Let’s Live, Learn, Dance, Sing and Enjoy This Life

 This Music Business! Class is In!


While we are here, we might as well live, learn, dance, sing and enjoy this life together! It’s short, so let’s make the most of it. Let’s work smart and play hard! There is far more to this music business than practicing and playing music. If you are really breaking into it to make a go of it professionally, trust me when I tell you, talent will only take you so far. The best way to prepare yourself for the road ahead is to brush up on some business practices that will help you establish and run your band like a business.

Thing is, if you wish to make a living at something and be in control of your own destiny, then you have the attributes of an entrepreneur. For any player that calls North Carolina home, I recommend reaching out to your local community college and find out where the nearest smallest business center is. Sign up to take their small business series, so that you can learn some basics that will serve you well for years to come!

Team Work Makes The Dream Work

The other thing you want to keep in mind while establishing this business is that this mission is best executed with a team. If you already have a few of your team members picked out, (band mates, publicity agent, manager, booking agent are just some examples of the players you will want on your team) consider extending the invitation of attending the classes together, so that you can build the band with shared knowledge.

Besides offering a great variety of free classes to help guide you in setting up your business, they also offer a great many classes in how to market and promote your business. Beyond these offerings, the community colleges that host these business centers, offer office space and resources for you to use as you build your band business.

To learn more about what the Small Business Center might be offering near you, be sure to visit their website North Carolina Small Business Center.


Behind The Scenes with Tracey Stones


Earth Day Celebration in Downtown New Bern

On Saturday, April 20, 2019, NewBernNow.Com and New Bern Parks and Recreation teamed up to bring an Earth Day event to downtown New Bern, NC. There was fun for all in the field, on the corner of Middle and S Front St’s, from 1-4 pm in the vacant lot next to Mitchell Hardware.

The day started with the reading of the Earth Day Proclamation by Mayor Dana Outlaw, who declared April 22, 2019, as Earth Day in Downtown New Bern.


Special thanks to New Bern Parks and Recreation for partnering with us, so we could start the conversation and spread awareness of how we can take steps to “Refuse, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”.

Many came out to meet the sponsors and organizations, who are making a difference in the preservation and conservation of our local environment.


There was even a children’s craft area where kids made with eco-conscious crafts and took part in fun activities, hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Plains, with materials sponsored by U. S. Cellular.

Thanks to the participating Downtown Businesses:

Carolina Creations – Recycled Art Exhibit, 317-A Pollock St., 252-533-4369
Hanna House Bed & Breakfast – Beekeeping, Tesla Charging Station, and Water Reuse System Exhibits, 218 Pollock St., 252-635-3209
Living Well Down East – Explore Healthy Living and Giveaways, 309 Middle St., 252-637-0011

Special Thanks to our Educators:

Carolina Nature Coalition, 252-626-5100
Coastal Environmental Partnership, 252-633-1564
Young Living Essential Oils by Dona Baker, 252-672-5933
New Bern Parks and Recreation, 252-639-2901
NC Sierra Club – Croatan Group
Veterans Employment Base Camp

Hats Off To These People

– Volunteer Members of the Earth Day Planning Committee and day of Volunteers
– Artist Chris Wagner of The Sanctuary Gallery for creating the artwork for New Bern’s 2019 Earth Day Celebration.

Earth Day After Party at The Brown Pelican

NCMZ.LIVE and The Brown Pelican teamed up to offer the after party for the town’s Earth Day event! Kicking things off on Saturday afternoon following the outdoor activities, were two of the Carolina Swamp Dogs howling the blues. They played a cool set of authentic blues, that included all of the greats like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, and Buddy Guy, as well as throwing in some of their own music in the mix, before turning the stage over to The Neuse River Ramblers!

All in all the 2019 Earth Day Celebration that was presented by NewBernNow.com and The New Bern Parks and Recreation Department was a great success, as was the after-party. In exchange for their time, bar owner Heather Haiss has offered both bands a paid performance coming up later in the summer.

For friends and fans of the Carolina Swamp Dogs, you can enjoy a great night of their good blues this Saturday evening, when they come to New Bern to perform at City Stage. Music starts at 8 pm and there is a $5.00 music charge at the door.


Making the Scene With Tracey Stones

Last Saturday was a great example of what I hope a typical day might look like in my world. After getting things underway in town I had to return to my home base of Fairfield Harbour, to get things set up for the kick off Tracey Stones Productions 2019 Concert Series at Fairfield Harbour. We have 15 dates scheduled with various genres of entertainment.

Rubich & Cain Get the Small But Mighty Crowd Going


It was a small but mighty turn out for the first concert of the 2019 Concert series. Perhaps it was the holiday weekend that kept everyone away, but the residents that did turn out enjoyed the band and their good music. For those that missed their good grooves last weekend, mark your calendar for Saturday, May 11, 2019. They will return to the hood to perform at Sara’s Big Apple. They will share songs from 6-8 pm. In June the duo comes back to Fairfield Harbour to perform on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Red Sail Park. Pack up your picnic baskets and come to the park for music being shared from 2-4:30 pm.


Back The Blogger



The girl behind the banner has big dreams and major ambitions of healing the world with music. If you wish to help along on this journey of connecting people to music please consider one of the following options! There are so many ways for people to be a part of this build.

Affordable Partnerships For All

Corporate Unions

I am an advertising vehicle in need of a vehicle to take the dream farther. Let’s work together. If your corporate dollars help to build these well-contemplated plans, that will support the dreams of many local music makers, let’s talk about community commitment. I am very invested in this build and can’t imagine what life looks like without working on this business plan, which is going to need a lot of money to make it fire on all cylinders. Corporate Sponsorship packages start at $5,000.

