This Friday night there are two (technically three) great concerts downtown that both promise to be a party, the only problem is choosing where to go and if it is possible to find time and money for both.
Starting at 9 p.m. Deadman Flats will be rocking out at Liberty Hall after returning from their European tour. This show is also a costume party and the performance will be recorded and offered for sale on DVD at a later date. The energy and stage presence of Deadman Flats brings out the crowds. The punk-tastic bluegrass quartet has a big fan base here in their hometown, guaranteeing that Liberty Hall will be a busy venue this Friday. With the Brody Buster Band and the Ben Miller Band opening this may sound like a full night of partying, but the party is just getting started.
An after-party show will be hosted around the corner at the Bottleneck with Whistle Pigs and Mountain Sprout finishing up the night. Mountain Sprout’s classic bluegrass jams combined with their hilarious, memorable lyrics and singalongs make this one of the best bluegrass acts in the Midwest. Mountain Sprout has teamed up with Deadman Flats to put on some unforgettable hoedowns in the past and this coordinated double-show might be their most exciting project yet.
The show at Liberty Hall will be done around 11:30 p.m. giving the after-party a fair amount of time to rage on.
The question is, do you have to pay for both? The price of tickets for the show at Liberty Hall is listed as being somewhere between $15-25 (a vague range) according to Lawrence.com, and the show at the Bottleneck is supposedly between $10-12. Obviously these are both good shows. This is a veritable miniature bluegrass festival. But the idea of shelling out between $25 and $37 to get a full nights worth of bluegrass sounds expensive. But if you love bluegrass and can afford it, this will be a pair of shows to remember.
At the same time, another fantastic show will be on at the other end of downtown, in the Granada at 8 p.m. Mouth will be getting funky and cool with Free Band Radio featuring Eric Gould of Particle and Brandon Draper of Quixotic along with Rocket Science featuring a new lineup.
Mouth’s funky jams are a combination of improvisation and well-practiced, well-loved originals. They play every show with their original “cyberfunk” style, varied by their emphasis on different sounds from disco to dub-step and everything in-between. Free Band Radio is a combination of nationally renowned jam band musicians. The fresh combination promises electronic funk, perfect for dancing.
For just $7, this show is a much better deal for party people that are out looking for fun this Friday night. The combination of these three electronic jam bands getting funky and energetic will charge up the Granada for a night of dance-able party music. The Granada may rival Liberty Hall for the biggest crowd this Friday night. It’s all up to you.
Whether you’re more inclined toward some bluegrass drink-along songs, or funky dance jams, this Friday night you won’t be disappointed. If you have the time, money and energy you might be able to get some of everything. These are two of the most promising shows in the foreseeable future, so don’t miss out!