Summer is just around the corner and so is the Friends of Fort Macon Concert Series.

Due to the success of last year’s afternoon concerts, organizers decided to add three performances to the lineup.

All concerts are free, although donations are welcome.

Doors open early for picnickers and all who want to take in the beautiful setting of the fort. In case it rains, the concerts will be held inside the visitor center at the fort.

This year’s schedule is:

•    6:30 p.m. Friday, May 31: The Carteret Community Sunshine Band, playing a contemporary mix of show and pop tunes.

•    1 p.m. Saturday, June 8: Caffeinated Soul Boogie, playing folk, rock and eclectic funk blues.

•    6:30 p.m. Friday, June 14: Unknown Tongues, playing Cajun and Zydeco tunes.

•    1 p.m. Saturday, June 22: The Mad Fiddler, playing fiddle favorites.

•    6:30 p.m. Friday, June 28: Telluride, playing beach, bluegrass and country music.

•    6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12: Saltwater Gold, playing a mix of songs for everyone to enjoy.

•    6:30 p.m. Friday, July 26: FAB-The Band, playing classic Motown and beach music.    

•    6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2: Wild Honey, playing country rock and blues.    

•    1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10: Morehead City Brass Consortium, playing pop, folk, jazz and classical.

Here is some information on the bands, provided by their respective websites:

The Carteret Community Sunshine Band

“The Carteret Community Sunshine Band is the Crystal Coast’s premier volunteer concert band. Established in 2003 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable Organization, the Band’s start was financed by a substantial grant from the Sunshine Lady Foundation (hence, our name).

“The Community Band consists of roughly 30 to 50 local musicians, ages 13 to 80, including students, teachers, scientists, medical and business professionals, lawyers, clergy, homemakers, and retired service members who enjoy performing concert band music.

“The Band rehearses weekly on Monday nights from early October to May at West Carteret High School in Morehead City. New members are welcome at any time…”

For more information, search for the band on Facebook.

Caffeinated Soul Boogie

“Originating in a coffee shop as a father/daughter duo, Darria Yeager and Derrick Moore began playing cafe’s, sidewalks, and open mic’s from New Bern to New Hampshire. Recently adding bassist Javier Sinobas and drummer Tanner Bright took the sound to a whole new level and expanded the range and dynamic of the group.

“Our purpose is to share our love of live music, to create an atmosphere that encourages friendships and good times, and to encourage fellow musicians to do the same.

“We are a folk rock band, an indie rock band, an eclectic roots jazz funk blues band, and a band that drives each other to discover new sounds and styles of musical expression.”

For more information on Caffeinated Soul Boogie, visit cafesoulboogie.com.

Unknown Tongues

“When the love of Cajun music struck him like a plank to the head, Bryan dug his fiddle out of the closet, set the neck, fixed the bridge, and began learning swampy old tunes. Barbara wasn’t sure what to make of Bryan’s new passion. But who could deny it? Bryan fashioned her a triangle out of the handle of a tire jack and she figured, ‘if you can’t beat ‘em...’

“The Blakes started a monthly jam in 1989, the year their son Aren was born, and musicians came out of the woodwork. Patsy Wells, who used to live in Baton Rouge, shared Bryan’s love of Cajun fiddle, and they worked up heartbreaking twin fiddle tunes. Derby Daniels of Davis Shore brought his guitar and dobro talents, and a good head for learning French lyrics. His wife JoAnn played rhythm guitar and kept everyone organized with her songlists.

“After their 1990 debut at the Beaufort Music Festival, the Unknown Tongues made the pig-pickin’ and charcoal mullet circuit, ritual gatherings of eastern Carolina.

“The band evolves with every new musician and instrument. After Bryan wrapped himself around the button accordion and Barbara suited up with a rubboard, it seemed time to go electric with drums and all…”

For more information on Unknown Tongues, visit unknowntongues.com.

The Mad Fiddler

Jason Addams, or The Mad Fiddler, started his musical career in orchestra playing the viola as a child.

“…During my transition to boarding school, Orchestra was absent from the Arts program; the skills and advancement were on hold... until college came!

“College was filled with many fun memories including jamming out in the breezeways on Friday nights! The viola came back out and the jam sessions began; note to self — it’s very hard to jam on a viola! The frustration built up and something was needed in order to continue this ride! DMB saves the day!

“In 2003, a good college friend sharing similar feelings about DMB, scored us PIT tickets and back stage passes. After the show, I met Boyd Tinsley, violinist, and the next day, I bought a violin and transitioned from viola to violin.

“In 2004, I was introduced to another college friend that invited me to join his band, Anonymous, which I obliged. For 2 years, we played live shows and I showcased my raw improv skills and larger than life character that resulted in solos out in the crowd. The Mad Fiddler was beginning to be born and unleashed!

