One of the things I am fast learning about the blog business is, that there are so many facets and angles to work and I am only one girl. That means it is time for a call to action. It’s pretty simple, I need your help. This should not be a surprise, after all it was you that brought me back to the music. Therefore, your importance to the development of this site should remain a part of the mission. I know I most enjoy rolling from place to place and capturing all of the action. I also like putting that experience to words to entice others to come out, the next time a particular artist is playing near you.
The North Carolina Music Zone is a service I created for our music community, to use as a promotions outlet. This is where I dream our many talented artists will become known for their skills and share their gifts and blessings of music with the world. This is a tough business with a lot of paying dues along the way. I don’t care if you play the blues or boot scoot to country songs, I just know it is one of the hard ways to make a living and I am grateful to each and every player that does. From that gratitude grows a mission to put each of you in the best light for others to meet.
I would love to make this more of a community effort however and incorporate other opinions and writers into the mix. I am creating new ways to effectively promote us all. I now have this forum open for advertising with rates that are affordable and in a place where your ad makes sense. If you are playing or hosting live music it seems like an effective investment to advertise where music appreciators will see what you are doing.
I need creative volunteers who would like to take a chance on working themselves into a paid position. Blogging can be lucrative and my dreams and goals for this site are endless. It actually keeps me up at night, as I get so excited about the future and all we are going to do for the music makers in our state. My visions of it all are clear and defined. I know it will become the best product, when we have several writers and an ad team on board. I think there is room for everyone and in my world there is no competition. I am a writer that promotes music…if you are too, we need to talk. I am a photographer who enjoy depicting the music scene from the side of any stage. If you enjoy capturing live music, call me. We should promote your efforts here. I am a lover and promoter of live music. You too!!! Well, let’s meet and see what we can create with all of our talents at work.
The future is wide open here at Tracey Stones Productions and NCMZ.LIVE. It is time to dream and see where we can go from here. If you’d like to become a part of the team, reach out and tell me how you’d like to help. I need assistance with adding events to the calendar, I need people who can create ad copy, I want to promote those that do the same work as I do, so to promote those they are capturing, This is going to be a big stage filled with awesome NC talent on display for the world.
Interested parties can find me on Facebook or shoot me an email. All of that information is at the end of this piece. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
It has been another stellar weekend of great live music all over the state of North Carolina. I started things off this Friday by checking in with my side project. Adam Hill Band was rocking The Flying Shamrock in Goldsboro, NC.
The band has scaled back on live shows to practice some new songs and change things up for the year ahead. With the holidays now behind us and several new songs added, the band is ready to get back on stage and giving you the face-melting rock that thrills your soul. On Friday they offered the folks at The Flying Shamrock a fun show to set the weekend off on the right foot. They had the dance floor packed and people smiling as they danced to the music. To keep up with the band check them out at…
On Saturday night I started things off at Trent River Coffee Company. Besides enjoying a wonderful cappuccino prepared by the owner, Ed Ruiz, I was treated to a fine set of great music thanks to a trio of blues players. Two of the players hailed from Wilmington, NC, coming this way to play with local talent and world music extraordinaire, Simon Spalding. He met Dave Thompson and Arthur Shuey in the ocean city many years ago. The trio get together on occasion for shows like the one which delighted us last night. Covering everything from rock to the blues, it is always a good time to walk in on a Stones selection and leave on a Muddy Waters number.
From Nebula came to New Bern last night. This quartet of funk fusion rockers from the Crystal Coast, brought the energy and their warm vibes to Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion. Currently working on putting together social media pages. This band is on their way to making a name for themselves. It is fun to watch them and easy to groove along to their music too. They offer a blend of reggae vibes with fusion beats and rock overtones to offer a unique sound to the audience.
