Saturday August 26th is "the big avocado" as they say, with a full dang ol' day of music and food and also a couple extra fun things thrown in for good measure! For music, we're startin' the day off with our friends from DnA's Evolution who will be playing an extra long set because of Reasons (one of those reasons is that they're a lot of fun to see live) and it's still up in the air whether they'll be making any hot-sauce-related bad decisions whilst on stage (it... did not go well when they did that last year) and then after that we've got Sundrifter returning to the stage and hopefully they'll be playing stuff from their upcoming album because we've heard some of it and it's hella good (their older stuff is also good, we just get excited) and then for the first time ever* we've got a band travelling from out of state to play at the anniversary and that's Clouds Taste Satanic whose beer (Ales of Demonic Possession) pretty much flew out of here when we released it so it's good we saved some (and also we love their music, but that should be obvious by this point) and after that we've got a trio of returning bands that all just so happen to have barrel-aged beers (god help us, or at least help our livers) and the first of those is North Star the Wanderer who have the dubious distinction of being the first ever band to participate in a barreled beer blending session with us (it... it got weird, but it resulted in a great beer) and they're followed by SkyTigers who have the dubious distinction of being the ones that forced us to make a pumpkin beer (it's honestly really good) and then we're movin' on to Stryga whose guitarist is our bartender Sam (who you might know as "that guy in the short shorts") and we're ending the evening with Brain Famine who thankfully doesn't have a barrel-aged beer but the sheer force of their performance will probably turn your brain into mush anyway and that's the musical lineup for the day!
But wait... there's more! Somehow! Since there's been a trend of our food vendors running out of food startlingly early on the Saturday of the anniversary** we've got TWO options for eats and that's Lala's Pizza and An Thoi (who make Vietnamese street food but they don't include that in the name of their business) and both options are straight-up delectable so you might as well eat the full menu from both of them, especially if you're gonna be drinking all that barrel-aged beer later.
And. AND. Following the tradition of years past*** we've got Heads Up Screenprinting here to do live screenprinting! They'll have four special designs that you can't get elsewhere and they'll have blank shirts to print on but the real pro move is to bring in stuff of your own - they'll print on pretty much anything for like ten bucks and it looks cool as hell to get anniversary art on the back of a Bone Up flannel (or on the back of one of our standard-model t shirts, or on some stuff that you panic bought at Target on your way over) and anyway that's a lotta dang fun for one day which means we can't cram more fun times in there but we've still got one more day! And it's gonna be a good one!
It starts off with the only band that's been at every anniversary party and that's The Weisstronauts! We've heard their music described as "the perfect music for relaxing outside with a beer" and we couldn't agree more, but then we're gonna turn up the tempo a bit with some stoner rock from Organ Meats and then we're turning that tempo right back down (but keeping the volume up) and bringin y'all some doom from new-to-our-stage (and our second ever out-of-state band at the anniversary) Hobo Wizard and I don't think their "flaming trash can" trick will work outside in the middle of the day but that just means you'll have to go see them again which is a double win for you (and also you should check out their latest album on account of how OUR TAPROOM IS ON THE ALBUM COVER and also Liz did the art for the other parts of the album and that's completely cool as hell) and then we've got another new-to-our-stage band comin' on and that's Cortez and we really wish we'd known sooner that these guys were local because they're rad as hell, and speaking of bands that we didn't know were local next up is Major Stars who have been quietly coming to the taproom for years now and just neglected to mention that they're in an awesome band and then we're closing out the day with the first band to cause us to get a phone call from the police and that's Crowfeeder! They've played here a handful of times before and they're very good, which is why we invited them.
And if you happen to be in the mood for sum munchin' while all these awesome tunes are being played, we've got Black Tongue Sloppy Joes in the house and there's pretty much nothing I want more on a Sunday morning than to bury my entire face in the sloppiest of joes, so that sounds pretty much perfect. But wait, there's more! We've got Green Room Prints comin' by with vintage band tees and sellin' some stuff and also Light of Day Records (our in-house record shop) will be putting out their whole spread so you can peruse a whole bunch of records out in the sunshine just like god intended or whatever and anyway that's a ding dang jam packed day for what was originally supposed to be a "relaxing afternoon" but it's gonna be fun as hell so you should come hang out!
** Including one memorable year when our main vendor was packed up by like 1:45 PM, but we're not gonna name names on that front
*** Not to be a downer, but every time we think about anniversary traditions we get a little sad that Alex's Ugly Sauce isn't around anymore