Musical Treats and Good Eats Found Along the Crystal Coast for Friday Night Fun

On the Scene with Tracey Stones


To welcome in the weekend I headed to the Crystal Coast last evening to see what bands were playing at the beach. With music season in full swing and may new venues to check out, it is always fun to head to our coast for fun music, good food, and great vibes. Last night we drove through three towns and stopped by five-night spots where we grooved to five acts. Before the night ended, I tipped music makers, danced, shot video and took many pictures of the sights I enjoyed

Mac & Juice in Rare Trio Form Jam at Idle Hour Biergarten

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My first stop brought us to Idle Hour Biergarten located on the circle at Atlantic Beach, NC where we had the pleasure of enjoying music courtesy of the Mac & Juice Trio. It is a rarity to see the band in trio formation. They have only jammed that way a couple of time, last night being the second! They usually stay busy as an acoustic duo featuring the two strings, Mac Nelson and Brian Juice Raynor. Last night they extended the groove one with bass man Jason Moore holding the beats.  I have also had the pleasure of catching them in a full quartet formation which is always fun.

In fact, the band will be teaming up with their drummer Brian Mason for the rest of the weekend. You can catch them live tonight at Floyd’s 1921 Catering and Restaurant, 400 Bridges St., Morehead City, NC. Showtime is 7-10 pm. Come hungry and dance the night away! Tomorrow night the quartet head over the bridge to jam at Back Street Pub, 124 Middle Ln., Beaufort, NC. Come down early to get your groove on for Sunday Funday. Music and fun start at 5 pm.


Steel Shot was on Tap at Crystal Coast Brewing Co in Atlantic Beach

Steel Shot was jamming at Crystal Coast Brewing Company 219 West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC last night when I dropped in to check out this new venue on the map. The company has two new locations along the Crystal Coast. They recently opened their Atlantic Beach location which offers a huge bar, a back room with pool tables, a welcoming entry with a living room space to welcome anyone interested in setting up a meeting with friends or family.  It is a nice location and one in support of live music.

Tomorrow you can catch a band I recently spoke about here, The Remedy will be rocking from 2 -5 pm tomorrow afternoon for the Sunday Funday portion of the weekend. If you love that rockin blues and classic rock grooves, be sure to catch this band soon.


Cru Bar & Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop Hosts Bobby Webb & Co

It’s always nice, even after three years of doing this, to run into a band whose name is familiar but whose sound is new to your ears. Last night I finally got to hear the music of Bobby Webb and Co after several years of mentioning him and his band playing right here.

We found the trio offering up the contemporary country sounds while on stage at Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop, 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Music is offered several nights a week including each Friday and Saturday. Since covering the scene I have watched this venue transform and become a very welcome venue for players, performers, and poets alike. Lst night it was a great pleasure to hear a familiar name for the first time. The trio was much fun.  They offer the crowd the familiar country sounds that keep toes tapping and hips swaying. To keep up to date with this band please visit them on Facebook:

Tonight Cru Bar and Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop will welcome the sounds of 4EverAll who will bring the band to play a fun night of music that includes classic sounding original grooves and memorable songs for days gone by that will make you dance. Music plays from 8-11 pm



Irish Robinson Performs at Royal James Café

Sometime after a while, I wandered across the road to have a listen to the songs of Irish Robinson who was jamming his truths and offering his grooves to the folks that gathered at Royal James Cafe 117 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. The stringer and singer recently left his band Common Interests and is looking forward to working as a solo act this music season. You can catch him when he returns to Beaufort on Monday, June 11 when he offers up the music at Queen Anne’s Revenge, 510 S Front St.,  Beaufort, NC. He will groove you from 6-9 pm


Y Knott Anchors at The Dockhouse

I capped off my night of music at the Crystal Coast by checking out Y Knott, a trio of rockers from the region that were offering all of the music familiar to the crowd that gathered on the deck and along the waterfront in front of the Dock House, 500 Front St., Beaufort, NC.  Tonight the band will make their return and rock on the deck from 9 pm until 1 am.

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Team Work Makes Dream Work

Newport Voice and NCMZ.LIVE offers Music News for the Crystal Coast and Beyond!

I ended the work week on a particularly high note after a brief and productive meeting with Josie Mullens, publisher of the Newport Voice. This is a free publication that is available online as well as being mailed in bulk to the largest zip code in the quaint community.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when a mutual friend of ours had the idea that we should meet. Always trusting the suggestions of trusted friends, I am grateful that we sat down at BeBop’s Cafe to discuss what we were both busy doing with our life.

Mullens has owned and operated a print shop and offered a community publication in years past, but with changing times, the slowing of the economy, a decade ago and other factors, it was not until recently that she revived the community’s voice with the new and revived Newport Voice.

Since making each other’s acquaintance on Facebook, I have been intrigued with Mullens work. As it would turn out, she was admiring my work as well, and my ability to cover a lot of ground. It is during our meeting I found myself intrigued by Mullens published past and her bright plans for the future. Before the meeting ended Mullens asked if I would be interested in offering an entertainment piece for the monthly publication.

I am excited to report I went right to work thinking of content for this new venture. After publishing last night’s blog I headed to the Crystal Coast to bring new content to life not just for us here but for a new audience I am looking forward to meeting! I am hoping we can get many venues on board in supporting my efforts for covering the Crystal Coast and beyond. Together we can offer outstanding ad packages to help you promote your music events. It is going to be a fun time riding that wave with you.

Given that good news for music venues and music makers offering sounds around the Carteret County area, here now is your invitation to send me your schedules and invite me out from time to time. I love seeing new places and hearing new bands. I like learning the history of the people who make the music as well as those that build the house for it to play.

