Bouncing to the Beats Around Craven County


On The Scene With Tracey Stones

Tracey Stones with The Big Jim Kohler Band

Bad Decisions Band at Blackbeard’s

Saturday night marked the return of the Bad Decisions Band at Blackbeard’s. This band is just plain fun. They bring all of the party tunes you love and they feature two lead vocalist.

Featuring the combined energies of Shane Norris, Valerie Boyette, Matt Starling, Rebekah Martin, Ben Hayes and Zach Pleasant, the band brought all the fun music to make the party fun.

The band travels from Johnston County to join us here in New Bern. They have a fun, full sound that makes you want to dance. Playing familiar songs that many love, they enjoy mingling and mixing it up with their audience.

They will be rocking this weekend at The Junction in Benson, NC. They rock it there tomorrow evening at 9:30 pm until 1:30 am. To find out more on where you can go make a night with Bad Decisions like the band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BadDecisionsBandNC/

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Pete Pawsey Trio at Pelican

It is never a dull moment when Pete Pawsey pairs up with music brother from another mother, Patrick Edwards. And on Saturday night they added to the mix with the bass playing, keyboard assist courtesy of Charles Cleaver.

Offering rock infused riffs with layers of avaunt guard blues, this is a trio of music makers playing by their own rules while making beautiful fun sounds. Pawsey rocks the region from the mountains to the coast. He rocks it solo, in duo, trio formation and I am sure a full band too if the pay was right.

Currently pushing a fun clown project, be sure to check out Pawsey on Band Camp with his Radar’s Clowns of Sedation. This also gives you a glimpse of Pawsey with a full band backing him. Lots of fun tracks on this one. My favorite might be “Mama Bear!”

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Adam Hill Band Welcomes New Bass Player Phillip Alcock to the Stage

The Adam Hill Band greeted the new month with a new announcement. On Saturday night, Hill officially welcomed Phillip Alcock to the stage to fill the bass player role. We met Alcock here when he was jamming with The Roman Sams.

Alcock made his debut on Saturday night at Jean’s in Havelock, NC. I noted he will make a nice addition to this rotation. The rhythm man is not shy when it comes to laying down the groove, which is a necessary part of keeping Hill soaring when he throws it into guitar overdrive.

The band is excited about the road ahead and look forward to making music in more towns around the state. They are booking their 2019 calendar now. You can reach out to me or Adam to get on the calendar.

https://www.adamhillmusic.net/bookings

Friends and fans of The Adam Hill Band can find the trio rocking it in Wilmington tonight. They will be offering the good grooves at Bourbon St on S. Front St. Music starts at 9 pm.

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Behind the Scene With Tracey Stones

Birthday Wishes

On Sunday, February 17, 2019; I will celebrate my 50th birthday. With a milestone birthday creeping up, I decided to team up with Supporting Peace in the hopes of helping 50 strangers from our area.

1917 Trent Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 631-5337
https://www.facebook.com/peacecounselingcenter/

I met the founder and owner of The Peace Counseling Center, Jasyn Griffith in September and she has quite a story herself. She already had plans of moving in and opening The Peace Counseling Center. Located at 1917 Trent Blvd., she has a lot space in her practice, which is now open for business.

September in the Park, Not Last Year!

Did I mention that I met her in September? Yes, that happened when I had arrived home following evacuation orders drafted by Florence. She hit Sept 13-14-15 and I left on September 11, 2018, and returned to town on the 22nd of September when electric was restored. Watching Facebook often, I first saw her doing a video with Braedon Welsh.

Once my boots were on the ground running around on September 23, 2018, I would find my way through my days by helping people everywhere in the town. It started with simply delivering meals. Then I saw Braedon and Jasyn and learned that the soon to be Peace Counseling was using the space to serve the community. They collected cleaning supplies, personal hygiene supplies, clothing, food and more. After the first day going back and forth to Peace from the communities in need…I learned New Song Church had emergency relief buckets and for over a week I loaded up my truck with two loads daily of 42 buckets each trip. One load went to Peace Counseling and the other load I distributed personally to people throughout New Bern.

Dream Big

Fast forward: In mid-November, I had a thought about hosting a fundraiser to celebrate my 50th, that would stretch out all weekend long with everything from a house concert to a final event on my birthday at the Famer’s Market. The cause: Hurrican relief for Fairfield Harbour! Because people here are stll in need. As it would turn out, the idea bloomed a little late, then I got sick and now I have a new and exciting life to get accustomed to, as I join forces with Wendy Cardy, NC Life Media, Ledger Magazine, New Bern and Beyond a bi-monthly Podcast and the online community news source www.NewBernNow.com.

https://www.NewBernNow.com/

Not one to give up on the hope on helping others, while I was at home sick and sulking, I caught a lot of New Bern Live, and one-day Jasyn Griffith was on and it was Christmas, she had 25 families with wish lists for Christmas. I was so moved by the idea, because since the storm I have seen what Peace Counseling Center has done for the community. It’s been a highlight even when there was no electric for many storm victims.

In the path of my new job, I stopped in to sell some advertising to my friend Jasyn. While there, a couple of ladies were at the center and while I was at the window. They were there to inquired about their Christmas wish lists. That is when I would learn 19 of those wish lists from Christmas went unfulfilled. The lady who was inquiring about hers was one that did not get filled. This made me forget why I even walked in the door. My heart broke, right there in the receptionists’ booth in front of everyone. I cried as I pulled away from my sales call. It was January 8, 2019.

We Only Get One Shot At Writing What Happens Between the Dashes

http://www.PayPal.me/supportingpeace/

After my tears dried I realized it might be too late to do a big fundraiser! Why not rally 50 wish lists for my 50th birthday? Jasyn looked at me and said, “We can make dancing bears…50 dancing bears, for my dancing friend.” So now we are collecting money to for this cause of making dreams come true for 50 strangers!

You are welcome to stop down and meet Jasyn and see the operation and how money is spent. They are located at 1917 Trent Blvd., New Bern, NC. Or you can simply make a donation by visiting
http://www.PayPal.me/supportingpeace/

And here is the truth. This non-profit is new with state registration complete and federal filing awaiting its process. Having watched the operation from the beginning, I believe in everything Supporting Peace is doing for our community, which is why we teamed up for this effort.

People all around us are still trying to find the basics to get by. Blankets, heaters, mattresses, furniture, and other needs we take for granted every day, especially for the last four-plus months. I would love to hear how these people got new gifts from awesome people like you, who can make a difference. I wish I could do it myself, but I already volunteer as much as I can.

Every dollar counts and if everyone donated just $10 that follows or friends me, we would exceed my goal of helping 50 families…dream big and keep hope in your heart.

Come celebrate the blues and my 50th on STORMY MONDAY BLUES, at the Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St. TIP THE BAND! Come dance! Let’s celebrate music and my love for it! We are gonna make 50 fun! Starting on, Monday, February 18th, 2019 7-10 pm! Much love and many thanks!

