James Taylor also had a major impact on his writing and performance style.
He writes and performs more and more originals these days. Even when he does play a cover or two, he puts his own style to it, so it often takes a minute for folks to recognize that he’s performing a cover. His songs are shaped by faith, family, the outdoors, surfing, the ocean, horses, country living, and, of course, the people he meets. Even with all that, his style has a consistency. The people who love his music are the ones who like to hear a story in a song.
If you ask what genre of music Bobby Plough plays, don’t expect a simple answer from this simple man. It’s best described as: Acoustic story-telling music; a little country, but then again not; with a dash of both Latin America and Americana, all wrapped up with an original Bobby Plough twist.Website: www.bobbyplough.com; www.myspace.com/bobbyplough 252-339-2449
August 10 The Band Ryder
The Band Ryder is a Funk, rock, reggae musical ensemble with over 20 years of experience performing in northeastern NC, particularly the Outer Banks, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Island. They have opened for international recording artist The Manhattans. The band has an extensive original collection of songs from its OBX CD, as well as covers by artists such as Bob Marley and Santana. Band members are: CC Dozier, guitar, vocals, percussions, DaQuan Fagens, drums; Dalan Mouring, bass & vocals; Contact them at 252-333-9532.
August 17 Greyside
Greyside is an acoustic rock band from Elizabeth City. They are currently recording their debut album to be released by the end of the year. Brian Krites, vocals and acoustic guitar; Brandyn Napolitano, electric guitar; Curdaius Swain, drums. 252-339-1106
August 24 Joel Taylor Live w/ Band
Originating in North Carolina, Joel Taylor and his band is a band of musicians, songwriters and audio engineers bringing urban lyricism and poetry into a unique blend of hip-hop, jazz, rock, reggae and various music genres of today, yesterday and tomorrow. 252-312-5831
August 31 PBNJ
PBNJ is a good time rock band playing many different styles of music ranging from Motown to rock, and reggae to pop. The members consist of local musicians Paul Langwell, Brandon Dail, Nick Simmons and Josh Quidley. Come check out PBNJ and help them spread the love! Nick Simmons (252-455-5013)
September 7 Jazz by Connected
A popular and professional-level jazz sextet with smooth vocals. Connected has been performing in the Albemarle Area now for over ten years. The group features trumpet, piano, drums, saxophone, bass, vocals, and guitar. Connected has performed in a variety of places. We specialize in providing classy jazz entertainment, playing music that ranges from the "New Orleans" sound to more of the contemporary sounds of today! Ellard Forrester 252-339-7972
September 14 Amelia's Mechanics
Amelia’s Mechanics is an all-female, American rock band whose instrumentation and vocal harmonies traverse classical, country, and jazz genres resulting in a sound best described as vintage country with a moonshine concerto. The band, whose name, album title, and lyrics are inspired by the accomplishments of early aviatrix and aviators, explorers and pioneers, writes and sings about the mechanics underlying life’s triumphs and tragedies. Amelia's Mechanics debut album, "North, South" was released Feb 2010 and was produced by Jim Avett. 252-340-9044
September 21 Into the Fog
. Into The Fog is a genre-jumping string band located in Raleigh, North Carolina. With its members having various backgrounds ranging from bluegrass, country, rock, to funk, Into The Fog creates a musical melting pot of sounds in an acoustic/newgrass setting. The band is made up of Brian Stephenson on Vocals and Guitar, Winston Mitchell on Vocals, Mandolin and Dobro, Derek Lane on Vocals and Bass, and Michael Malek on Banjo. 919-880-4776
“The trio crafts a dynamic mix of songs and sounds, from the gypsy feel of “Caawphonation” to the running-from-Johnny-Law feel of instrumental “Cedar Island Rendezvous.”- Brian Tucker (Star News)
“While purists might label their sound as Newgrass, those in attendance respond to the gospel they are preaching and seem perfectly content with the foggy genre, since the sound is so clear”- Donna Davis (The Daily Reflector)