Another Fun Week Logged In The Books with Music Memories

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

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It was another fun week that got logged in the books, with music made memories, complete with good friends. Above from left to right, music appreciators Mary Spruill, Tracey Stones, and April Sunshine enjoy Blues Night at The Brown Pelican.

Rolling Thru the Week We Jam The Blues A Time Or Two

Blues at The Brown

Have you noticed that the week starts out better when you get to greet your Monday night with a serious dose of blues? My disposition on the week ahead has improved significantly since Heather Haiss, owner of The Brown Pelican took my recommendation to open the week with a blues jam.

Big Jim Kohler Blues Band hosts the night of music that kicks off at 7 pm and offers two hours of glorious, non-stop guitar action. Opening the first hour is the house band featuring the not so Big Jim on guitar and vocals, Chris Buttitta on the bass and Tom Parker sitting behind the kit. Following a fine set of Chicago style blues the floor opens to jammers.

Last week we were witness to the young marine guitar slinger John R Williams, showing off his moves and Phillip Alcock joined in on bass, with regular jammer Jonathan Peck gracing the stage as well. Closing out the night on vocals was Charlie Duzan, who took us out of the Bern and brought us to “Kansas City!” I can’t wait to see where we go this week.

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Wednesday Is Worse, UnTil the Music Plays

If Stormy Monday Blues don’t do a thing for you, then make it a happy hump day by bringing your butt to the City Stage New Bern for another round a jamming blues music with Big Jim Kohler and Friends. This free blues jam is also offered from 7-9 pm and welcomes another fun bunch of players to the stage.

Last week while I was in the house I enjoyed the delightful sounds of Mrs. Big Jim, who sings beautifully to the backing band. Simon Spalding quite often offers the electric fiddle, David Sawyer joined in on harmonica and Jonathan Peck offered some guitar parts.  The fun happens again this week and this is your open invitation for you to join us.

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Thursday is Seamlessly Thrilling

Nicholas William Bailey Returns to Ratty’s

The first time I met Nicholas Bailey I was quite taken by his unique offerings of seamless streaming of guitar phrases. It was early in March and not long after Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse started hosting live music upstairs in their piano bar. That night I only stayed for a snippet of sounds, but this week I returned for the full course set, to fill up on his mastery.

I have to tell you that throughout my time in his company, with all the setting up, ordering my meal, eating and paying my tab, it was one beautiful guitar verse leading into the other, with only one stop to answer a quick question from a tipping admirer and another quick stop to ask me what I would like to hear. I was thrilled to hear him offer “Gimme Shelter” again, in my honor.

To get a better understanding of this graceful guitar players essence and skill, come enjoy a great meal at Sara’s Big Apple on Saturday, June 15 to get a taste of his talent. He will be sharing sounds from 6-8 pm.

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Strung Together on Deck at Persimmons

Our local family band has had me on my toes and tapping to their beats from New Bern to Beaufort this week. It all started on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant, when the full band was together to play to the dinner crowd that gathered.

I wanted to stop in to see this fun, festive, folk-infused pop band, to have an updated picture to promote them for their appearance on Saturday’s bill at The Beaufort Music Festival. More on that show below.

Getting back to the musical family that our town has adopted, you can find them together again on stage and on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant twice next month before the family breaks for camp and gets set for college life this Summer.

Those dates are on the books for Thursdays, June 6 and 13. They offer live music to accompany dinner from 7:30-9:30 pm under the stars, beside the water. Be sure to save the dates and come out and dance!

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Friday Features A Festival In Beaufort

Tan & Sober Delights

It was my goal to get to Beaufort in time to check out The Tan and Sober Gentlemen. I met my goal of getting there in time, however, I did not plan for locking my keys in the car at the start of my work night. Nonetheless, I managed to do just that, which kept me busy bopping to their new grass beats near the perimeter of my car.

But as luck would have It, I mentioned my dismay to a tan and sober gentleman who returned moments later with a long enough wire to unlock the vehicle. When he approached me originally, I was trying desperately to unlock the truck with my antenna which was not nearly long enough. Two minutes after the debacle I was stage side and remembering why I loved this band so much.

They are the epitome of a fun festival band. They never fail to get the crowd up on their feet and moving to the grooves of their Newgrass roots music. When I first met the band they were rocking a festival in New Bern a few years back, this year they brought their best blazing bluegrass to Beaufort.

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Stop Light Observations Rock The Grooves

Following a festive set of awakened bluegrass came the revival of young rockers, a band from South Carolina known as Stop Light Observations. My first observation of this band was the young energy on stage and a spirit that threatens to keep indie rock alive and well. Very original and completely rocking this band has great appeal and presence on stage.

Stop Light Observations is a popular band from the Charleston region of the Southern Carolina state! They are made up of the combination of talents courtesy of Will Blackburn on lead vocalsCubby who is the master songwriter, piano player, synth sounder, vocalist, Louis Duffie bouncing on the bass and Luke Withers on drums.

No BS Brass Headlines Friday Beaufort Music Festival

Nothing like a 13 piece brass band fronted by one mighty vocalist to leave the soul soothed! That is how the organizers left it with festival goers on Friday night when they welcomed the Richmond Va based outfit NO BS! Brass Band to close things out.

They really are a fun and funky band that can cover the classic rockers as good as the pop artists we loved in the ’80s. Before closing things out on Friday night, they had everyone on their feet and moving to their groove. Be sure to visit them on Facebook and follow their website: http://www.nobsbrass.com

Saturday’s Sweet Treats

 Back In Beaufort… Qualian Opens the Day

The Raleigh based Qualian is a five-piece, indie/alternative band formed by students and friends that have played together since childhood. In their last five years together they have released two EP’s. The energetic rockers opened day two of the 31st Annual Beaufort Music Festival.

At the helm of this project, we met Walker Renfrow the lead vocalist. Supporting his vocals are Aidan Kelly on bass and guitar, Lee Sullivan offering guitar,  keys, and saxophone. Baylor Wordsworth plays guitar and bass and Gray Renfrow sits behind the kit.

I found it refreshing to see so many talented youths take to the stage over the weekend. It rejoices my spirit every time I get to hear new blood make fun music

 

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New Bern Treasures Found @ Coastal Music Festival

Strung Together and Their Adopted Son Danny

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Then next came New Bern’s first offering with the family band Strung Together. They started things off with George Oliver opening things up with the public adoption of their good friend Danny Batten, who filled in on guitar for their middle child Abigail Oliver. Following the quick and informal adoption, the band got busy sharing popular songs done with their unique twist of talent and style!

