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It’s Been a Long Pause! There is Plenty of Cause! Let’s Rise Up with Music!

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When We Last Danced

By the grace of God, it’s time to get back to the music! When I last left you we just finished the second weekend of September and those along the coast of North and South Carolina started planning and then bracing for the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence. About this time a month ago she was barreling toward us and thankfully downgrading on her approach. After watching the news on Michael just last night, I am ever so grateful for the fact that Florence weakened her wrath unto us.

Though I have not been able to bring you a music blog, rest assured, I have been keeping the beats and am glad to be back sharing the news! I am here to assure you that, although the river is not always graceful and pretty… we as a community, however, are fierce and strong. With Florence now in our wake, we found out we are #NewBernStrong!

Let’s celebrate by recapping the music news that we missed!

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Music Coverage ~ Picking Up Where We Left Off

 

5th Annual Barn Bash For Promise Place

Bryan Mayer was the musical guest for The Fifth Annual Barn Bash. This event was the best yet for Promise Place, the non-profit organization who has been helping the community heal from sexual assault and abuse for decades. Located in New Bern, Promise Place serves Jones, Pamlico and Craven Counties. On Saturday, September 8, 2018, the Annual Fund Raiser took place on the Batten Farm. It offers guests and sponsors, a good meal, adult beverages, desserts for auction, live entertainment, raffles and a live auction all in the spirit of raising money for the non-profit that works hard in healing our community.

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Off The Wagon and On the Beach

Bryan Mayer Always has Time for A Good Cause

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I would meet Bryan Mayer again at the month’s end, when he was taking part in a Hurricane Relief Benefit on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at the Tackle Box Tavern in Atlantic Beach. This event offered relief to those along the Crystal Coast and Carteret County. The entire area has been devastated and is rebuilding from the wrath of Florence. There are many events in the works to bring aid and assist with relief. As we get back to the music coverage more regularly, I look forward to talking about events that help rebuild our area by way of music.

On this particular Sunday Funday, Bryan McCoury, Bryan Mayer and Davy Williamson offered music to those in attendance. There was a $5.00 donation paid at entry and raffles throughout the night. All the money raised went to rebuilding the local Atlantic Beach Community.

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GEM Productions, Folks Journal, City Stage, the TinyTornado and Local Music Makers Join Together For the Celebration of Community

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The first benefit I attended was actually in New Bern, on Friday, September 22, 2018, the community gathered for music, food, fellowship, and goodwill toward each other. We joined together for the purpose of bringing aid to the hard-hit area of New Bern, NC. Together we gathered at the City stage, 901 Pollock Street, not far from where our community has been most devastated. But the goodwill and kindness won’t be silenced in this town and the music will play on!

Opening the night was Caroline Tanner who was joined by her daughter Kira Vetters. Following their 30 minute set, Adam Hill offered another acoustic set under the tent. After the sun went down on a beautiful day, we saw our community come together on the spot to raise nearly $2600 in funds, offered food to nearly 500 hungry people and distribute cleaning supplies and other donated goods to people in need throughout the night.

 

It was a beautiful night, that was well orchestrated by the staples in our music community. Folks Journal’s staff were some of the first sets of boots on the ground after the storm and secured storage units, housing, lined up volunteers and did so much more in the first few weeks following the storm. Giving of themselves, even after they suffered major losses themselves.

Much is true of the cooks and music makers, promoters and more. We saw gathering to help the community. It was quite beautiful to watch the essence of God working in all of us! On stage inside the club were local talents. Big Jim Kohler Blues Band offered the opening set inside and The Hot Buttered Grits closed out the fun night of music and community celebration.

 

The reality of life in New Bern now is, that we talk about life as we know it after Florence. We are all walking about looking for the beats and striving to find our new normal. As for the bands that played, both had players that lost a lot in the flood. Some lost it all while others are recovering from only a few feet of surge. People all around us are recovering from a loss of work and loss of home. Many have lost it all, from cars, houses, boats, and businesses. This is a community on the mend like never before. But thanks to our awesome first responders, military personnel, volunteers and other trained specialists, as well as our small businesses and music community, we healing daily.

