Wilmington is adored for a variety of reasons. It’s difficult to find other towns as charming as the Port City that boast, among other things, a booming film industry, several solid colleges, decadent restaurants and picturesque beaches. Along with a favored coastal atmosphere comes another vital element: Wilmington’s celebrated nightlife, filled with an abundance of live, crowd-pleasing performances. Over the next week, many diverse, renowned and promising musical acts will be engaging audiences at local venues, ensuring lively experiences for any Wilmingtonian.
The Soapbox • 255 N. Front Street
March 30th, 7 p.m.
$10 or $13 for underage
Metalheads will be rocking out to Oh, Sleeper at The Soapbox on March 30. Fans of Bullet For My Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold can resonate with the Texas-based band’s intense, guitar-heavy sound paired with roaring vocals. Impressively accelerated instrumentation is key throughout all of Oh, Sleeper’s ballads, earning them success with over a million plays on their MySpace for dark songs such as “Vices Like Vipers.” In 2009 the band’s album “Son of Morning” peaked at #120 on the Billboard Top 200 and #46 on the Rock Albums chart.
From Oh, Sleeper’s tough sound, some might be surprised to learn that they are a Christian band with religiously symbolic lyrics, much in the way of other faith-inspired metalcore bands like Underoath and The Devil Wears Prada.
UNCW Trask Coliseum
April 1, 7 p.m.
$23-$28 • www.etix.com
He’s been nominated for five Grammy Awards, won a Teen Choice Award, has collaborated with artists like Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and Paramore’s Hayley Williams, and he’s only 22. He is Bobby Ray Simmons, known by his stage name, B.o.B. The accomplished hip-hop artist will be gracing UNCW’s Trask Coliseum on Friday, April 1.
Born in Winston Salem, NC, B.o.B. rose to fame in 2010 for his acclaimed hits “Airplanes” and “Nothin’ On You.” His debut album released the same year, “B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray,” earned high sales that propelled him to a number one spot on the Billboard charts in three different categories. It also gained the respect of both fans and critics with positive reviews.
On the album, B.o.B. displays his diverse musical styles through rapping and singing on a well-balanced combination of heartening, fun anthems likened to styles of Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West.
Opening up for B.o.B. will be Play Boy Tre and DJ Jason Smith.
Easy Star All Stars
Soapbox • 255 N. Front St.
April 5, 8 p.m.
Not many bands would have the courage to cover musical geniuses like Pink Floyd, the Beatles and Radiohead; nor would they be able to do it well. The esteemed Easy Star All Stars, however, have been able to effectively combine reggae with classic rock anthems and will be jamming out at The Soapbox on Tuesday, April 5.
Upstarted in 1997, the band, which rotates musicians and singers regularly, released their first tribute CD in 2003, “Dub Side of the Moon.” They followed up with the albums “Radiodread” (which Radiohead itself praised) and “Lonely Hearts Dub Band,” which made history as the first reggae album in two years to twice top the Billboard Top 200. All Stars craftily incorporate a form of reggae that is fused with jazz, ska and dub undertones for an entrancing and unique sound.
The three original cofounders, Michael Goldwasser, Eric Smith and Lem Oppenheimer, have managed the band since its inception and have paved the way for the band to play in over 25 countries throughout the years.
For more information, visit www.thesoapboxlive.com.