Kure Beach, N.C.: If your idea of the perfect fall weekend includes great music, plus good food and a trip to the coast, then make plans to attend this year’s Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival presented by Bryant Real Estate and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. On October 13-14, legendary blues rocker Gregg Allman will headline at the 19th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area, near Kure Beach.
With a career that spans more than 40 years, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman is a founding member of one of the biggest and most important American bands of all time, the still-active Allman Brothers Band. In 1969, Gregg and brother Duane made history with the formation of The Allman Brothers Band, kick-starting a genre of Southern Rock that defined an era of ‘70s rock and roll. At the height of their fame in 1971 when Duane tragically passed away, Gregg vowed to keep The Allman Brothers tradition alive. To this day, the band remains a musical powerhouse on record and onstage. Gregg has also recorded solo since 1973, with his most recent album “Low Country Blues” receiving rave reviews following its 2011 release. A busy touring schedule in 2012 brings Gregg Allman to the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival. Opening for Gregg Allman on Saturday, October 13 (5:45-7:15pm) is Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band. Led by the Allman Brothers’ legendary drummer and founding band member Jaimoe, the Jasssz Band also features Junior Mack (guitar and vocals), Dave Stoltz (bass), Bruce Katz (keyboards), Paul Lieberman (sax, flute, piccolo), Kris Jensen (sax), and Reggie Pittman (trumpet).
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 headliner Gregg Allman, the two-day Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival (October 13-14) features 13 other musical acts, including national and regional blues bands such as: Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band; Polar Bear Blues Band featuring Harvey Dalton Arnold; Medusa Stone Does the Blues; Damon Fowler; Ladies Auxiliary; The Bobby Paltauf Experience; and King Tyrone & The Graveyard Ramblers. Jazz bands include: The Lisa Rankin Revue; The FROG Project; EL JAYE Johnson & the Port City Allstars; Will McBride Group; Nita B & The Swingin’ Soiree; and Charlie & Rose Lucas. A full performance schedule is available online at www.pleasureislandnc.org. While grooving to live music, attendees can also enjoy a wine tasting and savory seafood prepared by area restaurants. A new and improved Crafters Village will host arts and crafts vendors and the festival’s free Kidz Zone features magicians, juggling acts, inflatable amusements, face painting, and more.
Want to go to the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival? Two-day tickets are $40 in advance. If purchased at the gate Saturday only tickets are $50; Sunday only tickets are $15. 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 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 through www.eventbrite.com and www.pleasureislandnc.org/seafood-blues-and-jazz-festival.
From the island beaches of Carolina, Kure, and Wrightsville to Wilmington’s historic river district, visitors will find there is much to see and do this fall. 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.