Let’s Have A Natural Ball

Come out tonight to celebrate my birthday. We will be accepting donations for Supporting Peace so to help those in need of the simple things, like a bed, heater, blankets, and coats.

You only turn 50 once and we only get one chance to write our script day to day. I like living for a purpose and that purpose is helping people.

The fun and good times start at 7 pm The Brown Pelican is located at 411 Broad St., New Bern!

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Country to Country Rock then Roadhouse to Heavy Rock

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

On Saturday night we roamed the scene, by taking a trip around a long block! In making the trip from New bern to Greenville by way of Kinston we had a chance to listened to everything from Country to Blues to Roadhouse to Heavy Rock before Saturday night turned into Sunday morning.

Ryan Cain Croons Country

We start things off in the not so major metropolis of James City with Ryan Cain, who was rocking BrUtopia when I walked in on Saturday night! The place was packed and the music was fun.

Cain offered a great mix of country and pop tunes, including Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason.” Cain makes his home in Carteret County and calls Swansboro home, as per his music page.

Ryan Cain is a Country Music Singer but plays a variety of styles of music. If you are interested in having him perform at your next event, you can contact him through email at, ryancainmusic@gmail.com or by phone at (910) 934-3793 or (910) 934-3794.

For those looking to take in some Ryan Cain Music, you can like his page on Facebook. Or check him out this weekend at Twin Ravens Tavern in Jacksonville on Tuesday, February 19 at 6 pm or he will be rocking Riptidez Bar & Grill on Saturday.

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Core Sound Rock the Pelican

Core Sound offers country tunes, some popular classic rock songs and even some blues. Hailing from the Crystal Coast, this band features the talents of Cecil Gillikin on guitar and vocals, Stephen Hamilton on the bass and sitting back behind the kit, singing, keeping beats and playing the harmonica is Wayne Lawrence.

Can I just note that in my near 40 years of chasing music, this is the first drummer that I met that offer lead on vocals, drums and offered up the harmonica too? Lawrence was something to watch as the band grooved the crowd.

To check out Core Sound for yourself, follow the band on Facebook and like their page Core Sound Live.

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Bill Lyerly Live at The Red Room

It’s been a while since I made the trek to Kinston, but on Saturday, I headed that way to check in with my favorite Roadhouse roamer Bill Lyerly, who was primed and ready to rock ’em when we walked into The Red Room on Saturday evening.

Teaming up with Jason D. Smith on bass and vocal assistance and Wolf Cratch behind the kit, the trio knocked it out of the park on Saturday night. Currently working on a new disc, Lyerly is excited about the year ahead.

Tonight you can catch Lyerly, who will be teaming up with Shelby Wall to offer a show at Tavern In The Grove. Next week they will reunite to celebrate Lyerly’s birthday. The talented stringer invites everyone to come out and celebrate life and music on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Lyerly will turn 66 on the 28th of February! As per Lyerly’s page the announcement reads:

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!! My Birthday this year will be celebrated at The Market Street Pub in Washington, NC on Sat. Feb 23 (a few days early, but that’s OK!). Joining me on stage will be Shelby Wall and Wolf Cratch— we plan to party large and we sincerely hope you can join us!!

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Saturday’s Final Stop ~ Stairwell Turned It Up

Following a great set of roadhouse music, my friend Mary Shine looked at me and said, “You know it’s only 30 minutes to Greenville, I think we can still catch Stairwell.”

Great call Mary! We made in time to catch the band’s final set. The guys were rocking them good at Tiebreakers. This Greenville based band features a lot of crazy good talent. As per their website ” Stairwell is comprised of Fred Watkins on bass, Shawn Pierce on drums, Jamie Rawls on rhythm/lead, Mark Richardson on lead/rhythm, and Jeremy Monette on leading the charge on vocals.”

Offering familiar hard rock classics by the likes of Metallica and Iron Maiden, they offer the best sounds when sharing their original licks! They have a full set list of songs and make a great addition to any club in need of a hard rocking band. Check out the band’s website at Stairwell

Coming up in the weeks ahead the band will be roaming other parts of the state. Heavy rockers out near Benson and Raleigh can look for the band in March. To find them on Facebook follow the link:

https://www.facebook.com/StairwellOfficial/

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Stormy Monday Meets the Blues

It was a wet and miserable night last Monday, but that did not stop people from coming out to enjoy some Chicago style blues, courtesy of the Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. The band welcomes each week by sharing songs at The Brown Pelican from 7-9 pm.

They have a great time jamming at the start of each new week. All players are welcome to join the fun. Music starts at 7 pm and the jam kicks off the second set and closes out the night.

This coming week, Monday, February 18, 2019; we celebrate this blogger’s 50th Birthday. All are welcome to come out and share in the celebration. Live music and CAKE! Please feel free to come dance with me!

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Down East FolkArts Presents

On Wednesday, February 13, 2019Down East FolkArts Society welcomed Sam Gleaves to The City Stage for the first of three are performances.

Gleaves is a young artist from West Virginia, steeped in the traditions of folk music, who calls Kentucky his home today. He spends most of his days educating the youth about music, by sharing sounds and stories with his elementary age students at Hindman Settlement School in the town for which it is named.

Joining the talented songwriter on stage was Deborah Payne, who played the fiddle and offered some vocal assist. She hails from and calls Kentucky home. The duo has been playing music together for as far back as their friendship allows. Hailing from the same small area of the world they were destined to play music together.

Tonight the duo will offer their final performance in our area. They are scheduled to perform at Saint Francis by the Sea this evening. Doors open at 6 and music plays from 7-8:30 pm. There will be time to buy a disc during the intermission. Gleaves has two discs or sale. The show is free and donations are requested and accepted with grand appreciation.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of rocker Marron Chaplin, who will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. She will share songs you know and ones she wrote. 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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Getting Down Around Town

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

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Psylo Joe this evening. This promises to be an amazing night of original music that will grove you! Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of The Jan Michael Fields Band tonight, who will be rocking on the deck with all the grooves that get you going. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For those that are not aware, a couple of the guys from the popular band Sidewinder are now working out the grooves in this outfit. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage New Bern

City Stage New Bern offers the fun and music of Dueling Pianos tonight. With music starting at 8 pm and fun all night long, this is a great pick for music tonight. Playing all your favorite songs as per your request come out and enjoy a night of rocking tunes.

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Orringer Auditorium

Explorations in The ARTS – The Poetry of Jazz

Willie E. Atkinson (vocalist) and The Transitional Jazz Quintet will present an evening of soulful ballads and up tempo classics. The Poetry of Jazz concert should prove to be just the ticket for sharing a musical evening with your valentine!

