Saturday, July 28, 2018

32nd world championship cardboard boat races

While visiting the great state of Arkansas, we had the opportunity to check out this event, which had been elusive for several years.  The endurance of some of these hand manufactured boats was quite surprising, and amusing at times.
Apparently, the theme of the year was Star Wars, and there were quite a variety of flotation constructions about the landscape of Sandy Beach.
All of the contraptions endured the warm waters quite well, and really did not take on any water.  It was quite surprisingly considering the construction materials permitted.
A few, while water tight, contained a few minor design flaws that caused disintegration under pressure. One almost fell apart at the starting line.


It was quite a lot of fun though, and a full house on the beach in spite of threatening rain.  We look forward to getting back to it again.


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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

backstory update


In case you have not been following along, things have changed a bit.  Writing the backstory was getting a little stale and not really going much of anywhere, just recanting the events of any particular month that was restored.  I put a stop to it.  Eventually, we will get back to that, once I have had a little time to soak in it.  

Beginning with the series related to 2005, when an event is restored it will be posted to a couple of the more prominent social channels.  This will offer an opportunity to focus on the photos again.

Some of those have already begun to appear on another channel.  Kind of like the raves old days, you have to be looking around for it though.  See if you can find it.  

The back story column will return when a few more thoughts are in order, and there is always that random current event that will show up here, so check back.  Otherwise, look for phocas on your favorite social channel for the most up to the minute on the latest of the restoration effort.

There is also an album of all the completely random photos taken along the way, which is always being updated... randomly.  Check out "encounters" for those photos, which appear nowhere else, and photos from events with less than 5 shots.  A few from that album appear below, just to fill the space. 

... wishin U all whirled peas ..





Tuesday, June 19, 2018

lasers and sitars


The last month of 2004 launched an array of events that only escalated into the following year.  Frisky kicked things off with their residents and the Simply Soul Syndicate, while Wicked Fridays kept pace across town, and Chris provided a look inside the NYC rave scene.  That Saturday, the weekly at Grand Emporium tried to keep pace, but was no match for DJ P at Kabal.


Thing started off simple enough with an appearance by DJ Imperial  at Jilly's, and a live set by Swayzak out in Lawrence, while a few friends and I wandered down to The Point with Dave Brock for a special surprise appearance there.


He was in town to headline our show the following night, the 3rd anniversary party, along with Xplicit.  Both kept the floor groovin all night long, and made for a solid night of food, fun, and phabulous partying.  


Invited down to a Christmas party for  local promotional firm, I dropped by there, before heading over to Kabal for a party by another local rag, then down to the Empire for another dose of Wicked Fridays.  Meanwhile, Joe ran out to Omaha, and Shawn dropped in on The Stables for the first of its kind of show in that venue.  All eyes were on Kabal Saturday, with D:Fuse appearing in support of his Begin tour.


Weekdays were mostly quiet until that Monday, when it was back to Kabal for The Future Sound of Cambridge Tour.  That was followed a few days later, joining our Irish soloist, Jonathan Ramsey for a little Christmas Hoolie!



The month faded quickly, but not without a few wild parties in between.  KC Christmas rocked the House at Kabal on Christmas night, while across town Saeed Younan played to a mostly empty house, and the Grand Emporium held onto their loyal subjects.  


The Dark Divas kicked off the last week of the month with their own little Christmas party.  The following night  was DJ 2Heavy's birthday, with a salute to the Breakers, and then an acquaintance dragged us off to the Grand Emporium for a great show by Tabla Rasa.


And then, the year ended in an explosion of music and champagne.  A good portion of the regular "scene" skipped it though, in favor of a private little bash of their own.  Folks were still out en masse, and Eric covered the loyalists at The Point, while Shawn covered the sold out show at Martini Corner.  As for myself, a moderately upscale little-black-dress evening at The Clubhouse filled the end of my year.



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 December 2004. Spliced with various commentary, which will eventually be updated, a link to additional photos for each appears at the bottom of every post.

Random photos were taken along the way, not associated with any particular event, are hosted within the encounters album. It is always being updated with various things, also hosting photos from events with less than five shots.



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Friday, June 01, 2018

mark tonelli quartet at festa italiana 2018



We had never actually been to Festa Italiana at Zona Rosa, and really did not stay for much of it on this occasion.  The incredible heat played a determining factor.  However, we made time for the Mark Tonelli Quartet, and enjoyed some great Italian food trucks like Garozzo's and Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, among others.


It was a good evening for food, drinks and jazz.  Surprisingly, this is the only shot taken while there.  We caught the last of the prior act, and only stayed through the beginning of the following.  The situation definitely bears closer investigation next time.

Friday, May 25, 2018

free fridays w/ elton dan


After noting a post related to the same, on somewhat of a whim, we dropped in on the Crossroads for the evening.  The show was slated to start at 6 pm, but they must have been a little behind.  It was no matter really.  We needed some sustenance.  Fortunately, this venue comes with relatively reasonable food and drinks.


