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~ On The Scene With Tracey Stones ~

On Saturday evening I took a pause for the cause and headed to Fall Ball 17. This annual event is hosted by Randy Gary. These fun times are really a way to raise money for The Edgewood Community Developmental School. In all there were seven acts on the bill. I was invited by Second Helping. Hundreds from the surrounding communities came out to enjoy the night of great food cook off’s and awesome music.

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When I arrived on site, Brad Benson & The Rebel Armada were crushing the crowd with their spellbinding rock. The Kinston native now calls Cary, NC home and he keeps busy playing solo acoustic and powerhouse trio shows, much like what I saw at Fall Ball 17. To check out his music and to keep up with this busy player please stop by and visit his website.

Brad Benson

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Following Benson’s set Kaylin Roberson took the microphone and brought down the house with her amazing take on the Star Spangled Banner. Making it even more moving, it was Veteran’s Day still with many Veterans standing among us. God Bless our Veterans and our great land.

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Next up, I saw many of my friends finally come together to perform as one unit, Second Helping. This is an awesome tribute band offering the sounds and songs of Lynyrd Skynyrd. The ten piece outfit featuring three guitarists upfront and three female vocalist in the background also features keyboard, drums and bass. and lead singer at the helm. This unit is comprised of players from Lenoir and Craven counties mostly. They offered a great set of the band’s most well-known songs.  To keep up with the band, check out their website

Second Helping

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Following another stage turn out Katlyn Roberson returned to the stage, with her full band to bring an energetic and fun set of music. The talented young singer is based out of Raleigh, NC, who offers a cross between pop and country sounds. To learn more about her music and to find her around the area, check her website at

Kaylin Roberson

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On my way back to New Bern I took a slight detour to check in with my side project. The Adam Hill Band was live at The Red Room and rocking Kinston, NC. The boys were very busy last weekend with three gigs in a 24 hour stretch!  The guys offered a rocking set for the Homeless Vets of Craven County, at the Rocking Relief Benefit at the VFW in New Bern. The band hit the stage at 1 pm for a great showing of rock done right. They made it to town following a long night of rocking Suck Bang Blow in Murrell’s Inlet, SC Friday night.

One thing is for sure, when you offer up so many shows in such a short time, it is hell on the vocal chords. Luckily Hill has many talented friends and throughout the night he offered many of those in-house a shot at the microphone. First up was his cousin, TJ Lanier, next up came the famed singer for Mason Jar Bonfire, Nick Mason (not pictured above, as I went live on Facebook for his country offering.) Also helping out was the vox of J Lane, who also crushed it while I was in the house.

For those looking for the Adam Hill, be sure to keep up with his website by visiting

Adam Hill

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OPEN MIC MADNESS

Wednesday’s Jams

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They host Open Mic each Wednesday at Silo’s Restaurant, located at 1111 Broad Street, Oriental, NC. Music plays from 7-10 pm and all levels and players are welcome, but there is not a drum kit on site.

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Wednesday + Jamming with friends = a great time! You don’t need to be a mathematician to figure this equation out. Add yourselves and subtract some great spirits from Cindirene’s, while we multiply our good times together. Division is not welcome. The fun starts around 7:30, because everybody has stuff to do beforehand (probably some math stuff). See you there! Cindirene’s, 559 3rd St, Ayden, North Carolina.

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Twin Leaf Brewery
144 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC; opens their doors for your talents from 8-10 pm. Come out and shine as you show off your best.

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This is the first fundraiser concert in the tour for “Road 2 Memphis” : 3 bands & A blues jam at the Sawmill II,5529 West Market Street, Greensboro,NC on Wednesday 11/15/17. It’s going to be a heck of a night. Seth Williams & Terry Vuncannon, The Blue City Bombers, Cory Luetjen & the Traveling Blues Band & then the best blues jam in Greensboro!

Free food & all you gotta do is show up and throw a little something in the donation bucket. Make your plans for a night of the blues. If you can’t make it you can still donate to their GoFundMe page by clicking the link. Thanks again for all the love & support.

gofundme.com/cory-luetjen-the-traveling-blues

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Live Music Options for Wednesday

November 15, 2017

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New Bern’s own Ed Prophet heads to the coast this evening for a show at Shuckin Shack located at 707 Arendell St, Morehead City, North Carolina. Music plays during the dinner hours of 5:30 pm til 8:30 pm. Come enjoy the freshest seafood and smoothest sounds tonight.

