Milestones Marked by Area Music Makers

A few music makers from around our region enjoy the celebration of milestones on the music scene! Let’s celebrate these moments! Starting the celebration at home with our own, Bryan Mayer Band!

On The Scene with Tracey Stones

Though it is rare, occasionally I miss the bus. Last weekend was one of those occasions, as we know my car keeps me hovering close to home nowadays with her high mileage (399,458) and faulty replacement parts (namely the radiator and water pump.)

If I made the scene as I try to do each weekend, I would have headed down to watch the Second Annual Carolina Country Music Awards, at The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, on Saturday night. Had I done that, I would have a lot of great new pics to share of New Bern’s 2019 Bass Player of the Year, Mike Sandvig. 

I was on hand last year for the First Annual Carolina Country Music Awards, where Sandvig was nominated for the Bass Player of the Year. This year, he walked away with the Sweet Tea Award.

I have been friends with the bass man for more than five years. I met him not long after he came out of his retirement from music. He was the General for Big Jim Kohler and I for one, am glad he emerged back on the scene. We all benefit when people follow their dreams. Congratulations Mike!

The Bryan Mayer Band was up for several awards this year, eight in all. They walked away with a trophy for Tour Of The Year for their Little Bit Naughty Tour. Here’s to a more exciting year ahead for the country award winners!

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Pause For The Cause And Clean Water too!

Here around town last Saturday evening, Garret Biss invited friends, fans and family to take a pause for the cause and help him celebrate his 38th birthday, with a celebration that helped to raise awareness and money for a foundation he created in 2014.

One Million Goal was founded after Biss returned to civilian life following his time with the Marines. It was during his service that he traveled to so many regions, where he saw a need for a greater awareness about clean drinking water.

Since starting the nonprofit, Biss and his team have raised more than $50,000, completed 20 missions and taken several trips to Nicaragua to install filtration systems. These systems have been strategically installed at schools and other areas where they can help many in the community, including high traffic areas with young children. To date, they have installed seven systems.

To make the night fun for all, Biss invited area music makers to play for the crowd. Opening the night at 5 pm was jazz crooner John Van Dyke, next came three-quarters of the Neuse River Ramblers, who offered a bluegrass set. Gabby Christie was the third entertainer with her Batts project, closing out the night was Greenville’s talented Mandy Mears.

For anyone who missed the birthday bash and fundraiser on Saturday, but believes in this mission you can still take part in helping the cause. This year alone Biss will be taking three trips to three countries to install new filtration systems, to supply clean water to communities in Nicaragua, Malawi, and Guatemala. To help in the mission make a donation to…

https://www.paypal.me/onemilliongoal

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At The Gallery Presents…

Craven Arts Counsel /Bank of the Arts offered another show in their At The Gallery Series. The first in the 2019 Season featured the music of Randy Newman, known best for his movie scores. The Heather Pierson Trio offered the performance.

The trio offers Pierson on piano and lead vocals, Davy Sturtevant, cornet, dobro, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and vocal, and Shawn Nadeau on the upright bass and backing vocals.

Since their performance here last week they have headed south. Tonight they will perform in Alabama and tomorrow they will appear in Jacksonville, Florida.

Pierson, found her love for music in the simple life beginnings she knew as a kid in Kansas! That has opened her up to roaming the world and sharing songs. Keep up with her music career and band endeavors by visiting their website at:

http://www.heatherpierson.com/index/

For fans of the At the Gallery Concert Series, you can look forward to Minus 2 coming in February for the Holland-Dozier-Holland show. In March Strung together will offer the Carter and Cash show. Looking ahead to the Spring they will offer Willie Nelson by way of Blue Cactus. These events are possible thanks to Friends of At The Gallery, Cravin’ Wines and North Carolina Arts Council.

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BiPolar Express Rolls into Blackbeard’s

The Bipolar Express used the bridge to pull into town on Saturday night, with their crazy good rock show. The trio of classic rockers that highlight the 80’s hair band era of rock music, brought their show to the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant.

The trio has been booking dates for the 2019 calendar year. To get them on your agenda visit them on Facebook and like their band page:

https://www.facebook.com/thebipolarxpress/

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Big Jim Kohler Heads to the Coast

The Big Jim Kohler Band brought their blues to the Crystal Coast on Saturday nights for a performance at Cru Bar and Wine Store in Beaufort, NC. The five piece band from the New Bern scene played to a full house of blues lovers.

When I read the promo for the band event made public by the venue, they deemed Kohler’s wife, Kathy as “The Secret Weapon!” When I read that I thought, “Well isn’t that the truth.” Whenever Kohler is ready to take the room to a new level, he launches into a song that will feature his bride!

