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- Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, 8 p.m.
- The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence
- Cost: $16
- Age limit: All ages
Read our full preview of the show. In this anticipated homecoming show, Kansas native Freedy Johnston returns to the town where he briefly resided (and even more briefly schooled) before relocating to New York and realizing his dream of becoming a bill-paying songwriter. His 1994 hit "Bad Reputation" vaulted his idiosyncratic voice and pitch-perfect pop sense onto the FM dial and tours with Soul Asylum, The Lemonheads and Matthew Sweet. Since then he's continued to churn out first-rate albums for his cadre of devoted fans, mining his mellower muse on his 1999 release "Blue Days Black Nights" and plugging back in for 2001's "Right Between the Promises."