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Hello friends! We’re looking for people to host Bottle Rockets Living Room Shows in October. These shows are hosted in private spaces. No stage, no sound system. Each show limited to 40-60 people.  Please read details below and get in touch right away if you are in or near one of these cities and can host a show.

Thu Oct 6 – Baltimore MD
Fri Oct 7 – Richmond VA or Raleigh NC
Sun Oct 9 – Knoxville or Chattanooga TN

We’ll make this as easy as possible for the hosts. All you have to do is let us borrow your living room for about 3 hours, check names off the list at the door… in return you’ll get 5 additional free tickets for friends and our eternal gratitude.

IMPORTANT!

1. Please read everything below so you know how it works.

2. email bottle-rockets@living-room-shows.com this info:
– a. Your address.
– b. A few photos of your living room.
– c. Please put “Bottle Rockets Living Room Show” and the name of your city in the subject line.

3. Sit tight and we’ll get back to as soon as possible if we can book the show at your place.

Here’s how it works.

1. You have a house, loft, small gallery, studio or other intimate space where we can do a private show that can comfortably and safely host 40-60 people. There needs to be street parking, parking garage or public transportation nearby and your neighbors should be cool. It would be a huge bummer if someone called the cops because of all the extra cars and people coming to your house. You probably shouldn’t do this if you live in a small apartment with a bunch of uptight neighbors or a cranky landlord. Be realistic on how many people your place can hold. We need to know how many tickets we can sell in advance. Sorry, we can’t do these shows outside.

2. Ticket price will be $25. Everyone must buy tickets in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. There will be no reselling or third-party tickets sales. All tickets sales are direct to fans from Undertow. Limit 4 tickets per person. These shows sell out quickly and we want everyone to have a fair opportunity to buy tickets.

3. We’ll provide the host with a list of everyone coming to the show. The host won’t have to deal with any money and will only need to check people off the list as they arrive. We ask guests to arrive between 7:00-7:45pm. The shows start at 8pm and we ask everyone to be out of your space by 10pm.

4. The host gets 5 additional free tickets for the show. If you have other friends beyond your 5 guests who want to come to the show you should direct them buy tickets on-line.

5. Your home address will not be published on the web and will only be given to people who purchase tickets.

6. The shows will promoted on our websites, Facebook and Twitter and word-of-mouth.

7. We’ll need your help to spread the word on your Facebook and Twitter too. We’ll create a Facebook event for each show and make you a host of the event so you can easily invite your friends (Thank you!). Remember, please don’t post your address. The address only goes to people after they buy tickets. We need to keep the location private so random people don’t try to show up and pay at the door.

8. You don’t need any sort of sound system. All you need is 4 armless chairs for the band to sit on and some kind of ambient lighting like a lamp on coffee table, floor lamp, or overhead lights with a dimmer to help create a cozy mood.

9. You don’t need seating for everyone. If you have a bunch of chairs, great! But most shows are floor seating and we let guests know they should bring a cushion, pillow or folding chair to sit on during the show.

10. There will be no opening acts on the living room shows.

That’s it.
THANK YOU!!!

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The Living Room Shows are coming! The Living Room Shows are coming! Tickets on sale NOW! Act fast, they go quick. Acres of fun, in somebody’s living room! Acoustic guitars, no microphones, just the freewheelin’ Bottle Rockets blowin’ into town, playin’ an all request show in a living room, and blowin’ on out. Arena rock excitement, without the arena inconveniences, like crazy ticket prices, terrible seats, and 9 dollar beers. How many 40 dollar lawn tickets 300 yards from the stage must a man go down, before they call him a foolish man? The answer my friends, is blowin’ in the living room, the answer is blowin’ in the living room…

BUY TICKETS

Oak Park IL – August 18 – SOLD OUT
Madison WI – August 19 – SOLD OUT
Downers Grove IL – August 20 – SOLD OUT
Bloomington-Normal IL – August 21 @ 5pm
Springfield MO – August 26 – SOLD OUT
Columbia MO – August 27 – SOLD OUT
St. Louis MO – August 28 @ 5pm

UPDATE: July 21, 2016

We’ve been intentionally quiet the past few weeks about my stolen cymbals and didn’t share news because sensitive info was developing with the case. However, the good news can be announced that all, except for one, of my items have been recovered and are now back in my possession again! The details can’t be publicized yet since the investigation is still in progress, but the thief has been identified and contacted, and the case is moving forward.

