Behind the Scenes with Tracey Stones
It has been meeting after meeting for this girl lately, and I love it. I am meeting with so many people about bringing music to new areas. This week I took part in the Downtown Business Council’s Events Meeting on Monday morning. I gathered together with Wendy Card of New Bern Now, Ted Peterson of Wit Clothier, Danny Batten of Surf Wind and Fire, Lynne Harakal, Executive Director of Swiss Bear, Meg Wetherington of Folks Journal and Amy of Be-Spoke Custom Florals.
The DBC and Swiss Bear are partnering with New Bern Parks and Recreation Department,to set a stage in Bear Plaza for weekend entertainment. I am not clear on the schedule at this time, but this weekend they will kick things off with The Neuse River Ramblers, offering a couple sets of popular songs. Cindy Polo also joining the fun with an offering of traditional Irish and Celtic tunes. Music will be offered in the plaza this Saturday afternoon from 12 -4 pm.
Neuse River Ramblers will be sharing songs in Bear Plaza this Saturday in downtown New Bern with Cindy Polo also offering Traditional Irish tunes. Music will play 12-4 pm.
More news on this Saturday music series coming soon.
New Bern Historical Society
On Tuesday, I met with Kathy Morrison from New Bern Historical Society. We got together to talk about music as well. Recently, Morrison reached out to me about bringing a couple of acts in for the Heritage Homes Tour coming in April. Be sure to get your tickets early, as our Historical Society is known for selling out their events. You can get your tickets online by visiting the New Bern Historical Society
While firming up those arrangements, for Big Jim Kohler and the Duzan Duo, I made mention of the Battlefield. In my mind, that is the perfect place to set the scene for a community concert. Did you know all of these places, The Attmore-Oliver House and the Battlefield are available for rent at an affordable price? True story. Why not rent it for music for the Taberna and Carolina Colours neighborhoods! Hey, New Bern, Trent Woods, Fairfield Harbour, and Stately Pines people can bring chairs and come out too!
Made for Music?
Of course, this property is maintained and preserved by a huge volunteer effort, so why not use music to raise the funds required to upkeep the grounds? Well, that is what went through my mind during this particular meeting. During the hurricane, the property lost their maintenance shed and there was roof damage to the pavilion, plus much debris and tree work. A concert series could certainly help this situation.
Having said, that Tracey Stones Productions, LLC is interested in renting this property in August, so that ncmz.live can present a trial concert. I would be interested in meeting with sponsors, vendors, and volunteers for this effort. Anyone who is interested in helping this come to fruition, reach out to me. 318-789-6929.
It is a beautiful piece of property that would benefit from some music love! I couldn’t help but recall when Steel Shot approached me about doing a photo shoot, the first place that popped in my mind was the New Bern Battlefield Park cannon… Steel Shot! Please stay tuned for more music news from this location.
For anyone interested in checking out these grounds, they have a fun family day planned for next weekend. This event costs a maximum of $20 per family.
Here are the details for the Battlefield Adventure Day sent to me in a recent email:
Open to all, children and adults. Arrive at 11:30 for registration.
Cost $10 for the first family member, $5 for each additional, with $20 max per family.
No unaccompanied children. Reservations must be prepaid so we can order food.
The event kicks off with a commissary lunch much like the soldiers would have
eaten – Brunswick stew cooked over an open fire, hush puppies, and ham biscuits.
Children 6-12 will be “recruited” by the Civil War reenactors, be issued a cap and
wooden rifle to keep, and elect to either drill with reenactors or do crafts and
At 3:30 pm we’ll serve homemade apple crisp made by the children, then finish
with the canon live-fire demonstration.
On Wednesday I had a lunch meeting with Earl Beasley and his family. Beasley is the owner of Roadies Roadhouse. Located in Seven Springs on Highway 55, this was the site of the club once known as Maynards. Many people may know, Maynards closed their doors shortly after a security guard was killed on site.