Included in there set were many familiar and popular tunes as well as some classics made famous by the amazing team of Carter and Cash. The band actually offered a show for the At The Gallery Series this winter, featuring the music of Carter Cash. The event was so successful the Oliver’s have decided to offer it our town again.

This time it will serve as a fundraiser for The New Bern Civic Theater. The event will take place on stage at the theater it will help support on Saturday, June 7, 2019, and for more info follow this link:  The Cash & Carter Tribute Show. Before that, the band will return to Beaufort for a show next Saturday at The Beaufort Farmer’s Market. Music plays from 10 am – 12 pm.

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Followed by a Serving of Hot Buttered Grits

The next serving of New Bern based talent came courtesy of our friendly Jam Band The Hot Buttered Grits. This band has been a music staple to the delight of fans for nearly 15 years. They have a great time coming together for the sake of sharing music and that is evident in the sounds they share.

In the heat of the day, this five-piece groove group gave the crowd blistering original beats to keep them grooving in the sunshine of their love! It was a fun and awesome display of New Bern grooves for the Crystal Coast to enjoy!

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Bringing It Back to the Bern ~ And Bridge To Breakdown

DeadHeadz MC Host Anniversary Party

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The Dead Headz MC hosted their Anniversary Party last evening and on the bill for entertainment was one of NC’s best rock bands in the Downeast region, Bridge to Breakdown. The MC has a clubhouse located in New Bern and yesterday all were welcome to rock!

The rock quartet comes together on the combined energies of Talyn Detmers fronting the effort with a Morrison flavor, swapping leads with
Malcolm Matthews. Both players offer crushing guitar leads and searing vocals, Taylor Cefalo keeps it tight behind the kit on drums and newest to the line-up on bass is Ethan Goecke.

They are badass rockers who get the job done right every time. This was about my sixth time seeing them and I am sure they get better with each live show. Here is an original snippet offered last night under the tent!

Before leaving, I learned from my editor the band was to be hired by a few other bike clubs that attended the function. If you are in need of an original, fun and rocking band for your next party be sure to consider Bridge to Breakdown. They will not disappoint!

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Roaming Around Town for the Final Four

Caffeinated Soul Boogie at BrÜtopia

I was looking forward to hearing Caffeinated Soul Boogie last night, as I knew they were swapping chops with a new bass player. The band recently welcomed Daniel Baker to the line-up and last night was his debut with the band.

The band came together as a result of the father, Derrick Moore on guitar and his daughter Daria Yeager vocals, showing up at coffee houses and open mic nights. The duo grew into a full-fledged band with time and now they are a force to be reckoned with. They just get better with each performance and Yeager’s vocals more captivating and blissful. Filling out the sound on drums is rhythm man Tanner Bright, who has been keeping time here for more than a year.

Last night the band offered an impressive performance for fans and friends that gathered at BrÜtopia in James City.

Anyone interested in keeping the beats with this fun and talented band should check out their website. That is where you can find all of the latest news and their show schedule.

https://caffsoulboogie.com/home

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Joe Baes Project Rocks The Garage

Another local band that never disappoints is The Joe Baes Project. They were rocking the crowd that gathered last night in the back of The Garage. This new venue has been making improvements to the establishment since opening its doors a few months ago. Last week they started the work of building a stage and this week the mission was complete… Joe Baes and the boys rocked it!

Last night it was the common core trio on stage and entertaining their lively and enthusiastic crowd. Besides offering great music the band is also known for keeping the crowd involved with games and other good times.

Before long the boys will be heading to the Crystal Coast. Their next show is slated for June 1, 2019, when they take things to The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. That will be an early show, with music being offered from 6-9 pm. To keep up to date with this band find them on Facebook: The Joe Baes Project.

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Chuck Phillips Brings His Ba…

It was rumored the solo acoustic slinger Chuck Phillips was coming to town with his full band, but when I got town I found Phillips banging out riffs on his six-string to the back-beat of the bass offered by Sonny Fields.

It seems things went astray for the drummer that was expected to make the show. Something about too much weekend. Not letting small details like a drummer derail the plan of entertaining the crowd, Phillips made the best of things and offered a great show in a duo formation.

The singer-songwriter hails from Washington NC and keeps busy playing the entire Downeast region. Anyone interested in learning more about this talented stringer, be sure to find him on Facebook:

Chuck Phillips Music

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Gary Dudley & The Maxxtones Take Us Out

Closing things out with a serious shot of classic rock n roll, I ran into Gary Dudley and The Maxxtones, who was rocking the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant last night. Dudley is a gifted guitar player that learned his craft decades ago and still finds a way to attract new fans. Last night he grabbed the attention of a few young college fellows that could not get over the magnitude of his talent.

Always fun and rocking, this band is based along the Crystal Coast and rocks throughout the region. In fact, next week Dudley and Co will headline the Silo Palooza at The Silos Restaurant in Oriental. This one-day music festival is an Oriental tradition, featuring the hottest bands in our area. The event will go down next weekend, on Saturday, May 25th. Mark the calendar for Saturday and make plans to be there for a full day of rocking fun from Peace Soldier to The Maxxtones the day is full of rockin’ good fun and music.

Music Options In the Days Ahead

Monday Mania

Blues Night at The Brown Pelican

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

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Tuesday Temptation

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

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Tiffany Elaine will host an open mic night at the KBar at Brandywine Bay Golf Club. This venue is open to the public and Elaine hosts open mic on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 7-10 pm. All are welcome to come to display their talents! Enjoy some food, a cold beer, and live music!

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Wednesday’s Weakness

Blues Is Back at City Stage

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

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Open Mic at Carolina Wine Mixer

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

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Thursday Thrillers

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

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

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

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

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Music Promotions Why It Is Important Plus The Final Festival Rundown for May

Music Promotions and Festival Fun are the main topics here today  Plus where to find live music tonight!

This Music Business. Class Is In!

 Learning the business is essential to making or breaking it with your career in music. I am a big proponent of the promotions angle, as that has always defined best ambitions. Besides the music itself, the next important step is promoting it. If you don’t promote your music why even bother playing it?

