The inaugural River Bend Brewfest on May 18 at Riverfront Park will be a never-before experienced beer tasting event in Montgomery. The event will feature over 70 locally, regionally and nationally produced craft, seasonal, specialty and microbrew beers for sampling. Tastings will include selections from Good People Brewing Company, Back Forty Beer Company, Rogue Ales and Bell's Brewery.
Gates will open at 2 p.m. with tastings beginning at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a commemorative tasting glass.
There will be a "Brews Cruise" aboard the Harriott II Riverboat sponsored by the Samuel Adams Brewery featuring selected beers from the Brewfest. Proceeds from the sale of the selected Samuel Adams brews will be donated to the Boston Marathon Victims' Relief Fund. Tickets are $10 when a River Bend Brewfest wrist band is shown or $20 otherwise. Tickets for both the Brewfest and the Cruise can be purchased at the Riverfront Box Office located at 200 Coosa Street or online at www.funontheriver.net on the event calendar.
Nothing goes better with beer and good times than great music. A new event, the River Jam Music Festival will be held later that day. The music will begin at 5 p.m. with the final act taking the stage at 10 p.m. The Alabama Roots Music Society (ARMS) and Riverfront Facilities have partnered to create a cool evening featuring local bands, as well as those that have toured regionally and nationally.
The main amphitheater stage will feature Nine Days, an alternative rock band that had a Top 40 hit in the nineties entitled "Absolutely (Story of a Girl);" winner of Hard Rock's Battle of the Bands, Rosco Bandana; popular zydeco artist Sunpie Barnes and the Louisiana Sunspots; and local blues harp player and vocalist John Bull, with his band featuring guitarist Sheffield Walker.
A singer/songwriter stage, which will be located to the left of the old amphitheater area at the base of the Commerce Street tunnel, will feature Grammy Award-winning blues artist Alvin Youngblood Hart; Latin jazz artists Roman Street; Americana singer Ana Egge; and rock/country guitarist Jess Meuse.
"We are excited about the addition of the River Bend Brewfest and River Jam Music Festival to the other events taking place at Riverfront Park this summer. The River Region has become accustomed to having a large live music event at the Riverwalk Amphitheater in May, and we are proud to carry that tradition forward," said Ken Reynolds, Director of Sales at Riverfront Facilities.
Richard Young of ARMS said, "The Alabama Roots Music Society (ARMS) is pleased to be a part of a great new music festival that covers musical tastes from rock, country, jazz and blues as well as other genres. One River. Two Stages. Eight Acts. Free Admission."
River Jam is free to the public. Coolers are not allowed, but food and beverages are available for purchase. Lawn chairs are permitted.
Information on both River Bend Brewfest and River Jam Music Festival is available at www.funontheriver.net or by calling Riverfront Facilities at 334-625-2100.