Stories From The Road with Adam Hill

Life on the Road with Adam Hill

In this chapter of Stories from the Road, I can tell you this, it was going be great. There were going to be thousands in attendance for this running event in Jacksonville, Fl. where two of our local bands were scheduled to play last night. I made the trip because the band was going to record an EPK. After 8 hours on the road and very little sleep, the sound crew headed out early in the morning and got the stage set for sound check. Before they got a song worked out, with Second Helping who was headlining the event, the sky gave way and the weather changed the course of the day.

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By the late afternoon, it looked like guitars were ruined, soundboards soaked, and keyboards smoking. The show was called on account of the weather. The spirits stayed damp throughout the day.

Just as we were making a plan for the night, Hill reached out to let me know that he would be playing after all. I got myself ready and headed down to the race event to see how the night would unfold.

The Adam Hill Band performed for two hours as the racers finished their event. Thousands of runners took part. From seniors to youths, many participated. Following the races, awards were given to the winners before Hill took us out of there with the help of Second Helping’s lead singer, Jon Riggs.

During his time on stage with Hill, Riggs played a little guitar, sat behind the kit and also belted out a couple of fan favorite Skynyrd tunes for the happy crowd.

Back at the Hotel

Following the show, we all gathered at the hotel for more fun with strings and singing. That was where a young man asked Hill to sign his guitar. Hill made a deal with the lad. “I’ll sign your guitar if you sign mine.” The boy’s eyes got huge in disbelief at the offer. After Hill did the deed, we went down to the truck where he took out his strat and handed over the sharpie for the two brothers to sign their names.

Now it has been scribed by our youth, Hill should, “Never Stop Playing!”  What sound advice!

If you’d like to hear Hill playing the young man’s guitar please follow this link to my Facebook feed:

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By the time the night ended, spirits were lifted, family and friends were singing and everyone made it home safe.

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Getting Down Around Town

Tonight at  BrUtopia music plays 7-10 pm, food is served and the beer is fresh and delicious. Checking out what is going down in the bars around town, here is what I know… The Brown Pelican has Gary Dudley and the Maxxtones on tap to rock you from 8-11 pm. The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St. Music at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion. This weekend includes The Hot Buttered Grits being served on Saturday from 8-11 pm under the tent. This Sunday from 5-8 pm come out and groove with Steel Shot from 5-8 pm. Over at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant on Sunday, August 19, Joe Brown gets down with his friends from 6-9 pm. Next up, the newest venue in town, City Stage is offering a night of Sixties Live Review and Dance Party,  tickets for that event have sold out. Doors open at 5 pm with a pub-style menu and cold drinks waiting for you.

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Support Live Music Support Down East Folk Arts

 

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The other event on the schedule tomorrow evening

Down East Folk Arts Presents:

Spook Handy ( a Pete Seeger Protégé) in concert.

Saturday, August 18th  at the Bank of the Arts building

317  Middle Street in downtownNew Bern, N.C.

The show time is 7 to 8:30 pm

Doors open 6:30 with general seating

This is a free show but, donations are suggested and appreciated for this touring artist!

Here is a quick Bio on the artist-

After a few years away, Spook Handy is returning for another DEFAS show! For those of you that are new to Spook, he has performed alongside Pete Seeger 50 plus times at festival and concerts from 2003 to 2013, allowing him intimate access to Pete’s stories behind the songs.

Spook has been traveling throughout the United States, Canada and Europe keeping alive Pete’s tradition with songs from Pete and Woodie Guthrie, as well as a healthy handful of new songs by Spook wrote under Pete’s tutelage.

Spook has been named Best Folk Artist by Upstage magazine and has written for theater, film and is becoming a well-known speaker and workshop facilitator at festivals and conferences across the country.

Please join us for this intimate gathering with Spook and his great songs and stories.

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Live and Local Tryon Palace Beer Festival

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TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT for this event, but I mention it since a couple of New Bern based bands are featured to rock you!

The Tryon Palace Foundation is celebrating Eastern North Carolina’s best brews at “Live and Local: Tryon Palace Beer Festival” on August 18th at the North Carolina History Center in New Bern, NC, from 5 – 9 PM.

This exciting event will exclusively feature local breweries, locally-owned food trucks, and live music performed by local artists. Feeling crafty? Learn about the brewing process, by seeing a live brew demonstration by a local beer master.

This event is 21+ only and offers two ticketing options. IDs will be checked before the entrance. Festival Ticket includes cover charge, 16 oz souvenir glass and 12 sample tickets so you can wet your whistle with some delicious brews. If you love what you taste, you will have the option to purchase full pours from the breweries!

Tryon Palace loves Designated Drivers! Take advantage of our “DD – Ticket,” which includes a Tryon Palace koozie and a Pepsi. Event tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Featured breweries include Shortway Brewing Co.Brewery 99Mill Whistle BrewingBrÜtopiaFishtowne Brew HouseCrystal Coast Brewing Company, and Tight Lines Pub & Brewing Co.!

