I Love KC Music – Inauguration Day Benefit Concerts

On Inauguration Day musicians played at two different benefit shows in Kansas City.  At Mills Record Company, a benefit show (Rock the Twat) was played for Rose Brooks Center.  Rock the Twat was a feminine product drive to help those at the Center.   The center provides refuge for domestic violence victims. They raised money and collected pads and tampons at the show.  The local bands Katy Guillen and the Girls, Members from Bohemian Cult Revival, and Sister Mary Rotten Crotch played.

Katy Guillen and the Girls started out the night with some killer blues.  Below are a few photos there set.  You can see the whole album from the show HERE.

After Katy Guillen and the Girls played, members of The Bohemian Cult revival sang and did a little burlesque.

Sister Mary Rotten Crotch closed out the night with some rebellious punk.

Here’s a video Too Much Rock took of Sister Mary Rotten Crotch’s song, “Jaded.”

Over at the recordBar, musicians took the stage to raise money for KC for Refugees.  The show, Musicians Get Loud for Active Justice was played by (the)Medicine Theory, Hipshot Killer,  Emmaline Twist and  Cantankerous with Ernie Locke and the Karmic Hillbillies (not pictured).

(the)Medicine Theory, started off the night with some edgy post-punk rock.  Check out the whole album HERE.

Hipshot Killer followed (the)Medicine Theory with some high energy pop punk.

Emmaline Twist followed Hipshot killer with some incredible shoegaze post punk music!

It was an awesome night of music and social justice.

 

 

I Love KC Music – Blackbird Revue Farewell Show

The Blackbird Revue (Kansas City, for now) is moving soon and had their farewell show. It was a sweet and intimate show. They started out with a duet on stage and moved down onto the floor right around the crowd where Calvin Arsenia joined them with the hard for a few songs. The Blackbird Revue has this pretty folk sound.  Danielle’s voice is beautiful and the harmonies are amazing.  They ended the night with a full band giving them a more indie rock sound.  There was even a cute moment where we wished Jacob’s mom a happy birthday with a phone call from on stage. The bar was filled with friends and long time fans you could feel the love and positive energy in the room.

Blackbird Revue,good luck in L.A.!
January 19, 2017 at the recordBar.

Check out the whole album HERE.

 

I Love KC Music – Interview with Jake Wells

Kimmy of I Love KC Music and KKFI sat down with Jake Wells.  Jake Wells was I Love KC Music’s new male artist of the year.  Jake comes from a family of musicians and has recently started his journey of his music career as Jake Wells.  Jake’s music paints pictures with his words and music.  He’s getting major traction with his single, Roll Like Thunder.  You can see him preforming it live HERE on KKFI’s show River Trade Radio show.  Click HERE to take a listen to the interview and get to know Jake Wells.

 

I Love KC Music – Julian Davis and the Hay-Burners and more

On January 13 2017, the weather forecast was bleak with an impending ice storm, but that did not keep excellent music from happening!  At The Westport Saloon, The Ready Brothers and Julian Davis and the Hay-Burners entertained those of us willing to brave the weather.  It was a fun night of quality roots music!  The Ready Brothers started out the night with their old time country, blue grass, and laughter.  They were cracking jokes in between songs.

Check out all of the photos HERE (Julian Davis photos are here too).  Here is a video of The Ready Brothers taken by I Love KC Music.  You can see the full set HERE from The Westport Saloon’s live feed.

Julian Davis and the Hay-Burners finished the night with a high energy three hour set of bluegrass and western swing!  When one of the bands couldn’t make it out to The Westport Saloon due to the storm, Julian Davis and the Hay-Burners stepped up and played a longer set.  This band surely has energy to burn down the house err hay!  If you want to see a band that has fantastic music and great showmanship, this band has it all.  Their chemistry on stage, passion for music and entertainment, and talent make this one of I Love KC Music’s favorite band to see live.

Check out I Love KC Music’s video HERE.  See their whole set HERE on The Westport Saloon’s live feed archive.

 

 

I Love KC Music – Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy and more

If you love roots music, the Westport Saloon is a true gem in Kansas City.  On January 7, 2017, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, Deadeye., Feast ov Fools, and Karla & Too Bad Jim all played for one epic night of music.  Carrie Nation (Wichita, KS) has this hard core roots sound with guitar, banjo, bass, trumpet, drums/washboard, mandolin, and trombone. There energy was on fire and the whole crowd was going wild. The Saloon was packed with people there to hear the amazing music. Oh was it ever a night to live for! I can already tell this night will make my best of 2017 list. Catch them live yourself for the joy of it.  Deadeye. (Pittsburg, KS) is an all female band with hints of folk, bluegrass, and rock.  Their music will have you dancing with their great harmonies, guitar, banjo, saxophone, violin percussion.  I had been hearing some buzz around Feast ov Fools (Kansas) and they did not dissapoint!  Feast ov Fools had electirc energy, talented musicians, and great music.  Karla & Too Bad Jim (Kansas City, MO) was fun.  Their band has a bit of quirk and a bit of an old time feel.  What a fantastic night!

