#DowntownNBRocks with Benefits Featuring Live Music


On The Scene with Tracey Stones

Our #DowntownNBRocks with Benefits Featuring Live Music! Let’s get Shamrocking and see!

New Bern Live Charles Tendell meets up with NCMZ.LIVE Tracey Stones to rock the beats at Sham-Rockin’ 2019 in Downtown New Bern last evening 3/15/19. Together we salute The New Bern Rotary Club for a great night of celebrating community, comradely, blessings, food, and music! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend!


First Stop: Pause For A Cause

We get back to rocking the beats where we left off, which was taking a pause for the cause, for a local music maker. On Sunday, March 10, 2019; many in our local community came together to raise money for our beloved Janet Montero, who was recently diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that is attacking her kidneys. Montero is not eligible for a kidney replacement for several months and has a long road ahead.

Making sure she does not have to go it alone, many gathered at the Rhem Volunteer Fire Department to raise funds and have fun with our sweet friend. IMG_0664 (2)

There was a silent auction which lined the fire station wall, with many items up for bidding. One thing I noted while I was walking up and down the tables, aligned with goods and services for all, was that every item offered had a bid on the table. This community stopped at nothing to show love for their Mama Bear!

Besides her very own bands rocking the cause, Montero was in attendance and surrounded by family, friends, and love. Quite frankly, I am surprised her heart did not explode thanks to all of the beautiful people that gathered for her on Sunday.

Entertainers Turn Out to Entertain 

Though I could not stay for the entire event due to other obligations, I was on hand for Tom’s Tunes featuring Tom and Dahlin’ who welcomed the attendees with fun songs and high spirits.

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Following the opening ceremonies, Ms. Melonie Wray offered a fine performance that brought us to church. She sings with angels surrounding her, you can hear it in her tones.

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Before leaving the event I caught most of Country Express’s set, which offered awesome country favorites. As I was positioning to leave, the Fairfield Harbour Chorus was gathering and assembling to offer their performance for the event.

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For anyone reading this that missed the event, but would like to help our Janet in her time of need, you can contact the cause by sending an email to benefitjanet@gmail.com and inquire about making a private donation for our beloved music lady!

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Following the benefit, Montero expressed her gratitude and love for the community which came out to lend her a hand last weekend. I can tell you that when I walked in my heart nearly exploded. The love in that room was awesome. There were several more act I, did not have the pleasure to enjoy. Besides the Fairfield Harbour Chorus, I missed Country Gold.

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Monday Means Blogging And Blues


Monday nights in March I am hosting a Blogging Series at Pamlico Community College for their Small Business Center. These Adult Enrichment and Education offerings are free, for all who are interested in learning more about business.

Last week we took a dive into signing up for a site and becoming familiar with it. This week we are going to expand on how to customize your blog site, to sell your services and merchandise. We will conclude next week with how to make your blog work for you, as we explore the many ways blogging can generate revenue.

To join me this week please visit Personalizing your Blog Site and register today!

On With The Blues


While I was saying “Class Dismissed!” on Monday night, Big Jim Kohler was welcoming jammers to the forefront. I got there just in time to see that Mondays are still a thing in New Bern. Pulling into town, in time for the final set, it was blues night at the Brown Pelican.


This is a fun time and a great way to kick your Monday Blues. So if you find yourself suffering this Monday, be sure to come down to the Dirty Bird for some good blues and great grooves. Music plays 7-9 pm each and every Monday!

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Down East FolkArts Wrap Up Winter Season

On Wednesday night, I fought through the onset of a cold, which is now visiting, to attend another fine performance brought to us by the Down East FolkArts Society last Wednesday evening at the City Stage New Bern. It was Becky Warren on stage, visiting our city from Music City, Nashville, TN. Young and bursting with talent. Warren is an awesome storyteller and embellishes her stories with music. 

Showcasing her second album, Undesirable on this current tour, she offered songs from both of her releases. Warren has a strong military background and shares songs that many military families can relate to.

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War Surplus, is the gritty love story of an Iraq War vet and his girlfriend partly inspired by Warren’s own life, many asked her, ‘How the hell do you plan to follow that up?’ After the album earned her a Veterans Day feature on NPR’s All Things Considered, a regular opening slot with The Indigo Girls, and an A rating from the dean of American rock critics himself, Robert Christgau, Warren admits that even she sometimes worried she wouldn’t be able to make a second record she was as happy with.”

One thing is for certain, Warren delivers Americana Folk Rock in a special way, be sure to check out her music today.

Warren’s appearance in our area wrapped up the Winter Sessions for the 2019 Down East FolkArts Society. We are currently preparing for the Fall season where we will bring another trio of awesome acts to the area for free. Please consider joining our team by becoming a member.