The stories of this storm are enough to flood any soul with emotion. Big Jim and Kathleen Kohler lost their home to Irene in 2011. After 5 years of waiting for the process, they moved into their raised house and evacuated when Florence came calling. After all, things were assessed the family returned to learned they lost the contents of their garage, and all of their floors need to be replaced. Once again the heartache and the blues meet the Kohlers at River Bend. They take it with a smile and play the blues for others.

Vocalist, guitarist, and mandolin jammer for the Hot Buttered Grits, Seth Smith, and his family lost their house to the rage of Florence. Grits drummer Zack Meadows also saw water rise in his home a few feet, “Just enough to make a mess, ya know.” he said when we spoke! “We are blessed, when you hear how people have lost it all, it’s truly sad.”

Local DJ on the scene and local music promoter Parker Millar and his girlfriend lost their vehicles on the return home from Asheville. They got caught in a flash flood on the way home and lost most of the things they were trying to save during the evacuation, as well as their cars. Luckily first responders arrived on sight to rescue the pair. Millar recently started work with our local news station and radio outfit that was flooded during Florence. When I tell you that the people we know are hurting, I promise you it is not an exaggeration. Some days there are no words for the exhaustion and sadness.

Big hearts like Grant Golden, Bailey Evans, Meg Wetherington, Leigh-Anne Sullivan, Tank Wetherington, Joshua Storts, Chris Strange, Patrick Edwards, Nichole Kirch and many many more are true examples of why this city has a heartbeat big enough for the world to feel…I applaud and thank you all. I look forward to working with all of you on many more benefits in the days ahead as we rebuild.

Throughout the weeks we will catch up with the music makers and share the stories. We will take part in celebrations of recovery and healing, and we will raise funds with the fun of music and fellowship. Thank you for still being here and dancing with me! I have missed you much!

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Getting Down Around Town

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Tonight the city of New Bern prepares for MumFest 2018. The Swiss Bear Foundation welcomes WRNS FM and country act DAN & SHAY who will close out the night on stage at Lawson Creek Park. Gates open today at 4:30 pm. Tickets are $30.00 at the gate. The good news is that proceeds for this event go to support relief efforts in our community. Another offering of brightness, this means that one more park is opening for use and one more big event is on the way to return to our area.  To check out all of the music be sure to visit the website for details.

Kickoff Concert Event on Facebook

MumFest 2018

Throughout the weekend you can enjoy great live music in town, as you take a break from the cleanup and support local businesses and enjoy good food and fine beer while dancing to live music

LIVE MUSIC at MumFest

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Tonight at BrUtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. On tap, they will be featuring the tunes of Sam Lewis for your Friday night entertainment. The music is free, the beer is fresh and the food truck is Mari Hella Fat Food Truck. They will arrive on site at 5 pm to serve the delicious food. Music is offered from 7-10 pm. Stop by this weekend to show your support for local business, local beer and local music! Food is served from 5 until 10 pm. Music is offered from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow night will be Kristie Lynn, serving up the sounds and Nest Cafe dishing out the goods.

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Hopping and bopping about town, we stop at The Thirst Bruin Craft Beer and Wine Store, 224 Middle St. and find the cold draft, new beer and acoustic jams of Brian Burke. Live music is free and is offered from 8-10:30 pm.

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Cruising around the corner,  The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., offers the music of two area artist tonight! Come out and unwind while enjoying the music of Buck Loy and Bruce Lynch offering tunes from 7-10 pm. On Saturday night, you are invited back to rock with Gary Dudley and the Maxxtones, offering the classic rock beats you know and love from 8-11 pm.

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New Bern’s newest venue City Stage offers a night of Paul Simon Music, with singer John Van Dyke and friends they will present the music of popular singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Spanning the decades from the early Art Garfunkel collaborations, to the memorable classics of his solo career. If you are a fan of Paul Simon’s music, you won’t want to miss this special encore concert. Music starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15.00. On Saturday night, the New Bern based Caffeinated Soul Boogie will be offering the sounds from 8-11 pm. Tickets are $7.00.

