Music Festival Season is in Full Swing Let’s Dance

This Music Business. Class is In!

Establishing relationships in the music business is no different from any other life or business situation. Trust and loyalty are earned, as is respect. Let’s say you live in Oriental or Havelock, and take note that there is more going on in New Bern these days. Don’t make it your ambition to play every room around. Even in the friendliest places on earth, businesses do vie for patrons and their revenue. Having said that, if you walk into an establishment and the owner or management hires you and you play the club with some success, don’t do the club owner wrong by talking to the competition.

You have to establish, develop and nurture the relationships you cultivate in this life. If the club owners you meet in the towns you are playing, are treating you well and offering you a fair pay, please do not get greedy by going next door and asking for a gig. That will in some cases give you a one-way ticket out of some towns.

Be Considerate of Your Contacts!

Besides club owners, you will also have interactions with others. Let’s say for example you meet a publicity agent who is offered opportunities to book bands. This is a reflection of my own experiences. If I walk a band into a room and they play there, by all accounts that room is mine and the commission paid to me should continue. For some reason, bands don’t seem to remember that part of the equation. This will lead to burning bridges and hurt feelings.

The first rule of business is to gather as many sources as you can, that will help you meet your bottom line. Take those relationships seriously and nurture them if you wish for them to continue. This is a difficult enough business. The stronger the team you build, the longer you will endure! CLASS DISMISSED!

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NCMZ.LIVE May 2019 Festival Guide Pt. 2

North Carolina Fairs And Festivals

May 10-12, 2019

Mayfest in Pilot Mountain

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Mayfest is a three-day festival, hosted by the Pilot Mountain Civic Club in the beautiful Town of Pilot Mountain, NC. 150+ vendors, Amazing Food and Carnival Rides!! They also have a full line up of music to enjoy:

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Epicenter Fest 2019

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This action-packed music festival is for any rockers delight. It includes a fun weekend of camping and rock music.

Epicenter Festival
May 10, 11 & 12, 2019 | Rockingham Festival Grounds
Tickets on sale NOW!
The Inaugural Epicenter Festival features Korn, Tool, Foo Fighters, Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon, The Crystal Method, The Cult, 311, Evanescence, Bush, +LIVE+, Machine Gun Kelly, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Circa Survive, Killswitch Engage, Skillet, Beartooth, Mark Lanegan Band, Dorothy, Black Pistol Fire, Zeal & Ardor, Knocked Loose, Slothrust, Hands Like Houses, Hyro The Hero, Wilson, Amigo The Devil, Arrested Youth, Vein, Black Coffee, Yelawolf, Motionless In White, The Damned Things, Starset, Grandson, Badflower, Memphis May Fire, Issues, High On Fire, Wage War, Crobot, Sylar, Counterfeit., Pretty Vicious, Shvpes, Dirty Honey, Alien Weaponry, Hyde, Architects, Tom Morello, Fever 333, Reignwolf, Yungblud, The Glorious Sons, HO99O9, While She Sleeps, Basement, Scarlxrd, Movements, Teenage Wrist, Demob Happy, Boston Manor, Cleopatrick & The Dirty Nil

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Nashville Blooming Festival

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Next weekend brings the 23rd Annual Nashville Blooming Festival to downtown Nashville, NC. This weekend-long event starts at 6 pm on Friday with Soul Psychedelic offering the live music grooves from 7-11 pm. The fun continues with more live music and fun in store for Saturday. The event opens at 9 am on Saturday with vendors offering foods and crafts. On tap for the tunes on Saturday are August Road offering the first set at 12:30 pm. Silk Groove follows at 3 pm. Next up will be East Coast Rhythm & Blues at 5:30 pm.  At 7:30 pm Meredith Davis and Jamie Pridgen will warm up the stage for headliners, the popular local act, Parmalee who close out the event at 8:30 pm.

To check out the full schedule of events click here:

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Cleveland Co Strawberry Festival

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The Cleveland County Strawberry Festival takes place in Shelby, NC next weekend, and will offer all of the fair and festival goodies, from food, rides, games, and music for all to enjoy. The festival starts at 5 pm on Friday and continues through Saturday evening.

