Cask & Drum
Cask + Drum is a street festival combining musical acts with beer and wine tastings which takes place in October in Birmingham's Lakeview district. The festival was initiated as a project of the Lakeview Business Association, and was organized by Jeff Gale and Todd Coder of TicketBiscuit, City Stages veteran Guy McCullough, and Scott Register, Jeff Clanton and Will Lochamy of Birmingham Mountain Radio.
The first festival took place on October 12, 2013 and was headlined by Dwight Yoakam. Planners limited the number of available tickets to 5,000 and restricted the use of lawn chairs to ensure that there was room "to breathe". The actual turnout was smaller than anticipated, with around 2,000 attending.
On October 1, 2014 the festival merged with the Kick'n Chick'n Wing Fest to benefit Magic Moments. Other new features included a football-watching tent and a kids' play area. The Drive-By Truckers headlined a slate of 11 acts. Advance passes were sold for $30 for admission only, $100 for admission and beer/wine tastings, and $200 for VIP passes.
- Colurso, Mary (August 12, 2013) "Music, wine, beer: All will flow at Cask & Drum, a new festival in Birmingham's Lakeview district". The Birmingham News
- Colurso, Mary (October 18, 2013) "Birmingham's Cask & Drum festival to return in 2014 with expanded site, new components." The Birmingham News
- Colurso, Mary (July 8, 2014) "Birmingham's Cask & Drum announces 11 acts for 2014 lineup; Drive-By Truckers, Girl Talk top the list." The Birmingham News
- Cask + Drum website