Saturday, June 10, 2023

7 free concerts on deck at downtown pier and restaurant

Marina Grill and Port City Pier re bringing back Friday Night Live!s in June, with seven cover bands slated to play at 6:30 p.m. on show nights. (Courtesy Port City Pier)

WILMINGTON — Last year, Marina Grill and the Pier at Port City Marina decided to pick up where WDI’s former Downtown Sundown concert series left off: offering free music to fans during summer months.

It’s bringing back its Friday Night Live! concert series in June, with seven cover bands slated to play on Port City Pier at Marina Grill at 6:30 p.m. on show nights.

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Tributes will be performed representing the Rolling Stones, Journey, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as acts that stage all-’80s music or MTV hits.

Added to the live music is a charity program, wherein audiences that wish to drink purchase a $1 wristband to indicate they’re of age (bartenders can still card at the bar), with funds benefitting area nonprofits.

The application is open here for organizations that wish to apply. The charities can receive a maximum of $500 (50% of up to $1,000) and provide eight volunteers to help man the event. Those who can’t provide volunteers will receive 37.6% of profits.

Charity information may be passed out at the event upon approval by concert organizers. Applications are due by April 21, emailed to or mailed or delivered to Marina Grill at 18 Harnett St., Wilmington NC 28401.

Concerts schedule:

June 2: Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones)

June 9: Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi)

June 23: 20 Ride (Zac Brown Band)

July 7: Breakfast Club (’80s music)

August 4: Tuesday’s Gone (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

August 11: Troubadour (’70s)

August 25: Guardians of the Jukebox (MTV hits)

September 1: Departure (Journey)

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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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