This summer, pack your blankets and chairs, grab some snacks for the picnic basket and meet your friends in Leland. With 10 free concerts planned in Waterford, Brunswick Forest and the Town of Leland, what better way to kick off your weekend than to unwind with music, dinner and friends al fresco? Featuring popular local and regional acts, the concerts started in early May and run through mid-August, promising free, family-friendly entertainment.

Waterford Summer Concert Series

The Waterford Summer Concert Series, held on the first Friday of the month, kicked off the season with Mark Roberts and Breeze on May 7 at the lawn at Waterford Village Shoppes. Friday, June 4 brings Blivet and their quirky covers of everything from Buck Owens to ZZ Top. The series winds down on Friday, July 2 with Soulpower Posse. Concerts are from 7 to 10 pm.

Lisa Britt, a Waterford representative, says, “The [concert series] was such a hit last year, we had to do it again.” Feedback from last year’s audience was overwhelmingly positive, leading to local band Blivet being invited back to the stage. David Howell, drummer for Blivet, says, “We’re all excited to play Waterford again. Events like this bring the community together and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

No refreshments are served on site, but The House of Wine and Cheese, Eddie Romanelli’s and Harris Teeter are all within walking distance so grabbing a bottle of wine and some snacks or a slice of pizza is no problem. Or pack your cooler and bring it with you. Alcohol is allowed in moderation at the concert site.

To get to the Waterford Summer Concert Series, take U.S. Highway 17 south toward Myrtle Beach. Turn right into Waterford and take the first left. The concert lawn is just past the third building on the right.

Waterford Summer Concert Series

First Friday of the month, May through July from 7 to 10 pm on the concert lawn in Waterford Village shoppes. Call (910) 392-9325 or visit for information.

May 7: Mark Roberts and Breeze

June 4: Blivet

July 2: soulpower Posse

Pack a picnic or buy food at the Waterford Village shoppes. alcohol welcome in moderation.

Brunswick Forest’s Summer Concert Series in the Park

Brunswick Forest’s Summer Concert Series in the Park was a huge success in 2009, and this year’s line up looks to be a hit as well. Concerts are the second Friday of the month from 6 to 9 pm in June and July and the third Friday in August. On Friday, June 11 The Coastline Band will be on hand to set the tone for the series with their eclectic blend of blues, soul and rock. On July 9, Band of Oz brings their take on blues, rock and pop hits, and on August 20, The Voltage Brothers will close the series with a lively mix of music from the 1920s to today and a performance guaranteed to entertain.

“We really have some fantastic bands this year here at Brunswick Forest,” says Brandy Marshall, marketing coordinator for Brunswick Forest. “The musical range of the bands at the concerts will get everyone to dance. We hope these concerts will show the folks in the community what Leland has to offer.”

All concerts in the Brunswick Forest Summer Concert Series in the Park are held at Annsdale Park. Refreshments (sodas, water and snacks) are available for purchase, but you are welcome to pack a cooler or picnic basket. Alcohol is allowed in moderation.

To get to Brunswick Forest’s Annsdale Park, take U.S. Highway 17 south toward Myrtle Beach and turn left into Brunswick Forest. Follow Brunswick Forest Parkway for a half-mile and turn left onto Low Country Boulevard; after 1.5 miles turn right onto Annsdale Drive.

Brunswick Forest Summer Concert Series in the Park

Second Friday of the month in June and July, third Friday in august, from 6 to 9 pm at annsdale Park in Brunswick Forest. Call (910) 343-3150 for more information.

June 11: The Coastline Band

July 9: The Band of oz

August 20: The Voltage Brothers

Picnic baskets and coolers welcome, some refreshments sold on site. alcohol welcome in moderation.

Town of Leland’s Concerts on the Coast

The Town of Leland’s Concerts on the Coast program is back with the theme “Bring the Beach to Leland in 2010.” Their concerts, held May through August on the second Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8 pm, promise to bring great music and a fun, family atmosphere.

On May 13, The Imitations bring their take on beach music, Motown and hits from the ’50s, ’60s and’ 70s to the stage. On June 10 the show features Given Take Band’s soul-pop styling. The July 8 show welcomes The Holiday Band’s blend of soul, blues, funk and Carolina Beach music. The final show of the season is on August 12 with U.B.U. The Band and their deep catalog of party songs.

Concerts are held at the Leland Municipal Complex Park at 102 Town Hall Drive. Refreshments (chips, drinks and candy) will be available from the North Brunswick High School Dance Team. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink, but be aware that alcohol is not allowed in any of Leland’s parks.

To get to the Leland Municipal Complex Park, take the exit toward State Route 133 S/Southport/Oak Island and follow Village Road NE; turn left at Town Hall Drive and the park is on the right.

Town of Leland Concerts on the Coast: “Bring the Beach to Leland in 2010”

Second Thursday of the month May through august, 6:30 to 8 pm at the Leland Municipal Complex Park. Call (910) 332-4818 for more information.

May 13: The Imitations

June 10: Given Take Band

July 8: The holiday Band

August 12: U.B.U. The Band

Bring refreshments or purchase them from the north Brunswick high school dance Team. Alcohol prohibited in Leland’s parks.

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