2013

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  • Fri
    04
    Jan
    2013

    The Crumpletons

    8:30

    Details Soon

  • Sat
    05
    Jan
    2013

    Terry Quiett

    8:30

    Details pending

  • Fri
    11
    Jan
    2013

    Jimmie Bratcher

    8:30

    Jimmie Bratcher has been chosen by God himself to play the blues. When he was 22he gave his life over to the Lord, overcoming his addictions to drugs and alcohol. After several years of studying in the church and becoming ordained as a minister Jimmie began writing music again and even started to perform during his own sermons. People loved it and soon he was touring the churches, performing his own gospel blues sermons to congregations everywhere. Eventually Jimmie would make the jump into the secular world and began participating in festivals and concerts. While standing on stage in front of a few thousand fans at a festival in Kansas, the lord spoke to Jimmie again and put everything in perspective. “How many churches would you need to go to before you stand in front of that many lost people?”

     

    Jimmie brings the blues back to their roots in Gospel and has even shared the stage with Christian artists including Mercy Me, Newsboys and Third Day, and with blues greats including Grammy winner David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Blues Music Award winners Zac Harmon and Otis Taylor, and Hubert Sumlin, one of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

  • Sat
    12
    Jan
    2013

    Harper

    8:30

    Harper is an Australian singer/songwriter who plays the harp and didgeridoo. He mixes roots, rock, blues, funk and soul together for a show that is off the charts. Harper has been coming to visit Uncle Bo's for about 5 years now and has a very strong fan base in our area. He even took the time to go to our grade schools and play the didgeridoo for the classes. I’m so thankful for his 'play it forward' approach to music. If you have never experienced this show, then it’s time.

  • Fri
    18
    Jan
    2013

    Murali Coryell

    8:30

    Son of jazz-rock guitar legend Larry Coryell and author/actress Julie Coryell, contemporary soul blues artist Murali Coryell grew up surrounded by great music. Murali began playing drums at age 8 and continued through junior high school. He started playing guitar after discovering the blues in his early teens. "I was into the music of Led Zeppellin, particularly a minor blues tune called "Since I've Been Loving You". My dad told me if I wanted to hear some real blues to get B.B. Kings "Live at The Regal" which, to this day, I consider one of the greatest recordings ever made.  The emotion and sadness in B.B. King's voice and guitar really spoke to me.  That's when I first picked up a guitar, took lessons and began listening to the music of other blues guitar greats like Clapton, Collins, Hendrix and Albert King.  If you came to see Joe Lewis Walker at Uncle Bo's, that wonderful voice and guitar in the band was Murali Coryell.

  • Sat
    19
    Jan
    2013

    Matt Hill

    8:30

    2011 Blues Music Awards Winner and one of the most talked about electric acts on the scene today, Matt Hill is uninhibited, driving audiences wild with his "whatever it takes" boundless stage antics. His voice, guitar playing, and his magnetic energy surely will take him straight to the top.

    Hill started playing live in his teens and eventually played with local blues icons Max Drake and Chuck Cotton in a band called The Buzzkillz. He even sat in with Bob Margolin. Soon Matt was joining Bob Margolin on tour, playing with the likes of Blues heroes like Carey Bell, Hubert Sumlin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Calvin "Fuzz" Jones, Pinetop Perkins, and Nappy Brown. Somewhere along the line, Matt developed a totally uninhibited ferociously raving stage presence that harkens back to the heydays of Howlin "Wolf", Jerry Lee Lewis and Nappy Brown.

  • Fri
    25
    Jan
    2013

    Mary Bridget Davies

    8:30

    In 2010 Mary moved to Kansas City, recorded her debut blues album, Wanna Feel Somethin," and was nominated "Best Blues Album" by KC Pitch.

     

    Mary and her band recently competed in the 2011 International Blues Challenge and won 2nd, out of 110, in the band category.

     

    Mary Bridget Davies was playing Janis Joplin long before she stepped on stage to play "One Night with Janis Joplin".  As a little girl, she jumped onto her parents green corduroy couch and wailed "Piece of My Heart" like a banshee. Davies hearing this critique from a woman after a recent show: "You came out and I thought, "She doesn't look like Janis Joplin.' and by the second act, I said, "My god, that's Janis Joplin. ‘she just transformed.” Laughed and responded "That's my job--to make you believe that that's who I am,".

     

    We haven’t had our Mary Bridget Davies fix for way too long.  So happy she will be visiting Uncle Bo's and we can hear that voice again.

  • Sat
    26
    Jan
    2013

    Kick Off Party to Memphis with Josh Vowell Band and Rachelle Coba

    8:30

    Topeka Blues Society is sponsoring for Josh Vowell Band and Rachelle Coba solo acts to take the journey to Memphis to the International Blues Challenge for the week of January 29 to February 2.  At the challenge they will be performing with over 200 bands, 17 countries represented, All-Stars, showcases and all kinds of networking going on.  We always tell our winners that it is a win, win, whether you are in the top 10 or not.  Labels, festival buyers, representatives from blues cruises, bars, booking agents and other band mates will all be in attendance. We are excited about our band and solo act and want to make it the best experience

    they have and come away with new ideas, new friends and just an all-around good time. Oh, and of course eating at Miss Polly's, chicken & waffles.

     

    So come by to support our IBC winners, bring some extra cash for their tip jars to help with their travels.

     

    There you go fans, working on more events for you daily and maybe by our Kickoff Party we will have our line up for the Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival July 4th , 2013.

  • Fri
    01
    Feb
    2013

    Nace Brothers

    Details Soon

  • Fri
    08
    Feb
    2013

    The BelAirs

    8:30 pm The BelAirs are one of the most rocking, rhythm and blues bands around. They’re fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt on bass and electric guitars with Michael Cherry on drums. The BelAirs play a danceable mix with an authentic but eclectic bluesy, country, soul, rock-n-roll sound influenced by the sounds of Wilson Picket, Slim Harpo, Howlin' Wolf and Johnny Cash.
  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2013

    Grand Marquis

    8:00 pm The Grand Marquis have the classic, timeless, “straight from a Kansas City speakeasy” sound while injecting a vibrant relevance into their brand of hot swinging jazz & jumping blues. Versatile and buoyant, distinct and refreshing, they are a rhythm cocktail, served by masterful musical mixoligists. These guys are great to party with and made it to the top eight in the IBC competition in Memphis. I’m proud to have sponsored them.
  • Wed
    13
    Feb
    2013

    Mingo Fishtrap in the wind

    Early show 6:30!

