Bouncing to the Beats Around Craven County


On The Scene With Tracey Stones

Tracey Stones with The Big Jim Kohler Band

Bad Decisions Band at Blackbeard’s

Saturday night marked the return of the Bad Decisions Band at Blackbeard’s. This band is just plain fun. They bring all of the party tunes you love and they feature two lead vocalist.

Featuring the combined energies of Shane Norris, Valerie Boyette, Matt Starling, Rebekah Martin, Ben Hayes and Zach Pleasant, the band brought all the fun music to make the party fun.

The band travels from Johnston County to join us here in New Bern. They have a fun, full sound that makes you want to dance. Playing familiar songs that many love, they enjoy mingling and mixing it up with their audience.

They will be rocking this weekend at The Junction in Benson, NC. They rock it there tomorrow evening at 9:30 pm until 1:30 am. To find out more on where you can go make a night with Bad Decisions like the band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BadDecisionsBandNC/

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Pete Pawsey Trio at Pelican

It is never a dull moment when Pete Pawsey pairs up with music brother from another mother, Patrick Edwards. And on Saturday night they added to the mix with the bass playing, keyboard assist courtesy of Charles Cleaver.

Offering rock infused riffs with layers of avaunt guard blues, this is a trio of music makers playing by their own rules while making beautiful fun sounds. Pawsey rocks the region from the mountains to the coast. He rocks it solo, in duo, trio formation and I am sure a full band too if the pay was right.

Currently pushing a fun clown project, be sure to check out Pawsey on Band Camp with his Radar’s Clowns of Sedation. This also gives you a glimpse of Pawsey with a full band backing him. Lots of fun tracks on this one. My favorite might be “Mama Bear!”

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Adam Hill Band Welcomes New Bass Player Phillip Alcock to the Stage

The Adam Hill Band greeted the new month with a new announcement. On Saturday night, Hill officially welcomed Phillip Alcock to the stage to fill the bass player role. We met Alcock here when he was jamming with The Roman Sams.

Alcock made his debut on Saturday night at Jean’s in Havelock, NC. I noted he will make a nice addition to this rotation. The rhythm man is not shy when it comes to laying down the groove, which is a necessary part of keeping Hill soaring when he throws it into guitar overdrive.

The band is excited about the road ahead and look forward to making music in more towns around the state. They are booking their 2019 calendar now. You can reach out to me or Adam to get on the calendar.

https://www.adamhillmusic.net/bookings

Friends and fans of The Adam Hill Band can find the trio rocking it in Wilmington tonight. They will be offering the good grooves at Bourbon St on S. Front St. Music starts at 9 pm.

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Behind the Scene With Tracey Stones

Birthday Wishes

On Sunday, February 17, 2019; I will celebrate my 50th birthday. With a milestone birthday creeping up, I decided to team up with Supporting Peace in the hopes of helping 50 strangers from our area.

1917 Trent Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 631-5337
https://www.facebook.com/peacecounselingcenter/

I met the founder and owner of The Peace Counseling Center, Jasyn Griffith in September and she has quite a story herself. She already had plans of moving in and opening The Peace Counseling Center. Located at 1917 Trent Blvd., she has a lot space in her practice, which is now open for business.

September in the Park, Not Last Year!

Did I mention that I met her in September? Yes, that happened when I had arrived home following evacuation orders drafted by Florence. She hit Sept 13-14-15 and I left on September 11, 2018, and returned to town on the 22nd of September when electric was restored. Watching Facebook often, I first saw her doing a video with Braedon Welsh.

Once my boots were on the ground running around on September 23, 2018, I would find my way through my days by helping people everywhere in the town. It started with simply delivering meals. Then I saw Braedon and Jasyn and learned that the soon to be Peace Counseling was using the space to serve the community. They collected cleaning supplies, personal hygiene supplies, clothing, food and more. After the first day going back and forth to Peace from the communities in need…I learned New Song Church had emergency relief buckets and for over a week I loaded up my truck with two loads daily of 42 buckets each trip. One load went to Peace Counseling and the other load I distributed personally to people throughout New Bern.

Dream Big

Fast forward: In mid-November, I had a thought about hosting a fundraiser to celebrate my 50th, that would stretch out all weekend long with everything from a house concert to a final event on my birthday at the Famer’s Market. The cause: Hurrican relief for Fairfield Harbour! Because people here are stll in need. As it would turn out, the idea bloomed a little late, then I got sick and now I have a new and exciting life to get accustomed to, as I join forces with Wendy Cardy, NC Life Media, Ledger Magazine, New Bern and Beyond a bi-monthly Podcast and the online community news source www.NewBernNow.com.

https://www.NewBernNow.com/

Not one to give up on the hope on helping others, while I was at home sick and sulking, I caught a lot of New Bern Live, and one-day Jasyn Griffith was on and it was Christmas, she had 25 families with wish lists for Christmas. I was so moved by the idea, because since the storm I have seen what Peace Counseling Center has done for the community. It’s been a highlight even when there was no electric for many storm victims.

