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:
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.
Down at the Record Bar, we caught the second of three Midcoast Takeover fundraisers. We saw three sets featuring: The Latenight Callers, the Philistines, and the Sluts. It was a solid night of rockin tunes for a great cause. The event is helping to send something like 80 artists and bands from the KC area to Austin for a showcase during SXSW. Check it out:
Last weekend at the Alamo Drafthouse, the first annual Noir City KC film festival took place. The event featured a set of classic film noir flicks, entertainers, musicians and cinema noir stars like Peggy Cummins. She is most well known for her performance in Gun Crazy. The musical entertainment for the evening featured the Laura Ellis, the Latenight Callers and burlesque performer Evie Novelle.
Here’s some images from the nightclub event at the Chesterfield: