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Lukas Nelson, Tame Impala coming to town

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real play two nights at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater during Earth Day weekend. (Courtesy photo)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Americana and indie-psychedelic pop will be filling both local amphitheaters this spring as concert announcements continue rolling in.

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real is the latest addition at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. The band will perform for two nights this April.

Last week, Tame Impala announced tour dates as well. Included is a stopover at downtown’s Live Oak Bank Pavilion in May.

Here is the rundown:

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real

Wilmington’s relationship with Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real runs deep. Lukas Nelson, Anthony LoGerfo, Corey McCormick, Logan Metz, and Tato Melgar have been coming through the Port City for almost a decade now (see below video from 2013 when they performed at the former Ziggy’s in downtown).

In 2018, the band was in town to perform a fundraiser that would benefit nonprofits involved in Hurricane Florence relief efforts. They effectively raised $66,000.

The following year Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real returned to perform during Cinco de Mayo weekend. Following in his dad Willie’s footsteps — who helped found Farm Aid with John Mellencamp and Neil Young in the early ’80s — Nelson hosted a free pre-show jam at a farmers market at the amphitheater. The band event met with farmers and even some of their farm animals — such as Coleman the llama from Greenlands Farm.

No announcements have been made as to whether the band’s return will offer fans another opportunity for a pre-show meet-and-greet. However, their stop in Wilmington also lands on Earth Day. The band will perform Apr. 22 and 23 at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Mar. 4, 10 a.m.

The tour is in support of the 11-track release of “A Few Stars Apart” — recorded on an eight-track tape over three weeks at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A. The album dropped last summer.

Tame Impala

Australian multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker and his band are hitting downtown’s Riverfront Park at Live Oak Bank Pavilion on May 24.

The tour, announced last week, comes with the debut of “No Choice” and “The Boat I Row,” two new tracks on the band’s deluxe box-set edition of “The Slow Rush.” The box set also features a few remixes released from Tame Impala since its 2007 founding.

Consisting of Parker (guitar, vocals), Dominic Simper (guitar, synthesiser), Jay Watson (synthesiser, vocals, guitar), Cam Avery (bass guitar, vocals), and Julien Barbagallo (drums, vocals), the band has reached gold and platinum status for its first two records, with 2012’s “Lonerism” also nominated for a Grammy.

2015’s “Currents” won the ARIA Awards for Best Rock Album and Album of the Year, and 2020’s “The Slow Rush” also took home five wins during the ARIA Awards.

Tickets to Tame Impala are on sale now for $65.


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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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