Overdose-Lifeline — Bacon, Blues & Brew fest here Saturday

“Bacon, Blues & Brew fest here Saturday,” The Herald-Tribune (Batesville) July 11 2018

The Bacon, Blues & Brew Music and Arts Festival is Saturday, July 28, from 11 a.m.-midnight at Walhill Farm, Batesville.

The sixth annual celebration offers a variety of live music, amazing art, food and drinks and happy people.

Attendees may view interactive artists booths and entertainment on the outside stage free thanks to two sponsors, the Rural Alliance for the Arts and Enhanced Telecommunications Corp.

A classic car cruise-in will be enjoyed by spectators, who will include the Infamous Few Motorcycle Club and Laughery Valley 4WD Club.

A portion of proceeds will support the nonprofit Overdose Lifeline, according to http://baconbluesandbrew.com.

The statewide Indiana 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping individuals, families and communities affected by the disease of addiction/substance use disorder through advocacy, education, harm reduction, prevention, resources and support. The organization has been on the front lines of the opioid epidemic since 2014 designing and deploying programs and initiatives and serving as a statewide nongovernmental subject matter expert addressing the opioid public health crisis.

Four bands will be performing on the free outdoor stage: noon, Carson Diersing; 1:30 p.m., to be announced; 3 p.m., Harper and the Midwest Kind; 5 p.m., Duke Tomatue.

Music fans may purchase $26.31 tickets at https://bit.ly/2zpoCNA to watch the evening headliners inside the air-conditioned barn: 7:15-8:45 p.m., Samantha Fish; and 9:15-10:45 p.m., Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Around 70 of the 450 tickets remain for sale.

The New York Times called Fish “an impressive blues guitarist who sings with sweet power” and “one of the genre’s most promising young talents.” Her hometown paper The Kansas City Star noted, “Samantha Fish has kicked down the door of the patriarchal blues club” and observed that the young artist “displays more imagination and creativity than some blues veterans exhibit over the course of their careers.”

The Bacon, Blues & Brew site says, “Having already made it clear that she’s more interested in following her heart than she is in repeating past triumphs, Samantha Fish (www.samanthafish.com) delivers some of her most compelling music to date with ‘Belle of the West,’ her fifth studio album.”

The website reports, “Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (www.bigdamnband.com). He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi, to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.” The band’s newest release is “The Front Porch.”

In addition to local brews and other nonalcoholic beverages, food stations will have $3 to $8 offerings that range from house smoked sausages and pulled pork pita to a bacon burger and frozen bacon banana on a stick dipped in chocolate.

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