With Vampire Weekend, O.A.R., Pat Metheny, 311, Ziggy Marley, The Rainmakers, Robert Randolph and 33 more acts – and still counting – this summer at Crossroads KC promises to be the biggest and brightest yet at the 8 year-old outdoor venue in downtown Kansas City.
“Yeah, there are way more bigger shows this year and there’s a reason for that – no Kanrocksas” says promoter Brett Mosiman. “We’re barely into April and we already have 40 shows booked and we’ll probably have another 5 or 6 shows.”
For example, yet to be announced are shows featuring acclaimed British soul singer Joss Stone (September 7th), Bruce Hornsby (July 26th) and the Under the Sun tour with Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Blues Traveler and Uncle Kracker.
As for the death last year of the local music festival known as Kanrocksas at the Kansas Speedway, “It was very damaging to the local concert scene,” Mosiman says. “That’s why our lineup this year is better than ever – and not just for us – for the Midland and everybody.
“They had Ween, Grace Potter, Sound Tribe and Edward Sharp booked last year when Kanrocksas was cancelled. And some of those fell back into the market, but most of the bands were stuck and didn’t play here. So instead of bands like Fun. and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing to nobody at Kanrocksas, they didn’t play here at all. If you think about it, if you’re a hard core Grace Potter fan and have never missed her and she’s normally a $25 ticket at the Uptown or Crossroads, she was a $200 ticket out there.
“To a degree, Kanrocksas was responsible for taking the Beaumont Club down. A lot of the bands on that two festival lineup weren’t big enough to play the Uptown or Midland, but they could have put 600 to 900 people in the Beaumont. Kanrocksas really hurt the market here, the music scene.”
New this year @ Crossroads KC: an outdoor Skydeck.
“The Skydeck is open to rent for private or corporate parties,” Mosiman says. “It’s a raised, New orleans style patio and courtyard at the back of the venue with a private bar and bathroom and concert viewing for 40 to 50 people.”