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Living the Dream and Sharing the Blues

On The Scene and Keeping the Blues Alive

With Tracey Stones

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Big Jim and The Blues is an Evolving Story

Since coming out of a coma in September 2017, Big Jim Kohler has been an unstoppable force, a bluesman on a mission. Growing stronger with each gig, he is playing as often as six times a week, fighting through the pains of life and getting cleaner on the guitar after 30 years of mastering its strings in an altered state of mind. Big Jim now approaches the stage sober and celebrating the music he loves to share with fans and friends of the blues.

 

It has been a busy season for the blues-man and his band. He is rocking the local scene with regular engagements at The Brown Pelican on Mondays, with jams being offered from 7-9 pm and on Wednesday at City Stage, where again 7-9 pm the stage offers a slew of blues and music-making friends.

 

Along with hosting regular jams, they also play BrUtopia, Triple Play Restaurant and Sports Bar, and The Garage in James City. The band is busy offering their services for benefits and charity events often and they are also making a name for themselves on the regional scene as well.

 

This music season has offered them an opening act opportunity at The State Theatre in Greenville back in May, which now leads us to more Greenville gigs and expanding territory. Most recently the band played AJ McMurphy’s for the first time and wowed the crowd there too.

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The blues band brought their music to Mardi Gras Fest in Beaufort this Spring and more recently rocked the Cru Bar’s Summer crowd a few weeks ago, as seen in the video above. They made their way to Wilmington a few months back and have been cutting chords along that coast ever since.

Currently, the band is filling the rest of 2019 and booking dates for 2020 as we speak. If you have room on your calendar for a great blues act, give Tracey Stones Productions a call about bringing them to your room soon. 318-789-6929

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From Opening Act to Headliner in A Few Weeks

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Woolly & The Wingnutz

BRING THE APPETIZERS

 

Last week we rolled to Raleigh where Big Jim Kohler Blues Band headlined an event I put together for The Pour House Music Hall. 

The bill was a  Sunday Blues Brunch offering three regional bands. Woolly and The Wingnutz opened the show at 2 pm, offering fun and funky set of down-home blues. We met Woolly at his weekly blues jam at The House in Durham. I asked him to join us given the fact that he works so hard on the local scene for the Triangle. This was a great way to start a fun day of music. These boys are nothing but professional and have a lot of fun making music together.

Cultivating the sounds for this band was Woolly on guitar, Mike Conway on guitar, Mark Heffington on Harmonica, T.A. James on the bass and offering strong vocals from behind the kit David Sword. 

You can catch these guys swapping grooves most Thursday nights at The House in Durham with good food being served and hot blues from 6:30-10 pm.

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Appaloosa Redd & Friends Serve the Second Course

 

My sweet friend Gary Redd, better known to the music world as Appaloosa Redd, brought his friends front and center for a fun time with old fashioned grooves that made sense in today’s world. I love his style and his music friends that he takes on the journey they are always spot on. This show was another great example of that. Offering a fifty minute set of music that traced back to Redd’s heritage on the Appalachian Trail, he is a gem to behold!

Based out of the Greensboro area, I met Redd and guitarist Jeff McLean last year at The Greensboro Blues Festival, where his band closed out the event. Since then we have traveled the state and talked about a lot of blues!  When I started planning this show it only made sense to bring the cool grooves of Redd and Co in for such an occasion.  I actually look forward to doing more work with both of these music trailblazers. Woolly and Redd are passionate about bringing music to the people and wish to share their gifts for that purpose. The friends that came to assist Redd was drummer Darrell, bassist Shiela Klinefelter, and guitar man, and good friend McLean.

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Big Jim & The Band for the Main Course

 

Filling out the bill for a regional three-course serving for the day was none other than the Big Jim Kohler Band out of New Bern, NC. Here again, another group of talented players passionate about sharing his sounds for the benefit of others.

When it came to selecting a band to fill the top slot, it seemed simple enough to me. I reached out hoping to secure some stage time for Big Jim, and I wanted to offer him that hope. Though Sunday Blues Brunch turned out to be slow, it was a fun experience to play with so many talented players in a room that caters to the music makers. I fell in love with The Pour House Music Hall on Sunday, even though I found public parking in Raleigh to be a great challenge.

Banging out the beats with Big Jim on this gig we bass-man Chris Buttitta, the drummer from the Triangle area sitting in on the gig was Chuck Katz. Mark Heffington was on harmonica, Kathy Kohler on vocals and the big man himself, on guitar and vocals.

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Tracey Stones Productions Presents

Concert In the Park witH the Kohlers

 

The Kohlers wrapped up another fun week of sharing the blues at a concert in Fairfield Harbour. Tracey Stones Productions brings music to this park during the months of May- October. This is a great way for neighbors to enjoy a good time of music and fun as they sit under the pavilion in Red Sail Park. This was their second performance this Summer and promise to return for our entertainment this fall.

I still have a great many shows slotted for this concert series for my friends and neighbors in Fairfield Harbour. Music is offered in the park where are all welcome to pack a drink and a snack and come enjoy great live music for a few hours.

Our next event will take place on Sunday, August 11, 2019, featuring The Carolina Swamp Dogs. This trio of retired Marines will bring an authentic set of great blues for your listening pleasure. The band will play 3-5:30 pm at Red Sail Park. On Sunday, August 25th, Hank Barbee and The Dusty Trio return for their second show. Be sure to save the dates and come show some love and please tip the band.

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Live Music Options In the Days Ahead

Monday Mayhem

 

Simon Spalding hosts a night of eclectic and educational acoustic music each Monday at Sara’s Big Apple Pizza. Music is offered from 6-8 pm and the dining specials are always a great option for taking care of the family at the start of each week. This tradition started in June and will carry on through August and possibly longer. Simon will entertain diners with a variety of acoustic instruments and educate you on the history of the instrument.

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IMG_5651 (2)As mentioned above, it is Blues night at The Brown Pelican which takes place from 7-9 pm. The Brown Pelican is a private club. Stop in and become a member for $1.00 and enjoy free live music all year throughout the week. Music kicks off tonight with a blues jam that will take you to Chicago, by way of New York all while stationed here in NC. Come dance the Monday blues away today!

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Around the Region

Carolina Ale House (Jacksonville, NC)

Also offering an acoustic performance to diners each week in Jacksonville is Nick and Dean. This Lenoir County Duo have shared music for years and come together each week for an acoustic night of jams at Carolina Ale House. Nick makes music with Mason Jar Bonfire and Dean Daughtry and fronts his own band the Troublemakers. Music starts at 7 pm on the patio.

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Tuesday Temptations

Honky Tonk Tuesday

 

It is Honky Tonk Tuesday at The Brown Pelican each week. Country pickers and players are welcome to come jam between 7 pm and closing. All are welcome to participate or just relax and listen! This night is hosted by Mike Watkins and Charlie Duzan.

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Crystal Coast Option

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Each Tuesday Tiffany Elaine is hosting an open mic event near the beach. Tomorrow she will be hosting the weekly offering at the KBar which is at Brandywine Bay Golf Club located in Morehead City. This venue is open to the public and is offering live entertainment every other Tuesday and on some Saturday nights. They serve beer and wine and offer a full menu of great food. Pack up the gear and stop out tonight. All are welcome from 7-10 pm.

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Around The Region

Jacksonville

Summer Concert Series: Latin Groove

Join the Onslow Winds Jazz Ensemble for a performance of  Latin Grooves at the Jacksonville Amphitheater in Commons Park. Music plays from 7-8 pm for this Summer Concert Series.

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Clayton, NC

Free Wine Tasting and Live Music Every Tuesday

Join us every Tuesday as we explore wines from around the world and enjoy the music of our local musicians at Wine on Main. These events are hosted from 5-7 pm.

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Raleigh, NC

The Pour House Music Hall

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Americana, Folk and Bluegrass blended in a natural and beautiful way that is extremely easy to fall in love with.

NATIONAL PARK RADIO:
National Park Radio is a new modern folk band born and based in the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. An all-acoustic band featuring well-written original songs and beautiful vocals, NPR has a unique sound that is easy to love. This self-titled EP debut contains five songs inspired by the beauty of their native landscape as well as the joys and trials of life and love. The lyrical poetry of lead singer and songwriter Stefan Szabo is a treasure not to be missed. The melodies and vocal harmonies complete the package. National Park Radio is a band on the rise…catch them at a show near you soon!

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Beer & Banjos

This Tuesday for Beer and Banjos it is Dane Page for your entertainment.

