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Festival organizers announced earlier this week that bluesman Jonny Lang and rising star Samantha Fish will be the major performers for the annual fall event. Courtesy image.
Bluesman Jonny Lang and rising star Samantha Fish will be the major performers for the annual fall event. Courtesy image.

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Just one week remains until the soulful sounds of Blues and Jazz come together on Pleasure Island for the 23rd Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival next weekend.

The festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area.

Tickets for the festival are on sale and event organizers say they’ll sell out. It’s a weekend combination of live music — on two stages — and locally prepared seafood. The event will include a wide selection of local fare and the free Kidzone, which features magicians, face painting, laser tag, educational exhibits and inflatables.

Bluesman Jonny Lang and sultry songstress Samantha Fish will share the spotlight as the double headliners for the 23rd annual event. Lang will take the his signature sound to the stage on Saturday, with opening act Kara Grainger, an Australian singer and slide guitarist who has toured with Lang.

And on Sunday, Fish will round out the weekend-long festivities as the final performer. North Carolina-based group The Luxuriant Sedans will bring its blend of blues and rock ahead of Fish.

In addition to the four main acts, this year’s festival will feature 10 groups on two stages. Blues performers include Urban Hill, Gate City Divas, David Gerald and Snake Malone and The Black Cat Bone, while Nelson and The Rock-a-fellas, Lynne and The Wave, Nina Repeta, the Benny Hill Trio, Nita B. and The Swingin’ Soiree and Max Levy and the Hawaiian Shirts will bring the jazz.

This two-day festival takes place along the scenic Cape Fear River at the Fort Fisher Military Recreational Area in Kure beach. The Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival is scheduled each year on the second weekend in October.

Area vendors will be on hand to sell their wares, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets are $50 in advance for a two-day pass, or they can be purchased at the door for $60 on Saturday and $25 on Sunday. Admission is free for children 12 and under.

For more information about the festival, including where to purchase tickets and a musical line-up visit the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival website.

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