Category: North Carolina Music Scene

Never Lose Hope and Always Dream Big

Personal Happiness Is Something Only You Can Create

True story: I have been seeking HAPPINESS, with utter dedication to the cause for 6 years. Fact is, I get closer with each year. My message to everyone in this is, please don’t give up.

I nearly died in 2012, so at the start of 2013, I stood before an altar, still sick, surrounded by friends, (Jan Stelma, Tim Stelma, and Troy Pennington to name a few.) For one month we had to focus on what we wanted, Pastor Danny led us on the journey.

At the end of the month of focus and prayer, I put the word HAPPY in the bucket before the altar. By the end of that year, my life was in tatters but a major rebuild was underway and I never lost sight of the hope. I still love and thank Robert Walker for that every day! God showed me He knows my heart, and He proved it the day he sent Robert.


By the end of 2014, I was back to finding myself and made sure music played its important role. This would be easy with Big Jim Kolher and Kathleen Kohler calling New Bern home since 2011. This was essential as it was like finding the key to the highway. Jim and Kathy put me right back in my groove, in 2013 which helped heal me. This is why they will remain a key component in my journey!

By the end of 2015, I was excited and afraid. I was a little lonely and scared too. I wasn’t divorced from the insane part of my life yet, but that would come on Cino De Mayo on that year and it has been a freedom fest ever since.


By the end of 2016, I knew I was going to turn my attention and focus back to writing with a greater commitment to offering www.ncmz.live regularly. For me it was simple, I loved covering music and have continued to enjoy the moments I spend with our talented players.


By the close of 2017, I found that I was more committed to the music scene then I was my day job and poured as much gas money and time into the design of my success. I would come to question these decisions heavily the very next year after a storm flooded the town.


Nonetheless, we are here at the close of 2018 and as I think back on it, it was the best yet. I quickly recall the honor of my hobby being recognized as one of the 52 Faces of the Community. I remain grateful for the nomination. Though it was a rough year, that was in the end shaped shifted by a named storm, it has solidified one thing for me. I am a writer, I am a marketing professional and I am a live music promoter like few I know.


Today I can confess that I am flat broke and busted. In fact, I owe some of my customers a clean house tomorrow. But that won’t happen until I regain my strength and get over my cough. This could be weeks. And then once those debts are settled the mop is going to the dump. (I’ll keep the broom 😏)


As I am healing, I am also regrouping my entire life to get ready to leave the cleaning world and enter into media business full time, like there is no time for wasting! I have accepted the position of marketing director for NC Life Media, publisher of NewBernNow.com and Ledger Magazine.


In my quest for happiness, I have been through quite a few battles and learned many lessons along the way. I have let go of the all mighty dollar and invested my time and attention in a big dream.

I appreciate the support of this community in my quest to provide the best in music coverage. I think it’s an honor to be teaming up with Wendy Card, who has been keeping all of our visitors and citizens in the know about everything New Bern for nearly a decade.

Thank you for being here throughout the journey! I look forward to jumping into New Year! My wishes for you my friends, are for that of happiness and good health in all the days ahead. Don’t be afraid to live each day like your last and be sure to do it on your terms!

Thank you for reading. My love and light, Tracey Stones!

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Live Music and More Meetings Greet the Week

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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

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Open Mic Madness at The Crystal Coast

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

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

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

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

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

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Down East FolkArts Society Meets

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

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

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DEFAS 2019 Season

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

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

A Brief History of the Live Music Scene

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

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

The Road Ahead

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

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Mid Week Blues Bonus

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

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

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

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

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Warriors Night at Nick’s

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

 

 

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

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

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

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, December 14, 2018

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Getting Down Around Town

Merry Christmas from the City of Bears!

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ArtWalk New Bern

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

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Bank of the Arts/Craven Arts Council


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

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

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BrUtopia


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

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The Bruin 

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

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The Brown Pelican

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

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

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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

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

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City Stage

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

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Cruising The Coast

Beaufort

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

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

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Cedar Point

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

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

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

December 10 at 5:36 PM

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

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

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

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Keeping up with the Blogger

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

Feel free to invite me to your events.

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

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

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

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

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

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

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

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

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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Dream Big and Build A Music Community

Dream Big and Make it Your Mission

Dream Big and Give Them Your Heart!

If I had my way, no one would suffer, more music would play and even the grown children would dance! I believe in my talents and I work hard in my voluntary efforts to build a stronger music community! I have reached the point of no turning back because I believe that we can do this…but I can’t do it without your help! Since 2015, I have been working one business so to build another. I set out with the idea of taking my time as I showed people my talents. From March 2015 until September 2018, I could afford to offer this service which was supported by my day job.

As a writer and a promoter, I feel there is an important role to fill on the music scene. I use my talents as a videographer to stream live on Facebook and my skills as a still photographer, so to collect pictures that support the words I write and publish on this site. The goal is to set out each night that  I can and find live music locally. Then, when people say there is nothing to do around here, I shake my head, and hand them a card! After I do that, I find a new follower and friend on the music bus. How magnificent! Since 2016,  we have been publishing a minimum of two stories each week. I do have a man behind the scenes helping me. Meet my editor, Breeze!

My best friend and favorite human, meet our editor; BREEZE!

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The Facts of the Matter

I am always grateful to those that take the time to read about my musical journeys. Thank you for being here. Throughout this adventure, I have done my best for musicians and music venues alike and I have done it freely, without asking for much from anyone. I am an observer and a storyteller, whose favorite subject is music and favorite characters are musicians.

As the story goes, and most people already know it, I am a house cleaning contractor. This is how I have made my living for the past 13 years. Tracey’s Clean Sweep is my third established cleaning business, over the course of my cleaning career. The reason for that is because I am a rambling soul who always follows her heart. I sold my first business in 2009 before moving to Canada. In 2010 I started my second business in Louisiana and would relocate and register my business of the same name here in NC,  in 2013. I am currently working with zero employees since Florence, which also left me with zero desire to train anyone. Fact is, I was moving on before the flood.

To this day and for 13 years, I have been involved with every job. I love that my hard work is helpful to the people I serve. It’s an honest living and rewards of the instant gratification are endless. I walk into homes that are messy and when I leave they shine! That never grows old. But I do and am, daily! And the fact is, it hurts me now as I near 50 years old, so I know I won’t be able to sustain doing this work like I do, up and through the age of retirement. I just won’t! What you are witnessing here is nothing short of the backup plan.