An extraordinarily smooth Jazz vocalist, Atkinson makes each of his performances a unique and unforgettable experience for his audience, with his fluid interpretation of Jazz and Blues standards. Whether exploring the syncopated rhythms of a swinging tune or telling the story of a lonesome, wanting heart, he offers a fresh approach and seizes every moment to make the songs his own.

The Transitional Jazz Quintet is the combined talents of Stephen Anderson, UNC-Chapel Hill, piano; Phil Owens, New Bern, guitar; Doug Trammel, Myrtle Beach, bass; Michael Hanson, Rocky Point, percussion; and Jeff Bair, East Carolina University, saxophone. Guest jazz vocalist is Liz Pina of Wilmington, NC.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC

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Promise’ Land Market welcomes the music of 4EverAll this evening from 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Come enjoy this music making couple and their songs this evening for your listening pleasure. Stop in, sip on wine and enjoy a cold beer, or eat some of their delicious food.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop welcomes The Mad Fiddler, Fri Feb 15th, 8:30-11:30, no cover charge. Join us for live music by electric violinist, Jason Addams!

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Cedar Point, NC

The Will and Tony Show is always a good stop for fun songs. Tonight the duo will be sharing songs with friends tonight at Treehouse Beer Company. Music is offered from 7-10 pm. The beer is cold, the tunes are cool and the vibe is fun. Come out and see for yourself.

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Rocking Around the Region

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Winston-Salem, NC

All ages show – Limited tickets available

The media refer to #1 selling artist, Aubrey Logan, as “The Queen of Sass.” And it’s easy to see why. Her concerts are a mix of excellent musicality, jaw-dropping vocals, virtuoso trombone-playing, a breathtaking array of originals and original takes on cover songs and, well…fun! Aubrey Logan loves music, loves performing and loves her fans. And it shows. “My relationship with the audience is the most fun I can legally have!” she says. Very few artists can concentrate so fully on the music and yet be so connected to the people who have come to hear her. And that connection is magic.

Aubrey has seen a lot of recent success, with two albums in the top 10 within the last year. Her debut album, Impossible, immediately shot to the top 10 on the iTunes, Billboard and Amazon charts. And her next appearance on Summer Horns II, from A to Z (as a special guest of Dave Koz on Concord Records) became the #1 selling Contemporary Jazz Album on Billboard. Aubrey has spent more time at the top of the charts lately than she has in an airport, and travel has been a permanent fixture for her in the last couple of years.

Aubrey Logan has performed more than 250 shows since 2016. Besides countless dates touring as a guest star with Postmodern Jukebox and another nationwide tour with Dave Koz and his all-star lineup, Aubrey has been selling out her own shows in venues all over the US and Europe. First coming to international attention after winning BOTH the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival Jury and Audience-Choice awards, Aubrey has gone on to perform with Pharrell Williams, Seth McFarlane, Meghan Trainor, Josh Groban, Gerald Albright, Haley Reinhart, and countless other legends. Her appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and The Grammy® Awards and a PBS special and Jules Holland and London Live have kept her in the public eye and millions of fans have watched her head-spinning videos on YouTube and Facebook. It seems like everywhere you turn, you’re bumping into Aubrey Logan.

She’s now preparing for a US Tour, a European Tour, an Australian Jazz Cruise and the recording of her next album. So no need to worry….there’s no shortage of “sass” in our immediate future.

http://www.aubreylogan.com/

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The alternative rockers The Plaids are hosting an Anti-Valentines Day event at Bull’s Tavern tonight. You are invited to come out and celebrate Valentine’s day with or without the lovey-dovey part!

We will be charging $10 cover at the door, early arrival is a must!

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Kinston, NC

The Wicked Shimmies rock The Red Room tonight. This is a fun rocking band based out of Lenoir County and the Kinston area. Come out and enjoy their grooves in the newly designed lounge. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a music charge payable upon admission.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Gravitation for an acoustic night of fun music. Music starts at 8:30 pm and they groove you until 11:30 pm. This show is free and the food here is outstanding, so come early to eat and stay late to dance!

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Washington, NC

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight.  Serving up the sounds in the new room tonight from 7-10 pm at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill will be John Bensen

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Kameron Marlowe will be sharing the grooves with friends and fans at Market Street Pub this evening. 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.

February 11 at 5:13 PM

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

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Searching for more events around the region:

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Thank You for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. 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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Mid-Week Jams and Music Around New Bern

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

On the Scene with the blues band Big Jim Kohler

Irish Music Jam Makes for a Fun Tuesday

The first Tuesday of the month offered Irish Music Sessions with Simon Spalding and Friends. This jam played from 7-9 pm at The City Stage.

Celebrating the Chinese New Year with Irish music seemed like a good way to go, and it was! The jams are always fun and joyful. This group has been gathering on Tuesdays, onece monthly for years and years.

If you have not taken in the Irish Music Sessions yet, please make a plan to enjoy it next month on stage at The City Stage. Look for it on the first Tuesday of the month!

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Big Jim Jams The Blues at City Stage

It’s a mid-week blues jam at The City Stage on Wednesday, with Big Jim! This week the blues great got dolled up like many blues greats before him in his overalls and offered a blistering set of Chicago style blues to open the night!

Taking note of everyone’s attire, we stepped out on break for a quick photo shoot. We all like it best when the whole band is pimping! Never wishing to miss an opportunity, I followed close behind with camera in hand.

Backing up Big Jim and Mrs. Big Jim are Tom Parker, tapping the beats on drums and Chris Buttitta keeping the groove on bass.

Following their opening set, Big Jim welcomes friends to come to share his love for the blues and the jams take us out for the night. This week they were joined by Simon Spalding, who brought his electric fiddle and Dave Sawyer on harmonica.

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Thursday Offered Three Stops

After a decade long hiatus from sharing sounds between the walls at Captain Ratty’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant, 202 Middle St., New Bern, NC; the management opened their doors this week to welcome music once again.

On Thursday, February 7, 2019, New Bern’s family band, Strung Together brought the initiation of this new weekly music offering. Music will now be found on the second floor in the piano bar. Come back again this month, on February 21 and again on the 28th, for a night of fine food and live music!

Sharing popular songs we all know, as well as fun originals, the band played to a full house of hungry music appreciators with an appetite for the tunes they shared.

Always an enjoyable time when we get to spend time with one of New’s Bern’s most talented families! They share their story with us as they live out life on stage with acting and music, while making memories as a family in the town they love.

