Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

The Green with Special Guest New Kingston

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The Green with Special Guest New Kingston - Return to the Port City

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
7:00 PM

$20 GA in advance// $50 seated balcony (limited)

A night of Reggae with The Green and special guest New Kingston

The Green is a Hawaiian reggae band with a sound that blends dub-heavy roots reggae, smooth lovers' rock, contemporary pop and rock with indigenous Hawaiian references. New Kingston is a progressive reggae group whose members combine their Jamaican heritage with the urban sounds of their New York home. These two bands will make a stop at the BAC on their summer tour. 

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE FACEBOOK PAGE

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Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

Donna the Buffalo

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Sunday, September 22, 2019
Doors: 7:00 PM// Show: 8:00 PM
All Ages
$25 Advance General Admission Tickets// $45 VIP Balcony Access (21+ only) Tickets
Tickets on sale now!

Donna the Buffalo offers everything you want in a roots band -- songs that matter, a groove that makes you dance, an audience that spans generations and a musical voice that evokes a sense of community.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE FACEBOOK PAGE

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Dec
6
to Dec 8

The Holiday Flea at BAC

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The Brooklyn Arts Center is thrilled to announce The Holiday Flea at BAC on Friday, December 6, Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8.

This will be our biggest and best flea yet! More than 50 of the finest local and regional vendors will present one-of-a-kind vintage, retro, upcycled, and fabulous treasures in the Church and in The Annex just in time for your holiday shopping.

Wilmington’s finest food trucks will feed the crowd each day, Coffee Shop will serve hot coffee and delicious treats, and the BAC Cash Bar will provide additional liquid sustenance. Parking is free in our North 4th neighborhood, and there is an ATM on site. Admission is $5—good for all three days and includes a raffle ticket. Children under the age of 12 are free.

Vendors interested in applying, please visit (link). There are limited booth spaces available, and this show sells out every year, so don’t wait, apply now!

For more information, see the attached poster and visit our online application.

Hi Vintage Vendors, 

It's time to apply for the Holiday Flea at BAC 2019, happening Friday, December 6, Saturday December 7 and Sunday December 8. Last years show was the biggest and most successful yet...and we expect the 2019 Flea to be even better. We are looking for up-scale vintage vendors, including up-cycled, recycled, vintage and retro items. This show has sold out every year since 2011, so the time to apply is NOW! All local vendors are welcome to apply--jewelers, potters, artists, hand-made items-- but we try to fill the show with vintage vendors first. The application closes September 30 and you will hear back from event coordinator, Austin Levitan by October 16. Click the linked image below to apply today. 

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Feb
9
12:00 PM12:00

Trinkets & Treasures: Jewelry & Chocolate in The Annex

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The Brooklyn Arts Center and Mitzy Jonkheer are thrilled to announce Trinkets & Treasures: Jewelry & Chocolate in The Annex, the region’s most premier jewelry show, on Sunday, February 9, from noon to 5 p.m.

Twenty-five of the region's best jewelers and chocolatiers will present one-of-a-kind handmade treasures in The Annex …just in time for your Valentine’s Day shopping.

Admission is $5 and includes a raffle ticket. Children under the age of 12 are free.

There are limited booth spaces available, and this show sells out every year, so don’t wait! Click below to apply.

For more information, see the attached poster and visit our online application.

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Feb
22
to Feb 23

Art For All 10

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The Brooklyn Arts Center is thrilled to announce Art for All 10 on Saturday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, February 23 from noon to 5 p.m.

This will be our biggest show yet! More than 50 of the finest local and regional artists will present one-of-a-kind art in the Church and in The Annex.

Wilmington’s finest food trucks will feed the crowd each day — A&M Red Food Truck on Saturday and WilmyWoodie on Sunday — Grumpy Grandpa's Coffee Shop will serve coffee, and the BAC Bar will provide additional liquid sustenance. Parking is free in our North 4th neighborhood. Admission is $5—good for all three days and includes a raffle ticket. Children under the age of 12 are free.

Vendors interested in applying, please click below to apply. There are limited booth spaces available, and this show sells out every year, so don’t wait, apply now!

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Mar
21
to Mar 22

Made in NC 2020

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Made In NC, a gorgeous and diverse community craft show! Happening on Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22, from Noon- 5 p.m.

