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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

KC's Pride Fest isn't such a gay time for some

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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OK, let's get the jokes out of the way. As one bartender I talked to last week put it, this year's Kansas City Pride Fest - slated for the city's historic West Bottoms neighborhood June 20, 21 and 22 - is "an all-Bottoms party, tops not allowed."

It's easy to kid about it now, but in 1978, when KC saw its first gay-pride event, being out and proud in this town wasn't easy. Gay bars were still routinely raided by the cops, and Westport's Redhead Lounge maintained a back-door entrance that could be used by schoolteachers, who could be fired if they were seen entering a venue that catered to homosexuals.

By 1984, the festival had become a half-hearted carnival in the parking lot behind the since-razed Dover Fox saloon, at 43rd Street and Main. There might have been 100 people there, and the event lasted just three hours.

Last year's event in Westport, the first to be presented by the nonprofit Kansas City Diversity Coalition, attracted about 1,000 people over two days, according to estimates by several participants.

Or maybe 10 times that many people showed up?

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Friday, June 13, 2014

PorchFestKC, with dozens of local acts, takes over West Plaza Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 11:51 AM

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PorchFest isn't a new concept - it originated in Ithaca, New York, in 2007 - but it's novel here. The idea: You and a group of friends or your family park your car somewhere in the West Plaza neighborhood and amble around as musicians play from the porches of generous, music-loving residents.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Vandals, at Black & Gold Tavern, celebrates grand opening this Saturday with the Big Iron, Drop a Grand, and Sneaky Creeps

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

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Some fun new trouble is stirring down at 37th Street and Broadway. Black & Gold Tavern has recently undergone a bit of rebranding. The upstairs space has received new lights, sound equipment and a stage, as well as a new name: Vandals.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Diane Birch is at the Bottleneck this Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 8:45 AM

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When Diane Birch released her debut, Bible Belt, in 2009, I felt a little guilty for liking it so much. It had a rootsy but polished 1970s vibe, presenting her as a folk girl trying to talk herself out of being a pop artist. Birch's follow-up, last fall's Speak a Little Louder, throws a whole new light on the 31-year-old artist.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Katy Guillen and the Girls, Maria the Mexican, the Philistines and more at the Brick this Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 9:46 AM

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This Saturday, the Midwest Music Foundation presents the final installment of its SXSW fundraising concert series with a handful of supremely talented and very different acts.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Experimental chamber group Project Trio performs with the KC Symphony this Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM

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For a classically trained chamber group, Brooklyn's Project Trio sounds unlike anything in the world of classical music. Eric Stephenson plays the cello, Peter Seymour plays the double bass and Greg Patillo plays the flute - and beatboxes. Like, beatboxes with the flute, as he's playing it. Really.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

The Sluts' CD-release show is at the Riot Room this Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 7:04 AM

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Kris Dover has a rather genteel way of explaining how his and Ryan Wise's band the Sluts got their name. He likes to say that three years ago, when the band was first fumbling through notes in a friend's garage, he and Wise were "very successful philanderers," and it seemed both "honest and awesome" to reflect that in the title for their project.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Red Kate is at the Replay Lounge this Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 8:15 AM

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Listening to Kansas City's Red Kate is like getting knocked out and waking up at a grimy rock festival in 1975. In August, the band released its most recent full-length, When the Troubles Come, a beastly collection of 11 songs that have lead singer L. Ron Drunkard charging through heavy guitar riffs and propulsive drum work.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

The Zero Boys are at the Riot Room this Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:50 AM

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The Zero Boys are kind of like the ultimate Midwestern punk heroes. The hardcore foursome from Indianapolis - an unlikely birthplace for a punk legend - released its debut, Vicious Circle, in 1982. Though the band never quite achieved the same glorious heights as some contemporaries - the Dead Kennedys and Black Flag - it has remained widely acknowledged as a champion of the movement.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Kid Sister is bringing all the party to the Riot Room this Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM

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Chicago-by-way-of-L.A. MC Melisa Young, better known as Kid Sister, is on the up and up. She has collaborated with some big names in the hip-hop world in recent years, including Kanye West, Danny Brown and Riff Raff. She recently debuted a new music video for her song "Bed Breaker" and a fresh track called "Hoes in this House," which both earn points for their smooth flow and dance-club energy.

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