We managed to get down to the opening night of the Folk Alliance Conference, dubbed “Planet Folk” at Westin Crown Center and Sheraton Hotels 2015 edition. We’ve got audio tracks and images from the event. There was a great turnout with many rooms full of musicians, music lovers and folk fanatics from all over the world in town to see everything we can bring to a music party. It was a good showing KC!
The sheer volume of musicians and music acts from around the world performing showcases throughout the hotels, impromptu jam sessions and meetings were simply staggering. Just trying to get a handle on everything that was happening at any given time was mind-boggling. I hope next year the day gig will be a little less crazy so I can spend more time down there. Looking forward to the next time Planet Folk’s orbit crosses KC next February.
In the meantime, check out all we saw:
Click here for audio from several performances including: The Latenight Callers, Grisly Hand, Dollar, Fox, Rural Grit, Victor & Penny, Schwervon!
On Valentine’s day at Record Bar, Making Movies performed to a sold out crowd featuring songs spanning the band’s entire catalog. The set featured two new tracks and a couple covers in addition to Making Movies originals. Recently returning from a six-week long stint on the west coast, the band debuted new material and joined openers Allyu, a latin folk ensemble, during the opening set. Allyu would join Making Movies during their set to perform an acoustic number.
Friday night at Vandals, the former Black and Gold Tavern under new ownership, the New Riddim, had a release gig for their 2nd album “Second Sight”. Opening for New Riddim were local punk rockers the Uncouth.
This week, in addition to pics, we’ve got video and audio tracks from the show. Hopefully, this will be a regular feature on the blog.
Down at the Record Bar, we caught the second of three Midcoast Takeover fundraisers. We saw three sets featuring: The Latenight Callers, the Philistines, and the Sluts. It was a solid night of rockin tunes for a great cause. The event is helping to send something like 80 artists and bands from the KC area to Austin for a showcase during SXSW. Check it out:
A couple weeks back we caught a great show down at Record Bar. The lineup featured: Merit Badge, the Sapwoods, and Drew Black and Dirty Electric. The band Merit Badge made their debut. Billed as “Instrumental boy scout rock” they played a set of rock and roll tunes all featuring names based on found phrases from the Boy Scout handbook.
Following Merit Badge was the Sapwoods from Iowa City. This was the first trip to KC for the group and they were well received by the crowd. They were a great group of guys who we hope to see back in town again.
Over at the Record Bar on Friday of the new year, there was yet another great show on tap. This time around the show featured fellow travelers Me Like Bees and the Westerners with local punks Electric Lungs. Here’s some images:
We rang in the New Year at Record Bar with an excellent selection of hard rockin, punk infused, thrash tunes by the bands Radkey, Drop A Grand, Bummer and Mace Batons. It was a loud night with ice cold beer, good vibes and a new year. Check it out:
Back around Christmas, we caught a great show full of blues, rock and soul from a couple of great local bands at Coda. Miry Wild opened the show, but we didn’t make it down until the Clementines set. The evening finished with Katy Guillen and the Girls. It was a packed house that had to be pushing capacity in the cozy pub. Check it out: