Hurricane Relief is Still a Thing ’round Here

On the Scene With Tracey Stones


Last weekend we wrapped things up at another benefit. This pause for the cause was a hurricane relief effort to raise the money needed to fix and restore Pamlico County Schoo,l so that children can return to their classes. It was organized by the well-known sax man on the scene James Durham, who not only jams with many bands but is also a music instructor at Pamlico County College. 

In all five bands came together for this event, which was held in the AH Hatsell  Auditorium at Pamlico County High School. I was able to be there to watch four of the bands play. They sold T-shirts and had a food vendor on site. It was a fun Sunday afternoon full of music and filled with love for the kids at Pamlico County Middle School.

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Bands Band Together for Hurricane Relief

Brant Island Strings

The Brant Island Strings are a folk-infused string band is from Pamlico County, who play a fun blend of familiar music. This quartet features the talents of Rick Vogt offering vocals and guitar, his wife Ginny Vogt, also on vocals and guitar, Becky Ackiss plays the upright bass and shares vocals and Perry Cheatham plays the mandolin. To get to know the band better you can find them on Facebook. Just visit their band page and give it a like.

Brant Island Strings on Facebook

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Beaufort Blues Project

The six-piece band from the Crystal Coast, The Beaufort Blues Project came out to offer a set of great music for the fans, who came out in support of this worthy cause. The last time I ran into this band they were also donating their talents for hurricane relief. That last time it was closer to home at the Amped Up gig in Morehead City.

Tomorrow night this band has a paid gig at The Backstreet Pub. Music plays at 9 pm and I encourage everyone who heads out there to fill this good-hearted band’s tip jar until it is overflowing. Show them love in return for all of the love they have shared to help others. To find them on Facebook follow this link:

The Beaufort Blues Project on Facebook

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The Spread

Next to the stage came the good grooves of The Spread. This is another band I was able to catch up with a couple weeks ago, donating their time for Hurricane Relief, closer to home. They too played The Amped Up Benefit that took place earlier this month in Morehead City. A place where some of the players call home.

This band is refreshingly original and great fun to hear. I have loved them since the first time I heard them, at the Backstreet Pub in Beaufort, back in May 2015. Playing the show on Sunday we got to hear the blended talents of Kathryn Morgan, offering her powerful vocals, Chris Taylor on guitar, Will Phetterplace on drums, Phil Wilson on bass and Chris White offering rhythm guitar and the newest groove maker, Jim Durham on saxophone.

To keep up to date with this band visit their Facebook page and like it while you are there.

The Spread

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The Dust Parade

The Dust Parade closed out this event which highlighted our area’s music scene all on one stage. It was a wonderful event that raised money for kids, which always warms the heart. Besides closing out the day, bandleader, Hank Barbee ran the sound for this event.

On Wednesday I closed out the blog stories with how the band wrapped up the night. They offered their song, “The Best Way.” Giving you all a glimpse of their newest number. Here is how they opened their set.

The Dust Parade features Hank Barbee on vocals and guitar, Jim Durham on sax and backing vocals, Matt Henderson on bass guitar and Logan Watson behind the kit, banging out the beats.

To get to know the band better and to shop their merchandise visit their website.

 The Dust Parade

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~ Live Music Option ~

Friday, November 23, 2018

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First Stop James City!


Triple Play Sports Bar & Restaurant


Live on stage at Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Barbeginning at 9 pm tonight, it is the rocking sounds of Smokehouse. 


Thirsty Bruin


Live music is a tradition at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine. This feature is free and takes place weekly from 8-10:30 pm. Tonight on the stage and sharing her songs will be the local rocker, Marron Chaplin. Come out to welcome in the weekend with the freshest new brew and rocking grooves.


The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.

Tonight we enjoy the music of Rick Huff, who will be offering his songs from 7-10 pm

Tomorrow night it is a double bill of rock n blues. Starting off the night with her rocking soul will be Marron Chaplin jamming from 8-10 pm and Big Jim Kohler rocking the rest of the night away with his down-home blues til midnight.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight you can party right with The Wannabees, who will be rocking the cold away from 7-10 outside and TrainWreck taking over the inside stage from 10 pm until closing. Tomorrow night fans of southern rock are in for a treat when The Potter’s Hill Band comes calling tomorrow 7:30-11:30 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


City Stage


Live tonight at The City Stage it is Dueling Pianos with the host Tony Basford. Join Basford and friends as they make you laugh, sing and dance the night away.
Premium seats fill up fast for this amazing show so come early!
Doors open at 5pm, food and drinks will be available as always throughout the night.
Tickets are $5 at the door.


