8/25

MONTU

Junko Beat

18 & Over | 8 pm

MONTU

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

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

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Junko Beat

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    8/26

    Tahoma

    Reed Turchi & the Caterwauls

    18 & Over | 8 pm

    Tahoma

    Tahoma crosses over the thresholds of lucid, harmony-based folk, and classic, compelling Americana Rock. Emblematic of artists like Ryan Adams, My Morning Jacket, and Tom Petty,Tahoma boasts a flawless blend of indie-rock, Americana-soul, and classic rock n’ roll.The Austin, TX group’s newest single “Emerald Ring” perfectly emulates the band’s transformation from wine-sipping romantic folk to definitively, classic American rock music. The first single from the group’s upcoming record (set to be released in June 2016), “Emerald Ring” is an expression of lead singer, Brandon Aguilar, “coming to terms with what kind of songwriter I think I am”. Superbly written lyrics, detailing the painfully natural process of human growth, coupled with tasteful, melodically crafted guitar riffs places Tahoma into their own distinct realm of hybrid Americana Rock. Joining Aguilar is Sarah Oermann on backing vocals/percussion, Vinnie Fallico on lead guitar, Mark Mayfield on bass, and Clellan Hyatt on drums. Oermann’s soulfully chilling harmonies coupled with Fallico’s electrifying, gritty guitar licks makes for an eye-turning, energetic sound reminiscent of 70’s LA country rock legends Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, and The Eagles.While the group still maintains a fingerprint of their older, folk roots from their debut Honest Mark EP, Tahoma has re-crafted their sound with a live, full band in mind. When asked of the group’s progression, Aguilar noted “it’s always been easier for me to write a rock song... that’s more me at the very core.” With a full length album set for a August 2016 release, Tahoma is geared up, and ready to showcase their distinctly unique brand of Americana Rock to audiences everywhere. For booking inquiries or general questions contact:tahomafolk@gmail.com

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    Reed Turchi & the Caterwauls

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      8/27

      Be Like Jay

      Truth Cell
      Amenaza
      Melting Point of Bronze
      PLUS MORE (SEE BELOW)

      All Ages | 6 pm

      Be Like Jay

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      Truth Cell

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        Amenaza

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          Melting Point of Bronze

          Brutal/Heavy/Old School Metal

          Forged in the back of a North Lawrence welding shop.

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          Young Bull

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            Gnarly Davidson

            LFK's premier Beer-Rock band

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            One Jack Short

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              Way Back When

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                8/28

                Smackdown Trivia

                18 & Over | 6:30 pm

                Smackdown Trivia

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                8/29

                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.



                  8/30

                  DJ Killa Watt

                  18 & Over | 8 pm

                  DJ Killa Watt

                  Dj Killa Watt plays all the tunes that make you get up and shake it! Best from the 70's, 80's and beyond!



                    8/31

                    Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band

                    The Band that Saved the World

                    18 & Over | 8 pm

                    Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band

                    St. Louis' own Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band plays the soulful Rhythm and Blues - with a feeling! The name of this band pays tribute to the burning Rhythm and Blues music that has come from our beloved Metro-East. This band is deeply influenced by this music, along with classic Soul, and the music of New Orleans. They take all of these things, and do their very own, natural thing - consecrated with a tinge of musical "hip"-ness.

                    The East Side Rhythm Band is built on the rock-solid, foundation rhythm section of Neil Ghanti and Caleb Klinger. Rolling deep with a battery of Horn players - set this band up, and let them blow! Over the top of the whole thing, Al Holliday testifies, and there is not one jive bone in that man's body.

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                    The Band that Saved the World

                    Sporting dueling vocalists and a multitalented lineup of musicians, The Band That Saved the World is one of the few groups to feature such a vast array of stylistic influences as to be impossible to pigeonhole. Opening for headliners as disparate as Lauryn Hill and The Moody Blues, this lively original act was selected to close the 1999 French International Music Festival in Belfort, France. "Love-n-music" won the 2002 Recording Academy Midwest Professional Education Series Demo Review Contest and was the champion in the makeastar.com Contest.

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                    9/1

                    Midnight Marauders

                    18 & Over | 8 pm

                    Midnight Marauders

                    DJ G Train- Johnny Quest- Dj Proof

                    Say no more...



                      9/2

                      Labretta Suede and the Motel 6

                      40 Watt Dreams

                      18 & Over | 8 pm

                      Labretta Suede and the Motel 6

                      Labretta Suede and The Motel 6 are a bunch of crazed Rock 'N' Rollers with a reckless set and a show of music and outfits you could just LICK!.. With a 50's Rock 'n' Roll influence, a twang and some dirge.

                      Formed in 2005 in Auckland, New Zealand with influences wide throughout the decades before them of damn good music.
                      This band brings back the true essence of roots based rock n roll, punk and rockabilly blues.

                      Fronted by bad girl tease Labretta Suede, with her sexy gritty performances, full frontal outfits and irresistible, irreverent, deep rich vocals that simply
                      undress and unleash you. while, right-hand flesh eating Johnny Moondog makes you completely unhinged with his wild tone, crazed reverb and mind bending psychedelic distortion and sneer. These two unruly and insatiable founding members are the essence behind this world traveled jungle of juju strange.

                      Complimented by their original New Zealand counterparts, Chris 'Bumbo' Kemp (drums) and JayL Vodanovich (bass) who kept their heads cool to lay down the slosh, so as not to drown.

                      This melding of nostalgic, yet originally infused swagger was at the fore front of badass rock n roll car culture, b -grade art, cinema and burlesque in their faraway shores of Aotearoa (New Zealand). However, feeling the fever to spread the disease long and far from the way down under pools of volcanic laha, hey relocated to the other side of the planet. That's right, to New York City, a place where only the sick and depraved can truly survive.

                      Surviving on bare bones alone on their continuing journey of rock n roll debris, struggling in a big city filled with millions seeking to find just the
                      right kinda strange to fit their new line-up. Cue, Max Speed $1000 on bass. A man of 50's super hero physic and proportions yet with dainty ankles for high-heel wearing and stocking steeling. However, all this mind altering swooning, would not be complete without the pounds of dirt and intangible rhythms coming from the drummer region. Take a bow, Seanzie Dirtbags.

                      So, the new line-up of fiends was born. A now hotter then ever *Labretta Suede and The Motel 6* have been crowd maddening, swooning and sweeping from state to state. This lingerie wearin', bone pickin', leather clad, jungle groovin' USA line-up of Labretta Suede & The Motel 6 has made the band a rock 'n' roll blitzkrieg of fierce outcasts!

                      This infestation simply keeps evolving to tease, titillate and leave you, well, wet with all kinds of things. They will tear you to pieces.

                      Check it out, it's way out!..
                      * Album 'Not Food Hungry' available now (which has gained rave reviews worldwide).

                      * Ep Loon-a-tiki also available.

                      * New Album *Dirty & Dumb* on it's way - keep your eyeballs peeled...

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                      40 Watt Dreams

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

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

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                      9/3

                      Anthony Russo

                      Matty Wood$

                      18 & Over | 8 pm

                      Anthony Russo

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                      Matty Wood$

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                        9/4

                        Smackdown Trivia

                        18 & Over | 6:30 pm

                        Smackdown Trivia

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                        9/5

                        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.



                          9/6

                          I Heard Schmilco

                          All Ages | 7 pm

                          I Heard Schmilco

                          On Tuesday, Sept. 6 hear the new album Schmilco for the first time ever at your favorite club in Lawrence (three days before its wide release Sept. 9).
                          You can take home your own copy of Schmilco vinyl on the same day, too. It's available everywhere first on that Vinyl Tuesday, Sept. 6.
                          There will be exclusives to win, too: white label Schmilco vinyl, slipmats featuring Joan Cornellà artwork + some shocking surprises.

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                          9/6

                          The Jauntee

                          The Good Ole Fashion

                          18 & Over | 9:30 pm

                          The Jauntee

                          Averaging over one hundred shows a year — The Jauntee has quickly made a name for themselves in the New England music scene. Hailing from Boston, they’ve solidified a dedicated following in the Northeast, playing most staple venues in the area (ie. Paradise Rock Club, Nectar’s, The Spot Underground, Stone Church). Several New England festival appearances (ie. Catskill Chill, StrangeCreek, Disc Jam) and extensive touring down the East Coast and across the Midwest have given them Nationwide recognition, with sold out shows as far west as Denver, CO (Quixote’s). A focus on live improvisation, set list variety, and musical exploration makes every show different from the last, truly making The Jauntee a live act to see again and again.

                          Drawing influence from a wide variety of bands, The Jauntee’s improvisational landscape spans multiple genres, including: Funk/Rock/Jazz/Progressive/Bluegrass/Psychedelic and Ambient music. Their willingness to explore genres, abandon all song structure, and dive into ‘the weird’ sets them apart from your average upcoming Jam Band. They aim to push the boundaries of improvisation, embrace the moment and engage the audience. With an ever-expanding song catalog and an inclination for open ended improvisation, every show promises to be a unique experience.

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                          The Good Ole Fashion

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                            9/8

                            Midnight Marauders

                            18 & Over | 8 pm

                            Midnight Marauders

                            DJ G Train- Johnny Quest- Dj Proof

                            Say no more...



                              9/9

                              Donner Party of Three

                              Signal Ridge

                              All Ages | 6 pm

                              Donner Party of Three

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                                Signal Ridge

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                                  9/10

                                  Heart Byrne

                                  18 & Over | 8 pm

                                  Heart Byrne

                                  This band performs the music of Talking Heads. This band performs a live concert in the style of 'Stop Making Sense' while adding song selections from each phase of Talking Heads history. This band consists of musicians that live in Austin, Texas. This band consists of great friends that share a great reverence for the work of Talking Heads and David Byrne in particular.

                                  Daniel Borrelli (k), Dustin Bozarth (k,v), Evan Bozarth (b,v), Emilie Clepper (v), Andy Harn (d,g,v), Chris Holland (b), Sham Jones (b,v), Meg Kemp (ts,v), Amy Lewis (v), Dan McGreevy (d,v), Charlie Narayan (g,v), Jon Olson (g), Josh Pearson (g), and Shadd Scott (d,v)

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                                  9/11

                                  Smackdown Trivia

                                  18 & Over | 6:30 pm

                                  Smackdown Trivia

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                                  9/12

                                  Gabe Dixon

                                  David Ryan Harris

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

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                                  Gabe Dixon

                                  GABE DIXON released his sophomore solo album, Turns To Gold, on April 8th, marking his first official collection as an independent artist, put out on his own Rolling Ball Records. Turns To Gold is currently featured in Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, American Songwriter, Elmore Magazine, All Music, Relix Magazine, Indie Shuffle, and more. Paste Magazine calls it “heart-wrenchingly honest,” and No Depression says it’s “simply an exceptional album” with “all the makings of a big breakthrough.” Gabe's songs have been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, CW and more, and his song “Find My Way” served as the song for the opening credits for the box office hit The Proposal starring Sandra Bullock. He's appeared twice on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, as well as The Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Last Call with Carson Daly.

