Above image: Edison Lights performs a matinee show at The Riot Room on Saturday, with CD copies of their debut album on hand. | Photo courtesy of artist
Lawrence Field Day Fest continues tonight and tomorrow, with nearly 70 acts to go across the downtown Lawrence, Kansas area. Put on your walking shoes and read about 10 of the acts we think you should see there.
Pack a picnic, and enjoy a Friday evening under the stars against a beautiful KC backdrop. Some of the city’s best and most innovative jazz purveyors perform a free show on the lawn of the Kansas City Museum tonight. A Bat and Three Bears is Mark Southerland on saxophone and horn sculptures, Jeff Harshbarger on bass, John Kizilarmut on drums and Alex Massa on trumpet. They’ll be joined by vocalist Annie Ellicott to reimagine some standards and engage in a few free jazz reveries.
It’s time for your yearly TUF fix. Trampled Under Foot returns to Knuckleheads’ outdoor stage for their summer family reunion; the siblings Schnebelen will perform Friday and Saturday nights. The weekend also doubles as a blues cruise reunion, with sets from Tommy Castro, Southern Avenue and Deanna Bogart on Friday and Bogart, Marquise Knox and Eden Brent Saturday.
Later tonight, head over to Californos for an outdoor show with The Philistines, Mysterious Clouds and Of Tree. They’re celebrating love, music, revolution and resistance with a throwback to 1967’s Summer of Love in San Francisco. Turn on, tune in and drop out with “hearlucinations” from DJ Ray Velasquez and visuals from black light artist Craig Mildrexler, who also painted the cover of Mysterious Clouds’ “Clear Reflection” EP.
Edison Lights has, thus far, been a studio band that quietly released its debut album “Bright Lights | Dark Matters” on digital platforms in mid-May. Tomorrow afternoon, the KC-based power pop trio performs at The Riot Room for a special matinee show, and will have copies of the album available for purchase on CD.
Summer’s in full gear, and thankfully for the rest of us, so is The Grisly Hand’s performance schedule. Last month the band played Boulevardia, and recently did a short stint in Colorado. They’re hosting a show at Holy Cow Market & Music tomorrow night, with Austin musician Jenny Parrott and local up-and-comer Kate Rose with her band, The Garden. This will also be Rose’s last performance in Kansas City for the foreseeable future.
From downtown, North Kansas City is just a hop, skip and jump across the Heart of America Bridge. That’ll make the area’s newest music venue, The Rino, accessible to Midtown audiences. Tonight’s grand opening hosts four acts — KC bands Various Blonde, Deco Auto and What a Wreck, and Dead Words from Fort Worth, Texas.
On Saturday night, recordBar will host the US Air Guitar championships, with competitors from all over the Midwest air shredding their way to stardom. The top three finalists advance to national finals, and the winner moves on to the world championships in Oulu, Finland. The event will be hosted by resident Air Guitar royalty, 2013 world champion Eric “Mean” Melin.
Our No. 1 option for a Saturday night outdoor concert happens on The Riot Room patio. Three guitar-and-drum duos will flex their creative muscles on stage — Lawrence indie rock pummelers The Sluts, quirky pop darlings Schwervon!, and surf rock duo Thunderclaps will take the stage. Tickets are available.