“Heritage Sandy Springs is excited to continue to present this happy hour concert series to a diverse audience,” said Rebekah Henry Murphy, Heritage’s director of development and special events. “The series was so well received by audiences in 2014, we knew there was a need and desire from audiences to hear fresh, original music. The series takes advantage of the best that Heritage Sandy Springs has to offer — a stunning outdoor venue where neighbors and friends can gather to relax and enjoy time together during the summer months. Rhythm & Brews not only celebrates the sounds of the region, but also presents an opportunity for audiences, young and not so young, to kick back and gather on summer evenings after work.”
The series embraces regional roots, presenting four acts in a variety of musical genres. Each month features an unforgettable performance of both up-and-coming and established artists whose origins are deeply rooted in the region. The open-air concerts are held May through August on the last Thursday of each month at the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn at Heritage Green, 6110 Bluestone Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the concerts from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for ages 21 and up, $2 for ages 13 to 20 and free for ages 12 and under.
Blankets, picnics and coolers are welcomed. Pets and smoking are not allowed. Parking is available on Sandy Springs Place in designated parking lots.
The 2014 series lineup is:
o May 29 — Blair Crimmins and The Hookers (http://www.blaircrimminsandthehookers.com) A modern ragtime, Dixieland, hot jazz band led by front man Blair Crimmins, the band is not your great-grandfather’s ragtime, and Crimmins is no Dixieland revivalist. Though they are based in ragtime music, their original lyrics have a modern twist.
o June 26 — Melon and The Mayhem (http://melonandthemayhem.com) This indie pop band based in Nashville, Tenn., blends 1940s cabaret singer style with big band jazz. It creates a modern electronic-influenced sound with vintage roots. Lead singer Mary Ellen "Melon" Klein, who also plays piano, is a Sandy Springs native and Riverwood graduate.
o July 31 — The Bitteroots (http://www.reverbnation.com/thebitteroots) The Bitteroots are an Decatur-based original jam-rock band founded in 2008. Fronted by female vocalist Laura Dees, the band has a sound that’s been called a “unique brand of soulful rock.”
o Aug. 29 — Packway Handle Band (http://www.packwayhandle.com) Originating out of Athens, the band “serves up a dark and passionate folk aesthetic … with a side of blood,” said Sarah Hagerman of jambase.com. The five members of Pack-way have wowed audiences for over a decade with near perfect four-part harmonies and seemingly boundless on-stage synergy.
For more information, call (404) 851-9111, ext. 4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.