On the Scene With Tracey Stones
When The Blues Is Your Bizness
Fairlight Moriah & The Scorpio Moon Casts a Glow on Big Jim
Last weekend Fairlight Moriah brought her blues to the New Village Brewery located at 702 Broad St., Oriental, NC. She performed in the garden while the staff poured pints to raise money for the local children’s theater.
The backyard venue was packed with music lovers that enjoyed the afternoon sampling of the blues that was served from 6-8 pm last Saturday, May 12, 2018.
Sharing the stage for this show was the incredible guitar works of Big Jim Kohler who also sang a few selections himself. On drums was the singing sensations band leader, Freddie Scungio
Fairlight Moriah & The Scorpio Moon Casts a Glow on Carolina Swamp Dogs at Circa 1810 Last Night
Last night the weather cleared in time for the night air to offer the sweet sounds of blues music courtesy of Fairlight Moriah who featured The Carolina Swamp Dogs for her gig at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at the Harvey Mansion.
It was a beautiful night with delight music which filled the air as the four-piece band offered songs from every well-known era of the blues. They also offered a few of the sultry singer’s originals. to mix things up she also performed acapella on “Mercedes Benz” while a guitar got swapped out and her own “Colorado Song” to open the last set of the night!
In the week ahead you will note that both the bands that recently performed with Fairlight over the last week will be playing at the New Bern DoubleTree by Hilton, 100 Middle St, New Bern next week.
Big Jim & Kathy Kohler bring the music on Friday, May 25 from 5-9 pm and on Saturday come back for the Carolina Swamp Dogs, also giving up the grooves from 5-9 pm.
Next weekend marks the return of the DECK PARTY with live music. We hope you come out and show your support for the music!
Next Sunday Fairlight will be performing at a Concert In The Park Event where she will feature Big Jim on guitar, and the players of Harbour Jazz backing her with band leader, Freddie Scungio on drums.
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Joe Brown Band Gets Down at The Brown Pelican
Folks Journal Hosts a Launch Party with Dance and Soul
Folks Journal hosted a launch party to celebrate their second issue. The event took place at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St. New Bern, NC. The night featured Radiance Aglow, a dance outfit that offers several varieties of cultural dances. Following their opening act, Joe Brown and The Band took to the stage.
I was late in getting there, much like the second issue of Folks Journal was late in getting to press and release. Given that fact, I did not make it a big night of coverage for this event.
I did make it in time for the band to fill the room with their soulful grooves. Joe Brown and the Band, always keep the people smiling and dancing! To keep up with the band you can find them on Facebook.
A FESTIVUS OF FESTIVALS
Beaufort Music Festival Starts at Noon
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Ellis Dyson & the Shambles
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm: Violet Bell
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm: Leah Blevins
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm Brothers Egg
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm: Caroline Dare
Saturday Evening Performances
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm: Laura Reed
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm: Arson Daily
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm: Devon Gilfillian
8:15 pm – 9:00 pm: Lyric
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm: Seratones
Beach Music Festival Comes to Atlantic Beach
Atlantic Beach Music Festival
Saturday, May 19, 2018
5th Annual Atlantic Beach Music Festival at the boardwalk
Band of Oz
Mighty Saints of Soul
Admission is free. Pets and glass containers are prohibited.
Carolina Blues Festival Takes Place
in Greensboro, NC
The Carolina Blues Festival will have international, national, regional and local blues acts on the docket for a weekend of blues, rain or shine!
We are partnering this year with Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival and Second Harvest Food Bank, to shed light on literacy and hunger in our communities.
The literary festival is May 18 to 20 in downtown venues, including the Greensboro Cultural Center, Central Library and Greensboro History Museum that surround LeBauer Park.
Second Harvest will set up food donation sites in our PBPS Blues and Foods Marketplace, which will be on Davie Street and is Free and Open to the Public.
Festival Fun at the NC Fairgrounds All Weekend
Dorton Arena Lawn Music Stage presented by NC’s Electric Cooperatives
Saturday, May 19
90’s Rock Tribute
Sunday, May 20
Music Schedule Included at Arts Festival in Raleigh, NC
The Artsplosure street festival draws large crowds for performances by one or two national acts, plus several local and regional bands, alongside more than 170 juried visual artists and crafters from across the country, food trucks and kids’ art activities. The festival cuts back from three days to two and to a single music stage for 2018, which for Saturday evening moves to the Imurj creative collaborative space. Admission is free.
