Howl at the moon at The Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans for the 2015 Bayou Rendezvous

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Satisfied Productions presents the 13th annual Bayou Rendezvous //
The Howlin’ Wolf – New Orleans, LA
May 1st, 2015 //

On Friday, May 1st at the Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans, many of the country’s finest musicians will come together during Jazz Fest to bring you an all-night live music event featuring nine bands on two simultaneous stages. The Bayou Rendezvous will go all night from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. and is always one of the most memorable and unique night shows during Jazz Fest. This year’s diverse lineup brings several varieties of funk and dance music flavored with soul, afro-beat, jazz fusion, electronica and rock.

The Bayou Rendezvous All-Stars will make their debut to open the night with a stellar lineup of musical legends forming a supergroup that is not to be missed. Col. Bruce Hampton (ret.), the Godfather of Southern alternative jam fusion and his Aquarium Rescue Unit bandmate and Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge will be joined by local New Orleans legends Ivan Neville and Johnny Vidacovich, along guitar masters Eric McFadden (Parliament-Funkadelic, The Animals) and Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys). Further solidifying the rhythm section will be Duane Trucks, the 26-year-old drumming sensation currently touring with Widespread Panic, and Doug Belote, who recently won Offbeat‘s award for Best Jazz Album for his solo release Magazine Street.

The second set of the night will be brought to you by SF Bay Area psychedelic soul-funk masters Monophonics. Touring in support of their timeless new album Sound of Sinning, Monophonics’ set will morph into the set of their longtime West Coast collaborators Orgone. This Los Angeles deep soul, rare funk and afro-disco rock powerhouse is also touring behind their brand-new release Beyond the Sun. Both of these bands will also be joining forces for a Jazz Fest exclusive set, Orgone VS. Monophonics, in which both bands will play together with all members on stage at once.

Kung Fu, hailing from New Haven, Conn., will perform a high-energy, late-night set in the main room. Kung Fu has quickly become one of the hottest funk bands in the new-funk movement, Kung Fu is blurring the line between intense electro-fusion and blistering dance arrangements. Making fusion music “cool” again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters and Weather Report and merges those ideas with a contemporary EDM-informed sensibility. Imagine 70’s funk-fusion meets a modern dance party!

The Den stage, next door to the Main room, will start off with a bang, as Polyrhythmics, an 8 piece original hard-driving, modern afro-beat and syncopated, horn-driven funk band from Seattle, brings the heat.

The California Honeydrops, hailing from Oakland, will be up next, drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues and New Orleans second line. The Honeydrops will bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to the evening.

Out of the Northeast, TAUK will keep the dance party moving with their New York City style of heavy instrumental rock fusion. The transcendent four-piece seamlessly brings together genres as diverse as melodic rock, fusion, gritty funk, progressive rock, ambient, hip-hop and jazz.

New Orlean’s own Gravity A will continue the festivities, bringing their unique funktronica and eclectic sounds into their late-night set. As the sun rises, local New Orleans funk outfit Gravy will finish the night by hosting the sunrise breakfast jam with special guests.

Event Information:

Nine bands, two stages
Doors: 8 p.m.
Show: 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Buy tickets for $30 in advance.

Artist Lineup:

The Bayou Rendezvous All-Stars are: Ivan Neville, Johnny Vidacovich, Col. Bruce Hampton, Oteil Burbridge, Eric McFadden, Roosevelt Collier, Duane Trucks, Doug Belote and special guests!

Orgone VS. Monophonics (playing full sets each, plus a special set together)
Kung Fu
The California Honeydrops
TAUK
Polyrhythmics
Gravity A
Gravy (Sunrise Breakfast Jam)

Schedule of Events:

Main Stage
9 p.m.: The Bayou Rendezvous All-Stars
11:30 p.m.: Orgone VS. Monophonics
11:30 p.m.: Monophonics
1 a.m.: Orgone
3 a.m.: Kung Fu

Den Stage
10 p.m.: Polyrhythmics
Midnight: The California Honeydrops
2 a.m.: TAUK
4 a.m.: Gravity A
6 a.m.: Gravy
Sunrise Breakfast Jam with special guests

*All times local Central Standard Time

For more information, go to Bayou Rendezvous’ Facebook page or Facebook event page, Twitter and Spotify playlist.

