The Zac Brown Band close out an epic weekend of music, bourbon, and gourmet food with ZZ Top, Edward Sharp and the Magnificent Zeros, Whiskey Meyers and many more. 

How do you close out a 3-day festival that headlined the Foo Fighters on the first day and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters on day 2?  The answer was quite simple, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top AND Grammy award-winning Zac Brown Band in back to back sets!

On Friday, Sept 20th (the opening day of the festival) the Zac Brown Band released their sixth studio album, The Owl and are one of the hottest country artists touring so it was no mistake that the largest crowd of the day jammed around the main Barrel stage to spend 2 full hours with Zac Brown and the band. With a set that featured a number of the band’s top hits (“Chicken Fried,” “Knee Deep,” and “As She’s Walking Away”) he mixed things up a bit with a number of covers including a fiery cover of The Charlie Daniels Band’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, a Beastie Boys cover of “Sabotage” and a Def Leppard cover “Pour Some Sugar on Me”

Zac Brown closed out their set and the 2019 Bourbon and Beyond Festival with a scorching Rage Against the Machine cover of “Bulls on Parade” ending the evening and the festival with a giant exclamation point! 

Providing the main support was “That Little Ol Band From Texas,” ZZ Top.  2019 marks a milestone for ZZ Top that very few bands can claim, it is their 50th Anniversary as a touring band and they couldn’t have been better this evening. If you are not Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, then there’s room for improvement on your guitar tone: His tone is unmistakable and otherworldly!  ZZ Top’s almost 90- minute set included all the hits starting with “Got Me Under Pressure” along with “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Pearl Necklace,” “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide” “Sharp Dressed Man,” and “Legs”. With the only encore set of the entire weekend, ZZ Top closed out their memorable their set on a giant high with “La Grange” and “Tush”

Earlier in the afternoon, smack dab in the middle of the afternoon heat, Whiskey Meyers took over the Bourbon and Beyond Festival with one hottest performances of the weekend.  Fronted by the dominating presence of Cody Cannon, Whiskey Meyers all too short time on stage had a little something for everyone in it including some smoking hot guitar riffs and guitar solos along with plenty of cowbell, compliments of percussionist Tony Kent.  The entire festival grounds were buzzing as Whiskey Meyers played the final chords of their final song of their set, “Home”.

Sandwiched in between these performances today was a great set by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros.  I’m not sure if frontman Alex Ebert spent more time on stage or mingling and connecting with fans in the crowd. During the band’s second song “I Don’t Wanna Pray” Alex made a fan’s entire weekend by handing a young lady at the barrier his mic where sang a complete verse of the song like she has been in the band forever. From a fan/band interaction perspective, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros were clearly the best of the entire weekend.

Other performances throughout the day belonged to Caroline Jones, White Reaper, Southern Avenue, Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians (original members), Kurt Vile and the Violators, Margo Price, Leon Bridges, Front Country, The Lil Smokies, Birds of Chicago and Dustbowl Revival.  

This year’s Bourbon and Beyond festival promised a lot (after last year’s day 2 rainout and cancellation) and completely knocked it out of the park with over 91,000 fans attending the three-day festival!  The new festival grounds were more than ample, with so many food and beverage options available there was plenty to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Bourbon, Bourbon, and more Bourbon! After all, we are in Bourbon Country, so the bourbon selections were unsurpassed. With nearly  50 artists (performing more than 50 hours of music) in total performing across Bourbon & Beyond’s three stages, there was no shortage of top-flight music. Legendary performances by the Foo Fighters, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Zac Brown Band and ZZ Top along with many others guarantee that this year’s Bourbon and Beyond Festival will be talked about for a long time to come! 

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Event Date: 22-SEP-2019