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.

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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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Mid-Week Jams and Music Around New Bern

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

On the Scene with the blues band Big Jim Kohler

Irish Music Jam Makes for a Fun Tuesday

The first Tuesday of the month offered Irish Music Sessions with Simon Spalding and Friends. This jam played from 7-9 pm at The City Stage.

Celebrating the Chinese New Year with Irish music seemed like a good way to go, and it was! The jams are always fun and joyful. This group has been gathering on Tuesdays, onece monthly for years and years.

If you have not taken in the Irish Music Sessions yet, please make a plan to enjoy it next month on stage at The City Stage. Look for it on the first Tuesday of the month!

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Big Jim Jams The Blues at City Stage

It’s a mid-week blues jam at The City Stage on Wednesday, with Big Jim! This week the blues great got dolled up like many blues greats before him in his overalls and offered a blistering set of Chicago style blues to open the night!

Taking note of everyone’s attire, we stepped out on break for a quick photo shoot. We all like it best when the whole band is pimping! Never wishing to miss an opportunity, I followed close behind with camera in hand.

Backing up Big Jim and Mrs. Big Jim are Tom Parker, tapping the beats on drums and Chris Buttitta keeping the groove on bass.

Following their opening set, Big Jim welcomes friends to come to share his love for the blues and the jams take us out for the night. This week they were joined by Simon Spalding, who brought his electric fiddle and Dave Sawyer on harmonica.

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Thursday Offered Three Stops

After a decade long hiatus from sharing sounds between the walls at Captain Ratty’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant, 202 Middle St., New Bern, NC; the management opened their doors this week to welcome music once again.

On Thursday, February 7, 2019, New Bern’s family band, Strung Together brought the initiation of this new weekly music offering. Music will now be found on the second floor in the piano bar. Come back again this month, on February 21 and again on the 28th, for a night of fine food and live music!

Sharing popular songs we all know, as well as fun originals, the band played to a full house of hungry music appreciators with an appetite for the tunes they shared.

Always an enjoyable time when we get to spend time with one of New’s Bern’s most talented families! They share their story with us as they live out life on stage with acting and music, while making memories as a family in the town they love.

I will leave you with an original they offered that night at the piano bar. This is a song that Abigail Oliver and her dad George Oliver wrote, but somehow it took a long twisted road when it made it to the stage and George got hold of the microphone. “Sweatin’ In the Shade.” is a fun reflection ofthis families life at banjo/guitar camp in height of the Summer season, in the North Carolina’s mountains.

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The next time Strung Together will unite for our entertainment will be next month, when they take the floor at Bank of the Arts for the Craven Arts Council’sAt The Gallery Series. They will present the music of Carter & Cash on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Tickets can be obtained here: https://www.cravenarts.org

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Alisa Mike on Stage at City Stage

Alisa Mike returned to her safe space on stage Thursday evenin when she offered songs to fans and friends again at The City Stage. The sultry and soulful singer offers a weekly show on the stage to adoring fans. 7-9 pm every Thursday.

She keeps her fans smiling and dancing throughout the night, as she serenades them with all of their favorites from The American Song Book, Jazz Standards and classic pop tunes that keep them coming back for more.

Mike performs each Thursday at the popular New Bern venue, please note she has CDs for sale at her shows. The singer went into the studio last year and released her debut disc in the late Summer. She includes all of her fans favorite selections on the disc, which can be yours for an affordable cost. If you don’t have one, treat yourself soon.

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Open Mic at The Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts the longest running open mic in New Bern, NC. And this past week, there was no shortage of talent. They lined up with everything from a dulcimer to keyboards, to play to the packed room of music makers and appreciators on Thursday night at The Brown Pelican.

When I walked in I was greeted by the grabbing vocals of Trevor Patterson. Each player is allowed three songs to share with the room. Patterson offered his takes on popular rock tunes.

Taking note of the stringers Facebook page, he hails from Hendersonville, NC. Hopefully soon, we will be lucky enough to catch him around here again.

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Next to make his mark on the carpet came Kelsey Lee from the Crystal Coast. Interestingly enough I have met Kelsey at past jams closer to his neck of the woods, where he rocked the acoustic guitar with his serious riffs. When he took to the carpet on Thursday, I can assure you this was not what I was expecting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnrOiFXow-g

You can search for artist Kelsey Lee and find more of his masterful music. I found him on Spotify myself and you can to by following this link:

https://open.spotify.com/album/6DM6yf0DaRoe6kxS8PVqdl

Kelsey is currently working on an acoustic project that he hopes to have available for listeners this year. Keep an eye on this cat, he is going to soar as quick as his fingers move once the right person gets wind of his skills.

