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A Big Night for The Blues and Open Mic Madness

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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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Chicken Shack

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

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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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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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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

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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.

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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.

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

 

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Adam Hill Unplugs at the Coast to Start Off A New Week

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

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

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

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

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Barry Charlton Offers Entertainment Dockside at The Dockhouse

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

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

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Welcome to The Weekend, Let’s Music EVERYWHERE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Tiffany Elaine Aspires to Inspire Music Makers and Fans Alike

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

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

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

Tiffany Elaine Music

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Little Cecil Rocked the Tipsy Turtle

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

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

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The Roman Sams Rock at the Water’s Edge

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

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

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

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Live Music Options for

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

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 Thanks for Reading!

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

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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Live Music from Bands Along Our Crystal Coast to Jammers in Durham

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I headed to Swansboro to start things off early and closed the night rocking in Morehead City on Saturday night. Along the way I found a great many familiar favorites and some new talent to talk about too. On Sunday we had a team meeting for Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival, which is coming up later this month. I closed out the night in Durham sharing the company of many friends, new and old!

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Castellano and Ketner In Swansboro, NC on Saturday, June 30

 

I checked in with a couple of hard-working players to kick things off last Saturday, down along the Crystal Coast. Justin Castellano was sharing the bill with Jack Ketner when I checked in with him at The Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant, 103 Moore St., Swansboro, NC. He was scheduled for a double with Ketner sitting in from 6-9 pm and Castellano offering songs solo from 9 pm until 12 am.

It is always a treat to check in with Castellano. He plays everything from folk to country to classic rock and standard blues, all in his unique signature style. For fans and friends looking for the string this weekend you can find him tonight at Bistro by the Sea, 4031 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC. Music in the lounge from 7-10 pm. On Saturday, Castellano will be at Church Street Deli, 105 W Church St., Swansboro, NC, with music being served from 7-10 pm. Castellano closes out the weekend on
Sunday at Marina Cafe, 110 S Marine Blvd
Jacksonville, NC., with music being offered outside from 5-8 pm.

To keep up to date with this artist check out his website today:

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The Will & Tony Show Perform at Bake, Bottle & Brew

As I was making my way back to the car, I heard a band play the opening notes to “Sweet Home Chicago” which made me bank a right and see what was happening out back behind Bake Bottle & Brew; 147 N Front St., Swansboro, NC. That is where I found the Will & Tony Show rocking the crowd on the back patio. The crowd was having fun and the band was jamming. The trio offers a mix between popular classic rock songs and familiar blues songs. From the Rolling Stones to BB King they offer a great mix of fun music. Sometimes they go out as an acoustic duo but on Saturday, Will Baker and Tony Johnston were joined by musical brother and bass player Andy Allen.

The next time this duo will teams up it will be with their band project Big Drink Music Company. The band has two gig listed this month. They are scheduled to rock The Trading Post; 8302 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC, on Saturday, July 14 with music starting at 6:30 pm and Emerald Fest in Emerald Isle, NC on Thursday, July 26 with music also starting at 6:30pm.

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Monika Jaymes & The Broke Downs Band Rock the Waterfront

At my next stop, I found a new band for the blog when I stopped at Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant, 707 Evans St., Morehead City, NC. On the deck and rocking the full crowd was Monika Jaymes and The Broke and Downs Band. This is a smaller version of the Fuquay-Varina based Monika Jaymes Band.

Offering a good mix of country and rock, this band is plenty of fun and full of talent. Jaymes is a great singer and surrounds herself with skillful players. The group has a couple of shows scheduled this month. They will be rocking at Clevland Drafthouse, 6101 NC Highway 42 W Garner, NC, on Saturday, July 14, 2018, with music kicking off at 9 pm. The following week they will return to the Crystal Coast to rock the Trading Post, 8302 Emerald Drive Emerald Isle, NC, with music starting at 6:30 pm on the back patio.

To learn more about the talented singer and stringer leading the band; be sure to check out her website by

Monika Jaymes

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Adam Hill Band Rocks Off the Hook

My final stop for the night brought me right across the road, where I found The Adam Hill Band rocking at the deck at Off the Hook, 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC. The trio has been rocking all over the region these days and more recently, they have been hitting the road to rock regions unknown with local legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band, Second Helping. Last month the bands rocked an event in Logan, West Virginia. This month they will be heading back to West Virginia to perform at the Interstate Fair and Expo, happening in Parkersburg, WV, on Saturday, July 21, 2018.

For folks closer to home looking to rock with the band, they are scheduled to perform tonight at Carteret County Speedway, 501 Whitehouse Fork Rd, Swansboro, NC. Music starts at 8 pm. To keep up to speed with the band, be sure to check the website:

The Adam Hill Band

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Bernaroo Team Meeting

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I met with team Bernaroo on Sunday, July 1, 2018. Things are coming together great for the festival. The line up is set. The sponsorships have been secured. The website is active and ticket are being sold in advance.

