Bouncing to the Beats Around Craven County

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

Tracey Stones with The Big Jim Kohler Band

Bad Decisions Band at Blackbeard’s

Saturday night marked the return of the Bad Decisions Band at Blackbeard’s. This band is just plain fun. They bring all of the party tunes you love and they feature two lead vocalist.

Featuring the combined energies of Shane Norris, Valerie Boyette, Matt Starling, Rebekah Martin, Ben Hayes and Zach Pleasant, the band brought all the fun music to make the party fun.

The band travels from Johnston County to join us here in New Bern. They have a fun, full sound that makes you want to dance. Playing familiar songs that many love, they enjoy mingling and mixing it up with their audience.

They will be rocking this weekend at The Junction in Benson, NC. They rock it there tomorrow evening at 9:30 pm until 1:30 am. To find out more on where you can go make a night with Bad Decisions like the band on Facebook:

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Pete Pawsey Trio at Pelican

It is never a dull moment when Pete Pawsey pairs up with music brother from another mother, Patrick Edwards. And on Saturday night they added to the mix with the bass playing, keyboard assist courtesy of Charles Cleaver.

Offering rock infused riffs with layers of avaunt guard blues, this is a trio of music makers playing by their own rules while making beautiful fun sounds. Pawsey rocks the region from the mountains to the coast. He rocks it solo, in duo, trio formation and I am sure a full band too if the pay was right.

Currently pushing a fun clown project, be sure to check out Pawsey on Band Camp with his Radar’s Clowns of Sedation. This also gives you a glimpse of Pawsey with a full band backing him. Lots of fun tracks on this one. My favorite might be “Mama Bear!”

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Adam Hill Band Welcomes New Bass Player Phillip Alcock to the Stage

The Adam Hill Band greeted the new month with a new announcement. On Saturday night, Hill officially welcomed Phillip Alcock to the stage to fill the bass player role. We met Alcock here when he was jamming with The Roman Sams.

Alcock made his debut on Saturday night at Jean’s in Havelock, NC. I noted he will make a nice addition to this rotation. The rhythm man is not shy when it comes to laying down the groove, which is a necessary part of keeping Hill soaring when he throws it into guitar overdrive.

The band is excited about the road ahead and look forward to making music in more towns around the state. They are booking their 2019 calendar now. You can reach out to me or Adam to get on the calendar.

Friends and fans of The Adam Hill Band can find the trio rocking it in Wilmington tonight. They will be offering the good grooves at Bourbon St on S. Front St. Music starts at 9 pm.

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Behind the Scene With Tracey Stones

Birthday Wishes

On Sunday, February 17, 2019; I will celebrate my 50th birthday. With a milestone birthday creeping up, I decided to team up with Supporting Peace in the hopes of helping 50 strangers from our area.

1917 Trent Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 631-5337

I met the founder and owner of The Peace Counseling Center, Jasyn Griffith in September and she has quite a story herself. She already had plans of moving in and opening The Peace Counseling Center. Located at 1917 Trent Blvd., she has a lot space in her practice, which is now open for business.

September in the Park, Not Last Year!

Did I mention that I met her in September? Yes, that happened when I had arrived home following evacuation orders drafted by Florence. She hit Sept 13-14-15 and I left on September 11, 2018, and returned to town on the 22nd of September when electric was restored. Watching Facebook often, I first saw her doing a video with Braedon Welsh.

Once my boots were on the ground running around on September 23, 2018, I would find my way through my days by helping people everywhere in the town. It started with simply delivering meals. Then I saw Braedon and Jasyn and learned that the soon to be Peace Counseling was using the space to serve the community. They collected cleaning supplies, personal hygiene supplies, clothing, food and more. After the first day going back and forth to Peace from the communities in need…I learned New Song Church had emergency relief buckets and for over a week I loaded up my truck with two loads daily of 42 buckets each trip. One load went to Peace Counseling and the other load I distributed personally to people throughout New Bern.

