We Close Out 2020 and Welcome a New Year

William Seymour On Stage at AJ McMurphy’s

On Tuesday evening, we rolled back over to Greenville to check in with song maker William Seymour. This trip would mark the first time I caught the stringer with a full band, a band which grew as the night rolled on.

Kicking off the set with a couple of solo offerings, Seymour shared some of the music he has for sale. With two albums under his belt, the songwriter has plenty to offer listeners.

Following a short solo set Jamaal Cody took a seat behind the drum kit and bass player Torrey Pugh grabbed his seat and five string and before long they were offering some sweet grooves to the audience.

Following a short trio set the boys made room center stage for keyboard player, Quincy Jones to set up and lend his talent to the tracks.

It was just about that time that we scooted back to New Bern. However, upon a checking back with local music supporter, Susan Baugham, I saw the band continued to grow as singer, Eric Monterio also joined the fun on stage for a few songs.

Seymour is contemporary style singer songwriter who blends blues and Americana styles well. It should be noted also that Seymour is a staple on our downeast music scene and does a lot to help the local scene in Greenville, NC and the surrounding areas.

Throughout the year Seymour kept busy writing songs, offering live streams to fans and friends, and performing mostly solo shows since the lockdowns lifted.

His second album Make Love Instead came about as a result of the pandemic allowing the artist time to create and record. He released his debut album in March 2019. That release entitled Quicksand gained a lot of attention from fans and listeners. Both albums are available for purchase almost anywhere you buy music.

FB Photo from William Seymour’s Music Page.

For those that are more hands-on with their music collection, you can purchase either recording which has been pressed as a vinyl album or a compact disc. The vinyl releases are $25 each. The debut disc, Quicksand sells for $25 and the latest release, Make Love Instead can be purchased for $15. To order yours today, send an email to: wseymourmusic@gmail.com

With regard to upcoming shows, Seymour will perform live on Friday January 22 at The Loft by Still Life in Greenville with music offered from 6-9 pm. The following night, January 23, you can find him rocking The Blackened Kraken Bar & Grill. You can keep up with Seymour by liking his music page on Facebook by clicking William Seymour Music.

Open Mic Ends on a Quiet Note at Tap That

Tom Davis was the featured player at Tap That Craft Beer & Wine Bar for open mic this week.

It was a rather quiet end to open mic night at That That Craft Beer and Wine Bar in New Bern last Wednesday. Perhaps no one knew it was to be the last open stage, or maybe everyone rested up for the shortened version of New Year’s Eve the following night.

David Sawyer shares a dance with his wife Ruby, before playing a few songs with Tom Davis at the final open mic event at Tap That.

It was so quiet, that I didn’t even see the weekly host Sam Lewis. The only two players to make an appearance on stage were Tom Davis and David Sawyer, who provided entertainment throughout the night, offering popular rock and blues standards.

Tom Davis’ band Third Degree Bern will be live on stage at Tap That Craft Beer and Wine Bar 901 B Pollock St., New Bern; this Friday, January 8, 2021. Music starts at 7 pm.

Third Degree Bern Left to Right: Brian Mac, guitar and vocals, Richard Hudson, drums, Tom Davis, guitar and vocals, Simon Spalding, bass.

Coming up on Wednesday evenings in 2021 at Tap That Craft Beer and Wine Bar will offer 30 Second Rocks in the place of a weekly open mic night.

🎆 Happy New Year 🎆 Here is to A Blessed 2021

Tracey Stones and Ken Byrd ring in the NEW YEAR by rocking around the Bern!

Rockin’ Around Bear City

The city of New Bern moved up the annual bear drop to occur at 6 pm in conjunction with midnight in Berne Switzerland

The weather outside was anything but delightful for New Years Eve in Bear City. It seemed to be a fine reflection of the whole year. In my mind, I saw it as a metaphor of the skies cleansing us of the negativity that held us down in 2020! It was rather fun running in the rain as we bounced throughout the town to check in with those that gathered to send 2020 sailing down the swollen river.

