<![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 Influential rock trio Failure successfully opens tour at Liberty Hall http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article26216650.html#storylink=rss The reunited band’s imposing 90-minute performance fulfilled a long-held dream for people too young to have seen Failure when it last appeared the area in the 1990s.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:27:03 CDT

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Knuckleheads crowd welcomes Steve Earle and his friend, the blues http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article26046529.html#storylink=rss Wednesday night at Knuckleheads, before a crowd of about 500, Earle performed “Terraplane” nearly in its entirety, casting the blues in its many colors and moods.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:18:00 CDT

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Mates of State band members are partners in every way http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article25904866.html#storylink=rss The indie-pop band of married couple Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner continues its evolution by scoring and starring in an independent film “The Rumperbutts.” The band performs at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the RecordBar.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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Nickelback cancels tour as lead singer to undergo vocal surgery http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article25766851.html#storylink=rss Lead singer Chad Kroeger has been diagnosed with an operable cyst on his voice box. The band came to Sprint Center in March.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:46:55 CDT

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Rolling Stones give a big Arrowhead Stadium crowd a show for the ages http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article25702687.html#storylink=rss When it comes to the Rolling Stones, you can put aside all the jokes about age and senior citizenship, about walkers and hip replacements. Yes, they’ve been a band for 53 years. Yes, the four members are a combined 284 years old. And, yes, their lead singer is a great-grandfather. But Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium, the Stones proved demonstrably that rock and roll is more about spirit than age and they can still be as fierce as any rock band on earth.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 08:51:01 CDT

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Melissa Etheridge applies lots of local color to Uptown Theater show http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article25476907.html#storylink=rss She brought an arsenal of instruments and gadgets, all of which she deployed to give her songs heft during Wednesday’s two-hour show.

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:54:10 CDT

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Rolling Stones, at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday, aren’t mailing it in on Zip Code Tour http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article25330258.html#storylink=rss If Saturday night's concert at Arrowhead Stadium turns out to be the Rolling Stones' Kansas City swan song, it seems as though fans of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will get a memorable one. Reviews of shows on this leg of the Zip Code Tour have been generally positive.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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Lawrence Field Day Fest to showcase talent new and familiar http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article25345648.html#storylink=rss The fourth edition of the Lawrence Field Day Fest, which kicks off Thursday night, will feature nearly five dozen bands performing in four Lawrence venues over three nights. Since it began in 2012, the festival has grown exponentially, adding venues and bands.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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Billy Corgan reminds Midland audience about Smashing Pumpkins’ relevance http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article25298602.html#storylink=rss The Smashing Pumpkins’ abrasive songs about alienation and despair made it one of the most popular rock bands of the 1990s. Monday night at the Midland, Billy Corgan delivered with good cheer gorgeous renditions of the ensemble’s angst-ridden material.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:20:16 CDT

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Rob Thomas charms a small crowd at Sprint Center benefit http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article25303462.html#storylink=rss The Sprint Center didn’t look like its usual self Monday night. Rows of large tables filled the floor, as if set up for a wedding reception. Instead, Monday’s show, headlined by Rob Thomas, was a benefit for Literacy Kansas City and reStart, which assists the homeless in Kansas City.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 05:34:00 CDT

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Melissa Etheridge faces and embraces change in her life and her music http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article24914221.html#storylink=rss Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge recently visited Kansas City and was impressed by how its food offerings have changed since she began her music career in the city. But that’s not the only change she’s seen: She recently switched up her representation and says that has fueled her creativity in her most recent album and tour, “This Is M.E.” She performs Wednesday night at the Uptown Theater

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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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Boulevardia showcases Kansas City area’s large, diverse music scene http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article25114384.html#storylink=rss Thousands of fans endured Saturday’s swelter at the second annual Boulevardia, a three-day food/music/beer festival, to hear mostly local bands that acquitted themselves admirably. Friday’s and Saturday’s main stage headliners were a diverse lot. Bands from Kansas City and Lawrence filled the other two stages, showing off our diverse music scene.

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Sun, 21 Jun 2015 13:37:47 CDT

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KC musician Johnny Hamil reaches for the stars in GaV7d project http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article24908533.html#storylink=rss GaV7d (“gawd”) is a project in five stages, and each one comprises 15 songs Hamil wrote over the course of several years. One stage features vocalists performing the songs; three stages involve instrumentalists doing versions; the final is Johnny Hamil performing solo. Hamil and many of the musicians involved in the project will perform music from “Thanks for Everything” starting at 7 p.m. Sunday at the RecordBar.

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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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Elle King bringing her rock ’n’ roll banjo to Lawrence http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article24877519.html#storylink=rss Singer, songwriter and proud banjo player Elle King doesn’t have to toss any instruments from rooftops these days to court applause. On the strength of her debut album, “Love Stuff,” and killer single “Ex’s & Oh’s,” she’s winning audiences and critics alike. She performs Monday with Gene Jr and the Family at the Granada in Lawrence.

