5/4

White Denim

Sam Cohen

All Ages | 8 pm

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The spastic indie rock trio White Denim hail from Austin, TX, where bandmates Josh Block (drums), Steve Terebecki (bass), and James Petralli (guitars, vocals) first set up shop in 2005. All three members were veterans of the Austin scene; Block and Petralli had previously played together in the alt-rock band Parque Torche, while Terebecki was a member of Peach Train. Drawing from a number of punk and garage rock influences, the group fashioned a hard-hitting sound with crunchy guitar riffs and frantic energy. Let's Talk About It, a 7" EP that was also released via /iTunes, marked the band's studio debut in 2007. After releasing another EP in 2008, the group retooled many of its older songs for Exposion, White Denim's first full-length release. The band had amassed a sizable audience in the U.K. by this point, prompting the sophomore album Fits to hit British shores several months before its American release in October 2009. Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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5/5

PLAY@thebottleneck

18 & Over | 8 pm

Celebrate Stop Day's Eve with a wild time at The Bottleneck.

PLAY@thebottleneck

PLAY@TheBottleneck is the premier spot to experience the newest dance hits and rediscover time-tested tracks. DJ Swé takes to the 1s and 2s to bring you the wildest night out in Lawrence. There are no limits, just PLAY!



    5/6

    The Sluts

    Young Bull
    Wendy Moira

    All Ages | 8 pm

    The Sluts

    The Sluts are a two-piece garage rock/punk/grunge act from Lawrence Fucking Kansas.

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        5/7

        Polica

        MOTHXR

        $16 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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        Polica

        If the opening moments of POLIÇA’s new album, United Crushers, leave you feeling unsettled, then Channy Leaneagh has done her job. With her voice pitch-shifted down into an ominous, nearly unrecognizable register, she sings of a post-industrial urban landscape littered with broken promises, a land of poverty and violence that’s been rigged against us from the start. Despite all that, though, there is an element of defiance, a refusal to surrender in her delivery of the lyrics. Halfway through that first track, “Summer Please,” when her gorgeous true singing voice enters on top of that deep and disturbing baritone, there is a moment of hope and transcendence, and it’s the key to unlocking United Crushers, POLIÇA’s third full-length release and most remarkable album yet. Even at its darkest, the record is musically the band’s most upbeat and celebratory. It is a weapon meant to empower the weak and the forgotten and the disenfranchised, it’s very creation an act of rebellion in the face of the hopelessness that casts such a long shadow over middle America’s slow urban decline.

        “If you look up when you drive around this city, you’ll frequently see the tag ‘United Crushers’ spray painted on the sides of bridges, watertowers or abandoned buildings,” Leaneagh says of Minneapolis, her hometown. “The tag looks down at the city and reminds me of where we really are and what is really happening here. United States of Dreams Be Crushed. ‘Summer Please’ is a plea to summer and, likewise, the future. All winter around here we wait for the first warm day to let the kids out to play. Yet, the beautiful blue sun-soaked sky brings anxiety with it, because the gunshots and killings increase with the heat and nice weather. The future is like that too, isn’t it? You ask a kid what they want to be when they grow up while simultaneously terrified by what evils might be out there waiting for them. Is it safe to let our kids play outside while gunshots fly? Are their dreams going to make it out alive?”

        ‘United Crushers’ was born out of the longest break from touring in POLIÇA’s history. The group originally emerged from Minneapolis in 2011 when Gayngs’ Ryan Olson began collaborating with Leaneagh on a new batch of synthesizer and percussion-heavy arrangements he had lying around. The resulting debut, 2012’s Give You The Ghost, immediately garnered international acclaim, with Rolling Stone hailing it as “the sound of heartbreak and celebration happening simultaneously” and Q praising it as “a bewitching, urgent, magical debut.” The quick success of Give You The Ghost brought with it a heavy touring schedule and an itch to keep creating. Taking just a few months off from the road, the band ventured into the studio and came out with their follow-up, Shulamith, in the fall of 2013. EW called that album “propulsive enough for dance floors, and dreamy enough for headphones” and MOJO said it “proves that intelligent pop music still has the ability to seduce and enthrall.” Bolstered by a live lineup of dual drummers, bass and Leaneagh’s powerful voice, the band conquered massive festivals around the world from Coachella to Glastonbury in addition to performing on Late With Jimmy Fallon and Later With Jools Holland.

        Following the whirlwind of it all, they returned home to Minneapolis for a much-needed break, to live life off the road and build up inspiration for the next go-around. Part of this for Leaneagh was deciding to have a second child.

        “A woman gains amazing powers and new kinds of freedoms when she’s pregnant and becomes a mother,” says Leaneagh. “I think pregnancy is mystical and I’m grateful to be able to do it. But with any great gift there are great sacrifices, and in the beginning stages of the giving over of my body to the cause of birth, I was worried about what it would do to my relationships; my daughter, my man, my work, myself. I needed a song to vent about it.”

        All those worries led to the writing of “Someway,” a catchy bundle of nervous synthesizers and racing heartbeat percussion. But for the most part, pregnancy prompts Leaneagh to look outwards rather than in as she grapples with the gravity of the world her children are set to inherit. “When you’re pregnant, you’re at your most vulnerable and protective,” explains Leaneagh. The terror of “Summer Please” is filtered through the eyes of mothers warning their children as they head out into the violent streets, while “Wedding” was written in reaction to the intertwined epidemics of police brutality and institutional racism, and “Melting Block” starts its story off with an ‘everyone’s-a-sheep-in-wolf’s-clothing’-type mantra and evolves into a giant middle finger pointed at the societal effects of commercialism.

        As political as the statements on the record are, United Crushers is also a deeply personal album. Leaneagh reminds herself to stand firm in the face of self-doubt and manipulation on “Lime Habit,” overcomes music industry machinations with triumphant horns on “Baby Sucks,” and recognizes important truths of independence on “Lose You.” Stringing the songs together is a thematic thread of isolation: the fear of being alone, the instinct to hide our true selves for protection, the way in which lovers can each retreat inwards.

        Throughout it all, though, there always remains a sense of defiance and celebration in the music to counter those apprehensions and anxieties. Leaneagh suspects it may have its roots in her early days as a folk singer.

        “When you sing old folk songs about sad things, it does something to your heart that actually uplifts it,” she says. “I believe that about these songs, too.”

        There is a darkness to United Crushers, but it doesn’t win. Dreams may be dashed and promises may be broken, the world may be full of disappointment and pain and violence, but if you’re in the midst of it all feeling lost and hopeless on the streets of Minneapolis, there’s a United Crushers tag that knows how you feel. All you have to do is look up.

