12/18

APLSOZ

18 & Over | 8 pm

APLSOZ

Electronic melodic mad man from the matrix, Kansas City based BASS kid Aplsoz has been bursting through boundaries in the future bass music culture by combining styles of sonic force known by the likes of Bassnectar and Ill gates with melodic high energy movements that can slow down and get sexy on the drop of a dime. This ultra-captivating style has led Aplsoz to share stages with Liquid stranger, Dirt Monkey, Jantsen, Koan Sound, Marvel Years, Illenium, Minnesota, and many more. Always rockin' fully original sets, Aplsoz is on the come-up with a fully encompassing and immersive style of fresh bass beats.

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12/19

Yung Grandpa

18 & Over | 8 pm

Yung Grandpa

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    12/20

    Rocky Diamonds

    Josh Sallee
    Staxx
    Scru Face Jean
    PLUS MORE (SEE BELOW)

    All Ages | 8 pm

    Rocky Diamonds

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      Josh Sallee

      I've opened for Big Sean, The Cool Kids, Mac Miller, 3 6 Mafia, Kendrick Lamar, XV, Mickey Avalon, Paul Wall, Chip Tha Ripper, Freddie Gibbs, Big KRIT, Kidz in the Hall, Cypress Hill, Bizzy Bone, Donnis, 88 Keys, Johnny Polygon, Smoke DZA and even Ke$ha. Feel me?

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      Staxx

      Staxx

      Hip-hop was built around lyrics: the art of storytelling and the power of rhyme. Fierce, aggressive and from the street, hip-hop is often filled with bravado and fronting. It’s rare to find an artist who walks it like he talks it.

      Staxx is that artist.

      Born into a tumultuous life in Taunton, Mass., and blessed with innate talent, Staxx was on his way to becoming a statistic: broken home, high school dropout, determined to be a rapper but lacking direction and focus. Despite difficult times, a hardened past and a life
      of struggle, music always brought him back to center. Now he’s ready to share his experiences with the world.

      Staxx wrote his debut album, Writin' My Mind. It was produced, recorded and mixed by respected up and coming industry producer Lü Balz, whose many credits include, but are not limited to, tracks for Juvenile, Rachel Loy, Tyga, Sugar Ray and Speech from Arrested Development, television commercials, and songs placements in major motion pictures and television series.
      His partnership with Staxx kicks off with first single “Turn You On,” featuring Brian Angel of Day26 (Bronx Bridge Entertainment, Inc./Fontana), launching a powerful new team and a step forward in hip-hop’s positive resurgence.

      “Hip-hop has changed dramatically,” says Staxx. “It has received an increasing amount of criticism over the past decade because of the downward spiral of lyrical content and the upward spiral of an electronic sound that hip-hop experts claim is NOT hip-hop. I can’t deny the fact that music has changed immensely since the emergence of hip-hop as a globally recognized genre of music. But just because the music is evolving doesn’t mean the message has to evolve with it.”

      What makes this young man so special is his talent for creating radio-friendly music without compromising his personal message. Staxx writes from the heart. Staxx is the best of both worlds.

      Staxx has been recording professionally since his late teens, working diligently to find the right producers, learn his way around a studio, and surround himself with people who could grow with him and support his vision. At 23, he met Lü Balz. “He had everything I was missing,” says Staxx. “I knew he could take me to the next level.” He also met his manager, Tony Spears. With all of the pieces in place, Staxx was ready to conquer the music industry … until one mistake brought his world to a crashing halt.

      Serving time, he says, was a wakeup call and a cold lesson in reality: his career was likely over, his record deal was gone, his girlfriend broke up with him and his manager wanted nothing to do with him. Released after doing his term, “I was on the verge of suicide,” he says candidly. “I was heartbroken. I drank a lot and I felt
      I had no purpose in my life.” Despondent and convinced that he’d lost everything, Staxx ran away with the carnival — literally. Oddly enough, it was there that he regained his drive for music, motivated by a supervisor who learned of his talent and couldn’t bear to see it
      wasted. He began writing again, applying himself and convincing Lü Balz and Tony Spears that he was a new Staxx. “They thought I was nothing but trouble,” he admits, “a kid with no direction in my life. I got them back onboard with my work ethic. I never stopped. They saw
      my drive and that I was willing to do anything to make it. I knew I was

      accountable for my actions and it was up to me to prove myself to them.”

      With a new single, upcoming debut album and new outlook, Staxx is ready to take the music world by storm. Most importantly, he says, the past has made the present stronger, and he’s looking forward to
      the future.

      “No matter where I go, because of the difficult circumstances I went through, I’ve convinced myself that I can make it through anything,” he says. “No challenge is too difficult or great for me. I recognized that over time. Some people fold and can’t take it. I deflect and deal
      with it because the worst thing could happen and hurt me, but it’s not going to stop me like it did before. There’s a quote I heard as a kid that has always stayed with me: ‘Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.’ I want to be inspirational and let people know that no matter how difficult the circumstances, it’s up to you to change and make something of yourself. I wrote lyrics about how if I make it or if I fail, it’s mine.

      “I’ve been blessed with a lot of great people in my life, friends and family who stood by me, have been hurt by me, who were there for me when all I had to offer was myself. I can’t imagine what they went through, seeing me destroying myself. I hated myself. I killed myself
      without killing myself and I don’t live like that today. My glass is half full now and am looking to fill it instead of seeing it half empty and draining it.”

