We Can Build the Platform that Heals the Community
December 8, 2018
Behind the Scene with Tracey Stones
The Platform of Music
It can’t be denied! Music is a powerful thing. It moves people. All people. It is an innate part of our being. Music is natural because we keep beats with the universe. Our world offers us music, nature offers songs. For some people, music is as essential as air and water. We can do so much with music. It seems we are at a pivotal point in our society. We are a suffering breed, mankind.
Nothing about life or living it is easy. This is true no matter what bloodline runs through you. I don’t care if you were built with a silver spoon in your mouth or born in the back of a Greyhound bus. Fact is, we all go through hills and valleys. Sometimes full villages and communities are overcome with strife and hardships. Whether we stop to admit it or not, healing is an important part of living life.
After the Storm
Today, I live in a community which went from almost paradise to a war zone after a three-day storm named Florence came to visit in September. She put my little town of New Bern on the map in ways we never would have hoped. Our President even came to call. Devastation like many have never seen and now it’s a part of our normal existence.
And it was not just New Bern. It was everywhere along and near the water on North and South Carolina. It is far more devastating than what we saw beyond the news stories on television. This is most comparable to the catastrophic mess of Katrina.
To see this happening and watch it exist before our very eyes; it’s like no news story on the television. Facing things in real life is always a completely different story worth reporting. Fact is, no one is ever prepared for a Florence or a Michael.
That being said, when such a power couple comes for a visit in the same season, I can assure you our country and its government is not prepared to rebuild the world for free either. This catastrophic mess can only be mended with time and human compassion. Much of the rebuilding money will have to be generated by fundraising. We as communities can generate a lot of revenue, by coming together for the common cause of music.
Stages for Healing
When I look around and assess the destruction and try to wrap my head around the dollars needed to rebuild my hometown, the only way I can see it happening is through fundraising. This is NOT the only way to rebuild my hometown, but the many communities that surround us as well.
There really are no words for all of the destruction, but on the flip side, the Hurricane also brought us together as a community as we mended. Here in my corner of the world, we saw the most amazing acts of kindness all around us. It was wonderful to witness that each day. In fact, it was that which pulled me through the hardest days after the storm.
Meeting with Like Minds
Since the storm, I have held many meeting with people around the state with the sole purpose of brainstorming how we can use music to heal communities and brace ourselves for the next storm…as there will be another storm!
Just a few weeks ago I met with two friends from different areas of the state to discuss how we could generate revenue via music. The idea of a blues festival erupted when I met with bluesman Joel Sugarman. However, when I met with music appreciator Cindi Kanipe, we discussed a series of music festivals that take place each year for a new non-profit that raises money for the next major event.
Earlier this year I accepted the appointment of sitting on the board of directors for the Down East FolkArts Society. The reason it interests me most is that of the new president Charlie McCurry, shares the philosophy of mending communities with music. This week I met with the new Chairman to discuss the direction of the board and fundraising ideas.
Next week we will meet as a board and I will return with the line up for DEFAS Winter 2019 season. They will be bringing three artists to our area from different regions. Look forward to learning more about Tom Kimmel, Sam Gleaves and Becky Warren.
Ben Noblit, who not only promotes but plays upright bass for the upbeat and jovial Tan and Sober Gentlemen, reached out last week to let me now they released a new CD in time for the holidays. Here is the band’s formal press release.
“Fast-paced, toe-tapping, fiddle-playing musical mayhem, certainly worth a look to any fans of Irish music.” -Ireland Calling
“The best craic ever. Safe to say, next time they’re around, we’re bringing our dancing shoes.” -The Irish Examiner
11/28/18, SNOW CAMP, NC – Building on their rapidly growing reputation as one of the Old North State’s best live shows, The Tan and Sober Gentlemen have released their debut album, “Veracity.” Recorded in the woods of Chatham County, North Carolina, the album is a riotous, scorching take on what the band calls “Scotch-Irish hillbilly music.”