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                                  David Ryan Harris

                                  DAVID RYAN HARRIS is internationally recognized for playing guitar and singing in John Mayer’s band (2004-2012), released his fourth full-length album, Lightyears, in the fall of 2015. The soulful 11-track album includes co-writes with Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi and Tyler Lyle, as well as guest appearances by John Mayer, Indie.Arie and Nikka Costa. Elmore Magazine calls Lightyears a look at “Harris doing what he does best… performing alone with his guitar, singing beautiful and all-too-real lyrics.” David Ryan Harris began his music career in 1991 when he co-founded band Follow For Now, but in 1997 embarked on his journey as a solo artist when he signed with Columbia Records and released his first self-titled record. He has since had the pleasure of writing with, playing with and/or producing artists from Dave Matthews, Cassandra Wilson, Santana, Marc Broussard, and Guy Sebastian. Harris will release his next album in September of 2016.

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                                  9/14

                                  The Americans

                                  Nicholas St. James

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

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                                  The Americans

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                                  Nicholas St. James

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                                    9/15

                                    The Hood Internet

                                    Show You Suck
                                    KD Kuro

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

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                                      Show You Suck

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                                        KD Kuro

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                                          9/16

                                          Andy Frasco & The UN

                                          Sunu

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

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                                          Andy Frasco & The UN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                          good ole fashion freak out.

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

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

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

                                          Key Club in Hollywood, CA.

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

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

                                          blowing minds and building a loyal following everywhere he goes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                          Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Sugarcult).

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                                          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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                                          9/17

                                          The Anniversary

                                          Heidi Lynne Gluck
                                          Psychic Heat
                                          Lily Pryor

                                          $20 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                          The Anniversary


                                          Jim David, Adrianne Verhoeven, Josh Berwanger, Justin Roelofs, Janko

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                                          Heidi Lynne Gluck

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                                            Psychic Heat

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

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                                            Lily Pryor

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                                              9/18

                                              Smackdown Trivia

                                              18 & Over | 6:30 pm

                                              Smackdown Trivia

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                                              9/19

                                              Blitzen Trapper

                                              Kacy & Clayton

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

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                                              Blitzen Trapper

                                              Over the course of 15 years and seven full-length albums, Blitzen Trapper has crafted one of the more compelling and varied catalogs in contemporary rock and roll. Indeed, singer and guitarist Eric Earley, who is also the Portland, Oregon-based band's primary songwriter, is possessed of a musical and lyrical sensibility that is remarkably deep and wide; big ideas and universal emotions are wrung from the seemingly plainspoken details of small-screen and often highly personal stories, and set to music that reaches way, way back to old-timey folk and bluegrass, travels through everything from country, psychedelia and soul to prog, garage and metal, indulges gloriously in the classic rock of the 70s and 80s, and makes occasional side trips into hip-hop, skewed pop and noisey freakouts.
                                              Even while continuing to explore broad stylistic territory, Blitzen Trapper's eighth studio album, a 10-song collection titled All Across This Land, stands as an exceptionally focused and immediate effort. Though it follows 2013's somewhat experimental VII, a futuristic hip-hop/country-rock hybrid, All Across This Land, in contrast, is a top-down, tightly defined piece of classic rock and roll, full of big riffs, bigger hooks and compelling, instantly relatable lyrics. In sound and scope it recalls two of the band's more beloved albums, 2008's breakthrough fourth effort, Furr, and 2011's landmark American Goldwing. "I think it's a return to the sort of more 'classic' Blitzen Trapper thing, for sure," Earley says.
                                              It also follows something of a pattern. "It seems to be that every other album goes this way," Earley continues. "After Furr we did [2010's] Destroyer of the Void, where we were exploring all these different things. Then came American Goldwing. After that, VII. Now we're back to that rock thing again."
                                              Something else All Across This Land shares with Furr and American Goldwing: the fact that these new songs came quick, and in a very concentrated period of time. "Those two albums, I wrote all the songs at once and they all hang together. But the records that came in between, they were written over the course of a year-and-a-half or so," Earley says. For All Across This Land, he continues, "I had all the songs written and demoed in a three or four month span. And I think they work together because everything came in such a short period."
                                              And yet, for a record characterized by its focus, there is still plenty of musical and lyrical ground covered within its ten songs. Gentle, almost folksy moments–the lilting, pedal steel-inflected "Love Grow Cold"; the fingerpicked closer "Across the River"; the acoustic-guitar-and-harmonica-led "Lonesome Angel"–abound, even if, for the most part, All Across This Land is defined by its more upbeat rock-and-roll numbers. To that end, Earley says it's the record that perhaps best represents what Blitzen Trapper is as a live act. "It's funny, because I think with this band, there's two different ways people see us," he says. "People who just hear the music somewhere, they tend to think of us as this, like, indie-folk act. But people who come to the shows know that we're actually a hard rock band. And who knows? Maybe all that some people really want from us is folk music. But what we like to do is play rock music."
                                              On All Across This Land, they certainly do. The album kicks off with "All Across This Land," a slice of sun-drenched rock propelled by a stabbing and syncopated guitar riff and full-voiced chords, accented by some euphoric "hoo hoo" backing vocals. When Earley's vocal enters, it's with a greeting of sorts: "Welcome to earth my son you're here just in time / So much to learn so many ways you can shine." The song is, at its core, a celebration of life, in particular of one that is just beginning. "One of the members of our band, Mike [Van Pelt] had just had his second boy, and I was thinking a lot about that," Earley says. From there, he also began to look back on his relationship with his own father, a bluegrass and folk musician. "I was remembering how my father taught me to play music, There's just so much potential in that relationship you have with a new life."
                                              From here, the record moves into "Rock and Roll Was Made for You," another celebration of sorts, this one for music itself. Over a driving, percussive guitar riff, Earley testifies about its sometimes otherworldly powers: "Rock and roll gonna make you shout / It's for shooting down planes after blacking out."
                                              Music also serves as the inspiration behind the record's third track, the pulsing and atmospheric "Mystery and Wonder." "In a lot of ways this one is me reminiscing about the songs I've written in the past and my reasons for writing them," Earley says. "And it also looks at how we got into playing music as a band. Because we all came from much smaller places and then we moved to the city, which was Portland. Now, Portland isn't really that big a place, but to us it was. And that's where it all started." Another cut, "Nights Were Made For Love" finds Earley examining his life and band from a more nostalgic perspective. Over a quick-paced but laidback country-rock rhythm, he sings about being "stupid, strange and young at heart / and all we wanted was to rock and roll." "It's looking back at our high school days–going to football games, playing music," he says. "In certain ways, it's sort of the story of the journey of our band."
                                              Earley's childhood comes into play in a much different way on the dark and driving "Cadillac Road." "That song is about a small mill town in the mountains outside of where we all grew up," the singer explains. "Around '83 or '84, they shut down the mill and everyone was told to pack up and leave. And everyone did–but one guy stayed. People said he lived in the woods, and that if you listened you could hear him at night. It was this odd story that stuck with me, and I felt like I should tell that story." But in telling the tale of one man, Earley manages to touch on much larger themes of loss, regret and perseverance in the face of a shifting American landscape. "Gotta change with the times," he sings at one point, "but I dont have the heart."
                                              The album ends with another big statement, "Across the River," a rumination on life and death that Earley sees as something of a bookend to opener "All Across This Land." "I feel like they tie in together, because the first song is about new life, and the last one is almost a near-death experience," he says. "I'm crossing a river to another place that's something like the afterlife–it's heaven, but it's not. And then my father shows up and he says, 'You're not supposed to be here yet. You've got more stuff to do.' "
                                              Earley's father comes up often in the context of his lyrics, which is understandable–the elder Earley has cast a long shadow over his son's musical life. "My dad and my grandfather both played instruments–guitars, banjos...my grandfather was a harmonica virtuoso," Earley says. "So there was a lot of music around me as a child. And it was old-timey stuff. Like mountain music–the kinds of songs where no one knows who wrote them, basically."
                                              Earley's childhood was so rooted in this music that he didn't get turned on to rock and roll until much later, when he was already in high school. "So to me," he says, "the 80s is kind of my foundation for rock. A lot of my influence is from the Replacements, R.E.M., that kind of stuff. Even Pavement in the early 90s." As a result, on All Across This Land, "when I'm thinking of rock and roll, I'm thinking of Paul Westerberg, to be honest," Earley admits with a laugh. In addition to Westerberg, he also cites Joe Walsh as one of his main rock influences: "He's always been one of my favorite guitar players, and you can hear it on the album. The riffs and chords on 'All Across This Land,' that's straight from Joe Walsh."
                                              That love of a particular type of rock and roll helped guide Blitzen Trapper's approach on All Across This Land. "We recorded it specifically to be a two guitar, bass, drums and piano record," Earley says. "Every song is a band song, and arranged just how we'd play it onstage. Because at this point, we've made tons of records and we've played tons of shows. And the people who come out to see us, they understand what we're doing and they don't care about genres or anything like that. They're more interested in our actual specific unique personality as a band."
                                              As for what that specific personality is? "I think there's two kinds of songs I love to write," Earley says. "I love songs that rock hard and that just make you feel good, and then I love songs that are sad and introspective and touch you in a very deep place."
                                              Which, in essence, is exactly what Blitzen Trapper puts forth on All Across This Land. "I was trying to distill everything down to those two things," Earley explains. And if, in doing so, the band happens to pick up a host of different sounds and styles along the way, so be it. "We're never going to be a band that plays the same song over and over again," he says. "We like to explore. And sometimes that's not so easy for people to deal with. But we're going to just keep on doing what we do."

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                                                9/20

                                                Agent Orange

                                                Counterpunch
                                                Stiff Middle Fingers

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

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                                                    Stiff Middle Fingers

                                                    SMF came together in 2010 when Travis Arey (Panda Circus, The Akanes), Cameron Hawk (The Dead Girls, Hidden Pictures), Barry Swenson and JP Redmon (Many Moods of Dad, Podstar) thought it would be fun to put together a short, blistering set of some of their favorite classic punk tunes. Since then, the list of songs has grown exponentially, and the SMF stage show has become nothing short of incendiary. While the band has been known to perform entire sets by certain bands (like the Descendents), they have recently started writing their own songs and plan on showcasing both originals and covers on a regular basis.

