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Last Call for Bernaroo and More Community Concert News

 

On the Scene with Tracey Stones

 

 

When I last left you, we bid a farewell to the sponsored events presented at  2018’s Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival brought to us by GEM Productions. We pick things up today at the last call Bernaroo, the three-day music and arts festival.

In an effort to wind things down and offer tourists a taste of our town and talent, the final shows for the weekend were hosted by Cirar 1810 Bar; 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. This an agreement that was reached before new ownership of the establishment transpired.

Bernaroo Brunch on the Patio

Opening up the day was the incredibly talented Alisa Mike, who offered a wonderful Brunch show for fans and friends in attendance. This local singer, born and raised in Tarboro, NC, has so much news to share these days. The songstress that our town has embraced as our own is releasing a CD in the coming days. In fact, it will be released at a party next Friday, August 3, 2018, at her first show on stage at the new City Stage, 901B Pollock St., New Bern. NC. Though that event has been sold out for days, another CD release party has been added for August 9, 2018, again at The City Stage.

Mike has fronted several bands around town and along the way, she embarked on a solo adventure that brought her contentment and peace like no band platform could. She enjoys sharing music with fans and it shows in all of her performances.

She will be appearing live each week at The City Stage on Thursdays evening from 6 to 9 pm. The new venue will open where The City Laundry once was and will offer pub food and libations. The soft opening for this venue lines right up with the debut release from Alisa Mike.

Please come out and show your support for both new endeavors being offered to the good folks of New Bern. To find out more about The City Stage, call the venue at (252) 876-7007 or check out their Facebook page by following   https://www.facebook.com/CityStageNB/.

To keep up with singer and songstress, Alisa Mike, check her out on Facebook by following   https://www.facebook.com/AMSerenades/

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Bernaroo Alumni Barbee Brings a Dust Parade

Hank Barbee and the Dust Parade close out 2018 Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival

 

Hank Barbee and the Dust Parade closed out the final Bernaroo event offered by GEM Productions, in cooperation with Tracey Stones Productions, LCC. This event was held at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, where the Dust Parade played to a full patio of people who enjoyed the jazzy surf grooves served up by the band.

Here again is another great success story in the growth of an artist. When we met Hank Barbee he truly was under construction and rebuilding his music career. The process included not only songwriting and playing, but in time playing with others. This is all a process and not one an artist can achieve in a day. Especially when you mix Egos and IDs with the real-life scenarios of players and personalities. Finding the right mix and blends is important work for the success of any band.

When I met this artist he was playing solo gigs mostly and setting up band gigs as it was required. Over time, the right crew came around and currently the artist is undergoing the transition of taking his name out of the equation. As time unfolds we will see Hank Barbee’s name fade to black and The Dust Parade come to be. The trio of players currently inspiring Barbee’s smooth sound is Matt Henderson on bass, Logan Watson behind the kit and on sax, Jim Durham.

To keep up with the band check them out on Facebook by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/TheDustParade/

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Big Jim and My Big Plans for Community

On Sunday, July 22, 2018, besides taking in the last two shows to complete the 2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival experience, I also presented a concert in the park at Red Sail Park in Fairfield Harbour. Tracey Stones Productions is presenting a concert series that promotes communities coming out to enjoy live music and socialization close to home. I piloted the program where I live. The idea is that we invite the members of the private communities out to enjoy live music and ask them to tip the band

This was the third of the concert series which debuted in May, with Fairlight & The Scorpio Moon featuring Harbour Jazz. Last month Hank Barbee brought the Dusty Trio to play and this month we brought the blues with my missions greatest inspiration, Big Jim Kohler Blues Band.

Big Jim Inspires Me to Dream Big!

The idea I had envisioned when my friend Jim fell ill last year, was to build a stronger, healthier music community that brings more music to our niches and communities in the hopes of benefitting our local players and school children, as well as our citizens. I want to bring music to every POA and District that will have me come and meet with them.

Music is a staple of life. We are all born with rhythm in our souls. With a deep love for the blues, it is a mission to build a blues society in our area that serves our surrounding counties. Twin Rivers Blues Society is the ideal name. Along the way, we can implement more music in private communities, so artists and players don’t always have to run to the bar for work. For a change of pace, I would rather put them in private settings where they can culminate new fans and bring music to new corners.

I know so many bands, that think building a fun concert series is an easy task. We can bring variety and invoke the spirit you are trying to bring to your neighborhood. I want to see the people in Craven Terrace dancing their blues away and getting down with some funk and good vibes. How fun would it be to see the historic district embrace more banjos and bands on their porches? I’d love to see all of New Bern’s POA Communities bring music for their member to gather and enjoy with friends and neighbors. They will be encouraged to bring a snack to share and tips for the bands.

Believe it or not, TIPS add up. I preach about this all the time. FREE MUSIC IS NEVER FREE and for that, I encourage everyone to tip the music makers. Live music is making it’s come back each week. With taking steps to get things organized, I am keeping things simple and learning a lot with my involvement in many projects. Including my recent appointment to the Downeast Folk Society Board of Directors. There is still so much to learn and week by week I am chipping away. Reaching out to other Blues Society’s to learn structure and build a unique platform.

It has been quite a journey and at that time the man who inspired it all has healed to the point of playing his blues again and sharing his music near and far. The Big Jim Kohler Band signed up to compete in the Triangle’s Blues Society Annual Competition to represent at the IBC in Memphis, next February.

Before I even know they were signed up for that fun time, I was asked to be a judge for the competition. I wish all the players the best as they compete on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at The Blue Note Grill in Durham, NC. The competition starts at 4 pm. I hope I get to see your sweet face there!

 To keep up with Big Jim and his singing bride, follow along by clicking and liking thier page on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Big-Jim-Kohler-480531592359161/

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Answering the Call

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

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Here are all the great music options for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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

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Getting Down Around Town Tonight

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 Mykele Barbee is at BrÜtopia 7-10 pm, Peace Soldier will be at The Brown Pelican 8-11 pm tonight, Dan Jam is at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion $3 cover, 8-11 pm. and at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant they have The Roman Sams live on the deck at 7:30 pm. Last but not least, tonight is also the monthly open mic being hosted by Mathew Kerlin at Broad Street Christian Church this evening from 6-9 pm.

