7/1

The Lonesome Houndogs

Douglas County Quintet

18 & Over | 8 pm

The Lonesome Houndogs

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    Douglas County Quintet

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      7/2

      Coral Creek

      Cowgirls Train Set

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

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      Coral Creek

      ORAL CREEK opens a new chapter this fall, releasing and touring in support of a breakthrough album produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth. The self-titled album, CORAL CREEK, marks the beginning of a new era for the Colorado-based Americana/Country-Rock/Jamgrass band, as the first release with standout keyboard player Bill McKay and Grammy Award Winning fiddle player, Luke Bulla.

      McKay, best know for his roles with Leftover Salmon and Derek Trucks Band, joins songwriter/guitarist Chris Thompson at center stage, singing leads and contributing to the bands extensive repertoire of original material. Nashville fiddler, Luke Bulla, who earned a Grammy Award with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, comes to CORAL CREEK via Lyle Lovett Band, Jerry Douglas Band, John Cowan Band and Kentucky Thunder. Luke is also a distinguished vocalist and songwriter.

      CORAL CREEK is a Colorado band on the rise, featuring a diverse catalog of original music spanning the genres of rock, country/bluegrass, cajun, folk and island music. While the new self-titled album sits squarely in the Americana category, CORAL CREEK live performances transport audiences from the beaches of the Caribbean, down to the bayou and back up high into the Colorado Rockies – with instrumentation ranging from mandolin and fiddle to congas and steel pan.

      The counter-balance to McKay’s fiery piano is the acoustic guitar of singer/songwriter Chris Thompson, stylistically blazing new trails inspired by Jerry Garcia and Tony Rice. Rob Garland (bass) and Jack Watson (drums) lock down the rhythm section, while Luke Bulla elevates the music with a soaring bluegrass fiddle and high lonesome vocals.

      Since forming in 2010, CORAL CREEK has performed on festival main stages, concert series and clubs across the US, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean, sharing stages with distinguished musicians including Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, Bill Nershi and members of The String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters and other fine acts. With the addition Bill McKay on keyboard and Luke Bulla on fiddle, CORAL CREEK is a rising tide in the swirling jamgrass sea.

      CORAL CREEK, the album, features new original songs by Chris Thompson and Bill McKay, plus instrumental contributions by Luke Bulla (Lyle Lovett Band), Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon), Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass), Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), Tyler Grant (Grant Farm), Arthur Lee Land (Great American Taxi), Scott Messersmith (formerly of The Motet) and Tanya Shylock (True Blue Band).

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      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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      7/3

      Smackdown Trivia

      18 & Over | 6:30 pm

      Smackdown Trivia

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      7/4

      Closed. Happy 4th of July!

      All Ages | 8 pm

      Closed. Happy 4th of July!

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        7/6

        The Railsplitters

        Tornado Rose

        All Ages | 8 pm

        The Railsplitters

        Fresh off the success of their first album, and taking first place in Rockygrass’ Best New Band Competition, Colorado natives, The Railsplitters got busy touring the US, meeting wider audiences, and of course, spending hours in the tour van! As you can imagine from five members traveling across the United States, the musical array pouring out of the van onto the open highway was wildly eclectic, crossing over genre and time. From boundary breaking trip hop and electronica groups like Gorillaz and Thievery Corporation, to more direct influences like The Infamous Stringdusters and Lake Street Dive, the musical potpourri heard in their time on the road eventually began to seep into the band’s own music. With their new album, The Faster It Goes, they’re using these new sounds to break the bonds of bluegrass and unleash tradition. Lauren Stovall and the rest of the ‘Splitters suggest that using your roots to evolve is really at the heart of the genre, not unlike Bill Monroe, who himself was an innovator. With their finger on the pulse, The Railsplitters are pushing the genre forward with an adventurous spirit, carrying in the tradition of breaking boundaries with their innovative sound.

        The Railsplitters’ secret weapon is two-fold: first, the innovative imagination of banjo player Dusty Rider’s songwriting, who writes with the full band in mind, imagining an entire song in his head before it’s even heard it out loud. Second, the powerfully distinct vocals of Lauren Stovall whose voice is as clean as Emmylou, as cutting as Allison Krauss, and carrying some of the attitude of Dolly herself. Lauren’s vocal lines fill The Railsplitters’ sound with something distinct and undeniable. In addition, part of The Railsplitters’ new color is brought on by the band’s newest member, Christine King, whose superb fiddling adds a driving force to the band’s sound. With masterfully executed mandolin and banjo by Peter Sharpe and Dusty Rider, and well supported by upright bassist Leslie Ziegler’s innovative style, The Faster It Goes testifies to The Railsplitters’ multipolar and collaborative songwriting, giving voice to the impressive talents of its members and a cohesive character to the sound.

