FREWSBURG — Bash in the Burg Country Music Festival is set to return this year.
The event first took place last year, hosted by the Frewsburg Fire Department and local group South 62. This year, the festival kicks off at 3 p.m. on Saturday and runs through Sunday. It will be held at 25 Hazzard St. in Frewsburg, and tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door on the day of the events. Tickets can be purchased ahead at eventbrite.com.
Jeff Lewis of South 62 is one of the organizers of the musical portion of the event.
“I grew up in Frewsburg” said Lewis. “I’ve always wanted to be able to do something like this here. And now that our band is doing so well, we’re able to make that happen by inviting more people from Nashville to come and perform.
This year’s musical lineup includes Grammy nominee and founding band member Trick Pony, Keith Burns, Nashville artists Clayton Smalley and Timothy Baker, special guest and Nashville legend John Griffin, plus local favorites South 62, Smokin’ 45, Bucked Up, Night Shift and Akoostikly Challenged.
“We will have the best of our local groups,” said Lewis. “The fire department is having a fundraiser with the event, that’s where all the money goes, but I know there will also be craft vendors all day and food. doors open at 3 am and the music starts at 4 am, with a new band every hour.
Pop-up campsites and campsites are also available this year.
Lewis said last year’s show was more of an acoustic show while this year promises to be more upbeat.
“There were no vendors last year either, but the fire department is taking care of that part,” said Lewis. “It’s the biggest country music festival in Western New York.”
Additionally, Lewis said there aren’t too many events like this in the area and anyone who loves music should be interested in coming.
“It’s also pretty cheap, considering you’ll pay $35 for quality entertainment in Nashville,” he said. “The event is also open to children, so families can come and listen to music together.”
He added, “Bring your lawn chairs, come relax and enjoy the day.”