Last Weekend Was a Trick with Treats and Halloween Fun

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

Live Music and Halloween Fun


There were lots of characters out and about town this weekend. I stopped by three venues and enjoyed the audience as much as the bands. Way to show your spirit #NewBernStrong


First Brew Stop!


Joe Baes Project Rock BrÜtopia for 2nd Annual Halloween Bash!

The Joe Baes Project brought the good times and fun music, for the Second Annual Halloween Bash at BrUtopia last Saturday, October 27, 2018. Offering cover songs from grunge to straight up rock originals, they always sound good serving up the sounds.

2018 offered the main trio of the project, see some transition with original bass brother Mike Galloway moving away. Baes reached out to a good friend on the scene from years before Dan Taylor, to join his project. Since the spring of this year, the trio has been working hard combing through songs and making lists that feature rock, pop country, as well as the original music. The band is now fronted by namesake Joe Baes on guitar and vocals,  and Jonathon Toler back behind the kit on drums and vocals. Sometimes the project includes guest players on percussion and keys too.

To get to know them better visit their website by clicking here:

Joe Baes Project


Rock Stop Two

The BiPolar Express Arrives at Blackbeard’s Station on Saturday

Next up it was over the bridge in search of trolls and ghouls, we stop at Blackbeard’s Triple Play and rock with The BiPolar Express. The trio was dressed, like 80’s tennis players. Doing warmups between sets, it was the first chilly night of the season for music under the tent, and they were all sporting shorts. Rocking the packed crowd until 11:30 pm, they offered so many favorites, including a couple ACDC selections, Bon Jovi offering, Motley Crue and even Ratt to get the crowd moving. If you like 80’s hair bands you should make it a point to enjoy this band at a venue near you.

It is rare but the band is offthis weekend, but you can keep up to speed with their events by liking their band page on Facebook:

The BiPolar Express on Facebook


Rocking for Relief


While on the subject of these two local trios, I will take a minute to mention that their next gigs will be on the same stage. Both trios will be rocking for the relief of our homeless veterans. In time for Veteran’s Day Weekend, this is the Third Annual Concert put on By Robert Hurff of RCS and Peace Soldier. Helping area veterans has been his mission for years and a few years back he organized this concert to amp up his contributions.

On the bill, this year are four local bands and one regional act that will Shoot to Thrill you. You can buy your tickets in town at Mitchell’s Hardware on Craven St. or at Fullers Music on Trent Rd. or buy your ticket at the gate. Come out and jam with local family band Strung Together,rockers Joe Baes Project, the BiPolar Express, Peace Soldier and regional rockers, Shoot To Thrill, the all-female ACDC tribute act. That is a fine ticket of entertainment for a great cause. For more information on the show check out  the Peace Soldier Website today:


Ravenz Bru Celebrate Halloween at The Dirty Bird

Rounding out the rest of my stops last Saturday, I also stopped in at the Brown Pelican on Middle Street,to catchRavenz Bru rocking the crowd. Ghosts and witches were dancing, pirates made an appearance and the band played on. This local trio offers rock and pop classics and is known for offering a good selection of beach music in each set. Be sure to find them on Facebook by clicking here:

Ravenz Bru on Facebook


Classic Rock Rewind on Sunday With

The Wannabees

The Wannabees were scheduled to bring the party to the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play on Friday, October 26, 2018, but their show was canceled due to the bad weather. It was, however, rescheduled for Sunday night, when they rocked the crowd from 6-9 pm. The classic rock group is New Bern based and fine examples of the talent this town boasts. Joining in the fun for a few songs was harmonica player Steve Burkett. The players had great fun playing to the Sunday evening crowd. To keep up with the band please like and follow their page on Facebook by clicking

The Wannabees

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Live Music Options ~ Friday, November 2

Getting Down Around Town


Downtown New Bern, NC

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First Stop James City!


Checking in with our friends at BrÜtopialocated at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC:

Tonight you can come out and enjoy the sounds of B&B,featuring Bon and Bill of Cuz’n Kirk Experience. They bring their rock and blues to town tonight. Tomorrow you can enjoy the blues of Big Jim Kohler. Your favorite beer will be on tap and the music will be offered from 7-10 pm.


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. Tonight come out to enjoy the music of Tan Sanders. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands. Tomorrow night it is the Pete Pawsey Trio returning to rock you. Live music is offered each Saturday from 8-11 pm.


The Thirsty Bruin


Rick Huff will be offering the tunes to welcome the weekend this evening at The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. Live music plays from 8-10:30 pm. The Bruin offers live music each Friday from 8-10:30 pm. All music is free. Come usher in the weekend in town with a fresh beer and great live music.


