Snapshots and Scenes From Bernaroo Day One and What’s On Tap For Day TWO

NCMZ.LIVE is a proud sponsor of this original music festival. So to ensure you don’t miss a beat this weekend, here is the rundown of the days ahead. This event will feature 19 bands, three days, four venues in one great downtown. Come to visit New Bern this weekend!

GEM Productions Welcomes You



GEM Productions has been hosting amazing music events in our community for nearly a decade. The team of ambitious music lovers has been diligently working to bring amazing acts from all areas of our great state, while supporting worthy causes right here in our neighborhood. Along the way, we have met many great original acts that are a proud part of the GEM Productions Legacy!

Last night they opened the doors to their new home on S Front Street, for their sponsored events, and welcomed six acts to two stages at The New Bern Farmer’s Market.

Offering the sounds first on the Smith Stage was lovely and talented Mandy Mears, who has the voice of an angel and music accompaniment to compliment her tones. It was a wonderful way to welcome guests to a delightful night a music and memories!

Next up came the first act on the Market Stage, GEM Productions welcomed The Adam Hill Band

Since meeting the six-string slinger a couple of years ago, we have grown to love his music. It is so powerful and gripping, matched by his playing, Adam Hill is a special kind of talent loved by all of NC and beyond. Hailing from Pink Hill, the singer-songwriter was born in Potter’s Hill.

For the past two years, The Adam Hill Band has been making a name for themselves throughout the state and this year they are rocking festivals and bigger stages. After their performance in New Bern last night the band packed up and headed up to the West Virginia State Fair and Expo for a show at 2 pm. They are opening for another NC based act, Second Helping. AHB will return for a show at Plan B Bar in Smithfield at 3 pm on Sunday and if you miss all that, you can enjoy supper on the waterfront with Adam Hill this Monday, when he is solo at Queen Anne’s Revenge in Beaufort from 5-9 pm Last night the trio of rockers welcomed fans and friends to the Market stage for a captivating set of original music.

Adam Hill Music

Next up on the Smith Stage was The Take Kindlies. They offered a fun set of hard driven, folk-infused rock. This is the first time I caught them as a trio of rockers, but what’s cool is they are our own. Based out of New Bern they offer wickedly original sounds throughout their 30-minute set.

The Oblations offered the second set on the Market Stage. It was a treat to hear the talented duo of Joe MacPhail vox, keys and keeping the drum beats and Daniel Fields on vocals and guitar, accompanied for the first time by Serena Wiley on saxophone and floating sounds from the flute too. The Carrboro based band has a CD out now and is worth checking out any time they are rocking a stage near you! MacPhail let me know that he teams up with Wiley for a Durham based jazz/neo-soul group called DreamRoot. I think I will be looking for them soon.

 Closing things out on The Smith Stage was the New Bern based classic rockers, Peace Soldier. The band did their thing and offered a set of classics to the crowd.

The Asheville based, Travers Brothership brought us the final show of the night at The New Bern Farmer’s Market. The quartet of blues-infused rockers gave a great show to the crowd on hand for the 2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival, brought to us by GEM Productions! This synthesized band offered a lot of great grooves to close out a fun night. The highlight had to be their tribute to the late great BB King. They offered a show-stopping rendition of King’s “How Blue Can You Get?”


CTRL + ALT + DEL BAND at The Brown Pelican


Closing out the night was a fun set of big brass and good beats at The Brown Pelican, with the Triangle-based trio Ctrl + Alt + Del Band offering Sean, who is really Kenneth, but nonetheless, he was Del on drums.

What a fun way to end a great night of community, music and fun. This band offers many great grooves, some familiar sounds but all done in a unique way.

After day one in the books, I can say, GEM Productions has done it again. They have brought culture, art, music and fun for all back to New Bern! They are a hard-working duo with a team of volunteers who help make it a fun and favorable weekend for the community.


Here is a look back at Bernaroo since I started writing this blog. Here are snapshots from Bernaroo 2017:

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Here is a look at 2016:

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Be sure to stop by and meet the good people of Folks Journal. They are a presenting sponsor of the Festival and are on site with copies of their July/August issue. Above are scenes of Folks Journal staff enjoying the fun times at the 2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival.

