Dancing with Familiar Faces and Rock with Fan Favorites

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

This week we dance with familiar faces and fan favorites. Come on friends, Let’s dance!


Joe Brown & The Band Go To The Coast to Rock Off the Hook

Last week was an awesome week for Joe Brown & The Band. On Friday night they played the big stage for fans and friends in the New Bern Area, when they brought the final show for Footloose on the Neuse Summer Concerts Series, brought to us by Trent Cadillac and GMC and New Bern’s Park and Recreation Department.

Many gathered on the lawn for the final event of the Summer, just as many headed to the coast. On Saturday night, the band did the same and played their debut show at the beach. Joe Brown & The Band brought music for the people to the deck of Off The Hook. They rocked the crowd with their fun grooves. The crowd danced and enjoyed the holiday weekend and great music.

Joe Brown and The Band are a New Bern based soul and R&B band, that offer familiar favorites that will keep you in the groove. Be sure to click their name and follow the link to their Facebook page. Once you get there, don’t forget to give them alike!


Bryan Mayer Band Celebrates Holiday Weekend Along the Coast

The Bryan Mayer Band offered a solid night of music last Saturday, to those out savoring the last moments of the Summer season. The band rocked the deck of Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant, 701 Evans St., Morehead City, NC.

The boys enjoyed a busy season of rocking festival crowds throughout our state and beyond. They spent a few weeks on the road, as well, rocking country fans to the North, making made stops in New York and Pennsylvania.

For fans and friends of the singer-songwriter, who is putting Country Music on the New Bern map, he will be taking a pause for the cause tomorrow night. He is scheduled to perform at the 5th Annual Promise Place Barn Bash. This annual Fundraiser raises money for Promise Place, our areas only Sexual Assault Agency. This charity event offers live music, awesome food that is fixed right on site, raffles, auction items and more. All proceeds from the event go to help Promise Place in their missions.

For those who might like to attend, but can’t, you can still make a donation to help Promise Place. Please visit their site today:


Promise Place is a nonprofit organization. All donations to Promise Place are tax deductible.


Hank Barbee and the Dusty Trio Come to Town to Promote Swanfest

On Wednesday evening I headed out to The Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant in Swansboro to check in with my sweet friends, known as The Dusty Trio. Hank Barbee, Jim Durham, and Matt Henderson were offering the fun grooves to the crowd on the deck.

When the band is rocking in full formation, they are known as The Dust Parade and offer the mad drum skills of Logan Watson in the backbeat. Though he was not with the band during this gig, he will be rocking the community stage this Sunday with The Dust Parade for Swanfest.  The band will be at the pavilion in historic downtown Swansboro with music playing for 6:30-8 pm. You are invited to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. This show will wrap up another fun music season with special thanks being extended to Seaside Arts Council.


Getting Down Around Town

Tommy Duzan Sr jamming in Bear Square!

First up,  please note:


Join the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce and Emerald Owl Productions, Inc. in what will be the LARGEST LASER LIGHT SHOW & GLOW PARTY we have ever thrown in eastern North Carolina! If you have been to our other events, this one will be EVEN BIGGER!

It will be family friendly, yet fun for people of ALL ages! Bring your best glow in the dark attire — neon shirts will look GREAT once it gets dark. There will be music from all decades, contests, prizes, and some special surprises.

Bring a towel if you plan to get into the FOAM PARTY or if you are perhaps even willing to get SLIMED! More details on that later! This event is safe for the kids, but also fun for adults of all ages! It is just a great reason to get everyone together in a positive and fun atmosphere!

This event was scheduled for May 18, 2018; however, the forecast of bad weather has caused it to be postponed to September 7, 2018.

LOCATION CHANGE: Note the event is NOT at Union Point Park. It is just a few blocks down still on the waterfront at 403 East Front Street at the roundabout at Broad & East Front. There is a large grass lot there.