                                                    Stiff Middle Fingers (SMF) is primarily a classic punk cover band. We play songs by Black Flag, Descendents, Minutemen, The Jesus Lizard, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, Dead Kennedys, Wipers, Misfits, The Damned, Devo, Husker Du, Bad Brains, Mudhoney, The Vapors and many more...including Stiff Little Fingers, of course. We also write our own tunes from time to time, which carry the militant, SST-style DIY aesthetic of the songs we cover.

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                                                    9/22

                                                    Corey Smith

                                                    Luke Combs

                                                    $21 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                    The way Corey Smith sees it, he owes a debt to his fans. And it’s one he is determined to repay with his 10th album, While the Gettin’ Is Good. The project, released on Sugar Hill Records, marks the first time that the singer-songwriter, a wildly popular touring artist who has produced all of his past efforts, has turned over the reins to a bona fide country music producer in Keith Stegall. The result is Smith’s most ambitious record yet, as well as a return on the investment made by the fans who have supported him since his first album in 2003.

                                                    “A lot of start-up acts are using fan-funded programs to finance their record. That’s what my whole career has been: Kickstarter before Kickstarter. When my fans show up and buy a ticket and a t-shirt, they’re investing in what I’m doing,” says Corey. “It’s my responsibility to invest it wisely and give them the best album I can. That’s what led me to While the Gettin’ Is Good.”

                                                    It’s also what led him to Stegall, who has produced such radio heavyweights as Alan Jackson and Zac Brown Band. It was the producer’s track record, country-music experience and easy-going nature that convinced Corey that he was the man to refine his signature acoustic sound. “Keith knows how to make country records,” he says, “but I wanted to make my kind of country record and he understood that immediately. He simply wanted to get us comfortable in a studio environment so we could do what we do onstage every night. For me, it was very liberating to be able to focus solely on performing and not be burdened by a lot of the decision-making and drilling down that goes into producing. It was the first time I was able to go into the studio and focus on what I do best. Keith was there to handle the rest.”

                                                    A collection of 12 songs, While the Gettin’ Is Good was written entirely by Corey. As such, it’s a deeply personal album, one that explores themes of love, hometown pride and even personal discovery. A close relative inspired one of the record’s highlights, “Bend,” about learning how to adapt to what life throws at you.

                                                    “I wrote ‘Bend’ about a family member who was struggling with issues and I realized through writing this song that I was also talking about myself at the same time,” says Corey, who scored a Top 20 album with The Broken Record in 2011. “So that song really hits home.”

                                                    Still, the album stands as the Jefferson, Georgia, native’s most upbeat. Especially on the nostalgic “Pride,” a bouncing look back at Corey’s high school days, from pep rallies to game day. His children attend the same school he did and together they often attend high-school football games, where the one-time social studies teacher sees friendly faces from his past.

                                                    “I remember sitting up in the stands going, ‘Man, this is so cool.’ I’m so glad we decided to stay here and let my kids be a part of this tradition,” he says. “‘Pride’ summarizes who I am and even how my career has developed.”

                                                    Likewise, album opener “Don’t Mind” coasts along with a New Orleans vibe, full of fiddle and clarinet. A fun, happy song, it sets the tone for the record and pays tribute to the things we all gladly bear when we’re in love. It also epitomizes Corey’s current worldview.

                                                    “I have a 2006 truck that runs great, so I don’t need a new truck. I don’t have much time to get on a big lake, so I don’t need a bass boat. I could have bought some really cool stuff with the money that I spent on this record, but I didn’t, because I’m happy,” he says. “It’s a privilege to be able to do something like this, finance it myself and not have anyone telling me how my music needs to sound.”

                                                    Nonetheless, Corey has hit on the perfect song for today’s country radio: the approachable ballad “Taking the Edge Off.” It’s a road-weary travelogue, like Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page” or Zac Brown Band’s “Colder Weather,” about the loneliness of touring and how people who travel combat such feelings.

                                                    “It captures a certain mood that we go through, especially in the winter. It’s really a grind, it gets cold and lonely, and you’re taking the edge off with a drink,” he admits. “I remember being in Omaha and it was cold as hell. I worked on that tune throughout the day and night there and every time I hear it, I am transported back to that time.”

                                                    Now, however, Corey is focused squarely on the future. As the new album title suggests, he’s ready to make a determined grab at country’s brass ring while the gettin’ is good. And with Keith Stegall and Sugar Hill Records behind him, the gettin’ has never been better. As the perseverant Corey is fond of saying, “There is more than one way to skin a cat in country music.”

                                                    “I always dreamed of being able to make a record like this. I wanted to explore all the possibilities of a song and work with a producer who was among the best and who could teach me,” he says. “What makes me different is that I write all these songs, and I write them from the heart. I’ve lived them.”

                                                    Which is exactly why his fans are willing to go along for the ride and invest so much in an artist who speaks to their way of life. To Corey, While the Gettin’ Is Good is his way of opening up his heart, along with his wallet, and paying them back.

                                                    “I’m going to take the goodwill they’ve given me and continually invest it into making better and better records that reflect who I am and my vision,” he says. “They’ve entrusted me with a lot, so I’m trying to be the best steward I can be.”

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                                                      9/23

                                                      G Love & Special Sauce

                                                      $25 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                      G Love & Special Sauce

                                                      “When you get the spark, you got to ride that energy,” says G. Love, and that spark
                                                      certainly ignites on his 10th studio full-length Love Saves The Day. He calls the new
                                                      release “the fullest realization of the hip-hop blues” that he first pioneered with Special
                                                      Sauce in the early ‘90s. The album, due out October 30 on Brushfire Records, not only
                                                      features G. Love’s long-term Special Sauce rhythm section – upright bassist James “Jimi
                                                      Jazz” Prescott, and drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens – but also prominent
                                                      guest performers including Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo, Lucinda Williams,
                                                      Citizen Cope, Ozomatli, DJ Logic, Money Mark, Zach Gill and Adam Topol.
                                                      To create their down and dirty “trashcan blues” sound, G. Love and Special Sauce
                                                      returned to Brushfire Records’ Solar Powered Plastic Plant in Los Angeles. The band was
                                                      excited to reteam with Sugar engineer and producer Robert Carranza (Jack Johnson,
                                                      Beastie Boys, Mars Volta). They recorded live with few edits to capture the immediacy
                                                      of the music: G. Love making his guitar snarl and his harmonica moan, bassist Prescott
                                                      bringing nimble funk to the bottom end and Clemens’ drum work crackling with power.
                                                      “The music,” G. Love enthuses, “jumped off the tape.”
                                                      The new album completes the trilogy for G. Love that started with 2011’s Fixin To Die.
                                                      That disc stripped his music down to its roots and saw him record with The Avett
                                                      Brothers, while Sugar, in G. Love’s words, “reconnected the blues with the electric side”
                                                      and reunited the original trio to create the band’s signature style of blending John Lee
                                                      Hooker blues with “Golden Era” hip-hop beats. On Love Saves The Day the group dives
                                                      even deeper, making the grooves heavier, the music rawer and the performances more
                                                      authentic.
                                                      G. Love also feels Love Saves The Day is his most rock ‘n’ roll record yet. Just listen to
                                                      the title track that opens the album and you’ll hear why. This blast of furious blues,
                                                      powered by David Hidalgo’s wicked guitar work, stands toe-to-toe with the classic work
                                                      of Cream and the other blues-inspired bands of the ‘60s and early ‘70s. Hidalgo, a
                                                      returnee from the Sugar sessions, plays on two other songs, “Dis Song” and “That Girl.”
                                                      Besides being the first tracks recorded, G. Love sees these three tunes as forming the core
                                                      of the album. They also lead off the release and set the record’s rugged, raucous tone.
                                                      This wonderfully unruly spirit flows through the revved-up rendition of the old Leadbelly
                                                      tune “New York City,” where G. Love does a delightfully ragged duet with celebrated
                                                      singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams. On the mesmerizing “Muse,” which arose from an
                                                      all-night writing session he had with his old pal Citizen Cope, G. Love’s sinewy slide
                                                      guitar drives the tune’s southern rock/hip-hop hybrid groove. “Baby Why You Do Me
                                                      Like That” kicks off with scratching from another old friend, D.J. Logic, and features the
                                                      album’s heaviest hip-hop beats. Adding to the groove on “Muse” and “Baby…” is the
                                                      energetic horn work supplied by L.A. band Ozomatli; however, their contributions really
                                                      shine on “Let’s Have A Good Time,” a super funky jam that could have easily been a lost
                                                      James Brown gem.
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                                                      Although “Let’s Have A Good Time,” along with the catchy, power-of-love ode “Peanut
                                                      Butter Lips,” rank as the lighter tunes on the album, the overall lyrical mood, as G. Love
                                                      easily admits, tends to favor the darker side. Even the seemingly optimistic title track
                                                      turns heavy towards the end. Standout cut “Back To Boston,” which examines a troubled
                                                      relationship, was written on a drive from New York City to Boston. Longtime fans will
                                                      recognize the tune from the acoustic EP Bloodshot & Blue, but G. Love wanted to give it
                                                      the full-band treatment, with the new version showcasing frequent collaborator Mark
                                                      Boyce’s jazzy organ work. The rough-hewn performances on tracks like “That Girl,”
                                                      “Pick Up The Phone” and “R U Kidding Me…!” further reflect the lyrics’ raw emotions,
                                                      with the sharp-tongued “Dis Song” representing the peak of, as G. Love calls it, “pissedoff-
                                                      ness.”
                                                      Whether angrily railing about a girl with a “shotgun tongue” in “Dis Song,” joyfully
                                                      leading a party celebration in “Let’s Have A Good Time,” or solemnly addressing love
                                                      woes on the solo acoustic tune “Lil’ Run Around,” G. Love’s vocals vividly express his
                                                      torn-from-the-heart emotions. He has been putting more emphasis on his singing in the
                                                      past few years, and feels his vocals on the new album are his strongest ever. G. Love
                                                      admits that singing with Citizen Cope and Lucinda Williams on this album, and the great
                                                      session singer Merry Clayton on Sugar, made him raise his game.
                                                      He certainly has come a long way in the 20 years since drummer Clemens discovered
                                                      him performing in a Boston pub. The two started playing together and, after Clemens
                                                      brought in upright bassist Prescott, G. Love & Special Sauce was born. Their self-titled
                                                      debut, featuring the hit “Cold Beverage,” wound up going gold. The band became known
                                                      for their live shows and performed around the world. G. Love has played with and
                                                      without Special Sauce over the years, but now the trio is back together and it feels right.
                                                      G. Love believes the current manifestation of the band is stronger than ever and is riding
                                                      a creative high, adding “and we didn’t want to kill each other.”
                                                      Love Saves The Day marks G. Love’s sixth with Brushfire Records and he’s thrilled with
                                                      their relationship. He lauds label chief Emmett Malloy as someone driven by creativity
                                                      first and whose aesthetic tastes he trusts. G. Love views today’s music world as the Wild
                                                      West, with “all the lines washed away;” however, his genre-blurring music now is more
                                                      relevant than when he started. “It’s a good time to be doing what we are doing,” he
                                                      asserts, noting Gary Clark Jr., Jack White, Robert Randolph and Galactic as some fellow
                                                      keepers of the blues flame who “maintain the roots but push music forward.”
                                                      G. Love proudly describes himself as a road dog who “will be touring until I fall off the
                                                      earth” and plans to keep on pushing with Special Sauce from stage to stage. Whether
                                                      Love Saves The Day makes one dollar or a million isn’t a big concern to him. It stands as
                                                      a huge success because he made the gritty, honest album that he intended by “keeping it
                                                      raw, keeping it immediate, keeping it real.” It’s an approach that he has honed over the
                                                      years: “be original and be true to what you do.”

