NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options and Local Band News


On the Scene with Tracey Stones

There has been no shortage of live music around our area again this week. In fact, there is so much music happening now a days, I can’t even make it out to all of the events in town anymore in one night.

Last Saturday was an enjoyable night on the patio at Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern. Folks enjoyed the talents of  Tom Spellman & Jill Adair, offering an eclectic show to fans under the tent.

I enjoy this combo of new talent and skilled master with Adair, a novice and Spellman, a professor with this music thing. I enjoy watching her blossom as she grows more comfortable on that stage. She has an incredible voice and her guitar playing is coming along beautifully as well. Currently with more than 20 songs she is working on getting ready for more shows soon.

As for Spellman, he is a gifted talent with amazing diversity and range. Music has been the man’s life since walking. He is most known to folks around town for his heavy metal band Kill Mercy. He also plays in an old world band with other local talents, Casablanca. When not busy working solo and with the jazz trio, he also cuts chords for Mimic Band and Second Helping.

If anyone is interested in booking this duo featuring these talents,  please reach out to me today. Tracey Stones Productions, LLC at 318-789-6929.


On Sunday around sunset I made my way back to Harvey Mansion to listen to the talents voice of Alisa Mike under the tent. She had a full house of happy fans enjoying her jazz standards and collection of show tunes.

When Mike is not busy singing solo, you can find her on stage with her band mates the Zen Pirates. Her face is a staple here, as she truly is a great force on our music scene. She helps to promote others as much as herself and I admire her for many reasons. Mostly how she puts community first. If you have not heard Alisa solo yet, be sure to look for her monthly at Live at The City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC. She offers a dinner show on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Music starts at 6 pm.


I heard a rumor about town that there was an open mic night taking place at a local restaurant, so I headed out to 37th Street Pizzeria this past Wednesday to see that I could see. Sometimes it is worth listening to rumors, as this one checks out to be fact.

Justin Hargett if you recall, was hosting an open mic night each Wednesday at Mesh which went out of business earlier this year. Not long after the former manager and lead bartender there, not to mention local talent in his own right, who loves and supports live music; John Morgan accepted employment at 37th Street and has incorporated Karaoke and Open Mic into his work routine at the new place located at 2402 Neuse Blvd., New Bern. Open Mic sign up starts about 9:30 pm and music gets underway after 10 pm.

Along with listening to a superb set of original music by Hargett, I also enjoyed meeting a cat, Amos  Mantyla who serenaded his love most of the time.

The final entertainer that I enjoyed before heading home for the night was the lovely and talented Asha Goodwin. She offered familiar songs and an original too and let us know that she had a couple of gigs coming up as well. Check out Asha in the video clip and mark the calendars for these two awesome events.



~ Hangin’ In the Hood ~

Shining a Light on Fairfield Harbour and The Harbour Lights Players Fall 2017 Follies: Over The Rainbow

Fairfield Harbour is the exact area of New Bern which I call home. It is a great community and full of wonderful and talented people throughout. I am actually a cleaner by trade who started up my very first business in this community. I have cleaned hundreds of homes in here and have met some of the most uplifting and inspiring people along the way. Last night I saw a good melting pot of that talent I speak of in one room, at the community center and on a creative stage. What a wonderful way for community to meet and gather. I think we need more music events here. And now that I see first hand the fun and vibrant players and participants,  I wonder, why aren’t we gathering to dance more and enjoying more music! Here is to dreaming of concerts in the park Fairfield Harbour and similar communities.

