12/21

Smackdown Trivia

18 & Over | 6:30 pm

Smackdown Trivia

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    12/22

    Open Mic

    All Ages | 8 pm

    Open Mic

    Open Mic is the Bottleneck's earliest contribution to the Lawrence music scene, offering a stage for up-and-coming bands and artists. This long-standing tradition has existed since the conception of this historic and renowned venue, and it continues to this day.

    Open Mic is generally held every Monday; however, it is subject to change due to previously scheduled acts.

    There are usually members of Pipeline Artist Management & Bottleneck Booking in attendance to see whose performing.

    To sign up, please email openmic@thebottlenecklive.com. Please include your Band Name, Genre and number of musicians along with your preferred time slots. These slots are booked on a first come basis, so specific times are not guaranteed.

    9:30- 10:10
    10:30-11:10
    11:30-12:10
    12:30-1:10

    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.

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    12/26

    Slight Right

    All Ages | 8 pm

    Slight Right

    Slight Right LFK
    Synth heavy local indie
    So damn fuckin trill

    - Hash Haiku


    http://iheartlocalmusic.com/2014/02/12/review-slight-right-waves-single/

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    12/31

    Split Lip Rayfield

    DeWayn Brothers
    Loaded Goat

    $26 - $28 | 18 & Over | 7 pm

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    Split Lip Rayfield

    The fire rages on for the powerhouse trio from Kansas, Split Lip Rayfield (SLR), as they celebrate the release of their new record, "I’ll Be Around." The new album showcases the songwriting talents of mandolin player Wayne Gottstine and banjo player Eric Mardis, tied together by the harmony and deep-bass licks of Jeff Eaton. Such songs as "Aces High," "Heart of Darkness," and "The High Price of Necromancy" will take listeners on a journey of love, loss, change, and dark powers, as they discover what lies in the mysterious minds of SLR. The song for which the album is named, "I’ll Be Around," serves as a tribute to the band’s fallen teammate Kirk Rundstrom, whose influence on the band and its path was great. Rundstrom’s legacy continues to live on in the new album and also the band itself as every live show is dedicated to his memory. Split Lip Rayfield has carved out their own genre of music with their unique sound and instrumentation. Often described as a mix of bluegrass and country with an accent of metal, no other band delivers the experience of the homemade gas-tank bass played by Jeff Eaton, sets the mandolin strings on fire like Wayne Gottstine, or makes the banjo sing like Eric Mardis. Together, they burn up speakers and stages alike providing an unforgettable experience.

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    DeWayn Brothers

    The DeWayn Brothers lay claim to a uniquely Kansas string-band sound influenced by bluegrass, old-timey folk and classic rock. Singer Jamie Lee belts out songs of lost loves and bad guys, while her backing boys sing about death and drinking and getting rabies from your own dog.

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    Loaded Goat

    Loaded Goat is a mad mash of bluegrass, old-time, honky-tonk music. To activate: Flick a little moonshine in it's face and get ready for some banjo for your ear-holes. Playing a predominantly original catalog of heartbreak and headache, Loaded Goat will occasionally surprise with the surprising cover song. Loaded Goat is great for bars, campfire jams, weddings, cowboy saloon shootouts, Rural Grit Happy Hour, and more, more, more.

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    1/2

    Rick Gibson Band

    All Ages | 8 pm

    Rick Gibson Band

    Born and raised in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks, with family roots tracing back to the Tennessee hills, Rick is now a transplant in Kansas City. As a guitarist/songwriter he is a Americana roots and electric blues artist with many influences. For years he has worked with a variety of artists performing R&B, smooth jazz, fusion, blues and gospel.

    In late 2012 Rick released his first all original blues CD "Plain and Simple" to high acclaim. The freshman project was a semi-finalist in the International Blues Best CD competition, and was complimented by Rick reaching the finals of the Kansas City IBC best band competition in 2013.

    OZARK ANTHOLOGY is now available. The sophomore project is a musical journey into old style, Ozark dirt blues rock. It is a musical style birthed from growing up in southern Missouri and the regional sub-cultures of southern hill folk.

    "With OZARK ANTHOLOGY I am blending old styles with new retro sounds to produce songs which tell stories with an organic grit. It's not only where I am coming from, it's where I've been."

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    1/7

    Shes a Keeper

    All Ages | 8 pm

    Shes a Keeper

    This five piece band with roots in KC has now stretched its audience to Lawrence, KS where part of the band attends KU and all the way down I-70 to Columbia, MO where part of the band attends MU.

    When they come together on stage, fun and energetic three part harmonies can be heard. The sound is a folk rock, Americana that at times sounds a wee bit Irish, thanks to one of the two frontmen being half Irish. Also in the mix, a powerful cello and a wiley banjo often played from behind the drum kit.

    Those harmonies come from Zac and Colin on vocals and guitar with Fritz on percussion, drum kit, banjo and vocals. Elliott on bass brings prowess in his genes as he is the son of one of The Elders. And then perched behind her cello is Kate adding a dynamic not found in young bands these days.

    When firing on all cylinders they can turn any room into a party. One of their first gigs at recordBar brought out 160 people. Since then they have played at Livestrong Sporting KC Stadium, Kanrocksas, The Country Club Plaza Art Fair and recently sold out The Brick in Kansas City.

    They are currently playing in support of their 2011 self titled, self released album, "She's a Keeper."

    In the near future they hope to begin work on a brand new EP as well as make their first music video.

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    1/8

    Grazzhopper

    40 Watt Dreams

    All Ages | 8 pm

    Grazzhopper

    “Growing up in the country, I was heavily influenced by my surroundings and my family,” says frontman, Cody Brewer of his inspiration and the heart of Grazzhopper’s sound. “My father and grandfather instilled the basic building blocks of bluegrass and country and from that foundation, I have developed a more complex sound from my later musical influences in the jam, folk and jazz scenes.”

    Grazzhopper is a fusion of the best parts of bluegrass and folk. Varying from an acoustic duo to a full five-piece band, the bluesy, bluegrassy, folky sound only gains momentum as the repertoire expands and the enthusiasm grows. Though, Brewer is adamant that it doesn’t just stop at the music; it’s also about the atmosphere surrounding the show.

    “We strive to create a festive atmosphere. Something you can dance to, but also dive into the depth of the lyrical content. It’s a live experience that’s going to be different every time you come and see it,” says Brewer. “I strive to put on more than just a show every time.”

    Grazzhopper’s songs discuss everything from the trials and tribulations of life to the power of joy to the liberation of travel. “Each of my songs marks a period in my life, a piece of my journey that I want to place a stamp on,” notes Brewer.

    Despite the continual evolution and growth of Grazzhopper, the heart, soul and voice of the band will always remain strong, honest and sincere.

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    40 Watt Dreams

    Katie West fronts 40 Watt Dreams, playing guitar and banjo, singing gritty songs that range from dark hillbilly blues to irresistable pop. Katie began her career in New Orleans, where she played wash tub bass and piano in the streets and clubs of the French Quarter. In 2003 she formed the popular Alt-Country duo, Truckstop Honeymoon. She continues to tour with Truckstop Honeymoon in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the US. Katie also records with numerous artists produced at the infamous 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor recording studio.

