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There was plenty happening around town last weekend, with MumFest rolling through our downtown New Bern. Many folks gathered on the great south lawn of The Tryon Palace, for a Friday night concert brought to us by Swiss Bear and the many sponsors that help make MumFest possible.

 

On the bill at The Brown Pelican last Friday was a double feature, featuring two local players. First there was Dan Jam with none other than Dan Jam Phillips leading the way. He was joined by Scott Carlisle on electric guitar, Al Gleason on acoustic and vocals,  Dan Jam Phillips on guitar vocals and an occasional percussion. From 5-8 pm they rocked the early crowd, with many great classics for the 60’s and 70’s. They were also joined by local chef and caterer Vincent Farro who offers great music too.

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Next up, I swung by the Isaac Taylor Garden to check out a new band in town,  Caffeinated Soul Boogie. A trio of players that are now my new example of why, players looking for bands mates need to attend open mic nights. This band came together via the monthly open mic night held at Trent River Coffee Company. On vocals is Darria Yeager, assisting on acoustic guitar is her father, Derrick Moore and back behind the kit and occasional on acoustic and vocals, is host of the monthly open mic night Matthew Kerlin. Keep your eye peeled for more from this trio. They have a date at Harvey Mansion coming up on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Mark the date, dress warm and come enjoy some great music outside this fall.

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After checking in with the latest band to hit the New Bern scene, I headed back to The Brown Pelican to see the second act on the double feature bill. That is when I got to check in with Buck Loy, a local stringer that was giving up the grooves for many a dancers. Make plans to spend Christmas Eve with Loy on the patio at Harvey Mansion.

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One of the great things about this city is, that there are strummers and stringers all about and on Friday I found one in Bear Plaza. Charlie Duzan Sr. is an awesome talent familiar to the streets of New Bern. When I passed him by, he was deep in the blues and giving my soul some much-needed music therapy. You can actually check him out tonight when he plays at The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern. He will be rocking the room from 8-10:30 pm tonight and this show is free!

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Speaking of such, my fourth stop on the night brought me to The Thirsty Bruin, on Middle St. Where I got to hear a few great original numbers by local talent Aaron Davenport, who offered his music to fans from 8-10:30 pm.

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My final stop of the night was to check out Limited Engagement, who engaged the people gathered on the patio at The Harvey Mansion last Friday night. This band is fairly new to the scene and gaining quite a lot of momentum, as they make their way around the downeast region of NC.

Tomorrow night the band will be heading to The Red Room located in Kinston, NC, to play in place of  Jim Kohler. LE actually boasts Kohler’s rhythm section, so when Kohler fell ill, we secured two gigs for his rhythm section to fill, so that he would still be paid for the gigs he had booked when he fell ill.

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On Saturday it was finally time to experience the music of good vibes of MumFest 2017, which is exactly what I did.

The first act I caught up with was Joe Baes Project! These guys rock and offered a lot of sounds that became popular in the 90’s. The band performed under the Miller Lite tent during the early afternoon hours on Saturday and the crowd rocked right alongside them for their fun set.

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My next stop was to see Carolina Sky Acoustic Bluegrass Duo, live on the patio at Harvey Mansion. The two players gave up the grooves from 12 pm til 4:30 and enjoyed a great time under the tent. I look forward to bringing the full band back in the months ahead.

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On my way back through town, I stopped back at The Miller Lite Beer Tent to check in with Carolina Dare. This young singer/songwriter is wonderfully talented and making quite a name for herself around our area and beyond. She offers the sounds of country music and attracts new fans with each show she puts on. The 16-year-old performer hails from Greenville, NC and is currently working her way through high school.

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After leaving the beer tent I took a stroll up Front Street and headed down Middle Street, to check out the familiar family band, Strung Together. I made it just in time to catch their final two songs. This band was born and is being raised right here, as the Oliver Family shares their children, their music and their faith with our community.  They performed to a full house and I was grateful to catch the end.

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When I emerged from the Bank of The Arts performance, I heard music beckoning from just across the way. That is when I found out about the unnamed tent with live music offerings all weekend long. Interesting about this is, no one knew about it. Nonetheless, I found it and when I did, it was another dose of Limited Engagement, the dead tired day version. These guys are full of energy even after they expended it all the night before. They rocked under the tent for a couple of hours, giving up the party hits everyone loves.

