We Rocked the Scene Last Weekend and Bring Big News on More Music Starting this Week

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

 

Saturday We Bounce About Town

First Stop For Pizza Topped With Music

On Saturday night I started things off over in my neck of the woods, where Sara’s Big Apple welcomed Justin Castellano as the musical guest!

Castellano offered a variety of music in a fashion known to him, which is unlike any in our area! The classically trained stringer makes the most beautiful sounds with six strings. Here is a sample of his skill and grace. This song is written for his young son. This is “Sebastian’s Theme.”

Castellano keeps busy playing five nights or more, most weeks out of the year. He makes a great addition to any restaurant looking for dinner music. I always enjoy hearing him share songs and interact with his audience.

For fans and friends of the famed stringer, you can find him tonight and tomorrow evening at Boro Restaurant and Bar. Music is offered each night from 8-11 pm.

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Big News and The Blues Served at Persimmons on Saturday

Earlier last week, Wendy Card and I met with Dean Quadi owner and Meghan Margarum manager, at Persimmons Restaurant. The meeting came about after I proposed interest in handling their music and advertising budgets via my company Tracey Stones Productions.

I set up the company on the intentions of serving the venues that are hosting live music. I am not interested in being a traditional band booking agent, as many bands would like. Hosting venues’ events calendars however, is of great interest to me. The reason being is there are a lot of places to apply my talents when booking and promoting music for the venue. My services alleviate the stress of finding, booking and paying the talent to play at an establishment. We meet about budgets and I take those figures and apply them to the process of supporting live music.

The goal is to bring as much music to as many places as possible, while connecting the masses to it. Finding the right music for the right room is key to this work. This blog that TSP publishes, is my broadcast to the world on the things I am doing with our music community! The bigger it grows the happier I become! In this quest, the restaurant is now committed to offering music four nights a week. It is my goal to show them how to grow that to include music each night.

Given all of that good news last week was groundbreaking for this blogger, as the storms clouds finally broke up after a long 11 months. Persimmons is the first venue to consider our services since the storm and I feel good about the opportunity. These last 11 months have been rather slow for Tracey Stones Productions

Much of that changed, when I reported for work on Saturday evening to promote The Carolina Swamp Dogs. It delighted my heart to hear Margarum tell me they would be happy for me to host the music. She went on to say, the owners have agreed to make a bigger commitment to bringing more music, which, btw sounded like music to my ears. Moving forward, the weather will no longer impact live performances, as they now have room to host music inside and upstairs. 

 

Gary Oles and Tommy Langlois are the duos best known as the Carolina Swamp Dogs. Based in Jacksonville, this duo offers authentic blues music for listeners to not only enjoy, but learn more about. Oles tells stories of the founding blues fathers, that gave us the traditions we are entrenched in today. Offering much of the vocal work, Oles plays harmonica and percussion, while Langlois offers the guitar and drums. He also sings a few selections during each set. With their focus on roots music, they always bring a good variety of fun music. This duo of retired Marines will be back in town this weekend and rocking The Brown Pelican tomorrow night. Music plays at 8-11 pm. 

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The Wannabees Bring the Rocking Good Times Following the Storm

The Wannabees were in town last Saturday night as well. The New Bern based rock quartet always have fun rocking their hometown friends and followers. And that is just what they did after a brief rain delay. Of course with playing outside, it can sometimes be a challenge, especially here in NC where pop up storms are commonplace and temperamental weather outbreaks are the rule of the Summer season. By 9 pm the boys were rocking and the deck was filled with eager fans, ready to dance the night away under the clearing sky. After days of rain, it was just what we all needed to usher us through Saturday night! 

The Wannabees have been a staple on the New Bern music scene, with Larry Swinson on guitar and vocals, Tod Stilley on guitar and vocals, Michael Bass on bass and vocals and behind the kit is one of the busiest drummers on the scene, Jason Patterson. The music makers get together a couple of times each month to offer music to their growing fan base. They rocked Blackbeard’s last Saturday and will return there again next Sunday for a publicly private engagement. Music starts at 6:30 and plays til 10 PM.

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Sunday Jazz Offers A Soothing End to The Week

It was the Andrea Owens Jazz Ensemble that offered the dinner music for Sunday’s Jazz on the deck at Persimmons. Music is served for diners from 5:30-7:30 pm and they have a rotation of stellar offerings. This quartet blends the talents of husband Phil Owens on guitar and his beautiful bride Andrea on vocals, Chris Morden on the upright bass and Richard Farrell on the bongos. Together they offered the soothing sounds that carry you away. This quartet is back on the schedule for next Sunday, September 1, 2019. Music on Sunday is right on time for dinner and the view is spectacular. Make a date to be there.

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Don’t Forget To Visit The Music Calendars!

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NCMZ.LIVE is happy to announce our new calendar feature. We now offer three calendars for music lovers to check out for live music events. With a growing commitment to building this site to be a daily vehicle for music lovers to check out, I have added the new calendars pages and widgets. These pages and calendar widgets are broken down by area, New Bern, The Crystal Coast and Around the Region.

Live Music Events ~ New Bern

 Live Music Events ~ Along the Coast

Live Music Events Around the Region

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Getting Down Around Town in New Bern, NC

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Dining and Dancing

Persimmons Restaurant

There will be live music on the deck with Big Jim Kohler Band sharing sounds from 6:30-9:30 PM. Call your friends and make a plan for dining on the deck, under the sails, while overlooking the Neuse River The menu offers some great new treats for your taste-buds to experience.  

