Looking Back at the Week of Fun Plus a Look Ahead

Behind The Scene With Tracey Stones

Looking back at the week, there was a lot of music that I found and guess what? There is a lot ahead too!

Rehearsal with the new Bryan Mayer Band

 

I started the week out with logging some rehearsal time with the new line-up for the Bryan Mayer Band. This past weekend marked an end of an era for the band and the country crooner is getting ready to bring a new show to light with a new guitarist and drummer joining the ranks.

The next gig for the band will feature Victor Speight Jr on drums and John Coltrane manipulating the electric six string. Holding down the bottom is a bass man of the year, Mike Sandvig. Namesake and leader, Bryan Mayer acknowledged that 2019 has been a weird year for him. He was rather comfortable with his line up but like with all things, change sets in and directions turn. After nearly five years with the same group, it’s a period of transition for the local country singing star.

Though they can only fit one practice in per week, the players have been getting comfortable with each other for the past several weeks as they get ready to make their debut at next week’s Ayden BBQ Cook-off and Festival. That will be on Saturday night at 7 pm.

Bryan Mayer Band – Crazy In Love

Currently, the band is a part of a Facebook Competition for the song “Crazy In Love.” This new release is nominated for Song of The Year.  To cast your vote, follow the link dated May 1, ask to join the group and then cast your vote. May 1 at 10:21 AM.

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On The Scene With Tracey Stones

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Monday Evening Blues Fix

One of my favorite nights around New Bern is Monday night. That is when Big Jim Kohler brings his blues to The Brown Pelican, to offer the great Chicago style blues we all know and love. Music is offered each week from 7-9 pm.  Be sure to come out and support it soon. This is a great night for blues fans and jammers too.

A New Open Mic Night on the Links

Speaking of jams, I attended a new open mic last week. KClub at Brandywine Golf and Country Club in Morehead City now offers an open mic twice a month. Hosted by the lovely and talented Tiffany Elaine, all are welcome to attend. This club is open to the public and offers cold, beer, wine, delicious food and now live music too. All are invited to come out to see what’s new and exciting at the links this Spring and Summer season!

All Are Welcome

While in attendance for the debut, I was able to catch a few awesome stringers and singers. First up was Fernando Rivera offering his own vibe to the mix. Following his three-song set came Steve Mehan, who started out with a fine blues instrumental, one he thought would work well with some horns. Speaking of horns, next up came the fresh young talented Dakota Nyman who offered a smooth jazz set.

 

While I was in the house, I also had the pleasure to hear from Stephen Poole and Ashton Ward, they are both powerful voices becoming known along the Crystal Coast. Both crooners have strong country persuasion but offer some pop and rock tunes too.

Before heading back to town I was also able to enjoy a short set by the trio Now or Never. The trio came about as result of these open mics, being hosted by the singer Tiffany Elaine. Teaming up with two guitarists this trio has three songwriters too. The chemistry is great and that is captured in the essence of their music.

This week Tiffany will host Open Mic nights at Shortway Brewing Co. tomorrow with music starting at 6-9 pm. On Tuesday the crew heads to Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop for more fun from 8-11 pm. On Wednesday catch the gang at The Carolina Wine Mixer offer an open stage to share songs from 7-10 pm each week.

Honky Tonk Tuesday

When I got back in the area I stopped in at The Brown Pelican to see what was happening. I got to enjoy a few jams by Charlie Duzan, who was offering the vibes to Honky Tonk Tuesday, a fairly new feature each week at the Dirty Bird. Music plays from 7-9 pm and all country players are welcome to come out and jam.

Soulful Sounds Fill My Soul On Thursday

The elegant and popular singer Alisa Mike has had a standing gig at  City Stage New Bern, since they opened their doors nearly a year ago. In fact, Mike was the first performer to welcome attendees to the new club and she offered the crowd her debut record, a self-titled disc with so many standards we love to hear her sing. Since then, Mike has enjoyed the dinner crowd that delights in her show each week. For anyone interested in catching this fine weekly offering, come out any Thursday from 7-9 pm.

Castellano Comes to New Bern

Justin Castellano is always entertaining to take in. I caught up with the talented act on Friday night when he graced New Bern with his talent. He offered his fans and friends at BrÜtopia a fun show on Friday night. One of the things I love about this cat is the fact that he is a gear junkie and technology nerd. These combined traits always give the singer something new to talk about.

For those looking to catch this skilled player soon, you can find him on the weekend in Swansboro, NC. On Friday and Saturday nights he will be offering music to those that gather at  The Boro Restaurant & Bar. Music is offered from 8-11 pm both nights. On Sunday you can hear him offering brunch music to those that come out to Church Street Deli, Pub, & InnLive music plays from 12-2 pm.

For anyone who can’t make those shows but wishes to keep up with this talented stringer, be sure to visit his website at https://justincguitar.com

To get a taste of how talented and crazy good this stringer is, be sure to check out some of his awesome music. Here is one of my favorites:

Justin Castellano Music

Country Courtesy of Ryan Cain & Jimmy Kennedy

For the next stop, I found Ryan Cain and Jimmy Kennedy II sharing songs in the backyard of The Garage. This new family-friendly bar is located in James City and offers games for the kids and cold beer for the parents. They are making upgrades each week and soon we will have a stage in the backyard.

The Mad Fiddler Returned TO BEAR CITY TO PLAY THE PELICAN

Jason Addams is better known to this world as The Mad Fiddler, and for good reason. This talented singer and stringer is a true one-man band that offers a great mix of popular songs that many know and love. What is most unique is the way he offers those familiar songs. With a wild-eyed edge, Addams is dramatic in his delivery of the energetic songs that he offers to those that sit before him.

Many that were in the house had not seen the wonder of the Mad Fiddler and he was delighting all that I spoke with. Many had asked if I have ever seen him. Fact is, I have had my eye on his madness since I caught a clip of it on Facebook three years ago. I finally met the talented player last year at an outdoor community celebration in Cape Carteret. Since then I have enjoyed several offerings.

To keep up with the madness, be sure to become friends with Jason Addams on Facebook.

Last Call For Current Rotation

Turning our attention back to the start of this blog, I mention Bryan Mayer was working things out with a couple of new players as his current drummer and manager, Shawn Mitchell makes a break for the bass and heads to work with RT Johnson. Also pulling out to take on more corporate responsibilities is Keith Salyards, who has been offering the electric strings for the past 5 years for the country crooner, tall on talent.

Looking ahead, the new band will make their debut next Saturday, May 18, 2019, at The Ayden BBQ Cook-Off and Festival. Music starts at 7 pm.

For fans and friends of the band be sure to check out the band on Facebook at Bryan Mayer or check out his website by visiting  https://www.bryanmayermusic.com/

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Music Options In the Days Ahead

Monday Mania

Blues Night at The Brown Pelican

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

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Tuesday Temptation

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

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Tiffany Elaine will host an open mic night at the Cru Bar & Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. The fun starts at 8 PM and all are welcome to come out and jam. 

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Wednesday’s Weakness

Blues Is Back at City Stage

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

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Open Mic at Carolina Wine Mixer

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

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Thursday Thrillers

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse will be serving the sounds of Chuck Phillips this week in the piano bar upstairs. Music is offered 6-9 pm and dinner is always delicious.

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Strung Together will provide the entertainment on the deck this Thursday evening at Persimmons Restaurant. Music is offered from 6:30-9:30 pm. Come enjoy a great night with fine dining on the water and enjoy the show!

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

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

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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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Recapping The Music Fun and A Look Ahead

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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It was a busy and productive weekend for these two rocker chicks.  Mary Shine took the lead on Friday night as we roamed around New Bern and cruised to the coast before heading back and closing out the night in Havelock. I took the wheel for our Saturday adventures when we roamed to BBQ fest in Kinston, Washington for dinner and a nightcap with a couple of bands in Greenville.

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Friday Night Features

Motherload Debuts at BrÜtopia

Motherload is a Newport based rock band that made their way to  New Bern on Friday evening, to rock those that gathered at BrÜtopia in the New Bern. This band features the lead guitar talent of Tim Rowe rhythm guitarist, singer Bobby Hunter, bass guitarist and singer Chris Dibella and, drummer Nathan Simmons. Newest to the rotation is singer Justin Bowen.

This band formed in 2012 and offer familiar rock favorites from the ’80s and ’90s. To check them out on Facebook follow this link:

Motherload on Facebook

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Mark McKenzie Makes A Come Back with A Little Help with His Friend

It was a great pleasure to walk in and see Mark McKenzie rocking the scene again. He was sharing familiar rock and pop songs with the fans and friends that gathered at The Garage on Friday night.

McKenzie is a familiar face to the New Bern music scene. He took a recent break to focus on his health. Nothing makes me smile bigger than to report his come back. On hand to help the local stringer with a couple of songs was the amazing Alisa Mike, who joined him for the Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter” while I was in the house. Talk about captivating moments, that was a wonderful one!

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Meanwhile Out In Back At The Garage

Friday night also marked the opening of the back yard space of the Garage. This is the newest establishment to open on the James City side of New Bern. They offer a family friendly environment where parents can relax and enjoy a beer while their kids play games. They have it all from pinball machines to classic arcade and even the more modern, they have a virtual game area.

To help them celebrate the new patio space they created, it was the glass shaping artist Shepp Herd (@catch42glas on Instagram). If you ever have the chance to watch his mastery at work, take advantage of the moments. It is amazing to watch this glass bender work his magic with heat and hot air.

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Country Comes Calling With Cain and Kennedy

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Upon leaving New Bern, we decided to leave the area and head to the coast. Along the way, Mary reminded me that there was an early gig in Havelock that we could catch on our way through.

We stopped in at Val’s Pub just in time to catch the final five songs of Ryan Cain’s show. He was sharing the stage with six-stringer, Jimmy Kennedy when we walked in. They closed out with a variety of classic country, some more modern country and a little blues with Tracy Chapman’s, “Give Me One Reason.”

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Back Pocket Buddah Spotted In Beaufort, NC

Carrying on to the coast we stopped in Beaufort next because it was burger time! Having said that, we stopped at the Royal James Café, where they serve the best burgers around. It was there that we found the Back Pocket Buddah, Brian Burke.

Here again, we made it in time to catch the final few songs of his night. The talented player is a skilled one-man band, with plenty of petals and pretty sounds to make the night pass with ease. Burke is staying busy playing around the region on weekends and you can catch him each Thursday at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar in Washington, where he hots open mic from 6-9 pm. You are invited to come out and share the stage and meet the man himself. This is another great option for good food and friendly service.

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Adam Hill Band Offers A Night Cap of Rock Grooves at Jean’s

 

On our way back to home base we stopped at Jean’s to check in with the always awesome Adam Hill Band. Just after our arrival Hill offered a rocking rendition of “Honky Tonk Women” for this footloose journalist. He sure knows how to say hey to fans and friends!

Hill hand another busy week which started with a solo show on Thursday evening at Riptidez bar & grill MHC, and yesterday the band played an early show at BBQ on the Neuse Fest in Kinston from noon until 4 pm. Following that appearance, the band packed up and headed to the Crystal Coast to for their late night show at Off The Hook in Morehead City.

May Dates

Looking ahead at Hill’s schedule, here is how it shakes out this May: Hill will be solo and jamming in Jacksonville, NC at Country Time Bar on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Music starts at 8 pm. On Thursday, May 16, 2019;  he will be serving the supper music solo at Village Steakhouse and Pub, Goldsboro, NC. Music plays from 7-10 pm in the bar. Friday, May 17, he is back with the band and heading for JM’s Place PUB in Surf City. Music is offered from 9 pm until midnight. Saturday, May 18, 2019, you can catch them at Bourbon Street Wilmington, sharing songs from 9 pm – 12 am.

For Memorial Day Weekend you can check him out solo at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern, where he offers a solo show on Friday and a full band show on Saturday. Be sure to come out and enjoy the unofficial kickoff of the Summer season! Hill closes out his month with a solo shot at Crossroads Grill & Bar. Music is served from 10 pm until 2 am.

To keep up with Adam Hill be sure to find him on Facebook by following this link:

The Adam Hill Band

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Saturday Street Fair Fun at BBQ Fest on the Neuse in Kinston

As we established in Friday’s and Saturday’s blogs ’tis the season for Festival and Fairs. After reporting on all of the fun options to consider, we decided to start things off in Kinston for the 2019 BBQ On the Neuse Fest.

 

Dean Daughtry and The Trouble Makers Make Debut at Festival Gig

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The rhythm section of this next band reached out to inform me, that Dean Daughtry and the Trouble Makers would be making their band debut at The 2019 BBQ on the Neuse Fest. I caught the end of the band’s first set and their second set in its entirety. Though the band is new, they are a group of seasoned players ready to rock and groove new audiences.

Making up the roster for this project are Dean Daughtry on vocals and trouble maker, Matthew Hart offers backing vocals and rhythm guitar and Scott Carlisle lead guitar, Greg Howard on bass and James Stroud behind the kit. The band plays a good variety of popular songs from the ’60s through current days. They mix it up well and keep it fun.

They were the closing band on the back yard stage at The Red Room. It was an impressive debut gig. The band is still working out set lists but they are also booking dates today. So if you are looking for a new band to put on your schedule, here is one to consider. To inquire about availability and rates, reach out via email to anthonydaughety@gmail.com. 

For those looking to get to know this band better, be sure to like their Facebook page by following the link below:

Dean Daughety and the Troublemakers

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Exile Band Closes out 2019 BBQ Fest on the Neuse

The headlining act for the 2019 BBQ on the Neuse Fest was the Exile Band. They offered lots of fun dance music to those that gathered at the Main Herritage Stage.

This band originally formed in 1963 and they are still sharing stage space and making people dance. Calling Nashville, TN  home these days, this band formed in their home base of Kentucky. They are a well-seasoned band that keeps busy touring the festival circuit for a good part of their year.

Throughout the years they did know some success with releases including “I Don’t Want To Be A Memory”, “Give Me One More Chance”, “She’s A Miracle”, “Crazy For Your Love”, “Hang On To Your Heart”, “I Could Get Used To You”, “It’ll Be Me”, “She’s Too Good To Be True” and “I Can’t Get Close Enough,” 

To learn more about the band or to keep up with their schedule or enjoy their music, be sure to check them out at https://www.exile.biz/.

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Several Saturday Night Specials in Washington, NC

After all of that fun at the Festival, Mary Shine and I hopped back in the music bus and headed to Washington to see what kind of music was being served around town.

Jamming With John at Backwater Jacks for Dinner

 

Our first stop brought us to Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill, where we parked it on the bench on the outskirts of the Pebble Beach Stage to enjoy a few jams with John Williams. Once a table became available we moved in and ordered supper and enjoyed the jams that were offered.

Much to my surprise, Williams came over to the table to present a gift certificate which paid for the delicious shrimp dinners that we feasted on. We appreciate the love and kindness.

BJT&G has a great menu and they are big supporters of live music. In fact, restaurant owner Laura Scoble is seeking the required permits, to open another place in the area that will serve more live sounds.

Before we left the scene for the next stop, my mind was blown away a bit when 12-year-old Keane took to the stage to offer a set of Beatles classics. The young man with an old soul nailed several well-known songs offered by the Fab Four. Backing him up on vocals was Nanette Garrett, who I have been hoping to catch for a couple of months now.

For those looking for a fun night in a relaxed atmosphere with live music, be sure to put this on your list of options.

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Dessert With Afreyed Knot at The Rebel Tavern

 

Before leaving town, I noted that it was nearing show time for the band AFreyed Knot to get things started, at their gig at The Rebel Tavern. This fun rock and pop cover band have a good time performing for friends and fans.

Afreyed Knot Band is fronted with family traditions and found on the fun of friendship. Creating the sounds for this band are The Bright family and friends. At the helm of this outfit is lead singer, wife, and mom Lynette Bright, bass playing husband and dad Taylor Bright and lead guitar and son Peter Bright. Backing vocals come courtesy of Dee Smith and back behind the kit is the busy James Stroud, who was on the scene in Kinston with the Trouble Makers. Also on stage with them last night was a new six-string slayer that helped fill in the sound of the party band.

To check them out in the days ahead, be sure to mark your calendars and meet them at AJ McMurphy’s in Greenville, NC next Saturday night. The party starts at 8:30 pm and music play until 11:30 pm. Be sure to like the band on Facebook by following this link: Afreyed Knot Band

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Over In Greenville…

Built For Comfort Bring The Blues to AJ’s

 

Speaking of AJ McMurphy’s in Greenville, that was our next stop where we caught up with the Greenville based blues of Built For Comfort. They were in the process of serving up their second set when we walked in. This band is always a fun one to catch. Making up the roster here are the talents of Landy Spain on guitar and vocals, Joe Tronto on drums, Bill Hunneke offers harmonica and vocals and Al Carroll offers bass and vocals.

One of the best things about this band and their blues is the way they change up the standards to make them their own. Whether it be Wilson Pickett’s, “Mustang Sally,” or Jimmy Reed’s. “Big Boss Man,” they keep with tradition while adding a twist that makes it their own.  To learn more about the band check them out on Facebook:

Built For Comfort

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Stairwell Closes Out a Great Weekend in Full Throttle Fashion

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Closing out a great weekend of fun shows was the Greenville based rock act Stairwell. They split the night with Hollow Intent who opened the night.  The thing I enjoyed most about this split bill situation is the fact that Stairwell offered more original music than cover songs. That is always a refreshing change to this blogger. I love the original music of artists.

The band has two discs of music currently available at the show and online where you buy music. They are also working on more material and getting set to put together another effort for fans and friends. Stairwell is on Facebook and they encourage you to like their page when you visit.

The band is off next week but they will return the following week with a show at Pitchers Bar on Friday, May 17, 2019, and on Saturday, May 18, 2019, they head to Kinston to rock The Red Room.

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Music Options In the Days Ahead

Monday Mania

Blues Night at The Brown Pelican

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

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Tuesday Temptation

Irish Music Offerings

Simon Spalding hosts an Irish Music Session with friends at City Stage New Bern on Tuesday evening. Live music is offered from 7-9 pm and this is free.

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

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Tiffany Elaine will host an open mic night at the KCLUB @ Brandywine Bay Golf Club in Morehead City on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month. The fun starts at  7 PM and it is open to the public. All are welcome to come out and jam. The first open mic will be this week.

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Wednesday’s Weakness

Blues Is Back at City Stage

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

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Open Mic at Carolina Wine Mixer

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

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Thursday Thrillers

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse will be serving the sounds of Chuck Phillips this week in the piano bar upstairs. Music is offered 6-9 pm and dinner is always delicious.

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Lewis & Clark will provide the entertainment on the deck this Thursday evening at Persimmons Restaurant. Music is offered from 6:30-9:30 pm. Come enjoy a great night with fine dining on the water and enjoy the show!

