New Music Makes New Bern Fun To Visit

Behind the Scene With Tracey Stones

New music was found around New Bern; making for a fun theme today!


Adam Hill made his TV debut and I was in studio to capture it

Adam Hill Music Airs on Television and NCMZ is on the Scene


When Adam Hill posted an event for his debut television engagement, I accepted his invitation to co-host the event and then cleared my calendar so that I could be on hand, to go live if granted permission by the station. It was a thrilling way to start the day with this up and coming rock star from our region.


 The NC singer-songwriter made his television debut on Channel 12 News for their Friday Local Music Spotlight. He sat down for a brief interview, where they talked about his influences, how the band came about and how he tackles the intimate journey of songwriting.  When introducing Hill they mentioned a few dates, before conducting the quick interview. Following the Q&A session, Hill moved from the chair to the backdrop to offer us a new song.



Earlier in the week, I asked Hill what song he was thinking about and he said he didn’t know, maybe “Alone.” Although that might have been an easier feat, Hill enjoys challenges and selected a new song. One he has not played out yet, or with the band. It was a song he wrote during his evacuation of Florence. “Floods” came rushing in when thinking about his friends that were still here in ENC, when the flood waters crashed in through homes all around the places we call home!

Following his performance, Hill reminded everyone that he would be rocking JM’s Place PUB in Surf City tonight at 9 PM and if anyone wants to keep up to speed with Adam Hill and the band, they can find them on Facebook at The Adam Hill Band on Reverbnation at Adam Hill and on the web at And if you miss Hill’s debut and you are on facebook you can follow this link:

Adam Hill TV Debut

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On the Scene With Tracey Stones


Think About Thursday

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I attended a fun music filled presentation, at The North Carolina History Center to start off my Thursday events. Tryon Palace offered African American Lecture Series: “Red, Hot, & Blue Soul Radio”, where the singers reenacted the Hey Days of radio. They offered familiar old radio commercials and a set list of great songs which they sang. The crowd enjoyed the music and before the night was over, they were on their feet clapping and singing along.

 Antuan Hawkins, Sharon Mervin, Darryl Tindley, Jr., and Shillena Parks were the presenters of this program.

A representative from the Palace set the stage and introduced the performers. I filmed most of it so we could have the background on the people who brought it to life!



Bluegrass at Capt Ratty’s


It was Americana music on the menu this week at Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse with the trio now known as the Wyldwood Bluegrass Band. Perhaps you recall the banjo bunch known as Carolina Sky? Personally, with having so many bands by the name, I gladly welcome this name change.  It was wonderful to catch some of the songs they shared this past Thursday. They have great harmonies and are all skilled players and singers.

Caroline Tanner, Sarah Rosellen and Phil Lanier have made music together for years and they play off of each other very well. If you ever have the opportunity to catch them, do it! It’s always a great time with fun music and talented players.

 And don’t forget that live music is served in the piano bar on the second floor at Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse each Thursday from 6-9 pm!



Simon Spalding at City Stage


Simon Spalding offered a rare solo show on Thursday at City Stage.  The music scholar was in the middle of the Star Trek segment and offered song and story throughout the performance. Not at all unusual, the music master was surrounded by obscure instruments which he handled and explained one at a time. Spalding lives and breathes music and spends a lot of time teaching about it. To get to know him better, friend him on Facebook.


Open Mic at The Brown Pelican


You just never know what you are going to find when you walk in on Open Mic Night at The Brown Pelican. This week’s the mouth drop moment came when our new friend Mickey from New York took a seat on the carpet with his autoharp. 


I have attended many open mic nights and jam sessions and this is the first time I ever heard anyone play an autoharp. It was quite fascinating.

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 Besides meeting Mickey and enjoying his unique offering, I also enjoyed grooving along to Doc and Friends, which is really the players of 3rd Degree Bern with a harmonica!


Friday Night Delights


Nothing thrills my heart more than to walk into a venue and find a new band on stage offering ORIGINAL music. Making for a delightful first stop, I dropped by The City Stage to have a listen to Holden Dixon. & The Straightlines

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This young singer-songwriter has Chocowinity roots and a lot of Asheville friends. Currently attending school on the other side of our beautiful state, Dixon came to town with his big band last night.

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When you consider The Straightlines have two guitarists, keys, bass, drums, and a female singer as well as Dixon with his acoustic six-string leading the charge, this is no small operation.

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Just before press time, I was checking out his website. Be sure to check out the bio of this talented songwriter:

Holden Dixon

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Backyard Groove Brings It to Blackbeards


For the second Friday in a row, I had the pleasure of enjoying the fat sounds of wickedly fun music with a horn section. Nothing beefs up the sound more than the sound of some well-played horns. Last night it was offered up by Backyard Groove. Not sure who they are? Well, they are the only band I have seen with an intro song and video that tells their story:

Backyard Groove Who We Are

This fun six-piece band is primed with skilled musicians that want you to know them on a first name basis. They come together to offer all of the fun and funky songs you love. They are a party band that is ready to play for your party.

It was a lot of fun watching these boys interact with the crowd, and the crowd was really enjoying them. I could not find them on facebook but I did find their website. You can read more about the fresh and fun grooves of Backyard Grooves by visiting

The next time you can find them around our area is Saturday, April 13, 2019, when they head to Morehead City for a show at Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a music charge at the door.


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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Saturday Night Specials

Sara’s Big Apple

Live Music Saturdays begin tonight at Sara’s with Big Jim Kohler rocking his solo blues from 6-8 pm



On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge



BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Daryl Lucas live, who will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!


