2/23

Midnight Marauders

18 & Over | 8 pm

Midnight Marauders

DJ G Train- Johnny Quest- Dj Proof

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2/24

Ben Miller Band

FastFood Junkies
Ghost of Grandads Past

| All Ages | 7 pm

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Ben Miller Band

Ben Miller – vocals/guitar/banjo
Scott Leeper – one-string washtub bass
Doug Dicharry – drums/trombone/trumpet/mandolin/electric washboard/spoons

"I like the idea of saying something very complicated in a very simple way," says Ben Miller, discussing the trio that bears his name. "That's what we strive for musically, and what I strive for lyrically—to get directly to the point and save the flowery b.s. for the romantic poets. John Sargent, the painter, said 'That which is not necessary is detrimental,' and we try to live by that."

Since its formation in 2004, the Ben Miller Band has staked out a singular niche that's established the Joplin, Missouri threesome as both a potent creative force and a perennial fan favorite. Any Way, Shape or Form, the BMB's New West debut release, showcases the seasoned threesome's fierce creative spirit and infectious performing chemistry, as well as Miller's melodically catchy, lyrically resonant songwriting.

On Any Way, Shape or Form, the Ben Miller Band channels a century's worth of wide-ranging influences into 13 new songs that radiate with energy, smarts and soul. The result is music that's wholly contemporary, while ringing with ages-old echoes of bluegrass, delta blues, Appalachian mountain music and more. A stew they lovingly call “ozark stomp.”

Miller writes roots-rocking barnburners ("The Outsider," "Burning Building"), thoughtful ballads ("I Feel for You," "Prettiest Girl") and left-field departures ("23 Skidoo") with melodic skill and lyrical insight, and the band elucidates them with urgency and eloquence. While those tunes show off Miller's songwriting craftsmanship, a memorable workout on the traditional "The Cuckoo" underlines the band's interpretive abilities.

The hard working threesome has already won a substantial—and still-growing—grassroots fan base through old-fashioned ingenuity and an unstinting work ethic. Their D.I.Y. success helped to win the band its current deal with New West, and led to some high profile touring with ZZ Top, thanks to the enthusiastic patronage of avowed fan Billy Gibbons. Opening for ZZ Top on a 2013 tour of Europe, the humble BMB wowed unfamiliar crowds on stages in large halls and arenas, including a triumphant set at the fabled Montreaux Jazz Festival.

The Ben Miller Band's homespun, self-reliant approach extends to the lo-tech, and largely self-built, instruments that the members play on stage and in the studio, e.g. singer-songwriter Miller's thrift-shop guitars and banjos, bassist Scott Leeper's one-string washtub bass – comprised of a weedeater string attached to a wooden pole – and Doug Dicharry's varied arsenal: trombone, trumpet, mandolin, electric washboard and electric spoons.

The band's use of offbeat instrumentation, however, shouldn't be misunderstood as a gimmick. Instead, the three bandmates have mastered the technical challenges of their unconventional axes to produce a uniquely evocative ensemble sound that offers a compelling frame for Miller's compositions.

"What I really care about is songs, and the rest of it is just a vehicle to get you to that destination," Miller asserts, adding, "Just because we use junk to make music doesn't mean we aren't serious about it."

"Our sound," Dicharry notes, "is something that we never thought much about. It's just something that kept growing without us really trying, and at some point we realized it sounded pretty cool."

"The instruments that we use ," Miller explains, "were originally born out of necessity, because we didn't have any money. People would give us their old gear that didn't work anymore, and we'd wire things together and try things out in different permutations and see where it led us. Through a lot of trial and error, we arrived at the set up that we've got now. Blazing your own trail through the jungle can take a lot of extra time and effort, but it gives you a chance to end up in a place that nobody's been to before."

That sense of musical adventure has long driven Miller and this bandmates from the start. Growing up in rural Curlew, Washington, Miller began playing guitar at 16, turning his back on a promising career as a visual artist to pursue his passion for music. He gained experience busking and performing in open mic nights while roadtripping around America, and during an extended stint in Eastern Europe.

Miller eventually found kindred spirits in bassist Scott Leeper, who'd been playing since the age of seven and had performed with his family's band, in a duo with his brother, as a one-man country act and in a variety of blues combos; and Doug Dicharry, a musical omnivore and multi-instrumentalist, who can play nearly any instrument and has played in a wide array of projects from noise bands to ska and rock.

The three like-minded players joined forces, and soon their diligent touring regimen allowed them to conquer an ever-widening geographical base and win a loyal live audience. In 2012, the Ben Miller Band took its first tentative steps in the recording studio, resulting in the embryonic self-released CD Heavy Load, which attracted a good deal of fan praise and critical acclaim despite its humble origins.

The same maverick spirit that motivated the BMB's early musical adventures came into play in the recording Any Way, Shape or Form, which they cut with seasoned producer Vance Powell, who's renowned for his studio work with the likes of Jack White, Buddy Guy, Wanda Jackson, Willie Nelson and Kings of Leon.

"Our original plan," Leeper notes, "was to scale it down a bit, and have it be even less produced than the first one. It came out sounding like us, which is all we really want."

"It was the first time we'd really had a producer/engineer," Dicharry notes, adding "It felt like we could finally breathe, because Vance was on top of things and got some really cool textures. We had a lot of confidence in him, so we were comfortable just going in and laying it down."

"We wanted to keep it as live as possible," Miller asserts, "so we recorded it live and did lots of takes, on average around thirty takes before we felt we really nailed it down. That was important to us because we’ve been a live band for our whole career and we wanted that to come across in the recordings, that feeling of guys playing in a space together. We worked long days in the studio for about a month, just playing the songs over and over and working to push our performances and maintain the energy of what we do.”

With Any Way, Shape or Form encapsulating the Ben Miller Band's salient qualities, the three intrepid bandmates are eager to hit the road and bring their new songs to live crowds around the nation and around the world.

"Our plan," Leeper says, "is to just get out there and play for as many people as we can. That's pretty much been our plan all along, and it's worked for us so far."

"The title Any Way, Shape or Form is sort of our way of saying that by any means necessary we will make the music that makes sense to us,” Miller explains. “That’s always been our attitude, and that’s how we’ve gotten to where we are and how we will get to where we are going.”

