Big Jim Jams and We Leave Town to Find Ed Prophet and Adam Hill and More!

Behind the Scene with Tracey Stones

In yesterday’s blog, I mentioned accepting a new position as Marketing Director for NC Life Media. What I did not mention is that as part of this job, I get to hang out with so many great people that enjoy putting the focus on the happenings in and around New Bern.

Every other week a fun group of local citizens and town officials come together, to spread the word of fun events that are happening in and around New Bern.

This week I was in the studio for the 108th Episode of New Bern and Beyond. On Thursday we gathered at The Charles Tendell Studios and joining the fun was Wendy Card not pictured, Kathy Morrison from the New Bern Historical Society, George Oliver of Oliver & Cheek and family band fame, Strung Together, City of New Bern, Public Information Officer, Colleen Roberts, Recording engineer and production man about town, Charles Tendell and former director of the Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp Susan Moffat-Thomas, who all sat at the table with me to talk about the many things going on around town.

Our 108th Podcast will air this Monday, January 7, 2019. Listen for community segments being aired on New Bern’s News Talk Radio, WNOS 107.5FM, and 1450AM. Tune in at 8 am and 5 pm on Wednesday! Each podcast is aired twice weekly and shared four times on the radio. It is also available wherever you sign up for your favorite podcast. To follow us on YouTube visit and subscribe to the NewBernNow page at

On the Scene with Tracey Stones

I returned to covering live music for the 2019 calendar season right away, by attending a fun night at The City Stage of New Bern, located at 901 B Pollock St. New Bern, on Wednesday January 2, 2019.
On stage offering the blues was the Big Jim Kohler Band, featuring Big Jim on guitar and vocals, his wife Kathy on vocals, Chris Buttitta on bass and Tom Parks on drums.
A week prior to the gig, Kohler announced on Facebook plans for a jam! Seems when Big Jim calls JAM, it offers an all-star cast each and every time.
Joining the well-loved blues purist, was an all-star bunch of talented strings and even other things.
Opening things with a couple of shuffles and traditional swings, was Larry Swinson (of Wannabees fame) on guitar, Lee Tibbetts on harmonica, and James Durham on Saxophone.
As the night played on it was revealed the Adam Hill was in the house. He would join the crew on stage not long after he was exposed. It was great fun hearing so much talent on one stage. Big Jim sat there throughout the night and ran around the stage, giving all a piece of every song like the amazing bandleader he is. And as the night continued, it would expose even more talent!
The last one to join in the fun was the multi instrument master Simon Spalding, who showed up with his electric fiddle for the occasion. Spalding is one of the busiest players in the region, with teaching music by day, playing in a variety of projects and he stays busy offering music.
Next Tuesday Spalding will be on stage at City Stage, offering a monthly music segment. Please mark your calendars for the second Tuesday of each month and join the fun of Irish Music Sessions. Next week will mark the debut of this event at it’s new location. Spalding has been hosting this event for 13 years. Make sure you take in the fun soon.

WOW! What a night!

If you missed the fun times and free jam, please come out on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, when the good times and free invites will be offered. Music starts at 7 pm.

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Cruising the Coast

I got to enjoy the music of three popular stringers while running amuck the Crystal Coast.

My first stop brought us to Swansboro, NC, where we got to hear a sample of the popular New Bern based singer and stringer Ed Prophet. I caught up with the brilliant talent at Boro Restaurant, where he serenaded the dinner crowd.

For the second stop, I found the incredible Adam Hill on stage on Hill St. at Riptidez Bar & Grill, located in Cedar Point, NC. After running into Hill on Wednesday at the jam, I decided to check him out some more, which is what lead me to the coast!

Opening the second set of Hill’s show was his friend Stephen Poole offering four songs. Poole certainly had an exciting holiday season. His family banded together to sign the singer up for an audition on the Voice. Poole and his family head to Miami at the end of the month for his shot at being heard. I will share the results as the story unfolds.

Before he heads south for the big competition, Poole will be practicing his craft next Friday on stage at Riptidez Bar & Grill. Music starts at 9 pm. Be sure to come out and wish him the best

For friends and fans of Adam Hill, the stringer will be offering his music at Crossroads Grill and Bar,

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

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Getting Down Around Town



BrÜtopia offers the fresh beer and fun sounds of stinger and singer Mykel Barbee. He will be jamming from 7-10 pm. On-site serving the Latin tastes you love will be  La Cocina Del Coqui . They will be on site from 5-9 pm. Be sure to stop out and support three local businesses in one stop. 


The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts the fun bluegrass and folks sounds of Carolina Sky. Live music plays from 8-11 pm. 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. Tonight on the deck you can rock with Smokehouse. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. Inside they host 30 Seconds Rocks Music Bingo and offer a DJ. Something for everyone on S Front St. tonight!  For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


The City Stage will be closed this weekend!



Cruising the Crystal Coast

Cedar Point, NC


It’s the Will & Tony Show, appearing live all weekend at Treehouse Beer Company. Catch the fun duo offering live music from 7-10 pm tonight or tomorrow night. They play the classic rock and blues favorites you love. 


Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop offers 

Emily Musolino Band, Sat., Jan 5th, 8:30-12:30 AM
$3 Cover
Emily Musolino is a Durham, NC native who mixes soulful vocals with shredding blues-rock guitar riffs. The depth of emotion in her voice is stunning and her songs have a classic sound and lyrics that tell compelling stories.
A Berklee College of Music graduate, Emily has opened for and collaborated with artists like Ani Difranco, Nikki Hill, Vinx, Shana Tucker, Anna Wise (SonnyMoon, Kendrick Lamar) and Eric Hirsh (The Beast, Orquesta GarDel). She is also the owner and head engineer at Blue Moose Recording Studio in Durham and Co-founder of the women’s music and arts collective Mama May I.
Emily released her newest album “The Vault” in April 2018.
She has been featured several times on NPR’s the State of Things with Frank Stasio and written up in the News and Observer. She currently fronts the Emily Musolino Band and plays 200+ shows a year, both bandleader and soloist around the world.


Emerald Isle, NC

SALT BAR welcomes the Mikele Buck Band to the stage tonight. There is a music charge payable at the door. Music will start at 10 pm. For more information call the club at (252) 241-7603.

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Rocking Around the Region

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Turning our attention to the Turnage Theater in Washington NC, the site of Don Skinner’s 6th Annual GuitarFest, it will be a fun event raising money for those affected by Hurricane Florence.

Interestingly enough, each of the band’s on this bill are from New Bern, NC and can tell you of their significant losses and share their story of the flood that tried to defeat us. Headliners, Strung Together are the family band that lost their home on E Front Street to the named storm. They are excited to be moving back into the dwelling to continue renovations later this month.

Lead singer and founding member of Peace Soldier, Robert Hurff, was rescued from his dwelling as the water entered his living space. Two of the players in The Hot Buttered Grits saw the river rush through their homes as well. And opening the show tomorrow at the Turnage Theater is The Neuse River Ramblers, a band featuring banjo player Danny Batten, who suffered severe damage to his store Surf Wind & Fire, located on Middle St in Downtown New Bern.

All will gather on one ticket for the 6th Annual GuitarFest, a free show for any who wish to attend. Please consider bringing a sizable donation, as this is a fundraising event. And this year the money raised will be filtered back into New Bern for Hurricane Relief. Your help is still very much much needed!

Music starts at 4 pm! Hope to see you there.


While we are up around the Washington way, let me alert you to tonight’s open mic event taking place on the Peeble Stage. Join the fun happening at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. This fun time kicks off at 7 pm and all are welcome to participate. 

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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 2 at 5:57 PM

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