Twenty-three years strong, the annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival comes to town once again on October 8th and 9th. Park your chair along the Cape Fear River at the Fort Fisher Military Recreational Area in Kure beach and enjoy two fun-filled days of seafood, arts and crafts, wine-tasting, and of course, music.
Just as famous as the seafood, the musical talent showcased each year at the Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival is outstanding. This year's lineup features fourteen live jazz and blues performances on two stages, including Kara Grainger, Nina Repeta, Gate City Divas, and Benny Hill Trio, just to name a few.
Saturday, October 8th: Johnny Lang
Taking the Blues Stage at 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 8th is headliner Johnny Lang, an American blues, gospel, and rock singer; songwriter, guitarist, and a Grammy-winning recording artist. Johnny Lang got his start in the clubs of Minneapolis. Since the release of his 1997 major label debut "Lie To Me", the then 16 year-old Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation. In 2013, he released his latest album, "Fight for My Soul," which includes textured arrangements, a broad worldview, gorgeous vocal melodies, and expressive guitar playing.
Sunday, October 9th: Samantha Fish
On Sunday, October 9th, the talented blues-rock guitarist/singer and recording artist Samantha Fish brings down the house at 4:00 pm. With three studio albums under her belt, and heavily influenced by Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Samantha has taken the blues scene by storm, with her sultry voice and rootsy, groove-oriented sound.
The Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival is as popular as ever and tickets are limited, so get them as soon as possible before they're sold out. To see the rest of the lineup, ticket prices, and more information, visit the Pleasure Island event site here. Gates open at 11:00 am on Saturday so get their early, grab a spot, and enjoy the music and festivities.