When we embarked on choosing a genre for the inaugural Red White & Brews music festival, we knew it had to rock.
We knew plenty of folks would want to kick up their heels to country, some would beg for the blues and others still would be searching for soul. It was getting a little overwhelming until we realized … there’s really no reason to choose one when you can have ‘em all! After all, what’s more American than Americana?
So, without further ado, your 2012 Red White & Brews lineup:
Will Hoge’s blend of bluesy rock and soulful Americana has a dash of Nashville in it — which makes sense since he hails from Tennessee and calls the country music capital home. A musician’s musician, Hoge is blessed to count legends like Bruce Springsteen and Vince Gill among his fans. In fact, Gill even played guitar and sang backup for him at his Grand Ole Opry debut last year. A perennial tourer, Hoge just wrapped up an East and West Coast run with Dierks Bentley and the Eli Young Band, the latter of whom who’ve scored a hit summer single with Will’s song, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” Given Hoge’s penchant for heartland rock and putting on high-energy shows that see him likened to Tom Petty and John Mellencamp, we knew throwing him in an Independence Day lineup would render Springsteen comparisons unavoidable. Happy Birthday U.S.A., Will Hoge’s here to help you celebrate.
Show up to Red White & Brews expecting Suzanne Santo — the female half of folk duo honeyhoney — to sing her way under your skin one song into their set. Her sassy, jazzy, bluesy, sultriness is hard to resist, especially when she backs up killer vocals and clever lyricism with violin and banjo chops. Her male counterpart, co-vocalist and guitarist Ben Jaffe, is equally witty and wonderful. Together, they’ve successfully made folk music hip again. The L.A. based band have been playing all the cool kid shows this summer: Coachella, Sasquatch, The Newport Folk Festival… which is why we’re awfully honored they’ll be getting their independence on with us! Oh, and just a side note, after they bring down P-Town, Sheryl Crow has asked them to hit the road with her. They’re that good!
Also joining Will Hoge and honeyhoney onstage will be The White Buffalo, The Statesboro Review and local band, Bixby. For more on these equally-awesome artists, visit www.redwhiteandbrews.com/artists. Doors will open at 3 p.m. and the music will go to 11:15.
Red White & Brews is a Fourth of July music festival and beer garden being held in the Yamaguchi Park baseball field. Tickets are just $15 (kids under 10 are free) and can be purchased online at www.redwhiteandbrews.com or locally at the Chamber of Commerce, Kip’s Grill and Cantina and Higher Grounds Coffee.
We are also actively seeking volunteers and vendors. For more details, please contact Melissa Buckley at Melissa@buckwildproductions.com or (949) 690-3457.