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Weekend Roundup: Listen Up

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Joined together by a mutual love of folk and bluegrass, The John Brown Boys formed in 2010 at the famous Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. With the addition of members John Yingst and Tracey George, the group is releasing its first LP, “After the Flood,” tonight at Californos. Special guests include Grady Keller and Brett Hodges.


One of the biggest bands of the British Invasion, The Kinks had a gritty signature sound that influenced many of the legendary garage rock and punk acts that came after them. Tonight, an array of KC performers — from garage psych-pop to country — will join at Knuckleheads to honor the group, including The Conquerors, Two Headed Cow, Broken Arrows, The Heavy Figs and Driving Wheel.



Listen-Up KC strives to provide an intimate, quality listening experience for true lovers of music. The collective is setting up its first of three shows upstairs at Prospero’s Books on 39th Street tonight. Get warmed up with the sounds of Camry Ivory, Sky Smeed and Kate Rose, before venturing out for the rest of your evening.


If you’re looking for a fascinating, unconventional take on live music and art, Saturday’s Light + Sound event is the place to be. The event teams up two innovative local entities — the Intelligent Sound music collective and Quixotic — to showcase live collaborations between musicians and visual artists. Read more about it in this week’s Flatland article. The show is now sold out, but the party will be going on through the night, with an afterparty at Niche KC starting at 10 p.m. A portion of proceeds from both events goes to Imagine That!, an arts studio for adults with developmental disabilities.



For its final fundraiser before heading down to Austin, Texas, next week, Midwest Music Foundation is throwing a big party at The Brick tomorrow night. Join them for a jam-packed evening with Not A Planet, Emmaline Twist, The Invisible World and Jake Wells.



In its 15th year, The Elders’ Hoolie has become one of the most anticipated music events in Kansas City. Rooted in Celtic rock and Midwestern folk, the group brings an infectious energy to any stage it graces. This time, The Elders (pictured above) celebrate on Saturday at Knuckleheads, with help from The Country Duo and the O’Riada Manning Academy of Irish Dance. Tickets are available.

Michelle Bacon