Meeting on the Mountain tonight at Cervantes Other Side, come early

MeetonMountain-34Well I can’t tell you how much fun these Meeting on the Mountains are to attend.  They are intimate, fun, informative and did I mention fun.  I was at the first one in Denver and I look forward to attending the series.

Here are some photos from the the Inaugural Meeting on the Mountain held March 1, 2015.


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Here is the skinny from a recent press release:

Denver, CO — Meeting on the Mountain, a new collaborative live broadcast experience, kicks off their second event on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 at 7pm at Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver, CO. Todd Scheaffer of Railroad Earth, Ragged Union, and Benny “Burle” Galloway will be joining in on the fun with host band, The Grant Farm, for this second Meeting on the Mountain experience, with Tyler Grant hosting. The rousing live one-hour broadcast includes performances as well as interviews with each act and gives The Grant Farm the opportunity to collaborate with some of their favorite musicians.

Meeting on The Mountain is thrilled to have partnered with Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado and Ripstic Vaporizers for the season. Look out for news and fun contests from them leading up to the next Meeting on the Mountain.

There will be five installments of MOTM in 2015 featuring a variety of artists. Each event is hosted by Tyler Grant with The Grant Farm as the house band. It will be recorded, video-streamed live, and rebroadcast at meetingonthemountain.com. The broadcast is followed by a concert with sets from each band.

Meeting on the Mountain is filmed and broadcast by Fort Collins-based Hyphytek. The complete deluxe edition re-broadcast of the Inaugural Meeting on the Mountain (3/1/15), along with bonus footage from the night, is now available to view online at meetingonthemountain.com. It features interviews and performances with Jilian and Bill Nershi, Dead Winter Carpenters, Benny “Burle” Galloway and The Grant Farm with host Tyler Grant.

The Meeting on the Mountain concept was inspired by a collaborative 4-song EP, entitled Meeting on the Mountain (Sept 2014), which features music by The Grant Farm with Fruition. The song, “Meet me on the Mountain” (written by Fruition’s Jay Cobb Anderson and Tyler Grant) conjures a laid back campfire sing-a-long vibe which embodies the spirit of the new Meeting on the Mountain series and is also the theme song for it.

“It was really a fit of inspiration,” explains Grant [in an interview with 5280], discussing how a one-off partnership turned into the series Meeting on the Mountain. ‘That [EP] just captured a certain amount of magic, and I wanted to continue with themeeting on the mountain’ theme. I wanted it to be a regular concept, where we could incorporate musical guests we admire and/or have some kind of connection to.’”

Watch a video introduction of the series by Tyler Grant here->  www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeLM-o6-Ms0

Meet the May 3rd Meeting on the Mountain Players:

Todd Shaeffer’s life story…is still being written… For now you know him as the erstwhile front man / singer of amazing roots grass band Railroad Earth and may remember that he also was the frontman and key member of From Good Homes. These labels do not define him however, they are only mere reference points for an artist / singer / songwriter who continually creates his best work every day!

Ragged Union is a six-piece, hard-driving bluegrass band, performing original tunes and off-the-beaten-path standards, with a focus on the duet singing of husband-and-wife pair Geoff and Christina Union. Award-winning instrumental work, a powerful rhythmic drive, uptempo arrangements and edgy, outsider songwriting are the marks of their style. Influences include Red Allen, Danny Paisley, John Hartford, Danny Barnes, Alan Munde, Jesse McReynolds, and Vassar Clements, with a side of Texas and a healthy dose of the blues.  Along with Geoff and Christina, Ragged Unicon includes Chris Elliot on banjo, Jordan Ramsey on mandolin & vocals, Pat Hoeper on fiddle & vocals, and Andrew Bonnis on upright bass.

The host band, Grant Farm is a band on a mission. Lead by National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Tyler Grant (Emmitt/Nershi Band), the talented four-piece is built on the foundation of love, family and the joy of music. The permanent lineup of Grant Farm is Tyler “The Champ” Grant on electric guitar and vocals, uber-talented Adrian “ACE” Engfer on bass and vocals, rock solid Sean “Magic” Macaulay on drums and the phenomenally prodigious Kevin McHugh on keyboards.

