Sunday, April 01, 2018

phreakz and juggalos


Launching into the traditional party month of October 2004, two big names in House music landed in Kansas City on the same night.  I was on my own photographing that evening, but did catch both of the acts.  They were only on opposite sides of downtown after all.


The next morning I headed over to a parade in the community, but took the night off.  Joe picked up where I left off, spending his evening in much the same way as I had the previous night, first covering Randall Jones, then hooking up with Jason to cover Kinetic.


Monday brought Seraphim Shock to midtown, and a bit of High Contrast downtown.  The weekend offered two opposite ends of the spectrum.  The fire of the second in the post-Burning Man event series went off in rural world of east Kansas while downtown, Kourtney covered Sandra Collins.


With two events going on midweek, we wandered the streets briefly for a visit to both.  The Perk is always good for a good chill evening, but a new little gig The Point was fighting an uphill battle.


Local artist Bridget Kaiser put up a show of her works that Friday, just before Tim Shumaker and JT Donaldson took over the DJ booth.  It was disappointing that I couldn't stay longer, but had promised another performer I would come to her first new show.  That far into town, the only place to go from there was The Point again.


Our second large event, "phlashback" consumed the following evening.  All of the photos from that one were contributed by some or another.  Myself and most everyone else on the phocas staff were occupied with throwing a party.  Kourtney did cover Charles Feelgood, which was going on the same night, and another contributor Eric, joined in the fun covering the growing night he was playing.


DJ Hardrive really wanted to play out at more than just the party we threw, so we arranged to have him play over at the weekly BLO Monday.  There was no theme that night, but still a lot of fun and a very receptive crowd.  The only thing left to do after that, take a couple days away.  The holiday was looming.


Things intensified the weekend before the holiday weekend, first in the form of a themed party at Kabal.  Oddly, very few costumed for the occasion.  That was not the case down in Midtown at the third edition of the popular holiday rave with Jackal and Hyde, Ming & FS, and GrayArea blowing the lid off the Madrid. Then, there was a day rest.


The same performer from earlier in the month was doing another show the following Monday, and it was really the only event happening.  Everyone was staying low for the coming storm that weekend.  Events were lined up, one after the other.


The blitzkrieg began with Kourtney at a little going away party at some random warehouse in the East Bottoms, while I was downtown for a gathering of the Juggalos.  There was no shortage of costumes at Kabal the following night, or at Union Station, where the second of edition of an intensely popular holiday party packed the Grand Hall.  Later that night, just when you thought everything was dying down, yet another version of Phreakz! took over until the early morning hours.


It must have been too much for everyone, except the Goth/Industrialist crowd.  The only thing left happening on Halloween night, a little party and performance by the Dark Divas in the Pyro Room.  It was a fun little family-like crowd, and they put on an amusing show.



Access to all of these events is restored. You can learn more about them through their respective event post, or scan through all of the events recently restored from October 2004. Spliced with various commentary, which will eventually be updated further, a link to associated photo albums appears at the bottom of every post.

A few random photos were taken along the way, not associated with any particular event. Those are hosted within the encounters album. It is always being updated with that sort of thing, also hosting photos from events with less than five shots.



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Thursday, March 01, 2018

fresh babylon renaissance


Just as the summer was beginning to cool down, events in the area heated up in September 2004.  "I," an up and coming local band kicked off the month, debuting at Davey's on a Thursday.  The following evening we sneaked in a walkabout on First Firday, dropped in on Chakra, making one last stop at a birthday party downtown late into the night.


Meanwhile, Miss Monkey was up in Chicago enjoying Moonshine on Friday.  Saturday, she spent a bit of time at BigWig and Smartbar, while we enjoyed Ty Tek and a little Bliss at the Grand Emporium.  Her ultimate goal in all of this took the stage Sunday, with the Chicago House Music Association Launch Party and Softball Tournament.


In Kansas City, the same night, a Hip-Hop music event protesting then sitting President Bush, and the month was only getting started. That weekend Mark Farina came to Kansas City with his "Live at OM" Tour, turning Kabal inside out.  A stop in on Chakra kicked off that evening, that ended at an after party at The Stray Cat.


The following night Bliss got the evening moving, followed up by the grand opening of the new Club Evolution (formerly XO Club).  Just on the other side of town, Joe enjoyed a fun evening at Kabal with the uMove residents.  Late into the night, we arrived just in time to see the after party shut down.


A new showing at a Kansas City gallery fired off the next weekend early, which included dancing with uMove residents at Kabal.  We didn't stay out too late though, since the Kansas City Renaissance Festival was forecasted for the following day.


Mid-week following, we hit the street early on Wednesday, for a stop at The Cup, then out again at Davey's the next night for The Gadjits. Friday found us back at Chakra for a moment, along with Club Evolution.  We were destined for The Point though.  The cool dark basement had been beckoning for a few weeks.