Music journalists, photojournalists, videographers all capture a story that can bring your band project to the next level. The radio disc jockeys that can play your song to the masses is your best friend when you are breaking into the business. Cultivate a list and form relationships with these people who can help you broadcast your message.

Whatever you do, don’t rely on social media as your only branding tool. Case in point, I chose to publish my content on a WordPress site so that it can be shared independently to as many sources as I elect. In this case, I share it via email, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and LinkedIn.

When I first started out, wrote the content on Facebook and tagged the people who were playing. That was through a good portion of 2015, in 2016 I got more serious about the blog and committed to publishing content here twice weekly. Since 2017, the music promotions in New Bern has caught a lot of attention. That’s when I learned more about how to tag an article so that it is found in common word searches.

The more outside sources your name appears in, the easier it is for people to find your music. For those looking for more tips, I found a great site and good writer too!

Shaun Letang offered great insight into the importance of promotions in his article Master Music Marketing in 2019, The Art of Getting People To Listen to Your Music. And the How To site where it is published is a “Music Industry How To”, that offers great insight on many topics, from promotions to songwriting. The site even has a tool to generate your rapper name or new band branding.

Now go out there and make a name for yourself. CLASS DISMISSED!

 

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NCMZ.LIVE May 2019 Festival Guide Pt. 4

May and October are the busiest festival months in our beautiful state of North Carolina. Being a fan of fairs and festivals, I am going to use this section to highlight festivals around our state.

North Carolina Fairs And Festivals

To compile this information I research many sites and would like to highlight those first. For a full annual list of Festivals check out http://www.carolinamusicfests.com/.

Another good resource came from WRAL.com https://www.wral.com/2019-north-carolina-festival-guide/

The final site for resourceful information around the state is https://www.ncarts.org/comehearnc/whats-playing/2019-music-festivals

May 23-26, 2019:

Lil John’s Mountain Music Festival

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This is a three-day music festival that happens each year is Snow Camp, NC  it accommodates campers and offers a full line up of acts. It all kicks off with a Jam next Wednesday and following that welcoming event, the line up as per the website looks like this

MAY 22 – WEDNESDAY  Sideline open Jam & covered dish dinner 6 pm

MAY 23 – THURSDAY

12:00 – 1:00    3 rd Place Band Contest Winner

  1:00 – 2:00    Passin’  Thru

  2:00 – 3:00    Lawson Creek

  3:00 –  4:00   Hammertowne

  4:00 –  5:00   Cuttin’ Grass

  5:00 –  6:00   Supper Break

  6:00 –  7:00   Lawson Creek 

  7:00 –  8:30   Johnson Mountain Boys Tribute Band (Dudley Connell, Steve Dilling, Bailey Coe, Michael Cleveland, Jason Moore, Dave McLaughlin)

  8:30 –  9:30   Hammertowne

  9:30 –  Until  Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

MAY 24  – FRIDAY

12:00 –  1:00    2nd Place Band Contest Winner

  1:00 –  2:00    Diamond Creek 

  2:00 –  3:00    Buttermilk Creek

  3:00 –  4:00    Darin & Brooke Aldridge

  4:00 –  5:00    Sideline

  5:00 –  6:30    Russell Moore & III Tyme Out

  6:30 –  7:30    Supper Break

  7:30 –  8:30    Buttermilk Creek

  8:30 –  9:30    Diamond Creek 

  9:30 –  10:30  Darin & Brooke Aldridge

10:30 –  Until   Sideline

MAY  25 – SATURDAY

 9:00 AM       Skip Cherryholmes Cornhole Tournament

 1:00 –  2:00   1 st Place Band Contest Winner

 2:00 –  3:30   Constant Change

 3:30 –  5:00    Dave Adkins Band

 5:00 –  6:30    Sideline

 6:30 –  7:30    Supperbreak

 7:30 –  9:00    Leroy Troy & The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band

 9:00 –  Until  Balsam Range

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Gears and Guitars 2019

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2019 Gears and Guitars Fest  This is a four-day festival that takes place in Winston-Salem featuring lots of awesome music
May 23rd

Pre and Post Game Music at The Winston-Salem Dash

May 24th

Trampled by Turtles
The Infamous Stringdusters
Songs From The Road Band

May 25th

Drive-By Truckers
North Mississippi Allstars
Devon Gilfillian

May 26th

Stone Temple Pilots
Dishwalla
Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones

https://www.gearsandguitarsfest.com

Tickets can be purchased in person at The “B” String please refer to their page for hours.

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White Squirrel Festival

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Next weekend also marks the 16th Annual White Squirrel Festival in downtown Brevard, NC. This is another weekend-long festival with lots of music on the bill.

According to the Facebook event at press time, this was the line-up…

𝙈𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙘 𝙎𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙙𝙪𝙡𝙚:

𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟒𝐭𝐡, 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗
Brother Oliver 5:30-6:30
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys 7:00-8:00
Travers Brothership 8:30-10:00

𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟓𝐭𝐡, 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗
Davidson River Taiko 12:00-12:30
Cody Siniard 1:00-2:00
Zoe & Cloyd 2:30-3:30
Unspoken Tradition 4:00-5:00
Lovers Leap 5:30-6:30
Clint Roberts & the Wonder Drug 7:00-8:00
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds 8:30-10:00

𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟔𝐭𝐡, 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗
Spalding McIntosh 12:00-1:00
Chatham Rabbits 1:30-2:30
Jamie Laval 3:00-4:00
Fireside Collective 4:30-6:00

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Fiddler’s Grove

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Listed among one of 23 most intimate music festivals in North America, this Annual event takes place at 1819 W. Memorial Highway
Union Grove, NC.  For more information, you can email the event at info@fiddlersgrove.com. Full day passes cost $25.00 and kids under 12 are welcome for free.

“What started as the Union Grove Fiddlers Convention in 1924 has become an exciting 95-year old annual tradition for fiddler fanatics, families, and friends. This festival brings together 2,000 guests for an entertainment-filled Memorial Day weekend, and it is dedicated to preserving traditional old-time and bluegrass music. This is a three-day event kicking off Friday, May 24th.

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Closer to Home

Fossil Festival, Aurora, NC

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Headlining this event will be The Switch on Saturday evening, May 25, 2019. This is a great event to take the whole family out for a fun day. Located in downtown Aurora, NC it is great fun for the kids.