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The next performance at The Bank of The Arts was that of jazz outfit that goes by the name Onslow Winds, INC. They are a full and big band, complete with drums, bass  guitar, piano, a sultry singer and lots of wind instruments, that all come together nicely  to make beautiful sounds. It was great fun to catch this ensemble of players. Since they are a large community touring act, they accept donations year round as well. If you are a music lover and appreciate a full and rich sounding band, you can contribute to their success by sending in your donations to Onslow Winds, Inc.; P.O. Box 572; Jacksonville, NC 28541.

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In the heat of the day, I found Rob Lightner and Nathan Shaffer acting up and giving a great show to the crowd gathered under the Miller Lite Tent, with their dynamic offerings of classic rock and country music. I did a little bit of boot scooting myself in fact.

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Of course will walking around, I ran into many a character and story tellers too. MumFest offered a little bit of something for everyone and a lot of great food for anyone who was hungry.

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The final show under the Miller Light Beer Tent for Saturday was, the funky rocking grooves of The Soul Psychedelique Orchestra. This good time band hails from the Triangle region and gives up a fun show with great vocals and harmonies as well as dancing on stage, which makes you want to dance right along. It was a great choice for wrapping up the first full day of MumFest

Each week I ask my talented Facebook friends to tell me where they will be performing and here is what they told me this week. Please get out and support live music this weekend. These bands work hard for your good time.

To keep up with this good time band that offers a great selection of music for any occasion follow them on the web at

http://thesoulpsychedelique.com/

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The final show that I caught in New Bern Saturday night was that of Joe Brown. I grooved along to Brown’s first set as people made their way in from off the streets and got down with the fun sounds of Joe Brown and The Band. It was a great night for the folks at The Harvey Mansion. The people danced and sang along throughout the night. This New Bern based band is available for parties, weddings, and all other special occasions, as well as club bookings. To keep up with them follow them on Facebook at

Joe Brown & The Band on Facebook

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The last band that I caught on Saturday will be the band that leads us into the next section. The Adam Hill Band was rocking last Saturday at The County Line Bar & Grill. Where I got to catch up with owners Ed and Trisha, who are doing a great job of feeding their community, good food and great music each and every week.

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In fact, tomorrow night they will be bringing Rural Route Romance to the house for more great food at 8:30 pm and music starting at 10 pm. Ladies in for free til 9:30, $5.00 cover for all after that. Remember also, BROWN BAGGING IS WELCOME! The County Line Bar & Grill, 9527 Highway 903,  N Ayden, NC.

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The Heart of Music

If there is one thing that I love about our music community, it is how they get together for great causes anytime, anywhere! In the weeks ahead, there are many great examples of this and since they are all worthy causes, I am inclined to tell you about the following events.

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Tomorrow morning you can join forces with our area bikers, who will roll out from Harley Davidson of New Bern, Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC, for the 9th Annual Breast Cancer Ride. They will raise funds to be donated to our local chapter of Journey of Hope for Breast Cancer, patients right here at home. Registration starts at 9 am and kickstands up at 11 am. Return to Harley Davidson of New Bern after a scenic ride and enjoy lunch, free prizes, free lunch and a great band to rock you into your late afternoon. Music will be welcoming the bikers back and rock them til 3:30 pm.

The Adam Hill Band will also be performing that evening on the patio at The Harvey Mansion, located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. The great people at  Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant have agreed to also collect funds, to be added to the day’s total for the 9th Annual Breast Cancer Ride. Music for this part of the program will start at 8 pm and conclude at 11 pm. Please come out to one of the two events featuring this rocking band offering up their best for a great cause!

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Another rocking event that shines a light on the heart of musicians is that of Lynwood Stock, which is taking place at The DoubleTree tomorrow night from 6pm til 11pm. This event will be held in the ballroom at the hotel on S Front Street and will feature three hot area bands, coming together to raise money for a local family doing their own battle with cancer.

