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It’s Local Favorites, New Faces, and Grand Places

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

This week offers some local favorites, new faces and grand places supporting live music. Above, blog supporter, Kathleen Forrest with Hank Barbee at The Brown Pelican on Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday Starts with a Pause for a Cause

I caught up with The Adam Hill Band on Saturday afternoon. The trio of rockers was on hand to perform, following a poker run that honored the life of Jay Roberts.

The band rocked the stage at Rena J’s on Wilmington Highway, Jacksonville, NC. They welcomed riders at the end of the run and took a pause for the spreading of Robert’s ashes. The Last Ride for the lost brother offered memories and music, food and more.

Adam Hill offers sliding scales

The band offered a good variety of rock and southern rock favorites, while mixing in their own awesome originals. It has been a while since I caught up with the trio! But when I finally did, I learned that drummer Cecil Pittman Jr. is working behind the scenes compiling the things needed to run sound for shows.

The idea which appeals most to Pittman is finding a room and working the sound for their music events. If you have a music venue and you often thought about providing a house sound and lights operation, consider reaching out to Pittman. You can reach him by phone by dialing 910-990-5278.

For fans and friends of the Adam Hill Band, the band will be rocking the beach tomorrow. Come enjoy a Wilmington NC night and take in the sounds of this rocking trio at Bourbon Street Wilmington. Music starts at 9 pm.

Here’s a clip from last weekend’s memorial benefit. This is an original, “Full House.”

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel while you are there! Thanks!

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Back In The Bern We Boogie

Caffeinated Soul Boogie poured out the grooves at BrUtopia last Saturday night, to usher in their 2019 music season. The New Bern based band is looking forward to spreading out this year and bringing their show to more people around the region.

The band is currently booking the 2019 calendar. They are available for regular pub shows, festivals, private parties and community event. The quartet features a father/daughter team that got started in the church, carried on in coffee shops and continues to grow and expand their audience and repertoire.

To get to know the band better please visit the band’s website:

https://caffsoulboogie.com/

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The Dust Settles at The Dirty Bird

Hank Barbee and The Dust Parade paid a visit to The Brown Pelican last Saturday night and grooved his many fans on hand at “The Dirty Bird.”

The band opened the night with some newer, soon to be recorded original music. After we got comfortable and in the mood, they offered brand new material for all to enjoy. (I consider it brand new if I never heard it!!!) I was glad to be in the room, ready to record. Here is Day of Decay by The Dust Parade.

The Wilmington based band played to a full house of fans, that have missed their surf sounds. It has been a few months since the band played around town. They have been busy playing around the region and doing their part in raising funds and awareness for Hurricane Relief for the many areas affected by Florence.

Making up beats last week were Hank Barbee on vocals and guitar, Jim Durham offered supporting vocals and saxophone; Matt Henderson played the bass and filling in on drums was, The Spread’s own Will Phetterplace.

Tonight the Dusty Trio featuring Barbee, Durham, and Henderson will be rocking the Crystal Coast. More on that below, but to keep up with this fun and fabulously creative band visit http://www.hankbarbee.com

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TrainWreck Pulls into Blackbeard’s

On Saturday night, TrainWreck pulled into the station to groove the folks on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant. The Greenville based band with New Bern roots, always brings the party.

This band has a long history of rocking the region with funky pop tunes that everyone knows and loves. They come out in many formations. Sometimes they offer dueling horns while other nights they feature two lead singers. If you have not checked in with them lately, make it a point to rock with them soon.

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Open Mic Madness in Newport Makes Monday Less Mundane

On Monday night I headed out to Shortway Brewing Co. in Newport, NC to enjoy the maple stout and open mic night. This great community beer stop offers many flavors of beer, brewed on site in their brew room. The family-owned operation puts community first and opens the floor to local singer-songwriters on the second and fourth Monday of each week.

This week I enjoyed the sounds of Wiregrass, the bluegrass band featuring Pat and Brian Till, who will be at Courtyards at Berne Village in New Bern tomorrow afternoon, offering songs to residence from 1-3 pm.

I also got to catch up with blog supporters, Phillip Canelos (pictured above) and Ashton Ward as well. Both offered several acoustic selections for the crowd to enjoy. Before the night ended we also enjoyed the music of Steve Mehan and a few numbers courtesy of Mackenzie Webb

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DEFAS Welcomes Tom Kimmel to the Down East for a Trio of Shows

On Wednesday evening, Down East FolkArts Society DEFAS kicked off their 2019 Season with the offering of Mississippi artist Tom Kimmel. Though the artist hails from Alabama, he has called many places home before making his way to Hattiesburg, MS.

The singer-songwriter offered a number of familiar selections from his growing catalog. In between selections he offers quick stories to form the base of each number.

I met the performer during his show at The City Stage in New Bern on Wednesday evening. Along with a number of wonderful songs offered throughout the show, Kimmel also offers from his published book of works He opened his trio of area appearances in New Bern and all shows were set up by DEFAS, whose mission is to build stronger community with music.

Last night the talented wordsmith offered his show to fans in Morehead City. He played at Jack’s on the Waterfront. Tonight Kimmel will be closing out his appearances in our area with a performance at Saint Francis by the Sea Tonight’s show starts at 7 pm and features two sets which conclude at 8:30 pm. The DEFAS shows are free admission, but donations are encouraged and graciously accepted.

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, January 18, 2019

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Getting Down Around Town

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the fresh beer and the sultry sounds of the local stinger and singer, Ed Prophet. He will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come out and support local music while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine welcomes the weekend with free music being poured from the stage, courtesy of popular singer and stringer Tommy Duzan Sr., music plays from  8-10:30 pm.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Ryan Rubich. He will offer three sets of great songs 7-10 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.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. Tonight on the deck you can rock with Saltwater Gold, who always brings a party from Pamlico. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

Simon Spalding performs at City Stage New Bern on Friday, January 18! Simon combines songs, tunes and storytelling to weave an intricate tapestry of exploration, adventure and far-off lands and seas.

