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A.M. Merker and Friends, AJ Gaither OMB, Chucky Waggs and the Company of Rags

February 1 @ 8:00 pm - 2:00 am

$5
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AM Merker and Friends, AJ Gaither, Chucky Waggs

8pm

A.M. Merker & Friends

A.M. Merker of My Oh My!

10pm

AJ Gaither

Everything is better when it’s home-made. And it don’t get more down home or DIY than AJ Gaither. From the building of the instruments to the writing of the songs and making of the albums, everything about this “one man junk band” is lo-tech and hands on.

The sound is cold lonely bars and old empty barns, highways and heartaches. From raging high octane foot stompin’ brag songs to slow and soulful songs about struggle and being homesick, every bit of it is drenched in whiskey and hard living.

The instruments are old cigar boxes and scrap lumber, spare bolts and wood screws. Each is one unique in tone and appearance. A large feed bucket and a wooden mallet provide the kick drum, accompanied by a junk snare drum rigged to be played by foot. All built by the same hands that play them.

11pm

Chucky Waggs and the Company of Raggs

Chucky Waggs is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/ songwriter based out of the hills of Eureka Springs, AR. Chucky Waggs plays a mix of guitar, banjo, harmonica, and kazoo, all while using his feet to stomp out the back beat on a thrown together drum kit. Drawing influences from early American roots music, as well as early punk and rock and roll, he’s often joined on stage by numerous accompanying musicians to add to the energy and dynamic of his original material, as well as some early American folk songs. The result ranges from intimate, often humorous, folk ballads, to all out rowdy stomp alongs.

Chucky Waggs ( Charles Adam Wagner) got his musical start playing in basement punk rock bands. Drawn in by the D.I.Y. approach to the performances, as well as the energy and simplicity behind the music, he eventually found an appreciation for early American blues, and jugband songs, as well as early country, folk and bluegrass for ,what he sees, as a similar energy and simple natured approach.

Over the last ten years, Chucky Waggs has traveled the country playing music based in these forms of Americana in acts such as The Broke Strang Band and Mountain Sprout, all the while writing and recording his own original material. His debut album “company of raggs” is a compilation of D.I.Y. recordings featuring accompaniment by, “Anyone who was around and wanted to record some songs.” ‘Company of Raggs’ is a simple showcase of Chucky Waggs’ songwriting ability as well as his variation in style.

The Westport Saloon

Located in Kansas City’s historic Westport District, The Westport Saloon has become a midwest haven for the underground. Roots, Honky Tonk, Bluegrass, Blues, Blues Rock, Folk, Rockabilly, and that Twang you live for.

Like the settlers of Westport, we work tirelessly to bring amazing names to our stage. Over the years we have hosted acts such as Wayne “the Train” Hancock, Dale Watson, Moe Brandy, JD Wilkes, Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band,  The Goddamn Gallows, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Bob Wayne and the Outlaw Carnies, Luke Bell, The Hooten Hallers, Carries Nation and the Speakeasy and so many more.

Like the settlers of Westport, we are also known for our whiskey. Overtime, and as tastes have changed, we have amassed quite the collection to keep your glass filled and you coming back. Saloons predate prohibition establishments, when drinks were uncomplicated, not pretentious and hearty.  It’s alright to be heavy on the bourbon and Scotch – we don’t judge.

AM Merker and Friends, AJ Gaither, Chucky Waggs

Details

Date:
February 1
Time:
8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Cost:
$5
Website:
westportsaloon.com

Venue

Westport Saloon
4112 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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