Holiday Weekend Wrap Up and A Local Supergroup Debuts In New Bern

On the Scene With Tracey Stones


Sunday is a Funday When Monday Takes A Holiday

The Adam Hill Band rocked Sunday Funday at Dukenfield’s Tavern, in Half Moon, NC. The band offered a great many favorites from classic rock to country. Of all the songs played, it was most awesome to hear them offer their original music. With that being said, here is the band with their song “Change.”

Change By the Adam Hill Band

Speaking of change, one thing that helped change things for the band this year was the opportunity to share some dates with the national touring act, Second Helping. They are based out of NC and serve as the longest running Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band.


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As a result of this opportunity, Hill has traveled more and found quite a few like minds to keep company with while on the road. Following some time after a while, the idea of a new band emerge.

The Potters Hill Band is the result of that idea. The big band offering classic as well as southern rock and blues hits; made their debut in New Bern. Taking the stage on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant last night, they rocked the crowd and got hips shaking with their fun music.

Getting their name from the place they gather to rehearse, this band came about as a result of Chris McCallister wanting to share the stage with Adam Hill. Joining the two slingers are Jon Riggs, vocals and guitar, Tom Spellman, Josh Overby, and Dave Nichols also on the six strings.  Rick Ellis on bass, Joey Gilette on drums. Along with the skilled playing, they also offer beautiful harmonies with the backing vocals of Fleeta Griffith and Laura McCallister. Helping on some harmonies when time allows is Tracey Brenneman as well.

Much of the set list was offered with an off the cuff appeal, highlighting the ability of all players. In all, the meat and potatoes of the band got together for no more than five rehearsals.

The line up last night was nothing short of an all-star cast of local talent, that came together for the sake of fun and good times with music. Last night was memorable in that in all my years of covering live, local music, I never covered a SUPERGROUP. This was exciting. Players from five bands came together to rock the night. Those bands which were in part represented include The BiPolar Express, with Josh Overby offering some licks, Bern It Down was there with Tracey Brenneman offering backing tracks, Eight Track made the mix with bass player Rick Ellis offering his talents, The Adam Hill Band was present with Hill representing, and of course Second Helping had the most to offer with Chris McCallister on guitar, his lovely bride Laura on backing vocals, Fleeta Griffith joining her, drummer Joey Gilette, and guest guitarist Tom Spellman.

In all, there might have been time for a handful of practices and in some cases, that was evident. However, the fun part was watching off of these skilled players working things out. It’s not every day we have 30 guitar strings going at it with a rhythm section and three-part harmonies. It was quite sweet to take it in from all sides of the stage. The band is working on booking more dates around town and the area. You can keep up with that news by finding the band on Facebook by clicking this link: Potters Hill Band.

For fans of the band Second Helping, they have a date on the books this month. Mark the calendars for Saturday, September 22, 2018, and come to enjoy the show at the Red Room, 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC. Music starts at 10 pm.

For friends and fans of The Adam Hill Band, you can find Hill playing solo tonight at Crossroads Grill & Bar, Highway 55, Seven Springs, NC. Music is free and plays from 10 pm until 2 am. Tomorrow Hill will join the band at Capt. Bob Beck’s Marina Cafe for Sunday Funday. Music plays from 5-8 pm. Come to enjoy the great grooves and free food!

Friends and fans of Tracey Brenneman Music and her band Bern It Down, they are currently seeking a lead guitar player. If you are looking for your next break be sure to reach out to Brenneman on Facebook.


Open Mic Madness at the Dirty Bird Brings Talent


One of the greatest parts of any open mic is, you never know who is going to show up. It has been a few weeks since I check out the open mic that is hosted weekly at The Brown Pelican. On Thursday evening I decided to stick around town and check things out around here for a change. I am so glad I did. Though it was one of the more quite open mics, it was jam-packed with talented players. The highlight of it was watching them all join together for a few songs after many solo acts offered their selections.

The night included delightful music offered by a trio of friends, CDS as the deemed themselves is simply music brothers Cecil, Doug, and Steve. With the fluttering notes of flute and the sweet sound of strings joining the mix, this group was fun, unique and full of talent. Later in the night, they were joined by host, Brian Mac on bongo, Randy Moore on electric guitar and Henry on the acoustic six-string. Before the night was done, bar back, Mike took to the stage and offered a few new songs he learned earlier in the day. That just makes my heart sing. I love being around to catch such a special moment.

Open mic is the kick off of music offerings each week at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC. Sign up starts at 7 pm and music starts rocking at 8 pm. Live music offerings continue with acoustic acts serving the sounds from 7-10 pm each Friday night and bands rocking the stage from 8-11 pm every Saturday night. Tonight Selina Solomon will rolling town to deliver the sounds bar owner Heather Haiss loves. She will be helping the bar owner celebrate her birthday. I think she turns 29 today! No really!


Getting Down Around Town

For fans and friends of the singer-songwriter, who is putting Country Music on the New Bern map, Bryan Mayer will be taking a pause for the cause tonight. 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.


 Country Band Express will be playing your favorites tonight. For the best food and service, and music, you will find it at Moore’s Bar-B-Q in New Bern tonight. Located on Martin Luther King Highway, the band will be feeding you songs from 6-8 pm. Come out to eat and enjoy!


Tonight at BrUtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. On tap, they will be featuring the tunes of Sam Lewis. 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! Food is served from 5 until 10 pm. Music is offered from 7-10 pm.


Looking at the bars around town, here is what I know… The Brown Pelican has 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 Stairwell, on the deck from 7-10 pm. Come out tonight to enjoy the fun rock sounds of this New Bern based rock outfit.


Circa 1810 Bar offers the fun music of Ravenz Bru! Music is offered for a $2.00 cover from 8-11 pm. Tomorrow they offer free music from 5-8 with Tommy Duzan on stage for your entertainment pleasure from 5-8 pm! They are located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC.


New Bern’s newest venue in town City Stage has a night of fiery dancing with Radiance Aglow offering a night of dance and fun times.

Radiance Aglow’s World Dance and Fire Show will be the finale of Aloha Habibi. This event is hosted by Kaitlyn Bellydance and Radiance Aglow. Ticket prices are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. Doors open at 5:00 and hula and belly dancers from all over North Carolina will begin performing at 7:30 p.m. indoors. Radiance Aglow’s world dance and fire show will be outdoors from 9:00-10:00 p.m. Ticket prices include all shows.

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 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 New Bern’s own Marron Chaplin, 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.


Atlantic Beach, NC

There will be live music on tap tonight at Crystal Coast Brewing Company (Atlantic Beach Taproom)Music is served courtesy of Steel Shot 8:00- 11:00 pm. Come out tonight to enjoy the grooves and comedy relief of this Pamlico County-based duo.


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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