Besides working hard on stage, with two rock bands, Josh Overby works hard daily at our local hospital. One of his friends and co-workers there, was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after just having a child. To help the family cope with the overwhelming costs, Overby approached his close friends and band mates about putting together a concert.

This event will offer tickets at the door, the cost for the event is $25. The full ticketed price will be donated to the family in need. On the bill for your rocking pleasure are Take Two, who will open the show at 7 pm, followed by…. all aboard for all things rock with The BiPolar Express and closing out the night with great selections of classic rock, will be the music of 3 Day Weekend.

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Since we are shining a light on great events and I know my readers have hearts of gold, I want to take a minute to give you some advanced warning on a few great events to help local charities in our area. First up on Saturday, November 4, 2017, is Carolina LilyFest 2017 a Singer-Songwriter event, with a spotlight on the ladies as GEM Productions. The people of  Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival will raise money for the Coastal Women’s Shelter.

GEM Productions is proud to announce that Carolina Lily Fest returns for its third year on November 4th, as New Bern’s marquee outlet for the celebration of powerful women in our community. Each year, Carolina Lily Fest hosts countless female musicians, artists and vendors, who donate their time and efforts to raise money for the Coastal Women’s Shelter. The sole provider of no-cost comprehensive domestic violence services in Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties. This year’s event will return to The Brown Pelican, for an evening full of female empowerment for a fantastic cause!

This year’s event will be headlined by the incomparable Laura Reed, a Raleigh-based R&B/Folk artist, with a breathtaking voice and soulful musical arrangements. Reed has garnered international acclaim for her work. Working with Grammy-award winning producer Shannon Sanders (India Arie/ John Legend / Robert Randolph) on her most recent full-length and opening for the likes of MiguelIndia ArieAnthony Hamilton and more. Reed’s music lands somewhere between pop, soul, blues and R&B to make for a unique and captivating sound all her own.

Carolina Lily Fest is open to any female performers, poets, arts or crafts vendors, who would like to participate. If you’re interested in joining us as a part of Carolina Lily Fest, send an email over to bernaroomusicfest@gmail.com.

Keep it here to learn more as time draws closer!

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The final event is Rocki Relief for Homeless Veterans, taking place just one week after the last one and this event will be for raising money for our Homeless Veterans. The event will be held on Veteran’s Day and it will offer five area bands that will rock your socks off, including Gypsy Sunrise, The Adam Hill Band, Limited Engagement, Peace Soldier and more.

This charity fundraiser will be held at the VFW POST 2514, New Bern, NC. This is located just off of Old Cherry Point Road, for folks familiar with the area. Tickets for the show are $20.00 and the doors open at Noon.

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Rocking Around the Region ~ Friday Night

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

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Mixing things up and starting things off in James City for a change, over at BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC, you can catch the classic rock sounds of Carteret Counties own East Brogues Band, as they rock it from 7-10 pm tonight. Come out to support live local music, local food with La Cocina Food Truck on site to serve you and fresh local beer inside to ease you into the weekend.

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Just over the bridge and easing our way into town we find a fun and talent duo on deck at The Trent River Coffee Company, 208 Craven St., New Bern, NC. That is where you will enjoy the sounds of Simon Spalding and Tracey Brenneman, as they offer many genres of familiar music as well as some original music to enjoy!

Here are the details from the Facebook Event page:

“Tracey Brenneman and Simon Spalding, both institutions in the New Bern music scene, will team up to perform at Trent River Coffee Company on Friday, October 20! With an acoustic mix of covers and an occasional original, Tracey and Simon will rock the house!

Tracey Brenneman was the lead vocalist for two bands in Raleigh: symphonic metal IronSymphony and party band Trophy Husbands. Tracey also sang and played guitar and keyboards for the local group Zen Pirates. She recently joined the band Mimic, singing and playing guitar and mandolin.

Simon Spalding grew up in San Francisco, and has lived in eastern North Carolina since 1989. Simon is a multi-instrumentalist who performs locally with The Bears, Casablanca, Rock Bottom Deal, and solo. When backing Tracey, Simon alternates between fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and bass.