The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St, New Bern, NC. They are a private club. Sign up and become a member for $1.00.

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Cruising The Coast

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Sadly the waterfront took a hard hit with the fierce winds and flood surge of Florence. They were not able to rebound in enough in time to welcome their Annual Fall event, The NC Seafood Festival. It is understandable when you consider the amount of damage sustained by many businesses which are still out of commission and on the mend.

When you are ready for a break please check out the local scene and support the businesses that are still open and serving the community.

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Checking things out along the Crystal Coast, Off the Hook is open for business. The restaurant’s owner, chef and manager Charlie Weatherby wants you to know, that he has a banquet room to host your private affair. If you had plans to host an event and the venue is rebuilding, call Off the Hook to schedule an appointment to book your affair.  You can enjoy music each Saturday from 10 pm until closing. You are encouraged to come out early and enjoy the good food prepared to order. The menu is always pleasing and the entertainment is always fun and rocking. Off the Hook is located at 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC. For more info, call (252) 499-9150.

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Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop has been back in action since a week following Florence. Checking out their music schedule starting with tonight, will offer Davis Lott & The Mad Fiddler this talented duo will be rocking the stage from 8:30-11:30 pm. Saturday night offers the music of Dick Knight with sounds being served from 8-11 pm. The show is free and tips are encouraged. Looking ahead, the host Open Mic Night with Tiffany Elaine and Friends on the First and Third Tuesday of each month, Come out this week and sing your new song and jam. Sign up starting at 7 pm and music will be playing from 8-11 pm. Giving you a sneak peek at next week, music sensation Emily Musilino will be rocking the stage on Friday, October 19 from 9 pm til 1 am. Cru Bar is located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Need more info, call (252) 728-3066.

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The Royal James Cafe not only serves up the best burgers in town, but they also offer live music each weekend. Tonight you can enjoy the sounds of the talented duo from the north, Rob Lightner and Nathan Shaffer. If you like country and southern rock, they will groove you right! Music plays 9 pm til midnight!

 

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Rocking Around The Region

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Hey NC There is Live Music Everywhere

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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Facebook Events Link

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

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

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

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

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

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Happy Birthday to a Bluesman and Rocking with New Bern’s Rock Trio

Happy Birthday, Blues Man, Let’s Celebrate You!

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What a beautiful day. Today truly is a special day. Some of my favorite people in the world were born on this day, for that I celebrate!!! One of them is the coolest blues cat around these parts. Big Jim Kohler walked into my life with his music in March 2013 and changed it for the greater good in so many ways.

From 2013-2017 Big Jim played his blues to my begging ears regularly and each time he and his bride, Kathy Kohler, did that; it nourished a part of my soul that had been neglected for decades. It was enough to get me thinking about writing again. Once I scored a smartphone capable of good video in 2014, I started videotaping and taking pics. By 2015 I was publishing music news weekly and many weeks I mentioned Big Jim and his blues!

A year ago my sweet friend was clinging to life and coming out of a medically induced coma for his 50th birthday. I sat next to his bed with his hand in mine and prayed for God to keep him here with us. In my talks with God, I explained how we had more good work to do. I told God that if Jim pulled through I would spend the rest of my days trying to build a healthier music community for him to play. That mission still walks with me daily.

Now that he is on the road to recovery from his addiction to alcohol, feeling better every day and out here playing his blues for us again. I am even more inspired to see a foundation for music makers. There is a great need for a Blues Society in our area and that is in the works as part of the overall mission. Big Jim is the ambassador of it all!

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This weekend Big Jim is celebrating his birthday with friends, and doing what he loves…he is playing his blues for a wedding in the mountains today. You can catch him on stage at The City Stage on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Music will be served from 7-9 pm. To keep up to speed with the band, check out this link: Big Jim Kohler 

Before we leave here running, cause walkin’ is much too slow, let me say:

Happy Birthday, bluesman! 

