The very first weekend, after running out to St Louis for Beat the Drums 2, a huge gathering took place outside of Lawrence. The event was the third in a series put on by TribalVision. I had not had the opportunity to attend the previous events, but it didn't take away from the fun. A line up full of regional talent, with a Renegade Stage by local message forum Syde-Sho, keep everyone dancing through the night. I was not one of those. The previous weekend had taken much out of me, and it was long drive home.
Another weekly show kicked off at Jilly's on Broadway. Initially, started by local DJ Atom, he quickly joined forces with others to bring in all sorts of local talent from the metro area, along with those from Lawrence, Topeka, and regional points beyond were showcased. It had slow nights here and there, but quickly became the place to be on Tuesday night.
The same night the first of many large-scale ravalicious events took place in Kansas City again, put on by local promotional group PhukBed. This was their first real show, and while the line-up was mostly local and regional talent, it did not deter anyone. Folks had been planning on going to this for weeks, and it was obvious. The Kansas City massive turned out and and turned the Jackson County Conference Center inside out and upside down all night long. There was space to dance, and room to roam a little outside, and it was a night folks would remember for quite awhile; until the next one, that is.