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Ninth Anniversary Celebration!
Soapbox Laundro Lounge
255 N. Front Street
Music all week long!

MAN OF POWER: Bonnie Prince Billy, a.k.a. Palace and Will Oldham, brings his beautifully crafted Americana to Soapbox on Thursday evening. Courtesy photo.

The Soapbox Laundro-Lounge has introduced me to some amazing bands over the past few years. I can still remember the first time I watched the men of Seqouyah (formerly Seqouyah Prep School) rock out their hardcore Georgia folk on the third floor stage. Now, they’re one of my favorite live acts.

I’m sure such is the case for many Wilmingtonians. Through Soapbox, the people of our fair port city are able to sample some of the greatest up-and-coming local (or touring) acts of each genre. Those stages have hosted everything from reggae to death metal, Americana to hip-hop, indie rock to doo-wop and everything in between.

On top of spreading their musical love, Soapbox also features the chillest laundromat in the tri-county area (and maybe the nation), as well as Nutt Street Comedy Room, which brings in nationally renowned comedians that have been featured on Comedy Central, “Last Comic Standing” and beyond. With all the instrumental talent, laughs and freshly laundered clothes to be had, what’s not to love?

This year marks the ninth anniversary of one of our favorite local spots. As a way of saying thank you to the community, the Soapbox is offering nine very special nights of concerts through October 14th. In addition, the venue created a pass that includes admission to all of the shows, as well as a Soapbox t-shirt, for only $99. As a way for encore to say thank you to the Soapbox, we’re giving free tickets to quite a few shows. It sure beats cake and ice cream!

To enter, head over to our Facebook page and tell us which tickets you’d like. We’ll throw you in the hat for a drawing or at least keep you updated on how to win!

Wednesday, October 5th
Trevor Hall and Sai Collins

Although Trevor Hall hails from Hilton Head, South Carolina, Sai Collins is a well-known Wilmington act who regularly plays the Soapbox and Sweet and Savory Bake Shop and Café. Hall recorded his first album at the age of 15 and studied classical guitar at Idyllwild Arts Academy in California for his sophomore through senior years of high school. He’s toured with folks like The Wailers, Ben Harper, Colbie Caillat, Steel Pulse, Matisyahu, Stevie Nicks and Ziggy Marley. Hall and Collins both play tunes reminiscent of these artists, although Hall cites Björk as an influence as well.

Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the show.

Thursday, October 6th
Bonnie Prince Billy
Phantom Family Halo

The artist formerly known as Palace, Palace Songs, Palace Brothers and his own name, Will Oldham, Bonnie Prince Billy performs slow guitar strummings, paired with an amazingly piquant age-hardened voice. He’s released several albums from 1992 through today, and collaborated with guitarist Matt Sweeney, Rob Mazurek, Azita Youseffi and Jon Langford. He’s worked with legends across the board and has even had legends perform his hauntingly beautiful music (i.e. Johnny Cash, “I See a Darkness”). To miss his performance would be a fundamental no-no on the scale of outstanding performers coming to Wilmington.
Oh, and did we mention he’s an actor, too? (“Junebug,” “Jackass 3D”).

Tickets for this show are $15 in advance and $18 on the day of; doors open at 8 p.m.

Friday, October 7th
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

Two crowd pleasers will join together for a fun, rump-shakin’ romp. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, performing tunes like “W.T.F.,” which features the groove of the trombone and saxophone, round out their sound with fast-paced guitar riffs and pounding drums and bass.

Doors are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the show.

First Friday Hip-Hop Showcase
Hitcha Off Entertainment presents live performances in the laundro-lounge from J-Sales, Evolewtion, Roddy J, Grady Watts and Dax Viator of Hip Hop Co-op. As well, Last Ones Left will perform along with Jordan Brown. All of the artists strive to provide innovative hip-hop in comparison to the raps being played on the radio. They are continuously collaborating and creating.

Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $5, or $3 with a valid college ID.

Saturday, October 8th
White Boy Wasted: Keaton, Jake G, Austin B, Drake Murphy, Eulogy

This hip-hop show will be hosted by Mr. Neva Dedd of AYP Magazine. White Boy Wasted is a group of white MCs from across North Carolina, and they are eager to present their rhymes at the Soapbox.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 on the day of the show, and the doors to the upstairs stage will open for this show at 9 p.m.

Apollo on Fire

Apollo on Fire, consisting of Alex Beatty (guitar, lead vocal), Garrett Ward (drums, backing vocals), Chris McKee (guitar) and Logan Greeson (bass), are Wilmingtonians who tinge on the rock sound embodying The Killers. Although the combination of Beatty and Ward’s vocals creates a haunting, whispery audio.

Doors to the laundro-lounge open at 9 p.m. and admission is free.

Sunday, October 9th
Madi Diaz,
Keegan Dewitt

Offering a blend of roots, pop and indie, Madi Diaz is a singer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania who went on to study music at Paul Green’s School of Rock and Berklee College of Music in Boston. Now, Diaz resides in the city of music, also known as Nashville, although she tours the country, playing folk festivals and venues alike.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10.

Monday, October 10th
Bear Hands

This group is gaining recognition across the Southeast as they present their post-punk, experimental and indie rock to fans all around. Formed in 2006, the band includes members Dylan Rau, Ted Feldman, Val Loper and TJ Orscher. Since releasing their first LP in 2007 (“Golden”), they toured as the opening act for MGMT, the XX, Vampire Weekend and Les Savy Fav. In November of last year, Bear Hands released their first full-length LP, “Burning Bush Supper Club.”

Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the show.

Tuesday, October 11th
Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds
Through the Roots

Iration features a blend of reggae, rock and pop by mixing keyboard and synthesizer with melodic vocals. Having been placed in TV and radio, the band has opened for Kings of Leon, 311 and George Clinton. They love performing at festivals such as Cypress Hills Annual Smoke Out Festival and West Beach Music Festival. Their Hawaiian-inspired tunes will surely please fans of the surf culture.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $12 in advance.

Friday, October 14th
The Black Dahlia Murder
All Shall Perish
Cannabis Corpse

Finishing up the anniversary festivities will be The Black Dahlia Murder, a hardcore metal band that debuted in 2007 at #72 on the Billboard 200 with their third album, “Nocturnal.” Having released “Majesty” in 2009, a documentary DVD with live footage of their Summer Slaughter tour, they debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Top Hard Music Album Charts with 2009’s album, “Deflorate.”

Doors for this show open at 7 p.m., and tickets are $14 in advance and $16 on the day of the show.

Tickets can be purchased on the Soapbox’s website or at the door of the venue the night of the show. Those under 21 may be subject to an additional $3 admission charge.

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