Building Dreams with Live Music

Behind the Scenes with Tracey Stones

On Friday morning I saw a Facebook post that announced Bryan Mayer was going to be a guest in the studio at Charles Tendell Studios for an appearance on New Bern Live. When I saw the post, I mentioned that I wanted to be there. 

New Bern Live’s Cheryl McCarthy talks with promoter Kim Briele and Country Artist Bryan Mayer and Party Crasher Tracey Stones joined the conversation!

About 12 minutes into the show,  I stopped by the studio and jumped in to talk about the special guest, local country crooner and CCMA 2018 Male Vocalist of the Year Bryan Mayer,

It has been a very exciting year for the country singer that kicked off the year at the CCMA Awards held at The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Having been there for those moments in the singer-songwriter’s career, I wanted to share my angle with the world.

The whole reason one might become a blogger is this obsession with telling the fun stories of people’s lives. I was invited to this awards show at the last minute, earlier this year and accepted the opportunity. It was another fun night with the national country band New Bern considers their own. 

Years before Florence ever put New Bern on the map Bryan Mayer had us ranked on the National Country Charts, thanks, much in part to his fans requesting to hear his song, “This is Me.” on the radio! Truly a dream come true.

That song put this son of a US Marine Corps Colonel and a Navy nurse on a country road that has been good to him ever since.  This year, and just weeks ago, that hit song was released as a Karaoke selection for the Sound Choice Karaoke Catalogs. The talented singer-songwriter was on hand for the big release during a party at The Brickhouse in Raleigh last month.

Currently, Bryan Mayer Band has a new single for sale and request on the radio. You can buy “Crazy In Love,” at all of the popular spots. Google, Apple, Spotify, etc.  Please visit the website to read all about this artist who is tall on giving back to his community!

 BRYAN MAYER 

The band will perform again at the CCMA as they position themselves for more recognition on the country charts in 2019.

2019 CCMA Commercial

 

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 Swapping Ideas With Stingers and Singers

My mission in this music business is to create communities everywhere. The goal in doing this is to create a healthier music community with fair pay stages in communities near in far. Partnering with community leaders to make opportunities happen for music makers and venues that support them.

One of the reasons I got back into this business is because of the fun creative process involved behind the scenes of the business. They say if you do what you love for a living you will never work a day in your life. I love working with bands and showing them how to set themselves up as a business. Thing is most bands get together with the intent of having fun and making some money. If you put a lot of time into it you will need to make money from your craft to support it. Given that it is essential for bands to establish themselves as a professional unit leaving the gate! 

When Ryan Rubich reached out about meeting with me, we finally connected the other night when I rolled into Jacksonville. We grabbed a bite to eat and enjoyed some good conversation about the music business. I am available to do this with anyone who is serious about creating their niche in the business. Of course, most bands approach me on the hope and thought that I would consider being an agent. I am a promoter and a writer. I am a separate entity all my own who is creating opportunities for everyone who goes out in support of live music. 

It was not long ago that Rubich teamed up with Jared Cain and he was interested in hearing some insight on where they could bring the project. For anyone interested in checking out the duo they will be rocking the Salty Bee next Saturday from 6-9 pm.

 

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, December 15, 2018

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Getting Down Around Town

 

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Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter just opened their largest store here in New Bern, NC. To celebrate they will host live music today in the bar from 3-6 pm featuring the sounds of Charlotte performer, Greg Lilley! The new Harris Teeter is located on Highway 17 in New Bern. 

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Fairfield Harbour Community

Tracey Stones Productions and ncmz.live invite you to take a break from the holiday shopping and enjoy some fun times with friends and neighbors. We will welcome Maris-Hella Fat Food Truck and The Dust Parade at the Community Center for a pre-holiday gathering.

Cooking up the delicious food will be one of this community’s favorites, Maris-Hella Fat Food truck will serve up the food and The Dust Parade will offer the live entertainment. 

All residents and their guests are welcome to attend. There is a suggested $10 donation per person to pay the band. If you feel generous they will also have products for sale, in time for the holidays. Including jewelry made from Hank Barbee’s guitar strings, a variety of shirts and CD’s all for sale. Please support live music.

 The Dust Parade

This event is for residents of Fairfield Harbour and their friends and it will take place at The Fairfield Harbour Community Center located at 585 Broad Creek Road, New Bern. Doors open at 6:30 pm and music play 7-10! Come dance and enjoy a sweet treat with friends and neighbors!

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BrUtopia

 

Now or Never will serve up the songs this evening at the James City. Live music is offered from 7-10 pm. This show is free,. But feel free to share the love with the players that move you. BrUtopia is located at 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. Tonight’s entertainment features a trio of friends from the Crystal Coast. Now or Never, features Tiffany Elaine, Fernando Rivera, and Steve Mehan. They are an original act that offers fresh pop material with country flair and rap overtones!

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.

Tonight it is the sounds of The Raucous Brothers sharing songs from 8-11 pm.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck.  Music starts at 7:30 pm. Tonight you can enjoy the fresh pop sounds of Push Play.

For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

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Madame Z and The Pollock Street Drag Divas are back for another unique and unforgettable evening of Fun! It’s an evening you don’t want to miss! The crowd is always diverse and fun-loving and the mood is sublime! 

Doors open at 5 pm with food and drinks available.
The show starts at 8 pm

The City Stage New Bern is located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC

Reserved Seating and General Admission Tickets are available at: 
http://citystagenewbern.com/event/madame-zs-drag-queen-christmas/

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Cruising The Coast

Beaufort

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Chupacabras (De Le Rosa) will on stage at Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Chupacabras (De Le Rosa) 

PLAYS SPACE ROCK DESERT BLUES JAMS

Sat Dec 15th 9PM-1, $3 Cover charge.

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The Backstreet Pub, 124 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC, will be a part of Claus Crawl, a festive town event for the holiday season. Come out for the Afterparty featuring
Red & The Rockers offering the music and Beau Gro Food Truck offering the deliciousness. Music starts at the end of the Claus Crawl at 6 pm

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Cedar Point

Treehouse Beer Company offers live music each weekend and tonight they bring singer and stringer  Jesse Esterline to the stage. Come out tonight between 7-10 pm for the live entertainment sessions from the stage.

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Surf City, NC

JM’s Place PUB offers the rocking sounds of Adam Hill Band live tonight with music starting at 9 pm.

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Rocking Around the Region

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Answering the Call

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

December 10 at 5:36 PM

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. 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 by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled

performance, Also mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

Pictures are helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE.

 

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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On the Scene With Tracey Stones

In the studio at #NewBernLive 12/14/2018 with Kim Grace Briele and Bryan Mayer

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Open Mic Madness at The Crystal Coast

On Monday, December 10, 2018 I headed out to Shortway Brewing Company to enjoy the talents that come out to take part in the Singer-Songwriter Open Mic hosted by Tiffany Elaine and her band Now or Never.

Tiffany Elaine does a great job at seeking out venues that will host open mic nights for area artists along the crystal coast. She hosts as many as four open mic in a week but on most weeks she hosts a minimum of two events. The music hostess can be found at the Cru Bar in Beaufort, Crystal Coast Brewing Company in Morehead City,  Shortway Brewing Company in Newport and other places as well. 

Elaine does a great job hosting the nights, keeping the stage rotating with talent and always sharing kind words of each performer that graces the stage. The future burns bright for this young talented woman! Keep up to date with her by following her music page on Facebook:

 https://www.facebook.com/TiffanyElaineMusic909/

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Down East FolkArts Society Meets

The Down East FolkArts Society has been representing the Folk Arts of Spoken Word, Song and dance while embracing and promoting these arts in our communities since they got started in 1994.

