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On the Scene with Tracey Stones

Last weekend started off with the talented sounds of Jenna Huff and Mollie Hunter live at The Thirsty Bruin, located at 224 Middle St, in downtown New Bern, NC, the duo played to a packed room.

The Bruin offers live music each Friday from 8 til 10:30 pm. The music is free but feel free to tip the music makers. Tonight on stage, come enjoy the sounds of Mac McWilliams. This coming Tuesday James Ford will host the first open mic night. Come out with your talent and display it for all starting at 8 pm.



Live under the tent on the patio, at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at The Harvey Mansion we found the sounds of another duo rocking it. The Aqoostix offered the music made by Tony Johnston and Steve Webb. The guys had fun giving up the music that moved the people.

The Harvey Mansion offers live music outside all year-long. If you have not made it by for a warming winter show under the tent, be sure to check out Big Drink Music Company tonight after Art Walk. They will be rocking the patio from 8-11 pm.  Circa 1810 Bar offers live music every Thursday with Dueling Pianos, from 7-11 pm. Live local bands every Friday and Saturday from 8-11 pm and closing out the weekend with a supper show from 5-8 pm each Sunday. There are heaters to warm you and music to move you, come check out the great vibes in downtown tonight.

Closing out this week in live music on the patio you can enjoy the Pete Pawsy Trio out the Raleigh-Durham area on Saturday night 8-11 pm and on Sunday. For supper, we enjoy the sounds of Alisa Mike live from 5-8 pm.


On Friday night it was the long-awaited EP Release for Bearfoot Monty. The local rock band with roots that grew in the soil here, offered a great night of music with three acts coming together to celebrate this special occasion. The six-song EP will now be available at shows and you can find it on Spotify and Itunes too.

Opening the night was Myself and I, followed by a performance from the energetic Thick Modine and closing out the night and rocking the room was the rockin quartet we know and love.

Bearfoot Monty came together just over a year and a half ago when singer-songwriter and guitarist Justin Hargett approached singer and bass player Gabrielle Christy about forming a band. Since then they have enlisted the smooth and psychedelic guitar works of Jimmy Hawkins and the backbeat of Dallas Allen on drums. Their music is rock based with inspirations of blues and indie sounds blended for a unique mix.


On Saturday night Live at The City Laundry welcomed Justin Castellano to the stage for an extraordinary night of guitar madness. I happened to stop out with Fairlight, and before the night was out the two belted some blues to appease the crowd. Castellano will be back in town next Sunday, February 18, 2018, for a performance on the patio at Circa 1810 from 5-8 pm.

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Live at The City Laundry located at 901 Pollock St, New Bern, NC offers a variety of live entertainment. Tonight it is Stand up Comedy night with Winner of the “2012 Port City Top Comic” and 2013 “Carolina’s Funniest Comic”, Matt White’s brand of observational humor mixed with improv and theatre elements engages audiences and leaves them giggling for days. Join Matt and friends for an evening of laughter and fun. 8pm Show Tickets $8.00

Tomorrow night come celebrate Mardi Gras fundraiser with the sultry sounds of AM Serenades. Alisa Mike will entertain the audience from 7:30-10:30 pm.  Here are more details as per Facebook:

The Ghent Neighborhood Association is hosting this fundraiser to benefit the third annual Mardi Gras Parade. Join us for an evening of great food and entertainment. Popular New Bern Singer Alisa Mike will entertain for your listening and dancing pleasure. There will be plenty of beads, masks, and prizes on hand! Plus we’ll be offering some delicious New Orleans specialties from the kitchen and bar! Be sure and wear your “finery”, there will be a costume contest and the winner will ride in the parade with the Royal Court! Tickets $10.00 – Show starts at 7:30pm



The final show I caught last week was Under the Gun. This rockin’ quartet traveled from High Point, NC to New Bern to play under the tent for music fans that gathered. The four-piece band offered lots of great music to keep the crowd lively and dancing. They will be back to play for us again soon but until their return in a few months, become familiar with them by checking out and liking them on Facebook:

Under The Gun

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Behind the Scenes with Tracey Stones

Artist Development

There has been much music and work with Fairlight Moriah, who spent last Saturday afternoon at rehearsal in Chocowinity, NC, with a band that will be offering a private performance for Valentine’s Day at a local Country Club. The event is a member only event, but let me tell you, the members are lucky in love this Valentine’s Day, with the sounds of Jazz, Blues, and even some Beach music added for the dancers that come to dinner.

