4/26

PRIDE

18 & Over | 8 pm

PRIDE

Dance. Drink. Dance and drink!

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4/27

Samantha Fish

Brody Busters One Man Band

| All Ages | 8 pm

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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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4/28

US Air Guitar Championships

All Ages | 8 pm

US Air Guitar Championships

Limited spots available to compete. SIGN UP NOW: https://usag2017lawrence.eventbrite.com/
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Sponsored by KJHK and Little Bear Graphics
Hosted by 2013 Air Guitar World Champ Eric "Mean" Melin!

You have to see it to believe it. Air superiority wanted to represent LFK. No guitars allowed. This is an official qualifying competition that feeds into the Air Guitar World Championships in Finland!

Come witness an historic event - Lawrence's second official competitive air guitar show! Last year's show was insane, as two Lawrence-based shredders, Rockward Silence and Eddie Hans Flailin', advanced at The Bottleneck, through the Semifinals, all the way to US Air Guitar National Finals in Austin TX! This year, we're looking for some more local talent to show off some ridiculous facemelting skills for a chance to perform on the world stage.

A panel of celebrity judges will choose two winners from this show to advance in bracketed international air guitar competition. Winners from US Air Guitar shows across the country will be flown to a-yet-to-be-disclosed city in late July/early August to compete in the US Air Guitar National Championships for the crown of US Air Guitar Champion. The US champ will then be sent to Oulu, Finland later that month to represent the USA in the World Championships, where he or she will compete against national champions from all around the world.

Founded in 2003, US Air Guitar is the official Air Guitar Association of the United States and is responsible for operating the US Air Guitar Championships, official regional events, and specialized championships. US Air Guitar is devoted to taking our nation's unofficial pastime out of the bedroom and putting it up on the world stage. US Air Guitar is an official member of the World Air Guitar Association.

In Round 1, each competitor performs to a song of their own choosing. In Round 2, the top competitors from Round 1 perform to a surprise compulsory song. In each round, contestants perform for one minute of a song and are judged on a combination of technical merit, stage presence, and “airness." All guitars must be invisible. In each city, the jury is a panel of independent judges. The results of the jury cannot be protested.

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4/29

Anilyst

Slo Pain
SSB
Loyal
Restless

| All Ages | 8 pm

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            4/30

            Smackdown Trivia

            18 & Over | 6:30 pm

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              5/1

              Whitney

              | All Ages | 8 pm

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                5/2

                Alluvion

                Asterales
                Ben Dipper

                18 & Over | 8 pm

                Alluvion

                Alluvion mixes elements of metal, rock, prog-rock, and shoegaze into there own brand of music. Alluvion has been a band for about 10 years recording several albums and performing regionally. Alluvion prides itself on its high energy performances and diverse songwriting.

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                    5/3

                    Matt Haeck

                    | All Ages | 6 pm

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                    Cosmic American Music

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                    5/3

                    PRIDE

                    18 & Over | 10 pm

                    PRIDE

                    Dance. Drink. Dance and drink!

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                    5/4

                    #ASSJAMZ

                    18 & Over | 9 pm

                    #ASSJAMZ

                    BACK AGAIN
                    BACK TO THE ROOTS
                    BACK FROM THE BOOTY PALACE
                    BACK-BACK-BACK IT UP
                    BACK THAT A$$ UP

                    #ASSJAMZ COMING AT YOU AGAIN, WITH ALL THE BOOTY SWEAT AND TWERKING THAT YOU COULD EVER WANT OR NEED.

                    PLAYING ALL YOUR FAVORITE JAMZ FROM TODAY, YESTERDAY, TOMORROW, SEVENTEEN YEARS FROM NOW, AN INFINITE LOOP OF TIME, AND BACK IN THE DAY WHEN YOU WERE JUST LEARNING HOW TO SHAKE YR ASS IN THE MIRROR.

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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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                      5/6

                      Middle Of The Map Fest

                      De La Soul
                      Talib Kweli
                      William Elliott Whitmore
                      Har Mar Superstar

                      $35 + F&T | All Ages | 2 pm

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                            William Elliott Whitmore

                            Hailing from a horse farm along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, William Elliott Whitmore has developed an intense love and spiritual understanding of the land, which he flawlessly conveys through all of his records.

                            With live performances of a caliber to leave one completely stunned in silence, and albums full of songs not only from the heart but also from the heartland, William Elliott Whitmore is one of the most interesting contributions to today's diverse collection of musical ingenuity.

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                            Har Mar Superstar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                            5/6

                            Mantis

                            Helicopter Showdown
                            Bommer

                            | All Ages | 8 pm

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                            Mantis

                            Taylor Scott and Paul Ollinger, known as Mantis, are a relentless duo. Having begun their musical careers with metal & deathcore, the transition to heavy bass music was not so much a step down in intensity, but a slide into a world with spectacular tools to mix dense layers of music in new ways, and deploy it with force. Mantis was formed in early 2011 to test the boundaries of metal-influenced production, and plunge the result into a wash of haunting atmospheres. Mantis wants to provide “music to make you feel like you’re somewhere else, and you’ve never been more stoked to be there.”


                            With that target in sight, 2011 was a smashing first year; the momentum began in Atlanta, and overflowed with releases on labels such as Play Me, Heavy Artillery, BroTown Records, & Abducted Records. A standard was set with 2011's "All Worlds", their first EP, breaking the top 10 on Beatport's Dubstep releases, and held with 2012's "Futures" scoring #5 on Beatport's overall chart. The support of tastemakers such as Liquid Stranger, Downlink, Figure, Cyberoptics, Diesel, Genetix, Persist, & Sluggo, points to an accomplishment of musical influence on an international scale, and the potential for much more.

                            A history in Atlanta's metal scene, playing in acts such as WLTP and Attila, provides Mantis' cornerstone of fierce stage skills. Having become known across the USA for throwing down an aggressive live show with unmatched energy and only the heaviest bass music, Mantis' reputation stands as being one of the gnarliest new production teams in the scene.

                            With packed crowds at hand, and Beatport charts at their feet, only one goal remains- to raise the awareness of metal-influenced bass music... oh, and world domination.

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                                5/7

                                Smackdown Trivia

                                18 & Over | 6:30 pm

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                                  5/8

                                  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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                                  5/9

                                  Lindsey Alderman

                                  Dom Chronicles
                                  Mae C
                                  Baby B
                                  Weaver
                                  Kimbarely Legal

                                  All Ages | 8 pm

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                                          Weaver

                                          At just 20 years old, Weaver has brought a fresh perspective to the music scene with thought-provoking lyrics and a psychedelic, hip-hop flare. Clearly inspired by the sounds of the 90’s rap era and the messages within classic reggae music, the content of his work is both progressive and uplifting. Having captured the attention of listeners across the Midwest, the ripples of Weaver’s progress are reaching beyond his local beginnings in Lawrence, Kansas. He continues to experiment with his sound, sometimes incorporating a live band into his performances. Listeners are drawn to his innovative approach and inviting, interactive stage presence. There is much to be anticipated from this young artist.

