Celebrate the end of summer and increase support for soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury at a Sept. 30 beer and music festival on the drag strip at Bremerton Motorsports Park.
Tickets to Drafts & Drums on the Drag are now on sale. The event features three bands, eight local breweries and a vintage car show in an open-air festival fundraiser on the Bremerton drag strip. The Sept. 30 event runs from 2 to 8 p.m. and kicks off with an opening ceremony saluting the community’s soldiers.
“Kitsap County’s connection to the military and interest in classic cars have grown side-by-side for decades,” said Brian Nilsen of Bremerton Motorsports Park and Circuit of the Northwest. “It’s time we bring these two homegrown passions together in an end-of-summer music festival that celebrates both.”
A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation, a local non-profit organization focused on inspiring hope and providing access to solutions for soldiers affected by PTSD and TBI.
“Living in the Puget Sound, we’re surrounded by veterans and military installations,” said Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation President Leslie Mayne. “We want to speak to the hearts of sailors and the community. This event provides us an important stage to share our story and the stories of our warriors coming home from war.”
“Many of our soldier’s come back with invisible wounds that they have trouble healing on their own,” said Mayne. “They have trouble settling their souls down. Our foundation and our generous supporters help them with that.”
The Sept. 30 event features craft beer pours from eight local breweries and live-music performances from three distinctly Northwest bands, including:
- Knucklehead, a classic rock power-trio based out of Bremerton
- Ben Union, a Seattle-based band featuring R&B, Soul & Alternative Rock music
- Hell’s Belles, an all-female AC/DC tribute band from Seattle
The event will be held on the Bremerton Motorsports Park drag strip, which is located on an inactive runway adjacent to Bremerton National Airport. The runway was used by the U.S. Navy during World War II and became a home to auto sports in Kitsap County in 1960.
About Drafts & Drums on the Drag – Drafts & Drums on the Drag is the first of what will be an annual beer and music festival tradition in Kitsap County hosted by Bremerton Motorsports Park, a non-profit motorsports organization that has operated in Kitsap County since 2002. The 2017 event benefits the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation.
About the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation – The Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation has given more than $200,000 to alternative therapy programs that help soldiers give themselves “permission to start dreaming” of life beyond their service to country. The foundation’s mission is to inspire hope and action in the community and provide access to solutions for soldiers affected by post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. The foundation supports soldiers and their families with professional services, challenging peer adventures, education and spiritual devotion activities. The Gig Harbor-based foundation was launched in 2011.