For those looking for the band in the days ahead, look for them at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC, on Monday when they jam from 7-9 pm. All are welcome to join the jam, sign up at the door. On Wednesday they will do it again at The City Stage, 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC, also from 7-9 pm. Big Jim will perform in front of the Black Cat Shoppe on Middle St. during ArtWALK next Friday 5-8 pm.

http://www.bigjimkohlerblues.band/

True Blue Rocked The Royal James

True Blue is a duo from The Crystal Coast, that shares their blues and rock riffs with fans far and wide. Chris Lee Sr offers harmonica and vocals and Mark Hibbs manages the strings and sings too. On Saturday night I caught the duo rocking fans at Royal James Cafe in Beaufort.

You can find them together again rocking at The Boro Restaurant and Bar, 109 N Front St. in Swansboro, NC. Music plays from 8-11 pm. Tonight you can catch Mark Hibbs rocking Cru Bar and Wine Store. He shares songs from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. A little more on that below.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the rocking sounds of the local classic rock stringer Bruce Lynch.He will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine

The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine welcomes the weekend with free music being poured from the stage, courtesy of popular singer and stringer Rick Huff. Free music plays from  8-10:30 pm.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Brian Mac tonight. The solo acoustic stringer will share songs from 7-10 pm. This show is free. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Spare Change tonight who will be rocking on the deck. 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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City Stage New Bern

City Stage New Bern welcomes Dueling Pianos tonight with music starting at 8 pm. There is a $5.00 music charge at the door.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Cedar Point, NC

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Appearing at Treehouse Beer Company be sure to catch Big & Rich offering live music from 7-10 pm tonight. Come out and welcome in the weekend by enjoying a cold beer and country grooves.

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Riptidez Bar & Grill welcomes live music to the stage tonight!. Music is offered from 9 pm until the midnight hour. Come enjoy the end of the week with great music on Hill St. by the man from Pink Hill, formerly of Potter’s Hill, the talented Adam Hill.

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Newport, NC

Tonight in the garden at Carolina Home & Garden, you can enjoy the romantic sounds of 4EverAll. They will be offering the music from 6:30-9:30 pm. Food, beer and wine is on site for consumption, with live animals and so much more. $5.00 music charge is collected at the door.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents Mark Hibbs, Fri. Feb 1, 8-11 pm, No Cover. Join us for live music performed by this talented player, offering American roots music: folk, blues, and some rock and roll.

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Now or Never will be performing live tonight at The Royal James Cafe, 117 Turner St, Beaufort, NC. Music is served from 9 pm until midnight. Burgers are served all day, make sure you get one when you are there tonight!

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Rocking Around the Region

Raleigh, NC

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Gen-X has a show this evening at The Big Easy NC, they play the grunge and 90’s rock that grooves you. Check them out tonight offering the sounds from 10 pm until 2 am.

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If you are looking for a fun night out, Lauren and Curtis would love to have you join them at Sola Coffee Cafe tonight at 7:00pm. The night is free although Sola would certainly love to sell you a beverage and/or something to eat. Hope to see you there!! And just for fun, here is the bio Sola will be using for their in-house advertising:

Lauren and Curtis have been playing music together since August of 2016, mostly in church settings, but also at open mic nights and other venues. Lauren is a Durham native who cites Ingrid Michaelson, Adele and Lauryn Hill among her musical influences. Curtis is a transplant from Western Canada, who wishes he could play guitar like John Mayer and piano like Bill Evans.”

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Greenville, NC

Rural Route Romance will be rocking them at the Buc tonight. Buccaneer Music Hall welcomes the popular party band that offers the country grooves you love. Come boot scoot tonight from 9 pm until 12 am.

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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.

January 28 at 4:48 PM2

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

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Searching for more events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Thank You 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 publicly.

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

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

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

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

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

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Follow me on Facebook:
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Feel free to invite me to your events.

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Do you need music for an event you are planning? Consider the services of: 

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I read emails daily. You can send those to:

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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.

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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.

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

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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It’s Local Favorites, New Faces, and Grand Places

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

This week offers some local favorites, new faces and grand places supporting live music. Above, blog supporter, Kathleen Forrest with Hank Barbee at The Brown Pelican on Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday Starts with a Pause for a Cause

I caught up with The Adam Hill Band on Saturday afternoon. The trio of rockers was on hand to perform, following a poker run that honored the life of Jay Roberts.

The band rocked the stage at Rena J’s on Wilmington Highway, Jacksonville, NC. They welcomed riders at the end of the run and took a pause for the spreading of Robert’s ashes. The Last Ride for the lost brother offered memories and music, food and more.

