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Kyle Hollingsworth Unveils Hoopla Pale Ale

Beer comes in many flavors. So do musicians. Rare as a double lightning strike is when both meet in perfect harmony. But it’s happened: String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth is the musician, and Hoopla is his beer. And they’re coming to a festival near you this summer; it’s the “Brewru Experience.“

19th Annual Microbreweries For The Environment

KGNU and the Boulder Weekly proudly present the 19th annual Microbreweries for the Environment benefit on Friday, April 22 at The Boulder Theater.

Since 1993, the Microbreweries for the Environment benefit has raised over $120,000 for local environmental causes. The proceeds from this year's benefit will further the environmental efforts of four local non-profit organizations: CU Environmental Center, Flatirons Neighborhood Farm, The GrowHaus, and Sprout City Farms.

Nineteen Colorado microbreweries serve their best beers for only $2 each. Participating breweries include: Asher Brewing Co., Aspen Brewing Company, Avery Brewing, Boulder Beer Company, Breckenridge Brewery, Bristol Brewing Company, Crabtree Brewery, Dillon Dam Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Company, Fort Collins Brewery, Left Hand Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, New Planet Beer, Odell Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery, Pumphouse Brewery, Ska Brewing Company, Twisted Pine Brewing, Upslope Brewing Company.

The evening's entertainment features music by P.K.B. followed by two sets from Head for the Hills. These local bands’ innovative sounds are sure to harmonize well with Colorado's finest brews.

P.K.B. is Pete Kartsounes on guitar, Kevin Malone on bass, Ryan Sapp on drums, and Greg Schochet on guitar and mandolin, and Bill McKay on keys. P.K.B. combines electric and funk sounds with slamgrass undercurrents. Armed with an acoustic guitar, blazing skill, powerful voice, and relentless heart, Pete inspires and entertains on a quest to make a difference in people’s lives. P.K.B. will stretch boundaries and bend genres to create tasteful blends of original melodies and lyrics, captivate audiences and foster good times.

Head for the Hills, the acclaimed Colorado Bluegrass quartet, has been receiving nation-wide recognition in response to their refreshing take on acoustic music. Rooted in the tradition of bluegrass but described perhaps more accurately as progressive acoustic/modern roots, H4TH produces a vibrant mixture of homegrown compositions, traditional harmonies, and improvisation. In the live setting, H4TH effortlessly ventures into a myriad of musical styles and sonic landscapes that appeal to a boundless array of listeners.

The benefit is a zero-waste and carbon-neutral event. We encourage people to walk, bike, or bus to the event. Doors open and beer tasting starts at 8:00pm, and music will run to 1:00am. Admission costs $20 ($22 day of show) and includes a commemorative pint glass. Tickets are available at the Boulder Theater Box Office (303-786-7030 or www.bouldertheater.com). This event traditionally sells out in advance.

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Kyle Hollingsworth Announces SCI Red Rocks Pre-Party

In anticipation of this summer’s sold-out String Cheese Incident run at Red Rocks July 23-25, Kyle Hollingsworth will host Kyle’s Brew Fest, a kick-off party at Denver’s Great Divide Brewery on Thursday, July 22, to benefit Conscious Alliance. In addition to being a prolific musician, Hollingsworth has long been a fan of microbrews and specialty beers; in fact he’s been brewing his own beer at home for years. For more than a decade, Hollingsworth has performed as keyboardist for Colorado’s String Cheese Incident, most recently in his own project Kyle Hollingsworth Band, and as a special guest in countless other projects.

Along his most recent KHB tour, Hollingsworth found the perfect way to blend his love of brewing with his love for music: Brew Tours. His band invited local breweries to participating venues for tastings, meet and greets, and more. He returns this summer with Kyle’s Brew Fest, presented by Kyle Hollingsworth, Great Divide Brewing, The Mountain Sun Brewery, and Deschutes Brewery where he has teamed up with several breweries to offer fans beer tastings, exclusive brews including Hoppingsworth IPA (created by Hollingsworth himself with The Mountain Sun Brewery) and much more.

A very limited number of tickets will be sold for this intimate affair and all proceeds will benefit not-for-profit Conscious Alliance, a group that organizes food drives at concerts and sporting events to collect food donations to benefit local food pantries and impoverished Indian reservations throughout the U.S.

