Tracey’s Weekend Run Around ~ July 3, 2016

I wanted to start this week’s Run Around by saying thanks for all the shares and support for this effort. I am thoroughly enjoying being back in the game of covering live music. Thing is, I always did it for publications, this blogging thing was invented sometime after I left the scene to raise my son.

I signed up for a premium membership so I can track readership. Each week I am getting alerts telling me when  my page is booming! Nothing delights my heart more than that little alert! It only happens with readers and shares, so thanks again for your support in making this site the source for live music in North Carolina! Without readers there is nothing to report so THANKS BE TO YOU!


Crystal and I started things off this week at another band rehearsal. We watched Rockin’ Horse (Photos above) work things out as they worked in the new chops of drum man, Shawn Mitchell. (Photo below)



Fact is, it was the last rehearsal before the big show for the weekend ahead and WHAM, just as life happens; suddenly you are there dealing with all the thick and thins of it! “This Band Business” as I call it, is no different. In fact, to be honest, there is a lot of drama that walks with it all. Thursday night was just another example of the many I have seen in my years around the scene.

To quote my favorite guitar man, Teddy Young, “Life is a merry go round playing in the band.” And thanks to him, don’t I know it! We worked together for nearly 12 years and in that time we changed bass players one time and went through about 20 drummers.

I am not the only person with such sagas either, there are other bands right here in this area that have been through 11 drummers in their 11 years. Not quite sure what is going on with all you drummers of the world, but I think the time has come for more drum circles to form and so to get some group therapy going for you all to work some things out!

Luckily, with Mitchell in the seat with his seasoned chops, things worked out well and the show went on for Rockin’ Horse this weekend at Croaker Festival in Oriental,  NC. Photos below are courtesy of  Daniel Sydow and April Fitchett.



On Friday evening we headed to The 36th Annual Croaker Festival and if we must confess it was a first for Crystal and I both so we decided to make a weekend of it! On Friday evening we stopped by the Tiki Bar to listen to Steel Shot perform for a set.


Then we headed over to the main stage to have a listen to the raw country grooves of Hard Livin’ who had the crowd up and on their feet.


On Saturday we headed out early to catch Little Cecil & No Credit, rocking out on the deck at The Double Tree, right here in my cool little town of New Bern.  This four piece outfit offers classic rock n blues selections while mixing in a few of their own originals which have a tendency to grab your attention.They hail from Beaufort and you can keep up with their dates by becoming a fan of their ReverbNation page. Little Cecil




Then it was back to the little harbor town of Oriental to take in more of the fair and festival life with Bryan Mayer closing out a full day of fun and festivities before the fireworks over the water. This New Bern native always puts on a fun show that keeps the crowd in tune to their good grooves. The Nine North recording artist ended the day by packing people under the tent as they rocked Croaker Festival’s Street Dance to a close.



After fireworks we headed back to The Tiki Bar to take in the sounds of Salt Water Gold Band. These guys also kept the crowd rocking with all of their dance selections. From Honky Tonk Women to Rock This Town they had the dance floor packed as they delivered a full tilt, high energy driven show.

The highlight of this show was probably meeting guitar man Chris Daniels, who not only slings one hell of a six string but also owns the Silo’s Restaurant with his lovely bride. He hosts the weekly open jam at the restaurant and offers live music out back at The Little Red Rooster Bar each Friday night. For me it is always a pleasure to be able to put a face with the name when I am writing. Also nice to find great talent along the way.


Don’t forget with it being a holiday weekend, there is live music here, there and everywhere so be sure to indulge if you can. Maybe head out to check in Big Jim Kohler and his band live tonight at Triple Play Restaurant featuring all you can eat crab legs and great blues music from 8-midnight!

Another option for jazz fans is the fun of John Van Dyke live on the Deck tonight at the Double Tree from 5-9 pm.

Many other options are on tap for tomorrow as well, including Mac & Juice at Persimmons.

This is definitely one of my favorite weeks of the year as my favorite holiday approaches! I love our country and I enjoy our traditions of celebrating the birth of our nation.  We live in an awesome corner of this world and we should be proud. Regardless of your stance on politics, tomorrow is a celebration of our great nation and I take my hat off to all the soldiers on the home front and the heroes protecting us over seas. I know our freedom is not free and we owe you all a world of thanks for your service and dedication.


If you want to get in the Zone, send me invites to your events and perhaps soon, together we can dance. Hit me up on Facebook or send me an email today: Thanks for reading! I’ll be back on Wednesday with the Regional Rundown, until then enjoy the dance.




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