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                                                      9/24

                                                      Steve Poltz

                                                      Truckstop Honeymoon
                                                      Sky Smeed

                                                      $11 + F&T | 18 & Over | 8 pm

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                                                      Steve Poltz

                                                      Steve Poltz is obsessed with the challenge of knowing and understanding the thoughts of each and every person in his audience. He is a lover of life; fascinated by all things large and small. As a road-tested troubadour armed with whimsy, curiosity and a healthy respect for the absurdities of existence, he is unafraid of saying yes, unafraid of letting his relentless, giddy energy fill a room and he is unafraid of letting his streams-of-consciousness take him where he needs to go.

                                                      His songs are guileless snapshots filtered through the windshield of his brain. He opens his mouth and lets it fall out - a SONG - and it's as shameless and intriguing and profound and wondrous as he is. A mix of high octane performance, singular wit and endlessly entertaining storytelling, Steve is legendary for his improvisational songwriting and timeless, original classics. Oh, and he's a pretty good guitarist too.

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                                                      Truckstop Honeymoon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                                                        9/27

                                                        Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormans

                                                        Tyler Gregory

                                                        $11 + F&T | 18 & Over | 8 pm

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                                                        Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormans

                                                        Jerry Joseph has worn a lot of hats over more than three decades in the music trenches – righteous rocker, hyper-observant cultural observer, spiritual & political firebrand, force of nature live performer – but the bedrock of what he does has always been songwriting of the highest caliber. Joseph is a kindred tunesmith to sharp, craftsmanship minded pros like Elvis Costello, Warren Zevon and Nick Lowe, where the resoundingly sturdy bones inside their compositions shape things no matter what’s draped over them. It’s a dedication to fundamentals and classic singer-songwriter standards that’s increasingly rare and welcome in a music environment that emphasizes texture and mood over substance. While Joseph has made acoustic albums in the past his new self-titled record (available 10/31/13 on Cosmo Sex School) is his most exposed studio effort to date, the man, his guitar and songs standing in the spotlight with an open invitation for listeners to sit at his heel as he explores some of the strongest, finest reaches of his rich catalog.

                                                        “It was hard to do,” says Joseph. “It’s like that dream where you’re naked at school except I’m naked in a circle with my favorite songwriters. Nick Cave, Aimee Mann and Robert Wyatt are there and say, ‘You play one, Jerry.’ What the fuck do I play? Well, I play ‘War at the End of the World,’ ‘Cochise’ or ‘Spy’ and hope they don’t laugh me off the stage. In the end, the point of this album is to get in that circle and show what I’ve got.”

                                                        With clear, pleasantly immediate production from longtime collaborator Gregg Williams (Blitzen Trapper, Dandy Warhols), Jerry Joseph draws out hidden gems from his writing for Stockholm Syndrome, The Denmark Veseys and earlier overlooked solo releases to explore the soul floating inside his work. It’s an intimate, passionately delivered, patiently rendered portrait of a serious songsmith laid bare akin to Chris Whitley’s Weeds, Joni Mitchell’s Blue, Michael Hedges’ Watching My Life Go By, Tim Bluhm’s California Way, and Patty Griffin’s Living With Ghosts. It’s an album that sighs and laughs in real time, the emotional core lifted to the surface, the truths inside the songs as shiningly visible as their creator in this special setting.

                                                        “We recorded about 30 songs chosen carefully from the whole catalogue though consciously less from more recent records,” says Joseph. “What ended up on this album represent, to me, pretty good songwriting presented in a super intimate, completely unaffected way. We tried for perfect takes early on and figured out quickly that we just needed to let the tape roll and let each performance be as honest as possible.”

                                                        “They’re not my children, but I feel like I owe it to the songs to explore possibilities and reflect on them in a different light,” says Joseph. “With this record we wanted to leave every verse in, let the songs breathe a bit like early Dylan albums – clean, recorded with really good mics, versions that mean something.”

                                                        Joseph first came to prominence in the mid-1980s with still-beloved cult band Little Women, a reggae-rock proto-jam band that dominated the Rocky Mountain club scene for nearly a decade, and notably helped break jam giants Widespread Panic, who looked up to Joseph and opened for his band before rising to prominence. To this day, many of Panic’s favorite concert staples were written by Jerry Joseph, including such blazing epics as “North,” “Chainsaw City” and “Climb to Safety.” Today, Joseph neatly describes Little Women as “a mash-up of Burning Spear and the Grateful Dead dressed up like the New York Dolls.”

                                                        – Dennis Cook, 2013

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                                                        Tyler Gregory

                                                        Hailing from the rolling hills of Kansas, Tyler Gregory can regularly be found busking on city streets with his deep voice and steam-powered melodies bouncing off the street-side architecture. His sturdy songcraft takes cues from WWII-era blues bellowers like Leadbelly and Son House.

                                                        Gregory's mix of blues and roots music howls with a sense of passion and freedom. Singing songs portraying stories of travel, land, and the meaning of simplicity, Gregory goes full force on his guitar/stomp-box live performance arrangements.

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                                                        9/29

                                                        Midnight Marauders

                                                        18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                        Midnight Marauders

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                                                          9/30

                                                          Blackalicious

                                                          LUSHLIFE

                                                          $21 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                          Blackalicious

                                                          "We're older, we're wiser, we're more mature," MC Gift of Gab (nee Timothy Parker) says of Imani, Vol. 1, Blackalicious' first new album in a decade. "It's better now, because we've grown as people and artists."
                                                          "Each one of these records is a chapter in our lives, and we put our complete heart and soul into it," agrees Gab's longtime musical partner, CJ/producer Chief Xcel (aka Xavier Mosley). "We live these records."
                                                          Imani, Vol. 1 lives up to the beloved California-bred duo's hard-won reputation as one of hip-hop's most progressive, forward-thinking creative forces. Acclaimed for the sublime combination of Gab's verbal dexterity and lyrical eloquence, and X's bracing beats and distinctive soundscapes, Blackalicious has earned widespread respect, both inside and outside of the hip-hop community, for the wildly inventive, personally charged innovations of its first three albums, 1999's Nia, 2002's Blazing Arrow and 2005's The Craft.
                                                          Three years in the making, Imani, Vol. 1—the first of a projected trilogy to be released over the course of two years—is perhaps Blackalicious' most ambitious and accomplished effort to date, maintaining the spirituality, introspection and positivity that are the twosome's trademarks, while making it clear that their musical vision and creative drive remain as strong as ever.
                                                          Although Imani, Vol. 1 is driven by Gift of Gab's uplifting verbal sophistication and Chief Xcel's expansive sonic sensibility, which are as distinctive as ever on such riveting tracks as "On Fire Tonight," "Escape," The Sun," "We Did It Again" and the epic "Alpha and Omega."
                                                          The pair is joined by such guest performers as Afro-pop diva Zap Mama, who's featured on the title track; Amde Hamilton of legendary '60s rap progenitors the Watts Prophets on the album-opener "Faith," eclectic singer-songwriter Imani Coppola on "The Sun," underground hip-hop duo LifeSavas on "That Night," neo-blues auteur Fantastic Negrito on "Love's Gonna Save the Day," Myron of retro-soulsters Myron & E on "On Fire Tonight," and the all-star hip-hop combo of Lateef, Lyrics Born, Monophonics and DJ D Sharp on "Alpha and Omega."
                                                          Imani—whose title is the Swahili word for "faith"—is a particularly personal project for Blackalicious, with its title reflecting the personal trials that helped to inspire the words and music.
                                                          "Faith has been a big word in both of our lives in the last couple of years," Gift of Gab affirms. "We both dealt with some personal situations that really required faith and forced us to think about a lot of things. Most of our albums are about where we are at that point in our lives, and that's definitely true on this one."
                                                          Imani, Vol. 1's birth cycle coincided with Gab's ongoing fight for his health after suffering kidney failure.
                                                          "My kidneys failed at the top of 2012, when we were gearing up to do this record," Gift of Gab notes. "I got put on dialysis, so now when I travel or go on tour, I do dialysis wherever I go. When I got the news, there was a moment where it was a little dark, where I was questioning if I'm still gonna be able to do this. But then I had the realization that no one can ever take my creativity away. I realized that this is a circumstance that I'm temporarily gonna be dealing with, and that I have to make some adjustments for it, but that it doesn't stop me from being a creative person. Once I
                                                          realized that, I started to feel inspired and just threw myself into writing, and that became a big part of the fuel for this record."
                                                          Although it's been a decade since the last Blackalicious release, the pair has remained busy with a variety of musical endeavors. Gift of Gab released three solo albums, 2004's 4th Dimension Rocketships Going Up, 2009's Escape 2 Mars and 2012's The Next Logical Progression. Chief Xcel worked with acclaimed soul singer Ledisi, and formed Burning House with R.V. Salters of General Eletriks, releasing the 2013 album Walking Into A Burning House.
                                                          "Blackalicious never stopped," asserts Gift of Gab. "We just wanted to explore other things as individuals, and in 2012 we realized that it was time to return to the mothership. I was a little nervous at first, and thought that it might take some time to rebuild. But when we started doing shows, we were selling out everywhere, and people were telling us that they grew up on our music. It was encouraging to find out that, even after all these years, we're actually important to people.
                                                          "It's like traveling," Gab continues. "It's always good to travel and see the world. But then when you come back home, you appreciate it that much more. We stepped right back into it, and it was like 'Oh yeah, I remember this. This is home.'"
                                                          "Once we got into the studio," Chief Xcel recalls, "everything flowed very naturally. We just got in there and kind of let the album make itself. When we were in the studio together, it was pretty effortless, because we know each other so well creatively. We wrote about 60 songs for this record, and went with the ones that we felt strongest about. And about 90 per cent of it is live tracks; it's probably the fewest samples I've ever used on a record."
                                                          "X gave me the beats, and I just went in and wrote every day," Gift of Gab states. "There was not a lot of thought or planning this time, it was more about action. It was just, as soon as it moves you, you write something. There was not a whole lot of thought put into it. It was more like 'OK, let's create.'"
                                                          "We're like two kids who've been playing basketball together since the second grade, and now they're in the NBA so they really know each other and can anticipate each other's next move," Chief Xcel says of his and Gab's enduring partnership. "It's totally instinctive, and we kind of communicate without talking. I know just from his physical reaction, when he hears a beat or a song, if there's a spark or if he feels inspired. And vice versa; he can tell by my immediate reaction if we've hit the mark or not. That just comes from time."
                                                          With Imani, Vol. 1 demonstrating that Blackalicious is as potent a creative entity as ever, Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel are embracing their return to the spotlight, and looking forward to reconnecting with their loyal, demographically diverse fan base.
                                                          "I think that this album is coming from a very honest place, and I really think that this is the most creative and prolific point of our careers, so we're really excited about it," Chief Xcel says, adding, "The next year or two, it's gonna be a nonstop balance of touring and being in the studio working on Volumes 2 and 3. We're definitely looking forward to seeing how things evolve and change."
                                                          "In my opinion, this is one of our best records," Gift of Gab agrees. "It's been a long time, we worked hard on it, and I hope that people enjoy it. People will come up to us and say 'Yo, that record changed my life' or 'That record helped me to get sober' or 'That record started me on a spiritual journey.' People say personal stuff like that, and we take it seriously."
                                                          "Our audience seems to be people who see music and art as essential parts of life, and not just disposable accessories," Chief Xcel concludes. "That's who we make music for—people who need music in their life. I'm one of those people. Imani is Swahili for faith, and that's really where we're at at this juncture. We're so rooted in our purpose that we don't have to second-guess, we just know. There's no fear of the unknown, there's just the fire to move forward and get to wherever the journey takes us."

