10/31

Cowgirls Train Set

Whiskey Trio
The Ants

18 & Over | 8 pm

Cowgirls Train Set

Originally a 2 piece but though out everything has just grown and grown and grown to become this 7 piece of destruction and energy. we have formed here in the great state of Kansas bringing in our experiences from all across the free state. Now we have become a force to be reckoned with using our huge sound and great harmonies and vocal variety. prepare for the end!

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    The Ants

    I think it’s safe to say that people like different music for different reasons. More than, say, painting, music gives you more options for its use. It’s malleable and unselfish. It’s portable. It’s there to comfort, excite, or to confound you whenever appropriate -- or inappropriate. I think the reason I’m so into The Ants' self-released CD is not because it satisfies a particular aesthetic craving, but because, unlike about 85 percent of the bands I get to review, they are completely unpredictable. I find myself eagerly waiting to see what quirky musical and lyrical surprises the next song will bring. And they always come.

    For the most part, the songs are based on an acoustic guitar, and vocalist The Trout’s nasal, southern white boy voice, but he uses new combinations of instruments and strange song structures to keep each song totally unique. The album opens with the folky "The Guatemalan", which constructs a bizarre storyline in which the singer receives snappy bits of advice from various people. The Guatemalan himself, snorting lines with the singer, tells him, "Take your time, don’t let the time take you." After a short pause in this bare acoustic song, drums and bass cut in for about twenty seconds -- just enough time for the policeman, who’s driving The Trout to jail, to say "Put this behind you kid." Then the song ends, catching the listener completely off guard, at once confused and amused.

    These songs are packed with surreal lyrical imagery, but they don’t seem to have been tossed off in a drug-induced blur. Instead, they work to form hazy stories, simultaneously invoking sadness and silliness. In the dark acoustic ballad "Sympathy Card", The Trout sings, "Pigeons on the East side and crows on the West / The street cuts down the middle so the cards can drive all over the world / The answer crawling under everything.../ If I don’t see them I feel them, like the people I want to forget." The song climaxes when keyboards jump in, prompting The Trout to sing, "Celebrate the beauty of the death march. The death march is our gift." It then disintegrates into high twinkles of guitar and soft tapping sounds.

    "Horses" is a beautiful country song with a full band and piano, and demonstrates warm, clean-sounding production that belies the homemade packaging. While "Horses" presents The Ants at their most normal, the weirdness returns in full force with "Whores", which starts out with this winning line: "Whores in a creek, waste deep in a creek on the mornin’ that you left me dear / They was standing in a line, one hundred at a time / Singing when you gonna’ come down here?" The music turns into hardcore distorted feedback and guitar deconstruction, as the Trout -- and a girl with fucked-up diction -- eerily yet calmly chant "I see the film in your eyes..."

    There are just too many great lyrics and strange musical turns to reproduce here, but they all deserve recognition.

    The Ants Create Meaning works so well not just because of The Trout’s totally engaging lyrics, but because the band is willing to be stupid and experimental -- and knows exactly when to pull back to intelligence. For me, it’s exciting to discover a totally unique and thought provoking sound in the piles of rehashed, genre-clinging and generally unexciting bands. As I said, all music has its uses -- but The Ants Create Meaning won’t be keeping my table safe from cold beverages.
    -- Ed Anderson

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    11/1

    Thunderkat

    All Ages | 7 pm

    Thunderkat

    Born from fatherhood angst, Thunderkat was the vision of Lew Hanna who tired of the routine life, threw it all away, and shouted in his Dee Snyder voice "I wanna rock!!" Henry climbed on board for the ride after parting ways with a sleepy soft rock band. 3D nosed in on the conversation and invited himself along to fulfill his dream of being in a Van Halen cover band only with easier songs to play. Ivan completed the band with actual talent.

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    11/1

    Break the Bottleneck

    Guttah 2TTS
    Gskee
    Don Vito
    PLUS MORE (SEE BELOW)

    18 & Over | 10:30 pm

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              11/2

              Sweet Ascent

              All Ages | 8 pm

              Sweet Ascent

              Just a bunch of Hopeless Dreamers.

              Biography
              Sweet Ascent is a fresh, up-and-coming Rock/Pop/Hardcore band based out of Lawrence, KS. The 5 piece quickly caught the eye of concert-goers due to their exciting chemistry and high energy. Their debut EP "Their Stories" tells the story of two people who fall in love, fall apart and deal with their lingering emotions.