#Only50OnceMakeItCountFor50People

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Blogging For Business

In March I will be hosting a series on blogging for small business. This class will be held at The Small Business Center for Pamlico Community College, located at 701 Main St. Bayboro, NC. The classes will be held every Monday in March from 6-8 pm. We will explore why blogging is beneficial to a small business. Which blog sites are the most useful and popular. We will research ways to make your blog lucrative and how to make it work for you. To register for this series follow the link provided:

Blogging for Small Business

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Monday Music Makes My Week

U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band offered a grand show on Monday, February 4, 2019, at the History Center on Front St., New Bern, NC.

The free performance started with a trio of rhythmic makers opening the show, to welcome the rest of the band and all their brass! It was nice to see the theater filled, with so many wonderful faces of all ages for this magnificent show.

After all the airmen and officers were in their place, Vocal Staff Sergeant Melissa Lackore stayed front and center to offer the National Anthem

The performance offered a great many of original compositions including the one I captured, with my phone. This is “Not Bored Yet” composed by Adam Braatz, arranged by Technical Sergeant David Fatek.

Before leaving the show I spoke with Caleb Sanders and gave him my card. In between travel and setting up the final show of the tour in Jacksonville, the sound engineer offered me an interview via email.

I understand this is the end of the tour, it was a make up date…how long was the tour?

This particular tour was 10 days long including one travelday. Unfortunately, because of the hurricane damage in the Fall of 2018, wewere unable to perform at some of the venues we were scheduled for on thattour. Fortunately, we were able to come back out this February and make up someof those locations.

When and where did it start?

We started out with a few days near Raleigh, then spent a fewmore days out near Charlotte, and wrapped up the tour here on the easternside of the state near New Bern.

How many places did it bring you?

 We performed in 9 different towns on this tour, with Venues ranging from intimate theaters like the theater in New Bern through tolarge concert auditoriums seating nearly 3000 people.

What are some of the highlights of this last tour?

There was something unique that we learned about every venue we played at. Some of my tour highlights were getting to interact with high school and college music students, at afternoon masterclasses prior to several of the evening shows. Those are always a great opportunity to share our experiences with young musicians, who are just embarking on their careers, and provide insight into practice techniques, technical tips, or just answer their questions about what it’s like to be a musician in the United States Air Force.

Can you send a list of the players and instruments as well or send me to asite where that info might be.

https://www.music.af.mil/Bands/US-Air-Force-Heritage-of-America-Band/– this is our official military webpage.

Our specific players change from tour to tour depending on availability, so the manning listed on our site tends to be slightly out of date. Our current player list in rank/alphabetical order is as follows:

Bass Trombone – Master Sergeant Jason Foster
Baritone Saxophone – Technical Sergeant David Fatek
Drums – Technical Sergeant Michael Henrie
Bass – Technical Sergeant Jordan Kimble
Second Trumpet – Technical Sergeant Mark Nixon
Audio Engineer and Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge – Technical Sergeant Caleb Sanders
Vocals – Staff Sergeant Melissa Lackore
Lead Trombone and Musical Director – Senior Airman John Lloyd
Lead Trumpet – Senior Airman Mark Oates
Tenor Saxophone – Airman 1st Class Michael Ferrante
Alto Saxophone – Airman 1st Class Richard Garcia
Keyboards – Airman 1st Class Ryan Moses

Most of the music was original compositions, did you cover any songs in theprogram, if so, titles and artist and why those selections?

Our Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge typically provides the music director with a vision for the show, then leaves a lot of license for final tune selection in the music director’s hands. For this particular tour, we were very much focused on the new material for our upcoming recording project.

In addition, we always include a few pieces that evoke our heritage from the Glenn Miller era bands, as well as a few patriotic selections. Two notable pieces on this show were “Mean to Me” which was originally composed in 1929 by Fred E. Ahlert in the style of the Count Basie band, which featured our pianist in addition to tenor sax and lead trombone.

We also featured our vocalist on a fresh arrangement of “After You’ve Gone”, originally composed by Turner Layton in 1918. Our arrangement was done by our youngest new member, Airman 1st Class Sarah Moyers (currently assigned to a different performing group). There are notable popular recordings of this song by Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald and others, and it stylistically fit well with the intended mood for the concert.

How do people bring you to their city for a performance?
http://www.outreachrequests.hq.af.mil/

This is our public site for requesting one of our bands to perform at an event. There is a link in the top left corner to start a “New Request”, which contains general eligibility requirements along with information on how to actually request the band for an event. 

Share any website and social media links too please
https://www.facebook.com/heritageofamericaband/

…is our official Facebook page, our publicity team does a good job of keeping recent event info from all of our various ensembles posted here, as well as trying to keep an up to date list of upcoming performances. Our band homepage listed above also includes a Facebook and Twitter stream on the homepage, which are our most active social media networks.

Many thanks for your time and service!

And much thanks for your time and attention to my q&a, Technical Sergeant Caleb Sanders. I could not have done this article without you! At ease!

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Jazz to Blues Monday Moved Me

After getting all jazzed up, I headed around the way for a stop at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern. We are hosting Monday Blues there each week with Big Jim Kohler.

The weekly blues jam kicked off on the first Monday of the month and has been building much attention. It’s been a gathering music makers and music fans alike, Monday are a fun time each week in New Bern

Extending the hours this week was the fun and fabulous Joe Brown, who closed out the night with the house blues band. Sharing sweet sounds makes the world go round!

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Friday, February 8, 2019

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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Taberna Gets a Dose of Rock n Blues

Third Degree Bern will be rocking Taberna Country Club for the residents over there looking for the good time grooves. Music is offered from 7-10 pm and all residents and their friends are welcome to attend.

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the fun grooves of Gene Gregory, he will be jamming from 7-10 pm. The Wilmington player will share songs you know and ones he wrote. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Getting Down Around Town

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

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ARTwalk/ArtCRAWL

Sometimes Mrs. Big Jim has to go off and tend to her acting career and these days she is prepping for her part in Hairspray coming our way next month. So we never know when we will see her. But rumor has it, she is going to try to sing with hubby Big Jim at ArtWalk, they will be in front of The Black Cat Shoppe at 246 Middle St from 5-8 pm.

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Dan Jam Phillips brings the music to Community Arts Gallery & Studios at 309 Middle St. He offers the jams with friends from 5-8 pm. Friends are welcome to come out and join the fun!

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Ryan Cain this evening. This soulful singer offers country music that grabs you. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Ravenz Bru, who will be rocking on the deck tonight. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC

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Promise’ Land Market welcomes the music of Bryan McCoury this evening from 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Come enjoy the free sing-a-long as you sip on wine, enjoy a cold beer or eat some of their delicious food.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop welcomes Big and Richard to the stage tonight. Music at 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Live music offered by Scott Arnold and Richard Baas. Offering a great mix of many genres and original tunes too. This show is free, but tips are encouraged.

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Cedar Point, NC

Jacksonville, NC based stringer, Ryan Rubich will be sharing songs with friends tonight at Treehouse Beer Company. Music is offered 7-10 pm. The beer is cold, the tunes are cool and the vibe is fun. Come out and see for yourself.

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Riptidez Bar & Grill

Justin Castellano will be shredding strings on the stage at Riptidez Bar & Grill this evening. Music is shared from 9 pm until midnight.

