GIGS for Your Saturday Delight!

This Music Business. Class Is In!

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2019! Your future is as bright as the day! Follow your heart and keep your eyes on your dreams! 

We will return to Money Matters next week, until then!

CLASS DISMISSED!

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, June 15, 2019

 

On the Outskirts of Town

 

Sara’s Big Apple

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Live music will be offered in the back room at Sara’s Big Apple this evening courtesy of Nicholas William Bailey. This New Bern native has made his music known all over the world by scripting sounds for TV and movies. Tonight this talented player will share some seamless sounds of guitar melodies, to those that gather for food and music tonight. Sara is always cooking up something amazing for supper and Bailey makes beautiful music any time he reaches for his guitar. Come out and enjoy both tonight.

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Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of music with Steel County Express, offering the music 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. The party comes courtesy of Chocolate Chip and Company Band, they will bring the music to life tonight on the deck with all the grooves you will love. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

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The Garage welcomes the music of The Big Jm Kohler Band. Live music is offered from 7-10 pm for FREE! But I suggest, you feel free to tip the servers and musicians you meet along the way!

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Brütopia

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

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Evan Button from Boone, NC. Evan will come for a visit and will be grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.

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SWANSBORO, NC

Bake, Bottle & Brew

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

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Emerald Isle, NC

The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits

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 4EverAll featuring Chris and Ally Whitaker will be offering songs to the fans and friends that gather for good eats and great beer tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music starts at 6 pm and they rock you until 9 pm.

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E-Club Emerald Isle

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E-Club Emerald Isle is welcoming the sounds of Freeway tonight, with live music cranking from the inside stage at 10 pm.

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Atlantic Beach, NC

Tipsy Turtle Tavern

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Tipsy Turtle Tavern offers live music on the outside stage tonight. Music comes courtesy of the talented local stringer Lil Cecil, offering classic rock and fun blues grooves. Come out for drink specials and live music starting at 9 pm!

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Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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

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Southern Salt Seafood Company

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Mike Edwards and The One will offer the music selections for those eating on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company. Located on the waterfront in Morehead City, many in town for Big Rock will gather here tonight. Come early to enjoy the fresh catch and stay late to dance the night away. Music starts at 9:30 pm on the deck and rocks until 12:30 am!

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Checking things out for the weekend, we find Jukebox Revolver will be rocking the crowd. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a music charge payable at the door.

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OFF THE HOOK

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

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop



Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents

 

Emily Musolino Band, Sat June 15th, 8:30-12:30 AM, $4 Cover

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Emily Musolino is a Durham, NC native who mixes soulful vocals with shredding blues rock guitar riffs. The depth of emotion in her voice is stunning and her songs have a classic sound and lyrics that tell compelling stories.

A Berklee College of Music graduate, Emily has opened for and collaborated with artists like Ani Difranco, Nikki Hill, Vinx, Shana Tucker, Anna Wise (SonnyMoon, Kendrick Lamar) and Eric Hirsh (The Beast, Orquesta GarDel). She is also owner and head engineer at Blue Moose Recording Studio in Durham and Co-founder of the women’s music and arts collective Mama May I.

Emily released her newest album “The Vault” in April 2018.
Emily has been featured several times on NPR’s the State of Things, with Frank Stasio and written up in the News and Observer. She currently fronts the Emily Musolino Band and plays 200+ shows a year, both bandleader and soloist around the world.

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SURF CITY, NC

JM’S PLACE PUB

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JM’s Place PUB welcomes the blues grooves of Fried On The Boat. The fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am.

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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

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Rocking Around the Region

Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to the extremely talented and raging rockers Brad Benson’s Rebel Armada, offering their rocking best tonight. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 2 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

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Join us in Durham for our bluegrass/Americana/old-time jam! Musicians of all skill levels are welcome, but this is not a learning jam – however, it will still provide opportunities to meet other area musicians and to learn how jams work. And listeners are always welcome to observe, too.

The Piedmont region of North Carolina has a vibrant and varied music scene, which the combined bluegrass/old-time/Americana jam taps into. This jam will meet on the third Saturday of every month. There is plenty of space in case musicians want to break out into different groups over the course of the afternoon. We hope that this combined jam will also provide opportunities for musicians to learn about and explore the similarities between these overlapping styles.

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Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar

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

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight it is For The Love Of Music Jam with John Williams hostingAll are welcome to join in the fun. Good times start at 6:30 pm. Music rocks till 10 pm.

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The Wine Crate

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

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Market Street Pub

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Market Street Pub welcomes The Jamie Pridgen Band to the stage to rock you this evening. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a small cover charge at the door to support the music. 

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Jacksonville, NC

Carolina Ale House (Jacksonville, NC)

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Dean Daughtry & The Trouble Makers will be rocking the patio of Carolina Ale House tonight! Live music plays from 7-10 pm. 

 

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Answering the Call

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

June 10 at 5:58 PM

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Do you like live music videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook.

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

Searching for more events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Keeping up with the Blogger

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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!

Do you need music for an event you are planning? Consider the services of:

Tracey Stones Productions

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.

Be sure to 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.

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

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

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

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

 

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Have a great weekend and enjoy the dance!

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Generating Money and All the Many Gigs Around the Region

This Music Business. Class Is In

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Money Makes All Things Possible

 

In this segment, we are going to look at the bottom line. Money is a key factor in the success of any business. This is even true for the music business. Regardless of your feelings on the subject, money matters. It is the major component of tracking your financial success. 

Many players jump into the band business and never put in the time to develop a business plan. It is rarely even a second thought and quite frankly this is why many bands break up or fall to the wayside. If you are involved in a project and money is being made and time is being expended, then you should take the time to meet at the start of the endeavor to better plan the adventure. Communication is an important element in developing a well-executed plan. 

A lot of bands come together for the FUN factor and don’t split a hair or care about the money, at first! But after some time, as things work out and the band plays more… before long, it’s a few years of time and when adding it up, the money comes to matter.

You need money to keep your gear in tune and sounding the best it can. If you play any stringed instruments you need strings and often picks. Guitar players also need a lot of 9-volt batteries. Drummers need sticks. Everybody has expenses and those things add up over time. Make sure that it is factored in from the start. Also keep in mind how much it costs for travel, including and so often the forgotten costs of wear and tear, along with gas and tolls. (Consider paying .60 per mile travel to anyone who is driving.)

Often times, if your band grows to know some bit of success, you branch out and before long you need money to feed yourself and/or stay overnight if the gig is far away. So after adding up all of the expenses for that, let’s also remember that players need to be paid for their time too. Giving everyone the same wage is a mistake. You will run out of money before all of the expenses are paid.

