Burning Can sports, music and beer fest, July 17-18

Photo from the Oskar Blues Burning Can website. Image by Eddie Clark Media

Oskar Blues Brewery presents its two-day music, camping and imbibing festival, Burning Can. “Cans of craft beer were meant to be brought along and cracked open wherever you needed them – at a music festival, after a killer ride, on an epic paddle trip, or camping in the backcountry,” says the festival’s website. Burning Can “condenses what’s best about the craft can lifestyle” — though it doesn’t condense too much.

Dozens of canning breweries from around the country will be at the Friday and Saturday, July 17-18 event; there’s running, paddling, riding and dirt-jumping, and presumably any of those activities can be accompanied by a canned adult beverage. The Beer Relay competitive trail run actually encourages the mashup of alcohol and sports — before each 5K lap you down a 12 ounce beer in exchange for two minutes deducted from your lap time. The prizes are awarded in — wait for it — beer.

The music lineup is just as dynamic: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Rebirth Brass Band, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Jarekus Singleton, Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics, Porch 40 and Travers Brothership all make the list.

The festival takes place at the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch, 315 Shoals Falls Road, Hendersonville. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Friday (camping checkin is at 4 p.m.). General admission is $50, festival plus camping is $60, beer relay is $50 per person, VIP tickets (with priority camping, a brewer’s party and barbecue dinner and more) are $150.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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