2014

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  • Fri
    03
    Jan
    2014

    Back Porch Blues Band

    7:30 p.m. Details coming soon...
  • Fri
    10
    Jan
    2014

    Tas Cru

    7:30 p.m. Details Coming Soon...
  • Sat
    11
    Jan
    2014

    Harper

    7:30 p.m. Details Coming Soon...
  • Fri
    17
    Jan
    2014

    Randy Oxford

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00 Most of the trophies in this game seem to go to guitarists with the occasional harmonica or keyboardists. Randy Oxford, however, is a blues based trombonists and has chalked up seventeen awards from the Washington area. Headed to the International Blues Challenge, we are fortunate to have Randy and his 7 piece band to entertain us on his journey to Memphis.
  • Sat
    18
    Jan
    2014

    IBC Sendoff Party

    7:30 p.m. - $7.00 It’s our annual sendoff party to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Topeka Blues Society will be sponsoring Old No #5’s as our band entry and Dave Bostwick as our solo/duo act. Both will be playing here before we get into our cars and make the long trip to Memphis, for a week of music. I call this “my grocery store" trip and bring back acts from all over the world. Old No #5’s is a Blues, Reggae, Roots, Rock, Country, Folk and Funk band from Kansas City fusing all those elements together with their own twist. Dave Bostwick is a traditional blues man from Baldwin. Together their show will be a great force of things to come and some surprises may be on stage that night to kick the party off as well.
  • Fri
    24
    Jan
    2014

    Levee Town

    7:30 p.m. - $7.00 “Pages of Paperwork” is the fifth installment in Levee Town's catalog. With a sound built on years of constant performing and songwriting, the band has created a hard- driving, smoothly polished, soulful record. The band chugs along with astonishing energy and focus. The boys are some true musicians with the experience of history making artists. Always glad to have them on Uncle Bo's stage.
  • Sat
    25
    Jan
    2014

    The BelAirs

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00 Speaking of experience, Dick and Dave Pruitt, along with Michael Cherry, have been hitting the stage for 35 years, playing danceable mix of electric Blues, Country, Soul and Rock n Roll. These guys occasionally slip under the radar but have always been highly praised by their peers, playing with many well-known artists over the years.
  • Fri
    31
    Jan
    2014

    Brandon Santini

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00 Memphis vocalist and harmonica player, Brandon Santini is a worthy player to keep an eye. Brandon has some new awards, new players and a great following here in Topeka. Uncle Bo's was the first on-the-road gig the band ever played and they as they grow, enjoy coming back to see us.
  • Sat
    01
    Feb
    2014

    Grand Marquis

    7:30 p.m. - $7.00 Details Coming Soon....
  • Fri
    07
    Feb
    2014

    Whitey Johnson (AKA Gary Nichelson)

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00 Details Coming Soon...
  • Sat
    08
    Feb
    2014

    Earl & Them

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00 Details Coming Soon...
  • Fri
    14
    Feb
    2014

    Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers

    7:30 PM - $10.00

    The Shadowboxers were formed in 2012 as a 7 piece band that is sometimes backed by a killer female vocal trio. To make Valentine's Day even more special, they will be at this show. Josh & The Shadowboxers are professional and seasoned roots musicians, the band's sound and passion comes from deep respect, knowledge, and passion for the blues.

  • Sat
    15
    Feb
    2014

    Platinum Express

    7:30 p.m.

    Platinum Express is an amazing 12 piece band that comes with two female vocals, horns, keyboards, and all the perks to make the Motown sound fill the room at Uncle Bo's. Platinum Express is part of our Valentine's Day Package Weekend. We are always full when the train comes in so, "all a board for the Platinum Express"

  • Fri
    21
    Feb
    2014
    Sat
    22
    Feb
    2014

    Mike Babbs & Texas Slim Trio

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    Does the name sound familiar? That's right, it's our own Mike Babbs from Topeka. Mike moved to Texas and opened his own Babbs BBQ which is becoming a must stop place for the blues. He travelled with Texas Slim Trio who is a native Texan, blues musician and is forging an impressive career in the world of blues music. Put them together with some hometown entertainers and we got us a show. It's going to be fun, Mike always brings it to the table.

  • Wed
    26
    Feb
    2014

    Mike Zito & The Wheel (Early Show)

    6:30 Showtime - $10 Cover

    2009 Blues Music award winner Mike Zito is one of those rare artist that can sing like nobody’s business, can write songs that instantly grip you, play one hell of a mean Gulf Coast style guitar and has the stage presence to draw in any audience. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO he grew up listening to Van Halen and Led Zepplin and it wasn’t until later he became interested in the great blues men who were from in and around St. Louis. On his 2011 Blue Music Award nominated CD (Best Blue Rock) Delta Groove release “Greyhound” he tells the rest of the story of how things could have been much different. He lived a rugged life much like many great musician endings while his beginning had not yet begun. Homeless, addiction, living the life of a criminal Zito had reached his rock bottom before cleaning up and ending up in Texas to live a sober life still today. It would be fair to say that is the time he draws from that creates all the emotion in his guitar style and singing. In 2009 Zito and Neville won the Blues Music award for “Song of the Year” for “Pearl River” the title track to Zito’s 2009 release. Zito comes armed with raw tone and pure grit that he can turn on a dime into silky smooth guitar melodies but it is the aged depth to his vocal that make Mike Zito stand out amongst the other cats claiming to have “the stuff”. -

  • Fri
    28
    Feb
    2014

    Ms. Lady Dee "Me & The Boyz"

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    Led by the powerful, yet sensual, vocals of Deanna Custard (Lady D), this Midwest-based high energy act features a supporting cast of Spencer Cummings (guitar & vocals), Larry Sanders (drums & vocals) and Val Williams (bass & vocals). Collectively, their sound reflects the influence of varied genres of music, from rock to gospel, and all styles of blues. This group will rock your world. They have the innate ability to cause even the most laid back audience to party like there is no tomorrow. What sets this group apart is that their audience interaction comes natural. This group is in high demand throughout the Midwest region. When you hear them, you will understand why. -

  • Sat
    01
    Mar
    2014

    Murali Coreyali

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    Murali Coryell is an American blues guitarist and singer who is best known for performing live in small venues in New York State. Coryell has opened for George Thourgood, Gregg Allman, BB King and was even a backup band for Joe Louis Walker. Although he is the son of fusion guitarist Larry Coryell, Murali Coryell chose not to follow in the same style of music as his father, he specializes in blues and soul. Second time here for Murali on Uncle Bo's stage. Great to have him back.

  • Sat
    08
    Mar
    2014

    Dustin Pittsley

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    The Dustin Pittsley Band has long been a favorite in Tulsa and are starting to get some national attention through their travels. It's difficult to label their sound, but may be best described as Roots/Rock with a strong Blues influence, from the likes of Freddy King and Jimi Hendrix. Dustin is a crowd pleasing performer and highly entertaining.

  • Wed
    12
    Mar
    2014

    Samantha Fish (Early Show)

    6:30 p.m. Showtime - $10 Cover

    Samantha is back in town for quick breather before she again goes out to conquer the world. Her new CD "Black Wind Howlin" includes some lick from Mike Zito and songs with Paul Thorn (who will be here on April 10th). We love us some Samantha. Don't be late, first come, first serve on seating and when Samantha comes in the house gets packed.

  • Fri
    14
    Mar
    2014

    24th Street Wailers

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    I first saw the 24th Street Wailers in Memphis where our local band was competing and they rocked the house. People always say "you need to get them" and in my mind I'm thinking "well they’re from Canada, not very close to Kansas". The cool thing is, Topeka’s on the map for artists to tour through, so hence the 24th Street Wailers. A five piece band that’s sold thousands of CDs and put even more miles on their van. They may seem young when you see them, but step back, cause they rock the house.

  • Sat
    15
    Mar
    2014

    Ori Nataly

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    In a very short time this extremely talented band has gained international recognition and support by the IBC community and extended fan base. They participated in, and won, the Israeli Blues Competition, which granted their participation in the IBC in Memphis, TN. That is where I first saw them and it's again one of those things, “are you going to come through Kansas?” The band has been leaping around the country and played Uncle Bo's once already, so come in your green and help us celebrate St Pats Day.

  • Fri
    21
    Mar
    2014

    Slow Ya Roll CD Release Party

    7:30 p.m. - $5.00

    These guys have been together since 2010 and have brought together their music influences into a style all their own. A bit Neo-soul/funk, some rock, blues and even some reggae make it a night of fun and dancing. This is the first CD for the band and we hope to hear more to come. Their own Justin Fowler and Elvin Graves helped Topeka Blues Society with their "blues in school" program this last January and were a total delight.

  • Sat
    22
    Mar
    2014

    Jeremiah Johnson CD Release Party

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    Jeremiah Johnson & The Sliders have been recording with Devon Allman for their next CD, can't wait to hear it. Jeremiah Johnson moved from Houston, Texas to his hometown St. Louis in 2009, he had a guitar, original songs and tons of ambition. You can hear the Texas in his guitar style and with some St. Louis blues, the sound can hit right into your soul. They are starting to tour and love their fan base from Kansas, so be there front and center to cheer them along.

  • Fri
    28
    Mar
    2014

    Ryan McGarvey

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    In a relatively short amount of time Ryan has not only gained a national and international fan base, but in the past few years has had the honor of sharing the bill with Chris Durate, Joe Bonamassa, Gov't Mule and the list goes on. With a solid rhythm section backing him, Ryan McGarvey and his band are touring the country and it's your chance to catch them in our own Uncle Bo's.

  • Sat
    29
    Mar
    2014

    Hadden Sayers

    6:30 p.m. Showtime - $10.00

    Hadden had built a successful career in Houston, Texas before moving to the Midwest. He’s embraced the road, savoring the miles, buses and airplanes to show his love for music. Fans across the country will be able to see and hear the warmth and soul of the best vintage gear, and mesmerizing vocals and sound of Hadden Sayers. I’m so excited whenever we get to have him on our stage.

