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Rainbow Kitten Surprise: Don’t be fooled by the name

When: Thursday, October 12. Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $15
Opener: Elliot Root

With a name like Rainbow Kitten Surprise, it’s easy to get confused as far as what these guys are all about, but don’t let that stop you from checking them out.

Their unique blend of indie pop and folk rock makes for a smooth sound combined with a light-hearted atmosphere that they bring to the stage for every show. All of that plus their ability to engage an audience with their fun spirit means that this will be a show you won’t soon forget.

Rainbow Kitten Surprise is in the middle of their first solo tour, and have played several other festivals including Bonnaroo, Loufest and Firefly.

I saw them live for the first time this past weekend at Austin City Limits and they blew me away, specifically lead singer Sam Melo. As a vocalist with no instrumental responsibilities, he engaged the crowd with his high energy and got us all through the unbearable Austin heat.

This post was written by Hannah Greteman, contributing writer for The Blue Note & Rose blog.


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10 buzz-worthy bands coming to Columbia

Sylvan Esso: September 25th, The Blue Note

Hey Mami, be sure to get your tickets to this one before it sells out.

Judah & the Lion: September 28th, The Blue Note

A unique blend of folk, hip hop and rock — penned by the band as “Folk Hop N’ Roll” on their latest album. 

COIN: October 10th, The Blue Note

We can’t “Talk Too Much” about this show. We’ve hit the jackpot bringing these indie pop rockers to The Blue Note.

Day Wave: October 11th, Rose Music Hall

Already getting airplay on SiriusXMU, singer-songwriter Jackson Phillips is bringing his ’80s-influenced synth pop to Rose Music Hall for an intimate performance.

Rainbow Kitten Surprise: October 12th, The Blue Note

Don’t be thrown off by the name. A charming blend of indie pop and mountain rock awaits for those in attendance.

The Head and the Heart: October 13th, 9th Street Summerfest

Rivers and Roads in the cool Columbia air will be a moment you won’t want to miss.

Surfer Blood: October 23rd, Rose Music Hall

Unlike Rainbow Kitten Surprise, the name fits the bill for Surfer Blood. Their retro-surf vibes will have you dreaming of a bonfire on a So-Cal beach with your closest friends.

Conor Oberst: October 28th, The Blue Note

You may have seen one of his bands perform at The Blue Note in the past (Desaparecidos, Bright Eyes, Mystic Valley Band), but this time he’s coming under his own name to perform tracks from a variety of side projects, as well as his latest solo material.

SUSTO: November 11th, Rose Music Hall

A staff favorite here at The Blue Note, we are drawn to SUSTO’s compelling lyrics matched with a raw indie alt-country sound that is all their own.

Hippo Campus: February 2nd, The Blue Note

Hailing from Minnesota, this energetic indie rock band keeps crowds bouncing to cool rock riffs and catchy choruses all night long.

This post was written by Cole Locascio and Rebekah Northern, contributing writers for The Blue Note and Rose blog.

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Staff Picks: Shows we can’t wait to see this fall

Sylvan Esso

When: Monday, September 25th. Doors at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $21.50 in advance | $25 day of show
Opener: Helado Negro

Get up, get down, get up, get down and get tickets to this incredible show before it sells out.  – Lauren, Marketing Director

Drive-By Truckers

When: Tuesday, September 26th. Doors at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $25
Opener: Strand of Oaks

The Truckers will be bringing their politically-charged live show to Columbia next week. Formed in 1996 by Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, the two split time time taking lead for the band with their outspoken lyrics and distorted guitar work to deliver alt-country in its purest form. Hood and Cooley’s songwriting is narrative and based off of life experiences, as their liberal political views are disguised by gritty southern rock. If you want country music with meaning, this is the show for you.

Bonus: Strand of Oaks, aka Timothy Showalter, will be performing intense, progressive rock before the Drive-By Truckers hit the stage. His songs are folk-based at the core, but are then layered with heavy drums and roaring guitar riffs to create a full sonic landscape. Be sure to show up early for this one.  – Cole Locascio, Blog Manager

Judah & the Lion

When: Thursday, September 28th. Doors at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $22 in advance | $25 day of show | $47 VIP first entry
Openers: The Academic + Tyson Motsenbocker

The first time I fell in love with The Blue Note was when I saw Judah and The Lion open at a show in 2014. I’ve been addicted to the venue along with Judah and The Lion’s “Folk Hop ‘N’ Roll” sound ever since! Growing up appreciating various genres, I am obsessed with their blended sound that builds off of folk and bluegrass instruments. I remember Judah and The Lion had the entire crowd singing and dancing to their powerful lyrics and musicianship. Their significant music is fully complemented by their energetic stage presence. I have been counting down the days until Judah and The Lion return to The Blue Note!  Rebekah Northern, Marketing Intern/Contributing Writer

