Big Jim Kohler was busy with jams and jives this week. Our local bluesman was found around town with his guitar in hand three times last week.
While I am busy teaching people about blogging on Monday nights at Pamlico Community College, my best blues buddy, Big Jim is holding class on the carpet at The Brown Pelican. Music plays from 7-9 pm and the jam starts after the first set. Feel free to come out and join the fun this week or any Monday night. We have really been having a natural ball! This fun weekly offering kicked off in February and had brought some of the best Monday nights this town has ever seen!
If the midweek blues grab you, just make a break for it and join us at The City Stage New Bern, where Big Jim Kohler Blues Band does it again, each week 7-9 pm. Offering the good blues and sharing the grooves, this is always a fun way to bust up the work week, with great music and fun. The City Stage also serves food and are committed to offering live entertainment most nights of the week.
The final place I found Big Jim sharing the blues was last night at ArtWalk. Sitting on his stool outside the Black Cat Shoppe, he was poised and ready as anyone could be, to entertain the town during the monthly town event! “Banging on that guitar for over 30 years,” Big Jim has crawled back from a near-death experience not quite two years ago, has remained sober and is getting healthier and stronger every day. Currently seeking funds for a new CD, I would ask you to consider investing some money here, as a music supporter. To support Big Jim Kohler and his next recording by visit Big Jim on Kickstarter.
Next week Big Jim Kohler has another trio of gigs. He will be seen jamming at the Brown Pelican on Monday 7-9 pm, offering his blues to the Grand Opening of The Garage, 1209 Highway 70 in James City on Friday; and on Saturday you can find him at BrUtopia live from 7-10 pm. Big Jim Returns to the City Stage for his Wednesday engagement, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
While I was rocking my blues away, I let this gypsy woman, Jelisa, give me some advice. It was a great time last night for ArtWalk at The BCS with Big Jim jamming, local artist Amber Gibson, showing her pieces, and tarot reader Jelisa offering free, three card readings. If you are looking for a fun shop to browse and shop; stop by The Black Cat Shoppe.
Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse is the latest to add live music to the menu. You can enjoy dinner and live music each Thursday evening, from 6-9 pm in the piano bar on the second floor of the iconic downtown restaurant.
One of the things I rather like about this new feature is, the fact that we are seeing acts that are not often found around town. On Thursday we were treated to the talents of Jason Addams. Known best as The Mad Fiddler, this player offers lots of familiar songs with a unique spin on every song he offers. He hails from the Crystal Coast region and spent some time jamming with Big Drink Music Company until he moved out on his own. He started offering solo shows and DJ services a few years ago. In the latter parts of 2016, his solo project began focusing on awareness of the dying arts in the public schools.
Addams says on his site, “Currently, my passion for music and playing the violin continues, as my services now include DJ private events, plan the music for weddings and DJ. Also slideshow and power-point presentations, teaching music and violin lessons, and gig locally with local talent in the area.” Father to a toddler, this Mad Fiddler keeps busy teaching lessons to and sharing songs at gigs around the region. Find him on Facebook and visit his website by clicking on the link highlighted above.
Thursdays are always special at City Stage New Bern with the incredible Alisa Mike in control of the room and the microphone. She needs nothing more than an iPad and a microphone to take people places. She can take you to Kansas City or share the St. Louis Blues. If you’ve yet to meet the amazing vocalist we boast as our own, be sure to make a date for some Thursday night soon.
Don’t forget, if you love what you hear, you can take her good works home with you. Mike has her first disc available at shows for purchase. You can make plans for next Thursday and buy your copy. Music is offered each week from 7-9 pm.
The Brown Pelican hosts the longest running open mic found around town in New Bern, NC. This night is always interesting and brings a plethora of talent, that displays their goods on the carpet at The Dirty Bird. Sign up starts at 7 pm and the music starts at 8, with a few songs offered by your host Brian Mac.
While I was in the house this week, I enjoyed the jams of Tom Davis, Charlie Duzan, and Brian Mac. Each guest is allowed to share three to four songs, depending on how busy the night is. Many times the talented guests end up leaving the room with a new date to play at The Brown Pelican.
Before calling it a night myself, I got to hear Howard Mathew offer a few songs as well. This guy is one of my favorite street musicians. Quite often found sharing songs in the alley of Bear Plaza or down on Middle St., Mathews is a talented stringer and singer. It is always a pleasure to hear him share songs!