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Widespread Panic keep it tight during three-night run at Fox Theater Oakland

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Widespread Panic //
Fox Theater Oakland – Oakland
March 19th-21st, 2015 //

Jam band giant Widespread Panic brought the heat to the Fox Theater in Oakland for three straight nights. Panic kept things fresh and new with live debuts of “Cease Fire” and “The Poorhouse of Positive Thinking” as well as classic covers of Led Zeppelin’s “D’yer Mak’er” and Grateful Dead’s “Cream Puff War.” It’s easy to see why this six-piece from Athens, Ga., has been touring steadily for years and still sound as tight as ever.

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March 19th setlist

Set 1: Sell Sell (Alan Price cover), Holden Oversoul, You Got Yours, Christmas Katie, Let It Rock (Chuck Berry cover) with Oh Susanna & Johnny B. Goode raps, Barstools and Dreamers, Honky Red (Murray McLauchlan cover), Climb to Safety (Jerry Joseph cover)

Set 2: Pigeons, Thought Sausage, Can’t Get High (BloodKin cover), Saint Ex, Blight (brute. cover) > jam, Pilgrims, Rock > jam, Drums, Proving Ground, Chainsaw City (Little Women cover)

Encore: Tail Dragger (Howlin’ Wolf cover)

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March 20th setlist

Set 1: Let’s Get the Show on the Road (Michael Stanley Band cover), Old Neighborhood, Jack, Street Dogs For Breakfast, Airplane, Stop Go, Me and the Devil Blues (Robert Johnson cover), For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield cover)

Set 2: Let’s Get Down to Business (brute. cover), Chilly Water, Cease Fire > jam (live debut), Driving Song > jam, I’m Not Alone > jam > Driving Song reprise, Bust It Big, Ain’t Life Grand

Encore: Porch Song, City of Dreams (Talking Heads cover), Love Tractor

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March 21st setlist

Set 1: Waitin’ for the Bus (ZZ Top cover), Jesus Just Left Chicago (ZZ Top cover), Space Wrangler, Tall Boy, C. Brown, Dyin’ Man, The Poorhouse of Positive Thinking (live debut), Good People > jam, Conrad

Set 2: North (Jerry Joseph cover), Sharon (David Bromberg cover), Aunt Avis (Vic Chesnutt cover), Cotton Was King, Mercy, Drums with Sikiru Adepoju, Drums and Bass with Sikiru Adepoju, Fishwater with Sikiru Adepoju, Red Hot Mama (Funkadelic cover) with Sikiru Adepoju > Fishwater reprise with Sikiru Adepoju

Encore: Expiration Day (brute. cover), D’yer Mak’er (Led Zeppelin cover), Cream Puff War (Grateful Dead cover)

RUMOR: Why not Phil Lesh or Trey Anastasio for additional Fare Thee Well Bay Area shows?

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After the most hyped shows of our lifetimes sold out instantaneously, a million people (literally) were crestfallen and left without tickets. Scalpers’ prices currently range from insulting to outrageous for the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago over Fourth of July weekend.

After overseeing a sell out of epic proportions, the Dead 50 camp surely has dollar signs in their eyes. And why shouldn’t they? If they could stand to pocket millions more dollars by playing four to six more shows, they should.

Now that the rumored date additions at Levi’s Stadium and New York City are seemingly close to fruition, the rumored performers for the Santa Clara shows in late June at Levi’s stadium are: Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Jeff Chimenti, Steve Kimock, John Mayer and Mike Gordon.

