Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, at RecordBar
The defining moment of the ambitious Outer Reaches festival will occur at midnight Friday, when a set led by jazz-oriented drummer Brandon Draper gives way to an appearance by the sludgy indie-metal band L.A. Witch.
The festival’s jarringly imaginative programming reflects the rarefied sensibilities of its organizers. Founded in 2012 as KC Psych Fest, the two-day event has been rebranded as Outer Reaches to better reflect its expansive range of offerings. An immersive light show will complement national touring acts and locally based artists ranging from an Indonesian orchestra to loud rock ensembles on a pair of stages inside RecordBar.
Steve Tulipana, co-owner of RecordBar and one of the organizers of Outer Reaches, pledges that audiences will bask in “nonstop visual and aural immersion.” The left-of-center rock bands at Outer Reach include California trio L.A. Witch (midnight Friday night), Kansas City’s psychedelic masters Be/Non (12:15 a.m. Saturday night) and the trippy Little Rock, Ark., quartet Open Fields (9:30 p.m. Friday).
Michael Angelo’s Dreamfeast (8 p.m. Saturday) is the most intriguing booking. An unfairly neglected 1977 psychedelic power-pop album by Kansas City’s Michael Angelo Nigro was reissued last year. Outer Reaches is providing Nigro with his first high-profile area performance in decades.
The horn-laden Chicago funk band Gramps the Vamp (9:30 p.m. Saturday), Draper’s the Deep End (11:30 p.m. Friday) and Gamelan Genta Kasturi (7 p.m. Friday), a Kansas City ensemble dedicated to the Balinese form of Gamelan music, are among the additional musicians who will break musical boundaries at Outer Reaches.
7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. therecordbar.com. $10 per day or $18 for both days in advance.