The Wilson Center and Cape Fear Community College are thrilled to announce the next installment of the Wilson Center Drive-In Concerts, The Embers featuring Craig Woolard! This concert—by North Carolina’s Official Ambassadors of Music, South Carolina Rhythm and Blue Hall of Fame inductees, and South Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame inductees— will bring the joyful sounds of Beach Music to Wilmington on August 7, 2020, at 8 p.m, in the evening after CFCC’s summer commencement ceremony.
Rules & Restrictions
- No alcohol, no weapons, no loitering. Smoking and vaping are not permitted on the premises.
- Wilson Center staff with support of NHCSO are empowered to enforce all rules. Any violation of rules, restrictions, Wilson Center policies, or CFCC policies could lead to dismissal from the event grounds by security personnel. In the event of dismissal, refunds will not be provided.
- Please see the “Frequently Asked Questions” for more information about rules and event policies.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How many tickets should I buy? How many people can I bring in my car?
- Can I buy tickets "at the door"?
- Where is the concert? How do I get there?
- What type of vehicle should I bring?
- Will there be restrooms on the premise?
- What time should I arrive?
- What health precautions will the venue staff be taking? Will I be required to wear a mask?
- What happens if it rains?
- Will I be able to sit outside of my car?
- Where do I park?
- How will I hear the concert?
- How long is the performance? Is there an opening act or intermission?
- Will there be concessions available for purchase?
- Can I bring my own food?
- Can I bring my pet?
- Can I leave early?
Our Drive-In Concert tickets are per carload. One car = one ticket. The maximum number of guests allowed per vehicle is equal to the number of permanent seat belts in the vehicle. We recommend that guests traveling in the same vehicle should be from the same family unit or those who have been socially distancing in the same household. Tickets are available for purchase here.
No walk-up sales. All tickets must be purchased in advance online. All sales will end 90 minutes prior to showtime. Tickets are available for purchase here.
As you may have noticed, this concert is not in the same location as our previous four shows in June. We are excited to present this concert in a bigger lot on Cape Fear Community College's North Campus located at 4500 Blue Clay Road, in the surface parking lot at the back of campus. Please see the map in the section below.
We recommend attending the concert in a standard 2-door or 4-door vehicle. Convertibles and pickup trucks are permitted. No oversized vehicles or vehicles that obstruct views will be allowed into the venue, including but not limited to: motorcycles, golf carts, high capacity vans, buses, or RVs. All attendees must be in the vehicle at point of entry. No Uber, Lyfts, or Taxis will be permitted to drop guests off. Attendees must remain in their vehicles for the duration of the event. The only exception is to use the restroom located on the perimeter of the lot.
Yes, there are portable restrooms located on the perimeter of the lot. In accordance with the State of North Carolina's mandate, we require that all guests wear a mask or facial covering when interacting with staff and exiting your vehicle to use the restroom. Please maintain recommended physical distancing (6 feet or more) from those outside of your party at all times. There will be markings on the ground to guide you when waiting in line at the restroom.
The parking lot will open one hour prior to showtime at 7pm. Vehicles will not be permitted to enter after a show begins at 8pm. Refunds will not be provided.
Please reference the Wilson Center's Guidelines for Returning to the Center for the most up-to-date health and safety information and recommendations.
This is a rain or shine event. If there is inclement weather (i.e. lightning, tornado, hurricane), we will notify ticket buyers via email and social media of any event changes.
Under the mass gathering guidelines set forth by the State of North Carolina, guests will not be permitted to sit outside of their vehicle. You must remain in your vehicle at all times, except to use the restroom. Guests are, however, permitted to have the top down on convertibles and jeeps, as well as sit in the bed of their trucks. You may also "back in" to your space and sit in the trunk of your car. In accordance with the State of North Carolina's mandate, we require that all guests wear a mask or facial covering when interacting with staff and exiting your vehicle to use the restroom. Please maintain recommended physical distancing (6 feet or more) from those outside of your party at all times.
Vehicle placement will be at the discretion of management, and in compliance with local and state health guidelines. Please follow the instructions from our staff and volunteers on site. If you would like to "back in" to your space, just let us know! Please note that larger vehicles will be placed in the back to maximize viewing for all guests.
There will be amplified sound and sound will come through FM radio transmission. In order to enjoy the concert experience, it is recommended that ticket purchasers arrive in a vehicle equipped with a functioning, tunable, FM receiver (typically in your vehicle radio). The FM station will be provided at the concert prior to showtime.
The concert is 75 minutes. There is no opening act and no intermission.
We are working with Angie's Catering again to provide a yummy Greek food tray! The food tray is available for pre-order only and food sales will end at 6pm on August 6th, the evening before the performance. Platter includes savory Spanakopita and chicken souvlaki, pita and tzatziki, crudités, finished off with a rich, sweet, honey-dripped baklava! Trays will be distributed at the entry point. This platter is the perfect treat for two, so if you are planning to attend with a group, you may want to order more than one! You can purchase the tray at checkout by selecting it as an add-on. If you already bought your carload ticket, just give us a call at 910-362-7999 and we can add it to your order.
You are permitted to bring your own food. No grills will be allowed. We are offering a Greek food platter from Angie's Catering that can be purchased in advanced. Please see the concessions question for more info.
Please note, this event takes place on Cape Fear Community College property, meaning alcohol or drug use is prohibited.
You may bring a pet if you like, but please keep in mind that they also have to remain in the vehicle.
You will be permitted to leave early but please be respectful and cognizant of other fans and their concert experience. No re-entry will be permitted.