During the most recent meeting, we learned that there are several spots still open for vendors. This is a great opportunity for any artist or creative type that has a product to display and sell. Contact Bailey Evans at bernaroomusicfest@gmail.com to secure your spot. Vendor spots are $100 for one day and $150 for two days.

The final thing we discussed was our need for Volunteers for this festival. Believing that Teamwork is Dreamwork, the organizers of Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival are seeking volunteers. If you are available to help with making the concert festival a great success by volunteering your time, please reach out to the good folks at GEM Productions by emailing bernaroomusicfest@gmail.com.

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Triangle Blues Society’s Monthly Jam at Blue Note Grill in Durham Welcomes July

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On Sunday afternoon I got together with a few friends to check out the Triangle Blues Society Open Jam. This is a monthly event that takes place on the first Sunday of each month at The Blue Note Grill, 709 Washington St., Durham, NC. This event is hosted by a different band each month that represents the Blues Society. This month’s jam was hosted by The Groovynators. The Durham based band includes Dennis Beckwith, vocals/guitar; Jim Clements, guitar; Mike White, drums; Dub Karriker, bass; and John Barker, keys/vocals. They are a fun band with lots of talent. They have competed and won the blues competition in years past and have a few fun shows scheduled this summer. Next on the agenda is a show at the Summer Celebration in Hillsborough, NC on Friday, July 20, 2018, at 8 pm.

When I left New Bern that afternoon I was in the company of Jim and Kathy Kohler who joined me on the journey. With an urge to start playing more serious again, Big Jim jumped at the chance to join me for a blues jam. Along the way, we also stopped in Kinston, where we picked up Phillip Alcock, bass player for the Lenoir County rockers, The Roman Sams Band. When we arrived, we met up with harmonica player and our sweet friend, Dr. Mark Heffington. The four players took turns turning the room on its ear. 35766689_1934017756630189_5541158413485998080_n.jpg

This is always a fun time for a Sunday afternoon. Not only is the music great, but the food and service are wonderful too. If you have never been there, make a plan to leave the house hungry and end the night happy! Tonight they bring Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band to the stage. Tickets are $8.00 and showtime is at 9 PM. Tomorrow night is the Cool John Ferguson Band Reunion Show. Tickets for that show are $12.00 with music starting at 8 PM.

The Blue Note Grill offers dinner and music throughout the week, to check them out on Facebook follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/thebluenotegrill/

To sign up and get their monthly newsletter and updates check out their website by visiting The Blue Note Grill, Durham, NC.

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For fans looking for my sweet friends, Big Jim and Kathy Kohler, they will be live at BrÜtopia tonight, offering their blues from 7-10 pm tonight in James City. BrÜtopia is located at 1201 Highway 70E, New Bern, NC. This show is free and you are encouraged to tip the music makers you meet tonight!

Phillip Alcock’s band, The Roman Sams will be rocking the Crystal Coast tonight when they set up at Southern Salt Seafood Company & Waterfront Restaurant, 707 Evans St., Morehead City, NC. Music plays from 9 pm until the midnight hour. Come early for the food, stay late for the fun music and dancing.

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The Written Works of Tracey Stones

 

In June I was offered several freelance writing opportunities and this week my first works were published.

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The Newport Voice had contacted me at the end of May and we met last month about the idea of writing an entertainment piece, that would add content to the monthly publication which is mailed out to the Newport Zip Code. To check out my debut of Weekend Sessions with Tracey Stones visit this link:

https://thevoicecc.com/weekend-sessions/

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New Bern’s Music Niche in the issue of Ledger

NewBernNow.com recently asked me to be the contributing entertainment writer for their online publication. I graciously accepted. The publisher, Wendy Card approached me about being in a photo shoot with our area music makers. During that initial phone conversation, she asked if I would be interested in writing the feature article for the next issue of Ledger Magazine. I accepted that honor and the article published earlier today. To check out the next issue of Ledger Magazine follow this link:

July-Sept Issue of Ledger Magazine

Live Music Options for Friday, July 6, 2018

Getting Down Around Town

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For folks hanging around town tonight, you can catch ThirdAct featuring the married duo Daryl & Sarah Lucas, who will be live at The Brown Pelican tonight from 7-10 pm. The show is free and the venue is located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC

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Over at Blackbeard’s Triple Play, 415 S Front St., New Bern, NC, they are getting ready for their official grand opening tomorrow night, but to kick off the weekend right tonight, Rural Route Romance RX3 will be rocking on the deck from 7-10 pm.

