FEST!: The 1st Annual Red, White and Brewgrass Festival

Fourth of July is just a couple weekends away. The awesome city of Athens, GA is offering up yet another festival to celebrate America with some fun times and great music, along with tasty food, drinks and more!

The first annual Red, White & Brewgrass Festival is going to be one fest to check out!

Though I wasn't unfamiliar with the genre, my interest didn't really develop in this type of music until about a year ago. Someone had introduced me to the music of Packway Handle Band, and I found the songs unique, beautiful, and refreshing. Talented musicians, I'm glad that they are not only co-hosting the event, but peforming as well. I have always heard great things about their live shows, and look forward to experiencing it myself firsthand.

Packway Handle Band | Photo by Jessica Horwitz (2008)

I do however, have firsthand experience enjoying the venue that is co-hosting. The Melting Point is an awesome venue, and one of the best out there. I've seen some of my favorites perform here (Glen Phillips, Antje Duvekot, Val Emmich, etc.) and enjoyed the delicious food while doing so. The people there are friendly and the service is quite good. Naturally, making it a great location for the festival.

If that isn't enough to whet your whistle, think about this. The tickets are totally affordable and the value you receive makes it definitely worth your while. With 14 acts performing on 2 stages, your sure to have an enjoyable time! You'll get to experience some of the best bluegrass and Americana bands in the region. What better way to celebrate the independence of our nation?

Red, White & Brewgrass Festival
Saturday, July 4th, 2009
$15 advance
$20 day of show
$10 (UGA Students
with I.D.)

Doors open at Noon.
1:00 PM - Midnight

Now, just because it mentions "Brew" in the title, does not mean you have to be 21 to go. Just that you need an adult with you if you are under 18.

The following groups are included in the line-up:

Mountain Heart

Packway Handle Band

The Dappled Grays

The Corduroy Road

Bob Hay & The Jolly Beggars

Curley Maple featuring David Blackmon

Johnny Roquemore & The Apostles of Bluegrass

Jumpin' Jesus Christers

Mayhem String Band

North Georgia Bluegrass Band

Peachtree Station

Solstice Sisters

String Theory

Hawk Proof Rooster

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