Morgan & Fayetteville Street
6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Media Sponsor: Downtown Raleigh Alliance
Ever since the members of San Antonio-forged, Tex-Mex/Pop-Rock outfit The Last Bandoleros can remember, they’ve been surrounded by dynamic and diverse musical influences. From Diego’s early Rock ‘n’ Roll collection to Emilio’s Beatles re-issues and the Tex-Mex music of their father to the Country-Blues of Jerry’s guitar tabs and Derek’s Jangly Brit-Rock records, the sounds around the members of The Last Bandoleros have always had an urgency and emphasis on songs and songwriting.
Media Sponsor: WHUP 104.7 FM
“Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut on Oct. 20th, 2017. By December of that year, the group had been profiled on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and their album soared to the #1 positions on the Billboard, I-Tunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts.
“Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit, this Charleston, SC-based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture, born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, SC are “rank” and fertile ground, from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.
South Carolina natives Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, and Clay Ross first came together in 1998, fresh out of University, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet. Now, united by years apart and a deeper understanding of home, these accomplished artists have come together again, joined by one of the low country’s most celebrated vocalists Quiana Parler, to revive a “Heartland of American Music” born in their own backyards.”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Media Sponsor: Cary Magazine
Nattily dressed in a suit and tie, wearing his trademark specs, he looks like Buddy Hollytransposed to an after-hours supper club. But Myles’s music conveys a populist appeal that leaves no one lacking. – No Depression
Rock ’n’ roll’s diverse, electrifying roots dig deep into David Myles’ tenth album, Real Love. You can hear them in the old-school Johnny Cash shuffle and lightning-in-a-bottle twang of “Night And Day.” They pull you by the hand and dance slowly to the swingy drums and ‘50s-era, Roy Orbison croon of “Easy.” With the rousing orchestral thrill of “Night After Night,” they sprawl out into simmering soul, as Myles seethes at a lover who’s been running around with another. Over Real Love’s 13 tracks, written as razor-sharp as Myles’ signature suits, those roots grow into a spectacular family tree of American musical tradition—with all its blood, sweat, and tears—that’s as endlessly entertaining as it is riveting.
When you hear the shuffling hip-swivel of “Cry, Cry, Cry,” it’s clear Real Love is the album Myles was built to write. Since before competing in a lip-sync contest at seven-years-old by faux-belting “Heartbreak Hotel,” he’s been honing his skills, learning his way around the clash of country and R&B. Elvis shook the world in 1956. Real Love’s tendency to mix lush arrangements and danceable rhythms with timeless rock ’n’ roll structures has led some early listeners to dub the album’s vibrant sound “Elvis in Motown.” It’s easy to see why on the tambourine dance floor dream of the title track or the soulful, lonesome balladry of “Crazy To Leave,” a tune that re-confirms the magnetic Myles’ status as an unrivaled romantic.
All this new music injected with rhythm and groove will certainly be shakin’ up Myles’ already enthralling live performances. Even more toe-tapping, more head-nodding, and yes—more hip-swivelling—is coming to the David Myles Road Show with Real Love added to the band’s repertoire. It was written to achieve maximum entertainment, and the gorgeous three-part harmonies of “Dreaming” or the deliriously giddy bounce of “Everybody Knows” will be flooring crowds across the country this year and beyond. Real Love is an absorbing rejuvenation of rock ’n’ roll’s dramatic power—it will make you dance, weep, and never forget where you were the first time you felt it. That’s how you know love is real, after all.
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Media Sponsor: Carolina Woman
2017 International Finger-style Guitar Champion Christie Lenée is a captivating performer, with a devoted following among instrumental, folk-pop and rock band audiences. Combining guitar mastery, contemporary singer/songwriter and a passion for storytelling, she thrives on bringing people together through the language of music.