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CARTHAGE BUGGY FESTIVAL

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According to my source, NC Festivals.com the Carthage Buggy Festival is a long-running tradition:

Started in 1989, the Carthage Buggy Festival is a celebration of the rich history of Carthage, North Carolina. The Buggy Festival is held each year to commemorate the famous Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory, that from the mid-1800’s to the 1920’s produced the carriages that were essential to life in rural North Carolina. The Annual Carthage Buggy Festival will be held in Carthage, located eight miles north of Pinehurst in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. It promises to be the biggest and best yet. With an annual attendance of approximately 20,000, the Buggy Festival has grown into one of the biggest and best known festivals in the region.
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The entertainment for this event includes a full line up of fun for all.

2019 Carthage Buggy Festival Entertainment

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31st Annual Down Home Festival

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This year marks the 31st Annual Down Home Festival in Bessemer City. This event is family friendly with activities for all ages. As far as music is concerned, Jim Quick & The Coastline will be kicking things off at 7 pm on Friday evening. On Saturday the festivities continue with opening ceremonies commencing at noon and live music resumes on the main stage at 4 pm with Back Stage Pass Band. 5:30 welcomes Carolina and closing out the night will be Tim Clark Band closing out the show with music starting at 7 pm. There will also be performers on the Center St Stage from 1-5 pm. Be sure to stop by and check out  Trish England, Bengi Neal, and Carolina.

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For families looking for fun in the Mooresville area, be sure to check out this fun-filled event. There was not much information on the music acts, but here is what the NCFestival.com offered:

The Race City Festival is “A Celebration of Lake Norman Area Arts & Culture” and is held outdoors along Main and Broad Streets in Downtown Mooresville, NC . The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual event for the community. In addition to our local merchants, the outdoor street fair will feature the arts & culture of our community, local businesses, NASCAR displays/souvenirs, live music & other entertainment, FOOD TRUCKS & beer garden. There is no admission charge. Open to ALL ages. Bring your chairs, stay for the day.
The Race City Festival is a true celebration of our diversified community and brings more than 20,000 show go-ers every year. Rain or Shine. Make a day of it, bring the family, friends and neighbors!! There is something for all ages and plenty of eats and things to see, do. Enjoy the sounds and tastes of a true festival atmosphere.
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Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Early Shows

Union Point Park

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Festival of Fun! will be held at Union Point Park today. The event started at 10 am and runs throughout the day until 4 pm. Here are the details from the Facebook event:

New Bern Parks and Recreation presents the 19th annual Festival of Fun on Saturday, May 4th from 10am – 4pm. This annual event will be held at Union Point Park, located at 210 E. Front Street in beautiful downtown New Bern!

Enjoy a day full of arts & crafts, educational information, fun, games, great food, inflatables, kid-friendly vendors and so much more! The festival will also include entertainment provided by local performers, magicians and dance groups. This event promises fun for the entire family!

For additional information, call New Bern Parks and Recreation (252) 639-2901. This event is presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation.

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Harley-Davidson of New Bern

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Spring Open House is happening today at Harley-Davidson of New Bern. There will be demo rides, great sales on gear and riding apparel. They will also have free food, beverages and live music by Core Sound Band from the Crystal Coast. The fun started at 10 am and continues until 4 pm.

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Riverside United Methodist Church – RUMC

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Ukulele Hoalohas of Oriental is a group of music loving friends that just having fun playing the ukulele in Calypso-Style island songs, traditional folk music, and contemporary music. UHOO for short will be in town to perform today at Riverside Methodist Church. This free show starts at 3 pm.

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Orringer Auditorium

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A Musical Journey Through America presented by The Craven Community Chorus. Today’s event starts at 3 pm Tickets $5, available at Bank of the Arts, Fullers Music, Kitchen on the Trent, Harris Teeter and at the door (if available).

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The Late Shows

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

 

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It is an open jam session tonight at The Garage this evening. All musicians are welcome. The fun starts at 7 pm and the jams rock till 10 pm. Come check out the new backyard space, plus all the beer on tap and fun games to be played.

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of classic rock stringer Rick Huff, 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!