              “Making our first EP was a blast!” says rhythm guitarist/backup vocalist Jon Eddy. “I feel we’ve only scratched the surface of what we want to accomplish with our music.” Frontman Jordan Rebman agreed. “Their Stories was our first time writing together for an album. Now we are familiar with the process and ready to take our songs to the next level… Get ready for an exciting ride!”

              With their unique mixture of punk, pop, and hardcore, combined with catchy melodies, compelling vocals, and a genuine love for what they do, Sweet Ascent is prepared to take their sound as far as it can go.

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              11/3

              Open Mic

              18 & Over | 8 pm

              Open Mic

              Open Mic is the Bottleneck's earliest contribution to the Lawrence music scene, offering a stage for up-and-coming bands and artists. This long-standing tradition has existed since the conception of this historic and renowned venue, and it continues to this day.

              Open Mic is generally held every Monday; however, it is subject to change due to previously scheduled acts.

              There are usually members of Pipeline Artist Management & Bottleneck Booking in attendance to see whose performing.

              To sign up, please email openmic@thebottlenecklive.com. Please include your Band Name, Genre and number of musicians along with your preferred time slots. These slots are booked on a first come basis, so specific times are not guaranteed.

              9:30- 10:10
              10:30-11:10
              11:30-12:10
              12:30-1:10

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

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              11/4

              Coolzey and moody Black

              AJ Knutson
              Tyler Waugh

              All Ages | 8 pm

              Coolzey and moody Black

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                    11/6

                    Ebony Tusks

                    Heartfelt Anarchy
                    Conchance

                    18 & Over | 9 pm

                    Ebony Tusks

                    Kansas City, Hip Hop

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                        11/7

                        The Magic Beans

                        All Ages | 8 pm

                        The Magic Beans

                        The Magic Beans are a traveling band from Nederland, CO set out to bring their unique, genre-blending music to the masses and inspire a good time. Their diverse songs move your mind, while tight grooves move your booty when they come to town or through the speakers. Drawing from a wide range of influences, The Magic Beans leave nothing off the table as they combine americana, funk, rock, and electronica into a one sound and sometimes even one composition. Their sound has been described as space funk, ameritronica, and groove grass. The group uses no pre-recorded tracks or samples in favor of a more traditional approach to music: original songwriting, diverse instrumentation, and continually pushing the envelope are what have set this group apart. Seamlessly combining acoustic roots music and traditional instruments with modern technology and electric dance music, The Magic Beans are as unique as their place of origin, the Colorado Rockies.

                        The Magic Beans have shared the stage with an eclectic group of musicians: ranging from members of String Cheese Incident, Lotus, Leftover Salmon, ALO, The Motet, to acts like Eliot Lipp, Railroad Earth, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Great American Taxi, Zac Deputy, Elephant Revival, Greensky Bluegrass, Split Lip Rayfield, Juno What, Papadosio, & The Werks just to name a few. They've performed over 200 shows as group across the nation in venues like; Ogden Theater, Boulder Theater, Mishawaka Amphitheater, Bluebird Theater, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Animas Theatre, Belly Up Aspen, the Cabooze, George's Majestic, Parish austin, The Grenada, Gothic Theater, Funky Biscuit, State Bridge Amphitheater, Fox Theater, City Hall, 320South, The Eldo CB, Ghost Ranch Saloon, and many more across the country. The group has a full studio album and live shows available for free to fans at themagicbeans.bandcamp.com and has also put on two of their own festivals and participated in countless charity and benefit events. Look for the groups second studio effort, a double album, to be released early next year.

                        Scott Hachey – Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
                        Josh Appelbaum – Bass Guitar
                        Casey Russell – Keyboards, Synth, Acoustic Banjo/Guitar, Vocals
                        Cody Wales – Drums, Beatbox
                        Hunter Welles – Electric/Acoustic Mandolin

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                        11/8

                        I Wayne

                        Black Am I

                        All Ages | 8 pm

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                            11/9

