For the first time in the festival’s history, two Grammy-winning blues rock icons will share top billing. Blues sensation Robert Cray and his Band will headline on Saturday night. Texas blues/country/rock/soul legend Delbert McClinton returns for a second turn at headlining the festival on Sunday afternoon. Opening for The Robert Cray Band on Saturday is Shemekia Copeland, a two-time Grammy nominee who was proclaimed “Queen of the Blues” by the City of Chicago. Opening for Delbert McClinton on Sunday is Damon Fowler, one of the hottest young players on the blues scene with his hybrid blend of roots rock, blues and sacred steel.
Set against a scenic backdrop of the Cape Fear River, the relaxed riverfront setting is ideal for enjoying a weekend of great jazz, blues and seafood. In addition to headliners The Robert Cray Band and Delbert McClinton, the two-day Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival (October 11-12) features 12 other musical acts, including national and regional blues bands such as: Blues World Order; Big Bump & the Stun Gunz; Justin Fox; Fatty Lumpkin and the Love Hogs; Shemekia Copeland and Damon Fowler. Jazz bands include: Lee Venters & Vermillion Sands; Lynne & The Wave; Jaime Michele & Friends; Nina Repeta, Nita B & The Swinging Soiree, and Snake Malone & The Black Cat Bone. A full performance schedule is available online at www.pleasureislandnc.org. While grooving to live music, attendees can also enjoy fine wines and savory seafood prepared by area restaurants. The Arts & Wine Garden will host crafts and wine tastings. The free Kidz Zone features magic shows, face painting, educational exhibits, inflatables, laser tags and more.
If your idea of the perfect fall weekend getaway includes great blues, jazz, and seafood on a beautiful barrier island, then make plans to attend this year’s Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival presented by Bryant Real Estate, the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce and Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. On October 11-12, double headliners will entertain at the 21st Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area, near Kure Beach. Two-day tickets are $50 in advance. If event does not sell out, daily tickets may be purchased at the gate. Saturday only tickets are $60; Sunday only tickets are $25. Tickets are available for purchase at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce office located at 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd. in Carolina Beach. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. and the music begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Pets, coolers, videos/cameras and political materials are not permitted. The Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area is located along Hwy. 421 South in Kure Beach. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 910-458-8434. Tickets are also available for purchase online via www.eventbrite.com and www.pleasureislandnc.org/seafood-blues-and-jazz-festival.
See where the water takes you! From the island beaches of Carolina, Kure, and Wrightsville to Wilmington’s historic river district, visitors will find great food and live music at every turn. For information on specials and packages, seasonal events and experiences in Wilmington, North Carolina and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, visit www.GoWilmingtonAndBeaches.com.