We Need More Music Now!

Music Promotes Healing and We Need Both Now!

If there is one thing we can all agree on during these controversial days, it is that the release of a virus from a Chinese lab has created a difficult season for so many of us. It’s been a long season of uncertainty, one that’s been filled with grief. Sadness has now clung to us far longer than any of us ever imagined at this time last year. Many have lost loved ones or have suffered other crippling losses, such as the loss of their thriving business that once supported families and community members.

None of this has been easy for anyone to navigate. This long season of pandemic and pestilence has left us very depressed and disconnected. The repercussions of this situation, which is in short a world crisis, are stifling to think about. Even our innocent children are suffering terribly. The class of 2032 has fallen deep into an abyss we probably don’t really want to explore.

Through it all, I have stood strong in my faith, believing that God is ultimately in charge. Even in the storms of life, I can always see Him working on our behalf. I do not think He is happy with the current events of this world, but I believe He loves us and He will get us through this. Making us stronger, and blessing us with grace and abundance that will show us the light in this dark era of our lives.

Whenever I am suffering through difficult times, and I have known a few, stay tuned and you’ll see…I always turn up the music. Music is an important part of healing the soul. It’s a center piece of worship services in churches all around the world and it is a corner stone to introductory and elementary education. Music can transform our spirit and heal our hurts too.

In preparation for this piece, I did do some research on music and healing. It’s well documented and scientifically proven that music heals people. With that being said, I think it’s time we all turned up the music.

Supporting my thoughts and feelings I selected three articles you might find interesting on the subject. According to The Benefits of Music: How the Science of Music Can Help You author Vanessa Van Edwards says, “Listening to music releases endorphins in the brain. Endorphins give us a heightened feeling of excitement. In addition to feeling euphoric, endorphins quell anxiety, ease pain and stabilize the immune system. With high endorphin levels, we have fewer negative effects of stress.”

Then I learned in a recent article published by the Harvard Health Blog for the Harvard Medical School, Andrew E. Budson, MD.; discusses at length “Why Music Is Good For The Brain” about an AARP study we learn how music really effects the brain in detail. Budson says, “So just how does music promote well-being, enhance learning, stimulate cognitive function, improve quality of life, and even induce happiness? The answer is, because music can activate almost all brain regions and networks, it can help to keep a myriad of brain pathways and networks strong, including those networks that are involved in well-being, learning, cognitive function, quality of life, and happiness.”

For a final read I will direct you to Michael Friedman Ph.D.; published a blog piece for Psychology Today “Does Music Have Healing Powers?
Studies shows music is a potent treatment for mental health.”
where he points out that, “Research clearly demonstrates that improved social connection and support can improve mental health outcomes. Thus, any music that helps connect people can have a profound impact on an individual’s mental health.”

From my own experiences, music has been vital to healing many hurts. Back in 2019, I put my work here on hold and did my own social distancing before a virus ever invaded our world. I did it was because, in short, things did not go as planned. It was a very painful and dark time for me personally.

I know it seems a little ridiculous to some, but this little website and the work I do here is a dream and a calling for me. I started out thinking I would be the conductor in a sea of music makers. I wanted to be the conduit, the connector!

What I learned is that the people I wanted to help the most, were the very ones that hurt me the most. It was hard really hard to muddle through and make sense of, much like this covid mess is for the world now. I won’t soon forget how it was a struggle to simply survive the underhandedness and hate that was served in my name. Suicide was an option I contemplated, but with loving my son and knowing that I have a greater future with God, I stayed home and prayed my way through it.

Most of the people that were slinging mud on my name, were people I helped. That is a rude awakening, I don’t care who you are. I learned what it felt like to be bulldozed and bullied in about a 30 day span. It felt like one hit after another. The first blow came because I did not pay certain entertainers enough attention. Then the beatings commenced when I deactivated my FB profile so to rewind and regroup from that underhanded takedown. Months later, when I reactivated my account I was greeted over and over again by one post that was penned by someone I always tried to help! This cyber attack would drive me to a near breaking point. Case in point: The bashing. How would you feel?

I have long wondered how I would handle this soul shaking awakening that I was forced to survive. The only way I know is to be forth right. In hindsight, I concur, that post is more of a reflection of those people than it ever will be about me. Today I use that post to help others feel better about themselves when the world is beating them down. The entire post and the thread of hate that follows speaks more about those who participated and nothing of me. In my defense, I unfriended him after reading all of that, and yes, I do unfriend and block people that are detrimental to my peace of mind or cause me pain. Yes, I fire customers who can’t keep agreements. And no I never was paid twice by any band or place! In fact I lost more money than gained in doing this for others. No one has the courage to ask but they can join in the hate. Life is too short to deal with sap suckers and liars that drain you of your good life!

Fact is, after years of trying to do something special for a community of people, I felt defeated, and once that happened, I simply put myself in time out after a very underhanded ordeal. What I can tell you about the person behind the above post, is that he is in a popular band, and works at the only music store in town.

Years and years ago, I showed up at his home, by way of invitation, to watch his new band practice. After a year of playing around town, I would make a connection that would bring them to a restaurant/club in Morehead City. It was agreed upon, via a hand shake, because my word is good and that is how I like to do business, that I would collect a $100 commission on each job they played.

Here is how his band handled that agreement; they paid me $200; $100 for the first two shows they played there and then cut me out of the following 15 shows they played for the months and years that followed the original agreement.

Fact is, even as he was stealing from me, I promoted his band and reached out to help him and his family with emergency relief supplies after Florence claimed their home.

To say that some people’s actions have made me contemplate the important work I do is no understatement. That’s fine. And so am I! God has been good to me always, so forgiveness is essential for my happy heart.

Luckily, I have a small circle of strong friends that lift me! None of the hard hits we take in life are easy and they are often hard to swallow. It does not have to change who we are meant to be though. After sometime I rested in the facts that I did my work! I held up my agreements. Living life is a character building exercise. I feel like what you put out to the universe, the universe will be return to you. I can’t stop people from their destiny. Even if it is their mission to take others down. I also can’t allow that to change my desire to promote and build others up.

