The Pitch: March 13, 2014
The Pitch, March 13-19, 2014. Kansas City's alternative weekly. This week The Unofficial Guide to the Big 12 Tournament & your guide to St. Patrick's Day.
March 13â€“19, 2014 | free | Vol. 33 No. 37 | pitch.coM 1 m a rch 13 -19, 2 014 | V ol . 3 3 no. 3 7 Editor Scott Wilson Managing Editor Justin Kendall Music Editor Natalie Gallagher Staff Writers Charles Ferruzza, David Hudnall, Steve Vockrodt Editorial Operations Manager Deborah Hirsch Events Editor Berry Anderson Proofreader Brent Shepherd Contributing Writers Tracy Abeln, Jen Chen, Liz Cook, April Fleming, Larry Kopitnik, Angela Lutz, Nancy Hull Rigdon, Dan Savage, Nick Spacek Art Director Ashford Stamper Contributing Photographers Angela C. Bond, Barrett Emke, Chris Mullins, Lauren Phillips, Sabrina Staires, Brooke Vandever E d i t o r i a l yo ur uno ffi ci al bi g 12 to ur nament gui de Hot prospects, cold beer: It’s March again at the Sprint Center. b y j u s t i n k e n da l l a r t 7 Production Manager Christina Riddle Multimedia Designer Vu Radley Sales Manager Erin Carey Senior Classified Multimedia Specialist Steven Suarez Multimedia Specialists Sharon Donat, Becky Losey Director of Marketing and Operations Jason Dockery Digital Marketing Manager Keli Sweetland Digital Marketing Specialist Lisa Kelley Sales and Marketing Assistant Anna Brescia Circulation Director Mike Ryan Accounts Receivable Jodi Waldsmith Publisher Joel Hornbostel P r o d u c t i o n a d v E r t i s i n g dr ess co des c i r c u l a t i o n B u s i n E s s Chief Executive Officer Chris Ferrell Chief Financial Officer Patrick Min Chief Marketing Officer Susan Torregrossa Chief Technology Officer Matt Locke Chief Operating Officer/Group Publisher Eric Norwood Director of Digital Sales and Marketing David Walker Controller Todd Patton Creative Director Heather Pierce Director of Content/Online Development Patrick Rains VMG Advertising 888-278-9866, vmgadvertising.com Senior Vice President of Sales Susan Belair Senior Vice President of Sales Operations Joe Larkin The Pitch distributes 45,000 copies a week and is available free throughout Greater Kansas City, limited to one copy per reader. 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IllustratIon by DanIel Downey Jr. 2 the pitch m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 pitch.com THE GLOBAL SENSATION RETURNS ALL-NEW SHOW 5,000 Years of Divinely Inspired Culture Worldâ€™s Top Classical Chinese Dancers Original Live Music by Shen Yun Orchestra Impassioned Songs by Celebrated Singers Stunning Animated Backdrops Hundreds of Exquisite Costumes Bilingual Emcees Providing Background KauffmanCenter.org | 816-994-7222 | ShenYun.com Presented by Falun Dafa Association of Kansas City, supported in part by pitch.com m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 the pitch 3 MARCH 28-30 | KAUFFMAN CENTER el up to 50% o ! ge. Flatlanders Ski & Snowboard ALL APPAREL UP TO 50% OFF! DUAL LENSE GOGGLES $29 HATS 50% OFF Questionnaire ing Spr ak ial Bre Spec Keith Curtis Occupation: I work in insurance at Lockton for real money. I also help organize and run the KC Improv Co., as well as the Kansas City Improv Festival, for fun money. Hometown: Wichita. Go, Shockers! Current neighborhood: Merriam What I do (in 140 characters): Help my wife raise a beautiful and feisty 4-year-old daughter. In my free time, I try to do as much improv comedy as I can. What’s your addiction? Stephen King novels. My mother let me read Salem’s Lot when I was young, and I’ve been hooked ever since. What’s your game? Right now, it’s Go Fish. My daughter has beat me the last 42 times, but today’s the day! What’s your drink? Boulevard’s 80-Acre. I call it the Tank 7 for weaker men … like me. street from our house. If I could have Mexican every day, I would. KC Improv Co. 61 10 Johnson Dr., Shawnee Mission, KS 913.831.2617 1517 WESTPORT RD • KCMO • 816-753-4447 hEaDhOuSEhaiRPaRlOuR.COM Where’s dinner? Dos Reales just down the What’s on your KC postcard? I’m a fan of skylines on postcards, and KC’s skyline view from the Liberty Memorial is the best to me. Photoshop a picture of a lightning bolt behind it while we’re at it. This is getting made for me, right? Power & Light District. Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when …” It built the Sprint Center and the “Kansas City screwed up when …” They didn’t fix that pothole on Main, causing me to have a flat tire. I would’ve filled it myself, but I’ve been busy practicing Go Fish. “Kansas City needs …” More local wineries. “In five years, I’ll be …” Planning my second trip to Disney World. and toots. “I always laugh at …” Subtle and smart humor, “I’ve been known to binge-watch …” Anything that gets popular after a season or two. lead singers. “I can’t stop listening to …” Bands with female “I just read …” Doctor Sleep. 4 the pitch m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 pitch.com S a b r i n a S ta i r e S The best advice I ever got: Follow your bliss. Worst advice: Debt is a part of life. My sidekick: My amazing wife. My dating triumph/tragedy: My dating triumph would be the woman I married. She is the only person I have ever dated. My brush with fame: I was on 96.5 the Buzz with Afentra, Lazlo and Slimfast for almost two years. I met people like Paul Rudd, and Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys. At the Kansas City Improv Festival, I have shared the stage with Jason Sudeikis and Paul F. Tompkins. old daughter so good at Go Fish? My 140-character soapbox: How is my 4-yearWhat was the last thing you had to apologize for? Burping at work Wichita. Who’s sorry now? My friends who still live in My recent triumph: I produce and host a show called Underground Throwdown. Three comedy groups perform, each for 20 minutes, and the audience votes for the team that most deserves to perform again next month. It is becoming so popular, we have had to turn people away recently. See Curtis at Underground Throwdown at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Westport CoffeeHouse Theatre (4010 Pennsylvania), next door to Green Room Burgers & Beer. news Overheard at the Bar C By S t e v e v ock rod t On tap at Gusto Lounge: more lawsuits What happened next depends on whose ocaine, guns, identity theft, forged signastory you believe. tures, claims of cheating lawyers — these According to Vitti’s account, he poured are the primary ingredients in Gusto Lounge’s $12,000 of his own money — and his mom’s furshit soup, according to litigators doing battle niture — into readying the new Gusto Lounge over the Westport bar. for an October 27, 2011, opening. Around this While the rest of that nightlife district has time, Don Saxton was trying to buy an ownercleaned up its act and is ready to reclaim its ship stake in the building from Nelson, which standing as Kansas City’s top entertainment he ultimately did. strip, Gusto Lounge’s ownership is entangled Then the story gets weird. Vitti claims that in competing lawsuits involving Philipp Vitti, Saxton elbowed his way into Gusto’s business the man hired to run the tavern’s business. dealings, demanding higher rent and a larger Last week in this space, The Pitch described share of sales for himself. Vitti also claims how the owners of Gusto Lounge — mostly that Acosta and Saxton started doing cocaine lawyer Don Saxton and his brother, David in Gusto’s business office and drinking after Saxton — had sued Vitti in hours, jeopardizing the bar’s liquor license. federal court. Their action More According to Vitti, a few days after Gusto claims that Vitti pilfered opened, Don Saxton told him to sign a new the bar’s bank account lease-management agreement. Vitti wondered and ran off to Florida to at ine if he needed a lawyer to look it over; he says Onl .com open a nightclub with a h pitc Saxton told him, “I’m a lawyer.” According to former Kansas City Chiefs Vitti’s lawsuit, Saxton went on: “I’ll be your player who later faced an lawyer for this document. Take my word everyattempted-murder charge. thing is OK. This is in your best interests and It turns out that Vitti has filed a lawsuit of Gusto’s best interests. You should sign it.” his own against Don Saxton and the bar’s ownVitti now says the arrangement was selfers in Jackson County Circuit Court. serving for Saxton because it made Vitti an emVitti’s attorney tells The Pitch that Saxton’s ployee rather than someone leasing property. lawsuit against his client is full of holes. That employee designation became impor“We believe many of the allegations are tant when Vitti got fired, on February 28, 2012. without factual and legal basis,” says Richard Saxton had claimed in the lawsuit that Vitti Rhyne, a Lathrop & Gage lawyer hired by Vitti stole money from the Gusto ownership group’s to beat back Saxton’s claims in federal court. bank accounts. And Vitti has filed a lawsuit against Saxton At that time, Gusto’s ownership found that that alleges, among many things, that the lawthe bar’s gas bill was overyer used Gusto Lounge’s fordue by $451. The electric bill mer location, at 38th Street “I’ll be your lawyer was $5,841, and service was and Broadway, as a place to scheduled to be turned off snort cocaine. Reached for for this document. the next month. comment, Saxton repeated Paperwork filed with the what he told The Pitch beTake my word Kansas City Police Departfore: that he didn’t want to everything is OK.” ment purports that Vitti try his legal issues with Vitti forged Shawn Nelson’s in the press. signature to have Gusto Vitti is the man who tried Lounge’s credit-card-processing company in vain to make Gusto Lounge thrive on Broadserve the same role for Vitti’s bar in Orlando, way. But installing a crepe shop in a seedy bar Florida. and converting its upstairs into a probably Vitti is suing Acosta, along with Saxton, for illegal after-hours speakeasy didn’t turn out defamation, claiming that his former allies to be a winning business plan. spread the word that Vitti had run the Gusto Gusto Lounge closed its Broadway doors business poorly. and, in 2011, Vitti teamed up with Sergio Acosta, doing himself no favors, was arAcosta and decided to reopen the concept rested by Kansas City, Kansas, police officers at 504 Westport Road, the place that used to March 2 on charges of illegally discharging a hold Stanford & Sons Comedy Club. The buildgun and possessing opiates and/or narcotics. ing was owned at the time by Shawn Nelson, He was released on $15,000 bond. who signed Vitti and Acosta to a three-year lease at 504 Westport Road, starting at $4,750 a month. 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All rights reserved. 6 the pitch m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 pitch.com T Illustration by Daniel Downey Jr. trophy Saturday night before returning to Lawrence to prepare for a final run as a possible No. 2 seed in March Madness. An Embiid-less KU adds intrigue to the field. Kansas State, Texas, West Virginia and Oklahoma State will look to claim a second win over the Jayhawks this season. Iowa State and Oklahoma will try to make the third time a charm. So will dark horses Texas Tech, Baylor and TCU — all attempting to punch their NCAA Tournament tickets. Rock Chalkers celebrating a repeat tournament championship victory would leave the other nine fan bases to drown their sorrows at the Sprint Center — this time with actual beer. You read that right: Beer (and wine) will be served at this year’s tournament for the first time since 2005. So we at The Pitch raise our plastic tumblers to the Big 12 with our third annual unofficial tournament program. The action starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, by which time we’ll have you prepped on whom to watch, where to watch and how to flop (courtesy of a certain Cowboy). continued on page 8 he top two prospects in this summer’s NBA Draft are in the Big 12 — and playing for the same team. University of Kansas Jayhawks Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins are projected to go with the top two picks in the pro draft. This week’s sold-out Big 12 men’s basketball tournament is likely the last appearance in conference play for Wiggins; at press time, Embiid had been ruled out due to a stress fracture in his back. Wiggins and his teammates look to hoist a championship pitch.com m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 the pitch 7 YOUR UNOFFICIAL BIg 12 gUIdE continued from page 7 First Round Wednesday 3.12 Quarterfinals Thursday 3.13 Semifinals Friday 3.14 Final Saturday 3.15 NCAA Tournament Locks No. 10 Kansas (23-8, 14-4) RPI 3, SOS 1 Projected seed: No. 2 No. 16 Iowa State (23-7, 11-7) RPI 8, SOS 32 Projected seed: No. 3 No. 17 Oklahoma (23-8, 12-6) RPI 17, SOS 20 Projected seed: No. 5 Texas (22-9, 11-7) RPI 33, SOS 63 Projected seed: No. 6 Kansas State (20-11, 10-8) RPI 50, SOS 46 Projected seed: No. 8 Baylor (21-10, 9-9), RPI 