The festival is steep in traditions and ceremonies but the 4th of July is also a celebration. The party is rocking at the Waterfront Stage with a variety of music and entertainment. The stage is located, beside Waterfront Park at the end of South Howe Street but the entertainment is only half the attraction with a backdrop of the Intracoastal Waterway and Cape Fear River, you just never know what will float by as you enjoy the sounds from the stage.
There is plenty of room at Waterfront Park to spread out a blanket or take advantage of the street closing and setup a chair on the pavement, just make sure to save room in front of the stage for the dance “floor”.
All that dancing and foot tapping you will surely whip up an appetite. Food vendors are located adjacent to the stage serving everything from blooming onions to funnel cakes and everything in between.
June 26th - Military Band Concert
July 3rd - Patriotic Band Concert
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Brunswick Concert Band
July 4th - Live Pro Wrestling
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - UPWA Pro Wrestling
7:00 p.m. . -
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - The Holiday Band
Holiday Band formed in 1991 and was inducted into the Beach Music Hall of Fame in 2015. Consisting of 7 members on stage, they perform over 200 dates per year and have recorded 8 CD's. An evening with the Holiday Band will showcase a variety of styles, always with an emphasis on danceable music. Memorable performances include a showcase at Lincoln Center in N.Y.C., Mardi Gras, and numerous cruises.
Sponsored by: N.C. 4th of July Festival
6:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Party of Two (end time is approximate)
2:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. - Brunswick Big Band
In 2005, Jean Willett, who was then the Principal Conductor of the Concert Band, acted on a long-standing urge and created the Brunswick Big Band as a division of the Brunswick Concert Band. Using many of the same musicians, the Big Band started playing as part of the Concert Band’s performances. In a short time, the Big Band developed a reputation of its own and was performing independently at events throughout Brunswick County. Under the leadership of Frank Mahoney (trumpet) and Michael Stringer (alto saxophone), the ensemble is in demand for receptions and public performances across the Cape Fear area. If you would like to have the Big Band perform at your event, contact Frank at Bandinfo1@aol.com. http://brunswickbands.org
3:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. - Local Boys- 60's & 70's music
We are a small band from Southport, NC playing rock and roll from the 60s, 70s, and even a few 80s tunes. Band members have years of experience from playing in bands, recording, and performing live. Local Boys feed off of crowd energy and when listeners are dancing and singing along, we are at our best. We are three local guys that love playing great music for people to enjoy! Check us out on Facebook and give us a listen and a like at https://www.facebook.com/localboysnc.
4:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. - Acoustic Guitar Group
We are AGG: Acoustic Guitar Group. We play traditional and new American folk, contemporary music and more. Peter Heck has played in Greenwich Village venues, Kathy Gedemer grew up playing in coffee houses in the Midwest, and Jan Calhoun practiced his skills on his 5th grade classes in East Brady, PA (lol!) We have recently come together to blend our styles and interests as we play together. We hope you will enjoy listening and singing along! Contact Info: 847-543-8758 or 910-200-3369
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - The Blue Aces (US Air Force Band)
The Blue Aces are 6 dynamic Airman-musicians who perform a diverse mix of today’s favorite artists (Kings of Leon, Imagine Dragons, Tori Kelly, Eric Church, etc.) and the old school rock and rhythm and blues of yesterday (ZZ Top, Stevie Wonder, Allman Brothers, The Beatles, etc.) The band, comprised of a lead singer, two guitars, bass, drums, and audio engineer, enjoys bringing their high energy shows to a variety of audiences and settings throughout the Eastern United States. The Blue Aces have deployed multiple times to Southwest Asia, supporting U.S. and Coalition Troops, while building international friendships. They have performed with numerous professional artists to include Jake Cinninger (Umphrey’s McGee) and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan).
1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. -Lone Star Blues (blues music)
Lone Star Blues was formed in Southport in December 2015 to play classic rock and blues, and has been making the rounds of the many open mike gigs in Southport to meet the local talent, and are now booked at several local venues….and we are having a blast! Our members are: Bruce Bland - a pro bass player who was a member of The Gentlemen, a garage-rock band from Dallas TX who had a regional hit with "It's a Cry'n Shame". Mark Lanter - Mark is a pro drummer, bass player, and singer who has been a key member of many music projects in Fayetteville and Wilmington, NC. John Rogers - a versatile guitarist and vocalist from Houston TX with experience playing rock, pop, blues, and country from the 50's through today.
2:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. - Chance Union Band (classic rock music)
The band plays a mix of old rock and roll, blues, folk, tunes from the not too distant past. Many of the songs are well known and the audience is always welcome to singalong. Members: Jim Bath (drums) Jim DeGuehery (vocals and guitar) Joel Dove (bass, harp, guitar, vocals) Tom Melcher (guitar and vocals) Garth Walters (guitar and vocals).
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. -STREET DANCE - Tru Sol Band
TRU SOL BAND has captured the attention of audiences since they first arrived on the scene in November 2004 and have been voted best local band in the Myrtle Beach area for the past 6 years in a row. Not only did they make a lasting impression locally, they became one of the top-drawing live bands for weddings, festivals, & parties along the East Coast. What sets Tru Sol apart is their dedication to making sure their audiences remember their Tru Sol experience. Their soulful renditions of classics from the Motown Era, 70's & 80's, up to the present Hip Hop and R&B Eras are guaranteed to keep the crowd happy on any occasion. Check out this clip of Tru Sol performing at the 4th of July Festival in Southport back in 2013...https://youtu.be/YXIqafxul-E. They don't have any plans of slowing down any time soon.
