JONES announce Minnesota mini-tour in January!

Jones band photo black and white 525x350 JONES announce Minnesota mini tour in January!Clay Hagen and his gritty new blues/rock band JONES will be playing three shows in Minnesota on January 9th, 10th and 11th. It’s been almost four years since A Night in the Box called it quits. Clay Hagen, the charismatic singer/guitarist of the widely celebrated Minneapolis outfit, knew he couldn’t leave music alone for long. Clay went solo for a short time but missed band life. In 2011 he called on a few old friends – Nick Rush and Ian Tsan (Rambos, MPLS Henrys) to play bass and drums. The trio formed a new group called “JONES” and began a long distance collaboration between the Minneapolis and Chicago-based musicians. Clay would travel to Chicago for a weekend every few months and leave with a couple more songs each time. After two years of this, the band headed into Chicago’s Minbal Studios to record a six song EP. JONES is a hard-driving, electric blues/rock band and a perfect vehicle for Clay’s passionate performing style. The debut album will be released in 2015. As mentioned above, JONES will be playing 3 shows in Minnesota in January. They are:


JANUARY 9TH @ RED STAR IN DULUTH – Playing with Feeding LeRoy – Free show, 9PM, 21+


JANUARY 10TH @ KATHY’S IN ROCHESTER – Playing with The Modern Era - Free show, 9PM, 21+


JANUARY 11TH @ HONEY IN MINNEAPOLIS – Playing with The Dives – $5, 9PM, 21+

Musikanto at Ribfest Chicago

Home sweet home. Musikanto drove back to Chicago from Des Moines a little over a week ago to play Ribfest. Ribfest is one of Chicago’s best street festivals. The name doesn’t lie, you’ll eat some good ribs at Ribfest. This one’s a short stop, though. Musikanto will hit the road again on Thursday, heading to Milwaukee to play at Shank Hall with The Deadstring Brothers from Detroit.

Musikanto back in the Midwest, playing Des Moines tonight

After driving for 19 hours and 41 minutes, Musikanto finally made it back to the prairie. He plays The House of Bricks tonight with King of the Tramps. The show starts at 9pm and is only $5.

Musikanto heading south to San Diego

Musikanto will be at the Soda Bar tonight, playing with Whitey Morgan & The 78′s.

Musikanto in LA tonight!

Musikanto in San Fran tonight!

Musikanto returns to Denver with The Staves

MPLS, Musikanto is at The Varsity tonight!

Musikanto at Schuba’s tonight!

Check out Musikanto in Atlanta tonight!

Musikanto makes his way down south to play Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta. He will be joining Haley and Alexis.

Musikanto hits the road!

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Look out America because Musikanto is coming to a town near you! Check out the dates below to see when.