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 enjoy the rock grooves of The Roman Sams, offering the rock favorites to groove you from 7:30-11:00 pm.


City Stage


Tonight you are invited to enjoy the fun grooves requested by you! The Dueling Pianos will be taking your requests and offering the grooves you love from 8-11 pm. There is a $5.00 music charge payable at the door. Tomorrow night come out and be the star with Karaoke being offered to start at 7 pm. The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St, New Bern, NC. They are a private club. Sign up and become a member for $1.00.

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Cruising The Coast


Morehead City, NC


A Jazzy fine time is in store for folks at The Morehead City Country Club tonight. Here are the details for this dinner and a show:

Friday, November 2nd
Dinner & a show $25 (includes tax & gratuity)

Entertainment provided by Blue Moon Jazz
featuring Phil Routszong & Jill Williamson

Serving appetizers from 6:30-7:00
Buffet from 7 to 8
Fried flounder & shrimp
shrimp cocktail
scallops & grits
bacon wrapped scallops
crab dip

If seafood isn’t what you’re
looking for, no problem!
The regular bar menu will be
available until 8:00


Get Amped Up with Music


Tomorrow it is a full day of great music when The North Carolina Seafood Festival and Big Rock Tournament team up to bring Amped Up for Youtilies. 

There are nine bands on this bill and all are familiar local acts.

Opening the day will be Mike Corado at 11 am. Following his set Spare Change rocks you from 12 pm-1:30 pm. New Bern’s Family band, Strung Together follows up with a set of great music at 2 pm. The Spread from Morehead City will take the stage at 3 pm. Beaufort Blues Projectrocks you at 4 pm followed by the blues of Jacksonville’s own, Carolina Swamp Dogs. Offering the evening shows will be Mikele Buck Band at 6 pm followed by the Band of Oz at 7 pm. Closing out the night will be the popular Bryan Mayer Band rocking from 9-10 pm.

Come out and show your support and make a donation for those affected by Florence! This event is free to attend so pack up the kids and meet us down at the waterfront for a rocking great time.



Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop has more great fun in store for you tonight with Caroline Tanner and Sara Rosellen from Carolina Sky, as well as special guests offering a great night of free bluegrass music. You can enjoy the sounds from 8:30 -11:30 pm.



Gary Dudley & The Maxxtones will offer the classic rock you love tonight at The Royal James Cafe, 117 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Music rocks from 9 pm until the midnight hour.



For those looking for dinner and music accompaniment please come out to Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub tonight to enjoy the wonderful food and the soothing sounds of Kevin Siebol from 6-9 pm.


Rocking Around The Region

 Jacksonville, NC

43770220_2391415497540938_2017336011398316032_o.jpgJustin Castellano will be providing the entertainment at for the folks that come out for dinner tonight at Captain Bob’s Marina Cafe, located 110 S Marine Blvd., Jacksonville, NC. Music is served from 7-10 pm. Come early with your date for dinner and stay late for the music.



Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern welcomes Brittany Davis to the stage, to offer her songs tonight from 9 pm until 1 am. Come to celebrate owner, Nick Nichols Birthday and enjoy the sounds of Davis tonight! Here is what I learned via the Facebook event”

“It’s My Party and Ill have Brittany Davis play if I want too!!!!!

The extremely lovely and extraordinarily talented Brittany Davis makes her long overdue Debut at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern.
It’s Nick’s Birthday.
So let the party commence.

If you have followed our Sunday Funday music rides then you will already know this talented artist…..If not then you are in for a treat.

Fresh off the release of her first Album “Salem Towne”

Brittany Davis is a local musician based out of central North Carolina providing original music as well as covering favorite pop and country music covers.


Greenville, NC


Local stringer and singer, Brian Burke will be pouring out the tunes, while the bartenders pour the brew at Pitt Street Brewing Company. Music is offered from 8-11 pm tonight.


Clayton, NC

The Clayton Harvest Festival is going down all Weekend


Friday, November 2

Horne Square
Midway Carnival Presented by ElectriCities of North Carolina
Meet-n-Greet Your Favorite Characters (Roaming) A special thanks to Daydream Events

Horne Square Stage Behind HTR Presented by McCullers, Whitaker & Hamer, LLC
Abby Stephens in Concert
North Tower Band in Concert

Main Street
Squealin’ on the Square BBQ Plate Pre-Sales for Saturday
Clayton Harvest Festival T-Shirts On Sale Clayton Chamber of Commerce Tent
Food Truck Rodeo
Deep River Brewing Company / Chatham Winery Sponsored by Clayton Flooring

