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Heritage Sandy Springs presents Rhythm & Brews: a celebration of local bands and local beers. Kick back and relax with a frosty beverage while listening to a wide variety of live music in a beautiful outdoor setting. All proceeds from Rhythm & Brews benefit Heritage Sandy Springs, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting history, stewarding a community park, and enhancing the cultural identity of Sandy Springs.
Doors open at 1:00 p.m. with the music kicking off at 1:15 p.m. Tickets for guests 21+ will be $25 in advance or $35 day-of, and include entry into the event plus 2 complimentary brews and a souvenir cup. Tickets for guests 13-20 will be $15 in advance or $25 day-of and include entry into the event plus a souvenir cup. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. A limited number of VIP passes are available for guests 21+ ($55 advance / $65 day-of) and include air-conditioned VIP area and indoor restrooms, covered veranda overlooking entertainment stage, private bar access, 5 complimentary brews, and a souvenir cup.
Attendees can purchase additional beverages from local breweries Red Hare, Monday Night, Cherry Street, and Jekyll, as well as specialty fare from food trucks and local favorites. Complimentary water will be provided. Atlanta Sport and Social Club will be on site with cornhole, giant Jenga, and more!
Rhythm & Brews will be held at the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, located on the corner of Sandy Springs Place and Blue Stone Road. Parking is available on Sandy Springs Place in designated lots, as well as at the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church’s activity center, located near the intersection of Sandy Springs Circle and Hilderbrand Drive. Absolutely no parking is allowed at CityWalk/Kroger or in other shopping centers. Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation or Uber - safety first!
Smoking is prohibited inside the event grounds. No outside food/beverages or pets, except for special assist animals. Blankets and lawn chairs are permitted. The event is rain or shine; no refunds.
Rhythm & Brews is generously sponsored by Radio 105.7, Classic Subaru of Atlanta, Wela, Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism, and Atlanta Sport & Social Club. All proceeds benefit Heritage Sandy Springs, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Rhythm & Brews will feature the following lineup:
Chelsea Shag (1:15 pm – 1:50 p.m.)
You can't put Chelsea Shag in a box - she's made up her own. It's not just pop - it's jazz, blues, R&B, and soul all in one - it's everything that's transcended through her. An enamoring energy both on and offstage, this young artist's music moves within you. Her words create stories and her voice and music bring life to them delivering a unique experience to each listener. An invigorating sound to your ears, Chelsea's voice vibrates through you with soul, edge, and smoothness. From listening to her biggest influences and putting her hands on any instrument she could, Chelsea's been developing her sound since she started playing her electric guitar at age eleven. Moving to Atlanta in 1996 from Nova Scotia, Canada, Chelsea developed the soul of the Southeast and you can feel it when you hear her music. With so much to offer vocally, it's refreshing to hear a strong singer-songwriter play guitar with such ease and originality. After studying jazz guitar at the Atlanta Institute of Music, Chelsea began winning hearts performing throughout Atlanta breaking the cliche that only men can rock a guitar. With her looper machine, sweet tones, beat boxing, and kick drum riding the rhythm - her live performance is not to be missed. www.chelseashag.com
Sam Burchfield (2:10 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.)
Sam Burchfield's sound ranges from clever lyrical ballads to upbeat funky compositions. Add in some banjo-driven folk and you're almost there. From banjo, to brass, to traditional rock 4 piece, Sam has taken the diversity of modern music and blended it into his own multiple-genre style that keeps the listener entertained, interested, and impacted. With a voice that can be soft and sultry, or full of loud southern soul, the music Sam Burchfield writes is connected by an authentic passion and energy that audiences have been hungry for. Burchfield has been developing his skills as a musician and song writer for a decade. Growing up in Seneca, South Carolina, Sam played coffee shops and other small venues before eventually moving to Athens, Georgia, to further his musical career and to attend the University of Georgia. From playing in well-known Athens band Street Rhythm & Rhyme to winning the statewide singing competition Campus Superstar 2013 and appearing on American Idol in 2014, Burchfield has had a diverse musical career. The local singer/songwriter creates a masterful blend of blues rock, funk and folk, influenced by the likes of ZZ Ward, Ray LaMontagne, James Morrison, and even early Jack Johnson. www.samburchfield.com
Adelaide Tai (3:05 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.)
Adelaide Tai is a visual and musical artist, born in Ohio and raised in Georgia. Her poetry has been published internationally through outlets such as "Fig Poetry Magazine" of Oxford University and ReConstruction Studies in Contemporary Culture. Her paintings are featured in a number of Lululemon stores around Atlanta, and are shown at Blue Mark Studio in West Midtown. A selection of her work can be found in a group exhibition of local artists at the Hyatt Atlanta. As a musician, Adelaide draws influence from artists like Fiona Apple, Radiohead, Feist, and Patty Griffin. Her style ranges from rootsy to spiritual, influenced by the storytelling traditions of folk songs and the exploratory nature of rock. For her performance at Rhythm & Brews, Adelaide will further explore the indie rock genre along with violinist Zack Brawner, who is also a member of local Americana band Blood on the Harp. www.ataiart.com
Book Club (4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.)
