Monday, October 17, 2011

The KJHK Farmer's Ball, Friday at the Jackpot

Carnival Masks, Panda Circus and a white rapper at The KJHK Farmer's Ball.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 10:29 AM

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I hadn’t been to a Farmer’s Ball, KJHK’s annual battle of the bands, since Hospital Ships took the title a handful of years back. Perhaps I haven’t made it because it makes me feel old, but whatever. KJHK has typically done well by the event, creating a quickly paced event with enough variety to make an eight-band night tolerable.

Captain Ahab and the Narwhals
  • Captain Ahab and the Narwhals
One thing that I’ve always liked about Farmer’s Ball is that it gives newer, younger acts a chance to perform and usher themselves into the scene. Sometimes they are endearingly nervous, as was the case with Captain Ahab and the Narwhals. The band dressed the part, with a couple of pirate hats and bare feet in the mix (seriously people — keep your shoes on), and there was some lovely, trilly singing to go along with the cello, mandolin and banjo. Another year and a few more shows under their belts, and you might have something here.

Todd Hawes
  • Todd Hawes
Instant Tradition was without one of its two halves, so Todd Hawes performed a solo acoustic set, including something about the Catholic Church and pimping, followed by a surprisingly nice cover of “A Satisfied Mind.”

Fire in the Churchyard
  • Fire in the Churchyard
Fire in the Churchyard featured two women in business-casual dress and carnival masks on ukelele and drums. Rachel Mulford on drums was one of the night’s most impressive performers. Maybe it shouldn’t be a big deal when a girl is a fabulous and intricate drummer. Unfortunately it is, and she’s impressive.

Royal
  • Royal
McPherson to Lawrence is a long drive for a prize. Speaking of which, what exactly the winner's prize is remains unclear; it used to be recording time in a local studio. But Royal made the trek and played some fast, polished power pop. My friend Nathan leaned over to me a few songs in and noted, “Someone’s been loving the Blue album for a long time.”

Striker
  • Striker
Striker is a white rapper who can definitely rhyme, but the subject matter was a little awkward. A song warning people not to screw ugly girls (which maaaaaybe would have worked had it been funny) might sorta isolate about half of your crowd. Just a thought.

thePhantom*
  • thePhantom*
ThePhantom* was my favorite act of the night by far, laying out some funky hip-hop and soul music and a female singer channeling the flavor of Janelle Monae.

Panda Circus
  • Panda Circus
Panda Circus is a really enjoyable rock band, albeit a bit all over the map stylewise. The band’s talent brought out the votes. They appear to have won the contest the next evening.

Attila
  • Attila
KC’s Attila closed down the house in fine fashion. The MC’s light, smooth style is a welcome addition to the local hip-hop scene.

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