From Singers and Stringers to Bands that Rocked ’em~ It was Friday in New Bern!

On The Scene with Tracey Stones

For anyone sitting around the house, saying there is nothing to do, I declare there is plenty of great things to do, especially if you live in or near New Bern.

Like all cities that were effected by Hurricane Florence, we are still in the throws of recovery and fighting to come back stronger and better than ever. We won’t be mended and healed in another month, this will be years in the making. But the most important thing is we are making big strides in the right direction.

Last night in downtown New Bern ArtWalk kicked off the 2019 season, with many crafty things to celebrate all around our town. The Isaac Taylor Garden reopened the gallery and Community Artists Gallery & Studios offered live music with Dan Jam Phillips in their new location on Middle Street. Just down the road, they were bouncing between the Harrison Center and The Bank of the Arts for The Potters Throwdown, where potters made bowls and the kids in the community made soup to fill them.

Even our alley ways are beautiful here in New Bern

This Potter’s Throwdown also featured the music of Strung Together and soup making contest. The winners of the Soup competition will share their winning recipes at the next ArtWalk on February 9, 2019. This annual event raises money for RSC and Craven Arts Council.

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Beyond the Arts and Crafts, Shops and Stores, New Bern Hosts Plenty of Music Too

Blazing Strings at BrUtopia

Justin Castellano

Coming to town to perform for the friends and fans at BrUtopia last night was Justin Castellano, while fighting a nasty head cold still rocked the house at the fun brewhouse in James City. This brew bar is hosting their first home brewery class at Craven Community College this semester, with more learning opportunities being talked about for future semesters.

One of my favorite things about this awesome place is how the owner works hard to support local business and local music. He invites food trucks, he pairs with other breweries in our area to promote everyone, he educates the community by sharing his passion for craft beer. If you have not stopped out yet, come by and meet Tim Dryen and his wife Dawn, their manager Bryan Conway and the great staff who love to serve their community!

Derrick Moore of Caffeinated Soul Boogie wailin’ on Big Jim’s guitar

There will be live music featured tonight. As a means of dropping hints, one of the stringers above will be bringing his band to boogie with you tonight! Live music 7-10 pm and more on the details of who will entertain you will follow down below!

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More Crystal Coast Players Flock to Town to Entertain

Last night at The Brown Pelican it was local stringer Ashton Ward who calls the Crystal Coast home.

Ward is a talented stringer and a deep voice singer, with a keen ear for country pop and rock songs. I first met Ward at an open mic where we were introduced by Tiffany Elaine. One thing I can say, the three of us do our part in supporting other musicians. Elaine hosts open mics and promotes and welcomes everyone, Ward uses social media to drive music lovers out to support his friends as well. We all know what I am up to when it comes to supporting live music!

In the fashion of supporting others, Ward asked his friends to the stage to play when he took a break. This not only kept the music playing but it welcomed us an opportunity to hear the sounds of United States Marine,
James Weesner on guitar and his lifelong friend John Jones. The two friends are lifelong buds from Georgia. They made their way to NC with Weesner calling NC home as he serves at Camp Lejeune.

Assisting in causing a ruckus, Marron Chaplin got up just long enough to see to it that Miquela would have to reset the Wagon Wheel. Ward and Chaplin are good friends and in fact Ward wrote an awesome song about this rocker chick living her dreams.

The one thing I love is all of the love you pass my way. It is always a wonderful vibe to see all of the great people that call New Bern Home. Above I got kissed on the cheek and thanked for my work by the amazing photographer, Ina Thomas! Her work is simply amazing and she is available to shoot you!

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Joe Baes Project Rocks City Stage

Joe Baes, vocals and guitar

Friday, January 11 marked the opening of the 2019 music season for The Joe Base Project. They kicked things off here at home with friends and fans that gathered at The City Stage, 901 B Pollock St., New Bern.

Jonathon Toler, drums and vocals

This trio is New Bern based and offers a good selection of rock standards. My favorite songs on their set list are always the originals. They are best at bringing their own grooves to the table.

Dan Taylor, bass

The trio announced their newest member last music season and this year is more seasoned himself with the material. It was a fun night of music and fellowship as it always is with this great crowd of followers.