Hard lessons are always learned in the darkest days. It was during this quiet time, after the storm, that I grappled with some tough realities. For instance, it became clear that the people I set out to help the most were the very people that hurt me the most. Definitely worth repeating! This forced me to reexamine everything, including my very existence, somedays.

After some time passed, I eventually ventured back out, in search of music so to heal the hurts other caused me. While I was out and about, I was always greeted by blog supporters. Many expressed their dismay of not knowing where the music was playing anymore. Some asked if I would ever be back? A few even begged me to come back. I knew that wasn’t necessary. This is who I am and what I do, so of course, all of the haters in the world can’t change a calling place upon one’s life.

In my time of retreat, I focused on rebuilding my cleaning business. This daily work is what allows me to afford the blog dream. In 2018, Florence wiped me out of two business plans. I finally dealt with the loss of both in late, 2019.

As it stands now, this blog site is 6 years old and still, very much in its infancy. This site is nothing more than a costly hobby right now, but in the long run, I see an app that connects people to their local live music scene, and jobs for free lance music lovers like myself throughout the country.

Though my work is focused on music makers and promoting them, in my down time I decided that this site is truly meant for the readers and the music supporters! We are the ones that to the players because we are the audience, the feed back and the support they all seek.

When the music fell silent in March due to the virus, it became a lot easier for me to accept not blogging, of course, yet I could feel my heart breaking for the many players and club owners that I still loved. Like everyone else, I went in search of a new normal and got certified for cleaning the virus.

After I paid off my bills and rebuilt my credit for the third or maybe fourth time, I came back to this site because music was starting to make its return and the work I do, no matter what people say about me, helps connect people to music. Feeling that music is of great importance to healing, finding it is something we all need to do right now. I, for one, am glad to be back offering this service.

My focus in this rebuild is to support the venues, bars and restaurants that support live music. It’s still my mission to share their music schedules and to continue in my work of connecting people to the local music scene! Making that simple connection for people could make a difference in so many lives; on so many levels. After a long break, one thing is still clear to me; I wish to be the one who introduces you to new talent from the players that are making music on the North Carolina music scene.


Time for the Weekly Recap

More on the Monday Music Makers



Harbour Pointe Happenings

Brian Mac served up the sounds for the dinner show last Thursday evening at Harbour Pointe Bar & Grille. The resident stringer offers many popular hits and loves seeing the crowd participate. His fiancé Beth Eddins came prepared to dress up the conga line with mardi gras masks of glitter, floral leis and more. The duo will be married this fall. Checking out the menu, my dinner choice was the beef stroganoff, served over a bed of egg noodles. The food is always delicious.

This wonderful new bar and grille is open to the public and offer creative weekly specials to enjoy. The Harbour Pointe Bar and Grille is located at the Harbour Pointe Golf Club in Fairfield Harbour. Turn left when you arrive in the neighborhood and use the intercom system to tell the gate guard you are there to eat at Harbour Pointe. Located at 1105 Barkentine Dr. You may dine in or order ahead and take out.


Finding The Blues Beats in Downtown New Bern

Big Jim and his wife Kathy Kohler have enjoyed a weekly gig, upstairs in the in the whiskey bar of Prohibition: Drinks and Desserts.

They have been performing there weekly since the owner, Chris Strange and his wife Grace closed the doors of City Stage. When they owned the venue, they hosted Big Jim’s Blues Jam each Wednesday evening. Now they host Big Jim and Kathy each Thursday evening. Music plays upstairs in the whiskey bar and currently from 6-9 pm.


New Bern Bound for the Weekend

Luckily I live in a neat little town, with many places to roam in my quest to find live music!

Tan Sanders serves up the Sounds at BrÜtopia on Friday Night

Tan Sanders is a talented young stringer from Goldsboro, NC. I’ve caught his show twice and can say that it’s always a pleasure. I met the singer songwriter a few years ago at The Brown Pelican. I was impressed the first time I heard him, and was equally impressed last week when I became reacquainted with the vibe he offers. He has a lot of fun with his audience as he delivers popular songs they know, mixed in with new songs he would like them to know.

Sanders is a country artist with some serious punk roots. When I reached out to him via Messenger this week I asked about his start to the music business, he replied by saying, “I started playing out in clubs and venues when I was about 15 my mom and dad would drive me. I was playing in punk and hardcore bands at that time but I always had a soft spot for country music because the first 2 records my mom gave me were Hank Williams Jr.’s Montana Café and Charlie Daniels, Greatest Hits. And with my accent country was the only direction I could go.”

Funny to hear him confess that about the first albums his parent’s got for him. While I was out on Friday night he happened to played a sing along song from one of the first albums my parents bought for me. The Gambler by Kenny Rogers is a classic country song, that you rarely hear on the scene. That was pretty cool, being brought back to my first double digits birthday. On my decade old birthday, I also requested albums by Crystal Gayle and Olivia Newton John. It would seem that we both have country roots and rock and roll souls.

The thing I enjoy most is Sanders is his sense of humor. He is a free and easy soul, who enjoys laughter, not just his own, but that of others surrounding him. Like a true entertainer, he is engaging, down home and warm.

I wondered how he and the band were holding up during these viral days, and Sanders said, “Me and my band have been recording through COVID but I’ve mostly been playing solo due to only restaurants having music.”

He wanted readers to know, “We just put out a single and filmed a skate video to go with it. I also have another album out with them band and put out a solo ep last August. I will attach the links to all of that…

Here is the single and video https://open.spotify.com/track/12vwY59YMTMImDryA4mVSi?si=yHigAPqHSru2d6Zyk2AGXwhttps://youtu.be/R0p7nwI8NFA

Here is our previous album https://open.spotify.com/album/1AsKTMPCZuO6uAeoiJ4dEE?si=0qO4JfteSFKCdaFfk2tY8A

And my ep from last year is here, as well as another music video https://open.spotify.com/album/7525yZUDlVpAOzpysklDTH?si=Lfwn4vAxQWywhUx0MidrDAhttps://youtu.be/9C2pi_DEKoI

The country singer with a punk rock edge will return to New Bern in April when he plays a dinner show at Harbour Pointe Bar and Grill on Thursday, April 22, 2021. At press time music is being offered 6-9 pm.

