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On the Scene With Tracey Stones


Saturday We Bounce About Town

First Stop For Pizza Topped With Music

On Saturday night I started things off over in my neck of the woods, where Sara’s Big Apple welcomed Justin Castellano as the musical guest!

Castellano offered a variety of music in a fashion known to him, which is unlike any in our area! The classically trained stringer makes the most beautiful sounds with six strings. Here is a sample of his skill and grace. This song is written for his young son. This is “Sebastian’s Theme.”

Castellano keeps busy playing five nights or more, most weeks out of the year. He makes a great addition to any restaurant looking for dinner music. I always enjoy hearing him share songs and interact with his audience.

For fans and friends of the famed stringer, you can find him tonight and tomorrow evening at Boro Restaurant and Bar. Music is offered each night from 8-11 pm.


Big News and The Blues Served at Persimmons on Saturday

Earlier last week, Wendy Card and I met with Dean Quadi owner and Meghan Margarum manager, at Persimmons Restaurant. The meeting came about after I proposed interest in handling their music and advertising budgets via my company Tracey Stones Productions.

I set up the company on the intentions of serving the venues that are hosting live music. I am not interested in being a traditional band booking agent, as many bands would like. Hosting venues’ events calendars however, is of great interest to me. The reason being is there are a lot of places to apply my talents when booking and promoting music for the venue. My services alleviate the stress of finding, booking and paying the talent to play at an establishment. We meet about budgets and I take those figures and apply them to the process of supporting live music.

The goal is to bring as much music to as many places as possible, while connecting the masses to it. Finding the right music for the right room is key to this work. This blog that TSP publishes, is my broadcast to the world on the things I am doing with our music community! The bigger it grows the happier I become! In this quest, the restaurant is now committed to offering music four nights a week. It is my goal to show them how to grow that to include music each night.

Given all of that good news last week was groundbreaking for this blogger, as the storms clouds finally broke up after a long 11 months. Persimmons is the first venue to consider our services since the storm and I feel good about the opportunity. These last 11 months have been rather slow for Tracey Stones Productions

Much of that changed, when I reported for work on Saturday evening to promote The Carolina Swamp Dogs. It delighted my heart to hear Margarum tell me they would be happy for me to host the music. She went on to say, the owners have agreed to make a bigger commitment to bringing more music, which, btw sounded like music to my ears. Moving forward, the weather will no longer impact live performances, as they now have room to host music inside and upstairs. 


Gary Oles and Tommy Langlois are the duos best known as the Carolina Swamp Dogs. Based in Jacksonville, this duo offers authentic blues music for listeners to not only enjoy, but learn more about. Oles tells stories of the founding blues fathers, that gave us the traditions we are entrenched in today. Offering much of the vocal work, Oles plays harmonica and percussion, while Langlois offers the guitar and drums. He also sings a few selections during each set. With their focus on roots music, they always bring a good variety of fun music. This duo of retired Marines will be back in town this weekend and rocking The Brown Pelican tomorrow night. Music plays at 8-11 pm. 


The Wannabees Bring the Rocking Good Times Following the Storm

The Wannabees were in town last Saturday night as well. The New Bern based rock quartet always have fun rocking their hometown friends and followers. And that is just what they did after a brief rain delay. Of course with playing outside, it can sometimes be a challenge, especially here in NC where pop up storms are commonplace and temperamental weather outbreaks are the rule of the Summer season. By 9 pm the boys were rocking and the deck was filled with eager fans, ready to dance the night away under the clearing sky. After days of rain, it was just what we all needed to usher us through Saturday night! 

The Wannabees have been a staple on the New Bern music scene, with Larry Swinson on guitar and vocals, Tod Stilley on guitar and vocals, Michael Bass on bass and vocals and behind the kit is one of the busiest drummers on the scene, Jason Patterson. The music makers get together a couple of times each month to offer music to their growing fan base. They rocked Blackbeard’s last Saturday and will return there again next Sunday for a publicly private engagement. Music starts at 6:30 and plays til 10 PM.


Sunday Jazz Offers A Soothing End to The Week

It was the Andrea Owens Jazz Ensemble that offered the dinner music for Sunday’s Jazz on the deck at Persimmons. Music is served for diners from 5:30-7:30 pm and they have a rotation of stellar offerings. This quartet blends the talents of husband Phil Owens on guitar and his beautiful bride Andrea on vocals, Chris Morden on the upright bass and Richard Farrell on the bongos. Together they offered the soothing sounds that carry you away. This quartet is back on the schedule for next Sunday, September 1, 2019. Music on Sunday is right on time for dinner and the view is spectacular. Make a date to be there.


Don’t Forget To Visit The Music Calendars!


NCMZ.LIVE is happy to announce our new calendar feature. We now offer three calendars for music lovers to check out for live music events. With a growing commitment to building this site to be a daily vehicle for music lovers to check out, I have added the new calendars pages and widgets. These pages and calendar widgets are broken down by area, New Bern, The Crystal Coast and Around the Region.

