The Avett Brothers rocked downtown’s stage and sold out the venue

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Submitted: Sat, 04/13/2013 - 2:40am
Updated: Sun, 04/14/2013 - 3:39pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A peaceful night sky welcomed a noisy crowd downtown for the Friday Azalea Festival concert.

The Avett Brothers rocked the stage Downtown with a unique sound that sold out the venue completely. The band even attracted hundreds of fans to the outskirts of the CFCC parking lot. They say the show was just as good.

“I’m standing on the steps of a building that I don’t really know what it is,” said Avett Brother fan Bailey Parker. “But I can see them just fine and I can hear the music just as well as anyone could in there. I’m free to dance out here and not be closed in.”

“I love it. I think it is just as good as actually being in there,” said Royce Broadright. “I saw them a while ago, and I am actually closer than I was last time.”

Other folks passed on the concert and instead enjoyed tasty treats and fun games along Water Street for the Azalea Festival Street Fair.

Really, the only thing people had to complain about were those annoying gnats.

The Azalea Festival Street Fair continues through Sunday. Country bands Colt Ford and The Lacs will rock the Downtown stage Saturday.

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2015 years 8 months ago

This sort of blows that position that Wilmington and the surrounding area can’t support professional sports and entertainment. Maybe that ball park wasn’t such a bad idea?

2015 years 8 months ago

Mr.T, the Avett Bros concert was a single feature as a part of an annual event here in Wilmington. The Avett Brothers are top flight popular performers, not a sub basement level minor league sports team. To the best of my knowledge, the concert’s promoters paid for expenses related to the use of the concert venue. I’m very pleased that this concert sold out and that the attendees had a good time at the event. I am also very pleased that it didn’t cost me anything!

T, get over it already. Your interests didn’t succeed in getting taxpayer investment in your field of schemes. If you think this is such a great idea, form a company and raise the capital yourself.

2015 years 8 months ago

3 concerts average attendance was 6000 for a once a year event.
This does not compare to 70 games per year.
Oh by the way Mr T did you happen to note Chicago’s REFUSAL to pay into the renovations at Wrigley Field?
Get this. The owners are being allowed to build a hotel near Wrigley to give THEM an additional revenue stream.
The city collects the room occupancy tax but outlays NO MONEY for the stadium.
This is after the state of NC said no state taxpayer monies for Panther stadium renovations. They are allowing a small increase in the room and beverage taxes from the city to help pay for it – but nowhere near what Richardson wanted.
The age of government subsidies for stadiums is rapidly coming to a close.
Of course the reason why the hotel deal in Chicago wouldn’t work here is that it implies permanency, which Atlanta did not want here.


2015 years 8 months ago

… you’re still whining and still don’t get it, I thought it would be fun to regurgitate a few of your past baseball quotes.

– 7/21/12: “The fact chef, is that I am just a lot smarter than you and much more experienced in the area of economic development”
– 8/8/12: “Nice try boys and girls but the Baseball Movie, is in the can!!”
– 9/8/12: (to Surf-Chef-Rick and Vog) “Save your last brain cell and Just Vote No. All your essays are only falling on about 100 people.”
– 9/14/12: “This is a difficult task as those opposed, generally oppose any progress and don’t care if their effort only leads to self humiliation”

Your own words show you didn’t get it then and apparently you still don’t get it now. Do yourself a favor and stop embarassing yourself. To turn one of your own quotes (7/21/12) back around at you: These are, or at least should be: “Simple terms Bud, even you can understand”.

2015 years 8 months ago

“field of schemes”
Best way to phrase the baseball junk I’ve heard.

2015 years 8 months ago

…these are musical concerts you refer to, not minor league baseball games. Just about everyone in this town loves music, not even close for the love of baseball here, especially minor league. Just can’t compare apples and volkswagons.