NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options and Local Band News


~ On The Scene With Tracey Stones ~

Saturday night was special, as it should be! I got to check in with several area bands, most with whom I have worked with over the many months, since breaking onto the scene. My first stop brought me to The Brown Pelican, where I caught Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade. Barbee was in town with the full band offering the sax sounds of James Durham, bass of Matt Henderson and taking the backbeat in the final seconds, Patrick Edwards. The music they made was beautiful. I am a great admirer of musicianship and band leaders and Barbee is coming into his own with both on his latest band endeavor.


This artist always has something new to report. Coming up it is the long anticipated vinyl release of his latest recording, Son Royale. On the bill for this ticket will be the lovely and extremely talented Rebekah Todd and the Odyssey and opening the event, Jesse Stockton.

This event is being held on Thursday October 12. 2017 at The Brooklyn Arts Center Annex, at 516 N 4th St, Wilmington, NC. The doors will open at 7 pm with music at 8 pm. Following the big release party and after a few area shows in support of the release, including a date at the end of MumFest, on the patio on Sunday October 15, 2017 from 5-8 pm with his trio, he hits the road for a quick southern tour. To keep up with Hank and his Dust Parade of players make his website a favorite when you visit:

For this weekend, you can find Barbee serving things up solo at Captain Bob Beck’s Marina Cafe, 110 South Marine Blvd., Jacksonville, NC. Come enjoy some great food in the company of this fine artist on the rise, with roots right here. Music plays from 7-10 pm and there is no music charge for the show. Tomorrow Barbee will be further south and solo at Tortuga’s Nest, 1713 New River Dr., Surf City, for an early show starting at 4 pm.


Live on the patio at The Harvey Mansion last weekend, the Adam Hill Band returned for another fun rocking night. This marked the band’s second performance on the patio and just like the first time, they stopped passers-by with their amazing music offering and filled every seat in the house. They had the dance floor moving and the people who gathered had great fun listening to Hill, his skilled guitar work and solid back beat.

This evening Hill will be offering a solo performance at Tippet’s Mill, 15528 Taylors Mill Rd., Zebulon, NC. Music starts at 7 pm and Hill plays til 10 pm. Come kick the weekend off right with vibes, great music and a beautiful evening with the one you love.

To keep up with Hill and all of his music news stop by his site and make it a favorite too:

Adam Hill Music


On my first stop out of town, I caught up with one of my favorite classic rock cover bands out there on the scene. The Roman Sam’s were rocking on the deck out back of Southern Salt Seafood Company & Waterfront Restaurant, located on the waterfront at 701 Evans St. in Morehead City. Owner Sammy has been a huge support of the live music scene and brings bands each weekend to the stage. In fact, tonight you can enjoy the sounds of EJ Peters from 7-10 pm tonight and Big Drink Music Company is on tap there tomorrow from 8:30 til 11:30 pm.

I will include my live clip of the Roman Sams Band from last week, as I tell you that the band will be rocking a private party tonight, but they will be returning to Off The Hook in time for Seafood Festival on October 7, 2017.

The Roman Sams Live at Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant.


Just down the way, my good friends TrainWreck were doing what they do best, making people move and groove to their good time music. They had a party going on last weekend at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 51 Evans St., Morehead City, NC. There is always fun music found at Jack’s, this weekend you can enjoy the sounds of The Hip Pocket Band, while tomorrow you can check out Supersonic. Always great fun found at Jack’s. The party music and good times start at 10 pm and the good times roll til 2 am.

For my readers interested in keeping up with TrainWreck give them a like on Facebook


There were also a lot of New Bern faces in Morehead City, as last Saturday night marked the scheduled return of The BiPolar Express, arriving to play Off The Hook located at 105 S 7th St., Morehead City. NC. This was actually the reason I headed out this way, and was the reason I headed to the shore. Interestingly I got together with the club owner and brought him all of my favorite bands over the weeks this Summer season. Kindly, like some business people do, he approached my bands and asked them all to come back, while cutting me out of the deal. Then to add insult to injury he told me Adam Hill could play on the final day of Seafood Fest, but then curiously forgot he booked it with a band he had the following night. Meaning he gave away the same date twice in one weekend. Then when I approached him about the date he said, “Oh, oh I forgot I already had it booked, but Davy Williamson is scheduled for Saturday, so if he does leave town you can have Saturday. Being the upstanding business owner this guy is, he has yet to contacte me to let me know he actually gave the date to The Roman Sams. I happen to know it because, I am the only one who effectively promotes this music scene and as noted, I reported above that they will be there.

Last week was my last date and obligation with this establishment. The owner, kind and upfront like he’s, never had time to come out of the kitchen or reach out to me. Good thing I have this little avenue to let him know that he is Off the Hook, of ever having to deal with me or any talent I represent. I am not a fan of people who try to cut down the hard-working people to win big themselves. I will tell each band I represent about his shady ways and allow them to get screwed over without any help from me. In fact, this is more than likely the last time the place will ever be mentioned in this space.