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Newport, NC

Carolina Home & Garden welcomes Hank Barbee and the Dusty Trio, they will be sharing grooves this evening in the garden from 6:30-9:30. Enjoy food truck delights, beer or wine for tasting and great tunes to welcome the weekend.

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Rocking Around the Region

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Winston Salem, NC

It’s an all ages show tonight at Muddy Creek Cafe & Music Hall Bethania

$10 advance/$15 door. Music 8-11 pm

Based out of Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the Trailblazers have taken a step back to the roots of bluegrass, Americana, folk, and jazz music. The band has a solid foundation in the basis of the music they love, but they’re constantly looking for new ways to make their mark in progressive acoustic music. – 2018 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year – 2018 International SPBGMA Band Contest Winners – 2017 Merlefest Band Contest winners. https://www.thetrailblazersmusic.com

Billboard-charting artists Cane Mill Road grew up just down the road from Doc Watson in Deep Gap, North Carolina. Honoring the past, the band strikes a balance between preserving the bluegrass mountain sound they were raised on and boldly rocking progressive interpretations of that same sound tackling. Not only complex original music, but classic covers of the Beatles, Dylan, and more. https://www.canemillroad.com/home

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WFU Porter Byrum Welcome Center presents The Unbroken Circle, who will offer this weekends performances. They will perform tonight and tomorrow at 7 pm.

The band is back together once again for the 8th annual concerts for Shalom! Join us either night for toe-tapping, hand clapping and some singing along to a full set of old time and bluegrass classics. These concerts are free and open to the public, friends of The Shalom Project and all who want to enjoy good music and make a difference in Winston-Salem.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Mike Corrado Band for some rocking country fun. Music starts at 8 pm and they groove you until 11 pm. This show is free and the food here is outstanding, so come early to eat and stay late to dance!

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Washington, NC

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. Antonio Lefavi will serve up the sounds tonight from 7-10 pm at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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Garner, NC

Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music 

It’s a fun night of pickin’ and grinnin’ with a great Bluegrass Band. Come out tonight and spend your evening at Lorraine’s and enjoy the music of Garrett Newton. Get your tickets now. Check out the website at LorrainesCoffeeHouse.com

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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.

February 5 at 6:39 AM

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Searching for more events around the region:

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Thank You for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

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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Sites to See

Here are some sites to see. Tracey Stones Productions, LLC publishes www.ncmz.live and is also available to write pages and content for your already published website, provide press releases for important events, or create sites for bands and venues.

Please take moment to visit these sites that keep me writing and promoting live music.

Adam Hill Music is a site to see

I met Adam Hill in July 2016 and have been working alongside him since. The first thing I did after hearing his original music was to create a site to keep him in the spotlight any time he is off stage. The next thing was to create a YouTube Channel and created an Adam Hill Playlist for that channel.

Big Jim Kohler Blues Band

is another site to see

I met Big Jim Kohler in Swansboro, NC in March 2013. This introduction would single-handedly walk me back into music promotions. When I left town, in 2008, Salty Dawg and Mickey Milligan’s were the only bars that were supporting live music regularly. When I returned we had Bambooz and the blues and life in New Bern was already better. Kohler walked me back to my writing roots.

Big Jim and Mrs. Big Jim are some of my best friends and it’s been a pleasure to be working and representing them. To bring us to your room visit my site:

Tracey Stones Productions, LLC makes the sites to see

My goal and mission in life are connecting people to music. I am not a critic, I am a promoter. I promote supporting live music. Tracey Stones Productions publishes this blog twice weekly as a gentle reminder that there is live music everywhere in need of your support. I am available to help your band set up an effective off stage presence for more public and positive promotions!

Milestones Marked by Area Music Makers

A few music makers from around our region enjoy the celebration of milestones on the music scene! Let’s celebrate these moments! Starting the celebration at home with our own, Bryan Mayer Band!

On The Scene with Tracey Stones

Though it is rare, occasionally I miss the bus. Last weekend was one of those occasions, as we know my car keeps me hovering close to home nowadays with her high mileage (399,458) and faulty replacement parts (namely the radiator and water pump.)

If I made the scene as I try to do each weekend, I would have headed down to watch the Second Annual Carolina Country Music Awards, at The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, on Saturday night. Had I done that, I would have a lot of great new pics to share of New Bern’s 2019 Bass Player of the Year, Mike Sandvig. 

I was on hand last year for the First Annual Carolina Country Music Awards, where Sandvig was nominated for the Bass Player of the Year. This year, he walked away with the Sweet Tea Award.

I have been friends with the bass man for more than five years. I met him not long after he came out of his retirement from music. He was the General for Big Jim Kohler and I for one, am glad he emerged back on the scene. We all benefit when people follow their dreams. Congratulations Mike!

The Bryan Mayer Band was up for several awards this year, eight in all. They walked away with a trophy for Tour Of The Year for their Little Bit Naughty Tour. Here’s to a more exciting year ahead for the country award winners!

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Pause For The Cause And Clean Water too!

Here around town last Saturday evening, Garret Biss invited friends, fans and family to take a pause for the cause and help him celebrate his 38th birthday, with a celebration that helped to raise awareness and money for a foundation he created in 2014.

One Million Goal was founded after Biss returned to civilian life following his time with the Marines. It was during his service that he traveled to so many regions, where he saw a need for a greater awareness about clean drinking water.

Since starting the nonprofit, Biss and his team have raised more than $50,000, completed 20 missions and taken several trips to Nicaragua to install filtration systems. These systems have been strategically installed at schools and other areas where they can help many in the community, including high traffic areas with young children. To date, they have installed seven systems.

To make the night fun for all, Biss invited area music makers to play for the crowd. Opening the night at 5 pm was jazz crooner John Van Dyke, next came three-quarters of the Neuse River Ramblers, who offered a bluegrass set. Gabby Christie was the third entertainer with her Batts project, closing out the night was Greenville’s talented Mandy Mears.

For anyone who missed the birthday bash and fundraiser on Saturday, but believes in this mission you can still take part in helping the cause. This year alone Biss will be taking three trips to three countries to install new filtration systems, to supply clean water to communities in Nicaragua, Malawi, and Guatemala. To help in the mission make a donation to…

https://www.paypal.me/onemilliongoal

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At The Gallery Presents…

Craven Arts Counsel /Bank of the Arts offered another show in their At The Gallery Series. The first in the 2019 Season featured the music of Randy Newman, known best for his movie scores. The Heather Pierson Trio offered the performance.

The trio offers Pierson on piano and lead vocals, Davy Sturtevant, cornet, dobro, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and vocal, and Shawn Nadeau on the upright bass and backing vocals.

Since their performance here last week they have headed south. Tonight they will perform in Alabama and tomorrow they will appear in Jacksonville, Florida.

Pierson, found her love for music in the simple life beginnings she knew as a kid in Kansas! That has opened her up to roaming the world and sharing songs. Keep up with her music career and band endeavors by visiting their website at:

http://www.heatherpierson.com/index/

For fans of the At the Gallery Concert Series, you can look forward to Minus 2 coming in February for the Holland-Dozier-Holland show. In March Strung together will offer the Carter and Cash show. Looking ahead to the Spring they will offer Willie Nelson by way of Blue Cactus. These events are possible thanks to Friends of At The Gallery, Cravin’ Wines and North Carolina Arts Council.