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      Scru Face Jean

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        Crit Morris

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          Pyro

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            12/21

            Smackdown Trivia

            18 & Over | 6:30 pm

            Smackdown Trivia

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              12/22

              Open Mic

              All Ages | 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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              12/26

              Slight Right

              All Ages | 8 pm

              Slight Right

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                12/31

                Split Lip Rayfield

                DeWayn Brothers
                Loaded Goat

                $26 - $28 | 18 & Over | 7 pm

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                Split Lip Rayfield

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

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                DeWayn Brothers

                The DeWayn Brothers lay claim to a uniquely Kansas string-band sound influenced by bluegrass, old-timey folk and classic rock. Singer Jamie Lee belts out songs of lost loves and bad guys, while her backing boys sing about death and drinking and getting rabies from your own dog.

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                Loaded Goat

                Loaded Goat is a mad mash of bluegrass, old-time, honky-tonk music. To activate: Flick a little moonshine in it's face and get ready for some banjo for your ear-holes. Playing a predominantly original catalog of heartbreak and headache, Loaded Goat will occasionally surprise with the surprising cover song. Loaded Goat is great for bars, campfire jams, weddings, cowboy saloon shootouts, Rural Grit Happy Hour, and more, more, more.

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                1/2

                Rick Gibson Band

                All Ages | 8 pm

                Rick Gibson Band

                Born and raised in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks, with family roots tracing back to the Tennessee hills, Rick is now a transplant in Kansas City. As a guitarist/songwriter he is a Americana roots and electric blues artist with many influences. For years he has worked with a variety of artists performing R&B, smooth jazz, fusion, blues and gospel.

                In late 2012 Rick released his first all original blues CD "Plain and Simple" to high acclaim. The freshman project was a semi-finalist in the International Blues Best CD competition, and was complimented by Rick reaching the finals of the Kansas City IBC best band competition in 2013.

                OZARK ANTHOLOGY is now available. The sophomore project is a musical journey into old style, Ozark dirt blues rock. It is a musical style birthed from growing up in southern Missouri and the regional sub-cultures of southern hill folk.

                "With OZARK ANTHOLOGY I am blending old styles with new retro sounds to produce songs which tell stories with an organic grit. It's not only where I am coming from, it's where I've been."

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                1/7

                Shes a Keeper

                All Ages | 8 pm

                Shes 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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                1/8

                Grazzhopper

                40 Watt Dreams

                All Ages | 8 pm

                Grazzhopper

                “Growing up in the country, I was heavily influenced by my surroundings and my family,” says frontman, Cody Brewer of his inspiration and the heart of Grazzhopper’s sound. “My father and grandfather instilled the basic building blocks of bluegrass and country and from that foundation, I have developed a more complex sound from my later musical influences in the jam, folk and jazz scenes.”

                Grazzhopper is a fusion of the best parts of bluegrass and folk. Varying from an acoustic duo to a full five-piece band, the bluesy, bluegrassy, folky sound only gains momentum as the repertoire expands and the enthusiasm grows. Though, Brewer is adamant that it doesn’t just stop at the music; it’s also about the atmosphere surrounding the show.

                “We strive to create a festive atmosphere. Something you can dance to, but also dive into the depth of the lyrical content. It’s a live experience that’s going to be different every time you come and see it,” says Brewer. “I strive to put on more than just a show every time.”

                Grazzhopper’s songs discuss everything from the trials and tribulations of life to the power of joy to the liberation of travel. “Each of my songs marks a period in my life, a piece of my journey that I want to place a stamp on,” notes Brewer.

                Despite the continual evolution and growth of Grazzhopper, the heart, soul and voice of the band will always remain strong, honest and sincere.

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                40 Watt Dreams

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

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

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                1/9

                Sharp 9

                Love Bones

                All Ages | 8 pm

                Sharp 9

                Sharp 9 is a nine-piece funk band based in Lawrence, Kansas. Comprised of musicians from various backgrounds, Sharp 9 forms this collective by playing a variety of genres with a hint of funk behind each tune.

                Nadia Imafidon - Vocalist
                Nate Nickel - Vocalist
                Himal Sherchan - Vocalist
                Rayyan Kamal - Trumpet
                Leslie Butsch - Saxophone
                Jordan Koch - Bass
                Joel Bonner - Guitarist
                Tim Clark - Keys
                Devin Heath - Drums

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                Love Bones

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                  1/14

                  3 Son Green

                  All Ages | 10 pm

                  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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                  1/15

                  Groovement

                  All Ages | 8 pm

                  Groovement

                  Groovement sounds like Robert Randolph and Stevie Wonder ate some New Orleans Red Hot Chili Peppers; more easily described as: high-energy funk-rock. Their catchy melodies, big harmonies, tasteful solos, and funky grooves easily create songs you can dance to. Deitra Magazine describes Groovement's music as "a surprising find of funky original tunes that got the crowd boogying out of their seats, as well as some unique renditions of unexpected covers."

