Last Monday at Knucklehead’s Garage, Robert Randolph and the Family Band played to several hundred music lovers on a slightly cool spring night. Lead with support from Nashville-based band the New Respects the night featured two bands entirely made up of family.
The New Respects are the new kids on the scene featured three siblings and one cousin singing lead. The R&B heavy band with blues and pop sensibilities featured four-part harmonies, great musicianship and stage presence. Their thirty-five minute opening set was high energy with a number from the crowd asking for more.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band have been on steadily touring and releasing music for the better part of twenty years at this point. The band is touring in support of their latest album, “Got Soul”. Robert Randolph, the pedal guitar virtuoso continues to solidify his reputation as the most unique pedal steel player in music today with another solid album.
The nearly two-hour show concluded with the New Respects joining Randolph on stage for a rendition of Sly Stone’s “Thank You”.
Back on February 3, New Orleans’ powerhouse of soul and funk Galactic invaded the Madrid in Kansas City. Opening support from Andy Frasco & the UN was excellent featuring Stanton Moore sitting in for a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”. Frasco & the UN provided an incredibly high energy set of soulful tunes with a decidedly fresh approach. The nearly hour long set closed out with an appropriate cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name”.
Following Frasco, Galactic began approximately two hours of New Orleans tinged funk and jam tunes spanning most of the catalog. It was a pretty solid sampling of Galactic that helped take the chill of the early February night. Ben Ellman provided most of the crowd interaction through the evening with Erica Falls absolutely powerful voice that commanded the stage each time she sang.
Galactic is without a doubt one of the most versatile and sonically curious bands out there. Their willingness to bring in guests performers has given them the ability to constantly evolve while still maintaining their funky roots.
Over at the Record Bar just before Halloween, Freight Train, Rabbit Killer and the Legion of Ghosts performed an extended set of tunes with Berwanger opening.
Berwanger started things off with a power-pop set of rock tunes in support of the newly released “Exorcism Rock”. It’s a great album with snappy tunes and great production value. Definitely check it out.
After Berwanger finished things off, the Kris Bruders and Mark Smeltzer started the FTRK set off as the typical duo. They set the tone for their delta blues inspired tunes before the Legion of Ghosts turned the set into a thirteen piece jam of horns, drums, keys and slide guitar in addition to Smeltzer’s DIY string instruments. It was quite a massive sound. In previous editions of the Legion of Ghosts the lineup was much smaller. This time around it appeared all the stops were pulled.
This is the KKFI Jazz Event Calendar for the week of Monday, October 20 to Sunday, October 26. This is shared for the benefit of jazz music lovers. Please check with the music venue to confirm details of the event. All times are Central Time. All performances are evening shows except where indicated with words like “brunch” or “noon”
Monday, October 20
Schmitt Music at 119th and Metclaf brings in Ragtime Revelry with Richard Dowling and Frederick Hodges at 7:00
Pianist Eddie Moore hosts the Blue Monday Jam at the Blue Room at 18th and Vine from 7:00 – 11:00. Musicians bring your axe
The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents bassist Karl McComas Reichl from 9:00 – midnight
The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway has pianist Patrick Gilbert from 6:00 – 8:00
Chaz at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway presents Fleepag from 6:00 – 10:00
The Piano Room at 8410 Wornall Road features the Waldo Jazz Collective from 7:00 – 10:00
Jazz: a Louisiana Kitchen at 39th and State Line Road presents Jazzbo at 6:00
Tuesday, October 21
At noon Johnson County Community College’s Carlsen Center presents pianist Joe Cartwright with Molly Hammer
Guitarist Matt Hopper hosts a jazz jam at the Phoenix at 8th and Central from 7:00 – 11:00. Musicians bring your axe
The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents Bram’s B3 Bombers from 9:00 – 12:00
The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway has the Peter Schlamb Trio from 6:00 – 10:00
Chaz at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway presents keyboardist Joe Cartwright with Duck Warner from 6:00 – 10:00
Sullivan’s at 119th and Roe has pianist Eric Caplan from 6:00 – 10:00
Café Trio at 4558 Main has Michael Pagan from 6:00 – 9:00
Wednesday, October 22
The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents Ken Lovern’s Organ Jazz Trio from 9:00 – 12:00
The Gaslight Grill at 5020 W 137th St in Leawood features clarinetist Lynn Zimmer from 6:30 – 9:30
The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway has the Peter Schlamb Trio from 6:00 – 10:00
Café Trio at 4558 Main features pianist Mark Lowrey from 6:00 – 9:00
Californo’s at 4124 Pennsylvania features B3 Vibrations with Rich Hill at 7:00
Sullivan’s at 119th and Roe has pianist Ryan Howard from 7:00 – 11:00
The American Restaurant presents vocalist Shay Estes from 6:00 – 9:00
The Broadway Jazz Club at 3601 Broadway has Lady Mac from 6:00 – 10:00
The Phoenix at 8th and Central has Havilah Bruders from 7:00 – 11:00.
