Events Scott Yoshimura, 28, is the singer/guitarist for Canby.

Scott Yoshimura, 28, is the singer/guitarist for Canby.

Two ways to spend your Saturday

Published on July 20th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler

1. Beer, Ben and Jazz

Enjoy unlimited samples of hundreds of types of beer from 150 brewers at the sixth annual Brewfest, running from 3-7 p.m. at Principal Park, One Line Drive. There will be new beers you might get to sample before anyone else, as well as limited beers you might not find again. $30, at

Former Iowa comedian Ben Herman has moved on to Chicago, but he returns to perform at standup at the Stoner Theater, 221 Walnut St., at 8 p.m. Radio listeners might remember Herman for his time hosting 105.1-FM’s “Iowa Unsigned” show. $13.50.

After the comedy head out to the Jazz in July concert at the Sixth Avenue Corridor, Sixth and Washington avenues. There’s music by Madison Ray and All the Single Ladies starting at 10 p.m., along with a variety of food vendors. The event kicks off at 3 p.m. if you want to go earlier. Free.

2. Corn, bacon and Canby

Cornstalk DSM, a celebration of Iowa’s cash crop, features events all weekend and from noon-3 p.m. today you can enjoy Cornmeal at The Venue/The Exchange in the Court Center Building, 216 Court Ave. The Snacks will provide music, while 20 vendors will offer up corn-inspired dishes. $40, which includes admission into the Cornucopia corn feed with unlimited corn from 5:30-8 p.m. as well as live music and comedy.

If you’ve had enough corn by 3 p.m., head over to Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St., to enjoy what a lot of that corn goes to create: Bacon. The Iowa Barnstormers take on the Utah Blaze in the Iowa Bacon Bowl starting at 7 p.m., but at 3 p.m. there’s a tailgate party with bacon dishes by several local chefs. $30.

At 9 p.m. The Envy Corps’ Scott Yoshimura plays a show with his side project, Canby at the Vaudeville Mews PBR Bar, 212 Fourth St. The band has existed for a few years, but Yoshimura recently bumped up its size with a huge brass section. Free.

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Joe Lawler covers music and more for Juice Magazine. E-mail him at or follow his updates on Twitter @JoeLawler

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