37, SOS 10 Projected seed: No. 9 Oklahoma State (20-11, 8-10), RPI 38, SOS 25 Projected seed: No. 10 Only Chance: Win the Whole Thing West Virginia (17-14, 9-9) RPI 83, SOS 83 Texas Tech (14-17, 6-12) RPI 113, SOS 30 TCU (9-21, 0-18) RPI 201, SOS 29 Legend RPI: Ratings Percentage Index SOS: Strength of Schedule Bracketology breakdown: updated as of March 10 Six FreShman PhenomS Andrew Wiggins, Kansas Before Andrew Wiggins ever stepped into the Phog, the Canadian had already been labeled “Maple Jordan” and compared to LeBron. The 6-foot-8 freshman forward may not have lived up to the second-coming hype, but who could have? He has been a difference maker for Bill Self’s Jayhawks, averaging 16.8 points, 1.3 3-pointers, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists a game. And he’s coming into the tourney off a 41-point season finale. Enjoy Wiggins while you can, Rock Chalkers. He’ll easily be one of the top picks in the NBA draft. Monte Morris, Iowa State No one takes care of the basketball better than point guard Monte Morris. The freshman from Flint, Michigan, dishes 3.7 assists to .6 turnovers every game. Credit Morris’ ball security for earning him a spot in the Cyclones’ starting lineup, and possibly winning Bob Huggins’ icy heart as he handed out 12 dimes with no turnovers against his West Virginia Mountaineers. The scary thing about Morris is, he hasn’t even come close to reaching his peak in Fred Hoiberg’s open, run-and-gun offense. rebounds, 3,9 assists and 1.1 steals per game. If he develops a 3-point shot, he’s going to be an even more dangerous offensive threat. Karviar Shepherd, TCU Marcus Foster, Kansas State Joel Embiid, Kansas The comparisons to Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon sound absurd on the surface. No big man could be that smooth and dominant this early in his career, right? But have you actually seen Cameroon’s new favorite son, Joel Embiid? If Hakeem was the Dream, then Embiid is the Nightmare. The 7-foot, 250-pound center is a mismatch for nearly every opposing squad — averaging 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in just 23.1 minutes — as long as he stays out of foul trouble. NBA general managers are gutting their rosters and tanking their seasons to draft Embiid. 8 the pitch m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 Bruce Weber found a gem in Marcus Foster, a 6-foot-2 guard from Wichita Falls, Texas, who has been one of this season’s biggest surprises. Foster has shown great 3-point range and accuracy, hitting 39.7 per game and 2.4 percent of his attempts. Foster’s 34 points and five 3-pointers led the Wildcats to an upset of then-No. 15 Texas, and his 20 points sparked an upset of then-No. 7 Kansas. Foster — averaging 15.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists — looks like the building block Weber and the ’Cats needed. Isaiah Taylor, Texas Isaiah Taylor’s frosh season at the point for Rick Barnes was too good to ignore: 12.6 points, 3.4 If TCU coach Trent Johnson keeps landing recruits like Karviar Shepherd, the Horned Frogs’ fortunes may soon change. TCU isn’t known for getting commitments from four-star basketball prospects, but it pulled off a coup getting Shepherd to stay home (he’s from Dallas) and spurn offers from Kansas, Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and UCLA. The 6-foot10, 225-pound center struggled through his rookie year (making just 40.3 percent of his shots), but still flashed his promise with double-doubles against Iowa State and Oklahoma State. There’s plenty of room for Shepherd to grow his averages of 8.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks next season. And for TCU, it’s all about next season. pitch.com 22 Players to Watch Melvin Ejim, Iowa State The undersized 6-foot-6 senior forward has taken over the Cyclones’ scoring load with a second-in-the-league 18.2 points and turned Ames into Lob City while dropping 48 points on a hapless TCU squad. The Toronto native was just crowned Big 12 Player of the Year. (see the shove in Lubbock) took a hit in his sophomore season, but with averages of 17.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.7 steals and 1.6 3-pointers, Smart should still hear his name called in the lottery. making 2.9 triples per game — has two more seasons of sinking 3-pointers — and his opponents. Cameron Ridley, Texas Brady Heslip, Baylor Cory Jefferson, Baylor DeAndre Kane, Iowa State No newcomer has made a bigger impact than the Cyclones’ do-it-all senior point guard, who moved to Ames as a fifth-year transfer. His 17.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 3-pointers recently garnered him Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors. The 6-foot-9 power forward’s length is too much to handle. His muscled-up 220 pounds makes him a terror around the rim (13.4 points per game), on the glass (8.1 boards) and for opponents attempting to shoot over him (1.4 swats). Unlike Forte, Heslip is finally a senior. The deadeye shooter (making a Big 12–best 46.4 3-pointers and 3.2 per game) gets one more shot at securing the Bears’ NCAA bid. The Longhorns’ round mound of rebound presents mismatch problems in the middle with his 6-foot-9, 285-pound body. Caution: He struggles with bigs who can play on the perimeter. Naadir Tharpe, Kansas Will Spradling, Kansas State Juwan Staten, West Virginia Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State The Flop King of Stillwater should have gone pro after last season, when he was named Big 12 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. His draft stock and character No one plays more than Juwan Staten, whose second year in Morgantown saw him lead the league in both scoring (18.4) and assists (5.9). If the Mountaineers’ record were better, we would’ve been talking about Staten for POY. The senior guard came up clutch in Kansas State’s upset win over then-No. 15 Iowa State. If he gets hot from deep, he’ll make opponents pay. The unheralded junior point guard puts on his Superman cape when needed, torching opponents with triples and taking care of business (5.0 assists to 2 turnovers). Cameron Clark, Oklahoma Georges Niang, Iowa State Buddy Hield, Oklahoma Deadly from deep, Hield can light up opponents with his 2.8 3-pointers per game or go lockdown on defense with his 1.5 steals a game. Let him loose, and he’ll scorch ya. (He’s averaging 16.8 points.) The 6-foot-7 sophomore doesn’t really jump, so play-by-play announcers like to say his game was made for a local YMCA. Whatever his inside-outside game resembles, Niang is doing something right (as long as he stays out of foul trouble): 16.2 points, 1.4 3-pointers, 4.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists. The senior forward is slump-busting late in the season after struggling in conference play. He dropped 32 points on Kansas in Norman and looked pretty good in February and March, so he could be a difference maker in KC. Eron Harris, West Virginia Jonathan Holmes, Texas Perry Ellis, Kansas Don’t sleep on Perry Ellis. The sophomore forward awakened in last year’s Big 12 tournament and just hasn’t let up. Ask TCU about the 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists he hung on the Horned Frogs in Lawrence. Yeah, he’s not Wiggins or Embiid, but he’s posting a solid 13.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The Longhorns’ lengthy junior forward stretches defense, pulling back to knock down threes, and making opposing players miserable by hitting the boards (7.3 per game) and blocking shots (1.3 per game). He’s also leading Rick Barnes’ rejuvenated ’Horns in scoring (13.0). The only thing holding him back is a bum knee. The Mountaineers know how to score. The 6-foot-3 sophomore guard is banging threes (2.8 per game) and points (17.9). Yet West Virginia’s 31st-ranked offense will need a Big 12 tourney crown to swing the Big Dance. Kyan Anderson, TCU The 5-foot-11 junior guard is scoring in bunches for the hapless Horned Frogs — 17.9 points per game — on improved shooting (46.8 percent). TCU will need him if the Frogs are going to win a game in 2014. Isaiah Austin, Baylor The Cowboys’ senior guard is an offensive weapon, whether he’s scoring (17.2 points per game), dropping threes (1.6 per game) or dishing dimes (3 per game). But Brown’s most impressive stat is on the defensive end of the floor: 1.1 blocks. Not bad for a 6-foot-3 guard. Markel Brown, Oklahoma State The 7-foot-1 sophomore center’s numbers regressed after a solid freshman campaign. Blame it on an offseason shoulder tear that kept him out of the pros. Austin’s length has given other teams fits; he’s swatting a Big 12–best 3.1 shots a game. Jaye Crockett, Texas Tech The 6-foot-7 senior forward leads the Red Raiders in scoring (13.7 points) and rebounds (6.4) and is Tech’s most realistic hope for getting past Wednesday. Big 12 aWard Winners Melvin Ejim (Iowa State): Player of the Year Andrew Wiggins (Kansas): Freshman of the the Year Thomas Gipson, Kansas State At 6-foot-7 and 265-pounds, Thomas Gipson is a heavy load in the paint. But you’d expect the big-bodied junior to grab more than 6.6 boards a game — a team high. Joel Embiid (Kansas): Defensive Player of DeAndre Kane (Iowa State): Newcomer of Tyler Neal (Oklahoma), Phil Forte (Oklahoma Rick Barnes (Texas): Coach of the Year State): Sixth Man Award the Year Year Phil Forte, Oklahoma State Forte is one of those players who seems to have been around forever, but the 5-foot-11 sharpshooter is only a sophomore. Go ahead and groan, because the deep threat — he’s Ryan Spangler, Oklahoma The 6-foot-8, 232-pound sophomore’s arms look like Affliction T-shirts, bro. And he’s working a bromance on the boards, pulling down a league-best 9.4 per game. hoW to floP With Marcus sMart continued on page 11 pitch.com m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 the pitch 9 THE PITCH PRESENTS SATURDAY, MAY 24TH Tickets On Sale March 14th Tickets Available At Ticketmaster.com, All Ticketmaster outlets, By Phone at 800-745-3000 10 the pitch m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 pitch.com YOUr UnOffICIal BIg 12 gUIde continued from page 9 game watches and parties If the closest you can get to the Sprint Center is the Kansas City Power & Light District’s Live Block (14th Street and Grand), you’ll be able to see the games on a big screen. If you’d rather mix with alumni from your own school, here are a few places where the locals meet. Kansas Your attacker has trained and is mentally prepared to meet you .... The Cashew (2000 Grand) Johnny’s Tavern (1310 Grand) Johnny’s in the P&L is a satellite location of the Lawrence original. And the Cashew is the longstanding Crossroads Rock Chalk headquarters. Kansas State Big 12 TournamenT Champions Kansas 1997 1998 1999 2006 2007 2008 2010 2011 2013 Shot Stop (7439 Broadway) Tanner’s (7425 Broadway; 12906 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa) Kansas City Catbackers’ last basketball game watch was at the Waldo Shot Stop in February. During the football season, purple Kansas fans hollered EMAW at both Tanner’s locations. ARE YOU READY TO MEET HIM? LEARN SELF-DEFENSE FOR REAL PEOPLE 5725 Nieman Rd Shawnee, KS 913.248.3288 | shesapistol.com Iowa State Kelly’s Westport Inn (500 Westport Road) Pizza Bar (1320 Grand) Kelly’s hosts a Big 12 tourney kickoff happy hour for the Cyclones at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Within walking distance of the Sprint Center, Pizza Bar is the other I-State stop. Iowa State 2000 2001 2002 2003 Oklahoma State Oklahoma Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen (1526 Walnut) Cowboys and cowgirls will meet for a pregame mixer at Tannin in the Crossroads before the tourney kicks off Wednesday. Oklahoma Oklahoma State 2004 2005 2009 2012 Missouri Sports Cave Bar & Grill (11440 West 135th Street, Overland Park) Granfalloon Restaurant and Bar (608 Ward Parkway) The OU Club of Kansas City calls the Sports Cave in Overland Park and the Granfalloon on the Plaza home. SALE TournamenT reCords Kansas 35-8 Oklahoma State 22-15 Texas 22-17 Oklahoma 20-14 Missouri 19-14 Texas Tech 12-17 Baylor 11-16 Kansas State 11-17 Colorado 9-15 Iowa State 8-16 Nebraska 6-15 Texas A&M 6-16 Texas Christian 0-1 West Virginia 0-1 Texas Sorry, Texas Exes. It doesn’t appear you have a home away from Austin in KC. West Virginia Mountaineers in Kansas City will rally for a pregame reception at the Muehlebach Hotel (200 West 12th Street) two and a half hours before game time. Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor Tickets for Wednesdays games are going for about $10. And a great ticket can be had for about $20. Just go to the game. