Christmas is already next week -- not sure how it manages to sneak up on me every year. It’s likely that you have house guests for the holidays, and all of these shows would be a great night out for visiting family and friends. And just in case you haven’t finished all of your holiday shopping for the music fan on your list, check out this article for some gift ideas tailored to music lovers. Cheers and happy holidays to you and yours.
Earlier this year the good people at The Record Machine created a new concert series under the name of “Sound Machine” with some help from Tito’s Vodka. The project has turned into a year long concert series bringing some great indie rock bands to KC that might’ve otherwise skipped this market. This show is tonight, stacked with Pitchfork-friendly indie rockers at the recordBar. Also, part of the series, Radkey performs on Friday night at recordBar to close out the week. Thanks to Sound Machine for putting together these indie rock shows, and we look forward to more in 2018!
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Click here to watch a video of DJ Lee aka Scratch Track.
DJ Lee is a busy guy. He used to tour the country with his beatboxing pop-outfit, Scratch Track. He even got pulled up on stage at the Sprint Center for a song by his buddy Zac Brown. DJ is deeply rooted in KC music and every year he hosts a great holiday show where you never know who will show up. Some more name dropping: he’s the Tour Manager for Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear and now manages one of the most exciting new bands in KC, Olivia Fox. You never know who is going to show up at this event and get on stage and perform. It’ll be a fun night of musical surprises in a very friendly atmosphere.
Click here to watch a video of Big Head Todd and the Monsters Live at Red Rocks.
I’m a little biased as I host a show on the station, but I’m a really big fan of 90.9 The Bridge. This Friday they’re hosting a holiday show featuring Big Head Todd & the Monsters, who just released a brand new album in November, “New World Arisin’.” No doubt they’ll play a good mix of new songs and all the classics too. Also on the bill is Rayland Baxter from Bon Aqua, Tennessee. Perhaps you saw him open for Jason Isbell in 2015 at The Uptown. Just added to the bill after their massive sold out show at Knuckleheads’, from right here in KC, Making Movies cap the whole thing off. These guys have had a great year and were just name-checked at the Latin Grammys, as well as being listed on The Top 10 Latin Albums Of 2017 from NPR. Grab your tix here for a jam-packed night of music.
Click here to watch Grand Marquis play some holiday music.
If you’ve got some out of town guests and you’re looking for the perfect show to take them to, why not check out this free show right in the middle of Westport. The Grand Marquis guys jump, jive and wail with the best of them and it’s always a party when they’re on stage. Load up the Uber with out of town guests and head over to Westport Saloon for a great night of music. Bring your dancing shoes.
Click here to watch a video of Sky Smeed.
One of my favorite area music discoveries of 2017 is Sky Smeed. He’s a Lawrence-based musician who put out a great album earlier this year called “Lunker Bass.” I first got to hear him at the Folk Alliance International Conference back in February and I’ve been a fan ever since. Also, if you’ve never seen a show in the Gospel Lounge, here’s a great opportunity to do so. If you’re entertaining out of town folks or need a fun, family-friendly environment to take the parents to over the holidays, this show is for you. Grab your friends and family and head on down to Knux for a good time.