The Good Beer Festival features a wide variety of musical entertainment. From small acoustic duets to large multi-piece band – creating the perfect backdrop for festivalgoers.
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Saturday, October 10 12:30pm-6:30pm
Sunday, October 11 12:30pm-6:30pm
Updated: July 27, 2015
In 2014, singer / songwriters and Kansas City natives Chad Abernathy and AJ Young joined forces to create Paper To Planes. Bringing an original mix of rock / pop / R&B / blues and high energy performances, they have been featured at multiple festivals and venues and on radio stations in the past year, and have a new EP on the way.
Sam Burchfield's sound ranges from clever lyrical ballads like 'Doctor' to upbeat funky compositions such as 'She Got Your Love.' Add in some banjo driven folk songs like 'Here Tonight' and you're almost there. From banjo, to brass, to traditional rock four 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 writes is connected by an authentic passion and energy that audiences have been hungry for. Soulful vocals and folk-influenced lyrics combine with a foundation in southern blues and funk to produce an exciting sound from this up-and-coming musician. From the slow ballads that speak of love and longing, to quirky and comical folk tunes, Sam has not limited himself to one genre. While he has achieved much success as a young artist, the potential is limitless for this youthful dreamer and his noble guitar, Sassy.
Rising up from the quaint Eastern Shore towns of the Chesapeake Bay, this newly formed six-piece band, Uprizing, has stumbled upon a unique sound of R&B, funk, reggae and classic rock that is quickly taking the shore by storm. Featuring several vocalists, a guitarist, a bassist and a drummer, their unmatched versatility and through-the-roof energy makes them the area’s top dance party band. Dishing out a mix of funk and R&B classics mixed with modern top 40 hits with splash of reggae, Uprizing is guaranteed to keep the crowd moving.
Phil Portier is a singer, guitarist and songwriter who has been playing in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region since the 90’s, playing solo and fronting local bands like Waking At Seven, Midlife Crisis and The Legend Of Eddie. His play list provides the soundtrack for a great time whether he’s singing 80’s anthems from U2, classic rock from The Who, or music you sing along to while driving. When Phil isn't Rockin’ the Casbah, you can find him teaching government to high school sophomores in Salisbury. There's an equally good chance you can find him in Pocomoke with his wife and kids watching The Ravens win or enjoying The O's beating up on The Yankees.
Don Alder plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar with a passion that has quickly earned him a reputation as Vancouver's "best kept little secret." Don is a world-class fingerstyle guitarist with a "wow factor" that has led to winning top modern guitar competitions worldwide and multiple endorsement deals with major manufacturers. He is a top endorsee for Yamaha Guitars, Seymour Duncan Pickups, Ernie Ball Strings and Santo Angelo Cables.
If the road can teach you anything it is the difference between what you need and what you don’t. That’s why The Coteries took an acoustic turn in the summer of 2014 following an 11,000 mile long road trip in their old VW Van, Thrusty Rusty. Being inspired by the singer-songwriters of their past, The Coteries have adopted much of the same touch. They craft songs around stories and the tight-knit melodies of lead singer Emily Parasiliti woven with accompanying acoustic guitar work from Matt Runciman and Ben Brosh. As they expand their footprint across the Northeast they continue to bolster their sound with new musical accompaniment. Coming off their debut release this past year, the band looks forward to recording their first full length album in 2015.
Haleytown is the one and only country band from Ocean City, Maryland. We cover everything from Reba McEntire to Zac Brown Band and anything in between, including original music written by our very own Blake Haley. The band starts with our rock-star drummer Skip Dixon. You may recognize his voice from 'Big Dawg Fun' on weekday mornings with our good friend Bigler on Hot Country 107.7. Slappin' da base is our own Kasey Briggs. Although Haleytown could be described as the polar opposite of his other band - The Phantom Limbs - he's got a 'hillbilly bone' that he can't hide. At the front of the stage you will most likely find Blake and Daniele Haley. Blake is country to the core (even if he does like to throw a little Pearl Jam into his sets). Born and raised in Vicksburg, Mississippi, he (and his wife) were the logical choice as the namesake for the band.
After creating local buzz with their debut album We Could Be Infinite, with tracks featured on DC101 and college radio stations nationwide, Sub-Radio Standard (SRS) demonstrated their rapid maturation on their 2014 sophomore effort Bad Habit. Layered guitars swirl over an irresistible rhythm section that has made SRS's live shows well-known and have garnered comparisons to established pop-rock acts like Maroon 5. Multiple songs on the album were recognized in national songwriting competitions as SRS played festivals from New York to North Carolina. SRS has also opened for established acts including the Grammy-winning band, A Great Big World and Honor By August.
There’s a new sound echoing through the valleys in Virginia. American life vibrates in the instruments and heartland lyrics of Will Overman Band (WOB). Their music is dynamic in its methods and surprisingly contemporary, but rooted in the folksong spirit of any Blue Ridge mountaineer. Find yourself in the crowd of a WOB jamboree and expect something passionate, filled with energy and probably a little perspiration. Proud to call Charlottesville, VA home, WOB frequents venues up and down the East Coast with band members Daniel McCarthy on lead guitar and banjo, Christopher Helms on drums and Brittney Wagner singing vocals. Will Overman Band’s music is meaningful, made with sincerity and hearty as a Southern, home-cooked meal. Be sure to check out this new group on the scene and get your serving of wholesome, well-made music too.
Whiskeybelly are an acoustic duo. The duo adds their signature sound to popular covers as well as originals. Their soulful vocals and guitar playing are sure to entertain a wide variety of audiences. Whiskeybelly strives to maintain a high level of audience interest by playing multiple instruments as well as constantly switching instruments.
It's a labor of love. The dust has settled after Railaway's final show. The lead vocalist of one of Baltimore's favorite local rock bands has transitioned from big name music venues and local radio spins to weekly shows at a local tavern. Experimenting with instrumentation and revisiting his earlier acoustic guitar days, a banjo, kick drum and tambourine have all found their way into the mix. The energetic one-man-band is a product of seven years of shows, mind-numbing studio hours and life in a rock band. The style echoes the post Railaway era, but the music has found new life. The new sound is finding its way into the ears of a new wave of rock-folk and alt-country music fans in the Baltimore/DC/Virginia area. The self-titled EP and the brand new "Here But Not Here - EP," are both available online for purchase and streaming. The soulful singer is rested and ready, sharing new songs up and down the Mid-Atlantic and meeting new friends along the way.
DC-area based Ken Francis Wenzel has been gaining attention locally and regionally with his Midwestern-accented musings, telling stories spun from a life spent moving from town to town. Ken is an in-demand freelancer, having played with artists both locally and nationally including Frankie Avalon, Ben Vereen, Bobby Parker and Carlos Santana. He maintains an active performance schedule while pursuing his solo songwriting career and running a studio specializing in private saxophone and guitar instruction. Today, whether performing as a solo acoustic singer-songwriter or with his full band Cross Kentucky, Ken stays busy, playing 200+ shows a year across the DC, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia region, the Eastern seaboard, the Midwest and South.