2012 Duck Jazz Festival Recap

2012 Festival Recap:
The 6th Annual Duck Jazz Festival brought more than 6,000 people to the Town of Duck. The Festival was held on Sunday, October 7, 2012 and brought together a wide range of musical talent for the Outer Banks and Duck community to enjoy.

The crowd went wild as the Grammy-nominated The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman took the stage.  Led by guitarist Russ Freeman, The Rippingtons, who are currently celebrating their 25th anniversary, gave the performance of a lifetime.  Their energy and stage presence had the audience on their feet, dancing and clapping along to the music from beginning to end.  The Rippingtons’ appearance at the Duck Jazz Festival couldn’t have come at a better time, their newest album “Built to Last” is already #4 on the Smoothjazz.com Top 50 and #10 on the Billboard Top 20 Smooth Jazz Charts.

The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman at the 6th Annual Duck Jazz Festival

Singer, songwriter, and woodwind player Paula Atherton came to the Duck stage from New York City. The audience was blown away by her talent as she switched from flute, to saxophone, to vocals. It is no surprise that Atherton has been labeled a major player on the contemporary jazz and pop music scene.


Paula Atherton

The Fuzz Band from Hampton, Virginia, returned for their third Duck Jazz Festival performance. Prior to the Festival, The Fuzz Band performed at several local Duck businesses, giving the community a preview of the Festival.  During their stay, they also sat in with First Flight Jazz Band, giving them tips on how to become successful, professional musicians.  Two students were honored with the opportunity to perform a song with The Fuzz Band on stage during the Festival.  The band had the crowd dancing on the Green to their funky blend of soul, jazz, hip-hop, and rock selections. 


The Fuzz Band

Emme St. James & Her Gentlemen delivered an unforgettable performance as they graced the stage for their first-ever Duck Jazz Festival appearance.  As the opening act, St. James set the bar high for the following acts.  Her soulful voice and sophisticated atmosphere wowed the audience as she sang songs off her own albums as well as hits by other well-known jazz artists.


Emme St. James & Her Jazz Gentlemen

During the Festival, three of Duck’s great local restaurants served as food vendors for the event.   Aqua RestaurantDockside ‘N Duck Seafood Market, and Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack were located at the picnic shelter serving delicious food and beverages to concert goers.  The mouthwatering menus included sushi, fish tacos, crab dip, barbeque, desserts, and even fresh squeezed lemonade and limeade.

The Festival may have been the main event, but the celebration started early this year.  Businesses throughout Duck joined together to kick off the 6th Annual Duck Jazz Festival by hosting a variety of events throughout the week prior to the Festival.  Visitors and residents of Duck enjoyed holiday open houses, shrimp and oyster roasts, live entertainment, wine tastings, and more; all leading up to the Festival on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the Duck Town Park.  For a listing of events held in support of the 6th Annual Duck Jazz Festival, click here.

The performance schedule was as follows.  For additional information on our 6th Annual Duck Jazz Festival Bands, visit the Band Bios page.

11:00 a.m.:    Emme St. James and Her Jazz Gentlemen

12:15 p.m.:    The Fuzz Band

2:15 p.m.:      Paula Atherton

4:15 p.m.:      The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman

A special thank you goes out to the sponsors of the 2012 Duck Jazz Festival.  With the support of our partners, the Duck Jazz Festival has become a premier East Coast festival and event.  Visit our Sponsors page for a complete list of those supporting the festival in 2012.

The Duck Town Park and Boardwalk is a smoke-free facility. No beach umbrellas or tents are permitted at the in the park. Picnics, beverages, chairs, and blankets are encouraged at the festival. Chairs were available to rent from Ocean Atlantic Rentals.