  • Wed
    02
    Apr
    2014

    Damon Fowler

    7:00 p.m. - $10.00

    With his hybrid of roots rock, blues, and sacred steel, Florida native Damon Fowler started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought him many accolades, with critics extolling his originality and maturity as well as his technical guitar expertise. In last year's "Best of Tampa" poll, Creative Loafing magazine named him "Best Guitarist... And Slide Guitarist... and Lap Steel Player... And Dobro Player." Sugar Shack, Damon Fowler's Blind Pig Records debut showcases a fresh and exciting rising star at the height of his powers as a performer and writer. Damon's sparkling original compositions pair perfectly with well-chosen cover tunes from Billy Joe Shaver, Merle Haggard, and the Amazing Rhythm Aces. And Damon's soulful vocal delivery and instrumental prowess continually excite and delight. He said he was honored and excited about working with Blind Pig, noting that he's looking forward to furthering the blues tradition by "making roots music for my generation as well as for generations to come." Scott Cable, renowned for his work on Blind Pig's acclaimed comeback album by Nappy Brown, served as producer. Fowler's guitar work has been compared to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar has a hint of the late Duane Allman. He can play fiery guitar runs with the best of them, but it's his lyrical work on lap steel and Dobro that makes him stand out among the legions of guitar heroes. Reviewing a recent performance in Illinois, Juke Joint Soul said, "Fowler's heavy helping of swamp rock and slide guitar blues conjured up a huge lightning storm. Having full command of his voice as an equal instrument to his guitar, Fowler can easily croon you to sleep as he could belt out a jump blues or a Credence-like swamper. This kid has got the tools to take on the big stage." Born and raised in Brandon, Florida, just outside of Tampa, Damon Fowler first picked up the guitar at the age of twelve. After being shown a few chords, it was apparent that he was a natural. While his friends were listening to the musical flavor of the month, Damon was digging into the Blues, and was soon playing small clubs in and around the Tampa Bay area. Years later, with thousands of shows behind him, he is one of the most unique and seasoned artists on the national circuit. Damon, already a master of the six string, developed a powerful command of the lap-steel, dobro, and slide guitars, and continues to astound audiences at every performance. Because of his versatility, he has been called upon to work with such acts as Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Robin Trower, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Vaughn, Junior Brown, Rick Derringer, Little Feat, The Radiators, Chris Duarte, Delbert McClinton, and numerous others. Damon's first CD, released in 1999 and titled Riverview Drive, is a solid recording of all original material. After hearing Damon, Rick Derringer was sufficiently impressed to produce and perform on the project. Electric Blues called it "an all-around solid effort," with "plenty of strong guitar jams." In a review of Damon's second self-released CD, 2000's Roots And Branches, Robert Murphy wrote, "He doesn't just play the blues, he feels it and it shows in most everything he does. He has the style and guitar chops to please the guitar freaks and the singing ability and personality to please the women in the audience." In 2003, Damon released a sizzling live album called Live At Skipper's Smoke House. It garnered quite a bit of attention. As Gary Weeks wrote in Southwest Blues CD Review, "When one hears Fowler's shit kickin' slide on "Sweet Marmalade" and his ultimate Warren Haynes' slide impersonations on Johnny Winter's "TV Mama", you wonder how such a good thing can stay buried. Take a listen to the CD of The Damon Fowler Group Live and you won't need too much convincing... If you're not feeling a groove, then check your pulse." Local, state and national audiences are flocking to Damon's sizzling stage shows. Described as having a 'take-no-prisoners' attitude, his trio generates powerful energy and presents a dynamic and dramatic delivery. Fans in the audience get swept up in the moment, and there's no doubt the guys on stage are having a ball performing. Sugar Shack's producer Scott Cable remarked at the end of the sessions, "Working with Damon, I really understood why so many people are in his corner. He is talented, bright and just a very gifted artist without all of the usual ego and weirdness that sometimes accompany someone so talented. Catching someone like Damon on their way up is a refreshing experience." – Courtesy of damonfowler.com

  • Fri
    04
    Apr
    2014

    Joe Moss Band

    7:30 p.m.

    Few up and coming young blues performers walk the walk to the degree of Chicago-based guitarist/bandleader JOE MOSS. One of the hardest-working performers on the Windy City circuit, Moss routinely works up to 28 gigs a month. His sound, a winning mix of blues and R&B flavors paired with original songwriting vision, can be heard blasting out of Chicago venues like Buddy Guy's Legends and House of Blues on a regular basis. His stinging guitar and accomplished vocal style have won him fans citywide. His debut CD "The Joe Moss Band" (212 Records) gives ample proof to the rest of the world of what Midwest blues fans have known for some time: JOE MOSS is for real. A guitarist since the age of 15, Moss was given his passport into the blues world by Buddy Scott, who noticed Moss at a jam session at Rosa's Blues Lounge on Chicago's west side. Soon, Moss was playing seven nights a week as a member of Buddy's Rib Tip band. In 1992, Joe toured Spain with Buddy and also recorded "Bad Ave." with him as well. The record was released on Polygram's Verve Gitane Blues label. Moss' guitar skills quickly became notorious on the local scene and made him an in-demand sideman. He played countless gigs with nearly every bluesman and -woman in the city. Some of his past employers include Zora Young, Charles Wilson, Lil' Smokey Smothers, Syl Johnson, Big Time Sarah, Barkin' Bill Smith, Lefty Dizz, Magic Slim, A.C. Reed, Billy Branch, and Little Mack Simmons. Not merely a local hotshot, Joe has backed these artists in places like Canada, Turkey, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, France, and Germany as well as in Chicago. Not content to remain on the side, Joe felt the pull to be his own man and lead his own band. This desire led to the birth of both The Joe Moss Band and the CD of the same name. Moss is finally able to do things his way and express the music he has been writing. Original tunes like "Coldhearted," "Good Lovin' Groove," and "Jealous" are sure to win over fans of blues, blues/rock, and R&B. Not one to be media-shy, either, Joe has been featured in Gig Magazine, Vintage Guitar, Living Blues, the Chicago Tribune, the Kenosha News, and In The Mix Magazine. He has also received airplay on WLUP 97.9 FM, WXRT 93.1 FM, and WCBR 92.7 FM. JOE MOSS is one representative of the future of the blues. Not just an imitator of the music's glorious past, he strives to find his own sound and material within the styles he chooses to play. His band features some of Chicago's finest blues musicians and Joe himself is a consistent and entertaining performer. Blues fans would be wise to check out JOE MOSS and his band as soon as they can. Any worries about this music surviving in the new millennium will surely be put to rest. - Courtesy joemossband.com

  • Sat
    05
    Apr
    2014

    Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers

    7:30 p.m.

    The Shadowboxers is a new project from famed blues town Lincoln, Nebraska. The band is headed by Joshua Hoyer and features a group of professional and seasoned roots musicians. Hoyer is part of the funk, soul and blues youth movement spending much of his time promoting the genres in Lincoln at the legendary Zoo Bar and beyond. Hoyer has been very in demand as a performer in his previous bands (Son of ’76 and the Watchmen, Electric Soul Method), as a solo artist behind the piano and as a session musician and arranger. The Shadowboxers include some of the areas most revered and accomplished musicians, many of whom have toured the country with large bands, teach music and are asked to back up bands live and in the studio. The band’s sound and passion come from their deep respect, knowledge of and passion for blues, Americana, soul, funk, and many other styles of music. The material is mostly Hoyer’s original work, along with some choice covers that reflect Josh’s love of New Orleans music, soul and funk. As leader of his previous band, Son of 76 & The Watchmen, Hoyer won the 2008 OEA (Omaha Entertainment & Arts Award) for Best R&B/Soul/Funk band and was nominated for Best R&B/Soul and Best Blues of 2009. Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers is nominated for 2 OEA's for 2013- Artist of the Year and Soul/R&B Artist of the Year. - Courtesy joshhoyerandtheshadowboxers.com

  • Thu
    10
    Apr
    2014

    Paul Thorn (Early Show)

    6:30 p.m. - $20.00

    Paul Thorn took an unexpected detour on the road to recording a follow-up to his most successful release, 2010's Pimps and Preachers. After writing many discs of semi-autobiographical tunes that have drawn comparisons to John Hiatt and John Prine, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter - hailed as the "Mark Twain of Americana" - decided to do an album of covers. "I wanted to take a break from myself," he reveals, "do something different, and just have fun." The collection, entitled What The Hell Is Goin' On? (due May 8th on Perpetual Obscurity/Thirty Tigers) finds Thorn putting his own gritty rock stamp on some of his favorite songs. There are some names familiar to Americana fans (Buddy Miller, Ray Wylie Hubbard), some lesser-known (Foy Vance, Wild Bill Emerson) and some surprises. The Buckingham/Nicks tune Don't Let Me Down Again originated on that duo's debut, not during the Fleetwood Mac era, while the Paul Rogers/Free song that Thorn chose to cover is an obscure one, Walk In My Shadow. The idea for a covers album grew as Thorn encountered tunes that meant something important to him. "I would hear them in the tour van or I'd be at a festival and see someone perform them live," Thorn says, "and I'd say 'That's a great song, I wish I had written it!'" One thing all the writers of these songs have in common, according to Thorn, is that they are true artists. "They don't just write songs in an effort to become popular or follow trends," he explains. "At the risk of sounding corny, they write with their hearts. None of these songs are cookie-cutter tunes like you hear on the radio today. They all have real depth, which is very appealing to me." The set covers subjects that are familiar territory to Thorn, from the spiritual pull of Miller's Shelter Me Lord to the spirited fun in Big Al Anderson's Jukin'. Thorn, so skilled with his own character studies, plays storyteller with such lurid tales as Hubbard's Snake Farm and Emerson's Bull Mountain Bridge. Emerson (who has written for George Jones and Tammy Wynette) is someone, according to Thorn, who "can tell a story in a song like nobody else." What The Hell Is Goin' On? also delivers songs of love and salvation. Vance's Shed A Little Light and Eli "Paperboy" Reed's Take My Love With You are emotionally powerful tunes. The latter particularly expresses Thorn's feelings about being on the road and missing his family back home: "Being a touring musician is a blessing and a curse... and Eli put into words what I feel like sometimes." What The Hell's centerpiece is the powerful title track, a blistering look at life in modern times that was penned by blues-rock icon Elvin Bishop. "We are living in a new world where people are very connected, but also at the same time are disconnected," Thorn states. "I believe technology in moderation is good but too many folks are walking around wearing ear phones and some have forgotten the lost art of basic social skills." The song also is significant because he has developed a friendship with Bishop over the years. "I sometimes visit him at his house when I'm out in California and he always gives me a jar of his homemade jelly that he makes with fresh kiwis from his garden," Thorn recalls. "He sang this song for me on his front porch one day and it blew me away." It was also a treat to have Bishop perform a guitar solo on the tune - which Thorn describes as "wonderfully raw and dirty." Other special guests on the album are Delbert McClinton (another Thorn idol) and the marvelous singing McCrary Sisters. The heavy lifting on the album, however, was done by Thorn and, as usual, his touring band (guitarist Bill Hinds, keyboard player Michael Graham, bassist Ralph Friedrichsen and drummer Jeffrey Perkins). "The guys in this outfit are a tight unit and a well-oiled machine," he proclaims. "I've had the same guys in my band for goin' on 15 years and they are incredible musicians." Another long-time collaborator is Billy Maddox, who steered the ship and also served as What The Hell's producer. The sense of camaraderie among Thorn, his band and Maddox contributes to the disc's loose, live performances. The lived-in quality is undoubted aided by the fact that Thorn and the band had already played these songs live and honed them into what he calls "crowd-pleasers." 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." When Thorn and his band hit the road, he'll be performing both his captivating originals and these favored covers, because, as he says, "there are so many great writers out there whose songs need to be heard." Thorn also might slip in a new song or two as he already has started writing more songs of his own for the next album.

