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~ This Music Business ~

I had quite a busy week, and of course on this side of life my week started on Friday and ended last night. With last week being ArtWalk and Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival, that would seem enough to cover, but there was local music being played on the patio at The Harvey Mansion, as it happens each Friday and Saturday from 8-11 pm and Sunday for Supper from 5-8 pm. Also there was live music at BruTopia and Triple Play over in James City. Other places in town that offered live music last weekend were The Brown Pelican, The Thirsty Bruin and coffee stops including Live at The City Laundry and the Trent River Coffee Company.

There was also another event. The town class reunion concert, which was held by our town’s Chamber of Commerce at the base of  E. Front and Broad St. Rockin’ On the Rivers featured local country sensation Bryan Mayer, regional greats, NC roots rock of Nantucket and the headliner, Molly Hatchet.

I would have been glad to go the extra mile and covered that event as well, but when I contacted the Chamber of Commerce for Press clearance they denied me access. They told me I could buy a ticket and enjoy the show and cover it all I wish. They also let me know that the Sun Journal was the Sponsor and would be covering the event.

My big question to the City of New Bern’s Chamber of Commerce would be, who made the decision to limit FREE press? Seems even more ridiculous when you deny the one person who works the hardest for the music community in town.

Normally I might not mention it, but being a business owner of two businesses in town and a huge liaison to the people and the music community, I care to take a minute to let you all know what you get for your membership. You get sponsorship and limited press. Shame on our Chamber and those who think their policies are effective in shining a light on our community!


~ On The Scene With Tracey Stones ~



When it comes to covering the music scene, I can honestly say that I get great pleasure covering our local scene and I am as dedicated to it, as the musicians I meet along the way.  I enjoy making a big deal out of them because they are the music makers we meet at the end of our week. They are the ones that help us dance and forget all of the stress of the week we endured and survived.

Last week I enjoyed another three wonderful acts at The Harvey Mansion. On Friday they featured the above act The Feral Cats, who rocked music fans from 8-11 pm under the tent. The band is a four piece rocking blues act that recently hired me to help with their direction. Thus far it has been an easy time locking into their groove, as they bring the sounds that thrill my soul. From rock to blues they offer many songs that keep the crowd up and on their feet, as they celebrate the sounds of the music they deliver.

Next week the band will be rocking Kinston when they play live at North Street Pub & Eatery, located at 115 W North St., Kinston. They play from 9 pm til 1 am and request that you come early for games, great grub and stay late to rock their blues away.


On Saturday night I stopped by The Harvey Mansion to meet up with one of the friends on the bill at the big concert. When Shawn Mitchell is not busy with his solo/duo act Steel Shot, he is keeping time with Bryan Mayer. He has been drumming with Mayer for years and has made music his life. Tonight he will be strumming and entertaining folks at Fat Back’s Bar & Game Room, located at 1100 Dan Peele Rd, Williamston, NC. He starts rocking the crowd at 9 pm and rocks til midnight. The full duo will return to the Harvey Mansion on Friday, September 8, 2017


On Sunday The Harvey Mansion brought Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade back to town, after a stellar performance with a full band at Bernaroo last Friday. They capped off the weekend in town with a scaled down jazzy trio offering, featuring Hank Barbee with his sweet guitar sounds and deep vocals mixed with the talent of Matt Henderson on bass and James Durham on saxophone and backing vox. Tonight the trio will be in Beaufort. Check them out at the Cru Bar & Wine Store The Beaufort Coffee Shop, 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC . This is a free show and they offer music from 8:30  til 11:30 pm. On Sunday you can catch Barbee at Jimmy’s in Wrightsville Beach, NC. To keep up to date with Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade visit


On the patio this weekend you can catch three wonderfully talented acoustic acts. On Friday night from 8-11 pm you can enjoy the grooves of Davy Williamson. On Saturday, Tracey Brenneman will be on hand to share her sweet sounds, also from 8-11 pm and on Sunday be sure to check out Cheri Moyers Duo, featuring Kyle Whitford on guitar and Moyers on vocals. They will be live on the patio from 5-8 pm



Another fun show I caught for a bit was Jeff Miller, a Nashville based singer/songwriter who made our town one of his stops on his current tour. He performed live at Trent River Coffee Company, located at 208 Craven St., New Bern, on Saturday, July 15. Opening for the talented stringer was the fun and talented sounds of Strung Together, featuring George Oliver and his family pictured below.