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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 by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

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

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Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival Brings Music Lovers a Good Bang for the Buck

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NCMZ.LIVE was a proud sponsor of the multi-day music festival that occupied several venues and offered family fun, art, and music all weekend to the citizens and visitors of New Bern, NC. 2018 Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival was also sponsored by several other awesome businesses supporting the arts and local music, including The Law Offices of Oliver & Cheek, Folks Journal, and BrÜtopia. The event featured 19 NC based bands, over the course of three days, at four venues in one great downtown.

 19 Bands for $25

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

On Friday and Saturday just past, they opened the doors of their new home for the 2018 installation of Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival. They occupied The New Bern Farmer’s Market located on S Front Street for their sponsored events and welcomed another 12 acts over the course of two days, on two stages.

Beyond that, they occupied a third day and three other venues in town to bring live music to this town as part a of the festival weekend.

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Welcome with Mandy Mears

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

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The Adam Hill Band Brings Us to Market Stage

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

Since meeting the six-string slinger a couple of years ago, our town has grown to love and embrace this talent. With music so powerful and gripping, matched by skilled playing and strong vocals, Adam Hill is an inventive and improvisational player loved by all of NC and beyond. Hailing from Pink Hill, the singer-songwriter was born in Potter’s Hill. Playing guitar more serious since the age of 9, Hill stays busy with his band on stages throughout the state.

For the past two years, The Adam Hill Band has been making a name for themselves and this year they are rocking festivals and bigger stages. After their performance in New Bern last week the band packed up and headed up to the West Virginia State Fair and Expo for a show at 2 pm. But before doing that the trio of rockers welcomed fans and friends to the Market stage for a captivating set of original music.

This weekend the band will be down in the Wilmington area with shows at The Whiskey, 1 S Front St., Wilmington, NC, with music starting at 10 pm. Tomorrow night they are at Bourbon Street, 35 N Front St., Wilmington, NC, with music starting at 9 pm. On Monday evening you can enjoy supper and some Adam Hill acoustic sounds, Queen Anne’s Revenge 500 Front St., Beaufort, NC on Monday, July 30, 2018. Music plays 5-9 pm. To keep up with the band or to get to know them better check out their website

Adam Hill Music

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The Take Kindlies Take Over Punk Folk Jams

 

 

The second act on the Smith Stage was The Take Kindlies. This New Bern based act is a refreshingly fun, offering sounds of hard driven folk that is infused with rock grooves. This is the first time I caught them as a trio of rockers. If you missed the show, I encourage you to have a listen and support them. They have a disc of great originals that was recorded and mixed by Chris Daniels at Moon Studios in Oriental, NC.

The Take Kindlies on Bandcamp

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The Oblations With Wind

The Oblations offered the second set on the Market Stage. It was a treat to hear the talented duo of Joe MacPhail vox, keys and keeping the drum beats and Daniel Fields on vocals and guitar, accompanied for the first time by Serena Wiley on saxophone and floating sounds from the flute too.

The Carrboro based duo has a CD out now and is worth checking out any time they are rocking a stage near you! Their next show is August 2, 2018, at 2nd Wind, 118 E Main St., Carrboro, NC. Music plays from 9:30-midnight.

MacPhail let me know that he teams up with Wiley for a Durham based jazz/neo-soul group called DreamRoot. Wiley is from the Henderson, NC and keeping busy with a couple of projects. She has her own band as well as filling in sounds for many other acts. To get to know her better you can check out  her website

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For those interested in catching DreamRoot, they have a show coming up on Sunday at Goorsha, 910 W Main St., Durham. NC. The restaurant offers Ethiopian fare and the sounds to accompany the food will send you. Music plays from 7-10 pm.

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Peace Out Peace Soldier

 

 Closing things out on The Smith Stage was the New Bern based classic rockers, Peace Soldier. The band did their thing and offered a set of classics to the crowd. If that is what you like then you can catch the band rocking the Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC tomorrow night. The show is free and the music is offered from 8-11 pm.

To keep up with the band check out their website:

https://www.peacesoldierband.com/

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The Brotherhood of the Brothership

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

The band has been keeping busy touring the Eastern seaboard. This weekend they are rocking crowds in Floyd, Virginia for Floyd Fest. They return to NC next week where they rock the Calico Room, 107 S Front S., Wilmington on Friday, August 3, 2018, with Dr. Bacon. Doors open at 9 pm and the music starts at 10 pm.

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AFTERPARTY

CTRL + ALT + DEL BAND at The Brown Pelican

 

When it was time to reboot, we all headed over to The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC, to enjoy a fun set of big brass and good beats with the Triangle-based trio Ctrl + Alt + Del Band, who came to us as Kenneth Lloyd, as Del on drums, for and Alt we had Brannon Bari Sax Bollinger playing the biggest and baddest sax I have seen to date and in Ctrl was Jeremey Danger Boomhower playing the impressive tuba.

What a fun way to end a great night of community, music, and fun. This band offers many great grooves, some familiar sounds but all done in a unique way. Based out of Mebane, NC, they are not like every other band you might see. You can keep up with the trio of enthusiastic groovers by checking them out on Facebook:

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Day Two ~ Free Samples

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Carolina Sky

 

Day Two of Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival started with a Free Show at Bear Town Market in the middle of the day. Opening the event was the bluegrass band Carolina Sky. They opened the day with a fun set of bluegrass favorites.

Though I was unable to make the first show of day two at Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival, I can tell you plenty about the band. Carolina Sky is a regionally based band with roots in New Bern, Greenville, and Raleigh. They can come as a power trio or as a freestyling quartet that offers two or three-part harmonies. Their folk-styled, bluegrass-infused fun music makes their audience tap their toes and sway their hips.  You can find the band on Facebook by following this link:

https://www.facebook.com/CarolinaSkyBluegrass/

Recently the band was featured in Folks Journal. To check out that sponsors take on this fun band please visit https://www.folksjournal.com/may to enjoy that great read.

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From Pittsboro, NC; John Westmoreland

The first show I was able to catch was that of John Westmoreland who offered a great set of folk-infused songs that offered hints World Music as well as overtones of blues progressions.