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Build Your Biggest Dream

As a rule, house cleaners are disposable since disposable income pays for their services in many cases. When I hit a lull and my son was 17 and talking college, a few years ago, I was faced with a choice. I could use my free time to get a remedial paying job to help one company with my skills or use my free time to create another business and help a music community grow stronger.  Being innovative in my mind, always, I invested time in the latter and developed this site and a promotions business to support it. Tracey Stones Productions is that business which publishes this blog. You can visit my website at www.traceystonesproductions.com. 

I would love to see this blog site offer daily stories from many writers, in many regions, around the state. Currently, I am only one person writing and I am working hard at two businesses, doing it with old equipment and exhausting myself along the way! I want for this to be my only work each day for the rest of my life! The only thing I lack is the revenue needed for expansion.

Erect the Stage

After dedicating two full years to the mission of promoting local music, I was exploring options of exiting the cleaning business. I was considering the sale of my house cleaning contracts to several buyers. The idea was to invest the sale of that business so to jump start this business. And then Florence came along and wiped out so much of my workload there was hardly enough work left after the water receded to keep me afloat. Today there is nothing to sell today and I really don’t care to dwell on that, because so many others around me are hurting in a far worse way.

Over the years, because of my passion for music, my following on social media has grown considerably. I can’t even keep up, to be honest! And yes, I will ask you your name ten times, please don’t be offended. No matter how many get in the zone, I want even more people on board the music bus! This build is going to take a village and I know so many music-loving supporters that I know the build is possible.

After the storm, I just wanted to help my community however I could. I delivered meals, I distributed emergency relief buckets, I went looking for items that people needed.  And I went live to ask for help.

Those people, those beautiful followers of mine answered the call and sent whatever I requested! First, it was masks and gloves, then cleaning supplies and personal hygiene supplies and now it is household goods; linens, plates, lamps, furniture, curtains, etc.

Follow Your Heart

The work you see here, on this site, it’s my passion. It’s my heartbeat. And I feel it is important to work for the community I serve. This is not a new path for me. This is where my life was on course to go, once upon a time,  until I decided to raise my beautiful son alone. I took myself out of the game! I just could not be out in the bars until 1 or 2 in the morning, which was more the norm back then;  and be a good day mom too. I stopped writing after his birth in 1998, and I stopped promoting music entirely, for a full decade, in 2005. That is when I left the music scene in NJ/PA to rebuild a life with the help of my village, my family, in NC.

I took all of the skills I learned in promoting musicians and applied it to building my cleaning business. Within months of that practice,  I learned that I could make more money promoting my electric vacuum than I ever did when promoting an electric guitar. This came in handy when I looked down to see my 6-year-old looking up to me. I volunteered at his school once a week, and I built a cleaning business around putting him on and getting him off the bus. I have no regrets about putting my life on hold to watch and help him grow.

To this day, I work from 8 am until 2 pm in my cleaning business. I have cleaned homes, businesses, new construction, churches, and the highlight of it all came when I was picked to be the cleaning contractor for the film crew that filmed the A&E Series, Duck Dynasty. I did that for the first three seasons, until returning to New Bern in late 2012.

Stay Interesting

That was the Louisiana chapter and it was there that I cleaned for one of the coolest people I ever met. Sidney Wilhite’s home was over 18,000 square feet and I loved cleaning every square inch of it.  It was like a museum and people did take tours of it on the regular. It took two days a week to clean it all and every week I learned something new!

Mr. Sidney is the only person I ever met with a cannon on his front porch and a lion that needed dusting.

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As exciting as it might be to hear about all the toilets I have scrubbed, I truly get a thrill out of telling people about music. Music is healing and promoting it is something I was doing before I graduated high school.

The highlights of my published writing career are mentioned on my bio page and my greatest dream remains to heal the world with music. Bringing people together for the celebration of music is my only mission in this next career. I feel it is a worthy mission because we are one hurting society, with many different pains holding us back from being our true self!  There are plenty of needs and causes out there and many hearts can mend with help of music.

Ask For Help

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I mention all of this because I now need the help of my community to get this to the next level. And I promise if you help me get it there, not only will the tip jars and donations links disappear, but I will be paying it forward for the rest of my days. Not just by paying it back to you in my services, but your friends and neighbors and their friends too!

I feel like my efforts have already paid it forward for the venues and the bands that I cover. Lately, though, my field of dreams keeps growing but my reality keeps closing in on me. It’s just a rough spot I guess. I am currently driving a 2002 GMC Yukon with nearly 400,000 miles on it. Last week a musician who seeks my attention asked me in an off-handed way when was I going to make it out to see his band near Winston Salem. I understand he has been inviting me out for 10 months and, as much as I would love to say tomorrow, I have to rather admit that I am stuck in town because I can’t get out of here.

My car repairs are far more than I can afford and I’m pretty sure that they are not worth it either. Some days we just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other and hope for the best. I  know I did my best in freely putting 200,000 miles on my truck chasing music and telling people about it!  Now she is tired and I am even more exhausted trying to keep her.

Keep Dreaming and Dream Big!

My biggest hopes today are finding a local car dealership to consider NCMZ.LIVE as a great advertising outlet, and support my efforts with a better running, good on gas vehicle. Something that is cheaper than $65 per tank and offers more than 14 miles a gallon, would mean improvement! History notes, that I will drive their product all over the state and talk about them on my journey as I thank them each step of the way!

It is my next biggest hope that the readers and those that have benefited from my efforts would consider helping in the expansion. We can grow this to be an app for finding local live music but that takes revenue to make it happen. I will gladly advertise your business to build that revenue. Another way to help, for those who don’t have a business to advertise, is filling the tip jar.   http://Paypal.me/ncmz Every little bit helps!  I know that once I have what is needed to get this off the ground, we are going to rock the world!

The road ahead is rather exciting and I am thrilled that you are a part of the journey. As far as I can see, there is a lot of work to be done and more hands always make for lighter work. Thanks for being here and hanging out. You make the journey more fun and I thank you!

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Behind The Scenes With Tracey Stones

The reason I started things off differently today and put the light on myself for a change is that Charles Tendell encouraged me to put my story out there! It happened on Thursday night. I was invited to the Charles Tendell Studios to be a guest on New Bern Live. It was a nice opportunity to share some of my dreams and visions for this community I love! Before leaving the studio, Tendell encouraged me to reach out to people and tell them my story! I know one thing,  I dream daily about bringing healing vibes to people through the fun of music. For anyone interested in checking out that interview, please follow this link and join me in dreaming big and healing with music!!! It really will take a village to get us to the next level of growth and development.

