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Gear up for beer and grub at the BrewGrass festival on Old South Pearl Street

It's BrewGrass time on Old South Pearl Street, the kick-ass bluegrass block party that combines energetic guitar picking with dirty dancing, feasting and imbibing.

The annual celebration, which rocks the 1200 block of South Pearl, kicks off at noon tomorrow with suds from 15 breweries, many of them local, numerous food booths and the Americana-rockabilly sounds of eight bluegrass bands, including Great American Taxi, a Leftover Salmon spin-off group. "This is the kind of appealing-to-all-of-your-senses festival that looks good, sounds good, drinks good and tastes good," says event coordinator Nicole Jarman.

Several restaurants from Old South Pearl Street are peddling festival grub, including Pearl Street Grill (which also just debuted a new menu for the first time in a very long time), India's Pearl and Hanson's Grill & Tavern. Additionally, says Jarman, "we've got this great couple from Colombia doing awesome quesadillas and tamales, another vendor doing Caribbean food, plus we've also got Italian ice, funnel cakes, deep-fried Twinkies, gelato and pizza."

Admission to Brewgrass is $5, with proceeds benefiting Old South Pearl Street Association projects. The $5 admission fee doesn't buy your beer or food, however: Brews are five bucks each, and foodstuffs are priced between $5 and $12. Tickets are available at the gate. For more info, go to

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Lori Midson
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