The Sunrise Theater is the center of this “pub-crawl” inspired event that includes a variety of “juke-joint” venues and artists scattered throughout downtown Southern Pines – all within walking distance of the Sunrise. With an all-access wristband, participants can sample different Blues musical styles, while enjoying the libations and food of the unique restaurants, wine cellars, and pubs each hosting different performers. Once again the Sunrise will be partnering with a very special organization called The Music Maker Foundation and featuring authentic Blues Musicians.

The headliners at the Sunrise will be Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen followed by Cool John Ferguson. During her performances, “Mother Blues” unfurls the tapestry of her life experiences to her audience in soulful words and music. She shares the mettle, pathos and ocean-deep compassion of the famous female blues singers she idolizes—women like Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James. Cool John Ferguson is a studied but self-taught guitar player who started playing as a three-year old. “It didn’t matter where the music came from. I just learned it all – TV themes, blues, R&B, jazz, gospel – it all came in my ears and through my hands.”

Other venues throughout Southern Pines will be hosting Boo Hanks, Lakota John & Kin, Jake Fussell, PeeWee Hayes, Sol Roots, Ironing Board Sam, Screaming J’s, Tad Walters, John Dee Holeman, and Robert Lee Coleman. For a complete schedule please visit the Blues Crawl event page on Facebook.

The 2015 Blues Crawl is Saturday, July 11 and all access wristbands are just $25. VIP Reserved Seating Tickets are $50. Tickets may be purchased online at or the day of the event during the Southern Pines Annual Sidewalk Sale. For more information go to