Cape Fear Blues News

Cape Fear Blues Challenge Will Send Solo
& Band Acts to IBC on Beale Street

It's a friendly competition but the stakes are serious! The
Cape Fear Blues Challenge rolls into The Rusty Nail on
Saturday, November 4 @ 5:00 pm.
Check out details on our
Blues Challenge page.

Cape Fear Blues Festival Enjoys Another
Successful Weekend in The Port City
The Cape Fear Blues Festival celebrated its 22nd year by
bringing together national and local artists on a variety of
stages in Wilmington NC. Performers included The James
Armstrong Band, Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations, Jon
McDonald, Randy McQuay, Coastal Blue Band, Brett Johnson &
The Most, Slippery Jake & The Bad Brakes, Spider Mike Bochey,
Jaime Michele's Blues Connection, Dry Pond Blues Band, and
the East On Ashland Avenue Blues Band. Check out our
Festival page for last summer's schedule.

Cape Fear Blues Jam every week!
The juke joint atmosphere is absolutely free, and so is the
admission!  A healthy dose of blues music awaits you every
Tuesday at The Rusty Nail, thanks to the efforts of the Cape
Fear Blues Society and some of the area's hardest-working
blues musicians.  Music after 8 pm.  Free parking. Call The Nail
910-251-1888 for additional info or visit our Jam page.

Every Tuesday night / 8 pm ................. Cape Fear Blues Jam
The Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th St. (910-251-1888). Always FREE!
Bring ears & instruments!

1st Saturday of the month / 8 pm ........ Cape Fear Blues Jam
The Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th St. (910-251-1888). Always FREE!
Pro equipment provided!
Cape Fear Blues Jam
Welcomes Everyone!

The Rusty Nail remains the gathering
point for blues musicians and anyone
who enjoys an eventful evening of
blues music on a Tuesday night.  

The audience continues to stream
through the doors of The Nail in force
despite the usual fluctuations due to
holidays, school sessions, and weather
patterns.  Musicians also make a
bee-line for the sign-up board and
early sets can fill up quickly.  All sets
are 20 minutes long or 3 songs,
whichever comes first.

Upgrades to the extensive equipment
inventory continue to occur on a
regular and "as needed" basis.  Amps,
drums, bass rig, and a complete sound
system are all supplied and maintained
by the Cape Fear Blues Society.  You
can learn more about the Cape Fear
region's largest and longest running
open mic night by visiting the
Jam page on this website or contact
Pete Durso at 910-383-1247 or
You've reached the online home for the Cape Fear Blues Society and it's many projects and events.  If you have a question
regarding the CFBS, email us
here.  You can also navigate the pages of this website to learn more about us.  We welcome your support and
participation!  To join the CFBS, click this link to open a pdf file of our membership application.
Memorial Fund Distributes Needed Dollars to Brigade
Boys & Girls Club and NHC Schools Music Programs

Thanks to the generosity of the Cape Fear Blues Society, the
Finkelstein Family, and CFBS members Mary Vallejos & Gary Sager,
the Ann B. Finkelstein Memorial Fund distributed all of its accumulated
assets during the latter half of 2012.

Among the recipients:

The Brigade Boys & Girls Club - Bobby Hamelburg and Lan Nichols
presented a $5000 check to the staff for future improvements to
after-hours music education at the club facility on Vance Street in
Wilmington. BB&GC serves over 1,200 kids at their locations in New
Hanover and Pender counties, and offers a safe and positive environment
for youth. Learn more about them at
Brigade Boys & Girls Clubs.

New Hanover County Schools - A check for $1750 was presented to the
NHC School system to purchase additional materials for school music
programs at all grade levels. The check was presented at a Board of
Education meeting by CFBS president Lan Nichols and owner/manager
Bobby Hamelburg of Finkelstein Music. More information at
New Hanover
County Schools.

Established in 2005, the
Ann B. Finkelstein Memorial Fund was
professionally managed by the
New Hanover County Community
and was jointly held by the Cape Fear Blues Society, the
Finkelstein family
, and CFBS members Mary Vallejos & Gary Sager.  
All three of the fund partners contributed financial resources on an annual
basis.  The CFBS donated a portion of Blues Festival profits to bolster the
bottom line of this important fund, which was focused primarily on
community music education projects for youth.  This project proves that
a successful music organization like the CFBS can become a steward of
philanthropy within its own community, making them strong,
self-sustaining advocates of regional arts, culture and education.  For
more information on the N.C Community Foundation, visit their website at
North Carolina Community Foundation.
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Producing, promoting, and presenting blues music throughout the Cape Fear region of North Carolina.
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Lee Oskar Harmonicas
The Cape Fear Blues Festival!
Virtuoso, award-winning songwriter, inventor, entrepreneur, and master of
the harmonica. All of these terms are fitting descriptions of
Lee Oskar.  In
just a single year, he's been voted #1 Instrumental Artist by Billboard,
Cashbox and Record World magazines.  He's the creative force behind the
iconic sound of multi-cultural, smash hits like "Low Rider", "Cisco Kid" and
"Spill The Wine".  And, of course, his company manufactures the most
innovative harmonica in the world.  Blues, Jazz, Funk, and Latin are all a part
of Lee's sound - and in 2014, he brought it to Wilmington NC!  Lee was the
guest of honor during our 2014 Festival weekend, led our Harmonica
Workshop, and headlined our Saturday night concert at the Art Factory.
This was a rare opportunity to meet a legendary figure in American music.
As a storied solo artist Lee has performed with Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison,
Ike Turner, Willie Nelson, Eric Burdon, The Grateful Dead, Chuck Berry,
Santana, Boz Scaggs, Bad Company, Taj Mahal, Donna Summer, Blood,
Sweat & Tears, Eddie Money, Dan Akroyd and many more!

Coming soon!
Cape Fear Blues Challenge
November 4, 2017 / Wilmington NC

Watch our Blues Challenge page for updates!
June 23-25, 2017
Wilmington NC
22nd Annual