Much thanks to the managers and employees at Guitar Center in Crestwood for their cooperation, and very special thanks to Gian Vianello at Maplewood Pawn Shop for going above and beyond my hopes or expectations! Gian runs an honest business and is one of the good guys — he has my major respect and gratitude. Also a special shout-out goes to Chris Snider for having been on the right scent. He and I spotted some of my stuff on the Guitar Center web site at the same time. Thanks for all the support from our fans and social media community. The buddy system does work!

Best,
-Mark

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Someone has stolen Bottle Rockets’ drummer, Mark Ortmann’s entire collection of cymbals. These were taken from a locked storage space at his apartment building sometime between May 25 and June 19. Please keep an eye out at area pawn shops, music stores, Ebay and Craigslist. Please get in touch right away if you come across anything from the list below (info@bottlerocketsmusic.com). And please help us spread the word by sharing this. Thanks for your help!
 
(3) XL Specialty Protechtor cymbal cases / black
(1 pair) 14″ A Zildjian Quick Beat Hi-Hats (circa 1984)
(1) 20″ A Zildjian Crash Ride (circa 2000)
(1) 22″ A Zildjian Ping Ride (circa 1984)
(1) 19″ K Zildjian Crash Thin (brilliant finish / circa 1995)
(1) 20″ Zildjian A Custom Crash
(1) 18″ K Zildjian Dark Crash Medium-Thin
(1) 18″ A Zildjian Crash Medium-Thin (low note)
(1) 18″ A Zildjian Crash Medium-Thin (mid note)
(1) 18″ A Zildjian Crash Medium-Thin (high note)
(1 pair) 14″ Zildjian K Constantinople Hi-Hats (circa 2000)
(1) 18″ Zildjian K Constantinople Crash (circa 2000)
(1) 20″ Zildjian K Constantinople Medium Ride (circa 2000)
(1) 20″ Sabian HHX Manhattan Jazz Ride
(1) 19″ Sabian AAX X-Plosion Crash
(1) 18″ Sabian HHX Chinese Crash
 
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Presented by Sandwich Life House Concerts and Undertow!
Bottle Rockets – Living Room Show
Fri, June 24 / Champaign IL
doors open at 7pm / show stars at 8pm
Buy Tickets

JUNE TOUR DATES!

June 8, 2016

We’re playing some shows this month. Come out and say “Hello!”

Thursday, June 23 – Valparaiso IN – Front Porch Music Series
TICKETS

Friday, June 24 – Champaign IL – Living Room Show @ Undertow
TICKETS

Saturday, June 25 – Effingham IL – Moccasin Creek Fest
TICKETS

Tour Dates / May 2016

April 29, 2016

Heads up! 
 
Thursday, May 12 : Decatur GA @ Eddie’s Attic
Eric Ambel opening the show. Eric will be solo. Alone, with his guitar. Because that’s the way he wants it, and we know better than to argue. Last time we played here was with Marshall Crenshaw. We arrived so late, some of you helped us load in. We’ll try our very best to not make that happen this time. But bring work gloves, just in case…
 
Friday, May 13 : Nashville TN @ 12th & Porter
Once again, with Eric Ambel. Same deal, Eric’s solo. We don’t play in Nashville very often, Eric plays Nashville even less, so if you live in the area, you might wanna seriously consider coming to this.
 
Saturday, May 14 : Maryville TN @ The Shed
No Eric on this show, but we’ll do our best to make up for the loss. These are always fun shows at The Shed, and since it IS a shed, there is a roof. No need to fear precipitation, or sunburn, or moonburn, or being photographed by a Google Maps plane. Come on down!
 
See you very, very soon. Bring friends…
 
Brian, Mark, John & Keith
Bottle Rockets

 

How You Can Help Bands!

