Friday Night Fun and What’s Up for Saturday Night

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

Tracey Stones in Bear Plaza meeting and listening to Caffeinated Soul Boogie members Darria Yeager and her father Derrick Moore for the first time at an ArtWalk in 2016. Capturing the moment, Photo Credit: Charlie Hall of The New Bern Sun Journal!



More Live Music Added to New Bern Options Tonight

Breaking News! The management at Persimmons Restaurant is bringing more music to New Bern. Earlier this week management reached out to book Big Jim. We are pleased to say that we accommodated their request for the band to perform on Friday, August 23, 2019. During the mid-week meeting at the waterfront restaurant,  hard as it might be to believe, I enthusiastically suggested that they host more live music! I believe it is an awesome spot for live music as you dine. Having said that, join us tonight on the deck for live music by Caffeinated Soul Boogie. Music is offered 6:30 -9:30 pm this evening. Caffeinated Soul Boogie offers a great mix of music that is best described as eclectic folk-rock, with a slight bit of funk-jazz Americana blues! While bouncing about town last night, I caught the band in the alley doing their thing at ArtWalk on James Reed Lane. Here is a sample of what you can expect tonight as you dine on the deck. 


I met guitarist Derrick Moore and his daughter Darria Yeager in Bear Plaza during ArtWalk in the Fall of 2016. Since then, I have watched the duo grow into a quartet and become a fan favorite on the New Bern music scene. Just a few weeks ago they were grooving in the park with me out in Fairfield Harbour and just yesterday, the band agreed to be the last-minute show on the deck tonight. Having said that, I hope you join us for an impromptu night of fun, good food, and great music.


Dan Jam Phillips Returns to the Brown Pelican for ArtWalk

Last night was a like a blast from the past with Dan Jam Phillips on the carpet at The Brown Pelican for ArtWalk. The traveling jam always offers fun and surprises with special guests sharing fun grooves. While I was in the house, Phillips was sharing songs with his friends Scott Carlisle and Allen Gleason. This was a great way to usher in the weekend. Dan Jam will be bringing the music to Sara’s Big Apple next month, when he offers live music in the back room from 6-8 pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019.



Saltwater Gold Returns to Blackbeard’s Triple Play to Rock Em




Saltwater Gold was the entertainment on the deck last night at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant. These boys hail from the sailing town of Oriental, NC. Guitarist Chris Daniels is also a business owner in the small tourist town. Owner of the Silo’s Restaurant, he hosts live music with an open mic event each Wednesday night and acoustic acts on stage at The Red Rooster Bar on weekends. He and singer Mark Hoff have been band brothers for couple decades. They still enjoy writing songs and offering fun familiar favorites, from the classic rock era of the ’60s and ’70s, to fans that gather for their shows. Currently rounding out the rhythm section is Mike Ferrara on drums and bassist Scott Finch. They are a high energy band with a Rolling Stones influence running through the microphone! To keep up with the rocking quartet follow them on Facebook: SALTWATER GOLD


Bryan Mayer Band Brings Out The Boaters on Broad Creek



Wrapping up last nights runaround, you know Mary Shine and I have a case of the traveling jones! Having said that, it won’t surprise you to hear that we split town and headed towards the coast! 

Bryan Mayer Band has a busy weekend upon them. Last night I caught the boys rocking the boaters, tourists and fans alike, from the outdoor stage at The Saltwater Grill in Swansboro, NC. The crowd was having a good time when Shine and I arrived on the scene. Mayer was wrapping up his first set when we got there and used the break to fix the string he broke during the show. The band shares original music as well as popular classics from a variety of artists, which allows the band to cover the blues, rock and country genres in one well-executed show.  

Sharing stories from his time on the road, Mayer is always professional, polished and interesting as he shares many stories about the acts he covers, while he offers his take on their tunes. One of my favorites would be hearing him talk about the famed Southern Rockers from South Carolina, Marshall Tucker. I remember the first time he took the stage to join them on “Can’t You See.” I also remember how he saved that song that night! It was a stormy night and no one really thought the show would go on, but just like NC weather, SURPRISE…the show happened and so did “Can’t You See” with Bryan Mayer! Since that show on the river in 2016, he has joined them three more times to assist on the song.

For those interested in seeing this band while enjoying a day of fun…ACT NOW, the boys will be heading to Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival tonight!  They will take the stage tonight at 7 PM. It seems like just yesterday, but it was at The 2017 Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival that the band asked me to introduce them: Tracey Stones Introduces Bryan Mayer at Shrimp Fest.




~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of music with Neville’s Quarter. Coming to town for tonight, they will be offering more of the fun, folk-inspired grooves they enjoy shuffling through and more, 8-11 pm. 


Blackbeard’s Triple Play



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


On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge


BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the grooves of Tommy Duan, Sr. live. 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!


The Garage


The Garage welcomes the music of Bear City’s favorite Oldies Band, The Bears! Live music is offered from 7-10 pm for FREE! But I suggest, you feel free to tip the servers and musicians you meet along the way!


