Robert Randolph, The New Respects at Knuckleheads

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”.

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Freight Train, Rabbit Killer and Berwanger at Record Bar

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.

Berwanger:

 

 

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Until We Meet Again: Farewell to the Record Bar

Saturday, January 2, 2016 marked the final show at the Record Bar as we currently know it.  On this night the honors of sending her off two local groups: Your Friend, Making Movies.  It was a sold out show with every inch of the bar filled to the gills with fans and patrons from over the years having one last go in the venue.

Record Bar has a special place for me because I had a lot of firsts there.  It was the first place we played our Morphine cover set with Found a Job when it was still Molly Picture Club.  RB was where we saw the Members of Morphine bring those same songs back to life and carry on the spirit of Mark Sandman.

The Record Bar was where we stood in the freezing cold on a Wednesday night to see Daptone artists the Budos Band blow the doors off with two hours of incredible funk/afro-beat.  We made so many friends, met so many musicians and forged many bonds. We saw quite literally hundreds of local artists grace the stage to share their talents with us.

It’s hard to think the place is gone at least in its current form.  For years it served as a hub for us.  The staff treated us generously and always friendly.

We were recently at the Holy Cow Market for a party and there leaned against a wall was “the sign”.  It was dirty and faded, parts of the mounting hardware lay nearby.  You could see the faded paint underneath where the original logo had been.  Standing there, looking at it was like staring at a ghost.  You knew what you were looking at, but you didn’t couldn’t equate it in your brain.  It was surreal.  People passed by and looked at it like they were at a memorial service, quietly whispering to one another.

Leaving the market that night, looking at the sign one last time, was difficult to put into words.  I had the feeling that I don’t get often.  It was a feeling I’d rather not have.

The Record Bar is gone, hopefully just for now.  But it will always represent a community of people that we hope to call life-long friends.  Until we meet again, farewell Record Bar.

Your Friend

 

 

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Making Movies

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New Riddim and Grisly Hand at the Brick

On a frosty night in December after Christmas, the New Riddim and Grisly Hand kept it hot at the Brick in the Crossroads with a swinging night of tunes.  The New Riddim gave a ran the gamut of ska, and reggae tunes.  The end of the set featured a fun bit with Rico taking the mic while members of both bands shuffled to play a couple “Christmas” tunes. Mike Stover even sat in to add a little pedal steel.

The Grisly Hand followed up with their brand of roots, americana, country music and led ended the holiday weekend on a great note.

We’ve got audio from both sets including Rico’s Christmas set and lots of images so have a look:

New Riddim/Rico’s Christmas

New Riddim and Rico’s Christmas AUDIO

 

 

 

 

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The Grisly Hand

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Border Wars II: The Architects, Big Iron, The Racketees at Record Bar

Back on the first Friday of December, a lineup feature some of the loudest and heaviest rock and punk bands in the area stormed the Record Bar.  Featuring Kansas City staples the Architects, Big Iron and the Racketees, it was loud and fast from the beginning to the end.

Check out some audio from the show and images below:

The Racketees

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Big Iron

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SUNU at Californo’s

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.

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Audio from SUNU’s first set

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Drew Black and Dirty Electric at Record Bar

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!

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Archie Powell, The Noise FM and Me Like Bees at Record Bar

Recently at Record Bar, Me Like Bees returned from an unplugged East Coast stint before heading down to SXSW with the Noise FM and Archie Powell and the Exports.  Each band provided a set of blistering rock tunes.

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Archie Powell and the Exports:

 

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This was our first Archie Powell experience and it was a damn good set to open the show.

Here’s a bit of audio from Archie Powell:

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The Noise FM:

Noise FM followed with a set heavy on tunes from last year’s album “Attraction” and a cover of Billy Idol’s “Dancing with Myself”.  Their setlist was appropriately titled “Best Setlist Ever”.

 

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Listen to – The Noise FM – Crooked Smile

Me Like Bees:

Me Like Bees debuted a couple of new tracks which we’ve got here and played several tunes off “The Ides”.
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Here’s some video of Me Like Bees:

Audio  from the set including: one of the new tracks and Rolodex\Ra Ra, Etc. (More on the audio channel):

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