    Courtesy of paulthorn.com

  • Fri
    11
    Apr
    2014

    Gas House Gorilla's

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    The Gas House Gorillas often bring the show into the audience spurring fans to sing, dance and get wild. Cutting up with each other and the crowd, the Gorillas are more than a great band, they are great entertainers as well. The band describes their sound as "Punk Americana". It encompasses a broad range of styles that include Jump Blues, Rock & Roll, Swing, Cajun Music and early Punk Rock. Artists as diverse as Wynonie Harris, Groucho Marx, Sam Cooke, Fats Waller, and The Ramones all coexist in the Gorillas' musical vernacular. The Gorillas have been burning down clubs and festivals all over the country for the past eight years. 2013 will see the release of GHG's next album on Lanark Records, as they continue to bring their genre busting brand of mayhem to an ever expanding audience all over the USA. The Gas House Gorillas are considered by many to be the most fearlessly uninhibited performers ever witnessed and a sure fire guarantee for a rippin' good time!

    Courtesy of gashousegorrilas.org

  • Sat
    12
    Apr
    2014

    Kris Lager Band

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    Kris Lager Band, the Thrift Store Junkies from the heartland, play soul music and Boogie Trance. With their hot new album ‘Swagadocious’ these self-proclaimed ‘Rock Revivalists’ are quickly spreading their celebrate life mantra to the masses, and blazing a trail that many more are sure to tread and follow. “Swagadocious has something for everyone who appreciates music with a little more energy and a little rougher edge than the slick radio-friendly fluff we get from Nashville nowadays.”- Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX) The Kris Lager Band has spent the better part of ten years on tour honing their sound, style, and message, including backing Mato Nanji, as Indigenous from 2007 to 2009. During that period they were featured on the Vanguard Records release Broken Lands produced by Jamie Candiloro (REM, Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams). Their new album features living legend Magic Slim on an impromtpu off the cuff track, as well as a polished horn section on five of the cuts. ‘Swagadocious’ marks KLB’s fifth studio album with another to be released this winter/spring entitled ‘Platte River Runaway’ produced by Grammy nominated and international superstar Tab Benoit. “Swagadocious bears up to repeated listening long after the smell of stale smoke and spilt beer has gone. This record captures a band moving into a creative period where the output is art in the classic sense of great albums. The time has come – this band is ready for the national stage.”- Rick Galusha (Pacific Street Blues) KLB is spearheaded by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Kris Lager, who rips out face melting solos and hypnotic riffs. Jeremiah Weir on keyboards and percussions is the perfect melodic counterpart and always brings the high holiness to the stage. The backbeat of the band is brought to you by freestyle extraordinaire John Fairchild, who has logged seven years with the group and is a tour de force on the kit. Brandon Miller rounds out the ensemble on bass with a solid low end that holds it all together and a high kick Chuck Norris would be proud of.

    Courtesy of krislagerband.com

  • Fri
    18
    Apr
    2014

    Kharismah

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    Kharizmah is a hard hitting 10 piece R&B band made up of talent musicians from the Kansas city area. A non-stop show of your favorite songs along with tunes from their own CD. Kharizmah was formed on 2003 and their first time to Uncle Bo's Blues Bar. Give them a warm welcome and wear the right shoes to dance in.

  • Sat
    19
    Apr
    2014

    Josh Garrett

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    Josh Garrett is a Blues singer and guitar player from New Roads, LA. He and his family relocated to the bayou town of Houma, LA (Terrebonne Parish) when he was a young child. While growing up in Houma, Josh was exposed to Cajun, Zydeco, and Blues music at the local music festivals. He picked up his father’s guitar when he was 12 years old and started writing songs soon after. By age 20, he was performing several times a week in downtown Houma, LA. At age 24, Garrett was deployed with the Army to Iraq, and his music interests were put on hold for a while. Early in his 26th year he returned to the United States and civilian life with a handful of songs that were written during his deployment overseas. These songs would become his first album entitled, “Changed Man”. Garrett then started to travel regionally with his band (then known as the “Bottomline”) to promote his new album. In late 2008, he relocated to Nashville, TN, under contract to perform three nights a week at a club on Historic Printer's Alley. While there he recorded his second album, “Live on Printer’s Alley” - a double live album released November 20, 2009. In 2010, Garrett returned to Louisiana, and began work on his third album, "String of Problems”. He says about his return, “I was rejuvenated by moving back to Louisiana; I love it here so much. It’s my home. My family is here. My life is here. I think the music on the record reflects that.” The album, “String of Problems” was released by The Josh Garrett Band in August of 2011. “I feel like I’m at the beginning of my career. There’s a lot more for me to do, a lot more places to go, a lot more shows to play, and a lot more albums to record.” Josh Garrett has become known for his soulful vocals, emotional guitar work, and that "flavor" that only comes from those with Louisiana in their blood.

    Courtesy of joshgarrettmusic.com

  • Fri
    25
    Apr
    2014

    The Nace Brothers

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    Seasoned professionals they’ve earned the respect of promoters, club owners, producers and peers for their dedication to their craft, easy going confidence and their refreshing lack of pretense. A testimony to their dedication is the simple fact of high quality performances and musicianship for 31 years, in what has been deemed, A Lifelong Road Trip In 1993 the title track "Club 15" was also on the compilation c.d. "Margaritaville Cafe - Late Night Menu" on MCA Records featuring Jimmy Buffett and various other artists. Fourth generation performers their musical heritage began in the latter part of the 19th century with their great-great grandfather the classically trained violinist Valandingham Nace. The legacy continued in the 1920’s and 30’s with their grandfather Percy a multi-instrumentalist and square dance caller. By the late 40’s their father was playing box suppers and square dances. Johnny Nace progressed from playing rural dances to leading the house bands on the regional radio and television programs “Hillbilly Jamboree” and “Circle Six Ranch”. He recorded rockabilly in the late 50’s before finding his musical home during the golden age of honky-tonk. An astute songwriter he led a top notch band to regional success with songs like “Sing me the blues” and “Blue Notes”. Their 1997 release “Roots of Steel” is a tribute to their father and the lessons he taught them. In their 31st year as a touring group the Nace Brothers are poised for a larger audience. Brilliant songwriting, expressive vocals, soaring guitar and a rock solid rhythm section combine for entertainment at its best.

    Courtesy of nacebros.com

  • Sat
    26
    Apr
    2014

    Platinum Express

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    Jump on board Kansas City's own Platinum Express as they bring you the finest Rhythm and Blues, Hot-Buttered Soul, Motown, and Sophisticated Funk in the country. Dedicated to "keepin' the music alive," Platinum Express is a high energy show band creating its own unique sound by blending its hard driving five piece horn section, the "Full Steam Horns," with its airtight rhythm section and layering in the soaring harmonies of its three lead vocalists, plus front man, JJ Johnson, whose remarkable renditions of James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Ollie Woodson (the Temptations), Johnny Taylor and other icons consistently leave crowds screaming for more. Platinum Express prides itself on its professionalism, bringing to the stage a remarkable combination of experience, stage presence and musical expertise. Collectively, members of Platinum Express share two Grammy awards and have performed with such musical icons as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, members of the Temptations, the Righteous Brothers, Sister Sledge, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, Wayne Newton, The Tonight Show Band, members of Tower of Power, Bloodstone, Kevin Mahogany, and Kansas City Battle of the Bands winner George. Platinum Express is the complete musical experience, bringing to the stage state-of-the-art sound and lighting expertly orchestrated by Brian Doyle, whose credits include Sheryl Crow, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Smashing Pumpkins.

    Courtesy of platinumexpressband.com

  • Fri
    02
    May
    2014

    Levee Town

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    Pages of Paperwork is the fifth installment in Levee Town’s catalog. With a sound built on years of constant performing and songwriting, the band has created a hard-driving, smoothly-polished, soulful record. Pages of Paperwork exhibits a maturity and sophistication borne of heartbreak and the joy of personal resurgence. Songwriters Hudspeth, Garoutte, and Meade share a convergent vision of the world-at-large and craft their individual tunes in a similar vein. The band chugs along with astonishing energy and focus. Vocally, Levee Town is obviously comfortable performing an ever-widening array of styles. From rocking shuffles to grinding slow blues to North-Mississippi-style rockers to KC swing numbers, Pages Of Paperwork is an exhilarating breath of fresh air and a joy to take in. . The beat is supplied by Jan Faircloth. He is originally from central Kansas, and builds the rock solid foundation of Levee Town’s rhythm. He can mesmerize you with a constant count, bang’em like Bonham, or tickle your ears with the brushes. Jan even sings chorus. Jacque Garoutte multi-instrumentalist arranger and producer fills in the bass with years of musical experience. From Miami Oklahoma, Jacque lays down a deep strong bass line, supplies quite bit of energy onstage, and sings with a smooth single malt voice. From Chicago, Jimmie Meade plays the harmonica like a man possessed by…angels and demons alike. He will make you smile as he jumps and jives during his intense harp and vocal renditions of Dylan and Waters. While growing up in central Oklahoma, Brandon Hudspeth saw Johnny Cash on Sesame Street and had to start pickin’ on guitars. As he sings, he rings the neck of his wide body Gibson like its a Flying Vee dipped in gasoline. These guys are blazing hot! They will cause you to stomp your feet, clap your hands, and maybe dance on the tables. Levee Town generates a lot of excitement and a smokin’ good time. For your own protection, you better wear a fire suit!

    Courtesy of leveetown.com

  • Sat
    03
    May
    2014

    The Talbott Brothers

    7:30 p.m. - $5.00

    Details Coming Soon...

  • Fri
    09
    May
    2014

    The Nighthawks

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    What sustains a band for more than three decades? Not a hit radio band, but a roll-up-your-sleeves/drive to the next gig overnight/carry your own gear up the steps and night after night make people happy kind of band. One that makes them dance; sends them home to come back again - and again. What makes that kind of band stay together through relatively few personnel changes? Answer: A good idea; a universal yet somehow unique good idea. The Nighthawks sought not so much to reinvent rock and roll, but simply to have it reinvent itself by taking the original ingredients and following-if somewhat loosely-the original recipe. And like good cooks, the individual personalities involved ultimately affected the outcome. The band was over 10 years old and had baffled the mainstream industry before the term "roots rock" was coined to explain the likes of West Coasters like Los Lobos and The Blasters. By then, the affiliation with many of the living blues greats seemed to brand The Nighthawks a "blues band," despite the fact that they played with Carl Perkins as well as Muddy Waters. Courtesy of bmatours.com

  • Sat
    10
    May
    2014

    BelAirs

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    Fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt on bass and electric guitars, with Michael Cherry on drums, the Bel Airs play a danceable mix with an authentic but eclectic bluesy-country-soul-and-rock-n-roll sound influenced by the likes of Wilson Picket, Slim Harpo, Howlin' Wolf and Johnny Cash. The Bel Airs will mark their 33rd year performing together in 2014. The Pruitt brothers' harmony vocal style sets them apart in the contemporary music scene--leading one reviewer to refer to them as the "Everly Brothers of Blues". David's "big guitar" and Dick's howling vocals over soulful, right-on rhythm playing make this trio a powerhouse.