Chaz at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway presents keyboardist Max Groove from 6:00 – 10:00
Thursday, October 23
The Westport Coffee House Theater on Pennsylvania in Westport presents the KU Jazz Combo I at 8:00
The Blue Room at 18th and Vine has organist Ryan Howard from 7:00 – 11:00
The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents saxophonist Brett Jackson from 9:00 – 12:00
The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway features pianist Mark Lowrey from 6:00 – 10:00
Californo’s at 4124 Pennsylvania features vocalist Peggy Chilson at 7:00
Chaz at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway presents A la Mode from 6:00 – 10:00
Sullivan’s at 119th and Roe has the Everette Freeman trio from 5:30 – 11:30
Jazz: a Louisiana Kitchen at 39th and State Line Road presents Grand Marquis at 7:00
Café Trio at 4558 Main has Tim Whitmer at the piano from 6:00 – 9:00
The Phoenix at 8th and Central has guitarist Rick Bacus from 7:00 – 11:00.
The Broadway Jazz Club at 3601 Broadway has Daisy Bouquet and the Michael Pagan Trio from 6:00 – 10:00
Friday, October 24
The Uptown Theater at 37th and Broadway brings in Ani DiFranco with opening act jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman at 8:00
The New Take 5 Coffee Bar at 6601 W 135th features the Rob Scheps/Roger Rosenberg Quintet from 8:00 – 10:30
The Riot Room at 4048 Broadway Kansas City Academy at 79th and Main has the Jorge Arana Trio at 8:00
The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents Tim Whitmer from 5:30 – 8:30 followed by Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 from 10:00 – 2:00
The Broadway Jazz Club at 3601 Broadway features guitarist Brian Ruskin for happy hour at 4:30 followed by vocalist Dave Stephens with Hermon Mehari from 7:00 – 11:00. Pianist Mark Lowrey finishes the evening at the Broadway from 11:30 – 1:30
The Phoenix at 8th and Central has Lonnie McFadden from 4:30 – 8:30 followed by the MGD’s until 1:00.
The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway has pianist Bram Wijnands from 7:00 – 11:00
Louie’s Wine Dive at 71st and Wornall has live music from 7:00 – 11:00
The Piano Room at 8410 Wornall Road presents pianist Dave McCubbin tonight from 8:00 – midnight.
Californo’s at 4124 Pennsylvania features pianist Charles Pridgen every Friday from 7:00 – 10:00
The Friday Indigo hour at the Blue Room at 18th and Vine features James “Fuzzy” West at 5:30 followed by Lee Langston from 8:30 – 12:30.
The Intercontinental Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway presents vocalist Lori Tucker tonight from 8:00 – 12:00
The Mutual Musicians’ Foundation at 1823 Highland has the Friday late night jam at 1:00 AM
The Gaslight Grill at 5020 W 137th St in Leawood presents clarinetist Lynn Zimmer from 6:30 – 9:30 Friday
Sullivan’s at 119th and Roe has pianist Max Groove from 6:00 – 11:00.
Piropos at 4141 North Mulberry Drive in Briarcliff presents Mike Ning with Sherry Brummett tonight from 5:00 – 7:00 followed by Dan Sturdevant with Shay Estes.
Café Trio at 4558 Main presents pianist and vocalist Alice Jenkins Friday from 7:30 – 10:30
Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26
The Topeka Jazz Workshop at the Ramada Inn in Topeka brings in guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli Sunday from 3:00 – 5:00
The New Take 5 Coffee Bar at 6601 W 135th features bassist Gerald Spaits Saturday from 8:00 – 10:30. Sunday baritone saxophonist Roger Rosenberg presents a jazz clinic at the Take 5 from 3:00 – 6:00. Musicians bring your axe.
The Blue Room at 18th and Vine presents kkfi’s own Jazz Disciple with Paula Saunders and Jason Goudeau from 8:30 – 12:30 Saturday
The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle from 6:00 – 9:00 followed by OJT from 10:00 – 2:00 Saturday. Sunday the 627 Foundation Big Band appears at the Green Lady from 8:30 – 11:30.