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                                          Kimbarely Legal

                                          Funk/Afrobeat/hip-hop/salsa

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                                          5/11

                                          The Wild Reeds

                                          Blank Range

                                          | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                              5/12

                                              Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys

                                              Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys

                                              $13 | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                              He‟s been known as the co-founder of the three-time Grammy nominated BR549, the honky-tonk
                                              heroes that almost single-handedly lit and carried the blowtorch for the mid-„90s alternative country
                                              explosion. He‟s been hailed as „The Hillbilly Renaissance Man‟ for his subsequent successes as a
                                              songwriter, performer, producer and musical theater director. Now after more than a decade as one of
                                              the most uncompromising and consistent talents in the American roots music movement, Chuck
                                              Mead at last emerges with the most anticipated role of his entire career: Solo Artist.
                                              With Journeyman’s Wager, Chuck Mead throws down the gauntlet with an album that defies all
                                              sonic expectations while re-defining his position as one of the hardest-working artists in the business.
                                              “I respect the term „journeyman‟,” Mead says, “because that‟s I what consider myself. I‟ve been living
                                              by my wits musically for more than 20 years now, going from job to job and doing them all pretty well.
                                              Certainly there‟s a hustle to what I do, but there‟s always been a gambling aspect to it, too. With this
                                              album, it‟s finally all me going all-in. It‟s a record that challenges listeners in a good way. Best of all,
                                              I‟ve challenged myself.”
                                              Produced by Grammy-winner Ray Kennedy, the eleven tracks on Journeyman’s Wager embody not
                                              only the core of country music, but also the pulse of pop, R&B, hillbilly rock, Gospel and beyond. “Why
                                              be confined by barriers or genres?” Chuck asks. “As far as I‟m concerned, it‟s all American Music.
                                              These are the sounds that made up my musical vocabulary. I still believe that American Music is
                                              about real things, good stories and unique songs. And I‟m willing to bet that most everyone else does,
                                              too.”
                                              “It‟s hard to believe that it‟s taken him this long to make a solo record,” says producer/engineer Ray
                                              Kennedy, best known for his work on classic albums by Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle. “What sets
                                              Chuck apart from so many artists is that he‟s a genuine hard-working, blue-collar performer. I hate the
                                              word „old-school‟ but we didn‟t want this album to sound like a lot of modern records where everything
                                              is over-tweaked and perfect. We knew we had to make it intimate and real.” Kennedy recorded the
                                              entire album analog on two-inch tape, in a studio full of both state-of-the art and vintage equipment
                                              that included „60s tube microphones, a Vox Continental organ, and a badass band that featured
                                              Kenny Vaughn (Marty Stuart), Audley Freed (The Black Crowes), Mark Miller (BR549), Mark Horn
                                              (The Derailers), Dave Roe (Johnny Cash), Mike Henderson (The SteelDrivers), Pat Sivers (The
                                              Everly Brothers) and Jen Gunderman (The Jayhawks). “Chuck is the same in the studio as he is on
                                              stage,” Kennedy explains. “He loves working without a net. There are a lot of multiple voices singing
                                              into one microphone and the band playing together in one room. Most of all, it‟s an album that really
                                              represents his worldview song-wise. It has humor, intelligence, sarcasm, a bit of politics and a lot of
                                              spontaneity. Plus he‟s singing his ass off. Chuck doesn‟t have a model; he really is a journeyman in
                                              that songwriting and entertaining is his life.”
                                              For Mead, life and music have always been irrevocably intertwined. “I joined my first band at 12 years
                                              old,” he explains with a laugh. “Ruint me forever.” Throughout his 20s, he led several groups in and
                                              around his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas, including the popular Mid-western cult band The
                                              Homestead Grays. By the early „90s, Chuck found himself as an itinerant musician on Nashville‟s
                                              then-seedy Lower Broadway. It was a place in time where a performer armed with only the vision of a
                                              sonically relentless hillbilly band with nothing to lose could try anything. Within months, Mead cofounded
                                              a quintet that began playing must-see marathon sets in the front window of bar/bootery
                                              Robert‟s Western World. Seven albums, three Grammy nominations and millions of worldwide fans
                                              later, BR549 would become one of the most improbable success stories of the past decade.
                                              “BR549 is on extended hiatus,” Chuck now says. “We were – and remain – a family, and taking a
                                              break from each other will make us miss each other more. We survived the highs, the lows and all the
                                              hype, and we still had fun making music we love. But it was also time for me to do my own thing.”
                                              With the exception of occasional reunions on Prairie Home Companion (at the behest of longtime fan
                                              Garrison Keillor) and benefits for favorite charities, Mead‟s post-BR career soon became known as
                                              much for its continued integrity as for its eclecticism. He founded the touring collective The Hillbilly All-
                                              Stars featuring members of The Mavericks, co-produced acclaimed tribute albums to Johnny Cash
                                              and Waylon Jennings, guest-lectured on „The Sociology of Modern American Culture‟ at Vanderbilt
                                              University, and became a staff writer at one of Nashville‟s top song publishers. In 2007, he was
                                              named Musical Director of Million Dollar Quartet, the new hit stage musical based on the night in 1956
                                              that Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley came together for an impromptu
                                              jam session. “It‟s been incredibly liberating to do all these things I‟ve never done before,” Chuck says.
                                              “But most of all, I wanted to call my own shots and make a record that mattered.”
                                              Ten of the eleven tracks on Journeyman’s Wager are co-written by Mead, who‟d spent the past year
                                              working with such idiosyncratic and award-winning songwriters as Tia Sillers, Bobby Huff, Greg
                                              Crowe, Patrick Davis, Angeleena Presley, Mark Collie and Jon & Sally Tiven. The album roars out of
                                              the gate with the twanging highway stomp of “Out On The Natchez Trail”, and runs head-on into the
                                              sinister mystery of “Gun Metal Grey”. The horn-powered “She Got The Ring (I Got The Finger)” is a
                                              sly nod to Jerry Reed‟s “She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft)”. There‟s classic country-pop
                                              wisdom in “Albuquerque”, gentle insight in “Up On Edge Hill”, and hard-driving good times in “I Wish It
                                              Was Friday”. “A Long Time Ago” is a paean of pedal-steel regret, while “After The Last Witness Is
                                              Gone” is a bold testimonial that‟s equal parts honky-tonk and roadhouse rocker. “In A Song” may be
                                              the album‟s genuine showstopper, a gloriously sanctified testament to the Everlasting Church Of
                                              Music. The disc‟s sole cover is a fiery version – complete with yodeling – of George Harrison‟s “Old
                                              Brown Shoe”, the obscure Beatles b-side from “The Ballad Of John & Yoko”. The album closes with
                                              the assured shuffle-funk of “No Requests”, a song whose chorus is a potent statement of purpose
                                              from an artist who is now truly his own man.
                                              “Even when BR549 were being called a throwback act, we never allowed ourselves to be classified,”
                                              says Chuck. “The key was to always bring something new to everything we did. Today my slate is
                                              cleaner than ever before. This album is all me, doing what comes naturally.” For Chuck Mead, the
                                              time has come for one of Americana‟s most uncommon artists to finally step out, step up and be
                                              heard on his own unique terms. And in a game where sure bets are rarely the real deal, one
                                              singer/songwriter/performer is again unafraid to lay it all on the line. “I mean everything I say on this
                                              album,” Chuck Mead says. “You can tell it with a wink and a smile, but it‟s still the truth. And the truth
                                              is that Journeyman’s Wager is the culmination of everything I‟ve learned. These are my decisions.
                                              This is my music.”

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                                                5/13

                                                Play Dead

                                                18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                Play Dead

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

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

                                                Let The Music Play The Band!

