The Replay Lounge's annual Spring Into Summer event this year takes place Saturday at the venue, 946 Mass.
The day show takes place outside, between Mass. and New Hampshire, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the night show inside, directly after. There will also be DJs on the patio throughout the day and night.
This year's event doesn't include the Jackpot as a venue as previous ones have but does promise to bring a solid lineup of local acts. Last year's event led to Replay Records' first compilation; though there's no definitive plan to do that again, it's always a possibility, says Up the Academy's Ronald Miller.
The acts in the 2012 lineup have built up their buzz and so has the Replay, both as a venue and a label, making this "community of bands" the best year, Miller says.
"It should be a lot of fun," he said.
The day show lineup includes:
KC hip-hop/funk band Hearts of Darkness
Established Lawrence indie-folk group Fourth of July
Hip-hop artist Approach
Newly reinvigorated The Hips
The night show lineup includes:
Fresh off a new release Up the Academy
'Catchy punk' locals Mouthbreathers
Brash punk two-piece Jabberjosh
The whole event is $5.
With Stop Day on Friday, Cinco de Mayo on Saturday and Art in the Park on Sunday, it's a eventful weekend. With a lot going on, here's 10 arts and culture events we think are worth checking out.
Thursday Friday music: Drakkar Sauna, Bloodbirds and Thrift Store 45s at Replay
This early show kicks off a weekend of good local rock. It starts at 6 p.m. and is $3 cover.
Thursday music: Quiet Corral at the Granada
Thursday festivities at the Granada, 1020 Mass., feature local doing-very-well-for-themselves indie-rock group Quiet Corral. The Delta Saints and She's A Keeper are also playing. Doors are at 9 p.m. and tickets are $7.
Thursday music: Man Woman Boogie at the Jackpot
KJHK's spring Jackpot, 943 Mass., event is a Stop-Day-Eve party sponsored by Boulvard Brewery with several DJs, KC act the Good Foot and hip-hop artist Attilla. Entry is $7 for 18 to 20 and $5 for 21+.
Friday singer-songwriter: Antje Duvekot at Unity Church
Boston artist Antje Duvekot will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 900 Madeline Lane. Tickets are $20 and available here.
Friday music: Rooftop Vigilantes, Mouthbreathers and Dry Bonnet at the Taproom
Rooftop Vigilantes is marking somewhat of a return to the scene with fellow punk acts Mouthbreathers and Dry Bonnet.
Saturday art: Spring arts and culture fest at Spencer
The museum's Student Advisory Board will have its annual event on Kansas University's campus from 1 to 4 p.m. Local and student artists will have display booths and activities.
Saturday community: Poehler open house
The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association is having a Cinco de Mayo open house party for the Poehler building lofts and Dog Walk venue across the street. Music begins, at 800 Penn., at 2 p.m. and includes shows by Prairie Fire, Truckstop Honeymoon and Drakkar Sauna. Guided tours of the Poehler and its lofts run at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. According to the event's Facebook page, there will even be tacos from La Parilla and beers from Free State Brewery.
Saturday party: Cinco de Mayo at the Jazzhaus
Local funk/Afro-beat group SUNU is playing, starting at 10 p.m., at the Jazzhaus, 926 Mass. It's 21-and-over and cover is $5.
Saturday country: Chuck Mead at 940 Live
The Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. is hosting Lawrence native Chuck Mead with His Grassy Knoll Boys, starting at 7 p.m. The event begins with a documentary about Mead and the band's experience recording at legendary studio Quonset Hut and followed by a performance. Tickets are $20.
Sunday art: 51st Annual Art in the Park
The Lawrence Art Guild's annual juried show takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in South Park. It's a big event, with lots of art and music to take in, and not to be missed.
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It's a jam-packed weekend, especially (terrible pun perhaps slightly intended) with a lot of good music shows.
Ongoing community: The library book sale
The big white tent sale of used books is back and the library, 707 Vermont, is selling hardbacks at $1.50 and paperbacks for 75 cents, plus lots of other materials. It's running throughout the weekend, from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Thursday music: Pizza Power at Wonderfair
This small-venue series at the art gallery, 803 Mass., brings touring bands and pizza together for some fun. This time, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Netherfriends and CS Luxem are playing, starting at 7 p.m.
Thursday music: Leftover Salmon at Liberty Hall
The bluegrass innovators will play starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24.50.
Thursday music: Up the Academy release party at the Replay
Local punk act Up the Academy is releasing a 7-inch on Replay Records and celebrating with a show with Muscle Worship at 10 p.m. Cover is $3.
