Thursday, November 17, 2016

art groove prophecy

As winter began to grab hold of the city, events continued to ramp up, back in November 2003. Folks wanted to be out, not stuck in the house!  It would only escalate throughout season, and that was not necessarily a bad thing.

The month kicked off with a dirty little affair featuring Jungle music and Art, but ended up getting busted up by KC's finest.  I don't think anyone got arrested, but there were a few tense moments, and everyone kind of laughed about it later.

The Original Low Riders came to town a few days later, featuring most of the members of the band previously known as War.  It really was quite a bit of fun, and a decidedly different crowd.  Everyone was up out of their seats dancing.

I made of couple of unique stops too.  The Place was starting to host a few events, for the spiritually-minded.  A little spot down in Westport called the Main Street Cafe held a fundraiser too, that they asked me to stop in on.

A few days after that, it was back down to Davey's for Evolution, and then a couple days later out to Topeka to catch up with 666 ZipCode Town Rekkids and Breakbotix.  It was an interesting diversion, and the trio played their usual outstanding set. Unfortunately, week nights in Topeka were not much better than in Kansas City.

XO Club came up on the radar a couple of times during the month.  The owner was getting more comfortable with the harmless publicity we offered, and I think making a little bit of an effort to keep up with Kabal.  Terry Mullan played a fantastic set to a relatively full house, and Thanksgiving night, Syde-Sho lit the place up with a solid lineup of locals.

The club was beginning to struggle just a little bit against Kabal though, who was really starting to bring in quite a few solid headliners, thanks to DeepFix Records.  Hosting  their first anniversary with the basement open, John Selway made another appearance and turned the place inside out.

In a odd turn events, RJ Bass fired up a new night in my neck of the woods.  He found his way into a funky little spot called The Groove to kick off a regular weekly event.  It was a fun time, a good dance floor, and the night had a lot of potential.  It was going to be tough though. The 'Burbs are an even tougher audience than the inner city.

Of course, I dropped back by on the monthly Submission too.  It was was becoming a little hit-and-miss.  This month turned out really good though, and folks were actually up off the wall dancing.  It was a good change of pace.

The Rave made a couple of random appearances during the month, two of which were a lot of fun. Prophecy and Space Banger turned out a lot of folks, and everyone seemed to have a really great time.  The third edition of Videodrome didn't do so well though.  The host, VJ Ones didn't really care if it did or not, and it was somewhat apparent.

until the next round is ready... keep groovin

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

zombie halloween

But is it really?  Crawling out of their graves, the dead put on their boogie shoes and got on the dance floor to party like it was 1979!

Local disco cover band Boogie Wonderland brought the stars of the era back to life, keeping the dance floor full all night long.  Zombies, Cheerleaders and Ghostbuster were getting down in the aisles, and out in the playground at Knuckleheads, during a warm night to remember in the east bottoms of KC.

Having caught their act a month or so ago at Depot # 9, and really digging the show, we were determined to get back out there and see if what we had originally experienced was only fluke.  It was not.  They brought all the energy of the last show we saw, and then some.

We could not have asked for a better evening either.  Having been in the 80s F earlier in the day, and with the warmth lingered throughout the night, everyone got a bit more involved with dressing for the occasion.  Indeed, I think everyone was in costume.

The show really should have probably been out in the garage though, instead of on the old indoor stage.  They did setup sound in the adjacent playground stage out back, along with live video of the band performing.  

It did help ease the tension on the main dance floor; that is, except for those that wanted to be in with the party.  Others did not seem to care at all, since it gave them more space to dance, in cool air, under a night sky.

The Bee Gees, Chic, Gloria Gaynor, Earth Wind and Fire, the Commodores, Chic, Abba, Peaches & Herb all came back to life, one awesome track after another. The band sustained their stage presence in spite of the heat and the cramped quarters, and did not miss a beat. 

The night was more fun than we had been involved with at a Kansas City dance event in a very long time, and we look forward to doing it again!  These folks have a few gigs around town coming up, and it is every bit worth the experience to catch this act.

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