The tipping point is difficult to determine, but sometime late last year or early this year, the tribute show became a thing that happened every other weekend or so in Kansas City. Hermon Mehari and Diverse honored Miles Davis on his birthday, while Diverse, Les Izmore and Reach reinterpreted A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory at the Blue Room. Cody Wyoming assembled folks from all across the scene to stage tributes to the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. and Pink Floyd's The Wall at Crosstown Station. Robert Moore got rolling on his Sonic Spectrum Tribute Series at RecordBar, where once a month local bands play the songs of their heroes (some so far: Tom Waits, the Beach Boys, AC/DC). To a pessimist, the abundance of all these shows could be seen as a sign of stagnant creativity or a return to the years when cover bands ruled the scene. But we're not pessimists, and we look forward to the escapism these shows offer.