Thing about this music scene is, that it is big enough to keep the light on the good and the positive, while always leaving the trash at the curb. A good example of this would be to tell you more details about a major concert benefit that is being planned for a local New Bern Family. Just before their last gig, the guitarist for The BiPolar Express, Josh Overby posted that his good friend and co-worker was in the fight for his life and many area bands will be banding together on October 21, 2017 at The DoubleTree in New Bern. Here is what we know from his post

My friend Lynwood Goff is fighting for his life. He has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He and his wife (also a dear friend) Nicki Goff, just had a beautiful baby girl just six months ago.
In an effort to help with expenses during this unbelievably difficult time, I am organizing a benefit concert.

What I know so far:

Entertainment will be provided by:
3 Day Weekend (Classic/Southern Rock)
The BiPolar Express (80s Rock)
Take 2 (Acoustic rock/country/folk)

Tickets will be $25 apiece. (100% of the sales will go to the Goff family)

Tickets will be available next week. Set that date aside, more details to come soon.


On Sunday I got together with one of the bands I represent, The Feral Cats for a quick rehearsal and brainstorming session. The band is still in it’s infancy, with only 8 months under their belt, but it has been a very productive period for this four piece outfit. They are a rocking blues cover act that offers a little bit of everything, from blues to funk to soul and rock standards.

During rehearsal the band worked out a few new songs for the set list and we did a few different photo shoots on the property, where they rehearse in Mount Olive. Before calling it a wrap, we started the work for a new promo video which is soon coming for all to see.  The band has a couple of shows coming up next month, including a benefit on October 6, 2017, to help the homeless and a Halloween show on the patio on Friday, Friday, October 27, 2017, at the Harvey Mansion in New Bern. Look for a couple of promo videos on Facebook for these event.


I ended my weekend on a real feel good note, by stopping out at The Harvey Mansion to listen to The Bears, as they hosted a fun night of oldies for their friends and fans. Making their gig most near and dear to my heart, the band drummed up $145 in tips for the Jammin’ For Jim.

It was such a wonderful night that included games, kazoo, and fun for all. The Bears are an awesome local blend of talents that offer a great variety of beach and oldies classics. They will be returning to the Harvey Mansion soon and you will read about it all here first!


Jammin For Jim Concludes and We are Grateful for ALL!

On Tuesday I met up with Jim Kohler who was released from the hospital on Sunday late morning and has been recovering at his home in River Bend. I offered Kohler the money we raised for him in the three weeks we had a Foundation page on Facebook. I was hoping this would lead to a long-term plan of recovery for Big Jim, but Kohler is forgoing the treatment plan offered in rehab and is going to do this battle with booze on his own. Though I wish him nothing but the best, I can’t build a foundation for sending people into recovery when the one who inspired it won’t go himself.

It was emotional to see Kohler celebrate his birthday, as he was coming out of a coma. I was hopeful that we would find the resources and the references needed for the next step in treatment. Sadly, once you can poop, pee and eat, the hospital has to set you free and once free it is up to the patient to get the care they need. So often when people don’t have insurance they avoid care. This becomes a way of life and one this man has lived.

I do know I wish my friend the best in getting back on his feet and hope he knows he has many friends still willing to help should he feel weak or fall. I also know that the idea he inspired and brought to life in me was a wonderful one. It is one I still hope to explore and do or our area musicians. We all need help from time to time, so when we can give it we should. I think a foundation for musicians is necessary and still in order. However it will not be a rushed project, there needs to be a board appointed, by laws adopted, filing with our government, and a lot of other work to make it happen. I spoke with many who are on board with the idea, so moving forth we will rebuild a recovery for artists foundation.

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~ Rockin’ Around The Region ~


Stoop Kids Band hails from New Orleans and they will be on stage giving it up at The Red Room located at 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC. Doors open at 9 and the show starts at 10 pm. Bringing you some funky, soul, jammin, rockin electric tunes that make you dance. Don’t miss these handsome fellas and come join the party!! For more on the band visit these links:



Join us Friday night at the Capital Stage for a night of the region’s best Blues bands!

5-6pm: The River Otters

6:30-7:30pm: Big Rick & the Bombers

8:00-9:00pm: Jason Damico & the New Blue

9:30-11pm: Lockdown

Get all the info at



Join the Durham Street Piano Player at Cocoa Cinnamon Lakewood for great churros, drinks, and street piano fun!

Listen to this player as he plays  piano out on the front porch of Cocoa Cinnamon Lakewood located at 2013 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC this Friday from 6pm to 9pm. This is the newest location of Cocoa Cinnamon, featuring delicious churros, and on Friday only, live piano music.

