The word is spreading like wildfire on the street, and it's true. The Sin City Disciples are reuniting for several shows this spring.
Not only is the incendiary band fronted by big boy Ernie Locke (former Tenderloin head honcho) at a few shows, but they also will have cassettes available from a previous gig way back when.
Mark your calenders for April 30 at The Bottleneck, 737 N.H. In Kansas City, Mo., the band will rip up The Hurricane on May 1 and 2. They may be recording the shows for a later album release.
If you've never seen them, don't go -- the rest of us need a little more space on the dance floor anyway. Tickets are already on sale.
A convoy of Lawrence music fans converged on Kansas City's Beaumont Club, 4020 Pa., on Feb. 5 to see country music legend Merle Haggard. It was a sea of cowboy hats, hairspray and hooting and hollering that cheered the Oklahoma Outlaw on.
He sang his hits and naturally ended with "Okie from Muskogee." His ex-wife (who is also the ex-wife of Buck Owens) helped out singing backup vocals and even belted out two tunes on her own, getting the audience to sing along.
The following night, on Feb. 6, The Jesus Lizard packed The Bottleneck. I've seen a lot of crazy shows, but I've never witnessed the kind of adoration displayed for this pared-down, hefty rock trio.
Singer David Yow was full throttle from the show's beginning, heaving himself repeatedly on the audience who gladly passed him along on a sea of hands. The ladies in particular seemed to have a fondness for Yow, who has the habit of removing his clothes. Promoter and fan Jeff Fortier even sneaked in a few stage dives.
Another hot trio took The Bottleneck stage the following night -- The Reverend Horton Heat, who was winding up a national tour with ska band Let's Go Bowling. The crowd was treated to some of the psychobilly band's new material from an album that will be released this spring as well as a string of past hits.
Ernie Locke and John Cutler's newest rock incarnation, Parlay, opened the show and got the crowd dancing quickly with Ernie's trademark harp and the band's blend of rockin' blues with a one-two punch of soul thrown in for good measure.
Music lovers of all genres should check out the Replay Lounge, 946 Mass., Sunday when Eugene Chadbourne, famed musicologist, will be performing. He's constantly building new instruments from non-musical objects and creating new sounds. The last time he was in Lawrence, he showed his stuff on an electric rake.
The mad genius also will perform a free show at 5 p.m. that day at the Love Garden Record store, 936 1/2 Mass. If you see the Replay gig, you have the added bonus of hearing Todd Newman, one of Lawrence 's finest, opening the show.
If you're one of the few not attending the sold-out Vanilla Ice show on Feb. 21, then take yourself out to The Bottleneck to see Skull Orchard. It's country with true punk roots.
Jon Langford, of the Mekons and the Waco Brothers and a million other bands it seems, is the ring leader of Skull Orchard. The drummer is none other than Steve Goulding, who hit the skins for Gang of Four for years and worked with Elvis Costello.
Don't miss it.
-- Anne Tangeman is the music writer for The Mag.