Above image: The Life and Times take the stage at recordBar on Sunday. | Photo: Flowerbooking
It’s shaping up to be another sunny weekend in Kansas City, and everyone’s getting into the summer spirit with festivals, luaus and even a circus.
If you require a three-day onslaught of punk, you might want to camp out at The Blind Tiger all weekend. From tonight through Sunday, the Midtown bar and occasional music venue hosts 22 touring bands from St. Louis to San Antonio and beyond, with 11 locals, including The Whiffs, Wet Ones and The Uncouth.
On the Kansas side, you’ll have an opportunity to see a variety of musicians, circus performers and aerial dancers at the inaugural Cabaret du Monde at Lawrence Arts Center tonight. The show features performances from The Last Carnival Circus, The Rambling Roses, Maria the Mexican, Nick Carswell and the Lawrence Art Center’s School of Theatre and Music. Tickets are available.
On a perfect evening, the patio at Californos offers a refreshing respite from the wilderness of Westport. Tonight, two of KC’s most capable vocalists and enchanting songwriters are teaming up to throw a plaid luau party. You’ll be carried away by the smooth but mighty voice of Jessica Paige, and the eloquent, stirring sounds of Calvin Arsenia.
In case you missed our feature on Buttonpush last month, join Emcee Reach and friends at miniBar for the fourth installment of the beatmaker showcase tonight. The event features four producers: SG, Joker70, Maxx Marvel and Lemroc Evil. Christian hip-hop artist Kartez Marcel will be the show’s musical guest.
The folks over at The Record Machine are probably still recovering from a successful Middle of the Map Fest. Join them at Ollie’s Local tomorrow afternoon for Revolutions Per Month, a monthly showcase of acoustic performers. The free, all-ages event starts at 5 p.m. and features Ryan Rancudo and Dillon Johnson of Cudo, along with Anthony Avis and Gus Rechtien of impassioned pop group Kangaroo Knife Fight.
On Saturday night, Lawrence is the place to boogie. Eight diverse locally-based acts take the Replay Lounge stage, including Toughies (who will be releasing its newest seven-inch record), Psychic Heat, The Phantastics and Approach & The Boogaloo Odyssey. Get there early to claim your spot — it’ll definitely fill up.
After you’ve celebrated the day with your mom, head over to recordBar to bathe yourself in angular sounds and atmospheric textures. On Sunday night, KC favorites The Life and Times (led by Shiner frontman Allen Epley) are returning to town to celebrate the recent release of its self-titled album, supporting Montreal collective The Besnard Lakes, who last stopped in KC for Middle of the Map 2016.
Before the weekend’s out, be sure to set your DVRs for “American Epic,” which premieres at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 on KCPT. The three-part film, narrated by Robert Redford, traces the roots of American music. Tuesday’s episode goes back to the Roaring Twenties, when the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time and transformed music forever. You won’t want to miss a moment.