Saturday, Dec. 26, at the Living Room at Knuckleheads
While many blues artists mimic the work of their predecessors, Otis Taylor has created an exciting new repertoire of challenging material. The idiosyncratic artist often combines the urgent moan of Howlin’ Wolf with the political slant of Noam Chomsky. Saturday’s show in the small back room of Knuckleheads promises to be an interactive experience.
Tickets to the sold-out show were $22.50 through knuckleheadskc.com.
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The Grisly Hand and the New Riddim
Saturday, Dec. 26, at the Brick
Country-steeped rock band the Grisly Hand and reggae-oriented ensemble the New Riddim may perform entirely different styles of music, but the pairing of the two esteemed Kansas City groups makes perfect sense. The veteran musicians in both bands share a wealth of hard-won experience.
The cover charge is $10. Details are available at thebrickkcmo.com.
Saturday, Dec. 26, at the RecordBar
Ray Pierce, the man who records as Steddy P, has spent years attempting to build his company Indyground Entertainment into a significant hip-hop syndicate. Indyground’s unfailingly impressive showcases demonstrate that the members of the label’s roster merit a larger audience. With Dom Chronicles, Second Hand King, J-Izzie and Scotty Wu.
Tickets are $5 in advance through therecordbar.com.
David Hasselhoff on Acid
Saturday, Dec. 26, at the Riot Room
Soothing melodies and melodic choruses will be in short supply at the Riot Room on Saturday. Four of Kansas City’s noisiest bands — David Hasselhoff on Acid, At the Left Hand of God, Janet the Planet and the Jorge Arana Trio — will play adventurous combinations of metal, jazz and art-rock in odd time signatures.
Tickets are $5 in advance through theriotroom.com.
Charlotte Fletcher and Soigné
Saturday, Dec. 26, at the Blue Room
The timeless appeal of R&B hits by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Hall & Oates, Lakeside and Angela Winbush keep listeners tuned to radio stations with urban adult contemporary formats. The superb Kansas City-based Charlotte Fletcher and Soigné revive the vintage songs of those artists with powerhouse vocals and pleasing showmanship.
Tickets are $10 in advance through americanjazzmuseum.org.
Saturday, Dec. 26, at Californos
Black Crack Revue has been filling dance floors and expanding the consciousness of open-minded Kansas City audiences for more than 30 years. Overseen by the amiably idiosyncratic Dwight Frizzell, BCR will blend rambunctious jazz, theoretical funk and avant-garde classical sounds at Saturday’s “ultra-flesh dance.”
The cover charge is $10. Details are available at californos.com.
Saturday, Dec. 26, at the RecordBar
Like father, like daughter. Una Walkenhorst has elected to follow the lead of her father, Bob Walkenhorst. The music of the fledgling singer/songwriter is reminiscent of the more reserved work her father has created with the Rainmakers and as a solo artist. Saturday’s free matinee show is an ideal opportunity to become acquainted with the elegant folk of his daughter.
Details about the free matinee show are available at therecordbar.com.
Saturday, Dec. 26, at the Green Lady Lounge
As the unofficial house band of the Green Lady Lounge, OJT sets the tone for one of Kansas City’s most distinctive recurring parties with covers of jazz standards and fresh interpretations of material by Tears for Fears, Steely Dan and the Beatles. The organ jazz trio’s smooth grooves augment the dimly lit opulence of the popular jazz venue.
Details about the free show are available at greenladylounge.com.
Sunday, Dec. 27, at the RecordBar
Kansas City producer and rapper Info Gates has a reputation for boosting the careers of his colleagues. Soon after collaborating with Gates on the fine album “Breaking Bad News,” for instance, rapper JL was recently signed to the prestigious Strange Music record label. Gates will conspire with Les Izmore, D/Will, Joey Cool and Dutch Newman on Sunday.
Tickets are $15 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Sunday, Dec. 27, at Knuckleheads
The post-Christmas gospel brunch at Knuckleheads on Sunday afternoon provides an inviting forum for many of Kansas City’s most prominent musicians to perform their favorite hymns and spirituals. Participants include Danielle Nicole, Samantha Fish, Katy Guillen, Sara Morgan, Claire Adams, Dave Nace, Carl Butler and Jimmie Bratcher.
Tickets are $25 in advance through knuckleheadskc.com.
Pamper the Madman and Cher UK
Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the RecordBar
An abiding nostalgia for Kansas City’s indie-rock sound of the 1990s is a fundamental component of the psyches of the people who cut their teeth on the scene. Clever songs made Pamper the Madman one of the area’s biggest bands 20 years ago. Cher UK was a noisier member of the same clique.
Tickets are $12 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Not a Planet
Wednesday, Dec. 30, at the RecordBar
Not a Planet is one of Kansas City’s most popular bands partly because its sound acts as a rock ’n’ roll Rorschach test. Grunge fans hear a bit of Stone Temple Pilots in the trio’s music. Admirers of the Beatles traditionalists appreciate the ways in which Not a Planet echoes John Lennon, while roots-oriented listeners are often reminded of the Black Keys. With Pink Royal and Yotes.
Tickets are $8 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star