From his website, I learned: “A musician born and raised in North Carolina, John Westmoreland has been performing professionally for over a decade. He began playing blues, rock, and folk music as a teenager and went on to study Jazz and Classical Composition at Berklee College of Music, where he was a recipient of the BEST scholarship. In 2011 he became a founding member and lead guitarist for the West-African fusion band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, who In 2014 received a nomination for “Best African Group” by AFRIMA (the all Africa music awards). As a solo performer and songwriter John plays his own original songs, as well as unique arrangements of popular music and folk music. His musical style combines elements of Folk, World Music, Jazz. Blues and Classical into an organic and rich tapestry of sound. Outside of traditional performance contexts, John has a passion for exploring how music can facilitate deep relaxation and healing. He regularly provides music for yoga classes and meditation, relaxation music sessions for people with Alzheimers and Dementia, and also performs as part of UNC Hospital’s Door to Door music program. He’s been a past recipient of the Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council, through which he traveled to Peru to study “Icaros”, a style of shamanic healing music from Amazonia. Last year John formed a new group called WESTMORELAND, a band that features an eclectic line up of seasoned musicians. The group performs the original music written by John featured on the forthcoming album “Cast Fire.” Currently, John is also embarking on a new project to revive the music and poetry of “T-Bone Slim” the legendary hobo songwriter and poet, whose songs were an inspiration for the Surrealist Movement and the Civil Rights Movement.”

The singer-songwriter has a couple of shows this weekend. Tonight he will perform at The Carolina Club located in Chapel Hill, NC, with music starting at 6:30 pm and tomorrow he will perform with Kiara Ba at The Rooster’s Wife in Aberdeen, NC. That show starts at 6 pm. To keep up with the artist, I encourage you to check out his website by visiting:

https://www.johnwestmorelandmusic.com/home

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New Bern’s Original Rockers and Bernaroo Alumni

Bearfoot Monty

It was a fun afternoon at BTM with the final free show being offered by New Bern’s own, Bearfoot Monty. They are a heavy blues-based rock infused, alternative riffs band that found themselves surrounded by friends, family, and music lovers as they rocked the 2 pm slot with a great set of originals songs. It was inspiring to catch up with the band who is currently undergoing several personnel changes due to the players having a life and living it. New on the drums we heard Philip Wilson and starring in his brand new in the role of Daddy was guitarist Jimmy Hawkins. His wife was on hand with the couples, newborn son. Surrounded by her close friends and family Gabrielle Christie rocked the bass and vocals while Justin Hargett strong vox and guitar grit to match.

Though the band has gone through many changes since the release of their debut EP they want you to know their music is available on iTunes and Spotify, and you can find them all over social media by doing a google search of Bearfoot Monty. Please support their efforts, who knows, it might encourage the next studio release.

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Bernaroo Day Two at The Farmer’s Market :

On Saturday, July 21, 2018, it marked day tow for sponsored, ticketed events at The New Bern Farmer’s Market in downtown New Bern. NC. Gates opened at 5 pm. Guests were welcomed by our vendors who were busy displaying their wares and selling their art.

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Cigar Box Jesus Welcomes Music Fans

 

The day was greeted by warm and sunny weather, as the sky cleared from the unsettled sky the night before. The first act that welcomed patrons were The Cigar Box Jesus Revelation. They are a New Bern based outfit that came about as a result of English’s desire to make music with good friends. He was keeping busy with that lie affirmation when Merchant’s Road was making music, but with so many schedules at work, it just evolved to become this new formation and it is exciting to hear these players get together.

Rounding out the mix for their fun sound are funders, David English offering lead vocal and guitar, his beautiful bride, Lorie English offers vocals, Mark Schomaker is the lead guitar, the talented Beth D’Angelo plays bass/and adds vocals and Brian Graber works out the drums and percussion parts. For the festival, they added a little flavor by asking John Jones to accompany them on steel guitar. Jones is noted as a media sponsor as he is the host of Music Mondays on 96.3 FM airing each Monday from 8:30-9:00 am.

To keep up with the band check them out on Facebook. They are fairly new to the circuit are looking for new opportunities to play. Perhaps they would be a good fit for your next event.

https://www.facebook.com/CigarBoxJesusAndTheRevelation/

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JIMMY Display That Our Youth Are Actively Working On Punk’s Future As they Rocked the Market Stage

JIMMY is the band that won the battle of the bands’ competition hosted by GEM Productions at The Brown Pelican in March. Having won that honor they were selected to open day two on the Market Stage…bringing with them, a full set of rock originals this trio will be fun to watch as they rise in rank on the circuit. They give me the feeling that punk music is alive and thriving. What fun!

With a high dose of energy, this band is fun and rocking. They are a young trio climbing the ranks and touring currently with several other regional acts. Though they perform as JIMMY, no one in the band is JIMMY. At the start of the show we learned, they are all JIMMY and those watching the show were JIMMY too. This is also how we learned, the drummer has no microphone. It’s by design!

Get to know these guys, Mark on guitar, Connor on bass both on vocals and Nick on drums by checking them out on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/jimmytheband/

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Fairlight with Miquela and Kyle

Holding down the middle ground on the Smith Stage were Fairlight and Miquela. The duo was accompanied by Kyle Whitford on the second set of six strings. In case you are not aware these two ladies are blues sapphires, making their home in this town. Both are old souls with a deep appreciation for the blues. They teamed up for the festival and offered a few songs by another local songwriter here in town. Cheri Moyers is a local based singer-songwriter who is working in conjunction with our local talent on a new project.

She has quite a story herself which we will delve into with here. But my favorite highlight of this woman and her mission is her survival skills. She is truly amazing.

With life always finding ways to provide, the songwriter is busy writing songs as many characters as she can muster in her head and she is scripting songs with area artist’s voices in her head at the same time. Currently, she is collaborating on songs to help benefit a charity near and dear to her heart. Recently Moyers teamed up with the Bernaroo Festival Friend Sponsor, TeraNotes Studios and they recorded a video for her song “Kiss Me Now,” featuring New Bern singer, Kelsey Barnard. They unveiled the video at Bernaroo and put out a casting call for ALL Artists to participate in a recording that will benefit the National Federation of the Blind.