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org pitch.com m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 the pitch 11 g r o . y t i c s a s n a k k l a aidsw Y! L I M A F E WE AR w e N ! e t i s b e w e get priz sY A E , E E R F Ion t A R t s I REg s for walking! OZARK BLUES SOCIETY OF NWA AND PRESENT 26 l i r P a , y a saTurd s BuTT! y T i C s a s kan e aid k M r O a s P s k i C e i h k T helP JOin us & g r o . y t i c s a s n a k k l aidswa underwriting SponSorS goLd SponSorS pLAtinuM SponSorS SiLVer SponSorS BronZe SponSorS Quintiles | US Bank | Pride KansasCity | Lathrop & Gage LLP | STUFF | Kansas City Cave Bears | ViiV Healthcare | Trapp & Co. | Husch Blackwell LLP | Arvest Bank | Westrope | KPMG LLP | Daltile | Crane Yard Clay | Planet Sub | KC Magazine | JE Dunn 12 the pitch m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 pitch.com WEEK OF MARCH 13-19, 2014 COMIC KHAAAN! In just a few days, William Shatner turns 83. So your $75 Captain Kirk autograph at this weekend’s Planet Comicon amortizes to a fairly cheap honorarium: about 90 cents for each year of the Canadian legend’s life. Shatner moderates a Star Trek: The Next Generation panel that includes pretty much everybody from that show except Patrick Stewart. It’s the Sunday draw (and a separate ticket), by which time you’ll have seen a bunch of other aging stars (Lee Majors!) and cosplay sexpots and, you know, artists who actually make comics. It all happens at Bartle Hall (301 West 13th Street) from noon Friday through 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets (three-day passes go for $60) and details at planetcomicon.wordpress.com. Daily listings on page 32 pitch.com m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 13 the pitch fa s h i o n Dress CoDes Three KC Fashion Week designers share their unexpected inspirations. By N a Nc y Hul l R igdoN S a b r i n a S ta i r e S S a b r i n a S ta i r e S From left: Hernandez and Aguirre, one of their LB Glam designs; Ola Style’s Hawatmeh LB Glam with an emphasis on accessories that they describe as “handmade luxury.” As new designers on the scene, they’ve enjoyed what they view as an underdog role at shows, first at Latino Fashion Week in Chicago and now at Kansas City Fashion Week. “We’re excited for everyone to see what we’re capable of,” Hernandez says. U nion Station embodies Kansas City even as it also signifies movement in and away from the metro. And over the course of four days this week, the landmark transforms into a showcase of not just local life but also other cultures that exist far beyond our city’s boundaries. The Kansas City Fashion Week runway returns to Union Station for its Spring 2014 Showcase, from Thursday, March 13, through Sunday, March 16, with a lineup that’s 20 designers deep. The couturiers showing their work draw inspiration from people, places and things both near and distant. The Pitch talked with a few whose work reflects their diverse backgrounds. LB GLam The pair behind LB Glam once created an accessories collection that evoked, as Luis Hernandez says, “a glamorous, 21st-century aiming for classic, with a modern twist.” Frida.” The designs inspired by the late A painting triggered the collection. Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo paid “We stumbled along an image of Venus,” tribute to the Latino roots of Hernandez and design partner Brayan Aguirre while high- Hernandez says. “There she was, naked, not slim. It struck us, and we said, ‘Let’s make a lighting an admirable figure. For Hernandez and Aguirre’s first Kan- collection involving this.’” Hernandez’s flair for accessories dates sas City Fashion Week showcase, they’ve back to an interest in his put together a collection grandmother’s pearls and centered on another strong Kansas City Fashion Week other elegant pieces. Prior woman: Venus. “It’s based Thursday, March 13– to starting the design line, on what we believe a Venus Sunday, March 16, he and Aguirre worked tofrom planet Venus would at Union Station gether as LB Styling, focusbe like,” Hernandez says. 30 West Pershing Road kcfashionweek.com ing on hair and makeup. So what results when “Really, my fashion creayou blend inspiration from tivity was tamed for a while, the Roman love goddess until I met Brayan, and he pushed me to get and the brightest spot in the solar system? the confidence to produce,” Hernandez says. “We’re utilizing a lot of crystals and gold. Their first piece, a gift for Hernandez’s There’s some sulfur, too, and a lot of wiring,” Hernandez says. “We’re working with sister, was a flashy necklace that received much praise. Two years ago, they launched a lot of unconventional materials and are OLa StyLe Ola Hawatmeh is well-known for her brazen personality and designs, but she stands to make the most difference with a trait tied to her background: generosity. Hawatmeh, of the line Ola Style, had a conservative upbringing in New York. Today, the St. Louis designer and local celebrity, who has Jordanian and Lebanese roots, has received much recognition for her giving spirit. Her work includes organizing dress drives for the needy. 14 the pitch m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 pitch.com P r e S t o n Pa g e S a b r i n a S ta i r e S Zarrabi (above) and her designs City Fashion Week, Hawatmeh shows a collection heavy on what she calls “gown glam.” Expect rich fabrics, sequins and long dresses. She has presented at fashion weeks in a handful of other cities, but Kansas City’s event remains a highlight for her. “I always tell people that Kansas City has such a wellorganized fashion week,” she says. “It’s a delight.” Zohreh Zarrabi S a b r i n a S ta i r e S “I’ve stuck to my cultural beliefs,” Hawatmeh says. “I was raised on the importance of female empowerment and touching others’ lives. What’s the purpose of doing something that you are passionate about if it’s not helping to change others in a positive way?” At times, her background and her life as a designer cross in entertaining ways. She laughs as she tells a story about how her Jordanian grandmother — who wears a headpiece, never cuts her hair and prays the rosary at 5:30 a.m. each day — reacted to Hawatmeh calling her swimsuit line Kharma, her grandmother’s first name. “She’s yelling at me on the phone in Arabic: ‘You named all these half-naked women after me?’” Hawatmeh has worked in the New York fashion industry and served as a personal stylist to the Hollywood elite. Her favorite celebrity? Brooke Shields. “She’s really kind and easy to work with and very faith-based,” she says. In St. Louis, Hawatmeh’s work has led her to appearances on local TV shows, picking the best- and worst-dressed at the Oscars. (This year, she named Goldie Hawn best and Whoopi Goldberg worst.) For her third time presenting at Kansas Zohreh Zarrabi’s designs dispel myths. As a Muslim and a follower of Islam, Zarrabi embraces the hijab: the term referring to the modest Islamic dress code for women. So she often hears the misconception that the style is oppressive. “The hijab is not meant to conceal a woman’s inner beauty but to emphasize her mind and intellect,” Zarrabi says. Zarrabi’s Kansas City Fashion Week debut features a collection that merges her background with some of today’s hottest trends — “modest street fashion,” she calls it. Expect wide-leg jumpsuits, hooded jackets and maxi dresses, designed in such a way that loose, nonsheer clothing covers most of the body. The designs, she hopes, will show women that modesty can be fashionable. “The hijab is not just for believers of Islam, but it is for all women who dress or wish to dress modestly,” she says. Zarrabi, a Kansas City native who has worn the hijab since she was a child, hopes that others perceive her designs as forms of beauty. “I have always believed that wearing the hijab was beautiful and made me a stronger person,” she says before citing her personal motto: Modesty shines from within. “I choose to dress modestly to create an identity for myself that symbolizes my faith and beliefs in Islam. My intention is not to dress to impress, but to dress to express who I am and what I stand for.” e-mail email@example.com pitch.com m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 the pitch 15 Coming Soon! CITY’S NEWEST ge KANSAS + ONLY Loun EXCLUSIVE 18 art Ask thE Dust YOUR LOGO HERE By L i z C ook Ahram Park and Wilbur Niewald show their patience at Haw. 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W. 80th 80th St, St, Overland Overland Park Park (913) (913) 383-8500 383-8500 s anyone can attest who has sat and watched dust particles spiral and spark in a slant of afternoon light, romance can emerge from the most ordinary subjects. At Haw Contemporary, two new solo exhibitions invite us to contemplate the vibrancy and mystery of straightforward scenes. The dramatic black-and-white photographs that make up Ahram Park’s Friendly Stranger sweep us into mundane settings made strange. The title image is among the most striking in this collection. “Friendly Stranger” masks roadside vegetation in chalky clouds of kickedup gravel dust. Park has captured movement in the shifting shadows, overlaying the landscape with new patterns and textures that bloom like Rorschach blots from the light-dappled fog. “Three Skulls” by Niewald “Century Wood” swaps romance for rigor paintings and appreciate the layered oils as in a cleaner, more clinical presentation of its they build up and feather at the corners. rural landscape. Park’s technical skill is on full Color relationships are crucial to Niewald’s display here, capturing a shot of an aging tree works, and each still life is tonally distinct. at a crossroad in rich contrast and crystalline “Three Skulls” is an exhibition highlight, definition. You feel as though you could lean capturing the play of light and shadow on the in and count the dimples in the tree bark. Park concave curves and grim hollows of the skulls. finds drama in the wind-carved countryside as well, complicating the scene with the bold “Still Life With Apples and Grey Pitcher” employs a moodier palette than some of his other shock of stripes from a sign on a guardrail. The works, draping the scene with the soft folds gravel here is shadow-smudged and traveland variegated colors of a bold printed fabric. worn, and its smooth presentation marks a Niewald’s exhibition includes only three departure from Park’s other images. figures, but these are some of the most arrest“Tallgrass Road” anchors the exhibition ing pieces on display, and they loom in your with a synthesis of elements that other photoimagination long after you leave the gallery. graphs explore individually. Dust clouds swirl “Pam” reveals Niewald’s observational acuity: hypnotically again, but they only partly mask a His exacting attention to his subject’s sallow frame of rich vegetation that curls protectively over the road. Here, Park achieves balance in complexion and the gentle purple bruise of theme as well as in composition, allowing us dark circles under her eyes don’t judge her but instead lend her dignity. a naked glimpse of branches Each of Niewald’s figures in the upper-left corner that Ahram Park: gazes at us straight on, and softens as hazy dust sweeps Friendly Stranger their lives seem anything but up from the road like a hand. Wilbur Niewald: Still Life • still. “Gerry” challenges us Down the hall, the repFigure • Landscape with a wry look, an expresresentational paintings of Through April 5 at sion that threatens to disrupt Wilbur Niewald’s Still Life Haw Contemporary, the painting’s somber stabil• Figure • Landscape soak 1600 Liberty, ity. Niewald’s self-portrait is iconic Kansas City views hawcontemporary.com no less energetic; it all but with color. Paintings such vibrates off the canvas, powas “Kansas City, View of the ered by textured, speckled brushstrokes. 