Granada, February 2
Jason Boland and the Stragglers is an “American Red Dirt/Texas Country” band sure you get your boots stomping. The band’s sound is downhome country, with songs like “Bourbon Legend”, “Bottle By My Bed”, and a tribute to Hank Williams, appropriately titled “Hank”. Jason Boland and the Stragglers have managed to stay away from the new wave of pop-infused country radio songs and instead keep it pretty darn real.
Bottleneck, February 3
Chief Keef got his start as a teenager in Chicago, Illinois. He recorded rap songs while under house arrest and gained popularity with local high school students. From there, his success soared and he is now a producer with his own record label. Chicago native Kanye West has even showed his approval by remixing one of Chief Keef’s songs.
Theatre Lawrence, February 3
If you love watching singers battle for the winning title, then Dueling Duos is not to be missed. Enjoy dinner and drinks by Maceli’s before the talented duos begin the sing-off. You can vote for the winner on Theatre Lawrence’s website in the meantime-each vote costs $1 and is a donation to the theatre.
Granada, February 4
The Granada knows how to throw a party, so this birthday bash should be a heart-thumping, crowd-jumping good time. There are multiple acts on the books for this evening. Soul Rebel and the Beast is a Topeka-based band, but their sound is far from middle of the map; this seven man show pulls in reggae, rock and hip-hop sounds. Zack Mufasa is also set to appear, a Kansas City-based artist who has a loyal following and the tunes to prove it. Top Rank Sound Production member DJ Shitty Ranx, a “life-long guardian of Jamaican music,” will round out the show with raucous mix of reggae, hip-hop, and dance-hall vinyl.
Liberty Hall, February 10
Kansas City-born singer and pianist Kelley Hunt in coming to Lawrence to sing her blue heart out. Hunt evades definition; she grew up listening to blues, roots, gospel, rock, R&B and jazz, and pulls influences from all into her own work. In 2006, Hunt was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame and is still thrilling fans with every show.
Lied Center, February 10
This Grammy-winning act is coming to the Lied Center and you better bring your dancing shoes. Rebirth nods to the tradition of brass bands but also incorporates funky hip-hop to create a sound you can’t help but at least tap your foot to. If you want to move a little more, the orchestra pit will be turned into a dance floor. Rebirth Brass Band has played on big festival stages and the streets of the French Quarter, so they are primed and ready to put on a show.
Replay, February 11
Lawrence is all about displaying their quirky, fun features and having a grand time of it. This funky fundraiser makes the summer music fest possible, and gives you a sneak-peek of some of the acts. Punk group Stiff Middle fingers, Kansas City punk-rock group Vigil and Thieves, hip-hop/rap artist Left E. Grove, and hip-hop artist Cuee are set to attend. If you love unique, local artists, you won’t want to miss this show.
Bottleneck, February 13
Lydia Loveless is classified as rock, but her voice could just as easily croon out country ballads. Her love-stricken, heart-broken, truth-seeking songs are the perfect channel for her clear, rich voice. Those lyrics are written by the songstress herself, and are a big reason why fans get hooked so quickly. Loveless captures the whims of the heart in her songs and the people relate.
Granada, February 19
According to their Facebook page, Overkill’s interests are very singular: “wrecking your necks”. The band hails from New Jersey as part of the first era of thrash metal in the area, and still keeps their fans rocking 30 years later. Overkill will be complimented by the Nile, a technical death metal band from Greenville, South Carolina.
Granada, February 23
The Turnpike Troubadours started in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and you can hear it in their music. This Americana, folk, roots and country band doesn’t just appeal to their home fan base, though. They have pulled in thousands of fans in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. The Turnpike Troubadours like to prove that you can have it both ways, with energetic, memorable shows and carefully crafted lyrics.
Jackpot, February 24
The University of Kansas’s campus radio station and Student Union Activities are hosting the Battle of Beats. Local DJs will compete for the win, and the top three will receive a cash prize. KJHK and SUA know how to organize a good event, so if you like local flair, make sure to mark this on your calendar.
Bottleneck, February 28
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong are primarily interested in “funky goodness” and everything from their colorful branding to their psychedelic music proves this. The band has a long list of rave reviews citing their passion, energy, skill, and genuine enjoyment for what they do. And they put neon colored pigeons on their CDs, so they seem like the kind of guys you might want to chat with after the show.
Granada, February 27
Looking for a guaranteed intense, ear drum-busting night? Head to the Granada to see Every Time I Die. This hardcore metal band from Buffalo, New York somehow manages to also factor Southern rock into their albums. This a group you will undoubtedly be able to hear just by walking by the venue.
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