Justin Castellano had an engagement at BrUtopia last night. He is always in tune and primed when it comes to sharing songs with his fans and friends. Castellano has a new recording and so much happening in his little corner of the world. The singer and stringer keeps busy rocking the grooves around the state, teaching his audience online often and writing new songs. Tonight he has a gig at The Treehouse Beer Company in Cedar Point. Located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Castellano offers the grooves from 7-10 pm.
To get to know this unique player, with a style unmatched by anyone in our area, be sure to visit his website: JustinCGuitar
Speaking of unique talents, last night I ran into William Seymour whom I just met two weeks ago, while bouncing around Washington, NC. This fun and talented singer is worth checking out. From Greenville, the singer and stringer recently recorded the project of a lifetime. Calling on all his talented friends so to lay down tracks on his new disc. The player has a lot to look forward to this year.
If you live in and around New Bern and you missed Seymour last night, while he was picking and playing, be sure to see him tonight. He is scheduled to share songs at BrUtopia tonight from 7-10 pm. The singer-songwriter does not get to town often so take advantage of this time we have with him.
The Adam Hill Band never disappoints! This rocking trio was in town last night, to offer an exceptional night of great music on stage at City Stage. Offering a great mix of classic covers from country to pop, classic rock and the blues, their best offering comes with their original samplings. Things went so well last night the club owners look forward to having them back soon. Keep coming back for details.
Always a crowd favorite The Adam Hill Band always makes new fans with each gig they play a show. These rockers have a new line up being featured this year, with Phillip Alcock on the bass, joining the band in January. This is a strong and welcome addition to the lineup, as Alcock has an aggressive style of playing that pairs well with Hill’s intense style.
Adam Hill is arguably the hardest working stringer on the scene. Today the band has two gigs after rocking into the early morning hours. The first gig has them rocking at press time in Jacksonville, for the Beauty and The Beast Cruise-In Car Show. Later tonight the Hill and Co will be rocking Bourbon Street on Front St in Wilmington. Music starts at 9 pm and they rock you right into Sunday!
Tracey Stones Productions LLC is hard at work looking for new places for music makers to do their thing. Over the last month, I have been able to book a few new opportunities for players in our area.
Coming soon Sara’s Big Apple will be hosting live music with popular acoustic acts, offering the sounds each Friday and Saturday evening from 7-10 pm. Music will start being served each week, beginning with Big Jim Kohler live on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Following that intro, we will find awesome music there while we dine on weekends.
I have also had meetings with people out at Carolina Colours and Fairfield Harbour about bringing music. We are going to try a show for residents in Carolina Colours this coming May. As for the folks in Fairfield Harbour, TSP has a full concert series scheduled, with more than 15 dates reserved for music in that community. As it stands today, this is what residents can look forward to this Music Season:
The shows for the Community Center, located at 585 Broad Creek Road, include Caffeinated Soul Boogie next Saturday, March 16, 7-10 pm; Saturday, April 20, brings Rubich & Cain. Later in the year, we have The Adam Hill Band coming to rock us on Saturday, October 12 from 7-10 and Hank Barbee Home For the Holidays on Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7-10 pm.
I also have a Summer Concert Series set up in Red Sail Park, where residents bring their own picnic and join friends and neighbors at Red Sail Park for music on Sunday afternoons.
For that series we have Big Jim Kohler Band on May 26, Adam Hill Band on June 2, Rubich & Cain on June 16, Hank Barbee on June 30, Caffeinated Soul Boogie on July 14; Big Jim Kohler on July 28; Carolina Swamp Dogs on August 11, Hank Barbee will be back on August 25; Big Jim Kohler on September 15 and Justin Castellano on September 30, 2019. Music will be offered from 2-4:40 pm and it is requested that attendees bring a $10 donation for the band!
Tracey Stones Productions is seeking corporate sponsorship to help bring more live music to more communities. If you are interested in partnering with us please email Tracey Stones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, my mother and I attended a luncheon hosted by The New Bern Sun Journal and CarolinaEast HealthCare Systems to honor 52 Faces of Community. Last year, local artist Laura Gammons recommended me for this honor for my offering of this blog and free music promotions service to the city of New Bern and the state of North Carolina.
It was a wonderful awards lunch where all 52 recipients received a plaque. The publisher of the Sun Journal welcomed everyone and said a few words before a prayer was said and a wonderful lunch catered by and served byThe Flame Banquet Center.
