The Bottleneck, May 1
The Ghost Wolves- the name says it all. Or does it? The band name came after the husband-wife duo saw the spirit form of a male wolf-hybrid who lived and died on Carley’s family’s ranch. Carley Wolf (guitar and vocals) and Johnny Wolf (drums and vocals) bring us a blend of punk, blues, and rock n’ roll. The two stars started in Austin, Texas but now tour the world sharing their music.
Liberty Hall, May 2
Known for her songwriting style in folk music, Griffin received Artist of the Year award in 2017 from the Americana Music Association. In 2011, her album Downtown Church won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album! Not only has she been singing since she was 16 years old, she also has appeared in several TV shows and movies.
The Granada, May 5
Hayley Kiyoko has pretty much done everything you ever wanted to be as a kid: singer, songwriter, actress, model, dancer… and yet, the list goes on. You may recognize her from roles on “The Fosters” and “Vampire Diaries”. You’ll remember her for her amazing voice singing meaningful songs. Come prepared to dance the night away!
The Bottleneck, May 9
Digitour: Arctic Lights is bringing some of tween America’s favorite YouTubers to The Bottleneck. Earn some serious “cool points” from the kids in you family by taking them to this concert. On the line-up: Justin Blake, Tyler Brown, JJ Hannon, Dylan Conrique, Caden Conrique, Raegan Beast, Jonas Bridges, Sam Collins, ItsJustNick, Farrah Mechael, Nick Drossos, Maze & many more. DigiTour is celebrating their six years of creating the “best day of your life” events perfect for the kids.
The Granada, May 10
This reggae jam-band from New Hampshire is sure to bring an electric performance. They have been making quite a name for themselves in recent years – their 2016 album debuted at #1 on the reggae charts. In 2017, New England Music Award presented them “Band of the Year.” Their newest album, “Grateful Dub” is a tribute to Grateful Dead… reggae style, and it is SO WELL DONE. All reggae fans and Grateful Dead fans will want to miss this!
Lawrence Arts Center, May 12
Area musicians play the hits of The Beatles at the Lawrence Arts Center for this benefit for Audio-Reader.
The Granada, May 13
ICP is back in Lawrence with their hardcore rap. Loyal ICP fans, aka Juggalos, and anyone looking for a whole new live music experience are in for a treat. What to expect… lots of face paint, clowns and other characters, Faygo (an ICP soda) and tons of energy. ICP has been putting on epic shows for 30 years, and we expect no less this time around.
The Bottleneck, May 18
New York Times named her “an impressive blues guitarist who sings with sweet power” and “one of the genre’s most promising young talents.” Fish grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and started off playing drums but soon switched to guitar. Fish has earned the reputation of being a powerful live performer and although she is most well known for her blues, she likes to tie a little bit of everything into her music.
Jackpot Music Hall, May 20
Martinez is a singer-songwriter from a small town in Nebraska. He and his brother moved to Denver, Colorado to pursue his career. The two started off recording albums in their basement to professional studios in Nashville. His most recent album features a song called “City Man” in which he talks about the changes coming from such a small town to a big city.
The Bottleneck, May 24
This Fort Worth, TX band has been mesmerizing audiences with their highly-visual, percussion-heavy shows for nearly twenty years. The eight-member band features multiple drums, horns, guitars and vocals. The live shows are an experience for all the senses.
The Granada, May 25-27
The Lawrence Busker Festival will be taking over Downtown Lawrence. Street performers will be wowing crowds throughout the streets. The Musician’s Pitch will feature a variety of artists throughout the weekend in front of The Granada. Check out the schedule here.
Maggie is a student at the University of Kansas and intern for eXpore Lawrence.