The Coastal Cohorts in Concert
The Coastal Cohorts will be performing songs and stories from their popular musical King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running
and the sequel CD Wild Ponies. The Cohorts’ original music celebrates life on the Carolina coast with a combination of ballads and upbeat tunes, flavored by humor and the poetry of the natural world. The band’s talented musicians are Jim Wann on guitar, Bland Simpson on piano and Don Dixon on bass and other instruments. “The Cohorts are thrilled to bring our music to coast lovers across North Carolina,” said Simpson.
Clive Barnes, an arts critic for The New York Times and later for The New York Post, called the Cohorts “a pure, salt-watered delight,” while Mary Cornatzer of Raleigh’s The News & Observer described King Mackerel as “a musical Valentine to coastal life.” Cornatzer said that the songs “deal with things anybody who’s ever been to the coast can identify with — pier fishing, joy riding on the strand, hurricanes and living on the sound side.”
The members of the Coastal Cohorts have each been critically acclaimed over the years for their solo work. Wann’s Broadway musical was a Tony and Drama Desk Nominee for Best Musical and Best Music on Broadway, an Olivier Nominee for Best Musical in London and the longest-running musical in Chicago theater history. His latest effort, The Great Unknown, was presented at the New York Musical Theatre Festival last October and named Outstanding New Musical by TalkinBroadway.com.