Exploring Music Venues in KC

Pinch Hitting Today:  Tom

Tooling in the bottoms!

Tooling in the bottoms!

Following our 4 week road trip through the South East USA in the RV, we are taking in some of the many music venues in KC. Locations like Starlight, the Sprint Center, and the Casinos get a lot of attention but KC has many venues supporting local, national and international acts.

We returned to one of our favorites this week at Knuckleheads Salon & Honky-talk. This venue, located in the east bottoms is on the bucket list for headliner musicians from across the USA. Music ranges from rock to blues to folk with some gospel and country thrown in for good measure.

With the name Knuckleheads you get the impression this is a biker bar. You do often see some nice bikes parked out-front, but the venue attracts a wide audience. There are very interesting people to watch in addition to the music. This night the audience was mainly grey hairs.  Marla and I were clearly on towards the lower end of the age curve.

How long has he been with the Asleep at the Wheel?

How long has he been with the Asleep at the Wheel?

Thursday we listened to Asleep at the Wheel with Ray Benson.  They  played a wide range of music including new tunes and their standards such as Route 66, Corrine-Corrina, and Lay Down Sally.

Are they brother and sister?

Are they brother and sister?

Their musical style could be described as country-rock, western or Texas Swing, and Marla would claim it is upscale hillbilly music. Instruments played by the group included: guitar, fiddle, mandolin, keyboards, steel guitar, saxophone, clarinet, base, and drums. A very well orchestrated set of tunes was offered to a crowd that was on their feet dancing in-spite of the rain.

Stumbling into the Riot Room with no head gear!

Stumbling into the Riot Room with no head gear!

Saturday it was the Riot Room in the Westport area, for a CD release for Red Velvet Crush. Sarah  invited us because the lead singer for RVC is the daughter of Sarah’s neighbor. Music was definitely heavy metal: guitars, amplifiers and drums. Not our “cup of tea.”  Two warm-up bands, Aluna, and The Perfect Pursuit got the evening started.  We should have studied up ahead of time. If you were not wearing black, had no visible body piercings, and tattoos, then you were clearly an outsider.

RVC in motion!

RVC in motion!

Lots of energy and sound. Impossible to make out the words from the singers but there seemed to be a message of isolation, oppression and struggle. Again a good venue for people watching (we may have been the “watched” in this case) but bring ear protection.

Next event is June 12 at Knuckleheads for a return visit of Igor and the Red Elvis’s. (Besides Igor, there are only small females in the band, so perhaps red elves is more appropriate.)

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