Salute! Music and Brew Festival to fundraise for homeless and disabled veterans
A Greensboro-based nonprofit is bringing jam bands, breweries and the community together to fundraise for local homeless and disabled veterans. The festival takes place on June 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Barber Park, located at 1500 Dans Road in Greensboro. Lucy Acosta, The Servant Center’s marketing partner and Salute’s event coordinator said The Servant Center has been operating for 25 years.
“We do everything from transitional housing and restorative services for homeless and disabled veterans,” Acosta said. “I would say about 95 percent of our residents are veterans, we cater to just homeless [people] as well.”
The Servant Center has a two-year program where residents come out of prison, treatment centers or from the street and move into the Servant House, the nonprofit’s on-site housing units. There, they live and get acclimated to self-sufficiency. Acosta said the Salute! Music and Brew Festival is the Servant Center’s biggest fundraising opportunity all year. But it has undergone some evolution itself.
“Salute is actually the fourth year we’ve been doing it, however, the past three years it was a black tie gala, and more of an opportunity to get our donors together for a formal dinner,” Acosta said. “Last fall we decided to take this through a different route and do a music and beer festival to kind of be able to still include our donors [and] of course, get them together. But also to be able to get out to the community and make Salute more accessible to someone who may not know about The Servant Center. And what better way to do that than with music and beer.”
There are six bands total that will be performing at Salute, including The Rob Massengale Band, Soul Central and The Mark Addison Chandler Band. The three headliners of the festival are Dom Flemons, founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who will perform as a duo with Brian Farrow; South Carolina’s Dangermuffin and Greensboro-based jam band The Mantras. Acosta said this festival is not necessarily a tasting event (as the tickets do not include alcohol or food) but the breweries will have pints for sale and food trucks will be on-site selling food. Acosta said 100 percent of the proceeds of ticket sales will go back to The Servant Center and a percentage from every brewery and food truck will go to The Servant Center as well.
“In the past [fundraising] has been more modest,” Acosta said of The Servant Center’s previous fundraisers. “[Salute] was invitation only and was limited to current donors and various different venues throughout the city. So it was definitely more modest. But this year, we’re estimating anywhere between 700 to 1,000 attendees, which obviously will be way more with community involvement than just relying on donors coming in and doing more modest donations.”
Salute! Music and Brew Festival is sponsored by Lincoln Financial, Skywalker Roofing, CSL Plasma, Haeco, Allstate Michael Patterson, Steve Millikins Black Caps Veterans and Central Carolina Air Conditioning. The media sponsors include YES! Weekly, Rock 92 and 107.5 KZL. The participating breweries include Pig Pounder Brewery, Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company, Mica Town Brewing Company, Bull City Ciderworks, Hoppy Trout Brewing Company, Hoots Beer Co., Gate City Growlers, Railhouse Brewery and Four Saints Brewing Company. Outlaw Energy drinks will also be in attendance. The attending food trucks will be Buddhalicious Food Truck and Catering, King-Queen Haitian Cuisine, Jay’s Italian Ice, Apple Babies Gourmet Candy Apples and Treats, Merry Franksters, El Molcajete and Medley. According to the Facebook event page, at 10:30 a.m. the gates open and 107.5 KZL’s Jared and Kate in the Morning will kick off the festival. At 11 a.m., The Rob Massengale Band will play; at noon The Mark Addison Chandler Band will perform; at 1 p.m. Dom Flemons and Brian Farrow will play. At 3 p.m., Rock 92’s Two Guys Named Chris will take the stage followed by Soul Central at 3:20 p.m. At 4:20 p.m., Dangermuffin will play and at 5:50 p.m. The Mantras will finish out the evening with two sets.
“Come out and support a good cause and help out our veterans,” Acosta said. “There are some really great guys who have just had a rough patch in life and are getting their stuff back together. Help us raise community awareness and help out a good cause by coming out and having some beer, listening to some music and eating good food.”
Attendees are allowed to bring chairs, blankets and small tents. No outside food or drinks will be permitted and bags are subject to inspection. All-day passes are available for $40 in advance and it includes parking and live music. On the day of, there will be limited parking and tickets will be $45 each not including parking. According to the Facebook event page, satellite parking will be set up at Guilford Technical Community College with a shuttle service. Children ages 12 and under are free, and the festival is open to all ages. According to the festival’s Facebook event page, there will be a kids area that will feature crafts, food, games and a “splash pad (weather permitting).” To buy tickets, visit the event’s eventbrite page.
Katie Murawski is the editor of YES! Weekly. She is from Mooresville, North Carolina and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in film studies from Appalachian State University in 2017.