You’d think Summer, and all the exciting shows that come with it, would start winding down in August. Not in LFK! Here we are, yet again, faced with a plethora of shows and no shortage of theatrics with them. There are even a couple of block parties still scheduled before the kids head back to school. So keep your Summer mood handy, here are our picks for August shows in Lawrence.
The Bottleneck, August 13
If you dig a good night of female-fronted indie and alt-rock, this is a good place to start. Oxford Remedy has been skyrocketing to popularity, despite members of the band still in their teen years. They’ve rocked festival stages in Lawrence and have their sights set high, and their shows tend to bring out full crowds jittering with energy. They’re joined by crooners Mess and Barely Civil at the Bottleneck.
8th Street between Mass and New Hampshire, August 16 & 17
7:00 PM – Heavy Petty
9:30 PM – Sellout!
5:30 PM – Kim & The Quake
7:30 PM – Thunderkat
9:30 PM – Disco Dick & The Mirrorballs
It wouldn’t be a proper LFK Summer if we didn’t try squeeze out one final street party before the kids head back to school. The Sandbar is holding their annual block party, which sees an entire street blocked off with live music, booze, and high spirits. This year’s celebration is a special one, though, as the popular bar celebrates 30 years (whoa!). To commemorate this event, they’re holding a two-day party with five local bands. The lineup consists of acts adored by many for their covers and pun-filled names (Heavy Petty, we’re looking at you).
The Nest on Ninth, August 16
If you haven’t been to the Nest on Ninth for one of their Summer shows, this is probably a good time to start. PartyParty, one of Lawrence’s more beloved cover (and highly danceable) bands, has been steadily playing the Nest on Ninth throughout the Summer. If you’ve ever wandered around the Oread neighborhood on a Friday night, you could probably hear the music wafting throughout the air. The band features local songstress Katlyn Conroy and powerhouse songwriter Nick Carswell. Bring your dancing shoes for this one, folks.
Final Girl and the Monsters and special guests
The Bottleneck, August 17
If you’re not really into cover bands, but more into terrifying women who play really great grunge, make a beeline from the Sandbar to the Bottleneck on August 17th. We’ve heard Final Girl and the Monsters like to play with blood in their live shows, and they’re heading up this night of delightful horror and rock and roll. They’ll be joined by They Watch Us From the Moon, a team of space pirates who perform in full space attire, longtime gnarly gals Vedettes, and Turnip Head.
Lawrence Beer Company, August 23
Somewhere between ska and whatever genre 311 is, lays a genre that’s having a bit of a heyday in the Midwest right now. If this intrigues you, give Lawrence Beer Company’s block party a go at the end of August. They’re bringing in St. Louis heavyweights The Urge, a band that had a MASSIVE fan base in Lawrence at one point (and still does, to an extent). They’ll be joined by One Flew West (of Colorado) and Kansas City ska punks Six Percent. This is an outdoor show that will block off the street at 8th and Pennsylvania.
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Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 15 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more. Currently, she resides in Lawrence, Kansas, where she works as a music journalist and is the Editor of I Heart Local Music.