Name: Lollipop Factory
From: Columbus, OH
Members: David Tweed (vocals, guitar) / Bekah Manning (vocals, drums)
RIYL: tube amps, stand-up drummers, vocal harmonies, guy-girl duos

MUSIC

PHOTOS

VIDEOS

Bouncing Ball
Live in Madison, WI
The Frequency

Song For Robert Schuller
Live in St. Louis, MO
The Firebird 

LOLLIPOP FACTORY
Lollipop Factory has been tirelessly criss-crossing the U.S. in their RV since July 2008, showcasing its dessert-as-12-course-meal performance aesthetic. AC’d by tube amps and power chords, DC’d by barbershop harmonies and power pop, Lollipop Factory is an energy-rich densely-packed wall-of-sound guy-girl duo made up of guitarist David Tweed and stand-up drummer Bekah Manning. The band delivers a rollicking set of thickly-layered frankensteined pop-metal contraptions.

Lollipop Factory has been living on the road since July, 2008, performing for a growing and loyal fanbase. “We knew if we traded our rent for gas money, we could make this work doing it full time,” said Tweed. “So we bought an RV. It’s kind of a pioneer lifestyle. The RV is like our covered wagon.”

Lollipop Factory is building momentum and impressing increasing numbers of bar-patrons and music aficionados. Rob McColley of Champaign, IL’s Smile Politely says Lollipop Factory “perpetrate a bizarre oratorio of structured, elaborate hard candy on unsuspecting beer drinkers…Lollipop Factory is a spectacle.” 

The band’s performance set-up includes “a deceptively simple pedalboard… a wah and two Boss OC-3s,” witnessed Afraid of the Bear’s Corbie Hill. “Also, he played through what appeared to be at least sixty amps.” Lollipop Factory tends to avoid looped and pre-recorded sounds in favor of a more organic real-time live performance, as Tweed notes, “We don’t use loop stations. Every note you hear is actually being played, no backing tracks, no prerecorded harmonies.”

Tweed is joined by drummer and vocalist Bekah Manning, who Hill describes as one who “played drums like no one I’ve ever seen. Sporting heels and a ballerina outfit, she played a little trapkit standing up and never lost a beat, resulting in a very original and engaging percussive approach.”

The Erie Times-News’ Dave Richards says that Manning’s “powerful vocals, stage presence, and chemistry with Tweed help Lollipop Factory produce an impressive wall of sound.”

“You’ll never see anyone who looks like they’re having a better time playing drums. She makes the best drum faces ever,” says Tweed. “She sets the bar and I try to keep up – jumping or climbing on anything within radius of my guitar cable.”

As for Lollipop Factory’s music, Tweed says of their catalogue “I don’t even think of our songs as real songs. They’re more like bombastic, frankensteined pop-metal contraptions.”

SUMMER/FALL 2017 TOUR DATES
Aug. 04: Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe
Oct. 06: Indianapolis, IN – Melody Inn
Oct. 07: Chicago, IL – The Drunken Donut
Oct. 13: Pittsburgh, PA – tba
Oct. 14: Erie, PA – Darcy’s
Oct. 20: Dayton, OH – Blind Bob’s
Oct. 21: Lexington, KY – tba
Oct. 27: Louisville, KY – tba
Oct. 28: Evansville, IN – PG
Nov. 03: Fort Wayne, IN – The Brass Rail
Nov. 04: Milwaukee, WI – High Dive

FALL 2011 TOUR DATES
Nov. 11: Dayton, OH – Blind Bob’s
Nov. 12: Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe
Nov. 13: Ft. Wayne, IN – Brass Rail
Nov. 16: Chicago, IL – Elbo Room
Nov. 17: Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
Nov. 18: Madison, WI – The Frequency
Nov. 21: Minneapolis, MN – Kitty Cat Klub
Nov. 23: St. Paul, MN – Daymoth House
Nov. 25: Lincoln, NE – Knickerbockers
Nov. 26: Omaha, NE – O’leaver’s Pub
Nov. 27: Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
Nov. 29: Ames, IA – The Space (formerly Ames Progressive)
Dec. 2: Evansville, IN – Lanhuck’s
Dec. 6: Nashville, TN – The End
Dec. 7: Memphis, TN – P&H Cafe
Dec. 9: Fayetteville, AR – Smoke & Barrel Tavern
Dec. 11: Tulsa, OK – Soundpony
Dec. 14: Norman, OK – Opolis
Dec. 15: Wichita, KS – Kirby’s
Dec. 16: Wichita, KS – Blue Lounge
Dec. 17: Lawrence, KS – Replay Lounge
Dec. 20: Kansas City, KS – Record Bar
Dec. 23: St. Louis, MO – Lemmon’s

