Band: Mario Mena Band
Date: Saturday, Aug. 26, 9 p.m.
Venue: The Brickyard, 266 Dauphin St., 251-219-6488
Tickets: Call for more info.

For the past two decades, the Dauphin Street Beer Festival has urged locals to “think globally” and “drink locally.” The festival’s 20th anniversary this weekend is sure to fill LoDa with thousands of thirsty individuals wanting to explore new brews and sample their favorites.

For some beer hounds, this year’s festival will be an early night. For others, this festival dedicated to all things malty and hoppy will serve as the launching point for an evening of revelry.

The Mario Mena Band will be onstage at The Brickyard for those who want to jam into the wee hours. Mena has spent many years entertaining listeners with his version of crowd favorites. Now this local guitarist is giving his audiences a taste of his original sounds with tracks from his debut EP “Summertime.”

This collection represents a musical style that skirts across the genre spectrum with great skill — and great results. Each song is an experimental sonic cocktail of Southern rock, pop country and grooving soul. Living up to the album’s title, each song resonates a bright warmth that is accented by great arrangements, lyrical dexterity and Mena’s six-string talent. Mena’s original songs should be great way to finish Beer Fest 2017.