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          5/8

          Smackdown Trivia

          All Ages | 8 pm

          Smackdown Trivia

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          5/9

          Haunted Summer

          Open Mic

          18 & Over | 8 pm

          Haunted Summer

          The songs of Haunted Summer are dreamy and hypnotic, rich with orchestral strings and sultry electronic textures, and with their EP, Something in the Water, the group crafted a captivatingly-ethereal musical journey through a nostalgic world of young love and long-forgotten memories. Consisting of husband-and-wife Bridgette Moody and John Seasons, who share songwriting duties in a true collaboration, the Los Angeles duo have shared the stage and toured with groups and performers including Taken By Trees, Islands, Deafheaven, Coeur De Pirate, Olafur Arnalds, Carla Morrison, Meiko, Basia Bulat, Federico Aubele, Laura Stevenson and more. They have toured the country and played venues such as The El Rey Theatre, The Great American Music Hall, The Levitt Pavilion, Amoeba Hollywood, The Observatory OC, The Glasshouse, Crescent Ballroom, North Park Theater, The Chapel, The Beauty Bar Las Vegas, Pianos, The Casbah and many more. Having completed a tour with Islands and other tour dates with David J of Bauhaus, Geographer and more, multiple headlining tours across the country among other countless tour dates, plus a month-long residency in San Francisco and LA, Haunted Summer is poised to bring their psychedelic sound to the world.

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          The five tracks on the Something in The Water reinforce the group's ghostly vibes, with Moody's ethereal vocals blending seamlessly with spaced-out and hazy orchestral dream-pop, allowing the music to take control of your headspace like a ray of light seeping in through the cracks of a long forgotten and rundown gothic mansion. -The Portland Mercury (CT)

          The pair’s blend of experimental guitar riffs, ethereal orchestral features, and Moody’s trance-like vocals—plus a ton of oddball electronic sounds that add even more texture—creates a sound that sticks with you. -The Seattle Weekly (Azaria Podplesky)


          Bridgette Eliza Moody and John Seasons are the group’s mainstays, but they have smartly added other musicians to the mix, taking their music to a bolder, higher level. The use of clarinet especially enhances and grounds their sound as Moody's augmented vocals and Seasons’ languid guitar licks add ethereal layers. -The Inlander (Laura Johnson)

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          Open Mic

          Every* Monday, Nicholas St. James and The Bottleneck host Open Mic! Sign-up at 9:00, music at 9:30.

          TWO stages - Main stage and the Bluegrass stage
          FULL band (any genre)
          Singer-songwriter
          Acoustic
          Electric
          Comedian
          JAMS - just show-up with an instrument!

          FREE entry
          $1.50 pints
          45 minute slots available
          Amongst the best sound systems in town
          Try-out for playing Bottleneck shows
          Big venue experience
          Pool tables

          Contact us with any questions at:

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          Instruments must be provided by the musician at this time.

          *no open mic will be held if there is a show scheduled.


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            5/11

            Har Mar Superstar

            $16 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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            Like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, Har Mar Superstar returns this fall with Dark Touches, his first album since 2004’s critically acclaimed The Handler. The new Har Mar retains his defiant sexiness and uncanny knack for irresistible R&B hooks, but fans his colorful wings in the spirit of inclusion. “Har Mar has always represented the most out-there and outrageous and in your face aspects of me,” says Sean Tillmann, the Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and producer behind the Har Mar Superstar moniker. “I’ve gone through phases where there’s been angry Har Mar and different versions of this guy, but lately it’s all been this vibe that everyone’s included and everyone’s part of this thing, and you feel like you added something to it just by being there. It’s about me going out and getting as sweaty as possible, moving around as much as I can, and in a sense glamour-ing everybody for the night and making them feel better about themselves.”

            Tillmann spent the past several years playing music with his other projects – Sean Na Na and Neon Neon, whose album Stainless Style was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize. But he also found time to launch a new career as an actor and screenwriter, earning roles in the upcoming feature films Whip It (directed by Drew Barrymore, and starring Juno’s Ellen Page and Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat) and Lovely, Still. He’s developing his own movie scripts and sitcom pilots, building on the success of his “Crappy Holidays” videos; in each of the comedic shorts – directed by Ryan Rickett and written with John Ringhoff – Tillmann suffers a different cruel twist of fate for each holiday.

            “I kind of got sick of the Har Mar persona for a little while,” says Tillmann. “I thought it was time to go away for a little bit, so hung up the Har Mar jacket and went back in my shell and made a new Sean Na Na album and had fun doing that and toured a lot with Neon Neon, and started these film projects with my friends out here.” But Tillmann kept writing tunes throughout those years, and after awhile he found himself feeling much the same way he had when he started Har Mar Superstar ten years ago. “I just got sick of playing guitar music again,” he says. “I realized that I really missed Har Mar.”

            For Dark Touches, Tillmann recorded with friends like Greg Kurstin of Los Angeles band the Bird and the Bee, rapper P.O.S. of the Rhymesayers collective, singer-songwriter Adam Green, the Faint beatmakers Clark Baechle and Jacob Thiele, and The Handler producer John Fields, whose credits include Andrew W.K., Rooney and the Jonas Brothers. The results soundtrack a retro-futuristic dance party, an exuberant pastiche of late Eighties R&B grooves, crisp synth samples, Tillmann’s soulful falsetto – part Usher, part Todd Rundgren – and cheeky lyrics describing the courtship practices of the lothario known as Har Mar Superstar. “I Got Next,” for instance, was inspired by Tillmann’s habit of asking a cute girl to sign a contract agreeing that, if she should break up with her current beau, Har Mar’s got next. “It’s like, ‘sign this contract, and I’ll come back and make out with you next time,” explains Tillmann, who co-wrote the track with his Neon Neon band mate, Bryan “Boom Bip” Hollon and Bird And The Bee singer Inara George. “I have a lot of contracts signed, on napkins and things. It’s a fun, flirtatious thing to do that feels naughty when you’re on tour.”

            Tillmann started writing Dark Touches a few years ago, but it took him a minute to realize that the initial ideas worked perfectly as Har Mar Superstar songs. “Tall Boy” (written with Kurstin) and “Girls Only” (written with Fields), for instance, were conceived as tunes for Britney Spears and the Cheetah Girls, respectively, but have twice the spice coming from Har Mar’s perspective. “I realized a song like ‘Girls Only’ is so much more amazing if I sing it,” he says. “I wrote that one for the Cheetah Girls a while ago, and I feel like Disney freaked out a bit after doing a Google search and seeing pictures of me performing in my underwear. I understand why they would pass on that. But it’s one of those things where I was stepping outside of myself and writing totally uninhibited for somebody else. Then, when you come back at the end of the day, you realize you wrote a Har Mar song, and there’s a light bulb that goes off and you’re like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s ME.’”

            Har Mar Superstar was born ten years ago, when Tillmann was living in Minneapolis, playing guitar-based indie rock. The Har Mar idea, he says, was “a reaction to boring indie rock and how people were taking themselves way too seriously, and any aspect of playing and touring was no fun after a while, and I realized if I go to a dance party and sing an R. Kelly song on a couch, the girls are going to go fucking crazy. So I started transferring that to the stage and doing more R&B-oriented songs, and it really was a no-brainer after I’d done it a few times. Like, ‘why don’t I just make this gross, why don’t I just start writing songs like that?” And as soon as I did, it was obvious, it was like a light bulb went off and I went on my way and got more and more aggressive, and the shows became this weird exercise in sexual tension, and I really learned how to play with that fire and make it work for me.”