Tracey and Simon will perform at Trent River Coffee Company, 208 Craven Street in New Bern. The doors open at 6:00 and the music starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 available at the door. Concert-goers under 18 admitted free. Call 252-514-2030 for more information.”

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Come celebrate with us! Bearfoot Monty’s first show together was ONE YEAR AGO.

We want to spend an evening with our friends at one of our favorite places in town, The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC, to thank them for all the support over this past year. We will be joined by local favorite Hot Buttered Grits! And introducing Mandy Mears from Greenville!

The Music Schedule for tonight will be:

Mandy Mears: 8-8:30
Hot Buttered Grits: 8:45-10:15
Bearfoot Monty: 10:30-12

Check out Mandy’s Music page here!

https://www.facebook.com/mandymearsmusic/ 

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Live on the patio at The Harvey Mansion, it’s a Fearless Freaks Reunion, with bass guitarist Kenny Castania, back in town to visit. He joins band mates Parker Millar, guitar and Jake Ross on drums, as they get funky and lay down the grooves that get freaky, but stay fun and original too! This show is free and the music starts at 8 pm and rocks til 11 pm.

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~Rockin’ Around the Region~

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New Bern’s own Stairwell will be headed to Greenville tonight, to rock the kids at TieBreakers Sports Bar & Grill, located at 1920 Smythwyck Dr., Ste B, Greenville, NC. This rocking band offers lots of music from the 90’s to now, as well as their own original music. They will get the party started at 10 pm and rock right into Saturday morning.

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The Adam Hill Band rocks Winterville tonight, when they set the stage at Buck Wild Tavern 4052 S. Memorial Dr., Winterville NC. This event is free. Music starts at 10 pm and the band rocks til 2 am. Come enjoy the rocking sounds and screaming guitar of the talented Adam Hill.

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Gary’s Oyster Bar, located on Highway 306 in Arapahoe, NC, offers live music each Friday night during dinner from 7-10 pm. Tonight on the music menu, come out and enjoy the sounds of Brant Island Strings as they perform for your dining pleasure. Gary’s Downeast Seafood Restaurant, offers the freshest seafood and the best local music. Stop by some Friday evening and see for yourself.

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Answering The Call

Each week I ask my Facebook followers where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week:

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Live Music Events

If you have Facebook you can search the many music events happening throughout the state by clicking on:

SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC

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That is all my news and music that I found for your dancing pleasure. I hope you get out and enjoy the sounds of live music sometime soon. 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! Thanks for keeping me informed!

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Please take kindness with you today and hug strangers. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Party safely people! We love having you here with us! You rock, so don’t roll the car! Rely on sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

Send all of your event invites to me on Facebook, so I know where you are playing in the days ahead. I can be found on Facebook by following this link:

https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

I also read emails daily. You can send those to:

tracey.stones.writer@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. Pictures are also helpful. I share links to band websites, so send those along as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to fill me in on the details, together we will reach the people!

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~ MumFest Weekend Music Offerings ~

The vendors were hard at work last night, getting things in place to welcome citizens and tourists to the downtown area of New Bern NC, for the MumFest 2017. This event started last night with a ceremonial welcome concer,t brought to us by the city. The two and a half day event offers much to all who attend today and throughout the day on Sunday.

Being most concerned about the music offerings at any fair or festival, here is a direct link on what our town will be offering the visitors this year.

MumFest 2017 Music Schedule

Just to break it down, be sure to walk about town and take in the sounds of our many street musicians who will be found here and there, in front of storefronts, on corners and in the alley ways too, around Bear Plaza for example. We have a talented group of citizens and many of them will be on display for you to enjoy. Be sure to take the time to visit the Beer Garden on Craven and Front and Bank of the Arts on Middle, both offer local and live music offerings for all to enjoy.

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Bank of the Arts Music Schedule

Live Music Schedule

Saturday, October 14

 Bank of the Arts  317 Wells Fargo Middle St.