Getting Down Around Town

There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: LIVE MUSIC


The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts the live music of two area stringers and singers. Buck Loy and Bruce Lynch will be rocking the grooves at the Dirty Bird from 8-11 pm. Free music is never free, so be sure to tip the players that move you!


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of the Greenville, NC based Rural Route Romance. This should make for a fun night. Music plays at 7:30 – 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


City Stage New Bern

It’s going to be a rocking fun time tonight when The BiPolar Express ride the rails to The City Stage New Bern. They will be offering the good time rock you love from the ’70s through the ’90s.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Morehead City

Promise’ Land Market

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4 EverALL will be rocking the stage at Promise’ Land Market, with music being shared from 8:30-11:30 pm.



Off The Hook

Off The Hook will host the local grooves of The Spread tonight starting at 10 PM. This local band will offer a great variety of original grooves, blended with songs you know. They will be rocking the deck until 1:30 am. Come dance and Spread the love!


Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop


Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop  

Kudubai, Sat Mar 23rd, 8:30-11:30 PM, $3 Cover

Kudubai are a five-piece band from Morehead City, NC. They have been performing in the area since 2010—playing a mix of original and eclectic cover tunes. The main thing to expect at a Kudubai show is variety, as all five members are multi-instrumentalists and singers. The music is a blend of rock styles and is often a little quirky, involving unique combinations of guitar, bass, Afro-Latin percussion, horns, banjo, accordion and more. While the membership of the band has fluctuated over the years, the two founding members are still strummin’ and pluckin’ away. The band’s present arrangement has them playing their most fun and creative music to date.


Royal James


If you missed Joey and Mason last night, come out tonight and enjoy a good burger while they offer the music at Royal James in Beaufort tonight. On the stage sharing songs you know and love to sing along to, while offering original beats in between. Music plays from 8-11 pm.


Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe


 Fishy Fishy Cafe, 106 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport, NC, (910) 457-1881. Music will be served from 6:30 -10:30 pm. Come enjoy the grooves and good food too. The Dennis Walton Band offers the music.


Wilmington, NC



Palate says:

Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Folkstone Stringband highlights traditional music which has been played for centuries and was made popular during the early to middle 20th century as recording was made more prolific. Pulling from styles made popular by such musicians as Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Charlie Poole, Don Reno and Red Smiley, and more, Folkstone Stringband continues to push the envelope to keep the tradition alive and thriving in the 21st century.

Join us for this great NO COVER SHOW! Music at 8 PM


The Rusty Nail


CuzFest IV happens tonight at The Rusty Nail. Music starts at 5 pm and there are 5 bands on the bill. Come celebrate, dance and enjoy good friends while making memories tonight!

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Rocking Around the Region

Greensboro, NC

Craft City Sip-In



Craft City Sip-In has the best music plus beer, wine, and whiskey!

The Grand Ole Uproar sounds like they are going to bring the fun tonight! This band offers a mixed bag of music, including Rock ‘n’ Roll, Americana, Country, and my favorite new category Hippie Tonk! They are a five piece outfit out of Greensboro, NC, spending a lot of time on the road bringing their music to honky tonks and all other places that welcome good time music. Tonight’s show starts at 7:30 pm.


Greenville, NC

Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery.

Our local music authority Parker Millar, wants everyone to know about SPAZZFEST X and more specifically Spazz-Tacular taking place at Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery Here are all of the details from that FB Event:

*SPAZZ FEST X: SPAZZTACULAR* ft. Faking (Philly), Microwaves (Pittsburgh), Multicult (Baltimore), Paulie Think (Chicago), The Take Kindlies, Speak N’ Eye, Free Radical (Chicago), Dark Prophet Tongueless Monk, Plain Jane.

@ Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery
707 Dickinson Ave
5PM / $6 – $10 Sliding Scale

FAKING (Philly)

Multicult (Baltimore)

MICROWAVES (Pittsburgh)

Paulie Think (Chicago)

The Take Kindlies (New Bern)
A two man-face melting-local NC band preforming refreshingly original music for the enjoyment of ears everywhere. No species discriminated!

Free Radical (Chicago)

“The embodiment of freedom. The apex of skill. The passion of a thousand men. This is Free Radical! He will father a generation that brings musicianship back to our music. His drums are the war cry that will conquer this industry”

Speak N’ Eye (Winston-Salem

Speak N Eye is genre-spanning project of brothers Joshua and Aaron Brookshire. Originally from the Crystal Coast of NC, both came into and helped establish the fertile underground music and art scene during Greenville’s explosion of do-it-yourself house and art gallery shows.

Dark Prophet Tongueless Monk (Winston-Salem)
DPTM is the creative outlet for singer-songwriter, Jacob Leonard.

Plain Jane (Greenville)

One of the newest band out of Greenville, marking their debut show.

Richard Benjamin (Greenville)

Outersoul (Greenville
Hip-Hop storytelling is done around a campfire.

*Listing of other Spazz Fest X happenings:

*Link to buy Golden Tickets ($40) or to contribute anything to the festival:


AJ McMurphy’s


4 Of A Kind will be bringing it to Greenville tonight, rocking fans and friends that gather at AJ McMurphy’s this evening. Get there early to enjoy some great food and stay late to dance dessert off the hips! Music starts at 8:30 and they rock you until 11:30 pm.


Farmville, NC

Pour Haus Pub

Pour Haus Pub welcomes Now or Never.  This is an original act out of Beaufort, made up of three fun friends who found each other at an open mic hosted by the lovely Tiffany Elaine. She met Fernando Rivera and Steve Mehan and they all found out that they share a love for music and before long this band was born. Making their debut appearance in the area tonight, they offer live music from 10 pm until closing!


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.

March 18 at 4:44 PM

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Thank You for Reading!

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When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and don’t forget the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet 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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