Gourmet food trucks serving up everything from wood-fired pizzas and Mexican street food to Asian Fusion cuisine have become a $2.7 billion industry nationwide, and the parking lot outside Stony Lake Brewing at 447 E. Michigan Ave. has become the go-to destination in Saline for these entrepreneurs. This Sunday at 5 p.m. -- ahead of the Luke Winslow-King concert at Stony Lake -- the MI Burger Burger truck will hit the scene.
According to Stony Lake Brewmaster Jerry Tubbs, MI Burger Burger travels the state visiting festivals, parties and breweries serving hand-pattied burgers, with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients. It's one of more than half a dozen food trucks that make regular appearances outside the brewery and tasting room, which is known for its high-gravity ales.
"We have had food trucks sell out on weekdays, because people love the concept and the chance to try something new that's fresh, affordable and easy," Tubbs said. "On a concert night, it's takes the fun factor to another level."
Sunday's Acoustic Routes Concert with bluesman Luke Winslow-King of New Orleans is expected to be one of the largest events since the five-year-old series moved to Stony Lake Brewing earlier this year. A capacity crowd is expected.
Winslow-King is known for his slide guitar work, and the New York Times describes his music as, “a boiled-down live, almost improvised sound that seamlessly melds Delta blues, gospel and jazz themes with personal, simplified lyrics that speak to his personal and artistic evolution.” Offbeat Magazine said, “like all good troubadours, Winslow-King balances that blatant power with the sexy, sweet come-on lilt.” On Sunday, he is performing solo.
The Bloodshot Records recording artist has just returned from a summer-long tour of Europe and his stop in Saline comes just before he performs at The Hoxeyville Festival in Northern Michigan, alongside Greensky Bluegrass, The Sam Bush Band, Joshua Davis, The Accidentals and more.
Here are just a few examples of Winslow-King in action:
The cover charge for the concert is is $15 at the door, and all proceeds go directly to the artist. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover for guests coming just for food and beer unless they stay for the music.