His U.S. tour opens in Atlanta, then goes north and east, west and south before ending in Jersey on May 2. He and the E Street Band will be in Europe from May 13 through July 31 so it looks like any show in KC will have to wait until fall. You can preorder his new album, "Wrecking Ball," and hear one of its tracks, "We Take Care of Our Own," at his web site. Tour stops are listed below.
For the third year in a row, a large caravan of Kansas City/Lawrence and other regional bands will invade Austin, Texas, during the annual South by Southwest music conference, which runs March 14-18. The MidCoast Takeover will be March 16 and 17 at an Austin venue called the Shangri-La. The organizers are throwing four fundrasing shows on four consecutive Fridays starting Feb.10 to raise money for this event (they gotta rent the place, for starters). The list of fundraisers is below. Admission to each show is $10; the RecordBar and Czar shows are 18-and-olderl. Also, if you are in a band that is interested in applying to perform at the Takeover, the deadline is Feb. 1. Go here for more information.
Alison Mosshart of the Kills. Photos by Susan Pfannmuller/Special to The Star
Not many lead singers can surpass Alison Mosshart when it comes to visual charisma. Her hair is a neon-blood-orange mane. Her frame is long, lanky and spidery. And her choreography is primal and sexual, whether she is dancing with her mic stand as she sings, tossing her hair back-and-forth and up-and-down, as if trying to shake it from her scalp, or pacing the stage panther-like during an instrumental flurry. As flamboyant as it can get, there is something un-self-conscious about it. Mosshart doesn’t demand attention as much as she dares you not to pay it.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $29 to $55.
Most music fans in the United States were introduced to Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1986. That’s the year Paul Simon released “Graceland,” which fused Western music with traditional South African music and showcased several black South African musicians and artists, including Ladysmith, a male choral group.
Brad Paisley doesn’t need to add much luster and flash to his live shows. He has the music (including 17 No. 1 singles), his longtime band, the personality and the guitar wizardry to pack a house and throw down a no-frills, two-hour show filled with modern-country hooks and hard-rock licks. But these days, depending on the venue, that isn’t always enough.
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