    Blues, soul and R&B are the most common denominators of pop music. People around the world know the songs from Chess, Stax, Motown and Muscle Shoals Records as part of the soundtrack to their lives. Mingo Fishtrap traces its beginnings to the mid 1990's when Blevins and five of the group's eight members were attending University of North Texas’ Jazz Studies program. Originally derived as a loose, after-class jam, Mingo covered songs from Otis Redding, Tower of Power, the Neville Brothers and other soul and funk masters with no particular professional ambition. They started playing some gigs and the more they played the more they were wanted back. Today they are touring nationally and we are lucky to have them.

  • Fri
    15
    Feb
    2013

    Earl & Them

    8:00 pm For those of you who don't recognize this band, it's Earl Cate along with all the Cate Brothers members except Ernie. Jimmy Thackery used to always say “Earl, come over to play and bring them,” hence, Earl & Them. You can't go wrong with the sound and show, hope to see you here.
  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2013

    Smokin Jow Kubek & Bnois King Unplugged

    8:00 pm Close to the Bone is the latest release from these fine artists on their new label. This duo should be familiar to even the most casual blues listeners. While growing up in Texas, Smokin Joe played guitar with Freddie King, honing his craft to a fine edge. On the other hand Bnois King is from LA, which brings an entirely different set of influences to the party. In addition, King does killer vocals that range from gritty growl to soulful mellow. These two artists together are a powerful force.
  • Sun
    17
    Feb
    2013

    St. Patricks Day

    Details coming soon...
  • Fri
    22
    Feb
    2013

    Levee Town

    8:00 pm Levee Town is in the house. These are a great group of guys who are celebrating their tenth year of performing together. They never lose focus of their audience and always bring fun to the table. Each one of them is an accomplished musician that brings their A game. Hit the dance floor and let the party begin.
  • Sat
    23
    Feb
    2013

    Platinum Express

    8:00 pm All a board for the Platinum Express, with a new sound and some extra added talent, the Express is headed our way for a night of dancing fun. I think the party train has already started, so come aboard, bring your friends and get the show on the road.
  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2013

    Jimmie Bratcher CD Release Party

    8:00 pm Jimmie was scheduled to be releasing his new CD, “Secretly Famous,” to the public about a week later but we got him in early and he agreed to release it ahead of schedule in Topeka. It’s his seventh album but feels like it's really his first. This album is different for him because he went further back to his roots than any of his others. Back to a time before he became "The Rev,” back to that blues-rock root music he learned to play his old guitar on. Come by and be one of the first to own this CD.
  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2013

    Brandon Santini

    8:30 pm In Memphis, on Beale Street there’s a little bar called Mr. Handy's Blues Hall. There’s a good chance you can find Brandon there playing to all those in search of a blues adventure. It was there that we first saw Brandon and asked him to come to Topeka. Brandon Santini has been gracing Uncle Bo's stage since 2006.
  • Wed
    06
    Mar
    2013

    Davina & The Vagabonds

    6:30 pm $10.00 Davina and The Vagabonds are known in The Twin Cities, Minnesota as being one of the busiest bands in town. Their hard-working professionalism, high energy stage performance, and unique sound draw everyone’s attention. Davina has a contagious voice, so much so that you think “am I really hearing this.” What a wonderful way to spend a Wednesday evening, doors open 5:30, show time 6:30, come get something to eat, drink and watch a show.
  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2013

    The Crumpleton's

    8:30 pm $5.00 The Crumpleton’s have a great fan base that loves to dance and support them wherever they go. They cover some of your favorite classic rock songs that really get people dancing. You won’t want to miss this fun show; they have a lot of variety to share.
  • Sat
    09
    Mar
    2013

    Bart Walker

    8:30 pm $10.00 I never thought Bart could beat his last cd. I loved every song but, I have to say, I love this cd even more. The 11 tracks on "Waiting on Daylight" features nine new songs written by Walker and other Nashville notables such as Grammy-winner Gary Nicholson and Pat McLaughlin, plus blazing covers of J.B. Hutton's "Hip Shake It" and my favorite Allman Brothers Band classic, "Whippin Post". The timing of the album couldn’t have been better after Bart just won the Gibson Guitarist Award at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. He also signed with RUF records and toured with The Blues Caravan, which will be performing for our Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival 2013. During his acceptance speech I had to hold back tears while being mentioned as a person who was helpful in his journey. Come out and see this great show and pick up his new CD while you’re at it.
  • Fri
    15
    Mar
    2013

    Erick Sardinas

    8:30 pm $10.00 Eric Sardinas is an American blues-rock slide guitarist born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He’s noted for his use of the electric resonator guitar and his live performances. He sometimes sets his guitar aflame onstage during shows. This will be the first time in Uncle Bo’s for Eric and we’re excited to have him kick off our St. Patrick's Axe weekend.
  • Sat
    16
    Mar
    2013

    Poppa Chubby

    8:30 pm $10.00 Popa Chubby is a survivor. His dad died when he was seven, was abandoned and raised himself, moved to New York City when he was 18 and started playing music. Popa had a heroin habit and ended up strung out on the streets until he was in his twenty's. He then started playing again and got away from drugs and never went back, he then got into the New York blues scene in the early 90's and here he is today. This will be Popa's second time at Uncle Bo's, I loved how he played "Somewhere over the Rainbow" on his last visit, it got extremely quiet in the house as everyone was glued to his performance. We are so happy to add him to our St Patrick’s Day Axe Weekend.
  • Sun
    17
    Mar
    2013

    St. Patricks Day

    To help everyone celebrate and have a great weekend we’re extending a special rate of $79.00 per night on hotel rooms for both Friday and Saturday night. Included in the special rate is our free hot breakfast, shuttle service to the festivities downtown, and half off your entry into Uncle Bo’s.
  • Wed
    20
    Mar
    2013

    Mike Zito & The Wheel

    6:30 pm $10.00


    Topeka loves Mike Zito and can't wait to see him complete with his band The Wheel, Scot Sutherland on bass, Rob Lee on drums & Jimmy Carpenter on saxophone. Do you remember the name Jimmy Carpenter? He was with Jimmy Thackery for years and that's where our paths crossed, it’s been nine years since his return to Topeka and I can't wait to hug him and show him Uncle Bo's.

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2013

    Guy Forsyth

    8:30 pm $10.00


    Austin, Texas-based guitarist, singer and songwriter, Guy Forsyth leads his own band, as well as a group called the Asylum Street Spankers. Forsyth is a rare combination: talented guitarist, singer, songwriter and student of the blues, blues-rock and folk music. This will be the first time at Uncle Bo's, were always looking for new entertainment for Topeka.