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Back for a second year, TeraNote Studios is on site and offering four hours of free studio time in a promotional drawing this weekend. Stop by and meet Doug and Nicole. Both are talented players with a good ear and passion for music. Located in Morehead City, Their studio is now booking time with new acts. On-site they are showing their newest work with our local talents. Cheri Moyers wrote a song, “Kiss Me Now” and TeraNote Studios did the video featuring local singer Kelsey Barnard and guitarist Kyle Whitford. The project has inspired a movement and I encourage you to stop by and learn more tonight!


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GEM Productions Presents

2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival


New Bern Farmer’s Market

Saturday, July 21st.

This year’s festival marks the first year in our new home and the first year with a robust 2nd stage, set for our marquee events.

Downtown New Bern will be filled with music and art and a wide array of venues, but our main events will take place from 5pm – 10 pm at the Farmer’s Market, with nonstop music throughout the night.

Tickets ♣ Tickets

Single-day passes are $15

Family Fun Features

A children’s corner with engaging activities for youth of all ages, live art from our artist in residency and much more.

There Is Still Time!

  Be A Vendor  ♦  Be A Music Supporter

Please reach out at to be a part of this affordable community fun event next year!

Tickets will be available online at  or at the gate.


New Bern Farmer’s Market events will be home to a wide array of activities and entertainment for all ages.

Food Vendors


Mari’s Hella Fat Food

On-site all weekend to serve you! If you have not had one of these sliders, you have been missing out! Mari’s Hella Fat Food Truck is Veteran Owned and operated, and still serving our community. They are on site both nights to serve you. Last night on my approach my sliders were served as a random act of kindness. What a delicious treat and reminder to keep kindness in our hearts.

Also on-site Saturday Night!



If you have not enjoyed the tastes of The Tiny Tornado then you are missing something unique and special. Stop by and enjoy their chicken waffles or special selections for tonight’s fun festival. They offer flavors that like to party in your mouth, before satisfying your stomach!

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Local Libations 



In the fall of 2015, after the recent closure of a homebrew supply store that had operated in the area for many years, local home brewers Tim Dryden and Bryan Conway came to the realization that there was a need in the New Bern/James City area for a homebrew supplier. Their local club was forced to drive long distances or have their ingredients shipped in from other states in order to enjoy their hobby. They sat down and discussed the possibilities of filling the need by opening a small mail-order homebrew supply business. As the idea took shape, they realized there was also a need for a craft beer bar and bottle shop. So, in February of 2016, they filled the need by opening the doors of BrÜtopia!

Since then the love and support they have received from local homebrewers and craft beer lovers have helped fuel the dream and keep it growing. In the back of many homebrewers minds is always the dream that someday they could actually let others enjoy their beer by turning their hobby into an actual brewery and sharing their homebrewed creations with everyone. So, with the encouragement and backing of their family of patrons, they began the process of building a plan to open a brewery. The support was incredible! In February of 2018, on the 2-year anniversary of the original store’s opening, BrÜtopia Brewing Company served their first pint of beer to the public. Since then they have enjoyed brewing some of their favorites, as well as some new recipes that they have always wanted to try.

BrÜtopia Brewing Company is still growing and making plans for expanding, hopefully, to allow the beer to be appreciated outside of its location in James City! At Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival,  BrÜtopia will have a sampling of some of their creations to include: 1. Aji Pepper Ale; an amber ale brewed with Aji chiles from Peru. Warm and flavorful, it leaves a little burn, but don’t let that scare you. 2. James City IPA; a New England IPA, their take on the latest style to sweep the nation, a juicy grapefruit flavor, cloudy and delicious. 3. Mild Mia English Mild; an easy drinking English Mild beer that won’t disappoint. English malts are well-balanced, to bring out a chocolate accent and just enough hops not to disappoint. 4. 50 Shades of Cream Ale; smooth, light, refreshing with an ever so slight bitterness. Great summer beer or year-round.

Family Fun Features

A children’s corner with engaging activities for youth of all ages, live art from our artist in residency (TBA soon) and much more.

