It all started harmlessly enough at a neighborhood spot, with a new event for those in the northland called Northern Soul. It was just a few blocks from home, so definitely an advantage, especially since it snowed just as we were leaving.
It was an omen for the rest of the month in KC, where cold and bitter weather found its way into nearly every weekend. We managed to stay warm enough though, dancing our way through the month, until the last beat dropped well into the New Year.
We headed over to the Empire Room with Pete Bones the next night, for a little pre-party for his CD release party scheduled for Kabal later that night. We got to the latter event a little early and were treated to an unexpected bonus of a little modeling thing form Boom Bombshells.
I was right back again at the Empire on Sunday night. The owners had offered up their place to host our 2nd Anniversary party. There had not been one for the first anniversary of the first photos for the site. I was not entirely sure at that time that there would be a second.
Initially, it was only going to be a year-long project, but things were just beginning to take shape, and with new equipment and fantastic support, it was hard to just stop everything. I really appreciated support from everyone during the past couple of years though, and wanted to give a little back with a free event featuring a great lineup of local talent. It turned out to be a really fun little event, with a great showing.
My ears finally stopped ringing by the time the weekend arrived, and I hit the road for a couple of raves going on in different spots. The first was out in Lawrence, on what was probably the coldest night of the year. The place did not have any heat, but there were some propane heaters inside keeping things relatively comfortable. I am not so sure it was the safest idea in the world, but it worked out ok.
Passing back through on Sunday, I dropped by Porters for a new weekly, and then over to the new Club One51 on Monday. I was looking forward to the next event for site, to be held there the following month. It was perfect in size, lights, sound, and color. The show was going to be fantastic. It is too bad the owner was wishy-washy and ruined it. It all worked out, and better, but more on that later.
We were a couple among two or three others, and quickly became bored with the situation, so decided to head down to The Point and give things a chance to get going. We had a little too much fun there though, and never made it back, so I have no idea how or if it ever turned out.
The next night was as much fun, if not more, at one of the best spots for a little pre-Christmas festivities at ATMs. Mele Kaliki Mellee celebrated the season like none other had before, or probably will again. A solid lineup of local House music kept folks in the groove all night long and well into the morning. Only one other house party matched the pace, a few days after Christmas in Midtown.
Between those two, while out roaming and taking care of holiday errands, I stopped in for brief intermission that included stop by Manic Mondays and Turntable Tuesdays out at Mike’s Tavern. They reflected much of the trend in events too close to the holidays. Those that had nothing else to do made it out, but most folks were just too busy.
I needed a small break after the Christmas melee, and before rushing into the chaos of the New Year, so ran off to my hiding place at the Lake of the Ozarks for a few days. While there, I stopped in at a little place in Warsaw, caught a few tunes from a local band, and decided to snap a few photos. The band was fun, playing mostly covers, and a few originals, and everyone seemed to enjoy them well enough.
A couple of days of relaxation and planning set things perfectly for the New Year outings. A couple of folks helped make things happen. Kourtney offered to cover the New Year event at newly opened Chakra. It looked as if she had a great time, and I was so glad she was willing to take that on. As well, Joe got a new camera for Christmas and was itching to finally contribute, and took on the first half of Spin n Grin 2. I was already committed to Frisky down at Kabal, and a wild night with the Lawnchair Generals, but as soon as that was over, I and many others made the trek out to Independence to rave in the New Year raving properly. It was the best New Year coverage of electronic music Kansas City had seen, or likely will; well, the set from 2004 might top it. We shall see.
Until then, view events from December 2003 ... and keep spinnin' n grinnin'!