Let’s Have A Conversation With Tracey Stones of NCMZ.LIVE

I truly appreciate all of the love and support my followers offer me in my missions with music. I look forward to where this path will lead us all! We are going to do great things and be an example for the world to follow.

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

As we concluded above, I have been hovering around the home base for a few weeks now, due to car repairs that are needed for safe travels. Luckily there are lots of people around here to love and many music makers to talk about!

Big Jim Brings the Blues and his Fans Bring The Toys for Tots

I started things off last night, just over the bridge in James City. That is where we found Big Jim Kohler rocking the crowd at BrUtopia, with his steady rhythm section and soulful bride. Along with offering the freshest beer, friends gathered and brought toys for the Marines on hand for the Toys for Tots drive. Before the night ended the box was overflowing. What an awesome town we call home! It’s was a wonderful reminder that there are a lot of kids who will need toys this year, so please give generously if you can!

Also adding to the groove last night was the harmonica player from Colorado, Lee Tibbetts, who came out on Wednesday night to jam with Kohler. His reaction to being in the presence of Kohler is one I can relate to. I remember moving back to town in 2013 and stumbling upon Jim in Swansboro, NC. It was then I turned my attention back to my true love for music. This is why I rallied for this man’s life and health last year when he fell ill. He inspires my path and helps me grow.

To check him out for yourself, stop out this month for one of his Wednesday night blues offerings at The City Stage. The band plays from 7-9 pm.

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Bluegrass and Beer Was the Theme at The Bruin

 

The night was billed as Seth Smith and Friends for those who don’t know, Smith is one of the players with The Hot Buttered Grits, New Bern’s jam band. Smith was joined by his grits counterpart John Johndrow on guitar and his friend Beth D’Angelo, offering bass and vocals. D’Angelo also plays with the band Cigar Box Jesus & The Revelation.

Beyond the folk sound and bluegrass selections were the fun jams that everyone enjoyed. It was a fun night with like-minded friends sharing the stage!

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Carrboro Acts Makes an Appearance at The Brown Pelican

 

Meet XOXOK

The first duo we heard at the front of the room was that of XOXOK, a duo featuring the soulful vocals and melodic guitar sounds of Keenan Jenkins and the twistedly talented beats of Joe MacPhail. This duo got together about two years ago and have some fun when given the opportunity to make music together. The Carrboro based outfit has a Facebook page which you can visit by clicking:

XOXOK

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The Oblations Close Out The Night

 

Next to the stage front came The Oblations. This Carbrro act has played around town several times in the past couple of years. They are a talented act offering the talents of Joe MacPhail on drums keyboards and vocals while his music brother from another mother, Daniel Fields offers the guitar parts and adds vocals as well. They were introduced to us by our friends at GEM Productions.

What’s exciting about this talented unit is that you are watching two guys on stage while looking for the full band. Fields work out the bass and guitar parts with his handcrafted six string, made for him by his father.  Meanwhile, in the other corner, MacPhail offers keyboards and drums while knocking the vocals out too.

Both of the groups featured at the dirty bird last night offer music that takes the soul on an original journey. If you ever make your way to Carrboro be sure to keep an ear out for their efforts. You will be entertained!

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Blackbeard’s Hosted Saltwater Gold

 

I made it out to Blackbeard’s Triple Play in just enough time to hear the last couple selections offered by The Saltwater Gold Band. This group hails from Oriental and offers the sounds of classic rock that people love. They also write their own music and mix up the night with some fresh works created by their guitar player, Chris Daniels, and lead singer Mark Hoff. 

To keep up to speed with this band and to keep up on their events like their band page on Facebook:

Saltwater Gold Band

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Getting Down Around Town

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First Stop ~ James City

 Tonight at BrÜtopia, Nest Cafe will be serving the supper and snacks you crave, and the beer will be fresh and cold. You can welcome December with the fresh sounds of Sam Lewis, who rocks’em from 7-10 pm. Remember it is the holiday season so support live music and tip music makers when you can! Every dollar counts.

Going Downtown

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The Brown Pelican

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

Tonight it is the rocking sounds of Gary Dudley and The Maxxtones. 

This free music offering will take place 8-11 pm. The Brown Pelican is a private club. Please sign up and pay your annual $1.00 fee to rock every weekend with the cool kids!

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. This week you can rock to the pop tunes offered by Ravenz Bru on Saturday night. Music starts at 7:30 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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Here is what is happening this week as per a message I got earlier today:

12/1 Sat –  Sleeping Beauty, an original Bellydance Drama
Colleen M Wilde, Sahra DeRoy, Kaitlyn & the fabulous ladies of Mazagat, will be retelling this timeless fairy tale as you have never seen!

There will be a special Pre-Show featuring local & regional belly dance artist. Vending by Trav’s Tie Dyed Treasures & Art by Claudina Madrid, henna by Mehak Minhas.
Doors Open @ 5pm
Pre-Show starts @ 7pm
Main Show Starts @ 8:30pm
Karaoke Party Stars @ 10pm
Tickets (In Advance)
$8.00 (General Admission)
$10.00 (VIP Guaranteed Premium Seating)

Looking Ahead to Next Week

12/4 Tue – Pub Trivia TRIVIA TUESDAYS!!
Come and test your Trivia skills for an opportunity to win great prizes and have fun with friends! It’s all about bringing people together! Our Kitchen and Bar will have some tasty offerings to complement the evening. Stick around after the event and enjoy our friendly bartenders and interactive jukebox! Starts at 7 pm.

Tues @ 9 pm (after trivia) – City Stage Karaoke
Brush up your vocal skills and get ready to take center stage! Everyone is a star at City Stage! Bring your friends for a night of fun with the coolest folks around!

12/5 Wed – Big Jim Kohler
With a unique style all his own, Jim Kohler is one of the last true blues players. Having played for over 20 years with blues legends, Jim has created a killer sound that everyone will enjoy!
7 pm Showtime – There is no cover charge – Artist Donations Encouraged.

12/6 Thu – Popular local singer Alisa Mike serenades us with jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as other classics through the years and ones in the making. Her dynamic vocal range, artistic phrasing, and interaction with the audience make for a delightful evening! 7 pm Showtime – There is no cover charge – Artist Donations Encouraged.

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Rockin’ Around The Region

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

November 26 at 5:22 PM

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on

Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC on Facebook

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

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

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

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Keeping up with the Blogger

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

Feel free to invite me to your events.

