Downtown Hendersonville has announced the 2019 Rhythm & Brews line-up, as well as some upcoming changes to the popular concert series.

Show organizers have focused on bringing a wide variety of genres and quality performers to the stage, the Friends said in a news release today.

This year’s series begins May 16 and runs every third Thursday through September (May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 20).

New this year is a slightly later starting time to the evening of 5:30 p.m.

Friends of Downtown Executive Director Lew Holloway notes, “We think this is going to help all our fans get out for the start of the music and with our line-up changes this year, we think a lot of people are going to be eager to do that.”

The line-up change is a shift from three performers to two for each concert. The change offers each of the two bands a two-hour performance slot.

Downtown Hendersonville has announced the 2019 Rhythm & Brews line-up, as well as some upcoming changes to the popular concert series.

Show organizers have focused on bringing a wide variety of genres and quality performers to the stage, the Friends said in a news release today.

This year’s series begins May 16 and runs every third Thursday through September (May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 20).

New this year is a slightly later starting time to the evening of 5:30 p.m.

Friends of Downtown Executive Director Lew Holloway notes, “We think this is going to help all our fans get out for the start of the music and with our line-up changes this year, we think a lot of people are going to be eager to do that.”

The line-up change is a shift from three performers to two for each concert. The change offers each of the two bands a two-hour performance slot.

“If you’ll recall last year’s canceled May show featured Tellico as the headliner, this year we’ve been able to re-book them as our early slot performance (5:30 to 7:30) alongside Fireside Collective (7:30 to 9:30) in August. We think this makes for a pretty incredible night of free live entertainment and we feel like we’ve repeated that dynamic for each of the five concerts,” Holloway said.

2019 performers

The line-up includes a rocking kick off to the season with The Screaming J’s and The Broadcast on May 16.
June follows with Big Daddy Love and The Travers Brothership.
July features The Kenny George Band and The Colby Dietz Band.
August is the Tellico and Fireside Collective show.
September concludes the season with The Rad Trads and Honey Island Swamp Band.

A focus on ‘Brews’

When the event first started in 2013, the participating craft beverage producers and event organizers made a commitment to keeping it local, the Friends said.

At that time that included Sierra Nevada and Southern Appalachian Brewery. Since then, Bold Rock, Flat Rock Cider Company and Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard have joined the event with their ciders and wine.

As the market in craft beer has grown, organizers have been watching and consulting with various members of the community about when and what made sense for the event, the Friends said.

On-site food vendors will return, and organizers are working with Hands On! to bring back the Family Zone, a kid friendly destination within the show.