September 30, 2014

DOUBLE YOUR EXPERIENCE ON PLEASURE ISLAND THE 21st ANNUAL SEAFOOD BLUES & JAZZ FESTIVAL PRESENTS THE ROBERT CRAY BAND & DELBERT McCLINTON


Kure Beach, NC – The air is crisp, the nights are cool and the sky is blue – Welcome to Pleasure Island in the Fall.  And there is no better way to bring in Autumn than to attend the 21st Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival on October 11th & 12th.  This years’ Festival brings something new and unique to the twenty-year history of this great Festival – DOUBLE HEADLINERS.  That is right, International renowned artists will headline on Saturday and Sunday this year!

First up is the legendary THE ROBERT CRAY BAND on Saturday at 8:00 pm, October 11th.  With 5 Grammy Awards, 15 nominations, millions of record sales worldwide, and thousands of sold out performances, rock blues icon Robert Cray is considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.”  Rolling Stone Magazine in their April 2011 issue credits Cray with reinventing the blues with his “distinct razor sharp guitar playing” that “introduced a new generation of mainstream rock fans to the language and form of the blues” with the release of his Strong Persuader album in 1986.

Since then, Cray has gone on to record fifteen Billboard charting studio albums and has written or performed with everyone from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, from Bonnie Raitt to John Lee Hooker.  Recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at the age of 57, he is one of the youngest living legends to receive the prestigious honor.  And while he can look back over an astonishing three-decade career punctuated by his trademark sound and distinct playing style, Robert Cray is too busy moving forward on an amazing journey that has him releasing his sixteenth studio album and embarking on yet another world tour.

Closing out the Festival on Sunday, October 12th, will be the first-ever repeat headliner – the incomparable DELBERT McCLINTON, with three Grammy awards to his credit.  The venerable Delbert McClinton is  a legend among Texas roots music aficionados, not only for his amazing longevity, but for his ability to combine country, blues, soul, and rock & roll as if there were no distinctions between any of them in the best time-honored Texas tradition.  A formidable harmonica player long before he recorded as a singer, McClinton’s career began in the late '50s, yet it took him nearly two decades to evolve into a bona fide solo artist.  A critics' darling and favorite of his peers, McClinton never really became a household name, but his resurgence in the '90s helped him earn more widespread respect from both the public at large and the Grammy committee.

In support of the outstanding talent offered up by THE ROBERT CRAY BAND  and DELBERT McCLINTON, the Festival will also offer other national recording acts including: 
  • Opening for THE ROBERT CRAY BAND will be SHEMEKIA COPELAND – the NEW “Queen of the Blues” (City of Chicago honor) and two-time GRAMMY Award nominee 
  • Opening for DELBERT McCLINTON will be the ever-popular DAMON FOWLER – With a hybrid blend of roots rock, blues and sacred steel, Damon has become one of the hottest young players on the Blues scene.
In Addition to these four, there will be ten other blues and jazz groups on two stages over the two-day festival brought to you by Bryant Real Estate and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area.

The Food selection, as always, will be outstanding as well.  The amazing FREE Kidzone will be back with magicians, face painting, laser tag, educational exhibits and inflatables and much more!  You can also get a little shopping in at the many and varied vendors as well as having a glass of wine or a bottle of beer.

Tickets may be purchased through EVENTBRITE or by contacting the Chamber offices at 910-458-8434 or go to www.pleasureislandnc.org.  Tickets are just $50.00 in advance for a two-day pass.  If the event does not sell out, you can purchase tickets at the door for $60.00 for Saturday (THE ROBERT CRAY BAND plays Saturday night) and $25.00 for Sunday (DELBERT McCLINTON is the Sunday closer).  Kids 12 and under are free.  We ask that you do not bring coolers or pets, but bring your chairs, towels and blankets for a Pleasure Island style weekend.  See you there!

Besides the Pleasure Island Chamber office, locally you can buy tickets at Gravity Records and Southern Signs in Wilmington or at Island Tackle & Hardware, Carolina Beach Furniture, Silver Dollar, Bank of America and Olde Salty’s on the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach until close of business on Friday, October 10th.

For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at greg@pleasureislandnc.org.  
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