On the Scene with Tracey Stones
~Caffeinated Soul Boogie at BrÛtopia~
Playing sounds that are mellow and soul-searching, Caffeinated Soul Boogie is a band that has been coming into its own for a while. What started as a father and daughter duo, that I happened upon in Bear Plaza during Art Walk almost two years ago, has taken flight into a full working band, that plays not just local coffee shops where it all came together, but now they are breaking ground and playing around towns in juke joints and brew houses to crowds that welcome them.
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Hot Buttered Grits Groove Downtown
The Hot Buttered Grits gave up the grooves for Saturday to friends and fans that gathered at The Brown Pelican. This jam band always draws a crowd and they always make it easy to get your groove on. I will be contacting them about dates at Circa 1810 this Spring and Summer, so look for more servings from this tasty band around town in the weeks ahead. To keep up to date with the band and all that is new be sure to like them on Facebook by following this link:
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Adam Hill Band Rocked Circa 1810
As per special request, I asked the Adam Hill Band to play for my birthday and just as I would have expected, the trio of rockers brought the good time music for all to enjoy to the patio at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at the Harvey Mansion. They opened the stage to special guests, with the drummer’s son, Macon Pittman taking the lead on guitar and vocals from time to time. They also handed a mic to Fairlight Moriah, who offered several selections including “Soul Shine” and “Little Wing”
For those looking to get their fix of AHB be sure to catch them live at The Red Room next Saturday when they rock the room from 10 pm til 2 am. There is a $5.00 music charge but the music is always worth it.
Of course, my favorite music is that which hails from the depths of Hill’s soul. He offered several of his original compositions throughout the night. Most notable was “The One”, which left me breathless and “What’s Left?”, which left me wondering. While on break I got to talking with bassman Gordy Goerge, who is putting together a new project. This band idea will turn a few things around, as it will offer George on guitar and Hill on bass. No name was given but if you keep it here, I will bring it to you as it unfolds.
To keep up with all things Adam Hill check out his website at:
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Love for Local Bands
Local Band Tuesday at Live at The City Laundry
There is a great event taking place in town each Tuesday for music lovers. Local Band Tuesday is the creative work of host Parker Millar. He is working with the local venue Live at the City Laundry, to bring a night stacked with fresh sounds for locals to feast on during the mid-week hustle. Each week will offer the sounds of several bands. This weekly event allows the bands to display their music live and push product during the week. This is also a winning combination for music fans who crave their live music fix but fall short on Tuesdays!
The first band I got to check out was JIMMY. They are a young four-piece punk band with hints of old-school flair. I was impressed by the raw energy and skill of this adolescent group that comes from Farmville, NC. They will be making a return to the stage next month. Mark your calendar for March 13, 2018,. That is when you can come out to support Local Band Tuesday here in the Bern and give JIMMY a listen to live. I have it marked on my calendar so to grab a word with the lead singer and guitarist, Mark. I look forward to hearing more about the band when they return to town next month.
Sandwiched in the middle of the two bands from surrounding areas came our own local serving of Spaghetti. This new four-piece band offers rock, folk, and punk flair. I rather enjoyed the set of original works that feature guest host Parker Millar on guitar and offering some vocals, Wilson White sings and offers acoustic guitar, sister Holly Millar on bass also sings and holding things down behind the kit is Jake Ross, on drums.
The band has a couple of shows coming up next month. On March 10, 2018, at 9 pm they will be rolling over to Greenville, to perform at Pitt St Brewing Company, 630 S Pitt St., Greenville. At the end of the month, the band will be back to rocking New Bern at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. That show is March 30, 2018, with music offered from 8-11 pm.
The Nevernauts closed out the night with a fun and energetic set of punk rock sounds. The trio of rockers hails from Fayetteville and have been busy burning up the miles while performing shows in between. For More details, here is what I learned on the band page on Facebook:
“Nevernauts is a band of artists and musicians working together to create, express, and grow. We promote positive vibes through in-your-face space-punk music, with gritty, tough-as-woodpecker-lips lyrics. Mikka Tyler leading the charge on vocals and guitar, met Josh and Dom at an open mic night at the Rock Shop (RIP), in Fayetteville, NC. They started playing and jamming together in the summer of 2014.
That winter, Josh, and Mikka launched Nevernauts. Tyler had been working on songs for a few years, and Josh just knew exactly what kind of drums I was hearing in my head. She was going to college for science, so we’d spend a lot of time what-if-ing and wondering about different things. How do we go faster than the speed of light? What would life on other planets be like? What if there was such a thing as time tides?