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Circa 1810 Bar and Restaurant at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., made a bold move this week and canceled all of the acts we had booked on Fridays starting tonight. They have done this to move the Thursday night act, Dueling Pianos over to fill all Friday nights from now until the end of the year. You can catch the first Friday show tonight with music being offered from 8-11 pm

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Live music at The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC, will be offered tonight from 8-10:30 pm. Providing the entertainment tonight will be Tommy Duzan, Sr.

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Leaving town and heading over the bridge, I will remind you again that Big Jim and Kathy Kohler will be sharing their blues with fans and friends that gather at BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC with music being served from 7-10 pm

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Cruising Along The Coast

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The Adam Hill Band will be rocking the Carteret County Speedway, 501 Whitehouse Fork Rd, Swansboro, NC. Music starts tonight at 8 pm and they will rock you til midnight. They play rock covers from Hendrix and SRV, as well as country favorites made famous by Cash and awesome originals. If you have yet to catch the band, stop out and get rocked tonight!

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Checking things out just over the bridge, as we head up along the coast looking for music we find the sounds of Chris Bellamy, being featured tonight at Flipperz, 311 Mangrove Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. Music starts at 6:30 and goes great with supper. Come to enjoy dinner and a show. Music plays until 9:30 pm.

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Further on up the road, we stop in Atlantic Beach where we find Tiffany Elaine.  She is scheduled to play at Crystal Coast Brewing Company,  219 West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and the songwriter and singer will play until 11 pm tonight.

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Little Cecil, Cecil Gilkin will be rocking Tipsy Turtle, 408 Atlantic Beach Cswy, Atlantic Beach, NC. The classic rocker will be offering his best tunes from 9 pm till 1 am tonight. This show is free but feel free to show some love and tip the music makers that move you.

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“On The Rocks” Restaurant and Tavern, 2604 W Fort Macon Rd.,
Atlantic Beach, NC offers the music of Rick Huff who will be serving up the songs you love from 8-10 pm

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Heading over the causeway and checking things out in Morehead City tonight, we find Night Years are scheduled to perform for the Summer Concert Series being offered by the town. Alive at Five takes place down on the waterfront at Jaycee Park, 807 Shepard Street, Morehead City, NC. Music starts at 5 pm and plays until 8 pm. All are welcome to attend the free concert. Bring a chair or blanket and start your weekend right with music in the park.

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The Roman Sams Band rocking Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant, 707 Evans St. Music is free and rocks from 9 til midnight on the deck.

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New Bern’s own party band Limited Engagement can be found rocking the deck at Off the Hook, 105 S 7th St., Morehead City. The party starts at 10 pm and the fun music plays until 1:30 am.

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Moving on down the line and going over the bridge to Beaufort we find DREX, offering the music at Cru Bar and Wine Store / Beaufort Coffee Shop, 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Music plays from 8:30 -11:30 pm.

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The last band I caught at Cru Bar & Wine Store, was Bobby Webb and Co. Tonight that band will be giving it up for folks just around the corner. They will be on stage and on the waterfront when they perform tonight at The Dockhouse, 500 Front St., Beaufort, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and rocks until 1 am.

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Brittany Davis has a new release and she will be hosting a release party to celebrate the occasion. She will perform tonight at Tortuga’s Nest, 1713 N New River Dr, Surf City, NC. Music will be offered from 7-9 pm and you can buy a new disc tonight to remember the fun times. Please support live music and buy n=merchandise

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Rocking Around the Region

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Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers have a show tonight at Little Brother Brewing Company, 348 S Elm St., Greensboro, NC. Music is served from 8-11 pm. If you love the blues you will enjoy this band.

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Moving down to Durham we find some reggae grooves given up by Strange Rootz. The Virginia Beach-based band will be live at Beyu Caffe, 341 W Main St, Durham, NC. The tickets for this show cost $14 and music plays from 7-10 pm

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Speaking of groove bands playing in the Triangle area, Mac & Juice Quartet have a gig this evening at Growler Grlz, 4810 Hope Valley Road, #110, Durham, NC. Music starts at 7pm and the grooves go til 10 pm.

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Tonight marks First Friday around the City of Raleigh, NC, which means lots of great events and music throughout the city. One of the shows I found is at Adara Spa, located at 608 Peace St., Raleigh. They want everyone to know that Mighty Mike’s Rolling Bistro and Grill will be serving up the food, while Glitter Crimes entertains us with live music! Stop by and enjoy some originals as well as nostalgic music. You can also enjoy a summer food demo by Lorrie Todd. Hope to see you there!

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GEN-X will be rocking Peeble Beach Stage at Backwater Jacks Tiki Bar & Grill, located at 1052 E Main St., Washington NC. Music plays outside from 7-10 pm. Come to get a taste of 90’s rock tonight!