I happened to enjoy hearing Fairlight belt out some jazz sounds. She nailed it on all songs and the other band members were also impressed with the talent they signed up to work with. Three of the players in this quartet are actually players in The East Coast Rhythm & Blues Band.

In other developments, the singer is booked for another performance on Music Monday. She will be live again with Vinny Farro on Monday, April 9, 2018. You can tune in to Thunder Country 96.3 FM to listen to her live on that date from 8:30 – 9 AM.

Just before that show airs, she will make her debut performance with her band Fairlight & The Scorpio Moon, live at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. That show is scheduled for April 6, 2018, from 8-11 pm.

To keep up with Fairlight be sure to follow her blog site at


Building Community Relations with a Music and Arts Festival



On Sunday afternoon I attended the first of many planning meeting for the Music and Arts Festival brought to New Bern each year thanks to GEM Productions.This year’s festival will mark the 6th Annual Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival. The focus is always on bringing new talent and artists to downtown New Bern for a full weekend of fun. This year’s event will take place during the third weekend in July so mark it down now Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21.

The one thing that will be different this year is this team that will be seeking Community Business Sponsors to help boost the traffic and builds on the audience for this already successful event. Thus far GEM Productions has been running on passion and working hard to prove their worth to our community. Now it is time to help them in their efforts and excel with mission further with the help of the community they have been helping for years. 

Whether people know it or not GEM Productions have been booking shows and putting together local events together for our town for years. To help in their success, NCMZ.LIVE and Tracey Stones Productions, LLC has joined the team to help with promotions, advertising, and marketing. In other words, expect a call from me soon!

We are offering four tiers of Sponsorship for this weekend Music Festival that will boast two main stages. These tiers are open to all community businesses. There is two top-level main stage sponsors up for grabs. That cost is $5,000 and offers great advertising opportunities in markets you might not otherwise reach, a full sponsorship banner with your business name on the main stage! Radio spots, plus print media, many social media sites, several websites and your name at the top of the T-shirts too.

We also need a host of $1,000.00 sponsors. That spot offers supporters their name and logo added to our sponsorship banner, ads on NCMZ.LIVE other social media sites and a listing on the shirts for the event.

For those who can’t quite afford that much, but would like to be a part of making this event bigger and better for our community, we also offer $500 and $200 sponsorships. These spots also put your name out there in arenas you might not normally reach. All of this money will be used for making Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival a true Community event.

If anyone would be interested in sponsoring this upcoming event please feel free to reach out and talk to Tracey Stones at 318-789-6929.

The other thing we want to get the word out now is that vendor slots are available and the prices will remain affordable for all artisans to take part. 

Booths for the event are $125 per day $200 for the weekend. NonProfits are welcome to bring their causes to the forefront with booth space deeply discounted for them. To save your booth space please contact Bailey Evans at 252-571-8759

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Live Music Options for

Friday, February 9, 2018

Gettin’ Down Around Town New Bern, NC


Live music tonight is on tap at BrUtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E New Bern, NC. Offering the sounds tonight will be the live music of Gene Gregory. He plays the acoustic offerings you love from 7-10 pm. There is no charge for this event, so come enjoy some fresh beer and great music tonight.



Big Drink Music Company is a group of four friends that share the love of music. Come enjoy the classic rock sounds you love, as we dance under the tent at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at the Harvey Mansion. Located at 221 S Front St., this is the first venue to welcome you with live music in the city tonight. Check out live music from 8-11 pm. This show is free and the music is great, so come enjoy the cool vibe on the patio this winter.