Adam Hill offers sliding scales

The band offered a good variety of rock and southern rock favorites, while mixing in their own awesome originals. It has been a while since I caught up with the trio! But when I finally did, I learned that drummer Cecil Pittman Jr. is working behind the scenes compiling the things needed to run sound for shows.

The idea which appeals most to Pittman is finding a room and working the sound for their music events. If you have a music venue and you often thought about providing a house sound and lights operation, consider reaching out to Pittman. You can reach him by phone by dialing 910-990-5278.

For fans and friends of the Adam Hill Band, the band will be rocking the beach tomorrow. Come enjoy a Wilmington NC night and take in the sounds of this rocking trio at Bourbon Street Wilmington. Music starts at 9 pm.

Here’s a clip from last weekend’s memorial benefit. This is an original, “Full House.”

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel while you are there! Thanks!

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Back In The Bern We Boogie

Caffeinated Soul Boogie poured out the grooves at BrUtopia last Saturday night, to usher in their 2019 music season. The New Bern based band is looking forward to spreading out this year and bringing their show to more people around the region.

The band is currently booking the 2019 calendar. They are available for regular pub shows, festivals, private parties and community event. The quartet features a father/daughter team that got started in the church, carried on in coffee shops and continues to grow and expand their audience and repertoire.

To get to know the band better please visit the band’s website:

https://caffsoulboogie.com/

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The Dust Settles at The Dirty Bird

Hank Barbee and The Dust Parade paid a visit to The Brown Pelican last Saturday night and grooved his many fans on hand at “The Dirty Bird.”

The band opened the night with some newer, soon to be recorded original music. After we got comfortable and in the mood, they offered brand new material for all to enjoy. (I consider it brand new if I never heard it!!!) I was glad to be in the room, ready to record. Here is Day of Decay by The Dust Parade.

The Wilmington based band played to a full house of fans, that have missed their surf sounds. It has been a few months since the band played around town. They have been busy playing around the region and doing their part in raising funds and awareness for Hurricane Relief for the many areas affected by Florence.

Making up beats last week were Hank Barbee on vocals and guitar, Jim Durham offered supporting vocals and saxophone; Matt Henderson played the bass and filling in on drums was, The Spread’s own Will Phetterplace.

Tonight the Dusty Trio featuring Barbee, Durham, and Henderson will be rocking the Crystal Coast. More on that below, but to keep up with this fun and fabulously creative band visit http://www.hankbarbee.com

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TrainWreck Pulls into Blackbeard’s

On Saturday night, TrainWreck pulled into the station to groove the folks on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant. The Greenville based band with New Bern roots, always brings the party.

This band has a long history of rocking the region with funky pop tunes that everyone knows and loves. They come out in many formations. Sometimes they offer dueling horns while other nights they feature two lead singers. If you have not checked in with them lately, make it a point to rock with them soon.

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Open Mic Madness in Newport Makes Monday Less Mundane

On Monday night I headed out to Shortway Brewing Co. in Newport, NC to enjoy the maple stout and open mic night. This great community beer stop offers many flavors of beer, brewed on site in their brew room. The family-owned operation puts community first and opens the floor to local singer-songwriters on the second and fourth Monday of each week.

This week I enjoyed the sounds of Wiregrass, the bluegrass band featuring Pat and Brian Till, who will be at Courtyards at Berne Village in New Bern tomorrow afternoon, offering songs to residence from 1-3 pm.

I also got to catch up with blog supporters, Phillip Canelos (pictured above) and Ashton Ward as well. Both offered several acoustic selections for the crowd to enjoy. Before the night ended we also enjoyed the music of Steve Mehan and a few numbers courtesy of Mackenzie Webb

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DEFAS Welcomes Tom Kimmel to the Down East for a Trio of Shows

On Wednesday evening, Down East FolkArts Society DEFAS kicked off their 2019 Season with the offering of Mississippi artist Tom Kimmel. Though the artist hails from Alabama, he has called many places home before making his way to Hattiesburg, MS.

The singer-songwriter offered a number of familiar selections from his growing catalog. In between selections he offers quick stories to form the base of each number.

I met the performer during his show at The City Stage in New Bern on Wednesday evening. Along with a number of wonderful songs offered throughout the show, Kimmel also offers from his published book of works He opened his trio of area appearances in New Bern and all shows were set up by DEFAS, whose mission is to build stronger community with music.