            By the time Tillmann had accumulated eight or nine new tunes last year, he started to embrace the idea of making the album that would become Dark Touches. “I just kept going with it,” he says, “and this record was born.” Embracing the various threads of his personality – the humorous, the self-deprecating, the potty-mouthed, the lusty – Tillmann came up with booty-shakers even more irresistible than The Handler’s hit tune “D.U.I.” “Dope, Man,” – a sunny funk tune about the agony and ecstasy of being a weed dealer – and “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” – co-written with his buddies Josiah Steinbrick from the band Heavens and Matthew “Cornbread” Compton of Cursive and Engine Down — are the epitome of what Tillmann calls “fun party jams with a deeper subtext or double- or triple-entendre going on in the lyrics.”

            Elsewhere, he’s more direct: “Gangsters Want to Cuddle Me,” with its lo-fi electro beat and a slinky Sly Stone-style horn loop, tells the story of a how a hoodie covered in puffy neon dinosaurs made Tillmann into the most huggable dude walking down Sunset Boulevard. And “Game Night” –featuring a beat supplied by Minneapolis rapper P.O.S. and a whisper verse by Adam Green — narrates the singer’s habit of inviting friends together in LA for board games and trivia. (He even hosts a popular Sunday night pub quiz at Silverlake Mexican restaurant Malo.)

            “Har Mar is as much ‘Crappy Holidays’ as it is an album,” says Tillmann. “The place that I’m coming from isn’t going to change, and it all really is an extension of myself. There’s not too much of a division between Har Mar and Sean at this point. I guess it sort of fulfilled the prophecy: I’ve just become my own guy, and that’s what Har Mar records present to people.”

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            5/12

            Unknown Mortal Orchestra

            Whitney

            $15 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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              5/13

              Play Dead

              All Ages | 8 pm

              Play Dead

              As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead in 2015, this group of talented and eclectic musicians has come together to celebrate the remarkable repertoire and live experience of the Grateful Dead. More than what you’d expect from a typical tribute band, this group embraces the foundation of what made the Dead’s sound so unique by creating a landscape of masterful improvisation, rich harmonies and beautiful melodies across all genres of music.
              While this group of players has never before taken the stage together, they have all been in connection for more than 20 years and possess over a century of experience writing, teaching, performing and producing music. Boerger and Comparato have played and performed together in the L.A. Ramblers, The Deal, The Coyote Project and most recently Stranger Tractor. Additionally Boerger’s music roots include Tofu Teddy, The Red Zone, The Parlor Frogs, Diamond Eyed Jack & Flint Gray. Hoopes’ credits include The EZ Pieces, Ardys & Bradford, The Secondhands and with Mahoney, venture back into the 80’s with the east coast jam band MoonRocks. Hoopes and Hamm have played together in The Yards since 2003. Bassett and Mahoney are a seasoned and accomplished percussion duo with numerous credits for session work as well as their performances in their bands Sunu (in which both Bassett and Hamm play), Truckstop Honeymoon and 40 Watt Dreams (in which Mahoney play).

              Together Play Dead produces an uncanny rendition of a part of musical history that was genius, ahead of its time and may never be experienced again. To say the music and culture of the Grateful Dead had a profound effect on the course that music has taken over the years is a grave understatement. Whether you’re a card carrying Deadhead, a Hi-Fi music aficionado or just a music junkie who loves a good groove you will not want to miss Play Dead.

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              Dylan Bassett - Percussion
              Brad Boerger - Guitar, Vocals
              Joe Comparato - Bass, Vocals
              Michael Hamm - Guitar, Vocals
              Bradford Hoopes - Keyboards, Vocals
              Kelly White - Percussion

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              5/14

              KU GRAD PARTY 2016 - FREE SHOW

              Yung Grandpa

              All Ages | 8 pm

              KU GRAD PARTY 2016 - FREE SHOW

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                5/15

                Smackdown Trivia

                All Ages | 8 pm

                Smackdown Trivia

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                5/16

                Open Mic

                All Ages | 8 pm

                Open Mic

                Every* Monday, Nicholas St. James and The Bottleneck host Open Mic! Sign-up at 9:00, music at 9:30.

                TWO stages - Main stage and the Bluegrass stage
                FULL band (any genre)
                Singer-songwriter
                Acoustic
                Electric
                Comedian
                JAMS - just show-up with an instrument!

                FREE entry
                $1.50 pints
                45 minute slots available
                Amongst the best sound systems in town
                Try-out for playing Bottleneck shows
                Big venue experience
                Pool tables

                Contact us with any questions at:

                bottleneckopenmic@gmail.com

                Instruments must be provided by the musician at this time.

                *no open mic will be held if there is a show scheduled.


                You MAY NOT sign up any sooner than 2 weeks of the date you wish to play. You may not sign up for two consecutive weeks.



                  5/17

                  Mike Love

                  77 Jefferson

                  $9 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                  Revolutionary music may seem hard to come by in these days and times. Long gone is the era of artists like Bob Marley, The Clash, Stevie Wonder and Patti Smith getting airplay and bringing their messages to the masses. But that doesn’t mean that the revolution isn’t still brewing in the hearts and minds of many people around the globe.

                  Meet Mike Love. One of reggae music’s rising stars. Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii to a musical family that spans generations, Mike Love brings a multitude of influences to the table, all tied together by the common goal of making the world a better place. Through the grassroots method of releasing his albums independently, on his own Love Not War Records label, and performing 250 plus shows a year, Love has built an ever growing following for his unique and inspiring music. He has toured with many artists in the circles of conscious, roots music, including Trevor Hall, Xavier Rudd, Nahko and many more. Over the past few years he performed to enthusiastic audiences at the California Roots Festival, Wakarusa, Wanderlust and the Montreal Jazz Fest, just to name a few. He has also enjoyed great success and exposure through the web on outlets like YouTube, with one of his videos just recently hitting 5 million views!

                  On his award winning debut album, The Change I’m Seeking, Love harkens the legends of roots reggae in both his lyrics and his sound, but never relies on any one genre to hold him down. Coming from a wealth of influences, Love fuses the simple rhythms of classic reggae with the complex changes of the classical and rock music he was first trained on to come up with a style wholly unique to him. On his follow up album, Love Will Find A Way, released September 1st, 2015, Love further refines his sound and message, with grand and striking arrangements and deep heartfelt emotions, he takes you on a journey which many describe as "life changing". He calls for immediate and drastic change in environmental impact on "Step Lightly", affirms his connection with fans on "I Love You, and shows a vulnerable and touching insight into his personal life on "Advaya's Song" and "No Regrets".

                  But it’s his message, his passion, the wisdom behind his words that truly resonate with his fans. “It’s always been about the depth,” Mike Love explains, “I’ve never been into music that was shallow. I’m still learning about where I’m going and where I want to be. All the music is a learning tool for me too. I just make myself open to it and the messages come through. It’s just as teaching and healing for me as it is for anyone.”