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SILOS Palooza

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Mark your calendars! Its the biggest event of the year. Live Music all day, cold beer, activities for kids, plenty of food and fun!!
Keep an eye out for Palooza Shirts! Check out the picture above for the fun-filled music line up!

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Friday, May 17, 2019

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

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of classic rock treats courtesy of Third Degree Bern offering songs from 7-10 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs by this local group. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Ravenz Bru, they will bring the music to life tomorrow night on the deck with all the grooves you will love. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine

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Live music will be offered is at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine each Friday from 8-10:30 pm.

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

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

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BrÜtopia

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

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Old Smoke grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the rock blues and country grooves of this popular local duo.

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Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden

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Carolina Home and Garden welcomes the weekend with Joey & Mason jamming in the garden, offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from the Sub Tropics Food Truck, a cold beer and relax as you settle into the weekend.

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

 The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers live music each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music. This weekend you can enjoy the music of Justin Castellano. Music plays at 8-11 pm.

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Surf City, NC

JM’s Place PUB

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JM’s Place PUB welcomes the rocking grooves of The Adam Hill Band. The fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am.

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Rocking Around the Region

Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

Tony Holiday Band / Jason Damico & the New Blue 

MAY 17, 2019 · FRIDAY * 9PM * $10

Tony Holiday is a vocalist and harp player who is rapidly emerging as a star on the international blues scene. He has been recognized by blues legends like Charlie Musselwhite and James Harman as one of the finest up-and-comers in the game right now and is steadily building his own legend one gig at a time. Speaking of gigs, he plays up to 200 of them a year across the US and has brilliantly recorded his latest album Porch Sessions in between them on the actual porches of some of the blue’s best-known musicians.

https://tonyholidaymusic.com/

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Jason Damico

High octane, rockin’, blues artist, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, actor and producer Jason Damico, is no stranger to the Blue Note Grill Stage. This artist has already racked up awards in music – 2014 Triangle Blues Society Solo Blues Challenge Winner, 2015 Carolina Music Awards Rock Male Artist of the Year and the youngest member of the Duke University Jazz Ensemble at 15.

Damico is honored to have performed two pre-shows for the late, great B.B. King at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), as well as opening for Joe Louis Walker, Lucky Peterson, Slam Allan, Trae Pierce, John Arthur Greene and more.

https://www.jasondamico.com/

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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It is going to be a night not to be missed by southern rock n blues fans, as AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Duane Haddock to the stage! Come grab yourself some good food and a cold drink at one of the coolest places in Greenville. Music plays from 8:30-11:30 pm. This show is free!

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays, they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic Night hosted by Brian Burke.

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. This weekend it is Damn Yankees on Friday and this Saturday it is For The Love Of Music Jam with John Williams 

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Market Street Pub

Friends and fans of TrainWreck are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Come out and enjoy a cold beer and country sounds offered by this talented artist.  Music starts at 10 pm.

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Festival Fun Recap for May 17-19, 2019:

Cruising The Coast

Beaufort Music Festival

The Beaufort Music Festival is celebrating 31 years of bringing awesome music to the Crystal Coast. This year will feature five acts on Friday evening and an additional ten acts on Saturday. The fun takes place at Gallant’s Channel in Beaufort, NC.

Since this festival is all about the music, here is the awesome line up for this year:

Friday Evening Performances:

5 pm – 5:45 pm: Driskill
6 pm – 6:45 pm: Chatham Rabbits
7 pm – 8 pm: The Tan & Sober Gentlemen

8:15 pm – 9:15 pm: Stop Light Observations
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm: No BS! Brass 

Saturday Performances:

12 pm – 12:45 pm: Qualian
1 pm – 1:45 pm: Strung Together 
2 pm – 2:45 pm: Hot Buttered Grits
3 pm – 3:45 pm: Durty Dub’s Tribute to Charley Pride
4 pm – 4:45 pm: Pie Face Girls

Saturday Evening Performances:

5 pm – 6 pm: The Artisanal
6:15 pm – 7 pm: Kamara Thomas
7:15 pm – 8:15 pm: Aaron Lee Tasjan
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Lilly Hiatt
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm: Hiss Golden Messenger

For more information on the event please visit  https://beaufortmusicfestival.com/.

There is limited parking on site and shuttle service available.

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2019 Atlantic Beach Music Festival

Calling all shaggers and cloggers, just over the bridge and across the causeway is the 2019 Atlantic Beach Music  Festival. This event is celebrating its 6th year of bringing the music that makes you dance, to the circle in Atlantic Beach.

The fun gets started on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 11 am and it continues until 6 pm. For full details and the band line up please visit  http://atlanticbeach-nc.com/events/abbmf/

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Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival

This festival got underway Wednesday, a free kick-off party. The pre-party for this year’s annual event is hosted by the Bluegrass Island Trading Co. 107 Budleigh St, Manteo, NC.

The festival is celebrating its 8th year and here is their story:

Music lovers from all over the world flock to the Outer Banks for this “New” tradition, that adds a roster of acclaimed bands with one of the most beautiful venues anywhere. The Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, and this year’s event is no exception, with a number of regionally and nationally famous bands set to take the stage. ​
The festival is held at the stunning Roanoke Island Festival Park, which overlooks miles of pristine sound waters. This unique 22 acre island becomes Bluegrass Island each year to host the event. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets and lodging well in advance and despite its off-season timing, this event tends to fill up fast year after year. If your dream vacation involves laying back in your most comfortable beach chair and taking in the best bluegrass acts the country has to offer, then you’ll definitely want to set this long weekend aside for the Outer Banks most popular festival!
Make your plans today for Blue Skies…Blue Water & Bluegrass at the 8th Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival!

For the rest of the schedule and ticket information, the 2019 and 2020 Festivals visit the website: https://www.bluegrassisland.com

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Mustang Spring Jam

This is a two-day music event that promises amazing live music offered by eight nationally touring bands of various genres. That is what’s on the set-list for Mustang Spring Jam 8, which will be held the weekend of May 18-19 at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Corolla.

For event information, please visit MustangMusicFestival.com.

Founded in 2011, Bearded Face Productions is a full-service promotion and production company serving the Outer Banks and beyond in concert, festival and event booking, management and consulting.

