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Li’l Friday Roundup: Darius Rucker, Lumina Daze, Punkie Johnson

Darius Rucker will perform in Wilmington on Aug. 26 with Larry Fleet and Tyler Booth. (Courtesy photo)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Li’l Friday is a weekly roundup of events in art, music, theater, comedy, pop-up markets and more.

All events featured were scheduled as of Thursday; however, it’s wise to check in ahead of attending any one. Inclement weather, changes in schedules and unforeseen circumstances may shift for organizers at the last minute

Thursday, Aug. 25

Carolina Beach Boardwalk Blast 
Carolina Beach Boardwalk, 1 Cape Fear Blvd. • Free

Only two more weeks to enjoy the free Boardwalk Blast in Carolina Beach. Weekly on Thursdays, it features live music and a fireworks show over the boardwalk. 

Built for Comfort will take over the gazebo stage (1 Cape Fear Blvd.) at 6:30 p.m., performing a blend of blues, rock and Americana, including songs by BB King, Stevie Wonder and Willie Dixon. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

Next week’s show will be the final of the season and it will take place on Friday instead of Thursday. A seven-piece band, The Main Event, will play R&B, soul, beach, and funk.

Friday, Aug. 26

Eden Village a Collective Exhibition
CFCC Hanover Parking Deck, 200 Hanover St. • Free

Every fourth Friday of the month, the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County hosts Fourth Friday Gallery Night. Over 13 downtown businesses participate and feature new exhibits, while extending hours until 9:30 p.m. Area artists often are on hand for meet-and-greets, and refreshments are served.

Wilma Daniels Gallery, located in the lower level of Hanover Parking Deck, presents “Eden Village a Collective Exhibition” features works by four Cape Fear Community College artists, Ben Billingsley, Geoff Calabrese, Jennifer Mace, and Sharon Wozniak-Spencer. The art show is hosted in collaboration with a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting Eden Village — a 31-unit tiny permanent home community for chronically homeless individuals. 

Eighteen pieces of artwork are up for bid with the goal to raise $10,000 for the village, by artists including: Ben Billingsley, Geoffrey Callabrese, Kathryn Ciarroca, Richard Conn, Daisey Faith, Ann Hair, Charles Harlan, Barbara Bear Jamison, Lisa Lightfoot, Jennifer Mace, Alicia Mercer, Ann Parks McCray, Donna Robertson, Elizabeth Sheets, Mark Weber, Stephen Wozniak, and Sharon Wozniak-Spencer.

All of the silent auction proceeds also are going to Eden Village; the auction closes Sept. 2. 

Other CFCC departments are working with Eden Village “in real and tangible ways” to help create a partnership with the village. 

Fort Fisher Recreation Summer Concert Series — Only three more shows are booked for the summer. On Friday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fort Fisher Rec Area, located at 118 Riverfront Rd., will host the sounds of Many Everythings, consisting of Travis Henry on drums and Amanda Grace on guitar. The duo plays through pop sounds, from Beyonce’s “Halo” to Sia’s “Chandelier.” Concerts are free.

Everybody Dreams — Part of Fourth Friday Gallery Night, “Everybody Dreams” is on display at Aces Gallery, 221 N. Front St. It features artworks by 12 students from Dreams Center for Arts Education, a youth development organization dedicated to providing arts education to underserved youth and teens. There will be free pizza and families are welcome. The exhibit will be featured through Sept. 21.

An Evening with Chatham County Line — For two decades, the North Carolina Americana band has been entertaining fans with the release of more than 20 albums, the last on Yep Roc Records in 2020, “Strange Fascination.” Dave Wilson (acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica), John Teer (mandolin, fiddle), and Greg Readling (Standup Bass, Pedal Steel) as well as Dan Hall on drums will perform downtown on Friday at Borugie Nights (127 Princess St.). Tickets are $20.

Saturday, Aug. 27

Punkie Johnson
Dead Crow Comedy Room, 511 N 3rd St. • Tickets: $32

A New Orleans native and “Saturday Night Live” season 46 featured player, Punkie Johnson will be headed to Dead Crow Comedy Room this weekend for two shows each night on Friday and Saturday. Johnson has appeared on “Space Force” (Netflix), “A Black Lady Sketch Show” (HBO) and “Bill Burr Presents: The Ringers” (Comedy Central).