Last night the talented wordsmith offered his show to fans in Morehead City. He played at Jack’s on the Waterfront. Tonight Kimmel will be closing out his appearances in our area with a performance at Saint Francis by the Sea Tonight’s show starts at 7 pm and features two sets which conclude at 8:30 pm. The DEFAS shows are free admission, but donations are encouraged and graciously accepted.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

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Getting Down Around Town

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the fresh beer and the sultry sounds of the local stinger and singer, Ed Prophet. He will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come out and support local music while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine welcomes the weekend with free music being poured from the stage, courtesy of popular singer and stringer Tommy Duzan Sr., music plays from  8-10:30 pm.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Ryan Rubich. He will offer three sets of great songs 7-10 pm. This show is free. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. Tonight on the deck you can rock with Saltwater Gold, who always brings a party from Pamlico. 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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City Stage

Simon Spalding performs at City Stage New Bern on Friday, January 18! Simon combines songs, tunes and storytelling to weave an intricate tapestry of exploration, adventure and far-off lands and seas.

The songs include singalong sea chanteys, “Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight”; ballads by Rudyard Kipling and Stephen Foster; and songs of the sea and adventure. Instruments and tunes from far-flung corners of the globe round out the program.

The instruments include the familiar (violin, banjo), and the exotic (Chinese erhu, Irish octave mandolin).

At 8:00, Simon will be joined by his wife Sara, for a duo set as “Tuppence”. Simon and Sara perform folk music of the Old World and the New – a mix of Celtic balladry, ragtime and contemporary folk music.

The City Stage is at 901 B Pollock Street in downtown New Bern. A variety of food and drink available for purchase. The music will start at 7:00 pm and will finish up at 10:00 pm. There is no admission charge.

The City Stage is a private club with a $1.00 membership fee is due the first time one visits. Call 252-631-5122 for more information. Reservations are available at http://www.citystagenewbern.com.
For more on Simon, check out www.musicalhistorian.com; for more on Tuppence, www.tuppencefolk.com.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Cedar Point, NC

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Appearing at Treehouse Beer Company, catch The Dusty Trio offering live music from 7-10 pm tonight or tomorrow night. They have a great song list of moving original grooves that will swing and move you.

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Newport, NC

Tonight in the garden at Carolina Home & Garden, you can enjoy the familiar grooves of Rick Huff. They will be offering the music from 6:30-9:30 pm. Food, beer, and wine on site for consumption, with live animals and so much more. $5.00 music charge is collected at the door.

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents Wyldwood, Fri. Jan 18, 8:30-11:30 PM, No Cover.

Wyldwood is a bluegrass inspired trio joined by Hank Bowman on bass. They perform traditional and original songs in rich 3 part harmonies and have loved playing at Cru Wine Bar over the years in a number of variations!

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Rocking Around the Region

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Jacksonville, NC

Tonight offering the grooves the grab you at Nick’s Blacksheep Taven will be the talented stringer from Cape Carteret, Stephen Poole. Poole will be heading to Florida next weekend for a shot at The Voice. Come out and rock with him tonight from 9 pm until midnight.

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Havelock, NC

The rock pop and country party band Carolina Sky is in our area tonight. For those in the mood for boot scooting, you can head to Jeans where the band will be rocking the tunes from 10 pm until 1:30 am. There is a $10 cover for the band.

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Arapahoe, NC

Bryant Island Strings will be performing tonight at Gary’s Down East Seafood Restaurant. Music is served with the fresh seafood selections from 6:30 pm until 9:30 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.

January 14 at 5:15 PM

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

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

More events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Thank You 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 publicly.

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

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

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

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

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

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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!

Do you need music for an event you are planning? Consider the services of: 

Tracey Stones Productions

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. 

Be sure to mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

Pictures are 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!

Tracey Stones at work live streaming TrainWreck Live

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.

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

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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From Singers and Stringers to Bands that Rocked ’em~ It was Friday in New Bern!

On The Scene with Tracey Stones

For anyone sitting around the house, saying there is nothing to do, I declare there is plenty of great things to do, especially if you live in or near New Bern.

Like all cities that were effected by Hurricane Florence, we are still in the throws of recovery and fighting to come back stronger and better than ever. We won’t be mended and healed in another month, this will be years in the making. But the most important thing is we are making big strides in the right direction.

Last night in downtown New Bern ArtWalk kicked off the 2019 season, with many crafty things to celebrate all around our town. The Isaac Taylor Garden reopened the gallery and Community Artists Gallery & Studios offered live music with Dan Jam Phillips in their new location on Middle Street. Just down the road, they were bouncing between the Harrison Center and The Bank of the Arts for The Potters Throwdown, where potters made bowls and the kids in the community made soup to fill them.

Even our alley ways are beautiful here in New Bern

This Potter’s Throwdown also featured the music of Strung Together and soup making contest. The winners of the Soup competition will share their winning recipes at the next ArtWalk on February 9, 2019. This annual event raises money for RSC and Craven Arts Council.

