Another year, another Crossroads Music Festival is in the books. This year was great! Good weather, closely located venues, solid lineup, it had something for everyone. Every year Bill and the team tweak the formula a bit. Gone is the Midwestern Musical Co. and Crossroads was honestly a bit of a big venue to have to try and fill. So this year the folks got a stage setup in the Cowtown T-Shirt shop parking lot, then both levels of the Living Room and the Mod Gallery across the street in addition to the clubs on Grand, and the Brick a block over. The relative proximity made it really easy to get from one venue to the next without missing too much action. Also, the excellent volunteer staff that helped at the unconventional venues gave their time to support the cause.
The performers for CMF this year also covered the gamut from jazz to rock, americana to funk. It was a pretty eclectic lineup even for CMF standards. At the peak it looked like most venues were near capacity with the Tank Room decidedly packed for the Phantastics set. Over at the Mod gallery a large crowd spilled out the door during the Philistines and a sizeable crowd bounced to the sounds of Not a Planet.
Here’s a few images from the last Electric Lungs show at Harling’s with Nuthatch 47. The Electric Lungs just finished up recording a new album but a release date hasn’t been set. There’s audio of their entire sets at these links: Electric Lungs Set and Nuthatch 47 Set
A couple weeks back Knuckleheads the local Talking Heads tribute project “Found a Job” put on a full two sets of Heads tunes both rare and pop hits.
The blazing heat of the day gave way to a really sticky night. Sweaty people danced and bobbed to the funky tunes made popular in the 80’s by David Byrne and the crew. It was a solid turnout for such a hot night. Always a good time at the “Found a Job” shows. Check it out:
Back on June 20, garage rock pioneers the Sonics from Tacoma, Washington played a blistering hour and ten minute set to a moderate crowd at Knucklehead’s in Kansas City. Local support was provided by the Latenight Callers and the Quivers.
The weather was steamy during the day but cooled off just in time for the rock to heat things back up. As the sun was going down, the Latenight Callers took the outdoor stage and provided a set of dark, noir flavored dance tunes.
Then came the Quivers, The Quivers are a band that is clearly influenced by the Sonics, soul, garage rock and blues. They played a set full of uptempo rockers that set the mood for the legendary Sonics to follow.
The Sonics took the stage just after 10:30 with “Cinderella” off their second album “BOOM”. It was just the beginning of what would prove to be an incredible set hitting all the classics and several covers.
Despite the Sonics being cranked and the club rocking, the crowd could clearly be heard singing tune after tune. I was really blown away at how hard these guys rocked the songs they wrote 50 years ago. If you closed your eyes, you would have never guessed it’s been that long since they released any new music.
The Sonics show was easily one of my top three favorite shows in the last year. Check it out:
Over at Californo’s SUNU played two sets of afrobeat, funk, jazz, and soulful tunes on the patio for a beautiful evening. We got audio of the entire first set at the link below so you can listen while you browse the images from this show.
We’re starting to get back into the swing of things with a set of images from the last Drew Black and Dirty Electric show at Record Bar. Yea, yea, I know it was a month ago. Life and stuff. Check back because more posts are on the way!
Well we’ve been on a bit of a hiatus the last month or so. Weddings, vacations, new jobs, projects and more have been keeping us busy with life so we haven’t had any time to work on the blog recently. We’ve sort of been keeping the calendar updated but that’s about it.
We’ll be trying to get back on track with more regular blog postings and events that you’ve come to appreciate from us. We really want to thank everyone for being loyal followers and fans over the years and we’re going to keep trying to bring all the KC music news we can.
Life keeping us busy aside, we’ve managed to catch a few shows here and there. In particular, we caught the KKFI Spring Dance back in May at the Tank Room. The event featured a diverse array of bands from Latin, Pop, Blues, Hip Hop, Dance, Funk and Country Western. The bands on the bill included: Starhaven Rounders, Atzlan, The Marching Cobras, The Latenight Callers, The Old No. 5’s, and AY Muzik.