New Bern Is The New Music Town

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

This week marked a birthday for rocker Josh Overby. The guitarist for The BiPolar Express blew out 47 candles this week.

Hurricane Help Finally Arrives in Fairfield Harbour

On Saturday, November 24, 2018 Pros organized a volunteer effort and brought 25 people from Charlotte to help move the debris littering the properties in Fairfield Harbour.

Since Fairfield Harbour is my home and I lost most of my clientele from that neighborhood, I got involved by passing out invitations to dinner and talking to folks around the community. At 4 pm I headed down to The Tri-Community Firehouse on Saint Delights Church Rd, where I served dinner to the community and volunteers. As one might expect, I invited Tommy Duzan, Sr. to come out to entertain the folks that showed up. He not only came to do that but he brought his father Charlie Duzan, who I have been waiting to hear for many moons.

Tommy started things off with a great selection of classic rock, his father came front and center with some original works and the finished thier jamming songs together. It was a delightful Thanksgiving feast, cooked with love by volunteers from our community. Not pictured was the food organizer, Kathleen Kohler.

Last weekend was the start of what Metro Real Estate Pros hopes to make a trend until all of the hurricane trash is removed in Fairfield Harbour. All are welcome to join them in the mission. We need volunteers every Saturday throughout the rest of the year to complete the mission of trash removal.

PLEASE!!! Get Involved!

There are many ways you can get involved, to find out more reach out to the local contractor and pastor Jay Gaskins by calling 252-671-2566. They will gather each Saturday from 9 am until 4 pm. Please bring the family for a day of service if it is something you can do. All kids over 13 are welcome to participate in this mission that will lift the spirits of people throughout my community.

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Singers and Stringers Unite in Potters Hill

Outside on the deck, under the tent at Blackbeard’s Triple Play on Saturday night was, the local super band, The Potters Hill Band. With players from three popular area bands merging talents to make up the lineup. Potters Hill Band offers plenty of southern comfort with their southern rock offerings. They are a fairly unrehearsed band that got together as a result of The Adam Hill Band going on tour with Second Helping this past summer. From those bands, we meet Adam Hill on lead guitar, from the Adam Hill Band. Then from SH we have Chris McCallister on second lead guitar, Jonathon Riggs on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Joey Gillette behind the kit on drums and backing singers Laura McCallister and Fleeta Griffith. Add to that a bass man from the Side Track Band, Rick Ellisand we have a local supergroup rocking the scene.


For fans of Adam Hill and his band, they will be rocking in Wilmington tonight. Be sure to check them out at Bourbon St.  with music being offered from 9 pm until the midnight hour. For more news on the Potters Hill Band, which got their name from where they rehearse, keep it here and I will share the news.

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It Was A Family Affair at City Stage with Joe Brown & The Band

It was a great night of entertainment at The City Stage last Saturday night. Besides the amazing sounds of Joe Brown and The Band, the evening included some comedy in between the music sets and a couple of special guests throughout the night sharing the stage on vocals.

I was in the house long enough to catch the end of the first set, the comedic relief of 2 Cups, aka local funnyman Johnnie Smith along the opening of the second set. After a few songs with the band, Joe Brown welcome Alisa Mike to the stage to offer a few selections. This was wonderful. To hear this beautiful voice backed by a stellar band…oh yes! More of that, please!

 Mike is a powerhouse with her vocal talents and she offers her show weekly at the City Stage. If you have not seen her there, be sure to come out any Thursday night and enjoy her show from 7-9 pm. Tomorrow night the gracious singer will be entertaining the folks in Fairfield Harbour. The community group “Fairfield Live” will host the singer for a dinner event for the community tomorrow night. The time is 7-10 pm and place is at the community center on Broad Creek Road. Tickets are $10 and the money raised pays the entertainment.

If you live in Fairfield Harbour or have good friends that do, be sure to come out and show your support for the music efforts being made to entertain the community.

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Then There Was Transition of Rock To Blues at The Brown Pelican


It was a double bill of serious stringers at the Dirty Bird last Saturday, with rocker Marron Chaplin opening the night with a long set of rocking songs to welcome the crowd.

Following her performance on Saturday, the singer used a good portion of the week prepping for her trip to Nashville. She arrived there yesterday to start work on charting the course with her manager Kevin Sanchez. There will be much to report on next year from this rocker’s camp. With a new recording in the works and plans being mapped to support the effort, it should be fun to watch this journey.

To keep up with the beautiful singer-songwriter with a rocking spirit, be sure to like her music page on Facebook by clicking this link:

Marron Chaplin Music

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Big Jim Brings His Blues to Close Out the Night

Next up, we got down with the melodies and riffs offered by the incredible Big Jim Kohler. When Big Jim comes to call, you can bet the room will be full of the blues before long and sure enough, this was the case on Saturday night at The Brown Pelican!

Joining the jam was special guest Freddy Scott on guitar, Patrick Edwards beat on the bongos for a bit and Steve Hill filled the drummer’s seat and Chris Buttitta worked the bottom beats on bass. The blues quartet finished out the night with a great jam.


Did Someone Say Jam?

