On The Scene With Tracey Stones
We were rocking until the break of dawn more than one time this week. And let me say before we get rolling tonight, I don’t know how I did it, but somehow I made a big mistake and deleted last Saturday’s blog before it had a chance to post. Having said that, let’s pick things up from last Friday night. We will roll on through last weekend, wherein I caught a total of nine bands. Seven of those bands will be new additions to this site. In tonight’s segment, we will cover seven of those nine acts here and pick up with two party bands tomorrow, as we walk into my 50th Birthday celebration last Monday! So without further ado:
Psylo Joe Jams at The Brown Pelican
The three-piece jam band Psylo Joe got together in 2014, as a result of meeting at an open mic. After sharing a few jams they got together and worked out more songs. They practiced and jammed in a barn which was nicknamed “the Silo”. Before long, the trio worked things out and became a thing on the music scene. Comprised of the blended talents of Bryan Quintard on guitar and vocals, George Thornton on bass, vocals, and Thomas Barrington on drums; Psylo Joe has fun making sounds to share with fans and friends.
The trio has been keeping busy touring the region for nearly as long as they have been together. Their original songs are easy for listeners to groove along with, even if it is a new song to their ears. They spend their nights sharing fun and friendly grooves that grab your soul!
To check out the band yourself you can find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Psylo-Joe-409225872443643/ For readers who are not on Facebook, let me recommend checking out their website at https://www.psylojoe.net/
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Jan Michael Fields Band Rocks Blackbeard’s
Jan Michael Fields Band is a five piece party band that knows all of your favorite tunes. They are a lineup full of seasoned professionals, versed in their skills of rock n roll. Offering popular hits, the band was walking into a couple of Journey selections when I arrived on the scene last Friday night. Before ending the night at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, they also offered some Aerosmith and even some Black Crowes.
The band unit is firm with the combined talents of Jan Fields fronting the operation, Chris Cline on guitar and vocals, Jack Perry offers percussion and sits behind the kit on drums, Vic Marlowe on bass and BlandSawyer on keyboards and vocals.
Jan Michaels has a killer voice and an amazing ability to work the stage. Something he did not lose after letting go of the reigns as the front-man for the regional touring act SIDEWINDER. Michaels was recognized for his efforts on the NC music scene a few years ago, when his craft earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 for outstanding contributions and support of the North Carolina music industry.
For anyone interested in learning more about this fun party band that brings it, please check out their website at https://www.janmichaelfields.com/jan-michael-fields-band. Currently, the band is touring the region and booking the rest of their 2019 calendar. If you are looking for a fun and energetic band that will entertain your crowd, be sure to look them up!
For friends and fans looking to have a good time with the band, be sure to catch them tomorrow night when they rock Heroes Sports, Oyster Bar and Grill in Goldsboro, NC. The good times start at 10 pm. You can also find the band on Facebook by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/janmichaelfieldsband/.
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Checking Out the NC Scene
Last weekend was my 50th birthday weekend, so my dear friend Mary Shine picked me up and we went romping around the state to find music. We kicked things off in Clayton and wrapped them up in Garner. Throughout our time traveling the roads, we caught seven bands in five hours and stopped in three cities! In short, we had a blast! What a way to ring in 50 years of living life!
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Brother Lucky Plays at the Pub
Our first stop brought us to Clayton, NC. I wanted to check out this happening little town. For those who have never been there, take a trip. There are lots of places to eat and there is great live music found here too. I am not much of a shopper, so I can’t tell you much about that, but for music and good eats it’s worth the trip!
Vinson’s Pub & Eatery is located right on Main Street in Clayton and offers a full menu while offering samples of awesome live music on Saturdays. When I arrived last week the acoustic trio Brother Lucky was sharing songs with the full and bustling restaurant.
Besides sharing songs you know, the band has samples of originals that they have recorded and have a disc available with a trio of songs from the trio of players. The band is made by the creative talents of J.B Mayes lead guitar and vocals; Jason Lee guitar and vocals and Nelson Scott offers drums and percussion.
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Swingsters Union Band was Grand
Working our way further on up the road we stopped at Revival 1869 – A Drinkery also located on Main St. in downtown Clayton. Walking into this place takes one back in time. It’s almost as though you step into the 1920s upon crossing the threshold. Tucked in the room around the corner was the Swingsters Union Band, a six-piece jazz outfit out of the triangle area.
