The sold-out Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival, hosted by the team at Union Craft Brewing, starts tomorrow in Woodberry at 11 a.m. The outdoor festival, which is being held in Union Craft’s parking lot, includes 12 hours of live music, a special one-day-only beer, and food vendors.
The lineup starts out with 30-minute sets from local and regional acts like Letita VanSant, the Honey Dewdrops, Pretty Gritty, Caleb Stine, and Chester River Runoff. The night wraps up with appearances by a few bluegrass veterans including Tim O’Brien from 8:45-9:45 p.m. and famed banjoist Tony Trischka from 10-11 p.m.
Besides the music, the most arguably anticipated part of the day is the debut of Union Craft’s brand-new Clawhammer Ale, which is being brewed and sold exclusively for the festival.
“We wanted to have something different out there,” said Union Craft founder Kevin Blodger. He described Clawhammer as a light-bodied, cream ale.
With about 1,500 attendees expected, Blodger said he urges anyone going to the festival to forego driving and use public transportation instead. He said the Woodberry Light Rail stop, which is just behind the Union Craft building, is a good alternative.
Since the brewery opened early last year, it’s been involved with hosting community events including a fundraiser for B.more Local, food tours, and weekly beer tastings. Tomorrow’s festival is the biggest event sponsored by Union Craft so far.
“One of our goals when we opened was to be an active member of the community,” Blodger said.
“We’re really excited,” he added, talking about the festival. “It’s gonna be a great day.”
If you don’t already have a ticket, your chances of snagging one are pretty slim. But check out the festival’s Facebook page, where some people have been selling their tickets.