11/29

Linear Symmetry

APLSOZ
NMEZEE

All Ages | 8 pm

Linear Symmetry

Chris Story (Keyboards) and Andy Alback (Drums) combined forces in 2013 to form the live-electronica group Linear Symmetry. The duo from Omaha has been on a direct path since their inception and continue to progress to new heights with every performance. They have quickly become known for their tight, energetic live shows which feature moving audible dynamics in the form of organic dance music. Pair this with their brilliant visual package and it’s no surprise they have become festival favorites and late night staples.



After just one experience with this duo, it is clear there is no lack of symmetry between Chris and Ando. The two work together on stage and in studio with a common goal to send the listener on a sonic journey through their ever expanding catalogue of original dance music. Due to their unrestricted sound and raucous live show, they have the unique capability to perform for both rock and electronic audiences. Linear Symmetry has performed alongside EOTO, Shpongle, Twiddle & The Floozies; while also packing dance floors at festivals such as Dancefestopia, 515 Alive and BloomTown. Their linear path to new heights is not slowing, so be on the ready to get down when Linear Symmetry arrives in your area in 2015 and beyond. #LSduo #YearofLinear

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Electronic melodic mad man from the matrix, Kansas City based BASS kid Aplsoz has been bursting through boundaries in the future bass music culture by combining styles of sonic force known by the likes of Bassnectar and Ill gates with melodic high energy movements that can slow down and get sexy on the drop of a dime. This ultra-captivating style has led Aplsoz to share stages with Liquid stranger, Dirt Monkey, Jantsen, Koan Sound, Marvel Years, Illenium, Minnesota, and many more. Always rockin' fully original sets, Aplsoz is on the come-up with a fully encompassing and immersive style of fresh bass beats.

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    11/30

    Drew Six

    Donner Party of Seven

    All Ages | 8 pm

    Drew Six

    Drew Six performs well over 200 shows per year. A natural frontman, his high energy stage presence has earned him opening spots with such notable acts as Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Maroon 5, Backstreet Boys, Eli Young Band, and Gary Allan. This is where he has honed his ability to command an audience and build his fiercely loyal fan base.

    Country Radio Hall of Famer, Mike Kennedy says, “Drew is one of the harder working artists I’ve ever seen. Whether he’s playing acoustically or with the full band, it’s always a great show. Versatile, talented, and entertaining.”

    Six’s current single, “Boyfriend,” and accompanying music video showcase Drew’s rock n’ roll swagger and crossover appeal. The funk infused hip shaker earned him industry attention for his songwriting chops when the early demo went #1 on the NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) Top 40 Chart. The music video is featured on CMT. His original songs have also been honored by ASCAP, The Recording Academy, and utilized by ESPN. Currently, Six’s fan favorite, “The Bull,” is being played at select PBR (Professional Bull Riders) events across the country.

    While Six splits his time between Nashville and Kansas City, he has maintained a close connection with his hometown. His touring band, the Soul Plains Drifters, features accomplished K.C. musicians, Scott "Sevens" Evans, Troy Schuster, Steven Jesse, and Todd "T-Diddy" Yarrow. Drew Six's gritty soulful baritone vocals and magnetic stage presence have earned him the title of “best sexy musician” in Pitch Magazine’s “Best Of" issue and he was also featured as one of KC Magazine’s “100 people that have changed life in Kansas City forever.” Recently, he was a featured performer at Major League Baseball’s marquee event, the World Series Gala.

    Drew is also passionate about several charities. He was honored with the “Quest For Kindness” award for his work with Variety Children’s Charity. The organization provides children with developmental disabilities adaptive equipment and opportunities for activity and inclusion. Six’s self-penned song, “We Choose Livin’” was written for and inspired by the kids of Variety.

    “I learned early on that music has power. It brings people together that would normally never cross paths,” says Six. “Performing live and songwriting have both given me special ways to connect with people and to give back.”

