When the alternative-rock band Better Than Ezra released its first album in 1989, it was only available on cassette. Since then, the New Orleans band has managed to stay relevant despite massive changes within the music industry.
Their secret? Instead of dismissing contemporary talents, singer-guitarist Kevin Griffin says he devours new music, and gets inspired by it.
"I always say that creativity is a water well," he says. "If you're not refilling that well of creativity — being reinspired, and learning new things, and seeking help — then, at some point, you're going to run dry."
Before the release of their next album, "All Together Now," on Sept. 09, Better Than Ezra will perform Saturday, Aug. 9, at Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest, which will feature more than 150 craft beers and 17 food trucks in West Palm Beach.
Although Griffin says he'll probably try one or two beers, he's more excited about the show.
"The one thing that hasn't changed is people love to go out and see live music," Griffin says. "That will never change."
Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, inside Expo Center East at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $55. Designated drivers only pay $10. Go to PalmBeachSummerBeerFest.com.
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