    40 Watt Dreams is a five piece band based in Lawrence, Kansas. Manchester-born singer songwriter. Danny McGaw plays electric guitar, while maverick bluegrass producer, Mike West, picks banjo, with Paul Scmidt on bass and Colin Mahoney on drums. 40 Watt Dreams makes high-energy music with a distinctive sound, combining rock’n’roll, bluegrass banjo and powerful vocal harmonies.

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    1/9

    Sharp 9

    Love Bones

    All Ages | 8 pm

    Sharp 9

    Sharp 9 is a nine-piece funk band based in Lawrence, Kansas. Comprised of musicians from various backgrounds, Sharp 9 forms this collective by playing a variety of genres with a hint of funk behind each tune.

    Nadia Imafidon - Vocalist
    Nate Nickel - Vocalist
    Himal Sherchan - Vocalist
    Rayyan Kamal - Trumpet
    Leslie Butsch - Saxophone
    Jordan Koch - Bass
    Joel Bonner - Guitarist
    Tim Clark - Keys
    Devin Heath - Drums

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    Love Bones

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      1/14

      3 Son Green

      All Ages | 10 pm

      3 Son Green

      Since 2007, 3 Son Green has been interweaving their vast web of sound, sense, and solidarity into the ever‐evolving architect it has become. Their RockJamJazzFunk style breaks genre bylaws, and pulls crowds out of their seats everywhere they play. 3 Son Green’s intricate songwriting combined with their natural improvisation is guaranteed to satisfy every music lover’s palette. Their well fueled, expanding flame has, even now, lapped at the feet of the music world at all manner of festivals across the Midwest. These Kansas City grown virtuosos are vaulting to new heights, and leaving no slack behind.

      Jamie Anderson – Guitar/Vocals
      Evan Carlson – Guitar/Vocals
      Steven Pearson – Drums
      Trey Green – Bass/Vocals

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      1/15

      Groovement

      All Ages | 8 pm

      Groovement

      Groovement sounds like Robert Randolph and Stevie Wonder ate some New Orleans Red Hot Chili Peppers; more easily described as: high-energy funk-rock. Their catchy melodies, big harmonies, tasteful solos, and funky grooves easily create songs you can dance to. Deitra Magazine describes Groovement's music as "a surprising find of funky original tunes that got the crowd boogying out of their seats, as well as some unique renditions of unexpected covers."

      The playful personality and strong, soulful voice of Groovement frontman, Alex Carr, helped him win a ticket to Hollywood as one of the 2011 American Idol contestants. In addition to their decorated singer, the band posseses many years of professional experience and over 30 local award show nominations. This all-star lineup includes Adam Becker (keyboards, organ, synth); Trey Burkett (guitar, vocals); Bryan Burkhart (drums, vocals); Jacob Johnson (sax, guitar, vocals); and Randy Soller (bass, vocals).

      Groovement has a reputation for putting on one of the most high-energy and professional live performances around. They’ve been steadily building a following in the Northwest Arkansas/Northeast Oklahoma area by being featured at some of the region’s premier festivals: Wakarusa, Tulsa’s Mayfest, and the Backwoods Bash.

      Groovement’s debut album is slated for release on August 6, 2011. Following the release of the album, they plan to keep touring, promoting their music, and putting smiles on the faces of movers and groovers worldwide.

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      1/16

      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.

      Let The Music Play The Band!

      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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      1/17

      The North Fork

      All Ages | 8 pm

      The North Fork

      The North Fork is a Lawrence, KS progressive folk rock band started in February of 2013 when songwriter Cole Eisenmenger, recording solo, heard violinist/bassist Russell Clark practicing violin in a nearby practice room, and asked him to record record on the track "Dancing on Apples." Cole, who had been playing with drummer Ben Johnson, started playing more often in the trio setting, eventually adding up to four members--forming The North Fork. The band has gone through numerous changes in instrumentation, band personal, and sound--including the shift from being originally acoustic to having electric guitar, bass, and drum set to drive the sound and give more variety to the live show.

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      1/20

      Elsa Cross

      All Ages | 8 pm

      Elsa Cross

      Born in Strong, Maine. Living in Austin, Texas.

      “Elsa Cross plays David Lynch’s kind of rockabilly.”
      – Austin American-Statesman

      “Imagine the darkest of scenarios enveloping you in eerily beautiful tones, as though Johnny Cash or perhaps Tom Waits had a sister.”
      – Laurie Gallardo, KUTX 98.9 Austin

      “Elsa Cross should have been touring with Johnny Cash in his American recording days.”
      – Performer Magazine

      “There is a controlled ferocity to her tone and lyrics, even in the music’s softest moments, and the songs would seem equally appropriate if performed on a horse ranch or in a Hell’s Kitchen lounge.”
      – The Wire

      “Eddie Spaghetti and The Reverend Horton Heat would both fall in love with this woman.”
      – Spotlight Magazine

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      1/21

      Captiva

      All Ages | 8 pm

      Captiva

      Formed in 2013, the Kansas City trio's funk/indie rock sound, mixed with their grasping stage performance, makes for an incredible live show that captures both musical ingenuity and visual spectacle. Captiva produces positive vibes and phunky sounds that are sure to leave every fan feeling buzzed. After releasing 'Basement Creations' in 2014, Captiva is planning their first tour in 2015, and will be traveling nationwide throughout the year.

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      1/22

      Modern Measure

      Nadis Warriors

      All Ages | 8 pm

      Modern Measure

      Modern Measure is a hybrid electronica project like no other. Formed in Atlanta in 2013, MM has already set the bar high coming off of sold out performances in Atlanta, as well as touring across the United States, and a huge set at CounterPoint Music Festival. Kyle Holly shows you his musical vision through his project. Taking tracks he's produced in the studio, he then passes the tracks over to Charlie Thornton, for live manipulation and performance for a true Live DJ/ Live drummer combination that is a serious force to be reckoned with. In just a few short years, Kyle has shared the stage with acts such as STS9, Big Gigantic, The Disco Biscuits, Papadosio, ZOOGMA, Pnuma Trio, The Floozies, Break Science & many more. Guided by inspiration and sheer love for the music, Modern Measure creates a positive environment for both listening, and a complete live music experience. Thanks to Modern Measure's record label, 1320Records, MM continues to push the boundaries releasing remixes, EP's, and a soon to be full length album. Take note, as Modern Measure is a name to watch, and a name that you will continue to see for years to come in music.

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      Nadis Warriors

      The Nadis Warriors incorporate subtle rhythms and tones to effect the vibrations of the listener. Layering Tibetan singing bowls with specific chords for individual chakras, they invite you to take an electronic excursion through healing and dance.

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      1/23

      Mouth

      Kawehi
      Wrong Kata Trio

      All Ages | 8 pm

      Mouth

      "Kansas City band Mouth combines the elements of guitar, bass and drums to form a delectable musical stew... The band adds the fresh spices of jazz, funk, dance and hip hop to create an eclectic mix." - Ink

      Formed in late 2008 by guitarist Jeremy Anderson, bassist Zach Rizer and drummer Stephen Gunn, Mouth plays original "cyberfunk" music: bass-heavy, deep funk grooves that combine rhythmic elements from funk, house, dubstep and hip hop with the improvisational approach of a jam band.

