Has anyone heard if Crossroads is still standing after that fierce storm?
August 25, 2012 at 11:38 PM
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August 26, 2012 at 04:51 AM
When will this dump finally be closed down? It is a cancer on KC. It is disgusting. It's pathetic condition gives bands and people coming through the wrong idea of what KC is all about.
Crossroads KC is a disgrace to this city.
August 26, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Thought about going to the Dawes show last night and now glad I didn't drive down there. Still love the "Nothing Is Wrong" cd, though. I did go see Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives at Knuckleheads Friday night. Damn good show. Could have been longer, as the show with encore just went past the 90 minute mark, but what a fun and musical 90 minutes it was (plus the couple of songs he didn't play during the show that were in the sound check). Marty and his fine band mixed Country, Roots Rock, and Gospel (as well as a incredible Mandolin solo spot by Marty) and Marty even gave up the stage to his wife, Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith for a brief five song set. "I Never Once Stopped Loving You" and "Once A Day" sounded sweet and reminded me of long road trips as a kid, as my father had a couple of her albums on (gulp) 8-Track tape. Yep, Connie has been around awhile.
Marty's band was simply top-notch. His cousin, Kenny Vaughan, is a killer Country guitar picker. Gary Carter played some sweet steel-guitar and the rhythm section was rockin'. Everyone, except the steel player got to do some lead vocals, so the show had a lot of variety packed into the 90 minutes. Not as big a crowd as I had expected for a Friday night. I sat up on the roof of the joint and that area was more than half empty. But the folks that did show up loved it and rightfully so. Opener, Michelle McBride (no relation to Martina) played 90 minutes on the inside stage to a handful of people, as nobody outside seemed interested. Her show was all covers and not very good. In fact, her guitarist sang Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and it was almost laughable. He actually sang (poorly) the harmonica parts in the song. Michelle wasn't bad vocally, but her banter between songs needs work, as she was more annoying than entertaining.
August 26, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Peter, I am with you. The suck-rocks Crossroads venue is truly like wart on the the ass of the Kansas City music scene. I nearly went to last summer's CINDERELLA gig there. But, it was canceled at the VERY last minute before the '80's hair band was taking the stage. Only time I went to Crossroads was to catch VANILLA ICE and then I wound up with free tickets. I later ended up with (maybe) some bad drinking water or something - because for the next eight days after that - I had flu-like symptoms.
PLEASE put Crossroads out of it's misery!!
Bubba Brown |
August 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM
The first rule of Fight Club is: Never talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: Never admit to attending a Vanilla Ice show.
August 26, 2012 at 07:26 PM
My dad warned me to never take advice from someone who went to a Vanilla Ice show, that said, fill me up a tall glass of water and hit the lights, I am all set for Dawes.
August 26, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Bub, you know you have great logic when THEY focus on sub-points versus the REAL POINT...
The real point/issue is how much Crossroads KC SUCKS!!!! AND how bad it makes KC look to people passing through town... NOT how much VI sucks.
August 26, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Hey Peter (or should I say dick) don't go there if you don't want to clown. No one is holding a gun to your head.
August 26, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Did anyone hear when this dump finally be shut down? It is a black eye on KC. It is sickening. It is in early 1900's condition which gives people coming through KC a bad taste of what KC is all about.
Crossroads KC is a festering open sore on this city.
August 27, 2012 at 02:15 AM
The one time that I did attend a gig at Crossroads - it was in May, 2011. I do remember that it was a beautiful crisp day with a high of 75 degrees. I could NOT imagine seeing a show there when it's hot or when the place is fulled to capacity. SO glad that I didn't go to CINDERELLA last July (was it?). Anyone else remember a blogger out on this link that maybe two years ago was saying that "Crossroads isn't for softees"?
Bubba Brown |
August 27, 2012 at 06:16 AM
Geordan, thanks for the Marty Stuart review. Well done as always!
