Keeping the Beats Around Town and Some Jamming In Jacksonville ~ Let’s Together

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

Tracey Stones rocking with Samantha Holland, Roman Sams Band

Dust Parade Plays Community Concert at Fairfield Harbour for Father’s Day


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Hank Barbee and The Dust Parade made an appearance in Fairfield Harbour for Father’s Day. They offered the residents a two-hour concert in the afternoon. Picnic In the Park is a Tracey Stones Productions presentation, taking place at Red Sail Park. I am building a Community Concert Series that we can bring to all communities in our area. We have many that would welcome such an idea.

If this becomes successful, it will raise the funds we need to build an orchestra for our schools here in Craven County! Dream big, dream music! My idea is that we bring local original acts to communities for a concert series that allows them to bring the food and drink of their choice, with entire families and their friends. It will be a tip generated program until a committee is formed, but the work is underway for a great music foundation to be built here in New Bern.

We had a fun time, gathering for music and good memories made. It was a beautiful afternoon. Hank Barbee performs throughout the Northeast and all over our state too. He is available for full band formations, trio combinations, duos, and he plays a great solo show as well. To keep up with the dust parade check out


Great Jams in Jacksonville on Thursday

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It was a triple bill of talent that rocked the stage of The Tarheel the other night in Jacksonville, NC.

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Texas Gentlemen


 Welcoming guests to the show was the fun jam band out of Dallas, TX., The Texas Gentlemen, who are pretty awesome. They boast two keyboard players, two guitars and a rhythm section that keeps it all tight and pretty! Following their appearance, the band went on to Asheville for another show with this bill. Today they are rocking out in TN. They actually have two shows booked tonight. The first show brings them to Cascade Hollow in Tullahoma TN and the last show tonight is at the George Dickell Distillery in Normandy, TN. To keep up with their dates and music check them out on Facebook here:


Blackberry Smoke


Blackberry Smoke is out in support of their six studio recording, Find A Light. These Georgia based Southern Rockers delighted the crowd with their show on Thursday night. Offering a solid set of fan favorites, the band also celebrated bass player Richard’ Turner’s Birthday during the show. The new release came out in April and is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.

Keep up with the news by visiting their website:

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JJ Greg and MoFro

JJ Greg and Mofro closed out the night with a great set of songs to the delight of their fans. The north Florida sage and soul-bent swamp rocker is from Jacksonville, Fl and found his way to the stage in Jacksonville NC on Thursday during this current US Tour. To check out their music visit them on Facebook:

Following the show in Jacksonville, the band headed to Asheville for a show last night. Tomorrow night is the last show in NC for a while. They will be giving it up to the crowd at NoDa Brewing Company in Charlotte. Tickets for the show are $30. Doors open at 5 and music cranks out at 7 pm.  From there the band heads south for the remaining days of the month, offering shows in GA and FL.



Friday Night Fun Around New Bern


Men About Town at Farmer’s Market

There was a pig roast at the pre-party for those that are participating in the Great Trent River Raft Race, taking place right now in New Bern. The event officially kicked off at 9 am this morning, with many groups taking their homemade vessels to the river for the one-time traditional race.

Men About Town reached out to tell me they would be set up at the Farmers Market for the pre-party pig roast and would be playing for tips. Since free music is never free, I started my night with them. They were wrapping up their last set when I got there and offered some Hendrix and even Stevie Ray Vaughan. To check out Men About Town, stop by to meet Bruce Cornford and Howie Nelson, each Thursday at the Brown Pelican where they host open mic from 8-11 pm. Sign up starts at 7 pm and you are invited.

For those that want to be a part of the fun, grab the family now and head to town. The Wannabees rock at 1, 3 Day Weekend give it up at 3 pm and Bryan Mayer Band closes out the fun day, after the awards ceremony at 5 pm. The day ends at 8 pm so please come dance!

Dan Jam at The Dirty Bird


Dan Jam Phillips and Friends gathered at The Brown Pelican to offer three hours of fun, eclectic music with a variety of musical friend throughout the night. It is always a fun and interesting mix of talents that present when Dan Jam sets up. No two nights ever bring the same band and the impromptu feel keeps it impressive.

Live music at the Brown Pelican will be provided by the For Rent Band. Check out Howard Mathews and his band tonight from 8-11 pm. The Brown Pelican is located at 411 Broad St., Nw Bern, NC.

Paid Time Off at Thirsty Bruin


Paid Time Off is the father/daughter duo of Rick and Jenna Leigh Huff and last night the duo came to town to offer songs to their friends and fans that gathered at The Thirsty Bruin. It is always great to check in with this music-making family unit. They provided the music while the bartenders poured the beer from 8-10:30.

Tonight you can enjoy the sounds of Bruce Lynch live from 8-10:30 pm. The Thirsty Bruin is located at 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. This show is free, the beer is fresh and the music will make you groove, so come out and dance!

The Roman Sams Rock the Patio



Lenoir County’s rockers, The Roman Sams Band returned to the patio at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion for an explosive three sets of fun classic rock that the crowd enjoyed. This band is full of talent with Jasmine on the backbeat. Phillip on bass, Matthew, and David offering string support on guitars and Sam rocking the microphone. If you have not seen or met this band yet, be sure to check them out soon.

Live tonight on the patio it’s New Berns own jam band, The Hot Buttered Grits giving up the grooves from 8-11 pm. Circa 1810 is located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC.



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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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 from Facebook

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 Thanks for Reading!

That is all the music news that I have to report today. Please go out and support live music!  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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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. 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!

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