A Big Night for The Blues and Open Mic Madness

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

It was a big night for the blues on Sunday, August 5, 2018. I sat on the panel for the 2018 Road To Memphis Blues Challenge for the Triangle Blues Society. The competition was held at The Blue Note Grill, 709 Washington St., Durham, NC.

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The panel of judges included myself and two fun and fierce music makers who kept me entertained with stories in between acts. To my left was guitarist Buddy Black whose career credits are extensive. Last year he released a solo effort, Fine Fine Day which won the 2017 Best Self Produced Album Award from the Triangle Blues Society. To my right was the band leader, vocalist and harmonica player for his own act,  Mel Melton and The Wicked Mojo’s, a triangle based blues band. You can check out their disc  Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse which offers a blend of traditional southern blues and zydeco swag.

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Near Blind James & Harmonica Bob

The first act to perform was the only duo on the agenda. Near Blind James (James Shoe) and Harmonica Bob (Robert Waldrop) started things off. They two players have been working together for more than three decades and play a variety of blues styles with some serious focus on Piedmont and Ragtime styles. They offered a variety of originals and a couple of cover songs in their time on stage.  To keep up with the blues duo out of Durham, check out their band page on ReverbNation:

Near Blind James & Harmonica Bob

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Smart Alec Blues

The first solo act to entertain us was Smart Alec Blues who originally hails from New England and has settled in Raleigh. He is a consultant for NASA part-time and enjoys spending his free time writing and playing the blues. To check out more from this artist visit him on YouTube by following this link:

Smart Alec Harmonica on YouTube

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MoJo Collins

Mojo Collins is a blues and folk legend in this state and it was a great honor to hear him offer a fun-filled set of fingerpicking styles and folks structured songs. Collins is a 4th generation singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been performing around the state and beyond for more than six decades. To check out his music story and to keep up with this artist from the Outer Banks, find him on Facebook:

Mojo Collins on Facebook

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Jon Shain

From old school stylings to newly forming traditions, our next act was the youngest slinger in the solo/duo category who resinated music traditions that were set well before his time on any stage. Jon Shain offered a great set of more traditional blues sounds.

He has been making music in the Durham region since arriving in 1986. Back then he was a young gun establishing himself on the folk and blues scenes. Since 1996 the singer-songwriter has been releasing albums and touring under his own name. In 2008 Shain won the TBS Blues Challenge and went on to become a finalist in the 2009 competition in Memphis.

To keep up with this skilled talent, visit him on Facebook at

 https://www.facebook.com/Jon-Shain-95541976364/

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Sherman Lee Dillon

The final act in the solo/duo category was Sherman Lee Dillon who offered a fun set of Juke joint stylings and some Piedmont traditions thrown in the mix. His guitar was a beauty and his tones were simple and pure. This singer-songwriter hails from Mississippi and has been calling Carolina home since 2012.

You can read more about Dillon by visiting his website

 http://shermanleedillon.com/

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Bring on the Bands

 

Chicken Shack

This was the first band of the night and they set the bar high with their high energy act featuring amazing vocal harmonies and killer solos, they offered a full show in their 20 minutes on stage. Chicken Shack had a fat sounding, West Coast feel. Though most of the players are based here in NC, they do have bandmates from other states, lending to their influence. The biography introduced them as an eclectic group of church musicians who were brought together for their love of playing the blues. This love poured from the stage.

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Lockdown

The second act to come calling was Lockdown. They are a high energy blues band based in the Raleigh-Durham area. They have been entertaining crowds for more than a decade and offered a full set of cover tunes. That was the one thing that was a bit disappointing. The music was on point and the vocals strong, but not offering original sounds left me lost. To check out the band in a club near you check them out on Facebook by following:

https://www.facebook.com/lockdownblues/

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Hawkins King

The third act was a fun trio that is newly making the scene. Hawkins King features the guitar works of Daniel Anderson, the bass phrasings of Dillon Partin and the backbeats of Scott Jones on drums. Their music is a good blend of delta blues meeting with contemporary arrangements. They were much different from the other acts, and perhaps the most original of the competition. To learn more about the band, follow them on facebook by clicking this link:

https://www.facebook.com/hawkinskingmusic/?hc_ref=ARTKX4XbNo1dU4WxAYob9yoHw0GEZ6wED-pRZhrikSIYInVamMACQuK3ccQtAWci1Kc&fref=nf

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Big Jim Kohler Band

I found the final act of the night to be the most traditional blues act of the entire event. The Big Jim Kohler Band offered a fiery set of blues featuring several original compositions and a couple of covers which featured vocalist Kathleen Kohler who crushed her parts behind the microphone. The five-piece blues band has players from the Triangle region to the Crystal Coast.

With a long history in the blues, Big Jim spent many years on stage with blues greats Byther Smith and Son Seals. Since leaving his home n Long Island, NY Kohler has done great work in helping to revive the music scene in the town he now calls home. Before he arrived, in 2011, there were not much blues being offered around New Bern, and now this many years later we talk often about starting a new Blues Society based here in New Bern. For those looking to keep up with Big Jim find the band on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/Big-Jim-Kohler-480531592359161/

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Hats Off to the Organizers and Hard Workers

 

And the Winner Is

 

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Jon Shain

Jon Shain won the solo /duo category making this the singer-songwriter’s second trip to Memphis. We all join hands in wishing the talented blues many lots of luck next year in Memphis.

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Chicken Shack

When I said they set the bar high, I wasn’t lying. Chicken Shack won the band competition and will be going to Memphis next year to represent the Triangle at The International Blues Competition. Once again, we all join hands in wishing them well on the road ahead. Since winning the competition, they are hard at work making social media pages for the band and sharing their news. As we grow closer to the time I will share more on this band.

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The End

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Following the announcement of the winners, the two acts gathered on stage for one final photo opportunity. It was a wonderful night that was full of blues, originality, and great music grooves. I was honored to sit on the panel and take part in this annual event. The Triangle Blues Society does great work in keeping the blues alive. Please consider joining them in that mission by becoming a member. You can also help out by participating in the many fundraisers they host to help the winners make their way to Memphis. To keep up with the good work they are doing visit their website at

http://www.triangleblues.com/

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Open Mic Madness at The Blacksheep

It was an exciting Monday night as I picked up copies of the latest Newport Voice and headed out to Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern to deliver it to a couple of the featured players in this month’s offering.

To read the feature story on either Adam Hill or Tiffany Elaine, please check out my monthly installment in the Newport Voice

Weekend Session by Tracey Stones

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

August 6 at 6:32 PM

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Here are all the great music options for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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Getting Down Around Town Tonight

Downtown New Bern
Tonight you can take a pause for the cause and help out St. John’s Lodge by coming out to The Farmer’s Market, 421 S Front St., New Bern, NC for a fun night of, food, music, festivities, and rocking memories with music by  The Bipolar Express rocking the stage first and 3 Day Weekend closing out the night with a great show of classic and southern rock favorites. Tickets are available at the door and all of the money goes to helping this local, historic mason lodge. Gate open at 6 Music starts soon after.
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Pete Pawsey comes to town and plays at  BrÜtopia 7-10 pm.
Hot Buttered Grits will be rocking friends and fans at The Brown Pelican 8-11 pm tonight. Music at is at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion was canceled due to weather. Over at Blackbeard’s Triple, Play Restaurant it’s a Pirate Invasion with Zen Pirates 7:00-10 pm
 Next up, the newest venue in town, City Stage is offering Madame Z’s August Pride The fun starts at 8 pm. Tickets are sold out!

