NCMZ Rocks the Beat for 300 Blogs

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

We Have Been Rocking the Beats for 300 Blogs!!!



Thank you for being here. Can you believe we have been rocking the beats for 300 Blogs? It’s true! The lights have shined, the stages have been set and the music has played. And since March 2015, we have been keeping the beats here! Thank you for being a part of the reason I keep this going! It is for the readers, the music lovers, the venues that support music, the players that rock the scene and the promoters that work so hard to make magic happen for communities that support live music.

North Carolina has a vibrant music scene with an explosion of talent filling the circuit. It has been my pleasure to introduce you to many new players along the way, as well as walking into great places throughout the journey. We have made some great memories while building a stronger music community.

It is my hope to provide quality content that stays fresh and relevant to live music scene throughout the state. I look forward to growing this blog by welcoming advertisers, supporters, and Patreons that help support my dreams and visions of living in a state with a stronger music community. I look forward to the road ahead and hope you chose to stay the course!


Big Jim Blues News


Big Jim Kohler has been performing live on stages around the country for decades. While calling New Bern, NC home, this blues slinger is now slotted to make a weekly appearance on stage at The City Stage. The band was offered two nights per month of blues done right, until recently when the owner, Chris Straight approached Kolher on being a weekly feature. You can catch the band this week for their final Tuesday appearance at City Stage, but come back next Wednesday and each additional Wednesday for your mid-week blues boost!

Big Jim has a few other dates coming up as well. Tonight he and the boys will be rocking BrUtopia from 7-10 pm. Then next weekend the Band will be taking a pause for the cause and performing for Pamlico Community College. Next week you can catch Big Jim and his blues while showing your support for education at The New Village Brewery on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Located on Broad St, Oriental. the music for this event will play from 4-7 pm.


Tan Sanders Debuts at Dirty Bird

I heard a new talent by the name of Tan Sanders last night when I walked into the Brown Pelican. This stringer is not new to the scene, as his skill sets show me he is rather seasoned. The young singer-songwriter hails from Goldsboro, NC. He offers a great variety of songs that most bands don’t often touch. I enjoyed his offerings of Southern rock by way of Little Feet, Beach music with Buffet and original grooves that locked me in. If you have never heard Tan Sanders you have a couple more opportunities to catch him this weekend. Tonight he will be offering songs tonight at Double Barley Brewing in Smithfield, NC. Music will start at 7 pm. And tomorrow you can catch him in Wilson rocking The Whirligig Festival. More details on that below.

Duzan Delights During String Change

When Sanders broke a string, he called on local string Tommy Duzan Sr., to cover the show for a song or two while he changed strings. Duzan is a popular local act hailing from the Bridgeton area. He will be rocking The Thirsty Bruin on Friday, November 16. Mark the date and come to show your support. Music plays 8-10:30 pm.



Rick Huff Rocks the Bruin


Friday night brought the music of Rick Huff to the Thirsty Bruin. This New Bern native calls Emerald Isle home these days. This singer and stringer loves to share songs with friends and fans. He will tell you it is the best job in the world. He keeps busy offering songs to many along the coast and here where his roots first formed. When not flying solo you can catch him jamming with friends and often with his daughter Jenna as well. But when that happens they bill the dream as Paid Time Off. 


Roman Sams Roll Into Town and Rock Blackbeard’s

The Roman Sams are Lenoir County’s premier classic rock band. Offering fun songs from the 60’s straight through the current day, this band rocks all genres and eras. Last night they rolled into New Bern and brought the party to Blackbeard’s Triple Play on Front Street. This band has a talented blend of players with Matthew Hart and Dave Brown on guitars, Phillip Alcock on bass, Jasmine Best backing the beats, and the namesake and front singer Samantha Holland leads the way. Based out of Kinston, they have been a great fixture for rock infused fun around our region for years. If you have not seen them yet, they have a few more shows on the calendar this year. To keep up with their news like their page on Facebook by clicking:

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Live Music Options ~ Saturday, Nov. 3

Getting Down Around Town


Downtown New Bern, NC

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First Stop James City!


Checking in with our friends at BrÜtopialocated at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC: Tonight you can come out and enjoy the sounds of Big Jim Kohler. Your favorite beer will be on tap and the best blues in town pouring from the amps. Free live music will be served from 7-10 pm.


The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts in, to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands. Tomorrow night it is the Pete Pawsey Trio returning to rock you. Live music is offered each Saturday from 8-11 pm.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. To find out who will be rocking tonight, reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


City Stage


Tonight you are invited to come out and be the star with Karaoke. Fun set to start at 7 pm. The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St, New Bern, NC. They are a private club. Sign up and become a member for $1.00.

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Cruising The Coast


Morehead City, NC

Get Amped Up with Music


Today offers a full day of great music when The North Carolina Seafood Festival and Big Rock Tournament team up to bring Amped Up for Youtilies. 

There are nine bands on this bill and all are familiar local acts.

Opening the day will be Mike Corrado from Jacksonville, NC at 11 am. Following his set Spare Change rocks you from 12 pm-1:30 pm. New Bern’s Family band, Strung Together follows up with a set of great music at 2 pm. The Spread from Morehead City will take the stage at 3 pm. Beaufort Blues Project rocks you at 4 pm, followed by the blues of Jacksonville’s own, Carolina Swamp Dogs. Offering the evening shows will be Mikele Buck from Greenville, NC at 6 pm, followed by the Band of Oz at 7 pm. Closing out the night will be the popular Bryan Mayer Band rocking from 9-10 pm.

Come out and show your support and make a donation for those affected by Florence! This event is free to attend, so pack up the kids and meet us down at the waterfront for a rocking great time.



