The Coastal Cohorts will perform their one-of-a-kind show “King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running” Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9, to celebrate the anniversaries of two county organizations.
The N.C. Coastal Federation will celebrate its 35th anniversary, while the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center will mark its 25th anniversary.
This special anniversary celebration at Joslyn Hall in Morehead City features a Saturday evening show that starts at 7:30 p.m. and includes the cast party with the Cohorts following the show. There will also be a Sunday matinee that starts at 3 p.m.
The Cohorts bring their love of the seashore to the stage with a musical blend of folk, soul and rock music. Their original music celebrates life on the Carolina coast with a combination of ballads and upbeat tunes, flavored by humor and poetry.
The group first performed “King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running” in 1985 in Chapel Hill and has since taken the show up and down the East Coast, from New York to Georgia.
The group said they enjoy working together and is excited to bring the show back to the county.
“It’s an honor, a thrill and a pleasure to be doing King Mackerel and working with our great friends again,” said guitarist Jim Wann, who is the lead composer of the Tony-nominee and international musical hit “Pump Boys & Dinettes.”
The Cohorts have performed before in Carteret County. The band members have mentioned that it is one of their favorite places to play.
“We love our audiences at Joslyn Hall,” said pianist Bland Simpson, who is Kenan Professor of English and Creative Writing at UNC Chapel Hill. “And it always feels like a family reunion when we do this show in Carteret County.”
Bassist Don Dixon, renowned record-producer of acts such as REM, James McMurtry and The Red Clay Ramblers, was quick to agree.
“I love doing this show in the Sound Country,” he said. “Joslyn Hall is one of my favorite places to sing.”
Tickets for the Saturday evening show are $50 for federation or museum members and include admission to the Cast Party. They are $60 for non-members. Sunday matinee show tickets are $30 for members and $40 for non-members.