 

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of great music featuring local stringer Paul Picard, offering songs from 7:00-10:00 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs and wonderful originals by this local and regional player. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Stairwell who always bring the rockin’ fun times! They will bring the music to life tonight on the deck with all the grooves you will love. Support live local music and buy their merchandise. They offer CD’s and t-shirts and other cool effects too, like jewelry and more. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine

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Live music will be offered is at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine each Friday from 8-10:30 pm. 

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Genna & Jesse Retro Pop live. This music duo will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. They play lots of popular hits. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company has live music tonight in the garden from 7-10pm, courtesy of local favorite Old Smoke!

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Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden

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Carolina Home and Garden welcomes the weekend with 4EverAll in the garden, offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from La Cocina De Noemi, have a cold beer and relax as you settle into the weekend.

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

 The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers live music each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music. As mentioned above, tonight and tomorrow offer the talents of Justin Castellano. Music plays 8-11 pm.

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Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes music for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music. Tonight the music comes courtesy of Gary Dudley & The Maxxtones. Tomorrow night come enjoy Red & The Rockers on the patio.

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Off The Hook

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Off The Hook welcomes the fun grooves of DJ Chainsaw tonight. Tomorrow night they welcome The BiPolar Express. Music starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar.

~Friday August 23rd~
Open @ 4pm
Fun Friday Happy Hour hosted by Performance Zone 5pm – 7pm – free pizza bites available while they last
Live music by JP Guhns starts @ 9:30pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

~Saturday August 24th~
Open @ Noon
Live music by RRR (Rural Route Romance) starts @ 9:30pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

~Sunday August 25th~
Open @ Noon
Live music on the deck by Bill McLain 4pm – 8pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

See you at Jack’s!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents

 

Dick Knight, Fri Aug 23rd, 8-11 pm, No Cover

Join us for a live performance by Mr. Dick Knight. He is a recipient of the NC Heritage Award, (NC Arts Council) and former member of the James Brown Band. He has played with Maceo Parker, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flak, Otis Redding and more!

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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REV will offer the dinner grooves and will be serving the sounds at Fishy Fishy Cafe tonight. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the food is always delicious.

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Rocking Around the Region

 

Greensboro, NC

The Blind Tiger

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Live tonight at The Blind Tiger, it’s Irata W/ Freedom Hawk and Velvet Devils Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 9 pm.

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Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to The Kings of the Highway, who will be rocking the fun tunes tonight. They will be offering the modern country and rock grooves we all know and love. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 2 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

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 The Blue Note Grill is located in Durham and offers good food and great music. This Friday nights dance party is with Five Easy Pieces. Music plays 9-11:30 PM. Tomorrow night will be special with the extremely talented Marcia Ball coming to call. This place always serves up cool sounds and good eats. Stop out this weekend and see.

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Raleigh, NC

The Pour House Music Hall


 

The Pour House Music Hall welcomes The Fritz w/ Cosmic Superheroes (Road to Shakori). Doors open at 8 PM. Showtime 9 PM. Tickets are $10, General Admission.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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It is going to be a night not to be missed by music fans, as AJ McMurphy’s welcomes John G to the stage! Come grab yourself some good food and a cold drink at one of the coolest places in Greenville. Music plays from 8:30-11:30 pm. This show is free!

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic night, hosted by Brian Burke from 6 pm – 9 pm.

On Fridays and Saturdays it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight on the Pebble Stage the music plays at 7 and ends at 10 pm.

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Market Street Pub

 

Friends and fans of TrainWreck are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Come out and enjoy a cold beer and fun and funky throwback sounds offered by this lively one-man band. Music starts at 10 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. Follow the link to see what they said this week.

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Thank You for Reading!

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Tonight’s blog is made possible thanks to the donation and kindness of NC Life Media, LLC 

The calendar app is sponsored by Ken Byrd!

 

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

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

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

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Have a fun and safe weekend and take time to enjoy the dance! When we return tomorrow we will pick up with the blues and more music news. Until we meet again out on the scene or right back here, cheers!

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Chilling with Singers and Stringers, Plus Crooning with Country Stars

On The Scene With Tracey Stones  Meeting Up with Country Crooners Croaker Festival With Bryan Mayer Band Mary Shine and I caught up with Bryan Mayer Band at Croaker Fest a few weeks ago! This is a slow season for the band that claimed many accolades earlier this year at the 2019 CCMA’s.Bass Player of the Year MikeContinue reading Chilling with Singers and Stringers, Plus Crooning with Country Stars

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

 

Rocking the scene by day with NCMZ.LIVE editor and cleaning partner in crime, Robert Walker! If you are ready to have your house cleaned from top to bottom call us! We can rock that detail like nobody’s business. For more details on our day job visit Tracey’s Clean Sweep, LLC.

 

Meeting Up with Country Crooners 

Croaker Festival With Bryan Mayer Band

 

Mary Shine and I caught up with Bryan Mayer Band at Croaker Fest a few weeks ago! This is a slow season for the band that claimed many accolades earlier this year at the 2019 CCMA’s.

Bass Player of the Year Mike Sandvig is currently seeking new opportunity for playing as well as productions! Currently, Mayer is keeping busy with a solo career leaving bandmates in a state of flux.

Sandvig is not only available to fill in for on bass for pretty much any genre, but he is also the owner of Sound Hut Productions and can accommodate the production needs for your next show! Looking for a studio for your next rehearsal? This is also an available option.