Page is a singer-songwriter living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Influenced by the traditions of Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie, his music reflects the complexities of modern life while keeping true to the simple tenets of songwriting. Dane’s lyrics weave listeners through Greek mythology, 20th Century literature, and American history while telling stories of love, loss, happiness, and pain. His music pulls from contemporary folk artists like Josh Ritter and Gregory Alan Isakov, but also ventures into sounds reminiscent of The War on Drugs and Tame Impala.

Beer and banjos is a weekly feature at Raleigh Times Bar. Live music is offered at 7:30-10 pm tonight.

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Imurj – The Artists’ Cafe

Raleigh’s wide-open no-holds-barred, no-styles-imposed musician’s hang, held at a legitimate music venue, this open jam assembles groups of musicians who may or may not know each other on the stage at Imurj and lets them come up with fifteen minutes of improvised music on the spot. This regular Tuesday night event is a fertile place for creative musicians of all styles and skill levels to meet people, let off steam, try new ideas, or catch up with friends.

The Local Jam is hosted by a new local house band each month to keep things fresh and allow for new styles.

A full backline is provided including the best-sounding house drum kit in town, bass amp, two guitar amps, keys, and mics and DIs, the jam is ready for almost any instrument you can throw at us. There’s no better way to improve your onstage confidence than by playing on stage, so come play with us!

Grab a beer or a soda and experience the creative process!

The event is FREE & welcomes all ages and we go until 1 am!

No judgment, no pressure, no boundaries.

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Wednesday’s Weakness

Blues Is Back at City Stage

We get back to the blues on Wednesday when Big Jim Kohler hosts another fun night of swapping blues chops with other players. Live music starts at 7 pm on stage at City Stage New Bern and the fun goes to 9 pm. All are welcome to jam with the blues master or just come to listen and dance along!

MidWeek Open Mic Night at The Garage

Tommy Duzan invites all players to join him for a night of music-making fun at The Garage in James City. This open mic is open to all skill levels and talents. Come show us what you have, New Bern. Music starts at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend.

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Around the Region

Raleigh, NC

Brass Lightning w/ Ctrl Alt Del Band at The Pour House

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Brass Lightning
A horn section that will keep you moving in the right direction! Hailing from New Orleans, this unique quintet –three horns, bass, and drums– delivers sonically rich and energetic performances, guaranteed to get your soul and booty working together in perfect harmony.

Ctrl Alt Del Band
If the squeal of a modem is music to your ears, then Ctrl-Alt-Del is the band you’ve been looking for! This power trio cut the cord and found solace in pitch shifting and metronomic syncopation. When your ears’ operating system is on the fritz, Ctrl-Alt-Del will reboot what you thought you knew about music.

Tickets for this event are $10 for a single or $7.50 if you buy two or more and tickets are available here: TICKETS

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Thursday Thrillers

 

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse will offer live music upstairs in the piano bar. This week the offer Chuck Phillips. Music is offered 6:30-9 pm and dinners are always delicious.

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City Stage New Bern

Alisa Mike hosts a night of music each Thursday evening at City Stage New Bern. She will wow you with standard jazz offerings and groove you with fun show tunes. The City Stage offers a pub-style menu and entertainment most night of the week. They are located at 901 B Pollock St., Doors open at 5 pm.

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Persimmons Restaurant

Live music under the sails will be brought to us by Cigar Box Jesus and the Revelation shares the sounds with diners from 7:30-9:30 pm.

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The Brown Pelican

Charlie Duzan will host open mic night at The Brown Pelican this week. Open mic happens each Thursday night. Sign up starts at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm and lasts until all of the jammers have jammed. This is the longest-running open mic night in New Bern and it is always new and exciting! Pack up the gear bag and come on out!

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Along the Coast

Morehead City, NC

Riptidez bar & grill MHC

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Live music and good food are all being served this evening at Riptidez bar & grill MHC,  with the fresh catch coming out of the kitchen, and one of NC’s best stringers and singers will be rocking the mic from 8 pm until midnight

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Atlantic Beach, NC

Steel Shot Live

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The Sounds Like Summer In The Park features the sounds of Steel Shot. The Pamlico County duo will be rocking the Atlantic Beach Town Park located at 915 West Fort Macon Rd. Music is offered from 7-9 pm. They say you can bring a pop-up chair or blanket. But ask you to leave the coolers at home.  The concession stand will be open and selling fresh kettle corn, drinks, candy & ice cream! This is the last show of the series.

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Emerald Isle, NC

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There is a weekly concert series EMERALDFEST 2019 that has been going down since the middle of June. Sponsored by Buy The Beach Realty, they still have several shows all taking place at  Western Regional Beach Access with shows starting at 6:30 pm. All of the bands on the schedule are local talented stars that have been making a name for themselves for quite a while.

July 25 4EverAll & Friends
August 1 Big Drink Music Company
August 8 Pure T Mommicked
August 15 Naked Knees

Be sure to stop by the sponsor tent and say thanks for their support in bringing the live music. Your gratitude and appreciation do not go unnoticed by the organizers.

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Swansboro, NC

Bake, Bottle & Brew

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Wilmington, NC

The Sailfish

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8/1 – Selah Dubb
8/8 – Justin Cody Foxx
8/15 – Dos Eddies
8/22 – Crystal Fussell
8/29 – Desperado Duo
9/5 – Access 29
9/12 – Cross Creek Band
9/19 – The Casserole
9/26 – Signal Fire Acoustic

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Rocking Around the Region

Burgaw, NC

Summer On The Square Concert Series

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Head out to the Pender County Courthouse Square for the Summer on the Square Concert Series. The show will feature The British Invaders. Come here all your favorite tunes from the Beatles, The Rollin’ Stones, the Who and more! Concerts are free! Food trucks will be on site. Alcohol is not allowed and pets are not permitted for their safety.

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Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Nathan Wayne brings some #realcountry to Locked & Loaded for Jeep Night! Music is offered at 6-9 pm.

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Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music

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Come out tonight to celebrate Lorraine Jordan’s Birthday the ticket includes your meal & cake and your entertainment throughout the night. Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music offers live music tonight from 7:30-9:30 pm.

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Raleigh, NC

Brio Tuscan Grille (Crabtree)

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We are kicking off live music at Brio every Thursday with Jared Place on August 1st at 5:30 PM! Get here early to catch our happy hour specials and enjoy some great food and drink specials! Join us every Thursday at 5:30 for different musicians and some popular favoritesacts from the area!

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Bahama Breeze Island Grille (Raleigh, NC)

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Mike Davis performing his popular solo act of Rockabilly, R&B, Blues, Reggae, Americana, Celtic Rock, Old-Time Rock & Roll at Bahama Breeze Island Grille (Raleigh, NC) from 6-9 pm.

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Midtown Grille NC

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Midtown Jazz Series: Gary Brunotte Jazz Duo is what you can expect this Thursday with music playing from 8-11 pm.

Kinston, NC

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Pride of Kinston will offer the music of Liquid Pleasure for Sumerfest on August 1, 2019. Music Plays from 7-9 pm. Here are more details from the FB Event:

This concert is sponsored by SCOTT MATTHEWS FAMILY & COSMETIC DENTISTRY, DR. PRADEEP ARUMUGHAM, and LEIGH PATTERSON – Y’all rock!!

After more than two decades of bringing audiences to their feet the band, Liquid Pleasure has become a multi-cultural icon. The band has been paired with greats like Chuck Berry, Eddie Floyd, Ben E. King, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and Whitney Houston.

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Since 2004, Pride of Kinston has held a summer concert series that has entertained thousands in beautiful Pearson Park. When the new executive director, Leon Steele, assumed his new role, this concert series, Sand in the Streets, was rebranded to Kinston Summerfest.

Kinston, NC Summerfest continues to showcase a diverse selection of the finest talents from North Carolina. Get ready for beach, boogie, and blues!

Summerfest brings people downtown

Kinston Summerfest is Eastern North Carolina’s hippest free outdoor music festival! This concert series is part of Pride of Kinston’s economic package to revitalize our historic downtown. Kinston Summerfest attracts thousands of people from Eastern North Carolina to shop and dine in our walk-friendly historic commercial district.

Pearson Park, the site of Kinston Summerfest, is a block away from nationally-recognized restaurants, bars, shops, and boutique hotels. Kinston Summerfest is great for people to relax and socialize in the evening. Bring the kids to enjoy the new Pearson Park playground!

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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Joe Shingara Music hosts open mic tonight at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill with music being shared from 6:30 – 9 pm. All are welcome to attend.

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Thank You for Reading!

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Tonight’s blog is made possible thanks to the donation and kindness of Ken Byrd. 

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

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 about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

Thanks to the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and 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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Have a great week ahead and enjoy the dance! When we return at the end of the week we will pick up with the blues and meet new rockers too. Until we meet again, out on the scene or here on Friday, cheers!

