LIVE MUSIC: 10 PICKS FOR FEB

With a plethora of live music offerings this month, here is our curated list of must-see shows.

KELLY HUNT

Celtic Fox // FEB 2

With superior skills as a writer and live performer already on full display; Memphis-born, Kansas City-based Kelly Hunt is beginning a creative career odyssey bursting with potential. Her primary instrument is her voice, which rings out with the confidence and clarity of one who has been singing all her life. Accompanied by her 1920s tenor banjo (“Ira”), 5-string banjo (“Stella”) and guitar (“Vernon”), her songs meld traditions of folk, classic country and old-time music into a sound that is both timeless and fresh. Her songwriting is poetic but approachable, full of feeling and alive with storytelling. GET TICKETS / LEARN MORE

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT

Prairie Band Casino + Resort // FEB 7

Blue Öyster Cult occupies a unique place in rock history because it’s one of very few hard rock/heavy metal bands to earn both genuine mainstream critical acclaim as well as commercial success. The band members are proud of BÖC’s classic sound and pleased the band is creating vibrant work for disenfranchised music lovers who don’t like the homogenized, prefabricated pop or sound-­‐alike, formulaic rap-­‐metal, which monopolizes the radio airwaves and best-­‐seller charts. GET TICKETS / LEARN MORE

THE SCHWAG

Uncle Bo’s // FEB 8 + 9

The Schwag is a band of musicians dedicated to carrying on the vibe and music of the legendary Grateful Dead. Founded in 1991, The Schwag has performed over 3000 concerts all over the United States averaging 150 show a year with a working songlist of over 200 songs from the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band catalogs. For four years, band leader Jimmy Tebeau also toured the country as the bass player for JGB (Jerry Garcia Band). The Schwag has opened for many notable acts including String Cheese Incident, Marshall Tucker Band, Leftover Salmon, Sammy Hagar, Little Feat, and Railroad Earth. GET TICKETS / LEARN MORE

ERIC WORTHAM II

Serendipity // FEB 8

Intimate and special night of music with world renowned pianist Eric Wortham II with locals Riley Voth, David Liston, Tomas Lambotte and Jayme Green. GET TICKETS / LEARN MORE

SAXSATIONAL

Washburn University // FEB 12

SAXSATIONAL, The Next Generation explores a new generation of popular music. A local high school concert band will join Rob Verdi on stage to explore a repertoire of swing era jazz classics along with trendy pop, rock, and rhythm and blues songs from such artists as Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Michael Buble, Bruno Mars, Adele, Maroon 5 and many others. GET TICKETS / LEARN MORE

DAVID LISTON TRIO

The Wheel Barrel // FEB 15

Jazz, friends, whiskey, food. Smooth tunes from David Liston and some of the best musicians in town. LEARN MORE

BRUTALFEST ’19

J+J Gallery Bar // FEB 16

A memorial heavy-metal / rock concert for Steve Bradley. Featuring Emotional Feedback, Sarkoptic, Sinfool, Confined in Flesh, Demonic Plague, Imajjjin and DJ Hitman. GET TICKETS / LEARN MORE

FAST FOOD JUNKIES

Gayles // FEB 16

Replace the word Food with Bluegrass and that’s what you get from this Kansas country duo. Performing for over 10 years, with 80+ originals in their overalls, these country boys pound the grit hard with fast, aggressive acoustic music. GET TICKETS / LEARN MORE

BRIA SKONBERG

Topeka Jazz Workshop // Ramada Downtown Topeka // FEB 17

Noted as a millennial “shaking up the jazz world,” Vanity Fair, Bria Skonberg has played festivals and stages the world over. Trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg’s forthcoming album solidifies her as a truly unique voice in the jazz-blues-crossover realm. In the last year she has sang the music of Aretha Franklin alongside Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), played with U2 at the Apollo, sat in with the Dave Matthews band, was a featured guest with Jon Batiste and sang the Star Spangled Banner at Madison Square Garden for a NY Rangers game. The 2017 Juno Award Winner for Best Vocal Jazz Album and 2018 Juno nominee has garnered over 6 million streams on Spotify, made the Top 5 on Billboard jazz charts, was voted #2 Rising Star by Downbeat Magazine and has organically earned over 25K online followers. Her latest crowd funded recording project, produced by Grammy award winning Eli Wolf, prominently features Bria’s compelling song writing skills alongside a few creative covers (Queen, a Beatles/Duke Ellington mashup) highlighting her fiery trumpet playing and smoky vocals.

A voice for this generation, she approaches contemporary subjects of womens’ rights, civil rights, frustration, despair and hope through an overarching theme of “finding light in the darkness.”

Don’t miss this amazing concert, part of Topeka Jazz Workshop’s Golden Anniversary Concert Series. GET TICKETS / LEARN MORE

CLEVELAND BLUE + THE SYNDICATE

Uncle Bo’s // FEB 22 + 23

The blues man you know and love now takes his grind and passion to country. Cleveland Blue will entertain audiences at Uncle Bo’s for two nights; Friday featuring his country band / set and then Saturday showcasing his unique Delta-style blues. It’s a dynamic weekend you won’t want to miss. GET TICKETS / LEARN MORE

…and A FEW MORE

We just couldn’t stop at ten. Here are a few more shows we are looking forward too in February.

FEB 2: The Bishops with DJ S. Ranx // Uncle Bo’s
FEB 9: Jasper Shrake Quartet // Happy Basset Brewery
FEB 16: Santiago Brothers // Happy Basset Brewery
FEB 16: Chance Encounter // Skinny’s

…and on March 1 look for Aaron Kamm + The One Drops on stage at Uncle Bo’s and Red Kate with Lo Pan’s Revenge rockin’ the Boobie Trap.




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