Over the last year, this established board of directors has undergone a lot of change. Now the group is operating under the direction of a new board which is being chaired by Charles McCurry. This singer-songwriter is familiar with the genre bring his vision of building communities with music to the table. Walking into the 2019 Season we will be bringing six acts to our area so to perform three shows during their stay in the area. 

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DEFAS 2019 Season

The first act we will be featuring is Tom Kimmel who makes his home in Hattiesburg, MS but hails from Alabama. He will be offering his songs to our area in mid-month, next month. Be sure to check back for a feature on him before his first show at The City Stage on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

Back when the Society was established, this nonprofit organization that remains committed to Folk Arts, would drum up membership and sell tickets to the shows they sponsored. Those funds would in turn be used to support the artists that came to play. So many things have changed over the years with the live music scene.

A Brief History of the Live Music Scene

Back in the ’70s and ’80s bands were paid fairly for their talents by venues and promotes. In the ’90s a lot of things changed on the scene for two main reasons: First and foremost, there were more laws on the books, which is not a bad thing, but it cut into the bottom line and took a while to overcome. Luckily, for bar owners everywhere though, there was this invention of “homemade rock stars” we all know as KARAOKE! This invention shapeshifted the live music scene greatly. 

Bar owners could offer a night of entertainment that people loved because they were the stars, and it only cost them $100. Why pay a band $800? It becomes a legitimate question. So band prices dropped significantly in the local markets. Nonetheless, musicians still want to play so will forge through hard times. The new millennium offered the reinvention of the key to all popular street musician,  the tip jar. This trend started with passing the hat, now we just walk to the front of any stage and drop money in the tip jar.

The Road Ahead

Given that history and the trends of the times, this new board came to agree that doing away with paid membership would boost the interest and benefit the artists more. Having said that you are welcome to join the Down East FolkArts Society. You can do it easily enough by visiting http://www.downeastfolkarts.org/

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Mid Week Blues Bonus

Big Jim Kohler has been offering the blues to friends and fans each Wednesday at The City Stage, 901 Pollock St., New Bern, since the start of November. This week the blues stringer was joined by blues harmonica player, Lee Tibbetts, bass player, Chris Buttitta and drummer, Tom Parks. In between their Chicago style blues offerings, comes Kohler’s bride Kathy Kohler, who offers the gospel of the delta players. 

Next week the duo will be on the road collecting their daughter from college for the upcoming holiday break! To stay informed be sure to like the band page on Facebook by following this link:  

https://www.facebook.com/bigjimkohler/

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Warriors Night at Nick’s

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern offered a special night of music last night with Warrior’s Night. This event offered four Marine Veterans on one stage swapping stories and sharing their songs.

 

 

Making up the frontline for this event was Mike Corrado,
Anderson ElswickJP Guhns and  Matt Bowlin Each stringer shared stories and songs written during their time in service, These songs offered glimpses at the places they called home, included tales of their upbringing and family, as well as their time serving this great land. 

It was a moving night of great talent. Each player displayed their unique style. Most songs offered a country flavor but many styles were touched on throughout the night. Each performer has songs for sale. Be sure to click on each of their names to visit their page on Facebook. Like that page and visit their websites too

The host of this wonderful event was Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern which is owned by retired Marine, Nick Nichols. It was a great evening spent in the company of our nation’s heroes.  Here’s to hoping that we can have more music events like this!

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Friday, December 14, 2018

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Getting Down Around Town

Merry Christmas from the City of Bears!

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ArtWalk New Bern

Tonight marks the second Friday of the month which means New Bern celebrates ArtWalk. Please come to town and enjoy our shops, meet our talented artists, and enjoy the live music featured in venues around town. Speaking of music, Big Jim Kohler will be live at The Black Cat Shoppe located on Middle Street. 

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Bank of the Arts/Craven Arts Council


Dayton Vesper will perform this evening at 
Craven Arts Council / Bank of the Arts this evening with music starting at 7 pm. Tonight’s program will include the following:

1) JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
Prelude and Fugue in B-flat Major (from THE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER, Book I), BWV 866
2) LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110
3) ALEXANDER SCRIABIN (1872-1915)
Vers la flamme (Toward the flame), Op. 72
Etude in C-sharp minor, Op. 2, No. 1
Etude in D-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 12
4) FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)
Sonnet 104 of Petrarch
FREDERIC CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20
(PLUS SOME “NOT SO CLASSICAL” INTERLUDES)
DONATIONS ACCEPTED.

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BrUtopia


Ed Prophet will serve up the songs this evening at the James City. Live music is served from 7-10 pm. This show is free, but feel free to share the love with the players that move you. BrUtopia is located at 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. Tomorrow night they will feature the sounds of Now or Never, a trio of music makers out of Beaufort. Come out and enjoy the freshest beer bing poured and support live music this weekend!

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The Bruin 

The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine, 224 Middle St., New Bern offers live music each Friday by area artists who love sharing their songs. Tonight come out and dance to the sounds of Arlin Tart who will share music from 8-10:30 pm. This show is free. Come start the weekend with your favorite craft beer and live music.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.

Tonight it is local string Mike Watkins sharing songs from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow night you can catch the sounds of The Raucous Brothers sharing songs from 8-11 pm.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight, offering the familiar sounds you love will be the rocking trio of Ravenz Bru. Music starts at 7:30 pm. Tomorrow night you can enjoy the fresh pop sounds of Push Play.

For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

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SMASH Studios & Fitness and City Stage New Bern team up to offer a fun night of dance. Come watch as Smash Girls wow you while performing on the lyra, cube, pole, and hammock tonight at City Stage! If you haven’t seen us yet trust me you are missing out! Christmas will never be the same!! 
$8.00 Gen. Admission
$10.00 Reservations
Tickets available at citystagenewbern.com

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Cruising The Coast

Beaufort

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Last Chance Wranglers will on stage at Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop. They will be sharing the songs you will love and want to dance to.This free music will be offered from 8:30-11:30 pm. Please feel free to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

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Though there was no listing for live music tonight,
The Backstreet Pub, 124 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC, will be a part of Claus Crawl, a festive town event for the holiday season. Come out for the Afterparty featuring  
Red & The Rockers offering the music and Beau Gro Food Truck offering the deliciousness. Music starts at the end of the Claus Crawl at 6 pm

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Cedar Point

Carolina Home and Garden offers live music in the garden twice weekly on most weeks. Tonight you can enjoy the romance and magic of musical duo 4EverAll live from 6:30 -9:30 pm. Along with music to move you there is a fun store to shop, beer on tap for tasting and food on site to fill you. Come out and enjoy a night of food music and shopping tonight.

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Treehouse Beer Company offers live music each weekend and tonight they bring New Bern singer and stringer Sam Lewis to town for the live entertainment sessions from the stage. Music will play from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow night you can enjoy the music of Jesse Esterline.

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Answering the Call

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

December 10 at 5:36 PM

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. 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 by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled

performance, Also mention what time doors open and the price of tickets. 

Pictures are helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE. We will link your ad to your website for tracking so you can see the results of our readers visiting your site.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com to learn more.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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We Can Build the Platform that Heals the Community


Behind the Scene with Tracey Stones

The Platform of Music

It can’t be denied! Music is a powerful thing. It moves people. All people. It is an innate part of our being. Music is natural because we keep beats with the universe. Our world offers us music, nature offers songs. For some people, music is as essential as air and water. We can do so much with music. It seems we are at a pivotal point in our society. We are a suffering breed, mankind.

Nothing about life or living it is easy. This is true no matter what bloodline runs through you. I don’t care if you were built with a silver spoon in your mouth or born in the back of a Greyhound bus. Fact is, we all go through hills and valleys. Sometimes full villages and communities are overcome with strife and hardships. Whether we stop to admit it or not, healing is an important part of living life.