  • Fri
    16
    May
    2014

    Kevin Selfe & The Tornados

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    Kevin Selfe has been electrifying audiences nationwide since breaking into the blues scene in 2006. His growing stature as a captivating story teller and passionate performer are surpassed only by his deft mastery of blues guitar. Having relocated to Portland, OR, the Virginia native is now a leading light in the Pacific Northwest's robust blues revival. Effortlessly combining the guitar traditions of the legends and the modern masters into his own unique approach, Selfe's stylistic depth and electric performances resonate with audiences. His live shows have grown in legend largely due to his unique gift for communicating, through guitar, the complex range of moods revealed only by blues. Selfe's songwriting style bridges the gap between joy and angst, using piercing irony, humorous metaphors, and daring autobiographical subject matter from his own occasional walks with the blues.

    Courtesy of kevinselfe.com/bio/

  • Sat
    17
    May
    2014

    Eef & The Blues Express

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    Eef, the-tall-Dutch-girl-with-the-red-guitar, seamlessly blends traditional blues with funky and contemporary riffs, creating her own groovy Eef-style. Her fans, who reside on both sides of the pond, love her tasty guitar play, sultry voice and great stage appearance. Eef has self-produced three albums that get airplay across the US as well as in France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Argentina and Australia. Occasionally she tours Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and The Netherlands. Eef has appeared three times on legendary Sunshine Sonny Payne's King Biscuit radio show and has shared the stage with many great musicians including Ana Popovic, Mike Zito and Eden Brent. With her band Eef and the Blues Express she has opened for Coco Montoya, Tinsley Ellis, Nick Moss, Deanna Bogart, Trampled Under Foot, Samantha Fish and Bernard Allison. Eef won the award for "Songwriter" in the Colorado Blues Society Members Choice Awards 2014; she also was a finalist in the "Arranger" category, and a nominee for 'Vocalist'. With her band she was in the Colorado International Blues Challenge finals three years in a row, of which two years they came in second place.

    Courtesy of eefguitar.com/bio

  • Wed
    21
    May
    2014

    Summertime Blues Series at Gage Park

    7:00 p.m. - FREE

    Details Coming Soon...

  • Fri
    23
    May
    2014
    Sat
    24
    May
    2014

    Cate Brothers Weekend

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    The Cate Brothers are the singer-songwriter-musician duo of Earl and Ernie Cate, twin brothers from Fayetteville, Arkansas, who in the mid-1960s became performers of southern soul music at clubs and dances throughout the regional South of the United States. Both brothers are singers, with Earl on guitar and Ernie on piano. They became prolific recording artists during the mid to late 1970s, and again since the mid-1990s.

    Courtesy of wikipedia.org/wiki/Cate_Brothers

  • Fri
    30
    May
    2014

    The Nace Brothers

    7:30 p.m. - $10

    Seasoned professionals they've earned the respect of promoters, club owners, producers and peers for their dedication to their craft, easy going confidence and their refreshing lack of pretense. A testimony to their dedication is the simple fact of high quality performances and musicianship for 31 years, in what has been deemed,A Lifelong Road Trip.

    Courtesy of nacebros.com

  • Sat
    31
    May
    2014

    Platinum Express

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    Jump on board Kansas City's own Platinum Express as they bring you the finest Rhythm and Blues, Hot-Buttered Soul, Motown, and Sophisticated Funk in the country. Dedicated to "keepin' the music alive," Platinum Express is a high energy show band creating its own unique sound by blending its hard driving five piece horn section, the "Full Steam Horns," with its airtight rhythm section and layering in the soaring harmonies of its three lead vocalists, plus front man, JJ Johnson, whose remarkable renditions of James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Ollie Woodson (the Temptations), Johnny Taylor and other icons consistently leave crowds screaming for more. Platinum Express prides itself on its professionalism, bringing to the stage a remarkable combination of experience, stage presence and musical expertise. Collectively, members of Platinum Express share two Grammy awards and have performed with such musical icons as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, members of the Temptations, the Righteous Brothers, Sister Sledge, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, Wayne Newton, The Tonight Show Band, members of Tower of Power, Bloodstone, Kevin Mahogany, and Kansas City Battle of the Bands winner George. Platinum Express is the complete musical experience, bringing to the stage state-of-the-art sound and lighting expertly orchestrated by Brian Doyle, whose credits include Sheryl Crow, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Smashing Pumpkins.

    Courtesy of platinumexpressband.com

  • Fri
    06
    Jun
    2014

    The Old No 5's & Cassie Taylor

    7:30 p.m. - $10.00

    Simply put, they produce an extremely entertaining, energetic, and musical show. Performing with the utmost utilization of musical talent and an original energy rarely produced by three piece bands, The Old No. 5s have been called "Kansas City's Powerhouse Trio" by The Kansas City Blues News. In the 2013 Music Showcase issue of the Pitch Magazine, Trampled Under Foot was asked "What's your favorite local act at the moment?" They answered "The Old No. 5s are really great! Great Songs, great musicians, great cats!"

    Courtesy of oldno5s.com/epk/

    At age 26, Cassie Taylor is already a veteran musician. She's spent a decade playing bass and singing on stage and in the studio with her father, modern-day blues innovator Otis Taylor. And now, with the May 7, 2013 release of her new album Out of My Mind on Yellow Dog Records, Cassie stakes her own claim as an artist of intelligence, power and soul.

    Courtesy of cassietaylorband.com

  • Sat
    07
    Jun
    2014

    Ori Naftaly

    7:30 p.m. - $10

    The Ori Naftaly Band is the Best Israeli Blues Act for 2013.

    In a very short time this extremely talented band has gained international recognition and support by the international blues community and by an extended fan base, located in the USA, Holland, India, Germany and other countries all over the world.

    Within the course of two years The Ori Naftaly Band has twice toured the United States and the Netherlands, won the Israeli Blues Challenge Competition, and was the first Israeli band ever to have reached the Semi-Finals of the International Blues Competition (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee.

    Courtesy of orinaftaly.com

  • Fri
    13
    Jun
    2014

    Samantha Fish

    7:30 p.m. - $10

    You all know her and love her. Every time she comes to town she packs the place. This is a show you don't want to miss. If you don't believe me just check out her website and see how talented she is.

    samanthafish.com

  • Sat
    14
    Jun
    2014

    Brandon Santini

    7:30 p.m. - $10

    There are many different opinions as to what the future of the blues harmonica will be. Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is undeniably a worthy player to keep an eye on as the latest surge of young blues artists leave their footprint in blues history. His name is worthy of conversations that include Jason Ricci, Billy Gibson, Dennis Gruenling, Rick Estrin and other frontline harmonica players by combining his love and respect for traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to James Cotton or Paul Butterfield.

    Courtesy of brandonsantini.com

  • Wed
    18
    Jun
    2014

    Summertime Blues Series - Slow Ya Roll

    7:30 p.m. - Free

    Slow Ya Roll was formed Dec. 2010 and are still making music to bring about a positive vibe. SYR fuses together many different styles to create a style all its own: funkNsoul W/ rockish/reggae, to help you get your musical fill. "We mix our musical backgrounds into something that works very well." SYR uses its strengths to perform at a high level. Not only from a musical aspect but they also put on a great show. Entertaining your ears and eyes giving you the full effect!

    Courtesy of reverbnation.com/slowyaroll

  • Fri
    20
    Jun
    2014

    Kris Lager Band

    7:30 p.m. - $10

    KLB is spearheaded by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Kris Lager, who rips out face melting solos and hypnotic riffs. Jeremiah Weir on keyboards and percussions is the perfect melodic counterpart and always brings the high holiness to the stage. The backbeat of the band is brought to you by freestyle extraordinaire john Fairchild, who has logged seven years with the group and is a tour de force on the kit. Brandon Miller rounds out the ensemble on bass with a solid low end that holds it all together and a high kick Chuck Norris would be proud of.

    Courtesy of krislagerband.com

  • Sat
    21
    Jun
    2014

    Harper

    7:30 p.m. - $10

    Multi Award winning Austrian Singer/ Songwriter Peter D. Harper creates a heady mix of original world, blues & roots music, featuring soulful vocals, wailing harmonica and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo! Harper is backed by his incredible Michigan based band "Midwest Kind".

    Courtesy of harper.biz/

  • Fri
    27
    Jun
    2014

    Biscuit Miller

    7:30 p.m. - $10

    A heavy touring schedule of over 250 gigs a year in the US and abroad have led to dedicted fan base. In 2012 Biscuit's fun and funky style of bass playing earned him the Blues Music Award for Bassist of the Year. He also took 2nd place in the bassist category in the Blues Matters International Writers Poll. Biscuit Miller and The Mix are once again on the road with his latest CD "BLUES WITH A SMILE" and ready to bring a smorgasbord of fun to your party. What's better than a bowlful of Soulful, Funky Blues stew? A pipin' hot Biscuit, of course!

    Courtesy of biscuitmiller.com

  • Sat
    28
    Jun
    2014

    Jason Elmore & HooDoo Witch

    7:30 p.m. - $10

    Voted 'Best Blues' 2012 by the prestigious Dallas Observer Music Awards, Jason Elmore is a Dallas, TX-based guitarist/ singer/songwriter that is turning heads in the blue/rock guitar world with his devastating guitar chops and vocals. Whether fronting his high-energy touring band 'Hoodoo Witch or Performing as a solo acoustic act, Elmore is able to bring together elements of American music in his performances that seem to bridge the gap between blues, rock, 60's soul, vintage country, and jazz. He is remarkable in his ability to appeal to fans of all genres of music with his incendiary guitar licks, soulful and powerful old-school vocals, and keen sense of humor and imaginative-yet-familiar songwriting. All one needs to do is watch him play live one time in order to have a good understanding of how all these different genres of music have a common thread when it comes to eliciting an emotional response from the listener and taking them to that special place where only the music exists.

    Courtesy of jasonelmore.net/bio/

  • Fri
    04
    Jul
    2014
    Sat
    05
    Jul
    2014

    Closed for Spirit of Kansas Festival

    All Day Event @ Lake Shawnee

    Details Coming Soon...

  • Fri
    11
    Jul
    2014

    Lance Lopez

    7:30 pm Uncle Bo's Blues Bar

     Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, at the age of 12, Lance's family moved to Dallas, where with the exception of a spell back in New Orleans and Southwest Florida, the guitarist has called his home ever since. A professional musician since the age of 14 when he began playing local bars in and around the New Orleans, Louisiana area, at 17 he was hired by soul great Johnnie Taylor, with whom he toured for six months. By 18 he was hired as the band leader of blues legend Lucky Peterson's band, spending three years touring throughout the world. If you are just now discovering what many die-hard fans of obscure Blues-Rock and guitar music have known about for many years, take the time to delve into Lance's catalog spanning 6 albums and you will soon find, that he is one of the greatest guitarist that the State Of Texas has ever produced...

