Sunday, October 8th
Legendary Shack Shakers
at The Wooly
Doors at 8pm
$10adv/$13 at the door
The Legendary Shack Shakers’ hell-for-leather roadshow has earned quite a name for itself with its unique brand of Southern Gothic that is all-at-once irreverent, revisionist, dangerous, and fun. Led by their charismatic, rail-thin frontman and blues-harpist JD Wilkes, the Shack Shakers are a four-man wrecking crew from the South whose explosive interpretations of the blues, punk, rock and country have made fans, critics and legions of potential converts into true believers.
After taking more than a year off to work on other projects (including JD Wilkes's book "Barn Dances & Jamborees Across Kentucky"), the band is re-mobilizing in the fall of 2014 much to the excitement of many a Shack Shaker fanatic. Despite the group’s time off, their reputation for intensity has stuck with them. On stage, JD has been compared to the likes of Iggy Pop, David Byrne, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The Nashville Scene named Wilkes “the best frontman in Nashville” in 2002, while former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra has called JD “the last great Rock and Roll frontman.” Having joined the band in early 2012, garage blues guitar player Rod Hamdallah--who also lends his prowess to Wilkes's side project ‘JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers'--is back in the Shack Shakers’ lineup. The rhythm section is rounded out with Brett Whitacre on drums and Mark Robertson thumping out the upright bass.
Although not legendary upon being named, the band has grown into its reputation the last several years due to their heavy tour schedule, six critically acclaimed studio albums, and songs that have been featured on television shows such as HBO’s True Blood. Past tour mates and fans include Reverend Horton Heat, Rancid, The Black Keys, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, and Hank Williams III. Robert Plant is also a noted Legendary Shack Shakers fan, and picked the band to open for him on his 2005 tour of Europe. Plant named the band's third album Believe as one of his favorite records of 2005. The list of esteemed admirers goes on to include horror novelist Stephen King, who listed “CB Song” as among his iPod’s Top Five in a 2008 Entertainment Weekly article. Such a wealth of devoted fans over the years has only added to the mystique that the Legendary Shack Shakers possess, carrying them down the road toward new creative pursuits and barn-shaking tunes.
Print’s not dead! Let this talk be proof. From the contracts to the scheming, from the pagination to the design, from the tears to the nightmares…Aaron Draplin shares the entire story behind Draplin Design Co.'s newest book Pretty Much Everything. Yes, the book has typos – and so does life. Hear Aaron speak about what it’s like to cram your whole half-wit career into 256 pages. The entire presentation is dipped in Pantone Orange 021!
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The Wooly Craft Faire will be hosting local artists and shops
Sunday, April 2, 2017.
Booths will feature handmade crafts and vintage items. Free admission for all. During the Spring Arts Festival inside The Wooly. A/C & Bar!
If interested in a booth please contact email@example.com.
FREE for all vendors. Sign up ASAP to reserve booths. Limited Spots. Tables and chairs provided
Arrow's Aim Records Presents:
Gainesville Record Fair at The Wooly
Our 5th record fair! The biggest one yet!!
35 tables of used and new vinyl, CDs, cassettes, posters, and music memorabilia. Dealers from FL and GA will be bringing you the best they got, from 50 cent budget bins up to super rare and collectible records.
Admission to the record fair is FREE from 11am-4pm, and costs $5 for early birds from 9am-11am. Ya gotta pay for first dibs!!
There is limited table space available, so if you would like to sell at the Fair, please call Arrow's Aim Records from 12-8 at 352-371-2121. Table space must be paid for in advance, or your table will not be reserved.
The Fritz at The Wooly
w/ Special Guests Locochino + Age Of Funk
3/2 | 9:00 PM | $10 / $13
THE FRITZ IS LIVE ROCK.
THE FRITZ IS LIVE FUNK.
THE FRITZ IS LIVE MUSIC.
After five years of traveling the East Coast and steadily building a reputation as a live act not to be missed, Asheville music ambassadors, The Fritz, played a strong year of sets showing thousands of new fans what throngs of Southeastern music lovers have known for years: The Fritz likes to get funky. As much as they take their funk seriously, the band takes it’s rock-honed songwriting just as seriously, but the well crafted song is not the only final product in the live forum. Individually, the members of The Fritz are masters of improvisation, carefully weaving their personality into each performance.
