Chilling with Singers and Stringers, Plus Crooning with Country Stars

On The Scene With Tracey Stones  Meeting Up with Country Crooners Croaker Festival With Bryan Mayer Band Mary Shine and I caught up with Bryan Mayer Band at Croaker Fest a few weeks ago! This is a slow season for the band that claimed many accolades earlier this year at the 2019 CCMA’s.Bass Player of the Year MikeContinue reading Chilling with Singers and Stringers, Plus Crooning with Country Stars

On The Scene With Tracey Stones


Rocking the scene by day with NCMZ.LIVE editor and cleaning partner in crime, Robert Walker! If you are ready to have your house cleaned from top to bottom call us! We can rock that detail like nobody’s business. For more details on our day job visit Tracey’s Clean Sweep, LLC.


Meeting Up with Country Crooners 

Croaker Festival With Bryan Mayer Band


Mary Shine and I caught up with Bryan Mayer Band at Croaker Fest a few weeks ago! This is a slow season for the band that claimed many accolades earlier this year at the 2019 CCMA’s.

Bass Player of the Year Mike Sandvig is currently seeking new opportunity for playing as well as productions! Currently, Mayer is keeping busy with a solo career leaving bandmates in a state of flux.

Sandvig is not only available to fill in for on bass for pretty much any genre, but he is also the owner of Sound Hut Productions and can accommodate the production needs for your next show! Looking for a studio for your next rehearsal? This is also an available option.

To inquire about all of this, call Mike Sandvig at (252) 259-7337. He is ready to get the job done for you. If it is not all about the bass, and you only need lights and sound, no problem. From the backbeat to production, he has the equipment, space, experience, and determination to help bands sound their best. 

To keep up with Bryan Mayer be sure to like his Facebook Page by following the link below:

Bryan Mayer Band on Facebook



Scott Shelby Checks In with NC Fans 


Scott Shelby, the country crooner from Pittsburgh PA, made his way to the beach again this summer and spent several weeks serenading us. When we caught him, he shared the stage with his friend Cody Woody, a crooner from Texas.

The duo performed live at The Tackle Box in Atlantic beach last month for a chance performance. This weekend Shelby finishes up his Outer Banks Tour with an appearance at Uncle Ike’s Bar in Corolla, NC. Music starts at 6 pm. He has a new release and lots of merchandise to offer fans and friends. Be sure to visit the artist on the web by following this link

Scott Shelby 


Rubich & Cain

Rubich & Cain are a fun duo, that came to be following an open mic night at the Crystal Coast. The pair of music makers enjoy playing tunes that make the crowds groove to their beats. 

In June I hosted the duo for a Concert at Red Sail Park, the crowd enjoyed the music and the vibe they shared. They have been rocking the scene since the New Year and will be making an appearance in Jacksonville, NC tonight at Twin Ravens Tavern. Music plays from 10 pm until closing.

The duo also hosted a night of music at Sara’s Big Apple in June and the crowd has asked for them to come back. So by popular demand, you can catch Rubich & Cain at Sara’s again in late September. 


Singers and Stringers on the Scene

Common Interest Rocked Sunday Funday In Beaufort


It’s been well over a year since I heard Common Interests share the grooves that do a soul good. Fronted by Delancy Loftus on vocals and guitar, they are the common core of rock grooves. I found this trio jamming out back, to the folks that gathered at Backstreet Pub in Beaufort at the end of June. The band does not get together too often these days, but when they do they sure have a lot of fun making music.


Ed Prophet Filled the Date and Rocked the Deck at Southern Salt


I was happily surprised to run into Ed Prophet a couple weeks ago, when he was covering a gig at the last minute on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company in Morehead City. This strummer is based out of New Bern, but spends much of his time playing to crowds along the Crystal Coast. 

While in attendance Prophet shared a unique and beautiful version of “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones, a song he made his own and sent it out to a friend he recently lost. It moved me to tears. This crooner is smooth as silk and always entertaining to hear. Tonight he will provide live entertainment at Island Market & Tiki Bar in Top Sail Island. Music starts at 8 pm and he rocks you until 11 pm.


Scott Arnold Played Royal James Cafe

I never met Scott Arnold until a couple weeks ago, when I caught the performer rocking the room at Royal James Cafe in Beaufort, NC. He offers some familiar favorites, from pop to country but the stringer and singer also offered a few songs of his own. I was on had to capture the first song he ever wrote, which can be heard in the video above.

When not rocking the stage solo, you can catch this crooner working the strings with Big n Rich’ ard a Crystal Coast Country Duo. Arnold will be rocking the stage at the Treehouse in Cedar Point in full duo formation. Music starts at 7 pm.


Big News For Now or Never Fans


I have been watching Tiffany Elaine evolve into a music diva since she set out three years ago. This singer-songwriter is an ambitious dreamer with songs to share. When I first met her she was shy and a little scared, but determined to sing her songs. As time unfolded, she grew with courage and blossomed with friendships.

After coming into her own, the talented and ambitious singer set out to create a scene for others along the Crystal Coast. She did this with hosting open mic events each week in various locations. This work still continues, but the excitement comes with all that she found in hosting these events.

A few weeks into carving that new normal, she found herself locked in a zone with friends she felt at home with. Fernando Rivera and Steve Mehan would not only become regular players at her open mic events, but they would go on to be band-mates and form the band Now or Never.

