Monday, November 06, 2017

bangin wakarusa chaos

Quite a variety of events took place in June 2004, including a huge festival out at Clinton Lake State Park, the grand opening of a new club, and a return of Chaos.

It all started out in the farmland of eastern Kansas near Lawrence at the TribalVision ranch, where a dog pile of local and regional DJ talent kept everyone on their feet dancing through the night.

The next night Chakra hosted a variety of talent from DJs, burlesque dancers, and a prohibition-era Jazz band that played some wicked hot tunes.  All of this towards helping promote the club as a new spot, and a certain cigarette company.

All was quite for the following week though.  Everyone was saving energy for the swirl of chaos that would engulf the Uptown Theater.  The second version of the successful Chaos Theory event from the previous year went off as huge, if not, more so.

More chill time followed that event, as another followed directly in the path the following weekend.  The first version of Wakarusa completely consumed Clinton Lake State Park, with a huge lineup.

Meanwhile on the same night, Joe covered another fairly large event down at the Madrid. The Drum Diaries US Tour landed in town, and looks to have been quite a bit of fun.  I was sorry to have missed that one, but then I would have missed Wakarusa!

Everything kind of slowed down a little at that point.  We dropped in on a couple of random events.  NuSkool had a BBQ, and a group of folks from the local music scene put together a benefit at for a local girl needing medical financial assistance.

Along with DJ Solaris, I played a little party down in the west bottoms. He also accompanied my in my quest for car keys out in Wamego, Kansas.  We were on our way to an event out in a farm field nearby that Joe had already been at for most of the night, "Bangin Under Stairs."

We were thinking about banging at 3 am; that is, thinking about banging in my window.  Surprisingly and fortunately, we were able to locate assistance with retrieving said keys and were off to the main event in no time, sort of.

Another themed event at the Empire Room closed out the month, with a little mid-summer Luau.  There was not quite the level of participation as had been with the previous pajama party, but still quite a good crowd.

All of these events are restored to the site now. You can learn more about them through their respective event post, or scan through all of  the events recently restored from June 2004.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017


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Headphones and turntables await the return of the next DJ in the lineup, admist a backdrop of tie-dye during a visit to the 604 Paramore Sessions of 666 ZipCode Town Rekkids in November of 2002.

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Korg teases music making app for Nintendo Switch, in this story by Thuy Ong on The Verge about After watching the short clip in the article, I am not quite sure how it will rise above those apps already in the market with touch screen interaction. It could be fun for a lot Nintendo fans though.


Announcing the winner of this year’s ‘Dance Your Ph.D.' contest in Science Magazine introduces us to Nancy Scherich and her focus on braid theory at the University of Santa Barbara.  Determining "the unique representations of twists and knots in high-dimensional spaces," she turned to dance to explain the process.


Image by Itamblyn - WikiMedia Commns
Nature Inspires Non-spherical Drug Delivery Nanoparticles in this story by Kerry Taylor-Smith on AzoNano.  It is a rare occurrence that anything in nature is perfectly spherical, while the complete opposite is often the challenge when synthesizing particles.  Mimicking nature, and creating more random non-spherical nano particles,  scientists hope to improve the delivery of drugs, such as certain toxins used in the treatment of cancerous tumors.


Chicago announces the city’s first public art plan, and Matthew Messner with The Architect's Newspaper examines how the city art program contributes to diversity of engagement through various incentives and programs in place since creating the first city-funded public art program in the United States in 1978.


AP Photo by Jim Palmer
November is Native American Indian Heritage Month, but one person will be noticeable absent from the Pow Wow. Learn more about the influential and controversial Native American activist Dennis Banks' life in photos, 1937-2017, assembled by the St Louis Dispatch.


Restoration continues for June 2004 and should be complete soon.

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Sunday, October 01, 2017


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Eyes bulging, a ghostly apparition appears behind the stage at Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club during a performance by Stromkern back in October 2002.  I am not sure if it was a painting hanging back there or actually painted on the back wall.  It's not there any longer though.

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Coming back for what will likely be another strong showing, the Djakarta Warehouse Project.  It is quickly becoming  a global massive.  Attendance last year boasted approximately 90,000, with more than 27,000 from somewhere other than Asia.  The event is hosting some of the biggest names in the industry again this December in Jakarta, Indonesia.  