For those looking to catch him this weekend you can find him at Captain Cook’s Friday night in Washington, NC and serving sounds from 6-9 pm


TrainWreck Pulls Into Blackbeard’s

On Friday evening, I checked in with TrainWreck for a set while bouncing about town. It has been more than a year and a half since I have seen this fun and funky party band.

This band is based on Greenville and led by lead guitarist and supporting vocalist, Adrian Watts who formed the band 15 years ago. In the past six years I have seen them several times, hosting many front men and band formations. I have seen them in a big band line up, with a full horn section and I have seen them as a stripped down trio.

Regardless of what version of the band you get, fun music is always the theme offered by Watts and crew in the execution and delivery of a TrainWreck show. They are an awesome option for a private party or wedding band. For those looking to secure a date call the band at 252-543-8685.


Arson Daily Live at Tap That

It has been nearly two and a half years since I last checked in with Arson Daily. These guys are just about all grown up now and rocking the scene with a new disc that they recorded last Spring. “Late Reflections’” is a ten song offering now available where you buy music.

When I caught up with the band last Friday at Tap That Craft Beer and Wine Bar one of the band supporters was giving away discs to attendees in the crowd! She told me, “Someone just came up and donated a bunch of money and told me to hand out free cds, so tonight’s your lucky night.” I was grateful for the gift and have enjoyed it since opening it.

The Raleigh based band came together while the band mates were attending college in Boone, NC. Since graduation the four piece has relocated to the capital city and have kept busy creating music even during the pandemic. This new disc is a really good production that is nicely packaged. I like many of the songs included in the mix but my favorites are Pipe Dream and the title track Late Reflections.

Arson Daily is a fun alternative band worth checking out. They offer refreshing original music with a straight forward delivery. Check out their website to read more and to keep up with the band.


There was Mad Fiddling at The Garage on Saturday

On Saturday evening I popped in to talk with Jason Addams, the Mad Fiddler. I was able to spend a few moments catching up with him and his fiancé before the show. The couple recently got engaged and she is the apple of this entertainer’s eye.

Addams offers an eclectic variety from rap to rock music during his one man band offering. He is skilled and professional. For those who wish to catch a show soon, he recently posted this on Facebook:

MAD FIDDLER DATES 2021

2.12.21 Twin Ravens
2.13.21 Mythic Brewing 6-9p
2.27.21 Nicks Blacktavern 7-10p

3.5.21 The Sour Barn 6-9p
3.6.21 AB Bottle Co 6-9p
3.20.21 Salty Air Open Market 12-3p
3.26.21 Riptidez Cedar Point 6-9p
3.27.21 The Garage 7-9p


The Dust Parade Returns to Tap That

I am going to end the recap here with telling you that the talented Dust Parade came to town last weekend as well.

The band offered a great night of original music to the many fans that turned out to hear the Wilmington based quartet. We will pick things up here next week right here as we talk more to Hank Barbee and find out what’s new with him and the band. Stay tuned.


Music Options for the Days Ahead

Each week I spend time searching for live music events on Facebook. Here is what my search turned up this week, in the hopes of keeping you entertained.


Getting Down Around Town~ New Bern, NC

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Tommy Duzan Sr

Tommy Duzan delivers the dinner music tonight at Harbour Pointe Grille, 1105 Barkentine Dr., New Bern, NC. Music is offered from 6-9 pm.

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Big Jim & Kathy Kohler

Big Jim and Kathy Kohler appear live at Prohibition Dessert and Drinks, 243 Craven St. Live music is offered 6-9 pm.

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Friday, February 5, 2021

The touring Rob Lightner will offer the sounds from his soul on Friday at BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. Tunes will be shared from 6-9 pm.

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Corey Stuart returns to New Bern this Friday. You can rock with him when he hits the stage at Tap That Craft Beer and Wine Bar, 901 Pollock St, New Bern, NC. Music plays from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.

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John Parker brings his band Smokehouse back to Blackbeard’s Triple Play, 415 S Front St., to rock you this Friday on the deck. Music is offered 5:30-9:30 pm.


Saturday, February 6, 2021

Everybody’s favorite rock and country party band Steel County Express Blackbeard’s Triple Play, 415 S. Front St., New Bern, NC. This regional party band plays all the popular hits with jams starting at 5:30 pm.

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Scott Arnold will be on stage this Saturday, at Tap That Craft Beer and Wine Bar, 901 Pollock St., New Bern. The music starts at 6:30 pm.

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Joe Baes Project

Joe Baes Project will be rocking BrUtopia this Saturday, helping the owners celebrate five years! Music will be played from 6-9 pm. It’s hard to believe it was more than half a decade ago the Tim Dryden were in class together for the Entrepreneur Academy a Craven Community College. He was enrolled to get BrUtopia off the ground and I was there with the hopes of building a music blog.

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Congratulations to Tim Dryden and Bryan Conway in their quest to make the world better with more beer. Cheers! The business partners opened their second location on Highway 70 in Havelock last year. They also teach those interested in learning the trade of craft brewery, via a course now available at the college!

Sunday, February 7, 2021

PLEASE NOTE

Tap That Craft Beer and Wine Bar offers an open stage to players, poets, singers, and more each Sunday from 6-9 pm. Hosted by Sam Lewis, this open mic is open to all levels and all are welcome to join in the fun. However this week, open mic is on hold. All are invited to come out and enjoy the Super Bowl 55 festivities and food.



Rocking Around the Region

Thursday, February 4, 2021

It’s Date Night on Evans St in Greenville tonight. Live music will be offered by Island Bob.

For those interested, Molly’s Community Café offers a wonderful dinner date experience.

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Adam Hill has a show tonight at Villiage Steakhouse. Music starts at 7 pm and is served until closing.

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Ponytail brothers in music CC and Nannette will provide the dinner sounds at Parley’s Sip & Steam, 132 E Water St., Washington, NC. Music will be offered 6-9 pm.