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I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

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Back on the Bus with a Buzz About Music

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

We get back on the bus this week and we are checking out a new hot spot and rock with many local favorites. Thanks for being here. Check out all of the music news I’ve found for you this week:

 

New Beginnings Celebrated at New Bern’s New Hot Spot

 

 

The City Stage, 901B Pollock St., New Bern, NC, opened their doors to the public on Friday, August 3, 2018, with the offerings of a new bar, an open atmosphere, more seating, an appetizing new menu and five nights of live entertainment ranging from comedy routines, theatrical presentations and plenty of live music. In fact, kicking things off was the CD release party with Alisa Mike, who offered a night of jazz standards to set the live music in motion. The singer was a featured performer at the former Live at the City Laundry and returned to the venue with a new name under new management. Her second appearance on the newly named stage, that helped her build a foundation in town, was last night where she once again offered a CD release show.

The remaining Thursdays in August will offer Mike on stage from 7-8:30 pm. She will have her discs available for purchase at future shows. The singer’s debut disc offers a dozen cover tracks of Jazz Standards that Mike enjoys singing. From the opening track, “Tenderly” to the closing selection, “Feelin Good;” Mike works with a great band with Piero Tucci on piano; Phil Johnson on drums and Larry Van Kriedt playing the bass, guitar and saxophone parts on many tracks and all instruments on a few numbers. One of my favorite numbers given up here on AM Serenades is “Summertime.” Mike offers a sultry serving of the scorching standard.

Tonight the singer will join a group of ladies to pay tribute to Lady Day and Billie Holiday. Here is more information on that event and ticket information too:

 

Friday, August 10th  A Tribute to Lady Day 


“The velvet-voiced queen of jazz, born into poverty in Baltimore, celebrated in the halls of Harlem and launched to world stardom with a gardenia in her hair.” Join us as we celebrate the timeless Billie Holiday, a jazz singer of monumental innovation. With featured performances by Alisa Mike, Chameshia Coplon, Ciara Di Napoli, Cora Chadwick and Marleigh Ferguson. Hosted by John Van Dyke. After the show stick around and dance to the swing music of the 30s and 40s. No Cover for the after party.
7:30 Showtime – Tickets $15.00
Table reservations recommended 252.631.5122
City Stage is a Private Club. 901 Pollock St, New Bern, NC.

New Members will be asked to pay a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.

To get your tickets before the show just follow this link:

https://citystage.yapsody.com/event/index/278016/a-tribute-to-lady-day

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The Opening of the City Stage marks the return of More Music

    

I returned to City Stage several times this week to enjoy the live music offerings being served on stage at the new restaurant/nightclub. With a supper club feel, the venue will showcase a variety of live entertainment. When I stopped in on Tuesday night it was to check out the debut of Folks Journal, presenting Parker Millar’s Local Band Tuesday. This will be the routine on the first Tuesday of each month. This night of music will offer great grooves from regional bands that don’t often make it to town. On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, I was delighted by the rich sounds of Psylo Joe, psychedelic funk-jazz jam band with four players rocking the rhythms. Bryan Quintard plays the guitar and offers the lead on vocals, George Thornton plays the bass and offers backing vocals, Hunter Parker rocks the Saxophone, and Thomas Barrington gives up the beats on drums.

Based out of Greenville, NC, you can find the band on Facebook by following this link:

https://www.facebook.com/Psylo-Joe-409225872443643/

Coming up this coming Tuesday you can come out and enjoy Poetry Night, hosted by Melissa Black. The final two Tuesdays of the month offer Big Jim Kohler offering the great blues grooves. Music on August 21 and 28 starts at 7 pm.

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Mid-Week Reboot with Dan Jam Phillips

Each Wednesday at  City Stage offers Dan Jam Phillips performing live with new friends each week from 5-7 pm. You are invited to come out and enjoy any of their food options and some fun live music with Dan and his talented friends. This week he was joined by the Dan Jam, original member Alan Gleason. Each week will feature a new guest player.

 

Following Dan Jam you can enjoy more music with John Van Dyke, offering American Songbook selections from 7-9 pm. That event happens each Wednesday in August. Be sure you come out to show your support for the food and fun happening at City Stage today.

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The BiPolar Express Cruises the Coast

After running around town for music last Friday, I headed to the coast to catch one of the most rocking trio’s from the area, The BiPolar Express. They debuted their rocking set on stage at The E-Club, located at 8102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. I wanted to be on hand to show local support as well as grab some new pics to use to pump up their next gig. The trio will be rocking the Farmer’s Market, 421 S Front St., New Bern, NC, tomorrow night as they invite you to take an important Pause for the Cause. The band will be splitting the night with rockers 3 Day Weekend raising money for St. John’Lodge.

Tickets for the event will be available at the door. The cost is $35 for non-member and $25 for members. Gates open at 6 pm with rocking good times starting at 6:30 pm.

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More Favorites Found at By The Sea

 

 

I stopped in to enjoy the sounds of Justin Castellano on my way to the coast last weekend. He was offering the tunes to the diners that gathered at Bistro By the Sea in Morehead City. The elegant restaurant offers a wonderful menu, divine service and live music around the piano from 7-10 pm each Friday and Saturday evening. Tonight the player will be performing at a private party, but tomorrow you can find him at Floyd’s Restaurant & Catering, 400 Bridges St., Morehead City, NC. Music plays from 6-9 pm.

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Following that dinner show on Saturday evening, he will head down the road and over the bridge to join Ed Prophet at The Dockhouse, 501 Front St. Beaufort, NC. The duo comprised of best friends performs under the name Backseat Romeo and tomorrow, they celebrate their 1000 show on Saturday. Music plays from 9 pm until closing at about 1:30 am.

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Bryan Mayer Band Rocks Southern Salt

 

I was on my way to check in with Adam Hill and Co when on my way I heard the familiar grooves and country crooning of the fabulous Bryan Mayer Band. The boys were rocking the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company & Waterfront Restaurant, 701 Evans St., Morehead City, NC. This weekend you can catch Bryan Mayer unplugged, but still lively at Saltwater Grill, 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC, tonight from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow he will reunite with the band performing this Saturday at the Jones County Civic Theater 832 Highway 58 in Trenton, NC. The band will open a show for the popular country act, Joe Nichols. Doors open at 5:30 pm and music starts at 7 pm.

On the deck and rocking the grooves this weekend at Southern Salt Seafood Company you can enjoy the music of Tyler Davis from 9 pm until midnight. Tomorrow night come and get rocked by The Roman Sams Band. These music events are free and the good food adds to the experience.

 

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From Off the Roof to Off the Hook Adam Hill Band Rocks

Morehead City Last Saturday

Adam Hill suffered some minor injuries mid-week last week, after falling off a roof during work. After a brief hospital stay Hill missed his debut show at Market St. Pub in Washington, NC. Though it was recommended he take it easy, Hill packed up the truck and took the band to the beach, not to relax but rather to rock the crowd at Off the Hook, 105 S 7th St, Morehead City, NC. The band was set up on the deck and attracted many passers-by, with guitar sounds and popular songs that grab you. Offering some assistance to Hill on guitar was his younger brother Rooster, who offered blistering solos in the high heat of the summer night.

Hill took it easy most of the week but met up with me at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern in Jacksonville, NC, for open mic night on Monday. We used it as an opportunity to promote his show there with the band tomorrow night, Saturday, August 11. That is when they will rock the room from 9 pm till midnight. Before making it to that show, Hill will be kicking off a rock fest in Swansboro boasting 7 acts, including Hill who will kick things off for Moose Fest being held at the Moose Lodge in Swansboro. Doors open at 4:30 with Adam Hill offering the first set at 5 pm. Tickets are $8 but you can save some money if you bring two cans of canned goods for the local food pantry.

