Tracey’s Weekend Run Around ~ July 3, 2016

I wanted to start this week’s Run Around by saying thanks for all the shares and support for this effort. I am thoroughly enjoying being back in the game of covering live music. Thing is, I always did it for publications, this blogging thing was invented sometime after I left the scene to raise my son.

I signed up for a premium membership so I can track readership. Each week I am getting alerts telling me when  my page is booming! Nothing delights my heart more than that little alert! It only happens with readers and shares, so thanks again for your support in making this site the source for live music in North Carolina! Without readers there is nothing to report so THANKS BE TO YOU!

 

Crystal and I started things off this week at another band rehearsal. We watched Rockin’ Horse (Photos above) work things out as they worked in the new chops of drum man, Shawn Mitchell. (Photo below)

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Fact is, it was the last rehearsal before the big show for the weekend ahead and WHAM, just as life happens; suddenly you are there dealing with all the thick and thins of it! “This Band Business” as I call it, is no different. In fact, to be honest, there is a lot of drama that walks with it all. Thursday night was just another example of the many I have seen in my years around the scene.

To quote my favorite guitar man, Teddy Young, “Life is a merry go round playing in the band.” And thanks to him, don’t I know it! We worked together for nearly 12 years and in that time we changed bass players one time and went through about 20 drummers.

I am not the only person with such sagas either, there are other bands right here in this area that have been through 11 drummers in their 11 years. Not quite sure what is going on with all you drummers of the world, but I think the time has come for more drum circles to form and so to get some group therapy going for you all to work some things out!

Luckily, with Mitchell in the seat with his seasoned chops, things worked out well and the show went on for Rockin’ Horse this weekend at Croaker Festival in Oriental,  NC. Photos below are courtesy of  Daniel Sydow and April Fitchett.

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On Friday evening we headed to The 36th Annual Croaker Festival and if we must confess it was a first for Crystal and I both so we decided to make a weekend of it! On Friday evening we stopped by the Tiki Bar to listen to Steel Shot perform for a set.

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Then we headed over to the main stage to have a listen to the raw country grooves of Hard Livin’ who had the crowd up and on their feet.

 


On Saturday we headed out early to catch Little Cecil & No Credit, rocking out on the deck at The Double Tree, right here in my cool little town of New Bern.  This four piece outfit offers classic rock n blues selections while mixing in a few of their own originals which have a tendency to grab your attention.They hail from Beaufort and you can keep up with their dates by becoming a fan of their ReverbNation page. Little Cecil

 

 

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Then it was back to the little harbor town of Oriental to take in more of the fair and festival life with Bryan Mayer closing out a full day of fun and festivities before the fireworks over the water. This New Bern native always puts on a fun show that keeps the crowd in tune to their good grooves. The Nine North recording artist ended the day by packing people under the tent as they rocked Croaker Festival’s Street Dance to a close.

 

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After fireworks we headed back to The Tiki Bar to take in the sounds of Salt Water Gold Band. These guys also kept the crowd rocking with all of their dance selections. From Honky Tonk Women to Rock This Town they had the dance floor packed as they delivered a full tilt, high energy driven show.

The highlight of this show was probably meeting guitar man Chris Daniels, who not only slings one hell of a six string but also owns the Silo’s Restaurant with his lovely bride. He hosts the weekly open jam at the restaurant and offers live music out back at The Little Red Rooster Bar each Friday night. For me it is always a pleasure to be able to put a face with the name when I am writing. Also nice to find great talent along the way.

 


Don’t forget with it being a holiday weekend, there is live music here, there and everywhere so be sure to indulge if you can. Maybe head out to check in Big Jim Kohler and his band live tonight at Triple Play Restaurant featuring all you can eat crab legs and great blues music from 8-midnight!

Another option for jazz fans is the fun of John Van Dyke live on the Deck tonight at the Double Tree from 5-9 pm.

Many other options are on tap for tomorrow as well, including Mac & Juice at Persimmons.

This is definitely one of my favorite weeks of the year as my favorite holiday approaches! I love our country and I enjoy our traditions of celebrating the birth of our nation.  We live in an awesome corner of this world and we should be proud. Regardless of your stance on politics, tomorrow is a celebration of our great nation and I take my hat off to all the soldiers on the home front and the heroes protecting us over seas. I know our freedom is not free and we owe you all a world of thanks for your service and dedication.

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If you want to get in the Zone, send me invites to your events and perhaps soon, together we can dance. Hit me up on Facebook or send me an email today: tracey.stones.writer@gmail.com. Thanks for reading! I’ll be back on Wednesday with the Regional Rundown, until then enjoy the dance.

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NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown ~ June 29-July 5, 2016

Live Music Options for Wednesday, June 29, 2016: 

Well with it being a long weekend ahead, it seems much of the fun will be getting under way starting this Thursday, but keep in mind that Silo’s Restaurant’s Little Red Rooster Bar in Oriental, NC offers an open jam on their stage each and every Wednesday and tonight is no exception.redrooster

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Looking to the West there are three acts on the bill at The Pinhook in Durham, NC this  evening. According to that events page you can see

Dark Water Rising (Pembroke/Chapel Hill, NC)
“Native Americans who piece together Southern rock full of gospel harmonies, hip-hop inflections and Motown soul with a journeyman work ethic. With bold songwriting and bewitching arrangements, DWR breaks rules effortlessly.”– Sylvia Pfeiffenberger, “Indy Week”

Super Yamba Band (Brooklyn, NY)
Former members of Greensboro’s The Brand New Life in Brooklyn based Afro-Funk/Psychedelic project. Members of Super Yamba Band have also been contributors to groups including Reptar, Yeasayer, Trioscapes, The Afromotive and Mamadou’s Fantastic Band.

Africa Unplugged (Greensboro, NC)
Africa Unplugged moves and connects modern audiences by melding ancient, West African instruments and musical traditions with contemporary, global sounds. With Africa Unplugged, Blues, Funk, R&B, and Soul themes are given new life by the pulsing, pounding hands of a ferocious djembe and dunun section, while catchy guitar riffs, crooning vocals, and familiar grooves give the 21st century ear something it knows, loves, and won’t soon forget. Thanks to the band’s undeniable dance songs and its commitment to the West African tradition of community and audience participation, Africa Unplugged gets crowds singing and dancing as one.

All in all this sounds like an interesting evening of eclectic grooves.The Pinhook is located on Main Street in Durham, NC

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Also out around that way tonight, making for the final announcement for Wednesday, June 29, we find the Ohio based band TWENTY ONE PILOT will be live at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC . Show starts at 8:30 pm and tickets are available through Ticketmaster.


 

Live Music Options for Thursday, June 30, 2016~

Speaking of open mic nights, here is a unique one I have for you, Marjorie Weigel  invites all ukulele players to gather with her at 7 pm in front of Surf, Wind and Fire on Middle Street. The New Bern Ukulele Jam Session is when new and experienced players get together and share in the joys of playing the ukulele.

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They host an open mic event at each week on Thursday evenings over at The Brown Pelican over on Broad Street also. That good time happens from 7-10 pm. Last week I walked in when Tiffany Elaine with Joshua Kitchin were performing (Photos below). Talk about talent! New Bern is not running short of that now folks.

 

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Over at Christoff’s on The Water; you can check in with John Van Dyke & Friends  from 7-10 pm, inside the Double Tree. This is always a fine option for good food and lively entertainment. It is the place to be if you enjoy jazz and blues grooves.

 

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For those out and about in Jacksonville, it is Thirsty Thursday Bike Night with Barefoot Wade at Dunkenfield’s Bar located on Gum Branch Road.Stop down anytime after six for some good food and great grooves.

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The Swansboro duo known as Wild Honey (Photos above) has a show coming up for the Swansboro Rotary Club this Thursday from 7-10 pm.