11:00 am – New Bern Suzuki Strings

Noon – Encore

1:00 pm – DownEast Dulcimers

2:00 pm – Strung Together

3:00 pm – Onslow Winds Jazz Ensemble

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Miller Lite Beer Garden, South Front St and Craven St, 

11:00 am – Justin Castellano

Noon to 6:00 pm – Televised Sports

12:30 pm – Joe Baes Band

2:00 pm – Caroline Dare

3:30 pm – SteelTown Cowboy Duo

5:30 pm – The Soul Psychedelique Orchestra

 

Believe it or not, I know many of the bands playing on these bills and wherever you end up, you will be delightfully entertained. I just wish someone from our MumFest Committee  would let me assist this town in setting times and music schedules. It would be a lot different and there would be an opportunity for every artist to be seen, by any serious music fans in the crowd. I feel they are doing the performers an injustice by scheduling like events (such as live music events) at the same time in different locations. Since cloning did not catch on, people still can’t be at two places at once, just ask the blogger who tries! I bet I catch most acts as well as a few in between.

Speaking of the in between, let’s walk through the town and highlight the live music options taking place in our bars and restaurants here around town.

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This afternoon on the patio at Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC,  you can enjoy the acoustic sounds of the bluegrass band Carolina Sky, as they offer a lunchtime MumFest performance from 12-3 pm. Come sit after spending hours on your feet and let the servers take care of you. The Harvey Mansion is offering a new menu with great food selections. Their bartenders are creative too, so come enjoy a few good times here while you are about town.

Turning our attention to this evening, The Harvey Mansion welcomes Joe Brown and the Band, who will bring their message of unity through music to the City of New Bern and make people dance the night away. They will be live under the tent offering the funk, soul and pop sounds that everyone loves, with a flavor of musical expression well seasoned with unique sounds. Musics starts at 8 pm and plays til 11 pm.

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Sunday Brunch with Casablanca

Come out this Sunday afternoon to enjoy the tastes of brunch, accompanied by the sounds of jazz and old world music of Casablanca, live on the patio from 12 til 3pm. The band is comprised of a trio of local talents, including Simon Spalding on a host of instruments, Tom, Spellman on guitar and Glenn Durhot on drums.

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Closing out MumFest on the patio, with a great sound to go with supper, will be the talented Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade. Offering the music selections from 5-8 pm. All of the live music being offered is found on the patio under the tent. It is a great place to see a show. Come check out the vibe of music on the patio.

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On Saturday evening you can enjoy the beach and pop sounds of Ravenz Bru, live at The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC from 8pm til 12 am. This event is free, so come out and end day two with a dance and a beer.

 

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Over on the James City side of the bridge tonight, you can enjoy the acoustic offering of the duo known as Stoney Creek. They give up the grooves from 7-10 pm and as always this show is free to the public. Come support local food trucks, local beer, local music and local love by stopping by BrÜopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E New Bern, NC.

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Rockin Around the Region

Jacksonville, NC

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For those who like fast cars and screaming guitars, be sure to come out the Beauty & The Beast Car Show, taking place today at the WalMart Shopping Center on Yopp Rd, Jacksonville, NC from 10 am til 4 pm. From 12 pm til 4 pm you will be rocked right with Adam Hill Band live in the lot! The music and good times are free. This is a charity event and it helps several children’s charities in our area, so please donate if you can.

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Tonight the star will come out in Jacksonville and shine their light on a trio of local ladies.21125784_831831500323607_8051535793519795748_o.jpg

Come out to Nick Blacksheep Tavern, 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd., Jacksonville, NC to enjoy the sounds of three up and coming NC artists. Music starts at 8 pm with the sounds of Brandie Muniz, followed by the voice of country Tiffany Elaine, giving up a set of songs from 9:30 til 11 and closing it out will be award-winning vocalist Crystal Fuzzell live from 11 pm til closing. This will be a great night that does not fall short on talent, so come out, shoot some pool, buy some shots and support these local divas tonight.

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Ayden and North of New Bern

Adam Hill Band is pulling double duty with a gig tonight at County Line Bar & Grill. Where Ed Daughtry and Trisha Mower welcome folks with a free meal starting at 8 pm. Live music cranks out from 10 pm til 2 am and the establishment welcomes brown bagging. There is a $10 music charge at the door. Ladies are free til 9:30 pm. Come out and get rocked right tonight at 9527 Highway 903 North, Ayden, NC.