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

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

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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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.

Thanks 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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I am an advertising vehicle in need of a vehicle to take the dream farther. Let’s work together. If your corporate dollars help to build these well-contemplated plans, that will support the dreams of many local music makers, let’s talk about community commitment. I am very invested in this build and can’t imagine what life looks like without working on this business plan, which is going to need a lot of money to make it fire on all cylinders. Corporate Sponsorship packages start at $5,000.

Community Co-Hosts

 
Are you the leader in your niche? Consider partnering with me by being a stage sponsor! Proudly display your banner across the stages we set up to let locals know that you are supporting local, live music. Sponsorship dollars help to build fair pay stages for acts to offer their music. In exchange, you will be recognized as the co-host of keeping these music dreams alive! Stage sponsorships start at $1,000. 

Post Hosts Are Welcome Here

 
If you are a small business and want to back the mission, consider being a POST HOST! As a post host, you will be featured in an article that will highlight your love of music. A post host will also be given one month of advertising in the sidebar of the blog, seen on all pages. The price to be a Post Host is $250 for one Post or $400 to be The Weekend Warrior POST HOST are just two options to consider.

Advertisers and Donors Appreciated

Are you a band or a small business with an ability to contribute $50.00 each month, consider advertising here!
Donations from readers and live music supporters have always been appreciated also. 
Fact is this is going to be something that takes flight with the help of the community! In fact, it can’t happen without you because it is all happening for you!

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TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

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

This site is a free service to support live music. Most often it is published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music. Support the mission of promoting live music. 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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Weekends are Meant for Rocking Good Fun and Fundraising

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

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Friday Night Fun

Sam Lewis Serves the Sounds at BrUtopia

Let’s start things out with the local singer Sam Lewis. I have been wanting to hear Sam share songs for nearly three years. On Friday night the moment finally arrived and I enjoyed quite a few fine selections that he offered to friends and fans at BrUtopia. It was a great way to kick off the weekend. Lewis is a New Bern based act, that enjoys offering sounds for the sole purpose of providing pleasure to those around him. I will be sure to share his new dates as they become available.

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Big Jim Blues Parked at The Garage

Big Jim Kohler Blues Band stayed very busy this week, sharing the blues all about New Bern. They snuck off to share songs in an Easter Jam last Sunday and returned to town to play Monday at the Brown Pelican, Wednesday at The City Stage, Thursday on stage at the Fairgrounds to welcome Fairgoers, on Friday they rocked the blues for The Garage in James City and when we get around to tomorrow you will hear more about the fundraiser they took part in.

The Garage is the fun new joint in James City that is offering fun for all families. They have a fun arcade, a virtual game field, fine fresh beer on tap, food trucks in the lot and live music on the menu each weekend. If you have never been there be sure to stop out soon. This coming Friday Mark McKenzie will be sharing songs, Shepp Herd will be blowing glass and Ben will be pouring the beer.

The Big Jim Kohler Blues Band has a standing engagement, as he plays the last Friday of each month. Music is offered from 7-10 pm.

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Jan Michael Fields Band Brought the Party to Blackbeards

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Jan Fields is a busy and talented singer that gained popularity in the ’80s and ’90s with the well known touring act that rocked the scene as SideWinder. Besides fronting his own project, The Jan Michael Fields Band pictured above, he also rekindled the SideWinder effort and recently stepped into the lead singer position for the reincarnated Jesse Bolt, another famed NC band that gained popularity in the ’70s and ’80s.

Based in North Myrtle Beach, SC, Fields and Co. offer a fun show with a great variety of material to keep things interesting throughout the night. Full running production of lights and sound, these players are all professional and enjoy bringing a show to fans and meeting new friends along the way. This was their second appearance at Blackbeard’s in recent months. I will gladly share the news of when they return. While we await news on their return, get to know them better by checking out their website.

Jan Michael Fields Band

For friends and fans of Sidewinder, that band will come together in June on the 15th for a rocking reunion at The State Theatre in Greenville. To get your tickets early check out this link:  Sidewinder Tickets. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm.

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Friday Ends on A Rocking Note in Kinston with Brad Benson

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It’s been about a year an a half since I last saw this next act. Brad Benson was in Kinston with his Rebel Armada Band and they are an intense rock trio with great energy. The talented singer has two projects that keep him busy. Dead Man’s Mail is the other band that features his strong vocals and stealth guitar.

When not sharing the stage with band-mates the singer performs solo as well. He has a solo performance on Tuesday at Tonic Bar & Social Club. Music will be offered from 7-9 pm. On Saturday the 4th he reunites with Rebel Armada to unload on Locked & Loaded Grill in Garner, NC. Music starts at 10 pm.  The following Saturday the guys come to Winterville and rock Tie Breakers. That will be Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 10 pm.

To get to know this awesome artist, intense with talent, find his website by clicking on his name:

Brad Benson

 

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Saturday Night Delights

Sara’s Big Apple Serving Sounds for Supper

I started Saturday night in the back room of Sara’s Big Apple, where dinner was being served to my friends and neighbors and Charlie Duzan was shredding the notes for those in earshot of his fun music. Duzan spent a good couple of decades thinking about playing out and today he is enjoying more time sharing songs in the town he knows and loves.  Sometimes the crooner teams up with his young son Tommy, and other times the duo keeps busy on the solo sides of life.

You can find Duzan sharing songs most nights at The Brown Pelican, he is also known to jam on the street and accepts any obligation which is offered. To find him, seek him out on Facebook today. Charlie Duzan

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Big Jim Blues Band Offers Blues for Hurrican Relief at the Bruin

 

All Hands and All Heart- Smart Response hosted a Fundraiser for Hurricane Relief at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine Store on Middle Street last night. The team of volunteers gathered to auction off goods and accept donations from the community to help the community from 5-9 pm. In the midst of that good deed, Big Jim Kohler Blues Band offered the blues for listeners and gatherers with big hearts! The money raised by this organization stays local and gets filtered back into Craven and Pamlico Counties.

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Marron Chaplin Set a Date to Set Sail!

 

The acoustic rocker that we all fell in love with, in the time she called New Bern home, Marron Chaplin was out on the scene last night and sharing songs with friends and fans at The Garage. During the show, she announced that she would be leaving the area in June and taking flight for a career in Nashville, TN. With management already in place in the music city for this beautiful girl, it is only a matter of time before we read more about her successes. She will have several shows around the area between now and the time she leaves, and we will bid her a fond farewell together!

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Monterio Experience Offers Plenty of Soothing Sounds for the Soul

 

Next up we find another band that I have been trying to catch for nearly two years or better. The Monterio Experience was in town last night, featuring the powerful voice of Eric Monterio. The skilled singer has a range that is second to none. He is the only singer in the area to pull off the song “Picture,” by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow while nailing both leads of the duet. The band offers all of the fun party songs that the crowd likes to hear. They offer a little bit of country, a twist of rock n roll, then turn up the funk and the get groovy with soul. You can find the band on Facebook by following this link:

The Monterio Experience

Hearing the band live is always the best, so for those in the Greenville area be sure to look for them on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Christy’s Euro Pub. They will be on hand and offering a trio formation for that show. The full band will be back in action the following week on Saturday, May 11, 2019, when they play Buck Wild Tavern. Showtime starts at 9 pm.

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Carolina Swamp Dogs Offer A Private Show to Attendees at City Stage

 

The Carolina Swamp Dogs returned to town last night to offer a full night of raw blues music to the few that gathered at The City Stage. This trio of retired Marines have a unique set up and a rare sound to match. I love them. I met them about a year an a half ago at The Seafood Festival in Morehead City and now work with them in bringing them to the area whenever the opportunity serves.

The blues union prefers not to play bars and watering holes but loves the opportunity to serve on benefits and they love restaurants and outdoor community events as well! If you missed them last night, I am sorry for you. The band will return to our area in August to play an afternoon show for me in Fairfield Harbour on August 11, with music being offered 2-4:30 pm and on Saturday, August 24, 2019. The duo that played for the Earthday event will return to the Brown Pelican to play from 8-11 pm. Be sure to put both gigs on your calendar and come celebrate the blues!

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Final Stop Offers A Pause for the Cause With Paul Picard Rocking for Cats and Kittens

My final stop for the night last night was The Brown Pelican, where they were hosting a fundraiser for an organization that goes into populated cat areas and captures the cats for the sake of spaying and neutering the animals. While I was there, I spoke with one of the volunteers about the work they are doing and she explained that the group of volunteers work in areas where cat populations are out of control. They keep busy capturing the creatures so to ensure they can’t breed.

The benefit was a Feline Fundraiser for K2C2, non-profit assisting animals. The night offered a silent auction, a donation box was made available for cat donations, and entertainment was offered by Paul Picard. It has been a minute since I last caught Picard, who sounded great as he ended the night with a great many classic rock selections.

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Live Music In the Week Ahead

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Monday offers the Blues with Big Jim Kohler at the Brown Pelican. Live music is shared from 7-9 pm. The first set is the full band the second set all jammers are welcome. On Wednesday we do it again with Big Jim and his Bride, Kathy Kohler, at The City Stage. Once again live music is shared from 7-9 pm. All gigs are free to attend and tips for the house band are encouraged! Also on Wednesday, there is an open mic night at Bern Bar, located on Glenbernie Ave.