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Chilling with Singers and Stringers, Plus Crooning with Country Stars

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

 

Rocking the scene by day with NCMZ.LIVE editor and cleaning partner in crime, Robert Walker! If you are ready to have your house cleaned from top to bottom call us! We can rock that detail like nobody’s business. For more details on our day job visit Tracey’s Clean Sweep, LLC.

 

Meeting Up with Country Crooners 

Croaker Festival With Bryan Mayer Band

 

Mary Shine and I caught up with Bryan Mayer Band at Croaker Fest a few weeks ago! This is a slow season for the band that claimed many accolades earlier this year at the 2019 CCMA’s.

Bass Player of the Year Mike Sandvig is currently seeking new opportunity for playing as well as productions! Currently, Mayer is keeping busy with a solo career leaving bandmates in a state of flux.

Sandvig is not only available to fill in for on bass for pretty much any genre, but he is also the owner of Sound Hut Productions and can accommodate the production needs for your next show! Looking for a studio for your next rehearsal? This is also an available option.

To inquire about all of this, call Mike Sandvig at (252) 259-7337. He is ready to get the job done for you. If it is not all about the bass, and you only need lights and sound, no problem. From the backbeat to production, he has the equipment, space, experience, and determination to help bands sound their best. 

To keep up with Bryan Mayer be sure to like his Facebook Page by following the link below:

Bryan Mayer Band on Facebook

 

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Scott Shelby Checks In with NC Fans 

 

Scott Shelby, the country crooner from Pittsburgh PA, made his way to the beach again this summer and spent several weeks serenading us. When we caught him, he shared the stage with his friend Cody Woody, a crooner from Texas.

The duo performed live at The Tackle Box in Atlantic beach last month for a chance performance. This weekend Shelby finishes up his Outer Banks Tour with an appearance at Uncle Ike’s Bar in Corolla, NC. Music starts at 6 pm. He has a new release and lots of merchandise to offer fans and friends. Be sure to visit the artist on the web by following this link

Scott Shelby 

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Rubich & Cain

Rubich & Cain are a fun duo, that came to be following an open mic night at the Crystal Coast. The pair of music makers enjoy playing tunes that make the crowds groove to their beats. 

In June I hosted the duo for a Concert at Red Sail Park, the crowd enjoyed the music and the vibe they shared. They have been rocking the scene since the New Year and will be making an appearance in Jacksonville, NC tonight at Twin Ravens Tavern. Music plays from 10 pm until closing.

The duo also hosted a night of music at Sara’s Big Apple in June and the crowd has asked for them to come back. So by popular demand, you can catch Rubich & Cain at Sara’s again in late September. 

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Singers and Stringers on the Scene

Common Interest Rocked Sunday Funday In Beaufort

 

It’s been well over a year since I heard Common Interests share the grooves that do a soul good. Fronted by Delancy Loftus on vocals and guitar, they are the common core of rock grooves. I found this trio jamming out back, to the folks that gathered at Backstreet Pub in Beaufort at the end of June. The band does not get together too often these days, but when they do they sure have a lot of fun making music.

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Ed Prophet Filled the Date and Rocked the Deck at Southern Salt

 

I was happily surprised to run into Ed Prophet a couple weeks ago, when he was covering a gig at the last minute on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company in Morehead City. This strummer is based out of New Bern, but spends much of his time playing to crowds along the Crystal Coast. 

While in attendance Prophet shared a unique and beautiful version of “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones, a song he made his own and sent it out to a friend he recently lost. It moved me to tears. This crooner is smooth as silk and always entertaining to hear. Tonight he will provide live entertainment at Island Market & Tiki Bar in Top Sail Island. Music starts at 8 pm and he rocks you until 11 pm.

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Scott Arnold Played Royal James Cafe

I never met Scott Arnold until a couple weeks ago, when I caught the performer rocking the room at Royal James Cafe in Beaufort, NC. He offers some familiar favorites, from pop to country but the stringer and singer also offered a few songs of his own. I was on had to capture the first song he ever wrote, which can be heard in the video above.

When not rocking the stage solo, you can catch this crooner working the strings with Big n Rich’ ard a Crystal Coast Country Duo. Arnold will be rocking the stage at the Treehouse in Cedar Point in full duo formation. Music starts at 7 pm.

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Big News For Now or Never Fans

 

I have been watching Tiffany Elaine evolve into a music diva since she set out three years ago. This singer-songwriter is an ambitious dreamer with songs to share. When I first met her she was shy and a little scared, but determined to sing her songs. As time unfolded, she grew with courage and blossomed with friendships.

After coming into her own, the talented and ambitious singer set out to create a scene for others along the Crystal Coast. She did this with hosting open mic events each week in various locations. This work still continues, but the excitement comes with all that she found in hosting these events.

A few weeks into carving that new normal, she found herself locked in a zone with friends she felt at home with. Fernando Rivera and Steve Mehan would not only become regular players at her open mic events, but they would go on to be band-mates and form the band Now or Never.

After much ado and production, this original act cut and will soon release Waves. This is the band’s first single and is offered on a disc that was recorded and mastered at TeraNote Entertainment in Morehead City. The band will host a single release party for their song Waves, tomorrow night at 6p at Cru Bar and Wine Store.

 For those interested in finding the band tonight, they have two shows. First stop is at Sara’s Big Apple in New Bern for supper music from 6-8 pm and then at 10 pm catch them at Pour Haus Pub in Farmville, NC.

 

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, July 27, 2019

 

On the Outskirts of Town

 

Sara’s Big Apple

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Live music will be offered in the back room at Sara’s Big Apple this evening courtesy of Now or Never. This New Bern native has made his music known all over the world by scripting sounds for TV and movies. Tonight this talented player will share some seamless sounds of guitar melodies, to those that gather for food and music tonight. Sara is always cooking up something amazing for supper and Tiffany Elaine and Fernando Rivera makes beautiful music any time they gather. Come out and enjoy both tonight.

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Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood (New Bern, NC)

Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood (New Bern, NC) welcomes the music of Country Express Band offering live music from 6-8 pm for diners delight tonight.

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Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of music with Core Sound, offering the classic rock music you know and love from 8-11 pm. 

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of  Mommicked! They will bring the music to life tonight on the deck with all the grooves you will love. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage New Bern

City Stage New Bern, 901 B Pollock St, welcomes New Bern based classic rock makers The Wannabees, for music and fun tonight starting at 8 pm. 

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

 

Brütopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the grooves of Caffeinated Soul Boogie live. 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!

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Big and Rich, ard, live and grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.

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SWANSBORO, NC

Bake, Bottle & Brew

Bobby Webb & Co. offers the live music sounds tonight at Bake, Bottle & Brew this eveningMusic is offered from 6-9 pm.

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Emerald Isle, NC

The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits

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 Joe Baes Project will be offering songs to the fans and friends that gather for good eats and great beer tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music starts at 6 pm and this New Bern based band will rock you until 9 pm.

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E-Club Emerald Isle

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E-Club Emerald Isle is welcoming the rocking beat of reggae sounds with  Monjah outside tonight at 8 pm and inside at 10 pm with Selah Dubb. In between sets groove to the dance favorites, you love courtesy of Dj Natural Nate at 7 pm and Dj Yspin at 11 pm.

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Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes Red and The Rockers for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music.

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Southern Salt Seafood Company

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The Island Time Band will offer the music selections for those eating on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company. Located on the waterfront in Morehead City. Come early to enjoy the fresh catch and stay late to dance the night away. Music starts at 9:30 pm on the deck and rocks until 12:30 am!

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Checking things out for the weekend:

~Saturday July 27th~
Open @ Noon
Live music by Backyard Groove begins @ 9:30pm 
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

~Sunday Funday July 28th~
Open @ Noon
Live music on the deck by 4EverAll from 4pm – 8pm 
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

See you at Jack’s!

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OFF THE HOOK

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Off The Hook welcomes the fun and rocking grooves of The Spread tonight on the deck. Music starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop



Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents a night of music with Dick Knight. Music starts at 8 pm and this show goes until 11 pm. Free music is never free, please tip the players that groove you tonight.

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SURF CITY, NC

JM’S PLACE PUB

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JM’s Place PUB welcomes the reggae grooves of Adwela. The fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am. Tomorrow at JM’s Place come out for Sunday Funday with Adam Hill

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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Tonight The Other Guys will offer the dinner grooves and will be serving the sounds at Fishy Fishy Cafe tonight. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the food is always delicious. 

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Rocking Around the Region

Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to The Origin, offering their rocking best tonight. Music is free and kicks off at 9:30 pm and lasts until 2 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists.

Due to health reasons, we regret that Jon Dee Graham will not be joining Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys. We’ll keep him on our booking wish list!

Rebecca Newton & Barry Gray will open!