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Sun, 21 Jun 2015 02:00:00 CDT

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Boulevardia sold out for Saturday; tickets remain for Sunday http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article25061563.html#storylink=rss Organizers of the second annual Boulevardia have suspended ticket sales for Saturday, the second day of the three-day event. Tickets are no longer available online and will not be available at the gate.

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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 11:23:18 CDT

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Belle and Sebastian’s first KC show leaves lasting impression http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article25001815.html#storylink=rss To gales of applause and cheers from a crowd of about 1,200, frontman Stuart Murdoch led a 12-piece band onto the stage of the Uptown Theater, one that included a string section, a trumpeter, several keyboardists and a drummer posted inconspicuously in a corner.

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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:27:00 CDT

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This weekend’s best music in KC: Flo Rida, Unwritten Law, Kongos and Krizz Kaliko http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article25222324.html#storylink=rss Next week in Kansas City: Dark Star Orchestra, Weird Al Yankovic, Heartless Bastards and Steve Earle

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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Ticket alert: Theory of a Deadman, Miguel, HippieFest 2015 and Modest Mouse http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article25360846.html#storylink=rss Also on the way to Kansas City: Halestorm, Talib Kweli, Patti Austin and the Bad Plus

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:26:33 CDT

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Cheap Trick, Frampton show some Fab Four love at Starlight show http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article24993964.html#storylink=rss Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick have more in common than releasing two of the best-selling and critically acclaimed live albums of all time in the late 1970s. Thursday night at Starlight, the two children of the Beatles professed their love for the Fab Four.

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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:12:23 CDT

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Josey Records takes a big plunge into KC’s vinyl culture http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article24655603.html#storylink=rss Dallas-based Josey Records will throw a grand opening Saturday for its 6,500-square-foot building near 18th and Oak streets. “We really liked Kansas City when we would come up here,” said Waric Cameron, one off three owners. “We liked the vibe, the people we ran into and the deep music history of Kansas City.”

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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Second Boulevardia festival will be bigger — and ready for bigger crowds http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article24632863.html#storylink=rss Now in its second year, the Boulevardia festival in the West Bottoms is a celebration of food, beer and music. More than 40 bands have been enlisted to perform, including on this year’s new acoustic stage. “We’re taking the volume up to 11 this year,” said Julie Weeks, a Boulevardia board member. “We’ve increased our geographic area to include more blocks, and we’ve added several new experiences.”

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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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International Songwriter’s Collective brings out diversity in acoustic guitars http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article24648421.html#storylink=rss Trio of musicians/composers from U.S., Belgium and Holland will showcase their varied styles in show at the Brick.

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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 03:41:00 CDT

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Center of the City moves to a new home but will deliver the same punk spirit http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article24715048.html#storylink=rss For a few weeks, Center of the City was a festival without a home. Then the owners of Harling’s Upstairs, 3941 Main St., stepped up. The festival is this weekend.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:07:00 CDT

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Tears for Fears give big Uptown Theater crowd reasons to smile http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article24639355.html#storylink=rss Throughout the 95-minute set, most of the crowd of 1,600-plus stood, sang along, and rained love and appreciation upon the group.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:32:38 CDT

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The best music in KC this weekend: Belle & Sebastian, Luke Bryan, Ha Ha Tonka and the Sonics http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article24625309.html#storylink=rss In Kansas City next week: Tyler, the Creator; Michael McDonald; and Melissa Etheridge

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:46:59 CDT

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Janet Jackson bringing Unbreakable tour to Sprint Center http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article24458326.html#storylink=rss Janet Jackson will hit the road at the end of August for a 36-show tour of North America and one of her stops will be Oct. 27 at the Sprint Center. Tickets to the Unbreakable World Tour go on sale at 10 a.m. June 22. Prices: $39.50 to $125.

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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:48:25 CDT

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D’Angelo’s Kansas City debut was worth the wait http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article23836300.html#storylink=rss There wasn’t a bum note or dull moment in the set, but a few songs stand above the others. The powerful #blacklivesmatter anthem “The Charade” ended with D’Angelo and his two guitarists clustered together, taking solos and the song built in intensity. The pairing of “Left and Right” and “Chicken Grease” pushed the party to another level.

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 09:01:00 CDT

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Lucinda Williams happily sings the blues at Crossroads KC http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article23849116.html#storylink=rss A modest-size crowd of 500 or so showed up to hear Williams, whose previous performance around here was at Liberty Hall in November. She gave fans 90 minutes of her trademark music mix.

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:28:29 CDT

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Kansas City musicians mourn the death of jazz great Ornette Coleman http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article23789704.html#storylink=rss Ornette Coleman was a revered visionary who redefiined jazz. So say several Kansas City jazz musicians about the innovative composer and alto saxophonist who died in New York on Thursday, apparently of cardiac arrest. He was 85.

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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:21:50 CDT

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Randy Newman yokes his songs to the KC Symphony; magic and sarcasm ensue http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/back-to-rockville/article23751592.html#storylink=rss For two hours, he delivered nearly two dozen songs that plumbed love, sex, despair, race, prejudice, poverty, slavery, hegemony.

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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:30:39 CDT

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