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

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

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

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

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

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog

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

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

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hurricane Relief is Still a Thing ’round Here

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

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

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Bands Band Together for Hurricane Relief

Brant Island Strings

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

Brant Island Strings on Facebook

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Beaufort Blues Project

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

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

The Beaufort Blues Project on Facebook

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The Spread

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

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

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

The Spread

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The Dust Parade

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

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

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

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

 The Dust Parade

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~ Live Music Option ~

Friday, November 23, 2018

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First Stop James City!

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Triple Play Sports Bar & Restaurant

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

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Thirsty Bruin

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

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The Brown Pelican

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

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

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

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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

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City Stage

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

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Cruising The Coast

Morehead City, NC

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

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

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

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

See you at Jack’s!

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

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Swansboro, NC

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The Swansboro Christmas Flotilla is fun for the whole family!

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

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

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Emerald Isle, NC

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

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

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Cedar Point, NC

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

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

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Wilmington, NC

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

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

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

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Rocking Around The Region

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Greensboro, NC

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

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Statesville, NC

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

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Durham, NC

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

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

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

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

November 19 at 5:59 PM

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on

Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC on Facebook

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

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

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

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Keeping up with the Blogger

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

Feel free to invite me to your events.

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

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

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

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

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

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

℘℘℘℘

Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog

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

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

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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Keeping the Beats in New Bern Last Night We Find Some Soul Boogie, Party People and Talented Stringers

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

 

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Keeping the beats close to home last night, it seems when you ride around in a vehicle with nearly 400,000 miles, sometimes it is wise to stay close to home base. Lucky for me, we live in New Bern, NC and that means plenty of music options for your weekend fun.

Caffeinated Soul Boogie

Last night I started things off in James City, where I stopped by BrÜtopia, to enjoy the sounds of the New Bern based band known as Caffeinated Soul Boogie. They offered their grooves last night from 7-10 pm, to a packed house of onlookers and listeners. This local act features a father and daughter duo, that has expanded to become a full band with great songs to share. Making the music is singer Darria Yeager, who has the voice of an angel, her father Derrick Moore plays the guitar
Javier Sinobas is the one offering the bass notes while Tanner Bright keeps the beats.

In addition to the sweet sounds they make, the band welcomed local blues legend Bob Clyde to the stage, to help out with some harmonica parts. It was a great night of music and keeping beats. The crowd was enjoying the food being served by Nest Cafe and the beer brewed right there at BrÜtopia.

To get familiar with this fun area band that offers a mix of folk, Americana and blues music be sure to check out their band page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/caffsoulboogie/

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Spare Change Offers the Party Grooves

I can’t tell you how many times I have come close to seeing this next band. But let me just say, it has been more than a few times that I just missed the rocking sounds of Spare Change. In fact, it happened just weeks ago. My case in point, they rocked the morning away at the Amped Up for Youtilities event in Morehead City. They were finishing up their last song when I was rounding the corner and making my way to the stage.

Last night, however, the LaGrange based band rocked the night away on the back deck at Blackbeard’s where plenty of people joined the fun. Making the grooves come to life in this popular band are Jordan Rouse, guitar and vocals, Jeff Morris in the back behind the kit; Veronica Wall upfront and leading the vocals. I am unclear on who is holding down the bass, and who rocked the other guitar, but all in all this band is a lot of fun.

The draw here of course is, they play songs that bring us back to when life was carefree and fun. They play popular songs that we all know and love, and many that make us want to dance. Tonight the band has a gig lined up at The Deck at River Twist. The band will be rocking the popular grooves tonight from 8:30-11:30 pm. To keep up with the beats of this band, be sure to visit their website by clicking this link:

https://sparechangemusic.net/home

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Kristie Lynn Brings It To The Brown Pelican

Here again is another artist that I have been hoping to catch for some time. I rather enjoy her live video feeds on Facebook and she is familiar to many around town. Kristie Lynn hails from Wilmington, NC and offers friends and fans an acoustic show with great favorites, familiar to most. Along with that, she is a talented singer-songwriter with a list of songs she has composed. She plays her songs throughout the Downeast region and you can keep up with the busy artist by liking her Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/1KristieLynn/

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~Mail Check~

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Singer-Songwriter, Will McBride reached out this wee, to let me know some good news going on with his band, The Will McBride Group. They will be featured this week on 106.5 FM WSFL’s Homegrown Music. Catch up with New Bern’s own Parker Millar, this Sunday at 10 pm and listen for when he spins their latest release, “Karma.”

For those interested in catching the band live tonight at The Flipside Restaurant, where they will be offering the sounds from 8-11 pm.

 

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More Pause for a Good Cause

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Before we get to talking about all the music happening around tonight, let me first take a minute to remind you of a very important show taking place at Pamlico County High School. This concert will feature the music of five acts and the proceeds will be donated to help fix Pamlico County Middle School, which was devastated by Florence in mid-September. On the bill for Band Together For Hurricane Relief will be The Pamlico Sound (The school’s Jazz Ensemble), Brant Island Strings of Pamlico County, Beaufort Blues Project from Beaufort, The Spread from Morehead City and The Dust Parade, featuring Hank Barbee, from Wilmington, NC.

The upcoming event will be taking place tomorrow, Sunday, November 18, 2018, at the Pamlico High School’s AH Hatsell Auditorium. Doors open at 3 pm and music plays at 4 pm. There is a recommended donation of $5.00 per person payable at the door.

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Live Music Option ~ Saturday, Nov 17:

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First Stop James City!

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Checking in with our friends at BrÜtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC: Tonight you can come out and enjoy the acoustic sounds of the talented Irish Robinson, who is on his way to becoming a dad this week. What a great thing to celebrate. Be sure to congratulate the music maker when he comes to town tomorrow. As always, the music is free, the beer is fresh and the weekend awaits. Come out and celebrate! Music is served from 7-10 pm.

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Bank of The Arts

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Craven Arts Council & Gallery is proud to present “At the Gallery: Carly Simon,” performed by Marron Chaplin. The hit singer and songwriter of “You’re So Vain,” Simon was a powerhouse of the 1970’s pop music scene who won numerous awards. The concert takes place at Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St, on November 17

. The concert begins at 7pm, with a pre-concert discussion of the composer’s life starting at 6:30 pm. Hoping to cope with a stutter at the age of eight, Carly Simon turned to music, both singing and songwriting. After a short career with her sister as “The Simon Sisters,” her self-titled debut album won a Grammy for Best New Artist, starting her international career.