Before being handed the diagnosis of a degenerative disease that is eating away at the performer’s eyesight, Moyer was the creative soul, who offered New Bern Coffee Times. As her sight dimmed, she had to find a new way to live. Reflection on one’s life always leaves us with clues for the path ahead. Moyers loved entertaining people and she is quite creative. With her sight being her best challenge she is using all her other senses to carve a new life that might benefit many.

Moyers and her musical partner in crime, Kyle Whitford have been collaborating for more than a year and they have many songs penned and paired with area artists. Case in point, at Bernaroo, Fairlight offered up a couple of her songs that will be included on the upcoming collaboration disc. My favorite song  I’ve ever heard from Moyers offered by Fairlight is “Wobbly Table.” I know many area artists are going to be a part of this effort and I will keep you all posted on the disc as we go.

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For fans and friends of Fairlight and The Scorpio Moon, the band will be performing at a benefit tomorrow. Head to New Village Brewery and Tap Room for a cold brew and a bit of the blues, Saturday, July 28, 2018.

They want you to please join them for tasty NC craft brews by Carolina Brewing Company, grilled hot dogs, and live music by Fairlight & The Scorpio Moon. All in support of a wonderful local non-profit, Girls on the Run Pamlico!

The New Village Brewery will be donating $1 for every pint sold on 7/28 to Girls on the Run Pamlico, a life-changing program for girls in the 3rd through 5th grade whose mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.

Fairlight & The Scorpio Moon will perform an engaging set of jazz, blues, and rock from 5-7pm. Hot dogs will be served at 4pm.

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Durty Dub’s Reggae Grooves Usher in the Evening Vibe with and Big Surprise

As things unfolded, there was a change in schedule and the after party band brought the party early to The Farmer’s Market and before the set was over they were grooving with a couple of local rhythm makers, who are a part of New Bern’s Drum Circle. It was a great offering of early evening reggae vibes that ushered in the moon and stars and set the tone of love for the night!!

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Strung Together

 

As the bio reads, Strung Together is a family band, born on the Olivers’ front porch in downtown New Bern, NC. With soaring harmonies and a string band sound, Strung Together plays songs that they love, adapted to their own style. Playing their own unique blend of folk, Americana, old-time and bluegrass, Strung Together has enjoyed performing for audiences in North Carolina and South Carolina, making music and memories together as a family.
Strung Together is primarily the Oliver family: Cat on vocals and bass; Abigail and Mason on vocals and guitar; and their parents Dare and George on vocals and banjo. Joining them for the festival was Brian Graber on percussion and Addy Quinn on fiddle. They recently released their first CD, “The Littlest Birds,” which contains a mixture of originals and their favorite tunes and is available on iTunes and Amazon.
Strung Together:
Feel the music. Feel the love. www.strungtogetherband.com
Strung Together has enjoyed performing at many types of events, including festivals. They made it back to town just in time for a wonderful performance on the Smith Stage. Be sure to keep up with the band catch them on a stage near you.
2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival was made possible thanks to our sponsors.
One of this town’s champion sponsors of the arts is the Law Offices of Oliver & Cheek, PLLC.  They help our community in so many ways with their contributions to the arts. They sponsor plays on our community stages, they contribute to ArtWalk and they sponsor many events that support music like Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival and The Great Trent River Raft Race most recently.

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Shining a Light on these Artists of Light

 

Live Visuals provided by The Liquid Vision Light Show

The Liquid Vision Light Show is a new, but an innovative provider of lighting and visuals based in Eastern NC. LVLS delivers an immersive experience for event-goers, through a tactical combination of visual tactics and technologies. In other words, these creative geniuses have the spin on the light displays we watched behind the bands.

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dub Addis Closes Out the Ticketed Events!

Closing out day two of the ticketed events dub Addis offered a fun set of grooves for the audience. They offer a great blend of sounds that keep ears happy. The Ethio-Roots Reggae Band has roots in Durham and Ethiopia. Researching the band I found this on the Facebook page:

“With soulful melodies embedded in the polyrhythm of Africa, dub Addis hails from the horn of Africa, Ethiopia. Led by Singer-songwriter Dereje Tesfaye, dub Addis has been performing original songs for the last decade. dub Addis’s songs vary from traditional Ethiopian rhythms to Roots Reggae. They have shared stages with Hugh Masekela, The Wailers, Steel Pulse, Culture, Arrested Development, Morgan Heritage, Buju Banton, Vieux Farka Toure and more.” 

What an honor to walk around our town and hear so many ethnic and original sounds. Homegrown NC talent on stage at our local Farmer’s Market was a great idea. This is just another reason why GEM Productions’, Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival stands alone in their offering. They achieve many goals in this mission of bringing music to our city.

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Young Bull Pair Up with Durty Dub for a Night of Fresh Music

Sometimes with events that involve acts that travel, there are last minute changes and adjustments to be made as the Festival happens. Case in point Young Bull was scheduled to be on stage at the Farmer’s Market, but the after party band Durty Dub took their position and then paired with the duo during the after party to bring a great set of fresh original music to the full house of music fans.

Both acts are based out of Durham with one band offering the fresh sounds of Hip Hop and the other offering the grooves and celebrations of reggae music. The blend of both was a real treat and the cherry on top for the two days of sponsored music events.

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BIG Shout Out to The Beer Guy

Local Libations 

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BrÜtopia 

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

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

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

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Festival Partners:

www.olivercheek.com

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Festival Media Partner:

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Our Presenting Sponsor:

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Presenting Media Sponsor:

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Friends of the Festival Sponsors:

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LaCassetta

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The Time Is Now!

  Be A Sponsor ♦ Be A Vendor  ♦  Be A Music Supporter

2019 BernarooMusic and Arts Festival

Please reach out at bernaroomusicfest@gmail.com to be a part of this affordable community fun event happening at The Farmer’s Market in Downtown New Bern next year!