        From the first track, “Tilt-A-Whirl,” it’s clear the The Faster It Goes is exploring modern speeds: “My mind is like an old Tilt-A-Whirl, it never seems to stop, not even for this girl.” With the foot-stomping drive of a reworked traditional tune like, “Salt Salt Sea,” or the complex harmony and aggressive rhythms in “It’s A Little Late,” The Railsplitters are trying to keep up with life, the faster, and faster it goes. While these songs pack an edge and highlight the band’s progression into more pop-influenced numbers, The Railsplitters know that life isn’t only lived in the fast lane, taking a few moments to unwind with earthy tracks like “The Estuary,” which pays tribute to their musical mountain roots, and the album’s hidden track, “Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes.”

        Though they operate with the instrumentation of a bluegrass band, The Railsplitters are making music totally unlimited by tradition. This is music for the open road, the open dance floor, and open ears--music of the American West, made for all.

        -Mindie Lind, Hearth Music

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        Tornado Rose

        Tornado Rose is a roots band playing soulful original goodness. They offer fresh homage to the evolutionary nature of music at every turn and transform a wide spectrum of inspiration into pure musical fusion. Tornado Rose released their debut EP ‘Dust in my Shadow’ in 2013 and followed up with the release of their single, ‘Fireball Run.' Tornado Rose won the 2014 Walnut Valley Festival New Song Showcase and they are the only full band to ever win the New Song Showcase.

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        7/7

        Koa

        Connor Leimer

        18 & Over | 7 pm

        Koa

        Koa may hail from Nashville, Tennessee — the
        country music capital of the world — but the seven piece
        band is more interested in groove than twang.
        Founded by childhood friends and songwriting duo
        Chase Bader and Conor Kelly, the group mashes soul,
        rock & roll and funk into an eclectic, danceable
        sound, focusing on songs that aim for the heart,
        head… and feet.
        Since playing their first show in a Nashville yogurt shop,
        the guys have built their audience the old-school way:
        by piling into a van and hitting the road, relying on live performances —
        rather than a big-budget marketing campaign or a major record label —
        to turn the most heads. Along the way, they've performed with the
        Wailers, appeared at popular festivals like Wakarusa and Summer Camp,
        and earned an audience that's as diverse and genuine as the band's own
        music.
        Koa's history dates back to the early 2000s, when front man Bader and
        lead guitarist Kelly attended the same grade school in Colorado. The two
        became fast friends. When college came, they both found themselves
        leaving Denver and headed toward Nashville. There, they pieced
        together a band of open-minded musicians, all of whom brought their
        own tastes and influences to the table. Bader was a fan of songwriters like
        Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson and the Beatles. Kelly preferred classic rock
        bands like the Allman Brothers. Sax player Alex Mathews listened to jazz,
        bassist Ryan Ladd loved King Crimson, and drummer Will Youngclaus
        focused on funk. The band grew from there, with percussionist Ryan
        McClanahan joining the ranks to help deepen the music's rhythmic focus.
        Together, the band stirred all of those influences into the same pot, mixing
        up something new in the process.
        These days, with a sound that continues to evolve and a full-length album
        on the horizon, you're mostly likely to find Koa in the same place that gave
        the band its start: the road. The guys have become road warriors, playing
        shows across the United States while working their way toward something
        bigger, better, bolder. For Koa, the only direction is forward.

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        Connor Leimer

        In person, Connor Leimer comes across as your average high school student. He's tall and lanky, with a fresh face and a wide, easy smile. He trusts easily. His tender 17-year-old heart has yet to be split open by life.
        That's fortunate — at least for the rest of us — because we wouldn't have his excellent debut EP, Like It's June, if not for that ingenuous, youthful spirit.
        Leimer, a Blue Valley North High School junior, has been writing songs for the guitar since seventh grade, but he composed most of the EP's five tracks last summer. Leimer was part of the Grammy Museum's 2013 Music Revolution Project, a four-week summer school of sorts for teens interested in developing their craft. There, Leimer met fellow artists Hank Wiedel, Blair Bryant, Haley Ryan and Brandon Thomas, all of whom appear on June.
        The record was recorded at the local Weights and Measures Soundlab. As its title suggests, Like It's June is an easy, windows-rolled-down collection. Yet it's also surprisingly mature, with a sound somewhere between the sunny catchiness of Jack Johnson and the rawness of Jake Bugg. And that's what Leimer wanted.
        "Before this program [the Grammy Music Revolution], I was just a guy writing acoustic songs in my room," Leimer says. "But I love doing this. I feel like I've been doing it forever."
        Leimer is one of FAI's youngest conference performers, but he has ready opinions about folk, rattling off a long list of artists he says fit the category. On his short honor roll: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; John Mayer; and local Americana band She's a Keeper. The common denominator for him is the songwriting itself.
        "I'm primarily a songwriter, so I really get into that," he says. "The lyrics are really important to me. It's natural. That's what I like about it. You have a memory of that particular moment in time, and you can play it back for your kids 30 years later. It kind of becomes a little bit of history."

        By Natalie Gallagher (The Pitch)
        February 2014

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        7/7

        DJ Nasty Orange

        18 & Over | 10 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!