Date Venue Location
May 16 Crystal Ballroom (Al’s Den) Portland, OR Tickets & More…
Crystal Ballroom (Al’s Den)
May 16PortlandOR
May 17 Crystal Ballroom (Al’s Den) Portland, OR Tickets & More…
Crystal Ballroom (Al’s Den)
May 17PortlandOR
May 18 Crystal Ballroom (Al’s Den) Portland, OR Tickets & More…
Crystal Ballroom (Al’s Den)
May 18PortlandOR
May 22 Uncle Slayton’s Louisville, KY Tickets & More…
Uncle Slayton’s
May 221017 E Broadway
May 24 Smiths Olde Bar Atlanta, GA Tickets & More…
Smiths Olde Bar
May 241578 Piedmont Rd NE
May 28 Schubas Chicago, IL Tickets & More…
May 28ChicagoIL
May 29 Cosmic Charlies Lexington, KY Tickets & More…
Cosmic Charlies
May 29388 Woodland Ave
May 30 Off Broadway St Louis, MO Tickets & More…
Off Broadway
May 303509 Lemp Ave
St LouisMO
May 31 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN Tickets & More…
Varsity Theater
May 311308 SE 4th St
Jun 01 Latitude 44 Sioux Falls, SD Tickets & More…
Latitude 44
Jun 01201 N Weber Ave
Sioux FallsSD
Jun 03 The Record Bar Kansas City, MO Tickets & More…
The Record Bar
Jun 031020 Westport Rd
Kansas CityMO
Jun 04 The Opolis Norman, OK Tickets & More…
The Opolis
Jun 04113 N Crawford Ave
Jun 05 Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, OK Tickets & More…
Cain’s Ballroom
Jun 05423 N Main St
Jun 06 House of Blues Houston, TX Tickets & More…
House of Blues
Jun 061204 Caroline St
Jun 07 Three Links Dallas, TX Tickets & More…
Three Links
Jun 072704 Elm St
Jun 08 The Parish Austin, TX Tickets & More…
The Parish
Jun 08214 E 6th St
Jun 11 Hi-Dive Denver, CO Tickets & More…
Jun 117 S Broadway
Jun 12 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT Tickets & More…
Kilby Court
Jun 12741 Kilby Ct
Salt Lake CityUT
Jun 15 The Cave at Hackett Ranch Yakima, WA Tickets & More…
The Cave at Hackett Ranch
Jun 15YakimaWA
Jun 16 Triple Door Seattle, WA Tickets & More…
Triple Door
Jun 16216 Union St
Jun 17 Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, Canada Tickets & More…
Biltmore Cabaret
Jun 17395 Kingsway
Jun 18 Mississippi Studios Portland, OR Tickets & More…
Mississippi Studios
Jun 183939 N Mississippi Ave
Jun 20 Vintage Wine Bar Redding, CA Tickets & More…
Vintage Wine Bar
Jun 201790 Market St.
Jun 21 The Independent San Francisco, CA Tickets & More…
The Independent
Jun 21628 Divisadero St
San FranciscoCA
Jun 22 Bootleg Theater Los Angeles, CA Tickets & More…
Bootleg Theater
Jun 222220 Beverly Blvd
Los AngelesCA
Jun 25 TBA San Diego, CA Tickets & More…
Jun 25San DiegoCA
Jun 26 Hotel Monte Vista Flagstaff, AZ Tickets & More…
Hotel Monte Vista
Jun 26100 N San Francisco St
Jun 28 TBA Des Moines, IA Tickets & More…
Jun 28Des MoinesIA
Jul 07 Windy City Ribfest Chicago, IL Tickets & More…
Windy City Ribfest
Jul 07ChicagoIL
Jul 11 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI Tickets & More…
Shank Hall
Jul 111434 N Farwell Ave

Jeremy David Miller and Ryan Anderson do The Hideout, tonight!

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An intimate evening with two men of music. Thursday May 16 Ryan and Jeremy set up and play in the front room of The Hideout with their numerous musical projects including Go Long Mule, Rambos, The Louvin Lovers, plus special guest singers Sarah Holtschlag and Bekah Miller.

Musikanto does Portland!

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Hey Portland, Musikanto is in you! And he’s not going anywhere for awhile so you might as well enjoy it. Check him out all week at Crystal Ballroom: Al’s Den where he will be serenading you with his sweet acoustic sounds. It’s his first time playing in Portland so show him how you do and go buy him a beer!

Celebrate Mother’s Day with The Minneapolis Henrys!

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The MPLS Henrys haven’t played out in a while. Knyfs have never played out before. There will be new tunes all around! So after you’ve put your mothers to bed come to Whistler and rock out with us. Just Tivo Game Of Thrones and we’ll watch it with you later.

Mike Musikanto announces winter tour dates!


 Mike Musikanto announces winter tour dates!

I’m excited to announce my 2013 winter Tour dates!!  2012 was an amazing year and I got to see so much more of the world then I ever dreamed of.  I am so thankful to every band that took me on the road and let me share the stage with them.  I am especially thankful to all of you for helping me make the “Sky of Dresses” the success that it was.  Time moves ever so fast and I hope to be seeing a lot more of all of you this year.  My first tour of 2013 will be right here in the US of A and every show will be billed as Mike Musikanto.  I have so many new stories and songs to share with you and I hope to see you in the coming weeks! If I miss your town this time around more dates for the spring are on the way!!

