Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real at the 2019 Pre-Show at Wilmington Farmers Market. A free pop-up performance will take place again on Saturday before their show in Greenfield Lake that evening. (Courtesy of Penguin 98.3)

WILMINGTON – Although both concerts featuring Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real are sold out at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater this Friday and Saturday night, locals still have a chance to get a live taste of the famous sound. blues-folk of the group. Nelson is to perform a few songs for the public on Saturday for free.

Staged in the Greenfield Lake Rotary Garden outside the amphitheater, Nelson will make an appearance between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. His return comes amid Earth Day events organized by a group of community organizations: Plastic Ocean Project, Coastal Plain Conservation Group, Penguin 98.3 (full disclosure: sister media company of Port City Daily), Wilmington Farmers Market and Live Nation.

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A cleanup benefiting Plastic Ocean Project’s Trees4Trash initiative takes place from 10 a.m. to noon. Trees4Trash began in 2019, with the goal of replacing canopy destroyed by storms and hurricanes across the state.

“Trees help slow the progress of inland storms and reduce the number of destroyed buildings,” POP notes on its website, and “absorb CO2, among our greatest defense against climate change.”

For every 25 pounds of garbage collected, POP will plant a tree. To date, the organization has planted 2,000 trees and collected 24 tons of waste. It aims to remove large amounts of debris from desolate areas to prevent it from being washed away or blown into the watershed or ocean.

The group organizes monthly cleanups, from Halyburton Park to Johnnie Mercer’s Pier, UNCW to Snow’s Cut, from downtown to The Cargo District. In April, eight cleanings are planned.

“We typically pick up between 75 and 300 pounds of trash at Greenfield Lake,” said POP General Manager Bonnie Monteleone.

The group just held a cleanup earlier this month, which brought in 345.82 pounds, she said – the one before, in January, brought in 138 pounds.

All waste is taken to a weigh station to be checked in and is then separated from recyclables before being properly disposed of.

POP was able to plant six longleaf pines at Greenfield Lake after the latest cleanup events, Monteleone added. The group has planted in conjunction with the City of Wilmington, the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees and the City of Oak Island. Although most of the 2,000 trees they planted went to the New Hanover landfill.

“They can help clean the air, provide habitat for animals and birds, and are planted on non-toxic, uncovered landfill debris from Hurricane Fran – that’s why we call it the Forest of Fran. !” said Monteleone.

POP aims to collect 15,000 pounds of trash by the end of 2022 to plant an additional 600 trees.

At each cleaning, the organization provides gloves, tongs, safety vests and bags donated by Ocean Conservancy. Saturday’s equipment will be properly disinfected and the association asks participants to practice social distancing by Covid-19, as well as to wear boots and waders.

After the cleanup, the Wilmington Farmers Market will be set up from 2-4 p.m. with local vendors at 1960 Amphitheater Dr.

Lukas Nelson met someone on his last visit to Wilmington for the 2019 Hurricane Florence benefit concert. Nelson signed autographs and posed for photo ops with farmers and onlookers.

The show raised over $60,000 for charities involved in Florence’s relief efforts. Mayor Saffo also gave Nelson a key to the city that night on stage.

Saturday’s event is open to the public. Participants joining the cleanup must register here.

A pair of tickets to Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real’s sold-out Saturday show will also be raffled off, with proceeds going to POP. The band are on tour in support of the 11-track release of “A Few Stars Apart” – recorded on eight-track tape over three weeks at the historic RCA Studio A in Nashville. The album was released last summer.

Market and performance photos from 2019, courtesy of 98.3 Penguin:

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