Three punk and ska bands prepare to invade Lawrence's live music scene. But if that's not your thing, there are options.
Spring break always inflicts a small damper on the Lawrence music scene. For those of you who are taking in the rays on some beach or skiing on some white bosomed slope, we wish we were there. For those of you still working behind that computer or desk, unwind with some live music. Here are some live-music highlights coming to town in the next week.
Avalanche promotions is bringing in three punk and ska bands worth checking out.
Tonight at the Replay Lounge you can get warmed up to the sounds of punk music. Zeke is scheduled to play from its latest disc, "Kicked in the Teeth."
Buck-O-Nine incorporates the sounds of The Clash, Joe Jackson and Elvis Costello. The group's latest album, "Libido," strikes a balance between the band's energetic foundation and a broad sound. The group performs Monday night at The Bottleneck.
Just a few weeks after its latest release, "Pray For Mojo," the ska-punk band Mustard Plug will appear Wednesday at The Bottleneck. "Pray For Mojo" features the ska and punk sounds that have defined Mustard Plug. The guys will primarily be playing tracks from their latest album, which they hope will be a success.
If punk and ska aren't your thing, The Jazzhaus will present its house band, The Jazzhaus Big Band, on Saturday. The band will play great jazz and big-band standards that might just be the best belly-rubbin' music in town. If you like the brassy and smooth sounds of big band, this is your best ticket.
The Jazzhaus will play host to two other shows this week. Measure By Measure, a Lawrence-based a cappella group, will be on stage tonight, and Friday night's show features Caribe -- purely salsa.
Made up of members and former members of groove bands Critters Buggin, Billy Goat, Cotton mouth, TX, Malachy Papers, Whitey and Edie Brickell is a new collaborative project by HairyApesBMX.
After collaborating to infuse sounds of tribal-groove-hop style -- mixing bass, drums, vibes, space-keys and strong vocal performances -- the group has produced the full-length "Expatriape." The album showcases a combination of hip-hop, rock, Latin/Cumbia and organ-based grooves.
The release party is set for April 1 at The Bottleneck. Come listen to this collaboration. It will surely be a fresh and enlightening experience.
HairyApesBMX is the first of two projects slated for release by Artist Workshop, Lawrence's newest record label and publicity company. Artist Workshop plans to focus on groove music, including acid jazz, groove-rock, hip-hop, funk, jazz, experimental/ambient and Latin styles.
Nicholas Gordon heads Artist Workshop. Formerly of Mercy Record, the music devotee will be combining his current V&R; Record Company with the Artist Workshop. Labels will bear both names.
Surely among all of these different bands, you can find a way to break your spring woes. Enjoy yourselves. Have fun. Listen to live music.
-- P.J. Wagner is the music writer for The Mag.