Okay, it's far from Dillinger 4's first beer. Based on their live act, it can be expected they've had at least one today by the time you're reading this. However, the long-running Minneapolis punks are celebrating their 21st year as a band, and are going to have a beer brewed in their honor by Surly for their annual Fourth of July shindig, the D4th of July.
Not only is there a special beer, though, they're also bringing Against Me! to headline an outdoor stage in a 10-band festival of patriotism, punk, and (likely) hot dogs. Dillinger Four have taken an ever expanding approach to their annual Fourth of July celebration in recent years, increasing the festival to multiple days while bringing out-of-town guests to share the stage with them.
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With a lineup of familiar faces, the show kicks off at 1 p.m. on July 4. Against Me! will headline, with another surprise guest still to be announced. Rounding out that lineup are hyper garage-rockers Scared of Chaka, San Pedro's Toys That Kill, singalong punks Off With Their Heads, singer Tim Barry, and also Pink Mink, Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band, and United Teachers of Music.
The lineup features a mix of sonic styles with punk roots at their core, split evenly between local and national acts. All amounting to one hell of a musical party this July 4.
Many of these bands have shared the stage with D4 previously, which begs the question: Who is that "surprise special guest?"
Should we start the rumors flying now?
Tickets are now on sale. No additional details about the Surly beer have been announced at present.
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