SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 12-4 PM | BALTIMORE PENINSULA
Rockabilly Rye is the ultimate celebration of local craft spirits and authentic rockabilly music and it’s the largest event included in the 2023 Rye Revival, celebrating Maryland’s whiskey heritage. This one-of-a-kind event is a captivating journey into the world of Maryland distilleries, paying homage to their commitment to local traditions and their mastery in producing top-tier rye whiskey. Set against the backdrop of a vibrant rockabilly music scene, Rockabilly Rye offers an awesome fusion of cultural appreciation, culinary exploration, and musical excitement. Bring your lawn chair and your friends to enjoy a fun-filled festival vibe along the Baltimore waterfront!
From the moment you arrive, the air is filled with the alluring aroma of handcrafted rye whiskey and local spirits, inviting you to discover and sample the exquisite creations of Maryland’s finest distilleries. As you explore the diverse range of spirits, you’ll have the chance to chat with the passionate distillers themselves, learning about their techniques and the stories behind their craft. This event isn’t just about spirits; it’s about fostering connections between enthusiasts, artisans, and the spirit of the local community.
Rockabilly Rye is more than a tasting event – it’s a lively celebration of American culture. With LIVE rockabilly music from the Flea Bops, the Rock-A-Sonics, and Mitch Polzak providing a toe-tapping soundtrack to your journey, the atmosphere is electric with energy and nostalgia. The event space is a treasure trove of vendors offering unique products, and the food options are a tantalizing array of culinary delights that perfectly complement the spirits on display. Whether you’re sipping on expertly crafted cocktails, shopping for exclusive bottles to take home, or simply reveling in the festivities, Rockabilly Rye promises an unforgettable experience that embraces the richness of Maryland’s distilling heritage.
In the heart of this event lies a deep appreciation for the craftsmanship and dedication of local small businesses. Rockabilly Rye is a platform for distilleries to showcase their passion and expertise, and for attendees to indulge in the fruits of their labor. Additionally, small local makers will be vending unique craft goods and food vendors will be selling a great selection of dishes.
Join us in raising a glass to the legacy of American craft spirits, the resurgence of rockabilly beats, and the thriving community of Maryland distilleries that keep the tradition of rye whiskey alive and well.
Live Music Lineup
The Flea Bops
From the Flea Bops‘ bio, “Playing rockabilly together since 1992 with the original line-up until the untimely passing of our dear friend and singer, Ronnie Joyner in 2022. We’ll carry on as the Flea Bops Trio… It’s a family thing, and family is everything.”
Learn more about the Flea Bops.
From the-rockabilly-chronicle.com, “The Rock-A-Sonics are Willie Barry (vocals, acoustic guitar), Eric Hurtt (electric guitar), Louie Newmyer (upright bass), Tommy Bowes (drums) and Kim Reynolds (piano). This mighty fine combo plays a mix of soft Rockabilly with a solid melodic side and uptempo country.”
Visit here to learn more about the Rock-A-Sonics.
From mitchpolzak.com, “Polzak performs rockabilly and 60’s country music with the religious fervor of Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash and delivers a Honky Tonk ballad with the sincerity of Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. Mitch will bring a room to a fevered pitch of joyous energy on the dance floor and then tell you a story in a song like two old friends sitting at a kitchen table at midnight.”
More Mitch Polzak information.
At Rockabilly Rye, attendees are in for a fantastic experience! Upon entry, they gain access to live music, a treasure trove of artisan vendors, and a delectable array of food options.
For those with tasting tickets, the experience gets even better – they get to savor samples of rye whiskey and other spirits from the top-notch producers participating in the event.
If you’d like to extend the festivities beyond the venue, the opportunity to purchase cocktails and bottles of spirits to take home ensures that the Rockabilly Rye experience lingers long after the event has ended. It’s a true celebration of music, flavors, and spirits!
About The Venue
Rockabilly Rye will take over the Baltimore Peninsula, located near West Covington Park in Baltimore, for this one-day live music and craft spirits festival.