PAST RECOMMENDED SHOWS:
08/14/10 @ Hole in the WallNorth vs. South Music Festival
The seventh edition of North vs. South celebrates the ragged, beer-logged sounds of underground Middle America with more than 50 acts on three stages over three nights. Launched in 2004 by Cher U.K./Service Industry frontman Mike McCoy to commemorate an 1863 Confederate guerrilla raid on Lawrence, Kan., this “portable regional boutique music festival” rides like a 25-year drive on the I-35 Econoline circuit. The Minneapolis school is headed by Grant Hart, whose latest, Hot Wax
, is a trenchant reminder that Hüsker Dü was more than Bob Mould. Titanic bar-rock vets the Pedaljets and brusque post-punks Season to Risk represent Kansas City, while trash-rockers Billy Joe Winghead and front-porch folkies Platte River Rain respectively hold it down for Oklahoma and Nebraska. The home team includes the reunited Doctors’ Mob, Reivers sequel Right or Happy, Hickoids offshoot Gay Sportscasters, and modern-day saviors like Grand Champeen, Moonlight Towers, and Leatherbag. Marching guitars, indeed
07/02/09 @ Super Hero Show
This second annual event benefiting the Child Guidance Center has gathered heavyweights in Alejandro Escovedo, James McMurtry, Ian McLagan & the Bump Band, and Right or Happy (formerly the Reivers). $40 music-only tix are available for this organization dedicated to improving the mental health of children and their families, reinforcing the idea that when times get hard financially, dig a little deeper. Someone young is having it tougher than you.
05/29/09 @ Carousel LoungeRight or Happy
High on the success of last year’s reunion gigs, beloved local pop quartet the Reivers reformed under a new moniker with keyboardist Eric Friend in tow. Since their prospects were crippled by 1987’s forced name change from Zeitgeist, perhaps losing the Faulkner appellation constitutes a moral victory. Whatever you call them, Right or Happy still delivers majestic, twang-tinged jangle that evokes rearview longing for a past that probably never was. 7pm.
03/17/09 @ 19th Annual St. Patrick's Day Party
It’s one of the oldest St. Paddy’s celebrations in the city, and it grows every year. It starts at 11am with Black Irish, and pipes skirl at noon with Capitol City Highlanders. Later, Ed Miller and Rich Brotherton regale with Scottish and Irish folk for the green at heart. More good ceol
from Magic Christian, Right or Happy (the original Reivers), 20/20, Sean Orr & Black Dagger, T Bird & the Breaks, and Ian McLagan & the Bump Band. Just look at McLagan’s face. He’s part leprechaun!