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Last night I kept it close to home and took my mom to the neighborhood Follies, put on here in Fairfield Harbour by the Harbour Lights Players. This latest production, “Over The Rainbow” featured a number of community talents. The highlight for me was seeing a few former cleaning customers, most notably two of the trio known as Harbour Jazz. Margaret Rose and Bob Dumon, who closed out the show with an enjoyable version of “Bye Bye Birdie.” The cast all came together to celebrate their delight with a closing version of “There is No Business, Like Show Business.” Tommy Tunes provided the sound, he and his lovely bride provided some of the skits. Other married couples on stage included Bill & Chris Rivera. I became friends with Chris through music and she is a great contributor to our local paper, The Beacon. It was a very fun and enjoyable night that included familiar songs, fun dancing, comedy and best of all memories made with Mom. It is uplifting to see people in their natural environment sharing their blessings and talents with friends and neighbors. This production is taking place tonight and tomorrow evening as well, however it is so awesome that tickets have sold out.

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Getting Down Around Town New Bern

A week earlier than usual, tonight is the monthly celebration of Art Walk! The town has decided to host it a week earlier this month with the start of MumFest on the agenda next weekend, when it would normally be held. For anyone who is looking for details, please check out this link which brings you to the Sun Journal site, Charlie Hall is on call with all of your ArtWalk info.

Charlie Hall’s article on ArtWalk

One of the things not noted in the article is, that you can find many musicians as you are walking through the streets during the ArtWalk celebration. One of the performers you will find on Middle Street in front of Surf, Wind and Fire is the lovely Tracey Brenneman, who will offer her music from 5-8 pm.

Be sure to stop and take a listen if you find yourself passing a street performer. Performers are often found on Middle Street at Bear Plaza, Surf Wind & Fire and The Black Cat Shoppe behind CAW on Broad Street and in the Isaac Taylor Garden even on Craven. We have so much talent in this town. I would hate for you to miss out on the music program.


Giving up the great guitar grooves tonight at The Brown Pelican will be local resident Brian Mac. He adds a lot of flavor to already tasty favorites, that make you tap your toes and shake your hips. This show is free and the music plays from 7-10 pm.

Stop in tomorrow night to enjoy a singer songwriter series, featuring talent from the Triangle area. J.E.E.P. will delight anyone looking for original music from which is home-grown on NC soil. Music starts at 8 pm and plays til 11 pm. The shows are free and memberships a dollar, so come out and support live music and tip these awesome servers and performers too.



There is live music happening this evening at The Bruin, located at 224 Middle St., New Bern. Come enjoy the live offerings of Logan Nobles from 8-10:30 pm. It was unclear at press time what kind of music the performer plays, but the show is free, the beer is fresh and the service is great. So come out and support live music and local business tonight.


Live on the patio this weekend I have arranged for the Cuz’n Kirk Experience to come back and thrill you all with their good sounds of pop and classic rock. Come out and enjoy their offerings tonight under the tent, on the patio from 8-11 pm. For a sample of what you can expect check them out here…

Cuz’n Kirk Experience


On the patio tomorrow evening for your listening pleasure, come enjoy the sounds of Aaron Davenport live from 8-11 pm. He offers a great mix of classics and current rock, pop, rap and most intriguing, his originals. He is a talented young man with roots right around here. So come out and enjoy the good grooves and the great vibe under the tent.

This Sunday afternoon you can enjoy the acoustic sounds of the talented Adam Hill, as he unplugs and invites you to do the same this Sunday for supper on the patio. Come watch the moon rise and catch this star on the rise, as he dishes out a great mix of rock, blues, country and the most delicious original music for the music lover’s palate. He will be live from 5-8 pm. All of the music takes place on the patio at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St. New Bern, NC, this offering is free of charge. They have dueling pianos each Thursday from 8 pm til midnight; on Friday and Saturdays they feature live and local talent on the patio from 8-11 pm and on Sunday they offer a Supper show from 5-8 pm. There are plans to keep this music going outside year round. It is going to be amazing when it is all said and done. Be sure to stop out and thank the owners and staff for making this happen.


Over the River to James City

You can support live music, local business and home-grown beer over in James City tonight at BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern. They will offer up live music and a food truck most weekends and tonight you can enjoy the delicious offerings of La Cocina Food Truck, paired with the music of Buck Loy who is scheduled from 7-10 pm. This show is free, the beer fresh and the food cooked to order. Come on out and enjoy some weekend delights.



