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Downtown venue’s First Concert Friday starts this week

A free live concert series will take place May 5 – July 28, every Friday at 6 p.m., featuring two bands each week at The Eagle’s Dare. (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — Music lovers will have more options to enjoy free live shows with a Third Street venue launching 13 concerts this spring and summer.

The Eagle’s Dare, located at the corner of Red Cross and Third streets, will kick off First Concert Friday this week on May 5. The first show will feature two Wilmington performers Michael Eakins (pop) and Signal Fire (reggae).

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The live concert series will continue through July 28, taking place every Friday at 6 p.m., with two bands taking the stage each week.

Featured is a mix of genres, original and local music, as well as tribute acts. Guests can expect to hear the rockabilly of the Phantom Playboys, blues of the Justin Fox Band, rock with Striking Copper and Americana from The Midatlantic, all from Wilmington.

Tribute acts will perform Talking Heads, Kid Rock and Guns ‘n’ Roses.

Some weeks also will highlight a local nonprofit to raise awareness and funds for, including Lump to Laughter, Marine Rider Foundation, and United Way, among others.

The concerts are family-friendly and food trucks will be parked weekly. The Eagle’s Dare is located at 420 N. Third St.

Below is the lineup through June; July concerts will be added as the announcements are released, so readers should check back:

May 5: Signal Fire (reggae), with Michael Eakins (pop)
May 12: The Midatlantic (Americana), with Graes (pop-rock)
May 19: Nightrain (GnR tribute act), with Audiomelt (metal)
May 26: Cowboy (Kid Rock tribute), with Mark Sinnis and 825 (alternative rock/country)
June 2: Dr. Bacon (Appalachian funk rock), with Churchyard Ghost
June 9: Jared Pettey’s + the Headliners, with The Phantom Playboys (rockabilly)
June 16: Same As It Ever Was (Talking Heads tribute), with The Swellians (surf, garage rock)
June 23: Silence and Light (hard rock), with Shallow Signals (heavy alternative rock)
June 30: Striking Copper (rock), with Justin Fox Band (blues)
July 7 — Driskill (country), with MOFU (pop, rock, blues)
July 14 — Bibis Ellison Band (soul covers), with Pleasure Island (surf deprecating loungecore)
July 21 — Rebekah Todd (rock), with Brown Dirt Cowboys (rock, pop, covers)
July 28 — Signal Fire (reggae), with Michael Eakins (pop)


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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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