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      2/25

      Ultimate Fakebook

      Creature Comforts
      Berwanger
      Arthur Dodge & the Horsefeathers

      All Ages | 6 pm

      Ultimate Fakebook

      Hailing from Manhattan, Kansas, Ultimate Fakebook was known for performing a version of late 1990s music that marketing executives labeled punk, but more closely resembled the power-chord and hook-laden power pop of such contemporary bands as Eve 6 and Matchbox Twenty. They were also likened to 1970s' purveyors of tuneful pop such as Cheap Trick, whose music was adorned in electric guitars and Beatles' style craftsmanship. During the band's relatively short recording career, Ultimate Fakebook released only four albums, but these albums have been admired by critics for the musicianship and songwriting abilities of guitarist and vocalist Bill McShane, drummer Eric Melin, and bass guitarist Nick Colby. The band toured relentlessly, often performing nearly 150 shows per year.

      Ultimate Fakebook formed in 1996, when third cousins McShane and Colby began playing music together in Beloit, Kansas. They formed their first band together when they were in their mid-teens. "Nick and I always knew we wanted to be in a band," McShane admitted on the Noisome Records website. "It was our first career choice—and there was no second choice. We had this rock and roll sickness all the way back then." Melin started his musical career as a trombonist, an instrument he abandoned as a freshman in high school when he decided to take up the drums. "I bought this cheesy drum set for $100, and started playing along with the metal albums I listened to in high school," he explained to Noisome Records. "I never took any lessons—just sat there with headphones on, playing along until I could play all these songs."

      In 1994 McShane and Colby moved to Manhattan, Kansas, and formed an early four-piece version of Ultimate Fakebook that included Melin. The band developed quickly, taking on the name Ultimate Fakebook, presumably from the title of a series of music books featuring piano and guitar tabs rather than musical notations. Initially the trio emulated the sounds of such heavy metal bands as Metallica, KISS, and Slayer, but their later style resembled such classic Minneapolis-based musical acts as Prince, Husker Du, Soul Asylum, and the Replacements. McShane's vocals, however, are unmistakably influenced by Cheap Trick's singer Robin Zander. "I never intended to be a singer," McShane remarked on his group's website. "However, I did grow up loving early Prince and '80s pop like Olivia Newton John." He added that "singing evolved out of that I suppose. As for guitar, that's easy; I saw a Dokken video for 'In My Dreams' when I was a kid and that was it—I had to play the guitar in a rock band." McShane's Dokken phase was brief, however, as he explained on the Ultimate Fakebook website: "Of course, once I grew up I moved away from the hair metal thing. But I can't shed the desire to rock out and play huge guitar riffs and solos, even though I'm really only interested in trying to write memorable pop songs."

      The band's original singer quit, and McShane took up vocal duties for the group's first recording, the 1998 album Electric Kissing Parties. The trio began to tour seemingly non-stop, breaking long enough to record and release their second album, This Will Be Laughing Week, in 1999. That same year the band earned an opening slot on a Cheap Trick tour. On the cleverly titled This Will Be Laughing Week the band prominently displayed its influences. "I'm All I Out of It Now" resembled the late 1960s' work of Ray Davies and the Kinks, and "Far, Far Away" hearkened back to the 1980s' sound of Paul Westerberg's Replacements. The album also included the song "Of Course We Will," which McShane described on the Noisome Records website as a song "about wondering if your dreams are gonna come true … You're working hard at something—like this band—and all of a sudden you think to yourself, 'Gee, I don't know if we're ever gonna get anywhere with this thing—or are we?' Out of that feeling, I was inspired to write a song that says: 'Who cares? Whatever happens, I'm still gonna do what I want to do.'"

      The album also featured a tribute to the heavy metal bands that inspired them, titled "Brokyn Needle," which, in true head banger and hair band fashion, featured German umlauts over the "y" in Brokyn and first "e" in Needle. "I kept singing the phrase in my head and it made no sense," McShane explained to Noisome Records. "But that was what was so perfect: It's like one of those stupid names, with a stupid spelling, that you would pick up for your high school band. It's a song that takes you back to that time, about starting a band with your friends and aiming to take over the world." The release brought group comparisons to Weezer and vocal comparisons to Elvis Costello.

      In 2002 Ultimate Fakebook toured as an opening act for Nerf Herder to support the Fakebook's album Open up and Say Awesome. For the tour, the group added guitarist and vocalist J.D. Warnock. "We love being a three-piece," McShane told Grand Rapids Press writer Curt Wosniak. "We recognized formulas in how we would do things, and any time you aren't having quite as much fun, you definitely want to do something to make it more interesting." The album also displayed a change in direction. "Most of the songs are coming from a pretty positive outlook," McShane told William Mills from Gamecock, the student newspaper of the University of South Carolina. "It's usually music that's kind of fun and more like a party vibe, rather than the deep, dark, personal kind of vibe.… We've always focused on the live show being exciting and raw."

      In the winter of 2004, Ultimate Fakebook announced that the band would split up. Colby explained to Kansas State Collegian journalist Jessica Grant, "We've just been doing it for a long time. We wanted to do different things. We're all on the same page, but we want to move on." McShane announced plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a film editor, while Melin and Colby stated that they planned to stay in the music business. "There are other bands that I plan to hook up with and tour with," Colby told Grant. Melin and Colby performed rhythm section duties for Dead Girls Ruin Everything, the opening act on Ultimate Fakebook's final tour. Besides Melin and Colby, the Dead Girls' lineup featured former Podstar members Cameron Hawk and JoJo Longbottom. Prior to Ultimate Fakebook's last performance, Colby told Grant: "The last show will be a total blow-out. There are a lot of fans who will be emotional, but I know that I will be playing with Bill and Eric again, just not as Ultimate Fakebook."

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            2/26

            Smackdown Trivia

            18 & Over | 6:30 pm

            Smackdown Trivia

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              2/27

              Open Mic

              18 & Over | 8 pm

              Open Mic

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

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

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

              Contact us with any questions at:

              bottleneckopenmic@gmail.com

              Instruments must be provided by the musician at this time.

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


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

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              2/28

              Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

              MONTU

              | All Ages | 8 pm

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                MONTU

                After four years of being together, Oklahoma jamtronica band MONTU has played shows everywhere from New York to California, capturing audiences with their high energy performances and their own unique brand of sound blending influences of instrumental rock, electronica, prog, hip hop and trance.

                In their last few years together, they have found themselves in the pages of Relix Magazine, played at several national festivals (Wakarusa Music Festival, Yonder Harvest Festival, etc.) and have opened for such big name acts as Umphrey's McGee, Girl Talk, Keller Williams, The Disco Biscuits, Lotus, EOTO and more. 2012 promises to be a big year for MONTU including a new album release with a heavy tour schedule so check them out when they are in your area for a high-energy performance and dance party that won’t leave you standing still.

