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Right here in my hometown, they are now hosting open mic each Wednesday at One Eyed Jack’s. Located beside La Rosa Italian Restaurant, 1503 Glenburnie Rd., New Bern, NC. Local rocker, Justin Hargett is hosting and getting the jams going about 10 pm and they rock til closing at about 1:30 am. Come out and say hey to John Morgan and check out his new digs soon. He opens for Business Monday – Saturday 3 pm til closing. On Sundays, doors open at 1 pm for the games and great drink specials.

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Live Music Options

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rockin’ Around the Region



Live tonight at The Blind Tiger, located at 1819 Spring St., Greensboro, NC, it is Lala Lala. Also on stage tonight will be Palm and Girlpool. Doors open at 7 pm. Music starts at 8 pm and this is a general admission show with tickets available at the door for $10.00.



Beer & Banjos Showcase at Raleigh Time Bar, 14 E Hargett St., Raleigh, NC, will offer the music of Derek W Curtis. Come out and support live music, and dance tonight. Music starts at 8 pm. 



The A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute will present excerpts from classic repertoire in a fully staged and costumed performance, with creative use of chairs serving as the various scenic locales and supported by atmospheric lighting: creative minimalism to focus the eye and ear on our talented performers. World-renowned coach Warren Jones will serve as Music Director and A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute Artistic Director, Nicholas Muni will design and direct the production. This performance will be held at the Duke Energy Center  for the Performing Arts~ Kennedy Theater and brought to us thanks to the good food folks at Ello Raw.

The theater is located at 2 E South St., Raleigh, NC. Doors open at 6:30 pm and show starts at 7:30 pm, for tickets follow me here:



This weeks Featured Artists are Cody Braxton and Tyler Davis, starting at 7:30 here at Tapped650. It is supposed to be a gorgeous night out! It’s a perfect night to bring your friends and family, enjoy the patio area and grab a brew or two. Just sit back and relax while listening to the sounds of local entertainment at its finest.

Featured Artists Night, always starts late enough to come out after dinner and ends early enough to be back home at a decent hour on a weeknight!

REMEMBER: Not only is this Featured Artist’s Night it is also KICK THE KEG night, where they are trying to empty out some of the kegs and you can save $$$$$. Talk to your bar staff about what they have on special.

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month features musicians anywhere from Raleigh to the coast. These talented individuals will be performing mini-shows of about an hour. Hopefully this will garner them some extra experience, showcase their talents and give them the exposure they need to move on.

The next Featured Artists Night will be November 21st and will feature the talents of Kassidy Blount and Will Stovall.



Live tonight it is a triple bill of original music for punk fans around Greenville, NC. Come out to Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery, 707 Dickinson Ave, Greenville, NC.

FREE SHOW (donations encouraged)

Doors open at 7! All Ages

Hey Thanks! is a pop punk band based out of LA. Recently played at Warped Tour.
Hey Thanks!

                      Unamused Dave is a Math Rock band hailing from Illinois.                                     Unamused Dave

August Is Ours, is your local not so pop punk band, that has toured internationally and nationally multiple times over the past 3 years. Hailing from right here in Greenville, NC!
August Is Ours

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~Open Mic Madness~



There is a Bluegrass Jam going down tonight at Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music, 101 Timber Pointe Ln., Garner, NC. This is a kid friendly, family oriented event and all are welcome to bring your banjos, beat boxes or plain ol talent of any sort, out for a night of fun starting at 7:30 pm.



Tuesday marks Open Mic Night at TailGaters Sports Bar, 2645 E Millbrook Suite A, Raleigh, NC. All levels of players are welcome. Come out, sign up and display your talent tonight.

Acoustic and electric guitar welcome. House drum set provided. Amp and microphone provided. Sign up starts at 8 and music starts about 9 pm.



Ruckus Pizza Pasta & Spirits, 2233 Avent Ferry Rd., Raleigh, NC, wants you to know this:

“What’s up all my music makin’ friends out there. Come take the stage and show us your skills at Ruckus Open Mic Tuesdays! We have moved the start time from 10 PM to 8:30 PM, so the early risers can have a chance to come out and play. Acoustic acts and full bands are both welcome. Live streaming to FB is also available. If you’re interested in a weekend gig, come show us what ya got!”



Come hone your chops and have a blast at the official Imurj Open Jam. All Imurj members and general public are invited, for a night of jamming on our stellar back line of instruments. The set is fully amplified and mixed. Grab a beer or a soda and experience the creative process.

Zero stakes art making, is a relaxing community get together that takes place during Open Jam. Gather around the round table of art supplies, crafts, and art scraps to make zero-stakes art with your friends and make new friends. Build community relationships and share your stories over a drink or two while listening to local performers.
Bring supplies to donate to Imurj’s community pool of art and craft supplies. The more we pool together, the more we can create!
Free,  no worries, no pressure.
First time at Imurj?  They are a private club located at 300 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC. When you get there, for the first visit they are required by A.L.E. law to collect $1 for a one-year Entry Membership. Music starts at 8:30 pm.