Admission to the show is $5 at the door—good for both days and includes a raffle ticket (kids 12 and under are free). Parking in the North Fourth neighborhood is free.

Catch food truck on Saturday, WilmyWoodie pizza truck on Sunday, Grumpy Grandpa's coffee shop, BAC bar and over 50 vendors all in one place! We can’t wait to see you at the BAC!

To apply to be a vendor, click below to apply.

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Aug
17
4:00 PM16:00

2nd Annual Port City Jerry Day

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City of Wilmington presents the 2nd Annual Port City Jerry Day for the United Way sponsored by Edward Teach Brewery. Featuring Cosmic Charlie, the preeminent Grateful Dead cover band in Southeastern US, and The Possums. Doors at 7:00 pm and show at 7:30 pm. $10 admission — ALL AGES. With ticket purchase, come early for the Shakedown Street Experience at 4:00 pm in the BAC courtyard with vendors, good beer and vibes. CheeseSmith food truck onsite. 100 percent of the proceeds go to benefit the United Way Cape Fear Area. Tickets ON SALE NOW!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

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Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

CELEBRATION OF LIFE for Charlie Maultsby


CELEBRATION OF LIFE for Charlie Maultsby

Band on Fire, Willie Stomp feat. Polar Bear, Black Mantis, The Blue Footed Boobies

Thursday Mar 28, 2019

Doors: 7:00 PM // Show: 7:30 PM

All Ages // $20 ADV $25 DOS

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Come join us in celebrating the impact Charlie Maultsby had on the music community in Wilmington.  Share some memories, listen to great music and raise a glass to Charlie!

 BILL'S FRONT PORCH FOOD TRUCK will be on site from 6:30pm so you can grab dinner!

 Children 5 & under free

 Proceeds to benefit the Charlie Maultsby Foundation, benefiting local charities he contributed to each year.

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT BOTH REDIX LOCATIONS FOR CASH


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Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Young Adult Mental Health Forum

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Come and hear a panel of local mental health professionals answer your questions regarding young adult mental health issues - Thursday, March 21st, 7:00-8:30, at The Annex Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews

There will also be several local agencies on-site to provide you with mental health resources. Those agencies include:

Agape Counseling Associates
Chrysalis Center for Counseling and Eating Disorder Treatment
Mind Matters
Made Well Center for Wholeness
Refuge Addictions Ministry
The Healing Circle with Kobe Campbell

Have a question for our panel? Then you can send us a message on Facebook, or text us at 910-218-8882.

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Mar
9
to Mar 10

Made in NC 2019

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Made In NC, a gorgeous and diverse community craft show! Happening on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, from Noon- 5 p.m.

Admission to the show is $5 at the door—good for both days and includes a raffle ticket (kids 12 and under are free). Parking in the North Fourth neighborhood is free.

Local Wilmington food trucks, BAC cash bar and Wilmington's Fabulous Food Trucks, and over 50 vendors all in one place! We can’t wait to see you at the BAC!

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Feb
16
to Feb 17

Art for All 9

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The Brooklyn Arts Center is thrilled to announce Art for All 9 on Saturday, February 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, February 17 from noon to 5 p.m.

This will be our biggest show yet! More than 50 of the finest local and regional artists will present one-of-a-kind art in the Church and in The Annex.

Wilmington’s finest food trucks will feed the crowd each day, Spoonfed Coffee Shop will serve hot coffee and delicious treats, and the BAC Cash Bar will provide additional liquid sustenance. Parking is free in our North 4th neighborhood, and there is an ATM on site. Admission is $5—good for all three days and includes a raffle ticket. Children under the age of 12 are free.

Vendors interested in applying, please visit our website. There are limited booth spaces available, and this show sells out every year, so don’t wait, apply now! 

For more information, see the attached poster and visit our online application.

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Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

Cinderella’s Once Upon a Prom

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Cinderella’s Closet (a ministry of Grace UMC) invites you to please join us for a throwback prom to raise monies for Cinderella’s Closet. All proceeds will go to purchasing dresses and accessories. 

Must be 21 years or older
Cash Bar
Music by Active DJ
Light Hors d’ouvres
Throw your prom attire back to any decade (not required)

Tickets on sale now.  
Limited tickets available, so buy yours today.

