Talent Shines Bright From Beaufort to New Bern

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

NewBernNow.com’s Pod squad for New Bern and Beyond’s Episode #110; January 31, 2019, at The Charles Tendell Studio. Charles Tendell in the booth, then R to L in the studio, creator of NewBernNow.com, Ledger Magazine and New Bern and Beyond Podcast, Wendy Card town spokesperson, Colleen Roberts, attorney, actor and musician George Oliver, music journalist and marketing director, Tracey Stones, historical society’s Kathy Morrison, and last but not least,
the only man with a jingle, hiding in the back, Rich Sheridan!
To check it out click on the link: https://www.facebook.com/newbernlive/videos/1007215492816311/

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Back In Beaufort We Jam with Mac & Juice!

Picking things up where we last roamed, I would like to return to Beaufort to start things off today, as that is where I ran into the incredibly talented Mac & Juice Duo last weekend.

The boys were rocking The Backstreet Pub on Saturday night, offering the crowd of fans the many jams they love. From classic rock to obscure selections that few bands touch, these guys offer anything from Led Zeppelin to the Dead to the Black Crowes

Juice, Brian Raynor

My favorite, of all the songs they offer, are the original jams. Together they are a well-oiled machine when working in duo form. These two stringers started their jams in college up at ECU, many moons ago and have long left school but have been rocking the scene ever since.

Mac Nelson

When not working as a duo, they jam with a full on four pieces. Mac & Juice Quartet. Currently they are booking dates for the 2019 music season. If you are looking for a fun jam band that will keep your crowd happy and grooving, be sure to add them to you the calendar.

For those looking to jam with the band, you can find them tonight grooving where it all began, back in Greenville. They will be rocking at AJ McMurphy’s, 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC. Music starts at 8:30 pm.

For those looking to book the band be sure to reach out to them today via email at macandjuicemusic@gmail.com.

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Sunday Brunch is Back at Off The Hook

Barry Charlton serving Brunch grooves.

One of my favorite stops along the Crystal Coast, to catch a bite and drink in live music is Off the Hook in Morehead City. The restaurant recently closed for a couple of weeks to tend to some much needed renovations. They reopened their doors on January 23, 2019.

On Sunday I took a trip down to enjoy brunch with a fellow music lover and friend Mary Shine, who helps me cover events. On Saturday night Shine took in the Nantucket / Sidewinder show at the Civic Center in Morehead City.

While enjoying french toast, Charlton shared songs. He will return for another round of brunch tunes tomorrow from 12 noon until 4 pm. Then it is Superbowl fun as per my buddy Charlie Weatherby, owner, manager, and chef at Off The Hook.


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Big Jim Jams The Blues

Big Jim returned to the Brown Pelican last Monday night for another great night, of offering the blues and jamming with friends. Above he walks the room and greets his original NC bass player, Bass Player of the Year Mike Sandvig, who stopped in to enjoy the show!

It was another fun night, which helped many kick the Monday Blues. You can look forward to this jam night taking place each Monday night from 7-9 pm.

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Blues Not Once But Twice a Week

Fact is, Big Jim is a big part of the New Bern Music Scene. He is the jam man that got music started again on a whole new level, not long after settling in the city of bears. That takes us back to 2011 when he started sharing songs around these parts.

I met him in 2013 and became one of his biggest fans not long after our introduction. His music infects me with good vibes and my soul soaks up his soothing grooves.

Big Jim takes the stage most Wednesday’s at City Stage, to again bring the jam and welcome friends to his world of music. Come out this week and enjoy the fun or be a part of it.

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I Get By With A Little Help from Supporters!

On Wednesday evening I was delighted to finally hug Raymond Dunn. I have been waiting for this moment for months. Dunn is the guy that stepped up last year and helped secure the blog site for another year with a contribution that covered the costs.


All of the contributions help, as I try to get by on the kindness of others and try hard to build something amazing for many communities to enjoy! Truth is once I get there, the tip jars will disappear and panhandling will stop. Until then, I remain full of dreams that needs financial backing! My heart is full of faith that the day will come and that hard work will be rewarded. Not just for myself but the music community as well!

Given the fact that we are speaking about the supporters. I wish to thank you all for your donations. Every dollar has made a difference to me going the extra mile. My truck has more than a few miles, looking to log 400,000 this weekend.

Everyone who contributes gets added to the Thank You Page! If you’d like to be added to the list please make a contribution by way of the donation button at the bottom of the blog. Thank you for your support

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Black History Month and the Blues

While speaking with blog supporter Raymond Dunn, his friend inquired about my knowledge of music, while throwing out a few fake names and challenging my knowledge of the blues. In that conversation, however, he also brought up Bessie Smith.

Smith was playing in speakeasies when speakeasies were the place to be! She shaped the world with her blues takes and offered jazz infusions of traditional American music. Gone since 1937, Smith still shapes the scene today! While do some research I found this video worth sharing as we honor the memory of Grandmother of the Blues!