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2013

    Albert Castilgia & Rachelle Coba

    8:30 pm $10.00


    Albert Castiglia (pronounced "ka-Steel-ya") was born in New York. At the age of five his family moved to Miami. With a Cuban mother and an Italian father, he is an example of the melting pot of cultures that is Miami. He learned to play guitar at the age of 12 and soon realized that the passions in his heart were expressed best by his music.
    Albert and Rachelle have a history, almost like family, and have been playing together for years. Rachelle is our solo/duo winner for Topeka and made it to the semi-finals at the International Blues Challenge this year. I can't wait to see what they have together.

  • Fri
    29
    Mar
    2013

    Topeka Blues Revue

    8:30 pm


    You'll want to be a part of this one! All week, leading up to this night, we will be bringing in some of the best blues bands Topeka has to offer. They will be recording right here in Uncle Bo's for an upcoming album we will be releasing, and then the night of the 29th we will be recording a live performance for both video and audio. Be a part of Uncle Bo's history while listening to the great sounds of Back Porch Blues Band, Rachelle Coba, Josh Vowell and special guest Doug Renbarger. Money raised from the album sales will go towards the Topeka Blues Society that helps support music in schools.

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2013

    Hamilton Loomis

    8:30 pm $15.00


    Hamilton came to play our New Year’s Extravaganza for 2013 and blew us all away with his guitar, harmonica, and vocals. It's a show you don't want to miss. My very favorite part was when he played "Purple Rain" by Prince, how fun. Hamilton has been coming to Uncle Bo's since 2006 and usually all we have to do is whisper his name and the house is full. With his picture in the elevators, signed and played guitar on the wall I would hope Hamilton would think of us as family. Don't miss this show and you better come early.

  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2013

    Studebaker John

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 Studebaker John Grimaldi started his career as Studebaker John and the Hawks. The name came from the then popular Studebaker Hawk, a car that he still owns. In fact, I owned one too and loved it. A versatile and powerful lead slide guitarist who incorporates swing, boogie, swamp and blues, he continuously tours the mid-west to keep the music alive. Website
  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2013

    Sonny Moorman

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 "I came to play" and play he does, Sonny Moorman owns the record for longest continuous playing here at Uncle Bo's, 4 hours of non-stop blues. Sonny was raised in bars that pulled world class artists and he learned one thing, all the hype in the world doesn't mean a thing unless you can back it up! Those are words Sonny has lived by as he played through the bars and juke joints from coast to coast. Gig after gig, night after night, year after year until his own "hype" got too big to go unnoticed any longer. Website
  • Wed
    10
    Apr
    2013
    Thu
    11
    Apr
    2013

    Hamilton Loomis Harmonica Workshop

    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Let Hamilton teach you Blues Harmonica! The workshop is open to ages 12 & up, and is for beginners -- no prior musical training necessary -- Hamilton will even provide your harmonica! Sign up here!
  • Fri
    12
    Apr
    2013

    Kris Lager Band

    8:30 p.m. - $7.00 "Swagadocious" combines blues, rock, funk, a bit old, and new. It's just Swagadocious. These guys are thrift shop junkies from the Heartland that play soul music with a boogie beat. Upbeat, yet completely humble, they give off a ton of energy during their performances while interacting with the crowd like they were playing at home. It's "Swagadocious", love that word. Website
  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2013

    Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats

    8:30 p.m. - $5.00 Bluesman Jason Vivone named his band the Billy Bats because, at one time, they could all fit in the trunk of his car. The "King of the Roots" singer, songwriter, guitarist and harp blower draws on his Kansas City background as he mentors his vision of the blues. He combines a sense of humor and serious chops, creating music that entertains and leaves audiences wanting more. Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats recently represented Kansas City at the IBC, International Blues Challenge. Website
  • Fri
    19
    Apr
    2013

    Lee McBee and Mike Morgan & The Crawl

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 We are in for a big treat as Lee McBee pairs up with Mike Morgan and The Crawl, it's been a few years in the making and it finally took Pat Recob's wedding to get them onto Uncle Bo's stage together. Mike Morgan is coming in from Texas and he hasn't graced our stage since 2006. I'm so excited for this reunion of greats, there won't be another show like it for quite a while. Website
  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2013

    Biscuit Miller & The Mix

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 We were able to ring in New Year's with Biscuit and he had a great showing at our 4th of July Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival. People just love The Biscuit and can't get enough of him. He's got a smile a foot long that will brighten anyone's day and behind him a great band with super energy. You're sure to dance yourself into a frenzy at this show. Website
  • Fri
    26
    Apr
    2013

    Josh Vowell

    8:30 p.m. - $7.00 Unfortunately Joe Moss had to cancel his show for Friday but we do have our own local Blues legend, Josh Vowell coming in to do show instead. So come out and have some fun with Josh and thank him for filling in for us.
  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2013

    John Nemeth

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 Born and raised in Boise Idaho, John was first exposed to music while singing in the Catholic Church. Branching out to local bands as a teenager, it wasn't until he was 17 that a friend exposed him to the blues and together, they formed Fat John & the 3 Slims. John Nemeth is the real deal, a showman with soul, singing with incredible feelings and has developed into a top-notch harmonica player as well. John Nemeth will be a feature act in our Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival, July 4th at Shawnee Lake. So come to the show and get a preview of what John can bring to the table. Website
  • Fri
    03
    May
    2013

    Samantha Fish

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 Details Coming Soon....
  • Sat
    04
    May
    2013

    Levee Town

    8:30 p.m. - $7.00 Details Coming Soon....
  • Fri
    10
    May
    2013

    Gas House Gorillas

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 The Gas House Gorillas will bring a show that will turn the house out. This punk/jump/swing band has it all. They play into about every genre you can think of including jump blues, gypsy swing, rock n roll, punk, Cajun and more. Bring it on! Topeka, are you ready for this night of fun?
  • Sat
    11
    May
    2013

    Etta Britt

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 Etta started her career like lots of girls, with a hair brush in hand, using it as a microphone and singing to a mirror. Years later, she’s made it a career and started a family. Etta’s soulful voice, and stage performance is heart piercing. One of the most versatile singers around, she has shared the stage with Engelbert Humperdinck and REO Speedwagon. She’s accomplished everything she could’ve hoped for as that little girl with a hairbrush and mirror. This show is a must see.
  • Wed
    15
    May
    2013

    Cassie Taylor in the Park

    7:00 p.m. - Free Part of the Summertime Blues Series at Gage Park Ampitheater from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sponsored by Topeka Blues Society.
  • Fri
    17
    May
    2013

    Ghost Town Blues Band

    8:00 p.m. - $10.00 They placed in the top ten at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis with raw energy, and intensity matching the best blues rock band you have seen. I’m so excited to have them visit Uncle Bo's. Each year I go to Memphis to bring back new entertainment for our area and the Ghost Town Blues Band was the first on my list. Every bit of their show was entertaining and I can't wait to see what they do on my stage.
  • Sat
    18
    May
    2013

