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On The Scene With Tracey Stones

On Saturday night I headed out to enjoy a night of fun grooves with the New Bern based jam band, Hot Buttered Grits, who gave up a fun three hours of music for fans that gathered at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at The Harvey Mansion. The five member band features several area jammers, including guitarist, John Johndrow, bassist Chris Buttitta and mandolin player, Seth Smith and the back beat of New Bernian Zach Meadows. Singer and guitarist Howard Longino is the only player that commutes from Raleigh to jam.

They will be getting together this coming weekend and heading to Oriental for a show this Saturday at The New Village Brewery and Taproom, at 702 Broad St, Oriental, North Carolina from 7:00pm to 9:00 pm. Come out and sample the tap room’s delicious selection of beverages and rock with The Grits.

Here is the full details on this fun pause for the cause during this Holiday Season:

If you’re planning to be in Oriental for Spirit of Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 9th, be sure to include a visit to the The New Village Brewery & Taproom. Following the Spirit of Christmas parade (which starts at 1pm along Broad St. & Hodges),

The New Village Brewery & Taproom is holding a BBQ fundraiser for PAMLICO ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY (PAWS) and its New Leash on Life Program.

A portion of the proceeds from beer sales over the course of the day will be donated to PAWS ($1 for every pint sold on Dec. 9th). The event will include:
3 to 5 pm: Meet & Greet with adoptable dogs

5 to 7 pm: Eastern NC BBQ & Potluck

7 to 9 pm: Live music by Hot Buttered Grits

Patrons can donate to PAWS directly during the event in addition to applying for adoption!

Please RSVP for this event to receive updates, including which brews we’ll have on tap and more. ~ Cheers

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Live Music Options for

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Live at City Laundry, 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC, offers the cool jazz sounds of David Robinson this evening, with music being offered now until 9:30 pm. Come enjoy the tastes from the new menu and soothing jazz to wash it all down.


22221905_10155402722925073_530716527066533738_nTonight is the start of four nights of live music on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at The Harvey Mansion, located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. Come out and enjoy the sounds of Dueling Pianos tonight from 7-11 pm. Enjoy the coziness of outside entertainment under the tent, with heaters to heat the body and music to warm the soul.


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It is Open Mic Madness this evening at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. They opens their doors to live music three nights a week, beginning with their weekly open mic, which starts with sign up at 7:30 pm and music at 8 pm. All levels and players are welcome, so pack the gig bag and call your friends and display your talent tonight!



Checking things out at the coast it’s a pause for the cause for Boxers. So if you are down around that way, come help these dogs by attending Bourbon for Boxers, hosted by Carolina Beach Bar Club at SeaWitch Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Beach Ave Carolina Beach, NC. Come enjoy live music from 7-10 pm plus raffles and prizes.


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Come join us for superb live jazz of The John Ray Trio, in one of the best listening rooms in town! The Southside Beer Garden and Bottle Shop, 2108 South Broad St., Winston-Salem, North Carolina; provides an excellent atmosphere with the kind of weathered, wooden acoustics found in the best jazz venues in the world. Not to mention their fine, curated beer selection and state-of-the-art draught system. This venue is a pleasure to play at and to relax and listen.


22448203_10154886281916615_7880868304516276243_n On a night off during Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2015 Europe tour, fellow bandmates Tim Lefebvre (bass), Kebbi Williams (sax), JJ Johnson (drums), and Tyler Greenwell (drums) convened at the intimate A-Trane in Berlin, for a special one-off evening of improvised music to form what is now known as Whose Hat Is This?

Fearless musical exploration. The two-headed monster drum duo of JJ Johnson & Tyler “The Falcon” Greenwell, along with bassman Tim Lefebvre and sax man extraordinaire Kebbi “The Wolf” Williams, equals ELECTRIFYING FREE JAZZ!!!

Tonight you can check this show out at Lincoln Theatre. Doors open at 7. Come enjoy a magical night of jazz.


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Michael’s Showside Grill, located at 102 N Pine St, Spring Hope, North Carolina, offers the music of Josh Adams this evening from 7-10 pm. This is a free show and dinner is served as well.


For those that wish to take a pause for the cause and help out a music maker in need, I offer this…

24837249_1424560580985775_4976171178240892774_oOn November 21st in DC while his band The Veldt was on tour with Modern English, Daniel had his guitar pedals stolen. The Wake Forest Listening Room and Sugar Magnolia Cafe are teaming up to do a special show where (hopefully) he can make enough money to buy a new set of pedals. Please come out and support this legendary NC singer/songwriter.

The Veldt background:

Daniel and Danny Chavis are natives of Raleigh/ Chapel Hill, North Carolina and East Village residents for the past 28 years. They are also co-founders of the groundbreaking band The Veldt, who lifted their band’s name from a Ray Bradbury science fiction story. Musically reared in the church and juke-joints of their native southern state, the twins have been performing since they were children, listening to music that included gospel, Motown and Pink Floyd. In March, they, together with bassist/programmer Hayato Nakao, return to their roots with the release of The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation Mixtape EP.