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Singing songs you know, Tommy Duzan

New Berns own, Tommy Duzan will provide the music this Friday at AJ McMurphy’s, 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville. Music is offered 6-9 pm. Come hungry, and fill up while enjoying the great grooves. sounds.

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Live music at Molly’s Community Café this Friday will feature a few local stingers. Come out and enjoy music offered by Will Stovall and Brandon Robertson. Music is offered from 6-9 pm.

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Brian Burke has a dinner show on Friday. He will provide the dinner sounds for those dining at the Plank Road Steakhouse. Music plays from 7-9:30 pm

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Jeff Young will rock Catalan Tapas Bar, 4214 NW Cary Parkway, this Friday night with music being served from 6-9 pm.

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Jake Potter will provide the live tunes at Scooters Bar and Grill this evening. The rocking dinner fun starts at 5 pm and music ends at 9 pm.

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For those looking for music around Greensboro, you can check out Megan Doss and Matt Crowder as they team up to deliver the tunes this Friday at Craft City Sip-in. Music will be offered from 6:30-9:30 pm

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SaturdayFebruary 6, 2021

Rob Legere will be sharing songs this Saturday at Plank Road Steakhouse

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Laura Davis will offer the dinner tunes this Saturday at Parley’s Sip & Steam. Music plays from 6-9 pm

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SideTrac Band will be rocking Molly’s Community Café this Saturday. They will be offering the fun tunes that move you from 6-9 pm

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Thanks for Reading!

All content is written and published by Tracey Stones

I roam the scene far and wide and bring it all together for you here, in the simple hopes of connecting people to the local music near them!

Tracey Stones caught working. Photo credit: Susan Baugham

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Community Celebrations and Rock Legends Return to the Stage For Saturday Fun

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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It was Community Fun for all and Rock Legends that offered the good times on a great day and rocking night!

Community Comes First

Last weekend many town-folks gathered at Creekside Park in James City, for a Saturday afternoon to celebrate the resiliency of New Bern and Craven County! The event was organized by Ina Thomas. She was motivated and inspired like many of us were by the amazing outcome of the Casey Hathaway story where the 3-year-old Craven County boy went missing and was found alive in the woods three days later.

The news story of Hathaway and his family and our local Sheriff’s Department gained national attention, as did our city of New Bern after it was truly devastated by Florence in September. Life does not always offer us rays of hope. Sometimes the clouds of dark blanket news coverage, in case you missed the headlines!

When Hathaway was found alive, after three days of being a lost little boy during a cold snap this winter, it was a miracle that filled all of our broken Florence hearts with love and made us forget our troubles as we breathed in faith and exhaled hope!! God is so amazing! He is here in our City of Bears and He walks with each one of us that are lost and in need. He is a busy miracle worker and He delivered to the masses on that one! Well done! In the name of Jesus, Amen!

Thomas wanted to honor Sheriff Chip Hughes and his team of officers, and the many volunteers that turned out and came together for our local area in recent times. Not only for those that helped find Hathaway for his family, but also those that came to our area to assist in our recovery after Florence truly devastated our corner of the world! A mission that still continues with new immediate needs as time wears on!

NCMZ.LIVE and New Bern Now Made the Scene

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I arrived in time to catch the last song offered by Alisa Mike. The beautiful singer offered “Proud Mary” for her final composition. And although it might look like I was on the scene for her show, the truth is I made it just in time to watch her break it down.

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If you have never caught the amazing Alisa, I will remind you that she offers a free show to those that gather at the City Stage any Thursday evening from 7-9 pm. The professional singer offers voice lessons to anyone interested in vocal coaching. She is also available for private parties and venue engagements as well.

Following my time at the community celebration, I accepted Mike’s offer to join her for dinner. We headed to town and enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Morgan’s. It is always wonderful to catch up with the people that have supported my efforts. Mike is one of those people. She is one of the artists I envision with a powerful band behind her. I told her before we finished dinner that I could see her pulling off a fine set with John Van Dyke and his jazz project! On that thought, I always smile!

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Real Heroes Reign True

The other thing that always makes me smile with pride is our Marines. When the organizer reached out to me, I offered some support in suggesting a few ideas for the music portion of the program. I know, surprise surprise!  I gave Thomas my word that I would promote her efforts and turn out for her event. When she presented the final music schedule, it was my hope to actually make the scene in time for our Marines. The line up for the day included the talents of stringer Marron Chaplin, singer Alisa Evans Mike, 2nd Division Marine Brass Band, local crooner Bryan Mayer, Simon Spalding, music historian and New Bern’s Blues Ambassador The Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. My timing was spot on.

 Reflections of the Organizer

Following the event, I caught up with the organizer to get her feelings on the event and the day. Thomas was very glad she put in the effort to do this for our community. She loves this little corner of the world like many of us and truly wanted to offer us all a day of fun, honor, and recognition for all we are when we come together! With the help of her small group of volunteers, she and her team did an awesome job in getting it done. Along with honoring our first responders and stellar volunteers, it is Thomas’ hope to sell enough T-shirt to raise the money needed to have a New Bern Bear placed at our local Sheriff’s office. To buy the We Believe in Bears T Shirt you can find Thomas on Facebook here Ina Lane Thomas,

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Saturday Night Fun for Rock Fans as Pegasus Plus Performs at State Theatre

It’s All About That Bass

When you think of David Stover reflect on this, we nearly lost the rocker twice leading up the rebirth of this band Pegasus +, which has been in hiatus for more than three and a half decades and now rocking socks off. After first meeting the band under the spotlight of my work, I learned from Stover himself that he motivated the reunion because of life and his journey on it!

“To begin in the late ’70s and early ’80s we were playing all of the popular clubs from N.C. to Florida as much 300 days out of the year. We played over 50 percent of our own music. We were trying to make it and get a recording deal. But after years touring it wore us down, so we decided to break, as much as we loved playing together.