April 7, 2016

If you haven’t read this yet, read it. Some people think David Lowery is a shit disturber, but really, he’s a working musician, tellin’ it exactly like it is in these end days of the music business. If you wanna help… Next time you go to see a band you love who are traveling in a van, humpin’ their own gear, resist your generous offer to buy them a round of drinks, and buy their CD instead. Even if you already have it. Give it to a friend who doesn’t have it. Donate it to a library, whatever. THAT is what will help the band. That’s the generosity that will make a difference. 9 times out of 10, the band has been getting free drinks from the venue since soundcheck. Buying the music is what keeps us all rollin’ out there. – Brian Henneman

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APRIL TOUR DATES
Here we go again, with Marshall Crenshaw for a bunch of shows in the Midwest. These are always great. Always. We play a set of our songs, then we join Marshall on stage as his backing band for a set of his songs. HOT TIP: If you’re not in the mood for a good time, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND. Otherwise, we’ll see you there…

April 05 : Ann Arbor MI – The Ark – TICKETS
April 06 : Grand Rapids MI – Tip Top Deluxe TICKETS
April 07 : Bloomington IL – Castle Theatre – TICKETS
April 08 : Lafayette IN – Lafayette Theater – TICKETS
April 09 : Chicago IL – Old Town School of Folk – 7pm – TICKETS
April 09 : Chicago IL – Old Town School of Folk – 10pm – TICKETS
April 10 : Milwaukee WI – Shank Hall – TICKETS
April 12 : St Paul MN – Turf Club – TICKETS
April 13 : Sioux Falls SD –  White Wall Sessions – TICKETS
April 14 : Kansas City MO – Knuckleheads Saloon – TICKETS
April 15 : Burlington IA – Capitol Theater TICKETS

Awright Chillunz, this month’s news you can hopefully use…
Eastbound and down, loaded up and truckin’ this weekend to play a couple of make-up shows that were cancelled by that big dumb stoopid mean ol’ blizzard in January, and we’ll be dropping in for what may be our 147,328th appearance (we’ve lost count, this number MAY be a little high…) at NPR’s Mountain Stage too.

March 18 : Alexandria VA – The Birchmere – SOLD OUT
March 19 : Baltimore MD – Living Room Show – SOLD OUT
March 20 : Charleston WV – Mountain Stage – TICKETS
with Honeyhoney, Marshall Crenshaw, Mike Cooley, Webb Wilder

SAINT LOUIS SHOW – BENEFIT FOR SOUTH BROADWAY ATHLETIC CLUB
This is gonna be super extra duper cool. If you’re in the area and miss this show, we wish you luck with your competing appointment. We name our album after a historical boxing/wrestling club in town, then actually PERFORM there. Such coolness has never before happened in Bottle Rockets history. SBAC history? Who knows? They’ve been around since the early 1900’s. Seems like something cooler than this could’ve happened there in that length of time, but…maybe not. We’re doin’ it for the club. All proceeds go directly to the South Broadway Athletic Club. Business there just ain’t like it used to be. Neither is the music business, we know each other’s pain. This is a match made in heaven. Come on down!!!

March 26 :  St Louis MO @ South Broadway Athletic Club
2301 S. 7th Street
St. Louis, MO 63104
TICKETS

APRIL TOUR DATES
Here we go again, with Marshall Crenshaw for a bunch of shows in the Midwest. These are always great. Always. We play a set of our songs, then we join Marshall on stage as his backing band for a set of his songs. HOT TIP: If you’re not in the mood for a good time, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND. Otherwise, we’ll see you there…

April 05 : Ann Arbor MI – The Ark – TICKETS
April 06 : Grand Rapids MI – Tip Top Deluxe TICKETS
April 07 : Bloomington IL – Castle Theatre – TICKETS
April 08 : Lafayette IN – Lafayette Theater – TICKETS
April 09 : Chicago IL – Old Town School of Folk – 7pm – TICKETS
April 09 : Chicago IL – Old Town School of Folk – 10pm – TICKETS
April 10 : Milwaukee WI – Shank Hall – TICKETS
April 12 : St Paul MN – Turf Club – TICKETS
April 13 : Sioux Falls SD –  White Wall Sessions – TICKETS
April 14 : Kansas City MO – Knuckleheads Saloon – TICKETS
April 15 : Burlington IA – Capitol Theater TICKETS

MAY TOUR DATES
Little bit off in the future, but heads up… looks like Eric Ambel will be opening the shows in Decatur and Nashville! Will we eat Nashville Hot Chicken? Oh, the suspense!!! Stay tuned…

May 12 : Decatur GA – Eddie’s Attic – TICKETS
May 13 : Nashville TN – 12th & Porter – TICKETS
May 14 – Maryville TN –  The Shed – TICKETS

We’ll have more news and summer tour dates to tell you about very soon.

Thanks for your continued support
Brian, Mark, John & Keith
Bottle Rockets

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We’re excited to be playing a benefit show on March 26 to raise funds for South Broadway Athletic Club in St. Louis.