Money Matters!

 Don’t act like money is unimportant just because we are all having fun. Let’s not forget a few truths. Money makes and breaks many relationships, it destroys marriages and it devastates many bands too. The key to money management is communication. When money is pooled together, and in any business that is what happens, all of your earnings are put into one account and then you pay out your expenses.

Let’s say I hit the scene with the Tracey Stones Band. I have four members plus myself. I don’t play an instrument, I am just the singer. But I provide the PA and lights for this operation. I also manage the bookings and promotions. Along with that, I own a large vehicle that houses my production equipment and two other players and their equipment, as I always pick up the bass player and lead guitarist who live close by. The drummer and the rhythm guitar player carpool in the drummer’s car.  This means you have two cars on the road for this job. $500 job. If the job is 40 miles round trip, then two drivers should be compensated for $24 of travel costs right off the top and before the hourly wages are sorted out. Same holds true for the cost of using the gear and lugging equipment.

As a unit, we are playing out on average, four nights a month and we have a travel radius of 50 miles. At the end of the night, Tracey Stones Band deposits a check for $500 for a three-hour performance. Quite often in this scenario, the leader of the band gets paid and distributes the funds evenly, meaning everyone walks away with $100 in their pocket. Eventually, the person who supplies the production, the one who does the driving and/or the person who manages the business portions of the project will get upset, feel short-changed and quite often quit! The reason is simple, piss poor planning leads to failure every time.

 

Cultivate Cash and Organize Opportunity

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One of the key steps to formulating a good plan is, to identify the ways you will cultivate cash in this business plan. Are all of the earnings coming strictly from live performances? Chances are as the band grows in popularity, the opportunity will come to create more income based opportunities.

Let’s take a minute to identify some income sources. First and foremost, we all came together to play, so of course that is our main objective and revenue source.  But being talented performers we have lots of options for cultivating cash. We can teach people our skills and help them develop their own. Teaching lessons is quite often a good source of revenue. Sometimes players sign up to teach students at a local music store, while others are traveling tutors, who visits students in the environment of their choice.

If you are an original band and you are producing products for sale, creating an online presence is important. Create your site just as soon as you have a name, logo and goal in place. This will be your stage set when the amps grow quiet. It is the platform which promotes you when you are not on stage under the bright lights. If you have a product to sell then you will want to create a site that has a store. 

Selling products is a great way to generate income. But again, be sure to plan this stage as much as you planned playing on stages. Here are some important things to consider before setting up shop. What items can and will the band offer their fans? Who is going to be responsible for the merchandise? How will the revenue be spent?  

If you have a successful band who generates a product, creating a store is a great way to ensure future recordings. Some of the most popular products include CD’s, t-shirts, coozies for beer cans, stickers. Every band model is set up differently, but a good model for merchandising the band is to use the profits for advancing the band’s career. 

These are just some things to consider as you get ready to turn the world on its ear with your music. Keep in tune with a plan and the success will come. Tomorrow we will check out a couple of local bands that offer a merch plan worth sharing. Until then, it’s the weekend! Get out and enjoy some live music! CLASS DISMISSED.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

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JUNE 2019 ARTWALK… Come to downtown New Bern to participate in the festivities at the local ArtWalk businesses. Downtown art galleries and restaurants stay open for extended hours and sponsor special events every second Friday of the month!

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Craven Arts Council will host receptions for the following exhibits:

-Main Gallery: Watercolor Society of North Carolina
-Director’s Gallery: Private Schools Exhibition

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There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: LIVE MUSIC

Union Point Park

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Tonight New Bern Parks and Recreation Department welcomes their second show, offering for the series Footloose on the Neuse tonight in Union Point Park. Music will be offered by the BackBeat Band and all are welcome to attend. Pack the chairs or blankets, pets are welcome but must be on a leash. Don’t forget the bug spray and please leave the coolers at home. Vendors will be on site to serve you. The fun starts at 6:30 pm and the music plays until 9:30 pm.

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Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

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

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine

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

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

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The Garage welcomes the music of Ryan Cain. Live music is offered from 7-10 pm for FREE! But I suggest, you feel free to tip the servers and musicians you meet along the way!

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Gene Gregory live, who will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Bar

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The Upsetters will play music over at Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Bar this evening featuring the guitar work of Big Jim Kohler. No one else in the band is worth mentioning on my watch. Music starts at 9 pm.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Pure T Mommicked grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the rock blues and country grooves of this popular local duo.

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Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden

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Carolina Home and Garden welcomes the weekend with Cecil Gillikin in the garden, offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from Dem Boyz BBQ, a cold beer and relax as you settle into the weekend.

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

 The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers live music each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music. This Friday you can enjoy the music of Steel Shot. Music plays at 8-11 pm.

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Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes 4 EverAll for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music.

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Off The Hook

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

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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

Friday June 14th 
~ OPEN at noon
~ Happy Hour 5pm – 7pm hosted by Beaufort Proper
~ Live Music by Chocolate Chip and Company
~ Be sure to wish our very own Jeff McCann Happy Birthday today!

Saturday June 15th 
~ OPEN at noon
~ Live Music by Jukebox Revolver

Sunday June 16th
~ Happy Father’s Day 
~ OPEN at noon for Sunday Funday

See you at Jack’s!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents

 

Blue Moon Jazz, Fri June 14th, 8:30-11:30, No Cover charge

BLUE MOON JAZZ is a NC Jazz Ensemble *perfect* for a wine bar setting!

Please come early for best seating!

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Surf City, NC

JM’s Place PUB

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JM’s Place PUB welcomes the rocking grooves of Foundation Stone. The fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am.

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Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to Kings of the Highway Band, offering the pop and rock grooves we all know and love. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 2 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, his trailblazing, instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Selwyn Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young star in the blues. Birchwood’s high-octane blues—at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute—are played with passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6’3” young man with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease, his soulful, rocks-and-gravel vocals firing up the crowd.

For additional info see http://www.selwynbirchwood.com/

The show starts at 9 pm and music plays until 11 pm. Come early for the good eats and stay late to enjoy the music.

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The Red Room

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The Red Room welcomes Clay Whittington to the stage this evening for the music. Live sounds play from 10 pm until the closing hour. There is a $5.00 cover charge payable at the door. Support live music and pay the cover charge. That money helps to bring music.