These four music brothers have all played together before, but this is a new project for them. What is clear from the stage, they are enjoying this new mix of energy. The band features the talents of Delancy Loftus on lead guitar, trumpet, harmonica and vocals, Irish Robinson on acoustic and vocals, Jared Cain in on drums and Skyler Lehman is the bass-man keeping it all in the pocket.
Currently the band is booking the 2018 music season, so if you are in need of fun, funky fusion with great energy, be sure to reach out to Irish Robinson on Facebook to bring them to your place this year.
My next stop brought me to the dirty bird, better known as The Brown Pelican, it was Hank Barbee and the Dust Parade offering the clean sounds of surfadelic rock sounds with folk inspired soul singing. Barbee brought all his pedals, as well as the full band featuring Logan Watson on drums, Matt Henderson on bass and James Durham on the horns and supporting vocals. Barbee offers up the songs and plays a mean guitar too. It is always a treat to find this player in New Bern. To keep up with his schedule you can visit, shop and find out more about this artist here:
My last stop of the night brought me to Jacksonville, NC, where Adam Hill was sharing the stage with country crooner Ryan Cain. The two players split the night at Country Time Bar, by each playing a full set of fun and familiar music. Hill added to the night’s glory with the flavorings of his original tunes and adding the cherry on top was that fiery new friend of mine, Fairlight Moriah. She offered a little bit of Soulshine which only left them begging for more. Before the night was out, all three of the artists shared in one song, as we all got drunk with their offering of “Tennessee Whiskey.”
For those looking to learn more about Cain be sure to give his music page on Facebook a like by checking this link…
Fans of Adam Hill can keep up with his career by visiting
For those that are falling in love with Fairlight Moriah and her bright beam of talent, be sure to keep it here. It will be my pleasure to help her set up a new online stage, so that the world can delight in her talent.
Come enjoy a great night of music with New Bern’s own country star, Bryan Mayer live on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion.
“With his towering height and powerful voice, Bryan Mayer, is making a BIG impact on the Country Music scene. A North Carolina native, the 6’7” singer/songwriter began his journey in music when he was 13. Mayer is the son of a US Marine Corps Colonel and a Navy nurse. While stationed in Quantico, VA, Bryan’s middle school music teacher suggested he play the upright bass in the school band. Being 6’1″in the 7th grade made him a natural selection.
Although Bryan enjoyed playing the bass, the lure of the front man aspect and realizing he could sing, lead him to pick up the guitar. After some impromptu performances at keg parties, at his house in college at ECU, Bryan ended up on the Carolina sands of Oak Island, NC. It was there that he started crafting his style and gutting it out in any bar, restaurant or party that would hire him. “Everyone would always tell me that I was gonna make it someday. Some wondered why I hadn’t already,” says Mayer. “I knew this is what I was put on earth to do.”
Bryan Mayer Live, on the patio will be a great way to end a weekend of great music on the patio. You are invited to enjoy supper on the patio with the best in live music. Showtime is 5-8 pm and there is n charge for this event.
To keep up with this artist be sure to check out his website http://www.bryanmayermusic.com/
Dan Jam Mondays will start the week right. Come rock your work week blues away. Starting on Monday, January 8, 2018, come enjoy supper on the patio with live music from 6:30-9:30 pm and enjoy Dan Phillips and many special guests. All players are welcome to come out and participate on stage or just dance.
This open mic style event is always special and full of talent. Phillips will be inviting different co-hosts to participate each week and looks forward to offering a fun night of music for all. Come early to sign up and enjoy supper and a delightful beverage. We are now rocking five night of live music on the patio. Be sure to come out and dance to the talents of New Bern.
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
These events and so many more are available now on the new calendar app which I posted on the side of the page and as a page tab in the menu above. Be sure to visit all of the pages and look for big changes here in the NEW YEAR!
Thanks so much for and rocking around the state with me. Come back next year for more music fun and memories shared.
That is all the news and music that I found for you tonight. Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created for said gig.
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! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!
Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug and share love. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please 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!
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