Good Morning Bedlam

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Where: Jobies Past Time Lounge, 114 South 4th Street

When: Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 8 PM – 11 PM

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Good Morning Bedlam has become an innovative force in the Midwest folk scene. Their shows are known for their contagious energy, with members careening about the stage, jumping and dancing with a wild playfulness. With tight soaring three part harmonies, and thumping kick-drum, they captivate their audience night after night with no intention of slowing down. Every song is a unique twist on what is generally dubbed as folk music. “We want to surprise our audience from song to song. Rather than creating our music to fit a genre, we allow it to be an outpouring of our own stories and unique sound,” says Isaak, frontman of GMB. Just when you think you have Good Morning Bedlam pegged, they take you in another direction. You will be treated to a haunting waltz, whistling, jazz scatting, and the euphoria of the violin melodies. When it comes to their lyrical storytelling, Isaak says, “We’re desperate to connect to people through the common human experiences that we write about and the exuberance of our live show. People have a lot of choices of how they’ll kick-back, so we intend to deliver a show where they can be free–to share in whatever they need to–joy, grief, anger, gratefulness, or bedlam!”

 


David Zollo & The Body Electric

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Where: Brightside Lounge, 225 West Main Street

When: Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 9 PM – Midnight

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Since bursting on to the Midwestern music scene with the band High and Lonesome in 1992, David Zollo has had a busy career. Along with constant touring, in the U.S and Europe, with High and Lonesome (1992-1998;) and his current band, The Body Electric (1998-present) Zollo has recorded 7 records of his own material, including the most recent, 2015’s “For Hire.”

In addition, he founded and operated the seminal, Iowa-based, roots music label, Trailer Records (Bo Ramsey; Joe and Vicki Price; Greg Brown; The Pines; Brother Trucker; Kelly Parkeooper; Pieta Brown, as well as his own work, and that of others, from 1994-2005;) played keyboards and sang harmonies on many records by Nashville folk singer Todd Snider; fellow Iowan William Elliot Whitmore, and Greg Brown, amongst many other artists; and worked as a producer (The Pines; Brother Trucker; Kelly Pardekooper.)  Last  year, he also formed a new band with Whitmore, guitarists Stephen Howard and Steve Doyle, and Body Electric drummer Brian Cooper, called Middle Western. Their debut release, When Your Demons Are Under Ground And You’ve Got To Dig Them Up. was recorded at Lone Tree, Iowa’s Flat Black Studios, and was released in 2018.

Despite the many things Zollo has done during his career, it is as a live performer that many feel he’s at his best.


Mike Munson

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Where: Gasthaus Bar & Grille, 214 West Main Street

When: Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 9 PM – Midnight

 


J. Jeffrey Messerole

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Where: Kee-Stirs – VFW, 133 East Maple Street

When: Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 8 PM – 11 PM

 


Mark Pender and Glenn Alexander

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Where: The Gathering Place, 207 West Main Street

When: Saturday, January 18th, 2020

Jam Session | 1 PM – 5 PM;

Pub Crawl | 8 PM-11 PM

Pender Bio:

Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Mark Pender grew up in an environment rich in American roots music and enjoyed cutting his teeth with many locally and internationally known bands before embarking on a journey to fulfilling his musical passions.  He relocated to New York, touring with Jazz-Soul icon Charles Earland and as a result, teamed up with many great bands and artists, including Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Power Station, The Might be Giants, Jon Bon Jovi, Ricky Martin, Joe Cocker, Robert Cray, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul and Bruce Springsteen with whom he also performed in the 2009 Super Bowl half time show.

In 1993, Mark began a long relationship as a member of the house band for Conan O’Brien, where he has now enjoyed 25 years and over 4,000 TV appearances on Late Night, The Tonight Show and Conan on TBS.  Currently residing in Los Angeles, Mark continues to record and make appearances on records, tours, and TV including Guitar Legends Salute To Heroes, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, The Might Be Giants, and now as a member of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.

Alexander Bio:

I come from a tiny little farm community, a town called Maize, Kansas.  My father also grew up in Kansas and he was a poor farm kid whose family couldn’t afford music lessons when he was young.  Now, we didn’t have a lot of money either, but he made sure his kids had access to the things he didn’t.  My m

om was a very proficient and very talented pianist.  She gave private lessons to the folks around town and insisted that me and both of my brothers learned to play piano. I also took up the saxophone and played in the school band.  But, like many kids, I played piano for five or six years, and then quit.  Around this time, my mom was learning to play guitar.  I was probably 12 years old and also wanted to learn.  However, we couldn’t afford to have both my mom and I taking lessons, so she gave up guitar so I could take the lessons.  And yes – I feel guilty about that to this day.  Life can be challenging and hard, and because of an unfortunate series of events, music became my refuge and my friend, a way to pass the time and I became obsessed with it.  I didn’t pick music, it picked me.  Robert Fripp said: “Music so wishes to be heard that it sometimes calls on unlikely characters to give it voice.” And trust me – I was one of the unlikeliest characters to ever pursue a career in music. Until I found music, I was just going through the motions.  Music was my escape, my salvation. Finding music changed my life forever.