Following a delicious lunch and sweet treat, executive editor of the New Bern Sun Journal, Chris Segal spoke of last years honorees and named six unsung heroes. I had the honor to serve with the last UNSUNG HERO named. Tharesa Lee is an amazing woman. I had the honor of serving with her on the board at Promise Place years ago. She is a woman of action and her word! And our community is better for having her in it!
Before the afternoon was over Lee was awarded top honor and received the Jefferson Award. She will head to Washington DC this Summer and represent Craven County in the National Awards Ceremony! Congratulations Tharesa! And thank you for all you have done for our great city!
BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of William Seymour 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!
There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: LIVE MUSIC
A free concert of Lyric and Melody. An evening of Classical, American Folk and Broadway favorites.
Ellie Roberts, Soprano Vocalist
Clifford Badgley, Pianist
The Brown Pelican hosts the return of the tallest man in Country Music, Bryan Mayer this evening. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs courtesy of this popular crooner. Free music is never free, please tip the music makers that you meet.
Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Spare Change, who will be rocking the deck with all the grooves that get you going. Music plays at 7:30 – 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.
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Off The Hook welcomes the grooves of Sound Trac Band this evening. This fun party band comes ready to groove you. They are fun and fresh, for those who have not seen them yet. The band pours out the grooves they love, to make the crowd dance and move to their beats. Music plays from 10 pm until 2 am.
E-Club Emerald Isle offers the sounds of Pure T Monnicked in full band formation tonight, as they rock it from 10 pm until the early morning hours. Come enjoy this local band offering great rock hits and songs, with a few songs of their own.
Offering the live sounds tonight at The Boro Restaurant & Bar will be Steel Shot keeping beats from 8-11 pm Featuring the sounds of Shawn Mitchell on guitar and vocals and Jeremy Lowery on vocals and bongos. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music.
The Trailer Bar welcomes Faith Bardill tonight for the fun and music for music lovers in the Surf City Area. Come out to rock the night away with this talented local entertainer. Music plays from 8:30 until 11:30 pm.
It is the Dust Parade Trio on tap for your entertainment tonight at Fishy Fishy Cafe, 106 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport, NC, (910) 457-1881. Music will be served from 6:30 -10:30 pm. Come enjoy the grooves and good food too.
Rachet Bros. is a two-man rockabilly and surf contraption piloted by Hank Blanton and Jones Smith, two members of The Phantom Playboys. Come check them out Saturday, March 9th, 8-10 pm at Palate. A NO COVER SHOW!
Band on Fire returns to the stage, to groove the friends and fans that gather tonight at The Rusty Nail. Music plays at 8-11 pm. Come ready to dance your blues away!
Craft City Sip-In has the game and live music tonight. On the Facebook event I learned:
This tandem of stellar musicians is one you will not want to miss. Mark has been playing these parts for a long time and when you add a little Colby Jack then you got quite a sandwich of rockers! Come and check out the guy’s with us this Saturday starting after the Duke/Carolina Game. #WeKnowGoodMusic #MarkHarrison #ColbyJack #CCSI #LocalandLive
Pitchers Bar is going to be rocking tonight with the beats of the Greenville based Stairwell, coming to town to offer some grooves. These boys bring the energy and fun with every appearance. Be sure to catch them soon. Tonight they rock from 9:30 pm until early tomorrow morning.
The Corner Tavern and Grill offers the gospel-infused blues of Chicken Shack tonight. This band comes ready to groove and they want to see you move. Music plays from 8-11 pm.
Rare Form takes the stage tonight at Roadies Roadhouse. Admission for the night of fun is $10.00
Rare Form will be rolling into Seven Springs NC! They are an award-winning band from Central VA. You do not want to miss this show.
They have played in Nashville and opened for many National Acts including Joe Diffie, John Michael Montgomery, Confederate Railroad, The Bellamy Brothers, Tracy Lawrence, Chris Cagle, and Sammy Kershaw.
We bring the best in the current country, that keeps the girls on the dance floor all night long!!
Cooper Greer Music shares the sounds tonight at Crossroads Grill & Bar. Music and fun start at 10 pm. Come celebrate Saturday and Renee’s Birthday tonight, with all of your country favorites courtesy of this fine cowboy crooner.
The Bill Lyerly Band will be bringing it to Greenville tonight, when the rock fans and friends that gather at AJ McMurphy’s this evening. Get there early to enjoy some great food and stay late to dance dessert off the hips! Music starts at 8:30 and they rock you until 11:30 pm.
There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays, they welcome all players, with a Low Key Open Mic night hosted by Brian Burke. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight come out to dine and dance to the music of Chuck Phillips!
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