It was another fun and inspiring week in my world! I am learning new things every day about creating my own online self publication empire that supports live entertainment. If any of you truly know me, I am not a little, inside the box kind of thinker. I tend to go big or give up and move on the the next exciting feature that life throws at me. This endeavor is no exception. I have it mapped out in my head. I am pretty sure I want to be the source for live music along the Highway 17 Corridor ~ From Maine to Florida! It is going to be a great journey, thanks for coming along with me!
I know just how it all happened too! About a year ago, a long time friend of mine; who happens to be living a dream life as one of the biggest blues music promoters on the East Coast, said, “Dream big about writing Tracey! You are going to make a major come back!” Thank you Michael Cloeren, not just for those words, but our visit in September and your 20 plus years of inspiring friendship.
When I tell you this man is one of the biggest music promoters on the East Coast, I am not kidding. I would love to invite you all to consider planning a great getaway to one of his many music events. This man knows how to deliver a class act music festival like none other.
Cloeren is celebrating 25 years of bringing the blues to the Pocono Mountains. We met when I was a young writer and he was a fairly new concert promoter. I attended his Second Annual event and was invited back to cover the third, fourth, fifth and sixth years. I left in year seven and just before Shemekia Copeland took the stage, Michael hugged a pregnant me and said, “This isn’t goodbye forever Tracey, I know you will be back.”
Make plans now to celebrate the 25th Anniversary for blues in the Poconos at this years’ Pennsylvania Blues Festival slotted for September. Cloeren is also putting together a Music Fest for October in the Poconos and another event is being planned in the Catskills for next March. To look at all the things he has his hands on, check him out here: Michael Cloeren Productions
On Monday I had dinner with my assistant Crystal Odham (Photo below) at Persimmons Restaurant in New Bern where we enjoyed the sounds of Steel Shot (Photos above) on the deck
When thinking about, it is plain to see, my life has been blessed and touched by many amazing and talented friends. On Thursday evening, June 23, I got together with many in my tribe around here and I asked a lot of simple questions which led to me to research on blog site building. Then I met up with my personal assistant, Crystal Odham (Photo above) and we mapped out more plans for this build!
While discussing all of this we also took in a bit of the Jazz Jam that happens each week at Christoph’s on the Water with John Van Dyke and friends!
Then we headed over The Brown Pelican where we listened to a few players jam. Impressive on the the microphone that night was Tiffany Elaine (Photos below) who hails from Beaufort but collaborates with New Bern player Joshua Kitchin. We only caught a couple of songs but I can tell you I will be looking for more news on this duo in the weeks ahead.
On Friday night, June 24, we all gathered again at The Brown Pelican to take in the sounds of Bruce Lynch who rocked the packed house with his classic rock selections. It was another enjoyable night at the Pelican!
Following Lynch’s show, we headed across the river to watch Zen Pirates make landfall at Triple Play Restaurant in James City. This band has an infectious sound that makes every crowd get up and dance.
After a fun set of drinking and carrying on at Triple Play we loaded back into the “magic music bus” and headed back across the river and over to Mickey Milligan’s to check in with one of my favorite rockin’ duos out of Pamlico County, Steel Shot. These boys have been playing music all their lives and you can tell that just in their eclectic variety of songs. They love crowd participation and always have fun with the audience. They had all my friends up and on their feet, enjoying the great grooves. To keep up with all of their gigs be sure to like them on Facebook. Steel Shot.
There was no shortage of live music on Saturday June 25, 2016. In the afternoon I headed down to the Bridgeton Blueberry Festival in Bridgeton, NC
On the bill performing there was Merchant’s Road (Photos above) who kept the crowd rocking under the tent!
The thing I love about this band is you just never know what you are going to get. I have seen them perform on several occasions and their line up is always different and the music is always fun and brilliantly mastered. To keep up with them like them on Facebook too. Merchant’s Road.
Next we headed over to Buffalo Wild Wings at the New Bern Mall where we enjoyed a sample of ECU Jazz. (Photos above) These boys were a wonderful treat and the good news is you can catch them too on their Buffalo Wild Wings tour. They are playing at locations in Greenville, New Bern and Morehead City throughout the the Summer so try to catch them when they come round your way!
Next up my friends and I (Photo above) headed to the waterfront in Morehead City, NC to take in a couple of shows there too. First up we headed over to the Jaycee Park to have some fun with BUILT for COMFORT BAND. (Photos below) I knew this band was going to be fun when just as soon as I made my approach they went into “Big Boss Man,” by the blues groove master himself, Jimmy Reed. They played a lot of blues standards and the crowd was enjoying the show. The reason I wanted to make it down here for this show is because the drummer, Joe Tronto explained that this would be the debut performance of this new line up for this veteran outfit. They recently welcomed bass man, Rex Gass to the rotation. Seems like it was a great choice. The weather was wonderful and the tunes perfect for this blues enthusiast! Please feel free to like these boys on Facebook and keep up with their news and upcoming shows. Built For Comfort
After some dinner at Sammy’s we headed over to Southern Salt to check in with Atlantic Avenue. (Photos below) I first caught wind of this band last week when they did a quick set for the Lynaire Benefit last weekend at Mickey Milligan’s. Last night the band gave up a great show out on the deck. Their set list includes all things rock and funk and they have a great time getting down with the crowd. Alisa Mike is the energetic singer fronting this effort with her powerful voice and a great band backing her up. I recommend liking them too and checking in with them soon. You can find them on Facebook too.Atlantic Avenue
Well kids that is a wrap on all the music news I found out there this week. If you want to get in the Zone be sure to friend me on Facebook to keep me up to speed via messenger My Facebook Page or email me your itinerary to tracey.stones.writer @gmail.com.
Thanks so much for reading. I will be back on Wednesday with a long rundown for your holiday weekend ahead! Peace and love and thanks for the dance!