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Picking Up From Where We Left It, Let’s Dance Through The Week Together

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

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Sunday’s Soothing Sounds

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The Dusty Trio came to Fairfield Harbour on Sunday, August 25, 2019, to offer a fun afternoon of music for the community I call home. My friends and neighbors gathered at Red Sail Park to enjoy a performance by this talented trio. Presented by yours truly, Tracey Stones Productions is the sponsor of this concert series which kicked off in May with Big Jim and will continue until we resort to an indoor facility for the winter months. This series was inspired by knowing both Hank Barbee and Big Jim Kohler. 

Watching them in their journey and embracing their sobriety, I wanted to create a more family-friendly scene in parks around towns near and far. Pack a picnic and come out and enjoy music with friends and neighbors. Currently, there is no funding for these events. I m the banner sponsor and sole promoter. I ask concert-goers to tip the bands that play.

Last week was special in that the tips collected were donated to a family in need. Greg Davis is Barbee’s father-in-law and was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor and shortly after lost his job. In all, several hundred dollars was collected for the family. The newlyweds’ bride set up a Go Fund Me account for fans and friends who couldn’t make it out to the show, but could help the family in this trying time, please visit Let’s Beat Brain Cancer.

 

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From Surf Sounds to Waves of Jazz  

 

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It was one special guest after another last Sunday afternoon on the deck. This not surprising, as John Van Dyke seems to bring out the special guests each week, when he shines on the deck at Persimmons. A few weeks ago it was a couple of beauties he shared the mic with and this week it was a mixed bag of wonderful personalities. All faces that I love and admire. All so talented too. Bob Tyson joined the band with his sax. Steve Tyson shared a song with us, Steve Robb did the same and Ann Sorracki offered up her jazzy best! It was a beautiful night of wonderful music.

Below you can hear more about music tonight. But for jazz on the deck tomorrow, join Andrea Owens and her talented quartet, sit under the sails and enjoy the good food and fine music being served. Jazz music is served from 5:30-7:30 each Sunday evening.

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Sweet Memories Made Each Monday

It was my thought a few weeks back, that maybe things would slow down for the peak of the Summer season, as that is the norm for our area bars. Generally August offers lower sales, as people get ready for back to school and put a cap on vacations too. With that being said, Monday is the exception to this rule around town. Each Monday at The Brown Pelican, brings more excitement, even seven months later.

Last week we had the stand-in regulars on guitar, Jayke Steel and Jonathon Peck, and joining the fun this week was Landy Spain of Built for Comfort fame. He shared a couple of songs on guitar and closed out the night offering another on vocals. It never gets old watching this night grow and become the sweet treat it has become for our town and it’s music-loving people. 

Hosted by Big Jim and his Chicago Blues Band, this night kicks off with the guys offering several jams in trio formation, before opening the killing floor to talented jammers that join the fun. Music plays from 7 pm -9:30 pm and it has been known to even go later. Be sure show the house band your tips, as this helps to keep them happy. Thank you all that gather and help make our Mondays memorable.

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Wednesday Is Not Worse, With More Talent Added to the Mix

Wednesday nights at City Stage seems to offer much the same experience, only different. Taking place at The City Stage, this fun night also kicks off at 7 pm with the band offering a fine set of Chicago laced blues, before opening the stage up to the growing list of jammers that come to join. This week we had two new guitar players Adam Hill, being one of them. There were three bass players that came to call, Phillip Alcock, Chiles Estrada and Billy Mobley, all played the bottom beats for us. We saw David Sawyer on the harmonica and Rich Demetri on drums. That’s a lot of action to cover in the course of two hours. But it is always a fun and fine time. Be sure to catch the band at City Stage this month on Wednesday, September 4, 18 and 25. On Wednesday, September 11, DownEast Folk Art Society will present the music of Sally Barris.

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Friday Night Fun Around Town Keeps Me Bopping to the Beats

Core Sounds Creates the Dinner Music on the Deck for Diners

 

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Footloose On The Neuse Presents Adam Pitts

New Bern Parks ad Recreation Department is in the midst of offering the second annual Summer Concert Series deemed Footloose on the Neuse. The shows are sponsored by Trent Cadilac/ Buick/ GMC and Riverside Camping Center. Offering the entertainment for our town last night was the talented one man band, born and raised in Bethlehem, NC and calling Raleigh his home, Adam Pitts. He shared familiar songs with the large crowd that gathered under the star-filled sky along the Neuse River.

For those that might recall, Pitts was the talented player selected to open during the First Annual Town Bear Drop. That was the first time I had the pleasure of hearing him perform. He is a singer-songwriter who would rather be crafting his own works to share, but makes a living sharing familiar songs instead as the story goes. He is a talented stringer and can be found on Facebook here: Adam Pitts Music.

 For those looking to catch the singer live for themselves, his next big show event is in Apex, NC on Saturday, September 14. He will perform at Peak Of The Vine. As for the next Footloose on The Neuse Concert event; they will feature New Bern’s own funky soul band, Joe Brown and the Band. Mark your calendars for Friday, September 13, 2019. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the concert wraps up about 9 PM. Bring the family, including pets on a leash. Leave coolers at home, but come ready to support local food trucks and vendors on hand to serve you.

 

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 On Broad Street We Meet Michael Daughtry at The Brown Pelican

Michael Daughtry is a local singer and stringer from Newton Grove, NC, who was shredding notes and sharing songs last night at the Brown Pelican. He offered a variety of music while entertaining the crowd from 7-10 pm. Michael Daughtry and the Drift is the stringers band project. He has a show tonight in Pittsboro, NC. For more on that follow this link: Come Out and Play Sculpture Show

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Machine Gun Brings the Party to Blackbeard’s Triple Play

Machine Gun is a party band from Wilmington NC, that pack up their equipment and good vibes, bringing them to each stage they play. Last night those good times were unwrapped for us in New Bern, on the back deck of Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant. Music that was offered was fun, familiar and mostly rocking. They threw in some pop covers, add a few raps too. For those that hope to catch them near home base, the band will bring the party to Marina Grill – Wilmington, offering the grooves from 6-9 PM.

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Don’t Forget To Visit The Music Calendars!

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NCMZ.LIVE is happy to announce our new calendar feature. We now offer three calendars for music lovers to check out for live music events. With a growing commitment to building this site to be a daily vehicle for music lovers to check out, I have added the new calendars pages and widgets. These pages and calendar widgets are broken down by area, New Bern, The Crystal Coast and Around the Region.

Live Music Events ~ New Bern

 Live Music Events ~ Along the Coast

Live Music Events Around the Region

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Getting Down Around Town in New Bern, NC

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Dining and Dancing

Persimmons Restaurant

There will be live music on the deck with Wyldwood, sharing sounds from 6:30-9:30 PM. Call your friends and make a plan for dining on the deck, under the sails, while overlooking the Neuse River. The menu offers some great new treats for your taste-buds to experience.  

Attitudes Pub & Grille

Its the 3rd annual Pig-Pickin Labor Day Luau at Attitudes Pub tonight! Come hear the Bears sing your favorite oldies….break out your Hawaiian attire and enjoy a BBQ buffet.
$15 includes Pig and Bears (Food and Band!)

