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On The Scene With Tracey Stones

I checked in with Adam Hill on Thursday evening when he played at North Street Pub and Eatery. Located at 115 W North St., Kinston, NC; this place recently had to close for some renovations after the rain last month. Owner Nicky Rapoza hosted the re-grand opening earlier this month and opened the doors to serve patrons again more great food and awesome live music.

Personally,  I love the new look and set up. Rapoza is working on other areas of the establishment, so to host more live music. This of course, is music to my ears. Where there once was an arcade and gaming room, there will soon be a live music room. It’ll be exciting to see those changes as they develop and you know who will bring them to you all along the way!

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Tonight you can enjoy the sounds of The Stegmonos live tonight. There is no cover charge but remember free music is never free, so please feel free to tip the music makers while you are out having your good time. Tonight’s event is the The Official Unofficial Halloween Party! Feel free to come in costume and enjoy free live music from 9:30 pm til 1 am!


For friends and fans of the Adam Hill Band, you are invited to come out and party with them tonight as they celebrate Halloween on stage, at Maynard’s Entertainment located on Highway 55 East, Seven Springs, NC. They get the rock rolling by 10 pm. This is BYOB establishment, that will be hosting a costume contest with cash money prizes. The first place winner earns $300 while second place walks with $150 and third prize is a cool $50! Come out get rocked and make some dough.

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Fun Time Friday

Before heading out to music last night, my artist friend, Laura Gammons, suggested that we check out her friend and mentor’s gallery. This art exhibit is in The Sanctuary Gallery located on Trent Road, New Bern, NC. There is a lot to look at and above you can read the story of the artist, as well as the exhibit site. Chris Wagner had a great hand in making this gallery space which displayed many of his works throughout. Stop out and enjoy taking in the art that decorates this spot beautifully. To follow them on Facebook click this link The Sanctuary Gallery on Facebook


…And Now Back to the Music

If you recall, I went to band rehearsal the other night to check out Peace Soldier. This is a newly reformed old band with new members assisting the founder of Peace Soldier Nation, the Peace Soldier himself, Bobby Hurff. 

Last night at the Craven County Fairgrounds the band opened the night of festivities, with a great set of rocking music that was familiar to fans of classic rock of the 60’s through the 80’s. The band has several dates next month but the one I really wish to turn your attention to is the event Hurff has organized for our area’s homeless Veterans.

This year on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017, has organized a full day of fun and music at the VFW off Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern. Tickets are $20 and you get five great bands, lunch and the benefit of helping Hurff get Vets off the street and into safe warm spaces this winter. Tickets can be purchased in person at Fuller’s Music Store on Trent Road, New Bern, NC. You might opt to shop online and if you do you can get your tickets here:

On the bill will be Tommy Duzan Sr. opening ceremonies with our National Anthem. Followed by music from Gypsy Sunrise, Adam Hill Band, Limited Engagement, Smokehouse and Peace Soldier all ready to rock for some relief. Come out this Veteran’s day starting at noon and enjoy a good time helping out the people who fight for our freedoms. God bless our troops and our Veterans.


Once I hit town I had to stop by to check out Brian Burke, this one man band is full on fun and talented. He offered up the great grooves at The Thirsty Bruin last night. He provided the music from 8-10:30 pm and the crowd enjoyed the sounds.

Burke hosts the open mic at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill, 1052 E Main St., Washington, NC, on Thursday evenings from 6:30- 9 pm, if you are interested in jamming with him sometime soon. The Pebble Beach Stage is an outdoor venue and will be soon shutting down for the season, but the restaurant is great all year round and the owners rock. This was one of the first venues I frequented when I started out with the blog. The food and service are amazing, so stop by soon to support.

Coming up on the immediate calendar for Burke is The Buccaneer Music Hall, 2021 E Fire Tower Rd., Greenville, NC, tomorrow evening from 9-12 pm and at Winslow’s Deli 120 W 5th St.,, Greenville, NC this Wednesday 8-11 pm.


My next stop brought me The Brown Pelican, where people we get down with the fun and unique, yet familiar sounds of The Raucous Brothers. They had people on the dance floor from 7-10 pm last night. The duo is comprised of local resident and Pelican employee Patrick Edwards on drums and his longtime friend from Virginia, Paul Bison on guitar and vocals.


Live tonight from 8-11 pm you can check out Hot Head Ted, a new trio based out of New Bern and making their debut tonight. The Brown Pelican is located at 411 Broad St, New Bern and offer music three nights a week starting on Thursday with open mic from 8-11pm. Stop out say hi to the staff and enjoy the great vibes of live music.


The final stop of the night brought me to The Harvey Mansion, where I enjoyed the rest of the night dancing to the blues beats of the fun Feral Cats. Always a pleasure to catch up with this band that I am proud to represent. The Lenoir County band got together nearly a year ago for a party. The friends had such a great time making music that they named the band and currently they play many weekends each month. They will be making their return to the patio, on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, for a pre Thanksgiving show. Mark the calendars now and meet us there.