    44's Band

    8:00 p.m. - $10.00 You may be wondering how we got a band from Los Angeles to come to Topeka. Well, in the big world Uncle Bo's Blues Bar is well-known and artists are excited to visit. Also, it helps if one of the members came from Coffeeville, Kansas. These guys are some of the brightest rising stars in the blues roots scene. They‘re rough, tough and fun rhythm and blues is contagious. Kid Ramos says "they play like their life depends on it". I was able to see them at Knuckleheads and I’ve been trying for a year to get them here.
  • Fri
    24
    May
    2013

    The Cate Brothers

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 What can I say, it's The Cate Brothers! These guys are beyond great, playing with everyone in the music business and songs that cross decades. We refer to them as "a waterfall", or "butter," just smooth and one of our favorites to work with. The world loves The Cate Brothers and so does Topeka.
  • Sat
    25
    May
    2013

    The Cate Brothers Night 2

    8:00 p.m. - $10.00 The Cate Brothers are back for night 2 of the weekend show. These guys are so big they can pack the place twice.
  • Wed
    29
    May
    2013

    Paul Thorn

    6:30 - $20.00 Thorn has been pleasing crowds for years with his muscular brand of roots music - bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern, yet also speaking universal truths. The Tupelo, Mississippi native worked in a furniture factory, jumped out of airplanes, and was a professional boxer before sharing his experiences with the world as a singer-songwriter. Pimps and Preachers, which topped the Americana charts for three weeks and broke into the Billboard Top 100, perfectly exemplified the vivid scope of his songwriting and illuminated his family background. While his father is a Church of God Pentecostal Minister, his uncle (his father's brother) spent time as a pimp, and Thorn was influenced by both of these men. Mining these "saint and sinner" scenarios, Thorn crafted a disc that All Music Guide lauded as "a great rock & roll album," while The Nation labeled it "an incredible find." Well, Topeka you are in for a real treat, I am still pinching myself. I can't believe we got him to visit Uncle Bo's. I did tell him repeatedly he was on my wish list, maybe he heard me. Wooohooo! The tickets will go fast, the seating will go faster. I will do what I can to get you all comfortable, so bear with me.
  • Fri
    31
    May
    2013

    Terry Quiett

    8:30 p.m. - $5.00 Terry Quiett is in the house. A great band with wonderful music, makes it a night to dance and feel good. His Just my Luck cd took him to another level of entertainment and made the charts in the top 100 Roots Music Report Blues Chart. You can feel the passion this band has through their instruments.
  • Sat
    01
    Jun
    2013

    Lisa Mann

    8:00 p.m. - $10.00 Lisa Mann stands firmly as a powerhouse bassist, front woman and singer/songwriter. She finds inspiration for her writing in life's turns, with influences of Etta James, Bonnie Raitt and Koko Taylor. Lisa Mann was also in the top ten at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. It was there when I was first able to see her perform and I’ve been hooked ever since.
  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2013

    Steve Pryor

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 In 1978 Muddy Waters told Steve, "Don't ever put that guitar down!" Since that time he has shared the stage with John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman, Dr. John, and Johnny Winter, to name a few. His tours with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and countless performances in concerts, night clubs, and blues festivals have left enduring impressions on all who attended. Steve's guitar style and singing encompass a history of Blues Americana without compromising his love for extreme, rocking Stratocaster guitar tones. The Steve Pryor band provides plenty of material for the blues purist, however, unlike many strict bluesmen, they see nothing wrong with tapping the roots of rock 'n 'roll to get their message across. Songs like John Hiatt's "Paper Thin," and Keith Richard's "Before They Make Me Run," seem to draw a very fine line between blues and rock (and even country) thereby demonstrating the similarity between the styles while reaffirming Pryor's own versatility.
  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2013

    Platinum Express

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 Platinum Express provides some of the best Motown around, with newly added artists and songs. Platinum Express has been coming to Uncle Bo's for a few years now and they have a following of people who truly love to dance. "All Aboard for the Platinum Express", put you're dancing shoes on and here comes the fun.
  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2013

    Ori Naftaly Band

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 Ori Naftaly is a 25 year old Israeli guitarist, Composer and the 2012 Israeli Blues Challenge winner for Best Act. After that they came to Memphis to compete with blues acts from all over the world. Their release of "A True Friend (Is Hard to Find)" reflects power, soul and energy that are present in the band. Now Ori Naftaly Band is headed through the USA to prove they have the blues.
  • Sat
    15
    Jun
    2013

    Selwyn Birchwood

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 Selwyn Birchwood stumbled upon the Blues at age 17 while attending a Buddy Guy concert in Orlando. He has spent years honing his skill to convey the same intensity and feelings of the blues greats. When Sonny Rhodes offered him the chance to hit the road and tour nationally, Selwyn took advantage of the opportunity and learned everything he could. In 2013 Selwyn Birchwood won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, also winning the Albert King award for best guitarist. This entertainer has so much to offer and experience you'll want to be here to see it. We brought both Ori and Selwyn from the International Blues Challenge so you can see where the money we raise all year goes. To help send our next winner to Memphis, support live music whenever possible.
  • Wed
    19
    Jun
    2013

    Summertime Blues at Gage Park Ampitheatre

    7:00 p.m - Free If you are staying at the hotel, ask for our shuttle to take you to the show. While you're there visit the Zoo, ride the train, or make a day of it and go swimming in the pool. There's always something to do in Gage Park.
  • Fri
    21
    Jun
    2013

    The BelAirs

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 Fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt on bass and electric guitars and Michael Cherry on drums, the BelAirs play a danceable mix with an authentic but eclectic country blues and rock-n-roll sound influenced by the likes of Wilson Picket, Slim Harpo, Howlin Wolf and Johnny Cash. They've been performing together for more than 20 years. The Pruitt brothers' vocal style sets them apart in the contemporary music scene, leading one reviewer to refer to them as the "Everly Brothers of Blues".
  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2013

    Poppa Chubby

    8:30 p.m. At the tender age of 8 Popa picked up the drums, consumed with playing "Wipeout". His parents were huge fans of jazz and R&B and had a vast collection of 78's and LP's. Popa would spend hours scratching them up by playing the sections he liked over and over again. When he was seven, his father took him to see an oldies show at Madison Square Garden, up close to the stage he watched the headliner duck walk across the stage playing a Gibson 335 like he was ringin"a bell! Chuck Berry became Popa's idol. The untimely death of his father left him living with his old-school Italian grandparents, and his love affair with the drums was put on hold. Eventually, Popa took up the guitar and traveled many roads, ending up on the blue circuit, including Uncle Bo's. I can't wait to hear his rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".
  • Fri
    28
    Jun
    2013