Below is a rundown of the performances throughout the weekend with more to come! If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the festival, please reach out at



Saturday, July 21st:

Day Party at


 Bear Town Market

12:00 pm (FREE)

Bearfoot Monty


 Headlining the event is last year’s opening act at Bernaroo! New Bern’s own folk/blues-based Bearfoot Monty is excited to rock the afternoon free show for Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival. Be on hand for their set on Saturday at 2 pm.

Carolina Sky


Carolina Sky is a free-spirited bluegrass combo based out of Raleigh and New Bern, North Carolina. Featuring strong female lead vocals with sonorous 2 and 3-part harmonies, the group is anchored by two women with powerful voices and a rich blend. They will be offering their unique sounds on Saturday on stage at BTM.


WESTMORELAND is an eclectic group of musicians with a unique sound and diverse style. Based out of central NC the band was brought together by songwriter and guitarist John Westmoreland in 2017 to record an album of original music entitled “Cast Fire,” set to be released in mid-2018. Westmoreland gave their debut performance in Durham NC on November, 25th at The Living Arts Collective and is currently lining up more shows performing the music from “Cast Fire”
Led by John Westmoreland on guitar and vocals the band features an impressive line-up of musicians including Kobie Watkins(drums), Lance Scott(Bass), Kevin Timmons(Keyboard), Diali Cissokho(Kora and Percussion), Will Ridenour(Kora and Percussion), and Daniel Chambo(Bansuri). The sound they create has its roots in the music of the Western world but also draws upon the rich musical traditions of West Africa, North India, and South America. Influences of song writer’s and poets like Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan are readily discernible floating above grooves that range from Folk to Jazz and R&B, Chamber music, and ballads of the griots of West Africa. Please contact us with any questions and don’t miss the chance to hear Westmoreland. live!

Come to town tomorrow at noon for this unique musical experience.


Visit Our Vendors





Cabin Girl Designs, LLC


Trav’s Tie Dyed Treasures

Artist-In-Residence Shepp Avery of Catch 42


Lazy Gator’s Hemp Farm


Trades of Hope


Craven Community College

LaCasetta Italian Restaurant



The Coastal Women’s Shelter

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Entertainment LineUp for

New Bern Farmer’s Market Saturday, July 21~5:00 pm


Market Stage:

dub Addis 


We feel that whatever your labors and aspirations in this noisy confusion of life, one must keep peace in his/her soul. We must take kindly to the council of our elders. The wisdom we get from them, combined with the new generation’s ideas, we can resolve tribalism/nationalism, sexism and racism. Come out Saturday night to enjoy the final set from the Market stage with this unique blend of talents that will leave you feeling good!

Young Bull 


Young Bull is comprised of founding members and former JV basketball teammates Tahmique Cameron and Gabe Fox-Peck, along with the recently added rapper/singer, Christian Sinclair. Based in Durham, NC, they are rooted in a distinctively Southern sound–fusing trap and old-school soul influences into an unmistakably electric aesthetic. With over 200,000 plays on Spotify and a critically acclaimed album, Sopadelic, dropping independently in 2016, YB is making moves in the music world. Backed by some of the funkiest musicians in the country, Young Bull has performed up and down the East Coast and continues to tour, make new music, and play 2K in the basement.




Based out of Greenville the second set on the Market Stage for day two will deliver the punk and psychedelic sounds of JIMMY the Band. The rockers have been busy on tour this Summer and excited to perform at Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival. They secured their slot for the festival after competing in a Battle of the Bands in March.

Smith Stage:


Strung Together


Strung Together is a family band, born on the Olivers’ front porch in downtown New Bern, NC. With soaring harmonies and a string band sound, Strung Together plays songs that they love, adapted to their own style. Playing their own unique blend of folk, Americana, old-time and bluegrass, Strung Together has enjoyed performing for audiences in North Carolina and South Carolina, making music and memories together as a family.
Strung Together is primarily the Oliver family: Cat on vocals and bass; Abigail and Mason on vocals and guitar; and their parents Dare and George on vocals and banjo. Joining them is Nick Eickhoff on percussion and Addy Quinn on fiddle. They recently released their first CD, “The Littlest Birds,” which contains a mixture of originals and their favorite tunes and is available on iTunes and Amazon.
Strung Together:
Feel the music. Feel the love. Strung Together has enjoyed performing at many types of events, including festivals. Be sure to catch their set on the Smith Stage for 2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, July 21 at The Farmer’s Market!

