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Milestones Marked by Area Music Makers

A few music makers from around our region enjoy the celebration of milestones on the music scene! Let’s celebrate these moments! Starting the celebration at home with our own, Bryan Mayer Band!

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Though it is rare, occasionally I miss the bus. Last weekend was one of those occasions, as we know my car keeps me hovering close to home nowadays with her high mileage (399,458) and faulty replacement parts (namely the radiator and water pump.)

If I made the scene as I try to do each weekend, I would have headed down to watch the Second Annual Carolina Country Music Awards, at The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, on Saturday night. Had I done that, I would have a lot of great new pics to share of New Bern’s 2019 Bass Player of the Year, Mike Sandvig. 

I was on hand last year for the First Annual Carolina Country Music Awards, where Sandvig was nominated for the Bass Player of the Year. This year, he walked away with the Sweet Tea Award.

I have been friends with the bass man for more than five years. I met him not long after he came out of his retirement from music. He was the General for Big Jim Kohler and I for one, am glad he emerged back on the scene. We all benefit when people follow their dreams. Congratulations Mike!

The Bryan Mayer Band was up for several awards this year, eight in all. They walked away with a trophy for Tour Of The Year for their Little Bit Naughty Tour. Here’s to a more exciting year ahead for the country award winners!

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Pause For The Cause And Clean Water too!

Here around town last Saturday evening, Garret Biss invited friends, fans and family to take a pause for the cause and help him celebrate his 38th birthday, with a celebration that helped to raise awareness and money for a foundation he created in 2014.

One Million Goal was founded after Biss returned to civilian life following his time with the Marines. It was during his service that he traveled to so many regions, where he saw a need for a greater awareness about clean drinking water.

Since starting the nonprofit, Biss and his team have raised more than $50,000, completed 20 missions and taken several trips to Nicaragua to install filtration systems. These systems have been strategically installed at schools and other areas where they can help many in the community, including high traffic areas with young children. To date, they have installed seven systems.

To make the night fun for all, Biss invited area music makers to play for the crowd. Opening the night at 5 pm was jazz crooner John Van Dyke, next came three-quarters of the Neuse River Ramblers, who offered a bluegrass set. Gabby Christie was the third entertainer with her Batts project, closing out the night was Greenville’s talented Mandy Mears.

For anyone who missed the birthday bash and fundraiser on Saturday, but believes in this mission you can still take part in helping the cause. This year alone Biss will be taking three trips to three countries to install new filtration systems, to supply clean water to communities in Nicaragua, Malawi, and Guatemala. To help in the mission make a donation to…

https://www.paypal.me/onemilliongoal

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At The Gallery Presents…

Craven Arts Counsel /Bank of the Arts offered another show in their At The Gallery Series. The first in the 2019 Season featured the music of Randy Newman, known best for his movie scores. The Heather Pierson Trio offered the performance.

The trio offers Pierson on piano and lead vocals, Davy Sturtevant, cornet, dobro, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and vocal, and Shawn Nadeau on the upright bass and backing vocals.

Since their performance here last week they have headed south. Tonight they will perform in Alabama and tomorrow they will appear in Jacksonville, Florida.

Pierson, found her love for music in the simple life beginnings she knew as a kid in Kansas! That has opened her up to roaming the world and sharing songs. Keep up with her music career and band endeavors by visiting their website at:

http://www.heatherpierson.com/index/

For fans of the At the Gallery Concert Series, you can look forward to Minus 2 coming in February for the Holland-Dozier-Holland show. In March Strung together will offer the Carter and Cash show. Looking ahead to the Spring they will offer Willie Nelson by way of Blue Cactus. These events are possible thanks to Friends of At The Gallery, Cravin’ Wines and North Carolina Arts Council.

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BiPolar Express Rolls into Blackbeard’s

The Bipolar Express used the bridge to pull into town on Saturday night, with their crazy good rock show. The trio of classic rockers that highlight the 80’s hair band era of rock music, brought their show to the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant.

The trio has been booking dates for the 2019 calendar year. To get them on your agenda visit them on Facebook and like their band page:

https://www.facebook.com/thebipolarxpress/

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Big Jim Kohler Heads to the Coast

The Big Jim Kohler Band brought their blues to the Crystal Coast on Saturday nights for a performance at Cru Bar and Wine Store in Beaufort, NC. The five piece band from the New Bern scene played to a full house of blues lovers.

When I read the promo for the band event made public by the venue, they deemed Kohler’s wife, Kathy as “The Secret Weapon!” When I read that I thought, “Well isn’t that the truth.” Whenever Kohler is ready to take the room to a new level, he launches into a song that will feature his bride!

For those looking for the band in the days ahead, look for them at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC, on Monday when they jam from 7-9 pm. All are welcome to join the jam, sign up at the door. On Wednesday they will do it again at The City Stage, 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC, also from 7-9 pm. Big Jim will perform in front of the Black Cat Shoppe on Middle St. during ArtWALK next Friday 5-8 pm.

http://www.bigjimkohlerblues.band/

True Blue Rocked The Royal James

True Blue is a duo from The Crystal Coast, that shares their blues and rock riffs with fans far and wide. Chris Lee Sr offers harmonica and vocals and Mark Hibbs manages the strings and sings too. On Saturday night I caught the duo rocking fans at Royal James Cafe in Beaufort.

You can find them together again rocking at The Boro Restaurant and Bar, 109 N Front St. in Swansboro, NC. Music plays from 8-11 pm. Tonight you can catch Mark Hibbs rocking Cru Bar and Wine Store. He shares songs from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. A little more on that below.

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, February 1, 2019

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the rocking sounds of the local classic rock stringer Bruce Lynch.He will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine

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

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Brian Mac tonight. The solo acoustic stringer will share songs from 7-10 pm. This show is free. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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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 Spare Change tonight who will be rocking on the deck. Music plays 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 welcomes Dueling Pianos tonight with music starting at 8 pm. There is a $5.00 music charge at the door.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Cedar Point, NC

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Appearing at Treehouse Beer Company be sure to catch Big & Rich offering live music from 7-10 pm tonight. Come out and welcome in the weekend by enjoying a cold beer and country grooves.

