Monday, February 27, 2006

Live Music

If you had listened to a CD instead of going to see Makuza play yesterday afternoon, you would have missed a lot.

You would have missed bassist Ben Leifer lit up by the red neon of the Mike's sign. You wouldn't have seen how the trombonist used his middle finger to catch the bell of his horn and control his slide. Bobby Watson literally jumping with enthusiasm as he jammed would not have come across on a CD. You would have missed the dancing of the older woman, and her kicks over the head of David Basse.

I made a late New Years' resolution to see live music at least once a week.

8 Comments:

Anonymous JW said...

That is an excellent goal, and one that will deliver much satisfaction. We should all aspire to such enlightenment. Or for a babysitter and enough cash for a couple of Boulevards.

2/27/2006 10:21 PM  
Blogger Xavier Onassis said...

Mama Ray at Harlings every Saturday afternoon. Great for old folk. Get there at 1, band starts at 2, it's over by six, go home, eat supper and go to bed!

2/27/2006 10:58 PM  
Blogger AM said...

If you like honky tonk music, you really need to come out to see Rex Hobart at the Record Bar on a Tuesday night. They're real casual shows, but they're fun. And there's no cover and it's over at 10p.

Let me know if you ever feel like going...

2/27/2006 11:10 PM  
Anonymous pat said...

If more people would go see live music once a week, the music scene in KC wouldn't suck so much. So please do go out!

Don't think I'm just dumping on Kansas City--I'm a professional musician who's been in town here 27 years now. I've watched the scene go from pretty good to dismal, as audiences increasingly resemble zombies watching a TV set.

If we could just get more warm bodies in the venues, they might realize there are real people up on stage who would be happy to interact with them. And maybe people wouldn't expect every band to do the same 20 songs, and--dare I say it--might come to appreciate original material from local artists. Instead of the prevailing attitude of, "If I haven't heard this song 50 times before, it must not be any good."

Okay, leaving the soap box now. But go!

2/28/2006 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous me said...

Live music rocks!!; so to speak. Go see as much as you can, whenever you can, of any style you like. Support your local musician!!

Undress your local musician, take him to bed, do nasty, naughty things, bring a friend, . . .
oh, sorry, I got carried away.

2/28/2006 5:03 PM  
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