Thrilling Thursday

Thursdays are becoming just as busy as any weekend offering. This week there will be live music and fine dining at two hot spots in town. The first stop is Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse, where they offer live music in the piano bar from 6-9 pm. Patrick Reid will be in the house to entertain this week. Then starting at 7:30 pm on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant there is live music being offered by Strung Together.

Just on the outskirts of town we have another dining and music option with Alisa Mike live at City Stage New Bern, with music served from 7-9 pm. Bouncing back into town, it is the longest running open mic in town over at The Brown Pelican. Sign up at 7, music starts at 8 pm and all are welcome to jam! The Performance Arts Series Presents: NC Raga Revival at Tryon Palace will also be an option this Thursday, May 2, 2019, at The History Center on S Front St. The last option for those looking for something fun and music infused, there is “A Musical Journey thru America” taking place at the Community College’s Orringer Auditorium. There are three performances for this show in all!

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Last Call For Big Jim

We All Love Him!

Have you met my blues brother, Big Jim? This guy is the real deal when it comes to Chicago style blues and he has a long list of songs ready to share with his fans and friends. It has been quite a ride sitting shotgun on this blues journey, with this talented slinger who not only plays the blues but lives them out like a true champion. Jim Kohler moved to ENC in 2011 and just six weeks after settling in with his family, they were greeted by the rise of Irene, a Hurrican that washed through their house and washed away most of their possessions. It took them five years to recover and along the way they worked out their sorrows by sharing music with their community. They are the first band to show up at any cause and they are often there donating their time.

We Nearly Lost Him

Before Florence was ever a consideration in our community’s story, there was another story that was penned about our cities blues father! In August 2017, Big Jim fell ill with pneumonia and nearly lost his life. In an effort to save his life and help him recover and heal, the skilled and professional team at Carolina East Medical Center placed Kohler in a coma so that he could combat his addiction to alcohol. For anyone that remembers Big Jim near the end of that long relationship he openly had with beer and whiskey, it was not always pretty.

Let’s All Support Him For the Joy He Brings

Many things have changed since then and throughout it all, Big Jim has been sober and is now in better health than he has ever been in all the years he has called NC home. In fact, it was just Wednesday night that I overheard his bride talk about him being here for all of the many positive changes he has made. I will point out that behind it all, it is his family and music that keep this man going.

Having said that, I will also mention that music is how he makes his living. If he had a better product, it would not take long to send him back out on the road, where he is destined to be. He cannot do that without your help. In February Big Jim fired up a Kickstarter campaign to get this new product recorded and manufactured. On Tuesday, this campaign will be shut down unless we come up with the still needed $1980 to press the play button on a new Big Jim disc!

For the last time, please reconsider and donate to the cause of keeping the blues alive. BIG JIM STYLE!

Visit the link below and donate! EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bigjimkohler/big-jim-kohler

Thank You!

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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.

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Thank You for Reading!

Now, PLEASE, 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.

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When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and don’t forget 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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I am an advertising vehicle in need of a vehicle to take the dream farther. Let’s work together. If your corporate dollars help to build these well-contemplated plans, that will support the dreams of many local music makers, let’s talk about community commitment. Invested in this build, I can’t imagine what life looks like without working on this business plan, which is going to need a lot of money to make it fire on all cylinders. Corporate Sponsorship packages start at $5,000.

Community Co-Hosts

 
Are you the leader in your niche? Consider partnering with me by being a stage sponsor! Proudly display your banner across the stages we set up to let locals know that you are supporting local, live music. Sponsorship dollars help to build fair pay stages for acts to offer their music. In exchange, you will be recognized as the co-host of keeping these music dreams alive! Stage sponsorships start at $1,000. 

Post Hosts Are Welcome Here

 
If you are a small business and want to back the mission, consider being a POST HOST! As a post host, you will be featured in an article that will highlight your love of music. A post host will also be given one month of advertising in the sidebar of the blog, seen on all pages. The price to be a Post Host is $250 for one Post or $400 to be The Weekend Warrior POST HOST are just two options to consider.

Advertisers and Donors Appreciated

Are you a band or a small business with an ability to contribute $50.00 each month, consider advertising here! Donations from readers and live music supporters have always been appreciated also. www.paypal.com/ncmz
Fact is this is going to be something that takes flight with the help of the community! In fact, it can’t happen without you because it is all happening for you!

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TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

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

This site is a free service to support live music. Most often it is published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music. Support the mission of promoting live music. 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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Sorrowful Saturday Blues Takes Us Out

 

I Loved Being On The Scene with Rock Stars

 

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My Dear John Letter to Music

My Sweet Music Community,

It is you. It has always been you! I have loved you my whole life! And for the past four years, I fell deeply in love with you, again! And I did so on a level I was expecting the first time I heard Big Jim Kohler’s guitar. It was Saturday, March 23, 2013. And I know it was God who opened the door for me, to walk into the lounge at The Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant. I was with my two girl pals Madonna and Sherri!

Dammit, Music! You remember it as much as I do! The day we met again!! You know as well as I do, that someone from above put three of the most hurting souls together in one room that night. I am grateful every day for the bond it created. We all walked on together and trudged through a lot of sludge in each of our personal lives. Each of us used you to work through our sorrows. And we did it too! And now we are at a point of rejoicing in your honor more often than ever before! Even right here in our town!

Don’t you remember the long sleepless nights of wondering? I do! I remember consciously choosing you over the urge of hormones and humanness! It was you that I picked for my relationship! I did so with intention. For the hopes of finding my soul again and healing my heart. We did that, which makes this even more painful!

As it turns out love is blind. I did a lot of dumb stuff, like work for free and let people tread on me. I wish I was wiser and it all worked out. Sorry that I failed in my attempts

Signed, a Broken Hearted Blogger!

 

Setting the Stage

I have had a love affair with music for as long as I have had a heartbeat. As a kid I played my records, sat on my bed and wrote in a pad anytime I was grounded.  Sometimes it was songs and sometimes short stories. By the time I was 9, I was falling hard for a band that was popular long before my time.

My pen name was given to me by a childhood friend. It pays tribute to The Rolling Stones each time I write about music. I happened to fall in love with a band that gave me a long history to catch up on and I have been trying to do that for 40 years of my life. In getting to know their music, they brought me to the blues. That has been an educational trip that I am still happy to take any day! That is our country’s music history, with such awesome stories, offerings, and characters.

From the days of being grounded, I grew to be a paid intern and published writer who covered the local club scene in NJ. It was my dream job and I was living it as a paid intern at age 25. But even back in’94  it was not very lucrative. Local music and arts of any kind are sadly nonprofitable for most artists that don’t advance out of the local market. Nonetheless, we stick with it out of passion and love. I recognize how it is not always about money. However, real life and living require money! The reality behind this blog site is that so many people think is my hobby when it is not nor ever was that to me.

Business Woman, Boss, and Blessed Blogger

I signed up for WordPress in 2014 after I walked out of an unhealthy marriage. It was an intentional decision to invest in the cheap blog package after I got familiar with Blogger, a free blogging site.

I was ready to take it to a new level and use it to write a cathartic book about my divorce. And once I got some of the pain out in a few short stories, I basically signed off for a year but still paid the service fee to keep the site.

I read in a blog article, that if you made the commitment, the rest would come and in this case, I have to say, the tip proved true! Throughout 2014 and 2015, I was doing a lot more hanging out and chilling out around music again. After figuring out my first smartphone with the live app on Facebook, it was suddenly a brand new day! I have been recording raw live music footage of our local scene with pure passion and dedication for five years.

In 2015, I did a lot of personal soul-searching and found my heart was still most interested in music and music makers. I did a couple of stories about legendary local players, that captivated the music scene here in NC in the ’70s and ’80s. Before any of that, remember, I was well on my way back to the blues thanks and courtesy of Big Jim, who played and Dale Overbee who opened the doors of Bambooz.

When Opportunity Knocks

I came in at the end of that era but in time to meet Bill Lyerly, who was kind enough to offer me an interview. I dove into his long history on the road from Super Grit Cowboy days, to now being the Spanish darling of Spain’s music scene half the year! Not long after that, I got to see the reunion meeting of the once popular, Sutter’s Gold Streak Band. I felt excited and lucky to be given such an opportunity, which came thanks to Les Wetherington, singer, bass player, six-string songwriter, and an all-around great guy! Though he wanted to date, I knew I just really want to get to know myself and music again! Before long I made a commitment!

The Birth and Commitment to the Blog

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I have always surrounded myself with people who appreciate live music, so by the time 2016 rolled in, I was sure I wanted to stay around music as much as I could. I truly made a decision to commit to getting to know myself for the first time in a very long time! After accepting that I am not a good candidate for an interpersonal relationship due to personal trauma, I decided to commit to myself to our local music community.

At first, I offered the blog three days a week. I started this by offering you a bunch of Facebook events I found and shared them here. Then I packed up my camera bag and headed out the door to take pics, to see if I could re-create my life at 25 and create a viable product as I reinvented myself. I am an entrepreneur, so it is insulting to me when people ask me to consider getting  a “real job.” Back in 1994, this was my real job! While thinking to myself, “What the hell are you talking about? Critic!”

Since then I lived a life. If you know anything about that, you know I walked away from music in 2005, moved to North Carolina and raised a son. I did it as a single mom with little to no financial support for my special needs child! He was 6 when we got here and I started my first real cleaning business. By 2006, I was employing people. In 2008 I sold my first business, got married and moved to Canada. The only thing I can say about that still is “What the hell was I thinking?”

History, We All Have It

In 2010, I moved to West Monroe Louisiana and upstarted my second business Tracey’s Clean Sweep, LLC.

