Above image: Danielle Nicole performs at Johnson County Community College’s Light Up the Lawn series tonight.
Sometimes you just need a lethal dose of rock and roll. In the early to mid-2010s, Federation of Horsepower provided that outlet for riff-hungry Kansas Citians. Tonight, the group is making a return with one of its early lineups — Gregg Todt, Kriss Ward, Johnny Catfish and Troy Van Horn — the group’s first outing together since 2011. Ward’s other band, The Hormones, from Austin, Texas, will open the show with support from KC group Bad Wheels.
Heading to First Friday? One of the best spots in the Crossroads for live music tonight is in the alley behind Mercy Seat Tattoo. The Electric Lungs will warm up the crowd with a high-spirited, eccentric pop punk set, followed by the vigorous punk of Hipshot Killer, and a moody moonlight set from Emmaline Twist.
If you find yourself on the other side of the state line, head over to Johnson County Community College tonight on the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art lawn for 2017’s final installment of the Light Up the Lawn series. Tonight’s free, all-ages show features blues rock sensation Danielle Nicole. She spent years earning acclaim with her trio Trampled Under Foot, and she released her debut solo album “Wolf Den” in 2015.
With school back in full swing, the third installment of #LiveOnMass in Lawrence, Kansas, tonight will likely be a memorable one. Featuring funky soul party starters The Phantastics, the free show at the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street will also showcase performances from The Band That Saved The World, Lucas Parker Band and DJ Josh Powers, and a pep rally from KU’s Marching Jayhawks.
When Nick Siegel joined The Casket Lottery on keyboards in 2010, he added a musing, sophisticated layer to the band’s post-hardcore compositions. When the group disbanded, Siegel turned his attentions back to his own songwriting. He’ll be releasing his debut album, “Awake From the Golden State,” tonight at The Rino.
The Record Machine’s Sound Machine showcase at recordBar has highlighted touring acts, from Japanese pop punk group Shonen Knife to Tulsa-based singer-songwriter John Moreland. Tonight, Sound Machine presents an evening of rock-infused soul, with Lincoln, Nebraska sextet AZP, along with KC acts Dylan Guthrie and the Good Time Guys, Brandon Phillips and the Condition and Smokey James and the Avalanche.
Rev it up at the Platte County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday for the 17th annual Greaserama. While it has been known for being one of the region’s biggest car shows, the event also elevates local art and music. Live music will happen throughout both days, with sets from groups like The Elixirs, The Quivers and Popskull Rebels.
Influenced by groups like socially conscious punk pioneers The Clash and rockabilly revivalists Stray Cats, The Living End has been one of Australia’s premier rock bands for almost 15 years. The group’s “Staring Down the Highway Tour” brings them to The Riot Room on Saturday night. They’ll be supported by Los Angeles punk duo The Dollyrots and KC trio Deco Auto. Tickets are available.
On Saturday night, KD Kuro will be releasing his debut full-length, “Good/Luck.” With production from Chase Horseman, as well as Ebony Tusks members Geesace and Dan Smith, the rapper has a refined sound that finds inspiration from anime. His release show at the Replay tomorrow will be supported by Scotty Wu, Joey Origami and MetaWatt and TRS-One.