                  His songs take you on a journey, one of healing and inspiration. One designed to help you on your path to knowledge, wisdom and understanding. On “Permanent Holiday” he takes you on a lyrical quest for freedom, both his and yours. He laments the ills of the world but also discusses solutions and ideas to change them. On "Earthlings" he sings about being vegan, about animal cruelty and about holding yourself accountable for your actions. These are songs with messages designed to affect change in a time when it is so desperately necessary.

                  With tours already booked in the U.S., Canada, Central America and Australia, 2016 is shaping up to be a big year of even more growth for Love and his musical family!

                  Mike Love has shared the stage with artists like Michael Franti, Trevor Hall, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Xavier Rudd, Rebelution, John Butler Trio, Groundation, Steel Pulse, Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson.

                  Revolutionary, Conscious, Music.

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                  77 Jefferson

                  Joel Castillo, Miles Brown, Mike Dunn, Mark Baltzell and Richard Faught are musicians who go by the name 77 Jefferson. They have been touring for the last 3 years boasting over 300 shows in over 100 cities and 25 states throughout the midwest and on both coasts. 77 Jefferson writes, records and promotes their music with a grass roots do-it-yourself mentality. They have played many festivals and 77 Jefferson has had the privelege to share the stage with legendary national artists such as Lee "Scratch" Perry, SOJA, Luciano, Sugar Minott, Junior Reed, Tomorrow's Bad Seeds, Josh Fischell, Jah Roots, Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, Part One Tribe, Ossie Dellimore, Cas Haley, Steve Ewing, Whild Peach and many more. Their debut album, "Sledgehammer," is available on Itunes, Cdbaby.com., and Rhapsody, as well as "Rarities," a collection of acoustic, beats, and rare out-takes. 77 is currently finishing up their next full length album,"In the Right Mood," to be released August 3rd also on I-tunes, Cdbaby.com and Rhapsody, folllowed by a southern and west coast tour in August.

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                  5/18

                  Greyhounds

                  $9 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                  "The war is on for your mind," sings Anthony Farrell, one half of the soulful Austin duo Greyhounds, "and we're on the same side." Arriving midway through the band's adventurous new album, 'Change Of Pace,' the line serves as a powerful refrain, with Farrell's voice peaking in intensity over musical partner Andrew Trube's chirping electric guitar. But more than just a memorable hook, it's an encapsulation of the shift in consciousness that defines the album, Greyhounds' second—and finest—collection of funky, blues-and-R&B-laced rock and roll for the iconic Ardent label.

                  "This record has a lot more to do with what's around us and our perceptions of that," explains Trube, who splits songwriting and singing duties with Farrell. "We're passionate about what's going on right now, and it's not necessarily 'political,' but as an artist, I feel like it's our duty to provide this looking glass for people to see what's going on around them and encourage them to wake up and start taking care of the world and each other."

                  Trube and Farrell first met while living in California, where an L.A. Weekly classified ad brought them together. The connection between the guitarist and keyboard player was instantaneous, and the remarkable magic they conjure together has since earned them widespread attention from critics and peers alike. Derek Trucks raved that "Greyhounds make real music, the right way and for the right reasons," while JJ Grey described their songs as landing "somewhere between a heartfelt hymn and the dirtiest jank you've ever heard in your life," and Gary Clark Jr. summed up a recent LA show by tweeting simply that they "crushed it as usual." Meanwhile, Esquire hailed their debut as "intoxicating [and] gut-wrenchingly lovely," USA Today compared them to "The Meters, Earl Hooker and Buck Owens," and Texas Monthly fell under the spell of their "ringing guitar…bluesy swagger, and all the pain a strained falsetto can convey."

                  That responsibility rings out loud and clear in songs like the slow-burning come-together anthem "Walls"—where Farrell sings "What happened to the feeling that we can make a change?"—and "Sizzle"—which finds Farrell reflecting, "So many people just don't seem to care / They think that it doesn't matter because it's happening over there / But they forget that all nations used to be one / Living under the same sun." There are lighter moments, to be sure, like the playful, Trube-penned "Late Night Slice," in addition to the deep wells of emotion that bubble up on the heartbroken "Cuz I'm Here" and the funky "For You," but across the board, the album showcases the remarkable artistic maturation the band has undergone in the short time since releasing 'Accumulator.'

                  If 'Change Of Pace' is any indication, the Farrell-Trube filter is working in peak condition right now, and the timing couldn't be any better. The war is on for your mind, and Greyhounds' new album is without a doubt a win for the good guys.

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                  5/20

                  Truckstop Honeymoon

                  My Oh My!

                  All Ages | 8 pm

                  Truckstop Honeymoon

                  Truckstop Honeymoon play tough, funny, hi-octane songs about interstates, pinball arcades and true love. Katie Euliss pounds a doghouse bass while Mike West punishes a banjo mercilessly. Together they charm festival crowds and drive roadhouse drinkers to the dance-floor.

                  Since hurricane Katrina washed them out of New Orleans, Truckstop Honeymoon have traveled to the ends of the Earth and back, performing in Australia, Holland, Germany, Britain and throughout the US. Their music tells a story so honest and strange you know they didn’t make it up.

                  Katie learned whore-house piano and bucket bass in the streets of the French Quarter. There she met Mike, a banjo-slinging grifter who sold CDs he claimed cured hangovers and small-mindedness. After a court house wedding, the pair hit the road. They spent their wedding night in a truck stop somewhere between Lafayette and the Atchafalya Swamp. And so Truckstop Honeymoon was born.

                  On August 29 2005, flood waters submerged their home base in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. Truckstop Honeymoon were on tour when the storm hit and so on-tour is where they stayed. Mike and Katie played shows every night, lived out of their van and kept their two daughters entertained in convenience stores across America. But eventually, the road weary family parked their rig as far from any large body of water as they could get: Lawrence, Kansas.

                  Truckstop Honeymoon continue to tour and build a loyal following from Illinois to Norway. They have put out four CDs on Baton Rouge label, Squirrel Records, and a full length documentary film by Nathan King Miller, “I Won’t Let The Angels Take You Away”, will soon be available on DVD.

                  When they are not traveling, Katie and Mike run The 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor, a small studio where they produce songwriters, bands and eccentrics from all over the United States

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                    5/21

                    Psychic Heat

                    Paper Buffalo
                    This Is My Condition

                    All Ages | 8 pm

                    Psychic Heat

                    Steve/Evan Herd - Guitar/Vox
                    Tanner Spreer - Guitar
                    Sam Boatright - Bass
                    Joel Coon - Drums/Keyboards/Guitar/BackingVox/Production

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                    Paper Buffalo

                    Just a Lawrence band lookin for some love.