      Having quickly established a name for themselves in their hometown with their exhilarating live shows, Mouth is now branching out with tour dates and festival performances throughout the Midwest.

      "Fans wanting to pigeonhole Mouth's music, do so at their own risk. The three-piece Kansas City band combines elements of funk, jazz, hip hop, electronica and progressive rock in their unique, dance-friendly instrumental songs." - The Daily Record

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      Kawehi

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        Wrong Kata Trio

        Wrong Kata Trio is a warm mix of funk, jazz, and atmospheric electronica. By blending their love of funk grooves with playful melodies and electronic effects, the Wrong Kata Trio creates a unique sound that feels like a great big audio hug.

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        1/24

        The Delta Saints

        Spencer Mackenzie Brown

        All Ages | 8 pm

        The Delta Saints

        Often leaning on the simple descriptor, “Bourbon-fueled, Bayou rock”, The Delta Saints are a Nashville-based quintet composed of Ben Ringel (vocals/resonator guitar), Dylan Fitch (lead guitar), David Supica (bass), Ben Azzi (drums), and Nate Kremer (organ). They have spent the past six years carving out their very own space in the musical gray-area occupied by other blues-inspired artists like Gary Clark Jr., Tedeschi Trucks Band, and North Mississippi Allstars.

        The band’s founding members met in the fall of 2007 as a group of college transfer students looking for drinking buddies. Friday night hangs quickly turned into Friday night jam sessions, and before they knew it, a friendship had formed. The discovery of their shared passion for creating and performing music eventually brought about the need for a name. Ringel’s upbringing in south-central Louisiana seemed an obvious connection, but he will be the first to tell you, “It just sounded right.” He continues, “One day we’ll make up a great story about how we got our name. It will involve prison and bourbon and voodoo, but until then, the truth will have to suffice.”

        However it happened, once they found their footing, The Delta Saints never looked back.

        In 2010, they recorded and released two separate EP’s, Pray On and A Bird Called Angola, respectively. Over the next two years they toured relentlessly throughout the United States and Europe. In 2012, having amassed a troop of diehard supporters, they completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund the creation of their first full-length record, Death Letter Jubilee.

        Officially released in early 2013, Death Letter Jubilee marked the beginning of what proved to be a very productive year for the band. Highlighted by major support slots with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Goo Goo Dolls, Robert Randolph & the Family Band; festival plays at Wakarusa (US), Belgium Rhythm & Blues Festival (Belgium), Moulin Blues Festival (Netherlands); and a summer tour that touted 20 sold out shows in 13 different countries.

        Rest assured the momentum building behind The Delta Saints has not gone unnoticed. They kicked off 2014 with an extensive 50-city international tour opening for Zac Brown’s southern rock brethren, Blackberry Smoke. To commemorate the occasion, the band released a new 3-song EP called Drink it Slow, featuring two new studio recordings and one live recording. The EP is available as a free download from the band’s website.

        Summer 2014 has seen the release of their first live album, Live at Exit/In. The album captures an electric sold out 2-night weekend in their hometown of Nashville. In support of Live at Exit/In, The Delta Saints will hit the road on another international tour highlighted by a handful of major summer festival appearances at Summerfest (US), Summer Camp Festival (US), The Ride Festival (US), Grolsch Blues Festival (Germany) & Leffingeleuren Festival (Belgium).

        At the end of the day, The Delta Saints know that their continued success as a band depends on their hard work and willingness to continue soaking up every opportunity they are given.

        “We want to grow, but we understand that it’s all in due time,” says Ringel. “We want to fully realize the weight of our experiences, and be able to savor them too. We pay our bills, we fill the gas tank in our van, and we pay for our own albums to be pressed, all because of the people who believe in our music,” Ringel reflects.

        The Delta Saints have set out to build a name for themselves the old-fashioned way, winning over one fan at a time. They have already amassed an international following of friends, fans and supporters, and rest assured…they will make a believer out of you too.

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        Spencer Mackenzie Brown

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          1/27

          John Doe (of X)

          $16 - $19 | All Ages | 8 pm

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          John Doe (of X)

          John Doe was born in 1977 when he arrived in Los Angeles. His previous life in Tennessee, Wisconsin & Baltimore was a great & fertile time but new music and social changes led him to events that created a life in art. He graduated from Antioch College in Baltimore in 1975, worked as a roofer, aluminum siding mechanic, and ran a poetry reading series. Ms. Meyers was his landlord in the rural black community of Simpsonville , MD.

          John met Exene Cervenka at the Venice poetry workshop Nov 1976 and he started working with Billy Zoom around the same time.
          When DJ Bonebrake joined X in mid-1977 the line up was complete. They released six studio records, five or six singles and one live record from 1978-1993. Five of X’s records have been re-issued along with two compilations. The Unheard Music documents their lives and progress as a band from 1980-83. In 2009 the film was included in the Sundance UCLA Archive of greatest films of all time. They appeared several times on American Bandstand, Solid Gold and David Letterman. As one of the last original punk rock bands standing, they continue to tour. The day that X played a free noontime concert in Fullerton, CA, they caused Orange County’s greatest high school truancy rate to date.

          In 1988 John started a family and lived in the Tehachapi Mountains, near the “Grapevine” of Highway 5, which separates southern and central California. He has recorded 8 solo records w/ numerous renowned singers and players, more recently including Patty Griffin, Dan Auerbach, Aimee Mann, Don Was, Kathleen Edwards and Greg Liesz. He has appeared in over 50 films and television productions, with some of his most notable roles in Road House, Georgia, Roadside Prophets, Great Balls of Fire, Pure Country and Roswell. He continues to act these days but more sporadically as his touring schedule has become more demanding.
          Other musical side projects include work with the Knitters, Jill Sobule and The Sadies. He continues to write poetry and has even taught workshops from time to time. He currently lives north of San Francisco, California.

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          1/29

          Melting Point of Bronze

          Eagle Claw

          All Ages | 8 pm

          Melting Point of Bronze

          Brutal/Heavy/Old School Metal

          Forged in the back of a North Lawrence welding shop.

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          Eagle Claw

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            1/30

            Truckstop Honeymoon

            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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            2/6

            Waka Winter Classic

            All Ages | 8 pm

            Waka Winter Classic

            The Wakarusa Music Festival will be traveling to 20 cities this winter in a quest to locate the best and brightest musicians the country has to offer. At every stop on the tour several bands will compete in a regional talent showcase. The winner of each talent showcase as decided by the fans in attendance will receive an invitation to play at Wakarusa 2014. But it doesn’t end there. The winners in each city will also have their music featured on our website and will compete in an online talent showcase. The three bands that receive the most votes in our online competition will get a chance to play the Revival stage at the festival along with a host of other surprises. Be sure to come out and support your favorite band!

