Now that the massive rains of the week are finally out of here, it looks like it will be a beautiful first weekend of fall in Wilmington.
There’s also a veritable ton of events to take in, from big name concerts (in music AND comedy) to more intimate shows, a play at UNCW and more.
The world’s largest jam group, Phish, is back on tour this year. Between Phish’s dates, Trey Anastasio, the band’s longtime singer and guitarist, brings his considerable talents to downtown Wilmington for a solo show at the Live Oak Bank Pavilion. The Trey Anastasio Band, which explores a more jazzy and world-music vibe than Phish’s more rock trends. released a live album, “Burn It Down”, in 2020.
Details: 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Live Oak Bank Pavilion, 10 Cowan St., Wilmington. $ 35 to $ 75. Proof of vax or negative COVID test required.
The multi-accented South African comic known for hosting “The Daily Show” returns to Wilmington for the first time since performing at the Nutt Street Comedy Room – the predecessor of the Dead Crow Comedy Room – it over ten years ago.
Trevor Noah’s tour is billed as “Back To Abnormal,” so the comedian known for his often political material will surely have some funny thoughts on the pandemic as well.
Details: 8 p.m. September 25 at Live Oak Bank Pavilion, 10 Cowan St., Wilmington. $ 35 to $ 125.
Longtime singer, songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby is probably best known for his hit singles “Mandolin Rain” and “The Way It Is”. As his fans know, however, there’s a lot more where this came from.
Hornsby has collaborated with everyone from The Grateful Dead and Spike Lee to independent darling Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and jazz icon Branford Marsalis. A Lifetime of Musical Exploration – he still releases albums, most recently 2020’s “Unsecured Connection” – will be on display upon his return to the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, a venue he has performed several times before.
Part one is guitarist Gibb Droll, who has played in Wilmington since the days of the legendary club The Mad Monk.
Following:25 years ago, The Mad Monk, one of Wilmington’s most iconic places, closed its doors for good.
Details: 6 p.m. Doors, 7 p.m. Show, September 24 at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, 1941 Amphitheater Drive, Wilmington. $ 35 in advance, $ 42 on day of show, proof of vax or negative COVID test required.
After not taking place last year due to COVID-19, this canceled event returns, bringing the work of more than 100 artists and artisans to the streets of downtown Wilmington. Works of art for sale and on display will include ceramics, paintings, jewelry, clothing, candles, sculptures, photographs and more.
Details: 10 am-5pm September 25 in downtown Wilmington, Front Street between Orange and Red Cross streets.
The drama department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington presents their first fall semester play, “A Taste of Honey” by British playwright Shelagh Delaney.
Drama teacher Ed Wagenseller directs a cast made up entirely of students in the realistic and realistic history of class, gender and race in 1950s England. Delaney’s story centers on the fortunes of the working class of Helen (Meghan McDonald) and her daughter, Jo (British exchange student Nanouri Winchester), an aspiring artist.
Details: 8 p.m. 23-25 Sep and 30-oct. 2 p.m., 2 p.m. September 26 and October 3 at the Mainstage Theater in the Cultural Arts Building, UNCW campus. $ 15; $ 12 for seniors, UNCW employees and alumni; $ 6 for students. 910-962-3500 or uncwarts.universitytickets.com.
A classically trained violist turned stand-up comedian – she went to Juilliard, something she frequently mentions in her act – Isabel Hagen is a promising comic that was in the New Faces of Comedy class of 2019 at the esteemed Montreal Just For Laughs and which made its television debut last year in “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”.
In this apparition, Hagen recalled that a friend told her that she had “a sad face at rest.” Hagen assures him: “Oh no, it’s active.”
Details: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 24-25 at the Dead Crow Comedy Room, 511 N. Third St., Wilmington. $ 15 to $ 25. 910-399-1750 or DeadCrowComedy.com.
This second annual auto show showcasing all kinds of classic Volkswagens – from Beetles to vans and beyond – will take place on Saturday afternoon at Waterline Brewing. Profits go to DREAMS of Wilmington, and highlights include music from Wilmington Roots band Tumbleweed from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., food from WheelZ pizza and, of course, beers from Waterline.
Details: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. September 25 at Waterline Brewing, Wilmington. To free.
There hasn’t been a Wilmington musician who worked harder during the pandemic than Travis Shallow. Regular concerts as part of his “Shallow Chateau” series led to live concerts on Knoxville radio station WDVX’s Blue Plate Special, which he performed on September 11.
Friday night’s listening room concert at Live at Ted’s will be a kind of homecoming for Shallow, who will play an evening full of her touching and deeply felt folk and country tunes.
Details: 8 p.m. September 24 at Live at Ted’s, 2 Castle St., Wilmington. $ 7 at the door.
Blues rock guitarist Chris Duarte returns to Port City for a show at Wilmington juke joint The Rusty Nail. Duarte has toured extensively since the 1990s when he first stood out at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
Details: September 23-24, 8 p.m. at Rusty Nail, 1310 S. Fifth Ave., Wilmington. $ 20 at the door.
Contact John Staton at 910-343-2343 or [email protected]