Plenty To Report From New Bern Then We Leave Town To Rock It!

On The Scene With Tracey Stones


Last Saturday night Tryon Palace hosted the Second Annual Live and Local Event at the North Carolina History Center. Above, New Bern original Brewer, Pete Frey of Brewery 99.

Live & Local Features Local Beer and Live Music

Saturday’ evening’s Live & Local event was the Second Annual for The Tryon Palace Foundation. This is a new fundraiser for the Foundation and though in its infancy, it is a successful one too. They sold out of the 400 tickets available. On hand were several area beer crafters, offering their best brews of the season. Under the party tent, which was sponsored by Hyundai of New Bern, just outside were two stellar bands. Opening the event was The Dust Parade from Wilmington and closing things out, from Morehead City, The Spread sharing their fun grooves. Amongst the breweries were our own Brewery 99 and BrÜTopia. Also on hand from New Bern was Savi Wine Store. Surrounding the outskirts of North Carolina History Center were a great variety of local food trucks serving up their tasty treats. 

During the event, I sat in on the live stream with New Bern Now’s Wendy Card and her co-host Jane Malucci. During that hour we had the opportunity to get to know Regina Ochoa, who helped organize the event. Following our time with her, we got to speak with Matt Shortway of Shortway Brewing in Newport. They are coming into their second year in the industry and brought samples for us to try. I found it rather amusing that his sample was called The Hippy Shake. It was quite tasty and smooth. Before closing out the hour, Hank Barbee stopped by and chatted briefly about his performance under the tent. 

To view that podcast check out the watch party link:

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All in all, it was a fun event and a great time. Also featured throughout the day were a variety of local food trucks serving the goods. The event was such a great success that they are reserving the space for next year. Mark the date and save it!



Next Stop Blackbeard’s for Jan Michael Fields Band

The Jan Michael Fields Band returned to rock the deck at Blackbeard’s last Saturday night. These boys hail from South Carolina and always bring the party. They play the fun and popular hits we all know and love. They cover AC/DC, Journey and so much more. If you have not danced the night away with this seasoned and professional outfit, then you should make it a point to do it soon.

This band is always great fun and they put on a great show. The band will return to our area next month, when they visit Maverick’s Pointe, Sunset Beach, NC on September 20. Music starts at 7:30 pm and on Saturday, September 21 you can catch the band at Heroes Sports Oyster Bar & Grille, in Goldsboro, NC, where the music plays from 10 pm until closing. For fans and friends of the band, be sure to keep up with their schedule by clicking this link:

Upcoming JMFB Shows


Adrian & Company on The Deck

Adrian & Company came to New Bern for a visit and played for the crowded dining last Saturday evening at Persimmons Restaurant. It was a beautiful night under the sails, as this trio shared songs and had a good time with the crowd.  Adrian & Co is actually the scaled-down version of TrainWreck. They have covered it all, from rock to pop and even rap. Always fun they are a talented bunch of songsters. Below is a quick clip of what you might expect when booking or coming to see this band:


For fans and friends of the band, be sure to like TrainWreck on Facebook to keep up with  Adrian Watts and  & the band.


Gary Dudley & The Maxxtones Live at City Stage


The rock trio Gary Dudley & The Maxxtones are from the Crystal Coast and play New Bern on the regular. They offer a great show of rock standards with a bit of blues and pop thrown into the mix. On Saturday night they were rocking the City Stage with their show. Offering fans and friends the best in classic rock, they cover all of the greats. They keep busy playing around the region most weekends. The band has a couple of New Bern gigs coming up on their agenda in September. Be sure to save a date to get rocked by this trio soon.68631386_490759061709367_6112755295715328000_o.jpg



Carolina Swamp Dogs Return to The Bern with The Blues


The final act I caught around town last Saturday evening was, the duo I brought to the Bern, The Carolina Swamp Dogs. This duo of blues makers is fun and serious all at once. They have fun making the music they love and are serious about educating people on the blues as part of their show. This is always a wonderful thing to behold. Even with knowing the blues, as well as I, do, they teach me things as they share their beats. 

