Before ushering in 2013, we asked members of Kansas City's music community to reflect on some of their favorite local moments of 2012. Today: Lauren Krum of the Grisly Hand.
"My favorite show of the year goes to Sharon Van Etten at the Riot Room. Her set was intense and gorgeous, and both she and her band were incredibly friendly. Helen Gillet's solo set March 3 at the Brick was gorgeous and mesmerizing. Mike Dillon, like Helen Gillet, will always put on a good show and did so in June at the Brick. Carly Meyers, the trombone prodigy, who's played with [Dillon's] band as of late, was celebrating her 21st birthday that night, which seemed impossible for a woman of her talents."
"In April, I saw the Owen/Cox Dance Group's 'Spring Performance' at Union Station, and both the dancers and musicians (Brad Cox Ensemble) were top-notch. I always leave Owen/Cox shows feeling inspired, even though I can't dance."
"In 2013 I'd like to see larger acts and more creative booking at medium-sized venues. KC musicians are wonderful, but we also deserve to share our stages with wonderful acts from other towns."