Gunslingers, thieves and lovers. This year's Murder Ballad Ball -- which is the event's second incarnation; check out a review and a slideshow of last year's here -- is bound to boast all three, plus a hearty helping of the dish best served cold: revenge. Dutch Humphrey, who's a member of Atlantic Fadeout and Cadillac Flambe, and Kris Bruders, Humphrey's Cadillac Flambe bandmate, have lined up a powerful list of KC's best Americana acts to deliver the story of Pretty Polly and her shallow grave.
Click through to find out who's playing.
The lineup is:
Howard Iceberg, Brian Frame (Blessed Broke), Amy Farrand and Terrance Moore (American Catastrophe), Rural Grit Allstars, Tin Horn Molly, Radio City, Hot Dog Skeletons, Tiny Horse, The Columns, Tony Ladesich feat. Faster Horses, The Silver Maggies with The Delighted and feat. The MurderHers, Cadillac Flambe, Calamity Cubes, Alacartoona, and Them Damned Young Livers!! Special Guest DJ Cyan Meeks spinning the Macabre upstairs at Press Bar as well!
Plus, many artists have collaborated on their performances.
Patrick Deveny of The Silver Maggies and JayCo Guitar Straps has collaborated with Garnett Grieble's The Delighted to present a kind of mini-Opera of murder ballad mayhem. He will also be joined by Terrance Moore of American Catastrophe for a couple of numbers. Tony Ladesich, who delivered a fantastic performance for last year's production, will once again sing tales of buried lovers and will be joined by his Faster Horses which is not to be missed!
The event is billed as a vintage formal, and all of you kids who dress up for the occasion will be awarded with raffle tickets. Here's what's up for raffle and silent auction:
Murder Ballad Guitar
& other Instruments made by Mark Smeltzer
$25 Halcyon Gift Certificate
2 Large Papa John's Pizzas
Jaykco Guitar Strap
Chipotle Meals for 10
$50 Houlihans Gift Certificate
$25 Drop Gift Certificate
Screenland Tickets 2-
$25 P. Ott's Gift Certificate
$50 Plaza III Gift Certificate
$50 Figlio Gift Certificate
$280 Windhorse Tattoo Gift Certificate
Glass Guitar Slide from DLB Graphics
Rock and Roll posters