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Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of great music featuring local stringers The Neuse River Ramblers ,offering songs from 7:00-10:00 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs and wonderful originals by this local and regional player. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of The BiPolar Express, who always bring the party tunes! They will bring the music to life tonight on the deck with all the grooves you will love. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage New Bern

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City Stage New Bern will be rocking tonight as well with Bridge to Breakdown offering the live sounds. Music plays from 8 – 11 PM. Comprised of three lifelong friends, Bridge to Breakdown is a very unique act. They play Funk Rock/Alternative Metal music! Admission $5.00.

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On the James City Side 

BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Sam Lewis & His Salty Trio live. This slinger will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Playing lots of popular hits. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Open Mic Broad Street Church

Broad Street Christian Church is where the monthly open mic night is hosted. You are encouraged to come early to sign up and please note, all are welcome to participate. Music is shared from 6:30-9 PM 

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company has live music tonight in the garden from 7-10pm, courtesy of local favorite Big & Richard.

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

 The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers live music each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music. Pure T Momicked will be there to entertain. Music plays at 8-11 pm.

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Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes music for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music. Tonight the music comes courtesy of Stephen Poole on the patio.

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Off The Hook

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Off The Hook welcomes the fun grooves Night Shift. Music starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar.

~Saturday August 31st~
Open at 12noon
Live music by 20 Ride starts at 9:30pm

~Sunday September 1st~
Open 12noon
Sunday Funday with DJ Jerm 4pm – 8pm
Continue the holiday weekend fun with live music by Liquid Pleasure starting at 8:30pm

See you at Jack’s!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents

Megan Jean and the KFB, Sat Aug 31st, 9pm-1am, $3 cover charge

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“In the four years since their last album, Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band have undergone something of an identity crisis. Sure, there are elements that have remained the same: Megan Jean’s hurricane of a voice that can glide from baritone to mezzo soprano without breaking a sweat; the engine-room thrum-and-stomp of her husband Byrne Klay on banjo and bass drum — that’s all intact.

But depending on when you might have seen them on their endless tour around the country, Megan Jean and Byrne Klay might have been a folk-tinged duo with Jean on acoustic guitar, or a washboard-strumming revue heavy on campy 1950s horror movie references and 1920s flapper-jazz style vocals. In their most recent incarnation, they’re a mesh of fiercely rhythmic, percussion-heavy propulsion, with the banjo and Jean’s roof-shaking voice the only melodic elements.

It might seem that there’s some grand evolutionary design in place, but Jean says that necessity, and injury have been the mothers of their invention.

“I started on guitar, and then realized I needed to have drums to get folks dancing,” she says. “And I needed to get ’em dancing if I wanted to play where the people were on Saturday night. I switched to washboard, which hurt my hands and shoulders terribly after a few hundred shows over several years.”

She adds, “These days I’m playing a full kit and singing, and it’s the most fun I’ve ever had onstage.”

Byrne Klay is one of those musical wizards, who can essentially play any instrument he picks up, but even so his style has changed as well. “Last year I started playing an electric banjo,” he says. “It’s a whole new thing for me. It plays and resonates like a banjo but sustains like a guitar. I’ve learned a lot making that thing work beneath Megan’s voice. And Megan’s drumming has really developed; her feel for rhythm is pure heartbeat.”

Klay adds, “A good musician knows that the secret is to tune your instrument to the strongest heartbeat. The rest is just a body in motion.”

The result is that Jean has more space than ever to flex her vocal muscle, which she does with even more skill on the KFB’s new album, “Tarantistas.” The duo recorded the album at The Jam Room in Columbia with engineer Zac Thomas. “We have special chemistry with Zac,” Klay says. “As an engineer, he’s the perfect partner for us. His ears are as good as Megan’s and his skill set covers everything we can’t. He has great taste and really listens to how we play.”

Jean estimates that the band has played 600 shows since their last album, and despite the hardships of being an independent band that literally lives on the road (their home is their touring van much of the time), the experience they’ve accumulated has been invaluable.

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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REV & Ronnie will offer the dinner grooves and will be serving the sounds at Fishy Fishy Cafe tonight. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the food is always delicious.

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Rocking Around the Region

 

Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to Sixteen Penny, will be rocking the fun tunes tonight. They will be offering the fun rock grooves we all know and love. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 1:30 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

 The Blue Note Grill is located in Durham and offers good food and great music. Tonight it’s Willie Painter, offering danceable blues with a nod towards swinging jazz and an eclectic selection of rock and pop tunes. Tickets for the show are $8.00 and music starts at 8 PM

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Raleigh, NC

The Pour House Music Hall

 

The Pour House Music Hall welcomes DownTown Abby & The Echoes w/ 49 Winchester
 Doors open at 8 PM. Showtime 9 PM. Advance Tickets are $10, General Admission. Here is more on the acts as per the Facebook Event:

DownTown Abby & The Echoes captures the spirit of old soul while emphasizing its youthful energy and fresh songwriting.

Taking influence from the work of the titans of soul, blues, and southern rock, the North Carolina-based band brings its fresh take on soul to an ever-growing fan base. Recently named the FloydFest 19 On-the-Rise Series winner, DownTown Abby & The Echoes has never been more focused on its mission to bring funky, dance-inducing original tunes to the Southeast’s most popular festivals and music venues.

DownTown Abby & The Echoes’ powerful vocals and groovy rhythm section is a must-see for all ages and musical preferences.

Abby Bryant: Vocals/keys/guitar
Bailey Faulkner: Guitar
Anthony Dorion: Bass/vocals
Matt Guard: Keys/vocals
Joe Gray: Drums

49 Winchester
Hailing from the heart of Appalachia in Russell County VA, 49 Winchester’s sound is drenched with blues, soul, southern rock, and country influences. An eclectic blend of musicians from different backgrounds, they have forged out a genre bending sound that is uniquely their own. Lead singer & guitarist Isaac Gibson’s powerful raspy vocals and honest lyrics, supported by a muscled 3 guitar attack, steel guitar, and a rock solid rhythm section provide a sound and spirit laden with emotion, both high and low.

Making their musical beginnings as childhood friends, Isaac Gibson & Chase Chafin began playing songs together on the banks of the Clinch River & the steps of the abandoned buildings in “Old Castlewood” Virginia. The echos of a once bustling town, empty train station and hotels of Winchester Street provided a perfect backdrop to their country, blues, and ragtime influences. With added guitar work from longtime friend Bus Shelton, the young band began playing shows in 2013 as an acoustic folk-trio in the months after high school and was well received into the region’s strong culture of grassroots music.

Over time, and with the addition of a rhythm section, the bands sound became something with more grit and power. Their childhood influences of rock and roll, blues, and country, molded the music into something that is totally unique and all their own. With a consistently heavy touring schedule, 49 Winchester has since played venues & festivals across the East, delivering the songs of Isaac Gibson in a powerful live show.

Their 2018 sophomore album “The Wind” was self-produced at Bristol VA’s Classic Recording Studio with Mike Stephenson and features driving electric guitars and drums matched with jangling mountain banjo melodies. The 11 poetically straight-forward tracks touch on the topics of despair, love, & self-reflection with emotion & excitement that mirrors the energy of their live performance.

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic night, hosted by Brian Burke from 6 pm – 9 pm.

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight on the Pebble Stage the music plays at 7 and ends at 10 pm. Tonight’s entertainment comes courtesy of Rowlette Green.

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Market Street Pub

Friends and fans of StraightWire are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Come out and enjoy a cold beer and fun tunes. Music starts at 10 pm.

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Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

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If you missed them last time. Not to worry!!!!!

Get your boots on and get ready to kick some dust up cause…

They’re back!!!!!!!!!!