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Oriental, NC

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The New Village Brewery & Taproom invites you to gather in their backyard to enjoy the tasty eats of Mari’sHellaFat Food Truck, the freshest brewed beer on the block served with live music from their talented friend Mac McWilliams, who will be offering his own mix of TexMexBluesabilly music for your listening pleasure. Music plays from 5:30-7:30 pm

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic night, hosted by Brian Burke. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight on the Pebble Stage is John “Singer” Benson. Music plays 7-10 pm.

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Market Street Pub

Friends and fans of Bria Burke are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Come out and enjoy a cold beer and country sounds offered by this talented artist.  Music starts at 10 pm.

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Answering the Call

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

June 10 at 5:58 PM

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Do you like live music videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook.

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

Searching for more events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Keeping up with the Blogger

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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!

Do you need music for an event you are planning? Consider the services of:

Tracey Stones Productions

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.

Be sure to 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.

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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A Week Of Friendly Faces In Familiar Places Plus We Meet A Few New Music Friends

On the Scene With Mary Shine and Tracey Stones

IMG_E8878[1]ABOVE: Mary Shine and Tracey Stones rocked the scene on Friday Night! Ending the night on a good note with Stairwell and the good folks at The Market Street Pub!

It was another week of friendly faces in familiar places, as we made our way through the week with music making memories. Along the way, we met a couple of groovy groups too. One had an African vibe while the other offered Jamaican flavored reggae raps.

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Monday of Music and Memories

Simon Spalding Serves the Sounds for Supper at Sara’s Big Apple

Last week offered a new way to start my Monday Music offering when I stopped in at Sara’s Big Apple to see what Simon Spalding was up to. Interestingly enough, I was hired by the owner to book the entertainment and somehow Spalding sidestepped all of that and got himself a regular engagement with the owner. Being curious I showed up for the inaugural set.

I mention how this gig came about to ward off the question of, “Why would you hire only one act for a regular appearance in a place with such limited spaces for live music?” The answer is simple, I wouldn’t! This was arranged between Spalding and the owner.

 Given the fact that I won’t be paid a commission on his self-serving gigs, chances are also likely that I will not be covering those shows either. Fact is, I am trying to make a living and things like this cut into my bottom line. Nonetheless, for anyone who is interested, feel free to join Simon this coming Monday for his last June engagement and then every Monday in July, as he serves the sounds from 6-8 pm in the back room of the pizzeria. Sara’s Big Apple is located on the way into Fairfield Harbour at 1150 Broad Creek Rd.

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Heading Down Town We Get Back to the Blues

I am not sure if Monday is the end to my weekends or the start of a new week anymore. I know this, it never gets old watching the room fill “up to the top,”  with music lovers. Some come to jam, some come to sing, some come to dance and some just listen. But we are all there together to enjoy the night. Last week was no exception.

If you have not been out to the Brown Pelican for Monday night blues, make sure you come and join us soon. The place stays jumping and the bartenders like it busy! We have been having a natural ball every Monday since February and it never gets old! We are sorry if you have missed the fun. For full details on this weekly treasure, keep reading and I will tell you all of the everything you need to know when I recap the week ahead!

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Wednesday We Wallowed In the Blues

It was a quiet mid-week reboot with blues being shared from the City Stage. Big Jim was dressed and ready to impress the masses, but only a few showed up last Wednesday evening.

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In all, it was a pretty slow week for jammers at both venues as well. No one new came to call this week, but we did learn that Jayke Steel (above on guitar) is still available for hire on Monday and Wednesdays. Simon Spalding always enjoys sitting in with the big man, who is only medium sized these days.

There was one other thing I noticed this week and that is the growth I have seen with Jonathan Peck (pictured above) and how he is cleaning up his phrasings. I noted a much cleaner offering this week and a more confident player. This is what makes these jams worth noting!

Big Jim and the boys usually keep the company of Mrs. Big Jim, but this week she was home and under the weather. With a long weekend ahead, that took the band to new territories, she took the time to rest. But most weeks that is where you can find Big Jim and his bride, offering their first show of the week to admiring fans.

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For those that are new to the blog, welcome! The players of this badass blues band include Big Jim Kohler on vocals and guitar, Chris Buttitta on the bottom, giving the bass and behind the kit, we have Tom Parker keeping the beats. On occasion, they pair with a harmonica man Mark Heffington (pictured above), who lives in the triangle area, but has been blowing notes with Big Jim for nearly 7 years. Newer to the circle of harmonica offerings is Lee Tibbetts (pictured below), whom we met last year. Enjoying the summer in Colorado with his wife Bonnie, this couple will return for more music this fall.

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Thursday Thrills

 Oriental Offers  African Music Stylings in the Garden

 

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At some point this week on Facebook, I asked my friends and followers where their favorite place was to view a live music event…and I think the reason I was inspired to ask that was because of my recent visit to New Village Brewery in Oriental. This venue is one of my favorite places to sit and watch music. Frank and Lili Bacon offer music fans a nice outdoor spot for soaking up sounds. Another reason why I enjoy that so much is because they always stretch out when it comes to finding new acts to offer live music.

Please Allow me to introduce you to…

On Thursday, I went to the harbor town to take a listen to Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, a band from the triangle area with a tribal sound that embraces the ancient traditions of West African music. They not only share song but embrace their audience with dance too.

According to the bio information, Diali Keba Cissokho (vocals and kora) whom we can call Jelly, “Like peanut butter and Jelly,” he said at the start of the show, is a renowned kora player and percussionist from the Casamance region of Senegal. He came to the United States after years of touring in Europe and Senegal. Now when he returns he takes the band he brought together in Carrboro, NC.

Helping him to share the sounds of his native land are John Westmoreland (guitar) from Pittsboro, NC; Jonathan Henderson (bass) hails from Durham, and Will Ridenour (percussion) is a musician from Greensboro NC. Also mentioned in the bio, but not a part of the gig last week is Austin McCall (drum set) grew up in Saxapahaw N.C.

Their music is unique as the instrument that helps to make it. Strung with fishing line, this West African instrument is tuned to one key at a time and makes melodic sounds. The band has several discs available for purchase, they also sell t-shirts and other merch, so please check out their website for more details:

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The reason I made my way out there was, that Bob Manning of The New Bern Rotary reached out to find out my opinion on how to market this band they had coming to New Bern in October. He explained the Rotary was teaming up with the band to raise money for children in Uganda.

Just as soon as he mentioned the band’s name, I said; “Bob, is that the band playing in Oriental on Thursday?” When he acknowledged it was, I said; “Well, it starts with me going to see them, so I can talk more about them.” So that is what I did. New Bern Rotary is working with for an event coming to New Bern this Fall. I enjoyed the journey, had some chicken, sipped on a pale ale and enjoyed the grooves of this captivating band! For those looking for them on Facebook check them out here:

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Friday’s Fun Finds Me at Civic Theatre with Mom

When co-pod squad host and friend George Oliver asked if I would like two tickets to the Carter Cash Show, that was going to raise money for our town’s beautiful Civic Theater, I said yes without hesitation. Knowing that this was the music my parents raised me on, I found it appropriate to ask my mom to the show.

