On The Scene With Tracey Stones
Monday Blues at the Brown Pelican
I know Mondays are so Monday like, but we sure have the cure for your Stormy Monday Blues, my sweet New Bern readers!
For those that have been missing out on the Monday night movement that takes place on Broad St., you should consider checking it out soon. This is where music fans gather and shred The Weekend Is Over Blues.
Following an opening set with the band, the floor opens to the music makers that gather. This not only breaks up the monotony of Monday, but it makes for a great start to the week.
One thing that is often different about these Monday jams, is the absence of the secret weapon Mrs. Big Jim. But here she is offering a promo for this coming Monday and each that follows. Live music on Monday at The Brown Pelican starts at 7 pm and the fun lasts until 9 pm.
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Wild Wednesday Jams Continue
Down on Pollock St. we meet again for a mid-week music session!
If Big Jim Kohler does not see you at the jam on Monday, he will be looking for you each Wednesday when he and the boys do it again, only this time with his bride. Having said that, if Wednesday is not worse for you to get a groove on, then come down to the City Stage where they take you to Chicago and welcome jammers too. Once again fun is on tap from 7-9 pm.
I have gone to most Wednesday night mid-week blues sessions offered at The City Stage. I have also been on hand for each blues offering at the Dirty Bird on Monday. Thing is, no two nights are ever the same. There are always a variety of players that help to shape the sound.
The Big Jim Kohler Band is currently booking dates for the remaining months of 2019 and to book them you can reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get them on your calendar.
For friends and fans of the band, we are on our way to the coast today to take part in celebrations. Today the band heads to Beaufort to take part in the town’s Mardis Gras on Middle Lane. A celebration that will last all afternoon and into the night. They will have a parade which will be followed by music at The Cru Bar, with this authentic blues band offering the grooves from 2-6 pm. For more on what is coming up there this evening keep reading for more!
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Turning our attention back to the jam, and the many people that show up to make the nights interesting…I wanted to tell you about a few things that Simon Spalding is up to in the month ahead. This master musician plays more than a handful of instruments and gets great joy in educating students and audiences alike with his knowledge of so many obscure and unique instruments, not traditionally found in American compositions.
The other thing that Simon is really good at is organizing and promoting the music events that he puts together. Coming up on the busy music man’s calendar are three shows worth noting. First up on the calendar is Neuse River Ramblers, who will be offering a free concert arranged by Spalding at Riverside United Methodist Church – RUMC. This event will be taking place tomorrow afternoon with music being played from 3-4 pm. The Neuse River Ramblers are a new band based here in New Bern, that offers classic rock songs with bluegrass and folk-infused stylings. For any band interested in presenting a free show to our community, you should reach out to Spalding about this series he is offering at the church.
Another upcoming event worth noting and checking out is the Irish Music Sessions hosted by Spalding. This is not a new series. This has been a once a month feature for more than a decade. This group of music-making friends gathers each month to share traditional takes of classic Irish music offerings. This month feature now comes to life on the first Tuesday of each month at The City Stage. Be sure to come out this week to enjoy Fat Tuesday with an Irish twist. Music plays 7-9 pm
The final event Spalding is prepping for these days is a fundraiser for his Bears Bandmate, Janet Montero. Montero is suffering from a rare autoimmune disease and the band is gathering with other music makers from the area to raise funds to help their friend in this difficult time. There will be food and music offered throughout the day and a collection of donations will also be taken throughout the day. This fundraising event is going down on Sunday, March 10 at Rhems Volunteer Fire & Rescue. The fun starts at 1 m and rocks on until 5 pm. Please come support our own local legend.
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Thursday Delights Found Downtown
It always delights me to report new music in town being added to the calendar. Last month Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steak Restaurant became the latest to be added to the New Bern list.
Making room in the upstairs piano bar for local music makers, the well-known restaurant recently added live music to their Thursday night dinner menu. Earlier in the year, I enjoyed the kick off of this weekly feature when Strung Together offered the opening show during the first week of February.
Closing out the month, this week, I had the delightful pleasure of listening to Nicholas Bailey. When on break, this player mentioned something about his seamless playing style and let me tell you there is really something to that statement.
