Tag: #LocalMusic

Dream Big and Build A Music Community

Dream Big and Make it Your Mission

Dream Big and Give Them Your Heart!

If I had my way, no one would suffer, more music would play and even the grown children would dance! I believe in my talents and I work hard in my voluntary efforts to build a stronger music community! I have reached the point of no turning back because I believe that we can do this…but I can’t do it without your help! Since 2015, I have been working one business so to build another. I set out with the idea of taking my time as I showed people my talents. From March 2015 until September 2018, I could afford to offer this service which was supported by my day job.

As a writer and a promoter, I feel there is an important role to fill on the music scene. I use my talents as a videographer to stream live on Facebook and my skills as a still photographer, so to collect pictures that support the words I write and publish on this site. The goal is to set out each night that  I can and find live music locally. Then, when people say there is nothing to do around here, I shake my head, and hand them a card! After I do that, I find a new follower and friend on the music bus. How magnificent! Since 2016,  we have been publishing a minimum of two stories each week. I do have a man behind the scenes helping me. Meet my editor, Breeze!

My best friend and favorite human, meet our editor; BREEZE!

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The Facts of the Matter

I am always grateful to those that take the time to read about my musical journeys. Thank you for being here. Throughout this adventure, I have done my best for musicians and music venues alike and I have done it freely, without asking for much from anyone. I am an observer and a storyteller, whose favorite subject is music and favorite characters are musicians.

As the story goes, and most people already know it, I am a house cleaning contractor. This is how I have made my living for the past 13 years. Tracey’s Clean Sweep is my third established cleaning business, over the course of my cleaning career. The reason for that is because I am a rambling soul who always follows her heart. I sold my first business in 2009 before moving to Canada. In 2010 I started my second business in Louisiana and would relocate and register my business of the same name here in NC,  in 2013. I am currently working with zero employees since Florence, which also left me with zero desire to train anyone. Fact is, I was moving on before the flood.

To this day and for 13 years, I have been involved with every job. I love that my hard work is helpful to the people I serve. It’s an honest living and rewards of the instant gratification are endless. I walk into homes that are messy and when I leave they shine! That never grows old. But I do and am, daily! And the fact is, it hurts me now as I near 50 years old, so I know I won’t be able to sustain doing this work like I do, up and through the age of retirement. I just won’t! What you are witnessing here is nothing short of the backup plan.

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Build Your Biggest Dream

As a rule, house cleaners are disposable since disposable income pays for their services in many cases. When I hit a lull and my son was 17 and talking college, a few years ago, I was faced with a choice. I could use my free time to get a remedial paying job to help one company with my skills or use my free time to create another business and help a music community grow stronger.  Being innovative in my mind, always, I invested time in the latter and developed this site and a promotions business to support it. Tracey Stones Productions is that business which publishes this blog. You can visit my website at www.traceystonesproductions.com. 

I would love to see this blog site offer daily stories from many writers, in many regions, around the state. Currently, I am only one person writing and I am working hard at two businesses, doing it with old equipment and exhausting myself along the way! I want for this to be my only work each day for the rest of my life! The only thing I lack is the revenue needed for expansion.

Erect the Stage

After dedicating two full years to the mission of promoting local music, I was exploring options of exiting the cleaning business. I was considering the sale of my house cleaning contracts to several buyers. The idea was to invest the sale of that business so to jump start this business. And then Florence came along and wiped out so much of my workload there was hardly enough work left after the water receded to keep me afloat. Today there is nothing to sell today and I really don’t care to dwell on that, because so many others around me are hurting in a far worse way.

Over the years, because of my passion for music, my following on social media has grown considerably. I can’t even keep up, to be honest! And yes, I will ask you your name ten times, please don’t be offended. No matter how many get in the zone, I want even more people on board the music bus! This build is going to take a village and I know so many music-loving supporters that I know the build is possible.

After the storm, I just wanted to help my community however I could. I delivered meals, I distributed emergency relief buckets, I went looking for items that people needed.  And I went live to ask for help.

Those people, those beautiful followers of mine answered the call and sent whatever I requested! First, it was masks and gloves, then cleaning supplies and personal hygiene supplies and now it is household goods; linens, plates, lamps, furniture, curtains, etc.

Follow Your Heart

The work you see here, on this site, it’s my passion. It’s my heartbeat. And I feel it is important to work for the community I serve. This is not a new path for me. This is where my life was on course to go, once upon a time,  until I decided to raise my beautiful son alone. I took myself out of the game! I just could not be out in the bars until 1 or 2 in the morning, which was more the norm back then;  and be a good day mom too. I stopped writing after his birth in 1998, and I stopped promoting music entirely, for a full decade, in 2005. That is when I left the music scene in NJ/PA to rebuild a life with the help of my village, my family, in NC.

I took all of the skills I learned in promoting musicians and applied it to building my cleaning business. Within months of that practice,  I learned that I could make more money promoting my electric vacuum than I ever did when promoting an electric guitar. This came in handy when I looked down to see my 6-year-old looking up to me. I volunteered at his school once a week, and I built a cleaning business around putting him on and getting him off the bus. I have no regrets about putting my life on hold to watch and help him grow.

To this day, I work from 8 am until 2 pm in my cleaning business. I have cleaned homes, businesses, new construction, churches, and the highlight of it all came when I was picked to be the cleaning contractor for the film crew that filmed the A&E Series, Duck Dynasty. I did that for the first three seasons, until returning to New Bern in late 2012.

Stay Interesting

That was the Louisiana chapter and it was there that I cleaned for one of the coolest people I ever met. Sidney Wilhite’s home was over 18,000 square feet and I loved cleaning every square inch of it.  It was like a museum and people did take tours of it on the regular. It took two days a week to clean it all and every week I learned something new!

Mr. Sidney is the only person I ever met with a cannon on his front porch and a lion that needed dusting.

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As exciting as it might be to hear about all the toilets I have scrubbed, I truly get a thrill out of telling people about music. Music is healing and promoting it is something I was doing before I graduated high school.

The highlights of my published writing career are mentioned on my bio page and my greatest dream remains to heal the world with music. Bringing people together for the celebration of music is my only mission in this next career. I feel it is a worthy mission because we are one hurting society, with many different pains holding us back from being our true self!  There are plenty of needs and causes out there and many hearts can mend with help of music.

Ask For Help

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I mention all of this because I now need the help of my community to get this to the next level. And I promise if you help me get it there, not only will the tip jars and donations links disappear, but I will be paying it forward for the rest of my days. Not just by paying it back to you in my services, but your friends and neighbors and their friends too!

I feel like my efforts have already paid it forward for the venues and the bands that I cover. Lately, though, my field of dreams keeps growing but my reality keeps closing in on me. It’s just a rough spot I guess. I am currently driving a 2002 GMC Yukon with nearly 400,000 miles on it. Last week a musician who seeks my attention asked me in an off-handed way when was I going to make it out to see his band near Winston Salem. I understand he has been inviting me out for 10 months and, as much as I would love to say tomorrow, I have to rather admit that I am stuck in town because I can’t get out of here.

My car repairs are far more than I can afford and I’m pretty sure that they are not worth it either. Some days we just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other and hope for the best. I  know I did my best in freely putting 200,000 miles on my truck chasing music and telling people about it!  Now she is tired and I am even more exhausted trying to keep her.

Keep Dreaming and Dream Big!

My biggest hopes today are finding a local car dealership to consider NCMZ.LIVE as a great advertising outlet, and support my efforts with a better running, good on gas vehicle. Something that is cheaper than $65 per tank and offers more than 14 miles a gallon, would mean improvement! History notes, that I will drive their product all over the state and talk about them on my journey as I thank them each step of the way!

It is my next biggest hope that the readers and those that have benefited from my efforts would consider helping in the expansion. We can grow this to be an app for finding local live music but that takes revenue to make it happen. I will gladly advertise your business to build that revenue. Another way to help, for those who don’t have a business to advertise, is filling the tip jar.   http://Paypal.me/ncmz Every little bit helps!  I know that once I have what is needed to get this off the ground, we are going to rock the world!

The road ahead is rather exciting and I am thrilled that you are a part of the journey. As far as I can see, there is a lot of work to be done and more hands always make for lighter work. Thanks for being here and hanging out. You make the journey more fun and I thank you!

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Behind The Scenes With Tracey Stones

The reason I started things off differently today and put the light on myself for a change is that Charles Tendell encouraged me to put my story out there! It happened on Thursday night. I was invited to the Charles Tendell Studios to be a guest on New Bern Live. It was a nice opportunity to share some of my dreams and visions for this community I love! Before leaving the studio, Tendell encouraged me to reach out to people and tell them my story! I know one thing,  I dream daily about bringing healing vibes to people through the fun of music. For anyone interested in checking out that interview, please follow this link and join me in dreaming big and healing with music!!! It really will take a village to get us to the next level of growth and development.

Let’s Have A Conversation With Tracey Stones of NCMZ.LIVE

I truly appreciate all of the love and support my followers offer me in my missions with music. I look forward to where this path will lead us all! We are going to do great things and be an example for the world to follow.

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

As we concluded above, I have been hovering around the home base for a few weeks now, due to car repairs that are needed for safe travels. Luckily there are lots of people around here to love and many music makers to talk about!

Big Jim Brings the Blues and his Fans Bring The Toys for Tots

I started things off last night, just over the bridge in James City. That is where we found Big Jim Kohler rocking the crowd at BrUtopia, with his steady rhythm section and soulful bride. Along with offering the freshest beer, friends gathered and brought toys for the Marines on hand for the Toys for Tots drive. Before the night ended the box was overflowing. What an awesome town we call home! It’s was a wonderful reminder that there are a lot of kids who will need toys this year, so please give generously if you can!

