Save the Date

Saturday – June 4, 2016
4:00pm – 9:00pm

Cold Beer and Hot Blues

Come for the event of the summer! Blues-n-Brews is a one day festival where you can taste over 100 of the finest beers around and jam to the hottest blues bands!


Ticket Packages and Prices

Gen. Admission Beer Tasting-$35.00 advance purchase, $40.00 at the gate
Gen. Admission Non-Drinking-$15.00
Active-Duty Military Discount: $5.00 off (does not apply to VIP, non-drinking ticket, or early purchases)

(*Buy ahead for a $5.00 discount.  $5.00 Active Duty Military discount also available at the BnB gate.  Discount only applies to General Admission Beer-Tasting $40.00 ticket, and discounts cannot be combined.*)

How can I get tickets?

Tickets  sell out quickly! Buy online and buy early! Mark your calendars now – Tickets will be available March 1, 2016. Tickets can also be purchased at the CFRT box office Tuesday – Friday 910.323.4233, 1209 Hay Street, during Box Office hours ( 1PM – 6 PM)


If you would like to be a sponsor for this year’s Blues-n-Brews email


B.B. King Sponsors

Anstead's Resize


Ray Charles Sponsors

Billy Holiday Sponsors

Lafayette Ford Lincoln

Muddy Waters Sponsors

 Table Toppers Event Rentals
Timothy D. Edwards, Attny at Law
Beaver, Courie Attorneys at Law

Volunteer T-Shirt Sponsor

Tile Inc.cdr


Click here to learn about Sponsorship Levels for Blues-n-Brews 2016 or email

The 2016 Band Line-Up



Randy McAllister is one of the premier singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist to emerge from Texas. Heartbreak, humor, high hair and tall Texas tales all play a part in the song writing of Randy McAllister.

His music has been hailed as some of the most original and innovative being made today. While comparison’s are not easy, it has been said that his music is a cross between Doug Sahm, John Hiatt and Delbert McClinton, with a blues man’s background and sensibilities thrown into the mix.

Raised in the small Texas town of Novice, McAllister is a fifth-generation Texan, whose father was both a fireman and musician. His father was a drummer in a band called “The Flames”. At a very young age, Randy followed in his fathers foots steps. He began to take up drumming, but the drums were just the beginning for Randy, as he began to develop as a singer and songwriter.

“If Mark Twain had envisioned a 21st century roots musician, he might have created a character like Randy McAllister, with an easy-going persona and a wry, and an observant wit. McAllister weaves material in the singer/songwriter tradition, with nods to a variety of styles. He is one of those rare artists who is able to meld genres such as gospel, blues, country, Tex-Mex, rock and zydeco together and come away with something that is uniquely him.

**In performance, his songs combine an uncontainable energy and intensity with lyrics that dig into the tough topics. From urban violence, homelessness and other harsh realities to more common concerns like love and dating, McAllister’s songwriting approach is particularly skillful, able to be both truthful and funny. McAllister takes universal feelings and translates them into today’s reality, with his own pointed style expressed through his distinctive, soulful voice.”

McAllister has released 10 critically praised albums beginning with his debut “Diggin’ for Sofa Change”, followed by “Grease, Grit, Dirt and Spit”, the much heralded “Double Rectified Bust Head”, 2002 GRAMMY NOMINEE “Givers and Takers”, “Temporary Fixes” and A “Little Left of Center” all built on a firm foundation that is his songwriting. His much anticipated Compilation CD, “Flying High While Staying Low Down” was released in late 2006, “Dope Slap Soup” in June of 2007. “Dope Slap Soup” in 2008. “Ain’t Like the Movies” in 2009 and “Be Like Water” in 2011.



Adam Gussow and Alan Gross, a.k.a. The Blues Doctors, are Mississippi-based blues veterans who play a mix of down-home Delta standards and urban grooves from the Texas-to-Chicago axis with some New Orleans funk thrown in.  They’re a two-man band with a full-on sound:  Gussow on harmonica and drumset, Gross on guitar, with both men sharing vocal duties.  Roosters Happy Hour (2014), their debut album, spent many weeks in the #1 position on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases in Acoustic Blues” chart and hit #10 on the Living Blues national radio airplay chart.