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                3/2

                Midnight Marauders

                18 & Over | 8 pm

                Midnight Marauders

                DJ G Train- Johnny Quest- Dj Proof

                Say no more...

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                3/3

                Eric Tessmer

                Amanda Fish

                | All Ages | 8 pm

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                Eric Tessmer

                Eric James Tessmer, actually named after guitar giants Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, is an extraordinary guitarist, musician, singer and songwriter hailing from Austin, TX. He is widely considered one of the most vibrant guitarists to follow in the footsteps of blues-rock legends such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and his namesake predecessors. His live shows have captured audiences' attention across the United States as power-packed sessions of wickedly fast and precise licks that can light the house on fire without the need for lighter fluid.

                Born and raised outside of the small town of Richland Center, Wisconsin, Tessmer began playing at a young age, inspired by his father and grandmother. In 2000, he moved to Austin at the age of 19 to play gigs with numerous musicians and bands, earning local credibility as he honed his craft of riffing with speed, power and control. He later formed his own power trio, the Eric Tessmer Band, in 2003. Through a battered '59 Fender Stratocaster producing vintage-correct tones, Eric kickstarts the engine left idling by guitar players of the past.
                Known as one of the hardest working musicians in the area, Tessmer continues to travel the U.S., Canada and Europe. Creating his own brand of ‘blues-rock soul-chedelic’ sound, he has electrified festivals such as Montreal Jazz Fest, Summerfest, and MusikFest with dialed-in precision and delivered polished performances at clubs, pubs and venues across the land. Sharing the stage with notable musicians such as Dick Dale, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, Monte Montgomery, Gary Clark Jr. and Chris Duarte; Tessmer has created a buzz among the blues-rock community that is quickly swarming with devoted disciples.
                -G. Lemen

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                  3/4

                  Bagels & Basketball

                  All Ages | 4:30 pm

                  Bagels & Basketball

                  Join KU Hillel in cheering on the Jayhawks against Oklahoma State!
                  $3 for students
                  $6 for non-students

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                  3/4

                  Govinda

                  Recycled Phunk

                  | All Ages | 9 pm

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                  Govinda

                  Govinda is the alter-ego of Austin based producer/composer Shane Madden. He began studying violin and composition at the age of eight and went on to study classical violin at the University of Texas where he fell in love with electronic music production. It was in Madden’s pursuit of his gypsy roots that he opened his ears to music from around the world. From experiences learning violin with mysterious masters on his journeys across the globe and his passion for modern design and technology, the current sound of Govinda was born.

                  Govinda has played with Thievery Corporation, Tipper, Bassnectar, Shpongle, Cheb I Sabbah, STS9 and many more and been featured on over 25 compilations such as Buddha Bar II, Asian Travels II, and Nirvana Lounge selling a combined 400,000 copies. Govinda has played at numerous festivals throughout North America including Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Lights All Night, Euphoria, Sea of Dreams, Camp Bisco, SXSW and many more. Govinda's music has been on TV including stations like WB, MTV and Bravo as well as many independent films.

                  The Govinda live show immerses the audience with a textured atmosphere of exotic, dubby vibrations interwoven with cosmic visual projections, world class dancers and mesmerizing vocals- all to the magic of his live electronics and violin.


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                    3/6

                    Open Mic

                    18 & Over | 8 pm

                    Open Mic

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

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

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

                    Contact us with any questions at:

                    bottleneckopenmic@gmail.com

                    Instruments must be provided by the musician at this time.

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


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

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                    3/9

                    Snow Tha Product

                    | All Ages | 8 pm

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                    Snow Tha Product

                    Snow tha Product, a native of California, but resident of Texas, is an underground phenomenon and sensation taking the scene by storm in a way that has put male MCs on alert. She’s a beauty and a beast – looks and lyrical skills on the microphone, respectively. Physical stature aside, she stands as tall as any female MC in the game and can wreck a track in fluent Spanish or English with a handful of male MCs trying to match her lyrical level, as she did on Capea El Dough P City Remix.

                    Let us be forthcoming about 22-year-old, Claudia A. Feliciano. We'd put her up against any female MC in the game, and we're confident she'd give anyone of them a run for their money... or take their money. She's a versatile, bilingual lyricist who can fluently chop you up in English or Spanish, so take your pick. She has the swag, attitude, fine-ass looks and in-your-face rhyming abilities to be a hip-hop sensation in the U.S. or Latin America, if only the industry could, as Snow would say it, wake they’re game up.

                    For now, Feliciano, better known to the streets as Snow Tha Product, is going to have to settle for being an international underground buzz-maker. We're not exaggerating. You can find her on anything from videos with major-label Spanish-pop sensations like Jaime Kohen, to hit rap videos in Latin America to underground Mic Passes in Texas.

                    Everything we want in a Latino - excuse us - Latina, hip-hop artist.

                    “I am versatile and even though I've been taught the industry wants you to pick a lane and stay there, I'm too hyperactive for that. I'm going to just swang this Cadillac I call a career.”

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                    3/10

                    Truckstop Honeymoon

                    KC Bearfighters
                    Honeywise

                    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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                    KC Bearfighters

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                      Honeywise

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                        3/11

                        Page 7

                        18 & Over | 8 pm

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                          3/12

                          Polyphia

                          Jason Richardson
                          Covet
                          Via Luna

                          | All Ages | 6 pm

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                          Polyphia

                          Blending technical, weaving instrumentations with hip-hop, jazz and R&B influenced grooves, Polyphia has created a massively impressive sound that is all their own. At an average age of just 21-years old – Polyphia has established themselves early on as a force to be reckoned with and as a band that holds a truly unimaginable amount of potential.

                          The Dallas, TX-based instrumental outfit has just re-released their debut full-length, Muse, on Equal Vision Records. The album was originally self-released as an independent artist and is now available as a re-mastered, re-packaged release through the label. The new and improved release also makes Muse available at physical retail locations for the first time. Muse was produced by Nick Sampson [Of Mice & Men, Asking Alexandria] and is also available streaming in full at Polyphia.merchnow.com.

                          Upon its initial release last September, the full-length self-titled landed on several Billboard Charts including: No. 5 on Internet Albums, No. 6 on Hard Rock Albums, No. 13 on Independent Albums, No. 22 on Top Rock Albums, No. 71 on Top Current Albums, and No. 76 on Top 200.

