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Beard-liner!

If you have followed Beards of Denver for a bit, or if you are familiar with either beard or beer culture, you now know well that there is often a direct correlation between a bomb-ass beard and an excellent craft beer. Based on that cardinal knowledge, you won’t be surprised that we met Tony Drewry (left, pictured here with Will Golden, Head Brewer at Austin Beerworks in Austin, TX) at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver in October.  Tony, who is an independent craft beer consultant across the state of Texas, was visiting our fair city for GABF from his home in Fort Worth, Texas.  His beard is just over three years old, but he’s had some iteration of facial hair for all of his adult life, including goatees, mustaches, chops, but we must say we favor his beard.  Tony hails from a long line of Baptists and moonshiners, which we hear are both huge appreciators of the beard.  All of Tony’s sweethearts have appreciated his beard, and he assured us “Hell, even my mama digs it.” To care for those precious locks, Tony washes, conditions, brushes, and even applies a bit of Kieh’s Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil for good measure.  Even with all this primping, occasionally he does experience “bed beard” (think bed head, but on your face), but when it gets that wild he’s able to braid it to keep it in check. Regardless, it always smells fabulous (we have no doubt).  When asked if strangers fondle his beard without his permission, Tony said he does occasionally get confused with other men who are part of the bearded brethren brotherhood, and he even has a name for these folks: “Beardists” (no comment as to whether the Beards of Denver ladies would qualify for this label, but we’ll take it as a compliment if so).  Tony stressed that Beardism is “not a laughing matter” and has noticed over the years that a big, beautiful beard does seem to fascinate a huge spectrum of the populace and garners loads of, mostly humorous, comments, though he did say if he ever hears another “Duck Dynasty” reference “It will be too soon.” Tony’s family, on the whole, loves his beard. His 10-year-old daughter dictates his facial hair growth and her most recent instruction was for him to grow his beard to his waist (we can’t wait for the progress report on that)! One of his nephews once wore a fake beard to Tony’s birthday party, and his very young nephews and nieces find solace and comfort in his beard.  Tony’s favorite story about his beard is when his nephew Parker was three years old, he asked Tony how he grew his beard, and Tony told him, “Kid, I get up every morning, look at myself in the mirror and let out a seriously manly grunt.” About a week later, Tony received a text from my sister that read, "Well, I hope you're happy. Parker was trying to grow his beard this morning and shit his pants,” Tony told us “I laugh every time I tell that story.” Besides growing an awesome beard, Tony is also the Co-Founder/Art Director at lemonjuice.us. He works with the Texas Tavern League and is the co-pilot of The Beerliner (which we were lucky enough to experience). Tony also sings and plays banjo/guitar/jug/kazoo in the band Shotgun Friday, which plays hill hop music and is the official unofficial band of Texas Craft Beer.  We’ll be sure to try and catch them next time we’re in the Lone-Star state!  Tony put it best when he told us that truly, “Beards make the world a better place.” We couldn’t agree more. You can follow Tony on Twitter at: @BeerPedaler

