Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Guitarist and vocalist Little G Weevil and his band performs during the BluesBerry Festival & BrewFest in downtown Norcross Saturday.
NORCROSS -- Myron Newman didn't travel to Norcross to eat blueberries or sip on craft beer. He wanted to listen to music.
"I came for the music, weather and beautiful downtown Norcross," the Chamblee resident said. "I don't need the rest -- just the music. Norcross always puts on great live shows."
Newman was referring to the city's annual BluesBerry Festival and BrewFest on Saturday, featuring live blues music, beer and plenty of sweet treats downtown.
Families, neighbors and couples set up lawn and folding chairs around the stage for the free concert, which started with Little G Weevil and his band.
Besides the blues, the festival has also grown to incorporate a mini-beerfest in and outside of the Iron Horse Tavern. This year, three beer carts were set up pouring an array of brews from several companies, like Mother Earth, Rogue, Abita and Finch's Beer Co.
"SweetWater will always be my favorite," Jackie Lee of Norcross said.
Under a tent near the stage, the Dahlonega Vegetable Farm was selling fresh blueberries along with an assortment of jellies and jams.
To add to the bluesy mood, attendees were surrounded with the Blues Trees by artist Konstantin "Kon" Dimopoulos. He used a special non-toxic pigment to turn the tree's truck bright blue, which will naturally fade.
"I love the trees," Ellie Kristen of Norcross said. "It really adds to the atmosphere."