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On The Scene With Tracey Stones

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First Stop ~ A Pause for the Cause!


I got a message telling me about a benefit that was taking place in Cape Carteret. So, always looking for new material and pauses for the cause, I decide to check out The Fireballs, live at Rookies Sports Bar on Highway 58 in Cape Carteret, NC. They were the music hosts for a benefit being held for the family of a local man who suffered a severe stroke.

Sadly the lad, Larry Roberts, passed away just days before the benefit. The money raised went to help the family pay for his funeral and offset some of his medical costs.

When I got there the band was rocking the full house. Many members of the community  gathered for a plate of food and raffles. Donations were also collected throughout the night, all for the hope of lightening the load of one family.

After the band took a break they gave away the prizes.


Back About Town

2018 Open Mic returns at Trent River Coffee Company

The final Saturday of each month offers ten annual open mics from the inside of our quaint coffee shop on Craven St. This monthly open stage offers a microphone to all local talent. I have enjoyed the poems and stories of spoken word artists, as well as music by solo artists and watching full bands performing. For those looking to display their talents, be sure to make this a must visit. Open Mic at Trent River Coffee Company, 208 Craven St, New Bern is hosted by Mathew Kerlin, who provides the sound, you just show up, sign up and show the attentive and appreciative crowd what you got! Sign up starts at 6 pm and they play from 6:30 – 9 pm on the fourth Saturday of each month, barring November and December each year!



Caffeinated Soul Boogie Give up the Grooves

One of the very bands that came to form from the monthly Coffee Shop music gathering, depicted above, is the band Caffeinated Soul Boogie, who brought their sound to The Brown Pelican last Saturday night. They opened the night with an acoustic duo set and closed out the night with the full rocking band, complete with bass and drums. This group came to be when a fun-loving dad asked his daughter what her hopes and dreams were with the end of high school approaching. “To sing our songs in coffee shops,” she replied. Since the duo have impacted our town with their talent and through the days, they have grown to include a couple more players to add to their depth of sound.

To keep up with the band like them on Facebook

Caffeinated Soul Boogie


Thomas Knight and Friends gave up a show for those that gathered on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion last Saturday night. Joining the guitar master on stage for several songs each were Heather Bunn, who offered a couple of solo offerings and several songs offered the sounds of the duo. Next up it was high time for Amanda  Korbee to take a break from serving, to belt out a couple songs. She offered Dreams with Knight and then played a song with her dad, Ken Walker offering the six string accompaniment. Closing out the night came the sounds of Knight with the help of Marron Chaplin.

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Sunset Sundays


On Sunday, The Bears brought the music to Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion for the supper crowd on hand from 5-8 pm. The crowd gathered indoors for the night of fun music complete with food, friends and dancing.

It is always a fun time when this oldies band take to the stage. They play games and always take the time to have fun with their audiences. Sunday offered such good times for fans and friends that came to dance.

This week Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion will not be offering live music in lieu of the Super Bowl. There will be a large screen television on the patio to offer the game and great service to keep the drinks flowing throughout.

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Behind the Scenes with Tracey Stones




Artist Development

One of the most exciting parts of this business is prepping the stage that will present the artist you believe in. I have worked with more than a handful and each one has been amazing and talented in their own right. Over the years my experience in promoting music has offered me a good ear for finding talent, just as soon as I hear it.

In November, 2017 I walked into the Dan Jam, that was going down at The Harvey Mansion the Sunday following Thanksgiving, and before the weekend was out I was thanking God for delivering this beautiful angel to our town. Fairlight Moriah was singing that night when I walked in and she turn my ears over with her amazing voice.

Since that night, she has been busy building relationships with fellow musicians around town and we are happy to report this chick now has a band in the works to support her talent. She not only met me that night, but Vincent Farro and Scott Carlisle were also sharing the stage with the singer and that experience was enough to spark the inspiration of Farro’s songwriting abilities. Currently the trio of players are committing to making music together.

Currently Farro has scribed nearly a half-dozen new songs since meeting Fairlight. With such great energy being shared, I reached out to my friend John Jones, who hosts Music Monday on 96.3 FM. That show is a weekly segment of The Raeford Brown Morning Show and it highlights local music makers and their great talents. Being much obliged, he opened the air waves to welcome Fairlight and Farro as they performed three of his new songs and one song she offered acapella is an original that she wrote.

The Introduction


Following her first radio show in NC, we returned to her home and got busy on a new website, that will not only promote her songs but all of her great talents. With a name like Fairlight Moriah, you know she comes to us with great purpose. She was born with a star’s name and has an attitude that shines just as brightly.

She is a talented songstress and a powerful singer with messages in her heart and truths to reveal. She is a holistic healer, meditator, tarot reader, palm reader and traveling gypsy that touches the souls she meets.