In the path of my new job, I stopped in to sell some advertising to my friend Jasyn. While there, a couple of ladies were at the center and while I was at the window. They were there to inquired about their Christmas wish lists. That is when I would learn 19 of those wish lists from Christmas went unfulfilled. The lady who was inquiring about hers was one that did not get filled. This made me forget why I even walked in the door. My heart broke, right there in the receptionists’ booth in front of everyone. I cried as I pulled away from my sales call. It was January 8, 2019.

We Only Get One Shot At Writing What Happens Between the Dashes

http://www.PayPal.me/supportingpeace/

After my tears dried I realized it might be too late to do a big fundraiser! Why not rally 50 wish lists for my 50th birthday? Jasyn looked at me and said, “We can make dancing bears…50 dancing bears, for my dancing friend.” So now we are collecting money to for this cause of making dreams come true for 50 strangers!

You are welcome to stop down and meet Jasyn and see the operation and how money is spent. They are located at 1917 Trent Blvd., New Bern, NC. Or you can simply make a donation by visiting
http://www.PayPal.me/supportingpeace/

And here is the truth. This non-profit is new with state registration complete and federal filing awaiting its process. Having watched the operation from the beginning, I believe in everything Supporting Peace is doing for our community, which is why we teamed up for this effort.

People all around us are still trying to find the basics to get by. Blankets, heaters, mattresses, furniture, and other needs we take for granted every day, especially for the last four-plus months. I would love to hear how these people got new gifts from awesome people like you, who can make a difference. I wish I could do it myself, but I already volunteer as much as I can.

Every dollar counts and if everyone donated just $10 that follows or friends me, we would exceed my goal of helping 50 families…dream big and keep hope in your heart.

Come celebrate the blues and my 50th on STORMY MONDAY BLUES, at the Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St. TIP THE BAND! Come dance! Let’s celebrate music and my love for it! We are gonna make 50 fun! Starting on, Monday, February 18th, 2019 7-10 pm! Much love and many thanks!

#Only50OnceMakeItCountFor50People

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Blogging For Business

In March I will be hosting a series on blogging for small business. This class will be held at The Small Business Center for Pamlico Community College, located at 701 Main St. Bayboro, NC. The classes will be held every Monday in March from 6-8 pm. We will explore why blogging is beneficial to a small business. Which blog sites are the most useful and popular. We will research ways to make your blog lucrative and how to make it work for you. To register for this series follow the link provided:

Blogging for Small Business

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Monday Music Makes My Week

U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band offered a grand show on Monday, February 4, 2019, at the History Center on Front St., New Bern, NC.

The free performance started with a trio of rhythmic makers opening the show, to welcome the rest of the band and all their brass! It was nice to see the theater filled, with so many wonderful faces of all ages for this magnificent show.

After all the airmen and officers were in their place, Vocal Staff Sergeant Melissa Lackore stayed front and center to offer the National Anthem

The performance offered a great many of original compositions including the one I captured, with my phone. This is “Not Bored Yet” composed by Adam Braatz, arranged by Technical Sergeant David Fatek.

Before leaving the show I spoke with Caleb Sanders and gave him my card. In between travel and setting up the final show of the tour in Jacksonville, the sound engineer offered me an interview via email.

I understand this is the end of the tour, it was a make up date…how long was the tour?

This particular tour was 10 days long including one travelday. Unfortunately, because of the hurricane damage in the Fall of 2018, wewere unable to perform at some of the venues we were scheduled for on thattour. Fortunately, we were able to come back out this February and make up someof those locations.

When and where did it start?

We started out with a few days near Raleigh, then spent a fewmore days out near Charlotte, and wrapped up the tour here on the easternside of the state near New Bern.

How many places did it bring you?

 We performed in 9 different towns on this tour, with Venues ranging from intimate theaters like the theater in New Bern through tolarge concert auditoriums seating nearly 3000 people.

What are some of the highlights of this last tour?

There was something unique that we learned about every venue we played at. Some of my tour highlights were getting to interact with high school and college music students, at afternoon masterclasses prior to several of the evening shows. Those are always a great opportunity to share our experiences with young musicians, who are just embarking on their careers, and provide insight into practice techniques, technical tips, or just answer their questions about what it’s like to be a musician in the United States Air Force.

