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Holiday Offerings with Live Music mentioned herein…


On The Scene With Tracey Stones

Let us all remember the kids and our wonderful Marines and the work they do collecting Toys for Tots. It is officially the season of giving with #GivingTuesday now in our wake and Christmas straight ahead, so bring an unwrapped toy to a stop near you!


Last night I headed out to see the Craven Community Concert Band‘s Annual Holiday Concert. The event took place at Grover C Fields Middle School. The holiday program  was just over an hour in length, conducted mostly by Mitchell Martin. One song, “Greensleeves”  however, was led by the hands of Gene Jones,

The band featured six flutes, five trumpets, three tubas, two oboes, five french horns, nine clarinets, two alto sax players, two tenor sax players, two bass clarinets, two euphoniums, eight trombones and five percussions players on one stage.

They opened the show with crowd participation and the Star Spangled Banner and they ended it on a Christmas Sing Along. Between those numbers they offered nine other songs to delight the near full auditorium of appreciators, The program was narrated by Robert Womack.

Here is the band performing “In the Christmas Mood,” a nice medley of Christmas offerings arranged by John Wasson

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More Holiday Music Offerings

‘Tis the season for holiday shows and celebrations, so here is a list of some of the holiday shows that are coming your way around the state:



The Craven Community Chorus presents “Noel, Noel”. Join them at Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College .

The first show will be tomorrow evening at 7 pm, with another show on Saturday at 3 pm and the final performance on Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are just $5.00 and available at Fuller’s Music, Harris Teeter, Bank of The Arts, Kitchen on Trent or at the door



A wonderful theatre production of the Charles Dickens tale of Scrooge and the meaning of Christmas will take place this holiday season at The Rivertowne Players Theater located at 514 Hancock St., New Bern, NC,

They  hope you and your whole family can come out and enjoy this delightful new musical! Tickets are going fast so don’t miss out! Also, would like to give a huge thank you to our Title Sponsor Hyundai of New Bern!

Tickets are available online (search New Bern), Bank of the Arts and SnapDragon Toys in downtown New Bern.

The event will show On Dec 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 15 and 16. Most showtimes are 8 pm except for the two Sunday performances which take place at 3 pm on December 3 and 10.



On Friday December 1, 2017  UNC Wilmington’s Early Music Consort performs at Tryon Palace. “Chamber Music by Candlelight” offers the unique and rare opportunity to enjoy the Council Chamber in the Governor’s Palace. Gently lit by candles and decorated for the holidays, while listening to a variety of period pieces performed on Renaissance and Baroque instruments.

Join us after the performance at the Commission House for a reception,with sparkling conversation, holiday cheer and a sneak peek at this year’s beautiful holiday decor. Sweet treats, wine and coffee will be served.

Palace doors will open at 6:30PM. Please enter the grounds through the gate located on Eden Street.

Tickets: $50

Online tickets will be available until Thursday, Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, Dec. 1 at the North Carolina History Center until 4 p.m. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the gate before the event. Limited seating available.




Nashville folk/pop duo Jenny & Tyler present the Christmas Stories Tour, featuring special guest Jess Ray, a “friendly folk” artist and Raleigh native. The evening will feature songs and stories from both artists and highlight the relationship between Christmas and justice, as demonstrated by the anti-slavery work of International Justice Mission (IJM). IJM is a D.C. based non-profit that has set over 25,000 people free from human trafficking and secured over 1,100 convictions against traffickers. Hear Christmas Stories on Spotify here.

$12 Students
$15 General Admission
$35 VIP
VIP experience includes: a private acoustic performance, Q&A, photo, autographed poster, $5 off merch ticket, & early entry.

Come out and be a part of this special night on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Imurj is located at 300 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC. For tickets follow this link:



Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer The Musical is now showing at  Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets and showtimes please follow the EventBrite link for tickets and showtimes:




The West Craven Middle School Band will offer their Holiday Spectacular this Monday, December 4, 2017 at West Craven High School, located at 2600 Streets Ferry Rd, Vanceboro, NC. The concert starts at 7 pm






Raleigh Concert Band will offer the music at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 between 5-6 pm at North Carolina State Capitol, 1 E Edenton St., Raleigh, NC.



Come enjoy the sound of beautiful Christmas music on Friday December 8, 2017  with the Beaufort County Choral Society. 

This event will take place at Arts of the Pamlico (Turnage Theater) 150 W Main St.
Washington, North Carolina. It is free to the public and donations are graciously accepted and concessions will be for sale.



The River City Ringers will perform on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Turnage Theater Arts of the Pamlico, 150 W Main St., Washington, NC.

Holiday music by the River City Ringers with a handbell soloist and a Carol sing-a-long with the audience.

The concert is free, but donations will graciously be accepted.

Concessions including popcorn, beer, wine, soda, coffee and candy will be for sale during the event.



North Carolina Symphony will bring Holiday Pops to the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.  To get your tickets to this show or to find out when they will be in your area, follow the link to their website:

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Open Mic Madness

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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City Soul Cafe Open Mic is the hottest open mic in the Triangle. Now at Noir Raleigh, 425 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC.

For the 5th Wednesday, they are introducing a very special tradition for the audience, “Last Poet Standing!” This is a friendly competition, where poets go head to head for a prize. The audience decides who advances to the next round, Apollo style. Anyone can participate. You can read or recite your poem. Any style of poem is welcome. The goal is to connect with the crowd and advance! Pairings are done randomly.

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Live Music Options

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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This Wednesday at Salvage Station,
468 Riverside Dr. Asheville, NC, is going to offer the super soulful & funky, with original tunes written by Ryan RnB Barber! Open jam after the first set, music starts at 8pm!!






Live music will be offered tonight at the Pine Tree Bar & Grill of Winston-Salem, where they will serve the sounds of C J Ballard from 7-10 pm tomorrow evening.





The Corner Tavern and Grill offers the acoustic sounds of Ashlar Sargent, live tonight from 7-10 pm. So if you find yourself around the Cary area, stop by the Corner Tavern for a drink and great music.






Heads Up Penny delivers the tunes to My Way Tavern, 522 St Marys St, Raleigh, NC. This show is free and starts at 8 pm

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Live Music Events Around the State

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 the 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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