By Tyler Allen Explore Big Sky Senior Editor
BOZEMAN – Bridger Brewing will transform its east parking lot into an outdoor music venue on Aug. 20 for the second time this summer, as Bozeman-based Skavacado hits the stage for a free live show. This will be the second installment of the brewery’s outdoor summer music series, following an energetic performance by Bozeman’s Cure for the Common on July 16.
Bridger Brewing has supported local music since it opened on South 11th Avenue in May 2013, with free indoor shows every Wednesday and most Sundays. The brewery has hosted such homegrown acts as Holler ‘N’ Pine, The Bridger Creek Boys, Molotov Quintet and the VIBE Quartet.
“We really like supporting the community and arts in Bozeman,” said Bridger Brewing co-owner David Breck. “I particularly enjoy the music scene and we’re hoping to expand [our offerings] in the future.”
The outdoor concerts allow Bridger Brewing to pull in a bigger crowd, as well as serve its beers past 8 p.m., Breck said. The gates for the 21-and-older show will open at 7 p.m., with Skavacado – with a sound described as part island, part retro soul, part rock steady – taking the stage at 8 p.m. Cure for the Common pulled in an estimated 7-800 fans and the brewery expects closer to 1,000 attendees for Skavacado, one of Breck’s favorite Bozeman bands.
“[Skavacado] is another great, homegrown local band,” Breck said. “Personally, I have always loved going to see those guys. They’ll have their big horn section booming outside – that wall of sound that I really dig.”
The brewery will offer food in the outdoor venue including beef and pork tacos, as well as Elote corn, a popular Mexican street food. Breck hopes to build on this summer’s outdoor concert series next summer by hosting five outdoor shows instead of two.
Visit bridgerbrewing.com for more information.