Airlie Gardens has unveiled its slate of musical performers for the 2018 Summer Concert Series. The concert season will kick off Friday, May 18, 2018 with reggae from Signal Fire, and then resume its traditional schedule of first- and third-Fridays from June through September.
Said New Hanover County Parks and Gardens Director Tara Duckworth:
“We have a great lineup of bands this year, with a mix of genres that will appeal to a variety of musical tastes. We look forward to the return of our seasoned concert-goers and invite new faces to join in the festivities.”
The schedule includes returning acts that most regulars now expect and demand, including L Shape Lot — winner of Encore Magazine’s Best Local Band, Bibis Ellison, and Jack Jack 180. Back by popular demand, the Wilmington Big Band will help celebrate our nation’s birthday on Friday, July 6, 2018. In addition, guests will have the chance to experience several new bands like Machine Gun, Massive Grass and The Dung Beatles. The schedule concludes with one of the premier beach music bands in the state — Jim Quick and The Coastline.
Airlie’s Summer Concert Series has grown to become a staple of summer fun in New Hanover County. According to Duckworth,
“Every year the concert series grows, proving to us that families still value spreading out a blanket, enjoying a picnic, and listening to good music on a summer night. So let the countdown begin!”
The full schedule for the 2018 Summer Concert Series is:
- May 18: Signal Fire (Reggae)
- June 1: Machine Gun (80’s covers and more!)
- June 15: Massive Grass (Blue Grass)
- July 6: Wilmington Big Band (Big Band and Swing)
- July 20: L Shape Lot (New Grass, Americana)
- August 3: Dung Beatles (Beatles Tribute)
- August 17: Bibis Ellison (Pop/Covers)
- September 7: Jack Jack 180 (Pop/Rock/Alternative)
- September 21: Jim Quick and Coastline (Beach Music)
Concerts are held 6-8pm. Tickets are $9 for adults, $2 for kids age 4-12. For more information about the 2018 Summer Concert series, or to purchase tickets to the concert, visit airliegardens.org.
Airlie Gardens is located at 300 Airlie Road, Wilmington NC. With questions, call 910.798.7700. Airlie Gardens is a nonprofit organization who’s mission is:
“To ensure and help preserve Airlie Gardens as an outstanding, historic public garden with cultural and environmental programs developed to serve New Hanover County residents and other visitors.”
Off-site parking for the concerts will be at the New Hanover County Government Center, located at 230 Government Center Drive, Wilmington NC. Parking will be on the west side of the building that faces College Road, on the opposite end from the bowling alley. Free shuttles to Airlie Gardens concerts start running at 5pm. On-site parking at Airlie Gardens is by permit only.
Source: Janine Powell, Airlie Gardens