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Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar

Adam Hill will be sharing songs tonight with friends and fans that gather at Crossroads Grill & Bar tonight. Music starts at 10 pm. Grab a burger, enjoy a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight.  Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill is always a great time with music and good food on the menu! Music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Thursdays they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic Night, hosted by Brian Burke.

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight it is Rowlette Green. Music rocks till 10 pm.

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The Wine Crate

 

Music is on tap at The Wine Crate tonight with singer-songwriter Bailey Gerard, sharing the songs you are sure to enjoy. Come early to enjoy the taste from the bistro and stay late for the good music. Songs are shared from 7-10 pm this evening! Tomorrow you are invited to return for brunch with music being offered by local favorite, Chuck Phillips at noon.

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Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

Southern Voice Encore at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern is what is on tap tonight at Nick’s. Music starts at 9 pm. This is the first band Nick hired and is always excited to announce their return. Featuring the voice of Tim Hair, be sure to be on hand to dance the night away at Nick’s tonight!

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Oriental, NC

The New Village Brewery & Taproom

Frank and Lili Bacon are always up to something good at The New Village Brewery and Taproom. They brew tasty beer, bring live music and raise funds to help education, assist their community in need and even raise money to bring more music. In fact, that is what they are doing today.

Be sure to stop out today to show your support for their Oktober Fest in July taking place today from 5-9 pm. $1.00 per pint poured today will be donated to the Ol Front Porch Music Festival. Offering the music in the back yard under the sails will be Jill and Shane Harris. 

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Tomorrow I will take you on a blues journey as we catch up with Big Jim, and coming up next week we check-in with Mojo Collins and so much more.

 

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 22 at 6:00 PM

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Do you like live music videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook.

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

Searching for more events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Keeping up with the Blogger

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Follow me on Facebook:
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 here!

Do you need music for an event you are planning? Consider the services of:

Tracey Stones Productions

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.

Be sure to mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

Pictures are helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

♥~♥~♥~♥

Thank You for Reading!

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Tonight’s blog is made possible thanks to the donation and kindness of Ken Byrd. 

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

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 about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

Thanks to the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and 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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Have a great weekend and enjoy the dance! Come back tomorrow and we will go country and sing the blues some too! Until then, cheers!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

Your Support is Important! Please consider making a donation today!

I accept many forms of payment!

Google Pay which can be sent to my email at traceystonesproductions@gmail.com

Apple Pay which can be sent to my phone 318-789-6929

I also accept PayPal

Every dollar makes a difference in keeping me and my old girl (414,567 miles) on the road!

 
All donors are added to the Thank you Page.

 

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To Advertise Here Call

318-789-6929

 

 

 

 

Catching Up and Moving On

Back On The Scene With Tracey Stones

On The Scene with friends at Jacks Waterfront Bar for Jan Michael Fields Band on Friday, July 12, 2019. Photo Credit Debra Warren

 

A Rockin’ Rewind

It’s been a very difficult season, to say the least, and thanks to the help of supporters, I am still pushing through the rough patches and looking for the glory. Music is still my go-to for comfort and peace of mind. Having said that, let’s recap the last few weeks as we move forward in this revised blog plan.

Caffeinated Soul Boogie 

 

I have had the pleasure of catching Caffeinated Soul Boogie a couple of times in recent weeks.  The first time I caught them was in late June where they kicked things off in Oriental for Crocker Festival. They played under the tent outback of The New Village Brewery. Though it was a scorcher they played all the cool tunes that give them their fun edge. 

Concerts in the Park for Tracey Stones Productions

 

I also hosted the band a couple of weeks back for a concert in the park. The music series brings acts to Fairfield Harbour to perform a concert in the park. These concerts take place on Sunday afternoons at Red Sail Park. These events are brought to the residents of Fairfield Harbour and their friends courtesy of Tracey Stones Productions, LLC. The residents enjoyed the show so much they will return for an encore performance on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Music starts at 2 pm.

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For those looking to boogie, you can catch Caffeinated Soul Boogie this weekend rocking BrUtopia tomorrow evening. Music plays at 7-10 pm.

 If you are looking for something different take some time to get know this New Bern based Americana Quartet, featuring Derrick Moore on guitar and his talented daughter Darria Yeager fronting the vocals.  They are a fun band who can be found on Facebook at Caffeinated Soul Boogie or you can visit their website at www.caffsoulboogie.com.

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The Bands That Have Rocked Me Since We Last Danced

The BiPolar Express

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I have caught the crazy train to rock n roll paradise with The BiPolar Express a couple of times since we last met. The boys have had a fun and busy Summer, rocking faces from the shore points to the big stages of Raleigh and even in their own backyard here at Blackbeard’s Triple Play.

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During the weekend of the last celebrated holiday, the guys rocked the stage at The Lincoln Theatre splitting the bill with Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band, Second Helping.

For those looking to get rocked tonight, you can find The BiPolar Express rocking The E Club in Emerald Isle tonight The fun jams get rocking at 10 pm.

For those that find themselves a little more inland, Second Helping is rocking Wayne Community College tonight. Adam Hill opens the event with a rocking acoustic set. Tickets are $40 at the door. Doors open at 6 pm. Food Trucks are on-site. Music starts at 7 pm. 

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Thunderstruck

 

Speaking of rock acts conquering new territory, Night Train and Hayvyn warmed things up for Thunderstruck when they all rocked the State Theatre couple weeks ago. Though it was my intention to catch Night Train, a Guns n Roses Tribute Band, I instead caught the glam rock band Hayvyn and the AC DC Tribute band that never disappoints. Thunderstruck does not make it to our area often enough for my taste so when they do roll into Greenville, I like to be there to support.

This band is based out of Raleigh and tours the region. Several of the players in Thunderstuck are lending chops to Night Trian’s effort. Including guitarist Jeff Young and frontman Lee Robinson. Coming up in the month of August the guys will be busy with Night Train performances. Checking things out for September, it looks like both bands get busy again. Be sure to like and follow both bands on Facebook by clicking their link above.

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Hayvyn

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Hayvyn is the glam rock pop band that took the stage in-between the tribute acts at State Theatre. This band has been a known staple to the Raleigh rock scene for more than a decade and they still enjoy putting on a show for fans and friends alike. Working up the beats for the band were  Con Jon on Vocals/Guitar. Tommy on Bass/Vocals. Kip on lead guitar and Dirty Dee back on Drums/Vocals. They have no dates on the books to speak of but you can check out their website by visiting the link below:

Hayvyn

 

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Jan Michael Fields Band

 

The final band we are going to check in with on our first trip around the dance floor in nearly a month is The Jan Michael Fields Band. This hard-working rock and pop outfit bring the party with them everywhere they go. I caught the guys a couple of times so far this summer and they are having a blast rocking with crowds along the coast of the Carolinas.

Earlier in the summer, I caught them here in town at Blackbeard’s Triple Play but just two weeks ago I found them rocking the party crowd at Jack’s Waterfront Bar in Morehead City. This five-piece ensemble hails from South Carolina and spends most of their weekends rocking fans and friends near and far.

To see where they are going to be rocking next find the band on Facebook and make a date to catch them at a venue near you.

Jan Michael Fields Band on Facebook

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, July 26, 2019

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Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of great music featuring Ravenz Bru offering songs from 7:30-11 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs and wonderful originals by this local and regional songwriter. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Soul Psychadelic they will bring the music to life tomorrow night on the deck with all the grooves you will love. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine

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Live music will be offered is at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine each Friday from 8-10:30 pm.

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

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The Garage welcomes the music of Third Degree Bern. Live music is offered from 7-10 pm for FREE! But I suggest, you feel free to tip the servers and musicians you meet along the way!

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Pete Pawsey 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!

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Emily Roth grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the rock blues and country grooves of this popular local duo.

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Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden

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Carolina Home and Garden welcomes the weekend with 4EverAll in the garden, offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from LaCocina, a cold beer and relax as you settle into the weekend.

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

 The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers live music each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music. This Friday and Saturday you can enjoy the music of Justin Castellano. Music plays at 8-11 pm.

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Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes Barry Charleton for your dining entertainment this evening. Tomorrow it is the OBX Philharmonic. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music.

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Off The Hook

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Off The Hook welcomes the fun grooves of Dr. Bacon tonight on the deck. Tomorrow night they welcome The Spread. Music starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar.

