By Tim McCoy
Beer and music have become a bit of a hot trend in the Roanoke Valley. Now, a local brewery is starting an inaugural festival that highlights both. This Saturday will see the launch of the first annual Creekfest, a celebration of music, beer, and community, in downtown Vinton.
The brainchild of Andy Bishop, cofounder of Twin Creeks Brewing, the day promises to be a family-friendly event, featuring three live bands, five food trucks, vendors, and of course, Twin Creeks signature brews. Bishop has partnered with the Town of Vinton to commandeer the Farmer’s Market area and main stage, to transform the place into a regular block party permitting guests to wander among vendor stalls of local merchants, all while the melodies of regional music acts Mason Creek, Josh Marlowe, and Faded Travelers drift over the crowds.
Mason Creek, the quartet out of Roanoke, kicks off the music with a deep bank of traditional bluegrass. The group features veteran performers, Gary John on guitar and vocals, Glenn Scaggs on bass and vocals, and Brandon Dickerson on banjo.
The music keeps rolling with Josh Marlowe & Rhinestone Twang. While they’ve only officially been together for less than a year, the traditional country sounds they put out have a timeless quality that make you feel like they’ve been playing together for decades. Josh, an accomplished guitarist weaves driving chords with intricate licks that form the bed for his traditional baritone country voice. Backed up by Alex Young (vocals and guitar), Jacob Harbour (vocals and bass), and Waylane Nunley on drums, this foursome brings “real country” to the stage.
The featured act of Creekfest will be Faded Travelers, which is having an album release party for its debut “Restless Souls”. The Americana/Country five-piece band formed in Vinton in 2015, and has built a growing fan base with their solid performances. The band has been called a modern-day Byrds, and has been favorably described as sounding somewhere between “Outlaw Country and Bob Seger.” The Creekfest performance will also serve as a preview of what you can expect in a bigger performance at the Harvester on September 2nd.
While the music will be a central focus of the fest, we would be remiss if we didn’t remind you of the delicious beers that will be on tap Saturday. Twin Creeks rotates 6-10 beers on tap at all times and strives to have a new beer each week. For Creekfest, the brewmasters will be featuring a Special Release IPA that Bishop describes as “an East coast grapefruit IPA with more malty notes. This is not your typical IPA.”
Twin Creeks strives to be an atypical brewery, offering brews that express the creativity and obsession to detail that was first displayed with their Project Alewerks startup. For more details about the brewery and its origin, check out this previous post from April.
With all the music, beer, and family fun on tap for Saturday we hope that Creekfest becomes another annual tradition. Come on out and be a part of it from its inception. Perhaps at the 10th annual Creekfest you’ll be one of the folks who can say, “Yeah, I was there at the start!”
Creekfest runs from 5-10p on Saturday. Admission is just $5, and kids under 12 are admitted for free!