Dream Big

Fast forward: In mid-November, I had a thought about hosting a fundraiser to celebrate my 50th, that would stretch out all weekend long with everything from a house concert to a final event on my birthday at the Famer’s Market. The cause: Hurrican relief for Fairfield Harbour! Because people here are stll in need. As it would turn out, the idea bloomed a little late, then I got sick and now I have a new and exciting life to get accustomed to, as I join forces with Wendy Cardy, NC Life Media, Ledger Magazine, New Bern and Beyond a bi-monthly Podcast and the online community news source

Not one to give up on the hope on helping others, while I was at home sick and sulking, I caught a lot of New Bern Live, and one-day Jasyn Griffith was on and it was Christmas, she had 25 families with wish lists for Christmas. I was so moved by the idea, because since the storm I have seen what Peace Counseling Center has done for the community. It’s been a highlight even when there was no electric for many storm victims.

In the path of my new job, I stopped in to sell some advertising to my friend Jasyn. While there, a couple of ladies were at the center and while I was at the window. They were there to inquired about their Christmas wish lists. That is when I would learn 19 of those wish lists from Christmas went unfulfilled. The lady who was inquiring about hers was one that did not get filled. This made me forget why I even walked in the door. My heart broke, right there in the receptionists’ booth in front of everyone. I cried as I pulled away from my sales call. It was January 8, 2019.

We Only Get One Shot At Writing What Happens Between the Dashes

After my tears dried I realized it might be too late to do a big fundraiser! Why not rally 50 wish lists for my 50th birthday? Jasyn looked at me and said, “We can make dancing bears…50 dancing bears, for my dancing friend.” So now we are collecting money to for this cause of making dreams come true for 50 strangers!

You are welcome to stop down and meet Jasyn and see the operation and how money is spent. They are located at 1917 Trent Blvd., New Bern, NC. Or you can simply make a donation by visiting

And here is the truth. This non-profit is new with state registration complete and federal filing awaiting its process. Having watched the operation from the beginning, I believe in everything Supporting Peace is doing for our community, which is why we teamed up for this effort.

People all around us are still trying to find the basics to get by. Blankets, heaters, mattresses, furniture, and other needs we take for granted every day, especially for the last four-plus months. I would love to hear how these people got new gifts from awesome people like you, who can make a difference. I wish I could do it myself, but I already volunteer as much as I can.

Every dollar counts and if everyone donated just $10 that follows or friends me, we would exceed my goal of helping 50 families…dream big and keep hope in your heart.

Come celebrate the blues and my 50th on STORMY MONDAY BLUES, at the Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St. TIP THE BAND! Come dance! Let’s celebrate music and my love for it! We are gonna make 50 fun! Starting on, Monday, February 18th, 2019 7-10 pm! Much love and many thanks!


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Blogging For Business

In March I will be hosting a series on blogging for small business. This class will be held at The Small Business Center for Pamlico Community College, located at 701 Main St. Bayboro, NC. The classes will be held every Monday in March from 6-8 pm. We will explore why blogging is beneficial to a small business. Which blog sites are the most useful and popular. We will research ways to make your blog lucrative and how to make it work for you. To register for this series follow the link provided:

Blogging for Small Business

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Monday Music Makes My Week

U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band offered a grand show on Monday, February 4, 2019, at the History Center on Front St., New Bern, NC.

The free performance started with a trio of rhythmic makers opening the show, to welcome the rest of the band and all their brass! It was nice to see the theater filled, with so many wonderful faces of all ages for this magnificent show.

After all the airmen and officers were in their place, Vocal Staff Sergeant Melissa Lackore stayed front and center to offer the National Anthem

The performance offered a great many of original compositions including the one I captured, with my phone. This is “Not Bored Yet” composed by Adam Braatz, arranged by Technical Sergeant David Fatek.

Before leaving the show I spoke with Caleb Sanders and gave him my card. In between travel and setting up the final show of the tour in Jacksonville, the sound engineer offered me an interview via email.

I understand this is the end of the tour, it was a make up date…how long was the tour?

