Living the Dream and Sharing the Blues

On The Scene and Keeping the Blues Alive With Tracey Stones Big Jim and The Blues is an Evolving Story Since coming out of a coma in September 2017, Big Jim Kohler has been an unstoppable force, a bluesman on a mission. Growing stronger with each gig, he is playing as often as six times [...]

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Generating Money and All the Many Gigs Around the Region

This Music Business. Class Is In Money Makes All Things Possible In this segment, we are going to look at the bottom line. Money is a key factor in the success of any business. This is even true for the music business. Regardless of your feelings on the subject, money matters. It is the major component of [...]

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

On the Scene With Tracey Stones 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 Blues at The Brown Always A Blast! It [...]

Looking Back at the Week of Fun Plus a Look Ahead

Behind The Scene With Tracey Stones Looking back at the week, there was a lot of music that I found and guess what? There is a lot ahead too! Rehearsal with the new Bryan Mayer Band   I started the week out with logging some rehearsal time with the new line-up for the Bryan Mayer [...]

Back In Class Plus More Festival Fun and Music Events for Friday

This Music Business! Class is In! Musicians spend a lot of time honing their skills, learning new techniques and mastering their instruments. Most times this investment of time yields the reward of performing your craft in front of an audience. Make good use of that time investment after you meet the team members, that you [...]

Music Festival Season is in Full Swing Let’s Dance

This Music Business. Class is In! Establishing relationships in the music business is no different from any other life or business situation. Trust and loyalty are earned, as is respect. Let’s say you live in Oriental or Havelock, and take note that there is more going on in New Bern these days. Don’t make itContinue reading Music Festival Season is in Full Swing Let’s Dance

Singing and Dancing at Jams Throughout the Week

This Music Business... Class Is In Band Business Development Once you decide that you are going to approach your band like a business, the next step is to figure out what your needs are so that you know how much you need to earn to meet those needs. Many performers forget a few key expenses in this [...]

Let’s Live, Learn, Dance, Sing and Enjoy This Life

 This Music Business! Class is In! While we are here, we might as well live, learn, dance, sing and enjoy this life together! It's short, so let's make the most of it. Let's work smart and play hard! There is far more to this music business than practicing and playing music. If you are really [...]