Tomorrow We Close the Curtain on Bernaroo and Rock in Other Regions Too

Tomorrow we will start things off with the final curtain call for the festival as we look at what’s new in the world of Alisa Mike and Hank Barbee. Both artists helped GEM Productions close out the festival with a show at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion last Sunday. Tomorrow we will pick things up there when I see you then.

Besides sponsoring this music festival last weekend I also presented my third concert in the park, a series I am doing in my local community. Come back to hear more on that and to rock this town!

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Answering the Call

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

July 23 at 2:52 PM

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Facebook Events Link
Here are all the great music options for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

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

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Getting Down Around Town Tonight

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Tiffany Elaine is at BrÜtopia 7-10 pm, Aaron C. Davenport is at The Thirsty Bruin 8-10:30 pm Paul Picard is picking the strings at The Brown Pelican 7-10 pm tonight, Dueling Pianos at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion $5 cover. and at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant they have Greasy Beats 7-10 outside and Rural Route Romance inside from 10 pm til closing. Also happening tonight,  at Union Point Park; it is another installation of the Summer Concert Series, Footloose on the Neuse, with tonight’s offering by Parrot Party. Brush up on you Buffet, bring the beach umbrella and dance shoes. This is free with music starting at 6:30 thanks to our parks and rec dept and Trent Cadillac.

 

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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 by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

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

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

GEM Productions Welcomes You

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adam Hill Music

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

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

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

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

AFTERPARTY

CTRL + ALT + DEL BAND at The Brown Pelican

 

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

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

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

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

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Here is a look at 2016:

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Festival Partners:

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

Festival Media Partner:

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Our Presenting Sponsor:

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Friends of the Festival Sponsors:

Black Cat Shoppe

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

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GEM Productions Presents

2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival

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New Bern Farmer’s Market

Saturday, July 21st.

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

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

Tickets ♣ Tickets

Single-day passes are $15

Family Fun Features

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

There Is Still Time!

  Be A Vendor  ♦  Be A Music Supporter

Please reach out at bernaroomusicfest@gmail.com to be a part of this affordable community fun event next year!

Tickets will be available online at bernaroomusicfest.com  or at the gate.

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

Food Vendors

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Mari’s Hella Fat Food

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

Also on-site Saturday Night!

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Thetinytornado 

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

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Local Libations 

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BrÜtopia 

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

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

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

Family Fun Features

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

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

LIVE MUSIC LINE-UP

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Saturday, July 21st:

Day Party at

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12:00 pm (FREE)

Bearfoot Monty

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

Carolina Sky

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

Westmoreland-Band 

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

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

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Visit Our Vendors

 

Blissworks

 


DBMM

Cabin Girl Designs, LLC

 

Trav’s Tie Dyed Treasures

Artist-In-Residence Shepp Avery of Catch 42

 

Lazy Gator’s Hemp Farm

 

Trades of Hope

 

Craven Community College

LaCasetta Italian Restaurant

Non-profit

 

The Coastal Women’s Shelter

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Entertainment LineUp for

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

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Market Stage:

dub Addis 

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

Young Bull 

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

 

JIMMY

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

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Strung Together

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

Cigar Box Jesus & The Revelation

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Fairlight & Miquela

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

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Live Visuals provided by The Liquid Vision Light Show

After Show at 10:00 pm (FREE)

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The Brown Pelican

411 Broad St., New Bern, NC

 

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

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

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Sunday, July 22nd:

Bernaroo Brunch at

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Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion

12:00 pm:

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Alisa Evans Mike

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

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

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

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

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

Bernaroo Last Call

5 pm

 

Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 16 at 5:40 PM

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Here are all the great music options for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.
Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook
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Thanks for Reading!
Please go out and support live music!  Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created.

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

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

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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

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

I read emails daily. You can send those to:
ncmz.live@gmail.com
Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Sending along pictures is helpful. Please 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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Bernaroo Brings Music and Arts to New Bern

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

GEM Productions Welcomes You

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

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

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Here is a look at 2016:

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Festival Partners:

www.olivercheek.com

olivercheek.com

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folksjournal.com

Festival Media Partner:

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 ncmz.live

Our Presenting Sponsor:

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GEM Productions Presents

2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival

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New Bern Farmer’s Market

Friday, July 20th and Saturday, July 21st.

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

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

Tickets ♣ Tickets

Single-day passes are $15 and weekend passes are $25.

Family Fun Features

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

There Is Still Time!

  Be A Vendor  ♦  Be A Music Supporter

Please reach out at bernaroomusicfest@gmail.com to be a part of this affordable community fun event next year!

Tickets will be available online at bernaroomusicfest.com  or at the gate.

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

Food Vendors

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Mari’s Hella Fat Food

On-site all weekend to serve you!

On Friday Night they will be joined by

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Jasmine’s Tasty Thai Food Truck

Jasmine Tasty Thai Food Truck

On-site Saturday Night!

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Thetinytornado 

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Local Libations 

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BrÜtopia 

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

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

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

Family Fun Features

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

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

LIVE MUSIC LINE-UP

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Friday, July 20th:
New Bern Farmer’s Market at 5:00 pm

Market Stage:

Travers Brothership 

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Twin brothers Eric and Kyle Travers have been making music and stunning audiences since they started playing music together at 7 years old. In 2012 the brothers formed their latest project, Travers Brothership, a Soul/Funk/Rock/Jam ensemble based out of Asheville, NC, with Ian McIsaac on keys and percussion. There is a reason Travers Brothership stands out among most acts on the scene today, they care to make each concert a unique and unforgettable experience. Utilizing the band’s unmatched live energy, instrumental prowess, and 3-part harmonies; they create a live atmosphere that transforms an audience into a community. A Travers Brothership concert is best described as a wild block party and this is a party you don’t wanna miss. Following the success of the “I Don’t Mind EP” the band began touring nationally in 2013 and has since performed 400+ concerts across the United States. The band has shared the stage with many accomplished acts such as Charles Bradley, Taj Mahal, Moe, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Blues Traveler, Robert Randolph, Leftover Salmon, Trombone Shorty, The Marcus King Band, Dr. John, and many more.
In 2014, Josh Clark (Bass & Vocals) climbed aboard Travers Brothership. This lineup change finalized the current roster of the band, enabling them to perform the 3-part harmonies that define their current sound. Over the course of two national tours, the band began work with Grammy award-winning producer, Juan “Pericles” Covaz, and Grammy-nominated engineer, Matt Williams. Following recording sessions at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL and The Eagle Room in Asheville, NC, the band’s first album “A Way To Survive” was complete. “A Way To Survive” was released in 2016 to critical acclaim and outstanding reviews. The album has won numerous awards including “Best Studio Album of 2016” at Homegrown Music Network and has received airplay on radio stations throughout the U.S. and beyond. Travers Brothership is currently touring the U.S. in support of “A Way To Survive” and has begun work on their sophomore studio release due out in 2018.
In January of 2019, the band will embark on their first tour of Europe and then return to the US to tour in support of their upcoming album.
Tonight they will headline the Market Stage at Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival. 