To inquire about all of this, call Mike Sandvig at (252) 259-7337. He is ready to get the job done for you. If it is not all about the bass, and you only need lights and sound, no problem. From the backbeat to production, he has the equipment, space, experience, and determination to help bands sound their best. 

To keep up with Bryan Mayer be sure to like his Facebook Page by following the link below:

Bryan Mayer Band on Facebook

 

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Scott Shelby Checks In with NC Fans 

 

Scott Shelby, the country crooner from Pittsburgh PA, made his way to the beach again this summer and spent several weeks serenading us. When we caught him, he shared the stage with his friend Cody Woody, a crooner from Texas.

The duo performed live at The Tackle Box in Atlantic beach last month for a chance performance. This weekend Shelby finishes up his Outer Banks Tour with an appearance at Uncle Ike’s Bar in Corolla, NC. Music starts at 6 pm. He has a new release and lots of merchandise to offer fans and friends. Be sure to visit the artist on the web by following this link

Scott Shelby 

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Rubich & Cain

Rubich & Cain are a fun duo, that came to be following an open mic night at the Crystal Coast. The pair of music makers enjoy playing tunes that make the crowds groove to their beats. 

In June I hosted the duo for a Concert at Red Sail Park, the crowd enjoyed the music and the vibe they shared. They have been rocking the scene since the New Year and will be making an appearance in Jacksonville, NC tonight at Twin Ravens Tavern. Music plays from 10 pm until closing.

The duo also hosted a night of music at Sara’s Big Apple in June and the crowd has asked for them to come back. So by popular demand, you can catch Rubich & Cain at Sara’s again in late September. 

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Singers and Stringers on the Scene

Common Interest Rocked Sunday Funday In Beaufort

 

It’s been well over a year since I heard Common Interests share the grooves that do a soul good. Fronted by Delancy Loftus on vocals and guitar, they are the common core of rock grooves. I found this trio jamming out back, to the folks that gathered at Backstreet Pub in Beaufort at the end of June. The band does not get together too often these days, but when they do they sure have a lot of fun making music.

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Ed Prophet Filled the Date and Rocked the Deck at Southern Salt

 

I was happily surprised to run into Ed Prophet a couple weeks ago, when he was covering a gig at the last minute on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company in Morehead City. This strummer is based out of New Bern, but spends much of his time playing to crowds along the Crystal Coast. 

While in attendance Prophet shared a unique and beautiful version of “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones, a song he made his own and sent it out to a friend he recently lost. It moved me to tears. This crooner is smooth as silk and always entertaining to hear. Tonight he will provide live entertainment at Island Market & Tiki Bar in Top Sail Island. Music starts at 8 pm and he rocks you until 11 pm.

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Scott Arnold Played Royal James Cafe

I never met Scott Arnold until a couple weeks ago, when I caught the performer rocking the room at Royal James Cafe in Beaufort, NC. He offers some familiar favorites, from pop to country but the stringer and singer also offered a few songs of his own. I was on had to capture the first song he ever wrote, which can be heard in the video above.

When not rocking the stage solo, you can catch this crooner working the strings with Big n Rich’ ard a Crystal Coast Country Duo. Arnold will be rocking the stage at the Treehouse in Cedar Point in full duo formation. Music starts at 7 pm.

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Big News For Now or Never Fans

 

I have been watching Tiffany Elaine evolve into a music diva since she set out three years ago. This singer-songwriter is an ambitious dreamer with songs to share. When I first met her she was shy and a little scared, but determined to sing her songs. As time unfolded, she grew with courage and blossomed with friendships.

After coming into her own, the talented and ambitious singer set out to create a scene for others along the Crystal Coast. She did this with hosting open mic events each week in various locations. This work still continues, but the excitement comes with all that she found in hosting these events.

A few weeks into carving that new normal, she found herself locked in a zone with friends she felt at home with. Fernando Rivera and Steve Mehan would not only become regular players at her open mic events, but they would go on to be band-mates and form the band Now or Never.

After much ado and production, this original act cut and will soon release Waves. This is the band’s first single and is offered on a disc that was recorded and mastered at TeraNote Entertainment in Morehead City. The band will host a single release party for their song Waves, tomorrow night at 6p at Cru Bar and Wine Store.

 For those interested in finding the band tonight, they have two shows. First stop is at Sara’s Big Apple in New Bern for supper music from 6-8 pm and then at 10 pm catch them at Pour Haus Pub in Farmville, NC.

 

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

 

On the Outskirts of Town

 

Sara’s Big Apple

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Live music will be offered in the back room at Sara’s Big Apple this evening courtesy of Now or Never. This New Bern native has made his music known all over the world by scripting sounds for TV and movies. Tonight this talented player will share some seamless sounds of guitar melodies, to those that gather for food and music tonight. Sara is always cooking up something amazing for supper and Tiffany Elaine and Fernando Rivera makes beautiful music any time they gather. Come out and enjoy both tonight.

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Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood (New Bern, NC)

Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood (New Bern, NC) welcomes the music of Country Express Band offering live music from 6-8 pm for diners delight tonight.

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Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of music with Core Sound, offering the classic rock music you know and love from 8-11 pm. 

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of  Mommicked! They will bring the music to life tonight on the deck with all the grooves you will love. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage New Bern

City Stage New Bern, 901 B Pollock St, welcomes New Bern based classic rock makers The Wannabees, for music and fun tonight starting at 8 pm. 

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

 

Brütopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the grooves of Caffeinated Soul Boogie live. Sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Big and Rich, ard, live and grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.

