NCMZ.LIVE Expands Entertainment Circle with New Partnerships

Follow Me, The Sky is the Limit As NCMZ.LIVE Expands so too Does Our Community Stage NCMZ.LIVE and Newport Voice Team Up Together It has been a truly exciting couple of weeks in the world of this blogger! For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed creating a buzz about live music. With

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Follow Me, The Sky is the Limit

Tracey Stones, Contributing Writer
Tracey Stones~  Blogger, and Contributing Writer.  Photo Credit: Robert Dumon.

As NCMZ.LIVE Expands so too Does Our Community Stage


NCMZ.LIVE and Newport Voice Team Up Together

It has been a truly exciting couple of weeks in the world of this blogger! For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed creating a buzz about live music. With the creation of this blog, we are creating lots of excitement about our local music scenes throughout North Carolina. One of the best parts about the experience is meeting like minds that enjoy the promotions side of the business. Recently I was approached by two media sources.

After meeting with Josie Mullens, the publisher of the Newport Voice, we agreed to a new entertainment section Weekend Sessions with Tracey Stones that will highlight the events happening in and around Craven and Carteret counties and even beyond. Since this will also be linked online to this blog site and the online version of the publication, we will offer a great platform to promote your special events! This is a great opportunity for club owners and bands and community concert promoters to advertise their big deal of the month, their website, their grandstand event or simply their calendar too.

Deadline for copy and ad insertion orders is the 15th of each month and the publication is direct mailed to more than 10,695 addresses in Newport, NC. They reach a potential of 24,000 readers each month, making it a great opportunity for restaurants offering live music this summer season! If you want your ad on my page in August, reach out to me today!  My email address is

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Hometown Entertainment News Source


Just a few days after finalizing my plan with the Newport Voice I received a call from Wendy Card, publisher and creator of She was interested in teaming up with my blog and offered me a spot on her team as well. My contributions to her creation will once again center around music in our area.

For the first run, I wrote a feature highlighting the 2018 Bernroo Music and Arts Festival, in Downtown New Bern this July 20-22, 2018. That debut article posted at noon today!

Along with written content for the site, I was invited to be a contributor to their bi-weekly podcast. I sat down for the first podcast today which will air on Monday. It was a wonderful experience being in the studio to talk about the work I am doing with music these days. I love sharing the dream with anyone who will listen.

Moving forth, I wish to contribute a bi-weekly entertainment spot that highlights all of the many events in the weeks ahead. More reasons for all you music makers to share, share, share your dates with me! I love how my platform grows and in the end, it builds a bigger community stage for our local music makers! This is all very exciting day for me. Thanks so much for being a part of it!


On the Scene with Tracey Stones

Confessions of a Blues Lover

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I made my way back to the blues jam at The Blue Note Grill in Durham earlier this month. On the first Sunday of each month, Bill Whittington opens the doors to the Triangle Blues Society to host a monthly jam event. During this time money is raised via 50/50 sales for the non-profit organization or local charity. There is also a raffle for a guitar loaded with familiar names. The money raised during these events goes to the worthy cause of keeping the blues alive. Last months 50/50 was donated to helping the winners of the blues competition in August, go to the International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN in February next year. This month the money went to one of the members who recently had a house fire.

To be honest, blues societies have been on my mind for a while. I have long thought this area is in need of one. Currently, I am laying out the map for a new one. I would love to create the Twin Rivers Blues Society, have it founded in New Bern and serving Craven, Carteret, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, and Pamlico counties. Currently, I am in talks with several rooms around the region, about bringing a monthly jam to get the word out about our mission of keeping the blues alive ’round these parts.

I am also in talks with many community members who like the idea. With any luck, this will be the year a Blues Society finds a home around here! I do know that I have many dreams and visions about building a huge and healthy music community. It is not an effort that I will achieve on my own. More hands make lighter work. If you’d like to get involved in helping me get this off the ground, please reach out to me today. Let’s sit down for coffee and swap ideas and get balls rolling.

Given my dedication to this cause I am going to stay busy looking for blues opportunities near and far. I am checking out the other societies in our state to see how they are doing things. Each day offers a new lesson and I am open to receiving advice from those that have walked before me. Stay tuned for more boogie and blues news on this undertaking and more, by signing up to follow this blog if you don’t already do so!


From Blues Jamming in Durham to Dan Jamming in New Bern

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After a full week of exploring new and great opportunities, I ventured out to ArtWalk to listen to Dan Jam Phillips who hosted a night of music on the sidewalk in front of the new location for the Comunity Artists Gallery, located on S Front St. That is where Dan gathered with his talented friends, Alan Gleason, who offered up the guitar chords, Jeff Boeing who offered up the leads on the six string, Chris Buttita joined in on bass for a while, Glenn Bisignani jammed on banjo, while Fairlight sang for much of the performance. You can catch Dan Jam next Friday, June 22 at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC, when he jams from 7-10 pm with his many friends!


The other delightful singer found was Alisa Mike, who gave up a great offering from 5-8 on Middle Street for friends and fans that gathered on the sidewalks during ArtWalk. This event happens monthly during the second Friday throughout the year. If you have not visited New Bern in a while, be sure to make it a point to see it during ArtWalk. You can find Alisa Mike live at the Doubletree by Hilton, 100 Middle St., New Bern, NC on Friday, June 29, 2018, where she will deliver the songs you love from 5-8 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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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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 Thanks for Reading!

That is all the music and news 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 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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Feel free to invite me to your events. If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event with me.

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Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Sending along pictures are also helpful. I also share links to band websites, so send those along as well. Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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