    Ghost Town Blues Band

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 Back by popular demand, the Ghost Town Blues Band returns. I was able to watch them make it to the finals in Memphis and then take to the road. I see local bands who work very hard at their craft and a lot end up playing only their area. You don't get famous in our own backyard, get in the car, van, truck whatever and go play in other areas. That's why we try to have open arms for new talent. And in turn our own can go play in other areas with open arms. So with all that said, come out and see what Memphis has to offer.
  • Sat
    29
    Jun
    2013

    Michael Charles

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 Originally brought to America by legendary Buddy Guy and his management, Australian Michael Charles launched his U.S. music career working the Chicago blues circuit while performing with Buddy Guy, Phil Guy, James Cotton, Eddy Clearwater, Junior Wells, George Baze, as well as touring with the legend, Mr. Jimmy Dawkins. Six times Grammy elected, guitar extraordinaire, Charles delivers a phenomenal, non-stop show, with soul burning blues, high energy rock and tops it off with great ballads.
  • Thu
    04
    Jul
    2013

    Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival @ Shawnee Lake

    All Day The Blues Festivals have begun and our own Spirit of Kansas, Blues Festival is right around the corner. Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 4; get your lawn chairs, coolers, and pop tents if you're staying all day. If you're coming from out of town, call our own Ramada Convention Center for a SOKF room and shuttle to event. 785-234-5400 and stop by Uncle Bo's for your free Blues Festival Guide.
  • Fri
    12
    Jul
    2013

    Mojo Roots

    8:30 p.m. - $5.00 If you think there's nothing new and exciting coming out of the blues genre, you haven't heard The Mojo Roots. With performances that turn on a dime from a driving, hard-hitting shuffle to an aching, tear-dripping slow blues, the Mojo Roots brand of soul-soaked blues is captivating audiences in their home state of Missouri and beyond. I came across this group in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge. I thought they did a great job of striking a good balance between preserving the blues and furthering them into a new direction. Help me give them a warm Topeka welcome.
  • Sat
    13
    Jul
    2013

    Sonny Moorman

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 "I came to play" and play he does, Sonny Moorman owns the record for longest continuous playing here at Uncle Bo's, 4 hours of non-stop blues. Sonny was raised in bars that pulled world class artists and he learned one thing, all the hype in the world doesn't mean a thing unless you can back it up! Those are words Sonny has lived by as he played through the bars and juke joints from coast to coast. Gig after gig, night after night, year after year until his own "hype" got too big to go unnoticed any longer.
  • Wed
    17
    Jul
    2013

    Summertime Blues @ Gage Park

    Back Porch Blues Band Gage Park Ampitheatre All summer long the Topeka Blues Society and Uncle Bo's Blues Bar is bringing the blues to Gage Park Amphitheatre. Guests at the Ramada Downtown can enjoy free shuttle service to the park and back. Enjoy the day with a trip to the zoo or some playing in the park.
  • Fri
    19
    Jul
    2013

    Grand Marquis

    8:30 p.m. - $7.00 There are twelve, new, original songs on the Blues and Trouble cd that will be released at Uncle Bo's Blues Bar. Grand Marquis have that classic, timeless "straight from Kansas City speakeasy" sound while injecting a vibrant reverence into their brand of hot swinging jazz & jump blues. Grand Marquis represented the Topeka Blues Society at the 2009 IBC and landed on the big stage at the Orpheum finishing in the top eight.
  • Sat
    20
    Jul
    2013

    Dan Treanor's Afrosippi Band w/Erica Brown

    8:30 p.m. - $10.00 Their new cd Tangled Road Again showcases Ms. Brown's powerful, emotionally charged vocals. The band covers a wide swath of blues, even joining on one cut with Lionel Young, a blues violin master. The band took third place in the 2013 International Blues Contest. After that it's my job to get them to Topeka so everyone can hear their talent.
  • Wed
    24
    Jul
    2013

    Le Flambeau Dinner

    6:00 p.m. July 24th is the night of our Le Flambeau dinner here at the Downtown Ramada. Chef Mark is putting all his skills together to bring you a four course meal that includes a Chicken Consomme, Strawberry Sorbet, Rack of Lamb, Blue Cheese Smashed Yukon Potatoes, Baby Carrots and Chocolate Gelato Bomba for dessert. Le Flambeau is a romantic and truly unique dining experience that provides the perfect way to treat your loved one to a night out you'll never forget. Add-ons include a hotel room for the night in one of Topeka's best hotels.
  • Fri
    26
    Jul
    2013
    Sat
    27
    Jul
    2013

    Closed

    Do to a large, hotel-wide event, Uncle Bo's will be closed to the public on August 26 and 27. We apologize for any inconveniences this causes and look forward to seeing everyone next month with great, live blues music.
  • Fri
    02
    Aug
    2013

    Chris Duarte

    $10 - 8:00 p.m. Chris Duarte is one hell of a guitarist! He was first inspired by music at the age of 8, watching “Fiddler on the Roof” on television. Duarte then began playing his brother's guitar at 14. He went on to explore the jazz of John Coltrane and Miles Davis and eventually purchased a 1963 Fender Stratocaster guitar for $500 which helped him win a label contract with Silvertone Records. He was named "Best New Talent" and finished fourth in "Best Blues Guitar" behind Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and BB King in Guitar Players 1995 Reader’s Poll. Wow, now if that won't get you to this show, nothing will.
  • Sat
    03
    Aug
    2013

    Big Al & The Heavyweights

    $10 - 8:00 p.m. Big Al and the Heavyweights began their musical journey in 1992 as the "Unknown Blues Band". Warren Haynes was a founding member, who went on to become a driving force with the Allman Brothers and later founded Gov't Mule. The band has recorded five CD's of original material. Each has had songs featured as "Blues Breaker of the Week" on Dan Aykroyd's House of Blues Radio Show.
  • Fri
    09
    Aug
    2013

    Back Porch Blues Band

    $5 - 8:00 p.m. It's our own local Back Porch Blues Band, the friendliest band in town. Blues people are known for their roots in keeping the music live and helping others along the way and this rockin’ band does just that. The band's range of influence goes from Chicago to Texas to Funk to West Coast Swing and everything in between. Four, seasoned, individual musicians have come together to form a cohesive unit that is even greater than the sum of the parts. The Back Porch Blues Band puts forth an exciting new sound that has thrilled music lovers for more than a decade!
  • Sat
    10
    Aug
    2013