          7/8

          Kannibus Club Showcase

          TokeNFlow
          Disco Don
          Mr Bob

          18 & Over | 8 pm

          Kannibus Club Showcase

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                Mr Bob

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                  7/9

                  SWMRS

                  Partybaby
                  Scruffy and the Janitors

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

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                  SWMRS

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                  Scruffy and the Janitors

                  "Rising from the ashes of St. Joe band the Thrush, Scruffy and the Janitors (Teriq Newton, Steven Foster, and Trevin Newton) have come into their own and in the process, become one of the best young bands in St. Joe. Blending a love of the blues (Son House, The White Stripes, Howlin’ Wolf, The Black Keys) with the raw emotion of garage bands like The Animals and The Kinks, Scruffy and the Janitors put on a flamethrower of a show every time they set foot on the stage, and they are only getting better. Their originals like “Plain Jane” “There’s a Ghost” or “I Will Pick You Up” blend seamlessly with the covers they choose, whether it be The Flaming Lips’ “She Don’t Use Jelly” or “House of the Rising Sun.” If you love rock at its rawest, do not miss Scruffy and the Janitors."
                  -Danny R. Phillips

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                  7/10

                  Smackdown Trivia

                  18 & Over | 6:30 pm

                  Smackdown Trivia

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                  7/11

                  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.



                    7/13

                    Frogleg

                    18 & Over | 8 pm

                    Frogleg

                    Frogleg is a fresh young band out of Minneapolis. Since their first show in late 2012, a major buzz about the band Frogleg has been spreading throughout the Twin Cities music scene stemming from their ever-growing weekly tradition, “Frogleg Thursdays @ Bunkers Music Bar & Grill” in downtown Minneapolis. Outside of Bunker’s, the band has now headlined shows at most of the major venues in Minneapolis from the Cabooze to the Skyway Theatre downtown. Frogleg has shared the stage with the Jeff Austin Band, New Orleans Suspects, Devon Allman, Orgone, Raw Oyster Cult, Samantha Fish, to name a few.

                    Known for their songwriting and improvisational live performances, this seven piece would be best described as a soul band, as their influences are not drawn from one specific genre. A typical Frogleg show will usually features a unique blend of Funk, Reggae, Rock, Jazz and Bluegrass.

                    Frogleg’s debut, self-titled album was met with much excitement last year, selling out their first pressing in under six months. Despite being a 7 piece band, they have not shied away from taking this show on the road. With regional dates filling out their year, tours being planned for 2016, and talks of going back into the studio, Frogleg is showing no signs of slowing down. Do yourself a favor and go see a Frogleg show!

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                    7/14

                    The Kirk Brown Band

                    John McVey Band
                    JD and the Mudhounds
                    Lewis Cowdrey Band

                    18 & Over | 8 pm

                    The Kirk Brown Band

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                      JD and the Mudhounds

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                        Lewis Cowdrey Band

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                          7/15

                          Lawrence Field Day Fest 5

                          The Architects
                          The Peoples Punk Band
                          Wendy Moira
                          PLUS MORE (SEE BELOW)

                          All Ages | 6 pm

                          Lawrence Field Day Fest 5

                          Get your 3-Day passes here, only $25 for a limited time: http://hellohamhawks.wix.com/lawrencefielddayfest

                          FRIDAY

                          7:15 Not Like Igor
                          8:15 The Dear Misses
                          9:15 WIDES
                          10:15 Real Adults
                          11:15 The Pedaljets
                          12:15 Your Friend


                          SATURDAY
                          7:00 Headlight Rivals
                          8:00 Boot
                          9:00 Hipshot Killer
                          10:00 Wendy Moira
                          11:00 The People's Punk Band
                          12:00 The Architects

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                          The Architects

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                            The Peoples Punk Band

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                              Wendy Moira

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                                Hipshot Killer

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                                  Boot

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                                      7/16

                                      Lawrence Field Day Fest 5

                                      Your Friend
                                      The Pedaljets
                                      Real Adults
                                      PLUS MORE (SEE BELOW)

                                      All Ages | 6 pm

                                      Lawrence Field Day Fest 5

                                      Get your 3-Day passes here, only $25 for a limited time: http://hellohamhawks.wix.com/lawrencefielddayfest

                                      FRIDAY

                                      7:15 Not Like Igor
                                      8:15 The Dear Misses
                                      9:15 WIDES
                                      10:15 Real Adults
                                      11:15 The Pedaljets
                                      12:15 Your Friend


                                      SATURDAY
                                      7:00 Headlight Rivals
                                      8:00 Boot
                                      9:00 Hipshot Killer
                                      10:00 Wendy Moira
                                      11:00 The People's Punk Band
                                      12:00 The Architects

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                                      Your Friend

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                                        The Pedaljets

                                        The Pedaljets are releasing their first new material in 23 years, starting with a 7″ single with the roaring riffs of “Riverview,” a possible love child of Iggy Pop and Bob Dylan, and the dark insinuation of “Terra Nova,” a hearkening back to the Pedaljets’ early days with shades of Mission of Burma and The Wipers. A full length vinyl LP will follow June 25, 2013, and this single is only the tip of the iceberg of the remarkable batch of songs to follow.

