SMUTTYNOSE BREWING TO HOST INAUGURAL GATHER FEST – WHERE MUSIC, FOOD, CRAFTBEER AND FAMILIES COME TOGETHER TO HELP END HUNGER ON THE SEACOAST
HAMPTON, NH — A new music festival is coming to the coast of Southern New Hampshire and it promises to be the ultimate ode to summer. The Nth Power is headlining Smuttynose Brewing Company’s Gather Fest - the Gather to End Hunger Concert, on Sunday, Aug 27. Soul music from the bayou, roots rock, and more will fill the fields surrounding the brewery. Food trucks, award-winning Smuttynose craft beers on tap, and a Seacoast United Kids’ Zone with activities make this an event for all ages to celebrate the waning days of the season.
One hundred percent of ticket proceeds go to Gather, the former Seacoast Family Food Pantry.
The Nth Power has been hailed as a supergroup that meshes funk, soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, world beat, and jam band rock with comparisons to Stevie Wonder, Little Feat, Sly and the Family Stone and the Dave Matthews Band. Formed in New Orleans, the group is helmed by drummer extraordinaire Nikki Glaspie, who has worked with Beyonce, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, and Chaka Kahn, to cite a select few. Bassist Nate Edgar hails from New Hampshire and is known for his powerhouse stints with John Brown’s Body and Groovechild.
“We are honored to be playing an event that puts food on people's plates,” says Edgar. “With all the issues in this world, at home and abroad, it can be easy to overlook those in need right here in one’s own community.
Edgar grew up less than 2 miles from Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton.
“I look forward to playing in the town I grew up in, where much of my family, best friends and former teachers still reside. The Nth Power has traveled the world far and wide bringing our music and message to the people, and I look forward to bringing it home.”
Portland, Maine rockers Rustic Overtones and Seacoast favorites Truffle round out the lineup.
“We believe in the power of music as a force to galvanize communities and are honored to be at the heart of this gathering where culture, cuisine and community intersect,” said Deb Anthony, Gather’s executive director. “Gather Fest is a chance to not only celebrate summer on the Seacoast, it’s a step toward accomplishing our mission of ending hunger here by bringing people together to create awareness and raise money.”
There will be a culinary caravan of local food trucks at Gather Fest, including Lexie’s Burger Bus, the Northeast Pie Company - purveyors of mini pies for breakfast, lunch and dessert, Clyde’s Cupcakes, Prescott Park’s The Prop, PopzUp Fresh Popcorn, Vernon Family Farm with fresh rotisserie chicken sandwiches, Kona Ice, The Farm at Eastman’s Corner and fare from Hayseed Restaurant at Towle Farm.
The family-friendly event will feature a Kids Zone area sponsored by Seacoast United, where Seacoast United coaches will run lawn games and a Frisbee-golf course for kids of all ages all afternoon.
Proceeds could not be 100 percent donated if Smuttynose Brewing Company, Bright & Lyon, Boldwerks Creative, Exeter Hospital, 3S Artspace, Seacoast United Soccer Club and local supporters of Gather did not rally together to make the event a reality.
For 200 years, Gather has been serving Seacoast residents facing hunger. The agency is the oldest food pantry in the country, founded in 1816 by a small group of women committed to feeding the families of fishermen. Today, Gather is committed to ending local hunger through collaboration and leadership, providing nutritious food through innovative distribution programs and a Pantry Market. Gather also offers nutrition education and recipes for healthy living. In addition, its staff and stakeholders collaborate with community partners to address the root causes of hunger.
The Gather to End Hunger Festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 27 from noon to 7 p.m. at Smuttynose, 105 Towle Farm Road, Hampton. Advanced tickets for adults are $25, $30 the day of the show. Children ages 4 to 12, $5. Kids age 3 and under get in free. For tickets, visit www.gathertoendhunger.eventbrite.comor call Gather at 603-436-0641. Tickets will also be available at the gate.
For more about Gather, visitwww.gathernh.org.