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Because Every Beer Festival Needs Music

For those of you who have been keeping tabs on the Arizona Brewer's Guild recent run of beer festivals, you know, full well, that the 21st Annual Great Arizona Beer Festival is this Saturday and Sunday at Tempe Beach Park from 2-6 PM. Hoping to piggyback on the success of last weekend's Strong Beer Festival out at the Mesa Amphitheater, the AZ Brewer's Guild has booked yet another perfectly appropriate band for the upcoming brew fest: The Crown Kings. Last weekend brought us the ska stylings of 2 Tone Lizard Kings, and in keeping with brew-ready music, The Crown Kings seem to be a perfect fit for this weekend.

The band's website dubs the Kings as "the party band in Arizona," a bold claim for such a musically diverse state. Playing a beer festival, however, is not high art. No offense to the crowds or the atmosphere, but c'mon -- it's a bunch of people drinking beer outside. All you have to do is play a few original songs and some covers of Journey and Bon Jovi and the crowd will love you. It's not rocket science up on the beer festival's main music stage, and, luckily, The Crown Kings are no rocket scientists themselves. They are a group of older gentlemen who like to rock, drink an occasional beer and entertain 35-50 year old Arizona women. It's a noble cause, I know, but I think the equation is far too broad for them to mess it up. So put your drinking hat on, pony up that ridiculous $50 and get ready to wait in exorbitantly long lines for 3 ounces of beer at a time. At least The Crown Kings will be there to (hopefully) ease your woes.

In the words of the band, "See ya later, fornicators!!!!"

The Crown Kings will be playing the 21st Annual Arizona Brewer's Guild Great Arizona Beer Festival this Saturday. Gates open to the public at 2 PM. Mystic Blue will also be playing.

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Michael Lopez