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Brew Fest first of upcoming Westside events


Michael Miller / Courtesy photo Harvest Gold will kick off the event at 12:45 p.m.

This Saturday’s Brew Fest is the first summer event on tap at the Westside property in Tuolumne.

The festival — a fundraiser for the Summerville Bears’ Quarterback Club — will feature more than 20 of California’s top craft brewers in addition to a variety of tribute bands. Beer Drinkerz and Hell Raiserz will rock out to the music of ZZ Top, Long Time performs Boston tunes and Journey Revisited plays, you guessed it, Journey.

Local band Harvest Gold will open the festivities at 12:45 p.m. Brew taps close at 5 p.m., and a variety of food will be for sale.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the gate. They are available online at westsidebrewfest.com or at the Gift Basket at Black Oak Casino Resort. Designated driver tickets are available for $10, but can only be purchased online.

All event proceeds go to the Quarterback Club and will be used for the benefit of the Summerville Bear student athletes. The nonprofit club was formed to support Summerville High School’s student athletes, with an emphasis on those involved in the football program, organizers said.

Returning to the Westside property in early September will be the Strawberry Music Festival. The festival made its Westside debut last year during Labor Day weekend.

Festival organizers are offering a two-for-one ticket special for opening day, Thursday, Sept. 1. Music starts that day at 4 p.m. with local group Risky Biscuits followed by Anne and Pete Sibley, the David Luning Band and headliners Asleep at the Wheel.

The lineup for the rest of the festival includes The Del McCoury Band on Friday, Sept. 2, and Los Lobos on Saturday, Sept. 3. Self-described “polyethnic cajun slamgrass” band Leftover Salmon will close the festival on Sunday, Sept. 4.

Festival tickets are now on sale at strawberrymusic.com. For more information, call (209) 984-8630.

In addition to the festival’s live music, there will be workshops, vendors, food and camping.

The Westside property is owned by the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, who operate nearby Black Oak Casino Resort.

The property, off Tuolumne Road, includes about 190 acres devoted to hosting events.

Improvements to the venue include grading work to increase level camping, planting grass and installing a 40-by-32-foot stage, said Al O’Brien, who handles entertainment and special events for the casino.

A third upcoming event is being planned at the Westside property. The weekend after Strawberry Music Festival, a Patriot Day celebration will be held Sunday, Sept. 11. That event will include live music, food and other attractions.

• What: Westside Tribute Band Brew Fest.

• When: Saturday, 12:45 to 5 p.m.

• Where: Westside property, 17807 Tuolumne Rd., Tuolumne.

• Tickets: $40 advance, $50 at the gate, $10 designated driver.

Information: westsidebrewfest.com