Another Jamming Week Ends With A Rocking Weekend!

On the Scene With Tracey Stones It was a busy week with my music making friends. I visited a jam each day throughout the week and then I enjoyed a rocking fun weekend. Above that, I got to spend a little time with my good friend, and singer Appaloosa Redd. ♠♠♠♠ Your Support is Important!Continue reading Another Jamming Week Ends With A Rocking Weekend!

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

It was a busy week with my music making friends. I visited a jam each day throughout the week and then I enjoyed a rocking fun weekend. Above that, I got to spend a little time with my good friend, and singer Appaloosa Redd.


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Monday is Never Mundane

Monday makes perfect sense now that each one ends on the blues. The Brown Pelican welcomes the Big Jim Kohler Blues Band at the start of each new week. The band offers a full hour of grooves before opening the floor to rockers and country fiddlers.  All are welcome to attend.

Some of the regulars are honing their skills so that they can host a jam of their own. In fact, for any club owner interested in bringing an open mic night, consider seasoned jammer,  Steel County Express guitarist Jayke Steel who is definitely skilled, readily available and able to host your open mic night any Monday or Wednesday. You can find him on Facebook if you’d like to hire him today!

For those around the New Bern area looking for a cool way groove through the week,  start things off tonight with Big Jim and the boys and giving up the jams that bring you up from the delta and straight into Chigao by way of New York and North Carolina of course.


Tuesday with Tiffany


Tiffany Elaine is the hard working single mother of two children and the mama bear for the Crystal Coast music community. She hosts several open mic events each week and plays music with her band, Now or Never each weekend. All are welcome to join the open mic fun and I encourage all to consider getting in on the action.

For fans and friends of Now or Never, you can find the group playing Lagerheads Tavern this coming Saturday, June 1, 2019. Music starts at 9:30 pm. On Sunday, June 2, 2019, the band will be rocking the stage of Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop with music playing from 7-10 pm.


Wednesday is Never Worse

One of the great wonders of the week is who will come out to jam on Wednesday with Big Jim? Last week the stage was graced with the skilled stylings of Jayke Steel on guitar, Simon Spalding on the electric fiddle, and newest jammer, Gordon Graham joined in on harmonica. The beauty of the beats was given up by Mrs. Big Jim who offered a few selections to wow the crowd.

Wednesday is best spent at City Stage New Bern with the blues, Big Jim on stage and Stephanie on call to serve you behind the bar! Be sure to join us this week when the fun resumes midweek at 7 pm.


Thursday is Thrilling

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Last Thursday a took a long overdue trip to Durham to check out Woolly’s Big Blues Jam hosted by The House in Durham. I have been threatening to get there for a better part of a year, but with an old truck and limited funding, long trips are difficult.

Scott Williamson is the real name behind the blues jam and Henrico Farms. His band Woolly’s & The Wingnutz Blues Revue will be the band representing the triangle area on a bill I am putting together at The Pour House Music Hall this coming July.

My friend, Gary Redd will join the line up as Appaloosa Redd with Big Ron Hunter offering sounds from the Greensboro region and closing out the fun day of blues from the New Bern region with the  Big Jim Kohler Band closing out the event. More on that next week.

I recommend taking the trip to the triangle area and stopping out at The House. It is located right off the highway, and treat everyone that walks through the door like an old friend. The jam starts early at 6:30 pm and they rock it with many rotations throughout the night until 10 pm. Enjoy a great meal, cooked fresh or enjoy the blues buffet. The House  is on Facebook and on the web at

Hosting the jam last week was Mark Heffington, who has been Big Jim’s main harmonica player since they met in 2012. I was interested in getting a few pictures of these two players to talk about them more. Heffington will be coming to town to help Kohler out this Friday on a special show. More on that below.


Friday Brings The Summer Season

New Bern Parks and Recreation Bring Footloose on the Neuse

New Bern Parks & Recreation Department, Trent Cadillac Buick GMC and Riverside Camping Center offered the kick off of the second season for Footloose on the Neuse A New Bern Concert Series. The event offered the beach sounds The Castaways. They are the eight-piece ensemble based in Durham and made up by the mix of many talented players.

The band line up includes Karen Clayton, lead vocals; Guy Brooks, bass, vocals; John Arthurs guitar, vocals; Randy Smith, keys, vocals; Jeff Weidhaas, trumpet, vocals; Brady Hasting saxophone, vocals), Jason Pulley, trombone, vocals, Jeff Alspaugh, drums,working out the sound for this band is sound engineer, Mike Ashworth. They keep busy offering popular hits that make people want to get up and dance. From popular beach music to dance hits, they have fun covering it all!
To find out where you can go and dance with the band you can find them on Facebook here  The Castaways Band or for the most information be sure to visit their website at
The band has three shows coming up this coming weekend with a show in Butner, NC on Friday; a car show on Saturday in Downtown Pilot Mountain, NC and some Sunday Funday at The Pointe in Littleton NC. All of the events are on the website!


Bryan Mayer Band and Boaters

Next on the radar was leaving New Bern in search of New Bern talent and more. Funny as it sounds, I rather enjoy touching base with our local bands out there rocking the region. On Friday I found the new Bryan Mayer Band giving it up to the boaters that were ready to welcome the season in Swansboro.

The new band sounded like they were rocking it for years, not missing a beat and adding a new dimension with lead electric guitar man John Coltrane killing the leads and honing in on the backbeat is Victor Speight, Jr. who worked out the rhythms with ease with the help the bass player of the year, Mike Sandvig.

Working the sound for the band is Sound Hut Productions Chris Sandvig making the band sound awesome with his work on the soundboard. For anyone in need of production for their next event, call 252-259-7337 to learn more about how Sound Hut can be your next sound option!

It was a fun night for the fans that gathered for Saltwater Grills concert season kick-off. You can find Mikele Buck offering an acoustic show to fans this Friday, May 31, 2019. He will be joined by singer and stringer Brandon Ross. Music plays from 7 -10:30 pm on the stage outside.

Steel Shot In Swansboro

The final show we caught in Swansboro on Friday was that of Steel Shot, the Pamlico County-based duo with Shawn Mitchell on the six string and vocals and Jeremy Lowery on bongos and vocals.  To follow the band on facebook find them at SteelShot306. 

The duo does not rock the scene too often as Mitchell is now playing bass for RT Johnson while Lowery works as the band’s stagehand. To find out more about this project, be sure to check out R.T. Johnson Band. 

If you do follow the link you will note the band will be rocking Greenville on Friday, May 31, 2019, as they roll down the coast to offer their country grooves to Buccaneer Music Hall. Music starts at 10 pm.


Into The Fog in Beaufort

For our final stop, Mary Shine and I turned up in Beaufort to catch the last set of Into The Fog. The newgrass trio is from Wilmington, NC. The first time I heard this band it was on tv during WCTI-TV local band spotlight back in January. The following month I caught the band live for the first time when they were rocking The Point at Glenwood in time for my birthday weekend celebration.

Last Friday was the most fun and I left thinking that the next time it might even be better. That is what happens, as you watch these artists grow into their own mastery of talents. Though the trio offers familiar jams, the best offering come when they deliver their own music. Brian Stephenson plays the guitar, banjo and  offers vocals; Winston Mitchell gives us mandolin, dobro, vocals
Derek Lane gets busy on bass and shares vocals. Fans can buy the bands music at any show or by downloading it from your favorite digital music app.

Coming up this week you can catch the trio and enjoy some of the freshest seafood around when they groove at Fishy Fishy Cafe this Friday with music being served from 6:30-10:30 pm.


Saturday and Silo Palooza

It was a full line up of awesome local music on the Red Rooster stage at The Silos Restaurant in Oriental yesterday. I was on hand for five of the six bands that rocked the scene on stage and outside to the enthusiastic crowd. This year SilosPalooza marks the 8th Annual Music Festival offered by Silos owners Chris and Kim Daniels.


Brant Island Strings

I made it on site to see the fabulous Pamlico County-based Brant Island Strings Band to get the day underway. This string quartet offers a great variety of folk-infused music that gets the toes tapping and hips shaking.

Rick Vogt, Ginny Vogt, Becky Ackiss, Perry Cheatham are the players that blend together to create the sounds of this fun group. The band is on Facebook at Brant Island Strings and they are available to play your next function. Reach out and enjoy the music.


The Dust Parade

It had been a while since we have hung out with The Dust Parade. Good things are worth the wait as the band showed up to deliver their best set this year. They shared mostly original music with the growing crowd, marking their debut on the Red Rooster Stage. My sense is you will see this band again.

