Shake Your Money Maker and Dance

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

We shake our money maker around town and around the region. We will kick things off right down the road, then we also roam around Greenville some and tour around lil Washington too before the night ends because:

Saturday Night Was Made For Music

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Big Jim at Sara’s Big Apple For the First Course

Sara’s Big Apple is offering live music a couple of Saturdays each month in the back room. She opened music season with the one who jump-started live music around town and brought things to a new level, Mr. Blues, Big Jim Kohler. He shared songs from 6-8 pm.

The stringer has been keeping busy since bouncing back to life again last year. He is playing three to four days each week and offers two blues jams in town as part of the lineup. In the event, you have missed the news he is at The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC each Monday sharing songs from 7-9 pm. On Wednesdays, he and the boys bring it to The City Stage.  Music also plays at 7-9 pm.

For those that need a teeny-weeny bit of The Big Jim Kohler Blues Band, be sure to head out to The Garage in James City this evening. He will be there with his bride and rocking the blues from 7-10 pm. Ad for music fans in the Fairfield Harbour area looking to support live music nights at Sara’s Big Apple, located on Broad Creek Road, come out on Saturday, April 13, 2019, to enjoy the sounds of Ashton Ward 6-8 pm


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Greenville, NC for A Second Helping

After supper, I headed up Highway 17 and went by way of Highway 43 to check in with Second Helping who had a show last Saturday night at The State Theater in Greenville, NC. The Lenoir County-based band has some New Bern appeal too, with slinger Tom Spellman on guitar. The venue was cool too, with good sound and lights, friendly staff and plenty of drinks from behind the bar.

Second Helping is the longest running Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute touring today. With dates in Norway and Canada n the calendar this year, the band is going international. They don’t play often around our area but they do have some dates coming up. The line up includes the talents of Lead Singer, Jon Riggs; Drummer, Joey Gillette; Guitar, James Jones, Piano, Jackie Johnson; Guitarist, Tom Spellman; Guitarist, Chris McCallister; Bassist, Jerry Potter, Background Vocals, Fleeta Griffin, Tracey Brenneman, and Laura McCallister.

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The next time the band appears in our area is on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at LaGrange Garden Spot with music playing 7-10 pm. If you like that special brand of Southern Rock made famous by Skynyrd, come see this band when they are in the area. You can keep up with their dates and the latest news by checking out their website at

Washington For Dessert

One of the best parts of writing this live music blog is finding new places that offer live music. If I made it my mission to find only new places, it would take me years to visit every place with live music. But I do seek out new bands and new venues as much as possible, as it is my hope to remind you that live music is everywhere and it needs your support tonight. My final stops on Saturday happened in Washington, NC where I met the AFreyed Knot Band and the whole family!

In fact, I met a few new friends and the Bright Family on Saturday night when I stopped by The Rebel Tavern! They are the bright stars of AFreyed Knot! Offering the popular tunes from the ’70s thru today, this band is a mixed bag of family talent and fun for friends and rock fans! Working the guitar is son Peter Bright, on bass is hubby and dad, Taylor Bright and on keys and fronting the band offering the lead on vocals is mom and wife, Lynette Bright. Sitting back behind the kit is James Stroud!

It was a wonderful night with a warm and friendly crowd. I met local live music supporter Susan Thomas who will be getting married this weekend. I want us to raise our glass to her and her beloved, Alfred Baugham, a music man himself. Cheers and best wishes!

For friends and fans of the band Afreyed Knot, the band will be a part of Pirate Fest in Greenville, NC next month! That good time happens on Saturday, April 13, 2019.


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The Night Cap

My final stop for the evening, last Saturday evening was Market Street Pub located in the center of town. Offering songs was a new act here, Kevin Hartigan. A cool young kid who not only knows classic rock but rocks some original works as well, For those that want a sample of that here is an exclusive from that night.

The singer-songwriter hails from Dover Delaware. We actually have one friend in common, another stringer, Joey Fulkerson, my dear friend from long ago, a blues stringer who consumed a few chapters many moons ago.

When I spoke with Hartigan briefly on Saturday, he said he shares his music freely and you can find him on Spotify and iTunes. It was my hope that I would hear something from the artists during the week but have not received word. I have many questions, perhaps those will be answered after we connect on Facebook. I will share more when that happens.


Sweet Community Jams Greet My Sunday Night

I am lucky to live in a great tight-knit community of talented people. And not longs ago, at an open mic in town, I remember talking to Doug King about the idea of a jam at the community center. That was probably back in November.

Now there is a talented bunch of stringers and singers in my neighborhood that comes together one time each month to share songs and enjoy music making fun together. From the Downeast Dulcimers to Dan Jam Phillips, and even a Neuse River Rambler found in this bunch of players. They offered a great selection of songs in the round and played a variety of genres.