WINTER/SPRING 2011 TOUR DATES
Apr. 8 Elm Bar – New Haven, CT
Apr. 6 Party Expo – Brooklyn, NY
Apr. 1 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
Mar. 26 Twisted Branch – Charlottesville, VA
Mar. 24 The Reservoir – Carrboro, NC
Mar. 5 Alley Cat – Carrollton, GA
Mar. 3 The Nick – Birmingham, AL
Feb. 25 Alabama Music Box – Mobile, AL
Feb. 24 The Circle Bar – New Orleans, LA
Feb. 19 Dean’s – Houston, TX
Feb. 11 Opolis – Norman, OK
Feb. 9 Soundpony – Tulsa, OK
Jan: 29 Poplar Lounge – Memphis, TN
Jan: 28 The 5 Spot – Nashville, TN
Jan: 27 Tidball’s – Bowling Green, KY
Jan: 23 Lanhuck’s – Evansville, IN
Jan: 22 Bullock’s – Evansville, IN
Jan: 21 Rudyard Kipling – Louisville, KY
Jan: 20 Green Lantern – Lexington, KY
Jan: 15 Comet Bar – Cincinnati, OH
Jan: 14 Blind Bob’s – Dayton, OH
Jan: 7 Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN

2010 TOUR DATES
11/1-12/30 – RECORDING STUDIO – Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 31: Lanhucks – Evansville IN
Oct. 30: Bullocks *Hedwig Halloween set* – Evansville IN
Oct. 23: 3rd Street Dive – Louisville, KY
Oct. 16: Al’s Bar – Lexington, KY
Oct. 15: Shamrock Pub – Huntington WV
Oct. 14: Empty Glass – Charleston WV
Oct. 9: State Street Pub – Bowling Green KY
Oct. 2: Kobo Live – Columbus, OH
Sep. 30: Smiling Skull – Athens, OH
Sep. 25: Southpark Tavern – Dayton, OH
Sep. 18: Lemmon’s – St. Louis, MO
Sep. 14: Blackthorn Pizza & Pub – Joplin, MO
Sep. 11: Smoke & Barrel Tavern – Fayetteville, AR
Sep. 10: Soundpony – Tulsa, OK
Sep. 9: Kirby’s – Wichita, KS
Sep. 4: Blue Lounge – Wichita, KS
Sep. 1: Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Aug. 30: Jerry’s Bait Shop – Lee’s Summit, MO
Aug. 29: Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
Aug. 27: The Rendezvous – St. Joseph, MO
Aug. 25: Duffy’s – Lincoln, NE
Aug. 20: Ames Progressive – Ames, IA
Aug. 19: House Party – St. Paul, MN
Aug. 14: Hell’s Kitchen – Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 13: JB’s Speakeasy – La Crosse, WI
Aug. 12: The Frequency – Madison, WI
Aug. 8: Elbo Room – Chicago, IL
Aug. 5: Ottawa Tavern – Toledo, OH
Aug. 4: Hot Topic – Maumee, OH
Aug. 4: Annabell’s – Akron, OH
Aug. 1: Old Glory Studios – Canton, OH
Jul. 31: Crooked I – Erie, PA
Jul. 30: The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
Jul. 24: Tootles – Circleville, OH
Jul. 23: Blind Bob’s – Dayton, OH
Jul. 17: Coffee Nation – Bloomington, IL
Jul. 16: The Firebird – Saint Louis, MO
Jul. 11: Lanhuck’s – Evansville, IN
Jul. 10: Bullock’s *Hedwig set* – Evansville, IN
Jul. 9: The Rudyard Kipling – Louisville, KY
Jul. 7: Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN
Jul. 6: Comet Bar – Cincinnati, OH
Jul. 2: Shamrock’s – Huntington, WV
Jun. 30: The Empty Glass – Charleston, WV
Jun. 29: Tea Bazaar – Charlottesville, VA
Jun. 25: New French Bar – Asheville, NC
Jun. 24: The Reservoir – Chapel Hill, NC
Jun. 19: Snug Harbor – Charlotte, NC
Jun. 18: Krankie’s – Winston-Salem, NC
Jun. 12: The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
Jun. 11: The Downtown – Morristown, TN
Jun. 10: JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN
Jun. 5: Murphy’s – Memphis, TN
Jun. 4: Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
May. 29: Smoke & Barrel – Fayetteville, AR
May. 28: The Vault – Stillwater, OK
May. 26: Sounpony – Tulsa, OK
May. 22: Rock Island Live – Wichita, KS
May. 21: Kirby’s – Wichita, KS
May. 20: Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
May. 19: The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
May. 17: Jerry’s Bait Shop – Lee’s Summit, MO
May. 16: Jerry’s Bait Shop – Lenexa, KS
May. 14: The Rendezvous – St. Joseph, MO
May. 9: Duffy’s – Lincoln, NE
May. 7: Ames Progressive – Ames, IA
May. 6: Eclipse Records – St. Paul, MN
Apr. 30: JB’s Speakeasy – La Crosse, WI
Apr. 29: The Frequency – Madison, WI
Apr. 25: Elbo Room – Chicago, IL
Apr. 23: The Brass Rail – Ft. Wayne, IN
Apr. 21: Annabell’s – Akron, OH
Apr. 17: Scully’s – Erie, PA
Apr. 16: Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
Apr. 10: Rumba – Columbus, OH
Apr. 9: Tootles – Circleville, OH
Apr. 8: Jackie O’s Brewery – Athens, OH
Apr. 3: Canal St. Tavern – Dayton, OH
Feb. 15 – Apr. 3 – RECORDING
Feb. 14: Lanhucks – Evansville, IN
Feb. 13: Bullocks *Hedwig Valentine’s show* – Evansville, IN
Feb. 10:  Lenny’s Bar:  Atlanta, GA
Feb. 6:  Alley Cats:  Carrollton, GA
Jan. 23:  The Hideaway *Tarvo’s Zombie B-day Ball*:  Johnson City, TN
Jan. 17:  Snug Harbor:  Charlotte, NC
Jan. 15:  Tea Bazaar:  Charlottesville, VA
Jan. 14:  The Reservoir:  Carrboro, NC
Jan. 13:  The Pinhook:  Durham, NC
Jan. 7:  Darjeeling Cafe:  Staunton, VA
Jan. 2:  Empty Glass:  Charleston, WV
Jan. 1:  Shamrock Pub:  Huntington, WV