Can you send a list of the players and instruments as well or send me to asite where that info might be.

https://www.music.af.mil/Bands/US-Air-Force-Heritage-of-America-Band/– this is our official military webpage.

Our specific players change from tour to tour depending on availability, so the manning listed on our site tends to be slightly out of date. Our current player list in rank/alphabetical order is as follows:

Bass Trombone – Master Sergeant Jason Foster
Baritone Saxophone – Technical Sergeant David Fatek
Drums – Technical Sergeant Michael Henrie
Bass – Technical Sergeant Jordan Kimble
Second Trumpet – Technical Sergeant Mark Nixon
Audio Engineer and Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge – Technical Sergeant Caleb Sanders
Vocals – Staff Sergeant Melissa Lackore
Lead Trombone and Musical Director – Senior Airman John Lloyd
Lead Trumpet – Senior Airman Mark Oates
Tenor Saxophone – Airman 1st Class Michael Ferrante
Alto Saxophone – Airman 1st Class Richard Garcia
Keyboards – Airman 1st Class Ryan Moses

Most of the music was original compositions, did you cover any songs in theprogram, if so, titles and artist and why those selections?

Our Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge typically provides the music director with a vision for the show, then leaves a lot of license for final tune selection in the music director’s hands. For this particular tour, we were very much focused on the new material for our upcoming recording project.

In addition, we always include a few pieces that evoke our heritage from the Glenn Miller era bands, as well as a few patriotic selections. Two notable pieces on this show were “Mean to Me” which was originally composed in 1929 by Fred E. Ahlert in the style of the Count Basie band, which featured our pianist in addition to tenor sax and lead trombone.

We also featured our vocalist on a fresh arrangement of “After You’ve Gone”, originally composed by Turner Layton in 1918. Our arrangement was done by our youngest new member, Airman 1st Class Sarah Moyers (currently assigned to a different performing group). There are notable popular recordings of this song by Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald and others, and it stylistically fit well with the intended mood for the concert.

How do people bring you to their city for a performance?
http://www.outreachrequests.hq.af.mil/

This is our public site for requesting one of our bands to perform at an event. There is a link in the top left corner to start a “New Request”, which contains general eligibility requirements along with information on how to actually request the band for an event. 

Share any website and social media links too please
https://www.facebook.com/heritageofamericaband/

…is our official Facebook page, our publicity team does a good job of keeping recent event info from all of our various ensembles posted here, as well as trying to keep an up to date list of upcoming performances. Our band homepage listed above also includes a Facebook and Twitter stream on the homepage, which are our most active social media networks.

Many thanks for your time and service!

And much thanks for your time and attention to my q&a, Technical Sergeant Caleb Sanders. I could not have done this article without you! At ease!

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Jazz to Blues Monday Moved Me

After getting all jazzed up, I headed around the way for a stop at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern. We are hosting Monday Blues there each week with Big Jim Kohler.

The weekly blues jam kicked off on the first Monday of the month and has been building much attention. It’s been a gathering music makers and music fans alike, Monday are a fun time each week in New Bern

Extending the hours this week was the fun and fabulous Joe Brown, who closed out the night with the house blues band. Sharing sweet sounds makes the world go round!

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Friday, February 8, 2019

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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Taberna Gets a Dose of Rock n Blues

Third Degree Bern will be rocking Taberna Country Club for the residents over there looking for the good time grooves. Music is offered from 7-10 pm and all residents and their friends are welcome to attend.

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the fun grooves of Gene Gregory, he will be jamming from 7-10 pm. The Wilmington player will share songs you know and ones he wrote. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Getting Down Around Town

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

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ARTwalk/ArtCRAWL

Sometimes Mrs. Big Jim has to go off and tend to her acting career and these days she is prepping for her part in Hairspray coming our way next month. So we never know when we will see her. But rumor has it, she is going to try to sing with hubby Big Jim at ArtWalk, they will be in front of The Black Cat Shoppe at 246 Middle St from 5-8 pm.

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Dan Jam Phillips brings the music to Community Arts Gallery & Studios at 309 Middle St. He offers the jams with friends from 5-8 pm. Friends are welcome to come out and join the fun!

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Ryan Cain this evening. This soulful singer offers country music that grabs you. 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, who will be rocking on the deck tonight. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC

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Promise’ Land Market welcomes the music of Bryan McCoury this evening from 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Come enjoy the free sing-a-long as you sip on wine, enjoy a cold beer or eat some of their delicious food.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop welcomes Big and Richard to the stage tonight. Music at 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Live music offered by Scott Arnold and Richard Baas. Offering a great mix of many genres and original tunes too. This show is free, but tips are encouraged.