Saturday, November 3

Horne Square
Midway Carnival Presented by ElectriCities of North Carolina

Horne Square Stage Behind HTR Presented by McCullers, Whitaker & Hamer, LLC
Music & Movement with Childcare Network
Athletic Performances by Nick’s Flippin Kids
Clayton Idol Winners Concert
Echelon Brass Concert
Wade Hill Concert
Wildflower and The Weeds Concert
Hamptown Music Institute Performance

First Federal Bank Parking Lot (442 E Main St)
Squealin’ on the Square BBQ Contest Judging by NC Pork Council Presented by Carolina Packers, Home of the Bright Leaf Hot Dog
Squealin’ on the Square BBQ Contest Plates and Bright Leaf Hot Dogs on Sale Presented by Carolina Packers, Home of the Bright Leaf Hot Dog
Deep River Brewing Company / Adams Farm Winery Sponsored by Clayton Flooring
Squealin’ on the Square People’s Choice BBQ Contest Voting Sponsored by iHeartMedia
Squealin’ on the Square Awards Presentation Sponsored by Hog Slat

Along Main Street
Southland Car Club Classic Car Show Sponsored by Matthews Motors
Clayton’s Largest Vendor Fair Presented by Caterpillar
Clayton Farmer’s Market

Main Street at N. Lombard Street
Kid’s Village Sponsored by Childcare Network, Clayton Pediatric Dentistry, and Huebner Family McDonald’s (Diaper changing area, nursing station, arts, crafts, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and more)
Free Photos with Your Favorite Characters A special thanks to Daydream Events

Town Square
The Shindig Music Festival, Music for Your Beers
Free admission! The line up includes:


Food trucks and market vendor row. Thank you so much to The Shindig for collaborating with the Clayton Harvest Festival due to Hurricane Florence. We are looking forward to partying with you this year!

Sunday, November 4

Horne Square Stage Behind HTR Presented by McCullers, Whitaker & Hamer, LLC
2nd Annual Latin American Festival Presented by Compare Foods of Clayton
Midway Carnival Presented by ElectriCities of North Carolina
Last day special unlimited ride wristbands, $25ea ~ $5 coupons available at Sheetz in the local area or download using the link above or below. Coupon must be printed and can not be shown on phone.
Food, Entertainment, and Music Celebrating the Latin American Culture
Latin American Festival Vendor Fair on Main Street and Entertainment at Horne Square
Farandula Show Concierto
Grupo Evolucion Concierto
Nublado Norteno Concierto




MechaBull – Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
(Raleigh, NC)
DethCadence – Power Rock, Metal
(Fuquay-Varina, NC)
Swampwater Swill – Southern Rock / Metal
(Fayetteville, NC)

Mechabull & DethCadence, each a five-man blend of a different kind of heavy. On the bill together again with Swampwater Swill!

Doors open @ 7
Show starts @ 8
All Ages

Band Info:

MechaBull comes at you hard with influences ranging from Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Pantera, System of a Down, The Offspring, NOFX, and several others, they damn sure pride themselves in making every show a memorable experience with their unforgettable music and performance. The custom light show provided by MechaBull is sure to pull your audience into the moment. The band continues to grow in popularity propelled by the release of their first album “MechaBull Rises” (2017) and their recent performance with internationally famous bands HammerFall (Sweden) andFloatsam & Jetsam (USA)(2018).

DethCadence with their unforgettable Power Metal and Progressive Rock is bound to leave a stain in your underwear when you hear the ball dropping bass and “Adam-Bomb” kicks!
Formed originally in Durham, NC, this band has started releasing songs from their second album only one year after their debut album, HellaCreative. Hard driving power, unforgettable melodies and poetic writing with the purest guitar harmonies and radiant vocal cadences as their influences; Megadeth, Anthrax, Queensryche, Dio, Van Halen & Alice In Chains.
Oh yeah, it rocks!


Kinston NC


Tonight at The Herritage you are invited to jam. They will host an open mic event starting at 7 pm. Bring your friends for a jam session or go solo! Who knows, you might get discovered and start a new career or have fun and share your talents while enjoying some tasty craft beer and wine! Either way, it makes for a fun night out for everyone!


Wicked Shimmies Rock Mother Earth


Mother Earth Brewery offers the beer you love and tonight they are pairing it with the rock you enjoy. Come out to enjoy the local sensation the Wicked Shimmies as they roll you into the weekend with live music being offered from 7-9 pm.



JLane offers the music mix tonight at North Street LIVE. Music plays from 9 pm until 12 am. This show is free. Stop out and enjoy a bite to eat then rock the night away with the local stringer.


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 on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

Please go out and support live music tonight!  Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created.

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