2009 TOUR DATES
Dec. 31:  Green Lantern:  Lexington, KY
Dec. 27:  Lanhucks:  Evansville, IN
Dec. 26:  Bullocks:  Evansville, IN
Dec. 23:  The Firebird:  St. Louis, MO
Dec. 18:  Melody Inn:  Indianapolis, IN
Dec. 10:  Circus:  Columbus, OH
Dec. 5:  The Smiling Moose:  Pittsburgh, PA
Dec. 4:  The Beer Mug:  Erie, PA
Nov. 28:  Brass Rail:  Ft. Wayne, IN
Nov. 27:  The Faerie Cottage:  Moline, IL
Nov. 25:  Bottom Lounge:  Chicago, IL
Nov. 24:  Elbo Room:  Chicago, IL
Nov. 22:  The Frequency:  Madison, WI
Nov. 20:  JB’s Speakeasy:  LaCrosse, WI
Nov. 17:  Ames Progressive:  Ames, IA
Nov. 15:  Duffy’s Tavern:  Lincoln, NE
Nov. 14:  Barley St. Tavern:  Omaha, NE
Nov. 13:  The Rendezvous:  St. Joseph, MO
Nov. 9:  Jerry’s Bait Shop Lee’s Summit:  Kansas City, MO
Nov. 8:  Jerry’s Bait Shop Lenexa:  Kansas City, KS
Oct. 31:  Kirby’s Beer Store:  Wichita, KS
Oct. 30:  The Vault Venue:  Stillwater, OK
Oct. 23:  Smoke & Barrel Tavern:  Fayetteville, AR
Oct. 22:  Vino’s:  Little Rock, AR
Oct. 17:  P&H Cafe:  Memphis, TN
Oct. 15:  The High Note:  Birmingham, AL
Oct. 10:  Alley Cats:  Carrollton, GA
Oct. 8:  JJ’s Bohemia:  Chattanooga, TN
Oct. 3:  The Hideaway:  Johnson City, TN
Oct. 2:  Snug Harbor:  Charlotte, NC
Sep. 25:  Elliott’s Revue:  Winston-Salem, NC
Sep. 24:  Slim’s Downtown:  Raleigh, NC
Sep. 19:  Smiling Bubbles Music Cafe:  Mt. Airy, NC
Sep. 17:  The Reservoir:  Carrboro, NC
Sep. 12:  The Rock-It Club:  Bluefield, WV
Sep. 11:  Shamrock Pub:  Huntington, WV
Sep. 10:  The Green Lantern:  Lexington, KY
Sep. 8:  Highland’s Taproom:  Louisville, KY
Sep. 6:  Lanhuck’s Pub:  Evansville, IN
Sep. 4:  Off Broadway:  St. Louis, MO
Aug. 28:  Canal St. Tavern:  Dayton, OH
Aug. 21:  Jackie O’s:  Athens, OH
Aug. 18:  The Smiling Moose:  Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 15:  The Beer Mug:  Erie, PA
Aug. 13:  Rumba Cafe:  Columbus, OH
Aug. 8:  The Brass Rail:  Ft. Wayne, IN
Aug. 7:  The Corner Bar:  Kalamazoo, MI
Aug. 1:  Bullocks:  Evansville, IN
Jul. 30:  Melody Inn:  Indianapolis, IN
Jul. 25:  Cowboy Monkey:  Champaign, IL
Jul. 24:  Reggie’s Music Joint:  Chicago, IL
Jul. 23:  Stonefly:  Milwaukee, WI
Jul. 22:  The Frequency:  Madison, WI
Jul. 18:  JB’s Speakeasy:  La Crosse, WI
Jul. 17:  Hexagon Bar:  Minneapolis, MN
Jul. 16:  Eclipse Records:  St Paul, MN
Jul. 5:  Duffy’s:  Lincoln, NE
Jul. 3:  The Slap & Tickle Gallery:  Kansas City, MO
Jul. 2:  Replay Lounge:  Lawrence, KS