Keeping the beats on stage was the combined talents of Hank Barbee, guitar and lead vocals, James Durham on saxophones and supporting vocals, Matt Henderson on bass and cousin to the stringer and singer, Mykel Barbee rocked the backbeat.

Currently, the quartet is working on a new studio release for fans and friends of the band. Most of the tracks we laid at a studio in Atlanta earlier this month. More work will follow in the studio closer to home in the weeks ahead.

For friends and fans of the band, you can catch them this Friday, May 31 at The Joyce in Leland, NC, Music starts early with songs starting at 6 pm. On Saturday, the Dusty Trio will be rocking Fishy Fishy Cafe with music starting at 6:30 pm. The following week the band will be closer to home, with the trio rocking the Treehouse Beer Company in Cedar Point on Friday, June 7 with music at 7 pm On Saturday, June 8 the band comes to New Bern to rock The Brown Pelican. The best way to keep up with the band is to find them on Facebook at TheDustParade or visit The Dust Parade


Saltwater Gold

House band for the Silos Restaurant and Oriental’s own party band is Saltwater Gold. The rock quartet took to the stage in the late afternoon to get the people up on their feet for the first time that day. Offering popular classic rock grooves and many of their own fun songs too, the band is fun and talented.  Frontman Mark Hoff gets the crowd going with his energetic offerings, guitarist Chris Daniels is the host on the day, Mike Ferrara hit the beats behind the kit and Scott Finch offering the bassline.

To find the band on Facebook visit Saltwater Gold. To see them live visit the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant this Friday, May 31. Music rocks 7:30-11 pm


Joe Brown & The Band

New Bern’s popular Joe Brown & The Band took to the stage next so to offer a fun serving of “Music For The People.” The band keeps the familiar beats of popular dance songs from the ’60s through the ’90s. They also have a few original numbers.

The band that brought the music on Saturday came by way of is Joe Brown on keys and lead vocals, David Teebone on congas and supporting vocals, Jasmine Best was behind the kit and on bass was the solid delivery of Eric Whitehurst.

Fans and friends of the band can find them this coming Saturday grooving to the beats along the Crystal Coast when they play, E-Club Emerald Isle with music rocking at 10 pm.


Gary Dudley and the Maxxtones

Headlining the 2019 Silospalooza Music Festival was the rocking trio from the Crystal Coast, Gary Dudley and the Maxxtones who offered all of the southern rock and classic songs we love rocking along to. The band is serious about delivering a solid set of rock grooves, offering everything from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and even a fun rocking version of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison.”

This band is ready burning up the region with their hot licks and fiery show. If you are looking for something like that at your next function be sure to give them your consideration, to help you rock your next function.

Offering the awesome sounds of rock and roll delivered right, Gary Dudley and The Maxxtones are ready to rock souls throughout the state and beyond. You can find the band on Facebook by clicking Gary Dudley and the Maxxtones.


Tracey Stones Productions Presents

 Sunday in the Park Music Series

In my mission of connecting people to music, we kicked off our community concert series for the residents in Fairfield Harbour. Bringing the music was my favorite blues duo Big Jim and Kathy Kohler.

Though it was a bit warm yesterday afternoon, the weather did not stop residents from coming to Red Sail Park to enjoy the music. Things really got hot when Kathy took the mic to offer her warming vocals on several selections. She even managed to take us to church with a graceful version of People Get Ready.

The loving blues couple have been sharing the stage and spotlight and love for music with fans and friends for more than two and a half decades. They still have fun doing the thing they love most, entertaining the masses before them.

This is another busy week for our local bluesman. He is hosting music tonight at The Brown Pelican from 7-9 pm. On Wednesday evening he does it again also from 7-9 pm at The City Stage. This Friday the band will open a show at The State Theatre, this Friday night. They will be setting the stage for, national act, JoAnne Shaw Taylor who is out touring in support of her new release Reckless Heart. Tickets for the show can be purchased in advance by following this link:  Joanne Shaw Taylor at the State Theatre!

On Saturday, June 1, 2019, the band will be at the coast and rocking Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop with free music being offered from 8:30-11:30 pm.


Music Options In the Days Ahead

Monday Mania

Blues Night at The Brown Pelican

All are welcome to come out and join the fun each Monday at The Brown Pelican. Live music is offered from 7-9 with Big Jim Kohler at the helm and blues on his mind!