During our meeting, I wanted to brainstorm to see if we could find a good solution for helping this hard-working family man. Of course, stepping in where the tragedy took place leaves one with a major hurdle to overcome. Earl explained, “The guy that died, really died as a result of a tragic accident. Yes, there was a situation where the bouncers were left to escort some guys out and one of the guys ran back and hit him from behind, and when he fell he hit his head really hard which led to his death.”
Overcoming Tragedy and Rumors
Earl went on to address the many stories that resulted from that truth and how that has been his biggest challenge. “Since then, the word has gotten around that it’s unsafe and it’s a hard wrap to beat, especially with all of the stories. And I have heard so many ridiculous stories; from a bunch of Marines teaming up to beat up on him, I mean I even heard he was stabbed and everything else.”
With so many negative rumors tied to the establishment, it makes it an awesome challenge. But this businessman is vested and made a major investment in the establishment. He did a lot of work when he took over, so to make it a safe and fun venue for people to come and enjoy music again.
A Need For Change
The other hurdle that Beasley feels he must overcome is the county laws. Roadies Road House is located in a dry county, which means this is a bring your own venue. He charges a higher admission fee at the door to help pay the bands and overhead for each night the doors open, but as he mentioned; “It’s always cheaper to bring your own.”
Coming up in the days ahead, we will be talking more about bringing some bands that I think will be a good fit for the venue. Given the fact that it is a Road House, I think it is time to add acts that would fit that bill. Keep it here for more news and music development as the weeks unfold!
Roadies Road House is not Beasley’s first rodeo. He also owns Heroes Sports Oyster Bar & Grill. and has noted that when he brings some of the bands to his place of business in Goldsboro, he packs the place out, but then the very same band won’t even draw 50 people at Roadies. I sense this is something we can overcome with positive promotions and live feeds from the site so we can show people first hand, the changes that have been made and security and safety are a priority for this venue owner. Keep it here for more news and music development as the weeks unfold!
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On the Scene with Tracey Stones
On Saturday I headed down to Southport and stopped in at Fishy Fish Café, to enjoy some fresh and stash seafood and the fun sound of The Dusty Trio, featuring music makers Hank Barbee, Jim Durham, and Matt Henderson.
What a great place to grab a good bite of fresh seafood while taking in some tunes. Located in Southport, NC, this fun place is one of the last stops along the roads in North Carolina and worth the drive.
The band is taking a few weeks off from the scene, while Hank rests his voice and makes plans for the band to lay some tracks down in the studio for a new release. They will return to the stage on Friday, March 29 at New Village Brewery in Oriental. Music starts at 6 pm. On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the full band The Dust Parade, will return to The Brown Pelican. Music plays on that night from 8-11 pm.
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Band On Fire Performs
Band on Fire is a five-piece cover band offering pop songs from the ’70s and ’80s covering such popular acts as Prince, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, as well as Kool and The Gang and more. They have been rocking the scene since 2014 and are based right where I caught them, in Wilmington, NC.
The current line up includes William “Bosz” Bostic fronts the project offering lead vocals; J.D. Collins plays guitar and offers backing vocals; Steady Eddie is behind the kit on drums, Mark Black provides the bass and Chirs Chaney offers the keyboard arrangements.
Tonight the band will be hosting a night of fun at Slainte Irish Pub Monkey Junction. They will offer music tonight from 7:30 pm – 11 pm. Come out and get ready for the weekend, with fun music in a bar that is ready to help everyone get their Irish on for the weekend! To find the band on Facebook click here: Band On Fire
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Meanwhile Down on Front St:
The Adam Hill Band was down in Wilmington as well last Saturday. They were found rocking the scene on Front St at a cool little joint with a New Orleans flavor. Bourbon Street Wilmington is a great place to grab a bite and catch some live music.
