Lots of Fun and Music Offered Over the Holiday Weekend


On the Scene With Tracey Stones


Christoph’s On the Water brought back the Deck Party at The DoubleTree By Hilton in downtown New Bern, NC.


To kick things off they offered the audience two nights of great live music to start the season! Last week when I last left you, I made mention that The Kohlers who rocked their blues away for the opening night of the deck party’s return.


On Saturday, May 26, they did it again and this time with the music of The Carolina Swamp Dogs. A rugged and talented blues trio out of Jacksonville, that not only covers the blues with authentic tones and riffs, but they give an education about the players and the songs as well. For those that missed the fun music of the Carolina Swamp Dogs, you can catch them when they return to New Bern next week to rock the patio at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion. They will be there on Saturday, June 9, 2018, 8-11 pm.


In all, it was a beautiful weekend of music on the deck to welcome in the music season. In all, there are 11 dates booked for music on The Deck at the DoubleTree. To keep up with the schedule, please like the Facebook page the latest news and dates.   https://www.facebook.com/christophsonthewater/.

Coming up in June they have two hot solo acts lined up to entertain you.

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Arlin Tart Trio Lights up the Patio


When I stopped out at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion, I was delighted by the grooves of The Arlin Tart Trio. I appreciated any band that can throw down with some Steely Dan as a trio! They are a fun jazzy combination of blues and rock standards that we all know. The trio play around the area and as far out as Raleigh. Joining Tart on stage last Saturday night were Miguel Delima on drums and Drew Maune on bass. Come up in the near future Tart has a private event this Sunday, but next week the band will be in Holly Ridge for a performance at the and next Friday, June 8th. That’s when you can check out the band at The Cultural Center. The performance for that event starts at 7 pm.

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Backseat Romeo Rocks the Patio

The other show I got to catch a snippet of is that of singer and stringer Ed Prophet. The entertainer offered a supper show on the patio to fans and friends that gathered. Prophet made the rounds sitting and serenading his crowd, as they dined and or simply came to enjoy the libations and good music.


If you missed his show around town last week and you wish to hear Prophet play, he will be performing live at The Bruin Craft Beer& Wine, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. He will be there tonight, with music being offered from 8-10:30 pm. This show is free and we ask that you feel free to tip the players working hard for you!

Tomorrow you can catch Prophet performing at the beach when he offers his music at On The Rocks, 2604 West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC, (252) 773-4114. He plays there from 8-11 pm.


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For anyone who might wonder what’s going on at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion, they offer live music four nights a week. Each Thursday they bring you Dueling Pianos from 7-10 pm. On Friday and Saturday Nights they offer live local bands from 8-11 pm and on Sunday they close out with a supper show from 5-8 pm. All shows are hosted on the patio under the moon and stars. Come out and enjoy the sounds, and dance the night away in downtown New Bern.

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The Mother Notes Make their Debut in New Bern

Saturday night May 26, 2018, marked the debut performance of The Mother Notes around town in New Bern.  They are a young band based out of Lenoir County, with a professional cheerleader and coach championing their efforts.  It was Kimberly Kornegay, drummer, and singer of the resting Feral Cats that called me out to meet the band. They are actually filling all of the Cats remaining dates; as the Feral Cats regroup with a new litter.

The Mother Notes are a rocking quartet with a cool and cosmic vibe. Working the notes are Rose Emran, Vocals & Bass; Jacob Emran, Keyboard; Nate Williams, Guitar; Emily Gupton, Drums. During the third set, they changed up the front line when Rose and Nate even swapped axes for a few tunes.

If you missed the debut but wish to catch them soon, the band will be appearing live at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion, on Friday, June 8, 2018, following ArtWalk from 8-11 pm.

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Tracey Stones Productions Presents



Sunday, May 27, 2018, marked a first in my attempts to bring live music to a community.

Several months ago, as many already know, I had a friend who fell ill and after being admitted to the hospital, his body started to react to detoxing. He was put in a medically induced coma where I sat by his side for nearly a month and prayed for his well-being. In the time that wasn’t spent by his bedside, I dreamed of creating a beautiful and sober music community.