I will leave you with an original they offered that night at the piano bar. This is a song that Abigail Oliver and her dad George Oliver wrote, but somehow it took a long twisted road when it made it to the stage and George got hold of the microphone. “Sweatin’ In the Shade.” is a fun reflection ofthis families life at banjo/guitar camp in height of the Summer season, in the North Carolina’s mountains.

The next time Strung Together will unite for our entertainment will be next month, when they take the floor at Bank of the Arts for the Craven Arts Council’sAt The Gallery Series. They will present the music of Carter & Cash on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Tickets can be obtained here: https://www.cravenarts.org

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Alisa Mike on Stage at City Stage

Alisa Mike returned to her safe space on stage Thursday evenin when she offered songs to fans and friends again at The City Stage. The sultry and soulful singer offers a weekly show on the stage to adoring fans. 7-9 pm every Thursday.

She keeps her fans smiling and dancing throughout the night, as she serenades them with all of their favorites from The American Song Book, Jazz Standards and classic pop tunes that keep them coming back for more.

Mike performs each Thursday at the popular New Bern venue, please note she has CDs for sale at her shows. The singer went into the studio last year and released her debut disc in the late Summer. She includes all of her fans favorite selections on the disc, which can be yours for an affordable cost. If you don’t have one, treat yourself soon.

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Open Mic at The Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts the longest running open mic in New Bern, NC. And this past week, there was no shortage of talent. They lined up with everything from a dulcimer to keyboards, to play to the packed room of music makers and appreciators on Thursday night at The Brown Pelican.

When I walked in I was greeted by the grabbing vocals of Trevor Patterson. Each player is allowed three songs to share with the room. Patterson offered his takes on popular rock tunes.

Taking note of the stringers Facebook page, he hails from Hendersonville, NC. Hopefully soon, we will be lucky enough to catch him around here again.

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Next to make his mark on the carpet came Kelsey Lee from the Crystal Coast. Interestingly enough I have met Kelsey at past jams closer to his neck of the woods, where he rocked the acoustic guitar with his serious riffs. When he took to the carpet on Thursday, I can assure you this was not what I was expecting:

You can search for artist Kelsey Lee and find more of his masterful music. I found him on Spotify myself and you can to by following this link:

https://open.spotify.com/album/6DM6yf0DaRoe6kxS8PVqdl

Kelsey is currently working on an acoustic project that he hopes to have available for listeners this year. Keep an eye on this cat, he is going to soar as quick as his fingers move once the right person gets wind of his skills.

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Next up to the stage came another out of town stringer. Deemed “the Reba of the Crystal Coast,” by Open Mic Host, Tiffany Elaine. Sabra Mason softened things up some with her offering of country songs.

The singer-songwriter hails from the Down East area and has been making her way up the coast while making music along the way. She is a talented singer eager to share her songs with your crowd. Find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SabraMasonmusician/

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Ed graces the carpet at The Brown Pelican on Thursday evenings, whenever he docks his boat in New Bern. Offering classic rock songs that we all know and love, it has been about a year since I last heard Ed offer us some songs! The stringer docks his boat and finds open jams up and down the coast. Sailing down from New England, we should hear more from him.

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Third Degree Bern is a fun classic rock and blues cover band, that offers many popular hits you know and love. Featuring stringers Tom Davis and Open mic host Brian Mac, this band plays often for the residents in Taberna and sometimes around town.

Davis is a surgeon who splits his time between New Bern and Charleston, SC. But whenever he makes his way to either town, he finds time to unwind with music.

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Laura Jenn returned and wowed them. The young stringer seems shy and timid at a glance, but don’t be fooled; she is a talented soul still finding her most powerful voice.

Closing out her three selections with the help of three back up singers, and no instrumentation, she offered a grand performance this week. You can find it on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69/videos/991373691073812/?__xts__[0]=68.ARClEaFGZpAniwAL6cxPHTtQtgh6mbnre2OEJP8cKrvDcftVFBgemDLuH2gMBCv8zXwp9G3o0nmxq22D46WiNijfGGKa4AnIT2aadSxwQvWqf7PSYXfmnUOHy7FAK9lLJHXdTXNVFHK17_liZ_wamjYvAGEZOw0daSiebjmyaLy2w4jz8S18Lh6BXMuV5vR9Lq5lQHMSfpc8bGPYVQaysDmQSUkD6VNihqJanXeTH5h24N6KLncOB070Kg3XPmkAXvm-Pf14MGXA4zrqiiK5WdXId2HHRQdDtkPldlL8EJEGYtmh&__tn__=H-R

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Next up came a couple local players to graced the carpet. Mike Watkins, the Pelican‘s bartender asked local stringer Charlie Duzan to join him on the carpet, where they each shared songs for the packed house.

Duzan spent many months writing to me on Facebook, telling me about days gone by when he once roamed the streets and played back in the day. He told of days when music wasn’t always welcome on the streets, after I wrote about his son Tommy playing downtown in Bear Square.

He tuned onto this blog after finding it on Facebook and reached out to me to tell me that he was enjoying all of the work we were doing in supporting music. He often promised me for months that I’d see him out playing again. Nothing makes me happier than seeing him back on the scene, that has not forgotten this talented stringer and songwriter.

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With people traveling in from all over the state to share their riffs and beats on the carpet of the Dirty Bird, it’s hard to say who drove the furthest to get their shot at sharing their talent last week. But I know our last featured artist this week hails from Fayetteville, NC, and rode 2.5 hours to bring it to the people at the Brown Pelican on Thursday.

Casey T Cotton, tore right into it and within seconds he had the crowd enjoying his manifestation of popular grooves. He even had Joe Brown smiling and paying attention to his meaningful mastery of the keyboard.

For anyone in search of some professional entertainment, be sure to consider Blazin’ Keys Entertainment as a viable option. Booking the 2019 and 2020 calendars, make arrangements to get them on your schedule soon.

Before pulling out of town, Cotton became the last in the line of many appreciated contributors that support this blog. Dropping a $50 in my palm of my hand as a means to help me on my next adventure, I am grateful for the support. Thank you for the generous and much needed tip and for taking the time to entertain us in the middle of a busy week!

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Many Miles Logged Chasing Music

On my way home from the jam this week we rolled over a lot of 9’s, as my Yukon XL logged 400,000 miles while traveling on Broad Creek Road! More than a quarter of a million of those miles were logged chasing music 🎶! Many fun times and trips in this old girl!

She wants you to know it’s important to change the oil and keep good tires going ’round! Stay safe and happy travels!

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Black History Month and The Blues

When I was getting into music and more specifically the blues, there was only one Queen of the Blues, and that was the incredible, Koko Taylor.