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If you’d like to spend the evening with James Maddock, the soulful singer-songwriter will be live tonight at Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd, Asheville, North Carolina. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. to buy your tickets now please visit this page:

https://public.ticketbiscuit.com/IsisAsheville/Checkout/2827b879-1e8a-4431-bf3e-7d359483d7a8/LogOn?returnUrl=%2FIsisAsheville%2FCheckout%2F2827b879-1e8a-4431-bf3e-7d359483d7a8

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The Garage, 110 W 7th St, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has two bands Demon Eye – Demon Eye was unearthed in Raleigh, North Carolina during the Spring of 2012. Shortly thereafter, the band was receiving international recognition for their highly acclaimed songcraft and their stunning live performances. Demon Eye channels the introspective darkness of Pentagram, the heavy grooves of Black Sabbath and the fist-banging shred of early Iron Maiden. They have shared the stage with the likes of Corrosion of Conformity, High on Fire, Spirit Caravan, The Sword, King’s X, Loincloth, YOB, Witch Mountain, Lord Dying, and many more of their heavy brethren. Demon Eye has been featured in Iron Fist UK, Classic Rock Magazine, Premier Guitar Magazine, Terrorizer, Metal Temple, and Destructive music, (the latter of whom claimed the band is “as close to musical perfection as it is humanly possible to get.”)

In early 2014 they released their Soulseller Records debut, “Leave the Light,” which met with excellent worldwide reviews and earned them festival invites to play alongside the best of the best. Three years into their career, they released their second album, titled “Tempora Infernalia,”which brought them to even wider audiences and solidified their fan base within the international metal community at large. Demon Eye remains hellbent on bringing their hook-laden, dark riffin’ songcraft to fans far and wide.
Lords of Mace – Sludgy and southern with a twist of doom on the rock.

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Expect an evening of splendor and glorious indie pop when Arizona’s ROAR and SC’s Those Lavender Whales bless our lowly coffeehouse with some beautiful tunes~
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DOORS — 8:30
SHOW — 9:30
BYOB
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ROAR – http://roartheband.tumblr.com/
Those Lavender Whales – https://www.thoselavenderwhales.com/

Duke Coffeehouse is located at 106 Epworth Ln, Durham, North Carolina.

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The hottest show around the state will be Skyla Burrell Blues Band live on stage in NC at the Blue Note Grill, located at 709 Washington St., Durham, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and the band will be shredding til 11 pm. This is a great place to dine as well as enjoy a show, so catch my friends from PA while they are visiting town. Tickets are $8.00 and available at the door.

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Up Next

Come back tomorrow for some talk about the blues as I tell you about the two hot blues acts I caught up with in the past several days.

On Sunday evening I closed out my weekend with David Russell & The Port City Blues Band who brought it to New Bern, NC with their fun show and full band that was full of the blues. This band is out of Wilmington, NC and worth checking out any time you can.

Tonight I will be heading to Durham to check in with old friends from PA and music brothers, Mark Tomlinson and Charlie Hilbert. I have known these brothers of the blues for two and a half decades and currently they are cutting it with killer guitar girl Skyla Burrell. Come out tonight Durham if you can. This is a show you won’t want to miss. As mentioned above they are live from 8-11  pm at The Blue Note Grill, 709 Washington Ave, Durham, NC.

The last time the band was in our state it was Aril and they played at Mother Earth Brewery in Kinston, NC. They are a smoking hot blues outfit that don’t make it this way near enough. It is always good news when they hit the road to FL since it is a great stop for anyone coming from the PA region.

Here is where my friends to the south can find this hot blues act in the days ahead

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To keep up with the band, to buy merchandise and to help keep the blues alive, check out the band’s website at

Skyla Burrell

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Other Live Music Events Around NC

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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!

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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:

https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

I also read emails daily. You can send those to:

tracey.stones.writer@gmail.com

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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