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Jenna Leigh Huff has a solo show tonight at County Line Bar & Grill, 9527 Hwy 903 N Ayden NC. She will offer the classic rock and country songs that keep you grooving. Music plays from 9 pm til 1 is. Brown bagging is welcome. Beer is cold and the music is good tonight!

 

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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!

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Feel free to invite me to your events. If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event with me.

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NC Symphony comes to New Bern, The Blues, Festival Fun For All and Live Music Holiday Options Included! Let’s Music Together

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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North Carolina Symphony Comes To New Bern

The North Carolina Symphony visited New Bern on Tuesday bringing an inspiring program offered under the direction of the conductor, Wesley Schulz. The event was scheduled to take place on the South Lawn of Tryon Palace but due to weather, the concert was held indoors at the Riverfront Convention Center.

The symphony tours our state offer shows 180 concerts as well as 120 community engagement and small ensemble educational events which are enjoyed by adults and children in more than 90 of our 100 counties. Based in Raleigh, the North Carolina Symphony calls Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This professional group of music makers travels 18,500 miles per year for performances around the state.

Tuesday night’s program was put together with the hopes that we’d be sitting under the stars by the end of the night, listening to the beautiful music that would set the mood. Throughout the program, the conductor, who was appointed NCS Associate Conductor in the 2017/18 season, brought the audience through his vision from the podium under the roofed structure with unnatural lighting.

Opening the concert with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Overture to The Magic Flute.” Following that selection came “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Op. 65, No. 6”  the composition of Edvard Grieg and Ed. Clark McAlister. My son enjoyed the medley that came with the English Folk Song Suite. My favorite classic offering was Mozart’s “Allegro from “Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K 525.” They closed the night with Franz Von Suppé‘s “Overture to Light Cavalry.”

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Schulz is the newly appointed director of the Auburn Symphony Orchestra. Previously Schulz served as Music Director of Bainbridge Symphony and Seattle Festival Orchestra. I personally enjoyed watching this man make sounds come to life with the wave of his stick. Like magic, the room filled with amazing sounds, some very intense when he insisted on it with great intensity. I could feel him feeling the movements of the music. What a wonderful night of music that I enjoyed in the company of my son.

For anyone who is interested in supporting the art of live music, I invite you to make a donation to our North Carolina Symphony. They accept one time donations or you can join their monthly giving program. All donations to this organization make a big difference and count towards the State Challenge Grant. Visit www.ncsymphony.org/donate.

As mentioned above the Symphony tours and performs in most counties around the state. They have five performances scheduled in New Bern for the 2018/19 Season. You can mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at 7:30 pm for Beethoven’s 5th. On Sunday, October 28 at 3 pm it’s the Halloween Spooktacular, offering Mystery of the Symphony. On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at 7 pm it is the Holiday Pops Concert. Next year you can enjoy Evening Favorites on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 7:30 pm or  Classical to Broadway on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 7:30 pm.

For the full performance, schedule be sure to visit their website today

https://www.ncsymphony.org/

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NC Weather and the Blues

By the time I made it to town last night, the clouds rolled in just minutes before I arrived and the sky cried briefly as bands rocked our town, on decks and stages outside everywhere.

Alisa Mike was drying off her equipment as I walked into The DoubleTree by Hilton. The singer was giving the crowd her best before the weather gave way and altered plans for her and fans that gathered. Over at Blackbeard’s Joe Brown and the Band had to stop in the middle of their first set to break down and save equipment.

Over at Union Point Park, families gathered for the fun sounds of Jukebox Revolver last night for Footloose on the Neuse Concert Series and before the night played out, people were seeking shelter from the weather.

The only outdoor event that I found after I arrived was that of The Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. The band arrived early to Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion to set up for their show at 8 pm. By 7:45 they were breaking down to save equipment and as the gig time approached, the band roadies were a band at it, setting up shop and getting ready to rock. With lightning strikes off in the distance, the blues show went on without further delay. Creating the fun sounds for the night was Big Jim Kohler on guitar and vocals, his lovely wife Kathy Kohler joining the stage from time to time so to sing like no other angel around, James Ford on bass, Mark Heffington on harmonica and Tom Parker on drums.

Besides belting out the blues and dancing under the nearly full moon after the weather moved out, was hugging the many music makers that stopped in to listen to the music. I got to hug a Wannabee, some Zen Pirates, and a few others players as well. Nothing warms my heart more than to be in the company of positive people enjoying the great vibe of the blues. Next month the band will be performing a live concert in Fairfield Harbour as part of a Picnic in the Park Concert Series for local residents of the community. These events take place on the third Sunday of the month with music being offered from 4-6 pm and residents invited to pack a picnic and meet for music in the park! These events are free but we do ask for band donations so to pay for their time and talent.