Last night the band gave away prizes in celebration of Halloween. They offered other treats too and special guests also joined the fun on stage. To keep up with their grooves follow them on Facebook or check out their website at



Celebrating Halloween on the patio tonight will be Ravenz Bru. Come enjoy their sounds from 8-11 pm under the tent. All are welcome to dress in costume and dance! The Harvey Mansion is located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. They offer live music outdoors four nights a week. Things kick off on Thursday nights with Dueling Pianos from 8pm -12 am. On Fridays & Saturdays live music from area bands plays from 8-11 pm and closing things out on Sunday, they offer supper on the patio with live music from 5-8 pm .

This week  you can enjoy the acoustics coverings of the talented Justin Castellano. 


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More Live Music Options for Saturday, October 28, 2017

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Over on the James City side of the bridge are the fun grooves of Joe Baes Project, who will be celebrating Halloween at BrÛtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. They are encouraging everyone to dress up, so they can judge them. Sounds like a great place to kick things off tonight. This show is free and the music plays from 7-10 pm.

The staff at BrÛtopia always pairs local live music with the flavors of a local food truck. Tonight enjoy the tastes of Nest Café on site and serving at 6 pm. This all washes down nicely with the local fresh beer. Stop out enjoy a taste and dance to the music. This band will give you the best of 90’s rock to now. I love these retired Marines, come see why!



Bouncing over the bridge and stopping to see what else can be found, we stop at The Trent River Coffee Company where it is time again for the monthly Open Mic Night. Hosted by Matthew Kerlin, this is a great stop for any music enthusiast. Located at 208 Craven St., New Bern, NC. Sign up starts at 6 pm and music kicks off at 6:30 and plays til 9 pm. All players and skill levels welcome, poets come speak as well. So pack up the gig bag and bring your talent downtown tonight!


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It is round two of Madame  Z’s Halloween Bash Live at the City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC. Tickets for the show are $10.00. Doors open and food for service early, live music and the scary good times start at 9 pm. Come dance and party the with party Queen, Madame Z.


Cruisin’ Along the Coast



The BiPolar Express are heading to the coast for their Halloween fun-times. Come enjoy their offering of all things rock, from 9:30 pm til 1:30 am at Off The Hook, located at 105 S 7th St., New Bern, NC. I caught up with the band last week when they threw it down at the DoubleTree to help a local family in need. These guys have a heart as big as gold and it is always a fun time to check in with them, so expect more news next week. The BiPolar Express rocks the house at every event they are a part of. Specializing in 80’s and 90’s rock selections, they have a lot of fun playing music together. Come say hi to Josh Overby on guitar and vocals, Wick Wickline on bass guitar and vocals and back behind the kit, Mike Lancaster keeping the beats. The New Bern based band is available for your good times, so make contact at Tracey Stones Productions, LLC or shoot me an email at



It has been a while since I checked in with the Pamlico County Duo best known as Steel Shot. These boys will be rocking their grooves tonight on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant. They will be giving up the fun music from 8-11 pm outside on the deck. Come dance and sing along tonight. SSC&WR is located at 701 Evans St., Morehead City, NC. Come enjoy the fresh food and good times soon, if not tonight.



Live at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 531 Evans St., Morehead City, it’s the 120 Minutes Band giving up the music for their annual Halloween Costume Contest. Come dressed to impress and groove the night away!



Just over the bridge they are serving Nuttbred at Cru Bar & Wine Store The Beaufort Coffee Shop, 120 Turner St. Beaufort. Music plays from 8-11 pm and there is no cover charge for their weekly music events.


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The Mac & Juice Quartet will be celebrating Halloween at Back Street Pub tonight. With the fun times and music starting at 9 pm and lasting til the jams stop and it’s time to go home. Located at 124 Middle ln, Beaufort, NC. They ask for a cover charge at the door which support the live music you will dance to throughout the night!


Rockin Around the Region


Dirty Grass Soul will be giving up the good time music at The Buccaneer Music Hall, 2120 E Fire Tower Rd., Greenville, NC., tonight from 9;30 pm til 1:30 am. Please come out and support live music. You might just dance and have a good time tonight!



High Cotton, the Raleigh based rockin’ blues outfit I so love, will be pulling into lil Washington, NC tonight to celebrate Halloween on the Pebble Beach Stage. All the fun times are happening tonight from 7-10 pm at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill, located at 1052 E Main St, Washington, NC,



Over in Ayden they are having a bash at The County Line Bar & Grill tonight, with Free food being served at 8. Check it out… Ed and Trisha want you to know this:

Make your Plans Now to attend the largest Halloween Party in The East This Saturday October 28 with DIGGERFOOT @ The County Line!

FREE BBQ CHICKEN Dinner with sides at 8pm!

Costume Contest at 12am Sharp!
1st $100
2nd $50
3rd $25

$10 cover for Singles $15 cover for couples..

Ladies in FREE before 9pm!

Show Starts at 10pm!

Brown Bagging Welcome!

The County Line
9527 Hwy 903 N
Ayden NC 28513

“Come See What a Good Time Is All About”

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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!

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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