Blues & Brews - South Pearl St. Music Festival

w/ The Iguanas

Saturday, August 12, 2017
1:00 PM
Doors Open at 1:00 PM

S. Pearl St.

1200 S. Pearl St. 80203, Denver, CO 80203  

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Featured Artist #1


Blues & Brews - South Pearl St. Music Festival

What do you get when you mix a warm summer afternoon, ice-cold craft beers, and some fun, funky music? The South Pearl Street music festivals, held on the second Saturdays of June and August on the 1200 block of South Pearl Street. Close to 7,000 music lovers and craft beer aficionados make the scene to see nationally-recognized talent, savor hand-crafted brews, and chill to the authentic local vibe of one of Denver's most popular local neighborhoods.

Typically, seven bands perform at each event from 1 to 10 p.m. and many of Colorado's hottest craft brewers pour their hearts out for thirsty patrons and craft beer aficionados. Past years have featured New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Left Hand Brewery, Great Divide Brewery, Deschutes Brewery and many more leading some to ask, "Are these really cool beer festivals with great music or kick-ass music festivals with top beers?"

The Iguanas
John Nemeth
Kirkland Daniels Project
Dragondeer
Ricky Earl featuring Cherise
Taylor Scott Band
The Deltaz

VIP tasting: $25 advance. Join us from Noon-1pm for an exclusive preview of small batch, exploratory and interesting beers. These beers will only be available for the first hour. Upon entry you'll also receive a tasting glass for unlimited beers during that hour and a chance to talk with the breweries before the crowds. Your VIP ticket also includes entrance into the festival for the remainder of the day.

FAQs and tips:

  • No pets.
  • Wear sun protection.
  • Strollers, walkers, chairs, and umbrellas are welcome.
  • Bike parking available at south entrance.
  • $10 entry at the gate day of show. CASH ONLY.
  • Credit cards are accepted for beer tickets and food trucks.
  • Children under 12 are free.
  • No outside alcohol.
  • No glass.

Featured Artist #2


The Iguanas

What if Americana actually encompassed ALL of North America? You'd have the Franco-Acadian inflections of Canada, as best exemplified by le accordion, blues and jazz, the only truly indigenous musics the US has ever produced, and the lilting grace and fiery passion of the music of Mexico. You'd also have New Orleans' premiere distillers of this continental musical melange, The Iguanas, and their new album Juarez. \

Taking their cues from all of the above influences and then some, Juarez, the band's first studio album since 2012's Sin to Sin, redefines the notion of Americana, crossing cultures, styles, eras… and even languages. It's as if Rue Bourbon, Muscle Shoals and Plaza México were all within earshot of each other and The Iguanas were the musical conduit between them.

Based out of New Orleans for the past couple of decades -- save for a short, Katrina-imposed exile in Austin — the members of the Iguanas have (collectively or individually) played or recorded with everyone from Charlie Rich, Alex Chilton, and Willie DeVille to Emmylou Harris, Allen Toussaint, and Pretty Lights. Their two-decade ride has taken them all over the map musically and geographically, yet the inescapable patina of their hometown infuses every note they play.

Through eight studio albums, countless tours and Jazz Fest appearances, and a flood that did its best to take their adopted city with it, it's a testament to the band's endurance that the same four guys that started playing in the early 1990s are still together. Joe Cabral is philosophical about the bandʼs persistence in the face of challenges that would have felled — indeed have felled — lesser bands. "First of all, this is all we know how to do; weʼre musicians. But more than that," he continues, "we respect the power of the band as an entity, and each individual in the band steps up to play his part. When itʼs good, thatʼs really what itʼs all about."

Rod Hodges agrees. "I donʼt want to get all heady and mystical about this, but itʼs not really an outward reward weʼre looking for. We all enjoy playing music, we all get along, and finding a group of people who can say that after all this time is a rare thing."

With their most diverse collection of songs just released, the band recently embarked on their most extensive tour in four years, a 32-day journey that saw them play 22 shows across the US and Canada.

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