PLEASE NOTE: Refunds are not available for weather-based issues.
August 3, 2019
Gates @ 5pm | Show @ 7pm
THIS IS AN ALL AGES SHOW
This concert venue is outside in the prison's exercise yard with limited lighting. We recommend bringing a small flashlight if you do not have a light on your phone.
I come from a town divided. Texarkana, Texas, USA. I barely made it into our fine Republic. The town is positioned, geographically, in the northeastern corner of the state, with half of the city proper hanging over into Texas and the other half juttin’ over into Arkansas. “Texarkana is Twice as Nice!” is what the water tower says. Stateline Avenue splits the municipality right down the middle and if you follow it all the way downtown you’ll run smack into the city post office that sits right atop the bi-state dissection. There’s a sign there to prove it. It’s a scarecrow post type situation with two metal objects hanging out to either side of it, one in the shape of Texas and one in the shape of Arkansas. At the foot of the sign there is a white line painted on the concrete. It’s presumed to be a photographic opportunity. You can stand there with one foot on one side of the line and one foot on the other and be in two states at the same time. I’ve stood right there, with my feet on either side of the divide, and you know what? I couldn’t feel a thing.
I moved from Texas to Georgia a few years ago. Atlanta, GA, to be exact. When I first got there, I landed in a pretty rough part of town called, Atlanta. That’s a joke you can make if you live in Atlanta. We get to make that joke. You cannot. Until you have a permanent address with a water bill to prove it. The specific part of Atlanta I landed in is called, Cabbagetown. It’s a quaint mill town with shotgun houses all gridded in near proximity to the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill. The company that built the mill originally officed out of the former Atlanta Slave Market House, which it soon outgrew. In the early 1880’s it began construction on a complex of buildings east of downtown on the south side of the Georgia Railroad line. The owners of the newly constructed mill would drive trucks up into the Appalachian mountains and load them down with folks looking for work; and these folks, mostly poor Scots-Irish, settled in those gridded shotgun houses that had been erected just for them. Over the past decade, the mill has been converted into a planned socioeconomically diversified residential space that just so happened to be the first thing to come up on the internet machine when my wife, Toni, typed in, “Atlanta loft apartments”. And that’s how our Georgia adventure began and how we wound up living in Cabbagetown in the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill.
August 3, 2019
4:00pm — Camping Area Opens
5:00pm — Concert Entrance Gate Opens
FREE CAMPING WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT ONLY.
Camp Sites Open at 4:00pm
There will be a limited number of primitive sites (tents only, no showers) available for this show. Camp sites are first-come, first-served. Campers must be packed up and off the property by 10:00am the following Sunday morning. Brushy Mtn Group reserves the right to eject any camper(s) at any time for inappropriate behavior or violation of any other rules.
The concert stage and viewing areas are located behind the main prison wall. Yes, the same area known as “The Yard” where Tennessee’s most hardened criminals used to spend time, and you’ll be behind the same wall James Earl Ray climbed to escape.
When you arrive you must present a valid ID and your ticket before entering.
9182 Highway 116, Petros, TN 37845
The Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary is located in Petros, TN. Brushy is about 16 miles from Oak Ridge, 40 miles from Knoxville, 83 miles from Chattanooga, and 150 miles from Nashville.
Be prepared. If you’re going to camp be sure to bring everything you need. The location is relatively remote, so running to Wal-Mart to pick up something you forgot isn’t going to happen.
No. If you need cash, we advise bringing it.
NO. THIS IS AN ALL-AGES SHOW.
Everyone on-site, all of their belongs and vehicles are subject to search upon entry. The list below will help you know what you can and cannot bring onto the Brushy Mountain grounds.
NO Alcohol Read Our Alcohol Policy
YES Point and shoot cameras/cameras with detachable lens less than 2" long
YES Tents and everything required to put your tent up
YES Radios, just be mindful of your neighbors
NO Portable Camping Grill Read Our Policy
NO Generator Read Our Policy
NO Kegs Read Our Policy
NO Firearms, Knives, or Weapons OF ANY KIND
NO Illegal Substances
NO Bicycles or any other 2-wheeled transportation device
NO Professional cameras (with detachable lenses longer than 2")
NO Pets (even really, really tiny ones that tend to be yappers)
NO Glow Sticks
NO Box trucks/trailers Read Our Policy
NO Laser pens or similar focused light device
NO Vending (Sharing, yes. Selling, no.)