            Band Lineup:tba

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            2/12

            That 1 Guy

            DJ Feels Goodman

            $12 - $14 | All Ages | 8 pm

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            That 1 Guy

            With an extensive and amazing track record of unique and imaginative performances featuringhis curious instrument and copious amounts of originality, Mike Silverman aka That1Guy has set himself apart as a true one-of-a-kind talent that rivals any other artist currently in the entertainment industry. Averaging 150-200 shows a year all over North America and Canada, he has been a consistent favorite at such festivals as: Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Big Day out, All Good, Bella, High Sierra, Summer Meltdown, Montreal Jazz Festival, and many more. He was also the ʻTap Water Awardʼ winner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for best musical act. His legendary collaboration and multiple tours with Buckethead as The Frankenstein Brothers has further cemented his virtuoso story as a creative visionary as well.

            His innovation continues to soar with the announcement of another tour kicking off in January 2014, which will feature live video projections on a completely unique rig invented, created and operated by the guy himself. Along with his pioneering main instrument, The Magic Pipe, a monstrosity of metal, strings, and electronics, facilitates the dynamic live creation of music and magic in ways only That1Guy can conjure, expect to see magic as well now integrated into the already clever performance. With this addition of incorporating magic seamlessly into his live shows, he has legitimately achieved an all inclusive audio/visual performance unlike anything experienced before. “So much of my music has miraculous qualities to it because itʼs hard to tell whatʼs going on. There are lots of slights of hand and sonic misdirection. It feels like I was meant to do magic”.

            Silvermanʼs backstory is very similar to many musicians that have come before him. He grew up a self proclaimed music geek, soaked in the influence of his jazz musician father, and enrolled in San Francisco Conservatory of Music before joining the local jazz scene himself as a sought-after percussive bassist. This is where the similarities end, though, and where That1Guy truly began. “In my case, being a bass player, I just felt very restricted by the instrument itself,” he says. “Iʼve always wanted to sound different and have my own sound. I was headed that way on the bass, but for me to fully realize what I was hearing in my head sonically I was going to have to do it my way”. His influential and innovative double bass style eventually evolved into what we see today as That1Guy and ʻThe Magic Pipeʼ.

            As his story continues to develop, Billboard has famously noted, “In the case of Mike Silvermanʼs slamming, futuristic funk act… the normal rules of biology just donʼt apply.”

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            DJ Feels Goodman

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              2/13

              Making Movies

              All Ages | 8 pm

              Making Movies


              Thank you to everyone who is listening, there will be much more to come soon. Gracias a todos que están escuchando, habrá mucho más en el futuro próximo. website: www.makingmoviesband.com myspace: myspace.com/makingmovies
              Current Location
              Midwest

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              2/17

              Blue Orleans

              All Ages | 8 pm

              Blue Orleans

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                2/18

                The Wood Brothers

                Kristina Train

                $19 - $21 | All Ages | 7 pm

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                The Wood Brothers

                Chris Wood had a scrap of a song — seemed like a chorus — scribbled in a notebook. He played it for his older brother, Oliver, who’d had a verse lying around he didn’t know what to do with. The two pieces, composed months apart, one in urban Atlanta and the other deep in the Catskills, dovetailed musically and lyrically: the verse about a man regretting chasing unattainable women, the high-lonesome, harmony-driven refrain of “When I die, I wanna be sent back to try, try again.”

                “Neon Tombstone” wasn’t the first song that Chris, a founding member of jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood, and Oliver, formerly Tinsley Ellis’s guitarist, had written — since 2006, they’d released three studio albums of Americana as The Wood Brothers. But it was the first one they’d written like this. “This is how a song is supposed to come together,” Oliver remembers thinking. “There was some chance, some randomness, to it.”

                The experience marked a deeper level of collaboration for The Wood Brothers, a newfound fraternal synchronicity that’s captured on their latest album, ‘The Muse.’ Within the first few bars of opener “Wastin’ My Mind,” which could pass for a lost cut from “The Last Waltz,” it’s clear the brothers are operating on a different plane than when we last heard them, on 2011’s ‘Smoke Ring Halo.’ The components are similar: the dialed-in vocal harmonies, Oliver’s gritty acoustic guitar, Chris’s virtuosic upright bass, the warrior poet lyrics. But here there’s a glue — a yellowy carpenter’s glue, one imagines — holding it all together. The cohesion comes from the brothers having spent the last two years on the road with new full-time member Jano Rix, a drummer and ace-in-the-hole multi-instrumentalist, whereas they relied on session musician-friends to fill out previous albums. Jano’s additional harmonies give credence to the old trope that while two family members often harmonize preternaturally, it takes a third, non-related singer for the sound to really shine. And then there’s Jano’s work on his literally patented percussion instrument, the “shuitar,” a shitty acoustic guitar rigged up with tuna cans and other noisemakers, which, in his hands, becomes a veritable drum kit.

                Starting with debut ‘Ways Not To Lose,’ which NPR described as a collection of “gracious little songs [that] sound like they were born on a front porch during a beautiful sunset,” The Wood Brothers have made albums like you’re not supposed to anymore — recording mostly live, warts and all. But on ‘The Muse,’ they double down on the production values of a purer time. Whereas ‘Smoke Ring Halo’ was tracked with the musicians playing in separate rooms, here Chris, Oliver and Jano often circled around a tree of microphones, a couple feet apart from one another, and simply played the songs, with even the lead vocals being recorded on the spot. The arrangement is a producer’s nightmare — the different sounds bleed into the various mics, limiting mixing options and ruling out the possibility of fixing mistakes — but the band had two willing accomplices: legendary country musician Buddy Miller, who produced the album, and Nashville studio vet Mike Poole, who engineered.

                “I just love how Mike and Buddy really embraced that idea,” Oliver says. Miller, an award-winning producer, guitarist and solo artist, has performed and recorded with icons such as Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Oliver continues, “I hear little things that are out of tune or imperfect, and I love it. That’s what I like about old recordings – they just did it, and that’s what happened.”

                From early in their childhood in Boulder, CO., Chris and Oliver were steeped in American roots music. Their father, a molecular biologist, would perform classic songs at campfires and family gatherings, while their mother, a poet, instilled a passion for storytelling and turn of phrase. The brothers bonded over bluesmen like Jimmy Reed and Lightnin’ Hopkins, but their paths, musical and otherwise, would diverge. Oliver moved to Atlanta, where he played guitar in cover bands before earning a spot in Tinsley Ellis’s touring act. At Ellis’s behest, Oliver began to sing and then founded King Johnson, a hard-touring group that would release six albums of blues-inflected R&B, funk and country over the next 12 years. Chris, meanwhile, studied jazz bass at the New England Conservatory of Music, moved to New York City and, in the early ‘90s, formed Medeski Martin & Wood, which over the next two decades would become a cornerstone of contemporary jazz and abstract music.