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                              Via Luna

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                                3/13

                                Open Mic

                                18 & Over | 8 pm

                                Open Mic

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

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

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

                                Contact us with any questions at:

                                bottleneckopenmic@gmail.com

                                Instruments must be provided by the musician at this time.

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


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

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                                3/14

                                The Songs of Joy Division

                                Moving Units
                                Viktor Fiction
                                Soviet

                                | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                The Songs of Joy Division

                                The club lights are low. The dance floor is a sweaty blur of shadows. You can feel the blood and adrenaline surging through the crowd. There’s a band on-stage and they are telepathically connected to the audience—making bodies bounce like it was a feat of mind control.

                                This is Moving Units and this is their natural element: unadulterated grooves and constant motion. Moving Units have bottled this chemistry since their self-titled 2002 EP debut. When Blake Miller first started writing demos and recruiting band mates to help expand his vision, the idea of fusing dance music and indie rock was practically alien.

                                Leading the way along with groups like The Rapture, Franz Ferdinand, The Faint and Bloc Party, Moving Units were at the vanguard of bringing body-rocking grooves to scythe-edged rock and roll. They pioneered a brand of “Dance Punk” that exploded into clubs and radio stations across the globe. “Back then, no one danced at shows in LA. People were trying to play it cool,” Miller says.” We wanted to shake things up and make people boogie.”

                                Tastes have changed. Members have joined and left the band. But the locomotion inspired by their music remains immutable. Credit the ease with which Miller has merged into contemporary dance culture.

                                A DJ himself, Miller’s remixes with Steve Aoki and Le Castle Vania have earned tons of spins worldwide. “I’ve never abandoned the concept that a live band can turn out a hot dance party,” Miller says. “It’s about conveying that energy and allowing people to have a visceral and euphoric connection.” April 8th 2016 sees the release of the band's 4th LP “Damage With Care”. Miller considers it their most engaging, aggressive and visionary work since the classic "Dangerous Dreams" LP dropped over a decade ago.

                                The perfect soundtrack for channeling urgent impulses and anxious adventures on a post punk millennial dance floor. 10 explosive tracks that wind their way up your spine and into your hearts and minds!

                                With “Damage With Care”, Miller says he wanted to invoke a naiveté and passion he felt when he wrote the first LP over a decade ago. Fashion always plays a part when it comes to Moving Units and you can feel it in the groves… everything from Alexander Wang, Vivienne Westwood, Warhol, Basquiat and even Patti Smiths “Just Kids” biography found ways to influence the look and feel of Damage With Care. With tracks like “Opposite of Rhyming”, Moving Units plaster their past all over the record, while songs like “Wishful Thinking” and “Fragile Magic” melodically wind their way to the dance floor with hooks you can’t shake. “There is a satisfying balance of raw punk influences from the 70’s and 80’s, as well as sexy bass lines and hi fi production value throughout” says Miller.

                                The live show has always been a crucial aspect of what Moving Units is all about. Miller describes how things have evolved live: “This spirit has remained constant over the years, however, our production has continued to evolve considerably. I've begun to utilize playback as a way to enhance the production value of the live show. Drums, bass, guitar and vocals are our most essential instruments. Playback production has enabled us to create an environment in which the crowd is engaging with us as live musicians while key production elements are being triggered in the mix. We're blending the excitement of electronic instrumentation and studio fx with the raw appeal of real instruments.”

                                There is a generational experience at Moving Units performances these days and Miller believes dance music and rock and roll resonates with people of all ages. “It's so primitive and organic. I also think kids are attracted to the rebellious attitude and open minded atmosphere our music cultivates. We're having fun riffing on fundamental concepts innovated by our favorite rock and roll, punk and dance music recording artists. And I think our fans respond to that sort of authenticity and humility. I believe music is bigger than the musician. It has a life of its own. And music fans love to share music, so it doesn't surprise me to see new faces at our shows. It's rad!”

                                Moving Units have called Los Angeles home and Miller has always had a love hate relationship with the city… “LA has changed radically. The indie music scene was a tiny bubble in 2002. Not a lot of variety and certainly not a lot of
                                hype. The exact opposite has occurred here since then. LA has emerged as a new mecca of American youth culture. Music, fashion, cinema and art are all mediums blowing up in this city and influencing the global scene.

                                LA is everything you dream a city could be and everything you dread a city can become. LA don't play, so love it or leave it; that's what I say”.

                                When talk turns of things to come, all Miller can say is: Blow minds with the new album. Tour constantly, anywhere and everywhere. Celebrate life. Repeat!

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                                Moving Units

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                                    Soviet

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                                      3/17

                                      Red Money

                                      18 & Over | 8 pm

                                      Red Money

                                      The French Rock band duo, Red Money, began their musical journey in 2012. For two years, they composed music in their own studio and worked on defining themselves as a band. Red Money began performing in 2014, and by 2015, released their first 8-track album. In the midst of their growing popularity, they decided to take and extended stay to record and work in Nashville, Tennessee where they worked with Alabama Shakes’ producer Andrija Tokic. “After visiting Nashville, everything has really changed for us, it’s changed our way of thinking about our music; Nashville feels like home to us.”
                                      Red Money’s spontaneous musicality and emotional pull is what makes their songs so relatable and gives them their authentic, raw garage rock sound. “It’s about humanity first; it’s about the music and a few words, then everything starts to make sense.” The band gets much of their inspiration for songwriting from artists such as Ty Segall, Dead Weather, Jack White, Led Zeppelin, White Stripes, and Velvet Underground.
                                      The band just released in late September 2016 their newest track “Bones Are Shaking” and will be touring in Europe and the US during 2017. This was a follow up single to the successful first release ‘Drunk Love’, of which both tracks are on a new Red Money EP to be released in the coming months. “We always believe in what we do, and in our band, it’s most important to keep moving on and composing new songs.”
                                      For more news/updates, music, videos, social media, and special promotions visit www.redmoneymusic.com.

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                                      3/18

                                      Thieves of Sunrise

                                      Ryan Manuel & the Getaway

                                      18 & Over | 8 pm

                                      Thieves of Sunrise

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                                          3/22

                                          Gang of Thieves

                                          18 & Over | 8 pm

                                          Gang of Thieves

                                          Burlington, Vermont based Gang of Thieves have been touring non stop up and down the east coast, playing an exciting new breed of funky rock and roll for audiences of all ages.