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BiPolar Express Rolls into Blackbeard’s

The Bipolar Express used the bridge to pull into town on Saturday night, with their crazy good rock show. The trio of classic rockers that highlight the 80’s hair band era of rock music, brought their show to the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant.

The trio has been booking dates for the 2019 calendar year. To get them on your agenda visit them on Facebook and like their band page:

https://www.facebook.com/thebipolarxpress/

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Big Jim Kohler Heads to the Coast

The Big Jim Kohler Band brought their blues to the Crystal Coast on Saturday nights for a performance at Cru Bar and Wine Store in Beaufort, NC. The five piece band from the New Bern scene played to a full house of blues lovers.

When I read the promo for the band event made public by the venue, they deemed Kohler’s wife, Kathy as “The Secret Weapon!” When I read that I thought, “Well isn’t that the truth.” Whenever Kohler is ready to take the room to a new level, he launches into a song that will feature his bride!

For those looking for the band in the days ahead, look for them at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC, on Monday when they jam from 7-9 pm. All are welcome to join the jam, sign up at the door. On Wednesday they will do it again at The City Stage, 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC, also from 7-9 pm. Big Jim will perform in front of the Black Cat Shoppe on Middle St. during ArtWALK next Friday 5-8 pm.

http://www.bigjimkohlerblues.band/

True Blue Rocked The Royal James

True Blue is a duo from The Crystal Coast, that shares their blues and rock riffs with fans far and wide. Chris Lee Sr offers harmonica and vocals and Mark Hibbs manages the strings and sings too. On Saturday night I caught the duo rocking fans at Royal James Cafe in Beaufort.

You can find them together again rocking at The Boro Restaurant and Bar, 109 N Front St. in Swansboro, NC. Music plays from 8-11 pm. Tonight you can catch Mark Hibbs rocking Cru Bar and Wine Store. He shares songs from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. A little more on that below.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the rocking sounds of the local classic rock stringer Bruce Lynch.He will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine

The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine welcomes the weekend with free music being poured from the stage, courtesy of popular singer and stringer Rick Huff. Free music plays from  8-10:30 pm.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Brian Mac tonight. The solo acoustic stringer will share songs from 7-10 pm. This show is free. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Spare Change tonight who will be rocking on the deck. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage New Bern

City Stage New Bern welcomes Dueling Pianos tonight with music starting at 8 pm. There is a $5.00 music charge at the door.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Cedar Point, NC

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Appearing at Treehouse Beer Company be sure to catch Big & Rich offering live music from 7-10 pm tonight. Come out and welcome in the weekend by enjoying a cold beer and country grooves.

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Riptidez Bar & Grill welcomes live music to the stage tonight!. Music is offered from 9 pm until the midnight hour. Come enjoy the end of the week with great music on Hill St. by the man from Pink Hill, formerly of Potter’s Hill, the talented Adam Hill.

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Newport, NC

Tonight in the garden at Carolina Home & Garden, you can enjoy the romantic sounds of 4EverAll. They will be offering the music from 6:30-9:30 pm. Food, beer and wine is on site for consumption, with live animals and so much more. $5.00 music charge is collected at the door.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents Mark Hibbs, Fri. Feb 1, 8-11 pm, No Cover. Join us for live music performed by this talented player, offering American roots music: folk, blues, and some rock and roll.

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Now or Never will be performing live tonight at The Royal James Cafe, 117 Turner St, Beaufort, NC. Music is served from 9 pm until midnight. Burgers are served all day, make sure you get one when you are there tonight!

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Rocking Around the Region

Raleigh, NC

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Gen-X has a show this evening at The Big Easy NC, they play the grunge and 90’s rock that grooves you. Check them out tonight offering the sounds from 10 pm until 2 am.

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If you are looking for a fun night out, Lauren and Curtis would love to have you join them at Sola Coffee Cafe tonight at 7:00pm. The night is free although Sola would certainly love to sell you a beverage and/or something to eat. Hope to see you there!! And just for fun, here is the bio Sola will be using for their in-house advertising:

Lauren and Curtis have been playing music together since August of 2016, mostly in church settings, but also at open mic nights and other venues. Lauren is a Durham native who cites Ingrid Michaelson, Adele and Lauryn Hill among her musical influences. Curtis is a transplant from Western Canada, who wishes he could play guitar like John Mayer and piano like Bill Evans.”

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Greenville, NC

Rural Route Romance will be rocking them at the Buc tonight. Buccaneer Music Hall welcomes the popular party band that offers the country grooves you love. Come boot scoot tonight from 9 pm until 12 am.

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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.

January 28 at 4:48 PM2

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook.

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

Searching for more events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Thank You for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

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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Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook:
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Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

Do you need music for an event you are planning? Consider the services of: 

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I read emails daily. You can send those to:

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Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance. 

Be sure to mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

Pictures are helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

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You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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It’s Local Favorites, New Faces, and Grand Places

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

This week offers some local favorites, new faces and grand places supporting live music. Above, blog supporter, Kathleen Forrest with Hank Barbee at The Brown Pelican on Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday Starts with a Pause for a Cause

I caught up with The Adam Hill Band on Saturday afternoon. The trio of rockers was on hand to perform, following a poker run that honored the life of Jay Roberts.

The band rocked the stage at Rena J’s on Wilmington Highway, Jacksonville, NC. They welcomed riders at the end of the run and took a pause for the spreading of Robert’s ashes. The Last Ride for the lost brother offered memories and music, food and more.

Adam Hill offers sliding scales

The band offered a good variety of rock and southern rock favorites, while mixing in their own awesome originals. It has been a while since I caught up with the trio! But when I finally did, I learned that drummer Cecil Pittman Jr. is working behind the scenes compiling the things needed to run sound for shows.

The idea which appeals most to Pittman is finding a room and working the sound for their music events. If you have a music venue and you often thought about providing a house sound and lights operation, consider reaching out to Pittman. You can reach him by phone by dialing 910-990-5278.

For fans and friends of the Adam Hill Band, the band will be rocking the beach tomorrow. Come enjoy a Wilmington NC night and take in the sounds of this rocking trio at Bourbon Street Wilmington. Music starts at 9 pm.

Here’s a clip from last weekend’s memorial benefit. This is an original, “Full House.”

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel while you are there! Thanks!

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Back In The Bern We Boogie

Caffeinated Soul Boogie poured out the grooves at BrUtopia last Saturday night, to usher in their 2019 music season. The New Bern based band is looking forward to spreading out this year and bringing their show to more people around the region.

The band is currently booking the 2019 calendar. They are available for regular pub shows, festivals, private parties and community event. The quartet features a father/daughter team that got started in the church, carried on in coffee shops and continues to grow and expand their audience and repertoire.

To get to know the band better please visit the band’s website:

https://caffsoulboogie.com/

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The Dust Settles at The Dirty Bird

Hank Barbee and The Dust Parade paid a visit to The Brown Pelican last Saturday night and grooved his many fans on hand at “The Dirty Bird.”

