The 9th annual Bay City Acoustic Music fest showcased the talent from the thumb of Michigan to a full house at Tri-City Brewing.
Tri-City Brewing and the Bay City Acoustic Music Fest
When we heard that Tri-City Brewing was hosting the Bay City Acoustic Music fest this year, we locked in our weekend plans to head up to the thumb. We’ve been fans of Tri-City beer for a while and being able to combine good beer and music is always a hit with us.
Tri-City Brewing has a great tasting room to hang out and enjoy their beer. In addition to their flagship beers, you can get a lot of tasty beers that you can’t get elsewhere like the Old Champion IPA which is aged in a gin barrel. Trust me, that beer was delicious! The tasting room also has some fun decorations to give the space its own unique character.
The building they lease has a huge open space with a lot of very cool automotive themed artwork on the walls. The Tri-City team used recovered oak flooring that is over 100 years old to construct the stage for live music. Barlow’s BBQ was on hand to serve up food.
The Bay City Acoustic Music festival is hosted by Scott Baker and started out as a celebration of his birthday. Scott started off the show with some of his original music and a great cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. Scott’s music was smooth and satisfying to the ear.
Flint’s Jonathan Ferris took the stage and played many original songs. His music harkens back to the roots of Americana music with hints of a bit of rockabilly. Fans of Bob Dylan would enjoy Jonathan’s approach to music.
Coming back to Michigan from Chicago was Kenny Stahl with Philip Horney. Kenny played an excellent set of originals and covers with Philip providing accompanying guitar and vocals. While his original music was high spirited and energetic, I loved his cover of Todd Rundgren’s “I Saw The Light” which had a great jazz feel.
Anthony Retka opened up with Scott Baker joining him on electric guitar. The combination was unbeatable as Anthony’s powerful vocals mixed well with the tastefully flowing lines of Scott’s guitar. Anthony then played solo and kept the crowd’s attention with a great set of music.
I’ve never seen a drum contraption like the one that Andy Braun was using, but it added a nice touch to his sound. His vocals were clear and melodic which suited his soulful music.
Kevin Harvey joined Andy on stage and together they played a satisfying set that produced plenty of applause from the audience.
We enjoyed our visit to Tri-City Brewing and the Bay City Acoustic Music Fest. Many thanks to our friend Jay Green from Tri-City for showing us around and inviting us up for the festival. Watch Tri-City Brewing’s event page for more music and fun coming your way. You can see more pictures in our gallery.
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