The next show featuring this New Bern based string band is an Ice Cream Social that is taking place in Historic New Bern. The band will perform on their front porch, located at 417 E Front St, next Saturday July 29 , 2017 from 1-3 pm. Make plans to bring the kids out for music and sweet treats too.




The next show that will be held at Trent River Coffee Company is soon approaching this Wednesday, July 26, 2017, when Simon Spalding offers On The Road To Mandalay. Here are the details I found on the Facebook Event Page:

“The program combines songs, tunes, and storytelling to weave an intricate tapestry of exploration, adventure, and far-off lands and seas.

The songs include Rudyard Kipling’s poem sung to the English folk tune he probably intended for it; a song about Amelia Earhart’s tragic last flight; Stephen Foster’s tribute to his favorite riverboat; and more songs of the sea and adventure. Instrumental tunes from far-flung corners of the globe round out the program.

This concert will also include Simon’s original song, “The Ballad of S.S Rex“, about a gambling ship that was anchored three miles from the Santa Monica Pier from 1938 through 1941.

The instruments include the familiar (violin, banjo), and the exotic (Chinese erhu, Swedish nyckelharpa, and Tahitian ukulele).

Come take a voyage of music and imagination!

Trent River Coffee Company is at 208 Craven Street in New Bern. The doors open at 6:00 and the music starts at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10 available at the door. Call 252-514-2030 for more information. For more on the artist, check out


On Saturday afternoon I headed downtown to The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St. New Bern NC, to check out some of the free singer songwriter showcase that was being presented by GEM Productions.

This showcase was one of the many free offerings of the weekend long festival, which offered six live bands on their bill for a $25 weekend pass, as well as a singer songwriter showcase and an after party on both Friday and Saturday night that offered free music for all.

When I stopped in I had the pleasure of catching Holly Millar, who was accompanied by her talented brother Parker on guitar. She offered a sweet sounding songs with a folk lure. Next up was Jeremy Squires, who I would classify as another folk artist with a much more in-depth sound that penetrates the darkness and offers the haunting allure of great guitar works.




Having a look at who is performing at the dirty bird this week, you can enjoy the sounds of Bobby Hurff and his band of students, Gypsy Sunrise. They will be offering sounds from 7-10 pm at The Brown Pelican this evening. This show is free for all members and it is easy to become a member. Just sign up and pay your dues of $1.00 each year.

Tomorrow night you can catch the rocking sounds of East Brogues Band live at the Brown Pelican. The coastal based trio will be rocking the fun tunes we love to shake our hips to from 8-11 pm.


I also spent some time over at Persimmons Restaurant  with Justin Castellano and Ed Prophet. The duo was performing for a private Yacht Club party and I stopped in to grab some new film footage and photos, so to promote them in a future performance. They will be live on the patio at The Harvey Mansion for a Sunday afternoon in September. Mark the date September 24, 2017 and meet us there for supper and some serious talent to end the weekend right!

For those looking for live music at Persimmons Restaurant, be sure to stop out for supper on Thursdays this Summer. They offer live music on the deck each week from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.


Tonight you can find Justin Castello live at BruTopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC, where he offers his amazing sounds from 7-10 pm.  This is a great spot for cold beer and great live music and it is local for my friends around New Bern. Support live music and local businesses this weekend, please! Tomorrow the stringer entertains the crowd at Bake Bottle & Brew in Swansboro and on Sunday check him out at the Yacht Club also in Swansboro.


