Author Archives: Josh Chaikin

Andy Frasco and the UN – Crossroads KC

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Grinders has the best pizza in Kansas City. I don’t say this because I have a new advertiser, and it’s not a shameless attempt to get free food (unless Stretch happens to be reading this…) but because, during the summer, Grinders turns into one of the city’s most energizing live music venues. ...

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Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone – Sunset Music Festival

Though I was born in the early 80s, I grew up listening to a lot of Oldies, thanks to my mother’s love of them. One band I remember hearing on her rotation regularly was Herman’s Hermits. Though Peter Noone is better known to me as Dwayne, the shady band manager in the Quantum Leap episode, “Glitter Rock,” I found myself ...

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Patriarch Reunion Show – Uptown Theater – Kansas City

Though known mostly for the band which shares its name, Kansas has a long tradition of birthing great music, thanks in large part to its thriving Jazz community, Kansas has produced several bands, which never reached the iconic status they deserved, Shooting Star and Patriarch among them. Performing a homecoming show, together for first time in 26 years, Patriarch took ...

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El Monstero – Uptown Theater – Kansas City

Happy New Year! It’s been almost one year since Photos from the Pit has been launched, and it’s been quite a ride. I’ve almost gone full circle now. This time last year, I shot El Monstero at the Uptown Theater, and I got to kick off 2014 with El Monstero once more. Word is definitely getting out about these guys. ...

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Steel Panther – Kansas City – Midland Theater

This is the big one, just in time for Christmas. There were no Christmas carols, 98.9 The Rock presenting A Twisted Xmas with Steel Panther, nobody seemed to mind.  Known for their outrageous stage antics, over the top costumes and 80’s hair, Steel Panther is far more than a parody band. For some time, Steel Panther was relatively unknown outside of ...

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Stone Temple Pilots – VooDoo Lounge – Kansas City

 

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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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