Cruising The Coast

Morehead City, NC

According to their Facebook Page, here is what is happening this weekend at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 513 Evans St., Morehead City:

~Friday, November 23rd~
OPEN at 4pm
Made to order brick oven pizza will be available starting at 8pm
Music by Eric Gress tonight starting at 10pm

~Saturday, November 24th~
OPEN at 12noon
Enjoy our wood-fired pizza starting at 8pm
Live music by Trainwreck starts at 10pm

Friendly reminders: Everyone must be 21 and over. Starts at 9pm and there is a $10 minimum on credit cards.

See you at Jack’s!



On the deck tomorrow will be New Bern’s own rock show, The BiPolar Express. They’ll be providing the entertainment for the good folks that gather at Off the Hook this Saturday night. Live music starts at 10 pm. I encourage you to go early for the delicious food and stay late to get in the grooves with this fun and funky band! Off the Hook is located at 105 S 7th St, Morehead City, NC.


Swansboro, NC


The Swansboro Christmas Flotilla is fun for the whole family!

At dusk, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, gather along Swansboro’s waterfront and watch the spectacular parade of lights along the Intracoastal Waterway and down the White Oak River. Music will fill the air and you can enjoy treats, such as cider, hot cocoa, and baked goods, as you enjoy the lights glimmering off the river. You’ll be amazed by the lights and décor of the boats – Santa Claus will arrive by boat and visit with the crowd throughout the evening.

Adding Music to the event the band Old Smoke and blues rocker Will Baker will be on a pontoon rocking their cares away! Be sure to listen for them floating past. If you happen to miss it, Old Smoke will be rocking Church St. Deli in Swansboro from 7-10 pm tomorrow night.


Emerald Isle, NC


Tonight at the E-Club Emerald Isle you can come out and be entertained by the always energetic Corey Stuart tonight. Offering the fun sounds of the ’80s and beyond. Tomorrow night is the town parade and pig picking at the club. Come out anytime in the afternoon. They will have a DJ rocking you until after the parade ends, a free pig to feed you and then a couple of great bands to rock you into the night. Pure T Mommick hits at 5 pm and Spare Change finishing things out from 9 pm until closing.



Tomorrow at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits you can come out and enjoy the performance of  Chris Bellamy, who will be offering songs in the garden tomorrow evening following the town’s parade.


Cedar Point, NC

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Tonight, sharing their love of music with friends and fans, 4EverAll will be in the garden tonight. Free music is offered from 6:30-9:30 pm. There is a food truck on site, fun things for the kids, adult beverages and cool shopping too! Come out and enjoy it all this fine Friday night!



Riptidez Bar & Grill in Cedar Point hosts Adam Hill tonight. The rocker will be offering an acoustic show from 9 pm until midnight. Come out to enjoy the powerful and moving sounds of this music maker as he makes his debut.

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Wilmington, NC

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Moe’s Original BBQ Wilmington will offer the solo sounds of Hank Barbee tonight from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm.



Ratchet Bros. are scheduled to perform at The Calico Room tonight. Music starts at 8:30 pm and these music brothers rock you until 11:30 pm. This duo also swaps chops in the band The Phantom Playboys. They are both talented strings with many songs to share, so check them out tonight!




Randy McQuay has a show in Wilmington tonight as well. You can find the awesome blues player live on stage at Burnt Mill Creek Billiards & Wine Bar this evening from 8-11 pm.

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Rocking Around The Region


Greensboro, NC


Wally West Jazz Trio will be offering the sounds at Preyer Brewing Company this Black Friday night. Come out and jazzed up with live sounds from 8-11 pm.


Statesville, NC


The band Holt Up recently visited us in town, when they played The Brown Pelican. Tonight the band will be rocking it closer to home for friends and fans in the Statesville area. Check them out tonight at Red Buffalo Brewing Co. offering music from 8-11 pm.


Durham, NC


NOVEMBER 23, 2018 · FRIDAY * 9PM * $10

It’s way past time for the BNG TELECASTER MASTERS. This year’s event features Will McFarlane, Alan Heckle, Rebecca Newton (honorary Tele master), Tommy Hartley, FJ Ventre, and George “The Clock” Hindenach.
And other area Telecaster masters will be encouraged to sit in on a few songs!
It’s the biggest local event of the year, with a who’s who of musicians attending and playing!
The original Telecaster Master events started in 2010 at the original Blue Note Grill in Durham. They were always SRO events and a great way for music lovers to spend a night with American guitar players, with great musical stories to tell. This special show brings the original cast back to the new location, for a round robin of some of the finest Telecaster music in American history.

NOTE: We do not take reservations on Friday. Seating is first come/first serve. Please arrive after 8pm for the 9pm show.

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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

November 19 at 5:59 PM

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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 on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely 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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