Ed Prophet also has a show this evening. He will be live at Boro Restaurant & Bar, located at 109 Front Street, Swansboro, NC. This makes for a romantic option for dinner, with music and your love tonight. Ed plays and sings from 7:30 pm til 10:30 pm. The food is exquisite and the company you keep might love the effort you make. Tomorrow night the talented singer will offer his grooves to the dinner crowd at Sea Monkey 58 in Atlantic Beach. That show starts at 6:30 pm.


Live at The City Laundry became the last-minute host of day two for Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival. Given the weather here in NC, GEM Productions made a good call on moving their outdoor event indoors for vendors and performers alike. The main stage was originally set in the Isaac Taylor Garden, located on Craven St. On Friday evening the decision was made to move day two inside with storm cells affecting our area.

I was able to catch the energetic rock sounds of the Charlotte based band Ancient Cities, whom I had never had the pleasure of hearing before. It was an impressive set of great original music. To check them out for yourself check out their website and please go see them live. They were awesome.


Tonight you can get your fix of good jazz and some great blues too, with John Van Dyke on stage from 8-11 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. This place offers a great vibe and new menu. Stop out and see them. They are ready to mix your drinks, pour the wine and open the beer of your choice. Located at 901 Pollock St. New Bern, they offer live music each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.



Tomorrow night they welcome the Greenville, SC based singer songwriter Jacob Johnson live on stage from 8-11 pm. Tickets for that show will also be $10 and available at the door. Here is more which I found on the Facebook Event Page:

“Saturday July 22nd Jacob Johnson Live
Jacob Johnson is a nationally touring acoustic guitarist/singer-songwriter based out of Greenville, SC. Part virtuoso and part storyteller, you might say that Jacob does with a guitar what Gene Kelly did with dance. His songwriting has won awards and his guitar-playing has put him on stage with Tommy Emmanuel and Phil Keaggy but his ability as an entertainer is what has won him fans throughout the southeast. “Part of the new breed of folk musicians who make their own rules” -The Savannah Morning News (Savannah, GA) 8pm Show Tickets $10.00″


On Tuesday this week I got together with the original rock band based right here in New Bern, Bearfoot Monty. I wanted to catch up with them fresh off of the weekend, where they kicked off the fun of Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival. The four piece outfit features the vocals of Gabrielle Christie, who also plays bass and Justin Hargett who also plays rhythm guitar, on drums and offer percussions too, we find rocker Jake Ross and on the lead guitar we say hey to Jimmy Hawkins. 

The band got together about a year ago and have been working on material ever since. With more than a dozen songs ready to record, the band has organized a fundraiser with the help of the team at GEM Productions. The fundraiser will be held at the Brown Pelican on Saturday July 29, 2017. The event is free and donations on this night are welcome. The band needs $1500 to take to their music on disc for all to enjoy. Come out to support their efforts and win cool prizes, while enjoy great original music all day from local talents.

There will be five acoustic acts all day and two bands to rock you into the night. I will offer more on this event next week as I list and talk about the players on the bill.



Last night I caught up with rocking guitar man, Adam Hill. He was the entertainment on stage at North Street Pub and Eatery, located in Kinston, NC. It was a fun night and bike night too. He offered two powerful sets of rock and blues offerings. We are currently working on getting this band in the studio as well. With many big shows on deck in the months ahead, the time has come to raise funds to record the 15 songs we have lined up and ready for recording.

During the show we spoke some about that, as well as discussing details for tonight’s gig. The band is heading to the coast to make their debut in Morehead City. They will be live on the deck and rocking at Off The Hook. Located at 105 W 7th St. Morehead City, NC; I can’t wait for the cool people at the coast get a load of this powerhouse trio from Pink Hill. It is going to be a rocking show! The band starts at 9:30 and rock til 1:30 am.



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Each week I ask where everyone is playing in the days ahead…here is what folks said this week:

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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. 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 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:

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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