As a special promotion from 5pm to 10pm Friday, Cocoa Cinnamon will contribute $1 per paquete (combo of drink + 4 churros) sold from 5pm to 10pm toward the artist’s kickstarter campaign. The campaign is raising money toward the making of a full-length album of piano-lead rock’n’roll. More details of the kickstarter campaign here:



Rain Check Bluegrass will be live at Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company  772 Trade Street NW, Winston-Salem, NC.Music plays from 7-10 pm. If you enjoy the pickin’ and grinnin’ of bluegrass get stepping and have fun tonight with this quartet of players.


For folks who enjoy a good cigar with their live music, I want to tell you about this weekly offering:

When: Every Friday Night

Time: 6PM – 11PM

Live Music: Starts at 8pm

Food Availaable

Gigi Mack at Cigars Etc 2: Bar & Lounge.9007 Monroe Rd. Charlotte, NC

Tell a friend! Bring a friend!




Vaughan Penn will be giving up the goods this evening at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern, 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd., Jacksonville, NC Music gets started at 9 pm and she will bring it to you til 1 am. Come have a great time and dance at Nick’s tonight.

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~Cruisin’ Along The Coast~

The skillful and romantic Justin Castellano will serve up the sounds this weekend at Bistro By The Sea located on Highway 70 East in Morehead City. He will be appearing in the lounge area while dinner is served from 7-10 pm on Friday and Saturday evening this weekend. Come enjoy a great meal, in a fine dining establishment while drinking down the music of Castellano.



The Mad Fiddler will be live at The Dock House Restaurant located on Front Street in Beaufort, NC. He gets the music started at 9 pm and plays til 1 am. Come enjoy the fun and upbeat sounds of madness tonight. The show is free, the food is fine and service awesome.



The reggae sounds of Monjah will be heard tonight at The E Club located at 8102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle. NC. The show starts at 8 pm and the band rocks you til 11 pm.

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~Gettin’ Down Around Town New Bern~


GEM Productions is proud to present the heavily anticipated return of Ellis Dyson & the Shambles! Whether you were fortunate enough to see this crew out at Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival 2016 or at The Brown Pelican earlier this year, you know that they’re one of the most energetic, engaging and downright rowdy groups to roll through New Bern. They’ll be performing atLIVE at The City Laundry 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC aon Sept. 22. Tickets will be $7.00 and doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

Ellis Dyson & the Shambles expertly blends old-time influences ranging from Piedmont murder ballads to old-time jazz. The result: whiskey-soaked, foot-stompin’ songs that bring party music of departed eras to crowds both young and old. The Shambles have made waves with their theatrical and explosive live shows and masterful musicianship that electrifies every audience. Bursting with exuberance and effortless expertise, this playfully hootin’ and hollerin’ act is guaranteed to bring the ruckus.

Ellis Dyson & the Shambles consists of Ellis Dyson (banjo, vocals), Nathan Huvard (acoustic guitar), Jonathan Ng (fiddle), Adam Maloney (upright bass) Danny Abrams (soprano/alto/baritone saxophones, vocals), and Matt Hall (trumpet, vocals). The band has come together through a series of fortuitous meetings in Chapel Hill, N.C. Beginning as a saxophone and banjo duo, the band has grown into a freight train string band with a flashy horn section.


On the patio at the Harvey Mansion located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC come enjoy the sounds of Paid Time Off featuring the guitar works of Rick Huff and Tod Stilley.This show is free, music starts at 8 pm and the duo plays til 11 pm under the tent.



It is the Official White Party where we bid Summer a fond farewell with good food and great music tonight at The Flame located at 2301 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC. 25 and older to enter, music starts at 8 pm. They will offer a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres and the music of  Joe Brown & The Band.




Just across the bridge you can enjoy the jazz sounds of The Hot House Quartet who will be entertaining the folks at BrÜtopia locate at 120 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. Come support, local beer, local food trucks and local music all in one stop tonight. Music starts at 7 pm and this show is free.


Also on that side of the river you can enjoy the rocking classics that Zen Pirates put out tonight at Triple Play Restaurant located at 111 Williams Road, New Bern, NC. Music starts at 9 pm with a $5.00 music charge payable at the door.

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Answering the Call

Now then, those are not the only gigs to tell you about. If you have a Facebook account there are plenty of other events going down. Each week I ask where everyone is playing in the days ahead…here is what the fine folks told me this week:

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The Link for Live Music Events Happening throughout NC

Once again if you have Facebook you can search the many music events happening throughout the state by clicking on:

Happy Dancing

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That is all my news and music that I found for your dancing pleasure. I hope you get out and enjoy the sounds of live music sometime soon. I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish. I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Thanks for keeping me informed!


Please take kindness with you today and hug strangers. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Party safely people! We love having you here with us! You rock, so don’t roll the car! Rely on sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

Send all of your event invites to me on Facebook, so I know where you are playing in the days ahead. I can be found on Facebook by following this link:

I also read emails daily. You can send those to:

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Pictures are also helpful. I share links to band websites, so send those along as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to fill me in on the details, together we will reach the people!


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