For Immediate Release September 30, 2019
Wilmington, NC - Riverfest Concert Venue, presented by Apiture, has announced the performance schedule detailing music acts for the event. The Riverfest stage will feature both local performers and touring bands and the concerts are free and open to the public. Apiture, a Wilmington-based financial technology firm, is the title sponsor for the concerts and Wilmington Downtown Incorporated (WDI) is producing the shows.
The local band Striking Copper will open the stage at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 4th. Led by powerhouse redheaded twin sisters Allie and Jacquie Lee, Striking Copper uses haunting vocal arrangements accompanied with full volume instruments to deliver a lasting, melodic sound. 20 Ride, a touring Zac Brown tribute will headline the evening with their show starting at 8:00 p.m.
Local favorite L-Shape Lot brings the concert stage to life on Saturday at noon. Mixing a healthy amount of musical chops, honest and creative songwriting, a powerful stage presence and well sung four-part harmonies, L Shape Lot creates an original and dynamic Americana sound based on country, rock, bluegrass, and roots/folk music.
To keep the tunes going, the venue will also have a second stage where Josh Solomon and Eric McGuiness will perform at 1:30 p.m. This local duo plays a mix of cover songs along with a sprinkling of original songs.
At 3:00 p.m., the stage welcomes the Kolby Oakley Band. Oakley is a 24-year-old, Nashville-based, guitar player and vocalist who astonishes crowds with his live shows that feature original country music and choice covers. Oakley has opened shows for various country music acts such as Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line, Montgomery Gentry and Parmalee.
At 4:30 p.m., Starkey brings a solo acoustic set to the second stage. A Wilmington resident since 2012, Starkey plays a variety of tunes from artists such as the Dave Matthews Band, Dispatch, Jack Johnson, Johnny Cash, Lumineers, Weezer, Sublime, OAR, Jason Isbell and many more.
The bluegrass band Massive Grass will start its performance at 6:00 p.m. This high energy band is steeped in the bluegrass tradition with a rock twist that makes for a unique sound, guaranteed to keep your feet tapping and head banging. After a brief break for the fireworks show, the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band Tuesday’s Gone will take the stage. Their performance should start at around 8:00 pm.
The concerts will also help support two other local nonprofit groups. Indo Jax Surf Charities will receive a portion of the wristband sales on Friday night to support their activities. The Wilmington Fur Ball will receive funding from Saturday night’s wristband sales.
“We are excited to bring a mix of local musicians and touring artists for the concert,” said WDI President Ed Wolverton. “We appreciate the support of Apiture, Carolina Marine Terminal, CityBlock Apartments and other businesses to offer these free shows for festival-goers and local residents to enjoy,” he said.
The concerts will take place in the Ligon-Flynn Parking Lot at 20 South 2nd Street. This location was most recently used for the Downtown Sundown Concert Series. Other sponsors for the concerts include Bud Light, Adams Beverage, Dram and Morsel and Slice of Life Pizza. The Courtyard Marriott Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach is the official hotel sponsor. Local breweries will be represented by Edward Teach Brewery and Wrightsville Beach Brewery.
Information about the concerts and Riverfest are available here. More information about the concerts can also be found at wilmingtondowntown.com. Area residents and visitors are also encouraged to follow the concerts on Facebook to obtain the latest news and weather updates for each show as needed.
Riverfest was created in February 1979, by a group of Wilmingtonians interested in showcasing downtown Wilmington and the Cape Fear River and has since resulted in a cultural street festival that entices locals and tourists alike to our amazing Historic Downtown.
Russ Deats, President, 2019 Riverfest
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