Food will be available for purchase from Mari’s Hella Fat Food, 3 Kings Food Truck, and La Cocina Del Coqui Food Truck.

Live music will be provided by Peace Soldier and The Joe Baes Project!

Location: North Carolina History Center

Event Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $8 designated drivers (plus tax). Must be 21 or older to enter. ID required.

All proceeds will benefit the Tryon Palace Foundation.

https://www.tryonpalace.org/LiveAndLocal

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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

August 13 at 6:21 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 from 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 Facebook event created.

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! 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!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. 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!

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NewBernNow.Com Celebrates Its 100th Podcast

 

Last week “New Bern Now” celebrated the 100th episode of their bi-monthly podcast, which covers all things happening around NewBernNow.com.

We had a great time celebrating the 100th show! We really appreciate everyone for listening and we couldn’t do it without “The Podsquad”! Listen to find out if we talked about you, your business, or nonprofit… George Oliver Susan Moffat-Thomas City of New Bern, NC Government The Reactive Voice, LLC ncmz.live Discovery Map Crystal Coast Greater Good Gallery New Bern Historical Society Kathy Morrison Oliver & Cheek, PLLC New Bern Sporting Goods #podcastnewbern 

To listen to the latest celebratory episode, click the link below.

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Branching Out

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When I left you last week, I noted my news spread for the Newport Voice. This month I put the spotlight on Tiffany Elaine and all of the hard work she is doing in promoting local artists in her area, by way of hosting several open mic events each week at venues near and far, to the singer/ songwriter’s home along the Crystal Coast.

As part of my work with the paper, I have kept busy this week distributing the press coverage and meeting new talent.

First Stop Shortway Brewing Co~ Newport, NC

It was a fun Monday night at Shortway Brewing Co, 230 Chatham St. Newport, NC, with a room full of talent. Also adding a nice surprise on the night, it was free taco night, where they served a variety of tacos and sides plus chips and salsa too.

Besides the good beer and the free food, I will reiterate, the room was also filled with talent. We heard music from a master and one of the founders of the long-running Pickin’ n Grinning Festival here in New Bern. Following Bob’s set, we got to enjoy the young Mackenzie Webb, a 13-year-old with a powerful voice and an ear for music. I also had the pleasure of meeting Brian and Pat Till, a husband and wife duo that offer bluegrass and more. Their band WireGrass is a quartet offering country bluegrass and Americana stylings.

Shortway Brewing Company is the place to be, the second and fourth Monday of the month. That is when Tiffany Elaine welcomes jammers to the front to display their talent. Come out to enjoy a fresh brewed beer and delight in the talent that comes from all around! Other things to check out throughout the week include 30 Second Rocks on Wednesday Nights, Cigar Night on Thursday night and open mic twice monthly.

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Morris Willis at Ribeyes in Beaufort, NC

 

 

I stopped in Ribeyes of Beaufort on Tuesday night and enjoyed the music of Morris Willis, who was offering great favorites from the 50’s and 60’s. It was delightful to see his friends enjoy the show and dance the night away. Morris Willis knows all of the great classics and has quite a story to tell of days on the road. I look forward to hearing more about Willis’ story via his lovely wife Liz Willis. She was running his sound as he performed for the crowd which gathered in the bar area.  For anyone who would love to listen to this fun player, you are invited to stop by each and every Tuesday to catch him rocking the lounge. The food is wonderful and the service is warm, friendly and fast too. Anyone in the market for a fine one-man band, give Morris a call at 252-241-7912 or 252-241-7812

 

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Crystal Coast Brewery in Atlantic Beach, NC

Offers and Beer and Music Buzz

On Tuesday night I spent some more time with Elaine, as she hosted an open mic at Crystal Coast Brewing Company in Atlantic Beach. This was the place where I first became inspired to write about her good work and mission for other music makers. Here again was another fun night of great musicianship. Here again, was another example of not knowing what to expect. The night was welcomed in by a few songs offered by the singer-songwriter herself. She then turns it over to her band of friends, one by one introducing each as they approach. She is a wonderful hostess and makes it worth showing up to play, no matter where she goes.

When I walked in, Steve Mehan was at the mic, they have a kinship that is based on a music foundation. Following Mehan’s exit, Elaine joined Fernando Rivera. The pair of music makers has a fun duo project called Now or Never. This is where they found a way to blend her country drawl and his hip-hop act together, for a fresh sound that I think will appeal to many.

Next up we were entertained by another fun duo with blues and rock roots, Mike and Lisa Autry were joined by their friend visiting from Clayton, NC to offer a melodic set of popular songs thick on three-part harmonies. Following their set, I spoke with the couple, who told me they are newly settled in the coastal region but had bands in other regions. They are just growing some roots and are looking forward to finding like-minded players around these parts. Until that falls into place they are content to entertain you as a duo and even trio.

 You can check them out tomorrow night in the same place I met them. They will be providing the entertainment from 8-11 pm at Crystal Coast Brewing Co. Located at 219 W Fort Macon Dr., in Atlantic Beach, NC. This brewery spot is a transformed Wings Store, with a fine appeal for anyone in the mood for good music and freshly brewed beer.

