Sunshine, Sea Breezes, Summer Sounds and Sweet Music Makes a Fun Weekend

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 On the Scene With Tracey Stones


Saturday Nights Sessions from the Road

With so many new opportunities coming this way, I made a commitment to myself last weekend to cover new places and find more bands to talk about here. Keeping the beat with that idea, I found six bands on the Coast last Saturday Night and stopped by three new places along the journey.


Dick Knight Trades Notes at Trading Post

The first place I stopped was on the Island where I found Dick Knight was performing, out back at the Trading Post: Southern Food & Spirits, 8302 Emerald Dr. Emerald Isle, NC. on Saturday. It was a beautiful night outside on the patio, where families gathered and the live music was as cool as the sea breeze.

Knight is the 2018 North Carolina Heritage Award Recipient and a fine showman. Knight, a retired school teacher, and lifelong musician has been entertaining crowds around our region for decades and is a legend in the area. For me, it was like finding a gem or a lost treasure at the sea, last Saturday night! I have been telling people about his dates for years and on Saturday I got to enjoy a wonderful snippet of his show. What a delightful way to begin the night’s musical journey!

Knight was recently honored for his contributions to the North Carolina music scene, at an awards ceremony at Duke Energy Center just a couple of weeks ago. The Georgia and Florida native made Kinston his home and his home embraced him! Check out his wonderful story by following this link:

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The Switch Close Out The Classic Car Drive-In


The Switch was on the bill last Saturday night at Mac Daddy’s, in Cape Carteret, NC, to close out their day-long event, Cruisin’ to the Cape Car Show. Since it has been more than a minute since I last caught this band, I decided to make them a stop. The last time I saw this band play they were in New Bern at a club which is no longer open. Back then, I wasn’t thinking about writing again yet.

This band is an energetic party band, that offers lots of classic hits we all know. Though they lean on the rock side of life, they are a pop band too… offering country hits and dance numbers as well. They like putting on a show and it always shows. The dynamic thing about this act is how they “switch” positions on stage and off, throughout the night. With two brothers on the stage, there is great sibling rivalry worked into each show as well!

To find the band on Facebook check out this link:

For their fans and friends wondering where they are this weekend here is what I know:

They are rocking for a good cause tonight at the 11th Annual Littleman Foundation Benefit Dinner, taking place tonight at Warrenton Armory in Warrenton, NC. They promise a night of Great Food, Auctions, Raffles and who else but The Switch.……for a great cause. So come tonight and check ’em out!

Tomorrow night the band is performing at Bar 119, 15618 NC Highway 119 N, Semora, NC. The show starts at 9 pm and they rock you til the break of a new day, midnight!


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The Shake Doctors Shake It at The E Club

After a fun set with The Switch it was back in the car and on the road in search of the next act. I stopped at The E Club 8102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC, where I got to enjoy the Shake Doctors, as they encouraged people to shake it to their rhythms. The trio was giving up the funk and classic rock favorites when I made my way to the tiki bar. The crowd was enjoying the music and the wonderful vibes of the night!

The Shake Doctors are a renewed vision for drummer Clay Kirchner. He teamed up with a few old bandmates to revisit the regrouping of a local band, that played in our area from 2009-2014. They reunited earlier this year and have just started playing out again. The band has a fun vibe and lots of dates to fill, so if you know someone looking for a fun rock trio, I have a prescription from The Shake Doctors for what ails you!

The band will return to the E Club mid Summer and when that day draws near I will remind you! Coming up at the club this weekend they offer the reggae sounds of Selah Dubb.

Check out the venue online by following this link:


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Gene Gregory Comes Calling in Morehead City

Upon pulling into Morehead City, I started along the main drag and stopped in at Promise’ Land Market, 909 B Arendell Ave, Morehead City, NC. That is where I found Gene Gregory offering up his songs to the crowd that gathered for good times, good food and great music. This singer-songwriter hails from the Wilmington area and plays throughout the Downeast region.

Tonight you can find Gregory at Sour Barn, 7211 Market Street, Wilmington, NC, offering songs from 6-10 pm. To keep up with Gregory check him out on Facebook at

For those in the Morehead City area looking to check out Promise’ Land Market, come out for some fresh beer, fresh food, and fine service. Tonight’s live music will be offered by Core Sound, which is the talented Cecil Gilken’s current band project.  Music plays there from 8:30-11:30 pm

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Island Time at Southern Salt Seafood Company

My next stop was along the waterfront where I got to enjoy the island sounds of Island Time Band, who was offering their jams to the dancers at Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant, 707 Evans St., Morehead City, NC.

Island Time is a Raleigh based quartet offering all of your favorite beach songs for shagging! According to the band’s Facebook page, they feature Jimmy Buffoon on guitar and vocals, Mark Arrita on keyboards, guitar and vocals; Bud Wiser on bass guitar and vocals and Flip Flop on percussion.