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                                                          LUSHLIFE

                                                          “Peace to Roky Erickson / Peace to Bo Derek / So lost in the television / Walk with the elephants / To die by their relatives / Lushlife holy ghost / Float through the tenements / Back to irrelevance”

                                                          From the moment you hear the bristling boom-bap chorus on album-opener “Totally Mutual Feeling,” it becomes apparent that Lushlife’s third full-length finds the Philadelphia rapper-producer at his most introspective. Themes of isolation and mortality permeate Ritualize, a cinematic hour-long odyssey co-produced by enigmatic production trio, CSLSX (pronounced “Casual Sex“) and featuring contributions from Ariel Pink, Killer Mike, Freeway, Marissa Nadler, RJD2, and more. With CSLSX at the boards, an entire universe opens up for Lush, where the pulsating Juno synths of ’80s LA night music sit side-by-side with gorgeously propulsive indie-leaning jams, and low-fi soul burners too. The resulting LP is a post-blog-era joint that seems to exhale the whole of the 20th century in a single, fascinating breath.

                                                          “After toiling over two self-produced LPs in the last half-decade, I felt compelled to bring on an outside production team for Ritualize,“ Lushlife (born Raj Haldar) explains. “Not only did I want to broaden the musical palette, but I felt like the group production effort would give me a depth of focus on lyrical content and emotion that I hadn’t previously been afforded.“ After a chance encounter with CSLSX, who had been quietly self-releasing low-fi dance gems to remarkable organic blog buzz, the newly-formed team set out on a three-year journey that would eventually yield their new joint album. By the time work began on Ritualize, Lush had already been riding a small wave of critical acclaim for his 2012 full-length, Plateau Vision, an album that made several year-end lists and was described by the Sunday New York Times as a melding of “captivating rhymes with audacious, gorgeous production.“ Still, with Ritualize, Lushlife and CSLSX seem to have gone one deeper.

                                                          From album cut, “The Waking World,” which finds Lushlife spitting thorough sixteens from the vantage of Mark David Chapman lying in wait for John Lennon, to “Incantation,“ a song that’s as much inspired by Allen Ginsberg’s Howl as the general, street-level anxieties of urban life, Ritualizeis nothing short of a step forward. For proof, look no further than “Toynbee Suite,“ a 10-minute, 4-movement rap epic that explores the strange Toynbee Tile meta-art conspiracy that has captivated Philadelphians for decades. As the centerpiece of the album, “Toynbee Suite“ was the subject of a 2013 documentary, and itself represents the combined work of 20+ musicians, including RJD2, Nightlands, Yikes the Zero, and a full chamber orchestra. On the other hand, the CSLSX-produced, “Hong Kong (Lady of Love),“ a collaboration with weird music godhead, Ariel Pink, is a sparse yet powerful four-on-the-floor ode to LA, inspired by the film soundtrack work of Giorgio Moroder, Vangelis, and others.

                                                          “My Los Angeles / My Philadelphiatic / Coke flow Vangelis / Synth rap evangelist“

                                                          And once you start looking for it, the fingerprint of Los Angeles is everywhere on Ritualize. In fact, much of the album was written and recorded as Lushlife made monthly back-and-forth trips between Philadelphia and the west coast. “At some point in early 2014, while dealing with a tumultuous, failing relationship and bouts of depression, I started to suffer from writer’s block, too,“ the rapper recounts. “After awhile, I realized that I was getting my best writing done at 30,000 feet, where distractions were minimal and I felt alone but not lonely.“ So, while Lushlife’s 2009 debut album,Cassette City, might be his take on east coast hip-hop classicism, and Plateau Vision is some kind of pilgrim’s progress to find a hidden America, Ritualize completes the triptych, arriving in LA with a sense of manifest destiny.

                                                          And CSLSX expertly crafts the backdrop for his imminent arrival. Whether it’s the peyote psych-rock of “Burt Reynolds (Desert Visions)“ or the reimagination of William Basinski’s ambient masterwork as an “Integration Loop,“ the musical bed of Ritualize seems to ebb and flow in a way that’s rare in hip-hop. This musical depth turns out to be a perfect bedfellow for Lush, allowing him to conjure a wide array of references with surprising ease; creating a world where ’90s rap romanticism, western esotericism, and personal anguish rub shoulders easily. In the end, we’re left with a stunningly singular rap album that’s as avant-garde as it is accessible.



                                                            10/6

                                                            New Kingston

                                                            Sensemotion
                                                            New Common Ground

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

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                                                            New Kingston


                                                            NEW KINGSTON formed in 2006 in the basement of their Brooklyn home, when brothers Tahir (keys), Courtney Jr. (drums) & Stephen (guitar) began covering music by the likes of Bob Marley, Earth Wind & Fire, Dennis Brown, Michael Jackson, The Whispers and many more. The three brothers, under the watchful eye of their father (and bassist) Courtney Panton Sr., called themselves New Kingston to appropriately reflect a combination of their Jamaican heritage and their present lives in progressive New York City. The musical styles of both places informed their sound and songwriting.

                                                            “We used to come home from school and we’d be marched right down to the music room by our dad,” said Stephen.

                                                            They began performing in other basements and small backyard parties around town, all the while developing their skills and beginning to write their own original music. Talent rises to the top, and soon enough New Kingston started a heavy touring cycle supporting reggae stars such as Rebelution, The Green, SOJA, Matisyahu, Beres Hammond and Collie Buddz, while also securing spots on notable festivals such as the California Roots Festival, Reggae On The River, Summer Jam (Germany), and Uppsala Reggae Festival (Sweden), to name a few. For a while, they joined Collie Buddz to tour as his backing band, which exposed them to international audiences, while continuing their education on what it takes to make a great live show. It also helped them realize they had tons of their own original material and they quickly moved from that role to being a headliner on their own.

                                                            The band’s background and upbringing are reflected in their approach to the industry, as well: they are truly a U.S. reggae band, part of the movement that has revitalized and evolved the genre domestically, with a focus on digital marketing, heavy national touring, and never sticking to a stale formula for what reggae should sound like. As second generation Jamaican-Americans, they are able to just as easily hold their own with the traditional reggae scene.

                                                            New Kingston self-released two full-length albums: In The Streets (2010) and Kingston University (2013). The band recently announced the signing to New York-based reggae label Easy Star Records and will release their third studio album Kingston City on January 27, 2015. The record features collaborations with Tribal Seeds, Kimie Miner, France’s Dub Inc., Sister Carol, The Wailing Souls, and the late, great father of dancehall, Sugar Minott. If that guest list doesn’t give you a snapshot of the combination of the old world and new horizons that New Kingston is all about, nothing will.

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                                                                10/8

                                                                Matt Wertz

                                                                Cappa
                                                                Aaron Krause

                                                                $15 + F&T | All Ages | 7:30 pm

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                                                                    10/12

                                                                    Peelander-Z

                                                                    Sharks in the Deep End
                                                                    The Peoples Punk Band

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

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                                                                    Peelander-Z

                                                                    PEELANDER-Z, the Japanese Action Comic Punk Band based in NYC, was originally formed in 1998 by Peelander-Yellow, Peelander-Red, and Peelander-Blue, after meeting in New York City (although they'll tell you they're all from the Z area on the planet Peelander). Peelander-Green was welcomed in July 2008 after Blue left the band.

                                                                    Peelander-Z has appeared at major music festivals including Bonnaroo, CMJ and SXSW, and played with artists such as Buckethead, Electric SIx, Particles, The Vibrators, and Guitar Wolf. Peelander-Z has also been featured on TV programs like VH1's Best Week Ever, Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade, Spike TV's MXC: Most Extreme Challenge, and Anime Network. They also often perform at Anime conventions and festivals all over the US, as well as at Kaiju Big Battel.

                                                                    At their live show, you'll see the band in colorful costumes reminiscent of Japanese Animation, though they describe their outfit as their skin. Their shows guarantee intense audience participation and chance to exercise with the band. "Do human bowling with us. Do limbo dancing with us. Do karaoke competition with us. Hit our cowbell with us," says Yellow. " Don't be shy, give us your smile! We can beat your stress! See you at our show!"
                                                                    One experience would capture you. Just pay attention to their coming activities.

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                                                                        10/14

                                                                        Wookiefoot

                                                                        Heatbox
                                                                        Jon Wayne & the Pain

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

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                                                                        Wookiefoot

                                                                        Wookiefoot is a band, a non-profit charity organization (BeTheChangeCharities.org) , a circus, a philosophy, and a community of globe trekking bliss junkies and believers that are the fuel to keep this Tribadelic Spaceship going! Their charity organization (with the support of their community) has donated over $400,000 to third world relief efforts. Wookiefoot invites their community home every September… when they host and headline their own Global Conscious Gathering called Shangri~La Festival at Harmony Park in Southern MN.

