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Copyright and Creative Works Protection


This might be the most important segments for up and coming artists. If you are a songwriter and have a catalog of songs that you wrote but have never taken the time to copyright your material, you are risking your creative signature, leaving it prone to forgery.

Copyright registration for your creative works is a very important step in making sure people know that you wrote the songs you are singing and sharing.  And the process is rather simple and easy today, with the help of smartphones. Please be sure to take the time to do it right. 

I mention this because ever since arriving here in NC I hear a lot of talk about “The Poor Man’s Copyright.” This is where you record your song and mail a copy of it to yourself. It has been assumed that the federal postmark serves as the date of publication.

You can do this help build your catalog and log dates of your work, but this does not secure the work as your own according to our U.S Constitution. So for those that think they’re securing rights, you are not, you are just wasting postage and setting yourself up for expensive legal fees needed for hiring a lawyer, should someone rip off and publish your song as their own.

Real and True Copyrights

Today artists can copyright up to 10 songs on one form. The registration fee is $35 per application form and the process is simple enough. It starts with visiting

The only acceptable way to secure your rights is by registering your works in our nation’s capital. Years ago artists had to copyright each song individually, but now you can register several works under one form as long as the songs were written by the same songwriter or team of songwriters. 

Once you have ten songs, please take the time to secure and validate your works. Take your phone, and record a draft run of the tunes. Fill out the Copyright form and send the file and the form in with your check made payable to the Library of Congress.

This is the only way to secure the rights to the music you spend time writing and creating. So if you have a lot of songs that you have mailed to yourself, take the next step and file it with the Library of Congress. CLASS DISMISSED!


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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Our Local Clubs and Pubs


Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood (New Bern, NC)


They are serving sounds tonight Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood (New Bern, NC)  will be Country Express Band, offering all of the Ole the country sounds from 6-8 pm as you enjoy the tastes of the olde tyme barbeque you love!


The Brown Pelican



The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of music with The Dust Parade, offering the music from 8-11 pm. Free music is never free, please tip the music makers that you meet.

Please also note that The Brown Pelican will be helping to raise money for the Gaskins Family. Community member and contractor Richard Allen Gaskins suddenly passed and the family needs help with his final expenses. PBR’s will be $1.00 tonight in his honor and they will be passing donation buckets for us to help fill up. Please give what you can to help this family.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Spare Change, they will bring the music to life tonight 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.



On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage


The Garage welcomes the music of Third Act/Daryl Lucas. 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!



BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the grooves of The Joe Baes Project live. The band 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


Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company


Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Jared Cline, from Wilmington will come for a visit and will be grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the folk, rock, blues and country grooves of this popular local duo.



Bake, Bottle & Brew

Bobby Webb & Company offer the live music sounds tonight at Bake, Bottle & Brew this eveningMusic is offered from 6-9 pm and this outfit offers plenty of familiar pop and classic country grooves.


Emerald Isle, NC

The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits


 Retromic featuring Mykel Barbee will be heading to the coast to offer songs to the fans and friends that gather for good eats and great beer tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music starts at 6 pm and they rock you until 9 pm.


E-Club Emerald Isle



E-Club Emerald Isle is ready to welcome the Summer season and have a weekend of entertainment lined up for all. Here is what was posted yesterday: 

Sat- John Franklin solo 8pm. Carolina Sky 10pm

Sun- We have some cool fundraisers and cornhole tournaments starting at 11am. Barefoot Wade 4pm.



Atlantic Beach, NC

Crystal Coast Brewing Company


We are super excited to announce our Music On Tap Summer Concert Series! 🎶 We will be welcoming some of the best musical talents from the area, as well as from across the country. All shows are free! Stop by, grab a pint, and celebrate the summer with us!

Here is the season’s remaining schedule:

June 8th – 8-11pm: John Michael Sullivan LIVE at Crystal Coast Brewing
June 22nd – 2-5pm: Ryan Rubich at Crystal Coast Brewing
July 5th – 7-10pm: Live Music – Brooke McBride at Crystal Coast Brewing
August 3rd – 2-5pm: Steel Shot at Crystal Coast Brewing
August 17th – 7-10-pm: Scott Shelby at Crystal Coast Brewing
August 30th – 7-10pm: Ryan Cain at Crystal Coast Brewing


Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering


Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes Red and The Rockers for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music.