“As for most of us, we settled down and raised a family. But music has always been a constant thing in our lives. I personally have 2 daughters, a son and three grandchildren.” Sadly, thought the talented music maker also has had his fair share of hardships. “I lost my wife in a car accident in 2005” and he said, “I was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.” He considers himself very blessed! Stover said, “I am truly blessed.  I have come close to dying twice. That brings us to now. We all have seen so many of our friends and family pass away. So we all connected and decided to get back together for a reunion and do a show.  We are so lucky to have a chance to do this again and here we are, all still alive. This is just a little of what is going on.”

Our Introduction

That conversation came from our correspondence after the band’s second reunion show. They were a part of a triple bill in Raleigh at the Lincoln Theater in February, where they warmed up the stage for the band who put Raleigh music on the map, Nantucket.  After that show, it wasn’t long before they booked a third show. They all reached out to tell me about the booking and they all invited me and paid for my ticket to Saturday nights show at The State Theatre in Greenville, NC.

For that appearance, they offered two fine sets of music and offered more than a handful of originals in each set. They are a group of seasoned professionals who probably ought to keep writing original music now that they are back at it. Though it is fun to reminisce, it is also fun to roll forward into the unknown. Especially when you are an artist. I hold out hope that they will contemplate new stuff for the many new fans they are making. Like with everything else, time will tell.

Become a Fan Today

For fans and friends looking for this band, you can find them on Facebook here: Pegasus Plus For readers who do not have Facebook, you can check out their website here: pegasusplusband.com.

It was during the break, that I got to meet and speak with guitar player JK Loftin. He took the time to introduce himself and validate that they were really doing this because they nearly lost their bass man and brother, and loved each other enough to see what they could see. I am always appreciative to hear the players stories. This band has a long story and they are writing new chapters for us to appreciate. They are lucky and they know it, because they are doing the things they love doing, but doing it together again!

Thank You!!!

Personally, I think this band is an awesome fit for bigger stages and festival opportunities. For those interested in exploring gig options reach out to them today! Their contact info is on both the website and on Facebook.  A big shout out to guitarist Martin Bissell for purchasing our tickets to cover the show and big hugs for JK Loftin for being one of the newest blog supporters, as well as drummer Jason Patterson, who was actually the last supporter to be added to the thank you list.

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Behind the Scenes with Tracey Stones

Real and True

Here is one thing I want everyone to know about me… I am real. I am not a fan of sugar coating life, because it has been a long and fruitless journey for this girl. Having said that, it was revealed on Facebook this week that I am struggling to overcome the losses I suffered from Florence, and I finally admitted the happy blogger is living with a broken heart. I rarely get a full night’s sleep and I am exhausted from faking it! In short, I had a personal meltdown.

Tomorrow I have very little to report except for who is playing where. So I am going to use tomorrow’s blog to express the full vision and mission of my heart and soul. I hope you come back then and help me find my way through the dark corners of my reality and truth. I established in November when I added the tip jar, that I could not do this alone anymore and I had no interest in quitting either. If you know me, you know even beyond my harsh truths I tend to lean on the positive side of life, but this week I dwelled in a lot of negative thoughts.

 We All Need Help!

Simply because without help this site will shut down soon, and as soon as next week. Tomorrow I will express my wants and needs in detail and will leave it all to God to figure out from there. Until then there is a lot going on so here are the places I picked that are supporting live music tonight!

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Friday, April 12, 2019

LEAVE NOW! IT’S ARTWALK

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Tonight marks the second Friday of the Month, which means it is ArtWalk tonight in downtown New Bern. Be sure to visit our fabulous town soon, if not tonight. There are galleries to consider, shops to browse, art to buy, artisans to meet, music makers to meet and offerings of wine and cheese, as you wait for a table at one of our fabulous restaurants.

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Be sure to stop by The Isaac Taylor Garden and visit The Greater Good Gallery on Craven St. Then come meet the artisans on Middle Street at Community Artists Gallery and Studio and Craven Arts Council/Bank of the Arts, while you mingle with music-makers there too. This fun offering happens on the second Friday of the month from 5-8 pm.

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Other Friday Night Specials

Getting Down Around Town

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

New Bern Farmer’s Market

Join us for the 2019 Bern Summer Blast Concert! This year enjoy the sounds of the Band of Oz and North Tower.

Tickets are $25 at the gate/children 12 & under are free with a PAID ADULT.

NO food, drinks, or coolers will be permitted inside the Farmer’s Market. EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE RAIN OR SHINE – ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS

We would like to thank our sponsors International Paper and Trent Cadillac Buick GMC. Please visit www.newbernchamber.com for more information.

Bern Summer Blastafter party at Blackbeard’s Triple Play with DJ Mike Bruton on the 1’s and 2’s!!
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Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of great music featuring the talented Rick Huff, offering songs from 7-10 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs and wonderful originals by this local and regional songwriter. 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 Chocolate Chip & Company Band, they will bring 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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Live on stage after ArtWalk tonight at The City Stage New Bern they offer All My Rowdy Friends in town to rock you into tomorrow. $5.00 cover is payable at the door. Music starts at 8 pm and they play until midnight.

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The Garage

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The Garage welcomes the music of Tommy Duzan Sr. Live music is offered from 7-10 pm for FREE! But I suggest you feel free to tip the servers and musicians you meet along the way!

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Bruce Lynch 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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Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Bar

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They are offering live music on the stage at Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Bar. Tonight you can rock to the grooves with Gary Dudley & The Maxxtones. Music starts at 9 pm and they rock until closing. Come out and enjoy all of the great live music all around town. We have lots of talent shining bright and plenty of places to visit.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

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Morehead City

Promise’ Land Market

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

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Beaufort, NC

The Backstreet Pub

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Tonight it is the Mac & Juice Show at The Backstreet Pub, featuring the popular jam duo from the Mac & Juice Quartet! The brains and founding members of the well-established band are willing to play in any formation. They can offer clubs a duo act, a tight quartet, and even an amazing quintet is not out of the question. Tonight music starts at 9 pm and there is a $3.00 cover that goes directly to supporting the music!

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Royal James

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Rob Lightner and Nathan Shaffer offer the music to those that come together tonight at Royal James in Beaufort tonight. Check them out on the stage sharing songs you know and even love to sing along to, from 9 pm – 12 am.

