9/25

Smackdown Trivia

18 & Over | 6:30 pm

Smackdown Trivia

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9/26

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.



    9/27

    Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormans

    Tyler Gregory

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

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    Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormans

    “I told my 5 year old I was worried about his dream of being an astrophysicist and going to Mars. I thought it was a long trip away from me and a dangerous trip and didn't think I wanted him to go. He replied, ‘Oh papa, you'll be in heaven a long time before I get to Mars,’ a sobering thought for my 54-year-old self," Jerry Joseph recalls. “I was on my way to Afghanistan to bring musical equipment and teach kids to play guitar and do a couple shows and I was having a difficult time leaving my own children for a long and sketchy trip.”


    In 2014, Jerry Joseph headed to Afghanistan to volunteer as a teacher at an underground co-ed rock school. With thoughts of family on his mind and the backdrop of Kabul, Joseph began to write what would become the songs of By The Time Your Rocket Gets To Mars. “There's a lot of downtime in Kabul hanging around in walled courtyards listening to the daily call to prayers and American Blackhawk helicopters so I started writing. My point was not to write ‘war’ songs. I wanted to write about magic and God and humans being human.”


    Joseph has been called the “the Anthony Bourdain of touring musicians” (Marquee Magazine). Like Bourdain, Joseph is drawn to far-flung, under-explored locales, and has spent the past several years touring in destinations like Lebanon, Iceland, Cambodia and Israel. Music and global politics came together for him early, the grandson of Lebanese, Syrian and Irish Catholic immigrants, surfing the beaches, playing in reggae and rock bands and spinning singles by The Clash while growing up in La Jolla, California and Wellington, New Zealand.


    Since then, Joseph has stayed busy, touring 150 dates a year and releasing more than 30 records with a catalog of over 250 original songs and counting. For the first time since he was a teenager, Joseph plans to return to New Zealand and Australia as part of the release tour for By the Time Your Rocket Gets to Mars.

    Recorded at TRI Studios, produced by Dave Schools (J Mascis and the Fog, Hard Working Americans, Stockholm Syndrome), mixed by Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Wilco) and featuring Joseph’s full band, Steve Drizos on drums, Steven James Wright on bass and Jeff Crosby on guitar, as well as special guests Mookie Siegel on keyboard, Scott Law and Steve Kimock on guitar, Jason Crosby on piano and Michael Lewis (Blue Skies For Black Hearts) on vocals, By The Time Your Rocket Gets To Mars is the second of three full length records resulting from these sessions. The first, Istanbul/Fog of War, released in October 2015 is two songs, 31 minutes of music, recorded in one take. The third in the series is tentatively scheduled to be released in Fall of 2016.

    Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut Recordings in collaboration with Joseph’s own Cosmo Sex School Records will release By The Time Your Rocket Gets To Mars on April 15, 2016. The recent Oregon Music Hall of Fame Inductee is excited to work with this local label for the first time on this release.


    ABOUT JERRY JOSEPH
    Joseph is a prolific and accomplished songwriter, writing hits for Widespread Panic and releasing 30 albums in his 30+ year career; as a solo artist, with the Jackmormons, supergroup Stockholm Syndrome, his burning two-piece The Denmark Veseys, or originally, with his beloved 80s cult band, Little Women.

    Joseph is also a relentless live performer, playing over 150 shows a year across the globe. He has toured with Vic Chesnutt, Chris Whitley and Walter Salas-Humara, among others. His recent musical travels include a stint volunteering as a rock school music teacher in Kabul, Afghanistan; touring Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast with the Jackmormons; and solo tours in Ireland, England and France as well as performances in Nicaragua, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Nepal, Lebanon, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Brussels, Czech Republic, Iceland, Mexico, and Israel. Over the years, Joseph and his Jackmormons have shown a penchant for picking a spot on a map, taking over a town, and putting on a festival. Last year, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons released a live concert DVD, Nicaragua, recorded over three nights just outside of Rivas, Nicaragua.

    Joseph was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in October 2015. He just returned from a tour of Australia and New Zealand. Check Jerryjoseph.com for Spring and Summer tour dates.

