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A Few Brews and a Banjo and much more!

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A Few Brews and a Banjo is an event that supports the music and drama programs at both Chester Elementary and Chester High School. Photo by Jan Davies
M. Kate West
Staff Writer
6/16/2014

What could possibly make an afternoon more enjoyable than sitting by the North Fork Feather River, under the shade trees in the Chester Park, while tapping one’s toes to bluegrass music and sipping a tasty microbrewed beer?

“Absolutely nothing,” said Jeff Bryant, event coordinator and Plumas Arts Lake Almanor Basin representative.

He said residents and guests can gain all this and more by attending the 10th offering of “A Few Brews and a Banjo,” a music festival Saturday, June 21.

Happening from 2 to 6 p.m., the event will feature the musical groups The Locals and the award-winning Paige Anderson and The Fearless Kin (the current version of the Anderson Family Band that played during the 2008 event).

Accompanying the bluegrass and tasting will be the tantalizing aroma of the Lake Almanor Elks Lodge’s annual tri-tip sandwich barbecue. The sandwiches are served with a variety of fixings, all for a nominal cost.

And to wash it all down, a variety of North State brews are on tap.

“The breweries have been so incredibly generous this year, just as they have been in past years,” Bryant said.

He said ticket holders will be sampling brews from Sierra Nevada Brewery, Great Basin Brewery, Lassen Ale Works and the Chico Home Brew Association.

Mark Carter, of Superior Products in Susanville, who offers something new each year, will also be supplying a variety of tasting beers.

Tickets for A Few Brews and a Banjo are sold on location the day of the event.

“Tickets are $25 and the music is free,” Bryant said.

Ticket-holding guests will also receive a souvenir tasting glass.

He also said Brews is an all-volunteer event. People who would like to lend a hand may call him at 259-3757.

“We need volunteers to serve at the brew and other stations. This is truly a great opportunity to support music and drama in our schools,” Bryant said.


A Few Brews and a Banjo is an annual event hosted by Plumas Arts.

More about Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin

Hailing from the hills of Grass Valley, Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin are a fresh approach to the bluegrass, roots, folk and Americana music scene.

Playing music with their family band (Anderson Family Bluegrass) since 2004, the siblings have played around the country at many well-known events and festivals, such as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Show and Conference, Wintergrass, CBA's Father's Day Bluegrass Festival and many more.

When Paige graduated in 2012, she decided she wanted to pursue a music career. She started writing songs in 2009 with a style all her own, and asked siblings Aimee and Ethan if they wanted to start a band featuring the new music: Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin.

Since they started in 2012, they have wowed and captivated many audiences with their powerful original songs, strong sibling harmonies and unique styles of singing. They released their debut EP, "Wild Rabbit," in 2012.


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