Back on the Bus with a Buzz About Music

On The Scene With Tracey Stones We get back on the bus this week checking out a new hot spot and rock with many local favorites. Thanks for being here. Check out all of the music news I’ve found for you this week:   New Beginnings Celebrated at New Bern’s New Hot Spot    

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On The Scene With Tracey Stones

We get back on the bus this week and we are checking out a new hot spot and rock with many local favorites. Thanks for being here. Check out all of the music news I’ve found for you this week:


New Beginnings Celebrated at New Bern’s New Hot Spot



The City Stage, 901B Pollock St., New Bern, NC, opened their doors to the public on Friday, August 3, 2018, with the offerings of a new bar, an open atmosphere, more seating, an appetizing new menu and five nights of live entertainment ranging from comedy routines, theatrical presentations and plenty of live music. In fact, kicking things off was the CD release party with Alisa Mike, who offered a night of jazz standards to set the live music in motion. The singer was a featured performer at the former Live at the City Laundry and returned to the venue with a new name under new management. Her second appearance on the newly named stage, that helped her build a foundation in town, was last night where she once again offered a CD release show.

The remaining Thursdays in August will offer Mike on stage from 7-8:30 pm. She will have her discs available for purchase at future shows. The singer’s debut disc offers a dozen cover tracks of Jazz Standards that Mike enjoys singing. From the opening track, “Tenderly” to the closing selection, “Feelin Good;” Mike works with a great band with Piero Tucci on piano; Phil Johnson on drums and Larry Van Kriedt playing the bass, guitar and saxophone parts on many tracks and all instruments on a few numbers. One of my favorite numbers given up here on AM Serenades is “Summertime.” Mike offers a sultry serving of the scorching standard.

Tonight the singer will join a group of ladies to pay tribute to Lady Day and Billie Holiday. Here is more information on that event and ticket information too:


Friday, August 10th  A Tribute to Lady Day 

“The velvet-voiced queen of jazz, born into poverty in Baltimore, celebrated in the halls of Harlem and launched to world stardom with a gardenia in her hair.” Join us as we celebrate the timeless Billie Holiday, a jazz singer of monumental innovation. With featured performances by Alisa Mike, Chameshia Coplon, Ciara Di Napoli, Cora Chadwick and Marleigh Ferguson. Hosted by John Van Dyke. After the show stick around and dance to the swing music of the 30s and 40s. No Cover for the after party.
7:30 Showtime – Tickets $15.00
Table reservations recommended 252.631.5122
City Stage is a Private Club. 901 Pollock St, New Bern, NC.

New Members will be asked to pay a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.

To get your tickets before the show just follow this link:


The Opening of the City Stage marks the return of More Music


I returned to City Stage several times this week to enjoy the live music offerings being served on stage at the new restaurant/nightclub. With a supper club feel, the venue will showcase a variety of live entertainment. When I stopped in on Tuesday night it was to check out the debut of Folks Journal, presenting Parker Millar’s Local Band Tuesday. This will be the routine on the first Tuesday of each month. This night of music will offer great grooves from regional bands that don’t often make it to town. On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, I was delighted by the rich sounds of Psylo Joe, psychedelic funk-jazz jam band with four players rocking the rhythms. Bryan Quintard plays the guitar and offers the lead on vocals, George Thornton plays the bass and offers backing vocals, Hunter Parker rocks the Saxophone, and Thomas Barrington gives up the beats on drums.

Based out of Greenville, NC, you can find the band on Facebook by following this link:

Coming up this coming Tuesday you can come out and enjoy Poetry Night, hosted by Melissa Black. The final two Tuesdays of the month offer Big Jim Kohler offering the great blues grooves. Music on August 21 and 28 starts at 7 pm.


Mid-Week Reboot with Dan Jam Phillips

Each Wednesday at  City Stage offers Dan Jam Phillips performing live with new friends each week from 5-7 pm. You are invited to come out and enjoy any of their food options and some fun live music with Dan and his talented friends. This week he was joined by the Dan Jam, original member Alan Gleason. Each week will feature a new guest player.


Following Dan Jam you can enjoy more music with John Van Dyke, offering American Songbook selections from 7-9 pm. That event happens each Wednesday in August. Be sure you come out to show your support for the food and fun happening at City Stage today.


The BiPolar Express Cruises the Coast

After running around town for music last Friday, I headed to the coast to catch one of the most rocking trio’s from the area, The BiPolar Express. They debuted their rocking set on stage at The E-Club, located at 8102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. I wanted to be on hand to show local support as well as grab some new pics to use to pump up their next gig. The trio will be rocking the Farmer’s Market, 421 S Front St., New Bern, NC, tomorrow night as they invite you to take an important Pause for the Cause. The band will be splitting the night with rockers 3 Day Weekend raising money for St. John’Lodge.