Benny “Burle” Galloway, resident colorado songwriting collaborator and musician who’s first experience at Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1978 set off his embracement of what true American music stood for. Having moved to Denver in his teens with a guitar and a stack of records, Galloway found the area teemed with progressive sounds, plenty of like minded people to play music with, an abundance of music friendly events, and places to pick and sing. After hearing Hot Rize, John Hartford, Norman Blake, New Grass Revival and Leon Russell, it was evident to “Burle” that he had just found a deep well from which to draw new musical ideas and directions. Burle absorbed every sound available from rock to gospel and began crafting his powerful songwriting skills. In the past decade, Burle has collaborated and played with the finest of musicians and bands in America. His longtime producer and friend Sally Van Meter, Scott Law, Nick Forster, Jerry Douglas, Yonder Mountain String Band, Danny Barnes, Larry and Jenny Keel, Darol Anger, Sam Grisman, John and Rebecca Frazier, Rob Wasserman, Shawn Camp, Jon Wiesberger, Travis Book, Mark Epstein, Robin Davis, Jon Stickley, Tyler Grant Jordan Ramsey, Pete Kartsounes, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Great American Taxi, Emmitt Nershi Band, Head for the Hills, The Grant Farm, Broke Mountain, The Wayword Sons, Town Mountain, Espresso, and many more!

For more information about the new Meeting on the Mountain LIVE broadcast series, please visit www.meetingonthemountain.com, www.cervantesmasterpiece.com, and www.grantfarm.net.

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Share your FoCoMX 2015, photos, videos and tweets

Stelth Ulvang will be among the featured performers at FoCoMX in Fort Collins. (Denver Post file photo)

Stelth Ulvang will be among the featured performers at FoCoMX in Fort Collins. (Denver Post file photo)

Use the hashtag #FoCoMX or @FoCoMx twitter handle to share your experiences from this year’s Fort Collins Music Experience, now in it’s 7th year.  Check back often to see updates from the event.

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FoCoMX is a genre-bending music event

Stelth Ulvang will be among the featured performers at FoCoMX in Fort Collins. (Denver Post file photo)

Stelth Ulvang will be among the featured performers at FoCoMX in Fort Collins. (Denver Post file photo)

By Cassie Maack

Twenty-six venues, 263 local bands and two days dedicated to the Northern Colorado music scene.

Those are answers to some FAQs for the seventh annual FoCoMX, which will take place Friday and Saturday at various venues around Fort Collins.

Event organizers are proud to host various types of sounds, said Greta Cornett, co-founder of FoCoMX and a local musician.

“We try to include all those genres and just try to put a spotlight on Northern Colorado and that music scene,” she said, “because we do think it’s such a hidden gem and we do think there’s so much great stuff happening here.”

Cornell’s co-founder, Kevin Micke, said the large spectrum of genres offers something for everyone.

“It doesn’t matter what type of music you like,” he said, “there are definitely at least five bands you’ll probably love at the festival.”

Cornet said the festival takes a novel approach: no headliner, just a bunch of local bands, experienced and otherwise.

“It’s pretty unique that we don’t have a traditional type of headliner,” Cornett said, “With FoCoMx, it’s more about the community and musicians.”  Read More…

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The Infamous Stringdusters blaze through Colorado, including free 4/20 show in Boulder (Photos, Video)

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The Infamous Stringdusters with Travis Book on bass, Andy Falco on guitar, Jeremy Garrett on fiddle, Andy Hall on dobro and Chris Pandolfi on banjo.

It was like a whirlwind,  a fun time that is now up in smoke.  The Colorado favorite Infamous Stringdusters landed in Boulder to celebrate their 4/20 shows this year.  After BoulderAd2015several recent visits to Colorado ski towns the and even a mid Boulder Theater show run excursion up to Breckenridge, the band ended this leg of their Colorado shows on Monday, April 20th at the Boulder Theater.