The songs include singalong sea chanteys, “Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight”; ballads by Rudyard Kipling and Stephen Foster; and songs of the sea and adventure. Instruments and tunes from far-flung corners of the globe round out the program.

The instruments include the familiar (violin, banjo), and the exotic (Chinese erhu, Irish octave mandolin).

At 8:00, Simon will be joined by his wife Sara, for a duo set as “Tuppence”. Simon and Sara perform folk music of the Old World and the New – a mix of Celtic balladry, ragtime and contemporary folk music.

The City Stage is at 901 B Pollock Street in downtown New Bern. A variety of food and drink available for purchase. The music will start at 7:00 pm and will finish up at 10:00 pm. There is no admission charge.

The City Stage is a private club with a $1.00 membership fee is due the first time one visits. Call 252-631-5122 for more information. Reservations are available at http://www.citystagenewbern.com.
For more on Simon, check out www.musicalhistorian.com; for more on Tuppence, www.tuppencefolk.com.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Cedar Point, NC

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Appearing at Treehouse Beer Company, catch The Dusty Trio offering live music from 7-10 pm tonight or tomorrow night. They have a great song list of moving original grooves that will swing and move you.

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Newport, NC

Tonight in the garden at Carolina Home & Garden, you can enjoy the familiar grooves of Rick Huff. They will be offering the music from 6:30-9:30 pm. Food, beer, and wine on site for consumption, with live animals and so much more. $5.00 music charge is collected at the door.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents Wyldwood, Fri. Jan 18, 8:30-11:30 PM, No Cover.

Wyldwood is a bluegrass inspired trio joined by Hank Bowman on bass. They perform traditional and original songs in rich 3 part harmonies and have loved playing at Cru Wine Bar over the years in a number of variations!

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Rocking Around the Region

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Jacksonville, NC

Tonight offering the grooves the grab you at Nick’s Blacksheep Taven will be the talented stringer from Cape Carteret, Stephen Poole. Poole will be heading to Florida next weekend for a shot at The Voice. Come out and rock with him tonight from 9 pm until midnight.

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Havelock, NC

The rock pop and country party band Carolina Sky is in our area tonight. For those in the mood for boot scooting, you can head to Jeans where the band will be rocking the tunes from 10 pm until 1:30 am. There is a $10 cover for the band.

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Arapahoe, NC

Bryant Island Strings will be performing tonight at Gary’s Down East Seafood Restaurant. Music is served with the fresh seafood selections from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm.

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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 14 at 5:15 PM

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook.

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

More events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Thank You 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 changes publicly.

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

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 about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

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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Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

Do you need music for an event you are planning? Consider the services of: 

Tracey Stones Productions

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance. 

Be sure to mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

Pictures are helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

Tracey Stones at work live streaming TrainWreck Live

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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Welcome to the Weekend

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, December 28, 2018

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Getting Down Around Town

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BrUtopia

Live music tonight at BrÜtopia will be offered by singer and stringer from Wilmington, NC, Gene Gregory. This show is free with music being served from 7-10 pm. Maris Hella Fat Food Truck will be on site and serving up the best sliders around town.

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The Pamlico County duo Steel Shot will be rocking tonight at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine. Live music is offered from 8-10:30 pm. This show is free, but feel free to tip the music makers!

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm. All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.

Tonight it is the sounds of Gary Dudley and the Maxxtones who will offer the best classic rock tonight 7-10 pm.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Music starts at 7:30 pm. Tonight you can enjoy fun rock grooves of The Wannabees

For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

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Join us for an unforgettable ONE NIGHT ONLY event as Johnny Peyton, The HypnoDr helps us Explore the Power of Our Minds! Watch as your friends become the stars of the show! You’ll never know what he’ll have them do next, but you can be sure it will be hilarious, respectful, and good clean fun!!

Guaranteed to be one of the best shows of 2018 – YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS!

The fun starts at 8 pm. $10 reserved seating $8 general admission

City Stage New Bern is located at 901 B Pollock St., New Bern, NC

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Rocking Around the Region

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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

December 24 at 5:55 PM

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

Looking for more events all around the region click here:

Events on 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 changes publically.

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

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, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  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 town tonight!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled

performance, Also mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

Pictures are helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

℘℘℘℘

~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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ADVERTISE HERE! CALL

318-789-6929

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Building Dreams with Live Music

Behind the Scenes with Tracey Stones

On Friday morning I saw a Facebook post that announced Bryan Mayer was going to be a guest in the studio at Charles Tendell Studios, for an appearance on New Bern Live. When I saw the post, I mentioned that I wanted to be there.

New Bern Live’s Cheryl McCarthy talks with promoter Kim Briele and Country Artist Bryan Mayer and Party Crasher Tracey Stones joined the conversation!

About 12 minutes into the show,  I stopped by the studio and jumped in to talk about the special guest, local country crooner and CCMA 2018 Male Vocalist of the Year Bryan Mayer.

It has been a very exciting year for the country singer, that kicked off the year at the CCMA Awards, held at The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Having been there for those moments in the singer-songwriter’s career, I wanted to share my angle with the world.

Bryan Mayer 2018

The whole reason one might become a blogger is, this obsession with telling the fun stories of people’s lives. I was invited to this awards show at the last minute, earlier this year and accepted the opportunity. It was another fun night with the national country band New Bern considers their own.

Years before Florence ever put New Bern on the map, Bryan Mayer had us ranked on the National Country Charts, thanks much in part to his fans requesting to hear his song, “This is Me.” on the radio! Truly a dream come true.

That song put this son of a US Marine Corps Colonel and a Navy nurse on a country road that has been good to him ever since. This year and just weeks ago, that hit song was released as a Karaoke selection for the Sound Choice Karaoke Catalogs. The talented singer-songwriter was on hand for the big release during a party at The Brickhouse in Raleigh last month.

