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The Casket Lottery
/ Maps For Travelers / Sweet Cobra / Jar'd Loose

Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 9:00 PM CST (8:00 PM Doors)
- Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 11:55 PM CST
Ultra Lounge, Chicago, IL
21 years and over

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Modelling their sound after post-hardcore trailblazers such as Fugazi and the Get Up Kids, the Kansas City, Missouri, USA based Casket Lottery began as a side band before transforming into a full-time proposition. The initial idea for the band was hatched by Nathan Ellis (guitar/vocals) during summer 1997 while touring as a member of Coalesce. Realizing that he shared the same musical interests as Coalesce’s bass player Stacy Hilt, the idea of forming a side band was discussed but appeared to have been extinguished when Hilt left at the end of the tour. In Hilt’s absence, Ellis moved over to fill his vacated spot, but by 1999, the band’s members decided to go their separate ways, which left Ellis in search of a gig. Ellis rang up his old friend Hilt, who was passing the time playing rhythm guitar for a pop punk outfit, and expressed interest in playing once more with his former bandmate. With newcomer Nathan ‘Junior’ Richardson (drums) rounding out the band, the Casket Lottery emerged soon afterwards. Despite their first few stabs at songwriting not being exactly up to par, the trio soon gelled and signed a recording contract with the Second Nature label. They issued their debut, Choose Bronze, in 1999. Further studio albums followed, 2000’s Moving Mountains and 2002’s Survival Is For Cowards, before Coalesce regrouped for a reunion tour. A year later, a compilation of Casket Lottery songs previously available only on single releases and various artist albums was issued.


Maps For Travelers Formed in the Spring of 2010 and is a collective of 4 musicians who have played and toured nationally in various bands in and around the local Kansas city area. Maps For Travelers have their eyes set on simply making music, writing records and taking it to the streets for people to hear live. With influences such as Cave in, Failure, Shiner, Hey Mercedes, Far, Quicksand, American Football, Brand New and many other bands. 

SWEET COBRA (mbrs of The Killer) -
Chicago's Sweet Cobra draws from the influences of His Hero Is Gone, Black Flag and Unsane to the more rock oriented Helmet and newer heavy staples High on Fire. One can hear those influences and variations of others, merging classic rock riffs and rhythms with hardcore breakdowns and heated angry vocals. Songs written like verses of an epic war story or something biblical, create the appropriate setting for the band's raw sound.

JARD LOOSE (members of The Muzzler)
Jar'd Loose is a metal/sludge crossover hybrid from Chicago featuring members of Chicago bands past and present, including The Muzzler, Centaurus, The Derbys, and Eunuchs. They draw influence from such bands as Corrosion of Conformity, The Jesus Lizard, Helmet, Entombed, Zeke, Strapping Young Lad, and whatever the Hell else they want to.  


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