During my time in LA, I would land the Duck Dynasty contract, which only meant I cleaned up after the film crew that occupied the 20 units of a housing development. In 2012 I got very sick with pneumonia and then developed several blood clots in my lungs. I nearly died and that definitely makes ya think about life!

It took 9 months to heal and by the time I did I was living back in New Bern assessing my life and where it was going. I was pretty sure I didn’t want to clean anymore, but following a small house fire in 2013, I met the editor of this blog, Robert Walker and again, I found myself in the presence of someone who was put in my life on purpose! Someone who needed a good opportunity. The former Marine and I cleaned together for 5 years. We rocked it too! We were a power team and operated under the best business model I ever created! Not being one to settle, cleaning has been a task for me since our split in June!

Fact is, for all of these years, I have stayed in love with my editor and music! They both have breathed life into my broken heart! Walker is still my steadfast and true best friend. No part of dismantling the cleaning business was easy, but it was a part of a greater plan that was spoken out and talked about. Regardless of the fact that I looked forward to and enjoyed being with him every day! It was a split that came with careful timing! I sadly, haven’t spent a day with him since late last June! But life is full of heartache and pain and you have to keep pushing!

Current Day and Community

Steering clear of the relationship circuit has allowed me the opportunity to know an awesome community. It was our local music community! And I fell in love with them and their music.

Behind the scenes of this operation, I was not out there hobbying. But along the way, I was lobbying for live music! I always walked out of my door to find music, to promote it with professionalism and intent. The intent to promote it so others know about it! And as STUPID as it may sound, that is ALL I HAVE EVER WANTED TO DO WITH MY LIFE!!

I was always out here with the intention of creating a platform for musicians. It was my hope to set a stage where the lights burned after the amps were silenced! I was creating a product and a service!

It was always my intention to make something out of this project. Sadly, we don’t always get what we want. If we did I would have money backing my efforts and people supporting the idea. I am not scamming people or posing as a nonprofit. I am standing before everyone saying, I am trying to be a for-profit business that will benefit the music community in NC on a level it has never known.

Once I had the NC scene worked out i had ever intent of expanding! I was going to keep networking the idea throughout all 50 states and build the app for each music zone. I saw it as an opportunity to offer an outlet to the many freelance writers who are entrepreneurs in their own right.

Behind the Scenes of This Operation

Throughout most of these many months of development, I used the money I earned in one business to support the growth and birth of this business. You can call it what you want, but I call it music promotions and it is the single most important next step for anyone interested in the industry. Without promotions, you might as well save your money and not even buy that guitar or amp. Since setting out on this journey I have run into one opportunity after another.

The idea of every business is to make money. So when I registered Tracey Stones Productions, LLC as a legitimate business, I accepted several opportunities all in the hopes of creating revenue.

The first opportunity came in managing the calendar for the Harvey Mansion for one full year, a contract that was filled with great success for the venue and the bands. As that opportunity was drawing to a close the Double Tree reached out and we were in the process of doing the same.

Sadly 100% of the commission agreements I had with bands and venues was washed away in September as both venues remain closed. The other thing that was washed away in a day was nearly 70% of my cleaning revenue as well!

I am Not Interested In Being What You Want Me to Be

What I recognized one thing rather quickly about our local music scene and that is that there are many uneducated players that are clueless about how this business works and shockingly, most haven’t figure out my role on the scene either. Everyone wants me to get them gigs just because I name drop all of the clubs that support live music.

Sorry, I am not a booking agent. However, if I enter into an agreement as your agent for a gig or two, I do expect to be paid. When people twist or deny that agreement, I am not gonna lie, it pisses me off. Some players played and then played me! Not very nice players! When that came out on social media, people asked me to expose the bands. I refuse that urge time and again because my heart is very forgiving.

I can push past the anger created by ignorance and selfishness and pray for people to find education. Thing is, we are all human and make mistakes. We all have our shortcomings, so when that day comes for me, I don’t want someone tearing me down for my stupidity and imperfect human nature.

Some Realities Are Hard to Share!

Again, I am a businesswoman and have been for most of my working life. I try not to tread on people simply because of the trespasses that have been made against me. When you suffer through trauma in your life, it gives you great awareness and a level of sensitivity is very helpful in life. That being said, I want you all to recognize that I have been through a great deal of trauma and suffer from PTSD and depression. I do not fault myself for this condition. This is how my brain deals with the stresses that people have left me to cope with. I am not medicated for this condition and am not interested in dulling the pains of my real life!

I am in therapy with a skilled and competent therapist who helps me heal my relationship with God and the world. And I use music as my medication to calm my spirit and destress my life. When people recommend that I get a real job, what they don’t realize is my lack of people skills. This again is not because of some social disorder, but again trauma. It creates a lot of distrust and discomfort in my life. I would do anything to find a cure, but I sense my best hope comes in giving it to the Lord.

When Resources Run Dry

After I returned home from the evacuation order issued in September, life was not only different for me but everyone around me. When your home town makes national news and gets Presidential attention, it is never in good glory. It is mostly always something that happens after devastating circumstances. Florence made a mess out of lives in this area. Being an empath I can honestly tell you my heart bleeds for my city. I still sit and ponder ways to heal the whole city. Of course, it’s my greatest wish to do it with music.

Back at the beginning of September, I was actually positioned to sell off my cleaning contracts, so to invest a lump sum of money into the true development of this site. I remember talking about it often and planned it out as best I could. But I have learned is that sometimes God has other plans for us and in this case, there was little left for working and nothing left for a substantial sale.

Where I am and Why I Feel I Should Sign Off

For all of these posts and throughout the years, whether anyone knew it or not, I was pouring money and time into this dream every week because I believe in keeping the live music scene alive.

 I truly would do the unthinkable, if I had my way with this town and its housing department!! After the devastation I saw around here, I would level all of Trent Court, take back Craven Terrace and build a town amphitheater and a parking garage on the site. I would use a % of each event to create the revenue needed to build better safer housing for all of our citizens. I would also host an annual weekend fundraising festival with 100% of the proceeds going to the towns’ home and homeless needs until all the needs were!

In my quest of healing the world, however, I lost sight of my own situation. Today I am just another day older and deeper in debt. For three years, I invested 10-15 K of my own earnings annually to make this work. Now that I don’t have any money to invest, I am turned around in life and struggling tremendously! It finally led to a meltdown this week. Truth is I have put more than 200,000 uncompensated miles on my truck chasing music and turning it into the news! Now she has more than 400K on her engine and I have zero dollars to fix her or buy a new one.

My credit sucks and it’s been that way since the divorce. I have managed to always get by and today I am running simply on faith and hoping that the kindness of others might keep me on the road and reporting.

A Proud Woman Takes A Bow

For the last four years, I have been logging on here to report about local music. It is something I am passionate about because I love music and the people that make it! My greatest purpose has always remained the same. I was sharing stories and info about the players and venues on our scene so that other people would head out to support the mission of music. What might not have been known until today is that I was pouring a lot of my own money and time into it while knowing I would need a considerable amount more to really make it happen.

When I started out people told me to go to the paper, get a real job. Geez, we sure live in a world of conformists. Sorry to disappoint you but I am not one of those. I was never interested in making money for people. With an innovative spirit, I decided in good consciousness, that I was going to build my own tech company that would support live music. That, in a nutshell, is what was happening here and anytime you saw me out there!

My Greatest Needs

Instead of looking forward to the days ahead, today I am exiting stage left in need of a new car and with more debt then I know what to do with! I am deflated and turned around on everything.

This week alone I am facing my phone being turned off, the internet being cut and as we sit here today, I already owe people money I accrued trying to keep my head above water.

In all reality, this is something that one corporate sponsor could help me turn around. That kind of commitment would also open up more opportunity to the local players I am supporting in my work, as I would have more backing to do my job and build a team. Teamwork makes the dream work!

The Big Dream

I have always wished to attract the money that is needed to make my dreams of building an online music information source! I am a hard and dedicated worker with a long history in this business that speaks for itself. This community has benefitted greatly from my efforts and I feel that they could have signed up to advertise, sponsor this site or become a partner with me. Maybe now that I have to stop my good work they will consider my request.

As I leave it here, just know I am praying that I can come back and continue this valuable work with community commitment and support. If you want to help in my quest for the immediate needs I am facing, there is a link for offering a donation below! For those interested in mailing a check you can send it to Tracey Stones Productions, 911 Muirfield Pl, New Bern, NC, 28560 Thank you!

I am blessed to have met you all and hope you remember me like I will remember you, in a loving and positive light. Rock on and go easy with Love and Light Tracey

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I know my work mattered because week after week I would ask you, players, where to go for music and you always showed up to help me spread the news. I loved you always for that so I will leave here and hope I can ask you yet again!

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.

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Do you like live music videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook.

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

Searching for more events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Thank You for Reading!

 PLEASE, 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 you will 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.

Thanks 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 don’t forget 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

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

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:

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I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

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~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

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BE SEEN HERE!

You are the reason I look forward to writing this blog. The readers are the ones I count on to support this movement the most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me and I 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 featured advertising. The opportunities are actually and truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

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

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. This is a duel offer. 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.

Tracey Stones Productions, LLC, is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site and community events. 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!

To learn more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today or call the number below.