July’s concert will be the third in the series and will bring us the blues of the Big Jim Kohler Blues Band at Red Sail Park on Sunday, July 22, 2018, from 4-6 pm.

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Festival Fun For All

NC Sunflower Festival Shines on Chocowinity, NC

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There are three bands on the schedule today and the fun continues tomorrow with more events and music.

https://www.ncsunflowerfestival.com/

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38th Annual Pamlico County Croaker Festival June 29- July 2, 2018

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For a list of events happing for the rest of the weekend, click on the link below:

https://www.croakerfestival.com/

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2nd Annual Crystal Coast Summer Festival

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Soul music on the MHC waterfront? 4th of July weekend?

Don’t miss The Chairmen Of The Board at the Crystal Coast Summer Festival!

 www.CCSummerFest.com for all the info!

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Live Music Options

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Gettin’ Down Around Town, New Bern, NC

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Like most weekends, there are lots of live music choices around town tonight. Starting things off over in James City, we find local stringer and singer Bruce Lynch on tap for music offerings tonight at BrUtopia located at 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern. The show is free and the music plays from 7-10 pm.

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Triple Play Restaurant and Sports Bar turns country tonight with Steel County Express delivering the sounds from 9 pm til closing. TPR&SB is located at 111 Williams Road, New Bern, NC.

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Coming over the bridge, tonight is the monthly open mic event that was once held at Trent River Coffee Company, but has since moved to Broad Street Christian Church, 802 Broad St. The sign up starts at 6 pm and music plays from 6:30-9 pm All jammers are welcome to participate. Pack up the gig bag and come jam tonight.

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Since we are already hanging out on Broad Street, let’s drop into The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., where Hot Buttered Grits jammer,  Seth Smith presents: Barry Lavon’s Super Soul Discotheque. This free event takes place from 8-11 pm.

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Live on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar and Restaurant, 221 S Front St., New Bern, offers the solid rock sounds of Peace Soldier offering music from 8-11 pm. Circa 1810 is under new management and making many changes. Please keep it here for the latest news and their updated music schedule.

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FAB the Band will be offering the sounds in the backyard of The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. They offer the fun and familiar live music you love dancing to from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Come hungry and thirsty and stay late to dance!

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The band Y Knott will be rocking at Sharky’s Bar & Grill, located at Cedar Island Resort 3557 Cedar Island Rd, Cedar Island, NC. Music starts tonight at 8 pm and will rock through the midnight hour.

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Cruising up the coast and checking things out in Atlantic Beach, we stop at Idle Hour Biergarten, 121 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC. That is where they will offer the live music of Carolina Sky during the diner hours. Music plays outside from 6-9 pm.

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Heading over the causeway, we stop in Morehead City where there is always good music in the neighborhood.

Tonight’s picks include New Bern jammer, James Ford live at Promise’ Land Market, 909 B Arendell Ave., with music playing from 8-11 pm. This show is free, the beer is cold and the food is fresh. Come dance the night away.

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Monika Jaymes & The Broke Downs Band are on the deck to entertain diners and fans out at Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant. Located on the waterfront at 707 Evans St., they offer live music each weekend for patrons ready to eat good and rock the night away.  Music plays from 8-11 pm.

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Rocking the deck at Off the Hook, 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, we find the awesome Adam Hill Band on tap and ready to rock from 10 pm until 1:30 am. If you have missed this band all year, tonight is a great night to dance. You are invited to come early for some great food often cooked up by owner and chef Charlie Weatherby.

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Rockin’ Around the Region

Chris Nash will bring his band to Pitcher’s Bar, 485 SURLES RD, Benson, NC. Offering a great mix of fun music the band will rock you tonight from 8 pm till midnight.

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Johnny Orr will be rocking fans and friends that come out to Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill,  305 McCormick St, Garner, NC. Music starts at 9:30 pm and the music plays until 1:30 am. Come out and enjoy the music of this fine rocker tonight!

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Rural Route Romance will be rocking the classic country sounds and southern rock tunes you love tonight at Buccaneer Music Hall, 2120 E Fire Tower Rd, Greenville, NC. They rock the room from 10 pm and keep your boots scooting until 2 am.

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New Bern rockers The BiPolar Express will be rocking the stage at Market Street Pub 145 N Market St., Washington, NC this evening. Music starts at 10 pm and the jams last until 2 am. Come get rocked tonight!

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Music Fun for the 4th of July

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!!!!

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July 4th Festival Park concert featuring Rural Route Romance (R3X)

This event kicks off at noon and is taking place in the town of Washington, NC. Rural Route Romance will be rocking Festival Park for the 4th from noon until 3 pm. Bring the family and come dance.

