Fun Around Town – February 14 – 20

Live Music Options

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

Thursday: February 14, 2019

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 15, 2019

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

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

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

The City Stage, 901 B Pollock St., (252) 631-5122 welcomes Dueling Pianos. Music starts at 8 pm and there is a $5.00 music charge payable at the door.

Explorations in The Arts: The Poetry of Jazz – Willie E. Atkinson & The Transitional Jazz Quintet, 7:30 p.m. in the Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College. Presented by the Lifetime Learning Center. Call 252-633-2618.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. (252) 631-5142.  Free Music 7-10 pm featuring local stringer Sam Lewis & Friends are in the house to pour the sounds you love. Come out and support local music, local food, and cold local brew.

Craven Arts Council / Bank of the Arts 317 Middle St. presents At The Gallery Series. This month they will feature the music of Holland-Dozier-Holland. If you enjoy Motown Classics, like “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” and “How Sweet It Is to Be Loved By You,” then this is the show to see. Minus 2 performs the classics from the era we celebrate still. There is a welcoming reception to hear an intro of the songwriters at 6:30 with music at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 for member and $25 for nonmembers.

The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 Sometimes Lions returns to offer their folk stylings. Free Music! 8-11 pm.

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

Monday, February 18, 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 This Monday come celebrate the 50th Birthday of music journalist, Tracey Stones!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

City Stage New Bern, 901 B Pollock St. (252) 631-5122 Live music with Big Jim Kohler and Friends. Music starts at 7 pm and the jam starts at 8 pm. All are welcome.

Karaoke/Trivia/Other Games:

Thursday, February 14, 2019:

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

Saturday, February 16, 2019:

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

Sunday, February 17, 2019 

Asian Games at Bear’s Lair Games The Asian Games Club of New Bern will meet at Bear’s Lair Games in Berne Square on Sunday afternoon February 17, 1-4 pm.

Come learn and play Xiangqi (Chinese Chess), Shogi (Japanese Chess), and other East Asian strategy games. Additional games, such as Go/Weiqi/Baduk, Makruk (Thai Chess), and Janggi (Korean Chess) are available on request. Equipment and clear, concise English-language instructions provided. No dues, no membership – just show up and play! It’s free and fun!

The Asian Games meeting will be at 1:00 PM. Bear’s Lair Games is located at 2680 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. in Berne Square, not far from Big Lots and Planet Fitness, New Bern, NC 28562, telephone 252-635-5247. On Sundays, Bear’s Lair Games is open from 1:00 to 6:00.

Wednesday, February 20, 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:

Tryon Palace 60th Anniversary

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Discovering Tryon Palace: Outlander In the Governor’s Palace: 9:15 – 10:30 am. at the Palace Gates.

Discovering Tryon Palace: Outlander Home and Hearth 3:15 – 4:30 pm



Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop. 2 pm at the Tryon Waystation

On The Big Screen:

Bruin Theater 2500 Neuse Blvd.,

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

On Our Stages:

New Bern Civic Theatre 414 Pollock St., presents Miss Evers’ Boys opening on Friday, February 15. For tickets visit

Other Groups and Activities:

Saturday, February 16, 2019

“Pruning Trees and Shrubs” – Tools and Techniques with Outdoor Demonstration, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 300 Industrial Drive. Presented by Craven County Cooperative Extension. Call 252-633-1477.

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