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The other gig I got word on in Swansboro for Thursday evening is Hank Barbee will be performing with his cousin, Leslie Britt live at The Swansboro Yacht Club  7:30-10:30 pm


Live Music Options for Friday, July 1, 2016~ Happy Canada Day!!! 

Make your plans now to join us in Oriental for the 36th Annual Croaker Festival, “Embrace Your Volunteer Spirit” on July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. This Year we honor the Oriental Women’s Club who celebrates their 100th year of Service to our community.

Schedule of Events (Subject to Change)

Friday, July 1, 2016:

7:00 am    South Street becomes one way (Hodges to 1st Ave. Streets)
8:00 am     Vendor set up starts
9:00 am     Vendors open their booths as soon as they are set up.
12:00 pm   South Street Closes at the Festival grounds
2:00 pm     Croaker Festival Information Booth opens
3:00-4:30  Baking Contest drop-off behind Croaker Booth
4:00 pm    36th Annual Croaker Festival Opening Ceremonies at Lou-Mac Park .
4:00 pm    The Pamlico Chorale; The Pamlico Community Band
4:45 pm     Judging for the Baking Contest begins
6:00 pm    Kids Park Opens with Putt – Putt golf and Games
6:00 pm    Minnow Pageant followed by Croaker Queen Pageant
7:00 pm    All contest winners will be announced
7:00 pm    Zumba Demonstration
7:30 pm    Street Dance: Hard Livin’ (Southern Country)

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Pamlico County’s own Steel Shot  featuring Jeremy Lowery on vocals and bongos and Shawn Mitchell on acoustic guitar and vocals will be close by the Croacker Festival and playing at The Tiki Bar from 7-10 pm. Might as well stop down and have some fun with these cats! They will make you want to dance!

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I have a few shows to tell you about in Greenville too this week. First up you are invited to grab your drum and join the circle at First Friday ArtWalk in Greenville where  the Sojo Drum Circle will form in front of The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions-located at 414 Evans St.from 6-9 pm. That sounds like a fun way to end a work week, banging on the drum with peers.

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Also taking part in First Friday, Christy’s Euro Pub features a double bill with Foothills Tap Takeover at 6 pm and Jazz Jams at 10 pm. I met Chris Puckett (Photo above)  last Saturday when he was jamming on bass with ECU Jazz at Buffalo Wild Wings in New Bern . This week he will be jamming with  Jazz Jams. You are welcome to come out and enjoy a fun night of fine music.

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Bryan Quintard (Photo above) will be delivering a night of “Live Acoustic Improv ” at Winslow’s Tavern, located at 120 W 5th St in Greenville. His show will start about 8 pm and wrap up about 11 pm.

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Also in Greenville this Friday night at The Buccaneer Music Hall it’s The Bill Lyerly Band (Photos below) live from 10 pm-2 am. If you have not caught up with Lyerly during his stint here in the states, NOW is the time. Lyerly is planning his return to Spain soon and his tour around here is winding down.

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Over in Washington NC you can find plenty to do for the night starting with The 440th Army Band  performing at Chamber of Commerce Park, in honor of our nation and the great state of North Carolina. Come enjoy patriotic and popular music from our many ensembles under the Carolina blue sky. Invite the whole family! This event will be held from 6-8 pm.

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While mulling around the Washington way, you can find The Corey Stuart Experience live on the Pebble Beach stage at Backwater Jack’s  (Photos below) from 7-10 pm .

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Over at Market Street Pub you can catch The Eli Craig Band. (Photos above) They get things rocking with their brand of country grooves at 9 pm and carry you to the midnight hour.

Washington, NC is a quick 30-40 minutes from New Bern and offers fine dining, great scenery and live music too. Plan a trip there soon.

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Another quick 45 minute jaunt from the Bern you can head to Jacksonville, NC and check in with  6 Strings Under from 8-11 pm at The Brown Derby .

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Speaking of New Bern, we might just as well have a look around here for Friday since there is always lots brewing in the Bern. This week is no exception.

Live at The Brown Pelican James Ford and Morgan Ash (Photo above) will reunite for a repeat performance  from 6-9 pm. Don’t miss this talented duo if you are sticking around town this weekend.

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Rick Huff (Photo above) will be live at The Bear Town Market from 8:30-11 pm. BTM’s is located on South Front Street across from the Farmer’s Market.

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Across the river, in James City you can celebrate your blues with my favorite blues duo around town. Big Jim & Kathleen Kohler (Photos below) will be performing together and alone on Friday at Triple Play Restaurant from 6-9 pm.

After they finish their fine sets of fun blues, get ready for some funky good times as New Bern gets down with TrainWreck  (Photos below) from 10 pm-2 am on the stage at Triple Play.

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Looking West, YARN will be live at The Blind Tiger in Greensboro NC. That show gets started about 8 and lasts until closing at 2 am.

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For all you hard and heavy rockers, listen up, Primitive Ways presents  a show at The Maywood in Raleigh, NC  featuring the following acts:

PSYCROPTIC: It’s not every day we get bands from Tasmania visiting Raleigh. I can’t tell you how stoked we are to bring you the tech death mastery of Psycroptic back to town. Tech death often loses the listener in a barrage of notes yet Psycroptic’s hyper-melodic sound does the opposite. Psycroptic is a complex and smooth running machine with a soul of its own.

https://www.facebook.com/psycroptic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bquz9LScP3E

BEYOND CREATION: Progressive tech death from Montreal that incorporates sweeping, soulful passages and cold technical prowess into a package that echoes bands of the genre’s inception. Though relative newcomers to the genre, they’ve used the tried combination of tech death and warm fretless bass to win over both vets and newcomers.

https://www.facebook.com/BeyondCreationOfficial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aM8XoWZeq8

THE ZENITH PASSAGE: The Zenith Passage carries the flame of the Faceless’ 2008 smash hit Planetary Duality, bringing listeners right back to where the unique and enthralling hybrid of Spawn of Posession / Cynic worship left off.

https://www.facebook.com/TheZenithPassage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUkoPTBnhF8

LORELEI: The Triangle’s own killer combo of symphonic deathcore and tech death promises to leave the crowd reeling with just enough time left to recoup before the tour takes the stage.

https://www.facebook.com/LoreleiBand
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_IqEFAx_ao

AETHER REALM: Primitive Ways’ own folk metal heroes descend from the mountains to rally the crowd in support of the killer line-up. Show up early to crowd-surf, throw well-orchestrated hammers, and discuss bear pelt sewing techniques.

https://www.facebook.com/AetherRealm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsHhRskvVxQ

DOORS 7PM // SHOW 7:30PM

$15 ADV // $18 DOS // 21+

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Taking you around the Crystal Coast and beyond, here is what I found around our beaches and all the hot spots for this Friday.

Zen Pirates (Photos above) will be hitting the stage at Harrika’s Brew Haus in Cedar Point, NC featuring Alisa Mike of Atlantic Avenue (Photos below) on vocals for the night. This show gets started at 7 and the Pirates will rock you til 10 pm.

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Just around the way over in Emerald Isle, early on you can catch Backseat Romeo, Ed Ward, (Photo below) live from 7-10 pm at The Carolina Wine Mixer

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Over at Salt Ultra Lounge, Emerald Isle’s premiere night club welcomes  Tuesday’s Gone; The Ultimate Lynyard Skynard Tribute Band live on stage from 9 pm – 1 am.

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Looking at other spots along the Crystal Coast, Morehead City Alive at Five features the sounds of Punch live in town on Shepard Street.This show will go down from 5-7 pm.

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Hank Barbee will be live at Snapperz Grill in Morehead City. That show is slotted to happen from 7-10 pm.

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Jupiter Jones will be live on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company in Morehead City. They will get the party started about 10 pm and rock you til 2 am.

