Weekend Roundup: Hooligans and Hope
It’s Stop Day at the University of Kansas, so the streets of downtown Lawrence will be overrun with emancipated Jayhawks. In keeping with tradition, I Heart Local Music is throwing a big Stop Day Party at the Replay Lounge, with four of the area’s freshest and most invigorating acts. It’ll start with singer-songwriter and activist Micha Anne, followed by up-and-coming hip-hop artist/Chicago native/KU grad student Cuee (check out Micha Anne and Cuee’s collaboration here). Then, the juggernaut psych grooves of Psychic Heat, and the effervescent glow of KC pop trio Run With It.
A couple blocks north, The Bottleneck is hosting a Stop Day bash of its own tonight. If you need a couple hours to dance out the stresses of the semester, this is the place to be. The jazzy, surfy vibe of Houseproud will begin the shindig around 7 p.m., followed by reggae collective Karate Mingus and folky lounge-pop group Clowder. Rounding out the evening will be KC’s own The Phantastics, and if you’re not on the dance floor by then, you might as well be in bed.
Don’t feel like driving all the way out to Lawrence to get rowdy? Never fear; there’s a whole weekend of it in KC. The 23rd annual Hooligan Holiday starts with tonight’s Punk Rock Prom at The Brick, with hometown Oi! boys The Uncouth and glam punk revolutionaries Wick & the Tricks, and Chicago punk band Fuerza Bruta. On Saturday, Go Generation headlines the show at recordBar, with help from Boomtown United and Freedom Sounds Collective. Double back to The Brick on Sunday for Couples Night, with a DJ set from The Boss Hooligan. Missouri Loves Company has been working on its new album for the better part of a year now. The self-produced EP, “Le Concert Infernal,” is a frenetic mix of punk, jazz and jam band rock, and it’ll be available tonight at Davey’s Uptown. Joining them on the bill is Odd Harmona, Closed Quarters and young blues guitar guru Black Stacey.
In the giving spirit of the holidays, six acts are joining forces for a toy drive and concert at Revolution Records tomorrow night. The third annual Night Punk Stole Christmas will benefit local women’s shelter Hope House, and includes five punk acts (Hipshot Killer, Red Kate, Black Market Translation, Warm Bodies and Nature Boys), and an opening set from Lawrence-based rapper Approach. Visit Hope House’s website to find out what types of items you can donate.
The MGDs’ infectious variety of funk and R&B is a mainstay in Kansas City bars, venues and restaurants. With his soulful melodies and expressive energy, saxophonist Rudy Vasquez delivers a healthy portion of the group’s vitality. Vasquez will be bidding a fond farewell to the group on Saturday night at Broadway Bistro, before he and his wife move to Texas.
One of the most eclectic record labels in the area, Whatever Forever, has released albums from hip-hop artists, reverb-soaked psych bands, space rockers and acoustic folk groups. This Saturday, they’re showing off a few of these bands at Forever Fest at Replay Lounge, with sets from CS Luxem, HighWesthus and Wendy Moira. If you show up for the matinee show (6-9 p.m.), you can catch a farewell show from The Ovaries-eez.
If you frequent Lawrence music venues, you’ve probably seen Michael Hamm in action. He’s been guitarist for a number of groups, including SUNU, The Band That Saved the World and Bemsha. At the beginning of November, Hamm suffered a brain aneurysm, so the Lawrence music community is rallying to raise money for his medical expenses and recovery. On Sunday, Jam For Hamm will take place between the Granada Theater and Lucia Beer Garden and Grill, and will feature more than a dozen bands, a silent auction and a raffle. Tickets are available. —Michelle Bacon