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Riptidez Bar & Grill welcomes live music to the stage tonight!. Music is offered from 9 pm until the midnight hour. Come enjoy the end of the week with great music on Hill St. by the man from Pink Hill, formerly of Potter’s Hill, the talented Adam Hill.

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Newport, NC

Tonight in the garden at Carolina Home & Garden, you can enjoy the romantic sounds of 4EverAll. They will be offering the music from 6:30-9:30 pm. Food, beer and wine is on site for consumption, with live animals and so much more. $5.00 music charge is collected at the door.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents Mark Hibbs, Fri. Feb 1, 8-11 pm, No Cover. Join us for live music performed by this talented player, offering American roots music: folk, blues, and some rock and roll.

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Now or Never will be performing live tonight at The Royal James Cafe, 117 Turner St, Beaufort, NC. Music is served from 9 pm until midnight. Burgers are served all day, make sure you get one when you are there tonight!

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Rocking Around the Region

Raleigh, NC

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Gen-X has a show this evening at The Big Easy NC, they play the grunge and 90’s rock that grooves you. Check them out tonight offering the sounds from 10 pm until 2 am.

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If you are looking for a fun night out, Lauren and Curtis would love to have you join them at Sola Coffee Cafe tonight at 7:00pm. The night is free although Sola would certainly love to sell you a beverage and/or something to eat. Hope to see you there!! And just for fun, here is the bio Sola will be using for their in-house advertising:

Lauren and Curtis have been playing music together since August of 2016, mostly in church settings, but also at open mic nights and other venues. Lauren is a Durham native who cites Ingrid Michaelson, Adele and Lauryn Hill among her musical influences. Curtis is a transplant from Western Canada, who wishes he could play guitar like John Mayer and piano like Bill Evans.”

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Greenville, NC

Rural Route Romance will be rocking them at the Buc tonight. Buccaneer Music Hall welcomes the popular party band that offers the country grooves you love. Come boot scoot tonight from 9 pm until 12 am.

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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.

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Thank You for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. 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.

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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Follow me on Facebook:
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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: 

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You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

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This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

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One Small Town Big On Talent

Though we live in a small town, this place is big on talent!

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On The Scene with Tracey Stones

Picking up where we left off, Big Jim returned to the midweek jam blues this Wednesday at The City Stage. The night was shared with a Girls Night Out event, which I learned is like a traveling marketplace for small businesses to network and share products.

Next week the band and the jam returns on Wednesday without any further interruptions for two weeks, or until mid-February. That is when the DEFAS offers a second show for their 2019 music season. Sam Gleaves will entertain on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. That show is free with donations encouraged for the touring artist. Music plays 7-8:30 pm.

For fans of Big Jim Kohler Blues Band, you are invited to check out his new site at http://www.bigjimkohlerblues.band. Feel free to subscribe by sharing your email and we will send updates. For fans needing a fix, the band is heading to the coast tonight to take the stage at Cru Bar and Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop. Music plays at 8:30 pm. More details on the gig below.

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Marron Chaplin is back in the area after several weeks of running the roads from New Bern to Nashville and from Nashville to New York. Now back in the city of Bears, the rocker was spotted last night offering many rocking favorites to fans and friends that gathered at BrUtopia in James City last night.

To keep time with the gorgeous rocker follow her Music page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/marronchaplin/

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Speaking of rocking stringers with big voices and mad crazy noodling skills, Adam Hill was in town and spent the evening sharing his songs with a new crowd of fans that enjoyed the show.

Hill rocked the stage at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine Store on Middle Street. He offered many of my favorite from his own catalog. I love bringing him to places where he can freely play those originals that penetrate souls and rock hearts like crazy.

Adam Hill will be joined by drummer, Cecil Pittman, Jr., and bass man, Gordy Gorge this evening, as the trio best known as The Adam Hill Band heads to Surf City to rock souls along the coast. More details on that gig are in the line up below!

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The Dirty Bird Brings Originality

The trio of stringers and singers from the Crystal Coast known as Now or Never features the talents of Steve Mehan, Tiffany Elaine, and Fernando Rivera.

This trio of close friends came together as a result of many open mic nights. They each bring a cool vibe to the table with Mehan being the classic rock influence, Elaine offering the country flavors and Rivera giving the pop and rap grooves make for a cool and original sound.


Tonight you can find the trio of players at The Carolina Wine Mixer where they will be sharing songs from 7-10 pm. Following the close of the weekend, they will be back at it, supporting the local music scene by hosting and supporting open mic nights. On Monday they will share songs with friends at Shortway Brewing Company, 230 Chatham Rd, Newport, NC from 6-9 pm and all are welcome to participate. On Tuesday you can find them at Cru Bar and Wine Store, 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC; with the stage opening at 8 pm and music playing until 11 pm.

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Dale Brings Music For The People

The final show that I caught last night was Joe Brown and The Band who performed on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant last night. When I got there last night, the crow was grooving the the great music being offered by Brown and his boys.

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Fresh In From Memphis

Word was announced late last night that blues stringer Jon Shain has made it to the final competition in Memphis this weekend. Shain is there representing The Triangle Blues Society, which held a competition to select the band and artists that would represent them. Shain was a shoo-in for the winning, as his songs bring you into his world as he sheds and shares stories from his soul. Let’s all keep him in our thoughts as he advances tonight to the final round!

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Live Music Options for

Saturday, January 26, 2019

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Jamming In James City

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the fresh beer paired with the classic rock sounds of Paid Time Off.  The trio features Rick Huff, his daughter Jenna and her best friend and music sister Molly. They will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

Gettin’ Down Around Town

Broad Street, New Bern, NC

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine will host the One Million Goal Fundraiser to raise money for water filtration systems in Nicaragua. The fun and fundraising start at 5 pm with music guests, Danny Batten, Gabby Christie, Mandy Mears, John Van Dyke, and others. There will also be a silent auction and a 50/50 Raffle.

