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Adam Hill Unplugs at the Coast to Start Off A New Week

Adam Hill debuted his talent at Queen Anne’s Revenge, 501 Front St., Beaufort, NC; on Monday, July 2, 2018. The talented artist offered a great mix of music that included many original selections. The hard-working singer-songwriter keeps busy performing throughout the year.

When not working hard with his trio, The Adam Hill Band, he cuts grooves on his own throughout the state. To get to know Adam Hill a bit better, be sure to check out his website at, find him on Facebook at The Adam Hill Band, check him out on YouTube at AdamHill79 or check him out on my YouTube page at Adam Hill’s Page on Tracey Stones YouTube Channel.

If you only like it live then you have two chances to catch Hill rocking the acoustic this weekend. Tonight you can find him bending strings at Crossroads Grill & Bar, 8136 Hwy 55W, Seven Springs, NC; (252) 569-1321. Music starts tonight at 10 pm. Tomorrow night Hill will be rocking New Bern with the six strings, when he plays Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion; 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC; (252) 635-3232. Music starts at 5 pm and Hill offers the dinner music til 8 pm on the patio. Both shows are free, but feel free to tip the music makers you meet along the way. They are always working hard for your good time!

At press time I learned that Hill has a gig with his rocking original band, Victim of The Cause today. He is sharing the bill with a bunch of great bands at Mason Dixon Park, located in Seven Springs, NC. Just head on up Highway 55 E. This event started at noon and will rock into the night!


Barry Charlton Offers Entertainment Dockside at The Dockhouse

After a nice dinner and show at Queen Anne’s Revenge, I walk along the waterfront and stopped in on Barry Charlton who was entertaining the crowd gathering at Dockhouse Restaurant, 500 Front St, Beaufort, NC; (252) 728-4506. I have named Charlton many times in this blog as a means of promoting his live music dates, but this was the first time I had the pleasure of hearing the stringer and singer. For those that have yet to hear the skilled performer, you can catch him on Monday, July 9, Tuesday, July 10 and Monday, July 16, when he returns to the Dock House.

Music plays nightly throughout the Summer with tunes starting at 9 pm.



Welcome to The Weekend, Let’s Music EVERYWHERE!

On my way out to find music last night, I had to make a quick stop to run an errand. When I turned into the James City Food Lion parking lot last night I heard the pulse of a rhythm maker calling my name.

That is where I met Joel, set up banging his bongos and sharing his gift with anyone in earshot, shopping or eating in the plaza. Not only did he keep a good beat, but he shared some of his stories with me as well:

Jamming with Joel

This was the sweet treat of the night. I spoke with Joel’s wife Theresa, who told me they set out earlier that day from their home in Goldsboro, NC. She drives him around to different towns to expose his talents and help him share his gift of making magical rhythms.

I am looking forward to hearing from the couple soon, so I can learn more about their story.


The Blues and Great Brews and Awesome Food all Served at BrÜtopia

Unless you are new here, you know my love for the blues runs deep and it flows freely for this local couple we know and love as The Kohlers. Big Jim and his bride Kathy are full of the blues and celebrate it all with soulful selections, that can bring anyone to a new place via their music.

Big Jim spent the final years of the renowned bluesmen (Son Seals’) career working as his band leader and right-hand man. Hailing from Long Island, NY, Kohler brought his family to North Carolina in 2011 and has called New Bern, NC home ever since. Not long after his arrival, Big Jim hit the streets with his guitar in hand and started sharing his blues with any and all who would listen. Before long, the gigs cam and the band formed and by 2012 Kohler was busy gigging weekly and shredding notes for new music appreciators everywhere.

After a serious bout of pneumonia, Big Jim wandered down the road of sobriety in September of last year, via an induced coma which kept him hospitalized for nearly a month. Since then the player has been working his way back to heal, gaining his strength and is now playing more often.