If you have followed Beards of Denver for a bit, or if you are familiar with either beard or craft beer culture, you now know well that there is often a direct correlation between a bomb-ass beard and an excellent craft beer. Based on that cardinal knowledge, you won’t be surprised that we met Tony Drewry (left, pictured here with Will Golden, Head Brewer at Austin Beerworks in Austin, TX) at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver in October. Tony, who is an independent craft beer consultant across the state of Texas, was visiting our fair city for GABF from his home in Fort Worth, Texas. His beard is just over three years old, but he’s had some iteration of facial hair for all his adult life, including goatees, mustaches, and mutton chops, but we must say, we favor his beard. Tony hails from a long line of Baptists and moonshiners, which we hear are both huge appreciators of the beard. Additionally, all of Tony’s sweethearts have appreciated his beard, and he assured us “Hell, even my mama digs it.”
To care for those precious locks, Tony washes, conditions, brushes, and even applies a bit of Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil for good measure. Even with all this primping, occasionally he does experience “bed beard” (think bed head, but on your face), but when his beard gets that wild he’s able to braid it to keep it in check. Regardless, Tony’s beard always smells fabulous (we have no doubt). When asked if strangers fondle his beard without his permission, Tony said he does occasionally get confused with other men who are part of the bearded brethren brotherhood, and he even has a name for these folks: “Beardists” (no comment as to whether the Beards of Denver ladies would qualify for this label, but we’ll take it as a compliment if so). Tony stressed that Beardism is “not a laughing matter” and has noticed over the years that a big, beautiful beard does seem to fascinate a huge spectrum of the populace and garners loads of, mostly humorous, comments. He did say if he ever hears another “Duck Dynasty” reference “It will be too soon.”
Tony’s family, on the whole, loves his beard. His 10-year-old daughter dictates his facial hair growth and her most recent instruction was for him to grow his beard to his waist (we can’t wait for the progress report on that)! One of his nephews once wore a fake beard to Tony’s birthday party, and his very young nephews and nieces find solace and comfort in his beard. Tony’s favorite story about his beard is when his nephew Parker was three years old, he asked Tony how he grew his beard, and Tony told him, “Kid, I get up every morning, look at myself in the mirror and let out a seriously manly grunt.” About a week later, Tony received a text from his sister that read, “Well, I hope you’re happy. Parker was trying to grow his beard this morning and shit his pants,” Tony told us “I laugh every time I tell that story.” (That may be the best beard story we’ve heard thus far as well!)
Besides growing an awesome beard and working in the craft beer world, Tony is also the Co-Founder/Art Director at lemonjuice.us. He works with the Texas Tavern League and is the co-pilot of The Beerliner (which we were lucky enough to experience in person). Tony also sings and plays banjo, guitar, jug, and kazoo in the band Shotgun Friday, which plays hill hop music and is the official unofficial band of Texas Craft Beer. We’ll be sure to try and catch them next time we’re in the Lone-Star state! Tony put it best when he told us that truly, “Beards make the world a better place.” We couldn’t agree more. You can follow Tony on Twitter at: @BeerPedaler

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It’s Our First Beardiversary!

Well, ladies and our ever-loved bearded gentlemen, it’s been a wonderful, wild, and exciting ride documenting the Bewitching Bearded Boys of Denver for you the past year!  It’s hard for us to believe that 365 days have passed since we cemented our friendship and embarked on our poetic, and most favorite, journey yet: That of bringing the bearded (and occasionally) mustachioed love to you. Thanks to all of the bearded fans out there, our fabulous beard correspondents, and most importantly the bearded men of Denver who bring so much joy to our fuzzy-burly-beard-lovin hearts. Our emergence as pogonologists would not have been possible without you! We can’t wait to bring you more whiskered wonder in the next year to come. Cheers and Beards! Kate and Leah

Well, ladies and our ever-loved bearded gentlemen, it’s been a wonderful, wild, and exciting ride documenting the Bewitching Bearded Boys of Denver for you the past year! It’s hard for us to believe that 365 days have passed since we cemented our friendship and embarked on our poetic, and most favorite, journey yet: That of bringing the bearded (and occasionally) mustachioed love to you. Thanks to all of the bearded fans out there, our fabulous beard correspondents, and most importantly the bearded men of Denver who bring so much joy to our fuzzy-burly-beard-lovin’ hearts. Our emergence as pogonologists would not have been possible without you! We can’t wait to bring you more whiskered wonder in the next year to come. Cheers and Beards!
Kate and Leah

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Strong Man Beard

Occasionally here at Beards of Denver we are fortunate enough to feature some of our good buddies and their bomb beards, and such is the case today.  Beards of Denver lovelies, meet Kyle.  Residing in Denver now for over eight years, Kyle’s a true local Denver bearded gem.  Kyle’s beard represents his beard-growing effort over the entire summer, and this is the longest his beard has ever been in his life, and we certainly applaud and support this beard dedication!  When we snapped this pic of Kyle in mid-September he was, sadly, planning to trim his beard to attend a wedding, but don’t fear, beard-adoring public: Kyle always participates in Movember (where he usually sports an impressive handlebar ‘stache) and is planning to Beard Up again for the winter (we’d have to have a serious talk if this wasn’t the case). Kyle’s lovely mother, who also lives in the Denver area, does not approve of his beard because she thinks the ladies won’t like it; luckily, we can prove that theory wrong right here and now! Kyle fully embraces the grey featured in his beard, as we believe he should.  When he’s not attending to his facial hair Kyle competes locally in Olympic weightlifting, where there is some precedent for awesome facial hair, and we’re certainly glad this strong man is joining the bearded-muscle ranks. Thanks Kyle! Can’t wait to see what Movember holds.

