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Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival

Planning & Development Updates

GEM Productions partner Bailey Evans hosted another meeting for the Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival which is coming to New Bern on Friday, July 20 РSunday, July 22, 2018.

 NCMZ.LIVE and Tracey Stones Productions is partnering with GEM Productions to assist in this massive community music event. In the past several weeks we finalized plans for sponsorship packages and set rates for vendors as well. Our team is ready to come ask for your support and I hope you will consider the opportunities to be a part of such a great event.

This is a great opportunity for Community Businesses and Artisan Vendors, we also set a reasonable rate for non-profits and welcome them to be a part of this fun music filled weekend festival. Not only will there be the main stage in town; but music being hosted by GEM Productions in selected venues throughout town and throughout the weekend.


Getting involved in this Festival is a great way of telling people that you support the Arts in your community. The money we raise helps us put together a better show for the community. They use these funds generated through sponsorship to pay the artist and secure production costs as well as renting the venue for the main stage. This year the event will be held at The Farmer’s Market on S. Front St, New Bern, NC.

2018 marks year six for this, the flagship event, for the music promotions company based in New Bern, NC. For the first five years, this music-loving team has organized this event and brought it to the people without asking for much help. As it has grown with popularity and the team has proven themselves as a huge asset to the community, they are kicking things up a notch and asking you to be a part of the event as well.

One thing to keep in mind, if you are signing up to be a vendor, consider becoming a Friend of the Festival Sponsor for an additional $100 to be included in our advertising campaign.

Attached are the two videos we put together last week, which tell you about the Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities being offered by GEM Productions for this year’s Festival.

In the coming weeks, I will be announcing the line up for the Battle of the Bands which is going to be held on March 31, 2018, at The Brown Pelican. As it looks now, there are tentatively five bands competing for the opening spot at Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival on Friday, July 20, 2018.

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FOLKS Journal Launches New Arts Magazine


Great news for those on the scene making music, acting, creating, painting, sculpting and sharing stories with the launching of a new arts magazine. Folks Journal debuted online yesterday and tangible copies will be available to behold and admire next week.


The idea was inspired by Leigh-Ann Sullivan who has an extensive background creating websites and other “zines.” When she mentioned to her friend Meg Wetherington who was serving her a drink at The Brown Pelican, “You know what this town needs, a music and art magazine.” A few days later Meg asked her friend if she was serious and said she would love to help. For those who have missed out on knowing Meg, she is a force of knowledge and creative fire. It was all the publisher needed to get the ball rolling.


I encourage all of my readers to check out what these ladies have started. I am so excited about this new endeavor, I asked to be a part of the process. Look for Boogie n Blues, by yours truly, Tracey Stones in the next issue; as I bring back to life my music column of blues music news. The intent will be to report on the news of all our local blues societies in the state.

The other thing I signed up to help this team dynamo with is selling advertising. Here again, this is a great way to reach new customers while making the bold statement of “I support the Arts in my Community.”¬† The advertising rates are affordable and I would love to meet with you to discuss a good size and layout for your local business.

You can reach me at 318-789-6929 or send an email to I look forward to discussing all that Folks Journal offers Folks like me and you.

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NCMZ.LIVE Gets Recognized for Community Service


It’s hard to believe sometimes, that this is happening but on weeks like say that I am grateful to God for all he has given me. It’s been enough to make my dreams come true.¬† Given that reality, I want to thank my readers for making it happen.

This week it was noted that my work in writing the blog is benefiting the community in such a way that my friend Laura Gammons decided to nominate me for 52 Faces of Community.

What a great honor and I want to tell you how I know God’s hand is here holding me on my journey. Part of this great honor is that I get to select a non-profit in our community to benefit from a full-page, full-color ad in the Sun Journal to help champion their work.

Before I got back to being a musicians advocate in 2015, I was something else. I was a rape victim who survived a brutal night of torture at the hands of a sick individual on a cold November night in New Jersey. Along the road to recovery, I found Promise Place here in New Bern NC.  It was 2005 and back then it was the Coalition for Women and Families. I walked in still broken and lost and in need of support and therapy.

After a few years, I was sitting on the board of the non-profit. After years of service and volunteer work, I accepted the vote for President in August 2014. It seemed an honor. Not long after I came to New Bern; it was there, I learned how to thrive. I was always glad to offer my services to this organization.

I do not make any part of my story a secret. What happened to me on November 2, 2001, was the most hurtful and hateful time I ever spent in anyone’s¬†company and a jury of our peers let the man walk free on February 5, 2004.

Along the path, I wanted to give up and Lord knows I broke down and I cried. But with faith in God and love of family, I fought through the hardest days and became victorious in claiming my life again. No part of the journey is easy to talk about, but the one thing that has always pulled me through the pain and hard times was music.

Music has always been a part of my journey. It wasn’t long after becoming President of Promise Place that I noted the overwhelming emotions that walked with that leadership role. Being a survivor of this horrible crime, leaves one feeling lost, even after you find your life’s work in advocating for rape victims.

It seemed rather victorious to me that on Monday, February 26, 2018 the Sun Journal ran the feature story on me, and it highlighted my work with this blog and my work with Promise Place. As part of the honor, I selected Promise Place as the charity to benefit. Nothing seems more empowering and inspiring and God’s timing was perfect as always.

Now the irony and the justice for all, February 26 was also my rapist’s birthday. Thanks be to God for reshaping the hard days and showing me the light always. Nothing is more empowering than reclaiming my life and helping victims and being recognized for my work on such a day!