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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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    9/28

    Skydyed

    DJN8

    $9 + F&T | 18 & Over | 8 pm

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    Skydyed

    Colorado-based Skydyed captivates audiences with their progressive blend of live electronic rock. Since their debut in 2014, the electrifying trio has made big waves in the Colorado music scene. The band was honored in 2015 by The Untz.com and featured on their list of the hottest, up and coming, live-electronic bands. With roots in rock, funk, and jazz, Andrew Slattery (bass), Max Doucette (guitar and synth), and Shane Eagen (drums) create a dynamic musical journey that mesmerizes audiences with every performance. Intertwining organic live instrumentation with electronic production, soulful jams and profound break-beats, the band strives to spread positive vibrations through music.

    Skydyed’s first full-length album, A Quantum Dream, captures the band’s constant pursuit of cutting edge production blended with live, organic chemistry that can only be achieved through countless hours of performing together. Every Skydyed song comes into fruition differently than the last. Some songs begin as ideas that come up in the middle of improvised jams, while others begin in the studio as electronic compositions.

    During the summer of 2015, the band focused their efforts on completing a full-length album of ten songs, which is their biggest studio undertaking to this day. In September 2015, with the tracks finally ready for Shane’s percussion, the band travelled across the country to the musically rich city of Nashville, TN to track drums for the record at Belmont, University. The recording process took only two days, and with a newfound energy that only Nashville could inspire, the band returned to Colorado with all the pieces of the puzzle ready to assemble.

    Coming from diverse musical backgrounds, the band has developed a deep appreciation for music’s power to transcend language and move people in mysterious ways, which is precisely what the band accomplishes on A Quantum Dream. Featuring high-energy, head banging tracks such as “Grow” and “Mind’s Eye,” as well as softer, mellow songs like “Endless Space” and “Mushroom,” A Quantum Dream truly takes the listener on a melodic journey through a multitude of emotions and sonic landscapes. With jams perfect for relaxation, partying, and everything else in between, A Quantum Dream is a truly imaginative creation that fulfills Skydyed’s artistic vision and redefines the boundaries of Live-Electronica.

    Growing up in central Massachusetts, Andrew Slattery and Max Doucette bonded over their love for music throughout high school. Although both developed a deep passion for creating music, neither of them considered pursuing music as a professional career. The two moved to Colorado to attend Colorado State University. After a year in Fort Collins, Andrew and Max discovered a newfound inspiration: the contagious energy of the thriving Colorado music community.

    The childhood friends began working on a new music project. As they refined their sound and performed a few small shows, they realized that to achieve the exhilarating sound they wanted to provide fans they needed to find the right drummer. Shane met Andrew and Max through mutual friends and musicians in the Fort Collins music scene and the three clicked instantly. They debuted their new sound as a threesome in April of 2014, headlining a sold-out show at Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins. Their early momentum continued from 2014 into 2015-sharing the stage with RJD2, Nas, Flying Lotus, Infected Mushroom, TAUK, Zoogma, Papadosio, and more. In their first two years as a band, Skydyed performed at some of Colorado’s most heralded venues including Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Boulder Theatre, and a sold out headlining show at Denver’s Bluebird Theatre.

    Excited as they were with the new sounds they were laying down, the band is amazed by the vast enthusiasm shared among critics and fans alike for their music. Shortly after the release of their latest EP ‘Peace by Piece,’ The Untz proclaimed, “There aren’t many electronica influenced bands out right now that have quite the sharp, organic sound Max Doucette, Shane Eagen, and Andrew Slattery seem to pull off effortlessly

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      9/29

      Midnight Marauders

      18 & Over | 8 pm

      Midnight Marauders

      DJ G Train- Johnny Quest- Dj Proof

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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.



          10/2

          Smackdown Trivia

          18 & Over | 6:30 pm

          Smackdown Trivia

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          10/3

          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.



            10/5

            Max Allen Band

            The Good Ole Fashion

            18 & Over | 8 pm

            Max Allen Band

            Max Allen is a singer / songwriter / guitarist who has been performing professionally since the age of 16. He has over 1,000 performances to his credit at various venues, colleges, festivals and private events in nealy half the states in the country.

            Known for his intricate guitar work, catchy lyrics, contagious melodies and energetic live performances, Allen is in the upper echelon of rising artists on the circuit today. The Max Allen Band has been described as a “stunningly full-sounding trio” whose music is a high energy combination of jazz, blues, funk and rock.

