The Granada, March 2
Suggested Songs: “Miles And Mud Tires,” “Happens Like That,” “If The Boot Fits”
Granger Smith, better known as the alter ego “Earl Dribbles, Jr.” is a North-Texas country artist. Granger confesses that he first started playing guitar for two reasons: 1) to get girls’ attention 2) because George Strait was one of his idols. He learned to play well enough to make it to Nashville, playing his own music and even playing guitar for other bands. Granger even made his own music videos which led to the hilarious, goofy-redneck character “Earl Dribbles, Jr.” that appears in all his music videos. Earl is exactly the stereotype you’re probably imagining: overalls, a white wife beater, a big nasty dip in, shotguns and gross lite beer. Yeah, he’s got it all…
Jackpot Music Hall, March 3
The Underground Kings is a more like a bevy of more than 10 hip-hop and rap artists all under one roof. Instead of hearing just a couple different rappers, you’re going to hear quite a variety from people like “E The Prophet,” and “Stik Fga.” Over a thousand people have RSVP’d to this event so you better get moving on those tickets! It’s $5 if you buy early and $8 at the door. Save your $3 bucks to put toward the $4 Absolut drink specials.
The Bottleneck, March 4
Songwriters Featured: “Caution,” “Warm Hand Splash,” “Applause”
There’s nothing tiny about this punk-rock band from Minnesota. But, perhaps, they’re something a little cute about Tiny Moving Parts being a family band made up of two brothers and their cousin. Yeah, they’re adorable. And really fun to listen to! TMP has a technical element that is often found in heavy metal genres, which makes it way better than whatever stereotypical pop-punk band you’re comparing them to right now. Very. Talented. Very. Incredible. A MUST-SEE this month, I’d say. Speaking of must-see, go check out their music video “Caution” where they dress up like janitors and spin around in trash cans. Hee hee. A teeny tiny bit entertaining.
The Granada, March 7
Suggested Songs: “Right Side Of The Ground,” “Dance The Night Away,” “Geronimo”
The first thing I felt was a really sweet wave of happiness when I listened to “Dance The Night Away.” There are a lot of elements involved in this kind of country, kind of bluegrass, perfect two-stepping music. You can hear the accordion, cello, fiddle, a few horns, tambourine. You’d expect a very Cajun-marching-band-sound out of this combination of instruments, but it’s just so happy. Like, it’s the summer of your life and you’re sittin’ on the porch looking out over perfectly green, ripe crops, rocking back in forth in a porch swing but you’re not 95 years old yet, you’re in the prime. That’s what Shane Smith & The Saints feel like to me…why don’t you see if it brightens your day a bit.
The Bottleneck, March 13
Suggested Songs: I’m not sure what songs to recommend because ALL (most of) their stuff is LIVE and they don’t bother with titles. Enjoy!
Suuuuuuuuper funky and likeable. Very groovy and easy to dance to, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is an up-and-coming jazzy funk band delivering extra-hilarious lyrics. -Just listen to their live set in Paste Studio in NYC if you need proof. It’s absolutely necessary to whip out an old pair of go-go boots or bell bottom stretchy pants for the full experience at their concert. Show up with all that pent up energy and jam out with this animated quartet + the misfit stuffed animals that join them on stage.
The Bottleneck, March 21
Suggested Songs: “Cheese And Dope,” “Gorilla Pimp,” “We Gone Rumble”
Turns out there’s a song called “Cheese And Dope.” Yep. Someone’s prayers just got answered. Rap artist Patrick Houston can write about anything. In fact, he’s the older brother of Juicy J and the co-founder of Three 6 Mafia. Pretty impressive. But who cares about all that when you can successfully include the word “cheese” like 97 times in a rap (even if it has multiple connotations) and it still sounds badass. Project Pat has got it goin on. You already knew that.
The Granada, March 22
Suggested Songs: “Double Cross,” “Calling All Cars,” “Bloody Romance”
“If there is light, it will find you.” How many of you needed to hear that today? This post-hardcore man band from New Jersey has just released their newest album “If There Is Light, It Will Find You,” in digital copy only so far. They’ll be playing tunes from their February 16th album release, so don’t miss it!
The Bottleneck, March 23
Suggested Songs: “Sittin’ On Top Of The Bottom,” “Girl On The Billboard,” “Dear John”
If you’re into two-steppin’ and the pretzel then you gotta come out for Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys! Chuck is from Lawrence but lives and works in Nashville producing and directing other artists while keeping up the good-time music of his own. Also, he’s friends with like 5,000 people on Facebook and they’re basically all from Lawrence. Okay, not really, but it’s weird to see that this incredible folksy-bluesy musician is mutual friends with my aunt, old volleyball coach, and the mechanic I use. What?! His music and personality are irreplaceable. You can slow dance and fast dance and shimmy all over the place. Just wait for the steel guitar to come out while you sway with your sweetheart. I’m telling you, this concert is one you cannot miss!
The Granada, March 30
Suggested Songs: “Old Fashioned,” “Dead Or In Jail,” “Fool Me Once”
William Clark Green has a voice that sounds like the rich, full hum of a bow across cello strings. A little raspy plus a little twang equals weak knees (for the ladies, and probably also for the dudes let’s be honest). This country music renegade has been working on his craft since he was in the 7th grade. Songwriting and playing guitar to express exactly what’s in his heart –never writing just to find a hit.
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