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Next up to the stage came another out of town stringer. Deemed “the Reba of the Crystal Coast,” by Open Mic Host, Tiffany Elaine. Sabra Mason softened things up some with her offering of country songs.

The singer-songwriter hails from the Down East area and has been making her way up the coast while making music along the way. She is a talented singer eager to share her songs with your crowd. Find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SabraMasonmusician/

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Ed graces the carpet at The Brown Pelican on Thursday evenings, whenever he docks his boat in New Bern. Offering classic rock songs that we all know and love, it has been about a year since I last heard Ed offer us some songs! The stringer docks his boat and finds open jams up and down the coast. Sailing down from New England, we should hear more from him.

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Third Degree Bern is a fun classic rock and blues cover band, that offers many popular hits you know and love. Featuring stringers Tom Davis and Open mic host Brian Mac, this band plays often for the residents in Taberna and sometimes around town.

Davis is a surgeon who splits his time between New Bern and Charleston, SC. But whenever he makes his way to either town, he finds time to unwind with music.

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Laura Jenn returned and wowed them. The young stringer seems shy and timid at a glance, but don’t be fooled; she is a talented soul still finding her most powerful voice.

Closing out her three selections with the help of three back up singers, and no instrumentation, she offered a grand performance this week. You can find it on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69/videos/991373691073812/?__xts__[0]=68.ARClEaFGZpAniwAL6cxPHTtQtgh6mbnre2OEJP8cKrvDcftVFBgemDLuH2gMBCv8zXwp9G3o0nmxq22D46WiNijfGGKa4AnIT2aadSxwQvWqf7PSYXfmnUOHy7FAK9lLJHXdTXNVFHK17_liZ_wamjYvAGEZOw0daSiebjmyaLy2w4jz8S18Lh6BXMuV5vR9Lq5lQHMSfpc8bGPYVQaysDmQSUkD6VNihqJanXeTH5h24N6KLncOB070Kg3XPmkAXvm-Pf14MGXA4zrqiiK5WdXId2HHRQdDtkPldlL8EJEGYtmh&__tn__=H-R

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Next up came a couple local players to graced the carpet. Mike Watkins, the Pelican‘s bartender asked local stringer Charlie Duzan to join him on the carpet, where they each shared songs for the packed house.

Duzan spent many months writing to me on Facebook, telling me about days gone by when he once roamed the streets and played back in the day. He told of days when music wasn’t always welcome on the streets, after I wrote about his son Tommy playing downtown in Bear Square.

He tuned onto this blog after finding it on Facebook and reached out to me to tell me that he was enjoying all of the work we were doing in supporting music. He often promised me for months that I’d see him out playing again. Nothing makes me happier than seeing him back on the scene, that has not forgotten this talented stringer and songwriter.

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With people traveling in from all over the state to share their riffs and beats on the carpet of the Dirty Bird, it’s hard to say who drove the furthest to get their shot at sharing their talent last week. But I know our last featured artist this week hails from Fayetteville, NC, and rode 2.5 hours to bring it to the people at the Brown Pelican on Thursday.

Casey T Cotton, tore right into it and within seconds he had the crowd enjoying his manifestation of popular grooves. He even had Joe Brown smiling and paying attention to his meaningful mastery of the keyboard.

For anyone in search of some professional entertainment, be sure to consider Blazin’ Keys Entertainment as a viable option. Booking the 2019 and 2020 calendars, make arrangements to get them on your schedule soon.

Before pulling out of town, Cotton became the last in the line of many appreciated contributors that support this blog. Dropping a $50 in my palm of my hand as a means to help me on my next adventure, I am grateful for the support. Thank you for the generous and much needed tip and for taking the time to entertain us in the middle of a busy week!

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Many Miles Logged Chasing Music

On my way home from the jam this week we rolled over a lot of 9’s, as my Yukon XL logged 400,000 miles while traveling on Broad Creek Road! More than a quarter of a million of those miles were logged chasing music 🎶! Many fun times and trips in this old girl!

She wants you to know it’s important to change the oil and keep good tires going ’round! Stay safe and happy travels!

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Black History Month and The Blues

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When I was getting into music and more specifically the blues, there was only one Queen of the Blues, and that was the incredible, Koko Taylor.

Born in 1928 in Memphis, TN; Taylor made her way to Chicago in 1952 and by the end of the decade she was singing in blues clubs around the city. Once Willie Dixon caught wind of Taylor’s throaty blues, things opened up for the powerful singer, who would rise to the top over the course of her forty years in music. I caught her act several times while covering the blues scene during the 90’s but I met the Queen of the Blues when she played The Pocono Blues Festival. She was kind and full of grace until she hit the stage, then she transformed into marvel at the mic, always thrilling to watch.

