Halloween Creeps In, The Beat Goes Down and The Music Plays On

On the Scene With Tracey Stones



Last night I stayed local and caught a couple early shows!

Thirsty Bruin Hosts Local Singer & Stringer Ed Prophet


Last night the weather offered more rain which put a damper on some events about town, but what I did manage to catch I thoroughly enjoyed! My first stop brought me to The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern, where I enjoyed the sounds of local song maker Ed Prophet. The talented stringer and singer keeps busy on the road offering music to fans along the Crystal Coast. I had just missed Ed last weekend at the Cape Carteret Fall Festival, so seeing him last night was long overdue. He offered two fine sets to friends that gathered at the Thirsty Bruin last night. Tonight the singer will be entertaining at The Church Street Deli and Pub, located at 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. Music is offered from 7-10 pm. To keep up with this singer please find him on ReverbNation by clicking his name:


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Carolina Sky Delights Bike Riders and Offers Bluegrass and More

There was a fundraiser in full swing last night when I stopped at The Brown Pelican and Carolina Sky was offering the fun grooves when I got there. They performed in a trio formation with Caroline Tanner, Phil Lanier, Sara Rosellen offering the sounds with all things strings. They swapped out between banjo, guitars, mandolins, and violin. The beautiful thing about this band is their uniqueness. At press time I had no news about upcoming gigs, but when I hear the news I will share it with you first!

The Brown Pelican often teams up with local charities to combine, music, food and fundraising fun. Next month you can join the cause for the cause with Lily Fest, brought to us by GEM Productions and the good people at Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival and help support the Coastal Women’s Shelter.

Carolina Lily Fest 2018

GEM Productions is proud to announce that Carolina Lily Fest returns for its fourth year on November 17th, as New Bern’s premier outlet for the celebration of powerful women in our community. Each year, Carolina Lily Fest hosts an array of female musicians, artists, and vendors, who donate their time and efforts to raise money for the Coastal Women’s Shelter, the sole provider of no-cost comprehensive domestic violence services in Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties. CWS is an organization that does so much to provide for our community, so let’s bear together and help raise funds for this incredible organization. This year’s event will return to The Brown Pelican for an evening full of female empowerment for a fantastic cause!

This year’s event will be headlined by the immensely talented Crystal Bright, an incredible Chapel Hill-based singer/multi-instrumentalist, who blends European and American world music influences, twisting her music into a darkly cinematic yet operatic burst of energy. Additional eastern NC based acts will be announced soon!

Carolina Lily Fest is open to any female performers/female-centric groups, poets, arts or crafts vendors who would like to participate. If you’re interested in joining us as a part of Carolina Lily Fest, send an email over to bernaroomusicfest@gmail.com


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Live Music Options

Getting Down Around Town

Downtown New Bern, NC

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First Stop James City!



Checking in with our friends at BrÜtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC:

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Tonight you can come out and enjoy the 2nd Annual Halloween Party with Joe Baes Project. Dress up and get ready to dance to all the great 80-90’s rock, pop and grunge tunes you love. Keep an ear out for their fun original tunes as well. Dress to impress. Mari’s Hella Fat Food Truck will be serving the food you love. Your favorite beer will be on tap and the music will be offered from 7-10 pm.


Down on Broad St.


Open Mic on Broad St.

The last Saturday of the month in New Bern generally means open mic music at Broad St Christian Church, located at 802 Broad Street, New Bern, NC. All musicians are welcome to join the fun. Pack up the gear bag and meet your friends tonight! Here is the news on this monthly event as per their Facebook page:

“Well we missed last month but let’s get together this month and encourage one another. The church is having a chili dinner, so you can get some food as well. Come to enjoy music, etc. plus support the church by getting a chili dinner…… it’s a win-win situation. Hope to see you there.”


The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts in to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands. Tonight, they will celebrate Halloween with Ravenz Bru. Live music is offered each Saturday from 8-11 pm.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight you can enjoy the rock grooves of The BiPolar Express, offering the rock favorites to groove you from 7:30-11:00 pm. Tomorrow The Wannabees will perform on the deck from 6:30-9:00 pm, as a makeup to last night’s canceled performance.


City Stage


Tomorrow night you are invited to attend the Monster’s Bash. Tickets for that are $8.00. The Monster Bash Halloween Revue and Dance Party will be hosted by Madame Z.
Break out your craziest costumes and join your friends at City Stage. The City Players will perform live throughout the night and the dance floor will be full! Costume contest at midnight! 8:00pm – 1:00am. The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St, New Bern, NC. They are a private club. Sign up and become a member for $1.00.

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Cruising The Coast


Morehead City, NC


Simon Spalding will be performing tonight at the Infusion Cafe in Morehead City, a dinner-and-music program featuring the music of Eastern Europe. He will be playing the violin, domra, balalaika, and (a new acquisition), a Russian 7-stringed guitar! Kurt Peterson and others will play guitars, bass, and other instruments.

Call 252-723-0125 for the ticket price, information, reservations, etc. Music starts at 7 pm.



Live tonight on the deck on the Waterfront will be the grooves of Groove Fetish. If you have not caused these guys yet, come out tonight. They offer the jams from 10 pm until closing. Off the Hook is located at 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC.


Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop has more great fun in store for you tonight:

The Beaufort Horror Show Drag & Variety,

Sat Oct 27th, 9pm-1am, $10-15 cover

Performers include:
DJ Jerm, who will be spinning some awesome tunes to keep the night rocking!

