A taste of bluegrass in Uptown Memphis.

Good Times Sound Like This

Memphis’ first annual Grind City Fest is the inaugural collaboration between Grind City Brewing Company, Kansas City-based promoter Mammoth Live, and local promoter and business owner Barbian Management.

Friday, August 26 + Saturday, August 27


Greensky Bluegrass

The Infamous Stringdusters

The Wild Feathers

Here Come the Mummies

Cyrena Wages

The Travelin’ McCourys

Dirty Streets


Kyle Nix & The 38’s

Download the vendor application here, and email it to

Who said the Grind couldn’t be fun?

What started as a shared vision between Nick Barbian and Grind City Brewing Company founder, Hopper Seely, to bring live entertainment back to Uptown Memphis takes shape this summer in the form of a blues, brews, and bluegrass event at the Uptown brewery location. 

Along with partner Mammoth Live, the two-day festival is a precursor of things to come and represents the first phase of a broader plan to bring regular live music to Uptown Memphis.

Partners in the Grind

Nick Barbian of Barbian Management: Wisconsin native Nick Barbian is an independent promoter and event producer. A graduate of St. Norbert College (De Pere, Wisconsin) and University of Westminster (London, UK), he has 18 years of experience promoting concerts, touring, managing emerging artists, producing festivals, and working with some of the most recognizable names in the industry.

In 2019, Nick moved to Memphis from Austin after taking a position with Live Nation Entertainment. Having fallen in love with the city of Memphis, Nick decided to stay and focus his efforts on expanding the live music scene in his newly adopted hometown.

In addition to his work in live entertainment, Nick is opening Big River Market, a corner grocery store located in the South Main District, in the summer of 2022. He anxiously awaits a Memphis Grizzlies vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Finals in 2023.

Mammoth Live is an event production company based out of Lawrence, Kansas that produces concerts and live events in the United States. With more than 25 years of involvement in concert booking, promotions and production, Mammoth books events throughout a wide range of venues from arenas to small independent clubs, numerous boutique amphitheaters and historic indoor theaters throughout the country and in a variety of genres. Visit to learn more.

FAQs from A to Z



Grind City Fest offers a wide variety of alcoholic beverages for purchase during your time at the venue. Must be 21 years of age or older and provide a valid ID.

Guests are not permitted to bring any alcoholic beverages into the venue.

Animals – Service

Grind City Fest’s policy is consistent with the ADA standard definition and limits a “service animal” to a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.  

Under ADA standards, “comfort,” “therapy,” or “emotional support animals” do not meet the definition of a service animal. Grind City Fest can request specific documentation and/or advanced notice for service animals. 

If you’d like to provide advanced notice, please contact Guest Services


There are no ATMs on site at the festival grounds. Vendors will be accepting debit and credit cards.

Bag Inspections

All bags will be searched upon entry. Guests have the right to refuse a bag search, and the venue has the right to refuse entry. If you have any items that are not allowed into the venue, please return them to your vehicle or discard them into the appropriate trash receptacles at the entry gates. Refer to the Permitted Items section for more information.

Banners and Signs

Signs larger than a standard sheet of paper (8.5 X 11 inches) are not permitted in the venue. Large banners and signs are not allowed in the venue due to the potential to block guests’ view of the performance. All signs must be appropriate in nature and not a distraction to the artist.

Box Office

Tickets can be purchased at:

The Box Office will open two (2) hours prior to the guests being admitted to the venue and will remain open until the headliner takes the stage. 

Starting July 5, patrons at Grind City Brewing Company will also be able to purchase tickets at the main taproom bar.

Children ages 12 and under receive free entry to the festival and do not require a ticket to enter.

Camera Policy

The standard venue policy allows camera phones, disposable cameras, and small digital cameras. Any camera that has a detachable lens will be considered professional and not allowed in. If the camera lens zooms out of the camera more than 1 inch, it will be considered a professional camera and will not be allowed through security. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can occur in the event of severe weather, artist cancellation, or an act of God. In the event of a show cancellation, local media will be notified and any information about a potential reschedule, or relocation of the event will be made available. Refunds will be available at the point of purchase only.


Children ages 12 and under receive free entry to the festival and do not require a ticket to enter. 

Conceal and Carry

Grind City Fest does not allow weapons of any kind in the venue. No patron will be allowed to enter the venue with a weapon. The venue will not secure weapons and will not take responsibility for any weapons left in vehicles. Leave them at home and enjoy the music! 

Credit/ Debit Cards

Concessions and merchandise stands accept all major credit cards. There is NO ATM on site at the festival.

Drinking Water

Guests are permitted to bring in one (1) factory sealed bottle of water up to one gallon in size. Refillable plastic water bottles and Camelbak type containers will be permitted, but they must be empty upon entering the festival. 


Any guest that is violating venue policy or the law will be ejected from the facility at the sole discretion of venue management.


In the event of an emergency while on site, Grind City Fest has trained paramedics to assist with any medical issues. First Aid is located on the north side of the venue near the merch tent and entry gates. 

