Assuming your retinas survived the eclipse on Monday, you’ll get to see plenty of great musical things in KC this week. We’ve got some funk and soul, some Latin-influenced indie rock, some “neo-western psychedelia” (more on that later), some frat-rock and some hip hop, too. It’s like a bunch of album dividers spilled onto the floor at a record store. Get out there and see something.
With a great blend of funk, soul and hip hop, the Phantastics are Kansas City’s version of Parliament, led by the dapper rapper Kemet the Phantom. Catch KC’s best party band before the Royals take on the Colorado Rockies at 6 p.m. on the Outfield Experience Stage. It’s Ink’s Student Night, so show your student ID and get in for $10 and enjoy the happy hour special of $8 for a beer and a hot dog at the concession stand by the stage during the concert. #raisedRoyal
08/23 Nina Diaz at the Riot Room
If you’re a fan of Latin-influenced, intelligent, indie rock — think KC’s own Making Movies — make sure Nina Diaz is on your calendar. In fact, Making Movies previously toured with her band, Girl In A Coma, a band that’s been gigging and touring for over ten years. Nina’s new-found solo career is bringing her to the Riot Room. Oh yeah, this wouldn’t be your weekly concert preview if I didn’t shout out my hero Bob Boilen of NPR Music. He’s a big fan of her’s, too.
If you’re a fan of Middle of the Map Fest and its attention to great KC bands, here’s a lineup for you. The Slowdown is back with a new album, “Summer Snow.” They call their music “neo-western psychedelia,” which means it’s indie rock, it’s psych, it’s shoe gaze and it works for me. Two other KC acts, Not A Planet and Emmaline Twist, should help make for a great night.
Early boomers and men x-ers can relive college (but with better beer) when the Samples play the wood chips at CrossroadsKC. Show up on time to check out what Andy Frasco calls “Party Blues with a touch of barefoot boogie,” backed up by the soulful MGDs.
08/27 2 Chainz and Young Dolph at the Midland
2 Chainz has the popular support — “It’s A Vibe” has 66 million spins on Spotify and 14.5 million plays on YouTube — and the critical acclaim — his most recent album got an impressive 8.0 rating on Pitchfork. His tour for “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” should make for a fun and interesting night at The Midland.
08/24 Damon Parker Parade at the Phoenix
08/24 Dead Man Winter (featuring Dave Simonetti from Trampled By Turtles) at the Bottleneck
08/24 Mene Mene/Myco/Chica at the RINO
08/24 Record Release Party: The Slowdown/Not a Planet at RecordBar
08/25 Maria the Mexican on Nerman Museum lawn at JCCC
08/25 Mighty Mighty Bosstones between Eighth & Ninth on Pennsylvania in downtown Lawrence
08/25 Sound Machine Series: The Frights/King Shelter/On Drugs at RecordBar
08/25 The MGDs at the Phoenix
08/25 Westerners/The Too’s/La Guerre at Replay Lounge
08/26 High Westhus Tape Release at Replay Lounge
08/26 Mr Marcos V7 at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club
08/26 Ray Wylie Hubbard/Amy Lavere & Will Sexton at Knuckleheads
08/27 Lionel Richie/Mariah Carey at Sprint Center
08/29 Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Tour: Richard Dworsky/The Road Hounds/Aoife O’Donovan/Fred Newman at Uptown Theater