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Broad Street Christian Church

Broad Street Christian Church hosts a once monthly open mic. Tonight the talented players will gather. Sign up starts at 6 pm. Music plays 6:30 pm until 9 pm. All levels and players are welcome to participate.

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Craven Arts Council / Bank of the Arts presents another At The Gallery event tonight, featuring the music of Randy Newman being brought to us by The Heather Pierson Trio. Here are the details on tonight’s show:


Craven Arts Council & Gallery is proud to present “At the Gallery” Randy Newman performed by the Heather Pierson Trio.

Most well-known for his movie score compositions, Randy Newman’s career has spanned more than 50 years. The concert takes place tonight, at 7 pm, with a pre-concert discussion of the composer’s life starting at 6:30 pm.

The nephew of 3 Hollywood film score composers, Randy Newman is widely known for his film scores and compositions, as well as his distinctive voice and satirical songwriting. His 1968 self-titled debut album received critical acclaim and praise from other musicians, but never achieved Billboard success.

Newman has received twenty Academy Award nominations, and twice won the “Best Original Song.” He composed the scores for “Toy Story,” “Ragtime,” “Cats Don’t Dance,” and numerous other live action and animated movies. Hits include “You’ve got a Friend in Me,” “Short People,” and “Feels Like Home.”

The Heather Pierson Trio burst onto the national folk scene in 2015 with their debut EP, “Still She Will Fly.” It features the multi‐genre songwriting, instrumental arrangements and stirring three-part vocal harmonies. The title track was the #2 single on Folk radio in 2015. Returning for their fourth consecutive year, the Heather Pierson Trios performance promises to be a hit.


At the Gallery tickets are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers, and may be purchased in person at Bank of the Arts; 317 Middle St., New Bern NC, over the phone at 252.638.2577, or online at Cravenarts.org.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of the father and son Duzan Duo. Tommy Duzan and his father Charlie will offer the cool sounds you love from 8-11 pm. This show is free. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. Tonight on the deck you can get rocked by New Bern based, hair rock trio, The BiPolar Express. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

The BiPolar Express~ New Bern’s answer to 80’s hairband rock 

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Cedar Point, NC

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Appearing at Treehouse Beer Company, catch Now and Then offering live music from 7-10 pm tonight. Come grab a cold brew and support live music tonight.

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Emerld Isle, NC

E-Club Emerald Isle will bring Corey Stuart in to rock you tonight. The fun pop and rock tunes from the 80’s and 90’s will fill your soul, as you fill the dance floor. Free music starts at 9 pm.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents Big Jim Kohler Blues Band Jan 26th, 8:30-1:30 pm, No Cover.

Big Jim Kohler has been north and south, east and west playing his music his way. From Rockland Maine to Seattle Washington leaving his mark wherever he goes.

Kohler spent five years as guitarist/road manager/band leader for blues hall of fame player Son Seals. He also spent some time jamming with Byther Smith, Lindsay Alexander, and many others. The JKB is Big Jim himself on the six strings and vocals, Tom Parker on drums. Formerly with blues legend Carey Bell. On bass, Chris Buttitta of Hot Buttered Grits renown. The secret weapon is ENC’s Queen of The Blues Kathy Kohler. From barrooms to theaters Kathy has graced many, many stages and never disappoints.
Jim Kohler Band music is available on iTunes, google play and many other online outlets.

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Surf City, NC

JM’s Place PUB features the rocking sounds of the amazing Adam Hill Band. Live music starts at 9 pm and you can get rocked right into Sunday!

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Rocking Around the Region

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Jacksonville, NC

The boys of Carolina Sky return to Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern tonight to rock your through the weekend with the pop, rock and country grooves that move you. Music plays 9 pm until the midnight hour.

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Kinston, NC


There is a new band on stage tonight at The Red Room in Kinston. Come out to check out the grooves that Feel Harmonix. This new band features several of players from the popular classic rock cover band, The Roman Sams.

The line up for this new band includes Phillip Alcock bass, Matthew Hart, guitar; Jasmine Best on drums and David Brown guitar. Though I have not heard this band yet, I am going to guess that the grooves are going to be good and the jams fun! Music starts tonight at 10 pm and there is a $5 music charge payable at the door!

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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.

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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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Thank You for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. 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.

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!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Keeping up with the Blogger

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.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

Tracey Stones at work live streaming TrainWreck Live

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

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TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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Open Jams Offer Nightly Entertainment

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

Open jams offer affordable options for music and fun for communities, and venues alike. This week I went to three jam nights in total and each offered fun and talent too!

Fairfield Harbour Residents Gather for A Sunday Community Jam

It was a fun gathering of music enthusiasts last Sunday at The Fairfield Harbour Community Center, where residents got together for a jam session.

The idea brought together friends and neighbors for a fun evening of sharing songs. Approximately 15 players came together in the round.

Dee Dricks played a few instruments including the violin and piano. She was caught singing and having some fun. I have also seen this talented lady at the monthly open mic, now held at Broad St Christian Church, on the last Saturday of each month (As noted that means, this weekend!)

Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening of songs and stories shared between talented neighbors and dear friends alike.
They look forward to making this a monthly gathering. I found out the scoop about this neighborly jam when I ran into Steve Robichaud and Doug King jamming at The Brown Pelican a few nights prior to this get-together.

On Sunday night I had the honor and privilege of hearing and meeting, Dee, Doug, Steve, as well as Jackie Hice, Carol Myers, Don Moore, Elaine Berberich, BJ Tapley, Jackie Moniak,  Chris Roth, Van Rice,  Jan Eldridge, Ken Walker and his friend Vito.