Born in 1928 in Memphis, TN; Taylor made her way to Chicago in 1952 and by the end of the decade she was singing in blues clubs around the city. Once Willie Dixon caught wind of Taylor’s throaty blues, things opened up for the powerful singer, who would rise to the top over the course of her forty years in music. I caught her act several times while covering the blues scene during the 90’s but I met the Queen of the Blues when she played The Pocono Blues Festival. She was kind and full of grace until she hit the stage, then she transformed into marvel at the mic, always thrilling to watch.

We lost Taylor in 2009 following complications following surgery. Her last performance was for Blues Music Awards, formerly know as the WC Handy Awards show on May 7, 2009. Taylor did a lot to influence the rise of women in blues, including her successor, the new queen of the blues Shemika Copeland.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good ol‘ country grooves of Ryan Cain. If ya missed him last night in town, come groove tonight. He will be jamming from 7-10 pm, share songs you know and ones he wrote. 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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Getting Down Around Town

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

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Core Sound this evening. This rock’n blues band from the Crystal Coast will grove you tonight! 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 TrainWreck tonight, who will be rocking on the deck with all the grooves that get you going. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC

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Promise’ Land Market welcomes the music of Now or Never this evening from 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Come enjoy this original trio of music making friends from across the bridge in Beaufort, sharing songs for your listening pleasure. Stop in, sip on wine and enjoy a cold beer, or eat some of their delicious food.

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Live music by Saltwater Gold will be on the menu tonight at Off the Hook this evening with music being served from 10 pm until close. Tomorrow come out for a delicious brunch and soothe sounds courtesy of New Bern’s own Ed Prophet

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop 

Into the Fog, Sat Feb 9th, 8:30 PM- 12, $3 cover charge
https://intothefogmusic.com/

,Into The Fog is a string band out of Wilmington, NC that encompasses a wide array of genres from bluegrass to country to folk to rock n’ roll. The band is made up of Brian Stephenson on Vocals and Guitar, Winston Mitchell on Vocals and Dobro/Mandolin, and Derek Lane on Vocals and Bass. After competing in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, Into the Fog is quickly making a name for themselves throughout North Carolina and catching audience’s attention with their high energy blend of traditional bluegrass and modern folk. With two lead singers and a lot of instrumentation, the band has a way of grabbing people’s attention no matter what their musical preference.

Competitors …”in Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 21-24 (past winners include the Dixie Chicks and Greensky Bluegrass). –http://www.encorepub.com/bluegrass-ramblers-into-the-fog-play-lawn-chair-bluegrass-blowout-talk-telluride-doc-and-ep-fundraiser/

https://www.facebook.com/Intothefogmusichttps://www.reverbnation.com/intothefoghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeCo_uATxfU

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Cedar Point, NC

New Bern based Caffeinated Soul Boogiewill be sharing songs with friends tonight at Treehouse Beer Company. Music is offered 7-10 pm. The beer is cold, the tunes are cool and the vibe is fun. Come out and see for yourself.

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Rocking Around the Region

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Winston Salem, NC

WFU Porter Byrum Welcome Center presents The Unbroken Circle, who will offer this weekends performance. They will perform tonight at 7 pm.

The band is back together once again for the 8th annual concerts for Shalom! Join us either night for toe-tapping, hand clapping and some singing along, to a full set of old time and bluegrass classics. These concerts are free and open to the public, friends of The Shalom Project and all who want to enjoy good music and make a difference in Winston-Salem.

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Greensboro, NC

Get ready for Valentine’s day with 4 of the best Rock&Roll party bands in NC!
Automag

Victim of the Cause (Adam Hill)

Reckless Abandon

DIGIT-Band


Shiner’s 435 Dolley Madison Dr, Greensboro, NC

Doors 8 pm
Show 9 pm
THERE’S A STYLE AND SOUND FOR EVERYONE! #supportlivemusic
Rock/classic/southern/country rock/original/tribute/hard rock/heavy metal
$5 21+
$5 surcharge 18-20
ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY

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Kinston, NC

Bill Lyerly Band rocks The Red Room tonight. Come enjoy this rocking trio turning up the boot scooting rock and boogie that you love. Lyerly splits his time between here and Europe rocking both continents. Tonight he pulls into Kinston. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a music charge payable upon admission.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Mike Corrado Band for some rocking country fun. Music starts at 8 pm and they groove you until 11 pm. This show is free and the food here is outstanding, so come early to eat and stay late to dance!

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Washington, NC

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. David Cox rox the Red Room! Serving up the sounds in the new room tonight from 7-10 pm at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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Built For Comfort will be sharing the grooves with friends and fans at Market Street Pub this evening. Music starts at 10 pm. This fun band has been grooving the blues around the region for years. If you have not seen them yet, you are in for a treat tonight!

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Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

Offering the good times in Jacksonville, come rock the country grooves of JP Guhns and The Boys returning to Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern tonight. FREE Music is served from 9 pm until 1 am.

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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.

February 5 at 6:39 AM

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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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Thank You for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. 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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Follow me on Facebook:
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On The Scene With Tracey Stones

Tracey Stones with The Big Jim Kohler Band

Bad Decisions Band at Blackbeard’s

Saturday night marked the return of the Bad Decisions Band at Blackbeard’s. This band is just plain fun. They bring all of the party tunes you love and they feature two lead vocalist.

Featuring the combined energies of Shane Norris, Valerie Boyette, Matt Starling, Rebekah Martin, Ben Hayes and Zach Pleasant, the band brought all the fun music to make the party fun.

The band travels from Johnston County to join us here in New Bern. They have a fun, full sound that makes you want to dance. Playing familiar songs that many love, they enjoy mingling and mixing it up with their audience.

They will be rocking this weekend at The Junction in Benson, NC. They rock it there tomorrow evening at 9:30 pm until 1:30 am. To find out more on where you can go make a night with Bad Decisions like the band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BadDecisionsBandNC/

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Pete Pawsey Trio at Pelican

It is never a dull moment when Pete Pawsey pairs up with music brother from another mother, Patrick Edwards. And on Saturday night they added to the mix with the bass playing, keyboard assist courtesy of Charles Cleaver.

Offering rock infused riffs with layers of avaunt guard blues, this is a trio of music makers playing by their own rules while making beautiful fun sounds. Pawsey rocks the region from the mountains to the coast. He rocks it solo, in duo, trio formation and I am sure a full band too if the pay was right.

Currently pushing a fun clown project, be sure to check out Pawsey on Band Camp with his Radar’s Clowns of Sedation. This also gives you a glimpse of Pawsey with a full band backing him. Lots of fun tracks on this one. My favorite might be “Mama Bear!”