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Jan 18

Rohs Street Cafe

Cincinnati, OH


Jan 19

Kafe Kerouac

Columbus, OH



Jan 22

The Living Room

New York, NY


Jan 23

World Cafe Live

Philadelphia, PA


Jan 24

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA



Jan 25

Rockwood Music Hall

New York, NY


Jan 26

Bohemain Coffee

Baltimore, MD


Jan 28


Norfolk, VA


Jan 29

Tir Na Nog

Raleigh, NC


Jan 30

Evening Muse

Charlotte, NC


Jan 31

Moe Joes

Clemson, SC



Feb 15


Madison, WI


Feb 16

The Aster Cafe

Minneapolis, MN


May 15

Crystal Ballroom (Al’s Den)

Portland, OR


May 16

Crystal Ballroom (Al’s Den)

Portland, OR


May 17

Crystal Ballroom (Al’s Den)

Portland, OR


May 18

Crystal Ballroom (Al’s Den)

Portland, OR


May 19

Crystal Ballroom (Al’s Den)

Portland, OR


May 20

Crystal Ballroom (Al’s Den)

Portland, OR


May 21

Crystal Ballroom (Al’s Den)

Portland, OR


May 22

Crystal Ballroom (Al’s Den)

Portland, OR


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 Mike Musikanto announces winter tour dates!

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Rambos at Burlington with The Ladybirds (Louisville) and Blackbelts

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Jaxon (Ladybirds), Jeremy (Rambos), JJ (Rambos)

Rambos take the stage at The Burlington tonight with The Ladybirds from Louisville and Chicago’s Blackbelts. Loud Loop Press says:

“Get your September off to a brawlin’ good start with high-energy Chicago rockers Rambos. The group melts faces with smoky rockabilly beats, which it lovingly layers with thick cuts of bluesy punk and surf rock. It’s like a rock’n’roll seven-layer bean dip. No, I’m not hungry. I swear. Also performing tonight are Louisville pop rockers The Ladybirds and music group Blackbelts.” (Audrey Leon)

The Burlington is located at 3425 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.

Mid Point Music Fest lineup announced

 Mid Point Music Fest lineup announcedCincinnati’s MidPoint Music Fest is back for its 11th year! Chicago has a nice contingent out there, including two of our very own, Ami Saraiya and the Outcome and Jon Drake & The Shakes. Other Chicago acts include: Paper Thick Walls, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, The Damn Choir, Andrew Bird, Briar Rabbit, J. Davis Trio, Sidewalk Chalk, Willis Earl Beale, The Bears of Blue River and The Right Now. Find the full lineup at The festival runs in multiple locations around Cincinnati from September 27-29.

Ami Saraiya and the Outcome will play the Know Theater on the Biore Strip Second Stage at 10PM on Friday, September 28th (more info)

Jon Drake & The Shakes will play the Vitamin Water Room at the Hanke Building at 9PM on Saturday, September 29th (more info)

Jon Drake & The Shakes in Woodstock, IL for Wasted Plains

The second annual event aims to highlight Chicago bands by taking them out of the city and transplanting them north 55 miles in Woodstock.

This year’s lineup includes Ezra Furman, White Mystery, Santah, Cousin Dud, Elephant Gun, The Heligoats, The Soil & The Sun, Jon Drake & The Shakes, Rabble Rabble, On Again Off Again, Thin Hymns, Jaime Rojo, Barber Greene, Jack Avery’s Kin, Jellybones, Kellen & Me, Kane Place Record Club (MKE).

More info here:

Dear Ulysses out today

The debut album from Jon Drake & The Shakes is now available at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and anywhere else MP3s are sold. Go grab a copy today!

Spotify (link on its way – if you have Spotify, just search for ‘Jon Drake & The Shakes’)

Dear Ulysses Track List
1. Gustav
2. Charlie
3. Rattles and Snakes
4. The Fourth of July
5. Hold Now, Sirrah
6. Cherry
7. Elizabeth Johnston
8. Mary
9. The Slip
10. Red Line Cheat
11. Margie

Jon Drake & The Shakes on Daytrotter

Jon Drake Daytrotter Jon Drake & The Shakes on Daytrotter

Head on over to Daytrotter for a session by Jon Drake & The Shakes. Along with the recordings, you’ll learn a whole ton about Jon Drake, The Shakes and how they all met. This session was recorded at Daytrotter’s original Rock Island, IL studio, the Horse Shack.