Moya Michael, left, and Faustin Linyekula in Banataba at The Metropolitan Museum of Art - photo by Stephanie Berger

"A Dance Crosses Borders, from the Congo to the Stars" by Paul David Young on Hyperallergic examines a recent exploration of storytelling by Cngolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula and American writer and director Annie Dorsen contemplate storytelling at the Crossing the Line Festival in the Upper East Side of New York.


image courtesy of BBC
Ever popular BBC Radio 1 (and 2, 3, and 4) just turned 50, releasing a new segment in their on-going 100 Voices that Made BBC Series.  A cooperative of the University Of Sussex, Mass Observation, the Science Museum Group and the British Entertainment History Project, along with the BBC Oral History Collection reveal some of the hidden stories behind the launch of the 4 radio networks we know and love today.


Pacific Standard Time:  LA/LA, just started and sprawls over hundreds of miles of the Golden State with exhibitions, events, performances and programs, some lasting four months or more.  Check the site link for more information about dates, venues and artists.


Mulaka Screenshot Image:  Lienzo
An indie game that aims to preserve an indigenous culture and its mythology, promising to immerse the play not only in the game, but also the Tarahumara indigenous culture, in a new form of digital historic preservation.  The 3D action-adventure puzzle game has been in development for about three years now, aiming for a 2018 release on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Steam.


Restoration is complete through the end of May 2004, and June will be coming along soon.  

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

wild blues

Heading down to the exhibition game at Sprint Center, we arrived a little late, but it seemed a lot of other folks did as well.  Everyone seemed really anxious for the game though.  It has been awhile since we had a regular NHL game in Kansas City.

We only missed about six minutes of the first period.  Theseats were pretty good, the only drawback being that you really could not see any action going on behind the goalie very well.  The other end of is a bit far off too, but I guess that is what the jumbotron is for.

It seemed like right away there was a fight on the ice.  We were not really sure what happened.  The only replay they displayed was the the fight.  It proved an interesting sideshow, nonetheless, and there were a few more near fights along the way.

It was a good game, with a fairly evenly split fan base in the stands.  A local radio show pulled off a few little stunt games, such as wing eating contest, during intermissions.  Overall it was a fun night for everyone in attendance.

The Wild beat the Blues in the last minute of play, and then exodus.  A few random clips of the activities on the ice appear below, including the first physical disagreement, or view a few more photos from this event.

Friday, September 08, 2017

quixotic surfaces

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Bloch Building, presented their third "Surfaces" performance, featuring performance group Quixotic.  The free show included projection, choreography, and musical composition in honor of the architect, Steven Holl, quite literally shining a new sort of light on the iconic building.

For the uninitiated, "Quixotic is an innovative performance art collective that fuses imagination with technology, dance, projection mapping and live music to create fully-immersive, multi-sensory experiences.  Quixotic harnesses light, rhythm and expressive emotion."

We arrived relatively early, but then so did everyone else.  The area was nearing capacity at 630 pm, with folks lounging on blankets or their favorite chair, patiently awaiting the show. We picked up a great spot, just behind the sound board, with a wide enough viewing angle to catch a good view of all of the various performance stages.

I wandered about the circus-like atmosphere briefly before things got started,, stumbling upon some old friends and taking in the sights.  At one of the homes across the street, a couple of ladies in gowns ambled about the lawn, and a line of food trucks tended lines just as long.

Once the show started, nearly everyone remained riveted to their spot though; well, most everyone. They should have probably shut down the walkway in front of the stage, as quite a few could not seem to keep from wandering in front a bit too often.

Drones are another annoyance the Nelson should consider blocking the next time they host a show such as this.  Two of the mosquito-like creatures zoomed and hovered overhead throughout much of the show, detracting from the performance, and assaulting the auditory sense with their incessant buzzing.  If I had only had a sling-shot, I could have remedied that problem easily.

It was a fantastic show though, from beginning to end, and the night could not have been more perfect either. Temperatures in the mid 20s C kept things cool, but not too uncomfortable for a night out on the back lawn.

Below is a little montage of the video captured from the event.  It is not the greatest in spots, but the finale is as good as I hoped it would be from my vantage point (the last 5 minutes or so of the video); or,  view a few more photos from this event.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

liquid blo queens

May 2002 started off with a visit to the annual Polski Day celebration, and the 20th anniversary of the same.  It was likely the best of all that we attended, setting the standard for all coming before, and those after.  These days it is but a shadow of its former self.