                After pursuing separate musical careers for some 15 years, the brothers performed together at a show in North Carolina: Oliver sat in with MM&W following King Johnson’s opening set. “I realized we should be playing music together,” Chris recalls. Soon after, the pair recorded a batch of Oliver’s songs, channeling the shared musical heroes of their youth while seizing on their own individual strengths — Oliver’s classic songwriting, Chris’s forward-thinking musicianship. A demo landed them a record deal with Blue Note, who released ‘Ways Not To Lose’ in 2006. Follow-up ‘Loaded’ came in 2008; after covers EP ‘Up Above My Head’ the next year, the band moved to Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Artists for ‘Smoke Ring Halo’ and then 2012’s ‘Live, Volume One: Sky High’ and ‘Live, Volume Two: Nail and Tooth.’

                On ‘The Muse,’ following the opening one-two of “Wastin’ My Mind” and “Neon Tombstone,” the album shuffles between bluesy, classic country and swampy funk, mining the brothers’ timeless influences (Robert Johnson, Willie Nelson, Charles Mingus) while sounding fresh enough to win over fans of today’s mainstream roots-music acts (The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons). The title track shows Oliver’s songwriting at its most tender and autobiographical to date, as he sings of his “finest work yet” — his newborn child — in his endearingly offbeat voice, which The New York Times calls “gripping.” Chris takes the vocal lead on “Sweet Maria” and “Losin’,” and capably so, while on his standup bass, he’s often playful, even rascally, imbuing the songs with humor with his warm, unpredictable notes. Jano, when not banging on his shuitar, adds refreshing flourishes of piano and melodica.

                ‘The Muse’ marks another milestone for The Wood Brothers: it’s the first full-length they’ve recorded at Southern Ground Studios in Nashville. In the way that Manhattan becomes its own character in an old Woody Allen movie, the live room at Southern Ground plays a key role on the album, making its warm presence felt throughout. (There’s even a little hiss from the analog tape machine.) The choice of location was practical, given Nashville’s rich history and network of musicians, but also symbolic: The Wood Brothers are now officially a Nashville-based band, with Oliver having relocated in 2012, and Chris recently following. It’s the first time the brothers have lived in the same city since they left their parents’ nest; both are eager, along with Nashville local Jano, to plumb the sense of collaboration they tapped into during the fateful “Neon Tombstone” writing session. As Oliver says of ‘The Muse,’ “This is the first record that really feels like a band record. It’s taken years for us to really feel like we can collaborate, and I think this is the pinnacle of it so far.”

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                Kristina Train

                It is the briefest of phrases – just three notes and four words – that are over in the space of mere seconds. Yet in those few seconds, you know at once that Kristina Train is that all-too-rare thing: a singer who can take the simplest of lyrics – “Since you’ve been gone” - and transform them; investing every breath with a level of emotion, conviction and intensity that has always set truly great singing apart from the merely average.

                The heart-stopping moment is taken from ‘Dark Black’, a pivotal track on Kristina’s extraordinary new album of the same name, her first release on Mercury Records. It is a song that tells you all you need to know about Kristina’s incredible talent, yet leaves you wanting so much more; a song that has already seen Kristina compared with timeless artists like Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin, as well as contemporary classics like Norah Jones and Lana Del Rey. With its vintage production feel and gloriously languid pace, it pairs only the barest of instrumentation with Kristina’s intoxicating vocals that imply more than any lyric ever could, imbued with a devastating – yet breathtakingly beautiful – sense of sadness at the end of a relationship. Like each stunning track on the album of the same name, the hushed fragility and disarming intimacy of Kristina’s distinctive sound marks her out as something truly special; someone set to make a huge impact on all who hear her.

                The passion for music that is so audible and inviting in Kristina’s songs now was first stoked in childhood. Born in New York, Kristina moved with her mother to Savannah, Georgia when she was 11 and lived in a house without a television or a radio – but plenty of classic rock, pop and soul music to inspire a young, receptive Kristina. Even at a young age, she was already something of a veteran on her first instrument, the violin. “I’m very grateful to my mother for that,” Kristina says, “because not only did I have my voice, I was able to train my ear and communicate, to ‘speak’ music.”

                Even so, she admits now that there were times when the regime of daily practice began to lose its appeal, especially as her mother had, she says, first got her started on the instrument after reading that very young children who took up the violin were more likely to excel academically. “When I was growing up, my mother played records all the time – music was always there. And home was an incredibly nurturing environment, artistically. Yet, as free as my mother is, she is also extremely strict and by-the-book. She’s a teacher, so her major thing was education, and although at home, I had this free creative allowance, as far as schoolwork went, there was none of that. She wanted to encourage that side of me, but she also wanted me to realise that the real world is the real world, and that sometimes, that stuff doesn’t really fly – that life doesn’t always afford you the freedom you desire.”

                Still, Kristina’s focus never wavered from her one true love and she devoted hours of childhood playing in youth orchestras and symphonies. Music was everywhere she went, integral to her life in the American South. “It’s rooted in the place,” she enthuses. “Everywhere you go you hear Southern sounds: soul, gospel, blues, Southern rock, country; it’s such a strong part of living there. People love playing music. And that really stuck with me.”

                She was certainly no average teenage either. In her teens, the burgeoning vocalist started standing on the roof of the building she lived in during thunderstorms, lifting back her head and hollering at the tempestuous sky. She did it, she says, in order to toughen up your voice, which she considered too girly for the music – Janis, Led Zeppelin – she was then listening to. While the edge to her voice now bears testament to the fiery skies of Georgia, it also proves that nature had other ideas when it came to Kristina, as she retains the soulful pop purity she once sought to banish. Indeed, it is the tension between the two that elevates her singing to greatness.

                Fast forward from the thunderstorm years and Kristina signed a major-label development deal with the prestigious Blue Note Records at just 19 years old. It’s the big break she’s been waiting for; the moment every musician dreams of. She duly returns to Savannah with the good news but her mum has other plans. Absolutely no way, she says categorically. A battle ensues and, naturally, mum wins. Kristina puts her dreams on ice and enrols in university, travelling whenever she can. Despite her best efforts though, academia was never likely to claim her for long. “In my heart of hearts,” she says, “I knew I was going to be a musician, and I couldn’t understand why anyone would want me to do anything else.” Even now, as she recalls this period in her life, the determination on her face is unshakeable, telling of the very same Southern grit that ensured that she got her way, discarded her study books and took up her dream again.

                By 2001, she has joined the Park Bench Blues Band, and had started gigging around Athens, Georgia, covering tracks by The Beatles and Aretha Franklin while writing alt-country tracks of their own. Within two years, university had been put on the back burner and Kristina returned to Savannah, where she turned heads with a performance at that year’s Savannah Music Festival and started recording with the band Scrapomatic. Incredibly, she even convinced Blue Note Records to give her another try, signing with the label again in 2006 at the age of 24. Finally, she was ready for the rest of the world to hear her incredible voice. Kristina promptly moved to New York City, relocating once again in 2007 to London to record her debut album. Alone in a new city at just 25, she threw herself into the making of the record she had waited years to make. The sublime result, 2009’s ‘Spilt Milk’, alerted critics to a new talent and Kristina’s years of waiting finally seemed like they were to be paid off. The record was also her first encounter with Ed Harcourt, with whom she co-wrote a number of tracks. It was an experience Kristina resolved to repeat and did with her forthcoming new album ‘Dark Black’.

