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Funky with a backbeat: Lake Street Dive drummer talks touring green and chart-topping release of ‘Obviously’

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WILMINGTON — Covid-19 has changed the way many industries function. As it turns out, rock ‘n’ roll isn’t exempt either — at least not for touring musicians.  For Lake Street Dive’s Mike Calabrese, it left him asking the question: “What’s worth giving up?” Sometimes playing upward of 300 gigs a year, the Brooklyn-based band — which is touring […]

New job training program would diversify film crews, Wilmington likely to commit initial funds

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WILMINGTON — With potential seed money coming from the City of Wilmington, a new workforce training program is anticipated to grow North Carolina’s next generation of film industry workers, specifically with women and people of color. City council is planning to award $400,000 to the Film Partnership of North Carolina, a new nonprofit established to […]

In Photos: The Revivalists and SUSTO at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

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WILMINGTON — After being rescheduled from the Covid-19 gut punch of 2020, The Revivalists and SUSTO finally made it through Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Sept. 28. RELATED: See more concert coverage here Charleston’s SUSTO opened to an eager crowd, according to MoonFrog media photographer Tom Dorgan, who captured scenes from the show. Dorgan said when the […]

Oh, the horror! ‘Halloween Kills,’ ‘The Black Phone’ and ‘Scream’ highlight talent of local special effects group

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WILMINGTON — Filmed in the Port City in the fall of 2019, “Halloween Kills” was released Friday in theaters and on the streaming platform Peacock, after the pandemic pushed it a year. Front and center, within its opening scenes, Michael Myers walks out of his house, an exact replica of the white, two-story dwelling that first made […]

In Photos: Counting Crows and Frank Turner at Live Oak Bank Pavilion

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WILMINGTON — Live Oak Bank at Riverfront Park provided a flashback to the ’90s when Counting Crows toured through Wilmington on Sept. 29 as part of the band’s Butter Miracle Tour 2021. The band released the first part of its eighth studio album, “Butter Miracle,” in May; it will release the second part at a […]
Two actors playing police officers talk to a young boy before he runs down Pender Avenue Friday night. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

IATSE film strike looms, deadline set for Monday

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After more than a week in negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), film and TV union International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) has put a deadline on its workers walking out on current projects. According to IATSE president Matthew Loeb, around 60,000 union members will go without a paycheck […]

‘We were never a heavy metal rock band or wanted to be, frankly’: America tours through Wilmington for 50-year anniversary

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“It’s been the longest pause in action in 50-plus years,” America’s founding member Dewey Bunnell said from Red Bank, New Jersey. It was T-minus five hours before the band played its 14th stop on the latest 50th anniversary tour, which has them moving through Wilmington Saturday night at the Wilson Center. RELATED: Catch up on […]

In Photos: Gov’t Mule and Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave play Live Oak Bank Pavilion

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WILMINGTON — Gov’t Mule and Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave. toured through Wilmington on Sept. 23 at Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park. Trombone Shorty brought the Nawlins vibe to such an upbeat set, shared between both the crowd and the band. They fed off each other’s energy continuously. Gov’t Mule delivered a solid […]

‘A slow grind’: Ongoing negotiations averting film strike, so far

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WILMINGTON –– About a week after film crew members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, negotiations that could potentially prevent that action are continuing at a slow pace. “We are currently still in bargaining (pacific time zone) and expect it to be a slow grind through the weekend,” Darla McGlamery, business agent at IATSE Local […]

In Photos: Trey Anastasio Band plays Wilmington for first time

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — Phish frontman Trey Anastasio made his debut in Wilmington on Sept. 24 at Live Oak Bank Pavilion at downtown’s Riverfront Park — full band in tact, nonetheless. RELATED: See more photos from local concerts It was a rough start to the current tour, as Trey Anastasio Band (TAB) lost its bassist, Tony Markellis, […]