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On the Scene With Tracey Stones

Rocking with Music Videographer Debra Warren

The BiPolar Express Rocked The Tarheel

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A local trio of rockers, known best as The BiPolar Express opened the night of rock-driven performances at The Tarheel Concert Venue, in Jacksonville, NC. The New Bern based band features Josh Overby on guitar and vocals, Wick Wickline on bass and vocals, and Mike Lancaster on drums and vocals. They are a fun cover band offering all the great songs from the 80’s and 90’s hair band era. This alone made them a great pick for opening the night for the popular 80’s band Great White.

They are all well-rounded and talented players, who have great fun when they gather on stage. They offer classic like Ratt’s “Round and Round,” AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie” Bon Jovi, “Livin’ On A Prayer” Morris Day and The Time’s “Jungle Love,” when they want to funk you up, and even Mötley Crüe, Poison and Guns n Roses music is also featured in their setlist!

If you have not seen this rocking trio, be sure to pencil them in soon. You will not be disappointed.

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Jack Russell’s Great White

Closing out the rock bill at the Tarheel Concert Venue, was Jack Russell’s, Great White. For those old enough to hold memories of the 80’s Hair Band Rock Era then you will remember this band from their chart-topping hit “Once Bitten Twice Shy”

Following the show, I did some research on the man and the band and here is what I learned, mostly from Wikipedia:

The band originated under the will of teen rocker Jack Russell, who was the drummer for the band in the early days, and Mark Kendall who was the co-founder and guitar player. They first came together under the name Highway. As they evolved they became Livewires. They ended that era by playing their last gig as Wires.

As they rocked through the 80’s they would become the chart-toppers known to us as Great White. They offered several hits including  “Save Your Love” and “Rock Me” with their first album Once Bitten in 1987. Twice Shy is what gave us their greatest hit, “Once Bitten Twice Shy.”

The band continued to rock through the 90’s without any chart-topping success until they broke up in 2001.

In 2002, Russell was keeping busy with his own project, but having a hard time attracting audiences, so he got together with Kendall and asked for permission to tour under the name of “Jack Russell’s Great White.”

The following year the band would make headlines after a playing a show at a bar on Rhode Island called The Station. The sell out crowd was ready to rock the new year right, when sadly an accident turned the night to tragedy and the soundproofing in the club caught fire, leading to a blaze that claimed 100 lives. One of the lives lost was the band’s guitarist Ty Longley.

Since 2011, Russell has been keeping busy, releasing music and touring. The current line up features, obviously, Jack Russell, lead vocals, percussion, Tony Montana, rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards, harmonica; Robby Lochner, lead guitar, backing vocals, Dicki Fliszar, drums, backing vocals and Dan McNay, bass guitar, backing vocals.

During their show last night at the Tarheel they offered a great many of their own works, but Russell also took us on a journey of how he got into this rock n roll business and offered some Hendrix and Zeppelin samplings as well.

There are a couple of newer songs I found to be worthy of your listening time. The one song they offered last night that resonated with me was “My Addiction.” It’s a moving song with lots of truth. If you would like to check it out, just click here:

 My Addiction by Jack Russell’s Great White

For more information on the band visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JackRussellsGreatWhite/

If you would rather bypass the social media outlets, you can visit them on the web: http://www.jackrussellsgreatwhiteband.com/

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Getting Down Around Town

Tommy Duzan Sr jamming in Bear Square!

Tonight at BrUtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC, music plays 7-10 pm. On tap, they will be featuring the tunes of Mykel Barbee. The music is free, the beer is fresh and the food trucks are always on site when the music plays. Stop by this weekend to show your support for local business, local beer and local music!

Looking at the bars around town, here is what I know… The Brown Pelican has Steel County Express from 8-11 pm. The Brown Pelican is located at 411 Broad St. Admission is free but membership is required.

This weekend Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant offers the music of KC and Ryal from Rural Route Romance, giving up the grooves from 7-10 pm on the deck tonight. On tap for Sunday, the Wannabees will be rocking the deck from 6:30-10 pm.

