Who wants to go to another hoity-toity holiday party? Not I, sir. Not I!
If cheery, sparkly holiday parties are beginning to turn your brain into mush, you’re in luck. We’ve caught wind of a very different kind of festive party. On Friday night, Snow & Co. is hosting Festivus for the Restofus.
What can the Restofus expect at such an event? We caught up with Jerry Nevins, general manager of Snow & Co., and asked him about it.
Well, everyone, we're taking off on Thursday and Friday to sit next to a tree with lights on it, get drunk and give each other things. We hope you'll do the same! (Or, you know, do your winter solstice dance, light candles, wear robes, eat Chinese food -- whatever your holiday-time traditions may be!) Have fun and be safe, everyone. We'll see you on Monday, bright and early!
By putting a slew of local talent in one place, a record-label showcase is a cheap way to cop a feel. Kansas City's the Record Machine -- home of such acts as Cowboy Indian Bear, Max Justus and Soft Reeds -- slots showcases every couple of months, but this one offers a new crop of handpicked local acts. The label hasn't signed most of them yet, but this is one new class of rising musicians you'll want to sample.
UPDATE, 2:53PM: We have video! Find it after the jump.
You know that saying about how everything takes a little bit longer to reach the Midwest? Well, after the flash-mob trend has taken over train stations and public spaces across the world, it's finally made it to Kansas City. According to the Star, at least 450 people -- organized by word-of-mouth and e-mail -- erupted among unsuspecting shoppers in Handel's "The Hallelujah Chorus" at Crown Center yesterday. (They called it a "Random Act of Choral Music.") It was supposed to be a secret, but by 1:30PM, Crown Center's central atrium, food court, and upper two levels were jammed with singers holding choral music, cell phones and digital cameras.
You already know that Vans Warped Tour is coming back to Sandstone next year. (At this year's show, a man died from the intense heat at the rock festival.) Warped Tour is coming back nevertheless, though -- hopefully with more precautions this time. If you're willing to risk the boiling tempatures this coming summer, Warped Tour is offering a holiday promotion for $45, where you can score a Warped Tour ornament, a ticket, early entrance, and some Warped Tour socks. A tip: You might want to stuff your kid's stocking with some water bottles, too.
This year is the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's murder. Yoko Ono has put copies of her and John Lennon's 1969 holiday posters -- 'War is over! If you want it. Happy Christmas from John and Yoko' -- in over 100 languages on her website for free download. Ono asks on her website that fans "Download, print & display these posters in your window, school, workplace, car and elsewhere over the holiday season. Send them as postcards to your friends. We say it in so many ways, but we are one."
Christmas can either be merry, jolly and gay, or it can be vaguely disturbing. Take the date-rape-y lyrics of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for example; or the voyeuristic "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." Another good example? David Bowie and Bing Crosby's version of "Little Drummer Boy," which starts out with an introduction that resembles a porn sketch. Bad acting, good singing: it's begging for parody, yeah? Well, this year, there are two.
Wanna take your lady-friend out all fancy-like, without the price tag? This
SaturdaySunday, it's Hooligan Holiday at the Beaumont Club. The event is 100 percent free if you're 21-plus, and there's burlesque, a fashion show, and awesome free tuneage from Hearts of Darkness, Audiovox, New Riddim and rapper Irv Da Phenom. Plus, if you're one of the first 50 people through the door, you get a 25 percent off coupon from Bunker, in Westport. The catch? Yeah, you have to dress up, you bum. Yes, like a suit. Really.
On December 11, indie outfit the Noise FM headlines the second annual Noise for Toys benefit show at the Bottleneck. The charity concert, which is organized by members of the Noise FM with the support of the Douglas County Toys for Tots program, is also the band's first hometown show since brothers Austin and Alex Ward made the move to Chicago this past summer.
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