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Big Jim Makes Voodoo Blues Magic on Monday at The Brown Pelican

It wasn’t long ago that I sat down with bar owner Heather Haiss to discuss marketing and music for the 2019 season at the Brown Pelican. Early into that meeting, I said, “You know what this town needs, I good blues night on like Sunday or Monday!” She agreed. After that meeting, I reached out to Big Jim Kohler. After meeting with his band mates, it became the plan to usher in each week with a Monday blues session.

Last week was the soft run for what turned out to be a fun music night! This night offered the authentic blues sounds, known down around the delta and up ’round Chicago too. All this came complete with stinging strings and ripping harp chords.

Though the first week offered two full hours of the Big Jim Kohler Band, minus the breath-taking one… Kathleen Kohler, this night is intended to get you all out of the house to celebrate the blues.

Moving forward, there will be a sign up sheet at the bar ready for you to log in at 6:30 pm and music will start at 7 pm, with the band who will house the room for the first 30 minutes before turning things over to the pickers, player, singers and stringers that come to play! Music will be offered until 9 pm and TIPS for the house band are encouraged, as that is what will help keep this growing! Thanks for your support!

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Behind The Scenes with Tracey Stones

Writing this blog and creating this online music platform have opened many windows, doors and opportunities for me to explore. And I stay grateful for all that passes my way. I love learning and growing. We have grown a lot over the years.

From The FolkArts

Some of the behind the scenes things that excite me most, have everything to do with bringing people together with music. This is a big part of why I want to be a part of the work that DEFAS offers to our area. The main mission of the Down East FolkArts Society is bringing the community together with music, while preserving the traditions of the FolkArts! Sitting on the board and offering assistance where I can is exciting, when it means bringing more music in town for our people to celebrate. That mission will be complete when I can go out seven nights a week and enjoy music. I know the day is coming!

I started calling Fairfield Harbour home when I moved to NC with my family in 2005. My parents retired here. They were my support system. They asked me if I wanted to come with my young son. I debated it for two years, came down on vacation both years and in the end decided yes.

I fell in love with the community because it is surrounded by water and that just keeps my Aquarius spirit happy. The place where I live, almost paradise. I get to walk near the water, watch waterfowl fly and flock and witness wildlife of all kinds from scary to cool, all right here in my small corner of the world.

To Community Concerts

This year I will continue to bring community concerts to my neighbors in Fairfield Harbour. My wish is to find one or many banner sponsors to help fund this series. This funding will allow the residents to enjoy the music for FREE all Summer. Without a sponsor, a donation from residents is requested and necessary to pay the acts for their performance.

Currently, I have 15 dates booked with the POA. Five dates are booked for bands to play at the Community Center for an evening show. The majority of the dates however, are reserved for a Sunday n the Park Concert Series. These shows will be for Fairfield Harbour residents and their friends, neighbors and their guests as well.

Last Summer we did four shows at Red Sail Park. This year there will be ten shows, for neighbors to gather with their picnic baskets and wine. The shows will take place in the afternoons from 2:00 – 4: 30 pm. These events are for my neighbors to enjoy the music, fun and fellowship with such great acts as The Big Jim Kohler Blues Band, The Dust Parade featuring Hank Barbee and Rubich & Cain, a raw acoustic blues act that will groove you. Caffeinated Soul Boogie are also scheduled to play. I am also talking to other acts and once the dates are booked and confirmed I will share them with you here.

The first community show for the 2019 Season will feature Caffeinated Soul Boogie. Music will be offered on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 7-10 pm at The Fairfield Harbour Community Center. On Saturday, April 20, 2019, we will welcome Rubich and Cain for a blues session. That show will also be in the Community Center, with music being shared from 7-10 pm.

We Can Do Even More Together

If you are a local business and would like to sponsor these community concert events, your contributions will be put to great use in a community that was devastated by Florence in September. To meet with me on this topic, please reach out via email at ncmz.live@gmail.com or call 318-789-6929.

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In Other Good Blues and Music News

Jon Shain representing the Triangle region at this year’s IBC in Memphis, TN

The talented blues-man from Durham Jon Shain is in Memphis TN this week, representing the Triangle Blues Society  at the Annual International Blues Challenge.

He got word earlier today, that his performance last night at Pig placed him in the semi-finals tonight. The solo blues stringer is not new to the challenge or the blues circuit. He is authentic and full of feeling when sharing songs. He will perform at thePeople’s on Beale Street tonight. Shain is slotted to take the stage at 10:50 pm. Let’s all wish him luck as he moves on in his journey.

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Speaking of area superstars, Stephen Poole is on his way down to compete in the Miami tryouts for The Voice, competing tomorrow. The singer-songwriter is on the road to the competition with his wife and daughter, who surprised Poole by registering him for the competition. A dream that was already on his bucket list. Best wishes to Poole as he shares his Voice with the judges, and safe travels to him on the journey.

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Local singer from Bridgeton, NC, Tommy Duzan Sr., is also awaiting word, after heading to Charlotte last month to audition for the next season of America’s Got Talent.

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And while we are on the subject of locally talented players, we should also congratulate our own Bryan Mayer Band for 8 nominations for tomorrow’s Carolina Country Music Awards, which is being held at The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach.

Mayer will open the awards night with the National Anthem. Last year Mayer won Male Vocalist of the Year, an award he is up for yet again.

Here is hoping his band-mate and bass man Mike Sandvig wins bass player of the year. And the band comes home with several awards following tomorrow night’s ceremonies.

The New Bern Sun Journal photo journalist, Charlies Hall

The New Bern Sun Journal’s Charlie Hall is down there covering the event and I look forward to hearing his reports next week. Good luck to all of these amazingly talented players from our area!

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, January 25, 2019

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Getting Down Around Town

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the fresh beer and the rocking sounds of the local stringer Marron Chaplin. He will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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

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The Brown Pelican

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

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. Tonight on the deck you can enjoy the grooves of Joe Brown & The Band, who always brings a party with music for the people. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Cedar Point, NC

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Appearing at Treehouse Beer Company, catch Wild Honey offering live music from 7-10 pm tonight. They have a great song list of moving original grooves that will swing and move you.