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Fab4JDRF 2nd Annual Concert
Feb
1
to Feb 2

Fab4JDRF 2nd Annual Concert

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It’s time to bust out your bellbottoms! In celebration of the 50th Anniversary release, the Moondogs will be preforming selections from the Beatles 1968 “White Album.”

Join us Friday, February 1, at the Brooklyn Arts Center for the 2nd annual Fab4JDRF concert, featuring pre-concert jams from Active Entertainment. Doors open at 7, and the show starts at 8.  The Moondogs encourage 1960s attire to match the music – and hopefully, your digs will bring you luck: a silent auction, raffle, and Best Dressed contest will run throughout the night.  If rocking out with the Moondogs gets you hungry, no worries. Middle of the Island is catering the party, and the BAC cash bar will quench your every thirst. 

Tickets are $26 in advance and $35 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, an organization working to turn “Type One into Type None.”

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Jan
26
4:00 PM16:00

Sport City Corn Hole Classic

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Who loves Corn Hole? Pretty much everybody. And that's good news because Sport City Rec is again presenting The Sport City Corn Hole Classic at the Brooklyn Arts Center on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Two-person teams will play for a top prize of $400. More cash prizes and other prizes will be given to big winners. Double Elimination tournament--so everybody plays twice--begins at 5:00 p.m. Early Bird Registration is $50 online at sportcityrec.com. In person(at the door) registration starts at 4:00 p.m. day of. General admission is $5 to watch your favorite teams go for the big bucks. 

It wouldn't be cornhole without beer. So we are lucky indeed that Edward Teach Brewing Co. is sponsoring this super-fun event. That means this tournament is adults only. 

Last year’s classic was, well, classic. So sign up now and get ready to throw the bag like you mean it!

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Jan
25
6:15 PM18:15

10th Annual Port City Ping Pong Throw Down

They’re back…and ready to battle. Are you?

Edward Teach Brewery and The Brooklyn Arts Center is proud to host the tenth Port City Ping Pong Throwdown on Friday, January 25, once again in collaboration with the Wilmington Table Tennis Club.

Ping pong has been a popular pastime in America for decades (Forrest Gump, anyone?) and the BAC is fast approaching one decade’s worth of Throwdowns. Eight professional tables fill the first floor of the church, and matches are played until midnight and the winners are crowned. There are two draws to play in: Play for Keeps (think table tennis club members and other ping pong aficionados) and Play for Fun (think drinking a beer while you play your match, like during the point). First, second, third, fourth, and fifth place winners will receive cash prizes, and a raffle prize will be drawn as well.

The BAC Cash Bar featuring Edward Teach’s beer will be open to help celebrate victories and soften losses, and a fabulous food truck will park out front and feed the masses all night long.

Registration and practice tables are open from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on the day of, and matches begin at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for players, and $5 for spectators. For more information, check out the Wilmington Table Tennis Club’s Facebook page.

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Jan
23
5:00 PM17:00

Edward Teach Brewing Co. Presents: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

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Edward Teach Brewing Co. Presents:

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

With Andy Frasco & The U.N.
Wednesday, January 23

Doors: 6 pm Show: 7 pm

General Admission: $25 Adv |

Seated $45 LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Children 5 and under are FREE

***Tickets on sale this Friday, Nov 16 at 10 a.m.!***


Karl Denson's Tiny Universe is gearing up for its biggest year yet in 2019. In February, the band releases its first new studio album in over five years entitled 'Gnomes & Badgers.’ Highly regarded as one of the best live acts on the planet, the new recording distills the sweeping stylistic range of KDTU's concert performances into its own authentic sound. Masterfully incorporating elements of vintage rock, old school soul and classic funk, the inimitable saxophonist/flutist/vocalist Karl Denson and his long-standing six piece unit that includes guitarist DJ Williams, drummer Zak Najor, bassist Chris Stillwell, keyboardist David Veith, trumpeter Chris Littlefield and slide/lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman, have delivered what is undoubtedly their strongest work yet. As always, KDTU will hit the road hard with plans to visit all corners of the U.S. on a national tour supporting ‘Gnomes & Badgers.’ Along with KDTU, Denson—who the Austin Chronicle declared "embodies modern honk”—currently serves as the touring saxophonist with The Rolling Stones, while continuing to hold down his role as a founding member of the seminal funk band, The Greyboy Allstars.