Carolina Sky

One of our very favorites, one of Eastern North Carolinas favorite kick-ass Country party bands returns to Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern.

Joe Alma and the boys always bring the show! See it for yourself tonight at 9 PM.

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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. Follow the link to see what they said this week.

 

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Thank You for Reading!

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Tonight’s blog is made possible thanks to the donation and kindness of NC Life Media, LLC 

The calendar app is sponsored by Ken Byrd!

 

Please go out and support live music tonight! Please be sure to call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the changes publicly.

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Thanks to the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Have a fun and safe weekend and take time to enjoy the dance! When we return tomorrow we will pick up with the blues and more music news. Until we meet again out on the scene or right back here, cheers!

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Plenty To Report From New Bern Then We Leave Town To Rock It!

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

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Last Saturday night Tryon Palace hosted the Second Annual Live and Local Event at the North Carolina History Center. Above, New Bern original Brewer, Pete Frey of Brewery 99.

Live & Local Features Local Beer and Live Music

Saturday’ evening’s Live & Local event was the Second Annual for The Tryon Palace Foundation. This is a new fundraiser for the Foundation and though in its infancy, it is a successful one too. They sold out of the 400 tickets available. On hand were several area beer crafters, offering their best brews of the season. Under the party tent, which was sponsored by Hyundai of New Bern, just outside were two stellar bands. Opening the event was The Dust Parade from Wilmington and closing things out, from Morehead City, The Spread sharing their fun grooves. Amongst the breweries were our own Brewery 99 and BrÜTopia. Also on hand from New Bern was Savi Wine Store. Surrounding the outskirts of North Carolina History Center were a great variety of local food trucks serving up their tasty treats. 

During the event, I sat in on the live stream with New Bern Now’s Wendy Card and her co-host Jane Malucci. During that hour we had the opportunity to get to know Regina Ochoa, who helped organize the event. Following our time with her, we got to speak with Matt Shortway of Shortway Brewing in Newport. They are coming into their second year in the industry and brought samples for us to try. I found it rather amusing that his sample was called The Hippy Shake. It was quite tasty and smooth. Before closing out the hour, Hank Barbee stopped by and chatted briefly about his performance under the tent. 

To view that podcast check out the watch party link:

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All in all, it was a fun event and a great time. Also featured throughout the day were a variety of local food trucks serving the goods. The event was such a great success that they are reserving the space for next year. Mark the date and save it!

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Next Stop Blackbeard’s for Jan Michael Fields Band

The Jan Michael Fields Band returned to rock the deck at Blackbeard’s last Saturday night. These boys hail from South Carolina and always bring the party. They play the fun and popular hits we all know and love. They cover AC/DC, Journey and so much more. If you have not danced the night away with this seasoned and professional outfit, then you should make it a point to do it soon.

This band is always great fun and they put on a great show. The band will return to our area next month, when they visit Maverick’s Pointe, Sunset Beach, NC on September 20. Music starts at 7:30 pm and on Saturday, September 21 you can catch the band at Heroes Sports Oyster Bar & Grille, in Goldsboro, NC, where the music plays from 10 pm until closing. For fans and friends of the band, be sure to keep up with their schedule by clicking this link:

Upcoming JMFB Shows

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Adrian & Company on The Deck

Adrian & Company came to New Bern for a visit and played for the crowded dining last Saturday evening at Persimmons Restaurant. It was a beautiful night under the sails, as this trio shared songs and had a good time with the crowd.  Adrian & Co is actually the scaled-down version of TrainWreck. They have covered it all, from rock to pop and even rap. Always fun they are a talented bunch of songsters. Below is a quick clip of what you might expect when booking or coming to see this band:

 

For fans and friends of the band, be sure to like TrainWreck on Facebook to keep up with  Adrian Watts and  & the band.

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Gary Dudley & The Maxxtones Live at City Stage

 

The rock trio Gary Dudley & The Maxxtones are from the Crystal Coast and play New Bern on the regular. They offer a great show of rock standards with a bit of blues and pop thrown into the mix. On Saturday night they were rocking the City Stage with their show. Offering fans and friends the best in classic rock, they cover all of the greats. They keep busy playing around the region most weekends. The band has a couple of New Bern gigs coming up on their agenda in September. Be sure to save a date to get rocked by this trio soon.68631386_490759061709367_6112755295715328000_o.jpg

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Carolina Swamp Dogs Return to The Bern with The Blues

 

The final act I caught around town last Saturday evening was, the duo I brought to the Bern, The Carolina Swamp Dogs. This duo of blues makers is fun and serious all at once. They have fun making the music they love and are serious about educating people on the blues as part of their show. This is always a wonderful thing to behold. Even with knowing the blues, as well as I, do, they teach me things as they share their beats. 

The band is not on social media and they do not have a website, but I keep everyone up to speed on their gigs as they unfold right here. This weekend they will be headed to Wrightsville Beach this weekend to rock their blues away on Saturday. If you are down in the neighborhood drop, by Wrightsville Beach Brewery on Saturday afternoon. You can catch the Swamp Dogs from 3-6 pm.

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Leaving Town We Go in Search of The BiPolar Express

 

As the Swamp Dogs wrapped up, I looked at Mary Shine and ask, “What next? ” She looked at me and said, “I would love to see my boys, we can still catch the end of their show.” So with that, we got in the music bus and road to Morehead City to check in with the BiPolar Express. The rock trio was appearing on the deck at Off the Hook and rocking the enthusiastic crowd.

Before the final set ended, a big New Bern crowd of birthday gatherers joined the party and we sang and celebrated with Ashley Lee.

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For fans and friends, looking to get rocked hard by this fun trio, they will be in town this weekend doing their thing. Check them out on Saturday night as they rock the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant. Music starts at 7:30 PM and they keep the party going until the town makes them quit at 11 pm.

Keep up with the band by liking their page on facebook, The BiPolar Express or pick a show and just go!

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Don’t Forget To Visit The Music Calendars!

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NCMZ LIVE is happy to announce our new calendar feature. We now offer three calendars for music lovers to check out for live music events. With a growing commitment to building this site to be a daily vehicle for music lovers to check out, I have added the new calendars pages and widgets. These pages and calendar widgets are broken down by area, New Bern, The Crystal Coast and Around the Region.

Live Music Events ~ New Bern

 Live Music Events ~ Along the Coast

Live Music Events Around the Region

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, August 30, 2019

Getting Down Around Town in New Bern, NC

Footloose on the Neuse is the highlight of music in town. Brought to us by New Bern Parks & Recreation Department and Sponsored By Riverside Camping Center and Trent Cadilac/ Buick/ GMC. Live music is offered at Union Point Park tonight at 6:30 PM. ome out with a chair or blanket,  and pets are welcome on a leash. Leave the coolers at home and come eat at the park and buy your beverages on-site too. On stage tonight is the incredible one-man band, Adam Pitts. Pitts was last in town during the New Year’s Eve celebration.  

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Dining and Dancing

Persimmons Restaurant

There will be good food being served and live music on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant this evening. Core Sound will be sharing sounds from 6:30-9:30 PM. Call your friends and make a plan for dining on the deck, under the sails, while overlooking the Neuse River. The menu offers some great new treats for your taste-buds to experience and the band offer classic rock and blues grooves your ears will recognize and enjoy.

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Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of great music featuring local stringer Michael Daughtry, offering songs from 7:00-10:00 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs and wonderful originals by this local and regional player. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Machine Gun, who always bring the party tunes! They will bring the music to life tonight on the deck with all the grooves you will love. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine

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Live music will be offered is at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine each Friday from 8-10:30 pm. 