This coming Sunday, Adam Hill will also perform a solo show for the conclusion of the Pirate Invasion Weekend in Beaufort, NC. He is slotted to rock Queen Anne’s Revenge, located at 500 S Front St Beaufort, NC, with music being served from 5-8 pm. Check the forecast before making the trip, this show is weather permitted.

 

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

August 6 at 6:32 PM

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

Please go out and support live music tonight!  Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created.

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Getting Down Around Town Tonight

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Tonight marks the second Friday of the month which means tonight ushers in the weekend with a new installment of ArtWALK/ARTcrawl. Please come to visit our downtown and enjoy the eclectic mix of artists and performers found all around town from 5-8 pm.
Jenna Leigh Huff is at BrÜtopia 7-10 pm. She will be joined by her father Rick Huff making it an official Paid Time Off gig. Buck Loy will be rocking friends and fans at The Brown Pelican 7-10 pm tonight, Dueling Pianos is at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion $5 cover, 7-11 pm. and at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant offer live on the deck at 7:00-10 pm outside and more music throughout the night inside with a second band rocking from 10 pm til closing. Live music is offered at The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. The show is free and music plays from 8-10:30 pm. Next up, the newest venue in town, City Stage is offering a Tribute to Lady Day. Come out this Friday and enjoy the music of the legendary Billie Holiday. Music starts at 7:30 pm For tickets visit: https://citystage.yapsody.com/event/index/278016/a-tribute-to-lady-day

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I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

Look for me on Facebook by following this link:
https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.
Feel free to invite me to your events. If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event with me.

I read emails daily. You can send those to:
ncmz.live@gmail.com
Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Sending along pictures is helpful. Please send links to band websites so I can post those as well. Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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Last Call for Bernaroo and More Community Concert News

 

On the Scene with Tracey Stones

 

 

When I last left you, we bid a farewell to the sponsored events presented at  2018’s Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival brought to us by GEM Productions. We pick things up today at the last call Bernaroo, the three-day music and arts festival.

In an effort to wind things down and offer tourists a taste of our town and talent, the final shows for the weekend were hosted by Cirar 1810 Bar; 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. This an agreement that was reached before new ownership of the establishment transpired.

Bernaroo Brunch on the Patio

Opening up the day was the incredibly talented Alisa Mike, who offered a wonderful Brunch show for fans and friends in attendance. This local singer, born and raised in Tarboro, NC, has so much news to share these days. The songstress that our town has embraced as our own is releasing a CD in the coming days. In fact, it will be released at a party next Friday, August 3, 2018, at her first show on stage at the new City Stage, 901B Pollock St., New Bern. NC. Though that event has been sold out for days, another CD release party has been added for August 9, 2018, again at The City Stage.

Mike has fronted several bands around town and along the way, she embarked on a solo adventure that brought her contentment and peace like no band platform could. She enjoys sharing music with fans and it shows in all of her performances.

She will be appearing live each week at The City Stage on Thursdays evening from 6 to 9 pm. The new venue will open where The City Laundry once was and will offer pub food and libations. The soft opening for this venue lines right up with the debut release from Alisa Mike.

Please come out and show your support for both new endeavors being offered to the good folks of New Bern. To find out more about The City Stage, call the venue at (252) 876-7007 or check out their Facebook page by following   https://www.facebook.com/CityStageNB/.

To keep up with singer and songstress, Alisa Mike, check her out on Facebook by following   https://www.facebook.com/AMSerenades/

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Bernaroo Alumni Barbee Brings a Dust Parade

Hank Barbee and the Dust Parade close out 2018 Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival

 

Hank Barbee and the Dust Parade closed out the final Bernaroo event offered by GEM Productions, in cooperation with Tracey Stones Productions, LCC. This event was held at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, where the Dust Parade played to a full patio of people who enjoyed the jazzy surf grooves served up by the band.

Here again is another great success story in the growth of an artist. When we met Hank Barbee he truly was under construction and rebuilding his music career. The process included not only songwriting and playing, but in time playing with others. This is all a process and not one an artist can achieve in a day. Especially when you mix Egos and IDs with the real-life scenarios of players and personalities. Finding the right mix and blends is important work for the success of any band.

When I met this artist he was playing solo gigs mostly and setting up band gigs as it was required. Over time, the right crew came around and currently the artist is undergoing the transition of taking his name out of the equation. As time unfolds we will see Hank Barbee’s name fade to black and The Dust Parade come to be. The trio of players currently inspiring Barbee’s smooth sound is Matt Henderson on bass, Logan Watson behind the kit and on sax, Jim Durham.

To keep up with the band check them out on Facebook by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/TheDustParade/

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Big Jim and My Big Plans for Community

On Sunday, July 22, 2018, besides taking in the last two shows to complete the 2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival experience, I also presented a concert in the park at Red Sail Park in Fairfield Harbour. Tracey Stones Productions is presenting a concert series that promotes communities coming out to enjoy live music and socialization close to home. I piloted the program where I live. The idea is that we invite the members of the private communities out to enjoy live music and ask them to tip the band

This was the third of the concert series which debuted in May, with Fairlight & The Scorpio Moon featuring Harbour Jazz. Last month Hank Barbee brought the Dusty Trio to play and this month we brought the blues with my missions greatest inspiration, Big Jim Kohler Blues Band.

Big Jim Inspires Me to Dream Big!

The idea I had envisioned when my friend Jim fell ill last year, was to build a stronger, healthier music community that brings more music to our niches and communities in the hopes of benefitting our local players and school children, as well as our citizens. I want to bring music to every POA and District that will have me come and meet with them.

Music is a staple of life. We are all born with rhythm in our souls. With a deep love for the blues, it is a mission to build a blues society in our area that serves our surrounding counties. Twin Rivers Blues Society is the ideal name. Along the way, we can implement more music in private communities, so artists and players don’t always have to run to the bar for work. For a change of pace, I would rather put them in private settings where they can culminate new fans and bring music to new corners.

I know so many bands, that think building a fun concert series is an easy task. We can bring variety and invoke the spirit you are trying to bring to your neighborhood. I want to see the people in Craven Terrace dancing their blues away and getting down with some funk and good vibes. How fun would it be to see the historic district embrace more banjos and bands on their porches? I’d love to see all of New Bern’s POA Communities bring music for their member to gather and enjoy with friends and neighbors. They will be encouraged to bring a snack to share and tips for the bands.

Believe it or not, TIPS add up. I preach about this all the time. FREE MUSIC IS NEVER FREE and for that, I encourage everyone to tip the music makers. Live music is making it’s come back each week. With taking steps to get things organized, I am keeping things simple and learning a lot with my involvement in many projects. Including my recent appointment to the Downeast Folk Society Board of Directors. There is still so much to learn and week by week I am chipping away. Reaching out to other Blues Society’s to learn structure and build a unique platform.

It has been quite a journey and at that time the man who inspired it all has healed to the point of playing his blues again and sharing his music near and far. The Big Jim Kohler Band signed up to compete in the Triangle’s Blues Society Annual Competition to represent at the IBC in Memphis, next February.

Before I even know they were signed up for that fun time, I was asked to be a judge for the competition. I wish all the players the best as they compete on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at The Blue Note Grill in Durham, NC. The competition starts at 4 pm. I hope I get to see your sweet face there!

 To keep up with Big Jim and his singing bride, follow along by clicking and liking thier page on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Big-Jim-Kohler-480531592359161/

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

July 23 at 2:52 PM

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Facebook Events Link
Here are all the great music options for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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Getting Down Around Town Tonight

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 Mykele Barbee is at BrÜtopia 7-10 pm, Peace Soldier will be at The Brown Pelican 8-11 pm tonight, Dan Jam is at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion $3 cover, 8-11 pm. and at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant they have The Roman Sams live on the deck at 7:30 pm. Last but not least, tonight is also the monthly open mic being hosted by Mathew Kerlin at Broad Street Christian Church this evening from 6-9 pm.