From Raleigh: Twixi Chardonnay, who has performed across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. She is a former Capitol City EOY Emeritus and Miss Carolina Comedy Queen Emeritus, that placed Top 10 at National Comedy Queen.

Haven Wolf, who has been performing for almost 7yrs. He brings a blast from the past and a little bit of spooky with each performance. Haven has performed at Legends and Morgan’s and holds the titles for Morgan’s Entertainer of the year and Mr. Tarheel Unlimited.

From Greenville, NC: Hysteria Cole, North Carolina’s Original Queen of Spook who has performed across many stages in North & South Carolina. She is the fun-loving comedy queen with a dark side!

Presenting the androgynous wonder from outer space Ellis D. He has performed on stages all over eastern NC. Hatched by the head house of spook Hysteria Cole herself, this creature is ready to thrill.

From Cape Cod, Mass., Angel Rosen, a professional aerial artist specializing in pole fitness and two-time Silver Medalist in national pole competitions.

Beaufort’s own Zatara Delavega, who will be undulating, twirling and adding some bling to the evening with a variety of dances throughout the night.

This line up of performers ensures there is something for everyone to enjoy! Join us at Cru for a fantastic night of Fun!

Tickets are $10 for 21 and up.
Tickets for ages 18-20 are $15.

There will be a costume contest with prizes, so please come dressed! Acts for this show will feature tributes to some of Hollywood’s cult classics! Audience participation throughout the evening for various games and dances. Please bring your best ghoul or ghost with you, for one evening of spooky fun!



Tonight you are invited to attend Annual Halloween Costume Party at Backstreet Pub, 124 Middle Ln., Beaufort, NC! The Fustics will be jamming out with some great rock and dance music starting at 9:00! Come dressed up in costume – COSTUME CONTEST @ MIDNIGHT with a CASH PRIZE! Homemade and creative costumes are always favored!


Swansboro, NC


This weekend at Boro Restaurant and Bar, you are invited to come out to enjoy the great tastes being featured on the menu and enjoy the live music of the incredibly talented Justin Castellano. A local favorite, Castellano is classically trained and professional player. To enjoy all his works and to learn more about this artist visit http://www.justincguitar.com Music plays this weekend from 8-11 pm.


Rocking Around The Region

Halloween Parties Abound

Havelock, NC


They are calling all goblins, ghosts, and creatures of the night to come out to Jeans!!! So creep, float, or crawl on over to Jean’s to our annual Monster’s Ball with $200 in cash prizes in the costume contest.

All My Rowdy Friends, Hank Williams Jr. Tribute Show will be taking the stage around 10 pm.

Costume Contest to start at 11 pm in these categories:
Best Male $25

Scariest $50

Best Female $25

Most Original $50

Best Couple $50


Hubert, NC


Join us at Humphrey Farm for a Freaky Good Time. Costume Parade, Kid/Adult Costume Contests with CASH Prizes, Photo Scenes with Interactive Characters, Halloween Cookie Decorating, Carved Pumpkin Contest (Bring Your Own Work of Art to enter to win!), Haunted Inflatable Zombie Maze, Food Trucks, Vendors, Cider and best of all…TRUNK OR TREAT!!!!

At 6 pm, stick around for the Zombie Line Dance Party.

Advanced Tickets Now on Sale: https://www.humphreyfarmnc.com/haunted-halloween-party

*** Now accepting Businesses, Car Clubs and Individuals who wish to set up Trunk Or Treat. NO FEE. www.humphreyfarmnc.com for more details.


Jacksonville, NC


Join us at the Angry Ginger Irish Pub for a spooktacularly good time! Saturday, October 27th we will be having a Halloween Bash! We want to see everyone out in their spookiest, funniest, sexiest, costumes yet! DJ Donna will be playing the top hits in music and some Halloween favorites and we want to hear some karaoke while you’re with us!
There will be costumes contests with CASH Prizes!!
Categories will be announced shortly!
RSVP and come out to the best Halloween party in Jacksonville! The party starts at 10 pm.


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This is the 2018 Diggerfoot Halloween Party hosted by NONE OTHER than.. the biggest LITTLE bar you have ever been to! The County line Bar and Grill in Ayden NC! If you want to have a good time, listen to some good music, party like nowhere else with some good folks, this is the only place you need to plan to go! The fun starts at 10 pm!


Raleigh, NC


A Little Halloween Party at The Architect Bar & Social House Never Killed Anybody

8:00 PM – 2:00 AM

$10 Cover Starts at 10 PM

Costume Contest

Multiple Cash Prizes


Start The Spooky Season Off Right & Join Us to Howl the Night Away!


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There will be a Halloween Party tonight at The DFR Room featuring the good time rock of AC/DC, which will be provided by Thunderstruck. Come dressed to rock. The fun start at 9 pm and the good times go until midnight!


Washington, NC



Kinston NC


Come on out and join us for our annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest!
The Roman Sams will be in the house bringing you all your favorite tunes.
Costume categories include
Scariest, Best Couple, Sexiest, Best Group, Funniest, Best DIY, Overall Best.
We plan to have some pretty awesome drink specials as well as games!
Hope to see you all as its gonna be one spooktacular event! The Red Room is located at 221 S Herritage St. Kinston. There is a music charge at the door! Support Live Music. Party 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. This is what they said this week

October 22 at 7:23 PM

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC on Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

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