Mind & Body, Classes and Seminars
YIN Yoga offers both Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow classes with a non-threatening philosophy that newcomers love, and challenges that the more experienced appreciate.
Nightlife, Drunken Distractions, Karaoke
The Pitch's 2009 pick for Best Karaoke Host
Singing karaoke with Kelly Allen is like being in one of those Finnish disco videos from the '70s on YouTube. Stars descend, a mirror ball comes into focus, bubbles float past alien-ship portholes, backup dancers clad in cheerleading outfits appear, and a man named Hannu with feathered blond hair materializes and proclaims his undying løv. At least, it seems like these things could happen whenever Allen fires up her karaoke machine at the Brick, on the second and fourth Mondays of the month and the first Friday. It helps that her fashions are clearly from a dimension of music and light: She owns the cutting-edge Spool Boutique in the Crossroads District. But even without the glamour, Allen is a down-home gal with a smoky voice who loves a good modern R&B song or '80s hit. And then there are the regulars: Scott, the pop-standards-crooning tattoo artist; David Wayne Reed, who delivers his one-man classic-rock circus; fashion designer and soul slayer Beth Guinta; Matt, the punk-rock bartender; Anna, the opera singer and short-order cook. The list goes on. As the Cars would say: Uh-oh, it's magic.
Music, Jam Sessions, Open-Mic
A profile of the band
Sound: Funky Chicago blues crossed with Kansas City and West Coast swing
Origin: Mission, 2002
What have you done for us lately? Released third CD at the end of July; gigging four nights a week, with a blues jam every Sunday at Knuckleheads Saloon.
What gives you the blues? "We play the blues because it makes us happy. For a moment, it makes us forget about the bad things that can happen in everyday life." Brandon Hudspeth, guitarist and singer.
**Catch Levee town one last time before they go to Memphis to represent KC in the International Blues Challenge.