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

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~




Shake Your Money Maker and Dance

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

We shake our money maker around town and around the region. We will kick things off right down the road, then we also roam around Greenville some and tour around lil Washington too before the night ends because:

Saturday Night Was Made For Music

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Big Jim at Sara’s Big Apple For the First Course

Sara’s Big Apple is offering live music a couple of Saturdays each month in the back room. She opened music season with the one who jump-started live music around town and brought things to a new level, Mr. Blues, Big Jim Kohler. He shared songs from 6-8 pm.

The stringer has been keeping busy since bouncing back to life again last year. He is playing three to four days each week and offers two blues jams in town as part of the lineup. In the event, you have missed the news he is at The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC each Monday sharing songs from 7-9 pm. On Wednesdays, he and the boys bring it to The City Stage.  Music also plays at 7-9 pm.

For those that need a teeny-weeny bit of The Big Jim Kohler Blues Band, be sure to head out to The Garage in James City this evening. He will be there with his bride and rocking the blues from 7-10 pm. Ad for music fans in the Fairfield Harbour area looking to support live music nights at Sara’s Big Apple, located on Broad Creek Road, come out on Saturday, April 13, 2019, to enjoy the sounds of Ashton Ward 6-8 pm

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Greenville, NC for A Second Helping

After supper, I headed up Highway 17 and went by way of Highway 43 to check in with Second Helping who had a show last Saturday night at The State Theater in Greenville, NC. The Lenoir County-based band has some New Bern appeal too, with slinger Tom Spellman on guitar. The venue was cool too, with good sound and lights, friendly staff and plenty of drinks from behind the bar.

Second Helping is the longest running Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute touring today. With dates in Norway and Canada n the calendar this year, the band is going international. They don’t play often around our area but they do have some dates coming up. The line up includes the talents of Lead Singer, Jon Riggs; Drummer, Joey Gillette; Guitar, James Jones, Piano, Jackie Johnson; Guitarist, Tom Spellman; Guitarist, Chris McCallister; Bassist, Jerry Potter, Background Vocals, Fleeta Griffin, Tracey Brenneman, and Laura McCallister.

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The next time the band appears in our area is on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at LaGrange Garden Spot with music playing 7-10 pm. If you like that special brand of Southern Rock made famous by Skynyrd, come see this band when they are in the area. You can keep up with their dates and the latest news by checking out their website at http://www.secondhelping.com.

Washington For Dessert

One of the best parts of writing this live music blog is finding new places that offer live music. If I made it my mission to find only new places, it would take me years to visit every place with live music. But I do seek out new bands and new venues as much as possible, as it is my hope to remind you that live music is everywhere and it needs your support tonight. My final stops on Saturday happened in Washington, NC where I met the AFreyed Knot Band and the whole family!

In fact, I met a few new friends and the Bright Family on Saturday night when I stopped by The Rebel Tavern! They are the bright stars of AFreyed Knot! Offering the popular tunes from the ’70s thru today, this band is a mixed bag of family talent and fun for friends and rock fans! Working the guitar is son Peter Bright, on bass is hubby and dad, Taylor Bright and on keys and fronting the band offering the lead on vocals is mom and wife, Lynette Bright. Sitting back behind the kit is James Stroud!

It was a wonderful night with a warm and friendly crowd. I met local live music supporter Susan Thomas who will be getting married this weekend. I want us to raise our glass to her and her beloved, Alfred Baugham, a music man himself. Cheers and best wishes!

For friends and fans of the band Afreyed Knot, the band will be a part of Pirate Fest in Greenville, NC next month! That good time happens on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

 

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The Night Cap

My final stop for the evening, last Saturday evening was Market Street Pub located in the center of town. Offering songs was a new act here, Kevin Hartigan. A cool young kid who not only knows classic rock but rocks some original works as well, For those that want a sample of that here is an exclusive from that night.

The singer-songwriter hails from Dover Delaware. We actually have one friend in common, another stringer, Joey Fulkerson, my dear friend from long ago, a blues stringer who consumed a few chapters many moons ago.

When I spoke with Hartigan briefly on Saturday, he said he shares his music freely and you can find him on Spotify and iTunes. It was my hope that I would hear something from the artists during the week but have not received word. I have many questions, perhaps those will be answered after we connect on Facebook. I will share more when that happens.

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Sweet Community Jams Greet My Sunday Night

I am lucky to live in a great tight-knit community of talented people. And not longs ago, at an open mic in town, I remember talking to Doug King about the idea of a jam at the community center. That was probably back in November.

Now there is a talented bunch of stringers and singers in my neighborhood that comes together one time each month to share songs and enjoy music making fun together. From the Downeast Dulcimers to Dan Jam Phillips, and even a Neuse River Rambler found in this bunch of players. They offered a great selection of songs in the round and played a variety of genres.

These music makers will gather again on the third Sunday in April to make music and fun music memories! Fairfield Harbour Community members are welcome to come out and enjoy the music and vibes!

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Friday, March  29, 2019

Getting Down Around Town

NEW BERN, NC

There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: LIVE MUSIC!

The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelicanhosts an evening of music with the talented rocker chick, Marron Chaplin, offering songs from 7-10 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs and wonderful originals by this popular, local jam band. 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 Restaurant

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of The Wannabees, bringing the music to life tomorrow night on the deck, with all the grooves you will love. Music plays at 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 New Bern

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Comprised of three lifelong friends dating back to their high school days, Bridge to Breakdown is one of the most unique acts to surface out of the North Carolina scene. The group takes direct inspiration from legendary acts such as Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine and more.

$5 Cover Charge. City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1 annual membership fee.

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

 

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

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The Garage

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There is a new place opening today that will host music, games, and fun for the whole family. The Garage will open their doors today and offer live music tonight with The Big Jim Kohler Band rocking the blues. Music starts at 7 pm.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

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Dick Knight, Fri Mar 29th, 8-11 pm, No Cover

Join us for a live performance by Mr. Dick Knight. He is a recipient of the NC Heritage Award, (NC Arts Council) and former member of the James Brown Band. He has played with Maceo Parker, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack, Otis Redding and more!

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Royal James

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Irish Robinson offers the music at Royal James in Beaufort tonight. Check him out on the stage, sharing songs you know and love to sing along to from 8-11 pm.

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

Offering the live sounds tonight and tomorrow night at The Boro Restaurant & Bar will be serving the sounds of the incredibly talented  Justin Castellano! Great food, great music, great ambiance! Join him there tonight or tomorrow. Music starts at 8 pm.

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Newport, NC

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Ed Prophet will be in the garden to entertain fans and friends that gather. Music is offered from 6:30-9:30 pm. There is a $5.00 admission or the music. They have appetizers to taste and serve beer and wine as well.

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Cedar Point, NC

Riptidez Bar & Grill

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Scearce & Friends with Dick Scearce will be the featured fun at Riptidez Bar & Grill this evening. Music plays from 9 pm until midnight!

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Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company will be serving the rocking blues sounds of Mark Hibbs this evening from 7-10 pm. Come out and enjoy a fresh cold brew and enjoy live music as we welcome the weekend.

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Surf City, NC

The Trailer Bar!

The Trailer Bar welcomes Randy O and The Mango Band tonight, for the fun and music for music lovers in the Surf City Area. Come out to rock the night away with this talented local entertainer. Music plays from 8:30 until 11:30 pm.

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Chillin’ Around The Sound

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The New Village Brewery & Taproom

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The New Village Brewery & Taproom welcomes The Dusty Trio featuring Hank Barbee, Jim Durham, and Matt Henderson.  Music is offered from6-8 PM  and caps off a full day of fun and festivities raising funds for The Old Theater – Oriental, NC.

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Rocking Around the Region

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

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DON’T MISS the 2019 Carolina Harp Fest, 3/28-3/30 at The Blue Note Grill, Durham, NC, featuring Buddy Greene, Johnny Sansone, and a host of other great harmonica players and instructors – too many to fit on the poster! Register by 2/15 for the early bird rate of $145 at www.ncharmonica.com.

Jerry Fierro and George MIklas will also be with us, as well as Danny G. and Bruce from New Harmonica. We have many great sponsors who have donated some amazing products which you’ll have a chance to win when you attend. All classes will be audio recorded and provided to all attendees free of charge, along with a syllabus containing all instructors’ handouts and materials. Stay tuned for more info on our sponsors and seminar descriptions.

Classes will cover a wide range of topics for beginners to pros, including chromatic harmonica, alternate tunings, harmonica repair, country, blues, gospel and even Irish harmonica styles. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Kinston, NC

The Red Room

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The Fustics will bring the party to Kinston tonight with music playing at 10 PM. There is a music charge of $5.00 payable at the door. Come out and enjoy the new atmosphere and dance the night away at The Red Room tonight!

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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Duane Haddock will provide the entertainment tonight at AJ McMurphy’s, with music being offered from 8:30- 11:30 pm. You are invited to come early and grab a bite to eat and stay ’til later for the serving of live music.

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served each Thursday, 6-9 pm and Friday and Saturday night 7-10 pm.

Thursdays, they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic night, hosted by Brian Burke. Tonight come out for the Still Shakers and dance the night away from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow night they welcome Chuck Phillips who was in town here last night!

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Havelock, NC

Jean’s

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Jean’s in Havelock welcomes JP Guhns live on stage tonight. Music starts at 10 PM and there is a $5.00 music charge payable at the door.

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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.

March 25 at 4:54 PM

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Do you like live music videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook.

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

Searching for more events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Thank You for Reading!

Now, PLEASE, 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 you will 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.

Thanks 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 don’t forget 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

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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!

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BE SEEN HERE!