In their eighth year the Stringdusters are riding on a high wave of success filling theaters, music halls and featured at many festivals across the country.

From a recent press release: “When The Infamous Stringdusters first emerged eight years ago, the band was immediately branded fast-picking Nashville wunderkinds, a new-generation super group built to revive the high lonesome sound. Then came immediate accolades—IBMA awards, a chart-topping self-titled album for Sugar Hill Records and a Grammy nomination for “Best Country Instrumental” (for “Magic No. 9″ from the 2010 album Things That Fly). Incendiary chops, complete with undeniable instrumental virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies, immediately positioned the band to be longstanding bluegrass torchbearers.”

The band members Travis Book on bass, Andy Falco on guitar, Jeremy Garrett on  fiddle, Andy Hall on dobro and  Chris Pandolfi on banjo have found their stride, sticking with a more traditional bluegrass stage the band is anything but traditional, mixing in wild covers with original tunes in a very high energy performance.

Andy Hall

Andy Hall

The band surprised a couple of hundred fans on Monday, April 20th by performing a free show on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder starting promptly at 4:20pm.

The Boulder Theater shows also featured Trout Steak Revival and Gipsy Moon, two local bluegrass bands that, in this blogger’s opinion, are on the way to the top of the bluegrass charts.

The Infamous Stringdusters are continuing on their national tour including many festival apperances.  Colorado can look forward to seeing them again this summer at RockyGrass in Lyons, Co.   Here are some photos and videos from their recent visit.  For Tour information visit TheStringdusters.com.


Trout Steak Revival open the Boulder Theater Show on Saturday.

“Get it While You Can” Saturday at the Boulder Theater

The 4/20 free show on Pearl St. Mall at 4:20 pm, Monday.

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Dark Star Orchestra starts three night run at the Boulder Theater tonight

dark-star-orchestra-600By Quentin Young

This is a momentous year for the Grateful Dead.

The seminal rock enterprise and inexhaustible cultural force was founded in San Francisco in 1965, and the band is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. As if to increase the year’s commemorative weight, the band announced that its original surviving members plan to play a set of farewell concerts in July at Chicago’s Soldier Field, site of the last show they played with bandmate Jerry Garcia, who died 20 years ago.

The shows represent an end for the Grateful Dead, but they also mark a beginning of sorts for the hundreds of bands that populate the Dead community, the Dark Star Orchestra primary among them.

“It raises awareness of the Grateful Dead,” said Jeff Mattson, guitarist and singer for DSO. More awareness of the Dead’s music means more interest in bands that play it.

The DSO is coming to Boulder for three shows, March 26-28, at the Boulder Theater. That a Grateful Dead tribute band can play a market three nights in a row and that its members seem not to be bored with the music after years of performing the music speaks to the enduring quality and infinite interpretative possibilities of the material. It surprises even Mattson, who is 56 and has been listening to the Dead longer than many DSO fans have been alive.   Read more…

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‘Meeting on The Mountain’ Live Broadcast Event at Cervantes’ Other Side Tonight!

Tyler Grant at NedFest, Nederland, Colorado.

Tyler Grant at NedFest, Nederland, Colorado.

Head on down to the “Meeting on the Mountain Live Broadcast featuring Bill Nershi of The String Cheese Incident, Grant Farm, Dead Winter Carpenters, and Benny “Burle” Galloway Hosted by Tyler Grant,”  it will be a fun and cool time with a new format.

The event will start with a one Hour live broadcast with interviews and live performances followed by a Full Concert With Sets From Each Act. This is the first in a series of five Meeting on the Mountain events. From a recent press release; “Meeting on the Mountain, a new collaborative recording and live broadcast experience, kicks off their inaugural event on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver, CO. Joining host band, The Grant Farm, for this first Meeting on the Mountain are Bill Nershi of The String Cheese Incident, Dead Winter Carpenters, and Benny “Burle” Galloway. The rousing live one-hour broadcast includes performances as well as interviews with each act and gives Grant Farm the opportunity to collaborate with some of their favorite musicians.”