  • Sat
    12
    Jul
    2014

    Randy McAlister

    7:30pm

    Uncle Bo's Live Blues Bar

    Randy McAllister is one of the premier singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist to emerge from Texas. Heartbreak, humor, high hair and tall Texas tales all play a part in the song writing of Randy McAllister. His music has been hailed as some of the most original and innovative being made today. While comparison's are not easy, it has been said that his music is a cross between Doug Sahm, John Hiatt and Delbert McClinton, with a blues man's background and sensibilities thrown into the mix.

  • Wed
    16
    Jul
    2014

    Summertime Blues Series - Knocked Kneed Sally

    7:00pm

    Gage Park Topeka

    Featuring Knocked Kneed Sally

  • Fri
    18
    Jul
    2014
    Sat
    19
    Jul
    2014

    Mike Babb & Andrew Jr. Boy Jones

    7:30pm

    Uncle Bo's Live Blues Bar

    Guitarist, songwriter, and singer Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones began working professionally at age 16 with Freddie King's backing band, The Thunderbirds. He got his first guitar from his uncle, jazz musician Adolphus Sneed. For Many years, he backed various Dallas-area vocalists on guitar, but in the mid-90's, he came into his own as a vocalist with an album for JSP Records I need Time (1997), Which showcases his crafty songwriting, great guitar playing, and powerful singing. Andrew "Jr Boy" Jones plays with a confident precision, crispy and cleanly, with a string bending style reminiscent of a former mentor, but also he was possessed of a powerful voice, a smoky baritone which suggested that of Otis Rush.

  • Fri
    25
    Jul
    2014

    Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers

    7:30pm

    Uncle Bo's Live Blues Bar

    JOSH HOYER and The Shadowboxers is a project formed in late 2012 in famed blues town Lincoln, Nebraska. For the last 15 years, Hoyer has been very in demand as a performer in his previous bands, as a solo artist behind the piano and as a session musician and arranger. Spending much of his time booking and promoting in Lincoln at the legendary Zoo Bar and beyond, Hoyer is an influential part of the funk, soul and blues youth movement.
    His current 9-piece Soul band includes some of the areas most revered and accomplished musicians, many of whom have toured nationally and internationally, teach music and are asked to back up bands live and in the studio. The band's sound and passion come from their deep respect, knowledge of and passion for blues, Americana, soul, funk, and many other styles of music.

  • Sat
    26
    Jul
    2014

    Teresa James & The Rhythm Kings

    7:30pm

    Uncle Bo's Live Blues Bar

    Originally from Houston, Texas, Teresa is based in Los Angeles where she has assembled a group of some of the top LA based touring and session musicians in her band, The Rhythm Tramps. They have been working in the LA area and at blues festivals and clubs throughout the US and Europe for many years. For the last 12 years, the band has also been a favorite onDelbert McClinton's Sandy Beaches Blues Cruise.

  • Fri
    01
    Aug
    2014

    Anthony Gomes

    7:30pm

    Uncle Bo's Live Bar

    Anthony Gomes, #1 Billboard Blues Artist, is a triple threat force as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter.  Blues Revue Magazine recently declared that, "Gomes' formidable guitar chops and authentic singing place him in the forefront of modern blues."  This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today.

  • Sat
    02
    Aug
    2014

    Platinum Express

    7:30pm

    Uncle Bo's Live Bar

    The Platinum Express Band features four out front vocalists, the five piece Full Steam Horns, and the Wrong Side of the Tracks Rhythm Section, knocking out the finest Rhythm and Blues, Hot-Buttered Soul, Motown, and Sophisticated Funk in the straight-ahead, vibrant "Kansas City Tradition.

    Cover Charge 10$

  • Wed
    06
    Aug
    2014

    Jimmy Thackery Early Show

    6:30pm

    Uncle Bo's Live Bar

    Doors open at 5:30pm show starts at 6:30pm

    Known for his gritty, blue-collar approach and marathon live shows, Thackery was, for many years, part of The Nighthawks. The Nighthawks were known as one of the hardest-working blues bar bands in North America. Since the late 1980s, Thackery has been touring under his own name, and has found a wide audience. His hard-edged, tough-as-nails approach to guitar playing and his trio's driving rhythm section holds appeal for fans of both traditional blues and roots rock.

  • Fri
    08
    Aug
    2014

    Laurie Morvan

    7:30pm

    Uncle Bo's

    Laurie Morvan's unique, fiery guitar style has been highlighted in feature articles in the world's top guitar magazines. "Morvan singes the strings with fast, clean chicken pickin', reaches heights of lyrical ecstasy through liquid bends, and kicks the rhythm in the pocket with propulsive comping" (Guitar Player). "Fearless and fresh...Morvan plays with plenty of imagination" (Vintage Guitar). "Stunning California axe slinger...exhilarating electric blues guitar style" (Modern Guitars)

     

    Cover Charge 10$

  • Sat
    09
    Aug
    2014

    The Ben Miller Band

    7:30pm

    Uncle Bo's Live Bar

    Hailing from Joplin, Missouri, The Ben Miller Band is a one-of-a kind trio that combines the frenetic energy of bluegrass, the soul of the delta blues and the haunted spirit of Appalachian mountain music. Band members Ben Miller, Scott Leeper, and Doug Dicharry create a unique and modern sound while continuing the tradition of blending together many different musical styles, which has long been a trait of their native Ozarks.

  • Wed
    13
    Aug
    2014

    Curtis Salgado

    6:30pm

    Uncle Bo's Live Bar

    Award-winning vocalist/songwriter/harmonica icon Curtis Salgado sings andplays with soulful authority,never giving less than 100 percent. He plays each and every show like it's the most important gig of his career. He recalls the time when his friend, the great chitlin' circuit singer Buddy Ace, put on the show of his life, singing his heart out, making three costume changes, all while playing at a casual house party. Salgado wasfloored. "I was just there playing with my band, hanging out in cut-offs and a t-shirt, and there's Buddy treating the gig the same as if he was performing at the Apollo," he says. From that moment on, Curtis vowed that every time he got on stage he would deliver his very best shot

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  • Fri
    15
    Aug
    2014

    Afrossippi

    7:30pm

    Uncle Bo's Live Bar

    The band plays Afrosippi Blues, R&B, Rock and Roll, Soul, Raggae and World grooves with equal part skill and power. They sprinkle in some Dylan and Cajun for a little spice. A tasty stew indeed. Erica is a nationally recognized Blues vocalist and top notch entertainer.

     

    $10 Cover Charge

  • Sat
    16
    Aug
    2014

    Jarekus Singleton

    7:30pm

    Uncle Bo's Live

     

    At just 29 years old, Jarekus Singleton is a musical trailblazer with a bold vision for the future of the blues. Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Singleton's cutting-edge sound-equally rooted in rap, rock and blues traditions-is all his own. He melds hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional blues, turning audiences of all ages into devoted fans. With his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice effortlessly moving from ferocious and funky to slow and steamy to smoking hot, Singleton is a fresh, electrifying bluesman bursting at the seams with talent. 

  • Fri
    22
    Aug
    2014

    Eddie Turner

    7:30pm

    Uncle Bo's Live Bar

    "Otherworldly", "scorching", "polyrhythmic" and "chilling" have all been used to describe Eddie Turner's guitar playing. His ethereal style is an amalgam of the Afro-Cuban rhythms of his heritage and the music that influenced him as a teenager: Chicago blues, jazz, r&b and psychedelic rock. The Cuban-born singer/guitarist cut his teeth in several rock bands contributing what Slate magazine describes as "spacey-yet-resounding solos." 

     

    $10 Cover Charge

  • Sat
    23
    Aug
    2014

    Jeremiah Johnson

    7:30pm

    Uncle Bo's Live Bar

    After spending 10 years in Houston TX and becoming the 1st place finalist of the 2004, 2005, and 2006 Houston TX Regional Blues Challenges (sponsored by The Houston Blues Society), Jeremiah Johnsonmoved back to his home in St Louis in the beginning of 2009. He had a guitar, a fist full of original songs and a ton of ambition. 
    You can almost taste the Texas in his guitar style. Johnson has put together some of St Louis' best talents in this world class band. Jeremiah Johnson is the new face of Mississippi River blues.
     
    $10 Cover Charge
  • Fri
    29
    Aug
    2014

    Plaitinum Express

    TWHS Class of '69 reunion weekend

    $10.00 - 8:00 p.m.

    The Platinum Express Band features four out front vocalists, the five piece Full Steam Horns, and the Wrong Side of the Tracks Rhythm Section, knocking out the finest Rhythm and Blues, Hot-Buttered Soul, Motown, and Sophisticated Funk in the straight-ahead, vibrant "Kansas City Tradition."

  • Sat
    30
    Aug
    2014

    The Cate Brothers

    $10.00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Arkansas-based Earl and Ernie Cate were prolific songwriters and singers who blended the blues with elements of rock & roll, country and rockabilly. Pianist/vocalistErnie and guitarist/vocalist Earl signed to Asylum Records in 1975; their self-titled debut, issued shortly after, included appearances by Donald "Duck" DunnSteve Cropper, former Band drummer Levon Helm, and former Eagle and Poco member Timothy B. Schmidt. They followed up their debut in 1976 with In One Eye and Out the Other, trailed in 1977 by The Cate Brothers Band. Spurred by the success of the single "Union Man," 1979's Fire on the Tracks reached number 24on the album rock charts in 1976.

  • Fri
    05
    Sep
    2014

    John Nemeth

    $10.00 - 8:00 p.m.

    John Nemeth has been playing professionally since 1991. Since that time John has been working hard to perfect his craft. After taking the west coast by storm and crafting some amazing albums under Blind Pig Records he made the jump to Memphis to raise his family and still be able to hit the roads and play for his fans. Once there he found an exceptional studio to work with, Electrophonic Studio. With their help, and under the guidance of Scott Bomar, Nemeth laid down 13 of the best tracks of his career. Word quickly grew in Memphis about him and he soon signed to Blue Corn Music. The Bo-Keys include vocalist Percy Wiggins, keyboardist Al Gamble, trumpeter Marc Franklin and saxophonists Kirk Smothers. On drums is the incomparable Howard Grimes. - johnnemeth.com

    Watch John Nemeth on YouTube!

  • Sat
    06
    Sep
    2014

    Kharizmah

    $10.00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Kharizmah is an electric 11 piece show band based out of Kansas City. Delivering over 2-4 hours of hard hitting, well choreographed fun, Kharizmah is being known around Kansas City as one of the energetic bands in the Midwest. - bandmix.com/chokolatte

    Watch Kharizmah on YouTube!

     

  • Fri
    12
    Sep
    2014

    Andy T & Nick Nixon Band

    $10.00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Nick Nixon and Andy T come together to make an unstoppable combination! Nick’s velvet voice pairs perfectly with Andy’s unbelievable guitar to create something magical that you have to experience on your own. Together the two have over 70 years of performing experience and put it all into every show. - andytband.com

    Watch Nick Nixon & Andy T on YouTube!