Christie’s unique guitar work and profound instrumental compositions are well described as Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews. Among the vast community of finger-style and tapping guitarists, her niche is the integration of melodic pop lyricism, with catchy hooks that excite both modern commercial listeners and classical purists. With a menu of percussive and sonic effects and larger than life sounding instruments. Her solo shows embody layers of orchestral elements, with a wide array of dynamics and harmonic textures.
OLD TIME RAMBLERS FROM ETSU’S OLD TIME MUSIC PROGRAM
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Media Sponsor: V103.3
The ETSU Old-Time Ramblers is a 5-piece string band of students from the Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University. The band focuses on songs and tunes from the early period of country music, a time when fiddles and banjos and a good song were to be found in just about every nook and holler of the Appalachian Mountains.
Durham Blues & Brews Festival
May 19, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St. Durham, NC 27701
For the full line up for this Festival be sure to follow this link:
Bearded Face Productions presents the strongest lineup to date for the
7th Annual Mustang Spring Jam
Mike Dianna’s Grill Room
Sunday, May 20.
The Marcus King Band
Greenville, South Carolina will headline Mustang Spring Jam 7, bringing the soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock to the event. The highly sought-after band is a group of masterful musicians, who play everything from funky R&B to Americana.
Fireside Collective from Asheville, NC, indie rock-reggae band
Of Good Nature from Charlotte, NC, progressive southern funk rock band
Porch 40 from Cullowhee, NC, and Outer Banks reggae band
Sensi Trails. Student bands from the
Mustang Outreach Program will also take the stage at Mustang Spring Jam.
Tickets to the family-friendly event are available to purchase online (http://bit.ly/2BFd1WD)
Trio Outer Banks in Kitty Hawk, and at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Corolla.
Below is the stage lineup:
– Doors open at 12:30 pm
– Mustang Outreach Program Student Band on the main stage at 1 pm
– Porch 40 on the main stage at 3 pm
– Sensi Trails on the deck stage at 4 pm
– Of Good Nature on the main stage at 5:15 pm
– Fireside Collective on the deck stage at 6:30 pm
– The Marcus King Band on the main stage at 8 pm
A portion of the proceeds from Mustang Spring Jam 7 will go to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the Mustang Outreach Program. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund protects, conserves, and responsibly manages the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs roaming freely on the northernmost Currituck Outer Banks. The Mustang Outreach Program supplements the cultural arts programs in local schools with world-class music performances, residencies, and mentoring programs.
Thank you to our sponsors: Coverage Upholstery, Shoreline OBX Vacation Rentals, Outer Banks Distilling, Carolina Designs Vacation Rentals, Butcher Block, The Backyard Glamper, Boulevard Brewing Company, Three Dog Ink Media, Outer Banks Milepost, Max Radio of the Carolinas, and Ignite Films.
Looking to make a long weekend out of Mustang Spring Jam 7? Our Premier Lodging Sponsor Shoreline OBX Vacation Rentals has provided a great list of homes that are available Friday, May 18 through Monday, May 21. You can find the list at MustangMusicFestival.com/
Mustang Spring Jam guests can enjoy 15% off at the Inn at Corolla Light May 17-23. Promo code is MSJ when you make your reservation.
Mark your calendars for this exciting event! For more information, please visit
Harmon Field Music Festival
A fun day filled with Live Music, Food Trucks from the region, Craft/Vendor Market and Classic Car Cruise-In. On May 19 we will be rocking out at Harmon Field in Tryon, North Carolina from 12-8.
Tickets $8. in advance and $10 at the gate, children 12 and under are FREE!
Tickets are Available at Landrum Antique Mall & Tile Specialties in downtown Columbus.
You may purchase online at
Musical Line up:
Thunder Road 12:20-1:45
Nobody’s Fault 2:05-3:20
Dixie Dirt 3:40-4:55
Jim Peterman Quartet 5:15-6:30
Shane Pruitt Band 6:45-8:00
Foothills Humane Society will be selling soft drinks.
Moonshiner Red Dog and Moonshiner Crazy Charlie will be on hand to sign autographs and selling t-shirts!
Proceeds benefit The Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce and our continued mission to provide local exposure and promotion for local business.
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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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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.
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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 the said gig.
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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug and share the 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!
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