The Scene: Jason Isbell brings soul-tinged sound to Wilmington Sunday

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Jason Isbell performs with Craig Finn of Hold Steady fame this Sunday at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Photo courtesy Greenfield Lake Amphitheater.
Jason Isbell performs with Craig Finn of Hold Steady fame this Sunday at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Photo courtesy Greenfield Lake Amphitheater.

Get ready to raise your glasses and wipe your eyes–Alabama son Jason Isbell brings his soulful blend of heartbreaking tunes and foot-stomping anthems to Wilmington this weekend.

98.3 FM The Penguin presents Isbell in concert, with Craig Finn of Hold Steady fame, Sunday at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6.

Deeply influenced by the music of Muscle Shoals near his hometown in northern Alabama, Isbell has made a name for himself–beyond his stint as frontman for Drive-By Truckers—as a thoughtful lyricist with heaps of Southern charm and a penchant for rock.

With four solo albums under his belt, Isbell continues to evolve as an artist. His 2013 release, “Southeastern,”earned him three Americana Music Awards–Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (for “Cover Me Up”) and Album of the Year.

Isbell will share the stage with another heavy hitting frontman, Finn, the Minnesota-bred singer, songwriter and guitarist best known for his work with the hard-to-pin-down Hold Steady.

Part beat poet and part Paul Westerberg, Finn brings a lyrical style to match Isbell’s storytelling prowess.

Tickets to the show are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Before Sunday’s show, get your fill of lots more live music, unique theater performances, even a dance performance or two. You’ll find a short list of stuff to do below, and even more area happenings on The Scene, our free community events calendar.

Music

Bellamy Mansion Museum kicks off its jazz concert series at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday). Concerts will be held the second Thursday of each month through September. Admission is $12.

Local musician Justin Lacy performs a free show from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at Flytrap Brewing. Catch’s food truck will be onsite for purchases.

Nashville indie folk outfit The Apache Relay takes the Ziggy’s By The Sea stage Friday. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. VIP Suite and Platinum Table reservations are available.

The Honeycutters bring its unique brand of Appalachian honky tonk to Bourgie Nights Friday, with opening act Massive Grass. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 the day of the show.

Myrtle Beach-based alt-jam band Incredibly Tall People performs at The Juggling Gypsy beginning at 9 p.m. Friday. Admission is by donation.

Appalachian honky tonk band The Honeycutters performs at Bourgie Nights Friday. Photo courtesy Bourgie Nights.
Appalachian honky tonk band The Honeycutters performs at Bourgie Nights Friday. Photo courtesy Bourgie Nights.

The Carolina Pine Music Festival gets underway at noon Saturday at Satellite Bar and Lounge. The event, which runs until 9 p.m., kicks off with a drum circle and is followed live performances by nine local bands and solo artists, including Randy McQuay, Astro Cowboy and Stray Local. Food will be available, and there will be a raffle for prizes.

Kim Dicso stops by Flytrap Brewing at 8 p.m. Saturday to play a few free live sets. Vittles Food Truck will be parked onsite.

Blues trio Pale Blue plays The Juggling Gypsy at 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is by donation.

The Central Park Band will cover classic rock, pop, dance and beach hits throughout the decades during the next installment of the Boogie in the Park free concert series Sunday at Ocean Front Park in Kure Beach. The outdoor show runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Those attending should bring a beach chair or blanket.

Theater/Comedy

Thalian Association Children’s Theater presents the musical, “Cats,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hannah Block Community Arts Center. Performances of the classic stage production continue at 7 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12.

New York City stand-up alum Sean Donnelly performs four shows at Dead Crow Comedy Room this weekend. Photo courtesy Dead Crow.
New York City stand-up alum Sean Donnelly performs four shows at Dead Crow Comedy Room this weekend. Photo courtesy Dead Crow.

Big Dawg Productions’ “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” continues at 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Subday at Cape Fear Playhouse. Based on the classic novel by Ken Kesey, the play tells the story of a charming rogue who serves a short sentence in a mental institution rather than prison and the antics, drama and friendships that ensue. Opening night is pay-what-you-can (cash only). Admission is $16 to $22 Friday-Sunday.

TheatreNOW hosts the dinner theater show, “Raney,” at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The play, adapted from the novel of the same name by Clyde Edgerton, follows the marriage of Raney, a Southern Baptist, to Charles, a liberal missionary. Tickets are $22 (show only) and $38 for dinner and the show.

Local actors Shane Fernando, Paul Teal and Caitlin Becka star in the 1858 classic satirical one-act play, “Box and Cox,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Thalian Hall. Admission is $15.

Sean Donnelly, who has appeared on MTV’s “World of Jenks” and “The Late Show with David Letterman,” performs stand-up this weekend at Dead Crow Comedy Room. Donnelly will perform at 8 and 10:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $13.

Dance

City Ballet of Wilmington performs “Coppelia: A Romantic Comedy,” at 7 p.m. Friday and again at 10 a.m. Saturday at Thalian Hall. Tickets are $10 to $25.

Cameron Art Museum’s next installment of Kids at CAM this Saturday features guest dancers from the Wilmington School of Ballet, who will perform a number inspired by museum exhibitions. Kids at CAM runs from noon to 3 p.m., with dance performance set for 12:15 and 1:30. Dancers will also lead dance-themed activities, and there will be interactive art projects that participants can take home. No pre-registration is necessary, but parental supervision is required at all times. Admission is by donation.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or hilary.s@hometownwilmington.com.