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                    This Is My Condition

                    This Is My Condition is a one man band in which Craig Comstock plays guitar, drums and sings all at the same time. In the tradition of noise rock this music is heavy, tough and intense, while at other times very free and unstructured. This Is My Condition deals in power, spontaneity and passionate lyrics. Coming from a background of experimentation, repetition and angst in Many Series and Black Calvin, Craig takes things in a new direction by going solo and performing on-the-spot improvisations of the same ilk.

                    Craig was working on a new project after his trio with Brandon Brown (guitar/vocals in Teriyakis) and Ryan Johnson (drums in Floyd the Barber and others) fizzled out. His search for a drummer who had the desire and skill to play improvised hardcore and art rock failed to succeed. He started applying himself to learning how to be the drummer he was searching for. In the midst of this, somehow, he placed his guitar over his drums and found he could actually play both at the same time. This resulted in his first show at the Replay Lounge with Pixel Panda and My Name Is Rar Rar (who failed to show due to a broken down van in Utah). A day or so before the show he went up to KJHK and played a song acoustically on Plow the Fields and billed himself as Comstock, in the tradition of Dokken, Dio, Bon Jovi and Van Halen. And while the phrase "Less Talk, More Comstock" was screamed by the crows at several of the first shows, it was not to stick. Feeling a bit overly egotistical Craig decided to change the name to This Is My Condition, knowing that the name would always apply regardless of his current condition.

                    When TIMC opened up for Lightning Bolt in Kansas City, this was a defining moment. Craig challenged Lightning Bolt to a duel. Of course, it was not a duel of volume, Lightning Bolt clearly had the advantage there. Unfortunately the duel didn't happen, but TIMC got to play to a large crowd of enthusiastic kids from KC and learned that the bass player from Lightning Bolt secretly wished he could do something similar.

                    TIMC took a hiatus from shows during Winter 2003 and found time to record several songs at Chubby Smith's studio in a barn in the countryside outside of Lawrence.

                    After a couple more shows and delving into more of the experimental improvisational side of TIMC, Craig was invited to play a Seminar at the UMKC school of Music. He played to a group of 30 or so Music Composition students and played just as loud and as intense as at a normal show. Most everyone covered their ears and nodded in approval.The discussion centered around "context" in the music, something that doesn't get discussed much at a regular venue.

                    Currently Craig has his sights set on playing in far away cities with old friends and honing his skills of improvisation, song-smithing and rocking.

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                    5/23

                    Open Mic

                    All Ages | 8 pm

                    Open Mic

                    Every* Monday, Nicholas St. James and The Bottleneck host Open Mic! Sign-up at 9:00, music at 9:30.

                    TWO stages - Main stage and the Bluegrass stage
                    FULL band (any genre)
                    Singer-songwriter
                    Acoustic
                    Electric
                    Comedian
                    JAMS - just show-up with an instrument!

                    FREE entry
                    $1.50 pints
                    45 minute slots available
                    Amongst the best sound systems in town
                    Try-out for playing Bottleneck shows
                    Big venue experience
                    Pool tables

                    Contact us with any questions at:

                    bottleneckopenmic@gmail.com

                    Instruments must be provided by the musician at this time.

                    *no open mic will be held if there is a show scheduled.


                    You MAY NOT sign up any sooner than 2 weeks of the date you wish to play. You may not sign up for two consecutive weeks.



                      5/24

                      FREE SHOW!

                      Verskotzi
                      Lovergurl

                      All Ages | 8 pm

                      FREE SHOW!

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                        Verskotzi

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                        Lovergurl

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                          5/26

                          DIIV

                          The Paranoyds

                          $16 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                          DIIV

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                          The Paranoyds

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                          5/27

                          Buckshot Hayride

                          The Rackatees

                          All Ages | 8 pm

                          Buckshot Hayride


                          Landon Unruh vocals and guitar, Dylan Schulz bass, Brenton Miller drums

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                          The Rackatees

                          The Rackatees hail from Lawrence, KS. Veterans of the Kansas basement/gutter scene, this trio plays fiery punk rock songs inspired by regrettable decisions, various animal critters and their best pal T.J. The group's debut album "In Crime We Trust" is in the works and should be out July 2011, so stay tuned!

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                          5/28

                          Jessie Frye

                          La Guerre
                          Wendy Moira

                          All Ages | 8 pm

                          Jessie Frye

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                          La Guerre

                          "On “Sapphires,” Conroy has rendered a collection of intimate songs in a voice all her own, one that lives up to its luminous title."
                          -KCStar

                          FEMALE SINGER/SONGWRITER
                          2013 PITCH MUSIC AWARDS

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                          Wendy Moira

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                            5/29

                            Smackdown Trivia

                            18 & Over | 8 pm

                            Smackdown Trivia

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                            5/30

                            Open Mic

                            All Ages | 8 pm

                            Open Mic

                            Every* Monday, Nicholas St. James and The Bottleneck host Open Mic! Sign-up at 9:00, music at 9:30.

                            TWO stages - Main stage and the Bluegrass stage
                            FULL band (any genre)
                            Singer-songwriter
                            Acoustic
                            Electric
                            Comedian
                            JAMS - just show-up with an instrument!

                            FREE entry
                            $1.50 pints
                            45 minute slots available
                            Amongst the best sound systems in town
                            Try-out for playing Bottleneck shows
                            Big venue experience
                            Pool tables

                            Contact us with any questions at:

                            bottleneckopenmic@gmail.com

                            Instruments must be provided by the musician at this time.

                            *no open mic will be held if there is a show scheduled.


                            You MAY NOT sign up any sooner than 2 weeks of the date you wish to play. You may not sign up for two consecutive weeks.



                              6/2

                              Thieves of Sunrise

                              Outlaw Jake

                              All Ages | 8 pm

                              Thieves of Sunrise

                              MORE INFO COMING SOON!

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                              Outlaw Jake

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                                6/4

                                The Hornitz

                                Mangosteen

                                $9 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                The Hornitz

                                The Hornitz was founded in May 2006 as a horn-section-for-hire in and around Boston, MA. The group worked with many notable artists such as George Clinton, Guster, and State Radio, but in 2008 The Hornitz began producing original music as a duo. After a few years of experimenting and fine-tuning, Friendship and Stoo now create a show that is one of the most dynamic spectacles ever produced by two people. Using human beatbox, horns, keyboards and modern live-looping equipment they form large walls of sound and high energy dance parties.

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                                Mangosteen

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                                6/5

                                Smackdown Trivia

                                18 & Over | 8 pm

                                Smackdown Trivia

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                                6/6

                                Open Mic

                                All Ages | 8 pm

                                Open Mic

                                Every* Monday, Nicholas St. James and The Bottleneck host Open Mic! Sign-up at 9:00, music at 9:30.

                                TWO stages - Main stage and the Bluegrass stage
                                FULL band (any genre)
                                Singer-songwriter
                                Acoustic
                                Electric
                                Comedian
                                JAMS - just show-up with an instrument!

                                FREE entry
                                $1.50 pints
                                45 minute slots available
                                Amongst the best sound systems in town
                                Try-out for playing Bottleneck shows
                                Big venue experience
                                Pool tables

                                Contact us with any questions at:

                                bottleneckopenmic@gmail.com

                                Instruments must be provided by the musician at this time.

