It’s a full week here in KC. Have a look below and see what you think. And please share this with your other music-loving friends.
07/13 to 07/15 Lawrence Field Day Fest 6 100+ bands in venues all over Lawrence
I love community festivals with great KC and Lawrence bands and this fest has more than 100 of them. It’s the sixth annual Lawrence Field Day Fest and it’s the biggest yet, running Thursday through Saturday. You can grab a ticket for just one day or for the full three days so come when you can and leave when you must. Check out the Facebook page for ticketing info and a schedule of all the bands.
You might not know her name, but if you’re a music nerd maybe you know of her former band, Paper Bird from Denver. She has a few records of her own under her belt now, including 2016’s “We Were Wild,” which earned an invitation to record her very own Tiny Desk Concert for Bob Boilen and NPR Music. She has a bit of an edge like St. Vincent, but with more catchy hooks like Regina Spektor.
Did you know that we’re home to the 2013 Air Guitar World Champion, Eric “Mean” Melin? Melin is hosting the organization’s semifinals at RecordBar on Saturday, with competitors from Austin, Houston, Denver, South Dakota, Lawrence, and Des Moines, along with some hometown heroes. Cheer them on here in KC before the winners advance to the finals in Finland. I assure you that your face will hurt from laughing.
What’s better than a four band bill featuring Various Blonde and power-pop trio Deco Auto? The chance to see them while checking out a new venue. The Rino, which stands for river north, is connected to the Colony, a very hip coffee shop in North Kansas City.
Perhaps you saw UK rockers Wolf Alice when they played Harverster’s Fed Up Fest at CrossroadsKC in 2015. Now you can catch them in the more intimate setting of The Riot Room. Led by frontwoman Ellie Rowsell, expect to follow a synth-filled path that will have you lost in your own head. Fire up the smoke machine and see what happens.
Here’s a bigger list of shows this week:
07/11 Michael Franti & Spearhead/Kawehi at CrossroadsKC
07/11 10 Years/Them Evils at The Granada
07/11 Caravan Palace at The Midland
07/11 Iron Maiden/Ghost at Sprint Center
07/11 Michelle Branch/Haerts at The Uptown Theater
07/11 Robert Cray Band at Knuckleheads
07/12 A La Mode at The Phoenix
07/12 Polly O'Keary and the Rhythm Method/Old No. 5s. at Knuckleheads
07/12 The New Schematics/Run With It at The Rino in North KC next to Colony Coffee House
07/13 to 07/15 Lawrence Field Day Fest: 100+ bands in venues all over Lawrence
07/13 Alexis Barclay Jamstravaganza at Mike Kelly’s Westsider
07/13 Damon Parker Parade at The Phoenix
07/13 Esme Patterson/Brandon Phillips and The Condition/Slights at The Riot Room
07/13 The Districts/Spirit of the Beehive at recordBar
07/14 Arcangel at The Midland
07/14 Mike Dillon Band at The Brick
07/14 Summer Breeze plays "Yacht Rock" classics at RecordBar
07/14 Trampled Under Foot Annual Family Reunion & Blues Cruise Reunion: Tommy Castro/Deanna Bogart/Southern Ave at Knuckleheads
07/15 Various Blonde/Deco Auto/Dead Words/What A Wreck at The Rino
07/15 All Time Tow/SWMRS/Waterparks/The Wrecks at The Uptown Theater
07/15 Edison Lights on the patio at The Riot Room
07/15 Hillfolk Noir/Dan Whitaker and The Shinebenders/Scott Hrabko and The Rabbits at Westport Saloon
07/15 Jon Dee Graham in the Gospel Lounge at Knuckleheads
07/15 The Grisly Hand/Jenny Parrott/Kate Rose at Holy Cow Market
07/15 The Sluts/Schwervon!/Thunderclaps on the patio at The Riot Room
07/15 Trampled Under Foot Annual Family Reunion & Blues Cruise Reunion: Marquise Knoxs/Deanna Bogart/Eden Brent at Knuckleheads
07/15 US Air Guitar Championships at RecordBar
07/15 Zomboy/Cesqeaux/Ricky Remedy at The Granada
07/16 Wolf Alice at The Riot Room
07/16 Zen Mother at Replay Lounge
07/17 to 07/30 Fringe Fest: Uundreds of performances all over KC at different venues
07/17 Lucy Dacus at RecordBar
07/17 Witches Of God/Sierra/(the) Medicine Theory/Janis of the Warship Emerald at The Riot Room
Chris Haghirian is Ink magazine’s resident fan boy. See his full July concert list.