Monday, October 27, 2014

Felabration at Record Bar

Saturday, Oct 18th marked the official celebration of the birthday of musician and activist Fela Kuti across the country known as "Felabration".  The Kansas City edition at Record Bar, featured local afro-beat group Hearts of Darkness and Cincinnati, Ohio's Baoku and the Image Afrobeat Band.  Hearts of Darkness opened the show with a set of original tunes with a couple of Fela Kuti covers including: "Zombie", and "Water" among others.  For the performance of "Water" Baoku Moses and Image Afrobeat joined HOD on stage for a collaboration.  The energy was incredible and the lively crowd danced and shook to the music.

Baoku Moses, the Image Afrobeat band leader, hails from Kuti's home country of Nigeria.  On this evening he stated it was the first time in over 15 years studying and performing afrobeat music that he performed a Kuti number live out of respect for the musician.   It was an excellent rendition of "Water" one of Kuti's more recognizable pieces.

For the Image Afrobeat set, the band was on point.  The horns were incredibly crisp with a rhythm section that was absolutely locked in.  Moses primarily plays a collection of hand drums with large mallets set up near the front of the stage and sings.  For other numbers he plays various cowbells, shakere and sings.  Moses' incredible energy and enthusiasm is infectious and really makes for a great performance.  We hope to see them again in the near future.

Here's some images from the show:

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This set features images from the performance of Kuti's "Water" featuring both HOD and Baoku and Image Afrobeat. Click to start slideshow

Click to start Baoku and Image Afrobeat slideshow

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Dr. John at the Crossroads

Back on Friday, September 26, Mac Rebennack aka Dr. John filled the crossroads air with the sounds of New Orleans soul.  Conjuring up the ghosts of Professor Longhair, Louis Armstrong and others, Dr. John drew from his extensive catalog of over forty years of music.  Backed by a four-piece band his 1 1/2 hour set featured many of the classics Dr. John has grown to be known for as well as New Orleans standards.

Opening support was provided by locals Blue Orleans, and Louisiana natives the Honey Island Swamp band.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Filthy 13 at Coda

About a week and a half ago, we caught local blues act the Filthy 13 over at Coda.  The Filthy 13 is a 4 piece outfit features Amaretto Slim on guitar and vocals backed up by bass, drums and harp.  The sound is very fuzz heavy deep blues sound.  Slim's voice is dark and gravely reminiscent of Howlin' Wolf.  His guitar style is part delta, part Texas.

Generally wielding any number of Stratocasters, he keeps things lively with his macabre humor and banter.  The rest of the band fills out the tunes with great energy and crisp punchy sound.  These guys should be on your short list of blues acts around KC to catch.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Magnetics at the Levee

After the Plaza Art Fair closed down for the evening, we headed over to the Levee to see what was shaking.  The Magnetics, the cover band alter-ego of Antennas Up +1, was on the stage playing top 40 hits from the 60's through now.  Their sets hit country, hip-hop, funk, soul, rock, grunge, pop and anything else you can imagine.  Here's a few images:

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ink KC Stage at the Plaza Art Fair

Last Friday we stopped the Plaza Art Fair and caught a couple of the groups performing down there.  We got to see Hembree which is kind of a retooled Quiet Corral.  They put on a really solid rockin' set. Apparently it was also their first show.  They were followed by the soulful pop tunes of My Brothers and Sisters.  Check it out below:

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Knuckle: The Hillary Watts Riot Video Release Shindig

On a beautiful Saturday evening in the City Market, behind Thistle, a gathering was taking place. The Hillary Watts Riot was set to debut their video for the song "Knuckle (Nudillo Remix)".  The patrons of freak pop, which is basically a mix of disco, pop and very strange subject matter is quite infectious.  The video for the tune is as weird as it should be.

The gathering was a mix of friends, musicians, denizens and miscreants.  Free yard beers, drone juice and some kind of delicious punch lubricated things while Beau Bledsoe played spanish/flamenco guitar tunes.  A series of effect pedals were set up and audience participation was encouraged to "enhance" the guitar sounds.

Here's the video and a few snaps of the evening:


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Josh Berwanger Band, Schwervon!, Spencer Brown from the Brick

Last Saturday over at the Brick there was a whole mess of rockin' poppy bands.  Josh Berwanger, Schwervon! and Spencer Brown to be precise.  Spencer Brown started the night off and Berwanger closed it out. It was a Schwervon! sandwich and Nan's birthday.  Apparently she's 21...

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Crossroads Music Fest 2014 - So Many Bands

Crossroads Music Festival 2014 edition is in the books.  It was a fantastic night of music at several venues throughout the popular neighborhood known for art studios, music venues and trendy living.  Featuring around 40 bands and performers, the festival covered nearly any genre of music this town has to offer from country to hip-hop to rock and folk.  It was a truly diverse group of performers and a great sendoff to our unseasonably cool summer.  We made it out to the Money Wolf showcases, Not A Planet, Me Like Bees, Bacon Shoe, Mark Lowery and Drums, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, and Noise FM.  I'm probably forgetting someone in that list because this was a two day marathon editing session. I do clearly recall seeing drunk people eating bacon off the floor of the Brick. Other than that, my brain is fried.

Without further ado, here it is CMF 2014:

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Schwervon!, Not A Planet, Katy Guillen and the Girls at Record Bar

Here's the show from Record Bar a couple weeks back featuring Schwervon!, Not A Planet, and Katy Guillen and the Girls.  The solidly attended show featured a great lineup of local talent.  This is what we saw:

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