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Celebrate beer, music at Arcfest

You can catch a slate of indie bands at the first-ever Arcfest, a combined beer release and music festival that will be hosted by Arclight Brewing Co. Aug. 17 in Watervliet.

The festival, to be held at the brewery’s facility at 544 N. Main St., will mark the first release of the brewery’s Soursmith Red Raspberry in almost five years. The brewing company’s founder, Dave Coyle, was inspired to host the music festival when he met a member of Chicago-based band Dream Version, who had always wanted to start a music festival in Southwest Michigan.

Festival acts include Cowboy Jesus and the Sugar Bums, The Baby Magic, Dream Version, Wild Pink, Dehd and headliner Ryley Walker, among others. Kalamazoo’s own DJ Dan Steely will play between sets and after Walker.

The event runs from 3:30–9:30 p.m. Children are welcome to attend. Tickets are $12, and free for kids under 12. For tickets or more information, check out arclightbrewing.com/arcfest.