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A few doors down and over at  Jack’s Waterfront in Morehead City they will offer the sounds of Soul Psychodelique Orchestra  live from 10 pm – 2 am. The website for the venue says this about the band:

At full size, The Soul Psychedelique Orchestra features a 3-6 piece horn section, a string quartet, full rhythm section and a disc jockey. Every member of the Orchestra has made their rounds in the national music circuit for more than 20 years. Band leaders Wade Durham III and Johanna Boberg are veteran performers. Both have decades of experience in the music industry ranging from major artist tours, to television appearances on the Tonight Show and Good Morning America to name a few.  Also added to their impressive resume, are countless private celebrity events for greats such as Oprah Winfrey and T. Boone Pickens. If variety is the spice of life then TSP has the flavor to satisfy all entertainment appetites.  TSP has an extensive music library than spans style from the 1940’s Big Band sounds to Beach Music, R&B, to Rock, Reggae, Latin and the best of today’s music.

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The Spread (Photos above) will be appearing at Off The Hook  in Morehead City from 9 pm- 1 am. I first ran into this band over in Beaufort a few weeks back when we stopped in at The Backstreet Pub. They are a funky rockin’ band with some fusion blended sounds in the mix..

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Over the bridge in Beaufort you can enjoy the sounds of The Acoustic Highway Band on the porch of the Dock House from 9 pm – 1 am

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The bold jazz sounds of Blue Moon another band fronted by crooner, John Van Dyke (Photo Above) at Cru Bar & Wine Store in Beaufort, NC from 8:30 pm til the midnight hour.

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Further out and still near the beach The Roman Sams will be spending the weekend at the Outer Banks, where they will perform for two nights at Gaffer’s Sports Pub in Ocracoke, NC. They get the party started on Friday at 9 pm and rock the crowd til 1 am and return on Saturday for another dose of fun filled night of rocking grooves that never grow old. These seasoned players are fun to watch and more fun for dancing! This band is quite amazing so check in with them if you are visiting the Outer Banks this holiday weekend!

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Putting the finial wrap on Friday’s live music options, this is for anyone heading down to Wilmington, NC . Sean Thomas Gerard  will be performing live at Flytrap Brewing located at 313 Walnut St  in that city by the sea.


Live Music Options for Saturday, July 2, 2016:

Might as well keep in around the coastal region as we have a look around this fun filled, action packed day at the beach.

Looking around Morehead City first, check out the Selah Dubb Camp at Off the Hook, kicking off at 4:20 pm and  rolling into the next morning with four band including a performance from Selah Dubb closing out the event. Sounds kinda fun, plus, look it kicks off with the Blues! Rock on!

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Across the way you can check in with The Switch, NC’s #1 party band, live on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Restaurant. They get the party started at 10 pm and will rock you til 1 am.

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Mikele Buck Band will be live at Jack’s Waterfront Bar this Saturday from 10 pm -1:00 am or later. In case you did not know, here is what I learned about this band from the venue’s website: The Mikele Buck Band is an Eastern North Carolina based band that was formed in 2003 by Lead singer/songwriter Mikele Buck. Born and raised in the hills of West Virginia, Buck is a military veteran and a father of two children.

The Mikele Buck Band has shared the stage with such renown acts as Aaron Tippin, Joe Nichols, Jeff Bates, Trent Tomlinson, Bucky Covington, and most recently Jason Aldean. The band is currently rehearsing for their upcoming tour dates as well as composing new material for their next studio effort.

Band members: Mikele  Buck (vocals,guitar),  Ryal Watkins (vocals,bass), Garyn Mizelle (guitar,vocals), John Coltrain (guitar,keys,banjo,vocals), Britt Hardy (drums,vocals), and Al Perez.

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Over the bridge in Beaufort, NC The Madame Presidents (Photo above) will be performing live at Cru Bar &  Wine Store from 7 -10 pm

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Over in Emerald Isle you can have a big and fun time anytime at Salt Ultra Lounge but look what I learned about Saturday night over on their Facebook page:

A lot of people have said they are busy on the 4th with family so we are going to blow it out on Sat the 2nd. The club will be full of tons of entertainment incl the Corey Stuart Experience (Photo above) on the patio that everyone loves, DJ KidScene inside, ice sculptures, fire dancers, and acrobatics for a one of a kind celebration that you will not want to miss. This will be SOLD OUT so get there early or you will be stuck outside waiting to get in. $10 cover charge and 21+ to enter Fire Dancers and Acrobatics will be provided by Cirque De Vol Studios. This party gets started at 8 pm.

The only thing that I can say about this place; it is where the fun is! Owner Paul is a visionary in his redesigning of this vintage pub. There is something for everyone, young and old. If you are looking for fun, look around this lounge!

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Over in Sneads Ferry they are featuring live American Music with James Rimes live at Rick’s Restaurant and Sports Bar located at 510 Pete’s Way in Sneads Ferry. That show is slotted for 7-10 pm

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Backseat Romeo, Ed Ward  will be live at the Fat Turtle located in North Topsail Beach, NC. He will get the crowd rocking at 9 pm and ya into the early morning hour.

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Further south still, Hank Barbee is playing a show featuring his original music when he opens the night for The Greg Humphrey’s Trio starting at 8 pm at Bourgie Night located at 127 Princess St in Wilmington, NC

To read more about Humphrey’s check out this link  Greg Humphrey’s Trio.

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Of course, don’t forget Croaker Festival. Here is what is slotted for this event for

Saturday, July 2, 2016


8:15 am   South Street Closes at the Festival grounds
8:30 am   Vendor Booths open
9:00 am   Parade Line – up at Ragan Road
10:00 am  The Parade
10:00 am  Oriental Dinghy Club Croaker Festival Regatta registration (Wildlife Ramp)
11:00 am   Heartworks Kid’s Carnival Opens on High Street
11:45 am   The Kids Park Opens
11:00 am   Music “Saltwater Acoustics
11:30 am   Skippers Meeting at Wildlife Ramp
12:00 pm  Parade Winners announced Main Stage
12:00 pm  Gary Shelton Magic Show (Heartworks Kids’ Carnival)
12:30 pm  Music: The Rusty Nails– Main Stage
1:00 pm    Croaker Festival Regatta, Races Start
1:30 pm    Gary Shelton Magic Show (Heartworks Kids’ Carnival)
2:00 pm   Music: The Moore Creek Boys (Bluegrass) -Main Stage
3:15 pm    Gary Shelton Magic Show (Heartworks Kids’ Carnival)
4:00 pm   Kids Coloring Contest Winners Announced
4:00 pm   Music: Rockn’ Horse (Classic rock). Main Stage
5:00 pm   Heartworks Kid’s Carnival closes
6:00 pm   Zumba Demonstration – Main Stage
6:00  pm  Vendor Booths Close

7:00 – 8:30 Music: Street Dance featuring Bryan Mayer (Country) – .Main Stage

9:30 pm . Fireworks over the Harbor! (Pending Weather)
10:00 pm Streets Open

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I have a note here in my email that tells me country player  Ken  Belangia  (Photo below) will be performing live at Croaker Fest too. His event says he will take to the stage at 12:30 pm, so look for him as well!

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Bob Laverty will also be in Oriental in time for the big festival. He will be at the restaurant “O’Town” in Oriental! Starting at 2 pm.

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There is an open mic/open jam event in Ayden, NC  being hosted by Steve Mullaly at Wizards located on Highway 11. Things get started about 4 pm over there.

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Over in lil Washington, NC you can check out Steel Country Express  (Photo above) live at The Market Street Pub live from 10 pm  until 2 am.

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On the Pebble Beach Stage over at Back Water Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill you can get into the grooves with GEN X live from 7-10 pm. Good food, great vibe, awesome music! It is a winning combination.

