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Concert announcements: Tyler Childers, Ben Folds and more

Concerts have been announced from now until the spring season. (Port City Daily/File)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Though the holidays are in full swing and concert season at outdoor amphitheaters is paused until spring, show announcements are consistently being made to prepare ahead of the 2023 season.

Plus, there are plenty of indoor shows scheduled at area venues in December and January to fulfill those live music cravings. Here are a few recently announced:

Country artist Tyler Childers will perform Aug. 18 at Live Oak Bank Pavilion. (Courtesy photo)

Live Oak Bank Pavilion

Parker McCollum — A few weeks after playing the California country music festival Stagecoach, the Texas singer-songwriter Parker McCollum will take the stage in downtown Wilmington.

McCollum independently released his debut album, The Limestone Kid, in 2015 and followed up with two more in 2017 and 2021. His latest, Gold Chain Cowboy, includes debut single “Pretty Heart” and “To Be Loved by You.” His upcoming Wilmington set is sure to include his latest single “Handle of You.”

An emerging figure in country music, the 30-year-old McCollum takes inspiration from his musical idol and fellow Texan George Strait and blends it with more modern themes in Americana and pop.

Presale for tickets is underway now, while the general sale begins Dec. 2 at 10 a.m.

Rebelution: Good Vibes Summer Tour — A taste of California will come to the East Coast just in time for summer.

All the way from Isla Vista, California, reggae-rock band Rebelution will visit Live Oak Bank Pavilion on June 16. Tickets are on sale now for the Good Vibes Summer Tour.

The band includes Eric Rachmany, Rory Carey, Marley D. Williams, and Wesley Finley, all of whome met as students at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the early aughts.

Released in 2007, their debut album reached #4 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart. The record includes hits like “Feeling Alright” and “Safe and Sounds.” The band released seven other albums, including the Grammy-nominated “Falling into Place.”

Tyler Childers: Sand in the Hounds Tour with S.G. Goodman — Country-folk singer Tyler Childers is set to bring his Appalachian sound to the coast next summer.

Childers, who just released his fifth studio album, “Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?”, will perform Aug. 18. He will be joined by fellow Kentuckian singer-songwriter S.G. Goodman, known for the song “Space and Time.”

Born in Lawrence County, Kentucky, to a father in the coal industry and nurse mother, Childers’s music reflects working life in rural America. He blends bluegrass, neo-traditional country and roots music, heard in songs like “Lady May” and “Shake the Frost.” His hit single “All Your’n” was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards.

Tickets for his show are on sale now.

Ben Folds will come to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Apr. 29. (Courtesy photo)

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

Umphrey’s McGee — The Indiana jam band known for tracks like “Can’t Rock My Dream Face” and “Sad Clint Eastwood” will return to Greenfield Lake on April 28.

The band electrified the local stage last in August 2021 with their genre-fluid rock riffs and accompanying light show. Their return was planned for September but was rescheduled to the spring due to Hurricane Ian. Tickets are on sale now.

The band was founded by Notre Dame students Brendan Bayliss, Joel Cummins, and Ryan Stasik in 1997. Since then, the group has recorded over a dozen studio albums and released just as many live albums.

Ben Folds — Nearly a year after canceling his 2021 Wilmington set, singer-songwriter and pianist Ben Folds will return to his home state this spring.

The pianist blends pop with classical arrangements on three solo albums, as well as on contributions on others, while also performing with symphonies and orchestras worldwide.

When Covid-19 hit, Folds was on the road and relegated to isolate in Australia, wherein he launched a podcast, “Lightning Bugs: Conversations with Ben Folds” (a spinoff from his 2019 NYT Best Seller), releasing new music and hosting livestreams.

Folds will return to the stage Apr. 29 at the amphitheater, performing hits like “You Don’t Know Me” and “Landed.” Tickets are already on sale.

Andy Frasco and the U.N. will perform at Brooklyn Arts Center on Dec. 15. (Tom Dorgan/MoonFrog Media)

Brooklyn Arts Center

Andy Frasco & the U.N. with Little Stranger — In just over two weeks, downtown Wilmington’s arts center and venue will host blues rock outfit Andy Frasco & the U.N.

Frasco will perform Dec. 15 with melodic hip-hop duo Little Stranger. Tickets are on sale now. The two groups collaborated on the recently-released single “Oh, What a Life.”

Frasco’s band has released eight studio albums, including “Wash, Rinse and Repeat” earlier this year. The record features songs “Dancin’ Around My Grave” and “Puff Break (Believe That).”

Their joyful sound can only be matched by their boisterous energy and interactive moments. During live performances they often invite guests and fans on stage.

Charlie Starr and Benji Shanks of Blackberry Smoke — Two members from the Atlanta rock band Blackberry Smoke will team up for an acoustic set at the Brooklyn Arts Center on Jan. 14.

Charlie Starr is BS’s founding member and lead singer — also the first independently released artist to reach the number one spot on the Billboard Country Album chart with 2003’s “Bad Luck Ain’t No Crime.”

In 2020, Shanks joined the band as a guitar player. The band’s latest album, “You Hear Georgia,” was released in May 2021 and “Stoned,” released in November 2021. The former debuted at the top spot on the Billboard Americana/Folk chart and sold over 33,000 copies in the first week.

Ticket presale begins Wednesday, Nov. 30.

American Aquarium with H.C. McEntire — The Raleigh-based alternative country band American Aquarium will perform at Brooklyn Arts Center on Feb. 1.

The band released their first album, “Antique Hearts,” in 2006. Since, the outfit has recorded 11 studio albums, including the most critically acclaimed “Burn. Flicker. Die.” in 2012. Some of the band’s top tracks include “Before the Dogwood Blooms” and “The Luckier You Get,” which rock, country and Americana sounds.

Tickets 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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