I got you guys covered for Father’s Day…
Pretty much all dads are into at least one of the following: spliffs, mascara, or dirt-whiskey.
So like I said, I got you covered. Just figure out which one your old man likes and then take him to one of these shows.
If he’s not into any of those things, there’s always Barry Manilow at Starlight on Sunday, but that’s a whole different kind of daddy…
Friday, June 15th
Jimmy Cliff @ Crossroads KC
This Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is a legend in the reggae music community, and is perhaps best known among casual fans for his cover versions of Cat Stevens’ Wild World and Johnny Nash’s I Can See Clearly Now. His most recent effort, 2012’s Sacred Fire, enlisted the producing talents of Rancid front-man Tim Armstrong to create a surprisingly fresh record that includes a cover of Ruby Soho and Bob Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall.
Consequence of Sound’s Katjusa Cisar gave Sacred Fire 4 out of 5 stars and had this to say:
“[O]n his cover of Rancid’s “Ruby Soho”, Cliff rubs off the harder, murkier aspects of the original and allows the sunny reggae underneath to shine through. This isn’t really a surprise: The reggae beat, directly inspired by Cliff, lurked under there all along anyway.”
Indeed, Cliff was an innovator of the reggae sound, pre-dating Bob Marley and scoring a hit single when he was only 14 years old. This guy is truly a worldwide icon that I’m guessing doesn’t stop by KC all that often. In other words – you don’t want to miss this one.
Alice Cooper @ the Midland by AMC in KC
Another R&R HoF-er, if you’re not into the whole mellow reggae thing…
Fresh off last weekend’s stint at Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Alice rolls through town this weekend with his horror shock show. Reviews from Bonnaroo have been positive, noting the elaborate stage setup and props like fake blood, monsters, pyrotechnics, and beheadings. You know, typical Alice.
How does he still do it you ask, in between hosting his radio show, playing golf with celebrities, and running a successful chain of restaurants in Arizona? No idea.
But needless to say the show will feature all the hits, plus some newer stuff off 2011’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare, as well as – wait for it….. a Lady Gaga cover. That’s right. I’m told he pulls it off, though. You be the judge.
Saturday, June 16th
Outlaw Jake & the Chain Gang @ the Barnyard in Lawrence
Outlaw Jake (or just the Outlaw as he is known in some circles) doesn’t really care if you like his music. But that hasn’t stopped this trailer park troubadour from creating ragged outlaw country gems, with the dirt bag honesty of a drunken rebellious teen. With songs like Fuck You and Kiss My Ass, Drinkin’ Whiskey Fast, and I Didn’t Do It, Jake explores the less subtle sides of growing up down and out in rural Kansas, among other things. My personal favorite, though, has got to be Six Pack to Go, a tale of drinking while driving that involves picking a hitchhiking Jesus up from the side of the road. I know, sounds like trouble right? Not so fast Pat Sajak!
As the song explains, “He don’t think we’re too bad if we’re drinkers…” and “When you’re drinking with the Lord, son, get a six pack to go…”