The Driving Force ~ Meet Mr. Music!
Richards is also the founder and president of Echelon Music. Along with teaching privately, Richards is very active in community awareness of music education and frequently conducts master classes and often has guest appearances at Johnston County schools. He works very closely with all of the teachers at both the middle and high schools, in continuing to help these young musicians find their way in the amazing and beautiful world of music!
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Rolling into Raleigh
Before leaving town Mary Shine reached out to our mutual friend Debra Warren, to inquire about tickets to a show at the Lincoln Theater. It was a triple bill of talent on display that night. Nantucket w/ Pegasus Plus and Maj Deeka was featured on the ticket and we were in the house for two of the three acts. We were running around Clayton when Maj Deeka took to the stage, but when we walked in Pegasus + was rocking the crowd right!
Pegasus Plus Returns to the Stage
It’s only been 37 years since they were on the road touring, but that did not stop this band from offering a show-stopping set on Saturday night. They were hot on the scene from the early 70s to the early 80s, touring the scene from NC to Florida on the regular. After talking about the good times, these friends got back together for their first reunion show a few months ago. Last Saturday marked the band’s second show since reuniting and they were smoking hot. For fans it was as though they never stopped rocking. The five-piece band is comprised of Martin Bissell guitar and vocals, Billy Joyner guitar, keyboard and vocals; David Stover bass and vocals; Jason Peterson on drums and J.K. Loftin on guitar and vocals.
There is little to be found on the band these days, but here is what I learned via messaging Bissell. The band formed in 1973 and called it quits in the early ’80s after years touring the circuit. According to Bissell. “This is kind of a big story. Here is the short version for you.” To answer your questions in order, what sparked the reunion was, last April I had been in touch with 3 of the guy over the past few years. They had all been in NC since we broke up in ’82. I had just moved back home to look after my mom so I thought.. “We’re all in the same state and getting no younger, let’s do this before we and all our fans die.”
“Basically, that is how it happened.” After talking about it some with the group, Bissell reach out to Joe Tronto who owned the Attic back in the day and now drums for the fun and fabulous Built for Comfort Band. He wanted to do the 1st show at A.J McMurphy’s in Greenville, NC. However, the other guitarist J.K. stays busy in the summer with a beach music band, so they waited until Nov. 24th last year to do their first show.
Practice Makes Perfect
Bissell told me that the guys all drove to Fayetteville to meet at their keyboard players house for 8 weeks on Sundays and rehearsed for 8 hours each week. “37 years is a long time to put it back together, but it was THAT good then, so we went for it,” Bissell said. He continued with telling me, “That the November show was sold out and went well. Not long after that show our drummer Jason Patterson, who is also Nantucket’s drummer, said they want us to play the 2/16 Lincoln show with them, so we did!
The Road Ahead Is Wide Open
I did find their reunion site, so to keep your eyes peeled for other shows that might be added be sure to visit https://pegasusplusband.com/. I noted there is a phone number on the site, so if there are any event organizers in need of a solid band, be sure to consider this talented and professional act. They definitely bring a show for the audience to enjoy!
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Next Up Nantucket Rocks the Room
The closer on the night at The Lincoln Theater was none other than the band that put Raleigh on the music map back in the ’70s and ’80s, Nantucket. These guys are the Rolling Stones of the NC music scene, still bringing it for crowds all over the state 50 years after it all began.
It was a night of celebration with birthday celebrations in each band and in the audience as well. While Nantucket was rocking the room, they took some time to celebrate their rocking guitarist, the incredible Tommy Redd.
According to the band’s bio they formed in Jacksonville, NC in 1969, as a beach band under the name of Stax of Gold before long they became Nantucket Sleighride. Though kicking things off as a classic cover band, it wasn’t long before the band started writing and recording their own material. In 1977 the band was signed to Epic Records and with some success, with the release of their debut album in 1978, which featured the hit “Heartbreaker”, the band has nine releases in all.
One of the things that made Saturday night particularly special was, the father and son moments that were shared by a couple of players during the first part of their energetic and lively show. Eddie Blair was joined by his son Andy guitar (below) and Larry Uzzell was joined by his son adding percussion with the tambourine and accompanying vocals (above).