After the Storm

Today, I live in a community which went from almost paradise to a war zone after a three-day storm named Florence came to visit in September. She put my little town of New Bern on the map in ways we never would have hoped. Our President even came to call. Devastation like many have never seen and now it’s a part of our normal existence.

And it was not just New Bern. It was everywhere along and near the water on North and South Carolina. It is far more devastating than what we saw beyond the news stories on television. This is most comparable to the catastrophic mess of Katrina.

Facing Reality

To see this happening and watch it exist before our very eyes; it’s like no news story on the television. Facing things in real life is always a completely different story worth reporting. Fact is, no one is ever prepared for a Florence or a Michael.

That being said, when such a power couple comes for a visit in the same season, I can assure you our country and its government is not prepared to rebuild the world for free either. This catastrophic mess can only be mended with time and human compassion. Much of the rebuilding money will have to be generated by fundraising. We as communities can generate a lot of revenue, by coming together for the common cause of music.

Stages for Healing

When I look around and assess the destruction and try to wrap my head around the dollars needed to rebuild my hometown, the only way I can see it happening is through fundraising. This is NOT the only way to rebuild my hometown, but the many communities that surround us as well.

There really are no words for all of the destruction, but on the flip side, the Hurricane also brought us together as a community as we mended. Here in my corner of the world, we saw the most amazing acts of kindness all around us. It was wonderful to witness that each day. In fact, it was that which pulled me through the hardest days after the storm.

Meeting with Like Minds

Since the storm, I have held many meeting with people around the state with the sole purpose of brainstorming how we can use music to heal communities and brace ourselves for the next storm…as there will be another storm!

Just a few weeks ago I met with two friends from different areas of the state to discuss how we could generate revenue via music. The idea of a blues festival erupted when I met with bluesman Joel Sugarman. However, when I met with music appreciator Cindi Kanipe, we discussed a series of music festivals that take place each year for a new non-profit that raises money for the next major event. 

Earlier this year I accepted the appointment of sitting on the board of directors for the Down East FolkArts Society. The reason it interests me most is that of the new president Charlie McCurry, shares the philosophy of mending communities with music. This week I met with the new Chairman to discuss the direction of the board and fundraising ideas.

Next week we will meet as a board and I will return with the line up for DEFAS Winter 2019 season. They will be bringing three artists to our area from different regions. Look forward to learning more about Tom Kimmel, Sam Gleaves and Becky Warren.

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Mail Drop

Ben Noblit,  who not only promotes but plays upright bass for the upbeat and jovial Tan and Sober Gentlemen, reached out last week to let me now they released a new CD in time for the holidays. Here is the band’s formal press release.

Tan and Sober Gentlemen – “Veracity.”

Contact: Ben Noblit (tanandsober@gmail.com).

“Fast-paced, toe-tapping, fiddle-playing musical mayhem, certainly worth a look to any fans of Irish music.” -Ireland Calling

“The best craic ever. Safe to say, next time they’re around, we’re bringing our dancing shoes.” -The Irish Examiner

11/28/18, SNOW CAMP, NC – Building on their rapidly growing reputation as one of the Old North State’s best live shows, The Tan and Sober Gentlemen have released their debut album, “Veracity.”  Recorded in the woods of Chatham County, North Carolina, the album is a riotous, scorching take on what the band calls “Scotch-Irish hillbilly music.”

Born and raised in the North Carolina back-country, the seven-piece band explores the Celtic roots of their state’s musical heritage. Though deeply rooted in traditional music, the band plays with a wide-open-throttle, no-holds-barred mentality that reflects their commitment to bring back the passion, energy, and ruggedness of the old-school hillbilly pickers. They like their folk music with the bark left on, and it shows.

Since their formation in the summer of 2016, Tan and Sober’s raucous live show has quickly earned them a loyal following in the Appalachians, the East Coast, and Ireland. With sold-out shows across the South, and with international tours on the horizon, “Veracity” promises to be the next rung on the ladder to success.  Stream or buy the record on Spotify, Bandcamp, or wherever you get your music.

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I was introduced to this band at the 2017 Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival in New Bern. They performed at The Isaac Taylor Garden. This band is show-stopping fun, and energetic beyond words. If you like Irish music with flair, be sure to check out this talented North Carolina band. Bring them home for Christmas, for the Celtic Punk Grass music fan in your life.

To learn more about the band or to keep up with their schedule visit their website:

Tan & Sober Gentlemen

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Local Songstress has Songs for You to Sing

Cheri Moyers is an amazing example of a person using music to heal her life. Cheri is a local songwriter with quite an amazing story of survival.  The New Bern based songwriter and singer has been battling a degenerative disease for decades, but more recently the illness claimed her eyesight.

Beyond other things, battling blindness was her bravest battle. Rising to the challenges that life was throwing at her, she founded a local chapter for the National Federation of the Blind and then turned to music as a way to focus on life again. Though in another time in life she was well versed on the stage, these days the singer has been focusing on her songwriting. 

Spending a lot of time between New Bern and Nashville TN, the songwriter is composing a quite a catalog of songs she hopes that area artists might consider making songs of their own. Below I am attaching her new Christmas song that she hopes will be a consideration.

For anyone interested in speaking with the artist about her collection of songs be sure to reach out to her today. Her email is cheri_moyers@yahoo.com.

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, December 8, 2018

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Getting Down Around Town

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First Stop James City!

BrÜtopia offers the sounds of Now or Never tonight with live music being offered from 7-10 pm. Serving up the good tastes tonight with be Nest Cafe on sight from 5 pm until 10 pm. Come out and enjoy the good tastes, fresh beer and cool sounds of the new Crystal Coast trio featuring Tiffany Elaine, Fernando Rivera, and Steve Mehan.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.

Come out tonight to enjoy the grooves of Ravenz Bru from 8-11 pm 

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight you can party with the local rockers known as Smokehouse. Music starts at 8 pm! For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

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Tonight is comedy night at City Stage New Bern it’s comedy night with Matt White & Friends! 

It is a Stand-up Comedy Showcase with comedian Matt White and Friends. Each month Matt White brings a group of hilarious comics to City Stage

Winner of the “2012 Port City Top Comic” and 2013 “Carolina’s Funniest Comic”, Matt White’s brand of observational humor mixed with improv and theatre elements engages audiences and leaves them giggling for days.

Join Matt & friends for an evening of laughter and fun. 

This Month’s Performers are:
Shari Diaz 
Nick Mitchell
Jake Weddle
Amir Sh
Sam Kasierski
and more! 

Hosted by Matt White

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Cruising The Coast

Beaufort, NC

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Megan Jean and the Kläy Family Band, will be live on stage tonight at

Sat Dec 8th, 9PM-12! This show is FREE!!

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Morehead City, NC

According to their Facebook Page, here is what is happening this weekend at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 513 Evans St., Morehead City:

~Saturday, December 8th~
OPEN at 12noon
Enjoy our wood-fired pizza starting at 8 pm
Live music by The Lost Artists starts at 10 pm 🎸

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New Bern’s own rock show, The BiPolar Express will be heading to the coast tonight. They’ll be providing the entertainment for the good folks that gather at Off the Hook this Saturday night. Live music starts at 10 pm. I encourage you to go early for the delicious food and stay late to get in the grooves with this fun and funky band! Off the Hook is located at 105 S 7th St, Morehead City, NC.

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company offers the rocking blues roots sounds of Tim Rowe rocking the stage from 7-10 pm. For anyone in the mood to jam, this is your open invitation to pack the gear bag and come to the coast tonight!

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers the music of Bobby Webb serving up the sounds from 8-11 pm this evening. Come early for the great tastes and drink specials and stay late to dance the night away!