This particular tour was 10 days long including one travelday. Unfortunately, because of the hurricane damage in the Fall of 2018, wewere unable to perform at some of the venues we were scheduled for on thattour. Fortunately, we were able to come back out this February and make up someof those locations.

When and where did it start?

We started out with a few days near Raleigh, then spent a fewmore days out near Charlotte, and wrapped up the tour here on the easternside of the state near New Bern.

How many places did it bring you?

 We performed in 9 different towns on this tour, with Venues ranging from intimate theaters like the theater in New Bern through tolarge concert auditoriums seating nearly 3000 people.

What are some of the highlights of this last tour?

There was something unique that we learned about every venue we played at. Some of my tour highlights were getting to interact with high school and college music students, at afternoon masterclasses prior to several of the evening shows. Those are always a great opportunity to share our experiences with young musicians, who are just embarking on their careers, and provide insight into practice techniques, technical tips, or just answer their questions about what it’s like to be a musician in the United States Air Force.

Can you send a list of the players and instruments as well or send me to asite where that info might be.– this is our official military webpage.

Our specific players change from tour to tour depending on availability, so the manning listed on our site tends to be slightly out of date. Our current player list in rank/alphabetical order is as follows:

Bass Trombone – Master Sergeant Jason Foster
Baritone Saxophone – Technical Sergeant David Fatek
Drums – Technical Sergeant Michael Henrie
Bass – Technical Sergeant Jordan Kimble
Second Trumpet – Technical Sergeant Mark Nixon
Audio Engineer and Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge – Technical Sergeant Caleb Sanders
Vocals – Staff Sergeant Melissa Lackore
Lead Trombone and Musical Director – Senior Airman John Lloyd
Lead Trumpet – Senior Airman Mark Oates
Tenor Saxophone – Airman 1st Class Michael Ferrante
Alto Saxophone – Airman 1st Class Richard Garcia
Keyboards – Airman 1st Class Ryan Moses

Most of the music was original compositions, did you cover any songs in theprogram, if so, titles and artist and why those selections?

Our Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge typically provides the music director with a vision for the show, then leaves a lot of license for final tune selection in the music director’s hands. For this particular tour, we were very much focused on the new material for our upcoming recording project.

In addition, we always include a few pieces that evoke our heritage from the Glenn Miller era bands, as well as a few patriotic selections. Two notable pieces on this show were “Mean to Me” which was originally composed in 1929 by Fred E. Ahlert in the style of the Count Basie band, which featured our pianist in addition to tenor sax and lead trombone.

We also featured our vocalist on a fresh arrangement of “After You’ve Gone”, originally composed by Turner Layton in 1918. Our arrangement was done by our youngest new member, Airman 1st Class Sarah Moyers (currently assigned to a different performing group). There are notable popular recordings of this song by Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald and others, and it stylistically fit well with the intended mood for the concert.

How do people bring you to their city for a performance?

This is our public site for requesting one of our bands to perform at an event. There is a link in the top left corner to start a “New Request”, which contains general eligibility requirements along with information on how to actually request the band for an event. 

Share any website and social media links too please

…is our official Facebook page, our publicity team does a good job of keeping recent event info from all of our various ensembles posted here, as well as trying to keep an up to date list of upcoming performances. Our band homepage listed above also includes a Facebook and Twitter stream on the homepage, which are our most active social media networks.

Many thanks for your time and service!

And much thanks for your time and attention to my q&a, Technical Sergeant Caleb Sanders. I could not have done this article without you! At ease!

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Jazz to Blues Monday Moved Me

After getting all jazzed up, I headed around the way for a stop at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern. We are hosting Monday Blues there each week with Big Jim Kohler.

The weekly blues jam kicked off on the first Monday of the month and has been building much attention. It’s been a gathering music makers and music fans alike, Monday are a fun time each week in New Bern

Extending the hours this week was the fun and fabulous Joe Brown, who closed out the night with the house blues band. Sharing sweet sounds makes the world go round!