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

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                                                5/17

                                                J Roddy Walston & the Business

                                                Quaker City Nighthawks

                                                | All Ages | 7:30 pm

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                                                The third album from J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Essential Tremors borrows its name from a nervous-system disorder that’s long plagued the band’s frontman. “It’s this condition where my hands shake―sometimes not at all, but sometimes pretty bad,” says singer/pianist/guitarist Walston. “I’ve referenced it throughout all our records in some way, but it made sense to be more open about it on this album, which is partly about owning and embracing your weirdness instead of letting it hold you captive because you don’t even want to talk about it.”

                                                For J. Roddy Walston & The Business―who formed in 2002 in Walston’s hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee―embracing weirdness means a mumble-out-loud celebration of that great and terrible burden of being human. Forcing the oft-clashing worlds of art and rock-and-roll to make nice, the band (including guitarist/vocalist Billy Gordon, bassist/vocalist Logan Davis, and drummer Steve Colmus) deals in a scrappy yet sublime sound that honors both their Southern roots and punk spirit. On Essential Tremors, J. Roddy Walston & The Business builds off that formula with a mix of heavy hooks and elegant melodies revealing their affinity for artists as disparate as Led Zeppelin, pre-disco-era Bee Gees, The Replacements, Randy Newman, and the Southern soul outfits that once populated the Stax Records label. Co-produced by Matt Wignall (Delta Spirit, Cold War Kids) and Grammy-winning producer/engineer Mark Neill (The Black Keys) at Neill’s own Soil of the South Studios (a Valdosta, Georgia-based facility where J. Roddy Walston & The Business were the first to ever record), the follow-up to 2010’s much-acclaimed self-titled sophomore album also finds the band crafting lyrics that ultimately serve as a secret language to the initiated listener.

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                                                  5/18

                                                  Staxx

                                                  18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                  Staxx

                                                  Staxx

                                                  Hip-hop was built around lyrics: the art of storytelling and the power of rhyme. Fierce, aggressive and from the street, hip-hop is often filled with bravado and fronting. It’s rare to find an artist who walks it like he talks it.

                                                  Staxx is that artist.

                                                  Born into a tumultuous life in Taunton, Mass., and blessed with innate talent, Staxx was on his way to becoming a statistic: broken home, high school dropout, determined to be a rapper but lacking direction and focus. Despite difficult times, a hardened past and a life
                                                  of struggle, music always brought him back to center. Now he’s ready to share his experiences with the world.

                                                  Staxx wrote his debut album, Writin' My Mind. It was produced, recorded and mixed by respected up and coming industry producer Lü Balz, whose many credits include, but are not limited to, tracks for Juvenile, Rachel Loy, Tyga, Sugar Ray and Speech from Arrested Development, television commercials, and songs placements in major motion pictures and television series.
                                                  His partnership with Staxx kicks off with first single “Turn You On,” featuring Brian Angel of Day26 (Bronx Bridge Entertainment, Inc./Fontana), launching a powerful new team and a step forward in hip-hop’s positive resurgence.

                                                  “Hip-hop has changed dramatically,” says Staxx. “It has received an increasing amount of criticism over the past decade because of the downward spiral of lyrical content and the upward spiral of an electronic sound that hip-hop experts claim is NOT hip-hop. I can’t deny the fact that music has changed immensely since the emergence of hip-hop as a globally recognized genre of music. But just because the music is evolving doesn’t mean the message has to evolve with it.”

                                                  What makes this young man so special is his talent for creating radio-friendly music without compromising his personal message. Staxx writes from the heart. Staxx is the best of both worlds.

                                                  Staxx has been recording professionally since his late teens, working diligently to find the right producers, learn his way around a studio, and surround himself with people who could grow with him and support his vision. At 23, he met Lü Balz. “He had everything I was missing,” says Staxx. “I knew he could take me to the next level.” He also met his manager, Tony Spears. With all of the pieces in place, Staxx was ready to conquer the music industry … until one mistake brought his world to a crashing halt.

                                                  Serving time, he says, was a wakeup call and a cold lesson in reality: his career was likely over, his record deal was gone, his girlfriend broke up with him and his manager wanted nothing to do with him. Released after doing his term, “I was on the verge of suicide,” he says candidly. “I was heartbroken. I drank a lot and I felt
                                                  I had no purpose in my life.” Despondent and convinced that he’d lost everything, Staxx ran away with the carnival — literally. Oddly enough, it was there that he regained his drive for music, motivated by a supervisor who learned of his talent and couldn’t bear to see it
                                                  wasted. He began writing again, applying himself and convincing Lü Balz and Tony Spears that he was a new Staxx. “They thought I was nothing but trouble,” he admits, “a kid with no direction in my life. I got them back onboard with my work ethic. I never stopped. They saw
                                                  my drive and that I was willing to do anything to make it. I knew I was

                                                  accountable for my actions and it was up to me to prove myself to them.”

                                                  With a new single, upcoming debut album and new outlook, Staxx is ready to take the music world by storm. Most importantly, he says, the past has made the present stronger, and he’s looking forward to
                                                  the future.

                                                  “No matter where I go, because of the difficult circumstances I went through, I’ve convinced myself that I can make it through anything,” he says. “No challenge is too difficult or great for me. I recognized that over time. Some people fold and can’t take it. I deflect and deal
                                                  with it because the worst thing could happen and hurt me, but it’s not going to stop me like it did before. There’s a quote I heard as a kid that has always stayed with me: ‘Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.’ I want to be inspirational and let people know that no matter how difficult the circumstances, it’s up to you to change and make something of yourself. I wrote lyrics about how if I make it or if I fail, it’s mine.

                                                  “I’ve been blessed with a lot of great people in my life, friends and family who stood by me, have been hurt by me, who were there for me when all I had to offer was myself. I can’t imagine what they went through, seeing me destroying myself. I hated myself. I killed myself
                                                  without killing myself and I don’t live like that today. My glass is half full now and am looking to fill it instead of seeing it half empty and draining it.”

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                                                  5/19

                                                  Bone Thugs -n- Harmony

                                                  TWISTA
                                                  Cure For Paranoia

                                                  $76.50 | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                        5/19

                                                        Groovement

                                                        Sunu

                                                        | All Ages | 8 pm

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

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

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

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

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                                                        Sunu

                                                        SUNU is a wall of drums, horns and funk. Formed in 2007 in Lawrence, KS this 9 member ensemble mixes afrobeat, jazz, funk, New Orleans street beats and West African dance drumming to create a tasty brew of shake your ass music.

                                                        SUNU is:

                                                        Dylan Bassett –Drums & Percussion
                                                        Dan Pem –Saxophone
                                                        Rv. Aaron Morris –Trumpet and Vocals
                                                        Chris Leopold -Trumpet and Trombone
                                                        Tommy Johnson -Trumpet
                                                        Michael Hamm –Guitar
                                                        Chris Shaw –Bass
                                                        Taylor Babb –Drums & Percussion
                                                        Alex Thiessen –Drums and Percussion

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                                                        5/20

                                                        The Lonesome Houndogs

                                                        Brothers Bly

                                                        18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                        The Lonesome Houndogs

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                                                            5/24

                                                            PRIDE

                                                            18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                            PRIDE

                                                            Dance. Drink. Dance and drink!

