Replay Lounge, January 12
Suggested Songs: “Bottomless Well,” “Hand Of Sin,” “Kansas Girl”
Someone said that when they listen to Tyler, they feel as though they’re sitting around a campfire drinking scotch. I don’t know ‘bout you, but I’m in. The warmth of his genuine lyrics and blues-roots genre complements scotch or whiskey or bourbon I imagine. Plus, Gregory is a Lawrence native. Holler!
Jackpot Music Hall, January 13
Suggested Songs: “Cochise,” “Heaven,” “Interstate”
Interstate Run is an energetic rock band from KC that has added members to their band to catch your attention. Originally a two-piece band, IR is now a foursome bringing punky guitar licks, heavier rhythm and extra voices to build off of their once acoustic-rock sound.
The Granada, January 14
Songwriters Featured: “Sleep Without You,” “In Case You Didn’t Know,” “Mercy”
Did you know that Brett Young is not only an accomplished musician but an outstanding baseball player? He went all the way to the pre-draft selection for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays before pitching took a toll on his elbow. Forced to take a break, Young shifted his focus to music. He took the same grit and determination that pitching required and turned it toward the music industry. As a highly successful country music artist, Brett Young uses his story to write and release the hit after hit.
The Granada, January 18
Suggested Songs: “Feet Don’t Touch The Ground,” “Let Me Hold You,” “Empty Glass”
Most musicians enjoy meeting their fans, but Stoney LaRue takes it to another level. In preparation for the release of “Us Time,” LaRue reflected on the past 15 years he’s been touring and writing but more importantly, he considered the special moments between him, his music, and his fans. “Us Time,” is a project of collaboration, of communication of the strong relationships he’s formed with those that support him. As a dedication to his fans, LaRue has come up with a list of fan favorites to say thank you and to further connect and build the relationship with people young and old, close and far.
The Bottleneck, January 20
Suggested Songs: “Doesn’t Matter,” “Weeping Lily,” “Strange Things”
Alice Sweet Alice isn’t just a 1970’s horror movie but is a genre-hybrid band that resists the confines of any music category. Within the music whirlwind of ASA, you’ll hear electronic vibes, jazz, classical composition with well-thought-out lyrics. ASA is a bunch of stuff, basically. Which is a little confusing, but easy to approach. Each song could be completely different from the previous. The mood could change in an instant, the genres will appear and disappear right before your eyes. Who knows what you’ll be listening to but you can count on it be intriguing!
The Bottleneck, January 26
Suggested Songs: “Humbucker,” “Heavy Days,” “Waking Up From You”
Blues-influenced rock trio from Kansas City formed back in 2012. You probably guessed from their band name, but let me go ahead and confirm that Katy Guillen & The Girls is in fact, an all-woman band. But seriously when was the last time you saw a group of ladies rock a stage? Yeah, I can’t even name a current all-girl band I’m listening to (other than KG & The Girls now). Let’s get out there and cheer on these gals who’ve banded together to bring us a beautiful sound.
The Granada, January 30
Suggested Songs: “Identity,” “Composure,” “The Frost”
This GRAMMY-nominated heavy metal quintet believes that “By personally aiming beyond your perceived potential, you can truly grow.” At least that’s been their motto through the millions of plays on Spotify for two of their single debut’s, “Identity,” and “Ghost.” The key to their success is their work ethic. The intimacy of their metal identity comes from their close attention to detail and commitment to instrumental and vocal complexity.
Liberty Hall, January 30
Suggested Songs: “Showboat,” “Girl In The War,” “Kathleen”
The interesting thing about Josh Ritter is that he first wrote his songs on the lute. His captivating narrative-style of lyricism was better accompanied by a guitar though. Inspired by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, Ritter set out to buy his first guitar from K-Mart and ended up traveling across the pond quite a few times until he landed in Ireland. Ritter’s classic Americana singer-songwriter style was well received amongst the Irish. In fact, he’s recorded and released most of his music in Ireland so if you find yourself identifying with the soothing string-filled folk music of Ireland, chances are you’ll truly enjoy Ritter’s style and sound.
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