Well, well, we’d like to say we’re winding down after a busy weekend participating in the 10th Annual Crossroads Music Fest sponsored by 90.1 KKFI in Kansas City, but we’ve got a whole lot in store for the coming months. But that’s a conversation for another time. Today, we talk about the festival.
This was our first year hosting a showcase at the CMF, and we were beyond elated to accept the invitation. We invited our KC/Lawrence buds La Guerre and Max Justus to play, as well as Chambers from Denton, and Ghastly Menace and The Noise FM from Chicago. It was a party for sure.
The day started off at Thou Mayest, a nifty coffee shop/bar located in the Crossroads. The goal was to showcase our musicians performing stripped-down songs in an intimate setting, these will be compiled into videos for your viewing pleasure in the near future. Performances were given by Ghastly Menace, La Guerre, Austen Malone (of Spirit is the Spirit), CJ Calhoun (of Cowboy Indian Bear), Chambers (ft. Ghastly Menace), and the Noise FM.
Shortly after, our showcase began at Czar Bar. Ghastly Menace kicked off the evening with their rather raucous jams. The babies of the label, the sextet sure did not disappoint the music-loving audience. With an insane amount of instrumentation, harmonies, and inciting riffs, it’s almost needless to say that we can’t wait to showcase them again in KC.
La Guerre followed up the rambunctious Chicagoans; one girl and her keyboard. La Guerre (aka Katlyn Conroy, who also plays with Cowboy Indian Bear) serenaded, and captivated the growing population of the bar. And though side conversations were being held, it’s safe to say that everyone was blown away by the end of her set.
Chambers filed in next. Their first tour with their new singer, Emily Davis, and they picked up exactly where they had left off. Loud and ethereal, Chambers blew in a breath of new air for Czar Bar. Wild melodies and harmonies that will quite literally knock your socks off come hand in hand with the quartet.
Following up Chambers was Lawrence turned Chicago trio the Noise FM. Playing with their producer Greg Panciera on guitar and keys, the Noise boys tore the roof off of the bar. Rowdy, wild, and really something to see, the Noise FM will be back in KC this December, don’t miss that.
Closing out the night was Max Justus. Who played a set of new material that will be on his next album. It is exciting to see it grow and change a little bit every show. If you haven’t seen Max recently you need to check him out again.
It was a long day but exciting to see the full state of the label. We have some exciting things coming your way!