                            The Icarus Account

                            Chase Coy

                            $8 | All Ages | 8 pm

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                            “I don’t even remember how old we were or what bands were playing” says Ty Turner of
                            The Icarus Account as he begins to tell the story of the twins’ first concert experience.
                            “Our dad was from Georgia and he loved country music,” chimes in Trey, adding “so he
                            and our mom took us to a country music concert when we were six years old.” The boys
                            didn’t know anything about music at the time - they didn’t know if they liked country or
                            pop; they didn’t even know the artists or the songs; they just knew the feelings carried
                            through the music. Midway through that McBride and the Ride show came the moment
                            that marked the beginning of a lifelong dream.
                            “I remember that feeling,” says Ty, “I remember getting goosebumps from the music for
                            the first time and I remember thinking to myself ‘I want to do that someday. I want to be
                            able to play music that can give people goosebumps.’” Not long after that first concert,
                            the boys began taking music lessons. They began with the piano and later took on violin
                            as well. “We hated playing the violin,” remembers Ty. “Our parents used to make us
                            walk around the block at Christmas time and play songs with our sisters for all of our
                            neighbors.” And while they didn’t necessarily love those performances at the time, the
                            experience paved the way for something bigger. “Our dad always used to say, ‘One day
                            you’ll thank me for making you take lessons,’” Trey remembers, then laughs. “I guess he
                            was right.” By the time the boys started playing guitar at the age of 12, everything in
                            music seemed to come naturally to them, but the turning point was how much they
                            began to enjoy it. The twins were immediately captivated by the guitar because,
                            suddenly, they were able to play music that they loved. “We could hear a song on the
                            radio and learn how to play it...that was huge,” says Ty. Music was about feeling - it
                            wasn’t about playing the right notes, having the right bow-holding technique, or learning
                            their scales. It was simply about emotion and what moved the boys. They listened to
                            and learned the songs that gave them goosebumps. More importantly, they began to
                            write songs that they hoped would give an audience goosebumps.
                            This is the mission that Ty and Trey have set to accomplish as a band. They are living
                            their dream as professional musicians writing songs that strike an emotional chord with
                            their listeners. In roughly six years as The Icarus Account, they’ve learned a lot about
                            writing and performing, but ultimately the goal has never changed. “We try to write
                            songs that are honest and relatable,” Trey shares. “One of the most beautiful things
                            about writing songs is that it proves how connected all of us really are. We get
                            messages all the time where people tell us that our songs ‘say everything they are
                            feeling but didn’t know how to express.’ To me it’s really humbling because I’ve never
                            met that person before and yet they are feeling the same feelings that we had when we
                            wrote the song.”
                            The Icarus Account continues to pursue this passion of moving an audience. In fact, it is
                            writing with that same purpose and passion that makes each of their albums feel new
                            and unique. “When we are writing with feeling, it doesn’t matter that we might be using
                            the same four chords over and over again, the song is going to express something
                            new,” reveals Ty. And this is what makes each record so special. The twins’ new album,

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                              11/10

                              Open Mic

                              18 & Over | 8 pm

                              Open Mic

                              Open Mic is the Bottleneck's earliest contribution to the Lawrence music scene, offering a stage for up-and-coming bands and artists. This long-standing tradition has existed since the conception of this historic and renowned venue, and it continues to this day.

                              Open Mic is generally held every Monday; however, it is subject to change due to previously scheduled acts.

                              There are usually members of Pipeline Artist Management & Bottleneck Booking in attendance to see whose performing.

                              To sign up, please email openmic@thebottlenecklive.com. Please include your Band Name, Genre and number of musicians along with your preferred time slots. These slots are booked on a first come basis, so specific times are not guaranteed.

                              9:30- 10:10
                              10:30-11:10
                              11:30-12:10
                              12:30-1:10

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

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                              11/11

                              Chadwick Stokes

                              Ark Life

                              $16 | All Ages | 8 pm

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                              A typical musician wouldn't travel across the country by hopping freight trains orplaying shows inside fans' living rooms throughout North America and Europe afterselling out arenas like Madison Square Garden (for three consecutive nights), butChadwick Stokes is anything but your typical musician.
                              Since forming his first band with two college friends in 1996, Chadwick Stokes haspaved a path of independence, advocacy and social consciousness that's impactedevery aspect of his artistic life. In addition to fronting the bands State Radio andDispatch, Stokes is also a co-founder of Calling All Crows, a non-profit dedicated tobringing bands and fans together to create change through hands-on activism andservice. Calling All Crows has raised over $250,000 and invested more than 20,000hours of service in local communities across North America and Europe.
                              Stokes recently completed a new solo album with producers Sam Beam of Iron andWine and Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Gomez, Iron and Wine).