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Cedar Point, NC

Jacksonville, NC based stringer, Ryan Rubich will be sharing songs with friends tonight at Treehouse Beer Company. Music is offered 7-10 pm. The beer is cold, the tunes are cool and the vibe is fun. Come out and see for yourself.

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Riptidez Bar & Grill

Justin Castellano will be shredding strings on the stage at Riptidez Bar & Grill this evening. Music is shared from 9 pm until midnight.

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Newport, NC

Carolina Home & Garden welcomes Hank Barbee and the Dusty Trio, they will be sharing grooves this evening in the garden from 6:30-9:30. Enjoy food truck delights, beer or wine for tasting and great tunes to welcome the weekend.

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Rocking Around the Region

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Winston Salem, NC

It’s an all ages show tonight at Muddy Creek Cafe & Music Hall Bethania

$10 advance/$15 door. Music 8-11 pm

Based out of Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the Trailblazers have taken a step back to the roots of bluegrass, Americana, folk, and jazz music. The band has a solid foundation in the basis of the music they love, but they’re constantly looking for new ways to make their mark in progressive acoustic music. – 2018 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year – 2018 International SPBGMA Band Contest Winners – 2017 Merlefest Band Contest winners. https://www.thetrailblazersmusic.com

Billboard-charting artists Cane Mill Road grew up just down the road from Doc Watson in Deep Gap, North Carolina. Honoring the past, the band strikes a balance between preserving the bluegrass mountain sound they were raised on and boldly rocking progressive interpretations of that same sound tackling. Not only complex original music, but classic covers of the Beatles, Dylan, and more. https://www.canemillroad.com/home

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

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

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Greenville, NC

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

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Washington, NC

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. Antonio Lefavi will serve up the sounds tonight from 7-10 pm at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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Garner, NC

Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music 

It’s a fun night of pickin’ and grinnin’ with a great Bluegrass Band. Come out tonight and spend your evening at Lorraine’s and enjoy the music of Garrett Newton. Get your tickets now. Check out the website at LorrainesCoffeeHouse.com

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Answering the Call

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

February 5 at 6:39 AM

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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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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Milestones Marked by Area Music Makers

A few music makers from around our region enjoy the celebration of milestones on the music scene! Let’s celebrate these moments! Starting the celebration at home with our own, Bryan Mayer Band!

On The Scene with Tracey Stones

Though it is rare, occasionally I miss the bus. Last weekend was one of those occasions, as we know my car keeps me hovering close to home nowadays with her high mileage (399,458) and faulty replacement parts (namely the radiator and water pump.)

If I made the scene as I try to do each weekend, I would have headed down to watch the Second Annual Carolina Country Music Awards, at The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, on Saturday night. Had I done that, I would have a lot of great new pics to share of New Bern’s 2019 Bass Player of the Year, Mike Sandvig. 

I was on hand last year for the First Annual Carolina Country Music Awards, where Sandvig was nominated for the Bass Player of the Year. This year, he walked away with the Sweet Tea Award.

I have been friends with the bass man for more than five years. I met him not long after he came out of his retirement from music. He was the General for Big Jim Kohler and I for one, am glad he emerged back on the scene. We all benefit when people follow their dreams. Congratulations Mike!

The Bryan Mayer Band was up for several awards this year, eight in all. They walked away with a trophy for Tour Of The Year for their Little Bit Naughty Tour. Here’s to a more exciting year ahead for the country award winners!

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Pause For The Cause And Clean Water too!

Here around town last Saturday evening, Garret Biss invited friends, fans and family to take a pause for the cause and help him celebrate his 38th birthday, with a celebration that helped to raise awareness and money for a foundation he created in 2014.

One Million Goal was founded after Biss returned to civilian life following his time with the Marines. It was during his service that he traveled to so many regions, where he saw a need for a greater awareness about clean drinking water.

Since starting the nonprofit, Biss and his team have raised more than $50,000, completed 20 missions and taken several trips to Nicaragua to install filtration systems. These systems have been strategically installed at schools and other areas where they can help many in the community, including high traffic areas with young children. To date, they have installed seven systems.

To make the night fun for all, Biss invited area music makers to play for the crowd. Opening the night at 5 pm was jazz crooner John Van Dyke, next came three-quarters of the Neuse River Ramblers, who offered a bluegrass set. Gabby Christie was the third entertainer with her Batts project, closing out the night was Greenville’s talented Mandy Mears.