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Daryl Lucas live. This slinger will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Playing lots of popular hits. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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It is birthday weekend for my buddy Big Jim! Come celebrate his blues tonight from 7-10 pm as he and his Chicago Blues Band serve up the sounds at The Garage! Located in James City at 1209 Highway 70 East, they are located next to the Auto Zone.  Then tune in tomorrow to hear all about his week around town and the blues competition we are heading to on Sunday in Durham at The Blues Note Grill

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company has live music tonight in the garden from 7-10pm, courtesy of local favorite Wild Honey!

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Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden

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Carolina Home and Garden welcomes the weekend with Joe Baes in the garden, offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from Joeve’s Pizza, have a cold beer and relax as you settle into the weekend.

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

 The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers live music each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music. At press time no performer was listed for Friday, but on Saturday Pure T Momicked will be there to entertain. Music plays at 8-11 pm.

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Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes music for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music. Tonight the music comes courtesy of Bruce Naegelen. Tomorrow night come enjoy Stephen Poole on the patio.

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Off The Hook

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Off The Hook welcomes the fun grooves of DJ Chainsaw tonight. Tomorrow night they welcome Night Shift. Music starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar.

~Friday August 30th~
Open at 4pm
Fun Friday Happy Hour hosted by Jacks 5pm – 7pm with pizza bites available while they last
Live music by Spare Change starting at 9:30pm

~Saturday August 31st~
Open at 12noon
Live music by 20 Ride starts at 9:30pm

~Sunday September 1st~
Open 12noon
Sunday Funday with DJ Jerm 4pm – 8pm
Continue the holiday weekend fun with live music by Liquid Pleasure starting at 8:30pm

See you at Jack’s!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents

Bobby Webb & Co, Fri Aug 30th, 8:30-11:30 PM, No Cover

Join us for live music by one of our favorite local, down-home acts, Bobby Webb & Co!
They play contemporary Americana and country.

Bring your friends out for a good time! 

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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Into The Fog will offer the dinner grooves and will be serving the sounds at Fishy Fishy Cafe tonight. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the food is always delicious.

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Rocking Around the Region

 

Greensboro, NC

The Blind Tiger

 

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Live tonight at The Blind Tiger, I LOVE THE 90’S ROCK PARTY!
FRI AUG 30
DOORS 8 | SHOW 9
FREE W/ RSVP AT THEBLINDTIGER.COM

ALL YOUR FAVORITES!

MY BROTHER SKYLER
SMASHAT
DOOKIE – GREEN DAY TRIBUTE

Purchase Tickets:
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Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to Chris Hagan Band, who will be rocking the fun tunes tonight. They will be offering the fun rock grooves we all know and love, with original music too. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 1:30 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

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 The Blue Note Grill is located in Durham and offers good food and great music. This Friday, 8-Track Mind plays funky, beautiful ’70s gold for hip-shaking’ and slow dancin’. Our charismatic and velvet-voiced singer Sandie, beside veteran Triangle musicians, who look the partand delivers spot-on renditions of a smorgasbord of pop hits, from “Lady Marmalade” and “I Will Survive” to “American Pie” and “Afternoon Delight.” We look forward to being part of your celebration lets get lost in the Rock’n’Roll and Drift Away! 8-Track Minds is; Gordon MacLachlan, Greg Bower, Sandie MacLachlan, Glenn Jones, Bryan Sodeman, Scott Miller.

 

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Raleigh, NC

The Pour House Music Hall

 

The Pour House Music Hall welcomes Little Stranger w/ Apples & Airplanes, SkyBlew at The Pour House. Doors open at 8 PM. Showtime 9 PM. Advance Tickets are $10, General Admission. Here is more on the acts as per the Facebook Event:

Friday night dance party with Little Stranger, Apples & Airplanes and SkyBlew

Little Stranger
Born and raised in Philly and crash-landed in Charleston, John and Kevin Shields are the minds behind the quirky indie hip-hop group Little Stranger. Performing as a duo, Little Stranger is a fresh hybrid of John’s singer-songwriter magnetism and Kevin’s hard hitting, in-your-face delivery. Stylistically reminiscent of Gorillaz and Twenty One Pilots, Little Stranger inhabits a relatively unexplored niche at this point in time. They’re all about originality and every song is a separate work unto itself. With all the strangeness that their name implies John and Kevin Shields bring years of experience to the table. With previous bands, they’ve played with names like Slightly Stoopid, Del the Funky Homosapien, Grace Potter, Papadosio, The Heavy Pets, and John Brown’s Body.
Little Stranger was quickly recognized at home, named “Hip-Hop Act of the Year” in the 2016 & 2017 Charleston City Paper Music Awards and listed jointly as one of “17 People to Watch in 2017” in the Charleston Indie blog, Out of the wood- work, they’ve toured up and down the East and West Coasts, and recently released a string of eclectic music videos to their fans. With an ever-increasing arsenal of new tunes, Little Stranger is poised and making 2019 a big year.

Apples & Airplanes
A Raleigh Original since 2010, Apples & Airplanes combines elements of Americana and old R&B with a jammy vibe to create a sound that is unique and true.

SkyBlew
SkyBlew uses his sincere, substantive lyrics & colorful sound, to breathe life into music, and the world.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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It is going to be a night not to be missed by music fans, as AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Cooper Greer to the stage! Come grab yourself some good food and a cold drink at one of the coolest places in Greenville. Music plays from 8:30-11:30 pm. This show is free!

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays, they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic night, hosted by Brian Burke from 6 pm – 9 pm.

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight on the Pebble Stage the music plays at 7 and ends at 10 pm. Tonight enjoy the rocking blues of High Cotton out of the Triangle area and tomorrow it is Rowlette Green

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Market Street Pub

 

Friends and fans of Jamie Pridgen Band are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Come out and enjoy a cold beer and fun and funky throwback sounds offered by this lively one-man band. Music starts at 10 pm.

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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. Follow the link to see what they said this week.

 

August 26 at 10:23 PM

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Thank You for Reading!

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Please go out and support live music tonight! Please be sure to call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the changes publicly.

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When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Have a fun and safe weekend and take time to enjoy the dance! When we return tomorrow we will pick up with the blues and more music news. Until we meet again out on the scene or right back here, cheers!

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Blues Is Our Bizness All Week Long And End the Week On A Rock Groove

On the Scene With with Tracey Stones

Rocking my new job as music promoter on the deck at Persimmons last Sunday. Photo Credit: Dan Jam Phillips.

 

Monday Is Never Manic With Blues Mania at The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican is the popular watering hole that is known for hosting live music five nights a week. Kicking things off with a blues fix is Big Jim Kohler Band who each Monday offers music jams from 7-9:30 PM each week. This popular night brings out many blues admirers and players too. All are welcome to come out and be a part of the fun. The band offers a fun set of Chicago style blues before asking guests to share the stage for more jams that lean into the blues.

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Mid Week Blues Break Brings New Faces and Many Bassists

Following a night off, Big Jim and the Band get back to work sharing more jams with more jammers in town. Most Wednesdays, the band can be found on stage at City Stage, sharing the blues and cutting the grooves with special guests.

This past week we saw some new faces and two new bassists who stepped up to jam with the band. First, we met Chiles, a new face on the stage, who shared a few songs before tuning over the bass detail to David Rappaport. Rappaport is the bassist for the new line up of Due East who will be making their debut at The Brown Pelican in a few weeks. Look for them in mid-October. 