Friday books: Louise Krug at the Raven
Local author Louise Krug will give a reading from her new book, "Louise: Amended," starting at 7 p.m. Check out Karrey Britt's story on Krug, her book and her recovery from a cavernous angioma in her brain.
Friday stories: Story Slam at the Arts Center
The story slam series is back for April with the theme of "chance." Audience members tell their true, five-minute stories without notes. Favorites get picked to come back for a grand slam at the end of the year. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the center, 940 N.H., and is free.
Friday music: Mouthbreathers, Cloud Dog and Stik Figa at the Jackpot
This KJHK event features a wide range of local acts, from punk to experimental to hip-hop, plus one of their very own DJs spinning between sets. It starts at 10 p.m. and is $5 for 21+ and $8 for 18+.
Friday music: Team Bear Club at the Granada
The collective of hip-hop artists and samplers is bringing Treasure Fingers to the Granada, 1020 Mass. It's an 18+ show and cover is $10.
Saturday community: Farmer's market soft open
The market opens up downtown this weekend at 7 a.m. Read more about it from Sarah Henning.
Saturday music: African drums at KU
Kansas University's African drum circle is putting on a free concert with Les Belles de KU dance troupe and Milton Wabyona, a visiting artist from Uganda, at 3 p.m. in Room 130 of Murphy Hall.
Saturday music: Cults at the Granada
Mysterious buzzband Cults will bring dancey, dark tunes starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $14.
Sunday books: Taproom poetry
Poets Lee Ann Roripaugh and Jordan Stempleman will give readings, starting at 5 p.m. There's also an open-mic.
Sunday music: Ghosty and the Hips at Love Garden
It's an LP release for Ghosty, starting at 6 p.m. at the record shop, 822 Mass.
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The second-annual Middle of the Map festival is kicking off today in the Westport area of Kansas City, Mo. It's a SXSW-style-packed three days, with forum events happening today and tons of local and national acts to catch through the weekend. Advance ticketing is over, but you can still snag passes at the will-call locations if you're early. It's $20 for a single day pass (the three- and two-day passes are sold-out). There's also film screenings going on during the day.
I'll be there Friday and Saturday, following the many Lawrence bands that are playing. If you're there, feel free to say hi! (You can follow my tweets @alex_garrison.)
In the meantime, here's our Best Bets preview of the many goings-on — a look at the local and national acts worth checking out.
Hospital Ships, 8:30 p.m. at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway
Jordan Geiger, also of Minus Story and Old Canes, will be playing for the first of three times here with the NPR-featured up-and-coming Hospital Ships.
Quiet Corral, 9:30 p.m. at the Riot Room
Another great local band made up of a group of guys who met on the Hill, Quiet Corral is on the rise.
Old Canes, 12:30 a.m. at the Union, 421 Westport Road
Lawrence power-group — as in, a lot of great musicians from several bands including Minus Story, Fourth of July and Appleseed Cast — Old Canes will get together once again. Here's a review of when they played with New Amerstams at the Jackpot a few weeks ago.
Ad Astra Arkestra, 7 p.m. at the Beaumont Club, 4050 Penn. Ave
This group's call-and-response vocals and intense percussion will get you on your feet.
Cowboy Indian Bear, 8:45 p.m. at the Beaumont
Another one this reporter's looking forward to, Cowboy Indian Bear is a Lawrence quartet whose indie rock has a lot of heart.
Team Bear Club, 10 p.m. at the Union
Super-fun collective of Lawrence DJs.
Spirit is the Spirit, 11 p.m. at the Riot Room
Here's a taste of what to expect from this well-costumed group of six.
Mission of Burma, 11:30 p.m. at the Record Bar, 1020 Westport Road
These post-punk icons should bring a lot and are my national-act best bet for the night.
Les Izmore, 1:15 a.m. at the Riot Room patio
Kansas City hip-hop.
Sam Billen & the Billions, 3:45 p.m. at the Record Bar
(Video via I Heart Local Music)
Local acoustic guitarist Sam Billen has brought back the Billions for the event.
Neon Indian, 9:30 p.m. at the Beaumont Club
Another national best bet, Neon Indian is one of the top-billed acts of the fest. (I'm hoping it's nice and hot if they do "Deadbeat Summer.")
Fun., 10:30 p.m. at the Beaumont Club
You know you've arrived when you've been featured in the New York Times? Suffice to say, this should be a fun (without or without period) show.
Stik Figa and Greg Enemy, 11 p.m. at Gusto Lounge, 504 Westport Road
Fucked Up, 11:45 p.m. at the Riot Room
Another big-bill national best bet, prepare for your face to be melted a bit if you go (in a good way, of course).