Weekend Roundup: Strike A Match
April First Friday marks the city’s first real foray into spring, and if you’re anything like me, you’re ready to venture into that cool night air. Start on the southwestern end of the Crossroads district at Folk Alliance International’s office (601 Avenida Cesar E Chavez) for Finest Folk First Fridays – a free monthly event that highlights local and regional music. Tonight’s featured guest is the sensational Julia Haile, who will perform two shows — 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Jaunt over to the east side of the Crossroads for a stacked lineup of power pop and garage rock. Four bands pack tonight’s bill at Revolution Records, and two of them are expected to have new albums in tow. Deco Auto plans to have copies of its new EP, “Another Great Decision,” while The Depth and the Whisper is unleashing “The Waiting Is the Hardest Part” on local audiences. From the songwriting duo of Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner, The Depth and the Whisper is planted equally in New York and Kansas City. They officially released the full-length back in January, but will play in KC for the first time since the release. If you miss them tonight, they’ll also be at The Brick on Saturday. Man Bear and The Creepy Jingles will also perform tonight at Revolution Records.
Just a half mile up from Revolution Records, recordBar is hosting a full evening of music tonight, beginning with a matinee show at 7 p.m. Look forward to straight-ahead guitar rock from Jesus Loves the Atom Bomb and the soulful blues-infused rock of Noah Davis and Co. The late show starts at 10 p.m., with appearances from Brandon Phillips and the Condition — who recently unveiled the first track from an upcoming Too Much Rock seven-inch record — along with The Sluts and Dead Voices.
This week, our friends at Midwest Music Foundation kicked off their inaugural Strike A Match donation drive, which continues their mission to serve working musicians. The drive culminates on Saturday at The Buffalo Room (right behind Westport Flea Market) with a free musicians’ health clinic, from noon to 5 p.m. Truman Medical Center will be on hand to provide health coverage information to uninsured patients, and there will also be colon cancer screening kits, musculoskeletal consultations and info from Narcotics Anonymous. The clinic is free and open to the public, but priority will be given to musicians and music industry personnel. More info is available.
If you’ve ever attended the Folk Alliance International conference, chances are good that you’ve paid a late-night visit to the famed Oklahoma Room. Run by Tulsa-based organization Horton Records, the room has showcased some of the state's best folk, Americana and country artists. Among those artists is singer-songwriter Kyle Reid, who is dropping by Californos on Saturday night with his band, The Low Swingin’ Chariots. KC’s own Victor and Penny will perform with their Loose Change Orchestra, and as a special treat, both bands will collaborate at the end of the night — a total of 10 musicians playing songs arranged by the duo’s guitarist, Jeff Freling. The show gets under way early, at 7 p.m. Hear more about it on this week’s Eight One Sixty. Tickets are available.
Yacht rock tribute band Summer Breeze is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this weekend with a big show at Kanza Hall on Saturday night. In addition to delivering smooth throwback bops to a local fanbase, the band consists of several known KC musicians — co-founders Billy Brimblecom, Jr. and J.D. Warnock being among them — and has raised thousands of dollars for the Steps of Faith Foundation, which provides financial support to amputees. Tickets are available, and the show will be standing room only.
An intermittent and ongoing side project from a few of KC’s leading rockers and jazz men, Men of Men is back aboard The Ship this Saturday night. The group — which includes Steve Tulipana, Jeff Harshbarger, Alex Alexander, Rich Wheeler, Jason Gerken and Kyle Dahlquist — will play two sets, reimagining deep cuts from artists like David Bowie, Sonic Youth, Devo and yes, even Sade.