WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Wilmington Downtown, Inc “WDI” is proud to announce the 2013 Downtown Sundown Concert Series schedule, sponsors and nonprofit wristband partners.
WDI kicks off Wilmington’s annual signature Friday night concert series Friday May 24. This summer marks the 8th season for the Downtown Sundown, which began as an economic development promotion to attract people downtown in the late afternoon. It has grown to be one of the more popular FREE events in the region, attracting locals and tourists of all ages.
WDI has teamed up again with RA Jeffrey’s, encore magazine, and Hometown Media (106.7 The Penguin and 103.7 The Bone Radio). The three media partners have been with the event since its founding in 2006.
2013 also brings in a few changes, including new sponsors. One new major sponsor is WWAY NewsChannel 3. Regarding the new sponsorship, WDI President John Hinnant said, “We’re proud to have WWAY as a major sponsor this year. Not only are they a major media outlet in our market, they are also a downtown business. We think the partnership is going to help grow the event’s brand and reach.”
Another new sponsor includes Bob King Automall. “We view the concert series as a great way to give back to our community and connect with our customers” says Steve Zahner, Buick/GMC Sales Manager. “It is obviously hugely popular and we wanted to gain exposure for our brands during the summer” he continued.
Other sponsors include Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, distributed by Windham Distributing, Kind Beers of Wilmington, Tayloe Gray Kristoff “TG-K”, and Luna Ad. Kind Beers, TG-K and Luna Ad are downtown businesses.
Another new twist this year includes the various downtown restaurant and bar sponsors. Downtown venues were offered the opportunity to sponsor the opening acts. Those same acts will play after the show ends at 10:00 pm at the sponsor’s venue. Downtown venues that are 2013 sponsors include Firebelly Lounge, The Calico Room, The Whiskey, Hell’s Kitchen, Orton’s Pool Room and The Duck & Dive.
Continuing the tradition from 2011 and 2012, WDI is again partnering with area nonprofit organizations to split the wristband proceeds. Wrist bands are sold to those who are 21 and up, and want to purchase alcohol during the show. The $1 is split between WDI and the nonprofit. Last year, WDI contributed approximately $9,000 to other nonprofits in the area.
WDI is also bringing back to important vendors to the concert series. Pipeline Event Management will be providing on site security. Modern Music will be providing the stage, sound and lights of the production.
Below is the schedule to include the Opening acts and opening act sponsors. The downloadable concert series poster can be found on this link. You can also find more information about the concert series at www.wilmingtondowntown.com .