                                                                        Wookiefoot’s live sets are an entertaining barrage of sonic and visual stimulation. The fast paced circus like set has been called “Short Attention Span Musical Theater”. These live performances are a one of a kind experience that mixes Reggae, World Beat, Hip Hop, Irish, Funk, Folk, Rock & more with a large band featuring everything from a vintage Hammond Organ to Bag Pipes! Combine that with a mind-blowing stage show that may include anything (such as a light show, projection, costumes, fire, dancers, aerialists, magic, clowns, puppets, etc)

                                                                        Welcome… and thank you for riding Wookiefoot!

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                                                                        Heatbox

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

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                                                                        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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                                                                        10/15

                                                                        Wick-It the Instigator

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

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                                                                        Wick-It the Instigator

                                                                        He’s got a reputation for doing some thoughtfully fresh and mindblowingly original remixes that take him from beyond a standard dub step or mash-up artist to a DJ/producer with skills that have turned heads and caught ears all over the Southeast. In a live setting, he sends people off with his mix of humor, ingenious pop culture samples and beats that can’t be touched. While his roots are firmly planted in hip hop, there is no shortage of heavy electronic bass music at a Wick-it show.

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                                                                        10/19

                                                                        Hellbound Glory

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                                                                        Hellbound Glory

                                                                        Barreling through the gates of country music, HELLBOUND GLORY, is justifying rightful ownership to the band’s declarative namesake. In defining their sound, distilled of equal parts melody and bar-room-thump, this Reno, NV based band is packing the house to a growing legion of fans coast to coast. Front man and songwriter, Leroy Virgil, explains; “We just really dig the challenge of a new audience. We’ll walk into a new room full of folks that haven’t heard our music, play a 4 or 5 hour night, and drive away with more people that consider themselves fans. I’m not a flashy guy but I like showing off.”

                                                                        The bands formation in 2008 was a graduation of sorts for Virgil who originally hails from Aberdeen, WA. Relocating to Reno in 2002, the singer jumped head-long into the nightlife of the Biggest Little City In The World. This ‘nightlife’ had an immediate impact on what would become HELLBOUND GLORY’S material. Virgil explains Reno’s influence, “I grew up in a hick-town by a lot of peoples standards. Reno is just a hick-town with taller buildings and brighter lights. Playing Reno is like playing a 24 hour dive bar. No matter where I play, I’m never too far from home.”

                                                                        Virgil’s songwriting consistently tests the boundaries of conventional country music’s lyrical playing field. When asked to describe the band’s signature sound, Virgil proclaims, “Country music was a big influence on the rock music I wrote when I was younger and still in Aberdeen. That same rock music echoes a bit in my country western music today. We’re really not afraid to piss off any of either genre’s purists. We’re just out there being ourselves!” In fact, HELLBOUND GLORY songs resound with equal parts wit and humor. An unabbreviated and honest statement of the world we live in today.

                                                                        Forged through a relentless touring schedule that carries the band cross-country on a regular basis; HELLBOUND GLORY are conquering new stomping ground on the strength of three full length releases; “Scumbag Country (2008),” “Old Highs & New Lows (2010),” and “Damaged Goods (2011).”

                                                                        HELLBOUND GLORY can count some of music’s most prolific and accomplished artists today among their growing number of supporters. Virgil continues “It’s pretty cool that we can count these folks as fans of our music, but I’ve got to be my own fan first and foremost.”

                                                                        This is HELLBOUND GLORY, music as honest and reflective in a frantic urban metropolis as it is on a lost and desolate byway.

                                                                        The band is currently in the studio recording a follow-up to the highly acclaimed “Damaged Goods.”

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                                                                        10/22

                                                                        Astronautalis

                                                                        Ceschi & Factor Chandelier
                                                                        Transit

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

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                                                                        Astronautalis

                                                                        It may sound like hyperbole, but there is truly no one out else there quite like
                                                                        Astronautalis. In addition to moonlighting as a travel writer, avid photographer,
                                                                        Harleyrider,
                                                                        and most assuredly being the first rapper to perform and have a
                                                                        piece on display at the world famous Venice Biennale, this nomadic wordsmith
                                                                        has been perfecting his own unique hybrid of hiphop,
                                                                        indie rock and punk for
                                                                        over a decade. C ut The Body Loose is Astronautalis' fifth fulllength
                                                                        and also the
                                                                        first album he's released since his Justin Vernon a.ka. Bon Iverfronted,
                                                                        highprofile
                                                                        hybrid project Jason Feathers, who released their debut D e Oro last
                                                                        year. While sonically different from Astronautalis' own music, he insists that in
                                                                        many ways this album was inspired by the making of De Oro .
                                                                        "The process of creating D e Oro with Justin Vernon and those other guys was
                                                                        the most fun I ever had making an album and it really changed the way I thought
                                                                        about making my own," Astronautalis explains. I n keeping with that new
                                                                        approach, he decided to record C ut The Body Loose at Justin Vernon’s April
                                                                        Base home/studio outside of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with his long time producer,
                                                                        engineer, and musical collaborator, John Congleton (Modest Mouse, St Vincent,
                                                                        Earl Sweatshirt).
                                                                        "I realized early on in the writing process that I was creating my record about the
                                                                        south that I grew up in, and around, and down the block from,” he explains, “a s
                                                                        well as my Father's South, my Mother's South, and the South of the past, and the
                                                                        South of future, and all the magic, and mysticism, and horror, and tragedy, and
                                                                        weird, sweaty, fucked up beauty that entailed.”
                                                                        No t only did Astronautalis take influence from the music that was ubiquitous to
                                                                        his youth like Trick Daddy, Mystikal, Three 6 Mafia and the classic No Limits
                                                                        Records roster, he drew further inspiration from every corner of the south's
                                                                        musical past. He cites everything from the New Orleans trad jazz of Allen
                                                                        Touissant and Professor Longhair, to the hill country blues of Mississippi Fred
                                                                        McDowell, the night trips of Dr. John, and even the legendary college marching
                                                                        bands during halftime at the Florida Classic.
                                                                        And s omehow, Astronautalis manages to tie this "bipolar
                                                                        southern insanity" t o
                                                                        the dominant hiphop
                                                                        hallmarks of today to create his own jagged, puzzlepiece
                                                                        persona on this record. "Running Away From God" is about him attending a
                                                                        wedding in New Orleans six months after Hurricane Katrina and admiring the
                                                                        beauty of watching people s till find love, drink, dance, and celebrate in the
                                                                        chaos. He had a similar experience when he played a show in Č adca, Slovakia,
                                                                        a poor mining town where people, despite the bleak situation of a mine gone
                                                                        bust, and a economy teetering on the edge of collapse, still managed to not only
                                                                        survive, but to really live. "The overarching theme of this record is seeing people
                                                                        in adverse conditions take matters into their own hands and still find the energy
                                                                        to go dancing or fall in love or create art," he explains. "I've started to get really
                                                                        frustrated with our complacency here in America and those feelings came out a
                                                                        lot on this album."
                                                                        Although this may be Astronautalis' most aggressive album, to call it angry, or
                                                                        pessimistic, would be to miss the point. I t is, in fact, an album about liberation. In
                                                                        a traditional New Orleans jazz funeral, there is a ritual of grief, that carries from
                                                                        the wake, to the service, to procession of the pall bearers out of the church.
                                                                        Each step of the way, the sorrow, and pain, escalates, soundtracked by the
                                                                        music of suffering. Heavy, gutwrenching,
                                                                        plodding dirges fill the air, as the
                                                                        funeral service, and the casket itself, spill out of the church, and into the streets.
                                                                        The mourners, and a full brass band follow along with the casket, as the pall
                                                                        bearers, carry the departed to the cemetery gates. The music guides the pace of
                                                                        the procession, while shaping the suffering of the mourners. And just when it
                                                                        seems as if the pain is becoming too much to bear, the suffering insurmountable,
                                                                        the casket reaches the cemetery gates, the band swings into the raucous
                                                                        celebration of "When the Saints Go Marching In", and the mourners "cut the body
                                                                        loose" as they leave the body to gravediggers, and they dance on down the
                                                                        street. The time for sadness left in their dust.
                                                                        The scene of the album is set early with the gritty, glitchy opener "Kurt Cobain"
                                                                        which is as much a call to arms as it is an mission statement. C ut The Body
                                                                        Loose exists in a space between heartache and acceptance, and that duality is
                                                                        evident in songs like "You Know What It Is," which starts as a downbeat critique
                                                                        of music and pop culture in general before exploding into a joyful, horndriven
                                                                        celebration of life. Like life, there's plenty of inherent variety, which is why there's
                                                                        room for ominous, ethereal bangers like "Kudzu" or the pianodriven,
                                                                        downbeat
                                                                        hiphop
                                                                        ballad "Boiled Peanuts,” an ode to his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.
                                                                        "I feel like I really fell in love with hiphop
                                                                        again on this album," Astronautalis
                                                                        explains. "That was territory I tackled here that I was really scared to go to
                                                                        because I'm at the point where I could just write more songs about girls, but I
                                                                        didn't really want to do that again and wanted to see what would come out if I
                                                                        wrote from the heart."
                                                                        As anyone whose seen him live knows, it's difficult to separate Astronautalis'
                                                                        music from his raucous performances, which are less cerebral than than used to
                                                                        be and currently favor a freeforall
                                                                        full of freestyles and beats so infectious that
                                                                        you can't help it but get lost in the kinetic energy of it all. "For the longest time my
                                                                        inspiration for live shows were watching bands like Grandaddy or Bill Callahan
                                                                        and now I'm way ore interested in watching The Knife or gangster rappers getting
                                                                        totally nuts onstage," he explains. "To me that's way more exciting and it's also a
                                                                        huge influence on this album in the sense that I want to write songs where I can
                                                                        make everyone jump up and down and sweat and get whiskey dumped over
                                                                        themselves to, you know?" In other words when Astronautalis commands the
                                                                        audience to "turn it up 'til it shakes the rafters" on "Running Away From God," it's
                                                                        not a metaphor, it's time to tear the fucking room apart.
                                                                        On the surface, C ut The Body Loose centers around themes of loss,
                                                                        disappointment, and struggle but in the end, it is really about finding redemption,
                                                                        triumph and catharsis in the face of all of that sadness.
                                                                        "The core of this album is the fact that the world is fucked in a lot of ways but
                                                                        instead of letting that crush you, you can use those circumstances to make a
                                                                        small change," Astronautalis says. "I'm not talking about recycling, I'm talking
                                                                        about finding joy in being good and happiness inside the framework of what can
                                                                        easily be a crushing amount of sadness you see in the world around you," he
                                                                        continues, "a nd exercise those demons and find an outlet for all of those feelings
                                                                        through my stories and experiences."
                                                                        Having played thousands of shows all over the world and seen more than many
                                                                        of us will ever witness, it’s a perspective that's worth hearing out.