Here is what Tyler Grant and Billy Nershi have to say about tonight’s meeting on the Mountain:

Here is what is on tap for tonight:
Bill Nershi has delighted countless fans as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the String Cheese Incident, Honkytonk Homeslice and The Emmitt-Nershi Band, and has performed from the saloons of Telluride to the some of the most sought after venues in America . A seasoned veteran of flat-picking and a variety of acoustic styles, Bill adds a unique, colorful perspective to virtually any musical situation he encounters, and his enthusiasm and playful spirit encourage an interactive, participatory experience for musicians and fans alike. Billy still calls Colorado home and when he’s not on tour he is writing, recording and producing in his own studio, The Sleeping Giant.

Dead Winter Carpenters, hailing from North Lake Tahoe, CA,  represents everything the American west stands for. The band seamlessly blends Americana with roots rock and a tinge of straightforward ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ alt. country for hard-hitting performances that are as edgy as they are whimsical. The project pushes and pulls at musical boundaries with top-notch, live performances while walking the line with unexpected world music flair. With an unbridled spirit, and an authentic approach to the art of songwriting, the five-piece captures the freedom of the road with the kind of energy that is made of legends.

The five-piece outfit consists of fiddler/vocalist Jenni Charles, upright bassist/vocalist David Lockhart, guitarists/vocalists Jesse Dunn and Bryan Daines, and drummer/vocalist Brian Huston.

Benny “Burle” Galloway, resident colorado songwriting collaborator and musician who’s first experience at Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1978 set off his embracement of what true American music stood for. Having moved to Denver in his teens with a guitar and a stack of records, Galloway found the area teemed with progressive sounds, plenty of like minded people to play music with, an abundance of music friendly events, and places to pick and sing. After hearing Hot Rize, John Hartford, Norman Blake, New Grass Revival and Leon Russell, it was evident to “Burle” that he had just found a deep well from which to draw new musical ideas and directions. Burle absorbed every sound available from rock to gospel and began crafting his powerful songwriting skills.

The sights and sounds of the country, no matter what part of the country, are what remain the backbone of his compositions. His lyrics spawn melodies that sound like they’re one hundred years old. Colorado’s Front Range was (and still is) a hot-bed of acoustic music,Jams, festivals, and pickin-parties with Burle right in the middle of it all, writing and recording vast amounts of material. As the years passed, Burle found himself working with new and established performers as a member of roots bands, duos, trios, four pieces and more. A lot of these musical situations were built around his tunes, featuring him as a front man, a lead vocalist, guitar and/or bass player.
In the past decade, Burle has collaborated and played with the finest of musicians and bands in America. His longtime producer and friend Sally Van Meter, Scott Law, Nick Forster, Jerry Douglas, Yonder Mountain String Band, Danny Barnes, Larry and Jenny Keel, Darol Anger, Sam Grisman, John and Rebecca Frazier, Rob Wasserman, Shawn Camp, Jon Wiesberger, Travis Book, Mark Epstein, Robin Davis, Jon Stickley, Tyler Grant Jordan Ramsey, Pete Kartsounes, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Great American Taxi, Emmitt Nershi Band, Head for the Hills, The Grant Farm, Broke Mountain, The Wayword Sons, Town Mountain, Espresso!

The host band, Grant Farm is a band on a mission. Lead by National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Tyler Grant (Emmitt/Nershi Band), the talented four-piece is built on the foundation of love, family and the joy of music. The permanent lineup of Grant Farm is Tyler “The Champ” Grant on electric guitar and vocals, uber-talented Adrian “ACE” Engfer on bass and vocals, rock solid Sean “Magic” Macaulay on drums and the phenomenally prodigious Kevin McHugh on keyboards.

