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Reasons to come early: Strand of Oaks

It’s no secret that Drive-By Truckers put on a killer show. However, if you plan on coming out to The Blue Note on Tuesday night, make sure you plan on showing up early to catch Strand of Oaks.

The project is the brainchild of Timothy Showalter and its sound is the perfect blend of Americana and Rock. His latest release, Hard Love, speaks on touring experiences, challenges in his marriage and the near death of his brother. 

On a personal note, it’s one of my favorite albums of the year. Songs “Radio Kids” and “Rest of It” drive the album with soaring guitar and sing-along vocals, while “On the Hill” and “Taking Acid and Talking to My Brother” have a more psychedelic feel.

Strand of Oaks’ infectious energy will set the tone for the Truckers’ headlining set. You don’t want to miss it.


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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

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Q&A: The Districts’ Rob Grote


The Philadelphia-born rock band known as The Districts are gearing up to play at Rose Music Hall on Sunday, April 23 and they’ll be bringing some serious talent with them. The four-piece band, which formed in high school, are constantly evolving. Their sound is hard to place but if you like rock-and-roll, and the likes of Houndmouth, Dr. Dog, Twin Peaks or Heartless Bastards, you need to check out The Districts. I interviewed singer and guitarist, Rob Grote, about how the tour has been going, what the band has been up to and the new music they’re working on.

Tickets for the show are $12 in advance and $15 day of show. Doors are at 7 p.m. so get there early and get a beer during Logboat’s tap takeover and get a spot in the front row to see Abi Reimold and Things On TV kick things off. P.S. Beer tastes better in the front row.

How’s the tour going?

We toured a lot for the last album and we’ve been taking some time off for a while to work on new music. It’s been really cool to get back out there and play shows again and we’re feeling good. We’re trying out a bunch of new songs which has been fun and the response to those seems to be going pretty well.

I saw that you guys just released “Ordinary Day.” Where are you in the process of making new music?

We have a whole album recorded. We spent the last year just working really hard. We wrote a ton of new music, only a portion of which is actually on the album. I’d say most of the year was spent recording and writing stuff so it was really fun. I think we twist ourselves and challenge ourselves to make things new and different to us.

How would you describe the new album? How is it different than music the band has put out before?

There’s definitely some differences, like just lyrically and musically, we went at it with a lot of ideas of using restraint. We wanted to approach a lot of the new stuff by trying to use different techniques to accomplish some of the things like cathartic feelings that we’ve done in the past by having like a loud moment, so restraint was a big idea with that.

Also lyrically, trying to do a “less is more” type of thing at times; just challenging ourselves to look at things differently and not necessarily make things the way our first instinct would be to make them. It definitely still sounds like The Districts. It’s just more of a fully realized kind of idea that we had been shooting for in our sound before. I think we’ve hit the mark on it a little more this time.

What’s the songwriting process like for you guys?

The process varies a little bit…I’ll usually come up with a pretty bare bones idea for a song and make a demo in my room, which will be usually acoustic guitar and maybe a keyboard or another guitar track here and there; like a pretty stripped down unfinished version.

Sometimes it’ll only have one verse written and the chorus, or something like that. From that demo we’ll usually try to work on some stuff, and together we kind of flesh it out and make it into a more completed image of it. We usually record another demo then. It’s usually gone through a bunch of ringers, so to speak, to kind of squeeze out everything we want to get out of it so that by the time we’re in the studio, we’ve all kind of had our say; we’ve all contributed collectively a bunch of ideas and turned it into a Districts song.

Who were your influences for the album, and as who has influenced you as a band?

We all listen to a lot of different types of music so it’s hard to say. For the album itself, there wasn’t a particular influence. We could go from something like old music, like I really like old singer songwriters like Lee Hays and Leonard Cohen, and I also really like dancey music from Africa or something. We all listen to a bunch of different kinds of stuff so it kind of just seeps in in it’s own way.