Often topping the charts throughout the 1970’s, Simon’s unique voice and songwriting talent won her critical acclaim. Simon is the first artist to ever win an Academy Award, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe for a song written, composed and performed by the same artist. Her career included numerous Billboard hits, 2 Grammy Awards, induction in the Songwriter Hall of Fame, and the ASCAP Founder’s Award. Hit’s include “You’re So Vain,” “Anticipation,” and “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be.”

Marron Chaplin is a multifaceted singer, songwriter, guitarist and piano player whose sound ranges from monster rock riffs to piano ballads, acoustic storytelling, and classic blues guitar solos. She been a member of numerous bands in addition to her solo career and is currently touring between eastern North Carolina, New York City, and Nashville.

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The Brown Pelican

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

Tonight we take a pause for a local cause courtesy of GEM Productions.

Carolina Lily Fest 2018 kicks off at 5 pm, with New Bern’s family band Strung Together offering the opening set. Following their set, Mandy Mears plays at 6:15; followed by Sometimes Lions 7:15 pm. Batts come calling at 8:15 and closing out the night will be the music of the incredibly talented Crystal Bright. 

Along with all of the great entertainment, there will be a silent auction and a place to make donations for Coastal Women’s Shelter during this holiday season. Please come out and show your support and help this worthy organization help others in our community!

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight you can party right through the weekend with Push Play bringing the fun vibes. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

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Saturday, November 17th means Madame Z’s November Pride
Madame Z and The Pollock Street Drag Divas are back for another unique and unforgettable evening of Fun! It’s an evening you don’t want to miss! The crowd is always diverse and fun-loving and the mood is sublime!
8 pm – 1 am Cover Charge $8.00

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Cruising The Coast

 

Morehead City, NC

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

~Saturday, November 17th~
OPEN at 12noon
Enjoy our wood-fired pizza starting at 8 pm
Live music by Rural Route Romance starts at 10 pm 🎸

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On the deck tonight, bring the music to the people and for the people, it is New Bern’s most loved funk and soul act Joe Brown and The Band, they’ll be providing the entertainment for the good folks that gather at Off the Hook tonight. Live music starts at 10 pm. I encourage you to go early for the delicious food and stay late to get in the grooves with this fun and funky band! Off the Hook is located at 105 S 7th St, Morehead City, NC.

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Swansboro, NC

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Tonight at Boro Restaurant  & Bar you can enjoy the sounds that sooth you, with music being offered from 8-11 pm tonight courtesy of New Bern’s own Ed Prophet. He will sing songs that make you fall in love with the weekend and maybe even your date. Come out to enjoy and celebrate around the little town of Swansboro. Tonight they will host the town tree lighting following an early performance of the Nutcracker, which is being offered at The Swansboro Dance Studio. Following the tree lighting, you can enjoy live music at Boro Restaurant, located on Front St., Swansboro, NC. The music will play courtesy of the Castellano Brothers and Webb Brothers.

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Emerald Isle, NC

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Tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits you can come out and support the debut performance of Charlie Sieber, who will be offering songs in the garden this evening from 6-9 pm.

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Rocking Around The Region

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Clayton, NC

 

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Revival 1869 – A Drinkery is a neat place for a date night. Tonight they feature an amazing jazz trio featuring Russell Favret. Music is offered from 8-11 pm. This show is free but please feel free to not only tip the bartenders serving you, but the entertainers too!

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Raleigh, NC

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Genre: Funk
Location: New Orleans, LA

George Porter, Jr. is best known as the bassist of The Meters, along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste. The group was formed in the mid 60’s and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk then called R&B. The Meters disbanded in 1977 but reformed in 1989. Today the original group still plays the occasional reunions but the Funky Meters, of which Porter and Neville are still members, most prominently keeps the spirit alive.

Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter Jr. During the course of a career spanning more than four decades, Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in The Meters, but he’s notched session work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Tori Amos, Taj Mahal, Ryan Montbleau and live performances with Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes, John Scofield, Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno (and including recent studio releases with Warren Haynes and Bill Kreutzmann) just to name a few.

Porter is also the bandleader of his own unique long-term project the Runnin’ Pardners. He has assembled some seasoned and talented musicians to join him on this project. Familiar Pardners – Brint Anderson (guitar) and, Michael Lemmler (keyboards) and rising stars on the New Orleans music scene Khris Royal (saxophone) and Terrence Houston (drums). George Porter Jr. plans to keep a smile on his face.” I feel like I am working towards something that will be remembered.”

Today, Porter features that epic bottom end in his latest ventures with his own band the Runnin’ Pardners.

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FLOW TRIBE

Genre: Funk/Rock/Psychedelic/Blues
Location: New Orleans, LA

Few bands arouse a crowd into a collective shake like Flow Tribe. The six-member band’s onstage chemistry reflects a seamless combination of soul and movement, that hits the audience within the first few notes. Virgin listeners and avid fans alike are drawn in by the distinctive sound that feels both familiar and original. Outfitted for each performance in colorful, carefully selected suits, it’s clear their focus is sharp and the party has begun. This is the work of professional musicians who’ve found their passion and are living a dream where everyone’s welcome.

Second line brass and Cuban-Caribbean rhythms meld with R&B, soul, rock, and hip-hop beat, in high-energy performances that turn every show into a celebration. New Orleans has influenced itself, the unparalleled free and easy city weaving its way into track after track of original scores, that make up a single definition of sound, which Flow Tribe has dubbed “backbone-cracking music.”

K.C. O’Rorke (vocals, trumpet), John-Michael Early (harmonica, washboard, vocals, keyboard), Russell Olschner (drums), Chad Penot (bass, vocals), Bryan Santos (guitar, timbales), and Mario Palmisano (guitar) are native New Orleanians and high school pals, who’ve been writing music and playing live shows since the band’s inception in 2004. Post-graduation they went their separate ways, but after Katrina each returned to their hometown, inherently becoming active members in the rebuilding of a community that’s stronger than ever. Flow Tribe may well be the city’s next music ambassadors.

 

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Farmville, NC

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Pour Haus Pub welcomes the talented Adam Hill to the stage this evening for a fun night of rockin’ sounds, that include cover songs you know and originals you will love. Music plays from 10 pm until the closing bell at 1 am. Come to get rocked by the singer and stringer from Pink Hill, NC.