NO Motorized Tools
YES One (1) Original Sealed Water Bottle (smaller than 1L, please)
YES Clear Bags made of clear plastic or clear vinyl which do not exceed 20" x 15" x 9"
YES Waist Pack, Fanny Packs, or Similar
YES Small Clutch Bags up to 4.5" x 5.5"
YES Empty Hydration Packs with a gear capacity of 2.5L/150 cubic inches with no more than two front pockets (i.e., water bladder + 2 additional front pockets). No larger than 20" x 15" x 9".
YES Lawn Chair (less than a foot off the ground)
YES Point and shoot cameras / cameras with detachable lens less than 2" long
NO Totems (you know, those silly signs on poles that get in other peoples way)
NO Food/Drinks, other than water and small snack (Trail mix, yes. Double cheeseburger, no)
NO Selfie Sticks, Go Pro Sticks, Tripods
NO Outside Alcohol
NO Chairs that sit higher than 1 foot off the ground
NO Anything that's prohibited elsewhere on festival grounds
ALL ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
Yes. Parking on-site will be available at no charge. Parking your CAR, PICKUP TRUCK, CAMPER, or SIDE-BY-SIDE will be about as easy as it gets. Once you arrive, you'll be directed by our super-friendly parking folks to a spot that's just right. Carpooling is encouraged.
There will be NO RE-ENTRY. If you leave you will have to purchase another ticket to come back inside the concert venue.
Let’s face it, sometimes when we’re having fun we lose things. It happens so don’t panic. The Lost & Found area can be found in the old LAUNDRY BUILDING. The nice thing about that building, you’ll walk right past it coming into the concert venue and once again when you’re exiting after the concert is over.
We'll do our best to make sure everyone is safe during the show. On-site security and emergency medical staff will be available during the show day. If you need any assistance, go to the nearest Medical Tent, or ask any Brushy staff member for assistance.
Just like the law enforcement officers in your hometown, our police expect you to obey the highway safety laws, and they’re prepared to enforce them. They’re especially strict about open container violations, so think, do you really want to start the weekend behind bars? After all you’re headed to a decommissioned prison to have fun. You don’t want to end up in an active prison not having fun and ending up with a very unflattering nickname.
Please stay in your car, especially when you’re waiting in line to enter the Brushy grounds. Brushy used to be a very unfriendly place. It’s a super friendly place now so don’t ruin for yourself, your friends and everyone else. Besides, someone might post your shenanigans to social media and the world will know what a fool you can be. Don’t cut in line. It’s a concert, and lines are inevitable, so be prepared to deal with it like you live in the greatest place in the galaxy.
Fill up your tank before getting in line to enter the festival. There are gas stations close, but you don’t want to lose your place. Use the restroom before you arrive. There are no bathrooms in line of cars. Pack something to snack on and nonalcoholic beverages (see arrival tip #1). Listen to your favorite band, play some trivia and be patient. You’re about to be in a super cool place that only criminals used to experience. You’ll be on-site soon enough.
Parking your CAR, PICKUP TRUCK, CAMPER, or SIDE-BY-SIDE will be about as easy as it gets. Once you arrive, you'll be directed by our super-friendly parking folks to a spot that's just right. Carpooling is encouraged.
No. Only tents are allowed in the designated camping areas.
No. We'll have all of the entertainment you'll need on a huge stage for several hours.
Yes. But be very mindful of those around you. While you might like a loud Bluetooth speaker kicking a little Jimmy Buffet at 3am, we’re quite positive your neighbors won’t.
No. Open flames will not be permitted within the campgrounds or anywhere on the Brushy site.
RVs are not allowed for this specific show. Maybe for the next one, but not this one.
Motorcycles are cool, but please no funny stuff like revving motors, burnouts or impersonations of Evil Knievel. We’ll have designated area just for you to park your sweet ride.
OTHER VEHICLES THAT ARE NOT PERMITTED INCLUDE:
All bicycles or scooters, Segways, Pocket Bikes, skateboards, etc…
This is a family event. Alcohol will not be permitted at this show.
No. There will not be any food vendors or alcohol sold in the camping area. There will be food trucks in the concert venue area. No alcohol will be sold at this event.
No to electrical outlets and no to Wi-Fi. There is limited cell service unless you’re on AT&T. For some strange reason AT&T placed a huge cell tower right outside the Brushy gates.
Nope. You can sleep in your car, sleeping bag on the ground under the stars or in a cardboard box. It’s up to you. The last thing anyone wants is you drinking and driving after the show.
We are NOT allowing gas powered anything. This includes generators, chain saws, radios (if they exist), toothbrushes, you get the idea…
Additionally we are not allowing propane grills or any other kind of fire in the camping area. This policy may change for future shows, but for this show we’re simply not allowing it.
Yes, there will be port-a-johns.
No, there will not be showers.