Currently, Bryan Mayer Band has a new single for sale and request on the radio. You can buy “Crazy In Love,” at all of the popular spots. Google, Apple, Spotify, etc.  Please visit the website to read all about this artist who is tall on giving back to his community!

 BRYAN MAYER

The band will perform again at the CCMA, as they position themselves for more recognition on the country charts in 2019.

2019 CCMA Commercial

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 Swapping Ideas With Stingers and Singers

My mission in this music business is to create communities everywhere. The goal in doing this is to create a healthier music community with fair pay stages in communities near in far. Partnering with community leaders to make opportunities happen for music makers and venues that support them.

One of the reasons I got back into this business is, because of the fun creative process involved behind the scenes of the business. They say if you do what you love for a living, you will never work a day in your life. I love working with bands and showing them how to set themselves up as a business. Thing is, most bands get together with the intent of having fun and making some money. If you put a lot of time into it, you will need to make money from your craft to support it. Given that it is essential for bands to establish themselves as a professional unit leaving the gate!

Rubich & Cain

When Ryan Rubich reached out about meeting with me, we finally connected the other night when I rolled into Jacksonville. We grabbed a bite to eat and enjoyed some good conversation about the music business. I am available to do this with anyone who is serious about creating their niche in the business. Of course most bands approach me on the hope and thought that I would consider being an agent. I am a promoter and a writer. I am a separate entity all my own, who is creating opportunities for everyone who goes out in support of live music.

It was not long ago that Rubich teamed up with Jared Cain and he was interested in hearing some insight on where they could bring the project. For anyone interested in checking out the duo, they will be rocking the Salty Turtle Beer Co. next Saturday from 6-9 pm.

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, December 15, 2018

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Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter just opened their largest store here in New Bern, NC. To celebrate they will host live music today in the bar from 3-6 pm, featuring the sounds of Charlotte performer, Greg Lilley! The new Harris Teeter is located on Highway 17 in New Bern.

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Fairfield Harbour Community

Tracey Stones Productions and ncmz.live, invite you to take a break from the holiday shopping and enjoy some fun times with friends and neighbors. We will welcome Maris-Hella Fat Food Truck and The Dust Parade at the Community Center for a pre-holiday gathering.

Cooking up the delicious food will be one of this community’s favorites, Maris-Hella Fat Food truck will serve up the food and The Dust Parade will offer the live entertainment.

All residents and their guests are welcome to attend. There is a suggested $10 donation per person to pay the band. If you feel generous, they will also have products for sale in time for the holidays. Including jewelry made from Hank Barbee’s guitar strings, a variety of shirts and CD’s all for sale. Please support live music.

 The Dust Parade

This event is for residents of Fairfield Harbour and their friends and it will take place at The Fairfield Harbour Community Center, located at 585 Broad Creek Road, New Bern. Doors open at 6:30 pm and music play 7-10! Come dance and enjoy a sweet treat with friends and neighbors!

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BrUtopia

Now or Never will serve up the songs this evening in James City. Live music is offered from 7-10 pm. This show is free. But feel free to share the love with the players that move you. BrUtopia is located at 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. Tonight’s entertainment features a trio of friends from the Crystal Coast. Now or Never, features Tiffany Elaine, Fernando Rivera, and Steve Mehan. They are an original act that offers fresh pop material with country flair and rap overtones!

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.

Tonight it is the sounds of The Raucous Brothers sharing songs from 8-11 pm.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck.  Music starts at 7:30 pm. Tonight you can enjoy the fresh pop sounds of Push Play.

For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

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Madame Z and The Pollock Street Drag Divas are back for another unique and unforgettable evening of Fun! It’s an evening you don’t want to miss! The crowd is always diverse and fun-loving and the mood is sublime!

Doors open at 5 pm with food and drinks available. The show starts at 8 pm

The City Stage New Bern is located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC.

Reserved Seating and General Admission Tickets are available at: http://citystagenewbern.com/event/madame-zs-drag-queen-christmas/

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Cruising The Coast

Beaufort

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Chupacabras (De Le Rosa) will on stage at Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Chupacabras (De Le Rosa)

PLAYS SPACE ROCK DESERT BLUES JAMS

Sat Dec 15th 9PM-1, $3 Cover charge.

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The Backstreet Pub, 124 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC, will be a part of Claus Crawl, a festive town event for the holiday season. Come out for the After-party featuring Red & The Rockers, offering the music and Beau Gro Food Truck offering the deliciousness. Music starts at the end of the Claus Crawl at 6 pm

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Cedar Point

Treehouse Beer Company offers live music each weekend and tonight they bring singer and stringer Jesse Esterline to the stage. Come out tonight between 7-10 pm for the live entertainment sessions from the stage.

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Surf City, NC

JM’s Place PUB offers the rocking sounds of Adam Hill Band, live tonight with music starting at 9 pm.

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Rocking Around the Region

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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

December 10 at 5:36 PM

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook

Tracey Stones Live on 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 changes publically.

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

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, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  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 town tonight!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled

performance, Also mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

Pictures are helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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Live Music and More Meetings Greet the Week

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

In the studio at #NewBernLive 12/14/2018 with Kim Grace Briele and Bryan Mayer

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Open Mic Madness at The Crystal Coast

On Monday, December 10, 2018 I headed out to Shortway Brewing Company to enjoy the talents that come out to take part in the Singer-Songwriter Open Mic hosted by Tiffany Elaine and her band Now or Never.

  • Sabra Mason is a talented country artist with a great many songs to share. She was the first player I got to enjoy at the Singer-Songwriter Open Mic Night.
  • The youngest star of the night was MacKenzie Webb who has a strong presence with a penetrating voice and mad music skills on a ukulele and piano too.
  • Wiregrass is the husband and wife bluegrass band featuring Brian and Pat Till. This couple will be in New Bern tomorrow afternoon to sing songs with the senior residents at The CourtYards at Berne Village.
  • Now or Never is a new band out of Beaufort which came together as a result of the many open mics nights hosted by the beautiful Tiffany Elaine. This trio features Elaine with her music brothers and best friends, Fernando Rivera and Steve Mehan.