Occasionally here at Beards of Denver we are fortunate enough to feature some of our good buddies and their bomb beards, and such is the case today. Beards of Denver lovelies, meet Kyle. Residing in Denver now for over eight years, Kyle’s a true local Denver bearded gem. Kyle’s beard represents his beard-growing effort over the entire summer, and this is the longest his beard has ever been in his life, and we certainly applaud and support this beard dedication! When we snapped this pic of Kyle in mid-September he was, sadly, planning to trim his beard to attend a wedding, but don’t fear, beard-adoring public: Kyle always participates in Movember (where he usually sports an impressive handlebar ‘stache) and is planning to Beard Up again for the winter (we’d have to have a serious talk if this wasn’t the case). Kyle’s lovely mother, who also lives in the Denver area, does not approve of his beard because she thinks the ladies won’t like it; luckily, we can prove that theory wrong right here and now! Kyle fully embraces the grey featured in his beard, as we believe he should. When he’s not attending to his facial hair Kyle competes locally in Olympic weightlifting, where there is some precedent for awesome facial hair, and we’re certainly glad this strong man is joining the bearded-muscle ranks. Thanks Kyle! Can’t wait to see what Movember holds.

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(1990s) Bitchin’ Beards

When you think of the 1990s, your first thought may not be bad-ass beards, but we are about to seriously change your frame of reference. Meet Mr. Rob Engelberth (left) and Mr. David Sands (right), whom the ladies of Beards of Denver were lucky enough to encounter at a ‘90s house party in Congress Park recently. Between listening to those sweet ‘90s melodies of Blink-182 and Nirvana (and drinking from the keg) we got the skinny on these two buddies and their beards. Mr. Sands was not only sporting his bitchin’ beard at the party, but also duct-taped together Air Jordans (‘90s, represent!) and besides showing off his style, he was also photographing partygoers, as he is the photographer behind David Sands Pictures (that is, when he is not caring for his beard). Speaking of beard-care, Mr. Sands applies coconut oil to his beard weekly under the direction of his lovely sweetheart Rachael, who is his “Beard Manager,” and she adores his beard even though it often smells like food and has ice cream in it (seems like a bonus!) Mr. Sands is a Colorado boy who has been in Denver the past 10 years, and he likes to keep his beard trimmed to about this length as the norm. Rachael has only seen him once clean shaved and “I hated it,” she told us. We knew we loved this woman almost as much as Mr. Sands’ beard. Mr. Engelberth (which means means “Birth of an Angel” in German, in case you were curious) has been in Denver since 2008 and shared with us the history of his mad facial-hair skills, as he was blessed with a full goatee when he was only a strapping young man of 17. Mr. Engelberth works downtown on his bike, and said he keeps his beard all summer because, even when it’s hot out, since he works outdoors, it just feels so damn good. We certainly appreciate and approve of that true-blue beard-dedication. Mr. Eneglberth’s amazing fiancé, Kim, is his number one beard fan and she attempts to help him care for those pesky split ends. A Congress park couple, we’re happy to be neighbors with this bearded gem and his lady. Thanks for keeping the beard pride rollin’, darlins!

