Arts at UNCW

Rush Hour

Time: 6:30pm for all dates
Tickets: $10 general admission,
$5 for UNCW students
Food and beverage concessions available

September 19

Barry David Salwen

Barry David Salwen

Classical Piano

Dr. Barry Salwen is an international concert pianist, giving performances and master classes in the U.S., Europe, Israel, and Asia. He gave two weeks of master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory in China, among many other places. As the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Scholars Grant, he gave a semester's seminar at the Music Conservatory in Freiburg, Germany, one of the leading music institutions in the country. His annual master classes and Piano Day at UNCW have been attended by students from all over eastern North Carolina. Among Dr. Salwen's nine CDs is the first recording of the complete solo piano music of the American master Roger Sessions; he was the first artist to record all of these works. This disk was later reissued on Albany Records; his recording of Sessions' piano concerto will appear on Albany as well. Dr. Salwen has prepared a special program for the Rush Hour Concert performance that will evoke and celebrate the summer season with music written to describe the experiences of those months of the year.  There might just be a hint of autumn as well!

October 17

David Russell and the Port City Blues

David Russell


Simply put, this is the real thing.  Hailing from Wilmington, North Carolina, David Russell and his Port City Blues band bring fiery, real-life originals and covers of the blues legends to the masses.  His self-styled “Port City Blues” is deeply rooted in Chicago blues but also incorporates elements from the local jazz community and West Coast blues.  When joined by his horn section, they produce a big sound that gets even the most causal blues listener shaking and moving and is sure to get the whole place jumping. It swings, it bounces and boogies, it jumps but its roots are deeply planted in the blues.  “It’s Chess records, meets Blue Note meets Cobra.  It’s the real deep blues and people get a sense of that from the very first song”, says Russell.  It’s big city blues with a downhome feel, music anyone can feel from uptown to down town and way out in the country.  Russell’s influences range from T-Bone Walker to BB King, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Pee Wee Crayton and beyond.  They’ve shared the stage with Grammy winners Robert Cray and Johnny Lang, Grammy nominee Tab Benoit and touring acts Nick Moss Band and Samantha Fish.  

November 14

Massive Grass

Massive Grass

Blue Grass

Massive Grass has been bringing their unique alternative bluegrass sound to audience throughout the southeast since 2007.  Hailing from Wilmington, NC, the band features Ken Groce on upright bass, Adam Groce on banjo, Scottie Lynch on guitar, David Abeyta on mandolin, and their newest addition, Abigail Albaugh on fiddle.  All four original members grew up in the foothills of North Carolina, where bluegrass provided the soundtrack for much of their lives.  Cousins Adam and Ken Groce and Mr. Lynch got their start performing in rock and metal bands in the Wilmington area.  With the end of their band Clone Cycle, they decided it was time to go in a different direction and began immersing themselves in the bluegrass scene.  Long-time friend and fellow rock musician, Dave Abeyta, joined the band later that same year, bringing another powerful layer to their bluegrass sound with his mandolin playing.  In June of 2015, the guys were joined by Abigail Albaugh on fiddle.  Her classical violin background combined with her eclectic rock and bluegrass influences brings a precision and fullness to the group.  While Massive Grass is best known for their high energy, rock-influenced style of ‘grass and creative song-writing, they also showcase 3-part harmonies in their soulful ballads and waltzes.  Whether it is traditional bluegrass tunes, rock-to-bluegrass conversions, or their own original songs, Massive Grass mixes their rock-and-roll background with their love of acoustic mountain music to form a truly unique bluegrass experience. Over the last few years Massive Grass has expanded their travels, playing shows and winning new fans from all over the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions.  With every show, the Massive Grass family grows...

December 19

Da Howlies: Holiday Luau

Da Howlies

Hawaiian Music

Founded in 2002, Da Howlies Hawaiian Band and been bringing the sounds of the islands to the Carolina Coast for the past 15 years. Combining classic “Hapa Haole” swing tunes with a bluegrass and country flavor, the band has created a unique niche for themselves in the local music scene. Featuring ukulele player Zach Hanner and guitarist John McIntyre from the original lineup, the band has joined forces with local rockabilly legends The Phantom Playboys and added Jones Smith on upright bass, Hank Blanton on steel guitar and occasionally drummer Jimmy Kaylis. You may even see a lineup featuring local blues harmonica standout Greg McLohan (Polar Bear Blues Band) Songs vary from classic Hawaiian ("Little Grass Shack,” “Hawaiian War Chant,” “Tiny Bubbles” and more) to country (“Folsom Prison Blues,” “King of the Road,” “Move It On Over” and loads of others) to pop (“Here Comes Your Man,” “Creep,” “Killing Moon” and others)

Da Howlies cranks out their special brand of “Southern-Fried Hawaiian Music” Aloha!