Thousands of craft beer makers, distributors and just plain beer fans are in Denver through tomorrow night for the 30th annual Great American Beer Festival. The event’s 40,000 public tickets sold out in just a few days; an indication of how well this industry is doing even in the bad economy.
Mates of State's members are literally mates: Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel have been a duo since 1996, married since 2001, and parents on tour since 2004. Their basic concept is two strong voices, Gardner's slightly predominant, over her keyboards and Hammel's drums. Over the years, the band has expanded its instrumental range and brought in guests for sonic color. But nothing in the pair's catalog anticipated "Palomino," the opening track from the new Mountaintops.
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Sylvia Robinson was an important figure in American pop music for more than half a century. She first gained recognition as half of the duo Mickey and Sylvia (with ace guitarist Mickey Baker). They scored a hit in 1957 with "Love Is Strange," which has been used in movies from Dirty Dancing to Mermaids to Casino.