~Friday July 26th~
Open @ 4pm
Fun Friday Happy Hour 5pm – 7pm hosted by Sweet Beans Coffee and Cafe also featuring live music by JaM
Live music by Groove5 begins @ 9:30pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

~Saturday July 27th~
Open @ Noon
Live music by Backyard Groove begins @ 9:30pm 
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

~Sunday Funday July 28th~
Open @ Noon
Live music on the deck by 4EverAll from 4pm – 8pm 
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

See you at Jack’s!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents

 

Bobby Webb & Co, Fri July 26th, 8:30-11:30 PM, No Cover

Join us for live music by one of our favorite local, down-home acts, Bobby Webb & Co! They play contemporary Americana and country.
Bring your friends out for a good time!

Then Dick Knight Sat July 27th, 8-11 pm, No Cover
Join us for a live performance by Mr. Dick Knight. He is a recipient of the NC Heritage Award, (NC Arts Council) and former member of the James Brown Band. He has played with Maceo Parker, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flak, Otis Redding and more!

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Rocking Around the Region

Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to Vertigo rocking things right tonight. They will be offering the pop and rock grooves we all know and love. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 2 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

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Tennessee Jed will be bringing his unique blend of country, rock, bluegrass, and funk to The Blue Note Grill on Friday, July 26th. More info on the band at festywesty.com/tennessee-jed Music starts at 9 pm and there is a ticket charge of $8.00

 

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The Red Room

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The Red Room welcomes Joe Brown & The Band to the stage this evening for the music. Live sounds play from 10 pm until the closing hour. There is a $5.00 cover charge payable at the door. Support live music and pay the cover charge. That money helps to bring music.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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It is going to be a night not to be missed by southern rock n blues fans, as AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Patrick Reid to the stage! Come grab yourself some good food and a cold drink at one of the coolest places in Greenville. Music plays from 8:30-11:30 pm. This show is free!

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic night, hosted by Brian Burke. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight on the Pebble Stage is The Still Shakers. Tomorrow they welcome the sounds of Rowlette Green. Music plays at 7-10 pm.

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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 22 at 6:00 PM

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Do you like live music videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook.

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

Searching for more events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Keeping up with the Blogger

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Follow me on Facebook:
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 here!

Do you need music for an event you are planning? Consider the services of:

Tracey Stones Productions

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.

Be sure to mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

Pictures are helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

♥~♥~♥~♥

 

Thank You for Reading!

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Tonight’s blog is made possible thanks to the donation and kindness of Ken Byrd. 

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

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 about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

Thanks to the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and 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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Have a great weekend and enjoy the dance! Come back tomorrow and we will go country and sing the blues some too! Until then, cheers!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

Your Support is Important! Please consider making a donation today!

I accept many forms of payment!

Google Pay which can be sent to my email at traceystonesproductions@gmail.com

Apple Pay which can be sent to my phone 318-789-6929

I also accept PayPal

Every dollar makes a difference in keeping me and my old girl (414,333 miles) on the road!

 
All donors are added to the Thank you Page.

 

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

 

To Advertise Here Call

318-789-6929

 

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The Power of Music and My Visions of Healing the World

Behind the Scene With Tracey Stones

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Stay Inspired

There are a lot of dreams and visions that came with writing this blog. The greatest dream born, was the one that came with the desire to build a stronger music community. Behind the scenes, this operation comes together in the sanctity of my bedroom and for me, that is perfect because it comes from the intimacy of my wounded soul! Writing is a personal exercise that warrants a lot of alone time. Something I thrive in.

Music is so important to our survival because life is full of hardships and trauma. Personally, I use music to escape the pains of my existence. I close my eyes and feel the rhythms that connect me to the universe and my Father in heaven. I know I am not alone in this, which is why I am motivated to bring people together for music. Getting lost in music’s vibrations replenishes the mind and reminds us that life is much greater than the negative impositions we face from day to day and more about sharing the positive results that come from those impositions.

Healing In Focus

Having started this blog after the end of a marriage, I became entrenched in this thought of a community, with the hopes of feeling more connected to one. Part of this happened because I came out of a situation of alienation from the world. From that situation, I was left with a wanting. A wanting to belong to something instead of someone. I wanted to use all of my talents and past experiences to bring music to light in my area. And I didn’t want anyone to stop me. Instead of getting lost in another lonely relationship, I ended up here, cultivating a more connected music community.

Life and Living It

Our experiences in this life are what guide us. Having been through a lot of trauma I naturally became an advocate. I have been an advocate for the hurt and suffering victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. My best work in life, however, comes in being an advocate for musicians on the local level. I have known this to be my calling since I was 17 and I started pursuing it passionately when I was 25 years old. Music is essential to our existence and I am on a mission to keep people connected to it!

Write A Blog and Dream

Writing this blog came with a great many learning curves and plenty of frustration too. However, from those educationally trying times, came my dreams of developing something better for others to use.

If all goes well, freelancers like myself will have a user-friendly program to create and share content, while music appreciators will be able to download an app on their phone that connects them to the scene in their state. Should those efforts be successful, we will help put freelancers like me to work, while keeping people connected to the things they love. This will also keep the local music scene lively and thriving. Once that mission is complete and cash flow is no longer an issue, I would love to build a foundation funded by that success.

Profit Before Non-Profit Please!

Having just completed a year of sitting on the board for the Down East Folk Arts Society, I know about non-profits and how they work. As for DEFAS, they do good work and warrant the grants they seek for bringing and promoting the shows they bring to our area. They have a mission similar to mine, which made it a good fit. Over the years, I have also been involved with quite a few Blues societies in several states. There again, good work, for local and regional blues artists.

I am also fully aware and understand that my work as a writer, serves also as a non-profit service to this community that I support. However, that was never my intention. No lie, my sights are still set on being very profitable and changing the world. I am a hard worker, who will be looking to someday attain the fruits of my labor.  I am not interested in setting myself up as a charity to get started.

It is frustrating to me that life has come down to a GoFundMe, thanks in part to living my dreams! Nonetheless, I believe in my plans enough to still foresee having so much profit that there needs to be a foundation in place for the run-off. Something I can invest in regularly while encouraging growth for years to come through music development. Did I mention, DREAM BIG!

For The Love Of Family And Music

This non-profit foundation will focus its efforts on some very personal goals. First and foremost, it’s my want and my wish to bring an orchestra program to the North Carolina public schools. I would start with Craven County while keeping all of NC in the scope.

My reason for this is personal. I was in the process of rearing my son in Louisiana during the middle school years when he signed up to be a part of the school orchestra. He loved learning the violin. When we moved back to the area, there was no orchestra here. The band director handed my son a triangle and stuck him in the back next to the big drum. For obvious reasons, I did not become a band mom. And I never let go of wanting to change the system, even if it is by bringing music choices to our children.

Motivation Moved From Family to Friendship

About a year into writing the blog, another major motivation inspired more nonprofit dreams and missions. That is when Big Jim took ill and could not make it out to the store to buy some booze. When shock set in from alcohol withdrawal Big Jim found himself a ride to better health and a life of sobriety and the blues.

Fact is, Big Jim was sick from pneumonia, which had him incapacitated. But interestingly enough, it was alcohol which held him down the most. When he couldn’t get his hands on any, it literally took him down. To survive the withdrawals he was placed in a coma and put in ICU. This man is one of my best friends. I was scared we would lose him in this battle and it stirred a movement in me like no other. He is the inspiration behind the Foundation, funding the recovery expenses for local musicians.

Never Say Die

For those that were not here back then, I had a call to action when Big Jim grew ill.  I made a lot of promises that meant something, as I was saying them to my sick friend before God’s ears. And even though Jim is slim now, and sober for nearly two years, I still want to start a foundation to raise the money needed for musicians to get treatment, should they make the healthy choice of clean and sober living.

That is a much needed and worthy goal as this business creates a lot of dependencies that other job opportunities don’t. As there is no other job that I can think of where you walk in, set up and have drinks handed to you as you work. There is no shortage of people wanting to get the band high either. It makes me a little heartsick. All of this leads to awesome troubles for many entertainers. Given that, I feel it is important to have a safety net for this industry.

Then A Hurricane Came and I thought of Ways to use Music to Heal the World

The next big upset that inspired me more was Hurricane Florence. Since her visit last September, my mind and life have been completely altered. That is true for most in my area. Though I can’t move a mountain or tear down a building I can dream…and today I still say we need to tear down Trent Court, in its entirety and build a parking garage where the Days Inn used to stand. Build an amphitheater in town, something that can withstand the weather. Then use a percentage of those profits to build better housing in a safer location. We can help the poor and heal the hurt by bringing an awesome music venue to this city. And yes I do know there is a plan to build an amphitheater on the outskirt of this town, but, it seems to make more sense to put it in town. Who do I talk to about this dream?  Who can help me propose it?