We were explorers and adventurers of the imagination, and it just fit. Nevernauts. The best explanation is that “nauts “are explorers, like marinauts, or astronauts. Imaginations are infinite, but they’re also just thought, essentially, tangibly, nothing. But an absolute infinite would surely have to also encompass an absolute nothingness, and always is the inverse of never, so there you have it.
They’ve been playing shows mostly in North Carolina since the start of 2015, sometimes as a duo, sometimes as a 3-piece. We completed our first tour in the fall of 2017!! (NC>TN>OH>MO>TX>LA>FL>GA>SC>NC>VA) They had a blast, covered a lot of ground, and have been working on re-recording our old material, as well as writing and recording a new EP.
We’re about to embark on our 2nd tour, a mini-tour, a quick run down to Florida and back. To keep up with the Nevernauts like the band page on Facebook by following this link:
The Week Ahead for Local Band Tuesday
This weekly offering of live and local music is being brought to us by Parker Millar, radio host of “Homegrown” airing weekly on 106.5 WSFL FM. Be sure to tune in each Sunday night at 10pm, when Millar brings us all of the great music being made around the state.
For fans of local music looking for more, be sure to come out to Live at The City Laundry this week for music by Tommy Duzan, Hot Head Ted and headlining next weeks event will be Peaceniks, offering the three sets of local music for the Tuesday ahead. Doors open at 7:30 pm with music starting about 8 pm.
If you are a local band looking for exposure and opportunity to display your talent and sell your wares, please reach out to Parker Millar via phone by calling or texting him at (828) 226-9852. You can also message him on Facebook or send a friend request.
Here is the link to his profile:
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Live Music Options
Friday, February 23, 2018
Gettin’ Down Around Town ~ New Bern
Sam Lewis will be offering the sounds this evening at BrUtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 East., New Bern, NC. Music is offered each Friday from 7-10 pm. On-site tonight offering the tasty treats will be Nest Cafe Food Truck.
This special performance will be in Support of the New Bern High School Band Boosters. Supporting music and🎶 the fine arts with🎭 youth in our community. There will be a 50/50 Raffle, Prizes from area businesses will be raffled and a silent auction on some classic vinyl albums from R&B, Country, Rock, and a Pop icon.
The Wannabees are the other offering of live music this evening, on the James City side of the river. They will be rocking the late show. The band is planning on taking the stage about 10 pm.
Larry Swinson reached out to inform me that the band is timing their show to follow the show featuring Spare Change at The Farmer’s Market tonight. That show is taking place from 6-10 pm this evening with Spare Change closing things out at 10 pm.
A free shuttle will be offered to those interested in keeping the party going with the classic rock a la The Wannabees at Triple Play Sports Bar & Restaurant, 111 Williams Rd. New Bern, NC.
Just down the road from the Farmer’s Market and offering a great show filled with rocking tunes will be the sounds of the East Brogues Band, who will be grooving under the tent at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. This free music is offered from 8-11 pm, with this trio of classic rockers from the Crystal Coast.
For those looking for something different and long to learn the savvy moves of Latin dancing, come out to Live at The City Laundry tonight for lessons and a dancing good time. Live is located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC. There is no cover charge for this night of fun and dancing!
Cecil Gilkin will be offering the music to fans and friends that gather tonight at the Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern. Music will be offered free of charge from 7-10 pm, but feel free to tip the music makers that move you! They are always working hard when we are off and looking for a good time. Be sure you take a minute to show your appreciation! Applaud their efforts and tip the music makers!
There is live music this evening at The Thirsty Bruin Craft Beer & Wine Store, 224 Middle St. Nw Bern, NC. Live music is offered each Friday from 8-10:30 pm. Tonight’s musical guest will be Arlin Tart who can play anything from fusion to funk, jazz and classic rock. Come enjoy his band as you welcome the weekend with a cold beer and good music. Just remember those players are working hard for you so please share the love and tip those players tonight!
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Cruisin’ the Coast
Harrika’s Brew Haus, 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point are hosting Live Music every Friday Night in the Biergarten or Garage Bar. Come check out our new lounge area. As the weather warms up we will be inviting Food Trucks. Enjoy Beer, Wine or Cider and Lite Fare: Hot Pretzels, Fresh Popped Pop Corn, Cheese & Meat Plates, Chips & Salsa and other munchies. We are inviting some local musicians but mostly musicians from out of town keeping the music scene fresh for 2018. Cheers Tonight live music is being brought to us by The Electric Timmyland. Music starts at 7 pm.
