Summer’s unofficial arrival in southeastern NC often shows up earlier than June 22nd, thanks to the influx of outdoor concerts hosted across town. Downtown Sundown is one of many, hosted by Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI), kicking off its celebration this Friday, May 24th. Taking place for free every week through August at Riverfront Park, the series boosts economic impact to downtown to the tune of $1 million. John Hinnant, president of WDI, spoke with encore about the series, dishing numbers, answering all of our burning questions (like, why tribute bands—such as above’s Revival: The Allman Brothers Band Experience, playing July 5th) and divulging info on the great lengths the board goes to ensure the series benefits everyone downtown, from businesses to bands, nonprofits to tourists and locals alike.
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