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Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival Brings Music Lovers a Good Bang for the Buck

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NCMZ.LIVE was a proud sponsor of the multi-day music festival that occupied several venues and offered family fun, art, and music all weekend to the citizens and visitors of New Bern, NC. 2018 Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival was also sponsored by several other awesome businesses supporting the arts and local music, including The Law Offices of Oliver & Cheek, Folks Journal, and BrÜtopia. The event featured 19 NC based bands, over the course of three days, at four venues in one great downtown.

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In case you have missed the news, GEM Productions have been hosting amazing music events in our community for nearly a decade. The team of ambitious music lovers has been diligently working to bring quality acts from all areas of our great state while supporting worthy causes right here in our neighborhood. Along the way, we have met many great original acts that are a proud part of the GEM Productions Legacy!

On Friday and Saturday just past, they opened the doors of their new home for the 2018 installation of Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival. They occupied The New Bern Farmer’s Market located on S Front Street for their sponsored events and welcomed another 12 acts over the course of two days, on two stages.

Beyond that, they occupied a third day and three other venues in town to bring live music to this town as part a of the festival weekend.

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Welcome with Mandy Mears

Offering the sounds first on the Smith Stage was lovely and talented Mandy Mears, who has the voice of an angel and music accompaniment to compliment her tones. It was a wonderful way to welcome guests to a delightful night a music and memories!

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The Adam Hill Band Brings Us to Market Stage

Next up came the first act on the Market Stage, GEM Productions welcomed The Adam Hill Band

Since meeting the six-string slinger a couple of years ago, our town has grown to love and embrace this talent. With music so powerful and gripping, matched by skilled playing and strong vocals, Adam Hill is an inventive and improvisational player loved by all of NC and beyond. Hailing from Pink Hill, the singer-songwriter was born in Potter’s Hill. Playing guitar more serious since the age of 9, Hill stays busy with his band on stages throughout the state.

For the past two years, The Adam Hill Band has been making a name for themselves and this year they are rocking festivals and bigger stages. After their performance in New Bern last week the band packed up and headed up to the West Virginia State Fair and Expo for a show at 2 pm. But before doing that the trio of rockers welcomed fans and friends to the Market stage for a captivating set of original music.

This weekend the band will be down in the Wilmington area with shows at The Whiskey, 1 S Front St., Wilmington, NC, with music starting at 10 pm. Tomorrow night they are at Bourbon Street, 35 N Front St., Wilmington, NC, with music starting at 9 pm. On Monday evening you can enjoy supper and some Adam Hill acoustic sounds, Queen Anne’s Revenge 500 Front St., Beaufort, NC on Monday, July 30, 2018. Music plays 5-9 pm. To keep up with the band or to get to know them better check out their website

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The Take Kindlies Take Over Punk Folk Jams

 

 

The second act on the Smith Stage was The Take Kindlies. This New Bern based act is a refreshingly fun, offering sounds of hard driven folk that is infused with rock grooves. This is the first time I caught them as a trio of rockers. If you missed the show, I encourage you to have a listen and support them. They have a disc of great originals that was recorded and mixed by Chris Daniels at Moon Studios in Oriental, NC.

The Take Kindlies on Bandcamp

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The Oblations With Wind

The Oblations offered the second set on the Market Stage. It was a treat to hear the talented duo of Joe MacPhail vox, keys and keeping the drum beats and Daniel Fields on vocals and guitar, accompanied for the first time by Serena Wiley on saxophone and floating sounds from the flute too.

The Carrboro based duo has a CD out now and is worth checking out any time they are rocking a stage near you! Their next show is August 2, 2018, at 2nd Wind, 118 E Main St., Carrboro, NC. Music plays from 9:30-midnight.

MacPhail let me know that he teams up with Wiley for a Durham based jazz/neo-soul group called DreamRoot. Wiley is from the Henderson, NC and keeping busy with a couple of projects. She has her own band as well as filling in sounds for many other acts. To get to know her better you can check out  her website

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For those interested in catching DreamRoot, they have a show coming up on Sunday at Goorsha, 910 W Main St., Durham. NC. The restaurant offers Ethiopian fare and the sounds to accompany the food will send you. Music plays from 7-10 pm.

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Peace Out Peace Soldier

 

 Closing things out on The Smith Stage was the New Bern based classic rockers, Peace Soldier. The band did their thing and offered a set of classics to the crowd. If that is what you like then you can catch the band rocking the Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC tomorrow night. The show is free and the music is offered from 8-11 pm.

To keep up with the band check out their website:

https://www.peacesoldierband.com/

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The Brotherhood of the Brothership

The Asheville based, Travers Brothership brought us the final show of the first night at The New Bern Farmer’s Market. The quartet of blues-infused rockers gave a great show to the crowd on hand for the 2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival! This synthesized and talented band offered a lot of great grooves to close out a fun night. The highlight had to be their tribute to the late great BB King. They offered a show-stopping rendition of King’s “How Blue Can You Get?”

The band has been keeping busy touring the Eastern seaboard. This weekend they are rocking crowds in Floyd, Virginia for Floyd Fest. They return to NC next week where they rock the Calico Room, 107 S Front S., Wilmington on Friday, August 3, 2018, with Dr. Bacon. Doors open at 9 pm and the music starts at 10 pm.

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AFTERPARTY

CTRL + ALT + DEL BAND at The Brown Pelican

 

When it was time to reboot, we all headed over to The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC, to enjoy a fun set of big brass and good beats with the Triangle-based trio Ctrl + Alt + Del Band, who came to us as Kenneth Lloyd, as Del on drums, for and Alt we had Brannon Bari Sax Bollinger playing the biggest and baddest sax I have seen to date and in Ctrl was Jeremey Danger Boomhower playing the impressive tuba.

What a fun way to end a great night of community, music, and fun. This band offers many great grooves, some familiar sounds but all done in a unique way. Based out of Mebane, NC, they are not like every other band you might see. You can keep up with the trio of enthusiastic groovers by checking them out on Facebook:

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Day Two ~ Free Samples

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Carolina Sky

 

Day Two of Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival started with a Free Show at Bear Town Market in the middle of the day. Opening the event was the bluegrass band Carolina Sky. They opened the day with a fun set of bluegrass favorites.

Though I was unable to make the first show of day two at Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival, I can tell you plenty about the band. Carolina Sky is a regionally based band with roots in New Bern, Greenville, and Raleigh. They can come as a power trio or as a freestyling quartet that offers two or three-part harmonies. Their folk-styled, bluegrass-infused fun music makes their audience tap their toes and sway their hips.  You can find the band on Facebook by following this link:

https://www.facebook.com/CarolinaSkyBluegrass/

Recently the band was featured in Folks Journal. To check out that sponsors take on this fun band please visit https://www.folksjournal.com/may to enjoy that great read.

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From Pittsboro, NC; John Westmoreland

The first show I was able to catch was that of John Westmoreland who offered a great set of folk-infused songs that offered hints World Music as well as overtones of blues progressions.

