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Summer Ends Music Festival: Q&A with Dry River Yacht Club

Dry River Yacht Club, Summer Ends Music Festival, ticket giveaway

Summer Ends Music Festival will feature live performances by The Replacements, Foster the People, Capital Cities, Descendents, Violent Femmes, Fitz & the Tantrums and more than 20 other popular acts. The inaugural three-day festival will take place September 26-28 at Tempe Beach Park.  Tickets are on sale now: three-day passes for $250 and single-day passes for $65.

Through September 24, The Spec will be publishing interviews with bands on the lineup and giving away tickets to the event.

Dry River Yacht Club formed in 2007 and has self-released two EPs and two full-length albums including 2014’s El Tigre. The eight-piece band is hard to nail down into one specific genre and can be seen sharing the stage with a realm of instruments including cello, accordion, trombone, bass clarinet and violin.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with drummer Henri Benard of DRYC and enter to win a pair of tickets to the festival…

Song of yours you would recommend to someone just being introduce to your music?

Unexpected talent you or someone else in the band has?
Garnet is an amazing craft jeweler.

Must-have thing while on tour or in the studio?
Delicious snacks!

Music award, honor, achievement or induction that you would be most excited to get?
Quite frankly, I am not thinking about anything like that…just trying to always make pushes in positive directions. Maybe some kind of lifetime achievement award like Dewey Cox.

Explain the moment you knew that you wanted to be a musician.
When I was 7 I got a guitar for X-Mas. I remember pulling that out of the wrapping paper and thinking, “Santa wanted me to be a rockstar…that’s why he gave me this guitar.” It was a pretty cheap guitar, and it was definitely never in tune because neither of my parents are musicians and really knew how to play anything.

Recent concert you attended as a fan and your favorite memory from it.
Kishi Bashi at the Magic Stick in Detroit. Some people were talking during the last solo song of his amazing band’s set. He stopped the song, called them out and made them publicly stop their BORING conversation. He then proceeded to start over and play a violin love song so beautiful, almost had me in tears. What a show, what a band!

Finish the following sentences:

Everyone thinks my music is blue, but I think it is green.

Number one rule of being a musician or in a band is “look good. I mean, really good.”

Don’t ever underestimate the power of love and kindness, Pharell.

Summer Ends Music Fest will be a great event to kick off the fall .

Enter below for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Summer Ends Music Festival (the day of your choice). Winners will be chosen on Sept. 24 and contacted by email soon after. To be eligible, you must complete the tasks in the Rafflecopter below, including leaving a comment with the day of the festival you most want to attend. Giveaways not your thing? Purchase your tickets online here.

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Follow The Spec’s continuing coverage of Summer Ends Music Festival here.


  1. I would really like to go Sunday the 28th

  2. Sunday! Thank you!

  3. Sunday the 28th

  4. I would prefer Sunday so I could see the Kongos and local band Banana Gun!

  5. I want to go Saturday, September 27th! The bands are bad ass and IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!! 🙂

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