We’re about to wave buh-bye to January and the 2018 calendar is already so full of great shows. Late last week Elton John announced a farewell tour with a show here in KC and just yesterday Kevin Hart, Primus and Mastodon, Frank Turner and Menzingers, Chromeo, and Rostam (formerly of Vampire Weekend) all announced Kansas City dates. Plus, if you like country music about 35 shows were announced last week. It’s a crazy way to begin the new year.
Did you catch the Grammys last night? Nope? It looks like most people missed it; the viewer ratings were down 24% from last year! Here’s the full list of winners if you’re interested. I was happy that LCD Soundsystem, The National, Aimee Mann, Jason Isbell, Leonard Cohen (RIP), and Kendrick Lamar all won.
Ok, what’s up this week? Here’s some shows for you to check out.
Click HERE to watch an oldie but a goodie from The Architects.
Happy First Friday to you. After you’ve finished strolling The Crossroads and need a drink, a bite to eat and have your face melted off, this show’s for you. It’s two of my favorite KC bands on the same bill on the same night. The Architects are long time stalwarts of the KC music scene and always put on a great show, and Hipshot Killer put out one of my favorite albums of 2016, “They Will Try and Kill Us All.” I’ve listened to it an embarrassing amount of times. Grab you ear plugs and your friends who want to rock and make sure you catch this show on Friday at The Brick.
Click HERE to watch Love, Mae C sing the title track to her album
As I mentioned above, it’s First Friday week and this record shop in The Crossroads District is hosting a great free show. The shop is nestled behind the giant stage behind Grinders at 19th and Locust. I’ve seen the name Love, Mae C popping up on a lot of shows lately but I haven’t gotten the chance to see her perform -- until this past Friday night. She was part of the incredibly fun show Beastie Boys tribute show at Voodoo Lounge. Love, Mae C jumped on stage with KC hip hop act, Pistol Pete, and stole the spotlight as she showed off her hip hop and neo-soul prowess. It’d be great to see her play a set of her own music and hear songs from her album, “Warning Signs of True Love”.
Click HERE to watch Sara Swenson sing her beautiful song “Welcome To The Family”
Sara Swenson has been one of my favorite KC storytellers for a long time. She used to gig around town a lot but these days her gigs are few and far between, so don’t miss this chance to catch her. Also, it’s an early set at recordBar, so you can grab some dinner while you enjoy her singer/songwriter sounds. Sara plays a blend of ethereal folk-pop songs, and she’s had some TV placements with her music in the past that allowed her the opportunity to do some touring over the years. She also spent some time living in Europe, right as The Royals were getting really hungry and starting make a run toward the postseason, which is when she penned the great song, “Good Boys Win.” Give it a listen.
02/03 I Heart Local Music presents Vibralux/Drugs & Attics/Eems/Cuee at The Bottleneck - FREE
Click HERE to watch a very short film about KC looping musician, Eems
Sometimes you’re out at a show and stumble across a musician and know from the first few notes that you’re going to have a great night. The first time I saw Eems on stage I instantly became a fan. Eems’ music background started in hip hop but transitioned to becoming a looping artist utilizing the ukulele. There’s still some hip hop in there and plenty of R&B vibes too. He also leads drumlines and sometimes they show up at his show, along with confetti cannons and a whole bunch of smiling faces. He’s won crowds over at TEDxKC at The Kauffman Center, Boulevardia and The Plaza Art Fair, just to name a few. He’s a great performer and everyone at The Bottleneck on Saturday is going to have a fun time dancing along to music from Eems.
Click HERE to watch MØ’s video for her massive hit, “Nights With You”
I always love reading the genre tab on an artist’s or band’s Facebook page. If you look up MØ it says, “Electronic Soul, Street-vibe Indie Pop” - I like it. Her real name is Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen, so yeah, she shortened it and used a letter that’s impossible to find on my keyboard. She’s a Danish electronic pop star and I was lucky to see her perform in Austin at SXSW years ago, so when I saw this show announcement I was excited. Also on the bill is Cashmere Cat who seems to sell out every time he comes through town. This show should be quite the dance party at KC’s newest venue in the East Crossroads, at The Truman.
Here’s the big list of shows for February, too (plus what’s left of January):
01/30 Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band at Liberty Hall
01/30 August Burns Red/Born of Osiris/ERRA/Ocean Grove at The Granada
01/30 The Kemps at The Ship
01/31 Jeff Austin Band at The Granada
01/31 Mako at recordBar
01/31 The Wizard of Oz at The Lied Center at KU
02/01 FRESH 2 DEF 2: BRASS & BOUJEE w/ Kemet "The Phantom" Coleman And Kadesh Flow And The Marcus Lewis Big Band at recordBar
02/01 Hippo Campus/Sure Sure at The Bottleneck
02/01 Jason Boland and the Stragglers at Granada
02/01 Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal at Knuckleheads
02/01 KD Kuro/Khrystal./MetaWatt & TRS-One at Replay
02/01 Peter Schlamb at Corvino Supper Club at 1830 Walnut
02/01 Sara Morgan free show at Mills Records
02/01 Zach Deputy/Supermassive Black Holes/KC Bankroll/Zack Mufasa at The Riot Room
02/02 Carswell and Hope/La Guerre matinee show at Replay
02/02 Domineko/Young Mvchetes/Ricky Roosevelt & more at Replay
02/02 Matt Villinger early and Julia Haile Band late at Corvino Supper Club at 1830 Walnut
02/02 Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type/Brother Moses/Rubeo at The Rino
02/02 Soul Revival/Love Mae C/Jay Sol/DAHIL at Revolution Records
02/02 The Architects/Hipshot Killer at The Brick
02/02 Tim Allen at The Midland
02/02 YBN Nahmir at Granada
02/03 Fred Wickham/Hadacol Caravan/The Grisly Hand Special Guest Mayor Sly James Fundraiser for Stand Up at Knuckleheads
02/03 Fullbloods/DJ Kelly Corcoran/Young Manchego at Replay
02/03 I Heart Local Music Vibralux/Drugs & Attics/Eems/Cuee at The Bottleneck - FREE
02/03 Joey Cool & Friends at The Riot Room
02/03 Memorial Benefit for Alexx Morris with: 34/Abjure/Weaponized Decay and more at miniBar
02/03 Men of Men at The Ship
02/03 Mike Mangione & The Kin/Chase The Horseman at The Rino
02/03 Nicki Scruggs & Jess Novak at Californos
02/03 Randy Rogers Band/Mike Ryan at The Uptown
02/03 Sara Swenson/Jake Wells at recordBar
02/04 An Alternative Jazz Series : The People's Liberation Big Band at recordBar
02/05 Calvin Arsenia at Corvino Supper Club at 1830 Walnut
02/05 Diet Cig/Great Grandpa/The Spook School/MK Ultra at White Schoolhouse in Lawrence
02/05 MØ/Cashmere Cat at The Truman