Along with a couple of new bass players, we featured two harmonicas at one point in the program. Blowing the notes were Gordon Graham and David Sawyer.

The mid-week blues jam offers two hours of blistering blues and rocking grooves that bring fans to Chicago and back in two hours time. The BJKBB will be there each week until September 11, when the DownEast Folk Art Society brings a show to town. More on that as we grow closer to the event.

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Thursday Yields More Blues From the Road as We Head to The House for Woolly’s Big Blues Jam

Woolly & The Wingnutz are the house band at The House in Durham where each Thursday, players gather to join the jams. This week Woolly requested that Big Jim come early and play with the Wingnutz. This weekly jam welcomes many players from the Triangle region and always offers a bouquet of talent. Many of these players are friends we met along the way in our travels to The Blue Note Grill. 

Speaking of the blues supper club, they will be hosting their annual blues competition, next week for The Road to Memphis. This annual competition is judged and selects one winner from each category to go to Memphis to represent The Triangle Blues Society at The International Blues Challenge at the beginning of 2020. The Big Jim Kohler Band is registered to compete. I will be on hand to stream live from the competition.

Not long after the competition, Woolly & his Wingnutz will be coming to New Bern to rock your blues away. on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant on Saturday, September 14, 2019. That show will start at 6:30 pm.

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We Welcome The Weekend with More Blues and Rockin Grooves

Things got underway between Tracey Stones Productions and Persimmons Restaurant after the manager, Meghan Margarum reached out to hire Big Jim for a show. I replied that he would be available in late August and that I would love to meet about bringing more music to the beautiful venue. After a few messages and a meeting, it was agreed that we can work together in bringing talent to the waterfront restaurant that overlooks the Neuse River. 

Last night it was the debut for the Big Jim Kohler Band on the deck. Bringing their talents to make the music were Big Jim on guitar and vocals, Chris Buttitta on bass, Mike Ferrara on drums and there is vocal spotlight which shines also when Kathy Kohler grabs the mic to belt her blues. They set up outside on the deck for the first set, but as the storm set in during the break, we broke down and moved the party upstairs and inside. Tonight you can find the boys rocking their blues at Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Wilmington NC. Music starts at 8 PM. Next week they will be back on the Bear City clock and doing what they do about town. Be sure to be a part of the fun soon. We love seeing you.

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Closing Out My Week Of Blues with Good Rock

I closed out the week with the rocking fun grooves of Stairwell. This Greenville-based band has been creating sounds for 13 years and have two original discs available for purchase. They also travel with lots of merchandise, from t-shirts to jewelry, hats, stickers and more. The band plays a variety of cover songs that run the gamut from pop to rock. Of all the songs they offer, it is the original works that truly impress me. Here is a sample of what I mean.

 

The band keeps their events up to date on Facebook so if you wish to keep in the know, be sure to check them out on Facebook by following this link: Stairwell. Their next show will bring them to Da Bayou Wilson next Friday night with music being offered at 10 PM. Next Saturday the band returns to their home base to rock Tiebreakers Sports Bar and Grill, Greenville, with music again starting at 10 PM.

 

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Dining and Dancing Picks:

North Carolina History Center

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TICKETS:

$25: (August 1 – August 24)
$8: Designated Drivers

Featuring: Big Game Brewing, Fishtowne Brew House, BrÜtopia, Shortway Brewing Co., Brewery 99, Tight Lines Pub & Brewing Co., The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, and Savi’s Wine.

Live music from The Dust Parade and The Spread!

Food trucks include La Cocina Del Coqui, LLC, Pops & Pucker, Dank Burrito, Kings Restaurant, NEST CAFE on Wheels, The Little Chef Food Truck and Catering Company, and PB’S Italian Ices!

All proceeds will benefit the Tryon Palace Foundation.

https://www.tryonpalace.org/LiveAndLocal

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On The Outskirts of Town

Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood

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Live music will be offered tonight at Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood from 6-8 PM with Country Express Band sharing songs with diners.

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Persimmons Restaurant

In case you missed the news, Persimmons Restaurant has committed to bringing more live music. The waterfront restaurant will offer local sounds each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 6:30-9:30 PM and Sundays offer Jazz from 5:30-7:30 PM. Music will be offered rain or shine. Tonight on tap and ushing in the dinner grooves will be Adrian Watts of TrainWreck with his scaled-down band, Adrian & Company.  Make plans to dine and dance the night away soon. Sunday Jazz will be dished out by the incredible John Van Dyke tomorrow.

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City Stage New Bern

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City Stage New Bern welcomes the rocking trio Gary Dudley & The Maxxtones offering the live music from 8-11 pm. Come early and grab a bite and stay late to rock the night away. GD&TM will rock your socks off as they offer up all of the classic rock favorites you love. Doors open for dinner service at 5 PM. Admission for music is $8.00.

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Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of music with The Carolina Swamp Dogs. Coming to town for tonight, they will be offering more of the fun, folk-inspired grooves they enjoy shuffling through and more, 8-11 pm. 

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of The Jan Michael Fields Band. They will bring the music to life with all the grooves you will love. Music plays generally at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info and confirmation on tonight’s show please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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On the James City Side 

Brütopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the grooves of Joe Baes Project live. Sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Sam Lewis live and grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.

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SWANSBORO, NC

Bake, Bottle & Brew

Big Drink Music Company offers the live music sounds tonight at Bake, Bottle & Brew this eveningMusic is offered from 6-9 pm.

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Emerald Isle, NC

The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits

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Country crooner, Ryan Cain will be offering songs to the fans and friends, that gather for good eats and great beer tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music starts at 6 pm and this New Bern based band will rock you until 9 pm.

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The Carolina Wine Mixer

The Carolina Wine Mixer welcomes the music of Stephen Poole, offering music from 7-10 pm

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Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes Red and The Rockers for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music.

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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~Saturday August 24th~
Open @ Noon
Live music by RRR (Rural Route Romance) starts @ 9:30pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

~Sunday August 25th~
Open @ Noon
Live music on the deck by Bill McLain 4pm – 8pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

See you at Jack’s!

See you at Jack’s!

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OFF THE HOOK

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Off The Hook welcomes ThBiPolar Express tonight on the deck. The rock trio from New Bern offered three sets packs with 80s rock grooves. Music starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop 

Endless Summer Queen Vacation, Saturday Aug 24th 9pm-1 am, cover $10, $1 from each door prize will be donated to Pride of the Crystal Coast, a local LGBTQ organization

 

Join us for a Summer PRIDE PARTY & Drag show, hosted by the Current Miss Gay North Carolina Pride, Veruca Salt!
She will be entertaining us alongside her friends, Amaya, Bang Bang Ladesh, Michelle Michaels, Emily Michales and Kayla Lashay! Dance music will be provided by Dj Nishfutz!

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Royal James Cafe

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Now or Never are on the stage tonight at Royal James with free music being offered from 8-11 PM. This Crystal Coast duo will be rocking their home base and offering up their original works. Riding the high, of their first single release, the duo released Waves just a few weeks ago and it is available for purchase at their shows or find them on Spotify. The short-order cooks behind the counter are serving the best burgers in Beaufort, make sure you get one.

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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The Other Guys will offer the dinner grooves and will be serving the sounds at Fishy Fishy Cafe tonight. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the food is always delicious. 