Though I have seen this band several times, this is the first time I saw them outside of New Bern. They were in great form and brought a fun show to the Theater for fans and friends to enjoy. Today the band still features founding members Larry Uzzell is the frontman, trumpeter and lead vocalist for the band, along with saxophone player Eddie Blair (Below) as well as guitarist Tommy Redd. Sitting behind the kit is the very busy Jason Patterson and on bass is Pee Wee Watson and offering assistance with the six strings is Ronnie Waters.
Nowadays the band plays one or two show a month and brings merchandise to each show for you to purchase. To keep up to speed with Nantucket and all of their news, you can like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/officialnantucketband/. For friends and fans that are not on Facebook, be sure to visit their site by following this link: http://officialnantucketband.com/
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By Midnight We Were Into The Fog As I Turned 50!
After leaving the Lincoln Theater we carried on around town and stopped at The Point where we found Into The Fog rocking the room. The trio of folk-infused rockers is a bunch of fun. Based out of Wilmington, NC, they have really started making a name for themselves around the state as of late. Into the Fog stepped out onto the scene just over a year ago and have had a fun and fast-paced first year rocking the NC music scene.
Brian Stephenson on guitar, banjo, vocals; Winston Mitchell, mandolin, dobro, vocals; and Derek Lane, bass, vocals are the three talents offering this music they term “Newgrass”, which is a spin-off of bluegrass with hints of folk and rock thrown into the mix.
The band just recorded a new release Wish It Would Rain and is getting ready to unleash it officially tonight at Bourgie Nights. As per the event on their Facebook page, here is what I learned about tonight’s big reveal.:
Join Into the Fog on Friday, February 22nd at Bourgie Nights in downtown Wilmington to celebrate the release of their debut album Wishin’ it Would Rain. As a treat for everyone who attends the show, the first 100 copies of the album will be pay what you want!! We’ve got our good friends from Tumbleweed and Folkstone String Band starting off the night, so come celebrate with us!
For those interested in checking out the band’s website, be sure to hit them up at https://intothefogmusic.com/
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~ Live Music Options ~
Friday, February 22, 2019
On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge
BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of Retromic, who will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!
Getting Down Around Town
There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: LIVE MUSIC
The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Chuck Phillips this evening. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs courtesy of this singer and stringer from Greenville, NC. 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 Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of The Monterio Experience tonight, who will be rocking on the deck with all the grooves that get you going. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.
City Stage New Bern offers the music of Nashville recording artist Brook McBride tonight. With music starting at 8 pm and fun songs being offered all night long, this is a great pick for music tonight. Admission is $5.00 at the door.
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Cruising the Crystal Coast
Atlantic Beach 2016
Morehead City, NC
Promise’ Land Market welcomes the music of Barry Charleton this evening from 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Come enjoy this music making man, sharing songs with friends and fans alike! Stop in, sip on wine or enjoy a cold beer and eat some of their delicious food and dance!
Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop welcomes Dick Knight, Fri Feb 22th, 8:30-11:30, no cover charge. Join us for live music by this talented and legendary horn player.
Royal James Cafe offers the grooves of local player Irish Robinson, live on stage tonight with music being served from 8-11 pm. Be sure to arrive hungry and to enjoy one of the best burgers in Beaufort, NC.
Cedar Point, NC
Hank Barbee brings The Dusty Trio to the Treehouse tonight, always a good stop for fun song. Tonight the trio will be sharing songs with friends at Treehouse Beer Company. Music is offered from 7-10 pm. The beer is cold, the tunes are cool and the vibe is fun. Come out and see for yourself.
Live on stage at Riptidez Bar & Grill will be local crooner, Stephen Poole live from 9 pm until the midnight hour falls. This show is free, but you are invited to tip your servers and the entertainer as well.
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Rocking Around the Region
TheSouljam Quartet brings the sounds you love to Bull’s Tavern tonight. You are invited to come out and celebrate music and fun with this great band tonight. Music starts at 10 pm and this show is FREE!
Spare Change brings the party to Kinston when they rock The Red Room tonight. This is a fun rocking band based out of the LaGrange area. Come out and enjoy their grooves in the newly designed lounge. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a music charge payable upon admission.
AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Bootleg Revival for a night of fun music. Music starts at 8:30 pm and they groove you until 11:30 pm. This show is free and the food here is outstanding, so come early to eat and stay late to dance!
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. On Fridays and Saturdays it’s the finest local acts on the list, to entertain you while you dine and drink and unwind.
Kameron Marlowe will be sharing the grooves with friends and fans at Market Street Pub this evening. Music starts at 10 pm.
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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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