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Jan
19
4:00 PM16:00

Courtyards and Cobblestones 2019

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Courtyards & Cobblestones is a creative wedding event in Wilmington, NC that features five fully styled venues and a hand-picked collection of the most innovative, creative wedding professionals in Wilmington, NC. We are happy to invite engaged couples as well as their family and friends to our next event on January 19 & 20, 2019. Ticket includes self-guided tour of styled venues, featured creatives, live music, tastings and Sunday brunch at Courtyard by Marriott.

Check in will take place at our newest venue, Wrightsville Manor near Wrightsville Beach. Please select which check in time you'd prefer when purchasing your ticket. Venue tour begins at Wrightsville Manor following check in and continues downtown from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. After parking downtown you may start your self-guided tour at any of the C&C Venues. For more details visit courtyardsandcobblestones.com

Early Bird Tickets are on sale from October 15 to November 15. Normal pricing will resume after November 15.

Featured Venues:
Wrightsville Manor/ Brooklyn Arts Center/ Bakery 105/ 128 South/ The Annex
Sponsored by: REEDS Jewelers, Party Suppliers & Rentals, Courtyard by Marriott | Historic Downtown Wilmington, and Pressed Cotton

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Dec
15
6:30 PM18:30

L Shape Lot - 7th Annual Toys For Tots Drive at BAC

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Mark the Date!!! On December 15th, 2017 L Shape Lot is hosting their 7th Annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser, at the beautiful Brooklyn Arts Center, along with special guest Massive Grass. 

Who - L Shape Lot w/ special guests Massive Grass
When - Doors at 6:30pm - Dec 15th, 2017
Where - Brooklyn Arts Center, Wilmington, NC
Tickets - $10 at the door

Accepting all new and unwrapped toy donations. :)

Last year, with your help, over 1400 individual toys were collected, along with a $2000 donation, and we are hoping to exceed that this year. We ask you to mark your calendar, tell a friend, invite a friend, and come be a part of a magical evening while helping others.

Thanks to our sponsors for help us make this event possible
Edward Teach Brewing
Hourglass Studios
98.3 The Penguin

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Dec
14
5:00 PM17:00

Edward Teach One Year Anniversary Block Party

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Edward Teach Brewery and The Brooklyn Arts Center Presents: Toys for Tots Block Party. Join us Friday, December 14 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Campbell St., in between Edward Teach and the Brooklyn Arts Center, for Live Music, Local Vendors, Wilmington’s Finest Food Trucks, and great brews. Admission to this event is an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Toys will be presented at L-Shape Lot Toys for Tots Concert Saturday, December 15.

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Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

12 Tastes (or more) of Christmas

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The best holiday celebration this side of the nuthouse!

ILM Lampoon's 12 Tastes (or more) of Christmas is slated for Dec. 13, 6-9:30pm, at the Brooklyn Arts Center and the adjoining Annex on North Fourth Street in downtown Wilmington. 34 stations will feature 17 local eateries and 17 local drinkeries, pairing the best in food and beverages. Attendees will enjoy eating and drinking amidst the Griswolds’ "Christmas Vacation" theme, as carolers entertain throughout the evening.

Prizes will be given for Best Bite, Best Sip and Best Decorated Booth, as well as Best Dressed Male and Female. Help us celebrate and raise funds for DREAMS of Wilmington, which gives children the opportunity to learn multi-media arts, no matter their family’s socio-economic status. 

This event is presented by encore magazine—ILM's alternative voice for 35 years! 

VIP tickets: $75 (hour-early admission)
GA tickets: $50

Tickets on sale in October at encoreDEALS.com.

For more information about the event please visit the Facebook page.

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Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Annex Songwriter Session #17

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They're back and they're even better! After a four month hiatus, join us again in The Annex at the Brooklyn Arts Center for Songwriter Session #17 on Wednesday, December 12 at 7 p.m.. 

Six amazing local artists will be performing original tracks, live and unplugged, in the BAC's original 1910 schoolhouse: Jarrett Mlodzinski, Jared Michael Celine, Falling for Tuesday, Hank Barbee, Stray Local and Striking Copper. The Annex is set up perfectly for live music, and you won't want to miss the comeback of Songwriter Sessions-now happening quarterly, every second Wednesday. 