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                                11/12

                                Twiddle

                                Mister F

                                $9 - $11 | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                Twiddle, a Vermont based quartet, spins tall tales over an intricate soundscape of hi-def shred. Their fresh multi-genre approach conjures up jazz, classical, and bluegrass, but above all, masterfully blends reggae and funk. Obliterating laws of improvisation, their complex arrangements never fail to leave crowds lusting for more. With sage songwriting and unmatched variety, Twiddle’s thrilling infancy continues to exceed all expectation. After whimsically jamming in the fall of 2004, the founding members of Twiddle immediately recognized chemistry and a common seriousness. By the second semester at Castleton State, Mihali Savoulidis and Ryan Dempsey were already intertwining harmony and fantasy, birthing Twiddle staples like ‘Frankenfoote’ and ‘Gatsby the Great’. Brook Jordan, and Billy Comstock, Twiddle’s original bassist, complemented these melodies with a densely layered, and exciting funk rhythm This young foursome had taken Castleton by storm, toured the northeast, and composed an impressive catalog of original tunes before becoming upper-classmen.

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                                Mister F

                                Matt Pickering – Drums/Vocals
                                Scott Hannay – Keyboards/Guitar/Bass/Vocals
                                Ben Pickering – Guitar/Bass/Vocals
                                Andrew Chamberlaine – Guitar/Vocals

                                Formed in 2013 from members of Timbre Coup and Capital Zen, Mister F is an eclectic, high-energy 4-piece band that takes a no-holds-barred approach to blending genres while keeping your feet moving. Having performed at festivals such as Mountain Jam, moe.down, Summer Camp, Camp Bisco, and snoe.down with their previous bands, members of Mister F are no strangers to the music community. Their first show, March 1st 2013, was very well-received, and they are already taking their show on the road to cities as far as Chicago, IL and Knoxville, TN.

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                                11/14

                                David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet

                                David Dondero

                                $20 | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet

                                The seed for this album was planted during a one-off show back in 2012. Bazan was invited to play a show in Tacoma WA with the Passenger String Quartet. PSQ leader Andrew Joslyn put together string arrangements for 4 songs and it was an enjoyable evening for all. They immediately began talking about doing it again and eventually started talking about making proper studio recordings of these songs. But it took nearly two years for everyone’s schedules to line up again. In February 2014, they were able to spend a week at Avast! studio in Seattle tracking a collection of 10 songs pulled from Pedro The Lion, Headphones and Bazan solo albums. Long time friend and Bazan collaborator Chris Colbert recorded, mixed and mastered the album. Chris’s no nonsense approach and years of friendship helped bring things into focus and they were able to record the entire album in just a few days.

                                With the release of the album they will be touring all across the USA in October and November playing in clubs, small theaters and cathedrals.

                                David Bazan was, for many years, the songwriter and driving force behind the acclaimed band Pedro the Lion, building a dedicated following and selling a couple hundred-thousand albums. After a decade helming the project, he found himself embroiled in a major personal philosophical and spiritual cataclysm, wrapped in a growing drinking problem. Bazan got to work exorcizing both his demons and angels, ditching the Pedro moniker in favor of his given name. He’s released the Fewer Moving Parts EP (2006) and two full-length albums, Curse Your Branches (2009), Strange Negotiations (2011) under his own name.

                                The Passenger String Quartet is an avant-garde, experimental neo-classical group, formed by Northwest composer/violinist Andrew Joslyn. The group is in high demand as studio session musicians, tours & performs original compositions, as well as backs a wide variety of regional, and national touring groups from DJ Spooky, Suzanne Vega, to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Ivan and Alyosha, Kris Orlowski, Doug Martsche, and many more.

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                                  11/16

                                  Horse Feathers

                                  Sara Jackson-Holman

                                  $11 - $13 | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                  Some quick true/false facts about the band Horse Feathers and their new album, So It Is With Us:

                                  1. The record was partially recorded in a barn in a beautiful pastoral setting in rural Oregon
                                  (true, but hasn’t everybody done this now?)

                                  2. The band lives in Portland, OR
                                  (also true, and they are consciously and unconsciously living breathing stereotypes just like the
                                  ones portrayed in Portlandia)

                                  3. Horse Feathers last album charted on Billboard by selling fewer records than they had in the past
                                  (true, but maybe more a comment on the music industry as a whole?)

                                  4. For this album, the band was influenced by the following: Pentangle, Talk Talk, Paul Simon, The Band, Van Morrison, John Wesley Harding era Bob Dylan, Desire era Bob Dylan, and Abner Jay (not what you would have guessed, right?)