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SURF CITY, NC

JM’S PLACE PUB

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JM’s Place PUB welcomes the reggae grooves of The Adam Hill Band. The fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am.

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Rocking Around the Region

Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to Rockzilla offering their rocking best tonight. Music is free and kicks off at 9:30 pm and lasts until 1:30 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

Groove-laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking Gulf Coast blues courtesy of the incredible Marcia Ball. 

Marcia Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world.

With SHINE BRIGHT (available April 20th), Ball set out to, in her words, “Make the best Marcia Ball record I could make.” In doing so, she has put together the most musically substantial, hopeful and uplifting set of songs of her five-decade career. Produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and recorded in Texas and Louisiana, Shine Bright contains twelve songs (including nine originals), ranging from the title track’s rousing appeal for public and private acts of courage to the upbeat call to action of Pots And Pans, a song inspired by renowned Texas political writer and humorist Molly Ivins. From the humorous advice of Life Of The Party to the poignantly optimistic World Full Of Love, the intensity of Ball’s conviction never wavers while, simultaneously, the fun never stops. Shine Bright is exactly the album Ball set out to make.

For more information see www.marciaball.com

Tickets are only SRO and are $30. To get your tickets MARCIA BALL AT BLUE NOTE GRILL

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Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar

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Johnny Bad Check & The Bouncers will be sharing songs tonight with friends and fans that gather at Crossroads Grill & Bar this Saturday night. Music starts at 10 pm.  Grab a burger, enjoy a cold beer and groove to the music tonight. 

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Kinston, NC

The Red Room

The Red Room offers the sounds of Joe Brown & The Band at 10 pm. There is a $5.00 music charge. Please pay the admission fee as a means of supporting live music.

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill is always a great time with music and good food on the menu! Music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Thursdays, they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic Night hosted by Brian Burke.

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine, drink and unwind. Tonight it is the talented David Cox Music plays at 7-10 pm.

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The Wine Crate

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Music is on tap at The Wine Crate tonight with singer-songwriter Duane Haddock, sharing the songs you are sure to enjoy. Come early to enjoy the taste from the bistro and stay late for the good music. Songs are shared from 7-10 pm this evening! 

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Market Street Pub

 

Friends and fans of Bill Lyerly are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Come out and enjoy a cold beer and fun and funky throwback sounds offered by this lively roadhouse rock band. Music starts at 10 pm.

 

Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

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A triumphant Debut on St Pats day, Nicks Blacksheep Tavern is proud to bring back.

WHERE did you find these guys Nick?????

Straight outta Myrtle Beach, SC

The Fossil Rockers

These guys rock!!!!

There’s nothing old about these Fossils. Their high energy will have you head bobbing and dancing around to your favorite songs. This is definitely a great show. If you’re into classic rock and heavy metal, be sure to catch them every time they are in town.

The Rolling Stones are still rocking and so are The Fossil Rockers guys. Offering amazing, high-energy, Classic Rock and Roll! All your favorites. Stunning vocals! Great fun!

 

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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. Follow the link to see what they said this week.

August 19 at 11:21 PM

 

One More Show Before We Go

Tomorrow afternoon Tracey Stones Productions Presents Live Music in the Park for my friends and neighbors in Fairfield Harbour. Live music courtesy of Hank Barbee & Friends. Music starts at 3 and the band will play until 5 pm. All are invited to pack a snack and bring the family to Red Sail Park for a fun afternoon of fellowship and music. It is encouraged that you bring a tip for the band. All tips this week will be donated to Hank’s father-in-law, Greg Davis, who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor and lost his job thereafter. For those that can’t make it for music but wish to help a family in need, be sure to visit this Go Fund Me for Greg Davis.

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Visit Our Calendars

 

NCMZ.LIVE is happy to announce our new calendar feature. We now offer three calendars for music lovers to check out for live music events. With a growing commitment to building this site to be a daily vehicle for music lovers to check out, I have added the new calendars pages and widgets. These pages and calendar widgets are broken down by area, New Bern, The Crystal Coast and Around the Region.

Live Music Events ~ New Bern 

 Live Music Events ~ Along the Coast   

Live Music Events Around the Region

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With A Calendar Function Giving This Site A Daily Boost Offers GOOD News For Readers and Advertisers

This offers readers a resourceful tool to finding music in their area, all around the state, every day of the week. I am committing myself to the new routine of finding new gigs to list and add to the calendars daily. Committed to adding a minimum of ten a day that means adding 70 gigs a week to these calendars.

Bands and venues are welcome to invite me to their events on Facebook or via email at ncmz.live@gmail.com. There is no cost to be listed on occasion, but please understand just like free music is not free, this free promotional service is not free either. It costs me a great amount of time. 

If you are a busy band or a thriving music venue, I want you! We can create a calendar for you and keep you in the zone! $250 a year and you can have all your events added to a personal calendar widget right here in the music zone. Advertisers will be responsible for providing the event’s content. 

Beside offering calendar options, NCMZ.LIVE also can create an active link for your website, or social media pages. Which also offers some live coverage for your live music events. For five years we have been building this site together and thanks to your suggestions and my commitment it keeps getting better. THANK YOU!

I will still bring you live coverage of the music scene around us in the random fashion we have become accustomed to in these five years of reporting. Without your support since September, none of this would be possible. So a big shout out and thank you to everyone who has extended a hand, offered a tip, bought me a meal or a beer, I love you all for the love you have shared with me! And every time I think I have to quit, you really have stepped up to help me keep the beats! Together we are building an awesome product that we can be proud of as we share it with our friends.  

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Thank You for Reading!

http://www.newbernnow.com
NC Life Media, LLC

 

Tonight’s blog is made possible thanks to the donation and kindness of NC Life Media, LLC 

The calendar app is sponsored by Ken Byrd!

 

Please go out and support live music tonight! Please be sure to call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the changes publicly.

If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

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 about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

Thanks to the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

 

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Have a fun and safe Saturday night and take time to enjoy the dance! When we return at the end of the week we will pick up with the blues and more music news. Until we meet again, out on the scene or right back here, cheers!

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Your Support is Important! Please consider making a donation today!

I accept many forms of payment!

Google Pay which can be sent to my email at traceystonesproductions@gmail.com

Apple Pay which can be sent to my phone 318-789-6929

I also accept PayPal

 

Every dollar makes a difference in keeping me and my old girl (416,098 miles) on the road!

 
All donors are added to the Thank you Page.

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We Rocked the Scene Last Weekend and Bring Big News on More Music Starting this Week

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

 

Saturday We Bounce About Town

First Stop For Pizza Topped With Music

On Saturday night I started things off over in my neck of the woods, where Sara’s Big Apple welcomed Justin Castellano as the musical guest!

Castellano offered a variety of music in a fashion known to him, which is unlike any in our area! The classically trained stringer makes the most beautiful sounds with six strings. Here is a sample of his skill and grace. This song is written for his young son. This is “Sebastian’s Theme.”

Castellano keeps busy playing five nights or more, most weeks out of the year. He makes a great addition to any restaurant looking for dinner music. I always enjoy hearing him share songs and interact with his audience.

For fans and friends of the famed stringer, you can find him tonight and tomorrow evening at Boro Restaurant and Bar. Music is offered each night from 8-11 pm.

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Big News and The Blues Served at Persimmons on Saturday

Earlier last week, Wendy Card and I met with Dean Quadi owner and Meghan Margarum manager, at Persimmons Restaurant. The meeting came about after I proposed interest in handling their music and advertising budgets via my company Tracey Stones Productions.