The band opened the night with some newer, soon to be recorded original music. After we got comfortable and in the mood, they offered brand new material for all to enjoy. (I consider it brand new if I never heard it!!!) I was glad to be in the room, ready to record. Here is Day of Decay by The Dust Parade.

The Wilmington based band played to a full house of fans, that have missed their surf sounds. It has been a few months since the band played around town. They have been busy playing around the region and doing their part in raising funds and awareness for Hurricane Relief for the many areas affected by Florence.

Making up beats last week were Hank Barbee on vocals and guitar, Jim Durham offered supporting vocals and saxophone; Matt Henderson played the bass and filling in on drums was, The Spread’s own Will Phetterplace.

Tonight the Dusty Trio featuring Barbee, Durham, and Henderson will be rocking the Crystal Coast. More on that below, but to keep up with this fun and fabulously creative band visit http://www.hankbarbee.com

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TrainWreck Pulls into Blackbeard’s

On Saturday night, TrainWreck pulled into the station to groove the folks on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant. The Greenville based band with New Bern roots, always brings the party.

This band has a long history of rocking the region with funky pop tunes that everyone knows and loves. They come out in many formations. Sometimes they offer dueling horns while other nights they feature two lead singers. If you have not checked in with them lately, make it a point to rock with them soon.

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Open Mic Madness in Newport Makes Monday Less Mundane

On Monday night I headed out to Shortway Brewing Co. in Newport, NC to enjoy the maple stout and open mic night. This great community beer stop offers many flavors of beer, brewed on site in their brew room. The family-owned operation puts community first and opens the floor to local singer-songwriters on the second and fourth Monday of each week.

This week I enjoyed the sounds of Wiregrass, the bluegrass band featuring Pat and Brian Till, who will be at Courtyards at Berne Village in New Bern tomorrow afternoon, offering songs to residence from 1-3 pm.

I also got to catch up with blog supporters, Phillip Canelos (pictured above) and Ashton Ward as well. Both offered several acoustic selections for the crowd to enjoy. Before the night ended we also enjoyed the music of Steve Mehan and a few numbers courtesy of Mackenzie Webb

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DEFAS Welcomes Tom Kimmel to the Down East for a Trio of Shows

On Wednesday evening, Down East FolkArts Society DEFAS kicked off their 2019 Season with the offering of Mississippi artist Tom Kimmel. Though the artist hails from Alabama, he has called many places home before making his way to Hattiesburg, MS.

The singer-songwriter offered a number of familiar selections from his growing catalog. In between selections he offers quick stories to form the base of each number.

I met the performer during his show at The City Stage in New Bern on Wednesday evening. Along with a number of wonderful songs offered throughout the show, Kimmel also offers from his published book of works He opened his trio of area appearances in New Bern and all shows were set up by DEFAS, whose mission is to build stronger community with music.

Last night the talented wordsmith offered his show to fans in Morehead City. He played at Jack’s on the Waterfront. Tonight Kimmel will be closing out his appearances in our area with a performance at Saint Francis by the Sea Tonight’s show starts at 7 pm and features two sets which conclude at 8:30 pm. The DEFAS shows are free admission, but donations are encouraged and graciously accepted.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

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Getting Down Around Town

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the fresh beer and the sultry sounds of the local stinger and singer, Ed Prophet. He will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come out and support local music while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine welcomes the weekend with free music being poured from the stage, courtesy of popular singer and stringer Tommy Duzan Sr., music plays from  8-10:30 pm.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Ryan Rubich. He will offer three sets of great songs 7-10 pm. This show is free. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. Tonight on the deck you can rock with Saltwater Gold, who always brings a party from Pamlico. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

Simon Spalding performs at City Stage New Bern on Friday, January 18! Simon combines songs, tunes and storytelling to weave an intricate tapestry of exploration, adventure and far-off lands and seas.

The songs include singalong sea chanteys, “Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight”; ballads by Rudyard Kipling and Stephen Foster; and songs of the sea and adventure. Instruments and tunes from far-flung corners of the globe round out the program.

The instruments include the familiar (violin, banjo), and the exotic (Chinese erhu, Irish octave mandolin).

At 8:00, Simon will be joined by his wife Sara, for a duo set as “Tuppence”. Simon and Sara perform folk music of the Old World and the New – a mix of Celtic balladry, ragtime and contemporary folk music.

The City Stage is at 901 B Pollock Street in downtown New Bern. A variety of food and drink available for purchase. The music will start at 7:00 pm and will finish up at 10:00 pm. There is no admission charge.

The City Stage is a private club with a $1.00 membership fee is due the first time one visits. Call 252-631-5122 for more information. Reservations are available at http://www.citystagenewbern.com.
For more on Simon, check out www.musicalhistorian.com; for more on Tuppence, www.tuppencefolk.com.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Cedar Point, NC

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Appearing at Treehouse Beer Company, catch The Dusty Trio offering live music from 7-10 pm tonight or tomorrow night. They have a great song list of moving original grooves that will swing and move you.

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Newport, NC

Tonight in the garden at Carolina Home & Garden, you can enjoy the familiar grooves of Rick Huff. They will be offering the music from 6:30-9:30 pm. Food, beer, and wine on site for consumption, with live animals and so much more. $5.00 music charge is collected at the door.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents Wyldwood, Fri. Jan 18, 8:30-11:30 PM, No Cover.

Wyldwood is a bluegrass inspired trio joined by Hank Bowman on bass. They perform traditional and original songs in rich 3 part harmonies and have loved playing at Cru Wine Bar over the years in a number of variations!

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Rocking Around the Region

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Jacksonville, NC

Tonight offering the grooves the grab you at Nick’s Blacksheep Taven will be the talented stringer from Cape Carteret, Stephen Poole. Poole will be heading to Florida next weekend for a shot at The Voice. Come out and rock with him tonight from 9 pm until midnight.

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Havelock, NC

The rock pop and country party band Carolina Sky is in our area tonight. For those in the mood for boot scooting, you can head to Jeans where the band will be rocking the tunes from 10 pm until 1:30 am. There is a $10 cover for the band.

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Arapahoe, NC

Bryant Island Strings will be performing tonight at Gary’s Down East Seafood Restaurant. Music is served with the fresh seafood selections from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm.

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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.

January 14 at 5:15 PM

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook.

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

More events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Thank You for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

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!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

Do you need music for an event you are planning? Consider the services of: 

Tracey Stones Productions

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance. 

Be sure to mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

Pictures are helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

Tracey Stones at work live streaming TrainWreck Live

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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Music Benefits Offer More Than One Benefit For The Blogger

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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One of the best parts of writing this blog has been getting to know so many people around the state. Along the way and with time, I have become a resourceful contact for anyone who is in need of entertainment. Though I have no real interest in making a living from booking bands, it does account for most of the earned income for Tracey Stones Productions, LLC.

 Craven Arts Council/Bank of the Arts presents an annual concert series At The Gallery. This series highlights famed singer-songwriters and such as Otis Redding, which was last month. Bob Dylan will be featured next month on December 1, 2018 and this month Carly Simon. It was just before Halloween when John Burger reached out looking for a performer to cover the performance.