Born and raised in the North Carolina back-country, the seven-piece band explores the Celtic roots of their state’s musical heritage. Though deeply rooted in traditional music, the band plays with a wide-open-throttle, no-holds-barred mentality that reflects their commitment to bring back the passion, energy, and ruggedness of the old-school hillbilly pickers. They like their folk music with the bark left on, and it shows.
Since their formation in the summer of 2016, Tan and Sober’s raucous live show has quickly earned them a loyal following in the Appalachians, the East Coast, and Ireland. With sold-out shows across the South, and with international tours on the horizon, “Veracity” promises to be the next rung on the ladder to success. Stream or buy the record on Spotify, Bandcamp, or wherever you get your music.
T&SG at Bernaroo
I was introduced to this band at the 2017 Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival in New Bern. They performed at The Isaac Taylor Garden. This band is show-stopping fun, and energetic beyond words. If you like Irish music with flair, be sure to check out this talented North Carolina band. Bring them home for Christmas, for the Celtic Punk Grass music fan in your life.
To learn more about the band or to keep up with their schedule visit their website:
Cheri Moyers is an amazing example of a person using music to heal her life. Cheri is a local songwriter with quite an amazing story of survival. The New Bern based songwriter and singer has been battling a degenerative disease for decades, but more recently the illness claimed her eyesight.
Beyond other things, battling blindness was her bravest battle. Rising to the challenges that life was throwing at her, she founded a local chapter for the National Federation of the Blind and then turned to music as a way to focus on life again. Though in another time in life she was well versed on the stage, these days the singer has been focusing on her songwriting.
Spending a lot of time between New Bern and Nashville TN, the songwriter is composing a quite a catalog of songs she hopes that area artists might consider making songs of their own. Below I am attaching her new Christmas song that she hopes will be a consideration.
For anyone interested in speaking with the artist about her collection of songs be sure to reach out to her today. Her email is email@example.com.
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Saturday, December 8, 2018
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Getting Down Around Town
First Stop James City!
BrÜtopiaoffers the sounds of Now or Never tonight with live music being offered from 7-10 pm. Serving up the good tastes tonight with beNest Cafe on sight from 5 pm until 10 pm. Come out and enjoy the good tastes, fresh beer and cool sounds of the new Crystal Coast trio featuring Tiffany Elaine, Fernando Rivera, and Steve Mehan.
The Brown Pelican
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.
Come out tonight to enjoy the grooves of Ravenz Bru from 8-11 pm
Blackbeard’s Triple Play
Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight you can party with the local rockers known as Smokehouse. Music starts at 8 pm! For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.
It is a Stand-up Comedy Showcase with comedian Matt White and Friends. Each month Matt White brings a group of hilarious comics to City Stage!
Winner of the “2012 Port City Top Comic” and 2013 “Carolina’s Funniest Comic”, Matt White’s brand of observational humor mixed with improv and theatre elements engages audiences and leaves them giggling for days.
Join Matt & friends for an evening of laughter and fun.
This Month’s Performers are: Shari Diaz Nick Mitchell Jake Weddle Amir Sh Sam Kasierski and more!
Hosted by Matt White
Cruising The Coast
Megan Jean and the Kläy Family Band, will be live on stage tonight at
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, December 8th~ OPEN at 12noon Enjoy our wood-fired pizza starting at 8 pm Live music by The Lost Artists starts at 10 pm 🎸
New Bern’s own rock show, The BiPolar Express will be heading to the coast tonight. 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.
Cedar Point, NC
Treehouse Beer Company offers the rocking blues roots sounds of Tim Rowe rocking the stage from 7-10 pm. For anyone in the mood to jam, this is your open invitation to pack the gear bag and come to the coast tonight!
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The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers the music of Bobby Webb serving up the sounds from 8-11 pm this evening. Come early for the great tastes and drink specials and stay late to dance the night away!
Rocking Around The Region
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
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