Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival In Kure Beach, N.C. Serves Up Two Days Of Music And Family Fun

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Fi15th annual event held October 11-12, 2008 features world-renowned guitarists Johnny and Edgar Winter.

Kure Beach, the charming coastal town located on the southern end of Pleasure Island, the smaller of two barrier islands on the Cape Fear Coast, is the host site for the 15th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival. The two-day festival is being held at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area on Saturday and Sunday, October 11th and 12th. The event features two sound stages, great seafood and regional designers, jewel smiths and craftsmen displaying their products. There is also a special "Kidz Fantasy Zone" for children.

Headlining the festival this year are the award-winning blues and rock guitarists Johnny and Edgar Winter. The two will be playing together for the first time in more than 30 years. In addition, 18 national and international musicians will be entertaining the crowds with the best in American Blues, Jazz and World Music.

"We're excited to have such talented artists at this year's festival," said Kim Hufham, President/CEO of the Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau. "This festival has been a staple in the community for 15 years and we're proud that it continues to be such a popular and family-friendly event."

Two-day tickets are $30.00 in advance and can be purchased at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce office. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone. Tickets purchased at the gate are $30.00 for Saturday and $15.00 for Sunday. Children 12 and under are free. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. Pets and coolers are not permitted.

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About Kure Beach:
Kure Beach is located on the Cape Fear Coast, where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean. This seaside town is a charming family-oriented community that offers vacationers a relaxed atmosphere with a variety of coastal activities nearby. The hub of Kure Beach is the 711-foot long Kure Beach Fishing Pier. A great spot for fishing, Kure Beach is the site of several annual tournaments. Kure Beach is a short drive from Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortress of its kind in the South where visitors can tour the remains of the last major stronghold of the Confederacy. Also in close proximity is the North Carolina Aquarium, which features a 235,000-gallon saltwater tank and a 20,000 square foot conservatory, as well as live exhibits of sharks, sea turtles, alligators, and other native marine life. The combination of uncrowded beaches, casual restaurants and comfortable accommodations make Kure Beach a favorite for many vacationers.

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