We had a delightful time as we enjoy classic songs made famous by the first family in Country music. After a 45 minute set featuring the Carter family creations, there was an intermission that reflected on the Oliver Family and their involvement in the theater. This presentation was delivered by their daughter Abigail, who also plays a great guitar for the family band.

Following the brief intermission, the band returns in full form to offer more music which highlighted Johnny Cash and his popular country music career. It was a sell-out performance and a great night that raised funds for the theater. Thank you to all that came out!

For those that wish to see the Oliver Family soon, you can find Strung Together on the deck at Persimmons this Thursday offering music from 7:30-9:30 pm.

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 Back On the Road with Mary Shine

First Stop Kinston, As Bill Lyerly Rocks the Red Room

We had to look for a late show or two since I was in town until 9 pm, so we picked Kinston and Lil Washington as our destinations and we rolled down 70 West first.

Bill Lyerly is the roadhouse rocker that has been sharing songs with fans and friends since the ’60s. In the ’70s Lyerly was one of the original members of Super Grit Cowboy, a regionally successful roadhouse and rock country band, that made a good name for themselves in the ’70s and early ’80s. Since the ’90s this slinger has been keeping busy on tour half the year here in the states and the other half of the year, across the pond in Spain.

For the gig on Saturday, Lyerly teamed up with Wolf Cratch on drums and Shelby Wall on bass, to round out his rocking sound. Throughout the night the band offers familiar classic rock, some blues, and some rocking roadhouse originals. Earlier this Spring, Lyerly released a remastered mix of his CD “Case of Jones,” which he released some years ago, but remastered it more recently at Abbey Road Studios and offered it to fans in April. This disc is available for purchase, so the next time you see him rocking, be sure to show him some love and buy this disc offering 11 originals tracks of rocking roadhouse music.

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All Aboard The Music Bus

The Next Stop Brings Us to Lil Washington to rock with Stairwell

For our last stop, we took a quick journey down Highway 11 to Grifton, where we followed Highway 118 until we met US 17 North. Once we made our way to Washington we stopped at The Market Street Pub to check in with the rockers known as Stairwell. 

It had been a while since the band rocked lil Washington, so we made plans and we included them on the journey. This band always brings a tight show of hard rocking vibes. It does the soul good to get rocked to the core and this band is always up to the task.

While visiting the town, they took the time to raise money for a local community member. Well-known for supporting the Pirate Nation, as well as the local music scene, Kenny Curlings is a name familiar to many in the region. Last week his son Colby was seriously injured in a car accident and remains in ICU at Viadant in Greenville, NC. During the show, Stairwell collected donations from the crowd that gathered to rock the pub. In all, they collected nearly $300 in tips to donate to the family in need.

Next week I am going to start things up by talking more about this band and show you a thing or two about a successful band store. They always have a great set up of merchandise to offer fans and next week we are going to talk more about that. For fans and friends looking for the band, they will be rocking The Doghouse Tavern in Ayden next Saturday, June 15 from 10 pm until closing.

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Saturday’s Sound Samples Start At The Seashore

 

First Stop Atlantic Beach For Pretzels and Music

 

I was headed to the beach for a show in the park and wanted to leave a bit early, to see if I could find some music before that event. As I made my approach through Morehead City I turned right when I came to the causeway and headed for Atlantic Beach. I was curious to know if there would be live music on the sand at Idle Hour Biergarten.

As I made my way around the circle, I zeroed in on a familiar face.  It was Justin Castellano, standing on the porch assessing the weather situation. Though it was cloudy, the weather held off and the show went on. Castellano offered many familiar songs to the audience which grew as time passed us by. This stringer and singer is such a clever and creative soul. I love talking tech and gear talk with this wizard.

For friends and fans of the classically trained and terribly gifted guitarist, be sure to check out his website by clicking the link at the end of this article. For those interested in getting a taste of the best pretzels being served in Atlantic Beach, be sure to stop by this Thursday at Idle Hour Biergarten when he returns and enjoy a cold beer, great food, and Justin Castellano sharing his songs from 6:30-9:30 pm.

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Morehead City Brings the Blues

The City of Morehead City is offering a free concert series in the park this Summer, as they have done in the past years. Last night the rocking blues band, Built For Comfort offered a fun night of music to the spectators that gathered.

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Well, believe it or not, it was three years ago when I first heard the band Built For Comfort. And when I met their music,  it happened right there on the lawn at Jaycee Park on the waterfront in Morehead City, NC. This band offers many familiar fun grooves of classic blues players. They play everything from Jimmy Reed to Muddy Water, they wallow in B.B. King and Buddy Guy too. In other words, they play my favorite music.

But what I love most about them is how they serve up the traditional sounds with a twist. They always work out the standard arrangements of these classic songs to suit the more modern take of their talents. The highlight of this and a fine example came in the form of the band’s take on the Roling Stones classic “Satisfaction.”

Making the beats more fun for dancing in this band are Landy Spain on guitar and vocals, Bill Hunneke on harmonica and vocals, Al Carroll on bass and Joe Tronto sitting behind the kit. Helping the band work their sound system was Grant Leggett.

Though the crowd did not fill the lawn as they did in past years, a good crowd still came out in support of the music, with the hopes of not being washed away by the weather! Luckily it all worked out and a good time was had by all.

For those looking to connect with this group be sure to visit and like their Facebook page by clicking the link at the end of this article. They have no dates listed on the calendar of events at this time, but when they do, I will be sure to share them with you right here.

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Mystic Vibrations on the Waterfront

Before hitting the road away from the beach, I stopped in at Southern Salt, to see who was on the deck and getting ready to play. That is where I had a chance to meet reggae band Mystic Vibrations. This fun band brought their grooves from South of the border. Hailing from South Carolina, they are a tight unit with four players creating the grooves.  Dion “Caution” Samuel is behind the kit on drums, George “Raheem” Johnson plays the bass, Marcus “Marky”‘ Ruby tickles the ivories and works the keyboards all while assisting with backing vocals, and fronting this band on guitar and lead vocals is Ric Williams. Williams is from Jamaica and enjoys sharing the music of his native land.