On the bill for your entertainment pleasure come to enjoy the sounds of Now or Never with Tiffany Elaine

Checking out the Bar Scene:

Tonight at BrUtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC, music plays 7-10 pm. On tap, they will be featuring the tunes of Patrick Bliss. The music is free, the beer is fresh and the food trucks are always on site when the music plays. Stop by this weekend to show your support for local business, local beer and local music! Serving food tonight will be La Cocina Del Coqui. They arrive at 5 pm and serve until 10 pm. Tomorrow night enjoy the music of Sam Lewis.

Looking at the bars around town, here is what I know… The Brown Pelican has Brian Mac, who will be offering songs from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow night come to enjoy singer-songwriter Salina Solomon, who returns for an annual show to celebrate bar owner, Heather Haiss’ birthday. Enjoy the grooves and good times from 8-11 pm. The Brown Pelican is located at 411 Broad St. Admission is free but membership is required.

This weekend Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant offers the music of Potters Hill Band, they’ll be on the deck from 7-10 pm. This band is making their debut appearance on stage tonight and it will unfold right here in New Bern, NC. This is what we might consider a local supergroup. The players include Adam Hill from The Adam Hill Band, Chris McCallister from Second Helping, cutting chords on the guitars, singer Jonathan Riggs will front the band, Rick Ellis from 8 Track offers bass parts and Joey Gillette on drums. The band came about as a result of two bands setting out on tour this Summer. During the time that Second Helping and Adam Hill Band toured, talk brewed about creating a new band and tonight is the unveiling.

Circa 1810 Bar offers the fun music of Dueling Pianos! Music is offered for a $5.00 cover from 7-11 pm.  They are located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC

New Bern’s newest venue in town, City Stage offers a Stand-up Comedy Showcase with Matt White and Friends

Friday, September 7th Stand up Comedy Showcase with Matt White and Friends
Each month. Matt White brings a group of hilarious comics to City Stage! Winner of the “2012 Port City Top Comic” and 2013 “Carolina’s Funniest Comic”, Matt White’s brand of observational humor mixed with improv and theatre elements engages audiences and leaves them giggling for days. Join Matt and friends for an evening of laughter and fun. 7:00 pm Showtime $8.00 Cover Charge
City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.

The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St, New Bern, NC.

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Cruising The Coast


Morehead City, NC ~

Checking things out at Southern Salt Seafood Company & Waterfront Restaurantthey will offer the music of Justin Castellano this evening on the deck from 9 pm until midnight! Tomorrow night Spank returns to rock you into the rest of the weekend. They offer sounds from 9 pm – 12 am. Music is free and the food is awesome. Stop out and enjoy them both.


Checking things out along the Crystal Coast, there will be live music found on the deck at Off the Hook this weekend. Owner, chef, manager, Charlie Weatherby offers live music each  Saturday from 10 pm until closing, 2 am. The menu is always pleasing and the bands always fun and rocking. The rest of the weekend offers the coastal town some New Bern talent. Saturday night offers the sounds of  80’s Unplugged.  Off the Hook is located at 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC.  For more info, call (252) 499-9150.


Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop will offer music of 4EverAll tonight. Music is offered tomorrow evening from 8:30-11:30. The show is free but please feel free to tip the players. Tomorrow New Bern’s own Marron Chaplin will be rocking the stage from 8:30-11:30 pm. Cru Bar is located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Need more info, call (252) 728-3066.


The Royal James Cafe offers the music of Cecil Gilkin, who will offer the rocking sounds you love tonight from 9 pm until 12 am. The show is free, the burgers are awesome and the service is friendly. The Royal James is located at 117 Turner St. For more info please call (252) 728-4573.


Mark Hibbs will offer the sounds this evening for those that dine at Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub. He will be playing music from 5:30-8:30 pm for those out and about for a delicious supper.

Atlantic Beach, NC

There will be live music on the sand at  Idle Hour BiergartenMusic is served along with the good food from 6:30- 9 pm. Come out tonight to enjoy the grooves of Carolina Sky, live tonight on the sand stage from 6:30-9 pm.


Rocking Around The Region


Hey NC There is Live Music Everywhere

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 from Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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