These music makers will gather again on the third Sunday in April to make music and fun music memories! Fairfield Harbour Community members are welcome to come out and enjoy the music and vibes!

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Friday, March  29, 2019

Getting Down Around Town


There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: LIVE MUSIC!

The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelicanhosts an evening of music with the talented rocker chick, Marron Chaplin, offering songs from 7-10 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs and wonderful originals by this popular, local jam band. 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 Restaurant


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


City Stage New Bern


Comprised of three lifelong friends dating back to their high school days, Bridge to Breakdown is one of the most unique acts to surface out of the North Carolina scene. The group takes direct inspiration from legendary acts such as Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine and more.

$5 Cover Charge. City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1 annual membership fee.


On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge




BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Tony Lefave live,  sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!


The Garage


There is a new place opening today that will host music, games, and fun for the whole family. The Garage will open their doors today and offer live music tonight with The Big Jim Kohler Band rocking the blues. Music starts at 7 pm.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016


Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop


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Dick Knight, Fri Mar 29th, 8-11 pm, No Cover

Join us for a live performance by Mr. Dick Knight. He is a recipient of the NC Heritage Award, (NC Arts Council) and former member of the James Brown Band. He has played with Maceo Parker, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack, Otis Redding and more!


Royal James


Irish Robinson offers the music at Royal James in Beaufort tonight. Check him out on the stage, sharing songs you know and love to sing along to from 8-11 pm.


Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

Offering the live sounds tonight and tomorrow night at The Boro Restaurant & Bar will be serving the sounds of the incredibly talented  Justin Castellano! Great food, great music, great ambiance! Join him there tonight or tomorrow. Music starts at 8 pm.


Newport, NC


Ed Prophet will be in the garden to entertain fans and friends that gather. Music is offered from 6:30-9:30 pm. There is a $5.00 admission or the music. They have appetizers to taste and serve beer and wine as well.


Cedar Point, NC

Riptidez Bar & Grill

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Scearce & Friends with Dick Scearce will be the featured fun at Riptidez Bar & Grill this evening. Music plays from 9 pm until midnight!


Treehouse Beer Company


Treehouse Beer Company will be serving the rocking blues sounds of Mark Hibbs this evening from 7-10 pm. Come out and enjoy a fresh cold brew and enjoy live music as we welcome the weekend.


Surf City, NC

The Trailer Bar!

The Trailer Bar welcomes Randy O and The Mango Band tonight, for the fun and music for music lovers in the Surf City Area. Come out to rock the night away with this talented local entertainer. Music plays from 8:30 until 11:30 pm.

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Chillin’ Around The Sound


The New Village Brewery & Taproom

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The New Village Brewery & Taproom welcomes The Dusty Trio featuring Hank Barbee, Jim Durham, and Matt Henderson.  Music is offered from6-8 PM  and caps off a full day of fun and festivities raising funds for The Old Theater – Oriental, NC.

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Rocking Around the Region



Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill


DON’T MISS the 2019 Carolina Harp Fest, 3/28-3/30 at The Blue Note Grill, Durham, NC, featuring Buddy Greene, Johnny Sansone, and a host of other great harmonica players and instructors – too many to fit on the poster! Register by 2/15 for the early bird rate of $145 at

Jerry Fierro and George MIklas will also be with us, as well as Danny G. and Bruce from New Harmonica. We have many great sponsors who have donated some amazing products which you’ll have a chance to win when you attend. All classes will be audio recorded and provided to all attendees free of charge, along with a syllabus containing all instructors’ handouts and materials. Stay tuned for more info on our sponsors and seminar descriptions.

Classes will cover a wide range of topics for beginners to pros, including chromatic harmonica, alternate tunings, harmonica repair, country, blues, gospel and even Irish harmonica styles. We look forward to seeing you there!



Kinston, NC

The Red Room


The Fustics will bring the party to Kinston tonight with music playing at 10 PM. There is a music charge of $5.00 payable at the door. Come out and enjoy the new atmosphere and dance the night away at The Red Room tonight!


Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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Duane Haddock will provide the entertainment tonight at AJ McMurphy’s, with music being offered from 8:30- 11:30 pm. You are invited to come early and grab a bite to eat and stay ’til later for the serving of live music.


Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served each Thursday, 6-9 pm and Friday and Saturday night 7-10 pm.

Thursdays, they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic night, hosted by Brian Burke. Tonight come out for the Still Shakers and dance the night away from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow night they welcome Chuck Phillips who was in town here last night!


Havelock, NC




Jean’s in Havelock welcomes JP Guhns live on stage tonight. Music starts at 10 PM and there is a $5.00 music charge payable at the door.

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Answering the Call

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

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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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