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Adam Hill Band Welcomes New Bass Player Phillip Alcock to the Stage

The Adam Hill Band greeted the new month with a new announcement. On Saturday night, Hill officially welcomed Phillip Alcock to the stage to fill the bass player role. We met Alcock here when he was jamming with The Roman Sams.

Alcock made his debut on Saturday night at Jean’s in Havelock, NC. I noted he will make a nice addition to this rotation. The rhythm man is not shy when it comes to laying down the groove, which is a necessary part of keeping Hill soaring when he throws it into guitar overdrive.

The band is excited about the road ahead and look forward to making music in more towns around the state. They are booking their 2019 calendar now. You can reach out to me or Adam to get on the calendar.

https://www.adamhillmusic.net/bookings

Friends and fans of The Adam Hill Band can find the trio rocking it in Wilmington tonight. They will be offering the good grooves at Bourbon St on S. Front St. Music starts at 9 pm.

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Behind the Scene With Tracey Stones

Birthday Wishes

On Sunday, February 17, 2019; I will celebrate my 50th birthday. With a milestone birthday creeping up, I decided to team up with Supporting Peace in the hopes of helping 50 strangers from our area.

1917 Trent Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 631-5337
https://www.facebook.com/peacecounselingcenter/

I met the founder and owner of The Peace Counseling Center, Jasyn Griffith in September and she has quite a story herself. She already had plans of moving in and opening The Peace Counseling Center. Located at 1917 Trent Blvd., she has a lot space in her practice, which is now open for business.

September in the Park, Not Last Year!

Did I mention that I met her in September? Yes, that happened when I had arrived home following evacuation orders drafted by Florence. She hit Sept 13-14-15 and I left on September 11, 2018, and returned to town on the 22nd of September when electric was restored. Watching Facebook often, I first saw her doing a video with Braedon Welsh.

Once my boots were on the ground running around on September 23, 2018, I would find my way through my days by helping people everywhere in the town. It started with simply delivering meals. Then I saw Braedon and Jasyn and learned that the soon to be Peace Counseling was using the space to serve the community. They collected cleaning supplies, personal hygiene supplies, clothing, food and more. After the first day going back and forth to Peace from the communities in need…I learned New Song Church had emergency relief buckets and for over a week I loaded up my truck with two loads daily of 42 buckets each trip. One load went to Peace Counseling and the other load I distributed personally to people throughout New Bern.

Dream Big

Fast forward: In mid-November, I had a thought about hosting a fundraiser to celebrate my 50th, that would stretch out all weekend long with everything from a house concert to a final event on my birthday at the Famer’s Market. The cause: Hurrican relief for Fairfield Harbour! Because people here are stll in need. As it would turn out, the idea bloomed a little late, then I got sick and now I have a new and exciting life to get accustomed to, as I join forces with Wendy Cardy, NC Life Media, Ledger Magazine, New Bern and Beyond a bi-monthly Podcast and the online community news source www.NewBernNow.com.

https://www.NewBernNow.com/

Not one to give up on the hope on helping others, while I was at home sick and sulking, I caught a lot of New Bern Live, and one-day Jasyn Griffith was on and it was Christmas, she had 25 families with wish lists for Christmas. I was so moved by the idea, because since the storm I have seen what Peace Counseling Center has done for the community. It’s been a highlight even when there was no electric for many storm victims.

In the path of my new job, I stopped in to sell some advertising to my friend Jasyn. While there, a couple of ladies were at the center and while I was at the window. They were there to inquired about their Christmas wish lists. That is when I would learn 19 of those wish lists from Christmas went unfulfilled. The lady who was inquiring about hers was one that did not get filled. This made me forget why I even walked in the door. My heart broke, right there in the receptionists’ booth in front of everyone. I cried as I pulled away from my sales call. It was January 8, 2019.

We Only Get One Shot At Writing What Happens Between the Dashes

http://www.PayPal.me/supportingpeace/

After my tears dried I realized it might be too late to do a big fundraiser! Why not rally 50 wish lists for my 50th birthday? Jasyn looked at me and said, “We can make dancing bears…50 dancing bears, for my dancing friend.” So now we are collecting money to for this cause of making dreams come true for 50 strangers!

You are welcome to stop down and meet Jasyn and see the operation and how money is spent. They are located at 1917 Trent Blvd., New Bern, NC. Or you can simply make a donation by visiting
http://www.PayPal.me/supportingpeace/

And here is the truth. This non-profit is new with state registration complete and federal filing awaiting its process. Having watched the operation from the beginning, I believe in everything Supporting Peace is doing for our community, which is why we teamed up for this effort.

People all around us are still trying to find the basics to get by. Blankets, heaters, mattresses, furniture, and other needs we take for granted every day, especially for the last four-plus months. I would love to hear how these people got new gifts from awesome people like you, who can make a difference. I wish I could do it myself, but I already volunteer as much as I can.

Every dollar counts and if everyone donated just $10 that follows or friends me, we would exceed my goal of helping 50 families…dream big and keep hope in your heart.

Come celebrate the blues and my 50th on STORMY MONDAY BLUES, at the Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St. TIP THE BAND! Come dance! Let’s celebrate music and my love for it! We are gonna make 50 fun! Starting on, Monday, February 18th, 2019 7-10 pm! Much love and many thanks!

#Only50OnceMakeItCountFor50People

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Blogging For Business

In March I will be hosting a series on blogging for small business. This class will be held at The Small Business Center for Pamlico Community College, located at 701 Main St. Bayboro, NC. The classes will be held every Monday in March from 6-8 pm. We will explore why blogging is beneficial to a small business. Which blog sites are the most useful and popular. We will research ways to make your blog lucrative and how to make it work for you. To register for this series follow the link provided:

Blogging for Small Business

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Monday Music Makes My Week

U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band offered a grand show on Monday, February 4, 2019, at the History Center on Front St., New Bern, NC.

The free performance started with a trio of rhythmic makers opening the show, to welcome the rest of the band and all their brass! It was nice to see the theater filled, with so many wonderful faces of all ages for this magnificent show.

After all the airmen and officers were in their place, Vocal Staff Sergeant Melissa Lackore stayed front and center to offer the National Anthem

The performance offered a great many of original compositions including the one I captured, with my phone. This is “Not Bored Yet” composed by Adam Braatz, arranged by Technical Sergeant David Fatek.

Before leaving the show I spoke with Caleb Sanders and gave him my card. In between travel and setting up the final show of the tour in Jacksonville, the sound engineer offered me an interview via email.

I understand this is the end of the tour, it was a make up date…how long was the tour?

