The 2018 edition of Philly Beer Week brought to Philadelphia a new event: a daylong bluegrass festival at Heritage jazz club in Northern Liberties. The festival featured some of the best picking that the Philly bluegrass scene has to offer. It was, as the Philadelphia Inquirer called it, a “bluegrass-centric celebration of beer,” with featured beers from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
The festival stretched from noon until around 8pm. It all started with the weekly Heritage Bluegrass Brunch, featuring Mark Schultz & The Wayne Rangers, followed by an open, on-stage bluegrass jam (led by Dave Shepherd), and performances into the night by more of Philly’s best bluegrass, with sets from The Citywide Specials, Midnight Flyer, and River Bones Band.
Lisa Schaffer Photography was on hand to capture the fun.
There was a great turnout for this first-time event.
Philly Bluegrass tees were popular.
River Bones Band got the crowd dancing.
Midnight Flyer played the second set of the evening show.
Larry Maltz of the Citywide Specials takes in Midnight Flyer before his set.
The Citywide Specials (house band at Fiume) closed out the night.
Dave Shepherd and Matt Royles handled MC duties for the day.
The bands got the crowd dancing all day.
The open jam was a popular feature, with all the musicians in the house.
Visit Lisa’s page for a huge gallery of 70-plus photos from day.
This was a community-driven event, with dozens of people coming together to make it all happen through donations, volunteering, and, of course, jamming their faces off. The event was made possible in part by Philly Bluegrass Members, whose donations provided the seed funding to make the day possible. Also making it possible was the support from the incredible staff at CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia, which provides fiscal sponsorship of Philly Bluegrass.
It’s a good bet that the festival will return—even bigger and better—for Philly Beer Week 2019. If you were there, you can help with the planning for next year by sharing any feedback or suggestions you have.
Celebrate Philly Beer Week, the largest beer celebration in the country, with a full day of bluegrass music, plus featured local brews, at Heritage on Sunday, June 10.
Get your tickets here and RSVP via Facebook.
The day begins with the weekly Heritage Bluegrass Brunch from 12-3pm, featuring Mark Schultz & The Wayne Rangers, followed by an open on-stage bluegrass jam (led by Dave Shepherd), and performances into the night by more of Philly’s best bluegrass, with sets from The Citywide Specials, Midnight Flyer, and River Bones Band.
What you need to know:
- Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, with a suggested minimum donation of $10. 100% of proceeds go to the bands and Philly Bluegrass, a not-for-profit project of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia. Capacity is limited, so reserve your spot now at phillybluegrass.ticketleap.com/beerweek18/.
- Joining for brunch? Tickets are not required for brunch diners, but reservations are a must. Reserve a table for brunch via the Heritage website or by calling 215-627-7500.
- Featured craft brews, including Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., with additional featured beers coming soon.
- The venue. Heritage is located at 914 N. 2nd Street in Northern Liberties. Unlimited street parking is available on Sundays in the neighborhood, which is also easily accessed via the Spring Garden stop on the Market-Frankford Line.
- The schedule:
- 7:30pm – The Citywide Specials
- 6:00pm – Midnight Flyer
- 4:30pm – River Bones Band
- 3:15pm – Jam (on stage)
- 12pm – Brunch with Mark Schultz & The Wayne Rangers
Press for Philly Beer Week Meets Philly Bluegrass:
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