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                                                            5/25

                                                            Skating Polly

                                                            Bruiser Queen
                                                            The Sluts
                                                            Wendy Moira

                                                            | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                            Skating Polly, a sister duo from Oklahoma made up of Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse, formed in 2009 after a jam session at the girls’ Halloween party. Their sophomore album, Lost Wonderfuls, was produced by Exene Cervenka of X and mixed by Kliph Scurlock of The Flaming Lips. Lost Wonderfuls was released in April, 2013. They are now working on their third album, Fuzz Steilacoom, set to be released early 2014. Fuzz Steilacoom was tracked by Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening.
                                                            Raised on ‘70s punk and early-‘90s alt-rock, Mayo (age 13) and Bighorse (18) mine inspiration from artists as disparate as Johnny Cash, The Ramones, NWA, Nirvana, and Bikini Kill and saturate their own songs with a raw energy reminiscent of their musical heroes. Skating Polly takes a minimalist approach to songwriting, with the two largely self-taught musicians (Bighorse plays guitar, Mayo plays a guitar/bass hybrid called a basitar, and both girls play drums and piano) crafting super-catchy melodies mainly by “messing around with our instruments and figuring out how to make cool noises,” according to Bighorse. But despite their stripped-down aesthetic, each track on Lost Wonderfuls retains a rich emotionalism that’s at turns brutally in-your-face, gut-wrenchingly tender, and irresistibly fun.
                                                            Along with earning the adoration of Cervenka (whom they befriended after attending one of the X singer’s 2010 solo shows and playing their demos on a cell phone), Skating Polly has found fans in Rosanne Cash and Sean Lennon, taken the stage with punk legends like Mike Watt, and opened up for such indie heavy-hitters as Deerhoof and Band of Horses. Tapping Mayo’s dad as their tour manager, the stepsisters typically hit the road with their entire family and optimize their travel time by making up songs on their ukulele.
                                                            Both Mayo and Bighorse are intent on ignoring what’s fashionable and staying true to their passion for challenging music with long-lasting appeal. “The musicians we’re most inspired by are the ones who keep on going and going, who devote their entire lives to coming up with new and different stuff,” says Mayo. “A lot of times at our shows people will come up to us and tell us, ‘Keep on doing what you’re doing, don’t ever stop’ and we’re just like, ‘Yeah—we weren’t planning on ever stopping.”

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                                                              The Sluts

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

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                                                              Wendy Moira

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                                                                5/26

                                                                Samantha Fish`s Big Summer Kick Off Party

                                                                Samantha Fish
                                                                Dumpstaphunk
                                                                Southern Avenue Band
                                                                Moreland & Arbuckle
                                                                and more TBA

                                                                $11.50 + F&T | All Ages | 5 pm

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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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                                                                    Southern Avenue Band

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                                                                      Moreland & Arbuckle

                                                                      “Raw, dirty, primal and infectious…sizzling guitar, sturdy vocals and rude harmonica” –USA Today
                                                                      “Deeply satisfying...gritty soul and blues with garage overtones and fire-and-brimstone vocals” –Living Blues Guitarist Aaron Moreland—co-founder of the groundbreaking Kansas-based trio Moreland & Arbuckle—describes their music as “gritty blues and roots rock from the heartland.” Moreland, harmonicist/vocalist Dustin Arbuckle and drummer Kendall Newby bring fierce electric fury and unrelenting punk rock energy to their original songs, inspired by raw Delta and Mississippi Hill Country blues. Their songs are expertly executed with musical muscle and fifth-gear urgency. When they perform more traditional blues, they play with the same decisive command. With each of their six previous releases, the band has grown musically and lyrically, creating a signature sound while earning a large and loyal worldwide fan base. Their legendary raw and raucous live shows are played with wild abandon. The New York Post says Moreland & Arbuckle have “a raw juke joint exuberance with a dirt-under-the fingernails garage band attack.” The group’s evolution continues with their Alligator Records debut Promised Land Or Bust, produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Botch, The Sword). From the howling cosmic opener Take Me With You (When You Go) to the stomping Mean And Evil to the plaintive Mount Comfort, Promised Land Or Bust is a far-reaching musical showcase. The instantly-memorable, slice-of-life songs paint scenes of double-crossed lovers, women meaner than the devil, and isolated loners beaten down by careless love. According to Moreland, “The new album is consciously traditional but still has the signature drive and power that we have crafted over the past thirteen years.” Moreland says signing with Alligator is a perfect fit. “One of our biggest influences ever, Hound Dog Taylor, was the very first Alligator artist. One of the reasons we have the non-traditional lineup of no bass player was inspired by listening to Hound Dog’s music as we were coming up.” According to Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, bringing Moreland & Arbuckle to the label known for its Genuine Houserockin’ Music was an easy choice. “I’ve watched this band grow from talented interpreters of raw, traditional blues into creators of fresh, original roots-based songs. Live, the energy just pours out of them.” Aaron Moreland was born December 16, 1974. He played in a number of garage bands while growing up and was influenced by punk music before having what he calls his “Son House moment.” Hearing the blues legend’s Death Letter Blues for the first time at age 22, he changed course, focusing his playing on nothing but acoustic blues for the next several years. Dustin Arbuckle was born December 25, 1981. He first discovered blues in his mid-teens and received what he refers to as “a calling. Getting into blues made me want to play music,” he says. He played in blues-rock bands, inspired by Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson, while learning to sing with deep soul and honest authority. The two met at an open mic session in their hometown of Wichita, Kansas back in 2001 and they quickly bonded over their mutual love of blues. Less than a year later, they joined forces, their raw and energetic approach to the music melding perfectly. Soon after coming together, Moreland and Arbuckle played both as an acoustic duo and as The King Snakes, a four piece electric band. Keeping a bass player proved difficult, and they soon found they made a better sound without one, as Moreland kept the rhythm thumping on his guitar while Arbuckle took the music into overdrive with his harmonica and vocals. The band quickly became local heroes, filling clubs beyond capacity. It wasn’t long before they started touring larger cities around the country, earning new fans with every performance. From their 2005 self-release Caney Valley Blues to 2013’s 7 Cities on Telarc, Moreland & Arbuckle have grown from a fiery, crowd-pleasing duo to a genre-smashing three-piece band. Together, Moreland’s simultaneous bass, rhythm and lead guitar work and Arbuckle’s emotionally-charged harmonica and edgy vocals—driven by Newby’s propulsive drumming—create a sound that is forceful enough to grab a listener’s attention and nuanced enough to hold it. American Songwriter says the group’s music is “swampy, sweaty and muggy...mixing a bluesy foundation with bits of country, folk and squawking American rock and roll.” WNYC’s Soundcheck says the band plays “gritty blues with a thoroughly contemporary bite.” Over the course of their career, Moreland & Arbuckle have played hundreds of shows and have logged hundreds of thousands of road miles (recently replacing their van after driving it over 400,000 miles), performing in the United States, Canada and across Europe. In 2008 they spent 10 days in Iraq, playing for the troops. They’ve shared stages with ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Los Lonely Boys. They’ll return to the road in support of the new album, with dates in the United States, Europe and beyond. No Depression says, “These guys have kegs full of talent. Their songs will keep you driving fast and long.” Now, with Promised Land Or Bust, Moreland & Arbuckle are ready to bust it all wide open. Arbuckle calls the new album “our best yet,“ and says, “we continue to evolve musically outside of the box we started in, but the bedrock—the blues —is always there.” Moreland adds, “We consciously went back to where we started and it took us to a brand new place.” That new place is clearly part of Moreland & Arbuckle’s never ending musical journey. And for them and their ever-growing fan base, there’s no turning back now.