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Rocking Around Town Tonight

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Centenary United Methodist Church

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There is a special memorial concert being held at Centenary Church on New St, New Bern.  This event will feature a performance by Paul Saik and Megan Johnson. Tickets are $20 and proceeds go to The RCS BEE Renovation Campaign.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts Ravenz Bru tonight with music being offered from 8-11 pm.  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. It will be a Kentucky Derby Party in town tonight. With live music and more.  Music plays at 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

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Morehead City, NC

Brandywine Bay Golf Club

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Brandywine Bay Golf Club welcomes the public in for an offering of live music tonight, courtesy of the original band Now or Never. Music plays from 7-10 pm. There is a full-service bar and great food offered as well. This will also be a new site for an open mic night which Tiffany Elaine will host every other Tuesday evening from 7-10 pm. The first session will be this coming Tuesday. All players are welcome to come out and share songs!

Now Or Never is an up and coming band out of Beaufort, NC. In the few short months of being a band, they have opened for the Cast of One Tree Hill who played MumFest, The Dogwood Fest and much more.

This band is one to watch, for they have a sound like no other. They are currently in the studio finishing their first album, set to release in fall of 2019, featuring their popular song “Waves”. Catch them locally while you can. Come out tonight and meet the band with vocalist Tiffany Elaine,  guitar and vocals Fernando Rivera and Lead Guitarist Steve Mehan.

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Off The Hook

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Rocking the deck tonight at Off The Hook with the grooves that will move you will be The Adam Hill Band. They bring the party from 10 pm until closing. This band will be playing all of the popular fun songs, that will make you get up and dance to their beats. Music plays from 10 pm until 2 am.

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

Offering the live sounds tonight at The Boro Restaurant & Bar will be Davy Williamson, who will be making the music this evening. Music is served from 8-11 pm. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music.

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Emerald Isle, NC

E-Club Emerald Isle

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Big Drink Music Company will bring the early party tonight to the stage out back, to rock the E-Club Emerald Isle. They get the fun underway at 8 pm and inside on stage, you can jam to the grooves of Freeway Band offering the fun tunes at 10 pm.

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The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits

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The Naked Knees will offer the entertainment at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music is offered in the back garden from 7-10 pm, Come early for the good eats and stay late to enjoy the music.

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SALT BAR

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SALT BAR welcomes Space Coast Ghosts w/ Kayas Embrace to the stage this evening with music starting at 9:30 pm.

SPACE COAST GHOSTS are just your Intergalactic Reggae, Hip Hop and Punk Rock crossover Band from another world…
100% Original Music. You don’t want to miss these very talented, high energy performers!

With support From East Coast Reggae hitters Kayas Embrace from Atlanta, Georgia

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Rocking Around the Region

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

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MAY 4, 2019 · SATURDAY * 8PM * $20 SEATED/$15 STANDING

New Spin on an Old Sound – Davina and the Vagabonds

Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level “A” musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism and Sowers commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. In 2011 Davina released her first full length, all original album Black Cloud . It was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune and awarded 4 ½ stars from Downbeat Magazine. Their next release in 2014, Sunshine hit number 13 in the Billboard Blues Chart and led them to be a musical feature on the hit BBC show later with Jools Holland.

DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice: Sowers is a true original.

Bringing you 100 years of American music and Davina’s originals, which lend themselves to the American Songbook, brings edgy nostalgia to older generations and fresh new music to younger ears. The group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago.  Catch this one-of-a-kind live show while they are in town!

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Built For Comfort for a night of fun rockin’ blues music. Music starts at 8:30 pm and they groove you until 11:30 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

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays, they welcome all players, with a Low Key Open Mic night hosted by Brian Burke. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind.

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Market Street Pub

Friends and fans of Corey Stuart are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Playing all of the popular songs from the ’80s and ’90s, you should wear your dancing shoes.  Music starts at 10 pm.

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The Rebel Tavern

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Tonight at The Rebel Tavern you can enjoy all of the popular and fun grooves of AFreyed Knot, with the music and fun at 9 and rocking til midnight!

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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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.

Thanks 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

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Back The Blogger

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The girl behind the banner has big dreams and major ambitions of healing the world with music. If you wish to help along on this journey of connecting people to music please consider one of the following options! There are so many ways for people to be a part of this build.

