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Weekend Roundup: BBQ, Beer and Basslines

Above image: Above image: Samantha Fish is returning to Kansas City to perform at Knuckleheads tonight. | Photo: Ruf Records


If you’ve ever entertained the idea of venturing into the wonderful world of bass playing, there’s no time like the present. Join three world-class double bassists at Woodyard BBQ this evening. Johnny Hamil is presenting a collection of video game music that he just finished recording in Paris with pianist Sylvain Rabbath. He’ll be joined by two cutting-edge improvisational players, Jeff Harshbarger and Kyle Motl. The three will perform solo sets, and all together at the end of the night.  

Since her album “Belle of the West” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard blues charts in November, Samantha Fish has been taking the world by storm. The KC native (who now resides in New Orleans) is selling out rooms across North America, has been featured in Rolling Stone, and was nominated for Contemporary Blues Female Artist in the Blues Music Awards. Due to high demand, her homecoming show tonight has been moved to Knuckleheads’ outdoor stage, and it’ll be happening rain or shine. We suggest you grab tickets before the show sells out. They’re available at this link.  

The Garment House is on track to make 1000 Broadway a one-stop entertainment hub, with six stories that will feature food, bowling, arcade games, a movie theater, a nightclub, and of course, live music. Its first floor houses Broadway Bistro, a restaurant that has begun to feature local acts over the past few months. The Bistro closed at the beginning of March to relaunch its menu and will be reopening tonight, complete with a live performance from the Victor & Penny trio.  

Why not get St. Patrick’s Day started a day early? Get into an intimate evening of music from Ireland at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas. Carswell & Hope, Kelly Hunt and Katlyn Conroy will perform traditional Irish songs, along with tunes from favorite Irish artists like U2, Sinead O'Connor, Damien Rice and The Cranberries. Céilí at the Crossroads, a KC dance troupe, will do traditional Irish dance performances. Tickets are available.  

This year's St. Patrick's Day parade starts at 11 a.m. tomorrow, beginning at Linwood and Broadway and proceeding south on Broadway to 43rd Street. Californos is just a couple blocks off the parade route, and the Westport restaurant/event space/venue is celebrating its 30th anniversary. It also kicks off at 11 a.m., with an Irish brunch buffet and seven hours of music, from Joel Castillo, Kid on the Mountain, Nuthatch-47, Joseph Warren & the Wanderlust Revival and 3 Son Green.  

You won’t be able to get into The Elders’ sold-out Hoolie at Knuckleheads tonight, but you can venture to the other side of the complex for a couple other events. The Nace Brothers are throwing their annual St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza, along with what they’re calling the world’s shortest parade. It starts at 5:30 p.m. Later in the evening, Grammy-winning zydeco musician Chubby Carrier will perform with his band The Bayou Swamp. Tickets for both shows are available.  

The Replay Lounge in Lawrence is hosting a St. Patio celebration tomorrow, opening doors at noon. Among others, you can catch Nicholas St. James with a full band, Brody Buster Band, Tyler Gregory and headliners Young Manchego, which includes members of Split Lip Rayfield and Drakkar Sauna. Come back later in the evening for hip hop and house music from Approach, DJ G Train and The Fey (formerly AZP). —Michelle Bacon


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