Lawrence is hosting several hooplas this weekend. Excitement will take many forms at the Bottleneck, and you may find yourself cutting a rug with some of these bands. Here’s a guide to the best of this weekend’s shows.



Photo courtesy White Ghost Shivers

White Ghost Shivers / Kansas City Bear Fighters / Olassa – The Bottleneck
White Ghost Shivers is a three-ring circus that hails from Austin, Texas, but have lately been making the rounds in Kansas. After stops in Manhattan and Emporia, they’ll find themselves in Lawrence on Friday night as part of their record release tour.
The moment you step into a White Ghost Shivers show, you’ll question what year it is. Men sport curly moustaches and the women are donning corsets and feather hats. The band boasts a New Orleans sound thanks to a hearty horn section layered in with fiddling, dancey beats, and some of the fastest banjo-playing you’ll see this year.

The Kansas City Bear Fighters may be one of the surliest folks bands in the area. These boisterous boys will be bringing plenty of lively lyrics and merriment. Expect a chuckle or two while watching this band, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself admiring their songwriting as well. Enjoy the hoopla.

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The Dead Girls

The Dead Girls / Major Games – The Bottleneck
The Bottleneck will once again be hosting an energized party. The Dead Girls are well-loved thanks for their unapologetic pop rock. The band is known for getting the party in full swing with plenty of audience interaction.
Eric Melin is one of the most entertaining drummers to watch. He bangs so hard on the drums, one can’t help but worry that his neck will snap right off when he plays (at 50 seconds into the video posted below, you’ll know what we mean). Expect a rockin’ good time.


Major Games

Be sure to arrive at the Bottleneck on Saturday night with your spatula in hand, because Major Games will be melting your face right off, and you’ll need that utensil to scrape it off the floor.
The band will rattle your insides and leave your ears ringing. Don’t expect to walk away from a Major Games show unscathed. The last time we saw them, a fight broke out and an earthquake could be felt in Lawrence. Just sayin’.

The Kinetiks / Fire Dog – The Replay
The Kinetiks may very well sport one of Lawrence’s finest female rockers. Their lyrics tell tales of conflict, but they’re easy to gobble up thanks to the band’s energetic and feel-good music. Concert-goers can only hope that they’ll play “In Your Head,” which will surely lift your spirits and leave you dancing about. Go for their new-wave sound, stay for their high-energy performance.

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