                  The playful personality and strong, soulful voice of Groovement frontman, Alex Carr, helped him win a ticket to Hollywood as one of the 2011 American Idol contestants. In addition to their decorated singer, the band posseses many years of professional experience and over 30 local award show nominations. This all-star lineup includes Adam Becker (keyboards, organ, synth); Trey Burkett (guitar, vocals); Bryan Burkhart (drums, vocals); Jacob Johnson (sax, guitar, vocals); and Randy Soller (bass, vocals).

                  Groovement has a reputation for putting on one of the most high-energy and professional live performances around. They’ve been steadily building a following in the Northwest Arkansas/Northeast Oklahoma area by being featured at some of the region’s premier festivals: Wakarusa, Tulsa’s Mayfest, and the Backwoods Bash.

                  Groovement’s debut album is slated for release on August 6, 2011. Following the release of the album, they plan to keep touring, promoting their music, and putting smiles on the faces of movers and groovers worldwide.

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                  1/16

                  Play Dead

                  All Ages | 8 pm

                  Play Dead

                  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!

                  Dylan Bassett - Percussion
                  Brad Boerger - Guitar, Vocals
                  Joe Comparato - Bass, Vocals
                  Michael Hamm - Guitar, Vocals
                  Bradford Hoopes - Keyboards, Vocals
                  Kelly White - Percussion

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                  1/17

                  The North Fork

                  All Ages | 8 pm

                  The North Fork

                  The North Fork is a Lawrence, KS progressive folk rock band started in February of 2013 when songwriter Cole Eisenmenger, recording solo, heard violinist/bassist Russell Clark practicing violin in a nearby practice room, and asked him to record record on the track "Dancing on Apples." Cole, who had been playing with drummer Ben Johnson, started playing more often in the trio setting, eventually adding up to four members--forming The North Fork. The band has gone through numerous changes in instrumentation, band personal, and sound--including the shift from being originally acoustic to having electric guitar, bass, and drum set to drive the sound and give more variety to the live show.

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                  1/20

                  Elsa Cross

                  All Ages | 8 pm

                  Elsa Cross

                  Born in Strong, Maine. Living in Austin, Texas.

                  “Elsa Cross plays David Lynch’s kind of rockabilly.”
                  – Austin American-Statesman

                  “Imagine the darkest of scenarios enveloping you in eerily beautiful tones, as though Johnny Cash or perhaps Tom Waits had a sister.”
                  – Laurie Gallardo, KUTX 98.9 Austin

                  “Elsa Cross should have been touring with Johnny Cash in his American recording days.”
                  – Performer Magazine

                  “There is a controlled ferocity to her tone and lyrics, even in the music’s softest moments, and the songs would seem equally appropriate if performed on a horse ranch or in a Hell’s Kitchen lounge.”
                  – The Wire

                  “Eddie Spaghetti and The Reverend Horton Heat would both fall in love with this woman.”
                  – Spotlight Magazine

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                  1/21

                  Captiva

                  All Ages | 8 pm

                  Captiva

                  Formed in 2013, the Kansas City trio's funk/indie rock sound, mixed with their grasping stage performance, makes for an incredible live show that captures both musical ingenuity and visual spectacle. Captiva produces positive vibes and phunky sounds that are sure to leave every fan feeling buzzed. After releasing 'Basement Creations' in 2014, Captiva is planning their first tour in 2015, and will be traveling nationwide throughout the year.

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                  1/22

                  Modern Measure

                  Nadis Warriors

                  All Ages | 8 pm

                  Modern Measure

                  Modern Measure is a hybrid electronica project like no other. Formed in Atlanta in 2013, MM has already set the bar high coming off of sold out performances in Atlanta, as well as touring across the United States, and a huge set at CounterPoint Music Festival. Kyle Holly shows you his musical vision through his project. Taking tracks he's produced in the studio, he then passes the tracks over to Charlie Thornton, for live manipulation and performance for a true Live DJ/ Live drummer combination that is a serious force to be reckoned with. In just a few short years, Kyle has shared the stage with acts such as STS9, Big Gigantic, The Disco Biscuits, Papadosio, ZOOGMA, Pnuma Trio, The Floozies, Break Science & many more. Guided by inspiration and sheer love for the music, Modern Measure creates a positive environment for both listening, and a complete live music experience. Thanks to Modern Measure's record label, 1320Records, MM continues to push the boundaries releasing remixes, EP's, and a soon to be full length album. Take note, as Modern Measure is a name to watch, and a name that you will continue to see for years to come in music.

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                  Nadis Warriors

                  The Nadis Warriors incorporate subtle rhythms and tones to effect the vibrations of the listener. Layering Tibetan singing bowls with specific chords for individual chakras, they invite you to take an electronic excursion through healing and dance.

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                  1/23

                  Mouth

                  Kawehi
                  Wrong Kata Trio

                  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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                  Kawehi

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                    Wrong Kata Trio

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                      1/24

                      The Delta Saints

                      Spencer Mackenzie Brown

                      All Ages | 8 pm

                      The Delta Saints

                      As if the warm familiar melody of rootsy porch music has been plugged in and turned up: The Delta Saints are driving listeners from the comforting recline of their porch swings right to the edge of their seats. It’s a fusion of traditional southern soul and funk-inspired power, all layered with furious harmonica lines that simultaneously tie the group together and threaten to unseat it all in one sweep.
                      It’s the unsettling sound of strength. A strength fueled by talent and bridled by a passion to relate to another that catches the attention of passers-by with its language-like quality. You can hear within it a conversation between five men able to speak to one another through their instruments.
                      The essence of the Midwest and the bayou work together to make a sound unique but befitting of Nashville. And the energy that sweats from this gritty howling dynamic is a message heralding love and loss and consequence. And though the songs may end, the intensity generated from the act of something old made new again will hauntingly remain.