Joe and I jumped in the car with a friends for a little road trip out to St Louis to check out the infamous DJ Keoki the following weekend.  He lived up to his reputation and played a fun and energetic set, seeming to really enjoy himself.  Chatting it up a little after his set, he proved to be as eccentric as imagined, but not in a bad way.

I didn't bother with going out again until Monday, when I dropped in on the weekly Evolution at Davey's Uptown. TJ and J. Phoenix from Lawrence traveled out to put on a little Live PA for folks.

Hiding away again for the rest of the week, I got bogged down in some other work, but was saving energy for Friday at Kabal anyway. It was a good thing I did too.  Derrick Carter turned the place inside out, keeping the dance floor grooving until they had to be forced out.

Meanwhile, down at the Madrid, Joe paid a little visit to the first Liquid Buzz Appreciation Party, a free event at the Madrid that brought out all the kids who couldn't make it down to Kabal.  They had been strictly 21 and over ever since the party we through there earlier in the year.

The next night found us bidding farewell to a couple of close DJ friends, Velvin and Shandi.  They were heading to New York to seek out their fame and fortune.  Shandi had a bit of a head start though, from her recent participation in America’s Top Model.  Velvin was close behind though, and so far as I know, still chasing the NYC dream.

The Monday BLO party came along just after that, finally beginning to really turn out.  When we first dropped by this event, it seemed they were never going to get anyone to come out on a Monday night; now, it seemed everyone was.

We dropped in on a different sort of show at Harling's Upstairs the previous week, featuring soloist Jonathan Ramsey playing some Irish favorites and quite a few others, with that sort of twist. Deciding decided to make another stop by the place to see if it was just as good, we were not disappointed in the least.  He really puts a great show and really can definitely belt out a tune and get the crowd involved.

The Queens of the Underground took center stage a few days later in Omaha, and Joe and I hit the road along with several others from KC.  The lineup featured some of the best lady DJs in the Midwest, dropping some of the baddest tracks all night long.  It was an impressive show, and something nobody has been able to pull of since, or tried, really.

That must have taken a toll on me, since there was nothing for that Saturday.  Monday held an event not to be missed though. The BLO Pajama Party brought out everyone that had been lounging around.  Lingerie and night shirts littered the dance floor.

A night at Knuckleheads Saloon was an interesting distraction for that Friday, as something a little different to change things up.  I did not want to get to involved in much of anything since I was heading off the Springfield with DJ Solaris, for his gig at Hex. That was quite a bit of fun!

I ran off to the lake for the week after that, and apparently a lot of other folks did too.  Kourtney covered a little show Syde-Sho event down at the Stray Cat called Under Construction.  It looked to be a lot of fun, but attendance definitely suffered at the hands of a weekend of perfect weather.

Returning just in time for a a little collaboration event DJ Two Heavy and I put together at the Empire Room, that seemed to be somewhat affected as well too.  There was a decent turn out, but definitely nothing compared with other Mondays in the month.

All of these events are restored to the site now, and you can learn more about them through their respective event post, or scan through all of  the events recently restored from May 2004.

We traveled a bit more the following month, but mostly stuck around KC.  There were some shows that were not to be missed.

... until next time ...

Friday, September 01, 2017

first friday 201709

It has been a minute since I got out for a First Friday.  Something always seems to come, but not this time.  It was a perfect evening for it too, with temps were in the low 20s C.

There were quite a few people out in the area we roamed, around Grinder's area and west from there a few blocks.  We stopped in there for a bit of sustenance too, before heading back to the ranch.

The galleries seemed to be mostly done for the evening when we were passing through.  Either that, or we were not paying close enough attention.

There is plenty to see on the street though, music here and there, and a generally good vibe all around.  I had not seen the missing llama though, but have seen a llama.  So cool!!!


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Lasers pierce the black and white darkness above, at the show"Endless Summer 2" in Kansas City, back in September of 2002.  It really did seem as much too, with mild temperatures throughout the winter, and the 9th lowest snowfall recorded.

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Disco has been around since the 1970s, followed by House Music in the 1980s, and a veritable explosion of sub-genres since then.  After nearly 50 years, some of the greatest in Electronic Music will be honored, in a show produced by Paul Oakenfold on September 21, 2017, at the Willow Studios in the downtown Los Angeles art district. 