Included in the ticket price is a limited edition Kyle’s Brew Fest logo pint glass, several drink tickets, one 2-oz taster per brewery (participating breweries include Great Divide Brewing, The Mountain Sun Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Avery Brewing, Boulder Beer, Ska Brewing, Stone Brewing, Trinity Brewing, Upslope Brewing and others), delicious Mountain Sun grilled food, an opportunity to bid at the Silent Auction (which features rock memorabilia from the scene’s favorite artists) and an exclusive performance from Kyle Hollingsworth Band.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 28, at 10AM MT at www.kylehollingsworth.com.

Details are as follows:
Kyle's Brew Fest, presented by Kyle Hollingsworth, Great Divide Brewing, The Mountain Sun Brewery, and Deschutes Brewery

Thursday, July 22 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Outside at Great Divide Brewing Company
2201 Arapahoe Street, Denver
Tickets $25.00 – ALL proceeds benefit Conscious Alliance
Ages 21+ Welcome
For more information, please visit
www.kylehollingsworth.com.

The Henry Clay People To Release "Somewhere On The Golden Coast"

We know what you’re thinking: The Henry Clay People aren’t really from L.A., right? After all, their TBD debut, Somewhere on the Golden Coast, sounds like the riff-slinging byproduct of playing hard—and drinking even harder—in Midwestern bars that keep their jukeboxes stocked with old Pavement and Replacements records or whatever Robert Pollard released that week.

“While we don’t quite fit in with L.A.’s noise scene or the singer-songwriter crew that hangs out at the Hotel Cafe,” says vocalist/guitarist Joey Siara, “we've found a nice little niche for bands like us in L.A—just a bunch of friendly people who prefer to hang out, drink cheap beer, and listen to Big Star records on a Saturday night.”  Joey and his 23-year-old little brother Andy—also a singer/guitarist—formed The Henry Clay People in 2005.  Since then the band has developed a reputation for spreading their unpretentious slacker guitar rock though out greater Los Angeles and beyond.  "I think we played close to 200 shows in 2007-2008 and most of those were just local to southern California. 2009 was nice though because we really got to hit the road for most of the year and see if the tunes held up outside our little bubble."


Somewhere on the Golden Coast bottles that boundless live energy in 11 airtight tracks and 34 filler-free minutes. Listening closely, it’s easy to see how all of this started, how a revolving door of “crappy punk bands” led the Siara brothers to form The Henry Clay People in the first place.  Two buzz-building albums (2006’s Blacklist the Kid With the Red Moustache and 2008’s For Cheap or For Free) and several lineup shifts later, they’re still keeping things simple.  Recorded mostly at The Ship Studios in Eagle Rock, CA by Earlimart frontman Aaron Espinoza, he encouraged the band to ditch the headphones, take it easy on overdubs, drink more beer, and record live in the same room to tape.  The idea was to get as close as possible to the essence of the live show.

Golden Coast pushes and pulls between the two brother's influences.  Joey's zeal for jagged distorted guitars ("Nobody Taught us to Quit), gets smoothed out by Andy's laid back "drive into the sunset" love of The Byrds, Jackson Browne, and Grandaddy. The influence of the latter—along with their dad’s considerable classic rock collection—creeps into a couple Golden Coast cuts, lending a nostalgic from-dusk-’til-dawn feel to “A Temporary Fix” and the album’s melancholic curtain-closer, “Two Lives At the End of the Night.” Both of which provide a nice contrast to such certified piano-spiked jams as “Working Part Time,” “Your Famous Friends,” and “End of an Empire.” And since this particular long player barely eclipses the 30-minute mark, you better believe The Henry Clay People never wear out their welcome. In fact, they may just leave you wanting more.

“We want our music to be accessible, but still mean something,” says Joey. “That’s the spirit of this band—nothing we’re doing is rocket science, but we’re playing the music we love. And if some people recognize that, great. Rock ’n’ roll is rock ’n’ roll.”

