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Why did the summer concert series leave Hugh MacRae Park for Wrightsville Beach?

John Staton

According to Meghan Guerrero, sales promotions director for WECT TV-6, the television station moved its Sounds of Summer concert series from Hugh MacRae Park because of the cost of putting on shows there.

“Basically, while we love doing events there because it’s so centrally located, the stage facilities were not up to par for the bands,” Guerrero said.

Sounds of Summer is now held at Wrightsville Beach Park and at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, both of which have permanent stages. Hugh MacRae, located near the intersection of Oleander Drive and South College Road, doesn’t, and renting stage equipment for each concert there cost about $2,000, Guerrero said. While that might sound expensive, Guerrero said the two grand was actually a discounted rate.

“We want to keep the concerts free, but once you pay for the stage, the band and the sound guys, it starts adding up,” Guerrero said.

This is the first year the Sounds of Summer series has been held at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, which was renovated in 2008, a process that added a covered stage to the venue.

“We did not want Wrightsville Beach to be the only place we did concerts, because that’s a really long drive for some people” in WECT’s viewing area, Guerrero said.

The last two Sounds of Summer concerts were rained out, but there are two more left as of July 22, 2009. The Andrew Thielen Big Band (www.BigBandOnline.com), a 17-piece band that performs everything from swing and shag to rock and disco, performs Thursday, July 23, at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Wilmington-based country rocker Jason Marks (www.MySpace.com/JasonMarks) performs at Wrightsville Beach Park on Aug. 6.

All Sounds of Summer concerts run from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. For more information on the series, go to www.WECT.com.

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3 Responses to “ Why did the summer concert series leave Hugh MacRae Park for Wrightsville Beach?”

  1. On August 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm BUDDY LANGLEY wrote:


  2. On January 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm Larry wrote:

    Does anyone know where I can get a downloadable (mp3) version of ‘Carolina Beach’ This song was played on a local radio station in Burlington in late 60s and brings back alot of memories……..sure would like to have a copy of it………. feel free to contact me at my email address: countryroads0316@yahoo.com. Thanks for your help………

  3. On January 9, 2012 at 11:17 am Jim Ware wrote:

    There’s a link to an mp4 version of the song in this answer: Who sang the song ‘Carolina Beach’ and how can I get the lyrics?
    It came from Zach Hanner of local beach music group Da Howlies. You can reach Hanner at dahowlies@hotmail.com.
    Jim Ware

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