2014 Rhythm & Brews Concerts

Sparked by the success of its previous happy hour music series, Wind Down Wednesdays, and by growing audience request to present more regional acts, Heritage Sandy Springs is pleased to the return of Rhythm & Brews. Heritage Sandy Springs is shaking things up and presenting an open-air happy hour series that invites a young and diverse audience to enjoy regional live music in a beautiful outdoor setting.

The 2014 Rhythm & Brews, 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.

2014 Rhythm & Brews

Thursday, May 29 – Blair Crimmins and The Hookers

Blair Crimmins began his current music career in Atlanta, Georgia, with a determination to bring Ragtime and 1920’s style Dixieland Jazz to new audiences. What he created was a sound that is at once modern while being deeply rooted in the past. Now four years, and five hundred shows later, he has toured the Eastern United States playing large venues and has opened for national acts such as Mumford & Sons and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Crimmins was the critics pick for Best Song Writer of 2013 in Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL issue.

Thursday, June 26 – Melon and The Mayhem 

Melon & The Mayhem is an indie pop band based in Nashville, TN. Blending 1940s cabaret singer style with big band jazz, Melon & The Mayhem create a modern electronic-influenced sound with vintage roots. Singer-songwriter Mary Ellen “Melon” Klein fronts the band, singing and playing piano. Originally from Atlanta, GA, her roots are clearly reflected through clever lyrics and a soulful singing style. “The Mayhem” refers to the strong and wild energy brought to the stage by saxophonist Ryan Swinehart, drummer Tim Provence, and bassist Eric Santagada.

Thursday, July 31 – The Bitteroots

The Bitteroots are an Atlanta/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.” The Bitteroots’ groove-oriented approach to rock n roll has drawn comparisons to the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Melissa Etheridge, and Janis Joplin.

Thursday, August 30 – Packway Handle Band

The five members of Packway have wowed audiences for over a decade with near perfect 4-part harmonies and seemingly boundless on-stage synergy. Over the years the band has evolved as a premier gather-around-the-mic act. Their performance is focused around a tight cluster of microphones surrounded by an arsenal of acoustic and electric instruments: banjo, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, upright and electric bass, and an ever-changing array of percussive accessories, sometimes called “The Rattletrap.” Packway’s sound is steeped in old-fashioned bluegrass, but they hold a niche in the American music realm that’s all their own.

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, Sandy Springs. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the concerts 6:30 – 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for ages 21 and up, $2 for ages 13-20, free for ages 12 and under. The Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn is located on the corner of Sandy Springs Place and Bluestone Road, next to CityWalk. Blankets, picnics and coolers are welcomed. Pets and smoking are not allowed. Parking is available on Sandy Springs Place in designated parking lots.

For more information call 404-851-9111 , ext. 4 or e-mail [email protected].

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