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

Offering the live sounds tonight at The Boro Restaurant & Bar will be New Bern’s own stringer and singer Ed Prophet, keeping beats from 8-11 pm. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music.

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Surf City, NC

The Trailer Bar!

The Trailer Bar welcomes 2Reckless tonight for the fun and music, for music lovers in the Surf City Area. If you want to be there for the sheer pleasure of supporting live music, you can catch the grooves from 8:30 until 11:30 pm.

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Rocking Around the Region

Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill wants everyone to be aware, that there is amazing entertainment in the house tonight! Here is the news from their website:

The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger and singer Ana Popovic is back on the road, promoting her new album ‘Like It On Top‘, that focuses on empowered, successful, inspiring female role models.

Like It On Top opened #2 at the iTunes most downloaded US blues albums. The album peaked at #2 of the Billboard Top Selling blues albums chart.

Recorded in Nashville, TN and produced by four-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’, the blues influenced album features guest appearances from Kenny Wayne ShepherdRobben Ford and Keb’ Mo’.

A trending theme in today’s world is women overcoming obstacles and breaking through the glass ceilings to reach the top. Like It On Top celebrates those that take initiative, develop, inspire and motivate. But it also credits the men who are motivated and enlightened enough to support women in their quest to be their best versions of themselves.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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It is going to be a night not to be missed by southern rock n blues fans, as AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Johnny Neel of The Allman Brothers Band on stage with Idlewild South! Come grab yourself some good food and a cold drink at one of the coolest places in Greenville. Music plays from 8:00-11:00 pm. This show is free!

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays, they welcome all players for a Low Key Open Mic night hosted by Brian Burke. On Fridays and Saturdays it’s the finest local acts on the list, to entertain you while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight they welcome the talented Chuck Phillips to the stage! Tomorrow it is Rowlette Green.

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Havelock, NC

Jean’s

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Live on stage tonight at Jean’s is the classic rock and blues grooves of Cecil Gillikin and Core Sound. This trio of rockers will have you on the dance floor from 10 pm until the closing, bell at about 2 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.

April 8 at 6:46 PM

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

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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.

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:
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Feel free to invite me to your events.

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

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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.

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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!

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A Week Full of The Working Blues Keeps Us In New Bern

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

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I stayed around town all week working for New Bern Now, Ledger Magazine and NCMZ.LIVE but that did not stop me from finding music all around our beautiful town.

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On Saturday, I made my way to town to check out The Neuse River Rambles. Surf, Wind and Fire owner Danny Batten is one of the unsung heroes of our community. After Florence left him with damage to his home and business, Batten became some of the hardest working boots on the ground for this community. Actively meeting with business leaders and citizens while planning new ways to revitalize our downtown and jump-start his own business; he is a great asset and positive force for our community.

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Batten is not only a business owner but a banjo player too. When we first met Batten here in the blog, it was 2016 and he was playing with Merchant’s Road Band. Nowadays he is pick’n notes and offering harmonies for The Neuse River Ramblers. Last Saturday marked their third performance and it was rather a charming way to welcome St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. Quite frankly, anytime you can find your way downtown and discover live music, it is a wonderful thing!

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In his spare time, Batten squeezes in early morning meetings in an effort to help jump-start New Bern’s come back, post-Florence. One of the groups that meets and plans revitalization projects for downtown is the Downtown Business Council.

I was recently invited to an events-planning meeting, where I learned there would be more live music coming to the downtown.  That is always thrilling to report. You will be able to keep up with the news and developments of this new series, that is being deemed Saturday Sessions through Folks Journal. They will be partnering with the DBC and Swiss Bear, all working in conjunction with The New Bern Parks and Recreation Department. To present us with FREE LIVE MUSIC,for all that visit and shop New Bern.

Though ncmz.live won’t be involved with these music events, I can tell you that next month is already scheduled and a press release was issued. Here are some of those details as per that release, so that you can get an idea of what is in store for us!

Saturday Sessions

The Saturday Sessions in Bear Plaza are rotating music and art weekends located in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina. Saturday Sessions run from 1pm-5pm and begin Saturday April 6, 2019 and will run every Saturday until Mumfest weekend in October.

The first Saturday Session programming on April 6 includes live music by Sometimes Lions, a Greenville based duo singing and playing your favorite covers. They feature their own original songs, sponsored by FOLKS Journal, courtesy of Toyota New Bern, playing from 1pm-2:30pm. The second half of the Saturday Sessions is sponsored by Swiss Bear, Inc. and will feature original music from the singer/songwriters of the Carrboro, NC based North Carolina Songwriters Co-op. Renowned bluegrass band Neville’s Quarter will be playing from 3pm-5pm. More information about the band is available online at www.nevillesquarter.com and on the North Carolina Songwriters Co-op website at www.ncsongwriters.org.

Not Just Music, Art too

April 13, 2019 will be the first Art Saturday during Saturday Sessions in Bear Plaza. This program runs from 1pm-5pm and will feature an assortment of local artists. Local YA author Leslie Tall Manning will be having conversations and selling her books. Chris Wagner from The Sanctuary Gallery will be selling his work and demonstrate air painting alongside fellow gallery members. Local wellness guru and Kundalini yoga instructor Jenn Prem Arjan Pittman will be selling her holistic handmade jewelry. Artist and West Craven Middle School teacher Noël McKelvey of Blissworks will be demonstrating and selling her handmade whimsical card creations. Hope Baucher from A Hopeful Balance Yoga Studio will be providing instructors and classes in basic yoga and restoration poses. Reiki master and massage therapist Catherine Ould will be providing chair massage and reiki treatments.

Special Saturday Sessions children’s programming is available. Between 1pm-5pm the second and fourth Saturdays indoors at the The Next Chapter Books and Art and the first and third Saturdays outside of The Craven Arts Council/Bank of the Arts. Children of all ages are encouraged to paint #downtownNBrocks and hide them around town. The Craven Arts Council/Bank of the Arts will also be the host location of Saturday Session Storytimes,, held the second and fourth Saturdays at 1pm and 3pm. Please join us as books about community, nature, and neighborhood are shared alongside beautiful local works of art on display.