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Durham, NC

 

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NOVEMBER 17, 2018 · SATURDAY * 8PM * $25 SEATED / $20 STANDING

Juke Joint at the Edge of the World is the eleventh studio release from esteemed singer-songwriter Randall Bramblett, a multi-instrumentalist musician with a career spanning four decades. Highly sought-after for his creativity, as both a collaborator and skilled touring sideman, the legendary Georgian’s talent has earned him the respect of his peers and many of rock’s finest luminaries. While having shared stages with artists such as Steve Winwood, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, and Widespread Panic, among others, it’s Bramblett’s own career as frontman where his artistry is truly on full display.

Deep into the self-described second act of his solo career, Bramblett aims to recreate the literature of the blues with music about nowhere people in nowhere lands. Conjuring equal parts Tom Waits, William Burroughs, and hallelujah chorus, his music again comes alive with this new collection of songs. With a commitment to the story of his characters and the necessary mutation of music, Bramblett has kept his solo career as fresh as the day it began.

This evolving engine of creativity is due, in large part, to the familiarity and bond shared with his band mates.

Come out for a special night of music and enjoy the great food too.

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Cat’s Cradle Presents

Saves The Day with Kevin Devine and An Horse at Motorco
7 PM Doors – 8 PM Show
$20 Adv – $25 Day Of
Tix: http://bit.ly/SavesTheDayNov17

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Kinston, NC

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Mason Jar Bonfire will be rocking the grooves at The Red Room this evening. They get the party started at 10 pm, with music playing until closing at 2 am. Come have a good time as we dance into the weekend tonight. The Red Room is located at 220 Herritage St., Kinston, NC. There is s $5.00 music charge payable upon entry.

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

November 12 at 5:46 PM

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Hurricane Relief Was Amped Up in Morehead City Last Weekend

 On the Scene With Tracey Stones

Hurricane Relief got “Amped Up” in Morehead City last weekend, with an assortment of local and regional bands coming together for a fun day of great music and community!. Thanks to that little, day-long, shindig; I had the pleasure of checking out a dozen bands in all, last weekend throughout my travels. I love weekends like that! Thanks for being here week after week! I love checking out our music scene together!

Probably most exciting about the past weekend was the hearing bands that I first saw when I set out on the scene as a live music blogger. In particular, The Spread and The Beaufort Blues Project. But there were others also. The thing that stood out for me was, the focus on local/regional music acts that brought our people together for the sole purpose of enjoying a day, making donations, offering hugs and healing, smiles and dancing. And best of all, this was a family friendly event that had kids and adults smiling throughout the morning, noon and night!

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NC Seafood Festival and Big Rock Tournaments Offer a Fun Day on the Waterfront!

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Even though the Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival had to be canceled this year, due to the destruction and devastation caused by Hurricane Florence, the committees of the area’s two big events (NC Seafood Festival and Big Rock Tournaments) got together to sponsor and bring a scaled-down version of the festival to the waterfront. It not only offered a bit of hope to residents but it was great fun for all who attended. The event served as a fundraiser for those affected. The proceeds will help pay the utility bills this winter.

Festival Chairperson Ed Stack said the decision to still hold an event was important to the community. Best of all, it featured live music throughout the day! And so, on Saturday, November 3, 2018, vendors set up to welcome people. Along with many vendors, that included a variety of food trucks, nonprofits, as well as crafters and artisans, Jaycee Park set up a big stage and the committees welcomed nine acts that offered 12 hours of entertainment, provided by local acts familiar to the Downeast region.

The organizations had chosen the Salvation Army as the recipient of designated funds raised from the event. The Salvation Army has a program within its framework that benefits families in need of assistance to pay their utility bills.

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The event kicked off at 11 AM, with the sound of Mike Corrado of Jacksonville, NC welcoming the first guests.

Following the opening set, Spare Change came next. The wildly popular party band who got the crowd pumped and ready for a fun afternoon in the sun on the waterfront. Although I did miss the first two opening acts, I was happy to be greeted by the familiar fun sounds of New Bern’s own family folk band, Strung Together

 Family Folk Featured at Festival With New Bern’s Strung Together

 Strung Together, features the Oliver Family with some adopted music members added along the way, to complete the mix. Family members include the clan created by George and Dare Oliver and their three children, Cat on bass and mandolin and offering stellar vocal work, Abigail on guitar, piano, and vocals and youngest son Mason, guitar and vocals. Rounding out the instrumentation are drummer boy and family friend, Nick Eickhoff. Adding more depth and dimension to the folk sounds offered is Addy Quinn on fiddle. It is thanks to Quinn that the band added Charlie Daniels’ most famed composition, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” which closed out their set.

What some readers might not realize, the Olivers suffered great loss as their historic home directly across the street from the river, that tried to wash it away with a 10-foot surge. The family is rebuilding and still finding the time to offer their talent for the benefit of others in need. Tomorrow they will be in their hometown playing for the relief of homeless veterans. Come out to the Farmer’s Market on S. Front Street at 3 pm. Tickets will be available at the door. Rocking Relief for Homeless Veterans is now celebrating its third year. This year’s event features one great regional and four local bands.

Next week, Strung Together will be taking part in Carolina Lily Fest 2018 at the Brown Pelican. That event will benefit The Coastal Women’s Shelter. This annual fundraiser is happening on November 17, 2018, and Strung Together gets things going with music at 5 pm. To keep up with the band, like their page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/strungtogetherband/

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The Spread Shows Up and Spreads Love With Music

 

Next came The Spread, based in Morehead City, NC. The hometown band brought their love for music and spread it all over the waterfront. This is one of the first bands I ran into, years ago when I got started on my journey of covering live music. I was taken by their unique blend of sounds and energy. Spreading a lot of love, sharing their love for music.

They are a five-piece band featuring front singer Kathryn Morgan, who offers a powerful presence with vocals that turn things up a notch. The singer is not the only one featured on vocals, in fact, she often exits the stage to feature the other talents that help her shine on stage. The full line-up behind Morgan includes Chris Jones, offering vocals and piano, Chris Taylor on lead guitar, Will Phetterplace behind the kit on drums, Phil Wilson offers bass, Chris White plays rhythm guitar. and newest sound maker, Jim Durham on saxophone.

They are one of the most original bands in the area. I always enjoy watching them share their music with the crowd. To learn more about this band, be sure to like their page on Facebook by clicking  here

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The Beaufort Blues Project Keeps Gospel of Love Alive

 Beaufort Blues Project, offered a great set of gospel-fueled blues and soul-soaked songs, as the band was featured in the late afternoon. Here again is another band I met years ago and have enjoyed several times in the last three years, since embarking on the blogging trail. I saw both The Spread and BBP for the first time at The Backstreet Pub in Beaufort. Both bands impressed me for different reasons. This band features Jim Durham on sax, Hope Sanderson on the drums, Marjorie Landen vocals, Neal Beasley guitar, Talley Best keys and Carlos Sanderson on bass.