Johnson joined SNL in 2020 and was the eighth African American to join in the show’s history — only the second Black LGBT woman. Johnson has appeared on “Weekend Update,” noting her family’s holiday traditions, as well as stripper Pineapple Penelope Peters revealing a pandemic scandal involving Paul Pierce.

She is set to become a series regular on the upcoming season of “Love Life” (HBO Max).

Her standup revolves around her daily life and everyday observations. She will perform four shows throughout the weekend, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Obsequies of Tony Rivenbark — A celebration of Tony Rivenbark will take place at 5 p.m. at Thalian Hall. A Wilmington cultural icon, revered actor and historic preservationist who led the helm of the historic Thalian Hall for four decades, Rivenbark will be memorialized by friends, family, local leaders and others at his celebration of life. He was a champion and steward of the Cape Fear’s arts community and will be honored after the service with a New Orleans-style Second Line Parade; attendees are welcome to join the march to the Wilson Center for the reception. There will be a procession by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office honor guard, a horse-drawn hearse and New Orleans’ Tremé Brass Band. Umbrellas and festive Mardi Gras attire encouraged. The 74-year-old passed away Monday, July 18, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Read the “in memoriam” published on PCD here.

Swing Dance at WHQR — The local news outlet will host a swing dance workshop on Saturday, 6:30 p.m. A beginner lesson will be given and social dancing takes place thereafter. It’s free to attend.

Greenfield Skate and Sweep — A clean sweep is happening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greenfield Skate Park. All are welcome to join in the partnership with the Plastic Ocean Project. A tree is planted for every 25 pounds of trash collected. In the past, the skate park sweep has garnered over 600 pounds of trash. Twenty-three trees have been planted as a result. Bags and gloves are provided. After, there will be open skating.

Sunday, Aug. 28

Lumina Daze
Blockade Runner, 275 S. Lumina Ave. • Tickets: $40 a person

Annually, a fundraiser for the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History takes place at Blockade Runner Resort celebrating the glory days of Lumina Pavilion.

On the island, the pavilion once housed a dance hall, bowling alley, movie theater and promenade, and welcomed big-name acts like Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong. The island’s history museum celebrates its legacy annually.  

For 2022, it will welcome The Catalinas — celebrating 65 years as a premier beach band in the Carolinas. Inducted into the NC Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Beach Music Hall of Fame in 1995, The Catalinas perform a variety of songs, including Motown classics from Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gay, as well as traditional Southern beach music, best known to be inspired by the Carolinas signature dance, the shag. 

The Wilmington Big Band orchestra also will perform in the ballroom. The 17-piece orchestra highlights the swinging jazz of the 20th century and the art form of big band music.

Food will be available for purchase and a cash bar will be open; the event runs lasts from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Darius Rucker — Hootie and the Blowfish’s founder will be touring through Live Oak Bank Pavilion, joined by Larry Fleet and Tyler Booth. Hootie charted the Billboard 100 with numerous hits throughout the mid-’90s with the Blowfish, with its debut album “Cracked Rear View” charting No. 1 in the U.S., Canada and New Zealand. The South Carolinian has released six solo albums as well and signed to Capitol Nashville a decade ago. He was the first Black artist to chart in the country genre since Charley Pride in the mid-’80s. Tickets can be found here.

End of Summer Bash — Waterline Brewing is saying goodbye to summer with a party from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Food trucks will be on site, including popsicles from Sweet Cleo’s, plus a pop-up vendor market featuring one-of-a-kind, handmade items. 

Forward Motion Dance Arts 20 Years — A local dance cooperative is celebrating two decades of performing and bringing original works by local choreographers to life. Sunday’s performances at the Cameron Art Museum includes both live music and film;  artists will interact with the audience with a Q&A afterward. Forward Motion is a nonprofit collective that brings to life “quality modern contemporary dance and education,” offering  performance opportunities in the area. Tickets are $8 for CAM members or $14 for nonmembers; the event takes place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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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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