Sounds Good: Garage a Trois, American Royal BBQ, Sound Tribe Sector 9 & Bob Lockwood

Busy, busy weekend coming up – which is a good thing…

Yep, everything seems to be coming together. So long as you don’t mind not sleeping for a few days and existing solely off the nutritional value contained in beer and smoked meats.

I’m actually going to try and attend all the events that I’m recommending this weekend, so if I go MIA for awhile, just assume that I ended up in some dirty van after the STS9 show and  woke up somewhere in Colorado.

Oh, and I’m also going to try and review the new Wilco album, "The Whole Love", (if I can find a solid 45 to listen to the whole thing) which dropped a day or two ago.  On first listen, I like it, though you know how first listens can be.

On to the madness….

Thursday, September 29th

Garage a Trois at Crosstown Station in KC

Stanton Moore, drummer and founding member of the New Orleans funk band Galactic, comes to town tonight with his side project, Garage a Trois. To help kick off the last weekend ever for Crosstown Station before the curtain closes on the venue for good Saturday night.

The other members of the band are no slouches either.  Mike Dillon on vibraphones, Skerik on sax, and Marco Benevento plinking on keys.  Their style ranges from jazz to funk to rock to freaky improvisational jamming, which endeared them over the last few years to the summer festival circuit crowd.

Tickets are still available for tonight’s show, so come on out and pay your respects to one of the better small-ish venues in town before it’s gone forever.

 

Friday, September 30th

The American Royal at Kemper Arena in KC

Well, what can I say about the Royal?  If you haven’t been down on a Friday night then you have to go.  Beer, bands, barbecue, thousands and thousands of revelers – what’s not to like?  Shuttles run from Union Station to drop you off right at the main gates, and admission is, I believe $13.

Levee Town, Trampled Under Foot & Dolewite perform Friday, with Mary Bridget Davies, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials & Marcia Ball Saturday.

 

Saturday, October 1st

Sound Tribe Sector 9 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence

STS9 is a workhorse of a band, known almost exclusively for its live performances that encompass elements of electronic, heavy rhythms, jam, hip hop, and psychedelic.  They were the last band to play this summer out at Kanrocksas, and for good reason – they bring a ton of energy, glow sticks, sweaty people shaking what they got, and tripped out wookies staring at the pretty lights.

A year or two ago, STS9 sold out several consecutive shows at Red Rocks in Denver, so the chance to see them at such an intimate venue as Liberty Hall is certainly a treat for hard core fans and newbies alike. I would think this show will sell out, so if you’re looking to turn yourself into a sweaty mess Saturday night, get your tickets NOW.  You might never have the chance to see these guys in such a small hall again.

 

Sunday, October 2nd

Hole in One at HyVee in Lawrence for the Kansas Half Marathon Benefit

This country band features a living legend in Lawrence circles, with singer and guitarist Bob Lockwood. He haunted Lawrence watering holes for decades playing classic country, and still can belt out a tune or two.  The event goes from 3:00 – 5:00 and includes food, a Kids’ Fun Run, and fitness guru Red Dog on hand to whip everyone into shape.

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