The Cape Fear Blues Festival in Wilmington, NC, features bands performing at venues around town from June 21, 2019 – June 23, 2019.
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:
SCOTT ELLISON BAND, CATESBY JONES, THE RHYTHM BONES, and THE FAT BASTARD BLUES BAND, and MIKE HAYES BAND.
Friday, June 21
Saturday, June 22
11:00 AM / SPECIAL SHOW: Blues Workshop at Finkelstein
Music in downtown Wilmington. Artist TBA. Free event! 6 S.
Front St. 910-763-7377
3:00 PM / SCOTT ELLISON BAND, CATESBY JONES, THE
RHYTHM BONES, and THE FAT BASTARD BLUES BAND:
The BIG show under the tent at The Rusty Nail. Cash
beverages, food, & facilities available on-site. Bring a lawn
chair! Get advance tickets at The Rusty Nail or buy on this
website soon! 1310 S. 5th Ave. / 910-251-1888
9:00 PM / MIKE HAYES BAND: Inside the Nail with a blues
rocker from upstate New York via Nashville. An amazing
roots-based guitarist who leaves no stone unturned. Must-see
show! 1310 S. 5th Ave. / 910-251-1888
Sunday, June 23
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: We’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 / Jam After-Show. Artist TBA.
This will be the 24th year of this great festival.
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.