11/15

Cycles

The Fuss

All Ages | 8 pm

Cycles

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      11/16

      The Wrecks

      Badflower
      Deal Casino

      All Ages | 7 pm

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            11/30

            Truckstop Honeymoon

            The Mudd Club

            All Ages | 8 pm

            Truckstop Honeymoon

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

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

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              12/1

              The Greatest Gen Khan

              All Ages | 6 pm

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              The Greatest Gen Khan

              The Greatest Generation is a Star Trek podcast by two guys who are a little bit embarrassed to have a Star Trek podcast.

              What started for us as a joke on our show, turned in to something our viewers really wanted to happen. So we’re making #GreatestGenKhan🎉🎉🎉 happen.

              This tour is going to be something special:

              Khan?!
              Yes! We’re creating a live show celebration of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan! We know it’s not TNG, but it’s one of our faves, and we want #GreatestGenKhan🎉🎉🎉 to be really special. Also, we’ve been saying Khan the whole time. It’s canonical GreatestGen.

              What is a Greatest Generation Live Show Like?
              "Much like the podcast you know and love, we play drops and clips, talk about what’s great, talk about what’s hilarious, and make tons of jokes.

              The show is usually around 70-80 minutes long.

              We do Priority One messages! Send a birthday wish or roast your loved ones in the audience! All proceeds from P1s go to support the National Center for Science Education.

              Adam and Ben hang out after the show to chat, take pictures and laugh with the Friends of DeSoto!

              Things You Can Take With You: We’re working on awesome #GreatestGenKhan🎉🎉🎉 tour-exclusive merch items, like:
              Challenge Coins
              Posters
              Stickers

              In Addition:
              We will donate a portion of the proceeds from merch sales to the National Center for Science Education. Star Trek imagines an amazing future, but we won’t get there without science literacy!

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              12/7

              Sweet Ascent End of the Year Bash 2018

              Shoebox Money
              TertaFuze

              All Ages | 6:30 pm

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                Shoebox Money

                Returning from a 9 month hiatus in April of 2017, Shoebox Money found a lineup that really works and discovered their sound with original members Patrick and Ben W. (Bass and lead guitar/harmonica) paired with new members Ben S. and Dylan (vocals/rhythm guitar and drums). Drawing equally from classic rock and blues as well as post garage rock revival and alt punk, these indie rockers produce theory driven music and put on high energy live shows.

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                TertaFuze

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                  12/8

                  Children''''s Mercy Hospital Christmas Benefit Show

                  All Ages | 4 pm

                  Children''''s Mercy Hospital Christmas Benefit Show

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                    12/14

                    Ben Miller Band

                    Whiskey for the Lady

                    All Ages | 8 pm

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                    Ben Miller Band

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                    Whiskey for the Lady

                    A fixture in the Kansas City "newgrass" scene for five years, Whiskey for the Lady is a high-energy melting pot of eclectic musical styles and wildly opposite personalities. That may be the formula that makes their music so well loved by young punk rockers and old time bluegrass-lovers alike. From festival set to porch session, the band's unique roots sound delivers an unforgettable live experience.

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                    12/15

                    Foxy by Proxy Audition Showcase

                    18 & Over | 8 pm

                    Foxy by Proxy Audition Showcase

                    Foxy By Proxy is a Lawrence-based cabaret/comedy troupe. Their focus is performing at local venues with bands or other performers through an acting, singing, and dancing variety show. The troupe showcases lovely ladies, hysterical emcees, and satirical skits.



                      12/17

                      nothing,nowhere.

                      Wicca Phase Springs Eternal

                      All Ages | 6:30 pm

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                          12/29

                          Hyborian

                          Orphans of Doom
                          They Watch us from the Moon
                          Godzillionaire
                          PLUS MORE (SEE BELOW)

                          All Ages | 7 pm

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                          Hyborian

                          An age of violence and magic, a world of uncertainty, a soundtrack to a time forgotten by man.

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                              Godzillionaire

                              Heavy space rock from Lawrence, KS.

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                              Amaneza

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                                1/5

                                BIG SMO

                                All Ages | 8 pm

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                                1/12

                                Thunderkat

                                All Ages | 7 pm

                                Thunderkat

                                Based in Lawrence, Kansas, ThunderKat stands as the city’s premier 80s hard rock cover band. Voted by Best of Lawrence from 2013-2016 as a top local act, the band delivers a diverse collection of hits from Motley Crue, Poison, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Journey, AC/DC, Night Ranger, Billy Idol, Van Halen, Joan Jett, Prince and more. You won’t want to miss the ear-splitting spectacle of ThunderKat!

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                                1/15

                                Alchemic

                                Gentle Echo
                                Eleven After

                                All Ages | 8 pm

                                Alchemic

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                                    Eleven After

                                    Eleven After is a Rock/Metal band from the Topeka, KS area. Known for their off-set blend of hard hitting metal riffs, soothing melodic vocals and impressive solos. The bands sound has often been compaired to (Alter Bridge, Crossfade, Killswitch Engage) But you can never really pinpoint an exact match of sound to any other band on the planet. Eleven After's debut album titled "Awake and Dreaming" is set to release in summer of 2012 and is already creating quite a buzz. Keep an eye on this band for future tour dates, sneak peeks of the album and much, much more!

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                                    1/18

                                    Maria the Mexican

                                    Kat King Band

                                    All Ages | 7 pm

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                                        1/19

                                        Amigo the Devil

                                        Harley Poe

                                        All Ages | 7 pm

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                                            1/26

                                            4th Ave

                                            Rayla
                                            Aja9

                                            All Ages | 3 pm

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                                                  2/20

                                                  Eminence Ensemble

                                                  All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                    3/27

                                                    Dilly Dally

                                                    All Ages | 7 pm

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