The fourth and final day of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest was its best, a showcase of a wide variety of genres and performers showing off their talents and skills in small to large spaces, from Collection and the Tank Room to the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland and Crossroads KC.
Nearly 10 dozen artists will perform at Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, the four-day festival to be held in Westport and the Crossroads Arts District. Deciding whom to see can be a daunting task. Here are some recommendations by The Star’s Timothy Finn. Go forth and explore.
From Prince impressions to “Portlandia” to bandleader on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” the comedian/musician is a regular on-air presence. He’ll be in Kansas City on Saturday at Ink’s Middle of the Map fest.
Fred Armisen is best known for comedic roles on “Saturday Night Live” and “Portlandia.” But before that he was a musician, including a 10-year stint as a drummer with the Chicago band Trenchmouth. Armisen speaks Saturday at Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest.
The Sixth Annual Middle of the Map Fest, a production of Ink magazine and the Record Machine, expands its lineup this year into a 10-day collage of film, music, art, comedy and ideas. The cinematic section proves equally ambitious, boasting a lineup of 27 diverse features and two shorts collections.
Nolan Gasser, architect of Pandora’s Music Genome Project, will speak in Kansas City on May 3 as part of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest’s Ideas forum. Gasser’s current projects include using music therapy to heal, writing a Broadway musical and writing a book.
The Canadian band recently released “A Coliseum Complex Museum,” its fifth studio album. The Besnard Lakes, which perform May 5 at Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, experiment with several flavors of rock.
The night of March 16 saw a range of classic sounds at the 30th South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The Star’s music writer Timothy Finn is there to cover it. Charles Bradley, a memorable funk/soul/R&B singer, is coming to Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest in May.
Brother isn’t even a year old, but the foursome from Kansas City is already making waves in the local music community, like snagging a recent opening slot for Eliot Sumner (Sting’s daughter) at the Riot Room.