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Looking around New Bern for Saturday, July 2; you can check out Little Cecil & No Credit live on the deck at the Double Tree. They will be rocking from 2:30-5:30 pm. I caught these boys last month when they were in town. They are a lot of fun. Seasoned players that enjoy their crafts.

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Also in town that night from Nashville TN, be sure to stop out at The Brown Pelican this Saturday and give a listen to the soothing sounds of Salina Soloman. Make this girl feel welcome and show support for touring acts. To get familiar with this talented lady have a look at her site and then meet her on Saturday from 8 -11 pm

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Later in the evening you can head over to Mesh Sports Lounge on Trent Road and enjoy the talented playing of Aaron Davenport (Photo above) live from 10:30 pm – 1:30 am. If you have never heard this man on the six string, do yourself a favor and have a listen. I am including a link below.

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Over in Jacksonville you can check out a new rock band fresh on the scene. Solid Ground (Photo above) will be performing at the Old School Car Show, 2043 Lejeune Blvd. Jacksonville NC. Show starts at 4 pm! Sounds like a winner with Classic Rock and Classic Cars!


Live Music Options for Sunday, July 3, 2016:

Liverpool, NC’s Beatles Experience will be rocking Swanfest on Sunday from 6-9 pm in downtown Swansboro, NC.

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Heading towards the boarders, Jim Quick & The Coastlines will be live from 1-5 at the OD Pavilion in North Myrtle Beach, SC

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In Morehead City,  NC The Roman Sams are live on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Restaurant this Sunday from 10 pm- 2 am.

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New Bern’s own, Ed Ward will be performing live at The Queen Anne’s Revenge in Beaufort from 3-7 pm

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The Embers will be live at Salt Ultra Lounge in Emerald Isle, NC this Sunday from 9 pm -1 am

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Sunday July 3- Fishy Fishy Cafe in Southport NC offer Hank Barbee at6:30pm-until, This is a duo gig with cousin, Leslie Britt

Triple Shot is live at Harborsite Bar in Sneads Ferry , NC from 3-6 pm. If you are down around that way this is a great pick for rocking the 4th!

The final day of The 36th Annual Croacker Festival is Sunday and here is what they want you to know:

Sunday, July 3, 2016:


8:00 am Deadline for removal of all Vendor Booths and trash
10:30 am Community Church Service at Lou Mac Park.
2:00 pm Croaker Festival Gospel Sing Main Stage
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Over in Windsor, NC there is fun to be found for all. Head out early and stay until dark.

FREE! Come enjoy the beauty down by the river. Tons of food and fun vendors. 99.3 The Bull New Country & Legnds will be on hand from 4 pm to 6 pm. Enjoy Southern Rock at its finest with 7100 at 5 pm, and the sounds of Cuz’ n Kirk’s Blues Band from 6 pm to 9 pm with Fireworks starting at dark! The gates open at 4 pm, get there early and make a night out of it.

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There is an outdoor event going on in Greenville too. You can check in with the Pamlico Sound Machine as they give up their grooves at the Town Commons Park. on East 1st Street. That show is 7-8:30 pm.

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The 440th Army Band will travel to Tryon Palace for a free performance on the South Lawn overlooking the Trent River in downtown New Bern. Gates open at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 3, and the concert begins at 7 p.m.

The 440th Army Band has served as North Carolina’s National Guard Band under several designations since the early 1900s. The band was activated in World War II as the 30th Infantry Division Band along with the rest of the North Carolina National Guard as the “Old Hickory Division.”

The band performs for troops and their families and for the citizens of North Carolina at ceremonies, public concerts, and parades. The band has earned numerous awards including Outstanding North Carolina National Guard unit and the Eisenhower trophy three times as an outstanding Army unit.

In 2016, the 440th Army Band received its sixth Commander. The 440th Army Band is now commanded by Chief Warrant Officer IV Mark B. Cummings. Cummings has retired from his career and now teaches ballroom dancing.

The public can bring chairs and blankets, but pets and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

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Live on the deck at the Double Tree you can enjoy live music each Sunday evening from 5-9 pm. This weekend features the fun of Jazz with John Van Dyke & Friends.

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Across the river and over at Triple Play Restaurant, enjoy an great night of electric blues with the Big Jim Kohler Band  (Photo above) live 8 pm – 12 am.


 

Live Music Options for Monday the 4th of July ~ Happy Birthday America!!!

Start a new family tradition this Fourth of July with food, fun, live music, and fireworks at Tryon Palace’s North Carolina History Center. Located on New Bern’s picturesque Trent River, the inaugural “Independence Night” celebrates the Fourth of July with live music from Billy Holton and the Soul Shakers, tasty hot dogs and hamburgers, ice cream, face painting, and more. The event reaches its grand finale with the best waterfront view in town of the fireworks launched by the City of New Bern.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 ages 6-10, and free for ages 5-and-under. Admission is free for members of the Tryon Palace Foundation while supplies last. Admission includes tickets to a buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, and soft drinks, as well as ice cream. Additional food will be available for purchase from Dank Burrito, 2014 winner of Mobile Cuisine’s National Food Truck Rookie of the Year.

Parking at the North Carolina History Center Parking Lot is $5 for each vehicle and available on a first- come, first-served basis. To purchase tickets or parking passes in advance, call 252-639-3524. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, but no pets or coolers are permitted. This is an alcohol-free event.

This event is sponsored by the Bate Foundation and the Tryon Palace Foundation.

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Join the fun at Union Point Park in Historic Downtown New Bern at 4 pm for the city’s July 4th festivities! Children will have the opportunity to dig for sharks teeth (be sure to bring a plastic shovel) and the 2nd MAW Band from MCAS Cherry Point will perform patriotic music from 6 pm-7:30 pm, followed by a DJ entertaining the crowd with music and games.

The spectacular fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:15 pm.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Union Point Park in Historic Downtown New Bern
210 East Front Street
New Bern, NC 28560

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Live on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant  on Front St, celebrate Independence Day with great local food, local beer and local music!

LIVE Music by Mac & Juice will be starting at 5:30 pm and will be jamming till 8 pm!

Taps will be taken over by High Wire Brewery! Pint glasses and other High Wire swag will be given out!

Persimmons will also be joined by the Red Bull girls and their photo booth!

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The Bears  will be live in River Bend on Monday taking part in the town’s Annual Celebration at the Town Commons in River Bend, NC. The band will be performing from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

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Looking around the region, here is what else is happening this Monday:

Chris Lee & The Werewolves will be live at the Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant in Swansboro, NC. The band hails from Morehead City and get deep in the blues. Check them out from 8 pm- 12 am.

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Mystic Vibrations are live on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Restaurant in Morehead City from 10 pm – 2 am.


Live Music Options for Tuesday, July 5, 2016:

Down in Wilmington there is a live music showcase at Bougie Nights on Princess St. in Wilmington, NC. On the bill you can check out these talented players:

25 Minute Sets of Original Songs from Local Singer-Songwriters FEATURING:

The Lupine
https://soundcloud.com/thelupine

Hank Barbee
http://hankbarbee.com/

Maitri (Brooklyn, NY)
www.maitrimusic.com

Dylan Martin
soundcloud.com/dylanmartinmusic

Evan Baker
https://www.reverbnation.com/evanbaker

Hosted by Sean Thomas Gerard

Doors 7 pm. Show 8 pm. NO COVER.

 

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Live at Buccaneer Music Hall each Tuesday it is Steel Shot live from 10 pm – 2 am. That is located on Fire Tower Road in Greenville, NC.

 

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Right here in town you can jam with Big Jim Kohler live at Triple Play Restaurant. He hosts the open mic there each and every Tuesday from 8 pm – 12 am


Well kids that is a wrap on all the music that I found around our area. Regardless of what you choose to do this holiday weekend, please party responsibly. Be kind to your servers and bartenders and remember that FREE music is NEVER FREE, so please spare a dollar or ten for the band. Life is too short not to dance, here is hoping you enjoy this dance!

