Concert Chris: KC’s newest supergroup, a jazz street fest + more July music
You do realize we’re more than halfway through 2017, right? Crazy. Have you seen more concerts and shows this year than last? If you have some catching up to do, let us offer you a few gems to check out this week.
07/25 Ink presents Violent Femmes and Echo & the Bunnymen at CrossroadsKC
Both of these bands have been at it forever, each for nearly 40 years! When you’re playing music that people love and it still makes them happy decades later, it’s a great thing. Come join the singalong at CrossroadsKC on Tuesday.
First off: this video -- the result of a happy accident. Me Like Bees recorded a session with 90.9 The Bridge and the audio recorded just fine but the video was filmed and stored on a hard drive that later crashed. Someone had the brilliant idea to replace the band with puppets and this bit of magic was born. Catch Bees and Wild New York-based Adriatic on Wednesday.
This is such an interesting bill and it has the potential for remarkable onstage collaborations. The fascinating world music of Ensemble Iberica and the Latin indie rock of Making Movies will put so many instruments on stage. I won’t know what any of them are called, but I know it will a great and memorable evening.
We have our own supergroup brewing right here in KC. Radar State is a brand new project featuring Jim Suptic and Matt Pryor from The Get Up Kids, Josh Berwanger from Berwanger and Adam Phillips from the Architects. Catch them play their first gig in KC on Friday before they play Riot Fest in Chicago with Nine Inch Nails, Wu-Tang Clan and Jawbreaker in September.
07/29 Phoenix Fest, at Eighth and Central
Everyone loves a good street festival. The 8th annual Phoenix Fest features ten bands with entertainment bouncing back and forth between the inside stage and outside stage. Bring a lawn chair and your friends and hang out for a while. They’ll have food trucks and cold beverages to take care of you.
07/29 Susto and Liza Anne at RecordBar
Susto is a five-piece band of indie rockers out of Charleston and Liza Anne is a deeply pensive singer-songwriter out of Nashville. They’re out on tour together, stopping by the RecordBar on Saturday night. Stop by and enjoy a night of all the feels and try some of that great RecordBar pizza.
Here’s a bigger list of shows this week:
07/25 AJ Young & AY Musik/Cedd the Lights/EEMS at RecordBar
07/25 Bent Knee at the Bottleneck
07/25 Electric Carlos/Community Center/Smallwaves at MiniBar
07/25 Social Distortion/Jade Jackson at Liberty Hall
07/26 Chevelle/Black Map and Dinosaur Pile Up at the Uptown Theater
07/26 Eric Sardinas/Heather Newman at Knuckleheads
07/26 Froth/Mysterious Clouds at MiniBar
07/26 Mary Chapin Carpenter/Sarah Jarosz at Kauffman Center
07/27 Crystal Rose at Grandview Amphitheater
07/27 Lyle Lovett and His Large Band at the Lied Center
07/27 Vans Warped Tour 2017 at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
07/28 Dylan Guthrie and the Good Time Guys/Not a Planet/The Kickback at RecordBar
07/28 Radar State/Archie Powell & the Exports/Scruffy and the Janitors at the Riot Room
07/28 The MGDs at the Phoenix
07/28 The U.S. Coast Guard Band at Kauffman Center
07/28 Voice of Addiction/Hipshot Killer/The Rackatees at Replay Lounge
07/29 The Floozies/Big Wild/Russ Liquid/Gekko at Crossroads KC
07/29 Aaron Hedenstrom Quartet album release at Green Lady Lounge
07/29 Chubby Carrier/Heather Newman at Knuckleheads
07/29 Steddy P/Dom Chronicles/Scotty Wu/Smoky Bare at Replay Lounge
07/30 Stephen Stills/Judy Collins at Yardley Hall
07/31 Blossoms at the Riot Room
07/31 Branford Marsalis Quartet at Kauffman Center