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Speaking of Banjo Playing Business Owners

This seems to be a trend when you look about our wonderful town, Banjo playing business owners. I was speaking with George Oliver not long before press time which brought the idea to mind. Oliver is another stellar citizen actively involved in helping the rebuild of the town.

It was nice talking to Oliver about some comedic business with Walk-In BathTub, and while we were on the phone he told me about his family’s show last weekend at Bank Of The Arts, where At The Gallery featured the music and story of June Carter and Johnny Cash.

The performance went so well that they have decided to bring it again to the community. This time they will perform on Friday, June 7, 2019, at The New Bern Civic Theater. Mark your calendars and make plans to be a part of a wonderful night of music and stories. This performance will be a fundraiser for the New Bern Civic Theater itself.  That is great news and another example of how Oliver and his family work overtime in assisting and serving our community.

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Mondays Means Blues at The Brown

 

 

Things were swinging when I got to the Dirty Bird more accurately know as  The Brown Pelican on Monday evening. Chirs Buttitta was back on the bass and a few more guitarist joined the fun. Some of those that I caught on the carpet this week include, open mic host and guitarist for 3rd Degree Bern, Brian Mac; solo player, Randy Moore, plus Tommy Duzan Sr. Hammering out the harmonica was Lee Tibbetts and kicking in the drums was Tom Parker. Big Jim was leading the charge and before I left I was jumping and jiving about!

This weekly offering has been a wonderful pick me up for New Bern and its music lovers. Thank you for coming out and showing your support for this weekly blues offering. We look forward to bringing you more fun nights from New Bern. This weekly blues treat is now followed up with HONKY TONK TUESDAY. That is the night made for all you country jammers. Mike Watkins is offering this weekly treat and all are welcome to come out and share the love.

When we come back tomorrow to finish out our fun week, we will stop here for open mic Thursday as well. This means that The Dirty Bird aka The Brown Pelican is now offering live music 5 days a week! ROCK ON!! Big thanks to bar owner Heather Haiss for all she does to support live music!

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Mid Week Blues Bites

 

For those that like to dine and drink their blues away, you should consider joining Big Jim and the guys at The City Stage New Bern. That is where Kohler offers his mid-week session of blues education. Opening the stage to jammers to join him after the first set, this is always a fun and inspiring way to spend Wednesday evenings. Fun is found here from 7-9 each Wednesday!

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Currently, we are working on raising funds for Big Jim Kohler to lay down some tracks. The blues master has been on a healing journey for the past 18 months. Along the way, he has regained his strength and found his focus. He has remained sober and committed to living a healthier life.

Since arriving here in New Bern, Kohler has not released a new disc. With a new lease on life, the blues-man is ready to keep busy in the studio and on the road. To date, we have raised just over $1400 of the $4000 needed to get the disc done. For those interested in helping to fuel the mission please direct your contributions here:

Big Jim Kohler’s Kickstarter Campaign

For friends and fans of the blues-man, you can come to hang out at Sara’s Big Apple, where he will be offering songs from 6-8 pm tomorrow evening. We hope to see you there.

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Friday, March  22, 2019

Getting Down Around Town

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 Pelican hosts an evening of music with Paid Time Off, featuring Rick Huff with Mollie Hunter Belet 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 Backyard Groove, 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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Holden Dixon:
Holden is a songwriter, and multi-musician, from Chocowinity, NC.

His band, “Holden Dixon & The Straightlines” will be bringing an Alternative Rock sound you don’t want to miss.

$5.00 Cover Charge Music starts at 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 Caffeinated Soul Boogie 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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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 Tommy Duzan, Sr. rocking the blues. Music starts at 7 pm.

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Morehead City

Promise’ Land Market

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

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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  

Joey and Mason, Fri Mar 22nd, 8:30-11:30 PM, No Cover

Join us for live music by local musicians, Joey and Mason. They play originals and covers along the lines of classic blues and rock. These guys will be sure to surprise you with their talent! Come check them out!!

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Royal James

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Cecil Gillikin 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 at The Boro Restaurant & Bar will offer the music of Flipside! Great food, great music, great ambiance! Join us on Friday! Music starts at 8 pm.

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Newport, NC

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4EverAll 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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Barefoot Wade has a  show 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 country sounds of Big and Richard 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 Snow Duo 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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Rocking Around the Region

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

MARCH 22, 2019 · FRIDAY * 9PM * $10

Touring and playing for many years, Armand brings years of experience and loads of talent to the stage. High energy blues and R&B. Get here early for this one..oh, and bring your dancing shoes!

Joining Armand will be Carter Minor, Jim Henderson, FJ Ventre, Kelly Pace, and Becky Beeston Lenchek.

After a nearly a two decade apprenticeship playing behind the likes of Skeeter Brandon, Walter “Lightnin’ Bug” Rhodes and Nappy Brown, Chapel Hill, NC based guitarist Armand Lenchek assumed the role of bandleader with a vengeance on his solo debut, Everything I Need. He’s back again, still in front of the rotating crew of blues breakers he calls Bluesology.

Although he can shred with the best of them, Lenchek has mastered one of the most difficult skills in any guitarist’s repertoire: restraint. He plays every note he needs t, and not a note more. Sometimes that’s a blistering fury, sometimes it’s a laid back shuffle but every time it’s just what the song calls for.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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Summer Collins 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

For are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic night, hosted by Brian Burke. On Fridays and Saturdays it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind.

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The Wine Crate

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Jessica Hudson and Thorne Wiggs will offer the music tonight at The Wine Crate. Besides wine, they have all the top shelf brands of beer and liquor, and a wonderful menu for noshing. Live music plays from 7-10 pm.

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Market Street Pub

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Maddie Rean offers live music this evening at The Market Street Pub. Showtime is at 10 pm. Music offered until the break of day, or at least 1:30 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.

March 18 at 4:44 PM

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

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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.

