This past Saturday I arrived in Mount Vernon shortly after the gates had opened for the 7th Annual Porterhouse Brewfest. The event is a fundraiser for Mount Vernon’s historic Lincoln Theater. There were a dozen breweries pouring about 20 beers. Great beer, great music, and all to support a great cause.
For this festival, they shut down a block of Gates Street in the middle of old town Mount Vernon, just outside of the Porterhouse Pub’s doors. When I arrived, the crowd was just forming. Elise, one of the owners of the Porterhouse, assured me that by 4:00 the street and the pub would be packed. She was right.
There were three outstanding blues acts on the bill: the Chris Eger Band, Alice Stewart and the Formerllys, and Lady A and the Baby Blues Funk Band. The video below shows clips from the festival, including some great blues by Chris Eger and Alice Stewart. I overheard someone say that Chris Eger is only 20 years old. The second half of the video features Alice Stewart doing a haunting rendition of Statesboro Blues. Good stuff.