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Dakini Band In Da House from Wilkes-Barre, PA

Before the night was over it was a family affair of jamming with the Dakini Band, visiting our coast from Wilkes-Barre, PA region. The father Nate Boyer brought his two sons to the stage first for a few jams, one offered sounds from the six-string while the older boy Skyler offered the bass. Next up came cousin Roger Boyer who we have met here before, also on Vacay from PA. Once that concluded it was Nate and his brother plus his son Skyler offering a real dose of Dakini sound bites. They are a fun jam band worth checking out:

Dakini Band on Facebook

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The Dusty Trio In Morehead City

 

 

Before leaving the coast, I stopped in on Hank Barbee and the Dusty Trio who were offering the smooth sounds of surf and swing at the Arendell Room this past Tuesday. The bar has a cool vibe and the band sounded great. Tonight you can find Hank solo at Snapperz in Morehead City, working the bar from 6-9 during the dinner hour. Tomorrow he will be rocking Church Street Deli & Pub, 105 W Church St., Swansboro, NC, with music being served from 7-10 pm. Next week Barbee is back with the boys in the band and you can keep up to speed by checking out his website: http://www.hankbarbee.com

 

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Getting Down Around Town

 

Tiffany Elaine and her good friends Steve Mehan and Fernando Rivera will be in town to highlight the new project. Now or Never will all be in town and rocking BrÜtopia 7-10 pm. This show is free.

Checking things out around town, it is time for Footloose on the Neuse at Union Point Park. Music plays from 6:30 -9:00 pm. You are invited to bring the whole family out for a night of fun and music with The Boys From The Carolina Bluegrass Band. There are vendors on site to feed you and help quench your thirst.

Checking out what is going down in the bars around town, here is what I know. Brian Mac will be rocking friends and fans at The Brown Pelican 7-10 pm. Tomorrow Gary Dudley and the Maxxtones will be on tap to rock you from 8-11 pm.  The Brown Pelican is located at 411 Broad St. Music at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion this weekend includes Dueling Pianos tonight from 7-11 pm. There is a $5.00 cover charge for music. On Saturday there was a change in music with The Hot Buttered Grits being served on Saturday from 8-11 pm under the tent.  This Sunday from 5-8 pm come out and groove with Steel Shot from 5-8 pm. Over at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant it’s Monterio Experience tonight 7:00-10 pm. On Sunday, August 19, Joe Brown gets down with his friends and musical brothers from 6-9 pm.

Next up, the newest venue in town,City Stage is offering a night of Backwater Bluegrass with our own family band Strung Together. This event is being hosted by Folks Journal and tickets are $10.00 and you can get yours by following this link:

https://www.folksjournal.com/events-1/backwater-bluegrass-nights-city-stage

Tomorrow night it is a Sixties Live Review and Dance Party,  tickets for that event have sold out. Doors open at 5 pm with a pub-style menu and cold drinks waiting for you.

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Support Live Music Support Down East Folk Arts

 

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The other event on the schedule tomorrow evening

Down East Folk Arts Presents:

Spook Handy ( a Pete Seeger Protégé) in concert.

Saturday, August 18th  at the Bank of the Arts building

317  Middle Street in downtownNew Bern, N.C.

The show time is 7 to 8:30 pm

Doors open 6:30 with general seating

This is a free show but, donations are suggested and appreciated for this touring artist!

Here is a quick Bio on the artist-

After a few years away, Spook Handy is returning for another DEFAS show! For those of you that are new to Spook, he has performed alongside Pete Seeger 50 plus times at festival and concerts from 2003 to 2013 allowing him intimate access to Pete’s stories behind the songs.

Spook has been traveling throughout the United States, Canada and Europe keeping alive Pete’s tradition with songs from Pete and Woodie Guthrie, as well as a healthy handful of new songs by Spook written under Pete’s tutelage.

Spook has been named Best Folk Artist by Upstage magazine and has written for theater, film and is becoming a well-known speaker and workshop facilitator at festivals and conferences across the country.

Please join us for this intimate gathering with Spook and his great songs and stories.

 

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Live and Local Tryon Palace Beer Festival

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TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT for this event, but I mention it since a couple of New Bern base -bands will be featured to rock you!

 

The Tryon Palace Foundation is celebrating Eastern North Carolina’s best brews at “Live and Local: Tryon Palace Beer Festival” on August 18th at the North Carolina History Center in New Bern, NC, from 5 – 9 PM.

This exciting event will exclusively feature local breweries, locally-owned food trucks, and live music performed by local artists. Feeling crafty? Learn about the brewing process, by seeing a live brew demonstration by a local beer master.

This event is 21+ only and offers two ticketing options. IDs will be checked before the entrance. Festival Ticket includes cover charge, 16 oz souvenir glass, and 12 sample tickets so you can wet your whistle with some delicious brews. If you love what you taste, you will have the option to purchase full pours from the breweries!

