Kris Lager and Scru Face Jean national tours; Esmé Patterson announced; Sylvan Esso tonight

The perennially touring Kris Lager Band heads out on the road again next month. The Omaha-based soul band announced a batch of Midwest and East Coast tour dates, kicking off at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln April 10. Later in May, Kris Lager Band also headlines HullabaCruise, a musical tour of the Missouri River.

We reviewed the latest release, Heavy Soul & Boogie Trance, last month. The album’s title fits the genre, with groovy funk guitars and soulful guitars mixed with psychedelia.

Check out the tour dates below and get more information here.

Apr. 10 – Zoo Bar, Lincoln
Apr. 11 – Knuckleheads, Kansas City, Mo.
Apr. 15 – Mahoney’s Irish Pub, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Apr. 16 – The Castle Theatre, Bloomington, Ill.
Apr. 17 – Mother’s, Chicago
Apr. 18 – Redstone Room, Davenport, Iowa
Apr. 20 – Funk N Waffles, Syracuse, N.Y.
Apr. 21 – Mojo’s, Jamestown, N.Y.
Apr. 23 – Tip Top, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Apr. 24 – The Union, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Apr. 25 – Groovewalk Fest, Holland, Mich.
Apr. 28 – Lamasco’s, Evansville, Ind.
Apr. 29 – Magoon’s, St. Joseph, Mo.
Apr. 30 – Webby D’s, Fort Smith, Ark.
May 1 – Beale on Broadway, St. Louis
May 2 – Knuckleheads, Kansas City, Mo.


Esmé Patterson will play Reverb Lounge on April 24. The Denver folk-rock singer’s show will open with Simon Joyner and Sean Pratt and The Sweats. RSVP for the event here.

Patterson’s fall tour with Austin’s Shakey Graves saw performances on Conan and, most recently, The Late Show in February. Shakey Graves sold out The Waiting Room in November. Patterson released her debut, Woman to Woman, in April 2014.

The show also comes just a few weeks after the release of Joyner’s new album Grass Branch and Bone. Stay tuned for a feature on the ARC-recorded album.


Scru Face Jean is on the road with producer/rapper Mark Battles and Derek Luh. The national tour will take the Lincoln rapper to both coasts in March and April. The tour kicked off at Lincoln’s Vega on Tuesday night, and continues with tonight’s show in Colorado Springs.

Scru Face Jean released a slew of music videos last year and currently has two singles on his website. We wrote about “Black Caesar” here.

For his part, Battles is the founder of the record label Fly America and has worked with Lil Wayne and Ab-Soul. Luh is a rapper on Fly America. Taking the unsigned Scru Face on tour through some of the country’s biggest cities could forge new fans for the rapper. We’re excited to see what comes of it.

Check out the tour dates below and get more information on the tour here.

March 19 – Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, Colo.
March 21 – Marshall White Center, Ogden, Utah
March 22 – Mardi Gras Ballroom, Boise, Idaho
March 24 – Swaxx Spokane, Spokane, Wash.
March 26 – Studio Seven, Seattle
March 27 – Vert Auditorium, Pendleton, Ore.
March 28 – Roseland Theater, Portland, Ore.
March 29 – Wow Hall, Eugene, Ore.
Apr. 1 – The Velvet Room, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Apr. 2 – The Epicentre, San Diego
Apr. 3 – Club XS, Tucson
Apr. 4 – The Grain Station, Albuquerque
Apr. 5 – Club Red, Tempe, Ariz.
Apr. 6 – The Wreck Room, Amarillo, Tex.
Apr. 7 – The Quixotic World, Dallas, Tex.
Apr. 8 – Warehouse Live, Houston
Apr. 9 – Cherokee Performing Arts Center, St. Louis
Apr. 10 – Mr. Small’s Fun House, Pittsburgh
Apr. 11 – The Chop Shop, Charlotte, N.C.
Apr. 13 – The Middle East, Boston
Apr. 14 – Higher Ground, Burlington, Vt.
Apr. 18 – Ceruti’s Event Center, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Apr. 19 – The Double Door, Chicago
Apr. 21 – The Forvm, Buffalo, N.Y.
Apr. 22 – Skully’s, Columbus, Ohio


North Carolina electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso plays tonight at Slowdown (RSVP). The duo released its debut self-titled album last May. Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner opens as her solo indie pop project, Flock of Dimes.