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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The Scene: Groove your way into the holidays with two-day Christmas jam

Local favorites Groove Fetish present their Christmas Jam Friday and Saturday in downtown Wilmington. Courtesy photos.
Local favorites Groove Fetish present their Christmas Jam Friday and Saturday in downtown Wilmington. Courtesy photos.

Tis’ the season for funky “fa la las.”

Groove Fetish’s Christmas Jam hits downtown Friday with two days and nights of live music.

The event, put together by the local band of the same name, features approximately 20 regional acts including: Come Back Alice, Dubtown Cosmonauts, Coastal Collective, Bad News Beers and Medicated Sunfish.

Good Hops Brewing and Noni Bacca Winery will be on hand to serve up the drinks, and there will be plenty for the kiddies, too. The Jam features art and tie-dye stations, as well as photo ops with Santa.

The event kicks off at noon Friday and runs until midnight at Coastline Convention Center, 510 Nutt St. Festivities pick back up from noon to midnight Saturday.

A one-day pass is available for $20. Two-day passes are $30. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

There are lots more holiday happenings continuing around town this weekend. From traditional performances like “The Nutcracker” to the hilariously off-color “Christmas Belles” and many more in between, you’re sure to find your own way to get in the spirit.

You’ll it all in our weekly arts and entertainment roundup listed below. And be sure to check out The Scene, where you can always find events going on throughout the week.


Morning Glory Coffee House holds an open mic night from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday). Local musicians are invited to play on a fully equipped sound stage in Wilmington’s largest cafe setting. Admission is free.

North Carolina acoustic ambassadors, Chatham County Line, plug in tonight at Ziggy’s By The Sea for the band’s annual Electric Holiday Jam. The show features Johnny Irion, Jake Brown and Zeke Hutchins. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $20.

Flytrap Brewing presents a free live show from singer/songwriter Susan Savia at 8 p.m. tonight. 2 Bros. Catch the Food Truck will be onsite from 7 to 9. Ashton Stanley performs at 8 p.m. Friday, with Pepe’s Taco Truck serving up Mexican street food from 7 to 11. On Saturday, bluesman Randy McQuay goes on at 8, and Catch the Food Truck will be on hand with local street food from 7 to 9.

Local singer/songwriter Ashton Stanley performs a free show at Flytrap Brewing Friday.
Local singer/songwriter Ashton Stanley performs a free show at Flytrap Brewing Friday.

The Juggling Gypsy hosts “Fire and Drums” at 8 p.m. each Thursday night. The event is a meet-up of fire dancers and area drummers, with deejays spinning tunes beginning at 10 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring their percussion instruments and fire and juggling toys. A Tarot card reader will be on hand between 6 and 10 p.m. Admission is free.

Local musicians perform during “A Yuletide Swing: A Night of Christmastime Jazz Music” at 8 p.m. Friday at Bourgie Nights. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 the day of the show.

Bombers Bev Co. holds its second annual holiday party from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday. This year, Bomber invites attendees to don Christmas sweaters atop their Star Wars costumes. Stone Brewing Company beers will be on tap and D&D Sluggers will perform at 9. The event is also a fundraiser for Toys For Tots.

Folk rock band Time Sawyer performs Saturday at Bourgie Nights, with opening acts Massive Grass and Chasing Opal. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show gets underway at 9:30. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 the day of the show.


Thalian Hall’s production of “Mame” continues at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. The classic musical features well-known tunes like, “It’s Today,” “Open a New Window,” “We Need a Little Christmas” and “That’s How Young I Feel.” Tickets are $15-$30.

Browncoat Theater and Pub presents “Amazing Wonder Shorts,” a night of one-act plays, from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The performance includes: “All the World’s a Stage;” “A Good Old Fashioned Seance;” “Zero In;” “Memories;” and “Hide.” Tickets are $15 ($10 with student ID).

Wilmington Dance Company's full-scale production of 'The Nutcracker' comes to CFCC's performing arts center this weekend.
Wilmington Ballet Company’s full-scale production of ‘The Nutcracker’ comes to CFCC’s performing arts center this weekend.

Big Dawg Productions’ “Christmas Belles” continues at 8 p.m. tonight through Sunday at Cape Fear Playhouse. The holiday comedy tells the story of the Futrelle sisters in the small town of Faryo, Texas, who aren’t in the most festive of moods and the hijinks that ensue. Tickets to tonight’s performance are $16. General admission Friday-Sunday is $22 ($20 for students, seniors and military).

Comedian Ben Kronberg brings his stand-up to Dead Crow Comedy Room this weekend. Kronberg has performed on “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” He will perform at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15-$19.

The Wilmington Ballet Company presents holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker,” at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Cape Fear Community College’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center. The full-length production features a cast of 250 and more than 600 ornate costumes. Tickets are $15-$35.


Detour Deli and Cafe hosts a Brooklyn Arts District pop-up from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event features wares for from local artists and live music from Pet Names, Death by Fireworxxx, Dylan Drake and Austin Glover, plus DJ Ol’ Filthy Sweaty. Admission is free.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at

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