They offer a great mix of music, that also includes a couple of their own compositions. Offering fan favorites that highlight the bands’ talents, you will always find something familiar and fun to groove you.

If you have been missing out on knowing these talented area bands, you can check them out next week when they join the bill to help raise the money needed to rebuild Pamlico Middle School. Band Together For Hurricane Relief will feature The Pamlico Sound (The school’s Jazz Ensemble), Brant Island Strings of Pamlico County, Beaufort Blues Project from Beaufort, The Spread from Morehead City and The Dust Parade, featuring Hank Barbee, from Wilmington, NC.

The upcoming event will be taking place next Sunday, November 18, 2018, at the Pamlico High School’s AH Hatsell Auditorium. Doors open at 3 pm and music plays at 4 pm. There is a recommended donation of $5.00 per person payable at the door.

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Carolina Swamp Dogs Give Up The Gritty Blues

Opening the evening line up was the blues trio based out of Jacksonville, NC, known as The Carolina SwampdogsCSD is a 3 man blues band born in the swamps of Parris Island and Camp Lejeune. Combined, the members of CSD served over 85 years in the United States Marine Corps and that experience, coupled with their love of the Blues, results in a raw, sharp take on the old Blues standards.

Based in Onslow County, this group offered more authentic blues with the music of Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, and Albert King, being highlighted during their gritty blues set. The trio features Gary Oles offering vocals, harmonica, and percussions, Tommy Langlois on the kick drum and snare along with guitar, and Matt Ingram offering the bass lines. Along with great blues standards that get the hips shaking, the band also threw in one of their own compositions.

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The Sun Sets on the Acoustic Sounds of Mikele Buck Duo

Next up we went country with the local crooner, who recently made a name for himself with an appearance on The Voice this season, Mikele Buck. He did not bring his band, but he offered a great show as a duo act with band brother Brandon Ross, also on the acoustic six-string and adding vocals. The full band was in town and performed following the day-long fundraiser. They actually rocked Jack’s Waterfront Bar with the full band ensemble. Offering great songs that offer glimpses into his own life, Buck and Ross gave a great performance to the growing evening crowd.

If you missed the action last weekend but you were hoping to catch up with the Mikele Buck Band, they will be rocking Salt Bar, located at 325 Mangrove Dr., Emerald Isle. Come out tonight for the fun times. Doors open at 9 pm, with music that will have you boot scooting going down on the dance floor from 10 pm till 1 am.

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Band of Oz Brings On the Night and the Dancers

Next up we all went to the beach and got groovy with the legendary Band of Oz. This band has been making music and collecting fans since they got together in 1967, to play frat parties and high school proms. They are one of the longest running bands in our area, with a history on the road of full-time entertaining crowds since 1977. Today they still bring their fun show to festivals and fundraisers all over the country and spend a great amount of time offering their talents to our area. With a full horn section, keys, guitar, bass, drums and vocals backed by harmonies, this band always brings a good time front and center.

They do have a show tonight at The Surf Club in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Once again they will be on the bill raising money with music. To learn more be sure to visit the Band of Oz website by clicking this link:

https://bandofoz.com/

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Bryan Mayer Band Closes Out a Great Day of Music

Before the night was over, we were also rocked by local country crooner Bryan Mayer, who has been making a tall name for himself on the country circuit. His band closed out a great day and night of music celebration, in the hopes of providing relief to those living in Carteret County and surrounding areas affected by Florence! This New Bern based band is always a big draw at shows around our area and beyond. Last Saturday was no exception.

The crowd got plenty Amped Up one last time for the day when I came to the stage to introduce the “Tallest man in Country Music.”  Not only does he offer a great selection of cover tunes, but he also offers with the tales tied to their meaning, sharing his journey with fans openly. Included in the mix, as well, are his own songs. Songs, which have known some success on the Country Charts. In fact, his first hit, “This Is Me.” is being added to Sound Choice’s Karaoke Song Catalog.

Next week the New Bern based, singer-songwriter, will head to Raleigh, to be a part of the release of his song for future Karaoke stars. You can join the karaoke showcase party of Bryan Mayer’s “This is Me” hosted by Sound Choice® and your local karaoke host DJ Stephen Scott, at The Brickhouse Sports Bar & Grille! Come on out to sing some Sound Choice karaoke, listen to good music, eat some awesome food and support your local favorites. This special karaoke night, Bryan Mayer will sing the karaoke version of his song “This is Me” created by Sound Choice®. Bryan will also perform a small acoustic set. Drink specials from the bar include $3 Carolina Brew co. Drafts and $4 Hawaiian Punch shooters!

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Live Music Options ~ Friday, November 9

Getting Down Around Town

Downtown New Bern, NC

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First Stop James City!

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Checking in with our friends at BrÜtopialocated at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC: Tonight you can come out and enjoy the sounds of Justin Castellano. Your favorite beer will be on tap and some of the best guitar pickers on either side of the Neuse.  Free live music will be served from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow you can come out and catch the sounds of Third Act with Daryl Lucas. Once again the show is free and music is served from 7-10 pm.

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ArtWALK/ARTCrawl

The second Friday of each month welcomes ArtWalk to the streets of New Bern. Below is a list of the stores taking part in this month’s event. This is a great way to show support for our small town, that was deeply impacted by the flood waters of Florence in September. Please consider shopping local this holiday season, to help the merchant’s rebuild and bounce back to being a stronger New Bern.

For those looking to hear music during ArtWalk, be sure to head up Middle Street and check in with Big Jim Kohler. He will be playing his blues from 5-8 pm in front of The Black Cat Shoppe at 246 Middle St., New Bern, NC.

Fun At The Farmers Market

The United Way of Coastal Carolina, 106.5 WSFL and V103.3 present the 4th annual Bacon and Brew Festival in New Bern, NC! This event will have live music with Kaylin Roberson, a great beer selection, food trucks with a bacon-themed menu, professional wrestling with the Premier Wrestling Federation, games and so much more! Must be 21+ to attend, no children or pets allowed (service dogs are allowed). Ticket includes admission. Food and beverages not included. This is a rain or shine event. Gates are now open for this event.