The band’s next performance is later this month when they play at Gaston Lake for a fun time in Henrico, NC on June 23, 2018. To keep up with the band, check out their page by clicking this link:

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Groove Fetish Bring it to The Crystal Coast and Rock Off the Hook

Groove Fetish is a well-known act around the area and I finally caught them on Saturday night when they played at Off The Hook in Morehead City, NC; closing out my Saturday night run around for live music coverage! The five-piece band features two guitars, keys, bass and drums.

When I found them on Facebook I learned, “GROOVE FETISH is a five-piece rock n roll band from Wilmington, NC, comprised of Clay Crotts (lead vocals/guitar), Ethan Schilf (bass), Jason Woolwine (piano/organ), Andrew Massey (drums), and Josh Boyd (lead guitar). They have been traveling and performing relentlessly for the last three years winning over audiences.

They are currently writing their third studio album while continuing to build a fan base through live performances. So keep your eyes open and your dancing shoes on… GROOVE FETISH will be coming to play a festival or music venue near you soon!!!”

This weekend those living in the Charlotte area can catch Groove Fetish at The Music Yard, 2433 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC. They will be offering the music from 7-10 pm.

To keep in the know, like their page on Facebook by following this link:

Tonight bits and pieces of the Groove Fetish band return to Off the Hook, 105 S 7th St. Morehead City, NC; under the name Medicated Sun Fish. They not only will offer the great grooves they gave last week, but they will incorporate some hip hop that brings the grooves to a sick level according to club owner Charlie Weatherby.

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Live Music Options

Friday, June 8, 2018

Getting Down Around Town, New Bern, NC


Tonight is the second Friday of the month which welcomes ArtWalk to Downtown New Bern, NC. This is the night our town welcomes all the local artisans and crafters come to town with their goods to display. Our town’s shops extend their hours and the city streets are bustling and the restaurants busy!

Don’t miss ArtWalk. It’s tonight! Friday, June 8, 5PM-8PM!

Not only will you meet painters, potters, crafters, and jewelers, but also you will hear the delightful sounds of many street musicians and singers. Here is just one example of where you can find such entertainers!




Community Artists Gallery & Studios, 504 South Front Street, New Bern, NC, will offer the popular sounds of Dan Jam from 5-8 pm outside on the sidewalk. Dan is expecting a great bouquet of talented friends to show up and entertain and rock the town. The CAG&S opened their doors in April and offer a great variety of displays to enjoy and support. Come to see the arts and crafts, meet the artisans, and support the vendors.




The Black Cat Shoppe, located at 246 Middle St., New Bern, NC, features the music of Tommy Duzan Sr. tonight during the three-hour event. Be sure to catch him in your travels. He will be crooning and playing from 5-8 pm.





There will also be music featured indoors at some venues during ArtWalk. In fact, The Craven Arts Council/ Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St, New Bern, will offer the concert of Dayton Vesper from 7:00 – 8:15 pm.


More Music Plays Around Town During and After ArtWalk



The Chamber of Commerce wants you to join them for the 2018 Summer Concert Series starting on June 8th at the New Bern Farmers Market! 

The gates open at 5:00 pm and enjoy a night of moving and rocking with music from the Band of Oz and Nantucket.

Children 12 and under free with paid adult


Buck and Buckley Team up to Take The Brown Pelican


Local stringer and singer Buck Loy is pleased to tell fans and friends, that he will be being joined by the talented Keith Buckley tonight for a very special night of music at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. Buckley has performed all over the US and England and just finished a stint with the Beatles tribute band Backbeat. We played together several years in the late 90’s as a duo act and I regard him as not only a fabulous mentor but also a great friend. This show is not to be missed!!! Music starts at 7 pm and they rock you til 10 pm. This show is free but remember, free music is never free! Please share the love and tip the music makers!


BiPolar Rocks the Deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play


The BiPolar Express will be on the deck out back at Blackbeard’s Triple Play, 415 S. Front St, New Bern, NC. Music plays from 7-10 pm outside as the New Ber based trio delivers the sounds that rocked you from the 80’s to the current decade.


Limited Engagement Extends the Party at Blackbeard’s Triple Play


The music party continues inside at Blackbeard’s Triple Play, with Limited Engagement bringing the fun grooves from 10 pm till 1 am.


Live Music at The Bruin

Matt Livingston will perform this evening at the Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern NC. This show is free with music being offered from 8-10:30 pm. Come for a cold beer and stay for the dance!


The Mother Notes Debut on the Patio at Circa 1810

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If you missed the young new rock band hailing from Lenoir County named The Mother Notes, be sure to come out to the patio at Circa 1810 Bar and Restaurant at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. Music plays from 8-11 pm, the talented band offers many surprises, so be sure to groove with their notes some tonight!