The first cover band, Gypsies, Doves and Dreams took the stage sometime around 7 pm, and they were really good.  Playing all the Fleetwood Mac favorites, and didn't miss a beat.  The singer did a great job, sounding almost like like the real deal.


After an hour or so of play time, they relinquished the stage to setup for the next act, who did not take long at all.  It was only about 15 minutes between acts, just enough time to locate a fresh beverage and use available facilities.


Just about the sun dropped behind the Kansas City skyline, Elton Dan fired up on stage.  This group launched into one Elton John hit after another, and the band did as good a job as the previous covering these tunes.  Elton Dan, lead singer and pianist was good, but offered a slightly different tone.





They only played for about an hour too, ending the night somewhat early. It had been a fun little experience though, and a chance to get out and hear some live music, at a great venue, without breaking the bank.


Another Free Friday is coming up soon. July 13th features The Phantastics, and the Friday after that features Hi-Lux, Neo-Soul, and DJ Kay-Fan. We look forward to dropping in on one of these, or maybe both.


Monday, May 07, 2018

everywhere is somewhere tour kc

The opportunity to see K.Flay eluded us for more than a year. Every time she came to town, it was not known until the day of or after. Hope was nearly lost, and then came the tour in promotion of her new album “Every Where is Some Where.”

Tickets were obtained, and then another blow to the timeline. The date was cancelled and rescheduled four months out.  She had been nominated for a Grammy, and for good reason. The Suburban Rap Queen was quickly making a name for herself, releasing track after track over the last few years, culminating in the release of this recent album.


I first heard her more than a year ago.  “Stop, Focus” came over the speakers, while visiting a good friend, and I was blown away.  Obtaining copy of her catalog, the diversity of her tracks created a bit of an addiction; one might say a musical crush.  

It is much more than that though.  She is that good.  Listening to all her published work beyond the simple catalog, one can tell she is real, not to mention, extremely talented.  A chronological listening adventure unveils continued musical growth, and we look forward to more.


Held at a relatively new venue in Kansas City, the show at the Truman kicked off early for about 50 folks willing to ante up for a VIP ticket.  It started with a meet-and-greet with K.Flay, who was sincere, friendly, and genuine.  It was a privilege to meet her!

She followed with a brief acoustic set with her bandmates.  Always a favorite when you get that close to a performance, everyone enjoyed sitting on floor at her feet, listening to her render a few of her tunes in a more subtle format.  Indeed, a little hesitant at first, all were singing along by the time it ended.  There was more to come, but not just yet.


Warming up the stage shortly after, local Kansas City band Yes You Are played a fun and interesting set with their own diversity of sounds.  They felt a little 80s synth-pop at first, bleeding over to a sound inspired by popular alternative from the 90s.  We will have to find an opportunity to hear them again.


After a brief intermission, and lots of anticipation, K.Flay took the stage.  We were glued to our position throughout the entire show, only a meter away.  Part of that was the number people, but most of it was just not wanting to give up that space.


She hammered through track after track of her more popular tunes and most of the new album, along with the Harvey Danger anthem, “Flagpole Sitta.”   Everyone seemed to know every tune.   Only one, I had not heard before, but it was instantly a favorite. 

The entire evening was a fun and exciting musical journey through what had become some of our favorite tunes during the last year. K.Flay is every bit as good live as in the studio, and every bit as energetic as she appears in the public realm.  The source of her energy remains elusive, but we hope her return to Kansas City will not.  We look forward to "Another Round."

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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

tortured crystal blueprint


With Halloween having been on a Sunday, things pretty much died down for the rest of the first week of November 2004.  The following weekend was somewhat quiet too, with the only significant even being Kazel appearing at Kabal.

We dropped back by on Monday to check out chill evening that had apparently been going on for about a month or so.  Who knew?  It was good and prompted us to head out again on Wednesday for another new night at the Grand Emporium.

One weekend after another exploded after that.  Frisky held another in the Acid House series, while The Point turned out as always.  Joe head out to St Louis on Saturday for a party at Club Legit, featuring Spree.

Meanwhile, I stayed in town for Tortured Soul and later, a party down in at the Uptown, with support from a new photographer, Roxy.  Extending the weekend one more day, another themed event celebrating Scorpio packed the Empire Room.

The following Friday, the Crystal Method put on a live DJ set for a mostly packed house on Friday in Lawrence.  Kabal celebrated their second anniversary with as many folks again the following night, while those not of age partied with Soul Slinger at a new space in Kansas City.
A gathering of regional bartender talent competed at the Beaumont Club on Sunday, showcasing their skills at mixology. We did not extend the weekend after all of that, and really only went out randomly the following Friday, stopping by The Point first, and then for a visit to Wicked Fridays at the Empire Room.

Saturday, another new night fired up, and kind of fizzled out.  It was a good way to start off the night, before heading over to check out Gabriel & Dresden, which was surprisingly vacant.  That was definitely not the case with Dave Audé though.



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 November 2004. Spliced with various commentary, which will eventually be updated, a link to additional photos for each appears at the bottom of every post.

Random photos were taken along the way, not associated with any particular event, are hosted within the encounters album. It is always being updated with various things, also hosting photos from events with less than five shots.



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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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