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Keeping along highway 17 as we leave New Bern, NC, we find our way to Washington, NC and find New Bern’s own classic rockers, The Wannabes. They ill be rocking them right tonight at The Market Street Pub, located at 143 N Market St. Washington, NC. Tonight they get the party started at 10 pm and rock til closing. Come out and enjoy the band and dance to the music.

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Looking to the West, don’t forget the fair to end all fairs is happening for the 150th year in Raleigh, NC

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http://www.ncstatefair.org/2017/Attractions/FolkFestival.htm

Being concerned with only the music portion of the program I have included the link above for the Folk Festival part of the fair.

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Answering the Call

Each week I ask my talented Facebook friends to tell me where they will be performing and here is what they told me this week. Please get out and support live music this weekend. These bands work hard for your good time.

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Live Music Events

If you have Facebook you can search the many music events happening throughout the state by clicking on:

SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC

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That is all my news and music that I found for your dancing pleasure. I hope you get out and enjoy the sounds of live music sometime soon. 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! Thanks for keeping me informed!

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Please take kindness with you today and hug strangers. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Party safely people! We love having you here with us! You rock, so don’t roll the car! Rely on sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

Send all of your event invites to me on Facebook, so I know where you are playing in the days ahead. I can be found on Facebook by following this link:

https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

I also read emails daily. You can send those to:

tracey.stones.writer@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. Pictures are also helpful. I share links to band websites, so send those along as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to fill me in on the details, together we will reach the people!

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Music Fun at The Festival ~ 31st Annual NC Seafood Festival, Morehead City, NC

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Hard to believe that it was a full 12 hour day, covering the 31 Annual NC Seafood Festival in Morehead City, NC, last Saturday;  but it was, and I stayed entertained from the moment I arrived until the minute I left. I got there just after 11:30 am. In time to park and make my way over the Beer Garden that Charlie Weatherby created for his patrons and guests outside of his establishment, Off The Hook on the corner of Evans and S 7th St., to hear Adam Hill Band rock it. What a great way to welcome day two of a 31-year-old tradition, I thought to myself as I watched this band wow the crowd.

This was a last-minute booking for the band. Back in July it looked like they were playing and then in August they were not and then they were and weren’t again in September. Though that was frustrating, the frustration ended last week when I got a call from Weatherby looking for a band.

 Adam Hill Band is my ace in the hole band. I still am just as excited to be working for Hill, as I was the day I first heard him in Havelock last summer with the band Solid Ground.

He has grown a lot in this past year of focusing on his music. For me, being a fan a killer guitar players, it has been a great trip getting to know this star player. His music captivates as much as his playing skill. He grabs people with his sounds and I saw it happen last week for hours on end!

Even though Noon starts are always slow starts, when one plays til 2 am the night before, has to travel home, grab a nap and then roll again. After the first ten minutes of crossed wires and loose connections they were rolling and rocking the crowd. I gave out a handful of cards and received compliments on the band the entire time they were on the stage. They even had the kettle popcorn vendor playing air guitar with his stirring oar. It truly was an exciting way to experience the Seafood Festival.

This weekend you can find the band playing live at The Beauty & The Beast Car Show, taking place at The WalMart on Yopp Rd., Jacksonville, NC. The car show starts at 10 am. Music starts at noon with rocking it til 4 pm. Following their time there, they will pack up and head out to Ayden to rock the folks at The County Line Bar & Grill, located on Highway 903 N Ayden, NC. They rock that room from 10 pm til 2 am. There is a $5 music charge at the door. Ladies free til 9:30 pm. Free meal being served at 8 pm and BROWN BAGGING IS WELCOME!

For more on Adam Hill, his music and his band please visit:

www.adamhillmusic.net

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Following Hill’s show I wandered around the corner to check in with Hank Barbee and The Dust Parade, who were accompanied by students from the Pamlico County High School Jazz Band and they offered a great show as well. It was an awesome set of seasoned players working with students, bringing them to new levels on their music chart.

Barbee was also a last-minute change in the schedule for the Tight Lines Brewing Co., located at 709 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC, but a phenomenal choice always.

