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Jawknee Lawhorn and the Outhouse Gang, Max Fred Band, The Ready Brothers

January 5 @ 8:00 pm - 2:00 am

Jawknee Lawhorn and the Outhouse Gang, Max Fred Band, The Ready Brothers

Happy Hour 4pm- 7pm

The Ready Brothers @8pm

Max Fred Band @10pm

Jawknee Lawhorn and the Outhouse Gang @midnight


About the Bands:

Jawknee Lawhorn and the Outhouse Gang: “Jawknee Lawhorn was born in 1987 to a family wanted by the FBI. He spent his first year living on the run through the midwest to the southeast, ending up in Alabama. In and out of jail cells since he was 10, Jawknee has always said, “fuck em all”.

In 2016, he found some guys on the side of the road and started a band. In 2018 they changed some members and became Jawknee Lawhorn and the Outhouse Gang.

Since January 2018, they have put out two full length albums on SpitShit Records and have one more set for release in December 2018. The band has also toured pretty frequently with 2 west coast tours and one national ‘Armadilla’ tour. And two more tours happening before the year is gone.”

Max Fred Band: “The Max Fred Band, also known as MFB, is an all-acoustic band based out of Kansas City, Missouri. The band consists of lead vocalist Max Fred on guitar, Joshua Tate on mandolin and vocals, Stuart Yoho on banjo and vocals and Sonny Sparks on upright bass. This group of talented visionaries meld storytelling, vocal harmonies, and an inimitable percussion into a style with broad-based folk-rock appeal. Together, this band exudes a synergy of Americana, country, and alt-folk. MFB is all about creating honest harmonies, honed in the Heartland.

Originally from Kansas, songwriter Max Fred grew up in a musical family. At an early age, his parents introduced him to the sounds of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Marvin Gaye. The exposure to these classic bands helped form the foundation of his creative evolution. Over the years, he has played in several different bands such as Shunga Nunga, Wakamojo & The Stringbucklers.

Topeka-native Joshua Tate is the band’s former bassist, current mandolin player and songwriter, lending his backup vocals and lyrical prowess to the team. Tate’s family inspired his creative development and a wide array of tastes in genres. He gives credits to his mother for his classical, big band, swing, country, and jazz influences. From his father, Joshua received inspirations of The Doors, Grateful Dead, Harry Nilsson, and The Beach Boys.

Over the past ten years, he and Fred jammed in basements, long before either of them had performed live. Joshua moved to Oregon and played with the band Poor Miner’s Union until Kansas called him home. In 2015, he joined Max as MFB came to fruition.

Also hailing from Topeka, Stuart Yoho brings his formidable talents to the banjo and vocals. Stuart always has some great banjo jokes to share with audiences and is also a fine picker. When Stuart’s not jamming with Max Fred Band, he enjoys rambling around the country with his wife in their conversion van.

From the wind swept western plains, Sonny Sparks holds down the low end for MFB on the upright bass. A Lawrence favorite, Sonny brings a fresh perspective to the bass and gives dancers and listeners a beat to get down to.

Max Fred Band’s artistry and thought-provoking lyrics result in a high-energy collision of bluegrass, country, folk–rock, and Americana. They have also played extensively throughout the Midwest and received much support from other bands in the local music scene around Kansas City, Lawrence, and Topeka. Max states, “We love playing with The Steamboat Bandits, Grassfed, and Signal Ridge.”

Max Fred Band is self-produced and remain independent, along with their DIY attitude. Max says, “Writing a song is an excellent opportunity to share feelings and emotions with the listener, and we want our songs to connect emotionally with our fans.”

The Max Fred Band is a trek through lyrical tales penned with intense emotion and pure, unbridled energy. Max and Joshua aim to have their songs portray meaningful messages – all while giving their fans a chance to dance. The tunes they craft and hone are as honest as the day is long in the America’s Heartland.”

The Ready Brothers: “For almost 19 years one of the mainstays of Bluegrass and traditional country music in northeast Kansas was a band called Calhoun County. When that band broke up four of the members decided they still liked playing together and The Ready Brothers was formed. Like their predecessors the brothers knew they wanted to play more than bluegrass but they also knew they wanted bluegrass to be the base line for their music. The challenge for them would be to create a good sound with a non traditional lineup. Since that initial lineup there has been one change and the mandolin brother was replaced with a banjo brother. The songs that fit the bands instrumentation, washboard, guitar, banjo and bass, came quickly and included Bluegrass, Western Swing, Traditional Country, Blues and Roots music. The band’s name took more time. One day the boys decided they were always ready to play music. They also decided they had known each other for so long they were like family. The Ready Brothers were born. As you will find out this led to names for the brothers that lets you know they enjoy making music and not taking themselves too seriously. Over the last several years they have shared the stage at festivals with several bands including the Steeldrivers, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, Bull Harmon & Bullseye, The James King Band, The Charlie Sizemore Band, Midnight Flight, Ozark Alliance, Bright Water Junction, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Lonesome Traveler, Chris Jones & the Nightdrivers, Jimmy Allison & the Ozark Rounders, Driven, Tyler Gregory, Kasey Rausch, The Jeff & Vida Band, The Red State Ramblers, Howard Iceberg & The Titanics, Truckstop Darling, The Dirty River Ramblers, Pastense and many, many others. Some of their favorite places to play include bars and coffee houses as well as music festivals where their range of styles and entertaining humor provides a crowd pleasing show. Original tunes ranging from honky tonk, banjo inspired instrumentals and old country waltzes round out a show that has made them a crowd favorite. They currently have 4 recordings, In The Heartland, At The Honky Tonks, Having Fun and their latest release, No More Hoboes.”

Jawknee Lawhorn and the Outhouse Gang, Max Fred Band, The Ready Brothers


January 5
8:00 pm - 2:00 am


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