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Thanks so much for reading and please share this with your friends! If you wish to get in the zone send me an invite on Facebook to your next event or shoot me an email: tracey.stones.writer@gmail.com.

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Tracey’s Weekend Run Around~ June 26, 2016

It was another fun and inspiring week in my world! I am learning new things every day about creating my own online self publication empire that supports live entertainment. If any of you truly know me, I am not a little, inside the box kind of thinker. I tend to go big or give up and move on the the next exciting feature that life throws at me. This endeavor is no exception. I have it mapped out in my head. I am pretty sure I want to be the source for live music along the Highway 17 Corridor ~ From Maine to Florida! It is going to be a great journey, thanks for coming along with me!

I know just how it all happened too! About a year ago, a long time friend of mine; who happens to be living a dream life as one of the biggest blues music promoters on the East Coast, said, “Dream big about writing Tracey! You are going to make a major come back!”  Thank you Michael Cloeren, not just for those words, but our visit in September and your 20 plus years of inspiring friendship.

When I tell you this man is one of the biggest music promoters on the East Coast, I am not kidding. I would love to invite you all to consider planning a great getaway to one of his many music events. This man knows how to deliver a class act music festival like none other.

Cloeren is celebrating 25 years of bringing the blues to the Pocono Mountains. We met when I was a young writer and he was a fairly new concert promoter. I attended his Second Annual event and was invited back to cover the third, fourth, fifth and sixth years. I left in year seven and just before Shemekia Copeland took the stage, Michael hugged a pregnant me and said, “This isn’t goodbye forever Tracey, I know you will be back.”

Make plans now to celebrate the 25th Anniversary for blues in the Poconos at this years’ Pennsylvania Blues Festival slotted for September. Cloeren is also putting together a Music Fest for October in the Poconos and another event is being planned in the Catskills for next March. To look at all the things he has his hands on, check him out here:  Michael Cloeren Productions


 

On Monday I had dinner with my assistant Crystal Odham (Photo below) at Persimmons Restaurant in New Bern where we enjoyed the sounds of Steel Shot (Photos above) on the deck

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When thinking about, it is plain to see, my life has been blessed and touched by many amazing and talented friends. On Thursday evening, June 23, I got together with many in my tribe around here and I asked a lot of simple questions which led to me to research on blog site building. Then I met up with my personal assistant, Crystal Odham (Photo above) and we mapped out more plans for this build!

While discussing all of this we also took in a bit of the Jazz Jam that happens each week at Christoph’s on the Water with John Van Dyke and friends!

Then we headed over The Brown Pelican where we listened to a few players jam. Impressive on the the microphone that night was Tiffany Elaine (Photos below) who hails from Beaufort but collaborates with New Bern player Joshua Kitchin. We only caught a couple of songs but I can tell you I will be looking for more news on this duo in the weeks ahead.


On Friday night, June 24,  we all gathered again at The Brown Pelican to take in the sounds of Bruce Lynch who rocked the packed house with his classic rock selections. It was another enjoyable night at the Pelican!

 

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Following Lynch’s show, we headed across the river to watch Zen Pirates make landfall at Triple Play Restaurant in James City. This band has an infectious sound that makes every crowd get up and dance.

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After a fun set of drinking and carrying on at Triple Play we loaded back into the “magic music bus” and headed back across the river and over to Mickey Milligan’s to check in with one of my favorite rockin’ duos out of Pamlico County, Steel Shot. These boys have been playing music all their lives and you can tell that just in their eclectic variety of songs. They love crowd participation and always have fun with the audience. They had all my friends up and on their feet, enjoying the great grooves. To keep up with all of their gigs be sure to like them on Facebook.  Steel Shot.

 


There was no shortage of live music on Saturday June 25, 2016. In the afternoon I headed down to the Bridgeton Blueberry Festival in Bridgeton, NC

On the bill performing there was Merchant’s Road (Photos above) who kept the crowd rocking under the tent!

The thing I love about this band is you just never know what you are going to get. I have seen them perform on several occasions and their line up is always different and the music is always fun and brilliantly mastered. To keep up with them like them on Facebook too. Merchant’s Road.

 

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Next we headed  over to Buffalo Wild Wings at the New Bern Mall where we enjoyed a sample of ECU Jazz. (Photos above) These boys were a wonderful treat and the good news is you can catch them too on their Buffalo Wild Wings tour. They are playing at locations in Greenville, New Bern and Morehead City throughout the the Summer so try to catch them when they come round your way!

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Next up my friends and I (Photo above) headed to the waterfront in Morehead City,  NC to take in a couple of shows there too. First up we headed over to the Jaycee Park to have some fun with BUILT for COMFORT BAND. (Photos below) I knew this band was going to be fun when just as soon as I made my approach they went into “Big Boss Man,”  by the blues groove master himself,  Jimmy Reed. They played a lot of blues standards and the crowd was enjoying the show. The reason I wanted to make it down here for this show is because the drummer, Joe Tronto explained that this would be the debut performance of this new line up for this veteran outfit. They recently welcomed bass man, Rex Gass to the rotation. Seems like it was a great choice.  The weather was wonderful and the tunes perfect for this blues enthusiast! Please feel free to like these boys on Facebook and keep up with their news and upcoming shows. Built For Comfort

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After some dinner at Sammy’s we headed over to Southern Salt to check in with Atlantic Avenue. (Photos below) I first caught wind of this band last week when they did a quick set for the Lynaire Benefit last weekend at Mickey Milligan’s. Last night the band gave up a great show out on the deck. Their set list includes all things rock and funk and they have a great time getting down with the crowd. Alisa Mike is the energetic singer fronting this effort with her powerful voice and a great band backing her up. I recommend liking them too and checking in with them soon. You can find them on Facebook too.Atlantic Avenue


 

Well kids that is a wrap on all the music news I found out there this week. If you want to get in the Zone be sure to friend me on Facebook  to keep me up to speed via messenger My Facebook Page or email me your itinerary to tracey.stones.writer @gmail.com.

Thanks so much for reading. I will be back on Wednesday with a long rundown for your holiday weekend ahead! Peace and love and thanks for the dance!

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NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown ~ June 22-28, 2016

Starting out with another form of live entertainment, I wanted to all aspiring actors in the New Bern area to know that there is a casting call for the upcoming performance of Mary Poppins at the New Bern Civic Theater. Here are the details from their event page on FB:

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s
MARY POPPINS
A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film

Directed by Keith Boyd
Produced by Nancy Hitchcock

Wednesday, June 22nd
• Children: 6-7pm
• Adults: 7-9pm

Saturday, June 25th
• Children: 10-11am
• Adults: 11am-2pm

LOCATION: 412 Pollock Street, Downtown New Bern

CASTING: Looking to cast men & women – 16 yrs & up with all different voice types AND (1) young boy & (1) young girl.

PREPARATION:
• 16 bars (a capella) of your favorite song; preferably a number that highlights your vocal range
• One (1) minute monologue – demonstrates your memorization
• Cold Read – use the character breakdown on the website to select role(s) for which you’d like to be considered

REHEARSALS: Begin first part of August. Tentative weekly schedule to start – two (2) weekday evenings plus Saturday mid-morning & early afternoon. The week of October 30th, please be available every night. Specific dates and times will be published following casting. We will attempt to work around all conflicts known at casting. Once you declare your conflicts, we expect you to honor your commitment and to make every effort to minimize surprise absences…please.

PERFORMANCE DATES:
November 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th @ 7:30pm
November 6th & 13th  @ 2pm

For more information visit http://www.newberncivictheatre.org/#!auditions/c23wt.

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Turning out attentions back to live music for tonight, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. On Wednesdays at The Fat Turtle in North Topsail Beach, it is Dueling Guitars with Tim Briggs and this week features the talent of Gary Allen. This duo will get to dueling about 8:30 pm.