He is riding the wave of the vinyl release of his latest recording Son Royale, released earlier this year. Last night the band did a show at the Annex of The Brooklyn Arts Theater in Wilmington, to offer the world its limited edition vinyl version. The singer songwriter has three more shows in our area, then hits the road to release the vinyl in Georgia on a southern states tour.

Tonight you can find him with his trio in Atlantic Beach, NC, where they will perform at Idle Hours Biergarten right there on the circle. Come enjoy Barbee and the band from 6-9 pm while enjoying some awesome pretzels, supper and fresh brewed beer. Tomorrow he will be solo at NorthStar Cafe in Jacksonville, NC, where he plays from 8-11 pm and on Sunday afternoon he will be on the patio with the trio at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC from 5-8, wrapping up MumFest 2017.

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I saw while writing my blog for Saturday, there was going to be a blues band on stage at The Coastal Stage, just before my friends 3 Day Weekend took to closing out a full day of festivities under the tent.

This authentically unique blues band is a trio of retired Marines, that rocked my soul with their offering of traditional blues and blues rooted rock music. Carolina SwampDogs have been jamming for the past four years. The trio calls Jacksonville, NC home and together they have 85 years of combined service to our country. That just made them even more incredible to this girl. Gary Oles offers vocals and harmonica as well as percussions, Tommy Langlois plays the guitar, bass and snare drums with his feet and sings backup and occasional lead vocals. Over stage right was bass man Matt Ingram keeping everyone locked in the groove. Those grooves are very traditional in blues and long on celebrating the history of the music. And as long as there are still young people in the crowd dancing, these boys help keep the blues alive. That is something I am passionate about myself.

Before they packed up and headed home, I spoke with Oles and Langlois before they rolled out and expressed an interested in having the band come to New Bern, NC. The following day, we set up having the band play on the patio at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St, New Bern, NC. Mark your calendar for my Christmas gift to you. It’ll be a blues Christmas, Carolina SwampDog style, on Saturday, December 23, 2017. Music will play from 8-11 pm and you won’t want to miss it! Expect to hear more about this trio of Marines now that they are in my scope!

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The next act under the tent was the closing act for the night and dear friends of mine,  New Bern’s own; 3 Day Weekend. They rocked the close out of day two, at the Coastal Stage, for the 31st Annual NC Seafood Festival.Offering the best in southern and classic rock from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s. They offered up the songs that got people dancing to their sounds.

This band is always fun and offers the talents of seasoned players. On guitar and vocals is Josh Overby, on lead guitar is Mark Caraway, on bass guitar and vocals is Les Wetherington, on keyboard is John Thomas and sitting behind the kit for the night was the incredibly talented Grier Crawford, best known for keeping time with Sutter’s Gold Streak Band.

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The next big show for the band will be, a triple bill of New Bern based talent with three bands banding together to raise money for a local family. This event is being billed as Lynwoodstock and is taking place at The DoubleTree in Downtown New Bern, on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Tickets for the event are still available and 100% of the ticket sales will be given to Lynwood Goff’s Family. Co-worker and friends of Josh Overby, this was a bill put together with the purpose of the proceeds going to help this family.

For your entertainment you will enjoy a set for the acoustic duo, Take Two, featuring Les Wetherington and Mark Shelton on guitars and vocals. Next get ready to be rocked like only The BiPolar Express can prescribe. This trio of rockers includes Josh Overby on guitar and vocals, Wick Wickline on bass and vocals, and Mike Lancaster with backing vocals behind the kit on drums!

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7 October at 21:00 for Fireworks from the Festival

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My next stop along the way was Southern Salt Company & Waterfront Restaurant, 701 Evans St. Morehead City, NC, offering music fans the fun sounds of SwivelHip. A fully charged five piece band that offer great funk, soul and party songs to keep folks lively on the dance floor. This party band is out of the Raleigh area and here is more on their story from their Facebook Band page:

Up and down the east coast from NYC to Miami, somewhere between the Outer Banks and the Appalacians, SwivelHip can be found serving up some of the finest live music you will find anywhere. With excellent lead vocals, deep harmonies, and accomplished musicianship SwivelHip provides authentic covers of everybody’s favorite hits from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and today’s current chart toppers. Private Parties, Club Gigs, Frat Parties, Weddings, Corporate Events, Civic Functions and Large Public Festivals are all within SwivelHips’ portfolio of services.

