A lot of music festivals come across our desks, but this Birmingham one has especially caught our attention. Cask & Drum, sweeping over Birmingham this weekend, has a lineup that reads like an influential music producer’s catalog with everyone from Dwight Yoakam to Shovels & Rope taking the stage. “We didn’t pick any of the artists because we thought they would draw a huge crowd,” says one of the producers Will Lochamy of Birmingham Mountain Radio. “These are music-fan artists.”
The inaugural festival (which we hope will be a longstanding annual affair for the city) runs from 11am to 11pm with nearly a dozen acts playing on two stages. The shows won’t overlap, so you won’t have to worry about missing a thing.
Aside from the lineup, which also includes Railroad Earth, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Lord Huron, the fest brings in a food and wine component with eight local food trucks such as Off The Hook and Cantina On Wheels providing the fare, and a wine-and-beer tasting tent with hundreds of sipping options.
Cask & Drum couldn’t come at a better time as the city’s music and food scene continues to pick up speed. It’s location in the Lakeview District serves as yet another notch for Birmingham’s downtown revitalization. “The city has been thirsty for something like this for years,” Will says. “We are so proud to be able to host this event where the downtown skyline is really the backdrop.”
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