POSTPONED - 26th Annual Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival featuring 4-Time Grammy Winner Delbert McClinton
April 24, 2021


March 13, 2020


Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival Friends

We were hoping for a different outcome, however; out of an abundance of caution we must postpone our upcoming 2020 26th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival scheduled for Saturday, April 18th, 2020.

This was not an easy decision, but in the long run, it is the prudent and correct decision.

We know this announcement will be debated on both sides of the issue, however NC Governor Cooper made it very clear yesterday in his News Conference - Please cancel or postpone all gatherings of 100 people or more for the foreseeable future.

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce has been closely monitoring the decisions to cancel/postpone other local and state festivals and events; realizing that there are many factors unique to each events’ decision to cancel/postpone. Our decision was made at the direction of State and local officials. We have been in constant communication with our local emergency management team for weeks and as of today, we have decided it is in the best interest of our community to cancel the 2020 26th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival scheduled for Saturday, April 18th, 2020.

We love our Island community & surrounding areas and all its many visitors, so we’d like to take this moment to encourage you in this trying time to think about those most at risk. Please follow the advice of the CDC officials regarding how to limit the spread of the virus, which includes proper handwashing, sanitizing environments, and staying isolated from others if feeling sick. Please consider how cancellations/postponements and closings might affect families and children most in need and please help wherever you can. Support local and small businesses when you can.

We are currently working with Delbert McClinton people, the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area as well as Soundwave Technical Services to re-schedule this event for the Fall of 2020.  The Pleasure Island Chamber and the SB&J Festival is a non-profit organization and relies solely on the generous sponsor donations and ticket sales. The Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival depends on over 200 volunteers, a Board of Directors of 16 and a full-time staff of 2. We are diligent in coordinating and revising all the components that were in motion. We have many people to contact; including sponsors, volunteers, and of course, our guests. Please know we will be in contact as soon as we can with more information. The latest information will be posted on our website as it becomes available.

In the interim, please take all necessary measures to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, take care of your friends and neighbors, and together we will get through this unprecedented time.

Stay safe, wash your hands and make smart decisions in the days to come,

Board of Directors and Staff

Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce




Four-Time Grammy Winner Delbert McClinton to Headline

the 26th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues Festival


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      Rose Lucas & Free Movement

4:20 – 5:40      Benny Hill Trio    

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.  


ARTS & WINE GARDEN 2020 APPLICATION  3/31/20 Deadline 

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