This week leads into the final days of October with the end of 2019 shortly closing in. Despite outdoor venues wrapping up their summer roster, we aren’t seeing a slowdown in live music throughout ILM quite yet, even as winter approaches. Here are just a few highlights from the coming days—and be sure to see the rundown of live music on encore’s Soundboard in print or on our online calendar for even more options.
October 31, 6 p.m.
Wrightsville Beach Brewery
6201 Oleander Dr.
History teacher-turned-recording-artist JB Boxter once told encore his songs are inspired by his hometown in the middle of coal country in Orwin, Pennsylvania. Mainly, through a blend of Americana and country, his powerful storytelling focuses on its few jobs and rising poverty rates, to the tune of “anthracite soul.” Lately, he’s been having fun with his sets, mixing his originals with favorite ‘80s tunes. Folks can catch three sets at Wrightsville Beach Brewery on Halloween night; the first two made up mostly of originals and a closing set of ‘90s tunes—one song from each year starting in 1990.
with Night Terrors and The Girls
November 1, 9 p.m.
Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern, 1415 S. 42nd St.
A trifecta of rockin’ music is heading to Reggie’s this Friday night. Our very own port city punk rockers The Needles will be joined by Atlanta’s energized rock n’ roll outfit Night Terrors, alongside Wilmington glam-tastical talents of The Girls. The Needles haven’t performed in ILM for a bit, so folks are sure to be belting out “Trashy Women” and “Bad Case of the Heavies,” as lead singer Chad Heye and the gang riff on some of the dirtiest chords to their black heart’s content.
November 1, 10 p.m.
127 Princess St.
Tickets: $10 adv, $12 door
UN!TY is a Wilmington-based “ISH” band: a blend of rock-ish, pop-ish, soul-ish, reggae-ish. This four-piece outfit is made up of Daniel “Showtime” Barrett (singer-songwriter), Harkeem “Hollywood” Brantley (piano), Tyleek “Beast” Bazil (drums) and Joey “Guru” Lamb (bass). With a couple of singles released since 2016, “Fear” and “We Gotta Make a Change,” folks can expect to hear new music this Friday at Bourgie Nights.
November 2, 6:30 p.m.
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
1941 Amphitheater Dr.
It’s been quite the year at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. With shows selling out one after the other in 2019, it’s about time for ILM’s favorite amphitheater to hibernate for winter. However, folks still have fleeting time to score tickets to see Hippo Campus, GLA’s last show of the season. The band released their latest album “Bambi” last fall.
November 3, 3 p.m.
UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium
515 Wagoner Dr.
Jazz singer-songwriter Jazzmeia Horn describes her 2019 album “Love and Liberation” as a concept and mantra she lives by daily. “For me, the two go hand in hand,” she writes in a release. “An act of love is an act of liberation, and choosing to liberate—oneself or another—is an act of love.” Co-presented with Cape Fear Jazz Society, Horn will perform from her latest album and 2017’s “A Social Call.”
American Pinup and Shakeout
November 4, 7 p.m.
Juggling Gypsy Cafe
1612 Castle St.
Big sounds are heading to Juggling Gypsy on November 4. Punk rock and power pop are two phrases you don’t see together often but, hey, maybe we should! American Pinup has as much range in their compositions as frontwoman Lauren West has in her melodic crooning. Folks can catch them on Monday night with opener Shakeout, featuring “two musicians creating the illusion of four.” Apparently, it’s magic for the ears.