Tuesday also marks Open Mic Night at the Main Street Tavern, 411 D South Main St., Redford Plaza, Rolesville, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and plays til 11 pm. All are welcome to come enjoy the night of impromptu music jams. Feel free to bring the gig bag and join in the fun.


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Tomorrow night at The Flying Burrito, 4800 Grove Barton Rd., Ste 10, Raleigh, NC, it is Open Mic Night hosted by Donnie Sasser with music being offered from 8-11 pm. All are welcome to come out and take part in the fun, The food and service are awesome and this event, always fun.



City Soul Cafe Open Mic is the premiere spoken word open mic in the Triangle!

City Soul Cafe and Visionary Networking Circle are teaming up to spotlight businesses in the triangle area. Our goal is to create opportunities to network and gain knowledge about local businesses that serve our community. On the second Wednesday of each month we will have 1-3 different businesses that will be spotlighted. The mixer will run 8:30-9:00pm. You will also be able to interact and shop with the vendor during the open mic. This is a great opportunity to network, get your name out there and hear some amazing poetry all in the same night!

Located at 425 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC, there is a $5 admission

Get there between 8:30 and 9:00 to make sure you get on the open mic list! Open to poets, comedians, singers, musicians and other performers.

Come join the City Soul Team this Wednesday Night for a night of music, spoken word, fun and memories you can’t get anywhere else!

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They host an Open Mic event each Wednesday at Silo’s Restaurant, located at 1111 Broad St., Oriental, NC. Music is offered from 7-10 pm and all are welcome to come out and show their talent.


Right here in my hometown, they are now hosting open mic each Wednesday at La Rosa Italian Restaurant, in the bar and lounge, 1503 Glenburnie Rd., New Bern, NC. Local rocker, Justin Hargett hosts and the jams going about 10 pm and they rock til closing at about 1:30 am. Come out and say hey to John Morgan and check out his new digs soon. Morgan stepped in three weeks ago as manager with an offer to buy later down the road. Should that happen, Morgan is thinking One Eyed Jack’s. and many great things. In the meantime, as he works toward that goal, he opens for business Monday – Saturday 3 pm til closing. On Sundays, doors open at 1 pm for the games and great drink specials. Come say hey, today to Tiffany and John tonight! After supper in my favorite restaurant around!

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On The Scene With Tracey Stones

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On Friday night I gathered with some sweet and talented friends, as they got together for a fun and an impromptu rehearsal for a new bands forth coming to the scene. The Cover Girls is a new band in the beginning stages, that will feature three female vocalists and three acoustic guitar players. The band will offer the vocal offerings of Laura McCalister, Fleeta Griffin, and Tracey Brenneman. The trio already works well doing voice work with Mimic Band. Offering up the music will be Chris McCalister, Tom Spellman (these two players work together also in Second Helping and Mimic Band. New to the mix will be the talent Vinny Farro. The six piece ensemble is still working out their set list and I would expect more news on this front after the run of the year.



There is a great history wrapped up in the mix. Laura McCalister is Tom Spellman’s mother and wife of Chris McCalister, they also perform in other band projects including Mimic and Second Helping. Second Helping is an awesome Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute band, who actually have a gig coming up this Saturday as part of The Fall Ball 17 an event to benefit The Edgecombe Community Developmental School. The event kicks off at 7:30 pm this Saturday evening and offers a full musical line up, with many great bands to rock you through the night. This event is held annually at the Gray Farms on 750 Racetrack Rd LaGrange, NC.  All proceeds go to the Edgewood Community Developmental Schools. Hosted by Randy Gray.



For those looking forward to another installment of Dan Jam with Dan Jam Phillips, mark the calendar for Sunday, November 26, 2017. That is when Phillips returns with his good friends to jam the night away on the patio at Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St, New Bern, NC.



Tom Spellman is often found at the weekly open mic nights hosted by Justin Hargett here around town. These days the event is being housed in One Eyed Jacks, 1503 Glenburnie Rd., New Bern. They take to rocking souls about 10 pm each Wednesday. When performing solo, Spellman has been known to ask friends to join the fun of his musical nights. You can catch another fun night of Tom Spellman and Friends, live on the patio on Saturday, January 27, 2018. That show will happen from 8-11 pm.

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~Other Live Music Events~

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That is all the news and music that I found for your dancing pleasure. I hope you get out and enjoy the sounds of live music sometime soon. I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish. I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping music live and alive! Thanks for keeping me informed!

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Please take kindness with you today and hug strangers. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Party safely people! We love having you here with us! You rock, so don’t roll the car! Rely on sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

Send all of your event invites to me on Facebook, so I know where you are playing in the days ahead. I can be found on Facebook by following this link:

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Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Pictures are also helpful. I share links to band websites, so send those along as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to fill me in on the details, together we will reach the people!


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