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Celebrate The 4th with The Bears!

New Bern’s favorite oldies band, The Bears, will be rocking around the clock in River Bend, Nc for the 4th of July. The music plays early from 11:15 am until 1:30 pm.

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Joe Brown & The Band Bring Music to Maysville

Joe Brown & The Band bring the fun music to Maysville, NC where they will perform at William Frost Park from 5-7 pm. The family fun event will start at 4 and offer fireworks at 9 pm with fun music for all in-between.

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Limited Engagement brings music to Circa 1810 for Holiday Fun

Live music will be offered on the patio courtesy of the fun party band, Limited Engagement. Music plays from 7-10 pm outside on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC

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Beach Music On the Deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play

Each and every Wednesday night offers beach music on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play 415 S Front St., with tunes cranking from 5-9 pm. So if you can’t get to the beach this holiday but want to dance like you are there come out and enjoy dinner and music.

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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

June 25 at 6:33 PM

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Facebook Events Link

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

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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 Thanks for Reading!

That is all the music news that I have to report today. 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!

Find 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 are also helpful. I also share links to band websites, so send those along as well. Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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A Raft Race and A Little Rock n Roll

 

The Great Trent River Raft Race

The Great Trent River Raft Race has a history in our town that dates back many decades ago. Like with many things in history, what was once old becomes new again. This year, the old race made a come back in the community and great fun was had by all. Our residents gathered on the land, as well as on the river to watch not just the Flotilla that kicked off the event just after 11 am, but also, the many races that took place throughout the day as well.  In total, there were four races on the day and four winners crowned.

The event took place at Union Point Park and boasted a great many local business vendors, food trucks, information center and several nonprofits including RCS who’s booth was being manned by the Peace Soldier himself, Bobby Hurff.

Besides food and fun vendors, there were raft races and awesome local music! The music got rocking at 11 am with the Pamlico rockers Saltwater Gold, who kicked things off while I was still compiling Saturday’s blog. For those looking for that popular band this weekend, you will find them rocking the Croaker Festival in Oriental, NC. They will be on the main stage at 7:30 pm tonight to close out the first night of that weekend-long festival.

For the full schedule of events be sure to check out the festival website by clicking on this link:

Croaker Festival Schedule of Events

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Wannabees Rock ‘Em in the Heat

 

Have you seen the classic rock act, The Wannabees lately?  These guys are really rocking to the core. On Saturday, during the high heat of the day, this quartet of rockers offered a fiery set of classic rock tunes to delight the crowd. They did this following a long night of a rocking downtown at Blackbeard’s Triple Play, the Friday night before.

The band is a staple on the New Bern music scene. They have been rocking it for years and just get better with time. Offering all of the classic rock songs you remember from the radio. If you like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, and all the rockers from the 60 and 70’s, then this is the band to check out. They play around the region and are available for festivals, community events, private parties and rocking nights in your venue. They are professional and talented players, that love rocking their weekends away with fans and friends. To keep up with The Wannabees you can find them on Facebook at

The Wannabees on Facebook

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3 Day Weekend Kept the Rock Rolling and Photographers Busy

The rock n roll continued throughout the afternoon with 3 Day Weekend, the third act taking to the stage at 3 pm. They rocked the crowd with all the familiar classics that the people of this town love.

This classic rock cover band is another fun staple on our local scene. They only get together a few times each year, which helps keep the show fresh and fun. The five-piece band has been rocking for more than a decade.

The next show on tap for the band will be the Rockin on the Rivers Concert Series, brought to us by the New Bern Chamber of Commerce. They will open next month’s concert series that will take place on Friday, July 20, 2018.  Sharing the stage with local country crooner Bryan Mayer and local superstars, Parmalee.

The committee that organized this event did a good job of selecting local bands that represent this town. From start to finish they brought familiar bands that offer great rocking music for a feel-good event that inspires a community.

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Bryan Mayer Closes Out with Great Country Set

Following the awards ceremony for the many races, the stage was turned over to “The Tallest Man in Country Music”, the Bryan Mayer Band offered a fun 90 minute set of great songs to close out the day. The band has been in high demand, as they’ve stayed local this music season for the many Summer community events found in our area, but they hit the road this week for a quick tour of the Northeast, that takes them to Pennsylvania and New York.

