Sound off: Free Scheduled Concert Series from Topsail to Oak Island

Yacht rockers Feather will perform at the Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar on August 4 as part of The Pier’s Thursday night summer music lineup in Carolina Beach. (Courtesy picture)

SOUTHEAST NC — The amount of free live music being offered in the Tri-County area continues to grow as temperatures warm and tourists begin to flood the area’s beaches. Around this time, municipalities, organizations, and businesses also began publishing their concert schedules, featuring tribute acts, cover bands, and original regional and local musicians.

READ: Downtown Alive announces lineup for its free concert series

ALSO: 37 Free Concerts: Downtown Marina Resurrects Summer Music Series

ET: The Airlie Gardens concert series will begin on June 3

Port City Daily has selected a dozen timetables to help individuals plan their weekly excursions by October. From Leland’s Live in the Park – which kicked off Thursday – to Kure Beach’s Boogie in the Park – starting tonight, Sunday May 1 – Topsail Sounds to Alive After Five from Hampstead to Wrightsville Beach and Oak Island, here are the lists of sounds across the Region.

Topsail Sounds

Happening once a month through September, the concert series takes place at Topsail Beach Town Center (624 S. Anderson Blvd.) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Spectators can bringblankets, chairs, food and drink.

May 24 — The Cruise Brothers Band (Motown, country)

June 28 — Revolution (tribute to the Beatles)

July 26 — Randy Knight and Parrot Party (tribute to Jimmy Buffett)

August 23 – Bacon Grease (rock)

September 27 – The Mango Band (party band)

Hampstead alive after five

There will be three concerts taking place at Hampstead Kiwanis Park on Fridays through July. Bsun loungers, chairs, welcome food and drink; there will be food and dessert trucks on site during the show. The shows last from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

May 20 – Carl Newton’s Review (R&B group)

June 3 — Big City (country-western, swing)

June 17 — The Cruise Brothers Band (Motown, country)

July 8 — Blackwater Band (Top 40, blues, funk, country)

July 22 — The British Invaders (1960s English rock)

WECT Sounds of Summer at Wrightville Beach

A family-friendly event, the Free Concert Series takes place at Wrightsville Beach Park from June 9 through July 28, at 6:30 p.m. Blankets and chairs, food and drink are permitted, but alcohol is not permitted.

June 9 — FEEBS (rock, funk and blues)

June 16 — Port City Shakedown (dance group)

June 23 — Southern Trouble (country)

June 30 – Uptown Easy (dance group)

July 7 — Jack Jack 180 (party orchestra)

July 14 — Overtyme Band (classic rock)

July 21 — reSoul Band (party band)

July 28 — Dekker Road (classic rock, dance)

Downtown Alive Music Series

Presented by Downtown Business Alliance, Downtown Alive features mostly tribute bands with original acts on Saturdays from Memorial to Labor Day. The concerts start at 5 p.m. and deckchairs are welcome. Alcohol sold on site and a food truck will be set up. Shows are held on Chestnut Street between 2nd and 3rd. Learn more here.

May 28 — The Stranger (Billy Joel)

June 4 — Orage Artis (“The Voice” finalist, 2020)

June 11 — Shoot to Thrill (AC/DC)

June 18 — Zoso (Led Zeppelin)

June 25 – Johnny Folsom 4 (Johnny Cash)

July 2 – Blink 180 (Blink 182)

July 9 — George Michael Reborn (WHAM! and George Michael)

July 23 — Red Not Chili Peppers (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

July 30 – Thurston Howell (rock yacht covers)

August 6 – Abacab (Phil Collins and Genesis)

August 13 – Sales (emo covers)

August 20 — Iya Terra, Mike Lowe, Signal Fire (original reggae act)

August 27 – Idlewild South (Allman Brothers Band)

September 3 – JoeHero (Foo Fighters)

Port City Marina and Marina Grill Concert Series

JTwo rounds are running at Port City Marina and Marina Grill, on Friday and Saturday nights during the summer. The free shows take place along the downtown Riverwalk at 18 Harnett St.

Currently, the Saturday Night series is running through October and features all local bands from 6-9 p.m.

The Friday Night Live series will begin on Memorial Day and run through Labor Day, with each week featuring a different tribute band.

Both series are free; alcohol is sold on site. Learn more here.

Friday night live! Program7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

May 27 — Tuesday’s Gone (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

June 24 – Funky Monks (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

July 1 – 20 Ride (Band Zac Brown)

July 8 — Breakfast Club (80s band)

July 29 – Cosmic Charlie (Grateful Dead)

August 5 – Fix You (Coldplay)

August 12 – Guardians of the Jukebox (Tribute to MTV-era acts)

August 19 – Abbey Road Live (Beatles)

September 2 — Departure (Travel)

Saturday Night Series, 6-9 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

May 7 — David Dixon (5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

May 14 – Chuck Mountain

May 21 — Lunar Tide

May 28 – TBA (Downtown Thunder Bike Night)

June 4 — Phantom Playboys (5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

June 11 – Southern Trouble (Downtown Thunder Bike Night)

June 18 — AllGirl Rhythm (5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

June 25 — Machine Gun

July 2 — The Conspiracy (5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

July 9 — Dane Britt

July 16 — Massive Grass (Downtown Thunder Bike Night)

July 23 — Phantom Playboys (5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

July 30 – Port City Shakedown

Aug. 6 – Medicated Sunfish (5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

August 13 – No more problems

August 20 – Chuck Mountain (Downtown Thunder Bike Night)

August 27 – Massive Grass

September 3 — In the fog (5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

September 10 – Uptown Easy (Downtown Thunder Bike Night)

September 17 – Port City Shakedown

September 24 – Machine Gun

October 1 — Juno

October 8 – Steele Country Express

October 15 – Parliament

October 22 – Miles Band Highway

October 29 – Uptown Easy

Leland Live at the Park

Hosted for free in Founder’s Park, live music takes the stage Thursday nights through June 2. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. andblankets, chairs, food and drinks are welcome. Food trucks are often parked on site.

