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"As a band, it means that 'work as usual' becomes 'paid vacation,' Osterhout says. "It's so much better to tour in the summer than it is in the winter. People's dispositions tend to also be a little sunnier in the summer. It's also festival season, which for a band is awesome. You get to play on huge stages in front of larger-than-normal audiences in the beautiful outdoors. It doesn't get any better!"
Alongside fellow Mudstomp bands Mountain Sprout, Whistle Pigs and the Ben Miller Band, Deadman Flats plans to help spread the gospel of the homegrown label on Saturday, June 25, at the Missouri Chainsaw Grassacre at Crossroads KC at Grinders. Possible appearances at other festivals are in the works, including Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee.
"There has been loose talk about playing on the solar-powered stage, but we are still awaiting confirmation," Osterhout says.
Until then, Deadman Flats is just enjoying time in Lawrence. "It is good to see the college kids get the heck out of Dodge and leave the 'less cool' townies to ghost around a bit," Osterhout says.
By Berry Anderson
Gladstone Summertime Bluesfest
Oak Grove Park (76th Street and North Troost)
This blues festival brings in more than 15,000 people for two days of traveling and local acts, including the 2011 International Blues Challenge winner, the Lionel Young Band, and second-place finisher, the Mary Bridget Davies Group. Also appearing: Tab Benoit and local favorite Kelley Hunt. Gates open an hour before showtime, which is 6 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.
Motley Crue, Poison and
New York Dolls
Tuesday, June 21
Tommy Lee, Bret Michaels, Vince Neil, David Johansen and Nikki Sixx, all in the same building? Yes. Cock rock and protopunk at its finest downtown. The tickets for this one are pricey, so leave the kids at home. Feathered hair and leather pants look better without children in tow, anyway.
Concerts at Starlight
4600 Starlight Road
Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs
Huey Lewis & the News
Earth, Wind & Fire
There are no special packages available for seeing all four of these major acts, which appear in nightly succession. But it just goes to show that the storied Swope Park venue is a huge draw for major talent and one of the best places in town to see a concert. See the website for tickets, showtimes, directions and other music events.
Vans Warped Tour
Wednesday, July 6
Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
633 North 130th Street, in Bonner Springs
Sweat, punk and neon: These are the three words that permeate the modern Vans Warped Tour. North America's longest-running, biggest package tour has changed a lot since its inception in 1995. A purist punk rocker will find hip-hop, pop and metal on 2011's KC lineup. Doors open at 11 a.m. Buy tickets at ticketmaster.com or vanswarpedtour.com.
The Pitch Music Showcase
Thursday, August 4
The Pitch takes over Westport for its annual local-music blowout featuring more than 25 rock, Americana, DJ, hip-hop and reggae acts on stages spanning six venues, including RecordBar (1020 Westport Road) and the Riot Room (4048 Broadway). See the website later this summer for lineups and locations.