‘A wonderful thing’: Brookstock 24 to deliver ‘maximum rock ‘n’ roll’ Saturday

Published 11:00 am Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The 24th Brookstock Festival will blast “Maximum Rock ’n’ Roll” at the Brookhaven Building this Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m.

This year’s lineup is: Mickey Man Band at 6 p.m.; Mike J. Case at 6:30; Ricky Brown, featuring Keys vs. Strings at 7 p.m.; Laughter of Ruin at 8 p.m., with Bryan, Ed Sapply Tree and Danny; and the Re-Juvenators at 9 p.m., featuring Travis Brawley and Chris Derrick.

The festival is $15 admission at the door, and t-shirts are available for purchase for $20. The shirts feature a revamped festival logo, a new design from original Brookstocker and professional artist Don Jacobs. Concessions prepared by The Doll’s House will also be available.

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“I’m really happy that we will have some of our long-standing people who have been there since the beginning of Brookstock, even before it was being called Brookstock,” said organizer and local musician Tyler Bridge. “It was just a ‘class reunion jam’ for several years. All the lineup this year are original guys, original Brookstockers.”

Hundreds of music lovers show up for the bands each year, looking forward to musicians coming back home to play their own sets, and to jam with other musicians.

Original Brookstock performer Virgil Brawley, a Brookhaven native who died in 2018 and who is immortalized on a Mississippi Blues Trail marker in Railroad Park, fronted The Juvenators band. Now, the remaining members have taken on the name Re-Juvenators, and have also taken on Virgil’s son, Travis, as their frontman.

After all the bands have played, “the jam” will begin, around 10 p.m. The people who have already played throughout the evening will get back up and play in different configurations for another hour or so, Bridge said.

“I love the reputation that Brookstock has gained over the years, and the guys that keep coming back to Brookhaven to make it happen,” he said. “It’s a wonderful thing for our community.”