Atlanta’s Book Club, a modern folk quintet founded by Robbie Horlick (of indie rockers Cassavetes), navigates today’s indie-folk sea with a rare honesty and classicism. The band honors the folk tradition, yet is unbound by it; every song is a fresh take on an old history. Anchored by the rich and sweetly-sung co-ed harmonies of Horlick and Leigh Anne Macquarrie, their arrangements range from that of a lone nylon guitar to songs thoughtfully embellished by cello, double bass, pedal steel, melodica, glockenspiel, saxophone, percussion, and more. Paying simultaneous homage to their traditional, and their modern, influences, Book Club draws easy comparisons to She & Him, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and The Dutchess and Duke one minute, and Patsy Cline, The Carter Family, and Fleetwood Mac the next. Since forming in Atlanta in 2011, Book Club has shared bills with a simpatico list of artists, the band eventually caught the attention of Grammy-nominated producer Matt Goldman, with whom they recorded One-Way Moon at Atlanta’s Glow in the Dark Studios. Following debut LP Ghost (2011) and EP Shapes on the Water (2012), the new album is the band’s third release to date, and its authentic, subtly catchy sound is sure to work its way into your unsuspecting subconscious. www.bookclubtheband.com
Gareth Asher and the Earthlings (5:05 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.)
Gareth Asher and the Earthlings are an Atlanta, Georgia-based country and folk-rock band formed in 2011 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Gareth Asher. Born in the small town Bowdon, GA, Gareth Asher was raised on a steady diet of old school funk, rock and soul. Asher attributes many of his musical sensibilities to monumental artists like Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, and groups like Chicago. As a writer, he respects the work of iconic performing songwriters like Jackson Browne, Otis Redding, and Don Henley and The Eagles. As a touring artist, Gareth is known for his soulful voice, and has shared the stage with Shawn Mullins, Glen Phillips, Emerson Hart, Angie Aparo, Corey Smith, Sister Hazel, Collective Soul and many more. Asher was named Musician of the Year at the Atlanta Chozen Awards in 2010. www.garethasher.com
von Grey (6:10 p.m. – 7:05 p.m.)
Atlanta-based indie-alternative-folk group von Grey has checked off more things on the proverbial band wish list in the past year than many bands do in a decade. National TV? Check. They've appeared on "Late Show with David Letterman," "Conan," NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams," and CNN's "Road Warriors." Glowing press? Check. The harmony-laced foursome has been called everything from an "Americana masterpiece" to simply "crazy-talented" by the media. If you ask them, they’re “four short ladies from ATL playing music together.” Great tours? Check. The group has opened for Indigo Girls, Sarah McLachlan, Lindsey Stirling, Rusted Root, and Company of Thieves, and performed standout sets at SXSW, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, and Gathering of the Vibes Festival. Top 10 record? They can check that off too, as their 2012 self-titled EP shot into the iTunes Top 10 following their memorable "Conan" performance. And, the group of four classically trained sisters accomplished all of this without the help of a record label and before their 20th birthdays. www.vongreymusic.com
Packway Handle Band (7:25 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.)
Originating out of Athens, GA, The Packway Handle Band “serves up a dark and passionate folk aesthetic…with a side of blood” [Sarah Hagerman, jambase.com]. The five members of Packway have wowed audiences for over a decade with near perfect 4-part harmonies and seemingly boundless on-stage synergy. Over the years the band has evolved as a premier gather-around-the-mic act. Their performance is focused around a tight cluster of microphones surrounded by an arsenal of acoustic and electric instruments: banjo, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, upright and electric bass, and an ever-changing array of percussive accessories, sometimes called “The Rattletrap.” Packway’s sound is steeped in old-fashioned bluegrass, but they hold a niche in the American music realm that’s all their own. Clever songwriting, an eccentric mixture of modern folk music, dark themes, old-time religion, affectionate satire of Bluegrass, and devotion to apocalyptic infotainment leave the listener to decide what exactly a Packway Handle is. Fresh off a year of nationwide performances, including a voyage aboard Kid Rock’s annual Chillin’ the Most Cruise and 40 amphitheater shows on his Cheap Date tour, PCB is back in Georgia gearing up to hit the studio and record a new album. www.packwayhandle.com
Rhythm & Brews is a fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs. Proceeds will benefit the many community-focused programs of Heritage Sandy Springs, including educational and heritage programs, cultural enrichment activities, and events like the Sandy Springs Festival and Concerts by the Springs. For more information, visit www.heritagesandysprings.org, call 404-851-9111 x1, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.