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                                                                        5/26

                                                                        BJ Barham

                                                                        Adam Lee

                                                                        | All Ages | 6 pm

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                                                                          Adam Lee

                                                                          A former honky tonk acolyte, Adam Lee’s newest writing turns traditionalism on its head. It’s a varied and engaging collection, criss-crossing genre and influence and bringing to mind artists such as Cory Branan, Justin Townes Earle, or John Moreland.

                                                                          In preparation for the release he spent much of the past year on the road. He completed his second European tour and also played shows with Frank Turner, Chuck Ragan, and Austin Lucas.

                                                                          Prior to landing in Chicago, Lee fronted Kansas City-based Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company, a scrappy alt-country outfit with traditionalist leanings. His time in the honky tonks paid off; he was nominated for Dale Watson’s Ameripolitan Awards and found homes for his country songs in writer/director Kevin Smith’s Red State and TUSK.

                                                                          Following these successes, he moved to Chicago after being offered a leading role in the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet, under the musical direction of Chuck Mead. It was at this point he began writing and recording the songs that make up ‘Sincerely, Me,’

                                                                          All told, ‘Sincerely, Me’ is a strong and diverse debut. Roots-rock songwriter Justin Wells sums up this sentiment. “Somebody’s gonna file this album under Americana, but that's because Adam Lee isn't a genre... it nods at several American musics without knowing the meaning of derivative.”


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                                                                          5/26

                                                                          Dirtfoot

                                                                          WT Newton

                                                                          | All Ages | 9 pm

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                                                                          Dirtfoot

                                                                          Dirtfoot is an all original, all acoustic band out of Shreveport, LA. Forming in early 2002, they've been honing their songs and craft in bars and pubs across North Louisiana, Southern Arkansas, and east Texas. After winning the Shreveport Times Battle of the Bands in January 2006, doors have really been opening. Now playing festivals like Voodoo Music Experience in NOLA, Wakarusa Music Festival in Lawrence, KS, Diversafest in Tulsa, OK, Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival in Ozark, AR, Cutting Edge Music Festival in New Orleans, LA, Red River Revel in Shreveport, LA, Northgate Music Fetival, College Station, TX, etc, and playing major markets like Austin, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, etc, things are definitely looking up.

                                                                          Led by the organic writings of Matt Hazelton with each player adding his own flavor and feeling to the songs and sound of the group, Dirtfoot is a blend of eclectic styles as well as diverse personalities. By far, their claim to fame is their high energy shows and overwhelming crowd participation. They involve the fans with infectious grooves, call and response songs as well as their famous "Beancans'. Each show, bean cans (homemade shakers) are passed out to the audience which turns them into a part of the percussion section. Though all of their instruments are acoustic, their energy and ingenuity will make you swear they are plugged in. Featuring instruments ranging from an acoustic guitar, banjo, upright bass, pots n' pans, drums, bells, saxophone, xylophone and more, this band has a truly engaging sound, a real dose of Gypsy, Punk, Country, Grumble Boogie! It is like a good gumbo - you have some growling vocals, upright bass and percussion that makes a good, dark, dirty Louisiana roux, mixed heartily with some meaty rhythms, combined liberally with fresh offerings from the guitar and banjo that are like okra and tomatoes picked from your backyard garden, topped with the hot n' sexy spice of the saxophone and jazz style drums, and finally a little something magical and indescribable, and you have Dirtfoot - a delicious, spicy, dirty band that will make you stomp your feet, shake your ass and yell like a lunatic on a full moon night.

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                                                                          WT Newton

                                                                          From the whiskey-fueled ranks of County Graves, WT Newton comes roaring out with a much simpler and much more intimate approach to songwriting and storytelling. It's as though he's left all of the screaming and howls directly from hell behind for the opportunity to sit around an old barroom with a handful of dear friends, weaving stories of hometowns and heartbreak. Americana from the front porch, and roots for the hopeless. Driven by an undying work ethic, WT Newton writes songs for the underdogs in all of us. Pour yourself a drink and gather round. There's stories to be told and heart strings to pluck.

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                                                                          5/27

                                                                          Samantha Fish`s Big Summer Kick Off Party

                                                                          Samantha Fish
                                                                          Dumpstaphunk
                                                                          Southern Avenue Band
                                                                          Moreland & Arbuckle
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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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                                                                              Southern Avenue Band

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                                                                                Moreland & Arbuckle

                                                                                “Raw, dirty, primal and infectious…sizzling guitar, sturdy vocals and rude harmonica” –USA Today
                                                                                “Deeply satisfying...gritty soul and blues with garage overtones and fire-and-brimstone vocals” –Living Blues Guitarist Aaron Moreland—co-founder of the groundbreaking Kansas-based trio Moreland & Arbuckle—describes their music as “gritty blues and roots rock from the heartland.” Moreland, harmonicist/vocalist Dustin Arbuckle and drummer Kendall Newby bring fierce electric fury and unrelenting punk rock energy to their original songs, inspired by raw Delta and Mississippi Hill Country blues. Their songs are expertly executed with musical muscle and fifth-gear urgency. When they perform more traditional blues, they play with the same decisive command. With each of their six previous releases, the band has grown musically and lyrically, creating a signature sound while earning a large and loyal worldwide fan base. Their legendary raw and raucous live shows are played with wild abandon. The New York Post says Moreland & Arbuckle have “a raw juke joint exuberance with a dirt-under-the fingernails garage band attack.” The group’s evolution continues with their Alligator Records debut Promised Land Or Bust, produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Botch, The Sword). From the howling cosmic opener Take Me With You (When You Go) to the stomping Mean And Evil to the plaintive Mount Comfort, Promised Land Or Bust is a far-reaching musical showcase. The instantly-memorable, slice-of-life songs paint scenes of double-crossed lovers, women meaner than the devil, and isolated loners beaten down by careless love. According to Moreland, “The new album is consciously traditional but still has the signature drive and power that we have crafted over the past thirteen years.” Moreland says signing with Alligator is a perfect fit. “One of our biggest influences ever, Hound Dog Taylor, was the very first Alligator artist. One of the reasons we have the non-traditional lineup of no bass player was inspired by listening to Hound Dog’s music as we were coming up.” According to Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, bringing Moreland & Arbuckle to the label known for its Genuine Houserockin’ Music was an easy choice. “I’ve watched this band grow from talented interpreters of raw, traditional blues into creators of fresh, original roots-based songs. Live, the energy just pours out of them.” Aaron Moreland was born December 16, 1974. He played in a number of garage bands while growing up and was influenced by punk music before having what he calls his “Son House moment.” Hearing the blues legend’s Death Letter Blues for the first time at age 22, he changed course, focusing his playing on nothing but acoustic blues for the next several years. Dustin Arbuckle was born December 25, 1981. He first discovered blues in his mid-teens and received what he refers to as “a calling. Getting into blues made me want to play music,” he says. He played in blues-rock bands, inspired by Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson, while learning to sing with deep soul and honest authority. The two met at an open mic session in their hometown of Wichita, Kansas back in 2001 and they quickly bonded over their mutual love of blues. Less than a year later, they joined forces, their raw and energetic approach to the music melding perfectly. Soon after coming together, Moreland and Arbuckle played both as an acoustic duo and as The King Snakes, a four piece electric band. Keeping a bass player proved difficult, and they soon found they made a better sound without one, as Moreland kept the rhythm thumping on his guitar while Arbuckle took the music into overdrive with his harmonica and vocals. The band quickly became local heroes, filling clubs beyond capacity. It wasn’t long before they started touring larger cities around the country, earning new fans with every performance. From their 2005 self-release Caney Valley Blues to 2013’s 7 Cities on Telarc, Moreland & Arbuckle have grown from a fiery, crowd-pleasing duo to a genre-smashing three-piece band. Together, Moreland’s simultaneous bass, rhythm and lead guitar work and Arbuckle’s emotionally-charged harmonica and edgy vocals—driven by Newby’s propulsive drumming—create a sound that is forceful enough to grab a listener’s attention and nuanced enough to hold it. American Songwriter says the group’s music is “swampy, sweaty and muggy...mixing a bluesy foundation with bits of country, folk and squawking American rock and roll.” WNYC’s Soundcheck says the band plays “gritty blues with a thoroughly contemporary bite.” Over the course of their career, Moreland & Arbuckle have played hundreds of shows and have logged hundreds of thousands of road miles (recently replacing their van after driving it over 400,000 miles), performing in the United States, Canada and across Europe. In 2008 they spent 10 days in Iraq, playing for the troops. They’ve shared stages with ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Los Lonely Boys. They’ll return to the road in support of the new album, with dates in the United States, Europe and beyond. No Depression says, “These guys have kegs full of talent. Their songs will keep you driving fast and long.” Now, with Promised Land Or Bust, Moreland & Arbuckle are ready to bust it all wide open. Arbuckle calls the new album “our best yet,“ and says, “we continue to evolve musically outside of the box we started in, but the bedrock—the blues —is always there.” Moreland adds, “We consciously went back to where we started and it took us to a brand new place.” That new place is clearly part of Moreland & Arbuckle’s never ending musical journey. And for them and their ever-growing fan base, there’s no turning back now.