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                      Spencer Mackenzie Brown

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                        1/27

                        John Doe (of X)

                        $16 - $19 | All Ages | 8 pm

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                        John Doe (of X)

                        John Doe was born in 1977 when he arrived in Los Angeles. His previous life in Tennessee, Wisconsin & Baltimore was a great & fertile time but new music and social changes led him to events that created a life in art. He graduated from Antioch College in Baltimore in 1975, worked as a roofer, aluminum siding mechanic, and ran a poetry reading series. Ms. Meyers was his landlord in the rural black community of Simpsonville , MD.
                        John met Exene Cervenka at the Venice poetry workshop Nov 1976 and he started working with Billy Zoom around the same time. When DJ Bonebrake joined X in mid-1977 the line up was complete. They released six studio records, five or six singles and one live record from 1978-1993. Five of X’s records have been re-issued along with two compilations. The Unheard Music documents their lives and progress as a band from 1980-83. In 2009 the film was included in the Sundance UCLA Archive of greatest films of all time. They appeared several times on American Bandstand, Solid Gold and David Letterman. As one of the last original punk rock bands standing, they continue to tour. The day that X played a free noontime concert in Fullerton, CA, they caused Orange County’s greatest high school truancy rate to date.
                        In 1988 John started a family and lived in the Tehachapi Mountains, near the “Grapevine” of Highway 5, which separates southern and central California. He has recorded 8 solo records w/ numerous renowned singers and players, more recently including Patty Griffin, Dan Auerbach, Aimee Mann, Don Was, Kathleen Edwards and Greg Liesz. He has appeared in over 50 films and television productions, with some of his most notable roles in Road House, Georgia, Roadside Prophets, Great Balls of Fire, Pure Country and Roswell. He continues to act these days but more sporadically as his touring schedule has become more demanding.
                        Other musical side projects include work with the Knitters, Jill Sobule and The Sadies. He continues to write poetry and has even taught workshops from time to time. He currently lives north of San Francisco, California.

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                        1/29

                        Melting Point of Bronze

                        Eagle Claw

                        All Ages | 8 pm

                        Melting Point of Bronze

                        Brutal/Heavy/Old School Metal

                        Forged in the back of a North Lawrence welding shop.

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                          2/6

                          Waka Winter Classic

                          All Ages | 8 pm

                          Waka Winter Classic

                          The Wakarusa Music Festival will be traveling to 20 cities this winter in a quest to locate the best and brightest musicians the country has to offer. At every stop on the tour several bands will compete in a regional talent showcase. The winner of each talent showcase as decided by the fans in attendance will receive an invitation to play at Wakarusa 2014. But it doesn’t end there. The winners in each city will also have their music featured on our website and will compete in an online talent showcase. The three bands that receive the most votes in our online competition will get a chance to play the Revival stage at the festival along with a host of other surprises. Be sure to come out and support your favorite band!

                          Band Lineup:tba

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                          2/12

                          That 1 Guy

                          DJ Feels Goodman

                          $12 - $14 | All Ages | 8 pm

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                          That 1 Guy