The first single is the emotionally wrought Sanctified, a ballad that perfectly captures the lush sound of Danny’s screeching guitars and decibel-breaking distortion, along with Daniel’s soulful wail and Hayato Nakao’s deep bass grooves and guitar feedback, the track serves as the perfect re-introduction to this dynamic band. The title The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur was borrowed from an E.E. Cummings poem. Its raging sound was influenced equally by the emotional soul of Marvin Gaye, free jazz warriors Sun Ra and Pharaoh Sanders, various Drake hip-hop tracks, and their own fertile electric imagination.

In their early days, the Chavis brothers making a name for themselves playing throughout the south at a time when fellow southerners REM and Superchunk were securing major label deals. As more black rock bands (Living Colour, 24/7 Spyz) began selling records and gigging throughout the world, The Veldt was courted by various labels, including IRS Records and Capitol.

Initially signed to Capitol Records in 1989, The Veldt embarked on a musical journey that changed their lives. Soon, they were in the studio with dream-gaze guru Robin Guthrie working on their initial recordings, playing American concert halls with Cocteau Twins and The Jesus and Mary Chain, and recording Marigolds with Lincoln Fong (Moose).

The Veldt were a sensation from the start, as they became a part of a movement of innovators who came of musical age at a time when rhythmic rebels were reflective, gritty and wild. Their sound inspired future generations of alternative artists, including TV On the Radio.

They switched labels and Mercury Records released Afrodisiac in 1994, produced by (The Sundays, Bjork, Sugarcubes). Their single Soul in a Jar was an underground hit.

As the brothers moved to expand their musical language, fusing more electronics into their soundscape, they retired the “Veldt” name and, for various reasons, began recording and touring under the name Apollo Heights. In 1999, the Chavis brothers met bassist Hayato Nakao, who would become their permanent partner. Their music was loud, exploring color, space, sensuality and beat driven melodies with rhythmic and dynamic tension. Daniel’s falsetto vocals cast a contrast upon the wall of sound created by Danny’s heavy rock, dreamscape guitar and Hayato’s pounding and licentious beats.

Although The Veldt had signed to two major labels after leaving Mercury Records in 1995, the brothers decided to remain indie and self-released their 2008 album White Music for Black People. “The major labels were always trying to get us to change our sound, our look or both,” Daniel laughs. “But, we had no interest in being the next Lenny Kravitz or Tony! Toni! Toné! Unfortunately, not everyone shared our vision. We weren’t trying to be rock stars, we just want to play our music and pay our rent.”

Apart from Robin Guthrie and A.R. Kane, they have collaborated with TV On The Radio, Mos Def and Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite), and have shared the stage with My Bloody Valentine, The Pixies, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis, Living Colour and TV on the Radio, among others.

Come out tonight from 7-9 pm at  Sugar Magnolia Cafe, 219 South White Street, Wake Forest, NC.


23213470_2056998764530831_7894606928561405162_oLorraine’s Coffee House & Music,
101 Timber Pointe Ln, Garner, North Carolina, offers a free music event tonight featuring the house band.. Cone out and enjoy the music from 7:30-9:30 pm

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Holiday Music Offerings


Come watch as Triangle Town Center brings to life Creekside Cafe’s (food court) entrance, with twinkling lights and festive music, every night now until December 24 from 6pm until close (the show is every half hour). It’s a beautiful sight you don’t want to miss! Triangle Town Center, 5959 Triangle Town Blvd,Raleigh.



Join us as we celebrate the holiday season, with performances from Onslow County School music programs. Each night, several schools will perform to entertain guests and holiday shoppers. Stop by to support Onslow County Schools and hear some lovely music! Marine Chevrolet Cadillac will offer music tonight,  from 6-9 pm.


20017637_10154832205547914_739107720984585802_oJacksonville High School (North Carolina) opens its doors this evening for North Carolina Symphony Jacksonville Holiday Pops with the program starting at 7 pm. To check out with the Holiday Pops are coming your way, be sure to check out the website for the North Carolina Symphony at



Theatre In the Park: a Christmas Carol is being  Hosted by Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The show starts at 7 pm and it is playing throughout the season. For tickets to a show soon follow this link:

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Open Mic Madness


Rob Alford’s Open Mic Night Invitational: takes place each Thursday evening at Ace’s Ale House, located at 3710 B Peppermill Drive, Wilson, NC.

From 8pm-11pm, musicians will perform, collaborate and entertain. Every performer’s name will be put in a pot for the chance to win their choice of multiple instruments. Please make sure to come in and sign up to entertain us at 8:00. Rob Alford will be choosing a winner at 11:00.



It is a weekly acoustic or electric open mic night at Korner Pocket Sports Bar and Grille. Music plays from 8pm til midnight and here are the details:

Acoustic / Electric Open Mic / Open Jam every Thursday night. Drum kit will be set up so come solo or bring the band! We want to hear you! Bring some friends and enjoy our dance floor and good food. Hope to see you there!



There is an open mic event at Bud’s Tavern, 823 Youngsville Blvd, Youngsville, NC, in conjunction with their deck party. The fun happens tonight from 6:30-9 pm. All are welcome to come on out for FOOD (burgers, dogs, wings, peppers and more!) grilled up and ready to accompany a great night of music! Professional PA and lighted stage will be waiting for your talent!

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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

December 5 at 7:14pm

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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!

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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:

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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