Nebraska's best craft beverages and sausages won't be the only things returning to the second Liederkranz Craft Brew & Sausage Fest on Aug. 20, 2016 in Grand Island's downtown Railside district. Rascal Martinez will return to serenade attendees with eclectic medleys as well.
As a singer and guitarist Rascal Martinez, was joined last year by his band and they dazzled attendees of first Craft Brew & Sausage Fest, providing the third crucial component (music) to the inaugural event.
"We're very excited to be back again," Martinez said.
Organizers of the Brew Fest are thrilled to have the group returning for the second year. The group’s 2015 appearance at the Liederkranz’ picturesque courtyard marked their first performance at a brew festival, and was followed by more performances in the ensuing year at many of Grand Island-area events, including the Liederkranz Lumpin Ball, which is essentially the German equivalency of Mardi Gras.
With their return, Martinez's melodies will again form the backdrop for patrons to sample Nebraska’s best breweries’ beverages and sausages. With great food, beer and music, the Craft Brew & Sausage Fest offers an unparalleled opportunity to contribute toward a great cause: the preservation, restoration and enhancement of one of Grand Island's most important historical landmarks.
Rascal Martinez has performed all over Nebraska. His band consists four-piece band, with Sutherland-native Rascal Martinez on guitar and vocals. Forrest King of North Platte on bass, Marcello Sanchez of Lincoln on drums and fellow Sutherland-native Shelbi Burke has performed on backup vocals.
Rascal Martinez performs a mix of alternative folk and soft rock, performing a wide range of tunes hailing from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s in genres that include Country, Oldies, Classic Rock and Alternative.
Martinez has recorded two albums in Nashville, with a third in the works. “The Long Road” was released in 2012, which features the entire band and Martinez released a solo acoustic studio album this year entitled “The Original.” Both of these albums are available on iTunes.
Check out more of Rascal Martinez at rascalmartinez.com
After the success of last year's inaugural Craft Brew & Sausage Fest, the Grand Island Liederkranz is pleased to announce the continuation of this unique event.
The Second Annual Craft Brew & Sausage Fest will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Aug. 20, 2016 and will see the return of regional craft brewers and locally-butchered meats to be enjoyed in the unparalleled beauty and under the tree-top canopy of the Grand Island Liederkranz courtyard, located in the heart of Grand Island's newly-branded "Railside" downtown district.
The inaugural brew fest was a resounding success. Nearly 400 people attended and sampled more than 50 craft beverage varieties from more than 24 craft brewers and more than 15 different sausage flavors. While such an overwhelming turnout was crucial to raising awareness of the need to support the historic preservation and revitalization of the historic Grand Island Liederkranz building and institution, the inaugural brew fest also laid the foundation for raising funds for actual building restoration and improvements. With all the donated services and volunteer efforts, it is hard to quantify overall amounts of contributions in dollar figures, but after expenses the brew fest ended up with more than $5,000. It is not common for an inaugural event like this to make any profit its first year, and while last year's funds are helping to fund the second brew fest, it is hoped that the first year's fund raising is an indication of a long-term building of a restoration fund to return the Liederkranz to it historic glory as a beacon in the heart of Grand Island.