                Written and produced with both Ed and the songwriter and producer Martin Craft (who releases his own work under the name M Craft), Kristina started work on her new album when she finally got off the road following an 18-month tour in Herbie Hancock’s band. If she has mixed feelings about her debut album, she also regards it – and the lessons she learnt working with Herbie – as “the best dress rehearsal I could ever have hoped for, because I worked with some great people”.

                Both also allowed Kristina to know exactly what sound she wanted to achieve on her second album, understanding how both her voice and musical interests had changed in the intervening years. This time round, she was keen for the sessions to be intimate and low-key, showcasing her spectacular voice and crafting music, settings and atmospheres in which that voice can soar, shine, confide and confess. The experience was, she says, almost telepathic – each of them seemed to know instinctively where a song needed to go. “I really wanted to blend technology with very basic, organic styles of playing and performing – live guitar and drums, and then filling in the spaces with synthetic sounds; and treating those as sounds in themselves. And Martin and Ed just got that, got it immediately.”

                Since moving to London full time in 2011, Kristina has worked very closely with Martin on perfecting her melody driven sound; a mix of organic and synthetic sounds all complemented by Kristina’s natural and distinctive vocal. Together, they have taken a modern production approach to timeless sounding songs and the resulting elegant, emotive record is exactly the album Kristina was hoping to make… and the record the rest of us have been waiting to hear.

                Although now based in London, Kristina has travelled a long and sometimes circuitous path to complete ‘Dark Black’, pouring all her most painful experiences, personal thoughts and deepest feelings into a record that reflects her entirely. Along the way, she has travelled to and lived in New York, Savannah, back to New York, a brief period in New Jersey, picking up life lessons – some of them welcome, some of them not – along their way that have informed her songs with a worldliness beyond her years and a depth of feeling that could never be faked. “I never, ever stopped singing,” she says. “It was the one thing I could count on, and sometimes the only thing I had. It was such a comfort to me, and it still is. It’s allowed me to get through a lot of things.”

                The musicians who draw most evocatively on their life in their songs have tended be those that, musically, carry no passport and hold no allegiance other than to their art – and Kristina is emphatically one of those. “I’ve never felt that I’ve really fitted in anywhere. I’ve always felt like I could live anywhere, I don’t really experience a sense of either loss or longing about a particular place.” That said, she finds London endlessly inspiring, she says. “Moving here is the best thing I ever did. It has been incredibly empowering – and I think you need to feel a little isolated and uncertain to find out things about yourself. London has been nothing been wonderful. And if I am looking at it through rose-tinted glasses, well, good!”

                Though the album may tell of a lifetime of musical influences and years of personal, often painful, life experiences, it has been a process Kristina is convinced was worth waiting for. Finally, she has made the album she was destined to make. “I was singing at the same time as I started speaking,” Kristina shrugs. “It’s always been this completely natural thing. For me, it was always music, only music, always singing, only singing, and that’s all I cared about.”

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                2/19

                Sphynx

                White Girl

                All Ages | 8 pm

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                  White Girl

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                    2/20

                    Jon Wayne & the Pain

                    Heatbox

                    All Ages | 8 pm

                    Jon Wayne & the Pain

                    If Lee Scratch Perry and Deadmau5 died, went to heaven, and recorded an album with Bradley Nowell and Jerry Garcia, they’d end up with something like Jon Wayne and The Pain’s new full length album “Surrender”. In addition to the Minneapolis trio’s signature sound of roots infused Reggae Rock, their latest release adds a bold fusion of Jam and EDM into the fold.

                    The trio’s previous album “Follow Through” for the most part only teases with a few subtle, dark electronic elements but stays true to the roots infused Reggae Rock sound that could be described as an ideal poolside soundtrack. Until the release of “Surrender”, their sometimes sinister combination of organic drums and guitar with electronic bass and synths could only be heard if fans could catch the band’s live act in clubs and festivals around the U.S. or sift through bootleg uploads on Youtube. Their third full length album is full of electronic instrumentals that build from entrasic dub loops (wait for the drop) then explode into high energy party anthems with intense vocals and powerful acoustic drums.

                    Pushing boundaries further, Jon Wayne and The Pain inject Roots, Jam, and Ska into the mix with sounds that band members Jon, Chuckie, and Teeto have grown to love while playing alongside some of the most influential musicians in the festival scene. Complete with a sanctioned Grateful Dead cover and a festie-fan shout out track “Festival Friends”, JWP pays tribute to the Jam scene in a big way. Keeping in tune with the sound that made fans rush to see Jon Wayne and The Pain since the band’s early days, heartfelt Reggae-Rock tunes are still a staple in the diverse collection of songs that make up “Surrender”

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                    Heatbox

                    The One Man Entertainment System, otherwise known as Heatbox, has been emerging in the Minneapolis music scene (“the 612”) for the better part of a decade. From rocking crowds in his humble beginnings with the Root City Band to selling out shows across the country, Heatbox's unparalleled crossover between Motown, A cappalla, R&B, Hip Hop, Soul and Funk has gained National attention from both fans and the media alike.
                    Creating beats and building songs from the ground up, Heatbox uses a Boss LoopStation RC-50 and a DigiTech Vocal 300 to create his songs. Recording each part as he goes, Heatbox's music is live and in the moment. Using no tracks, samples, or pre-recorded music, each song and performance is distinctly unique.
                    Heatbox's discography includes two full-length studio albums, Entertainment (2006) and System (2009). Included on System is a video game, Ninja Strike, designed and programmed entirely by Heatbox. Following the System release in 2009, he co-produced two original music videos, "Pizza Funk" and "Jack & Coke” alongside acclaimed Boston video producer Spookie Daly.
                    Promoting his latest Album, Heatbox is currently touring the US and Canada. In recent months, he toured with fellow solo act That 1 Guy and supported artists such as Buckethead, Medeski Martin & Wood, Bassnectar, Umphrey's McGee and Chali 2na. Additionally, he played notable music festivals including South by Southwest, 10,000 Lakes, Bella Music Fest, Summer Camp, Harvest Fest, Big Wu Family Reunion and Camp Euphoria.
                    Showing no signs of slowing down, Heatbox plans on spreading his music and positive message to the rest of the world. Ultimately, his passion is to entertain people, and that's exactly what he does. He truly is a one-man entertainment system!

