Riverbend Brewfest & River Jam Replaces Jubilee CityFest in Montgomery
Montgomery's final Jubilee CityFest was held last year, and now city officials say it is being replaced with a new one day festival.
It will be held on the same weekend as Jubilee, the third weekend in May on May 18th, but split up into two events at the Riverfront - the "Riverbend Brewfest" and "River Jam".
The Riverbend Brewfest will have dozens of craft beers representing local, regional and nationally renowned breweries. The brewfest will be from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and will cost $20 per ticket. For an additional $10 with brewfest ticket (or $20 without) there is also a "Brews Cruise" for patrons to get on the Harriott II Riverboat and continue to enjoy local breweries while on the river.
"We're going to have craft beers from all over and of course we have our own micro-brewery right here in the city of Montgomery, right here with Railyard Brewing Company, so we're really excited to have that and along with a lot of breweries all around the state of Alabama," said Denise Welch, event coordinator for the city of Montgomery.
Railyard is sponsoring the Riverbend Brewfest, and co-owner Bob Parker says out of the four major cities in Alabama, Montgomery has the fewest breweries.
"The craft brewery [in Montgomery] is way behind everyone else," Parker said. "So as we get to where they are hopefully legalizing the Home Brewing Law, more and more people [will be] exposed to our beer."
Following Riverbend Brewfest, festivities will roll right into the second event, "River Jam". River Jam is a free concert featuring two stages and eight artists.
"One's going to be a singer-songwriter stage, the other one is going to have a number of artists, we have nationally touring artists that are here along with some regional artists," Welch said.
Welch said Top 40 band Nine Days, known for "Story of a Girl" is headling the concert with Alvin Youngblood Hart, a Grammy Award Winning Blues artist. Other artists include: Jess Meuse (Local singer/songwriter), The John Bull Band featuring Sheffield Walker (Local Blues Band), Roman Street (Latin Jazz), Rosco Bandana (Hard Rock Recording Artists-Rock/Country), Sunpie Barnes and the Sunspots (Zydeco) and Ana Egge (Brooklyn Based Singer Alternative & Fold singer/songwriter).
But not everyone in Montgomery is sold on the new idea.
In 2012, about 10,000 people attended Jubilee, even though it was free, it's less than half the number of 2011of about 25,000 people.