BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I'm pretty excited about this year's Southern Brewers Festival, which is set for Saturday at Ross's Landing. It features two of my favorite things: beer and music. And not just any beer or any music. Thirty-five breweries will be bringing their best stuff for people to sample, and the musical lineup is pretty amazing.
LISA DENTON: You are correct, of course, but there are a couple more endorsements that should make the Brew Fest organizers feel pretty good. Draft magazine named it Best Brewers Festival, and Maxim magazine ranked it as one of "America's three top beer festivals." For $30, you're free to sample more than 100 draft beers from 40 breweries and jam to the music. Galactic is the headliner, with special guest Corey Glover.
BARRY: People should remember Glover as the lead singer for Living Colour. He fits in nicely with Galactic, and it will be a great show, but also performing will be Robert Randolph and the Family Band, the North Mississippi Allstars -- either of those would be a killer headliner on its own -- St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and Yarn. Those two will be headlining shows on their own pretty soon. It is the best single lineup I've seen for such an event in maybe forever.
And last year's event put $183,000 into the coffers of Kids on the Block. This year, the Chattanooga Community Kitchen will benefit as well.
The challenge will be pacing myself to enjoy all of the music without trying to enjoy all of the beer.
LISA: You've had plenty of practice at this sort of thing, so I predict you will be fine.
Also, we can't forget that Florence Henderson will be in town Saturday for Life: An Expo for Boomers and Seniors at the Chattanooga Convention Center, a show sponsored by the Times Free Press. There's probably no "Brady Bunch" trivia question I can't answer after spending my childhood watching the show. I figure our mailroom colleague gets tired of me calling her "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" in triplicate whenever I see her.
BARRY: I do that, too. Bless her heart.
I'm with you on the Brady trivia. I'm not sure if my favorite episode is the one where Marcia takes a football to the nose, the one where Greg saves the football team with his photo, the time the Monkees' Davy Jones makes a visit, or the episode where the Bradys go to Hawaii. I'm kidding about the last one. It was stupid.
LISA: Blasphemy! I would have to give it to Davy Jones. I still try to sing like he did on that episode, "Gull, look what you've done to me." I know he was saying "girl," but you have to say "gull" to get his British pronunciation just right.
What if I said, "I think I'll go for a walk outside now. The summer sun's calling my name. I hear ya now." I bet you'll be singing "It's a Sunshine Day" the rest of the day.
Bless your heart.
BARRY: How about this gem from the song "Keep On," which the Brady kids sang later in that episode: "You can hear the music coming 26 miles away. Woo! Yeah! Woo! Smiling is happy. And happy is here to stay."
More lyrics: www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/b/bunch_brady.
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Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...