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Around the State

 16th Annual Montford Music & Arts Festival

The festival is a free, one-day music and arts festival in the historic Montford Neighborhood. Saturday, May 18. The 16th annual Montford Music and Art Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. rain or shine, with continuous musical performances until 7 pm on a centrally located stage.
Stroll the art and craft booths, including a selection of juried artists and enjoy the eclectic variety of local food trucks and food vendors. There is something to entertain the whole family including the kids! Mark your calendar and plan to attend. More information is available at www.montfordfestival.org. Visit www.montfordfestival.org

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6th Annual Asheville Food Truck Showdown

According to this unique food festival’s Facebook Page we learn:

Asheville Food Truck Showdown, May 18, 2019, located at the WNC Ag. Center from 12 pm till 7 pm.
This year’s band lineup is epic. We have everything from Bluegrass, Classic Rock, Country and all those songs you love to sing in the shower! One of our bands named Soul Frequency has some members who played together for over 40 years. These guys will make you get out of your chairs to sing and dance to all those Classic Rock Songs. You now have only a few days left and the VIP Tasting Experiences are almost all gone for this year. There will not be any VIP Tasting Experiences for sale the day of the event. Head to www.ashevillefoodtruckshowdown.com.

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33rd Annual Carolina Blues Festival

The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society is proud to present the longest running Blues festival in the Southeast United States!

The 33rd Annual CAROLINA BLUES FESTIVAL has happened all over the Triad. This year they bring it back to LeBauer Park at Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc.

In recent years the society has been investing in Barber Park and supporting East Greensboro. But they have also held festivals in Jamestown and Winston-Salem as history tells.

This event is now being scripted in Downtown Greensboro for the second year in a row! NCMZ.LIVE was on hand last year for the final day of the fun festival. That is where I met my sweet blues friend Gary Redd.

It was the first time I met the singer, songwriter, former club owner and soulful stringer known as Appaloosa Redd He is a positive and vibrant talent from that area whose band closed out last year’s street fair and park festival. The blues-man stays busy around the Greensboro area with Big Ron Hunter and other talented friends.

Taking a look at this years lineup they have a fist full of fine talent on tap:

House of Dues
Melva Houston
Jon Shain
Clark Stern and The Musical Rewards
Dom Flemons

For more info and tickets visit the Piedmont Blues Society’s Website: https://carolinabluesfestival.com/artist-lineup

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Speaking of Appaloosa Redd and Festivals, he and Big Ron Hunter close out the day for the Southern Roots Festival.

This one-day event will take place between 12-5 pm in Prospect Hill, NC. It is a free event and here are the details from Facebook:

The Caswell Council for the Arts will present our first ever “Southern Roots Festival,” celebrating the arts, music, and creative traditions at the roots of Southern Culture. The event will feature live music, an artist and crafter’s market, creative activities, antiques, historical tours of the Warren’s Store, and a variety of Southern food and craft beverages. Admission and parking is free!

Enjoy live music by Connie Badgett Steadman (12:20pm), Barefoot Manner Bluegrass (1:15pm), and Big Ron Hunter with Appaloosa Redd (3:15pm).

Visit us at www.caswellarts.org for more info, or to register to participate in the artist and crafters’ market or as an antique vendor.

Durham Blues & Brews Festival

 

And speaking of the Blues and festivals; next Saturday also offers The Durham Blues & Brews Festival in Durham Central Park. This event gets started at 5 pm and offers amazing music until 10 pm. On the bill for this year’s event is

Born in Durham, Oxente opens the show and brings infectious rhythms of Brazil to the streets of the beloved city.

Chicken Shack is an eclectic group of church musicians who were brought together by their love of playing the blues. Although mostly from North Carolina, they have members from different parts of America – so they play many styles of blues. This band won The Triangle Blues Society, Road To Memphis Blues Challenge and had the opportunity to travel to Memphis to compete in the 2019 IBC  in January.

 The young and talented star on the rise in the blues world is now 20 years old and conquering souls. Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is set to take the music world by storm with the long-awaited release of his debut album, KINGFISH, on Alligator Records.

 

Closing things out this amazing night of great blues music will be the Mississippi Blues Child himself, Castro Coleman aka Mr. Sipp. This talented player has been around music all of his life. His parents and aunt had a quartet group. He was influenced by B.B. King at the age of 6 which is when he started playing the guitar.

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Got to Be NC Festival

A festival highlighting all the great things from North Carolina. Enjoy carnival games and rides, live music, food, animal and agricultural displays, antique tractors and more. Most of the festival is free with the following exceptions: $3 admission charge for the Food and Wine Expo; and costs for rides, games, and food. Free events include the concerts on the outdoor stage, antique tractors, and parades, commercial exhibits in the Graham Building, racing pigs, grandstand shows and more. Expand your Festival visit at the Chatlee Boat Show in the Scott Bldg., the Flea Market or Horse Shows, all on the fairgrounds!

If you are looking for more information about the Got to Be NC Festival, please visit http://gottobencfestival.com/. 

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Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival

This two-day event in downtown Raleigh celebrates the creative talents found around our state and capital city. According to the Facebook event, the line up for music is set. Here are the details:

Visit RaleighArtsFestival.com for full festival details and information.

Join us on May 18 and 19 as Artsplosure celebrates 40 YEARS in Raleigh! Artsplosure 2019 will enliven Fayetteville Street with our juried Art Market featuring the work of over 170 artists, large-scale installations including What’s That by Australian artist Amanda Parer, music on the Main Stage, Kidsplosure, and more!

MAIN STAGE SATURDAY:
12:00 – India Ramey
1:15 – Rissi Palmer
2:45 – Scott Mulvahill
4:15 – Union Duke
6:00 – The Suffers

MAIN STAGE SATURDAY:
11:00 – DZ Carr Band
12:15 – The Old Ceremony
1:45 – The Artisanals
3:15 – The East Pointers
4:45 – Alejandro Escovedo

CITY PLAZA:
Amanda Parer’s Fantastic Planet sculpture What’s That

KIDSPLOSURE:
Activities and performances from some of Raleigh’s most talented young folks!

Stay tuned for more details, and visit raleighartsfestival.com for more festival information!

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3rd Annual Cheerwine Festival

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The Cheerwine Festival is a one-day festival taking place tomorrow in Salisbury, NC

Here is what fun things you can expect at our 3rd annual celebration:

Enjoy a performance from multi-platinum California rockers, Smash Mouth on the Hotwire Communication Stage from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Music from Carolina-based bands Live House (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.)and Stella Rising (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.) and a performance from Nashville-based band, The Southern Gothic (5 to 6 p.m).