May Tour With Drive By Truckers:

May 5th Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
May 6th House Of Blues San Diego, CA
May 7th Avalon Ballroom LA, CA
May 8th Fillmore Theater San Fran, CA
May 12th In The Venue Salt Lake City, Utah
May 13th Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
May 14th Aggie Theater Ft. Collins, CO
May 15th Belly Up Aspen, CO

THE CORE:

JOEY- Voice and Guitar
ANDY- Voice and Guitar
MIKE- Drummer Boy
JONATHAN- Voice and Bass JORDAN- Piano and Voice

Great American Taxi Celebrates Beer and More This Fall

Vince Herman and Chad Staehly are leading their new line-up in the Great American Taxi into an exciting autumn of shows.  Taxi now boasts a solid core line-up after some experimentation with Jim Lewin from Santa Cruz, CA on electric guitars along with Boulder-area players Chris Sheldon on drums and Brian Adams on bass (both toured extensively in the Phish tribute band Phix).  First stop is this weekend to celebrate Boulder Beer’s 30th Anniversary at the Boulder Theater on Friday September 18th with local Denver pickers Oakhurst on support duties.  GAT then heads off west to play a set of their own at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco as well as backing up Todd Snider for some of his set the following day.  Snider and Taxi first hooked up in Durango earlier this year and again at the Hoxeyville Music Festival in Michigan just this past August.  They will also do a few more dates together in November.  Railroad Earth has also added Taxi onto a few bills in October.  Dates continue to be added so check out www.greatamericantaxi.com for updated info.

September 18 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO with Oakhurst

September 30 - The State Room - Salt Lake City, UT

October 1 - Crystal Bay Club and Casino - Crystal Bay, NV - free show!

October 3 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival - Golden Gate Park - San Francisco, CA

October 4 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival with Todd Snider

October 7 - tba

October 8 - Connecticut Yankee - San Francisco, CA

October 9 - Catalyst Club - Santa Cruz, CA

October 10 - Hop Monk Tavern - Sebastopol, CA

October 23 - Magnolia Music Festival - Live Oak, FL w/ special guest Barry Sless

October 24 - Magnolia Music Festival - Live Oak, FL w/ special guest Barry Sless

October 26 - Beachland Ballroom and Tavern - Cleveland, OH w/ Railroad Earth

October 27 - Mr. Small’s - Millvale, PA w/ Railroad Earth

October 28 - tba

October 29 - The Barrymore Theater - Madison, WI w/ Railroad Earth

October 30 - Vic Theater - Chicago, IL w/ Railroad Earth

October 31 - special Halloween show in Peoria, IL details tba

November 3 - tba

November 4 - Victoria’s Midnight Cafe - Columbus, OH

November 5 - Cosmic Charlie’s - Lexington, KY

November 6 - Pisgah Brewing Co. - Black Mountain, NC

November 7 - tba

November 8 - Smith’s Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA

November 11 - The Rutledge - Nashville, TN

November 12 - The Copper Dragon - Carbondale, IL

November 13 - tba

November 13 - Shank Hall - Milwaukee, WI w/ Todd Snider

BEER: Smithwick's

Mucky Duck pub offers Guinness and Smithwicks [on left] on tap.- for the Grateful Web

Grateful Web's Beer Column, where we consider beer, one beer at a time, one sip at a beer, one - -aw you get it.

We begin this arduous task with St. Patrick's Day, and the great Irish Beer, Smithwick's.

Rob Pray on Smithwick's:

This fine Irish beer is made by Guinness at the St. Francis Abbey in Kilkenny, Ireland. The Abby, one of the oldest in Ireland, has been producing beer since 1710. The beer itself strikes a great balance of flavors. The hops and malt are not too prominent and the beer itself is not as filling as traditional Irish brews. This copper colored beer has a slight coffee taste with a sweet finish. I highly recommend it for your St. Paddy's day celebrations or anytime. It has only recently been available in the US and is much more refreshing than green dye in an American beer!

Our family loves Kerrygold's Dubliner Irish Cheese. You can find a block of it at Costco for around $5/lb, and just feed the kids that and bread for a month, and let them wash it down with Smithwick's. They will grow strong and hard headed. I am reminded of the finish of Dubliner as I throw back a first gulp of Smithwick's. For beer, Irish do a touch of sweetness best. Not like FAT TIRE, which is nice once a quarter, but its almost syrupy sweetness will choke you in excess. Smithwick's, like Dubliner cheese, does a hint of sweet best, for it appears without any syrupy tightness too much sugar can make. The only domestic beer that manages sweetness I like is Dixie, which I believe uses molasses in the brew.

Smithwick's has a wonderful back of the throat flavorful head, I drank from the bottle and don't have the glass report, but I poured out a bit to see the color, its remarkably darker then its taste impairs. I thought maybe amber, but Smithwick's is dark in color. A very easy drinking beer, the easiest of the dark Irish brews to enjoy. Please keep it far away from me.

Photo Credit: The Mucky Duck Pub, 479 Alvarado Street Old Monterey, California

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