Tracey’s Weekend Run Around ~ July 10, 2016

On Friday evening my dear friend Belinda and I learned that the “Magical Music Bus” is not so magical without air conditioning in 94 degree weather, so we hopped on her broom and headed to The Brown Pelican to enjoy a show brought to us by Bobby Hurff. 

Nice to finally check in with this local talent who is a veteran to the New Bern music scene. When we walked in the soothing sounds of the flute grabbed me and the harmonies made me take notice of a graceful and welcoming trio of talent. After a few solo tunes,  Dan Phillips joined the jam and helped Hurff finish out the set.


Once we made our way to the car, it was off to Beaufort to check in with original music maker, Hank Barbee who was engaging the crowd at Cru Wine Bar & Coffee Shop in Beaufort, NC. Barbee offered a selection of timeless classics, like Johnny Cash and nice blend of fine originals. He has new music in the works a couple projects you can check out on this web site.

Barbee is looking forward to lots of exciting things in the days ahead including a newly booked date at The Brown Pelican. That’s right New Bern, you are going to get to taste the talent of this fine young player from Richlands, NC on Saturday, August 27, 2016. So mark the date today and be on hand when he rocks the room from 8 – 11 pm. You won’t be disappointed.To keep up with all his news and learn more about this talented player check out his website


We then walked over the The Dockhouse and found Little Cecil & No Credit rocking on the deck. The crowd down on the water front was getting down with their brand of rock classics.

These guys are steady and tight. They also are a familiar favorite when playing in their stomping grounds of Beaufort, NC. I love their set list that boast a great mix of rock and seasoned blues. Check them out if you see them heading your way! t’s a guaranteed good time. I found them last month on the Deck at The Double Tree, here in my home town. This was my third encounter with these boys  since starting my blog adventure and it was musically charming!


the girls

Back over to Tuner Street we ended our evening at The Royal James Cafe and grooved in good time to Mac and Juice Duo as we ushered in  Crystal Odham‘s Birthday with Belinda Barr.

I wanted to check in with Mac and Juice when they were in town last week with the full band, but my addiction to floating seemed to keep me from the music last Monday! Nonetheless, it was great to hear this duo deliver a fun set of rock standards and even some soothing blues. They definitely grabbed my soul and had me singing when they delivered “Life By The Drop.”

Life by The Drop


On Saturday, July 9th I headed to town early to check out New Bern’s fun and festive group, The Dick Richards who kicked things off for Day Two of Bernaroo Music & Arts Fest with a lively set at The Brown Pelican. This New Bern trio features the talent of  Parker Millar, Jake Ross and Justin Tinkler offering a great blend of fun indie rock!

It is always refreshing to find young talent with lots of originality. Each player is not just skilled but all players are well versed on each instrument taken to the stage. Talk about being able to mix things up. They are energetic and fun and the only hometown band featured on the bill at Bernaroo Music & Arts Fest.

I should tell you, Terry Mc, Grant Golden and Bailey Evans  are the committee members behind all things that make Bernaroo BOOM!  They certainly  did a fine job finding a seasoned selection to set motion for this great town event that highlighted art and music and originality for two days! A big round of applause to their efforts in making music a movement!

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Having delighted in the first offering of Bernaroo~Day Two , I stayed for seconds as Matt Phillips  tuned up quick and came right on front, center, large and in charge with an amazing display of talent that makes me ashamed to say I never heard of him until just before I heard him play.

His set which wrapped up a fun filled afternoon of great music was from 2-4 pm and offer seasoned folk and jazz that rocked your soul! And don’t even talk to me about his jazzy take on some Hendrix blues… I will just let you enjoy it yourself…WOW was all I could say when I caught it live of Facebook!

Matt Phillips Live at The Brown Pelican


Following Phillips’ first hour of magnificence, I pulled myself away to go meet birthday girl, good friend and my music scene assistant, Crystal Odham over at The Deck at the Double Tree, right there on the water. They offer live music on the deck every Saturday afternoon from 2:30-5:30 pm.

 Joe Baes Project is a New Bern outfit has been through many chapters  in their 11 years together, but currently bills as s a rocking cover trio with special guests. The basis of the band however is comprised of name sake and guitarist Joe Baes, who gives up steady vocals; a Marine Corp Veteran and Bass man and backing vocalist  Mike Galloway ; an Army Veteran out of Fort Bragg who met in Iraq  in 2005.