                          'What guy'? The inevitable question always comes up when That One Guy pops into town. Let's make this clear: That One Guy is the name of a kick-ass one-man band. There are many aspects that separate this musical act from others besides the line-up; one thing in particular is his unique musical apparatus, The Magic Pipe. Imagine, if you will, a massive plumber's pipe, six or seven feet tall, equipped with a long-ass bass string and a series of MIDI triggers routed to various sequencers and samplers. Now picture the top of the pipe elbowing downward, housing another bass string tuned to a higher pitch. "I'd say it (looks) like an elephant with a parrot sitting on its head," elaborated Silverman. Placed in front of the Pipe are two kick pedals that trigger drum loops, and surrounding the rig is an impressive array of effects pedals. I swear, Inspector Gadget has nothing on this musical mastermind. "I built it in a kinda jam. I was supposed to do this really big gig at the Troubadour. I was opening up for Fantômas, and I just couldn't tighten up my sound; there was a lot of different things I couldn't do. I had a few textures, but I needed more. I also couldn't turn up loud enough, 'cause all my stuff was feeding back. I couldn't push it as hard as I wanted to, so I built the pipe 'cause I needed to." After a whirlwind trip to Home Depot and a little brainstorming, The Magic Pipe came to fruition. The show is a big part of his music, but it is clear that there's more behind That One Guy than simply a big ol' mess of gear. "I had a ton of ideas back in the day to make the show bigger and crazier, but I've come around full circle because I'm really enjoying playing music on the instrument and you can really get lost in that stuff. If you're not really careful all the time, it goes in the wrong direction." His songs do nothing to envelop him in the world of pop conformity. Cameo covers aside, That One Guy prides himself on the ability to make music that meshes the diversity and technicality of his set-up with the core simplicity of a catchy, quirky song. Silverman learned the lesson that a good song should be "so simple that it stands on its own." "I record everything I think of; rhythmic ideas are the first things that hit me, and possibly melodic ideas. If I find a riff or an idea, I stockpile it 'till I have some time to work on it, and when I work on it, it inspires something else like a lyrical rhythm or melody. Once I start demo-ing things, it becomes really easy to finish the song." That One Guy's music lies somewhere between the not-too-distant future and the long forgotten past. Combining elements such as funk, rock, jazz, and sparse electronica may get you an interesting sound, but filter those influences through certain minds and you get something totally original. Growing up on the Bee Gee's version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" may have also had some impact. "I saw the movie on Showtime and I loved it. This weird Bee Gees disco and Peter Frampton version of Beatles cuts, that was a total big influence on me in a weird way." Last year, That One Guy captured his sound on the self-recorded, self-produced album, Songs in the Key of Beotch. With swirling samples, amusing lyrics and multiple layers of music and rhythm happening all at once, it's hard to believe the album was recorded live in the studio. "People who haven't seen me play yet definitely always ask. Most people don't understand it. When they get to see it they realize it's all live. It's hard for me to explain it to them." That One Guy's musical exploits have recently been taking him places far and wide, including a brief stint in Hong Kong. Like he's done so many times before, he took the audience by surprise. "It was hard to judge their reaction at first; they were very curious, checking it out, but they were really genuinely into it," recalled Silverman. "By the second gig they were getting a lot more expressive, getting kinda wild and stuff, screaming, but for the first gig they were kinda subdued, checking it out. Getting his massive load of equipment overseas was a feat in itself. "Basically, every single piece of gear I have is too heavy to fly with, and I would have had to pay over-weight on everything. I completely deconstructed my rig and rebuilt it into these suitcases so I could carry some of them on and check some of them in. It was actually a total nightmare. I'm never going to do that again; I'm building a travel rig as we speak, just for flying purposes." Luckily, That One Guy understood the glories of caffeine. "I didn't sleep for three days straight. I kept rebuilding; I kept drinking Red Bulls, man. It really worked well for a long time, but then I just completely started freaking out. You gotta be careful with that shit." It is obvious from Silverman's laid-back attitude and keen sense of humor that he's a good spirit, and not in music for stardom and throngs of scantily clad seventeen-year-old girls (not that that's a bad thing). That One Guy exists for one reason: Mike Silverman needs it to exist. "It all stems from necessity. It's like somebody built a house 'cause they need something to live in. Music to me is the same way — it has to serve a purpose. Not like change the world or anything, but some kind of expression. It allows you to express something that you can't get out in words, or it reaches somebody on the same level." - Maurice Spencer Tellman

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                            2/13

                            Making Movies

                            All Ages | 8 pm

                            Making Movies


                            Thank you to everyone who is listening, there will be much more to come soon. Gracias a todos que están escuchando, habrá mucho más en el futuro próximo. website: www.makingmoviesband.com myspace: myspace.com/makingmovies
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                            2/17

                            Blue Orleans

                            All Ages | 8 pm

                            Blue Orleans

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                              2/18

                              The Wood Brothers

                              Kristina Train

                              $19 - $21 | All Ages | 7 pm

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                              The Wood Brothers

                              Ways Not To Lose, the 2006 debut from the Wood Brothers had, in a sense, been a lifetime in the making—the first public collaboration between vocalist and guitarist Oliver Wood, who fronts Atlanta-based blues band King Johnson, and upright bassist Chris Wood, of the long-running, genre-blasting trio Medeski Martin and Wood. As players, they displayed an easy-going virtuosity; as siblings, they had an extraordinary rapport. Their folk and acoustic blues tunes, tinged with gospel hopefulness and country melancholy, were welcomed like old friends by both fans and pundits. National Public Radio named their debut disc one of their top ten discoveries that year. Rolling Stone declared, “The flip, easygoing party music on ‘Lose’ disguises sneakily deep inquiries into what it means to be alive, struggle with temptation, and every once in a while seek some truth.”

                              With the 2008 release of Loaded, the Wood Brothers engage in a more expansive musical dialogue that commenced well before they hit the studio; they collaborated for the first time on writing material together. John Medeski, returning as producer, got into the mix as the songs were just taking shape, and he plays keyboards on several tracks. The crew, working at a studio near Woodstock, New York, opened up the sessions to other musicians and friends—singers Amos Lee, Pieta Brown and Frazey Ford, steel guitarist Darick Campbell, violinists David Mansfield and Jennifer Choi, cellist David Eggar, drummers Billy Martin and Kenny Wolleson, and percussionist Donnie McCormick—making this a more fleshed-out, multi-layered band effort compared to the spare, live-in-the-studio approach of Ways Not To Lose.

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                              Kristina Train

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                                2/19

                                Sphynx

                                White Girl

                                All Ages | 8 pm

                                Sphynx

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                                    2/20

                                    Jon Wayne & the Pain

                                    Heatbox

                                    All Ages | 8 pm

                                    Jon Wayne & the Pain

                                    If Lee Scratch Perry and Deadmau5 died, went to heaven, and recorded an album with Bradley Nowell and Jerry Garcia, they’d end up with something like Jon Wayne and The Pain’s new full length album “Surrender”. In addition to the Minneapolis trio’s signature sound of roots infused Reggae Rock, their latest release adds a bold fusion of Jam and EDM into the fold.