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SWANSBORO, NC

Bake, Bottle & Brew

Bobby Webb & Co. offers the live music sounds tonight at Bake, Bottle & Brew this eveningMusic is offered from 6-9 pm.

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Emerald Isle, NC

The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits

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 Joe Baes Project will be offering songs to the fans and friends that gather for good eats and great beer tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music starts at 6 pm and this New Bern based band will rock you until 9 pm.

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E-Club Emerald Isle

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E-Club Emerald Isle is welcoming the rocking beat of reggae sounds with  Monjah outside tonight at 8 pm and inside at 10 pm with Selah Dubb. In between sets groove to the dance favorites, you love courtesy of Dj Natural Nate at 7 pm and Dj Yspin at 11 pm.

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Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering

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Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes Red and The Rockers for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music.

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Southern Salt Seafood Company

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The Island Time Band will offer the music selections for those eating on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company. Located on the waterfront in Morehead City. Come early to enjoy the fresh catch and stay late to dance the night away. Music starts at 9:30 pm on the deck and rocks until 12:30 am!

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Jack’s Waterfront Bar

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There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Checking things out for the weekend:

~Saturday July 27th~
Open @ Noon
Live music by Backyard Groove begins @ 9:30pm 
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

~Sunday Funday July 28th~
Open @ Noon
Live music on the deck by 4EverAll from 4pm – 8pm 
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

See you at Jack’s!

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OFF THE HOOK

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Off The Hook welcomes the fun and rocking grooves of The Spread tonight on the deck. Music starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop



Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents a night of music with Dick Knight. Music starts at 8 pm and this show goes until 11 pm. Free music is never free, please tip the players that groove you tonight.

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SURF CITY, NC

JM’S PLACE PUB

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JM’s Place PUB welcomes the reggae grooves of Adwela. The fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am. Tomorrow at JM’s Place come out for Sunday Funday with Adam Hill

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Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe

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Tonight The Other Guys will offer the dinner grooves and will be serving the sounds at Fishy Fishy Cafe tonight. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the food is always delicious. 

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Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill

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Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to The Origin, offering their rocking best tonight. Music is free and kicks off at 9:30 pm and lasts until 2 am.

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists.

Due to health reasons, we regret that Jon Dee Graham will not be joining Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys. We’ll keep him on our booking wish list!

Rebecca Newton & Barry Gray will open!

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Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar

Adam Hill will be sharing songs tonight with friends and fans that gather at Crossroads Grill & Bar tonight. Music starts at 10 pm. Grab a burger, enjoy a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.

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Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight.  Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill is always a great time with music and good food on the menu! Music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Thursdays they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic Night, hosted by Brian Burke.

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight it is Rowlette Green. Music rocks till 10 pm.

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The Wine Crate

 

Music is on tap at The Wine Crate tonight with singer-songwriter Bailey Gerard, sharing the songs you are sure to enjoy. Come early to enjoy the taste from the bistro and stay late for the good music. Songs are shared from 7-10 pm this evening! Tomorrow you are invited to return for brunch with music being offered by local favorite, Chuck Phillips at noon.

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Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

Southern Voice Encore at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern is what is on tap tonight at Nick’s. Music starts at 9 pm. This is the first band Nick hired and is always excited to announce their return. Featuring the voice of Tim Hair, be sure to be on hand to dance the night away at Nick’s tonight!

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Oriental, NC

The New Village Brewery & Taproom

Frank and Lili Bacon are always up to something good at The New Village Brewery and Taproom. They brew tasty beer, bring live music and raise funds to help education, assist their community in need and even raise money to bring more music. In fact, that is what they are doing today.

Be sure to stop out today to show your support for their Oktober Fest in July taking place today from 5-9 pm. $1.00 per pint poured today will be donated to the Ol Front Porch Music Festival. Offering the music in the back yard under the sails will be Jill and Shane Harris. 

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Tomorrow I will take you on a blues journey as we catch up with Big Jim, and coming up next week we check-in with Mojo Collins and so much more.

 

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

If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

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

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

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Big Week for Big Jim and a Fun Weekend For Music Fans

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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It was a big week for Big Jim Kohler Band as they opened a show for Joanne Shaw Taylor at The State Theatre on Friday evening! Above I pose with the secret weapon after she slayed it!

Memorial Day Remembrance and The Blues

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Blues at The Brown Always A Blast!

It never gets old, this Monday Night Blues Jam at The Brown Pelican, hosted by Bear City’s King of The Blues, Big Jim Kohler and the boys. Always helping him on the killing floor are rhythm makers, Tom Parker on the drums and bass player Chris Buttitta.

Among the many jammers, we got to enjoy was Gordon Graham on harmonica, Phillip Alcock on the bass, Jonathan Peck and John R. Williams worked on their six-string skills.

It’s always fun to watch the people dance to the music and let their hair down. Come on out tonight and have a natural ball! Make a plan to join us this or some other Monday night. We promise to rock your blues away! Music plays from 7-9 pm.

The Brown Pelican is located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. They are a private club. If you are not a member, stop by, fill out the membership form and pay your annual fee of $1.00. It might just be the best dollar you spend all year!

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Mid-Week Music at City Stage, New Bern

The mid-week blues break was a little bit different this week at The City Stage New Bern. The band used the opening hour of last Wednesday evening as a dress rehearsal for their opening set at The State Theatre in Greenville, last Friday night.

Once they ran through the set-list that they were to unleash on the crowd that gathered for Joanne Shaw Taylor, a British blues babe with some serious guitar riffs, they opened the stage to jammers.

