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~ On The Scene With Tracey Stones ~


Tracey Stones with Cuz'n Kirk Blues Band
Tracey Stones on the scene for NCMZ.LIVE. Chillin’ with party band Cuz’n Kirk at Harvey Mansion


Last night I caught six bands at six venues in two counties and two cities.  There is live music all around us and I hope this blog encourages you to get out to support these players that spend their weekends working to ensure our good time. Life is so short and precious. Try not to let stress rule the roost and take some time to dance.

First up,  I stopped out at the Harvey Mansion where I ran into Paul Picard who was rocking the grooves on the patio from 8-11 pm. Located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC; the bar and restaurant serves music each weekend on the patio.

Still on tip for this weekend you will find Jake Potter a fun and talented stringer from Raleigh, NC tonight from 8-11 pm. Also on the menu this weekend is the skilled and sick stylings of Justin Castellano live on the patio from 5-8 pm Sunday.



Next up I stopped by the Thirsty Bruin located at 224 Middle Street, New Bern, NC to check out Wick Wickline. He is always fun and entertaining. Last night he rocked the Bruin from 8-10:30 pm. Delightful to my heart I was there when people were giving up tips without a tip jar…that makes my heart swell.

Wick Wickline will be back in New Bern next week when he rocks on the patio at Harvey Mansion next Saturday from 8-11 pm. Come out and enjoy a great night of groovy music.Mid September he will be heading to Off the Hook with his band The BiPolar Express who will play live on the deck on September 16, 2017. Come out and get rocked from 9:30 pm -1:30 am. Both places offer a great menu for eating and great staff to serve you! Make a plan to support live music soon.


  My third stop last night was at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC where I got to take in the sounds of the talented stringer Cecil Gilkin who rocked the room from 7-10 pm. Tonight he will be rocking it up with his band Wild Blue at The Dockhouse Restaurant located on the waterfront in Beaufort. Music Starts at 9 pm.

Tonight at The Brown Pelican you can enjoy the fun and original sounds of the talented Spencer Scholes who will rock you from 8-11 pm. This show is free and the club is private, so come by and become a member. Memberships are only $1.00 and the music is awesome each week. Come have a drink and dance.


My final stop in New Bern last night was to check in with New Bern based original rockers, Bearfoot Monty who opened the night and shared the bill with Arson Daily at Live at The City Laundry. Located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC doors opened at 7 pm and the show opened with our own Bearfoot Monty who are getting stoked about recording and releasing their first EP. Helping them with their efforts are Arson Daily who came to us a couple years back on the Bernaroo Train which now carries both acts by way of conductors at GEM Productions.

If you missed last night’s performance you still have a chance to catch these bands together. Tonight they will be rocking the college kids in Greenville, NC at Crossbones Tavern located at 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC. Come at 8, music starts at 9 pm. Merchandise is available at shows and all money goes to future recordings. I encourage you to take your support of live music to the next level and buy merchandise to contribute to future studio efforts. Buy a shirt for you and a friend’s birthday! On a budget, purchase a sticker. Thanks for your help, Signed, Bands everywhere!

Tonight at Live at The City laundry they offer a night of live comedy. Come out and laugh…here is what you will find:

Waynger Wick is a Raleigh-based improv team formed in January 2016. The team blends engaging character exploration with fast-paced vignettes. Cast includes Gus Allen, Michelle Corbitt, Jason Christ, and Brian Thacker. Showtime 8pm
$7.00 Cover


My fourth stop on the night took me to North Street Pub & Eatery to feed with some Feral Cats. The rocking blues act is based out of Kinston and offered sounds to fans from 8-11 pm. Tonight is fight night at the pub and food is always great and service attentive.

The Feral Cats will be back to delight New Bern fans in a couple weeks when the rock our blues away on Saturday September 9, 2017 on the patio at Harvey Mansion. Be on hand then from 8-11 pm to dance. To keep up with the band visit their website at

 Feral Cats Band



My final stop of the evening was The Red Room located at 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC. I went there to meet and listen to Mason Jar Bonfire.  They were a huge part of last weekend’s benefit for our areas Veteran’s and I was unable to return to the event for day two to catch the band. But I tell BC, the keyboard player that I would return this week for sure to give this band the shout out they deserve.

Offering lots of current country grooves and some familiar rock and pop tunes, they kept the ground moving and shaking from 10 pm til 2 am. When the band went on break we guitarist and singer, Charlie Smith and I caught up some on last week’s event and talked about future plans for the same event next year. Smith said they would like to do it again, but maybe not in August and maybe without changing the structure some so that it is more family affordable. Carolina Woodstock was organized to raise money and attention to our area’s Veterans and Veteran Groups in our area. So much local talent donated their time to rock the Lenoir County Fairgrounds, The ideas for the event were all good, but the organization and advertising and promotions were not the best possible. Maybe next year we can help to change that.

For fans of rockin’ country grooves check out the Lenoir County based band out on Facebook by following this link:

Mason Jar Bonfire on Facebook

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~ Jammin’ For Big Jim ~

I made mention last night that I wanted to start a fundraising campaign to help the Kohler Family, due to the outpouring of support I have set up a Facebook Fundraiser that can be shared for the next year with family and friends . I woke up so inspired by the conversations I had last night with our sweet and amazing music community. I decided it might be a great opportunity to start a foundation. One that will get Jim Kohler backup and on his feet while recovering from a long bout with alcoholism.

Please share this Fundraiser with all your friends:


Sadly his story is only one of many that exist so, if we can help him, maybe we can make it something to help others as well. I believe in dreaming big so I was hoping you will dream with me and share Jim’s story with all your friend and family. We all appreciate your prayers, love and support in this difficult time.

Tomorrow afternoon/early evening I will be on the patio listening to the sweet sounds of one of Jim’s best friend’s, Justin Castellano from 5-8 pm. I will be meeting with family friends, musicians, business owners and anyone else who would like to be a part of this big movement for Big Jim. If you can’t make it tomorrow, no worries, there is plenty of time to get involved and I can be reached at 318-789-6929 to talk about your contribution, anytime.

~ Open Mic Madness ~

For fans of open mic, I am here to remind you that tonight is the fourth Saturday of the month which means Open Mic at Trent River Coffee Company.  Located at 208 Craven St., New Bern, NC is month event attracts a lot of our area’s talented players for a great night of eclectic offerings. Music plays from 6:30-9:30 pm.

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Answering the Call

New Bern is not the only place to find music! Each week I ask where everyone is playing in the days ahead…here is what the fine folks told me this week:

22 August at 18:13

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The Link for Live Music Options Happening throughout NC

If you have Facebook you can search the many music events happening throughout the state by clicking on:

Happy Dancing

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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!

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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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