Live Music Events ~ New Bern

 Live Music Events ~ Along the Coast

Live Music Events Around the Region


~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, August 23, 2019

Getting Down Around Town in New Bern, NC


Dining and Dancing

Persimmons Restaurant

There will be live music on the deck with Big Jim Kohler Band sharing sounds from 6:30-9:30 PM. Call your friends and make a plan for dining on the deck, under the sails, while overlooking the Neuse River The menu offers some great new treats for your taste-buds to experience.  


Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of great music featuring local stringer Paul Picard, offering songs from 7:00-10:00 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs and wonderful originals by this local and regional player. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Stairwell who always bring the rockin’ fun times! They will bring the music to life tonight on the deck with all the grooves you will love. Support live local music and buy their merchandise. They offer CD’s and t-shirts and other cool effects too, like jewelry and more. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine


Live music will be offered is at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine each Friday from 8-10:30 pm. 


On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge



BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Genna & Jesse Retro Pop live. This music duo will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. They play lots of popular hits. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!


Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016


Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company


Treehouse Beer Company has live music tonight in the garden from 7-10pm, courtesy of local favorite Old Smoke!


Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden


Carolina Home and Garden welcomes the weekend with 4EverAll in the garden, offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from La Cocina De Noemi, have a cold beer and relax as you settle into the weekend.


Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

 The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers live music each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music. As mentioned above, tonight and tomorrow offer the talents of Justin Castellano. Music plays 8-11 pm.


Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering


Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes music for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music. Tonight the music comes courtesy of Gary Dudley & The Maxxtones. Tomorrow night come enjoy Red & The Rockers on the patio.


Off The Hook

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Off The Hook welcomes the fun grooves of DJ Chainsaw tonight. Tomorrow night they welcome The BiPolar Express. Music starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!


Jack’s Waterfront Bar


There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar.

~Friday August 23rd~
Open @ 4pm
Fun Friday Happy Hour hosted by Performance Zone 5pm – 7pm – free pizza bites available while they last
Live music by JP Guhns starts @ 9:30pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

~Saturday August 24th~
Open @ Noon
Live music by RRR (Rural Route Romance) starts @ 9:30pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

~Sunday August 25th~
Open @ Noon
Live music on the deck by Bill McLain 4pm – 8pm
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

See you at Jack’s!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents


Dick Knight, Fri Aug 23rd, 8-11 pm, No Cover

Join us for a live performance by Mr. Dick Knight. He is a recipient of the NC Heritage Award, (NC Arts Council) and former member of the James Brown Band. He has played with Maceo Parker, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flak, Otis Redding and more!


Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe


REV will offer the dinner grooves and will be serving the sounds at Fishy Fishy Cafe tonight. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the food is always delicious.

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Rocking Around the Region


Greensboro, NC

The Blind Tiger



Live tonight at The Blind Tiger, it’s Irata W/ Freedom Hawk and Velvet Devils Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 9 pm.


Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill


Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to The Kings of the Highway, who will be rocking the fun tunes tonight. They will be offering the modern country and rock grooves we all know and love. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 2 am.


Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

 The Blue Note Grill is located in Durham and offers good food and great music. This Friday nights dance party is with Five Easy Pieces. Music plays 9-11:30 PM. Tomorrow night will be special with the extremely talented Marcia Ball coming to call. This place always serves up cool sounds and good eats. Stop out this weekend and see.


Raleigh, NC

The Pour House Music Hall


The Pour House Music Hall welcomes The Fritz w/ Cosmic Superheroes (Road to Shakori). Doors open at 8 PM. Showtime 9 PM. Tickets are $10, General Admission.


Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s


It is going to be a night not to be missed by music fans, as AJ McMurphy’s welcomes John G to the stage! Come grab yourself some good food and a cold drink at one of the coolest places in Greenville. Music plays from 8:30-11:30 pm. This show is free!


Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic night, hosted by Brian Burke from 6 pm – 9 pm.

On Fridays and Saturdays it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight on the Pebble Stage the music plays at 7 and ends at 10 pm.


Market Street Pub


Friends and fans of TrainWreck are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Come out and enjoy a cold beer and fun and funky throwback sounds offered by this lively one-man band. Music starts at 10 pm.


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. Follow the link to see what they said this week.

August 19 at 11:21 PM


Thank You for Reading!

NC Life Media, LLC


Tonight’s blog is made possible thanks to the donation and kindness of NC Life Media, LLC 

The calendar app is sponsored by Ken Byrd!


Please go out and support live music tonight! Please be sure to call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the changes publicly.

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I appreciate my readers, the musicians, and the venues, who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

Thanks to the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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Have a fun and safe weekend and take time to enjoy the dance! When we return tomorrow we will pick up with the blues and more music news. Until we meet again out on the scene or right back here, cheers!


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