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Weekend Roundup: Live A Little

Above image: Above image: My Oh My releases "The War Outside this Saturday at recordBar. | Photo: Zach Bauman


Kick off your weekend with a dose of high-spirited Americana. The Ragged Few recently started a monthly residency at Brew Lab in Overland Park, Kansas, and tonight, the alt-folk group will be celebrating there with a new full-length album, “You Better Run.” Music starts at 7 p.m., and it’s a free show.  

If you’d rather be swept away by some soft, enchanting sounds, you may find yourself spending Friday night in the confines of a church instead. A versatile singer with background in jazz, gospel, soul, classic country and folk, Havilah Bruders will sing a few jazz standards tonight at St. Mark’s Hope and Peace Lutheran Church at 3800 Troost Ave., with accompaniment from pianist Charles Williams. A member of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, Williams has been playing piano for more than four decades, and has shared the stage with legendary artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach and Cannonball Adderley.  

Sometimes you just have to treat yourself. You deserve it, after all. The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair’s annual Spring Swing brings more than 100 handmade and vintage vendors together with food trucks, kids’ crafts and a smattering of live music. It happens this Saturday and Sunday at the Alexander Majors Barn at 82nd and State Line. The Grand Marquis will get the party rolling at 10 a.m. on both days, following by Shapiro Brothers at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Old Sound at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Go ahead, buy yourself something pretty.  

Tomorrow afternoon, The Record Machine is presenting a new showcase of up-and-coming KC acts. What’s Next Fest will include performances from Belle & the Vertigo WavesKeaton ConradChloe Jacobson and Neon Black, and kicks off an online compilation series. It starts at 1 p.m. at the Mid-Continent Public Library’s Blue Springs North branch, and it’s free, but registration is required. Listen to TRM’s Nathan Reusch talking with Chris Haghirian about the fest on this week’s Eight One Sixty, and hear the What's Next KC sessions at this link.  

The recordBar has a booming lineup planned for Saturday night, with music from four acts: My Oh My, Brandon Phillips & the Condition, Timbers and Jake Wells. An intrepid eight-piece Americana rock group with swelling horns, divine string arrangements and towering backing vocals, My Oh My will also celebrate the release of its full-length, “The War Outside.” Tickets are available.  

Yesterday, we gave you a rundown of new #kcmusic, including the debut EP from Julia Hamilton’s solo project, Lava Dreams. Tomorrow night, Hamilton is presenting High Vibes – a night of inclusion, positive vibes and dope performances at miniBar. With special guests Matt Cobbins, Khrystal. and Sugo (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Hamilton hopes that the night will allow people to relax and have fun in a welcoming space. “The lineup has a lot of variety and talent, but each performer is rooted in a place of love, realness and positivity,” she said.  

Nothing can soothe the savage soul on a Sunday morning like a giant brunch buffet, at least in my opinion. Broadway Bistro started serving up one of the city’s biggest brunch buffets, with unlimited mimosas and all the fixins. If you join them this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you’ll be serenaded by Damon Parker (of The MGDs) and Mikal Shapiro. It doesn’t get much better than that.  

Need a Sunday pick-me-up? If The Philistines’ free 3 p.m. set at Holy Cow Market and Music doesn’t get your blood pumping, I’m not sure what else will. Don your shades (and earplugs if you’ve got ’em) and prepare to take an cool, interstellar afternoon ride through the cosmos while you’re shopping for vintage wares. —Michelle Bacon


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