Crossroads Music Fest 2016

A few weeks back the annual local music extravaganza known as Crossroads Music Festival took place at 7 different venues in the Crossroads district in Kansas City.  With over 35 local bands and performers the festival covered nearly any genre of local music for all to hear.

The Marching Cobras

 

 

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Kelley Hunt

 

 

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Julian Davis & The Phantastics

 

 

Ivory Black

 

 

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Not A Planet

 

 

 

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Radkey

 

 

 

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Pre-Thanksgiving at the Tank Room

The eve of Christmas featured a lineup of bands at the Tank Room.  We managed to catch Yes You Are, The Fairweather and Not a Planet.  Check out some images from the show and audio from Not a Planet’s set:

Yes You Are

 

 

 

 

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The Fairweather

 

 

 

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Not a Planet

 

Crossroads Music Festival 2015 Recap

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.

The Marching Cobras

 

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Not A Planet

 

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Freight Train, Rabbit Killer

 

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The Philistines

 

 

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Mountain Sprout

 

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The Phantastics

 

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Katy Guillen and the Girls

 

 

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CMF and MMF staff

 

Middle of the Map Festival Day 4

Well after way too long of a delay, here is the last installment of this year’s Middle of the Map Festival.  We’ve been incredibly busy with home projects, wedding planning and family.  It’s been an incredibly busy couple of months so the blog has been neglected.  We thought you should know.

On the final day of the festival, we caught a whole bunch of performances.  We took hundreds of images, hours of audio and saw everything we possibly could see.

The day started off with Kangaroo Knife Fight.

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After Kangaroo Knife Fight, it was across the street to Westport Saloon for Not A Planet.

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Then a quick stop at Ernie Biggs for the Noise FM’s relocated set.

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Then it was back up the alley to Westport Saloon for the Grisly Hand.

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Back over at the Riot Room, the hip-hop stage was kicking into gear with the Abnorm.

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Between sets on the Patio, we caught the New Riddim warming up the ska tip for the legendary Slackers that would close out the festival at the Riot Room.

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Back outside was Heartfelt Anarchy on the patio keeping things going.

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Then over to Ernie Biggs to catch Me Like Bees and Peelander Z.

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Not a Planet, Kangaroo Knife Fight and Teach Me Equals at Riot Room

Back on February 27, Not a Planet headlined a show with Florida duo Teach Me Equals and KC’s own Aussie led rock group Kangaroo Knife Fight.  This was Not a Planet‘s final show before heading out on a southeastern US tour on their way to SXSW in Austin, TX. Not a Planet debuted several new tunes at the show and we got a couple of them for your listening pleasure if you follow the links below.

Teach Me Equals was also an interesting duo in that their instrumentation consisted of a cellist, and female vocalist who played violin and guitar.  Their sound was rounded out with a drum track.  It was pretty interesting.

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 Not a Planet performing “Gang Goes The Gun”

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Audio from the show is here.

Crossroads Music Fest 2014

Not a Planet performing at CMFKC 2014

Not a Planet performing at CMFKC 2014

Crossroads Music Festival 2014 edition is in the books.  It was a fantastic night of music at several venues throughout the popular neighborhood known for art studios, music venues and trendy living.  Featuring around 40 bands and performers, the festival covered nearly any genre of music this town has to offer from country to hip-hop to rock and folk.  It was a truly diverse group of performers and a great sendoff to our unseasonably cool summer.  We made it out to the Money Wolf showcases, Not A Planet, Me Like Bees, Bacon Shoe, Mark Lowery and Drums, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, and Noise FM.  I’m probably forgetting someone in that list because this was a two day marathon editing session. I do clearly recall seeing drunk people eating bacon off the floor of the Brick. Other than that, my brain is fried.

Follow the link below to see all the images from this excellent event!

KC Live Music Blog – Crossroads Music Fest 2014 – So Many Bands