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Newport, NC

Tonight in the garden at Carolina Home & Garden, you can enjoy the romantic sounds of 4EverAll. They will be offering the music from 6:30-9:30 pm. Food, beer and wine on site for consumption, with live animals and so much more. $5.00 music charge is collected at the door.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents Dick Knight, Fri Jan 25th, 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

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Jacksonville, NC

Tonight offering the grooves the grab you at Ducks Grille & Bar, it’s the party players Spare Change. Music plays 10 pm until 1 am. Come dance to your favorite songs tonight.

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Havelock, NC

Val’s Pub & Grill welcomes the music of Ashton Ward this evening. He will be playing from 6-9 pm. Come start the weekend with good live music and a fresh cold brew at Val’s!

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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.

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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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Thank You for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. 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.

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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Keeping up with the Blogger

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.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

Tracey Stones at work live streaming TrainWreck Live

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~




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We Keep the Beats and Share the News

Behind the Scenes with Tracey Stones

New Bern and Beyond Podcast Episode 109

It was a busy exciting week working with Wendy Card and introducing myself as her sales representative. She has been offering the town a great service for more than a decade and now that we are working together, marketing it as the promotional platform it is…with three media sources for advertisers to capitalize on.

One of the sources we offer to highlight businesses is the New Bern and Beyond Podcast, which after 108 Episodes of pre-taped and edited shows went live this week in the studio at The Charles Tendell Studios on Middle St. To watch the show in it’s entirety follow the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMITmCCdGss&t=45s

New growth is on its way with more advertising opportunities for our local merchants in the new season of NewBernNow.Com and Ledger Magazine.

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One of our new advertisers and supporters is The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. They have been huge supporters of local charities and live music since opening their doors. The local pub featured live music three nights a week for the past several years. But this week they are pleased to announce that they are adding a new night to the lineup.

Starting this Monday it’s Blues JAM Night with Big Jim Kohler and Band. All are welcome to come jam with the traditional blues player. He will be offering the grooves from 6-8 pm and we hope you will come out to show your support. This is a trial run for music in New Bern on Monday, I sure hope you support it!

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On the Scene with Tracey Stones

Open Mic at The Brown Pelican

Since we are on the subject of our new supporter and advertiser, I might as well let you know about the good things that happen there with music.

Seems each time I stop down for open mic night I meet new players. This week was no exception. This week it was Jay Singleton pictured above with his tiny guitar and big voice. He made quite a big impression.

The Brown Pelican now offers the longest running open mic night in New Bern each Thursday night. Sign up starts at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm. Hosting the weekly gig is Brian Mac.

Even some of my neighbors from Fairfield Harbour can be found sharing songs at this weekly offering. This week was no different with Steve above and Doug below showing up to offer a few fun songs.

While we are on the subject of jams and Fairfield Harbour, I will mention here that Doug King worked things out with the POA to bring a monthly jam night to the residents of the Harbour. This Sunday will mark the first event of its kind and the fun starts at the Community Center on Broad Creek Road at 5:30 pm with music starting at 6 pm.

This week there was a full line of great players that came to the stage to share their talents. This weekly event welcomes all levels of playing and the venue often books acts after hearing them in the house.

Also new to the blog this week is Laura Jenn, who offered a few folk infused tunes for those in attendance. Jenn attends school in Asheville and has joined the jam last week and this week.

The reason I was in town for the weekly open jam was due to a meeting with blog support Ashton Ward. The stringer and singer is starting to take music making more seriously and wanted to meet with me to discuss some plans of attack, on keeping his name in the light after the stage lights go out. My company Tracey Stones Productions is available to help bands create a better online presence. Visit my website to see the services being offered by the company that publishes this blog:

http://www.traceystonesproductions.com

The last jammer I got to see on Thursday at the open mic event was Samual Cohen. This active duty Marine is a great guitar player, with a pocket full of original songs. He is working with a new band. They are edgy and raw with great rock riffs.

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Meet Rubich & Cain

Friday night I kept the beats with one band only for a change. It was actually a duo that was offering the grooves to the people that started their weekend off at The Brown Pelican last night.

That is where stringer and singer Ryan Rubich had the stage but invited his music brother Jared Cain to join him in banging out some beats. The two recently formed a duo that started work this New Year.

The two met at a open mic night along the Crystal Coast. When they teamed up at Cru Bar in Beaufort at the open mic, they ended up booking a New Years Eve gig at the venue.

Rubich & Cain offer some folk-infused blues with rock edges. They both enjoy making music and it shows in the presentation. I booked the duo to bring music to the residence in Fairfield Harbour for an upcoming show on Saturday, April 20, 2019. Show time is 7-10 pm and all of my friends and neighbors are welcome to attend!! To get this duo in your room call Ryan Rubich at 832-588-6593.

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, January 19, 2019

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Getting Down Around Town

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers fresh beer, local food and the bluesy rock grooves of Pete Pawsey Duo, with Pete and Patrick offering the grooves!

The duo will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come out and support local music while you enjoy tasty eats and the freshest new beer on tap!

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Gary Dudley and Maxxtones, who will offering three sets of great songs 8-11 pm. This show is free. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. bring the music for all. Be sure to support this venue in their fight against noise and neighbors. Please sign the online petition to show the city we care about having live music here. You can join the fight by visiting the link to sign the PETITION

Tonight they offer the music and fun grooves of Night Shift, feel good music from 7:30 pm until 11 pm on the deck. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Cedar Point, NC

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 Treehouse Beer Company, welcomes Emily Roth, who will be sharing songs from 7-10 pm tonight. Come enjoy a cold beer and live music tonight,

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers the fun and talented Justin Castellano tonight, with music being served in the dining room from 8-11 pm.

