Just in case you’re looking for a post-parade watering hole, Californos in Westport has an all-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration planned. The restaurant and event space celebrates its 29th anniversary with an Irish buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and live music starting at 1 p.m. Catch sets from Kid on the Mountain, Nuthatch-47, Alex Abramovitz and His Swingin’ Kansas City Jazz Band, Joseph Warren and the Wanderlust Revival and Mime Game.
In its fourth year, Halfway to Winfield celebrates the camaraderie of the infamous Walnut Valley Folk Festival in Winfield, Kansas and anxiously awaits its return in September. With a lineup that includes Split Lip Rayfield, Loaded Goat, Kansas City Bear Fighters and more, Knuckleheads will be humming and hollering tomorrow night with the timeless sounds of folk, bluegrass, country and everything in between.
How would you like to spend your Saturday afternoon surrounded by ukuleles? Head over to Ollie’s Local for the third annual UkeStomp, presented by Middle Class Records. Though it’s a pretty casual event open to anyone who wants to play, there is one element of competition, called Uke or Dare. Participants must pick a phrase at random and improvise a song on the spot. Whether you want to participate or just pop in, the event is free.
Tomorrow night, Broken Arrows premieres its new EP “Extended Play” at Records with Merritt. The new KC- and Lawrence-based rock band includes members of The Waspmen and bygone power pop group Honeywagen, with comparisons to Teenage Fanclub and Badfinger.
The group recently released its first single, a raucous version of John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth.”
Noah Davis will open the show at 8 p.m.
The Great Vehicle is one of those mystical unicorn bands that releases an amazing album every three years and — if you’re lucky — they’ll play a live show within that time frame. This weekend, we’re in luck. The trio, whose EP “Observatory Sermons” was a personal favorite of 2016, performs Sunday afternoon at Holy Cow with the band Holy Cow.
Hermon Mehari — “Bleu”
If you know anything about #kcmusic whatsoever, it’s likely you’ve heard Hermon Mehari’s name. The renowned trumpeter (pictured above) lent his talent to KC groups such as Diverse and The Buhs, has won international awards for his work and regularly travels the globe as a performer and educator. Today, he releases “Bleu,” his first album as a solo artist. It’s a collection of original songs and his interpretation of music from his contemporaries.
Samantha Fish — “Chills and Fever”
Today, Samantha Fish releases her fourth studio album, “Chills and Fever.” It’s an album of vintage soul and R&B covers from the ‘50s and ‘60s, presenting a different side to an artist known for her mastery of guitar-driven blues. Check out her latest music video for the title track, characterized by Fish’s sultry delivery and underlined by a Motor City-influenced groove. Read this week’s feature to find out more about the album.
Hyborian — “Hyborian: Volume I”
The debut album from Hyborian is inspired, at least in part, by sci-fi and fantasy literature. A self-described soundtrack to a time forgotten by man, “Hyborian: Volume I” is a confident, barbaric but melodic six-song sampling from the KC-based stoner metal group. The release party is tonight in the KC area, but it’s at an undisclosed location, so you’ll have to ask a friend.
— Michelle Bacon is a musician and writer dedicated to the Kansas City music community. She advocates for and helps spotlight music in the area, writes web content for 90.9 The Bridge, plays drums with Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds, and bass for about anyone who asks. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @michelleobacon.