Join us at the first annual Bluegrass, Bourbon and Brews presented by Jim Beam for a great evening of music listenin', bourbon tastin’ and beer sippin’. Included in the $40 ticket, you will receive a sampling glass with the option to choose between 20 craft bourbons and 20 microbrews. (tasting limits will be established and monitored) Specialty food items will be available for sale onsite while enjoying LIVE music by Grammy nominated artists - The Grascals. Also playing will be the ever entertaining Blue Dogs and the new, up and coming artists, The Honeycutters. Don’t want to sample the spirits but still want to come listen to music? The $20 admission ticket will get you in the gate to enjoy a night with great friends and great music! Don't forget your lawn chairs!
Pensacola Bay Brewery
DeSoto Raspberry Berliner Weiss
Lil Napoleon IPA
Deluna German Style Kolsch
Blue Point Brewery
Blue Point Toasted Lager
Blue Point Hoptical Illusion IPA
Goose Island Brewery
Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale
Goose Island Honkers ESB
Woodchuck Private Reserve Belgian White
Kona Brewing Company
Kona Big Wave Golden Ale
Kona Pipeline Porter or available seasonal
McGuires Brewing Company
Victory Brewing Company
Victory Fest Bier
Victory Golden Monkey Trippel
Back Forty Brewing Company
Truck Stop Honey Brown
Naked Pig Pale Ale
Jim Beam Black
Knob Creek Single Barrel
Old Crow Reserve
Old Grand Dad
Old Grand Dad 114
Jim Beam Rye
Knob Creek Rye
Jim Beam Honey
Red Stag Black Cherry
Red Stag Spiced
*Exact spirits are subject to change
About The Grascals
The Grascals are among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene, having won SPBGMA’s Bluegrass Band of the Year award in 2010, its Instrumental Group of the Year three years in a row (2011, 2012, 2013), the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2005 and earning its Entertainer of the Year honor in both 2006 and 2007.
Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond – one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than forty years. As their releases prove, The Grascals’ rare musical empathy gives them an unerring ear for just the right touch to illuminate each offering’s deepest spirit – whether they’re digging into one of their original songs or reworking a bluegrass classic or pop standard.
Vocally, the trio of Terry Eldredge, Jamie Johnson and Terry Smith are tighter than ever, cutting loose on driving solo vocals and soaring trios with equal fire and passion. As an instrumental unit, The Grascals have never sounded sharper, with mandolin ace Danny Roberts, fiddler Jeremy Abshire and banjo player Kristin Scott Benson leading the charge. As a result, their cutting-edge modern bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned Grammy® nominations for three of their releases (THE GRASCALS, 2005; LONG LIST OF HEARTACHES, 2006; LIFE FINDS A WAY, 2013) for Best Bluegrass Album.
After the 2006 release of their 9th CD, Live at the Workplay Theatre, the Charleston SC-based Blue Dogs quietly entered into their 20th year as a band (est. 1987) playing and singing Americana/country-rock music. To mark the anniversary, the band released a DVD of a live performance in their hometown, recorded in a 200-year-old theatre called the Dock Street Theatre, where they not-so-coincidentally made their first live CD 10 years earlier. On Thanksgiving Day 2008, they released, Live at the Dock Street Theatre…again (Black River).
The Blue Dogs’ previous release, 2004’s Halos and Good Buys, was produced by Don Gehman (John Mellencamp, REM, Hootie & the Blowfish, Pat Green), garnering excellent critical reviews and extensive airplay, particularly on the Texas music charts. “The road-seasoned band effectively straddles the line between loose rock swagger and radio-friendly hooks,” said Billboard magazine in its review. An earlier CD, 1999’s Letters from Round O, was produced by Cracker front-man-turned-producer David Lowery and generated radio response from Modern Rock, Triple A and Americana radio, as well as glowing reviews in the New York Times and the Washington Post, among others.
Since 2008, the band has continued to tour, primarily on the east coast, but in recent years they have performed throughout the southeast, in Texas, the Midwest, and the Northeast. Over the years the band has performed on the same stage with such well-known and diverse artists as Willie Nelson, Widespread Panic, Bruce Hornsby, and Little Feat.
They are now celebrating their 25th Anniversary. To be more specific, January 2013 marked 25 years since standup bassist Hank Futch joined forces with longtime friend, fellow cub scout, and acoustic guitarist/vocalist Bobby Houck under the band name “Blue Dogs.”
In a world that is becoming increasingly digitalized and impersonal, The Honeycuttersare building a reputation based on live performance and songs that tend to stick with you. Fitting into Americana realm, Mountain Xpress’s Alli Marshall calls The Honeycutters’ sound, "Old school country in the truest sense... free of twang and ten-gallon hats but full of real emotion, family history, quick wit and strong liquor."
In an interview with the Folk to Folk Blog, Amanda says that part of The Honeycutters appeal is that their sound harkens back to simpler, more honest times. “In times like these, people want something real,” she said. “They’re just really craving something that’s just going to connect them to that basic human pool of emotion.”
The Honeycutters were excited to introduce their second full length studio release, When Bitter Met Sweet on June 5th, 2012. Like their first release, Irene, When Bitter Met Sweet features singer/songwriter Amanda Anne Platt, who has been hailed as "one of the best songwriters coming out of WNC these days" by WNCW programming director Martin Anderson. Peter Jamesaccompanies her on lead and rhythm guitar as well as harmony vocals. They are backed up by Tal Taylor’s signature mandolin playing, Ian Harrod on bass, and Jon Ashley on drums creating an original brand of Americana that has proved equally appealing to both the musician and the music lover, the country and the city, and the old and the young.
Platt’s songs are shaped by a raw honesty that comes straight from the heart and emits a sort of melancholy happiness. The album features 11 tracks that touch upon childhood and loss of innocence, finding a sense of belonging and one’s voice, truth, love and patience, traveling and embarking on new life-journeys (and the fears that go along with these), and the understanding that comes about when life’s circumstances come full circle.
Springhill Suites Marriott
CONSUMPTION WILL BE CONTROLLED
Included in the $40 ticket, you will receive a sampling glass with the option to choose between 20 craft bourbons and 20 microbrews. (tasting limits will be established and monitored). Don’t want to sample the spirits but still want to come listen to music? The $20 admission ticket will get you in the gate to enjoy a night with great friends and great music!