The Joe Baes Project with special guest Mark McKenzie

Adding to the fun they invited Mark McKenzie to shred some tunes during the two sets I was in the house. It was another good time with this energetic fun band, who is currently booking their 2019 music season. To get them on your calendar visit their website and reach out to them today!

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Bruce was Doin’ the Bruin

Offering the jams last evening for the friends and fans that came together at The Thirsty Bruin, was Bruce Lynch. This guitar man is one that inspires me more even words can express. He hates me to shoot him playing his guitar with just his one arm, but I think everyone needs to see him and hear him as well. He will inspire you too.

The New Bern stringer plays at a couple of popular watering holes around town. When not serving the sounds at the Bruin you can find him rocking the Dirty Bird.

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The Switch Warmed Up the Deck at Blackbeard’s

Last but not least, the final band we found around town last night was The Switch, who was busy warming things up on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play when I got there.

The traveling party band is staged by two brothers from Alabama, Larry and Artie Davis. They are always a big draw too. They bring the set list packed with fan favorites and lots energy to throw in the mix. This band loves entertaining their audience.

They are a talented bunch of players that have a hard time picking an instrument to master. They all have mad skills and take the time to show us that throughout the show.

To get better acquainted with the band visit their Facebook page and give it a like. They stay busy rocking fans around the region. Tonight they are going to be kicking it with the lucky fans in Benson. They will be live at
The Junction, for those out that way tonight or just like the band on Facebook and head out to see them soon. They like it when you show up!!!

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Getting Down Around Town



BrÜtopia welcomes Caffeinated Soul Boogie to the stage for their first gig of the 2019 music season! Just for the record, let me point out that the music season extends from January thru December. So often shows are free for us, the music lovers. Please remember though, free music is never free and we can always tip the music makers that groove us. Tonight’s free and fun show plays out from 7-10 pm.


The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts the music of the Dust Parade tonight. Based out of Wilmington, NC and featuring the talented guitar works of Hank Barbee and his crew, including sax man and backing vocals James Durham and Matt Henderson on bass. For a great night of surf blues with jazz jams, come out from 8-11 for all of the fun.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. Tonight on the deck you can rock with TrainWreck, who always brings a party. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. On the inside it is trivia music bingo and a DJ. Oh, and there is also some good food on the menu. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


City Stage

The City Stage offers a comedy night this evening for those that like to laugh, Matt White is in the house! For those looking at the calendar and wondering about the music to come, let me remind you that on Wednesday, Down East FolkArts Society presents Tom Kimmel for an evening of music.

All are welcome to attend this free music event but donations are encouraged for the touring artist. Kimmel will be performing three shows while he is visiting us.

Down East Folk Arts Society’s 2019 Winter Concert Series. DEFAS will again be bringing World Class Singers/Songwriters to Craven County and the Crystal Coast of North Carolina beginning January 16, 2019 and running monthly through March 15, 2019.

Admission to DEFAS concerts is free, so all are welcome, though we will “pass the hat” among attendees for donations for all of our performers.

All concerts will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Performers, concert dates, and locations are as follows:

Wednesday, January 16th, The City Stage, 901 Pollock Street, New Bern, N.C.
Thursday, January 17th, Jack’s Waterfront Bar, 513 Evans Street Moreheard City, N.C.
Friday, January 18th, St. Francis By The Sea, 920 Salter Path Road Salter Path, N.C.



Cruising the Crystal Coast

Emerald Isle, NC

JP Guhns Band will take the stage at the
E-Club Emerald Isle. Music starts at 9:30 pm.

Cedar Point, NC


For anyone who missed his New Bern appearance last night,  Treehouse Beer Company offers the mad skills of Justin Castellano, live tonight from 7-10 pm. 

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents  Joey and Mason, Sat Jan 12th, 8:30-11:30 PM, No Cover

Join us for live music by local musicians, Joey and Mason. They play originals and covers along the lines of classic blues and rock. These guys are new on the scene and will be sure to surprise you with their talent! Come check them out!!

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Rocking Around the Region

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The Adam Hill Band will be taking a pause for the cause at 4 pm, to celebrate the life of Jay Jeff Roberts. There will be food, raffles and some of the best rock music found around the state! Come help support this family and show some love. The celebration will be held at Rena J’s Lounge, 2304 Wilmington Highway in Jacksonville, NC.

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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.

January 7 at 6:53 PM

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Thank You for Reading!

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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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