When you think of the 1990s, your first thought may not be bad-ass beards, but we are about to seriously change your frame of reference. Meet Mr. Rob Engelberth (left) and Mr. David Sands (right), whom the ladies of Beards of Denver were lucky enough to encounter at a ‘90s house party in Congress Park recently. Between listening to those sweet ‘90s melodies of Blink-182 and Nirvana (and drinking from the keg) we got the skinny on these two buddies and their beards.
Mr. Sands was not only sporting his bitchin’ beard at the party, but also duct-taped together Air Jordans (‘90s, represent!) and besides showing off his style, he was also photographing partygoers, as he is the photographer behind David Sands Pictures (that is, when he is not caring for his beard). Speaking of beard-care, Mr. Sands applies coconut oil to his beard weekly under the direction of his lovely sweetheart Rachael, who is his “Beard Manager,” and she adores his beard even though it often smells like food and has ice cream in it (seems like a bonus!) Mr. Sands is a Colorado boy who has been in Denver the past 10 years, and he likes to keep his beard trimmed to about this length as the norm. Rachael has only seen him once clean shaved and “I hated it,” she told us. We knew we loved this woman almost as much as Mr. Sands’ beard.
Mr. Engelberth (which means means “Birth of an Angel” in German, in case you were curious) has been in Denver since 2008 and shared with us the history of his mad facial-hair skills, as he was blessed with a full goatee when he was only a strapping young man of 17. Mr. Engelberth works downtown on his bike, and said he keeps his beard all summer because, even when it’s hot out, since he works outdoors, it just feels so damn good. We certainly appreciate and approve of that true-blue beard-dedication. Mr. Eneglberth’s amazing fiancé, Kim, is his number one beard fan and she attempts to help him care for those pesky split ends. A Congress park couple, we’re happy to be neighbors with this bearded gem and his lady. Thanks for keeping the beard pride rollin’, darlins!

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Wooden Hat Double Trouble

Who knew spirits and beards went so well together?  The ladies of Beards of Denver, that’s who.  A few months back at the D-Still spirit-tasting event in Denver (during the American Distilling Institute conference), we were lucky enough to happen upon Gary Hinegardner and his son Jeremy and their amazing father/son beards’ combo. The elder Hinegardner, who lives in Montgomery City, Missouri, with his wife, Katy, dabbles in making spirits (gin, whiskey, and vodka) and also makes the impressive wooden hats they’re modeling here.  Jeremy, who has called Boulder home since 2000, runs his own company called Copious Free Time, where he helps people solve complex technology problems. Jeremy used to only have a goatee (for shame) and after attending a conference in Ireland last year (where attendees were asked to grow out their beards) he smartly decided to stay on the beard-path.  Gary has had a beard or ‘stache most of his adult life (wise man indeed). Gary was a wood turner for a long time before he decided to learn how to make wooden hats, and now, spirits. His distillery is in New Florence, Missouri and he plans to let his beard continue to grow as he pursues his new passion.   http://woodhatspirits.com and http://facebook.com/woodhatspirits).

Who knew spirits and beards went so well together? The ladies of Beards of Denver, that’s who. A few months back at the D-Still spirit-tasting event in Denver (during the American Distilling Institute conference), we were lucky enough to happen upon Gary Hinegardner and his son Jeremy and their amazing father/son beards’ combo. The elder Hinegardner, who lives in Montgomery City, Missouri, with his wife, Katy, dabbles in making spirits (gin, whiskey, and vodka) and also makes the impressive wooden hats Jeremy is modeling here.
Jeremy, who has called Boulder home since 2000, runs his own company called Copious Free Time, where he helps people solve complex technology problems. Jeremy used to only have a goatee (for shame!) and after attending a conference in Ireland last year (where attendees were asked to grow out their beards; sounds like a great conference) he smartly decided to stay on the beard-path. Gary has had a beard or ‘stache most of his adult life (wise man indeed) and he  was a wood turner for a long time before he decided to learn how to make wooden hats, and now, spirits. His distillery is in New Florence, Missouri and he plans to let his beard continue to grow as he pursues his newest passion. Check out Gary’s distillery both here and here. Thanks for keeping beards in the family, guys!