After much ado and production, this original act cut and will soon release Waves. This is the band’s first single and is offered on a disc that was recorded and mastered at TeraNote Entertainment in Morehead City. The band will host a single release party for their song Waves, tomorrow night at 6p at Cru Bar and Wine Store.

 For those interested in finding the band tonight, they have two shows. First stop is at Sara’s Big Apple in New Bern for supper music from 6-8 pm and then at 10 pm catch them at Pour Haus Pub in Farmville, NC.



~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, July 27, 2019


On the Outskirts of Town


Sara’s Big Apple


Live music will be offered in the back room at Sara’s Big Apple this evening courtesy of Now or Never. This New Bern native has made his music known all over the world by scripting sounds for TV and movies. Tonight this talented player will share some seamless sounds of guitar melodies, to those that gather for food and music tonight. Sara is always cooking up something amazing for supper and Tiffany Elaine and Fernando Rivera makes beautiful music any time they gather. Come out and enjoy both tonight.


Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood (New Bern, NC)

Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood (New Bern, NC) welcomes the music of Country Express Band offering live music from 6-8 pm for diners delight tonight.


Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of music with Core Sound, offering the classic rock music you know and love from 8-11 pm. 


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of  Mommicked! They will bring the music to life tonight on the deck with all the grooves you will love. 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

City Stage New Bern, 901 B Pollock St, welcomes New Bern based classic rock makers The Wannabees, for music and fun tonight starting at 8 pm. 


On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge



BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the grooves of Caffeinated Soul Boogie live. 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!

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016


Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company


Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Big and Rich, ard, live and grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.



Bake, Bottle & Brew

Bobby Webb & Co. offers the live music sounds tonight at Bake, Bottle & Brew this eveningMusic is offered from 6-9 pm.


Emerald Isle, NC

The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits


 Joe Baes Project will be offering songs to the fans and friends that gather for good eats and great beer tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music starts at 6 pm and this New Bern based band will rock you until 9 pm.


E-Club Emerald Isle


E-Club Emerald Isle is welcoming the rocking beat of reggae sounds with  Monjah outside tonight at 8 pm and inside at 10 pm with Selah Dubb. In between sets groove to the dance favorites, you love courtesy of Dj Natural Nate at 7 pm and Dj Yspin at 11 pm.


Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering



Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes Red and The Rockers 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.


Southern Salt Seafood Company


The Island Time Band will offer the music selections for those eating on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company. Located on the waterfront in Morehead City. Come early to enjoy the fresh catch and stay late to dance the night away. Music starts at 9:30 pm on the deck and rocks until 12:30 am!


Jack’s Waterfront Bar


There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Checking things out for the weekend:

~Saturday July 27th~
Open @ Noon
Live music by Backyard Groove begins @ 9:30pm 
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

~Sunday Funday July 28th~
Open @ Noon
Live music on the deck by 4EverAll from 4pm – 8pm 
Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza available

See you at Jack’s!



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Off The Hook welcomes the fun and rocking grooves of The Spread tonight on the deck. 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!


Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop presents a night of music with Dick Knight. Music starts at 8 pm and this show goes until 11 pm. Free music is never free, please tip the players that groove you tonight.





JM’s Place PUB welcomes the reggae grooves of Adwela. The fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am. Tomorrow at JM’s Place come out for Sunday Funday with Adam Hill


Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe


Tonight The Other Guys 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

Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill


Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to The Origin, offering their rocking best tonight. Music is free and kicks off at 9:30 pm and lasts until 2 am.


Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists.

Due to health reasons, we regret that Jon Dee Graham will not be joining Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys. We’ll keep him on our booking wish list!

Rebecca Newton & Barry Gray will open!


Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar

Adam Hill will be sharing songs tonight with friends and fans that gather at Crossroads Grill & Bar tonight. Music starts at 10 pm. Grab a burger, enjoy a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.


Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight.  Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill is always a great time with music and good food on the menu! Music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. 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. Tonight it is Rowlette Green. Music rocks till 10 pm.


The Wine Crate


Music is on tap at The Wine Crate tonight with singer-songwriter Bailey Gerard, sharing the songs you are sure to enjoy. Come early to enjoy the taste from the bistro and stay late for the good music. Songs are shared from 7-10 pm this evening! Tomorrow you are invited to return for brunch with music being offered by local favorite, Chuck Phillips at noon.


Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

Southern Voice Encore at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern is what is on tap tonight at Nick’s. Music starts at 9 pm. This is the first band Nick hired and is always excited to announce their return. Featuring the voice of Tim Hair, be sure to be on hand to dance the night away at Nick’s tonight!


Oriental, NC

The New Village Brewery & Taproom

Frank and Lili Bacon are always up to something good at The New Village Brewery and Taproom. They brew tasty beer, bring live music and raise funds to help education, assist their community in need and even raise money to bring more music. In fact, that is what they are doing today.

Be sure to stop out today to show your support for their Oktober Fest in July taking place today from 5-9 pm. $1.00 per pint poured today will be donated to the Ol Front Porch Music Festival. Offering the music in the back yard under the sails will be Jill and Shane Harris. 


Tomorrow I will take you on a blues journey as we catch up with Big Jim, and coming up next week we check-in with Mojo Collins and so much more.


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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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 great weekend and enjoy the dance! Come back tomorrow and we will go country and sing the blues some too! Until then, cheers!

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