Although the band does play mostly in South Carolina, they do have another date this month here in our state. You can catch Mystic Vibrations at Holiday Travel Park Resort in Emerald Isle on Friday, June 28. They offer music from 7:30-10:30. For more information on where to find the band or to learn more about their cool history and music offerings, be sure to visit their website at:

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On The Road Again…Jacksonville, NC

We Turn Up the Blues at Nick’s Blacksheep Last Night with Big Jim

Considering the fact that I was close to Highway 24, I decided to head West and check in with my favorite New Bern Blues maker, Big Jim Kohler. He and the boys were scheduled to rock Nick’s Blacksheep in Jacksonville, NC. When I got there the boys were doing their thing and Ms. Kathy was doing hers…taking them down with her soulful offerings and fun song.

This was the band’s first appearance and Nick Nichols was loving every minute of it. In fact, I heard the news that he will be bringing the blues force back to The Sheep in the months to come. Keep your eyes peeled here for news on that next show! I will share it when we set it up!

For friends and fans of this band, be sure to stop out and see them any Monday at The Brown Pelican from 7-9 pm and Wednesday from 7-9 pm at The City Stage, and this Friday the band will be rocking The Garage in James City. Music for that fun time on the backyard stage is set for 7-10 pm.

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Homeward Bound

Hank Barbee Or Bust To Wrap Up The Week

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I am pretty sure Hank Barbee has a pedal board with enough knobs and controls to fly my futuristic hovercraft

The last show of the week brought me back to town for the final set of The Dust Parade, who was playing it hard at The Brown Pelican last night when I walked in. The surf-infused, rocking jazz quartet makes a lot of fun music and they enjoy sharing it with crowds throughout the year.

Currently, the band is in the studio working things out for a new release, that should come our way by the end of this year. Many of the tracks were laid in Atlanta last month and now the work on mixing the effort is underway in a Wilmington Studio. We can expect another 10 tracks from the talented guitarist and his awesome band.

For those looking to keep up with Hank Barbee and his talented band, be sure to visit their website by clicking on their name below. They keep busy playing around the region and will return to the New Bern Area on Sunday, June 30th, to perform for Tracey Stones Productions at Red Sail Park in Fairfield Harbour. This show is for residents and their friends. All are welcome to pack a snack and enjoy music in the park from 2-4:30 pm.

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Live Music for the Week Ahead

Monday with Music

 

New Bern, NC

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New Bern, NC friends and visitors, you can find live music tonight in two locations. Sara’s Big Apple will host Simon Spalding for an acoustic dinner offering from 6-8 pm.

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For those over in town, you can enjoy the blues jam I talk about so much because I started it all! Big Jim Kohler live at The Brown Pelican for a two-hour music offering.

The first hour features Jim Kohler Band and the second hour is always a guess on who is coming up to the killing floor! Be sure to wear your dancing shoes and get ready to have a natural ball. Music is offered from 7-9 pm!

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Newport, NC

Shortway Brewing Co.

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Tiffany Elaine hosts open mic night at Shortway Brewing Co. All are welcome to come out and share songs, read poetry or just be a spectator and enjoy the fresh beer and fine talent that gathers.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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Greenville, NC Play The Stage! Open Mic at AJ McMurphy’s

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Raleigh, NC

Champions Bars – NC State

For fans of open mic night in the Raleigh area, Champions Bar hosts an open mic event every Monday. All players are welcome to jam. This jam is hosted by Chris Jones and it kicks off at 9 pm. Visit Champions Bar Open Mic Mondays to read more about the event.

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Tuesday Temptation

New Bern, NC

The Brown Pelican

It is Honky Tonk Tuesday at The Brown Pelican each week. Country pickers and players are welcome to come jam between 7 pm and closing. All are welcome to participate or just relax and listen!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

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Tiffany Elaine will host an open mic night at Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop this week. All are welcome to come to display their talents! Enjoy some food, a cold beer, and live music!

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Wednesday’s Weakness

New Bern, NC

Blues Is Back at City Stage

We get back to the blues on Wednesday, when Big Jim Kohler hosts another fun night of swapping blues chops with other players. Live music starts at 7 pm on stage at City Stage New Bern and the fun goes to 9 pm. All are welcome to jam with the blues master or just come to listen and dance along!

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Open Mic at Carolina Wine Mixer

Open Mic Night at The Carolina Wine Mixer with Tiffany Elaine starts this week and will take place each Wednesday night. The fun starts at 7 pm, all are welcome to come out and join the fun with family and friends.

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Thursday Thrillers

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse will be serving the sounds upstairs in the piano bar. Music is offered 6-9 pm and dinner is always delicious. At press-time it was unclear who would be playing this week.

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Alisa Mike hosts a night of music each Thursday evening 7-9 pm at City Stage New Bern. She will wow you with standard jazz offerings and groove you with fun show tunes. The City Stage offers a pub-style menu and entertainment most night of the week. They are located at 901 B Pollock St. Doors open at 5 pm.

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Strung Together will provide the entertainment on the deck this Thursday evening at Persimmons Restaurant. Music is offered from 7:30-9:30 pm. Come enjoy a great night with fine dining on the water and enjoy the show!

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The Brown Pelican

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Brian Mac of Third Degree Bern hosts the open mic night at The Brown Pelican each Thursday Night. Sign up starts at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm and lasts until all of the jammers have jammed. This is the longest running open mic night in New Bern and it is always new and exciting!

I just want to note that, we are nearing the end of an era, as Brian Mac will be passing the mic to Charlie Duzan starting on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Be sure to come out this week or next to thank Brian for his hard work and dedication in growing this to be a fun and interesting weekly offering. In the history of this open mic, this past year has been the most successful and that is because it takes some organization and patience to make it all come together.

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Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden

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Old Smoke will be sharing songs in the garden at Carolina Home and Garden this Thursday evening. Music plays from 6:30 -9:30 pm and the food truck Earls Place will be on site serving food. Looking at Friday, they welcome Cecil Gillikin and Dem Boyz BBQ. There is a $5.00 music charge for all music gatherings. They serve cold beer, good wine, and free snacks.

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

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

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

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

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Back To Class, Copyrights and Creative Works Plus Saturday Gigs All Around!

This Music Business. Class Is In!

Copyright and Creative Works Protection

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

This might be the most important segments for up and coming artists. If you are a songwriter and have a catalog of songs that you wrote but have never taken the time to copyright your material, you are risking your creative signature, leaving it prone to forgery.

Copyright registration for your creative works is a very important step in making sure people know that you wrote the songs you are singing and sharing.  And the process is rather simple and easy today, with the help of smartphones. Please be sure to take the time to do it right. 