While the music may range from hard driving soul to progressive rock, a common thread of The Fritz’s passionate energy reigns true in each show. Whether live or in the studio, the band creates an energetic dance party every time. Their 2013 release, Bootstrap, released positive acclaim around the region. The Fritz brought several unforgettable performances to festivals all over the East Coast. As 2016 rounds to a close, the boys are preparing to enter the studio to record a new album with the help of Dave Brandwein (Turkuaz, The London Souls, Zongo Junction). The Fritz looks forward to a great year in 2017, as they continue to spread the good Fritz gospel of intoxicating live music.
Saturday, February 18th 2017
We are thrilled to announce
The Umoja Orchestra and Morningbell Reunion
Umoja Orchestra is a Gainesville, FL-based band whose music incorporates elements from afrobeat, jazz, funk, afro-cuban as well as traditional African, Caribbean and South American styles like salsa and merengue. The band's instrumentation is modeled closely to bands such as Fela Kuti's Africa 70 and the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra.
Umoja Orchestra was, and still is, a strong presence in the Gainesville music scene and is ever-growing. It is especially known for its energetic, crowd-pleasing, and dance-oriented live performances, usually selling out local venues and putting on spectacular shows. They have gone on three national tours, mostly through the East Coast, but as far as Texas. The name "Umoja" comes from the Swahili word for "unity".
Morningbell is Gainesville Florida's own melodic, multi-layered, psychedelic rock quartet. The band has rooted themselves as a well established tradition in the Florida Music Scene and beyond, touring the Eastern United States. Morningbell has been critically acclaimed and featured in Bonnaroo, MTV's The Real World Sydney, Blender Magazine, Pitchforkmedia.com, The Washington Post, and Americana UK. The bands music stands up best behind their captivating live performances. Armed with an arsenal of low budge lighting effects, Morningbell not only causes the stage to erupt with sound, but with their trademarked 100 dollar light show as well.
$8 adv/$10 dos (18+ only)
We will have limited tickets available at Arrow's Aim Records and Hear Again Music.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Plan to join National Women's Liberation (nationalwomensliberation.org) in an epic celebration of the power of organizing by celebrating the 44th anniversary of Roe V Wade with bands, local community groups, guerilla theatre, and a fortune teller.
Cost: $5-$15 donation
Music by The Howleez, Bite Marks, The Ones to Blame, Endless Pools, and more!
Our right to reproductive justice has been consistently under attack ever since the Roe V Wade descision. Many believe it was solely this decision (via the Supreme Court) that gave us the right to abortion in the US when in reality it was the years of struggle and organizing and bold demands by ordinary people that won us the right to abortion. Women have never been gifted their rights by a benevolent government. Our rights are won my a movement of work that is powerful and effective.
Come learn more about the continued struggle for abortion, birth control rights, and reproductive justice, enjoy some great music, get your fortune told, and financially support the movement!
Come out to The Wooly for a very special mini festival showcasing short films from the students in ENG4146: Creating the Cinema of Climate Change, the first of it's kind!
Throughout the semester, we've considered how we as humans react to the most overwhelming crisis of our time in an individual and affecting way. We are proud to present experimental, non-fiction and narrative short films that reframe climate change as a moral and creative challenge.
The event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
Beverages will be available at the bar!
To celebrate the holiday season, three of Gainesville's hottest bands have teamed up for a night of dancing, dreaming, and donation! In addition to the amazing night of music, there will be an instrument donation drive in support of local music education non-profit, Future Music Makers. Donated instruments will be used in workshops, public schools, and by FMM Scholars. Each person who donates and is 21+ years old will receive a complementary draft beer from the bar!
The Savants of Soul
9PM // $10
Friday, November 18th
Providing the ideal entry point for neophytes and an intoxicating aural high for the faithful, Damien Jurado’s new opus extends the hot streak ignited by 2012’s Maraqopaand its 2014 follow-up Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. Cut once again with label mate and super producer Richard Swift at the latter’s National Freedom recording facility in rural Oregon, Visions of Us On The Land completes the tale of an individual who has had to disappear from society in order to discover some universal truths.