The Grant Farm train stops at all stations on the North American roots music line, and is not afraid to let the whistle scream with some blistering jams. After several solid seasons of touring Coast-to-Coast behind their eponymous 2012 debut album, Grant Farm and the 2014 follow up, Plowin’ Time (#2 JamBand Radio Charts), audiences everywhere are a-buzz with the Roots, Rock and Cris-Co statement that Grant Farm brings to every performance. In September 2014 Grant Farm collaborated with the band Fruition to release Meeting on the Mountain, which reached #8 on the JamBand Radio charts and #148 on the AMA Radio Charts.

Also tickets are very affordable for more information visit, www.cervantesmasterpiece.com.
For additional Grant Farm videos, visit www.SecondStoryGarage.com.

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Jaden Carlson Band’s Polychromatic is uplifting (review)

Jaden Carlson courtesy of Gratefulweb.com

Jaden Carlson courtesy of Gratefulweb.com

By Lisa Crandall

I’m not a professional writer. I just love great music.

POLYCHROMATIC-ITUNES-220x220I’ve always been a fan of Jaden Carlson. From the very first time I saw her perform. I think it was at a benefit up in Nederland, for an injured resident. Later, Jaden teamed up with Garrett Sayers on Bass and  Scott Messersmith from The Motet on percussion, a Carlson group that played great shows. Now with her latest band, Jaden has released Polychromatic, the next in a already great series of CD’s.

It was exciting for me to hear the new lineup and songs.

On the first track, the first bars, indicate that this music has come from the study of a deep soul. The haunting sounds of the first track just shift your entire mind… and you’re ready to receive.

The new band members must be appreciated. I had the opportunity to see the Jaden Carlson Band perform up at Nedfest. They were awesome! I love the way Jaden seems to really flow with the band. Like they know when she wants to stretch-out and jam, they can read her signals on stage, and they seem genuinely joyful about being together and about the music itself. I love the fun faces Jaden and the keyboardist, Eric Luba, were exchanging. Will Trask is an exciting drummer whose complex and unpredictable rhythms keep you guessing.

Mud Flip is a very fun song. I got to see her band perform it live at Nedfest and it got the crowd dancing. Jaden’s toying melody and Will’s chasing rhythm with answers from Eric on organ just pulled everyone in and made our bodies move. It’s a great live song for dancing!

And the transition from Mud Flip into No Use Hanging Around is very smooth and enjoyable.  That will definitely work live, too.

No Use has riffs that remind me of Joe Satriani or Carlos Santana. That is definitely an achievement for a young musician. Understanding the power of a repeated melody, but not overstating it, takes finesse and melodic comprehension. Jaden has these qualities. I especially enjoyed the addition of the fiddle at the prelude.

This is good solid song writing on the album. The songs are complete, thought-out, haunting and even surprising from the deep blues hue of some of the lyrics. Some lyrics so powerful they brought tears to my eyes. Especially the song Nothing Left. In it her lyrics speak of slugging through pain that comes from living more years than Jaden has even experienced yet…and so I can only wonder what the motivation for this song was.

The excellent song transitions are even more evidence that this was a well-honed, deeply thought-out Polychromatic from start to finish.

Jaden keeps amazing me with her music. And Jaden’s voice is maturing and improving, too. It’s interesting to get to listen to her evolving as a musician. And of course on her guitar, she is truly mastering the funky-groove element along with packing a punch in her blues playing. When you get to experience great music, it just lifts what you have out off your shoulders and helps you shake it loose. And that’s what this CD did for me. I truly enjoy it and recommend Polychromatic. Rock on, Jaden!

Enjoy this version of Born to Fly from the Jaden Carlson Band’s visit to the Second Story Garage Studio.

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New Year’s Eve celebrations begin tonight in Broomfield continue through the new year in Denver, Boulder (video)

SCYNYE14600If there is ever a time to want to be in many locations at one time it is New Year’s Eve.  Forget the dropping of the ball in New York City or the wonderful fireworks in Sydney; we have more than enough fun set for the Denver, Boulder area.