The band is not on social media and they do not have a website, but I keep everyone up to speed on their gigs as they unfold right here. This weekend they will be headed to Wrightsville Beach this weekend to rock their blues away on Saturday. If you are down in the neighborhood drop, by Wrightsville Beach Brewery on Saturday afternoon. You can catch the Swamp Dogs from 3-6 pm.


Leaving Town We Go in Search of The BiPolar Express


As the Swamp Dogs wrapped up, I looked at Mary Shine and ask, “What next? ” She looked at me and said, “I would love to see my boys, we can still catch the end of their show.” So with that, we got in the music bus and road to Morehead City to check in with the BiPolar Express. The rock trio was appearing on the deck at Off the Hook and rocking the enthusiastic crowd.

Before the final set ended, a big New Bern crowd of birthday gatherers joined the party and we sang and celebrated with Ashley Lee.

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For fans and friends, looking to get rocked hard by this fun trio, they will be in town this weekend doing their thing. Check them out on Saturday night as they rock the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant. Music starts at 7:30 PM and they keep the party going until the town makes them quit at 11 pm.

Keep up with the band by liking their page on facebook, The BiPolar Express or pick a show and just go!



Don’t Forget To Visit The Music Calendars!


NCMZ LIVE is happy to announce our new calendar feature. We now offer three calendars for music lovers to check out for live music events. With a growing commitment to building this site to be a daily vehicle for music lovers to check out, I have added the new calendars pages and widgets. These pages and calendar widgets are broken down by area, New Bern, The Crystal Coast and Around the Region.

Live Music Events ~ New Bern

 Live Music Events ~ Along the Coast

Live Music Events Around the Region


~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, August 30, 2019

Getting Down Around Town in New Bern, NC

Footloose on the Neuse is the highlight of music in town. Brought to us by New Bern Parks & Recreation Department and Sponsored By Riverside Camping Center and Trent Cadilac/ Buick/ GMC. Live music is offered at Union Point Park tonight at 6:30 PM. ome out with a chair or blanket,  and pets are welcome on a leash. Leave the coolers at home and come eat at the park and buy your beverages on-site too. On stage tonight is the incredible one-man band, Adam Pitts. Pitts was last in town during the New Year’s Eve celebration.  


Dining and Dancing

Persimmons Restaurant

There will be good food being served and live music on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant this evening. Core Sound will be sharing sounds from 6:30-9:30 PM. Call your friends and make a plan for dining on the deck, under the sails, while overlooking the Neuse River. The menu offers some great new treats for your taste-buds to experience and the band offer classic rock and blues grooves your ears will recognize and enjoy.


Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of great music featuring local stringer Michael Daughtry, offering songs from 7:00-10:00 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs and wonderful originals by this local and regional player. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


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


The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine


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


On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge



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



It is birthday weekend for my buddy Big Jim! Come celebrate his blues tonight from 7-10 pm as he and his Chicago Blues Band serve up the sounds at The Garage! Located in James City at 1209 Highway 70 East, they are located next to the Auto Zone.  Then tune in tomorrow to hear all about his week around town and the blues competition we are heading to on Sunday in Durham at The Blues Note Grill


Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016


Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company


Treehouse Beer Company has live music tonight in the garden from 7-10pm, courtesy of local favorite Wild Honey!


Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden

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Carolina Home and Garden welcomes the weekend with Joe Baes in the garden, offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from Joeve’s Pizza, have a cold beer and relax as you settle into the weekend.


Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

 The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers live music each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music. At press time no performer was listed for Friday, but on Saturday Pure T Momicked will be there to entertain. Music plays at 8-11 pm.


Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering


Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes music for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music. Tonight the music comes courtesy of Bruce Naegelen. Tomorrow night come enjoy Stephen Poole on the patio.