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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Kicking it at the Close of 2018

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

Happy New Year. I am glad we made it through 2018 and look forward to tackling 2019 as a team as well! Hopefully, everyone had a safe and joyous New Year!

To be honest, most years I think to myself, “Oh New Year, new start,” and not much ever changes. This year I never thought much about it and here it is the most revolutionary of all the New Years, since I started reporting on music around the state.

From this perspective, 2018 was one of serious personal growth and not much prosperity. To be honest, I have been in limbo for the last six month. I had a bit of a personal storm blow through my life and it resulted in upsetting many things, long before Florence was a thing to talk about. So with it all being said and done…good riddens!

2019 starts with big news and big changes in the life of two bloggers. With accepting the Marketing Director and Ad Sales Executive position for NC Life Media, I look forward to meeting lots of people as we help them promote their business in the community and beyond.

The most exciting part of this position is the ability to offer our advertisers so many platforms to help them grow. We are ready to offer three stages for business development. We can offer our advertisers affordable radio, print and online exposure.

If you have a business and look for new ways to get the word out to people about your products, please, contact me today 318-789-6929 and we can build an effective and affordable marketing plan for the year ahead!

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Blogger Returns to the Beat

,After 11 days with fever and 13 days of rest, on Saturday, December 29, 2018, I made my way back to the scene, just in time for the year-end wrap up around town.

I started things off with stopping by to visit my friends at BrUtopia, where I enjoyed the sounds of the sweet Sabra Mason. I met this talented soul at an open mic night in Newport a couple of months ago and have enjoyed hearing her several times since.

Our mutual friend Tiffany Elaine introduces her as the Reba McIntyre of our region. Offering a great variety of pop and country songs, she can go gospel and sing the blues too. Besides covering popular songs, the artist is a songwriter in her own right. To learn more visit her page on Facebook.

Sabra Mason Musician

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Bad Decisions Band Rocked the Deck at Blackbeard’s

Blackbeard’s Triple Play offered a new band for the crowd to welcome, the last Saturday of 2018! On the deck and making ’em dance was the Bad Decisions Band from the Smithfield area.

The fun party band boasts two lead singers and offers a variety of popular songs for the audience. With most of the focus on Southern rock and country selections, they had the crowd boot scooting before finishing their first set. They kept the good times rolling, until they wrapped up their debut on S Front St.

Mark your calendars now if you missed it, because venue owner Dale Overbee will have them back for another New Bern night on Saturday, February 2.

Come dance like a groundhog and have some fun! Free music is offered 7:30-11 pm on the deck and later rocking inside the walls of the downtown bar and restaurant!

The band line up includes Shane Norris, Valerie Boyette, who swap in offering the lead and backing vocals, Clay Benson, plays the acoustic strings, Matt Starling is lead on electric strings, Rebekah Martin offers keyboard riffs, Ben Hayes hiding out in the back but adding the bottom beats on bass and behind the kit, Zach Pleasant. This traveling band offers a fun night of entertainment for any crowd that likes to cut up.

They will be playing around other areas in the region as well in the weeks ahead. Be sure to like their band page and check out their upcoming Facebook events.

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Bryan Mayer Closes Out Busy Year Close to Home

Without much notice and word came the news that Bryan Mayer would perform the last Saturday of the year in town at The Brown Pelican. Joining the singer and stringer with bongo beats and backing vocals was Mayer’s longtime friend Critty Robinson.

Offering all of the fan favorite grooves that keep the popular country artist and CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year in the spotlight. A packed house at the Dirty Bird enjoyed the show!

The Brown Pelican has been a big supporter of live music since opening their doors. They offer an open mic every Thursday, with sign up at 7 pm and music starting at 8 pm. Fridays offer the best in regional acoustic acts. Free music plays 7-10 pm. Saturdays bring the best in the bands who rock you each week from 8-11 pm.

Fans and friends who missed him last week can find Bryan Mayer along the Crystal Coast tonight. He will offer his first acoustic show at Promise’ Land Market. Music plays 8:30 – 11:30 pm.

For fans and friends who wish to see the full band in their best element, be sure to order tickets for the CMMA’s on January 26, 2019. This event will be held at The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Tickets are just $25 for this fun night of amazing Carolina based Country music. To be on hand for that buy your tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carolina-country-music-awards-tickets-45694696066?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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New Bern Had Something for Everyone on NYE

The City’s first-ever “Bear Drop” took place at midnight on Monday night/Tuesday Morning in front of the City Hall to ring in the New Year. This amazing event was made possible thanks to Toyota of New Bern and the hard-working people at City of New Bern Parks and Recreation Department. Together they organized the City’s first ever NYE Block Party.

A lot of spontaneous and last minute hard work brought our city the best ever NYE celebration in the town’s recent history. The night-long event opened to the public at 5 pm and offered food and drink vendors, a big stage featuring two live music acts and a bear drop from the corner of the clock tower at the top of City Hall.

Sitting in the studio for the New Bern and Beyond Podcast, which will air Monday when the topic came up, I asked Colleen Roberts if they did many rehearsals for the timed drop and she assured me they did. Be sure to tune in to hear about other behind the scenes fun facts.

On the stage and providing the entertainment for the evening was Adam Pitts, a talented solo act the offers a full band sound with a few mixers and settings on the pedals. The Raleigh based singer welcomed the crowd to the stage, on Pollock St. just after 6 pm. The free event was well received by the citizens and many visitors in attendance.

On stage and rocking the party beats from 9 pm until the midnight countdown we enjoyed Love Tribe, another Raleigh based band that offered a fun and diverse set of music to keep the crowd excited.

Just before the stroke of midnight, Mayor Dana Outlaw came to the stage and thanked the crowd, as we all counted down the final seconds together.

Besides the big block party in town, I bounced about and found lots of other parties taking place in all corners of New Bern.


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At The City Stage

The City Stage offered Drag to Riches. This entertaining night featured Madame Z and her Divas, who provide comedy song and dance as they engage the crowd.


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The Bears Played the Elks Club

I found New Bern’s favorite oldies band, The Bears rocking with the youngsters that gathered for a fun night of dinner and dance at the Elks Lodge.