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Friday, August 15

Preview: Southern Brewers Festival - Aug 22-23 - Chattanooga, Tennessee

 Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the annual Southern Brewers Festival is set to take place on August 22-23 at the beautiful Chattanooga Riverfront in Chattanooga, Tennessee on the Tennessee River. The two-day event will feature over 45 breweries from all over the U.S., presenting over 100 different brews. But beer is not the only attraction at the festival. Each day will feature live music from some of the premiere jambands on the scene today. The first night will consist of a massive lineup, starting with up-and-coming bluegrass band Cabinet, then jam/funk veterans Soulive, and finally a headlining set from the progressive rock, jamband quintet moe. Cabinet has been steadily climbing the bluegrass ladder and is taking audiences by storm. Their blend of roots, bluegrass, country and folk provides perfect vehicles for instrumental jams and breakdowns. The trio that is Soulive helped to pioneer the combination of jambands and funk. Their massive live sets continue to stun crowds all over the world. Moe. may not need much of an introduction, but these gentlemen have been a staple of the jamband scene since the early 1990s. Today, moe. continues to bring in massive crowds and bring the heat with every show. The second day will begin with lap pedal steel guitarist AJ Ghent and his band, followed by southern rock veteran Randall Bramblett & Friends. AJ Ghent comes from a family with extensive history in the lap pedal steel area. His Great Uncle Wille Eason, his Grandfather Henry Nelson, and his Father Aubrey Ghent, Sr. pioneered the style known as “Sacred Steel.” Randall Bramblett played with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon in 2012, as well as New Year’s Eve opening for Widespread Panic and New Orleans JazzFest with Chuck Leavell. He was also included on Bonnie Raitt’s latest release. Next, bluegrass giants Greensky Bluegrass will kick off the night sets, followed by a massive headlining set from southern rock jam quartet Gov’t Mule. Greensky Bluegrass has gradually taken over as one of the premier bluegrass jambands in the country. Most recently, the band is fresh off of a massive Red Rocks show opening for Railroad Earth, and they are set to release a brand new album this September. Gov’t Mule, led by guitar virtuoso Warren Haynes, began in the mid-1990s as a side project of Haynes’ while he was playing for the Allman Brothers Band. 20 years later, the band has developed its own unique identity and attracted a flock of fans all of its own. The best part? There is only one stage, so there are no choices to make, and there is no chance of missing any of these amazing artists! What could possibly make this weekend better? Oh yeah, two-day tickets are just $40! Just Gov’t Mule or moe. alone can cost $40, and here you will get both, plus much more. While there is no camping available on site, the festival provides a list of preferred hotel partners on its website, and there are many affordable options nearby. Click HERE tickets and more info on the artists, beers, schedule and location. 
Each year the festival helps to benefit for Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen. 
Words: Randy Harris
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