Official Roots N Blues N BBQ Friday Afterparty ft. Ben Miller Band

When: Friday, September 29th. Doors at 10:00 p.m., show at 11:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: FREE with RnB pass | $10

Who doesn’t want to keep the party bus rolling after Roots N Blues N BBQ?!  – Bryce, Accounting Manager

So-Cal Royale: Tribute to the 90’s West Coast Scene

When: Friday, October 6th. Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $6
Bands Featured: Bobby Showers Band, Shotgun Social, Made in Waves, Decadent Nation, The Mixtapes

Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime and No Doubt tributes on the same night? TIME WARP.  – Pat, Talent Buyer

Making Movies

When: Saturday, October 21st. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $10 in advance | $12 day of show | $25 VIP
Opener: TBA

What do you get when two brothers born in Panama but raised in Kansas City form a band? A one-of-a-kind rhythmic rock ‘n’ roll sound influenced by both Hispanic and American music culture that I just can’t get enough of. When their hit song Cuna de Vida popped up on my Spotify “Discover Weekly” playlist, I was immediately hooked. With songs both in Spanish and English, Making Movies will no doubt deliver a performance you won’t forget, making this one of this fall’s can’t-miss shows. Even if you’re not a Spanish speaker, this band has the ability to speak to an audience through rhythm and a dance worthy sound that makes it impossible for listeners to stand still. Who better to explain this than lead singer Enrique Chi?  – Hannah Greteman, Marketing Intern/Contributing Writer

Surfer Blood

When: Monday, October 23rd. Doors at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $12 in advance | $14 day of show
Opener: TBA

I fell in love with the whole idea of Surfer Blood when their album ‘Astro Coast’ came out. Surf rock has been been so cool.  – Melina Loggia, Marketing Coordinator

Big Gigantic

When: Thursday, October 26th. Doors at 6:00 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Nightmare on 9th Street
Tickets: $26 in advance | $31 day of show
Opener: Big Wild + TBA

I’ve seen this band more times than I can remember, but to see them outdoors on 9th Street in my hometown for a raging party in the streets will be a sight to see.  – Matt, Co-Owner

PLUS! What better way to keep the Big Gigantic street party going than with a Slushii inside?  – Charles, Assistant GM

Whiskey Myers

When: Saturday, November 4th. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $20
Opener: Dalton Domino

Last year, I saw Whiskey Myers at The Blue Note before I had even listened to any of their records. Let’s just say after that show, I listened to the album, “Mud”, on repeat for about a week — they’re THAT good. A mix of southern rock and red-dirt country music, this band is insanely good. I love rock, and I love a good fiddle, and when that’s mixed with lead singer Cody Cannon’s slightly rough tenor voice… well, I fell in love. I cannot wait to see them again and be able to sing along with the songs! It’ll be another fun country music night, and I encourage everyone to give Whiskey Myers a try. I did, and I was a new fan because of it.  Karinna Seidel, Marketing Intern/Contributing Writer

Because it’s real country music.  – Aaron, Head of Security


When: Tuesday, November 7th. Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $16 in advance | $18 day of show
Openers: SAINT WKND + Ashe

At just 18 years old, Whethan comes to Columbia this fall, but not to attend college classes. Gaining popularity off of his SoundCloud remixes and retaining credibility by being the youngest producer to release a record under Future Classic, the Australian record label that has given us sounds from artists such as Flume, Flight Facilities and Hayden James. From opening up stadiums for The Chainsmokers last spring to tearing up a loaded festival season during the summer, only big things are expected for his very first headlining tour. Expect a night full of future bass and signature remixes similar to the sold-out Louis the Child show last March.  – Joey Morando, Marketing Intern/Contributing Writer

Tyler Childers

When: Thursday, November 9th. Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $10
Opener: TBA

Tyler Childers is no stranger to the Rose Music Hall stage – he performed there earlier in June as well as a handful of times in 2016. Despite his frequent trips to Columbia, I urge you to see the Kentucky singer-songwriter at Rose Music Hall on November 9. Purgatory, his most recent release produced by Sturgill Simpson, tells stories inspired by his Appalachian roots with an edgy bluegrass feel. If you’re a fan of Jason Isbell or Old Crow Medicine Show, this is definitely a show you don’t want to miss. Don’t believe me? Take a listen for yourself.  – Amanda Huffman, Marketing Intern/Contributing Writer


When: Saturday, November 11th. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $10 in advance | $12 day of show
Opener: Dawg Yawp

A collective staff favorite here at The Blue Note, we are drawn to SUSTO’s compelling lyrics matched with a raw indie alt-country sound that is all their own.

Jai Wolf

When: Thursday, November 16th. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $16
Opener: Elohim

This is going to be so vibey, trust me.  – Kasey, Talent Coordinator