After what seems like a very long dry spell, it’s time to wipe away the holiday vacation sleep from your eyes and return to Downtown Lawrence. Rejoice, for the local music scene is back in full swing.

Abandon Kansas



Abandon Kansas / Don’t Give Up the Ship / Andrew & the Dudes / The Average Black Bears – The Bottleneck

Abandon Kansas is a band from Wichita, but you’ll generally find them on tour throughout the year.
I fell in love with the band over the summer, and on Friday they’ll be returning to Northeast Kansas when they stop by the Bottleneck.
In addition to a hefty lineup on Friday night, you can expect beautiful singing on top of carefully constructed songs. Abandon Kansas is sometimes pretty expressive when they play and boldly play what they like, instead of what the scene demands.
Wichita has a pretty nice scene going, and this show should give you an idea of what Central Kansas has to offer.




The Sluts

The Sluts / 1950 D.A. / Radkey – The Bottleneck

I Heart Local Music has made their love for The Sluts no secret, and called them one of Lawrence’s best new bands of 2011.
On Saturday, they nasty rock duo will be joined by bluesy rockers 1950 D.A. and the brothers that make up Radkey at the Bottleneck. Come for a full night of hard rock worthy of making your ears bleed, stay for the songs packed full of attitude.


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Fire in the Churchyard / La Guerre – The Replay

Apparently it’s ladies’ night on Saturday at The Replay, because we’ll be treated to some of the finest female songwriters the area has to offer.
Fire in the Churchyard is the result of Melicent King and Rachel Mulford. The local darlings will be bringing their ukuleles, drumsticks and “rad beats” to the Replay for a quirky little show.
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La Guerre is the new solo project from local siren Katlyn Conroy. Expect a new twist on Conroy’s songwriting, which includes intricate vocal effects and loops.

As always, you can find the full concert calender by clicking here.



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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