July 25-27, 2014
Wilmington NC
19th Annual
Cape Fear Blues News

Another Awesome Blues Cruise!
The 2014 Cape Fear Blues Cruise featured talented Blues acts from
near and far.
The Rickey Godfrey Band, Randy McQuay & RootSoul
and soloist Harvey Dalton Arnold provided all the Blues we
could ask for. And Lee Oskar sat in! Details on our
Blues Cruise page.

Blues Performers Shine in the Port City!
The Cape Fear Blues Festival, July 25-27 featured Lee Oskar and
many other Blues performers in a variety of Wilmington venues, and we
ed it so that you wouldn't miss a note! Check out the Blues Festival
page now!

Live Blues All Weekend at The Nail!
The Rusty Nail had Blues music running full-throttle during Cape Fear
Blues Festival weekend. Home of the Cape Fear Blues Jam for over 14
years, the Nail
hosted the Post-Cruise Party, live Blues on Saturday, and
Sunday's All Day Blues Jam. Our
Blues Festival page has the details.


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.  Call The Nail
at 910-251-1888 for additional information or visit our
Jam page.

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

1st Saturday of the month / 8 pm ..................................... Cape Fear Blues Jam
Weekend edition of the Jam at The Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th St. (910-251-1888).
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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A one-of-a-kind weekend!
Cape Fear
Blues Festival
Virtuoso, award-winning songwriter, inventor, entrepreneur, and master of the
harmonica. All of these things 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 he

all of it to Wilmington NC!  Lee was the guest of honor during Festival
led our Harmonica Workshop, and headlined our Saturday night
cert at the Art Factory.
This was a rare opportunity to meet a legendary figure in American music.
Lee Oskar is an award-winning songwriter, composer and arranger, as well
as a storied solo artist who has performed with Jimi Hendrix, Van
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 and Dan Akroyd.