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                                                                        Ceschi & Factor Chandelier

                                                                        New Haven CT’s Ceschi (pronounced chess-key) Ramos makes his own version of progressive hip hop spliced with elements of folk & indie rock. Although he has almost “mathy” technical rap abilities he’s first and foremost a singer-songwriter at heart. Although one Ceschi song may consist of punk influenced machine gun fast raps, the next may be a quiet folk ballad played on acoustic guitar.
                                                                        Since the release of 2010′s Dj Scientist produced conceptual psych-rock inspired hip hop record “The One Man Band Broke Up” Ceschi spent the last few years collaborating with an innumerable amount of today’s most talented MC’s, producers and artists of multiple genres including Sage Francis, Astronautalis & Radical Face. He’s toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia & Australia with independent hip-hop heroes such as Busdriver & Sole and even created his own successful record label – Fake Four, Inc.- that many of these artists now call home.

                                                                        FACTOR CHANDELIER
                                                                        Starting out as a DJ in 1998, Factor Chandelier has evolved into one of Western Canada’s busiest producers. He is continuously working and touring with high caliber Canadian and American artists including: Awol One, Open Mike Eagle, Moka Only, Myka 9, Ceschi, Sole, Aesop Rock, Buck65, Gregory Pepper, Astronautalis, Sunspot Jonz, Evil Ebenezer, Merkules, Xzibit, Kool Keith, Def 3, Kay the Aquanaut and the Side Road Crew. He is known for continuously dropping top-notch product out of Saskatoon since the late ‘90s. He is the founder, owner and operator of Side Road Records (2001), releasing over 30 professional albums between Side Road & Fake Four inc. Factor's music has garnered international distribution and he has received positive critical acclaim by way of magazine and website reviews as well as receiving radio play on college/community radio all over Canada, the US and Japan. His collaborative album "Wildlif3" with Def 3 won the WCMA for best hip hop recording in 2015.

                                                                        Factor Chandelier's production combines smooth melodic soundscapes and live instruments over immaculate drums put together seemingly effortlessly to create a distinct sound of his own and it's for this reason he's consistently banging out one-of-a-kind beats as one of underground music’s favorite new school producers. Factor is always trying to create original, thought-provoking music that pushes the envelope of traditional hip-hop and has drawn significant attention to this Canadian artist. Hailing from the prairies, this Saskatoon, SK born and raised musician continues to make waves with his innovative sound.

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                                                                          10/26

                                                                          The Main Squeeze

                                                                          Evanoff

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

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                                                                          The Main Squeeze

                                                                          Seamlessly blending Funk, Soul, and Rock n’ Roll, The Main Squeeze promises to keep your body moving with their infectious feel-good musical gumbo.

                                                                          The energetic five-piece found its roots in Bloomington Indiana’s surprisingly vibrant live music scene, and they have been leaving audiences “Freshly Squozen” since 2010.

                                                                          Their ability to fluidly blend and bend genres is unparalleled, and creates for an unforgettable live experience. Every performance is different from the last, showcasing each member’s virtuosic talent with soulful vocals, intricate jams, tight grooves and powerful solos.

                                                                          Since their inception, The Main Squeeze has amassed a remarkably loyal and rapidly growing national fan base. They’ve graced the stages at some of the country’s biggest festivals, including: Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Phases of the Moon and Gathering of The Vibes. In addition, they put their stamp on the Rolling Stone Super Bowl XLVI Pre-Party and dazzled music lovers at the International Battle of the Bands in Macau. Having shared the stage with artists like The Roots, Jane’s Addiction, The Meters, Aloe Blacc and Trombone Shorty, The Main Squeeze continues to catch the ear of industry giants.

                                                                          Now based in Chicago, The Main Squeeze is working with legendary producer, Randy Jackson, to put the finishing touches on their sophomore album. The band’s self-titled debut was released in 2012, and is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.

                                                                          As their fan base continues to multiply, and their unique sound, contagious energy, and unrivaled talent continue to mesmerize audiences, The Main Squeeze is poised for a meteoric rise in the world of music. Make sure to climb aboard for the ride.

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                                                                          Evanoff

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                                                                            10/29

                                                                            Aaron Kamm & the One Drops

                                                                            Soul Rebel and the Beast

                                                                            18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                            Aaron Kamm & the One Drops

                                                                            Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops merge flavors of Roots Reggae, Mississippi River Blues, Improv-laced Jams, and Soulful Vocals. With a High energy performance and a unique sound this band is a must see.

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                                                                            Soul Rebel and the Beast

                                                                            Hailing from Topeka, Kansas, Soul Rebel And The Beast is hardly a Rebel without a cause. Taking reggae, hip-hop, rock, funk, jazz and whatever else you want to call it and fusing it into a sound we consider our own. When asked what Soul Rebel And The Beast means, this is the best way it can be explained...You must live for life. You can't live your life as others see fit. Rather, live in a way that your soul is content. If you seek happiness, then you must find that happiness. Fight against any entity that causes strife, or you will never know peace.

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                                                                            11/3

                                                                            Car Seat Headrest

                                                                            Naked Giants

                                                                            $12 + F&T | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                            Car Seat Headrest

                                                                            Matador Records is thrilled to announce that it has signed Car Seat Headrest and will release Teens of Style on October 30, with Teens of Denial to follow soon after in 2016. This prolific artist (n Will Toledo) comes to Matador having already crafted an 11-album catalog of staggering depth, all self-released on Bandcamp, which has gained him an obsessive following and over 25,000 downloads - all without the muscle of a manager, label, agent, or publicist - until now.
                                                                            Car Seat Headrest began in 2010 in Will Toledo's hometown of Leesburg, Virginia. Needing a place of solitude (and soundproofing) where he could record vocals undisturbed, a 17-year-old Toledo set up shop in the family car. Toledo's catalogue is sharp, literary, and culturally omnivorous as it touches upon youth and death, love and depression, drunken parties and 2nd century theologians. Ever surprising, his lyrical imagery ranges from playful to sexually frank to sorrowful, often within the same song.
                                                                            After relocating to the Seattle suburbs in 2014, Toledo assembled a lineup with bassist Ethan Ives and drummer Andrew Katz. Teens of Style is the first Car Seat Headrest album recorded with a full band, and the sound is vibrant and powerful, with a wide stylistic range.
                                                                            On Teens of Style, Toledo has taken material from the first three years of the band's existence and reworked it to generate some of the most realized arrangements to date. Drawing material from 3 (2010), My Back Is Killing Me Baby (2011), and Monomania (2012), Teens of Style provides a concise overview of the band's many sonic and emotional facets, with the songs ranging from electronic psychedelia to punky anthems to melancholic acoustic numbers.
                                                                            The longest track on Teens of Style, "Times to Die," is just under seven minutes, applying breakbeat cut-ups and "Low Rider" horns to a groove-driven neo-psych jam with lyrics about Judaism, Hinduism, and the record business. Similarly, "Maud Gone" is a wistful 60s-inspired pop number paying homage to Yeats's unrequited love, while the intricate party track "Los Borrachos" borrows its title from the Diego Velasquez painting.
                                                                            Car Seat Headrest's conceptual ambition and stunning songwriting has been apparent since its early days of laptop recording, the scale of Toledo's vision going far beyond the constricting "lo-fi" term. Now on his Matador Records debut, Teens of Style, we witness Toledo presenting his intricate ideas with more clarity and refinement than ever, delivering an enthralling collection of songs destined for wide acclaim.

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                                                                            Naked Giants

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                                                                              11/11

                                                                              Earphunk

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

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                                                                              Earphunk

                                                                              Hailing from New Orleans, Prog-Funk band Earphunk has emerged as one of the Southeast's premier jam acts. The quintet has been steadily building a rabid fan base across the United States with their unique brand of high-energy funk, inspired improvisation, and dynamic stage production. In an innovative move to get their music in the hands of live music fans, Earphunk have partnered with direct-to-fan publisher platform BitTorrent Bundle to release content-rich collections of live shows and studio albums. Visit the band's website (www.earphunk.com) to stream and download songs from Earphunk's current discography for free.

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                                                                              11/18

                                                                              Two Tongues

                                                                              Backwards Dancer

                                                                              $17 + F&T | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                              Two Tongues

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                                                                              Backwards Dancer

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                                                                                11/20

                                                                                Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band

                                                                                Pinegrove
                                                                                Petal

                                                                                $15 + F&T | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                                Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band

                                                                                Kevin Devine is an independent singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. He plays alone, with his Goddamn Band, and as a member of Bad Books.

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                                                                                Pinegrove

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                                                                                  Petal

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                                                                                    11/25

                                                                                    Mr Mojo Risin A Celebration of the Doors

                                                                                    18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                                    Mr Mojo Risin A Celebration of the Doors


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

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

                                                                                    Break on Through...