“One of the world’s finest blues harmonica players” according to Philadelphia blues DJ Jonny Meister, Adam Gussow is best known for his twenty-five year partnership with Mississippi-born guitarist and one-man-band Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee as the duo Satan and Adam.  Alan Gross’s credits include a decade’s work with Mississippi bluesman Terry “Harmonica” Bean and stints with hill country performers R.L. Boyce, Kenny Kimbrough, Lightning Malcolm, and Eric Deaton.


Ethan Hanson (4-5pm VIP Tent)
From the sand hills of North Carolina, Ethan Hanson is a talented artist of many musical dimensions. He is an authentic singer – songwriter whose thoughtful and universally relatable lyrics are beautifully delivered by his diverse musical craftmanship, surprisingly soulful voice, and soaring melodies. He is a guitar player by nature if you ask him, and that speaks to the fact that he has joined national tours as a supporting lead guitarist. His acoustic solo performances feature his intricate layering of tracks with his loop machine, giving the audience a rich, full range musical pallet to enjoy.

The Ethan Hanson Band is a culmination of very talented musicians, the core group consisting of Howard Artis (drum kit) and Jermone Randall (bass guitar), both of which are dedicated masters of their craft. With Ethan’s thought provoking, catchy lyrics, and his band’s musical prowess and great jam-ability; before you know it, they have you dancing and singing along. At 26 years old, Ethan and his band have opened up for major acts including Hootie and the Blowfish, R&B artist Jojo, Marshall Tucker Band, and Colt Ford; and are just getting started. Ethan’s high quality musicianship, heartfelt songwriting, and inescapable voice have him breaking onto the national scene.

If you are interested in being a Brewer for 2016 email

2015 Brewers

Abita Brewing Company
Anheuser Busch
Aviator Brewing Company
Blind Squirrel Brewery
Blue Moon Brewery
Blue Point Brewing Company
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Boulevard Brewing Company
Broken Barrel Brewery
Bull City Cider Works
Carolina Brewing Company
Constellation Brands
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Dirt Bag Ales
Empire Distributors of NC, Inc.
Foothills Brewing Company
Goose Island Beer Company
Great Lakes Brewing
Green Man Brewery
Grupo Modelo Brewery
Hi Wire Brewing Company
Huske Hardware House
Left Coast Brewing & Lucky Buddha
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
MillerCoors Brewing Company
Natty Greene’s Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company
Oskar Blues Brewing Company
Railhouse Brewery
Resignation Brewery
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Sweetwater Brewery
Tenth and Blake Beer Company
The Mash House Brewing Company
Triangle Brewing Company
White Rabbit Brewing Company
White Street Brewing Company
Yuengling Brewing Company


2015 Vendors

Anstead’s Tobacco Company
Honeybaked Ham & Café
Hot Diggidy Dog
Mac’s Speed Shop
Papa John’s Pizza
R Burger
R Scoops
Sonny Inc.’s Southern Chicken, Shrimp, & Fish Fry
Spa Fitness & Wellness Center
The Climbing Place
Yum Yum Chicken Sticks

Interested in Volunteering for Blues-n-Brews? If so, please send an email to

What are the rules? By purchasing tickets to the Blues-n-Brews Festival you agree to be bound by the Terms of Sale, listed below:

CHILDREN This is an event for adults. But if you have to bring the kids, they are welcomed for the price of a Non-drinking ticket. Kids under 7 get in free.

TERMS OF SALE By purchasing tickets to BNB, you agree to the following terms:

  • All sales are final. No refunds.
  • Event is held rain or shine.
  • You must be 21 years of age or older to Taste Beer. Pictured US Driver’s License or Military ID is required as proof of ID for all Tasting Tickets.
  • No cash machine on site. Cash is needed for food. CFRT will take debit and credit cards for admission and retail merchandise.


  • Children under 7 must be accompanied by parents (over 7 must buy a Non-Drinking ticket)
  • Backpack
  • Handheld Umbrella
  • Chair


  • No one under 18 without a parent.
  • No coolers.
  • No pets.
  • No Frisbees, footballs or any other flying objects.
  • No tents.
  • No outside beverages or food permitted. Lots of great food and beer inside.

Festival organizers, at their discretion, reserve the right to deny access to the event or to expel from the event anyone who jeopardizes the safety of festival attendees, event staff or themselves.