Tomorrow night, blog favourite (and general rubble-rousers themselves) Southern Culture on the Skids, will be playing at Wilmington's Front Street Music Hall. Some tickets are still available from Etix and are reasonably priced.
If you love some jumpin' music with a very devoted cult audience of fans who love to ham it up almost as much as the band does on stage, then by all means get down to Wilmington by tomorrow night, however you can. The SCOTS are about as loved a band as one can be here in the Southeast (although they have toured everywhere), and are very audience-friendly. (I ask you, when was the last time you saw a 'taping policy guideline' for fans on any signed band's site?) And, continuing a long-standing tradition with them, the fans and band still post recipes onsite, too, so everyone can be a good Southern cook. Check out this and some other goodies on their newly updated website here.
Additionally, they have a MySpace page, too, (which I guess everyone just about does know, although I'm not sure I quite understand all the damn appeal), so you can get a brief sampling of a few of their songs (look in the top right hand corner of the page and choose something if nothing starts automatically). In a strange yet accurate description, they're listed as 'rock/garage/surf' music. It's campy, it's fun, it's a grand old time had by all. (Apparently this year is sizing up for me to be the live music social butterfly.)
And, yes, thankfully, folks, North Carolina has dodged the snowy and icy mess that has gripped so much of the Eastern seaboard...another reason to head to the beach...even in winter. Wilmington's a great city if you've never been, and the metro area is full of some really great restaurants and cafes (most of which you've probably seen as backdrops in TV series "Dawson's Creek" or "One Tree Hill", or in countless movies...the area is the soul of NC's film and TV business).
And if you like sweetish tasting or lite microbeers, the Front Street Brewery might work as a stop, too. (I was there in January and being a Hefeweisen and/or Aussie beer lover who cannot stand sweet beers...was not a happy patron as The Brewery's changed palate focus lately...sadly, it's not the same place it once was. Patron at your own wallet's risk.) There are a number of pubs and other places available...Fat Tony's Pub, or The Juggling Gypsy come to mind (although a lot of people also swear by Hell's Kitchen, but it's been a bit more hit and miss for me). Don't worry if you're on a budget, either, as plenty of other fast-food places exist a bit aways from downtown (Wilmington is a college town, too, after all) and an easy few-minutes drive from the venue.
So, if you can, get online and get yourself a ticket, and make it on down to the show. Wear something comfortable (maybe even comfortable and flashy) to dance in, glam up on the lipstick a bit, and wear your best dancing shoes, too. I'll be the one grinning from ear to ear in the back...dancing as badly as only us overweight white girls can.