Who: Kyle’s Brew Fest
When: 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Boulder Beer Company, 2880 Wilderness Place
Get ready for a music-filled weekend.
The String Cheese Incident’s Kyle Hollingsworth hosts his annual Brew Fest at Boulder Beer on Saturday, and indie rockers Maps & Atlases hit the Summit Music Hall on Sunday.
Kyle Hollingsworth’s Brew Fest P
Kyle Hollingsworth and his String Cheese Incident band mates just returned from playing the Electric Forest festival. That gives the SCI keyboardist the rest of the summer to pursue his solo projects and his passion for brewing beer.
The local musician’s combining both his talents into a concert/benefit for Boulder’s Conscious Alliance. Hollingsworth’s second annual Brew Fest takes place Saturday afternoon at Boulder Beer.
“Playing Electric Forest was so amazing,” Hollingsworth said. “We played some great music and it was a magical music fest. I believe we’ve been talking about some more shows in the fall.
“Now I’m excited to spend the rest of the summer working on my bands and some side projects. I’m going out to do some shows with Steve Kimock and keeping busy.”
Hollingsworth’s also been developing his homebrewing business. The musician just released a brew called Hoopla for Boulder Beer.
“This is the second annual festival and it will be a benefit for the Conscious Alliance,” Hollingsworth said. “We’re going to have brewers from around the country — and celebrate with great beer and great music.
“I might even make beer while I’m on stage performing! This won’t be a traditional show! This will be a great opportunity to sample great beers, see some live music and give back to the community.”
Maps & Atlases
On the other end of the musical spectrum, Soda Jerk Presents has been presenting a full summer of indie music acts at the Summit Music Hall and Marquis Theater in Denver.
Sunday, Soda Jerk hosts a show with indie, experimental band Maps & Atlases at the Summit.
The Chicago rock outfit melds pop, indie folk and math rock into its interesting pattern of sounds. The band’s hitting Denver to promote its latest record, Perch Patchwork.
“Our band really focuses on rhythms,” explained guitarist/vocalist Dave Davison. “We listen to a lot of pop and classic rock, and we draw in from a lot of types of music.
“Now our sounds are kind of rhythmic, but they have a pop song quality. We tried to make the songs relatively concise.”
Maps & Atlases fused its new sounds into Perch Patchwork.
“This is a different record for us,” Davison said. “We incorporated a lot of different instrumentation. We used a lot of strings, orchestral instruments and drums to create a collage of ideas.”
Maps & Atlases are getting ready to hit Denver with the new tunes. The band’s summer tour also includes a set at the famed Lollapalooza festival.
“We’re going to try and mix it up a bit for Denver,” Davison said. “We always do something different every night and we incorporate improvisation. It will be really fun.”