Live music at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC, offers the sounds of Pete Pawsey and Patrick Edwards, as they work out the grooves from 7-10 pm. This show is free and the music is fine. Come enjoy a cold one and welcome in the weekend with live music.



Just a reminder, that live music will be offered by Mac McWilliams this evening at The Thirsty Bruin Craft Beer & Wine Store, located at 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. This event is free and the music is offered from 8-10:30 pm.

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Leavin’ Town

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There is dinner and live music being offered at The Minnesott Golf & Country Club, 806 Country Club Dr., Arapahoe, NC, with Bob Laverty and Chris Morden performing 5:30 -8:30 pm and DJ after they finish. Call up your sweetie and tell her Valentine’s Day is early, and tonight you will celebrate!


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Keeping it along our coastal areas, we find Megan McMartin live at Promise Land Market, 909B Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC. Music is offered for free from 8-11 pm.


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Carolina Sky has a show at The E Club, located at 8102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. This show is free with live music being offered from 10 pm till 2 am. Come enjoy the rocking country offerings of the Eastern NC outfit.


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Just over the bridge, we roll into Swansboro, where we find the pretty sounds of Kevin Siebold live at Boro Restaurant & Bar. Located at 109 N Front St., Swansboro, NC. They serve up the fresh food with fine music being offered from 7-10 pm.


Rockin Around the Region

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Wil Guyton will be live at Scooter’s Bar & Grill, 1911 Sego Ct, Raleigh, NC. He offers his sounds for free from 7-11 pm this evening. But just remember free music is never free. These guys and gals are working hard to help you unwind, so help them by sharing the love and giving up the tips



Tonight at Lorraine’s Coffee & Music House, 101 Timber Pointe Ln, Garner, NC, the doors open to Eric Strickland & The Here Tonight Band. The cost for tonight’s show is $8.00, with the music charge payable at the door. Doors open at 7, with the show starting at 7:30 pm. Music will play till 9:30 pm



Bill Lyerly is back on our side of the pond and tonight he has a trio on tap, to take you to rocking heights at The Red Room, 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC. Music plays 10 pm till 2 am and there is a $5.00 music charge for all shows, and the music is always worth it.



Justin Castellano is set to perform two shows in Jacksonville this weekend. Tonight he is live and solo at Marina Cafe, located on S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville, with music being played for dinner from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow he will be rocking with Backseat Romeo the duo featuring Castellano and Ed Prophet. This act will be live at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern, 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd., Jacksonville, NC. Music plays from 9pm -12am. Both shows are FREE.



Reggae soul maker Barefoot Wade is live at Ducks Grille & Bar, 1207 Gum Branch Rd, Jacksonville, NC tonight, offering the Caribbean sounds we all love from 10 pm till 12 am.

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Rural Route Romance will provide an acoustic show tonight at Market Street Pub located at 143 N Market St., Washington, NC. Music is offered from 10 pm till 2 am. Ths band always makes a great impression on the crowd, so be sure to spend some time rocking in their country grooves.


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TrainWreck is playing close to home tonight. For all the fans and friends of this fun band, you can find them at TieBreakers Sports Bar & Grill; 1920 Smythewyck Dr, Ste B
Greenville, NC. Music plays from 10 pm till 1:30 am


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The final show I found around the region is that of B & B live at Pitt St Brewing Company, located at 630 S Pitt St., Greenville, NC. Featuring the duo from Cuz’n Kirk Experience, this duo will rock you with classics you know, blues you love and hits you dance to. Live from 8-11 pm

Answering The Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region. I ask my Facebook followers where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

February 6 at 6:15pm

Thanks so much for and rocking around the state with me.

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Facebook Events Link

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.

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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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 for the said gig.

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!

Send all of your events invites to me on Facebook, so I know where you are playing in the days ahead. I can be found on Facebook by following this link:

I also read emails daily. You can send those to:

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. Pictures are also helpful. I share links to band websites, so send those along as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to fill me in on the details, together we will reach the people!


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