                                        The Pedaljets originated in Lawrence, Kansas in 1984 and were one of the “almost famous” alternative acts of the 1980s – a missing link between The Replacements and Nirvana. From their beginning, the Pedaljets toured the country nonstop, often opening for the likes of Hüsker Dü, Flaming Lips, The Replacements, Meat Puppets, and other usual suspects of 1980s alternative/punk America. They released two full lengths – the first, “Today Today,” on Twilight Records in 1988 to great accolades, the Lawrence Journal World calling it a “regional standard” with Creem, Trouser Press and many others chiming in as well. The second LP, “Pedaljets,” was released on Communion in 1989 and was rushed out as an unfinished, poorly realized “what might have been” of an LP. The “Pedaljets” CD garnered solid national attention and good reviews, despite its flaws. After six years of almost nonstop touring and born upon a deep disappointment with this second LP, the Pedaljets quietly disbanded in July 1990. Ironically, at the time they broke up, the Pedaljets’ flag was flying higher than ever. They were on MTV and packing clubs around the country; even the opening montage of credits on Saturday Night Live featured a quick shot of a Pedaljets poster.

                                        Now fast-forward to winter 2006, when rumors began circulating around KC about some kind of a quasi-Pedaljets reunion. The story was that after listening back to “baked out” masters with producer, Paul Malinowski (bass player for former KC rock titans Shiner, Season to Risk), the guys had returned to the studio after 17 years to finally “fix the mix.” Turns out, the rumors were true. One of the 1980s more enigmatic bands temporarily had re-emerged to seek a sort of rock-and-roll redemption – a cathartic cleansing consisting of playing together again, drinking like they shouldn’t, and correcting old mistakes, not necessarily in that order. They had discovered that the tapes were salvageable. Moreover, that first night listening back to the raw masters was a surprise to everyone – Kesler and Morrow still sounded like one of rock’s great rhythm sections; Allmayer’s lyrics and chord changes were still rich, hooky, and unpredictable; and Wade’s lead guitar still resonated with the band’s expanded vision. More importantly, the songs still sounded fresh– history meets modernity. It was time to finish it right. Meeting in the studio when they could, the boys worked with Malinowski over an entire year to polish and fix the sound, and to sharpen the arrangements.

                                        After re-recruiting the great Archer Prewitt (Sof’ Boy comic book creator and guitarist for the Sea and Cake and The Coctails) to design the cover art (Prewitt did the original film noirish color woodcut cover as well) and signing with Oxblood Records (a great KC label), the story had come full circle and was now ready for its “do-over.” The LP was rereleased in 2008 and met a favorable response, Mojo calling out the lead track, “Giants of May,” on its playlist: “Grungy country supplied by a Kansas City band that set out to make an album many years ago but only just got around to completing the task. You’ll be glad they did.”

                                        After reuniting for a few shows around the KC area, the Pedaljets decided to return to the studio in late 2009 to record a few new songs Mike Allmayer had written. Original Pedaljet lead guitarist Phil Wade was unavailable, so this time around Malinowski assumed second guitar duties, as well as performing all recording/engineering. After recording 15 tracks in several KC studios, the band went up to Brooklyn to have John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, The Hold Steady, etc.) mix at Headgear Studios. The results are astonishing. Each song is at once vintage midwest in-your-face rock and a totally new approach to what is timeless and resonant and beyond conventional formulaic alternative pop and rock. The guys have learned something after all these years. Enjoy the single and get ready for the LP. You’ll be floored. Dig it.

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                                        Wides

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                                          The Dear Misses

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                                          Not Like Igor




                                            7/17

                                            Smackdown Trivia

                                            18 & Over | 6:30 pm

                                            Smackdown Trivia

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                                            7/18

                                            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.



                                              7/19

                                              Whitney

                                              Michael Rault

                                              $12 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                              Whitney

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                                              Michael Rault

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                                                7/20

                                                The Hip Abduction

                                                The Groove Orient

                                                All Ages | 8 pm

                                                The Hip Abduction

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                                                The Groove Orient

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                                                  7/21

                                                  Zeke Beats

                                                  Bios
                                                  Bob Gnarly
                                                  Skurve
                                                  PLUS MORE (SEE BELOW)

                                                  18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                  Zeke Beats

                                                  Electronic Bass from Australia!

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                                                  Bios

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                                                    Bob Gnarly

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                                                      Skurve

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                                                        Always 420

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                                                          Pizza Prophet

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                                                            7/22

                                                            Whiskey Autumn

                                                            Spencer Mackenzie Brown
                                                            Jessica Paige

                                                            18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                            Whiskey Autumn

                                                            Whiskey Autumn is an indie pop rock band from Boulder, CO. Their latest single, 07.04.07, was released in late 2015 with an accompanying music video. 07.04.07 showcases Whiskey Autumn expanding upon the '60s pop stylings of their previous EP, Call You Mine, with hip-hop beats and electronic flourishes in what is their most confident work yet.

                                                            Founded by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Laut, Whiskey Autumn began as a bedroom folk project before recruiting bassist David Landry and drummer Matty Schelling into the fold. The revamped lineup delved into new influences ranging from 1960's pop and soul to 1990's R&B and rock. The band's recent material is currently featured on college radio stations throughout the US and has received critical acclaim from music blogs and publications.

                                                            Whiskey Autumn is diving headfirst into 2016 by hitting the road for extensive tour dates and plans to record a new EP in the spring.

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                                                            Spencer Mackenzie Brown

                                                            In a little over a year, Lawrence indie folk rocker Spencer Mackenzie Brown went from watching bands make music to forming his own band, striking out on his own and never looking back. The 25 year old released his debut EP, Part One, in July of last year and has since notched performances at SXSW, Kansas City's Middle of the Map Fest and Boulevardia.

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                                                            Jessica Paige

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                                                              7/23

                                                              DJ Nasty Orange

                                                              18 & Over | 8 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!



                                                                7/24

                                                                Smackdown Trivia

                                                                18 & Over | 6:30 pm

                                                                Smackdown Trivia

                                                                MORE INFO COMING SOON!

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                                                                7/25

                                                                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.



                                                                  7/27

                                                                  Jahman Brahman

                                                                  Greener Grounds

                                                                  18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                  Jahman Brahman

                                                                  Jahman Brahman is a five-member collaboration originating from Columbus, Ohio in 2007. They currently reside in the mountains of Asheville, NC. The name Jahman Brahman emerged from the band’s goal to achieve ultimate musical cohesion: each instrument a facet of a single greater goal to deliver music from the heart of one. The band strives to leave the listener with thoughts of love, life, and the wonders experienced while being part of an extraordinary musical family.

                                                                  Shred ‘N’ Flow is how Jahman Brahman describes their unique style, meaning dynamic sound with a wide breadth of influence, but a focus on rich and fluid progressions of energy. Each member’s musical intuition and influences are unique. From Classic Rock to Electronica to Punk to Jazz, elements from many genres are found in the band’s music. As a result the band pioneers new sounds as the coalescence of their diverse styles unfolds into powerful jams and creative compositions.

                                                                  Providing the low end, Nate “Brother” Brown brings his own style of funked-out and super-fresh bass grooves. Layered on top are transcendent key strokes and myriad of effects, which highlight Justin Brown’s full and conscious lyrics. Drummer, Chuck Knott, provides a steady concrete pulse, the heartbeat for Casey Chanatry’s riveting guitar-work.

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                                                                  Greener Grounds

                                                                  Greener Grounds is a five piece jamtronica band based out of Denver, CO. They quickly gained momentum and secured a name for themselves in the highly competitive jam band music scene. Inspired by the likes of Lotus, STS9, the Disco Biscuits, Phish, and Umphrey's Mcgee, they blend many styles including psychedelic funk, rock, trance fusion, and break beats. Their eclectic sound continues to take crowds by surprise ensuring a lively, danceable, and energetic vibe where ever the road takes them.

                                                                  Greener Grounds features Joe Shur on lead guitar, Mathew Buelt on rhythm guitar, Roland Hansen on keys and synth, Jay Rieder on bass, and AJ Gillman on drums and percussion.

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                                                                  7/28

                                                                  Joel Bonner & the Boot Stompers

                                                                  Odd Harmona
                                                                  Hyperbor

                                                                  18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                  Joel Bonner & the Boot Stompers

                                                                  MORE INFO COMING SOON!

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                                                                  Odd Harmona

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                                                                    7/29

                                                                    The Wheatfield Rebellion

                                                                    18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                    The Wheatfield Rebellion

                                                                    3 dumbass numbskulls who fire simultaneously like the neurons in the brain of a squid hungry horny love drunk sperm whale. Spewing our blow holes on the music scene of the landlocked Midwest!

                                                                    A delicious representation of non edible delights. We are thrown together like a phony fruit salad picture for your local friendly neighborhood restaurant. A biography of biographical errors, we woke up like Rip Van Winkle in a world just right for us {was a good dream}. With lyrical lies, guitar highs, bass drop lows and drum hammer blows we will keep it all ridiculous serious.

                                                                    Songs about survivors, good times, playing hard, women, whisky, heart breaks, all with a funky element of danger!

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                                                                    7/30

                                                                    National Park Radio

                                                                    Like Rabbits

                                                                    18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                    National Park Radio

                                                                    National Park Radio is a new modern folk band born and based in the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. An all-acoustic band featuring well-written original songs and beautiful vocals, NPR has a unique sound that is easy to love. This self-titled EP debut contains five songs inspired by the beauty of their native landscape as well as the joys and trials of life and love. The lyrical poetry of lead singer and songwriter Stefan Szabo is a treasure not to be missed. The melodies and vocal harmonies complete the package. National Park Radio is a band on the rise...catch them at a show near you soon!