Also adding to the groove last night was the harmonica player from Colorado, Lee Tibbetts, who came out on Wednesday night to jam with Kohler. His reaction to being in the presence of Kohler is one I can relate to. I remember moving back to town in 2013 and stumbling upon Jim in Swansboro, NC. It was then I turned my attention back to my true love for music. This is why I rallied for this man’s life and health last year when he fell ill. He inspires my path and helps me grow.

To check him out for yourself, stop out this month for one of his Wednesday night blues offerings at The City Stage. The band plays from 7-9 pm.

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Bluegrass and Beer Was the Theme at The Bruin

 

The night was billed as Seth Smith and Friends for those who don’t know, Smith is one of the players with The Hot Buttered Grits, New Bern’s jam band. Smith was joined by his grits counterpart John Johndrow on guitar and his friend Beth D’Angelo, offering bass and vocals. D’Angelo also plays with the band Cigar Box Jesus & The Revelation.

Beyond the folk sound and bluegrass selections were the fun jams that everyone enjoyed. It was a fun night with like-minded friends sharing the stage!

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Carrboro Acts Makes an Appearance at The Brown Pelican

 

Meet XOXOK

The first duo we heard at the front of the room was that of XOXOK, a duo featuring the soulful vocals and melodic guitar sounds of Keenan Jenkins and the twistedly talented beats of Joe MacPhail. This duo got together about two years ago and have some fun when given the opportunity to make music together. The Carrboro based outfit has a Facebook page which you can visit by clicking:

XOXOK

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The Oblations Close Out The Night

 

Next to the stage front came The Oblations. This Carbrro act has played around town several times in the past couple of years. They are a talented act offering the talents of Joe MacPhail on drums keyboards and vocals while his music brother from another mother, Daniel Fields offers the guitar parts and adds vocals as well. They were introduced to us by our friends at GEM Productions.

What’s exciting about this talented unit is that you are watching two guys on stage while looking for the full band. Fields work out the bass and guitar parts with his handcrafted six string, made for him by his father.  Meanwhile, in the other corner, MacPhail offers keyboards and drums while knocking the vocals out too.

Both of the groups featured at the dirty bird last night offer music that takes the soul on an original journey. If you ever make your way to Carrboro be sure to keep an ear out for their efforts. You will be entertained!

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Blackbeard’s Hosted Saltwater Gold

 

I made it out to Blackbeard’s Triple Play in just enough time to hear the last couple selections offered by The Saltwater Gold Band. This group hails from Oriental and offers the sounds of classic rock that people love. They also write their own music and mix up the night with some fresh works created by their guitar player, Chris Daniels, and lead singer Mark Hoff. 

To keep up to speed with this band and to keep up on their events like their band page on Facebook:

Saltwater Gold Band

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Getting Down Around Town

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First Stop ~ James City

 Tonight at BrÜtopia, Nest Cafe will be serving the supper and snacks you crave, and the beer will be fresh and cold. You can welcome December with the fresh sounds of Sam Lewis, who rocks’em from 7-10 pm. Remember it is the holiday season so support live music and tip music makers when you can! Every dollar counts.

Going Downtown

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they generally welcome awesome acoustic acts to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.

Tonight it is the rocking sounds of Gary Dudley and The Maxxtones. 

This free music offering will take place 8-11 pm. The Brown Pelican is a private club. Please sign up and pay your annual $1.00 fee to rock every weekend with the cool kids!

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. This week you can rock to the pop tunes offered by Ravenz Bru on Saturday night. Music starts at 7:30 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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A Variety of Live Entertainment is Scheduled at

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Here is what is happening this week as per a message I got earlier today:

12/1 Sat –  Sleeping Beauty, an original Bellydance Drama
Colleen M Wilde, Sahra DeRoy, Kaitlyn & the fabulous ladies of Mazagat, will be retelling this timeless fairy tale as you have never seen!

There will be a special Pre-Show featuring local & regional belly dance artist. Vending by Trav’s Tie Dyed Treasures & Art by Claudina Madrid, henna by Mehak Minhas.
Doors Open @ 5pm
Pre-Show starts @ 7pm
Main Show Starts @ 8:30pm
Karaoke Party Stars @ 10pm
Tickets (In Advance)
$8.00 (General Admission)
$10.00 (VIP Guaranteed Premium Seating)

Looking Ahead to Next Week

12/4 Tue – Pub Trivia TRIVIA TUESDAYS!!
Come and test your Trivia skills for an opportunity to win great prizes and have fun with friends! It’s all about bringing people together! Our Kitchen and Bar will have some tasty offerings to complement the evening. Stick around after the event and enjoy our friendly bartenders and interactive jukebox! Starts at 7 pm.

Tues @ 9 pm (after trivia) – City Stage Karaoke
Brush up your vocal skills and get ready to take center stage! Everyone is a star at City Stage! Bring your friends for a night of fun with the coolest folks around!

12/5 Wed – Big Jim Kohler
With a unique style all his own, Jim Kohler is one of the last true blues players. Having played for over 20 years with blues legends, Jim has created a killer sound that everyone will enjoy!
7 pm Showtime – There is no cover charge – Artist Donations Encouraged.

12/6 Thu – Popular local singer Alisa Mike serenades us with jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as other classics through the years and ones in the making. Her dynamic vocal range, artistic phrasing, and interaction with the audience make for a delightful evening! 7 pm Showtime – There is no cover charge – Artist Donations Encouraged.

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Rockin’ Around The Region

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

November 26 at 5:22 PM

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on

Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC on Facebook

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

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

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

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled

performance, Also mention what time doors open and the price of tickets. Sending along

pictures is helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog

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

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

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

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This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE. We will link your ad to your website for tracking so you can see the results of our readers visiting your site.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com to learn more.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

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New Bern Welcomes the Holiday Season As I Find Music All Around Town

On the Scene with Tracey Stones

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New Bern welcomed in the holiday season last night, making for another celebratory moment for #NewBernStrong with the season of giving and Santa Claus too. As the town’s people gathered on Middle Street to meet the man of the season and take a sleigh ride, I walked around the downtown looking for music to share.

I love this town. I look forward to what we are going to become in the years ahead! Last night I rounded four city blocks and found five bands rocking our scene surrounding the holiday hoopla!

Rick Huff Rocks the Dirty Bird

Our first stop brings us to The Brown Pelican which hosted Rick Huff last evening, offering classic rock songs from 7-10 pm. It is always fun to listen to Huff share his songs. He has been rocking around the region for decades and always tells me how blessed and lucky he feels that he gets to do this. He truly enjoys sharing songs with fans and friends and he has a good base of both, always out in support!

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Marron Chaplin Rocks the Bruin

Marron Chaplin was surrounded by the love of fans and friends when I walked into The Thirsty Bruin last night. She was rocking the crowd and they responded with loud applause and lighter flames burning in the air. This talented songstress has been rocking crowds for years and is getting ready to put some fun new things together for fans to enjoy.  For those hoping to catch her at a show soon, you are in luck if you find yourself around New Bern tonight. This rocker will be opening up the night at The Brown Pelican. She gets to work at 8 pm and will rock you until 10. Don’t miss it!

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Wannabees Give Em What They Want Outside

The first time I met this band they ran away with my heart. They were the first band to play for the Annual Fundraiser for Promise Place. That is the Sexual Assault Agency in town that serves victims of rape and sexual abuse. Each year they host a fundraiser called Barn Bash. Just days before Florence they hosted the 5th Annual on the Batten Farm in James City.  The Wannabees were the first headlining act, to offer to their talents and services for the benefit. Since then, I can’t tell you how many times I have seen them. But it was just last night when I saw them again.

They were rocking the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play, working hard to keep ’em warm under the tent. This quartet of classic rockers is New Bern based and so much fun. For those who are interested in keeping up with the band be sure to give their Facebook page a like:

The Wannabees on Facebook

 

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TrainWreck Funks Them Up Inside

Another New Bern born band that is always fun and worth the price of admission is that of TrainWreck, who rocked the house last night from 10 pm until the last call.

Founder Adrian Watts formed the band nearly 14 years ago and has rocked crowds in many rotations. Making the music come together on stage is Adrian Watts, guitar and vocals, Darrin Pratt, on the bass guitar, Barney Branch, playing the saxophone and helping with vocals. Evan Roberson plays the trombone. Terrance Cooper offers the vocals. Stepfon Rodman, is back behind the kit, on the drums, Tracy Dudley rocking the keys and Alex Nieves is always working the sound for the band.

Tonight the band brings their show to the Crystal Coast. You can find them at Jack’s Waterfront Bar. They get to funking things up from 10 pm until the last call. To keep up with the band be sure to visit their website by clicking the name below:

TrainWreck

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~Mail Call~

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Sandy Green Showing off the new shirts for Guitarists for Good!!

I heard from my music promoter friend and guitarist April Anders this week. She has something worth talking about this holiday season. She is a part of a non-profit organization that she wants our area to know about, in the hopes that we can help them. I think it is a worthy cause so, here is what I learned:

Guitarists for Good

is a non-profit that provides the gift of guitars and music to homeless shelters, including the Salvation Army after-school kids program, Raleigh Rescue Mission, Safe Place and many more. This charity is very near and dear to my heart. I have been a part of this since the onset. Music is healing and soothing for the soul. Many in this group have a story about how music has changed their lives. My hope is to be able to help provide others with something that can help them make a change in their lives, help them to find peace, and an outlet for the many feelings they may be going through.

When she reached out to me this week, she said in her message, “I would love for you to join our Guitarists for Good non-profit group. I will send you a link to the page. If you get responses from folks in your area that have guitars to donate, let them know to contact me. And I can make a trip down to your area to pick them up. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and I will be happy to tell you more about it. Thank you. “

To learn more you can check out their Facebook page.