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In Swansboro, NC; you can catch Wild Honey (Photo Below) will be live at the Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant from 7-10 pm. To keep up with this duo check out their website by clicking here: Wild Honey.Trio Tour 014

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There is an open mic event each week at The Silo’s Restaurant’s Little Red Rooster Bar in Oriental, NC. They also feature live music Friday nights starting at 7 pm. So if you are looking for dinner and a show out around Oriental, you are now in the zone! Tell them I sent ya  😉

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There is also an open mic night tonight at Mesh Sports Lounge on Trent Road, New Bern. Things get started about 7 pm.

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Jerry Coyle will be live at Buccaneer Music Hall located on Fire Tower Road in Greenville, NC from 10 pm-2 am.

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Barefoot Wade is live tonight at The Dockhouse Restaurant in Beaufort, NC. Music starts about 7 pm and you can’t beat the vibe or the view!


 

Looking around our area this Thursday, June 23, 2016;  Tuppence, a folk music duo comprised of Sara and Simon Spalding, will present a house concert of Celtic Music in Fairfield Harbour. Sara and Simon sing and play fiddle, guitar, mandolin, “octar”, and more. The program will feature songs of Ireland and Scotland, as well as a few surprises.

Attendance is limited to 40, and reservations are recommended. Snacks and beverages provided. The music begins at 7:00 pm, but early arrival is suggested.

To reserve seats, please call Dale or Sarah Swan at 252-288-4928, or e-mail daleswan@suddenlink.net. The concert will be at the Swans’ house at 1304 Santa Lucia Road, in Fairfield Harbour. A $15 donation is suggested. The duo’s CDs will be available for purchase at the performance. Find out more about the band at www.tuppencefolk.com.

Tuppence is a moving force in eastern North Carolina’s music scene—don’t miss them!

“Tuppence has charmed concert and festival audiences in Scotland, Texas, and California with their unusual blend of European and American musical styles…”
–Historic New Bern Herald

I am just pointing this out for the benefit of all, only six tickets were available on Monday evening, so don’t delay.

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Over in town you can catch John Van Dyke (Photos below)  and his many friends each Thursday as they throw down some classic jazz and blues numbers for the dinner crowd. They play from 7-10 pm inside Christoph’s on the Water at The Double Tree.

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Consider this your invitation to join Musical Open Mic Night every Thursday… Sign ups 7 til 8 and Mic opens at 8 pm! Bring your instruments, plug in and jam with us! It’s sure to be a rocking good night at The Brown Pelican.

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Outside the region, Bob Laverty will be live  at the Saltwater Grill in Swansboro, NC beginning at 6:30 pm.


Heading West; Friday, June 24, 2016,  Bill Lyerly told his Facebook friends earlier this week to; “Get ready for the biggest weekends of the summer for Bill Lyerly Band–Friday night at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St, Durham, North Carolina 27701) and

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Saturday night at the Brick House (213 Fayetteville St Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526)!! Two different line-ups–two different shows–featuring Joey Miller on bass Friday night & Jason D. Smith on bass and vocals Saturday night–and of course Dex will be on drums both nights! Come party all weekend with us–it is going to be a blast!!”

 

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Also out west you can take in a night  with the NC Symphony this weekend as they offer two wonderful shows. On Friday they offer Summerfest: Broadway at the Booth and on Saturday they will conclude this month’s performances with a tribute to David Bowie. All of this takes place at the Booth Amphitheater and you can learn more by visiting their website. NC Symphony

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Over in Cary, NC on Friday, June 24, 2016Big Love will be live at Tony’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant. They are slotted to play 10 pm-1 am.  You can find out all about this place by visiting their website at Tony’s Oyster Bar; Cary, NC.

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Marcus King Band will be live at The Rabbit Hole in Charlotte, NC. Also on this bill are Soul Mechanic, Brock Butler and I Got Five On It. For tickets visit this site now:   Marcus King Tickets

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Over at the Red Room in Kinston, NC you can listen to Vanilla Gorillas rocking the night away from 10 pm- 2 am.

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In Jacksonville, NC you can pack a chair or a blanket and head over to Riverwalk Park where they host a Summer Concert Series. This week features the sounds of Carolina Tradition Bluegrass Band. That is a free concert is 6-8 pm.
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Out in Swansboro, NC you can find Justin Castellano (Photo below) performing live at Boro Cafe from 7-10 pm
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In Greenville, at the Buccaneer Music Hall you can give a warm welcome to Moonshine. Drink in their grooves after 10 pm and rock until 2 am.

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Looking over Washington, Victor Hudson & 13 will be live on the Pebble Beach Stage at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar. (Photos above) That show starts at 7 pm and concludes about 10 pm.

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Having a look at the Crystal Coast, you can find local talent. The Quiet Storm featuring Ed Ward aka Backseat Romeo (Photo above) live at Bistro By the Sea in Morehead City, NC from 7-10 pm.

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John Van Dyke  will be performing live for the folks at Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant and Catering in Morehead City. They are located at 400 Bridges Street and offer live music for their dinner crowd from 7-10 pm.

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Live at Jack’s Waterfront Bar in Morehead City this week you can hear  The Limits this Friday from 10 pm-2 am.

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Heading up the coast and over to Emerald Isle, you can find the female rock outfit Shoot To Thrill (Photo below) live this Friday at Salt Ultra Lounge. Their high energy AC DC tribute show starts at 10 pm.

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The Wannabees (Photo below) are heading out of the area this weekend for their show at Dead Dog Saloon located in Murell’s Inlet, SC. They will perform live from 8 pm -12 am.

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Bring things back to the Bern, Zen Pirates (Photo below) will return to Triple Play Restaurant located on Williams Rd. in James City. They get things rocking about 9:30 pm and close out the night playing all your rocking favorites.

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Over on Broad Street you can hear Bruce Lynch live at The Brown Pelican from 6-9 pm.

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Across the bridge and over in town you are invited to take part in or just enjoy the open mic event at Sweet Peas Cafe. on Middle Street.  This event is held every other week and is hosted by Gabrielle Christie from 6:30-9 pm.DSCF2983

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Aqoostix  will be live at The Thirsty Bruin, also on Middle Street. That show is from 8-10:30 pm

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Over on Front Street you can catch James Ford rocking the folks at BTM. Show time is 8:30 and admission is FREE!

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Pamlico duo, Steel Shot featuring Shawn Mitchell and Jeremy Lowery (Photo below) will be live poolside at Taberna Country Club from 6-9 pm. After that the boys will be heading over to Mickey Milligan’s to rock the crowd from 10 pm-2 am.


Looking around our area first for Saturday, June 25, 2016 there will be live music throughout the day at the Bridgeton Blueberry FestivalMerchant’s Road  (Photos below) are slotted to play at 12 noon, 1:30 and 3:00 pm.

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There is live music each week on the Deck at The Double Tree from 2:30-5:30 pm and this week features the sounds of Eazy Brreeze, NC

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Over on Craven Street the last Saturday of the month features an open mic at Trent River Coffee Company from 6:30 pm.

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Live on Saturday at The Brown Pelican you can catch Dan Jam with Dan Phillips and Alan Gleeson from 6-9:30 and Serial Experiments Lane (Photos below)will finish out the night after 10 pm.

 

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Across the river in James City you can catch Big Jim and his lovely bride, Kathleen Kohler (Photos Below) live at BruTopia from 6:30 -10 pm.

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Down the road from there at the Taberna County Club they are featuring a Back Lawn Sock Hop with live music from The Bears and a dinner buffet. Doors open at 5 and music starts at 6 pm.

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Mesh Sports Lounge on Trent Road will offer the music of Joe Brown this week from 10:30-1:30 pm. There is no cover charge for this show!

