So-Gnar's Shredded Beats premieres at Larimer Lounge with Michal Menert

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Three part installment comes on the heels of So-Gnar's Shred Circuit, which included stops all over America, and now including Japan. Pat Milbery, So-Gnar's founding owner and pro snowboarder for Allian Snowboards, has also been on the grind touring around the world spreading his passion for snowboarding and culture to any and all willing to partake.

"I thought to myself," Milbery opens, "If I bring Michal [Menert] over here, he's going to love it." Milbery ventured to Japan in February pushing his So-Gnar influence and passion to kids and pros involved in his snowboarding camps. Menert followed shortly after for a ten day trip which would include playing music, digging out snowboard spots and engulfing himself in Japanese culture.

"We were in a place in Tokyo called Roppongi," he adds, "which is the place to be if you want to be up all night dancing your ass off." Milbery has built a lot of connections in his years as a professional snowboarder, one of which turned into an opportunity to bring Menert over to play his music.

"The venue is called Club New Lex," Milbery enthusiastically explains, "and it's right in the central part of Tokyo's party district." He made connections in past visits and decided it was time to bring some of that American flavor to Japanese culture.

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Britt Chester is a writer and video producer living in Denver, Colorado. He's covered breaking news, music, arts and cannabis for Westword since 2010. His work has appeared in GQ Magazine, Village Voice, YES! Weekly, Inman News and the Winston-Salem Journal. He likes running, cycling, and interviewing people.
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