TRIVIA PALS: Music producer Mike Brown hosts livestream trivia nights for prizes

  “Before COVID hit I was working on a pilot at Screen Gems Studios as a utility for the construction department, as well as producing/mixing [music at Low Tide Studios],” Mike Brown reminisces of life pre-COVID. “I had to get creative like everyone else but find something that really appealed to my community of friends and family.” Enter virtual music trivia. Every Tuesday and Friday … Continue reading TRIVIA PALS: Music producer Mike Brown hosts livestream trivia nights for prizes

HAPPY FOURTH: Celebrating America’s independence in new ways during a pandemic

Each year when encore culls a comprehensive list of Fourth of July activities and celebrations, we struggle to find room for them all. This year, however, the fireworks have fizzled, so to speak. Still, celebrating our country’s independence is about more than hot dogs and fireworks, flag cakes and sparklers; it’s about celebrating the idea that we are all free. That’s never been more important … Continue reading HAPPY FOURTH: Celebrating America’s independence in new ways during a pandemic

LIVE FROM ‘SHALLOW CHATEAU’: Travis Shallow continues livestreaming series, releases new single Friday

  If we remember anything about music in 2020, it will be how livestream concerts helped musicians and music lovers come to terms with COVID life. Local singer-songwriter and guitarist Travis Shallow has kept occupied (and sane) with his own “Shallow Chateau” streaming series every Wednesday and Saturday at 6 p.m. He originally started the roughly two-hour shows because he needed some structure during quarantine. … Continue reading LIVE FROM ‘SHALLOW CHATEAU’: Travis Shallow continues livestreaming series, releases new single Friday

LOVE NOTES: David Dixon releases third single ahead of 2020 EP

  David Dixon’s forthcoming single, “Better With You By My Side,” isn’t subtle. He wrote the song as a love note for Lauren, his wife of almost three years. The single’s artwork even features a photo of the couple from their wedding day: Lauren rests her head on his shoulder. In Dixon’s own words, “She’s the best.” “Beautiful, funny, kind, supportive, loves music,” he adds. … Continue reading LOVE NOTES: David Dixon releases third single ahead of 2020 EP

COMMUNITY CALLING! Local bands weave protest and pandemic footage into forthcoming videos

It’s hard to find words for the shit show that is 2020. Between a global pandemic our country wasn’t ready for and the ongoing protests against police brutality (a systemic problem we’ve ignored for far too long), it’s barely June and we’re already longingly looking at 2021 with cautious optimism. As a woman who plays rock ‘n’ roll, Red Gemini’s Addie Wuensch currently lives by … Continue reading COMMUNITY CALLING! Local bands weave protest and pandemic footage into forthcoming videos

#healthyILM: Mayor Saffo and NHRMC exec create campaign for healthy and safe reopening

Originally published in encore magazine, June 3, 2020 At national and state levels, politics and science have continuously been at odds throughout this global pandemic. It’s a disconcerting fact as North Carolina enters phase two of reopening businesses, and Wilmingtonians look to leaders to lead them out of this mess in a safe and informed way. “[City of Wilmington] decisions are always based on facts … Continue reading #healthyILM: Mayor Saffo and NHRMC exec create campaign for healthy and safe reopening

ARTISTIC TIME CAPSULE: Kathryn O’Shea opens up about ‘January 9th,’ available now

  Like most people, singer-songwriter Katheryn O’Shea describes the last couple months as an unexpected whirlwind of adjustments. We first met the Asheville-based artist when she played 2019’s Carolina Pines Fest last November. She has since recorded her debut album, “January 9th” (on the date in 2020), with the intention of touring behind a spring release. The finished tracks came to her on March 14—her … Continue reading ARTISTIC TIME CAPSULE: Kathryn O’Shea opens up about ‘January 9th,’ available now

KEEPING LIVE MUSIC ALIVE: Virtual festival ‘Don’t Leave Your Stoop’ gets under way Saturday

  Despite postponed and canceled events plaguing our social calendar right now, Wilmington’s music community continues to find ways to get artists and their music to listeners. Stoop Records, a local independent label founded and managed by Kevin Earl, is just one of countless recording companies that have had to think creatively to overcome the effects of COVID-19. “The main setback of COVID-19 so far … Continue reading KEEPING LIVE MUSIC ALIVE: Virtual festival ‘Don’t Leave Your Stoop’ gets under way Saturday

SILVER LINING: Mike Blair and the Stonewalls release a series of singles leading up to ‘Almanac County’

  “Somebody asked me the other day, ‘What are you doing for fun?’” singer-songwriter Mike Blair tells me over our Zoom sesh—not quite the same as grabbing a beer at Burnt Mill Creek, but we’re both getting used to it. We’re discussing the “COVID cloud” we’re all living under these days as we wait patiently (mostly?) for the return of normalcy in commerce, arts and … Continue reading SILVER LINING: Mike Blair and the Stonewalls release a series of singles leading up to ‘Almanac County’

BE PROUD: Former Seahawk Christy McDonald releases debut EP ‘PROUD’

  Last weekend was supposed to be commencement for 2020 UNCW grads. Of course, COVID-19 put the kibosh on those plans. While it’s disappointing for so many who have worked hard for years, UNCW alumni, faculty and staff have been sharing words of encouragement and congratulating graduates in an effort to remind there’s so much to celebrate. “I know this is a weird time, but … Continue reading BE PROUD: Former Seahawk Christy McDonald releases debut EP ‘PROUD’