To see the whole album, go HERE.  The album is pictures from the whole night.

 

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16107116_562316327304755_4150244367549192634_o Karla & Too Bad Jim Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

 

Karla & Too Bad Jim Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

Karla & Too Bad Jim
Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

Want to see the video?  Go HERE.

Feast ov Fools Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

Feast ov Fools
Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

 

Feast ov Fools Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

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Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

Feast ov Fools Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

Feast ov Fools
Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

Check out the video of Feast ov Fools HERE.

Deadeye. Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

Deadeye.
Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

Deadeye. Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

Deadeye.
Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

See the video of Deadeye. HERE.

Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy
Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy
Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries

See the video HERE.

 

I Love KC Music – Five Phantastic Years

The Phantastics, a funk, soul, hip hop, and jazz band from Kansas City, is celebrating their five year anniversary. On January 6, 2017, they played a celebration show at the Riot Room. Their energy on stage was on phire! The crowd was singing along, dancing, and rocking along.  The energy in the room was electric. This band is a must see live!  Their music recored is great, but to see them live is to see their creativity flow! Their show on the 6th did not disappoint.

I Love KC Music had a chance to hang out with The Phantastics at their practice space and interview them.  You can check out the interview HERE.

Check out all the photos HERE on the I Love KC Music Facebook page.

I Love KC Music also got a video at their show.  Check it out HERE.

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Middle of the Map ‘Memz’ by Hilary Rambeau

“MIDDLE OF THE MAP MEMZ” by Hilary Rambeau

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For 10 days each year, The Middle of the Map Festival allows the center of the country to be recognized for more than just a region of wheat and never ending plains. This year marked The Middle of the Map’s 6th Annual Anniversary, and from May 27-April 7 the festival, once again, brought the breadbasket of the country to light as a cultural hub for “music”, “film” and “ideas” of every kind. While those of us here in Kansas City are already aware of our highly underrated artistic epicenter, the festival attracted visitors from all over the country to experience the KC magic for themselves.

Our crew danced the days away to several of the headlining bands’ crushing performances. Zhu, Vince Staples, and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires to mention a few! Although, one of the true beauties of growing festivals like Middle of The Map, is the treasure hunt for the diamonds in the rough. Local and national bands alike travel near and far to simply jam out to the art they have spent countless hours creating. As a festival goer, you are able to experience the passion within just a few feet of their performance. There’s an unprecedented feeling of festival fortune when you leave a small show that delivered a vibe and tune that rang in sync with your own heart’s beat, and you had only arrived there “on accident”.

For those of you who missed out, fear not, next year will surely hold a promising lineup yet again, AND we only have 4 months until we can all put our dancing shoes back on for the Crossroads Music Fest in September. Until then, take a listen to our “MOTM Memz” playlist for a short, eclectic mix of groovy #MOTMfest highlights to get your day going while offering you a tiny taste of the tunes that had the feet of Kansas City tapping this past week.

“MOTM MEMZ”

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By Hilary Rambeau, Trailside RV and Route 66 RV Network Content Developer

Wed., May 4 @ 11:30PM. Westport Saloon. Roosevelt Dime – Oh to Be

Thurs., May 5 @ 12:00AM. Ernie Biggs. Big Black Delta– Money Rain Down

Fri., May 6 @ 12:00AM. Ernie Biggs. The Besnard Lakes – Pressure of Our Plans

Fri., May 6 @ 8:00PM. The Midland. Gallant – Weight in Gold

Fri., May 6 @ 9:15PM. CrossroadsKC. The Struts – Kiss This

Fri., May 6 @ 10:30PM. The Midland. Zhu – Automatic

Fri., May 6 @ 10:30PM. CrossroadsKC. Cold War Kids – We Used to Vacation

Sat., May 7 @ 12:00AM. Ernie Biggs. The Grisly Hand – Baby Talk

Sat. May 7 @ 8:00PM. The Midland. Son Little – Lay Down

Sat., May 7 @ 9:15PM. The Midland. Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires – Ain’t It a Sin

Sat., May 7 @ 10:45PM. The Record Bar Pop-Up. Com Truise – Subsonic

Sat., May 7 @ 12:45AM. Tank Room. Ggoolldd – Boyz

Sun., May 8 @ 12:15AM. The Record Bar Pop-Up. STRFKR – Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second