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On The Scene With Tracey Stones

Tracey Stones on the Scene for NCMZ.LIVE

Last night I started things off by visiting with my friend Big Jim Kohler. We spent some time celebrating him.  He was more awake and alert when I dropped by last evening and since he had his eyes open I let him watch his beautiful bride sing to him on my phone. I have lots of video and pics of this couple, so find songs to reach him are easy for this girl. I held the phone as we watched “People Get Ready” and told him that we are going to thank the Lord for hearing his wish of living to see his birthday. Then he watched “Angel From Montgomery” and reminded him about his angel who is missing him. I told him she will never sing so good without him and so he just needs to keep pushing.

I then played “Rather Go Blind” and told him how he can not leave us here with Kathy, as she will drive us all crazy without her guitar man offering his good blues for her outlet. I also played some Son Seals and rested the phone on his pillow as he listened. I held his hand and told him my plan again and he responded when I told him I was going to walk with him. I promised him that while he worked hard on getting healthy,  I would work hard on creating a healthy music environment for him to return to and play. He heard every word I said. He is fighting hard and coming through this as I write these words today. But he is not out of the woods yet and prayers are still needed and appreciated.


My first stop for live music after leaving Big Jim was for some Jazz & Blues courtesy of John Van Dyke and his pro jam band! They had the house swinging last night to the sounds of great jazz and soul filling blues. Live at the City Laundry had music fans applauding the good vibes and great music heard from 8-11 pm.


Tonight at The City Laundry come out for a Dance Party. They will have a DJ and be ready to serve all of your favorites. Live at The City Laundry is located at 901 pollock Street, New Bern, NC.

For those seeking live music at Live at The City Laundry come out for supper this Tuesday evening and a thrilling night of great music and fun while raising funds for our local chapter for The National Federation of the Blind. Proceeds from this fun night of music will go to helping the National Federation of the Blind of NC and specifically the local Coastal Carolina Chapter started by Moyers who battles a degenerative disease that offer blindness as part of its diagnosis. Moyers was always a creative spirit who made a living on stage out west many years ago singing with a band and settled in New Bern and brought CoffeeTimes to our attention. She has a tale of survival and a heart of gold. I encourage everyone to come out and learn more while helping her and others right here in our neighborhood. This money helps the group take trips and live fuller lives. Please consider being a part of that good will towards others if you are around town on Tuesday! Since she started losing her sight  Moyers has been working on reinventing her life yet again. This charity is good work and her efforts need your support.

Opening the night of music and hostess with the mostest, Cheri Moyer champions this effort and is expanding this second annual event to include many area artists for a great night of song and music  Make plans now to come to meet friends and family for supper at The City Laundry for a night of good will and great fun featuring a music line up with The Vintage Duo featuring Moyers and Kyle Whitford on guitar. Followed by a couple of good hearted local stringers, Buck Loy and Bruce Lynch who both will offer up a set of sounds we know and love and closing out the night we enjoy a great set of original music courtesy of Hank Barbee.  Doors open at 5 pm music starts at 6 pm and donations and support are encouraged all night long!


It was a singer/songwriter showcase at The Brown Pelican last night thanks to our friends at GEM Productions and the Bernaroo Team who brought local singer Holly Millar to kick the night off and Kate Rhudy out of Raleigh to close it out.

Serving up a late show at The Brown Pelican this evening will be The Hot Buttered Grits. They offer the sounds that will groove you from 10 pm til closing so come out for some great fun and dancing. The Brown Pelican is located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC.



My final stop around town brought me to The Harvey Mansion located at 221 S Front St where Tiffany Elaine and Jimmy Kennedy offered the music to help kick the weekend into gear. Before the storms and lightning came calling, this girl sang her heart out as though she was following dreams . Keep growing girl! When I met her a year ago she had bad stage fright and only knew a few tunes, now she’s rocking through nights entertaining people with country and original offerings. Next week it is her birthday and she is gonna be singing at her own party at Time Out Tavern in Newport on Saturday September 9th. Come out and celebrate with her.




