Buzz: Blues at the Ellington, Phase 2 Concerts & Beer Tasting at Poplar Forest

Friday, April 12, The Ellington in Lynchburg is hosting a local favoriteThe Deanie Blues Band. The band won first place at last year's Sedalia Blues Festival. They always get people off their seats and on the dance floorso check it out at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

And two very different bands will be at Phase 2 this weekend. Friday , the hard metal band metal band "In This Moment" will be on stage. And Saturday, you can dance to the rhythms of "Blackberry Smoke." The southern rock band plays a variety of songs mixing country, bluegrass and gospel. Both of these concerts are for people 21 and older. They each start at 8 p.m. , and tickets are $15.

Saturday, you have the chance to sample from several local breweries. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest presents the first ever Craft Beer Tasting! Come out Saturday to try beer from six different breweries. That includes Apocalypse Ale Works, Blue Mountain Brewery, Devil's Backbone, Parkway, Star Hill and Wild Wolf Brewing Company. Tickets are $25 or $30 in advancedepending on how many tastings you want.

You can also take part in the Blossom to Bottle 5K at Peaks of Otter Winery. The run or walk benefits the YMCA's Oncology Wellness Program. That starts at 9 a.m. in Bedford.