Tiffany Elaine does a great job at seeking out venues that will host open mic nights for area artists along the crystal coast. She hosts as many as four open mic in a week but on most weeks she hosts a minimum of two events. The music hostess can be found at the Cru Bar in Beaufort, Crystal Coast Brewing Company in Morehead City,  Shortway Brewing Company in Newport and other places as well. 

Elaine does a great job hosting the nights, keeping the stage rotating with talent and always sharing kind words of each performer that graces the stage. The future burns bright for this young talented woman! Keep up to date with her by following her music page on Facebook:

 https://www.facebook.com/TiffanyElaineMusic909/

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Down East FolkArts Society Meets

The Down East FolkArts Society has been representing the Folk Arts of Spoken Word, Song and dance while embracing and promoting these arts in our communities since they got started in 1994.

Over the last year, this established board of directors has undergone a lot of change. Now the group is operating under the direction of a new board which is being chaired by Charles McCurry. This singer-songwriter is familiar with the genre bring his vision of building communities with music to the table. Walking into the 2019 Season we will be bringing six acts to our area so to perform three shows during their stay in the area. 

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DEFAS 2019 Season

The first act we will be featuring is Tom Kimmel who makes his home in Hattiesburg, MS but hails from Alabama. He will be offering his songs to our area in mid-month, next month. Be sure to check back for a feature on him before his first show at The City Stage on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

Back when the Society was established, this nonprofit organization that remains committed to Folk Arts, would drum up membership and sell tickets to the shows they sponsored. Those funds would in turn be used to support the artists that came to play. So many things have changed over the years with the live music scene.

A Brief History of the Live Music Scene

Back in the ’70s and ’80s bands were paid fairly for their talents by venues and promotes. In the ’90s a lot of things changed on the scene for two main reasons: First and foremost, there were more laws on the books, which is not a bad thing, but it cut into the bottom line and took a while to overcome. Luckily, for bar owners everywhere though, there was this invention of “homemade rock stars” we all know as KARAOKE! This invention shapeshifted the live music scene greatly. 

Bar owners could offer a night of entertainment that people loved because they were the stars, and it only cost them $100. Why pay a band $800? It becomes a legitimate question. So band prices dropped significantly in the local markets. Nonetheless, musicians still want to play so will forge through hard times. The new millennium offered the reinvention of the key to all popular street musician,  the tip jar. This trend started with passing the hat, now we just walk to the front of any stage and drop money in the tip jar.

The Road Ahead

Given that history and the trends of the times, this new board came to agree that doing away with paid membership would boost the interest and benefit the artists more. Having said that you are welcome to join the Down East FolkArts Society. You can do it easily enough by visiting http://www.downeastfolkarts.org/

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Mid Week Blues Bonus

  • Big Jim Kohler
  • and his blues band offers the mid-week blues bonus for fans and friends.
  • This stringer offers the real deal blues known by way of Chicago.
  • His wife will preach the gospel
  • and set your soul straight for the rest of the week!

Big Jim Kohler has been offering the blues to friends and fans each Wednesday at The City Stage, 901 Pollock St., New Bern, since the start of November. This week the blues stringer was joined by blues harmonica player, Lee Tibbetts, bass player, Chris Buttitta and drummer, Tom Parks. In between their Chicago style blues offerings, comes Kohler’s bride Kathy Kohler, who offers the gospel of the delta players. 

Next week the duo will be on the road collecting their daughter from college for the upcoming holiday break! To stay informed be sure to like the band page on Facebook by following this link:  

https://www.facebook.com/bigjimkohler/

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Warriors Night at Nick’s

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern offered a special night of music last night with Warrior’s Night. This event offered four Marine Veterans on one stage swapping stories and sharing their songs.

 

 

Making up the frontline for this event was Mike Corrado,
Anderson ElswickJP Guhns and  Matt Bowlin Each stringer shared stories and songs written during their time in service, These songs offered glimpses at the places they called home, included tales of their upbringing and family, as well as their time serving this great land. 

It was a moving night of great talent. Each player displayed their unique style. Most songs offered a country flavor but many styles were touched on throughout the night. Each performer has songs for sale. Be sure to click on each of their names to visit their page on Facebook. Like that page and visit their websites too

The host of this wonderful event was Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern which is owned by retired Marine, Nick Nichols. It was a great evening spent in the company of our nation’s heroes.  Here’s to hoping that we can have more music events like this!

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, December 14, 2018

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Getting Down Around Town

Merry Christmas from the City of Bears!

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ArtWalk New Bern

Tonight marks the second Friday of the month which means New Bern celebrates ArtWalk. Please come to town and enjoy our shops, meet our talented artists, and enjoy the live music featured in venues around town. Speaking of music, Big Jim Kohler will be live at The Black Cat Shoppe located on Middle Street. 

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Bank of the Arts/Craven Arts Council


Dayton Vesper will perform this evening at 
Craven Arts Council / Bank of the Arts this evening with music starting at 7 pm. Tonight’s program will include the following:

1) JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
Prelude and Fugue in B-flat Major (from THE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER, Book I), BWV 866
2) LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110
3) ALEXANDER SCRIABIN (1872-1915)
Vers la flamme (Toward the flame), Op. 72
Etude in C-sharp minor, Op. 2, No. 1
Etude in D-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 12
4) FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)
Sonnet 104 of Petrarch
FREDERIC CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20
(PLUS SOME “NOT SO CLASSICAL” INTERLUDES)
DONATIONS ACCEPTED.

