We are half way through this summer’s Downtown Sundown Concert Series, and so far we have enjoyed many different musical genres from hard driving classic rock n’ roll to the laid back sounds of Eastern North Carolina’s favorite beach music. This year, Downtown Sundown has been very fortunate to have some of the COOLEST backdrops of the nautical sense provided by pirate ships, Mississippi riverboat queens and United States Naval Vessels.
As the summer has heated up, so have the crowds! Just walking around downtown and hearing people talk about how amazing the Downtown Sundown acts have been is mind boggling. Some of my favorite shows have been the Funky Monks, SRVT and Spare Change. I am a little biased though, as I am into classic rock n’ roll. How AWESOME were those fireworks during the Frontiers set this past week?! I think I even spotted Brett Michaels backstage!
Let’s not overlook how much money we have been lucky enough to give back to the local charities that provide so much for our community. Through the charity wristband program, WDI has managed to donate over $4,000 in just these first eight weeks to selected charities! We were so pleased to donate the maximum amount, $1000, this week to the YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear. This is the first time we have raised the maximum amount for a charity through this program!
Looking ahead, we have so much more great music to come. Personally, I am really excited to see “Who’s Bad,” the Michael Jackson tribute, “ZOSO,” a Led Zeppelin tribute and “Yellow Dubmarine,”a reggae band that celebrates the music of The Beatles. Hopefully we will be lucky enough to host more boats out on the river. I think the ships really compliment the concerts and make Downtown Sundown a one-of-a-kind event.
Of course, I can’t write a blog post without giving credit to the people who put on Downtown Sundown every week. A BIG thanks goes out to John Hinnant and Ashley Hanners from WDI for organizing the concerts every week, Greg Scott & crew from Modern Music for providing the stage and sound, Pipeline Event Management for providing security and the City of Wilmington for all they do before and after each show. Also, thanks to R.A. Jeffery’s, Windham Distributing, Poor Piggy’s BBQ and Kona Ice for supplying cold beverages and delicious snacks…and our GREAT VOLUNTEERS who work tirelessly every Friday to bring you the best experience possible!
We look forward to seeing you these next weeks for the best free live entertainment in the region.
By David Blackwell, Jr.