Circa 1810 Bar offers the fun music of Corey Stuart, bring back the 80’s and more! Music is offered for a $2.00 cover from 8-11 pm. On Sunday enjoy free music with Hank Barbee on the patio from 5-8 pm. They are located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC

New Bern’s newest venue in town, City Stage says, Saturday, September 1st “Cirque Du Smash” An Evening of Aerial Performance Art
Smash Studios presents the first in their exciting series of Cirque themed events.! Artists will perform acrobatics and dance with Aerial Silks, and the Circus Lyra, an aerial hoop suspended in the air. The musical theme for the night is of Smash  Rock! Come and witness an evening of epic proportions!

Main Stage 8:00pm-12:00am
Tickets $10.00
Table Reservations Recommended 252.631.5122
City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.

The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St, New Bern, NC.

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Cruising The Coast

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Morehead City, NC ~

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Checking things out along the Crystal Coast, there will be live music found on the deck at Off the Hook this weekend. Owner, chef, manager, Charlie Weatherby offers live music each Friday and Saturday from 10 pm until closing, 2 am. On Sunday you are invited to brunch on the deck with live music offered 12 pm until 4 pm. The menu is always pleasing and the bands always fun and rocking. The rest of the weekend offers the coastal town some New Bern talent. Saturday night brings the great grooves of Joe Brown and The Band from New Bern, NC. That shows kicks off at 10 pm. On Sunday you will be serenaded by another talented Bern boy, Ed Prophet, with music served noon til 4 pm. Off the Hook is located at 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC.  For more info, call (252) 499-9150.

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Checking things out at Southern Salt Seafood Company & Waterfront Restaurantthey’ll have New Bern’s tallest man in country music rocking you on the deck tonight from 9 pm til midnight. Bryan Mayer Band is always a fun time. Call the friends and make plans to meet for a good meal, and great times tonight!

Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop will offer a Variety show; Moulin Rouge with entertainment at 9 pm. Cru Bar is located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Need more info, call (252) 728-3066.

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Atlantic Beach, NC

There will be live music on the sand at  Idle Hour BiergartenMusic is served along with the good food from 6:30- 9 pm tonight. Come out tonight to enjoy the grooves of Davy Williamson live on the sand stage from 6:30-9 pm.

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Rocking Around The Region

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Hey NC There is Live Music Everywhere

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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Facebook Events Link

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

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

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

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

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

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Keeping up with the Blogger

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

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

Thank You For Your Support

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

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

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

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

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

Support Live Music Promotions ~ Tip The Blogger!

Blog Donations

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You Never Know Who We Will Meet Along the Road and We Find Music Back at Home

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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Tracey Stones with Randall Hall, Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist 1987-1994

Breakfast with a Guitar Legend

When I last left you we were rocked by the Adam Hill Band who saved the day for a major race event at a golf course in Jacksonville, Fl. Though the trip and show were not what we were all hoping for, it end on an uplifting note with singing and laughter shared back at the hotel.

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Following their two hour show the band packed up, came back to the hotel to gather some clothes and share a quick song and memory before they hit the road for home. Hill was signed up for a Battle of the Bands competition which kicked off at 5 pm on Saturday night. He did battle with himself when his band Victim of the Cause went head to head with Hill‘s former band which he played lead for, Solid Ground. Solid Ground won the competition and finished off the night for the Tuckahoe MC Anniversary Party!

For those looking for Hill this weekend, be sure to catch him with the band at North Street Burger Bar on Highway 70 East in Kinston, NC. Music plays from 10 pm til 1 am. Come get rocked.

Many of the members of Second Helping, however, took their time and packed up the next morning and hit the road following breakfast at Crackle Barrel with legendary guitarist Randall Hall. Hall played with Skynyrd after the band reunited and hit the road. He was hand picked by the man he replaced. Allen Collins had worked with Hall in his own band project and asked Hall to join the band following a crash which left Collins paralyzed. Hall left the band in 1994 and these days and since 1997 he has spent time working with the super group World Classic Rockers and his own project the Randall Hall Band.  

