Sounds Good: KC Irish Fest @ Crown Center, Quiet Corral @ Granada, Steely Dan @ Midland

I guess this is the last weekend of summer?

I always thought that it was September 21st, but whatever.  There’s some good stuff going down all over the place.  Like the KC Irish Fest at Crown Center that features musical performances by the Clumsy Lovers on Saturday and Sunday, and of course The Elders to close the thing out on Sunday night.  Plus lots more, check it out here yo.

There’s more….


Friday, August 30th

Quiet Corral at the Granada in Lawrence

These local boys have certainly been in a whirlwind for the last year or so.  Between playing some prime slots at SXSW, opening for Dave Matthews, and scoring a spot at the Austin City Limits Music Festival you wouldn’t think there would be much time for other things like, you know, putting out a new album.  But never fear!  That’s exactly what these hard working guys did, just recently releasing Ancestors, their second full-length album.  It’s in the same vein as a lot of the Ho Hey folkster stuff that’s been raging for the past few years, but with a little bit of a harder guitar fuzz edge to it.  Give it a listen on Spotify.

Rounding out this excellent bill is Cowboy Indian Bear, Matt Pryor (of the Get Up Kids), and Y(our) Fri(end).

Tuesday, September 3rd

Steely Dan at the Midland in KC

When these guys came through in 2011 at Starlight, they put on one helluva show.  It wasn’t a nostalgia show – these guys still brought it hard.  Well, as hard as the smoothest of smooth cats can bring it anyway.  On this tour, in some selected cities (though not KC), the band has announced that it will play the complete albums of either Aja, Gaucho, or Royal Scam.  Other nights are announced as “request nights” where fans can pre-request songs through the band’s website (though not KC).  And to end the whole shebang, they’re doing 7 shows in a row at NYC’s Beacon Theater.  If you missed them last time through, make sure to catch this one – you can thank me later.

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