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Friday, May 24, 2024

‘Jam for the Kids’ at Greenfield Lake: beer, tacos and music to benefit NourishNC

The event brings together local music, beer and tacos and benefits NourishNC's Summer Break Box program

The City of Wilmington is presenting its first ever 'Jam for the Kids,' a night of music, beer and tacos to benefit NourishNC.
The City of Wilmington is presenting its first ever ‘Jam for the Kids,’ a night of music, beer and tacos to benefit NourishNC.

WILMINGTON—NourishNC’s mission is easy to get behind but, admittedly, it’s a little easier when there’s a Cinco De Mayo party at Greenfield Lake in the bargain.

This Saturday, May 5, the City of Wilmington is throwing its first ever “Jam for the Kids.” The event, set for the city’s Hugh Morton Ampitheater, will feature local bands, beer and Mexican food trucks.

According to Tony McEwen, who organized the event for the City Manager’s office, the city has tried fundraisers in the past, but along more traditional lines, like payroll deductions. This year, the McEwen said he wanted to try something different.

“I’ve always been a music fan – I used to put on charity music festivals when I was an undergrad at UNW,” McEwen said. “Maybe not quite on this scale, but we did really want to try something that was a bit more ambitious and a little more exciting.”

The musical acts will perform a blend of funk, rock, reggae and bluegrass, featuring Wilmington-based acts Dubtown Cosmonauts, Massive Grass, and The Casserole. According to McEwen, the event will also include opener Cheyenne Champion.

Kure Beach-based food truck T’Geaux Boys will be revamping its Cajun and Creole menu for a one-night-only selection of street tacos, appropriate for the day. McEwen said the city was also working to secure an additional Mexican-style food truck.

In addition to helping sponsor the event, the Wrightsville Beach Brewery will be on hand, pouring a new release – a Mexican Lager – as well as other selections from the brewery.

Tickets for the event are $10, and McEwen said because sponsorships has already covered the event’s overhead, “every cent” will go to NourishNC’s Summer Break Box program. The Break Box program provides children who rely on school lunches with at least three meals a day – plus healthy snacks – during school breaks, including summer break, which can be the hardest on low-income families.

Doors to the Hugh Morton Amphitheater open at 5 p.m. as Cheyenne Champion takes the stage. The event runs until 10 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door. Tickets are also available online – you can find them here. Jam for the Kids takes place Saturday, May 5, at 5 p.m. at the Hugh Morton Amphitheater (aka the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater). Tickets are $10, children 12 and under are free. You can find more information at the Jam for the Kids Facebook event page.

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