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The Oblations

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The Oblations are a two-man Blues/Funk/Rock band from the triangle area of North Carolina. Joe MacPhail’s setup is comprised of drums and keyboard which he performs on simultaneously, with all four limbs. Daniel Fields plays slide and electric guitars with a host of a effects pedals, including customized pickups that allow him to perform bass and guitar at the same time. They both sing. As a two-piece, they reproduce the sound of a quartet or quintet while entirely avoiding the use of pre-recorded tracks or loops. This unique setup expands the boundaries of live instrumental performance through a combination of modern technology, physicality and musicality. With over a decade of experience playing together in various projects, The Oblations share a unique musical telepathy and invite you to join them on a funky, textural, and personal journey informed by the last century of American music. Their live shows are a unique mix of songcraft, groove, and deft improvisations. The Oblations pride themselves on meeting the needs of any environment, and for any audience.

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 The Adam Hill Band

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He was introduced to music by his parents but, it would be after his mother settled down with guitar man, David Alcock that the instrument took over Hill’s life. Alcock was the lead guitarist for a popular area band called Crossroads. Known as “Fingers”  and/or “Stymee”, Alcock was young Hill’s mentor. Hill attributes him as the best guitar player he’s ever watched. It was Alcock’s playing that shaped, inspired and influenced Hill.

When he lost Alcock who left his life far too young after a brain aneurysm silenced his amp forever, Hill turned in to music to cope with the tremendous loss. You might even begin to wonder, was Hill born with a broken heart? Being a survivor of several deep, personal, childhood traumas, it has been music that keeps him on task and trucking.

Hill lost his father to suicide at a very young age. It would be an event that would change his entire life as he knew it for the first time. Just about that time, he found an old guitar around his house. As life would roll on the focus on guitar got real, because it helped to cope with overwhelming reality and pains of his life.

It is in Hill’s music that you hear him heal his soul. With songs that will not only touch but fill your heart with emotion. From to songs Influences to “Goodbye for Now,” Hill offers music fans a glimpse into his world via his songwriting.

Hill’s music seeps from his soul through his fingertips as he bends and slides his hands up and down the neck of his guitar. It is an experience that captivates his audience. He plays with passion and skill that is hard to match! Currently fronting his own project, Hill has been a part of bands since the early days of high school. It’s been a great trip of paying dues and now the player is ready to show the world what he is all about!

The Adam Hill Band features Hill at the helm on guitar and vocals, with bass player Gordy George in the pocket and offering some vocal assistance. Drummer Cecil Pittman Jr., not only keeps the beat but offers his owner powerful vocals on several songs throughout the night’s setlist.
With a style that blends series of blues, rock and southern rock influences and fueled with rock progressions with full-on guitar force,  The Adam Hill Band can take you down slow or rock your soul like a second coming.

Though influenced by many greats, as well as a variety of styles, Hill’s uniqueness really shines in his original music. He dishes out a fair serving of original music at all live shows. His songs will penetrate your mind and help you relate to life in a new way as you bond with Hill and become connected through the music. Currently seeking recording opportunities, The Adam Hill Band is ready to lay tracks down, master them and press it for mass production so more can enjoy these musical expressions. The world will certainly sound more musically refreshing when the airwaves are saturated with Hill’s amazing tone and this band’s talents.

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Smith Stage:

 Peace Soldier

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Known for offering the community, the classic rock sounds that delight tonight Peace Soldier will offer a set of original works from as they close things out on the Smith Stage tonight following The Oblations set.

 

The Take Kindlies

The Take Kindlies are the two man-face melting-local NC band preforming refreshingly original music for the enjoyment of ears everywhere. No species discriminated. Come to enjoy their set on the Smith Stage tonight following the Adam Hill Band!

Mandy Mears

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Mandy is known for her creative originals with vocals and ukulele and has channeled her inspiration from Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, and Sufjan Stevens. Mandy’s musical experience has spanned from choir and church accompaniment to open mic nights and performing as part of an indie-folk band. She has played in many venues across North Carolina, bringing her enthusiasm and passion to every performance. Tonight she will set things in motion with a performance to welcome you from the Smith Stage!

Live Visuals provided by The Liquid Vision Light Show

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After Show at 10:00 pm (FREE)

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411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC

The Brown Pelican

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Ctrl Alt Del Band

 

If the squeal of a modem is music to your ears, then Ctrl-Alt-Del is the band you’ve been looking for! This power trio cut the cord and found solace in pitch shifting and metronomic syncopation. When your ears’ operating system is on the fritz, Ctrl-Alt-Del will reboot what you thought you knew about music. Come to enjoy their performance tonight at The Brown Pelican. They are the Afterparty entertainment that will keep the party going strong!

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Saturday, July 21st:

Day Party at

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 Bear Town Market

12:00 pm (FREE)

Bearfoot Monty

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

Carolina Sky

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

Westmoreland-Band 

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

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

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Entertainment LineUp for

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

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Market Stage:

dub Addis 

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

Young Bull 

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

 

JIMMY

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

Smith Stage:

 

Strung Together

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

Cigar Box Jesus & The Revelation

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Fairlight & Miquela

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

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Live Visuals provided by The Liquid Vision Light Show

After Show at 10:00 pm (FREE)

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The Brown Pelican

411 Broad St., New Bern, NC

 

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

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

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Sunday, July 22nd:

Bernaroo Brunch at

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Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion

12:00 pm:

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Alisa Evans Mike

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

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

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

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

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

Bernaroo Last Call

5 pm

 

Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 16 at 5:40 PM

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Facebook Events Link
Here are all the great music options for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.
Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook
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Thanks for Reading!
Please go out and support live music!  Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created.

