26th Annual Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival featuring 4-Time Grammy Winner Delbert McClinton
April 18, 2020

Four-Time Grammy Winner Delbert McClinton to Headline

the 26th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues Festival

April 18th, 2020

Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area ∙ Kure Beach, NC  28428

"Roots music visionary" (Rolling Stone) Delbert McClinton and Self-Made Men + Dana returns to headline the 26th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival in support of his swaggering and swingin’ new album, Tall, Dark & Handsome, which recently garnered Delbert his 4th Grammy Award for the 2020 Best Traditional Blues Album!  McClinton will feature 14 new, original songs - all written or co-written by Delbert -  the new music dives deep into the blues, Americana and beyond, bursting with horns, fiddle, accordion, blazing guitar work, back-up singers and McClinton’s charismatic rasp, proving Lyle Lovett’s claim that “if we could all sing like we want to, we’d all sound like Delbert McClinton.”  

Tall, Dark & Handsome features Delbert’s band the Self-Made Men + Dana: Dana Robbins (saxophone), Jack Bruno (drums), Mike Joyce (bass), Bob Britt (guitar), James Pennebaker (guitar), Kevin McKendree (keyboards), Quentin Ware (trumpet), Dennis Wage (keyboards). 

McClinton has four GRAMMY Awards, and his previous three albums have all reached # 1 or #2 on Billboard’s Blues chart.  With over 60 years of recording and touring to his credit, McClinton is a true musical zelig: He toured with the Beatles, backed Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf, helped to inspire The Blues Brothers, and performed everywhere from SNL to Austin City Limits (both multiple times) along the way. His songs have been covered by Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Waylon Jennings, and Wynonna Judd - to name a few.  ​

This “Godfather of Americana” will bring his special magic to the 26th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues Festival Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area ∙ Kure Beach, NC on Saturday, April 18th, 2020. 


THE LEGENDARY FESTIVAL CONTINUES... Over two Decades of Seafood Blues & Jazz at the Beach! The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce the 26th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival on April 18th, 2020 at the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach, North Carolina.

When the weather is warm, the sun is shining and the warm ocean breezes are fluttering, bring your lawn chairs and family, leave your hectic world behind and exercise your “license to chill” for a music filled day at the world-famous Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival.

Now entering its 26th year, let the music performed by nationally recognized Blues & Jazz performers, coastal cuisine, natural beauty and salt air transport you into another dimension…and into a world where your cares and stresses are left behind. It’s a world where the weather is warmer, the people are friendlier, the food is tastier, and the music is "blue-sier".

A Saturday of non-stop musical talent, the Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival features 8 bands on two stages on one beautiful day!. The music can’t be beat and the locally prepared seafood is simply the best in the region. And Sunday, you get to chill on the beautiful white sands of Pleasure Island Beaches!

Blues Stage – Saturday, April 18th, 2020

12:00-1:20       Big Bump & The Stun Gunz

1:40-3:00         Carl Newton Review

3:20-4:40         The Billy Walton Band

5:20 – 7:00      TBA

8:00                 DELBERT McCLINTON

Jazz Stage – Saturday, April 18th, 2020

1:00 – 2:20      The Rhythm Bones

2:40 – 4:00      TBA

4:20 – 5:40      Rose Lucas & Free Movement

This iconic festival takes place along the scenic Cape Fear River at the Fort Fisher Military Recreational Area in Kure beach. Enjoy browsing in the Arts & Wine Garden, shopping for crafts, listening to music, and fine wine tasting. Children will stay entertained for hours as they enjoy performers, face painting, educational exhibits, inflatables and much more in the Kidz Zone.

Held at the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach, this event is sure to sell out quickly, so purchase your tickets ahead of time. Please do not bring coolers or pets, but bring your chairs, towels and blankets for a weekend of music and seafood at the coast.

On-Line Tickets are available on EVENTBRITE and hard tickets will be available in the near future at the usual outlets.  For more information call (910) 458-8434 or . Follow the Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival on Facebook for exciting updates about the band lineup, seafood vendors, and more!

Delbert McClinton Music: CLICK HERE

Delbert McClinton “If I Hock My Guitar” Video: CLICK HERE


Looking for a great place to stay during the Festival? Looking for a condo or house near the Festival? Call our Gold Sponsors Bryant Real Estate (800-994-5222). How about an oceanfront room - call The Golden Sands Motel (888-458-8334) who is also a Gold Sponsor of our event and have great accommodations and deals for you. Give them a call today.  

If you're traveling to Pleasure Island for this festival, we invite you to search our site on Where to Stay, Where to Play, Where to Eat and explore Local Businesses to get the most out of your trip.  


No refunds or exchanges. In the event of a TOTAL FESTIVAL cancellation for which there is no rescheduled date, a refund for this ticket MAY be issued at the option of the management.  



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