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                                                                                    11/27

                                                                                    The Good Life

                                                                                    Field Mouse
                                                                                    Jake Bellows

                                                                                    $12 + F&T | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                                    The Good Life

                                                                                    THE GOOD LIFE

                                                                                    Omaha, NE’s The Good Life returns this summer with their first album in eight years, Everybody’s Coming Down. Call it a soundtrack to Man’s 21st century existential angst, the album poses cosmic queries, contemplates regrets, questions self-worth, and examines the possibility of living in the moment, when memories are all that we truly take with us. And in some ways, that’s the sweet spot front man and lyricist Tim Kasher inhabits: trying to make sense of this world of ours, and how and why we navigate it the way we do.
                                                                                    Everybody’s Coming Down moves in a new direction musically and, in contrast to The Good Life’s earlier releases, is very much a rock record. It is also the first that truly embodies the band as a whole, more so than any previous album. In blending elements of drummer Roger L. Lewis’s love of classic rock, multi-instrumentalist Ryan Fox’s chaotic approach to melody, Stefanie Drootin-Senseney’s propulsive yet tuneful bass parts, and Kasher’s deft, complementary song writing, the band sparked a vibrant evolution in sound. The gentler, folk-driven pop/rock for which the band is beloved remains (sonic sister album bookends “7 In The Morning” and “Midnight Is Upon Us;” “The Troubadour’s Green Room”), but it is now mixed amongst guitars lines that unspool in a blaze across songs that hit harder and more viscerally (“Everybody,” “Holy Shit”), as well as moments of distorted psychedelia and moody ambience (“Flotsam Locked Into A Groove,” “Diving Bell,” “How Small We Are”).
                                                                                    The Good Life have never been afraid to switch up their sound, refusing to be ascribed as one thing or another. 2000’s Novena On A Nocturn – recorded essentially as a solo project by Kasher as an outlet for quieter songs that didn’t quite fit with his long-standing band Cursive – was spacious and stirring, glistening with occasional electronic flourishes. 2002’s Black Out saw The Good Life grow into a full band, telling tales of drunken nights and capricious lovers over an evocative blend of electronic and traditional instrumentation. 2004’s Album Of The Year was the first recorded with the now longtime core band of Kasher, Drootin-Senseney, Fox, and Lewis. Hailed by Pitchfork, Alternative Press, NYLON, SPIN, and Time Out New York, among others, this album left behind any electronic touches as it chronicled 12 months of a doomed relationship – and the attendant complex feelings – through strains of soaring pop. 2007’s Help Wanted Nights, conceived as the soundtrack to a screenplay, was a more musically stripped-down affair and presented a bare look at human emotions through characters in a small-town bar.
                                                                                    Following a tour supporting Help Wanted Nights, and save for a handful of June 2010 shows, the band’s four members quietly moved on to other projects without officially saying goodbye, but with the confident assumption that they’d come back together again. Then life, as it does, took over: Kasher moved around the US, eventually settled in Chicago, and released two Cursive albums as well as two solo albums. Drootin-Senseney relocated to Los Angeles with her husband Chris, where they had a couple of kids and formed the band Big Harp, which released two albums. Fox moved to Portland, OR, worked on solo material, recorded with label-mate Jake Bellows, and started a tape label, Majestic Litter. Lewis stayed put in Omaha – The Good Life gleaned its name from Nebraska’s displaced state slogan – and played with bands Conduits and Oquoa.
                                                                                    Kasher began writing songs for a new album in October 2013, and the quartet – balancing their busy lives and multiple projects – reconvened from July to December 2014 to finish writing what became Everybody’s Coming Down. With the help of Ben Brodin in Omaha’s ARC Studios, The Good Life started recording in January of this year and finished the album in their respective homes. The band then turned to John Congleton (St. Vincent, Baroness, Angel Olsen, Cloud Nothings) to mix the album at his Elmwood Recording in Dallas, TX, looking to his experienced hand and uninhibited style to maintain and further realize the album’s untempered, vital sound.
                                                                                    And vital it is: Everybody’s Coming Down might not crack the ever-elusive code to our universal wonderings, but it’ll make you think, illuminate a new or alternative perspective, perhaps salve a lonely ache of isolation. Because we are, ultimately, all in this together – forever coming down.

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                                                                                    Field Mouse

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                                                                                      Jake Bellows

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                                                                                        Andy McKee

                                                                                        $20 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                                        Andy McKee

                                                                                        Andy McKee is among the world’s finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique.

                                                                                        McKee’s crossover success has helped him to achieve millions upon millions of YouTube viewers, underscoring his emergence as one of today’s most unique and influential artists. He has been featured as a cover story in both Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the U.S. and Acoustic Magazine in the UK, and is also the figurehead of the unique Guitar Masters tours. McKee’s tour dates have taken him through Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, including tours with legendary acts including Prince and Dream Theater.

                                                                                        Live performances of Andy’s have become a point of fascination with his loyal followers. So, in late 2015, Andy decided it was time to release a live album. Featuring tracks from his entire catalog, Live Book was recorded live in December 2015 at The Melting Point in Athens, GA, the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, GA, and Workplay in Birmingham, AL. McKee went through the recordings from all three shows and selected the finest takes of each set. Reflecting on the song choices, he looks to provide current fans the chance to relive their favorite shows, and hopes that he can showcase the energy he creates for those who haven’t been able to attend a show and new fans alike.

                                                                                        “I’ve always wanted to do a live album; for quite a few years I’ve felt it’s something that has been missing from my collection of releases,” says McKee. “This album will feature some of my YouTube hits like ‘Drifting’ and ‘Rylynn’, some songs from my 2014 EP Mythmaker, and a cover of a Michael Hedges song called ‘Because It’s There’ played on harp guitar that I haven’t released yet.”

                                                                                        McKee is the first artist to be signed CGP Sounds, the record label founded by fellow guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.

                                                                                        “I’m honored to be a part of his label. I heard Tommy 15 years ago at a festival in Kansas and was blown away by his playing and performing, and I still am,” Mckee stated. “To be the first person on his label is surreal, and I’m excited and proud to be a part of it.”

                                                                                        Live Book released worldwide on April 22. The album, McKee’s first live record, was released through CGP Sounds. In support of the new album, McKee is now embarking on “The Next Chapter Tour” throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States.

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                                                                                        OUR CALENDAR

                                                                                        August
                                                                                        25
                                                                                        Thursday

                                                                                        MONTU

                                                                                        Junko Beat

                                                                                        Electronic jam from Norman, OK. $8 Cover at the door.

                                                                                        DOORS AT 8:00 pm

                                                                                        SHOW AT 9:00 pm

                                                                                        18 & Over
                                                                                        August
                                                                                        26
                                                                                        Friday

                                                                                        from Austin, TX

                                                                                        Tahoma

                                                                                        Reed Turchi & the Caterwauls

                                                                                        Americana Indie Rock. $7 at the door

                                                                                        DOORS AT 8:00 pm

                                                                                        SHOW AT 9:00 pm

                                                                                        18 & Over
                                                                                        August
                                                                                        27
                                                                                        Saturday

                                                                                        A memorial concert to honor Juan Carlos

                                                                                        Be Like Jay

                                                                                        Truth Cell
                                                                                        Amenaza
                                                                                        Melting Point of Bronze ...AND MORE

                                                                                        $10 donation at the door

                                                                                        DOORS AT 6:00 pm

                                                                                        SHOW AT 7:00 pm

                                                                                        All Ages
                                                                                        August
                                                                                        28
                                                                                        Sunday

                                                                                        How Big Is Your Brain?

                                                                                        Smackdown Trivia

                                                                                        Live Action Trivia. $5 Entry. Smartest team takes the pot!

                                                                                        DOORS AT 6:30 pm

                                                                                        SHOW AT 7:00 pm

                                                                                        18 & Over
                                                                                        August
                                                                                        29
                                                                                        Monday

                                                                                        Show us what you've got!

                                                                                        Open Mic

                                                                                        Grab a $1.50 Pint, sign up at the bar and hit the stage! No Cover!

                                                                                        DOORS AT 8:00 pm

                                                                                        SHOW AT 9:00 pm

                                                                                        18 & Over
                                                                                        August
                                                                                        30
                                                                                        Tuesday

                                                                                        No Cover!

                                                                                        DJ Killa Watt

                                                                                        Killa plays the best from the 70's, 80's and beyond! $2.00 Wells & Fireball shots.

                                                                                        DOORS AT 8:00 pm

                                                                                        SHOW AT 9:00 pm

                                                                                        18 & Over
                                                                                        August
                                                                                        31
                                                                                        Wednesday

                                                                                        Soulful Rhythm & Blues from St. Louis

                                                                                        Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band

                                                                                        The Band that Saved the World

                                                                                        $5 Cover at the door!

                                                                                        DOORS AT 8:00 pm

                                                                                        SHOW AT 9:00 pm

                                                                                        18 & Over
                                                                                        September
                                                                                        1
                                                                                        Thursday

                                                                                        Beats and Bottles at the Neck!

                                                                                        Midnight Marauders

                                                                                        DJ G Train- Johnny Quest- Dj Proof $2.50 Wells and Domestic Bottles $4.00 Vegas Bombs! No Cover!

                                                                                        DOORS AT 8:00 pm

                                                                                        SHOW AT 9:00 pm

                                                                                        18 & Over
                                                                                        September
                                                                                        2
                                                                                        Friday

                                                                                        from Auckland, New Zealand

                                                                                        Labretta Suede and the Motel 6

                                                                                        40 Watt Dreams

                                                                                        Ass whippin’, high kickin’, low down rockin’ an-a-reelin Rock 'n' Roll! $7 at the door.

                                                                                        DOORS AT 8:00 pm

                                                                                        SHOW AT 9:00 pm

                                                                                        18 & Over
                                                                                        September
                                                                                        3
                                                                                        Saturday

                                                                                        Anthony Russo

                                                                                        Matty Wood$

                                                                                        $7 Cover at the door.

                                                                                        DOORS AT 8:00 pm

                                                                                        SHOW AT 9:00 pm

                                                                                        18 & Over
                                                                                        September
                                                                                        4
                                                                                        Sunday

                                                                                        Trivia Trivia Trivia

                                                                                        Smackdown Trivia

                                                                                        Any size team welcome! $5 entry per person. Smartest team takes the pot.

                                                                                        DOORS AT 6:30 pm

                                                                                        SHOW AT 7:00 pm

                                                                                        18 & Over
                                                                                        September
                                                                                        5
                                                                                        Monday

                                                                                        $1.50 Pint Night!

                                                                                        Open Mic

                                                                                        Sign up at the bar, grab a pint and hit the stage!

                                                                                        DOORS AT 8:00 pm

                                                                                        SHOW AT 9:00 pm

                                                                                        18 & Over
                                                                                        September
                                                                                        6
                                                                                        Tuesday

                                                                                        Hear It Here First!

                                                                                        I Heard Schmilco

                                                                                        Listen to Wilco's new album Schmilco on vinyl before it's national release. Pick up your own copy afterward thanks to Love Garden Sounds! No Cover.

                                                                                        DOORS AT 7:00 pm

                                                                                        SHOW AT 8:00 pm

                                                                                        All Ages
                                                                                        September
                                                                                        6
                                                                                        Tuesday

                                                                                        from Boston

                                                                                        The Jauntee

                                                                                        The Good Ole Fashion

                                                                                        Psychedelic-JazzBluesFunk with a touch of Latin based Reggae. $5 Cover at the door.

                                                                                        DOORS AT 9:30 pm

                                                                                        SHOW AT 10:00 pm

                                                                                        18 & Over

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                                                                                        Happy Hour Specials
                                                                                        $1.00 Domestic Mugs
                                                                                        $2.00 Wells/$3.50 Doubles
                                                                                        $3.00 Mother's Lil Helper Draws

                                                                                        Thursday Night Features
                                                                                        $5.00 All Deep Eddy Vodka Cocktails/ $7 w/ any Red Bull Flavor added
                                                                                        $3.50 Tall PBR Cans
                                                                                        $3.50 Wells
                                                                                        $3.50 Fireball Shots



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