Off The Hook

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


Jack’s Waterfront Bar


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

~Friday August 30th~
Open at 4pm
Fun Friday Happy Hour hosted by Jacks 5pm – 7pm with pizza bites available while they last
Live music by Spare Change starting at 9:30pm

~Saturday August 31st~
Open at 12noon
Live music by 20 Ride starts at 9:30pm

~Sunday September 1st~
Open 12noon
Sunday Funday with DJ Jerm 4pm – 8pm
Continue the holiday weekend fun with live music by Liquid Pleasure starting at 8:30pm

See you at Jack’s!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents

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

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

Bring your friends out for a good time! 


Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe


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

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Rocking Around the Region


Greensboro, NC

The Blind Tiger



Live tonight at The Blind Tiger, I LOVE THE 90’S ROCK PARTY!



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Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill


Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to Chris Hagan Band, who will be rocking the fun tunes tonight. They will be offering the fun rock grooves we all know and love, with original music too. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 1:30 am.


Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

 The Blue Note Grill is located in Durham and offers good food and great music. This Friday, 8-Track Mind plays funky, beautiful ’70s gold for hip-shaking’ and slow dancin’. Our charismatic and velvet-voiced singer Sandie, beside veteran Triangle musicians, who look the partand delivers spot-on renditions of a smorgasbord of pop hits, from “Lady Marmalade” and “I Will Survive” to “American Pie” and “Afternoon Delight.” We look forward to being part of your celebration lets get lost in the Rock’n’Roll and Drift Away! 8-Track Minds is; Gordon MacLachlan, Greg Bower, Sandie MacLachlan, Glenn Jones, Bryan Sodeman, Scott Miller.



Raleigh, NC

The Pour House Music Hall


The Pour House Music Hall welcomes Little Stranger w/ Apples & Airplanes, SkyBlew at The Pour House. Doors open at 8 PM. Showtime 9 PM. Advance Tickets are $10, General Admission. Here is more on the acts as per the Facebook Event:

Friday night dance party with Little Stranger, Apples & Airplanes and SkyBlew

Little Stranger
Born and raised in Philly and crash-landed in Charleston, John and Kevin Shields are the minds behind the quirky indie hip-hop group Little Stranger. Performing as a duo, Little Stranger is a fresh hybrid of John’s singer-songwriter magnetism and Kevin’s hard hitting, in-your-face delivery. Stylistically reminiscent of Gorillaz and Twenty One Pilots, Little Stranger inhabits a relatively unexplored niche at this point in time. They’re all about originality and every song is a separate work unto itself. With all the strangeness that their name implies John and Kevin Shields bring years of experience to the table. With previous bands, they’ve played with names like Slightly Stoopid, Del the Funky Homosapien, Grace Potter, Papadosio, The Heavy Pets, and John Brown’s Body.
Little Stranger was quickly recognized at home, named “Hip-Hop Act of the Year” in the 2016 & 2017 Charleston City Paper Music Awards and listed jointly as one of “17 People to Watch in 2017” in the Charleston Indie blog, Out of the wood- work, they’ve toured up and down the East and West Coasts, and recently released a string of eclectic music videos to their fans. With an ever-increasing arsenal of new tunes, Little Stranger is poised and making 2019 a big year.

Apples & Airplanes
A Raleigh Original since 2010, Apples & Airplanes combines elements of Americana and old R&B with a jammy vibe to create a sound that is unique and true.

SkyBlew uses his sincere, substantive lyrics & colorful sound, to breathe life into music, and the world.


Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s


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


Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays, they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic night, hosted by Brian Burke from 6 pm – 9 pm.

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight on the Pebble Stage the music plays at 7 and ends at 10 pm. Tonight enjoy the rocking blues of High Cotton out of the Triangle area and tomorrow it is Rowlette Green


Market Street Pub


Friends and fans of Jamie Pridgen Band are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Come out and enjoy a cold beer and fun and funky throwback sounds offered by this lively one-man band. Music starts at 10 pm.


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. Follow the link to see what they said this week.


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

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When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Have a fun and safe weekend and take time to enjoy the dance! When we return tomorrow we will pick up with the blues and more music news. Until we meet again out on the scene or right back here, cheers!


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