Performers could require vaccine proof, Covid test at local Live Nation-managed amphitheaters

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Update: Live Nation announced Friday, Aug. 13, it will enforce all performers and fans to prove Covid-19 vaccination or present a negative Covid-19 test, in order to attend shows they’re hosting at their venues or festivals they produce this fall, “where permitted by law.” The policy goes into effect Oct. 4; read more here. WILMINGTON […]

In Photos: Umphrey’s McGee electrify and illuminate Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

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WILMINGTON — On Aug. 5 the South Bend, Indiana’s Umphrey’s McGee toured through Wilmington’s Greenfield Lake Amphitheater and turned the intimacy of the 1,200-seat venue more into the vibe of a stadium rock show. “A lot has to do with the quality of the musicianship and production value,” MoonFrog Media photographer Tom Dorgan said. Formed in […]

‘Fostering a sense of connection’: UNCW gets back to in-person events with new season of arts programming

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WILMINGTON –– The antithesis to 2020’s year of isolation is collaboration — at least that’s the goal at UNCW’s Office of the Arts. Executive director Fidias Reyes said when curating the 2021 season of UNCW Presents, she thought in terms of empathy and humanity but, mostly, “fostering a sense of connection in these trying times.” […]

In Photos: GRiZ electrifies Riverfront Park Friday, gets rained out Saturday

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WILMINGTON –– DJ and producer GRiZ brought “GRiZMAS in July” to a sold-out crowd of 7,200 rainbow-wearing and LED hula-hopping concertgoers at Live Oak Bank Pavilion Friday night. A second, fully booked show slated for Saturday night was delayed due to an impending storm. It opened late and then was quickly evacuated as lightning struck […]

From arias to duets, Opera Wilmington hosts series of concerts this week

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WILMINGTON –– In normal years, the resident opera company of UNCW, Opera Wilmington, would be preparing to host its signature summer performance — its largest of the year — as part of the Lumina Festival of the Arts. Covid-19 prevented both from happening. Coming out of a pandemic, with shuttered venues and events slowly springing […]

In Photos: Turkuaz, Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew bring the funk with Talking Heads set at GLA

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WILMINGTON — Thursday night, as the rains moved in and thunder and lightning delayed the Turkuaz concert at Greenfield Lake, fans remained patient to hear the nine-piece funk band play through tracks of Talking Heads’ “Remain in Light” — the seminal 1980’s album produced by Brian Eno. The album explored world rhythms, electronic and funk loops […]

Concert news: Leon Bridges, Gov’t Mule, Thievery Corporation

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WILMINGTON — Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park hosted its first successful round of shows over the weekend as jam band Widespread Panic toured through for a three-night run. More concerts keep adding to the lineup this year, at both the 7,200-seat Riverfront Park and its smaller sister amphitheater, Greenfield Lake (1,200 seats), three miles […]

In Photos: Widespread Panic breaks in Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park with three nights of music

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WILMINGTON — Over the weekend, when Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park officially opened its gates for the first national tour to hit its grounds, Widespread Panic and more than 21,000 ticket-buyers broke the Live Nation-managed venue in, complete with fireworks each night, July 16-18. As the majority of the crowd settled inside the 7,200-seat […]

Trey Anastasio Band headed to Riverfront Park this September

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WILMINGTON — As Widespread Panic officially launches Riverfront Park into action this weekend during its three-day stint, Live Nation announced another jamband icon, Trey Anastasio, will make his own debut in town this fall. RELATED: ‘We created monsters’: Widespread Panic percussionist talks 35 years building fanbase, playing Riverfront Park this week The Trey Anastasio Band will […]

‘We created monsters’: Widespread Panic percussionist talks 35 years building fanbase, playing Riverfront Park this week

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When Widespread Panic percussionist Domingo Ortiz was a junior in high school, his friends nicknamed him “Sunny” for his kind, funny and boisterous disposition.   “I smile a whole lot,” Ortiz told Port City Daily by phone last Saturday. “I was always the one that was outspoken — and I was always the one that would […]