Fun Found Around Town This Week

Live Music Options

At Press time here is what we found for the week ahead. Always call the venue to confirm

Thursday: January 31, 2019

The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 Open Mic. Sign up starts at 7 pm Music starts at 8 pm. Pack up the gear bag and come jam!!!


Friday, February 1, 2019

BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. (252) 631-5142 welcomes the amazing talent of the local stringer and classic rock singer Bruce Lynch. The rocker offers free music 7-10 pm.

The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008  offers the music of Brian Mac serving the acoustic sounds from 7-10 pm.

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 Spare Change brings the party back to the Bear City on Friday when they rock the deck from 7:30 pm until 11 pm. Free music to welcome your weekend!

The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine 224 Middle St., (252) 675-7486 Come out and welcome the weekend with free live music by Rick Huff pouring out the tunes you love. Free Music 8-10:30 pm.
City Stage New Bern, 901 B Pollock St. (252) 631-5122 brings back Dueling Pianos. Admission is $5.00 with music served up from 8-11 pm.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. (252) 631-5142.  Free Music 7-10 pm featuring the rocking fun sounds of Joe Baes Project. Come out and support local music, local food, and cold local brew.

The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008  Pete Pawsey Trio returns to offer the avaunt guard blues beats mixed with original rock riffs. Free Music! 8-11 pm.

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 Brings back Bad Decisions Band to offer the southern rock and country sounds that move you from 7:30-11 pm.

City Stage New Bern, 901 B Pollock St. (252) 631-5122 offers a night of Jazz Jams. with Brandon Shamar and John Van Dyke 7 pm Admission $5.00.


Monday, February 4, 2019

Annabelles of New Bern 3100 MLK Blvd., (252) 633-6401 offers the dinner accompaniment of Lewis & Clark from 6-9 pm.

The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 Welcomes the week with a blues Jam at the Dirty Bird. All are welcome. Jam goes down from 7-9 pm hosted by Big Jim Kohler Band


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

City Stage New Bern, 901 B Pollock St. (252) 631-5122 presents Irish Music Sessions with music offered 7-9 pm. All Irish Fiddlers are welcome.

North Carolina SymphonyTchaikovsky Serenade at Temple Baptist Church. 7:30 pm

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
City Stage New Bern, 901 B Pollock St. (252) 631-5122 Big Jim Kohler Band and Jam. Live music 7-9 pm. Free Music. Donations for the host band encouraged.

Karaoke/Trivia/Other Games:

Thursday, January 31, 2019: 
BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E  (252) 631-5142 30 Seconds Rocks 6:30 pm
Saturday, February 2, 2019: 
Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 30 Seconds Rocks Music Bingo 9 pm with DJ!
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 TRIVIA NIGHT Fun starts at 7 pm.
Beer Army Burger Company 313 Pollock St., (252) 288-5814. TRIVIA NIGHT starts at 7 pm


At The Palace


Friday, February 1, 2019

First Friday: Developing First-Person Interpretation 

Come out to enjoy, Living History Program Coordinator Matt Arthur for a look at the research that goes into developing a character (whether historical or composite), how we use characters to teach about individuals and groups of peoples (i.e. Gov. Martin and wig makers in general), and then the finer point of character development, like 18th century language that helps sell a person as the real deal.

Location: Cullman Performance Hall in North Carolina History Center 529 S Front St.
Event Price: $6, Foundation Members Free


Monday, February 4, 2019:


It’s a free community concert offered by the USAF Heritage of America Band 7-9 pm at the Palace.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Behind the Scenes Museum Technology 

Rob Jones, Tryon Palace Multi-Media Coordinator, will take visitors on a tour inside the technology that operates the interactive exhibits inside the North Carolina History Center. Get an in-depth look into making history come alive and learn how Tryon Palace combines modern technology with meeting educational goals inside the Pepsi Family Center and Regional History Museum.

Space is limited on each tour and flash photography is prohibited. Tours may involve walking and climbing stairs.