From his website, I learned: “A musician born and raised in North Carolina, John Westmoreland has been performing professionally for over a decade. He began playing blues, rock, and folk music as a teenager and went on to study Jazz and Classical Composition at Berklee College of Music, where he was a recipient of the BEST scholarship. In 2011 he became a founding member and lead guitarist for the West-African fusion band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, who In 2014 received a nomination for “Best African Group” by AFRIMA (the all Africa music awards). As a solo performer and songwriter John plays his own original songs, as well as unique arrangements of popular music and folk music. His musical style combines elements of Folk, World Music, Jazz. Blues and Classical into an organic and rich tapestry of sound. Outside of traditional performance contexts, John has a passion for exploring how music can facilitate deep relaxation and healing. He regularly provides music for yoga classes and meditation, relaxation music sessions for people with Alzheimers and Dementia, and also performs as part of UNC Hospital’s Door to Door music program. He’s been a past recipient of the Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council, through which he traveled to Peru to study “Icaros”, a style of shamanic healing music from Amazonia. Last year John formed a new group called WESTMORELAND, a band that features an eclectic line up of seasoned musicians. The group performs the original music written by John featured on the forthcoming album “Cast Fire.” Currently, John is also embarking on a new project to revive the music and poetry of “T-Bone Slim” the legendary hobo songwriter and poet, whose songs were an inspiration for the Surrealist Movement and the Civil Rights Movement.”

The singer-songwriter has a couple of shows this weekend. Tonight he will perform at The Carolina Club located in Chapel Hill, NC, with music starting at 6:30 pm and tomorrow he will perform with Kiara Ba at The Rooster’s Wife in Aberdeen, NC. That show starts at 6 pm. To keep up with the artist, I encourage you to check out his website by visiting:

https://www.johnwestmorelandmusic.com/home

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New Bern’s Original Rockers and Bernaroo Alumni

Bearfoot Monty

It was a fun afternoon at BTM with the final free show being offered by New Bern’s own, Bearfoot Monty. They are a heavy blues-based rock infused, alternative riffs band that found themselves surrounded by friends, family, and music lovers as they rocked the 2 pm slot with a great set of originals songs. It was inspiring to catch up with the band who is currently undergoing several personnel changes due to the players having a life and living it. New on the drums we heard Philip Wilson and starring in his brand new in the role of Daddy was guitarist Jimmy Hawkins. His wife was on hand with the couples, newborn son. Surrounded by her close friends and family Gabrielle Christie rocked the bass and vocals while Justin Hargett strong vox and guitar grit to match.

Though the band has gone through many changes since the release of their debut EP they want you to know their music is available on iTunes and Spotify, and you can find them all over social media by doing a google search of Bearfoot Monty. Please support their efforts, who knows, it might encourage the next studio release.

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Bernaroo Day Two at The Farmer’s Market :

On Saturday, July 21, 2018, it marked day tow for sponsored, ticketed events at The New Bern Farmer’s Market in downtown New Bern. NC. Gates opened at 5 pm. Guests were welcomed by our vendors who were busy displaying their wares and selling their art.

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Cigar Box Jesus Welcomes Music Fans

 

The day was greeted by warm and sunny weather, as the sky cleared from the unsettled sky the night before. The first act that welcomed patrons were The Cigar Box Jesus Revelation. They are a New Bern based outfit that came about as a result of English’s desire to make music with good friends. He was keeping busy with that lie affirmation when Merchant’s Road was making music, but with so many schedules at work, it just evolved to become this new formation and it is exciting to hear these players get together.

Rounding out the mix for their fun sound are funders, David English offering lead vocal and guitar, his beautiful bride, Lorie English offers vocals, Mark Schomaker is the lead guitar, the talented Beth D’Angelo plays bass/and adds vocals and Brian Graber works out the drums and percussion parts. For the festival, they added a little flavor by asking John Jones to accompany them on steel guitar. Jones is noted as a media sponsor as he is the host of Music Mondays on 96.3 FM airing each Monday from 8:30-9:00 am.

To keep up with the band check them out on Facebook. They are fairly new to the circuit are looking for new opportunities to play. Perhaps they would be a good fit for your next event.

https://www.facebook.com/CigarBoxJesusAndTheRevelation/

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JIMMY Display That Our Youth Are Actively Working On Punk’s Future As they Rocked the Market Stage

JIMMY is the band that won the battle of the bands’ competition hosted by GEM Productions at The Brown Pelican in March. Having won that honor they were selected to open day two on the Market Stage…bringing with them, a full set of rock originals this trio will be fun to watch as they rise in rank on the circuit. They give me the feeling that punk music is alive and thriving. What fun!

With a high dose of energy, this band is fun and rocking. They are a young trio climbing the ranks and touring currently with several other regional acts. Though they perform as JIMMY, no one in the band is JIMMY. At the start of the show we learned, they are all JIMMY and those watching the show were JIMMY too. This is also how we learned, the drummer has no microphone. It’s by design!

Get to know these guys, Mark on guitar, Connor on bass both on vocals and Nick on drums by checking them out on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/jimmytheband/

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Fairlight with Miquela and Kyle

Holding down the middle ground on the Smith Stage were Fairlight and Miquela. The duo was accompanied by Kyle Whitford on the second set of six strings. In case you are not aware these two ladies are blues sapphires, making their home in this town. Both are old souls with a deep appreciation for the blues. They teamed up for the festival and offered a few songs by another local songwriter here in town. Cheri Moyers is a local based singer-songwriter who is working in conjunction with our local talent on a new project.

She has quite a story herself which we will delve into with here. But my favorite highlight of this woman and her mission is her survival skills. She is truly amazing.

With life always finding ways to provide, the songwriter is busy writing songs as many characters as she can muster in her head and she is scripting songs with area artist’s voices in her head at the same time. Currently, she is collaborating on songs to help benefit a charity near and dear to her heart. Recently Moyers teamed up with the Bernaroo Festival Friend Sponsor, TeraNotes Studios and they recorded a video for her song “Kiss Me Now,” featuring New Bern singer, Kelsey Barnard. They unveiled the video at Bernaroo and put out a casting call for ALL Artists to participate in a recording that will benefit the National Federation of the Blind.

Before being handed the diagnosis of a degenerative disease that is eating away at the performer’s eyesight, Moyer was the creative soul, who offered New Bern Coffee Times. As her sight dimmed, she had to find a new way to live. Reflection on one’s life always leaves us with clues for the path ahead. Moyers loved entertaining people and she is quite creative. With her sight being her best challenge she is using all her other senses to carve a new life that might benefit many.

Moyers and her musical partner in crime, Kyle Whitford have been collaborating for more than a year and they have many songs penned and paired with area artists. Case in point, at Bernaroo, Fairlight offered up a couple of her songs that will be included on the upcoming collaboration disc. My favorite song  I’ve ever heard from Moyers offered by Fairlight is “Wobbly Table.” I know many area artists are going to be a part of this effort and I will keep you all posted on the disc as we go.

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For fans and friends of Fairlight and The Scorpio Moon, the band will be performing at a benefit tomorrow. Head to New Village Brewery and Tap Room for a cold brew and a bit of the blues, Saturday, July 28, 2018.

They want you to please join them for tasty NC craft brews by Carolina Brewing Company, grilled hot dogs, and live music by Fairlight & The Scorpio Moon. All in support of a wonderful local non-profit, Girls on the Run Pamlico!

The New Village Brewery will be donating $1 for every pint sold on 7/28 to Girls on the Run Pamlico, a life-changing program for girls in the 3rd through 5th grade whose mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.

Fairlight & The Scorpio Moon will perform an engaging set of jazz, blues, and rock from 5-7pm. Hot dogs will be served at 4pm.

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Durty Dub’s Reggae Grooves Usher in the Evening Vibe with and Big Surprise

As things unfolded, there was a change in schedule and the after party band brought the party early to The Farmer’s Market and before the set was over they were grooving with a couple of local rhythm makers, who are a part of New Bern’s Drum Circle. It was a great offering of early evening reggae vibes that ushered in the moon and stars and set the tone of love for the night!!