For anyone who missed the birthday bash and fundraiser on Saturday, but believes in this mission you can still take part in helping the cause. This year alone Biss will be taking three trips to three countries to install new filtration systems, to supply clean water to communities in Nicaragua, Malawi, and Guatemala. To help in the mission make a donation to…

https://www.paypal.me/onemilliongoal

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At The Gallery Presents…

Craven Arts Counsel /Bank of the Arts offered another show in their At The Gallery Series. The first in the 2019 Season featured the music of Randy Newman, known best for his movie scores. The Heather Pierson Trio offered the performance.

The trio offers Pierson on piano and lead vocals, Davy Sturtevant, cornet, dobro, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and vocal, and Shawn Nadeau on the upright bass and backing vocals.

Since their performance here last week they have headed south. Tonight they will perform in Alabama and tomorrow they will appear in Jacksonville, Florida.

Pierson, found her love for music in the simple life beginnings she knew as a kid in Kansas! That has opened her up to roaming the world and sharing songs. Keep up with her music career and band endeavors by visiting their website at:

http://www.heatherpierson.com/index/

For fans of the At the Gallery Concert Series, you can look forward to Minus 2 coming in February for the Holland-Dozier-Holland show. In March Strung together will offer the Carter and Cash show. Looking ahead to the Spring they will offer Willie Nelson by way of Blue Cactus. These events are possible thanks to Friends of At The Gallery, Cravin’ Wines and North Carolina Arts Council.

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BiPolar Express Rolls into Blackbeard’s

The Bipolar Express used the bridge to pull into town on Saturday night, with their crazy good rock show. The trio of classic rockers that highlight the 80’s hair band era of rock music, brought their show to the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant.

The trio has been booking dates for the 2019 calendar year. To get them on your agenda visit them on Facebook and like their band page:

https://www.facebook.com/thebipolarxpress/

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Big Jim Kohler Heads to the Coast

The Big Jim Kohler Band brought their blues to the Crystal Coast on Saturday nights for a performance at Cru Bar and Wine Store in Beaufort, NC. The five piece band from the New Bern scene played to a full house of blues lovers.

When I read the promo for the band event made public by the venue, they deemed Kohler’s wife, Kathy as “The Secret Weapon!” When I read that I thought, “Well isn’t that the truth.” Whenever Kohler is ready to take the room to a new level, he launches into a song that will feature his bride!

For those looking for the band in the days ahead, look for them at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC, on Monday when they jam from 7-9 pm. All are welcome to join the jam, sign up at the door. On Wednesday they will do it again at The City Stage, 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC, also from 7-9 pm. Big Jim will perform in front of the Black Cat Shoppe on Middle St. during ArtWALK next Friday 5-8 pm.

http://www.bigjimkohlerblues.band/

True Blue Rocked The Royal James

True Blue is a duo from The Crystal Coast, that shares their blues and rock riffs with fans far and wide. Chris Lee Sr offers harmonica and vocals and Mark Hibbs manages the strings and sings too. On Saturday night I caught the duo rocking fans at Royal James Cafe in Beaufort.

You can find them together again rocking at The Boro Restaurant and Bar, 109 N Front St. in Swansboro, NC. Music plays from 8-11 pm. Tonight you can catch Mark Hibbs rocking Cru Bar and Wine Store. He shares songs from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. A little more on that below.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the rocking sounds of the local classic rock stringer Bruce Lynch.He will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine

The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine welcomes the weekend with free music being poured from the stage, courtesy of popular singer and stringer Rick Huff. Free music plays from  8-10:30 pm.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Brian Mac tonight. The solo acoustic stringer will share songs from 7-10 pm. This show is free. 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 Spare Change tonight who will be rocking on the deck. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage New Bern

City Stage New Bern welcomes Dueling Pianos tonight with music starting at 8 pm. There is a $5.00 music charge at the door.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Cedar Point, NC

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Appearing at Treehouse Beer Company be sure to catch Big & Rich offering live music from 7-10 pm tonight. Come out and welcome in the weekend by enjoying a cold beer and country grooves.

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Riptidez Bar & Grill welcomes live music to the stage tonight!. Music is offered from 9 pm until the midnight hour. Come enjoy the end of the week with great music on Hill St. by the man from Pink Hill, formerly of Potter’s Hill, the talented Adam Hill.

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Newport, NC

Tonight in the garden at Carolina Home & Garden, you can enjoy the romantic sounds of 4EverAll. They will be offering the music from 6:30-9:30 pm. Food, beer and wine is on site for consumption, with live animals and so much more. $5.00 music charge is collected at the door.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents Mark Hibbs, Fri. Feb 1, 8-11 pm, No Cover. Join us for live music performed by this talented player, offering American roots music: folk, blues, and some rock and roll.

