Oconee Performing Arts Society (OPAS) has partnered with Reynolds Lake Oconee for the fall season outdoor event. Held in the beautiful Sandy Creek Barn, the 5th Annual Rhythm and Brews Festival brought in a sold-out crowd of 1,500.
The annual event began with a free tasting from various beer and wine vendors in a beautiful beer garden.
Later in the evening, VIP ticket holders enjoyed free selections from Craft Food Trucks, and general admission ticket holders were offered food to purchase from Reynolds’ excellent culinary team.
Attendees headed to the amphitheater to hear 17-year-old guitar sensation Noah Riley Teal. Mr. Teal has just completed his debut album with the help of the Zak Brown Band. After a short break, young, up-and-coming country music singer Alana Springsteen performed a melodious country pop set. OPAS artistic director Doug LaBrecque billed her as “a favorite of country legend Garth Brooks who recently celebrated his 22nd birthday by making his Grand Ole Opry debut.”
Headlining this year’s event were multi-platinum rock band Barenaked Ladies. They invited the public to sing along to their best-known hit If I Had $1,000,000. The band played new material, their other recognizable hits and, unexpectedly, a well-executed melody of familiar covers. The LED back wall gave the crowd an exciting visual ride as they danced and enjoyed this part of the long evening as the temperature dipped into the 50s.
Fans of this year’s Rhythm and Brews owe a huge thank you to Reynolds and the OPAS team for seamlessly executing a great event. Reynolds member and OPAS supporter Chelsea Johnson said, “Thank you for making this event one of the most fun times we’ve had at any concert. We feel blessed to be part of OPAS.”
OPAS has an indoor season packed with world-class artists and their next outdoor event will celebrate the music of Billy Joel on May 27th. This Memorial Day weekend event draws over 1,000 people to the beautiful 200-acre farm in Oconee.