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Gov’t Mule’s soul shines
Group delivers in Liberty Hall concert
October 20, 2002
Gov’t Mule might be a ‘60s-styled, jacked-up, blues-rock band or a hippie jam band. Or perhaps the Mule is a vehicle for Warren Haynes, the ultimate anachronism; a guitar hero. Friday night, in front of a packed Liberty Hall crowd, Gov’t Mule played two sets and an encore that spanned more than three hours yet left fans, some traveling from as far as Denver or Chicago, hollering for more.
Gov’t Mule’s soul shines
Gov’t Mule - Liberty Hall, Lawrence, Kan. - 10/18/2002
October 19, 2002
By Michael Newman Gov’t Mule might be a ‘60s-styled, jacked-up, blues-rock band or a hippie jam band. Or perhaps the Mule is a vehicle for Warren Haynes, the ultimate anachronism; a guitar hero. Friday night, in front of a packed Liberty Hall crowd, Gov’t Mule played two sets and an encore that spanned more than three hours yet left fans, some traveling from as far as Denver or Chicago, hollering for more.
Haynes gets behind the ‘Mule’
The latest incarnation of Gov’t Mule lets questions about the future wait.
October 18, 2002
By Michael Newman If Warren Haynes and his band Gov’t Mule are unfamiliar to you, chances are that some of the guests on the group’s recent release, “The Deep End Vol. 2,” are not.
Elvis Costello can still ‘Pump It Up’ on road
October 11, 2002
Wednesday night at Kansas City’s opulent Midland Theatre, Elvis Costello demonstrated there’s still fire in his belly.
Costello can still ‘Pump It Up’
Elvis Costello and the Imposters - Midland Theatre, Kansas City Mo. - 10/09/2002
October 10, 2002
By Michael Newman Though Elvis Costello long ago shook off the tired “angry young man” mantle, Wednesday night at Kansas City’s opulent Midland Theatre, he demonstrated that there’s still fire in his belly. Touring the country fronting a straight ahead rock band for the first time in a number of years, eschewing the saloon-singer balladry of recent tours, he demonstrated that he still can put his heart and soul into ripping rock and roll
Deadsy introduces ‘undercore’
Deadsy - The Bottleneck, Lawrence, Kan. - 09/06/2002
September 7, 2002
By Michael Newman Though the sell-out crowd that turned the Bottleneck in downtown Lawrence into a steam bath Friday night mainly came to hear headliner Taproot, flavor-of-the-month rap-rockers, it was supporting act Deadsy that offered something interesting and who might still be doing so six months from now.
Victor Wooten/Blues Traveler bring the noise
Victor Wooten and Blues Traveler - Abe and Jakes Landing, Lawrence, Kan. - 08/27/2002
August 28, 2002
By Michael Newman Maybe it was the freshly back-to-college crowd, or maybe there’s just something different about a show at Abe & Jake’s Landing, but Tuesday night’s Victor Wooten/Blues Traveler concert at the downtown venue was more kegger than concert.
Band a ‘Calling’ for female fans
August 14, 2002
Friday night’s appearance by heartthrob rockers The Calling was meant to be the last of Pipeline Productions’ shows at Lawrence’s Granada Theatre, but it was moved to The Bottleneck, leaving the Granada without a swan song.
Falling for The Calling
The Calling - The BottleNeck, Lawrence, Kan. - 08/09/2002
August 14, 2002
By Michael Newman Friday night’s appearance by heartthrob rockers The Calling was meant to be the last of Pipeline Productions’ shows at Lawrence’s Granada Theatre, but it was moved to The Bottleneck, leaving the Granada without a swan song.
Raising the Dead
Former Grateful Dead members gather the tribe in Wisconsin
August 11, 2002
By Michael Newman What happens when a community braces for a siege and all it gets is a festival?

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