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Here’s to the Happy Beards

There’s something to be said about going to Vine Street Pub in Denver in February (perhaps multiple times). It is Stout Month, after all, where nearly everyday a new Stout beer is unveiled to quench the thirst of Denverites who oh-so-love their beer. And, a well-known fact (which anyone who has gone to Vine Street even once can attest to) is that it is a mecca for encountering handsome bearded men.
Thus, we weren’t surprised–but were definitely delighted–to meet Andy and Mike (L-R) on Monday. These boys have known each other for several years, as they are both musicians, and a mutual affection for each other’s music lead to them playing in bands together in Denver.
Mike, who is originally from St. Louis but currently calls Littleton home, has a reason for donning a shorter beard these days; he’s currently undergoing chemotheraphy to treat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which he was diagnosed with only a few months ago. He told us earlier in the day he had cut off his long hair and donated it to Locks of Love, but his beard is holding on, despite the chemo (normally around the 18th chemo treatment most people lose their hair; Mike and his beard are at around 25 treatments now). Mike is very proud of his beard’s stamina, and rightfully so; he really, really wants his beard to keep on keepin’ on.
Andy, whose amazingly well-groomed beard was what first caught our eyes, has been in Denver, off and on, since 1995. In October 2012 he shaved his face clean to celebrate his divorce, and declared that his current off-the-charts beard is hence a completely happy version. You’ll find no sadness lingering here, people; Just a seriously kick-ass example of bearded bliss. Andy did note that the ladies LOVE his beard; about half the time women just come up and grab his beard rather than first ask permission. That’s some serious bold moves there, ladies.
Thanks for being such good sports and letting us crash your dinner guys! You are delightful.

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Sideshow Trio

What better night than Valentine's day to meet a bearded triple-threat? Meet Tim, Clint, and Matt (L-R) who we happened upon at the Bonnie and the Beard show at the Hi-Dive on Thursday. Tim, rockin' the cowboy hat, had his amazing clay sculptures and art on display during the Carnival-themed pre-show party, and his buddies Clint and Matt were helping Tim lure in the customers (with their charm and awesome beards, of course). Tim, who is also a pedi-cab driver in Denver, doesn't rock his beard all year, but he assured us his wife loves it. Clint, who lives in Longmont and has been in Colorado since 1998, has had his beard about three months and though he doesn't sport it all year long, does sport it with style. And Matt, a drummer and marijuna grower who is originally from Detroit, has been in Denver three eyars and ALWAYS has his beard. Which we certainly appreciate.

What better night than Valentine’s day to meet a bearded triple-threat? Meet Tim, Clint, and Matt (L-R) who we happened upon at the Bonnie and the Beard show at the Hi-Dive on Thursday. Tim, rockin’ the cowboy hat, had his amazing clay sculptures and art on display during the Carnival-themed pre-show party, and his buddies Clint and Matt were helping Tim lure in the customers (with their charm and awesome beards, of course). Tim, who is also a pedi-cab driver in Denver, doesn’t rock his beard all year, but he assured us his wife loves it. Clint, an acupuncturist who also works  in construction, lives in Longmont and has been in Colorado since 1998. He’s had this iteration of his beard about three months; though he doesn’t sport it all year long, he does sport it with style. Matt, a drummer and marijuana grower who is originally from Detroit, has been in Denver three years and ALWAYS has his beard, which we certainly appreciate. Thanks for making Valentine’s day a little brighter for everyone, guys!

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Continental Deli Beards

It's pretty obvious that we ladies of Beads of Denver love a man with an amazing beard; we've laid the groundwork for that not-so-earth-shaking statement. But we also love a good bratwurst. Imagine our delight when we happened into Continental Deli in Cherry Creek on Saturday and not only sampled some amazing sausage, but met three handsome bearded gents working the counter! Meet Sam, Brace and Max (L-R). Sam, a Denver native, has had his beard about 5 months, and keeps it just in the winter months, where it serves him well while he's biking around Denver. Brace, also a Colorado native, has had this version of his beard about 9 months; he described his shaving habits as "lazy" thus leading to his facial prowess. Max keeps his heard all year long and before moving to Denver about four years ago he lived in Indiana. Max claimed no one was really a fan of his beard in Indiana but it's much more accepted in out here. We encourage everyone to stop into the deli and say hi to these great guys soon--and take advantage of the sample table! it was divine. Cheers guys!

