SAVE THE DATE: Over 2,000 expected to ‘Drink to Music’ at Blues & Brews Aug. 29
Dozens of Micro-Brews, world-renowned blues acts and over 2,000 civic minded individuals are forecasted to attend and support the 6th Annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival located on the shores of Puget Sound at the Des Moines Beach Park on Saturday, August 29th, 2015.
For the past five years the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park have conducted this vibrant event to benefit Highline Music4Life, a program that is dedicated to providing instruments for school-aged children in the Highline School District who otherwise couldn’t afford them.
Music4Life President Steve Swank spoke to the critical nature of the funds received from the 6th annual event:
“For those kids who would like to participate in instrumental music activities but can’t because of limited family income, the Highline Music4Life Program is a godsend. It helps them across the very first barrier they encounter, the acquisition of a playable musical instrument. And it gives them something meaningful, creative and productive to do with their time. That’s why we call it ‘Music4Life’!”
Last year’s event saw record breaking attendance with over 1,600 people from across the Northwest and Canada coming to enjoy world renowned blues and dozens of tasty Micro-Brews. This year, the event is forecasted to grow by over 20%. Des Moines/Normandy Park Rotary member and event organizer Brian Snure attributed the growth due in part to the incredible stable of Blues musicians featured, many whom play for a greatly reduced rate to support the kids and music, “This last year, the Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival was honored to be nominated by the Washington State Blues society for the Best Community Blues Festival for 2015. We’ve seen a steady growth in attendance for this event and we are very grateful for all of those who have attended in the past and those who will ‘Drink to Music’ in support of children and music at this year’s event.”
The Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival’s line includes four acclaimed musical acts:
- BRIAN LEE & THE ORBITERS: 12:30–2:00
- RAFAEL TRANQUILINO BAND: 2:30-4:00
- STACY JONES BAND: 4:30–6:00
- CD WOODBURY BAND: 6:30–8:00
One of the key draws to this event will be the 20 plus local and regional Micro-Brewers on tap. This year event will feature Micro-Brews, Hard Cider and Wine from the following:
Georgetown Beer, Diamond Knot Brewing, Fish Tale Ales, Fremont Brewing, Mac and Jacks, Big Al’s Brewing, MT Head, Silver City, Airways Brewing, Pike Place Brewing, Stoup Brewing, Deschutes Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, Elysian Brewing, Schooner Exact, Hilliard’s, Der Blokken, Schilling, Finn River Farms, Wicked Cider, Sun River Vintners.
To complement the 6th Annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival, The Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park will be barbecuing Bratwurst and B&E Market’s famous Tri Tip for your dining enjoyment. The Festival will be located on the shores of Puget Sound at the Des Moines Beach Park. This is an outdoor event and will be held rain or shine, and attendees must be 21 or older to attend this pet-free event.
No outside food or beverages allowed. Low lawn chairs and picnic blankets allowed. There will be plenty of free parking with a free shuttle circulating town on a regular basis.
Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased on line at www.bluesandbrewsfest.org. Tickets may be purchased for $30 at the gate while they last. Five tasting tokens included with the price of admission. All beer tastings this year will be one Token! 100% of the net proceed support the Des Moines Rotary’s charitable projects including the primary benefactor Highline Music4Life.