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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016


Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company


Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Jared Cline live and grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.



Bake, Bottle & Brew

Flip Side Duo offers the live music sounds tonight at Bake, Bottle & Brew this eveningMusic is offered from 6-9 pm.


Emerald Isle, NC

The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits


4EverAll will be offering songs to the fans and friends, that gather for good eats and great beer tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music starts at 6 pm and this New Bern based band will rock you until 9 pm.


Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering



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


Jack’s Waterfront Bar


~Saturday August 10th~
Open @ Noon
Live music by Soul Psychedelique starts @ 9:30pm,
Wood Fired Brick Oven pizza available.

See you at Jack’s!



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Off The Hook welcomes Mac & Juice tonight on the deck. This four-piece band from Raleigh blend funk with blues and mix in some jazz to offer the most fun grooves. Music starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!


Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop The Phantom Playboys, Sat Aug 10th, 8-12 pm, $5 Cover charge

The Phantom Playboys bring the sounds of Rock-a-billy and 50’s Rock-n-Roll with a splash of surf and flying jump-kick of raw energy! Imagine a Zombified Elvis Presley joined The Squirrel Nut Zippers and Recruited Unknown Hinson to play guitar. Get out your dancin’ shoes, because when this five-piece brass and steel freight train comes barreling down the tracks from Wilmington, NC, there won’t be a still foot in the house!


Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe


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

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Rocking Around the Region

Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill



Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to All My Rowdy Friends offering their rocking best tonight. Music is free and kicks off at 9:30 pm and lasts until 2 am.


Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

AUGUST 10, 2019 · SATURDAY * 8PM * $15 Seated / $10 Standing

Teresa James is a true original. When she sings you can feel it in your bones.” … Levon Helm, The Band.

For tickets follow this link: Blue Note Grill Tickets


Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar

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Adam Hill will be sharing songs tonight with friends and fans that gather at Crossroads Grill & Bar this Saturday night. Music starts at 10 pm. This marks his last gig in the area this month, so catch him while you can. Grab a burger, enjoy a cold beer and groove to the music tonight. Hill is a talented stringer and a great singer too. Get to know him tomorrow night!


Kinston, NC

The Red Room

The Red Room offers the sounds of Genna and Jesse,  at 10 pm. There is a $5.00 music charge. Please pay the admission fee as a means of supporting live music.


Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill is always a great time with music and good food on the menu! Music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Thursdays, they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic Night hosted by Brian Burke.

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine, drink and unwind. Tonight it is the talented Deidra Ruff. Music plays at 7-10 pm.


The Wine Crate



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


Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern



Closin Tyme Throws Down at Nicks Blacksheep Tavern  

OMG, we are so happy that these boys are back together and gigging again.

Closin Tyme Throws down!

If you missed their “back in the Saddle” show in April…..
Not to worry. They are back again!

Music starts at 9 PM


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.

August 5 at 6:40 PM

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Visit Our Calendars


NCMZ.LIVE is happy to announce our new calendar feature. We now offer three calendars for music lovers to check out for live music events. With a growing commitment to building this site to be a daily vehicle for music lovers to check out, I have added the new calendars pages and widgets. These pages and calendar widgets are broken down by area, New Bern, The Crystal Coast and Around the Region.

Live Music Events ~ New Bern 

 Live Music Events ~ Along the Coast   

Live Music Events Around the Region


With A Calendar Function Giving This Site A Daily Boost Offers GOOD News For Readers and Advertisers

This offers readers a resourceful tool to finding music in their area, all around the state, every day of the week. I am committing myself to the new routine of finding new gigs to list and add to the calendars daily. Committed to adding a minimum of ten a day that means adding 70 gigs a week to these calendars.

Bands and venues are welcome to invite me to their events on Facebook or via email at There is no cost to be listed on occasion, but please understand just like free music is not free, this free promotional service is not free either. It costs me a great amount of time. 

If you are a busy band or a thriving music venue, I want you! We can create a calendar for you and keep you in the zone! $250 a year and you can have all your events added to a personal calendar widget right here in the music zone. Advertisers will be responsible for providing the event’s content. 

Beside offering calendar options, NCMZ.LIVE also can create an active link for your website, or social media pages. Which also offers some live coverage for your live music events. For five years we have been building this site together and thanks to your suggestions and my commitment it keeps getting better. THANK YOU!

I will still bring you live coverage of the music scene around us in the random fashion we have become accustomed to in these five years of reporting. Without your support since September, none of this would be possible. So a big shout out and thank you to everyone who has extended a hand, offered a tip, bought me a meal or a beer, I love you all for the love you have shared with me! And every time I think I have to quit, you really have stepped up to help me keep the beats! Together we are building an awesome product that we can be proud of as we share it with our friends.  


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

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

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

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Have a fun and safe Saturday night and take time to enjoy the dance! When we return at the end of the week we will pick up with the blues and more music news. Until we meet again, out on the scene or right back here, cheers!




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