I'd wager the issue is the crowd that these concerts cater to and the type of meal the partygoers are looking for. I've been to these concerts and many others in the area. I like the idea of free concerts to get more locals to come out and see the downtown but i'm more than a little discouraged by the crowds that the city of wilmington is attracting. Same goes for the river and azalea festival. Looks like they are sacrificing quality for quantity which tends to always have an ultimately negative effect. The moment I realized that the food, "entertainment", and crowds at river and azalea festival were lower than the average costco crowd (last year) on a weekend was the moment I decided to no longer attend the bigger festivals until Wilmington injects a little more class into it. The concerts aren't completely there yet but only a handful are classy, I hate to think of what is on the schedule for next year. Just local DJs blaring their techno style beats as a poor excuse for a free "concert". This type of free event is fun while it is classy but can quickly become a danger as I have seen in other cities in N.C. Look at chapel hills applechill and festifall as an example. Started out classy and quickly became increasingly less classy and then violent and the city had to shut it down. Now they are trying to start from scratch again.
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