Hard hitting performers at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, four Marine veteran, songwriters will be sharing their songs and the stories behind them at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern. It is open to the public with free admission, 18 years-old and up. This is an awesome opportunity to see some amazing, established and rising talent .

A big part of this night is the back story of the key players.

Nick Nichols is a retired Marine veteran of 25 years. After retiring Nick became the owner of Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern. Nick has become one of the most prominent facilitators of the music scene in Eastern, NC. Although, music is a major part of what Nick searches out on his weekend rides through the area, Nick has established a community of artist, venue owners, fans of life, and people looking for a guaranteed great time. Nick is far more than just a promoter. He has given back to the area that he calls home, organizing multiple events throughout the years benefiting the people, the area, and the life of Coastal Carolina. Nick has gathered four songwriters who have been connected via military service.

Nick Nichols

Mike Corrado, an active duty Marine and Iraq veteran has been a well known name in Eastern, NC for quite a while. From the heights of national radio airplay to performing with Toby Kieth at the Country Music Awards, Mike continues to perform, amaze and support the local area, performing recently for support efforts from Hurricane Florence. Mike has released several albums, videos, all to which have received national attention.

Mike Corrado

Anderson Elswick, an active duty Marine and veteran of Freedom Sentinel, is a fast rising voice in country music. With a traditional, soulful sound, and a social media presence that has garnered over 150 thousand views, Anderson has earned the opportunities to open for David Allan Coe and Shenandoah, as well as playing in the famous Talladega Raceway infield. A Kentucky man raised with a sense of community, Anderson has recently performed locally in support of Hurricane Florence relief efforts. Anderson has just released an acoustic EP, The Big Rock Sessions.

Anderson Elswick

JP Guhns is an active duty Marine and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan . Although in the first year of attacking a life long dream, JP has worked his way to being a finalist in the 2017 USAA Mission: Music competition, opening for Pat Cooper, and sharing his original music in cities like New Orleans and Nashville. JP performed at this years Oktoberfest and continues to play locally with his band. JP is set to release his first EP, in the spring of 2019, through Grunt Tunes Records.

JP Guhns

Matt Bowlin, is a Marine veteran and one of Eastern Carolina’s own. Known throughout the area for his music, his art, and his bigger then life personality, what can’t be left out is his support for the local scene and community. Matt has committed his life to sharing with people a positive energy through acting, writing and performing . A former TV actor , Matt can be found at any moment fundraising for a local school, picking a tune for a friendly crowd , or infusing a vibe into a piece of art. Matt has released several songs on all social media platforms.

Matt Bowlin

Sometimes things just fall in place, and the opportunity to see four gifted songwriters, with a mile long list of life moments, perform under one roof, is one of those times you shouldn’t miss.

Contributing credits: JP Guhns

This week in Onslow.

Moving to Onslow County can be quite the shift for many people and families, especially military affiliated. Depending on where you’re from or previously stationed at, you might have been surrounded by a plethora of activities, amusement parks within a 100 mile radius, a mall with more than 60 retailers listed including the booth vendors, and maybe a good selection of night life options beyond a bar and a live band or DJ.

So, I am putting together a little compilation of the events coming up in Jacksonville, NC or surrounding areas.

I’m undecided on doing this weekly, biweekly or monthly. But we shall see, I have to check my schedules and merge to one.

Anyhow, let’s start the explorer mode! Will update through the week as more events, activities are discovered. So be sure to check back in. Also, if you know an event not listed, send it in an email, will gladly add it to the list.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6:30pm-8pm Topsail Night Run Great way to be active and social. Enjoy!

Community Children’s Carnival: 3rd annual Community Children’s Carnival by the Guardian Ad Litem program. Friday, April 20th 6p-9p. 421 Court Street, Jacksonville NC. Riverwalk Park is event location. Vendors, food, games, live entertainment.

Duck’s Piano Dual battle of the keys! Best customer participation wins a $75 gift card.

Thursday Trivia at Doc’s Trivia night’s at Doc’s in Holly Ridge.

Earth Day Hike at Hammocks Beach Swansboro, NC. Binoculars suggested because the park has a limited supply. 1pm-2pm.

Spring Fling Onslow County Farmers Market. April 21, 2018, 8:30a-1:30p. Kid friendly, Family oriented, food, fun, and crafts.

Eastern Carolina Lantern Festival April 21, 2018 3pm-6pm, Carteret County Speedway 501 Whitehouse Fork Road, Swansboro, NC. Tethered lanterns lit up in Community togetherness in memory of loved ones lost to disease, those fighting addictions or illness, honoring one you love going through hard times. There’s a fundraiser for “Bridge the Gap” that is to help with children with disabilities, there’ll be food, therapeutic dance, face painting, music, entertainment and lots of love.

Mother Earth River Paddle Kinston, NC 10am-3pm Guided tour with the brewery down the river exploring history and education in an Earth Day celebration.

Save a Life. Emerald isle CPR. April 21, 2018 9am-1pm

Earth Day Conservationist Event April 21, 2018 FREE event and open to the public.

Arrrgh Maties! Pirate Festival in Swansboro. April 21, 2018 10am-3pm in Swansboro Historic District.

Barrel Racing at Valentine’s Farms, Dunn, NC watch or ride. Details on the link.