Today, that friend has made great strides in his recovery from illness and in his sobriety. My good friend is Big Jim Kohler. When I tell you this man helped to heal my life with music and song, it’s no lie. He inspires me and many in our community with his guitar talents.

One of the things I started in my mind, back when he fell ill, was starting a foundation that would help to build a stronger music community. Part of that mission would be to bring shows to our local neighborhoods, where we could bring a lawn chair and the whole family.

Keeping that dream alive, I teamed up with a few members of my own community out in Fairfield Harbour to offer a live concert in the park. The event featured Fairlight Moriah & The Scorpio Moon who was backed by the players of Harbour Jazz as well as a couple of players from the rock party band Limited Engagement.  It was a fun afternoon of music with the band offering a jazz and show tunes set and closing it out with a standard blues set. In all the six players that made music were Margaret Rose, piano, Ann Sorocki, vocals, and Bob Dumon on Trumpet, from Harbour Jazz Band and Freddie Scungio was on drums and James Ford was playing guitar while Fairlight Moriah belted the song selection.

In all about 30 people came out to the park with a snack to enjoy along with the music. It was asked that the attendees offer a donation to the band. The event was a fun time and the community offered great feedback following the show. I look forward to offering more events to many local communities. Stay tuned for more!

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Live Music Options for

Friday, June 1, 2018

Rocking Around the Region


All are welcome! Bring a lawn chair and your dancing shoes! This FREE community gathering event is hosted by Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation and the City of Oxford.

Join us in welcoming local band, NEW ATTRACTIONS, to the Main Street Stage for a night of gathering with friends and community!

Music starts at 5:30 pm and the concert will last until 8:30 pm.
Make plans now to attend and invite your friends, family, neighbors for the city’s first MUSIC ON MAIN.



Boxwave is a funky duo making sounds tonight for the folks that gather at Growler Grlz, 4810 Hope Valley Road, #110, Durham, NC. Music is free on the patio and playing from 7-10 pm.



Bill Lyerly Band will rock The Red Room, 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC. Music starts at 10 pm. There is a $5.00 music charge to enter and the music plays until 2 am. The trio will offer the rocking classics, honky-tonk grooves, and fun originals to make your feet boot scoot across the floor.



Little Cecil will be rocking Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern, 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd., Jacksonville, NC, tonight with music being offered from 8 pm until 1am. Come rock the night away and celebrate the weekend by supporting live music. Little Cecil plays all the songs you know and love to dance to as well.



The Bears, New Bern’s beloved oldies band is hitting the road tonight and playing on the Pebble Beach Stage at BackWater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill, located at 1052 E Main St., Washington, NC. Music plays from 7-10 pm, the food is fresh and good, and the beer is cold and waiting for you! Come dance to songs you know and love and enjoy the music that fills the air tonight!


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Kenny Curlings sent over the June Schedule for Market Street Pub, 143 N Market St., Washington, NC. They offer live music three to four nights a week and tonight they feature Cuz’n Kirk Experience, rocking the room from 10 pm til 2 am.



Having a look at things that are happening in Greenville, Three’s Company is the entertainment on tap at AJ McMurphy’s, 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC. Music starts at 8:30 pm and they rock til just past midnight. The show is free and the food is awesome. Come early for some grub and stay late to dance the night away!

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Cruising Along the Coast


There is a Summer Concert Series taking place at Fort Macon, and on the bill for tonight you can rock and groove to the sounds of the Morehead City-based, FAB, The Band. Music plays from 6-8 pm and all are welcome to attend. Bring a chair or a blanket and please bring the whole family too.

To keep an eye on who is coming up in the future follow this link to find the schedule:

Fort Macon Summer Concert Series Calendar 




Mac & Juice Duo will be jamming in Atlantic Beach tonight, offering tunes to fans and friends at Idle Hour Biergarten, located on the circle in Atlantic Beach. They offer the grooves from 6:30 until 9 pm outside for all to enjoy! Good beer, great vibes, nice staff and awesome pretzels too! Come to the beach celebrate the season of Summer tonight!



