From the Barstool of the Publisher – May, 2006

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Not since someone mixed peanut butter and chocolate together have two things combined as well as some great tunes and some tasty suds.

This month, The Marquee is proud to release, in conjunction with Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons, something that does just that — mixes beer and music together in one handy package.

On May 18, the Singing 12-PackTM will hit liquor stores throughout the state. What does that mean? It means that when you buy a 12-pack of Oskar Blues beer (either Old Chub or Dale’s Pale Ale) you will receive free a 12-pack of songs to go with it.

Twelve songs on one CD from local and national acts — that’s a song per beer, if you’re counting.

When Oskar Blues first approached us to be part of the project, we didn’t know what we were getting into. But we knew it’d be fun, and it was. We ended up putting together a musical snapshot of the Front Range, a melange of artists you probably know and some you probably have never heard of.

The disc starts off with a throwdown from Great American Taxi (see their story on page 10 this month). It’s followed by long-time friends of The Marquee, Remedy Motel of southern California. Track 3 is by a band you probably haven’t heard of yet, but soon will: Margot and the Nuclear So and So (last year’s break-out band from the South Park Music Festival). The Midwest-based indie band has recently inked a record deal and are blowing up big.

The Railbenders and 18 Wheeler follow on the CD, adding a bit of honky tonk.

Denver rockers Anava and Westminster resident Beto Hale follow. Funkiphino, the Front Range’s tightest funk band, lead off the fourth quarter of the CD, followed by Polytoxic and Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams. And Denver’s Oakhurst and Zebra Junction cap the CD.

We really hope that you enjoy the disc and the beer that comes with it,

We’ll see you at the shows.

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