Tryon Palace loves Designated Drivers! Take advantage of our “DD – Ticket,” which includes a Tryon Palace koozie and a Pepsi. Event tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Featured breweries include Shortway Brewing Co., Brewery 99, Mill Whistle Brewing, BrÜtopia, Fishtowne Brew House, Crystal Coast Brewing Company, and Tight Lines Pub & Brewing Co.!

Food will be available for purchase from Mari’s Hella Fat Food, 3 Kings Food Truck, and La Cocina Del Coqui Food Truck.

Live music will be provided by Peace Soldier and The Joe Baes Project!

Location: North Carolina History Center

Event Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $8 designated drivers (plus tax). Must be 21 or older to enter. ID required.

All proceeds will benefit the Tryon Palace Foundation.

https://www.tryonpalace.org/LiveAndLocal

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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

August 13 at 6:21 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 from 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 Facebook event created.

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! 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!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. 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!

Look for me on Facebook by following this link:
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Feel free to invite me to your events. If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event with me.

I read emails daily. You can send those to:
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A Big Night for The Blues and Open Mic Madness

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

It was a big night for the blues on Sunday, August 5, 2018. I sat on the panel for the 2018 Road To Memphis Blues Challenge for the Triangle Blues Society. The competition was held at The Blue Note Grill, 709 Washington St., Durham, NC.

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The panel of judges included myself and two fun and fierce music makers who kept me entertained with stories in between acts. To my left was guitarist Buddy Black whose career credits are extensive. Last year he released a solo effort, Fine Fine Day which won the 2017 Best Self Produced Album Award from the Triangle Blues Society. To my right was the band leader, vocalist and harmonica player for his own act,  Mel Melton and The Wicked Mojo’s, a triangle based blues band. You can check out their disc  Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse which offers a blend of traditional southern blues and zydeco swag.

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Near Blind James & Harmonica Bob

The first act to perform was the only duo on the agenda. Near Blind James (James Shoe) and Harmonica Bob (Robert Waldrop) started things off. They two players have been working together for more than three decades and play a variety of blues styles with some serious focus on Piedmont and Ragtime styles. They offered a variety of originals and a couple of cover songs in their time on stage.  To keep up with the blues duo out of Durham, check out their band page on ReverbNation:

Near Blind James & Harmonica Bob

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Smart Alec Blues

The first solo act to entertain us was Smart Alec Blues who originally hails from New England and has settled in Raleigh. He is a consultant for NASA part-time and enjoys spending his free time writing and playing the blues. To check out more from this artist visit him on YouTube by following this link:

Smart Alec Harmonica on YouTube

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MoJo Collins

Mojo Collins is a blues and folk legend in this state and it was a great honor to hear him offer a fun-filled set of fingerpicking styles and folks structured songs. Collins is a 4th generation singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been performing around the state and beyond for more than six decades. To check out his music story and to keep up with this artist from the Outer Banks, find him on Facebook:

Mojo Collins on Facebook

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Jon Shain

From old school stylings to newly forming traditions, our next act was the youngest slinger in the solo/duo category who resinated music traditions that were set well before his time on any stage. Jon Shain offered a great set of more traditional blues sounds.

He has been making music in the Durham region since arriving in 1986. Back then he was a young gun establishing himself on the folk and blues scenes. Since 1996 the singer-songwriter has been releasing albums and touring under his own name. In 2008 Shain won the TBS Blues Challenge and went on to become a finalist in the 2009 competition in Memphis.

To keep up with this skilled talent, visit him on Facebook at

 https://www.facebook.com/Jon-Shain-95541976364/

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Sherman Lee Dillon

The final act in the solo/duo category was Sherman Lee Dillon who offered a fun set of Juke joint stylings and some Piedmont traditions thrown in the mix. His guitar was a beauty and his tones were simple and pure. This singer-songwriter hails from Mississippi and has been calling Carolina home since 2012.

You can read more about Dillon by visiting his website

 http://shermanleedillon.com/

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Bring on the Bands

 

Chicken Shack

This was the first band of the night and they set the bar high with their high energy act featuring amazing vocal harmonies and killer solos, they offered a full show in their 20 minutes on stage. Chicken Shack had a fat sounding, West Coast feel. Though most of the players are based here in NC, they do have bandmates from other states, lending to their influence. The biography introduced them as an eclectic group of church musicians who were brought together for their love of playing the blues. This love poured from the stage.

