Captured by Robots, Katy Guillen & the Girls, and Victor Wooten Trio are among November’s worthiest shows


Yes, the weather is less agreeable these days, but the concert calendar isn’t cooling off anytime soon. November gives you plenty of reasons to kick the pets off the couch, pull on a jacket and head out the door. Here are a few under-the-radar gigs I think are worth the effort, followed by the rest of the month’s shows and events.

Captured By Robots

Thursday, November 2, at the Brick

J-Bot was captured (yes, by robots — and of his own creation, no less) and forced to perform, masked and chained, in front of crowds the world over, while the likes of GTRBOT666 and DRMBOT 0110 openly mock him. Now unmasked and joined with the bots in hatred of the world in which we find ourselves, Captured By Robots has channeled its aggression into the music. One couldn’t ask for a better group to help the Brick celebrate its 18th anniversary. Watch the video for “Endless Circle of Bullshit” below.

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Victor Wooten Trio

Tuesday, November 7, at the Madrid

A founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Victor Wooten is renowned for his work on the bass. His playing is innovative and hypnotic, and has influenced countless other musicians. Wooten is joined on this tour by drummer Dennis Chambers (Parliament/Funkadelic) and saxophonist Bob Franceschini, who played on his latest album, Trypnotyx, released in September. The title track can be heard below.

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Dana Cooper

Friday, November 10, at Knuckleheads Gospel Lounge

Dana Cooper released his new CD, Incendiary Kid, on Travianna Records at the end of last month, and it’s already made the top 10 on the Alternate Root’s online radio station. The site describes the album as “a musical memory that tracks back to the classic Singer/Songwriter era of the early 1970’s, and albums from artist such as Harry Chapin and James Taylor” — a fairly apt summary. Stream it via Spotify.

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Jessica Lea Mayfield

Thursday, November 16, at the Riot Room

Sorry Is Gone, the new album from Jessica Lea Mayfield, chronicles the end of her own abusive marriage, and it’s appropriately tough stuff. Whether you’re a fan of the White Stripes or early 1990s indie-pop, Mayfield’s latest has a lot to offer. See for yourself: The video for Sorry Is Gones title track is below.

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Randall King

Thursday, November 16, at Knuckleheads Gospel Lounge

If you’ve been lamenting the current state of country music, you just haven’t listened to the music of West Texan Randall King. Wide Open Country described his voice as so smooth, it could “easily be the second coming of George Strait.” His new EP, Another Bullet, is full of originals that do indeed evoke Strait’s smooth voice and soulful songs. Watch this:

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AJJ

Sunday, November 19, at the Granada

Formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad, this Florida folk-punk group has grown from a duo on acoustic guitar and standup bass into a full band. For this tour, the group’s looking back on the 10th anniversary of its breakthrough album, People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World. It’s a record that has inspired thousands of kids to scream themselves hoarse singing along, and you get to hear the whole thing live. Below, the band performing the album’s opening song in a parking lot, around the time of its release.

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Pale Waves

Monday, November 20, at RecordBar

While it doesn’t yet have a full-length in the pipeline, Manchester’s Pale Waves will soon release a 7-inch produced by the 1975’s Matty Healy, who also directed the video for “Television Romance,” below. If you like dark, glittery pop, get ready to dance and/or mope.






The rest of your November shows (and food and book events):


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1


Snakehips

The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence

thegranada.com


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2


Kristin Chenoweth

Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, the University of Kansas, Lawrence

lied.ku.edu 

Modern English, Emmaline Twist

RecordBar, 1520 Grand

therecordbar.com


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3


Descendents and Less Than Jake

Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway

uptowntheater.com

Slowdive

The Truman, 801 East Truman Road 

thetrumankc.com

The Urge

Voodoo Lounge, Harrah’s North Kansas City, 1 Riverboat Drive

voodoocafeandloungeatharrahs.boxoffice-tickets.com


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4


Stinky Cheese and Dessert Wine Tasting

Hosts Sarah Hoffman (Green Dirt Farms) and Joyce Angelos Walsh (Terra Vox Vineyards) close out the year’s cheese tasting events with funky cheeses and dessert wines.

Green Dirt Farm, 19915 Mount Bethel Road, Weston

Greendirtfarm.com/farm-events

Dia de los Muertos Art Wine Cuisine Experience

Chef Richard McFarlane-Clark will create a six-course wine and hors d’ouevres experience to honor the holiday.

Pop Up Art Gallery, 918 Baltimore

facebook.com/events/831104373752160

Heirloom Dinner Series

Celebrate the harvest with a five-course dinner hosted by local farmers. 

