Thursday, Nov. 26, at the Uptown Theater
Nothing — not even the serious legal woes of a core band member or the dissolution of its inspiration — seems to be able to defeat the Schwag.
The band dedicated to sustaining the music of the Grateful Dead was founded in 1991. The St. Louis-based group became one of the Midwest’s most popular proponents of organic, ramshackle interpretations of Dead favorites like “Friend of the Devil,” “One More Saturday Night” and “Ripple.”
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The Schwag recently overcame a major stumbling block. From the Schwag’s biography at its site: “From May of 2013 to May of 2014, The Schwag was primarily on hiatus, as lead singer Jimmy Tebeau served time in federal prison in Yankton, South Dakota for a music/drug related crime.”
Rather than diminishing interest in related cover bands, the Dead’s final concerts earlier this year served to increase demand for the Schwag. The band’s concert at the Uptown Theater on Thanksgiving was preceded by at least four area shows in 2015.
The Schwag has a knack for replicating the fluid solos, cracked vocals and extended noodling of the Dead without sounding like an overly reverent tribute band.
A “liquid art light show” provided by Soulshine Concert Visuals should further enhance the high spirits of holiday dancers on Thursday.
Tickets are $12 in advance through uptowntheater.com.
The Good Life
Friday, Nov. 27, at the Riot Room
Tim Kasher is one of the most accomplished musicians in the surprisingly fertile indie-rock hotbed of Omaha. He’s regularly lauded for his contributions to the often abrasive band Cursive. The Good Life, Kather’s similarly literate but lesser known project, has a more eclectic sound. With Big Harp and the Roseline.
Tickets are $12 in advance through theriotroom.com.
Frnkiero andthe Cellabration
Friday, Nov. 27, at the Granada
A longtime member of the defunct band My Chemical Romance, Frank Iero now creates gothic post-punk as Frnkiero andthe Cellabration. The blunt attack of Iero’s new project possesses little of the grandiosity associated with My Chemical Romance’s biggest hits. With Roger Harvey & Jared Hart.
Tickets are $15 in advance through thegranada.com.
Men of Men
Saturday, Nov. 28, at the RecordBar
Kansas City’s rock and jazz communities often seem to operate in mutually exclusive circles. The disparate worlds collide in Men of Men. Jeff Harshbarger is among the jazz musicians who will collaborate on modern torch songs with rock artists including Steve Tulipana on Saturday. With Amy Farrand & the Like.
Tickets are $10 in advance through therecordbar.com.
The Get Up Kids
Monday, Nov. 30, at the RecordBar
The Get Up Kids may be the most notable rock band to emerge from Kansas City in recent decades, but the band seems to be more popular in far-flung markets than in its hometown. The RecordBar is one of the smallest venues the influential band is playing on its 20th anniversary tour of North America. With Berwanger.
Tickets are $18 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Granada
The man born as Daystar Peterson in 1992 elects to issue commercially minded hip-hop using the inferior name of Tory Lanez. His music resembles a street-oriented version of Drake and the Weeknd, established stars who also represent Lanez’s hometown of Toronto. With Boogie.
Tickets are $17 in advance through thegranada.com.
Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the RecordBar
Synth-pop fans who have followed Health down a spiraling sonic rabbit hole are intoxicated with the eerie echoes, sinister melodies and industrial thump created by the Los Angeles band. Health’s latest album “Death Magic” provides an electrifying soundtrack for people who like to dance in the dark while decked out in black.
Tickets are $12 in advance through thegranada.com.
Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Frank Turner believes that rock ’n’ roll can alter the course of history. The British bard insists that loud music “has the power to raise a temple and tear it down” on his uplifting new album “Positive Songs for Negative People.” With Silversun Pickups, Night Riots and Radkey.
Tickets are $29.65 in advance through midlandkc.com.
Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star