The sweet sounds of live vocals filled the halls of The Stray Cat that Saturday, as DJ Collette entranced the house with her vocals.  It must have been siren sound, rivaling an appearance by K-Swing down at Kabal.  Either was a good spot to be, after a quick drop by Grand Emporium.


A night off, and some needed sleep at stepped into Monday night without blinking.  The Submission showed returned again in the early hours.  Late into the same night, the weekly party at the Empire was themed towards farmers and bull-riding.



Access to all of these events is restored. You can learn more about them through their respective event post, or scan through all of  the events recently restored from September 2004.  All are spliced with various commentary, which will eventually be updated further.

A few random photos were taken along the way, not associated with any particular event.  Those are hosted within the encounters album.  It is always being updated with that sort of thing, also hosting photos from events with less than five shots.



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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

digital enrichment vault


Everything centered on the Kansas City Metro area during August of 2004, excepting one event photographed by a volunteer on the last days of the month and into September.


Staring with the late Sunday night soiree at the the Beach Club, a few days later, the Pitch Music Showcase took over Westport for evening.  An array of acts from every genre played through the evening, unique in their own right and all from the KC area.


That weekend, we returned to base phocas for the annual BBQ Beatz session, and the next night headed out to the 4 corners area for wild night with bounce houses and sumo wrestlers, with a backdrop of beats, at Digital Playground.


Pete Bones at Kabal was the only show covered the following weekend, along with a stop in on the increasingly popular Monday night BLO at the Empire.


The second half of August launched into an overflow of events though.  Turning things up a notch, we dropped in on Frisky at Kabal, hit up Chakra, finally settling at The Point, all in the same night.


The following morning a group of us went out the 25th Ethnic Encrichment Festival.  They were hosting their 25th anniversary, and it was quite a lot of good food and fun.  That evening, while Joe ran out to cover an event by a little known promoter, I dropped in on the newly established Californocation.  Much much later evening, another volunteer gave us a little glimpse inside a birthday house party.


The end of the month wound up even tighter, starting with Paul Anthony opening a new night at Chakra.  Kabal themed out a party for Dave Audé, out south  Brite Lites glowed over town, and the after party raged until dawn.


The performance troupe at Davey's came together for a new twist on an always intriguing show the following Monday.  Also in the same night, the Empire hosted yet another themed party that brought everyone out in their finest and skimpiest.


The month closed out and kicked off the following month from Black Rock City, Nevada, and the Burning Man celebration. A group made the journey out to the site, bringing back a few images of their adventure.

Access to all of these events is restored. You can learn more about them through their respective event post, or scan through all of the events recently restored from August 2004. All are spliced with various commentary, which will eventually be updated further.
A few random photos were taken along the way, not associated with any particular event.  Those are hosted within the encounters album.  It is always being updated with that sort of thing, also hosting photos from events with less than five shots.



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Monday, January 15, 2018

castles caves and thunderbirds


A bit more diversity in the content for the site, and some new angles appeared in the lens, thanks to Joe and Kourtney, in July 2004.  They brought a different view of the party at a couple of events, and I had a chance to drop in on something different here and there.


The second day and first Friday of the month , I checked in on Frisky to dig a little Pat Nice for while, before heading over to the Point for that little party in the basement.  Meanwhile, Joe spent most of his night and part of the morning out at a little shindig in Independence.


Thunderbirds filled skies above Kansas City the following day, and I dropped in for some photos.  There were only a few though, since I forgot to recharge the camera from the night before.


B*U*S*H played at the weekly Evolution at Davey's.  Otherwise, there just was not much going on that week.  Everyone was looking forward to the weekend though.


Essence lit up the Stray Cat that Friday with Heather Hart, while local favorite DJ Steve Thorell kicked off a fun new night at Californo's down in Westport on Saturday.


Dismantled made an appearance to Davey's on Monday promoting their Post Nuclear Tour, with The God Project.  I also made a stop at the Empire Room to look in on BLO.  They had a full house, even without a theme for the evening.


All eyes were on the weekend though.  The second in the Caveman Experience series that would rave out the Shawnee Saltpetre Cave consumed the party population of the Midwest.  There was really not much else going on beyond that event.


Lingering in town that weekend, I got to play out at Chakra, and later dance the night away with those that did not make the trip out to Murphysboro.  Apparently, there were quite a few.


I skipped town for a week after that, to roam the mountains of central Colorado.  Trails, mountains, sand dunes, and castles filled my viewfinder.


The following weekend, and the last day of the month, everything was back in full swing.  While I made the trip back, Joe headed out to Lawrence for a little rave on the farm with a few hundred of our closest friends.


All of these events are now restored to the site.  You can learn more about them through their respective event post, or scan through all of  the events recently restored from July 2004.  All are spliced with various commentary, which I hope to update further in the near future.

There were also a few random photos taken along the way, not associated with any particular event.  Encounters is always being updated with that sort of thing, also hosting photos from events with less than five shots.



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