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Where are places to hear good live jazz, blues or acoustic folk?

John Staton

Whether you’re too old to rock with the kids or just want a place where you won’t be jolted by the music or, sometimes, the patrons, there are still plenty of places in the area to see live music.

Costello’s, 211 Princess St., Wilmington [Map this], is an upscale, ‘hetero-friendly’ piano bar that has piano-and-vocal type tunes three or four nights a week.

Things can get loud at Bottega, 208 N. Front St., Wilmington [Map this], but there’s often acoustic singer/songwriter stuff and a top-notch jazz night on Wednesdays. Same goes for The Goat & Compass, 710 N. Fourth St., a charming English pub that often features folk and bluegrass, along with the occasional rock band.

The Rusty Nail, 1310 S. Fifth Ave., Wilmington [Map this], is a longtime home of blues and jazz in Wilmington, and has a monthly blues jam. Sweet and Savory, 1611 Pavilion Place, Wilmington [Map this], has acoustic music during dinner three or four nights a week.

The Carolina Lounge in the Ramada Inn, 5001 Market St., Wilmington [Map this], has been known to regularly book beach music bands. The Holiday Inn Sunspree, 1706 Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach [Map this], books jazz bands at Gabby’s Lounge. And the Ocean Grill, 1211 S. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach [Map this], has a sweet outdoor tiki bar on an old pier that books everything from bluegrass and folk to Hawaiian and surf rock.

This isn’t a comprehensive list of all venues that play more low-key music, but these should get you started.

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