Exploring Washington’s live music scene

Published 7:46 pm Wednesday, July 11, 2018

For the intrepid audiophile looking for good tunes and live music, one needn’t look too far. From shows at the Turnage Theatre to late-night rocking at the Market Street Pub, there are a number of venues for music lovers to get their fix.

While several local restaurants and venues offer live music on the weekends, two groups make it their business to spread appreciation of music. Both meeting at the Turnage Theatre, the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association and Rock the Pamlico hold regular jam sessions throughout the year. While Rock the Pamlico meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, BCTMA meets regularly on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.

In terms of local music venues, for many, Backwater Jack’s Pebble Beach is the place to be after a long day at work or on the water. With open mic night each Thursday and bands on Fridays and Saturdays, the waterfront bar and restaurant keeps the tunes going.

Adding to the live music offerings downtown, Ribeyes hosts musicians on Fridays and Saturdays. The Wine Crate, likewise, has been bringing in musical acts throughout the summer on Saturday evenings.

For the late-night crowd, Market Street Pub offers a regular lineup of acts on Fridays and Saturdays, ranging from classic rock ‘n’ roll to country and everything in between.

Outside of Washington, Beaufort County residents can enjoy live music at locations in Bath and Belhaven. In Bath, the sounds of live music can be heard from Blackbeard’s Slices and Ices on Fridays or Saturdays.

In Belhaven, a group of musicians gathers for a music jam at the Belhaven Main Street Landing every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Anyone who wants to sing, play or listen is welcome to attend.