About Us

Our Story

It was May 2008 that a few local musicians started gathering on a corner near the Washington Waterfront to share some musical talent. Over the past 10 years, this weekly gathering has grown into a unique Beaufort County attraction for both musicians and music lovers all over Eastern Carolina.

In partnership with Arts of the Pamlico, BCTMA is based at the historic Turnage Theater at 150 West Main Street, Washington, NC.  This venue provides a stage for guest musicians and monthly Variety Shows. BCTMA also hosts Thursday Evening and Saturday Morning Jams where musicians of all skill levels are invited to come out for these informal events. Bring an instrument, or just come to listen.

Booking a Show

We like music that is primarily acoustic. We prefer that the artist be familiar with American roots music, and that those old songs inspired the current work in some way. We look for people who like playing small rooms for an attentive audience. We like songs about heartbreak, adventure, and love. We like entertaining performances, quirkiness, variety, interaction with the audience, stories and jokes, and most of all - HAVING FUN!

BCTMA also welcomes young musicians who are just starting out. We enjoy providing new performers a stage in a smoke- and alcohol-free setting, that is a safe place for teens to hang out and support the creativity of their peers. You don't have to have professional photos or posters or recordings to play here. Contemporary musical styles are acceptable, but we prefer original music, unless you're performing songs from the folk, jazz, or blues traditions.

Send your request to perform via email. Tell us about yourself (short bio), direct us to your website, let us know when you are available to perform, and include your phone number. If you have an EPK (Electronic Press Kit), you can send that.