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each blog week. The readers are the ones I count on to support this movement the 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 you have a few dollars to spare, you can always tip the grateful blogger. There are several tip buckets found here on this site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. This is a duel offer. 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.

Tracey Stones Productions, LLC, is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site and community events. 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!

To learn more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today or call the number below.

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

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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New Music Makes New Bern Fun To Visit

Behind the Scene With Tracey Stones

New music was found around New Bern; making for a fun theme today!

 

Adam Hill made his TV debut and I was in studio to capture it

Adam Hill Music Airs on Television and NCMZ is on the Scene

 

When Adam Hill posted an event for his debut television engagement, I accepted his invitation to co-host the event and then cleared my calendar so that I could be on hand, to go live if granted permission by the station. It was a thrilling way to start the day with this up and coming rock star from our region.

 

 The NC singer-songwriter made his television debut on Channel 12 News for their Friday Local Music Spotlight. He sat down for a brief interview, where they talked about his influences, how the band came about and how he tackles the intimate journey of songwriting.  When introducing Hill they mentioned a few dates, before conducting the quick interview. Following the Q&A session, Hill moved from the chair to the backdrop to offer us a new song.

 

 

Earlier in the week, I asked Hill what song he was thinking about and he said he didn’t know, maybe “Alone.” Although that might have been an easier feat, Hill enjoys challenges and selected a new song. One he has not played out yet, or with the band. It was a song he wrote during his evacuation of Florence. “Floods” came rushing in when thinking about his friends that were still here in ENC, when the flood waters crashed in through homes all around the places we call home!

Following his performance, Hill reminded everyone that he would be rocking JM’s Place PUB in Surf City tonight at 9 PM and if anyone wants to keep up to speed with Adam Hill and the band, they can find them on Facebook at The Adam Hill Band on Reverbnation at Adam Hill and on the web at https://www.adamhillmusic.net/. And if you miss Hill’s debut and you are on facebook you can follow this link:

Adam Hill TV Debut

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On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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Think About Thursday

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I attended a fun music filled presentation, at The North Carolina History Center to start off my Thursday events. Tryon Palace offered African American Lecture Series: “Red, Hot, & Blue Soul Radio”, where the singers reenacted the Hey Days of radio. They offered familiar old radio commercials and a set list of great songs which they sang. The crowd enjoyed the music and before the night was over, they were on their feet clapping and singing along.

 Antuan Hawkins, Sharon Mervin, Darryl Tindley, Jr., and Shillena Parks were the presenters of this program.

A representative from the Palace set the stage and introduced the performers. I filmed most of it so we could have the background on the people who brought it to life!

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Bluegrass at Capt Ratty’s

 

It was Americana music on the menu this week at Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse with the trio now known as the Wyldwood Bluegrass Band. Perhaps you recall the banjo bunch known as Carolina Sky? Personally, with having so many bands by the name, I gladly welcome this name change.  It was wonderful to catch some of the songs they shared this past Thursday. They have great harmonies and are all skilled players and singers.

Caroline Tanner, Sarah Rosellen and Phil Lanier have made music together for years and they play off of each other very well. If you ever have the opportunity to catch them, do it! It’s always a great time with fun music and talented players.

 And don’t forget that live music is served in the piano bar on the second floor at Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse each Thursday from 6-9 pm!

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Simon Spalding at City Stage

 

Simon Spalding offered a rare solo show on Thursday at City Stage.  The music scholar was in the middle of the Star Trek segment and offered song and story throughout the performance. Not at all unusual, the music master was surrounded by obscure instruments which he handled and explained one at a time. Spalding lives and breathes music and spends a lot of time teaching about it. To get to know him better, friend him on Facebook.

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Open Mic at The Brown Pelican

 

You just never know what you are going to find when you walk in on Open Mic Night at The Brown Pelican. This week’s the mouth drop moment came when our new friend Mickey from New York took a seat on the carpet with his autoharp. 

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I have attended many open mic nights and jam sessions and this is the first time I ever heard anyone play an autoharp. It was quite fascinating.

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 Besides meeting Mickey and enjoying his unique offering, I also enjoyed grooving along to Doc and Friends, which is really the players of 3rd Degree Bern with a harmonica!

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Friday Night Delights

 

Nothing thrills my heart more than to walk into a venue and find a new band on stage offering ORIGINAL music. Making for a delightful first stop, I dropped by The City Stage to have a listen to Holden Dixon. & The Straightlines

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This young singer-songwriter has Chocowinity roots and a lot of Asheville friends. Currently attending school on the other side of our beautiful state, Dixon came to town with his big band last night.

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When you consider The Straightlines have two guitarists, keys, bass, drums, and a female singer as well as Dixon with his acoustic six-string leading the charge, this is no small operation.

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Just before press time, I was checking out his website. Be sure to check out the bio of this talented songwriter:

Holden Dixon

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Backyard Groove Brings It to Blackbeards

 

For the second Friday in a row, I had the pleasure of enjoying the fat sounds of wickedly fun music with a horn section. Nothing beefs up the sound more than the sound of some well-played horns. Last night it was offered up by Backyard Groove. Not sure who they are? Well, they are the only band I have seen with an intro song and video that tells their story:

Backyard Groove Who We Are

This fun six-piece band is primed with skilled musicians that want you to know them on a first name basis. They come together to offer all of the fun and funky songs you love. They are a party band that is ready to play for your party.

It was a lot of fun watching these boys interact with the crowd, and the crowd was really enjoying them. I could not find them on facebook but I did find their website. You can read more about the fresh and fun grooves of Backyard Grooves by visiting http://backyardgroove.com

The next time you can find them around our area is Saturday, April 13, 2019, when they head to Morehead City for a show at Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a music charge at the door.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Saturday Night Specials

Sara’s Big Apple

Live Music Saturdays begin tonight at Sara’s with Big Jim Kohler rocking his solo blues from 6-8 pm

 

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Daryl Lucas live, who will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Getting Down Around Town

There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: LIVE MUSIC

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the live music of two area stringers and singers. Buck Loy and Bruce Lynch will be rocking the grooves at the Dirty Bird from 8-11 pm. Free music is never free, so be sure to tip the players that move you!

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of the Greenville, NC based Rural Route Romance. This should make for a fun night. Music plays at 7:30 – 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage New Bern

It’s going to be a rocking fun time tonight when The BiPolar Express ride the rails to The City Stage New Bern. They will be offering the good time rock you love from the ’70s through the ’90s.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Morehead City

Promise’ Land Market

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4 EverALL will be rocking the stage at Promise’ Land Market, with music being shared from 8:30-11:30 pm.

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Off The Hook

Off The Hook will host the local grooves of The Spread tonight starting at 10 PM. This local band will offer a great variety of original grooves, blended with songs you know. They will be rocking the deck until 1:30 am. Come dance and Spread the love!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

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Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop  

Kudubai, Sat Mar 23rd, 8:30-11:30 PM, $3 Cover

Kudubai are a five-piece band from Morehead City, NC. They have been performing in the area since 2010—playing a mix of original and eclectic cover tunes. The main thing to expect at a Kudubai show is variety, as all five members are multi-instrumentalists and singers. The music is a blend of rock styles and is often a little quirky, involving unique combinations of guitar, bass, Afro-Latin percussion, horns, banjo, accordion and more. While the membership of the band has fluctuated over the years, the two founding members are still strummin’ and pluckin’ away. The band’s present arrangement has them playing their most fun and creative music to date.

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Royal James

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If you missed Joey and Mason last night, come out tonight and enjoy a good burger while they offer the music at Royal James in Beaufort tonight. On the stage sharing songs you know and love to sing along to, while offering original beats in between. Music plays from 8-11 pm.

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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 Fishy Fishy Cafe, 106 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport, NC, (910) 457-1881. Music will be served from 6:30 -10:30 pm. Come enjoy the grooves and good food too. The Dennis Walton Band offers the music.

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Wilmington, NC

Palate

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Palate says:

Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Folkstone Stringband highlights traditional music which has been played for centuries and was made popular during the early to middle 20th century as recording was made more prolific. Pulling from styles made popular by such musicians as Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Charlie Poole, Don Reno and Red Smiley, and more, Folkstone Stringband continues to push the envelope to keep the tradition alive and thriving in the 21st century.

Join us for this great NO COVER SHOW! Music at 8 PM

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The Rusty Nail

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CuzFest IV happens tonight at The Rusty Nail. Music starts at 5 pm and there are 5 bands on the bill. Come celebrate, dance and enjoy good friends while making memories tonight!

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Rocking Around the Region

Greensboro, NC

Craft City Sip-In

 

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Craft City Sip-In has the best music plus beer, wine, and whiskey!

The Grand Ole Uproar sounds like they are going to bring the fun tonight! This band offers a mixed bag of music, including Rock ‘n’ Roll, Americana, Country, and my favorite new category Hippie Tonk! They are a five piece outfit out of Greensboro, NC, spending a lot of time on the road bringing their music to honky tonks and all other places that welcome good time music. Tonight’s show starts at 7:30 pm.

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Greenville, NC

Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery.

Our local music authority Parker Millar, wants everyone to know about SPAZZFEST X and more specifically Spazz-Tacular taking place at Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery Here are all of the details from that FB Event:

*SPAZZ FEST X: SPAZZTACULAR* ft. Faking (Philly), Microwaves (Pittsburgh), Multicult (Baltimore), Paulie Think (Chicago), The Take Kindlies, Speak N’ Eye, Free Radical (Chicago), Dark Prophet Tongueless Monk, Plain Jane.

@ Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery
707 Dickinson Ave
5PM / $6 – $10 Sliding Scale

FAKING (Philly)

http://faking.bandcamp.com/

Multicult (Baltimore)

https://multicult.bandcamp.com/album/position-remote

MICROWAVES (Pittsburgh)

https://microwaves.bandcamp.com/
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Paulie Think (Chicago)

https://pauliethink.bandcamp.com/

The Take Kindlies (New Bern)

http://thetakekindlies.bandcamp.com/releases
A two man-face melting-local NC band preforming refreshingly original music for the enjoyment of ears everywhere. No species discriminated!

Free Radical (Chicago)

“The embodiment of freedom. The apex of skill. The passion of a thousand men. This is Free Radical! He will father a generation that brings musicianship back to our music. His drums are the war cry that will conquer this industry”

Speak N’ Eye (Winston-Salem

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Speak N Eye is genre-spanning project of brothers Joshua and Aaron Brookshire. Originally from the Crystal Coast of NC, both came into and helped establish the fertile underground music and art scene during Greenville’s explosion of do-it-yourself house and art gallery shows.

Dark Prophet Tongueless Monk (Winston-Salem)

https://darkprophettonguelessmonk.bandcamp.com/
DPTM is the creative outlet for singer-songwriter, Jacob Leonard.

Plain Jane (Greenville)

One of the newest band out of Greenville, marking their debut show.

Richard Benjamin (Greenville)

https://www.reverbnation.com/richardbenjamin

Outersoul (Greenville
Hip-Hop storytelling is done around a campfire.

*Listing of other Spazz Fest X happenings: https://www.facebook.com/events/367766337118374/

*Link to buy Golden Tickets ($40) or to contribute anything to the festival: https://paypal.me/pools/c/8c9SqgBcFv

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AJ McMurphy’s

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4 Of A Kind will be bringing it to Greenville tonight, rocking fans and friends that gather at AJ McMurphy’s this evening. Get there early to enjoy some great food and stay late to dance dessert off the hips! Music starts at 8:30 and they rock you until 11:30 pm.

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Farmville, NC

Pour Haus Pub

Pour Haus Pub welcomes Now or Never.  This is an original act out of Beaufort, made up of three fun friends who found each other at an open mic hosted by the lovely Tiffany Elaine. She met Fernando Rivera and Steve Mehan and they all found out that they share a love for music and before long this band was born. Making their debut appearance in the area tonight, they offer live music from 10 pm until closing!

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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.

March 18 at 4:44 PM

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Searching for more events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Thank You for Reading!

Now, PLEASE, 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.

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Thanks 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 don’t forget 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

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Party Bands to Birthday Parties Rocked the Week

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

Entertainment Writers Tracey Stones NCMZ.LIVE with Sun Journal’s Charlie Hall

Picking things up where we left off last week, it is time for party bands and birthday parties as we resume in Raleigh, roll through Garner and make our way back home for more celebrations. With this Blogger turning 50 and Adam Hill rocking 40 it was a week of celebrations and music fun! Let’s do this blog thing!

Kings of the Highway Band

Last Saturday night before leaving the Raleigh area we ran into Raleigh’s own party band Kings of the Highway, who were rocking O’Malley’s Pub & Restaurant. This five-piece party band brings the good times and the tunes you love and know.

These Kings are fronted by a queen. Kathy Miller is the fun front runner on vocals and backing her are Dan Stipe on guitar, Steve Lane also plays guitar, Joe Koon back on the drums, that trio also serves as her harmony and back up vocals and John Scanlon is on bass.

According to their Facebook Page they formed in 2013, have had the steady goal of rocking crowds around the region by offering all of the fun and familiar songs they know. You can find them and like their page on Facebook by following https://www.facebook.com/KingsoftheHighwayNC/. As you look around there you will note they are booking 2019 and have just a few spots open, so to get them on your calendar it is best to visit them at
For friends and fans of the band looking for them tonight, you can find them mixing up the good time music you love at Triple Barrel Tavern. The show starts at 9 pm and the grooves go until midnight. Wear your dancing shoes and get ready for a good time tonight Fuquay-Varina!

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We Get SideTrac in Garner

On our way out of Raliegh early Sunday morning, we noted there was still time for one more stop before hitting the road hard for home. Rolling through Garner, we stopped at Locked & Loaded also last week. That is where we found another fun party band offering all the pop, rock, and country cover songs you love. SideTrac Band mixes the talents of Johnny Merritt on drums, Teresa Aman plays keyboards, and also offers a lead on some songs and backing vocals on others; Adam Brier plays bass, Tracey Harrell plays lead guitar and sings and fronting the band is singer Meredith Stox.

Band manager and drummer Merritt reached out to give me more details about the band. After thanking me for my hard work on the music scene, he told me this about the band. “We are a 5 piece party band that plays Rock, POP, Country Rock, Funk, and more. The core members of the band have been together since 2012. We are based out of Greene County near the Hookerton NC area. We play at clubs, festivals, weddings, private events and have all modern gear to get the job done right.”

Now Available

For those looking for a party band that knows a great variety of songs, here is one to consider. To learn more reach out to Johnny Merritt about booking the band today. You can reach Merritt by phone at 252-561-6117 or via email by reaching out to sidetracband@gmail.com. Currently, they are filling dates throughout the 2019 calendar year!

For friends and fans looking for the band tonight, you can get down with the grooves at  Da Bayou in Wilson. The party starts at 9:30 pm with music playing until it’s time to go home. So come out and enjoy some live music, a cold beer and a slow dance with your date tonight!

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Blogger Turns 50 and Celebrates the Blues

On Sunday, February 17, 2019, I logged fifty years of living life and to honor the milestone, I invited everyone down to the Brown Pelican to celebrate with the blues and Big Jim Kohler Band on Monday, February 18, 2019. The band opened the night offering the grooves I love and then opened the floor to jammers to rock me!

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Thank you to all my friends and the many music makers that showed up to rock my night. You helped me make memories I won’t soon forget and you inspired me to keep things rolling on the music scene. No one deserves more attention than the music makers that always give of themselves. Thank you for rocking me and inspiring me day in and day out.

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MidWeek Birthday Celebrations

On Wednesday we gathered again, only this time it was at the City Stage, to celebrate a couple of more birthdays. Included in the celebration was our friend Danny Sydow, who celebrated his 43 birthday with good friends April Sunshine, Deborah Shillito and Dan Phillips.

Also in the house and celebrating a milestone birthday was the incredible Adam Hill, who celebrated his 40th birthday with us here in New Bern on stage jamming with Big Jim Kohler.

What an incredible night of music with two stellar guitar greats picking the blues. For those who have been hiding in the closet for the last few weeks, please note you can be a part of the good time and blues jams each and every week.

On Monday’s come hang with us at The Brown Pelican. Music play 7- 9 pm. On Wednesdays, the jam is at The City Stage. Music, also offered 7-9 pm. All are welcome to be a part of the second set fun.

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Cruising the Coast For Friday  Fun

Joey & Mason

The first stop of the night brought us to Carolina Home & Garden in Newport, NC. This is a great place to check out any Thursday or Friday night. They serve beer and wine, offer appetizers and or food truck. They charge $5.00 to enter which goes to support the live music.

Last night’s act was Joey & Mason, a couple of good friends that share a love for music. This was a great way to start things off. This duo was refreshing and great fun. Though they don’t have a lot of experience playing professionally, they are a breath of fresh air to me. Two young strummers in tune with old school music while offering their own grooves.

The duo has been jamming since the fall and has been having great fun making music for fans and followers. While speaking with the father of electric guitar play Joey Rickman, I learned he has only been shredding notes for a year now. That was inspiring and amazing to hear. His friend on acoustic and vocals is Mason Spence who has a strong voice and fun energy at the mic.

The young classic rock duo offers everything from blues to alternative rock, classic rock, funk and pop songs as well. To contact them for a booking you can send them an email at joey.and.mason@gmail.com. To find them on social media, look for them on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/joey.and.mason/

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A Dusty Trio at The Treehouse

Cruising along Highway 24 we stopped at Treehouse Beer Company, where Hank Barbee was chilling with a Dusty Trio. Joining the skilled singer-songwriter was James Durham on saxophone and Kingfish Russell on the harmonica.

Though the trio is known to share some cover songs, this is primarily an original act offering great music for your listening pleasure. With a mix between jazz and surf music, you can get the feel for the blues and hear the beats of some funk thrown into the mix too.

Last night the trio played to a packed room of music fans that love this fun band. They rocked the crowd from 7-10 pm and offered all of the songs that fans love. Some of my favorite Hank Barbee songs have yet to be recorded. Though I am a huge fan of his first, self-titled release and even enjoy the songs on his follow up CD, Son Royale, I think the third effort will be his most charming.

Tonight friends and fans of the talented singer-songwriter can enjoy his groove while noshing on some good eats tonight at Church Street Deli, located on Church St. in Swansboro. Hank offers the grooves from 7-10 pm.

For those that are interested in keeping up with this talented group, be sure to check them out on Facebook here The Dust Parade or you can find them online by visiting their website here: https://hankbarbee.com/home

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Stephen Poole Gets a Little Help From A Friend

I received a message from Angela Poole, who informed me that her husband Stephen Poole would be rocking Riptidez Bar & Grill on Hill St. in Cape Carteret. The singer-songwriter has a strong voice that croons country. Last night he was joined on stage by his music brother from another mother Michael Ripley. The duo worked their way through an extensive set list.