Above image: Deco Auto kicks off Revolution Records’ two-year anniversary tonight. | Photo: Kaleigh Rangel
With unseasonably mild weather this weekend, there will be plenty of opportunities to be out and about. Here are a few options.
Two years ago, Revolution Records opened its doors to the public. It continues to thrive as a record store and performance space that hosts bands nearly every weekend. Tonight, Revolution Records commemorates its second anniversary with six bands, a keg of beer and, as always, a great selection of wax. The free, all-ages show kicks off with Deco Auto at 7 p.m. and ends with Drugs and Attics at 10 p.m.
Just a block west of Revolution Records, Josey Records will also have an evening of free, all-ages music. Look forward to performances from two very different guitar-and-drum duos — first, the jazz-kissed grooves of The Black Mariah Theater, who released an album on vinyl last week, and heavy indie rockers Vela to round out the night.
Meanwhile, on the Westport side, Mills Record Company will host the fourth music showcase from Shuttlecock Music Magazine, with four divergent KC acts you may not be familiar with. The show starts at 6 p.m. tonight, with sets from rapper Solomon, singer-songwriter Tommy Strauser, hip-hop artist Iddy Vice and hardcore/death metal act Primitive Future. Listen to Chris Haghirian’s Eight One Sixty interview with Shuttlecock editor Aaron Rhodes — and hear music from some of the acts.
If an evening of female-fronted acts is more your speed, recordBar is the spot to be this evening. Pianist Alyssa Murray’s jazz combo The AM Trio kicks off the night at 8 p.m., followed by a full band performance from Heidi Lynne Gluck & the Pony Show (you may recognize the bass player), and a headlining spot from Katy Guillen & the Girls, who are fresh off a tour in Colorado.
After the First Friday madness dies down, you can cool off at the Green Lady Lounge with groovy, funky jazz tunes from Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7. The combo bids a fond farewell to alto/tenor saxophone player Nick Rowland, who will be departing the group after four years.
Beau Bledsoe has a vast musical repertoire that has taken him around the globe to study an array of musical cultures, from flamenco to Turkish jazz and Portuguese fado. But this weekend, Bledsoe returns to his American roots to present Fool’s Gold Country Revue at MTH Theater at Crown Center. It’ll highlight traditional honky tonk music from Nashville to Bakersfield, with a number of special guests — including Rex Hobart, Havilah Bruders and more. Tickets are available for Friday and Saturday night performances.
The third Kansas City Zine Con takes place at the El Torreon at the end of August, but the organizers are hosting a fundraiser for the event tomorrow at Josey Records. With lawn games, food, beer, raffle prizes and plenty of live music, there may not be a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The fundraiser starts at 3 p.m., with appearances from six bands, including New Baboons and Gay Girl Cowboy.
Amy Farrand and the Like have been fairly quiet this year, working on a new album and a few lineup changes. Farrand and her backing band will perform their first show since May at The Ship tomorrow night, with Johnny Hamil’s eclectic project GAV7D. Watch for special appearances from some of KC’s best-known musicians.
Green Lady Lounge owner John Scott recently took over the former site of The Tank Room (just a door south of Green Lady). The new club, Black Dolphin, quietly opened for business in mid-July as it undergoes a few renovations. [Almost] every first and third Saturday of the month, The Project H will perform at the club. The instrumental jazz collective will be road testing songs for their follow-up album to 2014’s “We Live Among the Lines.” Join them there tomorrow night.
If you’re still in the mood to get down on Sunday night, Haymaker Records is throwing a showcase at Records with Merritt. It’ll be a night of ambient and apocalyptic folk mania headlined by Freight Train Rabbit Killer, with two visiting acts: Tree Branch Twig from Des Moines, Iowa, and Andrew Weathers Ensemble from Littlefield, Texas. It’s a free show, but donations will be accepted for the touring artists.