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Creek Heathens

Creek Heathens

WATERLOO | Kansas punk, rock and country band the Creek Heathens are bringing their debut album to Spicoli's Friday for an album release show with local country rock band, Moonshine Sorrow.

The band describes themselves as "trashgrass" -- a mix of punk rock, outlaw country and bluegrass with an energetic and rowdy acoustic sound similar to Waterloo-based Moonshine Sorrow. The groups met when Moonshine Sorrow was on tour through the Topeka area where Creek Heathens are based.

"We opened for them and we gave them a place to stay," said Dave Howard, Creek Heathens' bass banjo player. "We became quick friends and we've been trading shows ever since."

The group features Lamont Moldenhauer on guitar and Terry Wenger on mandolin. Darrell Broxterman plays percussion using a wood box as a base drum, a washboard and other objects. Howard plays an instrument he made himself -- a blend of stand-up bass and banjo. Chris Frost plays five-string fiddle and Judd Henry Mason plays five-string banjo.

The show starts at 10 p.m. with Moonshine Sorrow opening. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Iowa Super Band Tour set

WATERLOO | Some of Iowa’s most talented musicians are teaming up for a 10-day tour later this month.

Unsure what to call it, organizer Curt Oren dubbed the shows an Iowa “super band” tour.

“I’m kind of hesitant to use those words because it kind of has a holier-than-thou connotation,” he said. “But I’m having trouble coming up with another way to describe it.”

With members of Iowa bands Dylan Sires and Neighbors and the River Monks, singer/songwriter Brooks Strause and Dana Telsrow joining Oren for the tour, a super band seems an appropriate description.

The concept is a live collaboration. Telsrow will incorporate all the touring musicians into his band while other musicians will sit in with other groups. Neighbors drummer Ross Klemz will back Strause’s Gory Details band.

"It'll be fun to get to know these guys better and will be an honor to play in Brooks Strause's band," said Sires.

Exactly how and where the musicians will all fit in each other's groups is still somewhat up in the air, Oren said.

“The idea is to have every member play with every group,” Oren said. “I have a feeling what we’re going to be doing is going to be very lose, very open.”

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