                                  Justin Ringle, the man behind all ten years of Horse Feathers, has the following to say about the making of this album, and the current state of his band:

                                  “I wanted to stop. I did all the touring for my fourth record – "Cynic's New Year" – and ended the year 2012 disillusioned and defeated. I didn't touch my guitar for months, which was the longest I had gone in about 15 years. I thought that my career in music was over and wondered if I even wanted to do it anymore. After an arduous period of self-doubt and discovery, I finally arrived at the enlightened idea that maybe it should just be a little more fun. I had grown weary of talking to people after shows who said that my last record “helped them through their divorce”. I have always been flattered by that sort of thing, but I realized what I wanted to hear was how my last record helped them “have a great weekend”. If you have heard any of my previous records you will realize that this transformation from “divorce” band to “weekend” band would be a tall order. And it was! I wouldn’t say we’ve become a “party band” overnight, but I certainly tried to change things a bit.

                                  I enlisted friends to play with me that I trusted and had known for years. Along with longtime bandmates Nathan Crockett (strings/mandolin) and Dustin Dybvig (percusion/drums/keys), I threw Justin Power (bass/vocals) into the mix to have an honest to god rhythm section for the first time. With Lauren Vidal on cello and Brad Parsons singing harmonies, we played an impromptu show at Sasquatch and people liked it. We liked it, and the unusual feeling that I had after that show – which I think is referred to as “joy” – became something I wanted to experience again. I shared more. I stopped editing myself as much. The joy of playing live became its own reward, and I dared myself to allow that joy to shape the songwriting. In the end, I was able to let it go, and I don't own it anymore. Which also feels like joy. That's the way it was, and so it is with us.”

                                  So It Is With Us will be released on Kill Rock Stars on October 21, 2014.

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                                    11/18

                                    RLXTRRK

                                    All Ages | 8 pm

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                                      11/20

                                      Orgone

                                      The Heard

                                      $11 - $13 | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                      Orgone

                                      Pronounced with a long second “O,” the Los Angeles band Orgone is dedicated to heavy, raw, adrenaline-fueled funk and sweat-dripping soul. With a core rhythm section of close friends and self-taught musicians steeped in local DJ culture, Orgone has spent the last decade expanding their roster and evolving a sound rooted in old school respect but pulsing with the force of the new millennium. Orgone has become a staple on the festival circuit while gaining a reputation among fellow artists as one of the baddest go-to backing bands on the planet. Always evolving musically and cosmically, Orgone continues to connect with kindred musical spirits throughout the universe with relentless touring and the upcoming release of their fifth full-length album. Starting out as an instrumental five piece by friends with a love of funk records, Orgone cut their teeth putting their own gritty takes on cuts by the Meters, Booker T. & the MGs, Grant Green and Funkadelic among others. In 2002, the band independently released Orgone, a collection of tough, stripped-down, funk instrumentals that Relix Magazine called "intoxicating” and that quickly became a favorite of die-hard, funk fans. Orgone solidified that underground respect in 2006, adding a powerful horn section and releasing their second album, Bacano, a set of all- original, cold-blooded funk gems in the classic vein of War and Mandrill with improved, warm, organic production that matched the evolution of the band's sound. The release of their cover of “Funky Nassau” on both 7” and 12” became a an instant dance floor classic, inspiring a club- edit by renowned DJ Danny Krivit and paving the way for The Killion Floor in 2007, Orgone's first full-length album for the legendary Ubiquity Records.

                                      Orgone proved their continued evolution when the critically-acclaimed Cali Fever was released in 2010. The album was musical chameleon, shifting between West Coast cool, New Orleans grit, Lagos afrobeat, and heavy Mothership funk, taking, in the words of Dusty Groove America, “a rough, rugged, and uber soulful live funk vibe into a deeper and even livelier realm!”

                                      Released later the same year, an all-instrumental album The Killion Vaults showcased Orgone's growing mastery behind the soundboard and why their home studio, Killion, is becoming a favorite recording site for many acts. Orgone's roster and sound continue to grow with fiery, Louisiana soul singer Niki J. Crawford adding her powerhouse pipes to the music and sultry energy to live shows.

                                      And there are ample opportunities to catch Orgone on stage. Touring almost non-stop since the release of Cali Fever, including 288 shows in 2011 alone, Orgone has evolved into an incendiary live act, both as a headliner or opening for artists including the Roots, Al Green, Gil Scott-Heron, Rebelution, Galactic, Ozomatli, Snoop Dogg, Thievery Corporation, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Groundation, and Aaron Neville. Whether playing a club show or slots at national festivals like Bonnaroo, All Good, New Orleans JazzFest, High Sierra, Bear Creek, SXSW, moe.down, Mountain Jam, Waterfront Blues Festival, Jam Cruise 10 and many others, Orgone is a live funk juggernaut that can do it all, weaving seamlessly between gut- bucket nastiness, afrobeat, disco/house, and classic covers, creating a sweaty, dynamic dance experience.