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Friday, February 8, 2019

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge


Taberna Gets a Dose of Rock n Blues

Third Degree Bern will be rocking Taberna Country Club for the residents over there looking for the good time grooves. Music is offered from 7-10 pm and all residents and their friends are welcome to attend.



BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the fun grooves of Gene Gregory, he will be jamming from 7-10 pm. The Wilmington player will share songs you know and ones he wrote. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!


Getting Down Around Town

There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: ARTWALK



Sometimes Mrs. Big Jim has to go off and tend to her acting career and these days she is prepping for her part in Hairspray coming our way next month. So we never know when we will see her. But rumor has it, she is going to try to sing with hubby Big Jim at ArtWalk, they will be in front of The Black Cat Shoppe at 246 Middle St from 5-8 pm.


Dan Jam Phillips brings the music to Community Arts Gallery & Studios at 309 Middle St. He offers the jams with friends from 5-8 pm. Friends are welcome to come out and join the fun!


The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Ryan Cain this evening. This soulful singer offers country music that grabs you. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Ravenz Bru, who will be rocking on the deck tonight. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC


Promise’ Land Market welcomes the music of Bryan McCoury this evening from 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Come enjoy the free sing-a-long as you sip on wine, enjoy a cold beer or eat some of their delicious food.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop welcomes Big and Richard to the stage tonight. Music at 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Live music offered by Scott Arnold and Richard Baas. Offering a great mix of many genres and original tunes too. This show is free, but tips are encouraged.

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Cedar Point, NC

Jacksonville, NC based stringer, Ryan Rubich will be sharing songs with friends tonight at Treehouse Beer Company. Music is offered 7-10 pm. The beer is cold, the tunes are cool and the vibe is fun. Come out and see for yourself.

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Riptidez Bar & Grill

Justin Castellano will be shredding strings on the stage at Riptidez Bar & Grill this evening. Music is shared from 9 pm until midnight.

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Newport, NC

Carolina Home & Garden welcomes Hank Barbee and the Dusty Trio, they will be sharing grooves this evening in the garden from 6:30-9:30. Enjoy food truck delights, beer or wine for tasting and great tunes to welcome the weekend.


Rocking Around the Region


Winston Salem, NC

It’s an all ages show tonight at Muddy Creek Cafe & Music Hall Bethania

$10 advance/$15 door. Music 8-11 pm

Based out of Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the Trailblazers have taken a step back to the roots of bluegrass, Americana, folk, and jazz music. The band has a solid foundation in the basis of the music they love, but they’re constantly looking for new ways to make their mark in progressive acoustic music. – 2018 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year – 2018 International SPBGMA Band Contest Winners – 2017 Merlefest Band Contest winners.

Billboard-charting artists Cane Mill Road grew up just down the road from Doc Watson in Deep Gap, North Carolina. Honoring the past, the band strikes a balance between preserving the bluegrass mountain sound they were raised on and boldly rocking progressive interpretations of that same sound tackling. Not only complex original music, but classic covers of the Beatles, Dylan, and more.


WFU Porter Byrum Welcome Center presents The Unbroken Circle, who will offer this weekends performances. They will perform tonight and tomorrow at 7 pm.

The band is back together once again for the 8th annual concerts for Shalom! Join us either night for toe-tapping, hand clapping and some singing along to a full set of old time and bluegrass classics. These concerts are free and open to the public, friends of The Shalom Project and all who want to enjoy good music and make a difference in Winston-Salem.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Mike Corrado Band for some rocking country fun. Music starts at 8 pm and they groove you until 11 pm. This show is free and the food here is outstanding, so come early to eat and stay late to dance!

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Washington, NC

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. Antonio Lefavi will serve up the sounds tonight from 7-10 pm at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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Garner, NC

Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music 

It’s a fun night of pickin’ and grinnin’ with a great Bluegrass Band. Come out tonight and spend your evening at Lorraine’s and enjoy the music of Garrett Newton. Get your tickets now. Check out the website at

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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.

February 5 at 6:39 AM

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

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