Steel Shot, another fun duo will be rocking the room of the Crystal Coast Brewing Company, 219 West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC. They will be offering the fun tunes and great jams from 8-11 pm. Come out and dance and support live music.



Carolina Sky, will bring their bluegrass sounds to the beach tonight as they make The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores their office for the evening. Located at 511 Salter Path Rd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, they offer live music from 9 pm until the midnight hour. The show is free and the music is fun.



Bounce Party Band is scheduled for Alive at Five tonight along the Morehead City Waterfront. The concert series happens each year and features many great bands each Friday at 5 pm. Tonight’s band will keep the party bouncing with all the fun music you enjoy. Alive at Five takes place at Jaycee Park 807 Shepard Street, Morehead City, North Carolina. Music plays from 5-8 pm.


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There will be live music on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant, 701 Evans St., Morehead City, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and plays until 11 pm. Tonight’s offering of the live music will be acoustic duo Dos Eddies. Come early for the fresh catch of the day and stay late to dance the night away!




Heading over the new bridge we find Y Knott scheduled to play tonight at The Dockhouse Restaurant, located at 500 Front St., Beaufort, NC. Music plays from 9 pm until 1 am. The food is great, the service is friendly and they always offer live music each weekend evening. Come out and show your support tonight!



Third Act is the husband and wife duo, that offers all things rock and country to fans and friends in the Downeast region. Tonight the duo will be rocking Johnny Luke’s Kitchen Bar, located at 5500 Market St., Wilmington, NC. Music starts at 7 pm and they will rock you until 10 pm.



The final show I found along the coast is a new addition to the Adam Hill Band schedule. The band added a show to the itinerary for tonight. They will be rocking Bourbon Street; 35 Front St., Wilmington, NC. Music plays from 9:30 pm until 12:30 am. Come get rocked tonight. In the event you can’t make this show, the band has many shows scheduled in the weeks ahead.

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Getting Down Around Town

New Bern, NC


 The Kingman House is a proud member of the Stanstead House Concert Network. They are requesting that you join them for a wonderful night of Friends, Food and Music as Andrew Finn Magill and a special guest performer team up for a show on Friday, June 1st. $20/head is the cost of the show with the money going to the Artist. The Kingman House is located at 103 Neuse Harbour Blvd., New Bern, NC.




Live music will be offered at BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. Tonight on tap for your entertainment pleasure you will hear the sweet sounds of Sam Lewis as he offers his show from 7-10 pm. The show is free but feel free to share some love and tip the music makers tonight.


12141084_963504663709967_1507794674774253056_o.jpgChecking things out around town we find the acoustic duo the Aqoostix, bringing the sounds to town for those that gather on the patio tonight at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. Music is offered tonight from 8-11 pm under the stars. Come dance on the pavement tonight!



Rural Route Romance is going to entertain the crowd that gathers at Black Beard’s Triple Play, 415 S Front St., New Bern, NC. They will rock outside on the deck from 7:30- 10:30 pm. This show is free and the band is great fun. Popular in the areas of Washington and Greenville, come out tonight to hear why those places love these boys so much. Get ready to boot scoot and have some fun tonight!


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Live at the Brown Pelican this evening you can enjoy the music of Bruce Lynch, rocking the room from 7-10 pm. This show is free and the music is fun and familiar. Come in and say hi to the bar staff, they are waiting to serve you a cold beer or cool cocktail tonight! The Dirty Bird (aka The Brown Pelican), is located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC. It is a private club and easy to join. Just fill out the form and pay your $1.00 due for the year and you can enjoy the benefits of live music each weekend, as well as drink specials and fun… all week long!

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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

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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.

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 Thanks for Reading!

That is all the news and music 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 and share the love. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! You rock, so don’t roll the car! Rely on sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

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