The fresh-faced Adam Hill rocked a show with the band in Jacksonville earlier in the day, before closing out the night with the guys in Wilmington. The hard-working music maker is scheduled for a couple of solo shows this weekend.
You can find him at Riptidez in Cedar Point tonight. Music starts at 9 pm. Tomorrow Hill will be rocking Crossroads Grill and Bar, located on Highway 55 West, Seven Springs. Live music plays at 10 pm until closing.
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Friday, March 15, 2019
Getting Down Around Town
There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: LIVE MUSIC.
Break out the Green and Get Rocking!!!
WHEN: Friday, March 15th 2019, 6-10 PM; dinner will be served from 6-8:30 PM
WHERE: Tryon Palace History Center & patio
WHAT: Enjoy a traditional Irish dinner with live music during dinner, followed by the rockin’ band, Trainwreck.
Cash bar of beer, wine and soft drinks…nothing over $5.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Gather your family and friends, get your green on, and join us for The Rotary Club of New Bern’s Sham-Rockin’ 2019, A St. Patrick’s Celebration,
The event will be held at the beautiful North Carolina History Center, overlooking the Trent River.
Doors open at 6:00 pm and the Sham-Rockin’ will continue until 10:00 pm. The Chelsea Restaurant will serve up the best corned beef and cabbage found in Eastern North Carolina from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Coastal Beverage, as our beverage sponsor will offer your favorite beer and wine.
Dinner and Dancing
During dinner, Tom & Dahlin’ of Tom’s Tunes will play and sing Irish & Celtic songs.
After dinner, dance the night away to the popular band, Trainwreck!
Tickets include dinner and admission and are $20 in advance (plus associated EventBrite fees when purchased on line) and $25 at the door. There will be a cash bar of beer, wine and soda and popcorn available all night.
Sham-Rockin’ is the club’s annual fundraiser to support local needs. Past proceeds have assisted with supporting Boys and Girls Club of New Bern, Backpack Blessings, Craven County Partners In Education, and Promise Place.
The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of great music featuring the talented Hot Buttered Grits, 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, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of The Switch, 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.
On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge
BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Brian Burke live, who will be 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!
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 Big Jim Kohler rocking the blues. Music starts at 7 pm.
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Cruising the Crystal Coast
Atlantic Beach 2016
Barry Charleton will be rocking the stage at Promise’ Land Market with music being shared from 8:30-11:30 pm.
Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shopwelcomes Red & the Rockers, Fri., March 15th, 8-11 PM, $3 Cover charge
Red & The Rockers is a lineup of longtime musical friends, assembled and led by veteran drummer Clayton “Red” White. The group performs an eclectic mix of old school rock n roll, blues, R&B, and Southern soul. Red is accompanied by guitarist and vocalist Mark Hibbs, guitarist Parmo Reggiano, and bassist Todd Humphreys.
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.
Offering the live sounds tonight at The Boro Restaurant & Bar will be Mykel Barbee, offering songs from 8-11 pm. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music.
Will Baker 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
Adam Hill has a solo show at Riptidez Bar & Grill this evening. Music plays from 9 pm until midnight!
Treehouse Beer Company will be serving the sounds of 4EverAll 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 welcomes The Quilted Sky 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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Rocking Around the Region
The Blue Note Grill welcomes 8-Track Minds
MARCH 15, 2019 · FRIDAY * 9PM * $8
8-Track Minds plays funky, beautiful ‘70s gold for hip-shakin’ and slow dancin’. Our charismatic and velvet-voiced singer Sandie, beside veteran Triangle musicians, who look the part, 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—let’s get lost in the rock’n’roll and Drift Away!
8-Track Minds is;
NOTE: We do not take reservations on Friday. Seating is first come/first serve. Please arrive after 8pm for the 9pm show.
The Mikele Buck Band and Special Guest Dave Fenley will be on stage tonight at The Buccaneer Music Hall. Live music starts at 10 pm. Come ready to boot scoot through the night tonight!
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. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind.
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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