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~ Restaurant Rap ~

The Silo’s Restaurant, 1111 Broad St., Oriental, NC

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I ventured out to The Silos Restaurant, located at 1111 Broad St. Oriental, NC, this week.  This great little place serves Italian fare at fair prices. The service is good and best of all the are big supporters of live music. They are open Tuesday – Saturday from 11 am – 10 pm. and offer great lunch options and dinner that are wonderful too.

Restaurant owner, Chris Daniels is a guitar man and currently keeps busy playing with Saltwater Gold. The band recently underwent some personnel changes and are kicking things with a new drummer theses days. The four piece band still features the founding members of  Daniels on guitar and vocalist/frontman Mark Hoff. The two got together with this idea for a music project over 8 years ago. Currently holding down the rhythm we find New Bernian Mike Sandvig on bass and Ritchie Patrick on drums.

Above are pictures from when I caught them at the end of February when they played at The Brown Pelican, for a fundraiser for a local community member in need. The band plays all the classic rock tunes that make you want to dance. If you want to give them a listen stop down at The Silos Restaurant tonight, for an acoustic version or tomorrow for a full throttle electric show featuring all kinds of great music. They are hosting a party following the college boat race this Saturday, as Daniels explained in a message to me earlier, “There are 16 college sailing teams that are racing on April 1st. After they are done, the Red Rooster is cooking a couple of pigs and BBQ chicken with beans and slaw. Armbands are $15 and the band  Saltwater Gold will start playing at 7:30.”

I had been invited to their open mic night on several occasions, but I was usually busy writing out who was playing where in the evenings, so much so I never made it to Oriental. Now that we have moved away from that, I have more time to enjoy the music and the players on the scene. The player that originally invited me out last year will be performing this evening at The Red Rooster Bar. Come out tonight and enjoy the country, rock and classic sounds of Saltwater Acoustics, who will be jamming from 7-10 pm. This is the acoustic version of Saltwater Gold. Some come out for some great food and live music that starts tonight at the Red Rooster

I was working with Adam Hill last night and suggested he bring his acoustic guitar. Since he did, we got our work knocked out and made our way to Silo’s to see if he could play a song or two, for open mic night which happens each and every Wednesday!  It was a great night of music and fun. I met a lot of great players and really enjoyed the vibe and the atmosphere.

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~ Tavern Talk ~

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern, 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd. Jacksonville, NC


I recently headed out to Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern, located at 1140 Old Maplehurst Road, Jacksonville NC, to spend time catching clips for Hank Barbee to use for his website and social media sites.

This is a great hang out that offers a pool league, karaoke and live music. The staff is friendly and attentive and the owner Nick Nichols does his best to keep things new and fresh for his customers. He just celebrated his first anniversary with a big party. Speaking of party’s, his next big one is quickly coming at the end of Mya. He will be offering a pig and live music from The Adam Hill Band for Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday May 27, 2017. Mark your calendars for some fun times.

He made quite a few changes to the place since my first visit back in November. Since then he has moved the pool tables around and brought more tables for friends to gather. They have a nice patio out back for the smoking section. For fun, they offer an open mic night each Monday evening and live music every second and fourth Saturday of the month.  On the first and third Saturday, you can enjoy karaoke.

Coming up next week you can enjoy the grooves of Pamlico duo, Steel Shot. They will be live 9 pm til 12 am on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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~ Featured Artist ~

Speaking of Hank Barbee, I got together with him a few times over the last couple weeks to get some promo work done. He was selected as Featured Artist for Guitar Resources  for April. He has a new release out on his own label. Son Royale is his second release since launching his solo career, with his Dust Parade of band mates.

Here is the first interview where we get to know Hank and where he got his start musically and how he has evolved.


Before we move on to our next subject, let me also point out the Hank Barbee will be live tonight at The Osprey Grill, located at 2200 Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville, NC. Music starts tonight at 7 pm and he will play til 10 pm. Consider this as a good choice for dinner and a show, if you are in the area.

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~ Artist Development ~

Figuring out what you want and what you need is the first step of every career process. If you decide to make music a career, you have to figure out what you need out of it. We all have needs to meet, bills, family obligations and expenses. Even getting to the gig cost something. Those needs must be met. You have a family of four, you have $3,000 of monthly bills to meet and you play music for a living.

Now figure out what you can offer to generate that income. It does not all have to come from live shows, but a bulk of it probably will at first. So, figure out your genre, style and description of the sound you wish to offer the ears that listen. When you decide to do a band formation, make sure you take the time to figure out the rules that will lay the groundwork. Are we rehearsing? How many times a month? Are we drinking on jobs? Are we sharing responsibilities in the bookings and promotions of this outfit or are we working with an outside source?

Once the members are established, it is time to brand the band. You get together for pictures and create band pages for social media accounts. This is how you market yourself and present yourself to the world. Take your time with this, As Hank Barbee mentioned in the interview above…the evolution of this process is slow. Don’t be surprised and don’t try to rush it. Artist development is worth the painstaking work as long as you keep reaching and growing your audience.

Tracey Stones Productions is happy to sit down and do artist interviews with you. This is a rather inexpensive way to deliver your message to the public. It takes no more than 20 minutes to do a solid interview on most occasions and you use the footage to apply it in different ways.  You can film commercials that tell people where you are playing. We can do artist interviews to highlight the opportunities you are seeking. We can include your history in music and make you a familiar face for people to come to know.

