All of the shows I’m recommending this week are at Jardine’s because, well, Beena threatened to stab me in the heart with a trident if I crossed her (again).
You guys all know how she can be, right?
I heard that one time she caught an employee taking a non-approved bathroom break and so to make an example, she murdered their whole family on stage in front of everyone.
Then, as if that wasn’t enough, she locked the doors and made all the remaining employees listen to jazz for, like, an hour and a half…with no booze!!
Just be careful out there guys, you’ve been warned…
Friday, December 16th
Katlyn Conroy and Hidden Pictures at the RecordBar in KC
You may recognize Katlyn as one part of the local indie pop group Cowboy Indian Bear, who last weekend played a benefit with the Noise FM, and a few days before that opened for Florence and the Machine at the Midland. But this is Katlyn’s deal on this night. Her strong vocals lend themselves to melodic indie tunes, so that’s what I would expect from her on this new project where she enlists the talents of Hospital Ships’ Jordan Geiger.
Also on the bill is local favorites, Hidden Pictures, a poppy band from Lawrence that combines nice songwriting with, at times, a minimalistic approach combined with warbled harmonies.
Saturday, December 17th
Drakkar Sauna at the Jackpot in Lawrence
Despite the vicious rumors floating around about a month ago, the Jackpot is not done with their live music biz. It’s a good thing, too, because over the years they’ve got some good acts and filled their fairly small room with hipsters pretty regularly. I mean, who could forget the Arcade Fire show there several years ago? So it was a relief when December 1st came and went without incident, with bands still adorning the tiny window marquee.
Drakkar Sauna brings their old-timey brand of Lawrence folk storytelling to the stage Saturday night, for what is sure to be a "local" affair. Yep, a lot of the college kids are gone, but the locals that have been around know that the Sauna boys can bring the hootenanny when they feel so inclined.
Oftentimes using a single mic sitting in between them, mustaches flapping in the wind, Jeff Stolz and Wallace Cochran blend their yelping with a variety of instruments including the accordion, foot tambourine, and others to create a lo-fi whiskey soaked party.