A&M Red Food Truck will be outside ready to provide guests with their famous sliders and tacos, and the BAC Cash Bar will be open and fully-stocked inside. 

Admission is $5 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 8. Parking is free in the North 4th neighborhood. We'll see you in Brooklyn!

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The Holiday Flea at BAC
Nov
30
to Dec 2

The Holiday Flea at BAC

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The Brooklyn Arts Center is thrilled to announce The Holiday Flea at BAC on Friday, November 30, Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2.

This will be our biggest and best flea yet! More than 50 of the finest local and regional vendors will present one-of-a-kind vintage, retro, upcycled, and fabulous treasures in the Church and in The Annex just in time for your holiday shopping.

Wilmington’s finest food trucks will feed the crowd each day, Spoonfed Coffee Shop will serve hot coffee and delicious treats, and the BAC Cash Bar will provide additional liquid sustenance. Parking is free in our North 4th neighborhood, and there is an ATM on site. Admission is $5—good for all three days and includes a raffle ticket. Children under the age of 12 are free.

Vendors interested in applying, please click the image below. There are limited booth spaces available, and this show sells out every year, so don’t wait, apply now!

For more information, see the attached poster and visit our online application.

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Nov
7
8:30 PM20:30

Cucalorus Opening Night Concert 

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Cucalorus Opening Night Concert

November 7, 2018   Doors: 8:30 p.m.

$25 Entry // $50 VIP Tickets include access to the VIP Lounge prior to the show, with free refreshments!

Superchunk kicks off the 24th Annual Cucalorus Festival  

Chapel Hill-native Superchunk is Mac McCaughan (guitar, vocals), Jim Wilbur (guitar, backing vocals), Jon Wurster (drums, backing vocals), and Laura Ballance (bass, backing vocals). Since releasing their first 7-inch in 1989, Superchunk has run the gamut of milestone albums: early punk rock stompers, polished mid-career masterpieces, and lush, adventurous curveballs. They released their eleventh album What a Time to be Alive this February, which NPR calls “a full-throated, unapologetic response to a united state of turmoil during the last year, but it’s one of the most fun and contagious records Superchunk has ever made, too.” Rolling Stone ranks it among the top 20 on their Top 50 Albums of 2018 .

Known for its goofy sincerity and focus on discovery and dialogue, Cucalorus Festival annually presents the year’s finest indie and international films, bold stage performances, and interactive events connecting visionary leaders. Encounter fresh ideas, engage in conversation, make new friends, and experience the event MovieMaker Magazine calls one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.” Reunite with your Cucalorus friends at this year’s opening night concert—or join the revelry for the first time—as we kick off the fest!

 

 

Doors: 8:30 p.m.

$25 Entry // $50 VIP Tickets include access to the VIP Lounge prior to the show, with free refreshments!

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Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

#NHRMCStrong- A concert to benefit hard hit hospital staff

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Join us Wednesday, October 31, at the Brooklyn Arts Center for a Halloween benefit concert featuring The Dust Parade, Travis Shallow & The Deep End, Entangled Dreams and Jake Newman. Proceeds from the show will benefit New Hanover Regional Medical Center Staff members who were locked down at the hospital during Florence and suffered serious hurricane damage at home. Hospital staff at all levels need your help! This is a wonderful, rock & roll chance to step up and help your friends and neighbors in need.

 The Dust Parade performed a sold-out album release concert at the BAC and blew the doors off the place. Travis Shallow has raised the roof in Brooklyn many times. To have them both on the same bill on the same night is the show of the season! To raise money for NHRMC staff members while you’re rocking to these awesome local bands makes this a night to remember. See you at the show!

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door day-of, and are available on Eventbrite and the BAC website. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Wear your coolest costume to the show. Cash prizes for best solo costume & best couple costume. BAC Cash Bar, Free parking in our N. 4th neighborhood, ATM onsite. For more information, visit BrooklynArtsNC.com  

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Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Lawn Chair Bluegrass Blow Out

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Edward Teach Brewery presents Lawn Chair Bluegrass Blow Out 2, Thursday, October 25 at the beautiful Brooklyn Arts Center. Featuring Fireside Collective, Massive Grass, Hank & Pattie, and Maxwell & Company. This is the only show where you can bring your own lawn chair into the BAC. That’s right, bring your own lawn chair! Only 250 lawn chair tickets are available, plus 50 seated balcony tickets. That’s 300 total tickets only, so get yours now. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance at Eventbrite / $30 at the door day of. BAC Cash Bar featuring Edward Teach Beer, awesome Wilmington Food Truck, ATM on site and Free Parking.

