Sun., Oct. 16th • Doors at noon
Brooklyn Arts Center
516 N. 4th St.
$10-12, free for children under 6
In the early ‘90s when Zach Hanner first moved here from Chapel Hill, he says Wilmington possessed only a few local bands performing original music—and even fewer venues. “It was my major complaint about the town,” he admits. “But when I moved back in 2001, it seemed like the music scene was gaining steam. I started a couple of bands, and the Soapbox opened, and then The Whiskey and Bella Festa. Before you knew it, there were a ton of great bands and venues for them to play.”
Hanner, a member of Da Howlies and The NoSeRidErs, is excited that larger touring acts can now play places like Brooklyn Arts Center (BAC) and Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. “[But] the heart of Wilmington is the dozens of local bands that are practicing twice a week, gigging whenever they can, and creating a wonderful world of music.’
On Saturday, October 16th, BAC will celebrate the talent of local artists with Nofo Loco, an all-day festival. Showcased will be groups Hanner claims contributed to the 10-year progression of our music scene, as well as newer acts that offer fresh, modern sounds. The festival will feature food vendors, skate ramps and a kids’ area (fitting since children under 6 are free). Admission for kids 6-18 is $10, while adults will pay $12. Tickets are available at Gravity Records, BAC’s box office and www.brooklynartsnc.com. Doors open at noon, and the bands will play the inside stage and outdoor courtyard well into the night. Here’s the Nofo Loco line-up and what guests can expect:
12 p.m.: Possum Creek, outside
This trio’s goal is to keep the old-school Carolina-style bluegrass tradition alive and kickin’. Made up of Alex Ball (fiddle and guitar), Jones Smith (mandolin, banjo, guitar) and Ben Chontos (upright bass), the band calls their three-part harmonies “proud singin’.”
12:45 p.m.: Kings of the Weekend, inside
Currently recording an EP, Kings of the Weekend brings a fusion of indie pop, hard alternative rock and blues. Members include Aaron Gallimore on guitar, vocalist Joshua Sullivan on bass, Nate Rimes on guitar and Hunter Edwards on drums.
1:30 p.m.: Glow in the Dark Scars, outside
Fred Champion (guitar, drums, vocals), helped open CD Alley and ran the shop until it closed in January 2010. That venture, paired with his GITDS gig, was a vehicle for exposing people to quality new music. Aside from Champion, the band has an ever-changing line-up. Over 15 years old, the group plays original pieces about angst and love, sprinkled subconsciously with hope.
2:15 p.m.: The NoSeRidErs, inside
This surf rock band mixes in a little new-wave essence with retro sounding keyboards and tribal drum beats. With Hanner on bass and singing, the group is rounded out by Seth Moody (guitar, keyboard, vocals), Brian Drake (guitar) and Dean Grey (drums).
3 p.m.: The Barnraisers, outside
A bluegrass husband-and-wife duo, The Barnraisers include Tiff Reece (five-string banjo) and Adam Forsythe (guitar). When the band formed, Reece had never played banjo before. Now their accomplishments include opening for The Avett Brothers. and winning Best Band twice in encore’s annual reader’s poll.
3:45 p.m.: Justin Lacy and The Swimming Machine, inside
This nine-person ensemble offers quite the dynamic sound. Old-school horns mesh with bumpkin folk in upbeat grooves, or soothing strings meld for a ‘70s easy-listening-rock vibe in slower songs. Actress Sophie Amelkin shines on vocals, as does Adam Powell (whistles, percussion). Lacy is featured on the acoustic guitar, with others playing mandolin, violin, upright bass, trumpet and Tenor sax.
4:30 p.m.: Deadly Lo-Fi, outside
Consisting of “Crunch Mama K” (vocals, guitar, keys, sax) and “The Good Reverend T” (vocals, drums, guitar), Deadly Lo-Fi has a style that evokes images of a seedy Mexican bar in an old Western flick. Yet they can play multiple genres, including their self-titled “garage surf”—which is like the Beach Boys meets The Kooks.
5:15 p.m.: Phantom Playboys, inside
This band’s concert is more like a theater production as they perform with retro flair. Their brand is rockabilly, a blend of country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll reminiscent of the ‘50s. The boys are Eric Lawson (vocals), Bob Phillips (electric guitar), Jones Smith (upright bass), Jim Kaylis (drums) and Michael Rayle (rhythm guitar).
6 p.m.: Da Howlies, outside
This 10-year-old group features ukulele, steel guitar and stand-up bass. They merge Hawaiian jazz, classic ukulele tunes, bluegrass and country. Hanner is joined by Bill Ladd, John McIntyre and Seth Moody, and they add an interesting twist to covers from Johnny Cash to Beck.
6:45 p.m.: Lamont Skylark, inside
A four-piece which includes original members Kevin Rhodes (drums, piano, Hammond organ) and Lincoln Morris, as well as Bill Donovan (synthesizer, turntables, bass, wooden flute, trombone, percussion) and Ted Crenshaw (guitar, banjo, lap steel, bass). They write originals that are honest and challenge their label as alternative country.
7:30 p.m.: L Shape Lot, outside
This group has four singers: Eric Miller (acoustic guitar), Alex Lanier (electric/acoustic guitar), John Kovalski (drums) and Rick Williams (bass). Voted Best Band in our reader’s poll for 2011, they offer a mix of Americana, bluegrass and country, narrative-style lyrics and vocal harmonies with a backwoods quality.
8:15 p.m.: After School Special, inside
Fans of this band have seen up to 10 performers onstage at any given time. Their range includes rock, hip-hop, ska, reggae, punk and funk. Their soulful, disco-like vocals pair with two drummers and three horns to provide a unique musical experience.
9 p.m.: D.H.I.M., outside
Also known as Disciples of His Imperial Majesty, this group plays upbeat reggae with Timi Irie as lead vocalist and percussionist. Back-up vocalists are joined by drums, bass, guitar and keys to complete the Jamaican vibe.
9:45 p.m.: D&D Sluggers, inside
Timothy David White and C. Dustin Overcash perform alternative rock/pop with chiptunes—yes, 8-bit video game sounds made with a Nintendo Gameboy and DS.
10:30 p.m.: Selah Dubb, inside
Over 15 years old, this group is Mark Evangelist (vocals, guitar, writer, producer), Heather Purdin (support vocals, keys) and Quazi (drums). Their blend of surf, reggae and rock is like Sublime meets Bob Marley.