<![CDATA[Back to Rockville: Entertainment Columns & Blogs | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/ en-us Thu, 02 Oct 2014 19:52:00 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 02 Oct 2014 19:52:00 CDT Back to Rockville 60 Tech N9ne ready to prove to Rockfest fans that he belongs http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article22549632.html#storylink=rss Tech N9ne, aka Aaron Yates, has always believed in breaking down music barriers, which is why Saturday’s Rockfest is one of several rock shows the Kansas City musician is playing this year.

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Thu, 28 May 2015 16:41:56 CDT

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Rockfest adds another stage and some new faces to its lineup http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article22360530.html#storylink=rss The 23rd annual Rockfest, which starts at noon Saturday at the Liberty Memorial, will be notable for several reasons. The annual hard-rock festival will include hometown hip-hop hero Tech N9ne, plus a third stage for local bands.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 14:38:09 CDT

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Ticket alert: Ry Cooder, Sharon White and Ricky Skaggs; ZZ Ward; Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article22368216.html#storylink=rss Also on the way to Kansas City: Bad Plus and Joshua Redman, Beach House, ‘Last Comic Standing’ Live Tour. Plus Def Leppard, Alabama, John Michael Montgomery, Justin Moore at the Missouri State Fair.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 15:54:22 CDT

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This weekend’s best music in Kansas City: Alabama Shakes, Billy Joe Shaver, Emily Kinney and Tame Impala http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article22330218.html#storylink=rss Also on the way to KC: Rae Sremmurd, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Cody Canada and the Departed and Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox

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Wed, 27 May 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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Westport festival showcases the many flavors of roots music http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article22139469.html#storylink=rss The second annual Westport Roots Festival featured fiddles, mandolins, banjos, standup basses and guitars. The occasional horns and other sundry instruments also made appearances over the course of nearly 12 hours.

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Sun, 24 May 2015 13:58:12 CDT

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Shelby Lynne captivates a Folly Theater crowd with stellar performance of ‘I Am’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article21910110.html#storylink=rss The singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne is celebrating the 15th birthday of her album “I Am Shelby Lynne” with a deluxe edition, released late last year, and with a tour in which she performs the entire album, start to finish. Friday night, she brought that tour and a five-piece band to the Folly Theater, where about 450 people listened with rapt attention and were rewarded in spades with a stellar, heartfelt performance.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 12:35:46 CDT

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Big Sean’s Kansas City debut is a carefree party http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article21669075.html#storylink=rss Thursday’s concert at the Midland theater was almost entirely free of significance. Big Sean’s favorite subjects are money, intoxicants and his flourishing career.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 09:27:40 CDT

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Westport Roots Festival back with more stages and more bands http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article21379485.html#storylink=rss The inaugural Westport Roots Festival in 2014 comprised 25 bands on two stages: the one in the Westport Saloon and a larger outdoor stage in the parking lot outside the back door. This year’s festival, which starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, will be different, with 45 bands — more than half of them from Kansas City, Lawrence and St. Joseph — performing on six stages.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 06:00:00 CDT

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Former Kansas City resident Adam Lee has been wearing many musical hats http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article21404229.html#storylink=rss The former Kansas City resident is a solo artist, a member of a traditional country band and an actor portraying Johnny Cash in “Million Dollar Quartet.” performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the Riot Room patio as part of the Westport Roots Festival.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 06:00:00 CDT

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New Kids on the Block revive the past (again) in frenzied Sprint Center show http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article21461802.html#storylink=rss TLC and Nelly also give a crowd of about 10,000 a steady dose of music from other eras.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 09:36:24 CDT

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Ticket alert: A Metallica tribute, Neurosis and Clint Black available Friday http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article21402870.html#storylink=rss Also on the way: “Last Comic Standing” tour, Def Leppard with Styx and Tesla, The Fray with Andy Grammer

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Tue, 19 May 2015 15:36:41 CDT

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Spoon gives another big crowd a dose of its diversity http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article21387798.html#storylink=rss Eight months after sold-out Lawrence show, band returns to Kansas City and draws a big crowd to the Midland

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Tue, 19 May 2015 12:46:05 CDT

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This weekend’s best music in Kansas City: Big Sean, Of Mice & Men, Shelby Lynne and E-40 http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article21369222.html#storylink=rss Also in KC: Westport Roots Festival, Kutt Calhoun, Yelawolf and Surfer Blood

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Wed, 20 May 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Blues in the rain: Samantha Fish battles the elements at Knuckleheads http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article21225501.html#storylink=rss Torrents of water streamed from the roof of the stage when Katy Guillen & the Girls opened Saturday’s concert at Knuckleheads. The show concluded more than three hours later with headliner Samantha Fish leading her band on a scorching cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” during a torrential downpour.

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Sun, 17 May 2015 08:27:04 CDT

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Willie Nelson and Beck entertain with two different styles of artistry http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article21170382.html#storylink=rss Willie Nelson and Beck at Starlight Theatre seemed like an oddball match to some observers: an 82-year-old country music legend and a 44-year-old songwriter who has operated on the fringes of popular music for more than 20 years, dabbling in nearly every genre.

