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News Thu Apr 22 2010

Daytrotter Presents: Barnstormer III


The Barnstormer III tour — presented by Rock Island's Daytrotter and featuring Delta Spirit, Ra Ra Riot, Nathaniel Rateliff, Pearly Gate Music and Free Energy — kicks off next Tuesday 4/27 in West Libertyville, IA. The tour makes its Illinois debut on Friday 4/30 in Monticello, but Chicagoans can take advantage of a shorter trek and an early start to the weekend in Lake Geneva on 4/29.

Camping is available at four of the tours five stops (sorry Milwaukee). Advance tickets are available now and about to be capped for the Monticello date. So head over to to purchase yours now. They're a bargain at $10 and include lossless downloads from Barnstormer 2009 performances. And if the cheap tickets and exclusive downloads weren't already enough, half the price of admission will go to someone in need:

Each night, half of every paid admission will go to someone who needs help. Maybe it's someone you know. We are choosing one individual or family — based on your nominations — to receive some help from the Barnstormer. So, write with a story of someone who's fallen on hard times and could use some assistance. We'll take the best five stories and do what we can to make things a bit better.

Full tour schedule, links to purchase advance tickets and Daytrotter sessions from all the artists after the jump.

April 27th - 7pm
West Liberty, IA: Secrest 1883 Octagonal Barn, 5750 Osage St.
Advance Tickets

April 28th - 6pm
Milwaukee, WI: Turner Hall Ballroom, 1032 N. 4th St.
Advance Tickets

April 29th - 6pm
Lake Geneva, WI: Knotty Pines Farm N1204 S. Hwy 120
Advance Tickets

April 30th - 6pm
Monticello, IL: Kalyx Center, 442 E. 1300 North Rd.
Advance Tickets

May 1st - 6pm
Maquoketa, IA: Codfish Hollow Barn, 3437 288th Ave
Advance Tickets

Delta Spirit Daytrotter Session
Delta Spirit Encore Daytrotter Session
Delta Spirit Third Daytrotter Session
Ra Ra Riot Daytrotter Session
Ra Ra Riot Encore Daytrotter Session
Nathaniel Rateliff Daytrotter Session
Pearly Gate Music Daytrotter Session
Free Energy Daytrotter Session

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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