                                          High energy and a good time is the hallmark of these Green Mountain rockers. “Funk-injected rock….a band whose sound brings to mind artists like Rage Against the Machine and Led Zeppelin.” (Donna Walker, Greenville online) The key to the Gangs universal appeal is the infectious sense of fun and showmanship, delivered with a hint of spiritual and political awareness that inspires and encourages positivity.

                                          The band just recently finished recording a brand new album in Wall, NJ with Steve Jankowski (Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago), and will be performing the new material exclusively at live shows and festivals over the summer in preparation for its release this fall. Find out when and where the Gang will be near you to be a part of the excitement!

                                          “Infectious grooves...These hard working, Burlington-based musicians entranced the audience with their high-energy onslaught of funk/rock tunes...an amazing show” - Cider Mag

                                          “Rush meets Blood Sweat & Tears…..Gang of Thieves put on quite a show” - AXS

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                                          3/31

                                          Dolewite

                                          18 & Over | 8 pm

                                          Dolewite

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                                            4/7

                                            Andy Frasco & The UN

                                            Lucas Parker Band

                                            | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                            Andy Frasco & The UN

                                            Andy Frasco, the 27-year old Los Angeles, CA native singer / songwriter / band maestro / entrepreneur /

                                            party starter / everyday hustler, and his band of gypsies “The U.N.” have been cited frequently as “Party

                                            Blues,” but the band’s musical inspirations and influences run much deeper incorporating elements of

                                            Soul, Funk, and Rock as well as tones of Roots, and Americana, creating a much more diverse sound and

                                            style that is distinctly Andy Frasco & the U.N.

                                            Frasco’s shows have been described as infectious, entertaining, and feel good. His performances are

                                            recognized as orchestrated chaos, inciting frenzied, undeniable good times, dancing, and perhaps even a

                                            good ole fashion freak out.

                                            Touring independently across the U.S. and Europe since he was 18 years old, Frasco first got his taste of

                                            the music industry managing and promoting bands when he was 16 years old -booking bands like Hello

                                            Goodbye, and working with labels such as Drive Thru and Atlantic Records, as well as venues like The

                                            Key Club in Hollywood, CA.

                                            Since his start, Frasco has embodied a DIY attitude and work ethic, making the road his home; averaging

                                            200+ dates a year, trekking over 200,000 thousand miles spanning the country dozens of times over,

                                            blowing minds and building a loyal following everywhere he goes.

                                            2014 marked a breakout year for Frasco, highlighted by the release of the band’s 3 rd full-length studio

                                            album Half A Man, a host of high profile festival performances both domestically and overseas, and

                                            recognition from national press outlets such as Pollstar, Live For Live Music, and Relix.

                                            Produced by Grammy Award Winning, Charles Goodan, Half A Man received warm praise from press

                                            and fans alike, charting in the top 10 of Relix/Jambands.com Radio Chart for nearly 6 months, while the

                                            road highlighted featured performances on festivals like Wakarusa, Electric Forrest, and YSMB’s

                                            Harvest Festival in the US, and festivals like Zwarte Cross (NL), King’s Day Festival (DE), Bamberg Jazz

                                            Festival (DE), Guezenpop Festival (NL), and the COTAI Jazz & Blues Festival in Macau, China.

                                            To date, Andy has shared the stage and performed with artists such as Leon Russell, Galactic, Jackie

                                            Greene, Gary Clark Jr, Jakob Dylan, Butch Walker, Deer Tick, John Mayer, Karl Denson’s Tiny

                                            Universe, Fishbone, Lukas Nelson, JJ Grey & Mofro, Lettuce and more.

                                            Continuing to build off the success of 2014, Frasco & the U.N. continued to pick up momentum both at

                                            home and abroad in 2015 with featured performances at SXSW, Wakarusa, Phases of the Moon, and

                                            Backwoods Music Festival in the U.S., as well as Totaal Festival (NL), a return to Zwarte Cross (NL),

                                            Open Flair Festival (DE), and Open Air Gross Lindow (DE) overseas.

                                            Amidst another heavy year of touring the band also recorded their 4 th full-length studio album, “Happy

                                            Bastards”, set for release by Ruf Records on February 26, 2016 with producer Rick Parker (Lord Huron,

                                            Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Sugarcult).

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                                            Lucas Parker Band

                                            Rock and roll for jazz people, jazz for rock and roll people.

                                            Hailing from Lawrence, KS, Lucas Parker Band is comprised of some of the area's favorite players taking on the compositions of guitarist, Lucas Parker, a Lawrence native. Comprised of Chris Handley on bass, Sam Goodell on keys, Taylor Babb on drums, and Carl Spaeth on Tenor Sax, the Lucas Parker Band will throw it down every time. So hard.

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                                            4/8

                                            KJHKs Farmers Ball

                                            All Ages | 8 pm

                                            KJHKs Farmers Ball

                                            This year, KJHK and SUA blowing up its annual battle of the bands beyond recognition. THE WINNING BAND RECEIVES $2,000, SECOND PLACE WINS $1,000, AND THIRD PLACE AND FOURTH PLACE WIN $500 EACH. The stake are high, so submit your music today!

                                            For more information on the process and eligibility rules head over to http://kjhk.org/web/2017/01/30/kjhks-2017-farmers-ball-presented-by-kjhk-and-sua/

                                            If you are in need of an accommodation due to a disability, please submit your request at least 7 business days in advance of the event to Michelle Compton. Email: mcompton@ku.edu. Phone (785) 864-7469. TTY: 711.

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                                            4/9

                                            The Goddamn Gallows

                                            Koffin Kats
                                            Viva Le Vox
                                            Feast Ov Fools

                                            | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                            The Goddamn Gallows

                                            The Goddamn Gallows formed in 2004 by founding members and Lansing/Detroit natives Mikey Classic on guitar and vocals, Fishgutzzz on upright bass, and Amanda Kill on drums -replaced by current drummer Uriah Baker (aka; "Baby Genius") in 2006. The trio started out migrating around the West for a time, holing up in Hollywood squats and squalid apartments, before releasing several albums: The Gallows EP (2004), Life of Sin (2005), and Gutterbilly Blues (2007), and finally hitting the road nearly full-time to establish their presence in the psychobilly-country scene while honing their self-described "twanged-out punk rock gutterbilly".
                                            In 2009 the addition of Avery, a fire-breathing, accordion and washboard player, as well as Jayke Orvis (formerly of the .357 String Band) on mandolin and banjo, prompted The Goddamn Gallows to explore many new directions with their songwriting and in their live performances. As evidenced on their most recent 2009 album, Ghost of The Rails, and as witnessed by their spectacular and tireless live shows, The Goddamn Gallows began to forge a path founded on their very own brand of contagious primeval abandon: an unpretentious and from-the-gut carnivalesque smorgasbord of parts old time revival, circus sideshow, and good old-fashioned rock and roll. The result falls dead center into a head on collision between something like a Western honky-tonk impromptu parking lot rodeo, and Suburbia (the 1983 Penelope Spheeris cult classic film, not the location).
                                            Though still officially Michigan-based, they have toured relentlessly since 2007, practically living out of their van and regularly performing as many as 200 dates a year. They've supported such acts as Nekromantix, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Mad Sin, The Legendary Shack Shakers, and even the King of Surf Guitar legend Dick Dale. They continue to rapidly grow a devoted following built on their visceral and volatile blend of multiple American music styles, and frenetic live energy -but still with just enough hardcore and punk influence to make your parents hate it.

