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”.
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.
The Phantastics, a funk, soul, hip hop, and jazz band from Kansas City, is celebrating their five year anniversary. On January 6, 2017, they played a celebration show at the Riot Room. Their energy on stage was on phire! The crowd was singing along, dancing, and rocking along. The energy in the room was electric. This band is a must see live! Their music recored is great, but to see them live is to see their creativity flow! Their show on the 6th did not disappoint.
I Love KC Music had a chance to hang out with The Phantastics at their practice space and interview them. You can check out the interview HERE.
Check out all the photos HERE on the I Love KC Music Facebook page.
I Love KC Music also got a video at their show. Check it out HERE.
Back on the first Friday of March, the Quivers released their long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s “Hot Young Mess” with “Sugar Tease”. The show took place at the midtown swap shop Holy Cow Market. The Thunderclaps opened with a great set of surf-tinged tunes from the KC-based duo.
It’s a great collection of tunes written primarily by Terra Skaggs and Todd Grantham. This time around, they added a horn section with the help of Kyle Dahlquist and Jesse Howes. “Sugar Tease” has a the classic Quivers sound with plenty of 60’s soul and early garage rock.
Really, it’s a solid album. It’s been two years since they released their previous effort and maybe the long time between releases was a good thing. The songs had time to mature, get played up at gigs, tweaked and finally laid-down. Check it out here. You can also hit the link in the photo section to hear the entire live set.
A couple weeks back, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue put on an incredible show to a packed KC Live stage at Power and Light. The nearly two hour set featured high-energy jazz, funk, New Orleans flavored tunes led by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his backing band Orleans Avenue. In addition to being an incredible trombonist, Shorty is also an accomplished trumpeter and vocalist. He’s a man of many talents and the show is one you don’t want to miss.