Sound off: Lake Street Dive, Blues Traveler, Uncle Kracker head to local stages

Lake Street Dive will perform on Oct. 20 at Riverfront Park; tickets go on sale Friday at noon. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Not only is Wilmington proper bringing in acts to keep concert-going audiences entertained, venues in Brunswick County and Elizabethtown have announced additions to the schedule this summer and fall.

Lake Street Dive will hit up downtown’s new 7,200-seat amphitheater along the riverwalk in October, while Blues Traveler and Shakey Graves will be coming to Odell Williamson Auditorium on Brunswick Community College’s campus this fall. Meanwhile, on Friday, ’90s rocker Uncle Kracker will land at Cape Fear Winery.

Here’s the sound off.

Lake Street Dive

The swingin’ funk and soul of Brooklyn-based Lake Street Dive will land on Riverfront Park’s stage as part of the band’s fall 2021 tour.

Rachael Price, Bridget Kearney, Mike Calabrese, and Akie Bermiss will be marking their return to Wilmington Oct. 20, since playing Greenfield Lake in 2019. This time around it will be sans trumpeter and guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson, who announced in May 2021 he was leaving the group after almost two decades of performing.

Lake Street Dive play a blend of Motown and jazz, with pops of Sixties soul and rock. They’ve released seven albums to date, including in March 2021 with “Obviously.” From the release came the hit single “Hypotheticals,” which reached number two on the Adult Alternative Airplay charts.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 9, noon. Riverfront Park is located in downtown Wilmington, along the riverwalk, at 10 Cowan St.

Blues Traveler

Brunswick Community College will be hosting concerts in coming months, including the Sept. 30 show featuring Blues Traveler. The American rock band launched in 1987 and rose to fame in the mid-’90s when their 1990 self-titled debut, featuring a blend of blues, rock and soul, took off on the airwaves. They’ve released more than a dozen albums and have had Top 40 singles, including “Run-Around,” “Hook,” and “But Anyway.” 

Blues Traveler have toured extensively and been hailed for their improvisational jams, as well as spearheading H.O.R.D.E. festival in the ’90s. The band experienced the death of founding bassist Bobby Sheehan in 1999, yet have marched on with John Popper (lead vocals, harmonica), Chan Kinchla (guitar), Brendan Hill (drums), Tad Kinchla (bass), and Ben Wilson (keyboards) continuing to put out music.

They will perform at Odell Williamson Auditorium on Brunswick Community College campus on Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, July 14, noon. The campus is located at 150 College Rd. NE in Bolivia.

Shakey Graves

Also heading to Brunswick Community College will be Shakey Graves, bringing his blend of blues, folk, country, and rock ‘n’ roll. Known as “Alejandro Rose-Garcia,” Shakey Graves won the Best Emerging Artist at the 2015 Americana Music Awards.

The Austin-based musician has released numerous EPs and studio albums, including the April rerelease of his debut, “Roll the Bones,” as part of its 10-year anniversary on Dualtone Records. Shakey Graves also offers his music for free once a year, Feb. 9-11, for pay-what-you-can prices on his Bandcamp page. 

He will land at Odell Williamson Auditorium on Brunswick Community College campus on Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and on sale now. The campus is located at 150 College Rd. NE in Bolivia.

Uncle Kracker

Elizabethtown has been added to the concert roundup in recent months as the 11-acre Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery has hosted various performing artists, such as Jo Dee Messina and Joe Nichols. Coming this Friday, July 9, at 5 p.m., Uncle Kracker will take the stage, with opening act Dirty Grass Soul, playing Southern rock and country.

Uncle Kracker got his start on the turn table for Kid Rock in the late ’90s before launching his own career and landing on Billboard’s Hot 100 with tunes like “Follow Me” and “Drift Away.” His debut album, “Double Wide,” produced by Kid Rock, went multi-platinum.

The artist has since released pop and country hits, performing on “When the Sun Goes Down” with Kenny Chesney, and making his way onto the Hot Country Songs charts with “Smile” in 2009.

Tickets to Uncle Kracker start at $39 and are available now. Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery is located at 195 Vineyard Drive.

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