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No 'Run-Around': This Grammy-winning harmonica player is traveling to the Wilmington area

By Cheryl M. Whitaker, Wilmington StarNews,


The leader of a popular 1990s band, described as one of the greatest harmonica players in rock, will be returning to the Wilmington area soon.

Free Spirit Conservatory for the Arts working with Brunswick Arts Council will present John Popper, the frontman of Blues Traveler, for a concert at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

In 1995 Popper and Blues Traveler won a Grammy award for "Best Rock Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal" for the song "Run-Around." The group is also known for hit songs such as "Hook," "But Anyway" and "The Mountains Win Again" among others.

Popper was scheduled to play at Odell Williamson Auditorium with Blues Traveler in 2021, but the concert was canceled after Popper sustained an injury during a bus accident.

Who will join John Popper?

Popper, while not playing with Blues Traveler, will be performing some of his most popular music with the Long Bay Symphony of Myrtle Beach and Free Spirit Rhythm Section of Calabash. Opening acts will be local Brunswick County musicians Parlay and Tina Smith.

When is the concert?

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at Odell Williamson Auditorium, on the campus of Brunswick Community College, 150 College Road, N.E. in Bolivia. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

How to purchase tickets?

Tickets are available online through etix, Long Bay Symphony with John Popper Tickets.

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