Tracey Stones Productions Bringing Concerts to Communities

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One of the ideas that came from my work as a videographer, was this idea that we can bring music to the people. I get a lot of messages. Some messages came from recovering alcoholics who would share their tales with me. In short, they enjoy my work because they miss the music. Pair that with my sober friends making music on the scene, and there came this idea of bringing music out of the bars into our neighborhoods.

This is the kind of work that I am most excited about. We have so many small communities in my area that would thrive with a mini-concert series. But this is work that needs community partnerships interested in doing business with me as an advertising vessel. I serve as a legitimate advertising write-off for any company interested in putting their banners up behind my stages.

These types of community activities promote friends and neighbors coming together in a healthy environment for the sake of afternoon fun and music. I was hopeful that partners in the community would see this good work and support it, but thus far I am still the only advertising banner being featured at these shows.

Sponsors would serve as banner advertisers and would be promoted as such. Their banners would drape the stage setting and be featured in all live feeds on social media. The cost to sponsor a show is $500. This allows me to offer fair pay to the band and promote the shows within the communities. I still have several shows remaining and would love to alleviate the request for donations from a community harshly impacted by the Hurricane.

Up Next for TSP at RSP

For our next show in Fairfield Harbour, we will delight in the Americana folk and gospel-infused music of Caffeinated Soul Boogie. A New Bern based father/daughter band backed up by a couple of rhythm makers on bass and guitar. We gather in Red Sail Park for these shows and the residents are all invited to pack a snack and bring a drink. I hustle people for a $10 donation to pay the bands, but I would rather partner with community businesses to make this dream the best it can be. On Sunday, July 28th, the inspiration of the movement, Big Jim Kohler returns for his second performance. The series concludes in September, so there is still an opportunity to be a part of greatness.

Be the change you want to see

If you would like to partner with me in bringing these shows to your community,  please do not hesitate to contact me. Same is true for any business looking for a unique advertising vessel. I am happy to incorporate partnerships with my social media sites and this blog page as part of the package. Those advertising dollars, in turn, help to build healthy, fair paying stages in neighborhoods looking to incorporate live and local music.

This helps to expand the local music market and brings more people together in an area they know and love with the people they live near. Nothing is more beautiful than that vision.

So for those that have been wondering what is up with the blogger, now you know. I am taking a break, but clearly, no one has seen the last of this girl!

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THANK YOU FOR READING!

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

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When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and 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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Have a great week and take time to enjoy the dance!

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I Had Plenty of Good Intentions, Going Broke, Never A Part of My Plan

I set out on a musical adventure in March 2015 with grand hopes of changing the world with my words and my works. This all came to happened nearly two years after my life was turned inside out.

In April 2013 I walked into my house, through the garage side door to find that my husband of six years, five and a half unhappy, was hiding an arsenal of weapons right under my nose. I thought we had four shotguns. Four months prior to learning about the stockpile of 21 weapons that included AK 47s and AR-15s, we had received, a letter of denial in the mail. It was actually addressed to him, but we read it together,  via Skype like all the other mail. It was a rejection from my husband’s life insurance company, saying they denied his request to double my insurance to half a million, due to a recent illness. ( I had pneumonia and blood clots in my lungs!)

When I found the safe full of guns, after I caught wind of the request, a few things became clear. My opinion or life was not valued, my husband was delusional, and I was getting a divorce. On April 12, 2013, I had no idea how that was going to happen, given my situation of living with a controlling man. But let me tell you how I think it came to be…

Pray For Better Days

At this time, six years ago,  I was randomly touring Europe with this mad man I had married and felt alienated from and unsafe with. Along the way, from Amsterdam to Rome, over the course of 15 days, we toured 27 cities and we visited many churches along the way, including St. Peter’s Cathedral.

I am not Catholic but I am a huge fan of St. Anthony, so when I came upon his shrine in Kutz, Germany, I got down on my knees and prayed for his help in finding ME again. I did this for two weeks at every St. Anthony Shrine I found. Two days after my return from that long emotionally charged and unhappy trip, where we would even witness our Pope Francis conducting Mass, I had a house fire. It was small and under control in no time and little damage was done. It cost me $1000 for a new stove and before it was even installed, I hit the jackpot.

My ex-husband was a wealthy man. When I departed my marriage my husband was working in Saudi Arabia making a cool quarter million a year. The more money he made, the more out of control he became. It took some planning to remove myself from that situation, but on Valentine’s Day 2014 I filed for divorce and started to move away from our home on February 10. I left the marriage accepting $25,000, my truck and a trailer as an exit deal and I ran like hell.

In July 2013 after I had a small house fire, I felt as though life was at the lowest point. But after the smoke cleared, there remained hope in the ashes. That is when I met Robert Walker and the plan of rebuilding began. I never told Robert when we started out, that I was going to use him to get away from my marriage, but I knew exactly what was happening in my life. He was my escape plan. Robert came to my home to clean it after my fire and needed a better opportunity. I knew I could pay him more for work that had fewer health risks. It was not a bad deal for him either.

Create Your Best Days

From August thru December, Robert and I communicated about building a business and working together. Our first day of the new adventure was December 1, 2013, and we cleaned up messes that some people would never consider. We dabbled in estate cleaning and sales, we hosted regular appointments (15-20 each week on average) cleaning homes and businesses.

 Behind the scenes, I have been a writer my entire life. Journaling and crafting short stories are my favorite ways to pass my downtime. It is something that started in my rebellious childhood. Each time I was grounded and sent to my room, I turned on the radio and picked up a pen. I wrote poems and short stories throughout my childhood. By my teenage years, music held my full attention and writing about it has been a thing for me since.

In working with Robert, we developed the best relationship I have ever known. This man stood by me throughout the emotional roller-coaster of divorce and watched me fight my demons over people in the truck daily. He calmed me down when I acted out and got upset and did irrational things. He told me we had plenty of time to get to know each other and was the first person who slowed me down enough to think things through. He reminded me to find myself and that I still did not know who I was going to be.

He inspired me to follow my dreams and those dreams led us both here. Robert has been reading each blog and removing commas and editing since June 2016. Whether he knew it or not, Robert was single-handedly rebuilding my life by just being in it! He gave me the inspiration to dream and follow my heart. That made my heart settle on him as I set out on my own adventure.

Follow Your Heart

Not interested much in relationships after my last marriage and track record, I became comfortable in building my relationship with a community. I have remained devoted and dedicated to the mission of connecting people to music and I have been successful in my work when it comes to people knowing where to go to find live music.

For most of the time that this blog has existed, I funded it by way of my cleaning business. Most people do not recognize how hard I worked to make all of this happen. I understood and knew what I was doing. I was working on building my retirement plan from the cleaning business, that enlisted the talents and passions of my youth.

Work Hard and Harder

Through most of that time of supporting this blog with cleaning, I was working with Robert. Things shifted and changed with time because as the weeks rolled by, the blog’s popularity grew and as it did, it demanded more of my time. Quite frankly this excited me. I was making appearances on radio shows all over the state, people were making a big deal out of me, because of the work I was doing for music makers. In short, shame on me, I was living my dreams for a hot minute!

I was fooled enough, by this time last year, getting ready to walk into another Summer music season and I wanted to embrace it fully. Robert accepted a job where 40 hours was a promise and I continued cleaning by day with the hope of selling the business we built and investing it here. I had a business that was easily worth $50K at a hot sale. And that would have been enough to get my dreams rolling.

Learn Lessons

As last Summer progressed, there was little hope that my old self-serving friend would amount to being worth any investment, I was onto a new plan. I ran into someone I had partnered with in business throughout the years, at Barn Bash. Mark Berry and I were getting ready to talk and we spoke briefly about the middle of the week. Well by Tuesday of that week,  September 11, 2018, I was leaving town for NJ under evacuation, in a rush and without my wallet. We would not return until September 22. It was one of the longest 11 days stretches of my life. It was true hell watching my home town on TV as it suffered through Florence. Hearing reports of the homes lost and knowing the people that lived there leaves you powerless when you are 500 miles away.

 I wanted to jump into action from NJ and felt stranded and frustrated at every turn. When I came home, I was paralyzed by the destruction. I could not believe it and I definitely did not want to work. I wanted to help anybody and everyone I could. So I turned on my phone, jumped in my truck and put all three of us to work. I delivered buckets and meals for days. I went live and shared info, and begged everyone for help. I was so displaced by the damage it took a long time to get past it all.

The Fall Between the Cracks

In the end, I lost no personal goods, my house and my family are very lucky. I lost my businesses. And with having no good credit, given the divorce and single motherhood life, I decided to accept that I have no worth to this world. I got to thinking that was true when the SBA agent said: “You have nothing positive to work with, call us back if you turn something around.” I have not had any desire to even address that!

