We know it’s hot, but we’ve got a couple more festivals and outdoor events to get through this Summer. We start July strong with a free event for the community and close out with loads of big names and heavy hitters at the venues. Here are our best bets for the local live music scene this July.

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The Fairgrounds | July 3

The City of Lawrence is kicking off July with a big free community event. Their annual Fourth of July celebration is actually happening the day before, on July 3, at the fairgrounds. That’s where, along with dozens of vendors and an art/craft fair, bands will take to the stage to help ring in the holiday. Son Venezuela, LYXE, and Under Rated Society are all set to play, bringing a variety of genres to the celebration. Don’t leave when the sun sets! You’ll want to catch the new drone show, appearing in lieu of the fireworks show (to have mercy on our four-legged friends at the nearby animal shelter).

RIYL: Latin music, hip-hop, rock and roll, holidays


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The Wallflowers

Liberty Hall | July 12

Jakob Dylan’s solo project via The Wallflowers has been a steady rock staple since the 90s. The songwriter’s knack for tackling his own insecurities and introspection is one of the reasons fans have stayed loyal to Dylan over the decades. With seven studio albums and endless tours under their belts (as well as a brief hiatus), the band heads to Liberty Hall. Recent tour stops have included some well-loved covers by other notable rock acts, so Lawrencians are in for a treat. Local Heidi Lynne Gluck is opening.

RIYL: Tom Petty, 90’s alternative rock


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Scroat Belly 30th Anniversary Party with Godzillionaire  

The Granada (outside) | July 13

Punk/bluegrass fans rejoice! You’re going to have a great time in Lawrence this Summer when Scroat Belly hits the stage in Downtown Lawrence. This is the Granada’s newer outdoor stage, located in the lot just South of the venue. Members of Scroat Belly (who later formed Split Lip Rayfield) are known for their rowdiness and longstanding fan base. This will be a great event for the community with a ticket price to die for (how often can you see shows for under $20 anymore?). They’ll be joined by the very sludgy and loud Godzillionaire, a favorite amongst the metal heads and hard rockers in Lawrence.

RIYL: Local bands with longevity


Amyl and the Sniffers - Photo credit: Jamie Wdziekonski

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Amyl and the Sniffers

The Granada | July 30

I’m going to say this once: DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW; IT WILL SELL OUT. I personally cannot BELIEVE we’re getting Amyl and the Sniffers here in Lawrence at the end of the Summer, what a treat! This is one of the greatest (and rowdiest) up-and-coming bands in the world, and they’re coming with the other hot shots in town Lambrini Girls. The Australian punks are making waves across the globe due to their thrilling live shows, and they’re coming after just releasing a couple of new singles earlier this Summer (which means loads more music on the way).

RIYL: The Chats, Catf!ght, IDLES

Other events to keep on your radar:


Marcel P. Black /1st Verse / Jediah K.O. / St. Dominick / Pinchgod

The Replay | July 6


Lawrence City Band: Americana

South Park | July 10


Lorna Kays Country Club

Northside Social | July 10


Winona Fighter

The Bottleneck | July 12


Keo and Them / Liney Blu / Jocelyn Olivia Nixon

The Replay | July 12


Frozen Soul

The Bottleneck | July 13


Chuck Mead

The Bottleneck | July 19


Smoky Mirror / Deal / City Hall

The Replay | July 19


Jeff Rosenstock

The Bottleneck | July 21

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