Drugstore Divas is being hosted at the Blues N Brews Festival in Fayetteville, NC.
Pete loves blues. Loves it. We used to go to a weekly blues open mic and he would sign up to play. It took me a long time to understand how five guys who never met each other, who met only by putting their names on a piece of paper, could figure out how to play three song together and sound like a cohesive unit. “It’s the blues,” Pete would say. “It’s like knowing your ABC’s.” I know my alphabet, but I can’t play guitar, so no open mics for me. But sometimes, when Pete’s playing the blues, I’ll catch a riff or sequence of notes and think, “Those are the ABC’s.”
I wonder how many of them we’ll hear tomorrow at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s Blues N Brews Festival in Fayetteville, NC. The 15th annual festival is taking place from 4pm to 10pm at Festival Park (225 Ray Avenue).
So, let’s talk about the blues part first. There are three bands: Mark McKinney & Co. from 5pm to 6:30pm, Tullie Brae from 6:45pm to 8:15pm, and Elliott and the Untouchables from 8:30pm to 10pm. Tullie Brae will also be playing in the VIP tent from 4pm to 5pm.
Yes, there’s a VIP tent. VIP tickets are pre-sale only (which means you better buy them today if you haven’t) and available for $75. You get access to the festival at 4pm, which means a full hour of beer before you have to fight off the crowd. You also get to be a judge in the Beer Tasting Contest; a catered meal, complimentary snacks, and complimentary concession items (my three favorite perks because I love food); access to a private game area, the VIP tent, and private lawn and covered seating (which will probably be the biggest perk come mid-day), and complimentary BnB merchandise.
You can also purchase a general admission ticket for $35 ($43 at the gate, which opens at 5pm for GA). Admission includes a souvenir 5oz. beer sampling glass and unlimited beer sampling. Plus the music, of course. You can also pick up a non-drinkers ticket for $15. You can still buy tickets here. No food is included in the ticket price of those last two, but you can purchase food from various food trucks that will be around (and, really, food off a truck is probably my favorite).
There will be over 100 beer samples from local Fayetteville brewers, like Huske Hardware House and The Mash House Brewing Company (which is actually one of the stops we recommend in our 24 Hours In Fayetteville, NC trip post. Other local North Carolina breweries will be available, like Foothills Brewing (Winston-Salem), Big Boss Brewing (Raleigh), and Natty Greene’s Brewing Company (Greensboro). And then there will be large names as well, like Shock Top, Yeungling, and Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing. You can get samples in the 5oz. glass or full-size beers will be available for the first time in the festival’s history. The festival is a fundraiser for the Cape Fear Regional Theatre, so you can feel good about going.
Get more details here.
Is anyone planning on going? Pete and I will be there, so definitely look for us and say hi!