Every year, near the end of summer and beginning of autumn, the independent Sly Fox Brewery in Pottstown Pennsylvania celebrates beer cans with a free festival. As one of the pioneers of craft beer in cans, Sly Fox has advocated the superiority of aluminum over glass bottles with the annual CAN JAM live music festival at the brewery. Scheduled for September 29, this year's free CAN JAM festival lineup includes legendary acts.
The Wailers, including founding members of the revolutionary 1973 reggae band and newer family energy, will headline Can Jam 2018!
There are more than 100 million Bob Marley & The Wailers recordings sold worldwide, including 1977's Exodus, anointed Best Album of the Century in 1999 by Time Magazine, and "One Love," named Song of the Millennium that same year by BBC. Spin Magazine listed Bob Marley & The Wailers at #4 of the "50 Greatest Bands of All Times," while The New York Times named Bob Marley the most significant musician of the 20th century. These accolades were made possible by the creative, timeless, and distinctive music, lyrics and production of these incomparable Wailers musicians.
Another crowd favorite, Splintered Sunlight, will share their unique take on the music of the Grateful Dead as they've been doing with music fans throughout the Delaware Valley and Mid-Atlantic region for more than 25 years. "Splintered" formed in 1992. "Splintered" quickly became the most popular Grateful Dead Tribute band in the Philadelphia area gaining praise from Dead Heads and Non Heads alike.
Other bands in the lineup include You Do You, Billy Walton Band and River Bones Band. The day kicks off with You Do You, a funky 7-piece party band from Philly known for their infectious beats and electrifying 70s-era showmanship. Fronted by a guitar slinger of the first order, the Billy Walton Band will burn up the main stage with hard-driving urban blues. Philadelphia's own River Bones Band, an old-timey sounding outfit with a hip attitude, will close out the day on the brewery stage.
CAN JAM also features the world's largest KanJam® tournament– a wildly popular lawn game where one of the more than 160 teams of two will win their weight in beer. The appeal of the massive tournament, which starts at 10:00am, is a combination of witnessing talented competitions happening all around the brewery and the spectacle of the victors climbing aboard a huge scale on stage.
A giant stage in the field adjacent to the brewery is also the setting for the presentation of a check from Sly Fox Brewing Company to the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area. A portion of the proceeds from SRT Ale go to the organization that maintains the Schuylkill River Trail, the popular session ale's namesake. In 2017 the brewery donated more than $4700 to the Schuylkill River Greenways, who also organizes a fundraising group bicycle ride in the morning.