Open Jams Offer Nightly Entertainment

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

Open jams offer affordable options for music and fun for communities, and venues alike. This week I went to three jam nights in total and each offered fun and talent too!

Fairfield Harbour Residents Gather for A Sunday Community Jam

It was a fun gathering of music enthusiasts last Sunday at The Fairfield Harbour Community Center, where residents got together for a jam session.

The idea brought together friends and neighbors for a fun evening of sharing songs. Approximately 15 players came together in the round.

Dee Dricks played a few instruments including the violin and piano. She was caught singing and having some fun. I have also seen this talented lady at the monthly open mic, now held at Broad St Christian Church, on the last Saturday of each month (As noted that means, this weekend!)

Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening of songs and stories shared between talented neighbors and dear friends alike.
They look forward to making this a monthly gathering. I found out the scoop about this neighborly jam when I ran into Steve Robichaud and Doug King jamming at The Brown Pelican a few nights prior to this get-together.

On Sunday night I had the honor and privilege of hearing and meeting, Dee, Doug, Steve, as well as Jackie Hice, Carol Myers, Don Moore, Elaine Berberich, BJ Tapley, Jackie Moniak,  Chris Roth, Van Rice,  Jan Eldridge, Ken Walker and his friend Vito.


Big Jim Makes Voodoo Blues Magic on Monday at The Brown Pelican

It wasn’t long ago that I sat down with bar owner Heather Haiss to discuss marketing and music for the 2019 season at the Brown Pelican. Early into that meeting, I said, “You know what this town needs, I good blues night on like Sunday or Monday!” She agreed. After that meeting, I reached out to Big Jim Kohler. After meeting with his band mates, it became the plan to usher in each week with a Monday blues session.

Last week was the soft run for what turned out to be a fun music night! This night offered the authentic blues sounds, known down around the delta and up ’round Chicago too. All this came complete with stinging strings and ripping harp chords.

Though the first week offered two full hours of the Big Jim Kohler Band, minus the breath-taking one… Kathleen Kohler, this night is intended to get you all out of the house to celebrate the blues.

Moving forward, there will be a sign up sheet at the bar ready for you to log in at 6:30 pm and music will start at 7 pm, with the band who will house the room for the first 30 minutes before turning things over to the pickers, player, singers and stringers that come to play! Music will be offered until 9 pm and TIPS for the house band are encouraged, as that is what will help keep this growing! Thanks for your support!


Behind The Scenes with Tracey Stones

Writing this blog and creating this online music platform have opened many windows, doors and opportunities for me to explore. And I stay grateful for all that passes my way. I love learning and growing. We have grown a lot over the years.

From The FolkArts

Some of the behind the scenes things that excite me most, have everything to do with bringing people together with music. This is a big part of why I want to be a part of the work that DEFAS offers to our area. The main mission of the Down East FolkArts Society is bringing the community together with music, while preserving the traditions of the FolkArts! Sitting on the board and offering assistance where I can is exciting, when it means bringing more music in town for our people to celebrate. That mission will be complete when I can go out seven nights a week and enjoy music. I know the day is coming!

I started calling Fairfield Harbour home when I moved to NC with my family in 2005. My parents retired here. They were my support system. They asked me if I wanted to come with my young son. I debated it for two years, came down on vacation both years and in the end decided yes.

I fell in love with the community because it is surrounded by water and that just keeps my Aquarius spirit happy. The place where I live, almost paradise. I get to walk near the water, watch waterfowl fly and flock and witness wildlife of all kinds from scary to cool, all right here in my small corner of the world.

To Community Concerts

This year I will continue to bring community concerts to my neighbors in Fairfield Harbour. My wish is to find one or many banner sponsors to help fund this series. This funding will allow the residents to enjoy the music for FREE all Summer. Without a sponsor, a donation from residents is requested and necessary to pay the acts for their performance.

Currently, I have 15 dates booked with the POA. Five dates are booked for bands to play at the Community Center for an evening show. The majority of the dates however, are reserved for a Sunday n the Park Concert Series. These shows will be for Fairfield Harbour residents and their friends, neighbors and their guests as well.