I mention this because ever since arriving here in NC I hear a lot of talk about “The Poor Man’s Copyright.” This is where you record your song and mail a copy of it to yourself. It has been assumed that the federal postmark serves as the date of publication.

You can do this help build your catalog and log dates of your work, but this does not secure the work as your own according to our U.S Constitution. So for those that think they’re securing rights, you are not, you are just wasting postage and setting yourself up for expensive legal fees needed for hiring a lawyer, should someone rip off and publish your song as their own.

Real and True Copyrights

Today artists can copyright up to 10 songs on one form. The registration fee is $35 per application form and the process is simple enough. It starts with visiting http://www.copyright.gov/.

The only acceptable way to secure your rights is by registering your works in our nation’s capital. Years ago artists had to copyright each song individually, but now you can register several works under one form as long as the songs were written by the same songwriter or team of songwriters. 

Once you have ten songs, please take the time to secure and validate your works. Take your phone, and record a draft run of the tunes. Fill out the Copyright form and send the file and the form in with your check made payable to the Library of Congress.

This is the only way to secure the rights to the music you spend time writing and creating. So if you have a lot of songs that you have mailed to yourself, take the next step and file it with the Library of Congress. CLASS DISMISSED!

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

 

Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood (New Bern, NC)

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They are serving sounds tonight Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood (New Bern, NC)  will be Country Express Band, offering all of the Ole the country sounds from 6-8 pm as you enjoy the tastes of the olde tyme barbeque you love!

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of music with The Dust Parade, offering the music from 8-11 pm. Free music is never free, please tip the music makers that you meet.

Please also note that The Brown Pelican will be helping to raise money for the Gaskins Family. Community member and contractor Richard Allen Gaskins suddenly passed and the family needs help with his final expenses. PBR’s will be $1.00 tonight in his honor and they will be passing donation buckets for us to help fill up. Please give what you can to help this family.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

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The Garage welcomes the music of Third Act/Daryl Lucas. Live music is offered from 7-10 pm for FREE! But I suggest, you feel free to tip the servers and musicians you meet along the way!

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Brütopia

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

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Jared Cline, from Wilmington will come for a visit and will be grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the folk, rock, blues and country grooves of this popular local duo.

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SWANSBORO, NC

Bake, Bottle & Brew

Bobby Webb & Company offer the live music sounds tonight at Bake, Bottle & Brew this eveningMusic is offered from 6-9 pm and this outfit offers plenty of familiar pop and classic country grooves.

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Emerald Isle, NC

The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits

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 Retromic featuring Mykel Barbee will be heading to the coast to offer songs to the fans and friends that gather for good eats and great beer tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music starts at 6 pm and they rock you until 9 pm.

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E-Club Emerald Isle

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E-Club Emerald Isle is ready to welcome the Summer season and have a weekend of entertainment lined up for all. Here is what was posted yesterday: 

Sat- John Franklin solo 8pm. Carolina Sky 10pm

Sun- We have some cool fundraisers and cornhole tournaments starting at 11am. Barefoot Wade 4pm.

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Atlantic Beach, NC

Crystal Coast Brewing Company

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We are super excited to announce our Music On Tap Summer Concert Series! 🎶 We will be welcoming some of the best musical talents from the area, as well as from across the country. All shows are free! Stop by, grab a pint, and celebrate the summer with us!

Here is the season’s remaining schedule:

June 8th – 8-11pm: John Michael Sullivan LIVE at Crystal Coast Brewing
June 22nd – 2-5pm: Ryan Rubich at Crystal Coast Brewing
July 5th – 7-10pm: Live Music – Brooke McBride at Crystal Coast Brewing
August 3rd – 2-5pm: Steel Shot at Crystal Coast Brewing
August 17th – 7-10-pm: Scott Shelby at Crystal Coast Brewing
August 30th – 7-10pm: Ryan Cain at Crystal Coast Brewing

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Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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

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Southern Salt Seafood Company

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Mystic Vibrations is on the music menu at Southern Salt Seafood Company on the waterfront in Morehead City tonight. Come early to enjoy the fresh catch and stay late to dance the night away. Music starts at 9 pm on the deck and rocks until 12 am!

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Checking things out for the Holiday weekend we find: 

Saturday June 8th open at 12noon with live music by the Bump Syndicate band.

Sunday June 9th open at 12noon with live music by Backyard Groove starting at 4pm.

Jack’s will stay open Monday through Sunday at noon, with live music scheduled Tuesday through Saturday

Tuesday ~ Drew Horton

Wednesday ~ The Embers

Thursday ~ Rude Boy Riddim

Friday ~ Chocolate Chip and Company

Saturday ~ Jukebox Revolver

See you at Jack’s!

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OFF THE HOOK

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

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop



Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents

 

Core Sound Band Sat June 1st, 8:30-11:30 pm, No Cover

Come see the return of Core Sound in downtown Beaufort playing the best of modern country and classic rock!!!

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SURF CITY, NC

JM’S PLACE PUB

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

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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

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Rocking Around the Region

Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to THEM!, offering their rocking best tonight. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 2 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

Tonight in they welcome Chris Leary to the stage to entertain the crowd. Tickets are $10. Showtime is 8-11 pm and here is what they say about tonight’s event:

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Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar

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Duane Haddock will be sharing songs tonight with friends and fans that gather at Crossroads Grill & Bar tonight. Music starts at 10 pm. Grab a burger, enjoy a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight it is Rowlette GreenAll are welcome to join in the fun. Good times start at 6:30 pm. Music rocks till 10 pm.

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The Wine Crate

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

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Market Street Pub

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Market Street Pub welcomes The Wannabees to the stage to rock you this evening. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a small cover charge at the door to support the music. 

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Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

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Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern welcomes Big Jim Kohler Blues Band to the bar for their debut performance. If you love the blues you won’t want to miss this master of Chicago style blues. Music starts at 9 pm and they rock you until midnight!

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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.

June 3 at 5:50 PM

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Do you like live music videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook.

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

Searching for more events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Keeping up with the Blogger

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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!

Do you need music for an event you are planning? Consider the services of:

Tracey Stones Productions

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.

Be sure to 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.

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

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

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

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

 

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Have a great weekend and enjoy the dance!

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

I accept many forms of payment!

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

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

I also accept PayPal

Every dollar makes a difference in keeping me and my old girl (409,983 miles) on the road!

 
All donors are added to the Thank you Page.

 

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The Music Business, Festival Fun for the Week, Ask the Blogger and GIGS

This Music Business. Class Is In!