Jun. 27:  Kirby’s Beer Store:  Wichita, KS
Jun. 26:  The Vault Venue:  Stillwater, OK
Jun. 24:  The Smoke & Barrel:  Fayetteville, AR
Jun. 20:  P&H Cafe:  Memphis, TN
Jun. 19:  Cafe Coco:  Nashville, TN
Jun. 18:  House Pride:  Murfreesboro, TN
Jun. 12:  Longbranch Saloon:  Knoxville, TN
Jun. 11:  The HideAway:  Johnson City, TN
Jun. 6:  The Rocket Club:  Asheville, NC
Jun. 5:  The Real Gypsy:  Greenville, SC
Jun. 3:  Snug Harbor:  Charlotte, NC
Jun. 1:  The Rock Shop:  Fayetteville, NC
May. 29:  The Spazz:  Greenville, NC
May. 27:  Local 506:  Chapel Hill, NC
May. 23:  The Rock-It Club:  Bluefield, WV
May. 22:  Shamrock Pub:  Huntington, WV
May. 21:  Jackie O’s:  Athens, OH
May. 16:  South Park Tavern:  Dayton, OH
May. 7:  Green Lantern:  Lexington, KY
May. 6:  Skull Alley:  Louisville, KY
May. 3:  Lanhuck’s (Punk Rock Night):  Evansville, IN
May. 2:  Booby’s Beer Garden:  Carbondale, IL
May. 1:  The Firebird:  St. Louis, MO
Apr. 27:  Jerry’s Bait Shop:  Lee’s Summit, MO
Apr. 26:  Jerry’s Bait Shop:  Lenexa, KS
Apr. 25:  Davey’s Uptown:  Kansas City, MO
Apr. 24:  Replay Lounge:  Lawrence, KS
Apr. 23:  Kirby’s Beer Store:  Wichita, KS
Apr. 18:  The Vault Venue:  Stillwater, OK
Apr. 17:  Soundpony:  Tulsa, OK
Apr. 16:  Sauced Annex:  Oklahoma City, OK
Apr. 15:  The Aardvark:  Ft. Worth, TX
Apr. 11:  The Double Wide:  Dallas, TX
Apr. 9:  Notsuoh:  Houston, TX
Apr. 7:  Dragon’s Den:  New Orleans, LA
Apr. 3:  T-Bones Records:  Hattiesburg, MS
Apr. 2:  Bennie’s Boom Boom Room:  Hattiesburg, MS
Mar. 28:  Alabama Music Box:  Mobile, AL
Mar. 25:  The Kickstand:  Gainesville, FL
Mar. 22:  Kelly’s Pub:  Tampa, FL
Mar. 21:  Hoo Doo Music:  Riverview, FL
Mar. 20:  Peacock Room:  Orlando, FL
Mar. 19:  Jack Rabbits:  Jacksonville, FL
Mar. 13:  Tin Roof:  Charleston, SC
Mar. 9:  Caledonia Lounge:  Athens, GA
Mar. 5:  Swayze’s:  Atlanta, GA
Feb. 28:  Soho Bar and Grill:  Columbus, GA
Feb. 27:  Alley Cat:  Carrollton, GA
Feb. 26:  Egan’s:  Tuscaloosa, AL
Feb. 19:  Murphy’s:  Memphis, TN
Feb. 14:  Cafe Coco:  Nashville, TN
Feb. 13:  The Grind:  Murfreesboro, TN
Feb. 12:  J.J.’s Bohemia:  Chattanooga, TN
Feb. 7:  Longbranch Saloon:  Knoxville, TN
Feb. 6:  The HideAway:  Johnson City, TN
Feb. 5:  Rocket Club:  Asheville, NC
Jan. 31:  Evening Muse:  Charlotte, NC
Jan. 29:  The Reservoir:  Carborro/Chapel Hill, NC
Jan. 28:  The Rock Shop:  Fayetteville, NC
Jan. 24:  Shamrock Pub:  Huntington, WV

