On Tuesday nights, you’ll find a piece of Wilmington’s soul in The Rusty Nail club on South 5th Avenue. That’s where the Cape Fear Blues Society (CFBS) puts on their weekly blues jam, where any musician who walks through the door is invited to perform.

Local acts like Rose Lucas, Randy McQuay, and RootSoul Project are regulars. “We have a very, very rich and vibrant music scene here,” says Lan Nichols, the society’s president.

Since its founding in 1987, CFBS has expanded to include programs like this, plus an annual summer blues festival, giving Wilmingtonians a chance to experience performances by local and professional blues musicians.

“Blues music has always played a role in the entertainment in the Cape Fear region,” Nichols says.

CFBS’s weekly jams keep blues music vibrant and active not only in the Port City, but in the entire Old North State.