                                    The trio’s previous album “Follow Through” for the most part only teases with a few subtle, dark electronic elements but stays true to the roots infused Reggae Rock sound that could be described as an ideal poolside soundtrack. Until the release of “Surrender”, their sometimes sinister combination of organic drums and guitar with electronic bass and synths could only be heard if fans could catch the band’s live act in clubs and festivals around the U.S. or sift through bootleg uploads on Youtube. Their third full length album is full of electronic instrumentals that build from entrasic dub loops (wait for the drop) then explode into high energy party anthems with intense vocals and powerful acoustic drums.

                                    Pushing boundaries further, Jon Wayne and The Pain inject Roots, Jam, and Ska into the mix with sounds that band members Jon, Chuckie, and Teeto have grown to love while playing alongside some of the most influential musicians in the festival scene. Complete with a sanctioned Grateful Dead cover and a festie-fan shout out track “Festival Friends”, JWP pays tribute to the Jam scene in a big way. Keeping in tune with the sound that made fans rush to see Jon Wayne and The Pain since the band’s early days, heartfelt Reggae-Rock tunes are still a staple in the diverse collection of songs that make up “Surrender”

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                                    Heatbox

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

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                                    2/21

                                    Ebony Tusks

                                    All Ages | 8 pm

                                    Ebony Tusks

                                    Kansas City, Hip Hop

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                                    2/28

                                    Chicago Afrobeat Project

                                    All Ages | 8 pm

                                    Chicago Afrobeat Project

                                    Afrobeat cannot stand still. As the genre’s tempting sounds continue a resurgence across the globe, Chicago Afrobeat Project (CAbP) remains true to its original vision of breathing the intensity of Chicago’s rich music scene into the infectious sounds of afrobeat. Rather than become caricatures of the genre, CAbP slips a reverent nod to the tradition while delivering an energized originality different from any other band on the afrobeat scene today. At each of its 100+ live performances a year, the group’s frenzied songs hit audiences with a big enough one-two punch to tirelessly knock them onto the dance floor time and time again. Afrobeat’s range of influences — funk, rock, jazz, afro-cuban, high life and juju music – settle into a hypnotic, dance-compelling pulse at the core of CAbP. The group layers a fiery originality around this core through high-energy rock and experimental jazz. The trance-like grooves that hold the floor in the tradition are pushed to new borders in CAbP’s second and self-produced album, (A) Move to Silent Unrest. In it, the group keeps true to the mix of respect to the tradition and forward-thinking experimentation that shine through in their live performances. The individual players, coming from diverse backgrounds, each hold their own as soloists that ultimately characterize the live shows. Melodic and hard-hitting horn lines create a lyrical flow to the music, delivered by a cutting, driven rhythm section dynamic. Complex call-and-response percussion songs are dispersed throughout the performances. At select shows, African dancers from Chicago’s Muntu Dance Theatre accompany the band. Added up, the music is packaged with original songwriting that explores the stylistic reaches of afrobeat and a few classic covers delivered true to form. The group currently performs across the country from coast to coast with notable festival dates including Bele Chere Music Festvial (2005, 2006) Wakarusa Music Festival (2006), Chicago World Music Festival (2003, 2006), Vassar College Jazz Festival (2005, 2006), Summer Camp (2005, 2007), Chicago’s Summer Dance Series (2005, 2007), and High Sierra Music Festival (2007). CAbP was nominated as Best African Artist in the Chicago Music Awards (CMA) in 2004 and 2005, and was nominated for the CMA’s “Award of Honor for Contribution to World Beat Music” in 2006. As a natural extension of the group’s ability to connect diverse musical styles through afrobeat, CAbP has featured many notable Chicago guest musicians such as Howard Levy of Bela Fleck fame, Fareed Haque of Garaj Mahal, seven-time Grammy-winner Paul Wertico, Bobby Broom, Jeff Parker of Tortoise, Kalyan Pathak, Diverse, Ugochi, Morikeba Kouyate and many other Chicago greats.

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                                    3/2

                                    Houndmouth

                                    $13 | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                    Houndmouth

                                    That first November 2011 night, when it all fell together at the Green House, was nothing more complicated than four friends playing music, armed with something to drink and a curiosity about what might happen. They were the generation who has come of age in the new economy, already adept at shuffling jobs and get-bys, firmly acclimated to the diminished expectations that come with growing up somewhere the rest of the world assumes is nowhere. Which, in this case, is New Albany, Indiana.

                                    Houndmouth, then, knew each other from…around. Matt Myers and Zak Appleby had played in cover bands together for years, schooled in blues and classic rock and Motown, toughened by indifferent audiences and the clatter of empty bottles. Matt and Katie Toupin had worked as an acoustic duo for three years, when she wasn’t on the road tending to a straight job. Katie and Shane Cody had gone to high school together, before Shane disappeared off to Chicago and New York to study audio engineering. In the beginning it was Shane and Matt who’d started knocking around at first, just drums and guitar, once Shane got home and free of a brief bluegrass flirtation.

                                    The rest happened in a tumble, Zak and Katie switching from guitars to bass and keyboards, respectively. Four months later, their homemade EP in hand, Houndmouth made the pilgrimage to South By Southwest. Their booking agent convinced Rough Trade’s Geoff Travis to come have a listen. Of such things are dreams made. Months of conversation and a proper studio later, their debut album, From the Hills Below the City, will be released by Rough Trade.