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BrUtopia


Ed Prophet will serve up the songs this evening at the James City. Live music is served from 7-10 pm. This show is free, but feel free to share the love with the players that move you. BrUtopia is located at 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. Tomorrow night they will feature the sounds of Now or Never, a trio of music makers out of Beaufort. Come out and enjoy the freshest beer bing poured and support live music this weekend!

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The Bruin 

The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine, 224 Middle St., New Bern offers live music each Friday by area artists who love sharing their songs. Tonight come out and dance to the sounds of Arlin Tart who will share music from 8-10:30 pm. This show is free. Come start the weekend with your favorite craft beer and live music.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.

Tonight it is local string Mike Watkins sharing songs from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow night you can catch the sounds of The Raucous Brothers sharing songs from 8-11 pm.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight, offering the familiar sounds you love will be the rocking trio of Ravenz Bru. Music starts at 7:30 pm. Tomorrow night you can enjoy the fresh pop sounds of Push Play.

For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

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SMASH Studios & Fitness and City Stage New Bern team up to offer a fun night of dance. Come watch as Smash Girls wow you while performing on the lyra, cube, pole, and hammock tonight at City Stage! If you haven’t seen us yet trust me you are missing out! Christmas will never be the same!! 
$8.00 Gen. Admission
$10.00 Reservations
Tickets available at citystagenewbern.com

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Cruising The Coast

Beaufort

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Last Chance Wranglers will on stage at Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop. They will be sharing the songs you will love and want to dance to.This free music will be offered from 8:30-11:30 pm. Please feel free to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

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Though there was no listing for live music tonight,
The Backstreet Pub, 124 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC, will be a part of Claus Crawl, a festive town event for the holiday season. Come out for the Afterparty featuring  
Red & The Rockers offering the music and Beau Gro Food Truck offering the deliciousness. Music starts at the end of the Claus Crawl at 6 pm

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Cedar Point

Carolina Home and Garden offers live music in the garden twice weekly on most weeks. Tonight you can enjoy the romance and magic of musical duo 4EverAll live from 6:30 -9:30 pm. Along with music to move you there is a fun store to shop, beer on tap for tasting and food on site to fill you. Come out and enjoy a night of food music and shopping tonight.

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Treehouse Beer Company offers live music each weekend and tonight they bring New Bern singer and stringer Sam Lewis to town for the live entertainment sessions from the stage. Music will play from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow night you can enjoy the music of Jesse Esterline.

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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

December 10 at 5:36 PM

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook

Tracey Stones Live on 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 changes publically.

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

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, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  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 town tonight!

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Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook:
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Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

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Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled

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Pictures are helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE. We will link your ad to your website for tracking so you can see the results of our readers visiting your site.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com to learn more.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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Hurricane Relief is Still a Thing ’round Here

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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Last weekend we wrapped things up at another benefit. This pause for the cause was a hurricane relief effort to raise the money needed to fix and restore Pamlico County Schoo,l so that children can return to their classes. It was organized by the well-known sax man on the scene James Durham, who not only jams with many bands but is also a music instructor at Pamlico County College. 

In all five bands came together for this event, which was held in the AH Hatsell  Auditorium at Pamlico County High School. I was able to be there to watch four of the bands play. They sold T-shirts and had a food vendor on site. It was a fun Sunday afternoon full of music and filled with love for the kids at Pamlico County Middle School.

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Bands Band Together for Hurricane Relief

Brant Island Strings

The Brant Island Strings are a folk-infused string band is from Pamlico County, who play a fun blend of familiar music. This quartet features the talents of Rick Vogt offering vocals and guitar, his wife Ginny Vogt, also on vocals and guitar, Becky Ackiss plays the upright bass and shares vocals and Perry Cheatham plays the mandolin. To get to know the band better you can find them on Facebook. Just visit their band page and give it a like.

Brant Island Strings on Facebook

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Beaufort Blues Project

The six-piece band from the Crystal Coast, The Beaufort Blues Project came out to offer a set of great music for the fans, who came out in support of this worthy cause. The last time I ran into this band they were also donating their talents for hurricane relief. That last time it was closer to home at the Amped Up gig in Morehead City.

Tomorrow night this band has a paid gig at The Backstreet Pub. Music plays at 9 pm and I encourage everyone who heads out there to fill this good-hearted band’s tip jar until it is overflowing. Show them love in return for all of the love they have shared to help others. To find them on Facebook follow this link:

The Beaufort Blues Project on Facebook

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The Spread

Next to the stage came the good grooves of The Spread. This is another band I was able to catch up with a couple weeks ago, donating their time for Hurricane Relief, closer to home. They too played The Amped Up Benefit that took place earlier this month in Morehead City. A place where some of the players call home.

This band is refreshingly original and great fun to hear. I have loved them since the first time I heard them, at the Backstreet Pub in Beaufort, back in May 2015. Playing the show on Sunday we got to hear the blended talents of Kathryn Morgan, offering her powerful vocals, Chris Taylor on guitar, Will Phetterplace on drums, Phil Wilson on bass and Chris White offering rhythm guitar and the newest groove maker, Jim Durham on saxophone.

To keep up to date with this band visit their Facebook page and like it while you are there.

The Spread

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The Dust Parade

The Dust Parade closed out this event which highlighted our area’s music scene all on one stage. It was a wonderful event that raised money for kids, which always warms the heart. Besides closing out the day, bandleader, Hank Barbee ran the sound for this event.

On Wednesday I closed out the blog stories with how the band wrapped up the night. They offered their song, “The Best Way.” Giving you all a glimpse of their newest number. Here is how they opened their set.

The Dust Parade features Hank Barbee on vocals and guitar, Jim Durham on sax and backing vocals, Matt Henderson on bass guitar and Logan Watson behind the kit, banging out the beats.

To get to know the band better and to shop their merchandise visit their website.

 The Dust Parade

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~ Live Music Option ~

Friday, November 23, 2018

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First Stop James City!

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Triple Play Sports Bar & Restaurant

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Live on stage at Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Barbeginning at 9 pm tonight, it is the rocking sounds of Smokehouse. 

