|Posted by rhonedesigns on April 22, 2012 at 5:15 PM|
Wilmington hosts the Cape Fear Blues Festival, an extravaganza of authentic blues music featuring three days of local, regional and national blues group performances, all-day blues jam, kickoff party, and blues workshops.
North Carolina Jazz Festival
The oldest of the music festivals held in the area is the North Carolina Jazz Festival, which celebrates its 32nd anniversary from February 2-4, 2012. This three-day event, held in the ballroom at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside, features nationally known as well as local jazz musicians. Fifteen jazz all-stars play seven sets each night on Friday and Saturday nights while Thursday is a Special Event Night featuring different styles of jazz. Among the musicians confirmed for 2012 are Melva Houston, Herman Burney and the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra featuring surprise all-star soloists.
A highlight of the event is the famous Blues Cruise on the Henrietta III riverboat offering three blues bands on three decks with three bars plus local cuisine, all in an exciting evening sunset cruise on the beautiful Cape Fear River. The festival is July 29-31, 2012.
Carolina Beach Festivals
Pleasure Island, which encompasses Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher, also hosts two major music festivals each year. In June 2011 the 25th Annual Beach Music Festival will be held and in October, the 18th Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival will take place.