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Emerald Isle, NC

The BiPolar Express head to the Crystal Coast tonight to rock the faces at E-Club Emerald Isle. Free music starts at 9:30 pm. Come out and dance tot he classic rock you love.

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Wilmington, NC

Bourbon Street Wilmington offers the rocking sounds of The Adam Hill Band. The music starts at 9 pm and the band rocks until 1 am.

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Rocking Around the Region

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week.

January 14 at 5:15 PM

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook.

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

More events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Thank You for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. 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.

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!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Keeping up with the Blogger

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.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

Tracey Stones at work live streaming TrainWreck Live

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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It’s Local Favorites, New Faces, and Grand Places

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

This week offers some local favorites, new faces and grand places supporting live music. Above, blog supporter, Kathleen Forrest with Hank Barbee at The Brown Pelican on Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday Starts with a Pause for a Cause

I caught up with The Adam Hill Band on Saturday afternoon. The trio of rockers was on hand to perform, following a poker run that honored the life of Jay Roberts.

The band rocked the stage at Rena J’s on Wilmington Highway, Jacksonville, NC. They welcomed riders at the end of the run and took a pause for the spreading of Robert’s ashes. The Last Ride for the lost brother offered memories and music, food and more.

Adam Hill offers sliding scales

The band offered a good variety of rock and southern rock favorites, while mixing in their own awesome originals. It has been a while since I caught up with the trio! But when I finally did, I learned that drummer Cecil Pittman Jr. is working behind the scenes compiling the things needed to run sound for shows.

The idea which appeals most to Pittman is finding a room and working the sound for their music events. If you have a music venue and you often thought about providing a house sound and lights operation, consider reaching out to Pittman. You can reach him by phone by dialing 910-990-5278.

For fans and friends of the Adam Hill Band, the band will be rocking the beach tomorrow. Come enjoy a Wilmington NC night and take in the sounds of this rocking trio at Bourbon Street Wilmington. Music starts at 9 pm.

Here’s a clip from last weekend’s memorial benefit. This is an original, “Full House.”

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel while you are there! Thanks!

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Back In The Bern We Boogie

Caffeinated Soul Boogie poured out the grooves at BrUtopia last Saturday night, to usher in their 2019 music season. The New Bern based band is looking forward to spreading out this year and bringing their show to more people around the region.

The band is currently booking the 2019 calendar. They are available for regular pub shows, festivals, private parties and community event. The quartet features a father/daughter team that got started in the church, carried on in coffee shops and continues to grow and expand their audience and repertoire.

To get to know the band better please visit the band’s website:

https://caffsoulboogie.com/

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The Dust Settles at The Dirty Bird

Hank Barbee and The Dust Parade paid a visit to The Brown Pelican last Saturday night and grooved his many fans on hand at “The Dirty Bird.”

The band opened the night with some newer, soon to be recorded original music. After we got comfortable and in the mood, they offered brand new material for all to enjoy. (I consider it brand new if I never heard it!!!) I was glad to be in the room, ready to record. Here is Day of Decay by The Dust Parade.

The Wilmington based band played to a full house of fans, that have missed their surf sounds. It has been a few months since the band played around town. They have been busy playing around the region and doing their part in raising funds and awareness for Hurricane Relief for the many areas affected by Florence.

Making up beats last week were Hank Barbee on vocals and guitar, Jim Durham offered supporting vocals and saxophone; Matt Henderson played the bass and filling in on drums was, The Spread’s own Will Phetterplace.

Tonight the Dusty Trio featuring Barbee, Durham, and Henderson will be rocking the Crystal Coast. More on that below, but to keep up with this fun and fabulously creative band visit http://www.hankbarbee.com

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TrainWreck Pulls into Blackbeard’s

On Saturday night, TrainWreck pulled into the station to groove the folks on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant. The Greenville based band with New Bern roots, always brings the party.

This band has a long history of rocking the region with funky pop tunes that everyone knows and loves. They come out in many formations. Sometimes they offer dueling horns while other nights they feature two lead singers. If you have not checked in with them lately, make it a point to rock with them soon.

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Open Mic Madness in Newport Makes Monday Less Mundane

On Monday night I headed out to Shortway Brewing Co. in Newport, NC to enjoy the maple stout and open mic night. This great community beer stop offers many flavors of beer, brewed on site in their brew room. The family-owned operation puts community first and opens the floor to local singer-songwriters on the second and fourth Monday of each week.

This week I enjoyed the sounds of Wiregrass, the bluegrass band featuring Pat and Brian Till, who will be at Courtyards at Berne Village in New Bern tomorrow afternoon, offering songs to residence from 1-3 pm.

I also got to catch up with blog supporters, Phillip Canelos (pictured above) and Ashton Ward as well. Both offered several acoustic selections for the crowd to enjoy. Before the night ended we also enjoyed the music of Steve Mehan and a few numbers courtesy of Mackenzie Webb

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DEFAS Welcomes Tom Kimmel to the Down East for a Trio of Shows

On Wednesday evening, Down East FolkArts Society DEFAS kicked off their 2019 Season with the offering of Mississippi artist Tom Kimmel. Though the artist hails from Alabama, he has called many places home before making his way to Hattiesburg, MS.

The singer-songwriter offered a number of familiar selections from his growing catalog. In between selections he offers quick stories to form the base of each number.

I met the performer during his show at The City Stage in New Bern on Wednesday evening. Along with a number of wonderful songs offered throughout the show, Kimmel also offers from his published book of works He opened his trio of area appearances in New Bern and all shows were set up by DEFAS, whose mission is to build stronger community with music.

Last night the talented wordsmith offered his show to fans in Morehead City. He played at Jack’s on the Waterfront. Tonight Kimmel will be closing out his appearances in our area with a performance at Saint Francis by the Sea Tonight’s show starts at 7 pm and features two sets which conclude at 8:30 pm. The DEFAS shows are free admission, but donations are encouraged and graciously accepted.