Tonight you can find the country singer live at The Saltwater Grill, 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. He will perform an unplugged show in their lounge from 7-10 pm. To keep up with our local country superstar, check him out on Facebook by following this link:

Bryan Mayer Music on Facebook

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Hot Buttered Grits Served on the Patio

The Hot Buttered Grits is New Bern’s own, original jam band. The five-piece ensemble offers the fun grooves, that always make fans move to the beats. They offer a great mix of original music and jam band favorites like Phish and of course, The Grateful Dead. They always draw a great crowd and they know just what numbers to play to get them up dancing. Most of the band hails from our talented town, with the exception of singing guitarist Howard Longo who makes the journey from Raliegh to rock the crowd.

The band loves playing festivals, private parties and on occasion, they are known to turn the town on its ear, when they come together for their jams. They have no events listed on their band page at this time, but I know they will offer another show on the patio later in the year during the holiday season.

For those looking to groove this weekend, Grits front singer, guitarist, and mandolin player Seth Smith will be joining other music brothers tomorrow night at The Brown Pelican where he is throwing down. Here is what I learned:

“Hey friends, I’m throwing a funky dance party at the Pelican! Come to show off your Dap Dip, Shang A Lang, Kid N Play and the rest your favorite dance moves. I’ll be spinning all the funkiest Soul, R & B, Funk, and Hip Hop hits! Cold weather, hot weather, it doesn’t matter just shake that tail feather!” Music starts at 8 pm and the grooves go til 11 pm. This show is free so come out and dance!

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MagicMan & The 4Rent Band Offer a Magic Filled Night of Music and Fun at The Dirty Bird

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One of the best parts of my job as a blogger is walking into a familiar room with an unknown band rocking the room. This never gets old. Last week it happened again when I walked into the Dirty Bird to meet Magic Man & The 4Rent Band. This is a fun and funky R&B band that comes complete with harmonies and backing vocals. The six-piece band rocked the room with the sounds of soul and funk, that inspire the fun in all that wish to move and groove!

The band plays around the state and is looking to book more gigs this Summer. So, if anyone is looking for a great band that will bring the funk, look no further than this band. They not only offer the great music that fans love, but they also include a mini magic act as part of the show. This not only sets them apart, but it helps them include their audience in ways most bands can’t.

Check out the band on Facebook by following this link:

Magic Man & The 4Rent Band on Facebook

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Getting Down Around Town New Bern, NC

 

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Tonight the town of New Bern offers more than a handful of live music options, for those looking for a good time with live entertainment. Kicking things off just on the outskirts of town we find the debut of stringer and singer Brian Burke, rocking the tunes at BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. This show is free with music being served from 7-10 pm.

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Skipping over the bridge we find live music starting right out of the gate from the office to the deck. Alisa Mike is the hostess of the deck party presented tonight by Christoph’s on the Water tonight, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 100 Middle St., New Bern, NC. Music starts at 5 pm and Alisa offers the sounds you love til 9 pm. Offering a new menu to go with the return of live music, we hope you come out and dance tonight!

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Tonight offers another fun family night in the park, at Union Point Park. The New Bern Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with Trent Cadillac to bring us Footloose on the Neuse Summer Concert Series. 

Tonight’s event is free to the public. They have vendors on site to feed you. They have a vendor serving beer on site for the adults and there are icy treats for the kids too. Grab a lawn chair or a blanket and don’t forget the bug spray.

The lawn is big and the band rocking the river park tonight is Jukebox Revolver. These fun rockers will bring it all for your enjoyment tonight. The five-piece band hail from Greensboro, NC and rock fans all over the state. Tonight New Bern is the lucky town, with music being offered from 6:30 pm until 9 pm. We hope you bring the family and dance!

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Walking around downtown, you will find a live music venue on nearly every street. Starting things off on Broad St. we find Pete Pawsey and Patrick Edwards bringing the music to The Brown Pelican tonight. Located at 411 Broad St., they offer the grooves from 7-10 pm. This show is FREE and even though The Brown Pelican is a private club, you can become a member tonight. Just bring your ID, one dollar and staff will sign you up!

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Walking around the corner, we head down Middle Street and stop in The Thirsty Bruin. That is where we can grab a fresh, cold brew and catch the sounds of Buck Loy, rocking the crowd with familiar sounds from 8-10:30 pm. Once again, this show is free, but feel free to show some love to the music makers that work hard for your good time. Tip them like you would any bartender, as they serve the sounds that move you!

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Live on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play, 415 S Front St., New Bern, NC, it is the fun and funky sounds of The Joe Brown Band, offering the music you love to vibe too from 7-10 pm. Following their fun set of funky grooves, head inside and catch TrainWreck who brings the party from 10 pm until closing.

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Rocking the patio at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., will be the Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. You are invited to come and dance your blues away tonight from 8-11 pm.

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Cruising The Coast

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Atlantic Beach, NC

The Telluride Bluegrass Band brings the music to Fort Macon State Park for the summer concert series. Bring the family and lawn chairs. Don’t forget the bug spray and come groove to the music from 6:30 until 9:00 pm. This is the third concert of the series. This fun band will offer a fun mix of bluegrass, country classics and even some beach tunes that are sure to get you grooving.

