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KJHK is bringing the live music scene back to Lawrence

KJHK is bringing the live music scene back to Lawrence

Olivia Acree

From where Nirvana & Green Day played in a small, standing-room-only shack. To where Janelle Monae packed in her hometown crowd. Lawrence has had a rich music history. KJHK, the student-run radio station at KU, is trying to bring the love of music back to Lawrence.

“We are kickstarting the live music scene again in Lawrence. This is the first time that a lot of local bands are going to get to play at a venue with such a capacity,” said Bella Koscal, the development director at KJHK.

KJHK is hosting a battle of the bands – where local bands get to compete for a cash prize and studio time.

Here is what Caroline Blubaugh, leader singer of Dog Complex, thinks they would use the prize money on. “We would ideally love to record,” said Blubaugh.

Friday at 7:00 pm, the semi-finals are taking place in Lawrence at The Bottleneck. Here’s how one of the semi-finalist bands feels about the competition:

“It feels great. We’re just super excited to play. Especially at The Bottleneck it’s a great venue,” said Blubaugh.

To support the local music scene, you can purchase a ticket to the show. Tickets are $3 for KU students and $5 for the general public. To vote on your favorite band, you must stay for the entire show.

“It’s a diverse mix of bands sprinkled in all night. I really love it,” said Koscal.

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