It’s Local Favorites, New Faces, and Grand Places

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

This week offers some local favorites, new faces and grand places supporting live music. Above, blog supporter, Kathleen Forrest with Hank Barbee at The Brown Pelican on Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday Starts with a Pause for a Cause

I caught up with The Adam Hill Band on Saturday afternoon. The trio of rockers was on hand to perform, following a poker run that honored the life of Jay Roberts.

The band rocked the stage at Rena J’s on Wilmington Highway, Jacksonville, NC. They welcomed riders at the end of the run and took a pause for the spreading of Robert’s ashes. The Last Ride for the lost brother offered memories and music, food and more.

Adam Hill offers sliding scales

The band offered a good variety of rock and southern rock favorites, while mixing in their own awesome originals. It has been a while since I caught up with the trio! But when I finally did, I learned that drummer Cecil Pittman Jr. is working behind the scenes compiling the things needed to run sound for shows.

The idea which appeals most to Pittman is finding a room and working the sound for their music events. If you have a music venue and you often thought about providing a house sound and lights operation, consider reaching out to Pittman. You can reach him by phone by dialing 910-990-5278.

For fans and friends of the Adam Hill Band, the band will be rocking the beach tomorrow. Come enjoy a Wilmington NC night and take in the sounds of this rocking trio at Bourbon Street Wilmington. Music starts at 9 pm.

Here’s a clip from last weekend’s memorial benefit. This is an original, “Full House.”

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel while you are there! Thanks!

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Back In The Bern We Boogie

Caffeinated Soul Boogie poured out the grooves at BrUtopia last Saturday night, to usher in their 2019 music season. The New Bern based band is looking forward to spreading out this year and bringing their show to more people around the region.

The band is currently booking the 2019 calendar. They are available for regular pub shows, festivals, private parties and community event. The quartet features a father/daughter team that got started in the church, carried on in coffee shops and continues to grow and expand their audience and repertoire.

To get to know the band better please visit the band’s website:

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The Dust Settles at The Dirty Bird

Hank Barbee and The Dust Parade paid a visit to The Brown Pelican last Saturday night and grooved his many fans on hand at “The Dirty Bird.”

The band opened the night with some newer, soon to be recorded original music. After we got comfortable and in the mood, they offered brand new material for all to enjoy. (I consider it brand new if I never heard it!!!) I was glad to be in the room, ready to record. Here is Day of Decay by The Dust Parade.

The Wilmington based band played to a full house of fans, that have missed their surf sounds. It has been a few months since the band played around town. They have been busy playing around the region and doing their part in raising funds and awareness for Hurricane Relief for the many areas affected by Florence.

Making up beats last week were Hank Barbee on vocals and guitar, Jim Durham offered supporting vocals and saxophone; Matt Henderson played the bass and filling in on drums was, The Spread’s own Will Phetterplace.

Tonight the Dusty Trio featuring Barbee, Durham, and Henderson will be rocking the Crystal Coast. More on that below, but to keep up with this fun and fabulously creative band visit

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TrainWreck Pulls into Blackbeard’s

On Saturday night, TrainWreck pulled into the station to groove the folks on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant. The Greenville based band with New Bern roots, always brings the party.

This band has a long history of rocking the region with funky pop tunes that everyone knows and loves. They come out in many formations. Sometimes they offer dueling horns while other nights they feature two lead singers. If you have not checked in with them lately, make it a point to rock with them soon.

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Open Mic Madness in Newport Makes Monday Less Mundane

On Monday night I headed out to Shortway Brewing Co. in Newport, NC to enjoy the maple stout and open mic night. This great community beer stop offers many flavors of beer, brewed on site in their brew room. The family-owned operation puts community first and opens the floor to local singer-songwriters on the second and fourth Monday of each week.

This week I enjoyed the sounds of Wiregrass, the bluegrass band featuring Pat and Brian Till, who will be at Courtyards at Berne Village in New Bern tomorrow afternoon, offering songs to residence from 1-3 pm.

I also got to catch up with blog supporters, Phillip Canelos (pictured above) and Ashton Ward as well. Both offered several acoustic selections for the crowd to enjoy. Before the night ended we also enjoyed the music of Steve Mehan and a few numbers courtesy of Mackenzie Webb

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DEFAS Welcomes Tom Kimmel to the Down East for a Trio of Shows

On Wednesday evening, Down East FolkArts Society DEFAS kicked off their 2019 Season with the offering of Mississippi artist Tom Kimmel. Though the artist hails from Alabama, he has called many places home before making his way to Hattiesburg, MS.