While John Mayer pulls some mainstream weight, it’s truly a testament to how strong the Chicago demand was that promoters believe this alleged lineup will safely sell out Levi’s for tickets over $100 face value.

Most importantly, why the possible omission of Phil Lesh and Trey Anastasio? It seems like a slam dunk that Lesh would be a part of his homecoming shows, a short drive from his own venue Terrapin Crossroads.

So what changed? The only obvious change is the swapping of Anastasio for Kimock. Does Lesh have a personal problem with Kimock, who has performed with Phil & Friends in the past? Why would Lesh possibly sit this one out? We’ll update as this one continues to develop.

Watch this performance of “Loser” with Bruce Hornsby and band along with Steve Kimock and Phil Lesh from 1998.

Does this (Dr.) dog need some new tricks?

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Dr. Dog //
Fox Theater Oakland – Oakland
February 12th, 2015 //

Coming off their new live album Live at Flamingo Hotel that was released last month, Dr. Dog has an affinity for flamingos apparently. Either way, Thursday night’s show at the Fox Theater Oakland was very strongly akin to the album in both the band’s playing and its setlist. The band is as tight as ever, spitting its psych-folk pop with vigor.

Dr. Dog has come up the hard way by building a solid fan base on relentless touring. It’s plain to see that a large majority of the crowd are major fans, respectfully mouthing the words and not screaming them.

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For better or worse, not much has changed for Dr. Dog over the last few years. The setlists have remained pretty stagnant, and while it’s nice to hear all your old favorites, some variety would be appreciated from a band whose catalog runs deep.

As far as stylistic development, the songs sound more concise and pointed compared to recent years. It feels like the band is accomplishing exactly the mark it’s going for sonically, and it doesn’t seem like it will be going anywhere anytime soon.

But should they be aiming for more? And how many more times do people want to see a dog do the same old trick?

Outside Lands 2014 beer/artist pairings

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Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival //
Golden Gate Park – San Francisco
August 8th-10th, 2014 //

When strolling through the polo fields at Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, sometimes you need a refreshing beverage. Most of the beers listed here are so good that you’ll have a sip and be forced to stop walking to take in the overwhelming flavors, but don’t lose your friends. Located conveniently at the back of the main stage, Beer Lands has been getting better and stronger with (mostly) local craft beer selections. Here is a carefully curated list of beer/artist pairings that will even further accentuate each other at the festival.

The wind rips through the park at night with a chill from the ocean, which is why there is a focus on darker more robust beers here. While all of these beers may not be the exact selections offered on the days of the festival, there are sure to be plenty of tasty options from these tip-top breweries.

View the 2014 schedule and create your custom grid to share with friends!
View our Outside Lands night show breakdown!


Kanye-West

Bitter American by 21st Amendment Brewery for Kanye West

Here’s Kanye on a review for College Dropout: “A horrible album with just Jesus Walks on it is a four! C’mon dog, the demo version was a five! You need to rate it again, but you’ll have to create a new rating system.” Bitter, Kanye? While he may not actually be the most bitter person around, I think we can all agree that he is always full of … confidence. In spite of Kanye’s overflowing self-love and general obnoxious behavior, we’re all plenty stoked to go see the production Yeezus puts on. Bitter American is a hoppy American pale ale with relatively low ABV that’ll be perfect for the polo fields during the rap king’s headlining set. Just remember not to be too bitter while he’s ranting about how incredible he is (in the third person), and have fun. -SW


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Wookey Jack American Black Ale by Firestone Walker Brewing for The Flaming Lips

When subjecting yourself to the intense sensory onslaught of the Flaming Lips’ live show, you may need a hefty beer to anchor yourself down. That’s where the Wookey Jack comes in. This 8.3-percent beer will give your taste buds a grip with a balance of syrupy but crisp, roast-y, hoppy goodness. The Flaming Lips may decide to play a set deeply mired in psychedelia or a poppy one heavy with Yoshimi, and you’ll be dually covered with the Wookey Jack. -SW