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Rocking Around The Region

Answering the Call

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

December 3 at 7:27 PM

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on

Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC on Facebook

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. 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 by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

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Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled

performance, Also mention what time doors open and the price of tickets. Sending along

pictures is helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE. We will link your ad to your website for tracking so you can see the results of our readers visiting your site.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com to learn more.

This site is a free service, publishes weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!




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Dream Big and Build A Music Community

Dream Big and Make it Your Mission

Dream Big and Give Them Your Heart!

If I had my way, no one would suffer, more music would play and even the grown children would dance! I believe in my talents and I work hard in my voluntary efforts to build a stronger music community! I have reached the point of no turning back because I believe that we can do this…but I can’t do it without your help! Since 2015, I have been working one business so to build another. I set out with the idea of taking my time as I showed people my talents. From March 2015 until September 2018, I could afford to offer this service which was supported by my day job.

As a writer and a promoter, I feel there is an important role to fill on the music scene. I use my talents as a videographer to stream live on Facebook and my skills as a still photographer, so to collect pictures that support the words I write and publish on this site. The goal is to set out each night that  I can and find live music locally. Then, when people say there is nothing to do around here, I shake my head, and hand them a card! After I do that, I find a new follower and friend on the music bus. How magnificent! Since 2016,  we have been publishing a minimum of two stories each week. I do have a man behind the scenes helping me. Meet my editor, Breeze!

My best friend and favorite human, meet our editor; BREEZE!

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The Facts of the Matter

I am always grateful to those that take the time to read about my musical journeys. Thank you for being here. Throughout this adventure, I have done my best for musicians and music venues alike and I have done it freely, without asking for much from anyone. I am an observer and a storyteller, whose favorite subject is music and favorite characters are musicians.

As the story goes, and most people already know it, I am a house cleaning contractor. This is how I have made my living for the past 13 years. Tracey’s Clean Sweep is my third established cleaning business, over the course of my cleaning career. The reason for that is because I am a rambling soul who always follows her heart. I sold my first business in 2009 before moving to Canada. In 2010 I started my second business in Louisiana and would relocate and register my business of the same name here in NC,  in 2013. I am currently working with zero employees since Florence, which also left me with zero desire to train anyone. Fact is, I was moving on before the flood.

To this day and for 13 years, I have been involved with every job. I love that my hard work is helpful to the people I serve. It’s an honest living and rewards of the instant gratification are endless. I walk into homes that are messy and when I leave they shine! That never grows old. But I do and am, daily! And the fact is, it hurts me now as I near 50 years old, so I know I won’t be able to sustain doing this work like I do, up and through the age of retirement. I just won’t! What you are witnessing here is nothing short of the backup plan.

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Build Your Biggest Dream

As a rule, house cleaners are disposable since disposable income pays for their services in many cases. When I hit a lull and my son was 17 and talking college, a few years ago, I was faced with a choice. I could use my free time to get a remedial paying job to help one company with my skills or use my free time to create another business and help a music community grow stronger.  Being innovative in my mind, always, I invested time in the latter and developed this site and a promotions business to support it. Tracey Stones Productions is that business which publishes this blog. You can visit my website at www.traceystonesproductions.com. 

I would love to see this blog site offer daily stories from many writers, in many regions, around the state. Currently, I am only one person writing and I am working hard at two businesses, doing it with old equipment and exhausting myself along the way! I want for this to be my only work each day for the rest of my life! The only thing I lack is the revenue needed for expansion.

Erect the Stage

After dedicating two full years to the mission of promoting local music, I was exploring options of exiting the cleaning business. I was considering the sale of my house cleaning contracts to several buyers. The idea was to invest the sale of that business so to jump start this business. And then Florence came along and wiped out so much of my workload there was hardly enough work left after the water receded to keep me afloat. Today there is nothing to sell today and I really don’t care to dwell on that, because so many others around me are hurting in a far worse way.

Over the years, because of my passion for music, my following on social media has grown considerably. I can’t even keep up, to be honest! And yes, I will ask you your name ten times, please don’t be offended. No matter how many get in the zone, I want even more people on board the music bus! This build is going to take a village and I know so many music-loving supporters that I know the build is possible.

After the storm, I just wanted to help my community however I could. I delivered meals, I distributed emergency relief buckets, I went looking for items that people needed.  And I went live to ask for help.

Those people, those beautiful followers of mine answered the call and sent whatever I requested! First, it was masks and gloves, then cleaning supplies and personal hygiene supplies and now it is household goods; linens, plates, lamps, furniture, curtains, etc.

Follow Your Heart

The work you see here, on this site, it’s my passion. It’s my heartbeat. And I feel it is important to work for the community I serve. This is not a new path for me. This is where my life was on course to go, once upon a time,  until I decided to raise my beautiful son alone. I took myself out of the game! I just could not be out in the bars until 1 or 2 in the morning, which was more the norm back then;  and be a good day mom too. I stopped writing after his birth in 1998, and I stopped promoting music entirely, for a full decade, in 2005. That is when I left the music scene in NJ/PA to rebuild a life with the help of my village, my family, in NC.

I took all of the skills I learned in promoting musicians and applied it to building my cleaning business. Within months of that practice,  I learned that I could make more money promoting my electric vacuum than I ever did when promoting an electric guitar. This came in handy when I looked down to see my 6-year-old looking up to me. I volunteered at his school once a week, and I built a cleaning business around putting him on and getting him off the bus. I have no regrets about putting my life on hold to watch and help him grow.

To this day, I work from 8 am until 2 pm in my cleaning business. I have cleaned homes, businesses, new construction, churches, and the highlight of it all came when I was picked to be the cleaning contractor for the film crew that filmed the A&E Series, Duck Dynasty. I did that for the first three seasons, until returning to New Bern in late 2012.

Stay Interesting

That was the Louisiana chapter and it was there that I cleaned for one of the coolest people I ever met. Sidney Wilhite’s home was over 18,000 square feet and I loved cleaning every square inch of it.  It was like a museum and people did take tours of it on the regular. It took two days a week to clean it all and every week I learned something new!

Mr. Sidney is the only person I ever met with a cannon on his front porch and a lion that needed dusting.

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As exciting as it might be to hear about all the toilets I have scrubbed, I truly get a thrill out of telling people about music. Music is healing and promoting it is something I was doing before I graduated high school.

The highlights of my published writing career are mentioned on my bio page and my greatest dream remains to heal the world with music. Bringing people together for the celebration of music is my only mission in this next career. I feel it is a worthy mission because we are one hurting society, with many different pains holding us back from being our true self!  There are plenty of needs and causes out there and many hearts can mend with help of music.

Ask For Help

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I mention all of this because I now need the help of my community to get this to the next level. And I promise if you help me get it there, not only will the tip jars and donations links disappear, but I will be paying it forward for the rest of my days. Not just by paying it back to you in my services, but your friends and neighbors and their friends too!

I feel like my efforts have already paid it forward for the venues and the bands that I cover. Lately, though, my field of dreams keeps growing but my reality keeps closing in on me. It’s just a rough spot I guess. I am currently driving a 2002 GMC Yukon with nearly 400,000 miles on it. Last week a musician who seeks my attention asked me in an off-handed way when was I going to make it out to see his band near Winston Salem. I understand he has been inviting me out for 10 months and, as much as I would love to say tomorrow, I have to rather admit that I am stuck in town because I can’t get out of here.

My car repairs are far more than I can afford and I’m pretty sure that they are not worth it either. Some days we just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other and hope for the best. I  know I did my best in freely putting 200,000 miles on my truck chasing music and telling people about it!  Now she is tired and I am even more exhausted trying to keep her.

Keep Dreaming and Dream Big!

My biggest hopes today are finding a local car dealership to consider NCMZ.LIVE as a great advertising outlet, and support my efforts with a better running, good on gas vehicle. Something that is cheaper than $65 per tank and offers more than 14 miles a gallon, would mean improvement! History notes, that I will drive their product all over the state and talk about them on my journey as I thank them each step of the way!

