Friday, July 24, 2015

crossroads floozies

space ~ Crossroads KC at Grinders, 417 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
While the girls were out drooling over Tim McGraw, the guys were wandering the streets of downtown.  Collecting ourselves, we walked down to Kansas City Power &Light District to catch the free show they were doing,   Everclear was playing their Summerland Tour, along with Fuel, Toadies, and American Hi-Fi.  It seemed like a good choice, until we got there.  It was hot and no air was moving.  Fuel was on stage.  I vaguely recall a few of their songs, but overall they were not impressive enough to stick around long for.

After some discussion it was decided we would make the trek down to Crossroads and see if that was any better.  The Floozies were playing along with Break Science, Wick-it the Instigator, and Sunsquabi.  It was outside too, but that venue didn't have a huge canopy holding the hot air in, and the line up seemed a bit more interesting.  It turned out to be the right choice, and we get there early enough to catch the act just before The Floozies took stage.  It was still hot, but there was air moving around, so it wasn't too bad.  The crowd didn't seem to mind.  Most were there, dancing to the final beat.  It was a fantastic night of music and lasers.  There is only photo from the evening (above), and the YouTube collage of clips below.

shotgun rider tour kc

space ~ Sandstone Amphitheater, 633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012, USA
A girls night out dropped in on the Shotgun Rider Tour, which kicked off in June with the usual high-energy show and dynamic production approach, laying the foundation for one of the biggest tours of the year. Still riding high from a four-week #1 single, the extensive North American summer tour was announced in January, along with the release of a brand new single, “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools."  With 35 #1 hits, including his recent multi-week chart-topper, “Shotgun Rider,” the three-time Grammy winner and nominee’s only road-block is putting together a set list.  McGraw’s history of amazing support talent continues with the addition of Special Guest Billy Currington and Chase Bryant. Currington has nine #1 hits to his credit, while Chase Bryant’s debut single “Take It On Back” recently cracked the top 10 at country radio. 

Access Photos from this Event or have a look at the YouTube below. The sound is a little blown out, so we had to cut it back a little, but you get the idea.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

stones zip code tour kc

space ~ Arrowhead Stadium, 1 Arrowhead Drive, Kansas City, MO 64129, USA
We had a great time at The Rolling Stones, but had to leave before the first encore.  Other plans were in the making for the morning hours, related to a trip across the southeast United States.  The Rolling Stones ZipCode Tour 2015 was a great way to kick off a little vacation time and get our road trip on.

The whole affair was at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. Special Guest Ed Sheeran was not particularly interesting; to me, that is.  He made a second appearance in the later show too, with the Stones.  I don't remember what song it was.   Check out the video collage on the YouTube below.

Access Photos from this Event.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

vibe n spin

The summer was starting to heat up, and there seemed to be a party around every corner, during July 2002.  It was impossible to make them all, but I managed to capture the best of the best.

The very first weekend, after running out to St Louis for Beat the Drums 2, a huge gathering took place outside of Lawrence.  The event was the third in a series put on by TribalVision.  I had not had the opportunity to attend the previous events, but it didn't take away from the fun.   A line up full of regional talent, with a Renegade Stage by local message forum Syde-Sho, keep everyone dancing through the night.  I was not one of those.  The previous weekend had taken much out of me, and it was long drive home.

Another weekly show kicked off at Jilly's on Broadway.  Initially, started by local DJ Atom, he quickly joined forces with others to bring in all sorts of local talent from the metro area, along with those from Lawrence, Topeka, and regional points beyond were showcased.  It had slow nights here and there, but  quickly became the place to be on Tuesday night.

On a whim, the following weekend I ran down to a remote campground on the Meramec River, just southwest of St Louis.  The lineup sounded good, and I knew a lot of folks that were going.  I got there just about the time the event was starting, parked and hopped the bus with a bunch of other kids, down to the river.  Walking through the settling mist, I could hear the beats ricocheting off the surrounding hillsides.  It was as if music was everywhere.  A solid line-up of folks like Simply Jeff, Charles Feelgood, Woody McBride (DJ ESP), a live vocal performance by Dajae, and an unbelievable sunrise set from ... well, I can't recall.  Indeed, it is hard to recall everything that went down.  I just remember walking away after the last beat, with the valley full of fog, thinking that is how it was meant to be.  It would be a while before a similar experience would arrive; even then, not quite the same as that morning. Hopping the bus back to the car, everyone seemed to have that same feeling; as if they had experienced something they never would again.

The following weekend found me back in Lawrence at a private Jell-O party. At the first invite, I was intrigued.  What was a Jell-O party?  I was told that I would find out, as if it were some fantastic oddity that only a few could bear witness.  It turned out to be nothing more than a jell-o shots party (a whole refrigerator full of them).  Still it was a lot of fun, with new friends.

Topping the month off, a local record company was hosting their annual picnic in Topeka.  666 ZipCode Town Rekkids had secured the amphitheater in Gage Park, and promised an afternoon of fun, friends, family and fire.  Although, not quite as good as in the dark, the fire dancer I had photographed earlier in the year provided an interesting performance.

The same night the first of many large-scale ravalicious events took place in Kansas City again, put on by local promotional group PhukBed.  This was their first real show, and while the line-up was mostly local and regional talent, it did not deter anyone.  Folks had been planning on going to this for weeks, and it was obvious. The Kansas City massive turned out and and turned the Jackson County Conference Center inside out and upside down all night long.  There was space to dance, and room to roam a little outside, and it was a night folks would remember for quite awhile; until the next one, that is.

Monday, June 22, 2015

in plainsong tour kc

space ~ The Midland, 228 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64105, USA
The Smashing Pumpkins came to town, and I had an opportunity to catch the show down at the Midland Theater in Kansas City.  It was pretty good show, but didn't quite meet the expectations of many, who apparently expected a bit of the old flair.  I had read up on the tour a bit, and had a pretty good idea of what I was getting myself into.  Billy Corgan is pretty much all that is left of the fierce sound that once captivated youth across the nation.  At times others played along on bass, but it was pretty much Billy and a beat box.

We arrived late, so I am not really sure if there was a warm-up act.  It was not your typical length of performance; this one went on for 3 hours.  Check out the collage of video on the YouTube below, or Access Photos from this Event.