This particular tour was 10 days long including one travelday. Unfortunately, because of the hurricane damage in the Fall of 2018, wewere unable to perform at some of the venues we were scheduled for on thattour. Fortunately, we were able to come back out this February and make up someof those locations.

When and where did it start?

We started out with a few days near Raleigh, then spent a fewmore days out near Charlotte, and wrapped up the tour here on the easternside of the state near New Bern.

How many places did it bring you?

 We performed in 9 different towns on this tour, with Venues ranging from intimate theaters like the theater in New Bern through tolarge concert auditoriums seating nearly 3000 people.

What are some of the highlights of this last tour?

There was something unique that we learned about every venue we played at. Some of my tour highlights were getting to interact with high school and college music students, at afternoon masterclasses prior to several of the evening shows. Those are always a great opportunity to share our experiences with young musicians, who are just embarking on their careers, and provide insight into practice techniques, technical tips, or just answer their questions about what it’s like to be a musician in the United States Air Force.

Can you send a list of the players and instruments as well or send me to asite where that info might be.

https://www.music.af.mil/Bands/US-Air-Force-Heritage-of-America-Band/– this is our official military webpage.

Our specific players change from tour to tour depending on availability, so the manning listed on our site tends to be slightly out of date. Our current player list in rank/alphabetical order is as follows:

Bass Trombone – Master Sergeant Jason Foster
Baritone Saxophone – Technical Sergeant David Fatek
Drums – Technical Sergeant Michael Henrie
Bass – Technical Sergeant Jordan Kimble
Second Trumpet – Technical Sergeant Mark Nixon
Audio Engineer and Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge – Technical Sergeant Caleb Sanders
Vocals – Staff Sergeant Melissa Lackore
Lead Trombone and Musical Director – Senior Airman John Lloyd
Lead Trumpet – Senior Airman Mark Oates
Tenor Saxophone – Airman 1st Class Michael Ferrante
Alto Saxophone – Airman 1st Class Richard Garcia
Keyboards – Airman 1st Class Ryan Moses

Most of the music was original compositions, did you cover any songs in theprogram, if so, titles and artist and why those selections?

Our Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge typically provides the music director with a vision for the show, then leaves a lot of license for final tune selection in the music director’s hands. For this particular tour, we were very much focused on the new material for our upcoming recording project.

In addition, we always include a few pieces that evoke our heritage from the Glenn Miller era bands, as well as a few patriotic selections. Two notable pieces on this show were “Mean to Me” which was originally composed in 1929 by Fred E. Ahlert in the style of the Count Basie band, which featured our pianist in addition to tenor sax and lead trombone.

We also featured our vocalist on a fresh arrangement of “After You’ve Gone”, originally composed by Turner Layton in 1918. Our arrangement was done by our youngest new member, Airman 1st Class Sarah Moyers (currently assigned to a different performing group). There are notable popular recordings of this song by Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald and others, and it stylistically fit well with the intended mood for the concert.

How do people bring you to their city for a performance?
http://www.outreachrequests.hq.af.mil/

This is our public site for requesting one of our bands to perform at an event. There is a link in the top left corner to start a “New Request”, which contains general eligibility requirements along with information on how to actually request the band for an event. 

Share any website and social media links too please
https://www.facebook.com/heritageofamericaband/

…is our official Facebook page, our publicity team does a good job of keeping recent event info from all of our various ensembles posted here, as well as trying to keep an up to date list of upcoming performances. Our band homepage listed above also includes a Facebook and Twitter stream on the homepage, which are our most active social media networks.

Many thanks for your time and service!

And much thanks for your time and attention to my q&a, Technical Sergeant Caleb Sanders. I could not have done this article without you! At ease!

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Jazz to Blues Monday Moved Me

After getting all jazzed up, I headed around the way for a stop at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern. We are hosting Monday Blues there each week with Big Jim Kohler.

The weekly blues jam kicked off on the first Monday of the month and has been building much attention. It’s been a gathering music makers and music fans alike, Monday are a fun time each week in New Bern

Extending the hours this week was the fun and fabulous Joe Brown, who closed out the night with the house blues band. Sharing sweet sounds makes the world go round!

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, February 8, 2019

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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Taberna Gets a Dose of Rock n Blues

Third Degree Bern will be rocking Taberna Country Club for the residents over there looking for the good time grooves. Music is offered from 7-10 pm and all residents and their friends are welcome to attend.

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the fun grooves of Gene Gregory, he will be jamming from 7-10 pm. The Wilmington player will share songs you know and ones he wrote. 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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Getting Down Around Town

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

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ARTwalk/ArtCRAWL

Sometimes Mrs. Big Jim has to go off and tend to her acting career and these days she is prepping for her part in Hairspray coming our way next month. So we never know when we will see her. But rumor has it, she is going to try to sing with hubby Big Jim at ArtWalk, they will be in front of The Black Cat Shoppe at 246 Middle St from 5-8 pm.

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Dan Jam Phillips brings the music to Community Arts Gallery & Studios at 309 Middle St. He offers the jams with friends from 5-8 pm. Friends are welcome to come out and join the fun!

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Ryan Cain this evening. This soulful singer offers country music that grabs you. 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 Ravenz Bru, who will be rocking on the deck tonight. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC

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Promise’ Land Market welcomes the music of Bryan McCoury this evening from 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Come enjoy the free sing-a-long as you sip on wine, enjoy a cold beer or eat some of their delicious food.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop welcomes Big and Richard to the stage tonight. Music at 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Live music offered by Scott Arnold and Richard Baas. Offering a great mix of many genres and original tunes too. This show is free, but tips are encouraged.

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Cedar Point, NC

Jacksonville, NC based stringer, Ryan Rubich will be sharing songs with friends tonight at Treehouse Beer Company. Music is offered 7-10 pm. The beer is cold, the tunes are cool and the vibe is fun. Come out and see for yourself.

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Riptidez Bar & Grill

Justin Castellano will be shredding strings on the stage at Riptidez Bar & Grill this evening. Music is shared from 9 pm until midnight.

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Newport, NC

Carolina Home & Garden welcomes Hank Barbee and the Dusty Trio, they will be sharing grooves this evening in the garden from 6:30-9:30. Enjoy food truck delights, beer or wine for tasting and great tunes to welcome the weekend.