            Over the past several years he and his bands have had the privilege of performing on stage with and/or opening for a number of great musicians and bands including The Clarks, Jim Ryser, Larry Crane, Chris Duarte, Dishwalla, Carrie Newcomer, Otiel Burbridge, Dickie Betts, The Spin Doctors, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Ekoostik Hookah, Dark Star Orchestra, Umphrey’s McGee and The Marshall Tucker Band.

            With six CDs, (the latest “Ending Sun” released 2009) MAB is nearly ready to return to the studio for yet another CD . MAB is under the Big Walnut Records label.

            Shaan France was born in Columbus, OH and moved to Ashland, KY at the age of three. He started playing drums at the age of 10 in his middle school band. After he graduated from high school, he went to Morehead State University (KY) to become a Music Education Major with a Percussion emphasis.

            Shaan learned all aspects of percussion from symphonic, marching, funk, jazz, world and contemporary. In college, he marched and taught in the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Shaan was also part of a two time winning international marching percussion drum line.

            After college, Shaan moved to Indiana where he teaches private lessons and does fill in work for other bands. His biggest influences are Stewart Copeland, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Vinnie Colatiuta, John Fishman and Billy Martin.

            Davison “Dace” Robie was born on 30 November 1986 in Jamestown, New York. As a boy he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana with his family. At 12 he sang in his elementary school choir, and later began to play baritone and alto saxophones and bass clarinet. By 15 he had begun to play double bass and bass guitar, which remain his two great loves to this day. In 2010, Dace graduated from Butler University, where he studied composition, double bass, and jazz improvisation.

            Dace joined the Max Allen Band full time in the summer of 2009. When not busy with MAB, Dace is a founding member of the fusion group Melancholy Elephants (Indianapolis) and a member of Everywhere Theatre Group (NYC).

            State of Terror: Directed, Recorded, Edited and Scored by Davison Robie and Nick Hartgrove:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ek9pG3OE8I

            Everywhere Theatre Group: http://everywheretheatre.org/

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              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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                  10/7

                  Cornmeal

                  Rolling Foliage

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

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                  Cornmeal

                  Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, 2013 proves
                  to be just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energetic sound and heads
                  back into the studio to nish their long awaited rst studio album after almost 6 years. A nationally
                  recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily inuenced by American roots and folk music
                  and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live
                  performance that continues to expand upon the ve-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical
                  repertoire. While steeped in the tradition of the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their
                  own, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music
                  lovers. With a growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of
                  bluegrass and live performance.
                  With the release of their debut album "In The Kitchen" (2001 Livin' Live records), Cornmeal secured its
                  place as one of the top bands in its genre. 2003’s “Tales from Magic Stone Mountain”
                  (Livin’ Live records) garnered much critical attention and became a staple on College and AAA top 10
                  lists throughout the country. In May of 2006, Cornmeal released their third album, “Feet First”, which
                  became proof positive that Cornmeal’s tenure on the road brought on an honest and mature sound.
                  Produced by former guitarist Kris Nowak and bassist Chris Gangi, "Feet First" features a strong
                  condence in songwriting, musicianship and the ability of this band to stylistically ride the fence and
                  bring it back home without missing a step.
                  In the beginning of 2010, Cornmeal released their rst live album, “Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I”
                  (2010 Livin’ Live Records), an album that pays tribute to the fans. Towards the end of 2011, Cornmeal
                  released the follow up, “Live in Chicago, IL Vol. II” (2011 Livin’ Live Records). During this time the band
                  went into the studio set to record their rst album in over 5 years. Self produced by bassist
                  Chris Gangi and tracked in Chicago at the prestigious Rax Trax recording studios, the process was cut s
                  hort due to lineup changes and the album was shelved. After almost a year of auditions, rehearsals
                  and wood shedding new material the band is poised to return to the same recording space to nish
                  the album polishing the old material and setting forward with a new sound, new songs and a fresh
                  perspective on the future.
                  While playing a blend of high prole venues, jam-band and bluegrass festivals to thousands
                  nationally, Cornmeal has been a main stage act at some of the most renowned festivals in the country.
                  These festivals include Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Magnolia Fest, Wakarusa Music Festival, and
                  Summer Camp Music Festival as well as having performed on multiple stages at Bonnaroo, All Good
                  Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, 10K Lakes, and many others. They pride themselves on the
                  energy they put forth each night creating an unrivalled live performance that continues to shape
                  itself into an energetic one of a kind experience. “Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I & II” prove that Cornmeal
                  continues to be a band to watch out for. Every show they play is a unique experience that leaves fans
                  begging for more.