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Now or Never will be performing live tonight at The Royal James Cafe, 117 Turner St, Beaufort, NC. Music is served from 9 pm until midnight. Burgers are served all day, make sure you get one when you are there tonight!

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Rocking Around the Region

Raleigh, NC

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Gen-X has a show this evening at The Big Easy NC, they play the grunge and 90’s rock that grooves you. Check them out tonight offering the sounds from 10 pm until 2 am.

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If you are looking for a fun night out, Lauren and Curtis would love to have you join them at Sola Coffee Cafe tonight at 7:00pm. The night is free although Sola would certainly love to sell you a beverage and/or something to eat. Hope to see you there!! And just for fun, here is the bio Sola will be using for their in-house advertising:

Lauren and Curtis have been playing music together since August of 2016, mostly in church settings, but also at open mic nights and other venues. Lauren is a Durham native who cites Ingrid Michaelson, Adele and Lauryn Hill among her musical influences. Curtis is a transplant from Western Canada, who wishes he could play guitar like John Mayer and piano like Bill Evans.”

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Greenville, NC

Rural Route Romance will be rocking them at the Buc tonight. Buccaneer Music Hall welcomes the popular party band that offers the country grooves you love. Come boot scoot tonight from 9 pm until 12 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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Searching for more events around the region:

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Thank You for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. 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.

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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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.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

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

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

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

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

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

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

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE.

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

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

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

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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Dream Big and Build A Music Community

Dream Big and Make it Your Mission

Dream Big and Give Them Your Heart!

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

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

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

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The Facts of the Matter

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

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

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

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Build Your Biggest Dream

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

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

Erect the Stage

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

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

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

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

Follow Your Heart

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

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

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

Stay Interesting

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

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

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

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

Ask For Help

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

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

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

Keep Dreaming and Dream Big!

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

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

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

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Behind The Scenes With Tracey Stones

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

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

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

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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

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

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

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

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

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Bluegrass and Beer Was the Theme at The Bruin

 

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

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

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Carrboro Acts Makes an Appearance at The Brown Pelican

 

Meet XOXOK

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

XOXOK

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The Oblations Close Out The Night

 

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

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

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

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Blackbeard’s Hosted Saltwater Gold

 

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

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

Saltwater Gold Band

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Getting Down Around Town

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First Stop ~ James City

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

Going Downtown

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The Brown Pelican

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

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

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

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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

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A Variety of Live Entertainment is Scheduled at

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

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

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

Looking Ahead to Next Week

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

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

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

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

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Rockin’ Around The Region

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Answering the Call

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

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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!

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:
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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!

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

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

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

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

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog

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

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

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Big Jim Blues News

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Big Jim Kohler was bringing his band and his blues to the City Stage twice a month, since their opening in July, on the third and fourth Tuesday of each month. However last week that ended. The live entertainment venue announced that going forth they will be hosting trivia and karaoke nights on Tuesday nights. They will be offering drink specials as well.

Though that sounds like the blues for music fans, here is the best part of the change. Big Jim Kohler and Band will now be the featured guest each Wednesday night from 7-9 pm. Be sure to mark your calendars going forth into the new year. The mid-week blues buster will surely be a welcome addition to the area.

Today the blues stringer and his bride will be helping out by providing the entertainment at the New Village Brewery in Oriental, NC. They will be doing their part to raise funds for the students that attend Pamlico Community College. There will be free music and free pizza too. Also, they will be pouring pints all day, to help the cause and they will also be holding a silent auction to contribute to the funds generated on this day!

Music plays from 4-7 featuring Kathy Kohler the first hour! Get there early as you don’t want to miss this blues belter!

 

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The Dusty Trio in a Treehouse

Last night I headed to the Crystal Coast to check out things at The Treehouse Beer CompanyLocated in Cedar Point on Highway 24, this is a fun place offering a good selection of beer and live entertainment each weekend. They have a nice backyard to accommodate many guests. There is cornhole set up as well as other games, including a game room indoors. Best of all they have a nice stage out back for the bands.

On the stage last night was the Dusty Trio featuring Hank Barbee on guitar and vocals, Jim Durham on sax and backing vocals, and Matt Henderson on bass. This is three-fourths of the Dust Parade. Tonight the full band will be rocking Cru Bar, 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Free music kicks off at 8:30 pm. To keep up with the band check out on Facebook by clicking:

The Dust Parade

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Meet Dmitri Resnick from Chapel Hill Sharing his Blues in Newport

While visiting with Hank Barbee I ran into stinger Matt Miller, who mentioned the fact that there was someone he never heard before playing at Carolina Home & Garden. Loaded with that information, I split the scene and headed to the Garden to see what I could find out.