The originally scheduled artist for the November show had to cancel due to injury and Burger hoped for the show to go on. It took me about ten minutes to come up with a name. Local singer-songwriter in her own right Marron Chaplin, a rock powerhouse. I know her music falls into a different genre than Simon’s, but I thought for sure she could do this.

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Marron Chaplin Gives First Piano Concert of Career

To Sell Out Crowd Saturday Night

 

 

 

When I first reached out to Chaplin with the opportunity, she took a minute to consider the idea. After being presented the opportunity she discussed it with her biggest fan, her mom, and after some more consideration accepted the challenge. And a challenge it was. Chaplin is well versed in rock music and leans on the side of being a hard rocker at that.

Regardless of genre preference, I also knew she was a skilled and professional player. What I did not know when I reached out to the performer was, that she was honing her skills on the piano and was excited to hear that the Gallery had a piano for the performance. Following her commitment to the gig, the young mom buckled down and learned a variety of songs from Carly Simons song catalog. She offered a two-hour performance with a brief intermission in between sets.

She interacted with the audience while she fought off her nerves in between songs and opened her mind to the opportunity of grander gigs with more attentive audiences. Fact is a show at the Gallery is nothing like a more routine gig at a bar. She did great, pulling off the show with sheer talent and grace. Here is one of the selections she shared with the audience with her baby blue six-string in hand. A guitar she named after her Grandmother, Evelyn.

 

For fans and friends of the entertainer, you can find her rocking around town this weekend. On Friday she will be on stage and rocking The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle Street, New Bern, NC, with free music being offered from 8-10:30 pm. On Saturday night she will be opening the night at the Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC, offering tunes from 8-10 pm.

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Carolina Lily Fest 2018 at The Brown Pelican Took Place on Saturday

 

 

 

The good people at GEM Productions teamed up with Folks Journal, will present the 4th Annual Carolina LilyFest 2018 at The Brown Pelican on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

 

 

The evening offered five acts, including New Bern’s Family Band Strung Together opening the event at 5 pm. Mandy Mears, Sometimes Lions, Batts, and Crystal Bright all offered their talents and time for this wonderful event, that raised money for our area’s Coastal Women’s Shelter. Along with great entertainment, there were awesome items donated for a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing. The Coastal Women’s Shelter is a nonprofit that helps families live free from domestic violence.

Gabrielle Christie and Her New Project Batts debuts at LilyFest 2018

 

 

 

 

 

When I first met Gabrielle Christie she was a shy teenager playing in a bluegrass band. She sort of blended into the stage set playing her guitar and giving up the spoons and fiddling with the mandolin while singing back up. The band was Merchant’s Road. About a year and a half later, we saw her on stage as the singer/bass player for the original rock band Barefoot Monty. That band had a great stint and released on 5 track EP about a year after they banded together. In fact, the band played the day show at BTM’s this summer for GEM Productions’ Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Since then, she has grown into her own and is becoming a music force we all need to spend some time listening to. She is now working out her music offering with a new bands call Batts. This duo features Christie front and center offering vocals, guitar, and bass on her own efforts. Batts is going to make a great impression on the New Bern music scene.

 

New Bern Meets Crystal Bright & The Silver Hands

 

 

 

Like with each annual event, the night closes out with a headliner from out-of-town. This year’s finale was offered by a hauntingly talented duo, that of combines the musical energies of Crystal Bright and Jeremy Haire. As per the band bio, we learn that  “Crystal Bright is an Indie singer/multi-instrumentalist, composing music steeped with dark cinematic twists and international musical influences and has played over 1000 shows across the world since 2010.” The fun and mystical singer-songwriter offered a great closing set to fans, that filled the Pelican for the great night of music and making fun for The Coastal Women’s Shelter. 

The band has several releases and you can find them on many social media sites, including Facebook and Reverbnation.  They have a couple of gigs on the calendar worth noting. To check out their merchandise and show dates you can check out the website at:

Crystal Bright & The Silver Hands

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Behind the Scenes With Tracey Stones

 

I just have to give a shout out to Crystal Bright and Jeremy Haire for making the choice to come to New Bern, in spite of the fact that their car broke down en route to the gig. The duo got towed into town from Goldsboro, NC so to perform for the charity event. Following the show, I called AAA to try to get them a tow truck home. Given the late hour and distance, it seemed impossible to find a truck willing to take the trek to Chapel Hill at 2 am. The following morning we met in the parking lot and out of the blue, I asked Bright to turn the engine. The car cranked and I followed them well out-of-town, just about nearing Dover.

Of course, just as I was coming back into New Bern, she reached out and told me the car died and they were stuck again, in LaGrange. With that, I doubled back and carried on through Kinston, where I met them in LaGrange and once again called AAA. Parker Millar, came to the scene to collect the passengers; getting Haire and Bright back to town before Haire was due at work. The guitarist makes a living running sound at the famed Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.

Fact is, they could have been towed back to Chapel Hill when they were on their way, but being the professional players they are, they made the gig with minutes to spare and worried about their fate later. These behind the scenes stories are the best parts of this life. Big thanks to A+ Towing for recovering the vehicle and returning it safely to Chapel Hill.

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The Weekend Ends With A Benefit for Pamlico County Middle School

The most beneficial shows for a blogger is a benefit with many bands. This is always my favorite kind of event to cover. Last weekend I ended the week on a good note with great music and all for the sake of raising money for Pamlico County Middle School.

Following the wrath of Hurricane Florence in September the children of this school have been displaced with their school rendered unsafe. In an effort to raise the funds needed for the repairs, Pamlico County High School Band Director and Educator, Mr. James Durham put together a benefit which took place in the AH Hatsell Auditorium at Pamlico County High School.

When he is not busy sharing knowledge with students, Durham can be heard swapping notes with any number of area bands. In fact, the sax player performed with four out of the five bands that were on the bill last Sunday, November 18, 2018, for the event he organized, Band Together For Hurricane Relief to Fix PCMS.

I invite you to come back tomorrow to hear all about the bands that played for the worthy cause. Before we go, I will leave you with the last song of the night. The hard-working Hank Barbee ran sound all day, including for his band The Dust Parade who ended the show!

 

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My Grateful Heart

After three years of dedicating myself to the local, live music scene you have shown me my work is important and gave me the inspiration and help to fuel the mission further with your generous contribution. On this, the Eve before Thanksgiving, I want you all to know how grateful I am for each and every one of you who help me keep the dreams alive. We are not only giving my dreams a life, but we are keeping a light shining on the superstars that rock us every weekend. Those entertainers work hard and I like working equally as hard trying to cover as much as I humanly can.

Since the night before Thanksgiving is generally one of the biggest bar nights of the year, I decided that publishing tonight was much needed and necessary for those looking for the music tonight.

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Live Music Options ~ Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

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Rocking Around The Region

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Jacksonville, NC

The Adam Hill Band returns to Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd, Jacksonville, NC. With music starting at 9 pm Hill and the boys will rock you right into Thanksgiving Day.

