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Concert Update: Counting Crows and Watchhouse headed to town

Counting Crows are heading to Riverfront Park on Sept. 29, according to the band’s website. Ticket prices and on-sale dates have yet to be released by Live Nation. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — In the last 24 hours two more shows have been announced at outdoor concert venues in Wilmington. Counting Crows will head to the newly constructed Riverfront Park on Sept. 29, according to the band’s website. Also, Watchhouse — formerly and best known as Mandolin Orange — will take over Greenfield Lake Amphitheater July 9 and 10.

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’90s roots-rockers Counting Crows are best remembered for their T-Bone Burnett-produced debut, “August and Everything After,” which landed them an American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Artist in 1995, as well as an MTV Award for Best New Artist in 1994. The band’s first song, “Mr. Jones,” propelled their popularity out of the gate. Yet, the 11-track LP produced many other singalongs (“Rain King,” “Anna Begins,” “Omaha”) and ended up selling 10,000,000 copies worldwide.

The Counting Crows have released seven recordings since, including “This Desert Life,” which charted the single “Hangingaround” at number 1 on the US Billboard Adult Alternative Songs. The band’s latest four-song EP, “Butter Miracle, Suite One,” is its first in seven years. Released today, “Butter Miracle” is half of the Crows’ next yet-to-be-titled full LP, frontman Adam Duritz told Rolling Stone. “Elevator Boots” is its first single.

The Counting Crows also announced today a 32-date tour beginning Aug. 7, including a stopover in Wilmington on Sept. 29. Ticket prices have not been announced and Live Nation has not confirmed when tickets will go on sale (check back for updates).

However, tickets will launch next week for the husband-and-wife duo Mandolin Orange — now rebranded as Watchhouse. Watchhouse will pull into Wilmington’s Greenfield Lake Amphitheater for a double bill July 9-10 at 6 p.m. Tickets, $40, will go on sale May 27 at 10 a.m.

Emily Frantz and Andrew Marland are the Chapel Hill folk duo, who told Jambase they wanted to reinvent themselves from their previous moniker to reflect the changes they’ve endured since founding Mandolin Orange in 2009. “We’re different people than when we started this band,” Frantz told the music outlet.

To celebrate their new identity, Watchhouse released a self-titled album of nine songs, which they have described as political and personal, even covering their new lives as parents. The band has released a video for their latest single “New Star” as well.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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