Sounds Good: Snowden @ Granada, Widespread Panic @ Starlight, Benefit @ Gaslight Gardens

Well, Friday’s the Summer Solstice, you know what that means…  

Strip naked, rub yourself down with natural oils, fashion that flower-wreath headband thing, and bathe in the healing waters of the Kaw.

At least that’s what I’ll be doing.  Oh, did I mention booze?  Crap, I almost forgot the booze!  None of that other stuff really works without the booze…

Friday, June 21st

Snowden at the Granada in Lawrence

If you’re a fan of contemplative and droney indie-folk, with a bit of Wilco noise thrown in then this is the show for you.  The band bears no relation to the NSA leak guy, by the way, but you will be monitored at all times if you decide to go ahead and purchase a ticket for the show.  They’ve opened for the likes of Arcade Fire and Kings of Leon, and worked with producer Erik Wofford, who’s also credited with producing My Morning Jacket and Explosions in the Sky.  My spidey-sense is telling me this could be one of those really cool, kind of under-the-radar shows before the band blows up.


Saturday, June 22nd

Widespread Panic at Starlight in KC

What can you say about these now-elder statesmen of southern jam rock?  They still throw down with a fury, as evidenced by the reviews from their killer Saturday night show at Wakarusa a few weeks ago.  Lots of longtime Panic fans told me that their Waka setlist was the best they’ve ever seen.  And, oh yeah, after their KC gig they head to Red Rocks for 4 nights in a row – with all of the shows already sold out.


Sunday, June 23rd

Benefit for Moore, Oklahoma at Gaslight Gardens in Lawrence

Been to the recently re-modeled and re-opened Gaslight lately?  The one just north of the river, next to the old Johnny’s?  It’s pretty nice now, with an outdoor stage, plenty of patio seating underneath big old trees, and probably the best-for-the-money cheese plate in town.  The fun starts around 5 and features Brody Buster, Floyd the Barber, Marty Hillard (of Cowboy Indian Bear), Rachael Perry, Psychic Heat and more.

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