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                  10/8

                  Matt Wertz

                  Cappa
                  Aaron Krause

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

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                      10/9

                      Smackdown Trivia

                      18 & Over | 6:30 pm

                      Smackdown Trivia

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                      10/10

                      Metro Station

                      Palaye Royale
                      The Strive

                      $17 + F&T | 18 & Over | 6 pm

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                        The Strive

                        The Strive is breaking ground with a fiery, infectious spin on today’s power-pop vibe that simply must be heard. They named their band The Strive after the fun but intense, forward thinking aesthetic they brought to their 2011 debut EP Anything Goes, the subsequent standalone single Sleepless, and their new EP Design The Road – produced by Matt Noveskey, bassist for the rock band Blue October and rising star in the world of production.

                        For a group that’s only been around since the winter of 2010 – and debuted its current lineup featuring charismatic frontman Brendan Stevens in March 2011 – The Strive has lived up to its name big time, making spectacular inroads on the indie scene. Besides their formal releases, the home recorded demo track Caught Inside quickly rose to the top of the charts on Purevolume.com’s Top Unsigned Bands playlist. In addition to developing a passionate following via explosive performances at KC hotspots like the Beaumont Club and Uptown Theatre, they have performed on bills with Hawthorne Heights, Ivoryline, Madina Lake and Hey Monday; shared the stage with All Time Low and Yellowcard at The Rave in Milwaukee, played shows in Dallas, Austin, the Springboard South Festival in Houston; were featured at the Red, White & Boom concert, put on by hit radio station Mix 93.3 at KC’s Starlight Theatre, that also included performances by superstars Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw. Lastly, their more recent gig in Kansas City on the Warped Tour, one day before the release of Design The Road.

                        Considering that Stevens, band founders Luke Davis (lead guitar) and Nick Stacy (drums), Greg Dowd (rhythm guitar) and Michael Zenk (bass) are only 19 and 20 years old, one of the things that pleasantly surprises people is how mature and polished they are as songwriters and performers. With heartfelt, very personal lyrics by Stevens and music by Davis, Dowd and Stacy, the songs on Design The Road reveal writers that are deep thinkers and artists whose powerhouse performances are genuine and original, but have an irresistible commercial appeal. While they worked on Anything Goes with producer Kevin Gates (Nevershoutnever, The Ready Set) from Engaged Audio in Springfield, Missouri, they opted this time to head to Test Tube Audio in Austin to work with Noveskey.

                        Stacy notes, “All the guys believe that it’s always good to change up who you work with in the studio on different releases, which leads to a fresh approach. We like our first EP a lot, but we didn’t want Design The Road to sound the same. We’re all big fans of Blue October and you can definitely hear their influence on some of these new tracks. Matt took the demos we had and brought them to the next level. We like the sonic ideas we came up with when we first wrote the songs, and he put the delectable icing on the cake. Sometimes it’s even more than that … Luke and I created the essential sonic experimentation and ambience on the closing track On Top of the World, but the big beefy outro was all Matt’s idea. He took our sound, developed it, and helped us to mature. Our time with Matt in Austin was a turning point for the band.”

                        In addition to Stevens’ soaring, emotional vocals, the two things that immediately hit listeners who are new to The Strive experience are Davis’ blistering electric guitar fire and Stacy’s deep and versatile drum grooves, which are propulsive to the point of wild hypnosis. The band goes for the jugular from the get go in the song, On My Own – a super high energy power-pop explosion which finds Stevens being haunted by naysaying ghosts, but finally declaring his place by himself at the front of the stage after a transitional time in the band’s brief but colorful history.

                        The spatial and atmospheric intro to Design The Road – the EP’s first single and soon to be shot video – gives way to a speedy percussive groove and scorching chorus punctuated by Dowd’s jangly rhythm guitar. The third track Hold Me Back brings more energy and intensity to the table after a mid-tempo mainstream pop/rock start; it finds Stevens entangled in troubled romantic relationships, trying not to make irrational decisions. The sonically diverse, atmosphere and effects rich closer, On Top of the World is … well, not only a great place to strive for, but a distinct possibility for a young band on the creative move.