  • Sat
    13
    Sep
    2014

    Nikki Hill Band

    $10.00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Nikki comes by her Deep South soul honestly. Her musical roots began while singing in gospel choirs at church as a child. A stint living in nearby college town Chapel Hill introduced her to many different styles of music and the awareness of music (and more importantly, unique and non-mainstream music) as a possible career. After pairing up with her guitar-playing husband Matt Hill, they have made an unstoppable team and have established themselves as roots rock and roll powerhouses! - nikkihillmusic.com

    Watch Nikki Hill on YouTube!

  • Wed
    17
    Sep
    2014

    Coco Montoya

    Early Show!

    $10.00 ($12 at the Door) - 6:30 p.m.

    Don’t miss out on this living legend as he comes through. Coco Montoya has spent his life growing, learning and performing. Since 1970, and a chance meeting with another legend, Albert Collins, Coco has taken to the stage playing the drums and guitar, both equally as entrancing as the other. Montoya even spent 10 years touring with the Bluesbreakers. You may remember them as the group that spawned great talents such as Eric Clapton, Peter Green & Harvey Mandel in the 60’s. - cocomontoyaband.com

    Watch Coco Montoya on YouTube!

    And Another One! 

  • Fri
    19
    Sep
    2014

    Josh Garrett

    Kick Off for Paxico Blues Fest!

    $10 ($12 at the door) - 7:30 p.m.

    Blues singer and guitar player, Josh Garrett hails from New Roads, LA.  At age 20, he was already performing several times a week in downtown Houma, LA. In late 2008, he relocated to Nashville, TN, performing three nights a week.

    Josh Garrett has become known for his soulful vocals, emotional guitar work, and that "flavor" that only comes from those with Louisiana in their blood. - http://www.joshgarrettmusic.com/

    Watch Josh Garrett on YouTube!

  • Sat
    20
    Sep
    2014

    24th Street Wailers

    $10.00 ($12 at the door) - 8:00 p.m.

    Lindsay Beaver, the flame-haired lead singer/drummer, plays drums powerfully, delivers the vocals and leads a thunderingly successful band. Emily Burgess is tiny, shy and innocent in appearance but explosive as lead guitarist. Jon Wong a 21st century version of a honking sax man who escaped from Little Richard’s screaming band. Next there’s Lindsay’s husband Mike Archer, a country boy at heart that turns his Harmony bass into a sound so big you’ll feel it in your gut. If all that wasn’t enough, the band just added Jesse Whiteley,a member of Toronto’s first family of roots music, on piano. It didn’t take long for The Wailers to develop the tightest of grooves, an original repertoire, and a balls-against-the-wall live show. - the24thstreetwailers.com

    Watch The 24th Street Wailers on YouTube!

  • Fri
    26
    Sep
    2014

    Mr. Sipp

    2014 IBC Winner!

    $10.00 ($12 at the Door) - 8:00 p.m.

    Castro Coleman a-k-a Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child". 

    Born August 25, 1976 to Johnell and the late Vera Coleman in the small town of McComb, MS. Mr. Sipp began playing the guitar at the young age of 6. Due to hard work and perseverance Mr. Sipp has become an awesome songwriter, musician, composer and producer. Mr. Sipp is also a vocalist and performing artist. Most of all he’s, a God fearing, hardworking, family man. Castro has over 125 credits to his name and has played on over 50 national recordings including several Grammy nominated projects. He has traveled to Russia and other international countries spreading his gift of music. At the age of 36, his goal is to keep giving people hope and enjoyment through his music. Mr. Sipp is the 2014 IBC Winner and has been cast in the upcoming James Brown movie. Mr. Sipp's favorite quote, "I'm living to love the life that I live, Music!!!! - 

    mrsippthemississippiblueschild.com

    Watch Mr. Sipp on YouTube!

  • Sat
    27
    Sep
    2014

    Sena Ehrhardt

    $10.00 ($12 at the Door) - 8:00 p.m.

    With her newest release, Live My Life, Sena continues to forge her own personal and intelligent take on the blues. Says Sena, “Live My Life is such a fitting title for my new release. The last year has been one of tremendous growth and inspiration for me both personally and professionally through music.” For one thing, she’s excited about an all-new lineup of top-flight musicians she recruited to her Band. After serving as her band’s lead guitarist and songwriting collaborator through her first two releases, Sena’s father stepped aside earlier this year and she’s formed a dynamic and energetic new Band.

    senaehrhardt.com

    Watch Sena Ehrhardt on YouTube!

  • Fri
    03
    Oct
    2014

    Stacy Mitchhart

    1,000 Show!

    $5 ($7 at the door) - 8:00 p.m.

    Stacy Mitchhart’s music is the real thing, with each note he plays on his guitars, and each note that he sings sounding like its coming straight from his heart. He incorporates all sorts of styles into his music, Country, Soul, Rhythm and Blues, and early Rock and Roll, to build his own unique sound. But, at its core, it's the Blues. Stacy Mitchhart currently plays over 250 shows yearly in front of over 100,000 fans while traveling close to 60,000 miles. He has appeared on numerous television shows including PBS Jubilee Concert Series, TBS’s ‘Dinner and a Movie’, HBO, the Speed Channel for NASCAR races, and Monday Night Football for Tennessee Titans including original compositions being used for the broadcast. Independent filmmaker Tim Hardiman released the documentary “NASHVEGAS Blues” which is based on the remarkable story of Stacy Mitchhart’s life and was premiered World-wide on The Documentary Channel in November 2009. It continues to be in the Documentary Channel programming rotation. - stacymitchhart.com

    Watch Stacy Mitchhart on YouTube!

  • Sat
    04
    Oct
    2014

    Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials

    $10.00 ($12 at the Door) - 8:00 p.m.

    Master bluesman Lil' Ed Williams has come a long way. Mixing smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned Chicago shuffles with the deepest slow-burners, Lil' Ed and his blistering Blues Imperials - bassist James "Pookie" Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton - deliver the blues, from gloriously riotous and rollicking to intensely emotional and moving. Not since the heyday of Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers has a blues band made such a consistently joyful noise.
    "Long ago," recalls Lil' Ed, "Uncle J.B. told me, 'When you get the right guys in your band, you'll know.' When Mike and then Kelly joined up with me and Pookie, we just clicked. I knew. We are a family," says Lil' Ed, summing it all up. "And families stay together." - alligator.com/artists/lil-ed-and-the-blues-imperials

    Watch Lil Ed on YouTube!

  • Fri
    10
    Oct
    2014

    Back Porch Blues Band

    Blues from Topeka, KS
    $5.00 ($7.00 at the door)
    Show starts at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

    Like a Midwest summer storm blowing across the plains, the Back Porch Blues Band roars into town providing the best variety of original contemporary blues in the Heartland.  The band's influences range 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!

    After invigorating the crowd at the 2012 Paxico Blues Festival, the Back Porch Blues Band took things to another level in 2013.  In addition to their regular club dates throughout eastern Kansas and the Kansas City area, the festival season saw them rocking stages at the Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival in Topeka, Tunes & Tobacco Weekend in Weston, MO, the Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival in St. Joseph, MO and the Jammin' in JC Blues Festival in Junction City, KS.

    The band is looking forward to new and exciting things in 2014 starting with the release of their first studio CD in January.  Eleven original songs showcase both the musical talent and songwriting ability of the band.  A full schedule of festival and club dates will give their fans plenty of opportunities to see them live and enjoy their unmistakable sound. More at Back Porch Blues Band website.

    Watch Back Porch Blues Band on YouTube.

     

     

     

  • Sat
    11
    Oct
    2014

    Terry Quiett Band

    Roots Rock Band from Kansas
    $8.00 ($10.00 at the door)
    Show starts at 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) 

    In just a few years the Terry Quiett Band has become a mainstay across America’s Heartland. From 6th Street in Austin…to the windy city of Chicago…through the mountains of Colorado…across the deserts of Arizona…jamming down on Beale Street in Memphis…wherever they go the TQB has won over young and old with their energetic and soulful sound.

    Along the way they have forged relationships with Grammy-winning studio masters Jim Gaines and Blaise Barton. Between them, they have worked with legends of the blues industry such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Steve Miller Band, George Thorogood, Luther Allison, Albert Collins, Pinetop Perkins, Willie Smith, Michael Burks and many more.

    Now, 2014 finds Terry and Blaise once again collaborating with the new studio album “Taking Sides” released March 25, 2014. “Taking Sides” features 12 original songs (plus a bonus track of the classic “Let’s Get It On”) and is split into two distinct sides. Side one showcases the rootsy slidework for which Terry is fast becoming known - while side two finds the band tapping into a bluesy, contempory twist on vintage Soul and R&B. They represent two perspectives from one of the most promising artists on the blues scene. Read more at Terry Quiett's website here.

    Watch Terry Quiett Band on YouTube Here.

  • Fri
    17
    Oct
    2014

    Bernard Allison

    Blues Guitarist from Paris, France
    $10.00 ($12.00 at the Door)
    Show starts at 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) 

    Bernard Allison totes the same smokin’ six string shooter that his late father Luther Allison assaulted the blues with. And he is blessed with his father’s soulful voice, spiritual devotion, and a musical freedom which experiments with the blues. Born in Chicago on November 26th, 1965, the youngest of nine children Bernard was first introduced to the roots of black music and the art of the electric guitar by his father, the late great Luther Allison. Like Ken Griffey Jr. hanging out in baseball locker rooms as a youth, Luther’s son was the kid running on-stage throughout the band’s set. Experiences like that profoundly effect one’s aspirations. “That’s when I decided I wanted to be up there like him. I think I was seven.”

    “I’m gonna try my best to pick up where he left off, but I can’t be Luther Allison, I can only be myself. In the beginning everyone expects me to be exactly like him, but we are two different musicians.”
    As a true “son of the blues,” Bernard possesses the requisite guitar feel and vocal intonations necessary to push his blues into the next century. He knows the energy level necessary to hold audiences and combines enough showmanship and spontaneity to push the performance in fresh, innovative directions each night. Read more at Bernard Allison's website here.

    Watch Bernard Allison on YouTube.

  • Sat
    18
    Oct
    2014

    Seth Walker

    Traditional Blues from Austin, TX
    $8.00 ($10.00 at the Door)
    Show starts at 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) 

    Revered roots music troubadour Seth Walker recently took up residency in New Orleans. Upon relocating to the Big Easy, the North Carolina-native completed his rounds of the Holy Trinity of southern American music cities. His journey began in Austin where he fast became a staple of the Texas blues scene. He’d later shuffle off to Nashville where he’d absorb the cosmopolitan twang of its storytelling tradition. Clearly, however, it is the influence of his current NOLA home with its funky melting-pot swagger that inspired the gospel-soaked fervor and gritty guitar burn at the core of his latest album, Sky Still Blue, due June 10 from the Royal Potato Family.