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Thirsty Bruin

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Live music is a tradition at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine. This feature is free and takes place weekly from 8-10:30 pm. Tonight on the stage and sharing her songs will be the local rocker, Marron Chaplin. Come out to welcome in the weekend with the freshest new brew and rocking grooves.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.

Tonight we enjoy the music of Rick Huff, who will be offering his songs from 7-10 pm

Tomorrow night it is a double bill of rock n blues. Starting off the night with her rocking soul will be Marron Chaplin jamming from 8-10 pm and Big Jim Kohler rocking the rest of the night away with his down-home blues til midnight.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight you can party right with The Wannabees, who will be rocking the cold away from 7-10 outside and TrainWreck taking over the inside stage from 10 pm until closing. Tomorrow night fans of southern rock are in for a treat when The Potter’s Hill Band comes calling tomorrow 7:30-11:30 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

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Live tonight at The City Stage it is Dueling Pianos with the host Tony Basford. Join Basford and friends as they make you laugh, sing and dance the night away.
Premium seats fill up fast for this amazing show so come early!
Doors open at 5pm, food and drinks will be available as always throughout the night.
Tickets are $5 at the door.

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Cruising The Coast

Morehead City, NC

According to their Facebook Page, here is what is happening this weekend at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 513 Evans St., Morehead City:

~Friday, November 23rd~
OPEN at 4pm
Made to order brick oven pizza will be available starting at 8pm
Music by Eric Gress tonight starting at 10pm

~Saturday, November 24th~
OPEN at 12noon
Enjoy our wood-fired pizza starting at 8pm
Live music by Trainwreck starts at 10pm

Friendly reminders: Everyone must be 21 and over. Starts at 9pm and there is a $10 minimum on credit cards.

See you at Jack’s!

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On the deck tomorrow will be New Bern’s own rock show, The BiPolar Express. They’ll be providing the entertainment for the good folks that gather at Off the Hook this Saturday night. Live music starts at 10 pm. I encourage you to go early for the delicious food and stay late to get in the grooves with this fun and funky band! Off the Hook is located at 105 S 7th St, Morehead City, NC.

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Swansboro, NC

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The Swansboro Christmas Flotilla is fun for the whole family!

At dusk, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, gather along Swansboro’s waterfront and watch the spectacular parade of lights along the Intracoastal Waterway and down the White Oak River. Music will fill the air and you can enjoy treats, such as cider, hot cocoa, and baked goods, as you enjoy the lights glimmering off the river. You’ll be amazed by the lights and décor of the boats – Santa Claus will arrive by boat and visit with the crowd throughout the evening.

Adding Music to the event the band Old Smoke and blues rocker Will Baker will be on a pontoon rocking their cares away! Be sure to listen for them floating past. If you happen to miss it, Old Smoke will be rocking Church St. Deli in Swansboro from 7-10 pm tomorrow night.

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Emerald Isle, NC

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Tonight at the E-Club Emerald Isle you can come out and be entertained by the always energetic Corey Stuart tonight. Offering the fun sounds of the ’80s and beyond. Tomorrow night is the town parade and pig picking at the club. Come out anytime in the afternoon. They will have a DJ rocking you until after the parade ends, a free pig to feed you and then a couple of great bands to rock you into the night. Pure T Mommick hits at 5 pm and Spare Change finishing things out from 9 pm until closing.

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Tomorrow at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits you can come out and enjoy the performance of  Chris Bellamy, who will be offering songs in the garden tomorrow evening following the town’s parade.

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Cedar Point, NC

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Tonight, sharing their love of music with friends and fans, 4EverAll will be in the garden tonight. Free music is offered from 6:30-9:30 pm. There is a food truck on site, fun things for the kids, adult beverages and cool shopping too! Come out and enjoy it all this fine Friday night!

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Riptidez Bar & Grill in Cedar Point hosts Adam Hill tonight. The rocker will be offering an acoustic show from 9 pm until midnight. Come out to enjoy the powerful and moving sounds of this music maker as he makes his debut.

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Wilmington, NC

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Moe’s Original BBQ Wilmington will offer the solo sounds of Hank Barbee tonight from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm.

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Ratchet Bros. are scheduled to perform at The Calico Room tonight. Music starts at 8:30 pm and these music brothers rock you until 11:30 pm. This duo also swaps chops in the band The Phantom Playboys. They are both talented strings with many songs to share, so check them out tonight!

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Randy McQuay has a show in Wilmington tonight as well. You can find the awesome blues player live on stage at Burnt Mill Creek Billiards & Wine Bar this evening from 8-11 pm.

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Rocking Around The Region

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Greensboro, NC

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Wally West Jazz Trio will be offering the sounds at Preyer Brewing Company this Black Friday night. Come out and jazzed up with live sounds from 8-11 pm.

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Statesville, NC

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The band Holt Up recently visited us in town, when they played The Brown Pelican. Tonight the band will be rocking it closer to home for friends and fans in the Statesville area. Check them out tonight at Red Buffalo Brewing Co. offering music from 8-11 pm.

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Durham, NC

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NOVEMBER 23, 2018 · FRIDAY * 9PM * $10

It’s way past time for the BNG TELECASTER MASTERS. This year’s event features Will McFarlane, Alan Heckle, Rebecca Newton (honorary Tele master), Tommy Hartley, FJ Ventre, and George “The Clock” Hindenach.
And other area Telecaster masters will be encouraged to sit in on a few songs!
It’s the biggest local event of the year, with a who’s who of musicians attending and playing!
The original Telecaster Master events started in 2010 at the original Blue Note Grill in Durham. They were always SRO events and a great way for music lovers to spend a night with American guitar players, with great musical stories to tell. This special show brings the original cast back to the new location, for a round robin of some of the finest Telecaster music in American history.

NOTE: We do not take reservations on Friday. Seating is first come/first serve. Please arrive after 8pm for the 9pm show.

