Sunday, June 4, 2023

The Record Company, Béla Fleck, and others head to GLA

Béla Fleck will tour through Greenfield Lake in support of 2021’s “My Bluegrass Heart.” Tickets go on sale to his May show this Friday, Feb. 4. (Photograph by Alan Messer)

WILMINGTON — The concert season continues to strengthen in southeastern North Carolina as more acts announce stopovers in Wilmington.

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater has more shows on the books for the upcoming season, some with tickets already on sale, others opening to the public this week.

Here’s a rundown of recent announcements:

Béla Fleck

Touring in support of “My Bluegrass Heart,” banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck will come through May 24. Joining him will be Michael Cleveland, Jacob Jollife, Cody Kilby, Justin Moses and Mark Schatz.

Fleck’s recent release is the final in a trilogy that began in 1988 with “Drive” and continued in 1991 with “The Bluegrass Station” before 2021’s release, “My Bluegrass Heart.” Honored multi-instrumentalists have played on the albums throughout the years.

Fleck has earned 15 Grammys across various genres — country, pop, jazz, instrumental, world music — though he has said bluegrass always remains in his soul.

Tickets to the show go on sale Friday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. and will be $39.50.

The Record Company

Bringing their brand of rock to the amphitheater this spring, L.A.’s The Record Company will land at Greenfield Lake on Wednesday, Apr. 13.

Influenced by blues musician John Lee Hooker, Iggy Pop’s punk outfit The Stooges and rock icons like the Stones, The Record Company puts out big sound for three guys: Chris Vos (guitar, lead vocals), Alex Stiff (bass, backing vocals), and Marc Cazorla (drums, backing vocals).

They’ve released three albums since getting their start in 2011, and are performing 24 dates through July in support of 2021’s “Play Loud.” The album’s track “How High” has charted number three on the AAA stations in the U.S.

Tickets to the show go on sale Friday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. and will be $29.50.

The Struts

British rock band The Struts are landing stateside at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on May 20. It will be one of eight shows they’re playing in America before flying back across the pond to finish out the tour.

Vocalist Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott, and drummer Gethin Davies provide a blend of pop and glam rock across three albums since they’re founding in 2012: “Everybody Wants” (2014), “Young and Dangerous” (2018), and “Strange Days” (2020).

Tickets go on sale at Friday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m., and will be $27.50.

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Maryland’s funk jam band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will launch the Perspective Tour in April 2022, and will drop by Wilmington on Apr. 21.

Known for playing upward of 200 shows a year, the musicians — Greg Ormont, Jeremy Schon, Ben Carrey and Alex Petropulos — have self-released two live albums and five studio albums, including 2020’s “Presto.”

This show is requiring all fans to provide printed proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the event pr full vaccination for entry.

Tickets are on sale now $29.50.

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Shea Carver
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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