This year celebrates the 15th year of Brewgrass! A Bluegrass and Microbrew Celebration right here in downtown Anacortes

Banjo Andy“Don’t forget the exclamation mark!” – Those are the words of Anacortes business owner Rick Star, co-founder (with and fellow musician/Anacortes resident Barry Brower) of BREWGRASS! 

Three establishments: H2O, the Rockfish Grill and the Brown Lantern Ale House will each feature some amazing bluegrass bands Friday and Saturday November 2nd and 3rd starting at 7:30PM and going all the way til 12:30AM.

3 Clubs, 6 Bands, 51 Handles. Hot Dang!

Brewgrass! 2017 featured a mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass bands. This year’s lineup includes six acts over two days at three establishments: the Rockfish Grill; the Brown Lantern Ale House and H2O Tavern. Admission is free to the Brown Lantern & the Rockfish Grill – H2O has a $5 cover charge. 

Rain City Ramblers“The appeal is that people can come into these three downtown businesses and enjoy an amazing offering of 51 microbrews and live bluegrass music, all within a two-block space in historic Anacortes,” said Star. “I’ve met some people who stumbled into Brewgrass! by accident and have returned,” he said. “We see familiar faces every year. Brewgrass! not only has a following of ‘regulars,’ but it draws new people every year because of a revived national interest in this music among young people. It’s a great event!”

Star, whose passion for this event has only intensified over the years, said the dream was to create an exciting fall event with a nod to the Chamber of Commerce mission of attracting people to the community to “eat, play, shop and stay.” “Previous fall events included a jazz festival and an event we called “Pub Nights,” said Star. “Barry and I threw out the idea of Brewgrass! as an invitation to collaborate among several businesses. It gained traction, and we continue to work together, inspired by the common cause of bringing people to town and showing them a good time.”

Star, who is co-owner of two pubs as well as the Anacortes Brewery, is also a musician. Brower, a bluegrass writer and historian, has been at the core of groups including The Fossils. He formed the Friends of Sally Johnson in the 1980s and was a longtime emcee of KBCS “Bluegrass Ramble.” Brower’s resume testifies to his love for bluegrass. Star said he traces his love of bluegrass back to the Seventies and an album by the David Grisman Quintet. “I like all flavors, from Bill Monroe, the grandfather of bluegrass, to more contemporary artists like Yonder Mountain String Band,” said Star.

Here’s a peek at last year’s line-up:

Friday 11/3
H2O – Birdsview Bluegrass 7:30PM
Rockfish Grill – Rain City Ramblers 8:00PM
Brown Lantern – Banjo Andy 9:30PM

Saturday 11/4
H2O – Stilly River Band 7:30PM
Rockfish Grill – Pearly Blue 8:00PM
Brown Lantern – Marcel and Nakos 9:30PM

Stay and Play for Brewgrass! at the nearby Cap Sante Inn is offering a discount on lodging with an advance reservation. Call ’em at (360) 293-0602 and tell ’em you’re coming to town for Brewgrass!

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