    Platinum Express

    $10 - 8:00 p.m. All aboard for the Platinum Express, grab you're dancing shoes and come early, cause the house will be rockin. Platinum Express always delivers a great show, leaving people wanting more. A twelve piece band with a horn section anyone would be proud of, two female singers, killer guitarists, drummer and pianist. To top it off, JJ will lead them all down to Motown history of tunes.
  • Fri
    16
    Aug
    2013

    Don Ray Band

    $10 - 8:00 p.m. Don Ray Band made a stop last year and loved Uncle Bo's Blues Bar. They’re just coming back from a week of entertaining in Sturgis, so we’re happy to have them come back through our way. Today, the current group of musicians and songwriters that make up Don Ray Band, play a unique style that has proven hard to put a label on. They have been called everything from "Rockin'Blues" to "Southern Rock" to "Blue Eyed Soul" to "Rock N Southern Country Roll" by some of the nations most notable music writers. One thing all of these writers have agreed upon, is the their albums are refreshingly original and a pleasure to listen to over and over again.
  • Sat
    17
    Aug
    2013

    Doug Deming & Doug Gruenling w/The Jewel Tones

    $10 - 8:00 p.m. Details coming soon but there will be a harmonica workshop earlier that day with Doug Gruenling from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Details can be found here
  • Sun
    18
    Aug
    2013

    Topeka International Blues Challenge

    $5 - Noon Starting at noon, our annual, local contest to see who wins the right to represent Topeka at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis takes place this Sunday, August 18. There’s a lot that revolves around this. Not only do you get all the live acts performing but there’s also a silent auction and drawings for a guitar and many other prizes. Check it out on the Topeka Blues Society website for entry information and more details.
  • Wed
    21
    Aug
    2013

    Summertime Blues Series @ Gage Park Ampitheatre

    Free - 7:00 p.m. Our last "Summertime Blues" concert series at Gage Park Amphitheater is Wednesday, August 21 from 7 to 9. If you stay here at Ramada Convention Center, ask about our shuttle to and from the show. Sponsored by Topeka Blues Society and The Damn Blues Band will be performing, opening for them is a local youth band.
  • Fri
    23
    Aug
    2013

    Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers

    $10 - 8:00 p.m. Winner of the Lincoln, Nebraska International Blues Challenge and will be performing in Memphis, this is the kind of talent you will see competing this year and you get to see them early. Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers is a 7-piece, Soul/Funk/R&B band with skilled players, vocals from the heart, solid songwriting and cover material. A must see in my book.
  • Sat
    24
    Aug
    2013

    Josh Garrett

    $10 - 8:00 p.m. Josh Garrett is a Blues singer and guitar player from New Roads, Louisiana. Relocated from the bayou town of Houma, La , Josh was exposed to Cajun, Zydeco and blues music at the local music festivals. He picked up his father’s guitar at 12 and started writing songs. Josh is now known for his soulful vocals, emotional guitar work, and that "flavor" that only comes from those with Louisiana in their blood. Josh has been coming to Uncle Bo's for six years now and has been a local favorite, always glad to see him.
  • Fri
    30
    Aug
    2013

    Trampled Under Foot

    $15 - 8:00 p.m. Trampled Under Foot are the kind of success story we all love to experience. After years of paying dues and putting in the hard work, they are finally hitting their stride. In 2008, TUF won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, with Nick winning the Albert King Award for best guitarist. In 2011, Trampled released Wrong Side of the Blues and this year "Badlands," a breathtaking and well executed album. Tony Braunagel (drummer in Phantom Blues Band), recruited keyboardist Mike Finnigan (Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, and Jimi Hendrix) to play keyboards and Braunagel joins in playing percussion. The sound of this album is pristine and very well mixed. It has depth, allowing the listener to experience every delightful nook and cranny of the music. Glad to get these kids back home, don't be late.
  • Sat
    31
    Aug
    2013

    Samantha Fish

    $10 - 8:00 p.m. The sky is the limit for Kansas City Blues artist, Samantha Fish, often called a Blues prodigy at only 21. Samantha has been known to share the stage with several influential blues artists such as Tommy Castro, Tab Benoit, Shirley King, Watermelon Slim, Kenny Neal and Cedric Burnside. Her deceptively mature voice is sultry and innocent at the same time, while her intense guitar gives her a sound that is a cross between Jonny Lang and Susan Tedeschi. Backed by Kansas City music veterans Paul Greenlease and Danny Montero, Samantha Fish is setting out to show the world that although she may be young, she can certainly wail the Blues. Armed with their debut CD “Live Bait”, The Samantha Fish Blues Band is gearing up for their national tour.
  • Fri
    06
    Sep
    2013
    Sat
    07
    Sep
    2013

    Brews, Blues & BBQ

    Downtown, Topeka, on 8th Avenue between Kansas and Jackson. You can find all the details and schedule of bands here. Start your Friday here at Uncle Bo's for Selwynn Birchwood and then finish up Saturday night back here again with Kentucky Gentlemen, Brandon Santini and Eddie Turner. Huge weekend you won't want to miss.
  • Fri
    13
    Sep
    2013

    Mike Bourne & Atlanta Boogie Band

    7:00 p.m. - $7.00 Details coming soon...
  • Sat
    14
    Sep
    2013

    Iron Mike Norton & Demian Band

    7:00 p.m. - $10.00 Details coming soon...
  • Fri
    20
    Sep
    2013

    Paxico Blues Fest Kick Off Party

    Cassie Taylor, Rachelle Coba, Connie Hawkins and more details soon...
  • Sat
    21
    Sep
    2013

    Connie Hawkins and the Blues Wreckers

    7:00 Details coming soon...
  • Sat
    21
    Sep
    2013

    Too Slim & The Taildraggers

    7:30 - $10.00 Details Coming Soon...
  • Fri
    27
    Sep
    2013

    Wayne Sharp and the Sharpshooters

    7:00 p.m. - $10.00 Details coming soon...
  • Sat
    28
    Sep
    2013

    Candye Kane

    7:00 p.m. - $10.00 Details coming soon...
  • Wed
    02
    Oct
    2013

    Davina & The Vagabonds

    6:30 - $10.00 Davina Sowers hit the Midwest scene in February, 2005 and she hasn't looked back since. It didn't take her long to start making a name for herself. With great vocals and classically trained on the piano, she commands attention on stage and leaves everyone smiling. Davina has been performing since the age of 5, with the support of an extremely musical family. She has been called the "hardest working blues woman in Minnesota." Two things remain consistent in all her shows: her throaty, but cushiony voice, which has the comfort of Bonnie Raitt, part Etta James and a little Amy Whitehouse, and her band's New Orleans flavor, driven home by dueling horn player and bayou thick standup bass. During this show we will be taking up a collection to help a local family as they deal with two tragedies in their life. Brenda and Sean Kelsey were expecting this time of year to be full of joy as they were awaiting the addition of a new baby girl but, soon after delivery, complications began and baby Rebecca only survived for 6 days. As if that wasn’t enough Brenda suffered a stroke soon after the delivery and spent nearly 2 weeks in ICU. Currently Sean, Brenda and their son Oliver are in Nebraska going through some initial rehab and they hope to be back to Topeka in November. The collection will go to help pay bills and retrofit their home to facilitate Brenda’s return. So come out and enjoy some blues while giving back to a local family in need. For more information or to make an online donation visit here.
  • Fri
    04
    Oct
    2013