It’s pretty obvious that we ladies of Beads of Denver love a man with an amazing beard; we’ve laid the groundwork for that not-so-earth-shaking statement. But we also love a good bratwurst. Imagine our delight when we happened into Continental Sausage Deli in Cherry Creek on Saturday and not only sampled some amazing sausage, but met three handsome bearded gents working the counter! Meet Sam, Brace, and Max (L-R). Sam, a Denver native, has had his beard about 5 months, and keeps it just in the winter months, where it serves him well while he’s biking around Denver. Brace, also a Colorado native, has had this version of his beard about 9 months; he described his shaving habits as “lazy” thus leading to his facial prowess. Max keeps his heard all year long and before moving to Denver he lived in Indiana, where he claimed no one was really a fan of his beard; Max said it’s much more accepted out here. We encourage everyone to stop into the deli and say hi to these great guys soon–and take advantage of the sample table! it was divine. Cheers guys!

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4 Beardeteers

Meet Dave and Cush! These two are friends of the already famous beards on the right, Phil and Jeter. Dave's from NY and has been a Colorado mountain man for the past 15 years. He typically always has a beard but recently shaved it---we won't hold it against him. This kayaker is only clean shaven for the season and once it’s over he quickly grows it back to stop the feeling of being consistently naked in public. He is an all natural type of man, has never once let a comb touch his locks.To his left is Mr. Cush from Hotlanta! He’s been living in Denver for the past two years. Upon arrival to the Mile High City, Dave let the beard do as it pleased. He finally escaped the clutches of corporate America and was free to live as the universe intended; with beard. He thanks the beard every day on the slopes for his free ski mask. Nice meeting these ‘Fire on the Mountain’ Beards!

Meet Dave and Cush! These two are friends of the already famous beards on the right, Phil and Jeter. Dave’s from NY and has been a Colorado mountain man for the past 15 years. He typically always has a beard but recently shaved it—we won’t hold it against him. This kayaker is only clean shaven for the season and once it’s over he quickly grows it back to stop the feeling of being consistently naked in public. He is an all natural type of man, has never once let a comb touch his locks.
To his left is Mr. Cush from Hotlanta! He’s been living in Denver for the past two years. Upon arrival to the Mile High City, Cush let the beard do as it pleased. He finally escaped the clutches of corporate America and was free to live as the universe intended; with beard. He thanks the beard every day on the slopes for his free ski mask. Nice meeting these ‘Fire on the Mountain’ Beards!

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L.A.M.A. Live Beards

It was our pleasant surprise to encounter  three members of Denver's up-and-coming hip-hop band L.A.M.A. Live at the Whiskey Bar last week before their band practice. Ha Boogie (left), Nam (center), and Matt (right) have been playing music together the past two years and counting, and rocking those beards together as well. Ha Boogie hails from Queens, Nam from Brooklyn, and our boy Matt is a Colorado native, but they all three call Denver home now, and they wouldn't change that for the world, because, in their words "The most beautiful women in the world live in Denver." Keep talking like that boys, and sporting those beards, and the ladies will certainly come a calling. Speaking of beautiful women, when asked what their mothers thought of their beards, Ha Boogie said his mom loves it because it makes him look more like his father, Nam's beard is still in its infancy so his mom hasn't weighed in yet, and Matt's mom doesn't like his beard (we, of course, respectively disagree). You can catch L.A.M.A. Live TOMORROW when they open for Vanilla Ice in Lakewood at the Grizzly Rock! Be there.

It was our pleasant surprise to encounter three members of Denver’s up-and-coming hip-hop band L.A.M.A. Live at the Whiskey Bar last week before their band practice. Ha Boogie (left), Nam (center), and Matt (right) have been playing music together the past two years and counting, and rocking those beards together as well. Ha Boogie hails from Queens, Nam from Brooklyn, and our boy Matt is a Colorado native, but they all three call Denver home now, and they wouldn’t change that for the world, because, in their words “The most beautiful women in the world live in Denver.” Keep talking like that boys, and sporting those beards, and the ladies will certainly come a calling. Speaking of beautiful women, when asked what their mothers thought of their beards, Ha Boogie said his mom loves it because it makes him look more like his father, Nam’s beard is still in its infancy so his mom hasn’t weighed in yet, and Matt’s mom doesn’t like his beard (we, of course, respectively disagree). You can catch L.A.M.A. Live TOMORROW when they open for Vanilla Ice in Lakewood at the Grizzly Rock! Be there.

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