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Saturday, July 26, 2008

PBR Block Party

Today @ Potter Ave in Bay View - Noon to 8 p.m.

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In a brilliant marketing move, Pabst Blue Ribbon opted against advertising directly to its growing consumer base of young, bohemian types who view drinking unpretentious, bargain beer as a badge of honor. Instead, it courted them in more clever ways, sponsoring events like this one, a low-key gathering featuring music far grittier than what you’d find at a stage sponsored by one of the major brewing corporations. Headlining the PBR Block Party, which runs from noon to 8 p.m., is Detroit Cobras, a cover band that cherry-picks rarities and deep cuts from the early days of rock ’n’ roll and Motown. They’ll be supported by a slew of locals, including the Rusty Ps, Juiceboxxx, John The Savage and Freight. In keeping with PBR’s style, even the location of the event is cool and understated: Potter Avenue is an unassuming Bay View side street off Kinnickinnic that contains the youthful corner tap Burnhearts and, well, that’s about it.