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Sat, 16 May 2015 12:35:00 CDT

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Rob Pope comes home with Spoon, but the Get Up Kids are still alive and all right http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article20987022.html#storylink=rss Rob Pope has three families these days. One is the family he’s raising with his wife. Another is the band Spoon, for which Pope has played bass since 2007 and performs Monday at the Midland. The third is the Get Up Kids, the Kansas City band he co-founded in 1995. Lately, he has been spending time with all three.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Late nights were bolder, brighter during David Letterman’s reign http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article21020943.html#storylink=rss David Letterman, who Wednesday night signs off from the “Late Show” for the final time, used his late-night spot to mock the institution that was network TV. He instituted gags, high jinks and recurring skits such as Stupid Pet Tricks, then Stupid Human Tricks. The show at its best cast a spirit of irreverence and defiance.

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Sat, 16 May 2015 19:01:00 CDT

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Kansas City musicians reflect on B.B. King’s influence and legacy http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article21103590.html#storylink=rss Blues legend inspired generations of musicians and brought the blues into the mainstream.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 14:19:23 CDT

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B.B. King’s final KC appearance: Blues legend valiantly tries to tap into his legacy http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article21086361.html#storylink=rss From the archives, Timothy Finn reviewed B.B. King’s final performance in Kansas City in October, 2014. He was as endearing as ever, though showing the effects of his age. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear opened.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 11:08:15 CDT

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KC blues artist Danielle Nicole in launch of VuHaus, public radio’s streaming music-video project http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article20883264.html#storylink=rss A collective of six public radio stations, including Kansas City’s KTBG (90.9 FM), known as the Bridge, has launched VuHaus, a streaming video app that features performances of artists recorded in each station’s studio, and a Kansas City artist is part of the initial launch. The service will be operated by Public Media Company.

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Samantha Fish takes her bluesy sound into new territory http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article20836065.html#storylink=rss The blues singer will celebrate her new album, “Wild Heart,” Saturday night at Knuckleheads with a “soft release” party. Katy Guillen & the Girls open. Showtime is 9 p.m. Advance tickets are $17.50.

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Wed, 13 May 2015 12:36:29 CDT

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This weekend’s best music: Beck, Willie Nelson, Gary Allan, and Making Movies http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article20741004.html#storylink=rss And next week in the Kansas City area: Spoon, Other Lives, Scott Wieland and the Wildabouts and Purity Ring

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Wed, 13 May 2015 07:03:00 CDT

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Bob Dylan and his stellar band cast a spellbinding show at the Music Hall http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article20666166.html#storylink=rss Sunday’s Kansas City show showcased a stellar band supporting one of popular music’s most revered and decorated songwriters. And it gave Dylan a platform to present himself as an entertainer, which he can be, if he makes a few concessions. Sunday night, he did that.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 10:51:41 CDT

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Mary Chapin Carpenter’s collaboration with Kansas City Symphony stirring, transformative http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article20574291.html#storylink=rss Mary Chapin Carpenter told an audience of more than 1,000 at Helzberg Hall on Friday that the first time she performed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts she was accompanied by a single acoustic guitar. On Friday she was bolstered by the Kansas City Symphony.

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Sat, 09 May 2015 07:46:19 CDT

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Mick Jagger says energy and enthusiasm keep the Stones rolling http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article20494779.html#storylink=rss As the famous rocker recalls previous KC concerts, he prepares for the Rolling Stones gig at Arrowhead in June. He spoke with The Star’s Timothy Finn this week.

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Fri, 08 May 2015 04:51:00 CDT

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Matt and Kim shower a big P&L crowd with dance-pop tunes and novel antics http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article20505552.html#storylink=rss Thursday night, the duo from Brooklyn (Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino) drew more than 4,000 fans to the Kansas City Live stage in the Power and Light District, most of whom indulged jovially in the duo’s lightweight dance-pop tunes.

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Fri, 08 May 2015 12:11:10 CDT

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‘Lambert & Stamp’ explores the unlikely duo who fashioned the Who into rock stars: 2.5 stars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article20377368.html#storylink=rss “Lambert & Stamp” probably isn’t for the casual Who fan. It may not even be for every die-hard Who fan.

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Thu, 07 May 2015 08:00:00 CDT

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Primus transforms a movie soundtrack at the Uptown Theater. http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article20403483.html#storylink=rss The psychedelic rendering of material originally sung by actors including Gene Wilder was at the core of a performance that lasted well over two hours.

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Thu, 07 May 2015 06:40:39 CDT

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Summer Fun 2015: Music calendar filled with acts that haven’t visited KC for a while http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article20288490.html#storylink=rss The epicenter of this summer’s music landscape will be the home of the Kansas City Chiefs. Arrowhead Stadium has booked three concerts in the span of 36 days: a British boy band, two country superstars and one of the most revered rock bands in history.

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Wed, 06 May 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Deco Auto’s power-pop marches to the beat of a familiar drummer http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article20276658.html#storylink=rss The Rainmakers’ drummer Pat Tomek, who produced Deco Auto’s EP and single, has been a band member since 2013, returning to his early roots. Friday night, Deco Auto will get a chance to open for the English Beat, who headline the late show at Knuckleheads.

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Wed, 06 May 2015 08:52:00 CDT

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