I have been to many shows and never have I walked in on someone playing an endless song selection of popular favorites without a pause in between or words to guide you. Bailey is an incredibly gifted and talented player. Any venue that is in search of a sound that offers compliments of music to accompany a dinner service, this is the man you want to call! To inquire and contact the artist visit his website at
When not entertaining crowds in public he is making his living with music being offered to TV and film productions. Seems he has been in our living rooms and theaters without people even realizing it. I knew there was something special about this player.
Bailey, whose roots are here in New Bern, stays busy creating sounds and musical arrangements that come to life when blended with digital effects. His music is moving and soul soothing. He currently calls Raleigh home base, but he has been all over the country with his musical talent. You can go to new levels if you take a minute or ten, to run through just some of the music projects he offers on his YouTube channel. I did a search and here is where it took me:
When not creating sounds solo, Bailey rocks it with his twin brother Graham Bailey in a band called Nick and the Babes. Based in the Triangle area, this band calls Raleigh home. To learn more about them check out their website by following this link.
There is one other thing that is unique about this New Bern born talent, besides his fine music. He is one of the few local talents that is featured with an extensive history of fine work on Wikipedia. Be sure to search him out soon and enjoy the vibes he shares with fans and followers!
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Open Mic at The Brown Pelican
The Brown Pelican is the host of the longest running open mic night found around town. Opening the floor to local and regional players that wander in to share songs, it is always a fun and interesting night.
When I walked in on Thursday evening I said hi to the host Brian Mac, and made note of the fact that Charlie Duzan was jamming on the six string and offering an original tune while I was signing in.
The next player I had the pleasure to hear was Kenny Chilewski, a singer and stringer that enjoys sharing songs with friends and folks in an earshot. Hailing from the coal region of Fleetwood PA, he enjoys traveling to small towns and meeting new people. This week he happened to find his way to New Bern and shared four songs with those that gathered on Thursday.
Chilewski offered selections with soothing country sounds and he did so on a beautiful Martin guitar with a full body trimmed in pearl. Back home he plays in a duo act and has experience and a music history cutting chords in bands too over the years. Let’s hope he liked us enough to return again.
Next up on the carpet came instrumental rocker Kelsey Krumroy, he took us to new places with his melodic sounds that expose the players’ soul. Not like any other player that plays around the area, he arrives with a machine he plugs into that helps add to the rest of his sound.
The songwriter has a great selection of original works that would appeal to any music appreciator. Krumroy is a musicians’ musician and worth taking note of. You can find him easily on Facebook and check out his music on Itunes and Spotify too.
For any regional players looking to break into the New Bern market, be sure to put this open mic night on your schedule soon. Sign up starts at 7 pm and music plays from 8 pm until closing. All are welcome to come and share their songs.
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Behind The Scenes With Tracey Stones
It was about five years ago that I went walking with my friend Mindy Moore and talked extensively about the idea of starting up a blog. Fast forward a few years and now I am teaming up with Moore to teach a class about blogging.
Blogging for Small Business
I am proud to announce that this month the Small Business Center at Pamlico Community College will be offering a four-part series on Blogging for Small Business. I will be teaching this informative series on blogging every Monday in March. It is a free offering to anyone interested in attending. Over the course of the month, we will talk about blogging different sites, the importance of a blog in keeping your online presence fresh, growing your blog and we will wrap it up with tips on making your blog work for you!
Anyone interested in learning more about blogging should sign up and join me at the Pamlico Community Colleges Small Business Center in Bayboro, NC. To sign up and check out all of the classes available for free follow this link:
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Saturday, March 2, 2019
New Bern Mardi Gras Parade
The fun and festivities will be taking place in the Ghent Neighborhood today starting at 11 am. The fun and frolicking continue until this evening, the fun wraps up at 6 pm. This gathering is complete with food and a parade… a community gathering for the celebration of the season. For all interested in taking part or seeing what’s up, head over to Spencer Avenue to enjoy the day!
Saturday Night Specials
On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge
BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Rick Huff 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
The Brown Pelican hosts the return of the Steel County Express this evening. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs courtesy of this band. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.
Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of The BiPolar Express, who will be rocking the deck with all the grooves that get you going. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.
