Weekend Roundup: Get Roosted
KC musician Scott Easterday revives his group Expassionates tonight at Californos. It started as a recording project in 1998, which resulted in a lone album, “Verse, Chorus, Bridge.” Tonight’s rare performance features a pared-down quartet version of the group, with drummer Matt Richey and original members Bryan Hicks and Nate Hofer. They’ll be joined by The Dynamite Defense and singer-songwriter John L. Keck, who will have an A-list backing band of his own, including Mike Stover, Chris Wagner and Jerod Rivers.
Keep it local this Saturday and Sunday by attending Roost Market KC at Union Station. The event, which started in Denver, heads to Kansas City for the first time. In addition to locally-made goods, tasty bites and craft cocktails, you can catch sets from several KC-based solos and duos — including Nicholas St. James, Nathan Corsi of Not A Planet, Julia Haile and Tim Braun of Hi-Lux, and Jessica Paige and Clint Ashlock. A portion of ticket sales will benefit KC Pet Project and The HALO Foundation. Tickets are available.
Register to vote, and take in some live entertainment on Saturday in Parkville. Northland Progress holds its In For 10 event all day at English Landing Park, beginning at noon. Along with speeches from politicians and comedic performances, you can hear live music from The Grisly Hand, The Naughty Pines, The Whiffs, Hi-Lux, Kansas City Bear Fighters and American Slim.
Screenland Armour is hosting its fifth annual Arts and Crafts Beer + Film Festival, starting tonight through Aug. 31. Among dozens of other films, it'll feature a couple music-centric ones: "Radio Dreams," the story of Afghanistan's first rock band, and "Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story," narrated by The Thin White Duke himself. On Saturday, Screenland features live music from Dead Ven, Drew Black and Dirty Electric, The Hillary Watts Riot and Sugar High, which includes members of Deco Auto performing movie soundtrack songs. Named after one of KC’s most illustrious and gifted guitarists, Mr. Marco’s V7 originally started in 1994 with Marco Pascolini, Johnny Hamil, Chris Fugitt and Clarke Wyatt. Now that all of the members have gone on to other diverse projects — including The Country Duo, GAV7D, Federation of Horsepower and Betse & Clarke — they’re reconvening at Davey’s Uptown for old time’s sake on Saturday. Tickets are available.
Dress to impress at Saturday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Prom, and help commemorate The Blind Tiger’s two-year anniversary. Starting at 7 p.m., you can get down with six bands, including touring acts The Cowboys (Bloomington, Indiana), Bib (Omaha, Nebraska) and KC bands Natural Man, The Whiffs, Hard Leather and Black Pope.
Since 2007, Andy Frasco has toured the United States with his group The U.N., putting an energetic and expert grasp on funky party rock. Tomorrow night, he’s coming to Crossroads KC and teaming up with KC’s favorite party starters, The MGDs, as his backing band. Sean Kelly and The Samples will headline the night.
Beginning with the releases of “The Dead” and “The Wise” in 2015, HighWesthus completed the final piece — “The Illu” — of his anthology at the end of 2016. Tomorrow night at the Replay Lounge in Lawrence, Kansas, the rapper, illustrator and director drops “The Trilogy” on cassette tape, with the help of local labels Datura Records and Whatever Forever. He’ll be joined by Childish Adults, Ricky Roosevelt x Alccalh (of Vivid Zebra) and Cuee. —Michelle Bacon