NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options & News ~ Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wednesday’s Wonders

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There is an event that is fast approaching that is very important for the community of New Bern to know about and embrace. Barn Bash for Promise Place is going down at the Battens Farm on Old Airport Road, in New Bern NC. This is the Third Annual  Party at the Barn for this non profit organization located in New Bern, NC and it is all happening on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

This is a charity fundraiser with all proceeds going to Promise Place, a Rape Crisis Center serving Craven, Jones and Pamlico Counties. Tickets for the event are $50 per person and can be purchased at Promise Place which is located at 1401 Park Ave, New Bern. The night includes live music, great food and amazing raffles that will wheel in money for a great cause.

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A big thank you is in order for the Top Sponsors who include Trent Cadillac, Trader Construction, Tysinger Promotions, Coldwell Banker Willis Smith and our town’s famed author, Nicholas Sparks. Many other community hands will join together for this event to raise awareness of the important work being done at Promise Place.

The menu includes appetizers, barbecue chicken and pork along with coleslaw, potato salad, Mac n Cheese, beans, banana pudding and other delicious for dessert plus beer wine and tea to drink.  This is an over 21 event. Doors open at 5.

When I asked the gracious hostess, Wendy Batten what auction items were up for grabs and she sent me back this amazing list that simply warmed my heart: The item going up for auction include a Lake Tahoe condo, an Myrtle Beach condo, Offshore Fishing trips, Duck & Turkey Hunts, Signed Carolina Panthers Football, Limo rides to look at Christmas lights w/ bonuses. Concealed & Carry Classes, Ballroom Dancing Classes, Ladies Kickboxing Classes. Bowling Passes, Theater Tickets. DPAC Tickets, Walnut Creek Tickets. Grill Man Grill, Original Art, Two 2-night getaways; one in Oriental & one at River Dunes too, a Cabin in Tennessee Mountains. Billboards to fishing rods to watches; we have it all!!

It sure sounds like it! On the bill for the night you can enjoy the grooves of The Merchant’s Road

For years, I served as a board member for this organization. I even served as their President for a short time 2014-2015. They are my personal charity of choice and I stand behind all of their efforts in healing the victims of rape and sexual abuse or assault. They raise awareness about the crisis we face in the community where sexual assault is prevalent; even if nobody wants to talk about it. They offer counseling services, advocacy and education via community outreach. They train daycare centers, parents, churches and institutions about the reality of sexual assault. They help victims heal and become victors of their own lives!

Above are photos from the First and Second Annual Events. This year is going to be awesome. I look forward to being on site volunteering again this year with many gracious friends.

I ask everyone to stand with me in supporting this non profit that does incredibly important work, They need your donations throughout the year, but this is the one event that helps keep their services and operation growing and expanding . For more information on how you can help or to find out more about Barn Bash give Promise Place a call a 252-636-3381.


Family Trees are Hard to Follow Unless They Are Musical Cuzin’s


On Monday I told you that I caught up with the reformed Cuzin’s when they played live at Triple Play Restaurant, marking the trio’s New Bern debut!

Talking to guitar man Les Wetherington since the show, he reminded me that his friend  Pete Huttlinger who passed away last year after a long illness, originally started the band years ago. Since his death his band mates reunited in the hopes of making music while honoring their friend’s memory.

The band won’t be signing up for a lot of dates. They plan to get together for three to four shows each year. However, two of the remaining members are working on a duo and expect to bring their show to the people in the next several weeks. Look for Cyn-Les Cuzin’s live around town soon.


Live Music Options For Wednesday, August 31~

Around the Region


Psylo Joe will be appearing live tonight at Umbrella Market in Downtown Greenville. Showtime is 5pm! This is a free concert. So come shopping and dance!

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For folks around the Pittsboro area, Bob Carlin will offer a lecture at Chatham Community Library, located at 197 NC Highway 87 N, Pittsboro. His presentation “Piedmont String Band Music; the African American Connection,” gets started at 6 PM, it’s free and open to the public.

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The Silo’s Restaurant located at 1111 Broad St., Oriental, NC hosts an open mic night each Wednesday! Pack your gig bag and be on hand between 7-10 pm to join in the fun.

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Around Town, New Bern


John Morgan, bar manager and bartender  also welcomes jammers to Open Mic Night each Wednesday at Mesh Sports Lounge located at 2500 Trent Rd., New Bern. Music starts at 8 and jams until the players go home! Come on out and support local music.

Well kids that is the wrap on what’s good  ahead and all that is happening tonight. Thanks for reading and please enjoy the dance!

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Tracey Stones

I am a writer and a dreamer; a mover and a shaker. I am self motivated to work and write my way through life. I am a mother and a business owner. I have been a music journalist and a band manager as well over the years. No matter what I do, life stays interesting and writing about it keeps me sane. My favorite subject is music! Support live music is the theme! Appreciation for the artists will be in focus! This is the North Carolina Music Zone! Welcome and thank you for supporting live music! Please share this site with your friends so we can all enjoy the dance. Thank you.

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