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Beyond the Arts and Crafts, Shops and Stores, New Bern Hosts Plenty of Music Too

Blazing Strings at BrUtopia


Justin Castellano

Coming to town to perform for the friends and fans at BrUtopia last night was Justin Castellano, while fighting a nasty head cold still rocked the house at the fun brewhouse in James City. This brew bar is hosting their first home brewery class at Craven Community College this semester, with more learning opportunities being talked about for future semesters.


One of my favorite things about this awesome place is how the owner works hard to support local business and local music. He invites food trucks, he pairs with other breweries in our area to promote everyone, he educates the community by sharing his passion for craft beer. If you have not stopped out yet, come by and meet Tim Dryen and his wife Dawn, their manager Bryan Conway and the great staff who love to serve their community!

Derrick Moore of Caffeinated Soul Boogie wailin’ on Big Jim’s guitar

There will be live music featured tonight. As a means of dropping hints, one of the stringers above will be bringing his band to boogie with you tonight! Live music 7-10 pm and more on the details of who will entertain you will follow down below!

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More Crystal Coast Players Flock to Town to Entertain

Last night at The Brown Pelican it was local stringer Ashton Ward who calls the Crystal Coast home.


Ward is a talented stringer and a deep voice singer, with a keen ear for country pop and rock songs. I first met Ward at an open mic where we were introduced by Tiffany Elaine. One thing I can say, the three of us do our part in supporting other musicians. Elaine hosts open mics and promotes and welcomes everyone, Ward uses social media to drive music lovers out to support his friends as well. We all know what I am up to when it comes to supporting live music!

In the fashion of supporting others, Ward asked his friends to the stage to play when he took a break. This not only kept the music playing but it welcomed us an opportunity to hear the sounds of United States Marine,
James Weesner on guitar and his lifelong friend John Jones. The two friends are lifelong buds from Georgia. They made their way to NC with Weesner calling NC home as he serves at Camp Lejeune.

Assisting in causing a ruckus, Marron Chaplin got up just long enough to see to it that Miquela would have to reset the Wagon Wheel. Ward and Chaplin are good friends and in fact Ward wrote an awesome song about this rocker chick living her dreams.

The one thing I love is all of the love you pass my way. It is always a wonderful vibe to see all of the great people that call New Bern Home. Above I got kissed on the cheek and thanked for my work by the amazing photographer, Ina Thomas! Her work is simply amazing and she is available to shoot you!

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Joe Baes Project Rocks City Stage

Joe Baes, vocals and guitar

Friday, January 11 marked the opening of the 2019 music season for The Joe Base Project. They kicked things off here at home with friends and fans that gathered at The City Stage, 901 B Pollock St., New Bern.


Jonathon Toler, drums and vocals

This trio is New Bern based and offers a good selection of rock standards. My favorite songs on their set list are always the originals. They are best at bringing their own grooves to the table.


Dan Taylor, bass

The trio announced their newest member last music season and this year is more seasoned himself with the material. It was a fun night of music and fellowship as it always is with this great crowd of followers.

The Joe Baes Project with special guest Mark McKenzie

Adding to the fun they invited Mark McKenzie to shred some tunes during the two sets I was in the house. It was another good time with this energetic fun band, who is currently booking their 2019 music season. To get them on your calendar visit their website and reach out to them today!

http://www.joebaes.rocks/


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Bruce was Doin’ the Bruin

Offering the jams last evening for the friends and fans that came together at The Thirsty Bruin, was Bruce Lynch. This guitar man is one that inspires me more even words can express. He hates me to shoot him playing his guitar with just his one arm, but I think everyone needs to see him and hear him as well. He will inspire you too.


The New Bern stringer plays at a couple of popular watering holes around town. When not serving the sounds at the Bruin you can find him rocking the Dirty Bird.

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The Switch Warmed Up the Deck at Blackbeard’s

Last but not least, the final band we found around town last night was The Switch, who was busy warming things up on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play when I got there.

The traveling party band is staged by two brothers from Alabama, Larry and Artie Davis. They are always a big draw too. They bring the set list packed with fan favorites and lots energy to throw in the mix. This band loves entertaining their audience.

They are a talented bunch of players that have a hard time picking an instrument to master. They all have mad skills and take the time to show us that throughout the show.

