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“Bluegrass By The River” Brings Pickin’ & Grinnin’ to Kure Beach

Last Saturday the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce presented the  1st Annual Bluegrass By The River. The event was held along the scenic Cape Fear River at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in beautiful Kure Beach. Local band “South of K” kicked off the event followed by The Mystery Hillbillies from Winston-Salem who mixed it up a bit with their special renditions of bluegrass standards as well as some Patsy Cline and a little rock-a-billy to boot. Donna Hughes Band from the Triad area performed next.  Donna is an award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist that has written for and recorded with some of the best in bluegrass (Allison Krauss to name one). Wrapping up the evening Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys brought their gospel-inspired, traditional bluegrass renditions to our stage all the way from Smithfield, NC.  Rounding out the evening, we are proud to present the hot, young group from the hills of Harlan County, Kentucky – Cumberland River.  Their hit song “Justified” can be heard on the television show of the same name on the FX channel.
In addition to the great music on the stage, musicians brought their instruments and voices to participate in the Open Jam that was held all day at the Beach House (inside and outside on the deck). The area oozed of local talent and was a great touch to the event. Attendees also enjoyed great food, cold drinks, shopping, clogging demonstrations, antique tractor exhibitions as well as mule rides for the kids and a Kidzone!