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                                                  4/13

                                                  Sunsquabi

                                                  | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                  Sunsquabi

                                                  The 3 Piece Electronic Hydro Funk Experience from Boulder, CO known as SunSquabi is poised to break out in 2015. The group has performed at some of the country’s most notable music festivals (Wakarusa, Summer Camp, Euphoria Music Festival, Mcdowell Mtn Music Festival, Sonic Bloom, Snowball, SXSW and more). Since May 2012, the trio has been consistently touring the U.S. and rapidly gaining recognition from the ever-evolving EDM and Livetronica markets. SunSquabi has shared the stage with Big Gigantic, Pretty Lights, GriZ, Murphy of STS9, Up Until Now, Two Fresh, Conspirator, Michal Menert, Boombox, The Floozies, Archnemesis, Break Science, Minnesota, Ghostland Observatory and many more.
                                                  Constantly on the studio grind, SunSquabi is always striving to change and mature their sound. They continue to break down and analyze the expectations of what a “Live-Electronic” band should be. Through their own studio recordings and collaborations with other artists such as Griz, SunSquabi is dedicated to their ever evolving craft in the studio and on the live stage.
                                                  A recent overhaul on the live set has propelled the group into 2015, with plans to tour all over the U.S. They will be making appearances at several major festivals this summer, with an album release planned for late Summer 2015.

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                                                  4/14

                                                  Spoonfed Tribe

                                                  Toxic Rhythms

                                                  All Ages | 8 pm

                                                  Spoonfed Tribe

                                                  Formed in the Fort Worth area in 1999, Spoonfed Tribe is a musical/visual group known for mesmerizing live shows combining hypnotic walls of percussion, psychedelic sonics and mind-expanding visuals. Since their debut, the Tribe has remained on the road, building a sizeable fan base inspired by appearances at music fests including Lollapalooza, Joshua Tree, Voodoo Music Experience and Wakarusa, sharing bills with acts such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Flaming Lips, Nine Inch Nails, Blues Traveler, Galactic and many more.

                                                  The band has released six albums, including 2010's Live from DFW and is in the process of recording the follow-up to 2007's Public Service Announcement, due in 2012.

                                                  "To describe a Spoonfed Tribe gathering would take too many words, talking too small to measure what is gained by the actual experience of it all. So, to do our best, imagine a show that captures all senses, presents all musical styles, glows with a fluorescent fury, and creates space to be different and unique, all while making you dance like an idiot!"
                                                  Josh Hogan - My Denton Music

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                                                    4/15

                                                    KJHKs Farmers Ball

                                                    All Ages | 8 pm

                                                    KJHKs Farmers Ball

                                                    This year, KJHK and SUA blowing up its annual battle of the bands beyond recognition. THE WINNING BAND RECEIVES $2,000, SECOND PLACE WINS $1,000, AND THIRD PLACE AND FOURTH PLACE WIN $500 EACH. The stake are high, so submit your music today!

                                                    For more information on the process and eligibility rules head over to http://kjhk.org/web/2017/01/30/kjhks-2017-farmers-ball-presented-by-kjhk-and-sua/

                                                    If you are in need of an accommodation due to a disability, please submit your request at least 7 business days in advance of the event to Michelle Compton. Email: mcompton@ku.edu. Phone (785) 864-7469. TTY: 711.

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                                                    4/19

                                                    Calliope Musicals

                                                    Electric Love Machine

                                                    18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                    Calliope Musicals

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                                                        4/20

                                                        3 Son Green

                                                        Gekko
                                                        Dylan Guthrie and the Good Time Guys

                                                        18 & Over | 8 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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                                                        Gekko

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

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

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

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                                                        Dylan Guthrie and the Good Time Guys

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                                                          4/22

                                                          Split Lip Rayfield

                                                          Useful Jenkins

                                                          | 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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                                                            4/27

                                                            Samantha Fish

                                                            Brody Busters One Man Band

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                                                            Samantha Fish

                                                            Samantha Fish Is Playin’ Up a Storm on New Ruf Records CD, Black Wind Howlin’, Due September 10 Follow-Up Album to Her Blues Music Award-Winning Debut Was Produced by Mike Zito and Features Guest Appearances by Zito, Yonrico Scott, Charlie Wooton and Paul Thorn

                                                            KANSAS CITY, MO – Ruf Records announces a September 10 U.S. release date for Black Wind Howlin’, the new CD from blues-rock guitarist/singer Samantha Fish and follow-up to her 2012 Blues Music Award-winning label debut, Runaway. Produced by Mike Zito, who did the same honors on her last album, Black Wind Howlin’ was recorded at Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana, and features Samantha’s blazing guitar and vocals backed by Mike Zito on guitar and vocals, plus his fellow Royal Southern Brotherhood members Yonrico Scott on drums/percussion and Charlie Wooton on bass. Special guests include Paul Thorn on vocals, Johnny Sansone on harmonica and Bo Thomas on fiddle.

                                                            Kansas City-based Samantha Fish has been on a major roll ever since she teamed up with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde on Ruf’s 2011 release, Girls with Guitars, and fueled by the trio’s Blues Caravan tour of Europe and the U.S., created an international buzz in the blues world. Later that same year she recorded Runaway, her solo debut on Ruf, which mixed gutsy riff-blues rockers like “Down In The Swamp” with the mellow small-hours jazz of “Feelin’ Alright,” while marinating her songwriting in the groove of the Rolling Stones and even tipping a hat to Heart. “It’s all the sounds I grew up with,” she explained at the time, “with my own spin.” Earlier this year Samantha joined labelmate Devon Allman for a sultry duet of the Tom Petty classic, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” that appeared on Devon’s Turquoise CD and accompanying video.