                                    “We lucked out,” Matt says. “We knew we were making good music. We knew we had something. But we didn’t know it would escalate so quickly. Always the element of luck.”

                                    Before and after that bit of luck, Houndmouth have been on the road, building their audience. Working. Opening for the Drive-By Truckers, the Lumineers, the Alabama Shakes, Lucero, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Headlining on their own. Turning heads.

                                    “You know good art when you see it,” says Newport Folk Festival booker Jay Sweet, an early adopter, “and you know good food when you taste it. Well, you also know good music when you hear it, and when I first heard Houndmouth it was like freshest tasting art I had heard in many moons. A true musical omnivore’s delight.”
                                    “I’m going down where nobody knows me,” they sing during the jaunty chorus of “On the Road.” The opening track to From the Hills Below the City, which is more or less the relationship New Albany has to Louisville, across the river: “I had a job had to leave behind me…I had to move to another city.” A two and a half minute slightly bent pop confection, conscious of all kinds of music which went before. Self-conscious about nothing, not even the neo-rap cutting contest that snaps across one break. A blues for now, then.

                                    The older heads are noticing, the ones who are hardest to convince. “Houndmouth is a great young band,” testifies Patterson Hood of the Truckers. “They toured with us last month and brought it each and every night. They were extremely popular with our fanbase and our band. I look forward to hearing what they do next.”
                                    Rolling Stone’s David Fricke joined the chorus of praise after seeing Houndmouth during SXSW ’13: “They are all singers, leading with individual character and harmonizing in saloon-choir empathy. The music is earthy melancholy with a rude garage-rock streak.”

                                    Houndmouth’s songs emerge with a loose-limbed swing, anchored by a sturdy rhythm and a cagey melodic sensibility. “Penitentiary,” revived from Matt and Katie’s acoustic days, is all dressed up as a rock anthem. It’s dark, yet fun, with all those voices singing, “come on down to the Penitentiary/oh mama, the law came crashing down on me.”

                                    Matt sketches the origins of his song, which became their song. “I met a guy in Reno on a road trip before we started the band, and he was super down on his luck,” he says. “We met him at a gas station, bumming money. He told me a few details that are probably in the song, but I made most of it up. I changed the setting to Texas, because it sounded authentic.” And then he mentions that he was listening to Jimmie Rodgers at the time.
                                    Hard-luck songs, to be sure, betraying a certain criminal bent. Not their stories, Katie is careful to note, but the world they’ve watched walk on by. “We grew up in Southern Indiana,” she says. “It’s not always the classiest place. So all that is not unfamiliar even if we haven’t personally been through the darkest parts of it.”

                                    And yet, as she also says, “No matter how much anyone wants to write a completely fictional or narrative song, there’s ALWAYS part of you in it. I think that it is important, even when writing narrative songs, that there is something real about them. That there is part of yourself in them.” Houndmouth’s truths, then, are emotional. For the most part.

                                    “The dealers and the bootleggers/Got me hooked on freebasing/And I can’t trust my government/So I looked into the other dimension,” Katie sings, tough and innocent. “And now they got me doing bad things.” “The song is a story,” Katie says. “I didn’t get hooked on freebasing. Yet there is part of me in it…It’s also maybe about me wanting to escape, loosen my morals, not opening my heart to people.”

                                    So are the songs. Deeply emotional, that weird, powerful, essential thing the blues does that makes you feel better through the tears. Especially the songs which are deeply personal, like “Halfway to Hardinsburg” or “Palmyra.” Or the sad, slurring loss of “Long as You’re Home,” on which they sing, “Who am I supposed to be?”

                                    Themselves, of course.

                                    Four musicians from New Albany, Indiana, across the river from Louisville. Where Will Oldham, Jim James, and Freakwater’s Catherine Irwin live. A fecund place, and place
                                    matters. Not a sound, not a scene, but a place. A real place. “There is a familiar element about My Morning Jacket that I can’t really pinpoint,” Katie says. “It’s kinda like what I can’t pinpoint about what Houndmouth is that we all sort of get. It just makes us feel at home.”

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                                    Electric Six

                                    Avan Lava

                                    $13 - $16 | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                    Electric Six

                                    If you’ve ever attempted to continue living on planet Earth in our lifetime, you understand full well that there are many forces acting against you. The forces acting against you….are oppressive, like the humid march of days. These forces like to play with things before they destroy them. You are being destroyed by forces. You.

                                    You should by now also understand there are two forces working on your behalf. The only reason you still have a fighting chance are Detroit’s premier over-21 band Electric Six….and the benevolent violence and magnetic gravitational pulses of the stars, planets and moons in the cosmos. For centuries, we humans have taken refuge in the goodness, love and order that rains down on us from the heavens above. For decades we have turned to dangerous drugs to help us travel backwards in time, to sit with the wizards that conceptualized and realized….the Zodiac.

