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This Music Business. Class Is In!

Develop Your Major Marketing Skills with routine

There is no better way to get your message out there than with positive self-promotions. Back in the day, we used to compile pages of press clippings and write up a fancy bio and package them into tidy press kits to make people notice our accomplishments. The press kit has come a long way with the help of the internet and the development of social media.

Your social media pages can serve as your resume and bio. Keep it positive and upbeat. Give them something to see, a reason to visit your page to learn more about you.

Establishing A routine That works for you

You can set your phone up and record yourself daily… offer your fans a song and a message to greet them each day. That simple practice will groom you in many ways. First and foremost, it will give you the drive to get up and get ready for the day,  like you are on a mission. This is because you are on a mission! You are on a mission of sharing music, bringing happiness and offering inspiration.

At the end of the song, you can add a plug for your next upcoming gig and then tag the venue in the post. This promotes you and the people you are working with. And it establishes routine fans can enjoy and look forward to each day. And speaking of upcoming gigs, consider going live for a song or two at the start of each show. This requires you figuring out a place to set up your phone so that we can see you and enjoy a part of the show.

If you establish simple routines like described herein, you will build a fan base with slow and steady ease. It will also keep you present in the minds and hearts of your fans, who will want to come to see you live thanks to your encouragement! Now go get camera-ready and send us out with a positive message and a smile! CLASS DISMISSED!

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Festival Fun for the Second Weekend Of June


Cherokee, NC ~ Bluegrass Festival

Cherokee Bluegrass Festival

This fun annual bluegrass festival offers camping, music and fun for the family. Taking place this weekend, things got started yesterday! Come join in Cherokee North Carolina for our Annual Bluegrass Festival presenting the “best of the best” in Bluegrass music. As well as the music, we will have concessions all weekend! The festival will be the 6th, 7th & 8th at Happy Holiday RV Village. Go online now to buy tickets at or purchase tickets at the gate. They have an action-packed lineup to entertain you and the kids!



Raleigh, NC ~Raleigh’s International Food Festival 2019

Celebrate Raleigh’s diverse community–a free and family-friendly event designed to promote cross-cultural exchange and promote respect between cultures. Dance performances, bands and food from around the world! Great line-up! Last year over 17,000 people attended and you don’t want to miss this great event. 

There will be dance performances, bands, and food from around the world! Great line up!  Salsa, Samba, Belly Dance, Hip Hop, Kpop, Reggae, Irish, …. So much delicious food.. come hungry… For more info write:


Swansboro, NC ~ Arts By The Sea Festival

The Arts by the Sea Festival takes place on the second Saturday of June on the Swansboro waterfront. This festival features arts, crafts, delicious food, wine tastings, stories, children’s entertainment and other fun activities. You’ll find pottery, jewelry, paintings, carvings, photography, sculpture, stained glass and more art. All entries are juried.


20th Annual OcraFolk Festival 


Ocrafolk Music & Storytelling Festival This celebration features musicians, storytellers, artisans, & characters of Ocracoke Island and beyond. The 20th Annual Festival will take place this Friday thru Sunday with a full schedule of folk-infused events.


Washington Summer Festival


It is time again for the Washington Summer Festival. This fun time kicks off tonight in downtown Washington and features all the fun you would expect at a street fair, including food, games, vendors to shop and LIVE MUSIC. Looking at the schedule they welcome The Embers to groove you on Friday from 7-10 pm on the Festival Park Stage. On Saturday Breadwine and Blooze Band take the stage from 7-9 pm.



The purpose of the North Carolina Cigar Box Guitar Festival is the revival of interest in handmade stringed instruments, leading to historical education that explores the roots of American music. North Carolina Cigar Box Guitar Festival preserves and continue this iconic American art form. NCCBF seeks to revive the interest in homemade guitars through presentation of educational programs, forums, music and workshops on the art of the Luthier of Cigar Box Guitars

June 8, 2019 Line up

12:00-12:50 Travis Bowlin

1:00-1:50       Chris Green

2:00-2:50       Dar Stellabotta

3:00-3:50         Sky Paige 

4:00-4:50         One Hand Dan

5:00-6:00 Intermission

6:00-6:50         Blind-Dog Gatewood

7:00-7:50         Cash O’Riley

8:00-9:30         Ben Prestage

Grove Winery & Vineyards is the site for this festival and the fun starts at noon and carries on until 10 pm. Please visit for more information.


Hoppin’ John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention




Join us at the Mt. Airy Fiddlers’ Convention on Saturday for our spectacular promo party! Great music and “refreshments!” Located in the red and white tent halfway up the hill! June 8, 4 PM!

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Victor Speight, Jr reached out this week and asked, “Hey Tracey, where do I find all the pics you take?” 

Well, the real answer to that question is, “No one gets to see them all, nor does anyone want to. I am often confused as a photographer because I carry a camera everywhere, but really I am not a professional photo taker.”

Victor Speight Jr; drummer. Bryan Mayer Band

However,  when I do catch a break and snap a good one pic from time to time and when I do,  I post them right here. I use the pictures I take in the field to help support the stories that I share. 