Live tonight at Triple Play Restaurant you can catch New Bern’s rocking band fronted by the talented singer Jeremy Monette. Stairwell will rock you from 10 pm til closing. This band is rocking with some familiar tunes from more recent rock artists and much original music too. There is a music charge at the door, but the music is always worth it.

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~ Cruisin’ Along The Coast ~


Did you hear the news, it is the North Carolina Seafood Festival. This is one of our state’s great offerings and this year there are lots to see and experience. With regard to all of the festivities, you can keep up to date by visiting the website.

NC Seafood Festival

Please note there are three days of entertainment on three stages. That is just what the festival itself offers. Here is what else happens, all of the area bars also offer the best entertainment they can book for the weekend. I would suggest patrons of the Seafood Festival take a load off, by checking out some of the hidden gems found at the local bars and restaurants. Here are a few places worth stopping by and checking out.


Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant for example, offers New Bern’s own party band Limited Engagement. They will play outside on the deck from 9 pm til 1 am. This fun party band is fairly new on the scene and making waves enough to find themselves at Seafood Festival tonight. Located at 701 Evans St., Morehead City, NC. This venue has been supportive of live music since owner Sammy stepped in and made it his own. Come enjoy the inspired tastes from the area and great music. He will be serving up live music all weekend for patrons and visitors.



Join us during the NC Seafood Festival for live music in our outdoor beer garden! Fresh local beers from our brewery on tap all day!

MONJAH 7:30pm-Until

Hank Barbee and The Dust Parade 4:30-7:00pm
The Spread 8:00pm-Until

No cover! Cheers!




Come join us on the Morehead Waterfront for the East Coast’s largest festival. We will have the freshest LOCAL seafood with our beer garden and great outdoor deck to enjoy the great views of the waterfront. Come on out put your feet up, enjoy the food, cold drinks and live music. Selah Dub will kick off the festival Friday night, followed by the Adam Hill Band Saturday day from 12-4! The Roman Sams will jam the night away Saturday and 80’s Unplugged will close the festivities on Sunday!!! It’s going to be an awesome weekend here at Off The Hook. 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC.



For folks just over the bridge, trying to avoid all of the hustle and bustle of Seafood Festival, you can head to Clawsons, located right on Front St. in Beaufort and enjoy the inspirational playing of the talented Justin Castellano. He will serve up the sounds from 6-9 pm.



Todd Barnes also has a show tonight at Cru Bar & Wine Store Beaufort Coffee Shop. Located at 117 Turner St. Beaufort, NC, they offer live music each Friday and Saturday from 8-11 pm. The shows are free and the talent they find, AWESOME! Come enjoy this local player tonight and check out this fun time place. I never know where to order coffee and dessert or whiskey and a beer.

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The Heart of Music


The United Way of Harnett County
One Homeless Night Benefit Concert
Friday, October 6, 2017 at 6pm
The Stewart Theatre, Dunn, NC
A special singer-songwriter showcase
Featuring John Teague, Rob Farris, Michael Dermott and David Hodges. Feral Cats cap the night off with some fun funky blues rock. Please come help in a worthy cause. Your presence is all that’s needed.

Come out and take a pause for the cause and help Harnett County’s Homeless while rocking to great music.

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Answering the Call

Each week I ask my talented Facebook friends to tell me where they will be performing and here is what they told me this week. Please get out and support live music this weekend. These bands work hard for your good time.

3 October at 20:31

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Live Music Events

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


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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!


2 thoughts on “NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options and Local Band News

  1. Thank you Tracey for promoting us artists and supporting the live music scene in Eastern NC. We are all indebted to you and owe you a lot of gratitude. Keep up your phenomenal work and we’ll keep on rocking!

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