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Music and beer make a perfect pairing for two upcoming Lafayette festivals

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Nathan Caldwell

For the third consecutive year, Beers Across the Wabash will be held on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge on August 23rd. People’s Brewing Company and Lafayette Brewing Company will comprise the local taste, and will be joined by over 30 other Indiana breweries. The festival will run from 2pm to 6pm.

There are three ticket options for patrons. General Admission is $35, and includes a commemorative glass, and beer sampling. The Beer Geek ticket includes the glass, beer sampling, early 1pm admission, food from one of three food vendors for the event, and a commemorative T-shirt. It is $65. There is also a designated driver admission available for $5. Ordering in advance would seem to be a wise choice, as event organizers do not anticipate any tickets to be available at the gate on the day of the event.

Beer tasters will also be able to ‘drink in’ some music. Many bands, including Zimdiana, The Flapjacks, and Billy Brand will entertain patrons throughout the day. Music can also be enjoyed after Beers Across the Wabash, at the Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival. That event begins conveniently at 5pm, and is a short walk from the bridge.

The food and beer sponsors of the Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival appropriately include two core uptown culinary staples, such as Spurlock’s and Main Street Cheese/Uncorked. Other sponsors are not location-specific. These are People’s Brewing Company, Ben’s Soft Pretzels, Cold Stone Creamery, Mr. Darrel’s Barbecue, and Arni’s Pizza. Tickets are available at Greater Lafayette Commerce, all Lafayette Bank and Trust locations, or on the event website. Ticket prices are $15 dollars in advance and $20 at the gate for adults. Children 12 and under are $5. 'Babes in arms' are free. The Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival runs until midnight on August 23rd.

If filed visually, statistics of human behavior have most definitely shown that if a patron enjoys beer, it stands to figure that same person would also enjoy music and dancing. The Greater Lafayette Area has tapped into this winning combination for a perennial successful festival doubleheader.

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