The next band gig on the calendar for the Big Jim Blues Band will be for a Concert in the Park series, that Tracey Stones Productions is presenting to the residents of Fairfield Harbour. The band will perform at Red Sail Park on Sunday, July 22, 2018, from 4-6 pm. Residents are welcome to pack a snack, a drink of choice and join us for music in the park.



Tiffany Elaine Aspires to Inspire Music Makers and Fans Alike

 I first met our next performer several years ago when she walked into The Brown Pelican in New Bern, playing at one of their open mic nights. Since then the singer-songwriter has been making a name for herself all around our state and in Nashville, TN as well.

Currently hosting many open mics in several towns and in a few counties, Tiffany Elaine works hard to help her music brothers and sisters on the scene. Her favorite pastime is songwriting and she always has new music to share. With country music flowing from her heart, she has been dedicated to the genre since she started writing. It suites her, as she herself is a down home country girl with a warm disposition and lots of talent to share.

To keep in touch with this popular player find her on Facebook at

Tiffany Elaine Music


Little Cecil Rocked the Tipsy Turtle

I missed Cecil Gilken last weekend when he came to town to play at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, so last night I sopped in to see the singer and stringer hard at work on stage at The Tipsy Turtle Tavern, 408 Atlantic Beach Cswy, Atlantic Beach. Offering original music as well as fun and familiar blues and classic rock covers, this player stays busy playing along our coast.

Tonight the player will team up with his bandmates, Core Sound and bring their show to Beaufort. They will perform at the Royal James Cafe from 9 pm until midnight.


The Roman Sams Rock at the Water’s Edge

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When I first found the classic rock cover band The Roman Sams, it was three years ago while visiting Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant; 701 Evans St, Morehead City, NC. Back then the venue was brand new with furniture still being constructed, as well as an outside bar.

Last night I returned to that spot to enjoy the sounds of this fun band once again. They are a talented bunch of players raised mostly in Lenoir County. The five-piece outfit offers the skills of David Brown and Matthew Hart, both offering guitars and vocals, Phillip Alcock on bass, Jasmine Best on drums and standing front and center is singer Samantha Holland who rocks the crowd each time.

For those looking to be rocked right, you can check this band out next week on Saturday, July 14 at AJ McMurphy’s, 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC. Music will be offered from 8 pm until midnight. The following week they will be sticking close to home to rock The Red Room, 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC, on Friday, July 20, 2018. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a $5.00 music charge to enter. To keep up with the band and all of their dates you can find them on Facebook at


Live Music Options for

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Getting Down Around Town, New Bern, NC

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The Brown Pelican

Tonight the Dirty Bird will be rocking with Bern It Down, making their debut at the Brown Pelican tonight. Located at 411 Broad St. Music starts at 8 pm and the band brings it until 11 pm. This show is free but feel free to share the love of music and tip the music makers working hard for you tonight!

Blackbeard’s Triple Play

It is the Grand Opening for Dale Overbee’s fourth establishment, Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. Different from his other ventures, this is Overbee’s first venue in the downtown area. He is now offering live music four nights a week to our city.

Tonight they celebrate this newest endeavor with a double bill that starts on the deck tonight at 7 pm with New Bern’s classic rockers, The Wannabees. They will be rocking the deck until 10 pm. After their show, you are welcome to come inside to enjoy another show featuring the popular party band Spare Change. They get the good times rolling at 10 pm and rock you right until closing.

Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion

Live and rocking all your favorites from the 90’s until now, come enjoy the music of The Joe Baes Project out on the patio tonight with music being offered from 8-11 pm. Circa 1810 Bar,  221 S Front St., is under new management and is making several changes to their current business model. They have hired new hands to work the kitchen. Besides making changes to the menu, they are also changing the music schedule as well.


They will be serving fresh beer and local food tonight at BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E. On tap for serving up the sounds is the stringer and singer from Wilmington, Gene Gregory, who will offer many familiar songs as well as his original works. All this while nosh the tasty treat, being served by Nest Cafe Food Truck. Live music plays from 7-10 pm.