Typhoon

Inception by Triple Voodoo Brewing for Typhoon

Only four years since their debut release, Typhoon is experiencing a breakthrough in exposure and popularity. Their anthemic indie rock is cathartic and widely appealing. Triple Voodoo is also close to its debut release, and the SF-based brewery has been making big strides as well. Inception is a Belgian-style Triple with a dry finish that neatly disguises its burly alcohol percentage of 8 percent. Hopefully both Typhoon and Triple Voodoo continue to grow in popularity, because both are well deserved of their acclaim thus far. -SW


Woods

Campfire Stout by High Water Brewing for Woods

High Water Brewing out of San Leandro, Calif., has been making some fine brews for a while now, and one of the best is their Campfire Stout. Made for the outdoors, roasty malts, vanilla, caramel and marshmallows will swirl around your palate as Woods’ psychedelic-folk swirls in the air around you. This beer is as close to eating a s’more in liquid form as you can get. Touring in support of their new album With Light and With Love, Woods has a hefty slate of shows on the docket, including a night show at Brick & Mortar the night before their Outside Lands performance. -SW


Nicki-Bluhm

Kalifornia Kolch by Magnolia Pub & Brewery for Nikki Bluhm and the Gramblers

Nikki Bluhm is a local favorite in SF because of her powerfully soulful singing and classic feel-good rock. What better way to enjoy the show than with a beer most likely brewed within five miles from her? Magnolia is making fantastic beer with storefronts in the Dogpatch and the Upper Haight. Assuming this is a day time show, their Kalifornia Kolch will blend perfectly with some sun and dancing. Clearly a group of heady guys, whatever Magnolia decided to bring will be solid. Other favorites are their Proving Grounds Double IPA and the Weakapaug Gruit. -SW


Duck-Sauce

Bigfoot Barleywine Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing for Duck Sauce

Right as the true depths of the intensely flavored Bigfoot by Sierra Nevada surface, the non stop rhythm and beastly sounds of the “Big Bad Wolf” by Duck Sauce should be allowing your true inhibitions to surface. The pairing will create a plethora of robust favors, explicit undertones, and sensual excitement if given the chance to groove side by side. When you see “Barbara Streisand” on the dance floor, just make sure to thank the local Bigfoot by Sierra Nevada. -CJ

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Stephen Malkmus shreds Slim’s

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Photos by Patrick Kelly // Written by Steven Wandrey

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks with Speedy Ortiz //
Slim’s — San Francisco
Thursday March 27th, 2014 //

The sold-out crowd at Slim’s filled in early as many were interested in catching the opener, Speedy Ortiz. Those present weren’t disappointed with the hard-edged 90s-reminiscent indie rock, though this was in no way a nostalgia act. Fronted by frighteningly powerful female vocals from Sadie Dupuis, it’ll be exciting to see how this band develops. After only one full length, 2013’s highly acclaimed Major Arcana, the potential with this group is through the roof. Speedy Ortiz is a great fit as opener for Malkmus & The Jicks; the opener displays the grungier side of Pavement that Malkmus has left behind in favor of a cleaner, fuller sound.

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That’s not to say that Malkmus is shooting for a mark and missing it. Malkmus is firmly in control of this group, heading in a tighter and more focused direction than his previous work. Malkmus exhibits tasteful restraint with ripping guitar solos in small spots. Still chock-full of dry humor and ivy-league stoner sarcasm, Malkmus surprisingly kept his between-song commentary to only a few sentences. The glib and overly witty lyrics parallel the music in that they’re both quick and jaunty, feigning heaviness, though usually lighthearted. The show quickly took off, opening with “Cinnamon and Lesbians” off of his newest LP, Wig Out At Jagbags. The night would feature almost the entire new album, with the lone Pavement cover coming in the encore slot (an amped up “Stereo” singalong).