2008 TOUR DATES
Jul. 3 Jackie O’s Athens, OH
Jul. 4 Canal St. Tavern Dayton, OH
Jul. 5 Mac’s Bar Lansing, MI
Jul. 9 Corner Bar Kalamazoo, MI
Jul. 10 Inferno Madison, WI
Jul. 11 Cal’s Bar Chicago, IL
Jul. 12 Cactus Club Milwaukee, WI
Jul. 13 Isabella’s Bar Dubuque, IA
Jul. 16 The Reverb Cedar Falls, IA
Jul. 17 Flipside Ottumwa, IA
Jul. 18 Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, IA
Jul. 19 Replay Lounge Lawrence, KS
Jul. 20 The Boobie Trap Topeka, KS
Jul. 21 Jerry’s Bait Shop Kansas City, MO
Jul. 22 Kirby’s Beer Store Wichita, KS
Jul. 24 Box Awesome Lincoln, NE
Jul. 25 REBELS Council Bluffs, IA
Jul. 26 Raziel’s Vermillion, SD
Aug. 1 Big V’s St. Paul, MN
Aug. 2 Planet Supply St. Croix, WI
Aug. 3 JB’s Speakeasy La Crosse, WI
Aug. 7 Mike n Molly’s Champaign, IL
Aug. 8 Lemmon’s St. Louis, MO
Aug. 9 Booby’s Beer Garden Carbondale, IL
Aug. 10 Lanhucks (Punk Rock Night) Evansville, IN
Aug. 15 Melody Inn Indianapolis, IN
Aug. 16 Rhino’s Bloomington, IN
Aug. 17 Brass Rail Ft. Wayne, IN
Aug. 18 Rumba Cafe Columbus, OH
Aug. 21 Mickey Finn’s Tokedo, OH
Aug. 22 Annabell’s Akron, OH
Aug. 23 Sherlock’s Erie, PA
Aug. 26 Dinosaur BBQ Syracuse, NY
Aug. 27 Red Square Albany, NY
Aug. 29 Midway Cafe Boston, MA
Aug. 30 Ground Zero Sunbury, NH
Aug. 31 Slainte’s Wine Bar Portland, ME
Sep. 2 AS220 Providence, RI
Sep. 5 Cherry St. Station Wallingford, CT
Sep. 6 Cousin Larry’s Danbury, CT
Sep. 7 The Fire Philly, PA
Sep. 11 123 Pleasant St. Morgantown, WV
Sep. 13 Jackie O’s Athens, OH
Sep. 20 Blind Bob’s Dayton, OH
Oct. 25 Skully’s Columbus, OH
Nov. 7 Dirty Jack’s Cincinnati, OH
Nov. 8 Frankie’s Inner City Toledo, OH
Nov. 12 Corner Bar Kalamazoo, MI
Nov. 14 Cal’s Bar Chicago, IL
Nov. 19 Riverhorse Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 20 The Frequency Madison, WI
Nov. 21 Isabella’s Bar Dubuque, IA
Nov. 22 JB’s Speakeasy LaCrosse, WI
Nov. 23 Big V’s St. Paul, MN
Nov. 28 Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, IA
Nov. 29 Nutty’s North Sioux Falls, SD
Nov. 30 Duffy’s Lincoln, NE
Dec. 5 The Rendevous St Joseph, MO
Dec. 7 Record Bar Kansas City, MO
Dec. 8 Jerry’s Bait Shop Lee’s Summit, MO
Dec. 12 The Bluebird St. Louis, MO
Dec. 14 Lanhuck’s Punk Rock Nite Evansville, IN
Dec. 15 The Cinemat Bloomington, IN
Dec. 18 Mike n Molly’s Champaign, IL
Dec. 20 The Brass Rail Ft.Wayne, IN

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