It was there that I made the acquaintance of  Dmitri Resnik, who calls Chapel Hill, NC home. What a wonderful music treat it was to meet Resnik. I thoroughly enjoyed his slide blues guitar offerings. I was glad to catch the final few songs of his show and it was enough for me to know that I will be checking him out again with his band in the future.

The singer-songwriter has made music a part of his life’s journey. Seasoned in the blues, he offers a refreshing take on the music I love most of all. I enjoyed hearing his original works during our short time together last night.

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For those looking to catch some great slide work and old-fashioned blues music be sure to catch Dmitri each Thursday at The City Tap in Pittsboro, NC. Offering the sounds each week from 6-8 pm, this is a great way to wrap up a work day! You can also check out the stringer on ReverbNation by following this link:

https://www.reverbnation.com/dmitriresnik

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Back in the Bern, It’s Bliss At the Bruin

I made it back to town last night, in time to check out a couple more gigs going down right here in my hometown.  First stop brought me to The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC, where I got to enjoy the last couple songs offered by Patrick Bliss. This stringer is an emotional player and offers many familiar songs throughout his set list.

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Holt Up Visits From Statesville, NC to Rock the Dirty Bird!

 

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The final show I caught last night was that of Holt Up, a band from the Statesville, NC region. Interestingly enough, they have family in New Bern, NC. When they were visiting this past Summer, they caught an open mic night at the Brown Pelican and not long after their jams, they were booking this date to bring us the good grooves. The trio of players features Ryan Lippard back behind the kit, Hailey Holt offer vocals, guitar, and ukelele. Joining her on guitar and vocals is her mentor and father Darren Holt. This band offered grooves from classic rockers to heavy metal. They are a unique trio with a great mix of music to keep things interesting. For those looking for a new band to check out, be sure to give this one your consideration. You can check them out on Facebook by following this link:

HOLT UP

 

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Live Music Options ~ Saturday, Nov 10

Getting Down Around Town

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On this, the Birthday of our great Marine Corps and just in time too for Veteran’s Day weekend, The Peace Soldier Nation will unite to bring us the Third Annual Rockin For Relief for the Homeless Veterans, today starting at noon in downtown New Bern, NC. This benefit concert features five local acts and one regional band offering the sounds to make a day complete.

Tickets will be available at the gate. Gates open at noon, and today’s music line up at press time was as follows:

 A Full day event with six Rocking Bands,

Tickets include lunch from Moores BBQ!! $20

Plus five New Bern Band to entertain you!

12:00 Strung Together
1:00 Gypsy Sunrise
2:00 Joe Baes
3:00 The BiPolar Express
4:00. Peace Soldier

Headlining this show is the regional touring AC/DC all-girl tribute act is Shoot To Thrill rocking the stage at 5pm.

Come celebrate our Veterans this Veterans Day Weekend and help out this worthy cause for a cause!

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First Stop James City!

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Checking in with our friends at BrÜtopia,, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC: Tonight you can come out and enjoy the sounds of Third Act with Daryl Lucas. As always, the music is free, the beer is fresh and the weekend awaits, come out and celebrate! Music is served from 7-10 pm.

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The Brown Pelican

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

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight you can rock the night away with Stairwell, who will be on stage and rocking you starting at 7:30 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

Tonight you are invited to come out to enjoy fun and music of the talented Marron Chaplin, offering music from 8-10 pm. Following her show, you can be the star with Karaoke and a dance party that follows for weekend fun! The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St, New Bern, NC. They are a private club. Sign up and become a member for $1.00.

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Cruising The Coast

 

Morehead City, NC

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

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

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

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

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Tonight on the deck at Off the Hook, 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC; they will be grooving the reggae sounds of a popular act, Selah Dubb. The band will be offering the island sounds that make you sail away to an island in your mind. Live music is offered for free each Saturday from 10 pm until closing.

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Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop features the music of The Dust Parade. For those who missed Hank Barbee and the boys last night in Cedar Point, you can catch him tonight with the full Dust Parade, offering the sounds from 8:30 until 11:30 pm.

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Swansboro, NC

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

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

Entertainment Line Up;

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

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

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

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Brunch Show at Church St. Deli

 

For those looking to take a break from the street fair scene while enjoying the 64th Annual Mullet Festival this weekend, you can enjoy a great brunch at Chuch Street Deli, located at 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. Also being featured will be the music of Robert Gasperson. The talented pianist will be entertaining the crowd that gathers in the bar from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm.

