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Weekend Roundup: Dancing in September

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Above image: Split Lip Rayfield (performing here in our 909 Studios) appear at recordBar tonight. | Photo: Hilary Becker

At the beginning of 2017, Wichita, Kansas-based trio Split Lip Rayfield released its first album in eight years, “On My Way.” The thrashgrass troubadours have since toured the country, and will perform at recordBar tonight with Loaded Goat. The two bands will whet your appetite for the 46th annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, which begins on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Tickets for tonight’s show are available.


As the chill of fall starts to set in, you’ll want to get in as much patio time as possible. Start off at Californos tonight with rapper Pistol Pete. He’s bringing his full band — The Heat — to accompany him and celebrate the release of his latest album, “The 3 Pete.” Dom Chronicles and Loogey will open the show.


Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Christopher Luxem has collaborated with a number of Lawrence, Kansas-based musicians, in projects such as Oils and Dean Monkey & the Dropouts. His solo project, CS Luxem, involves a rotating cast of players, with Luxem and his dense melodies at the forefront. Tonight, CS Luxem releases a seven-inch record at the Replay Lounge on in-house label Replay Records, with support from Chicago’s Crown Larks and LFK favorite, Toughies. Check out this new video recorded by I Heart Local Music in the sunflowers at Grinter Farms.


The Crossroads Arts District will be jammed with music across 12 stages all day and night on Saturday, for the 13th annual Crossroads Music Fest. If you’re a musician, you’ll have opportunities to participate in artistic development workshops and health clinics throughout the day, along with pop-up shops open to the public. If you’re just hanging out for the music, we recommend starting at Josey Records or Brewery Emperial for the day parties, which start at noon. But be sure to conserve your energy — the festival’s final act, The IRIEplaceables, takes The Brick stage at 1 a.m.


Barclay Martin has made massive contributions to the local community by doing what he does best — using music as a connective tissue. By spending extensive time in countries like Madagascar and the Philippines, he’s worked with native musicians and students, studied their musical traditions and presented that work to local audiences in engaging mediums. Martin recently announced that he would be moving to Spain, but not before a farewell show. In addition to an acoustic set at Crossroads Music Fest on Saturday, his quartet Barclay Martin Ensemble (which includes some of the city’s top jazz musicians — Mark Lowrey, Giuliano Mingucci and Rick Willoughby) will perform a longer set at recordBar on Sunday night. Tickets are available.

Michelle Bacon

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