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Kinston, NC

Another fine, rocking band out of the same is The Roman Sams, offering the best in classic rock. They have a gg tonight. They will be rocking the Red Room 220 Herritage St., Kinston, NC; starting at 10 pm. Music plays until 2 am and there is a music charge payable at the door.

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Goldsboro, NC

John Toppings brings his acoustic show to fans and friends that gather at Village Steakhouse and Pub.

 Music is served from 7-10 pm. This will happen in the bar. This music service is free, so please feel free to tip the music maker this Thanksgiving!

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Raleigh, NC

 

Rudino’s Rooftop host live music each Wednesday and tonight is no exception. Come out to enjoy the sounds of John Briggs from 6-10 pm.

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Wilson, NC

Brewmasters welcomes TripleWide Band to host the pre turkey day jam jam tonight! Come join the fun from 7-10 pm

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Graham, NC

The Ends and Jive Mother Mary are teaming up for this years Turkey Jam! Music will be performed in the brand new VENUE at Beer Co. Graham!

8pm- Walt Atkison
9pm- Band Member Line Up: Keith IngallsRyan BurgessMason KeckJosh Coe and Fluff

-November 21st 8pm- 12am
-Age 21 and up starting at 7:30pm
-$10 cover starting at 7:30pm

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Benson, NC

The Junction is looking forward to hosting a good ol country throwdown with the talented stringer and singer Jonathan Parker. The fun starts at 9:30 pm and he will have you boot scooting until just past midnight.

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Warrentown, NC

The Plank Road Band will perform this evening at Robinson Ferry Restaurant & SpiritsMusic starts at 8 pm and the rock ya goot until 11 pm.

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Morehead City, NC

Offering his latest song as well as several we have all come to know and love, Bryan Mayer will be performing live at Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar – Morehead City NC. Music is served from 7-10 pm, The food is always worth enjoying, the beer is cold and tonight the free music will be amazing.

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Swansboro, NC

Steel Shot will provide the rocking tunes you love tonight at The Boro Restaurant & Bar. Music is served from 7-10 pm and the food here is also delicious enough to impress your date.

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New Bern, NC

City Stage New Bern offers music fans a good dose of the blues to break p the mid-week monotony. Come out to enjoy the Big Jim Kohler Band live on stage offering their brand of blues to the crowd from 7-9 pm. This show is now a weekly offering which will be followed by an open jam that welcomes friends and music makers to join the fun. All are welcome to attend. Bring our instruments and come out to play tonight. The stage opens for the jam at 9 pm and music plays until closing.

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Open Mic Madness

 

Since we end our run around in town with a jam it reminded me to look into other open mic and open jams that might be happening and here are a few I found for you ambitious music makers looking to get out and rock em tonight!

Starting things off in Avon, Turner’s HIgh Moon Bar welcomes jammers to the stage tonight from 9 pm until 1 am.

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Raleigh, NC

This open mic night at Imurj is hosted by Brian Jones and all are welcome to attend. Sign up starts at 8 pm and the jams last til the midnight hour.

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The Second Row opens their stage to jammers each Wednesday night. Music starts at 8 pm and all are welcome to come out and enjoy!

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Coyote Music Den welcomes jammers to come to show off tonight from 6:30 pm until the music stops.

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Sugar Magnolia Cafe welcomes you out tonight as well. Jammers are welcome to sign up at 6 pm and the jam rocks from 6:30-9 pm

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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

November 19 at 5:59 PM

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Facebook Events Link

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.

Live Music Events Around NC on Facebook

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  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 town tonight!

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Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

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Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled

performance, Also mention what time doors open and the price of tickets. Sending along

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Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the one who supports this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. From simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE. We will link your ad to your website for tracking so you can see the results of our readers visiting your site.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com to learn more.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

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New Bern Boasts the Blues Weekly

I have said it before and I will tell you again; the blues is alright! Knowing that we can celebrate it each week is equally as wonderful. It was announced earlier this month the Big Jim Kohler would be the regular Tuesday entertainment at City Stage New Bern, located at 901 B Pollock St., New Bern, NC.

Since the club opened, Big Jim has been a regular feature on stage., but now they have increased the volume on the blues and will be ushering in each Tuesday with two sets of fun and fine Chicago style blues with Big Jim on guitar and vocals, and his beautiful bride, Kathy Kohler on vocals, Chris Buttita on bass and Tom Parker on drums. Music from these cats starts at 7 pm and the entertainment is free.

If you have not heard Big Jim bring his blues, you are missing out on New Bern’s blazing sapphire string man. Born with many talents, he pursued music only after sports led him to injury. Here is the most recent band bio drafted by Kathy sent to me by Big Jim earlier in the week.

Meet the Band!

“Nearly 30 years into a playing career, Big Jim Kohler manages to keep it fresh every time he makes his way to the stage. He started cutting chords in clubs on Long Island and in New York City, before long he was playing festivals and alongside heroes and friends. With many stories to share and two CD’s under his belt; The Road Goes On Forever and The Party Never Ends.

On the caravan, these days are Kathy Kohler, a veteran of theater and clubs. Singing blues and gospel all while being the wife and mom to Big Jim’s brood. Chris Buttita is on bass; hailing from Chicago, Buttita also plays bass for North Carolina’s Hot Buttered Grits, a New Bern based jam band with a large and devoted fan base that love roots, funk and jamming good music. The drum stool is manned by Tom Parker from Syracuse, NY. Parker crossed Big Jim’s path out on the road, back in the day when Parker was keeping the beat with harp master Carey Bell and Kohler was swapping licks and backing the legendary bluesman Son Seals. After running into each other in Eastern Carolina it was only natural for the two to team up.

Always a good time Big Jim Kohler moves on playing intimate clubs or on larger stages with the same love for music and his audience.”

Save the Date:

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For those who can’t make it out on Tuesday, be sure mark your calendar for Saturday, November 10, 2018. That is when you can take a little trip to the scenic Oriental, NC to take a pause for the cause and meet the Kohler’s, as the belt the blues to raise money for Pamlico Community College. They will perform from 4-7 pm at The New Village Brewery located on Broad Street. There will also be a silent auction, free pizza and great craft beer available at the cash bar.

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Chasing Rain Clouds & Finding Festivals

Speaking of the blues, that is one thing that the sky wasn’t last Saturday as I rode around from one festival to another trying to escape the raindrops, which greeted me at all locations, until it was time to go to an indoor gig, of course.

Cape Carteret Fall Festival

 

Cape Carteret hosted their First Annual Fall Festival, which featured a variety of vendors, fall fun for the family and live music. The event was hosted at a town park and offering the live music. When I showed up was The Mad Fiddler, Jason Addams; and Davis Lott  offering a variety of familiar favorites, including, “Witchy Woman,” a song that fits great in the fall. Also included in the show were a variety of original songs as well.

I have been wanting to see Addams perform for some time now. Being a fan of the fiddle, I have been interested in seeing his show since first hearing about him about a year ago. I will say, it was worth the wait, Addams has mad skills on the fiddle, hence his nickname the Mad Fiddler. When I first met Lott, it was many moons ago, when he was jamming with his other band project, Big Drink Music Company. Both music projects are great fun and worth checking out. The players are professional and fun and the music is familiar and rocking!