While we are on the subject of jams, let me mention a couple of things. First and foremost, before leaving the Brown Pelican, I will mention that they kick off their weekly music support with a weekly open mic night. That takes place every Thursday with music starting at 8 pm. All jammers are welcome to come out and display their talents. Quite often when you bring the band, you can leave with a gig date.

Now bouncing back to Big Jim, I want to mention that he is hosting a midweek blues night at City Stage and that is open for jammers also. Last week the big man was joined by a couple of guitarists, including Larry Swinson of the Wannabees and Freddy Scott, who was in town visiting family for the holidays. Dave Sawyer joined the fun on harmonica and his original bass player The General, Mike Sandvig closed out the night on stage offering the bottom beats.

These jams are going to become a part of the weekly offerings at the music venue located at 901 B Pollock St., New Bern, N. In fact this week, we got to meet a new player when Lee Tibbetts joined the band on harmonica. Tibbetts is new to the area and has been hungry to find some down-home blues players. He accomplished his mission with his appearance on Wednesday night. I suspect we might hear more from him again!

For fans and friends of Big Jim Kohler, you can find him tonight jamming with his wife and the band in the warm company of those that gather at Brutopia this evening. More on those details below.

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Behind The Scenes With Tracey Stones


Last night I was invited to the Charles Tendell Studios to be a guest on New Bern Live. It was a nice opportunity to share some of my dreams and visions for this community I love! I dream daily about bringing healing vibes to people through the fun of music. For anyone interested in checking out that interview, please follow this link and join me in dreaming big and healing with music!!! It really will take a village to get us to the next level of growth and development.

Let’s Have This Conversation With Tracey Stones of NCMZ.LIVE

I truly appreciate all of the love and support my followers offer me in my missions with music. I look forward to where this path will lead us all! We are going to do great things and be an example for the world to follow.


~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, November 30, 2018

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Getting Down Around Town


First Stop ~ James City

Start the weekend with some cold fresh brew and the blues. Live music at BrÜtopia this weekend includes the blues grooves of Big Jim Kohler on Friday, November 30, 2018.  Tomorrow night Nest Cafe will be serving the supper and snacks you crave, and the beer will be fresh and cold. You can welcome December with the fresh sounds of Sam Lewis, who rocks’em from 7-10 pm. Remember it is the holiday season so support live music and tip music makers when you can! Every dollar counts.

Going Downtown

The Bruin


It is Brews and Bluegrass night with Seth Smith and John Johndrow of the Hot Buttered Grits and friends. They will be rolling out the tunes tonight at The Bruin Craft Beer and WineMusic will be offered from 8-10:30 pm. This night of entertainment is free and feel free to stop by, to  say hi to bartender Ben and enjoy the bluegrass jams of Smith.


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 generally welcome awesome acoustic acts to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.

Tonight it is a fun offering of regional sounds with
The Oblations, who are a one of a kind two-man Blues/Funk band by Joe MacPhail (drums and keys simultaneously, vocals) and Daniel Fields (guitar, vocals). The resulting sound is that of a three or four piece, as Joe imitates a rhythm section, or plays a piano and bass part while keeping time with his feet. Daniel is multifaceted, with a mastery of both finger style and slide guitar, and a host of evolving tones.

XOXOK hails from Carrboro, North Carolina. The music of XOXOK is conceived on the fretboard, cradled in headphones, and cultivated at the microphone. The guitar and vocal influences are far-flung but cohesive (Jeff Buckley, John Frusciante, Frank Ocean, James Blake). Often armed with just an electric guitar, the live performance is a model of intimacy and presence. With a “warm voice [that] embraces you” (Resonating Tunes), XOXOK delivers a combination of soulful, smooth, and soft tunes laced with unabashed emotion.

This free music offering will take place 8-11 pm. The Brown Pelican is a private club. Please sign up and pay your annual $1.00 fee to rock every weekend with the cool kids!


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. This week you can rock to the pop tunes offered by Saltwater Gold on Friday and the beach and rock sounds of Ravenz Bru on Saturday night. Music starts at 7:30 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


A Variety of Live Entertainment is Scheduled at



Here is what is happening this week as per a message I got earlier today:

Kicking it off tonight, 11/30 Fri – Improv Comedy Night Featuring Walk-In Bathtub
Give us your suggestions and watch us create hilarious unscripted scenes right before your eyes! Walk in Bathtub, is New Bern’s own Improv Team! Come and explore the hilarious, unpredictable world of Improv comedy.
7 pm Show – Tickets $7.00

12/1 Sat –  Sleeping Beauty, an original Bellydance Drama
Colleen M Wilde, Sahra DeRoy, Kaitlyn & the fabulous ladies of Mazagat, will be retelling this timeless fairy tale as you have never seen!

