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Fun Found Around Town August 8-14, 2019

Live Music Options

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


Thursday: August 8, 2019 


Alisa Mike on stage at City Stage each Thursday 7-9 pm

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse 202 Middle St (252) 633-2088 welcomes the music of Jason Addams aka The Mad Fiddler for your dining pleasure. He 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) offers the music of Lewis & Clark serving the fun sounds under the sails for your dining pleasure evening on the deck. Music plays from 7:30-9:30 pm.

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, August 9, 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 the rocking grooves courtesy of Mark Mackenzie on tap to entertain you on Friday.

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

The Brown Pelican  411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 offers the music of Dan Jam Phillips 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 Saltwater Gold live this Friday 7:30 pm until 11 pm. Free music to welcome your weekend!

YPG River Jam, 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-637-3111.

The Enchanted Baroque – Community Concert, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Craven Community College. Presented by the NC Baroque Orchestra. Call 633-2618.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The Will & Tony Show will be rocking at BrUtopia this Saturday night

BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E, (252) 631-5142 welcomes the fun music stylings of Tommy Duzan sharing songs tonight from 7-10 pm.

The Garage  1209 US Highway 70 East (252) 288-5585 The Bears bring the music to the Garage. Music kicks off at 7 pm and plays until 10 pm.

The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 offers the music of Neville’s Quarter will 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 Chocolate Chip & Company Band which will take place indoors with music offered from 8 pm – 12 am.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

TRACEY STONES PRODUCTIONS, LLC presents Concert In the Park at Red Sail Park, Fairfield Harbour with music by The Carolina Swamp Dogs. Good blues music to feed the soul this Sunday from 3-5:30 pm


Persimmons Restaurant 100 Pollock St (252) offers Jazz night with John Van Dyke under the sails this Sunday evening for dinner on the deck. Music plays from 5:30-7:30 pm.



Monday, August 12, 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, August 13, 2019

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



Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Garage  1209 US Highway 70 East (252) 288-5585 hosts an open mic night each Wednesday. Tommy Duzan is your host. All are welcome to play. Music starts at 7 pm and plays until 10 pm.

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, August 8, 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, August 9, 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, August 10, 2019

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


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Mickey Milligan’s Billiards 3411 Trent Rd. (252) 637-3711 offers Music Trivia with DJ Krispy. Round One goes down 7-8:30 pm Round Two 8:30-10 pm. Come out for prizes and enjoy the fun.

 Wednesday, August 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, August 8, 2019

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


Saturday, August 10, 2019

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

Candlelight Auditions 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Behind the Scenes: Museum Technology, 2:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. 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, (252) 634-9057 welcomes the production of The Assassins The Musical. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 2 pm on Sunday. The show runs through August 18, 2019. For tickets visit their website.  www.newberncivictheatre.org

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

Other Groups and Activities From The Calendar

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Cookout celebrating Grand Introduction of New Bern Strong Bear Statue, 4:30 p.m. at the CresCom Bank Branch, 412 S. Front St.


Friday, August 9, 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.

Survivor Knights New Bern, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Bank of the Arts. Call 252-638-2577.


Saturday, August 10, 2019

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

Date Night Movies in the Park: The Proposal, 8:45 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Union Point Park. Presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation. 252-639-2901.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Navigating Local Waters Safety Class, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Fairfield Harbour Community Center, 585 Broad Creek Rd. Call 252-638-1433.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Benefit Dinner for Honour, The Musical, 6:00 p.m. at the O’Marks Building, 233 Middle St. Presented by the New Bern Historical Society. Call 252-638-8558.


Check Out Our Library!


Saturday, August 10, 2019 

Tai Chi Easy with Jan ~ 9:30-10:30 a.m. ~ Learn the benefits of better balance and circulation through this ancient practice for the mind, body, and spirit. The easy-to-duplicate steps allow participants of any ability or age to follow along. Please bring a mat or towel & water. Auditorium

Monday, August 12, 2019

Wellness & Empowerment in Life & Living (WELL)~ 10:00-11:00 a.m. ~ Join us each week to explore a wide range of topics for a successful life including building a support system, stress management, overcoming trauma, developing meaningful relationships, and much more! Conference Room

Craven Chess Players~ 4:30-5:30 p.m. ~ Ages 8 and older ~ Show off your best moves against other chess fans! Whether you’re a chess master or just starting out, come join us for some board time. Auditorium

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Nite Owls Book Club*~ 6:30-7:30 p.m. ~ The library’s evening book club will discuss The Paris Orphan by Natasha Lester through an Advanced Reader’s book kit provided by the Book Club Cookbook. Conference Room

Don’t Forget 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

New Bern Now’s Podsquad

New Bern Now's Podsquad

Listen to New Bern Now’s Podcast for an in-depth review of the great happenings in and around town!

New Bern Now’s Podcast Episode 122 July 25, 2019

by Tracey Stones