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                                                                      8/3

                                                                      Great Blue

                                                                      18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                      Great Blue

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                                                                        8/4

                                                                        DJ Nasty Orange

                                                                        18 & Over | 8 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!



                                                                          8/5

                                                                          Tennessee Stiffs

                                                                          Brutally Frank
                                                                          Dusty Rust

                                                                          18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                          Tennessee Stiffs

                                                                          Pioneering a sound called "death folk", the tunes are sometimes raucous, sometimes hauntingly beautiful, and sometimes downright strange.

                                                                          Tennessee Stiffs formed in late 2011. Founding members Lee Sadler and Cara Buysse’s paths crossed when they backed Robin Smith, Lee a longtime bassist and Cara the new pianist. It didn’t take long for the two to find that they had the same passion, the same aspiration:

                                                                          something dark, something pretty,
                                                                          something great, something gritty.

                                                                          Fueled by their eclectic musical interests, they were determined to create something never heard before. They seamlessly blend Delta Blues, Rock 'n' Roll, and Country into a powerful and provocative genre they call “death folk”. Late night writing sessions soaked in whiskey gave the loving duo a sound all their own. Cara’s melodies range from hauntingly beautiful to wildly soulful. Blended with Lee’s foot-stomping rhythms and gravelly vocals, the two take the “Beauty and the Beast” standard to heart.

                                                                          The duo spent their first year as a band and as a couple writing tunes and playing shows, often using old books and a hat containing lines of poetry as inspiration. They wanted to build each song as its own story in a greater collection of real-life events. Each song’s characters are vividly constructed and personal, allowing for the listener to relate.

                                                                          Bassist/guitarist/vocalist Casey Kuznieski joined in the summer of 2012, bringing a new level of levity and technical skill to the table. His wide range of talents and involvement with the local music scene allowed the band to expand on stage, where any member could potentially play several instruments. Nearing the end of 2014, Jay Koelbl, out of McMinnville TN, came across an ad posted by a band called TENNESSEE STIFFS and couldn't resist. The musical gods had answered all of our prayers! His steady precision and crowd-pleasing riffs are just scratching the surface of what he brings to the group. Tennessee Stiffs has become a band’s band: each member is a cornerstone in building a new tune.

                                                                          So whether you come to see the spectacle of the full band or the intimacy of the acoustic show, you’re bound to find your toe tapping.

                                                                          Come one, come all
                                                                          Here we go!
                                                                          Buy a ticket to the traveling show!

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                                                                              8/6

                                                                              Unmerciful

                                                                              Troglodyte
                                                                              Garoted
                                                                              Whoracle

                                                                              18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                              Unmerciful

                                                                              Clinton Appelhanz-guitars
                                                                              Kris Bolton-vocals
                                                                              Jeremy Turner-bass
                                                                              Justin Payne-guitars

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                                                                                    8/10

                                                                                    Quiet Oaks

                                                                                    Varma Cross
                                                                                    Tidy Hippy

                                                                                    18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                                    Quiet Oaks

                                                                                    The group plays a unique form of rock and roll. They maintain a rowdy and chaotic energy, while providing a familiar and welcoming sound. The members of Quiet Oaks have played music together for many years. Although they are a new project, the group has an undeniable connection to what they do, and how they play together. Gaining popularity due to their raucous live show.

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                                                                                        8/16

                                                                                        The Melvins

                                                                                        Helms Alee

                                                                                        $19 + F&T | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                                                                        The Melvins

                                                                                        The Melvins formed in Aberdeen/Montesano, WA in 1983 the founding members were Buzz, Mike Dillard (drums), and ex-Mudhoney bassist Matt Lukin. Buzz, Mike, and Matt all went to high school in Montesano. The name Melvins came from a grocery clerk at the Thriftway in Montesano where King Buzzo served as clerk and vandal. Melvin was the most hated fellow employee and they felt it to be an appropriately ridiculous name.

                                                                                        When Mike couldn't cut it, as rumor has it because the songs were getting too mathematically complex, Dale was recruited out of the Iron Maiden cover band he played in at the age of 15. Matt was replaced by Lori Black (Lorax) (Shirley Temple's daughter) when they left Aberdeen for San Francisco.

                                                                                        The Melvins have had quite a few bass player changes during their tenure. Check out the bassist morgue to learn more. The Melvins live in Hollywood, CA right now.

                                                                                        The Melvins Discography is an exhaustive resource of their many releases. They were on a major label Atlantic Records for three albums, although most would agree they're not the type of band that would appeal to a major label. They knew this while they were being signed and just took advantage of the drunken blitz the record companies were on in signing any band connected to a supposed Seattle "grunge" sound.