Enjoy a variety of street performers including Blazin’ Blues Bob, Lucas Beam, David Myers & Courtney Puckett, Kia Rice, Zoe, and Lisette Rodriguez.

Play in the F&M Bank Kids’ Zone. Available all day, The Kids’ Zone will feature tons of family-friendly games and activities.

Shop for Cheerwine merchandise at the official Cheerwine tent.

Enjoy food, drinks, and crafts from local vendors.

We can’t wait to see y’ all there!

Visit the festival website for more information: http://cheerwinefest.com/

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RoseFest

The annual Pink Hill Rose Fest takes place next Saturday, May 18, 2019. This event will feature the music of The British Invaders, offering the classic rock of the bands that made us dance for decades, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals and more. Pink Hill Rose Fest kicks off at 11 am and continues until 8 pm. For the full schedule follow this link:

http://www.rosefest.org/schedule/

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Sacred Connections Music Festival

For anyone that is a fan of jam band, listen up. Little Creek Vineyard & Music Venue hosts this event, as well as many others throughout the year. But this one is special and besides the great line up of music, the stage area will be open with the fire burning all night for players. The festival will also include food and merchandise vendors. Admission is limited to 400. Attendees must be ages 18 and older. For the full line up and all of the details check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2212084618823306/

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Ayden BBQ Cook-off and festival

It is time for the Annual BBQ  Cook-off and Festival. This event is in Ayden, NC next week. There will be lots of vendors, cook-off competitions, a car show, a beer garden, rides, and live music.

On stage, tonight will be, the Raleigh based party band Hip Pocket and capping off the event on tomorrow evening with fun country grooves will be The Bryan Mayer Band. Show times are 7 pm both nights!

For full details visit http://www.aydenbbq.org

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North Carolina Potato Festival

The festival will be held May 17, 18, and 19 in downtown Elizabeth City. This year’s theme is “Eat, Shop, and Play Downtown,” in recognition and celebration of all our downtown businesses and to celebrate the amazing growth and progress happening in downtown.

There is a National Potato Peeling Contest, the Little Miss Tater Tot Contest, midway rides and games, the blocks-long Auto and Bike Show, free French fries (while they last), Cornhole Tournament, the CGEA 5K Run, lots of vendors. Interesting as well as traditional festival foods, and an amazing lineup of local and nationally-known musicians throughout the three-day event. And so much more!

Visit https://www.ncpotatofestival.com/ for more information and click https://www.ncpotatofestival.com/main-stage-schedule for the full line up of entertainment on the main stage.

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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.

May 13 at 5:02 PM

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Keeping up with the Blogger

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

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

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

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I read emails daily. You can send those to:

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

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

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

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

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

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Back The Blogger

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The girl behind the banner has big dreams and major ambitions of healing the world with music. If you wish to help along on this journey of connecting people to music please consider one of the following options! There are so many ways for people to be a part of this build.

Affordable Partnerships For All

Corporate Unions

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

Community Co-Hosts

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

Post Hosts Are Welcome Here

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

Advertisers and Donors Appreciated

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

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

This site is a free service to support live music. Most often it is published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music. Support the mission of promoting live music. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

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Sorrowful Saturday Blues Takes Us Out

 

I Loved Being On The Scene with Rock Stars

 

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My Dear John Letter to Music

My Sweet Music Community,

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

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

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

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

Signed, a Broken Hearted Blogger!

 

Setting the Stage

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

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

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

Business Woman, Boss, and Blessed Blogger

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

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

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

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

When Opportunity Knocks

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

The Birth and Commitment to the Blog

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

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

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

History, We All Have It

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

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

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

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

Current Day and Community

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

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

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

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

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

Behind the Scenes of This Operation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some Realities Are Hard to Share!

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

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

When Resources Run Dry

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

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

Where I am and Why I Feel I Should Sign Off

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

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

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

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

A Proud Woman Takes A Bow

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

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

My Greatest Needs

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

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

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

The Big Dream

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

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

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

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

Answering the Call

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

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

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

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and don’t forget the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Keeping up with the Blogger

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Follow me on Facebook:
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If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

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

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I read emails daily. You can send those to:

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~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

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BE SEEN HERE!

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

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

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

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

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

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

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

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

Support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~




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

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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

Community Comes First

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

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

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

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

NCMZ.LIVE and New Bern Now Made the Scene

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

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

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

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Real Heroes Reign True

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

 Reflections of the Organizer

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

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

It’s All About That Bass

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

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

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

Our Introduction

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

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

Become a Fan Today

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

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

Thank You!!!

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

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Behind the Scenes with Tracey Stones

Real and True

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

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

 We All Need Help!

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

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, April 12, 2019

LEAVE NOW! IT’S ARTWALK

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

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

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Other Friday Night Specials

Getting Down Around Town

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

New Bern Farmer’s Market

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

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

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

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

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

The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of great music featuring the talented Rick Huff, offering songs from 7-10 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs and wonderful originals by this local and regional songwriter. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Chocolate Chip & Company Band, they will bring the music to life tomorrow night on the deck with all the grooves you will love. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage New Bern

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Live on stage after ArtWalk tonight at The City Stage New Bern they offer All My Rowdy Friends in town to rock you into tomorrow. $5.00 cover is payable at the door. Music starts at 8 pm and they play until midnight.

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

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

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BrÜtopia

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

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Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Bar

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

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

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Morehead City

Promise’ Land Market

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

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Beaufort, NC

The Backstreet Pub

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

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Royal James

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

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

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

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Surf City, NC

The Trailer Bar!

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

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Rocking Around the Region

Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

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

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

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

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

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

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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

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Havelock, NC

Jean’s

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

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Answering the Call

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

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

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

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

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

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and don’t forget the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

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Wrapping Up the Week with Fun Jams Along the Coast and Cool Gigs Around Town

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Lucky as my life is, my dear friend Jim Kohler is the best he has ever been, offering music and sharing sounds around town and beyond. This week we grooved at The Brown Pelican for Blues Monday, on Wednesday they did it again at City Stage and before the week was over they rocked The Garage, last night in James City with their badass blues grooves. 

