The Bottleneck, June 1
This psych-blues group from Colorado has an intoxicating old school sound that is laced with just enough soulful improvisation to really groove. Eric Halborg’s raspy, rich vocals are complemented by the refreshing blues-rock guitar riffs, jazzy drums beats, slide guitar and harmonica. Don’t miss this native Colorado band. They’ll be tearing up the night with all the recent music they’ve recorded with acclaimed producer Mark Howard. (-That’s the guy who produced Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and many more big names.) Dragondeer is the show to see!
Replay Lounge, June 3
Beth Bombara’s music is an eclectic mix between folk and rock. You’ll recognize hints of the greats in her voice: Jonnie Mitchell, Emmy Lou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks. The best thing about her music? -She writes all her own songs.
The Bottleneck, June 8
Truly, a new music movement. Unexpected fusions of rap, symphonic-rock elements, and moving lyrics are what you’ll find all wrapped up in this inventive emcee duo + band.
The Granada Theater, June 10
How can instrumental music be incredibly intricate, fast-paced and relaxing at the same time? Answer: Chon. You can almost hear San Diego in their music (where they’re from). Imagine a chilly breeze to relieve the heat of the sun on your skin. Imagine holding beers where the Pacific begins, letting your toes brush the always-freezing ocean. You can taste faint flecks of salt on your lips as you sip on something cold, talk with your friends, and unwind to the progressive (impressive) rock vibes these Californians bring all the way to Oz. Rad, bruh.
The Bottleneck, June 10
Ryan Upchurch was originally a comedian until he found his niche in the music industry. His songs straddle the two worlds of country and rap in a surprisingly unique way. If you’ve got friends who are hardcore country music fans, Upchurch The Redneck could be the man to stretch their limits a little without bursting their bubble.
Replay Lounge, June 17
Come hear this Lawrence garage band surprise the hell out of you with their 60’s rock vibes. There’s nothing “garage” about these guys. Don’t let their self-proclaimed genre fool you! They’re seriously talented, and have probably blown up every garage they’ve ever played in.
Jackpot Music Hall, June 23
This lineup features some of Lawrence’s most talented musicians. You won’t find much of their music on YouTube, but for good reason: they’re absolutely incredible live! Head down to the Jackpot to get a taste of four different bands who are sure to provide you with something you’ll like no matter where you rest on the music genre spectrum.
The Granada Theater, June 24
ATTENTION! The 1000 block of Mass Street will be closed, but for a dang good reason! Bring the whole crew with you, (and some lawn chairs), to enjoy the first ever Live On Mass event featuring The Get Up Kids, Kawehi, and a few others.It’s free, it’s outdoor, and it’s kid-friendly! What else do you need to have a wonderful evening in the Great (Massachusetts) Outdoors?!
Liberty Hall, June 24
Come out to support the Willow Domestic Violence Center by entering in the ultimate lip sync battle! Proceeds go to the WDVC to meet the needs of those who suffer from domestic abuse. What better cause to make a fool of yourself on stage? We think it’ll be a good time.
Replay Lounge, June 25
On first listen, The BBB’s sound mimic’s that of Rush! Plus, they have a KILLER harmonica player. No really. Actually, they have killer EVERYTHING. -An extremely tight, versatile drummer, a vocalist who has a raspy, sexy rock sound, and we already mentioned the harmonica man. Honestly, just go to hear that guy if nothing else!
The Jackpot Saloon & Music Hall
The raw and inspiring emcee, Junior, has a vision to “Set Your Dreams Free.” Raised in Los Angeles and shaped in KC, Junior’s hip hop music is informed, addresses the need to dream and to live your life in that freedom. He started the “Young Dreams” brand and promotes it alongside his music.
The Bottleneck, June 30
KG&G are a blues-rock trio that draws on artists like Jimi Hendrix and Heartless Bastards to deliver one hell of a show. Whether you’re seeing them for the first time or the 10th time, expect gorgeous and powerful vocals, steely guitar solos and tight drumming to pack a punch!
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