                        The Strive’s origin story is one that could only take place in the later 2000s. In his early-teens, Stacy had amassed over 10,000 subscribers on his YouTube page recording drum covers of contemporary Top 40 hits. To date, he has over 5,082,432 hits and is approaching 15,000 subscribers. One of the early fans of this page was guitarist Davis, and the two began corresponding, becoming friends over their mutual musical goals, and ultimately starting a band when they were around 15 years old. There were some hiccups on the personnel end in the early stages, but ultimately the chemistry the two shared extended to the other Kansas City natives who joined forces to create The Strive.

                        Stacy notes, “It started out with Luke and I just writing and recording demos that were intriguing and catchy. We had a certain writing chemistry that allowed us to knock out demos one after the other. We basically lived in my studio in the basement during high school. A few years later, we got in touch with Brendan, through a friend of ours, and the rest just sort of fell into place. Brendan has been a performer his whole life and definitely has the charisma of a commanding frontman, but has an approachable presence. He came up with the name based on the idea that everyone should be striving for something – and it’s how the band operates. If we don’t constantly have new goals and new plans, we wouldn’t be able to keep up the momentum.”

                        Stacy adds, “What’s fun and cool is that up until recently, there was still a lot of development going on because we were working toward locating our musical niche. The drive to constantly evolve is so ridiculously strong that it’s just never going to stop. The songs on Design the Road, however, reflect the band in many ways because musically, we feel like we have a sound and identity we can call our own and further develop. We’re looking forward to touring and sharing our love for music with as many people as possible.” Lastly, he says, “We have new stuff in the works. We just wrote a new song last night … that’s three this week.”

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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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                            10/13

                            Midnight Marauders

                            18 & Over | 8 pm

                            Midnight Marauders

                            DJ G Train- Johnny Quest- Dj Proof

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                              10/14

                              Wookiefoot

                              Jon Wayne & the Pain
                              Heatbox

                              $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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                              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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                              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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                              10/15

                              Wick-It the Instigator

                              Ryan Richardson

                              $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

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

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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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                                10/21

                                Vela

                                Rev Gusto
                                Trauma Parlor
                                Lunarheadz

                                18 & Over | 8 pm

                                Vela

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                                  Rev Gusto

                                  Jerry Frederick (vocals/lyrics/guitar)
                                  Quinn Hernandez (drums)
                                  Sam Frederick (bass/vocal)
                                  Shaun Crowley (guitar/trumpet)
                                  Peter Beatty (guitar/keyboard/vocals)



                                  KC's Pitch Music Awards Nominee for Best Emerging Act. (2013)

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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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                                        10/25

                                        Aqueous

                                        Gekko

                                        18 & Over | 8 pm

                                        Aqueous

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                                        Gekko

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

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

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

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                                        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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                                          10/27

                                          Through the Roots

                                          Zack Mufasa Trio

                                          18 & Over | 6 pm

                                          Through the Roots

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                                            Zack Mufasa Trio

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                                              10/27

                                              Midnight Marauders

                                              18 & Over | 10 pm

                                              Midnight Marauders

                                              DJ G Train- Johnny Quest- Dj Proof

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                                                10/28

                                                Flobots

                                                All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                Flobots

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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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                                                  10/31

                                                  The Sluts

                                                  Young Bull
                                                  Wides

                                                  18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                  The Sluts

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

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                                                  Young Bull

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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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                                                        11/5

                                                        Iron Guts Kelly

                                                        Chess Club
                                                        Stiff Middle Fingers

                                                        18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                        Iron Guts Kelly

                                                        Lawrence, Kansas’s Iron Guts Kelly was formed in 2002 by Sean Riley (drums) and Shawn Reynolds (bass). Sean and Shawn have known each other since the late 1980s and in the early 2000s they found themselves playing in a pop punk band together. Having played in hardcore bands in the past Sean and Shawn decided they wanted to return to hardcore and create a band that was musically powerful with in your face lyrics… Iron Guts Kelly was born.