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Rocking Around the Region

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Winston Salem, NC

It’s an all ages show tonight at Muddy Creek Cafe & Music Hall Bethania

$10 advance/$15 door. Music 8-11 pm

Based out of Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the Trailblazers have taken a step back to the roots of bluegrass, Americana, folk, and jazz music. The band has a solid foundation in the basis of the music they love, but they’re constantly looking for new ways to make their mark in progressive acoustic music. – 2018 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year – 2018 International SPBGMA Band Contest Winners – 2017 Merlefest Band Contest winners. https://www.thetrailblazersmusic.com

Billboard-charting artists Cane Mill Road grew up just down the road from Doc Watson in Deep Gap, North Carolina. Honoring the past, the band strikes a balance between preserving the bluegrass mountain sound they were raised on and boldly rocking progressive interpretations of that same sound tackling. Not only complex original music, but classic covers of the Beatles, Dylan, and more. https://www.canemillroad.com/home

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WFU Porter Byrum Welcome Center presents The Unbroken Circle, who will offer this weekends performances. They will perform tonight and tomorrow at 7 pm.

The band is back together once again for the 8th annual concerts for Shalom! Join us either night for toe-tapping, hand clapping and some singing along to a full set of old time and bluegrass classics. These concerts are free and open to the public, friends of The Shalom Project and all who want to enjoy good music and make a difference in Winston-Salem.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Mike Corrado Band for some rocking country fun. Music starts at 8 pm and they groove you until 11 pm. This show is free and the food here is outstanding, so come early to eat and stay late to dance!

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Washington, NC

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. Antonio Lefavi will serve up the sounds tonight from 7-10 pm at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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Garner, NC

Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music 

It’s a fun night of pickin’ and grinnin’ with a great Bluegrass Band. Come out tonight and spend your evening at Lorraine’s and enjoy the music of Garrett Newton. Get your tickets now. Check out the website at LorrainesCoffeeHouse.com

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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.

February 5 at 6:39 AM

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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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Thank You for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. 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.

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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Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook:
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Feel free to invite me to your events.

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

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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.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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

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TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sites to See

Here are some sites to see. Tracey Stones Productions, LLC publishes www.ncmz.live and is also available to write pages and content for your already published website, provide press releases for important events, or create sites for bands and venues.

Please take moment to visit these sites that keep me writing and promoting live music.

Adam Hill Music is a site to see

I met Adam Hill in July 2016 and have been working alongside him since. The first thing I did after hearing his original music was to create a site to keep him in the spotlight any time he is off stage. The next thing was to create a YouTube Channel and created an Adam Hill Playlist for that channel.

Big Jim Kohler Blues Band

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I met Big Jim Kohler in Swansboro, NC in March 2013. This introduction would single-handedly walk me back into music promotions. When I left town, in 2008, Salty Dawg and Mickey Milligan’s were the only bars that were supporting live music regularly. When I returned we had Bambooz and the blues and life in New Bern was already better. Kohler walked me back to my writing roots.

Big Jim and Mrs. Big Jim are some of my best friends and it’s been a pleasure to be working and representing them. To bring us to your room visit my site:

Tracey Stones Productions, LLC makes the sites to see

My goal and mission in life are connecting people to music. I am not a critic, I am a promoter. I promote supporting live music. Tracey Stones Productions publishes this blog twice weekly as a gentle reminder that there is live music everywhere in need of your support. I am available to help your band set up an effective off stage presence for more public and positive promotions!

Talent Shines Bright From Beaufort to New Bern

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

NewBernNow.com’s Pod squad for New Bern and Beyond’s Episode #110; January 31, 2019, at The Charles Tendell Studio. Charles Tendell in the booth, then R to L in the studio, creator of NewBernNow.com, Ledger Magazine and New Bern and Beyond Podcast, Wendy Card town spokesperson, Colleen Roberts, attorney, actor and musician George Oliver, music journalist and marketing director, Tracey Stones, historical society’s Kathy Morrison, and last but not least,
the only man with a jingle, hiding in the back, Rich Sheridan!
To check it out click on the link: https://www.facebook.com/newbernlive/videos/1007215492816311/

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Back In Beaufort We Jam with Mac & Juice!

Picking things up where we last roamed, I would like to return to Beaufort to start things off today, as that is where I ran into the incredibly talented Mac & Juice Duo last weekend.

The boys were rocking The Backstreet Pub on Saturday night, offering the crowd of fans the many jams they love. From classic rock to obscure selections that few bands touch, these guys offer anything from Led Zeppelin to the Dead to the Black Crowes

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My favorite, of all the songs they offer, are the original jams. Together they are a well-oiled machine when working in duo form. These two stringers started their jams in college up at ECU, many moons ago and have long left school but have been rocking the scene ever since.

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When not working as a duo, they jam with a full on four pieces. Mac & Juice Quartet. Currently they are booking dates for the 2019 music season. If you are looking for a fun jam band that will keep your crowd happy and grooving, be sure to add them to you the calendar.

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For those looking to jam with the band, you can find them tonight grooving where it all began, back in Greenville. They will be rocking at AJ McMurphy’s, 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC. Music starts at 8:30 pm.

For those looking to book the band be sure to reach out to them today via email at macandjuicemusic@gmail.com.

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Sunday Brunch is Back at Off The Hook

Barry Charlton serving Brunch grooves.

One of my favorite stops along the Crystal Coast, to catch a bite and drink in live music is Off the Hook in Morehead City. The restaurant recently closed for a couple of weeks to tend to some much needed renovations. They reopened their doors on January 23, 2019.

On Sunday I took a trip down to enjoy brunch with a fellow music lover and friend Mary Shine, who helps me cover events. On Saturday night Shine took in the Nantucket / Sidewinder show at the Civic Center in Morehead City.

While enjoying french toast, Charlton shared songs. He will return for another round of brunch tunes tomorrow from 12 noon until 4 pm. Then it is Superbowl fun as per my buddy Charlie Weatherby, owner, manager, and chef at Off The Hook.

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Big Jim Jams The Blues

Big Jim returned to the Brown Pelican last Monday night for another great night, of offering the blues and jamming with friends. Above he walks the room and greets his original NC bass player, Bass Player of the Year Mike Sandvig, who stopped in to enjoy the show!

It was another fun night, which helped many kick the Monday Blues. You can look forward to this jam night taking place each Monday night from 7-9 pm.

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Blues Not Once But Twice a Week

Fact is, Big Jim is a big part of the New Bern Music Scene. He is the jam man that got music started again on a whole new level, not long after settling in the city of bears. That takes us back to 2011 when he started sharing songs around these parts.

I met him in 2013 and became one of his biggest fans not long after our introduction. His music infects me with good vibes and my soul soaks up his soothing grooves.

Big Jim takes the stage most Wednesday’s at City Stage, to again bring the jam and welcome friends to his world of music. Come out this week and enjoy the fun or be a part of it.

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I Get By With A Little Help from Supporters!