12th Street Viaduct” have an almost nostalgic Both solo exhibitions offer us still images feel, suffusing scenes with faded golden light that seem on the verge of motion, their pregfiltered through graying skies. The vegetable nant moments held but not quite frozen. In matter is suggested in looser, fuller brushtheir careful observations of light and shadow, strokes, setting cuddly clusters of verdant color and composition, Park and Niewald regreens against the precise angles and tight veal a shared appreciation for the wonder just lines of man-made structures. Niewald’s pieces under the surface of humble subjects. are set in simple, recessed wooden frames that leave the edges of the canvas exposed. That choice allows us to glimpse process in these E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org pitch.com s ta g e Hot Wind F By L i z C ook The Unicorn overcomes Other Desert Cities’ gaseous pronouncements. Drawn to Murder The Mystery Train Tickets now available at The Central Ticket Office: A hare-raising homicide! Get Your Tickets Now! 816-235-6222 www.kcmysterytrain.com our members of the wealthy Wyeth clan, wearing color-coordinated tennis outfits, take polite sips of water and swap brittle jokes about WMDs and the war on terror. Palm fronds, not snow, brush against the windows of their pristine living room. A small Christmas tree brims with cold white lights. The Unicorn Theatre’s production of Other Desert Cities opens onto what feels like a Romney family Christmas card. It’s a chilly portrait, and it sets the right tone: Jon Robin Baitz’s play is as much a Christmas story as Die Hard, and about as brutal. The action unfolds in 2004 in the Palm Springs home of Polly and Lyman Wyeth, former Hollywood darlings and old-guard Reagan Republicans. Their liberal children From left: Schultz, Moores and Korinke — Brooke, a novelist, and Trip, a reality-TV don’t see eye to eye. producer — are home for the holidays, and Polly’s sister, Silda (also a liberal, and a recov- restrained and effective, and costume designer Shannon Smith-Regnier appears to ering alcoholic), has recently moved in. Initial have raided Nancy Reagan’s closet to achieve attempts at civility and good cheer quickly Polly’s country-club style. devolve into partisan bickering, but the stakes Baitz earned plenty of praise from New are higher here than in your average political York critics for his compassionate characbrawl. It’s Christmas, after all, and Brooke (Cinnamon Schultz) has come bearing gifts: terizations of the elder Wyeths, but wellintentioned conservatives might not find advance copies of her tell-all memoir, packed much to applaud here. The couple contemwith secrets that could destroy the family. Director Sidonie Garrett heads an accom- plates ordering “Chink food,” chalks up PC complaints to “liberal whining” and lumps plished team of veteran actors and designers the kids in with a “generation of hooligans.” to bring Baitz’s battleground to life. Merle Moores is riveting as Polly, the ferocious Baitz has some sharp insights on the fractured right wing, but bald matriarch, f inding real lines such as “But now we tenderness and an unflapOther Desert Cities are afraid of young people” pable pragmatism in a role Through March 30 have been stuffed a little that, in less capable hands, at the Unicorn Theatre, too gleefully into his charmight conjure up Lucille 3828 Main, 816-531-7529, acters’ mouths. Bluth. Jake Walker makes unicorntheatre.org Other missteps in the Trip’s fiery Act 2 speeches script aren’t as easy to sound both natural and inevitable, and Jan Rogge (as Silda) holds her ignore. Other Desert Cities seems to strive for own in a role that won Judith Light a Tony. the tragicomic dysfunction of August: Osage County, but Baitz’s dogged employment of Jim Korinke’s congenial Lyman fights for composure and control through it all, and creaky plot devices and ham-fisted dialogue keep it from hitting that mark. Blunt, unforced his struggle is heartbreaking. Act 1 exposition gives way to Act 2’s four-byScenic designer Emily Swenson’s smart take on the Lyman living room improves on four monologue relay: easily won confessions the original Broadway design. Swenson’s that bloom into stilted keynote addresses about how we live and love. retro furnishings and f lourishes (all in a But the Unicorn’s cast, under Garrett’s skillpalette of neutered beige) paint the elder ful direction, outperforms the script at every Wyeths as elegant dinosaurs, insulated in turn, tamping overwrought passages into a a desert-regency habitat of wood paneling and frosted glass. The set is as functional as kind of colloquial wisdom. “Telling the truth is it is resonant: Wide angles open up playing a very expensive hobby,” Silda warns early on. This version of Other Desert Cities doesn’t err in areas for the actors and give the space an its attention to that high cost of art and artifice. intimidating, cavernous feel. 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I decided to make some. It really is great, so we decided to add sandwiches to our menu.” The tiger bread looks more giraffe- or tortoiselike, give or take its color, but the loaves are definitely distinctive: round and cr ust y a nd appea li ng ly golden. A f ter t hey’re e Mor ready, M i lone spl it s them open and fills the bread with a quartert a e in Onl .com pound of sliced salami pitch and cheese or a mix of vegetables, and dresses them with a garlic-basil spread that he says is “like pesto, but without cheese or nuts.” He makes about a dozen of each of the two kinds of sandwiches daily (for $5.95), and they typically sell out by noon. If nothing else, Milone has remedied his boredom. Baking the bread takes a couple of hours, and he says it’s labor-intensive: “I essentially created more work for myself.” No one has time to be bored at Carlos Mortera’s new sandwich shop, the Bite, which opened in the City Market February 28 and has been consistently busy ever since. Mortera and business partner Brian Thorne concentrate on carryout — the small dining area is strictly utilitarian — and the line forms early for unusual hand-helds, such as the Bay of Pigs (smoked pulled pork, prosciutto, smoked gouda, and habanero pickles). The surprise best-seller here is the Sloppy: a meat-free sloppy Joe made with soy chorizo, corn, olives, queso fresco, pickled onions and Sriracha crema. The Bite’s bread comes from the Bonito Michoacan Bakery (1200 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas); the shop also serves housemade tamales. At the Broadway Butcher Shop, general manager Stuart Aldridge makes just one kind of sandwich at a time, and it changes daily. His Wednesday special when Fat City stopped by: mortadella, with Taleggio cheese and a thick spread of truffled honey, between slices of the country loaf from Sasha Baking Co. (105 West Ninth Street). During the week, Aldridge’s sandwiches cost $7.50; the Saturday special, the BFS (“It stands for Big Friggin’ Sandwich,” he says) is $15 — with “everything but the kitchen sink” in it. “It’s a big sandwich — it weighs 3 pounds.” Convening an informal panel to judge some new offerings. By Ch a r l e s F e r ru z z a J JohnnY Jo’S PiZZeria Fat City 1209 West 47th Street 816-401-4483 Sampled: Salami sandwich ($5.95), vegetable sandwich ($5.95) “Totally satisfying.” “Very edible.” “The bread freaks me out, but I like the garlic stuff.” Storm Watch Boulevard’s Grainstorm Black Rye IPA hits store shelves and taps next week. BroadwaY BUTcher ShoP 3828 Broadway 816-931-2333 Sampled: Wednesday special: mortadella, Taleggio, truff led honey ($7.50) “Rustic and sophisticated at the same time.” “A great meat-to-bread ratio.” “I’d eat this every week.” B Bay of Pigs Sloppy 23 East Third Street, 816-503-6059 Sampled: Boss Hog ($10.95), Bay of Pigs ($10.95), Sloppy ($8.95) Consensus formed around two ideas: The Boss Hog’s sauce is too sweet, and the sandwiches are too expensive for too little filling. “A hog would look at the remnants of a fallen comrade, coated in a mess of sweet, soy-based barbecue sauce, and weep,” one eater reported. Said another: “I bit into this sandwich expecting a pulled-pork barbecue affair and instead got a teriyaki-like onslaught. The flavor of the sauce is too domineering for me.” The Bay of Pigs, however, was a winner: “The best pork barbecue sand- The BiTe Boss Hog wich I’ve had in a long time,” one eater said. “Meaty and inventive,” added another. And the Sloppy? “Delicious but too much bread,” said a taster, who said this was an especially well-seasoned soy-rizo. oulevard Brewing Co.’s next Smokestack Series seasonal isn’t going to garner the attention lavished on Chocolate Ale, but it may be a better-tasting beer. We popped open a 750-milliliter bottle of Boulevard’s Grainstorm Black Rye IPA during our weekly editorial meeting, and in less than an hour the bottle was dry. (Kegs of Grainstorm hit taps Monday, March 17, and bottles reach retail-store shelves Tuesday, March 18.) The March release comes a little earlier than Boulevard had first scheduled. Brewer Jeremy Danner tells The Pitch that because Grainstorm is a “hop-forward beer” and it was ready sooner than expected, “We wanted to get it out as soon as we could.” And really, who wants to wait? The Rye IPA has a blackish-red tint to it, a foamy head and a pleasantly fruity aroma — as it should, with a blend of Amarillo, Simcoe and Citra hops. At first sip, you notice a dry bitter kick (thanks to 65 IBUs and an alcohol content of 7.7 percent). One drinker here signaled his appreciation by simply calling the taste “woodsy.” For that, credit the dry hopping. As the brew’s name implies, Boulevard has blended three grains to this ale: malted rye, barley and midnight wheat. Boulevard suggests pairing Grainstorm with barbecue, spicy sausage, smoked duck or peppery cheeses. We didn’t have any of that handy, but we did have doughnuts from Lamar’s — a pairing that worked until it didn’t. (Next time, we’ll pick up some peppery cheeses.) — Justin Kendall e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org pitch.com e-mail email@example.com m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 the pitch 19 ORDER ANY WELCOME TO KC BASKETBALL FANS VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR DAILY SPECIALS fat c i t y LARGE PIZZA, BREADSTICKS, & A 2 LITER PRESENT THIS COUPON AT TIME OF PURCHASE WWW.CCGKEBABKC.COM All the GrAvy S uccotash’s gut-busting Sumo breakfast challenge requires its own special plate — and a certain attentiveness to liability issues. When someone orders it, server David Meyer says, “Everyone on staff will keep checking on them, mostly because we want them to win but also because of health reasons. We want to make sure they’re doing OK.” If something goes wrong, there should at least be good documentation. Fellow diners, Meyer says, tend to take photos after they’ve heard the staff yell, “Sumo!” and seen the whopping plate arrive at a table. The Sumo weighs in at 10 pounds, on a par with a house cat or a bowling ball. Its a crazed Russian doll of a dish that puts eggs, bacon, roasted red peppers, onions, home fries, and cheddar cheese inside a giant pancake, topped with several generous ladles of sausage gravy. Ten pounds, I am telling you. If you finish the whole thing, your $20 meal is free and you get to write your name on the restaurant’s wall of fame. In the three years since Succotash moved to its 26th Street and Holmes location, hundreds of people have taken on the Sumo. Only 10 names are on the wall. “I’ve seen little g uys a nd 5-foot-3, 100-pound girls take the challenge and win it over big trucker guys,” Meyer says. And many have come close, so close. Recently, Meyer watched a man attempt to impress his young daughter by ordering the Sumo. The family man was down to the last bite, everyone in the restaurant cheering him on. Then, that last mouthful of pancake and gravy. “His daughter was still very proud,” Meyer says. No matter the challenger, mind over matter is key when eating such a comically large, parade-float-size breakfast. Meyer has witnessed every trick of the eating-contest trade, including soaking the pancake in water, as a competitive hot-dog eater would, or fasting a day in advance. But little prepares diners for the shock of seeing the Sumo show up in front of them. “No one ever expects it to be as big as it is,” Meyer says. “Even the guys who are trying to show off in front of their buddies go, ‘Whoa.’ And the customers start laughing — like, ‘Someone is going to eat this? Really?’” The scale of the dish might seem incomprehensible, but its origins make sense. Anyone who has tried Succotash’s eight-layer citrus cake, for example, or its Burrito of Love or its cotton-candy cappuccino knows By A ngel A l u t z Succotash’s Sumo: Is there such a thing as too much breakfast? 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It is a serious challenge made for serious challengers — for good reason. “It takes up a lot of space on our grill,” Meyer says. “We have a very small kitchen. When a Sumo is ordered, it basically stops production on all grill items — eggs, pancakes — for five to 10 minutes.” After waiting 30 minutes for a table, I felt almost ready to face the Sumo (I had shown up so hungry that I ate the lint-covered mint in my coat pocket), but my first challenge attempt turned out to be relatively intangible. Was I willing to hold my fellow diners, some of whom were presumably as hungry as I was, hostage to my will to conquer? Slowing down a busy brunch shift at Succotash is not a responsibility I would shoulder lightly. It takes a lot of food to fill that special king-size plate, a lot of guts to clear it — and, for me, even more to haul off and ask for it. To be continued. o f LDS! 