The true conductors of the New Bern’s crazy train… The BiPolar Express was rocking Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant for the annual New Year’s Eve Mascaraed Party 🎉 on Thursday evening.

From The Front Row With Mary Shine

The Bipolar Express New Year’s Eve Mascaraed event was very different this year from those of the past. Due to Covid-19 restrictions imposed by Governor Cooper, the usual 8:30-12:30 show started at 5:30 pm and ended around 9:15 pm with “the treasure chest” dropping a little before 9 pm, spilling all the leas among the rock n roll party animals.

Bass player Wick Wicklines mom, Glinda wore her new BPE shirt that proudly says #bandmom on the back. Many have asked me about purchasing a BPE shirt, but as of right now theses are the only two are in circulation. More shirts and merch are a part of the band’s future plan.

The BiPolar Express is a high energy cover band that leans on 80s hair band rock n roll. They play songs made popular by AC/DC, Van Halen, Ratt, Poison, Queen, Billy Idol, Quiet Riot and more.

The BiPolar Express go Round and Round by Ratt

If you are a fan of rock done right be sure to check these guys out soon. They will be back on the deck next month on Saturday, February 20, 2021. Be sure to follow them on Facebook. They are quite entertaining so like and follow the band here The BiPolar Express.

Joe Brown and The Band Brings the Music For The People to Tap That

It’s been about a minute and a half since I saw Joe Brown and The Band, or maybe even a year and a half! The first thing I noted was Joe Brown makes a good frontman for his band which seems kind of fitting.

This would be the first gig I saw Brown take center stage, up on his feet without a keyboard at hand. I know what your thinking, Joe Brown and the band without keyboards…yeah! Not so fast, rather, Brown doubled down!

Filling up the stage on New Year’s Eve at Tap That Craft Beer and Wine Bar with talent that kept the crowd grooving throughout the night were Denzel Willis on guitar, Redel Williams offering Aux Keys, Carlo Rouse was on Bass, Reginald “RJ” Gray sat behind the kit on Drums, TeeBone David filled in with Percussion, and Brandon Shamar on the Main Keys.

The band has a few private events and are also available to play your upcoming engagement. They are a fun band for any wedding or private party and they definitely know how to unite a community of people with love and music so be sure to consider them for your music needs.

For those awaiting word on the next public performance you can keep up with them on Facebook by checking them out here: Joe Brown and the Band.

Captain Dick & His Lost Seamen Were Found At Bogue Distillery

On Saturday night, Mary Shine and I rolled out to Bogue Sound to check out the new Bogue Sound Distillery. According to the business’ Facebook page, “Bogue Sound Distillery offers premium quality spirits. Founder, Richard Chapman is committed to creating both a superior product and a tour-friendly distillery.”

Original grooves with Capt. Dick & The Lost Seamen

Capt Dick & The Lost Seamen is a popular Crystal Coast band put together by Dicky Scearce who leads the effort on guitar and vocals. This music endeavor also includes music brother, Jack Ketner on guitar and fiddle, and good friends David Spence on mandolin and David Stover bringing up the bottom on bass.

They offer many familiar tunes as well as a variety of original music by Scearce and Ketner. For those interested in checking out this band live, they will return to Bogue Sound Distillery on Friday, January 27, 2021.

Besides pouring homemade spirits, they offer beer and wine as well. They have set up their space to educate customers as well as entertain them. They offer lots of merchandise to lend support to the business bottom line, and they offer educational tours to teach the community more about their business.

They offer a fun trivia night, midweek with 30 Second Rocks and a Food Truck each Wednesday. On weekends they welcome live music. This Friday they will host music by Robert McDuffy. According to the event on their website: “Join us Friday as we welcome two local favorites back to the Booze Farm! Robert McDuffy and Jerry Batten will be live (not dead) on the mic at 6 pm to keep you entertained. La Cocina Del Coqui will be here until 8 pm to make sure you don’t go hungry!