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Lockdown

The second act to come calling was Lockdown. They are a high energy blues band based in the Raleigh-Durham area. They have been entertaining crowds for more than a decade and offered a full set of cover tunes. That was the one thing that was a bit disappointing. The music was on point and the vocals strong, but not offering original sounds left me lost. To check out the band in a club near you check them out on Facebook by following:

https://www.facebook.com/lockdownblues/

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Hawkins King

The third act was a fun trio that is newly making the scene. Hawkins King features the guitar works of Daniel Anderson, the bass phrasings of Dillon Partin and the backbeats of Scott Jones on drums. Their music is a good blend of delta blues meeting with contemporary arrangements. They were much different from the other acts, and perhaps the most original of the competition. To learn more about the band, follow them on facebook by clicking this link:

https://www.facebook.com/hawkinskingmusic/?hc_ref=ARTKX4XbNo1dU4WxAYob9yoHw0GEZ6wED-pRZhrikSIYInVamMACQuK3ccQtAWci1Kc&fref=nf

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Big Jim Kohler Band

I found the final act of the night to be the most traditional blues act of the entire event. The Big Jim Kohler Band offered a fiery set of blues featuring several original compositions and a couple of covers which featured vocalist Kathleen Kohler who crushed her parts behind the microphone. The five-piece blues band has players from the Triangle region to the Crystal Coast.

With a long history in the blues, Big Jim spent many years on stage with blues greats Byther Smith and Son Seals. Since leaving his home n Long Island, NY Kohler has done great work in helping to revive the music scene in the town he now calls home. Before he arrived, in 2011, there were not much blues being offered around New Bern, and now this many years later we talk often about starting a new Blues Society based here in New Bern. For those looking to keep up with Big Jim find the band on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/Big-Jim-Kohler-480531592359161/

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Hats Off to the Organizers and Hard Workers

 

And the Winner Is

 

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Jon Shain

Jon Shain won the solo /duo category making this the singer-songwriter’s second trip to Memphis. We all join hands in wishing the talented blues many lots of luck next year in Memphis.

Band

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Chicken Shack

When I said they set the bar high, I wasn’t lying. Chicken Shack won the band competition and will be going to Memphis next year to represent the Triangle at The International Blues Competition. Once again, we all join hands in wishing them well on the road ahead. Since winning the competition, they are hard at work making social media pages for the band and sharing their news. As we grow closer to the time I will share more on this band.

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The End

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Following the announcement of the winners, the two acts gathered on stage for one final photo opportunity. It was a wonderful night that was full of blues, originality, and great music grooves. I was honored to sit on the panel and take part in this annual event. The Triangle Blues Society does great work in keeping the blues alive. Please consider joining them in that mission by becoming a member. You can also help out by participating in the many fundraisers they host to help the winners make their way to Memphis. To keep up with the good work they are doing visit their website at

http://www.triangleblues.com/

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Open Mic Madness at The Blacksheep

It was an exciting Monday night as I picked up copies of the latest Newport Voice and headed out to Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern to deliver it to a couple of the featured players in this month’s offering.

To read the feature story on either Adam Hill or Tiffany Elaine, please check out my monthly installment in the Newport Voice

Weekend Session by Tracey Stones

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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

August 6 at 6:32 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 from 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 Facebook event created.

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.

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Getting Down Around Town Tonight

Downtown New Bern
Tonight you can take a pause for the cause and help out St. John’s Lodge by coming out to The Farmer’s Market, 421 S Front St., New Bern, NC for a fun night of, food, music, festivities, and rocking memories with music by  The Bipolar Express rocking the stage first and 3 Day Weekend closing out the night with a great show of classic and southern rock favorites. Tickets are available at the door and all of the money goes to helping this local, historic mason lodge. Gate open at 6 Music starts soon after.
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Pete Pawsey comes to town and plays at  BrÜtopia 7-10 pm.
Hot Buttered Grits will be rocking friends and fans at The Brown Pelican 8-11 pm tonight. Music at is at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion was canceled due to weather. Over at Blackbeard’s Triple, Play Restaurant it’s a Pirate Invasion with Zen Pirates 7:00-10 pm
 Next up, the newest venue in town, City Stage is offering Madame Z’s August Pride The fun starts at 8 pm. Tickets are sold out!

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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!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. 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!

Look for me on Facebook by following this link:
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Feel free to invite me to your events. If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event with me.

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Back on the Bus with a Buzz About Music

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

We get back on the bus this week and we are checking out a new hot spot and rock with many local favorites. Thanks for being here. Check out all of the music news I’ve found for you this week:

 

New Beginnings Celebrated at New Bern’s New Hot Spot

 

 

The City Stage, 901B Pollock St., New Bern, NC, opened their doors to the public on Friday, August 3, 2018, with the offerings of a new bar, an open atmosphere, more seating, an appetizing new menu and five nights of live entertainment ranging from comedy routines, theatrical presentations and plenty of live music. In fact, kicking things off was the CD release party with Alisa Mike, who offered a night of jazz standards to set the live music in motion. The singer was a featured performer at the former Live at the City Laundry and returned to the venue with a new name under new management. Her second appearance on the newly named stage, that helped her build a foundation in town, was last night where she once again offered a CD release show.

The remaining Thursdays in August will offer Mike on stage from 7-8:30 pm. She will have her discs available for purchase at future shows. The singer’s debut disc offers a dozen cover tracks of Jazz Standards that Mike enjoys singing. From the opening track, “Tenderly” to the closing selection, “Feelin Good;” Mike works with a great band with Piero Tucci on piano; Phil Johnson on drums and Larry Van Kriedt playing the bass, guitar and saxophone parts on many tracks and all instruments on a few numbers. One of my favorite numbers given up here on AM Serenades is “Summertime.” Mike offers a sultry serving of the scorching standard.