Before saying anything more, let me first acknowledge my thanks to you for your service!!


After their service defending our freedoms, they found themselves teaming up in New Bern and following their desires of making music. They have been with current drummer Jonathan Toler about two years and offer many great dance standards like “Wagon Wheel” for instance.


Next stop on the journey was The Bernaroo Open Mic Event at Sweet Pea’s Cafe on Middle Street  where I caught five very talented and eclectic acts take the stage for this event  hosted by the lovely and talented Gabrielle Christie, who just finished her set when I arrived.  Nonetheless she did a great job welcoming all the players to the stage.

When we arrived we walked in to the sounds of the young duo known as Middle St Saxes. What a delight to walk in and hear the sounds of dueling horns belting out familiar and popular standards like “Forget You”

Middle St Saxes~Forget You

Next up came the acoustic stylings of Parker Millar of Dick Richards fame. His voice and playing make it easy to tune in on what he is delivering. He enjoys performing and it comes across in his delivery.


Next up Christie welcomed Howie III to the stage and the only thing I could think of saying when I say he was a III was,”NO way, he is way too original! to be a duplicate, let alone a few!” The talented stringer opened with some Rolling Stones by special request and closed it out with a searing Robert Johnson lick.



Justin Hargett was next to the microphone with his six string strummer. He delivered a fine few selections of funky folk and fun music that had great feeling. He was full of raw emotion and just what I needed for a mid day delight!



The last guest performer that I was privileged enough to enjoy at this event was the talented country crooner, Tiffany Elaine. This young mom calls Beaufort home base but loves coming to New Bern to perform as often as possible. The first time I met her she was playing at the Brown Pelican during their open mic event a few Thursday evenings ago.

She tries to join New Bern native, Joshua Kitchin each week at the dirty bid’s open mic event, though she will not be in the house in the week to come as vacation calls the talented player away.

I am pretty sure this is name you should become familiar with, as her talent and dreams will carry her any place she desires. I am not one to tell anyone to take off the rose colored sunglasses, in fact,  I often lend mine out, but I did tell this talented beauty to stay invested in herself, as no one will do better in representing you than you can do yourself! At least until you have a team around you that you can trust. Record deals always sound fabulous, but when you come off the road in debt and exhausted it is enough to shatter steadfast dreams!

Keep up with her and friend her on Facebook soon. Tiffany Elaine on Facebook



Before long the day was done and the evening moved in and after a much long and anticipated moment I finally got to enjoy the talent of Arson Daily. This energetic rock back from Boone has roots in the Bern. They opened the second night of fun at The Isaac Taylor Garden and did a great job getting the crowd primed for the rest of the night. Did I mention how refreshing new, young talent is for the soul?


Once we departed New Bern party stopped in Atlantic Beach for a little reggae action with Monjah who was performing live at Idle Hour Biergarten on the Atlantic Beach Circle. This young original reggae band hail from Carteret County and offer an island groove that makes the soul happy with delight.

They will be making their debut in New Bern next month when they come to The Brown Pelican on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Mark your calendar and grab your best island shirt and meet me there!



Before long we were back in the car and going over the causeway and crossing the bridge into Beaufort to catch the sounds of Scearce & Ketner live on the deck at the Dockhouse. They were joined by special guest David Spence on mandolin. Together the stringed trio offered a great mix of beach country and original sounding classics that kept the crowd attentive and involved.You can find these guys on Facebook and keep up with their news by visiting their website


We were going to leave after that but then as I started making my way down a side street I asked Crystal if she wanted to see what was happening at Backstreet Pub since we were so close. I am glad we made this final stop to check out the funky fretting fusion of rock blues Lotus Sun who boast dueling drum talents and strong rhythm that keeps the crowd moving throughout their time on stage. Hailing from Fayetteville, NC this band will grab your attention and make you groove.

















Well kids that concludes another fun weekend of indulging in great grooves as we made our way around the region looking for live music to support. Music is like love, it is all around us so what ever you do, take my friend Madonna’s  advice and surrender your booty and dance!


I will be back on Thursday with a new selection of fun things to do in the weekend ahead. If you want to get in the zone, shoot me an email at 

Thank for reading.

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