Live Tonight: Week Of July 14th – July 20th: Big And Small

The best thing I’ve learned about the Kansas City live music scene since I really started paying attention to it is that there’s as much love shown to the small, mostly local show lineups that there is to the huge shows that come to the arenas and the amphitheaters. It makes for a great mix of old, reliable tunes and always being on the verge of discovering that next great big band. Is Kansas City the Austin of the Midwest? Well, we’ve certainly got the barbecue part down. Enjoy huge shows this weekend, like Panic! At The Disco, Journey and Sir Paul McCartney, and throw some well-deserved attention to the smaller bands, including Jorge Arana Trio and Alsatia (Who both have record release shows this week!) and the always amazing Pitch Music Awards Showcase which looks to be another banger this year.

Monday, July 14th

Veil of Maya with Darkest Hour, Cartographer, and Shoot The Hero at Aftershock 7 PM $15

In the ten years that Veil of Maya has existed, they’ve rarely let up on the album/tour cycle that so many bands seem to get burned out on. As one of Sumerian Records mainstay acts, the veteran band has transcended their deathcore roots by injecting a healthy dose of progressive metal and mathcore to their sound, always staying fresh. Along for the ride are melodic metalcore titans Darkest Hour, about to release their highly anticipated eighth studio album.

Penny and Sparrow with The Cold Stares, Rose & Louise, Adriana Nikole, and John McKenna Band at Riot Room 8 PM $7

Journey with Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power at Starlight Theatre 7 PM $47.50

Wild Cub with Grizfolk at Czar Bar 7:30 PM SOLD OUT

Seventeen Again with Marcy, Canyons, Celebration and Tackled For a Loss at Art Closet Studios 7:30 PM $5

The Family with Jim Roberts, Brian Davis, and Jimmy Stuckley at Record Bar 10 PM $7

Tuesday, July 15h

Cannibal Corpse with Suicide Silence, Wretched, Gornography at The Granada 7 PM $20

The metal is strong this week, right? The biggest death metal band in the world makes another stop at the Granada on Tuesday. They are the number one selling death metal band in the United States and are one of few first-wave death metal bands that are still around today without having compromised their integrity. Insane musicianship and horror film lyrics keep crazy fans coming back for more. Opening are reactivated deathcore giants Suicide Silence, up-and-coming death metal band Wretched and KC’s own gore-soaked Gornography.

Lucero with Murder By Death and The Delta Saints at Crossroads 7 PM $21.50

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real at Knuckleheads 7 PM $16

Young & Sick with Bent Denim at Riot Room 8 PM $12

Old Man Markley with Nicholas St. James at Bottleneck 9 PM $11

Wednesday, July 16th

Paul McCartney at Sprint Center 8 PM $29.50

Young, unknown indie singer-songwriter Paul McCartney is making his big stage debut in Kansas City at the Sprint Center on Wednesday. I’ve never heard of him but apparently he was in an underground lo-fi band “The Bet Alls”? I checked him out and he has some pretty catchy songs but I don’t think they have the lasting quality that the big names he’s striving for have, like Cher or Ricky Martin. So congratulations to this English musician for trying to strive for the limelight – we’ll see how long it lasts. (Also he wrote a song about Madonna? Weird.)

Cloud Nothings with The Wytches at The Granada 8 PM $13

Pat Benatar with Rick Springfield and Neil Giraldo at Starlight Theatre 7:30 PM $25

Saintseneca with Riala, Vic G Trio at Czar Bar 7:30 PM $10

Earphunk with Brother Bagman at Bottleneck 9 PM $10

Bob Schneider with Dawn & Hawkes at Knuckleheads 7:30 PM $20

Thursday, July 17th

Alsatia Record Release Show with Night Creation, Exeter at Davey’s Uptown 8 PM $6

Another band that speaks volumes to how diverse and quality the heavy metal scene in Kansas City really is, Alsatia is finally releasing their album “Fields of Elysium” with a bang at Davey’s Uptown on Thursday! Alsatia mixes the heavy riffing and soaring vocals of Blind Guardian with the epic keys and synths of Rhapsody of Fire. Opening the show are local legends Night Creation and Exeter.

Obliterate The Apex with Zerotheist, Nefirum, Bleed The Victim at Vandal’s 8 PM $5

Man or Astro-Man? with Sallie Ford, WRAY at Riot Room 8 PM $15

Ying-Yang Twins with DeeJay Spinstyles, Loogey at Riot Room (Outside) 8 PM $15

Richard Buckner with The Hardship Letters, The Hazy Graves at Czar Bar 8 PM $14

Friday, July 18th

Kitten at KC Live! 8 PM FREE

Indie band Kitten has been making waves of late, featuring opening for The Neighbourhood, Paramore and The Joy Formidable on their respective tours and appearances at Chicago’s Riot Fest, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, and a couple of 96.5 The Buzz sponsored events, including Afentra’s V-Day Party in February and Buzz Beach Ball last year with Phoenix and Alt-J. Catch their catchy brand of synth-pop mixed with post-punk and decide for yourself how awesome they are at a free show at KC Live! in Power and Light on Friday.

Prawn with Maps For Travelers, Gatekeeper, The Family Bed, Jib Jab Jones & the Indigo Circus at Art Closet Studios 7:30 PM $5

The Hallsteps with The Black Maraih Theater at Czar Bar 7 PM $5

Loose Park with Molehill, Kangaroo Knife Fight, Scott Schumann at Czar Bar 8:30 PM $7

The Honeybears with Schwervon at Record Bar 9 PM $7

Saturday, July 19th

The Pitch Music Showcase feat. Bummer, Rev Gusto, The Bad Ideas, Josh Berwanger Band, New Riddim (Inside) and Approach, Abnorm, Sheppa (outside) at Riot Room 7:30 PM $10

It’s that time of year again! Hopefully you’ve been reading our preview articles over the categories for this years Pitch Music Awards, but no matter who wins, we all win when it comes to the annual music showcase, this year taking place on two nights at two venues! The first night is utilizing both stages at the Riot Room and features some of the best acts KC has to offer: my personal favorites here being Bummer and The Bad Ideas. Whether you like to rock or like to roll, the Riot Room is where you want to be Saturday night.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow with Damian Malnar at Czar Bar 7:30 PM $10

Jorge Arana Trio (Record Release Show) with David Hasselhoff On Acid, High Magic, In The Shadows at Record Bar 9:30 PM $8

Global Dance Festival feat. Adventure Club with Zomboy, Savant, Cookie Monsta at Midland 7:30 PM $28

Pizza Time with All Blood at Replay Lounge 10 PM $3

Quixotic with Random Rab, Ill-Esha at Crossroads 7 PM $21.50

Steely Dan at Starlight Theatre 8 PM $40

Toasted Plastic with Boy Parts, Couch Lock, Lion House and Gatekeeper at Art Closet Studios 8 PM $5

Sunday, July 20th

Electric Citizen with Hössferatu, Scruffy and the Janitors at The Granada 8 PM $8

One of the more interesting bands to come out of this really recent psychedelic/acid rock revival, Electric Citizen, will be at the Granada on Sunday. Their heavy guitar licks accentuated by vocalist Laura Dolan’s washed out vocals and a huge dose of organ will make any fan of The Doors or Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats happy and feel right at home. Opening is one of the heaviest bands in the United States at the moment, Hössferatu,  and everyone’s new favorite local band Scruffy and the Janitors.

Panic! At The Disco with Walk The Moon, Magic Man at Crossroads 7:30 PM $35

Dub Thompson with Ought at Riot Room 8 PM $10



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