Friday Fun Found From New Bern to Crystal Coast

On The Scene With Tracey Stones


Before we Friday…

We First Accept An Invitation to Open Mic Madness at The Brown Pelican

Every now and again, a band or singer will reach out with a special request. This week I got the call from local songwriter, Cheri Carmody.  This talented composer has been working hard on her craft of songwriting. Recently, she went to Nashville, TN for a competition and won with a song she invited Fairlight Moriah to sing.

Since her return, she has been working out more tunes to bring back for another competition and convention later this Summer. In light of that, she has been working with a few singers that are full of talent and expression. She recently asked Kelsey Barnard to sing a new track and over the last couple of months, Fairlight laid down her voice for the songwriter’s works. On Thursday night, in fact,  I captured her singing Carmody’s “I Like Boys and Their Toys” and “Wobbly Table”

This past Thursday she invited me and both singers out to the open mic along with her guitarist Kyle Whitford. For the sake of promotions of her songs, we recorded three of the writer’s selections in all.


The other highlight of this week’s open mic at the Dirty Bird was the blues duo that will soon be making waves in this sleepy little retirement town. Miquela DeLeon joined Fairlight Moriah, to offer a little “I Be’s Trouble” by Muddy Waters.

Hearing this duo always excites me. I love their individual styles and together I get to dreaming of great possibilities. They will be working out new songs for fans around town, for a performance at 2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival at The Farmer’s Market on July 20, 2018. They will offer an acoustic set following the opening of the festival and The Adam Hill Band!

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Finally Friday and Good News New Bern:

Deck Party Returns to DoubleTree

Last night marked the return of the Deck Party at the DoubleTree by Hilton. This was the first of 11 music events scheduled for the music season through mid-October. A few months back management call me in to see if I could assist in bringing music back to the hotel. I felt optimistic that together we could.

Since it is a fitting comeback for the community, I reached out and asked the one man who is on his way to making the come back of a lifetime. Big Jim Kohler, as many readers know has been on the mend, since falling ill from pneumonia last Summer and has been on the mend fighting his battles with addiction, and making a strong come back with a sober mind and steady blues spirit.

It was a delight night on the deck with so many familiar and smiling faces. Many came to eat, others just drank and smoked, while a few simply danced. Live music was offered from 5-9 pm.

More Blues Featured Tonight at DoubleTree by Hilton

If you love the blues like I do and you like the idea that The DoubleTree by Hilton is hosting live music events, please come out and show your support. Tonight the Carolina Swamp Dogs come to town to educate listeners with their takes on old favorites.

I have assured management that we can build this into a big deal once again. But we can’t do it without your support. Having said that, I look forward to hugging your neck and sharing a dance soon.

Live music will be offered from 5-9 pm once again this evening. Christoph’s will be offering the fine food selections and the bar staff will keep your thirst at bay. The music offered tonight will bring you the Crossroads, where you will meet the traditions of Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters through the expression of a trio of retired Marines.


I can’t think of a better bunch of players to spend time with this holiday weekend, as we reflect and remember the fallen; those that sacrificed everything for our freedoms! God Bless America!

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New Bern Park & Recreation Got the Music for You

New Summer Concert Series Kicks Off with Soul

Have you heard the news? New Bern Park and Recreation Department are sponsoring a Summer Concert Series, with live music being offered to the left of the gazebo at Union Point Park; 210 E Front St. Downtown, New Bern.

This concert series is Footloose on the Neuseand has many fun bands on the schedule for the town to enjoy.

Last night, Carolina Soul Band ushered in the good times for this fun town. The eight-piece traveling band brings a great mix of soul, funk and fun party favorites as they make fans stand up and dance to the music. They have lots of energy and play songs we all know. Go celebrate to their good soul grooves tomorrow night, if you find yourself visiting Lanexa, VA or next week for an early show at Art In The Parkin Statesville, NC. In fact, I simply encourage you to keep up with the band by visiting their website and checking their schedule.

This fun concert series is being sponsored by so many local businesses that support the arts community. Trent Cadillac Buick and GMC, Courtyard by Marriott and Academy Stores, New Bern’s newest sporting goods addition. Are all working together with the City’s Park And Recreation Department to welcome our citizens to town. There are food vendors and there is beer too! All are invited to bring a blanket or a chair and of course  the whole family, to relax on the lawn and enjoy music from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. There are another six events scheduled. The next event will feature another fun, touring party band known for funking it up, Soul-Psychedelique will be in town to groove us on Friday, June 15, 2018

For more details, please call the New Bern Parks and Rec Dept at  252-639-2901.

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Parties are Nothing More than A Limited Engagement

Last night Limited Engagement hosted the party on the patio, at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion. They were birthed right here in New Bern. These musical brothers Freddie Scungio and James Ford got together on an idea and called in Billy Mobley from Lenoir County on bass. They branched out further with the addition of Riley Morton, the new young slinger adding the guitar riffs where needed. He hails from Raliegh.

The party band offers funk, rock, soul and all fun grooves you love. Music you can dance to is always in store with this act. Tonight you have an invitation to join them at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern, 1140 Maplehurst Rd., Jacksonville, NC. Veteran and owner, Nick Nichols and his lovely wife Valerie Nichols are hosting the pig-pickin’ for the Memorial Day Weekend. Food is served at 5 pm tonight and the band plays from 8:30 til midnight.

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All Aboard ~ We Are Off the Hook with The BiPolar Express

New Bern’s best band known for offering all things rock and better known as The BiPolar Express headed to the Crystal Coast last night. Offering a dynamic display of a rocking good fun for all of the new tourists; coming back for another season of fun in the sun.

The trio of rockers set up outside on the deck and gave up all the rock anthems I remember from my days of running in the high school halls. If you like 80’s hair band music and 70’s rock and 90’s classic rock sounds, be sure to check out the BiPolar Express. They have several shows coming up in the weeks ahead.

You can find the bass man and singer  Wick Wickline, rocking for a great cause next week when he and other area bands join Bryan Mayer for a Fundraising good time to help the New Bern High School Band.

The event is called Battle for the Band. and is taking place at Grover C Fields School on Saturday, June 2, 2018, Also on the bill re Caffeinated Soul Boogie and our areas family band, Strung Together.

The BiPolar Express returns to New Bern on Friday, June 8 where they play the deck party at Black Beard’s Triple Play located on S Front St., New Bern, NC. Music plays from 7-10 and you will get rocked. They have a date at The Emerald Club in Emerald Isle on Friday, June 22 with music playing from 10 pm till closing at 2 am. They head north at the end of the month to rock our friends in Washington. They play the Market Street Pub on Saturday,  June 30 with tunes rocking from 10 pm until 2 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

May 22 at 4:57pmThanks so much for and rocking around the state with me. I appreciate your support!

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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.

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 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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2 thoughts on “Friday Fun Found From New Bern to Crystal Coast

  1. Hi Tracey, can you tell me when various open mics occur around New Bern? I’m a sax player looking to jam every now and then. Been playing small combo jazz standards recently, but have some time in the r and r and r and b realms.

    Thanks so much!!!
    Arch Altman 919-306-1567

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