The Cape Fear Blues Festival in Wilmington, NC, features bands performing at venues around town from June 22, 2018 – June 24, 2018 .
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.
The Cape Fear Blues Festival, is a weekend full of headliners and touring blues artists soulfully celebrating All Things Blues. Friday evening the Downtown Sundown Outdoor Music Series kicks off the weekend with free concert honoring the iconic blues player Eric Clapton.
Continue that night and over the weekend with a series of free workshops, concerts and after-parties in Wilmington’s premier blues music venues: the Rusty Nail Saloon, Finckelsteins Music, and Ted’s Fun on the River .
The three-day all-blues celebration features live concerts from tje Jeff Fetterman Band, Billy Walton Band, and the Jon McDonald Band, a blues workshop, an all-day blues jam and more musical events Please check their Website for the latest updates.
- Time: 2018 TBA Please see website for a schedule of events
- Price: Select Events are free | Please see website 2018 Admission TBA
This will be the 23rd year of this great festival.
Friday, June 22
6:30 PM / THE CORE – ERIC CLAPTON TRIBUTE: At
Downtown Sundown in Riverfront Park . Rockabilly stars
SLIPPERY JAKE & THE BAD BRAKES open the show!
7:00 PM / THE BILLY WALTON BAND: Epic New Jersey
rhythm, blues, and rock under the tent at The Rusty Nail.
Advance tickets available soon!
10:00 PM / THE RHYTHM BONES: Louisiana blues, ballads,
and soul favorites served up, hot & spicy, on the Rusty Nail
Saturday, June 23
11:00 AM / SPECIAL GUEST: Blues Workshop at Finkelstein
Music in downtown Wilmington. Free event!
1:00 PM / NEL MOORE NICHOLS: Nel hosts this intimate
roundtable with our favorite local acoustic blues performers at
Ted’s Fun On The River. Free event!
3:00 PM / JON MCDONALD, JIMI KING TRIO, JUSTIN CODY
FOX, and JEFF FETTERMEN BAND: The BIG show under
the tent at The Rusty Nail. Cash beverages, food, & facilities
available on-site. Bring a lawn chair! Advance tickets available
10:00 PM / COASTAL BLUES: These guys cover it all with
well-polished blues, boogie, and rock from the NC/SC state
line, on The Nail’s indoor stage. Very cool!
Sunday, June 24
Noon / ALL-DAY BLUES JAM: The region’s finest blues men
& women perform spontaneous sets under the tent at The
Rusty Nail. Beverages, food, & facilities available on-site. Bring
a lawn chair! Free event!
6:00 PM / GUITAR GIVEAWAY: They’ll draw a winner for the
Peavey AT-200 Auto-Tune guitar, donated by Finkelstein
Music. Raffle tickets available NOW at The Rusty Nail,
Finkelstein Music, or any Cape Fear Blues Jam!
7:00 PM / JON MCDONALD BAND: Long-time Magic Slim &
The Teardrops band leader dazzles with the finest, most
authentic Chicago blues you can hear in all of the Carolinas!
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.