The Roots-N-Brews Festival is an event created to benefit the city’s parks, bring the Brookhaven community together and put the city on the map as a music destination.
“As a new city we have been in start-up mode,” District 3 Councilman Bates Mattison said. “Now we have the chance to address one of the main concerns for becoming a city – taking care of our local parks.”
The event is sponsored by the chamber, Brookhaven Office of Tourism, Around Brookhaven, Susan G. Komen Foundation and more. Since proceeds will benefit the parks, the chamber set up the Brookhaven Foundation dedicated to the beautification and restoration of the parks and support for Brookhaven schools. The festival is the launch for the foundation.
Six live bands and two beer companies will be featured at the festival. Event Manager Ashley Logsdon said the bands come from the local area and one band is from Brookhaven – the Georgia Crackers.
“It is root music, so it is bluegrass, country, rock and funk,” Logsdon said. “We are celebrating the roots of our community, our parks, with root music.”
The Georgia Crackers is comprised of Brookhaven residents Kenneth Johnson, Chip Corbitt and Mick Kinney. The band plays 1920s music from Georgia artists. Corbitt said he thinks the festival is a great way to give back to the community since it will provide funds to help give children a better experience at the parks.
The other musical acts at the festival will be The Regulars, Caroline Aiken, The Roosevelts, Freddy’s Finest and Jennifer Daniels.
Also at the festival, Walgreens will give out 250 free flu shots, part of the screening program for Eas/e/fit Health and Wellness.
The event will also have food trucks and vendors. The chamber is providing any community interest group a free booth with a table and two chairs. Logsdon said they welcome anyone who would like to volunteer for a few hours. Volunteers will receive a free ticket, hat, T-shirt and a CD of all the bands.
Besides a day filled with music, tickets include two drink tickets and free parking at the Brookhaven MARTA Station with a shuttle provided by the city.
If you go:
When: Oct. 5, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Brookhaven Park, 4158 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven
Cost: in advance $40, at the gate $50 and children under 16 are free