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Concert news: ZZ Top and Macy Gray headed to town

ZZ Top are headed to the Wilson Center on Nov. 20, with tickets going on sale to the public this Friday. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo_

WILMINGTON — Two more national touring acts are making their way to Wilmington this fall and next spring to indoor theaters. The Texas guitar gurus ZZ Top will be landing at Wilson Center come fall.

A few blocks down Third Street at Thalian Hall, soulful R&B artist Macy Gray will be bringing her raspy voice to the historic stage next spring.

ZZ Top

Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top, consisting of Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard — and their famed beards — will heading to the Wilson Center Saturday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m. They will bring their rock-and-blues sound — inspired by greats like Muddy Waters to British Invasion artists like Led Zeppelin — back for Wilmington audiences to enjoy. The band toured through a few years ago to much success in the 1,500-seat venue; Wilson Center stated this is expected to be a “full-capacity event.”

After 45 years touring and releasing 15 studio albums — and more than 45 singles, including “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Pearl Necklace” and “Legs” — guitarist Gibbons said in a press release: “Yeah, we’re the same three guys, bashing out the same three chords.”

Tickets to the show will open Friday, June 25, 10 a.m. ZZ Top’s Tre Homebres fan club will be able to scoop up tickets on Tuesday, June 22, 10 a.m.

Wilson Center’s ticket central may be reached by phone as well at 910-362-7999; questions may be directed to

Macy Gray

Coming Mar. 5, 2022, GRAMMY-award winning artist Macy Gray will make her stamp on historic Thalian Hall. Her raspy voice has been coined a modern-day Billie Holiday.

Gray is best known for her 1999 triple-platinum selling album “How Life Is,” which sold 25 million records globally and spawned her number-one hit “I Try.” Throughout the years, she has been nominated for numerous GRAMMYs upon releasing 15 studio albums. The musician has also appeared in more than 20 films and TV shows throughout the years, including the most recently released animated series “Big City Greens,” streaming on Disney.

Tickets are $45 and will go on sale Aug. 2 at 3 p.m.

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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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