King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running:  Songs & Stories of the Carolina Coast 

Fellow “Tar Heels” and friend — please join us for a rare treat!

Don Dixon ’73, Bland Simpson ’70 and Jim Wann ’70 – “The Coastal Cohorts,” will perform their musical King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running:  Songs & Stories of the Carolina Coast at the West Bank Café’s Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd Street, on Friday and Saturday, May 18th-19th, 2018, at 7 p.m. each evening.

Tickets for King Mackerel may be purchased online only via:

Hit record producer/songwriter Don Dixon, Red Clay Ramblers pianist Bland Simpson, and Tony Award-nominee Pump Boys & Dinettes principal author/composer/lyricist Jim Wann are also the show’s co-authors and original cast members.  The trio have performed King Mackerel all across North Carolina, Virginia and everywhere from the lighthouse at Tybee Island, Georgia, to the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, including a popular summer run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and often as a fundraiser for such diverse groups as:  the North Carolina Coastal Federation, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, the North Carolina Nature Conservancy, and Friends of Tybee Theatre.

The premiere New York engagement of KING MACKEREL in the early 1990’s also took place at the West Bank, at which time the NY Post said of it:  “Carolina fish tale is quite a catch . . . a pure, salt-watered delight . . . wonderfully evokes a carefree, buddy-buddy world of fish, fishermen and the lovely Carolina coast.”  The NY Daily News wrote:  “One helluva fish story . . . a fast-moving and thoroughly charming night of down-home banter and country-flavored music.  Bullseye of a show!”  And the Village Voice called the show “Great boogie-woogie about ghost hunting, joy riding, fishing, trash-talking and–a North Carolina perennial favorite–shag dancing!”