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, January 18, 2019

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BrÜtopia

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

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

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The Brown Pelican

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

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. Tonight on the deck you can rock with Saltwater Gold, who always brings a party from Pamlico. Music plays 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

Simon Spalding performs at City Stage New Bern on Friday, January 18! Simon combines songs, tunes and storytelling to weave an intricate tapestry of exploration, adventure and far-off lands and seas.

The songs include singalong sea chanteys, “Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight”; ballads by Rudyard Kipling and Stephen Foster; and songs of the sea and adventure. Instruments and tunes from far-flung corners of the globe round out the program.

The instruments include the familiar (violin, banjo), and the exotic (Chinese erhu, Irish octave mandolin).

At 8:00, Simon will be joined by his wife Sara, for a duo set as “Tuppence”. Simon and Sara perform folk music of the Old World and the New – a mix of Celtic balladry, ragtime and contemporary folk music.

The City Stage is at 901 B Pollock Street in downtown New Bern. A variety of food and drink available for purchase. The music will start at 7:00 pm and will finish up at 10:00 pm. There is no admission charge.

The City Stage is a private club with a $1.00 membership fee is due the first time one visits. Call 252-631-5122 for more information. Reservations are available at http://www.citystagenewbern.com.
For more on Simon, check out www.musicalhistorian.com; for more on Tuppence, www.tuppencefolk.com.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Cedar Point, NC

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Appearing at Treehouse Beer Company, catch The Dusty Trio offering live music from 7-10 pm tonight or tomorrow night. They have a great song list of moving original grooves that will swing and move you.

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Newport, NC

Tonight in the garden at Carolina Home & Garden, you can enjoy the familiar grooves of Rick Huff. They will be offering the music from 6:30-9:30 pm. Food, beer, and wine on site for consumption, with live animals and so much more. $5.00 music charge is collected at the door.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents Wyldwood, Fri. Jan 18, 8:30-11:30 PM, No Cover.

Wyldwood is a bluegrass inspired trio joined by Hank Bowman on bass. They perform traditional and original songs in rich 3 part harmonies and have loved playing at Cru Wine Bar over the years in a number of variations!

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Rocking Around the Region

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Jacksonville, NC

Tonight offering the grooves the grab you at Nick’s Blacksheep Taven will be the talented stringer from Cape Carteret, Stephen Poole. Poole will be heading to Florida next weekend for a shot at The Voice. Come out and rock with him tonight from 9 pm until midnight.

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Havelock, NC

The rock pop and country party band Carolina Sky is in our area tonight. For those in the mood for boot scooting, you can head to Jeans where the band will be rocking the tunes from 10 pm until 1:30 am. There is a $10 cover for the band.

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Arapahoe, NC

Bryant Island Strings will be performing tonight at Gary’s Down East Seafood Restaurant. Music is served with the fresh seafood selections from 6:30 pm until 9:30 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.

January 14 at 5:15 PM

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook.

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

More events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Thank You for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. 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.

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!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Keeping up with the Blogger

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.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

Tracey Stones at work live streaming TrainWreck Live

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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From Singers and Stringers to Bands that Rocked ’em~ It was Friday in New Bern!

On The Scene with Tracey Stones

For anyone sitting around the house, saying there is nothing to do, I declare there is plenty of great things to do, especially if you live in or near New Bern.

Like all cities that were effected by Hurricane Florence, we are still in the throws of recovery and fighting to come back stronger and better than ever. We won’t be mended and healed in another month, this will be years in the making. But the most important thing is we are making big strides in the right direction.

Last night in downtown New Bern ArtWalk kicked off the 2019 season, with many crafty things to celebrate all around our town. The Isaac Taylor Garden reopened the gallery and Community Artists Gallery & Studios offered live music with Dan Jam Phillips in their new location on Middle Street. Just down the road, they were bouncing between the Harrison Center and The Bank of the Arts for The Potters Throwdown, where potters made bowls and the kids in the community made soup to fill them.

Even our alley ways are beautiful here in New Bern

This Potter’s Throwdown also featured the music of Strung Together and soup making contest. The winners of the Soup competition will share their winning recipes at the next ArtWalk on February 9, 2019. This annual event raises money for RSC and Craven Arts Council.

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Beyond the Arts and Crafts, Shops and Stores, New Bern Hosts Plenty of Music Too

Blazing Strings at BrUtopia


Justin Castellano

Coming to town to perform for the friends and fans at BrUtopia last night was Justin Castellano, while fighting a nasty head cold still rocked the house at the fun brewhouse in James City. This brew bar is hosting their first home brewery class at Craven Community College this semester, with more learning opportunities being talked about for future semesters.


One of my favorite things about this awesome place is how the owner works hard to support local business and local music. He invites food trucks, he pairs with other breweries in our area to promote everyone, he educates the community by sharing his passion for craft beer. If you have not stopped out yet, come by and meet Tim Dryen and his wife Dawn, their manager Bryan Conway and the great staff who love to serve their community!

Derrick Moore of Caffeinated Soul Boogie wailin’ on Big Jim’s guitar

There will be live music featured tonight. As a means of dropping hints, one of the stringers above will be bringing his band to boogie with you tonight! Live music 7-10 pm and more on the details of who will entertain you will follow down below!

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More Crystal Coast Players Flock to Town to Entertain

Last night at The Brown Pelican it was local stringer Ashton Ward who calls the Crystal Coast home.


Ward is a talented stringer and a deep voice singer, with a keen ear for country pop and rock songs. I first met Ward at an open mic where we were introduced by Tiffany Elaine. One thing I can say, the three of us do our part in supporting other musicians. Elaine hosts open mics and promotes and welcomes everyone, Ward uses social media to drive music lovers out to support his friends as well. We all know what I am up to when it comes to supporting live music!