Location: Tour begins and ends at the North Carolina History Center
Event Price: $6 adults, $3 youth

On Our Stages

Saturday, February 2, 2019

New Bern Civic Theatre presents Walk-In Bathtub 

Expect the unexpected as Walk-In Bathtub returns to the New Bern Civic Theater with their unique style of improv comedy. Using your suggestions, Walk-In Bathtub will create ridiculous riffs, wacky worlds and silly situations (alliteration may vary). Similar to the games played by the show “Whose line is it anyway?”, Walk-In Bathtub promises a night you won’t be able to forget … no matter how hard you try.

Beer and wine available for purchase.

This show is Rated R.


Austin Arrington, Jody Bledsoe, Kim Vaquilar Bledsoe, Abigail Leffler, George Oliver, Neil Oliver, Craig Ramey, Bethany Shae, and Tim Webb.

What other information do you need to help people understand what we’re doing? I just threw this together in about 8 seconds while riding a bull. Either way, make sure you cut off these last sentences at the end before adding it to our Facebook page or people will think we’re idiots. SPAM! For tickets visit:

On The Big Screen

Bear Town Cinema 6: 2806 Trent Rd., (252) 638-1820


Other Groups and Activities:

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Craven County Clean Sweep. 9 am. Meet at the Craven County Administration Building lot located at 406 Craven St., New Bern. They will give supplies and assign a location to clean. Call 252633-1477 for more info.

The Big Game & BBQ Spare Ribs – Veterans Benefit 8 am – 12 pm at Piggly Wiggly 1208 Simmons St, New Bern. Call (252) 638-8118

Reading Fun Day at The New Bern Mall 10 am -2 pm Call (252) 672-5921 for more information.



Don’t Forget To Check Out these Places:

For more Live  Music News, sign up an keep the beats with me, Tracey Stones, on my site,,

Also be sure to visit like the New Bern Music Calendar Facebook page created by Bob and Joanne Friedman.

Check out Jungle Jump of New Bern – it’s an indoor bounce arena with an obstacle course and arcade games (252) 772-3742

Go skating at Rollerland (252) 633-3804

Solve a mystery at the Bear Towne Escape Room (919) 288-4764

Take flight with ParaFlight (703) 963-7389.

Do you prefer ballroom dancing? Visit the Rivertowne Ballroom (252) 637-2003.

Take advantage of over 20 parks and recreation facilities maintained by New Bern Parks & Recreation (252) 639-2901.

Introduce your dog(s) to new friends or just let them run around at the Down East Dog Park at Glenburnie Park, please know that you need to register first and receive the gate code before you can enter (252) 639-2901.

Craven County Recreation & Parks (252) 636-6606.

Visit the New Bern-Craven County Library as they have a lot of fun programs, events, and resources! They offer children’s programs, computer usage, and technology workshops, book clubs, writer’s workshops, open mic night, live music, children’s theater, movie screenings, and rentals, meeting rooms, historical and genealogy research, and much more! (252) 638-7800.

Learn more about our town by taking a self-guided walking tour or have locals take you on a tour:

African American Heritage Tour, Architectural Walking Tour, and Churches & Cemeteries Tour, Historic Homes Tour, Revolutionary War Heritage Tour, and Walk to Remember Tour (based on Nicholas Sparks books)  (252) 637-0250

Bear Town Bears self-guided tour; New Bern’s Civil War Battlefield Park (252) 638-8558,

Scenic Airplane Ride by Tradewind Aviation (252) 636-0716

Trolley Tour (252) 637-7316.

Take a walk in the woods in the Croatian National Forest. The forest’s habitat has carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap, pitcher plant, sun-dew, butterwort, bladderwort among other exotic plants. The Croatian spans approximately 160,000 acres and is located in New Bern’s backyard. It’s a sanctuary for black bear, deer, wild turkey, quail, coyote, bald eagle, beaver, bobcat, porcupine, American alligator, red-tailed hawk, and other wildlife you may see. For maps and more information, talk to the people at the Croatian National Forest’s Ranger’s Station on Hwy 70 E (252) 638-5628.


by Tracey Stones