KBS Draft Release Party

with Billy Strings, Naomi Wachira

Founders Brewing Company invites you to our annual

KBS Draft Release Party (The first day you can enjoy our legendary KBS on tap! Note: The KBS Draft Release Party will be ages 21+ All Day.)

featuring a musical performance by the incomparable

Billy Strings (Thrashgrass Picking Wizard from Traverse City, Alumnus of Founders Fest 2015)

and performing in between sets

Naomi Wachira (Soul Singer-Songwriter from Seattle, WA)

Imagine taking a hardcore heavy metal band like Pantera and cramming all that energy into the body of a 21-year-old bluegrass guitarist. That’s Billy Strings. He tears up the stage during his set, grimacing, growling, head-banging and tearing the holy sh*t out of a set of super-charged Americana. Kid can pick! DAMN can he pick!  It’s acoustic music with a punk edge and a lot of youthful enthusiasm and, oh man, that PICKING!  Strings covers a wide variety of classic tunes and songs in his show, from a slow-burning cover of “Wild Bill Jones” to a raw cover of “Cocaine Blues” or picking delights like “Red Haired Boy” and “Soldier’s Joy.” But the standout track is the opening song, “Dust in a Baggie”, a cleverly written mountain song about meth that manages to take a very current and destructive issue and translate it into the bluegrass vernacular. It’s a tour-de-force, written by Strings himself, and is the moment you realize just how far this kid’s gonna go.” — D.L. “THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION”


« Back to Taproom Events

Are you over 21?

You don’t need to be 21 to check out our Careers.