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Alien Carnival / Press

“Sunday 29 Alien Carnival — Alien Carnival strikes me as less a band and more a kind of amorphous hivemind, a loose collective of musicians for whom music-making its tantamount to merry-making. Its songs, loose and tuneful aggregations of bluegrass and country and jam-rock, meander like a group conversation, players trading guitar licks and drum fills with an easy back-and-forth. It’s limber, loosey-goosey stuff, like Waylon and Willie cracking open some beers and woodshedding with the Dead’s rhythm section. Patrick Wall Jake’s: 5 p.m., $5; 708-4788, jakesofcolumbia.com. - See more at: http://www.free-times.com/music/122513-ryan-bonner-jack-williams-friends-give#sthash.GRX9tAai.dpuf”

“Alien Carnival — Bentz Kirby’s Alien Carnival is a band in the literal sense, but it’s also something more. Kirby is more than just a front man and songwriter — he’s a cheerleader, cajoler, organizer and talisman for much of the Americana community in this town. Kirby and his rag-tag group of folk-rockers approach their loose, jammy sound with a love of both the giants of rock ‘n’ roll’s past and the unrecognized troubadours traveling around this country today, in a way that makes perfect sense for both his fans and the city at large. K. Petersen”

“Alien Carnival — Columbia bluegrass-country jam band Alien Carnival is a loose collective of members who all play in other local bands, some even in several other bands. From time to time, they bring their party to Art Bar and other local venues, singing about aging, drugs and rock ‘n roll; they rock the harmonica, with plenty of guitar and weathered vocals to match. Fans of a variety of influences ranging from Neil Young to Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson will appreciate cracking open a beer or three and grooving to the sounds of Americana. With The Mobros, The Dubber and Marshall Brown. P. Ward Art Bar: 9 p.m., $4; 929-0198, artbarsc.com.”