Copy deadline for each new issue is the 15th of the month. If there is news to know, please be sure to share it before that for consideration for print. All considerations and invitations should be sent to

My first article for the community paper will run next month and at press time today, I am still not sure of the name. Stay tuned and check out the great work of this little community newspaper today by following this link:


Live Music Options for

Saturday, June 2, 2018


Gettin’ Down Around Town, New Bern


 Taking an awesome pause for a cause, many local bands will gather tonight at Grover C Fields Middle School do Battle For the Band. This event will feature four local acts that will play for the sole purpose of raising money for New Bern High School Band. If you have not gotten your tickets yet, it is not too late. Tickets will be sold at the door. The event will offer four great sets of local music on stage from 5-9 pm


Opening the show at 5 pm will be the rocking trio, The BiPolar Express who gives up all things rock for friends and fans alike.


Strung Together the fun and folky family band will take to the stage at 6 pm for a fun set of music to wow the crowd.


Caffeinated Soul Boogie is scheduled to take the stage at 7 pm for the third set of local music offered for a rocking cause. This band came to be as a result of a father and daughter jamming at local coffee shops. Before long a band formed and tonight they rock for future bandleaders!

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Closing out this stellar event will be the tallest man in country music, and local hometown legend, singer and CMT recording artist Bryan Mayer and his band will close out the night with an enjoyable set of new and familiar tunes.

Before hitting the road again, Mayer will also be rocking tomorrow night on the patio at Cirac 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. He will be there with his six-string to rock you through dinner from 5-8 pm.



Live on the patio tonight at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern will be the sounds of one man band and music creator, Corey Stuart. The pop player offers all the songs you know and remember form the 80’s and 90’s. Come enjoy the high energy grooves of Stuart tonight under the stars from 8-11 pm.



Just over the bridge, we find the talent singer Ryan Cain offering his music to fans and friends that gather at BrÜtopia tonight. Located at 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC, music there is free and is offered from 7-10 pm.



For those looking for a different option but seeking music, be sure to consider Blood Brothers.  The musical features many talented performers, including the blues diva herself, Kathleen Kohler, who signed up for this, her first musical in more than 20 years. The show runs through the middle of the month with show times this weekend taking place tonight at 7:30 pm and tomorrow at 3 pm. For tickets be sure to follow this link:

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Cruising Along the Coast


 The Switch will be closing out a full day of fun at the Cruisin’ To The Cape Festival & Car Show going down at Mac Daddy’s; 130 Golfin Dolphin Dr, Cape Carteret, NC. The event started early this morning and offers fun for the whole family until the evening comes to call. Offering the music this evening will be the fun party band from the Triangle area. The Switch plays tonight at 6 pm and rock us until 10 pm.



Gene Gregory will be crooning the crowd that gathers at Promise Land Market, 909B Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC. Music starts at 8:30 pm and Gregory rocks you with the grooves you know until 11:30 pm. This show is free but please feel free to tip the music makers working hard for you tonight



Groove Fetish will serve the music tonight after the kitchen closes at Off The Hook, 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC. They start the jams at 10 pm and keep you grooving til 1:30 am. Come out and enjoy the sea air as you listen to music on the deck tonight.



Rookies Sports Bar 1187 Highway 58, Cape Carteret, NC features the live music of Stephen Pool and The Fireballs. They will be offing up the classic rock and country favorites from 9 pm till midnight tonight! This show is free! Come to show your support and dance!


Hank Barbee will be offering his best solo show tonight to the fans and friends that gather at Pour Taproom tonight. Located at 201 North Front St. G101, Wilmington, NC; they open the floor for music from 7:30 – 10:30 pm. Come out and sip a new wine, try the latest beer, grab a bite and dance to the sweet sounds of  Barbee tonight!

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Rockin Around the Region


The Adam Hill Band has an early show in the middle of the state You can catch the band at Tippetts Mill located at 15528 Taylors Mill Rd, Zebulon, NC. They get the party started today at 4 pm and rock you into the night until 8 pm. You are invited to come out and enjoy the fun music and rocking grooves of the AHB tonight!



The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will commemorate its grand re-opening on Saturday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. with Beach Music & BBQ featuring The Band of Oz. 

If you love great food and great beach music, then don’t miss this one-of-a-kind summertime celebration in the heart of downtown Wake Forest.

The Band of Oz, one of the southeast’s most popular beach music bands and a 1997 Beach Music Hall of Fame inductee, will headline the grand re-opening, which will also feature a delicious barbecue dinner provided by Papa Jack’s Catering. The occasion will also include a cash bar serving beer and wine.

Dress for this event is summer casual.

Advance tickets are now on sale for $25 (plus tax) per person. Tickets may be purchased online at with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card.

Tickets may also be purchased at the Renaissance Centre box office with cash, check or credit card. A $2 per ticket processing fee will be added to the cost of any ticket purchased with a credit card. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.

Beach Music & BBQ is expected to sell out.



Rowlette Green is on the schedule to offer the grooves tonight at Market Street Pub, 143 N Market St., Washington, NC. Music plays from 10 pm until 2 am. Come out and dance in support of the fun music you love best.



The party band Spank will be rocking the stage of AJ McMurphy’s live from 8:30 pm until midnight. This band is always funky and fun and ready to make you dance. Wear your fun hat and comfortable shoes tonight. AJ’s is located at 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC


The final show I found to tell you all about is that of The Roman Sams Band. This classic rock outfit will be turning up the vibes at Buck Wild Tavern, 4052 Memorial Dr., Greenville, NC. Music plays tonight from 9 pm until the midnight hour. If you have yet to catch this classic rock cover band, make it a point to do so soon, if not tonight. They are a fun and fiery mix of musical talents.

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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

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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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