Weekend Roundup: Freak Out
Based in Nashville — by way of Arkansas — Welles takes a fuzzy, unadorned approach to rock ’n’ roll with a Southern twist. The performer, who released his debut EP, “Codeine,” last year, appears at The Riot Room tonight. He’ll be supported by two regional garage rock favorites — The Sluts from Lawrence, Kansas, and Scruffy & the Janitors from St. Joseph, Missouri. Tickets are available. Heidi Phillips’ songs make you feel things — heartbreak, angst, affection and everything in between. Best known for her time as the frontwoman of Frogpond, Phillips resurfaces with new songs for us to gush over and reflect upon every few years. This time, she’s teamed up with Danny Krause, and the two are releasing “Honest I’m Fine” tonight at Davey’s Uptown. It’s a hefty lineup that features local rockers Killer City, Knife Crime and Candyass. This is also Phillips' first studio effort since her solo album “Minutes” in 2009, which Krause also played guitar on.
With a seductively funky approach, Miss Hillary and her band of nameless, jumpsuited Drones unleashed their aptly branded “freak pop” onto Kansas City stages back in 2012. Tonight at The Rino, The Hillary Watts Riot will release its first album since 2012, entitled “X/E/N/U.” The group will be joined by an array of local talent, from the hardcore leanings of Dicta and the dark hip-hop of The Black Creatures.
Perhaps you’re leaning toward more of a funky, psychedelic freakout. High-tail it over to Californos’ patio tonight to jam with Myco and GypsyRose Frequency. It’s the perfect respite from the insanity of a weekend in Westport, and an opportunity to wash away the work week with chill, cleansing vibes and grooves.
Our friends over at I Heart Local Music are always hard at work, delivering daily coverage on the Lawrence, Kansas, music scene. Now, they’re releasing their very first print magazine and throwing a launch party to commemorate the occasion. Tonight at the Jackpot, you can grab a copy of the magazine for free and take in music from Approach, The Bad Ideas and CS Luxem. The party starts at 7 p.m., with music kicking off at 9 p.m.
Before the music kicks off at the Jackpot, take a quick half-mile stroll over to the Lawrence Public Library for an intimate after-hours concert from beloved local singer-songwriter Heidi Lynne Gluck. The second of the library’s Sound + Vision sessions, it’s a free, all-ages show, and Gluck will be performing a few of her tunes solo.
Josey Records KC is turning 3 this weekend, so the Crossroads record store is putting together a free, all-ages celebration with bands, DJs, cake, drinks, pinatas and a big sale on vinyl. The lineup includes Danza Special, Lexi Light Sounds, Tucker William and a few more to be announced.
In case you missed it yesterday, we featured this Saturday’s Jane Doe Revue concert at recordBar. Led by Violet Vonder Haar of Violet and the Undercurrents, the concert will feature more than 30 female musicians from the Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri areas, performing six decades worth of female-led songs. The event is Planned Parenthood Great Plains’ annual PinkOut fundraiser, so your ticket purchase will go toward providing safe, healthy and affordable health care for women. Tickets are available.
Should you find yourself farther north this weekend, you can head over to the Linden Square Art Fest in Gladstone, Missouri, for an evening of jazz and pop standards and originals. The event will feature performances from Victor & Penny, The Phantastics, A La Mode, Roger Pitts and American Slim. American Slim announced that this would be its farewell show, as all the members move on to their respective projects and college endeavors.
It may be a long time since you’ve set foot in a church on Sunday, but this might be your chance. One of the city’s most unique venues, the beautiful Pilgrim Chapel is presenting an early evening of music beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday. It’ll kick off with the booming vocals of Nathan Corsi — whom you may know as the frontman and songwriter of Local 909 artist Not A Planet — followed by Latin folk Los Angeles-based group Cuñao. —Michelle Bacon