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The Stars & Bar: Celebrating 238 Years of American Awesomeness

Happy Birthday, 'Merica!

The Kay Brothers

~ Bonafide Hootin' n' Hollerin' Hillbillyin' Ozark Stompgrass and What Not ~

The spirit of Missouri 'Stompgrass' lives on in this brand spankin' new quartet, The Kay Brothers. Though the group was born last spring, the members are certainly no strangers to the Midwest music scene. Hailing from such bands as The Hipnecks, The Hatrick, Mary & the Giant, and even a metal band - Ghost in the Machine - the players have been burning barns down since they were knee-high's and can chug moonshine without shedding a single tear. Armed with Upright Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Harmonicas, bass drum, washboard, and sibling harmonies, they make a lot of noise... if you ride on the jangle-stomp time machine, be careful not to crack a heel.

The Flood Brothers

The Flood Brothers are a two man THUMP MACHINE whos infectious melodies and animal rhythms will have your bones shakin' outta your boots! Heavily influenced by the early Rock 'N Roll sounds of Memphis and Deep Blues of North Mississippi, Gabe Meyer and Jacob Best add their own bend to the boogie that could only come from the muddy banks of the mighty Mississippi River. Hannibal, MO is where these boys and their music call home.

Forming in a basement in early 2000, The Flood Bros. cut their teeth a few years later as the unofficial house band at The Packer's Roost; a rowdy dive bar in rural off-the-grid Montana near Hungry Horse.

"Our first gig was actually in Wapiti, Wyoming in 2002. We used a mop, bucket, and duct tape for a mic stand, played for five hours and hadn't practiced in three months," says Meyer. "We nailed it."

Best adds, "Our first gig at Packer's was on Christmas Day. We showed up at about 6:00 that evening after working all day on the mountain, walked in with our gear, Gabe's wearing shorts, and these people are smashed wasted throwing every insult short of a beer bottle. All we could do was yell and holler back, set up and play. We felt instantly at home. Everyone in Whitefish warned us not to go out there. Too rough. We played through lots of fights, knives, and EMT’s…..we were paid in duck, goose, and mashed potatoes."

After returning home, the guys started a band with Kent Burnside, the oldest grandson of the legendary R.L. BURNSIDE, as Kent Burnside and the New Generation. Son of R.L., Dan Burnside joined on bass, Best was on drums and Meyer on lap steel guitar. With R.L. Burnside being a musical hero, Gabe and Jake already knew most of the music by heart and within three weeks were on a major West Coast tour. During the years of 2006-2010, the band played regularly at many notable venues nationwide such as Legends, Chicago, Ill; Ground Zero, Clarksdale, MS; The Knitting Factory, Hollywood, CA; Gip's Place in Bessemer, AL (Alabama's last remaining Juke Joint, on the blues circuit for over 50 years - a must visit venue), and the House of Blues in Chicago. Gabe and Jake also had the chance to share the stage and play alongside many standout musicians with the Burnsides: Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush, Kenny Brown, Duwayne Burnside, Cedric Burnside, Garry Burnside, the sons of Junior Kimbrough, and the daughter of Johnny Shines to name(drop) a few. "My guitar's more famous than I'll ever be," says Meyer. "Elmo Williams played it up in Minneapolis." "Kenny Brown played it later that night at a bar down the road and then we all got kicked out." "It's been stolen, pawned, and bled on." "She always comes home and never talks back."

Meyer and Best rotated a bit, playing around down South with whichever of the Burnsides needed a solid drummer and rhythm and slide guitar player. "None of those guys really played slide. The generation after R.L. seemed to have lost interest in it, and finding a drummer who could play those Hill Country beats wasn't easy either. Jake and I were in high demand there for awhile." While crediting the Burnsides for musical inspiration and some long years of paying hard dues on the road, the boys had to follow their number one priority of playing original music as a two man band.

Promoting their long-awaited debut album, "Flood Type," the Flood Brothers are back on track playing solely as a duo and are known for their energetic live performances that can promote hours and hours of groove.

"Shake it if you got it..."