It is my next biggest hope that the readers and those that have benefited from my efforts would consider helping in the expansion. We can grow this to be an app for finding local live music but that takes revenue to make it happen. I will gladly advertise your business to build that revenue. Another way to help, for those who don’t have a business to advertise, is filling the tip jar.   http://Paypal.me/ncmz Every little bit helps!  I know that once I have what is needed to get this off the ground, we are going to rock the world!

The road ahead is rather exciting and I am thrilled that you are a part of the journey. As far as I can see, there is a lot of work to be done and more hands always make for lighter work. Thanks for being here and hanging out. You make the journey more fun and I thank you!

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Behind The Scenes With Tracey Stones

The reason I started things off differently today and put the light on myself for a change is that Charles Tendell encouraged me to put my story out there! It happened on Thursday night. I was invited to the Charles Tendell Studios to be a guest on New Bern Live. It was a nice opportunity to share some of my dreams and visions for this community I love! Before leaving the studio, Tendell encouraged me to reach out to people and tell them my story! I know one thing,  I dream daily about bringing healing vibes to people through the fun of music. For anyone interested in checking out that interview, please follow this link and join me in dreaming big and healing with music!!! It really will take a village to get us to the next level of growth and development.

Let’s Have A Conversation With Tracey Stones of NCMZ.LIVE

I truly appreciate all of the love and support my followers offer me in my missions with music. I look forward to where this path will lead us all! We are going to do great things and be an example for the world to follow.

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

As we concluded above, I have been hovering around the home base for a few weeks now, due to car repairs that are needed for safe travels. Luckily there are lots of people around here to love and many music makers to talk about!

Big Jim Brings the Blues and his Fans Bring The Toys for Tots

I started things off last night, just over the bridge in James City. That is where we found Big Jim Kohler rocking the crowd at BrUtopia, with his steady rhythm section and soulful bride. Along with offering the freshest beer, friends gathered and brought toys for the Marines on hand for the Toys for Tots drive. Before the night ended the box was overflowing. What an awesome town we call home! It’s was a wonderful reminder that there are a lot of kids who will need toys this year, so please give generously if you can!

Also adding to the groove last night was the harmonica player from Colorado, Lee Tibbetts, who came out on Wednesday night to jam with Kohler. His reaction to being in the presence of Kohler is one I can relate to. I remember moving back to town in 2013 and stumbling upon Jim in Swansboro, NC. It was then I turned my attention back to my true love for music. This is why I rallied for this man’s life and health last year when he fell ill. He inspires my path and helps me grow.

To check him out for yourself, stop out this month for one of his Wednesday night blues offerings at The City Stage. The band plays from 7-9 pm.

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Bluegrass and Beer Was the Theme at The Bruin

 

The night was billed as Seth Smith and Friends for those who don’t know, Smith is one of the players with The Hot Buttered Grits, New Bern’s jam band. Smith was joined by his grits counterpart John Johndrow on guitar and his friend Beth D’Angelo, offering bass and vocals. D’Angelo also plays with the band Cigar Box Jesus & The Revelation.

Beyond the folk sound and bluegrass selections were the fun jams that everyone enjoyed. It was a fun night with like-minded friends sharing the stage!

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Carrboro Acts Makes an Appearance at The Brown Pelican

 

Meet XOXOK

The first duo we heard at the front of the room was that of XOXOK, a duo featuring the soulful vocals and melodic guitar sounds of Keenan Jenkins and the twistedly talented beats of Joe MacPhail. This duo got together about two years ago and have some fun when given the opportunity to make music together. The Carrboro based outfit has a Facebook page which you can visit by clicking:

XOXOK

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The Oblations Close Out The Night

 

Next to the stage front came The Oblations. This Carbrro act has played around town several times in the past couple of years. They are a talented act offering the talents of Joe MacPhail on drums keyboards and vocals while his music brother from another mother, Daniel Fields offers the guitar parts and adds vocals as well. They were introduced to us by our friends at GEM Productions.

What’s exciting about this talented unit is that you are watching two guys on stage while looking for the full band. Fields work out the bass and guitar parts with his handcrafted six string, made for him by his father.  Meanwhile, in the other corner, MacPhail offers keyboards and drums while knocking the vocals out too.

Both of the groups featured at the dirty bird last night offer music that takes the soul on an original journey. If you ever make your way to Carrboro be sure to keep an ear out for their efforts. You will be entertained!

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Blackbeard’s Hosted Saltwater Gold

 

I made it out to Blackbeard’s Triple Play in just enough time to hear the last couple selections offered by The Saltwater Gold Band. This group hails from Oriental and offers the sounds of classic rock that people love. They also write their own music and mix up the night with some fresh works created by their guitar player, Chris Daniels, and lead singer Mark Hoff. 

To keep up to speed with this band and to keep up on their events like their band page on Facebook:

Saltwater Gold Band

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Getting Down Around Town

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First Stop ~ James City

 Tonight at BrÜtopia, Nest Cafe will be serving the supper and snacks you crave, and the beer will be fresh and cold. You can welcome December with the fresh sounds of Sam Lewis, who rocks’em from 7-10 pm. Remember it is the holiday season so support live music and tip music makers when you can! Every dollar counts.

Going Downtown

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they generally welcome awesome acoustic acts to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.

Tonight it is the rocking sounds of Gary Dudley and The Maxxtones. 

This free music offering will take place 8-11 pm. The Brown Pelican is a private club. Please sign up and pay your annual $1.00 fee to rock every weekend with the cool kids!

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. This week you can rock to the pop tunes offered by Ravenz Bru on Saturday night. Music starts at 7:30 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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A Variety of Live Entertainment is Scheduled at

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Here is what is happening this week as per a message I got earlier today:

12/1 Sat –  Sleeping Beauty, an original Bellydance Drama
Colleen M Wilde, Sahra DeRoy, Kaitlyn & the fabulous ladies of Mazagat, will be retelling this timeless fairy tale as you have never seen!

There will be a special Pre-Show featuring local & regional belly dance artist. Vending by Trav’s Tie Dyed Treasures & Art by Claudina Madrid, henna by Mehak Minhas.
Doors Open @ 5pm
Pre-Show starts @ 7pm
Main Show Starts @ 8:30pm
Karaoke Party Stars @ 10pm
Tickets (In Advance)
$8.00 (General Admission)
$10.00 (VIP Guaranteed Premium Seating)

Looking Ahead to Next Week

12/4 Tue – Pub Trivia TRIVIA TUESDAYS!!
Come and test your Trivia skills for an opportunity to win great prizes and have fun with friends! It’s all about bringing people together! Our Kitchen and Bar will have some tasty offerings to complement the evening. Stick around after the event and enjoy our friendly bartenders and interactive jukebox! Starts at 7 pm.

Tues @ 9 pm (after trivia) – City Stage Karaoke
Brush up your vocal skills and get ready to take center stage! Everyone is a star at City Stage! Bring your friends for a night of fun with the coolest folks around!

12/5 Wed – Big Jim Kohler
With a unique style all his own, Jim Kohler is one of the last true blues players. Having played for over 20 years with blues legends, Jim has created a killer sound that everyone will enjoy!
7 pm Showtime – There is no cover charge – Artist Donations Encouraged.

12/6 Thu – Popular local singer Alisa Mike serenades us with jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as other classics through the years and ones in the making. Her dynamic vocal range, artistic phrasing, and interaction with the audience make for a delightful evening! 7 pm Showtime – There is no cover charge – Artist Donations Encouraged.

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Rockin’ Around The Region

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Answering the Call

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

November 26 at 5:22 PM

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on

Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC on Facebook

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. 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 by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

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New Bern Is The New Music Town

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

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This week marked a birthday for rocker Josh Overby. The guitarist for The BiPolar Express blew out 47 candles this week.

