RAY OF LIGHT: Sean Thomas Gerard talks latest single and accompanying April 4 livestream

  For the last couple of weeks, encore (like everyone else in ILM) has gotten used to seeing the words “postponed” and “canceled” due to COVID-19. It’s a tough pill to swallow for the arts and entertainment community, especially for musicians who rely on shows and festivals for exposure and a paycheck. Among them is Sean Thomas Gerard of Onward, Soldiers, who books shows for … Continue reading RAY OF LIGHT: Sean Thomas Gerard talks latest single and accompanying April 4 livestream

LOOKING BACK: Two musicians talk more than 30 years of music in ILM

As encore celebrates 35 years of covering Wilmington’s entertainment, arts and community news, it only makes sense to celebrate long-standing musicians who have been around just as long (or longer). There’s easily a century’s worth of songs between bands like Polar Bear, The Wolfe Gang, (formerly Michael Wolfe and the Wolfe Gang), singer-songwriter Laura McLean, and gospel-jazz pianist Stephen Bradley. “I began playing the piano … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Two musicians talk more than 30 years of music in ILM

THE BEST OF HUMANITY: Surfers Healing releases ‘One Perfect Summer’ album at Wrightsville Beach Brewery, May 19

Surfers Healing and friends finally will get to celebrate the album properly at One Perfect Luau on Sunday, May 19 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Wrightsville Beach Brewery. Continue reading THE BEST OF HUMANITY: Surfers Healing releases ‘One Perfect Summer’ album at Wrightsville Beach Brewery, May 19

ANOTHER CALL TO ACTION: NC and ILM musicians gather for Hate-Free by the Sea benefit concert

Last time encore spoke with Raleigh-based musician and cofounder of NC Music Love Army cooperative Jon Lindsay, North Carolina was making national news for House Bill 2. The singer-songwriter helped organize an NC tour with social-justice advocate Mike Allen in July. They stopped in at Brooklyn Arts Center, along with more than two dozen local and regional artists for a Stand Against HB2 concert. “There’s … Continue reading ANOTHER CALL TO ACTION: NC and ILM musicians gather for Hate-Free by the Sea benefit concert

DREAMING BIG: Onward, Soldiers will debut a new EP at the Carolina Pine Music Festival

Onward, Soldiers are ready to debut a new EP and new originals at the Carolina Pine Music Festival this weekend, along with more than three dozen bands playing at five venues from November 4-6. Continue reading DREAMING BIG: Onward, Soldiers will debut a new EP at the Carolina Pine Music Festival

There’s No Place Like Home:

The Rosebuds Brooklyn Arts Center 516 North 4th Street 6/10, 8 p.m. • $10/adv., $12/day of http://www.brooklynartscenternc.com Wilmington has given birth to a plethora of musicians and artists—each of whom grow and develop a unique craft, which they eventually share with the rest of the state, country and even world. But Dorothy said it best:“There’s no place like home.”   The indie-rock duo, The Rosebuds, … Continue reading There’s No Place Like Home: