The Scene: Reggae takes over Wilmington this weekend

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The 'King Without a Crown,' Matisyahu, plays Ziggy's By The Sea Friday. Photo courtesy Ziggy's.
The ‘King Without a Crown,’ Matisyahu, plays Ziggy’s By The Sea Friday. Photo courtesy Ziggy’s.

Everything is irie in the Port City this weekend.

A host of artists will be bringing the positive vibrations our way, starting with a performance Friday by the crown-less reggae royal Matisyahu at Ziggy’s By The Sea.

Known for blending Judaic principles with the genre-bending sounds of reggae, beatboxing and hip hop, the man known as Matisyahu, which means gift of God in Hebrew, emerged on the scene with his first hit, “King Without a Crown,” in 2005 and has since put out four studio and two live albums.

He’ll bring his unique sound to the Ziggy’s stage at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 the day of the show.

The vibe continues into Saturday, when Beach House Bar and Grill hosts its third annual International Reggae Fest.

Reggae artist Edge Michael, nephew of the late Peter Tosh, is on the bill for this year's Beach House reggae fest. Photo courtesy Edge Michael.
Reggae artist Edge Michael, nephew of the late Peter Tosh, is on the bill for this year’s Beach House reggae fest. Photo courtesy Edge Michael.

The event features the sounds of the “Royal Family of Reggae,” Morgan Heritage, along with frequent Wilmington performer Edge Michael—the nephew of the late, great Peter Tosh—as well as Fayetteville band Streets AFire and Zion.

Gates open at 4 p.m., with live music starting up at 6 p.m. and going until midnight. DJ Riz will be on the ones and twos, keeping the party going until 2 a.m. General admission is $26. A VIP package, which includes access to the Tiki Bar lounge, private bar and backstage, is $37.

Rasta not your bag? No worries. From Midwest hardcore to hum-able Broadway tunes, there’s plenty to fill your ears around town this weekend.

You’ll find those items—and lots of others—listed below in our weekly arts and entertainment roundup. And check out many more happenings on The Scene, our free community events calendar.

Music

Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands, with some special guests, perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cameron Art Museum. With instrumentation that includes the accordion, musical saw, concertina, piano, Taiko drum and Ugandan harp, the band’s unique, carnival-esque sound will be accompanied by aerials, acrobatics, fire dancing, body painting and the artwork of DividingMe Photography. Admission is $15 ($10 for museum members).

Perry Smith performs a free show at 8 tonight at Flytrap Brewing. Funky Fresh Food Truck will serve up gourmet local street food from 7-10 p.m. On Friday, Flytrap hosts Pepe’s Taco Truck from 7-10 p.m., with live eclectic music from Squinty & 6 String starting at 8 p.m. Sai Collins of Paleo Sun performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, and A & M’s Red Food Truck will be onsite from 7 to 10, serving tacos and sliders.

The Penguin and The Dude present Blackberry Smoke Sunday at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Photo courtesy Greenfield Lake Amphitheater.
The Penguin and The Dude present Blackberry Smoke on Sunday at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Photo courtesy Greenfield Lake Amphitheater.

Prog rock fusion band Faun and a Pan Flute performs at Bourgie Nights Friday, with opening acts The Waking Life and Austin Glover. 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.

Minnesota rockers Motion City Soundtrack play Ziggy’s By The Sea Saturday, with opening acts The Spill Canvas and Sorority Noise. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. VIP Suite and Platinum Table reservations are available.

Blackberry Smoke brings its unique brand of southern rock to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Sunday, presented by 98.3 FM The Penguin and 93.7/106.3 FM The Dude. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6. General admission for this all-ages show is $28.

Kure Beach’s Boogie in the Park free concert series continues Sunday with the beach and popular music of Mark Roberts Band from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ocean Front Park.

Theater/Comedy

Thalian Association’s production of the classic drama, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Red Barn Theatre. Tickets are $25.

Beards of Comedy founding member Andy Sandford, who recently made his debut on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” performs stand-up at Dead Crow Comedy Room this weekend. Performances are set for 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Admission is $13.

Opera House Theatre Company’s production of the George and Ira Gerswhin classic, “Crazy for You,” is set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Thalian Hall. The musical includes notable Gershwin tunes, such as “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch over Me” and “Embraceable You.” Tickets are $31.

Bombers Bev Co. hosts “Brewed Up Stand Up” Saturday. The free event gets underway with a New Belgium takeover starting at 3 p.m. Local musician Mike Blair performs live from 3 to 5 p.m. Then, from 9 to 10:30, five comedians–Troy Coleman, Tyler Wood, Colton Demonte, Bridget Callahan and Cordero Nomar—will take the mic.

Film

Detour Deli and Café hosts Film Noir Thursdays from 8 to 10 p.m. each week. Tonight’s film is the adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s “The Big Sleep.” Admission is free.

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