Colorado's Drag the River celebrate 20 years as a band at Will's Pub

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IMELDA MICHALCZYK
  • Imelda Michalczyk
A devoted local fan base of hard-drinking diehards keeps the stream of national touring alt-country and country-rock acts through Orlando pretty steady (Chuck Ragan was just here last month, Cory Branan will be here June 17 and Austin Lucas and Matt Woods will both be here July 8). But because their near-perfect balance of gruff texture and hard twang has long been some of the best of the lot, any time Colorado's Drag the River comes to town is a red-letter day. Emerging from the notable country and punk crossroads of Suburban Home Records alongside names like Two Cow Garage, Tim Barry and Joey Cape, Drag the River has managed to outlive road wear, band drama (some of which has transpired on our stages here) and physical injury (some very recent) to see their 20th anniversary as a band. Happy birthday, boys, and many sweet and blurry returns. Be sure to show up early for notable hometown talent like Bartender Brian and Johnny Knuckles.

with Bartender Brian, Dancehall Revelry, Johnny Knuckles | 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1 | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org | $10-$12


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