Hurricane Help Finally Arrives in Fairfield Harbour

On Saturday, November 24, 2018 Pros organized a volunteer effort and brought 25 people from Charlotte to help move the debris littering the properties in Fairfield Harbour.

Since Fairfield Harbour is my home and I lost most of my clientele from that neighborhood, I got involved by passing out invitations to dinner and talking to folks around the community. At 4 pm I headed down to The Tri-Community Firehouse on Saint Delights Church Rd, where I served dinner to the community and volunteers. As one might expect, I invited Tommy Duzan, Sr. to come out to entertain the folks that showed up. He not only came to do that but he brought his father Charlie Duzan, who I have been waiting to hear for many moons.

Tommy started things off with a great selection of classic rock, his father came front and center with some original works and the finished thier jamming songs together. It was a delightful Thanksgiving feast, cooked with love by volunteers from our community. Not pictured was the food organizer, Kathleen Kohler.

Last weekend was the start of what Metro Real Estate Pros hopes to make a trend until all of the hurricane trash is removed in Fairfield Harbour. All are welcome to join them in the mission. We need volunteers every Saturday throughout the rest of the year to complete the mission of trash removal.

PLEASE!!! Get Involved!

There are many ways you can get involved, to find out more reach out to the local contractor and pastor Jay Gaskins by calling 252-671-2566. They will gather each Saturday from 9 am until 4 pm. Please bring the family for a day of service if it is something you can do. All kids over 13 are welcome to participate in this mission that will lift the spirits of people throughout my community.

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Singers and Stringers Unite in Potters Hill

Outside on the deck, under the tent at Blackbeard’s Triple Play on Saturday night was, the local super band, The Potters Hill Band. With players from three popular area bands merging talents to make up the lineup. Potters Hill Band offers plenty of southern comfort with their southern rock offerings. They are a fairly unrehearsed band that got together as a result of The Adam Hill Band going on tour with Second Helping this past summer. From those bands, we meet Adam Hill on lead guitar, from the Adam Hill Band. Then from SH we have Chris McCallister on second lead guitar, Jonathon Riggs on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Joey Gillette behind the kit on drums and backing singers Laura McCallister and Fleeta Griffith. Add to that a bass man from the Side Track Band, Rick Ellisand we have a local supergroup rocking the scene.

 

For fans of Adam Hill and his band, they will be rocking in Wilmington tonight. Be sure to check them out at Bourbon St.  with music being offered from 9 pm until the midnight hour. For more news on the Potters Hill Band, which got their name from where they rehearse, keep it here and I will share the news.

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It Was A Family Affair at City Stage with Joe Brown & The Band

It was a great night of entertainment at The City Stage last Saturday night. Besides the amazing sounds of Joe Brown and The Band, the evening included some comedy in between the music sets and a couple of special guests throughout the night sharing the stage on vocals.

I was in the house long enough to catch the end of the first set, the comedic relief of 2 Cups, aka local funnyman Johnnie Smith along the opening of the second set. After a few songs with the band, Joe Brown welcome Alisa Mike to the stage to offer a few selections. This was wonderful. To hear this beautiful voice backed by a stellar band…oh yes! More of that, please!

 Mike is a powerhouse with her vocal talents and she offers her show weekly at the City Stage. If you have not seen her there, be sure to come out any Thursday night and enjoy her show from 7-9 pm. Tomorrow night the gracious singer will be entertaining the folks in Fairfield Harbour. The community group “Fairfield Live” will host the singer for a dinner event for the community tomorrow night. The time is 7-10 pm and place is at the community center on Broad Creek Road. Tickets are $10 and the money raised pays the entertainment.

If you live in Fairfield Harbour or have good friends that do, be sure to come out and show your support for the music efforts being made to entertain the community.

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Then There Was Transition of Rock To Blues at The Brown Pelican

 

It was a double bill of serious stringers at the Dirty Bird last Saturday, with rocker Marron Chaplin opening the night with a long set of rocking songs to welcome the crowd.

Following her performance on Saturday, the singer used a good portion of the week prepping for her trip to Nashville. She arrived there yesterday to start work on charting the course with her manager Kevin Sanchez. There will be much to report on next year from this rocker’s camp. With a new recording in the works and plans being mapped to support the effort, it should be fun to watch this journey.

To keep up with the beautiful singer-songwriter with a rocking spirit, be sure to like her music page on Facebook by clicking this link:

Marron Chaplin Music

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Big Jim Brings His Blues to Close Out the Night

Next up, we got down with the melodies and riffs offered by the incredible Big Jim Kohler. When Big Jim comes to call, you can bet the room will be full of the blues before long and sure enough, this was the case on Saturday night at The Brown Pelican!

Joining the jam was special guest Freddy Scott on guitar, Patrick Edwards beat on the bongos for a bit and Steve Hill filled the drummer’s seat and Chris Buttitta worked the bottom beats on bass. The blues quartet finished out the night with a great jam.

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Did Someone Say Jam?

While we are on the subject of jams, let me mention a couple of things. First and foremost, before leaving the Brown Pelican, I will mention that they kick off their weekly music support with a weekly open mic night. That takes place every Thursday with music starting at 8 pm. All jammers are welcome to come out and display their talents. Quite often when you bring the band, you can leave with a gig date.

Now bouncing back to Big Jim, I want to mention that he is hosting a midweek blues night at City Stage and that is open for jammers also. Last week the big man was joined by a couple of guitarists, including Larry Swinson of the Wannabees and Freddy Scott, who was in town visiting family for the holidays. Dave Sawyer joined the fun on harmonica and his original bass player The General, Mike Sandvig closed out the night on stage offering the bottom beats.

These jams are going to become a part of the weekly offerings at the music venue located at 901 B Pollock St., New Bern, N. In fact this week, we got to meet a new player when Lee Tibbetts joined the band on harmonica. Tibbetts is new to the area and has been hungry to find some down-home blues players. He accomplished his mission with his appearance on Wednesday night. I suspect we might hear more from him again!

For fans and friends of Big Jim Kohler, you can find him tonight jamming with his wife and the band in the warm company of those that gather at Brutopia this evening. More on those details below.

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Behind The Scenes With Tracey Stones

 

Last night I was invited to the Charles Tendell Studios to be a guest on New Bern Live. It was a nice opportunity to share some of my dreams and visions for this community I love! I dream daily about bringing healing vibes to people through the fun of music. For anyone interested in checking out that interview, please follow this link and join me in dreaming big and healing with music!!! It really will take a village to get us to the next level of growth and development.

Let’s Have This Conversation With Tracey Stones of NCMZ.LIVE

I truly appreciate all of the love and support my followers offer me in my missions with music. I look forward to where this path will lead us all! We are going to do great things and be an example for the world to follow.

 

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Friday, November 30, 2018

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Getting Down Around Town

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First Stop ~ James City

Start the weekend with some cold fresh brew and the blues. Live music at BrÜtopia this weekend includes the blues grooves of Big Jim Kohler on Friday, November 30, 2018.  Tomorrow night Nest Cafe will be serving the supper and snacks you crave, and the beer will be fresh and cold. You can welcome December with the fresh sounds of Sam Lewis, who rocks’em from 7-10 pm. Remember it is the holiday season so support live music and tip music makers when you can! Every dollar counts.

Going Downtown

The Bruin

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It is Brews and Bluegrass night with Seth Smith and John Johndrow of the Hot Buttered Grits and friends. They will be rolling out the tunes tonight at The Bruin Craft Beer and WineMusic will be offered from 8-10:30 pm. This night of entertainment is free and feel free to stop by, to  say hi to bartender Ben and enjoy the bluegrass jams of Smith.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they generally welcome awesome acoustic acts to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.