There will be a special Pre-Show featuring local & regional belly dance artist. Vending by Trav’s Tie Dyed Treasures & Art by Claudina Madrid, henna by Mehak Minhas.
Doors Open @ 5pm
Pre-Show starts @ 7pm
Main Show Starts @ 8:30pm
Karaoke Party Stars @ 10pm
Tickets (In Advance)
$8.00 (General Admission)
$10.00 (VIP Guaranteed Premium Seating)

Looking Ahead to Next Week

12/4 Tue – Pub Trivia TRIVIA TUESDAYS!!
Come and test your Trivia skills for an opportunity to win great prizes and have fun with friends! It’s all about bringing people together! Our Kitchen and Bar will have some tasty offerings to complement the evening. Stick around after the event and enjoy our friendly bartenders, and interactive jukebox! Starts at 7 pm.

Tues @ 9 pm (after trivia) – City Stage Karaoke
Brush up your vocal skills and get ready to take center stage! Everyone is a star at City Stage! Bring your friends for a night of fun with the coolest folks around!

12/5 Wed – Big Jim Kohler
With a unique style all his own, Jim Kohler is one of the last true blues players. Having played for over 20 years with blues legends, Jim has created a killer sound that everyone will enjoy!
7 pm Showtime – There is no cover charge – Artist Donations Encouraged.

12/6 Thu – Popular local singer Alisa Mike serenades us with jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as other classics through the years and ones in the making. Her dynamic vocal range, artistic phrasing, and interaction with the audience make for a delightful evening! 7 pm Showtime – There is no cover charge – Artist Donations Encouraged.


Holiday Treats!

Chamber Music  by Candlelight


Hopefully, you purchased your tickets by this past Tuesday, so you can be on hand November 30 as, the Brierwood Ensemble of Wilmington, NC, performs at Tryon Palace. “Chamber Music by Candlelight” offers the unique and rare opportunity to enjoy the Council Chamber in the Governor’s Palace, gently lit by candles and decorated for the holidays.

Join us after the performance for a reception at the Commission House. Sweet treats and beverages will be served.

Palace doors will open at 6:30 PM. Please enter the grounds through the gate located on Eden Street.

Location: Governor’s Palace Chamber Council


Cruising The Coast

Morehead City, NC

According to their Facebook Page, here is what is happening this weekend at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 513 Evans St., Morehead City:

~Friday, November 30th~

OPEN at 4 pm Made to order, brick oven pizza will be available starting at 8 pm
Music by Carolina Sky tonight starting at 10 pm.

~Saturday, December 1st~

OPEN at 12noon.  We are starting off the Holiday Season with
Jack’s  participating in Chowder and Cheer in Downtown MHC 1 pm – 5 pm.

Brick oven pizza will be available starting at 4 pm.
We are celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary with a party upstairs – Magic, Fireworks and Food! Tickets 🎟️ are still available on

Tacky Christmas Party starts at 9 pm!
Live music by Soul Psychedelique starts at 10 pm



On the deck, tomorrow will be the reggae grooves of Selah Dubb. They’ll be providing the entertainment for the good folks that gather at Off the Hook this Saturday night. Live music starts at 10 pm. I encourage you to go early for the delicious food and stay late to get in the grooves with this fun and funky band! Off the Hook is located at 105 S 7th St, Morehead City, NC.


Cedar Point



The Salty Air Open Market will offer the music of the talented Justin Castellano this evening from 6-9 pm in the Salty Bee Cafe. Come out tonight to welcome this weekend the right way. Sip on your favorite wine or grab a cold beer and enjoy the musical offerings of this classically trained stringer, that will be serving up the sounds early tonight.


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Live tonight in the garden over at Carolina Home and Garden, you can groove to the bluesy, surf sounds of the original stringer Hank Barbee. The singer-songwriter is band leader for The Dust Parade. The quartet is based out of Wilmington, NC and keep busy touring throughout the calendar year. Come out and enjoy a bite from the chef’s of Urban Eats and shop for the holidays throughout this unique home and garden store. Live music will be served 6:30-9:30 pm in the garden. If you support live music consider buying Christmas merchandise from your favorite local acts.



Treehouse Beer Company, ushers in the weekend with the sounds of David Dixon tonight on stage in the garden. Come out and sip a cold beer and enjoy live music which will be offered by this local stringer from 7-10 pm. This event is free and free music is never free so feel free to share the love and tip the music makers that groove you.

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Swansboro, NC

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The original trio Now or Never will be offering the music to all that gather tonight at the Swansboro Moose Lodge. The show starts at 7 pm and they will lock you into the grooves until 10 pm.

Now or Never features the singing and stringing of Tiffany Elaine, Fernando Rivera, and Steve Mehan. The talented group has a fresh sound that finds a way of blending country and rap, rock, and pop altogether. In essence, they are potentially creating a new genre.  For anyone looking for something new, check out this trio in Swansboro tonight!

If you miss them tonight be sure to join them at one of the many open mic events they host down along the Crystal Coast. To keep up with these busy players just like Now or Never on Facebook

NowOrNever on Facebook



4EverAll will be the entertainment hosts for this evening at The Boro Restaurant & Bar. Come early for the great tastes and stay late for the beautiful music. Bring a date and fall in love tonight. This is the perfect act to set the mood for romance. Free music is offered from 8 -11 pm.

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Rockin’ 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

November 26 at 5:22 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!

Please go out and support live music tonight!  Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the changes publically.

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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!

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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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