Though this last road date was a bust for Second Helping, the band has several dates closer to home in the coming months. To keep up to speed with them check out their site by visiting https://www.second-helping.com/

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Back in The Bern with Hot Buttered Grits

We rolled back into town by 9 pm and after unpacking the car and a quick shower I headed to town to see how things turned out with The Hot Buttered Grits. They were rocking the patio on Saturday night at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion. I made it there just in time to catch the end of their last set.  What a great way to settle back in to the routine with tasty favorites offered by these locally grown groovers! The band will be back on the patio this winter, when they warm things up with their jams near the holidays!

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Steel Shot Serves the Fun in the Sun

On Sunday Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion offered the sounds of the Pamlico County duo, Steel Shot featuring birthday boy, Jeremy Lowery on bongos and vocals and Shawn Mitchell on the strings and vocals. They offered a fun show to wrap up the weekend on the patio with good music and cold beer. If you haven’t seen their show, it is very crowd inspired. You can see what I mean by checking them out on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Swansboro Yacht Club, 126 W Corbett Ave, Swansboro, NC, (910) 326-7272. Music plays on the deck from 4-7 pm.  They will also be rocking the Arendell Room 715 Arendell Ave., Morehead City, NC, (252) 240-2753; on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 from 9 pm until midnight. On Thursday, August 30, they will be rocking the Salt Bar from 9 pm til midnight.

When the duo is not busy rocking under the banner of Steel Shot, they are busy on the road with The Bryan Mayer Band. Lowery works hard as a stage hand and roadie while Mitchell manages the band and plays drums. To check out The Bryan Mayer Band look for them on stage tonight at Salt Bar. Music starts at 10 pm and they rock you til 1 am.

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Big Jim Brings the Blues to New Bern on Tuesday

Big Jim Kohler offered a great show on Tuesday night from the new stage of City Stage, 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC. He was on hand with his band to deliver a full night of great blues music. With Kohler leading the way on vocals and guitar, he was joined on bass by Chris Butitta and Tom on drums. Later in the evening Kohler was accompanied by his bride Kathy Kohler who offered several spectacular numbers that brought the audience to their feet with applause and gratitude.

For anyone who missed the good times and awesome blues, please come out this Tuesday, August 28, 2018 when they promise to do it again! Music starts at 7 pm and the band plays til 9:30 pm. The City Stage offers a pub style menu, a great selection of beer, drink specials and live entertainment five nights a week.  In fact we will pick it up there again tomorrow with more from the midweek to the weekend.

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Getting Down Around Town

Tonight at  BrUtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC music plays 7-10 pm, featuring The Take Kindlies. Nest Cafe serves the food. Come start the weekend here where the beer is cold, food is made fresh and live music to groove you. Tomorrow you can enjoy the music of Tommy Duzan Sr. being offered from 7-10 pm.

Checking out what is going down in the bars around town, here is what I know… The Brown Pelican has The Oblations tonight with free music being offered from 7-10 pm Tomorrow night come enjoy the music The Mother Notes on the books to rock you from 8-11 pm. The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St.

Music at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion. This weekend includes Dueling Pianos tonight from 7-11 pm for a $5.00 cover and on Saturday,  Carolina Swamp Dogs will be offering the blues tomorrow from 8-11 pm. On Sunday, Barefoot Wade  will be on the patio from 5-8 pm under the tent.

Over at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant The Switch will be rocking the deck tonight from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow night, The Roman Sams come to own to rock em from 7-10 pm and on Sunday come out and groove

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Next up, the newest venue in town, City Stage is offering a fun night of original music featuring Waking Tera, Break the Skyline and Bridge to Breakdown. Doors open at 8 pm music plays at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10.00 and the City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St., New Bern, NC.