The singer-songwriter offered a number of familiar selections from his growing catalog. In between selections he offers quick stories to form the base of each number.

I met the performer during his show at The City Stage in New Bern on Wednesday evening. Along with a number of wonderful songs offered throughout the show, Kimmel also offers from his published book of works He opened his trio of area appearances in New Bern and all shows were set up by DEFAS, whose mission is to build stronger community with music.

Last night the talented wordsmith offered his show to fans in Morehead City. He played at Jack’s on the Waterfront. Tonight Kimmel will be closing out his appearances in our area with a performance at Saint Francis by the Sea Tonight’s show starts at 7 pm and features two sets which conclude at 8:30 pm. The DEFAS shows are free admission, but donations are encouraged and graciously accepted.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

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Getting Down Around Town



BrÜtopia offers the fresh beer and the sultry sounds of the local stinger and singer, Ed Prophet. He will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come out and support local music while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!


The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine welcomes the weekend with free music being poured from the stage, courtesy of popular singer and stringer Tommy Duzan Sr., music plays from  8-10:30 pm.


The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Ryan Rubich. He will offer three sets of great songs 7-10 pm. This show is free. 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. Tonight on the deck you can rock with Saltwater Gold, who always brings a party from Pamlico. Music plays at 7:30 pm until 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


City Stage

Simon Spalding performs at City Stage New Bern on Friday, January 18! Simon combines songs, tunes, and storytelling to weave an intricate tapestry of exploration, adventure, and far-off lands and seas.

The songs include singalong sea chanteys, “Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight”; ballads by Rudyard Kipling and Stephen Foster; and songs of the sea and adventure. Instruments and tunes from far-flung corners of the globe round out the program.

The instruments include the familiar (violin, banjo), and the exotic (Chinese erhu, Irish octave mandolin).

At 8:00, Simon will be joined by his wife Sara, for a duo set as “Tuppence”. Simon and Sara perform folk music of the Old World and the New – a mix of Celtic balladry, ragtime, and contemporary folk music.

The City Stage is at 901 B Pollock Street in downtown New Bern. A variety of food and drink available for purchase. The music will start at 7:00 pm and will finish up at 10:00 pm. There is no admission charge.

The City Stage is a private club with a $1.00 membership fee is due the first time one visits. Call 252-631-5122 for more information. Reservations are available at
For more on Simon, check out; for more on Tuppence,


Cruising the Crystal Coast

Cedar Point, NC


Appearing at Treehouse Beer Company, catch The Dusty Trio offering live music from 7-10 pm tonight or tomorrow night. They have a great song list of moving original grooves that will swing and move you.


Newport, NC

Tonight in the garden at Carolina Home & Garden, you can enjoy the familiar grooves of Rick Huff. They will be offering the music from 6:30-9:30 pm. Food, beer, and wine on site for consumption, with live animals and so much more. $5.00 music charge is collected at the door.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents Wyldwood, Fri. Jan 18, 8:30-11:30 PM, No Cover.

Wyldwood is a bluegrass-inspired trio joined by Hank Bowman on bass. They perform traditional and original songs in rich 3 part harmonies and have loved playing at Cru Wine Bar over the years in a number of variations!

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Rocking Around the Region

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Jacksonville, NC

Tonight offering the grooves the grab you at Nick’s Blacksheep Taven will be the talented stringer from Cape Carteret, Stephen Poole. Poole will be heading to Florida next weekend for a shot at The Voice. Come out and rock with him tonight from 9 pm until midnight.

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Havelock, NC

The rock pop and country party band Carolina Sky is in our area tonight. For those in the mood for boot scooting, you can head to Jeans where the band will be rocking the tunes from 10 pm until 1:30 am. There is a $10 cover for the band.

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Arapahoe, NC

Bryant Island Strings will be performing tonight at Gary’s Down East Seafood Restaurant. Music is served with the fresh seafood selections from 6:30 pm until 9:30 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.

January 14 at 5:15 PM

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Thank You for Reading!

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