In the fashion of supporting others, Ward asked his friends to the stage to play when he took a break. This not only kept the music playing but it welcomed us an opportunity to hear the sounds of United States Marine,
James Weesner on guitar and his lifelong friend John Jones. The two friends are lifelong buds from Georgia. They made their way to NC with Weesner calling NC home as he serves at Camp Lejeune.

Assisting in causing a ruckus, Marron Chaplin got up just long enough to see to it that Miquela would have to reset the Wagon Wheel. Ward and Chaplin are good friends and in fact Ward wrote an awesome song about this rocker chick living her dreams.

The one thing I love is all of the love you pass my way. It is always a wonderful vibe to see all of the great people that call New Bern Home. Above I got kissed on the cheek and thanked for my work by the amazing photographer, Ina Thomas! Her work is simply amazing and she is available to shoot you!

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Joe Baes Project Rocks City Stage

Joe Baes, vocals and guitar

Friday, January 11 marked the opening of the 2019 music season for The Joe Base Project. They kicked things off here at home with friends and fans that gathered at The City Stage, 901 B Pollock St., New Bern.


Jonathon Toler, drums and vocals

This trio is New Bern based and offers a good selection of rock standards. My favorite songs on their set list are always the originals. They are best at bringing their own grooves to the table.


Dan Taylor, bass

The trio announced their newest member last music season and this year is more seasoned himself with the material. It was a fun night of music and fellowship as it always is with this great crowd of followers.

The Joe Baes Project with special guest Mark McKenzie

Adding to the fun they invited Mark McKenzie to shred some tunes during the two sets I was in the house. It was another good time with this energetic fun band, who is currently booking their 2019 music season. To get them on your calendar visit their website and reach out to them today!

http://www.joebaes.rocks/


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Bruce was Doin’ the Bruin

Offering the jams last evening for the friends and fans that came together at The Thirsty Bruin, was Bruce Lynch. This guitar man is one that inspires me more even words can express. He hates me to shoot him playing his guitar with just his one arm, but I think everyone needs to see him and hear him as well. He will inspire you too.


The New Bern stringer plays at a couple of popular watering holes around town. When not serving the sounds at the Bruin you can find him rocking the Dirty Bird.

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The Switch Warmed Up the Deck at Blackbeard’s

Last but not least, the final band we found around town last night was The Switch, who was busy warming things up on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play when I got there.

The traveling party band is staged by two brothers from Alabama, Larry and Artie Davis. They are always a big draw too. They bring the set list packed with fan favorites and lots energy to throw in the mix. This band loves entertaining their audience.

They are a talented bunch of players that have a hard time picking an instrument to master. They all have mad skills and take the time to show us that throughout the show.

To get better acquainted with the band visit their Facebook page and give it a like. They stay busy rocking fans around the region. Tonight they are going to be kicking it with the lucky fans in Benson. They will be live at
The Junction, for those out that way tonight or just like the band on Facebook and head out to see them soon. They like it when you show up!!!

https://www.facebook.com/theswitchonline/

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Getting Down Around Town

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia welcomes Caffeinated Soul Boogie to the stage for their first gig of the 2019 music season! Just for the record, let me point out that the music season extends from January thru December. So often shows are free for us, the music lovers. Please remember though, free music is never free and we can always tip the music makers that groove us. Tonight’s free and fun show plays out from 7-10 pm.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of the Dust Parade tonight. Based out of Wilmington, NC and featuring the talented guitar works of Hank Barbee and his crew, including sax man and backing vocals James Durham and Matt Henderson on bass. For a great night of surf blues with jazz jams, come out from 8-11 for all of the fun.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. Tonight on the deck you can rock with TrainWreck, who always brings a party. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. On the inside it is trivia music bingo and a DJ. Oh, and there is also some good food on the menu. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

The City Stage offers a comedy night this evening for those that like to laugh, Matt White is in the house! For those looking at the calendar and wondering about the music to come, let me remind you that on Wednesday, Down East FolkArts Society presents Tom Kimmel for an evening of music.

All are welcome to attend this free music event but donations are encouraged for the touring artist. Kimmel will be performing three shows while he is visiting us.

Down East Folk Arts Society’s 2019 Winter Concert Series. DEFAS will again be bringing World Class Singers/Songwriters to Craven County and the Crystal Coast of North Carolina beginning January 16, 2019 and running monthly through March 15, 2019.

Admission to DEFAS concerts is free, so all are welcome, though we will “pass the hat” among attendees for donations for all of our performers.

All concerts will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Performers, concert dates, and locations are as follows:


Wednesday, January 16th, The City Stage, 901 Pollock Street, New Bern, N.C.
Thursday, January 17th, Jack’s Waterfront Bar, 513 Evans Street Moreheard City, N.C.
Friday, January 18th, St. Francis By The Sea, 920 Salter Path Road Salter Path, N.C.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Emerald Isle, NC

JP Guhns Band will take the stage at the
E-Club Emerald Isle. Music starts at 9:30 pm.

Cedar Point, NC

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For anyone who missed his New Bern appearance last night,  Treehouse Beer Company offers the mad skills of Justin Castellano, live tonight from 7-10 pm. 

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents  Joey and Mason, Sat Jan 12th, 8:30-11:30 PM, No Cover

Join us for live music by local musicians, Joey and Mason. They play originals and covers along the lines of classic blues and rock. These guys are new on the scene and will be sure to surprise you with their talent! Come check them out!!

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Rocking Around the Region

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The Adam Hill Band will be taking a pause for the cause at 4 pm, to celebrate the life of Jay Jeff Roberts. There will be food, raffles and some of the best rock music found around the state! Come help support this family and show some love. The celebration will be held at Rena J’s Lounge, 2304 Wilmington Highway in Jacksonville, NC.

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week.

January 7 at 6:53 PM

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook.

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

More events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Thank You for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. 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.

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!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Keeping up with the Blogger

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.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

℘℘℘℘

~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

Tracey Stones at work live streaming TrainWreck Live

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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