Blues Is Our Bizness All Week Long And End the Week On A Rock Groove

On the Scene With with Tracey Stones

Rocking my new job as music promoter on the deck at Persimmons last Sunday. Photo Credit: Dan Jam Phillips.


Monday Is Never Manic With Blues Mania at The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican is the popular watering hole that is known for hosting live music five nights a week. Kicking things off with a blues fix is Big Jim Kohler Band who each Monday offers music jams from 7-9:30 PM each week. This popular night brings out many blues admirers and players too. All are welcome to come out and be a part of the fun. The band offers a fun set of Chicago style blues before asking guests to share the stage for more jams that lean into the blues.


Mid Week Blues Break Brings New Faces and Many Bassists

Following a night off, Big Jim and the Band get back to work sharing more jams with more jammers in town. Most Wednesdays, the band can be found on stage at City Stage, sharing the blues and cutting the grooves with special guests.

This past week we saw some new faces and two new bassists who stepped up to jam with the band. First, we met Chiles, a new face on the stage, who shared a few songs before tuning over the bass detail to David Rappaport. Rappaport is the bassist for the new line up of Due East who will be making their debut at The Brown Pelican in a few weeks. Look for them in mid-October. 

Along with a couple of new bass players, we featured two harmonicas at one point in the program. Blowing the notes were Gordon Graham and David Sawyer.

The mid-week blues jam offers two hours of blistering blues and rocking grooves that bring fans to Chicago and back in two hours time. The BJKBB will be there each week until September 11, when the DownEast Folk Art Society brings a show to town. More on that as we grow closer to the event.


Thursday Yields More Blues From the Road as We Head to The House for Woolly’s Big Blues Jam

Woolly & The Wingnutz are the house band at The House in Durham where each Thursday, players gather to join the jams. This week Woolly requested that Big Jim come early and play with the Wingnutz. This weekly jam welcomes many players from the Triangle region and always offers a bouquet of talent. Many of these players are friends we met along the way in our travels to The Blue Note Grill. 

Speaking of the blues supper club, they will be hosting their annual blues competition, next week for The Road to Memphis. This annual competition is judged and selects one winner from each category to go to Memphis to represent The Triangle Blues Society at The International Blues Challenge at the beginning of 2020. The Big Jim Kohler Band is registered to compete. I will be on hand to stream live from the competition.

Not long after the competition, Woolly & his Wingnutz will be coming to New Bern to rock your blues away. on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant on Saturday, September 14, 2019. That show will start at 6:30 pm.

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We Welcome The Weekend with More Blues and Rockin Grooves

Things got underway between Tracey Stones Productions and Persimmons Restaurant after the manager, Meghan Margarum reached out to hire Big Jim for a show. I replied that he would be available in late August and that I would love to meet about bringing more music to the beautiful venue. After a few messages and a meeting, it was agreed that we can work together in bringing talent to the waterfront restaurant that overlooks the Neuse River. 

Last night it was the debut for the Big Jim Kohler Band on the deck. Bringing their talents to make the music were Big Jim on guitar and vocals, Chris Buttitta on bass, Mike Ferrara on drums and there is vocal spotlight which shines also when Kathy Kohler grabs the mic to belt her blues. They set up outside on the deck for the first set, but as the storm set in during the break, we broke down and moved the party upstairs and inside. Tonight you can find the boys rocking their blues at Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Wilmington NC. Music starts at 8 PM. Next week they will be back on the Bear City clock and doing what they do about town. Be sure to be a part of the fun soon. We love seeing you.


Closing Out My Week Of Blues with Good Rock

I closed out the week with the rocking fun grooves of Stairwell. This Greenville-based band has been creating sounds for 13 years and have two original discs available for purchase. They also travel with lots of merchandise, from t-shirts to jewelry, hats, stickers and more. The band plays a variety of cover songs that run the gamut from pop to rock. Of all the songs they offer, it is the original works that truly impress me. Here is a sample of what I mean.


The band keeps their events up to date on Facebook so if you wish to keep in the know, be sure to check them out on Facebook by following this link: Stairwell. Their next show will bring them to Da Bayou Wilson next Friday night with music being offered at 10 PM. Next Saturday the band returns to their home base to rock Tiebreakers Sports Bar and Grill, Greenville, with music again starting at 10 PM.



 ~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Dining and Dancing Picks:

North Carolina History Center

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$25: (August 1 – August 24)
$8: Designated Drivers

Featuring: Big Game Brewing, Fishtowne Brew House, BrÜtopia, Shortway Brewing Co., Brewery 99, Tight Lines Pub & Brewing Co., The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, and Savi’s Wine.

Live music from The Dust Parade and The Spread!

