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Nikki Lane to headline inaugural Firestone Walker Beer Fest Kick-off Concert 

Nikki Lane. Photo by Eden Tyler.

—Whether you did or didn’t score tickets to the sold-out Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest, now is your chance to start off the weekend with beers and music as acclaimed Nashville recording artist Nikki Lane headlines the inaugural Firestone Walker International Beer Fest Kick-Off Concert at the Paso Robles Event Center on Friday, June 1.

It starts at 7 p.m. with opening act The Mother Hips, followed by Lane at 8:30 p.m. Featured breweries include Russian River Brewing Company (Santa Rosa, California), Three Floyds (Munster, Indiana), Garage Project (New Zealand), Boneyard Brewing (Bend, Oregon), Half Acre (Chicago, Illinois), Highland Park (Los Angeles), Funkwerks (Fort Collins, Colorado) and Firestone Walker.

Tickets are $45. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. Twelve-ounce pours from the featured breweries will be available for $5 while supplies last, including an exclusive collaboration beer by Funkwerks and Firestone Walker. Net proceeds from the FWIBF Kick-Off Concert will benefit Paso Robles Pioneer Day, a non-profit dedicated to local historic preservation and community engagement.

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“The main beer fest on Saturday is fairly intimate by design, but that means that tickets sell out quickly,” said Jamie Smith, Firestone Walker’s marketing director. “We added this new Friday evening concert event so that we could welcome more people—and particularly locals—to enjoy a taste of what the fest is all about.”

Lane’s dazzling third album, Highway Queen, saw the young Nashville rebel emerge as one of most gifted songwriters in the country-rock field. Hailed by Rolling Stone, NPR, CBS This Morning and others, Lane is known for her throwback style, catchy songwriting and powerful stage presence.

San Francisco-based The Mother Hips are a stalwart of West Coast rock. As one observer put it, “The Mother Hips have long been one of the most reliably excellent rock acts going but in recent years they’ve exhibited a real talent for nigh-legendary performances.”

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