What a beautiful time to jump back in it! All of Kansas is green, gorgeous, and waiting for you to reclaim your life after laying low during the pandemic. Lawrence’s music scene is also in full bloom, with many venues opening back up, while many music organizers are planning outdoor shows to remain COVID-safe. Here are some of the most important events to watch in June.
Now, there were a lot of music events that we really missed during the pandemic, but not getting to see City Band Concerts in the park during the Summer gutted us. But fear not, they’re coming back strong as ever—and the good news is, the event was already outside and socially distanced.
City Band Concerts are where you can really get that community feeling. You may lay your picnic blanket out on the soft grass, the mayor to one side of you, and a punk rocker in combat boots to your other side. The band has already announced their Summer lineup, which you can also find online.
If you haven’t been following along, the Women’s Songwriter Showcase at Kaw Valley Public House is becoming one of the most important weekday events in local music. Local folk musician Megan Luttrell fired these up pre-pandemic, and they’ve managed to hold on through 2020 (thanks to the venue’s expert live streaming capabilities), and waltz right into the Summer of 2021.
This is a reoccurring event, but you can start with June 3rd’s lineup:
7:00-7:45 Joy Zimmerman
7:45-8:30 Nicki White
8:30-9:15 Jocelyn Nixin
9:15-10:00 Megan Luttrell
Full disclosure: This is an I Heart Local Music-sponsored event.
Believe me when I tell you that Lawrence’s drag scene is unlike any other. Every single week, a drag show brings out the best and the brightest performers in the region. On June 12th, it’s time to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community with an all-out party.
The day begins with a march that gathers at South Park, runs down Mass Street, and ends at Abe and Jake’s. Yes, the bigger venue means more social distancing, but it also means more glamour. Festivals are an opportunity to see things performers don’t do at their usual shows, and this one will be no different.
Musical guests include Cuee and The Creepy Jingles.
Performers include Jaharaia Von’Du, Raven Jade Von Du, NovaCayne, and Milez Long.
MsAmanda Love will once again take on the role of animated host, and Ms. Gay Kansas Deja Brooks will serve as Grand Marshall (or Grand Marcia, as they prefer) for the parade/march.
You can find more information online. The event is FREE and ALL AGES.
Last month, Gullywasher played a riveting album release show at Kaw Valley Public House. This month, they return to North Lawrence with a show at the Gaslight.
The roots act comes with a crew of skilled musicians on banjo, guitar, and even a horn player. Let me tell you, it’s quite exciting to hear a trumpet blare into the air, trying to out-horn the passing trains in North Lawrence. The Gaslight’s patio is ever-transforming for musicians there as it grows to become an essential venue in the roots music landscape. Come for the music, stay for the tacos.
June 25 is a very, very big deal. The Replay is generally known as the local dive bar for punk, metal, and rock. Though they’ve been easing back in with mostly bluegrass shows (like most venues), they haven’t had a solid, indoor, nighttime rock show. That all changes on June 25, when The Sluts take the stage for a double set (what? whoa!).
Now, if you’ve never been to a Sluts show, it’s a doozy. They have a pretty rabid fanbase that we’re almost sure were raised by wolves. Bodies will likely start flying, and because it’s been more than a year since a proper mosh pit, we’re expecting at least one person to break a hip (taking bets now that it’ll be me).
They’re performing the double set to showcase both new and old work and bring along R&B crooner Raymond for the ride.
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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.