Music, Magic, and MUMFEST 2012!

MUMFESTERS travel from far and wide; faithfully returning to New Bern every October knowing they will be treated to two days of non-stop entertainment, great shopping, delicious food and fun! Music is a big part of MUMFEST and this year is a musical extravaganza. Go to for a complete schedule of all the entertainment and to see a detailed map.

The downtown stage next to the Galley Store will be hopping and bopping all weekend long with several different bands playing everyone’s favorite songs. The following bands will be performing during MUMFEST on the downtown stage.

3 Day Weekend delivers all the best in classic and southern rock as performed by bands such as The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skinner, Thin Lizzy, The Doors, The Cars and Pink Floyd. 3 Day Weekend brings the magic of the classic and southern rock era back to the stage.

The Shake Doctors are one of the premier party bands in the Carolinas with musical roots reaching back to their high school days. The five member band, led by front man Clay Kirschner, has a play list that includes hits from  Billy Idol to Chairman of the Board and just about everything in between.

Tee Jay Jones and the Pamlico Sound Machine strolled onto the Carolina beach/boogies/blues music scene in 2009 with their Do Me Good CD. They are equipped with a broad repertoire that covers music from Soul to Beach to Jazz. “It’s all about the spirit in which the music is performed… no matter what genre label it carries… we are not the kind of soul band most people think of…we’re not confined to what is often called “Black Music”…we reach into the heart of each piece of music and bring out its SOUL!” says Tee Jay Jones.

Tom & Dahlin’ have been entertaining audiences for years. Tom’s musical career began as the lead singer for the Rock N Roll band, “Vision.”  His “Darlin” wife, Joan, began singing in church choirs and later went on to be a back-up singer and soloist for several bands.  They perform regularly at a local restaurant, at weddings, parties and special events.

The Achordants formed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 with a mission to entertain and promote their message of diversity through music. Using tight harmonies and a lighthearted appeal of the group’s diverse repertoire, ranging from gospel to Scottish folk songs, is a reflection of the group members’ individuality. In 2005 they became the South Regional Champions at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, securing them a spot on the stage at NYC’s Lincoln Center. The group holds a rich tradition of advocating charitable causes and believes the key to Collegiate A Cappella is to have fun and not take oneself too seriously!

Pauline Smith and Don Blalock will be singing a mixture of classic country music made famous by such legends as Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and of course Johnny & June Cash.  Don met Pauline five years ago and they now perform all over the state. Pauline Smith has been singing professionally since 1994.

On Saturday be sure to check out the Broad Street Dance Arena, where some very talented local dancers will be hopping and bopping with their version of Dancing with the Stars. Be sure to check the Schedule of Events at to see when the different dance studios are performing.

On Sunday, The NC Songwriters Co-op (NCSC) will be performing at the Broad Street Dance Arena location from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Songwriters and would be songwriters may apply for the opportunity to perform by sending a recording and web site link to with a brief bio and their contact information. Selected performers will be notified by September 24.  Applicants who wish to join NCSC will be eligible to enter the NCSC Annual Songwriters’ Contest. For more info:

On Saturday night, Mumfesters will stroll across the Trent River Bridge to enjoy a magical evening under the stars at the 2nd annual YPG RIVER JAM CONCERT from 5:00 p.m. ‘till 11:00 p.m. The concert takes place on the lawn (take a blanket and chairs) behind the BridgePointe Hotel and Marina.  Billy Holton and the Soul Shakers and The Band of Oz will get the party going before The Switch takes the stage to rock out the rest of the evening. To purchase tickets go to:

But all this wonderful music is just one element of what makes MUMFEST great. This year’s MUMFEST features SeaFair, a 228′ megayacht filled with fine art, jewelry and sculpture.  For those seeking adventure, there’s the King BMX stunt show, dog lovers will enjoy the Incredible Purina Dog Team. There is also a real Indy race car on display with a special exhibit for Indy race car fans.

Outdoor Life is new this year along with the popular trailerable boat show. If you are interested in outdoor recreation – you will find it here. Bicycling, camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, running, sailing, standup paddle boarding are just a few of the exhibits Mumfesters will discover.

Other festival favorites include live bands, roving street performers, dancers, choral groups, KIDSTUFF and Lil’Kidstuff, boat show, amusement park rides, magicians, clowns, the Gabardine sisters, a huge model train show, Weller Kennels retriever exhibits, face painting and many artists, craftsman, commercial and nonprofit exhibitors.

There really is something for everyone!

For more information, please visit Swiss Bear Downtown Development’s website and Facebook page, MUMFEST Facebook page, or call 252-638-5781.

Submitted by: Nancy Hawley, Public Relations Director for MUMFEST 2012

About New Bern Now
Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Card, founded New Bern Now in April 2009. There were a number of reasons she developed the website. While stationed in Washington DC, she had 30 days to transfer to Naval Hospital Cherry Point and didn’t know much about the area. She was frustrated because there wasn’t a central location on the Internet for information about New Bern. Wendy retired from the Navy in Oct 2007. When our economy dived, she was trying to find her way in life and decided to give back to the community by creating a website that provided a “One Stop, Information Shop” to help people find out what’s happening in our community along with creating a free business listing to help business owners who couldn’t afford to advertise.

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