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Strung Together

 

As the bio reads, Strung Together is a family band, born on the Olivers’ front porch in downtown New Bern, NC. With soaring harmonies and a string band sound, Strung Together plays songs that they love, adapted to their own style. Playing their own unique blend of folk, Americana, old-time and bluegrass, Strung Together has enjoyed performing for audiences in North Carolina and South Carolina, making music and memories together as a family.
Strung Together is primarily the Oliver family: Cat on vocals and bass; Abigail and Mason on vocals and guitar; and their parents Dare and George on vocals and banjo. Joining them for the festival was Brian Graber on percussion and Addy Quinn on fiddle. They recently released their first CD, “The Littlest Birds,” which contains a mixture of originals and their favorite tunes and is available on iTunes and Amazon.
Strung Together:
Feel the music. Feel the love. www.strungtogetherband.com
Strung Together has enjoyed performing at many types of events, including festivals. They made it back to town just in time for a wonderful performance on the Smith Stage. Be sure to keep up with the band catch them on a stage near you.
2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival was made possible thanks to our sponsors.
One of this town’s champion sponsors of the arts is the Law Offices of Oliver & Cheek, PLLC.  They help our community in so many ways with their contributions to the arts. They sponsor plays on our community stages, they contribute to ArtWalk and they sponsor many events that support music like Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival and The Great Trent River Raft Race most recently.

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Shining a Light on these Artists of Light

 

Live Visuals provided by The Liquid Vision Light Show

The Liquid Vision Light Show is a new, but an innovative provider of lighting and visuals based in Eastern NC. LVLS delivers an immersive experience for event-goers, through a tactical combination of visual tactics and technologies. In other words, these creative geniuses have the spin on the light displays we watched behind the bands.

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dub Addis Closes Out the Ticketed Events!

Closing out day two of the ticketed events dub Addis offered a fun set of grooves for the audience. They offer a great blend of sounds that keep ears happy. The Ethio-Roots Reggae Band has roots in Durham and Ethiopia. Researching the band I found this on the Facebook page:

“With soulful melodies embedded in the polyrhythm of Africa, dub Addis hails from the horn of Africa, Ethiopia. Led by Singer-songwriter Dereje Tesfaye, dub Addis has been performing original songs for the last decade. dub Addis’s songs vary from traditional Ethiopian rhythms to Roots Reggae. They have shared stages with Hugh Masekela, The Wailers, Steel Pulse, Culture, Arrested Development, Morgan Heritage, Buju Banton, Vieux Farka Toure and more.” 

What an honor to walk around our town and hear so many ethnic and original sounds. Homegrown NC talent on stage at our local Farmer’s Market was a great idea. This is just another reason why GEM Productions’, Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival stands alone in their offering. They achieve many goals in this mission of bringing music to our city.

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Young Bull Pair Up with Durty Dub for a Night of Fresh Music

Sometimes with events that involve acts that travel, there are last minute changes and adjustments to be made as the Festival happens. Case in point Young Bull was scheduled to be on stage at the Farmer’s Market, but the after party band Durty Dub took their position and then paired with the duo during the after party to bring a great set of fresh original music to the full house of music fans.

Both acts are based out of Durham with one band offering the fresh sounds of Hip Hop and the other offering the grooves and celebrations of reggae music. The blend of both was a real treat and the cherry on top for the two days of sponsored music events.

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BIG Shout Out to The Beer Guy

Local Libations 

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BrÜtopia 

In the fall of 2015, after the recent closure of a homebrew supply store that had operated in the area for many years, local home brewers Tim Dryden and Bryan Conway came to the realization that there was a need in the New Bern/James City area for a homebrew supplier. Their local club was forced to drive long distances or have their ingredients shipped in from other states in order to enjoy their hobby. They sat down and discussed the possibilities of filling the need by opening a small mail-order homebrew supply business. As the idea took shape, they realized there was also a need for a craft beer bar and bottle shop. So, in February of 2016, they filled the need by opening the doors of BrÜtopia!

Since then the love and support they have received from local homebrewers and craft beer lovers, have helped fuel the dream and keep it growing. In the back of many homebrewers minds is always the dream that someday they could actually let others enjoy their beer by turning their hobby into an actual brewery and sharing their homebrewed creations with everyone. So, with the encouragement and backing of their family of patrons, they began the process of building a plan to open a brewery. The support was incredible! In February of 2018, on the 2-year anniversary of the original store’s opening, BrÜtopia Brewing Company served their first pint of beer to the public. Since then they have enjoyed brewing some of their favorites, as well as some new recipes that they have always wanted to try.

BrÜtopia Brewing Company is still growing and making plans for expanding, hopefully, to allow the beer to be appreciated outside of its location in James City! At Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival,  BrÜtopia served a sampling of some of their creations to include Aji Pepper Ale; an amber ale brewed with Aji chiles from Peru. Warm and flavorful, it leaves a little burn, but don’t let that scare you. The James City IPA; a New England IPA, their take on the latest style to sweep the nation, a juicy grapefruit flavor, cloudy and delicious.  Mild Mia English Mild; an easy drinking English Mild beer that won’t disappoint. English malts are well-balanced, to bring out a chocolate accent and just enough hops not to disappoint.  The beer I sampled while on site was the 50 Shades of Cream Ale; smooth, light, refreshing with an ever so slight bitterness. Great summer beer or year-round.

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Tomorrow We Close the Curtain on Bernaroo and Rock in Other Regions Too

Tomorrow we will start things off with the final curtain call for the festival as we look at what’s new in the world of Alisa Mike and Hank Barbee. Both artists helped GEM Productions close out the festival with a show at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion last Sunday. Tomorrow we will pick things up there when I see you then.

Besides sponsoring this music festival last weekend I also presented my third concert in the park, a series I am doing in my local community. Come back to hear more on that and to rock this town!

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

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Here are all the great music options for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

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Getting Down Around Town Tonight

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Tiffany Elaine is at BrÜtopia 7-10 pm, Aaron C. Davenport is at The Thirsty Bruin 8-10:30 pm Paul Picard is picking the strings at The Brown Pelican 7-10 pm tonight, Dueling Pianos at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion $5 cover. and at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant they have Greasy Beats 7-10 outside and Rural Route Romance inside from 10 pm til closing. Also happening tonight,  at Union Point Park; it is another installation of the Summer Concert Series, Footloose on the Neuse, with tonight’s offering by Parrot Party. Brush up on you Buffet, bring the beach umbrella and dance shoes. This is free with music starting at 6:30 thanks to our parks and rec dept and Trent Cadillac.

 

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I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

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Feel free to invite me to your events. If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event with me.

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Snapshots and Scenes From Bernaroo Day One and What’s On Tap For Day TWO

NCMZ.LIVE is a proud sponsor of this original music festival. So to ensure you don’t miss a beat this weekend, here is the rundown of the days ahead. This event will feature 19 bands, three days, four venues in one great downtown. Come to visit New Bern this weekend!

GEM Productions Welcomes You

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GEM Productions has been hosting amazing music events in our community for nearly a decade. The team of ambitious music lovers has been diligently working to bring amazing acts from all areas of our great state, while supporting worthy causes right here in our neighborhood. Along the way, we have met many great original acts that are a proud part of the GEM Productions Legacy!

Last night they opened the doors to their new home on S Front Street, for their sponsored events, and welcomed six acts to two stages at The New Bern Farmer’s Market.

Offering the sounds first on the Smith Stage was lovely and talented Mandy Mears, who has the voice of an angel and music accompaniment to compliment her tones. It was a wonderful way to welcome guests to a delightful night a music and memories!

Next up came the first act on the Market Stage, GEM Productions welcomed The Adam Hill Band

Since meeting the six-string slinger a couple of years ago, we have grown to love his music. It is so powerful and gripping, matched by his playing, Adam Hill is a special kind of talent loved by all of NC and beyond. Hailing from Pink Hill, the singer-songwriter was born in Potter’s Hill.

