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Fun Found Around Town May 23-30, 2019

Live Music Options

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

Thursday: May 23, 2019

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse 202 Middle St., (252) 633-2088 offers the sounds of Bonnie Shirk will play tonight from 6-9 pm upstairs in the piano bar.

City Stage New Bern  901B Pollock St., (252) 631-5122 welcomes Alisa Mike. Music is offered from 7-9 pm

Persimmons Restaurant, 100 Pollock St. (252) 514-0033 offers the sounds of Shannon Grace on the deck of the restaurant from 7:30-9:30 pm

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


Friday, May 24, 2019


The Garage 1209 US Highway 70 East (252) 288-5585 has been offering live music each Friday and Saturday from 7-10 pm. This week it is Mark McKenzie welcoming you to the weekend.

BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E, (252) 631-5142 welcomes The Mad Fiddler, Jason Addams sharing songs from 7-10 pm.

Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Bar 111 Williams Rd (252) 635-3010 offers the blues fix for your Friday night delight with Big Jim Kohler Band rocking the blues from 9 pm – 12 am

Union Point Park  The New Bern Parks and Recreation Department kicks off their Summer concert series in Union Point this coming weekend. Bring a blanket or a chair and meet us at the park. This weekend come out and enjoy the beachy grooves of The Castaway. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the music fun lasts until 9:30 pm.  There will be vendors on location to feed and serve you so please leave the coolers at home, but bring the kids and pets on a leash are welcome too!

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 offers the music of The Raucous Brothers this Friday with FREE music offered 7-10 pm.

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 offers live music by Smokehouse this Friday 7:30 pm until 11 pm. Free music to welcome your weekend!


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Sara’s Big Apple 1150 Broad Creek Rd, (252) 636-2555 offers the fun sounds of Dan Jam Phillips offering live music from 6-8 pm

Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood (New Bern, NC) 3621 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., (252) 638-3937 offers dinner music with Country Express Band sharing sounds from 6-8 pm.

The Garage 1209 US Highway 70 East (252) 288-5585 welcomes Aaron Davenport jamming your favorite rock tunes from 7-10 pm.

BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E, (252) 631-5142 welcomes Raucous Brothers sharing songs from 7-10 pm.

Broad Street Christian Church offers an open mic night on the last Saturday of the month. All performers are welcome. Sign up starts at 6 Music is offered 6:30- 9 pm. Hosted by Mathew Kerlin, this event always brings out our talented townfolks. All are welcome to come out and enjoy.

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 offers the music of Holden Dixon teaming up with Sometime Lions  They will provide the FREE original grooves from 8-11 pm.

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 offers live music bySteel County Express this Saturday on the deck rocking the classics and country sounds we all love from 7:30 pm until 11 pm. Free music to welcome your weekend!

City Stage New Bern 901 B Pollock St., Music of Nat King Cole by John Van Dyke, 8:00 p.m. – 10 p.m at the City Stage. Call 252-631-5122.


Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Omega Center will be the site for  All white classic/The Monterio Experience Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 8 pm. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 252-631-9426. Hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar. This is being hosted by Melissa Wallace and Rob Morgan

Tracey Stones Productions, LLC Presents a Concert in the Park Series Kick-off. Fairfield Harbour Residents! All are invited to pack a picnic basket and join us for a fun afternoon in the park with live music being served from 2-4:30 pm at Red Sail Park, Fairfield Harbor with Big Jim Kohler Band. A suggested $10 donation helps pay the band.


Monday, May 27, 2019

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008. Welcome the week with a blues jam hosted by Big Jim Kohler Band. Music starts at 7 pm jam starts at 8 pm and music and fun last until 9 pm!


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 Welcomes Honky Tonk Tuesday with your host Michael Watkins. Music starts at 7 pm. All country music lovers are welcome to come out and jam. All are welcome.

North Carolina Symphony: Light Classics,  at Temple Church. 7:30 pm. Call 877-627-6724.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019:

City Stage New Bern 901 B Pollock St., (252) 631-5122 welcomes. Big Jim Kohler & Friends. Music plays 7-9 pm and music is free.



Karaoke/Trivia/Other Games:

Thursday, May 23, 2019

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


Friday, May 24, 2019

City Stage New Bern 901 B Pollock St., (252) 631-5122 offers Karaoke Friday Nights at City Stage!


Saturday, May 25, 2019

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


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Bear’s Lair Games 2680 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. in Berne Square, 252-635-5247. hosts The Asian Games meeting which starts at 1:00 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 are provided. No dues, no membership – just show up and play! It’s free and fun!


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 TRIVIA NIGHT! The 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, May 25, 2019 

African American Heritage Walking Tour, 2:00 p.m. at the Tryon Palace Waystation. Call 252-639-3500.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Memorial Day at Tryon Palace, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop, 2:00 p.m. at the Tryon Palace Waystation. Call 252-639-3500.


On The Big Screen

Bruin Theater 2500 Neuse Blvd., enccinemas.com

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


Our Stages

New Bern Civic Theatre 414 Pollock St, Mama Mia!, Fri – Sat: 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 2:00 p.m. at the New Bern Civic Theatre. Call 252-634-9057.

RiverTowne Players Masonic Theatre, 514 Hancock St., Little Women the Musical, Fri – Sat: 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 3:00 p.m. at the Masonic Theatre. Presented by RiverTowne Players. Call 252-633-3318.


Other Groups and Activities From The Calendar

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day Ceremony, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the New Bern National Cemetery. Presented by the Craven County Veteran’s Council. Call 252-296-1381.



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, NCMZ.live.

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

Churches & Cemeteries Tour,

Historic Homes Tour, Revolutionary War Heritage Tour,

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.

Wendy Card, Susan Moffat-Thomas, Tracey Stones, Colleen Roberts, Kathy Morrison, and Charles Tendell

Listen to New Bern and Beyond’s Podcast for an in-depth review of the great happenings in and around town! Here’s our latest show on May 9, 2019:

New Bern & Beyond with the New Bern Podsquad Episode 116

by Tracey Stones