    His albums have consistently vaulted him into the Top 20 of the Americana charts and have gleaned praise from NPR, American Songwriter, No Depression and Blues Revue, among others. He’s toured the world as a headliner as well as opening for The Mavericks, The Wood Brothers, Raul Malo, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster, among others. It’s all of these experiences and more that leave their well-traveled traces throughout these 11 songs at hand. Steeped in a rich musical heritage, Sky Still Blue is a masterful work conveyed by means of Walker’s expressive, soul-burnished voice, agile guitar artistry and impeccable southern songwriting, all of which have garnered him a reputation as one of the most acclaimed modern roots artists in the country over the last decade. Read more at Seth Walker's website here.

    Watch Seth Walker on YouTube.

  • Fri
    24
    Oct
    2014

    The BelAirs

    $8.00 ($10.00 at the Door)
    Show starts at 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) 

    Fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt on bass and electric guitars, with Michael Cherry on drums, the Bel Airs play a danceable mix with an authentic but eclectic bluesy-country-soul-and-rock-n-roll sound influenced by the likes of Wilson Picket, Slim Harpo, Howlin' Wolf, and Johnny Cash.

     The Pruitt brothers' harmony vocal style sets them apart in the contemporary music scene--leading one reviewer to refer to them as the "Everly Brothers of Blues". David's "big guitar" and Dick's howling vocals over soulful, right-on rhythm playing make this trio a powerhouse. Vist their website here.


  • Sat
    25
    Oct
    2014

    Jim Suhler

    American Blues from Texas
    $8.00 ($10.00 at the Door)
    Show starts at 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) 

    Jim Suhler is an American, Texas Blues guitarist. Suhler has been playing professionally since the 1980s and has performed with a variety of Blues legends that include George Thorogood, Johnny Winter, AC/DC, Buddy Whittington, Billy F. Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa, Elvin Bishop, and Buddy Guy along with many other notable musicians. He resides in Dallas, Texas and plays locally in and around Texas’ major cities, especially Dallas/Fort Worth with his own band, “Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat”, in addition to the remainder of the United States and Canada. He and his band have also gained a large following in Europe, particularly in the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, England and Ireland. The current Monkey Beat lineup includes: Shawn Phares on keyboards/accordion (joined in 2000); Carlton Powell on bass guitar/vocals (co-founding member) and Beau Chadwell on drums/percussion (joined in 2011). Former members include Jimmy Morgan and Paul Hollis (both on drums). Read more at Jim Suhler's website here.

    Watch Jim Suhler on YouTube.

  • Fri
    31
    Oct
    2014

    Biscuit Miller & The Mix

    Halloween Party!

    Blues, Funk, Soul from Chicago
    $10.00 ($12.00 at the Door)
    Show starts at 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

    Complete with Costume Contest!!

    Born and raised on the south side of Chicago by his Grandmother; he 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 of over 250 gigs a year in the US and abroad 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. He also took 2nd place in the bassist category in the Blues Matters International Writers Poll. Biscuit Miller and The Mix are once again on the road with his latest CD “BLUES WITH A SMILE” and ready to bring a smorgasbord of fun to your party. What’s better than a bowlful of Soulful, Funky Blues stew? A pipin’ hot Biscuit, of course! Read more at Biscuit Miller's website here.

    Watch Biscuit Miller on YouTube.

  • Sat
    01
    Nov
    2014

    Bad Brad & The Fat Cats

    Chicago Blues/Swing from Greeley, Colorado
    $8.00 ($10.00 at the Door)
    Show starts at 8:00 p.m. (Doors open 6:30 p.m.) 

    Bad Brad & The Fat Cats are a team of energetic, raw, and fearless blues musicians that are creating a name for themselves in the music business through their dedication to serving the music. They have been recognized by many as a new force in the blues. Brad represented the Colorado Blues Society in the 2011 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis as their Youth Showcase entrant and has been compared to Jonny Lang and Bernard Allison. In less than a year, Bad Brad & The Fat Cats have played some of Colorado’s hottest music festivals including Bohemian Nights/Newwest Fest, The Greeley Blues Jam and The Carbon Valley Music Festival. Read more at Bad Brad & The Fat Cat's website here.

    Watch Bad Brad & The Fat Cats on YouTube.

  • Thu
    06
    Nov
    2014

    Slow Ya Roll Topeka - Brandon Santini

    Memphis Funk/soul/blues
    Doors Open at  5:00, showtime 5:30  Early Show for Youth Signature Music Program
    Cover Charge  $5.00 adults, kids free accompanied by an adult

    With tasteful speed and licks, he combines his respect to traditional blues with a present colorful style of playing. Raised in North Carolina, Brandon relocated to Memphis in 2003 where he began to absorb the sounds and culture of the Delta, honing his craft night after night, sweating it out in local Beale Street clubs just like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King. He fronted the Blues Music Award nominated band Delta Highway for six years and is now embarking on a solo career.

  • Fri
    07
    Nov
    2014

    Moreland & Arbuckle

    Wichita Americana/ Blues
    Doors Open at  6:30, showtime 8:00
    Cover Charge  $12.00   $10.00 

    Moreland & Arbuckle are traditionalists and innovators at the same time, merging old school Chicago and Delta blues with garage rock sensibilities. While Arbuckle was mostly influenced by the Mississippi blues, traditional country music and bluegrass, Moreland grew up listening to everyone from Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath to Charlie Patton and Muddy Waters.

    Visit them here.

  • Sat
    08
    Nov
    2014

    Boogie Wonderland Band

    Kansas City, Ks 70’s, 80’s, 90’s danceable music
    Doors Open at  6:30, showtime 8:00
    Cover Charge  $12.00 at the door or $10.00 in advance

    Originating back in 1997 with their Disco Rock they have become a nationally known act. They have appeared on stage with artists such as Donna Summers, KC and the SUnshine Band, Gloria Gaynor, Thelma Huston, America, Cheap Trick, The BoDeans, RuPaul, Quiet Riot, Smash Mouth and more. They have performed for years in Las Vegas and were the halftime show during a Vikings Vs Packers game.

     

  • Fri
    14
    Nov
    2014

    Nick Schnebelen Trio

    Kansas City, Ks  blues
    Doors Open at  6:30, showtime 8:00
    Cover Charge  $10.00   

     

    Nick Schnebelen has been playing guitar all of his life. Coming through over three generations of guitarists and musicians, in many ways, he is just another vessel for the spirit of music. Growing up in the blues scene of Kansas City, Nick knows many of the KC greats, those alive and those who’ve passed.

    After cutting his teeth on guitar with father Bob Schnebelen, Nick moved out East in search of a new experience. Nick says,”Someone once told me, if you want to be known, you gotta be from somewhere else”. That stuck with him and led him to Philadelphia where he lived for nearly nine years. Hitting blues jams that very same week he landed East, he was playing shows the following week. Half a year later, at nineteen, he was playing most of the Blues and Rock clubs in New York City Manhattan in the Village. 

    Visit them here.

  • Sat
    15
    Nov
    2014

    Jeremiah Johnson

    Cover Charge  $12.00 at the door $10.00 in advance
    6:30 doors open 8:00 show starts
    Blues/ Rocknroll


    Born and grown in St. Louis, Jeremiah seasoned his style on the Gulf Coast of Texas and then came home to lay down some dirty, rockin' blues.  Now 5 albums into his music career, he has created a sound all his own.  Nobody does blues like the JJB because it's not just blues.  There is no genre for this music, you just have to hear it and feel it to understand.

    Learn more at http://thejeremiahjohnsonband.com

  • Fri
    21
    Nov
    2014

    Gracie Curran & The High Faultin Band

    Boston Blues and soul
    Doors Open at  6:30, showtime 8:00
    Cover Charge  $10.00 or  $8.00 in advance

    Garnering comparisons to greats such as Aretha Franklin and Etta James, 
    Gracie Curran & Her High Falutin' Band have earned their reputation for jaw dropping blues & soul.

    2013 was a breakout year for The High Falutin' Band, earning a nomination Best New Artist in the 2014 Blues Music Awards along with nominations for Best Blues Act for the 2013 Boston Music Awards, and Best Blues Act for the 2014 New England Music Awards. 
    In addition to these honors, they've been listed as one of the Top 30 Roots/Soul Acts along with Sharon Jones The Dap Kings and Alabama Shakes, and Gracie included on the list of the Top 30 Vocalists with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, and more by Alternate Root Magazine. 
    In just four years, they have won over audiences across the US, playing to packed houses up and down the East Coast. They have shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, Roomful of Blues, Sax Gordon, Mike Welch, John Nemeth and Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters). 

    Visit their site here.

  • Sat
    22
    Nov
    2014

    Too Slim and The Taildraggers

    Nashville Blues/rock
    Doors Open at  6:30, showtime 8:00
    Tickets $12.00 at the door or $10.00 in

    Tim "Too Slim" Langford & the Taildraggers came out of Spokane, Washington in 1986.  Twenty-eight years and 18 albums later the band is still not only going strong but are hot on the heels of their newest release, a two-disc anthology containing 34 tunes. Tim Langford is a spectacular guitarist, songwriter and vocalist whose music has a timeless quality that will hold up over time.  Backing him on this project are Tom Hambridge on drums and background vocals, Bob Britt on guitar, Tommy McDonald on bass, Jon Coleman on piano and organs. This band crosses musical lines like they don't exist and, the way this cat plays, they don't exist.

    Visit them here.

  • Fri
    28
    Nov
    2014

    Fandango/The Flying Solo Hogs

    Doors open at 6:30; Showtime @ 8:00 p.m.
    Cover Charge $5.00 Here or $7.00 at the Door
    Rock/Blues/Country from Topeka, Kansas 

    The Solohogs began playing in 1994 in Topeka. Founding members Michael Stratton (guitar) and Lew Spring (bass) began as an acoustic duo inspired by the likes of Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal. 1995 saw Les Goering (harmonica, guitar) and Mark Paquette (drums) join the band. They ramped up the electric gear and with the line-up complete they began playing regularly in the Midwest and built a following due to there brand of energetic blues and rock with strong harmony vocals. They continued as weekend warriors for twelve years and then split to pursue other projects but continued to re-unite for "special" shows. 20 years later the band is fully re-united and the energy is at its highest level ever! "When Pigs Fly" was recorded live at TPAC in 2001 and is the only recording to date but more projects are in the works. "We still get out the hollow bodies and return to our roots at every show." Come early, stay late, a great time is guaranteed!

  • Sat
    29
    Nov
    2014

    Earl and Them

    Fayetteville blues
    Doors Open at  6:30, showtime 8:00
    Cover Charge  $12.00   $10.00

    The band’s leader is legendary guitar player Earl Cate, who was listed in Steve Cropper’s top ten guitar players of all time. Earl has been writing and performing music for five decades now. He has a unique style of playing which sets him apart from the rest. His level of experience and professionalism is unmatched. Earl has played and toured with The Band, Crosby Stills and Nash, Bo Diddley, Little Feat and many others. His bands have shared the stage with Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Boz Scaggs, Elvin Bishop, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many other rock legends of our time. The band consists of members of the old Cate Brothers band who have come together.

