The Cape Fear Blues Festival in Wilmington, NC, features bands performing at venues around town from June 23, 2017 to June 25, 2017.
A cultural fixture in our region, The Cape Fear Blues Festival is an up and coming festival throughout the national blues industry where blues fans can satisfy their soulful cravings!
This year’s impressive lineup includes touring blues artists, noted regional performers, and talented local blues musicians performing in a variety of genres. Wilmington’s premier blues music venues -the Rusty Nail Saloon and Ted’s Fun on the River – will host the 2017 Cape Fear Blues Festival. The three-day all-blues celebration features live concerts, a blues workshop, an all-day blues jam, and more!
This will be the 22nd year of this great festival.
Friday, June 23
6:00 pm: DOWNTOWN SUNDOWN on the Cape Fear riverfront with DUSTIN ARBUCKLE & THE DAMNATIONS and SLIPPERY JAKE & THE BAD BRAKES. Free event!
7:00 pm: SUNSET BLUES CRUISE with RANDY MCQUAY.
Motorized catamaran with beverages, appetizers and live blues. Get tickets at Wilmington Watertours website.
9:00 pm: FRIDAY NIGHT BLUES SHINDIG at The Rusty Nail (1310 S. 5th Ave.) with the DRY POND BLUES BAND. $5 cover.
Saturday, June 24
11:00 am: CAPE FEAR BLUES WORKSHOP at Finkelstein Music (6 S. Front St.) Chicago Blues ambassador JON MCDONALD. Free event!
1:00 pm: ACOUSTIC BLUES GATHERING at Ted’s Fun on The River (2 Castle St.) with SPIDER MIKE BOCHEY and friends. Free event!
3:00 pm: BLUES CONCERT under the tent at The Rusty Nail (1310 S. 5th Ave.) with the JAMES ARMSTRONG BAND, RANDY McQUAY, COASTAL BLUE BAND, and JAIME MICHELE’S BLUES CONNECTION. Bring a lawn chair. Food truck, cash bar, merchandise available, and music!! Buy advance tickets NOW!
IMPORTANT NOTE – PLEASE READ:
– Advance ticket: $20. Day of show: $25 at the Rusty Nail main gate.
– Tickets will not be shipped to you. Pick-up on day of show at Rusty Nail main gate.
– Rain-or-shine event. No refunds. No pets or coolers. Lawn chairs and cameras OK.
9:00 pm: SATURDAY NIGHT BLUES PARTY at The Rusty Nail (1310 S. 5th Ave.) with all-star blues ensemble EAST ON ASHLAND AVENUE BLUES BAND. $5 cover.
Sunday, June 25
Noon: ALL-DAY BLUES JAM under the tent at The Rusty Nail (1310 S. 5th Ave.) with the region’s finest blues musicians. Rain or shine event. No pets or coolers. Lawn chairs and cameras OK. Free!
6:00 pm: GUITAR GIVEAWAY under the tent at The Rusty Nail (1310 S. 5th Ave.). Drawing will take place immediately following the jam. Sponsored by Finkelstein Music.
6:00 pm: POST-JAM PARTY brings the funky blues of BRETT JOHNSON & THE MOST into The Rusty Nail (1310 S. 5th Ave.). No better way to wind down the weekend! Free!
A recent performance at The Rusty Nail – Home to the Cape Fear Blues Society
The Cape Fear Blues Society is based out of The Rusty Nail club on South 5th Avenue.
That’s where the Cape Fear Blues Society (CFBS) puts on their weekly blues jam, where any musician who walks through the door is invited to perform.
Local acts like Rose Lucas, Randy McQuay, and RootSoul Project are regulars. “We have a very, very rich and vibrant music scene here,” says Lan Nichols, the society’s president.
Since its founding in 1987, CFBS has expanded to include programs like this, plus an annual summer blues festival, giving Wilmingtonians a chance to experience performances by local and professional blues musicians.
“Blues music has always played a role in the entertainment in the Cape Fear region,” Nichols says.
CFBS’s weekly jams keep blues music vibrant and active not only in the Port City, but in the entire Old North State.
Formed in 1987, the Cape Fear Blues Society was established by a small group of blues supporters in Wilmington, North Carolina.
In 1995, expansion and change created greater interest in Blues music and the CFBS developed into a larger, all-inclusive organization that welcomes listeners, musicians and Blues enthusiasts from all walks of life. Along with a vibrant network of Blues societies all across North Carolina, the CFBS continues to produce, promote and present the Blues for the benefit of our community.