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The four piece is firing hot on all cylinders, sounding tight, focused and energized. Sometimes the second guitar player would move over to the keys, further fleshing out the band. One highlight was a spirited rendition of “Houston Hades” off the new album. The crowd was soothed and then brought to its boiling point as the band repeatedly belted out the song’s driving ending. In general, the attendees were subdued, perhaps reliving their 90s stoner history with more than just memories. However, they were also highly attentive; there weren’t many talkers and not a single person was seen walking out the door before the encore began. It’s refreshing to see someone with Malkmus’ pedigree refusing to rest on his laurels and continuously pushing himself to create modern, relevant rock. Here’s to hoping he and The Jicks continue to push themselves in new and interesting directions.

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Tosca dives deep into groovy territory at The Indy

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Tosca (Live) //
The Independent — San Francisco
March 4th, 2014 //

“Too much excitement for a Tuesday night!” belted out vocalist Robert Gallagher near the end of the set Tuesday. While this was not what the crowd expected from downtempo legends Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber, it’s what they got.

Opening with birds chirping and some spoken word from Gallagher, many attendees were surely fooled into thinking this would be a standard lounge set from the sometimes mellow duo. Perhaps people were looking for a place to go where they could chat it up with a friend, the unfortunate fate of many similar acts. The sold out crowd was on the older side through, and it took some cajoling to get their feet shuffling.

Tosca’s approach to downtempo is true to style, verging on defining it. They quickly brought the room to a lax groove. An early song featured the vocalists repeating the phrase “Looking for light, Looking for light,” however it’s apparent that while Tosca may be looking, they’re not searching very hard, which isn’t a bad thing. The comfort exhibited in this reserved space is emblematic of Tosca’s mastery of the style. Playing cathartic beats that never create all too much angst, the light tension is released with a simple and familiar drop back into lounge-town. The breaks are ambient, peaceful, and etherial, with just the slightest touch of dissonance, making the crowd crave the smooth and expected drops that are easily seen from far away, just the way it’s intended.

After some initial break beats, the ante began to rise, as did the tempo. Then as Brazilian house beats churned forth, the majority of the crowd ceased to talk. While the breaks were still on the relaxed side, never really whipping the crowd into a frenzy, it was clear that Tosca wasn’t here to just stand at the front of a lounge for the night, that they had planned a headlining set. Vocalist Cath Coffey rode the waves of energy that the band provided with the crowd, as Chicago house somehow collided with Austria this night.

An enthused yet still laid back crowd stood pat as the performance came to a close and received a double encore, finishing up with a track unexpectedly bordering on disco house. Although sometimes seemingly preoccupied, very few left the building before the end of a ninety minute show and were treated to a live set with a consistently tasteful, cohesive flow.

North Mississippi Allstars bring Southern swamp rock to the City

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North Mississippi Allstars with Lightnin Malcolm //
The Independent – San Francisco
February 1st, 2014 //

North Mississippi Allstars rolled through the Independent for a two night stand on January 31 & February 1. Hot off the heels of a late 2013 tour promoting their album World Boogie Is Coming, a varied setlist was somewhat expected. While it was quite similar to that last tour, the group explored cuts from all of their albums while delving a bit deeper into their catalog. Opening act Lightnin’ Malcolm would join the Allstar brothers Luther and Cody on bass for the entirety of the night. These three have been hitting the road hard and Malcolm seems to have fully jelled with the other two.

The North Mississippi Allstars’ sound is steeped in the tradition of southern blues rock, but they gently push the boundaries of what you might expect if you think they’re a one trick pony. They walk the line between foot stompin’ southern rock, soul wrenching blues, and concise jamming. In club settings, the Allstars choose their extended jam spots and segues sparingly, opting for a bit more of a straight forward approach to “keep the channel changing” fairly consistently. They save the experimental and psych rock jamming for festival shows as far as I’ve witnessed, and this show was not an exception.