For those interested in reading the nice write up which appeared this week, please follow the link below.

52 Faces of Community

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Live Music Options

Friday, March 2, 2018

Rocking Around the Region


Live tonight at Muddy Mountain Art & Wine Bar, 348 South Bickett Blvd. Suite 102, Louisburg, NC; it is the music of Java Jivers & Tokyo Rosenthal. Two local ladies rocking the house at 8-11pm!! Playing covers from rock to blues!! Definitely worth hearing!!! Featuring Peggy Harris on guitar and vocal, and Tiger Faircloth on upright bass and vocals. Special guest РTokyo Rosenthal.



It’s a night of bluegrass music at¬†Lorraine’s Coffee House and Music,¬†101 Timbre Pointe Ln. Garner, NC. Tonight they will host¬†Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice.

Tickets for the show are $12 and available via this link

Music is offered 7:30 -9:30 pm



Jamie Pridgen¬†will perform this evening for folks in attendance at¬†Ace’s Ale House,¬†3710 B Peppermill Drive, Wilson, NC. Music plays from 8-11 pm. Come enjoy this singer’s country songs that will keep your boots scooting into the weekend.



Tony Lefavi plays live tonight at Wimpies Steam Grill & Bar 206 E Main St Winterville, NC with music being offered from 7-10 pm. There will be cold beer and great seafood long before that so come early to eat and stay late to dance!


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I found an open mic event for those looking for an opportunity to play.
Cindirene’s,¬†559 3rd St, Ayden, NC; hosts an open mic tonight from 8 pm till 10:30 pm. All levels of players are welcome. Just stop out and sign up.



Bryan Quintard has a show this evening at Trollingwood Tap Room & Brewery, 
707 Dickinson Ave, Greenville, NC. Music is being offered from 8-11 pm. Stop out for a fresh beer and support local talent too.

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Cruising Along the Coast


Back2Wax¬†is the musical guests tonight in the garage at¬†Harrika’s Brew Haus, 911 Cedar Pointe Blvd, Cedar Point, NC. Music is offered from 7-10 pm each and every Friday evening. Come sip on the freshest beer and enjoy the live music too. There is no cost for the event, but feel free to share a tip with the performer.


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For music fans looking to dine and enjoy good music in the Swansboro area I found a couple options for you. First, we have¬†Dave “The Sax Man” Robinson¬†performing this evening at¬†Boro Restaurant and Bar;¬†109 N Front St., Swansboro, NC. He will offer the sounds from 7-10 pm at no additional charge.



Mikele Buck will perform live in the lounge this evening at Salt Water Grill located at 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. Music is offered from 7:30 til 10:30 pm. Come early for the fresh food and stay late for the fine music.



Outriggers 21,¬†2004 NC Highway 172, Sneads Ferry, NC welcomes the music of the¬†EZ Livin’ Band¬†who gets the party started at 7 pm and keep the beats going til 10 pm. Come out and unwind with the fun beach sounds you know and love.

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Getting Down Around Town New Bern


Mykel Barbee¬†is on tap with the music offering for the folks gathering at¬†Br√útopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern. That is where you can enjoy the familiar sounds that move you while sipping on the brewery’s freshest beers. Live music is offered for free from 7-10 pm.¬†Nest Cafe Food Truck¬†will be on site serving up the tasty treats.



The Monterio Experience will offer the soul-soothing sounds that make you dance and party all night long at Triple Play Restaurant, 111 Williams Rd, New Bern, NC. Music plays from 10 pm until 2 am.  This new band on the scene is headed up by the former lead singer of TrainWreck. Come see what singer, Eric Monterio is up to now with his new music brothers.



As mentioned above we have a new and vital magazine coming our way and the folks at Folks Journalwill be helping to sponsor area arts and music events. One great example of this is happening tonight at The Brown Pelican,411 Broad St., New Bern, NC with a double bill of local talent featuring Mike Watkins who opens the night at 7 pm and Marron Chaplin who closes out the night from  8:40-10 pm.

There is no charge for the music, but feel free to tip the players that are working so hard for you to have a good time.



Live at The City Laundry, 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC;¬†presents Simon Spalding¬†offering¬†¬†‚ÄúAround the World in 80 Tunes”

The concert will feature musical instruments and tunes from near and distant lands. Get ready to embark on a magic carpet ride of fun, and exotic sounds.
Instruments include the nyckelharpa from Sweden, the kemane from Uzbekistan; the joura from Greece; the hardangfele from Norway, an erhu from China; and a 4-stringed instrument known as dorvon chiktei huur in its native Mongolia. A zany addition to the lineup is a kazookeylele, which combines ukulele, toy piano, and kazoo into one instrument!

Simon will share both traditional tunes for the instruments and musical surprises; as well as possibly a guest performer or two! Some of the instruments are rare instruments recently acquired from distant corners of the globe.
For more information on Simon’s music, check out his website:



My sweet and talented friends, Shawn Mitchell and Jeremy Lowery, also known as Steel Shot will be offering the music tonight that is on tap at The Thirsty Bruin Craft Beer & Wine Store  224 Middle Street, New Bern, NC.  Music plays from 8-10:30 pm. Come unwind with a cold beer and enjoy the fun music and comedy act of this Pamlico based duo.



Due to the high winds Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at The Harvey Mansion has canceled it’s live music program for this evening. We hope you all stay safe as you rock around town tonight.

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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

February 27 at 6:55pmThanks 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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