I set up the company on the intentions of serving the venues that are hosting live music. I am not interested in being a traditional band booking agent, as many bands would like. Hosting venues’ events calendars however, is of great interest to me. The reason being is there are a lot of places to apply my talents when booking and promoting music for the venue. My services alleviate the stress of finding, booking and paying the talent to play at an establishment. We meet about budgets and I take those figures and apply them to the process of supporting live music.

The goal is to bring as much music to as many places as possible, while connecting the masses to it. Finding the right music for the right room is key to this work. This blog that TSP publishes, is my broadcast to the world on the things I am doing with our music community! The bigger it grows the happier I become! In this quest, the restaurant is now committed to offering music four nights a week. It is my goal to show them how to grow that to include music each night.

Given all of that good news last week was groundbreaking for this blogger, as the storms clouds finally broke up after a long 11 months. Persimmons is the first venue to consider our services since the storm and I feel good about the opportunity. These last 11 months have been rather slow for Tracey Stones Productions

Much of that changed, when I reported for work on Saturday evening to promote The Carolina Swamp Dogs. It delighted my heart to hear Margarum tell me they would be happy for me to host the music. She went on to say, the owners have agreed to make a bigger commitment to bringing more music, which, btw sounded like music to my ears. Moving forward, the weather will no longer impact live performances, as they now have room to host music inside and upstairs. 

 

Gary Oles and Tommy Langlois are the duos best known as the Carolina Swamp Dogs. Based in Jacksonville, this duo offers authentic blues music for listeners to not only enjoy, but learn more about. Oles tells stories of the founding blues fathers, that gave us the traditions we are entrenched in today. Offering much of the vocal work, Oles plays harmonica and percussion, while Langlois offers the guitar and drums. He also sings a few selections during each set. With their focus on roots music, they always bring a good variety of fun music. This duo of retired Marines will be back in town this weekend and rocking The Brown Pelican tomorrow night. Music plays at 8-11 pm. 

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The Wannabees Bring the Rocking Good Times Following the Storm

The Wannabees were in town last Saturday night as well. The New Bern based rock quartet always have fun rocking their hometown friends and followers. And that is just what they did after a brief rain delay. Of course with playing outside, it can sometimes be a challenge, especially here in NC where pop up storms are commonplace and temperamental weather outbreaks are the rule of the Summer season. By 9 pm the boys were rocking and the deck was filled with eager fans, ready to dance the night away under the clearing sky. After days of rain, it was just what we all needed to usher us through Saturday night! 

The Wannabees have been a staple on the New Bern music scene, with Larry Swinson on guitar and vocals, Tod Stilley on guitar and vocals, Michael Bass on bass and vocals and behind the kit is one of the busiest drummers on the scene, Jason Patterson. The music makers get together a couple of times each month to offer music to their growing fan base. They rocked Blackbeard’s last Saturday and will return there again next Sunday for a publicly private engagement. Music starts at 6:30 and plays til 10 PM.

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Sunday Jazz Offers A Soothing End to The Week

It was the Andrea Owens Jazz Ensemble that offered the dinner music for Sunday’s Jazz on the deck at Persimmons. Music is served for diners from 5:30-7:30 pm and they have a rotation of stellar offerings. This quartet blends the talents of husband Phil Owens on guitar and his beautiful bride Andrea on vocals, Chris Morden on the upright bass and Richard Farrell on the bongos. Together they offered the soothing sounds that carry you away. This quartet is back on the schedule for next Sunday, September 1, 2019. Music on Sunday is right on time for dinner and the view is spectacular. Make a date to be there.

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Don’t Forget To Visit The Music Calendars!

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NCMZ.LIVE is happy to announce our new calendar feature. We now offer three calendars for music lovers to check out for live music events. With a growing commitment to building this site to be a daily vehicle for music lovers to check out, I have added the new calendars pages and widgets. These pages and calendar widgets are broken down by area, New Bern, The Crystal Coast and Around the Region.

Live Music Events ~ New Bern

 Live Music Events ~ Along the Coast

Live Music Events Around the Region

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, August 23, 2019

Getting Down Around Town in New Bern, NC

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Dining and Dancing

Persimmons Restaurant

There will be live music on the deck with Big Jim Kohler Band sharing sounds from 6:30-9:30 PM. Call your friends and make a plan for dining on the deck, under the sails, while overlooking the Neuse River The menu offers some great new treats for your taste-buds to experience.  

 

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of great music featuring local stringer Paul Picard, offering songs from 7:00-10:00 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs and wonderful originals by this local and regional player. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Stairwell who always bring the rockin’ fun times! They will bring the music to life tonight on the deck with all the grooves you will love. Support live local music and buy their merchandise. They offer CD’s and t-shirts and other cool effects too, like jewelry and more. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine

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Live music will be offered is at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine each Friday from 8-10:30 pm. 

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Genna & Jesse Retro Pop live. This music duo will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. They play lots of popular hits. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company has live music tonight in the garden from 7-10pm, courtesy of local favorite Old Smoke!

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Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden

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Carolina Home and Garden welcomes the weekend with 4EverAll in the garden, offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from La Cocina De Noemi, have a cold beer and relax as you settle into the weekend.

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

 The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers live music each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music. As mentioned above, tonight and tomorrow offer the talents of Justin Castellano. Music plays 8-11 pm.

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Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes music for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music. Tonight the music comes courtesy of Gary Dudley & The Maxxtones. Tomorrow night come enjoy Red & The Rockers on the patio.

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Off The Hook

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Off The Hook welcomes the fun grooves of DJ Chainsaw tonight. Tomorrow night they welcome The BiPolar Express. Music starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar.

~Friday August 23rd~
Open @ 4pm
Fun Friday Happy Hour hosted by Performance Zone 5pm – 7pm – free pizza bites available while they last
Live music by JP Guhns starts @ 9:30pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

~Saturday August 24th~
Open @ Noon
Live music by RRR (Rural Route Romance) starts @ 9:30pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

~Sunday August 25th~
Open @ Noon
Live music on the deck by Bill McLain 4pm – 8pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

See you at Jack’s!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents

 

Dick Knight, Fri Aug 23rd, 8-11 pm, No Cover

Join us for a live performance by Mr. Dick Knight. He is a recipient of the NC Heritage Award, (NC Arts Council) and former member of the James Brown Band. He has played with Maceo Parker, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flak, Otis Redding and more!

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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REV will offer the dinner grooves and will be serving the sounds at Fishy Fishy Cafe tonight. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the food is always delicious.

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Rocking Around the Region

 

Greensboro, NC

The Blind Tiger

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Live tonight at The Blind Tiger, it’s Irata W/ Freedom Hawk and Velvet Devils Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 9 pm.

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Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to The Kings of the Highway, who will be rocking the fun tunes tonight. They will be offering the modern country and rock grooves we all know and love. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 2 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

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 The Blue Note Grill is located in Durham and offers good food and great music. This Friday nights dance party is with Five Easy Pieces. Music plays 9-11:30 PM. Tomorrow night will be special with the extremely talented Marcia Ball coming to call. This place always serves up cool sounds and good eats. Stop out this weekend and see.

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Raleigh, NC

The Pour House Music Hall


 

The Pour House Music Hall welcomes The Fritz w/ Cosmic Superheroes (Road to Shakori). Doors open at 8 PM. Showtime 9 PM. Tickets are $10, General Admission.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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It is going to be a night not to be missed by music fans, as AJ McMurphy’s welcomes John G to the stage! Come grab yourself some good food and a cold drink at one of the coolest places in Greenville. Music plays from 8:30-11:30 pm. This show is free!