Awesome Pre-Party next door at Edward Teach Brewery before the show. Live music, chair check on site and door prizes in Wilmington’s coolest new brewery.

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Oct
14
6:00 PM18:00

Hannah Kol Album Release Party

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Doors open on the Annex side of Brooklyn Arts Center on Campbell Street at 6 pm. Show starts at 7 pm. Food truck and cash bar onsite. Come see what she has been working on in Nashville this year. 

Tickets are $10 in advance. A portion of the proceeds will go to Music Heals Minds, a non profit dedicated to helping young people with mental illness obtain instruments for therapy. 

There are a limited number of tickets available. Please purchase tickets through the link below. All ages welcome. 

Merchandise including CD's will be available for purchase at the event with cash, PayPal, and Venmo. 

For out of town guests, the Microtel Inn and Suites in Carolina Beach is offering a special rate of $79 Sunday-Thursday. Please call 910-458-1300 and ask for the Hannah Kol Album Release rate. It is about a 20 minute drive.

If you wish to stay close to the venue, the Hampton Inn Downtown Wilmington is 0.3 miles and an easy walk to the venue.

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Oct
13
to Oct 14

The Butterfly Ball

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COASTAL PLAIN CONSERVATION GROUP and HABITATS GARDENS, LLC, presents: THE BUTTERFLY BALL, an enchanting fun-raising party for nature-loving people to socialize while celebrating the natural wonders of southeastern North Carolina—especially colorful autumn butterflies and flowers that draw us close to nature.

While THE BUTTERFLY BALL celebrates southeastern North Carolina’s unique natural heritage, this is also a fund-raising opportunity for community members to support COASTAL PLAIN CONSERVATION GROUP—a conservation and education organization building awareness and understanding about this ecoregion’s special and most imperiled plants and wildlife— and our works to protect the irreplaceable habitats that support them and us.

Our host site, BROOKLYN ARTS CENTER-ANNEX, will be transformed into an enchanting space with color and charm to create a welcoming place for children of all ages. To that end, THE BUTTERFLY BALL includes an early evening “Caterpillar Cotillion” for young children to enjoy from 6:00 to 7:00pm, and a BUTTERFLY BALL to follow for those without an 8:00pm bedtime.

THE BUTTERFLY BALL will be highlighted with Fun Music and Dance, a Photo Booth with a Butterfly Ambassador, a Silent Auction and Raffle, and a cash bar for adults, with refreshments, lightly salty and sweet, because that’s what butterflies eat.

Black Tie Optional and Costumes Encouraged (No Glitter Please).

Join us for a magical evening, and help COASTAL PLAIN CONSERVATION GROUP continue protecting the rarest plants, wildlife, and habitats that distinguish our ecoregion.

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Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Jake Shimabukuro

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Jake Shimabukuro

Tuesday, September 11

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Brooklyn Arts Center

Wilmington, NC

$45.00

Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele, at age four. It was an encounter that would shape his destiny and give the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument—an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

“My mom played, and I kept bugging her to teach me,” he recalls. “So one day we sat down on the floor and she put her old Kamaka ukulele in my hands. I remember being so nervous. Then she showed me how to strum the strings and taught me my first chord. I fell in love with the ukulele immediately. From that day on, you had to pry the instrument away from me in order to get me to do anything else.”

That first brush with musical fate took place in Honolulu, Hawai’i, where Jake was born and still makes his home. Growing up, he studied and played a number of other musical instruments—drums, piano and guitar. “But none of those instruments spoke to me the way the ukulele did,” he says. “There was something about the uke that was different. Music was my passion, but I had no idea that I could make it as a musician. I always thought that maybe I’d be a school teacher and incorporate music into the classroom, rather than being on a stage performing in front of people.”

Of course, Shimabukuro would end up performing on many of the world’s most renowned stages. Starting his career in Hawai’i, he took his inspiration from some of the islands’ great uke players—Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. But he quickly expanded his scope from there, drawing influences from across the musical spectrum.