On Wednesday evening I was delighted to finally hug Raymond Dunn. I have been waiting for this moment for months. Dunn is the guy that stepped up last year and helped secure the blog site for another year with a contribution that covered the costs.

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All of the contributions help, as I try to get by on the kindness of others and try hard to build something amazing for many communities to enjoy! Truth is once I get there, the tip jars will disappear and panhandling will stop. Until then, I remain full of dreams that needs financial backing! My heart is full of faith that the day will come and that hard work will be rewarded. Not just for myself but the music community as well!

Given the fact that we are speaking about the supporters. I wish to thank you all for your donations. Every dollar has made a difference to me going the extra mile. My truck has more than a few miles, looking to log 400,000 this weekend.

Everyone who contributes gets added to the Thank You Page! If you’d like to be added to the list please make a contribution by way of the donation button at the bottom of the blog. Thank you for your support

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Black History Month and the Blues

While speaking with blog supporter Raymond Dunn, his friend inquired about my knowledge of music, while throwing out a few fake names and challenging my knowledge of the blues. In that conversation, however, he also brought up Bessie Smith.

Smith was playing in speakeasies when speakeasies were the place to be! She shaped the world with her blues takes and offered jazz infusions of traditional American music. Gone since 1937, Smith still shapes the scene today! While do some research I found this video worth sharing as we honor the memory of Grandmother of the Blues!

https://www.pbs.org/video/soundbreaking-unmistakeable-bessie-smith/

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NEWS FLASH BANJO ON SUNDAY

Good news music lovers. Another fun night of music is being added to the music calendar around town. On the last two Sundays of the month, fans of bluegrass can gather and enjoy some pickin’ and grinnin’ with live music being featured from 6-9 pm. This twice Sunday event invites all players to the stage for a jam. The first jam will be Sunday, February 17, 2019 at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. We hope to see you there!

Sunday Funday MUSIC at The Brown Pelican!

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Friday Night Features Found Around New Bern

Outback Behind the Dirty Bird

My first stop last night was The Brown Pelican where I found live music inside and out. Outside on the back patio, a few friends gathered and the music was shared. Kenny Castania of The Fearless Freaks was singing and playing the six strings while Jeff Dail was banging the wind out of the harmonica.

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Inside Grooving the Crowd

Inside at the front of the room welcoming all with the familiar sounds that moves us, Brian Mac shared songs with the friends and fans that gathered inside at the Brown Pelican. He offered the sounds from 7-10 pm.

Mac stays busy with music. He hosts the weekly open mic night each Thursday that happens at the Brown Pelican. When not gigging solo you can find him cutting chords with Third Degree Bern, a New Bern based band that offers classic rock and blues favorites.

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Over At The Bruin…Surprise

Last night I announced that Rick Huff would be sharing songs with friends at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine Store on Middle Street. I was rather surprised when I walked in to meet Logan Nobles. 

Mrs. Nobles came to town and tuned up Friday night

As it would turn out Nobles husband is from the area, so when the couple comes to visit she tries to find work, sharing music. The singer and stringer hails from the Atlanta area.

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Spare Change Hosted the Indoor Party at Blackbeard’s

My final stop on the Friday night tour brought us to Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, where Spare Change rocked the house! The fun and energetic party band had the dance floor packed and the people we moving to their grooves all night long.

Tonight the band heads South of the Border to bring their good time to Duck’s Night Life in North Myrtle Beach. Music starts at 9:30 pm tonight.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the rocking sounds of the local Joe Baes Project. They will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Getting Down Around Town

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of the Pete Pawsey Trio tonight. The music plays tonight from 8- 11 pm. This show is free. 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 Bad Decisions Band, who will be rocking on the deck tonight. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage New Bern

City Stage New Bern opens the stage to a jazz jam this evening, with local jazz greats Brandon Shamar and John Van Dyke leading the charge. Music starts at 7 pm and there is a $5.00 music charge payable at the door.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC

Jacks Waterfront Bar offers the sounds of Mommicked The Band tonight, bringing the party grooves from 10 pm until 1 am. There is a music charge payable upon admission.

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Promise’ Land Market welcomes the music of Blind Hog this evening from 8:30 pm until 12:30 pm. Come enjoy the free sing-a-long as you sip on wine, enjoy a cold beer or eat some of their delicious food.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents Caffeinated Soul Boogie, Fri. Feb 2, 8-11 pm, No Cover. Join us for live music performed by this talented New Bern based quartet, offering American roots music: folk, blues, pop, and some rock and roll.

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Cedar Point, NC

New Bern based stringer, Sam Lewis will be sharing the stage with friends tonight at Treehouse Beer Company Music is offered 7-10 pm. The beer is cold, the tunes are cool and the vibe is fun. Come out and see for yourself.

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Rocking Around the Region

Havelock, NC

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The Adam Hill Band has late breaking news. The band has recently went through some personnel changes. Longtime bass player Gordy George is moving on to making music with All My Rowdy Friends, while Hill welcomes the talented Phillip Alcock to join the band on stage.

Tonight the new formation will be rocking Jean’s in Havelock. Music starts at 10 pm. $10 cover gets you in the door! Come ready to rock. It promises to be a good night!

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Washington, NC

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. The Still Shakers are going to be rocking it tonight from 7-10 pm at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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Market Street Pub welcomes Scrapbook to the stage this evening. Come out ready to dance. Music starts at 10 pm and they rock you until it is time to go home.

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Jacksonville, NC

Nick Nichols has a touring band stopping in to make some noise for us in the down east region. For those in the Jacksonville, NC area, be sure to drop by Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern, to groove with Sean K Preston & The Loaded Pistols while they are in our area.

After their show tonight they head to Charlotte for a couple of shows tomorrow. The first show will be at The Tipsy Burrito and the second show will host them at the Thirsty Beaver. From there the band heads to SC for a show on Monday, returning to NC on Tuesday for a show at One World Brewing West, located in Asheville, NC.

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Huntersville, NC

For those looking for the blues in around the center of the state, be sure to track down Abe Reid and Stevie Lee Combs tonight at The Vinyl Pi.Music starts at 8 pm. They share the grooves until 11 pm.

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Garner, NC

Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music welcomes Bill Lyerly. This show is $10.00 payable upon entry. Music is shared from 7:30-9:30 pm. Lyerly returned to the area just a couple of weeks ago to start his NC tour for 2019. I look forward to catching up to the first stringer I ever interviewed and wrote about here, in March 2015.

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill welcomes the Johnny Orr Band this evening. Come out ready to boot scoot with Orr and friends from 9:30 pm until 1:30 am.

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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.

January 28 at 4:48 PM

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Thank You for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. 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.

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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Keeping up with the Blogger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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