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On the Scene with Tracey Stones

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On Saturday night, I stayed around town yet again to catch a couple~few shows. That means I caught a few shows and will talk about a couple of them now. My first stop brought me to Circa 1810 Restaurant & Bar at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St. Where I got to touch base with Peace Soldier, as they offer a blazing night of classic rock standards with a bit of blues blended in to the mix. It was originally booked as an acoustic trio evening, but things changed when the whole band showed up. The band recently set out again after reforming under the direction of the original Peace Soldier, Bobby Hurff.

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Joining Hurff on stage for this tour, we meet Eddie Oswalt- harmonica and vocals; James Olson- lead guitar, James Smith- guitar, Richard Williams- bass and Bryan D on drums.

This past week the band played their final show for the 2017 calendar and are getting ready to head into the studio over the winter season to lay down some tracks on their original works. Expect much more from these guys in the months ahead.


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The other show I caught in town on Saturday night was that of The Oblations, brought to us by GEM Productions. The duo performed at The Brown Pelican from 8-11 pm and they offered a great show of inspiring jams,that held my attention throughout. In fact, I even purchased their CD. I will talk more about that in another installment after further listening. Here is more from the band’s Facebook band page:

The Oblations are a one of a kind two-man Blues/Funk band, by Joe MacPhail (drums and keys simultaneously, vocals) and Daniel Fields (guitar, vocals). The resulting sound is that of a three or four piece, as Joe imitates a rhythm section, or plays a piano and bass part while keeping time with his feet. Fields is multifaceted, with a mastery of both finger-style and slide guitar, and a host of evolving tones. There are many genres and musical ideologies at play, but the foundation of The Oblations comes from Blues music The first true American musical form and its various forms through history. Daniel and Joe tell their own stories from the thread of American music and just like in life, the same story is never told the same way twice. They cut the difference between songcraft and improvisation, with covers from Howlin’ Wolf to Outkast. You will dance and have a fun time and the deeper you listen the more you will be rewarded.
This fun duo hails from Carrboro NC and you can keep up to speed with them by checking out their website at the link below:

The Oblations

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Live Music Options

Tuesday, November 21, 2017



The Evening Muse,3227 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC; offers the jazz sounds of Jesse Lamar Williams and his band. This show is free and kicks off at 10:30 pm.



I also found some jazz going down this evening at Tate’s Craft Cocktails,
279 W 4th St, Winston-Salem, NC. Offering the sounds this evening and each Tuesday are
Kevin Timmons-piano, John Wilson-drums, Matt Kendrick-bass. Music starts at 8 pm and the trio plays til 11 pm.



Tuesday means beer and banjos at Raleigh Times Bar, 14 East Hargett St, Raleigh, NC and this week features The Maggie Valley Band.  

The Maggie Valley Band debuts at Beer & Banjos and brings their infectious bluegrass to the stage to warm you up. Come check them out and enjoy their original sounds in bluegrass music.


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Every Tuesday evening Isis Music Hall presents our Tuesday Bluegrass Sessions. The sessions are hosted each week by a local bluegrass musician with friends or a band. Following the host band, Bluegrass musicians from the Asheville area gather on stage to jam in an open session. Occasionally, we feature a touring band that will perform prior to the open session and help co-host the jam. It’s always a great evening of music and community. FREE

7:30-9:30PM: The Darren Nicholson Band

9:30 – til: Open Jam



Hank Barbee has a gig tonight at The ER Pub, located at 2238 S 17th St., Wilmington, NC. He will offer his sounds from 6-8 pm for your Tuesday Night pleasure.

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Open Mic Madness

Tuesday’s Jams



EVERY Tuesday at Asheville Music Hall , 31 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC, there is a weekly jam. This is an amazing opportunity for musicians to network and refine their musical chops and for the people who support them, to shake their hips to the best funk around!




Every Tuesday we host Open Mic Night at UpCountry Brewing Company,1042 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC.

Sign-up sheet goes out at 6pm and shenanigans take the stage at 6:30. Bring your music, comedy, poetry and other talents, and show us what you’ve got!





Bluegrass players are welcome to take part in the weekly bluegrass jam at Lorraine’s Coffee House, 101 Timber Pointe Ln, Garner, NC. All levels encouraged and sign up starts at 7 pm with music underway at 7:30 pm.





Main Street Tavern, 41 d South Main Street, Redford Plaza, Rolesville, NC, offers an open mic from 8-11 pm. So come out and show off your talent tonight. All genres and levels are welcome to participate.




The Cellar of Dunn  will host an Open Mic Night and here are the details they wish for you to know

Ooohh yea … Open Mic night folks. That means just about any old thing could happen. You can sing, recite poetry, do a bit of stand up comedy, interpretative dance … whatever you’d like!

Michael Dermott (the handsome fellow in the pic) will be hosting this open mic night. Check him out at .

This is held in conjunction with our Tuesday Night College special where showing a college ID gets you $1 off specialty drinks!



Ruckus Open Mic Tuesdays, 2233 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, NC. They say this: “What’s up all my music makin’ friends out there. Come take the stage and show us your skills at Ruckus Open Mic Tuesdays! We have moved the start time from 10PM to 8:30PM, so the early risers can have a chance to come out and play. Acoustic acts, full bands, all genres of music, and comedians are welcome here. Live streaming to FB and high-definition recording is also available. If you’re interested in a weekend gig, come show us what ya got!



Come hone your chops and have a blast at the official Imurj Open Jam. All Imurj members and general public are invited for a night of jamming on our stellar back line of instruments. The set is fully amplified and mixed. Grab a beer or a soda and experience the creative process.