                                    The Zodiac is comprised of the 12 constellations that are visible from the moon. They exist along a circular axis known as the ecliptic divided by 30 degrees each. Their energy is transmitted through invisible particles discovered by the pharaohs known as the zero particle ….which was determined by Louis Pasteur to have a particular value of 0. There are 88 constellations in the sky. There are 88 counties in the state of Ohio. There are 88 keys on Tait Nucleus’ piano. Zodiac is Electric Six’s 7th studio album. 7 multiplied by 88, multiplied by 88, multiplied by 88, divided by 12, to the power of 30, divided by zero……is zero. And now you see where this is going.

                                    Our bank accounts are sitting at zero. We need to sell another record.

                                    Electric Six realizes this moment in music, this moment in moments. We are naming our record Zodiac, in order to double your chances of survival. We have 12 songs on this record. We have arranged the songs to correspond with the signs of the zodiac in an effort to half-heartedly personalize our connection with you. The songs are almost in alphabetical order. If “Jam It in the Hole” weren’t so amazing and needed to be nearer to the beginning, the tracklisting would be in alphabetical order. Just like if the stars in Capricorn actually resembled a goat, we would take some of this astrology horseshit more seriously.

                                    Zodiac begins in a most hauntingly poppy fashion with “After Hours”, aesthetically borrowing more from the Martin Scorcese film of the same name than with the Velvet Underground song of the same name. Plugging in the names of popular figures like Martin Scorcese and Velvet Underground, along with Justin Bieber, Robert Pattinson, Glenn Beck, Lady GaGa and Thomas Dolby increase the chances of this press release reaching more people via search engines.

                                    Zodiac differs from many of its predecessors in the Electric Six discography. It is largely lower-fi, not necessarily in sound, but in essence. Tracks like “I Am A Song!” and “Table and Chairs” see the band embracing its love of The Poppy Family, Neil Diamond and yes, The fuckin’ Doors.

                                    But Electric Six will always hold the center with equilibrium force. Songs like “Jam It in the Hole”, “Clusterfuck!” and “American Cheese” show you that Electric Six is never done being the band that you want us to be. We are Electric Six. And we must electrify you.

                                    Finally, the band is proud to showcase its first cover song since our 2005 album Senor Smoke. “The Rubberband Man” by The Detroit Spinners, originally released in 1976, might be the catchiest, most upbeat song ever written. Electric Six has long talked about performing this song. And our horoscope told us it was finally time.

                                    To summarize, Electric Six is a force in league with other forces to keep you safe from evil forces. We have a 7th studio album coming out on Sept. 28, 2010 that will be released on Metropolis Records. This record is called Zodiac and it features Electric Six at the height of their musical confidence….at the apex of their musical abilities. At the zenith of everyone up in this here universe tonight. You belong to the city. You belong to the night.

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                                    Avan Lava

                                    Being engaged, always being present – it’s about maintaining a certain kind of energy. It’s all inclusive – there’s room for everybody,” describes multi-instrumentalist Ian Pai of the intraband state AVAN LAVA constantly aspires to. In many ways, AVAN LAVA is bigger than their parts and their sum – central to the band is the communing with their fans. “Our whole thing is the audience. It doesn’t happen without them.”

                                    It was this realization that first drew the core members of AVAN LAVA – Pai, producer-musician Le Chev and lead singer TC Hennes – into each other’s paths. The three had spent years orbiting each other in the New York music scene, with Le Chev even auditioning for Pai, who was with performative electroclashers Fischerspooner at the time. (“It’s still the only audition I’ve ever done,” says Le Chev.) When he eventually joined that outfit, Pai and he discovered their shared adoration of Daft Punk was only the beginning, and the two began collaborating on an undetermined project. While Pai and Le Chev found the music came easily, Pai was haunted by the voice he imagined singing over their tracks. “It’s a certain kind of tone that cuts through everything, because of where it sits in the frequency range,” Pai says of what he kept envisioning. Around that time, Pai saw Hennes perform in The Last Goodbye, a musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set to the music of Jeff Buckley. “As soon as I heard him sing, I knew that was it,” recalls Pai.

                                    Within days, Hennes came in to sing on a few tracks, and the final piece of AVAN LAVA snapped into cosmic alignment. With Pai amidst the tidal pace of touring, departing and returning for stretches of time, Le Chev and Hennes put together Vapors, AVAN LAVA’s first EP. On the strength of that offering, the group began lighting up audiences and garnering critical attention (prompting The Village Voice to call the band “lush, sparkling”). With 2012’s Flex Fantasy EP, the band built on their unique alchemy of soulful vocals laced through dime-stop beats, launching them on a trajectory that hasn’t stopped. The band embarked on a year-long string of sold-out shows in New York and a US-wide tour with Little Boots, all while managing to spread the AVAN LAVA gospel globally, as when the Seoul Institute of the Arts commissioned the band to put up a full-scale staging of their live show with 100 students. Their reputation as a transportive, over-the-top live act grew, with Noisey raving in a show review "You need these guys in your life!"

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                                    Sidewalk Chalk

                                    All Ages | 8 pm

                                    Sidewalk Chalk

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                                      3/8

                                      Title Fight

                                      Mechandise
                                      Power Trip

                                      $16 | All Ages | 7 pm

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                                            3/20

                                            Sylvan Esso

                                            Flock of Dimes

                                            $15 | All Ages | 8 pm

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                                            Sylvan Esso

                                            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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                                            Flock of Dimes

                                            Flock of Dimes is the solo project of Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner.

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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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