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      12/1

      Truckstop Honeymoon

      E100

      All Ages | 8 pm

      Truckstop Honeymoon

      In eleven years Truckstop Honeymoon have released eight CDs and a full length
      documentary film on Baton Rouge label, Squirrel Records. They perform at International folk festivals, rock clubs, neighborhood bars, house concerts and hay barns from Nebraska to Tasmania.

      Truckstop Honeymoon’s story begins in New Orleans, where Katie played wash-tub bass and blues piano in the streets of the French Quarter. There she met Mike, who slung a banjo and sold his CDs to tourists as a curative for hangovers and small mindedness. After a court house wedding, they hit the road together. They spent their wedding night in a trucks stop somewhere between Lafayette and the Atchafalaya Swamp. There Truckstop Honeymoon was born.

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        12/16

        The Interrupters

        SWMRS
        The Regrettes

        | All Ages | 8 pm

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              12/30

              Homestead Grays

              Ricky Dean Sinatra

              | All Ages | 7 pm

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                  12/31

                  Split Lip Rayfield

                  Sopchoppy
                  Grassfed

                  | All Ages | 7 pm

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                  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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                    Grassfed

                    Grassfed is a Kansas City 5-Piece string band. Pivoting on the foundation of bluegrass, Grassfed entwines tradition with an eclectic array of influences. Forged by songwriters, and driven by instrumental conversation, the band drives a punching sound all of its own.

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                    1/13

                    DigiTour:Artic Lights

                    | All Ages | 3 pm

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                      1/27

                      The M80s

                      All Ages | 8 pm

                      The M80s


                      The M80s is Kansas City's hottest 80's tribute band that covers all top eighties dance music from pop, rock and new wave. The M80s band delivers a 80s music explosion in a true rewind event in a fun, high-octane show.

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                      2/1

                      Hippo Campus

                      Sure Sure

                      | All Ages | 8 pm

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                      Hippo Campus is four Minnesotan boys making music that is simple, joyful, and thematically soaked with the sense of cynicism accompanying the youthful search of self-meaning.
                      The band’s debut EP, ‘Bashful Creatures’, is set for release November 18, 2014. Recorded over two days at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN, the EP was produced by Low’s Alan Sparhawk.
                      With the philosophy that there is beauty among thorns, Hippo Campus presents the world of Bashful Creatures...
                      Kids, Adults, Youth, Age, Tumblr, and Cigarettes. Boots, Younger brothers. Older brothers, Brothers from other mothers, Summer, Friends, alcohol, drugs, and a touch of Boredom. Heterochromia, Heterosexuals, Teachers, English class Ratchet-ness, Lips, and Dancing in Tank tops. Sneaking out for Friends, Sex, Art, but mostly just art school girls. Playing with Guns, American exceptionalism, “Suicide," Shyness, confidence, and Grace.
                      With love, Beans, Espo, Stitches, Turntan.

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                        2/7

                        Yonder Mountain String Band

                        The Southern Belles

                        | All Ages | 7 pm

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                        Yonder Mountain String Band has always played music by its own set of rules. Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences that the band cites, Yonder has pioneered a sound of their own. With their traditional lineup of instruments, the band may look like a traditional bluegrass band at first glance but they’ve created their own music that transcends any genre. Dave Johnston points out “What could be more pure than making your own music.” Yonder’s sound cannot be classified purely as “bluegrass” or “string music” but rather it’s an original sound created from “looking at music from [their] own experiences and doing the best job possible.” The band continues to play by their own rules on their new record The Show.

                        The Colorado-based foursome has crisscrossed the country over the past eleven years playing such varied settings as festivals, rock clubs, Red Rocks Amphitheater in the band’s home state, and recently the Democratic National Convention in Denver at Mile High Stadium opening for Barack Obama. Their loyal fanbase has been built from this diverse setting of music venues as fans latched on to their genre-defying original sound.

