Keeping the Beats in New Bern Last Night We Find Some Soul Boogie, Party People and Talented Stringers

On The Scene With Tracey Stones




Keeping the beats close to home last night, it seems when you ride around in a vehicle with nearly 400,000 miles, sometimes it is wise to stay close to home base. Lucky for me, we live in New Bern, NC and that means plenty of music options for your weekend fun.

Caffeinated Soul Boogie

Last night I started things off in James City, where I stopped by BrÜtopia, to enjoy the sounds of the New Bern based band known as Caffeinated Soul Boogie. They offered their grooves last night from 7-10 pm, to a packed house of onlookers and listeners. This local act features a father and daughter duo, that has expanded to become a full band with great songs to share. Making the music is singer Darria Yeager, who has the voice of an angel, her father Derrick Moore plays the guitar
Javier Sinobas is the one offering the bass notes while Tanner Bright keeps the beats.

In addition to the sweet sounds they make, the band welcomed local blues legend Bob Clyde to the stage, to help out with some harmonica parts. It was a great night of music and keeping beats. The crowd was enjoying the food being served by Nest Cafe and the beer brewed right there at BrÜtopia.

To get familiar with this fun area band that offers a mix of folk, Americana and blues music be sure to check out their band page on Facebook:

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Spare Change Offers the Party Grooves

I can’t tell you how many times I have come close to seeing this next band. But let me just say, it has been more than a few times that I just missed the rocking sounds of Spare Change. In fact, it happened just weeks ago. My case in point, they rocked the morning away at the Amped Up for Youtilities event in Morehead City. They were finishing up their last song when I was rounding the corner and making my way to the stage.

Last night, however, the LaGrange based band rocked the night away on the back deck at Blackbeard’s where plenty of people joined the fun. Making the grooves come to life in this popular band are Jordan Rouse, guitar and vocals, Jeff Morris in the back behind the kit; Veronica Wall upfront and leading the vocals. I am unclear on who is holding down the bass, and who rocked the other guitar, but all in all this band is a lot of fun.

The draw here of course is, they play songs that bring us back to when life was carefree and fun. They play popular songs that we all know and love, and many that make us want to dance. Tonight the band has a gig lined up at The Deck at River Twist. The band will be rocking the popular grooves tonight from 8:30-11:30 pm. To keep up with the beats of this band, be sure to visit their website by clicking this link:

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Kristie Lynn Brings It To The Brown Pelican

Here again is another artist that I have been hoping to catch for some time. I rather enjoy her live video feeds on Facebook and she is familiar to many around town. Kristie Lynn hails from Wilmington, NC and offers friends and fans an acoustic show with great favorites, familiar to most. Along with that, she is a talented singer-songwriter with a list of songs she has composed. She plays her songs throughout the Downeast region and you can keep up with the busy artist by liking her Facebook page:

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~Mail Check~


Singer-Songwriter, Will McBride reached out this wee, to let me know some good news going on with his band, The Will McBride Group. They will be featured this week on 106.5 FM WSFL’s Homegrown Music. Catch up with New Bern’s own Parker Millar, this Sunday at 10 pm and listen for when he spins their latest release, “Karma.”

For those interested in catching the band live tonight at The Flipside Restaurant, where they will be offering the sounds from 8-11 pm.


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More Pause for a Good Cause

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Before we get to talking about all the music happening around tonight, let me first take a minute to remind you of a very important show taking place at Pamlico County High School. This concert will feature the music of five acts and the proceeds will be donated to help fix Pamlico County Middle School, which was devastated by Florence in mid-September. On the bill for Band Together For Hurricane Relief will be The Pamlico Sound (The school’s Jazz Ensemble), Brant Island Strings of Pamlico County, Beaufort Blues Project from Beaufort, The Spread from Morehead City and The Dust Parade, featuring Hank Barbee, from Wilmington, NC.

The upcoming event will be taking place tomorrow, Sunday, November 18, 2018, at the Pamlico High School’s AH Hatsell Auditorium. Doors open at 3 pm and music plays at 4 pm. There is a recommended donation of $5.00 per person payable at the door.

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Live Music Option ~ Saturday, Nov 17:

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First Stop James City!