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PATRICK’S DAY GUIDE 2014 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION 1987-2014 St. Patrick’s Day G ui d Gu de e Friday, March 14 WHISKY 5K RUN 8:00 AM BEING HELD IN MARTIN CITY ALONG 135TH STREET BEST DRESSED DOG CONTEST 11:30 AM PRINCE & PRINCESS CONTEST 12:30 PM Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester | Celebrating 25 years in Kansas City with Eddie Delahunt, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15 American Garage Bar, 1 Fourth St., Lee’s Summit | St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl, with the Brody Buster Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Brookside St. Patrick’s Warm-Up Parade | Beginning at 2 p.m., at 65th St. and Wornall, brooksidekc.org Johnny’s Back Yard, 1825 Buchanan, North Kansas City | Snake Saturday, with music from Scotty and Sole Tones from 2 to 5 p.m. Kansas City Track Club’s Westport St. Patrick’s Day Run | 10 a.m., at Westport Rd. and Pennsylvania Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence | Fake St. Patrick’s Day Social Service League benefit from 5 to 9 p.m., with music, games, food and DJ Modrey Hepburn. Smokin’ Guns BBQ, 1218 Swift, North Kansas City | Snake Saturday, deck open after the parade, music by My Six Gun Heart from 2 to 6 p.m., drink specials. Snake Saturday Parade and Festival | Parade beginning at 11 a.m., at the intersection of 14th St. and Swift, in North Kansas City, proceeding north to Armour, east to Howell, and south to 18th St. and Howell, snakesaturday.com Sunday, March 16 Martin City St. Patrick’s Day Parade | From 135th St. and Washington to Holmes, 2 p.m., featuring Grand Marshal Kathy Quinn; irishpalooza.com for more information. Martin City’s Whiskey Run 5k and Kids Fun Run, 135th St. and Oak | 8 a.m., race packets at KC Running Co. (411 E. 135th St.), whiskeyrun5k.com to register. Monday, March 17 Aftershock, 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam | St. Patrick’s Day Metal Festival with the Absence, Infernaeon, From the Embrace, the Mirage Theory, and Haunting Skies; all ages with a $5 minor upcharge, 4:30 p.m. Broadway Jazz Club, 3601 Broadway | Open at 9 a.m. Special St. Patrick’s Day menus, music by Hanrahan’s St. Paddy’s Day Jazz Project at 7 p.m. Charlie Hooper’s, 12 W. 63rd St. | Irish beer specials and corned beef and cabbage. Conroy’s Public House, 5285 W. 95th St., Leawood | Irish breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon; Irish bagpipers and Irish Roots Cafe house band. The Daily Limit, 523 E. 111th St. | Music by Junebug & the Porchlights from 3 to 7 p.m., food and drink specials. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 101 E. 13th St. | Open at 9 a.m., $10 pancake breakfast; most pints $3 all day. 403 Club, 614 Reynolds, Kansas City, Kansas | Open at noon, $4 Jameson shots, $5 Irish car bombs. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence | Gates open at noon. Food by Mr. Bacon BBQ; music by Sellout at 2 p.m., $5 cover. Proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. Harpo’s, 4109 Pennsylvania | Open at 9 a.m., drink specials. Irish Pub House, 6332 Raytown Rd. | $2.25 domestic beers, $5 20-ounce Guinness drafts and special giveaways, specials on corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie, with proceeds from food sales going to the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater KC. Jerry’s Bait Shop, 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa | St. Patrick’s Party, featuring DJ Sinnister and a 32-inch flat-screen-TV giveaway, 9 p.m. Johnny’s Back Yard, 1825 Buchanan, North Kansas City | Corned-beef-and-cabbage specials. Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Beginning at 11 a.m. at Broadway from Linwood and proceeding south to 43rd St., kcirishparade.com Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester | The Nace Annual St. Patty’s Day Parade and Celebration at 5 p.m. Lew’s Grill & Bar, 7539 Wornall | Irish Hooley: 3 bands, 2 DJs, 2 bars = 1 ticket, beginning with an Irish breakfast at 8 a.m.; corned beef and cabbage at 11 a.m.; and music by Jonathan Ramsey at 3 p.m. and DJ Mike Scott at 8 p.m. Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge, 1333 Walnut | Full lunch menu at 11 a.m., $5 green martinis and Guinness, half-off Irish whiskeys. continued on page 24 ST. PATRICKS DAY PARADE www.irishpalooza.com ACTIVITIES ALL DAY! SUNDAY, MARCH 16TH PARADE AT 2:00 PM 22 the pitch m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 pitch.com pitch.com m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 the pitch 23 ST. PATRICK’S DAY GUIDE 2014 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION St. Patrick’s Day Guide continued from page 22 Maloney’s, 7201 W. 79th St., Overland Park | Open at 7 a.m. Brunch served until 11 a.m.; $3 Guinness pints, $7 car bombs, $5.50 Jameson shots and $4 Paddy shots; corned beef and cabbage with new potatoes, $6.95 all day. McFadden’s Sports Saloon, 1330 Grand | Shamrocks & Shenanigans Party. From 7 to 8 a.m., bottomless bacon and eggs, 12-ounce green Miller Lite and Coors Light; all day, $7 Irish Viagra bombs, $7 12-piece wings, and $7 32-ounce green draft beers. O’Dowd’s Little Dublin on the Plaza, 4742 Pennsylvania | Music by Eddie Delahunt, 1–9 p.m. O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 500 Welt St., Weston | Music by Tullamore from 2 to 5:30 p.m.; Bob Reeder, 3 p.m.; the Kelihans from 6 to 8 p.m., and Chance the Arm from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, westonirish.com IRISH TRAILS 403 Club 614 Reynolds Ave, KC, KS (913) 499-8392 • 403club.com Charlie Hoopers 12 W 63rd St, KC, MO (816) 361-8841 • charliehoopers.com Daily Limit 523 E. Red Bridge Rd, KC, MO (816) 942-0400 • dailylimitkc.com Irish Pub House 6332 Raytown Rd, Raytown, MO (816) 353-5700 • irishpubhouse.com Knuckleheads 2715 Rochester Ave, KC, MO (816) 483-1456 • knuckleheadskc.com Martin City parade along 135th St • irishpalooza.com Open Fire Pizza 3951 Broadway, KC, MO 64111 (816) 605-1644 • openfirepizza.org Smokin’ Guns BBQ 1218 Swift Ave, North Kansas City, MO (816) 211-2535 • smokingunsbbq.com Uptown Arts Bar 3611 Broadway, KC, MO (816) 960-4611 • uptownartsbar.com Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill 817 Westport Rd, KC, MO 64111 (816) 931-1986 • westportfleamarket.com Westport Saloon 4112 Pennsylvania Ave, KC, MO (816) 960-4560 • westportsaloon.com JOIN US IN THE TENT OUT FRONT! ALL DAY ST. PATTY’S DAY PARTY Great Food & Drink Specials! Rain or Shine! Live Music by June Bug and The Porchlights 3-7pm 523 E Red Bridge Rd. KCMO 64131 | 816.942.0400 | thedailylimitkc.com Power & Light District, 14th St. and Main | All-Day Party, presented by 96.5 the Buzz and Miller Lite, with the Mowgli’s and Misterwives, beginning at 7 a.m., powerandlightdistrict.com. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. | All-Day Party with DJ Paddy O’Andora at 1 p.m., Irieplaceables at 2:30 p.m., Blarney Stoned at 3:30 p.m., Nuthatch-47 at 4:30 p.m., Lushes at 5:30 p.m., and the MGDs at 6:30 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence | St. Patio Show, from 4 to 9 p.m., with Deadman Flats, Brody Buster Band, Tyler Gregory, Carswell & Hope, James Rose Jr. & Friends, and Rolling Foliage. Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway | Open at 9 a.m. For $20, get a parking spot in the UAB back lot and a wristband redeemable for two beers and breakfast buffet; $5 chair rental for parade; specials on beer and Jameson all day. The Well, 7421 Broadway | Irish Hooley: 3 bands, 2 DJs, 2 bars = 1 ticket, beginning with an Irish breakfast at 8 a.m.; corned beef and cabbage at 11 a.m.; and music by Jonathan Ramsey at noon, the Kelihans at 3 p.m., Flanigan’s Right Hook at 6 p.m., DJ Ashton Martin at 8 p.m.; waldowell.com Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport Rd. | Kegs & Eggs from 7 to 10 a.m., all-you-can-eat-and-drink, $10. Westport Saloon, 4112 Pennsylvania | Open for breakfast at 9 a.m.; live music with Blue Boot Heelers at 11 a.m., Blarney Stoned at 1 p.m., Brody Buster at 3 p.m., Famous Seamus and the Travel Bongs at 4:30 p.m., A.J. Gaither at 6:30 p.m., Calamity Cubes at 8:30 p.m., and DJ Jabberock’s Vinyl Country at 10:30 p.m. ST. PATRICKS DAY CALAMITY CUBES 830 PM DJ Jabberock Spins Vinyl Country from 1030 pm on! Blue Boot Heelers 11 am •Blarney Stoned 1 pm Brody Buster OMB 3 pm • Famous Seamus & the Travel Bongs 430 pm • AJ Gaither OMB 630 pm SHENANIGANS SCAN for MAP SERVING FOOD westportsaloon.com TILL 3AM 4112 Pennsylvania Ave 816.960.4560 24 the pitch m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 Mon-Fri 4p-3am Sat-Sun 12pm-3am pitch.com goo.gl/OzuEhK Enjoy Responsibly ©2014 A-B, Bud Light® Beer, St. Louis, MO Brand: Bud Light Iconic Item #: PBL201410548 Job/Order #: 260575 Closing Date: 3/10/14 QC: CS Publication: KC Pitch Trim: 9.72" x 9.8125" Bleed: none Live: 9.22" x 9.3125" pitch.com m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 the pitch 25 KNUCKLEHEADS F re e S h u tt le in th e S u rr o u n d in g A re a 12: Fred Eaglesmith 13: Nick Moss 14: Eddie Delahunt Saint Patty’s Party 14: Milkdrive GL 16: The Railers 17: The Nace Annual St. Patty’s Day Parade & Celebration @ 4pm 18: The Grahams, Lilly Hiatt WHERE THE BEST MUSICIANS IN THE WORLD PLAY music CirCle of friends O n a gray Friday morning, Taryn Miller lights a cigarette and stares out at the wintry field beyond the back porch of her two-story house on the edge of Lawrence. She likes it here, she tells me — this town and also the slight distance from its center that the house allows her. As we talk, though, it’s clear that her view from that porch is changing. “There are so many directions I can go now,” she says. This house is Miller’s comfort zone, where she played a solo show for the first time in years in September 2013, with the material that would end up on last year’s exquisite Jekyll/Hyde. She made that EP under the e r Mo name Y(our) Fri(end). She has since dropped t he pa rent heses — t a ine and been picked up by Onl .com pitch Domino Records, home to the likes of Animal Collective, Blood Orange and Arctic Monkeys. (On February 20, Domino rereleased Jekyll/ Hyde, along with an announcement that the vinyl would come out in April.) Things, she says, are about to be different, even if she’s not sure yet just how or how much. “They had just been kind of keeping an eye on me, seeing what I was doing for a while,” Miller says of the label. “I remember when I first got an e-mail from the A&R rep one day [in May 2013], and she was just like, ‘Hey, what are you up to?’ I was just walking home from class, and I stopped midway and just had to stare at it for a second. It took me hours to write back a three-sentence response.” Up a dim, narrow staircase, Miller’s attic bedroom is lined with concert posters and album covers from bands such as Beirut and Local Natives. As the desolate blare of a train whistle fades, she puts on a soul record — the Numero Group’s Eccentric Soul: The Prix Label — and sits, posture perfect, in a straight-backed chair. With her herringbone blazer and tortoiseshell glasses, she could be a professor posing for a yearbook photo. She’s 22, though, and a recent University of Kansas graduate with a degree in linguistics. Miller laughs at the idea of her chosen major but explains that she was drawn more to Lawrence than to the school, which didn’t have a program that fit her specific ambitions at the time. “I had just read Tom Robbins’ Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates that summer, and in the book he has this skill of having learned a lot of languages, and that was the one thing I could lean toward as far as majors,” Miller says, smiling. “And I saw linguistics Lawrence’s Taryn Miller signs to Domino Records. By N ata l ie G a l l a Ghe r MARCH: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 BAND OF HEATHENS Barrett emke M us i c Miller is here to stay. and I was like, ‘I could get into that. I could take that seriously.’ And now here I am. And in all that time, I was playing music in different projects.” Miller has a quiet, earnest way of talking, and her voice can be soft but grainy, as though she’s not yet fully awake. It’s sometimes hard to reconcile that sound with the boundless, hypnotic singing on Jekyll/Hyde. (She has taken vocal lessons and says it has taken years of practice for her to become comfortable with her voice.) But she doesn’t lack confidence when she talks about being part of Domino, a move she says feels natural. “I was up there at their offices [in Brooklyn] in October, and they were like, ‘Oh, feel free to raid our archives, grab some stuff!’ And I was looking around and thinking, ‘I think I own all of these. I’m pretty sure I own almost every record on this shelf right here,’ ” Miller says. “And I think that’s really cool, and it says something about how much I respect, and how long I’ve followed, this label. For them to even pay any attention to me is surreal.” Domino has long had a reputation for scouting out rough-diamond talent. The label’s lesser-known acts are not always immediately lucrative additions or obvious choices, but that’s where Miller feels the deal’s advantages are. She explains that allying with Domino isn’t about career advancement or scoring big tours. “To me, it’s the opportunity to have the tools and the resources to make the records that I want to make, and I probably wouldn’t have those otherwise,” Miller says. “It’s a 20: Davina & The Vagabonds 21: Anthony Gomes 21: Mike Stinson 22: Crankshaft & The Grinders 22: Carolyn Wonderland w/ Maria the Mexican 23: Jimbo Mathus & The Tri State Coalition 25: Ben Taylor 13: Don McLean & Judy Collins 18: Aaron Neville JUNE: For more info & tickets: knuckleheadshonkytonk.com 2715 Rochester, KCMO really unique chance to go in whatever weird way I want because I have people backing it.” Still, when the Domino news went public, Miller worried what would be said about her. Perhaps the musicians with whom she had cultivated relationships would feel abandoned or put off. “I was afraid that I wouldn’t be welcome anymore,” she says. “And that was an irrational fear, but it was still there. I’m so rooted in the local scene here, I didn’t want to be banished from it. I didn’t want anyone to be under the assumption that I was too good to play local shows or something. That would break my heart.” But if anyone should be afraid of being left behind, it’s local music fans. Today is Miller’s day off from her part-time gig at Love Garden Sounds (whose owner, Kelly Corcoran, manages Your Friend). This evening, she’s playing a show at the Replay with her housemates, fellow Lawrence band Oils. It’s comfort-zone stuff, and she insists that what she has found in this community isn’t something she would walk away from easily. “Everyone has been super-supportive and amazing,” she tells me. “It’s bewildering, the love in this town that they have for other people and the art that they make. People have been asking me if I’m going to move or get out of here, and I’m like, ‘Why? Why would I do that? This is where it happened.’ “I wouldn’t be here without this town and the support of my friends and fellow musicians and the baristas at the coffee shop. Everyone here is so warm. I don’t think I’m going anywhere.” 816-483-1456 E-mail email@example.com 26 the pitch m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 pitch.com pitch.com m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 the pitch 27 music Band Least LikeLy B Marijuana Deathsquads never meant to tour, but that won’t hold them back now. By N ata l ie G a l l a Ghe r ack in 2009, in the grimy shadows of a decrepit Minneapolis warehouse, Marijuana Deathsquads was born. Formed by Gayngs mastermind Ryan Olson and Isaac Gale, the experimental electro-noise band came up through off-the-record performances and almost-underground residencies that featured an amorphous cast of cool kids, including Doomtree’s P.O.S., Poliça’s Ben Ivascu, and Har Mar Superstar. I remember many a splendid evening spent in Minneapolis’ Loring Park alley as Marijuana Deathsquads loosed dark, animalistic beats into the night, Gale’s voice arriving over some tortured alien frequency. And last year’s Oh My Sexy Lord finally delivers that rabid attack in recorded form, extending two giant middle fingers to genre-boxing. We dialed up Gale at his Minneapolis home ahead of Marijuana Deathsquads’ Monday, March 17, RecordBar show. “This project is my ultimate dream band.” The Pitch: Listening to Oh My Sexy Lord is while, I find myself freaking out. There’s somelike being on eight different types of prescription thing about the performance — I need to do it. medications at once. Ryan and I worked at a place together, and Gale: [Laughs.] Everything we do is written we just sort of worked at this job that was for a live set. We’ve written tons of material, and we took that into the studio. It took us kind of boring. And we needed a band that we could do, a project, that didn’t cost money almost two years to make that thing. We just or need a practice space, something where we recorded, like, six hours of stuff and then, over didn’t need amps or guitars or anything and the long process of editing, sort of arrived at those so-called songs. But it’s meant to sort we could just show up and go live. We wanted something that freed us up from the structure of warp your mind or make you feel different of a band. Our previous thing was a hardcore when you’re listening to it. It’s meant to be sort band called Building Better Bombs, and it was of overwhelming and maximal. sort of like, certain rules come with being in a The songwriting for Marijuana Deathsquads, band like that. I imagine, is a lot different from what a typical I never really imagined Marijuana Deathindie-rock band does. squads as a touring band. Part of the beauty of Yeah, we don’t go into writing traditionally. your performances — at least the ones I saw — I don’t show up with a guitar riff and say, “Hey, was that they weren’t planned out. why don’t we make this into a three-minute It’s a whole new thing for the band. Now song.” It’s more like, we get together and make that we have a record out, a bunch of weird, repetitive we want to play some of loops and beats, and then we Marijuana those things on the record bring it to a live show, where Deathsquads — we want to do those live, we have a bunch of players with Lizzo so that people can buy the — whoever can sit in on that Monday, March 17, record, you know? [Laughs.] live show — sort of stacking at RecordBar In a lot of ways, taking this layers on top of that. We arband on tour has been one rive at the songs by sort of of the weirdest things we’ve ever done — in a throwing everything at it and then editing band where all we try to do are the weirdest certain things away. It’s a very thought-out things possible. and controlled chaos, I guess. We just did two months in Europe with Everyone in this band has a ton of different projects going on, and you’re a full-time music- Poliça. They have a huge audience. We’re playing these huge rooms, and no one knows video and film director and producer. What does us. We’re onstage at 8 p.m. under the lights, Marijuana Deathsquads do for you? This project is sort of my ultimate dream not on the floor in some dingy warehouse band that I could play in. It’s the most freeing or whatever. Definitely one of the weirdmusic I’ve ever gotten to play. If I’ve been work- est things we’ve ever done is play the same sets every night, on a stage, in front of a lot ing on film and I haven’t touched the band in a 28 the pitch m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 of people who aren’t expecting it early in the night. But also, part of the band has to be this dangerous element, where we don’t exactly know what’s going to come out next when we switch to the next part. So now we’ve started mixing in parts we know, things from Oh My Sexy Lord, with other things in our live shows. It’s sort of cool because now, after a show, we’ll shake hands and give each other notes on what we thought went down and what we can do next. It’s a really fun project to be a part of like that, where we are constantly like, “When we do this song again tonight, let’s make this part stretch out longer because this part rules.” E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org J a z z B e at Ida McBEth, at thE BluE RooM Ida McBeth is a KC jazz fixture and a local icon. Since the 1980s, when she owned weekends at the Point, she has been raising club roofs with sass and swing — rollicking with some Stevie Wonder–style R&B, belting the blues, putting her soul into her own take on a jazz or pop classic. But there has been scant opportunity to hear her since the closing of Jardine’s, where she reigned, two years ago. Saturday night, McBeth performs at the Blue Room. Hear why, in a city brimming with jazz talent, McBeth is a one-and-only. — Larry Kopitnik Ida McBeth, 8:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m., Saturday, March 15, at the Blue Room (1600 E. 18th St., 816-474-2929), $15 cover. pitch.com SAMANTHA FISH AND TERRY QUIETT BAND March 15, 2014 AN UNPREDICTABLE EVENING WITH TODD RUNDGREN April 3, 2014 CRAIG MORGAN April 24, 2014 AN INTIMATE SOLO / ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE BY CITIZEN COPE April 26, 2014 UPCOMING SHOWS: 3/21 3/22 3/28 Flirt 3 Year Anniversary Bridges Burnt CD Release Flirt Friday 1-800-745-3000 3/29 4/5 Killer Queen with Landslide and Saucy Jack Magic 107.3 KC Groove Party § VooDooKC.com Subject to change or cancellation. Phone and online orders are subject to service fees. Must be 21 years . ©2014, Caesars License Company, LLC. or older to gamble, obtain a Total Rewards ® card or enter VooDoo ® Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? Call 1-888-BETSOFF. 108053_4.776x9.8125_Ad_V2.indd 1 pitch.com m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 the pitch 3/6/14 5:30 PM 29 Amer ican r: happy hou Garage BAR St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl Music Music Forecast Ladysmith Black Mambazo Since the early 1960s, the internationally renowned South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo has entertained and educated listeners all over the world. It has released more than 50 albums and collected four Grammy Awards. For longtime fans, the male ensemble’s latest album, Always With Us, holds no huge surprises: The traditional Zulu rhythms and style of singing (isicathamiya and mbube) are built into a Christian choral framework, just as Ladysmith founder Joseph Shabalala dreamed five decades ago. But the results remain heart-stopping and profound, just as the group’s Thursday show in Lawrence promises to be. Thursday, March 13, at Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972) By n ata l ie G a l l a Ghe r 4 -7pm, M-F Saturday, MAR 15 • 9p-1a w/ Brody Buster Band Saturday, MAR 22 • 9p-1a Troubador Retrievers 1 SE 4th St. • Lee’s Summit, MO • 816.525.1121 americangaragebar.com POOL TABLE • MEGATOUCH • 8 PINBALLS PINBALL TOURNAMENT WEDNESDAYS TOUCHTUNES INTERNET JUKEBOX • DRINKING ON THE SMOKING PATIO • CRAFT BEERS • $2 PBR / HIGH LIFE The Harmed Brothers Kiss me! WED. 3/6 WWW.THERECORDBAR.COM 816-753-5207 LIQUORBUDDIES CAVEMANCOMPUTER HOTDOG SKELETONS MAGIC VEHICLES WED. 3/12 DOM CHRONICLES/RASHIYD ASHON GEN THE ASSASSIN/AKAI NAJIR/SEAN FRI. 3/8 SAT.ANONYMOUS 3/9 1020 WESTPORT RD kcmo THURS. 3/7 6PM DOODADS 7PM WIRES THURS. 3/13 HARMED BROTHERS 10PM CHEROKEE 10PM SOFT REEDS JENNY WOOD/BLUE BOOT HEELERS ROCK RIFLE NOISEFM BAD IDEAS GENTLEMANSAVAGE FRI. 3/14 7PM STARHAVEN ROUNDERS APPROPRIATE GRAMMAR ANDREAPERDUE 10PM LET THE BEAT BUILD SUN. 3/10 MON. 3/11 SAT. 3/15 RUSSIAN CIRCLES 8PM DESERT NOISES HELMS ALEE/KEN MODE ALA TURKA MELISMA TICS Pay no attention to the moniker under which Ray Vietti and Alex Salcido perform. The two aren’t related, and they don’t seem particularly injured. The group — which expands and contracts with members beyond Vietti and Salcido, depending on the gig — is more about brotherly bonds and mutual suffering than anything else, and that’s a lot of what you find on the Harmed Brothers’ latest full-length, Better Days. Vietti has one of those whiskeyroughened voices that’s ideal for the banjoand-guitar ballads you’ll get at this RecordBar gig. And you can expect a good old hometown crowd to come out; the Harmed Brothers nest in Oregon these days, but Vietti is Missouriborn and proud of it. Thursday, March 13, RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207) Ladysmith Black Mambazo The instrumental songs bleed seamlessly into one another, with calculated builds leading to Vesuvian explosions. Even if I kind of prefer listening to this album alone in my house with all the lights off, I’ll find it well worth feeling Russian Circles live. Saturday, March 15, RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207) Konza Swamp Band, Rural Grit All Stars and the Kansas City Bear Fighters. Holy folk, man. Saturday, March 15, Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456) Mowgli’s, Misterwives Halfway to Winfield MON. 3/17 ST. PAT’S PARTY ALL DAY CD RELEASE SO COW SUN. 3/16 CALM BEFORE THE STORM NIGHT PARTY (IRELAND) TUES. 3/18 7PM THE CRAYONS UPCOMING 10PM THE ENTRANCE BAND 3/14 EXPENDABLES 4/8 FU MANCHU LA LUZ/TRIPTIDES 3/18 DARWIN DEEZE 4/16 MOWGLIS WED. 3/19 EMPIRES/CALIFORNIA WIVES 3/19 LYDIA LOVELESS 4/23 BLACK MT. THE SLOWDOWN 4/3 THAO& TGDSD 4/30 DEVIL MAKE 3 WEEKL Y SUN. 12-5PM BARTENDER’S BRUNCH & BLOODY MARY BAR MON. 7PM SONIC SPECTRUM MUSIC TRIVIA TUES. 7PM HONKY TONK SUPPER CLUB WED. 7PM BOB WALKENHORST & FRIENDS THURS. 