Tonight the singer will join a group of ladies to pay tribute to Lady Day and Billie Holiday. Here is more information on that event and ticket information too:

 

Friday, August 10th  A Tribute to Lady Day 


“The velvet-voiced queen of jazz, born into poverty in Baltimore, celebrated in the halls of Harlem and launched to world stardom with a gardenia in her hair.” Join us as we celebrate the timeless Billie Holiday, a jazz singer of monumental innovation. With featured performances by Alisa Mike, Chameshia Coplon, Ciara Di Napoli, Cora Chadwick and Marleigh Ferguson. Hosted by John Van Dyke. After the show stick around and dance to the swing music of the 30s and 40s. No Cover for the after party.
7:30 Showtime – Tickets $15.00
Table reservations recommended 252.631.5122
City Stage is a Private Club. 901 Pollock St, New Bern, NC.

New Members will be asked to pay a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.

To get your tickets before the show just follow this link:

https://citystage.yapsody.com/event/index/278016/a-tribute-to-lady-day

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The Opening of the City Stage marks the return of More Music

    

I returned to City Stage several times this week to enjoy the live music offerings being served on stage at the new restaurant/nightclub. With a supper club feel, the venue will showcase a variety of live entertainment. When I stopped in on Tuesday night it was to check out the debut of Folks Journal, presenting Parker Millar’s Local Band Tuesday. This will be the routine on the first Tuesday of each month. This night of music will offer great grooves from regional bands that don’t often make it to town. On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, I was delighted by the rich sounds of Psylo Joe, psychedelic funk-jazz jam band with four players rocking the rhythms. Bryan Quintard plays the guitar and offers the lead on vocals, George Thornton plays the bass and offers backing vocals, Hunter Parker rocks the Saxophone, and Thomas Barrington gives up the beats on drums.

Based out of Greenville, NC, you can find the band on Facebook by following this link:

https://www.facebook.com/Psylo-Joe-409225872443643/

Coming up this coming Tuesday you can come out and enjoy Poetry Night, hosted by Melissa Black. The final two Tuesdays of the month offer Big Jim Kohler offering the great blues grooves. Music on August 21 and 28 starts at 7 pm.

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Mid-Week Reboot with Dan Jam Phillips

Each Wednesday at  City Stage offers Dan Jam Phillips performing live with new friends each week from 5-7 pm. You are invited to come out and enjoy any of their food options and some fun live music with Dan and his talented friends. This week he was joined by the Dan Jam, original member Alan Gleason. Each week will feature a new guest player.

 

Following Dan Jam you can enjoy more music with John Van Dyke, offering American Songbook selections from 7-9 pm. That event happens each Wednesday in August. Be sure you come out to show your support for the food and fun happening at City Stage today.

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The BiPolar Express Cruises the Coast

After running around town for music last Friday, I headed to the coast to catch one of the most rocking trio’s from the area, The BiPolar Express. They debuted their rocking set on stage at The E-Club, located at 8102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. I wanted to be on hand to show local support as well as grab some new pics to use to pump up their next gig. The trio will be rocking the Farmer’s Market, 421 S Front St., New Bern, NC, tomorrow night as they invite you to take an important Pause for the Cause. The band will be splitting the night with rockers 3 Day Weekend raising money for St. John’Lodge.

Tickets for the event will be available at the door. The cost is $35 for non-member and $25 for members. Gates open at 6 pm with rocking good times starting at 6:30 pm.

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More Favorites Found at By The Sea

 

 

I stopped in to enjoy the sounds of Justin Castellano on my way to the coast last weekend. He was offering the tunes to the diners that gathered at Bistro By the Sea in Morehead City. The elegant restaurant offers a wonderful menu, divine service and live music around the piano from 7-10 pm each Friday and Saturday evening. Tonight the player will be performing at a private party, but tomorrow you can find him at Floyd’s Restaurant & Catering, 400 Bridges St., Morehead City, NC. Music plays from 6-9 pm.

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Following that dinner show on Saturday evening, he will head down the road and over the bridge to join Ed Prophet at The Dockhouse, 501 Front St. Beaufort, NC. The duo comprised of best friends performs under the name Backseat Romeo and tomorrow, they celebrate their 1000 show on Saturday. Music plays from 9 pm until closing at about 1:30 am.

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Bryan Mayer Band Rocks Southern Salt

 

I was on my way to check in with Adam Hill and Co when on my way I heard the familiar grooves and country crooning of the fabulous Bryan Mayer Band. The boys were rocking the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company & Waterfront Restaurant, 701 Evans St., Morehead City, NC. This weekend you can catch Bryan Mayer unplugged, but still lively at Saltwater Grill, 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC, tonight from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow he will reunite with the band performing this Saturday at the Jones County Civic Theater 832 Highway 58 in Trenton, NC. The band will open a show for the popular country act, Joe Nichols. Doors open at 5:30 pm and music starts at 7 pm.