"Dancing may help to combat brain aging," according to a recent study identified by Medical News Today.  Many studies have already proven that physical activity can reduce cognitive decline, but dancing stimulates the hippocampus more than most other forms of exercise.


Simulation of Asteroid Florence trajectory - image borrowed from NASA

Pay no attention to that asteroid flying past earth right now!  It is only the biggest that NASA has ever witnessed, weighing in at 4.3 km wide.  They say there is really no cause for concern, as it is not expected to come any closer than a mere 7 million km (about 18 earth-moon distances).  They have their eye on it, looking forward to get some great close-ups.


Image by Mete Yafet, borrowed from Illusion Magazine
"In Mete Yafet's world, music and art are intertwined."  The artist based in Instabul creates surreal 3D art, as well as music, imagining the music as he does, and vice versa. Inspiration for the works, as with many, comes from personal emotions and experience.  All of the pieces in this story are fantastic in their own way.


About midway through this month you will likely begin to see quite a few events popping up all over the country in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15.  There are already a number of events planned in various places such as San Francisco, with others pending announcement, so stay on the lookout!


Restoration is complete through the end of May 2004, though not yet officially announced.  A forthcoming post will take a look back soon.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

million dollar quartet in kc

On a rare occasion, we enjoyed the opportunity to attend a little theater situation in Overland Park at the New Theatre Restaurant, featuring the “Million Dollar Quarter.”  It was quite an interesting musical comedy inspired by the famed recording session that brought together original Rock-n-Roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins on December 4, 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis.

Having always been a fan of their music, this little Broadway musical was a pretty good take on it all. The actors were solid, though few of them actually looked the part beyond their dress.  They came arguably close in performance though.

photo by Roy Inman
Dominque Scott, playing Jerry Lee Lewis brought a comedy relief to the affair, and some awesome piano skills, kind of stealing the show.

Scott Moreau, as Johnny Cash played and sang a close second to the “man in black” himself.  James Barry held his own as Carl Perkins too, and Skye Scott as Elvis was an acceptable likeness.

Elvis brought along a girl too, go figure.  Ashley Pankow played the part of Dyanne performing a fantastic cover of the track that made Peggy Lee a jazz legend, “Fever.”

Rounding out the cast, Craig Benton played the part of a torn Sam Phillips, eager to promote these legends, but unwilling to let them be a success without him.

The songs and actors were on point for a full house on this night, and a rocking good time for all in attendance.  In addition to their skit centered on the gathering of the quartet, and flashbacks to their start at Sun, they hammered through some of the most recognized tracks by the four.

No photography was permitted, and completely out of character, I acquiesced.   It would have been difficult to get off any shots without being immediately noticed anyway. It was definitely a show worth seeing though, and perhaps, seeing again.

If you get the chance, it runs through September 24 at this location, and there are still a few tickets left to some of the performances.

there are no more photos from this event

Tuesday, August 01, 2017


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Above, local legend DJ Nitro spins out one of his last sets in the area before moving down the road with another local legend and favorite DJ Booth, back in August '02.  The tiny little warehouse in Lawrence, Kansas was the perfect spot for one last round.

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credit:  china daily
"China dances to a new, electronic beat" at the Storm Electronic Music Festival in Shanghai.  Ren Xiaojin talks about the emerging EDM following in that corner of the world, and how the music continues to bring people together.


A study out of the University of Brighton suggests you can burn about about 600 calories per hour. So, Yup Dance is the Best Workout.  Science Says So."  in this quick little bit by Jennifer Stahl in Dance Magazine.


As the fall festival season begins to loom on the horizon, Marion Clinton provides Five Tips To Survive Sharing A Room For A Festival in EDMID.  Then again, you don't get the fun and surprise of not planning anything.  


image credit: Sean Cavanagh, University College London, Joni Wallis, University of California, Berkeley, Steven Kennerley, University College London, Laurence Hunt, University of Oxford

Scientific American announced the winners of their annual contest to capture the brain at its most beautiful, in "The Art of Neuroscience" by Leslie Nemo.  While most of the pieces are actually the results of labwork, they are a form of art in their own right.


An interesting documentary on a fading language, both in this video and in "Greece's disappearing whistled language" by Eliot Stein at the BBC. Sfyria is "the oldest and more structured than many other whistled languages," and a unique form of communication more than 2500 years old.


Restoration of stalled temporarily, through April 2004.  We will return to that shortly, likely at a bit quicker pace.

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