As I did get back to a new normal, I went back to work with the work that remained. Only this time alone and for the moment in time, that was perfect. Then it was back to music also after another month. It remained like that for six weeks until I got sick with the Flu and gave away all but one cleaning account. So in short Flo and the Flu kicked my a$$ in 2018.

To be honest, as I walked into 2019 in reflection, I looked at Florence as a message from our Father above. I built that business with Robert and after turning my back on that plan I certainly did not deserve any return on investment. Knowing my relationship with Robert, I know it is an act of God that he showed up here and maybe I should have honored him more. He is a good man. He put up with a lot from me. I always knew I was a handful! He only learned it with time and handled me well. Given that, I was already longing and lost before the middle of September, yet behind the scenes that man remained.

New Day New Opportunity

For me, it has been quite a year in the whole dream development arena of life!! I am grateful that I chose Robert and music to help me grow and heal. Today I can say I love Robert even more than I ever can remember loving any man! He does not provide for me by giving me money and expecting me to be someone I am not. Instead, he shows up every day to help me find my own way.

Never wanting to change me, always wanting to be helpful and always tolerant and patient with my tornado of a personality! This man who served our country as a Marine years ago is my hero today and for the last 6 years! Given that, it is my wish to return to the goals that helped me reclaim my life after a psychotic marriage. Cleaning houses may not be glamorous work but we are skilled deep cleaners, we earned good money and now he is available again for work and I want nothing more than to employ him.

Last time I upstarted the cleaning business on 10K and I know that I can do it again with the right equipment, insurances, and advertising.  As much as I have loved being your music lady, accolades and praise do not pay the bills. I am stepping away from trying to impress people with my music plans and working my way back to earning a good living so that I can afford to blog for you again! To help me do that please visit my Go Fund Me Page today! Thank you for your support and for reading!

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Blogger is Going Back In Business To Support Live Music! Help If You Can

I have nothing to hide. I live my life out loud. I stay true to my word and I always hope that people will act better tomorrow, including my hormonal self. Fact is, last May I made decisions to upset the apple cart and follow my dreams. After 5 years of planning and working with Robert Walker, I decided to be a B L O G G E R!

This man, he walked into my life and stayed by my side for years and years. He showed up for work on time every day and was usually always waiting for me to get it together. So patiently, he stood by me during an emotional separation and even crazier divorce, where I decided to upstart my business, so to change my life.

As I healed, I did so in trying to help others, as that is my nature. In 2013 I returned to the board of directors for Promise Place and by 2014, I was the Chair for the board…that proved too overwhelming for me and I still Thank God for the day I returned to the board and saw now Maj. David McFadyen sitting at the table. He would step up and Chair the board after I stepped down and away from my work at Promise Place. I still remain as a volunteer, and as for David, he will be replaced in his role as Board President next month. I still celebrate his work in our community in helping Promise Place do their best work for our community members in need of their service.

During those days you could find Breeze and I feeding the homeless and learning how to be better advocates for children who might be suffering from sexual violence. His motorcycle club sat with Carolyn Wynne and me one Sunday afternoon to become Guardians of Light thru the Darkness to Light platform.

After being an advocate for sexual abuse survivors proved too emotional to this survivor, I started advocating for my truest passion, music and music makers. Instead of getting into one bad relationship after another, I hung out with the sidekick whom I love dearly and we cleaned up all over Craven County together. At night when I got bored, I would text Robert endlessly and go look for live music. This is how two men born on the same day handed me the Keys to the Highway. Jim Kohler and Breeze are the men I thank most for bringing me back to music.

Without Big Jim and his blues and his ultra-supportive wife Kathleen Kohler, I might have stayed locked away from this world and all its people. Instead, they brought me back to thinking about my life and I ran after it without any thought. This couple spent hours upon hours with me in my new life, and they are a part of my foundation! This is why I rally for and champion them in their own time of need. Let’s not forget we nearly lost the big guy!

Meanwhile, days roll by and things progressed and as things took off for the blog, I turned to Robert and asked if he would be my editor. I need eyes to oversee me always! He has been reading every blog before you most weeks for nearly three years. Instead of telling me to stop what I was doing, and pay attention to business, he went and found a job he thought would be a stepping stone to another opportunity. We all know how that can work out sometimes.

Last May, he took another job offer and worked things through with me until the end of June last year. I was told by a friend that she would work with me and buy my business. A week after Robert’s departure my friend told me she would need two weeks a year off to do another job. Three weeks after that I learned she would need six weeks off a year. (Sorry no one can run a business like that.) Instead of being forthright she accepted $15 an hour, doing $8.00 an hour quality work. I  was going broke before the hurricane, take my word on that!

We all learn our lessons with friends, don’t we? That is not what this story is about, nor is she to blame for my desire to follow my dreams. Though that zing still stings to some degree. Nonetheless, after not firing her (my own bad decision)  three weeks in, we made it through the Summer and that is when God hearing my struggles said, “Hey, you, about this idea of selling your business, here let me take care of that for you. I see you need a new plan!” Florence changed lives and plans swiftly with her watery force!

Since then it’s been pretty rough around here! The only thing I want to do is heal people and the best way I heal is with music. So I stopped cleaning and dreamed bigger after getting sick in December. I took a job and gave my cleaning accounts away to a “competitor.” I had hoped that my community would back those dreams and that work. The job that I took is helping Wendy Card and New Bern Now.  I remain committed to all of that work as well as my own product! I still have big dreams and major developments underway and it is well worth the time and effort I put forth.

I might have learned that I have more work to do to prove my worth in that regard. Trust me, I am not giving up on me and our music makers. We have a lot of work to do! After sometime after a while, I decided to return to cleaning and under a new business model. This model has me back to working with my editor and favorite one, three to four days a week doing one time, detailed cleaning jobs. This is our niche. We do good work together! We have rhythm and we can make a house shine with a good day of honest hard work! He is a former Marine who served our country for 8 years.

Robert showed up on my front porch when he was working for another company. I tend to believe that July 11, 2013, was a pivotal day in both of our lives. He was there to clean my house after a fire. He ended up staying and helped me rebuild my life from the ashes. He has been teaching me new ways to clean stuff for six years gone by. He is my best friend and favorite one! It has been a very long year without him and I am glad that, together, we have a plan to get things right in both of our lives again.

Now that we have a plan I am asking for the help I need to get our apple cart upright and rolling again so that we both can get back to getting some rest at night! Thank you!

GoFundMe Getting Back In Business

And when we get to the part of my truck needing tires, this is what I mean!

Music Memories Made Last Week Plus What’s Left Ahead This Week

 

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

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We Rocked Our Midweek Blues Away at City Stage

 

 

Starting things off with a look at last week, we begin at the mid-week point whereupon at City Stage we find  Big Jim Kohler and his band sharing some blues with good friends and talented players. Those that joined the fun last week included the regular rock riffs of Jayke Steel who is not pictured above but, who is, the leader of his own modern country band and as it turns out he is available to play in your bar and every Monday and Wednesday as best I can tell. Feel free to find him on Facebook and hire him today!

Making the night fun and most enjoyable was the incredible voice of Kathy Kohler and helping fill in the sounds was Jonathon Peck with his six-string and Phillip Alcock who joined in on bass. Adding a new and talented blues twists to the night was Derrick Moore for a nice change. Moore keeps busy with Caffeinated Soul Boogie, an Americana pop band based here in New Bern.

For those looking to check them out, they will be rocking their grooves at one of my favorite places in Oriental next Friday night, at The New Village Brewery & Taproom. Music for that starts at 6:30 pm. On Sunday the 30th of June Frank and Lili Bacon will host and celebrate their Second Anniversary with Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. Music for that event kicks off at 2 pm.

 If you are interested in breaking up your mid-week blues, be sure to join us at The City Stage. The fun happens every Wednesday from 7-9 pm.

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On Thursday We Rode To Durham to Jam Some More

Last Thursday Big Jim and I rode to Durham and along the way, we picked up Phillip Alcock to join us on the journey. We stopped by the House in Durham to join in the weekly fun they have at Woolly’s Big Blues Jam. This fun event takes place every Thursday and it kicks off at 6:30 pm and rocks in rotation until 10 pm.

We will do this again soon as we are planning a show in the triangle area happening next month at Raleigh’s prime music venue The Pour House Music Hall. On the bill for Sunday, July 21, 2019, will be Woolly & The Wingnutz Blues Revue, Big Ron Hunter with Appaloosa Redd and Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. For tickets to this show in advance,  check out the event on Facebook by clicking this link:

Tickets for Big Jim at The Pour House

Getting back to The House, last week, there is always a strong showing of talent at the jam. Last week was no exception. It was top notch talent throughout the night. All blues players are welcome to be a part of the fun, just come out and sign up to be included in the rotation of jammers. Besides serving up the cool blues music, The House also serves up great food too. Come hungry and stay late to dance your blues away!