                                      With their critical success and tight, touring chops, Orgone has become one of the most sought- after backing bands for studio sessions. The band has flourished in the studio, appearing on the 2011 multiple Grammy winning Cee Lo Green track, "Fool For Love” and major recordings by Alicia Keys (“Teenage Love Affair, “Wreckless Love”), Estelle (“Pretty Please”), Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, and Anthony Hamilton. Orgone's musicians have also collectively and individually toured and played with Booker T Jones, The Pharcyde, Breakestra, Keb Mo, Plantlife, Macy Grey, Pharoahe Monch, Too Short, Brett Dennan, Slick Rick, and Bun B.
                                      Armed with a new album and a take-no-prisoners live show, Orgone is bringing organic soul and orgasmic music to a stage near you, continuing their rise on everyone's “Favorite Band” list. Experience the band that continues to evolve and redefine funk and make a cosmic connection with Orgone in 2012.

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                                        11/21

                                        Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

                                        Poor Bishop Hooper

                                        $13 - $15 | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                        Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors

                                        Some artists are able to articulate a vision at the very beginning of their career, while others hone their craft over time, growing into their vision as they mature.

                                        “I am definitely in the latter category,” explains Drew Holcomb, a Tennessee-born, duck hunting, bourbon drinking, 1st edition book collecting, golf playing Eagle Scout with a Masters degree in Divinity from Scotland’s University of St Andrews (he wrote his dissertation on “Springsteen and American Redemptive Imagination”) who has spent the better part of the past decade as a professional musician – recording, writing, and touring with his band Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors.

                                        Since releasing their first album, 2005’s Washed In Blue, Drew & The Neighbors (Ellie Holcomb, Nathan Dugger, Rich Brinsfield) have established themselves as a formidable indie act, selling more than 75,000 records, playing more than 1,500 live dates, selling-out headline shows, and touring alongside such varied acts as The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Los Lobos, NEEDTOBREATHE, Susan Tedeschi, North Mississippi Allstars, Marc Broussard, and more. Their songs have been used in countless television shows and commercials, most notably in TNT’s Emmy Award winning 2011 Christmas Day NBA Forever spot, which paired the song Live Forever with a mesmerizing montage of past and present NBA video footage.

                                        The hard work has paid off with the band’s sixth album Good Light showcasing Drew’s signature brand of singer/songwriter Americana in its finest form yet. Recorded live at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Good Light arrives shortly following Drew’s 30th birthday and the birth of his first child, daughter Emmylou (named for – you guessed it – Emmylou Harris), with wife and band-mate Ellie Holcomb. I think about my daughter every time I sing the title track, how I want to sing it over her when she is old enough to start understanding the world of truth and consequence,” says the Memphis native who now calls Nashville home.

                                        “This album perfectly tells the story for a new stage in my life,” explains Drew “On past albums I was searching for my voice, both literally and figuratively. I co-wrote a lot of songs, peppered the music with too many influences, and let too many other voices in my head.”

                                        With this album, Drew dedicated himself to the process of songwriting, stripping away extra layers, ridding himself of past boundaries and expectations. He wrote more than 40 songs for Good Light, mostly alone on his 1934 Gibson Archtop, eventually whittling the selections down to a final 12 tracks.

                                        Drawing from personal experience to craft songs that speak to all of us, Drew explores the universal need to find meaning and joy in the midst of heartbreak and disappointment throughout Good Light. The last song on the album Tomorrow opens with the lyric, ‘Nothing ever turns out like you thought it would.’ It’s a theme that permeates the album.

                                        “I have been through really difficult things,” Drew continues. “When I was 17, I lost my younger brother, and have lived through the grief of that great absence. On the other hand, I have experienced the joy of being married to the girl I always wanted, and have been loved really well by her…Everyone has all these different ingredients; our geography, our family, our interests, the places we have been and the places we long to see, the loves we have found and the loves we have lost. Each of us has a story, and it’s the only one we can tell. With this album I’m telling my story, in the hope that it helps other people tell theirs.”