Cigar Box Jesus & The Revelation




Fairlight & Miquela

Two mistresses of the blues and residents of New Bern will team up to bring you a powerful set of blues on the Smith stage to welcome day two at the Farmer’s Market! Don’t miss the sultry singing of Fairlight Moriah and the skilled slide guitar of Miquela DeLeon.


Live Visuals provided by The Liquid Vision Light Show

After Show at 10:00 pm (FREE)


The Brown Pelican

411 Broad St., New Bern, NC



Part live improv experiment, part DJ, Durty Dub delivers “turnt-up” dance party grooves from America and the African Diaspora, combined with haunting ballads and old-school, distorted guitar abandon. With a repertoire that includes, Katy Perry, John Lennon, Snoop, WAR, Nirvana, and some original tunes. This band can go in myriad directions – sometimes at once, and often with a sardonic sense of humor. One may not know just what to expect when they hit the stage, but one thing’s for sure: It’s always party time when Durty Dub is on the guitar!

You are invited to enjoy this fun show on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the Brown Pelican. The fun starts at 10 pm and the show is Free!

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Sunday, July 22nd:

Bernaroo Brunch at


Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion

12:00 pm:

Alisa Evans Mike

Alisa Evans Mike, mezzo-soprano, is a native of Tarboro, NC. Her love of singing was developed from early childhood, encouraged by her parents, as well as throughout her academic years by several music teachers, whom she credits with fueling her passion for music and performing.

Alisa studied vocal performance at Saint Augustine’s College (University) in Raleigh, NC, where she later earned a BA in Communications.

The talented singer is releasing a new jazz standard CD and will be hosting a CD release party at The City Stage, 901 Pollock St, New Bern, on Friday, August 3 from 7:00-8:30 pm.

Beginning August 9, 2018, you can find Alisa performing at City Stage (formerly LIVE@City Laundry), 901 Pollock Street, in downtown New Bern, NC, every Thursday, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

We are excited to have her on the menu for brunch at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. Music will be served from 12 noon to 3 pm.

Bernaroo Last Call

5 pm


Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade

This is a tale of The Dust Parade, an original music group from the coastal nether-regions of Eastern North Carolina. Theirs is a unique style of blues/surf/jazz-improv expressed through and expanded over catchy songwriting. Their sound is dynamic. Infectious. It’s entertaining and unpredictable, for all involved. It’s not “jam” and it’s definitely not jazz. It’s just music. Incredibly good music. Made in America with 100% heart.

Conceived in the solitude of a quiet bedroom during the lonely late hours of the night. Guitarist/singer/songwriter and self-proclaimed “clueless leader,” Hank Barbee writes and writes. The ideas flow down from the heavens. There are no rules there. No parameters of genre or prose. Simply melodies and a sparsely sketched canvas of mood and message.

In the winter of 2016, Hank began to jam with bassist Matt Henderson and the two even did a few shows. There was a chemistry. In early 2017 Barbee called up a saxophonist he was pleasantly acquainted with named Jim Durham. Hank asked him to sit in on an upcoming show. More chemistry. After several months of trial and tribulation, the trio is gifted with the awesome soul of drummer, Logan Watson.

It’s now 2018 and the new songs and sounds are rolling out. Band practice is the highlight of the week. Creation is empowerment and love and a reminder that we were all created by something bigger. Therefore we, in turn, must create.

This sound. It makes people happy. It makes the girls wanna sway. It seems to make fans and ‘repeat attendees’. This breed of ‘bluesy island surf country bossa soul’ with that little dab of ‘beachy swing jazz’ is just what this world needs. The Dust Parade.

Thanks for Supporting Live Music from your Friends at Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival 




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

July 16 at 5:40 PM

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Here are all the great music options for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.
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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

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