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                    2/21

                    Ebony Tusks

                    All Ages | 8 pm

                    Ebony Tusks

                    Kansas City, Hip Hop

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                    2/28

                    Chicago Afrobeat Project

                    All Ages | 8 pm

                    Chicago Afrobeat Project

                    Afrobeat cannot stand still. As the genre’s tempting sounds continue a resurgence across the globe, Chicago Afrobeat Project (CAbP) remains true to its original vision of breathing the intensity of Chicago’s rich music scene into the infectious sounds of afrobeat. Rather than become caricatures of the genre, CAbP slips a reverent nod to the tradition while delivering an energized originality different from any other band on the afrobeat scene today. At each of its 100+ live performances a year, the group’s frenzied songs hit audiences with a big enough one-two punch to tirelessly knock them onto the dance floor time and time again. Afrobeat’s range of influences — funk, rock, jazz, afro-cuban, high life and juju music – settle into a hypnotic, dance-compelling pulse at the core of CAbP. The group layers a fiery originality around this core through high-energy rock and experimental jazz. The trance-like grooves that hold the floor in the tradition are pushed to new borders in CAbP’s second and self-produced album, (A) Move to Silent Unrest. In it, the group keeps true to the mix of respect to the tradition and forward-thinking experimentation that shine through in their live performances. The individual players, coming from diverse backgrounds, each hold their own as soloists that ultimately characterize the live shows. Melodic and hard-hitting horn lines create a lyrical flow to the music, delivered by a cutting, driven rhythm section dynamic. Complex call-and-response percussion songs are dispersed throughout the performances. At select shows, African dancers from Chicago’s Muntu Dance Theatre accompany the band. Added up, the music is packaged with original songwriting that explores the stylistic reaches of afrobeat and a few classic covers delivered true to form. The group currently performs across the country from coast to coast with notable festival dates including Bele Chere Music Festvial (2005, 2006) Wakarusa Music Festival (2006), Chicago World Music Festival (2003, 2006), Vassar College Jazz Festival (2005, 2006), Summer Camp (2005, 2007), Chicago’s Summer Dance Series (2005, 2007), and High Sierra Music Festival (2007). CAbP was nominated as Best African Artist in the Chicago Music Awards (CMA) in 2004 and 2005, and was nominated for the CMA’s “Award of Honor for Contribution to World Beat Music” in 2006. As a natural extension of the group’s ability to connect diverse musical styles through afrobeat, CAbP has featured many notable Chicago guest musicians such as Howard Levy of Bela Fleck fame, Fareed Haque of Garaj Mahal, seven-time Grammy-winner Paul Wertico, Bobby Broom, Jeff Parker of Tortoise, Kalyan Pathak, Diverse, Ugochi, Morikeba Kouyate and many other Chicago greats.

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                    3/2

                    Houndmouth

                    $13 | All Ages | 8 pm

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                    Houndmouth

                    That first November 2011 night, when it all fell together at the Green House, was nothing more complicated than four friends playing music, armed with something to drink and a curiosity about what might happen. They were the generation who has come of age in the new economy, already adept at shuffling jobs and get-bys, firmly acclimated to the diminished expectations that come with growing up somewhere the rest of the world assumes is nowhere. Which, in this case, is New Albany, Indiana.

                    Houndmouth, then, knew each other from…around. Matt Myers and Zak Appleby had played in cover bands together for years, schooled in blues and classic rock and Motown, toughened by indifferent audiences and the clatter of empty bottles. Matt and Katie Toupin had worked as an acoustic duo for three years, when she wasn’t on the road tending to a straight job. Katie and Shane Cody had gone to high school together, before Shane disappeared off to Chicago and New York to study audio engineering. In the beginning it was Shane and Matt who’d started knocking around at first, just drums and guitar, once Shane got home and free of a brief bluegrass flirtation.

                    The rest happened in a tumble, Zak and Katie switching from guitars to bass and keyboards, respectively. Four months later, their homemade EP in hand, Houndmouth made the pilgrimage to South By Southwest. Their booking agent convinced Rough Trade’s Geoff Travis to come have a listen. Of such things are dreams made. Months of conversation and a proper studio later, their debut album, From the Hills Below the City, will be released by Rough Trade.

                    “We lucked out,” Matt says. “We knew we were making good music. We knew we had something. But we didn’t know it would escalate so quickly. Always the element of luck.”

                    Before and after that bit of luck, Houndmouth have been on the road, building their audience. Working. Opening for the Drive-By Truckers, the Lumineers, the Alabama Shakes, Lucero, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Headlining on their own. Turning heads.

                    “You know good art when you see it,” says Newport Folk Festival booker Jay Sweet, an early adopter, “and you know good food when you taste it. Well, you also know good music when you hear it, and when I first heard Houndmouth it was like freshest tasting art I had heard in many moons. A true musical omnivore’s delight.”
                    “I’m going down where nobody knows me,” they sing during the jaunty chorus of “On the Road.” The opening track to From the Hills Below the City, which is more or less the relationship New Albany has to Louisville, across the river: “I had a job had to leave behind me…I had to move to another city.” A two and a half minute slightly bent pop confection, conscious of all kinds of music which went before. Self-conscious about nothing, not even the neo-rap cutting contest that snaps across one break. A blues for now, then.

                    The older heads are noticing, the ones who are hardest to convince. “Houndmouth is a great young band,” testifies Patterson Hood of the Truckers. “They toured with us last month and brought it each and every night. They were extremely popular with our fanbase and our band. I look forward to hearing what they do next.”
                    Rolling Stone’s David Fricke joined the chorus of praise after seeing Houndmouth during SXSW ’13: “They are all singers, leading with individual character and harmonizing in saloon-choir empathy. The music is earthy melancholy with a rude garage-rock streak.”

                    Houndmouth’s songs emerge with a loose-limbed swing, anchored by a sturdy rhythm and a cagey melodic sensibility. “Penitentiary,” revived from Matt and Katie’s acoustic days, is all dressed up as a rock anthem. It’s dark, yet fun, with all those voices singing, “come on down to the Penitentiary/oh mama, the law came crashing down on me.”

                    Matt sketches the origins of his song, which became their song. “I met a guy in Reno on a road trip before we started the band, and he was super down on his luck,” he says. “We met him at a gas station, bumming money. He told me a few details that are probably in the song, but I made most of it up. I changed the setting to Texas, because it sounded authentic.” And then he mentions that he was listening to Jimmie Rodgers at the time.
                    Hard-luck songs, to be sure, betraying a certain criminal bent. Not their stories, Katie is careful to note, but the world they’ve watched walk on by. “We grew up in Southern Indiana,” she says. “It’s not always the classiest place. So all that is not unfamiliar even if we haven’t personally been through the darkest parts of it.”

                    And yet, as she also says, “No matter how much anyone wants to write a completely fictional or narrative song, there’s ALWAYS part of you in it. I think that it is important, even when writing narrative songs, that there is something real about them. That there is part of yourself in them.” Houndmouth’s truths, then, are emotional. For the most part.

                    “The dealers and the bootleggers/Got me hooked on freebasing/And I can’t trust my government/So I looked into the other dimension,” Katie sings, tough and innocent. “And now they got me doing bad things.” “The song is a story,” Katie says. “I didn’t get hooked on freebasing. Yet there is part of me in it…It’s also maybe about me wanting to escape, loosen my morals, not opening my heart to people.”

                    So are the songs. Deeply emotional, that weird, powerful, essential thing the blues does that makes you feel better through the tears. Especially the songs which are deeply personal, like “Halfway to Hardinsburg” or “Palmyra.” Or the sad, slurring loss of “Long as You’re Home,” on which they sing, “Who am I supposed to be?”

                    Themselves, of course.

                    Four musicians from New Albany, Indiana, across the river from Louisville. Where Will Oldham, Jim James, and Freakwater’s Catherine Irwin live. A fecund place, and place
                    matters. Not a sound, not a scene, but a place. A real place. “There is a familiar element about My Morning Jacket that I can’t really pinpoint,” Katie says. “It’s kinda like what I can’t pinpoint about what Houndmouth is that we all sort of get. It just makes us feel at home.”

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                    Electric Six

                    Avan Lava

                    $13 - $16 | All Ages | 8 pm

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                    Electric Six

                    If you’ve ever attempted to continue living on planet Earth in our lifetime, you understand full well that there are many forces acting against you. The forces acting against you….are oppressive, like the humid march of days. These forces like to play with things before they destroy them. You are being destroyed by forces. You.

                    You should by now also understand there are two forces working on your behalf. The only reason you still have a fighting chance are Detroit’s premier over-21 band Electric Six….and the benevolent violence and magnetic gravitational pulses of the stars, planets and moons in the cosmos. For centuries, we humans have taken refuge in the goodness, love and order that rains down on us from the heavens above. For decades we have turned to dangerous drugs to help us travel backwards in time, to sit with the wizards that conceptualized and realized….the Zodiac.

                    The Zodiac is comprised of the 12 constellations that are visible from the moon. They exist along a circular axis known as the ecliptic divided by 30 degrees each. Their energy is transmitted through invisible particles discovered by the pharaohs known as the zero particle ….which was determined by Louis Pasteur to have a particular value of 0. There are 88 constellations in the sky. There are 88 counties in the state of Ohio. There are 88 keys on Tait Nucleus’ piano. Zodiac is Electric Six’s 7th studio album. 7 multiplied by 88, multiplied by 88, multiplied by 88, divided by 12, to the power of 30, divided by zero……is zero. And now you see where this is going.

                    Our bank accounts are sitting at zero. We need to sell another record.

                    Electric Six realizes this moment in music, this moment in moments. We are naming our record Zodiac, in order to double your chances of survival. We have 12 songs on this record. We have arranged the songs to correspond with the signs of the zodiac in an effort to half-heartedly personalize our connection with you. The songs are almost in alphabetical order. If “Jam It in the Hole” weren’t so amazing and needed to be nearer to the beginning, the tracklisting would be in alphabetical order. Just like if the stars in Capricorn actually resembled a goat, we would take some of this astrology horseshit more seriously.

                    Zodiac begins in a most hauntingly poppy fashion with “After Hours”, aesthetically borrowing more from the Martin Scorcese film of the same name than with the Velvet Underground song of the same name. Plugging in the names of popular figures like Martin Scorcese and Velvet Underground, along with Justin Bieber, Robert Pattinson, Glenn Beck, Lady GaGa and Thomas Dolby increase the chances of this press release reaching more people via search engines.

                    Zodiac differs from many of its predecessors in the Electric Six discography. It is largely lower-fi, not necessarily in sound, but in essence. Tracks like “I Am A Song!” and “Table and Chairs” see the band embracing its love of The Poppy Family, Neil Diamond and yes, The fuckin’ Doors.

                    But Electric Six will always hold the center with equilibrium force. Songs like “Jam It in the Hole”, “Clusterfuck!” and “American Cheese” show you that Electric Six is never done being the band that you want us to be. We are Electric Six. And we must electrify you.

                    Finally, the band is proud to showcase its first cover song since our 2005 album Senor Smoke. “The Rubberband Man” by The Detroit Spinners, originally released in 1976, might be the catchiest, most upbeat song ever written. Electric Six has long talked about performing this song. And our horoscope told us it was finally time.

                    To summarize, Electric Six is a force in league with other forces to keep you safe from evil forces. We have a 7th studio album coming out on Sept. 28, 2010 that will be released on Metropolis Records. This record is called Zodiac and it features Electric Six at the height of their musical confidence….at the apex of their musical abilities. At the zenith of everyone up in this here universe tonight. You belong to the city. You belong to the night.

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                    Avan Lava

                    Being engaged, always being present – it’s about maintaining a certain kind of energy. It’s all inclusive – there’s room for everybody,” describes multi-instrumentalist Ian Pai of the intraband state AVAN LAVA constantly aspires to. In many ways, AVAN LAVA is bigger than their parts and their sum – central to the band is the communing with their fans. “Our whole thing is the audience. It doesn’t happen without them.”

                    It was this realization that first drew the core members of AVAN LAVA – Pai, producer-musician Le Chev and lead singer TC Hennes – into each other’s paths. The three had spent years orbiting each other in the New York music scene, with Le Chev even auditioning for Pai, who was with performative electroclashers Fischerspooner at the time. (“It’s still the only audition I’ve ever done,” says Le Chev.) When he eventually joined that outfit, Pai and he discovered their shared adoration of Daft Punk was only the beginning, and the two began collaborating on an undetermined project. While Pai and Le Chev found the music came easily, Pai was haunted by the voice he imagined singing over their tracks. “It’s a certain kind of tone that cuts through everything, because of where it sits in the frequency range,” Pai says of what he kept envisioning. Around that time, Pai saw Hennes perform in The Last Goodbye, a musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set to the music of Jeff Buckley. “As soon as I heard him sing, I knew that was it,” recalls Pai.

                    Within days, Hennes came in to sing on a few tracks, and the final piece of AVAN LAVA snapped into cosmic alignment. With Pai amidst the tidal pace of touring, departing and returning for stretches of time, Le Chev and Hennes put together Vapors, AVAN LAVA’s first EP. On the strength of that offering, the group began lighting up audiences and garnering critical attention (prompting The Village Voice to call the band “lush, sparkling”). With 2012’s Flex Fantasy EP, the band built on their unique alchemy of soulful vocals laced through dime-stop beats, launching them on a trajectory that hasn’t stopped. The band embarked on a year-long string of sold-out shows in New York and a US-wide tour with Little Boots, all while managing to spread the AVAN LAVA gospel globally, as when the Seoul Institute of the Arts commissioned the band to put up a full-scale staging of their live show with 100 students. Their reputation as a transportive, over-the-top live act grew, with Noisey raving in a show review "You need these guys in your life!"

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                            Sylvan Esso was not meant to be a band. Rather, Amelia Meath had written a song called “Play It Right” and sung it with her trio Mountain Man. She’d met Nick Sanborn, an electronic producer working under the name Made of Oak, in passing on a shared bill in a small club somewhere. She asked him to scramble it, to render her work his way. He did the obligatory remix, but he sensed that there was something more important here than a one-time handoff: Of all the songs Sanborn had ever recast, this was the first time he felt he’d added to the raw material without subtracting from it, as though, across the unseen wires of online file exchange, he’d found his new collaborator without even looking.

                            Meath felt it, too. Schedules aligned. Moves were made. And as 2012 slipped into 2013, Sanborn and Meath reconvened in the unlikely artistic hub of Durham, N.C., a former manufacturing town with cheap rent and good food. Sylvan Esso became a band. A year later, their self-titled debut—a collection of vivid addictions concerning suffering and love, darkness and deliverance—arrives as a necessary pop balm, an album stuffed with songs that don’t suffer the longstanding complications of that term.

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                            Flock of Dimes is the solo project of Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner.

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