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Music, food will converge at historic Red Hill on Saturday

In tribute to Patrick Henry’s love of music, Red Hill is hosting the second annual Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Saturday. 

“For all you bluegrass lovers, we have an exciting lineup of bands this year,” said Autumn Burch, Red Hill’s marketing and public relations coordinator. “We are featuring one returning band, The Bluegrass Brothers from Salem, and two bluegrass bands new to our stage: the Darrell Webb Band from Knoxville, Tn., and Tara Mills & Strings Attached from Charlottesville.”

The Bluegrass Brothers are a high-energy bluegrass band that is a must-see show for a traditional bluegrass delight. The band members grew up in Virginia bluegrass music families, and it is evident as soon as they hit the stage. 

“We are so thrilled to have The Bluegrass Brothers join us again,” Burch said.

Grammy-nominated Darrell Webb Band is one of the two new bands this year. Fans are calling the Darrell Webb Band the most electrifying show they have ever seen. Darrell Webb brings energy and excitement to the concert stage, reaching beyond traditional boundaries. The band records for Rural Rhythm Records located in Nashville, Tn. 

To round out the bands is the delightful Tara Mills with Strings Attached. Mills is a singer and songwriter from Charlottesville who plays original folk and roots music with bluegrass inspiration and instrumentation. In the winter of 2000, Mills, who has enjoyed singing most of her life, picked up the guitar and taught herself how to relay the beautiful melodies in her head to audible music. 

What food better represents the South, than mouth-watering barbecue? Barbecue has been a staple in southern Virginia for centuries and was often prepared for celebrations and outdoor gatherings. The meat is usually cooked over indirect heat for a long period of time – hence the “low and slow” method.  

“We will have delicious local barbecue available by participating restaurants, the Drug Store Grill of Brookneal, TBones Deli of Partow, as well as other food from the Charlotte County Lion’s Club. Dan’s Ice Cream and Food from Gladys will be joining the festival with funnel cakes, ice cream, ribbon fries and fresh squeezed lemonade,” Burch said. “Whims ‘n Fancies will be having a variety of cupcakes. With these vendors, sweet treats will be available for every sweet tooth to enjoy.”

Patrick Henry was also a supporter of craft beer. He brewed his own batch, known as small beer- which is a low alcohol content beverage. 

“To pay homage to Henry’s small beer brew, we will be having some of Virginia’s finest craft breweries here for the festival. Devil’s Backbone Brewery from Nelson County, Legend Brewery from Richmond and Starr Hill Brewery from Charlottesville will be among the craft beer available at the festival,” Burch said. “We will also be featuring a different kind of brew with two hard ciders from Bold Rock Cidery from Nelson County.”

The vendor line-up for the Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival is impressive. Vendors will be participating from all parts of Virginia and even as far away as New Jersey.

“The festival will be held rain or shine, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets and plan to spend the afternoon enjoying the flavors and sounds of Southern Virginia at the home of Virginia’s Passionate Patriot and Fiery Fiddler,” Burch said.

Tickets are available on the festival website, www.bluegrassbarbecuebrew.com, and at Red Hill, Drug Store Grill of Brookneal and Basket Case of Lynchburg.

 Tasting tickets include a pilsner or wine glass, complimentary tastings and one glass of brew or wine.