North Carolina History Center
The Hunts are an Indie-Alternative Folk Band, comprised of seven brothers and sisters.
Playing in the Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center.
Tickets are available at the Tryon Palace and online at the Palace website ($15.00)
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Cruising the Crystal Coast
Atlantic Beach 2016
Off The Hook welcomes the grooves of Groove Fetish this evening. This fun and funky party band will come ready to groove you. They are fun and fresh, for those who have not seen them yet. The band pours out the grooves they love in an effort to make the crowd dance and move to the beats. Music plays from 10 pm until 2 am.
Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop welcomes Wicked Brew, Sat Mar 2nd, 7-11 pm, No Cover.
Come by Cru after the Mardi Gras on Middle Lane festivities, for more live music by Wicked Brew!
Rocking Chicago/Delta style blues band with incredible guitar virtuoso Tim Rowe, Chris Lee on harmonica with Steve Botterbusch and Todd Humphreys rounding out the rhythm section. Joined by the extraordinary David Robinson on sax.
Offering the live sounds tonight at The Boro Restaurant & Bar will be The Will & Tony featuring Will Baker and Tony Johnston keeping beats from 8-11 pm You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music.
Surf City, NC
The Trailer Bar welcomes Randy O tonight for the fun and music for music lovers in the Surf City Area. Come out to rock the night away with this talented local entertainer. Music plays from 8:30 until 11:30 pm.
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Rocking Around the Region
Babylon Shakes – a new project out of Raleigh that combines the rollicking funk of vintage Aerosmith, the reckless punk edge of the New York Dolls, and a good dose of straight up Hanoi Rocks.
Live at The Maywood
Saturday March 2, 2019
658 Maywood Avenue – Raleigh, NC
8p doors, 9p show
$10 / ages 21+
Adv tix: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1812646
** Use venue front door for entry to this show **
The Maywood is located inside the Raleigh beltline, right off I-40 at exit 297, Lake Wheeler Road.
Follow the signs towards downtown Raleigh / NC State Farmer’s Market.
Turn right onto Maywood Avenue (after the Exxon/Subway).
We’re the second building on the left.
Plenty of no hassle FREE parking in our parking lot.
FREE overflow parking on the street.
The Blue Note Grill welcomes Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojo’s
Samedi Gras has become the 2nd greatest party in New Orleans other than Mardi Gras! Mardi is Tuesday in French. Samedi is Saturday.
The Wicked Mojos play a mixture of blues, zydeco/cajun, funk, swamp pop that is best described as “Louisiana Dance Hall Music”. Without a doubt, this band will set your soul and feet on fire.
Singer/harmonicist Mel Melton logged a lot of road time with both Cheniers Clifton and C.J., and most notably Sonny Landreth. The Wicked Mojos can barely contain the fiery guitar work of Max Drake, the dynamic driving rhythm section of bassist T.A. James and drummer Kelly Pace.
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Brewmasters of Goldsboro welcome the sounds of The Oblations, who will be sharing songs tonight from 7-10 pm. Come out to support this local artist and enjoy a craft beer and great food too.
They are taking a pause for the cause at Cooper’s Tavern in Goldsboro, NC. Kicking things off with an in house Poker Run, offering a pig for pickin’ and live music courtesy of Devour. The fun starts at 4 pm and all the money raised goes to local resident Michael Pulley.
At Pitt Street Brewing Company tonight, it’s the music of Lake Chamberlain, which is a five-piece band created in 2016 and born in the basements of Raleigh, North Carolina. The group includes Tommy Freeman(vocalist and lead/rhythm guitarist), Winston Mitchell, lead guitar; John Bridgeman, rhythm/lead guitar; Matt Austin on drums, and Josh Stahl on bass.
A group of musicians with varied backgrounds, they represent a musical melting pot. Their music encompasses a blending of genres ranging from folk-rock to psychedelia, to blues, to fast-paced punk rock.
This is an all ages welcome show with free music starting at 8 pm.
There are some 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. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you while you dine and drink and unwind.
Friends and fans of Gen X are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. The rockers will be on stage and rocking the room tonight starting at 10 pm.
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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.
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