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My Morning Jacket, Michael Franti, and others add to the 2022 concert season

Michael Franti has been coming to town to play Greenfield Lake Amphitheater practically every concert season since 2012; they are slated to perform June 25-26 at GLA in 2022. (Port City Daily/Photo by Tom Dorgan, MoonFrog Media)

WILMINGTON — Four more shows have been announced as the 2022 concert season begins shaping up in Wilmington.

Michael Franti will continue his annual sojourn to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, while Rainbow Kitten Surprise will head to downtown’s Riverfront Park.

Also, coming back to town: Keller Williams with his friends the Keels.

And a five-piece rock outfit that’s garnered attention for over two decades for bending rock and experimental jams are making their Riverfront Park debut: Say hello to My Morning Jacket.

Here is all you need to know about the upcoming shows:

My Morning Jacket

Louisville, Kentucky’s darling American rockers My Morning Jacket are making their Wilmington debut at Riverfront Park this fall. Vocalist/guitarist Jim James, bassist Tom Blankenship, drummer Patrick Hallahan, guitarist Carl Broemel, and keyboardist Bo Koster perform rock ‘n’ roll rooted in Americana-soul, with experimental and psychedelic undertones that have been celebrated across nine albums, including 2021’s self-titled release.

Tuesday, the band announced its latest tour. From April through September, it traverses the states, including a stop in Wilmington at Riverfront Park on Sept. 20. Supporting artist will be Joy Oladokun.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.

My Morning Jacket will make their Wilmington debut in fall 2022. (Courtesy photo)

Michael Franti and Spearhead

Annually, Michael Franti and Spearhead bring their positive vibes and messages of peace to the Port City, through hits like “The Sound of Sunshine,” “Say Hey I Love You,” and “Good for a Good Day,” among other tracks.

With a blend of hip-hop, funk, reggae, blues, and jazz across a dozen albums, including 2020’s “Work Hard & Be Nice,” Franti will return to the Greenfield Lake stage this summer, June 25-26.

Tickets open to the public Friday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. Get them fast — inevitably, Franti shows sell out locally.

Rainbow Kitten Surprise will perform July 2 at Riverfront Park. Tickets go on sale Friday. (Photo by Aubrey Denis)

Rainbow Kitten Surprise

North Carolina’s beloved quintet Rainbow Kitten Surprise announced a vast North American Tour that will have them going through 20 states and playing upward of 50 shows. They will stop over at Wilmington’s Riverfront Park on July 2 with supporting act Briston Maroney.

Consisting of Ela Melo (lead vocals), Darrick “Bozzy” Keller (guitar, vocals), Ethan Goodpaster (lead guitar, vocals), Charlie Holt (bass, vocals), and Jess Haney (drums), RKS was formed almost a decade ago. The indie rock band have released three studio albums, “Seven + Mary” (2013), “RKS” (2015) and “How to: Friend, Love, Freefall” (2018).

Tickets go on sale to the Wilmington show on Friday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. The band has partnered with the nonprofit PLUS1 — which helps fundraise for social and environmental initiatives — to donate $1 from every ticket sold, to food banks nationwide. The band is expected funnel $25,000 into helping food insecurity from their upcoming North American Tour.

Larry Keel, Keller Williams and Jenny Keel will perform at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on May 21. (Courtesy photo)

Keller Williams and the Keels

Headed to town with his acoustic in tow, Keller Williams will be joined by the Keels to play Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on May 21, 7 p.m.

Williams has performed bluegrass, funk, folk, jazz, rock and reggae for the better part of three decades. As a solo act, he has toured with the likes of String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee and Ratdog, among others.

With the Keels, Williams takes the stage with husband-and-wife duo Larry and Jenny Keel. They play covers — from Weezer to the Dead to the Raconteurs — and original tunes from their albums “Grass,” “Thief,” and “Speed.”

Tickets are $27.50 each and are on sale now.

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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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