  • Wed
    03
    Dec
    2014

    Hamilton Loomis

    Doors Open at 5:30, showtime 6:30 Early Show Cover Charge $15.00 payment at door only Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, Loomis is the son of musician parents who listened to blues, rock and soul. Music ran in his veins and, with instruments readily available around the house, he picked up drums, piano, guitar and harmonica, honing his multi-instrumental talent in addition to performing regularly as part of his family's doo-wop group. A protégé of Bo Diddley, Loomis met the icon backstage at the age of 16 at Houston's famed venue Rockefeller's. Before the night was over, Loomis was onstage playing guitar with the legend. Diddley quickly became friend, mentor, collaborator and supporter, appearing on two of Loomis' albums and presenting a cherished red guitar that he still plays. Loomis and crew shine on stage proving his music is best experienced in person, where one can see and hear its intended splendor. Described by Blues Blast Magazine as "a non-stop turbo of power, one minute moving from side to side of the stage, and then taking on his horn player in a head-cutting contest on the apron of the stage the next minute." Loomis' energetic, get-in-withthe-crowd antics are infectious. The swaying and clapping are just as he envisioned.

    Visit his web page here.

  • Fri
    05
    Dec
    2014

    Kris Lager Band

    Doors Open at  6:30, showtime 8:00
    Cover Charge  $12.00 at the door or $10.00 in advance 

     

    Kris Lager Band is a Nebraska born group of musicians who have dedicated their lives to learning, living, and loving all aspects of the American music tradition. Self proclaimed "Roots Revivalists", KLB brings an eclectic, high energy show to each and every stage they happen to land on. The musical palette from which these troubadours draw upon is strongly rooted in the Blues and Classic Rock stylings, but has touches of Funk, Jam, R&B, barrelhouse Country, spicy Latin beats, cajun Zydeco, as well as Gospel music, and some hip hop thanks to freestylist extraordinaire John Fairchild AKA Scooby Sha Bo Bo. Playing nearly 200 shows a year for the past 5 years, has brought tightness and diversity to every set they play and audiences across the country will agree that Kris Lager Band is on the right path. The band consists of John Fairchild on the drums, Brandon Miller on the bass, Jeremiah Weir on the clavinet, organ, & percussion , and Kris Lager on lead vocals and guitars. With their "Celebrate Life" mantra and good times vibe, every show runs the gamut of human emotions. Joy and sorrow, love and lament are all wrapped up in one musical experience where the only constant is pure Soul. KLB spent 2006-2009 mostly as Indigenous. Indigenous is the highly acclaimed blue/rock act, who garnished extensive radio play with their debut 'Things We Do', and has toured with BB King, Buddy Guy, Los Lonely Boys, and many more. Indigenous front man Mato Nanji handpicked these guys to be his nationally touring band and backed him up on his nationally released 'Broken Lands' CD on Vanguard Records. They have traveled from N.Y. to L.A., and Winnipeg to New Orleans playing a mix of his and their own original music. Check out the show calendar often and if you don't see us visiting in your town let us know and feel free to recommend KLB to your favorite local music venue. This band is a do it yourself, grass roots organization and with your help we can keep honest and quality art alive and vibrant!!

  • Sat
    06
    Dec
    2014

    Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers

    Doors Open at  6:30, showtime 8:00
    Cover Charge  $12.00 at the door $10.00 in advance

    JOSH HOYER and The Shadowboxers is a project formed in late 2012 in famed blues town Lincoln, Nebraska. For the last 15 years, Hoyer has been very in demand as a performer in his previous bands, as a solo artist behind the piano and as a session musician and arranger. Spending much of his time booking and promoting in Lincoln at the legendary Zoo Bar and beyond, Hoyer is an influential part of the funk, soul and blues youth movement.
    His current 9-piece Soul band includes some of the areas most revered and accomplished musicians, many of whom have toured nationally and internationally, teach music and are asked to back up bands live and in the studio. The band's sound and passion come from their deep respect, knowledge of and passion for blues, Americana, soul, funk, and many other styles of music.

    Visit their page here.

  • Wed
    10
    Dec
    2014

    Phantom Blues Band

    THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT!!

    Doors Open at  5:30, showtime 6:30
    $20.00 in advance or $22.00 at door if available

    The Phantom Blues Band was formed as a studio band to backup Taj Mahal on his CD, 'Dancing' the Blues'. Their association with Taj led to headlining clubs, theatres and festivals throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan and being honored with two Grammys and a W.C.Handy Blues Award. At heart, The Phantom Blues Band's sound is a cross-breeding of many different musical styles which includes Blues, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Rock and Roll and Reggae.

    Visit their website here.

     

  • Fri
    12
    Dec
    2014

    Mike Babb

    Doors Open at  6:30, showtime 8:00
    Cover Charge at the door $12.00 in advance $10.00

    mike babb promo-LAs our regulars know, Mike Babb is from Topeka and has a great number of friends from this area, so come early. Mike has moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, opening another great BBQ Babb Brothers. Mike has been a lover of the blues and a wonderful entertainer himself. Since he no longer has family located in Topeka we don’t get to see him around as much. To make the drive more enticing Mike is bringing with him a local band from Texas. This way, we get to see Mike, help new talent get out of their area, and generally have a good time. So for two nights we are going to party with Mike Babb as he shows us his new find Michael Lee Clemmer.

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  • Sat
    13
    Dec
    2014

    Mike Babb

    Doors Open at  6:30, showtime 8:00
    Cover Charge at the door $12.00 in advance $10.00

    mike babb promo-LAs our regulars know, Mike Babb is from Topeka and has a great number of friends from this area, so come early. Mike has moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, opening another great BBQ Babb Brothers. Mike has been a lover of the blues and a wonderful entertainer himself. Since he no longer has family located in Topeka we don’t get to see him around as much. To make the drive more enticing Mike is bringing with him a local band from Texas. This way, we get to see Mike, help new talent get out of their area, and generally have a good time. So for two nights we are going to party with Mike Babb as he shows us his new find Michael Lee Clemmer.

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  • Fri
    19
    Dec
    2014

    Nace Brothers

    1346714230_dDoors Open at  6:30, showtime 8:00
    Cover Charge is $10.00 or $8.00 on brownpaperticket $2.00 TBS membership discount

    Seasoned professionals they've earned the respect of promoters, club owners, producers and peers for their dedication to their craft, easy going confidence and their refreshing lack of pretense. A testimony to their dedication is the simple fact of high quality performances and musicianship for 31 years, in what has been deemed, A Lifelong Road Trip    

    In 1993 the title track "Club 15" was also on the compilation c.d. "Margaritaville Cafe - Late Night Menu" on MCA Records featuring Jimmy Buffett and various other artists.    

    Fourth generation performers their musical heritage began in the latter part of the 19th century with their great-great grandfather the classically trained violinist Valandingham Nace. The legacy continued in the 1920’s and 30’s with their grandfather Percy a multi-instrumentalist and square dance caller. By the late 40’s their father was playing box suppers and square dances.    

    Johnny Nace progressed from playing rural dances to leading the house bands on the regional radio and television programs “Hillbilly Jamboree” and “Circle Six Ranch”. He recorded rockabilly in the late 50’s before finding his musical home during the golden age of honky-tonk. An astute songwriter he led a top notch band to regional success with songs like “Sing me the blues” and “Blue Notes”. Their 1997 release “Roots of Steel” is a tribute to their father and the lessons he taught them.   

    In their 31st year as a touring group the Nace Brothers are poised for a larger audience. Brilliant songwriting, expressive vocals, soaring guitar and a rock solid rhythm section combine for entertainment at its best.

    Visit them here.

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  • Sat
    20
    Dec
    2014

    Platinum Express

    platinumbandJump on board Kansas City's own Platinum Express as they bring you the finest Rhythm and Blues, Hot-Buttered Soul, Motown, and Sophisticated Funk in the country. Dedicated to "keepin' the music alive," Platinum Express is a high energy show band creating its own unique sound by blending its hard driving five piece horn section, the "Full Steam Horns," with its airtight rhythm section and layering in the soaring harmonies of its three lead vocalists, plus front man, JJ Johnson, whose remarkable renditions of James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Ollie Woodson (the Temptations), Johnny Taylor and other icons consistently leave crowds screaming for more.

      Platinum Express prides itself on its professionalism, bringing to the stage a remarkable combination of experience, stage presence and musical expertise.  Collectively, members of Platinum Express share two Grammy awards and have performed with such musical icons as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, members of the Temptations, the Righteous Brothers, Sister Sledge, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, Wayne Newton, The Tonight Show Band, members of Tower of Power, Bloodstone, Kevin Mahogany, and Kansas City Battle of the Bands winner George.

    Platinum Express is the complete musical experience, bringing to the stage state-of-the-art sound and lighting expertly orchestrated by Brian Doyle, whose credits include Sheryl Crow, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Smashing Pumpkins.

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  • Wed
    31
    Dec
    2014

    New Year's Eve Party

    Hotel-wide Blowout!

    Logo 2This is the biggest party in Topeka for New Year’s Eve. Over the course of the last four years we have been building this party into something that is bigger than just our one hotel. We have begun to use a second hotel to accommodate everyone! This year will be no different. We have nurtured this party out of the Blues and, starting this year, have worked in additional entertainment in the realm of Rock and Country. We have dedicated a room to both and hope that you can make it down to show your support for one or the other or just live entertainment in Topeka. We go all out for this event as every department of the Ramada is on hand. Here’s the basic breakdown.

    Starting at 3:00 p.m. guests of the hotel can start checking in and settling into their rooms. During check in we will have Eden Brent playing in the atrium. Eden is a wonderful pianist and more can be found here. While you are being played into the party we will have a second surprise to greet you as well. After all the pregame festivities, that include drinks and socializing,  the real party starts with a dinner buffet prepared by Chef Mark Stephens. The full menu can be found here and includes some of his most savory dishes. During dinner enjoy guitarist and Delta Blues musician Patrick Nichols.

    After dinner the break out music begins. In Uncle Bo’s the classic sounds of Cate Brothers will once again return drawing crowds from all over. In the Grand Ballroom, country music takes over with David Oakleaf opening for 6 Degrees West. Both are relatively local boys that have made something of themselves. Finally in the Regency, we’ve given the green light to rock the house down with Nucklehead Jones and Anthony Gomes.

    Just before the New Year gets rang in all three rooms converge into the atrium for a final, big blow out party that celebrates the last minutes of 2014 as well as the first minutes of 2015. Complete with countdown, champagne toast, jam session and “ball-drop”.

    Once you’re finished partying and dancing our late night breakfast begins. Again prepared under Chef Marks care and serving up all the favorite breakfast dishes. Bacon makes anything better and our party is no exception.

    After breakfast sleep it off in your room and enjoy a late brunch buffet the next morning. Cure your ailments with a little “hair of the dog”, a Bloody Mary bar and bar will be open for you to enjoy and don’t worry about waking up to early cause we’ve pushed back check out to 1:00 p.m..

    Well that’s our event in a nutshell. We hope you can make it out and that you can take advantage of any one of our numerous packages that allow you to customize the party to fit whoever you want to come with or however you like to party.