Guitarists For Good

My thought was, “No Thank you! What an awesome thing!” So for those that wish to learn more or help out with a donation, you can email Anders @

ajknc93%40gmail.com.

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, November 24, 2018

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Getting Down Around Town

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.

Tonight it is a double bill of rock’n blues. Starting off the night with her rocking soul will be Marron Chaplin jamming from 8-10 pm and Big Jim Kohler rocking the rest of the night away with his down-home blues til midnight.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight, fans of southern rock are in for a treat when The Potter’s Hill Band comes calling tomorrow 7:30-11:30 pm. This band is the result of two bands teaming up on tour this past year and the players playing around.

It all came about after The Adam Hill Band picked up a few dates with the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute act, Second Helping. From there Chris McCallister, founder, and guitarist for SH and leader of the self-named Adam Hill Band got to jamming, Jonathan Riggs got to singing, his wife Laura McCallister and her dear friend Fleeta Griffith started backing him up and Joey Gillette of SH got going on the back beat. Adding to that, the bass man from Side Track, Rick Ellis. They rehearsed a time or two in the town where they take their name and rocked their first gig a few weeks ago. If you missed their debut, come on out and hear their second gig. Tonight 7:30 pm! Come early for something to eat and rock the night away under the tent!

For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

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Live tonight at The City Stage it is Joe Brown and The Band.
Doors open at 5pm, food, and drinks will be available as always throughout the night. The show starts at 8 pm. This is going to be a special night! Joe Brown & The Band presents a Thanksgiving Holiday event, hosted by Comedian 2 Cups, with special guest appearances by teen talent Jasmine Bridges and the simply amazing Alisa Evans Mike. City Stage invites you to make this a holiday to remember, join us for “A Family Affair.

$8.00 Gen. Admission
$10.00 Reservations
Tickets available at citystagenewbern.com

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Cruising The Coast

Morehead City, NC

According to their Facebook Page, here is what is happening this weekend at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 513 Evans St., Morehead City:

~Saturday, November 24th~
OPEN at 12noon
Enjoy our wood-fired pizza starting at 8 pm
Live music by Trainwreck starts at 10 pm

Friendly reminders: Everyone must be 21 and over. Starts at 9 pm and there is a $10 minimum on credit cards.

See you at Jack’s!

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On the deck tomorrow will be New Bern’s own rock show, The BiPolar Express. They’ll be providing the entertainment for the good folks that gather at Off the Hook this Saturday night. Live music starts at 10 pm. I encourage you to go early for the delicious food and stay late to get in the grooves with this fun and funky band! Off the Hook is located at 105 S 7th St, Morehead City, NC.

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Beaufort

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 4EverAll will on stage at Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop. They will be sharing the songs you love and the creations that are spawned by their own love. Free music will be offered from 8:30-11:30 pm. Please feel free to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

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The Backstreet Pub, 124 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC, welcomes the soothing blues sounds of The Beaufort Blues Project. In case you missed yesterday’s blog, I mentioned that this band has been offering their service to help so many since Florence. I know that is true of all or most of us around here, but tonight we can give back to them. Tonight is a real gig for the band and it is my hope that music lovers from all around will come out and show their tip jar some love so they know how much they are appreciated.

Music makers are amazing, which is why I work so hard supporting them. They show up for any cause they donate time and they are always the first people to rise up. I know, because I’ve see it. I love our local music makers.

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Emerald Isle, NC

Tonight at the E-Club Emerald Isle invites you out anytime this afternoon. They will have a DJ rocking you until the town parade ends at about 5 pm. They will also offer a free pig to feed you and then a couple of great bands to rock you into the night. Pure T Mommick hits at 5 pm and Spare Charge finishing things out from 9 pm until closing.

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 The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits is where you can come out and enjoy the performance of Chris Bellamy, who will be offering songs in the garden following the town’s parade, this evening from 5-8 pm.

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Rocking Around The Region

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

November 19 at 5:59 PM

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on

Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC on Facebook

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

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

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

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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69.

Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled

performance, Also mention what time doors open and the price of tickets. Sending along

pictures is helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog

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

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

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

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

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE. We will link your ad to your website for tracking so you can see the results of our readers visiting your site.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com to learn more.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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Music Benefits Offer More Than One Benefit For The Blogger

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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One of the best parts of writing this blog has been getting to know so many people around the state. Along the way and with time, I have become a resourceful contact for anyone who is in need of entertainment. Though I have no real interest in making a living from booking bands, it does account for most of the earned income for Tracey Stones Productions, LLC.

 Craven Arts Council/Bank of the Arts presents an annual concert series At The Gallery. This series highlights famed singer-songwriters and such as Otis Redding, which was last month. Bob Dylan will be featured next month on December 1, 2018 and this month Carly Simon. It was just before Halloween when John Burger reached out looking for a performer to cover the performance.

The originally scheduled artist for the November show had to cancel due to injury and Burger hoped for the show to go on. It took me about ten minutes to come up with a name. Local singer-songwriter in her own right Marron Chaplin, a rock powerhouse. I know her music falls into a different genre than Simon’s, but I thought for sure she could do this.

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Marron Chaplin Gives First Piano Concert of Career

To Sell Out Crowd Saturday Night

 

 

 

When I first reached out to Chaplin with the opportunity, she took a minute to consider the idea. After being presented the opportunity she discussed it with her biggest fan, her mom, and after some more consideration accepted the challenge. And a challenge it was. Chaplin is well versed in rock music and leans on the side of being a hard rocker at that.

Regardless of genre preference, I also knew she was a skilled and professional player. What I did not know when I reached out to the performer was, that she was honing her skills on the piano and was excited to hear that the Gallery had a piano for the performance. Following her commitment to the gig, the young mom buckled down and learned a variety of songs from Carly Simons song catalog. She offered a two-hour performance with a brief intermission in between sets.

She interacted with the audience while she fought off her nerves in between songs and opened her mind to the opportunity of grander gigs with more attentive audiences. Fact is a show at the Gallery is nothing like a more routine gig at a bar. She did great, pulling off the show with sheer talent and grace. Here is one of the selections she shared with the audience with her baby blue six-string in hand. A guitar she named after her Grandmother, Evelyn.

 

For fans and friends of the entertainer, you can find her rocking around town this weekend. On Friday she will be on stage and rocking The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle Street, New Bern, NC, with free music being offered from 8-10:30 pm. On Saturday night she will be opening the night at the Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC, offering tunes from 8-10 pm.

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Carolina Lily Fest 2018 at The Brown Pelican Took Place on Saturday

 

 

 

The good people at GEM Productions teamed up with Folks Journal, will present the 4th Annual Carolina LilyFest 2018 at The Brown Pelican on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

 

 

The evening offered five acts, including New Bern’s Family Band Strung Together opening the event at 5 pm. Mandy Mears, Sometimes Lions, Batts, and Crystal Bright all offered their talents and time for this wonderful event, that raised money for our area’s Coastal Women’s Shelter. Along with great entertainment, there were awesome items donated for a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing. The Coastal Women’s Shelter is a nonprofit that helps families live free from domestic violence.

Gabrielle Christie and Her New Project Batts debuts at LilyFest 2018

 

 

 

 

 

When I first met Gabrielle Christie she was a shy teenager playing in a bluegrass band. She sort of blended into the stage set playing her guitar and giving up the spoons and fiddling with the mandolin while singing back up. The band was Merchant’s Road. About a year and a half later, we saw her on stage as the singer/bass player for the original rock band Barefoot Monty. That band had a great stint and released on 5 track EP about a year after they banded together. In fact, the band played the day show at BTM’s this summer for GEM Productions’ Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Since then, she has grown into her own and is becoming a music force we all need to spend some time listening to. She is now working out her music offering with a new bands call Batts. This duo features Christie front and center offering vocals, guitar, and bass on her own efforts. Batts is going to make a great impression on the New Bern music scene.

 

New Bern Meets Crystal Bright & The Silver Hands

 

 

 

Like with each annual event, the night closes out with a headliner from out-of-town. This year’s finale was offered by a hauntingly talented duo, that of combines the musical energies of Crystal Bright and Jeremy Haire. As per the band bio, we learn that  “Crystal Bright is an Indie singer/multi-instrumentalist, composing music steeped with dark cinematic twists and international musical influences and has played over 1000 shows across the world since 2010.” The fun and mystical singer-songwriter offered a great closing set to fans, that filled the Pelican for the great night of music and making fun for The Coastal Women’s Shelter. 

The band has several releases and you can find them on many social media sites, including Facebook and Reverbnation.  They have a couple of gigs on the calendar worth noting. To check out their merchandise and show dates you can check out the website at:

Crystal Bright & The Silver Hands

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Behind the Scenes With Tracey Stones

 

I just have to give a shout out to Crystal Bright and Jeremy Haire for making the choice to come to New Bern, in spite of the fact that their car broke down en route to the gig. The duo got towed into town from Goldsboro, NC so to perform for the charity event. Following the show, I called AAA to try to get them a tow truck home. Given the late hour and distance, it seemed impossible to find a truck willing to take the trek to Chapel Hill at 2 am. The following morning we met in the parking lot and out of the blue, I asked Bright to turn the engine. The car cranked and I followed them well out-of-town, just about nearing Dover.

Of course, just as I was coming back into New Bern, she reached out and told me the car died and they were stuck again, in LaGrange. With that, I doubled back and carried on through Kinston, where I met them in LaGrange and once again called AAA. Parker Millar, came to the scene to collect the passengers; getting Haire and Bright back to town before Haire was due at work. The guitarist makes a living running sound at the famed Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.

Fact is, they could have been towed back to Chapel Hill when they were on their way, but being the professional players they are, they made the gig with minutes to spare and worried about their fate later. These behind the scenes stories are the best parts of this life. Big thanks to A+ Towing for recovering the vehicle and returning it safely to Chapel Hill.