To get better acquainted with the band visit their Facebook page and give it a like. They stay busy rocking fans around the region. Tonight they are going to be kicking it with the lucky fans in Benson. They will be live at
The Junction, for those out that way tonight or just like the band on Facebook and head out to see them soon. They like it when you show up!!!

https://www.facebook.com/theswitchonline/

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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Getting Down Around Town

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia welcomes Caffeinated Soul Boogie to the stage for their first gig of the 2019 music season! Just for the record, let me point out that the music season extends from January thru December. So often shows are free for us, the music lovers. Please remember though, free music is never free and we can always tip the music makers that groove us. Tonight’s free and fun show plays out from 7-10 pm.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of the Dust Parade tonight. Based out of Wilmington, NC and featuring the talented guitar works of Hank Barbee and his crew, including sax man and backing vocals James Durham and Matt Henderson on bass. For a great night of surf blues with jazz jams, come out from 8-11 for all of the fun.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. Tonight on the deck you can rock with TrainWreck, who always brings a party. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. On the inside it is trivia music bingo and a DJ. Oh, and there is also some good food on the menu. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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City Stage

The City Stage offers a comedy night this evening for those that like to laugh, Matt White is in the house! For those looking at the calendar and wondering about the music to come, let me remind you that on Wednesday, Down East FolkArts Society presents Tom Kimmel for an evening of music.

All are welcome to attend this free music event but donations are encouraged for the touring artist. Kimmel will be performing three shows while he is visiting us.

Down East Folk Arts Society’s 2019 Winter Concert Series. DEFAS will again be bringing World Class Singers/Songwriters to Craven County and the Crystal Coast of North Carolina beginning January 16, 2019 and running monthly through March 15, 2019.

Admission to DEFAS concerts is free, so all are welcome, though we will “pass the hat” among attendees for donations for all of our performers.

All concerts will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Performers, concert dates, and locations are as follows:


Wednesday, January 16th, The City Stage, 901 Pollock Street, New Bern, N.C.
Thursday, January 17th, Jack’s Waterfront Bar, 513 Evans Street Moreheard City, N.C.
Friday, January 18th, St. Francis By The Sea, 920 Salter Path Road Salter Path, N.C.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Emerald Isle, NC

JP Guhns Band will take the stage at the
E-Club Emerald Isle. Music starts at 9:30 pm.

Cedar Point, NC

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For anyone who missed his New Bern appearance last night,  Treehouse Beer Company offers the mad skills of Justin Castellano, live tonight from 7-10 pm. 

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents  Joey and Mason, Sat Jan 12th, 8:30-11:30 PM, No Cover

Join us for live music by local musicians, Joey and Mason. They play originals and covers along the lines of classic blues and rock. These guys are new on the scene and will be sure to surprise you with their talent! Come check them out!!

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Rocking Around the Region

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The Adam Hill Band will be taking a pause for the cause at 4 pm, to celebrate the life of Jay Jeff Roberts. There will be food, raffles and some of the best rock music found around the state! Come help support this family and show some love. The celebration will be held at Rena J’s Lounge, 2304 Wilmington Highway in Jacksonville, NC.

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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.

January 7 at 6:53 PM

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

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

More events around the region:

Events on Facebook

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Thank You 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 publicly.

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

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

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

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

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

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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!

Do you need music for an event you are planning? Consider the services of: 

Tracey Stones Productions

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. 

Be sure to mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

Pictures are 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!

Tracey Stones at work live streaming TrainWreck Live

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.

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

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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Kicking it at the Close of 2018

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

Happy New Year. I am glad we made it through 2018 and look forward to tackling 2019 as a team as well! Hopefully, everyone had a safe and joyous New Year!

To be honest, most years I think to myself, “Oh New Year, new start,” and not much ever changes. This year I never thought much about it and here it is the most revolutionary of all the New Years, since I started reporting on music around the state.

From this perspective, 2018 was one of serious personal growth and not much prosperity. To be honest, I have been in limbo for the last six month. I had a bit of a personal storm blow through my life and it resulted in upsetting many things, long before Florence was a thing to talk about. So with it all being said and done…good riddens!

2019 starts with big news and big changes in the life of two bloggers. With accepting the Marketing Director and Ad Sales Executive position for NC Life Media, I look forward to meeting lots of people as we help them promote their business in the community and beyond.

The most exciting part of this position is the ability to offer our advertisers so many platforms to help them grow. We are ready to offer three stages for business development. We can offer our advertisers affordable radio, print and online exposure.

If you have a business and look for new ways to get the word out to people about your products, please, contact me today 318-789-6929 and we can build an effective and affordable marketing plan for the year ahead!

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Blogger Returns to the Beat

,After 11 days with fever and 13 days of rest, on Saturday, December 29, 2018, I made my way back to the scene, just in time for the year-end wrap up around town.

I started things off with stopping by to visit my friends at BrUtopia, where I enjoyed the sounds of the sweet Sabra Mason. I met this talented soul at an open mic night in Newport a couple of months ago and have enjoyed hearing her several times since.

Our mutual friend Tiffany Elaine introduces her as the Reba McIntyre of our region. Offering a great variety of pop and country songs, she can go gospel and sing the blues too. Besides covering popular songs, the artist is a songwriter in her own right. To learn more visit her page on Facebook.

