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Yee-haw! Brooklyn Country Music Festival coming to Hank’s

Brooklyn Daily

This year’s Brooklyn Country Music Festival is a tip of the 10-gallon hat to Hank’s Saloon.

More than a dozen rock-a-billy pickers will be kicking up their heels at the century-old Third Avenue watering hole during a three-day hootenanny beginning on Sept. 30 — a last square dance before the bar is sold.

For organizer Alex Battles, it was a no-brainer to move his eight-year-old soiree to Hank’s.

“When we heard that it could be closing, we said, ‘Let’s have a fun blowout at Hank’s,’ ” Battles said. “People complained that we were moving a successful festival to a smaller space, but I said, ‘S—t! I just want to have some fun!’ ”

Besides, Hank’s has long been the heart of the borough’s country music scene (such as it is).

“Hank’s has been at the center of it all,” explained Battles, touting the many festival bands — among them JP and the Gilberts, the Great Thomas Bailey, Brownbird Rudy Relic and Smokey and the Bandit 2: Electric Boogaloo — that have appeared at Hank’s.

This year’s participating bands were more than happy to do the show at Hank’s once they realized that the last day of the festival coincides with the Atlantic Antic, so the bands will be playing to the thousands who flock to the last of the borough’s truly authentic street festivals.

Brooklyn Country Music Festival at Hank’s Saloon (46 Third Ave. at Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, ain’t no phone) from Sept. 30 through Oct. 3. For information, visit

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