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The Weekend Ends With A Benefit for Pamlico County Middle School

The most beneficial shows for a blogger is a benefit with many bands. This is always my favorite kind of event to cover. Last weekend I ended the week on a good note with great music and all for the sake of raising money for Pamlico County Middle School.

Following the wrath of Hurricane Florence in September the children of this school have been displaced with their school rendered unsafe. In an effort to raise the funds needed for the repairs, Pamlico County High School Band Director and Educator, Mr. James Durham put together a benefit which took place in the AH Hatsell Auditorium at Pamlico County High School.

When he is not busy sharing knowledge with students, Durham can be heard swapping notes with any number of area bands. In fact, the sax player performed with four out of the five bands that were on the bill last Sunday, November 18, 2018, for the event he organized, Band Together For Hurricane Relief to Fix PCMS.

I invite you to come back tomorrow to hear all about the bands that played for the worthy cause. Before we go, I will leave you with the last song of the night. The hard-working Hank Barbee ran sound all day, including for his band The Dust Parade who ended the show!

 

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My Grateful Heart

After three years of dedicating myself to the local, live music scene you have shown me my work is important and gave me the inspiration and help to fuel the mission further with your generous contribution. On this, the Eve before Thanksgiving, I want you all to know how grateful I am for each and every one of you who help me keep the dreams alive. We are not only giving my dreams a life, but we are keeping a light shining on the superstars that rock us every weekend. Those entertainers work hard and I like working equally as hard trying to cover as much as I humanly can.

Since the night before Thanksgiving is generally one of the biggest bar nights of the year, I decided that publishing tonight was much needed and necessary for those looking for the music tonight.

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Live Music Options ~ Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

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Rocking Around The Region

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Jacksonville, NC

The Adam Hill Band returns to Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd, Jacksonville, NC. With music starting at 9 pm Hill and the boys will rock you right into Thanksgiving Day.

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Kinston, NC

Another fine, rocking band out of the same is The Roman Sams, offering the best in classic rock. They have a gg tonight. They will be rocking the Red Room 220 Herritage St., Kinston, NC; starting at 10 pm. Music plays until 2 am and there is a music charge payable at the door.

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Goldsboro, NC

John Toppings brings his acoustic show to fans and friends that gather at Village Steakhouse and Pub.

 Music is served from 7-10 pm. This will happen in the bar. This music service is free, so please feel free to tip the music maker this Thanksgiving!

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Raleigh, NC

 

Rudino’s Rooftop host live music each Wednesday and tonight is no exception. Come out to enjoy the sounds of John Briggs from 6-10 pm.

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Wilson, NC

Brewmasters welcomes TripleWide Band to host the pre turkey day jam jam tonight! Come join the fun from 7-10 pm

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Graham, NC

The Ends and Jive Mother Mary are teaming up for this years Turkey Jam! Music will be performed in the brand new VENUE at Beer Co. Graham!

8pm- Walt Atkison
9pm- Band Member Line Up: Keith IngallsRyan BurgessMason KeckJosh Coe and Fluff

-November 21st 8pm- 12am
-Age 21 and up starting at 7:30pm
-$10 cover starting at 7:30pm

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Benson, NC

The Junction is looking forward to hosting a good ol country throwdown with the talented stringer and singer Jonathan Parker. The fun starts at 9:30 pm and he will have you boot scooting until just past midnight.

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Warrentown, NC

The Plank Road Band will perform this evening at Robinson Ferry Restaurant & SpiritsMusic starts at 8 pm and the rock ya goot until 11 pm.

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Morehead City, NC

Offering his latest song as well as several we have all come to know and love, Bryan Mayer will be performing live at Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar – Morehead City NC. Music is served from 7-10 pm, The food is always worth enjoying, the beer is cold and tonight the free music will be amazing.

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Swansboro, NC

Steel Shot will provide the rocking tunes you love tonight at The Boro Restaurant & Bar. Music is served from 7-10 pm and the food here is also delicious enough to impress your date.

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New Bern, NC

City Stage New Bern offers music fans a good dose of the blues to break p the mid-week monotony. Come out to enjoy the Big Jim Kohler Band live on stage offering their brand of blues to the crowd from 7-9 pm. This show is now a weekly offering which will be followed by an open jam that welcomes friends and music makers to join the fun. All are welcome to attend. Bring our instruments and come out to play tonight. The stage opens for the jam at 9 pm and music plays until closing.

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Open Mic Madness

 

Since we end our run around in town with a jam it reminded me to look into other open mic and open jams that might be happening and here are a few I found for you ambitious music makers looking to get out and rock em tonight!

Starting things off in Avon, Turner’s HIgh Moon Bar welcomes jammers to the stage tonight from 9 pm until 1 am.

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Raleigh, NC

This open mic night at Imurj is hosted by Brian Jones and all are welcome to attend. Sign up starts at 8 pm and the jams last til the midnight hour.

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The Second Row opens their stage to jammers each Wednesday night. Music starts at 8 pm and all are welcome to come out and enjoy!

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Coyote Music Den welcomes jammers to come to show off tonight from 6:30 pm until the music stops.

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Sugar Magnolia Cafe welcomes you out tonight as well. Jammers are welcome to sign up at 6 pm and the jam rocks from 6:30-9 pm

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

November 19 at 5:59 PM

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on

Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC on Facebook

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Do You Like Live Music Videos? Check out my Live Stream Page on Facebook

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

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

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

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you, the music makers that rock you! Be sure to hug people often and share the love.  Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Keeping up with the Blogger

Follow me on Facebook:

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

Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled

performance, Also mention what time doors open and the price of tickets. Sending along

pictures is helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

℘℘℘℘

Support Live Music ~ Support This Blog

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

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

TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and has a few dollars to spare, you can tip the blogger. There are several tip buckets found on site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

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

This site is currently seeking corporate sponsors to host this site. If you are the CEO of your organization and wish to invest in the arts and music promotions, please consider NCMZ.LIVE as the place to be!

NCMZ.LIVE offers affordable advertising opportunities. If you have a business and a wish to attract new customers, consider online advertising. Consider NCMZ.LIVE. We will link your ad to your website for tracking so you can see the results of our readers visiting your site.

To find out more on any and all of these opportunities, please email ncmz.live@gmail.com to learn more.

This site is a free service, published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music.

If you enjoy this blog and the content, please help support the mission. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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ADVERTISE HERE! CALL

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Keeping the Beats in New Bern Last Night We Find Some Soul Boogie, Party People and Talented Stringers

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

 

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Keeping the beats close to home last night, it seems when you ride around in a vehicle with nearly 400,000 miles, sometimes it is wise to stay close to home base. Lucky for me, we live in New Bern, NC and that means plenty of music options for your weekend fun.

Caffeinated Soul Boogie

Last night I started things off in James City, where I stopped by BrÜtopia, to enjoy the sounds of the New Bern based band known as Caffeinated Soul Boogie. They offered their grooves last night from 7-10 pm, to a packed house of onlookers and listeners. This local act features a father and daughter duo, that has expanded to become a full band with great songs to share. Making the music is singer Darria Yeager, who has the voice of an angel, her father Derrick Moore plays the guitar
Javier Sinobas is the one offering the bass notes while Tanner Bright keeps the beats.

In addition to the sweet sounds they make, the band welcomed local blues legend Bob Clyde to the stage, to help out with some harmonica parts. It was a great night of music and keeping beats. The crowd was enjoying the food being served by Nest Cafe and the beer brewed right there at BrÜtopia.

To get familiar with this fun area band that offers a mix of folk, Americana and blues music be sure to check out their band page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/caffsoulboogie/

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Spare Change Offers the Party Grooves

I can’t tell you how many times I have come close to seeing this next band. But let me just say, it has been more than a few times that I just missed the rocking sounds of Spare Change. In fact, it happened just weeks ago. My case in point, they rocked the morning away at the Amped Up for Youtilities event in Morehead City. They were finishing up their last song when I was rounding the corner and making my way to the stage.

Last night, however, the LaGrange based band rocked the night away on the back deck at Blackbeard’s where plenty of people joined the fun. Making the grooves come to life in this popular band are Jordan Rouse, guitar and vocals, Jeff Morris in the back behind the kit; Veronica Wall upfront and leading the vocals. I am unclear on who is holding down the bass, and who rocked the other guitar, but all in all this band is a lot of fun.

The draw here of course is, they play songs that bring us back to when life was carefree and fun. They play popular songs that we all know and love, and many that make us want to dance. Tonight the band has a gig lined up at The Deck at River Twist. The band will be rocking the popular grooves tonight from 8:30-11:30 pm. To keep up with the beats of this band, be sure to visit their website by clicking this link:

https://sparechangemusic.net/home

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Kristie Lynn Brings It To The Brown Pelican

Here again is another artist that I have been hoping to catch for some time. I rather enjoy her live video feeds on Facebook and she is familiar to many around town. Kristie Lynn hails from Wilmington, NC and offers friends and fans an acoustic show with great favorites, familiar to most. Along with that, she is a talented singer-songwriter with a list of songs she has composed. She plays her songs throughout the Downeast region and you can keep up with the busy artist by liking her Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/1KristieLynn/

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~Mail Check~

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Singer-Songwriter, Will McBride reached out this wee, to let me know some good news going on with his band, The Will McBride Group. They will be featured this week on 106.5 FM WSFL’s Homegrown Music. Catch up with New Bern’s own Parker Millar, this Sunday at 10 pm and listen for when he spins their latest release, “Karma.”

For those interested in catching the band live tonight at The Flipside Restaurant, where they will be offering the sounds from 8-11 pm.