    Kris Lager Band

    7:30 - $10.00 Details coming soon...
  • Sat
    05
    Oct
    2013

    Hamilton Loomis

    7:30 - $15.00 Having come from a musical family, Loomis developed numerous skills as a multi-instrumentalist, learning drums, piano, guitar, and harmonica. By age 14, Loomis began writing, arranging and performing his own material. His mentors legendary blues figures, Bo Diddley, Johnny Copeland, Clarence 'Gatemouth" Brown, and Albert Collins. Hamilton received a Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Album of the Year.” website
  • Fri
    11
    Oct
    2013

    Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat

    7:30 - $10.00 Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat have been on the music scene now since 1993, and have built a fan base worldwide. They are well known for their no-holds-barred approach to blues-inspired rock-n-roll and roots music. They have shown an amazing depth of songwriting and playing, both in USA and Europe. Working with ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Stax Records, Jim Gaines, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Santana, Buddy Guy and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Jim is also well known as the lead guitarist for George Thorogood and The Destroyers since 1999, and has often been included in "Top Ten Guitarists" lists of various music publications. website
  • Sat
    12
    Oct
    2013

    Platinum Express

    7:30 - $10.00 "All aboard for the Platinum Express," with the Motown sound that you love. Platinum brings all the songs you know and love. Motown, may it always live on. Dancing shoes are a must for this evening of fun. website
  • Fri
    18
    Oct
    2013

    Prophets & Outlaws

    7:30 - $10.00 Prophets and Outlaws is a Southern Rock band with soul. They have developed a sound that ties their passion for the Blues while embracing their Country roots and celebrating the people that paved the way. You can find elements of the old "outlaw" music in their attitude and in the way they push the boundaries of today's music. website
  • Sat
    19
    Oct
    2013

    Too Slim & The Taildraggers

    7:30 - $10.00 If Tim "Too Slim" Langford only played slide guitar, he would slither around most other blues guitarists and put a ferocious bite on their pride. However, as the sole six-string slinger, songwriter and lead singer of the power trio, he is a total force of nature. Tim "Too Slim" Langford, with his band the Taildraggers, have created an eclectic style of blues and rock that has become a genre all it's own. The bands ever evolving musical direction cannot be classified into any box or category, a crossover and appeal to all audiences. website
  • Fri
    25
    Oct
    2013

    Slow Ya Roll

    7:30 - $5.00 Together as of December 2010 with the addition of Elvin Graves Jr., Sean Walker and David Hysten Jr., Slow Ya Roll is able to bring their music through different musical influences while maintaining their own style and soul. The Styles of each individual member joins together various ideas to produce a sound that people have been missing. The essence of soul, neo-soul, neo-funk music you can feel, experience and get down to. There is no better way to express yourself than through music and dance, and that’s what Slow Ya Roll is here for. A first time to Uncle Bo's, show your support. website
  • Sat
    26
    Oct
    2013

    Biscuit Miller & The Mix

    7:30 - $10.00 One day, Biscuit received a phone call requesting him to come back home to sub for Chicago's own legendary Lonnie Brooks who needed a bass player for the night. That one night lasted for ten years as Biscuit became the permanent bass player and proved invaluable as a musician. Biscuit learned so much about the business and being on the road, they played some incredible gigs such as President Clinton's Inauguration. Biscuit frequently sat in with Anthony Gomes Band and during one of those sessions, Anthony asked him to join the band full time and he took him up on his offer. Biscuit decided to try it out on his own, hence "Biscuit Miller and The Mix". Biscuit has graced our stage so many times he is now considered family. It was also wonderful to watch Biscuit receive 2012 "Blues Music Award for "Instrumental Bass". His smile will come in the door before he does, very cool guy. website
  • Fri
    01
    Nov
    2013

    Bryan Lee & Nick Hern

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00 Solo IBC representative for Topeka Blues Society, Dave Boswick will be opening. It's a privilege to be able to say our own Nick Hern is a member of the Bryan Lee Band. Bryan Lee is a world traveling musician known as "Braille Blues Daddy" who started out playing for Midwest crowds at the early age of 15. In the late 1950's Bryan Lee opened for Bill Hailey & The Comets, performing cover music. By the 60's & 70's Bryan Lee's musical interest turned to the sound of Chicago Blues, influenced by Muddy Waters, Howlin World, Hubert Sumlin and Freddie King. Nick Hern started with our Topeka Blues Society at 15. I can't count the hours he’s sat watching blues greats, a guitar never very far away from his side. Nick has been able to play with some outstanding musicians over the years, preparing for the call to the big stage. Always a team player, Nick traditionally plays lead, but is now playing bass. I believe Nick is learning way more than we could have shown and will always "play it forward."
  • Sat
    02
    Nov
    2013

    Shawn Holt & The Teardrops

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00 Shawn Holt, the son of legendary Blues Legend, Magic Slim, keeps the high energy, hard-driving sound of The Teardrops alive and well. If you like what Magic Slim and The Teardrops have been doing for the last 35 years, you can continue to enjoy their unique sound with Shawn Holt, a chip off the old block. We were honored to have Magic Slim & The Teardrops on our stage as we will be honored to present his son Shawn Holt.
  • Fri
    08
    Nov
    2013

    Sonny Moorman

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00 When Sonny takes the stage there is no holding him back. He still holds the record of playing the longest at Uncle Bo’s, 4 hours straight with no breaks. Last time Sonny was scheduled the date didn’t work out, so if you missed him here he is again. He’s an all-around truly talented musician.
  • Sat
    09
    Nov
    2013

    Jeremiah Johnson & The Sliders

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00 Jeremiah Johnson & The Sliders are about as fun as you can get. You can almost taste the Texas in his guitar. Johnson has put together some of St. Louis’ best talents and came up with a world class act. They perform a Mississippi River Blues sound that’s made St. Louis famous. A lot of fans have fallen in love with them in Memphis already and so we couldn’t be happier to bring them to our stage.
  • Fri
    15
    Nov
    2013