One thing is for sure, people who enjoy music, also enjoy getting to know the artists that make it. So be sure to take the time and set aside some funds for meeting your promotional needs. Promotions are the most important part of the operation in my opinion. It matters very little if you book a gig and tell no one you are playing. Social media makes it so easy to get your message out, so be sure to do it effectively as you develop into a successful artist.

Here is another interview I did this week with Adam Hill. Here we learn who he would like to tour with, who he would love to be endorsed by, what string manufacturer and gear companies he supports in his sound, and what he hope to achieve with his new band project, The Adam Hill Band.


The point is, if people like your music they probably want to know about the person who created it. Put yourself out there and let people know your desires and intentions. Don’t be shy and don’t stop short at just booking and playing gigs.  Promote yourself and get personal!

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~Rocking Around the State~

~Gettin’ Down Around Town New Bern~

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James Ford is jamming tonight on the patio at Harvey Mansion. Located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. They are kicking off their spring fling this weekend and offering up live music on their newly redone patio. Come catch James Ford live from 4-7 pm for the first time at the Harvey this year! Ford can entertain a crowd of any age. With an expansive repertoire that covers anything from country to pop, there’s something for everyone!


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Following Ford’s show, Hot Buttered Grits will add their jams to the night of fun and great music at Harvey Mansion. They start their jams just as soon as Ford wraps up at 7 pm and keep you in the groove til 10 pm. Come to the Harvey Mansion and make spring fling memories on the new couches.


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Live at the City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock St. New Bern, they are offering The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged. Here are the details:

ALL of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets performed by three actors! Come join us for a raucous romp with The Bard. Dinner reservation are encouraged. The kitchen will close half an hour before curtain, so make your reservations early!

Show starts at 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night from March 24-April 8. Tickets are $16.00 and you can pay admission at the door.


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The Finnish folk duo Vellamo will perform at Trent River Coffee Company in New Bern, on Friday, March 31. Comprised of Pia Leinonen and Joni Tiala, Vellamo, performing traditional and original songs in Finnish, English, and Swedish. Their music is reminiscent of 1960’s folk revival groups such as Richard and Mimi Farina; Peter, Paul, and Mary; and Pentangle – but with a Scandinavian twist!

Pia’s hauntingly beautiful vocals are the voice of the duo. Pia has an extraordinary vocal range, from old British Isles ballads, to Finnish and Swedish traditional songs, and her own originals.

Joni Tiala is a gifted and versatile guitarist. He handles a wide range of idioms with ease, and provides the perfect accompaniment to Pia’s voice.

Tickets are $10, available at the door. The doors open at 6:00 pm, and the show starts at 7:00. For reservations or more information, call 252-514-2030. For more on Vellamo, check out their website at


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Live tonight at The Brown Pelican you can enjoy the sounds of Caleb Caudle who will be bringing the music from 7-10 pm. This event is being brought to us by the music promotions team known as Bernaroo Music & Arts  Festival. This show is free and The Brown Pelican is located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC




Justin Castellano will be grooving in town tonight. You can catch this player at BrÜtopia tonight, which is located at 1201 Highway 70 E New Bern. Music starts at 7 pm and Justin keeps you entertained until 10 pm. He is enjoyable to watch and the sounds he makes with six strings is simply amazing. Come rock with him tonight in James City!

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~ Rocking Around the Region ~

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For folks out around the Pittsboro area, you can enjoy the sounds of The Sticky Wickets while enjoying a meal at The Pittsboro Roadhouse  & General Store, located at 39 West St. Pittsboro, NC. Music starts at 7 pm and they play til 10 pm.


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There a four guys, Chasin’ Fame and they will be rocking tonight as they debut at Mac & Nelli’s, located at 4926 Country Club Rd. Winston-Salem, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and rocks til midnight. They offer up a rocking alternative sound and keep the crowd moving with their familiar selections.


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The Flamin’ Lips will be live this evening at Ritz Raleigh, located at 2820 Industrial Ave. Raleigh, NC.  The Ritz is a general admission/standing room only venue!
– This show is all ages!


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I found another show that is taking place this evening in Jacksonville, NC. This one is going down at The Brown Derby, located at 1940 Wilmington Highway. Music by Exacta Duo starts at 9 pm, The good times and beer start long before the music, so come out and enjoy making memories with friends at TBDP tonight!


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The Roman Sams will be on stage at AJ McMurphy’s, located at 1914 Turnbury Dr. Greenville, NC. This is a fun rocking band and tonight they get the party started at 9 pm with music started by 9:30. There is no cover for the show and the music will keep you dancing the night away.

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~ Cruising Along the Coast ~


Ed Prophet is going to offer music that sounds sweet with dinner, tonight at Sea Monkey 58, located at 2604 W Fort Macon Rd. Atlantic Beach, NC. Music starts at 6 pm and Prophet plays all the pretty songs til 9 pm.


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They are offering up some blues tonight at The Backstreet Pub, located at 124 Middle Ln. Beaufort, NC. On stage tonight come check out the grooves of EZ & The Heat. They are offering free tacos tonight at 5 pm and live music starts at 9 pm.


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Live tonight at Cru Bar & Wine Shop/Beaufort Coffee Shop, located at 120 Turner St. Beaufort, NC, you get dig the jazz sounds of Tim Stebner Trio, live from 8-11 pm. This show is free. Come early to get the best seats in the house and some wine tasting, then stay for the fine music offerings.

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That is all my news and the gigs that I found for your dancing pleasure for the evening. 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! Thanks for keeping me informed!

Please take kindness with you today and hug strangers. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance.


Send all of your event 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:

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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. 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!