Develop Your Major Marketing Skills with routine

There is no better way to get your message out there than with positive self-promotions. Back in the day, we used to compile pages of press clippings and write up a fancy bio and package them into tidy press kits to make people notice our accomplishments. The press kit has come a long way with the help of the internet and the development of social media.

Your social media pages can serve as your resume and bio. Keep it positive and upbeat. Give them something to see, a reason to visit your page to learn more about you.

Establishing A routine That works for you

You can set your phone up and record yourself daily… offer your fans a song and a message to greet them each day. That simple practice will groom you in many ways. First and foremost, it will give you the drive to get up and get ready for the day,  like you are on a mission. This is because you are on a mission! You are on a mission of sharing music, bringing happiness and offering inspiration.

At the end of the song, you can add a plug for your next upcoming gig and then tag the venue in the post. This promotes you and the people you are working with. And it establishes routine fans can enjoy and look forward to each day. And speaking of upcoming gigs, consider going live for a song or two at the start of each show. This requires you figuring out a place to set up your phone so that we can see you and enjoy a part of the show.

If you establish simple routines like described herein, you will build a fan base with slow and steady ease. It will also keep you present in the minds and hearts of your fans, who will want to come to see you live thanks to your encouragement! Now go get camera-ready and send us out with a positive message and a smile! CLASS DISMISSED!

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Festival Fun for the Second Weekend Of June

 

Cherokee, NC ~ Bluegrass Festival

Cherokee Bluegrass Festival

This fun annual bluegrass festival offers camping, music and fun for the family. Taking place this weekend, things got started yesterday! Come join in Cherokee North Carolina for our Annual Bluegrass Festival presenting the “best of the best” in Bluegrass music. As well as the music, we will have concessions all weekend! The festival will be the 6th, 7th & 8th at Happy Holiday RV Village. Go online now to buy tickets at www.adamsbluegrass.com or purchase tickets at the gate. They have an action-packed lineup to entertain you and the kids!

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Raleigh, NC ~Raleigh’s International Food Festival 2019

Celebrate Raleigh’s diverse community–a free and family-friendly event designed to promote cross-cultural exchange and promote respect between cultures. Dance performances, bands and food from around the world! Great line-up! Last year over 17,000 people attended and you don’t want to miss this great event. 

There will be dance performances, bands, and food from around the world! Great line up!  Salsa, Samba, Belly Dance, Hip Hop, Kpop, Reggae, Irish, …. So much delicious food.. come hungry… For more info write: ncvibes1@gmail.com

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Swansboro, NC ~ Arts By The Sea Festival

The Arts by the Sea Festival takes place on the second Saturday of June on the Swansboro waterfront. This festival features arts, crafts, delicious food, wine tastings, stories, children’s entertainment and other fun activities. You’ll find pottery, jewelry, paintings, carvings, photography, sculpture, stained glass and more art. All entries are juried.

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20th Annual OcraFolk Festival 

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Ocrafolk Music & Storytelling Festival This celebration features musicians, storytellers, artisans, & characters of Ocracoke Island and beyond. The 20th Annual Festival will take place this Friday thru Sunday with a full schedule of folk-infused events.

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Washington Summer Festival

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It is time again for the Washington Summer Festival. This fun time kicks off tonight in downtown Washington and features all the fun you would expect at a street fair, including food, games, vendors to shop and LIVE MUSIC. Looking at the schedule they welcome The Embers to groove you on Friday from 7-10 pm on the Festival Park Stage. On Saturday Breadwine and Blooze Band take the stage from 7-9 pm.

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The purpose of the North Carolina Cigar Box Guitar Festival is the revival of interest in handmade stringed instruments, leading to historical education that explores the roots of American music. North Carolina Cigar Box Guitar Festival preserves and continue this iconic American art form. NCCBF seeks to revive the interest in homemade guitars through presentation of educational programs, forums, music and workshops on the art of the Luthier of Cigar Box Guitars

June 8, 2019 Line up

12:00-12:50 Travis Bowlin

1:00-1:50       Chris Green

2:00-2:50       Dar Stellabotta

3:00-3:50         Sky Paige 

4:00-4:50         One Hand Dan

5:00-6:00 Intermission

6:00-6:50         Blind-Dog Gatewood

7:00-7:50         Cash O’Riley

8:00-9:30         Ben Prestage

Grove Winery & Vineyards is the site for this festival and the fun starts at noon and carries on until 10 pm. Please visit https://northcarolinacigarboxguitarfestival.org/ for more information.

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Hoppin’ John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention

 

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Join us at the Mt. Airy Fiddlers’ Convention on Saturday for our spectacular promo party! Great music and “refreshments!” Located in the red and white tent halfway up the hill! June 8, 4 PM!

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ASK THE BLOGGER

Victor Speight, Jr reached out this week and asked, “Hey Tracey, where do I find all the pics you take?” 

Well, the real answer to that question is, “No one gets to see them all, nor does anyone want to. I am often confused as a photographer because I carry a camera everywhere, but really I am not a professional photo taker.”

Victor Speight Jr; drummer. Bryan Mayer Band

However,  when I do catch a break and snap a good one pic from time to time and when I do,  I post them right here. I use the pictures I take in the field to help support the stories that I share. 

Thanks for asking! If you have a question for me, fire away. You can send your questions to ncmz.live@gmail.com. 

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, June 7, 2019

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of crazy cool country grooves of Mikey Watkins, offering the music from 7-10 pm. Free music is never free, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. No live music tonight, but DJ Mike Burton will be spinning the dance songs. Music on the deck. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine

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Live music will be offered is at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine each Friday from 8-10:30 pm. This week it is singer/songwriter Patrick Reid.

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

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The Garage welcomes the music of Tommy Duzan, Sr. Live music is offered from 7-10 pm for FREE! But I suggest, you feel free to tip the servers and musicians you meet along the way!

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the grooves of Bruce Lynch live. He will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of The Dusty Duo, featuring Hank Barbee and Matt Henderson, they will be grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the rock blues and country grooves of this popular local duo.

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Riptidez Bar & Grill

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Riptidez Bar & Grill offers good food and live music each Friday evening. To usher you into the summer season tonight, come out and groove with Stephen Poole. Free live music starts at 9 pm and continues until the midnight hour.

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Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden

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Carolina Home and Garden welcomes the weekend with Reindl Brothers grooving in the garden!  Offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from Little Johnny’s Crab Shack, a cold beer and relax as you settle into the weekend.

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

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Come out tonight for a delicious dinner at The Boro Restaurant & Bar and stay for music offered by Ryan Cain. He will be sharing songs from 8-11 pm.