Tomorrow night they offer a night of Improv Comedy with the performance of Walk in Bathtub. Audience’s are part of the show! Give us your suggestions and watch us create hilarious unscripted scenes right before your eyes! This month featuring Walk in Bathtub, New Bern’s own Improv Team! Come and explore the hilarious, unpredictable world of Improv comedy.
7:00 pm Show – Tickets $7.00
City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.

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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 tonight!  Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created.

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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!

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A Big Night for The Blues and Open Mic Madness

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It was a big night for the blues on Sunday, August 5, 2018. I sat on the panel for the 2018 Road To Memphis Blues Challenge for the Triangle Blues Society. The competition was held at The Blue Note Grill, 709 Washington St., Durham, NC.

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The panel of judges included myself and two fun and fierce music makers who kept me entertained with stories in between acts. To my left was guitarist Buddy Black whose career credits are extensive. Last year he released a solo effort, Fine Fine Day which won the 2017 Best Self Produced Album Award from the Triangle Blues Society. To my right was the band leader, vocalist and harmonica player for his own act,  Mel Melton and The Wicked Mojo’s, a triangle based blues band. You can check out their disc  Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse which offers a blend of traditional southern blues and zydeco swag.

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Near Blind James & Harmonica Bob

The first act to perform was the only duo on the agenda. Near Blind James (James Shoe) and Harmonica Bob (Robert Waldrop) started things off. They two players have been working together for more than three decades and play a variety of blues styles with some serious focus on Piedmont and Ragtime styles. They offered a variety of originals and a couple of cover songs in their time on stage.  To keep up with the blues duo out of Durham, check out their band page on ReverbNation:

Near Blind James & Harmonica Bob

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Smart Alec Blues

The first solo act to entertain us was Smart Alec Blues who originally hails from New England and has settled in Raleigh. He is a consultant for NASA part-time and enjoys spending his free time writing and playing the blues. To check out more from this artist visit him on YouTube by following this link:

Smart Alec Harmonica on YouTube

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MoJo Collins

Mojo Collins is a blues and folk legend in this state and it was a great honor to hear him offer a fun-filled set of fingerpicking styles and folks structured songs. Collins is a 4th generation singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been performing around the state and beyond for more than six decades. To check out his music story and to keep up with this artist from the Outer Banks, find him on Facebook:

Mojo Collins on Facebook

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Jon Shain

From old school stylings to newly forming traditions, our next act was the youngest slinger in the solo/duo category who resinated music traditions that were set well before his time on any stage. Jon Shain offered a great set of more traditional blues sounds.

He has been making music in the Durham region since arriving in 1986. Back then he was a young gun establishing himself on the folk and blues scenes. Since 1996 the singer-songwriter has been releasing albums and touring under his own name. In 2008 Shain won the TBS Blues Challenge and went on to become a finalist in the 2009 competition in Memphis.

To keep up with this skilled talent, visit him on Facebook at

 https://www.facebook.com/Jon-Shain-95541976364/

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Sherman Lee Dillon

The final act in the solo/duo category was Sherman Lee Dillon who offered a fun set of Juke joint stylings and some Piedmont traditions thrown in the mix. His guitar was a beauty and his tones were simple and pure. This singer-songwriter hails from Mississippi and has been calling Carolina home since 2012.

You can read more about Dillon by visiting his website

 http://shermanleedillon.com/

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Bring on the Bands

 

Chicken Shack

This was the first band of the night and they set the bar high with their high energy act featuring amazing vocal harmonies and killer solos, they offered a full show in their 20 minutes on stage. Chicken Shack had a fat sounding, West Coast feel. Though most of the players are based here in NC, they do have bandmates from other states, lending to their influence. The biography introduced them as an eclectic group of church musicians who were brought together for their love of playing the blues. This love poured from the stage.