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                                                                                  5/27

                                                                                  Merchandise

                                                                                  B Boys

                                                                                  | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                                      5/28

                                                                                      So Much For The Afterglow

                                                                                      20th Anniversary Tour
                                                                                      Everclear
                                                                                      Vertical Horizon
                                                                                      Fastball

                                                                                      $77.50 | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                                        20th Anniversary Tour

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                                                                                          Everclear

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                                                                                            Vertical Horizon

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                                                                                              Fastball

                                                                                              We might sell more records if you could, but at the same time, it forces people that really want to be interested in us to pay a little more attention to what we're doing."

                                                                                              In October of 2000, Fastball began touring in support of The Harsh Light of Day in Amsterdam. Despite the slowed success, the members of the group didn't regret any of their creative decisions, and their aim remained true. "It makes me feel proud that we're one of these song-oriented guitar bands," Scalzo told Richard Skanse in Rolling Stone. "I think there's a couple of bands that are still putting out real good quality guitar rock songs, and I think we're one of them."

                                                                                              In June of 2004, Fastball released their fourth album, Keep Your Wig On, on a new record label, Rykodisc. Keep Your Wig On was home to singles "Airstream," "Drifting Away," and "Lou-ee, Lou-ee," with the last being released as a single in Europe only.
                                                                                              Tony Scalzo
                                                                                              Bass/Guitar/Vocals

                                                                                              Miles Zuniga
                                                                                              Guitar/Vocals

                                                                                              Joey Shuffield
                                                                                              Drums/Percussion

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                                                                                              5/30

                                                                                              Roots of Creation

                                                                                              | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                                                5/31

                                                                                                The Phillistines

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                                                                                                18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                                                The Phillistines

                                                                                                With a barrage of spaced-out, razor-sharp guitars, a grooving rhythmic onslaught, and melodic keyboard tapestries, The Philistines take vintage ideas and form them into modern psychedelic sonic movements.

                                                                                                The six-piece group has made a name for itself with forceful, engaging live shows that match its provocative, bombastic rock sound. Since The Philistines' inception in late 2013, they have become one of Kansas City’s most recognized bands, supporting prominent touring acts, playing prestigious music festivals (including Middle of the Map Fest, Crossroads Music Fest, and Alejandro Escovedo’s SXSW Day Party), and receiving a healthy amount of accolades in the local media.

                                                                                                Engineered and produced by Paul Malinowski (Shiner), The Philistines released their debut album "The Backbone of Night" on The Record Machine in mid-2016. The full-length has been met with critical acclaim, described by The Obelisk as "a foundation of psych, garage and desert-style rock that they can shape as they please, and the control they demonstrate over that process bodes remarkably well." The album is available on vinyl, CD, and digital formats.

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                                                                                                  6/1

                                                                                                  Dragondeer

                                                                                                  18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                                                  Dragondeer

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                                                                                                    6/3

                                                                                                    Jason Boland & The Stragglers

                                                                                                    Shooter Jennings
                                                                                                    Porter Union
                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                          6/4

                                                                                                          Face to Face

                                                                                                          Counterpunch

                                                                                                          | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                                                          Face to Face

                                                                                                          In 1996, we did a tour of very small clubs that we called ‘Econo Live.’ Twenty years later, we’re back to do it all over again… Tickets + VIP Packages for all shows are on sale right now at facetofacemusic.com/tourdates.

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                                                                                                            6/6

                                                                                                            Saint Paul & the Broken Bones

                                                                                                            JD McPherson

                                                                                                            $11.50 + F&T | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                                                              JD McPherson

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                                                                                                                6/8

                                                                                                                Flobots

                                                                                                                | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                                                                Flobots

                                                                                                                Flobots are an alternative hip-­hop band from Denver dedicated to creating, performing, and finding anthems for a better world. Since forming in 2005, they have released 3 full length albums, toured theUS and Europe, and appeared on late night programs including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. They are internationally known for their 2008 platinum single “Handlebars” and widely recognized for using their music and career as vessels for social change.

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                                                                                                                6/9

                                                                                                                Elvis Costello & the Imposters

                                                                                                                $81.50 | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                                                                  6/9

                                                                                                                  Fort Defiance

                                                                                                                  Arkansauce

                                                                                                                  18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                                                                  Fort Defiance

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                                                                                                                    Arkansauce

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                                                                                                                      6/10

                                                                                                                      Upchurch the Redneck

                                                                                                                      | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                                                                        6/11

                                                                                                                        Punch Brothers

                                                                                                                        $71.50 | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                                                                          6/15

                                                                                                                          Buddy Guy

                                                                                                                          Bel Airs

                                                                                                                          $86.50 | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                                                                            Bel Airs

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                                                                                                                              6/15

                                                                                                                              Metasota

                                                                                                                              Greg Grease
                                                                                                                              The Lioness

                                                                                                                              18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                                                                              Metasota

                                                                                                                              Music of the hip hop kind.

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                                                                                                                                The Lioness

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                                                                                                                                  6/17

                                                                                                                                  Black & Blue-Grass Ball

                                                                                                                                  Split Lip Rayfield
                                                                                                                                  Jeff Austin Band
                                                                                                                                  Mountain Sprout
                                                                                                                                  Feast Ov Fools
                                                                                                                                  Useful Jenkins
                                                                                                                                  Loaded Goat

                                                                                                                                  $11.50 + F&T | All Ages | 5 pm

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                                                                                                                                    Split Lip Rayfield

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

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                                                                                                                                    Jeff Austin Band

                                                                                                                                    Mandolinist Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion.