Joining  BJK on stage for the mid-week blues jam last week was, David Sawyer on the harmonica, Phillip Alcock on bass, Jonathan Peck on guitar, Simon Spalding on the electric fiddle, and last but not least, rocker Gary Dudley came up and shared the stage and used the Big man’s guitar! All in all, it was another great night of fun logged in the books at City Stage. The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St., New Bern, NC and is also a private club. This event is free but the state rules require you to sing up and pay a $1.00 annual fee for membership.

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Big Jim Gets A Break and Time on the Big Stage

It’s always exciting when a sound check is a part of the plan.

As an agent and an advocate for many music makers, it is always good to get a call for an opening act opportunity. Word came our way about two weeks ago that Big Jim Kohler would open the show of Joanne Shaw Taylor. 

Believe it or not, our friend Big Jim is already accustomed to big stages. He spent many years on the road touring with blues royalty. First as the backup band for his mentor, Son Seals and then with legendary Byther Smith. He has swapped chops with other mighty men and calls well-known slingers good friends till the end!

After raging a war against his addiction to alcohol, Kohler has combated the illness with sobriety and the blues. He has also worked hard in losing weight to head off the diagnosis of diabetes and works on gaining strength every day still. Since coming out of his medically induced coma nearly two years ago, the blues-man has been working hard to get back in the game and these days he is sounding and looking better than ever.

On Friday night Kohler stepped out on stage and wowed the crowd with a clean and searing set of Chicago style blues. Before the night was over Kohler invited his wife to the stage to offer one song. “I’d Rather Go Blind” was the tune that Kathy Kohler slew the crowd with.

To check out that offering straight from the stage to our souls…visit this link:

I’d Rather Go Blind feat Kathy Kohler

 

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Joanne Shaw Taylor on Tour and Sharing her Reckless Heart

 

Joanne Shaw Taylor is a British based guitar player deep in American Blues traditions. Inspired by many American blues stringers, she has an affection for Texas stylings and is out on tour in support of her six release, “Reckless Heart.”

According to her bio on Wikipedia the 33-year-old is influenced by some of my favorites, she lists Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix, she was discovered by Eurythmics guitarist, Dave Stewart and has been chasing her music dreams since joining his super group in 2002.  Her first release, “White Sugar,” was released on Ruff Records and her latest release is with Sony Music.

She made her way across the pond in 2017 headling her first US Tour and this year she’s doing it again. The band has a lot of stateside gigs and some are major music festivals, including Peach Festival in Scranton, PA this August. To check out all of the bands’ dates and enjoy Taylor’s music, visit:

Joanne Shaw Taylor Tour Dates

 

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4 Of A Kind Line the Stage at AJ’s Last Friday

Following the show at The State Theatre, I ventured around other parts of the city to see who else was playing. Stopping at AJ McMurphy’s I found a fairly new band lining the stage. 4 of a Kind was offering familiar sounds to the crowd when I entered the bar and restaurant.

Offering a folk-infused set of mostly country and pop songs, they have great harmonies and enjoy making music together. The quartet is working on putting together more shows and when those are announced I will share them with you right here.

 

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R.T. Johnson Band at The Buc Closes Out Friday Music Fun

 

My last stop in Greenville, NC brought me to Buccaneer Music Hall to check out R.T Johnson Band. They are a country band offering their own songs as well as many pop, rock, and country favorites. Working things out with a new rhythm section the new band line up features Shawn Mitchell on bass and backing vocals and Jeremy Lowery on drums.

Currently working in the top tier of the state, the band is based in Askewville, NC and is planning on making more appearances in our area. In fact, they have some dates in August that bring them to New Bern, Havelock, and the Crystal Coast. In the meantime, for those looking to check out this band on the scene, you can find them this week offering the grooves at The Sage Festival in Windsor on Friday, June 7th at 6 pm.

Before that big event, RT and Braxton will be swapping chops this Wednesday evening at Tavern 125Music will be offered from 7-10 pm. To learn more about the band you can find them on Facebook and give them a Like!

R.T. Johnson Band

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Saturday Sends Us Beach Bound for the Blues

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After such a wonderful start to the weekend, I had to stop in to check in with my blues crew. Big Jim Kohler Blues Band had an engagement at Cru Bar and Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop.  When I got there they were turning things up on Turner St. and giving the people a good reason to get up and dance.

Coming up this weekend the band will be rocking two new juke joints for their events schedule. First, the head to Surf City to give it up at  J.M.’s Place Pub on Friday, June 7, 2019, with music starting at 9. On Saturday they head to Jacksonville, NC for their debut at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern. Located at 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd., Jacksonville, NC they offer music from 9 pm until the midnight hour.

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 Rock Sounds Start with Nantucket

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As we all know by now, this next band is pretty much NC’s rock n roll royalty band. Nantucket is out on the road sharing songs for the Summer season. On Saturday night the band offered a solid show of rocking tunes to fans and friends that gathered at Salt Bar in Emerald Isle last Saturday evening. Offering all of their hits and a few fine cover songs, this band is a staple on our local music scene.

Following the show, they stayed busy selling merchandise to eager fans. This band formed in Jacksonville back in 1969, making them a staple on our scene for my entire life. Nowadays the band offers on average two shows a month and always delivers an exemplary set of great rocking grooves.

