Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bill Sundahl celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Crossroads Music Fest this Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Sundahl, the man behind it all.
  • Sundahl, the man behind it all.

The Crossroads Music Fest, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, may just be Kansas City's longest-running local-music festival, and surely it's one of KC's most successful. A big (perhaps the biggest) reason for this is the passion of the festival's organizer, Bill Sundahl, who does the lion's share of the booking and promotion. At last count, this year's fest boasts 30 artists at seven venues throughout the Crossroads Arts District. The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 6, and runs all night. (You can find schedules, maps and more information here.)

The Pitch caught up with Sundahl via e-mail to check in ahead of this weekend's fest. 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Crossroads Music Fest, crammed with dozens of bands in eight venues, is Saturday, September 6

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 7:19 AM

Me Like Bees
  • Me Like Bees

The Crossroads Music Fest is quite a local success story, thanks to the unrelenting efforts of the maniacally busy Bill Sundahl. Since 2005, Sundahl has been organizer, promoter, marketer, and general do-everythinger for the festival, which will dominate the Crossroads Saturday, September 6. And wow, are there a lot of great bands. (Hello, Bacon Shoe! Where you been?) 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Slipknot and Korn are coming to the Sprint Center November 26

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 3:04 PM

  • Slipknot

Prepare your masks, jnco jeans, and summon your most ferocious '90s dude anger, because Slipknot and Korn roll in to Kansas CIty together this November as part of the "Prepare for Hell" tour. Slipknot is touring in support of its fifth album, The Gray Chapter, to be released on October 20. Korn also recently released a new album, entitled The Paradigm Shift.

While unsure if we can actually recommend this outing, we are impressed that these guys command an audience robust enough to warrant stadium dates. The crowd alone may be worth the price of admission. Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 6, at 10 a.m..

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sturgill Simpson is coming to Knuckleheads in December

Sturgill Simpson is coming to Knuckleheads in December.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 1:46 PM

  • David McClister

If you have ears and good taste, get out your calendar now and mark off this date: Tuesday, December 2. On that fateful day, friends, Sturgill Simpson - whose latest album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, is like the holy grail of psychedelic and western music, smashed brilliantly together - will perform at Knuckleheads. 

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  • Sturgill Simpson is coming to Knuckleheads in December.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Strand of Oaks' Timothy Showalter talks about the healing powers of music ahead of his Riot Room show on Friday

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 7:53 AM

  • Photo by CJ Foeckler

Strand of Oaks’ Timothy Showalter has never been a confessional songwriter. His 2010 album, Pope Killdragon, was a sort of sci-fi creation, featuring his story of Dan Aykroyd avenging the death of the late John Belushi. But the process for his newest record, Heal, has been different. Influenced by a personal realization that he (in the lyrics of "Goshen '97") had become “fat, drunk and mean,” Showalter began to change his life. He wrote a record about it. And then a terrible Christmas Day car accident involving two semi trucks changed him even further.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Summer Kamp Fest is at Vandals this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 8:16 AM


For those who were fans of Vandals' Center of the City Fest (read our coverage here), there's a chance to see many of those bands - and more of the same ilk - without freezing your ass off outside. For those who have collegiate back-to-school demands, Vandals' Summer Kamp is a fine last chance to rage with some of the finest punk and rock-and-roll acts the region has to offer on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The organizers of this three-day bonanza have curated more than 24 hours of bands, and they're a veritable smorgasbord of loud.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rick Springfield on his first novel; at Starlight this Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

  • Courtesy artist's managament.
  • Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield has written a New York Times bestseller. He's on a co-headlining tour with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Additionally, Springfield's getting ready to star work on a new album. So, those of you who refer to him as “teen actor turned musician” for his work on General Hospital in the 1970s or make “one hit wonder” comments regarding “Jessie's Girl” can kindly shut up. The man's career is healthy and robust. 

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Nick Cave documentary '20,000 Days on Earth' to have advance screening at Alamo Drafthouse June 25

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 11:58 AM


This month is proving to be bounteous for fans of Nick Cave. In addition to his June 18 performance with the Bad Seeds at the Midland, Cave has scheduled an advance screening of his multiple Sundance Award-winning music documentary, 20,000 Days on Earth, for June 25 at KC's Alamo Drafthouse. (The film goes into wider release in September.) This screening also comes with a copy of the DVD/Blue Ray copy of the documentary upon its release early next year.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Modest Mouse is coming to the Uptown Theater July 13

Posted By on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM


Good news for people that love... good news. (See what we did there?) Eleven Productions dropped word this morning that Modest Mouse will return to Kansas City on Sunday, July 13, for a performance at the Uptown Theater, alongside guests Mimicking Birds. This tour, which includes dates across North America, just adds fuel to the rumors that a follow-up to 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank may be forthcoming. 

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Billy Joe Shaver talks about being a musician's musician, headlines Westport Roots Festival this Saturday

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 7:52 AM

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  • Billy Joe Shaver

You know Billy Joe Shaver's music, even if you're not familiar with the 74 year-old's name. Shaver's best-known for a song from his 1973 debut, Old Five-and-Dimers Like Me, "I Been to Georgia On A Fast Train," a song that's been covered by everyone - Willie Nelson, Commander Cody, and Johnny Cash are just a handful. Shaver is also known for having shot a man in Lorena, Texas in 2007, and having nearly died from a heart attack on stage in 2001.

He has a new album due out this summer called Long in the Tooth, and it's an all-killer, no-filler affair - ten songs that resonate with experience and hard-won lessons. For all his notoriety, it was a pleasure to simply discuss music and nothing but with Shaver by phone ahead of his headlining slot at the Westport Roots Festival this Saturday. 

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