Heirloom Bakery & Hearth, 401 East 63rd Street

heirloomdinner.brownpapertickets.com

Jonathan Richman

The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire Street, Lawrence

thebottlenecklive.com

Split Lip Rayfield and Sandoval

Ivory Black, Calvin Arsenia, Nathan Corsi, Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds and Brandon Phillips

RecordBar, 1520 Grand

therecordbar.com


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5


Blues Traveler and Los Colognes

Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway

uptowntheater.com

Gwar

The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS

thegranada.com


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7


Our Lady Peace

Search

The Truman, 801 East Truman Road 

thetrumankc.com

Victor Wooten

Madrid Theatre


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8


Bleachers

Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, 1228 Main 

midlandkc.com

Death from Above 1979

The Beaches

The Truman, 801 East Truman Road 

thetrumankc.com


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9


Tyler, The Creator

The Truman, 801 East Truman Road 

thetrumankc.com

Tauren Wells

Skillet, gawvi, Colton Dixon, and Britt Nicole

Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 East Valley Parkway, Independence

Silversteineyecenters.arenaindependence.com

6LACK

The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence

thegranada.com

Jamey Johnson

Voodoo Lounge, Harrah’s North Kansas City, 1 Riverboat Drive

voodoocafeandloungeatharrahs.boxoffice-tickets.com

Brother Ali, Sa-roc, Sol Messiah, DJ Last Word

The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway 

theriotroom.com

Peelander-Z, Drop a Grand, Westerners

RecordBar, 1520 Grand

therecordbar.com


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11



Katy Guillen & the Girls, Julia Haile

7 p.m. record-release show

The Foundation,1221 Union Avenue

Westport’s Seventh Annual Strong Ale Festival

From 11-1 p.m., sample from 70 beers with an ABV over 8%. Cabs are a good idea.

McCoy’s Public House, 4057 Pennsylvania

Tickets at Eventbrite

O.A.R.

Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway 

uptowntheater.com

Kishi Bashi, Tall Tall Trees

The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway 

theriotroom.com

Bret Michaels

Ameristar Casino Kansas City, 3200 Ameristar Drive

kansascity.ameristar.com

Vienna Boys Choir

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway 

kauffmancenter.org


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Mason Jennings, Olivia Fox

The Truman, 801 East Truman Road 

thetrumankc.com

Great Good Fine OK, Tigertown

RecordBar, 1520 Grand

therecordbar.com


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13


Beefsteak At the Rieger

Chef Howard Hanna and crew invite guests for their annual beer and beefsteak feast.

The Rieger, 1924 Main

theriegerkc.tocktix.com


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15


Celebrate with Lidia Bastianich 

Join Lidia Bastianich for a four-course dinner to celebrate the release of her new cookbook.

Lidia’s Kansas City, 101 West 22nd Street

lidias-kc.com

Lady Gaga

Sprint Center, 1407 Grand

sprintcenter.com


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16

Flying Lotus, Seven Davis Jr

The Truman, 801 East Truman Road 

thetrumankc.com

Cut Copy

The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence

thegranada.com

Jessica Lea Mayfield, Blank Range

The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway 

theriotroom.com

Turnpike Troubadours and Charley Crockett

Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence

libertyhall.net

Nick Offerman

Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway 

uptowntheater.com

Merry Edwards Wine Dinner

Michael and Nancy Smith are hosting a multi-course wine dinner featuring Merry Edwards wines out of Sonoma. 

Michael Smith, 1900 Main Street

michaelsmithkc.com

Slow Magic

RecordBar, 1520 Grand

therecordbar.com


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17


Harvest Feast – A Benefit for Just Food

This benefit for Douglas County’s food bank features food from some of Lawrence’s best restaurants.

Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 East Sixth Street, Lawrence

www.eventbrite.com/e/harvest-feast-tickets-38084464659?aff=efbeventtix

Jai Wolf, Elohim

The Truman, 801 East Truman Road 

thetrumankc.com

Noname, Arima Ederra

Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence

libertyhall.net


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18


Brandy Clark

RecordBar, 1520 Grand

therecordbar.com


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19


St. Vincent

Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway 

uptowntheater.com


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22


Mac Lethal

The Truman, 801 East Truman Road 

thetrumankc.com


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25


Joywave, the Aces, Maybird

The Truman, 801 East Truman Road 

thetrumankc.com


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29


The Life and Times, Giants Chair

RecordBar, 1520 Grand

therecordbar.com


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30


Damien Escobar

Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, 1228 Main 

midlandkc.com

April Fleming contributed to this list.