No one in our family had ever gone to or graduated from college and everyone worked farm and construction jobs, including me – bailing and stacking hay, hauling and hanging sheetrock and brick tending, my final labor job.  I knew that was something I didn’t want, so, encouraged by a couple of key instructors, I decided music would be my chance to attend college.  Music would be my life, and a key person in shaping my musical journey was Chuck Dooling, my first guitar teach

er. He exposed me to jazz before I even knew what jazz was, and taught me to believe in myself and my abilities. Roger Kugler, my high school band instructor – and a musician of the highest order in his own right – was another important figure in my musical life and beyond. He believed in me when no one else did, he kept in school and reinforced that, with hard work and dedication, anything was possible. Then, when I was a senior in high school, I auditioned on guitar for Jerry Hahn, the great jazz guitarist, at Wichita State University.  I had no skills and no talent, so needless to say I not only didn’t get a scholarship, but was not accepted to WSU at all.  I did receive a scholarship – on alto saxophone – to attend Hutchinson Community College and participate in their jazz program.  Everything truly does happen for a reason, and my time at HCC proved to be an incredible, invaluable experience that allowed me to grow and excel in music, thanks in large part to Bryce Luty, the director of the school’s jazz program – and the person who gave me my first professional performance opportunities.

After two years there, I auditioned again for Jerry Hahn and this time I got in – and received the first-ever scholarship for guitar given at Wichita State.  My second year there I became the assistant guitar instructor and began teaching classes.  Right after I received my B.A., my mentor Jerry Hahn took a sabbatical.  So, at 22 years old, I became a full-time professor, running the guitar department, teaching 30 guitar majors, ensembles, etc.  I wore blue jeans and t-shirts and was despised by most of the other faculty members, but I didn’t care. Jerry soon returned from his sabbatical and we played duo guitar around the Kansas/Oklahoma/Colorado tri-state area to sold-out crowds.  It was great, but then I knew it was time to move on.

So, I packed my bags and put everything I owned – my bed, dishes, clothes, guitars and my dog – in a van pulling a little U-Haul trailer and headed to the New York metro area, the jazz capital of the world.  I only knew one person who lived in the area, and after being in Jersey City for only a few days, he left, and I was on my own, not knowing a soul.  It was a long road, and I spent a few years literally starving, existing on rice and beans and living in complete poverty.  Ah…the things you do when y

ou are young and determined and have a dream.

Since then, it has been a wonderful journey of touring, performing, recording and teaching.  I served on the faculty for the New School in New York City for 18 years, and am currently director of jazz studies at Sarah Lawrence College, where I have been for 20 years.  I love music – listening, composing, recording, performing, sharing – and I am obsessed with, and have a continual love for, the guitar.  Although everyone seems to always be concerned with and enamored by an artist’s credits and who they have worked with, the things that I am most proud of and rewarded by are the my own recordings as a solo artist and co-bandleader (please check the selected discography). But, it’s true, I have had the great pleasure of getting to record and/or perform with some of the world’s greatest musicians and entertainers (see credits) – something that seemed a like distant dream back in my little hometown in Kansas.  I have been incredibly fortunate and feel very grateful for having made my living with music, something I love, since I was 18 years old.  The journey continues………….


Reverend Raymond and the Chain Smokin Altar Boys
Featuring Westside Andy on Harmonica

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Where: Kee-Stirs – VFW, 133 East Maple St.

When: Saturday, January 18th, 2020 |  9 PM – Midnight

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Bringing crowds to their feet at the hardest to please and sophisticated night clubs in the Midwest, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys play traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica and smooth stinging guitar they play original songs peppered with nods to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and the three Kings.
Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 16 year hitch in the Navy, Chief Raven moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers.
Since 1990 he has opened for B.B King, Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, William Clarke, Lefty Dizz, Rod Piazza, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Duke Robillard, Jeff Healy, Trampled Underfoot, Mike Zito, Nick Moss, Tommy Castro and numerous others at festivals and at Buddy Guy’s Legends where he has been on rotation as a headliner for 16 years.
Westside Andy is one of the premier harp players to come out of Wisconsin along with Jim Liban, Steve Cohen, Madison Slim, Matthew Skoller and Cadillac Pete Rahn. A long time member of Paul Black’s Flip Kings and his own band, The Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band, he’s played just about everywhere and with anyone of note in the blues world. He’s been with Reverend Raven since leaving his band in 2015.
More modern facts include that Hohner, Inc. lists him as an endorser alongside Rod Piazza, Toots Thielemans, & Corky Siegel, among many other great players.
Andy has shared the stage with James Cotton, Luther Allison, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Charlie Musselwhite, Doobie Brothers, Richie Havens, Muddy Waters, Gary Primich, Jimmy Johnson, Tab Benoit, Hubert Sumlin.