The award-winning band features the talents of frontman Larry Uzzell, vocals, harmonica, Tommy Redd, songwriter, guitarist, vocals, Eddie Blair, keyboard player, Jason Patterson, drums and harmonies and Walt Garland, lead guitar. To keep up with the band on Facebook click here: Nantucket on Facebook. Or to keep up with the band on the internet check out their website:

 officialnantucketband.com

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Things Got Funky In Morehead City

I love walking into familiar places and finding new sounds to enjoy. That is exactly what happened on Saturday evening when I stopped by my friend Charlie Weatherby’s restaurant and bar Off The Hook in Morehead City. Located at 105 S 7th St, they are in a good location to offer you the freshest catch and the best bands each weekend.

The new band I got to enjoy on Saturday night was a funky foursome known as Al G and Friends. Seems they are more than just friends, judging by the names, they are family too. Check it out, the namesake of the band is Alvin Gist. This is the boss man of the band and the backbeat. He is the lead singer of the band and keeps the boys grooving on the upbeats!  Joe Gist is the man on lead guitar and vocals.

Offering a funky bottom beat, Romero (DC) works the bass guitar and backing vocals. Then there is Darnell. Now Darnell, he is just the keyboard player. Well, at least that is what he told me when I walked on the scene and asked how long before they play. I show up on break often!  Timing is everything and my stinks! This is why I am not in the band, I just chase them!

When I did walk in, my buddy Charlie Weatherby gave me a hug and asked if I ever saw the band. I was excited to say NO! This band is a lot of fun and offer some great grooves to keep the crowd moving and happy!

Al G & Friends Band is on Facebook, so be sure to give the band a Like today and keep it here to find out when they will be around again.

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Bryan Mayer at Jean’s on Saturday was Our Night Cap on the Week

On my way back from the beach, I stopped at Jean’s in Havelock to check in with one of the latest 52 Faces of Community. Bryan Mayer was on stage and rocking the crowd at Jeans with his new band. Along with playing many popular hits, Mayer has a song catalog of his own. I happen to like it best when he shares his music. Here is a song he released a few years ago that enjoyed some radio after it’s release. This is his song “Leaving Town”:

For friends and fans of the band, be sure to check them out at an event next Saturday in Jacksonville, NC. The band will be rocking at New River Harley-Davidson for their 15th Anniversary Party. Music at 2:30 pm. The fun starts at 10 am and goes throughout the day.

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Live Music for the Week Ahead

Monday with Music

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New Bern, NC friends, and visitors, you can find live music tonight in two locations. Sara’s Big Apple will host Simon Spalding for an acoustic dinner offering from 6-8 pm.

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For those over in town,  you can enjoy the blues jam I talk about so much because I started it all! Big Jim Kohler live at The Brown Pelican for a two-hour music offering.

The first hour features Jim Kohler Band and the second hour is always a guess on who is coming up to the killing floor! Be sure to wear your dancing shoes and get ready to have a natural ball. Music is offered from 7-9 pm!

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Greenville, NC Play The Stage! Open Mic at AJ McMurphy’s

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Raleigh, NC Champions Bars – NC State, also offers an open mic event Champions Bar Open Mic Mondays,

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Tuesday Temptation

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This Tuesday features a monthly offering of  Irish Music Session at City Stage New Bern! It takes place this Tuesday. Music fun starts at 7 pm and lasts until 9 pm.

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It is Honky Tonk Tuesday at The Brown Pelican each week. Country pickers and players are welcome to come jam between 7 pm and closing. All are welcome to participate or just relax and listen!

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Tiffany Elaine will host an open mic night at the KBar at Brandywine Bay Golf Club. This venue is open to the public and Elaine hosts open mic on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 7-10 pm. All are welcome to come to display their talents! Enjoy some food, a cold beer, and live music!

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Wednesday’s Weakness

Blues Is Back at City Stage

We get back to the blues on Wednesday when Big Jim Kohler hosts another fun night of swapping blues chops with other players. Live music starts at 7 pm on stage at City Stage New Bern and the fun goes to 9 pm. All are welcome to jam with the blues master or just come to listen and dance along!

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Open Mic at Carolina Wine Mixer

Open Mic Night at The Carolina Wine Mixer with Tiffany Elaine starts this week and will take place each Wednesday night. The fun starts at 7 pm, all are welcome to come out and join the fun with family and friends.

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Thursday Thrillers

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse will be serving the sounds of Chuck Phillips this week, upstairs in the piano bar. Music is offered 6-9 pm and dinner is always delicious.

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Alisa Mike hosts a night of music each Thursday evening 7-9 pm at City Stage New Bern. She will wow you with standard jazz offerings and groove you with fun show tunes. The City Stage offers a pub-style menu and entertainment most night of the week. They are located at 901 B Pollock St., Doors open at 5 pm.

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Strung Together will provide the entertainment on the deck this Thursday evening at Persimmons Restaurant. Music is offered from 7:30-9:30 pm. Come enjoy a great night with fine dining on the water and enjoy the show!

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Brian Mac of Third Degree Bern hosts the open mic night at The Brown Pelican each Thursday Night. Sign up starts at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm and lasts until all of the jammers have jammed. This is the longest running open mic night in New Bern and it is always new and exciting!

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Ryan Rubich & Friends will be sharing songs in the garden at Carolina Home and Garden this Thursday evening. Music plays from 6:30 -9:30 pm and the food truck Seaside Sensations will be on site serving. There is a $5.00 music charge. They serve cold beer, good wine and free snacks.

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Thank You for Reading!