Affordable Partnerships For All

Corporate Unions

I am an advertising vehicle in need of a vehicle to take the dream farther. Let’s work together. If your corporate dollars help to build these well-contemplated plans, that will support the dreams of many local music makers, let’s talk about community commitment. I am very invested in this build and can’t imagine what life looks like without working on this business plan, which is going to need a lot of money to make it fire on all cylinders. Corporate Sponsorship packages start at $5,000.

Community Co-Hosts

 
Are you the leader in your niche? Consider partnering with me by being a stage sponsor! Proudly display your banner across the stages we set up to let locals know that you are supporting local, live music. Sponsorship dollars help to build fair pay stages for acts to offer their music. In exchange, you will be recognized as the co-host of keeping these music dreams alive! Stage sponsorships start at $1,000. 

Post Hosts Are Welcome Here

 
If you are a small business and want to back the mission, consider being a POST HOST! As a post host, you will be featured in an article that will highlight your love of music. A post host will also be given one month of advertising in the sidebar of the blog, seen on all pages. The price to be a Post Host is $250 for one Post or $400 to be The Weekend Warrior POST HOST are just two options to consider.

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Are you a band or a small business with an ability to contribute $50.00 each month, consider advertising here!
Donations from readers and live music supporters have always been appreciated also. 
Fact is this is going to be something that takes flight with the help of the community! In fact, it can’t happen without you because it is all happening for you!

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

This site is a free service to support live music. Most often it is published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music. Support the mission of promoting live music. 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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On The Scene with Tracey Stones

 

Big Jim Jams a Trio of Gigs this Week

Big Jim Kohler was busy with jams and jives this week. Our local bluesman was found around town with his guitar in hand three times last week.

 

Blues at the Brown Pelican

 

While I am busy teaching people about blogging on Monday nights at Pamlico Community College, my best blues buddy, Big Jim is holding class on the carpet at The Brown Pelican. Music plays from 7-9 pm and the jam starts after the first set. Feel free to come out and join the fun this week or any Monday night. We have really been having a natural ball! This fun weekly offering kicked off in February and had brought some of the best Monday nights this town has ever seen!

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Mid Week City Stage Blues

 

If the midweek blues grab you, just make a break for it and join us at The City Stage New Bern, where Big Jim Kohler Blues Band does it again, each week 7-9 pm. Offering the good blues and sharing the grooves, this is always a fun way to bust up the work week, with great music and fun. The City Stage also serves food and are committed to offering live entertainment most nights of the week.

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ArtWalk Offerings

The final place I found Big Jim sharing the blues was last night at ArtWalk. Sitting on his stool outside the Black Cat Shoppe, he was poised and ready as anyone could be, to entertain the town during the monthly town event! “Banging on that guitar for over 30 years,”  Big Jim has crawled back from a near-death experience not quite two years ago,  has remained sober and is getting healthier and stronger every day. Currently seeking funds for a new CD, I would ask you to consider investing some money here, as a music supporter. To support Big Jim Kohler and his next recording by visit Big Jim on Kickstarter. 

Next week Big Jim Kohler has another trio of gigs. He will be seen jamming at the Brown Pelican on Monday 7-9 pm, offering his blues to the Grand Opening of The Garage, 1209 Highway 70 in James City on Friday; and on Saturday you can find him at BrUtopia live from 7-10 pm. Big Jim Returns to the City Stage for his Wednesday engagement, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

While I was rocking my blues away,  I let this gypsy woman, Jelisa, give me some advice. It was a great time last night for ArtWalk at The BCS with Big Jim jamming, local artist Amber Gibson, showing her pieces, and tarot reader Jelisa offering free, three card readings.  If you are looking for a fun shop to browse and shop; stop by The Black Cat Shoppe.

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Mad Fiddler Offers Dinner Show Downtown

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Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse is the latest to add live music to the menu. You can enjoy dinner and live music each Thursday evening, from 6-9 pm in the piano bar on the second floor of the iconic downtown restaurant.

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One of the things I rather like about this new feature is, the fact that we are seeing acts that are not often found around town. On Thursday we were treated to the talents of Jason Addams. Known best as The Mad Fiddler, this player offers lots of familiar songs with a unique spin on every song he offers. He hails from the Crystal Coast region and spent some time jamming with Big Drink Music Company until he moved out on his own. He started offering solo shows and DJ services a few years ago. In the latter parts of 2016, his solo project began focusing on awareness of the dying arts in the public schools.

