Fun For All This Week

Live Music Options

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

Thursday: February 7, 2019

Captain Ratty’s 202 Middle St.,  (252) 633-2088 Offers the music of Strung Together from 6-9 pm

The City Stage, 901 B Pollock St., (252) 631-5122 welcomes Alisa Mike back to the stage this week after a brief pause. Music is offered from 7-9 pm

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 8, 2019


Community Artists Gallery & Studios, Inc. 309 Middle St., (252) 633-3715 welcomes Dan Jam with music from 5-8 pm

The Black Cat Shoppe 246 Middle St.,(252) 635-1410 welcomes Big Jim Kohler Blues outside on the sidewalk from 5-8 pm.

BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. (252) 631-5142 welcomes Gene Gregory offering sounds from 7-10 pm.

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

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 Ravenz Bru will be rocking the deck on Friday 7:30 pm until 11 pm. Free music to welcome your weekend!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. (252) 631-5142.  Free Music 7-10 pm featuring the country fun sounds of Ryan Cain are offered. Come out and support local music, local food, and cold local brew.

The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008  Core Sound returns to offer the classic rock and blues beats. Free Music! 8-11 pm.

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 Brings back TrainWreck to offer the funky fun party grooves. Free music 7:30-11 pm.

Monday, February 11, 2019

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

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

City Stage New Bern, 901 B Pollock St. (252) 631-5122 Down East FolkArts Society welcomes Sam Gleaves for a fun show being offered from 7-8:30 pm. This show is free but donations encouraged.

Karaoke/Trivia/Other Games:

Thursday, February 7, 2019:

BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E  (252) 631-5142 30 Seconds Rocks 6:30 pm


Saturday, February 9, 2019:

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 30 Seconds Rocks Music Bingo 9 pm with DJ!


Wednesday, February 13, 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

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Free Day: Daily Life in Historic New Bern 

Come visit Tryon Palace and enjoy activities and craft demonstrations free-of-charge at Free Day! New Bern was a lively community in the 18th century, just as it is today. Learn what daily life was like for the people who lived in our city in the 1770s.

Have you ever wondered what types of jobs men and women had? Or how were boys and girls educated, or what they did in their free time (if they had any!)? Find out as you tour the first floors of the Governor’s Palace, Kitchen Office, Stable Office, and historic Dixon and Stanly Houses; explore 16 acres of gardens; play historic games, and make fun crafts to take home.

The Tryon Palace gardens and grounds will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Activities, crafts, and historic buildings will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Garden Lecture Series – February

The February 9th installation of the Tryon Palace Garden Lecture Series features a free showing of “Disneynature: Wings of Life”. The movie focuses on pollinators, their benefits and the challenges they face.

After the showing, attendees are invited to join the Craven- Pamlico Beekeepers Association on the Dixon Lawn for more information at Tryon Palace Free Day.

This lecture is free and begins at 10 a.m. in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center.

Location: Cullman Performance Hall, North Carolina History Center
Event Price: Free

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop

Tryon Palace historic clothing interpreter Leslie Lambrecht will lead a tour of the historic Jones House with a brief description of the house and then through the Tryon Palace Costume Shop on the first floor of the house. The costomer will discuss historical clothing research, the sewing techniques used in the past, and current projects for upcoming events.

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 Waystation
Event Price: $6 adults, $3 youth

On The Big Screen

Bruin Theater 2500 Neuse Blvd.,
Bear Town Cinema 6: 2806 Trent Rd., (252) 638-1820

On Our Stages

Comedy Weekend at The City Stage

Friday, February 8, 2019

Doug Canney Comedian – Back for ONE NIGHT ONLY!


Former 80’s touring musician, voice-over actor for radio stations nationwide, and current national headliner, Doug is a busy guy. Doing over 330 shows a year and pretty much living in his car for a while, Doug is the epitome of the term “Road-Dog comic”. Having worked for a few years as a house comic at the famous Coconut’s Comedy Club in St. Pete Florida, he sharpened his skill as a performer and Coconuts became his home club. Other successful comedians like Larry the Cable Guy, Jim Breuer, Kevin James, Billy Gardell and Mitch Hedberg also worked Coconut’s and consider it home.

Doug’s performances are spastic, fast-paced, and never dull as he weaves his self-deprecating southern charm. He’s been seen on HBO, NBC, The WB Network, and heard on syndicated radio all over the nation. Opening for Doug tonight will be local comedian Zac Brown

Doug’s hometown is New Bern, NC. He now lives in St. Augustine, Florida.

$5 Admission

City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Stand up Comedy Showcase with comedian Matt White and Friends. Each month Matt White brings a group of hilarious comics to City Stage!

Winner of the “2012 Port City Top Comic” and 2013 “Carolina’s Funniest Comic”, Matt White’s brand of observational humor mixed with improv and theatre elements engages audiences and leaves them giggling for days.

Join Matt & friends for an evening of laughter and fun.

Lineup includes:
Kim Dee
Derrius Todd
Alice Bright
Paru Patel
Andrew Cochrane
Brandi Roberts
Mike Mello and more.

Other Groups and Activities:

New Bern Historical Society:

Wednesday, February, 13, 2019

The Green Book at Lunch & Learn

You might think of The Green Book as a recent Golden Globe-winning movie that features local actor Von Lewis as Bobby Rydell. But the movie takes its title from a directory that many African Americans used in Jim Crow era America. Angela Thorpe, Acting Director of the NC African American Heritage Commission will explain at the New Bern Historical Society’s Lunch & Learn on February 13 at 11:30 at The Chelsea. She’ll discuss what The Green Book was used for, and who would have used it; sites in New Bern; and talk about the Commission’s Green Book Project.

The Green Book was the idea of Harlem based postal carrier Victor Hugo Green. During the years before and after WWII, car ownership expanded, but it was difficult for African Americans to travel due to the discrimination they faced. In 1936 Victor Green published the first “Negro Motorist Green Book” which covered hotels and restaurants in the New York area, but he soon expanded its scope by gathering field reports from fellow postal carriers and offering cash payments to readers who sent in useful information. By the early 1940s, the Green Book boasted thousands of establishments from across the country, all of them either black-owned or verified to be non-discriminatory and provided a list of hotels, guest homes, service stations, drug stores, taverns, barber shops and restaurants that were considered safe for African American travels.

Ms. Thorpe holds a B.A. in History with a minor in African American studies from the University of Florida; and an M.A. in History with a concentration in Museum Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She served as the first African American Historic Interpreter at the President James K. Polk State Historic Site in Pineville. She began serving as the Associate Director of the NC African American Heritage Commission in 2017 where she is currently Acting Director.

Lunch & Learn starts at 11:30 a.m. at The Chelsea Restaurant, 335 Middle Street, New Bern. The cost is $17 for Historical Society members and $22 for non-members; lunch is included. Advance reservations must be made by calling the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558 or can be ordered at Lunch choices: Meat Loaf with Gravy or Chicken Bruschetta, accompanied by Garlic Smashed Potatoes, Sauteed Zucchini, and Squash, Strawberry Layer Cake.

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