Driving Wheel

Driving Wheel has played many shows since 2007, with such diverse artists as : Blackberry Smoke, Jackyl, Florida/Georgia Line, Papa Roach, Ana Popovic, Tedeschi/Trucks Band, North Mississippi All-Stars, Tab Benoit and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, among many others. Featuring Ryan Tomlinson (Shamans Harvest, Murphys Ford) on lead guitar, Jeremy Hunsaker (ex-Roundheels, Just Free) on bass guitar and Craig Wingate (ex-Shamans Harvest, Dead Bed Bad) on drums and percussion, they are the perfect blend of experience and youth.

A power-trio in the classic mold of Cream, Band of Gypsys and ZZ Top, in the words of Aarik Danielson (Columbia Tribune), "Driving Wheel has achieved a blistering sound built around tough, melodic guitar licks, grinding grooves and vocals that come from somewhere deep in the gut. Its music contains echoes of long-gone blues masters while finding room for a more modern musical language. Songs can go from a whimper to a roar in a heartbeat..."

With a new album slated to be finished by August 2014 and mixed by Stephen Shirk (Alabama Shakes, Patterson Hood, etc.), Driving Wheel appears to be poised for a breakthrough 2015. Check their website - www.drivingwheelmusic.com - for more info.

Mercer & Johnson

Mercer and Johnson are Brock Johnson and s.mercer. The duo put their first recordings online for free in June of 2010. They immediately took off to find places that would let them play, as often as possible. Logging thousands of downloads and well over 100,000 miles, the pair has continued to record and tour.

The band has shared stages with, or opened for established acts and up and comers like... Billy Joe Shaver, Hayes Carll, Sara Watkins, the Turnpike Troubadors, Robbie Fulks, Mike McClure, Mountain Sprout, J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices and the Ben Miller Band. They quickly found out nobody in the business cares who you’ve opened for.

The band uses a mix of traditional string-band instrumentation on their recordings, to craft songs that vary in origin from traditional style ballads and up tempo numbers, to songs influenced by singer-songwriters and modern indie rock.

Live, the two feature mostly mandolin and bass in a stomping shouting manner that people find enjoyable, yet puzzling. The puzzle is the mandolin, which they often mistake for a wide variety of other instruments.

The two have released several recordings, an out of print cd e.p. called “Oregano", the digital-only release “Road Noise" and an initial release available only on this website, that was untitled.

In the summer of 2012, they made the short hop to Independence, Mo and in less than 48 hours recorded 10 songs with Johnny Kenepaske of Adam Lee and the Dead Horse Sound Company. The self- titled recording was released in January of 2013.

In early November of 2013 Mercer and Johnson went to Lafayette LA and did 4 songs in a private top secret location, to be
released in early 2014. They continue to tour as often as possible.

Schuyler Prenger & The Dirt Road Junkies

Coming from a small town in Missouri Schuyler Prenger began playing music at about 20 years old. Now he has a band known as Schuyler Prenger and the Dirt Road Junkies. Kameron Reams who grew up in the same town and served in the military now is the drummer, Chris Southern the lead player is from Rolla, MO he has played in many bands under many different genres and it shows, Hunter O'Donnell from Jefferson City is an amazing bass player at just 21 years old, the band has opened up for many of artist's, to name a few Mike Mclure Band, John D. Hale Band, and many more so if your ever in the area check them out!

We like to consider ourselves somewhere in the middle of Country and Rock-N-Roll......but who really knows

Molly Dog

Previously known as Neon Knight; Molly Dog is a band based out of Central Missouri that plays a unique and original set.

Alan Loshbaugh/Peter Nash - Bass
Brian Nash - Lead Guitar
Jake Hanselman - Drums
Jessy Johnsen - Guitar/Vocals

Orchard Fire

A new breed of country music, soon to be burning its way into the heart of America.

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Join us under the stars in Forrest Rose Park for an Indoor/Outdoor bash at Mojos! 3 Stages, 7 bands, NO COVER! Happy Birthday, 'Merica! MINORS: Please be prepared to pay a $2 surcharge .

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