                                *no open mic will be held if there is a show scheduled.


                                You MAY NOT sign up any sooner than 2 weeks of the date you wish to play. You may not sign up for two consecutive weeks.



                                  6/9

                                  Bass Hertz Official Takeover

                                  All Ages | 8 pm

                                  Bass Hertz Official Takeover

                                  Bass Hertz Productions was founded in January 2013, consisting of Topeka-based producers and dj's: Always 420, DJ N8, sTrap Back, Azoic Realm and Kraang. In March 2013, visual producer Dilate visuals joined the crew.

                                  Bass Hertz Productions is a self-contained collective who not only put on their own shows, but also operate their own live events. They provide their own sound rig, lighting, visual projections/installation, and create their own marketing campaigns utilizing both internet marketing strategies, and flyers/posters.

                                  The Bass Hertz crew is no stranger to the Lawrence and Kansas City scenes, as they have networked themselves with some amazing people and companies that operate out of those cities. Expect Bass Hertz Productions to become a familiar name with a reputation for hosting some of the most amazing live music events the Midwest has ever witnessed!

                                  Co-Founders of Bass Hertz Productions:

                                  Dylan K., Jesse H., Shane H., Nate H., Michael T., Quintin T., and Marshall O.

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                                  6/10

                                  Alien Youth

                                  RAM
                                  MudRoom
                                  Seirens

                                  All Ages | 8 pm

                                  Alien Youth

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                                        Seirens

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                                          6/11

                                          Satsang

                                          $6 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                          Satsang

                                          Satsang is a Conscious Music Collective made up of Drew McManus (Guitar/Vocals) Karl Roth (Bass, Keys, Vocals, Weissenborn) & Keller Paulson (Drums/Percussion), as well as an ever growing and rotating group of multi instrumentalists. Blending world conscious lyrics with a unique blend of Reggae, Folk and Hip- Hop, Satsang seems to have something for every musical palate. The lyrics come from and are rooted in change, growth, awareness, and imperfection, and are used as a mission statement for reflection and activation. Touching on everything from the bliss of traveling and the growing pains of change, to the ills of the justice system and environmental encroachment. The live show is everything that the band name suggests: a gathering of people to assimilate and share their truths. The reggae rhythms put forth by the band keep everyone on their feet, and the lyrics leave them craving active and immediate change. Satsang has toured all over the country and has shared the stage with the likes of Steel Pulse, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, Chris Berry, Mike Love, Jon Wayne and the Pain, Tubby Love and many many more. "It still amazes me how far these boys have come in such a short period of time. With a very dedicated fan base and a lot of respect in the music community amongst other artists, Satsang is a band to watch closely. " -GratefulWeb

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                                          6/14

                                          Corb Lund

                                          $13 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                          Corb Lund

                                          Goth girls to survivalists, bovines to bibles, antique pistols to vintage motorcycles: Alberta-born honky-tonker Corb Lund's songcraft covers it all. From a rustic retreat deep in the Rocky Mountain forest, Cabin Fever, Lund's enthralling new album, evolved from a period of introspection and hard traveling. Just like the prolific Lund's subjects run the gamut, so do the sonics on the live-sounding long-player, ranging from rockabilly to Western swing, cowboy balladry to country-rock. And, of course, the occasional yodel...

                                          Cabin Fever follows on the boot heels of Lund's 2009 New West debut, the critically acclaimed Losin' Lately Gambler, his sixth album. Backed by his longtime band, The Hurtin' Albertans, the JUNO Award recipient has won kudos in his native land; the Canadian Country Music Association has named Lund Roots Artist of the Year 7 consecutive years from 2004 - 2010.

                                          For this outing, Lund hunkered down in the remote cabin he built with his girlfriend and former bronc rider/favorite uncle Lynn Jensen, an hour outside Edmonton. After the hand-crafted spruce and poplar building was finished, Lund's thirteen-year relationship crumbled and his uncle passed away. Woodshedding - literally - came next: "I ended up spending time up there alone for weeks at a time, in the winter, with three feet of snow," says Lund. "Cabin fever is what they call it when you get a little nuts from being isolated..."

                                          In addition to chopping wood to keep warm, Lund did a lot of thinking and writing. Taking breaks from the cabin, he spent months in such hotspots as Las Vegas, Austin, and New York City, where song ideas continued to flow. When he and his band - guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Grant Siemens, upright bassist Kurt Ciesla, and drummer Brady Valgardson - reconvened at the cabin, they demoed a slew of new songs: the regretful ballad "The One I Left in the chamber," the twangy paean to survival "(You Ain't a Cowboy) If You Don't Get Bucked Off," and the yearning "September," among them. When the whiskey bottle got passed around, things got raucous: "Drink It Like You Mean It" ('nuff said); the apocalyptic "Gettin' Down on the Mountain" (a roadhouse favorite), the blues-rockin' "Dig Gravedigger Dig" (a tribute to the occupation of Grant Siemens' brother), and the Sun Records-by-way of Betty Page-inspired "The Gothest Girl I Can."

                                          Cutting the tracks in an Edmonton studio, the boys decided to keep things loose and live, with no overdubs, resulting in "way more inner mesh," says Lund. "It feels more real, like a band. The whole thing was organic sounding, and we like that." They were joined by running buddy Hayes Carll, Texas raconteur and songsmith, who co-wrote and duetted on the wily road tale, "Bible on the Dash." Such vivid story songs are Lund's forte, as are the former history major's odes to his favorite things: "Cows Around" (where he namechecks every breed you can - or can't -- think of), "Mein Deutsche Motorrad" (he loves those fast-moving vintage BMW bikes), and "Priceless Antique Pistol Shoots Startled Owner" (hey, have you shot an 1896 Smith & Wesson lately?). Cabin Fever's finale is a narrative number straight out of a dime novel, the gripping "Pour 'em Kinda Strong."

                                          With a dozen ass-kicking songs under his belt, Corb plans to take the show on the road, just as he's done for the past two decades; he cut his teeth in the '90s as a member of Canadian speed-metal band, the Smalls. The DIY spirit lives with Lund, who traded his ax for an acoustic and has done everything from printing his band's T-shirts to booking gigs to writing press releases. Though it may look like a quartet onstage, the Hurtin' Albertans are really "a seven-piece band," according to Lund, "because Grant plays a bunch of stuff," including mandolin, banjo, Dobro, and baritone guitar. "Grant and I have a complex system of hand signals because I don't use a set list," says Lund. "We've got seven records' worth of material now, so every show is different. I find it more interesting that way."

                                          Road dogs, Lund and the band headline Canadian country and folk festivals, as well as gigging at New York City nightspots and America's finest honky-tonks. "We're able to straddle the line between songwriter folk and straight country, which is cool," says Lund. "We do funky clubs and we do folk rooms, along with festivals." In July there's a residency at the legendary Calgary Stampede's Centennial celebration, which is only natural, since Lund is a fourth-generation cowboy himself. He started rodeo-ing as a youngster and won his first trophy (for steer riding) at age 11. "My grandpas, parents, cousins, uncles, everybody competed in the Stampede," says Lund. "The Calgary Stampede is a big part of family tradition."