The celebrations kick of tonight at Broomfield’s 1st Bank Center with three nights of  Colorado’s own String Cheese Incident.

crb14Starting on Tuesday, Dec. 30th, you have the additional options of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver.  Also kicking off tomorrow eve is a very special, first time ever, Denver performance for the newly formed Golden Gate Wingmen at Quixotes True Blue in Denver.  The Golden Gate Wingmen consist of former Furthur members John Kadlecik and Jeff Chimenti and joining them on stage are Jay Lane and Reed Mathis. According to Live Music and Reviews,the GGW formed from musicians available on the first night of a recent John K Solo show at Terrapin Crossroads.  “John Kadlecik (Furthur, Phil Lesh and Friends, Dark Star Orchestra, and more) on lead guitar and vocals, Jeff Chimenti (Furthur, Ratdog and more) on keyboards, Jay Lane (an original Furthur member, Primus, Ratdog) on drums and Reed Mathis on bass (Jacob Fred’s Jazz Odyssey and most recently Tea Leaf Green.).”

Both bands plan to culminate their Denver visits with New Year’s Eve shows to celebrate GGWNYE142015.

And if that weren’t enough to get your booty shaking, New Year’s Eve will find Boulder’s West Water Outlaws headlining the Fox Theatre in Boulder.  From the bands website: “West Water Outlaws “Paranoid” New Years Eve at the Fox Theatre will feature 1 original set of material + the ENTIRE ALBUM of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”. The Yawpers and In the Whale join the NYE show as special guests for the evening.”

Also, right down the street at the Boulder Theater, Yonder Mountain String Band starts their 4 night run with many special guest and shows well into the new year.

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So whatever  your choice, get out and have some fun but drive safe and slow due to the weather conditions and all of the other music fans that will be out on the road.  See you at the show!

Here are some recent videos from several of the band’s  visit to the Second Story Garage studio at the Daily Camera.  Enjoy.

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Gipsy Moon Holiday Extravaganza tonight at the Fox Theatre with special guest from Leftover Salmon, Elephant Revival, Head for the Hills and Mountain Standard Time (video)

GipsyMoon-600Nederland’s Gipsy Moon is in holiday mode and are throwing a big Holiday Extravaganza tonight at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. The band is inviting many friends and family to help celebrate the holidays.  “The theme for the evening is “A Classy Holiday” – so we are asking the fans to dress up,” said the band’s manager, Ryan Smith.

Gipsy Moon is made up of Nederland residents Silas Herman (mandolin), David Matters (banjo/vocals/guitar), Mackenzie Page (guitar/vocals/tenor banjo), Andrew Conley (Cello) and Matt Cantor (Bass).  Joining the band for tonight’s star studded extravaganza  are many musicians from Colorado’s vibrant bluegrass scene including Silas Herman’s father Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Bridget Law and Dan Rodriguez of Elephant Revival, Joe Lessard of Head for the Hills and Nick Dunbar of Mountain Standard Time.  The rumor is that even more special guest are on tap.

Watch for beer specials from Boulder Beer and the event is an official pre-party for WinterWonderGrass who will hold a raffle for a free pair of tickets.  Arrive early for your chance to grab their new EP “Autumn’s Retreat.” Tickets are $12 door making this the best party value in town.  Look to have lots of fun and I will see you at the show.  Check out this video from the bands recent visit to the Second Story Garage studio.

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Kyle Hollingsworth’s Hoppy Holiday’s benefit for Conscious Alliance on tap with Infamous Stringdusters and Euforquestra at the Fillmore

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Saturday holds in store lots of fun at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver with the KBCO and Kyle Hollingsworth’s Hoppy Holidays benefit for Conscious Alliance.  Adding to the fun of the Kyle Hollingsworth band  concert and brewfest will be sets by Euforquestra and the Infamous Stringdusters.   These shows are always tons of fun and you get to sample brews from many local breweries.   Check it out.  See you at the show.

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