The crowd’s energy was palpable on Saturday. The show got off to a fast start, and although Luther was a little high in the mix, the issue was quickly resolved. After the opening number “Boogie” they turned to a raucous cover of “Sittin On Top of the World” and the crowd danced along accordingly. The energy rarely let up, displaying the Allstar’s adept ability to control the tempo and pacing of the night.

Cohesion was a theme I noticed often. The band has been touring relentlessly for a while now, and their comfort on stage is plain to see. Their playing is extremely tight, exhibiting complete control when choosing to slide in and out of jam sections and segue into new songs.

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They’re all able to play each other’s instruments, too. At one point, Luther and Malcolm switched instruments. Then, the drummer started playing a washboard, Malcolm got on drums, and Luther got on bass. It’s always a treat to see bands rotate instruments and the Allstars do it well. Malcolm leads his own band as a lead guitar player so you know he has no problem taking charge. I thought there’d be a set break, but after a huge rendition of “Shake (Yo Mama)” the trio decided to do some more instrument changing. This time, they all got on drums and percussion and walked them through the audience. After a band-crowd get-down, the Allstars got back up on stage and played for seemed like another 40 minutes (for a total of about two hours).

Now it’s time to mention Luther’s guitar. Put simply, he rips. Often times, the other two members will offer a groovy backdrop, setting the stage for Luther to run away with it. His slide guitar work on “Crazy Bout You” featured this prowess. His tone on a song like “Turn Up Satan” is muddy, dirty, and soaked in soul, and I was pleased to hear it used for the majority the night.

The North Mississippi Allstars consistently bring their A game and fill anyone’s need for a foot-shufflin’ good time on a Saturday night. Though it’d be nice if they varied the set lists more from night to night, they’re always a lock to make the crowd smile and bring out a little bit of those Southern sensibilities that you may not have known were inside you.

SF Beer Week Events + Close Shows = Best Week of the Year!

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For beer lovers, San Francisco Beer Week is one of the finest weeks of the year. Okay, let’s be honest: It IS the best week of the year! So how can we make the best week of the year even better? By combining primo beer week events with great music.

These tastefully selected pairings have been curated specifically with the intention for you to enjoy a unique beer week offering and follow it up with a show within walking distance. That way, you can (responsibly) enjoy all the libations of your choosing and make it to the show safely. Beer will be flowing like the salmon of Capistrano all over San Francisco from February 8th through the 16th, and here are my picks for perfect beer and music matches:

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Date: Sunday, 2/9
Show: Delorean @ The Independent
Beer: Barleywine Night @ Noc Noc
Distance: 13 minute walk

Our first night will find you at the Noc Noc for their Barleywine night. If you’ve never had a barleywine, they’re big, bold, fruity, intense, and very high in alcohol. Sounds great, right? Noc Noc will be serving five in particular from Northern California Breweries, including Marin Brewing’s Old Dipsea and Sierra Nevada’s Barrel Aged Big Foot (don’t miss this one). When you’re done you can walk 13 minutes up Haight and down Divisadero to the Independent where you can hit Delorean. They’re a four piece combining dance music and indie pop who had to cancel their last show at the Independent due to being kidnapped in South America. Let’s hope they make it safely to the show this time. Hopefully everyone else that goes to Noc Noc makes it to the show safely, too, because I have my doubts after all that barleywine.


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Date: Tuesday, 2/11
Show: Hospitality @ Rickshaw Stop
Beer: Oskar Blues Night @ The Beer Hall
Distance: 4 minute walk

If you’re in the mood for infectious indie pop and heady northern Colorado brews, buy your tickets for Hospitality right now (only $10!). The Beer Hall is hosting this stellar lineup of forward-thinking Oskar Blues and it’s only a four minute walk to Rickshaw Stop. Oskar Blues have been a pioneer in the craft canning movement, and for good reason. Cans are lighter (cheaper to transport), impermeable by light (stays headier longer), more easily recyclable, and they get cold faster. There won’t be any cans here though, as the offerings will be on tap, starring Oskar the Grouch (smoked IPA), Merlow BA Chaka (Belgian Strong Ale), and Old Chub ON NITRO. At the Rickshaw you’ll be ready to ingest Hospitality, this peppy stripped down trio has been on the rise for over a year now.