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New Bern, NC will be hosting their seventh annual beer and wine festival at the Riverfront Convention Center on 25 June 2016. This 45,000 square foot venue is a first class, state of the art building located at 203 South Front Street, New Bern, NC 28560 in the city’s historic district on the Trent River waterfront. The festival will focus on 40+ American craft micro breweries and wineries with over 100 beers and wines being offered.There will only be one tasting session with three tickets options. The VIP ticket is $50 and will give you admission from 12 – 5 PM. The General Admission ticket is $35 and will give you admission from 1:30 – 5 PM. The VIP and GA ticket includes unlimited sampling of all products offered and a tasting glass but ONLY the VIP ticket includes a special limited edition full size collectors glass that features the Brew Bern and Beer Army color logos (available until the end of the VIP session). The Designated Driver ticket (available online only) which is $10 and will give you admission from 12 – 5 PM. 

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Following the Beer and Wine Festival get ready for the AfterBern Groove Fest featuring several awesome regional jam bands. On the bill you can hear Dubtown Cosmonauts + Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band + Medicated Sunfish for tickets to this event click here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afterbern-groove-fest-tickets-25807562113

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2016 Next Generation Summer Workshop Performance, directed by Noah Auten will be at the New Bern Civic Theater Saturday, June 25 at 7 pm and Sunday, June 26 at 2pm
Tickets are $5 (plus tax).

Tickets can be purchased by calling 252-633-0567 or by stopping by 412 Pollock Street Tuesday -Friday 10 am to 4 pm or at the theater box office window starting 1 hour before the start of the show. Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting www.newberncivictheatre.org.

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There is a rocking event going on at The Drunk Horse Pub in Fayetteville, NC. On the bill you can find Annandale, Bridge To Breakdown, Forever Chained,  Faith & Scars and Chemical Lizards are all on this bill. Things get rocking about 8 pm and here is what I found for details on the FB event page:

Annandale is a hard rock/alternative project of musical refuge, rebirth, and self-discovery, founded by Ashley and Chad in May of 2012.

Annandale’s intertwining voices awaken you with a comfortable tension, marking their sound with harmonies that remain chilling without sacrificing vocal strength. Blazing guitar lines and steady, upbeat percussion complement their signature melodies, and frame today’s mainstream rock elements with a creative, distinct sound.

Their first album, “Moving Forward”, is proving to be anything but amateur, due in part to the veteran finesse of producers Clint Lowery (Sevendust, Call Me No One, Hello Demons Meet Skeletons) and Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One). Annandale followed “Moving Forward” with a second EP, “On The Inside” in September 2014 and are currently touring regionally.

http://www.annandaleband.com/
https://twitter.com/annandaleband
https://www.facebook.com/annandaleband/
https://www.youtube.com/user/annandaleband
https://www.instagram.com/annandaleband/

https://www.facebook.com/bridge2break/

http://instagram.com/officialfaithandscars/
http://www.reverbnation.com/faithandscars
https://soundcloud.com/faith-scars
https://twitter.com/faithandscars

http://www.thechemicallizards.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thechemicallizards
https://twitter.com/ChemicalLizards

http://www.reverbnation.com/foreverchained
https://www.facebook.com/foreverchainedband/

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Having a look around the region, you can catch Corey Stuart live at The Red Room in Kinston, NC. He will be jamming 10 pm – 2 am.

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Taking it a little further West, you can catch Dirty White Girls (Photo below) live in Durham, NC when they play at Motorco located on Rigsbee Ave. Showtime is 8 pm

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In Greenville, NC at the Buccaneer Music Hall you can catch a killer country/variety show, it’s Nash Vegas at 10 pm.

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Over Washington NC you can catch Ed Prophet aka Backseat Romeo live at The Market Street Pub from 7-10 pm.
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Live at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill, on Main St in Washington  listen to the sounds of John “Singer” Benson on the Pebble Beach Stage from 7- 10 pm

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There is a triple bill in Zebulon at Norris Creek where Emily Minor and Bryan Mayer will perform as the opening acts for Parmalee. Gates open at 7 pm. For tickets or more info check out the website in the above promo.
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Looking toward the coast you can hear the sounds of Soul Play live at Jack’s Water Front Bar in Morehead City, NC.

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Built for Comfort Band will be appearing for the first time at the illustrious Morehead City Waterfront Summer Concert Series. This is a FREE concert right on the beautiful waterfront. Come one, come all and don’t forget your dancing shoes!!! This event happens at 7 pm.

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Pianist and singer Grenoldo Frazier will play live from 7-10 pm at Bistro By The Sea located on Highway 70 in Morehead City, NC.

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There is a great all day benefit taking place at the Crystal Coast this weekend that is jam packed with live entertainment. HAT’S OFF FOR HOSPICE being held at the Salt Open Air Market in Cedar Point, Cape Carteret this Saturday.

On the bill you can find Justin Castellano 10:30 -11:30 am; John Dryer 11:30 am-12:30 pm; Little Cecil 12:30-1:30 pm; Paid Time Off 1:30-2:30 pm;  ROCKIN HORSE 2:30-3:30 pm; Now & Then 3:30 -4:30 pm  and closing out the event are Naked Knees, 4:30 -5:30 pm. Nothing makes a good time better than giving back. Hope to see you out in support of this worthy cause!

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Justin Castellano (Photo above) has a show at Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant in Swansboro, NC on Saturday from 9 pm-12 am


Looking at options for Sunday, June 26, 2016 Castellano will be at the Marina Cafe from 5-9.

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Rick & Jenna Huff  (Photos below) will be getting together for a show at American Fish Co. in Southport, NC  from 4-7 pm.

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Simon Spalding & Friends will play a free concert in Union Point, Sunday afternoon
under the gazebo at Union Point Park , at 2:00 pm. The concert will combine the talents of Randy Moore, Patrick Engeman,  Janet Montero, and probably some surprise performers as well!

The repertoire will span a wide range of each performer’s favorite songs. Randy will lead off with some of his songs such as Stray Cat Strut, Feels Like Rain, Wagon Wheel, and Goin’ Up the Country. Janet will sing Last Date, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Tennessee Waltz, and more. Simon will perform Leadbelly’s ode to traffic safety Relax Your Mind, surf guitar classics Mr. Moto and Walk Don’t Run, and fiddle favorites Ashokan Farewell and Wizard’s Walk. Through it all, Pat lays down a beat that will keep your toes tapping.

The instruments include the familiar (guitar, bass, violin, drum kit), but also a few surprises such as ukulele, and a one-of-a-kind instrument or two.

Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket, and join in the fun! Call Nicole Dewar of New Bern Parks & Recreation at 252-639-2902 for more information. For more on Simon, check out www.musicalhistorian.com.

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Sunday evening feature jazz on the deck at The Double Tree and this week you can enjoy the sounds of Jill & The Authentics from 5 -9 pm.

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Backwater Jacks in Lil Washington will be featuring live blues on the Pebble Beach stage from 2-5 pm this coming Sunday afternoon.

Monday, June 27, 2016  you can find live music on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant on East Front St. They offer music for dinner each Monday evening from 5:30-8:30 pm.

Last but not least, Tuesdays are open mic nights at Triple Play Restaurant. Big Jim Kohler invites all to take part of this fun night anytime from 8 pm – 12 am


Well kids that is a recap of all the music I found in NC and beyond for the week ahead. Here is to hoping it’s smooth sailing for us all from now until the end of the week.

 Life is too short for bitterness, so make happiness your focus. Remember to be kind to your bartenders and wait staff that serve you.  Also don’t forget the music makers that make you get up and dance…feel free to tip all the musicians you meet along the way as well. FREE music is NEVER FREE! Peace, love and rock on! Thanks for reading!

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If you want to get in the Zone just email me your events and schedule. tracey.stones.writer@gmail.com.

