Beach Season Kicks Off Summer Concert Series Throughout the Crystal Coast


Beach season is here. Summer is in the air. One of the best ways to spend some time here is by enjoying local musical talent and performances set against a backdrop of coastal beauty. You'll find a wide range of diversity and genres suited to please all ages and tastes. What's your favorite? Reggae? Blues? Jazz? Bluegrass? Rock? Soul? Beach music? Acoustic? Country? You name it; you can find it here.

Here are some of the most popular Crystal Coast concert series found during the summer season. Check them out!

Beaufort Live Music Concerts

Come down to the waterfront, view the sailboats and yachts, stroll the boardwalk, enjoy the shops. Then Beaufort by Stefani Pereiramake some time every Thursday from May 16 through August 22 when downtown Beaufort hosts live music concerts on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at Dockside Park and on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays on Middle Lane. The concerts are free and open to the public, just bring a chair or a blanket. The Beaufort live music concerts are sponsored by the Beaufort Business Association, The Dockhouse, Backstreet Pub and the town of Beaufort. Contact any of these sponsors for more details on the times and schedule of performers.

Fort Macon Concert Series

Drive over to Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach for the Fort Macon Concert Series running from May 31 through August 2. For performance times and further details, contact the Friends of Fort Macon.
  • May 31, The Carteret Sunshine Band
  • June 14, The Unknown Tongues
  • June 21, Samantha Casey and the Bluegrass Jam
  • July 12, Scearce & Ketner
  • July 19, Wild Honey
  • August 2, Morehead Brass
Morehead City Summer Concert Series
Sponsored by the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department, the Summer Concert Series takes place on Saturday evenings from 7-8:30p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The concerts are held at Jaycee Park on 807 Shepard Street. Performances are free and open to the public, so bring your family and friends!

Here is the list of Morehead City Summer Concert Series performers for this summer:
  • May 25, WCHS Jazz  Band (Jazz)
  • June 1, Lipbone Redding (New Orleans Jazz)
  • June 8, Panyelo (Steel Drum, Reggae)
  • June 15, Donald Thompson Band (Blues)Live Music on the Crystal Coast
  • June 22, Power Outage (Jazz)
  • June 29, Scearce & Ketner (Acoustic, Rock)
  • July 4, The Main Event Band (Beach, Top 40)
  • July 6, Dependable Taxi (Soul, Rock)
  • July 13, Big Drink Music Co. (Rock, Variety)
  • July 20, Thrillbillys (Classic Rock)
  • July 27, The BackBeat (Beatles, British Rock)
  • August 3, Hudson & Kinzie Duo (Country)
  • August 10, Seaside Band (Beach, Top 40)
  • August 17, Liquid Pickle (Variety, Classic Rock)
  • August 24, Robert McDuffy, (Acoustic, Rock)
  • August 31, Carolina Beach Club, (Beach, Top 40)
SwanFest in Swansboro

The Friendly-City-by-the-Sea, Swansboro, hosts SwanFest on Sunday evenings from May 19 through September 16. The free concert series hosts performances from 6:30-8p.m. at The Pavilion at Olde Town Square in downtown Swansboro. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to make yourself comfortable as you enjoy the music. Pets and alcohol are not permitted at the concerts.

Here's the list of SwanFest performers for the summer:
  • May 19, Coyote (Contemporary, Folk)
  • May 26, Drew Questell (Blues)Scearce & Ketner on the Crystal Coast
  • June 2, Justin Castellano (Eclectic)
  • June 9, Big Drink (Acoustic, Rock)
  • June 16, Wild Honey (Blues, Country, Rock)
  • June 23, Old Man Whickutt (Folk, Comedy)
  • June 30, Notorious Clamslammers (Fun Stuff)
  • July 7, Unknown Tongues (Zydeco)
  • July 14, Chris Cavanaugh (Nashville, TN)\
  • July 21, Lizzy Ross Band (Rock)
  • July 28, Pure T Mommicked (Alternative Rock)
  • August 4, Ms. Behavin' (Modern Country)
  • August 11, 40 East Band (Country, Pop, Rock)
  • August 18, Selah Dubb (Reggae)
  • August 25, Dana & Susan Robinson (Old Time Music)
  • September 1, Acoustic Highway (Country, Rock)
  • September 8, Montana Skies (Classical, Rock)

EmeraldFest in Emerald Isle

EmeraldFest is held at the Western Ocean Access in Emerald Isle on Thursdays from 6:30-8p.m. from June 20 through August 22. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy great music by the sea! Alcohol is not permitted.

Here's the lineup of EmeraldFest performers this summer:Emerald Isle Photo by Phil Stith

  • June 20, My Three Kilts, (Irish)
  • June 27, Conch Stew (Pop/Beach)
  • July 4, Selah Dubb (Reggae)
  • July 11, 4Everall Trio (Pop/Variety)
  • July 18, Big Jim Kohler (Blues)
  • July 25, Justin Castellano (Eclectic)
  • August 1, Wild Honey (Blues/Country/Rock)
  • August 8, Big Drink (Acoustic Rock)
  • August 15, Bobby Webb (Country/Pop)
  • August 22, Dependable Taxi (Pop Alternative)
We hope to have filled you in and whet your appetite for some fantastic live music this summer on the Crystal Coast. If you haven't made your summer beach vacation plans, it might be a good time to do that. We hope to see you soon!


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