    Topeka Blues Society IBC Local Winners

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00 Topeka Blues Society & Kansas City Blues Society IBC International Blues Challenge local winners David Bostwick solo TBS 7:30 to 8:15 Katy Guillen and the Girls KCKS Kansas City Blues Society IBC winner 8:30 to 9:45 Old No #5 TBS Topeka Blues Society 10:00 to 12:00 Come support our local and regional winners of their IBC International Blues Challenge. Already winners in their own right are headed to Memphis to compete and be noticed by the world. Topeka will be sending a Youth band, solo, band. Kansas City winner Katy Guellin is coming over to share the stage with our local acts so all will be familiar when representing Kansas.
  • Sat
    16
    Nov
    2013

    Anthony Gomes

    Anthony Gomes has been gracing our stage since the days he had Biscuit Miller on bass. Anthony believes that the source of the blues comes from the same place, regardless of presentation. "Musically, most people try to look ahead for inspiration, seeking out the latest cutting edge soundscape. I seem to go in the opposite direction. In awakening the sounds of Muddy Waters or Robert Johnson, I hear the future of the blues tradition.” On his newest album he went way back. This album is so yesterday, that it's today. Opening for Anthony will be Old No. 5’s
  • Fri
    22
    Nov
    2013

    Moreland & Arbuckle

    7:30 p.m. Guitarist Aaron Moreland and harpist/vocalist Dustin Arbuckle, along with drummer Brad Horner, have fashioned a 21st century roots sound by merging several American musical strains. Blues, folk, country and rock and soul combine into a raw, energetic passion. It's been awhile since we have seen Moreland & Arbuckle. They’ve been traveling the world.
  • Sat
    23
    Nov
    2013

    MonkeyJunk

    7:30 p.m. The name MonkeyJunk comes from famous blues musician, Son House, who once said "I'm talking about the blues, I ain't talking 'bout no monkeyjunk." In their 5 years, Ottawa based MonkeyJunk has cultivated a unique blend of Swamp/Roots/Rock. Their extensive touring has helped to develop a notable fan base across Canada, the US and Europe. They provide an award winning sound we will be hearing for the first time at Uncle Bo's.
  • Fri
    29
    Nov
    2013

    Josh Vowell

    7:30 - $10.00 Again I would like to say what a journey it is when our local and regional artists hit the road. Josh Vowell Band will be showcasing in Memphis this year, not in the competition, but showing off their talent. I think "you don't get famous in your own backyard" theory has taken over the band and they are serious about hitting the road. Topeka will continue to praise and support their efforts.
  • Sat
    30
    Nov
    2013

    Samantha Fish

    7:30 p.m. Have you been following Samantha's career? If not, you should, she is all over the place, pouring her heart out in her music, her performances, backing her favorites, never forgetting her fans. Samantha is the whole package with icing on the cake. It has been a treat to watch her soar the universe. I don't have to tell you to get there early, you already know it will be crazy and fun.
  • Wed
    04
    Dec
    2013

    Davina & the Vagabonds

    $10 - 6:30 p.m. Davina has one of the best personalities on stage. She brings with her a band that can keep up with her bigger than life personality. She commands attention with great vocals leaving everyone smiling. Davina has been performing since the age of 5 with her extremely musical family. She and her band make a big splash everywhere they end up.
  • Fri
    06
    Dec
    2013

    Jimmie Brackett

    $10 - 7:30 p.m. Jimmie’s latest release, "Secretly Famous" is his seventh album. He went further back into his roots than on any of his other albums, back to a time before he became "The Rev". Jimmie considers playing guitar as a gift. “Throughout my life I've received many guitars as gifts. In fact most of the guitars that I own were given to me as gifts. They are a constant reminder to me that music is a gift to us all and it's my honor to play it for all.” Jimmie is happy to share his music as a thanks for listening and sharing part of his life.
  • Sat
    07
    Dec
    2013

    Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers

    $10 - 7:30 p.m. Opening for Josh Hoyer is the Old No #5, our Topeka Blues Society entry for the International Blues Contest in Memphis. Josh Hoyer & Shadowboxers happens to be Lincoln’s entry to the IBC. Formed in December of 2012, Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers is a seven-piece Soul/R&B/Funk band from Lincoln, NE and sometimes backed by a killer female vocal trio. Don't make the mistake of thinking we can’t get down here in the Midwest. Borrowing from Stax, Motown, New Orleans and San Francisco, this band blends the classic sounds of Soul and R&B, yet has been able to make a sound that is fresh and unique. These guys are just fun.
  • Fri
    13
    Dec
    2013

    Biscuit Miller & The Mix

    $10 - 7:30 p.m. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago by his Grandmother, Miller was given his childhood nickname, Biscuit, after always being in the kitchen and underfoot while she was trying to cook. Growing up at Grandma's house also gave Biscuit his love and appreciation for music, as gospel and soul were played in the home on a regular basis. A heavy touring schedule, over 250 gigs a year and international travel have led to a dedicated fan base. In 2012 Biscuit's fun and funky style of bass playing earned him the Blues Music Award for Bassist of the Year.
  • Sat
    14
    Dec
    2013

    John Nemeth

    $10 - 7:30 p.m. John Nemeth is a rising blues star, steeped in tradition and reminiscent of B.B. King, Ray Charles and J Parker. His decade long career has found him performing major music festivals around the world. John's musical story-telling, while featuring blues, soul and rock, makes for one of the best club shows around. John has been entertaining Uncle Bo's for years, always bringing a long line of fans.
  • Fri
    20
    Dec
    2013

    Scottie Miller

    $10 - 7:30 p.m. Singer, songwriter, Blues pianist, Scottie Miller currently tours with his own band, as well as two-time Grammy nominee and Blues Music Awards recipient, Ruthie Foster & The Family Band. Scottie’s been splitting time between his band and Ruthie Fosters for the past 4 years. Scottie feels fortunate and truly grateful for the opportunity to play music in this world and it shows in his performances.
  • Sat
    21
    Dec
    2013

    Platinum Express

    $10 - 7:30 p.m. Don't forget those Christmas parties at Uncle Bo's, this will be one of those perfect nights to bring people in. Platinum Express is one of the most fun bands we get to visit. The dance floor will be full, new friends will be made, so I hope you mark your calendar for the last solo show of the year. "All a board for the Platinum Express" !
  • Tue
    31
    Dec
    2013

    New Year's Eve Party

    3:00 - $250 Come join us for the biggest New Year's Eve bash in Topeka. Four rooms of entertainment and all the food you can eat. For more information visit our website to get the latest on all of our acts, food menu's and special offers. www.nyetopeka.com