May 5 – L-Shaped Bundle (Original Americana)

May 26 – Port City Shakedown (dance group)

June 2 — The Tonez (dance group)

Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar

Each year, the Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar in Carolina Beach hosts weekly local and regional bands on its pier above the Atlantic Ocean. The lineup consists of all original musicians performing a variety of styles and genres from rock to country, yacht rock to folk. Shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

June 2 — The Swellians (surf, rock)

June 9 — Pleasure Island (rock), Pinky Verde (rock)

June 16 — Zen Frisbee (rock)

June 23 — The Feeds (power pop, rock), Sean Thomas Gerard (rock)

June 30 — Tracy Shedd (indie rock), Lauds (experimental)

July 7 — Kicking Bird (rock, glam, new wave)

July 14 — Seeking Madras (indie rock, shoegaze)

July 21 — Mason Smith Band (alternate country)

July 28 — The Dew Drops (country western)

August 4 — Feather (covers, yacht rock)

August 11 – Skylar Gudasz (folk)

August 18 — The Shoaldiggers (blues, rock)

August 25 – CoverLip (rock covers)

2022 Summer Boardwalk Blast Music Series

Shows are held from Memorial through Labor Day at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Concerts are free and start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings (some Fridays) and end at 9:30 p.m.

Friday, May 27 — Roy Roberts Blues Band (blues)

June 2 – Carl Newton’s Review (R&B group)

June 9 — Phantom Playboys (ska, rockabilly)

June 16 — Down South Thunder (modern country, rock)

June 23 — The Goodloves (acoustic)

July 1 – Beggars’ Banquet (tribute to the Rolling Stones)

July 7 – Smitty and the JumpStarters (blues)

July 14 — SPANK (80s party band)

July 23 — Dr. Bacon (Appalachian funk rock)

July 28 — Rebekkah Todd and the Odyssey (cosmic soul rock)

August 4 — The Mystery Hillbillies (vintage country, rockabilly, swing)

August 11 — Ladies Auxiliary (blues, classic rock

August 18 — The British Invaders (tribute to English bands of the 1960s)

August 25 — Built for Comfort (rock, blues)

September 2 — The Main Event (beach, classic rock)

Kure Beach Boogie at the Park

Taking place on the first and third Sundays at Ocean Front Park (105 Atlantic Ave.),blankets, chairs, food and drinks are welcome. About ten concerts will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (cancelled on July 4 and Labor Day).

May 1 — Uptown Easy (dance group)

May 15 — Signal Fire (original reggae-rock)

June 5 — The Donald Thompson Band (Vintage R&B)

June 19 — Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot (soul, R&B, party band)

July 17 — Down South Thunder (modern country, rock)

August 8 – In the fog (newgrass)

August 21 – Lynne and the Wave (variety group)

September 18 – Circle City Rockers (party band)

October 2 – South of K (bluegrass)

October 16 – Big Time Shine (party band)

Southport Summer Concert Series

Concerts take place at Franklin Square Park in 130 East West Street. on JThursdays, 6 p.m. Enjoy concerts from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and blankets and chairs are welcome.

June 2 — Back Porch Rockers (classic rock, blues)

June 9 — NowCat (classic rock, country)

June 16 — Brunswick Big Band (big band)

June 23 — Zilches (classic rock)

July 7 — Christina Martinez Band (Americana)

July 14 — Carolina Line Band (bluegrass)

July 19 — Parlay Classic (rock)

July 28 — Chance Union (rock, 80s-70s)

August 4 — Charlene & the Charlatans (bluegrass)

August 11 — A Class Act (Top 40, dance, beach, soul, shag)

August 18 – Luna Sea (rock, soul)

August 25 — Salty Dawgs (rock, pop, country, blues)

September 1 — Blues Kings (blues, jazz)

Oak Island groups near the beach

Concerts take place at Middleton Park Amphitheater on Friday, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Blankets and chairs are welcome.

May 27 — The Main Event Band (party band)

June 3 — The Cruise Brothers Band (Motown, country)

June 10 — The Sand Band (beach music)

June 17 — The Tim Clark Band (dance, shag, rock)

June 24 — The Entertainers (beach music)

July 1 — Cat 5 (beach music)

July 8 — Too Much Sylvia (party band)

July 15 — Chocolate Chip & Co. Band (Top 40, dance)

July 22 – The Embers with Craig Woolard (beach, shag music)

July 29 — The Pink Slips Band (beach music)

August 5 – Uptown Easy Band (dance group)

August 12 — Rivermist (classic rock, R&B)

August 19 – Carolina Line Bluegrass Band (bluegrass)

August 26 — Old Man Mafia Band (rock, blues)

September 3 (Saturday) — North Tower (beach, Motown, disco, funk)


Do you have a series of free concerts to add to the list? Email [email protected]

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