"Original" Beerfest

Sister Hazel to Rock New Times Beerfest 2011

Gainesville roots-rock band Sister Hazel has been pegged to provide musical refreshment during the 14th-annual New Times Beerfest on Saturday, November 12. RSVP here.

The all-you-can-drink event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale's Esplanade Park and should be the go-to spot for all lovers of tasty suds.

A few facts you might not know about Sister Hazel follow below.

5. The group was formed in 1993 and is named after a local nun who ran a homeless shelter in Gainesville.

4. Although "All for You" remains the group's best-known song, "Happy" isn't that far behind. Also off the platinum-certified ...Somewhere More Familiar album, the song echoes how most folks in the crowd are going to feel by the time they get to their third cup of beer.

3. Sister Hazel is a bunch of confessed Fleetwood Mac fans and has performed a ton of that band's songs live. Even if none of the dudes quite look like Stevie Nicks, this is still a worthwhile pursuit.

2. Sister Hazel's most recent album is 2010's Heartland Highway, which was issued via its own Croakin' Poets label. This just so happens to be the label where the band started back in 1993 before a couple of albums in the major-label fold.

1. The most die-hard Sister Hazel fans of all are known as Hazelnuts, and perhaps they'll have some new members of the clan following Beerfest.

The 14th-annual New Times Beerfest. With Sister Hazel and Bobby Lee Rogers. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, November 12, at Esplanade Park, 20 N. New River Drive, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $30, $40 at the door; VIP tickets cost $70, $80 at the door. Click here.

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Reed Fischer
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