Release Date: May 20,2019

Press Release: Downtown Sundown Concert Series Announces Opening Acts

For Immediate Release             May 20, 2019


Downtown Sundown Concert Series Announces Opening Acts


Wilmington, NC- Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) is proud to announce the 2019 opening acts along with the charity partners appearing at the event this season.  The free concerts run from 6:30pm to 10pm at the Ligon Flynn parking lot at 20 South 2nd Street each Friday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  


The Downtown Sundown Concert Series features both local groups and touring bands during the entire 15 week season.  Each show starts with a performance by local musicians as a way to highlight the area’s vibrant and rich artistic scene.   Touring tribute bands then headline each show.  


“Including local bands is a crucial element to the success of Downtown Sundown,” said WDI President Ed Wolverton.  “The Cape Fear region has so many talented people and we are fortunate to have a platform to showcase the thriving local music scene,” he said.  The 2019 season includes both returning local bands and new performers to the venue.


The Downtown Sundown Concert Series is entering its 14th season and the presenting sponsor is Outdoor Equipped.  Other official sponsors include Silva Kiernan and Associates, CityBlock Apartments, Courtyard Marriott Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach, Bud Light, Adams Beverage, Dram + Morsel and Tayloe Gray Digital Marketing.  Returning as the TV Sponsor is Fox Wilmington and SUNNY 103.7FM with Sunrise Broadcasting is the radio sponsor. 


Below is the complete schedule, including the opening act, headlining act and the charity benefiting from wristband sales each week.  You can also find more information about the concert series including a downloadable poster at


May 24

Opening Act:      Phantom Playboys

Headline Act:     Satisfaction (Rolling Stones)

Nonprofit:           Plastic Ocean Project


May 31

Opening Act:      The Fustics         

Headline Act:     Abbey Road Live (Beatles)

Nonprofit:           Pender HS Football


June 7

Opening Act:      Folkstone Stringband    

Headline Act:     Tuesday's Gone (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Nonprofit:           Cape Fear River Watch


June 14

Opening Act:      Flashback

Headline Act:     Funky Monks (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Nonprofit:           Wilmington Police Recreation Association


June 21

Opening Act:      Black Mantis

Headline Act:     The Wildflowers (Tom Petty)

Nonprofit:           Laney HS Baseball


June 28

Opening Act:      Sonic Spectrum

Headline Act:     20 Ride (Zac Brown)

Nonprofit:           Laney HS Band Boosters


July 5

Opening Act:      Alternative Vision

Headline Act:     Hey Johnny Park (Foo Fighters)

Nonprofit:           Lump To Laughter


July 12

Opening Act:      Jam Sandwich

Headline Act:     Red Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin)

Nonprofit:           Vietnam Veterans of America


July 19

Opening Act:      Kicking Birds      

Headline Act:     Eaglewing (Eagles)

Nonprofit:           Paws Place Dog Rescue


July 26

Opening Act:      Slapback             

Headline Act:     Wrong Way (Sublime)

Nonprofit:           DREAMS Center for Arts Education


August 2

Opening Act:      Freeway

Headline Act:     Suggesting Rhythm (Grateful Dead)

Nonprofit:           SupPORT the Port


August 9

Opening Act:      Da Howlies Hawaiian hulabilly band

Headline Act:     42 (Coldplay)

Nonprofit:           The First Tee Greater Wilmington


August 16

Opening Act:      Massive Grass

Headline Act:     ZZ’s Best (ZZ Top)           

Nonprofit:           Indo Jax Surf Charities


August 23

Opening Act:      Slippery Jake and the Bad Brakes             

Headline Act:     Breakfast Club (80's)

Nonprofit:           Wilmington Railroad Museum


August 30

Opening Act:      Striking Copper

Headline Act:     Departure (Journey)

Nonprofit:           Wilmington Professional Firefighter Association



About Wilmington Downtown Incorporated

Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) is a public-private partnership agency that promotes the economic growth and development of Downtown Wilmington and is a tax deductible 501c3 organization.



Ed Wolverton, WDI President & CEO