The Broadway Jazz Club at 3601 Broadway has vocalist Angela Hagenbach Saturday from 7:00 – 11:00 followed by Linnaia McKenzie until 1:30. Sunday vocalist Laura Chalk performs a jazz brunch at the Broadway Club from 10:30 – 3:00
The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway has pianist Bram Wijnands from 7:00 – 11:00 Saturday. Sunday pianist Rich Hill performs a jazz brunch at the Majestic and pianist Patrick Gilbert appears from 6:00 – 8:00 Sunday.
Californo’s has pianist Marilyn Wood every Saturday and Rich Hill every Sunday from 7:00 – 10:00.
EBT at 435 and State Line features Stan Kessler and Kathleen Holeman from 6:00 – 10:00 Saturday
YJ’s at 18th and Wyandotte has bassist Bryan Hicks every Sunday from 7:00 – 10:00
The American Restaurant presents vocalist Shay Estes from 7:00 – 10:00 Saturday
Grand Marquis performs outdoors Saturday at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway from 4:00 – 7:00
Chaz at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway features Steve Gray with Shannon Lipps for the Saturday brunch from 10:00 – 1:00 followed by vocalist Angela Hagenbach from 7:00 – 11:00. Eboni Fondren sings the Sunday brunch at Chaz at 10:00 AM
The Phoenix at 8th and Central has a jazz brunch Saturday with Alex Abramowitz and the swingin’ Kansas City Fives from 10:00 – 2:00 and pianist Tim Whitmer from 4:30 – 8:30 followed by vocalist Molly Hammer from 9:00 – 1:00
The Piano Room at 8410 Wornall Road presents pianist Dave McCubbin tomorrow night from 8:00 – midnight.
The Bristol at 119th and Nall has the Grege Meise Trio Trio Sunday from 5:00 – 8:00
The Mutual Musicians’ Foundation at 1823 Highland has the Saturday late night jam at 1:00 AM
The Gaslight Grill at 5020 W 137th St in Leawood brings in clarinetist Lynn Zimmer from 6:30 – 9:30 Saturday, and Sunday
Sullivan’s at 119th and Roe has pianist Chris Clarke on Saturday from 7:00 – 11:00. Sunday Lonnie McFadden appears at Sullivan’s from 5:30 – 9:00
Piropos at 4141 North Mulberry Drive in Briarcliff features Tiffany Miller from 6:30 – 10:30 Saturday
Ophelia’s in Independence Square has Candace Evans from 6:00 – 9:00
Café Trio at 4558 Main presents pianist and vocalist Alice Jenkins Friday and Saturday from 7:30 – 10:30
About a week and a half ago, we caught local blues act the Filthy 13 over at Coda. The Filthy 13 is a 4 piece outfit features Amaretto Slim on guitar and vocals backed up by bass, drums and harp. The sound is very fuzz heavy, deep blues sound. Slim’s voice is dark and gravely reminiscent of Howlin’ Wolf. His guitar style is part delta, part Texas.
Generally wielding any number of Stratocasters, he keeps things lively with his macabre humor and banter. The rest of the band fills out the tunes with great energy and crisp punchy sound. These guys should be on your short list of blues acts around KC to catch.
KC Live Music Blog – Head over here to see more images from Filthy 13’s set.
There’s little in the music of “Get By Get High” to support such a “psychedelic” title. On the opening track from Minneapolis folk-artist Feathered Rhino’s self-titled EP, an unnervingly ragged guitar figure emerges and lingers throughout. It doesn’t sound: detuned, out of tune, or off key, no it sounds like it’s on its last leg, like it will collapse at any second. If there’s any sort of psychedelic, it’s hidden in that haunting declaration.
And considering the weight Joseph Wilcox is putting on an already rickety frame, you’d forgive it for collapsing. Immediately Wilcox is croaking “by myself,” as though he’s been lonely for so long now all he can do is genuflect on his own isolation. What started as an attempt to “find my way” has turned into a slog to find any sort of connection. You can hear the desperation in that aforementioned croak, which winds through the rafters of an abandoned barn. At some point it gives up altogether and drifts off to sleep, where an unnamed affection’s “eyes are in my dreams at night,” as Wilcox puts it. Hidden in that haunting declaration is a tinge of psychedelia. Nothing lysergic or mind-expanding, instead the sort where you’re transfixed on a singular object. Time slows to a halt. Heavy-breathing kicks-in. The “high” shifts from physical to spiritual.
Feathered Rhino is available now on Bandcamp, courtesy of local label Petrified Records.