                                                                                                                                    In 1998, while working at a bar called the Verve in Nederland, Colorado, Austin met Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann, with whom he and Dave Johnston would form the Yonder Mountain String Band.

                                                                                                                                    “My time with Yonder has taught me what is possible,” Austin says. “It has shown me that if you work hard at it and you believe in it and there’s a part of you that’s meant to do it, it will happen. It’s clichéd, but it’s true.”

                                                                                                                                    It is with this history at his back that Jeff Austin will step out into the spotlight as a solo act. “My ideal sound is between Phish, My Morning Jacket, and Zac Brown Band.” Austin plans to continue songwriting for his solo project but might be weaving in a bit of mainstream, in the style of his John Scott Sherrill/Shawn Camp co-write “Fiddlin’ Around,” featured on Dierks Bentley’s 2010 bluegrass album Up on the Ridge. “I love writing a three-minute song with a hook that would grab a five-hundred-pound marlin as much as I like writing something that goes, ‘okay, after the bridge, it’s going to open up and just go wide.’”

                                                                                                                                    Indeed, “wide” is what Jeff Austin is all about. He wants new and different, complex and interesting. He wants everything the music world has to offer, and he’s willing to work hard to get it.

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                                                                                                                                    Mountain Sprout

                                                                                                                                    Mountain Sprout is a highly energetic hillbilly music machine, spitting original tunes and blowing minds with original whitty lyrics and face melting musicianship. The Sprouts are a full time working band and play shows all year round for anyone who will listen. Whether it be Grayson VanSickle playing his machine gun banjo, singing out the novel of our lives or guitarist Adam Waggs, who yanks up the melody up by the ear and keeps you kickin'. With a smile on his face, Daniel Redmond pulls out cannon fire notes pounding the stand-up, dog house bass, and Blayne Thiebaux gives the crowd a spectacular show, burnin' rosin and bendin' air, exploding the fiddle while bursting into flames. Together, they are MOUNTAIN SPROUT.

                                                                                                                                    Playing around 250 shows a year, including music festivals, concert halls and backwood hole in the walls. They have performed in venues large and small. From opening up for national icons Willie Nelson and Leonn Russel to performing with jam band titans such as Yonder Mountain String Band and Wide Spread Panic. You can find them hanging out with home grown legends like Split Lip Rayfield, Randy Crouch and countless other amazing musicians. Always opening up another beer or a sheltered mind at the local and not-so-local bars, MOUNTAIN SPROUT is always truly a crowd favorite.

                                                                                                                                    After forming several renditions, the band made a final pact in ‘06. Since then MOUNTAIN SPROUT has released multiple recordings preceded by the infamous “Pornobilly”(2005) that earned a place in everyones heart. Then officially releasing their original debut album "One More for the Ditch"(2007), followed by a collection of traditional tunes entitled "Fambilly Hour"(2008), and tapped from source with another CD of original songs called "Into the Sun"(2009). With there latest smash hit album for the collection “Habits to Feed”(2010).

                                                                                                                                    Now with much more to come from the Mudstomp Records family and the Pipeline Productions power house, Mountain Sprout is here to push the limits! Just make contact with plenty of advance notice so that you too can enjoy the live supernatural performance of the Mountain Sprout and if you all just want to party, well thats we do best, so let us set the mood for an amazing experience anytime; every time.

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                                                                                                                                        Loaded Goat

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

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                                                                                                                                        6/24

                                                                                                                                        Crossroads Jammin` Reggae Fest

                                                                                                                                        The Wailing Souls
                                                                                                                                        The Itals
                                                                                                                                        Sister Carol
                                                                                                                                        Jon Wayne & the Pain
                                                                                                                                        The Elovaters
                                                                                                                                        77 Jefferson
                                                                                                                                        Ras Neville & the Kingstonians

                                                                                                                                        $11.50 + F&T | All Ages | 4 pm

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                                                                                                                                                Jon Wayne & the Pain

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

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                The Elovaters

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                                                                                                                                                  77 Jefferson

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

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                                                                                                                                                  Ras Neville & the Kingstonians

                                                                                                                                                  Ras Neville and the Kingstonians have deep roots in the Lawrence music scene. The band is essentially a revised version of Common Ground, the local reggae act that formed in 1981. A mix of roots reggae and dancehall party with a heavy emphasis on original material, Common Ground scored three Klammies awards for best worldbeat/reggae band in the 1990s before splitting up. Most of the lineup is back in this 10-piece expansion of the act.

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                                                                                                                                                  6/30

                                                                                                                                                  Katy Guillen and The Girls

                                                                                                                                                  Eric Tessmer

                                                                                                                                                  | 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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                                                                                                                                                    7/1

                                                                                                                                                    Tree Machines

                                                                                                                                                    18 & Over | 8 pm

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                                                                                                                                                      7/2

                                                                                                                                                      Dirty Heads

                                                                                                                                                      SOJA
                                                                                                                                                      The Green
                                                                                                                                                      RDGLDGRN

                                                                                                                                                      | All Ages | 6 pm

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                                                                                                                                                        SOJA

                                                                                                                                                        SOJA

                                                                                                                                                        Jacob Hemphill (lead vocals & guitar) met Bobby Lee (bass) in the first grade in Virginia, shortly after Jacob returned from living in Africa with his family. The two instantly became best friends, and in middle school found a common love for hip hop, rock and reggae music. Throughout middle and high school, they met Ryan Berty (drums), Patrick O'Shea (keyboards) and Kenneth Brownell (percussion). Together they formed SOJA. In the formative years the band gigged locally in the DC area while a couple of the guys finished school. All the while making plans to hit the road after graduation...

                                                                                                                                                        In 2005 the band hit the road... and they hit the road hard. Often dubbed "road warriors", SOJA has brought their unique sound and stage show to nearly every city in North America, as well as many cities throughout Europe, South America, the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean. While touring in Puerto Rico the band linked up with sax player Hellman Escorcia & trumpet player Rafael Rodriguez. These two exceptional musicians earned their position as SOJA's mainstay horn section by helping further develop the band's eclectic sound.

                                                                                                                                                        With no signs of slowing down. SOJA is planning a world tour for 2011/2012 in support of their upcoming album release. It's all about the message in the music for this band. "People think we write music about the earth for the earth's sake, but its not really like that. If we harm the earth, it will reject us. For all we know, its happened one hundred times before. This place gets too hot, that's it. Reset button. That's why I sing what I sing - to pull us all in the same direction, the same future. Without that, were finished (Jacob Hemphill)."

                                                                                                                                                        There is no doubt about it. This band is on the forefront of a Revolution with hopes to bring about positive change: environmentally, politically and socially. "Maybe we need to WANT to fix it. Maybe stop talking, maybe start listening. Maybe we need to look at this world less like a square and more like a circle. Maybe just maybe God's not unfair, maybe we're all his kids and he's up there. Maybe he loves us for all our races, maybe he hates us when we're all so racist. Maybe he sees us, when we dont care, that its heaven right here, but its hell over there. Then maybe the meek will inherit this earth, cause it was written before... so..." Everything Changes - SOJA.

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                                                                                                                                                        The Green

                                                                                                                                                        The Green’s latest album, Hawai‘i ’13, opens with a chant.