 

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More Pause for a Good Cause

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Before we get to talking about all the music happening around tonight, let me first take a minute to remind you of a very important show taking place at Pamlico County High School. This concert will feature the music of five acts and the proceeds will be donated to help fix Pamlico County Middle School, which was devastated by Florence in mid-September. On the bill for Band Together For Hurricane Relief will be The Pamlico Sound (The school’s Jazz Ensemble), Brant Island Strings of Pamlico County, Beaufort Blues Project from Beaufort, The Spread from Morehead City and The Dust Parade, featuring Hank Barbee, from Wilmington, NC.

The upcoming event will be taking place tomorrow, Sunday, November 18, 2018, at the Pamlico High School’s AH Hatsell Auditorium. Doors open at 3 pm and music plays at 4 pm. There is a recommended donation of $5.00 per person payable at the door.

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Live Music Option ~ Saturday, Nov 17:

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First Stop James City!

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Checking in with our friends at BrÜtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC: Tonight you can come out and enjoy the acoustic sounds of the talented Irish Robinson, who is on his way to becoming a dad this week. What a great thing to celebrate. Be sure to congratulate the music maker when he comes to town tomorrow. As always, the music is free, the beer is fresh and the weekend awaits. Come out and celebrate! Music is served from 7-10 pm.

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Bank of The Arts

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Craven Arts Council & Gallery is proud to present “At the Gallery: Carly Simon,” performed by Marron Chaplin. The hit singer and songwriter of “You’re So Vain,” Simon was a powerhouse of the 1970’s pop music scene who won numerous awards. The concert takes place at Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St, on November 17

. The concert begins at 7pm, with a pre-concert discussion of the composer’s life starting at 6:30 pm. Hoping to cope with a stutter at the age of eight, Carly Simon turned to music, both singing and songwriting. After a short career with her sister as “The Simon Sisters,” her self-titled debut album won a Grammy for Best New Artist, starting her international career.

Often topping the charts throughout the 1970’s, Simon’s unique voice and songwriting talent won her critical acclaim. Simon is the first artist to ever win an Academy Award, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe for a song written, composed and performed by the same artist. Her career included numerous Billboard hits, 2 Grammy Awards, induction in the Songwriter Hall of Fame, and the ASCAP Founder’s Award. Hit’s include “You’re So Vain,” “Anticipation,” and “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be.”

Marron Chaplin is a multifaceted singer, songwriter, guitarist and piano player whose sound ranges from monster rock riffs to piano ballads, acoustic storytelling, and classic blues guitar solos. She been a member of numerous bands in addition to her solo career and is currently touring between eastern North Carolina, New York City, and Nashville.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts in, to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands.

Tonight we take a pause for a local cause courtesy of GEM Productions.

Carolina Lily Fest 2018 kicks off at 5 pm, with New Bern’s family band Strung Together offering the opening set. Following their set, Mandy Mears plays at 6:15; followed by Sometimes Lions 7:15 pm. Batts come calling at 8:15 and closing out the night will be the music of the incredibly talented Crystal Bright. 

Along with all of the great entertainment, there will be a silent auction and a place to make donations for Coastal Women’s Shelter during this holiday season. Please come out and show your support and help this worthy organization help others in our community!

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight you can party right through the weekend with Push Play bringing the fun vibes. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

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Saturday, November 17th means Madame Z’s November Pride
Madame Z and The Pollock Street Drag Divas are back for another unique and unforgettable evening of Fun! It’s an evening you don’t want to miss! The crowd is always diverse and fun-loving and the mood is sublime!
8 pm – 1 am Cover Charge $8.00

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Cruising The Coast

 

Morehead City, NC

According to their Facebook Page, here is what is happening this weekend at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 513 Evans St., Morehead City:

~Saturday, November 17th~
OPEN at 12noon
Enjoy our wood-fired pizza starting at 8 pm
Live music by Rural Route Romance starts at 10 pm 🎸

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On the deck tonight, bring the music to the people and for the people, it is New Bern’s most loved funk and soul act Joe Brown and The Band, they’ll be providing the entertainment for the good folks that gather at Off the Hook tonight. Live music starts at 10 pm. I encourage you to go early for the delicious food and stay late to get in the grooves with this fun and funky band! Off the Hook is located at 105 S 7th St, Morehead City, NC.

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Swansboro, NC

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Tonight at Boro Restaurant  & Bar you can enjoy the sounds that sooth you, with music being offered from 8-11 pm tonight courtesy of New Bern’s own Ed Prophet. He will sing songs that make you fall in love with the weekend and maybe even your date. Come out to enjoy and celebrate around the little town of Swansboro. Tonight they will host the town tree lighting following an early performance of the Nutcracker, which is being offered at The Swansboro Dance Studio. Following the tree lighting, you can enjoy live music at Boro Restaurant, located on Front St., Swansboro, NC. The music will play courtesy of the Castellano Brothers and Webb Brothers.

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Emerald Isle, NC

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Tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits you can come out and support the debut performance of Charlie Sieber, who will be offering songs in the garden this evening from 6-9 pm.

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Rocking Around The Region

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Clayton, NC

 

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Revival 1869 – A Drinkery is a neat place for a date night. Tonight they feature an amazing jazz trio featuring Russell Favret. Music is offered from 8-11 pm. This show is free but please feel free to not only tip the bartenders serving you, but the entertainers too!

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Raleigh, NC

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Genre: Funk
Location: New Orleans, LA

George Porter, Jr. is best known as the bassist of The Meters, along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste. The group was formed in the mid 60’s and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk then called R&B. The Meters disbanded in 1977 but reformed in 1989. Today the original group still plays the occasional reunions but the Funky Meters, of which Porter and Neville are still members, most prominently keeps the spirit alive.

Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter Jr. During the course of a career spanning more than four decades, Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in The Meters, but he’s notched session work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Tori Amos, Taj Mahal, Ryan Montbleau and live performances with Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes, John Scofield, Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno (and including recent studio releases with Warren Haynes and Bill Kreutzmann) just to name a few.

Porter is also the bandleader of his own unique long-term project the Runnin’ Pardners. He has assembled some seasoned and talented musicians to join him on this project. Familiar Pardners – Brint Anderson (guitar) and, Michael Lemmler (keyboards) and rising stars on the New Orleans music scene Khris Royal (saxophone) and Terrence Houston (drums). George Porter Jr. plans to keep a smile on his face.” I feel like I am working towards something that will be remembered.”

Today, Porter features that epic bottom end in his latest ventures with his own band the Runnin’ Pardners.

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FLOW TRIBE

Genre: Funk/Rock/Psychedelic/Blues
Location: New Orleans, LA

Few bands arouse a crowd into a collective shake like Flow Tribe. The six-member band’s onstage chemistry reflects a seamless combination of soul and movement, that hits the audience within the first few notes. Virgin listeners and avid fans alike are drawn in by the distinctive sound that feels both familiar and original. Outfitted for each performance in colorful, carefully selected suits, it’s clear their focus is sharp and the party has begun. This is the work of professional musicians who’ve found their passion and are living a dream where everyone’s welcome.

Second line brass and Cuban-Caribbean rhythms meld with R&B, soul, rock, and hip-hop beat, in high-energy performances that turn every show into a celebration. New Orleans has influenced itself, the unparalleled free and easy city weaving its way into track after track of original scores, that make up a single definition of sound, which Flow Tribe has dubbed “backbone-cracking music.”

K.C. O’Rorke (vocals, trumpet), John-Michael Early (harmonica, washboard, vocals, keyboard), Russell Olschner (drums), Chad Penot (bass, vocals), Bryan Santos (guitar, timbales), and Mario Palmisano (guitar) are native New Orleanians and high school pals, who’ve been writing music and playing live shows since the band’s inception in 2004. Post-graduation they went their separate ways, but after Katrina each returned to their hometown, inherently becoming active members in the rebuilding of a community that’s stronger than ever. Flow Tribe may well be the city’s next music ambassadors.

 

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Farmville, NC

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Pour Haus Pub welcomes the talented Adam Hill to the stage this evening for a fun night of rockin’ sounds, that include cover songs you know and originals you will love. Music plays from 10 pm until the closing bell at 1 am. Come to get rocked by the singer and stringer from Pink Hill, NC.

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Durham, NC

 

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NOVEMBER 17, 2018 · SATURDAY * 8PM * $25 SEATED / $20 STANDING

Juke Joint at the Edge of the World is the eleventh studio release from esteemed singer-songwriter Randall Bramblett, a multi-instrumentalist musician with a career spanning four decades. Highly sought-after for his creativity, as both a collaborator and skilled touring sideman, the legendary Georgian’s talent has earned him the respect of his peers and many of rock’s finest luminaries. While having shared stages with artists such as Steve Winwood, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, and Widespread Panic, among others, it’s Bramblett’s own career as frontman where his artistry is truly on full display.

Deep into the self-described second act of his solo career, Bramblett aims to recreate the literature of the blues with music about nowhere people in nowhere lands. Conjuring equal parts Tom Waits, William Burroughs, and hallelujah chorus, his music again comes alive with this new collection of songs. With a commitment to the story of his characters and the necessary mutation of music, Bramblett has kept his solo career as fresh as the day it began.

This evolving engine of creativity is due, in large part, to the familiarity and bond shared with his band mates.

Come out for a special night of music and enjoy the great food too.

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Cat’s Cradle Presents

Saves The Day with Kevin Devine and An Horse at Motorco
7 PM Doors – 8 PM Show
$20 Adv – $25 Day Of
Tix: http://bit.ly/SavesTheDayNov17

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Kinston, NC

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Mason Jar Bonfire will be rocking the grooves at The Red Room this evening. They get the party started at 10 pm, with music playing until closing at 2 am. Come have a good time as we dance into the weekend tonight. The Red Room is located at 220 Herritage St., Kinston, NC. There is s $5.00 music charge payable upon entry.

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

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Thanks for Reading!