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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

November 19 at 5:59 PM

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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 on Facebook

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook

Tracey Stones Live on 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 changes publically.

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

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!

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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  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 town tonight!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled

performance, Also mention what time doors open and the price of tickets. Sending along

pictures is helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

℘℘℘℘

Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE. We will link your ad to your website for tracking so you can see the results of our readers visiting your site.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com to learn more.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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Music Benefits Offer More Than One Benefit For The Blogger

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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One of the best parts of writing this blog has been getting to know so many people around the state. Along the way and with time, I have become a resourceful contact for anyone who is in need of entertainment. Though I have no real interest in making a living from booking bands, it does account for most of the earned income for Tracey Stones Productions, LLC.

 Craven Arts Council/Bank of the Arts presents an annual concert series At The Gallery. This series highlights famed singer-songwriters and such as Otis Redding, which was last month. Bob Dylan will be featured next month on December 1, 2018 and this month Carly Simon. It was just before Halloween when John Burger reached out looking for a performer to cover the performance.

The originally scheduled artist for the November show had to cancel due to injury and Burger hoped for the show to go on. It took me about ten minutes to come up with a name. Local singer-songwriter in her own right Marron Chaplin, a rock powerhouse. I know her music falls into a different genre than Simon’s, but I thought for sure she could do this.

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Marron Chaplin Gives First Piano Concert of Career

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When I first reached out to Chaplin with the opportunity, she took a minute to consider the idea. After being presented the opportunity she discussed it with her biggest fan, her mom, and after some more consideration accepted the challenge. And a challenge it was. Chaplin is well versed in rock music and leans on the side of being a hard rocker at that.

Regardless of genre preference, I also knew she was a skilled and professional player. What I did not know when I reached out to the performer was, that she was honing her skills on the piano and was excited to hear that the Gallery had a piano for the performance. Following her commitment to the gig, the young mom buckled down and learned a variety of songs from Carly Simons song catalog. She offered a two-hour performance with a brief intermission in between sets.

She interacted with the audience while she fought off her nerves in between songs and opened her mind to the opportunity of grander gigs with more attentive audiences. Fact is a show at the Gallery is nothing like a more routine gig at a bar. She did great, pulling off the show with sheer talent and grace. Here is one of the selections she shared with the audience with her baby blue six-string in hand. A guitar she named after her Grandmother, Evelyn.

 

For fans and friends of the entertainer, you can find her rocking around town this weekend. On Friday she will be on stage and rocking The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle Street, New Bern, NC, with free music being offered from 8-10:30 pm. On Saturday night she will be opening the night at the Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC, offering tunes from 8-10 pm.

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Carolina Lily Fest 2018 at The Brown Pelican Took Place on Saturday

 

 

 

The good people at GEM Productions teamed up with Folks Journal, will present the 4th Annual Carolina LilyFest 2018 at The Brown Pelican on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

 

 

The evening offered five acts, including New Bern’s Family Band Strung Together opening the event at 5 pm. Mandy Mears, Sometimes Lions, Batts, and Crystal Bright all offered their talents and time for this wonderful event, that raised money for our area’s Coastal Women’s Shelter. Along with great entertainment, there were awesome items donated for a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing. The Coastal Women’s Shelter is a nonprofit that helps families live free from domestic violence.

Gabrielle Christie and Her New Project Batts debuts at LilyFest 2018

 

 

 

 

 

When I first met Gabrielle Christie she was a shy teenager playing in a bluegrass band. She sort of blended into the stage set playing her guitar and giving up the spoons and fiddling with the mandolin while singing back up. The band was Merchant’s Road. About a year and a half later, we saw her on stage as the singer/bass player for the original rock band Barefoot Monty. That band had a great stint and released on 5 track EP about a year after they banded together. In fact, the band played the day show at BTM’s this summer for GEM Productions’ Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Since then, she has grown into her own and is becoming a music force we all need to spend some time listening to. She is now working out her music offering with a new bands call Batts. This duo features Christie front and center offering vocals, guitar, and bass on her own efforts. Batts is going to make a great impression on the New Bern music scene.

 

New Bern Meets Crystal Bright & The Silver Hands

 

 

 

Like with each annual event, the night closes out with a headliner from out-of-town. This year’s finale was offered by a hauntingly talented duo, that of combines the musical energies of Crystal Bright and Jeremy Haire. As per the band bio, we learn that  “Crystal Bright is an Indie singer/multi-instrumentalist, composing music steeped with dark cinematic twists and international musical influences and has played over 1000 shows across the world since 2010.” The fun and mystical singer-songwriter offered a great closing set to fans, that filled the Pelican for the great night of music and making fun for The Coastal Women’s Shelter. 

The band has several releases and you can find them on many social media sites, including Facebook and Reverbnation.  They have a couple of gigs on the calendar worth noting. To check out their merchandise and show dates you can check out the website at:

Crystal Bright & The Silver Hands

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Behind the Scenes With Tracey Stones

 

I just have to give a shout out to Crystal Bright and Jeremy Haire for making the choice to come to New Bern, in spite of the fact that their car broke down en route to the gig. The duo got towed into town from Goldsboro, NC so to perform for the charity event. Following the show, I called AAA to try to get them a tow truck home. Given the late hour and distance, it seemed impossible to find a truck willing to take the trek to Chapel Hill at 2 am. The following morning we met in the parking lot and out of the blue, I asked Bright to turn the engine. The car cranked and I followed them well out-of-town, just about nearing Dover.

Of course, just as I was coming back into New Bern, she reached out and told me the car died and they were stuck again, in LaGrange. With that, I doubled back and carried on through Kinston, where I met them in LaGrange and once again called AAA. Parker Millar, came to the scene to collect the passengers; getting Haire and Bright back to town before Haire was due at work. The guitarist makes a living running sound at the famed Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.