                                                                                                                                                        “From the times of ancient Hawai‘i and even up to present day, chanting has been a part of our culture,” says JP Kennedy, guitarist, vocalist, and one of the band’s five songwriters. “It’s a way to start something important. When we chant, we ask for blessings, knowledge, and guidance so that we can be ‘pono’ or righteous in whatever we do.”

                                                                                                                                                        The chant of “He Mele No Ku‘u Hawai‘i” prepares the album’s listener as much as the band. Hawai‘i ’13 dances through roots reggae, soul, and R&B. The album charts a journey through Hawaiian life and music in 2013, reflecting The Green’s musical upbringing as much as their vision for the future of Hawai‘i and its musical output. Following The Green’s usual modus operandi, the album was written by the group’s five separate songwriters (Kennedy, guitarist-vocalist Zion Thompson, vocalist Caleb Keolanui, keyboardist-vocalist Ikaika Antone, and bassist/multi-instrumentalist Brad Watanabe); the band’s four singers (Kennedy, Thompson, Keolanui and Antone) take turns on lead vocals, sometimes trading off with each other within a song. Once you listen to this record, there is little doubt that the chant served its purpose, as the results show the band has been righteous in their hard work.

                                                                                                                                                        The Green formed on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, in 2009. The group began as a vehicle for six different members of Hawai‘i’s tight-knit music scene to record a few songs and have a bit of fun along the way. Their self-titled debut album, released in 2010, earned both critical and commercial acclaim, and was awarded iTunes Best Reggae Album of the Year.

                                                                                                                                                        Afterwards, the band jumped on a plane to the mainland and started a heavy touring cycle. On the strength of their debut album, The Green struck a record deal with ground-breaking independent reggae label Easy Star Records to record their sophomore album, Ways & Means. Ways & Means hit #1 on the iTunes and Billboard Reggae charts and the band embarked on more intense touring; supporting acts like Rebelution, Iration, SOJA and Damian Marley. They also played at acclaimed festivals including Vans Warped Tour, Wakarusa, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and California Roots Festival.

                                                                                                                                                        Despite all the time spent away from home, Hawai‘i never left the band’s day-to-day life on the road. In almost every state, the band met Hawaiian ex-pats, driven away from their home state for reasons both economic and social. The Green’s concerts became a place where Hawaiian natives could gather and for one night, share a bit of Aloha spirit from the Pacific islands they call home.

                                                                                                                                                        “Hawaiians living on the mainland will come to our shows and say ‘I haven’t been home in years! You remind me so much of home,’” says multi-instrumentalist-songwriter Brad “BW” Watanabe. “I feel like that’s our service in some way.”

                                                                                                                                                        In early 2013, The Green retreated to Hurley Studios in Costa Mesa, CA, to record their third album with Danny Kalb (Ben Harper, Beck, Jack Johnson), the band’s first outside producer/engineer, at the helm. In addition, the group brought in Joe Tomino, drummer from Dub Trio (who also double as Matisyahu’s backing band), to handle the drums for the sessions.

                                                                                                                                                        “We were worried about it because we always recorded everything ourselves,” Kennedy admits. “But when we added Danny Kalb to the mix, and Joe on the drums, they just brought so much to the sound of the songs.”

                                                                                                                                                        The addition of an outside ear helped sharpen the band’s direction, and the 13 tracks on Hawai‘i ’13 sound focused and pointed, despite the group’s many different songwriters. “All of us contribute to the creation of a song,” says guitarist-vocalist Zion Thompson, “whether it’s lyrics or music, it’s always collaborative.”

                                                                                                                                                        “Everyone respects each other’s opinions,” Thompson continues. “Everyone has their place and everyone makes room for it to work.”

                                                                                                                                                        The album’s songs span soulful lover’s rock (“Striking Up A Love,” “Take Me On”), heavy roots workouts (“Good One,” “Forgive Me”), smooth R&B ballads (“Chocolates & Roses”), roots reggae-pop hybrids (“Power in the Words,” “Good Vibe Killah”), and herb anthems (“Hold Me Tight”).

                                                                                                                                                        The Green hit all the right notes with their first two albums, but the band members are still coming to grips with the personal toll of success. Bands from the mainland may be used to touring from state to state, but that’s no small step for a group from a small island in the South Pacific. “While I face a dozen spotlights, you’re crying at home,” goes “Something About It,” one of the lead singles from Hawai‘i ’13. “Sit by the phone. You think I’m alone, wishing I could be there. But the music’s got me traveling on.”

                                                                                                                                                        The Green struck the reggae community hard with their debut in 2010. Their sophomore LP Ways & Means solidified their status as a force in reggae music. With Hawai‘i ’13, the band aims higher. The album collects 13 stellar tracks by a group with an insatiable urge to push their music onto the global stage. Some songs punch and some songs sway, but ultimately they all blend to form a new shade of Green.

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                                                                                                                                                          Future Feilde

                                                                                                                                                          Le Youth
                                                                                                                                                          Quixotic
                                                                                                                                                          Heppa
                                                                                                                                                          Buk Maro
                                                                                                                                                          Caso McCombs

                                                                                                                                                          $11.50 + F&T | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                                                                                                              Quixotic

                                                                                                                                                              For the past five years. Kansas City based group Quixotic has created a full spectrum of music with sounds rich in electronic tones that soar and twist from emotive rich classical string progressions to driving tribal dance music.
                                                                                                                                                              Composer Anthony Magliano, along with an award winning band including violinist Shane Borth, keyboardist/vocalist Laura Scarborough, drummer Brandon Draper and Rick Willoughby on Bass, create music with instrumental foundations and diversity that is meant to inspire movement within the group’s other half; dancers, multi media designers, and aerialists.
                                                                                                                                                              Quixotic’s use of effects, synths and laptops harness technology in a unique way that’s never been seen, or heard before. The innovative musical technology is combined with the fierce and organic rhythm section to create a marriage between two musical worlds within the five-piece band.

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                                                                                                                                                                    7/21

                                                                                                                                                                    Rock The 80`s Tour

                                                                                                                                                                    The Romantics
                                                                                                                                                                    The Smithereens
                                                                                                                                                                    Bow Wow Wow

                                                                                                                                                                    $11.50 + F&T | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                                                                                                                            8/18

                                                                                                                                                                            Moonshine Bandits

                                                                                                                                                                            | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                                                                                                                              8/25

                                                                                                                                                                              Hairball

                                                                                                                                                                              $11.50 + F&T | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                                                                                                                                9/2

                                                                                                                                                                                Indigenous

                                                                                                                                                                                | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Sylvan Esso

                                                                                                                                                                                  Helando Negro

                                                                                                                                                                                  $11.50 + F&T | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Sylvan Esso

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                    It's A Family Affair!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    KJHK and Little Bear Graphics Present

                                                                                                                                                                                    US Air Guitar Championships

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Beer makes you smarter!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Eleven Productions Presents

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Early Show!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    The Bottleneck

                                                                                                                                                                                    Late Pride!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    DOORS AT 10:00 pm

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                                                                                                                                                                                    The Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                    #ASSJAMZ

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Saturday

                                                                                                                                                                                    DOORS AT 2:00 pm

                                                                                                                                                                                    SHOW AT 3:00 pm

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                                                                                                                                                                                    $35 + F&T
                                                                                                                                                                                    All Ages