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Friday Came Courtesy of Mary Shine On The Scene

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Mary Shine offered the assist and covered the scene last Friday night for NCMZ.LIVE.

Jan Michael Field Band Rocked New Bern

Mary Shine headed to Blackbeards Triple Play to check in with the Jan Michael Fields Band. They were rocking the deck and keeping the crowd happy with their wide variety of popular hits. This band offers everything from Motown to popular rock classics. Some of the highlights include Journey and even the fun sounds of KC and The Sunshine Band.

The South Carolina based band will be heading back to NC to rock Heroes Sports, Oyster Bar and Grill in Goldsboro, NC this Saturday night. Music rocks from 10 pm until closing. If you have yet to see them, be sure to wear your dancing shoes and party hats, because you are about to have you some rock and roll fun!

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Saturday Night Delights

Nicholas William Bailey at Sara’s Big Apple

 

It is always a pleasure to check in with our next spotlight artist. Nicholas Bailey is a talented stringer who has explored some depths of songwriting that few from New Bern have done. He has written movie scores, he has lent his talents to television shows and also stays busy with his own band.

I met Bailey a few months ago at Captain Ratty’s here in New Bern and was inspired to ask him to come to Sara’s Big Apple soon after hearing his beautiful playing. He plays the most soothing sounds with six strings and it is a mastery he offers song into song for full sets. It is awesome and offered with pure grace. I absolutely love the beauty and uniqueness of his dinner show offerings. Someday soon I hope to hear his band Nick & The Babes

To learn more check out his biography on Wikipedia by clicking here:

Nicholas William Bailey

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Ryan Cain Plays BrÛtopia

Ryan Cain is the country crooner that keeps busy playing shows from the coastal resort towns to New Bern and beyond. He has a strong voice for country music and shares lots of popular and familiar songs. Sometimes you can catch him jamming with sweet and talented friends other times he flies solo. Last week I caught his at BrÜtopia on his own and grooving for his crowd.

If you love country music be sure to catch this man soon. He will be rocking Atlantic Beach this Thursday at Idle Hour Biergarten with music playing 6:30-9 pm and on Friday you can catch him at The Barnacle live at 6 pm. To keep up to speed with this up and coming talent like his Facebook music page by clicking this link:

Ryan Cain Music 

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Carolina Ale House Celebrates 20 Years Serving Jacksonville with Music by Dean Daughety and the Troublemakers

When it was time for leaving town, Mary Shine and I made our way to Jacksonville Saturday night to check out Dean Daughety and The Troublemakers. This band is based in Lenoir County and they were busy rocking the crowd that gathered at the Jacksonville location for Carolina Ale House, who was celebrating 20 years in business there.

These Troublemakers are a fun band that took some time in selecting their great set list. They are all talented players in their own right and together they sure make beautiful music. From country grooves to pop rock and funk, they offer a great variety of songs and enjoy interacting with their audience. Anthony Dean Daughety is the front man in this effort and causing all of the trouble behind him are guitarists Matthew Hart and Scott Carlisle. On bass is Greg Howard and sitting behind the kit on drums is James Stroud.

To check out the band on Facebook, find them at Dean Daughety and the Troublemakers. Give their page a like and check out a show soon. Next week the boys will be closer to home and rocking The Red Room on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a $5.00 music charge payable at the door.

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Meanwhile, over In Swansboro, It Was The Will and Tony Show

From Jacksonville, we hit the highway and headed for the coast. Along the way, we stopped in Swansboro where we found The Will and Tony show offering the fans that gathered at The Boro Restaurant & Bar. That was a fun show to find on a Saturday night. They offer a fun show of popular song offerings.

This duo never disappoints and they play in a couple of different rotations. The full band project is Big Drink Music Company and the duo is as mentioned, The Will and Tony Show. They lean toward fun and popular hits of many genres from the ’60s and ’70s. Will Baker offers lead vocals and guitar works while Tony Johnston offers the percussion and backbeats.

For New Bern residents, the popular duo will be performing on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Sara’s Big Apple. Music plays from 6-8 pm and the dinner is always delicious! Fans and friends of the band looking for them along the coast, you can catch them this Saturday at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music starts at 8 pm.

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Morehead City Brings Big Rock, and Rock n Roll

Mike Edwards and The One Reunite at Southern Salt

As you might expect, I love finding new bands to talk about and that finally came at our next to last stop, last Saturday night. After leaving Swansboro, we rolled down 24 East and made our way into Morehead City where Big Rock was underway and the rock n roll was to be had.

My first stop there was Southern Salt Seafood Company, where I got to enjoy the rocking sounds of some Mike Edwards Music. He reunited with a couple of cool cats he used to play with back in the day. Billed as Mike Edwards and The One a trio of the five players reunited on Saturday night, after a 30-year hiatus. And these guys rocked the waterfront town straight into the next day! Edwards is a legendary player to our local NC scene and has swapped chops with a lot of bands over the years.

Should there be the talk of more gigs with The One, I will be sure to keep you posted here but for anyone looking to check in with Edwards, he had a music page on Facebook that you can find at

Mike Edwards Music 

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We Closed Out Saturday Night Ridin’ The BiPolar Express

After we arrived in Morehead City, Mary Shine, headed straight for the crazy train and hopped on board with The BiPolar Express who was picking up new passengers at Off The Hook last Saturday evening. This rocking trio out of New Bern offers all of the classic hair bands beats from the ’80s and ’90s era of rock classics. They play everything from the AC/ DC to the Beasty Boys, Poison Bon Jovi, Motley Cru and so much more.

This trio of rockers offers a fun show of quality rock songs played right. They have a great production set up complete with a sound man. For anyone out there looking to book a fun rock band for a party or for a good time in your venue, reach out them on Facebook. For friends and fans of the band looking to get rocked right mark your calendars for Saturday, June 22 when they bring it to the E-Club Emerald Isle. Music and fun start at 10 pm.

Be sure to like their page and follow them on Facebook today by clicking this link:

The BiPolar Express

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Live Music Options In the Days Ahead

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Tuesday TemptationS

It is Honky Tonk Tuesday at The Brown Pelican each week. Country pickers and players are welcome to come jam between 7 pm and closing. All are welcome to participate or just relax and listen!

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For music fans in James City, please note that Tommy Duzan Sr is hosting a weekly open mic session at The Garage each Tuesday evening, Players are welcome to be a part of the grooves from 7-10 pm.

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North Carolina Symphony Performance at Tryon Palace

Tonight the North Carolina Symphony will perform an annual free concert on the lawn of The Tryon Palace. All are welcome to attend. Bring a snack but leave the alcohol at home. Music starts at 7:30 pm

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Crystal Coast Option

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Each Tuesday Tiffany Elaine is hosting an open mic event near the beach. Tonight she will be hosting the weekly offering at the KBar which is at Brandywine Bay Golf Club located in Morehead City. This venue is open to the public and is offering live entertainment every other Tuesday and on some Saturday nights. They serve beer and wine and offer a full menu of great food.  Pack up the gear and stop out tonight. All are welcome from 7-10 pm

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Salt Bar in Emerald Isle offers Dueling Pianos on Tonight starting at 8 pm. Featuring the mad playing skills of Mike Huffman and Dave Haywood, this duo of ivy ticklers stand ready for your requests.

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Wednesday’s Weakness

Blues Is Back at City Stage

We get back to the blues on Wednesday when Big Jim Kohler hosts another fun night of swapping blues chops with other players. Live music starts at 7 pm on stage at City Stage New Bern and the fun goes to 9 pm. All are welcome to jam with the blues master or just come to listen and dance along!

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Open Mic at Carolina Wine Mixer

Open Mic Night at The Carolina Wine Mixer with Tiffany Elaine starts this week and will take place each Wednesday night. The fun starts at 7 pm, all are welcome to come out and join the fun with family and friends.

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Those Mischevious Girls are on tap this Wednesday at Kings in Raleigh. Music starts at 8 pm. It is requested that you offer a $5.00 donation for the band

Beer & Banjos

This Wednesday for Beer and Banjos it is Sugar On Fire for your entertainment. Sugar On Fire started in February 2018 on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The band members came together through their involvement in the Carolina Bluegrass Band, the ensemble under the university’s Bluegrass Initiative, and their love of acoustic music led them to form their own group. Drawing on their bluegrass and old-time influences, as well as their interests in other musical styles, the band has created their own unique sound, full of energy and passion.

Live music is offered at 7:30-10 pm tonight. Click the link above the picture for directions

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Thursday Thrillers

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse will offer live music upstairs in the piano bar. This week the offer Chuck Phillips. Music is offered 6-9 pm and dinner is always delicious.

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