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Addams says on his site, “Currently, my passion for music and playing the violin continues, as my services now include DJ private events, plan the music for weddings and DJ. Also slideshow and power-point presentations, teaching music and violin lessons, and gig locally with local talent in the area.” Father to a toddler, this Mad Fiddler keeps busy teaching lessons to and sharing songs at gigs around the region. Find him on Facebook and visit his website by clicking on the link highlighted above.

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Serenades by Alisa Mike are Always Sweet

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Thursdays are always special at City Stage New Bern with the incredible Alisa Mike in control of the room and the microphone. She needs nothing more than an iPad and a microphone to take people places. She can take you to Kansas City or share the St. Louis Blues. If you’ve yet to meet the amazing vocalist we boast as our own, be sure to make a date for some Thursday night soon.

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Don’t forget, if you love what you hear, you can take her good works home with you. Mike has her first disc available at shows for purchase. You can make plans for next Thursday and buy your copy. Music is offered each week from 7-9 pm.

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Open Mic Night with Brian Mac

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The Brown Pelican hosts the longest running open mic found around town in New Bern, NC. This night is always interesting and brings a plethora of talent, that displays their goods on the carpet at The Dirty Bird. Sign up starts at 7 pm and the music starts at 8, with a few songs offered by your host Brian Mac.

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While I was in the house this week, I enjoyed the jams of Tom Davis, Charlie Duzan, and Brian Mac. Each guest is allowed to share three to four songs, depending on how busy the night is. Many times the talented guests end up leaving the room with a new date to play at The Brown Pelican.

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Before calling it a night myself, I got to hear Howard Mathew offer a few songs as well. This guy is one of my favorite street musicians. Quite often found sharing songs in the alley of Bear Plaza or down on Middle St., Mathews is a talented stringer and singer. It is always a pleasure to hear him share songs!

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A Friday Night of Favorites

Justin & Friends Serve the Sounds at BrUtopia

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Justin Castellano had an engagement at BrUtopia last night. He is always in tune and primed when it comes to sharing songs with his fans and friends. Castellano has a new recording and so much happening in his little corner of the world. The singer and stringer keeps busy rocking the grooves around the state, teaching his audience online often and writing new songs.  Tonight he has a gig at The Treehouse Beer Company in Cedar Point. Located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Castellano offers the grooves from 7-10 pm.

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To get to know this unique player, with a style unmatched by anyone in our area, be sure to visit his website: JustinCGuitar

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Brown Pelican Brings William Seymour

 

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Speaking of unique talents, last night I ran into William Seymour whom I just met two weeks ago, while bouncing around Washington, NC. This fun and talented singer is worth checking out. From Greenville, the singer and stringer recently recorded the project of a lifetime. Calling on all his talented friends so to lay down tracks on his new disc. The player has a lot to look forward to this year.

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If you live in and around New Bern and you missed Seymour last night, while he was picking and playing, be sure to see him tonight. He is scheduled to share songs at BrUtopia tonight from 7-10 pm. The singer-songwriter does not get to town often so take advantage of this time we have with him.

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Adam Hill Band Brings It to City Stage!

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The Adam Hill Band never disappoints! This rocking trio was in town last night, to offer an exceptional night of great music on stage at City Stage. Offering a great mix of classic covers from country to pop, classic rock and the blues, their best offering comes with their original samplings. Things went so well last night the club owners look forward to having them back soon. Keep coming back for details.

Always a crowd favorite The Adam Hill Band always makes new fans with each gig they play a show. These rockers have a new line up being featured this year, with Phillip Alcock on the bass, joining the band in January. This is a strong and welcome addition to the lineup, as Alcock has an aggressive style of playing that pairs well with Hill’s intense style.

Adam Hill is arguably the hardest working stringer on the scene. Today the band has two gigs after rocking into the early morning hours. The first gig has them rocking at press time in Jacksonville, for the Beauty and The Beast Cruise-In Car Show. Later tonight the Hill and Co will be rocking Bourbon Street on Front St in Wilmington. Music starts at 9 pm and they rock you right into Sunday!

