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Weekend Roundup: It's Only Rock and Roll

Above image: The Freedom Affair performs Saturday night at recordBar. | Photo: Erica Hazelton


Start out your weekend with a pleasing collaboration of string and song. Comprised of members from Classical Revolution KC, the Rewound string quartet is among the area’s newest and brightest musical partnerships. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight, the group will reinterpret a few of Claire Adams’ resilient pop tunes at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center. This is a free event.


After a vigorous seven-year journey, Run With It is calling it quits. The trio has found success across the country (and during a brief tour of the Middle East) with a positively ballistic, head-turning stage show, which will make tonight’s farewell concert one for the books. This evening, join Run With It for a last hurrah at The Rino, supported by opening sets from upbeat electro-pop artist Crystal Clayton and innovative ukulele loop artist Eems. Read more about Run With It in this week’s Sympathetic Vibrations, via Flatland.


Is good, old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll what you crave? You oughta set up shop at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, Kansas, tonight, for Blackout Fest. The heavy rock and punk-centric show boasts an ambitious nine acts from KC and Lawrence, including The Bad Ideas, Drop A Grand, Vedettes and Godzillionaire. There will also be a special performance from Vibralux. Their drummer Jason Meier, a long-time veteran of the Lawrence music scene, will be celebrating his 44th birthday.


Speaking of good, old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll (with a dash of power pop and emo), why not continue the party into Saturday? The Riot Room is hosting a hefty four-band bill on its patio, starting at 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. Dan Jones & the Squids will kick things off, followed by Above the Tortoise, Hazing and Hot Suede. Tickets are available.


This weekend’s Sound Machine KC promises to be a soulful engagement. On Saturday, the recordBar’s dance floor will be hopping with the music of three KC acts. First, the jazz and soul-infused indie pop songs of Pink Royal, then an appearance from The Freedom Affair  — a brand-new group that includes members of Chris Hazelton's Boogaloo 7 and Instant Karma, among others — then high-steppin’ headliners Hi-Lux. Tickets are available.


If you want to be part of an important cause, join the high schoolers at Blue Valley High School for the inaugural You Matter Festival on Saturday evening. In response to the increase in teen suicide in Johnson County. The festival wants to shed light on the issues surrounding mental health awareness and encourage open communication. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the school’s football stadium, and it’ll feature local high school bands and solo performers.


Based in San Francisco, MalLabel Music was founded in 2008, around the time bass music started making its way into the mainstream. The independent grassroots label now has more than 360 artists on its roster, and this weekend it will welcome a Kansas City act to the fold. LoTemp is playing a free show at Niche on Saturday night to celebrate its maiden voyage on the label, with support from Chilling Spree, Prismada and X. Wilson – also on MalLabel.


Havilah and Kris Bruders have been hosting their free Here’s To The Roots musician appreciation showcase for more than four years now. The weekly open mic and jam session brings budding songwriters and seasoned professionals together at Ollie’s Local on Sundays, from 6 to 9 p.m. This week’s featured performer is Katy Guillen, who will be playing a rare and intimate solo set around 7 p.m.

—Michelle Bacon