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Delray Beach Brings Brews and Bands With Old School Beerfest This 420 Weekend

Attention, all craft brewheads, musicaholics, and those who casually fall into both categories: Delray Beach is offering some impressive, libation-infused music events for you this 4/20 weekend.

The first incarnation of the Old School Beerfest will be held Saturday at Old School Square on Atlantic Avenue and is set to feature more than 50 beers and two great South Florida ensembles. In between heady beverages and almost a dozen food trucks, reggae all-stars the Resolvers and rock 'n' roll veterans the Dillengers are set to perform live.

Florida breweries the Funky Buddha and Cigar City will be on deck along with nationally distributed craft brew mavericks like Magic Hat and Terrapin Beer Co. 

After seven years of throwing a food and wine event, the folks at

the Old School Square Culture and Arts center decided it was time for

something different. Keeping pace with the trending world of microbrews,

the daylong event will be the first of its kind for the city and will

raise funds to expand the Free Friday Concert Series at the Old School

Square Pavilion.

The previously held 12-week music series featured acts

like Amber Leigh, the Valerie Tyson Band, and the Blue Fire Band and

will now extend into 16 weeks starting this October.

Drinking for

a good cause is something to get behind, and as technical director

Brian Ridolfo explains, "We like to think the brewing of craft beers is

an art form in and of itself. As such, we are utilizing the event as an

opportunity to introduce one group of patrons, craft beer aficionados,

to the growing local live music scene in Delray in general and Old

School Square in particular."

If that weren't

enough, the three-day Open Grass Earth Day Music & Arts Festival at

Kevro's Art Bar sandwiches the beer festival with music starting in the

afternoon and going on into the late evening each day. Homegrown local

talent like acoustic guru Mike Mineo to Frank Zappa tribute band the

Merry Franksters will mingle among 12 diverse acts ranging from

psychedelic rock to jazz fusion.

Also included in the mix will be arts

and craft vendors, belly dancers, local festive cuisine, and a "Big Ass

Jam" by the Psychedelic Zoo to close things out on Sunday. For just $5 a

day or $10 for the whole weekend, you can't beat this chance to

celebrate peace, love, happiness, and music over the holiday weekend.

Well played, Delray. 

The Old School Beerfest takes place Saturday, April 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Old School Square Outdoor Pavilion, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. For information on

volunteering for the Old School Beerfest, contact volunteer coordinator

Leanne at 561-243-7922, ext. 319, or [email protected] For more

information on the events, visit Old School Beerfest and Open Grass Earth Day

Arts & Music Festival.

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