                                                                                        Dale filled in for Nirvana when they were between drummers and he appears on Incesticide and Bleach as a result of those sessions. Buzz has a side project called Fantômas with Mike Patton (Faith No More/Mr. Bungle) who is also owner of Ipecac Recordings the label the melvins are currently releasing material through. He also plays guitar in the hardcore/grind "supergroup" Venomous Concept, featuring members/former members of Napalm Death and Brutal Truth (also released through Ipecac). Melvins have also released music on Boner Records, Alchemy Records, Amphetamine Reptile Records, Alternative Tentacles Records, and numerous others in the manner of 7"s and whatnot.

                                                                                        Dale has a side project called Altamont. Kevin Rutmanis (bassist, 1998 - early 2005) used to be in the band Cows, he also is in another Mike Patton project along with Duane Denison of the Jesus Lizard called Tomahawk. I would completely recommend anything a Melvins member has released. Melvins have toured with KISS, White Zombie, NIN, L7, Primus, Tool, and Rush, among others and were also on the Ozzfest tour in 98. They toured with a second guitarist at one point David Scott Stone (a great noisician). If you ever get the chance to see them live be sure to give them gifts, they prefer Cracker Barrel gift certificates.

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                                                                                          8/20

                                                                                          Young Dubliners

                                                                                          Flannigans Right Hook

                                                                                          18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                                          Young Dubliners

                                                                                          The Young Dubliners are quite possibly Celtic rock’s hardest working band, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the US and Europe every year. In recent years they have twice appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang and many more.

                                                                                          Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called 'Celtic Rock', that label, as labels often can be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it's not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. "That was always the idea", Keith Roberts, lead singer for the band explains. "The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn't Irish at all, but when we got here, we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what you’ll end up with when you start on a new album.

                                                                                          The band is currently in the midst of recording their ninth studio album. This will be a unique experience for the band as they plan to release it independently for the first time in their career.

                                                                                          “We had a few offers but decided we were well overdue to take things into our own hands,” says Roberts, “After eight albums on various labels it just seemed right to go it alone for once and maintain full creative control.”

                                                                                          However “going it alone” did not mean without financial support and for that they turned to their fans. After only two weeks the band had received over half the necessary funds to complete the recording, manufacturing and marketing plan for the album and work began on February 1st, 2012. The road intervened as is usual for this non-stop touring band and the recording process was put on temporary hold as they commenced a long US summer tour followed by a month long European Fall run.

                                                                                          Now, safely returned to the US, the band is back in the studio full time and hopes are high to finish the album by March. There is a short tour planned for Alaska in February with the main roadwork starting up again in March. They plan to showcase much of the new material at the upcoming shows.

                                                                                          “Having a whole album of new songs really invigorates the live show for us and makes it exciting all over again” say Roberts. “It’s like a shot in the arm every time we go through this process”.

                                                                                          The pledge drive continues on their website at youngdubliners.com.

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                                                                                            8/25

                                                                                            MONTU

                                                                                            Junko Beat

                                                                                            18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                                            MONTU

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

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

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                                                                                              8/26

                                                                                              Coyote Union

                                                                                              Tahoma

                                                                                              18 & Over | 8 pm

                                                                                              Coyote Union

                                                                                              What makes a good band great, what makes them stand out above all the rest, is their commitment to an infallible ideal, the one thing that they strive to do to change people through their music, giving them a deeper experience. For Coyote Union, that ideal is connection. Connection to their fans, to their music and to each other. Coyote Union hopes to inspire, uplift and encourage their listener to overcome the “hard stuff in life” by providing musical therapy and songs that move people by sharing their own life experience, hardship and emotion. People say they might be a little too nice, but they don’t care, they just want to reach as many people as they can with heartfelt words, and a positive spirit.

                                                                                              The band was born when founding members Mark Bertel (Percussion), Chris Royer (Guitar), and Jacob Lane (Guitar) discovered Jordan Finley (Bass, Vocals) at the Baxter County Fair in Mountain Home, AR. After many long nights of jamming to the sound of yipping coyotes under the Ozark night sky, the four quickly became very close friends and a well oiled machine and thus spawned the name, “Coyote Union.” Later the band found Wes Dorethy (Vocals, Violin, Mandolin, and Piano) to round out their signature prodigious “Folk n’ Roll” sound. After playing with Wes and being spoiled by the smile jerking sound and style of the way he played the four knew they had found the last piece of the puzzle and it was pure magic. Eventually Royer and Lane left the band and they were replaced by Geoffrey Watts (Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals and Keys).

                                                                                              In the early days, the band would practice in a secluded barn, deep in the Arkansas wilderness. The band continued to grow and with two EP’s under their belt as well as many live performances, the group moved their home stomping ground from the barn to a local abandoned bowling alley once called, “River Lake Lanes.” With a little bit of elbow grease and know how they fixed it up and built a stage on the very lanes that had the vintage building running in its hay day.

