The city of Norcross is hosting its eighth BluesBerry Music and Beer Festival this Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. The festival will take place in Norcross’ Betty Maudlin Park and Jones Street.

The BluesBerry Festival celebrates the blueberry season with local blues musicians, craft beers and downtown merchants. This year’s lineup of blues musicians will feature a variety from the local blues scene.

“I want it to be about the music,” said BluesBerry founder and organizer Mike Holley. “That is what BluesBerry is about. BluesBerry is about bringing local musicians in a setting in front of the city hall with a huge stage right downtown. They are the locals bands that play around town, and what I am doing is bringing them all together for one festival.”

Holley himself will be performing with The Real Deal Blues Band as drummer.

In addition to the live blues music, Norcross’ downtown merchants and restaurants will be creating signature “BluesBerry” cocktails, desserts, specials and more.

Participating downtown merchants and restaurants will be marked with a BluesBerry decal head outside their location. These locations currently include 45 South Cafe, Anna Balkan Designer Jewelry, Antique traditions, Chalk It Up, Chase’s Grille and Winery, Dominick’s, Farmhouse 17, Glitter G, Good Things Home & Garden, Home Town Video, Iron Horse Tavern, Paizanos, Mojitos Cuban Bistro, Stone Works Hair Salon, Stop the Clock Photo, Studio 87 Yoga, Taste of Britain, The Crossing Steakhouse, The Lionheart Center For the Arts, The Space in Between Massage & Movement Studio and Zapata.

The festival is free to attend with special ticketing and pricing for the beer tasting event.

“Summer and blueberries go hand-in-hand and at the city of Norcross, that gives reason to celebrate,” said Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson. “In celebration of longer days, warmer nights and the season’s freshest berries, we are pleased to host the BluesBerry Music and Beer Festival.”

Iron Horse Tavern, located at 29 Jones St., will host the beer tasting event with an assortment of beer trucks located in its parking lot. Tickets can be purchased for $5 a beer inside the Iron Horse Tavern. A variety of craft beers will be available for tasting, including Sweetwater, Abita, Orpheus, Ballast Point, Ommegang, Southbound, Rogue, Goose Island, Jekyll, Red Hare, Lazy Magnolia, Reformation and Monday Night.

As for the special deals, downtown merchants, such as Zapata, will be offering $7 blue frozen margaritas to keep the party going in between music breaks. Stop by Farmhouse 17 and receive a blue Norcross logo cup with every $30 purchase or visit Chalk It Up for a refreshing adult “blue punch” and 15 percent of all blue art. Dominick’s will be serving up blueberry white sangria, blueberry peach martinis and New York cheesecake with blueberry compote. Chase’s Grille and Winery will be dishing out blueberry bread pudding, blueberries and melons along with blueberry fizz cocktails. VSOP Taproom will be giving 15 percent off blueberry aged balsamic vinegar with every purchase of extra virgin olive oil and Studio 87 Yoga will be hanging out class discount cards. Other specials include 50 percent of all framed art at Stop the Clock and cheeseball samples at Good Things Home & Garden. Stop by Antique Traditions where they will be holding a giveaway for a basket of merchandise along with a special sale on select blue items and complimentary “BluesBerry” refreshments.

Sponsors for the BluesBerry Festival include premier sponsors Iron Horse Tavern and the Atlanta Blues Society along with community sponsors 45 South Cafe, Dominick’s, Mojitos Cuban Bistro, Paizanos, The Crossing Steakhouse and Zapata.

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