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On The Scene With Tracey Stones

Here is to hoping that everyone had a chance to get out and dance last night. In case you couldn’t, I thought I would share with you where I went to cap off my week and talk about who help me kick my weekend into high gear.

I started things off in James City with Dan Jam Phillips, who got groovy with his friends Scott Carlisle on guitar and Glenn Bisignani on banjo over at BrÚtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. The trio of jammers set up outside under a tent, the crowd gathered around and enjoyed the jams of these local players, while sipping on fresh local beer.

I just want to take a minute to commend the hard work and dedication of owner Tim & Dawn Dryden and manager Bryan Conway,  with their team effort they’ve been doing a great job keeping music alive, while offering the newest and freshest beer flowing through the taps. They also open their parking lot to a variety of local food trucks which keeps hungry fans happy.

Tonight you can enjoy live music with Carolina Sky, a local bluegrass band that will offer music from 7-10 pm. On site serving up the flavor, stop by TaTa Jo’s Food Truck. The music is free and tips are always encouraged.

For those who are looking for more Dan Jam action, be sure to stop by to check out who is jamming with Dan Phillips next week, during ArtCRAWL/ARTwalk. He will be set up behind the CAW building, located on Broad Street. Just sneak down the alley next to the Pelican and enjoy live jams with Dan Phillips and friends from 5-8 pm.


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Last night I also found love, friendship, laughter and awesome music under the tent at The Harvey Mansion, located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. That is where I enjoyed a cool serving of some Hot Buttered Grits. This local jam band is always a fun time. They don’t get gather too often, but when they do it is always a grand party with great music. They have some fun and funky grooves to keep hips shaking and toes tapping.

The five piece band is based out of New Bern and offers Chris Buttita – Bass, Vocals; Jon Johndrow – Guitar, Vocals; Howard Longino – Guitar, Vocals; Zach Meadows – Drums, Vocals and Seth Smith – Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals. I am working on finding these boys some more work, so to keep up with them, go like them on Facebook to keep up to date with their events and good grooves!

Live tonight on the patio, stop out for a beer and a dose of Davy Williamson from 8-11 pm. He will offer his acoustic set for no charge and like always tips are always encouraged!




Next up I stopped in at The Bruin, located at 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC to check in with Arlin Tart and his new local trio of rockers. They were offering up some great sounds when I checked in with them last night. This new project is the most recent endeavor for Tart, who keeps busy in a number of projects. Tonight you can catch him on stage in Raleigh at The Point at Glenwood, located at 1626 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC. That is where he will be jamming with Runyons Funyons, who will be rocking the room from 10:30 pm til 1:30 am. Tart also performs in a duo called Random Drink where he makes music with Veronica Welch.

The Bruin Craft Beer & Wine Store is located in downtown New Bern and owned by Alan Adams who does a good job in keeping the focus on local and Carolina grown with the beer, wine and fun music he offers each week. Everything about this place is original so be sure to stop down and enjoy a cold beer and war song. He offers music each week from 8-10:30 pm every Friday.


My last stop in town last night was at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC, where I had a listen to Brian Mac. He offered the fun and dance friendly grooves that people love singing along to from 7-10 pm last night.  The seasoned player offers it all from rock to blues, beach to boogie. Be sure to look for him playing in a town near you.

Looking at the schedule tonight you can see Ravenz Bru. This band recently took a bar owner to court over a cancelled gig and won their small claim. I will be heading out to talk more about what triggered their actions and get their side of a story that will appear here in a future offering.

The trio  offer the rockin’ blues grooves tonight from 8-11 pm.


Before I leave town and tell you what else I did, let me just fill you in on what else you can find around town this evening.

James Ford is going to stay busy tonight. First he starts things off by getting warmed up on guitar over at MaMa Callie’s Louisiana Seafood Restaurant,  Located at 701 Highway 70 East, New Bern, he serves up the music from 6:30-8:30 pm. You are encouraged to came out to enjoy a flavorful meals and the spicy sounds of Ford for free!

Once his fingers are warmed and ready, he will be dragging out the fat strings and playing bass with Big Jim Kohler this evening as they rock The Red Room located at 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC. Music will be offered from 10 pm til 2 am. There is a $5.oo music charge but the blues and Big Jim are worth that and more, so consider it a bargain!



The final event featuring live entertainment of a different variety is going down tonight at The City Laundry. Tonight they are hosting a night of improv comedy on their stage.

The first Saturday of each month is Improv Comedy Night featuring some of the best teams from across the Carolinas. Come and explore the hilarious, unpredictable world of improv comedy.
8pm Show
Tickets $7.00 Advance Tickets are available online and at our box office. Tickets will be available at the door on the date of the event.

The City Laundry is located at 901 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC.


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After checking things out around New Bern last night I hit the road to check in with a few more favorites.  My first stop was to check out the band I booked at AJ McMurphy’s. I have been working with Adam Hill Band for the better part of a year and this band impresses me more with each and every gig.  To be honest, they are awesome at covering all of the familiar songs that make you want to rock and groove, but my favorite thing about this band is their original music.

Here is Adam Hill with his song, “What’s Left” from last night’s show.

When I hear his original music, I feel like the luckiest person in the world to be able to capture it and deliver it to a broader audience. These are not sounds that Hill should keep to himself, on the contrary, I think he has a lot of music that he needs to share with the world and I am committed to helping him to do that!

Check out his website day or night at

You can find the band tomorrow afternoon at Dukenfields Tavern in Jacksonville, NC. They are the Sunday Funday special and get the party started at 4 pm.


I capped off the night in Ayden because I wanted to check in with Ed Daughtry who was throwing a big birthday bash for his partner in crime and co-owner at County Line Bar & Grille, Trisha Mower.

The two worked hard since taking over the bar a little more than two months ago. They are now settling into a new routine that includes offering pool tournaments, great food offering and amazing live music at least two nights a week.

Last night they opened the doors to TrainWreck so that Mower could celebrate her birthday with fellow Gemini and friend, guitarist Adrian Watts. This big band is based out of Greenville, NC and they offer everything from funk to soul, pop to rock and all things that groove.

Tonight you can check them out if you are in the neighborhood of Washington, NC. They will be rocking The Market Street Pub tonight located at 143 N Market St., Washington, NC.

If you are not from that area and feel enticed by that idea, let me suggest you make a night of it in Washington by first stopping in at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill, located at 1052 E Main St., Washington, NC. They offer great food and live music on the Pebble Beach stage from 7-10 pm. Tonight offering the live music will be Don Cox.



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That is all my news and music that I found for your dancing pleasure. 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.


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