On the deck and rocking the grooves this weekend at Southern Salt Seafood Company you can enjoy the music of Tyler Davis from 9 pm until midnight. Tomorrow night come and get rocked by The Roman Sams Band. These music events are free and the good food adds to the experience.

 

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From Off the Roof to Off the Hook Adam Hill Band Rocks

Morehead City Last Saturday

Adam Hill suffered some minor injuries mid-week last week, after falling off a roof during work. After a brief hospital stay Hill missed his debut show at Market St. Pub in Washington, NC. Though it was recommended he take it easy, Hill packed up the truck and took the band to the beach, not to relax but rather to rock the crowd at Off the Hook, 105 S 7th St, Morehead City, NC. The band was set up on the deck and attracted many passers-by, with guitar sounds and popular songs that grab you. Offering some assistance to Hill on guitar was his younger brother Rooster, who offered blistering solos in the high heat of the summer night.

Hill took it easy most of the week but met up with me at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern in Jacksonville, NC, for open mic night on Monday. We used it as an opportunity to promote his show there with the band tomorrow night, Saturday, August 11. That is when they will rock the room from 9 pm till midnight. Before making it to that show, Hill will be kicking off a rock fest in Swansboro boasting 7 acts, including Hill who will kick things off for Moose Fest being held at the Moose Lodge in Swansboro. Doors open at 4:30 with Adam Hill offering the first set at 5 pm. Tickets are $8 but you can save some money if you bring two cans of canned goods for the local food pantry.

This coming Sunday, Adam Hill will also perform a solo show for the conclusion of the Pirate Invasion Weekend in Beaufort, NC. He is slotted to rock Queen Anne’s Revenge, located at 500 S Front St Beaufort, NC, with music being served from 5-8 pm. Check the forecast before making the trip, this show is weather permitted.

 

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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

August 6 at 6:32 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 from 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 Facebook event created.

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.

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Getting Down Around Town Tonight

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Tonight marks the second Friday of the month which means tonight ushers in the weekend with a new installment of ArtWALK/ARTcrawl. Please come to visit our downtown and enjoy the eclectic mix of artists and performers found all around town from 5-8 pm.
Jenna Leigh Huff is at BrÜtopia 7-10 pm. She will be joined by her father Rick Huff making it an official Paid Time Off gig. Buck Loy will be rocking friends and fans at The Brown Pelican 7-10 pm tonight, Dueling Pianos is at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion $5 cover, 7-11 pm. and at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant offer live on the deck at 7:00-10 pm outside and more music throughout the night inside with a second band rocking from 10 pm til closing. Live music is offered at The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. The show is free and music plays from 8-10:30 pm. Next up, the newest venue in town, City Stage is offering a Tribute to Lady Day. Come out this Friday and enjoy the music of the legendary Billie Holiday. Music starts at 7:30 pm For tickets visit: https://citystage.yapsody.com/event/index/278016/a-tribute-to-lady-day

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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!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. 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!

Look for me on Facebook by following this link:
https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.
Feel free to invite me to your events. If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event with me.

I read emails daily. You can send those to:
ncmz.live@gmail.com
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. Sending along pictures is helpful. Please send links to band websites so I can post those as well. Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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Last Call for Bernaroo and More Community Concert News

 

On the Scene with Tracey Stones

 

 

When I last left you, we bid a farewell to the sponsored events presented at  2018’s Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival brought to us by GEM Productions. We pick things up today at the last call Bernaroo, the three-day music and arts festival.

In an effort to wind things down and offer tourists a taste of our town and talent, the final shows for the weekend were hosted by Cirar 1810 Bar; 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. This an agreement that was reached before new ownership of the establishment transpired.

Bernaroo Brunch on the Patio

Opening up the day was the incredibly talented Alisa Mike, who offered a wonderful Brunch show for fans and friends in attendance. This local singer, born and raised in Tarboro, NC, has so much news to share these days. The songstress that our town has embraced as our own is releasing a CD in the coming days. In fact, it will be released at a party next Friday, August 3, 2018, at her first show on stage at the new City Stage, 901B Pollock St., New Bern. NC. Though that event has been sold out for days, another CD release party has been added for August 9, 2018, again at The City Stage.

Mike has fronted several bands around town and along the way, she embarked on a solo adventure that brought her contentment and peace like no band platform could. She enjoys sharing music with fans and it shows in all of her performances.

She will be appearing live each week at The City Stage on Thursdays evening from 6 to 9 pm. The new venue will open where The City Laundry once was and will offer pub food and libations. The soft opening for this venue lines right up with the debut release from Alisa Mike.

Please come out and show your support for both new endeavors being offered to the good folks of New Bern. To find out more about The City Stage, call the venue at (252) 876-7007 or check out their Facebook page by following   https://www.facebook.com/CityStageNB/.