Food trucks include La Cocina Del Coqui, LLC, Pops & Pucker, Dank Burrito, Kings Restaurant, NEST CAFE on Wheels, The Little Chef Food Truck and Catering Company, and PB’S Italian Ices!

All proceeds will benefit the Tryon Palace Foundation.


On The Outskirts of Town

Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood


Live music will be offered tonight at Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood from 6-8 PM with Country Express Band sharing songs with diners.


Persimmons Restaurant

In case you missed the news, Persimmons Restaurant has committed to bringing more live music. The waterfront restaurant will offer local sounds each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 6:30-9:30 PM and Sundays offer Jazz from 5:30-7:30 PM. Music will be offered rain or shine. Tonight on tap and ushing in the dinner grooves will be Adrian Watts of TrainWreck with his scaled-down band, Adrian & Company.  Make plans to dine and dance the night away soon. Sunday Jazz will be dished out by the incredible John Van Dyke tomorrow.


City Stage New Bern


City Stage New Bern welcomes the rocking trio Gary Dudley & The Maxxtones offering the live music from 8-11 pm. Come early and grab a bite and stay late to rock the night away. GD&TM will rock your socks off as they offer up all of the classic rock favorites you love. Doors open for dinner service at 5 PM. Admission for music is $8.00.


Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of music with The Carolina Swamp Dogs. Coming to town for tonight, they will be offering more of the fun, folk-inspired grooves they enjoy shuffling through and more, 8-11 pm. 


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of The Jan Michael Fields Band. They will bring the music to life with all the grooves you will love. Music plays generally at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info and confirmation on tonight’s show please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


On the James City Side 


BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the grooves of Joe Baes Project live. Sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016


Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company


Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Sam Lewis live and grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.



Bake, Bottle & Brew

Big Drink Music Company offers the live music sounds tonight at Bake, Bottle & Brew this eveningMusic is offered from 6-9 pm.


Emerald Isle, NC

The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits


Country crooner, Ryan Cain will be offering songs to the fans and friends, that gather for good eats and great beer tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music starts at 6 pm and this New Bern based band will rock you until 9 pm.


The Carolina Wine Mixer

The Carolina Wine Mixer welcomes the music of Stephen Poole, offering music from 7-10 pm


Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering



Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes Red and The Rockers for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music.


Jack’s Waterfront Bar


~Saturday August 24th~
Open @ Noon
Live music by RRR (Rural Route Romance) starts @ 9:30pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

~Sunday August 25th~
Open @ Noon
Live music on the deck by Bill McLain 4pm – 8pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

See you at Jack’s!

See you at Jack’s!



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Off The Hook welcomes ThBiPolar Express tonight on the deck. The rock trio from New Bern offered three sets packs with 80s rock grooves. Music starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!


Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop 

Endless Summer Queen Vacation, Saturday Aug 24th 9pm-1 am, cover $10, $1 from each door prize will be donated to Pride of the Crystal Coast, a local LGBTQ organization


Join us for a Summer PRIDE PARTY & Drag show, hosted by the Current Miss Gay North Carolina Pride, Veruca Salt!
She will be entertaining us alongside her friends, Amaya, Bang Bang Ladesh, Michelle Michaels, Emily Michales and Kayla Lashay! Dance music will be provided by Dj Nishfutz!


Royal James Cafe


Now or Never are on the stage tonight at Royal James with free music being offered from 8-11 PM. This Crystal Coast duo will be rocking their home base and offering up their original works. Riding the high, of their first single release, the duo released Waves just a few weeks ago and it is available for purchase at their shows or find them on Spotify. The short-order cooks behind the counter are serving the best burgers in Beaufort, make sure you get one.


Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe


The Other Guys will offer the dinner grooves and will be serving the sounds at Fishy Fishy Cafe tonight. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the food is always delicious. 





JM’s Place PUB welcomes the reggae grooves of The Adam Hill Band. The fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am.


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Rocking Around the Region

Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill


Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to Rockzilla offering their rocking best tonight. Music is free and kicks off at 9:30 pm and lasts until 1:30 am.


Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

Groove-laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking Gulf Coast blues courtesy of the incredible Marcia Ball. 

Marcia Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world.

With SHINE BRIGHT (available April 20th), Ball set out to, in her words, “Make the best Marcia Ball record I could make.” In doing so, she has put together the most musically substantial, hopeful and uplifting set of songs of her five-decade career. Produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and recorded in Texas and Louisiana, Shine Bright contains twelve songs (including nine originals), ranging from the title track’s rousing appeal for public and private acts of courage to the upbeat call to action of Pots And Pans, a song inspired by renowned Texas political writer and humorist Molly Ivins. From the humorous advice of Life Of The Party to the poignantly optimistic World Full Of Love, the intensity of Ball’s conviction never wavers while, simultaneously, the fun never stops. Shine Bright is exactly the album Ball set out to make.

