Weekend Roundup: Get What You Came For
Need a place to hang with the kids tonight? Head down to recordBar early for an evening with The Doo-Dads, KC’s No. 1 child-friendly and parentally palatable rock ‘n’ roll band. Starting at 6 p.m., it’s bubble machines for the kids and cocktails/dinner for the folks. Pro-tip: try the Korean BBQ ribs.
High Dive Records is among Kansas City’s most active record labels, releasing five new albums this year and more on the way. Tonight, High Dive presents a showcase at the Replay Lounge in Lawrence, Kansas, with two of its own artists — KC’s Shy Boys and Lawrence’s Bonzo Madrid. They’ll be joining a bill with Denver indie rockers Tyto Alba.
For you art kids — or really, anyone who wants to be a part of a visually and aurally stimulating evening — check out SSION this evening. Cody Critcheloe, the mastermind behind the project, is returning to KC to perform at The Riot Room. And he’s only got two other shows planned — one in New York City and another in Los Angeles, so grab those tickets while you can. Scammers, Boi Boy and Anson Thee Ornery will kick off the evening.
Grab an early bite at Ollie’s Local on Saturday before heading out on your evening adventures. Beginning at 5 p.m., the bar/restaurant is serving up solo sets from two of KC’s up-and-coming artists — piano rocker Nick Siegel and doo-wop rapper Second Hand King. Siegel released his debut EP “Awake From the Golden State” in September, while Second Hand King is set to release music with his side project, Bad Dreamer, in November.
Pretty much no one else in Kansas City can belt out a sublime, grandiose rock ‘n’ roll banger quite like Bobby Topaz. Topaz and his new band Hot Suede — which also includes members of Cherokee Rock Rifle and Leering Heathens — recently stomped onto the scene with a bombastic single, “Get What You Came For.” Catch their live debut at The Riot Room tomorrow night, opening for Lo-Pan. Tickets are available.
Because it wouldn’t be a Halloween weekend without a performance from Freight Train Rabbit Killer, here’s your first chance to hang out with the doomy duo. Tomorrow night at Stockyards Brewing Co., the band releases the first in a series of four seven-inch records. A collaborative effort between Haymaker Records and Rural Grit Records, this series — entitled “Wake Snake Death Dance” — is part of an interactive game that includes riddles, codes and maps created by the band. A limited run of 100 blood-red hand-numbered records will be available to purchase at the show. Garage punk band Gascan will open.
It also wouldn’t be Halloween weekend without the Haunted Creepys. The cloaked group only appears around the holiday or Friday the 13th, and will return to Davey’s Uptown on Saturday night. There’s a costume contest with cash prizes and music from Vibralux — playing its last show before recording a series of three EPs — and Sopchoppy, a new blues band that features veteran KC players like Ernie Locke and Glen Hockemeier. On Sunday, recordBar provides your second chance to see Freight Train Rabbit Killer and the Haunted Creepys, at SocialHeart’s Rockin’ Halloween show. Put on your coolest costume, and get down with sets from them, plus Thunderclaps and Loaded Goat. All proceeds from the show will benefit Midwest Music Foundation. —Michelle Bacon