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Second Helping Does Sound Check in the Rain and Closes out the ENC Food, Brews and BBQ

Upon leaving the Crystal Coast, I headed North and West and found my way to Kinston to check out the last leg of the ENC Food, Brews and QUE Festival which took place at Pearsons Park in Downtown Kinston, NC

Offering the music for the event were several familiar local acts. Opening the day was TrainWreck, who funked up the morning. New Bern’s Country crooner, Bryan Mayer rocked the stage next. The Wicked Shimmies are a Kinston based band, that offered the third fun set of rock and cool grooves. Closing out the day was the Lenoir based tribute band Second Helping, who is nationally known as the longest-running tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Of course, I showed up just in time to hear them do the sound check in the rain. Following a brief shower, they worked out all of the kinks and the band shut down the event with the Southern Rock favorites that fans love. Though the band is local, they perform mostly out-of-state. They have one more event on the calendar that is in our area.

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You can take a pause for the cause and rock with the band at Fall Ball 19, taking place on Saturday, November 10, 2018. The Fall Ball is a fundraiser to benefit Edgewood Community School. The Fundraiser will kick off with the third annual wing and pig cook-off. There will be seven bands on the bill and all the good times you would like to have. This is a BYOB event, so pack your coolers and mark your calendars. Campers, RVs, and tents are welcome. The address for the Fall Ball is 750 Racetrack Rd., La Grange NC. The event starts at 11 am and runs until 10 pm.

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Adam Hill Returns to The Brown Pelican

This past year, Second Helping hit the road with another area band. The Adam Hill Band joined them on several shows this past Summer. This offered Hill an opportunity to perform on bigger stages and in new areas.

Speaking of the Adam Hill Band, they were in New Bern last weekend, so following all of the festival fun, I headed back to town. On Saturday, the band returned to the Dirty Bird, aka The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. It was the first time the trio played there this year. It was a fun night rocking with the Lenoir County-based rock outfit.

This weekend they will be playing a private party. In the days ahead, the band will be busy rocking some big stages. Next Friday the band will be rocking Wilmington, when they perform at Bourbon St. S Front St., Wilmington, NC. Music plays from 9 pm till 1 am.  On Saturday, November 3, they will be rocking Wish You Were Beer Tavern, Goldsboro, offering music from 9 pm till midnight. The following week they will be on the road and rocking them in Clayton on Friday, November 9 and in Raleigh on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Sharing the stage both nights with other great rocking acts. Please see details below!

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Live Music Options

Getting Down Around Town

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Downtown New Bern, NC

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Checking in with our friends at BrÜtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC, we find local stringer Brian Burke serving up the sounds tonight from 7-10 pm. Come out tonight and make this your first stop to kick off the weekend. Enjoy a freshly brewed beer from their tap and chill with the acoustic sounds of Burke.

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Tomorrow night you can come out and enjoy the 2nd Annual Halloween Party with Joe Baes Project. Dress up and get ready to dance to all the great 80-90’s rock, pop and grunge tunes you love. Keep an ear out for their fun original tunes as well. Dress to impress. Mari’s Hella Fat Food Truck will be serving the food you love. Your favorite beer will be on tap and the music will be offered from 7-10 pm.

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Live music is offered each Friday evening at The Bruin Craft Beer & Wine Store, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. Come grab your favorite drink and enjoy the start of each weekend with free live music by area artists offering tunes from 8-10:30 pm. Music will be offered tonight by New Bern’s own stringer and singer, Ed Prophet. 

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts in to entertain the crowd. Tonight come out to enjoy a cold beer and Carolina Sky offering bluegrass, country and folk favorites from 7-10 pm. On Saturdays the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands. This week they will celebrate Halloween with Ravenz Bru. Live music is offered each Saturday from 8-11 pm.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight you can enjoy the classic rock grooves of The Wannabees, live on the deck from 7-10 pm. Following their fun set of great rock covers, step inside to get all funked up with The Monterio Experience, rocking the mic from 10 pm until closing. Tomorrow night the Halloween fun continues with live rock coming at us via The BiPolar Express, offering the rock favorites to groove you from 7-10 pm.

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New Bern’s newest venue City Stage offers comedy fans a great weekend of fun and good times. Tonight it is Improv Comedy Night, featuring Walk-In Bathtub. Audiences are part of the show! Give us your suggestions and watch us create hilarious unscripted scenes right before your eyes! This month featuring Walk in Bathtub, New Bern’s own Improv Team! Come and explore the hilarious, unpredictable world of Improv comedy. 
Tickets are $7.00! The fun start at 8 pm.

Tomorrow night you are invited to attend the Monster’s Bash. Tickets for that are $8.00. The Monster Bash Halloween Revue and Dance Party will be hosted by Madame Z.
Break out your craziest costumes and join your friends at City Stage. The City Players will perform live throughout the night and the dance floor will be full! Costume contest at midnight! 8:00pm – 1:00am.The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St, New Bern, NC. They are a private club. Sign up and become a member for $1.00.

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Cruising The Coast

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Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop has more great music in store for you tonight:

Nüttbrëd is one of our most favorite local rock bands, featuring frontwoman, Kayla Lewis. They do a variety of classic rock, blues, soul and contemporary. You will hear songs spanning from Led Zeppelin to Radiohead and more.
Please come to see this band! Free music is never free, we encourage you to tip the music makers working hard for your good time!

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Swansboro, NC

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This weekend at Boro Restaurant and Bar, you are invited to come out to enjoy the great tastes being featured on the menu and enjoy the live music of the incredibly talented Justin Castellano. A local favorite, Castellano is classically trained and professional player. To enjoy all his wors and to learn more about this artist visit http://www.justincguitar.com Music plays this weekend from 8-11 pm.

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Emerald Isle, NC

 The E Club has live music tonight with the country rockers, Carolina Sky.  Music is served from 10 pm till closing. Come out and enjoy your favorite classic rock and country covers with this fun band based out of Raleigh, NC and here to rock you tonight!

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Rocking Around The Region

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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

October 22 at 7:23 PM

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Facebook Events Link

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.

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

Please go out and support live music tonight!  Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created.

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

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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Keeping up with the Blogger

Look for me on Facebook by following this link:
https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.
Feel free to invite me to your events. If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event with me.

I read emails daily. You can send those to:
ncmz.live@gmail.com
Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Sending along pictures is helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well. Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

Thank You For Your Support

You are the reason I look forward to writing this each week. The reader is the ones who support this effort most. Thank you for taking the time to read this site. Knowing that you use this site to find live music thrills me. Thank you!

There are many ways for people to help keep the blog going. If you have a business, you can affordably advertise here on this site. There are many ways of doing so. For simple links to commercials, we can promote you here! We offer video ads, print ads, and feature advertising. The opportunities are truly endless.

TIPS TIPS TIPS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets on site. Two of the stations take $10.00 increments and one station takes $5.00 donations. All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

NCMZ.LIVE also has Sponsorship opportunities available. If you have an event and would like media coverage for the music portion, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as a reputable music source for promoting your next event.

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!  To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com to learn more.

Support Live Music Promotions ~ Tip The Blogger!

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