To keep up with singer and songstress, Alisa Mike, check her out on Facebook by following   https://www.facebook.com/AMSerenades/

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Bernaroo Alumni Barbee Brings a Dust Parade

Hank Barbee and the Dust Parade close out 2018 Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival

 

Hank Barbee and the Dust Parade closed out the final Bernaroo event offered by GEM Productions, in cooperation with Tracey Stones Productions, LCC. This event was held at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, where the Dust Parade played to a full patio of people who enjoyed the jazzy surf grooves served up by the band.

Here again is another great success story in the growth of an artist. When we met Hank Barbee he truly was under construction and rebuilding his music career. The process included not only songwriting and playing, but in time playing with others. This is all a process and not one an artist can achieve in a day. Especially when you mix Egos and IDs with the real-life scenarios of players and personalities. Finding the right mix and blends is important work for the success of any band.

When I met this artist he was playing solo gigs mostly and setting up band gigs as it was required. Over time, the right crew came around and currently the artist is undergoing the transition of taking his name out of the equation. As time unfolds we will see Hank Barbee’s name fade to black and The Dust Parade come to be. The trio of players currently inspiring Barbee’s smooth sound is Matt Henderson on bass, Logan Watson behind the kit and on sax, Jim Durham.

To keep up with the band check them out on Facebook by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/TheDustParade/

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Big Jim and My Big Plans for Community

On Sunday, July 22, 2018, besides taking in the last two shows to complete the 2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival experience, I also presented a concert in the park at Red Sail Park in Fairfield Harbour. Tracey Stones Productions is presenting a concert series that promotes communities coming out to enjoy live music and socialization close to home. I piloted the program where I live. The idea is that we invite the members of the private communities out to enjoy live music and ask them to tip the band

This was the third of the concert series which debuted in May, with Fairlight & The Scorpio Moon featuring Harbour Jazz. Last month Hank Barbee brought the Dusty Trio to play and this month we brought the blues with my missions greatest inspiration, Big Jim Kohler Blues Band.

Big Jim Inspires Me to Dream Big!

The idea I had envisioned when my friend Jim fell ill last year, was to build a stronger, healthier music community that brings more music to our niches and communities in the hopes of benefitting our local players and school children, as well as our citizens. I want to bring music to every POA and District that will have me come and meet with them.

Music is a staple of life. We are all born with rhythm in our souls. With a deep love for the blues, it is a mission to build a blues society in our area that serves our surrounding counties. Twin Rivers Blues Society is the ideal name. Along the way, we can implement more music in private communities, so artists and players don’t always have to run to the bar for work. For a change of pace, I would rather put them in private settings where they can culminate new fans and bring music to new corners.

I know so many bands, that think building a fun concert series is an easy task. We can bring variety and invoke the spirit you are trying to bring to your neighborhood. I want to see the people in Craven Terrace dancing their blues away and getting down with some funk and good vibes. How fun would it be to see the historic district embrace more banjos and bands on their porches? I’d love to see all of New Bern’s POA Communities bring music for their member to gather and enjoy with friends and neighbors. They will be encouraged to bring a snack to share and tips for the bands.

Believe it or not, TIPS add up. I preach about this all the time. FREE MUSIC IS NEVER FREE and for that, I encourage everyone to tip the music makers. Live music is making it’s come back each week. With taking steps to get things organized, I am keeping things simple and learning a lot with my involvement in many projects. Including my recent appointment to the Downeast Folk Society Board of Directors. There is still so much to learn and week by week I am chipping away. Reaching out to other Blues Society’s to learn structure and build a unique platform.

It has been quite a journey and at that time the man who inspired it all has healed to the point of playing his blues again and sharing his music near and far. The Big Jim Kohler Band signed up to compete in the Triangle’s Blues Society Annual Competition to represent at the IBC in Memphis, next February.

Before I even know they were signed up for that fun time, I was asked to be a judge for the competition. I wish all the players the best as they compete on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at The Blue Note Grill in Durham, NC. The competition starts at 4 pm. I hope I get to see your sweet face there!

 To keep up with Big Jim and his singing bride, follow along by clicking and liking thier page on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Big-Jim-Kohler-480531592359161/

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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

July 23 at 2:52 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 from Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!
Please go out and support live music!  Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created.

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.

♥♥♥♥♥

Getting Down Around Town Tonight

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 Mykele Barbee is at BrÜtopia 7-10 pm, Peace Soldier will be at The Brown Pelican 8-11 pm tonight, Dan Jam is at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion $3 cover, 8-11 pm. and at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant they have The Roman Sams live on the deck at 7:30 pm. Last but not least, tonight is also the monthly open mic being hosted by Mathew Kerlin at Broad Street Christian Church this evening from 6-9 pm.

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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!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. 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!

Look for me on Facebook by following this link:
https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.
Feel free to invite me to your events. If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event with me.

I read emails daily. You can send those to:
ncmz.live@gmail.com
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. Sending along pictures is helpful. Please send links to band websites so I can post those as well. Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

 

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