Over the Bridge To the City Of James


Just over the bridge, we find Patrick Bliss on tap to rock the crowd at BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. Music plays from 7-10 pm and on-site to serve the food tonight will be NEST Cafe.

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Rocking Around the Region

From Jacksonville, NC


Jacksonville’s Parks and Recreation Department brings the Sounds of Summer Concert Series taking place at 1200 Commons Dr. N, Jacksonville, NC. Tonight Southern Trouble will offer the music for this free concert from 7-9 pm.







When the good times finish at the concert, be sure to head out to see the Adam Hill Band who has a gig this evening at Rena J’s Lounge, 2304 Wilmington Highway, Jacksonville, NC. The band gets to rocking at 9 pm and rock you right til midnight.


Motoring West to Greensboro, NC


Piedmont Four has a new release and they will bring it to Wahoo’s Tavern, 2120 Walker Ave, Greensboro, NC. This CD release party is starting at 9 pm with the music being offered til midnight! The band will have their new release for purchase. Discs are $10.00 each.


Psych Fest hits the Triangle


Opening night for our 1st annual Psych Fest for the Triangle area supporting local music genres related to Psych Folk Shoegaze and experimental.






*Andie L on SoundCloud


For Tickets:


Double Bill of Rock at Pour House Music Hall


The Pour House Music Hall, 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC will offer a fun double bill of talent to welcome the weekend!

Ticket packages available online or by phone!

Day of ticket = $10


A love of the music, philosophy, and spirit of the Grateful Dead was the basis of the formation of the band in 2007. We have had changes in the line up ever since we began but believe our current roster is the best since we started

The band’s goal is not to present note by note recreations of what the Grateful Dead produced but to pay homage to the music that has affected us deeply.

Quickly blazing a name for themselves with their progressive approach to American folk music, Fireside Collective delights listeners with memorable melodies and contemporary songwriting. Formed in the mountain city of Asheville North Carolina, the band plays original songs on stringed instruments, intended for a modern audience. Following the release of their debut album “Shadows and Dreams”, the band hit the road seeking to engage audiences with their energetic live show built on instrumental proficiency, colorful harmonies, and innovative musical arrangements.

Well, what do you call it?

“Bluegrass, Newgrass, perhaps Progressive folk…” These are some descriptions mandolinist and songwriter Jesse Iaquinto chooses to identify with. “Depending on where you come from and your experience with folk music, you may think we’re very traditional, or on the other hand, consider us a progressive act. We appreciate both ends of the spectrum and may lie on a different end on any given night.” While roots music lies at the core of the Collective’s songs, a willingness to explore the boundaries and present relevant new material remains fundamental.

The band burst onto the scene in early 2014 following the release of “Shadows and Dreams.” The album weaves bluegrass, funk, rock, and blues influences into a refreshing representation of modern folk music. From the opening track “Poor Soul” with its energetic bluegrass overtones to the closer “Shine the Way Home”, the album takes listeners on a journey through simple love songs to complex themes such as metaphysics and coexistence. The album, recorded in Asheville at Sound Temple Studios, features guest musicians from Asheville’s rich acoustic music scene alongside members of the Fireside Collective.

2017 was a momentous year for the band as they released their second studio album, “Life Between the Lines.” The album helped garner a nomination for an IBMA momentum award for best band. In 2018, the band is scheduled to perform at a number of respected music festivals throughout the country. If you revel in the sounds of acoustic instrumentation, enjoy the excitement of energetic live performances, and delight in the creation of original songs, then follow the Fireside Collective as they journey on in their musical endeavors.

Fireside Collective is:
Jesse Iaquinto – Mandolin
Tommy Maher – Dobro
Carson White – Bass Guitar
Joe Cicero – Acoustic Guitar
Alex Genova – Banjo

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Blues Time


Randy McQuay will perform at Cloud Nine, 9 Estell Lee Pl, Wilmington, NC, Music starts at 7 pm and McQuay offers the rock n blues you love til 10 pm.


Felix & The Hurricanes come to Trailer Bar for Rockin’ Fun All Weekend


Felix & The Hurricanes are scheduled to bring their music to The Trailer Bar, 1701 N New River Dr, Surf City, NC. They will be rocking there all weekend with music being offered tonight and tomorrow starting at 7 pm and Sunday they close it out starting at 4 pm.



Fantastic acoustic show by ENC Performing Artist Sam Lewis @ The Salty Bee 307 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC. The Salty Bee is an open-air market where you enjoy the sea breezes and the finest wines, craft brews, and so much more. Enjoy Sam’s eclectic mix of country, rock, pop, alternative and mashups of popular tunes in his original style & flare. Music is offered from 6-9 pm.

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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

June 4 at 8:08pm

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options I found 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 and news that I found for you 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.

I hope you get out and enjoy the sounds of live music sometime soon. I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and 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 by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!


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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