In the ancient times, spring was heralded with celebrations dedicated to Dionysus (Greek god of alcohol). Those who attended these festivals would imbibe in strong drink and enjoy a variety of stage performances.

Firkin Fest will be Lower Alabama’s modern interpretation of these festivals. This event is dedicated to bringing together nine of the Southeast’s finest breweries, including Yellowhammer, Druid City, Fairhope and Blue Pants. Tallgrass Brewery from Manhattan, Kansas, will also be providing cold libations.

Not only will festivalgoers enjoy a cornucopia of brew, but they will also be entertained by two excellent musical acts.

Eric Lindell will take the stage shortly after the firkins (vessels which hold about 10 gallons of beer) are tapped. This New Orleans singer-songwriter has been a crowd favorite at Moe’s on both sides of Mobile Bay. Lindell has crafted a funky R&B sound that emanates pure soul. Lindell will have a fresh batch of sounds from his upcoming release “Indian Summer,” which will be released on Friday, April 25. He will not keep his fans waiting for more. On Saturday, June 7, Lindell will release “Live in Space.”

The crowd will get a small break before the festival’s headliner takes the stage. Keller Williams will finish out Firkin Fest with a set of sonic goodness. In addition to his solo performances, Williams is a guitar picker supreme who has spent time performing with String Cheese Incident and Larry Keel & Natural Bridge.

This guitarist knows no limit when it comes to music. Whether it is bluegrass or rock, Williams has no problem adapting to various sonic environments. Currently, Williams is touring in support of his latest release, “Funk!”

Firkin Fest
Date: Saturday, April 5, doors open at noon.
Venue: Moe’s Original BBQ, 701 Springhill Ave.,
Tickets: $22 advance/$25 day-of (Firkin Fest only); $22 advance/$25 day-of (Keller Williams show only); $32 advance/$35 day-of (Firkin Fest & Keller Williams); available at Moe’s Original BBQ