Sounds Good: Jimmy Cliff@Crossroads, Alice Cooper@Midland, Outlaw Jake@Barnyard

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…”
So true.
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16 Responses to Sounds Good: Jimmy Cliff@Crossroads, Alice Cooper@Midland, Outlaw Jake@Barnyard

  1. smartman says:

    Home sweet home
    Since the Crossroads looks and smells a lot like Kingston, Jimmy should feel right at home.

  2. the dude says:

    If spliffs shall be passed…
    the jimmy cliff show sounds like a damn good idea to me.

  3. paulwilsonkc says:

    Saw Jimmy at House of Blues – Dallas
    No need for a REdo for me!!

    Smartman, what do you have against the smell of moldy mulch, anyway?

    Dude – you can get a second hand buzz down there!

  4. balbonis moleskine says:

    hell yeah Jimmy Cliff!

    If you have no idea who this guy is aside from silly 80s movies pick up one of the top 25 albums of all time, “The Harder they Come” soundtrack, which prominently features Jimmy Cliff.

    Many Rivers to Cross, which shows he is a singer first and a reggae artist second:

    The Harder they Come, Jimmy Cliff

    Political Jimmy….”Vietnam” by Jimmy Cliff

  5. paulwilsonkc says:

    Balbonious, he was very good…
    but if at your core youre not a reggae fan, it doesnt have the same affect. I went to see him because he’s an institution, one of those people I think its important to witness. I went to Garth for the same reason. Im not a Country fan in a single fiber of my being, but he’s someone I think you should see.

    No disrespect to him and what he does, just once was enough for me! Now, Clapton, BB King, Donald Fagan, Derek Trucks, a hand full of others are multiple redos to me.

  6. smartman says:

    @ Wilson
    The piss, feces and mold infested mulch at Crossroads makes the fountain area at Crown Center look like a clean room at Intel. I know of two people who have told me that they are pretty sure that some ticks hitched a ride home with them from Crossroads….can’t absolutely verify it….just sayin. Excuse me sir, would you like some Lyme Disease with your Corona?

  7. paulwilsonkc says:

    I took my daughter when she was 6 months preggers
    to see George Clinto and P Funk. I drug a park bench down front so she could, alternately, sit or stand on it and always see. About half way through she said “Daddy… we’re going to have to go, Im about to puke!!” I asked what was wrong and she replied, “Stinky hippies, weed and mulch! Too many smells for my stomach!”

  8. PB says:

    In For Alice
    And taking my 13-year old son to witness his awesomeness. First time seeing him live since 1977 @ Nassau Coliseum w/ of all people opening, the Babys. The Born This Way video from Bonneroo kicks ass, perfect song for Alice to cover. And with the smoking hot Orianthi on lead guitar, this should be a great show…can’t wait.

  9. balbonis moleskine says:

    LOL at smartman acting like an old fart. “This concert is crowded and stinky, and my feet are dirty”. 🙂

    If crossroads is the dirtiest concert you go to you are probably pretty sheltered. I remember coming back from Camp Zoe/Schwagstock and needing a decontamination bath.

    The biggest danger at crossroads is running into pretentious ‘artists’, paying too much for a beer, or getting whipped in the face by a dreadlock.

  10. smartman says:

    I’ll take the mud of Camp Zoe over the piss and feces infested mulch of Crossroads any day of the week. There are many nights of my life I can’t remember wondering around Camp Zoe. Camp Zoe is like Vietnam without any live fire and Charlie has really good weed….as does Chief Wannadube.

  11. balbonis moleskine says:

    Smartman, I’ll give you a pass since we’ve both done “tours of duty” at Zoe. I think I was up to 5 or 6 schwagstocks with a spookstock and evestock thrown in before the feds raided them. They have now taken Zoe away for good.. Originally they didn’t even charge him with a crime. Once the federal government realized they were in for a fight that was not winnable they charged him with some trumped up charges, which he copped a plea deal to yesterday after an 18 month long war of attrition.

    Here is the link:


    Zoe is now the property of the Federal Govt. and has been forfeited.
    Jimmy Tebeau is sentenced to 2.5 years at the federal farm for “maintaining a drug-involved property”
    The plea states that he neither organized nor profited from illegal drugs, but allowed people to do them on his property.
    Tebeau will get his $188,000 life savings back, which had been falsely seized and wrongly alleged to be drug proceeds.
    The plea deal hilariously states as one of the reasons that he was ‘maintaining a drug involved property’ was that “Schwagstock” and his band “The Schwag” was named after low grade marijuana, aka “Schwag”.

    I laughed when you compared Schwagstock to ‘Nam, because we always called the long gravel path from the stage, through shakedown street to your campground the “Ho Chi Minh trail” on account of its incredible length and jungle like surroundings…

  12. smartman says:

    It Was Camp Zoe Not Camp OZ
    Jimmy T got the shaft for certain. And people think Alex Jones and Glenn Beck are crazy. Based on the governments statement every concert venue is technically a drug involved property. I was always amazed that anybody had the balls to bring major quantities of any drugs into Zoe since the MO Highway Patrol and cops from Salem and Bunker and all those little burgs were always on the prowl. I have to assume if you’ve done time at Zoe that you’re also familiar with THE ROADHOUSE in Salem. That can be a happening spot during the summer when all the float trippers are out and about.

  13. smartman says:

    Rush To Judgement
    Fucking IRONY! The judge in the Camp Zoe case was Stephen N. Limbaugh, Rush Limbaughs cousin! What a crock of shit. Rush got rehab and Jimmy gets time and forfeits 350 acres of prime land around and on the Current River.

  14. chuck says:

    Rush Limbaugh’s illegal purchases of over $250,000.00
    worth of a schedule 3 drug in a single year and his subsequent “Rehab” sentence is one of the more disgraceful and hypocritical episodes in law enforcement history.

    After spending some 20 years on the radio, speaking to tens of millions of people everyday and calling for “Hippie Lettuce” smokers to do the time, if they did the crime, he spoke lies, not truth to power and was rewarded for same, by the exact same courts that hypocritically assign onerous penalties to the far less guilty every day in our courts.

    A fucking disgrace.

  15. the dude says:

    But remember chuck,
    he had his house slave Wilma go do all his drug muling and false script carrying for him like a smart drug dealer does, no direct involvement until it came time to taking his baby blues. Poppa need a chubby Wilma!!!!! Get daddy his baby blues!!!!

    What a crock of shit.

  16. REAL Harley says:

    MANilow………….. YUM………….

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