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.
Here are some images from the Hipshot Killer and Electric Lungs show over at Davey’s a couple weeks back. If I recall, the Lungs were shooting a video that night around the bar featuring a guy in a heart costume and another with a giant afro. There might have been drinking involved.
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.
The Blackbird Revue with full band Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries
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.
Jake Wells and his brother Jordan playing at Apocalypse Meow 9. Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries
Jake playing Revolutions Per Month (a Record Machine Showcase). Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries
Jake playing with his brother Jordan at Revolutions Per Month (a Record Machine Showcase). Photo Credit: Kimmy DeVries
A couple weeks back, we caught the latest edition of the Noise FM’s annual Christmas fundraiser for Toys for Tots: Noise For Toys at the Record Bar. The event this year featured sets from Shadow Rabbits, Rachel Mallin and the Wild Type, Me Like Bees, and the Noise FM.
“Nightmaricana” is how Abandoned Bells describes their sound. It’s an apt description. But not hellish, evil nightmares the likes of Hollywood horror. No, Abandoned Bells is a mix of very left-of-center, ghoulish, bizarro variety of Americana. The three-piece group featuring drums, banjo, baritone guitar and vocals is one of the more unique bands currently occupying the KC scene that doesn’t get kitschy like so much “unique” music can. The group’s songwriting ability coupled with the confidence as performers allows them to stretch out considerably within genre. We caught the band recently playing at set down at miniBar and were not disappointed.
A couple weeks ago we had stumbled across Fort Collins band Post Paradise at the Minibar. Our buddies in the Hillary Watts Riot and Vi Tran Band were also on the bill and we got done with our other gigs early. So we headed over to see what was happening. Unfortunately, we missed Vi Tran’s set, but we did manage to catch a rather catchy rock band with an unusual twist, Post Paradise.
Post Paradise is a well-oiled machine with well written and developed songs that have a distinctive radio friendly alt-rock vibe. The “twist” is the addition of a cello. Now this isn’t simply some gimmick. The cello adds a great harmonic element to already good, accessible tunes. The extra layer of strings is not new territory, but this is one of the better executions I’ve ever heard. Post Paradise has managed to create a sound where every element belongs. It’s really quite interesting.
Check them out next time they are in town, you’d be hard pressed not to enjoy.