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On The Scene With Tracey Stones

I checked in with The Oblations last weekend. This duo featuring Daniel Fields offering vocals & guitars and music brother, Joe MacPhail. giving up his share of vocals, drums, keyboards. They were playing at BrewMasters in Goldsboro, NC

For those looking for a great beer store, come by and stay for the music. The Oblations are a North Carolina roots blues funk rock band, with original material that puts emphasis on originality, I love the jams they deliver. The duo has a CD available for purchase at shows and they can be found on the web as well.

If you like blues inspired funk jams, this is a fun band to get to know. They keep busy on the west side and have been making a name for themselves in the in the midrange and eastern side of the state as well.

I was introduced to their sound thanks to the work of GEM Productions, bringing new talent into New Bern. The band played at the Brown Pelican a few months ago, when I first purchased their disc.

They will be returning to town before long, as we are in negotiations for an April date for the duo, at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion.  Keep it here for updates on those details. To keep up with the band, give their Facebook page a like:

The Oblations on Facebook



Following the Oblations, I headed to Seven Springs and checked in with Adam Hill, who was playing acoustic at Crossroads Grill  & Bar, located on Highway 55 West.  I ran into owner Matt Price who stayed busy throughout the night.  The grill offers great burgers and the bar has the cold beer ready to serve.

This coming weekend, come enjoy the country sounds of singer Faith Bardill live this Saturday from 10 pm til 2 am. I recently heard the singing sensation at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach a few weeks ago. The first time I heard her perform it was at the 2016 North Carolina Music Awards, where she won Country Female Artist of the Year.


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Live Music Options for

Friday, February 16, 2018


~ Rocking New Bern ~


Third Degree Bern is a new band based out of New Bern. The band will be rocking the Taberna Country Club, 401 Taberna Way, New Bern, NC, this evening from 730-9:30 pm. Come enjoy the rock sounds that make you dance with these many familiar faces from our New Bern music scene.



Durham based singer-songwriter Pete Pawsey will be live at BrUtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. This evening the music will be playing 7-10 pm. The artist has been logging some hours in our little town these past couple weekends. Last week he played with a duo at The Brown Pelican on Friday, last Saturday he brought his trio to Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion.

To keep up to speed with the performer, be sure to send him a friend request on Facebook. To close out his weekend he will be headed back to the middle of the state, to team up with Anita Kinney for a show at Steel String Brewery, located at 106 S Greensboro St., Carrboro, NC. This event is set for Sunday, February 18 at 4 pm.



The BiPolar Express will be rocking the stage at Triple Play Restaurant & Bar, located at 111 Williams Rd, New Bern, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and they rock you til closing. Come enjoy the hard-hitting trio that delivers all of the fun songs from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s rock.



The Roman Sams Band is coming to rock New Bern tonight. This full-throttle rock cover band offers all the classic you love. From Joplin to the Stones, Samantha Holland hits the notes and the band backing her rarely misses too. Come enjoy a fun rocking night out on the patio with music at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St, New Bern, NC. The music is free and the beer is cold…so come dance. Music plays from 8-11 pm.



A local favorite, Rick Huff will be live at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. Music is free and starts at 7 pm with songs being sung til 10 pm. Tomorrow evening it gets buttery with good jams. Live music from the Hot Buttered Grits starts at 8 pm and they groove til 11 pm.




Live at The City Laundry, 901 Pollock St, New Bern, was offering Tiffany Elaine live this evening, but due to illness her show was canceled. They will offer Karaoke to those who are in the mood to come out and sing.


Music will return to the stage tomorrow evening with the family fun band, Strung Together. Music starts at 8 pm.


Cruising the Coast

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Bobby Webb & Company will be offering the live music from 8-11 pm at Cru Bar & Wine Store / Beaufort Coffee Shop, located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Come enjoy this free offering of live music, as you sip your favorite beverage and welcome in the weekend.



4EverAll offers the music from 7-10 pm at Harrika’s Brew Haus, located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC. Come enjoy romantic music with meaning from this married duo that loves offering their songs. Live music is featured every Friday in the Garage Bar.



Romantic stringer Ed Prophet is serving up the sounds you might enjoy at dinner this evening, at Boro Restaurant and Bar. He offers the sounds, they serve the fresh tastes and cold beer. Grab a date and be sure to stay late and dance. Boro is located at 109 N. Front St., Swansboro, NC. Music plays from 7-10 pm.


Rolling Around the State


Blues fans around the Charlotte area are in for a treat with Doyle Bramhall II, live this evening at The Neighborhood Theater. Some tickets remain for this show. The event opens doors at 7 pm with music starting at 8 pm.

Here is more on this amazing blues talent:

Gig review: Get Ready To Rock
Review by Pete Feenstra

“Watching Doyle Bramhall II is like watching a chef at work. All the ingredients are there, but he uses a well-routined band instead of attendant kitchen staff to make magical things happen.

They say things are bigger in Texas, and in Bramhall’s case, it’s all about exploring a big sonic landscape in a meeting of blues, spirituality and an inclusive philosophy. The latter reflects his own feelings which he shares in a musical driven emotional arc that connects the personal to the universal.

Bramhall aims for celestial bliss as he embraces enveloping spacey grooves, haunting tones, and deep grooves.

He demands patience, understanding and is not given to saying much, but when he sculpts his solos, his spiritual bent sounds so essential in such unsettling times.”


Originally built as a movie theater in 1945 (Astor Theatre) closed in the late 70s, Neighborhood Theatre underwent restoration in 1997 and was converted into a live performance venue. Neighborhood Theatre is a live music venue hosting local and national acts. We are located in NoDa, Charlotte’s historic arts district, filled with restaurants, shops, and bars. Neighborhood Theatre is the perfect setting to see a show from an old favorite or to discover a new band that energizes and excites you.

February 16, 2018, Fri
Doyle Bramhall II
Neighborhood Theatre
511 E. 36th St.
Charlotte, NC 28205

Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm


$30.00 – $35.00

$3 Under 21 Surcharge at Door (Valid ID required for entry into the venue. Under 18 permitted with a parent.)


Ducks Grille & Bar, 1207 Gum Branch Rd, Jacksonville, North Carolina, NC, offers a special night of Dueling Pianos tonight, with music starting at 9 pm and rocking your requests til midnight.



Popular rockers The Switch, will be offering their show to friends and fans at Tiebreakers Sports Bar & Grill, 1920 Smythewyck Dr, Ste B, Greenville, NC. The party band will be rocking from 10 pm til 1 am.




Making their debut for the first time at The Red Room, The Monterio Experience is everything you think of when you think of a party. Music ranging from Elton John to lil’ John, it’s a night you wouldn’t want to miss. $5 Cover, 21& Up only and must have ID. Music starts at 10 pm and plays til 2 am. The Red Room is located at 220 N Herritage St. Kinston, NC.


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 13 at 5:54pm

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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