Music and drinks have long been enjoyed together, from turn-of-the-century gentlemen sipping scotch around the Victrola to modern gentlemen sipping scotch around the Victrola in a 3-D holographic recreation chamber. Some things never change with this GrouponLive deal to Blocktoberfest on Saturday, September 29, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. For $20, you get two main-event tickets with one 14-ounce Bacardi OakHeart stein (a $40 value). Children 12 and younger are admitted for free.
For eight hours, one block of downtown Baltimore transforms into a bustling party booming with the sounds of six bands, eight DJs, and sports games broadcast on multiple televisions. The festival’s full lineup of musical acts includes San Francisco natives Stroke 9, a postgrunge group best known for its late-‘90s single "Little Black Backpack." For wider-ranging radio reminiscing, the female-fronted Collect All Five's renditions of popular rock, pop, and country hits earned it the title of third-best band in 2011’s Best of Baltimore Readers’ Poll. Other featured acts include Mr. Greengenes, Kristen and the Noise, and the Street Dogs. DJ KayJay, a former Playboy Playmate, entrances listeners with her unlikely mash-ups, which in the past have included clips of Will Ferrell’s voice from the movie Anchorman and the hook from Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction.” A wide slate of food and drink vendors let guests sample Stella Artois, Boxcar Pumpkin Porter, or Blocktoberfest lager and figure out which snacks are best for molding into little hearts to throw at their favorite band.