As we settle into September, you can expect some exceptionally loud, groovy, and iconic performances coming to Lawrence. The Granada has a pretty packed rock schedule, The Bottleneck is booking heavy hitters, and the locals are knocking it out of the park with festivals and special cover performances. Here’s a look at the beginning of a very busy Fall music season in Lawrence.
The Granada, September 6
Summer in Lawrence means plenty of outdoor live music events, but it stretches into September this year with one last big hurrah. Live On Mass will once again be blocking off Mass between 10th and 11th streets (just in front of The Granada) for a big, free, outdoor show. Koe Wetzel will be performing his special brand of Texas rock and Americana.
The Replay, September 7
Clear out your Saturday night, hip-hop fans. The Replay has one of the most promising rap shows scheduled to kick off the month. Slumpgang777 will be coming in from Chicago. The entire lineup screams energy. Every performer is known for being quick on the mic and light on their feet. Local rap legend Approach will be taking the stage as well, with HighWesthus’ highly danceable tunes starting the night off (keep an eye on his can’t-miss dance moves).
Freakout Fest with: Pleasures / Strange Foliage / The Dull Drums / Greg Wheeler and the Polygamist Mall Cops / Pale Tongue / Youth Pool / JC & the Nuns / V.I.S.I.T.O.R.
The Replay, September 20
Psych rock tends to bloom best in the Fall, and The Replay has an exceptional night planned for the occasion. Freakout Fest will feature some of the best psych rock in the region. Bands from Lawrence, Kansas City, and beyond will pile in for a night of getting weird. Highlights of the night will include a dancing nuns lead by a very psychedelic Jesus for JC and the Nuns, an all-star lineup for V.I.S.I.T.O.R, and bands from as far as Oklahoma, Chicago, and Florida. Hope y’all like fog machines and trippy lights!
The Band That Fell to Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie
Lawrence Arts Center, September 21
In late 2015, Kansas City musician Michelle Bacon formed a David Bowie cover band. Just three weeks before their first scheduled show, the iconic musician passed away. The local music community immediately took to this one-of-a-kind show. Featuring an all-star lineup of local musicians, The Band That Fell To Earth has consistently sold out performances every year. This time, they’re coming to Lawrence for a very special performance at the Lawrence Arts Center. Naturally, Lawrence-based guest musicians will be joining them for this two-set affair. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Just Food.
The Bottleneck, September 21
Kiss your eardrums goodbye! This will be one of the most rock and roll events of the year. It’s always a madhouse when Radkey stops by. The trio of brothers are known for their furiously fast punk ballads. When they’re not busy touring the world, they stick close to Kansas City. They’ll be tearing up the stage at the Bottleneck with glam rockers Wick & The Tricks, The Many Colored Death, and The Sluts.
The Bottleneck, September 27
Believe us when we tell you that when Reverend Horton Heat comes to town, it’s an absolute SCENE. The popular rockabilly group will once again return to The Bottleneck (and will likely, once again, sell the show out good and early). Be sure to polish up your dancing shoes and pile your hair up high. They’re hitting Lawrence with The Delta Bombers.
Other noteworthy concerts this month:
Bad Suns at The Granada
American Football at The Granada
Kublai Khan / Orthodox at The Bottleneck
Vein at The Bottleneck
Buddy Guy at The Lied Center of Kansas
Skating Polly / Pale Tongue / The Sluts at The Replay
Muscle Worship Reunion Show / Bummer / Arc Flash at The Replay
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.