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

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

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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

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

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Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Sending along pictures is helpful. Please 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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Adam Hill Unplugs at the Coast to Start Off A New Week

Adam Hill debuted his talent at Queen Anne’s Revenge, 501 Front St., Beaufort, NC; on Monday, July 2, 2018. The talented artist offered a great mix of music that included many original selections. The hard-working singer-songwriter keeps busy performing throughout the year.

When not working hard with his trio, The Adam Hill Band, he cuts grooves on his own throughout the state. To get to know Adam Hill a bit better, be sure to check out his website at www.adamhillmusic.net, find him on Facebook at The Adam Hill Band, check him out on YouTube at AdamHill79 or check him out on my YouTube page at Adam Hill’s Page on Tracey Stones YouTube Channel.

If you only like it live then you have two chances to catch Hill rocking the acoustic this weekend. Tonight you can find him bending strings at Crossroads Grill & Bar, 8136 Hwy 55W, Seven Springs, NC; (252) 569-1321. Music starts tonight at 10 pm. Tomorrow night Hill will be rocking New Bern with the six strings, when he plays Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion; 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC; (252) 635-3232. Music starts at 5 pm and Hill offers the dinner music til 8 pm on the patio. Both shows are free, but feel free to tip the music makers you meet along the way. They are always working hard for your good time!

At press time I learned that Hill has a gig with his rocking original band, Victim of The Cause today. He is sharing the bill with a bunch of great bands at Mason Dixon Park, located in Seven Springs, NC. Just head on up Highway 55 E. This event started at noon and will rock into the night!

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Barry Charlton Offers Entertainment Dockside at The Dockhouse

After a nice dinner and show at Queen Anne’s Revenge, I walk along the waterfront and stopped in on Barry Charlton who was entertaining the crowd gathering at Dockhouse Restaurant, 500 Front St, Beaufort, NC; (252) 728-4506. I have named Charlton many times in this blog as a means of promoting his live music dates, but this was the first time I had the pleasure of hearing the stringer and singer. For those that have yet to hear the skilled performer, you can catch him on Monday, July 9, Tuesday, July 10 and Monday, July 16, when he returns to the Dock House.

Music plays nightly throughout the Summer with tunes starting at 9 pm.

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Welcome to The Weekend, Let’s Music EVERYWHERE!

On my way out to find music last night, I had to make a quick stop to run an errand. When I turned into the James City Food Lion parking lot last night I heard the pulse of a rhythm maker calling my name.

That is where I met Joel, set up banging his bongos and sharing his gift with anyone in earshot, shopping or eating in the plaza. Not only did he keep a good beat, but he shared some of his stories with me as well:

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This was the sweet treat of the night. I spoke with Joel’s wife Theresa, who told me they set out earlier that day from their home in Goldsboro, NC. She drives him around to different towns to expose his talents and help him share his gift of making magical rhythms.

I am looking forward to hearing from the couple soon, so I can learn more about their story.

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The Blues and Great Brews and Awesome Food all Served at BrÜtopia

Unless you are new here, you know my love for the blues runs deep and it flows freely for this local couple we know and love as The Kohlers. Big Jim and his bride Kathy are full of the blues and celebrate it all with soulful selections, that can bring anyone to a new place via their music.

Big Jim spent the final years of the renowned bluesmen (Son Seals’) career working as his band leader and right-hand man. Hailing from Long Island, NY, Kohler brought his family to North Carolina in 2011 and has called New Bern, NC home ever since. Not long after his arrival, Big Jim hit the streets with his guitar in hand and started sharing his blues with any and all who would listen. Before long, the gigs cam and the band formed and by 2012 Kohler was busy gigging weekly and shredding notes for new music appreciators everywhere.

After a serious bout of pneumonia, Big Jim wandered down the road of sobriety in September of last year, via an induced coma which kept him hospitalized for nearly a month. Since then the player has been working his way back to heal, gaining his strength and is now playing more often.

The next band gig on the calendar for the Big Jim Blues Band will be for a Concert in the Park series, that Tracey Stones Productions is presenting to the residents of Fairfield Harbour. The band will perform at Red Sail Park on Sunday, July 22, 2018, from 4-6 pm. Residents are welcome to pack a snack, a drink of choice and join us for music in the park.

 

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Tiffany Elaine Aspires to Inspire Music Makers and Fans Alike

 I first met our next performer several years ago when she walked into The Brown Pelican in New Bern, playing at one of their open mic nights. Since then the singer-songwriter has been making a name for herself all around our state and in Nashville, TN as well.

Currently hosting many open mics in several towns and in a few counties, Tiffany Elaine works hard to help her music brothers and sisters on the scene. Her favorite pastime is songwriting and she always has new music to share. With country music flowing from her heart, she has been dedicated to the genre since she started writing. It suites her, as she herself is a down home country girl with a warm disposition and lots of talent to share.

To keep in touch with this popular player find her on Facebook at

Tiffany Elaine Music

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Little Cecil Rocked the Tipsy Turtle

I missed Cecil Gilken last weekend when he came to town to play at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, so last night I sopped in to see the singer and stringer hard at work on stage at The Tipsy Turtle Tavern, 408 Atlantic Beach Cswy, Atlantic Beach. Offering original music as well as fun and familiar blues and classic rock covers, this player stays busy playing along our coast.

Tonight the player will team up with his bandmates, Core Sound and bring their show to Beaufort. They will perform at the Royal James Cafe from 9 pm until midnight.

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The Roman Sams Rock at the Water’s Edge

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When I first found the classic rock cover band The Roman Sams, it was three years ago while visiting Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant; 701 Evans St, Morehead City, NC. Back then the venue was brand new with furniture still being constructed, as well as an outside bar.

Last night I returned to that spot to enjoy the sounds of this fun band once again. They are a talented bunch of players raised mostly in Lenoir County. The five-piece outfit offers the skills of David Brown and Matthew Hart, both offering guitars and vocals, Phillip Alcock on bass, Jasmine Best on drums and standing front and center is singer Samantha Holland who rocks the crowd each time.

