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IMG_2409On the Scene With Tracey Stones

Welcome back, and thanks for rocking around the music scene with me for another week. Last weekend I caught up with several bands from our area, as they gave up their good music for friends and fans alike.

On Friday night I got the pleasure of listening to the powerful sounds of Tommy Duzan Sr., who offered his song selections to the good folks at The Thirsty Bruin, located at 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. This fun beer and wine store and bar is open daily and serving local made products daily. They also offer live music each Friday from 8-10:30 pm.

For those interested in catching Duzan practicing his sharp skills on six string, be sure to mark your calendars for December 1 and enjoy the sounds of Duzan on the patio at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC.


Speaking of music on the patio, last Friday they feature the original music of a former New Bern Based band, The Fearless Freaks, who disbanded when player Kenny Castania moved north to enjoy the coolness of PA winters. He returned for a visit and rocked the crowd with his good friends and band mates.

The other players include Parker Millar on vocals and guitar and Jake Ross back behind the kit. Millar and Ross also make music in the band The Dick Richards. 

When I spoke with Millar earlier in the day he let me know that he will be heading out with his new band Spaghetti, for a show at The Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC. They will be making their debut this weekend and I will share more on the band as time unfolds. What I will say for now is, the band features Millar teaming up with his sister Holly Millar.


I got to enjoy a fun set of groovy music at the Brown Pelican, where Bearfoot Monty organized a one year anniversary show that included themselves closing out the night, Mandy Mead opening and in between they served Hot Buttered Grits. 


Bearfoot Monty is a fresh, young band based in New Bern, offering great rocking original music with blues and southern rock overtones layered throughout. They have many influences at work and you hear them all nicely blended in their music. They take flavors of funk, grunge and classic rock and layer it on a bed of blues and serve it up for souls to enjoy! This project came together not long after Bernaroo 2106, when Justin Hargett approached Gabrielle Christie about working some music out, before long two grew to four and the band Bearfoot Monty played. Their music will grab you and groove you. Currently the band is hard at work recording their debut EP for fans to enjoy.


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Saturday was a real feel good day. The Adam Hill Band performed at the 9th Annual Breast Cancer Benefi,t which raised money for the third year of New Bern’s Journey of Hope Cancer Support Center. The event was hosted at Harley Davidson of New Bern. Riders paid a registration fee, went on a scenic ride, took a short break and returned to HD of NB for lunch, raffles and giveaways and great music. The best part of this event is how the money raised stay right here, helping our local warriors as they kick cancer’s butt! Before leaving the event, organizer Paul Brown asked if we could provide entertainment next year and I assured him NCMZ.LIVE and Adam Hill would be there to represent.


The charity work continued on Saturday night with a three tiered bill at the DoubleTree, coming together in the ballroom for one great night of music and memories all for the simple sake of helping a local family doing their own battle with cancer.

Josh Overby keeps busy on our music scene cutting chops with two area rock bands. However when he is not busy making music with BiPolar Express and 3 Day Weekend, he is logging hours at the local hospital. When his co-worker and friend Lynwood Goff, a new father, got sick and diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Overby jumped into action to organized a concert event called Lynwoodstock. to raise cash for the family. The ballroom filled with good hearted New Bernians who rocked the night away.

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Opening the event was music by Mark Sheldon and Les Wetherington with their Take Two act. This acoustic duo have been life long friends and music has always been a part of the journey. Following their 45 minute set, the stage shifted and The BiPolar Express, with Overby on guitar and vocals, Wick Wickline on bass and Mike Lancaster on drums, a powerhouse trio that rocked the crowd right and hard with with great mix of songs from the hair band rock era of the 80’s and 90’s.

Following their set came the close out of 3 Day Weekend, who took the crowd back through the 60’s and 70’s with their song selections. The most moving part of the night came when Wetherington, a cancer survivor now twice waging war against the disease, moved the crowd with his own story and launch into a great rendition of Don’t Stop Believing. It was inspiring and moving to watch most in the room rise and dance.

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For those who could not make it out to LynwoodStock but wish to see the BiPolar Express, you are in luck. Because the boys will be rocking the at the beach tomorrow night, when they play at Off the Hook in Morehead City, NC. Music for that show starts at 9:30 pm and the rock grooves go til 1:30 am. You are encouraged to dress for Halloween as this is the weekend we are allowed to dress for the fun of it!


Following the Breast Cancer Benefit Ride at the Harley shop, The Adam Hill Band set up for work at The Harvey Mansion where they rocked the patio and took in another $40 for the Journey of Hope Cancer Support Center. Adam Hill and I both lost our Grandmothers to this disease, so taking part in events to hel  is personal and important. It was an honor to be a part of the event and help raise money for such a worthy cause.


