Event offers great beverages, delicious food and hot bluegrass music

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Wayward Vessel is a bluegrass band that includes, from left, Julie Schmidt, Belinda Underwood, Josiah Payne and Ken Chapple. The band will kick off Brewgrass festivities at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 in Meinig Park.There is no better way to spend a summer evening than relaxing in the park with neighbors and new friends, sharing a meal and toasting with a glass of beer or wine.

Top that off with some fine bluegrass and folk tunes, and there’s the definition of a memorable summer evening.

The annual Brewgrass Festival will be held in Meinig Memorial Park next Wednesday, July 31. The Beer Den will provide 10 taps of microbrews from local and regional brewpubs.

For souvenir keepers, glass mugs with the Brewgrass logo will be available for purchase, and can come filled with your favorite brew.

Also available are glasses of handcrafted wine from Lujon Wine Cellars.

The following vendors will offer food during the four-hour event: Busy Bee Catering, Smoky Hearth Restaurant Bar and Grill, Wraptitude and Skyway.

Returning from last year, Wayward Vessel fills the air with bluegrass sounds beginning at 5 p.m. The group is an acoustic ensemble that covers the spectrum of bluegrass and folk music.

The band’s instruments, which include guitar, fiddle, mandolin and bass, complement the group’s vocal harmonies throughout their repertoire of original and traditional music.

Left Coast Country, a modern string band formed three years ago, will take the stage at 7 p.m. Left Coast Country musicians offer high-energy originals along with their contemporary bluegrass sound.

The band’s stage performance showcases the harmonies, melodies and intricate instrumentation, which is a way of saying, “There’s a whole lot of pickin’ goin’ on.”

Left Coast’s live shows are so full of life they are not to be forgotten.

Brewgrass is a free and family-friendly festival. Face painting will be available for the kids, and a playground is nearby. Since the music appeals to all ages, it’s a great opportunity to share an evening with family members when everyone has something to do that they enjoy.

Meinig Park is located at 17670 Meinig Ave. The Dale Nicholls Main Stage is the larger of the two stages in the park, behind the Sandy City Hall. Sandy Summer Sounds is made possible through a partnership between the city of Sandy and donations from community sponsors.

For more information, call 503-668-5569 or visit

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