                                                            Hitting a receptive international blues and rock press, Runaway was hailed as a thrilling opening statement, earning a string of rave reviews and radio airplay, climaxed by her winning the Blues Music Award (BMA) for “Best New Artist Debut” in 2012. “I’m truly humbled by the recognition,” Samantha said afterward. “I can barely wait to make record number two…”

                                                            Now, the wait is over, as Samantha Fish unleashes a major storm of her trademark guitar work and soulful vocals on Black Wind Howlin’. “It has a rebellious streak,” says the bandleader of her game-changing new album, “and a prevalent theme is, ‘I’m not gonna take your sh*t anymore…’”
                                                            No “sophomore slump” here, as Black Wind Howlin’ leaps from the speakers with 12 smoking tracks that chart Samantha’s evolution as songwriter, gunslinger and lyricist. “Since completing Runaway back in 2011, I’ve been on tour pretty much non-stop,” she proclaims. “I’ve spent a lot of time writing, playing and listening to music. I feel like the themes and the sound of my music have matured. To me, it’s about the human experience from my perspective, as well as people I’ve come into contact with over the last few years.”

                                                            Rather than trying to duplicate what she accomplished on her first success, Samantha re-defines her sound throughout the tracks on Black Wind Howlin’. She can be brutally rocking on cuts like the tour bus snapshot of “Miles To Go” (“Twelve hours to Reno/ten hours til the next show”), the swaggering “Sucker Born” (“Vegas left me weary, LA bled me dry/skating on fumes as I crossed the Nevada line…”) and the venomous “Go To Hell” (“Oh, this ain’t my first rodeo/You hit yourself a dead end/Your voodoo eyes, ain’t gonna cast a spell/So you can go to hell!”). “I’ve become tougher,” she notes of these head-banging moments, “and I think that was reflected in the sound we went for.”

                                                            And yet, elsewhere, backed by the versatile production of longtime collaborator Mike Zito, you’ll find Samantha shifting gears to the aching slide-guitar balladry of “Over You” (“Echoing words, said I’d never make it on my own…”) and the redemptive country song, “Last September” (“Don’t remember the curves of my face/Can’t feel the warmth in my embrace/Well I’m here to remind you…”).

                                                            She might stop off for a gritty cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Who’s Been Talking,” and co-wrote “Go to Hell” with Zito, but all other tracks are Samantha’s self-penned originals, and it’s a mix that will keep listeners on their toes. “I wanted this record to have a modern rocking sound,” she explains of the album’s vibe. “I also wanted it to have elements of Americana, country and roots.”

                                                            For Samantha, the recording sessions proved just as rewarding as the writing “I had a dream team of musicians and special guests,” she recalls. “And Dockside Studios quickly became one of my favorite places on earth.”

                                                            It hasn’t been that long since a teenaged Samantha Fish first started showing up at her local Kansas City blues club, Knuckleheads Saloon, and began soaking up the sounds of visiting modern blues guitar masters like Mike Zito and Tab Benoit, then going back to ’80s heroes like Stevie Ray Vaughan and following the lineage to the pre-war Delta masters. “I fell in love with it,” she told Premier Guitar of her growing passion for the form, “and started doing my homework by listening to the old guys like Son House and Skip James.”

                                                            With those influences as her template, Samantha incorporated the sounds of the classic rock of The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty, alongside contemporary artists like Sheryl Crow and The Black Crowes, in putting together a sound that would become her own.

                                                            By the age of 18, Samantha had settled on a searing lead guitar style that expressed her own voice rather than mimicking clichéd blues licks note-for-note. She quickly broke into a dues-paying period on the Kansas City jam circuit: an apprenticeship at the sharp end that tightened her musical chops, polished her stagecraft and gave her the grit to overcome occasional skepticism about her age, hair tone and gender. “I always hated the idea of the gimmick,” she told Premier Guitar. “People come out just because you are a girl, but then you have so much more to prove once you get them in the door.” And Samantha has delivered on that promise, as evidenced by one listen to the new recording. “I really got to do exactly what I wanted to do on Black Wind Howlin’,” she says, “and I’m incredibly proud of it.”

                                                            Samantha Fish will support the release of her new album with constant touring. For more information on the artist, visit www.samanthafish.com and www.rufrecords.de.

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                                                            Brody Busters One Man Band

                                                            The Brody Buster Band is a Blues based Rock & Roll band out of Lawrence Kansas. Led by Brody Buster, a former child prodigy, who was featured on countless television shows growing up including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Dateline, Crook & Chase, and the Jon Stewart Show. Even Baywatch Nights & Full House - Yes, Full House - showcased Brody's talents. He's shared the stage with Quincy Jones, Keb Mo, Chaka Kahn, Lee Oskar and was a regular performer at B.B. King's Blues Club. Brody's performed with B.B. several times and King was once quoted as saying, "Despite his age Brody Buster is one of the greatest harmonica players of our time."

                                                            Brody Buster has grown up. Formed a band and doing exactly what he knows how to do, play music. In 2011 he released "Will Die Young" to critical acclaim:

                                                            So whether it's a bar, a field, a festival or a church. A wedding, a schoolhouse or a courtyard, the Brody Buster Band knows it can tailor it's playlist to fit your needs & provide you with a full night's worth of entertainment.

                                                            Come and see what all the fuss is about!
                                                            -Boom

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                                                            5/1

                                                            Whitney

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                                                              5/5

                                                              The Steel Wheels

                                                              Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

                                                              | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                              The Steel Wheels

                                                              The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival.

                                                              The Steel Wheels is an amalgamation of hard work and easy rapport. The band is renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they often cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler’s unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four-part harmonies inspired by their shared Mennonite heritage. Add to this Eric Brubaker’s lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickel’s grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Jay Lapp’s signature mandolin style, and it’s no surprise that The Steel Wheels have enthralled the contemporary Americana scene.

                                                              Their breakout album, Red Wing, garnered critical praise and enjoyed tremendous success on the radio. It spent 13 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 Chart, where it reached the number 15 slot, and cracked the Euro Americana Chart top 10. Red Wing ranked 70th out of the top 100 Americana albums of 2010 and second out of all independent releases (Americana Music Association). The Steel Wheels were nominated for five Independent Music Awards in 2010, with “Nothing You Can’t Lose” taking top honors as Best Country Song. The Steel Wheels continue to take the Americana scene by storm with their latest album, Lay Down, Lay Low, which lingered for 10 weeks on the AMA’s Top 40 Chart. NPR named “Rain in the Valley” their Song of the Day, marveling that the “heavy hymn […] is sparse and dense all at once.” Already celebrated as the darlings of Merlefest 2012, the band looks forward to further accolades during a phenomenal festival line-up.