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

If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

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

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

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Highlighting New Bern Acts On The Festival Circuit This Weekend And More

This Music Business, Class Is In! Never underestimate the power of good goal setting plans. Be as methodical in your plans as you are in your practice. Setting small goals and meeting targets is critical to growth and development. Start simple after you have your band together. Commit to meeting twice a week. One sessionContinue reading Highlighting New Bern Acts On The Festival Circuit This Weekend And More

This Music Business, Class Is In!

Never underestimate the power of good goal setting plans. Be as methodical in your plans as you are in your practice. Setting small goals and meeting targets is critical to growth and development. Start simple after you have your band together. Commit to meeting twice a week. One session will be used for songwriting and business development. The follow-up session will be used as a rehearsal.

Set daily, weekly and monthly goals to strive for. As long as you have something to chase you will stay on task with moving forward. It can be simple stuff, like today… I am going to call four clubs to make an introduction. This week I will send 10 emails or messages to clubs or festival organizers to introduce our band. This month we are going to add four new songs to the set-list.

Successful bands are polished and up on their game. They keep things current and evolving so that their fan base grows with each show. This can all be achieved with the simple first step of setting goals and actively working towards them. What goals will you set for yourself and your band this week?  CLASS DISMISSED!

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Festival Fun Featuring New Bern Talent

There are several music festivals taking place this weekend and there are a few New Bern based bands being featured on those stages.

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Beaufort Music Festival

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This celebrated music festival is in its 31st year. Known for bringing the best in music to our Crystal Coast for two days of fun and music. The Beaufort Music Festival welcomes two New Bern based bands to the stage today.

Before we highlight their stories, let’s have a look at today’s full line up of talent:

Saturday Performances:

12 pm – 12:45 pm: Qualian
1 pm – 1:45 pm: Strung Together 
2 pm – 2:45 pm: Hot Buttered Grits
3 pm – 3:45 pm: Durty Dub’s Tribute to Charley Pride
4 pm – 4:45 pm: Pie Face Girls

Saturday Evening Performances:

5 pm – 6 pm: The Artisanal
6:15 pm – 7 pm: Kamara Thomas
7:15 pm – 8:15 pm: Aaron Lee Tasjan
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Lilly Hiatt
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm: Hiss Golden Messenger

For more information on the event please visit  https://beaufortmusicfestival.com/.

 

Strung Together

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New Bern’s famed family band Strung Together, will take to the stage this afternoon at 1 pm to offer a diverse set of pop, folk-infused fun music that will have your toes tapping and hips shaking!

I recently caught the band during their dinner performance on the deck at Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant. It’s been a great journey watching the Olivers as they raise their family on stages right before our eyes. They are a fun and refreshing band, offering good grooves and uplifting beats for all to enjoy!

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At the helm we find the talented Dad George Oliver on banjo and vocals, his wife Dare offers vocals on many selections. Their three children also take lead roles in the outfit from time to time. Oldest daughter Catherine plays the upright bass, ukelele, and vocals. The middle daughter Abigail plays the guitar and sings and their youngest offspring Mason plays the piano and guitar. Joining the band on fiddle is Addy Quinn and helping fill the sound on drums is  Nick Eickhoff.

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Today the band will be the first band to take the second stage at the 31st Annual Beaufort Music Festival. Be on hand to shake your hips today at 1 pm. This event has vendors to visit and two stages for live music. 

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Hot Buttered Grits

Following the performance of Strung Together will be the fun grooves of New Bern based jam band, The Hot Buttered Grits

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Set up as the second band to take the first stage today The Hot Buttered Grits will give another sample of the homegrown talent we know and love here in New Bern. This five-piece jam band offers great original grooves that will get you moving early in the day! Coming together more than a decade ago, this band has 14 years of music making memories logged together.

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Helping to create their fun and infectious sound are Seth Smithwith vocals, guitar and mandoli. Howard Longino with guitar, vocals, John Johndrowon electric lead guitar and backing vocals. Zach Meadows sits behind the kit and Chris Butitta on bass. The band has several releases and are working on new material for their next effort.  To catch them at the festival be there today at 2 pm for all of the groovy action.

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Bryan Mayer Music

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The final New Bern talent I wish to highlight today is the headliner at The Ayden BBQ Cook-off and Festival. Bryan Mayer started making a name for himself on the country music scene more than five years ago with the release of his single “This Is Me.” Since then, the country crooner has shared stages with rock and country royalty while touring the land.

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Currently the lead singer, tall on talent, is featuring a new line up behind him. Joining the band on guitar is John Coltrane and sitting behind the drums and offering backing vocals is Victor Speight Jr. Still holding down the bottom is bass player of the year, Mike Sandvig. 

Today’s event will bring the band to the forefront for their first public display. It was just last week that Mayer closed the curtain on the band he worked with for the past six years. I was on had to watch them as they finished that chapter of their lives. Here is the band offering the follow up to “This Is Me.” Here is Mayer’s song, “Closer To You!”

 

To keep up with Bryan Mayer be sure to check out his website: Bryan Mayer Music

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Recapping Festival More Options For May 18, 2019:

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2019 Atlantic Beach Music Festival

Calling all shaggers and cloggers, just over the bridge and across the causeway is the 2019 Atlantic Beach Music  Festival. This event is celebrating its 6th year of bringing the music that makes you dance, to the circle in Atlantic Beach.

The fun gets started on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11 am and it continues until 6 pm. For full details and the band line up please visit  http://atlanticbeach-nc.com/events/abbmf/

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Mustang Spring Jam

This is a two-day music event that promises amazing live music offered by eight nationally touring bands of various genres. That is what’s on the set-list for Mustang Spring Jam 8, which will be held the weekend of May 18-19 at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Corolla.