The Adam Hill Band is off tonight, but tomorrow you can rock the night away in full dress at Maynard’s Entertainment, Highway 55 East, Seven Springs, NC. The band will be rockin’ the house for Halloween ,so come out in full dress and try to impress. Top Prize winner receives $300, second place gets $150 and third place walks away with a $50 spot in their hands. Music starts at 10 pm and it is $10.00 at the door. Maynard’s is a BYOB establishment.


It has been more than a decade since the one man band known as Barefoot Wade has visited New Bern for the sake of sharing his music. On Sunday, October 22, 2017 he gave up a great show on the patio at The Harvey Mansion for friends and fans alike. This guy does it all. He loops all of the instruments, play, sings and keeps you entertained with stories from the road, as he sets up each song before he launches into singing the selections. His set list offers a blended mix of familiar covers and fun original music. He has a merchandise table up front featuring three discs for sale and T-Shirts. If you have not seen this cat play, come down to The Harvey Mansion on Sunday, December 3, 2017 for another fun show of tropical music to usher in the winter season.

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New on the Scene

There is a new bar getting set for their grand opening next week. In case you have not heard the news, I am here to report that John Morgan has worked out a deal, with the owner of LaRosa’s Italian Restaurant, to lease the bar portion of the business. Under Morgan’s ownership the establishment will be named One Eyed Jack’s and it will be serving up drink specials, offering karaoke and live music too. I stopped by on  Wednesday after catching wind of this rumor and caught the first open mic event in house.

While in the house I enjoyed the music of local stringers, Aaron Davenport, Tom Spellman and Justin Hargett, who hosts the event each week. The music started at 10 pm and it lasted til closing. For players looking for a stage to work things out, we now offer One Eyed Jacks as an option. Located on Glenburnie, it is at the far end of the parking lot near the Fuel Warehouse. The hours of operation will be 3 pm – 2 am Monday -Saturday and 1 pm – closing on Sundays. Stop by and wish John Morgan the best in his new venture.

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Rockin’ Around the Region

Getting Down Around Town ~ New Bern Rocks

Speaking of new on the scene; Peace Soldier has a new band line up and tonight the players will be making their debut at The Craven County Fairgrounds for the opening of the fair. The music kicks off at 7 pm and Peace Soldier will offer up the best in classic rock favorites til 10 pm. Come get rock with Bobby Hurff and the boys.



There will be live music and a food truck being featured this evening at BrÛtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. La Cocina del Coqui food truck will be serving supper and Sam Lewis will be dishing out the music tonight from 7-10 pm. This show is free so come support local beer, food and music to start the weekend off right.


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Also in James City this evening, it is the rocking sounds Zen Pirates offering classic rock and dance music at Triple Play Restaurant, located at 111 Williams St., New Bern, NC. The music starts at 9:30 pm and quitting at closing. There is a music charge at the door, but that is to help pay the band, so support live music and pay the cover charge.



Live tonight at the Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC, it is the music of The Raucous Brothers. This show is free and starts at 7 pm with music playing til 10 pm. Come out and dance to the groove sounds of this fun duo tonight.



John Van Dyke will be a drag this weekend…Drag Queen that is! Come out to Live at The City Laundry for another dose of Madame Z’s good time. It’s Scary…. It’s Haunting… It’s Fabulous! Come party with Madame Z and Company, 2 nights only. October 27 & 28th starting at 9pm. The crowd is diverse and the music is enchanting. We’ll be dancing, singing, laughing and partying until the early morning hours. Stop by for a cocktail and a terrifyingly good time. Tickets are only $10.00! Can’t wait to party with you all! Live at the City Laundry is located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC.


Brian Burke offers the music from 8-10:30 pm at The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. This show is free and that means, you should feel free to tip the music makers.



Live on the patio at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC, you can get down to the rocking blues sounds of the Feral Cats. They will bring the party from Lenoir County tonight to rock you from 8-11 pm. Dress warm and even in layers, as this band has a tendency to make you dance and sweat.


Other Area Artists and Venues to Check  Out


Justin Castellano has a show tonight, for anyone looking for a good dining date night option. He will be live at Boro Restaurant and Bar, located at 109 N Front St., Swansboro. He delivers the music from 7-10 pm and you are invited to enjoy the fresh tastes from the kitchen and catchy music from this artist.



Ken Belangia has a show this evening at The Red Rooster, located on Broad St. in Oriental. Music plays from 7-10 pm and this show is free.




New Bern’s own Ed Prophet heads north tonight to play a show at Fire American Tavern on E 5th St., Greenville, NC. He offers live music from 9:30 pm til 1;30 am.

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Answering The Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region.  I ask my Facebook followers where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week:

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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!

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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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