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Behind the Scenes With Tracey Stones

More Music Please

Tracey Stones Productions LLC is hard at work looking for new places for music makers to do their thing. Over the last month, I have been able to book a few new opportunities for players in our area.

Coming soon Sara’s Big Apple will be hosting live music with popular acoustic acts, offering the sounds each Friday and Saturday evening from 7-10 pm. Music will start being served each week, beginning with Big Jim Kohler live on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Following that intro, we will find awesome music there while we dine on weekends.

I have also had meetings with people out at Carolina Colours and Fairfield Harbour about bringing music. We are going to try a show for residents in Carolina Colours this coming May. As for the folks in Fairfield Harbour, TSP has a full concert series scheduled, with more than 15 dates reserved for music in that community. As it stands today, this is what residents can look forward to this Music Season:

Fairfield Harbour Shows

The shows for the Community Center, located at 585 Broad Creek Road, include Caffeinated Soul Boogie next Saturday, March 16, 7-10 pm; Saturday, April 20, brings Rubich & Cain. Later in the year, we have The Adam Hill Band coming to rock us on Saturday, October 12 from 7-10 and Hank Barbee Home For the Holidays on Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7-10 pm.

I also have a Summer Concert Series set up in Red Sail Park, where residents bring their own picnic and join friends and neighbors at Red Sail Park for music on Sunday afternoons.

For that series we have Big Jim Kohler Band on May 26, Adam Hill Band on June 2, Rubich & Cain on June 16, Hank Barbee on June 30, Caffeinated Soul Boogie on July 14; Big Jim Kohler on July 28; Carolina Swamp Dogs on August 11, Hank Barbee will be back on August 25; Big Jim Kohler on September 15 and Justin Castellano on September 30, 2019. Music will be offered from 2-4:40 pm and it is requested that attendees bring a $10 donation for the band!

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Tracey Stones Productions is seeking corporate sponsorship to help bring more live music to more communities. If you are interested in partnering with us please email Tracey Stones at ncmz.live@gmail.com.

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NCMZ.LIVE Honored!

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On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, my mother and I attended a luncheon hosted by The New Bern Sun Journal and CarolinaEast HealthCare Systems to honor 52 Faces of Community. Last year, local artist Laura Gammons recommended me for this honor for my offering of this blog and free music promotions service to the city of New Bern and the state of North Carolina.

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It was a wonderful awards lunch where all 52 recipients received a plaque. The publisher of the Sun Journal welcomed everyone and said a few words before a prayer was said and a wonderful lunch catered by and served byThe Flame Banquet Center.

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Following a delicious lunch and sweet treat, executive editor of the New Bern Sun Journal, Chris Segal spoke of last years honorees and named six unsung heroes.  I had the honor to serve with the last UNSUNG HERO named. Tharesa Lee is an amazing woman. I had the honor of serving with her on the board at Promise Place years ago. She is a woman of action and her word! And our community is better for having her in it!

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Before the afternoon was over Lee was awarded top honor and received the Jefferson Award. She will head to Washington DC this Summer and represent Craven County in the National Awards Ceremony! Congratulations Tharesa! And thank you for all you have done for our great city!

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

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Saturday Night Specials

 

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of William Seymour 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!

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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: LIVE MUSIC

Christ Church, New Bern

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Joanne and Bob Freeman, who does an awesome job of running The New Bern Music Calendar page on Facebook, wants us to know that Ellie Roberts is performing tonight at Christ Church, New Bern:

A free concert of Lyric and Melody. An evening of Classical, American Folk and Broadway favorites.
Ellie Roberts, Soprano Vocalist
Clifford Badgley, Pianist

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the return of the tallest man in Country Music, Bryan Mayer this evening. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs courtesy of this popular crooner. Free music is never free, 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, who will be rocking the deck with all the grooves that get you going. Music plays at 7:30 – 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

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Morehead City

Off The Hook

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Off The Hook welcomes the grooves of Sound Trac Band this evening. This fun party band comes ready to groove you. They are fun and fresh, for those who have not seen them yet. The band pours out the grooves they love, to make the crowd dance and move to their beats. Music plays from 10 pm until 2 am.