                                                                                              Coyote Union’s sound is the culmination of their influences and experiences, drawing from the down home roots and punk-rock sensibility and need to create deep connections. Their style is a melting pot of rock, punk, blues, folk, Americana and a touch of classical and grunge, but no matter what the style, they always play from the heart. Rather than writing hits, Coyote Union’s aim is to reach people that need to hear their songs for inspiration, and to help them through the down times, writing about love, anger, passion, conquering, accomplishment, triumph, sadness and sorrow. Both their dynamic music and deeply moving lyrics take listeners on an emotional roller coaster and pull on the heart strings. For example, the song “Bones” tells a tale of heartbreak. Bertel elaborates saying, “ When you love someone you really feel it in your bones, in the deepest part of your body. You feel it more intensely than any other feeling, but eventually resolves in moving on and overcoming the strife.” Another song, “Teardrop River,” is an coming of age story of empowerment. “It's easy to lay down, take the easy way and live a mediocre life without fulfillment. It's the people that take the hard way that we like, that go above the norm and do the unexpected.” Bertels explains. Coyote Union hopes to reach as many people as they possibly can leaving a deep legacy behind. Not for the fame or the money, but for the interaction with the people.
                                                                                              Coyote Union has graced stages across the country and at festivals including Wakarusa and Harvest Festival AR, and are embarking on an 12-date tour of Europe including Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands and Austria in the Fall of 2014. Their first full-length self-titled album is due out in late 2014.

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                                                                                                8/27

                                                                                                Be Like Jay

                                                                                                Truth Cell
                                                                                                Amenaza
                                                                                                Melting Point of Bronze
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                                                                                                18 & Over | 6 pm

                                                                                                Be Like Jay

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                                                                                                    Melting Point of Bronze

                                                                                                    Brutal/Heavy/Old School Metal

                                                                                                    Forged in the back of a North Lawrence welding shop.

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                                                                                                    Young Bull

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                                                                                                      Gnarly Davidson

                                                                                                      LFK's premier Beer-Rock band

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                                                                                                      One Jack Short

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                                                                                                        Way Back When

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                                                                                                          9/16

                                                                                                          Andy Frasco & The UN

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

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                                                                                                          Andy Frasco & The UN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                          good ole fashion freak out.

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

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

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

                                                                                                          Key Club in Hollywood, CA.

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

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

                                                                                                          blowing minds and building a loyal following everywhere he goes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                          Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Sugarcult).

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                                                                                                          9/17

                                                                                                          The Anniversary

                                                                                                          Thin Lips

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

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                                                                                                          The Anniversary


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

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                                                                                                            9/20

                                                                                                            Agent Orange

                                                                                                            Counterpunch
                                                                                                            Stiff Middle Fingers

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

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                                                                                                                Stiff Middle Fingers

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

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

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                                                                                                                9/24

                                                                                                                Truckstop Honeymoon

                                                                                                                18 & Over | 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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                                                                                                                10/8

                                                                                                                Matt Wertz

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

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                                                                                                                Freak Juice to bring together many kinds of music for their concert at The Bottleneck Friday November 23rd!



                                                                                                                Friday the 23rd, The Bottleneck will be rocking when Freak Juice comes to town! This concert will have everything from reggae to rock, blues to punk and hip-hop to jazz ala Fishbone! Freak Juice has it all. As band founder Tori Ruffin explains, “It’s a blender full of musical juices, churning to produce a fresh batch of Freak Juice!”

                                                                                                                Bringing together all of the sounds of Freak Juice is a diverse group of musicians, each with their own favored genres and lots of experience. Charlie, the bassist, also sings R & B, the drummer Stan loves jazz and the MC is into Incubus and other rock bands. Tori, who plays guitar, has worked as a session player in L.A. for years alongside an incredible list of artists. Lenny Kravitz, Fishbone, Slightly Stoopid, Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, DJ Quick, Prince and A Tribe Called Quest, just to name a few.

                                                                                                                “All of my life I’ve made my living producing and playing specific genres for other artists. So when it came time to put together something for myself, I didn’t want to be confined or limited in what we did.” Tori said, “I love rock, jazz, punk, funk and hip hop and the art of improv, so I decided to have a rock band that encompasses it all, but really stay true to the styles. Some people throw the term ‘jazz’ around when it’s really not at all. When we play jazz, it’s jazz. When we rock, it’s rock. At least that’s my goal.”

                                                                                                                Tori finds inspiration from his fans and from the other artists he likes, such as Miles Davis, The Deftones, Fishbone, Morris Day and Coltrane. The most fun part of touring for Tori is meeting new fans that appreciate the different genres Freak Juice incorporates in its music.

                                                                                                                “Never been to Kansas and we’re super excited to get some virgin juice-making ears into the blender!” Tori said, “It’s a hell of a live show! You will have a blast! It’s a groove-rocking, artful, juice-making journey not to be forgotten!”

                                                                                                                For their first concert at The Bottleneck, Freak Juice will be playing with local artists New Suede and Grenadina! Do not miss out on this epic concert Friday the 23rd!

                                                                                                                Freak Juice, The Bottleneck, Concert, Friday, November 23rd

                                                                                                                Freak Juice will be in concert at The Bottleneck on Friday, November 23rd playing reggae, jazz, hip-hip, blues and improv! Also playing are local artists; New Suede and Grenadina!

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