Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend.
1. Brewery Olympics (3 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Lazy Monk Brewing, 97 W. Madison St.): Workers from breweries around the state will be gathering Saturday at Lazy Monk to take on one another in a battle of brewery prowess.
For them, it’s for the glory. For us spectators, it’s for the beer.
Specifically, beer from breweries we may not often have the chance to try, or didn’t know existed.
Local brewers such as K Point Brewing and Brewing Projekt will be participating, but so will many others such as two I hadn’t heard of: River Falls’ Swinging Bridge Brewing Co. and Moonridge Brewing in Cornell.
Take this opportunity as a time to study up on other breweries within the region you may have missed.
2. Through the Kitchen Hole (doors at 8 p.m. Friday at The Plus, 208 S. Barstow St. $5): This local band of Eau Claire Memorial High School 2018 graduates competed at the garage-band competition Rockonsin in July at Summerfest ... and came in second place.
That’s better than any band I’ve covered that has attended the competition in the last three years, and there is a reason they did so well. These guys and gals are good.
The group plays covers of classic and contemporary rock songs — basically, whatever they’re in the mood to play.
They are a dynamic, fun mix of characters, each of whom brings their own musical style to the band.
Through the Kitchen Hole’s covers of “Carry on Wayward Son”and “Through the Fire and Flames” by DragonForce are what got them noticed at Rockonsin, so I’d expect to hear those Friday night.
3. WHYS Radio’s Bluegrass Festival (noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Lake Altoona County Park, 604 Beach Road, Altoona. $12 single, $17 family. Prices increase at the gate. whysradio.org): This laid-back affair is a music festival you can bring your youngest kids and oldest parents to, and everyone will have a good time.
There will be a variety of musicians performing from as far as Kansas City, Mo. Bands Grassfed and Steamboat Bandits will be making their WHYS Bluegrass Festival debut.
Georgia Rae and the Georgia Rae Family Band also will be returning after the sister trio’s successful debut at last year’s festival.
Summer Saturdays are meant for sunshine and relaxation. This festival gives you that amid a backdrop of greatmusic.
4. Girl Band (7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Acoustic Cafe, 505 S. Barstow St.): Talk about the power of females.
This band is made up of local music powerhouses Jen Hazen (Davey J and Friends, Milk and Whiskey and Weapons of Brass Destruction), Kai Ulrica (Wolves at the Door and RavenWolf), flutist Julie Majkowski (Chippewa Valley Flute Ensemble) and guitarist Kori Riesenweber (Beacon James).
They each bring a unique element to the group that combines to form what should be a lovely evening of music.
5. Stone Space Gallery grand opening (3 to 11 p.m. Friday at Stone Space Gallery, 431 Water St.): Eau Claire’s newest art gallery is set to feature stones and spray paintings and it opens this weekend.
Be sure to stop in Friday evening to see work by artists such as Jason Anhorn, Emily Hartman, Christina Singleton, Barry Newman and many others. There also will be live music from Josh Wurzer, Orenda Fugue, Frank n’ Friends, Monkey Glue, sloslylove and zeuspointO.