7PM TRIVIA CLASH TUES. 3/12 WED. 3/13 Irieplacables * Nuthatch 47 * GOTNEXT OFF WITH THEIR HEADS MIDWEST The MGDs * Blarney Stoned * Lushes TWO4ONE TEENAGEBOTTLEROCKET 10PM MARIJUANA DOMCHRONICLES DEATH SQUADS MASKEDINTRUDER PETER SENSA Y LIZZO KILL NOISEBOYS STEDDYP It’s rather extraordinary what Russian Circles can accomplish in 37 minutes, which is the length of the Chicago trio’s latest album, Memorial. Though the band gets lumped into the metal category, what happens on Memorial feels less abrasive and more experimental than anything so genre-specific. Russian Circles I’ve never been to the Walnut Valley Festival — or the Winfield Bluegrass Festival, whatever you wanna call it — but I get the impression from most people that it’s more of a lifestyle thing than it is a music weekend. I hear about Winfield all year, is what I’m saying. So for the hundreds who have been there and dream wistfully of the warm camping weather and beckoning sounds of fiddles and banjos and old-time guitars, there’s Knuckleheads Saturday. Halfway to Winfield is a mini folk fest, featuring a pretty high-energy local lineup: Split Lip Rayfield, Truckstop Honeymoon, Whistle Pigs, Tyler Gregory, Old Sound, Loaded Goat, Look, I like the Mowgli’s as much as the next person — that one song “San Francisco” is really fun and everything — but I seriously can’t get past the misplaced apostrophe in the group name. At a certain point, you’d think that someone would have educated these kids on the basics of possessive nouns, and they would have fixed it. Anyway, the Mowgli’s (ugh) will be playing a free St. Patrick’s Day show at the Power & Light District’s KC Live Block. Joining the lineup is Brooklyn’s upand-coming indie-rock darling Misterwives, which has just released an excellent debut EP and whose members paid attention in fifthgrade English class. Monday, March 17, KC Live Block (14th St. and Grand, powerandlightdistrict.com) f o r e c a s t Pick of the Week Stackin’ Grammys International Choir World Music K e Y Locally Sourced Folk Fest Indie Rock Free Show Americana No Brothers Were Harmed Bring Your Earplugs From Chicago With Love OPENDAIL Y SUN. 12PM-12AM MON.TUES.SA T. 4PM-1:30AM WED-FRI 12PM-1:30AM KITCHEN OPEN LATE WWW .THERECORDBAR.COMFOR FULL SCHEDULE 30 the pitch m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 pitch.com TUESDAY APRIL 29 - 2014 - 7PM 800-745-3000 UPTOWN THEATER KANSAS CITY MO www.ticketmaster.com www.redgreen.com UPCOMING EVENTS: 3.12 3.13 Grand Opening of FLOGGING MOLLY PATRIARCH 3.14-16 3.14 3.15 SATURDAY, March 22! BROADWAY KANSAS CITY, MO 64111 3700 TATTO CONVENTION REAL DEAL LARRY LEBOWSKI PARTY THE ELDERS 3.16 3.22 4.3 SUITE 300 BOX OFFICE HOURS: GORDON LIGHTFOOT 816-753-8665 KATHY GRIFFIN THOMPSON SQUARE MON - FRI: 10AM-4PM SAT: 10AM-2PM m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 pitch.com the pitch 31 AGENDA continued from page 13 Thursday | 3.13 | PERFORMING ARTS KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY PRESENTS THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC ART EXHIBITS & EVENTS Edgar Degas Pastels | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, nelson-atkins.org James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, UMKC, 4949 Cherry, conservatory.umkc.edu EXPOS Spring opera: Kurt Weil’s Street Scene | 7:30 p.m. FR I DAY 3.14 Dressed Up | Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd., kemperart.org Heart of America Cluster Dog Shows | Hale Arena, 1701 American Royal Ct., heartofamericakc.org FILM Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak en bloc, by Jorge Garcia Almodovar | Opening reception, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, UMKC Gallery of Art, 5015 Holmes, Room 203 History & Hope: Celebrating the Civil Rights Movement | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak National Theatre Live presents War Horse | 7 p.m. Tivoli Cinemas, 4050 Pennsylvania, tivolikc.com SPORTS & REC Center, 1407 Grand Big 12 men’s basketball tournament | Sprint In the Looking Glass: Recent Daguerreotype Acquisitions | Nelson-Atkins Museum, 4525 Oak Molly Kaderka: Sacred Spaces | 6 p.m. Friday, all ages until 9 p.m., 21 and older after 9 p.m. KC Live Block at the Power & Light District, 14th St. and Grand, powerandlightdistrict.com MUSIC Miller Lite Basketball Fan Fest | Opening at 10 a.m., Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, kcsymphony.org (sold out) Kansas City Symphony presents the Los Angeles Philharmonic | 8 p.m. Kauffman Center for the Kiosk Gallery, 3951 Broadway Neeta Madahar: Falling | Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd. 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence Ladysmith Black Mambazo | 7 p.m. Liberty Hall, Spring opera: Kurt Weill’s Street Scene | Andy D., Baiowolf, Golden Street Choir Boys | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence Mark Lowrey Trio | 9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 7:30 p.m. James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry COMEDY OBJET pop-up boutique and Tea Time zine showcase | Noon-5 p.m. Wednesday, FridaySaturday, Paragraph Gallery, 23 E. 12th St. Arara Azul | 8 p.m. Broadway Jazz Club, 3601 Broadway Megan Birdsall | 8-10:30 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway Nick Moss | 7:30 p.m. Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester Mouth, Draper Family Band | 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence Gina Brillon | 7:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St. Other Faces: Paintings and Drawings by Jane Mudd and Nora Othic | Thornhill Gallery, Avila University, 11901 Wornall, avila.edu Dan Chopin | 7:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St. 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence Downlink, Dieselboy, Ajapai | 7 p.m. The Granada, Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St. Matt Otto Quintet with Shay Estes | 7 p.m. The Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., KCK EXPOS Steve Kramer | 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy | Nelson-Atkins Museum, 4525 Oak Reality and Fantasy: Land, Town and Sea Second Friday Troost Art Hop | 6-10 p.m. Vibe Tribe Studio, 5504 Troost, troostarthop.com Patriarch with Shooting Star | 7 p.m. Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway Drew Six | Fuel, 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park Millage Gilbert Big Blues Band | 7 p.m. Danny’s Heart of America Cluster Dog Shows | Hale Arena, 1701 American Royal Ct., heartofamericakc.org Planet Comicon | Noon-7 p.m. Bartle Hall, 301 W. 13th St., planetcomicon.wordpress.com Real Deal Tattoo Convention | Noon-10 p.m. Uptown This American Life | Fridays and Saturdays, Kemper East, 200 E. 44th St. Fast Johnny Ricker, Scare the Children | 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway Big Easy, 1601 E. 18th St. James Turrell: Gard Blue | Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi , Lawrence The Tyranny of Good Taste | La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St., charlottestreet.org Grand Marquis | 7 p.m. Jazz, 1823 W. 39th St. Steve Gray Band | Mestizo, 5270 W. 116th Pl., Leawood The Harmed Brothers, Blue Boot Heelers, Jenny Wood | 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. Hey Presto!, Blackwater ’64 | Jazzhaus, 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence Devil Club, 61 E. 14th St. Tropic Thursdays with Bartholomew | The Kill Theater, 3700 Broadway Bram Wijnands Duo | 6p.m.TheMajestic,931Broadway Charles D. Williams | 5 p.m. Broadway Jazz Club, 3601 Broadway FILM The Retro Cocktail Hour presents Cinema a Go-Go | 6:30 p.m. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence after 9 p.m. KC Live Block at the Power & Light District, 14th St. and Grand, powerandlightdistrict.com MUSIC The Woody Pines | 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main 1205 E. 85th St. John Paul’s Flying Circus | B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, Friday | 3.14 | PERFORMING ARTS SPORTS & REC Center, 1407 Grand Big 12 men’s basketball tournament | Sprint 5100 Rockhill Rd. Big Bad Gina | 8 p.m. Pierson Auditorium, UMKC, Boogaloo 7 | 10 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand Book of Gaia | 9 p.m. Broadway Jazz Club, 3601 Broadwa Johnny Switchblade, the Rackatees, Four Arm Shiver, 88er, the Hemorrhoids | 7 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence Golden! Girls Gone Wild!! | 8 p.m. Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th St. Miller Lite Basketball Fan Fest, featuring team pep rallies, watch parties, contests, live music and giveaways | Beginning at 2 p.m., all ages until 9 p.m., 21 and older 32 the pitch m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 pitch.com TheaTer Dates and times vary. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson | Starting walk Ave. Dolewite | The BrewTop Pub and Patio, 8614 N. Board- The Patrick Lentz Band | Fuel, 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park Leawood New Common Ground | Mestizo, 5270 W. 116th Pl., Billy Ebeling and the Late for Dinner Band | Jazz, 1823 W. 39th St. Let the Beat Build 4 | 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. Friday, the Barn Players, 6219 Martway, Mission, thebarnplayers.org The Ready Brothers, Whiskey for the Lady, Famous Seamus and the Travelbongs | 9 p.m. Westport Saloon, 4112 Pennsylvania Golden Ox, 1600 Genessee, kcmysterytrain.com Drawn to Murder | KC Mystery Train, the 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence The Evil, Haunt Ananta, Alien Jones | Jazzhaus, leheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester MilkDrive: A Living Room Session | 9 p.m. Knuck- The Rent | Jerryâ€™s Bait Shop, 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa Helen Gillet | The Brick, 1727 McGee Go Murphy, the Summit, Bloom | 9 p.m. Jackpot ter Theatre, 2450 Grand, Crown Center, egadstheatre.com Godspell | Egads Theatre Co., at Off Cen- My Oh My record-release show with Ruddy Swain | 9:30 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand Ori Naftaly | 8 p.m. Trouser Mouse, 410 S. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence Reverend Red, Duane Mark & the Get Down Bandits | 6 p.m. Westport Saloon, 4112 Pennsylvania Rotting Out, No Bragging Rights, Heart to Heart, the Beautiful Ones, Orthodox, See It Through | 5:30 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand Jekyll & Hyde | She & Her Productions, at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central, sheandherproductions.com MET Script-in-Hand Series: The Philadelphia Story | 2 p.m. Kansas City Plaza Library, 4801 Main, kclibrary.org p.m. Aftershock Bar & Grill, 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam In the Shadow, Dogs of Delphi, Sarmatian Night, Mending the Broken, Prometheus Fire-God | 8 Narkalark, Real Sugar, 18 Carat Affair | 8 p.m. The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence continued on page 34 Much Ado About Nothing | KU Theatre, Crafton-Preyer Theater, 1530 Naismith Drive (Murphy Hall), Lawrence The Night of the Iguana | Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, 3614 Main, metkc.org Other Desert Cities | Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main, unicorntheatre.org Playboy of the Western World | UMKC Theatre, Genessee Studio, 1615 W. 45th St., umkctheatre.org Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike | Beginning Friday, Spencer Theater, UMKC, 4949 Cherry, kcrep.org When I Come to Die | Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Copaken Stage, 13th St. and Walnut, kcrep.org Winter Shorts, with Sarah Mundy | 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Fishtank Performance Studio, 1715 Wyandotte MUSeUM exhibiTS & evenTS County Museum of History, 6305 Lackman Rd., Shawnee, jocomuseum.org Citizen Soldiers on the Prairie | Johnson Convergence: Jazz, Film, Dance and the Visual Arts | American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., , americanjazzmuseum.org Hands-on History | Opening Friday, National World War I Museum, 100 W. 26th St., at the Liberty Memorial On the Brink: A Month That Changed the World | National World War I Museum, 100 W. 26th St., Liberty Memorial, http://theworldwar.org Take Five Tours | 6 p.m. Thursday, American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St. pitch.com m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 the pitch 33 continued from page 33 Rougher Allstars (Blue Riddim), Jabberock | 9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main CHILDISH GAMBINO Levee Town | 9 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St. The Shmedleys | 8 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence Ida McBeth | 8:30 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St. MissConception CD-release party | 8 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway port Rd. Starhaven Rounders | 7 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 West- Modern Era | Mestizo, 5270 W. 116th Pl., Leawood 9 Volt Junkie EP-release show | 6 p.m. Aftershock The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St. Doug Talley Quintet with Julie Turner | 8:30 p.m. 1205 E. 85th St. Josh Vowell Band | 9 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, M