Penguin Music Festival

In June of last year, the inaugural Penguin Music Festival was held in downtown Wilmington’s up-and-coming Castle Street area. This year, the festival, which features seven acts on two stages and is headlined by the Americana-flavored jam band Leftover Salmon, will move to another up-and-coming area – the north side of downtown.


Beau Gunn of Hometown Wilmington Media, which owns the popular AAA-format (“adult album alternative”) radio station The Penguin 98.3 FM, said the festival began as a way to celebrate the station’s 10th anniversary. Now, he sees it as “an opportunity to celebrate the musical heritage of the Penguin,” which plays everything from contemporary Americana and country rock to funk and R&B, as well the occasional classic blues and country cut.


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