MUSIC FOR THE TIMES: Local artists share their playlists to help comfort you during COVID

Phase two is extended in North Carolina and that’s a pretty big bummer for a community like ours. We like our local eateries, bars and dives—most of which are still either closed or limited to opening at half capacity or only doing takeout. We love our local artists, galleries and myriad exhibitions that in normal times we get to attend in person; today we’re limited … Continue reading MUSIC FOR THE TIMES: Local artists share their playlists to help comfort you during COVID

FESTIVAL FOLKS: Local musicians gear up for spring and summer festivals

  With each new Wilmington show announced on Facebook, my husband and I get excited … and simultaneously nervous. “Did you check the calendar?” he’ll ask me, our family’s events manager. “Yes, we’re in town and have [insert name of festival] the following weekend.” We then breathe a collective sigh of relief and go on about our lives. Summer shows and festival trips take planning … Continue reading FESTIVAL FOLKS: Local musicians gear up for spring and summer festivals

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Carolina Pines will return in 2019 with a comeback party this Saturday at Waterline Brewing

Locals on the music scene know the name Anna Mann—not because she’s in a band but because she tends to put bands in front of Wilmington audiences. She is behind local festivals like Alt-Zalea and the Carolina Pines Music Festival, which she started with Will Daube and bluesman Randy McQuay in May 2015. It began as a one-day event at Satellite and featured nine bands. … Continue reading BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Carolina Pines will return in 2019 with a comeback party this Saturday at Waterline Brewing

A CELEBRATION OF ALL-THINGS LOCAL: encore’s Best Of 2019 turns into all-day Bestival, featuring beer, art, music, comedy, food and awards

Shea Carver breaks down more history of Best Of and dishes the deets on the inaugural Bestival, set to take place Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Continue reading A CELEBRATION OF ALL-THINGS LOCAL: encore’s Best Of 2019 turns into all-day Bestival, featuring beer, art, music, comedy, food and awards