Sabra Mason Musician

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Bad Decisions Band Rocked the Deck at Blackbeard’s

Blackbeard’s Triple Play offered a new band for the crowd to welcome, the last Saturday of 2018! On the deck and making ’em dance was the Bad Decisions Band from the Smithfield area.

The fun party band boasts two lead singers and offers a variety of popular songs for the audience. With most of the focus on Southern rock and country selections, they had the crowd boot scooting before finishing their first set. They kept the good times rolling, until they wrapped up their debut on S Front St.

Mark your calendars now if you missed it, because venue owner Dale Overbee will have them back for another New Bern night on Saturday, February 2.

Come dance like a groundhog and have some fun! Free music is offered 7:30-11 pm on the deck and later rocking inside the walls of the downtown bar and restaurant!

The band line up includes Shane Norris, Valerie Boyette, who swap in offering the lead and backing vocals, Clay Benson, plays the acoustic strings, Matt Starling is lead on electric strings, Rebekah Martin offers keyboard riffs, Ben Hayes hiding out in the back but adding the bottom beats on bass and behind the kit, Zach Pleasant. This traveling band offers a fun night of entertainment for any crowd that likes to cut up.

They will be playing around other areas in the region as well in the weeks ahead. Be sure to like their band page and check out their upcoming Facebook events.

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Bryan Mayer Closes Out Busy Year Close to Home

Without much notice and word came the news that Bryan Mayer would perform the last Saturday of the year in town at The Brown Pelican. Joining the singer and stringer with bongo beats and backing vocals was Mayer’s longtime friend Critty Robinson.

Offering all of the fan favorite grooves that keep the popular country artist and CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year in the spotlight. A packed house at the Dirty Bird enjoyed the show!

The Brown Pelican has been a big supporter of live music since opening their doors. They offer an open mic every Thursday, with sign up at 7 pm and music starting at 8 pm. Fridays offer the best in regional acoustic acts. Free music plays 7-10 pm. Saturdays bring the best in the bands who rock you each week from 8-11 pm.

Fans and friends who missed him last week can find Bryan Mayer along the Crystal Coast tonight. He will offer his first acoustic show at Promise’ Land Market. Music plays 8:30 – 11:30 pm.

For fans and friends who wish to see the full band in their best element, be sure to order tickets for the CMMA’s on January 26, 2019. This event will be held at The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Tickets are just $25 for this fun night of amazing Carolina based Country music. To be on hand for that buy your tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carolina-country-music-awards-tickets-45694696066?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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New Bern Had Something for Everyone on NYE

The City’s first-ever “Bear Drop” took place at midnight on Monday night/Tuesday Morning in front of the City Hall to ring in the New Year. This amazing event was made possible thanks to Toyota of New Bern and the hard-working people at City of New Bern Parks and Recreation Department. Together they organized the City’s first ever NYE Block Party.

A lot of spontaneous and last minute hard work brought our city the best ever NYE celebration in the town’s recent history. The night-long event opened to the public at 5 pm and offered food and drink vendors, a big stage featuring two live music acts and a bear drop from the corner of the clock tower at the top of City Hall.

Sitting in the studio for the New Bern and Beyond Podcast, which will air Monday when the topic came up, I asked Colleen Roberts if they did many rehearsals for the timed drop and she assured me they did. Be sure to tune in to hear about other behind the scenes fun facts.

On the stage and providing the entertainment for the evening was Adam Pitts, a talented solo act the offers a full band sound with a few mixers and settings on the pedals. The Raleigh based singer welcomed the crowd to the stage, on Pollock St. just after 6 pm. The free event was well received by the citizens and many visitors in attendance.

On stage and rocking the party beats from 9 pm until the midnight countdown we enjoyed Love Tribe, another Raleigh based band that offered a fun and diverse set of music to keep the crowd excited.

Just before the stroke of midnight, Mayor Dana Outlaw came to the stage and thanked the crowd, as we all counted down the final seconds together.

Besides the big block party in town, I bounced about and found lots of other parties taking place in all corners of New Bern.


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At The City Stage

The City Stage offered Drag to Riches. This entertaining night featured Madame Z and her Divas, who provide comedy song and dance as they engage the crowd.


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The Bears Played the Elks Club

I found New Bern’s favorite oldies band, The Bears rocking with the youngsters that gathered for a fun night of dinner and dance at the Elks Lodge.


The crowd enjoyed the music and the Bears enjoyed their audience. Giving away prizes and engaging their friends, everyone enjoyed the night at the Elks Lodge.

To keep up with The Bears Band on Facebook, visit their page and give it a like to keep up to dates with show announcements.


