I know you have your gripes about the Crossroads. From some of your comments after the Elvis Costello story, I’ve learned that the Crossroads venue is a horse pen. It makes KC look bad.
It has port-a-potties. Beers are pricey. Stretch is a douche.
Okay, I get it.
But it also has some really good music.
You know, sometimes you have to sacrifice a little comfort to catch a really killer show. And personally, I love outdoor shows in the summertime. It’s one of the things that gets me through the cold, dark Kansas winters…
Thursday, July 7th
Matisyahu at the Crossroads in KC
I know this is late notice, but if you can still make it out tonight, GO TO THIS SHOW! Think about it: a Jewish, rasta, rapper/ reggae singer who is, like, 7 feet tall and has a huge beard. He brings an unreal energy to his live show and infuses a spirituality into the vibe, but not in a religious-y way. Seriously, super rad show, I’ve seen him three or so times and he never disappoints.
I know you’re thinking that doesn’t really sound like your thing, but trust me, it is your thing. Matisyahu is one of those guys that just translates so much better to the live show than he does to recordings. So put on your pig sloppin’ boots, get out to the pit, and I promise, you won’t regret it.
Friday, July 8th
Gomez at the Crossroads in KC
Gomez is sometimes lumped into the jam band category, but their sound is much more difficult to pigeon hole than that. They are sometimes folk, psychedelic, rock, indie, blues, and other genres, and that is what’s kind of cool about Gomez. Another thing that’s cool about them is that four of the band mates write songs, and three of them fill the role of lead singer on various tracks. And oh yeah, their British.
They’re currently touring on the recently released album, "Whatever’s On Your Mind," which received a rating of 7.3 from Paste Magazine – not too shabby. "The music in their latest release, Whatever’s On Your Mind, stays on a pop path that’s decorated with tinges of folk, blues, electronic, and whatever else they feel like throwing in," writes Nathan Spicer. "Traditional Gomez blends of the aforementioned genres create consistently compelling and entertaining textures. This blend is especially overt in intros, verses, bridges and outros."
Also, Mike Doughty, formerly of Soul Coughing is opening, so that should be cool.
Saturday, July 9th
Sporting Kansas City at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park
I know this isn’t a band, but it’s something you should do. Trust me. It’s worth it to just get out for one game and take in the atmosphere of the new stadium. And the soccer game is at 6:30, early enough to still rock out the rest of your Saturday night.
Plus Latino band Trio Aztlan will be playing before the game and DJ Mike Scott will be spinning after the game in the Members’ Club. Get out early and come tailgate with me and Hearne. I’ll even cook you a sausage.