 


Kevin Burt

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Where: Brightside Lounge, 225 West Main Street

When: Saturday, January 18th, 2020  |  7 PM – 10 PM

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For more than 25 years Kevin Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa. His soul-inspired presentation is unique which consistently get him compared to a range of artists like Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, with the ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared to B.B. King.

Kevin is a self-taught musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) whose smooth, warm vocal presentation sets a mood of relaxed exhilaration, with a welcome mixture of serious music and infectious humor audiences of all ages seem to enjoy. His voice and presence are powerful. His unique delivery ranges from the sweetest, fullest, juiciest come-on to the most playful growl. Though he performs between 325 and 400 shows a year, he holds nothing back night after night and audiences leave knowing that.  Kevin has had some stage acting experience in his short career. His role as “Papa Gee” in an off Broadway play called “Klub Ka, the Blues Legend” had a two week run at LaMama’s Experimental Theater in New York City was sold out each night. It ran originally in Iowa City, and then in Washington D.C.. Burt also arranged all of the blues music for this play.

Kevin also composed the musical soundtrack landed a lead role in a short silent film called “The Guru’s Game”. He also landed a part as himself performing in the independent film “Twelve-thirty”.

Kevin Burt has won many awards and played many festivals both solo and with his band, the Instigators. His awards include Best Entertainer in Iowa City (three times) Best Band in Iowa City (three times) Iowa Blues Challenge Champions, Named as one of the top 25 unsigned blues bands in the world by the International Blues Challenge Competition.

Kevin is also recognized as one of the Midwest’s top blues heritage educators. This honor was given to him by the Governor of Iowa, Chet Culver in February of 2009. Kevin is a registered artist, and artist educator with the state of Iowa Arts Council. He has also written and published a classroom harmonica method book called “Just Play It: an introduction to blues harmonica.” His approach is simple, education through entertainment. His program has been going strong since 1994. Burt plans to continue this work as well as his community work with Children and the arts. With the support of his family and community, good things will be happening for Kevin “B.F.” Burt in 2019.

 


Kris Lager Band

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Where: Little Sioux Event Center, 201 Linden Street

When: Saturday, January 18th, 2020  |  9 PM – Midnight

For well over a decade The Kris Lager Band has been a vehicle for Kris Lager’s unique brand of original music. Self described as ‘Heavy Soul & Boogie Trance’ KLB doesn’t fall neatly into any one category or genre. The best way to categorize them would be ‘Feel Good Music’ because as soon as it hits you, you just feel good! Whether it is a funky soulful number, a groovy beat, a boogie guitar driven riff, or a tug on your heart strings ballad. A KLB song or show has that ability to just lift you up and make you feel good EVERYTIME!!

A KLB show is a legitimate Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival and an Electric Church. The energy this band throws out from the drop of the first note creates a feel good dancing, singing, and hollering great time. One that is truly contagious and impossible to sit still through. Kris Lager is one of the most dynamic front men you’ll ever witness with an unrivaled level of intensity and showmanship. He delivers raw, and powerful music through his emotional guitar playing and singing.

This brand of ‘Feel Good Music’ all begins with intentions. “I began playing music and writing music purely as a means of expression.” says Kris. “Put me in a crowded room and I wouldn’t say two words, but if you gave me a guitar and a microphone you would have to kick me off of the stage. I found music to be a wonderful safe haven in which I could exist and escape to whenever I desired. As I matured and grew I realized just how much joy could come from communicating with your bandmates and entertaining people, all the while expressing myself at the same time.”

As soon as Kris hits the stage you get the feeling you are witnessing a man on a mission. “I hit the stage with one intention and that is lifting up spirits. I believe the way to do that is through awareness of myself and others. It is something I call ‘The Holy Trinity of music’. There is me, the musician, and then my bandmates (or the people I am creating the music with), and then there is the audience. When I am in constant awareness of all three elements that is when the real magic happens. That is what I strive for as a performer, musician, and songwriter.”

 

 


Jimmy Davis and Friends

Where: The Gathering Place, 207 West Main Street

When: Friday, January 17th, 2020  |  9 PM – Midnight

Jimmy Davis and friends are together again at the Kee Live Music Festival.