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Hurricane Relief Was Amped Up in Morehead City Last Weekend

 On the Scene With Tracey Stones

Hurricane Relief got “Amped Up” in Morehead City last weekend, with an assortment of local and regional bands coming together for a fun day of great music and community!. Thanks to that little, day-long, shindig; I had the pleasure of checking out a dozen bands in all, last weekend throughout my travels. I love weekends like that! Thanks for being here week after week! I love checking out our music scene together!

Probably most exciting about the past weekend was the hearing bands that I first saw when I set out on the scene as a live music blogger. In particular, The Spread and The Beaufort Blues Project. But there were others also. The thing that stood out for me was, the focus on local/regional music acts that brought our people together for the sole purpose of enjoying a day, making donations, offering hugs and healing, smiles and dancing. And best of all, this was a family friendly event that had kids and adults smiling throughout the morning, noon and night!

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NC Seafood Festival and Big Rock Tournaments Offer a Fun Day on the Waterfront!

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Even though the Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival had to be canceled this year, due to the destruction and devastation caused by Hurricane Florence, the committees of the area’s two big events (NC Seafood Festival and Big Rock Tournaments) got together to sponsor and bring a scaled-down version of the festival to the waterfront. It not only offered a bit of hope to residents but it was great fun for all who attended. The event served as a fundraiser for those affected. The proceeds will help pay the utility bills this winter.

Festival Chairperson Ed Stack said the decision to still hold an event was important to the community. Best of all, it featured live music throughout the day! And so, on Saturday, November 3, 2018, vendors set up to welcome people. Along with many vendors, that included a variety of food trucks, nonprofits, as well as crafters and artisans, Jaycee Park set up a big stage and the committees welcomed nine acts that offered 12 hours of entertainment, provided by local acts familiar to the Downeast region.

The organizations had chosen the Salvation Army as the recipient of designated funds raised from the event. The Salvation Army has a program within its framework that benefits families in need of assistance to pay their utility bills.

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The event kicked off at 11 AM, with the sound of Mike Corrado of Jacksonville, NC welcoming the first guests.

Following the opening set, Spare Change came next. The wildly popular party band who got the crowd pumped and ready for a fun afternoon in the sun on the waterfront. Although I did miss the first two opening acts, I was happy to be greeted by the familiar fun sounds of New Bern’s own family folk band, Strung Together

 Family Folk Featured at Festival With New Bern’s Strung Together

 Strung Together, features the Oliver Family with some adopted music members added along the way, to complete the mix. Family members include the clan created by George and Dare Oliver and their three children, Cat on bass and mandolin and offering stellar vocal work, Abigail on guitar, piano, and vocals and youngest son Mason, guitar and vocals. Rounding out the instrumentation are drummer boy and family friend, Nick Eickhoff. Adding more depth and dimension to the folk sounds offered is Addy Quinn on fiddle. It is thanks to Quinn that the band added Charlie Daniels’ most famed composition, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” which closed out their set.

What some readers might not realize, the Olivers suffered great loss as their historic home directly across the street from the river, that tried to wash it away with a 10-foot surge. The family is rebuilding and still finding the time to offer their talent for the benefit of others in need. Tomorrow they will be in their hometown playing for the relief of homeless veterans. Come out to the Farmer’s Market on S. Front Street at 3 pm. Tickets will be available at the door. Rocking Relief for Homeless Veterans is now celebrating its third year. This year’s event features one great regional and four local bands.

Next week, Strung Together will be taking part in Carolina Lily Fest 2018 at the Brown Pelican. That event will benefit The Coastal Women’s Shelter. This annual fundraiser is happening on November 17, 2018, and Strung Together gets things going with music at 5 pm. To keep up with the band, like their page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/strungtogetherband/

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The Spread Shows Up and Spreads Love With Music

 

Next came The Spread, based in Morehead City, NC. The hometown band brought their love for music and spread it all over the waterfront. This is one of the first bands I ran into, years ago when I got started on my journey of covering live music. I was taken by their unique blend of sounds and energy. Spreading a lot of love, sharing their love for music.

They are a five-piece band featuring front singer Kathryn Morgan, who offers a powerful presence with vocals that turn things up a notch. The singer is not the only one featured on vocals, in fact, she often exits the stage to feature the other talents that help her shine on stage. The full line-up behind Morgan includes Chris Jones, offering vocals and piano, Chris Taylor on lead guitar, Will Phetterplace behind the kit on drums, Phil Wilson offers bass, Chris White plays rhythm guitar. and newest sound maker, Jim Durham on saxophone.

They are one of the most original bands in the area. I always enjoy watching them share their music with the crowd. To learn more about this band, be sure to like their page on Facebook by clicking  here

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The Beaufort Blues Project Keeps Gospel of Love Alive

 Beaufort Blues Project, offered a great set of gospel-fueled blues and soul-soaked songs, as the band was featured in the late afternoon. Here again is another band I met years ago and have enjoyed several times in the last three years, since embarking on the blogging trail. I saw both The Spread and BBP for the first time at The Backstreet Pub in Beaufort. Both bands impressed me for different reasons. This band features Jim Durham on sax, Hope Sanderson on the drums, Marjorie Landen vocals, Neal Beasley guitar, Talley Best keys and Carlos Sanderson on bass.

They offer a great mix of music, that also includes a couple of their own compositions. Offering fan favorites that highlight the bands’ talents, you will always find something familiar and fun to groove you.

If you have been missing out on knowing these talented area bands, you can check them out next week when they join the bill to help raise the money needed to rebuild Pamlico Middle School. Band Together For Hurricane Relief will feature The Pamlico Sound (The school’s Jazz Ensemble), Brant Island Strings of Pamlico County, Beaufort Blues Project from Beaufort, The Spread from Morehead City and The Dust Parade, featuring Hank Barbee, from Wilmington, NC.

The upcoming event will be taking place next Sunday, November 18, 2018, at the Pamlico High School’s AH Hatsell Auditorium. Doors open at 3 pm and music plays at 4 pm. There is a recommended donation of $5.00 per person payable at the door.

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Carolina Swamp Dogs Give Up The Gritty Blues

Opening the evening line up was the blues trio based out of Jacksonville, NC, known as The Carolina SwampdogsCSD is a 3 man blues band born in the swamps of Parris Island and Camp Lejeune. Combined, the members of CSD served over 85 years in the United States Marine Corps and that experience, coupled with their love of the Blues, results in a raw, sharp take on the old Blues standards.

Based in Onslow County, this group offered more authentic blues with the music of Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, and Albert King, being highlighted during their gritty blues set. The trio features Gary Oles offering vocals, harmonica, and percussions, Tommy Langlois on the kick drum and snare along with guitar, and Matt Ingram offering the bass lines. Along with great blues standards that get the hips shaking, the band also threw in one of their own compositions.

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The Sun Sets on the Acoustic Sounds of Mikele Buck Duo

Next up we went country with the local crooner, who recently made a name for himself with an appearance on The Voice this season, Mikele Buck. He did not bring his band, but he offered a great show as a duo act with band brother Brandon Ross, also on the acoustic six-string and adding vocals. The full band was in town and performed following the day-long fundraiser. They actually rocked Jack’s Waterfront Bar with the full band ensemble. Offering great songs that offer glimpses into his own life, Buck and Ross gave a great performance to the growing evening crowd.

If you missed the action last weekend but you were hoping to catch up with the Mikele Buck Band, they will be rocking Salt Bar, located at 325 Mangrove Dr., Emerald Isle. Come out tonight for the fun times. Doors open at 9 pm, with music that will have you boot scooting going down on the dance floor from 10 pm till 1 am.

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Band of Oz Brings On the Night and the Dancers

Next up we all went to the beach and got groovy with the legendary Band of Oz. This band has been making music and collecting fans since they got together in 1967, to play frat parties and high school proms. They are one of the longest running bands in our area, with a history on the road of full-time entertaining crowds since 1977. Today they still bring their fun show to festivals and fundraisers all over the country and spend a great amount of time offering their talents to our area. With a full horn section, keys, guitar, bass, drums and vocals backed by harmonies, this band always brings a good time front and center.

They do have a show tonight at The Surf Club in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Once again they will be on the bill raising money with music. To learn more be sure to visit the Band of Oz website by clicking this link:

https://bandofoz.com/

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Bryan Mayer Band Closes Out a Great Day of Music

Before the night was over, we were also rocked by local country crooner Bryan Mayer, who has been making a tall name for himself on the country circuit. His band closed out a great day and night of music celebration, in the hopes of providing relief to those living in Carteret County and surrounding areas affected by Florence! This New Bern based band is always a big draw at shows around our area and beyond. Last Saturday was no exception.

The crowd got plenty Amped Up one last time for the day when I came to the stage to introduce the “Tallest man in Country Music.”  Not only does he offer a great selection of cover tunes, but he also offers with the tales tied to their meaning, sharing his journey with fans openly. Included in the mix, as well, are his own songs. Songs, which have known some success on the Country Charts. In fact, his first hit, “This Is Me.” is being added to Sound Choice’s Karaoke Song Catalog.

Next week the New Bern based, singer-songwriter, will head to Raleigh, to be a part of the release of his song for future Karaoke stars. You can join the karaoke showcase party of Bryan Mayer’s “This is Me” hosted by Sound Choice® and your local karaoke host DJ Stephen Scott, at The Brickhouse Sports Bar & Grille! Come on out to sing some Sound Choice karaoke, listen to good music, eat some awesome food and support your local favorites. This special karaoke night, Bryan Mayer will sing the karaoke version of his song “This is Me” created by Sound Choice®. Bryan will also perform a small acoustic set. Drink specials from the bar include $3 Carolina Brew co. Drafts and $4 Hawaiian Punch shooters!

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Live Music Options ~ Friday, November 9

Getting Down Around Town

Downtown New Bern, NC

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First Stop James City!

