Classic Rock, Old School Blues and Newgrass Grooves Plus Saturday Night Gigs!

On the Scene with Tracey Stones

Picking things up where I ended last week, we found Core Sound rocking the beats at The Brown Pelican!

Core Sound Rocked The Dirty Bird with Classic Rock Offerings


I closed things out last weekend with Core Sound who was rocking The Brown Pelican last Saturday night. This trio of rocker features Cecil Gillikin- guitar and vocals; Wayne Lawrence drums and vocals who, by the way, not only plays a standard kit but on Saturday he used the electronic drums and Stephen Hamilton on bass and vocals.

The band plays lots of popular classic rock numbers to keep the crowd grooving on the dance floor. The band has no current events listed on their Facebook page, but you can keep up with them by liking their page, Core Sound Music.


Rolling Into this Weekend Big Jim Blues Shreds the Blues at The Garage


Big Jim had a busy week rocking the beats with different drummers. On Monday at The Brown Pelican, we enjoyed the raps and taps of Matt Holman. Then on Wednesday at the City Stage, Tanner Bright from Caffeinated Soul Boogie offered the beats and on Friday he asked Mike Ferrara to fill in for the weekend.

Last night I caught the band laying down their blues inside of the garage doors, at The Garage located on Highway 70 E . Each beat maker added a different flavor to the mix. Tonight the beats roll on with Big Jim on guitar and vocals, Kathy Kohler on vocals, Chris Buttitta on bass and Mike Ferrara on drums at JM’s Place PUB. Music starts at 9 pm. You can also catch Jim every Monday at the Brown Pelican from 7-9 pm and again on Wednesday at City Stage with jams running there from 7-9 pm as well.


Into The Fog Rolls Into Beaufort


Upon leaving New Bern we rolled to the beach to check in with the funky bluegrass that offers a refreshing new-grass sound of Into The Fog, who hosted a gig at Cru Bar and Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop. This trio of stringers has great fun on the stage, sharing music traditions that are much older than their years on earth combined. They offer everything from standard country songs made famous by Willie Nelson, old-time bluegrass offerings and even mix in some classic rock like Pink Floyd. The best selections, however, are their own songs. This band came together in Wilmington and now make their home base in Raleigh, while staying busy sharing music around the state and beyond.


For those wondering what new-grass music is all about, here is a sample of what you can expect from these three stringers. Band Members include Brian Stephenson on guitar, Wrightsville Beach banjo and vocals, Winston Mitchell on mandolin, dobro, vocals, and Derek Lane bass and vocals. This trio of talented fun players will be sharing their grooves at The Palm Room in Wrightsville Beach tonight. Music starts at 10 pm. Tomorrow the guys will be in Surf City at Salty Turtle Beer Company for Sunday Funday at 4 pm. For music fans looking for new music to buy, you can check out their debut release by checking out their website:

Into The Fog Music


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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of music with Pete Pawsey Trio. Coming to town for a day gig in Bear Plaza today and then tonight they will be offering more of the fun, progressive, blues grooves they enjoy shuffling through and more, 8-11 pm. 


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of  Steel County Express. They will bring the music to life tonight 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.


On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge



BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the grooves of The Will & Tony Show live. 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!


The Garage


The Garage welcomes the music of Raleigh based punk band Thick Modine, who have come to town to share the bill with the new New Bern based Housterino. 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!


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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016


Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company


Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Jesse Esterline live and grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.



Bake, Bottle & Brew

Justin Castellano offers the live music sounds tonight at Bake, Bottle & Brew this eveningMusic is offered from 6-9 pm.


Emerald Isle, NC

The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits


Werewolves will be offering songs to the fans and friends, that gather for good eats and great beer tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music starts at 6 pm and this New Bern based band will rock you until 9 pm.


Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering



Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes Brian McCroury for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music.


Jack’s Waterfront Bar


There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Checking things out for the weekend:

~Saturday August 3rd~ Open @ Noon Live music by The Dickens Band begins @ 9:30pm Wood Fired, Brick Oven Pizza available
~Sunday Funday August 4th~ Open @ Noon Live music by Bryan Mayer aka Stretch from 4pm – 8pm Bar Olympics start @ 6pm Wood Fired, Brick Oven Pizza available. See you at Jack’s!



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Off The Hook welcomes Duck tonight on the deck. This four-piece band from Raleigh blend funk with blues and mix in some jazz to offer the most fun grooves. Music starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!


Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents a night of music with 4EverAll. Music from this fun area duo is always refreshing. They play from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. This show is free, but free music is never free, so please tip the players that groove you tonight.





JM’s Place PUB welcomes the reggae grooves of The Big Jim Kohler Band. The fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am. Tomorrow at JM’s Place come out for Sunday Funday with Ryan Rubich.


Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe


 The Dennis Walton Band will offer the dinner grooves and will be serving the sounds at Fishy Fishy Cafe tonight. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the food is always delicious. 

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Rocking Around the Region

Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill


Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to 454, offering their rocking best tonight. Music is free and kicks off at 9:30 pm and lasts until 2 am.


Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

AUGUST 3, 2019 · SATURDAY * 8PM * $8

The Beauty Operators are Durham’s all-female blues rock party band. Wear your dancin’ shoes (or boots! Wigs and tutus optional.)

Decency lost a bet with the devil on the night the Beauty Operators were born. They are: Leslie Land with her corruptly indecent vocals and grimy bass- Sandee Washington blowing rudely obscene harp – Maria Linck pushing a depraved rhythm on guitar – Lori Baron doing some heavy, shameless banging – And Darby Odom growling guitar lead so filthy it’s illegal. If playing the blues is a sin they all going to hell.


Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar


Mykel Barbee will be gigging under the name Retromic and sharing songs tonight with friends and fans that gather at Crossroads Grill & Bar. Music starts at 10 pm. Grab a burger, enjoy a cold beer and groove to the music tonight. Barbee is a skilled and talented drummer when he sits with bands and a great singer and stringer too. Get to know him tonight!


Kinston, NC

The Red Room

The Red Room offers the roadhouse rocking sounds of the Bill Lyerly Band, for an early show with music starting at 4 pm and rocking till 7 pm. Then at 10 pm come back and get rocked right with Stairwell taking over the stage inside until lock-down. There is a $5.00 music charge. Please pay the admission fee as a means of supporting live music.


Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill is always a great time with music and good food on the menu! Music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. 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 it is For The Love of Music w/John William! The BEST in Music Jams!  All are welcome to jam. Music plays at 7-10 pm.


The Wine Crate



Music is on tap at The Wine Crate tonight with singer-songwriter Clay Steinwinter, sharing the songs you are sure to enjoy. Come early to enjoy the taste from the bistro and stay late for the good music. Songs are shared from 7-10 pm this evening! 


Jacksonville, NC

Bottoms-Up Sports-Bar




Bottoms-Up Sports-Bar welcomes the rocking grooves of Adam Hill with music starting at 9 pm.


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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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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Have a great weekend and enjoy the dance! Come back tomorrow and we will go country and sing the blues some too! Until then, cheers!

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