November is going to bring some pretty big names to Lawrence stages. There’s something for everyone. You can see a big name from the 90’s at Liberty Hall, enjoy a cozy performance at White Schoolhouse, or a new take on classical music at a North Lawrence dive. With the holiday rounding out the month, expect the busiest show nights to fall in the first two weeks of the month. Here are some of the best bets, as picked by I Heart Local Music.
Liberty Hall, November 1
Don’t be surprised if you see Lindsey Alderman’s name pop up in some very important places soon. The pop/R&B singer got her start in Lawrence with sold-out shows at The Bottleneck. This month, she’s coming back for a special performance at Liberty Hall, and she’s bringing along some of the hottest rappers on the scene for the ride. Expect mad big energy from Royal Chief, top-notch charm from Cuee, rising local Hornsby.
White Schoolhouse, November 7
The rise of the nonprofit, Lawrence All-Ages Noise Department (LAAND), in recent weeks means even more memorable events are coming to White Schoolhouse. The November 7th show is no exception. NPR favorite Black Belt Eagle Scout is celebrated for music surrounding Katherine Paul’s work as a radical indigenous queer feminist. In what’s sure to be a captivating performance, they’ll be joined by Hikes and local synth-based performer Bad Alaskan.
The Granada, November 10
Angel Olsen’s just released All Mirrors is already being heralded as one of the top albums of the year. You can’t pick up a music magazine without a glowing review of Olsen’s work, and with good reason. Gorgeous strings swell with emotion throughout the album, and word is those strings are coming along for the ride on this tour. It is a deeply personal album that will gut anyone who listens, and is Olsen’s most genuine and authentic work to date. This isn’t just a “must see” for November, it will likely end up as one of the best shows of the year.
Liberty Hall, November 12
Last year, Billy Corgan toured the nation with the (mostly) original Smashing Pumpkins lineup. This year, he’s going at it alone. While we won’t see James Iha or Jimmy Chamberlin, the audience will be treated to music from the Smashing Pumpkins. The short tour focuses mostly on shows in New York and L.A., so seeing Lawrence smack dab in the middle of that tour is a pretty incredible feat. The last time anyone from the Smashing Pumpkins set foot on a stage in Lawrence was 20 years ago. While you will be able to reminisce in old SP favorites, expect tracks from Corgan’s recent solo album, Ogilala, as well.
Kaw Valley Public House, November 16
John Svoboda calls it “musical blasphemy.” The local musician has been repurposing classical music for lovers of bluegrass and folk music under the name “No Bow Tie.” No bow tie needed for this sumptuous affair. These classical compositions are for the everyman (and woman). The group has been playing nonstop events across Kansas, redefining classical music and perfecting the craft. This is where you’ll want to be to see something completely unique that no one else is doing in Lawrence.
The Granada, November 29
It’s easy to feel a little antsy during a long holiday weekend— so for those itching to get out of the house, Joe Sears and The Granada team up every year for an exciting show for the locals. This year, Sears and co are bringing a star-studded lineup to cover The Isley Brothers. The show is promising “funky big bottom beats” and slow jams. Sears has a knack for organizing these holiday weekend tribute shows, his Curtis Mayfield tribute was nothing to scoff at and brought top notch musicianship to the stage. Bring your dancing shoes.
Other noteworthy concerts this month:
Gregory Alan Isakov at Liberty Hall
White Denim / Spaceface at Liberty Hall
Zeta / Murmur Stare / Big Water at The Replay
Grass-fed / Mrk Lavengood at The Bottleneck
Drugs & Attics / Wick and the Tricks / The Sluts / SONA at The Replay
Hippo Campus at The Granada
Son Venezuela at Lucia
Comethazine at The Granada
Ministry at The Granada
ISSUES / Polyphia / Lil Aaron / Sleep Token at The Granada
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.