There was no grand scheme to make a trilogy at the outset. Exuberantly prolific, its creator simply wanted the first record to be “a quick snapshot. But it’s become something that lives in a huge way in my conscience. Maraqopa is this peaceful place I can go to in my mind. A little bit psychedelic, but you’re not using substances. The brain is such a powerful thing. In that uncharted territory I was able to tap in and find this place. Which was called Maraqopa. Similar to the fictional towns in television or books.”
Maraqopa the album introduced a character — deliberately unnamed, intended to represent anyone feeling that way — who stumbles upon the titular locale then gets into a car crash… which only frees him further. Jurado notes parallels between his wilderness avatar and Syd Barrett’s exit from public life. Plus a classic episode of The Twilight Zone which ends with the previously active protagonist’s still body, eyes closed, on a hospital table. “Because he’s living out what he thinks is a reality in his unconscious state. But the guy doesn’t even know he’s in a coma! Wouldn’t that be strange, if your death was really you waking up? This is what Maraqopa embodies. But trying to do that musically is really hard. In some ways it’s creating a soundtrack.”
Movie music, from the storied scores for Zabriskie Point and Blade Runner to the more recent The Martian, has long been part of Damien’s diverse sound palette. When they began their collaboration at the top of this decade, he and Swift additionally bonded over psych, proto-punk and outsider rock ‘n’ roll nugget miners like Captain Beefheart, The Cramps, Bo Diddley and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Not to mention such softer dream weavers as Linda Perhacs and Gordon Lightfoot. This tapestry of influences — cinematic, lysergic, folkloric — threads seamlessly with the pair’s natural pop craftsmanship. Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son scored chart positions in both the US and UK, while elevating the esoteric art quotient to mythical levels. It picked up the narrative after the accident, in a commune inhabited by Silver Timothy, Silver Donna, Silver Malcolm, et al.
“I’ve never lived in one but I have friends who grew up in ‘Jesus freak’ communes in the late ‘70s. To me it’s fascinating because it’s all ritual. There was also talk and visuals of UFOs around Brothers and Sisters… A lot of it is photos. I met a guy on tour after I made Maraqopa who asked if I knew about Drop City, which was a commune in the ‘60s in Colorado. They built these geodesic domes, created their own little community. What’s funny is when I looked at photos of Drop City later, it looked exactly like my vision of Maraqopa.”
Visions of Us On The Land journeys further into the subconscious mind, a symbolic road trip spotlighting the people and towns that our central figure and his travelling companion, Silver Katherine, encounter upon leaving the commune. Hence the capitalized track titles, alluding to real American locations refracted through one’s third eye in the rear view mirror. Like all great art, it’s about life and death and love and freedom. A sonic map with no set destination, revealing more with each ride.
Doug Keith | Douglas Keith is usually known as Sharon Van Etten’s right hand man and guitarist. However, when he’s not slinging for Van Etten Keith is an accomplished solo artist and modern day troubadour. He is set to release his new LP, Pony, February 11 on The Village Label. Spin recently premiered the first single from the album, ‘Pure Gold In The 70’s‘. It features the one and only J Mascis on an unmistakeable guitar solo. - Ghettoblaster
Thursday, November 10th
While singing his own hilariously politically incorrect songs, Unknown Hinson plays guitar in a style incendiary enough to have Satan himself reaching for the antiperspirant. But don't dismiss him as a novelty act. He's one hell of a talent and has the music to prove it!
Looking somewhat like Dracula's nasty little brother who spent some hard years drinking and working as a carnival barker for a second-rate freak show, Unknown Hinson translates that vibe to his style of country and western-tinged psychobilly. The band is now touring nationwide, wowing audiences with outrageous and campy, white-trash persona and freewheeling, sleazy tone.
Hinson’s most recent CD release, "Live and Undead", melds weepy twang, searing guitar riffs and lyrics that speak of love-gone-bad. Recorded at a sold-out show, an enthusiastic honky tonk crowd sings along with the King on every song. Raucous, theatrical and over-the-top, Unknown Hinson isn’t just for the trailer park set anymore!
