From the July 2016, Beach Scene Magazine: Guide to the Cape Fear Coast (Wilmington, N.C.).
There are weekly concerts all over the area, including Wilmington's Downtown Sundown, Fort Fisher Summer Concert Series, Carolina Beach's Summer Fireworks By the Sea and Boardwalk Gazebo Music, Boogie in the Park at Kure Beach, Arlie Gardens (Wilmington) Summer Concert Series and there will be five concerts at the Surf City Concerts in the Park.
The only one that charges is the Arlie Gardens Summer Concert Series at $9 for adults.
There are a lot of tribute bands like Abbey Road Live (Beatles), Liverpool (Beatles), Red Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin) Satisfaction (Rolling Stones), Funky Monks (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi), Same As It Ever Was (Talking Heads), Skydog (Allman Brothers), Tuesday's Gone (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Departure (Journey).
These bands are playing at Wilmington's Downtown Subdown. I am a big fan of tribute bands which most often come closest to the way these bands sounded back during their younger days.
A Concert and a Brew. Count Me In. --RoadDog