                                                              As the band thrives, so do their partnerships with local businesses, artisans, and charitable organizations. The values portrayed in their music—devotion to roots, community, and family—are a way of life for The Steel Wheels, and this is reflected in everything from production process and booking agency to merchandise and touring. For the past three years, they have performed an annual SpokeSongs bicycle music tour, during which band members tow their instruments, equipment, and merchandise from one gig to another via bicycle and blog about their adventures. Last year’s tour spanned 11 days, 550 miles, and 10 shows. This year’s tour included multiple charity rides, such as Lose The Training Wheels, Charity Ride for Kids, and Wheels Up for Cory.

                                                              The band’s merchandise represents a host of grassroots connections to people and businesses. Lucas Roasting Company, located just outside of Harrisonburg, created “Halfway to Heaven” dark roast coffee in honor of their friends The Steel Wheels. Blue Mountain Brewery, located on Afton Mountain in Virginia, hosted the band when they were just getting started and now sells a “Steel Wheels ESB.” The Livery’s master brewer rode with the band on their second bike tour and, soon after, created their “Steel Wheels Stout.” The band’s T-shirts are made in downtown Harrisonburg, and a potter who is a childhood friend of Jay’s makes their mugs. Each business is local for the band, and each product is intimately woven into their narrative. The Steel Wheels are proof that music remains a viable and sustaining force for connection in our world.

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                                                              Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

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                                                                5/11

                                                                The Wild Reeds

                                                                Blank Range

                                                                | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                    6/3

                                                                    Jason Boland & The Stragglers

                                                                    Shooter Jennings
                                                                    Cole Porter Band
                                                                    Mountain Deer Revival

                                                                    $76.50 | All Ages | 5 pm

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                                                                      Shooter Jennings

                                                                      Don't let Shooter Jennings fool you. Sure, he rocks. He's lean and wiry, with tattoos snaking up his arms - his mother's name on one, a gun on the other - and a crimson stud gleaming in one ear. He's played sold-out shows at the Viper Room and the Roxy. He's subbed for Axl Rose onstage - twice - with Guns N' Roses. But look a little closer. Underneath that gun are the letters CBCS, for "country boy can survive." That earring turns out to be an eagle silhouette spread-winged into the letter "W" - an icon known by anyone who has listened to and loved the original outlaw, Waylon Jennings. That same icon is etched onto Shooter's stomach, but the one in his ear is even more special. "My dad got his ear pierced when he was - I swear to God - sixty, because he wanted to be like me," the younger Jennings explains. "This was the earring he wore - and I'm wearing it now." If that's not enough to make it clear that bloodlines run deep from father to son, then check out Shooter's debut album, Put the 'O' Back in Country. From the passion on "Southern Comfort," scraped raw from the walls of some backwoods church, to the guitars on "Daddy's Farm," stacked, harmonized and slathered in deep-fried soul, Shooter makes country music the way it ought to be - alive with blood and thunder, spit and spirit, and of course, Southern soul.

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                                                                          Counterpunch

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                                                                                  February
                                                                                  23
                                                                                  Thursday

                                                                                  The Bottleneck

                                                                                  Beats and Bottles at the Neck!

                                                                                  Midnight Marauders

                                                                                  DOORS AT 8:00 pm

                                                                                  SHOW AT 9:00 pm

                                                                                  18 & Over
                                                                                  February
                                                                                  24
                                                                                  Friday

                                                                                  DOORS AT 7:00 pm

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                                                                                  February
                                                                                  25
                                                                                  Saturday

                                                                                  The Bottleneck

                                                                                  Rescheduled #daganisrad benefit

                                                                                  Ultimate Fakebook

                                                                                  Creature Comforts
                                                                                  Berwanger

                                                                                  DOORS AT 6:00 pm

                                                                                  SHOW AT 7:00 pm

                                                                                  All Ages
                                                                                  February
                                                                                  26
                                                                                  Sunday

                                                                                  The Bottleneck

                                                                                  Beer makes you smarter!

                                                                                  Smackdown Trivia

                                                                                  DOORS AT 6:30 pm

                                                                                  SHOW AT 7:00 pm

                                                                                  18 & Over
                                                                                  February
                                                                                  27
                                                                                  Monday

                                                                                  The Bottleneck

                                                                                  No Cover!

                                                                                  Open Mic

                                                                                  DOORS AT 8:00 pm

                                                                                  SHOW AT 9:00 pm

                                                                                  18 & Over
                                                                                  February
                                                                                  28
                                                                                  Tuesday

                                                                                  The Bottleneck

                                                                                  Mardi Gras Celebration!

                                                                                  Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

                                                                                  MONTU

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                                                                                  March
                                                                                  2
                                                                                  Thursday

                                                                                  The Bottleneck

                                                                                  Beats and Bottles at the Neck!

                                                                                  Midnight Marauders

                                                                                  DOORS AT 8:00 pm

                                                                                  SHOW AT 9:00 pm

                                                                                  18 & Over
                                                                                  March
                                                                                  3
                                                                                  Friday

                                                                                  The Bottleneck

                                                                                  Soul-chedelic Texas-Blues

                                                                                  Eric Tessmer

                                                                                  Amanda Fish

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                                                                                  March
                                                                                  4
                                                                                  Saturday

                                                                                  The Bottleneck

                                                                                  KU Hillel Presents

                                                                                  Bagels & Basketball

                                                                                  DOORS AT 4:30 pm

                                                                                  SHOW AT 5:30 pm

                                                                                  All Ages
                                                                                  March
                                                                                  4
                                                                                  Saturday

                                                                                  The Bottleneck

                                                                                  Late Show!

                                                                                  Govinda

                                                                                  Recycled Phunk

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                                                                                  March
                                                                                  6
                                                                                  Monday

                                                                                  The Bottleneck

                                                                                  No Cover!

                                                                                  Open Mic

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                                                                                  SHOW AT 9:00 pm

                                                                                  18 & Over
                                                                                  March
                                                                                  9
                                                                                  Thursday

                                                                                  The Bottleneck

                                                                                  Bottles and Beats Presents

                                                                                  Snow Tha Product

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