The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts in, to entertain the crowd. Tonight Holt Up will offer songs from 7-10 pm. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands. Tomorrow night it is Third Degree Bern returning to rock you from 8-11 pm.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight you can get groovy with TrainWreck. That’s when they will be rocking with music being offered from 7:30 pm. And the fun carries on tomorrow, with Stairwell, who will be on stage and rocking you starting at 7:30 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

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Tonight you are invited to come out to enjoy fun and music with the always entertaining Dueling Pianos. Fun set to start at 8 pm. Cover charge is $5.00. Tomorrow night you can come enjoy the music of the talented Marron Chaplin, offering music from 8-10 pm. The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St, New Bern, NC. They are a private club. Sign up and become a member for $1.00.

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Cruising The Coast

Morehead City, NC

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

~Friday, November 9th~
OPEN at 4 pm
Made to order brick oven pizza will be available starting at 8 pm
Music by Bethany & the Southside Boys tonight starting at 10 pm 🎤

~Saturday, November 10th~
OPEN at 12 noon
Enjoy our wood-fired pizza starting at 2 pm
Live music by Spare Change starts at 10 pm 🥁

~Sunday, November 11th~
OPEN at 12 noon for Sunday Funday ☀️
Brick oven pizza available starting at 2 pm

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

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Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop features the music of Andrew Kasab, who as per his bio, is a harp guitarist and singer-songwriter. Known for combining traditional and contemporary techniques, his energetic performances, arrangements of modern works for the guitar and harp guitar and occasionally plays harmonica and ukulele. He has been performing for over 30 years at music halls, events, festivals, restaurants and other venues. Self-released 11 albums of solo material, and plays multiple styles including folk, blues, country, bluegrass, jazz, American fingerstyle, American primitive and contemporary acoustic styles. Andrew Kasab is a Tonedevil Artist, endorsed by Tonedevil Harp Guitars. Tonight he will be on stage sharing songs from 8:30-11:30 pm

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Swansboro, NC

This weekend marks the 64th Annual Swansboro Mullet Festival, a two-day weekend event, that will be held on November 10-11, 2018. The festivities begin with a parade down Highway 24 on Saturday morning at 9 am. Street vendors line the various streets throughout historic downtown Swansboro and are open for patrons at 10 a.m. Vendors are of a variety of types including arts and crafts, commercial, and food.

There is a kids’ area that also opens at 10 a.m., with a wide mix of activities geared towards children of all ages. Live music begins at 11 a.m. at the Pug Pavilion in the heart of downtown Swansboro and continues throughout the day, and into the evening on Saturday and Sunday.  At press time this was the schedule:

Entertainment Line Up;

Saturday, November 10
10 AM Anna Cole – National Anthem
10 AM Mystic Vibrations
1 PM Parade winners announced
2 PM The Attractions Band
6:30 PM Gene Pharr & Cindy Floyd Party Prophets Show

Sunday, November 11
10 AM Tee Fantastic Shakers
11 AM Bells of Peace with Swansboro Historical Association
1 PM Ryanhood provided by the Seaside Arts Council
3 PM – 6 PM – Liquid Pleasure Supershow

To accent the meaning behind the festival, the Swansboro Rotary serves fried Mullet throughout the event. Parking and shuttle services are offered from behind the Hampton Inn at Ward Farm.

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Cedar Point, NC

The bluesy surf trio from Wilmington, NC, known as The Dusty Trio will be rocking the Treehouse Beer Company this evening. Offering the live music from 7-10 pm, this talented trio features the guitars and vocals of Hank Barbee, Jim Durham on sax and Matt Henderson on bass. Walk into the weekend with a cold beer and great music by one of the regions most talented trios.

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Rocking Around The Region

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Charlotte, NC

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John Parker II recently recorded a new effort and will be hosting a concert tonight for the new EP release. You are invited to attend the show tonight at Eastside Church. Music is offered from 7-10 pm.

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Durham, NC

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James Armstrong Band is on the schedule to offer the live entertainment, on stage at Blue Note Grill this evening. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at the door. I always recommend arriving early for a great meal and staying late for the great music. Wear the dancing shoes and get ready to boogie. The Blue Note Grill is located at 709 Washington St., Durham, NC. For more information, call the club at (919) 401-1979.

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Clayton, NC

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Clayton Beverage will bring a double bill of rock to the stage tonight. On tap for your entertainment is the Dave Schneider Band, who will open the night. Closing things out will be the Lenoir County rockers, The Adam Hill Band rocking the stage from 10 pm til closing. Doors open tonight at 7 pm. Music kicks off of 8:30 pm.

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Kinston, NC

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The Red Room welcomes Mac & Juice Quartet to the stage tonight. Doors open at 9 pm. There is a music charge of $5.00 payable at the door. Music plays from 10 pm until closing. Please support live music, pay the cover charge and show your support for this band, with a long history of grooving fans on the NC music scene. Offering great jams, they will send you smiling into the rest of your weekend.

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On stage, at North Street Live you can enjoy the music of The Wicked Shimmies. The Kinston based band is full of some wicked talent, offering sounds you love as you dance the night away. Come out early for a good meal and stay late to enjoy the outdoor patio, drink specials and fun music.

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Washington, NC

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For those in the Washington area looking for some good rock to groove you, GEN-X will provide you with the rock sounds of the 90’s and beyond tonight, from the Pebble Beach Stage at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill, located at 1052 Main St., Washington, NC. Live music plays from 7-10 pm. Come early for some great grub then stay late to rock the night away!

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Ayden, NC

The Switch will be rocking Ayden tonight. You are invited to join the fun. Come out to The County Line Bar, located at 9527 Hwy 903 N
Ayden, NC. Tonight to enjoy a fun night of rock, pop and party songs that get you in the mood for a fun weekend. Please pay the music charge at the door and feel free to tip the band too. This is a fun life, but it is a hard road traveled, so please show your love and support for the bands you love and enjoy! Music starts tonight at 10 pm.

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Greenville, NC

The band, The New Hillbillies, will be offering the sounds to fans and friends that come out tonight to The Crossbones Tavern, 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC. Doors open at 8 pm and music plays at 10 pm. In a recent band page post, the band stated: “The New Hillbillies are headed to Greenville, NC to play at the famous Crossbones Tavern and we are bringing southern jam and hillbilly rock on a bluesy, buttery biscuit!” Sounds pretty tasty. If you are in the area, it sounds like this band from New Hill, NC will offer a fresh set of sounds for music fans.

Thanks for Reading!

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

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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

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