Coronado

Date: Wednesday, 2/12
Show: Boombox @ The Independent
Beer: Coronado Brewing Takeover @ Noir Lounge
Distance: 7 minute bus ride

Get your groove on and dance for a couple hours with Boombox at the Independent. Slinky, sultry, sexy strutting beats await you after your trip to the Noir Lounge for Coronado Brewing’s Tap Takeover. This California mainstay has been impressing craft beer lovers for a few years now but only recently has the brewery seen more of a national exposure. One sip of their Idiot IPA and you’ll realize why. Give it a try along with all of the other selections and then step on the 21 for a 7 minute bus ride up Hayes to the Independent.


Sierra-Nevada

Date: Friday, 2/14
Show: Blackalicious @ Slim’s
Beer: Sierra Nevada 62 Tap Takeover @ Zeitgeist
Distance: 13 minute walk

If you’re in the mood for some hip hop, Blackalicious is a must see on this Friday Valentine’s Day. It may not be the best for getting your romantic vibe on, but it’ll be great if you want to dance and shake your ass. And what else is better than shaking your ass with that special someone? Shaking your ass AND drinking beer! I’m straight up befuddled by the beer week listing this night at Zeitgeist: Sierra Nevada SIXTY-TWO TAP TAKEOVER. That’s not a typo. I was never even aware that they had 62 unique beers. We’ll see if this is some tomfoolery on 2/14. If it truly is 62 beers, you’d better believe the place will be loaded with hard to find rarities from the cellar. Supposedly they’re tapping the “extra special” kegs in the later afternoon/early night time, so if you hit this event before before you head to Slim’s you’ll be in good standing to sip on the best the brewery has to offer.


Bonus Pick!!!Because I have extra love for Valentine’s Day.

Date: Friday, 2/14
Show: Quilt @ Bottom of the Hill
Beer: Beer Tasting + Sweets @ Blueprint Tap Room
Distance: 15 minute walk

Maybe some gentle psych rock is more your style on the country’s most romantically manufactured holiday of the year. Quilt has made a big impression lately with their pseudo-sixties revival indie rock. While sometimes soothing in its swaying pop melodies, on occasion it necessitates a full-body psych rock freak-out. Blueprint Tap Room is doing a dessert and beer pairing that is making my mouth water as I type this. Coffee and chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel sauce will be paired with Anderson Valley’s fantastic Bourbon Barrel Stout, and olive oil citrus cake will be paired with Buzzerkeley’s Belgian Strong Pale Ale. And there are more pairings. There are also a wide variety of West Coast breweries being featured, such as Deschutes, Ninkasi, Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, Green Flash, and Calicraft. When it’s beer week, these guys and gals don’t come unprepared. There will be some really great beer getting tapped here.


Midnight-Sun

Date: Saturday, 2/15
Show: Jerry Garcia Band featuring Melvin Seals @ Great American Music Hall
Beer: Midnight Sun Brewery @ Amsterdam Cafe
Distance: 3 minute walk

Any night with the Jerry Garcia Band feat. Melvin Seals ends in a sweaty tired mess, and it’s great. It’s so soulful and cathartic that you’ll feel like you’re at church, but with only half the guilt. Midnight Sun is a brewery from Alaska that you may not have heard of, but they have been on point for years now. I’ve only been largely impressed with everything I’ve tried from them, and this beer lineup looks to be stacked with special releases. They’ve got a dark strong ale with spices and chilies, oak-aged T.R.E.A.T. (imperial chocolate pumpkin porter on nitro), and XXX-Black Double IPA. This pair is sure to impress – you’ll be having fun all the way through the midnight moonlight!