                                          Just as Lund mixes up styles on his recordings and the types of venues he plays, a special edition of Cabin Fever will feature an extra disc with an acoustic version of the tracks. "The electric one's done live, but the acoustic one's even more live," says Lund. "We were all sitting right beside each other and are in each other's mikes. We kept it as unpolished as possible."

                                          Listening to the acoustic disc's banjo, guitar, and handclaps, as well as Lund's Westerninspired songwriting, one can't help but think the pared-down approach is yet another aspect of the Lund family tradition: After all, Lund learned to sing as a nipper when his grandfather taught him the campfire standard "Strawberry Roan," which Grandpa Lund picked up via oral tradition from fellow trailhands. "I've got one foot in old-fashioned cowboy music," says Lund, "but I treat it with some abandon and irreverence. The reality is we don't live in that world anymore - yet the cowboys were kind of punk rockers in their day."

                                          As for Corb Lund, his Western heritage stays with him, no matter where he roams. "My whole life is sort of a dichotomy between being a cowboy kid and living in a city," says Lund. "I guess that informs my music too." On Cabin Fever, that split personality burns bright.

                                          - See more at: http://www.paquinartistsagency.com/roster/artist/corb-lund#sthash.D74djNiu.dpuf

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                                          6/16

                                          The Way Down Wanderers

                                          $11 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                          The Way Down Wanderers

                                          Members: Austin Thompson- Vocals, Guitar, Collin Krause- Vocals, Mandolin, Violin, Electric Guitar John Williams- Vocals, Upright Bass John Merikoski - Drums, Percussion

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                                          6/17

                                          Vela KC

                                          Gekko
                                          Fallopian Fire

                                          All Ages | 8 pm

                                          Vela KC

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                                            Gekko

                                            Formed in January of 2013 in KCMO, Gekko is a tight group with an unusually strong chemistry. With musical influences ranging from funk and soul to heavy metal and every thing in between, Gekko is a melting pot of different sounds. Dedicated to their craft, they strive for an intense live show.

                                            Gekko's first studio album: "A Gecko Named Terrance" (2014), marks humble beginnings for the band and a search for their sound (and name). Funky bridges with intricate melodies, followed by sweeping chorus' makes for an incredible music experience. The transition of sounds between funk, to rock, to jazz, to postmodern, tied together by a fat bass, a soothing guitar, and a high rainfall of pitter-patter drums, give this album a thick airiness. Provoked by confidence edged with self-doubt, and fueled by angst, Gekkos's first " ...record has the ultimate way of convincing you to just relax.".

                                            With a unique music style that is a mashup of many different genres. Their live performances are a combination of structured composition and free formed improvisation. Proficient with their instruments, Gekko introduces new concepts and melodies in their improvs with ease. Drifting in and out of thought-out melodic tunes and face-melting psycidellic improvisation, this band will keep you on your toes. Gekko is constantly bringing new songs into their ever growing grab bag of music, each performance is guaranteed to be one of a kind. Preforming on stages and for events such as the Wakarusa Music Festival, Paola Roots Festival, the Granada Theater, and many more, they are an experienced breed of musicians. Bringing the crowd into their world, there concerts are an experience that is not easily forgotten.

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                                            Fallopian Fire

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                                              6/18

                                              The Ragbirds

                                              $9 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                              The Ragbirds

                                              The Ragbirds began with songwriter and vocalist Erin Zindle and percussionist Randall Moore in their search to create fresh original songs sprouting out of their love for world music and their desire to weave these distant sounds into more familiar genres. With the addition of guitarist/vocalist Matthew Melody, bassist Dan Hildebrandt, and percussionist Tim Dziekan, who share the vision of creating honest, creative music combining these global and local elements, The Ragbirds fully realized their sound.

                                              Zindle leads the stage with a bright, energetic presence and four to five instruments interchanging skillfully in her hands, while she sings her charms.

                                              In April 2005, The Ragbirds released their debut CD, Yes Nearby, an independent, full-length album consisting of 12 well-crafted songs. The CD continues to garner much critical acclaim, has scored numerous reviews, was nominated for a Detroit Music Award, and continues to sell in large numbers in all demographics, literally and most remarkably appealing to young and old, hippies, rockers and folkies.

                                              In June, 2007 the band released it's second studio release, Wanderlove, which has a world travel theme with a pop appeal.

                                              The Ragbirds can be seen performing all over the Mid-West music scene, spreading in ever widening circles throughout Michigan, Ohio, New York, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Minnesota and beyond, stirring up a buzz everywhere they go. They can be heard on local and Mid-West radio and read about in numerous papers and online reviews. Their unique fusion of roots folk, world groove, and pop sensibility gets audiences of all ages and sizes up and dancing.

                                              THE MUSIC
                                              The Ragbirds use many traditional folk instruments including violin, guitar, mandolin, banjo, accordion, and harmonica. But this folky root is firmly embedded in the soil of rhythm, ancient and new, incorporating African poly-rhythms and Afro-Cuban tumbaos, over sometimes rock, hip-hop or reggae style drum-kit.
                                              Melodic lines are often built of ethnic scales and techniques, sometimes Celtic in style, sometimes Gypsy, or Latin, or African, and there is an improvisational element to the songs that keeps them fresh. In live performances, the band incorporates variations on traditional African drum pieces, each member trading their instrument for a nearby hand drum. They have a strong belief in the lyricism of poetry and positive music, and the power of dance-able rhythm.

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                                              6/22

                                              Blood On The Dance Floor

                                              Steven Joseph
                                              Brokencyde

                                              $14 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                              Blood On The Dance Floor

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                                              Steven Joseph

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                                                Brokencyde

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                                                  6/25

                                                  Mr Mojo Risin A Celebration of the Doors

                                                  All Ages | 8 pm

                                                  Mr Mojo Risin A Celebration of the Doors


                                                  Mr. Mojo Risin' celebrates the career of the Doors from their first self-titled album, through LA Woman, covering all of the best and amazing music in between. We bring an authentic concert experience representative of the band's best shows.

                                                  Our performances are a tribute to the music, and musicians that were the Doors. Whether in Kansas City or beyond, you will feel like you are on the Sunset Strip in 1966.

                                                  Break on Through...

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                                                  6/29

                                                  Free Show!!

                                                  After Funk

                                                  All Ages | 8 pm

                                                  Free Show!!

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                                                    After Funk

                                                    After Funk has been causing a ruckus on the Ontario music scene with their unique sound and infectiously fun shows since their inception in March of 2011. The Toronto based power-funk group consists of Yanick Allwood (keyboards & vocals), Jaime Rosenberg (drums), Justin Bontje (bass) and Phil Tessis (guitar) who are frequently joined by a horn section and other collaborators. Their self titled debut EP was released in January of 2014 and was mixed and mastered by Alan Evans of Soulive. An increasingly busy touring schedule led to opening spots for groups like Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, Dumpstaphunk, Kung Fu, The Nth Power and Walk Off The Earth. The band was also selected as Electric Forest’s Instrumental Forester and played two sets at the festival where they were featured alongside The String Cheese Incident, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Zeds Dead, Flying Lotus Stephen Marley and more.