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Cedar Point, NC

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The FAB Band will be rocking the Treehouse Beer Company this evening. Offering the live music from 7-10 pm. This is a local act, that offers all the fun party grooves to make the night fun. Offering all the hits from funk, soul, R&B, pop and beach grooves you love, this is a great time waiting!

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Rocking Around The Region

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Charlotte, NC

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Thomas Street Tavern has been open for 20 years now! We are prepared to throw one hell of an anniversary party featuring the Hurricane Bob BandThe Jeff Sipe Trioand Travers Brothership.

The Jeff Sipe Trio:

Jeff began to play drums in the sixth grade. Then In 1975, Jeff’s first stepping stone was attending the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. — One of Jeff’s dreams finally came true when he was accepted to Berklee in 1977. While at Berklee, Jeff studied under Bob Kaufman and Bill Norine, he attended clinics given by Alan Dawson and was taken under by his mentor Lee Venters. J

Travers Brothership:

“This is a band that possesses a soulful magic and heart you don’t find in many young bands. This is real art.” – Danny Harlen Mote, Lucky Trend Music

Twin brothers Eric and Kyle Travers have been making music and stunning audiences since they first began performing together at 13 years old.

In 2012 the twin brothers formed their latest project, Travers Brothership, an Alternative, Soul, and Funk ensemble based out of Asheville, NC.

It is safe to say The Brothership stands out amongst most acts climbing the charts in the U.S. today. Why do they stand out so boldly amongst the others? They wish to make each concert a unique and unforgettable experience. Utilizing the band’s unmatched live energy and superior songwriting, they create a live atmosphere that transforms an audience into a community. A Travers Brothership concert is best described as a wild block party, and this is a party you don’t wanna miss.

Travers Brothership is currently touring the U.S. in support of “A Way To Survive” and writing songs for their highly anticipated sophomore release.

“There are hundreds of great bands aiming for the major leagues, but few of them bring such a complete package as Travers Brothership. In this horse race, I’ve found where I’m putting my money.” – Brian Swenk, Homegrown Music Network

http://www.jeffsipetrio.com/
www.traversbrothership.com

For tonight’s  Anniversary Party there will be a $10 music charge. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Raleigh, NC

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Speaking of Anniversary Parties, local photographer and music promoter Michael Harris has much to celebrate! Here is what’s up with this talented promo man:
“Hey folks, Michael Harris here. It is hard to believe that it has been five years of promoting music, photography, and pushing events here in North Carolina with HF Music And Media Group!

What started out as a hobby photographing bands with a disposable camera has turned into a way to help musicians, models, and artists get seen, heard, and introduced to a whole new audience. This has truly been an amazing journey, one for which I can’t thank everyone enough. Without you, I couldn’t do what I do.

Headlining our five-year anniversary bash – good times rockers Station from NYC, with support from Raleigh trashy glam rockers Babylon Shakes and some friends of mine from way back Dirty Remnantz, plus The Adam Hill Band kicks the party off at 8:30 pm with a set of rockin’ electric blues.

This is going to be a special night! Thank you, everyone, for your support, this has meant the world to me.

Admission is just $10 and the show starts at 8 pm so let’s have a blast!!!”

https://www.stationband.com
https://www.facebook.com/StationNYC
https://www.instagram.com/stationnyc
https://twitter.com/StationNYC
http://babylonshakes.com
https://www.facebook.com/BabylonShakes
https://twitter.com/Babylon_Shakes
https://www.facebook.com/DirtyRemnantz

The Maywood
Saturday, November 10, 2018
658 Maywood Avenue – Raleigh, NC

8p doors, 9p show
$10 | ages 21+
Advance tickets:
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1775193

** Use venue front door for entry to this show **

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LaGrange, NC

FALL BALL 18!

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The Fall Ball is a fundraiser to benefit Edgewood Community School. The Fundraiser will kick off with the third annual wing and pig cook-off. The day will feature seven bands, including The Adam Hill Band, The Switch and Second Helping, a few of the named acts on this bill. This day will offer great food, awesome music and all fun one can have, while supporting a fine cause! This is a BYOB event so pack your coolers. Campers, RVs, and tents are welcome. All the fun goes down today from 11 am until 2 am. 750 Racetrack Rd, Lagrange, NC.

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Kinston, NC

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The Red Room welcomes The Mother Notes to the stage tonight. Doors open at 9 pm. There is a music charge of $5.00 payable at the door. This is a young band based out of Lenoir County, making a new name for themselves with their unique talents. Music plays from 10 pm until closing. Please support live music, pay the cover charge and show your support for this band, fairly new to grooving fans on the NC music scene.

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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 Facebook event created.

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

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

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

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