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Tracey’s Weekend Run Around ~ June 19, 2016

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads that do their part and play the important role of parent! This piece is dedicated to my own dad who was the first man to ever turn me on to music. He was an old school country fan, when country music was good and it played in our house each day! I remember for my 8th birthday going to the record store and picking out whatever I wanted. I picked Kenny Roger ‘s  The Gambler, Elvis Presley,  Jailhouse Rock, and Crystal Gayle. Her song “Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue” was the big hit back then.

From our country roots my brother found southern rock, where I was particularly always drawn to the Eagles. I have always said, before there were any Rolling Stones in my life the Eagles soared high! And I dig the hell out of and love Joe Walsh. In my mind he is simply legendary. Then before I was even I 10, it happened. I became a Rolling Stones fan. My parents figured it was a phase. They guessed it would pass. They did not understand. They completely captivated me and learning all about them helped get me through grade school to high school and even college. They led me to wanting to write about rock and roll so when the time came I gave myself their name to honor their absolute presence in my life. And now ya know!


 

This week was another fun and exciting one in the world of building a blog site that supports live music. On Thursday, June 15,  I had dinner with owner of The Brown Pelican, Heather Haiss. We spent most of our time talking about ways to form bonds with all of the area night spots. Haiss is big on “community” and wants to give back to the one she has settled in, “New Bern has a lot to offer.” Once a month she will host a local Non Profit night. This month, Bobby Hurff played on Saturday, June 11 and together they gathered food for our homeless and hungry. Contributions for the night were given to RCS. Nothing beats the feeling of giving back.

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We also talked about this blog site and ideas to help it grow.  Soon you will see advertising opportunities. You know I am not even going to hide it; I would love to make this my career again. It would be even more awesome if I could support my life doing it. My dedication to this site is part of the building process. Just like print media, self publishing flourishes on advertising dollars. I explained my mission for the Summer is to grow readership so to have a viable place for bands, venues and events  to advertise. Having said that, might I ask; did you share this with your friends? Readership builds with shares so help me support you by signing up here as a follower and sharing it with your friends on social media!


After dinner we headed out to Christoph’s On The Water over at The Double Tree to check in with John Van Dyke and Friends (Photos below) where we enjoyed the sounds of a full jazz ensemble. Joining Van Dyke  while I was in the house was Russ Hamby was on Sax, Robert Dumon was on Trumpet, Andrew Maune on guitar, Tim Riepe on drums, Tony Ray on keys, Chris Morden on bass and guest singers included Ann Sorocki and  John’s friend Alisa.

 

This gig is ever changing from week to week but one thing is for sure Van Dyke has a lot of talented friends that like to come out an play! If you have not made it out to the Double Tree for this Thursday night feature, you are missing a treasure trove of talent.


 

On Friday night I took a drive downtown and strolled around the streets while a good majority of my friends hung out at the Farmer’s Market on Front Street for The Band of Oz and BlackWater Rhythm & Blues Band. Reports are that a fun time was had by all. The Band of Oz was not a disappointment with their great grooves and horn section and BlackWater was full on with sound and fine rhythms.

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I stopped at The Brown Pelican, down on Broad Street to check in with The Cochise Cowboys, Vinny Farro and Scott Carlisle. (Photos below) These guys are working on putting together a full band with a couple more players from our area. I think it will sound great having a rhythm section behind these boys who swap great chops as a duo.

 

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My next stop was on Middle Street to catch a few tunes courtesy of Buck Loy who was live at The Thirsty Bruin. (Photos above) He had the folks grooving to Tom Petty when I got there!

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After meeting up with friends and strolling the downtown, we headed over to Mickey Milligans on Trent Road. (Photos above) They were hosting a benefit for the victims who lost their beloved pets in the fire at Lynaire Kennels last month. Many local and regional players came together  for a fun evening to highlight their talents while raising money for a good cause.

 

On the bill was Asha Goodwin, who opened the night followed by  Gabrielle Christie, (Photo above) two of New Bern’s own talented female stringers often available to help a good cause. Goodwin is found around town at many of the open mic events and Christie is very busy musically when she is not soloing, organizing town events from her home base at Surf Wind & Fire, or hosting the open mic ever other Friday at Sweet Pea’s Cafe  she can be found playing a variety of instruments with her band Merchant’s Road!

Serial Experiments Lane, (Photos Below) a New Bern based solo act that incorporates techno ringtones overtures to his guitar bits. I have to say I never experienced anything quite like it state side. I decided it was somewhat like a set of pre-downloaded alarm  tones you find on your AT&T or Verizon phone.

 

Atlantic Avenue (Photos below) rounded out the New Bern based talents that performed. They offered a fun set of funky and rock based dance songs that got the crowd primed for the headliners for the night.

 

Headlining this event from Raleigh was Thick Modine, a high energy phsych rock trio that gave up a good show!


 

On Saturday, June, 18 we packed up the music mobile and headed to Beaufort where we enjoyed an evening full of fun music and good grooves. We started out The Kitchen at Beaufort Olive Oil Company  who hosted a block party featuring Monjah; a fun young band out of Craven County. They have great island rhythms . This high energy reggae four piece had a funky back beat and refreshing originals. They are definitely worth checking in with. You can find the band on Facebook and I will be sure to share the dates I hear about too. Monjah Facebook Page

 

 

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Next up, we walked along the water and stopped to enjoy the sounds of Davy Williamson (Photos above) who was keeping the crowd happy at Queen Anne’s Revenge.

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Next up,  we hung out at The Dockhouse Restaurant to enjoy the rocking sounds of Todd on drums and & Jared  on guitar and offering vocals for all the rock and country grooves that kept people gathered round and grooving. (Photos above and video link below) I especially enjoyed this little ditty:

Todd & Jared giving some Sympathy at The Dockhouse 6/18/16

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Next up we stopped at the Backstreet Pub where we found the fat grooves of The Spread out of Morehead City, laying it down for the packed house. When we first got there there was a lot of music and no vocals…then this little lady walked up and took over the stage and BANG we had dancers filling the room and fun filled the air. Listen to Kathryn as she delivers a great version of the Prince classic Kiss:

The Spread getting down with Kiss by Prince

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All in all it was another great weekend of friends, and good music therapy. For those looking to take in some music tonight, tomorrow or Tuesday you can catch John Van Dyke and his many friends for some jazz tonight at The Double Tree. He will be out on the deck from 5-9 tonight.

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On the deck at Persimmons tomorrow night you can catch one of my favorite fun duos, Steel Shot. They will be live and rocking on the deck for dinner from 5:30 -9 pm. Sounds like a great way to end the most unfun day of the week; with a dose fun Steel Shot style. This Pamlico County based group features Shawn Mitchell on guitar and vocals with Jeremy Lowery offing bongos and vocals also. (Photos below) Their set list includes everything fun from the 50’s through current day. Be sure to check them out soon. On Tuesdays they are live at The Buccaneer Music Hall in Greenville, NC.

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Also happening around this area you can join Big Jim Kohler each week as he hosts the Open Mic event at Triple Play Restaurant in James City from 8-12 each week! (Photo below)

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Well kids that is the recap on my weekend dance…I sure hope you enjoyed yours because life is too short not to dance. Thanks to the music makers for giving up the good grooves and keeping my feet dancing and my heart smiling. I appreciate all you players. If you want to get in the Zone, send me your dates and I will gladly refer people to your events. My email address is tracey.stones.writer@gmail.com

Have a great week and come back Wednesday for the low down on music around the region in the week ahead!

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NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown ~ June 15-21, 2016

I can’t believe it is that time again, but here we are, mid week and mentally aware that soon the weekend will be here. Might as well start planning the rest of the dance. Looking around the …

Source: NC’s Best Live Music Regional Rundown ~ June 15-21, 2016