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Weekend Roundup: Dancing in the Moonlight

Above image: Slim Hanson and the Poor Choices perform at The Brick tonight. | Photo: Matthew Dunehoo



Need to shake off the workweek woes? From KC, it’ll take you a little less than an hour to get to Friday night’s top show in Lawrence, Kansas. The recently renovated Jackpot Music Hall is hosting the album release of Serene Fiend. Led by shapeshifting artist Joel Bonner, the industrial rock project drops the "Sowing Discord" EP on cassette and digital formats. The band will be supported by KC’s intergalactic rockers The Philistines. Glam and goth attire are encouraged.


If good, old-fashioned country and western tunes are more your speed, cozy up to The Brick tonight for an evening with Slim Hanson & the Poor Choices. A country and Delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, Hanson has been making music for more than 25 years. His backing band includes some of KC's most acclaimed musicians — Marco Pascolini, Beau Bledsoe, John Currey and Michael McClintock.


The Record Machine is back with another edition of Sound Machine KC at recordBar tonight. It’s a robust bill with a few of the label’s artists, including Pageant Boys and The Fey. They’ll be accompanied by soulful rock group Instant Karma and rising electro-pop group Y god Y, the latter of which was recently added to the hearty lineup for Lincoln Calling in Lincoln, Nebraska this fall.



Between performing in their duo Betse & Clarke and teaching at music camps across the country, Betse Ellis and Clarke Wyatt are two of the city’s most traveled musicians. They’re spending a rare weekend in KC and tonight, they’re teaming up with co-collaborators Brett Hodges and Alex Mallett for a night of old-time music at Woodyard Bar-B-Que. Best of all, it’s free!



It’s hard to believe, but The Phoenix is now in its ninth year of throwing Phoenixfest. Starting at noon, the longstanding blues and jazz venue will host two stages of music, along with raffle items, food trucks, special cocktails and activities for the family. You can catch headlining sets from Nick Schnebelen Band and Taylor Smith Band, as well as Brody Buster Band, Heather Newman Band, Wild Women of KC and many more. Tickets are available.



Comprised of former members from Federation of Horsepower, The Latenight Callers and The Good Foot, The Almighty Trouble Brothers make up one of KC’s most formidable new lineups. The band will play its first proper show tomorrow night at Davey’s Uptown. Bring your dancing shoes for earlier sets from Amy Farrand & the Like and Ernie Locke’s newest project, Sopchoppy.

—Michelle Bacon

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