Brews and Tunes brings free music to South Wharf

Jul 19, 2019

If you hear the sounds of live music echoing across Padanaram harbor on a Friday evening, don’t be surprised — it’s just South Wharf’s “Brews and Tunes” events, a free summer concert series that’s the newest addition to Dartmouth’s music scene.

Friends, couples and families wandered down the wharf in the setting sun on July 19 to check out the offerings: Barrel House Z beer, Kev’s Kitchen food truck, and live rock music by local band Cover Daze, all against the backdrop of Padanaram harbor.

South Wharf also invites a different local non-profit to each concert.

Dartmouth Cultural Center was welcoming visitors and accepting donations on the evening, with an information table and prize giveaway: A free acrylic “dirty pour” technique workshop for one of those who signed up to the mailing list.

Other organizations invited to “Brews and Tunes” include SEMAP, Buzzard’s Bay Coalition, Round the Bend Farm, and Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust.

“They started it a couple years ago, and it just kind of grew from there,” said South Wharf marketing director Gail Farias.

“It started off just being like a guy playing guitar in the marina. Then we started having a brewer come, and then we started adding food trucks. And then we said ‘Hey, let’s add a non-profit, and we’ll make it a thing.’”

Farias added that this week’s event was off to a much better start than the first concert of the season, which got rained out last Friday. 

“It was Buds and floods last week, instead of Brews and Tunes,” she laughed.

Each event changes up the beer and music offerings. Breweries include Jack’s Abbey, Boston Beer Co., Wormtown, and Wachusett as well as Barrel House Z.

As for music, Farias said, for the most part they hire local musicians, until the big final concert of the season — which will be Ray Green again this year, who according to Farias plays with Santana.

“We’re gonna try to make it an annual event,” said Farias. “It’s a beautiful area, and we want to give back to the community.”

Some visitors brought camp chairs, and others sat at picnic tables among the blooming hydrangea on the wharf.

“It’s great. The music’s good, and it’s a nice venue,” said Jackie Pierce, whose sailboat is currently in the shop. “The hot dogs are only two bucks, and the beer is good too!”

She and husband Eric have a mooring in Padanaram, where they’ve been sailing for 20 years.

“We love Padanaram. It’s our favorite harbor,” she said, adding that they plan on coming back to the concerts again. “If we’re on land, we’ll be here.”

Brews and Tunes events run from 5 p.m. until dusk. The next events are on July 26 and August 2, 16, and 23, with a finale on August 30.

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