Friday, August 12, 2022

Li’l Friday Roundup: 10 events taking place this weekend in the Port City

Trey Anastasio will perform at Live Oak Pavilion at Riverfront Park on Friday evening. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)


Govt. Mule and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Live Oak Pavilion, 10 Cowan St. • Tickets: $28 and up

For 25 years, Gov’t Mule has made an imprint on the Southern jam band scene. Led by Warren Haynes, the band — Matt Abts, Danny Louis, and Jorgen Carlsson — started as Haynes’ side project in 1994, with fellow Allman Brothers member Allen Woody. Though Woody passed away in 2000, the band has carried forth and released over 20 albums throughout the years.

Their stopover in Wilmington is co-headlined with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. Known in real life as Troy Andrews, Trombone Shorty began playing brass at age 4 in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, and by 8 was playing in bars and parades (the musician also can turn up the keyboard and organ). He’s released 11 albums but has collaborated with numerous artists and side projects since the early 2000s.

Both will play Thursday night at downtown’s new Riverfront Park.

Boardwalk Blast by the Sea — Carolina Beach will host live music and fireworks for only two more Thursday nights before the season ends. Sept. 23 will feature music from Big Bump and the Stun Gunz, and next week, Sept. 30, will welcome Ascension. It’s free and can be enjoyed at the gazebo stage on the boardwalk beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks are launched right after dusk.

Thalian Association’s ARTfall will take place for two weekends at the community arts center on 2nd and Orange streets. (Port City Daily/Courtesy photo)


Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S 2nd St. • Free

Thalian Association’s annual ARTfall is a juried exhibition and sale highlighting works of new and established artists at the community arts center downtown (winners are recognized with cash awards at Thursday night’s dessert reception, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., with live music from El Jaye Johnson). The exhibit and sale takes place the next two weekends.

It’s open to visitors all day Friday, and Saturday the event will be held in conjunction with downtown’s American Craft Walk Wilmington. The art walk features booths set up from more than 80 artists showcasing their art and handmade crafts along Front Street on Sept. 25 only.

The ARTfall exhibit will feature more than 120 pieces of 2D and 3D art, created by over 50 artists. The showcase was juried by UNCW faculty member and artist Donald Furst.

ARTfall works are on display and for sale Sept. 24-25 and Sept. 27-Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Coast Poetry Jam — The Cameron Art Museum (3201 S. 17th St.) will host a poetry jam, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., emceed by Coast 98.3’s Brandon “Bigg B” Hickman and sponsored by the Black Arts Alliance. Participants will be able to take the mic and deliver poetry, spoken word, music and comedy. Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit the NC Black Film Festival.

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers — Headed to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers will take the stage Friday evening, playing through a lengthy catalogue of sounds, including bluegrass, jazz, and soul. Tickets are $35; show is at 7 p.m.

Trey Anastasio Band — Phish’s famed frontman and his band will take over Live Oak Pavilion at Riverfront Park Friday night. Anastasio is hailed on the jamband scene for his extended improvisational jams, mixing and blending all genres of music, from jazz to rock, funk to reggae to psychedelia. Tickets start at $35; show is at 7 p.m.

Circle the Wagens car show and community event will include all the VWs one could desire, plus a vendor fair, live music, food trucks and fundraising for DREAMS of Wilmington — Saturday at Waterline Brewing. (Port City Daily/Courtesy Circle the Wagens)


Circle the Wagens
Waterline Brewing, 721 S. Surry St. • Free

A local Volkswagen automotive group will be hosting a car show and community event, the second annual Circle the Wagens. 

Featuring over 60 restored buses and other automobiles in the Volkswagen repertoire, Circle the Wagens judging takes place at 12:30 p.m. with winners announced at 2:30 p.m. The band Tumbleweed will play at 3 p.m., with Justin Cody Fox performing at the afterparty at 6 p.m.

Vendors will be set up throughout the day, selling wares — some even out of their restored VWs. There also will be face-painting for the kids, a swap meet, and food trucksm including NachoFalt (1 p.m. – 6 p.m.), Wheelz Pizza (2 p.m. – 7 p.m.), and Pepes Tacos (6 p.m. – 9 p.m.).

All proceeds from the event will be donated to DREAMS of Wilmington, which gives at-risk youth access to arts programs.

Standup with Isabel Hagen — Dead Crow Comedy Room (511 N. 3rd St.) will present standup comedian Isabel Hagen on both Friday and Saturday nights, two shows each at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Hagen is a trained violist from Juilliard but decided to take up comedy instead. Sometimes during shows, she combines both talents. Tickets are $15-$25.


Books, BBQ and Blues
Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St. • Tickets: $50 – $125

Local author Wiley Cash has released his fourth book, “When Ghosts Come Home.” The murder mystery is set in Oak Island in the mid-‘80s and touches on issues communities nationwide still face today: classism, racism, small-town politics. The New York Times Bestselling author will talk about his latest work at Sunday’s event.

The fundraiser, which gets underway at 6 p.m., will benefit Friends School of Wilmington. A barbecue dinner will be served from Southern Smoke, and local writer and musician Clyde Edgerton will perform; WECT broadcaster Ashlea Kosikowski will host. 

VIP tickets ($125) include a 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception. Participants will receive a signed copy of “When Ghosts Come Home,” and will be treated to drinks and bites inspired by the novel.

Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status, except when eating and drinking. Seating is limited.

Hand Drum Polyrhythm Workshop — Have a desire to learn how to play hand drums? Perry Smith will be giving lessons at Terra Sol Sanctuary (507 Castle St.) on Sunday, 2 p.m. He will teach polyrhyhtms — patterns that can be played together in a set — and drums will be provided. The cost is $20.

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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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