Author Archives: Josh Chaikin

James Bay, The Wild Feathers & ZZ Ward – Midland Theater – Kansas City

On Friday night, Kansas City was a hotbed of activity. Wicked was playing at The Music Hall, Charlotte was playing Miami at the Sprint Center and, of course, ZZ Ward was at the Midland Theater, with support from The Wild Feathers and James Bay. Though each of the artists, all in the blues tradition, are up and comers, they certainly ...

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Icon for Hire – Aftershock – Merriam, KS

With a new album coming out on October 15th, and “Scripted” already on the shelves, Icon for Hire had no shortage of material to perform for a packed Aftershock in Merriam Kansas on Friday night (and the crowd didn’t miss a beat as Icon for Hire performed for nearly two hours). The current tour, entitled “An Evening with Icon for Hire” ...

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Eklipse, Delain & Kamelot – Lawrence, KS

Lawrence Kansas is known for many things: The University of Kansas, basketball, a bloody battle that helped spur the Civil War…but it is also a good town for live music. On Friday night, The Granada played host to three acts, to a standing room only crowd…mostly because The Granada doesn’t have any assigned seating. It was the first American tour ...

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Raiding the Rock Vault – LVH – Las Vegas, NV

Update: As of 11/2/2014, Raiding the Rock Vault has a new home at the Tropicana, right on the Las Vegas strip. Playing at the historic LVH, the same theater in which Elvis performed when he was working Las Vegas, is another show that pays tribute to rock music: Raiding the Rock Vault. The show pays tribute to the some of the ...

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Marshall Tucker Band – Crossroads KC

For a few weeks every summer, the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City comes alive with live music, in a concert venue in the backyard of one of the city’s best “diners drive-ins and dives” – Grinders. Owned and operated by a metal artist, the restaurant serves up some of the best pizzas, burgers and sandwiches in the city. Almost ...

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Fall Out Boy and New Politics – Uptown Theater – Kansas City

Fall Out Boy, the name alone conjures up images of nuclear mutation, or perhaps Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley. Embarking on what is being called their “reunion” tour, Fall Out Boy played to a sold out house at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City on Tuesday night. The house was full and the energy was high. The ...

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Love Pump – VooDoo Lounge – Kansas City

Love Pump. The name alone conjures up images of 80’s hair metal and products you might find advertised in the back of dirty magazines. Fortunately, for us, this time it’s about the music. Love Pump is a tribute act, in Kansas City, honoring all things great about 80’s rock. Wailing guitar solos, spandex and, of course, hair. On Saturday night, ...

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Blue Oyster Cult – Old Shawnee Days

Christopher Walken wasn’t the only one who thought Blue Öyster Cult needed more Cowbell, not a few people in the audience brought and played their own Cowbells through Blue Oyster Cult’s set at Old Shawnee Days on June 9th.  Though rain was in the forecast, it held off until after Blue Öyster Cult left the stage. One of the driving ...

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Chris Mann – The Midland – Kansas City, MO

Though he came in fourth place on the second season of The Voice, Chris Mann has certainly won a strong following. Born in Wichita, Chris Tweeted from backstage that playing in Kansas City was definitely a homecoming. Chris shared the humorous story about he and a friend sneaked backstage at the Midland Theater, where he was playing, and found their ...

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Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express – Kansas City, MO (Styx, REO Speedwagon & Ted Nugent)

Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon and Styx rolled into Kansas City on Friday night and performed to a capacity crowd of over 7,000.  It’s a good thing it’s an outdoor theater, because they would have blown the lid off the place. Ted Nugent took to the stage first, and while he has made headlines in recent years for his political leanings, ...

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