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Checking in with our friends at BrÜtopialocated at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC: Tonight you can come out and enjoy the sounds of Justin Castellano. Your favorite beer will be on tap and some of the best guitar pickers on either side of the Neuse.  Free live music will be served from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow you can come out and catch the sounds of Third Act with Daryl Lucas. Once again the show is free and music is served from 7-10 pm.

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ArtWALK/ARTCrawl

The second Friday of each month welcomes ArtWalk to the streets of New Bern. Below is a list of the stores taking part in this month’s event. This is a great way to show support for our small town, that was deeply impacted by the flood waters of Florence in September. Please consider shopping local this holiday season, to help the merchant’s rebuild and bounce back to being a stronger New Bern.

For those looking to hear music during ArtWalk, be sure to head up Middle Street and check in with Big Jim Kohler. He will be playing his blues from 5-8 pm in front of The Black Cat Shoppe at 246 Middle St., New Bern, NC.

Fun At The Farmers Market

The United Way of Coastal Carolina, 106.5 WSFL and V103.3 present the 4th annual Bacon and Brew Festival in New Bern, NC! This event will have live music with Kaylin Roberson, a great beer selection, food trucks with a bacon-themed menu, professional wrestling with the Premier Wrestling Federation, games and so much more! Must be 21+ to attend, no children or pets allowed (service dogs are allowed). Ticket includes admission. Food and beverages not included. This is a rain or shine event. Gates are now open for this event.

The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts in, to entertain the crowd. Tonight Holt Up will offer songs from 7-10 pm. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands. Tomorrow night it is Third Degree Bern returning to rock you 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, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight you can get groovy with TrainWreck. That’s when they will be rocking with music being offered from 7:30 pm. And the fun carries on tomorrow, with Stairwell, who will be on stage and rocking you starting at 7:30 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

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Tonight you are invited to come out to enjoy fun and music with the always entertaining Dueling Pianos. Fun set to start at 8 pm. Cover charge is $5.00. Tomorrow night you can come enjoy the music of the talented Marron Chaplin, offering music from 8-10 pm. The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St, New Bern, NC. They are a private club. Sign up and become a member for $1.00.

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Cruising The Coast

Morehead City, NC

According to their Facebook Page, here is what is happening this weekend at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 513 Evans St., Morehead City:

~Friday, November 9th~
OPEN at 4 pm
Made to order brick oven pizza will be available starting at 8 pm
Music by Bethany & the Southside Boys tonight starting at 10 pm 🎤

~Saturday, November 10th~
OPEN at 12 noon
Enjoy our wood-fired pizza starting at 2 pm
Live music by Spare Change starts at 10 pm 🥁

~Sunday, November 11th~
OPEN at 12 noon for Sunday Funday ☀️
Brick oven pizza available starting at 2 pm

Friendly reminders: Everyone must be 21 and over. Starts at 9 pm and there is a $10 minimum on credit cards.

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Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop features the music of Andrew Kasab, who as per his bio, is a harp guitarist and singer-songwriter. Known for combining traditional and contemporary techniques, his energetic performances, arrangements of modern works for the guitar and harp guitar and occasionally plays harmonica and ukulele. He has been performing for over 30 years at music halls, events, festivals, restaurants and other venues. Self-released 11 albums of solo material, and plays multiple styles including folk, blues, country, bluegrass, jazz, American fingerstyle, American primitive and contemporary acoustic styles. Andrew Kasab is a Tonedevil Artist, endorsed by Tonedevil Harp Guitars. Tonight he will be on stage sharing songs from 8:30-11:30 pm

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Swansboro, NC

This weekend marks the 64th Annual Swansboro Mullet Festival, a two-day weekend event, that will be held on November 10-11, 2018. The festivities begin with a parade down Highway 24 on Saturday morning at 9 am. Street vendors line the various streets throughout historic downtown Swansboro and are open for patrons at 10 a.m. Vendors are of a variety of types including arts and crafts, commercial, and food.

There is a kids’ area that also opens at 10 a.m., with a wide mix of activities geared towards children of all ages. Live music begins at 11 a.m. at the Pug Pavilion in the heart of downtown Swansboro and continues throughout the day, and into the evening on Saturday and Sunday.  At press time this was the schedule:

Entertainment Line Up;

Saturday, November 10
10 AM Anna Cole – National Anthem
10 AM Mystic Vibrations
1 PM Parade winners announced
2 PM The Attractions Band
6:30 PM Gene Pharr & Cindy Floyd Party Prophets Show

Sunday, November 11
10 AM Tee Fantastic Shakers
11 AM Bells of Peace with Swansboro Historical Association
1 PM Ryanhood provided by the Seaside Arts Council
3 PM – 6 PM – Liquid Pleasure Supershow

To accent the meaning behind the festival, the Swansboro Rotary serves fried Mullet throughout the event. Parking and shuttle services are offered from behind the Hampton Inn at Ward Farm.

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Cedar Point, NC

The bluesy surf trio from Wilmington, NC, known as The Dusty Trio will be rocking the Treehouse Beer Company this evening. Offering the live music from 7-10 pm, this talented trio features the guitars and vocals of Hank Barbee, Jim Durham on sax and Matt Henderson on bass. Walk into the weekend with a cold beer and great music by one of the regions most talented trios.

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Rocking Around The Region

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Charlotte, NC

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John Parker II recently recorded a new effort and will be hosting a concert tonight for the new EP release. You are invited to attend the show tonight at Eastside Church. Music is offered from 7-10 pm.

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Durham, NC

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James Armstrong Band is on the schedule to offer the live entertainment, on stage at Blue Note Grill this evening. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at the door. I always recommend arriving early for a great meal and staying late for the great music. Wear the dancing shoes and get ready to boogie. The Blue Note Grill is located at 709 Washington St., Durham, NC. For more information, call the club at (919) 401-1979.

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Clayton, NC

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Clayton Beverage will bring a double bill of rock to the stage tonight. On tap for your entertainment is the Dave Schneider Band, who will open the night. Closing things out will be the Lenoir County rockers, The Adam Hill Band rocking the stage from 10 pm til closing. Doors open tonight at 7 pm. Music kicks off of 8:30 pm.

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Kinston, NC

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The Red Room welcomes Mac & Juice Quartet to the stage tonight. Doors open at 9 pm. There is a music charge of $5.00 payable at the door. Music plays from 10 pm until closing. Please support live music, pay the cover charge and show your support for this band, with a long history of grooving fans on the NC music scene. Offering great jams, they will send you smiling into the rest of your weekend.

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On stage, at North Street Live you can enjoy the music of The Wicked Shimmies. The Kinston based band is full of some wicked talent, offering sounds you love as you dance the night away. Come out early for a good meal and stay late to enjoy the outdoor patio, drink specials and fun music.

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Washington, NC

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For those in the Washington area looking for some good rock to groove you, GEN-X will provide you with the rock sounds of the 90’s and beyond tonight, from the Pebble Beach Stage at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill, located at 1052 Main St., Washington, NC. Live music plays from 7-10 pm. Come early for some great grub then stay late to rock the night away!

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Ayden, NC

The Switch will be rocking Ayden tonight. You are invited to join the fun. Come out to The County Line Bar, located at 9527 Hwy 903 N
Ayden, NC. Tonight to enjoy a fun night of rock, pop and party songs that get you in the mood for a fun weekend. Please pay the music charge at the door and feel free to tip the band too. This is a fun life, but it is a hard road traveled, so please show your love and support for the bands you love and enjoy! Music starts tonight at 10 pm.

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Greenville, NC

The band, The New Hillbillies, will be offering the sounds to fans and friends that come out tonight to The Crossbones Tavern, 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC. Doors open at 8 pm and music plays at 10 pm. In a recent band page post, the band stated: “The New Hillbillies are headed to Greenville, NC to play at the famous Crossbones Tavern and we are bringing southern jam and hillbilly rock on a bluesy, buttery biscuit!” Sounds pretty tasty. If you are in the area, it sounds like this band from New Hill, NC will offer a fresh set of sounds for music fans.

Thanks for Reading!

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

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

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

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

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Thank you for being here. Can you believe we have been rocking the beats for 300 Blogs? It’s true! The lights have shined, the stages have been set and the music has played. And since March 2015, we have been keeping the beats here! Thank you for being a part of the reason I keep this going! It is for the readers, the music lovers, the venues that support music, the players that rock the scene and the promoters that work so hard to make magic happen for communities that support live music.

North Carolina has a vibrant music scene with an explosion of talent filling the circuit. It has been my pleasure to introduce you to many new players along the way, as well as walking into great places throughout the journey. We have made some great memories while building a stronger music community.

It is my hope to provide quality content that stays fresh and relevant to live music scene throughout the state. I look forward to growing this blog by welcoming advertisers, supporters, and Patreons that help support my dreams and visions of living in a state with a stronger music community. I look forward to the road ahead and hope you chose to stay the course!

 

Big Jim Blues News

 

Big Jim Kohler has been performing live on stages around the country for decades. While calling New Bern, NC home, this blues slinger is now slotted to make a weekly appearance on stage at The City Stage. The band was offered two nights per month of blues done right, until recently when the owner, Chris Straight approached Kolher on being a weekly feature. You can catch the band this week for their final Tuesday appearance at City Stage, but come back next Wednesday and each additional Wednesday for your mid-week blues boost!

Big Jim has a few other dates coming up as well. Tonight he and the boys will be rocking BrUtopia from 7-10 pm. Then next weekend the Band will be taking a pause for the cause and performing for Pamlico Community College. Next week you can catch Big Jim and his blues while showing your support for education at The New Village Brewery on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Located on Broad St, Oriental. the music for this event will play from 4-7 pm.