                        In between tours the band spent time this last year working on its fifth studio album. Set for a September 1 release on the band’s own label, The Show is the second album with rock producer Tom Rothrock (Beck, Elliott Smith, Foo Fighters). While some might scratch their heads as to why a string band would want a rock producer, this decision was a natural choice for the band. “We don’t have a lot of nostalgia for the past,” says banjo player Dave Johnston. “You shouldn’t try to recreate the 1940s. I like to think of us as informed by the past and all the great performers before us. But we also want to look forward rather than give people something that has already been perfected.”

                        The Show has the similar acoustic instrumentation (Adam Aijala on guitar, Johnston on banjo, Jeff Austin on mandolin and Ben Kaufman on bass with all four singing) as many of its classic bluegrass forefathers. Though once again drums are present (as with the self-titled fourth album) with the great Pete Thomas of Elvis Costello’s bands adding a rhythmic backdrop to Yonder’s still-acoustic sound on six of the tracks. The record consists of thirteen songs all written by Yonder.

                        The band has long cited such varied influences as the bluegrass of Del McCoury, Johnson Mountain Boys, Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe, Osborne Brothers as well as the punk rock of Bad Religion, Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys. Somewhere in between these two tent poles are early 20th Century composers and alternative rock bands like Grandaddy and Postal Service. It’s all funneled through the band’s unique chemistry, honed since they first met at an informal club performance in 1998. With band members writing individually, in different pairings and as a collective, the album proves that this group is a collection of creative peers and you can hear it in the rich tapestry of music that makes up The Show.

                        Here Yonder offers such traditional bluegrass sounding fare as “Out Of The Blue” and “Casualty.” The band has explored its country roots in the past and does so again this time on “Steep Grade, Sharp Curves,” a song that describes the roads around its home base in Nederland as well as a particularly dangerous femme fatale. A little further from the roots is the impressionistic “Isolate” with its simple but ominous bass line and minimal arrangement. There is also a bevy of rockers like “Complicated,” “Fingerprints” and “Belle Parker,” a gem of a song about a hard-hearted woman. The band even finds some excellent middle ground between bluegrass and rock on “Fine Excuses” thanks in part to a scorching guitar solo from Adam Aijala. There is also the extended “Honestly” -- at eight-minutes, the longest song on the album, with a middle section that is an excellent platform for lengthier live excursions that are as improvisatory as any electric band on the live music circuit.

                        The band is a regular at bluegrass festivals like the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the band's own Northwest String Summit as well as massive multi-stage events like Austin City Limits Festival, Bonnaroo and Rothbury. Fans are no doubt drawn to Yonder’s anything goes attitude, its humor and passion about music, and the band’s ability to stretch out live. “We love that people come to see us,” Johnston points out. “Everyone appreciates good music. Some people want to go to a recital and some people want to party.”

                        But as its fans know, Yonder Mountain String Band does something a little different, more than just a musical party. The Show is the band’s most varied and versatile album to date, and the summation of the journey that these guys are on together. It’s bluegrass for the masses, acoustic tunes filled with dazzling chops, and it’s fun to boot. The humble Johnston sounds as surprised as anyone by the band’s success, but knows that it all boiled down to chemistry, which has never changed. “Somewhere down there we all kind of recognized that we had something unique,” he explains. “But there is no way I could have imagined the amount of success that the band has had.”

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                          2/8

                          Psymbionic

                          Widdler

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                              3/1

                              Donavon Frankenreiter

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                              When Donavon Frankenreiter was 10 years old, he got his first surfboard. Six years later, he picked up his first guitar. It was the beginning of a wildly creative journey: His improvisational twin obsessions have carried him around the globe and into his fans' hearts. As Frankenreiter prepares to release his fourth album, Glow, this fall, the 37-year-old singer/songwriter/pro surfer admits he still thrives on simply taking the plunge. "We don't have a set show, if we did, I would go crazy," he says. "You never know what's going to happen. I love that element of surprise with music and surfing – you never catch the same wave twice."

