Late Shift at the Westport Saloon: The Quivers

A couple weeks ago, the Quivers took the late shift duties at the Westport Saloon.  The uptempo garage rock vibe kept the party happening at the Saloon until quitting time.  It was a good nightcap to a busy evening that started at the Tank Room for the Electric Lungs show.

 

 

 

 

 

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I Love KC Music – Julian Davis and the Hay-Burners and more

On January 13 2017, the weather forecast was bleak with an impending ice storm, but that did not keep excellent music from happening!  At The Westport Saloon, The Ready Brothers and Julian Davis and the Hay-Burners entertained those of us willing to brave the weather.  It was a fun night of quality roots music!  The Ready Brothers started out the night with their old time country, blue grass, and laughter.  They were cracking jokes in between songs.

Check out all of the photos HERE (Julian Davis photos are here too).  Here is a video of The Ready Brothers taken by I Love KC Music.  You can see the full set HERE from The Westport Saloon’s live feed.

Julian Davis and the Hay-Burners finished the night with a high energy three hour set of bluegrass and western swing!  When one of the bands couldn’t make it out to The Westport Saloon due to the storm, Julian Davis and the Hay-Burners stepped up and played a longer set.  This band surely has energy to burn down the house err hay!  If you want to see a band that has fantastic music and great showmanship, this band has it all.  Their chemistry on stage, passion for music and entertainment, and talent make this one of I Love KC Music’s favorite band to see live.

Check out I Love KC Music’s video HERE.  See their whole set HERE on The Westport Saloon’s live feed archive.

 

 

NYE with Freight Train, Rabbit Killer at Westport Saloon

Here’s a bit of the NYE show at Westport Saloon with Freight Train Rabbit Killer and their special guests, The Legion of Ghosts.  I’ve got a bit of audio from the set too.

 

AUDIO of the FTRK set

 

 

 

 

 

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Middle of the Map Fest – Day #3

Middle of the Map Fest Day #3 featured another great lineup especially in the Kansas City music department.  The night started off with a bang at Riot Room on the patio where the Jorge Arana Trio was playing one of the loudest jazzy sets in recent memory.  Their music is fairly complex but still very accessible to the average music fan.  It’s great to listen to how their songs progress from one place to the next.  Where the end up is often light years away from where they started.  It’s a really refreshing sound.

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Listen to the Jorge Arana Trio on the Riot Room Patio

Inside the Riot Room, the Phantastics led by Kemet Coleman were tearing the roof off with a heavily 70’s funk and soul inspired sound that had quite a crowd and dancing aplenty.  Coleman’s presence on the mic and dance moves kept the crowd going while the band laid down solid funky sounds.

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After the Phantastics finished up, we hiked over to the Westport Saloon to catch Lauren Anderson.  Lauren Anderson and her band are a Chicago-based bluesy 4-piece outfit featuring Lauren on guitar on vocals.  The soulful tunes with a solid rhythm section and great guitar work make for a really balanced, well-executed set.

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Listen to Lauren Anderson performing “Shame”

Back over to the Riot Room, we caught Various Blonde.  The Joshua Allen led group features funk, rock, and dance tunes.  A couple times Joshua Allen joined the crowd while singing setting the stage perfectly for the next group, St Louis’ Illphonics.

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Listen to a clip of Various Blonde at the Riot Room

The Illphonics are pretty easy to draw comparison’s to early Roots albums but the band executes the hip-hop with a backing band very well. Socially conscious lyrics and neo-soul sounds create a show that’s virtually impossible to stand still for.  But while it may be neo-soul inspired, the Illphonics are clearly their own band with something to say.

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Listen to a track from the Illphonics set

Finishing up our night at the Westport Saloon, we caught Katy Guillen and the Girls playing a blues inspired set that is decidedly rocked out. All the members of the group have a great level of musicianship and instinct that allows them to really lock in a put on a show.  At this point in the night, the bar was packed, the crowd was moving and it the perfect time for an act like KG and the Girls.

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Listen to Katy & the Girls performing “I Can’t Live Here Anymore” and “Quiver

Then there was the final day/night…check back for more on that later this week.

Halloween at Westport Saloon: Hellfire Hoedown

On Halloween, we headed out to the Hellfire Hoedown at Westport Saloon.  The acts featured ranged from rockabilly and hard rock to bluegrass and blues.  We caught the sets from Stay Sick: A Tribute to the Cramps, Electric Lungs, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Them Damned Young Livers.

There was an additional stage set up in the parking lot just north of Westport Saloon which featured more of the heavier acts.  It also featured cash only bars serving Busch and bourbon.  The bourbon proved to be the ticket for taking the edge off the chilly evening.

The first act we caught was a local group performing a tribute to the garage rock icon’s the Cramps.  They played an incredibly high-energy set hitting on many of the Cramps’ most popular tunes including: “New Kind of Kick”,”I Was a Teenage Werewolf”,”Bikini Girls with Machine Guns” amongst others.  It was highly entertaing complete with a pole dancer.

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The following act was the Electric Lungs who play a no nonsense style of uptempo  hard rock n roll.  Singer Tripp Kirby screams songs of angst, anger and frustration with a backing band on top of the beat and helping to lead the charge. Time seems to always fly during Electric Lungs sets.  Just as the first song begins the last one ends and 45 minutes has gone by.

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After the Lungs’ set, we headed inside for Freight Train Rabbit Killer the brainchild of Kris Bruders and Mark Smeltzer.  It’s a slide guitar fueled, outlaw duo with very dark bent.  It’s heavy on blues and twang with a solid beat that chugs along just like a well, train.

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Outside in the tent, things were getting what some might call slightly rock n roll.  Them Damned Young Livers were on the stage and it was getting wild.  The bourbon and Busch was treating the crowd and the band well because the Livers’ played a hard charging rowdy set as they always do. The entire band completely decked out in drag wrecked the stage, smashed a bass guitar, knocked down light stands, fell off the stage and sent the drums into the energetic crowd.  It was a sight to see.

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