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Tuesday Temptation

It is Honky Tonk Tuesday at The Brown Pelican each week. Country pickers and players are welcome to come jam between 7 pm and closing. All are welcome to participate or just relax and listen!


Guitars Etc. in Havelock and Dean Guitars will host a free Dean  Guitar Clinic tomorrow night with Michael Angelo Batio master guitarist of Nitro. Watch the master up close and check out some very cool Dean guitars. This educational event starts at 7 pm.


Open Mic night with Tiffany Elaine at Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop takes place tomorrow evening with music starting at 8 pm. All are welcome to attend and participate.


Wednesday’s Weakness

Blues Is Back at City Stage

We get back to the blues on Wednesday when Big Jim Kohler hosts another fun night of swapping blues chops with other players. Live music starts at 7 pm on stage at City Stage New Bern and the fun goes to 9 pm. All are welcome to jam with the blues master or just come to listen and dance along!


Open Mic at Carolina Wine Mixer

Open Mic Night at The Carolina Wine Mixer with Tiffany Elaine starts this week and will take place each Wednesday night. The fun starts at 7 pm, all are welcome to come out and join the fun with family and friends.


Cat’s Cradle presents An Evening With Charlie Parr and Phil Cook will be this Wednesday at Kings in Raleigh. Music starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased in advance by clicking on the event above.

Beer & Banjos

Interesting Facts about B&B headliner, Grizzly Goat:

Grizzly Goat has recorded their two most recent albums in a secluded cabin in Duck Creek, UT.
Alex and Scott studied music in college while Ben studied Digital Audio Production. Nate studied Wildlife and Wildland Management.
In keeping with LDS tradition, each member served a two-year volunteer mission. They served separately in the Philippines, France, Germany, South Dakota, and California.
Grizzly Goat is attempting to write a song for every state such as “Nevada, “Idaho”, “Indiana”. Since they spend a lot of time in the same states, there are a bunch of songs named after cities too, like “Berea, KY”, “Louisville, KY”, and “Paducah, KY”. The band likes birding, frisbee golf, hiking, camping, and fishing.
Grizzly Goat has also toured nationally visiting 19 states.

The Beer & Banjos Allstars are four people going to hell on scholarship.

Don’t miss it!


Thursday Thrillers

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse will offer live music upstairs in the piano bar. Music is offered 6-9 pm and dinner is always delicious.


Alisa Mike hosts a night of music each Thursday evening at City Stage New Bern. She will wow you with standard jazz offerings and groove you with fun show tunes. The City Stage offers a pub-style menu and entertainment most night of the week. They are located at 901 B Pollock St., Doors open at 5 pm.

Brian Mac of Third Degree Bern hosts the open mic night at The Brown Pelican each Thursday Night. Sign up starts at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm and lasts until all of the jammers have jammed. This is the longest running open mic night in New Bern and it is always new and exciting!


Wild Honey will be sharing songs in the garden at Carolina Home and Garden this Thursday evening. This fun duo has a lot of original music to share and offers many popular songs too. Come meet Angie Cooper and Matt Miller and enjoy a fun evening of music, food courtesy of Urban Eats Food Truck and a cold beer or the wine of your choice.

Music plays from 6:30 -9:30 pm. Closing out the week and the month will be the duo, Now & Then in the Garden on Friday night. There is a $5.00 music charge


One World Brewing

Ritual Talk :
A Brooklyn-based trio making psychedelic indie rock with a hint of soul. Each song uses their unmistakable blend of lush instrumentation and exploratory vocal arrangements to form a cohesive yet diverse body of work. Led by songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Alex DeSimine and joined by drummer Tom Criblez and fellow multi-instrumentalist Dylan Gleit, each member of the band uses every limb they have to create a soundscape that transcends their three-person appearance.

Originally a two-piece acoustic project headed by Galen Stickles and Gabe Smiley, Asheville NC’s Armadilla was fully formed in October 2015 with the addition of brothers and Hagen and Harrison Johnston. The deep, emotional songwriting of Stickles (Keys, Vocals) and Smiley (Guitar, Bass, Vocals) was brought fully to life with the additions of Hagen (Drums) and Harrison (Bass, Guitar, Vocals). Drawing influence from folk, funk, blues, and R&B, Armadilla cannot be confined to the indie-rock label.

Thursday, May 30th at 9 PM


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