Split Lip Rayfield

Split Lip Rayfield

Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Fri, February 17, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$18 Advance - $20 Day of Show

This event is all ages

All seating is general admission with table and chairs setup around a large open floor for watching the show and dancing. Table reservations may be made thru the box office in person or by calling 316-722-4201. Nancy's A-Maize-N Sandwiches will be serving her famous #8 and more. Text CONCERT to 49798 for concert updates and chances to win FREE tickets. The Check Room is open during events to check your coats, hats and purses.

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Split Lip Rayfield
Split Lip Rayfield
Bluegrass worthy of being blasted out of the windows of a Plymouth Barracuda with 451 Hemi engine. Metal and jazz like freakouts done acoustically. Arising out of the ashes of Scroat Belly, the Lip's live shows were the stuff of legend. They whipped crowds into a sweaty frenzy—Jeff hunched over his homemade, gas-tank bass "The Stitchgiver," Kirk breaking guitar strings by the dozen and changing them fast enough to ensure himself a place on any NASCAR pit crew, Wayne scorching his fire-proofed mandolin, and Eric, looking the part of a Civil War re-enactor, doing things to a banjo that Eddie Van Halen wishes he’d thought of.

Split Lip's playing was fast, manic, insanely complex and utterly unique. They happily and improbably took the spirit and musical inventiveness of the Stanley Brothers, John Zorn, hell, even Rush, and came up with something definitively SPLIT LIP RAYFIELD. There will never be another band or sound like them. There couldn't be. Like so many ground breaking and insanely original bands before them, it may take the world another 25 years to catch on. Our loss.

Sadly, because their shows were so good, they never got the credit they deserved for their songwriting—time honored themes of bad cars, bad jobs, bad women, loss and longing, taken off the dusty shelves of the old-timey circuit and updated to make sense for those who don’t have shitty farming or mining jobs, but do have shitty jobs at Wal-Mart or Home Depot. They’ve got four part harmonies and wear their big hearts on their greasy sleeves. They were as adept at writing stunningly honest and heartfelt songs about love lost as they were anthems that would have you beating along with your fist on the dashboard. You will be surprised at how good they are.

Get hip to the Lip.

As Eric always liked to say:
"People should get ready to have their heads ripped off."
Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy
Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy
Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy was formed in the Spring of 2007 at a party on 17th & Hillside in Wichita, KS. The 5-piece, including guitars, harmonica, bass, trombone, mandolin,banjo, and washboard has been playing their distinctive and aggressive blend of country, blues, dixieland, and bluegrass with various members around Kansas consistently for the past 2 years. Shows, though, had to be balanced with the running of a modern day speakeasy in the basement of an unmentioned bandmembers house. Bringing an energetic and original act to any bar, restaurant, basement, or park they play, CNS has been winning ears and hearts alike with their straight-forward, face-melting ungrass songs, toe-tappin country tunes, and their own midwest take on the snappy sounds of New Orleans. Always creating a good-time, drink 'em down atmoshpere, Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy bring with them an era-defying sound unlike any other, and an earnest understanding of what entertainment really is!