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There’s never a shortage of sounds in the ol’ Port City. A town that champions its inhabitants’ artistic  endeavors, performance venues dot the streets throughout the region. Whether one is seeking a drink and some local Americana or a chance to rock out to a national act, Wilmington covers all its bases. Here’s a preview of this week’s must-see shows:

Chris Bellamy
Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 p.m. Free
Ironclad Brewery, 115 N. 2nd St.
Friday, May 1, 7 p.m. Free
Ogden Tap Room, 7324 Market St.

Raleigh-native Chris Bellamy will set the town ablaze this week with two shows: one tonight at Ironclad Brewery and another at Ogden Tap Room this Friday, May 1. Bellamy made the move to Wilmington at age 19. A local charter captain, he spends his summers in the Cape Fear region and heads further south for the winter.

His Southern country and blues music has afforded him the opportunity to open for acts like Jimmy Buffett, Waylon Jennings, Willy Nelson, Emmylou Harris, and many more. Plus, Bellamy currently has eight releases available. Each one pays homage to classic artists and bygone eras, while still maintaining Bellamy’s signature style.

He will be playing tracks from his newest release, “Bubbafied” (2013), along with his catalog of other originals.  Folks can download and order his CDs at

Dark Water Rising
Satellite Bar and Lounge
120 Greenfield St.
Friday, May 1, 9 p.m. Free
Palm Room, 11 E Salisbury St
Saturday, May 2, 10 p.m. Free

Southeastern NC bluesy troupe Dark Water Rising, which formed in 2008, will be grooving Friday night away at Satellite Bar and Lounge, followed by a performance the following night at Palm Room. With singles like “Hometown Hero” and “Backbone” under their belt, they revel in their Native American heritage, as the Chapel Hill, NC, members belong to the Lumbee and Tuscarora tribes of NC.

Dark Water Rising

Above: Dark Water Rising. Courtesy photo.

Dark Water Rising’s sound reverberates throughout venues with powerhouse vocals and a soulful edge. The band comprises Aaron Locklear, Charly Lowry (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Corey Locklear (guitar), Emily Musolino (lead vocals/guitar), and Tony Murnahan (Bass/guitar) Influence stems from artists like Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and Lynyrd Skynyrd. They also infuse gospel into their unique sound. Many locals may have seen them when they appeared at the inaugural Sonorous Music Festival last November.

Their efforts have landed them accolades like the Native American Music Award for Debut Duo or Group of the Year in 2010. As well, their debut release “Dark Water Rising” received a nod from the Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards for Best Folk/Acoustic CD. Their initial triumphs led them to release their follow-up album, “Grace and Grit Chapter 1,” in 2013.

Folks can check out their sound by heading over to

Robert Cray Band
Greenfield Lake Ampitheater
1941 Amphitheater Drive
Sunday, May 3, 6 p.m. •  $30-$35

Strumming the soulful strings on guitar will be the Robert Cray Band come Sunday at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Considered one of the best guitarists of his generation, Cray’s career boasts numerous honors—with a grand total of 17 Billboard charting records, five Grammy wins (15-time nominee) and an induction into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. Plus, he’s written for or performed with the likes of Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, and John Lee Hooker.

During childhood the allure of music captivated Cray, whose father’s Army career resulted in several moves. Consequently, his guitar became a close friend. When he first discovered his love for the instrument, George Harrison topped the list of performers he hoped to emulate. Soon after, he rejoiced in the iconic sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, and B.B. King. His affinity for the blues was forever solidified.

The band formed in 1974, and now  comprises Cray (vocals/guitar), Richard Cousins (bass)—a childhood friend of Cray’s who was with the band until ‘91 and rejoined in ‘07—Les Falconer (drums), and Dover Weinberg (piano/keyboards). Cray’s four-piece redefines blues, by putting a modern spin on the decades-old genre. The sound has captured the attention of critics, audiences and other performers, leading to a five-decade career.

Presented by 98.3 The Penguin and Huka Entertainment, The Robert Cray Band will perform alongside Shemekia Copeland this Sunday, May 3.



Ziggy’s by the Sea, 208 Market Street
Sunday, May 3, 8 p.m. •  $10-$15

Metal heads can rejoice Sunday as L.A. rockers Volumes hit the stage at Ziggy’s by the Sea. Featuring five musicians who get down to the divergent sounds of jazz, classical, post-rock, rap and, metal, the collective combines to create an in-your-face rock experience.

Volumes was upstarted by Diego Farias and former rhythm guitarist Daniel Braunstein. At the time, they were simply jamming together but quickly realized they wanted to do something more. Subsequently, they teamed up with Michael Barr, Gus Farias, Raad Soudani, and Chris Khoury. Currently, the band contains Barr and Gus Farias (vocals), Diego Farias (lead guitar), Soudani (bass), and Nick Ursich (drums)—though a few lineup changes have occurred since they formed in 2009.

The heavy-hitting musicians released their first EP, “The Concept of Dreaming,” after signing with Mediaskare Records and Outerloop Management in 2010. This came after having formed only one year prior. They’ve since released two full-length albums, “Via” (2011)­—which released N. 1 on the iTunes Rock and Metal charts—and “No Sleep” 2014.

Their sound comes laden with aggressive hooks and even infuses rap. Folks can check them out this Sunday at Ziggy’s or get a sneak peak via their website, They’ll be joined by opening acts HerEcho, The Wake Within, and Silent Sabotage.

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