Community Co-Hosts

Are you the leader in your niche? Consider partnering with me by being a stage sponsor! Proudly display your banner across the stages we set up to let locals know that you are supporting local, live music. Sponsorship dollars help to build fair pay stages for acts to offer their music. In exchange, you will be recognized as the co-host of keeping these music dreams alive! Stage sponsorships start at $1,000. 

Post Hosts Are Welcome Here

If you are a small business and want to back the mission, consider being a POST HOST! As a post host, you will be featured you in an article that will highlight your love of music. A post host will also be given one month of advertising in the sidebar of the blog, seen on all pages. The price to be a Post Host is $250 for one Post or $400 to be The Weekend Warrior POST HOST are just two options to consider.

Advertisers and Donors Appreciated

Are you a band or a small business with an ability to contribute $50.00 each month, consider advertising here! Donations from readers and live music supporters have always been appreciated also. www.paypal.com/ncmz
Fact is this is going to be something that takes flight with the help of the community! In fact, it can’t happen without you because it is all happening for you!


Ask the Blogger

Our first question for this new segment comes from my good friend Madonna Hawks pictured above left! She reached out to me on messenger and asked a question I have heard a few times!

She asked, “Who runs the New Bern Music Calendar page on Facebook?”

My friends Bob and Joanne’s Friedman created that page to help people who are seeking live music events in and around town! They work very hard to keep everyone in the loop and behind the scenes, I help them with their effort and use their hard work to inform people of the many events to share with others. I recommend that you check out their page and give it a like today. The link is included above.

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, April 26, 2019

There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: LIVE MUSIC

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of great music featuring the talented Bruce Lynch, offering songs from 7-10 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs and wonderful originals by this local and regional songwriter. 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. The party comes courtesy of Jan Michael Fields Band, they will bring the music to life tomorrow night on the deck with all the grooves you will love. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine


Live music will be offered by Seth Smith and John Johndrow of The Hot Buttered Grits will be jamming at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine this Friday from 8-10:30 pm


Masonic Temple and Theater


Lewis n Clark has set a date for their show featuring the music of James Taylor and Carole King.

The original performance of this show was postponed due to Hurricane Florence and the duo is excited to finally bring it back to their audience.

The show will be April 26th at 7:30pm and performed in cooperation benefiting the non-profit RIverTowne Players in the Masonic Theatre at 514 Hancock Street, New Bern, NC.

Seating is by reserved tickets and can be found at http://bit.ly/JTCK_LnC_Tix

For those still holding their original ticket:

Lewis n Clark is happy to exchange the original ticket for a ticket to the newly scheduled performance.

IF you still have an original ticket and want to exchange your ticket in advance, please EMAIL Lewis n Clark Productions at: LewisnClarkMusic@gmail.com with a picture of your original tickets, being sure to show each unique ticket number. Please, also, include in the subject line “


On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage


The Garage welcomes the music of Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. Live music is offered from 7-10 pm for FREE! But I suggest you feel free to tip the servers and musicians you meet along the way!



BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Sam Lewis 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!


Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Bar


They are offering live music on the stage at the Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Bar. Tonight you can rock to the grooves with Ravenz Bru. Music starts at 9 pm and they rock until closing. Come out and enjoy all of the great live music all around town. We have lots of talent shining bright and plenty of places to visit.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC

Promise’ Land Market

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Ed Prophet will be gracing the stage and sharing songs at Promise’ Land Market, with music being shared from 8:30-11:30 pm.


Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company


Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Pure T Mommicked Duo grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the rock grooves of this popular local duo.


Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden


Carolina Home and Garden welcomes the weekend in with Will Baker in the garden, offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from the Jasmine’s Tasty Thai Food Truck, a cold beer and relax as you settle into the weekend.


Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

 The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers live music each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music. This weekend you can enjoy the music of Justin Castellano both Friday and Saturday evening. Music plays at 8-11 pm.


Surf City, NC

The Trailer Bar!

The Trailer Bar welcomes Chris Bellamy back to the area for a fun night of songs tonight. Music plays from 7:30-10:30 pm.


JM’s Place PUB


JM’s Place PUB welcomes the rocking grooves of The Adam Hill Band. The fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am.

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Rocking Around the Region

Clayton, NC

Revival 1869 – A Drinkery


It is whiskey, art and live music that is being featured on the last Friday of the month at Revival 1869 – A Drinkery. It will be the art of Jody Vaughan on display from 7-11 pm and the music of The James Gilmore Trio will be offered from 8-11 pm.


Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill wants everyone to be aware, that there is amazing entertainment on tap each and every weekend. This Friday they welcome The Groovynators offering the music from 8-11:30 pm.


The Red Room


It is going to be a rocking night at The Red Room with Brad Benson and The Rebel Armada taking the stage at 10 pm. There is a music charge of $5.00 payable at the door.


Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s


It is going to be a night not to be missed by southern rock n blues fans, as AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Garrett Schultz to the stage! Come grab yourself some good food and a cold drink at one of the coolest places in Greenville. Music plays from 8:30-11:30 pm. This show is free!


Havelock, NC



Live on stage tonight at Jean’s is the southern rock and country music courtesy of Steel County Express. Music plays from 10 pm until the closing bell at about 2 AM.

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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.

April 22 at 5:20 PM

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Thank You for Reading!

Now, PLEASE, 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 changes publicly.

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. If you like this blog please sign up and you will get an email each time we publish.

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

Thanks to the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and don’t forget the music makers that rock you!

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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Keeping up with the Blogger


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If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

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Be sure to mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

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Tracey Stones Productions, LLC, is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site and community events. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

To learn more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today or call the number below.

This site is a free service to support live music. Most often it is published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

Support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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