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Tan Sanders Debuts at Dirty Bird

I heard a new talent by the name of Tan Sanders last night when I walked into the Brown Pelican. This stringer is not new to the scene, as his skill sets show me he is rather seasoned. The young singer-songwriter hails from Goldsboro, NC. He offers a great variety of songs that most bands don’t often touch. I enjoyed his offerings of Southern rock by way of Little Feet, Beach music with Buffet and original grooves that locked me in. If you have never heard Tan Sanders you have a couple more opportunities to catch him this weekend. Tonight he will be offering songs tonight at Double Barley Brewing in Smithfield, NC. Music will start at 7 pm. And tomorrow you can catch him in Wilson rocking The Whirligig Festival. More details on that below.

Duzan Delights During String Change

When Sanders broke a string, he called on local string Tommy Duzan Sr., to cover the show for a song or two while he changed strings. Duzan is a popular local act hailing from the Bridgeton area. He will be rocking The Thirsty Bruin on Friday, November 16. Mark the date and come to show your support. Music plays 8-10:30 pm.

 

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Rick Huff Rocks the Bruin

 

Friday night brought the music of Rick Huff to the Thirsty Bruin. This New Bern native calls Emerald Isle home these days. This singer and stringer loves to share songs with friends and fans. He will tell you it is the best job in the world. He keeps busy offering songs to many along the coast and here where his roots first formed. When not flying solo you can catch him jamming with friends and often with his daughter Jenna as well. But when that happens they bill the dream as Paid Time Off. 

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Roman Sams Roll Into Town and Rock Blackbeard’s

The Roman Sams are Lenoir County’s premier classic rock band. Offering fun songs from the 60’s straight through the current day, this band rocks all genres and eras. Last night they rolled into New Bern and brought the party to Blackbeard’s Triple Play on Front Street. This band has a talented blend of players with Matthew Hart and Dave Brown on guitars, Phillip Alcock on bass, Jasmine Best backing the beats, and the namesake and front singer Samantha Holland leads the way. Based out of Kinston, they have been a great fixture for rock infused fun around our region for years. If you have not seen them yet, they have a few more shows on the calendar this year. To keep up with their news like their page on Facebook by clicking:

 https://www.facebook.com/theromansamsband/

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Live Music Options ~ Saturday, Nov. 3

Getting Down Around Town

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Downtown New Bern, NC

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First Stop James City!

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Checking in with our friends at BrÜtopialocated at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC: Tonight you can come out and enjoy the sounds of Big Jim Kohler. Your favorite beer will be on tap and the best blues in town pouring from the amps. Free live music will be served from 7-10 pm.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts in, to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands. Tomorrow night it is the Pete Pawsey Trio returning to rock you. Live music is offered each Saturday 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, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. To find out who will be rocking tonight, reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

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Tonight you are invited to come out and be the star with Karaoke. Fun set to start at 7 pm. The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St, New Bern, NC. They are a private club. Sign up and become a member for $1.00.

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Cruising The Coast

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Morehead City, NC

Get Amped Up with Music

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Today offers a full day of great music when The North Carolina Seafood Festival and Big Rock Tournament team up to bring Amped Up for Youtilies. 

There are nine bands on this bill and all are familiar local acts.

Opening the day will be Mike Corrado from Jacksonville, NC at 11 am. Following his set Spare Change rocks you from 12 pm-1:30 pm. New Bern’s Family band, Strung Together follows up with a set of great music at 2 pm. The Spread from Morehead City will take the stage at 3 pm. Beaufort Blues Project rocks you at 4 pm, followed by the blues of Jacksonville’s own, Carolina Swamp Dogs. Offering the evening shows will be Mikele Buck from Greenville, NC at 6 pm, followed by the Band of Oz at 7 pm. Closing out the night will be the popular Bryan Mayer Band rocking from 9-10 pm.

Come out and show your support and make a donation for those affected by Florence! This event is free to attend, so pack up the kids and meet us down at the waterfront for a rocking great time.

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Live at Jacks’s

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Following his show at the fundraiser on the waterfront, mentioned above Mikele Buck Band, will head over to Jack’s Waterfront Bar to set up for their second coming of the night. They will be rolling out the grooves from 10 pm until 2 am.

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Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop has great fun in store for you tonight, with a couple of local talents teaming up to deliver the sounds from 8:30 -11:30 pm. Come out tonight to enjoy the music of Chris Whitaker and Will Baker, who will present as The Whit and Will Show, tonight from 8:30 until 11:30 pm.

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Atlantic Beach, NC

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Steel Shot is slotted to play the Tipsy Turtle Tavern tonight, with music starting at 9 pm. Come out and enjoy a drink special, cold beer or glass of wine, as you relax at the beach with this fun Pamlico County duo.

 

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Swansboro, NC

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Checking things out in Swansboro, we find Hank Barbee on the schedule tonight at Church Street Deli, Pub, & Inn. The newlywed singer-songwriter will be offering his solo grooves tonight from 7-10 pm.

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The Remedy is a rocking duo with good blues basics and fun time grooves. Tonight they will be offering the tunes to those that gather at The Boro Restaurant & Bar. They will be keeping the beats from 8-11 pm. Grab a date and don’t be late. Tonight is a great night for a date with music and fine food!

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Rocking Around The Region

 Concord, NC

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Charlotte, NC

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Groove Fetish is a five-piece jam band that offers fun grooves to fans and friends around the state and beyond. They are based out of Wilmington, NC and spend much time touring the state. Bringing the fun to juke joints and music venues, it is always a good time to get caught in their groove. The play classic rock songs few bands touch, like The Rolling Stones “Loving Cup,” a rare tune an awesome groove. I also recommend getting caught up in their music. They are a talented bunch offering fun times!

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Huntersville, NC

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Another player that always brings the feel-good grooves to the stage is Abe Reid and his band The Spikedrivers. Tonight you can find him at Hunter House & Gardens. This is an early show with music starting at 6 pm. Come out tonight to enjoy a great night of good vibes. Reid never disappoints and always has good vibes to share.

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Durham, NC

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Live on stage tonight at The Blue Note Grill will be harmonica man, Mel Melton and his Wicked Mojos. General Admission is $10 with music starting at 8 pm, the show will conclude at 11 pm. I recommend arriving early to enjoy a great supper and staying late to dance your blues away in Durham, NC.

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Wilson, NC

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The 14th annual North Carolina Whirligig Festival kicks off today and continues through Sunday. This event is going down this weekend in Historic Downtown Wilson.

This year’s festival footprint is expanded to encompass the new Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, which opened last November to considerable fanfare.

The festival offers something for everyone:

– More than 200 vendors (arts, crafts, food, beverage, including a beer garden)

– Four live entertainment stages

– The popular and free Whirli-Kidz Zone, which features carnival games, bounce houses, and arts and crafts

– Community non-profit organizations

– Inspiration Station, where kids of all ages can build and create alongside local artists, and this year will feature a tech component encouraging STEM among kids

And back by popular demand:

– Whirligig Warrior course and competition, where local American Ninja Warrior competitors will perform and do meet-and-greets; attendees can also try the course

– Extreme Inflatables, interactive inflatables and giant climbs/slides for teenagers and those age 13+ to enjoy.

For the full entertainment schedule please follow this link:

Whirligig Festival Entertainment

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Clayton, NC

The Clayton Harvest Festival is going down all Weekend

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Saturday, November 3

Horne Square
10:00am-11:00pm
Midway Carnival Presented by ElectriCities of North Carolina

Horne Square Stage Behind HTR Presented by McCullers, Whitaker & Hamer, LLC
9:45am-10:00am
Music & Movement with Childcare Network
10:00am-10:30am
Athletic Performances by Nick’s Flippin Kids
11:30am-12:15pm
Clayton Idol Winners Concert
12:15pm-1:00pm
Echelon Brass Concert
1:15pm-2:00pm
Wade Hill Concert
2:30pm-5:00pm
Wildflower and The Weeds Concert
6:00pm-7:00pm
Hamptown Music Institute Performance

Town Square
12:00pm-9:00pm
The Shindig Music Festival, Music for Your Beers
Free admission! The line up includes:

SCYTHIAN • YARN • JOHN STICKLEY TRIO • DANGERMUFFIN • FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE • FORLORN STRANGERS • TAN AND SOBER GENTLEMEN • TWISTED PINE • NICK DRIVER

Food trucks and market vendor row. Thank you so much to The Shindig for collaborating with the Clayton Harvest Festival due to Hurricane Florence. We are looking forward to partying with you this year!

Sunday, November 4

Horne Square Stage Behind HTR Presented by McCullers, Whitaker & Hamer, LLC
2nd Annual Latin American Festival Presented by Compare Foods of Clayton
12:00pm-9:00pm
Midway Carnival Presented by ElectriCities of North Carolina
Last day special unlimited ride wristbands, $25ea ~ $5 coupons available at Sheetz in the local area or download using the link above or below. Coupon must be printed and can not be shown on phone.
12:00pm-5:00pm
Food, Entertainment, and Music Celebrating the Latin American Culture
Latin American Festival Vendor Fair on Main Street and Entertainment at Horne Square
1:00pm-2:00pm
Farandula Show Concierto
2:00pm-3:00pm
Grupo Evolucion Concierto
3:00pm-4:00pm
Nublado Norteno Concierto

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Goldsboro, NC

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The Adam Hill Band will be rocking the Wish You Were Beer Tavern tonight, with music starting at 9 pm. This is a new room for the band, so come out and make them feel welcome!

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Kinston, NC

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The Red Room welcomes Happy Hour to the stage tonight at 9 pm. There is a music charge of $5.00 payable at the door. Please support live music, pay the cover charge and show your support for this fairly new band on the NC music scene. Offering doses of blues and rock to soothe your soul, they are a great treat for the weekend.

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

October 29 at 7:52 PM

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on

Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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

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

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

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

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