This fun and interesting place is located just off of Highway 24 in Bogue Sound at 108 Bogue Commercial Dr., Bogue Sound, NC. For my readers who enjoy social media, you can like their page by checking them out here Bogue Sound Distillery on Facebook or learn even more about them by visiting their website: Fine Spirits from NC – Bogue Sound Distillery

CC & Nannette Come To New Bern

Nannette Garret and C Conoley Blake bring a unique live music experience to New Bern last weekend.

I caught the duo live at BrÜtopia in New Bern on Saturday night, January 2, 2021. Offering familiar tunes to backtracks and live beats, they have fun entertaining the crowd. Garrett has strong vocals and Blake offered soothing harmonies to support Garrett’s strength. The two share leads and offer many popular songs hits.

From the Sidelines with Susan Baugham

Music supporters L to r: Susan Baugham , Tracey Stones, Mary Shine and Jaymi Mitchell

Checking in with my friend to the north, Susan Baugham kept busy last weekend showing support for the live music in her area. Baugham, calls Greenville her home but spreads her love for music all around Pitt and Beaufort Counties.

On Saturday evening Baugham and her husband ventured out to enjoy dinner and music in Washington, NC. They enjoyed a delicious supper at Parley’s Sip and Steam and enjoyed the music provided by stringer and singer David Blount. Blount is a seasoned veteran on the Down-east music scene. Hailing from Salisbury, NC he has been playing music professionally since 1978.

For a nightcap, the lovebirds headed over to Ribeye’s of Washington to enjoy the music of Josh Branch. Branch is on a steakhouse tour this month and has a show coming up at Plank Road Steak House in Farmville, NC next week on Saturday, January 16, 2021

Insights and Hindsights ~ Reflections A Year in Review and The Road Ahead

2020 was definitely the most insane year of my nearly 52 years of existence. Though the year was rather graceful to me personally, in allowing me to rebuild two businesses, it was a brutal year for small businesses across the board and devastating to the entertainment industry on every level.

If you think about it hard and long and consider all the implications, it’s s very depressing! This is exactly why so many are suffering. Everything has been taken from us in the last few months, including church gatherings, theater and theatrics, and in many cases most group physical activities; i.e., yoga, gym classes; are all things that help us keep our grip on life. The fact is, most of the comforts that we relied on disappeared in 2020. All of this has created a very difficult season for people all around us.

Having stated the obvious, I often wonder about the road ahead. During recent conversations with other local music supporters and friends, Mary Shine and Jaymi Mitchell, we all acknowledged this need for live music.

From the deepest depths of my soul, I believe in the healing powers of music. After the year we just survived, the need for music is stronger than ever. Music is important on so many levels and given the current events of this country, it is something we need more of not less!

Having said that, I would like to suggest that more restaurants find room to serve music as part of their weekly offerings. I feel this will be a benefit to the patrons as well as the establishment. For restaurants who have never offered music but would consider such an opportunity, please know that I am here too help you find the right acts for your budget and venue.

If this is an idea you’d like to explore with me please reach out to me today. My email is ncmz.live@gmail.com.

Music Options for the Days Ahead

Getting Down Around Town~ New Bern, NC

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Starting with tonight, you can find live music at Harbour Pointe Bar & Grille, located at 1105 Barkentine Dr. New Bern, NC. This is a fairly new restaurant that started construction after Florence and opened amid Covid. They offer amazing food and now live music each Thursday!

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Looking ahead, Harbour Pointe Bar & Grille will host Charlie Duzan tonight. I have attached this month’s schedule below. For those curious about the food, it is amazing. That is mostly due to the fact that famed local chef, Tank Wetherington in control of the kitchen, and each meal he turns out is superb. They serve dinners Thursday thru Saturdays from 5-9 pm. They also serve breakfast and lunch throughout the week. To learn more check them out on Facebook here: Harbour Pointe Golf Club

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Big Jim and Kathy Kolher perform live at Prohibition Drinks & Desserts, 243 Craven St., New Bern. Music plays 6-9 pm.