For the past two years, The Adam Hill Band has been making a name for themselves throughout the state and this year they are rocking festivals and bigger stages. After their performance in New Bern last night the band packed up and headed up to the West Virginia State Fair and Expo for a show at 2 pm. They are opening for another NC based act, Second Helping. AHB will return for a show at Plan B Bar in Smithfield at 3 pm on Sunday and if you miss all that, you can enjoy supper on the waterfront with Adam Hill this Monday, when he is solo at Queen Anne’s Revenge in Beaufort from 5-9 pm Last night the trio of rockers welcomed fans and friends to the Market stage for a captivating set of original music.

Adam Hill Music

Next up on the Smith Stage was The Take Kindlies. They offered a fun set of hard driven, folk-infused rock. This is the first time I caught them as a trio of rockers, but what’s cool is they are our own. Based out of New Bern they offer wickedly original sounds throughout their 30-minute set.

The Oblations offered the second set on the Market Stage. It was a treat to hear the talented duo of Joe MacPhail vox, keys and keeping the drum beats and Daniel Fields on vocals and guitar, accompanied for the first time by Serena Wiley on saxophone and floating sounds from the flute too. The Carrboro based band has a CD out now and is worth checking out any time they are rocking a stage near you! MacPhail let me know that he teams up with Wiley for a Durham based jazz/neo-soul group called DreamRoot. I think I will be looking for them soon.

 Closing things out on The Smith Stage was the New Bern based classic rockers, Peace Soldier. The band did their thing and offered a set of classics to the crowd.

The Asheville based, Travers Brothership brought us the final show of the night at The New Bern Farmer’s Market. The quartet of blues-infused rockers gave a great show to the crowd on hand for the 2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival, brought to us by GEM Productions! This synthesized band offered a lot of great grooves to close out a fun night. The highlight had to be their tribute to the late great BB King. They offered a show-stopping rendition of King’s “How Blue Can You Get?”

AFTERPARTY

CTRL + ALT + DEL BAND at The Brown Pelican

 

Closing out the night was a fun set of big brass and good beats at The Brown Pelican, with the Triangle-based trio Ctrl + Alt + Del Band offering Sean, who is really Kenneth, but nonetheless, he was Del on drums.

What a fun way to end a great night of community, music and fun. This band offers many great grooves, some familiar sounds but all done in a unique way.

After day one in the books, I can say, GEM Productions has done it again. They have brought culture, art, music and fun for all back to New Bern! They are a hard-working duo with a team of volunteers who help make it a fun and favorable weekend for the community.

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Here is a look back at Bernaroo since I started writing this blog. Here are snapshots from Bernaroo 2017:

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Here is a look at 2016:

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Be sure to stop by and meet the good people of Folks Journal. They are a presenting sponsor of the Festival and are on site with copies of their July/August issue. Above are scenes of Folks Journal staff enjoying the fun times at the 2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival.

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Back for a second year, TeraNote Studios is on site and offering four hours of free studio time in a promotional drawing this weekend. Stop by and meet Doug and Nicole. Both are talented players with a good ear and passion for music. Located in Morehead City, Their studio is now booking time with new acts. On-site they are showing their newest work with our local talents. Cheri Moyers wrote a song, “Kiss Me Now” and TeraNote Studios did the video featuring local singer Kelsey Barnard and guitarist Kyle Whitford. The project has inspired a movement and I encourage you to stop by and learn more tonight!

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GEM Productions Presents

2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival

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New Bern Farmer’s Market

Saturday, July 21st.

This year’s festival marks the first year in our new home and the first year with a robust 2nd stage, set for our marquee events.

Downtown New Bern will be filled with music and art and a wide array of venues, but our main events will take place from 5pm – 10 pm at the Farmer’s Market, with nonstop music throughout the night.

Tickets ♣ Tickets

Single-day passes are $15

Family Fun Features

A children’s corner with engaging activities for youth of all ages, live art from our artist in residency and much more.

There Is Still Time!

  Be A Vendor  ♦  Be A Music Supporter

Please reach out at bernaroomusicfest@gmail.com to be a part of this affordable community fun event next year!

Tickets will be available online at bernaroomusicfest.com  or at the gate.

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New Bern Farmer’s Market events will be home to a wide array of activities and entertainment for all ages.

Food Vendors

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Mari’s Hella Fat Food

On-site all weekend to serve you! If you have not had one of these sliders, you have been missing out! Mari’s Hella Fat Food Truck is Veteran Owned and operated, and still serving our community. They are on site both nights to serve you. Last night on my approach my sliders were served as a random act of kindness. What a delicious treat and reminder to keep kindness in our hearts.

Also on-site Saturday Night!

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Thetinytornado 

If you have not enjoyed the tastes of The Tiny Tornado then you are missing something unique and special. Stop by and enjoy their chicken waffles or special selections for tonight’s fun festival. They offer flavors that like to party in your mouth, before satisfying your stomach!

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Local Libations 

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BrÜtopia 

In the fall of 2015, after the recent closure of a homebrew supply store that had operated in the area for many years, local home brewers Tim Dryden and Bryan Conway came to the realization that there was a need in the New Bern/James City area for a homebrew supplier. Their local club was forced to drive long distances or have their ingredients shipped in from other states in order to enjoy their hobby. They sat down and discussed the possibilities of filling the need by opening a small mail-order homebrew supply business. As the idea took shape, they realized there was also a need for a craft beer bar and bottle shop. So, in February of 2016, they filled the need by opening the doors of BrÜtopia!

Since then the love and support they have received from local homebrewers and craft beer lovers have helped fuel the dream and keep it growing. In the back of many homebrewers minds is always the dream that someday they could actually let others enjoy their beer by turning their hobby into an actual brewery and sharing their homebrewed creations with everyone. So, with the encouragement and backing of their family of patrons, they began the process of building a plan to open a brewery. The support was incredible! In February of 2018, on the 2-year anniversary of the original store’s opening, BrÜtopia Brewing Company served their first pint of beer to the public. Since then they have enjoyed brewing some of their favorites, as well as some new recipes that they have always wanted to try.

BrÜtopia Brewing Company is still growing and making plans for expanding, hopefully, to allow the beer to be appreciated outside of its location in James City! At Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival,  BrÜtopia will have a sampling of some of their creations to include: 1. Aji Pepper Ale; an amber ale brewed with Aji chiles from Peru. Warm and flavorful, it leaves a little burn, but don’t let that scare you. 2. James City IPA; a New England IPA, their take on the latest style to sweep the nation, a juicy grapefruit flavor, cloudy and delicious. 3. Mild Mia English Mild; an easy drinking English Mild beer that won’t disappoint. English malts are well-balanced, to bring out a chocolate accent and just enough hops not to disappoint. 4. 50 Shades of Cream Ale; smooth, light, refreshing with an ever so slight bitterness. Great summer beer or year-round.

Family Fun Features

A children’s corner with engaging activities for youth of all ages, live art from our artist in residency (TBA soon) and much more.

Below is a rundown of the performances throughout the weekend with more to come! If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the festival, please reach out at bernaroomusicfest@gmail.com

LIVE MUSIC LINE-UP

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Saturday, July 21st:

Day Party at

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 Bear Town Market

12:00 pm (FREE)

Bearfoot Monty

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 Headlining the event is last year’s opening act at Bernaroo! New Bern’s own folk/blues-based Bearfoot Monty is excited to rock the afternoon free show for Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival. Be on hand for their set on Saturday at 2 pm.

Carolina Sky

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Carolina Sky is a free-spirited bluegrass combo based out of Raleigh and New Bern, North Carolina. Featuring strong female lead vocals with sonorous 2 and 3-part harmonies, the group is anchored by two women with powerful voices and a rich blend. They will be offering their unique sounds on Saturday on stage at BTM.

