|The Cape Fear Blues Society
The Cape Fear Blues Society was formed in 1987 by a small group of blues supporters in Wilmington, North
Carolina. Although growth was minimal in the years that followed, a long-awaited organizational overhaul in
1995 brought about needed change and a surge in both membership and interest. Since then, the CFBS has
seen rapid expansion, established a firm foundation for blues music in the Cape Fear region and developed into
a vibrant, all-inclusive organization that welcomes listeners, musicians and blues enthusiasts from all walks of
life. Thanks to its dynamic membership base, positive perspective, and proactive management, the CFBS is
proud to be one of the most successful and widely recognized, non-profit music societies in the Carolinas.
|Projects & Programs
As an active blues organization, our purpose is to insure the perpetuation of blues music on a local, regional
and national scale. In the last decade alone, the CFBS has developed and expanded a variety of events to
achieve this end:
- The Cape Fear Blues Festival is a cultural fixture in our region and a rising star throughout the national blues
industry. Festival events feature local, regional & national acts at our Main Stage Concert, All-Day Blues Jam,
Blues Cruise, Kick-Off Party, and Blues Workshops.
- The Cape Fear Blues Jam has evolved into one of the longest-running blues jams in the Carolinas and is the
nucleus for the region's blues community, local musicians and enthusiastic listeners. Veteran & novice players
are always welcome on our stage.
- The Cape Fear Blues Challenge showcases some of the finest unsigned blues talent vying for cash awards,
merchandise, studio recording time and more. Our winners compete at the renowned International Blues
Challenge in Memphis, TN.
In addition, the CFBS participates in numerous special events, benefits, fund-raisers and community projects
that capitalize on the many positive aspects of blues music, our support base, and the concerted efforts of our
community, members and staff.
Communication with our members, supporters and community is of paramount importance. To that end, the
CFBS utilizes print, voice, Internet and media services to spread the good word of the blues both far and wide.
Each format has its strengths, and we do our level best to exploit the advantages that they offer our
The Cape Fear Bluesletter is emailed or U.S. mailed to our members, and distributed widely among music
retailers in the Wilmington area. Information regarding CFBS business, events and membership issues are
regular features of the Bluesletter.
The Bluesline voice mail system allows CFBS members and the general public to hear the latest in blues
happenings and plan for blues events on the horizon. Important messages and inquiries can be left for staff
members at the callers' convenience.
Our website at www.capefearblues.org is the latest addition to our communication armada. It's a vibrant site
where blues surfers can find membership information, event details, blues & sponsor links, photo galleries and
contact data for the CFBS.
Print, radio & television media outlets cover our events throughout the year. The CFBS is also found in national
blues magazines, local community calendars, regional entertainment listings and on a variety of comprehensive
Internet search engines.
The Cape Fear Blues Society is an active participant in the vibrant arts community of Wilmington and the state
of North Carolina, as well as the national blues industry. Our presence and support is made known in a variety
of ways and we are proud of our affiliation with these organizations and programs:
North Carolina Arts Council
N.C. Grassroots Grant Program
Arts Council of the Lower Cape Fear
WHQR 91.3 FM Public Radio Membership Drive
WECT-TV6 Celebrate Wilmington! Ad Campaign
Recognized Affiliate of The Blues Foundation, Memphis TN
If you would like to learn more about the activities, events, programs, membership and outreach of our
organization please navigate the many pages of this website at your convenience. Thanks for your interest in
the Cape Fear Blues Society.
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