Friday, January 8, 2021

Big Jim will be rocking the blues grooves at BrUtopia this Friday from offering music from 6-9 pm.

This Friday marks ArtWalk in Downtown New Bern. There is always live music on the streets of the city during this monthly town event. ArtWalk takes place almost always on the second Friday of the month from 5-8 pm.

While in town you can catch Third Degree Bern on stage at Tap That from 6:30-9:30 pm.


Saturday, January 9, 2021

Live music options around town for Saturday include Due East rocking the popular hits at Blackbeard’s Triple Play 415 S Front St., New Bern, NC from 5:30-9:00 pm.

Caffeinated Soul Boogie

Caffeinated Soul Boogie will deliver the sounds this Saturday at Tap That Craft Beer and Wine Bar, 901 B Pollock St., New Bern, NC. Music plays from 6:30-9:30 pm.

Rocking Around the Region

Thursday January 7, 2021

The Levee Brewery and Pub hosts a monthly open mic night. According to the events page this happens the first Thursday monthly

Sign-up begin at 6:30
Sets start at 7pm
House PA provided
Bring your personal gear & we provide your stage to shine your talents.

Hosted by Tonya Wood
All ages, all levels welcome.


Friday January 8, 2021

The Office Kinston will host the music of Highway Miles, on stage from 6-9 pm


Anna Eason will perform live at The Laughing Owl in Goldsboro, located at 100 N Center St. Music is offered from 6:30-9:30 pm.


Donnie Lane will be live at Scooters Grill and Bar. Music is on the menu from 5-9 pm.


Tin Roof Raleigh offers live music tomorrow evening with Cory Luetjen and the Travelling Blues Band. Live music kicks off at 6pm and is served until 9 pm.


Saturday, January 9, 2021

Tom Baker & The Wild Country Band will provide the dinner tunes for those that are dining at Ribeyes of Washington this Saturday with music from 6:30-9:30 pm


On Saturday night Tin Roof Raleigh will welcome Super Nash Bros. who will serve up the sounds from 6-9 pm.


Saints and Scholars Pub in Raleigh will host the sounds of The Wicked Shimmies this Saturday offering the grooves from 6-9 pm.


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Adam Hill

The Flying Shamrock Irish Pub & Restaurant invites all to enjoy BRUNCH Saturday and Sunday from 11AM-3PM with the soft rock sounds of Adam Hill being served on the side. He throws in some oldies and originals to keep you entertained while you dine.


Joel Close will provided the dining entertainment this Sunday at Scooters Grill and Bar. Live music plays from 5-9 pm for your dining pleasure.

Cruising The Crystal Coast

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Edward Teach Brewing will host the music of The Smoky Dunes this evening from 6-9 pm.


Cameron Art Museum will host the music of Roger Davis from 6-8 pm tonight.


Friday, January 8, 2021

Mikele Buck performs live at The Growler Bar Emerald Isle. Music plays from 6-9 pm.


The Crooked Lotus hosts the music of Ethan Hanson tomorrow evening. Tunes are served up 6-9 pm.


Saturday, January 9, 2021

Jack’s Waterfront Bar welcomes the music of Chris Overstreet this Saturday with tunes playing from 5:30-9 pm


The Growler Bar Emerald Isle will host the music of Big Sam and Company this Saturday evening from 7-9:30 pm.


The Boro Restaurant & Bar will provide the sounds of Will & Tony live from 6-9 pm.


The Daily Grind Surf City welcomes Mike McManus offering tunes from 6:30-9:30 pm.


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Jay & Cara will perform this Sunday at Flytrap Brewing from 3-6 pm.


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I dedicate my free time to publish this blog so to connect people to local music here in North Carolina. Checking in from New Bern, I travel far and wide in a grateful GMC with 460K as of 2021.

I am happy to do it because I feel people need music and I have a knack for finding it! Thank you for reading!

If you enjoy this blog and wish to support it with a donation, your generosity is greatly appreciated. ~ Tracey Stones


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