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“Cheap Beer”: Your playlist primer to Denver’s Project Pabst festival

Project Pabst will bring Nathaniel Rateliff, Courtney Barnett, Charles Bradley and many more to Denver on May 21. Image courtesy of Project Pabst.
Project Pabst will bring Nathaniel Rateliff, Courtney Barnett, Charles Bradley and many more to Denver on May 21. Image courtesy of Project Pabst.

Denver is set to crack open its first Project Pabst music festival this weekend.

Setting aside whatever righteous feelings you have about a cheap-o beer company descending on Denver, craft beer’s promised land, you can’t argue against the immense amount of talent (local and national) the festival will bring to the seven stages spread across RiNo on May 20 and 21.

The “Cheap Beer”-swilling FIDLAR seems like an obvious match for a branded festival trying to grab some buzzy band cred. But artists like Youth Code, Nuns of Brixton, South of France, DJ MU$A, Dirty Few and Charles Bradley take some savvy — and a sense of risk — to bring together.

Related: Best Coast to replace Courtney Barnett at Project Pabst

Really, all they had to do was book Nathaniel Rateliff a ticket back to his hometown to win most of Denver’s hearts and they were golden. (We really, really like him.) Well played, hangover jockeys.

For all the bands you don’t know you love yet that are playing Project Pabst this weekend, check out our playlist laying out some of the best songs you can catch this weekend.

And if you’re trying to plot out your route through the chaos in RiNo, check out the show schedule for Saturday here.