Saturday night should be a special one at The Brewery. Playing from 8:30 – 11:30 (no cover) will be K.T. Vandyke and The Loars. Born and raised in the deep black diamond hills of southwestern Virginia, K.T. Vandyke is a unique and gripping songsmith, who wields folk songs and prose that reflect his vibrant and tempestuous life. He tells the story of growing up in the coalfields of Buchanan County. It’s the story of a young vagabond musician just going off instinct.
Currently stationed in Johnson City, Tennessee he has been performing in the greater Appalachian region and neighboring metropolitan areas for a consistent eight years. Vandyke graduated from East Tennessee State University in December of 2015 where he spent the last three years honing his craft as a songwriter and musician majoring in Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, and Country Music. During his senior year Vandyke was featuring as the lead vocalist for the distinguished ETSU Celtic Pride Band (a student group comprised of the university’s finest Celtic music students).
In 2012 Vandyke took home 1st place in the Richard Leigh Songwriters Competition with his song “Huck Finn” taking first place, and was a featured performer in the festival the following year. In 2014, he was named a Troubadour finalist in the nationally renowned songwriting competition held by Planet Bluegrass at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival held in Telluride, Colorado. Amidst his musical tenure he has performed throughout the U.S., opening for Jason Isbell at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Pokey LaFarge at the Thursday Jams Concert series in Abingdon, Virginia, Blackberry Smoke at the Buchanan County Fair, and Larry Keel and Natural Bridge at the Catawba Music Festival. That same year he was also named a top ten finalist for the Visit Music City Songwriting Competition.
Friday night is nothing but more great entertainment with The Billy Crawford Band performing in week two of the Campout Live Series. Cover is $5 and it is only $10 to camp overnight in their camping area.
One more thing – keep the weekend of October 8th and 9th available. The Brewery will be hosting the first annual Holston Riverfest with a great lineup of entertainment. Race Week will also feature an outstanding lineup of music, including Lance Stinson, Below 7 and Southern Rebellion.