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Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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

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Off The Hook

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Off The Hook welcomes the fun grooves of Mac & Juice Quartet tonight on the deck. Music starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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

Friday June 7th open at 4pm, Happy Hour hosted by Carolina Honey Boutique from 5pm – 7pm and then live music by the Bounce band starting at 9:30pm.

Saturday June 8th open at 12noon with live music by the Bump Syndicate band. Sunday June 9th open at 12noon with live music by Backyard Groove starting at 4pm. Jack’s will stay open Monday through Sunday at noon, with live music scheduled Tuesday through Saturday Tuesday ~ Drew Horton Wednesday ~ The Embers Thursday ~ Rude Boy Riddim Friday ~ Chocolate Chip and Company Saturday ~ Jukebox Revolver See you at Jack’s!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents

 

Kudubai, Fri June 7th, 9-12 PM, $3 Cover. Kudubai are a five-piece band from Morehead City, NC. They have been performing in the area since 2010—playing a mix of original and eclectic cover tunes. The main thing to expect at a Kudubai show is variety, as all five members are multi-instrumentalists and singers. The music is a blend of rock styles and is often a little quirky, involving unique combinations of guitar, bass, Afro-Latin percussion, horns, banjo, accordion and more. While the membership of the band has fluctuated over the years, the two founding members are still strummin’ and pluckin’ away. The band’s present arrangement has them playing their most fun and creative music to date.

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SURF CITY, NC

JM’S PLACE PUB

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JM’s Place PUB welcomes the blues grooves of Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. The fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am.

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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

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Rocking Around the Region

Benson, NC

Pitchers Bar

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Jill Charles and Nobody’s Business Band will be shaking things up at Pitchers Bar this evening. Music starts rockin’ at 10 pm and the fun lasts until closing time at 2 am.

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Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to 454 offering their rocking grooves. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 2 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

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Friday, June 7. 2019

The Wiley Fosters are bringing the 27-piece band together to perform the music of JAMES BOND! Costumes Encouraged! (no toy guns) AGENTS: William Dawson – Conducting Michelle Cobley – Harp Louis Landry – Vibraphone / Keys John Clark – Guitar Luis Rodriguez – Bass Guitar Robert Cantrell – Drums Jeremy Boomhower – Trombone Becca Clemens – Bass Trombone Blaise Kielar – Clarinet / Violin Brannon Bollinger – Baritone Saxophone Vern Dowdall – Violin / Mandolin Kara Suvada – Alto Sax Akeim Dalton – Alto Sax Mark Messing – Bassoon VOCALISTS: Alexandra Valladares Ally J Anastasia Maddox Erik Lars Myers Jay O’Berski Jess Klein Juliana Finch Maxine Eloi Sara Spissu Sarah Fickie Shawn Luby Shea Broussard Tonya Lamm

The fun and good times start at 9 pm. Come early for dinner and stay for the show!

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Kinston, NC

The Red Room

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The Red Room will turn roadhouse tonight with the fun sounds of Bill Lyerly Band in the house! They take the stage to groove with you at 10 pm. There is a $5.00 cover charge. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes and enjoy the grooves.

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. This weekend it is B&B Acoustic on Friday and this Saturday it is Rowlette Green.  All are welcome to join in the fun. Good times start at 6:30 pm. Music rocks till 10 pm.

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Answering the Call

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

June 3 at 5:50 PM

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Do you like live music videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook.

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

Searching for more events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Keeping up with the Blogger

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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!

Do you need music for an event you are planning? Consider the services of:

Tracey Stones Productions

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.

Be sure to 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.

♥~♥~♥~♥

Thank You for Reading!

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

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

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

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

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

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

 

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Have a great weekend and enjoy the dance!

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

I accept many forms of payment!

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

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

I also accept PayPal

Every dollar makes a difference in keeping me and my old girl (408,806miles) on the road!

 
All donors are added to the Thank you Page.
 

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Big Week for Big Jim and a Fun Weekend For Music Fans

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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It was a big week for Big Jim Kohler Band as they opened a show for Joanne Shaw Taylor at The State Theatre on Friday evening! Above I pose with the secret weapon after she slayed it!

Memorial Day Remembrance and The Blues

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Blues at The Brown Always A Blast!

It never gets old, this Monday Night Blues Jam at The Brown Pelican, hosted by Bear City’s King of The Blues, Big Jim Kohler and the boys. Always helping him on the killing floor are rhythm makers, Tom Parker on the drums and bass player Chris Buttitta.

Among the many jammers, we got to enjoy was Gordon Graham on harmonica, Phillip Alcock on the bass, Jonathan Peck and John R. Williams worked on their six-string skills.

It’s always fun to watch the people dance to the music and let their hair down. Come on out tonight and have a natural ball! Make a plan to join us this or some other Monday night. We promise to rock your blues away! Music plays from 7-9 pm.

The Brown Pelican is located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. They are a private club. If you are not a member, stop by, fill out the membership form and pay your annual fee of $1.00. It might just be the best dollar you spend all year!

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Another Good Dollar Deal

Mid-Week Music at City Stage, New Bern

The mid-week blues break was a little bit different this week at The City Stage New Bern. The band used the opening hour of last Wednesday evening as a dress rehearsal for their opening set at The State Theatre in Greenville, last Friday night.

Once they ran through the set-list that they were to unleash on the crowd that gathered for Joanne Shaw Taylor, a British blues babe with some serious guitar riffs, they opened the stage to jammers.

Joining  BJK on stage for the mid-week blues jam last week was, David Sawyer on the harmonica, Phillip Alcock on bass, Jonathan Peck on guitar, Simon Spalding on the electric fiddle, and last but not least, rocker Gary Dudley came up and shared the stage and used the Big man’s guitar! All in all, it was another great night of fun logged in the books at City Stage. The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St., New Bern, NC and is also a private club. This event is free but the state rules require you to sing up and pay a $1.00 annual fee for membership.

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Big Jim Gets A Break and Time on the Big Stage

It’s always exciting when a sound check is a part of the plan.

As an agent and an advocate for many music makers, it is always good to get a call for an opening act opportunity. Word came our way about two weeks ago that Big Jim Kohler would open the show of Joanne Shaw Taylor. 

Believe it or not, our friend Big Jim is already accustomed to big stages. He spent many years on the road touring with blues royalty. First as the backup band for his mentor, Son Seals and then with legendary Byther Smith. He has swapped chops with other mighty men and calls well-known slingers good friends till the end!

After raging a war against his addiction to alcohol, Kohler has combated the illness with sobriety and the blues. He has also worked hard in losing weight to head off the diagnosis of diabetes and works on gaining strength every day still. Since coming out of his medically induced coma nearly tw