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Steel Shot brings the show to Idle Hour Biergarten, 121 Atlantic Blvd. Music is offered from 6-9 pm. The Pamlico County-based duo offers all kinds of music from the beach sounds you love to the country grooves that make you boot scoot, they rock the funk and bring the fun. They enjoy interacting with the crowd, so come ready to have fun and dance in the sand. This Biergarten offers tasty options for those that come hungry.

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Solo singer and live entertainer, Davy Williamson serves the sounds tonight at Crystal Coast Brewing Company, 219 W Fort Macon Rd. This show is free and the music plays from 8-11 pm

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Bottom of the Bottle will be rocking The Barnicle tonight. Located at 700 E Fort Macon Rd. The music plays tonight from 6-9 tonight and the music is FREE!

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Morehead City, NC

Tonight’s early show and dinner pick go to Hank Barbee & his Dusty Trio playing at Snapperz Grill & Steambar.  Located at 3710 Arendell St, they offer the fresh seafood you crave and the soothing sounds that accompany dinner delightfully.  Music plays from 6-9 pm in the Steam Bar.

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The Spread will be rocking Promise Land Market, 909 B Arendell Ave tonight from 8-11 pm. This is a fun rocking band that offers lots of jams and great grooves for fans to move too. The show is free, the beer is fresh, the servers polite and friendly and the food is most delicious. Come nosh on a pizza and enjoy a beer this Friday night as you groove to the local sounds of The Spread.

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Moving off the main drag and heading to the waterfront we find Tyler Davis rocking the song selections at Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant located at 707 Evans St. Music plays from 8-11 pm on the deck as food is served throughout the night. Come early to enjoy the fresh catch of the day and stay late to dance the dessert calories away

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Core Sound is the latest band featuring stinger and singer, Cecil Gilkin. Tonight the trio will be rocking the beach sounds and classic rock you love at Off The Hook, 105 S 7th St., Morehead City. Check out the band as they rock the deck from 10 pm until 1:30 am. Gilken is well known on the scene and hails from the Crystal Coast region.

Emerald Isle, NC

Flipperz Family Bar & Grill, 311 Mangrove Rd. Emerald Isle offers the music of The Mad Fiddler tonight with the sounds being served up from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Come early for a great dinner and stay for the awesome, fun music.

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Jim Quick & The Coastline Band will rock the stage with all the beach sounds you love tonight at SALT Bar, 325 Mangrove Rd., Emerald Isle. Music plays from 9 pm until the midnight hour.

Swansboro, NC

For those looking for a great pick for a romantic night of dining and dancing be sure to check out Justin Castellano who will be live at Boro Restaurant and Bar, located at 109 S Front St., Swansboro, NC. The entertainer offers classic songs with a classical style that is comparable to no one in our area. The skilled guitarist stays busy performing three to four shows each week throughout the year. Currently booking dates for the remaining months o the year, Castellano has some openings for shows this fall and winter season. To check out the singer/songwriter follow this link to his website:

justincguitar.com

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Rocking Around the Region

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Charlotte, NC

Kicking things off in Charlotte tonight, we find The Parks Brothers have a show tonight at Hickory Tavern Ballantyne. The music plays from 9 pm till midnight. Two brothers playing music. Brandon Parks on Drums and Vocals; Bradley Parks on Guitar and Vocals. They play a wide variety of music from the 60’s to today.  The band hails from Fayetteville, NC but is really making a name for themselves on the Charlotte scene.

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Winston-Salem, NC

For any of my readers ending their day at the office in Winston-Salem, be sure to stop out at  Corpening Plaza tonight for the Downtown Jazz Series. Tonight’s event offers free music to the public from 6-7 pm.

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Goldsboro, NC

Ironclad will be rocking the grooves at The Flying Shamrock, 115 N John St., Goldsboro, NC. The trio gets to rocking about 9 pm and keep the grooves going to 1 am. Come out and support live music and grab a great meal too. The Flying Shamrock offers great Irish fare to delight your tastebud, plus plenty of beer selections and libation options.

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Greenville, NC

Bryan Quintard will be pouring out his songs tonight at Pitt Street Brewing Company, 630 S Pitt St., Greenville, NC. Music is free and plays from 8:30-11:30 pm.

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AJ McMurphy’s offer the live music of Drunken Dorado on stage from 9:30 pm until 12:30 am. The five-piece band from Goldsboro offer the sounds of Americana music that many love. Come out and eat, dance and welcome the weekend with live music!

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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!

That is all the music news that I have to report today. 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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