Tonight it is a fun offering of regional sounds with
The Oblations, who are a one of a kind two-man Blues/Funk band by Joe MacPhail (drums and keys simultaneously, vocals) and Daniel Fields (guitar, vocals). The resulting sound is that of a three or four piece, as Joe imitates a rhythm section, or plays a piano and bass part while keeping time with his feet. Daniel is multifaceted, with a mastery of both finger style and slide guitar, and a host of evolving tones.

XOXOK hails from Carrboro, North Carolina. The music of XOXOK is conceived on the fretboard, cradled in headphones, and cultivated at the microphone. The guitar and vocal influences are far-flung but cohesive (Jeff Buckley, John Frusciante, Frank Ocean, James Blake). Often armed with just an electric guitar, the live performance is a model of intimacy and presence. With a “warm voice [that] embraces you” (Resonating Tunes), XOXOK delivers a combination of soulful, smooth, and soft tunes laced with unabashed emotion.

This free music offering will take place 8-11 pm. The Brown Pelican is a private club. Please sign up and pay your annual $1.00 fee to rock every weekend with the cool kids!

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. This week you can rock to the pop tunes offered by Saltwater Gold on Friday and the beach and rock sounds of Ravenz Bru on Saturday night. Music starts at 7:30 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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Here is what is happening this week as per a message I got earlier today:

Kicking it off tonight, 11/30 Fri – Improv Comedy Night Featuring Walk-In Bathtub
Give us your suggestions and watch us create hilarious unscripted scenes right before your eyes! Walk in Bathtub, is New Bern’s own Improv Team! Come and explore the hilarious, unpredictable world of Improv comedy.
7 pm Show – Tickets $7.00

12/1 Sat –  Sleeping Beauty, an original Bellydance Drama
Colleen M Wilde, Sahra DeRoy, Kaitlyn & the fabulous ladies of Mazagat, will be retelling this timeless fairy tale as you have never seen!

There will be a special Pre-Show featuring local & regional belly dance artist. Vending by Trav’s Tie Dyed Treasures & Art by Claudina Madrid, henna by Mehak Minhas.
Doors Open @ 5pm
Pre-Show starts @ 7pm
Main Show Starts @ 8:30pm
Karaoke Party Stars @ 10pm
Tickets (In Advance)
$8.00 (General Admission)
$10.00 (VIP Guaranteed Premium Seating)

Looking Ahead to Next Week

12/4 Tue – Pub Trivia TRIVIA TUESDAYS!!
Come and test your Trivia skills for an opportunity to win great prizes and have fun with friends! It’s all about bringing people together! Our Kitchen and Bar will have some tasty offerings to complement the evening. Stick around after the event and enjoy our friendly bartenders, and interactive jukebox! Starts at 7 pm.

Tues @ 9 pm (after trivia) – City Stage Karaoke
Brush up your vocal skills and get ready to take center stage! Everyone is a star at City Stage! Bring your friends for a night of fun with the coolest folks around!

12/5 Wed – Big Jim Kohler
With a unique style all his own, Jim Kohler is one of the last true blues players. Having played for over 20 years with blues legends, Jim has created a killer sound that everyone will enjoy!
7 pm Showtime – There is no cover charge – Artist Donations Encouraged.

12/6 Thu – Popular local singer Alisa Mike serenades us with jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as other classics through the years and ones in the making. Her dynamic vocal range, artistic phrasing, and interaction with the audience make for a delightful evening! 7 pm Showtime – There is no cover charge – Artist Donations Encouraged.

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Holiday Treats!

Chamber Music  by Candlelight

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Hopefully, you purchased your tickets by this past Tuesday, so you can be on hand November 30 as, the Brierwood Ensemble of Wilmington, NC, performs at Tryon Palace. “Chamber Music by Candlelight” offers the unique and rare opportunity to enjoy the Council Chamber in the Governor’s Palace, gently lit by candles and decorated for the holidays.

Join us after the performance for a reception at the Commission House. Sweet treats and beverages will be served.

Palace doors will open at 6:30 PM. Please enter the grounds through the gate located on Eden Street.

Location: Governor’s Palace Chamber Council

https://www.tryonpalace.org/events/chamber-music-candlelight

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Cruising The Coast

Morehead City, NC

According to their Facebook Page, here is what is happening this weekend at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 513 Evans St., Morehead City:

~Friday, November 30th~

OPEN at 4 pm Made to order, brick oven pizza will be available starting at 8 pm
Music by Carolina Sky tonight starting at 10 pm.

~Saturday, December 1st~

OPEN at 12noon.  We are starting off the Holiday Season with
Jack’s  participating in Chowder and Cheer in Downtown MHC 1 pm – 5 pm.

Brick oven pizza will be available starting at 4 pm.
We are celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary with a party upstairs – Magic, Fireworks and Food! Tickets 🎟️ are still available on www.eventbrite.com

Tacky Christmas Party starts at 9 pm!
Live music by Soul Psychedelique starts at 10 pm

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On the deck, tomorrow will be the reggae grooves of Selah Dubb. They’ll be providing the entertainment for the good folks that gather at Off the Hook this Saturday night. Live music starts at 10 pm. I encourage you to go early for the delicious food and stay late to get in the grooves with this fun and funky band! Off the Hook is located at 105 S 7th St, Morehead City, NC.

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Cedar Point

 

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The Salty Air Open Market will offer the music of the talented Justin Castellano this evening from 6-9 pm in the Salty Bee Cafe. Come out tonight to welcome this weekend the right way. Sip on your favorite wine or grab a cold beer and enjoy the musical offerings of this classically trained stringer, that will be serving up the sounds early tonight.

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Live tonight in the garden over at Carolina Home and Garden, you can groove to the bluesy, surf sounds of the original stringer Hank Barbee. The singer-songwriter is band leader for The Dust Parade. The quartet is based out of Wilmington, NC and keep busy touring throughout the calendar year. Come out and enjoy a bite from the chef’s of Urban Eats and shop for the holidays throughout this unique home and garden store. Live music will be served 6:30-9:30 pm in the garden. If you support live music consider buying Christmas merchandise from your favorite local acts.

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Treehouse Beer Company, ushers in the weekend with the sounds of David Dixon tonight on stage in the garden. Come out and sip a cold beer and enjoy live music which will be offered by this local stringer from 7-10 pm. This event is free and free music is never free so feel free to share the love and tip the music makers that groove you.

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Swansboro, NC

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The original trio Now or Never will be offering the music to all that gather tonight at the Swansboro Moose Lodge. The show starts at 7 pm and they will lock you into the grooves until 10 pm.

Now or Never features the singing and stringing of Tiffany Elaine, Fernando Rivera, and Steve Mehan. The talented group has a fresh sound that finds a way of blending country and rap, rock, and pop altogether. In essence, they are potentially creating a new genre.  For anyone looking for something new, check out this trio in Swansboro tonight!

If you miss them tonight be sure to join them at one of the many open mic events they host down along the Crystal Coast. To keep up with these busy players just like Now or Never on Facebook

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NowOrNever on Facebook

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4EverAll will be the entertainment hosts for this evening at The Boro Restaurant & Bar. Come early for the great tastes and stay late for the beautiful music. Bring a date and fall in love tonight. This is the perfect act to set the mood for romance. Free music is offered from 8 -11 pm.

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Rockin’ Around The Region

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Answering the Call

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

November 26 at 5:22 PM

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on

Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. 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 by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE. We will link your ad to your website for tracking so you can see the results of our readers visiting your site.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com to learn more.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

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New Bern Welcomes the Holiday Season As I Find Music All Around Town

On the Scene with Tracey Stones

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New Bern welcomed in the holiday season last night, making for another celebratory moment for #NewBernStrong with the season of giving and Santa Claus too. As the town’s people gathered on Middle Street to meet the man of the season and take a sleigh ride, I walked around the downtown looking for music to share.