Leading up to this exciting week, we have been working on looking for opportunity for her to showcase that voice. Every place I bring her, she tears down the wall of souls surrounding her, and grabs them with her voice and sultry messages of love and the blues. Fairlight & The Scorpio Moon is the name of the new band rising from the soil of New Bern these days.

To get to know this love light whom we know better as Fairlight, check out her brand new website:

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Votes for Amphitheater are Tallied


The City of New Bern was gifted a large lot of land by Martin Marrietta. This plot of land is 55 acres and offers so much potential for the economic growth for our fine city. Some of the proposed uses are a walking trail and nature preserve, as well as offering the towns people family oriented attractions, such as a park, a place for kayaking and most exciting still…an AMPHITHEATER for live music and more!

Martin Marietta Park has been in the planning and development stages since the town received the generous donation. With most of the preliminary plans worked up and options outlined, the city set up shop at the New Bern Mall on Monday to welcome citizens, show them the plans and hear what they had to say about the development of this land.

If you missed the public meeting you still have time to weigh in. The city is very interested in hearing from the citizens on this venture. So if you like to talk to someone or find out more, I invite you to seek out additional information on the master plan process, by contacting  Foster Hughes, Director of Parks & Recreation at (252)639-2915.

The other option for those who couldn’t make it to the public input session?  Take our online survey to share your suggestions!

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Friday Music Options


The Aqoostix are an acoustic duo offering the sounds of classic rock from the 60’s and 70’s. Come meet Tony Johnston and Steve Webb give up the grooves on the patio, under the tent at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. Music is live and lively from 8-11 pm.



New Bern’s own classic rock band of the future, Bearfoot Monty are releasing their debut EP this weekend and they are hosting a party at Live at the City Laundry this evening to do it.

This local Indy band will unveil the sounds of their debut EP “No Rest with Us!”

The legendary Thick Modine and local band Myself and I will be on hand to join in the celebration. A night full of rock and roll, friends, and dancing… what’s not to love? Music will begin at 9pm – There is No Cover charge Live at the City Laundry is located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC



Live at The Brown Pelican it is the music of local stringer Buck Loy who will offer music from 7-11pm. The Brown Pelican is a private club located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. It cost $1.00 each year to join. Just stop in sign up and rock every weekend. The music is always free and servers always friendly.




The acoustic trio known as Paid Time Off will be rocking their sounds tonight at The Thirsty Bruin this evening with music being offered from 8:00-1030 pm. The Thirst Bruin Craft Wine and Beer is located at 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. Admission for music is free, but feel free to tip the players.



Crossing over to the James City side of life we find Limited Engagement rocking the folks at Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Bar,  111 Williams St., New Bern, NC. They take to funking it up this evening from 9:30 pm til 12:30 am.



For those folks looking for BANJO…be sure to drop by BrÜtopia located at 1201 Highway 70 Eat in New Bern for the lively sounds of bluegrass music tonight with Carolina Sky live from 7-10 pm. Come out enjoy fresh brewed beer by this local beer maker and enjoy live music too.  La Cocina Del Coqui, LLC will be on site and serving up the food.

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Leavin’ Town

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For those who are unaware, there are actually two bands by the same name. I am here to report that Carolina Sky is also a rock band based out of  eastern NC. They offer the sounds of rock and country music. This version of Carolina Sky can be found on stage tonight at Jean’s Place 330 E Main St., Havelock, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and plays til 1 am and there is a music charge payable at the door.




Pamilco County based duo,  Steel Shot has a show this evening at Saltwater Grill, 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. Music plays in the lounge from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Come enjoy their fun sounds and the great food. The servers are ready to take your order tonight.



The enthusiastic sounds of Hip Pocket Band out of Raleigh come to the Coast with a live show tonight at The Emerald Club, 8102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. Ladies are admitted free $10 for the guys. Live music plays 10 pm til 2 am.



You can catch Hank Barbee tonight singing about Ground Hogs  at the Edward Teach Brewery located at 604 N 4th St., Wilmington, NC  He offers the sounds from 8-11 pm and I promise you will get to whistle like a whistle pig before the day is done.



Tony Lefavi takes to the mic at Market St Pub tonight located at 143 N Market St., Washington, NC. He offers the music from 10 pm til 2 am. Delivering the songs you love to groove to, you are invited to step out and enjoy this weekend.



Adam Hill Music is being offered at North Street Pub & Eatery located at 115 W North Street Kinston, NC. Music plays from 8 -11 pm. This show is free, but feel free to tip the hard rocking father. He works hard to make others happy with his music each weekend. To keep up with all things Adam Hill visit:


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Answering The Call

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

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Thanks so much for and rocking around the state with me.

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options I found for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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 Thanks for Reading!

That is all the news and music that I found for you tonight. Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created for said gig.

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! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!


Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug and share love. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please 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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