We lost Taylor in 2009 following complications following surgery. Her last performance was for Blues Music Awards, formerly know as the WC Handy Awards show on May 7, 2009. Taylor did a lot to influence the rise of women in blues, including her successor, the new queen of the blues Shemika Copeland.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good ol’ country grooves of Ryan Cain. If ya missed him last night in town, come groove tonight. He will be jamming from 7-10 pm, share songs you know and ones he wrote. 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 music of Core Sound this evening. This rock’n blues band from the Crystal Coast will grove you tonight! Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of TrainWreck tonight, who will be rocking on the deck with all the grooves that get you going. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC

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Promise’ Land Market welcomes the music of Now or Never this evening from 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Come enjoy this original trio of music making friends from across the bridge in Beaufort, sharing songs for your listening pleasure. Stop in, sip on wine and enjoy a cold beer, or eat some of their delicious food.

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Live music by Saltwater Gold will be on the menu tonight at Off the Hook this evening with music being served from 10 pm until close. Tomorrow come out for a delicious brunch and soothe sounds courtesy of New Bern’s own Ed Prophet

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop 

Into the Fog, Sat Feb 9th, 8:30 PM- 12, $3 cover charge
https://intothefogmusic.com/

,Into The Fog is a string band out of Wilmington, NC that encompasses a wide array of genres from bluegrass to country to folk to rock n’ roll. The band is made up of Brian Stephenson on Vocals and Guitar, Winston Mitchell on Vocals and Dobro/Mandolin, and Derek Lane on Vocals and Bass. After competing in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, Into the Fog is quickly making a name for themselves throughout North Carolina and catching audience’s attention with their high energy blend of traditional bluegrass and modern folk. With two lead singers and a lot of instrumentation, the band has a way of grabbing people’s attention no matter what their musical preference.

Competitors …”in Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 21-24 (past winners include the Dixie Chicks and Greensky Bluegrass). –http://www.encorepub.com/bluegrass-ramblers-into-the-fog-play-lawn-chair-bluegrass-blowout-talk-telluride-doc-and-ep-fundraiser/

https://www.facebook.com/Intothefogmusichttps://www.reverbnation.com/intothefoghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeCo_uATxfU

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Cedar Point, NC

New Bern based Caffeinated Soul Boogiewill be sharing songs with friends tonight at Treehouse Beer Company. Music is offered 7-10 pm. The beer is cold, the tunes are cool and the vibe is fun. Come out and see for yourself.

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Rocking Around the Region

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Winston Salem, NC

WFU Porter Byrum Welcome Center presents The Unbroken Circle, who will offer this weekends performance. They will perform tonight at 7 pm.

The band is back together once again for the 8th annual concerts for Shalom! Join us either night for toe-tapping, hand clapping and some singing along, to a full set of old time and bluegrass classics. These concerts are free and open to the public, friends of The Shalom Project and all who want to enjoy good music and make a difference in Winston-Salem.

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Greensboro, NC

Get ready for Valentine’s day with 4 of the best Rock&Roll party bands in NC!
Automag

Victim of the Cause (Adam Hill)

Reckless Abandon

DIGIT-Band


Shiner’s 435 Dolley Madison Dr, Greensboro, NC

Doors 8 pm
Show 9 pm
THERE’S A STYLE AND SOUND FOR EVERYONE! #supportlivemusic
Rock/classic/southern/country rock/original/tribute/hard rock/heavy metal
$5 21+
$5 surcharge 18-20
ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY

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Kinston, NC

Bill Lyerly Band rocks The Red Room tonight. Come enjoy this rocking trio turning up the boot scooting rock and boogie that you love. Lyerly splits his time between here and Europe rocking both continents. Tonight he pulls into Kinston. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a music charge payable upon admission.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Mike Corrado Band for some rocking country fun. Music starts at 8 pm and they groove you until 11 pm. This show is free and the food here is outstanding, so come early to eat and stay late to dance!

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Washington, NC

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. David Cox rox the Red Room! Serving up the sounds in the new room tonight from 7-10 pm at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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Built For Comfort will be sharing the grooves with friends and fans at Market Street Pub this evening. Music starts at 10 pm. This fun band has been grooving the blues around the region for years. If you have not seen them yet, you are in for a treat tonight!

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Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

Offering the good times in Jacksonville, come rock the country grooves of JP Guhns and The Boys returning to Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern tonight. FREE Music is served from 9 pm until 1 am.

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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.

February 5 at 6:39 AM

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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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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