On a whim, we visited the Uptown Arts Bar for the KansasCity Techno event jux-ta-pose, featuring Luke Hansen from St Louis.   Arriving early, as is our habit lately, we were pleasantly surprised to discover this was the old “Hangout.” 

Although it was mostly the same as we had left it last, it did have a fresher look.  The front bar area was certainly more inviting, with uncovered windows and plenty of soft lighting setting the perfect mood for socializing away from the dance floor.

The staff was super friendly too and we had an opportunity to visit with the General Manager about the establishment, its direction, hopes and dreams.  They have quite a line-up of events every day of the week, in an effort to support the arts community.

There seems to be a little something for everyone; indeed, looking over their calendar of upcoming events, we made up our mind that we would definitely be returning soon.

The music was excellent though, with two rooms of sound from opposite ends of the I-70 corridor.  DJ Todd Howard got us out on to the dance floor for a little shufflin during his set, and we got the chance to catch up with a couple of old friends.

We lingered until around Midnight, but it never really picked up much.  Another event demanded more attention, we suspect.  At another venue, the Dirt Monkey show was to be the last performance of Jack & Jill; very likely the best House DJ duo Kansas City has offered in recent years.  Who would intentionally miss that?

We did, but were fortunate enough to get to visit with them, and say farewell to Mr Nuro again.  We had every intent of making an appearance for their last show together, but events of earlier in the day began to take their toll; perhaps, one day, there will be another.

A collage of the video shot is shown below, and a few random photos from the night, below that.


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