We don’t know what this SUNDAY’s Chomp Womp Family Night is, and neither do its organizers.

“It’s a dinosaur. It’s a plane. It’s Superman.”

That’s about the best description of Chomp Womp I got from Jonathan Doerr – perhaps the reason he felt compelled to call me later and apologize for “poorly representing” Chomp Womp. I’d be inclined to agree with him if anyone else could explain the damn thing.

Most obviously, Chomp Womp is a collective of Lawrence and Kansas City musicians who play shows and put out tapes – yes, tapes. They’ve been kicking around for three years or so, claiming friends and neighbors like Boo and Boo Too, Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk, The Armory, Coat Party, I Love You, Bandit Teeth, Fag Cop, and Fortuning.

“Pretty much we just wanted to do something,” explains Drew M Gibson of Baby Birds and No School Get Fucked Up.

Chomp Womp’s new “Family Night” series at the Eighth Street Taproom in Lawrence aims to make good on that ambition. The third installment of Family Night will go down Sunday evening, and like previous efforts, it mixes established local acts (1,000,000 Light Years and Fortuning) with newer faces on the scene (Jabber Josh, Low Oriole, The World Palestine, NASCAR, Rockabilly Land Singers).

“We’re trying to get people who aren’t really playing a lot or are shy to,” Doerr says. “It’s especially fun to have people who have never played in public.”

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