Westmoreland-Band 

WESTMORELAND is an eclectic group of musicians with a unique sound and diverse style. Based out of central NC the band was brought together by songwriter and guitarist John Westmoreland in 2017 to record an album of original music entitled “Cast Fire,” set to be released in mid-2018. Westmoreland gave their debut performance in Durham NC on November, 25th at The Living Arts Collective and is currently lining up more shows performing the music from “Cast Fire”
Led by John Westmoreland on guitar and vocals the band features an impressive line-up of musicians including Kobie Watkins(drums), Lance Scott(Bass), Kevin Timmons(Keyboard), Diali Cissokho(Kora and Percussion), Will Ridenour(Kora and Percussion), and Daniel Chambo(Bansuri). The sound they create has its roots in the music of the Western world but also draws upon the rich musical traditions of West Africa, North India, and South America. Influences of song writer’s and poets like Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan are readily discernible floating above grooves that range from Folk to Jazz and R&B, Chamber music, and ballads of the griots of West Africa. Please contact us with any questions and don’t miss the chance to hear Westmoreland. live!

Come to town tomorrow at noon for this unique musical experience.

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Visit Our Vendors

 

Blissworks

 


DBMM

Cabin Girl Designs, LLC

 

Trav’s Tie Dyed Treasures

Artist-In-Residence Shepp Avery of Catch 42

 

Lazy Gator’s Hemp Farm

 

Trades of Hope

 

Craven Community College

LaCasetta Italian Restaurant

Non-profit

 

The Coastal Women’s Shelter

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Entertainment LineUp for

New Bern Farmer’s Market Saturday, July 21~5:00 pm

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Market Stage:

dub Addis 

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We feel that whatever your labors and aspirations in this noisy confusion of life, one must keep peace in his/her soul. We must take kindly to the council of our elders. The wisdom we get from them, combined with the new generation’s ideas, we can resolve tribalism/nationalism, sexism and racism. Come out Saturday night to enjoy the final set from the Market stage with this unique blend of talents that will leave you feeling good!

Young Bull 

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Young Bull is comprised of founding members and former JV basketball teammates Tahmique Cameron and Gabe Fox-Peck, along with the recently added rapper/singer, Christian Sinclair. Based in Durham, NC, they are rooted in a distinctively Southern sound–fusing trap and old-school soul influences into an unmistakably electric aesthetic. With over 200,000 plays on Spotify and a critically acclaimed album, Sopadelic, dropping independently in 2016, YB is making moves in the music world. Backed by some of the funkiest musicians in the country, Young Bull has performed up and down the East Coast and continues to tour, make new music, and play 2K in the basement.

 

JIMMY

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Based out of Greenville the second set on the Market Stage for day two will deliver the punk and psychedelic sounds of JIMMY the Band. The rockers have been busy on tour this Summer and excited to perform at Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival. They secured their slot for the festival after competing in a Battle of the Bands in March.

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Strung Together

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Strung Together is a family band, born on the Olivers’ front porch in downtown New Bern, NC. With soaring harmonies and a string band sound, Strung Together plays songs that they love, adapted to their own style. Playing their own unique blend of folk, Americana, old-time and bluegrass, Strung Together has enjoyed performing for audiences in North Carolina and South Carolina, making music and memories together as a family.
Strung Together is primarily the Oliver family: Cat on vocals and bass; Abigail and Mason on vocals and guitar; and their parents Dare and George on vocals and banjo. Joining them is Nick Eickhoff on percussion and Addy Quinn on fiddle. They recently released their first CD, “The Littlest Birds,” which contains a mixture of originals and their favorite tunes and is available on iTunes and Amazon.
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Feel the music. Feel the love. www.strungtogetherband.com Strung Together has enjoyed performing at many types of events, including festivals. Be sure to catch their set on the Smith Stage for 2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, July 21 at The Farmer’s Market!

Cigar Box Jesus & The Revelation

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Fairlight & Miquela

Two mistresses of the blues and residents of New Bern will team up to bring you a powerful set of blues on the Smith stage to welcome day two at the Farmer’s Market! Don’t miss the sultry singing of Fairlight Moriah and the skilled slide guitar of Miquela DeLeon.

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Live Visuals provided by The Liquid Vision Light Show

After Show at 10:00 pm (FREE)

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The Brown Pelican

411 Broad St., New Bern, NC

 

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Part live improv experiment, part DJ, Durty Dub delivers “turnt-up” dance party grooves from America and the African Diaspora, combined with haunting ballads and old-school, distorted guitar abandon. With a repertoire that includes, Katy Perry, John Lennon, Snoop, WAR, Nirvana, and some original tunes. This band can go in myriad directions – sometimes at once, and often with a sardonic sense of humor. One may not know just what to expect when they hit the stage, but one thing’s for sure: It’s always party time when Durty Dub is on the guitar!

You are invited to enjoy this fun show on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the Brown Pelican. The fun starts at 10 pm and the show is Free!

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Sunday, July 22nd:

Bernaroo Brunch at

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Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion

12:00 pm:

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Alisa Evans Mike

Alisa Evans Mike, mezzo-soprano, is a native of Tarboro, NC. Her love of singing was developed from early childhood, encouraged by her parents, as well as throughout her academic years by several music teachers, whom she credits with fueling her passion for music and performing.

Alisa studied vocal performance at Saint Augustine’s College (University) in Raleigh, NC, where she later earned a BA in Communications.

The talented singer is releasing a new jazz standard CD and will be hosting a CD release party at The City Stage, 901 Pollock St, New Bern, on Friday, August 3 from 7:00-8:30 pm.

Beginning August 9, 2018, you can find Alisa performing at City Stage (formerly LIVE@City Laundry), 901 Pollock Street, in downtown New Bern, NC, every Thursday, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

We are excited to have her on the menu for brunch at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. Music will be served from 12 noon to 3 pm.

Bernaroo Last Call

5 pm

 

Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade

This is a tale of The Dust Parade, an original music group from the coastal nether-regions of Eastern North Carolina. Theirs is a unique style of blues/surf/jazz-improv expressed through and expanded over catchy songwriting. Their sound is dynamic. Infectious. It’s entertaining and unpredictable, for all involved. It’s not “jam” and it’s definitely not jazz. It’s just music. Incredibly good music. Made in America with 100% heart.

Conceived in the solitude of a quiet bedroom during the lonely late hours of the night. Guitarist/singer/songwriter and self-proclaimed “clueless leader,” Hank Barbee writes and writes. The ideas flow down from the heavens. There are no rules there. No parameters of genre or prose. Simply melodies and a sparsely sketched canvas of mood and message.

In the winter of 2016, Hank began to jam with bassist Matt Henderson and the two even did a few shows. There was a chemistry. In early 2017 Barbee called up a saxophonist he was pleasantly acquainted with named Jim Durham. Hank asked him to sit in on an upcoming show. More chemistry. After several months of trial and tribulation, the trio is gifted with the awesome soul of drummer, Logan Watson.

It’s now 2018 and the new songs and sounds are rolling out. Band practice is the highlight of the week. Creation is empowerment and love and a reminder that we were all created by something bigger. Therefore we, in turn, must create.

This sound. It makes people happy. It makes the girls wanna sway. It seems to make fans and ‘repeat attendees’. This breed of ‘bluesy island surf country bossa soul’ with that little dab of ‘beachy swing jazz’ is just what this world needs. The Dust Parade.

Thanks for Supporting Live Music from your Friends at Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival 

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Answering the Call
Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

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Here are all the great music options for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.
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Thanks for Reading!
Please go out and support live music!  Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created.

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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

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