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Weekend Roundup: Get the Folk Out

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This week’s buzzword is folk, but don’t fret (get it?); if you’re looking for something completely different, we’ve got a few options on hand.

Tonight’s lineup at miniBar is not to be missed, especially if you’re looking for new tunes to dig into. This will be Akkilles’ first show in two years, and according to songwriter David Bennett, will preclude two upcoming 2017 releases. The evening will be accompanied by La Guerre, who will be concluding the end of a week-long East Coast tour; and Wild Eye, the new psych-folk project by Lawrence-based musician Ross Williams (formerly of No Cave).


Lauren Krum | Photo submitted by artist

The Lauren Krum Quartet performs Friday at The Phoenix. Photo submitted by artist

The Grisly Hand has long been a Kansas City favorite, accented by the pristine, distinct vocals of Lauren Krum. Tonight at The Phoenix, Krum is debuting her new quartet with fellow Grisly bandmate Mike Stover (guitar), Fritz Hutchinson (drums) and Robert Castillo (bass); the group will be performing a few jazz standards, blues, soul and contemporary songs.


Temples’ debut album “Sun Structures” blissfully hearkens back the 1960s era of psychedelic music. Three years later, the British group celebrates the upcoming release of “Volcano” by appearing at a special in-store performance at Mills Record Company tomorrow night. You can be a part of this intimate show by stopping in at Mills to preorder a copy of the album.


Rescheduled from last month’s uneventful ice storm, the next installment of Sound Machine (produced by local label The Record Machine) brings some of KC’s most electrifying hip-hop artists to the recordBar stage. On Saturday, The Abnorm (pictured above), Duncan Burnett X Riot, Lincoln Marshall, AZP, Smitty the Kid and J. Theiss will perform.


Sometimes you just need a little thrash metal in your life, and Altered Beast is happy to deliver. The group releases its self-titled debut seven-inch record tomorrow at Revolution Records, with an ultra-hardcore lineup that includes Blindside USA and No Quarter, who will also be releasing a cassette tape.


Sunday’s Kansas City Folk Festival is an excellent way to unwind from the Folk Alliance International Conference, or to catch a glimpse of what you missed if you weren’t in attendance. The all-ages event showcases six stages with international, regional and local musicians (including headlining performances from Billy Bragg and Bobby Rush); a local artisan market; an Irish dance; a sing-along; and family-friendly activities that include children’s artists and an interactive drum performance.

— Michelle Bacon is a musician and writer dedicated to the Kansas City music community. She advocates for and helps spotlight music in the area, writes web content for 90.9 The Bridge, and plays drums with Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds. Her grandma will always be the coolest person she knows.

Feature photo of The Abnorm via YouTube

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