The Mermers | Local Surf Rock
Uncle Buck's Metal Bash 2016!
Thursday, October 27th (FEST weekend!)
The Wooly - 20 N Main St., Gainesville, FL
7 bands - $8 bux
I'm beyond delighted to anounce the return of the almightly monolith that is Holly Hunt! Your soul will be fuzzed out into oblivion.
Come get crushed by Miami's heaviest!
I'm An Intestine
Tampa Bay grind bois back for more hugs and snugs! I grew up with these peeps and they are one of the finest grind acts Florida has to offer. This entire town yearns for Mince's sweet embrace!
Super sick black/death metal shredders out of Tampa! This shit beyonds rips and I'm stoked to finally have them up here. For fans of Absu, black metal that goddamn rips
Up and coming grindcore buds from Orlando. This shit is so sick! For fans of Discordance Axis, Maruta, Gridlink, shit that rips
Awesome dudes from Jacksonville playing stuff reminiscent of early Intronaut and Mastadon with a kiss of Isis.Tight as shit musicianship - nerds rejoice!
That hometown blackened doom featuring Uncle Buck himself!
Gainesville hyper-thrash with blasts and plenty of sass for that ass! Featuring members of Sacridose, Mulva, and tons of other local favorites you already know about.
The Wooly - 20 N Main St., Gainesville, FL
18+ are welcome
Faraway Reach Tour
Like a balmy breeze from a world of endless summer, Classixx are back with Faraway Reach, a buoyant follow-up to their 2013 debut - something to cruise to with the top down, from festival fields to the beach, from the dance floor to the shotgun seat. Faraway Reach casts Classixx's young-but-nostalgic melodies and sublime chords in a more mature, restrained light, albeit no less lively and bright. Establishing themselves as producers
of note on their debut LP (Pitchfork called them “great songwriters,
too”), Faraway Reach delivers powerfully smooth and soulful jewels that are still decidedly their own - the Classixx signature is one that can’t be
traced. Their love of plaintive voices and disco-inspired grooves is as evident as ever, but this time around everything is a bit bolder, the cast is bigger, the melodies distilled into a higher potency - it’s all just as good, but
better. The album traverses locales, vocalists and inspirations. It's a fitting movement for the duo, from Venice beach to the mountains of South Africa and everywhere in between - a Faraway Reach.
Doors at 8pm
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Local ticket outlets: Hear Again Music & Arrow's Aim Records
30 tables of used and new vinyl, CDs, cassettes, posters, and music memorabilia. Dealers from FL and GA will be bringing you the best they got, from 50 cent budget bins up to super rare and collectible records.
The Fair is held every March and September at The Wooly, 20 N. Main St.
There is limited table space available, so if you would like to sell at the Fair, please call Arrow's Aim Records from 12-8 at 352-371-2121. Table space is $50 per spot and must be paid for in advance, or your table will not be reserved.
The Top & Atlantic Anniversary Blowout 2016
Friday, July 15th - Sunday, July 17th
Free Block Party at The Wooly, Atlantic,
The Top and Arcade Bar featuring live bands and DJ's
+ lots of giveaways, gold babies and other mystery prizes
Friday, July 15th at Atlantic: Doors at 8pm
Frameworks (Record Release show)
In the Stone
Friday DJ’s at The Top:
Kelly K & Dunstan Wallace / Top Patio & Josh Rey / Inside The Top
Saturday, July 16th at The Wooly: Doors at 7pm
Ordinary Boys (The Smiths/Morrissey Tribute from Miami)
Talking Heads Cover Band
Saturday at Atlantic and Arcade Bar: Doors at 10pm
All out dance party!
w/ DJ's Wax Atom, Cameron Gregory, DJ Donna, Blonde Ambition, Malibu Darby and P-Funk
Saturday DJ’s at The Top:
Andrew Chadwick / Top Patio & Tony Marquez / Inside The Top
Sunday at Atlantic: Doors at 8pm
Sunday Brunch Inside The Top: 11am-2pm
DJ Doc Stanley
Set times and details to be added soon. Keep checking back for more info and spread the word to all your friends!