Southern Salt Seafood Company


Mystic Vibrations is on the music menu at Southern Salt Seafood Company on the waterfront in Morehead City tonight. Come early to enjoy the fresh catch and stay late to dance the night away. Music starts at 9 pm on the deck and rocks until 12 am!


Jack’s Waterfront Bar


There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Checking things out for the Holiday weekend we find: 

Saturday June 8th open at 12noon with live music by the Bump Syndicate band.

Sunday June 9th open at 12noon with live music by Backyard Groove starting at 4pm.

Jack’s will stay open Monday through Sunday at noon, with live music scheduled Tuesday through Saturday

Tuesday ~ Drew Horton

Wednesday ~ The Embers

Thursday ~ Rude Boy Riddim

Friday ~ Chocolate Chip and Company

Saturday ~ Jukebox Revolver

See you at Jack’s!



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Off The Hook welcomes the fun grooves of Monjah tonight on the deck. Music starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!


Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents


Core Sound Band Sat June 1st, 8:30-11:30 pm, No Cover

Come see the return of Core Sound in downtown Beaufort playing the best of modern country and classic rock!!!





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


Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe


Tonight the Michael Eakins will offer the dinner grooves and will be serving the sounds at Fishy Fishy Cafe tonight. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the food is always delicious. 

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Rocking Around the Region

Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill


Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to THEM!, offering their rocking best tonight. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 2 am.


Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

Tonight in they welcome Chris Leary to the stage to entertain the crowd. Tickets are $10. Showtime is 8-11 pm and here is what they say about tonight’s event:


Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar


Duane Haddock will be sharing songs tonight with friends and fans that gather at Crossroads Grill & Bar tonight. Music starts at 10 pm. Grab a burger, enjoy a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.


Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight.  Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill always a great time with music and good food on the menu! Music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. 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. Tonight it is Rowlette GreenAll are welcome to join in the fun. Good times start at 6:30 pm. Music rocks till 10 pm.


The Wine Crate


Music is on tap at The Wine Crate tonight with Garry Brady, sharing the songs you know and enjoy. Come early to enjoy the taste from the bistro and stay late for the good music. Songs are shared from 7-10 pm this evening!


Market Street Pub


Market Street Pub welcomes The Wannabees to the stage to rock you this evening. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a small cover charge at the door to support the music. 

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Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern


Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern welcomes Big Jim Kohler Blues Band to the bar for their debut performance. If you love the blues you won’t want to miss this master of Chicago style blues. Music starts at 9 pm and they rock you until midnight!


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.

June 3 at 5:50 PM

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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.

If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends 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!



Have a great weekend and enjoy the dance!

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Hurricane Relief is Still a Thing ’round Here

On the Scene With Tracey Stones


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

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

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Bands Band Together for Hurricane Relief

Brant Island Strings

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

Brant Island Strings on Facebook

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Beaufort Blues Project

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

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

The Beaufort Blues Project on Facebook

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The Spread

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

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

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

The Spread

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The Dust Parade

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

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

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

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

 The Dust Parade

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Friday, November 23, 2018

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First Stop James City!


Triple Play Sports Bar & Restaurant


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


Thirsty Bruin


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


The Brown Pelican


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

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

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


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


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


City Stage


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


Cruising The Coast

Morehead City, NC

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

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

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

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

See you at Jack’s!



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


Swansboro, NC


The Swansboro Christmas Flotilla is fun for the whole family!

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

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


Emerald Isle, NC


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



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


Cedar Point, NC

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



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

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Wilmington, NC

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



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




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

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Rocking Around The Region


Greensboro, NC


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


Statesville, NC


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


Durham, NC


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

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

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

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Answering the Call

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

November 19 at 5:59 PM

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on

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

Live Music Events Around NC on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

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

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

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

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Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook:

Feel free to invite me to your events.

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

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

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

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

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

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!


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