Tickets for the event will be available at the door. The cost is $35 for non-member and $25 for members. Gates open at 6 pm with rocking good times starting at 6:30 pm.


More Favorites Found at By The Sea



I stopped in to enjoy the sounds of Justin Castellano on my way to the coast last weekend. He was offering the tunes to the diners that gathered at Bistro By the Sea in Morehead City. The elegant restaurant offers a wonderful menu, divine service and live music around the piano from 7-10 pm each Friday and Saturday evening. Tonight the player will be performing at a private party, but tomorrow you can find him at Floyd’s Restaurant & Catering, 400 Bridges St., Morehead City, NC. Music plays from 6-9 pm.

Ed Prophet

Following that dinner show on Saturday evening, he will head down the road and over the bridge to join Ed Prophet at The Dockhouse, 501 Front St. Beaufort, NC. The duo comprised of best friends performs under the name Backseat Romeo and tomorrow, they celebrate their 1000 show on Saturday. Music plays from 9 pm until closing at about 1:30 am.

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Bryan Mayer Band Rocks Southern Salt


I was on my way to check in with Adam Hill and Co when on my way I heard the familiar grooves and country crooning of the fabulous Bryan Mayer Band. The boys were rocking the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company & Waterfront Restaurant, 701 Evans St., Morehead City, NC. This weekend you can catch Bryan Mayer unplugged, but still lively at Saltwater Grill, 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC, tonight from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow he will reunite with the band performing this Saturday at the Jones County Civic Theater 832 Highway 58 in Trenton, NC. The band will open a show for the popular country act, Joe Nichols. Doors open at 5:30 pm and music starts at 7 pm.

On the deck and rocking the grooves this weekend at Southern Salt Seafood Company you can enjoy the music of Tyler Davis from 9 pm until midnight. Tomorrow night come and get rocked by The Roman Sams Band. These music events are free and the good food adds to the experience.


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From Off the Roof to Off the Hook Adam Hill Band Rocks

Morehead City Last Saturday

Adam Hill suffered some minor injuries mid-week last week, after falling off a roof during work. After a brief hospital stay Hill missed his debut show at Market St. Pub in Washington, NC. Though it was recommended he take it easy, Hill packed up the truck and took the band to the beach, not to relax but rather to rock the crowd at Off the Hook, 105 S 7th St, Morehead City, NC. The band was set up on the deck and attracted many passers-by, with guitar sounds and popular songs that grab you. Offering some assistance to Hill on guitar was his younger brother Rooster, who offered blistering solos in the high heat of the summer night.

Hill took it easy most of the week but met up with me at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern in Jacksonville, NC, for open mic night on Monday. We used it as an opportunity to promote his show there with the band tomorrow night, Saturday, August 11. That is when they will rock the room from 9 pm till midnight. Before making it to that show, Hill will be kicking off a rock fest in Swansboro boasting 7 acts, including Hill who will kick things off for Moose Fest being held at the Moose Lodge in Swansboro. Doors open at 4:30 with Adam Hill offering the first set at 5 pm. Tickets are $8 but you can save some money if you bring two cans of canned goods for the local food pantry.

This coming Sunday, Adam Hill will also perform a solo show for the conclusion of the Pirate Invasion Weekend in Beaufort, NC. He is slotted to rock Queen Anne’s Revenge, located at 500 S Front St Beaufort, NC, with music being served from 5-8 pm. Check the forecast before making the trip, this show is weather permitted.


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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

August 6 at 6:32 PM

Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

Please go out and support live music 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.

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Getting Down Around Town Tonight


Tonight marks the second Friday of the month which means tonight ushers in the weekend with a new installment of ArtWALK/ARTcrawl. Please come to visit our downtown and enjoy the eclectic mix of artists and performers found all around town from 5-8 pm.
Jenna Leigh Huff is at BrÜtopia 7-10 pm. She will be joined by her father Rick Huff making it an official Paid Time Off gig. Buck Loy will be rocking friends and fans at The Brown Pelican 7-10 pm tonight, Dueling Pianos is at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion $5 cover, 7-11 pm. and at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant offer live on the deck at 7:00-10 pm outside and more music throughout the night inside with a second band rocking from 10 pm til closing. Live music is offered at The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. The show is free and music plays from 8-10:30 pm. Next up, the newest venue in town, City Stage is offering a Tribute to Lady Day. Come out this Friday and enjoy the music of the legendary Billie Holiday. Music starts at 7:30 pm For tickets visit:


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 people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

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