-by Fally Afani
 
My local music cup runneth over. Local concert creators Eleven Productions is celebrating a major anniversary this year, and we the people get to reap the benefits.

On 11/11/11, they’re celebrating ten years of rocking existence with dozens of local, regional and national bands spread across just about every venue in town. The idea started when Jacki Becker, the head honcho over at Eleven Productions, put her love of number patterns into motion. “If anybody knows me, they know I kind of like number patterns,” says Becker. “With 11/11/11 I just thought ‘whoa, this is perfect.'”

Here are the bands on the roster as of right now:

Murder By Death
 
The Casket Lottery
 

 
Reflector
 
Matt Pryor
 
Lazer Sword
 
Six Percent
 
Fourth of July
 

 
Approach
 

 
Ricky Fitts
 
The Dead Girls
 

 
Mansion
 

 
Katlyn Conroy
 
Sean Bergman
 
Baiowolf
 
1,000,000 Light Years
 
Jabberjosh
 

 
Drop a Grand
 
Thunder Eagle
 
Powerlifter
 

 
Horseweapons
 
Me For Radness
 
Dry Bonnet
 
The University
 
Generals
 
LWA
 
The Sluts
 

 
Ponyboy
 

 
Datagun
 
Suzannah Johannes
 

 
Living Ghost
 
Raw Space
 
DJ Alan Paul
 
Various Blonde
 
Spirit of the Stairs

 
Rumor has it that even more bands will be coming. Right now they’ve got The Granada, The Bottleneck, The Replay, The Jackpot, The Taproom and even Love Garden set to host the bands.

Years of building a good rapport with Murder By Death paid off for Eleven Productions. The headliners were set to start cutting a new album, but will now find themselves in Lawrence. “They were going to start recording that week,” says Becker. “They decided now they’re going to do the show instead.”

Tickets are more than reasonably priced. A $15 advance ticket will be available through the Granada, which can then be traded in for a wristband on the day before the show.

You can also just buy tickets to a single venue for a smaller price:
 
Granada – $10 advance / $15 day of
Bottleneck – $10 advance / $12 day of
Jackpot – $5 day of show
Replay $3 day of show
Taproom – $3 day of show
Love Garden – FREE

The cherry on top for this entire smorgasbord of music would be that it’s a charity event. Proceeds from the celebration will be going towards health care access and music in schools. Anyone who has ever played in a band, worked as a doorman or run the sound at a show knows that health insurance isn’t always at reach. “If we can have a party and raise a little bit of money for healthcare and for those who are in the industry, it’s a win win situation,” says Becker. Considering the government’s recent cuts to the arts and schools in Kansas, Becker is looking forward to giving musicians-in-training a boost as well. “They keep cutting music back in schools, we wanted to make sure that extra money from this event can help,” says Becker.

Tickets go on sale Saturday. I, for one, am looking forward to a night that will leave my ears happily ringing for days; and keeping the local music community going strong is something any Lawrencian can get behind. “I realized I’ve lived in Lawrence now for quite a long time,” says Becker. “I love the community I live in. You can see shows going more towards larger cities, and I think it’s important to see what our city has to offer.”

To see what our local rockers have to offer, keep 11/11/11 clear; and get ready to turn it up to 11.