For those looking to be rocked right, you can check this band out next week on Saturday, July 14 at AJ McMurphy’s, 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC. Music will be offered from 8 pm until midnight. The following week they will be sticking close to home to rock The Red Room, 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC, on Friday, July 20, 2018. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a $5.00 music charge to enter. To keep up with the band and all of their dates you can find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theromansamsband/.

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Live Music Options for

~ Saturday, July 7, 2018 ~

 

Getting Down Around Town, New Bern, NC

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The Brown Pelican

Tonight the Dirty Bird will be rocking with Bern It Down, making their debut at the Brown Pelican tonight. Located at 411 Broad St. Music starts at 8 pm and the band brings it until 11 pm. This show is free but feel free to share the love of music and tip the music makers working hard for you tonight!

Blackbeard’s Triple Play

It is the Grand Opening for Dale Overbee’s fourth establishment, Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. Different from his other ventures, this is Overbee’s first venue in the downtown area. He is now offering live music four nights a week to our city.

Tonight they celebrate this newest endeavor with a double bill that starts on the deck tonight at 7 pm with New Bern’s classic rockers, The Wannabees. They will be rocking the deck until 10 pm. After their show, you are welcome to come inside to enjoy another show featuring the popular party band Spare Change. They get the good times rolling at 10 pm and rock you right until closing.

Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion

Live and rocking all your favorites from the 90’s until now, come enjoy the music of The Joe Baes Project out on the patio tonight with music being offered from 8-11 pm. Circa 1810 Bar,  221 S Front St., is under new management and is making several changes to their current business model. They have hired new hands to work the kitchen. Besides making changes to the menu, they are also changing the music schedule as well.

BrÜtopia

They will be serving fresh beer and local food tonight at BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E. On tap for serving up the sounds is the stringer and singer from Wilmington, Gene Gregory, who will offer many familiar songs as well as his original works. All this while nosh the tasty treat, being served by Nest Cafe Food Truck. Live music plays from 7-10 pm.

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Cruising Along the Coast

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Swansboro, NC

There is always a host of great music happening each weekend in the resort town of Swansboro, NC. Tonight I found several shows that might interest you and your friends.

Live on stage at Bake, Bottle & Brew, 147 N Front St, you can delight in the sounds of  Bob Laverty. The Oriental based entertainer will be sharing his songs tonight starting at 6 pm and rocking souls until 9 pm.

Church Street Deli, 99 W Church St., offers live music each Saturday night from 7-10 pm. Tonight’s talent is a familiar favorite in that area. Justin Castellano shreds songs in Swansboro, N.C nearly once a week if not more. Come groove your Saturday night away in the company of Castellano.

Live at the Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant, 103 W Moore St., offers the talented playing of David “The Sax Man” Robinson. Music starts there at 9 pm and plays until midnight.

Emerald Isle, NC

Checking things out just over the bridge, we find more great music options in the beautiful Emerald Isle, NC. Tonight’s early show is taking place at Trading Post Southern Food & Spirits, 8302 Emerald Drive, (252) 424-8284. They offer music each Wednesday and Saturday night from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Music is offered outside on the patio and tonight’s host is Slyde.

The Emerald Club, 8102 Emerald Dr, opens the stage to Corey Stuart, who will be rocking outside starting at 8 pm. The music starts inside at 10pm and rocking you right will be the Freeway Band. Between these two acts, you should be served a great mix of musical stylings.
Trey Calloway Band will take the stage at SALT Bar, 325 Mangrove Dr. Doors open at 8, music starts at 9:30 pm. Come to celebrate Saturday at SALT and boot scoot the night away!

Atlantic Beach, NC

The High Point-based rocking, country outlaw band Under The Gun, will be offering an acoustic show tonight on the beach at Idle Hour Biergarten, 121 Atlantic Blvd. Music is offered outside from 6:30-9:30 pm.

 

Morehead City, NC

The Crystal Coast Band will perform tonight at Southern Salt Seafood Company & Waterfront Restaurant, 701 Evans St. Music plays from 9 pm until midnight. Come early to eat and stay late to dance the night away under the stars.

Off the Hook, 105 S 7th St., brings back the reggae rock of Green Room. They will be rocking the deck tonight starting at 10 pm and playing the sounds that move you until 1:30 am

The Raliegh-based soul outfit, best known as Soul Psychedelic will be rocking Jack’s Waterfront Bar, 513 Evans Street. There is a music charge payable at the door, with music starting at 10 pm and rocking till 2 am

Beaufort, NC

There are a couple of blues bands in Beaufort tonight. The first show I found is The Beaufort Blues Project, who will be rocking the town from the patio at The Backstreet Pub, 124 Middle, Ln. Music starts at 6 pm and the band plays til 10 pm. If you have not been here in a while, they have a new stage built and outdoor lounge. Come see things for yourself and have some fun tonight!

 

The New Bern based blues project known as Fairlight & The Scorpio Moon, will debut tonight at Cru Bar & Wine Store The Beaufort Coffee Shop, 120 Turner St. The band will set up in a trio formation with Fairlight at the mic, Freddie on drums and Tommy on the keys. Music starts at 8:30 pm and plays until 11:30 pm. This show is free but tips for the entertainers are encouraged!

Rockin’ Around the Region

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The Will McBride Group will perform tonight at Beer & Wine 101 Youngsville, 135 West Main Street, Youngsville, NC. Music will start at 7 pm and they will serve the sounds until 10 pm. Come out and dance the night away with this talented fun band.

Krafty’s Burger & Brews, 1177 Timber Dr, E, Garner, NC, will offer the music of Proton Jones this evening from 10 pm until 1 am. This show is free and the food is wonderful, so come out and dance your dinner away!

 

Gypsy Railroad is scheduled to perform tonight at  Double Barley Brewing. This free show starts at 7 pm and the music plays until 10 pm.

 

Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival performer Mandy Mears, will be appearing live tt at Uptown Brewing Company tonight. Music starts at 8 pm and she will rock you until 11 pm.

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Answering the Call

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