New Bern Bands Gather in Lil Washington For Benefit

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

On Saturday, January 5, 2019, four New Bern based bands traveled Highway 17 North so to perform for the 6th Annual Beaufort County Traditional Music Association’s Don Skinner’s GuitarFest.

,This event was held in The Turnage Theater Gallery, where the room filled with generous music appreciators. BCTMA uses this annual event to raise money for important causes. This year the funds raised were donated to the New Bern Chapter of the Salvation Army and earmarked for New Bern Hurricane Relief

Danny Batten, New Bern’s well versed banjo player and owner of Surf Wind & Fire in New Bern debuted with his new band. The quartet, The Neuse River Ramblers are an eclectic bunch of players, that take the fun classic rock you love, and mix banjos and fiddles to the arrangements. Using the fundraiser as a means to show the area the new band.

The Neuse River Ramblers were the first New Bern based band to come to the forefront of this room, to play music for the filled room of music appreciators. Each band that appeared provided a full set of songs for the crowd.

The next band to set the stage was the beloved Hot Buttered Grits. The local jam band was short a player, with electric guitar man John Jondrow unable to make the show. This meant the band emerged in raw and original formation, much like they once did 14 years ago when they came together.

The Grits offered a great set of fun grooves, with a heavy dose of original music blended in.

In between sets, members of the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association came to the front of the room to talk about the good work that BCTMA, does as well as introduce the bands.

Besides raising money for our town and Hurricane Relief, BCTMA hosts many events throughout the year and raises additional funds by hosting raffles and selling merchandise.

To support their efforts throughout the year visit their website and become a member, buy merchandise or support their shows. Lean more about Beaufort County Tradtional Music Association by visiting

The next band to offer music to the full house was the classic rockers best known as Peace Soldier. They played a great set of familiar favorites and closed out their time with us by offering an original song.

Closing out the event and instrumental in making the event happen was George Oliver, along with his family band Strung Together. Oliver worked closely with the board to help facilitate the fundraiser for his home town.

One thing worth noting is the fact that each of the band that showed up for this event has members that were devastated by the wrath of Florence. Yet, they all dedicate their time to benefits, to help raise money for those more impacted by the flood.

In all the good, people that gathered helped to raise $1300 for our local Salvation Army to help victims of Florence!

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Also On the Scene In Washington

Following the benefit at the Turnage Theater Gallery, I headed over to Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. This is one of my favorite places in the town, as they have awesome food, great service and wonderful owners that support live music.

This is one of the first places I meandered to when I first started leaving New Bern for live music stories. Backwater Jack’s has an outdoor stage for bands to rock in the Summer and for the first time this year, they have an enclosed area for music too by the bar.

When I was there on Saturday, I had the great pleasure of running into the talented John Williams, who was hosting the open mic event. He was jamming with a couple of our New Bern brothers, Dan Jam Phillips and Chris Buttitta when I walked in. I met some new faces too.

It was a fun night of great music and awesome jams. I had the pleasure meeting Buck Brossman, who was hammering out the beats and Robert Tyburski who played a mean six string with sweet blues riffs. It really was great fun with impressive musicianship.

Tonight on Pebble Stage you can enjoy a trio of music makers playing their grooves from 7-10 pm. Stoeckert, James & Adams offer the music. Come early for the great food and stay late for the fun and free music!

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Friday, January 11, 2019

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Getting Down Around Town


ARTWalk 2019 Season Begins

Tonight marks the start of the 2019 ArtWalk Season for Downtown New Bern. Boasting some two dozen or more galleries and shops to enjoy. Be sure to take the time to visit our town on the second Friday of any month, to enjoy the cool vibe of the arts and all of the live music that is offered throughout the city.

Some interesting notes about tonight: The Isaac Taylor Garden opens it’s doors again, so be sure to stop in to see all there is to take in there on Craven Street. Over on Middle Street the CAW has moved into their new location at 309 Middle Street and tonight they will host music with Dan Jam Phillips and friends. All are welcome to participate.

Another great offering happening atthis event is The Potter’s Throwdown, which will feature a soup competition, the crafting of bowls, and live music by Strung Together. This event is being brought to us by the Craven Arts Council and it is taking place at the Harrison Center at 311 Middle St. and at Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St.



BrÜtopia offers the fresh beer and fun sounds of stinger and singer Justin Castellano. He will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come out and support local music while enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!


The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine welcomes the weekend with free music being poured from the stage courtesy of popular singer and stringer, Bruce Lynch 8-10:30 pm.


The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Ashton Ward. He will offer three sets of great songs 7-10 pm. This show is free. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. Tonight on the deck you can rock with The Switch, who always brings a party. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


City Stage

The City Stage offers the fun and rocking sounds of New Bern’s own Joe Baes Project. This fun trio knows how to rock a night away. This gig marks their first on the year and the boys are looking forward to seeing everybody and rocking 2019 right! There is a $5.00 cover charge, doors open for food service at 5 pm. Music and the good times start at 8 pm.


Cruising the Crystal Coast

Cedar Point, NC


Appearing at Treehouse Beer Company, catch the fun duo Big & Rich offering live music from 7-10 pm tonight or tomorrow night. They play your favorite pop and southern rock and country grooves. 


Steve Poole will be sharing songs tonight at
Riptidez Bar & Grill. Free music plays from 9 pm until the midnight hour. Poole is passionate about playing music, and offers many familiar songs you know and love.


Newport, NC

Tonight in the garden at Carolina Home & Garden you can enjoy the grooves of Old Smoke. They will be offering the music from 6:30-9:30 pm. Food, beer and wine on site for consumption, also live animals and so much more.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents Bobby Webb & Co, Fri Jan 11th, 8:30-11:30 PM, No Cover.

Join us for live music by one of our favorite local, down-home act, Bobby Webb & Co!
They play contemporary Americana and country.
There is no cover charge, but please tip the band for their talent!


Tonight Lotus Sun brings their energetic show back to The Backstreet Pub, come and join the fun!

Known for their passionate performances and aesthetic musical blend, Lotus Sun has cultivated a clear vision built on the idea of: “We listen to everything so let’s play everything.” With a sound that is at its core, Rock and Heavy Blues, Lotus Sun is a unique experience taking influence from Jazz, R&B, Soul and Hip Hop.

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Rocking Around the Region

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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.

January 7 at 6:53 PM

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