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King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running

May 23 May 26

The North Carolina Coastal Federation and the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center present The Coastal Cohorts’ beloved show King Mackerel & the Blues are Running, featuring the musical and story-telling talents of Don Dixon, Bland Simpson, and Jim Wann.

Join us for an evening of tall tales, rollicking songs, and theatrical performance filled with music and stories about fishing and life along the Carolina coastline. Called “a pure salt watered delight” by the late Clive Barnes, New York Post theater critic, the lively cast of fishermen-musicians are sure to delight as they sing up a storm, tell fish stories and ghost stories, and relate accounts of first loves and ones that got away.

Proceeds benefit both the North Carolina Coastal Federation and the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center.

An image of the band King Mackerel and the Blues are Running preforming on stage
  • May 23-25, 2024 at 7 PM
  • May 26, 2024 at 2 PM
  • Tickets are $35 ($30 for members of either organization). Sponsorships start at $250 and include VIP seating and an invitation to the cast party on Saturday night. Tickets and sponsorships are available now at either Core Sound Waterfowl Museum location (1785 Island Rd, Harkers Island or 806 Arendell St, Morehead City) or online:

We need your help to put the Cohorts back on stage! Volunteer to help for one or more shows and enjoy free tickets to that show. Jobs include helping at the door, helping at the Federation table, and helping with the snacks and lemonade stand at intermission! Contact Rachel Bisesi for more information.

The North Carolina Coastal Federation, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in its programs or activities.