Live at Jacks’s


Following his show at the fundraiser on the waterfront, mentioned above Mikele Buck Band, will head over to Jack’s Waterfront Bar to set up for their second coming of the night. They will be rolling out the grooves from 10 pm until 2 am.


Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop has great fun in store for you tonight, with a couple of local talents teaming up to deliver the sounds from 8:30 -11:30 pm. Come out tonight to enjoy the music of Chris Whitaker and Will Baker, who will present as The Whit and Will Show, tonight from 8:30 until 11:30 pm.


Atlantic Beach, NC


Steel Shot is slotted to play the Tipsy Turtle Tavern tonight, with music starting at 9 pm. Come out and enjoy a drink special, cold beer or glass of wine, as you relax at the beach with this fun Pamlico County duo.



Swansboro, NC


Checking things out in Swansboro, we find Hank Barbee on the schedule tonight at Church Street Deli, Pub, & Inn. The newlywed singer-songwriter will be offering his solo grooves tonight from 7-10 pm.



The Remedy is a rocking duo with good blues basics and fun time grooves. Tonight they will be offering the tunes to those that gather at The Boro Restaurant & Bar. They will be keeping the beats from 8-11 pm. Grab a date and don’t be late. Tonight is a great night for a date with music and fine food!


Rocking Around The Region

 Concord, NC

45338096_10157094062126742_5266253589981954048_n.jpgJustin Castellano will be providing the entertainment for the folks that come out for dinner tonight at Afton Wine Room. Music is served from 8-11 pm. Come early with your date for dinner and stay late for the music.


Charlotte, NC


Groove Fetish is a five-piece jam band that offers fun grooves to fans and friends around the state and beyond. They are based out of Wilmington, NC and spend much time touring the state. Bringing the fun to juke joints and music venues, it is always a good time to get caught in their groove. The play classic rock songs few bands touch, like The Rolling Stones “Loving Cup,” a rare tune an awesome groove. I also recommend getting caught up in their music. They are a talented bunch offering fun times!


Huntersville, NC


Another player that always brings the feel-good grooves to the stage is Abe Reid and his band The Spikedrivers. Tonight you can find him at Hunter House & Gardens. This is an early show with music starting at 6 pm. Come out tonight to enjoy a great night of good vibes. Reid never disappoints and always has good vibes to share.


Durham, NC

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Live on stage tonight at The Blue Note Grill will be harmonica man, Mel Melton and his Wicked Mojos. General Admission is $10 with music starting at 8 pm, the show will conclude at 11 pm. I recommend arriving early to enjoy a great supper and staying late to dance your blues away in Durham, NC.


Wilson, NC


The 14th annual North Carolina Whirligig Festival kicks off today and continues through Sunday. This event is going down this weekend in Historic Downtown Wilson.

This year’s festival footprint is expanded to encompass the new Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, which opened last November to considerable fanfare.

The festival offers something for everyone:

– More than 200 vendors (arts, crafts, food, beverage, including a beer garden)

– Four live entertainment stages

– The popular and free Whirli-Kidz Zone, which features carnival games, bounce houses, and arts and crafts

– Community non-profit organizations

– Inspiration Station, where kids of all ages can build and create alongside local artists, and this year will feature a tech component encouraging STEM among kids

And back by popular demand:

– Whirligig Warrior course and competition, where local American Ninja Warrior competitors will perform and do meet-and-greets; attendees can also try the course

– Extreme Inflatables, interactive inflatables and giant climbs/slides for teenagers and those age 13+ to enjoy.

For the full entertainment schedule please follow this link:

Whirligig Festival Entertainment


Clayton, NC

The Clayton Harvest Festival is going down all Weekend


Saturday, November 3

Horne Square
Midway Carnival Presented by ElectriCities of North Carolina

Horne Square Stage Behind HTR Presented by McCullers, Whitaker & Hamer, LLC
Music & Movement with Childcare Network
Athletic Performances by Nick’s Flippin Kids
Clayton Idol Winners Concert
Echelon Brass Concert
Wade Hill Concert
Wildflower and The Weeds Concert
Hamptown Music Institute Performance

Town Square
The Shindig Music Festival, Music for Your Beers
Free admission! The line up includes:


Food trucks and market vendor row. Thank you so much to The Shindig for collaborating with the Clayton Harvest Festival due to Hurricane Florence. We are looking forward to partying with you this year!

Sunday, November 4

Horne Square Stage Behind HTR Presented by McCullers, Whitaker & Hamer, LLC
2nd Annual Latin American Festival Presented by Compare Foods of Clayton
Midway Carnival Presented by ElectriCities of North Carolina
Last day special unlimited ride wristbands, $25ea ~ $5 coupons available at Sheetz in the local area or download using the link above or below. Coupon must be printed and can not be shown on phone.
Food, Entertainment, and Music Celebrating the Latin American Culture
Latin American Festival Vendor Fair on Main Street and Entertainment at Horne Square
Farandula Show Concierto
Grupo Evolucion Concierto
Nublado Norteno Concierto


Goldsboro, NC


The Adam Hill Band will be rocking the Wish You Were Beer Tavern tonight, with music starting at 9 pm. This is a new room for the band, so come out and make them feel welcome!


Kinston, NC


The Red Room welcomes Happy Hour to the stage tonight at 9 pm. There is a music charge of $5.00 payable at the door. Please support live music, pay the cover charge and show your support for this fairly new band on the NC music scene. Offering doses of blues and rock to soothe your soul, they are a great treat for the weekend.


Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

October 29 at 7:52 PM

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on

Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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