Checking in with our friends at BrÜtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC: Tonight you can come out and enjoy the acoustic sounds of the talented Irish Robinson, who is on his way to becoming a dad this week. What a great thing to celebrate. Be sure to congratulate the music maker when he comes to town tomorrow. As always, the music is free, the beer is fresh and the weekend awaits. Come out and celebrate! Music is served from 7-10 pm.


Bank of The Arts


Craven Arts Council & Gallery is proud to present “At the Gallery: Carly Simon,” performed by Marron Chaplin. The hit singer and songwriter of “You’re So Vain,” Simon was a powerhouse of the 1970’s pop music scene who won numerous awards. The concert takes place at Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St, on November 17

. The concert begins at 7pm, with a pre-concert discussion of the composer’s life starting at 6:30 pm. Hoping to cope with a stutter at the age of eight, Carly Simon turned to music, both singing and songwriting. After a short career with her sister as “The Simon Sisters,” her self-titled debut album won a Grammy for Best New Artist, starting her international career.

Often topping the charts throughout the 1970’s, Simon’s unique voice and songwriting talent won her critical acclaim. Simon is the first artist to ever win an Academy Award, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe for a song written, composed and performed by the same artist. Her career included numerous Billboard hits, 2 Grammy Awards, induction in the Songwriter Hall of Fame, and the ASCAP Founder’s Award. Hit’s include “You’re So Vain,” “Anticipation,” and “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be.”

Marron Chaplin is a multifaceted singer, songwriter, guitarist and piano player whose sound ranges from monster rock riffs to piano ballads, acoustic storytelling, and classic blues guitar solos. She been a member of numerous bands in addition to her solo career and is currently touring between eastern North Carolina, New York City, and Nashville.


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 in, to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.

Tonight we take a pause for a local cause courtesy of GEM Productions.

Carolina Lily Fest 2018 kicks off at 5 pm, with New Bern’s family band Strung Together offering the opening set. Following their set, Mandy Mears plays at 6:15; followed by Sometimes Lions 7:15 pm. Batts come calling at 8:15 and closing out the night will be the music of the incredibly talented Crystal Bright. 

Along with all of the great entertainment, there will be a silent auction and a place to make donations for Coastal Women’s Shelter during this holiday season. Please come out and show your support and help this worthy organization help others in our community!


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 through the weekend with Push Play bringing the fun vibes. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


City Stage


Saturday, November 17th means Madame Z’s November Pride
Madame Z and The Pollock Street Drag Divas are back for another unique and unforgettable evening of Fun! It’s an evening you don’t want to miss! The crowd is always diverse and fun-loving and the mood is sublime!
8 pm – 1 am Cover Charge $8.00


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:

~Saturday, November 17th~
OPEN at 12noon
Enjoy our wood-fired pizza starting at 8 pm
Live music by Rural Route Romance starts at 10 pm 🎸




On the deck tonight, bring the music to the people and for the people, it is New Bern’s most loved funk and soul act Joe Brown and The Band, they’ll be providing the entertainment for the good folks that gather at Off the Hook tonight. 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



Tonight at Boro Restaurant  & Bar you can enjoy the sounds that sooth you, with music being offered from 8-11 pm tonight courtesy of New Bern’s own Ed Prophet. He will sing songs that make you fall in love with the weekend and maybe even your date. Come out to enjoy and celebrate around the little town of Swansboro. Tonight they will host the town tree lighting following an early performance of the Nutcracker, which is being offered at The Swansboro Dance Studio. Following the tree lighting, you can enjoy live music at Boro Restaurant, located on Front St., Swansboro, NC. The music will play courtesy of the Castellano Brothers and Webb Brothers.


Emerald Isle, NC


Tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits you can come out and support the debut performance of Charlie Sieber, who will be offering songs in the garden this evening from 6-9 pm.


Rocking Around The Region


Clayton, NC



Revival 1869 – A Drinkery is a neat place for a date night. Tonight they feature an amazing jazz trio featuring Russell Favret. Music is offered from 8-11 pm. This show is free but please feel free to not only tip the bartenders serving you, but the entertainers too!


Raleigh, NC


Genre: Funk
Location: New Orleans, LA

George Porter, Jr. is best known as the bassist of The Meters, along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste. The group was formed in the mid 60’s and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk then called R&B. The Meters disbanded in 1977 but reformed in 1989. Today the original group still plays the occasional reunions but the Funky Meters, of which Porter and Neville are still members, most prominently keeps the spirit alive.

Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter Jr. During the course of a career spanning more than four decades, Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in The Meters, but he’s notched session work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Tori Amos, Taj Mahal, Ryan Montbleau and live performances with Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes, John Scofield, Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno (and including recent studio releases with Warren Haynes and Bill Kreutzmann) just to name a few.

Porter is also the bandleader of his own unique long-term project the Runnin’ Pardners. He has assembled some seasoned and talented musicians to join him on this project. Familiar Pardners – Brint Anderson (guitar) and, Michael Lemmler (keyboards) and rising stars on the New Orleans music scene Khris Royal (saxophone) and Terrence Houston (drums). George Porter Jr. plans to keep a smile on his face.” I feel like I am working towards something that will be remembered.”

Today, Porter features that epic bottom end in his latest ventures with his own band the Runnin’ Pardners.


Genre: Funk/Rock/Psychedelic/Blues
Location: New Orleans, LA

Few bands arouse a crowd into a collective shake like Flow Tribe. The six-member band’s onstage chemistry reflects a seamless combination of soul and movement, that hits the audience within the first few notes. Virgin listeners and avid fans alike are drawn in by the distinctive sound that feels both familiar and original. Outfitted for each performance in colorful, carefully selected suits, it’s clear their focus is sharp and the party has begun. This is the work of professional musicians who’ve found their passion and are living a dream where everyone’s welcome.

Second line brass and Cuban-Caribbean rhythms meld with R&B, soul, rock, and hip-hop beat, in high-energy performances that turn every show into a celebration. New Orleans has influenced itself, the unparalleled free and easy city weaving its way into track after track of original scores, that make up a single definition of sound, which Flow Tribe has dubbed “backbone-cracking music.”

K.C. O’Rorke (vocals, trumpet), John-Michael Early (harmonica, washboard, vocals, keyboard), Russell Olschner (drums), Chad Penot (bass, vocals), Bryan Santos (guitar, timbales), and Mario Palmisano (guitar) are native New Orleanians and high school pals, who’ve been writing music and playing live shows since the band’s inception in 2004. Post-graduation they went their separate ways, but after Katrina each returned to their hometown, inherently becoming active members in the rebuilding of a community that’s stronger than ever. Flow Tribe may well be the city’s next music ambassadors.



Farmville, NC


Pour Haus Pub welcomes the talented Adam Hill to the stage this evening for a fun night of rockin’ sounds, that include cover songs you know and originals you will love. Music plays from 10 pm until the closing bell at 1 am. Come to get rocked by the singer and stringer from Pink Hill, NC.


Durham, NC




Juke Joint at the Edge of the World is the eleventh studio release from esteemed singer-songwriter Randall Bramblett, a multi-instrumentalist musician with a career spanning four decades. Highly sought-after for his creativity, as both a collaborator and skilled touring sideman, the legendary Georgian’s talent has earned him the respect of his peers and many of rock’s finest luminaries. While having shared stages with artists such as Steve Winwood, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, and Widespread Panic, among others, it’s Bramblett’s own career as frontman where his artistry is truly on full display.

Deep into the self-described second act of his solo career, Bramblett aims to recreate the literature of the blues with music about nowhere people in nowhere lands. Conjuring equal parts Tom Waits, William Burroughs, and hallelujah chorus, his music again comes alive with this new collection of songs. With a commitment to the story of his characters and the necessary mutation of music, Bramblett has kept his solo career as fresh as the day it began.

This evolving engine of creativity is due, in large part, to the familiarity and bond shared with his band mates.

Come out for a special night of music and enjoy the great food too.




Cat’s Cradle Presents

Saves The Day with Kevin Devine and An Horse at Motorco
7 PM Doors – 8 PM Show
$20 Adv – $25 Day Of


Kinston, NC


Mason Jar Bonfire will be rocking the grooves at The Red Room this evening. They get the party started at 10 pm, with music playing until closing at 2 am. Come have a good time as we dance into the weekend tonight. The Red Room is located at 220 Herritage St., Kinston, NC. There is s $5.00 music charge payable upon entry.

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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 12 at 5:46 PM

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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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