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3 Day Weekend Rocks Monette J G Grocery ~ A NYE Tradition


For as long as they have been doing it, local rockers 3 Day Weekend have played New Year’s Eve at Monette’s J G Grocery. This tradition started when they formed 14 years ago. This fun time is an affordable $10 and offers and community setting complete with food for all and beverages sold on site.

The New Bern based rockers always fill the dance floor, just like they always close out New Year’s Eve on Free Bird, a classic southern rock anthem by Lynyrd Skynyrd.


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Peace Soldier At The Brown Pelican

Speaking of classic rock, Peace Soldier was offering the classic rock grooves at The Brown Pelican. No photos were taken as the band was rocking the crowd in the dark.

I wish every band that sets up at the Brown Pelican would take note of the brown cord beneath the wall outlet. Don’t be shy, plug that cord in so that the lights can shine on you and people can see your faces! Dan Jam Phillips helped rig those lights three years ago and they are very useful. Please use them if you play there!

Turning the spotlight back on classic rockers Peace Soldier, they will be part of a fun event that will raise money for those effected by Hurricane Florence.

Interestingly enough, each of the band’s on this bill can tell you of their significant losses and share their story of the flood that tried to defeat us. Headliners, Strung Together are the family band that lost their home on E Front Street to the named storm. They are excited to be moving back into the dwelling to continue renovations later this month.

Lead singer and founding member of Peace Soldier, Robert Hurff, was rescued from his dwelling as the water entered his living space. Two of the players in The Hot Buttered Grits saw the river rush through their homes as well. And opening the show tomorrow at the Turnage Theater is The Neuse River Ramblers, a band featuring banjo player Danny Batten, who suffered severe damage to his store Surf Wind & Fire, located on Middle St in Downtown New Bern.

All will gather on one ticket for the 6th Annual Guitar Fest, a free show for any who wish to attend. Please consider bringing a considerable donation, as this is a fundraising event and this year the money raised will be filtered back into New Bern for Hurricane Relief. Your help is still very much much needed!

Music starts at 4 pm! Hope to see you there.


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Irresistible Groove & Masquerade at Blackbeard’s Triple Play & The Farmer’s Market

Blackbeard’s Triple Play hosted a fun night featuring a masquerade party. Given this fun option, many towns people showed up to town with their masks

The band hired for the night played on stage a the Farmers Market. Irresistible Groove offered a fun music experience for the masked dancers that gathered for the good times. The Triangle-based party band made it irresistible for people to groove, hence the fitting name.


When not rocking the grooves with this band, a few of the members gather to offer Groove5band. I recommend you look for and like both band pages on Facebook.

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, January 4, 2019

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Getting Down Around Town

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BrÜtopia offers the fresh beer and fun sounds of stinger and singer, Irish Robinson. The new dad will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come groove to music to start off your weekend

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Checking things out downtown, The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine is where we find Reylando Monero live on stage, offering the live music 8-10:30 pm.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the acoustic grooves of Gene Gregory serving the sounds from 7-10 pm. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, hosts the Monterio Experience. Live music on the deck is offered 7:30-11 pm. If they move the band indoors, music starts at 9 pm and plays til midnight.

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

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The City Stage will be closed this weekend!

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Cedar Point, NC

 

Adam Hill will offer the live music at Riptidez Bar & Grill this evening with live music starting at 9 pm.

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It’s the Will & Tony Show appearing live all weekend at Treehouse Beer Company Catch the fun duo offering live music from 7-10 pm tonight or tomorrow night. They play the classic rock and blues favorites you love. 

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop offers Nüttbrëd, Fri Jan 4th, 9 PM- 1 AM, $3 Cover

Nüttbrëd is one of our most favorite local rock bands, featuring front-woman, Kayla Lewis. They do a variety of classic rock, blues, soul and contemporary. You will hear songs spanning from Led Zeppelin to Radiohead and more.
Please come see this band!

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Tiffany Elaine has teamed up with local musicians and songwriters Steve Mehan and Fernando Rivera, for a sound no one has heard before forming the band, everyone is talking about Now Or Never.

This blend of folk, rock, modern alternative, classic rock, and pop is a sound for the ages, you don’t want to miss!

Elaine is a BMI songwriter and CMA member. She performs solo shows and with her band in NC and beyond.

Tonight the trio will offer a show for the people that come to Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub. Music starts at 5:30 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

January 2 at 5:57 PM

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

Tracey Stones Live on Facebook

More events around the region:

Events 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 publicly.

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

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

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

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

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

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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!

Do you need music for an event you are planning? Concider the services of: 

Tracey Stones Productions

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. 

Be sure to mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

Pictures are 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.

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

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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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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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.

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I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends 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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