The number of outdoor concert series in the Cape Fear region near TidalWalk seems to increase every year.
One of the most ambitious events this year is The Penguin Music Festival on Castle Street. The all-day event includes music by national acts such as Railroad Earth and Todd Snider. That event will set you back $30, but there’s free music available in nearly every town in our region.
Seven towns in Brunswick County offer at least a few concerts, with Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach all holding full schedules. New Hanover County boasts five series of free concerts, including a new series at Kure Beach’s new Ocean Front Park.
Here’s a list of outdoor concerts you can enjoy this summer.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY
DOWNTOWN SUNDOWN CONCERT SERIES
Mostly tribute bands rocking out as the sun sets on the Cape Fear River.
Where: Downtown Wilmington‘s Riverfront Park, 5 N. Water St.
Time: 6 p.m. Fridays
Tip: Bring your shades, and get there at 6 p.m. to hear the opening act. No coolers. Beer and wine for sale.
June 28: The Breakfast Club (’80s)
July 5: Revival (Allman Brothers)
July 12: Same As It Ever Was (Talking Heads)
July 19: ZOSO (Led Zeppelin)
July 26: Big Wooly Mammoth (Widespread Panic)
Aug. 2: Ill Communication, with Wrong Way (Beastie Boys/Sublime)
Aug. 9: On the Border (Eagles)
Aug. 16: The Waiting (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)
Aug. 23: Draw the Line (Aerosmith)
Aug. 30: Departure (Journey)
JAZZ AT THE MANSION
Where: Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market St.
Time: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays
Admission: $12. Discounted rates for members and students
Details: 251-3700 or www.BellamyMansion.org
Tip: Bring a blanket or chair, but not your cooler. Beer and wine available for purchase.
July 4: Jeff Sipe Trio
Aug. 1: El Jaye Johnson and the Port City All-Stars
Aug. 29: Al Neese Project
MUSIC IN THE COURTYARD SERIES
Where: Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St.
Time: 7 p.m. Thursdays
Admission: $10, $5 for members and students
Details: 395-5999 or www.CameronArtMuseum.com
Tip: Bring extra money for dinner; the cafe will be open.
May 16: Matthew Schoening (electric cello)
June 6: Elijah’s Best (soul, R&B)
July 11: Darryl Donnell Murrill (gospel, jazz saxophonist) and A Step Above
Aug. 1: Whiskey Creek (bluegrass/Americana)
GREENFIELD LAKE AMPHITHEATER
Where: 1941 Amphitheater Drive
Tip: You’ll have to pay to hear nationally touring acts, but the venue at Greenfield Lake is remarkable.
July 18: G Love and Special Sauce ($22.50-$25)
July 25: Yonder Mountain String Band ($25-$30)
July 29: Trampled by Turtles ($20-$25)
Aug. 2: Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers ($40-$47)
Aug. 10: The Wailers ($22.50-$27.50)
Aug. 14: Dark Star Orchestra ($25-$30)
Where: Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo
Time: 6:30 p.m. Fridays
Details: 458-8434 or PleasureIslandNC.org
Tip: Stick around for the fireworks at 9 p.m. each week
June 27: Mako Band (beach/blues)
July 3: Machine Gun (hard rock)
July 4: Funk U Orchestra (funk)
July 11: L Shape Lot (country, Americana)
July 18: Eastbound (country rock)
July 25: Scearce & Ketner, with Chris Bellamy (easy listening/Buffett)
Aug. 1: Dogs Ave (funk)
Aug. 8: Bibis Ellison Band (rock)
Aug. 15: The Cut (rock)
Aug. 22: Billy Walton Band (blues)
Aug. 30: 40 East (country)
Free live music, drinks and a sea breeze
Where: 1211 Lake Park Blvd.
Time: 6 or 7 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays (check website)
Tip: Expose yourself to some indie music in the most relaxing setting imaginable.