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                                          11/22

                                          Hembree

                                          Your Friend
                                          Spencer Mackenzie Brown
                                          Bonzo Madrid

                                          All Ages | 8 pm

                                          Hembree

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                                              Spencer Mackenzie Brown

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                                                Bonzo Madrid

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                                                  11/25

                                                  Dawn & Hawkes

                                                  The Blackbird Review

                                                  $8 | All Ages | 9 pm

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                                                      11/28

                                                      Mouth

                                                      3 Son Green
                                                      Deadeye

                                                      All Ages | 8 pm

                                                      Mouth

                                                      "Kansas City band Mouth combines the elements of guitar, bass and drums to form a delectable musical stew... The band adds the fresh spices of jazz, funk, dance and hip hop to create an eclectic mix." - Ink

                                                      Formed in late 2008 by guitarist Jeremy Anderson, bassist Zach Rizer and drummer Stephen Gunn, Mouth plays original "cyberfunk" music: bass-heavy, deep funk grooves that combine rhythmic elements from funk, house, dubstep and hip hop with the improvisational approach of a jam band.

                                                      Having quickly established a name for themselves in their hometown with their exhilarating live shows, Mouth is now branching out with tour dates and festival performances throughout the Midwest.

                                                      "Fans wanting to pigeonhole Mouth's music, do so at their own risk. The three-piece Kansas City band combines elements of funk, jazz, hip hop, electronica and progressive rock in their unique, dance-friendly instrumental songs." - The Daily Record

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                                                      3 Son Green

                                                      Since 2007, 3 Son Green has been interweaving their vast web of sound, sense, and solidarity into the ever‐evolving architect it has become. Their RockJamJazzFunk style breaks genre bylaws, and pulls crowds out of their seats everywhere they play. 3 Son Green’s intricate songwriting combined with their natural improvisation is guaranteed to satisfy every music lover’s palette. Their well fueled, expanding flame has, even now, lapped at the feet of the music world at all manner of festivals across the Midwest. These Kansas City grown virtuosos are vaulting to new heights, and leaving no slack behind.
                                                      Jamie Anderson – Guitar/Vocals
                                                      Evan Carlson – Guitar/Vocals
                                                      Steven Pearson – Drums
                                                      Trey Green – Bass/Vocals

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                                                      Deadeye

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                                                        11/29

                                                        Panda Skare

                                                        Undiskuvered
                                                        GHIZA

                                                        All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                              12/4

                                                              MADE Urban Apparel Show

                                                              All Ages | 8 pm

                                                              MADE Urban Apparel Show

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                                                                12/5

                                                                Truckstop Honeymoon

                                                                All Ages | 8 pm

                                                                Truckstop Honeymoon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                                                                12/6

                                                                Weaver

                                                                Chase Compton

                                                                All Ages | 8 pm

                                                                Weaver

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                                                                  Chase Compton

                                                                  Chase Compton was born January 21, 1994 in Lawrence,Kansas. This rapper/songwriter started his musical aspirations at the age of 15. Chase has released three projects with another one on the way so far in his career and has been building his awareness throughout the Midwest region. Chase caught the attention of his peers with the release of "Midnight Music" in 2010. Fans were growing daily and more show opportunities came his way in a matter of months. Midnight Music propelled him into his first big show as the main support at the Section 8 music festival. Chase has blessed the stage with the likes of Juicy J, Chevy Woods, Problem, Dubo, Chris Webby, MGK, Currensy, Talib kweli, TimeFlies, Asher Roth, Berner, XV, T Mills, Kid Ink, Mac Miller, Big Krit, Wiz Khalifa, and Smoke Dza. During the fall of 2012 came the release of "Elevated Preview". The response was unbelievable and the first single "Acknowledge" visuals received over 40 thousand views via YouTube and 150 thousand views on gorilla leak hip-hop music site. The spring of 2013 took Chase to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas where he performed at 3 official showcases. One month later Chase was invited to accompany Chevy Woods as support on the Good Stock tour. Chase is now spinning on 14 major college radio stations throughout the country and has been named a headliner for the music festival “Dancefestopia” in Kansas City. Needless to say Chase is working his heart out to make good music. He is always saying that "this is for the fans." So, what started as a hobby has now turned into something special. His "Wake Up” project is coming soon. This Phenom ''CHASE COMPTON" is the Real Deal. Just you wait and see....