For event information, please visit MustangMusicFestival.com.

Founded in 2011, Bearded Face Productions is a full-service promotion and production company serving the Outer Banks and beyond in concert, festival and event booking also management and consulting.

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 16th Annual Montford Music & Arts Festival

The festival is a free, one-day music and arts festival in the historic Montford Neighborhood. Saturday, May 18. The 16th annual Montford Music and Art Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. rain or shine, with continuous musical performances until 7 pm on a centrally located stage.
Stroll the art and craft booths, including a selection of juried artists and enjoy the eclectic variety of local food trucks and food vendors. There is something to entertain the whole family including the kids! Mark your calendar and plan to attend. More information is available at http://www.montfordfestival.org. Visit www.montfordfestival.org

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Today is the day for the Southern Roots Festival.

This one-day event will take place between 12-5 pm in Prospect Hill, NC. It is a free event and here are the details from Facebook:

The Caswell Council for the Arts will present our first ever “Southern Roots Festival,” celebrating the arts, music, and creative traditions at the roots of Southern Culture. The event will feature live music, an artist and crafter’s market, creative activities, antiques, historical tours of the Warren’s Store, and a variety of Southern food and craft beverages. Admission and parking is free!

Enjoy live music by Connie Badgett Steadman (12:20pm), Barefoot Manner Bluegrass (1:15pm), and Big Ron Hunter with Appaloosa Redd (3:15pm).

Visit us at www.caswellarts.org for more info or to register to participate in the artist and crafters’ market or as an antique vendor.

Durham Blues & Brews Festival

 

And speaking of the Blues and festivals; next Saturday also offers the Durham Blues & Brews Festival in Durham Central Park. This event gets started at 5 pm and offers amazing music until 10 pm. On the bill for this year’s event is

Born in Durham Oxente, opening the show and bringing infectious rhythms of Brazil to the streets of the beloved city.

Chicken Shack is an eclectic group of church musicians, who were brought together by their love of playing the blues. Although mostly from North Carolina, they have members from different parts of America – so they play many styles of blues. This band won The Triangle Blues Society, Road To Memphis Blues Challenge and had the opportunity to travel to Memphis to compete in the 2019 IBC  in January.

 The young and talented star on the rise in the blues world is now 20 years old and conquering souls. Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is set to take the music world by storm with the long-awaited release of his debut album, KINGFISH, on Alligator Records.

 

Closing things out this amazing night of great blues music will be the Mississippi Blues Child himself, Castro Coleman aka Mr. Sipp. This talented player has been around music all of his life. His parents and aunt had a quartet group. He was influenced by B.B. King at the age of 6 which is when he started playing the guitar.

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3rd Annual Cheerwine Festival

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The Cheerwine Festival is a one-day festival taking place tomorrow in Salisbury, NC

Here is what fun things you can expect at our 3rd annual celebration:

Enjoy a performance from multi-platinum California rockers, Smash Mouth on the Hotwire Communication Stage from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Music from Carolina-based bands Live House (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.)and Stella Rising (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.) and a performance from Nashville-based band, The Southern Gothic (5 to 6 p.m).

Enjoy a variety of street performers including Blazin’ Blues Bob, Lucas Beam, David Myers & Courtney Puckett, Kia Rice, Zoe, and Lisette Rodriguez.

Play in the F&M Bank Kids’ Zone. Available all day, The Kids’ Zone will feature tons of family-friendly games and activities.

Shop for Cheerwine merchandise at the official Cheerwine tent.

Enjoy food, drinks, and crafts from local vendors.

We can’t wait to see y’ all there!

Visit the festival website for more information: http://cheerwinefest.com/

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RoseFest

The annual Pink Hill Rose Fest takes place next Saturday, May 18, 2019. This event will feature the music of The British Invaders, offering the classic rock of the bands that made us dance for decades, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals and more. Pink Hill Rose Fest kicks off at 11 am and continues until 8 pm. For the full schedule follow this link:

http://www.rosefest.org/schedule/

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Early Shows

Sara’s Big Apple

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Sara’s Big Apple invites everyone out for a family day of fun and pizza. Sara Walston purchased the well-known pizza place that serves the Fairfield Harbour and surrounding communities at the turn of the year. She has worked at the establishment far longer. As she makes plans for expansion she wishes to invite the community to grow with her.

Today’s Growing Together event will offer live music courtesy of Big Jim Kohler Band sharing songs from 12-3 pm.

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The Late Shows

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

 

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It is The Joe Baes Project at The Garage this evening.  The fun starts at 7 pm and these jams will rock till 10 pm. Come check out the new backyard space, plus all the beer on tap and fun games to be played.

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Caffeinated Soul Boogie, they will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Rocking Around Town Tonight

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts The Chuck Phillips Band tonight with music being offered from 8-11 pm.  Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there… please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. It will be Gary Dudley and The Maxxtones offering the live music and good grooves tonight.  Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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Bank of the Arts

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Tonight’s offering of At The Gallery brings the songs of Broadway to life tonight with this offering of the music of Sondheim performed by Ciara Dinapoli and Tyler Griffin. The pre-concert talk sets the stage for the evening at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7 pm. Tickets at $25 for non-members and $20 for members.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC

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Floyd’s 1921 Catering

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Plan for a fine dinner and live music at Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant Bar & Catering tonight. Offering the sounds for your dining pleasure will be Red and The Rockers. Music is served from 7-10 pm.

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Off The Hook

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

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar