The biggest event in Manhattan this weekend is the first annual Rhythm and Brews Festival, and the library will definitely be there!
This year the Little Apple Music Festival has expanded to include not only concerts, but also the Brew 2 Shoe race, a Hail the Ale microbrewing contest, microbrew sampling at the park, barbecue, a Sunday brunch, and some fun attractions for kids. Hence, the new name.
The festival begins with a free concert in City Park with the band Run Boy Run on Friday, August 1 at 8pm. The band’s website offers a toe-tapping sample of their music and describes their acoustic bluegrass sound as “existing in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier.”
If you can pull yourself out of bed after a night of live music, join Manhattan’s avid running community for Brew 2 Shoe; there are distances for all levels of enthusiasm, from a 10K, 5K or 1 mile fun run. The road race begins at 7am at Tallgrass Brewery, located on Quail Land just north of Highway 24 and Green Valley Road. This year, the proceeds from the race will be donated to the Special Olympics. Registration is required.
Beginning at 1pm, ticketholders will be in City Park to sample some excellent microbrews and barbecues at Rhythm and Brews. All tickets were purchased in advance at the Manhattan Running Company, Tallgrass Brewing Company, and Little Apple Brewing Company, but never fear, there’s always next year! Proceeds from this portion of the event will benefit Arts in the Park.
Then the free music begins again at 5pm on Saturday at City Park’s Larry Norvell Band Shell:
- 5:00 a fun jazz combo featuring Dr. Wayne Goins from K-State
- 5:30 the winner of the Hail the Ale home brewing contest will be announced from the stage
- 6:00 The Vineyard Band, with a seriously twangy steel pedal guitar and soulful country sound
- 7:00 Noah Hoehn, a harmonica-marimba-percussion artist and singer with a very unique and rockin’ vibe
- 8:00 Samantha Fish, an award-winning blues guitarist with one heck of a voice
- 9:00 The Steel Wheels, acoustic Americana music from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
For those with kids along for the fun, a family-friendly area will be available in the pavilion from 6-9pm. Manhattan Public Library will be there with crafts for kids and information about our lineup of exciting programs for the fall. You’ll also find Sister Act Face Painting, the Say Cheez photo booth, balloon artist Sun Johnson, MWR inflatables, the Wildcat 91.9 radio station, and Willie the Wildcat.
To recover from all this fun, meet at the Bluestem Bistro on Sunday morning for a jazz brunch featuring Dr. Wayne Goins from 9-11am.
Then stop by the library to read the Sunday paper from front to back, and relax in our reading room. Or can always go home and do laundry. The choice is yours.