“As I got older,” he says, “I realized that I could also learn from guitar players, drummers, violinists, pianists, singers and even dancers. And then I started to observe athletes. Athletes are artists too. I was heavily influenced by people like Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan – applying their philosophy and intense, mental focus to music performance.”

As a member of the group Pure Heart, Shimabukuro became a local phenomenon. From Hawai’i, his fame next spread to Japan. He was signed to Epic Records (Sony/Japan) in 2001 as a solo artist. It was the start of what would become a deep catalog of solo albums, noted for their dazzling fretwork, ambitious repertoire and wistful melodicism. And in 2005, Shimabukuro became an international phenomenon when a video of him performing the George Harrison song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral on YouTube.

“At the time, I didn’t even know what YouTube was,” Jake laughs. “Nobody did, especially in Hawai’i. But I had some friends who were going to college on the mainland and they sent me a link to the video. By the time I saw it, it already had millions of views. My name wasn’t even on it then. All it said was ‘Asian guy shreds on ukulele,’ or something like that. That’s what opened up the doors to touring in North America, Europe, Asia and beyond. It was a big turning point for me.”

By adapting a guitar hero anthem for the ukulele (Eric Clapton had played lead guitar on the Beatles’ original recording) Shimabukuro made a significant statement: The ukulele, with its humble four strings and modest two-octave range, is an instrument limited only by the imagination and creativity of the person playing it. Along with his own original compositions, Jake became noted for his solo uke arrangements of such varied pieces as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

“A lot of those are just songs that I really love,” he says. “I’d sit at home and work out how to play some of them on the ukulele. A lot of it is for my own curiosity. I always wondered, ‘Man, what would “Bohemian Rhapsody” sound like on a ukulele?’ And then it’s my stubborn nature not to give up until I’d figured out how to do it.”

Widespread acclaim brought high-visibility collaborations with a wide range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Marty Friedman. Jake Shimabukuro has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart on numerous occasions, and has sold out prestigious venues and festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House, Wolf Trap, Bonnaroo, SXSW, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. He even played for Queen Elizabeth II at The Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.

Shimabukuro’s busy touring schedule—140 dates a year—is complemented by a rich and varied catalog of albums that capture the many moods of the uke. His most recent CD, Nashville Sessions, is one of his most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging records to date, blending elements of jazz virtuosity with heartfelt melodicism.

A husband and father of two, Jake balances his stellar career with
family life and community service. He travels to schools around the world spreading positive messages to young people, encouraging them to live drug free and find their passion—just as he did at age four when his mother gave him his first ukulele lesson. In the time since then, he has played a key role in the current revival of interest in the ukulele.

“When I first started touring the mainland,” he recalls, “everybody would say, ‘Oh man, I didn’t know you could play that kind of music on that thing.’ But now there are so many iconic artists playing the ukulele, like Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder, Train, Jimmy Buffett, Michael McDonald, Dave Mathews and Taylor Swift. Even popular cartoons like ‘Peg + Cat’ and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ have ukulele soundtracks. The popularity of the ukulele keeps growing every year. And I’m constantly discovering new sounds, styles and expressive possibilities within the instrument through projects like the Nashville Sessions album. By the time we finished that recording, I already had tons of ideas for the next album. I can’t wait to get back into the studio and experiment some more.”

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Port City Jerry Day For The United Way
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Port City Jerry Day For The United Way

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Edward Teach Brewing and The City of Wilmington presents the first annual Port City Jerry Garcia Day for The United Way!

Come enjoy an amazing night of Grateful Dead music at the beautiful Brooklyn Arts Center for only $10, which goes 100% to local charity. Traveling in to headline the event is the amazing Grateful Dead cover band WAVY TRAIN and Wilmington’s own premier Dead cover band THE POSSUMS will get the party started.

Vendors will be on hand selling locally produced shirts and accessories with BAC cash bar, including your favorite beers from Edward Teach Brewing. ATM on site with tons of free parking in the north 4th neighborhood.

Let’s fill the BAC with good vibes and show our love for the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Remember that not only will you get to shake your bones to the best music there is but also your ticket purchase will make a difference in the lives of others in our community through the United Way of The Cape Fear Area. See you there!

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