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Fun Found Around Town July 11-17, 2019

Live Music Options

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


Thursday: July 11, 2019 


Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse 202 Middle St (252) 633-2088 welcomes the music of Bonnie Shirk for your dining pleasure. She will be performing from 6-9 upstairs in the piano bar.

City Stage New Bern 901 B Pollock St offers the serenading sounds of the talented Alisa Mike. Music is served from 7-9 pm

Persimmons Restaurant 100 Pollock St, (252) 514-0033 welcomes live music on the deck for your dining pleasure. Tonight come out for supper and enjoy music by the loving and talented duo, soon to be a trio…Lewis N Clark who will entertain diners from 6:30-9:30 pm under the sails as the sun sets on the river.

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 Open Mic is hosted by Charlie Duzan. Sign up starts at 7 pm Music starts at 8 pm. Pack up the gear bag and come jam!!! All are welcome to attend and participate.


Friday, July 12, 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 Bye-Bye Bernaroo Party welcoming you to the weekend with original bands that will groove you!

BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E, (252) 631-5142 welcomes Justin Castellano will be in town and sharing songs tonight from 7-10 pm.

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

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 offers the fun music of the talented The Monterio Experience live this Friday 7:30 pm until 11 pm. Free music to welcome your weekend!


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood (New Bern, NC) welcomes Country Express Band for dining entertainment from 6-8 pm

Sara’s Big Apple 1150 Broad Creek Rd (252) 633-2555 welcomes the music of Big Sam and Co. Music plays in the back room from 6-8 pm. Come enjoy great food and good music.

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 offers the music of Joe Brown and the Band to cap off the weekend. 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 by 3 Day Weekend perform so to raise funds for Michelle Turner who needs our help in kicking cancer to the curb. Come out to show your support this Saturday and dance the night away on the deck. These bands will be offering the dance classics we all love from 7:30 pm until 11 pm. Free music to welcome your weekend!


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Red Sail Park, Fairfield Harbour. Tracey Stones Productions Presents Caffeinated Soul Boogie 2-4:30 pm for residents and their friends. Pack a snack, and bring a suggested $10 tip for the band. Live music in the park!

Tuppence Folk Duo Performance, 2:30 p.m. at Riverside United Methodist Church. Call 252-631-4117.

Persimmons Restaurant offers Jazz night with the talented John Van Dyke serving the sounds for dinner on the deck. Music plays from 5:30-7:30 pm


Monday, July 15, 2019

Sara’s Big Apple 1150 Broad Creek Rd. (252) 636-2555 Welcomes Simon Spalding for an acoustic dinner set. Music plays at 6-8 pm.

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, July 16, 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.


Wednesday, July 17, 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, July 11, 2019

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

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant 415 S Front St., (252) 635-0322 Karaoke with Diane Dees 8 PM – 12 AM


Friday, July 12, 2019

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

Attitudes Pub & Grille 32 Shoreline Dr., River Bend (252) 633-2006 Karaoke with Diane Dees 8 pm – 12 am


Saturday, July 13, 2019

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


Wednesday, July 14, 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

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Palace Pours: All American, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3524.


Friday, July 12, 2019

First Friday: Treasures from the Attic, 2:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.The founders of Tryon Palace historic site put great effort into the acquisition of objects for the museum collection and in creating detailed furnishing plans for the Palace. Come see what they have to show you this month.

Crystal Coast Musicians in Concert, 7:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3524.


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Garden Lecture Series, 10:00 a.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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

Jonkonnu Workshops Jonkonnu was a very special celebration for enslaved African Americans in North Carolina. What is Jonkonnu all about? In the late 1800s, people danced in masks and multi-colored costumes while playing drums and cowbells. Each year at Tryon Palace’s Candlelight, this colorful tradition is reenacted. This event takes place at the Palace from 1-3 pm.

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,  www.newberncivictheatre.org presents Marie Antoinette with the curtain going up this weekend.

RiverTowne Players Masonic Theatre, 514 Hancock St., Call 252-633-3318 or visit www.RiverTownePlayers.org

Other Groups and Activities From The Calendar

Friday, July 12, 2019


ArtWalk – New Bern, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., presented by the Craven Arts Council at the Bank of the Arts, Greater Good Gallery, and numerous locations in Downtown and around New Bern. 252-638-2577.


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Auditions for HONOUR, the Musical, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Orringer Auditorium, Craven Community College.

Solar Astronomy will be held at New Bern-Craven County Public Library 2:30 pm

Teens Water Wars, 1:30 p.m – 3:30 p.m. at Broad Creek Christian Church. Call 252-637-3727.

Aquapalooza, at 123 Shoreline Dr. (Rock Quarry off Brice’s Creek). Call 571-215-9282.

Comedy Showcase with Matt White and Friends, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at The City Stage. Cal 252-631-5122.


Check Out Our Library!

Monday, July 15, 2019

New Bern-Craven County Public Library presents Lunch with TEDTalks 12 pm in the Auditorium. Open to adults 18 and over.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

New Bern-Craven County Public Library offers Basic Sign Language. All ages are welcome. 2:30-4:30 pm.


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.

New Bern Farmer’s Market is open for business Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Tuesdays: 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Stop, shop and enjoy the day meeting our vendors.

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

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New Bern and Beyond Podcast #120, June 20, 2019


by Tracey Stones