Weekday Jams to Garage Gigs 

Stormy Monday Blues

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I can tell you what makes me happiest…this guy smiling and doing his thing! Big Jim is a fixture in my life for many reasons. Here is the first one: He gave this girl the keys to the highway, when he was offering his blues to our town in 2013. He’d been doing it since 2011 when he got here, but I met him in 2013 and I charted my course back to the blues.

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Of course, I am not the only one he dragged out of music retirement. Fact is, I met bass player of the year Mike Sandvig at a gig in Swansboro, NC not long after I moved back to the area. After returning to health I took my mother to lunch on a day trip to Swansboro, and while walking into The Icehouse Restaurant, I noticed a sign advertising blues in the lounge on Saturday. March 23, 2013 I walk in with a couple of friends from New Bern that these guys play every Thursday, a club formerly known as Bambooz. 

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A Story Worth Telling

It has been an amazing journey with these guys and Big Jim’s gem of a bride, Kathleen. She is like the pixie dust that shows up and really makes things sparkle with her golden voice and warm disposition. This band and the players that have been a part of it all are like family to me. I have enjoyed the journey and this is the story I have been tracking the longest!

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We revved things up when I got a really smart phone and started recording bands. They were the first band I ever captured on film. 

Mid Week Blues Break

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Now I catch them two and three nights a week and it never gets old. We might be growing old, but the good news is that we are doing it together and have some fun along the way. 

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This week the boys got together and jammed as a trio, wrapping up the week at The Garage in James City last night. This is the new hot spot with a family-friendly atmosphere and something for everyone. From virtual games to live music and home-brewed beer, this is a new and fun option for all!

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The one thing I can tell you, we are not playing games about Big Jim laying down some tracks. The blues-man is ready to hit the studio and then the road with some new material. We are asking for your help. If you have just $30.00 to offer, you can be a part of the gifts that come with being a Kickstarter contributor! Be a part of the next chapter of big Jim’s Journey by donating here:

Big Jim Kohler Kickstarter

The goal is to raise another $2800 before the end of April! If we meet the goal of $4,000, May is going to be glorious for the blues and blues fans alike!

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Honky Tonk Tuesday At The Brown Pelican

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Michael Watkins loves country music and has made it a point to play it each week at The Brown Pelican. Not long after we started offering blues night, Watkins got the idea that there should be a honky tonk night too! 

 

He invites all his friends and country players from near and far, to come out any Tuesday to share songs and croon country favorites.  Live music starts at 7 pm and plays until all the jammers have jammed.

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Tuesday Also Means Music with Tiffany Elaine and Friends

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Talk about watching stories of singers and songwriters, I met this girl right here in New Bern back in 2016, when she came out for the open mic night at The Brown Pelican. She shared her original songs in a shaky voice and had no idea some blogger would be sharing her story too. But that is what happened and since then this girl has risen like sunshine over the Crystal Coast.

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Now she is taking charge of life with the help of her dear friends, and creating sounds with her band Now or Never. When they are not playing gigs they are sharing time at and singing songs at open mics along the Crystal Coast. 

Hosting Open Mics and Having Fun

Besides hearing most of these players offering their grooves together and alone, I also had the pleasure of hearing a few new acts too.

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When I walked in it was Bryan who was on stage offering songs for the crowd. He hails from the Raleigh area and visits the coast often. 

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Next up was the amazing Deanna on piano offering familiar songs from popular ’80s acts. She had everyone moving to the grooves and singing along! 

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The last band I was on hand to catch really got me going! This act is known as Smoke N Oakem, featuring a wife on vocals and husband on guitar, the group keeps growing to now include friends on horn and strings. They are new to the scene and I already have people interested in bringing them closer to our area. 

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I learned a couple of things while hanging with my sweet friend Tiffany Elaine. She told me how she has been able to improve her work thanks to the work I am doing. That was a powerful conversation. I never really considered the fact that my work in and of itself can coach players to tune up their own performances. That is the reward of this work I never quite considered. 

I also noted that we are all our own worst critics. I mean case in point, this bright star hosting this event. She thinks she is not doing well these days with managing life, but judging by the clipboard she is aspiring to do great things for all those she touches.

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For fans and friends of Now or Never, you can find them grooving tonight live at The Carolina Wine Mixer. Music starts at 7 pm.

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Fridays are Full of Fun From James City to Around Town 

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Sometimes you can do something for years and years on the same circuit before you finally meet other people. That is a true story for me and this next player. I have been promoting Tony Lefavi dates for nearly as long as I have been writing this blog, and last night we finally met for a brief music encounter. Offering a bit of country flavor to the night, this stringer is fun and fabulous. 

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I was glad to catch him giving up the grooves to the folks that gathered at BrUtopia. To keep up with the singer and stringer check him out on Facebook at Tony Lefavi Music.

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Rocking Around Town

Marron Chaplin Rocks 

The incredibly beautiful and talented rocker chick Marron Chaplin, was giving up her best rock songs at the Dirty Bird last night. Making herself at home on the carpet of The Brown Pelican, she offered three packed sets of rocking tunes for fans and friends that gathered. She has an amazing voice and she can play one hell of a guitar too. Working on new roads out of here, the singer spends much time plotting her trail to Nashville, where management is working on good things for the glam rocker.

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If you missed her last night don’t fret, she will be hitting the frets on Evelyn tonight at BrUtopia, with sounds being shared from 7-10 pm.

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The Wannabees Bring the Classic Rock Party

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The Wannabees is one of the classic rock staples here in New Bern. They always have a great time entertaining fans with the familiar music we all love. Offering the classic rock of the 60s and 70s they groove the crowds of all ages at each stop along the way.

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The band features Larry Swinson on guitar and vocals, Tod Stilley on guitar and backing vocals, Michael Bass on the bass and behind the kit the busy Jason Patterson.

Tonight the band will be sharing grooves in Greenville, NC when they bring the party to AJ McMurphy’s. Music rocks at 8:30 pm. Then next week, the boys return to Vegas to play at The State Theater.

 

The boys will be opening for a fun night of rock, that will close out with Pegasus Plus. For more on that event follow the link: Pegasus Plus & the Wannabees- State Theater Greenville NC 4/6/19

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Head Bangers Unite on the Bridge to Breakdown

 

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Hailing from Jacksonville NC, the young and talented Bridge to Breakdown made their way to town last night. This talented band features the young and fresh talents and energies of Talyn Detmers front and center on guitar and vocals, Malcolm Matthews also offering some serious licks on guitar and killer vocals also. Taylor Cefalo tries to sit behind the kit but often stands to plays the drums and Ethan Goecke gives them the bottom they need on bass.