Zero stakes art making is a relaxing community get together that takes place during Open Jam. Gather around the round table of art supplies, crafts and art scraps to make zero-stakes art with your friends and make new friends. Build community relationships and share your stories over a drink or two, while listening to local performers.

Bring supplies to donate to Imurj’s community pool of art and craft supplies. The more we pool together, the more we can create!

Imurj, 300 S McDowell St, Raleigh, North Carolina



Pickled Onion Restaurant & Bar, 10750 Wakefield Commons Drive, Raleigh, NC., offers an open mic night hosted by Chris Overstreet. Sign up starts at 9 pm and music gets started at 9:30 so come out and show them your best.







The triangles longest running blues jam is gearing up for the holiday’s. The Pre-Turkey Day jam is always one of our favorites. Stop in and hang out with old friends and meet some new ones. The music is always great and you never know who will show up. Music runs 7:30-11pm.





There is an open Mic Night at The Goat & Compass, located at 710 N 4th St.
Wilmington, North Carolina. Music starts at 7 pm and plays all night, so stop out and show them what you have Wilmington area jammers. This event is hosted by Eric Miller and presented by Hourglass Studios.

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Wednesday’s Jams

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.


There is an open mic each Wednesday evening at LaRosa Italian Restaurant Bar & Lounge. This weekly event is hosted by local rocker Justin Hargett and gets started at 10 pm. All jammers are welcome to come out and take part. LaRosa’s is located at 1503 Glenburnie, Rd., New Bern, NC.



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, located at 559 3rd St, Ayden, North Carolina.




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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Live Music Options

Wednesday, November 22, 2017




Suitcase is being featured on stage tonight from 8:30 – 10:30 pm at The Southside Beer Garden & Bottle Shop. This is the official after-party of The Genuine show at Washington Park Barber Shop; music starts at 8:30 and goes until 10:30pm.

Suitcase is a songwriting and performing project out of North Carolina. While piano, bass and percussion form the bones of the group, so much more colors the recordings. Don Jenkins and Joe Tappe have been honing their partnership for years, a partnership aspiring to the synthesis of the great partnerships of the past. With Travis Williams on the bass, Suitcase continues to define its voice.



Dale Bryce, Michael Hart, Joey Stultz & Chet Nichols are The Wilson Super Group known as The Repeat Offenders and they’re gonna bring the house down at Ace’s Ale House, 3710 B Peppermill Drive, Wilson, NC, this Thanksgiving Eve!!! Bring all of your friends & family for three hours of incredible music!!!




Growler Grlz offers the live music of Sayer McShane Show. Music plays from 7-10 pm. So call your friends and make Thanksgiving Eve and music the new trend of your holiday traditions. Come enjoy the live music on the patio. Located at 4810 Hope Valley Rd, Ste 110, Durham, NC.



Justin West will offer the Pre-thanksgiving grooves at Crossroads Grill & Bar, located at
8136 NC Highway 55 W, Seven Springs, NC. Music plays from 9pm til 1 am.






Halen Skyes will be live from 8 – 11 pm at
Goldsboro Brew Works, 207 North John St, Goldsboro, NC. Come enjoy the acoustic offering and great beer too.







Come enjoy the music of Blue English this Thanksgiving Eve at The Flying Shamrock Irish Pub & Restaurant, 115 N John St,
Goldsboro, NC. Come enjoy the great taste of Irish fare, great beer selections and drink specials to wash it down. Music plays from 8 pm til 11 pm. This is a free show, so call friends and make a night of it !








Aaron Hamm & Jonathan Parker will team up for a Pre-Turkey Day treat, as they offer the grooves to the crowd at Pitchers, located at 485 Surles Rd, Benson, NC. They will deliver the sounds that make you boot scoot from 8 pm til midnight





The Wicked Shimmies will be rocking The Red Room, located at 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC. Music plays from 10 pm til 2 am. There is a $5.00 music charge payable at the door.




The Johnson Boys will provide the music for the folks that gather this evening at The Mad Boar, 111 River Village Pl, Wallace, NC. Music is offered from 7-10 pm and this show is free. Feel free to tip the music makers and make sure they know you are grateful for their good time music..



Adam Hill Band returns to Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern for the second annual Thanksgiving Eve Party. This rocking outfit is a three-piece out of Lenoir County, that offers a great mix of originals as well as covers including all thing rock, blues and southern rock. Come meet Adam Hill on guitar and vocals, Gordy George on bass and vocals, and Cecil Pittman Jr on drums and vocals. They rock ya from 9 pm til 12am



The Feral Cats are host of the only Pre-Thanksgiving party in New Bern. The four piece ensemble will be live on the patio at Circa 1810 Restaurant & Bar at Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. They give up the grooves from 8-11 pm. For those curious about this outside music venue…they have heaters to keep you warm.




Bryan Mayer Band will be on stage to rock the crowd right into Thanksgiving, when they perform at SALT 325, Mangrove Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. Music plays from 9 pm til midnight and they do charge a $7 music charge at the door. Doors open at 8 pm.



I found a couple of live music events taking place tomorrow night around Greenville, NC. First up I found that Austin Jordan will be performing for us as well as a few other artists at Kickback Jack’s, 420 Red Banks Rd, Greenville, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and ends about 10 pm.




Tiebreakers Sports Bar and Grill 1920 Smythewyck Dr, Ste B, Greenville, NC will be hosting their First Annual Thanksgiving Eve Party with Spare Change, NC’s # 1 party band, who will give up the grooves from 10 pm til 1 am.


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Live Music Events

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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:

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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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