Friday, July 6th
Blues, Brews, and BBQ
Great Blues Music, Festival Food, Blue Eagle Tavern and Craft Vendors - Open
Food and Fun begins at 4:00PM on Main Street at the Community Pavilion
The Whiskey Rebellion Festival takes the party to the streets Friday evening for the popular “Blues, Brews and BBQ” Night. The Festival Main Stage stirs up a mean mix of R&B, funk and blues from some of the blues hottest performers.
On Friday from 4PM till dark festival attendees will be able to meander through and shop the Festival Heritage Crafts Vendors located along Strawberry Way.
Enjoy some cool drinks from the Blue Eagle Tavern while you listen to the night’s performances. This year’s tavern sponsor Miller Beer and The Beer Store will be featuring Ice Cold Miller Beer Products along with a special offering from The Washington Brewing Company. Joining us again this year in the tavern are the good folks from The Washington Winery, our only downtown winery, where you’ll be able to purchase wine by the glass.
Of course, Washington wouldn’t be “The Home of the Whiskey Rebellion” without…. You guessed it whiskey. The festival will have both of Washington’s own Liberty Pole Spirits and Red Pump Spirits distilleries, both of which are located in downtown Washington. So make sure you stop in and meet our distillers and wine makers.
So have fun and raise a glass in the
"Spirit of Rebellion"
Free tours of the David Bradford House Museum, a National Historic Landmark and home of the leader of the Whiskey Rebellion, will be offered from 3 – 6PM.
The National Historic Landmark LeMoyne House will also be open 11PM – 4PM.
2018 Friday Evening Music Line-Up
8:30PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street
Indie blues artist Amanda Fish formed her Kansas City roots rock and soul band in 2014. The band’s dual slide and rock guitars along with Amanda’s signature ‘from the gut’ vocals lock into a sturdy grove. Awarded the Blues Blast “Rising Star” award in 2016, Amanda and her band set Beale Street on fire in the 2017 International Blues Challenge semi-finals.
Eleanor Ellis & Back Porch Blues
7:30PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street
Eleanor Ellis & Back Porch Blues is an all-star, down-home acoustic trio consisting of the incredible guitar and vocal work of Eleanor Ellis, the blues harmonica virtuosity of Jay Summerour, and the percussion talents of Eric Selby. Together they deliver real deal acoustic blues, from the Piedmont to the Hills to the Swamp, blues without compromise in a relaxed, fun musical atmosphere…just like sittin’ with friends having a jam session on the back porch. Back Porch Blues has performed at various venues throughout the country including the Greenwood Blues Cruise in South Carolina, The Music Center at Strathmore, and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
New Vintage Big Band
6:30PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street
Based right here in Washington County, the New Vintage Big Band brings its big band and swing music to the Whiskey Rebellion Festival to kick off Friday night’s Blues Brews and BBQs. Bring your dancing shoes!