Rock N Brews concert series partners with marathon

Journal staff

MANCHESTER — The Rock N Brews Concert Series, a series of musical events presented by the Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Anchored Media and Hopridge Farms, will be making its debut in Manchester this spring. The second concert of the series will be at the Northshire Civic Center at Riley Rink on May 20.

The event will coincide with the Shires of Vermont Marathon taking place that same day. The marathon, starting at Bennington College at 8 a.m., will finish at the Riley Rink as the concert series kicks off around noon.

The concert will feature four regional musical acts this time around.

"The first concert focused more on punk and emo styles of music; this one will have a much different feel as we focus on bluegrass, country and alternative," said Joe Frey of Anchored Media and musical director of the event. "We were excited to partner with Jon Larson and the Northshire Civic Center to bring this to the Northshire community."

Opening up the day is local Outlaw Country/ Cow-Punk Bubba Lou Tugget. Next up is Billy Wylder, which has a rock, folk and world vibe. Within a similar vein with sweet harmonies is the progressive folk & singer/songwriter Honeysuckle. Last but not least Northshire local favorites Luminous Crush (featuring members of the Bondville Boys) will be closing out the day.

Another twist this time around will be the focus on one brewery in the Shires. Madison Brewing Company will be featuring their recent release of their canned brews.

"We're always looking at ways to create something new and fresh," said Will Gardner of Hopridge Farm. "We just had a very successful event with our home brewers at the sold-out Wings and Winter Homebrew Festival in Bennington. When we were discussing options for the Rock N Brews series, we thought highlighting the success of Madison's new canning process would be a great concept."

The brew portion of the event is managed by Hopridge Farms, organizers of the 4 Corners North Homebrew Festival and the award-winning Southern Vermont Wings and Winter Homebrew Festival.

Tickets are available at for this event. Online tickets are $15 and $20 at the door. Racers of the marathon are encouraged to attend the celebratory event as well and receive a discount on the tickets for them.

"This is an important event to us as it's our first event opportunity in the Northshire," noted Matt Harrington, executive director of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce. "As we look to regionalize the chamber, along with our services and events, we wanted to make sure we spread our events from both Shires. We have a couple other event partnerships that we've been working on that we're excited to roll out in the Northshire as well. Whether a resident or a visitor, you will be able to celebrate the great things that make this region so unique."

Spirits of Old Bennington will be there pouring samples of their signature spirits, and Hound Dogs will be the featured food vendor along with Lulu Pouf organic cotton candy.

Sponsors of the event include TPW Real Estate and the Manchester Journal.

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