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Good news music lovers. Another fun night of music is being added to the music calendar around town. On the last two Sundays of the month, fans of bluegrass can gather and enjoy some pickin’ and grinnin’ with live music being featured from 6-9 pm. This twice Sunday event invites all players to the stage for a jam. The first jam will be Sunday, February 17, 2019 at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. We hope to see you there!

Sunday Funday MUSIC at The Brown Pelican!


Friday Night Features Found Around New Bern

Outback Behind the Dirty Bird

My first stop last night was The Brown Pelican where I found live music inside and out. Outside on the back patio, a few friends gathered and the music was shared. Kenny Castania of The Fearless Freaks was singing and playing the six strings while Jeff Dail was banging the wind out of the harmonica.

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Inside Grooving the Crowd

Inside at the front of the room welcoming all with the familiar sounds that moves us, Brian Mac shared songs with the friends and fans that gathered inside at the Brown Pelican. He offered the sounds from 7-10 pm.

Mac stays busy with music. He hosts the weekly open mic night each Thursday that happens at the Brown Pelican. When not gigging solo you can find him cutting chords with Third Degree Bern, a New Bern based band that offers classic rock and blues favorites.

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Over At The Bruin…Surprise

Last night I announced that Rick Huff would be sharing songs with friends at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine Store on Middle Street. I was rather surprised when I walked in to meet Logan Nobles. 

Mrs. Nobles came to town and tuned up Friday night

As it would turn out Nobles husband is from the area, so when the couple comes to visit she tries to find work, sharing music. The singer and stringer hails from the Atlanta area.

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Spare Change Hosted the Indoor Party at Blackbeard’s

My final stop on the Friday night tour brought us to Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, where Spare Change rocked the house! The fun and energetic party band had the dance floor packed and the people we moving to their grooves all night long.

Tonight the band heads South of the Border to bring their good time to Duck’s Night Life in North Myrtle Beach. Music starts at 9:30 pm tonight.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge



BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the rocking sounds of the local Joe Baes Project. They will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!


Getting Down Around Town


The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts the music of the Pete Pawsey Trio tonight. The music plays tonight from 8- 11 pm. This show is free. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Bad Decisions Band, who will be rocking on the deck tonight. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


City Stage New Bern

City Stage New Bern opens the stage to a jazz jam this evening, with local jazz greats Brandon Shamar and John Van Dyke leading the charge. Music starts at 7 pm and there is a $5.00 music charge payable at the door.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC

Jacks Waterfront Bar offers the sounds of Mommicked The Band tonight, bringing the party grooves from 10 pm until 1 am. There is a music charge payable upon admission.


Promise’ Land Market welcomes the music of Blind Hog this evening from 8:30 pm until 12:30 pm. Come enjoy the free sing-a-long as you sip on wine, enjoy a cold beer or eat some of their delicious food.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents Caffeinated Soul Boogie, Fri. Feb 2, 8-11 pm, No Cover. Join us for live music performed by this talented New Bern based quartet, offering American roots music: folk, blues, pop, and some rock and roll.

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Cedar Point, NC

New Bern based stringer, Sam Lewis will be sharing the stage with friends tonight at Treehouse Beer Company Music is offered 7-10 pm. The beer is cold, the tunes are cool and the vibe is fun. Come out and see for yourself.

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Rocking Around the Region

Havelock, NC

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The Adam Hill Band has late breaking news. The band has recently went through some personnel changes. Longtime bass player Gordy George is moving on to making music with All My Rowdy Friends, while Hill welcomes the talented Phillip Alcock to join the band on stage.

Tonight the new formation will be rocking Jean’s in Havelock. Music starts at 10 pm. $10 cover gets you in the door! Come ready to rock. It promises to be a good night!

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Washington, NC

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. The Still Shakers are going to be rocking it tonight from 7-10 pm at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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Market Street Pub welcomes Scrapbook to the stage this evening. Come out ready to dance. Music starts at 10 pm and they rock you until it is time to go home.

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Jacksonville, NC

Nick Nichols has a touring band stopping in to make some noise for us in the down east region. For those in the Jacksonville, NC area, be sure to drop by Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern, to groove with Sean K Preston & The Loaded Pistols while they are in our area.

After their show tonight they head to Charlotte for a couple of shows tomorrow. The first show will be at The Tipsy Burrito and the second show will host them at the Thirsty Beaver. From there the band heads to SC for a show on Monday, returning to NC on Tuesday for a show at One World Brewing West, located in Asheville, NC.

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Huntersville, NC

For those looking for the blues in around the center of the state, be sure to track down Abe Reid and Stevie Lee Combs tonight at The Vinyl Pi.Music starts at 8 pm. They share the grooves until 11 pm.

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Garner, NC

Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music welcomes Bill Lyerly. This show is $10.00 payable upon entry. Music is shared from 7:30-9:30 pm. Lyerly returned to the area just a couple of weeks ago to start his NC tour for 2019. I look forward to catching up to the first stringer I ever interviewed and wrote about here, in March 2015.

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill welcomes the Johnny Orr Band this evening. Come out ready to boot scoot with Orr and friends from 9:30 pm until 1:30 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.

January 28 at 4:48 PM

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Thank You for Reading!

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Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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