On tap for tonight at The Harvey Mansion Circa 1810 Restaurant & Bar they offer the sweet and fun sounds of the local and talented strummer Wick Wickline on the patio and under the tent from 8 – 11 pm.

They deliver live and local music on the patio three nights each week. You can enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday evening from 8-11 pm and on Sunday evening you can join them for dinner and live music on the patio from 5-8 pm.  On the patio tomorrow with his big heart will be Dan Jam Phillips who will be Jamming For Jim and collecting your tips for the Kohler Family to help with immediate needs.

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~ Getting Down Around Town New Bern ~


There is a party going on today at The DoubleTree downtown on S Front Street. featuring fun fresh party sounds of the New Bern based band Limited Engagement who will be rocking from 5-9 pm. Come out and enjoy some great food, good times with friends and start with dancing into Saturday night!


The town’s beloved oldies band, The Bears are having their Second Annual Luau this evening at Attitudes Bar & Grille located in Riverbend. Music starts at 7 pm and there is food, fun and libations for all.



The big event in town offers BANJO! This event started this morning and keeps offering fun into the evening.  Come out and celebrate Bluegrass and New Bern History this weekend at the first Governor’s Estate in our land. This event offers local and national talent and fun for the whole family!

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~ Cruising Along the Coast ~


Hank Barbee is singing his soul out tonight at The Royal James Cafe located at 117 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. He offers up a great mix of original and familiar songs done with unique guitar stylings. Tonight he plays from 9 pm til midnight and this show is free, which means money for merchandise! Woo Hoo!



Badass bass man Jones Smith is mixed up with a new project.  Mechanical Boulevard will bring their fun sounds to Cru Bar & Wine Store Beaufort Coffee Shop  located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Be sure to check him and his other music brothers from other mothers tonight from 8-11 pm. This show is free and you are encouraged to freely tip the players!



Gen X will bring their rockin sounds to Southern Salt Company and Waterfront Restaurant located at 701 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC  They offer 90’s rock selections that will have you moving and shaking so come enjoy some great fresh food and awesome throw back rock music for a great night. Music starts at 9 pm and plays til midnight.



Also in town to rock the crowd right tonight at Off the Hook located at 105 E 5th St Morehead City are the Sounds of The Green Room. Music starts at 9:30 pm and they kick it all night til 1:30 am. There is a $5.00 music charge payable at the door but the music is worth the expense.


Dakota Blue will be offering their country sounds to the friends and fans filling the room at Frank & Clara’s Restaurant located at 1440 Salter Path, Indian Beach, NC, Music starts at 9:30 and the boot scooting lasts all night long. Come early to eat some great food then stay late to groove.




Stoney Creek will be live in Swansboro this evening. Make plans to catch the duo tonight at The Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant from 9 pm – 12 am.  Just google 103 Moore St in Swansboro and go get some great food and music with the one you love.

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~ Rockin’ Around the Region ~

For folks living in the Lenoir County region I present an opportunity for you to get rocked right by one  serious guitar driven band featuring the local talents of Adam Hill Gordy George and Cecil Pittman, Jr. The trio will be live on stage 10 pm til 2 am at the Red Room, 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC. There is a $5.00 cover at the door to support live music so please come on in and applaud the efforts of this band. Your soul will thank you in the morning!



Since we are out that way I will also tell you that Tony Lefavi will be offering the music this evening from 8-11 pm at North Street Pub & Eatery located at 115 W North Street., Kinston, NC. This show is free and I strongly encourage you to come early to fill up on some great food before dancing the night away!

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Answering the Call

Now then those are not the only gigs to tell you about. If you have a Facebook account there are plenty of other events going down. Each week I ask where everyone is playing in the days ahead…here is what the fine folks told me this week:

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The Link for Live Music Events Happening throughout NC

Once again if you have Facebook you can search the many music events happening throughout the state by clicking on:

Happy Dancing

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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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