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Lockdown

The second act to come calling was Lockdown. They are a high energy blues band based in the Raleigh-Durham area. They have been entertaining crowds for more than a decade and offered a full set of cover tunes. That was the one thing that was a bit disappointing. The music was on point and the vocals strong, but not offering original sounds left me lost. To check out the band in a club near you check them out on Facebook by following:

https://www.facebook.com/lockdownblues/

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Hawkins King

The third act was a fun trio that is newly making the scene. Hawkins King features the guitar works of Daniel Anderson, the bass phrasings of Dillon Partin and the backbeats of Scott Jones on drums. Their music is a good blend of delta blues meeting with contemporary arrangements. They were much different from the other acts, and perhaps the most original of the competition. To learn more about the band, follow them on facebook by clicking this link:

https://www.facebook.com/hawkinskingmusic/?hc_ref=ARTKX4XbNo1dU4WxAYob9yoHw0GEZ6wED-pRZhrikSIYInVamMACQuK3ccQtAWci1Kc&fref=nf

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Big Jim Kohler Band

I found the final act of the night to be the most traditional blues act of the entire event. The Big Jim Kohler Band offered a fiery set of blues featuring several original compositions and a couple of covers which featured vocalist Kathleen Kohler who crushed her parts behind the microphone. The five-piece blues band has players from the Triangle region to the Crystal Coast.

With a long history in the blues, Big Jim spent many years on stage with blues greats Byther Smith and Son Seals. Since leaving his home n Long Island, NY Kohler has done great work in helping to revive the music scene in the town he now calls home. Before he arrived, in 2011, there were not much blues being offered around New Bern, and now this many years later we talk often about starting a new Blues Society based here in New Bern. For those looking to keep up with Big Jim find the band on Facebook at:

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

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Hats Off to the Organizers and Hard Workers

 

And the Winner Is

 

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Jon Shain

Jon Shain won the solo /duo category making this the singer-songwriter’s second trip to Memphis. We all join hands in wishing the talented blues many lots of luck next year in Memphis.

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When I said they set the bar high, I wasn’t lying. Chicken Shack won the band competition and will be going to Memphis next year to represent the Triangle at The International Blues Competition. Once again, we all join hands in wishing them well on the road ahead. Since winning the competition, they are hard at work making social media pages for the band and sharing their news. As we grow closer to the time I will share more on this band.

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The End

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Following the announcement of the winners, the two acts gathered on stage for one final photo opportunity. It was a wonderful night that was full of blues, originality, and great music grooves. I was honored to sit on the panel and take part in this annual event. The Triangle Blues Society does great work in keeping the blues alive. Please consider joining them in that mission by becoming a member. You can also help out by participating in the many fundraisers they host to help the winners make their way to Memphis. To keep up with the good work they are doing visit their website at

http://www.triangleblues.com/

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Open Mic Madness at The Blacksheep

It was an exciting Monday night as I picked up copies of the latest Newport Voice and headed out to Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern to deliver it to a couple of the featured players in this month’s offering.

To read the feature story on either Adam Hill or Tiffany Elaine, please check out my monthly installment in the Newport Voice

Weekend Session by Tracey Stones

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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

August 6 at 6:32 PM

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Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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Getting Down Around Town Tonight

Downtown New Bern
Tonight you can take a pause for the cause and help out St. John’s Lodge by coming out to The Farmer’s Market, 421 S Front St., New Bern, NC for a fun night of, food, music, festivities, and rocking memories with music by  The Bipolar Express rocking the stage first and 3 Day Weekend closing out the night with a great show of classic and southern rock favorites. Tickets are available at the door and all of the money goes to helping this local, historic mason lodge. Gate open at 6 Music starts soon after.
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Pete Pawsey comes to town and plays at  BrÜtopia 7-10 pm.
Hot Buttered Grits will be rocking friends and fans at The Brown Pelican 8-11 pm tonight. Music at is at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion was canceled due to weather. Over at Blackbeard’s Triple, Play Restaurant it’s a Pirate Invasion with Zen Pirates 7:00-10 pm
 Next up, the newest venue in town, City Stage is offering Madame Z’s August Pride The fun starts at 8 pm. Tickets are sold out!

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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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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

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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.

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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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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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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!

Look for me on Facebook by following this link:
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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:

Jamming with Joel

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

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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.

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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

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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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!

 

 

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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