“After college in 2008, the journey continued to the Crystal Coast of North Carolina and specifically Pine Knoll Shores (located on Bogue Banks) and the Swansboro/Emerald Isle area.

“While out leisurely with colleagues one evening, in Emerald Isle at the Emerald Club, a local band was playing. I proceeded to let them know that they were great and that my name is Jason Addams and I play the electric violin. Three months later, a trial jam practice session was planned and I eventually became, in 2010, a member of Big Drink Music Company. I eventually also began playing with another group in the area, 4EverAll, in 2013. In 2016, tragedy hit and the drummer for Big Drink, Jay Tyndall, lost his life unexpectedly. Tragedies can bring people closer or pull them apart. In the latter parts of 2016, a solo project began focusing on awareness of the dying arts in the public schools.

“Currently, my passion for music and playing the violin continues as my services now include DJ private events, plan the music for weddings and DJ, slideshow and power-point presentations, teach music and violin lessons, and gig locally with local talent in the area.”

Visit madfiddlerentertain.wixsite.com for more information.

Telluride

“Telluride Bluegrass Band performs at the Spring White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival 2019 in Stella, North Carolina. Jeff mando, Mike fiddle, Kelly bass, Tom banjo, Don guitar, & Dennis steel. Bringing the sounds of the mountains to the coast of the Carolinas!

“The Story of Telluride...    Back in the days of the Wild West, you had to be very careful about riding into the small mining town of Telluride located in SW Colorado. The Rocky Mountains completely surround Telluride with only a single passage along the Delores River! Outlaws & lawmen were often trapped and ambushed in Telluride with no way to escape. Even the wind blowing through the valley seemed to whisper the words — ‘To-Hell-You-Ride!’  Still the beauty of Telluride continues to lure folks in by the thousands each year!

“Today...Telluride is a mecca for music lovers all over the planet. We are bringing some Telluride spirit to the coast of North Carolina!”

For more information, visit tellurideband.net.

Saltwater Gold

Saltwater Gold is based out of Oriental. The group is comprised of Chris Daniels on guitar and lead vocals, Mark Hoff, lead vocalist, and Mike Sandvig on bass and lead vocals.

For more information, visit saltwatergoldband.com.

FAB the Band

“Based out of Eastern North Carolina, FAB is a Premier high energy dance party band that will keep you on the dance floor all night. We specialize in the best of Dance/Party Band Music as well as Funk, Soul, R&B, Motown and Beach.

“Featured up front is the smooth, dynamic Vocals of Levi Cobb, that will surely be a treat to your ears as well as your dancing feet.

“We have Tim Rowe on Guitar and Vocals, Dave Peoples on Keyboards, Harmonica, Guitar and Vocals. Nichole Kirch on Bass Guitar and Bunny Barrington on Drums and Vocals.

“Bunny Barrington, the Drummer, has 35 plus years of experience, in the Band Business. He has played with professionals such as BJ Thomas along with Maceo Parker, who was a Sax player for James Brown. This gives FAB a high quality and professionalism that’s hard to surpass. FAB’s great reviews and ongoing jobs with there clients, proves that they will make your next event or wedding a success.”

For more information, visit thefabband.com.

Wild Honey

“Wild honey is an acoustic music duo based out of Swansboro.

“They have been playing their Americana mix of pop, blues/boogie, country rock and folk since 2009, performing 60+ shows a year in venues ranging from restaurants and clubs to concert series, business functions and private parties. They are equally at home whether it is playing softer music for dinner or rocking at a pub and have developed a large fan base of people from all backgrounds and ages.

“The duo is comprised of Angie Cooper on vocals and rhythm guitar and Matt Miller. Matt also sings, and plays an assortment of instruments including guitar, mandolin, dobro and harmonica. Their down home yet refined blend of old and new connects with audiences through its honest feel...earthy and sweet: wild honey.

“…While knowing each other for some time, the musical relationship started when Angie started taking guitar lessons from Matt. They quickly realized that when they played together some special music happened. The rest is history!”

For more information, visit wildhoneyshive.com

Morehead City Brass Consortium

“The all-brass ensemble is comprised of local professionals who are well-known in eastern North Carolina. They have performed at indoor and outdoor concert series, churches and schools in the area.

The Morehead Brass Consortium has a diverse repertoire of music arranged for brass that spans across pop, folk, jazz and classical genres.

The group always prepares a special performance for the Fort Macon crowd.”

The concerts are some of what Fort Macon State Park has to offer.

There are more than 425 acres with beaches, a maritime forest through which a walking/jogging path winds, scenic dunes, fishing and swimming. There are also free guided tours of the fort, cannon firings every Wednesday and Civil War reenactments.

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