Any staff member with a radio can dispatch First Aid to the location needed. Memphis Police Department will also be on site during the festival, in the event additional assistance is needed. During a weather emergency, we will communicate with guests that are inside of the facility, as well as guests on their way to the venue. 

Fan Assistance

If you need assistance while at an event, please visit our Guest Services tent located inside the north entry gates near First Aid and Merch.


There will be food trucks on site for guests to purchase food.

Guests with Disabilities

Grind City Fest and Grind City Brewing strive to ensure that all guests have a great experience at our venue. If you need additional assistance while onsite, please make sure you let a member of the Guest Services team know.

Once tickets are purchased, fans with accessibility needs should email for assistance.

Day of Show Parking
Accessible Parking is located near the main entrance to Grind City Fest. Patrons must display an official handicap parking permit or tag to utilize these spaces. 

Lawn Chairs

No lawn chairs of any kind are permitted at Grind City Fest.

Lost or Stolen Tickets

Please report any lost or stolen tickets to Ticketmaster as soon as you are aware they are missing or destroyed. If a ticket needs to be reprinted during the event, guests can visit the box office and have their ticket reprinted. Please note: We are only able to accommodate reprints for tickets that were purchased from an authorized Ticketmaster retailer.

Lost and Found

If you lose an item while you are at the event, you can visit our Guest Services tent located inside the entry gates near First Aid and Merch to see if it has been turned in.

Grind City Fest will retain a list of all lost and found items following each event. Please email in advance to see if your item has been found. Please do not come out to the venue without calling to coordinate item pick up, as we will not be available to assist you. 

Medical Assistance

First Aid is located on the north side of the venue near the entry gates and merch tent. Grind City Fest has trained medical personnel that are able to assist with any issue you encounter. Ambulances are on site throughout the duration of the event and can transport guests if needed. If you have a condition that requires the use of a needle for medication while you are onsite, please do so in First Aid to ensure the syringe is properly disposed of.


Merchandise will be available for all concerts at our Merch Tent located in the North Plaza near First Aid and the entry gates. All concert gear is property of the artist, and the venue has no responsibility related to the craftsmanship or style of any merchandise. Please make sure you check that you have the correct size and there are no defects in the shirt before you walk away from the stand. The venue cannot assist with replacing or refunding any merchandise after the event has ended.


Paid parking lots are available on the north and south sides of the venue. Premium Parking (closest to the entry gates) is available as well. Please follow parking signs upon arrival. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Permitted Items

Guests are permitted to bring in the following: 


  • Max bag size: 12” x 12”
  • Cameras: see Camera Policy above
  • One (1) empty, refillable water bottle up to 1 liter in size (plastic only; no metal or glass)
  • Extra clothes
  • Sunscreen and bug spray in non-aerosol containers
  • Blankets – no larger than 10’x10’
  • Poster tubes (cardboard or plastic only; no metal or glass)
  • Hula hoops

Guests are prohibited to bring in:

  • Weapons of any kind, including mace
  • Illegal drugs 
  • Umbrellas
  • Bags larger than 12” x 12”
  • Strollers (Note: mobility devices required for a disability are allowed)
  • All lawn chairs and furniture 
  • Outside food and beverages other than water – no soda, alcohol, juice, or energy drinks
  • Wallet chains
  • Pocket knives
  • Fireworks
  • Electronics (excluding cell phones) including but not limited to laptops, iPads, Kindles, video games, GoPro, etc.
  • Hard coolers or coolers on wheels
  • Sports equipment of any kind (Baseballs, footballs, tennis balls, frisbees, etc.)
  • Laser pointers
  • Selfie sticks, tripods, go pro mounts and other commercial camera equipment
  • Inflatables of any kind
  • Aerosol containers
  • Any and all professional audio or video equipment 
  • Drones and other flying devices 
  • Totems, flags, banners
  • Glow sticks and poi

Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beachballs, samples and giveaways, etc.

Premium / VIP Seating

Two-day, VIP access is available at the Grind City Fest ticketing link here.

VIP packages include early access to the venue, one free beer per day, free parking, access to the tap room & patio, a preferred viewing area, private bar and restrooms, limited edition laminate, an expanded beer menu, and complimentary Grind City Brewing Co. tastings.


Re-entry is not permitted. Please ensure that everything needed for the event is brought in at time of entry. If you do leave at any point in the evening, you will not be allowed re-entry without a new ticket. Please note: If you are ejected from the venue due to a policy violation there will be no re-entry allowed.


Venue security is located throughout the facility to ensure a safe and secure environment. All security personnel can assist with any safety concerns. Please visit the Guest Services tent located near the main entrance with any questions, concerns or if any additional assistance is needed.


Strollers are not permitted at Grind City Fest. They can become a trip hazard and there is nowhere to securely store them.


For vendors interested in setting up at Grind City Fest, download the application and email the it to


Grind City Fest is on rain or shine! 

In the event of severe weather (including lightning or severe high winds), a concert may be delayed, postponed, or canceled depending on the severity of the threat. Please monitor the Grind City Fest social media channels for weather and show status updates. If severe weather threatens while patrons are onsite, Grind City Fest management will also make official announcements via the PA system, video screens, and event staff.