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Emerald Isle, NC

Emerald Club

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E-Club Emerald Isle offers the sounds of Pure T Monnicked in full band formation tonight, as they rock it from 10 pm until the early morning hours. Come enjoy this local band offering great rock hits and songs, with a few songs of their own.

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

Offering the live sounds tonight at The Boro Restaurant & Bar will be Steel Shot keeping beats from 8-11 pm  Featuring the sounds of Shawn Mitchell on guitar and vocals and Jeremy Lowery on vocals and bongos. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music.

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Surf City, NC

The Trailer Bar!

The Trailer Bar welcomes Faith Bardill 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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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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It is the Dust Parade Trio on tap for your entertainment tonight at Fishy Fishy Cafe, 106 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport, NC, (910) 457-1881. Music will be served from 6:30 -10:30 pm. Come enjoy the grooves and good food too.

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Wilmington, NC

Palate

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Rachet Bros. is a two-man rockabilly and surf contraption piloted by Hank Blanton and Jones Smith, two members of The Phantom Playboys. Come check them out Saturday, March 9th, 8-10 pm at Palate. A NO COVER SHOW!

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The Rusty Nail

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Band on Fire returns to the stage, to groove the friends and fans that gather tonight at The Rusty Nail. Music plays at 8-11 pm. Come ready to dance your blues away!

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Rocking Around the Region

Greensboro, NC

Craft City Sip-In

 

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Craft City Sip-In has the game and live music tonight. On the Facebook event I learned:

This tandem of stellar musicians is one you will not want to miss. Mark has been playing these parts for a long time and when you add a little Colby Jack then you got quite a sandwich of rockers! Come and check out the guy’s with us this Saturday starting after the Duke/Carolina Game. #WeKnowGoodMusic #MarkHarrison #ColbyJack #CCSI #LocalandLive

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Benson, NC

Pitchers Bar

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Pitchers Bar is going to be rocking tonight with the beats of the Greenville based Stairwell, coming to town to offer some grooves. These boys bring the energy and fun with every appearance. Be sure to catch them soon. Tonight they rock from 9:30 pm until early tomorrow morning.

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Cary, NC

The Corner Tavern and Grill

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The Corner Tavern and Grill offers the gospel-infused blues of Chicken Shack tonight. This band comes ready to groove and they want to see you move. Music plays from 8-11 pm.

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Seven Springs, NC

Roadies Roadhouse

 

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Rare Form takes the stage tonight at Roadies Roadhouse. Admission for the night of fun is $10.0053300070_405036740261821_8171982244865376256_n.jpg

Rare Form will be rolling into Seven Springs NC! They are an award-winning band from Central VA. You do not want to miss this show.
They have played in Nashville and opened for many National Acts including Joe Diffie, John Michael Montgomery, Confederate Railroad, The Bellamy Brothers, Tracy Lawrence, Chris Cagle, and Sammy Kershaw.
We bring the best in the current country, that keeps the girls on the dance floor all night long!!

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Crossroads Grill & Bar

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Cooper Greer Music shares the sounds tonight at Crossroads Grill & Bar. Music and fun start at 10 pm. Come celebrate Saturday and Renee’s Birthday tonight, with all of your country favorites courtesy of this fine cowboy crooner.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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The Bill Lyerly Band will be bringing it to Greenville tonight, when the rock fans and friends that gather at AJ McMurphy’s this evening. Get there early to enjoy some great food and stay late to dance dessert off the hips! Music starts at 8:30 and they rock you until 11:30 pm.

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays, they welcome all players, with a Low Key Open Mic night hosted by Brian Burke. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight come out to dine and dance to the music of Chuck Phillips!

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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.

March 4 at 9:44 PM

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Searching for more events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Thank You for Reading!

Now, PLEASE, 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 you will 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.

Thanks 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 don’t forget 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

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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:

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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.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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

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Tracey Stones Productions, LLC, is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site and community events. 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 learn more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com today or call the number below.

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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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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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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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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!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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

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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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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~ Live Music Options ~

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!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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!

℘℘℘℘

~ Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog!

Tracey Stones at work live streaming

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.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzKdbN1c0wM

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otiTqk8T_lU

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.