 

 

They have a show coming up next week in Fayetteville. For anyone looking for a rocking good time, this is a hard band to beat! For more info on that show, I have attached a link,

Eve to Adam + Artifas at The Drunk Horse | Fayetteville, NC

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Saturday Night Specials

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

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

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Getting Down Around Town

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

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Broad Street Christian Church

Broad Street Christian Church hosts a once monthly open mic. Tonight the talented players will gather. Sign up starts at 6 pm. Music plays from 6:30 pm until 9 pm. All levels and players are welcome to participate.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the live music of The Dust Parade, who will be rocking the grooves at the Dirty Bird from 8-11 pm. Free music is never free, so be sure to tip the players that move you!

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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

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City Stage New Bern

It’s going to be a Parrot Party tonight sweet people! The City Stage New Bern. is calling all Jimmy Buffet fans to come out and enjoy the Island Time Band. This awesome act travels around our state bring joy and music. Tonight it is our turn. Music plays at 8 pm and the cost is $10.00 per person at the door.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

 

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Emerald Isle, NC

E-Club Emerald Isle

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E-Club Emerald Isle will bring my buddies from The BiPolar Express to the beach to rock you tonight. For anyone looking to throw back to the ’80s hairbands and ’90s grunge rock, be sure to make this your final stop of the night if you are along the coast. It will be a rocking fun time for sure.  Free music starts at 10 pm.

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Morehead City

Promise’ Land Market

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Driftwood is an acoustic duo that will be offering the grooves and rocking the stage at Promise’ Land Market, with music being shared from 8:30-11:30 pm.

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Off The Hook

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

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

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Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop  

Beaufort Blues Project, Sat Mar 30th, 8:30-11:30, $3 Cover charge

BBP back at Cru Wine Bar, come on out for some great live music and dancing fun!

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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

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Wilmington, NC

Palate

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Palate says:

Pete Pawsey offers a bit of the blues infused rock grooves with folk and hints of soul offered as well. Come enjoy a groovy night of great music with this talented artist. Music starts at 8 pm.

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Rocking Around the Region

Greensboro, NC

Craft City Sip-In

 

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

The Jahnks offer the music tonight with tunes beings shared until 10:30 pm. Tonight’s show starts at 7:30 pm.

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Seven Springs, NC

Roadies Road House

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If you have not been round Seven Springs this year, then tonight is a good night to get out of town and check out some Country living, complete with some fine country music. Blake Kearney will be giving the grooves to the boot scooters who gather tonight. Break out the cooler and call your friends, Roadies Roadhouse is a great place to see a live show, with a great sound system and an awesome lights display. Come out tonight. $20 to get in, and you bring your own beverages.  Not a bad deal for a band out of Nashville!

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Crossroads Grill & Bar

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Wood & Steel Band will be live offering the music from 9 pm, until they turn out the lights at 2 am tomorrow morning! Come out grab a bite, have a beer, shoot some pool and groove to the beats to make it a night to remember. 

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Goldsboro, NC

Heroes Sports, Oyster Bar and Grill

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Jan Michael Fields Band will be bringing the party to Heroes Sports, Oyster Bar and Grill. Serving the tunes from 10 pm until 1:30 am, it is advised that you show up early for the tasty treats on the menu and stay late to dance the night away!

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Greenville, NC

Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery.

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XTALS // Tsu Nami // Tymellord // Trikeri

👋👋MARCH 30th 2019👋👋
🕰 9:00pm – 1:30am 🕰
🎟 $6.00 Pre Sales (Limited Amount)
🎫 $10.00 Day Of

🔊🔊🔊 BASS MUSIC 🔊🔊🔊

The Liquid Vision Light Show
LVLS is an innovative provider of lighting and visuals based in Eastern NC. LVLS delivers an immersive experience for event goers through a tactical combination of visual tactics and technologies.

💎 XTALS 💎
Yo! I’m XTALS, I reside on the East Coast and produce experimental bass music. I love taking sounds and shaping them into something totally new and making melodic textures that totally immerse the listener. If you like what you hear I’d love to hear from you!
🔊https://soundcloud.com/xtalsmusic

🔮 Tymellord 🔮
Emerging from a deeply rooted zeal to transform the dance floor, Tymellord taps into senses we didn’t even know we had. With an inherent knack to mix music that is just as vibrationally potent as it is alluring and inviting, the N.C. raised Dj/producer evokes enthralling sensation through each set, entrancing all that cross his path.
🔊https://soundcloud.com/its_djtyme/tymetraveling

🌊 TSU NAMI 🌊
Tsu Nami is an up and coming DJ/Producer that is making serious waves in the local scene. She will submerge you with a fluid mixture of experimental bass and sounds from the future, while delivering a high energy performance. Tsu Nami is sure to please any crowd with her unique track selection and intoxicating stage presence. she’ll be crashing into your shores soon.
🔊https://soundcloud.com/tsu_nami

🤷‍♂️ Trikeri 🤷‍♂️
Adrift in the Nuldrums.
🔊https://soundcloud.com/trikeri

🎫 TICKET LINK 🎫
https://seventhcirclepresents.ticketleap.com/xtals-w-tsu-nami-tymellord/dates/Mar-30-2019_at_0900PM

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AJ McMurphy’s

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

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Farmville, NC

Pour Haus Pub

Pour Haus Pub welcomes Adam Hill solo and singing. This original artist from Pink Hill will offer a mix of rocking tunes you know and love! But he also gives you a glimpse of classic rock hits of the future, when he sings his own songs! Making their debut appearance in the area tonight, they offer live music from 10 pm until closing!

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Answering the Call

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

 

March 25 at 4:54 PM

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

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

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and don’t forget the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Keeping up with the Blogger

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

Feel free to invite me to your events.

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

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

Tracey Stones Productions

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

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

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

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

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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BE SEEN HERE!

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each blog week. The readers are the ones I count on to support this movement the most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

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

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

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

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

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

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

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

Support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~




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Shake Your Money Maker and Dance

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

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

Saturday Night Was Made For Music

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

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

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

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

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Greenville, NC for A Second Helping

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

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

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