SwivelHip is comprised of five seasoned, accomplished musicians, each of whom brings a different element of talent to the band, and all of which combine to form a tight wall of sound. Lush pads from the keyboards, smooth moving bass lines, screaming guitar leads, and explosive rhythms and drum beats accompany some of the best vocals you’ll find anywhere. On and off the stage, the members of SwivelHip have bonded over time and grown together to become a solid, polished group of professionals recognized around the region.

Band members include:

Patrick Murphy – Drums
Vlad Kary – Guitar/Vocals
Al Felton – Bass/Vocals
Zack Kitto – Lead Vocals
David Littlejohn – Keys/Vocals

If you like to watch a band for the sake of energy and entertainment, make sure you put these guys on your radar. They are wonderful. They will be returning to our Crystal Coast next week, on Saturday, October 21, 2017, for an appearance at Salt Bar, located at 325 Mansgrove Blvd., Emerald Isle , NC. If you are ready to dance and have some fun, be sure to check them out soon.

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My final stop of the evening brought me full circle back to Off the Hook where I had a great time grooving with another Lenoir County based rock cover act, The Roman Sams Band. They offered a great show for fans out rocking the night away, under the stars on the deck. It was a great day and night of awesome music and

I really enjoy the emotion and drive, as well as the talent and skill of this band. They cover everything you love about classic rock, with great attention to detail being paid when Janis Joplin songs echo through the air. The band rocked it from 9:30 pm til closing and the crowd loved dancing the night away to their beats.

For folks looking for a classic rock fix around the Carolina Beach way, be sure to head to Gibby’s Dock & Dine, 315 Canal St, Carolina Beach, NC. That show starts at 8 pm and the music plays til midnight.

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Once the Seafood Festival dies down, it is time for the locals and tourists to gather for Mumfest held in New Bern each year.

~ MumFest Weekend Music Offerings ~

The vendors that work hard along the festival circuit packed up their fun times, trucked down 70 West and parked in New Bern on Tuesday. Just in time to set up for MumFest 2017, taking place this weekend beginning this evening at 4:30 pm and lasting throughout the day on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Being most concerned about the music offerings at any fair or festival, here is a direct link on what our town will be offering the visitors this year.

MumFest 2017 Music Schedule

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Many of the town bars and restaurants will be offering entertainment, throughout this festive fall weekend in the Historic City of New Bern, NC.

The Harvey Mansion, located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC, welcomes all to Mumfest and celebrates with a great lineup of live music offerings. Please stop out and enjoy sometime on the patio, as you enjoy the following music entertainment:

Friday, October 13, 2017 8-11 pm

Limited Engagement

New Bern’s newest party band Limited Engagement, featuring the talents of James Ford, Billy Mobley and Freddie Scungio, will be rocking the night away with fun songs that keep folks moving and grooving, just in time to start this weekend of fall fun. Music starts at 8 pm and the band rocks til 11 pm

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Saturday, October 14, 2017 Acoustic Music from Carolina Sky 12-3 pm

Come enjoy the bluegrass sounds of Carolina Sky, live on the patio for lunch during MumFest 2017,they will offer up the songs that get the toes tapping and hips shaking from noon until 3 pm

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Saturday Night 8-11 pm ~ Joe Brown & the Band

Saturday night marks the return of Joe Brown & The Band to the patio, for a great night of unity through music, a message that never gets old. Come out and enjoy the soul and funk and pop grooves of this New Bern based band, as they offer the great grooves from 8-11 pm. These shows at the Harvey Mansion are always free, but feel free to tip any and all of the music makers that entertain you.

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Sunday Brunch with Casablanca

Come out this Sunday afternoon to enjoy the tastes of brunch, accompanied by the sounds of jazz and old world music of Casablanca, live on the patio from 12 til 3pm. The band is comprised of a trio of local talents including Simon Spalding on a host of instruments, Tom, Spellman on guitar and Glenn Durhot on drums.

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