                              Growing up in southern California, Frankenreiter was drawn first to guitar gods like Clapton and Page, then to songwriters like Dylan and Marley. Ska-punk soundtracked his moves in surfing films, but his first high school band was so inspired by Pearl Jam, they named it Peanut Butter and Jam. His next outfit, a Southern rock group, scored a spot on the Warped Tour and was promptly pummeled with debris whenever their harmonies followed acts like Sick of It All. He continued to play rhythm guitar with a cover band, staying comfortably out of the spotlight, until one day something clicked: he needed to branch out on his own.

                              Good pal Jack Johnson was starting up Brushfire Records, and offered Frankenreiter a shot, producing his first album of folk songs – including the hit "Free" – along with famed Beastie Boys collaborator Mario Caldato, Jr. Frankenreiter followed his 2004 self-titled debut with a full-band record, 2006's Move by Yourself (Lost Highway), where he plugged in and chronicled his life on the road. Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, My Morning Jacket) produced 2008 disc Pass It Around, which featured guests Ben Harper and G. Love, and marked a major musical turning point for Frankenreiter: "The first time I started working with other writers." He kept up the spirit of collaboration on 2010's Revisited, a track-by-track reinterpretation of his debut disc through a Hawaiian lens. After relocating to Kauai fulltime with his wife and sons Ozzy and Hendrix three years ago, Frankenreiter became enamored with the sounds of the islands. "It started off with ukulele and my voice and [guitarist] Kirk Smart added slack key guitar, lap steel, and everything else, and it just kind of grew from there," he says. "It's really neat to hear an alternative version of what happened seven years ago."

                              Revisited proved a fascinating challenge, but Frankenreiter hasn't spent the last year focused on the past. And as soon as he got into a room with producer Mark Weinberg, he knew he'd found the perfect partner for Glow. "I wrote 'Keeping Me Away From You' with Mark the first time I ever met him in 30 minutes," Frankenreiter says of the warm, wistful mid-tempo track. "He looked at me and went, 'Wow, that was quick.' I asked, 'Does that normally happen?' " They recorded the entire album over three days at California's Pulse Studios, utilizing a band of crack players to amp up the original acoustic arrangements into gorgeously polished chill-out rock with U2-esque guitar flourishes ("Shadows"), lush strings ("Keeping Me Away From You"), and bluesy organ wails ("Hold On").

                              "In Your Dreams" is about the haunted home Frankenreiter lived in as a kid, where he imagined "the houses talking to me." On "All Right," what the singer calls "a bitching drum pattern" built on a synthesizer gives way to organic drums, finger-picked guitars and Frankenreiter's smoky vocals as he croons a soothing lullaby: "Let the good life shine/it's gonna be all right."

                              "The first thing I do is grab a surfboard or guitar if I'm depressed or bummed – I think that's why a lot of my songs are positive and uplifting, because those two things make me happy. I've really enjoyed living in the moment, enjoying what's going on right now," he says. The disc's title track captures this sentiment perfectly: Riding a sweet, syncopated acoustic strum, the song swells into a beautiful chorus as Frankenreiter sings, "I want to see you glow/I want to see your daylight shining all around your heart."

                              "The sounds are something I've never had on my records, ever," Frankenreiter says, adding he just played his acoustic guitar on the album and was pleasantly surprised by the addition of echo and delay on the disc's electric guitars. "I don't want to say it's a risk, but I don't know what people are going to think," he admits.

                              But in true Donavon Frankenreiter fashion, there's little room for stress on Glow. The album's 10 tracks are the perfect antidote to trying times: warm, organic, and overwhelmingly hopeful. And Frankenreiter is ready to bring the new tracks to his international fanbase as he continues to crisscross the globe on more surfing and musical adventures. "If there's anything I learned, it's that you really gotta be yourself," he says, reflecting on his career. "You can't fool people in music if you want to stick around for a long time."

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