Thanks for asking! If you have a question for me, fire away. You can send your questions to 

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~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, June 7, 2019

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican



The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of crazy cool country grooves of Mikey Watkins, offering the music from 7-10 pm. Free music is never free, please tip the music makers that you meet.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. No live music tonight, but DJ Mike Burton will be spinning the dance songs. Music on the deck. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine


Live music will be offered is at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine each Friday from 8-10:30 pm. This week it is singer/songwriter Patrick Reid.


On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage


The Garage welcomes the music of Tommy Duzan, Sr. Live music is offered from 7-10 pm for FREE! But I suggest, you feel free to tip the servers and musicians you meet along the way!



BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the grooves of Bruce Lynch live. He will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016


Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company


Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of The Dusty Duo, featuring Hank Barbee and Matt Henderson, they will be grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the rock blues and country grooves of this popular local duo.


Riptidez Bar & Grill

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Riptidez Bar & Grill offers good food and live music each Friday evening. To usher you into the summer season tonight, come out and groove with Stephen Poole. Free live music starts at 9 pm and continues until the midnight hour.


Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden


Carolina Home and Garden welcomes the weekend with Reindl Brothers grooving in the garden!  Offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from Little Johnny’s Crab Shack, a cold beer and relax as you settle into the weekend.


Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar


Come out tonight for a delicious dinner at The Boro Restaurant & Bar and stay for music offered by Ryan Cain. He will be sharing songs from 8-11 pm.


Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering


Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes Rob Blackwell for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music.


Off The Hook

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Off The Hook welcomes the fun grooves of Mac & Juice Quartet tonight on the deck. Music starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!


Jack’s Waterfront Bar


There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar.

Friday June 7th open at 4pm, Happy Hour hosted by Carolina Honey Boutique from 5pm – 7pm and then live music by the Bounce band starting at 9:30pm.

Saturday June 8th open at 12noon with live music by the Bump Syndicate band. Sunday June 9th open at 12noon with live music by Backyard Groove starting at 4pm. Jack’s will stay open Monday through Sunday at noon, with live music scheduled Tuesday through Saturday Tuesday ~ Drew Horton Wednesday ~ The Embers Thursday ~ Rude Boy Riddim Friday ~ Chocolate Chip and Company Saturday ~ Jukebox Revolver See you at Jack’s!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents


Kudubai, Fri June 7th, 9-12 PM, $3 Cover. Kudubai are a five-piece band from Morehead City, NC. They have been performing in the area since 2010—playing a mix of original and eclectic cover tunes. The main thing to expect at a Kudubai show is variety, as all five members are multi-instrumentalists and singers. The music is a blend of rock styles and is often a little quirky, involving unique combinations of guitar, bass, Afro-Latin percussion, horns, banjo, accordion and more. While the membership of the band has fluctuated over the years, the two founding members are still strummin’ and pluckin’ away. The band’s present arrangement has them playing their most fun and creative music to date.





JM’s Place PUB welcomes the blues grooves of Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. The fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am.


Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe


Tonight the Duo Glide will offer the dinner grooves and will be serving the sounds at Fishy Fishy Cafe tonight. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the food is always delicious. 

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Rocking Around the Region

Benson, NC

Pitchers Bar


Jill Charles and Nobody’s Business Band will be shaking things up at Pitchers Bar this evening. Music starts rockin’ at 10 pm and the fun lasts until closing time at 2 am.


Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill


Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to 454 offering their rocking grooves. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 2 am.


Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill


Friday, June 7. 2019

The Wiley Fosters are bringing the 27-piece band together to perform the music of JAMES BOND! Costumes Encouraged! (no toy guns) AGENTS: William Dawson – Conducting Michelle Cobley – Harp Louis Landry – Vibraphone / Keys John Clark – Guitar Luis Rodriguez – Bass Guitar Robert Cantrell – Drums Jeremy Boomhower – Trombone Becca Clemens – Bass Trombone Blaise Kielar – Clarinet / Violin Brannon Bollinger – Baritone Saxophone Vern Dowdall – Violin / Mandolin Kara Suvada – Alto Sax Akeim Dalton – Alto Sax Mark Messing – Bassoon VOCALISTS: Alexandra Valladares Ally J Anastasia Maddox Erik Lars Myers Jay O’Berski Jess Klein Juliana Finch Maxine Eloi Sara Spissu Sarah Fickie Shawn Luby Shea Broussard Tonya Lamm

The fun and good times start at 9 pm. Come early for dinner and stay for the show!


Kinston, NC

The Red Room


The Red Room will turn roadhouse tonight with the fun sounds of Bill Lyerly Band in the house! They take the stage to groove with you at 10 pm. There is a $5.00 cover charge. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes and enjoy the grooves.


Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays, they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic Night hosted by Brian Burke.

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. This weekend it is B&B Acoustic on Friday and this Saturday it is Rowlette Green.  All are welcome to join in the fun. Good times start at 6:30 pm. Music rocks till 10 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.

June 3 at 5:50 PM

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Thank You for Reading!

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

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Thanks 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!



Have a great weekend and enjoy the dance!

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