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In Photos: The Avett Brothers rock overdue Azalea show in Riverfront Park

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WILMINGTON –– First announced nearly two years ago, The Avett Brothers finally returned to the stage in Wilmington for back-to-back shows at the new Live Oak Bank Amphitheater at Riverfront Park Aug. 20 and 21. The North Carolina band were headliners for the spring 2020 North Carolina Azalea Festival, delayed due to the pandemic. It […]

In Photos: Moon Taxi and Sparkle City Disco at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

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WILMINGTON — Last weekend Nashville’s indie rockers Moon Taxi landed at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater with Sparkle City Disco, a group of vinyl-spinning DJs also out of Nashville. RELATED: Catch up on other arts news Sparkle City opened the show by flipping and blending tracks, including Dee Gees’ (Foo Fighters latest incognito front) “You Should Be […]

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 […]

In Photos: Tedeschi Trucks sound off in first GLA concert since 2019

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WILMINGTON — On Tuesday, June 29, Tedeschi Trucks electrified Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. It was the first show back in 18 months since Covid-19 shut down a great deal of the world and stripped concerts from audiences. Though tours came to a complete halt, many artists turned toward creating new music, others launched livestreams on social platforms. […]

In Photos: Rainy day at Riverfront Park, downtown green space and amphitheater opens to public

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WILMINGTON –– Plan accordingly: If it’s a rainy day at Riverfront Park, there are not many places to hide from the torrential downpour, as one Port City Daily photographer found out recently. However, on a sunny day, the urban green space will be perfect for picnics and strolls. Eat lunch on the stage if you […]

Beekeeping service offers hands-off (or on) approach to backyard hives

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WILMINGTON –– Whether it’s driven by the transcendental buzz or a yearning for local honey, interest in beekeeping is climbing. A new consulting and service-based beekeeping business, Seaside Honeybees, seeks to meet bee-interested clients halfway (or at least, in their backyards).  As complex as the insect itself, skilled beekeepers take years to harness the craft. “It’s […]

Black single motherhood isn’t always about struggle. It’s about perseverance.

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WILMINGTON — Lakiesha Fields sees the looks when she has her six kids, ranging from 11 years old to a one-year-old, in tow. Sometimes it’s a look of pity. Other times it’s judgment. These strangers write the story of her life in just a glance. But only Fields, 30, knows the reality. Only she knows […]

Year in Photos: Life in the Cape Fear during the Covid-19 pandemic

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CAPE FEAR REGION — Today marks the 365th day since Governor Roy Cooper passed an executive order prohibiting inside dining at restaurants and bars across North Carolina. The next day, March 18, New Hanover County announced its first presumptive positive Covid-19 case; there were 63 positive cases in the entire state. One year later, the […]

In Photos: Truck destroys gazebo, lands in marsh near Wrightsville Beach draw bridge

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — A truck heading toward the Wrightsville Beach draw bridge hurtled off-course into a gazebo overlooking the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on Monday morning.  There was one man inside the vehicle, who was taken off the scene shortly after the incident, according to police. Since the wreck originated on the Wilmington side of the […]

Hard-hit fishermen turn to new catch: cleaning up marine debris from southeastern shoreline

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CAROLINA BEACH — Since July, a four-man crew of local commercial fisherman has switched their catch, resetting their lines on a different kind of haul: marine debris. Unlike their lifelong trade of harvesting shellfish, the crew has found stocks of marine debris are plentiful. After walking nearly all the marshes from Sneads Ferry to Zeke’s […]