                                                        Shawn enlisted friend and coworker, Josh Leon on guitar duties. After only a few weeks Josh’s childhood friend Robert “Boj” Stevens was brought in on vocals. Since its inception Iron Guts Kelly has released five CDs and have toured the midwest, northeast and southwest.

                                                        In 2007 Iron Guts Kelly signed to H8 Piece Records based in Austin Texas for the release of their fourth album titled “Axe to Grind”. In 2010 Iron Guts Kelly signed with Kansas City based Violent Pacification records for the release of their fifth release titled “Killology”.2012 marks the tenth anniversary of Iron Guts Kelly. Most of 2012 will be spent writing their sixth studio album and a summer tour.

                                                        Musically, Iron Guts Kelly draw inspiration and energy from the hardcore, punk, metal, and classic rock bands they grew up listening to. Lyrically, Iron Guts Kelly confronts the plight of working class families and urban decay.

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                                                        Chess Club

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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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                                                          11/11

                                                          Earphunk

                                                          Lucas Parker Band

                                                          $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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                                                          Lucas Parker Band

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

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

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                                                          11/12

                                                          Freddy Todd

                                                          Elliot Lipp

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

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                                                          Freddy Todd

                                                          Band Interests
                                                          Fractals and Intergalactic Slime Travelling. Owls too.
                                                          Genre wompalicious beats / lazer-crunkedelic bAsS

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                                                          Elliot Lipp

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                                                            11/15

                                                            Sophistafunk

                                                            18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                            Sophistafunk

                                                            Fans across America are talking about Syracuse-based Sophistafunk, the product of three multi-talented musicians — Adam Gold, Jack Brown, & Emanuel Washington — who combine spoken-word artistry, old-school hip hop, & funky rhythms to create a unique live band experience.

                                                            The band met in 2007 and rapidly evolved into a national-touring live act. Known for their HUGE sound (created by only three members), the band has won over crowds with a captivating stage presence and tight musicianship. Rooted by old school funk / hip hop, the trio explores electronic dance grooves while infusing each tune with soul and positively charged lyrics. Sophistafunk is a multi-genre tour de force, jam packed with vintage tones and live instruments.

                                                            For six years, this road warrior band has been hitting the pavement and blowing minds across the United States. They’ve collaborated live with greats spanning Bernie Worrell (Parliament/Talking Heads) to Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce/Dumpstaphunk) and were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives when Gold’s restaurant and music venue, Funk n’ Waffles, was featured on the show on December 25, 2012. Host, Guy Fieri, dug the band so hard, they’ve since played his birthday party in Santa Rosa, CA and became the first band ever to play the International Home and Housewares Convention in Chicago, IL on March 3, 2013, by Fieri’s personal request.

                                                            Sophistafunk has played high-profile venues including The Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC), The Boom Boom Room (San Francisco), The Belly Up (Aspen), Brooklyn Bowl (NYC) and more and supported acts including Soulive, G. Love, Foreigner, Trombone Shorty, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, EOTO, Marco Benevento and more. They’ve also gained attention from publications including New York City’s Village Voice and Beyond Race Magazine.

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                                                            11/17

                                                            DJ Nasty Orange

                                                            18 & Over | 11 pm

                                                            DJ Nasty Orange

                                                            DJ Nasty Orange spins everything from hip-hop to funk, new school to old school. If it'll make you dance, he'll play it!



                                                              11/18

                                                              Two Tongues

                                                              Backwards Dancer

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

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                                                                11/19

                                                                California Guitar Trio

                                                                18 & Over | 7 pm

                                                                California Guitar Trio

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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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                                                                        Jake Bellows

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                                                                          12/31

                                                                          Split Lip Rayfield

                                                                          $23 + F&T | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                                                          Split Lip Rayfield

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

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                                                                          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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                                                                          2/8

                                                                          Felly

                                                                          Gyyps

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

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                                                                              Bands We want to see

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                                                                              Hey everyone! This awesome new website allows for a lot more interaction! Just one way we want to talk with you is by inviting you Bottleneck fans to post your concert wishlists here.

                                                                              To start, here are a few bands I can think of off the top of my head that I would love to see at the Bottleneck:

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                                                                              Neutral Milk Hotel

                                                                              Abney Park

                                                                              Ozric Tentacles

                                                                              Just to name a few.

                                                                              Tell us what bands you think should play at the Bottleneck! Can’t wait to hear from you!

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