Visit http://www.downeastfolkarts.org/

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New Bern Goes Sham Rockin’


On Friday, March 15, 2019, the New Bern Rotary Club presented Sham-Rockin’ 2019 at The North Carolina History Center on S Front St. It was a fun night with a full house of friends and neighbors, gathering for the good food offered by Chelsea Restaurant. It was traditional Irish fare with corned beef and cabbage, and drinks offered by Coastal Beverage. Besides the fellowship and free spirits, there was music. During the dinner service, Tom’s Tune with Tom and Dahlin’ welcomed and warmed the crowd up!


Following dinner, the crowd got to the dancing portion of the evening, with the popular sounds provided by TrainWreck! All in all it was a wonderful night, that raised money for many area non-profits including Boys and Girls Club of New Bern, Backpack Blessings, Craven County Partners In Education, and Promise Place.

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Friends and fans of the band TrainWreck can find them tonight when they rock Tiebreakers Sports Bar and Grill in Greenville. Music starts at 10 pm. The grooves go til the break of a new day!


New Venue Opens its Doors In James City

The Garage

The Garage opened its doors for their soft opening on Friday, March 15, 2019. This unique place offers something for everyone. They have games of all kinds for kids and adults as well as beer and live music too.


Offering the live music for opening night was the one and only Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. Before leaving the establishment, I had an opportunity to introduce myself to the manager, Stormy Meadows. I look forward to meeting with her next week, to talk about ways of effectively promoting the efforts of this new venue.

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Brian Burke and BrÜtopia

Brian Burke was rocking the tunes at BrÜtopia last evening. This talented player is NY born and Greenville bound. Playing around our region most nights, you can find the stringer hosting open mics and sharing songs at solo gigs throughout the week. Tonight he has a show at Plank Road Steak House for anyone interested in a great night of music and food. Music plays from 7:30 – 10:30 pm.

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Finishing Off A Fun Night with Some Hot Buttery Grooves

It is always a fun time when friends gather to enjoy the music of the Hot Buttered Grits. This New Bern based jam band have nothing but fun sounds and good grooves to share with the people that they meet. Last night was no exception, as they came and grooved the crowd that gathered at The Brown Pelican. It was a packed house by the time I got there for the second set of great grooves. This band is always a refreshing burst of fun sound made for dancing.



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Saturday, March 16, 2019


Saturday Night Specials


On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge



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


Getting Down Around Town

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

Craven Arts Council / Bank of the Arts


Strung Together
Selections from the Carter family; June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash
pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm Music at 7 pm
Tickets $20/$25 for members and nonmembers


The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts a GEM Productions Concert event. Come see the band that will be kicking things off at the 2019 Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival this Summer. Enjoy a fun night with Lazaris Pit! They are a Raleigh based band of psych-rockers!


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


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

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Emerald Isle, NC

Emerald Isle St. Patricks Day Festival





Emerald Club


E-Club Emerald Isle is taking part in the St. Patrick’s Day Festivities and Festival today, offering Spare Change on stage tonight. Music starts at 10 pm.


Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

Offering the live sounds tonight at The Boro Restaurant & Bar, featuring the country sounds of the talented Ryan Cain on guitar and vocals. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music.


Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe


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


Wilmington, NC



Palate says:

Join us for a night of music with local powerhouse Delia Stanley. A voice that fills a room and song selections that will keep you hooked for the whole night and leave you wanting more. We’re going to let Delia handle the tunes, but we got drinks on lock-down. Music served 8-10 pm



The Rusty Nail


Jon McDonald is on the bill tonight and sharing songs on stage at The Rusty Nail. Music plays at 8-11 pm. Come ready to dance your blues away!

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Rocking Around the Region

Greensboro, NC

Craft City Sip-In



Craft City Sip-In has the game and live music tonight. On the Facebook event I learned:

Dave Moran is back in the house this Saturday! Dave is one of the most exciting musicians around these parts. His energy and sound is second to none. Come check him out, along with our amazing beer, wine and whiskey selections


Benson, NC

Pitchers Bar


Pitchers Bar is going to be rocking tonight with Bad Decisions on stage offering their grooves. This band from Johnston County, bringing the energy and fun with every appearance. Be sure to catch them soon. Tonight they rock from 9:30 pm until early tomorrow morning.


Cary, NC

The Corner Tavern and Grill


The Corner Tavern and Grill  says,

This will be the St. Patrick’s Day party to attend! No cover and BIGFooT GRooVE will be playing at 8:30 pm! Make sure you’re here for one helluva party! ⚜ Join the Corner Tavern’s St. Patrick’s Day Party with lots of drink specials, great food, and plenty of fun to be had!


Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar


Adam Hill will be in town to share the sounds tonight at Crossroads Grill & Bar. Music and fun start at 10 pm. Come celebrate the season of Green Beer and Lepricauns Saturday, with all of all your favorite Adam Hill songs.


Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s


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


Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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

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On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight you are all invited to come out and join the Jam. Hosted by John Williams and Friends, this is a fun time is 6:30-10 pm.

John Williams and Friends in the Red Room at Backwater Jack’s Jamming!


Answering the Call

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

March 11 at 8:48 PM

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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

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

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

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

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