For more information see

Tickets are only SRO and are $30. To get your tickets MARCIA BALL AT BLUE NOTE GRILL


Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar


Johnny Bad Check & The Bouncers will be sharing songs tonight with friends and fans that gather at Crossroads Grill & Bar this Saturday night. Music starts at 10 pm.  Grab a burger, enjoy a cold beer and groove to the music tonight. 


Kinston, NC

The Red Room

The Red Room offers the sounds of Joe Brown & The Band at 10 pm. There is a $5.00 music charge. Please pay the admission fee as a means of supporting live music.


Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill is always a great time with music and good food on the menu! Music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Thursdays, they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic Night hosted by Brian Burke.

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine, drink and unwind. Tonight it is the talented David Cox Music plays at 7-10 pm.


The Wine Crate


Music is on tap at The Wine Crate tonight with singer-songwriter Duane Haddock, sharing the songs you are sure to enjoy. Come early to enjoy the taste from the bistro and stay late for the good music. Songs are shared from 7-10 pm this evening! 



Market Street Pub


Friends and fans of Bill Lyerly are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Come out and enjoy a cold beer and fun and funky throwback sounds offered by this lively roadhouse rock band. Music starts at 10 pm.


Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern


A triumphant Debut on St Pats day, Nicks Blacksheep Tavern is proud to bring back.

WHERE did you find these guys Nick?????

Straight outta Myrtle Beach, SC

The Fossil Rockers

These guys rock!!!!

There’s nothing old about these Fossils. Their high energy will have you head bobbing and dancing around to your favorite songs. This is definitely a great show. If you’re into classic rock and heavy metal, be sure to catch them every time they are in town.

The Rolling Stones are still rocking and so are The Fossil Rockers guys. Offering amazing, high-energy, Classic Rock and Roll! All your favorites. Stunning vocals! Great fun!



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. Follow the link to see what they said this week.

August 19 at 11:21 PM


One More Show Before We Go

Tomorrow afternoon Tracey Stones Productions Presents Live Music in the Park for my friends and neighbors in Fairfield Harbour. Live music courtesy of Hank Barbee & Friends. Music starts at 3 and the band will play until 5 pm. All are invited to pack a snack and bring the family to Red Sail Park for a fun afternoon of fellowship and music. It is encouraged that you bring a tip for the band. All tips this week will be donated to Hank’s father-in-law, Greg Davis, who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor and lost his job thereafter. For those that can’t make it for music but wish to help a family in need, be sure to visit this Go Fund Me for Greg Davis.


Visit Our Calendars


NCMZ.LIVE is happy to announce our new calendar feature. We now offer three calendars for music lovers to check out for live music events. With a growing commitment to building this site to be a daily vehicle for music lovers to check out, I have added the new calendars pages and widgets. These pages and calendar widgets are broken down by area, New Bern, The Crystal Coast and Around the Region.

Live Music Events ~ New Bern 

 Live Music Events ~ Along the Coast   

Live Music Events Around the Region


With A Calendar Function Giving This Site A Daily Boost Offers GOOD News For Readers and Advertisers

This offers readers a resourceful tool to finding music in their area, all around the state, every day of the week. I am committing myself to the new routine of finding new gigs to list and add to the calendars daily. Committed to adding a minimum of ten a day that means adding 70 gigs a week to these calendars.

Bands and venues are welcome to invite me to their events on Facebook or via email at There is no cost to be listed on occasion, but please understand just like free music is not free, this free promotional service is not free either. It costs me a great amount of time. 

If you are a busy band or a thriving music venue, I want you! We can create a calendar for you and keep you in the zone! $250 a year and you can have all your events added to a personal calendar widget right here in the music zone. Advertisers will be responsible for providing the event’s content. 

Beside offering calendar options, NCMZ.LIVE also can create an active link for your website, or social media pages. Which also offers some live coverage for your live music events. For five years we have been building this site together and thanks to your suggestions and my commitment it keeps getting better. THANK YOU!

I will still bring you live coverage of the music scene around us in the random fashion we have become accustomed to in these five years of reporting. Without your support since September, none of this would be possible. So a big shout out and thank you to everyone who has extended a hand, offered a tip, bought me a meal or a beer, I love you all for the love you have shared with me! And every time I think I have to quit, you really have stepped up to help me keep the beats! Together we are building an awesome product that we can be proud of as we share it with our friends.  


Thank You for Reading!
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Tonight’s blog is made possible thanks to the donation and kindness of NC Life Media, LLC 

The calendar app is sponsored by Ken Byrd!


Please go out and support live music tonight! Please be sure to call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the changes publicly.

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When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

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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Have a fun and safe Saturday night and take time to enjoy the dance! When we return at the end of the week we will pick up with the blues and more music news. Until we meet again, out on the scene or right back here, cheers!

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