Justin Castellano offers the music to accompany dinner this evening at Boro Restaurant & Bar 109 N Front St., Swansboro, NC. Music is offered from 7-10 pm. The food is always cooked to perfection and the music is always delightful with Castellano playing the six strings.
Another music and dinner combination being offered in Swansboro this evening is the music of Bryan Mayer live in the lounge at Saltwater Grill located at 99 W Chuch St., Swansboro. He offers the music that moves many from 7:30-10:30 pm in the lounge.
Big Drink Music Co recently visited us in New Bern and rocked us good with their mix of rock and blues offerings. Tonight the band will be bringing the party to The E-Club located at 8102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. Music plays 8-11 pm. Be sure to wear the dance shoes and get ready to shuffle and two-step too!
Andrew Kasab will be performing on stage at Cru Bar & Wine Store The Beaufort Coffee Shop 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Tonight’s show starts at 8 pm with music being offered til 11 pm.
This unique Harp ~ Guitar player is a folk performer with original songs to move you through the air. He will be bringing his music to New Bern this Sunday with a performance slotted for 5-8 pm on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion.
College pals and musical brothers Mac & Juice will be giving up the acoustic goods at Backstreet Pub this evening. Located at 124 Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC, the duo performs from 9 pm til 12 am.
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Rocking Around the Region
It is an evening with Dexter Romweber on tap at the Wake Forest Listening Room at Sugar Magnolia Cafe 219 S White St., Wake Forest, NC. Music starts at 7 pm and plays til 9 pm.
Here is more on the artist:
“Dex Romweber was and is a huge influence on my music. I owned all of his records as a teenager and was thrilled at the fact that we were able to play together recently on tour. His attitude towards music is remarkable. His songwriting, along with his love of classic American music from the south, be it rockabilly, country or R&B, is one of the best-kept secrets of the rock n roll underground.” —Jack White (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather)
Dex and Flat Duo Jets on David Letterman – 1990 –
Dex now with his Sister on Drums –
For a quarter century, Dex Romweber has trolled the dark corners and back shelves of the haunted thrift store of Americana ephemera and honed an extraordinarily idiomatic sound, a particular and readily identifiable DEXness for those in the know. It’s a creepy doll collection of surf, proto-rockabilly, garage, dark and vengeful blues, and nobody, but nobody plays it like Dex.
First with the legendary Flat Duo Jets and now with his sister Sara on drums, Dex distilled the punk ethos of less-is-more to the essential guitar/drums template. Left in the wake of his lecherous and slithery Silvertone guitar were early acolytes like Jack White, Neko Case, and the Reigning Sound as well as a current crop of the indie pack like Ty Segall, No Age, Japandroids, and The Black Keys. All owe an unclaimed pawn ticket of debt to his sublime and spine-tingling sound. He is a live wire back to the murky, sometimes dangerous and always unpredictable headwaters of real rock and roll. “
Tim Cifers Performs Live at Rye Bar & Southern Kitchen 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC. Music plays from 8-11 pm. Tomorrow night they open the stage to Chris Overstreet. Be sure to call your date and don’t be late in supporting the live music happening around town tonight.
Checking out some other areas we find The Grand Ole Uproar mixing things up at Pitt Street Brewery, 630 S Pitt St., Greenville, NC. Live in the backroom at Pitt Street!
The Grand Ole Uproar’s musical gumbo conjures up the Texas twang of Waylon Jennings and Doug Sahm, the electric carnival of Dylan, the improvisational impulses of the Grateful Dead, and the laid-back swampy sound of J.J. Cale, as well as many other(and older) songs and artists in the American tradition.
Dr. Bacon is finally coming back through Greenville! Their sound is instantly captivating. This one is a MUST SEE!
Check em out!
Dr. Bacon is a genre-blending “Appalachian Funk-Rock” band from Asheville, NC. Performing an infectiously danceable blend of funk, soul, jazz, rock, blues, folk, hip-hop and more. Featuring a diverse instrumentation as influencing styles including guitars, resonator, harmonica, bass, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone drums, trombone, violin, pedal steel, mandolin, kazoo and more. Dr. Bacon is sure to get you moving and grooving.
Come check them out live at Crossbones Tavern, 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC. Doors open at 9 pm Music starts at 10 pm and they close out the night right at 2 am.
For fans to the north that like that rockin’ roadhouse music that gets you boot scooting and two stepping across the floor, be sure to check out Bill Lyerly who will be rocking friends and fans alike at Market Street Pub, 143 N Market St., Washington, NC. Music starts at 10 pm and Lyerly grooves you til 2 am.
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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
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.
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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.
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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!
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