Last Summer we did four shows at Red Sail Park. This year there will be ten shows, for neighbors to gather with their picnic baskets and wine. The shows will take place in the afternoons from 2:00 – 4: 30 pm. These events are for my neighbors to enjoy the music, fun and fellowship with such great acts as The Big Jim Kohler Blues Band, The Dust Parade featuring Hank Barbee and Rubich & Cain, a raw acoustic blues act that will groove you. Caffeinated Soul Boogie are also scheduled to play. I am also talking to other acts and once the dates are booked and confirmed I will share them with you here.

The first community show for the 2019 Season will feature Caffeinated Soul Boogie. Music will be offered on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 7-10 pm at The Fairfield Harbour Community Center. On Saturday, April 20, 2019, we will welcome Rubich and Cain for a blues session. That show will also be in the Community Center, with music being shared from 7-10 pm.

We Can Do Even More Together

If you are a local business and would like to sponsor these community concert events, your contributions will be put to great use in a community that was devastated by Florence in September. To meet with me on this topic, please reach out via email at or call 318-789-6929.

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In Other Good Blues and Music News

Jon Shain representing the Triangle region at this year’s IBC in Memphis, TN

The talented blues-man from Durham Jon Shain is in Memphis TN this week, representing the Triangle Blues Society  at the Annual International Blues Challenge.

He got word earlier today, that his performance last night at Pig placed him in the semi-finals tonight. The solo blues stringer is not new to the challenge or the blues circuit. He is authentic and full of feeling when sharing songs. He will perform at thePeople’s on Beale Street tonight. Shain is slotted to take the stage at 10:50 pm. Let’s all wish him luck as he moves on in his journey.

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Speaking of area superstars, Stephen Poole is on his way down to compete in the Miami tryouts for The Voice, competing tomorrow. The singer-songwriter is on the road to the competition with his wife and daughter, who surprised Poole by registering him for the competition. A dream that was already on his bucket list. Best wishes to Poole as he shares his Voice with the judges, and safe travels to him on the journey.

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Local singer from Bridgeton, NC, Tommy Duzan Sr., is also awaiting word, after heading to Charlotte last month to audition for the next season of America’s Got Talent.

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And while we are on the subject of locally talented players, we should also congratulate our own Bryan Mayer Band for 8 nominations for tomorrow’s Carolina Country Music Awards, which is being held at The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach.

Mayer will open the awards night with the National Anthem. Last year Mayer won Male Vocalist of the Year, an award he is up for yet again.

Here is hoping his band-mate and bass man Mike Sandvig wins bass player of the year. And the band comes home with several awards following tomorrow night’s ceremonies.

The New Bern Sun Journal photo journalist, Charlies Hall

The New Bern Sun Journal’s Charlie Hall is down there covering the event and I look forward to hearing his reports next week. Good luck to all of these amazingly talented players from our area!

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Friday, January 25, 2019

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Getting Down Around Town



BrÜtopia offers the fresh beer and the rocking sounds of the local stringer Marron Chaplin. He will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!


The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine welcomes the weekend with free music being poured from the stage, courtesy of popular singer and stringer Adam Hill, music plays from  8-10:30 pm.


The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Now or Never. The trio from Beaufort will offer three sets of great songs 7-10 pm. This show is free. 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


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. Tonight on the deck you can enjoy the grooves of Joe Brown & The Band, who always brings a party with music for the people. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Cedar Point, NC


Appearing at Treehouse Beer Company, catch Wild Honey offering live music from 7-10 pm tonight. They have a great song list of moving original grooves that will swing and move you.


Newport, NC

Tonight in the garden at Carolina Home & Garden, you can enjoy the romantic sounds of 4EverAll. They will be offering the music from 6:30-9:30 pm. Food, beer and wine on site for consumption, with live animals and so much more. $5.00 music charge is collected at the door.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents Dick Knight, Fri Jan 25th, 8-11 pm, No Cover.

Join us for a live performance by Mr. Dick Knight. He is a recipient of the NC Heritage Award, (NC Arts Council) and former member of the James Brown Band. He has played with Maceo Parker, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flak, Otis Redding and more!

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Rocking Around the Region

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Jacksonville, NC

Tonight offering the grooves the grab you at Ducks Grille & Bar, it’s the party players Spare Change. Music plays 10 pm until 1 am. Come dance to your favorite songs tonight.

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Havelock, NC

Val’s Pub & Grill welcomes the music of Ashton Ward this evening. He will be playing from 6-9 pm. Come start the weekend with good live music and a fresh cold brew at Val’s!

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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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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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