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THE WEEK IN SOUND: From reggae to acoustic rock, live shows abound across the Port City

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Sounds around town this week!

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Looks like the upcoming week will come with lots of live music options. There is something for practically every day from January 13 through the 20. From reggae to folk, rock to ska, encore has the week’s roundup.

Rebelution and New Kingston
Wed., January 13
Doors: 7 p.m., show: 8 p.m.
Brooklyn Arts Center • 516 N. 4th St.
Tickets: $20 adv, $30 door
Reggae giants will fill the BAC on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Rebelution, joined by New Kingston, will bring their “California Reggae” to the Port City with favorites from their June 2014 album, “Count Me In.” The record was remixed for fans in January 2015, with help from Yeti Beats Remix, featuring Iration, J Boog and the Green on “More Love” and Dub Architect Remix, featuring Don Carlos and Katchafire on “Roots Reggae Music.”

The New Kingston continues to expand from their basement and backyard beginnings and recently announced the signing to New York-based reggae label Easy Star Records. They will release their third studio album, “Kingston City,” on January 27. Find tickets to see Rebelution and New Kingston at

Thursday, Jan. 14, 10 p.m.
The Calico Room • 107 S. Front St.
Coming out of Atlanta, Ga., Five40 offers an eclectic mix of reggae, rock and ska. Influenced by bands like Sublime and 311 to Pink Floyd, the five-piece puts their unique spin on reggae rock.

Since forming in 2010, Five40 has been recruiting new fans of the genre—and “bringing it out of hibernation.” Their free show at The Calico Room (107 S. Front St.) in downtown Wilmington will start at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15. For more details and updates, visit the event Facebook page.

Mike Blair Duo
Friday, Jan. 15
Burnt Mill Creek • 2101 Market St.
Like live music? Like whiskey? Then Burnt Mill Creek with hit the spot on Friday night. They’re hosting a single malt whiskey tasting of Defiant out of Bostic, North Carolina, along with free live music.

From Mike Blair and the Stonewalls comes Mike Blair Duo’s acoustic stylings—perfect for the intimate stage of BMC. The whiskey tasting is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. For more on the event, visit

Margot Beberaggi
Friday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m.
A Tasting Room • 19 S. 2nd St.
Each Friday and Saturday night A Tasting Room (19 S. 2nd St.) hosts wine (and beer) sippers with free live music. This Friday night rock guitarist Margot Beberaggi will take to the intimate garden patio out back of A Tasting Room. A free wine tasting also will be undway, featuring handpicked, unique reds and whites. Visit their Facebook page or check out their website at for more upcoming performances.

The Hatch Brothers
Saturday, Jan. 16 at 10 p.m.
Costello’s Piano Bar • 211 Princess St.
The Hatch Brothers are bringing their local brand of acoustic rock to Costello’s Piano Bar on Sat., Jan. 16. Since beginning in 2010 with brothers Sam (acoustic guitar, banjo, piano, vocals) and Paul (bass, vocals, ukulele), they’ve frequented local stages with their music. As always, there is no cover charge at Costello’s and The Hatch Brothers will take the stage at 10 p.m. Visit Costello’s Facebook page for updates.

Lisa De Novo
Saturday, Jan. 16, 8 p.m.
Fermental • 7250 Market St.
Fermental has another Saturday lined up with live music and libations. Lisa De Novo will entertain the weekend crowd with a combination of blues, folk and pop influences. The singer/songwriter and guitarist comes to Wilmington from Charlotte, NC, making her rounds on the local music scene throughout the week, with performances at Duck n’ Dive (114 Dock St.) on Thursday, Jan 14, at 10 p.m., and Flytrap Brewing (319 Walnut St.) on Friday, Jan. 15, before Saturday’s show at Fermental. Find more on Lisa De Novo at her Reverbnation page at

James Jarvis
Sunday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m.
Old Books on Front • 249 N. Front St.
Anyone wanting a relaxing Sunday afternoon of piano jazz need to look no further than Old Books on Front (249 N. Front St.) in downtown. James Jarvis’ weekly tickling of the the ivories will begin at 3 p.m. and folks can freely finger through collections of one of Wilmington favorite bookstores. Sip on wine and beer, sold onsite, and enjoy the show. For more weekly shows by James Jarvis, visit his Facebook page or find them in encore’s Soundboard pages.

(MC)LOVIN SOME JAMS: Don’t miss the McLovins at The Whiskey on Wed., Jan. 20, at 9 p.m. Courtesy photo.

(MC)LOVIN SOME JAMS: Don’t miss the McLovins at The Whiskey on Wed., Jan. 20, at 9 p.m. Courtesy photo.

McLovins w/Mister F
Wednesday, Jan. 20
Doors open at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m.
The Whiskey • 1 S. Front St.
Cover: $5
Inspired by the likes of The Meters, The Band and The Flaming Lips, McLovins is a soulful, funk-rock band set to hit The Whiskey stage on Jan. 20. The members of McLovins combine their songwriting efforts with improvisations and instrumental ingenuity onstage and in their latest self-titled album, released in October 2015. It’s a collaboration with award-winning producer Bill Sherman in New York City’s East Village.

The cover charge for the concert is a mere $5. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m. Check The Whiskey Facebook event page for more details and updates

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