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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…

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Oak Park IL – August 18 – SOLD OUT
Madison WI – August 19 – SOLD OUT
Downers Grove IL – August 20 @ 8pm
Bloomington-Normal IL – August 21 @ 5pm
Springfield MO – August 26 @ 8pm
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
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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
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Friday, June 24 – Champaign IL – Living Room Show @ Undertow
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Saturday, June 25 – Effingham IL – Moccasin Creek Fest
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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
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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

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.

We’re very excited to announce the Saint Louis premiere of our long-awaited movie!

Thursday, February 11
The Stage at KDHX
3524 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO, 63103

Doors open at 7pm
Movie starts at 7:30pm

Tickets are going fast! Don’t delay.
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In 2009, a live show by iconic Midwestern rock band The Bottle Rockets was filmed with the intention of releasing it as a live concert DVD. As the footage moved through post-production, it transformed into a more ambitious project that featured a documentary. Over six years in development, Welcome To Our Movie: The Bottle Rockets Live & In Person is at last released. The incendiary live footage includes time-honored, fan-favorite songs, as well as the first performances of songs from The Bottle Rockets’ 2009 Bloodshot Records album Lean Forward. The documentary portions consist of engaging interviews with the band and lyricist Scott Taylor, incorporating rare memorabilia and personal archives from their earliest years and throughout their career. Directed and co-produced by John Boston, Welcome To Our Movie showcases an American rock-n-roll band performing at fighting weight and telling their unlikely success story.