1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. - Betty Moore Singing Ministry (gospel music)
Betty has been a born again Christian for many years. Singing with family, choirs, trios, duet and now singing solo. She wants to share her testimony through music. “God has been so good to me and my family. I want people to see how their life can change by having Christ in it. All I want to do is serve the Him and make a joyful noise unto the Lord”. Contact Betty to come and worship with you through singing God's music.
2:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. - Ava Johnson
Ava Johnson has been singing since before she could talk and took up the piano a year ago. Her style is an eclectic mix that she tends to interpret bluesy and torch, building theme variations all her own. She is thirteen
3:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. - Techmoja Dance & Theater Company
Techmoja Dance and Theater Company is an organization founded by Donna Joyner Green and Kevin Lee-y Green. The company made it's debut in February of 2009 with it's inaugural production of DREAMGIRLS. Since then, the company has been touching the hearts of many through quality entertainment. The dance company has performed in notable festivals, such as: NC Dance Festival, Cucalorous, Azalea Festival, Riverfest to name a few. Although, performing is their passion, they do quite a bit of community outreach partnering with several organizations: Journey 4 Josh, SNIPES Elementary School, Brunswick County Schools, Cameron Art Museum, Martin Luther King Center, etc. "This and every performance hereafter is dedicated to my mother, Donna Joyner Green, for her belief in my talents and her love and support shown to the entire Techmoja family."
4:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. - Carolina Line Blue Bluegrass Band (bluegrass music)
Carolina Line Bluegrass Band was formed when 2 previous members of The Lucky Girls Band met up with a former member of Jill and the River Rats Band. George Napier, J.D. Cochran and Fran Phillips play foot tapping Bluegrass, Classic Country music and Americana. Carolina Line Bluegrass Band currently performs as the opening act for all bands playing in the Oak Island Parks and Recreation Summer Concert Series. Carolina Line Bluegrass Band also plays regularly at Oak Island Moose Lodge 2059 and is a crowd favorite.
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Liquid Pleasure Band
After more than two decades of bringing audiences to their feet, the band LIQUID PLEASURE, has become a multi-cultural icon. Even from the beginning and through the present, LIQUID PLEASURE has never desired to follow the dream path of most bands. That is, being a major recording entity. Sometimes when they are traveling on the road, the guys get in a nostalgic mood, remembering the times past. “When we were still playing the college circuit heavily, with groups like Hootie and The Blowfish and REM,. The Spinners were even scheduled to warm up for us once”, said veteran member, Melvin Farrington. Although, in 1981, when they did record an album, the band immediately focused back on what had been their mainstay from the beginning, the dance and show circuit.
This band of guys who have been like brothers, love being in touch with people like them, who love a variety of good music, and appreciate hearing it performed live, by a great dance and show band. In the early years the band was paired with greats like, Chuck Berry, Eddie Floyd and Ben E. King and later, Whitney Houston, The Four Tops, TheTempations and Aretha Franklin. Definitively, LIQUID PLEASURE has always been a hot ticket! I doubt if they realized that they were growing up with people who would remain loyal fans for years to come.
The fans that grew up with The Temptations, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin and LIQUID PLEASURE, are now in charge of corporate America. When they want to be reminded of better times, they party with LIQUID PLEASURE. Kenny’s wisecracks and comedy along with mesmerizing choreography are synchronized with the band’s great blend of music.
The reward for their patience has been great! LIQUID PLEASURE has set a new standard. With no album high on the charts to boost them, LIQUID PLEASURE is a marketing phenomenon. By word of mouth only, they are the most accomplished band in their circuit. They performed for former President Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Ball and that of current North Carolina Governor, Mike Easley. The RAVENS Football team, had a Super Bowl blast in 2000 with LIQUID PLEASURE at the helm! They are the regular choice for entertainment at the PANTHER’s house. I’ll bet the HORNETS basketball team even credit LIQUID PLEASURE with making their day in the 2000 and 2001 NBA finals. Without a doubt, HURRICANES 2001 New Year’s Eve party, was one to remember! Sports, Corporate, Private, and just about any other venue are no challenge for LIQUID PLEASURE.
Letters pour in all the time from satisfied clients. Corporations like Budweiser, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, American Express, SAS Corporation and Barron’s Securities Corporation, have signed on the dotted line to insure that the entertainment for their function was a guaranteed success. Announcements of LIQUID PLEASURE’s scheduled appearance at fundraisers for The American Heart Association, Make A Wish Foundation and The Special Olympics added to their success.
LIQUID PLEASURE, Bringing Fun and Excitement to People Who Want to Have a Great Time!
9:00 p.m. - The National Anthem will be sung by Gregory Brown
Born in 1990 in Southport, NC, Gregroy Devon Brown (Von) is a native of this beautiful town. since the age of three Von has sang and performed in various places and productions in the area. Heavily involved in Wilmington theater, Von has obtained many lead roles in multiple shows with Techmoja dance and theater company owned and operated by the very talented Kevin L. Green. Roles include Lion (The Wiz), Judas (Jesus Christ Super Star), CeCe (Dreamgirls), Papa Gi (Once On This Island) just to name a few. With roots firmly established in the church, Von is a vibrant aspiring artist who seeks to use his musical abilities to spread love, positivity and encouragement.
9:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m. - Liquid Pleasure Band
Sponsored by: The State Port Pilot