Fact is, they could have been towed back to Chapel Hill when they were on their way, but being the professional players they are, they made the gig with minutes to spare and worried about their fate later. These behind the scenes stories are the best parts of this life. Big thanks to A+ Towing for recovering the vehicle and returning it safely to Chapel Hill.

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The Weekend Ends With A Benefit for Pamlico County Middle School

The most beneficial shows for a blogger is a benefit with many bands. This is always my favorite kind of event to cover. Last weekend I ended the week on a good note with great music and all for the sake of raising money for Pamlico County Middle School.

Following the wrath of Hurricane Florence in September the children of this school have been displaced with their school rendered unsafe. In an effort to raise the funds needed for the repairs, Pamlico County High School Band Director and Educator, Mr. James Durham put together a benefit which took place in the AH Hatsell Auditorium at Pamlico County High School.

When he is not busy sharing knowledge with students, Durham can be heard swapping notes with any number of area bands. In fact, the sax player performed with four out of the five bands that were on the bill last Sunday, November 18, 2018, for the event he organized, Band Together For Hurricane Relief to Fix PCMS.

I invite you to come back tomorrow to hear all about the bands that played for the worthy cause. Before we go, I will leave you with the last song of the night. The hard-working Hank Barbee ran sound all day, including for his band The Dust Parade who ended the show!

 

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My Grateful Heart

After three years of dedicating myself to the local, live music scene you have shown me my work is important and gave me the inspiration and help to fuel the mission further with your generous contribution. On this, the Eve before Thanksgiving, I want you all to know how grateful I am for each and every one of you who help me keep the dreams alive. We are not only giving my dreams a life, but we are keeping a light shining on the superstars that rock us every weekend. Those entertainers work hard and I like working equally as hard trying to cover as much as I humanly can.

Since the night before Thanksgiving is generally one of the biggest bar nights of the year, I decided that publishing tonight was much needed and necessary for those looking for the music tonight.

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Live Music Options ~ Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

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Rocking Around The Region

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Jacksonville, NC

The Adam Hill Band returns to Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd, Jacksonville, NC. With music starting at 9 pm Hill and the boys will rock you right into Thanksgiving Day.

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Kinston, NC

Another fine, rocking band out of the same is The Roman Sams, offering the best in classic rock. They have a gg tonight. They will be rocking the Red Room 220 Herritage St., Kinston, NC; starting at 10 pm. Music plays until 2 am and there is a music charge payable at the door.

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Goldsboro, NC

John Toppings brings his acoustic show to fans and friends that gather at Village Steakhouse and Pub.

 Music is served from 7-10 pm. This will happen in the bar. This music service is free, so please feel free to tip the music maker this Thanksgiving!

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Raleigh, NC

 

Rudino’s Rooftop host live music each Wednesday and tonight is no exception. Come out to enjoy the sounds of John Briggs from 6-10 pm.

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Wilson, NC

Brewmasters welcomes TripleWide Band to host the pre turkey day jam jam tonight! Come join the fun from 7-10 pm

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Graham, NC

The Ends and Jive Mother Mary are teaming up for this years Turkey Jam! Music will be performed in the brand new VENUE at Beer Co. Graham!

8pm- Walt Atkison
9pm- Band Member Line Up: Keith IngallsRyan BurgessMason KeckJosh Coe and Fluff

-November 21st 8pm- 12am
-Age 21 and up starting at 7:30pm
-$10 cover starting at 7:30pm

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Benson, NC

The Junction is looking forward to hosting a good ol country throwdown with the talented stringer and singer Jonathan Parker. The fun starts at 9:30 pm and he will have you boot scooting until just past midnight.

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Warrentown, NC

The Plank Road Band will perform this evening at Robinson Ferry Restaurant & SpiritsMusic starts at 8 pm and the rock ya goot until 11 pm.

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Morehead City, NC

Offering his latest song as well as several we have all come to know and love, Bryan Mayer will be performing live at Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar – Morehead City NC. Music is served from 7-10 pm, The food is always worth enjoying, the beer is cold and tonight the free music will be amazing.

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Swansboro, NC

Steel Shot will provide the rocking tunes you love tonight at The Boro Restaurant & Bar. Music is served from 7-10 pm and the food here is also delicious enough to impress your date.

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New Bern, NC

City Stage New Bern offers music fans a good dose of the blues to break p the mid-week monotony. Come out to enjoy the Big Jim Kohler Band live on stage offering their brand of blues to the crowd from 7-9 pm. This show is now a weekly offering which will be followed by an open jam that welcomes friends and music makers to join the fun. All are welcome to attend. Bring our instruments and come out to play tonight. The stage opens for the jam at 9 pm and music plays until closing.

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Open Mic Madness

 

Since we end our run around in town with a jam it reminded me to look into other open mic and open jams that might be happening and here are a few I found for you ambitious music makers looking to get out and rock em tonight!

Starting things off in Avon, Turner’s HIgh Moon Bar welcomes jammers to the stage tonight from 9 pm until 1 am.

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Raleigh, NC

This open mic night at Imurj is hosted by Brian Jones and all are welcome to attend. Sign up starts at 8 pm and the jams last til the midnight hour.

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The Second Row opens their stage to jammers each Wednesday night. Music starts at 8 pm and all are welcome to come out and enjoy!

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Coyote Music Den welcomes jammers to come to show off tonight from 6:30 pm until the music stops.

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Sugar Magnolia Cafe welcomes you out tonight as well. Jammers are welcome to sign up at 6 pm and the jam rocks from 6:30-9 pm

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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

November 19 at 5:59 PM

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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 on Facebook

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook

Tracey Stones Live on 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 changes publically.

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

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, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  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 town tonight!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled

performance, Also mention what time doors open and the price of tickets. Sending along

pictures is helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

℘℘℘℘

Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE. We will link your ad to your website for tracking so you can see the results of our readers visiting your site.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com to learn more.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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ADVERTISE HERE! CALL

318-789-6929

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