I love this town. I look forward to what we are going to become in the years ahead! Last night I rounded four city blocks and found five bands rocking our scene surrounding the holiday hoopla!

Rick Huff Rocks the Dirty Bird

Our first stop brings us to The Brown Pelican which hosted Rick Huff last evening, offering classic rock songs from 7-10 pm. It is always fun to listen to Huff share his songs. He has been rocking around the region for decades and always tells me how blessed and lucky he feels that he gets to do this. He truly enjoys sharing songs with fans and friends and he has a good base of both, always out in support!

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Marron Chaplin Rocks the Bruin

Marron Chaplin was surrounded by the love of fans and friends when I walked into The Thirsty Bruin last night. She was rocking the crowd and they responded with loud applause and lighter flames burning in the air. This talented songstress has been rocking crowds for years and is getting ready to put some fun new things together for fans to enjoy.  For those hoping to catch her at a show soon, you are in luck if you find yourself around New Bern tonight. This rocker will be opening up the night at The Brown Pelican. She gets to work at 8 pm and will rock you until 10. Don’t miss it!

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Wannabees Give Em What They Want Outside

The first time I met this band they ran away with my heart. They were the first band to play for the Annual Fundraiser for Promise Place. That is the Sexual Assault Agency in town that serves victims of rape and sexual abuse. Each year they host a fundraiser called Barn Bash. Just days before Florence they hosted the 5th Annual on the Batten Farm in James City.  The Wannabees were the first headlining act, to offer to their talents and services for the benefit. Since then, I can’t tell you how many times I have seen them. But it was just last night when I saw them again.

They were rocking the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play, working hard to keep ’em warm under the tent. This quartet of classic rockers is New Bern based and so much fun. For those who are interested in keeping up with the band be sure to give their Facebook page a like:

The Wannabees on Facebook

 

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TrainWreck Funks Them Up Inside

Another New Bern born band that is always fun and worth the price of admission is that of TrainWreck, who rocked the house last night from 10 pm until the last call.

Founder Adrian Watts formed the band nearly 14 years ago and has rocked crowds in many rotations. Making the music come together on stage is Adrian Watts, guitar and vocals, Darrin Pratt, on the bass guitar, Barney Branch, playing the saxophone and helping with vocals. Evan Roberson plays the trombone. Terrance Cooper offers the vocals. Stepfon Rodman, is back behind the kit, on the drums, Tracy Dudley rocking the keys and Alex Nieves is always working the sound for the band.

Tonight the band brings their show to the Crystal Coast. You can find them at Jack’s Waterfront Bar. They get to funking things up from 10 pm until the last call. To keep up with the band be sure to visit their website by clicking the name below:

TrainWreck

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~Mail Call~

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Sandy Green Showing off the new shirts for Guitarists for Good!!

I heard from my music promoter friend and guitarist April Anders this week. She has something worth talking about this holiday season. She is a part of a non-profit organization that she wants our area to know about, in the hopes that we can help them. I think it is a worthy cause so, here is what I learned:

Guitarists for Good

is a non-profit that provides the gift of guitars and music to homeless shelters, including the Salvation Army after-school kids program, Raleigh Rescue Mission, Safe Place and many more. This charity is very near and dear to my heart. I have been a part of this since the onset. Music is healing and soothing for the soul. Many in this group have a story about how music has changed their lives. My hope is to be able to help provide others with something that can help them make a change in their lives, help them to find peace, and an outlet for the many feelings they may be going through.

When she reached out to me this week, she said in her message, “I would love for you to join our Guitarists for Good non-profit group. I will send you a link to the page. If you get responses from folks in your area that have guitars to donate, let them know to contact me. And I can make a trip down to your area to pick them up. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and I will be happy to tell you more about it. Thank you. “

To learn more you can check out their Facebook page.

Guitarists For Good

My thought was, “No Thank you! What an awesome thing!” So for those that wish to learn more or help out with a donation, you can email Anders @

ajknc93%40gmail.com.

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, November 24, 2018

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Getting Down Around Town

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.

Tonight it is a double bill of rock’n blues. Starting off the night with her rocking soul will be Marron Chaplin jamming from 8-10 pm and Big Jim Kohler rocking the rest of the night away with his down-home blues til midnight.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight, fans of southern rock are in for a treat when The Potter’s Hill Band comes calling tomorrow 7:30-11:30 pm. This band is the result of two bands teaming up on tour this past year and the players playing around.

It all came about after The Adam Hill Band picked up a few dates with the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute act, Second Helping. From there Chris McCallister, founder, and guitarist for SH and leader of the self-named Adam Hill Band got to jamming, Jonathan Riggs got to singing, his wife Laura McCallister and her dear friend Fleeta Griffith started backing him up and Joey Gillette of SH got going on the back beat. Adding to that, the bass man from Side Track, Rick Ellis. They rehearsed a time or two in the town where they take their name and rocked their first gig a few weeks ago. If you missed their debut, come on out and hear their second gig. Tonight 7:30 pm! Come early for something to eat and rock the night away under the tent!

For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

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Live tonight at The City Stage it is Joe Brown and The Band.
Doors open at 5pm, food, and drinks will be available as always throughout the night. The show starts at 8 pm. This is going to be a special night! Joe Brown & The Band presents a Thanksgiving Holiday event, hosted by Comedian 2 Cups, with special guest appearances by teen talent Jasmine Bridges and the simply amazing Alisa Evans Mike. City Stage invites you to make this a holiday to remember, join us for “A Family Affair.

$8.00 Gen. Admission
$10.00 Reservations
Tickets available at citystagenewbern.com

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Cruising The Coast

Morehead City, NC

According to their Facebook Page, here is what is happening this weekend at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 513 Evans St., Morehead City:

~Saturday, November 24th~
OPEN at 12noon
Enjoy our wood-fired pizza starting at 8 pm
Live music by Trainwreck starts at 10 pm

Friendly reminders: Everyone must be 21 and over. Starts at 9 pm and there is a $10 minimum on credit cards.

See you at Jack’s!

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On the deck tomorrow will be New Bern’s own rock show, The BiPolar Express. They’ll be providing the entertainment for the good folks that gather at Off the Hook this Saturday night. Live music starts at 10 pm. I encourage you to go early for the delicious food and stay late to get in the grooves with this fun and funky band! Off the Hook is located at 105 S 7th St, Morehead City, NC.

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Beaufort

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 4EverAll will on stage at Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop. They will be sharing the songs you love and the creations that are spawned by their own love. Free music will be offered from 8:30-11:30 pm. Please feel free to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

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The Backstreet Pub, 124 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC, welcomes the soothing blues sounds of The Beaufort Blues Project. In case you missed yesterday’s blog, I mentioned that this band has been offering their service to help so many since Florence. I know that is true of all or most of us around here, but tonight we can give back to them. Tonight is a real gig for the band and it is my hope that music lovers from all around will come out and show their tip jar some love so they know how much they are appreciated.

Music makers are amazing, which is why I work so hard supporting them. They show up for any cause they donate time and they are always the first people to rise up. I know, because I’ve see it. I love our local music makers.

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Emerald Isle, NC

Tonight at the E-Club Emerald Isle invites you out anytime this afternoon. They will have a DJ rocking you until the town parade ends at about 5 pm. They will also offer a free pig to feed you and then a couple of great bands to rock you into the night. Pure T Mommick hits at 5 pm and Spare Charge finishing things out from 9 pm until closing.

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 The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits is where you can come out and enjoy the performance of Chris Bellamy, who will be offering songs in the garden following the town’s parade, this evening from 5-8 pm.

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Rocking Around The Region

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Answering the Call

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

November 19 at 5:59 PM

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Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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