Cold brews, hot music are on tap

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SANDPOINT — The Festival at Sandpoint kicks off its second week tonight at Memorial Field with a brew tasting and a concert starring the “not quite bluegrass” sensation Greensky Bluegrass, with special guests Parsonsfield.

When the gates open at 6 p.m., brew-festers over the age of 21 will have the opportunity to sample the Northwest’s finest microbrews featuring selections from: Ballast Point, Big Sky Brewing, Daft Badger Brewing, Hunga Dunga, Laughing Dog Brewing, MickDuff’s, NoLi, Summit Cider, The Hidden Mother Brewery, Trickster’s Brewing Company and Wallace Brewing.

Festival at Sandpoint officials offered special thanks to Odom distributors, and to Angie Nylund for organizing the annual event.

BrewFest tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. You’ll receive a commemorative pilsner tasting glass and unlimited tasting until 8 p.m. when the main act starts.

Those wishing to attend BrewFest will need a Greensky Bluegrass concert ticket to participate.

Greensky Bluegrass, the five-piece American bluegrass/country band founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan, describes their sound as “our own version of bluegrass music, mixing the acoustic stomp of a string band with the rule-breaking spirit of rock & roll.” Since their inception in 2001, the band has evolved, adding electric effects and touring with a full light show. They are known for their improvisation, multiple set shows, and open audience recording policy (akin to Phish and The Grateful Dead). In the summer of 2006, Greensky Bluegrass won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition. In 2013 they played Red Rocks Amphitheatre for their first time in a support slot, and headlined a sold-out concert at the famed venue in 2016. Supported by their faithful followers known as “Campers,” Greensky Bluegrass has broken through to a multi-genre fan base, covering songs from Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, John Hartford, The Rolling Stones, Prince and more. General Admission is $39.95, plus tax and city parks fee.

“Considering the triple-digit weather forecast, we believe cold brew and hot bluegrass is the ticket!” said Festival Director Dyno Wahl.

Tickets for the concert and the Brew Tasting are available online at festivalatsandpoint.com, by phone at 208-265-4554, The Festival at Sandpoint office, 525 Pine St., or the box office at Memorial Field which opens at 5 p.m. today. The gates open at 6 p.m. for BrewFest and the music starts at 7 p.m. with Parsonsfield. Greensky Bluegrass will take the stage at 8 p.m.. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover, as well as cash and checks, are accepted.

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