Wells the Traveler | 6 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence bed, inus A Troy, m vening e in the 3.17 ONDAY Bar & Grill, 5240 Merriam Dr., Merriam Organ Jazz Trio | 10 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 1809 Grand Michael Pagan Quartet | 7 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, Rich Wheeler Quartet | 8 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar, 5336 W. 151st St., Leawood Phil N Da Blanks | 6 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand Refero album-release show with Epilogues, Young Readers, Bearface | 9 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway sachusetts, Lawrence The Wheelers | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Mas- Childish Gambino | 8 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main NIGHTLIFE Brodioke | 9 p.m. Bulldog, 1715 Main Flirt Fridays with DJ Parle | Hotel Nightclub, 1300 Jim Jefferies | 8 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main Keith Plus One: local improviser Keith Curtis with Ryan Seymour | 10 p.m. Kick Comedy Theater, 4010 Pennsylvania, kcimprov.com Steve Kramer | 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. Stanford’s Comedy Russian Circles, Helms Alee, KenMode | 9 p.m. COMMUNITY EVENTS RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. Grand Auditorium, UMKC, 5100 Rockhill Rd. MUSIC Stomping Out AIDS Step Show | 7 p.m. Pierson Samantha Fish and the Terry Quiett Band | 6:30 p.m. VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City 1 Riverboat Dr., North Kansas City Flirt Friday | 9 p.m. VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, Club, 1867 Village West Pkwy., KCK EXPOS Shedding Watts | Jazzhaus, 926-1/2 Massachusetts, Rashyd Ashon, Jooby Truth, Chuck Diesel, Ktown, Brody Lee | 8 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence Lawrence Friday Night Ska & Soul with Boss Hooligan and DJ Mahood | 8 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway Girl 2 Girl Social | 10 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway Switch | Jerry’s Bait Shop, 13412 Santa Fe Trail Dr., Lenexa Heart of America Cluster Dog Shows | Hale Arena, 1701 American Royal Ct., heartofamericakc.org Megan Birdsall | 8 p.m. Take Five Coffee + Bar, 5336 W. 151st St., Leawood Trampled Under Foot | 9 p.m. Trouser Mouse, 410 S. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs Larry Lebowski Party | 7 p.m. The Conspiracy Room at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway W. 13th St. Planet Comicon | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Bartle Hall, 301 The Blarney Stoned, the Kelihans, Conacht | 8 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main Real Deal Tattoo Convention | Noon-10 p.m. Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway Werewolf Nebula, the Westerners, Muff Punch | The Brick, 1727 McGee Tim Whitmer & KC Express | 4:30 p.m. The Phoenix, Young Friends of Art Second-Friday Happy Hour | 6-8 p.m. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Boss Hooligan, DJ Moonstomp, Peacemakers, DJ Lion Dub | 10 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway Havilah Bruders | 6:30 p.m. Westport Saloon, 4112 Pennsylvania 302 W. Eighth St. SPORTS & REC Saturday | 3.15 | PERFORMING ARTS Big 12 5k Fun Run & Family Stroll | 10 a.m. Power & Light District, 14th Street and Main, kcbig12run.com Wonderfuzz | Kelly’s Westport Inn, 500 Westport Rd. Golden! Girls Gone Wild!! | 8 p.m. Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th St. Big 12 men’s basketball tournament | Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Lawrence Dicklynch: A Tribute to Cocknoose, Mischief of Rats | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Sunday | 3.16 | PERFORMING ARTS Dolewite | 10 p.m. The Brooksider, 6330 Brookside Plz. Drunkards Dream, the Broken String Band | 10 p.m. Westport Saloon, 4112 Pennsylvania La Bohème | 7:30 p.m. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, kcopera.org Spring opera: Kurt Weill’s Street Scene | 7:30 p.m. kctrack.org Kansas City Track Club Westport St. Patrick’s Day Run | 10 a.m. Westport Rd. and Pennsylvania, W. 39th St. Golden! Girls Gone Wild!! | 6 p.m. Missie B’s, 805 Spring opera: Kurt Weill’s Street Scene | 2:30 p.m. James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry, conservatory.umkc.edu Miller Lite Basketball Fan Fest , featuring Regina Stillman’s Harlem in My Soul! | 3 p.m. Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St.,americanjazzmuseum.org COMEDY team pep rallies, watch parties, contests, live music and giveaways | Opening at 10 a.m., all ages until 9 p.m., 21 and older after 9 p.m. KC Live Block at the Power & Light District, 14th St. and Grand, powerandlightdistrict.com The Elders 12th Annual Hoolie | Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry, conservatory.umkc.edu COMEDY Club, 3601 Broadway Eboni Fondren Quartet | 9:30 p.m. Broadway Jazz Gina Brillon | 7 & 9:45 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St. EXPOS Gina Brillon | 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St. 34 the pitch m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 Sporting KC vs. FC Dallas | 7:30 p.m. Sporting Park, 1 Sporting Way, KCK, sportingkc.com Halfway to Winfield with Split Lip Ray ield, Truckstop Honeymoon, Whistle Pigs, Tyler Gregory, Old Sound, Loaded Goat, Konza Swamp Band, Rural Grit All-Stars and the Kansas City Bear Fighters | 5:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Heart of America Cluster Dog Shows | Hale Arena, 1701 American Royal Ct., heartofamericakc.org pitch.com W. 13th St. Planet Comicon | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bartle Hall, 301 uptown Comedy Night with Norm Dexter | 10 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway MuSiC Matt Hopper with Kelly Gant | 7 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St. Tuesday | 3.18 | PeRFoRMiNG ARTS Theater, 3700 Broadway Real Deal Tattoo Convention | Noon-6 p.m. Uptown SPoRTS & ReC Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence AAN, Disco Doom, Various Blonde | 10 p.m. Replay 1020 Westport Rd. Mark Lowrey Trio | 6 p.m. The Majestic, 931 Broadway Marijuana Deathsquads, Lizzo | 10 p.m. RecordBar, Kansas City Roller Warriors Bout Four: Rink of Fire Championship | 2 p.m. Winnwood Skate Center, 4426 N.E. Winn Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence Being As an ocean, A Lot Like Birds, My iron Lung, idle Hands, This Wild Life | 6:30 p.m. Jackpot Saloon, 4112 Pennsylvania open Mic with Brody Buster | 7-11 p.m. Westport Grant Hall, UMKC, 5227 Holmes The Goldenberg Duo — violin and piano | 7:30 p.m. MuSiC Rural Grit Happy Hour | 6 p.m. The Brick, 1727 McGee Singer/Songwriter open mic with Jon Theobald | 7 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main Waldo Jazz Collective | 7-10 p.m. The Piano Room, Rick Bacus Trio | Jazz, 1823 W. 39th St. el Barrio Band | 7 p.m. Danny’s Big Easy, 1601 E. MuSiC Lounge, 1809 Grand Bob Bowman & Roger Wilder | 10 p.m. Green Lady 18th St. Lawrence Acoustic hip-hop with Clay Hughes & friends | 6 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Brother John’s Motivational R&B/Soul Showcase | 7 p.m. Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway 8410 Wornall Busker’s Banquet | 9 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway continued on page 36 After Nations, Groovethemasses, Johnny Booth and the Head Wounds | 9 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence The Ataris, Authority Zero, Drag the River, Versus the World | 7:30 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence Ashley Davis and Liz Carroll | 7 p.m. Liberty Hall, Stan Kessler Quartet | 10 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand Broadway Gordon Lightfoot | 7 p.m. Uptown Theater, 3700 931 Broadway Mark Lowrey Trio jazz jam | 6 p.m. The Majestic, Lee McBee and the Confessors | 6-9 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St. Radar eyes, Basic Cable, Burial Teens | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence The Railers, the Major Trio | 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Third Day, Skillet, Mandisa, Brandon Heath, Peter Fuler, We As Human | 7 p.m. Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Bram Wijnands Trio | 7 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand Monday | 3.17 | PeRFoRMiNG ARTS Golden! Girls Gone Wild!! | 8 p.m. Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th St. La Bohème | 7:30 p.m. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, kcopera.org CoMeDy Fringe Alive Show | 8 p.m. The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway pitch.com m a r c h 1 3 - 1 9, 2 0 1 4 the pitch 35 SERVING FOOD TILL 3AM 816.960.4560 Mon-Fri 4p-3am Sat-Sun 12pm-3am Pennsylvania Ave 4112 continued from page 35 Close to Home, Famous Last Words, Phineas, Climates, Embrace This Day | 6:30 p.m. Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts, Lawrence MICHIO KAKU The Crayons | 7 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. Entrance Band, La Luz, Triptides | 10 p.m. Record- AY TUESD Every MONDAY Open Mic w/ Brody Buster 7-11pm Every TUESDAY Open Blues Jam w/ The Coyote Bill Boogie Band DUANE MARK & THE GET DOWN BANDIT DINNER SHOW 6PM • $5 HALFWAY TO WINFIELD OFFICIAL PRE PARTY! THE READY BROTHERS 9PM, WHISKEY FOR THE LADY 10:30PM, FAMOUS SEAMUS & THE TRAVELBONGS 12:30PM sat. march. 15 : HAVILAH BREWDERS DINNER SHOW 6:30 TO 9:30PM, DRUNKARDS DREAM 10PM, THE BROKEN STRING BAND 12PM APPEARING LIVE THIS WEEK WEDNESDAY Night Trivia from 7-9pm Bar, 1020 Westport Rd. 3.18 Foundation 627 Big Band | 9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand fri. march 14: REVEREND RED ALONG W/ d your Expan mind. The Grahams, Lilly Hiatt | 7:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Cher Lloyd, Jackson Harris | 7:30 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main 816.960.4560 BRUNCH W/ A.J. GAITHER & T.J. ERHADT SUN. march 16: Calvin Love, Tops, Paper Buffalo | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence westportsaloon.com Chuck Mead & the Grassy Knoll Boys | 7 p.m. Trouser Mouse, 410 S. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs Hermon Mehari Trio | 6 p.m. The Majestic, 931 Broadway The writer and physicist Dr. Michio Kaku | 7 p.m. Unity Temple, 707 W. 47th St., rainydaybooks.com Naughty Pines Happy Hour Band | 6-9 p.m. Coda, 1744 Broadway COMEDY Shinetop Jr. | 7-9 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St. 1515 WESTPORT RD. • 816-931-9417 Pennsylvania Open Blues Jam with the Coyote Bill Boogie Band | 9 p.m. Westport Saloon, 4112 Chicks Are Funny! | 7:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, 7260 N.W. 87th St. FILM Drew Six | 6-9 p.m. Cactus Grill, 11849 Roe, Leawood Warm Soda, Big Tits | 10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence Archie Powell and the Exports, Damn Choir | 8 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main National Theatre Live presents War Horse | 1:30 p.m. Tivoli Cinemas, 4050 Pennsylvania MUSIC Young the Giant, Vance Joy | 8 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main Trampled Under Foot | 7 p.m. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St. NIGHTLIFE WIFI NOW AVAILABLE! Whores, Bummer, Leering Heathens, Canyons | 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway Wild Adriatic, Brody Buster Band, Stone Cutters Union | 6 p.m. Czar, 1531 Grand NIGHTLIFE Augustines, My Goodness, Sons of Great Dane | 8 p.m. The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway Band of Heathens with Brother Bagman | 8:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester B.A.R.T Wednesdays with DJ G Train | 10 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway CHECK OUT THE NEW ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR Girlz of Westport | 8 p.m. Californos, 4124 Pennsylvania McGee Bent Knee, Jorge Arana Trio | The Brick, 1727 Karaoke with Lo | 10 p.m. Black & Gold Tavern, 3740 Broadway DJ Rico & the Boss Hooligan Soundsystem | 10 p.m. Black & Gold Tavern, 3740 Broadway Billy Ebeling | 7 p.m. Jazz, 1823 W. 39th St. Empires, California Wives, the Slowdown | 10 p.m. RecordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. DAILY MENU MONDAY-FRIDAY Jazz Poetry Jam | 7 p.m. Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St. Karaoke with Paul Nelson | MiniBar, 3810 Broadway Nerd Nite #22: Travel Smart, Kansas City Street Car Initiative Martial Arts | 7 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS Karaoke | Fuel, 7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park Loose Change jam | 7 p.m. Trouser Mouse, 410 S. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway Poetic Underground open-mic | 9 p.m. The Uptown Irish buffet all day • Lots of Live Music Great Drink & Beer Specials! 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