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                                                                  12/8

                                                                  Blackalicious

                                                                  Daniel Bambaata Marley
                                                                  Approach

                                                                  $17 - $19 | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                  Blackalicious

                                                                  In a hip-hop career that has stretched past a decade, Blackalicious has earned respect the old-fashioned way–rising through honesty, commitment, and artistry. Blackalicious is an American hip hop duo from Sacramento, California made up of rapper Gift of Gab (born Tim Parker) and DJ/producer Chief Xcel (born Xavier Mosley). They are noted for Gift of Gab’s often “tongue-twisting”, multisyllabic, complex rhymes and Chief Xcel’s “classic” beats.

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                                                                  Daniel Bambaata Marley

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                                                                    Approach

                                                                    A diversified journey through hip-hop, funk and soul that will make your head spin.

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                                                                    12/12

                                                                    Animals as Leaders

                                                                    Monuments
                                                                    Existem

                                                                    $18 - $20 | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                          12/13

                                                                          yojimbo

                                                                          All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                            1/7

                                                                            Shes a Keeper

                                                                            All Ages | 8 pm

                                                                            Shes a Keeper

                                                                            She's A Keeper

                                                                            This five piece band with roots in KC has now stretched its audience to Lawrence, KS where part of the band attends KU and all the way down I-70 to Columbia, MO where part of the band attends MU.

                                                                            When they come together on stage, fun and energetic three part harmonies can be heard. The sound is a folk rock, Americana that at times sounds a wee bit Irish, thanks to one of the two frontmen being half Irish. Also in the mix, a powerful cello and a wiley banjo often played from behind the drum kit.

                                                                            Those harmonies come from Zac and Colin on vocals and guitar with Fritz on percussion, drum kit, banjo and vocals. Elliott on bass brings prowess in his genes as he is the son of one of The Elders. And then perched behind her cello is Kate adding a dynamic not found in young bands these days.

                                                                            When firing on all cylinders they can turn any room into a party. One of their first gigs at recordBar brought out 160 people. Since then they have played at Livestrong Sporting KC Stadium, Kanrocksas, The Country Club Plaza Art Fair and recently sold out The Brick in Kansas City.

                                                                            They are currently playing in support of their 2011 self titled, self released album, "She's a Keeper."

                                                                            In the near future they hope to begin work on a brand new EP as well as make their first music video.

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                                                                            1/16

                                                                            Play Dead

                                                                            All Ages | 8 pm

                                                                            Play Dead

                                                                            The Players
                                                                            Dylan Bassett - Percussion
                                                                            Brad Boerger – Guitar & Vocals
                                                                            Joe Comparato – Bass & Vocals
                                                                            Michael Hamm – Guitar & Vocals
                                                                            Bradford Hoopes – Keyboards & Vocals
                                                                            Colin Mahoney - Percussion

                                                                            As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead in 2015, this group of talented and eclectic musicians has come together to celebrate the remarkable repertoire and live experience of the Grateful Dead. More than what you’d expect from a typical tribute band, this group embraces the foundation of what made the Dead’s sound so unique by creating a landscape of masterful improvisation, rich harmonies and beautiful melodies across all genres of music.
                                                                            While this group of players has never before taken the stage together, they have all been in connection for more than 20 years and possess over a century of experience writing, teaching, performing and producing music. Boerger and Comparato have played and performed together in the L.A. Ramblers, The Deal, The Coyote Project and most recently Stranger Tractor. Additionally Boerger’s music roots include Tofu Teddy, The Red Zone, The Parlor Frogs, Diamond Eyed Jack & Flint Gray. Hoopes’ credits include The EZ Pieces, Ardys & Bradford, The Secondhands and with Mahoney, venture back into the 80’s with the east coast jam band MoonRocks. Hoopes and Hamm have played together in The Yards since 2003. Bassett and Mahoney are a seasoned and accomplished percussion duo with numerous credits for session work as well as their performances in their bands Sunu (in which both Bassett and Hamm play), Truckstop Honeymoon and 40 Watt Dreams (in which Mahoney play).
                                                                            Together Play Dead produces an uncanny rendition of a part of musical history that was genius, ahead of its time and may never be experienced again. To say the music and culture of the Grateful Dead had a profound effect on the course that music has taken over the years is a grave understatement. Whether you’re a card carrying Deadhead, a Hi-Fi music aficionado or just a music junkie who loves a good groove you will not want to miss Play Dead.
                                                                            Let The Music Play The Band!

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                                                                            1/21

                                                                            Captiva

                                                                            All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                              3/20

                                                                              Sylvan Esso

                                                                              $15 | All Ages | 8 pm

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

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

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                                                                              Bands We want to see

                                                                              Writing-a-list-post

                                                                              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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