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Cruising Along the Coast

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Swansboro, NC

There is always a host of great music happening each weekend in the resort town of Swansboro, NC. Tonight I found several shows that might interest you and your friends.

Live on stage at Bake, Bottle & Brew, 147 N Front St, you can delight in the sounds of  Bob Laverty. The Oriental based entertainer will be sharing his songs tonight starting at 6 pm and rocking souls until 9 pm.

Church Street Deli, 99 W Church St., offers live music each Saturday night from 7-10 pm. Tonight’s talent is a familiar favorite in that area. Justin Castellano shreds songs in Swansboro, N.C nearly once a week if not more. Come groove your Saturday night away in the company of Castellano.

Live at the Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant, 103 W Moore St., offers the talented playing of David “The Sax Man” Robinson. Music starts there at 9 pm and plays until midnight.

Emerald Isle, NC

Checking things out just over the bridge, we find more great music options in the beautiful Emerald Isle, NC. Tonight’s early show is taking place at Trading Post Southern Food & Spirits, 8302 Emerald Drive, (252) 424-8284. They offer music each Wednesday and Saturday night from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Music is offered outside on the patio and tonight’s host is Slyde.

The Emerald Club, 8102 Emerald Dr, opens the stage to Corey Stuart, who will be rocking outside starting at 8 pm. The music starts inside at 10pm and rocking you right will be the Freeway Band. Between these two acts, you should be served a great mix of musical stylings.
Trey Calloway Band will take the stage at SALT Bar, 325 Mangrove Dr. Doors open at 8, music starts at 9:30 pm. Come to celebrate Saturday at SALT and boot scoot the night away!

Atlantic Beach, NC

The High Point-based rocking, country outlaw band Under The Gun, will be offering an acoustic show tonight on the beach at Idle Hour Biergarten, 121 Atlantic Blvd. Music is offered outside from 6:30-9:30 pm.


Morehead City, NC

The Crystal Coast Band will perform tonight at Southern Salt Seafood Company & Waterfront Restaurant, 701 Evans St. Music plays from 9 pm until midnight. Come early to eat and stay late to dance the night away under the stars.

Off the Hook, 105 S 7th St., brings back the reggae rock of Green Room. They will be rocking the deck tonight starting at 10 pm and playing the sounds that move you until 1:30 am

The Raliegh-based soul outfit, best known as Soul Psychedelic will be rocking Jack’s Waterfront Bar, 513 Evans Street. There is a music charge payable at the door, with music starting at 10 pm and rocking till 2 am

Beaufort, NC

There are a couple of blues bands in Beaufort tonight. The first show I found is The Beaufort Blues Project, who will be rocking the town from the patio at The Backstreet Pub, 124 Middle, Ln. Music starts at 6 pm and the band plays til 10 pm. If you have not been here in a while, they have a new stage built and outdoor lounge. Come see things for yourself and have some fun tonight!


The New Bern based blues project known as Fairlight & The Scorpio Moon, will debut tonight at Cru Bar & Wine Store The Beaufort Coffee Shop, 120 Turner St. The band will set up in a trio formation with Fairlight at the mic, Freddie on drums and Tommy on the keys. Music starts at 8:30 pm and plays until 11:30 pm. This show is free but tips for the entertainers are encouraged!

Rockin’ Around the Region

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The Will McBride Group will perform tonight at Beer & Wine 101 Youngsville, 135 West Main Street, Youngsville, NC. Music will start at 7 pm and they will serve the sounds until 10 pm. Come out and dance the night away with this talented fun band.

Krafty’s Burger & Brews, 1177 Timber Dr, E, Garner, NC, will offer the music of Proton Jones this evening from 10 pm until 1 am. This show is free and the food is wonderful, so come out and dance your dinner away!


Gypsy Railroad is scheduled to perform tonight at  Double Barley Brewing. This free show starts at 7 pm and the music plays until 10 pm.


Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival performer Mandy Mears, will be appearing live tt at Uptown Brewing Company tonight. Music starts at 8 pm and she will rock you until 11 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

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options 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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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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