A Covid Christmas: New lo-fi album features atypical holiday songs created by regional bands

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WILMINGTON—In a year where connecting with others was a hurdle unlike any other in our lifetime, local musician Justin Lacy turned to holiday music once fall arrived for an early spirited uplift. He had missed playing throughout 2020 because of the pandemic, which also managed to short-stop inspiration he found from his colleagues. “Sharing show […]

Da Howlies bring Hawaiian swing-a-billy and good vibes to Fermental

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WILMINGTON, NC—Local musician Zach Hanner credits the ukulele as the instrument that jumpstarted his love for guitar 20-something years ago. It helped him found his local Hawaiian swing-a-billy act, Da Howlies, which will take over the Fermental stage Friday night. “I had been teaching myself guitar for several years and had written a few songs,” […]

Community comes together to ‘GROW’ beyond division, creates fundraiser for New Hanover County NAACP with new LP

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — “The world ain’t coming back until I hear you sing,” Team Player’s guitarist Marty Cunningham croons on “Wake for You” — one of the songs on “GROW: A Compilation in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter.” The latest 12-song compilation was released on Oct. 30 as a fundraiser for the New Hanover […]

Bendy surf riffs, frenetic rhythms make punk outfit Hot Ghost the hot ticket for Friday night

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WILMINGTON—Amid downtime at their jobs at Waterline Brewing Company, Graham Wilson and Dani Bearss went from making beer to punk rock during the pandemic. With the addition of local drummer Brittanie Smith, they formed Hot Ghost. Come Friday night, the trio will take over the beer garden at Waterline, with Wilson on guitar and vocals, […]

Free drive-in concert series kicks off in Kure Beach

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KURE BEACH — To make up for lost pandemic time, the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is hosting a series of free drive-in concerts at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. Typically, the chamber hosts a concert series over the summer, but now with relaxed Covid-19 restrictions, concert-goers can socially distance from their cars […]

Musician Doug McFarland talks Cadbury Eggs, performs live Friday

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WILMINGTON — Doug McFarland’s passion for music didn’t begin at an open-mic in some watering hole or coffee shop while in college—or by busking a corner in his hometown of Marcellus, N.Y. It began later in life when he was 36. McFarland started custom-writing songs for people that illustrated funny bits of info from their […]