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic night, hosted by Brian Burke from 6 pm – 9 pm.

On Fridays and Saturdays it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight on the Pebble Stage the music plays at 7 and ends at 10 pm.

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Market Street Pub

 

Friends and fans of TrainWreck are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Come out and enjoy a cold beer and fun and funky throwback sounds offered by this lively one-man band. Music starts at 10 pm.

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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. Follow the link to see what they said this week.

August 19 at 11:21 PM

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Thank You for Reading!

http://www.newbernnow.com
NC Life Media, LLC

 

Tonight’s blog is made possible thanks to the donation and kindness of NC Life Media, LLC 

The calendar app is sponsored by Ken Byrd!

 

Please go out and support live music tonight! Please be sure to call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the changes publicly.

If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

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 about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

Thanks to the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Have a fun and safe weekend and take time to enjoy the dance! When we return tomorrow we will pick up with the blues and more music news. Until we meet again out on the scene or right back here, cheers!

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You Support is Important! Please consider making a donation today!

Tracey Stones Productions, LLC  accepts many forms of payment!

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can be sent to my email at traceystonesproductions@gmail.com

Apple Pay which can be sent to my phone 318-789-6929

I also accept PayPal

Every dollar makes a difference in keeping me and my old girl (416,037 miles) on the road!

 
All donors are added to the Thank you Page.

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Capping off the Weekend And Walking Through the Week

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Sunday Afternoon In The Park Brings The Blues

 

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    The Carolina Swamp Dogs came to Fairfield Harbour last weekend, to perform as part of the concert series which I host for the neighborhood. Tracey Stones Productions, LLC presents this concert series, which takes place every other weekend throughout the warmer weather seasons at Red Sail Park. The duo came from the Jacksonville area and offered two long sets of sizzling hot blues for the crowd that gathered.

I met this band as a trio three years ago at the NC Seafood Festival in Morehead City. They wowed me with their take on the blues. Offering an educational experience with listeners. They teach about the masters that created the first musical offerings from our American culture. The blues have a deep-rooted history in being America’s music offering to the world. It’s originators live on through those shared musical traditions which they offered the world, as new players carry the torch in keeping the blues alive. One of the things I appreciate most about this band, whether they come as a duo or a trio, the education comes with them. The lead singer, percussionist and harmonica Gary Oles tells tales about the players that carved the history of this music genre. Band-mate Tommy Langlois plays the guitar while keeping the beats with his feet. Offering some vocals, the duo offers a fun show of great music.

For those around town that missed the show, good news, The Carolina Swampdogs will be returning to town tonight to perform on the deck at Persimmons. Music will play from 6:30-9:30 pm, as you dine under the sails if the weather is right, upstairs if it is not so nice.  Next weekend they will return to town to play The Brown Pelican. The duo will offer music from 8-11 pm on Saturday, August 24, 2019.

For those interested in knowing, my next show in Fairfield Harbour will offer the music of Hank Barbee and The Dusty Trio. It was recently made public that Hank Barbee’s wife, Holly Barbee’s father Greg Davis is very sick. Recently diagnosed with a brain tumor, he also lost his job. These have been rough days for the family and in an effort to make things easier, we will be collecting donations for the singer’s father-in-law. Please come out for a fun afternoon of great music and help this artist help his family. Showtime is Sunday, August 25, 2019, at 3 PM. For those that cannot attend the show but would like to help this family in need, please consider visiting and donating to the GO FUND ME set up by his family.

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Sunday Evening Jazz and Special Guests Conclude The Weekend Music Offerings

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Following my concert in Fairfield Harbour, I packed up my banners and headed to town to catch some Jazz courtesy of John Van  Dyke and friends. They offer two shows each month out on the deck at Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant. I am glad I did not delay, as it was my sweet friends Kathy Kohler who was standing with the band when I arrived. She wowed the crowd like she always does by offering two songs. She was not the only diva to join Van Dyke on the mic. He also shared a song with June Bonner later in the show. These jazz offerings are served from 5:30-7:30 each Sunday afternoon. Welcome the evening with wonderful sounds under the sails as the moon rises over the Neuse River. Van Dyke is a resident performer, offering a jazz show on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. The first Sunday of the month offers the sultry sounds of Alisa Mike and this week come out for the Jazz sounds of Andrea Owens. 

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More Blues To Welcome The Week

 

Nothing gets the week started right better than a good dose of the blues. Blues Night at The Brown Pelican with host Big Jim Kohler is still a thing and people are flocking to it! Last week was a little more special than most, as Big Jim was joined by his bride midway through the show. Kathy Kohler rarely joins the Monday night party as she rather enjoys the night off. But last week with so many of her friends in the house, it only made sense to summons her to the stage. After a quick shower, the powerhouse singer graced us with her presence and offered a handful of amazing song selections. Included in her set was “People Get Ready,” as well as a slaying version of  B.B. King’s “The Thrill IS Gone.”

Big Jim stays busy bluesin’ throughout the week around town and then brings his show around the region on weekends. You can join the fun jams any Monday at The Brown Pelican or most Wednesdays at City Stage. The jams run from 7-9 pm at both venues and all are welcome to come out and join in the fun. Coming up this Friday, August 23, you can catch the band on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant sharing sounds with diners from 6:30-9:30 PM.

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

Persimmons Restaurant

Live music will be offered at Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant this evening courtesy of the Carolina Swamp Dogs. They will be sharing blues grooves from 6:30-9:30 PM. I was informed this afternoon, that if it is raining at the time of the show the band will perform upstairs. This means live music rain or shine. We hope you will join us!

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The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of music with Sometimes Lions. Coming to town for tonight, this duo will be offering more of the fun, folk-inspired grooves they enjoy shuffling through and more, 8-11 pm. 

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of classic rockers The Wannabees. They will bring the music to life, sharing all the grooves you will love. Music plays generally at 7:30- 11 PM. For more info and confirmation on tonight’s show please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

Brütopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the grooves of Kristie Lynnlive. Sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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The Garage

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The Garage welcomes the music of local stringer and soothing singer Ed Prophet! Live music is offered from 7-10 pm for FREE! But I suggest, you feel free to tip the servers and musicians you meet along the way!

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On The Outskirts of Town

Sara’s Big Apple

Justin Castellano will wow you, as he provides the dinner music at Sara’s Big Apple this evening. Music is offered from 6-8 PM. Come enjoy the terrific dinner specials and live music that will amaze you. Castellano is an awesome talent that should be seen by the masses. He plays the guitar like no one else around here. Come see what I mean.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Now & Then live and grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.

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SWANSBORO, NC

Bake, Bottle & Brew

Davy Williamson offers the live music sounds tonight at Bake, Bottle & Brew this eveningMusic is offered from 6-9 pm.

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Emerald Isle, NC

The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits

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Big Drink Music Company will be offering songs to the fans and friends, that gather for good eats and great beer tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music starts at 6 pm and will rock you until 9 pm.

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Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes Mommicked for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music.

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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~Saturday August 17th~
Open @ Noon
Live music by Bounce begins @ 9:30pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

 

~Sunday Funday August 18th~
Open @ Noon
Live music by RV Road Show from 4pm – 8pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

 

See you at Jack’s!

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OFF THE HOOK