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                                                    7/9

                                                    SWMRS

                                                    $9 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                    SWMRS

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                                                    7/14

                                                    Lewis Cowdrey Band

                                                    JD and the Mudhounds
                                                    John McVey Band
                                                    The Kirk Brown Band

                                                    All Ages | 8 pm

                                                    Lewis Cowdrey Band

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                                                      JD and the Mudhounds

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                                                        John McVey Band

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                                                          The Kirk Brown Band

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                                                            7/20

                                                            Free Show!!

                                                            The Hip Abduction

                                                            All Ages | 8 pm

                                                            Free Show!!

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                                                              The Hip Abduction

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                                                              7/22

                                                              Whiskey Autumn

                                                              Spencer Mackenzie Brown
                                                              Jessica Paige

                                                              All Ages | 8 pm

                                                              Whiskey Autumn

                                                              Whiskey Autumn is an indie pop rock band from Boulder, CO. Their latest single, 07.04.07, was released in late 2015 with an accompanying music video. 07.04.07 showcases Whiskey Autumn expanding upon the '60s pop stylings of their previous EP, Call You Mine, with hip-hop beats and electronic flourishes in what is their most confident work yet.

                                                              Founded by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Laut, Whiskey Autumn began as a bedroom folk project before recruiting bassist David Landry and drummer Matty Schelling into the fold. The revamped lineup delved into new influences ranging from 1960's pop and soul to 1990's R&B and rock. The band's recent material is currently featured on college radio stations throughout the US and has received critical acclaim from music blogs and publications.

                                                              Whiskey Autumn is diving headfirst into 2016 by hitting the road for extensive tour dates and plans to record a new EP in the spring.

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                                                              Spencer Mackenzie Brown

                                                              In a little over a year, Lawrence indie folk rocker Spencer Mackenzie Brown went from watching bands make music to forming his own band, striking out on his own and never looking back. The 25 year old released his debut EP, Part One, in July of last year and has since notched performances at SXSW, Kansas City's Middle of the Map Fest and Boulevardia.

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                                                              Jessica Paige

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                                                                8/20

                                                                Young Dubliners

                                                                All Ages | 8 pm

                                                                Young Dubliners

                                                                The Young Dubliners are quite possibly Celtic rock’s hardest working band, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the US and Europe every year. In recent years they have twice appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang and many more.

                                                                Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called 'Celtic Rock', that label, as labels often can be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it's not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. "That was always the idea", Keith Roberts, lead singer for the band explains. "The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn't Irish at all, but when we got here, we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what you’ll end up with when you start on a new album.

                                                                The band is currently in the midst of recording their ninth studio album. This will be a unique experience for the band as they plan to release it independently for the first time in their career.

                                                                “We had a few offers but decided we were well overdue to take things into our own hands,” says Roberts, “After eight albums on various labels it just seemed right to go it alone for once and maintain full creative control.”

                                                                However “going it alone” did not mean without financial support and for that they turned to their fans. After only two weeks the band had received over half the necessary funds to complete the recording, manufacturing and marketing plan for the album and work began on February 1st, 2012. The road intervened as is usual for this non-stop touring band and the recording process was put on temporary hold as they commenced a long US summer tour followed by a month long European Fall run.

                                                                Now, safely returned to the US, the band is back in the studio full time and hopes are high to finish the album by March. There is a short tour planned for Alaska in February with the main roadwork starting up again in March. They plan to showcase much of the new material at the upcoming shows.

                                                                “Having a whole album of new songs really invigorates the live show for us and makes it exciting all over again” say Roberts. “It’s like a shot in the arm every time we go through this process”.

                                                                The pledge drive continues on their website at youngdubliners.com.

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                                                                9/16

                                                                Andy Frasco

                                                                All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                Andy Frasco

                                                                Andy Frasco, a twenty four year old Party Blues musician hailing from Los Angeles, California, is nothing short of an enigma. In 2011 alone, he was the "New Artist to Watch" at Hatch Fest, European Independent Film Festival, Orion Music Festival and Sundance Film Festival.

                                                                Within the past 4 years alone, Frasco has trekked over 150,000 miles, performed over 1000 shows, and spanned the country at l
                                                                east 12 times. Frasco’s journey, however, is just beginning. This revolutionary is on a mission to alter the music business as we know it.

                                                                Frasco’s a rarity in the music business: one who is an industry “insider” and a talented musician. This unparalleled insight is due, in part, to his days of managing and promoting bands when he was 16 years old. He’s booked bands like HelloGoodbye, and worked with labels and venues such as Drive Thru, Atlantic Records and The Key Club in Hollywood, CA.
                                                                From there, Frasco toured the country with VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, raising money for Music Education in the Public Schools.

                                                                Yet 220 shows in 360 days through 33 states that he personally booked on the Save the Music Tour wasn’t enough for this young prodigy. Frasco headed back to Los Angeles to form his own band and produce his 3rd and current album, Road Life Revival. Currently on tour for Road Life Revival, Frasco continues to prove that he is a dynamic force with which to be reckoned, as listeners marvel at his talent and soulful performances wherever he goes.

                                                                Andy Frasco has jammed with artists such as Leon Russell, Galactic, Jackie Greene, Gary Clark Jr, Jakob Dylan, Butch Walker, The Flobots, Deer Tick, John Mayer and more. Not bad for a 24 year old.
                                                                Within the past 4 years alone, Frasco has trekked over 150,000 miles, performed over 1000 shows, and spanned the country at least 12 times. Frasco’s journey, however, is just beginning. This revolutionary is on a mission to alter the music business as we know it.

                                                                Frasco’s a rarity in the music business: one who is an industry “insider” and a talented musician. This unparalleled insight is due, in part, to his days of managing and promoting bands when he was 16 years old. He’s booked bands like HelloGoodbye, and worked with labels and venues such as Drive Thru, Atlantic Records and The Key Club in Hollywood, CA.
                                                                From there, Frasco toured the country with VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, raising money for Music Education in the Public Schools.

                                                                Yet 220 shows in 360 days through 33 states that he personally booked on the Save the Music Tour wasn’t enough for this young prodigy. Frasco headed back to Los Angeles to form his own band and produce his 3rd and current album, Road Life Revival. Currently on tour for Road Life Revival, Frasco continues to prove that he is a dynamic force with which to be reckoned, as listeners marvel at his talent and soulful performances wherever he goes.

                                                                Andy Frasco has jammed with artists such as Leon Russell, Galactic, Jackie Greene, Gary Clark Jr, Jakob Dylan, Butch Walker, The Flobots, Deer Tick, John Mayer and more. Not bad for a 24 year old.

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