August 27, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Marty and band always put on a real good show, but I just couldn't deal with those theatre show-like prices (wasn't it like $35?) when I've seen him over the last 2 or 3 years for as little as $10 at the Paola Roots Festival and FREE at Santa Caligon Days. Just not enough of a country fan, I guess and even though I LOVE Knuckleheads, I just can't justify paying anything over $20-$25 for a show there.
August 27, 2012 at 08:59 AM
""anyone else remember a blogger out on this link that maybe two years ago was saying that "Crossroads isn't for softees"?""
Well, one thing is for sure...
when you go to Crossroads KC you know for sure whether the person before you left a softee or a firmee.... because it is still laying there... is just plops down and lays there, piling up at the bottom of their porta potties...
...and you can be sure they did not wash their hands, there is no running water at Crossroads, it is just people spreading their fecal matter all over everything down there... and there is years of it now.
August 27, 2012 at 09:17 AM
Anybody go the Paola Roots Festival last weekend?
August 27, 2012 at 09:48 AM
Nah, otm, usually a regular but couldn't go this year. Hitting John Hiatt tonight though.
August 27, 2012 at 09:57 AM
plop plop, slop slop...
someday the dump will surely flop.
August 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Looking forward to John Hiatt tonight!!
August 27, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Y'all notice that RickyPeterMicky has a real obsession with poop? He must be a real turd burglar with all that non-stop talk about restrooms and fecal matter. Prolly works in a fudge packing factory lolololol
Ricky is icky |
August 27, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Anti-homosexual slurs are just as unacceptable as all other anti-minority slurs.
August 27, 2012 at 01:57 PM
LMF, probably best to simply ignore the trolls, they are just looking for a reaction.
All smart thinking KC music lovers know to avoid the dump, and the trolls trying to deflect the truth away from the facts about how bad Crossroads KC is and onto other things wont be successful.
August 27, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Yeah, Pellboy, Marty Stuart was a little pricey for Knuckleheads (hence, the smaller crowd), but it's the first time I have seen him in almost 20 years. Hell, I paid $60.00 to see Buddy Guy at Knuckleheads and it was worth every penny. But like you, I usually don't go see anyone who charges that much at that venue. As for Country Music, I hated it when I was a kid, as it was all my father would listen to. You know, the old-school twangy Country. But then in the early 80's, Alt-Country bands like Rank & File, Jason & The Scorchers, and The Rave Ups, to name a few, influenced by The Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco, and the classic Byrds album, "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" (LOVE that album) made me listen a little closer to Country and now I enjoy some of it and even love a few choice artists. Add a bit of Rock to that twangy sound, unlike most of this current Pop Country that has Hank and Johnny spinning in their graves, and it does sound good to my ears.
August 27, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Dawes really liked Crossroads, the lead singer Taylor Goldsmith made a few comments about the venue, I was a little worried with the low numbers but they clearly loved every min of the show as did the fans, great great show last night!!!
August 28, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Thank goodness (for the dump's sake) there are still hillbilly acts that love crappy disgusting places like crossroads KC and it porta-potties, wood chip floors, no roof, no air conditioning, no running water for sanitary purposes , etc etc etc.. the place is a crap hole.
August 28, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Hey Green, I agree, a realy good show last night. I saw Tim there so maybe a review will be posted later. I was very impressed with the openers 'Quiet Corral', those guys kicked ass!
August 28, 2012 at 09:03 AM
I'm happy to hear the show last night was good. I was going on Saturday but couldn't make the show last night. It's too bad William Elliott Whitmore couldn't be there last night.
August 28, 2012 at 09:11 AM
If at Dawes then, probably no review of John Hiatt so I'll offer up a few observations here.
First off, have now seen John 8 or 9 times, but this was the first time w/ a band in several years and as usual, he brought along a stellar group ("The Combo") w/ guitarist, Doug Lancio, especially standing out. More than held his own as part of the fine Hiatt tradition of great axemen, such as Cooder, Landreth, Immergluck and Dickinson. Great all-around player (mandolin, acoustic, slide), highlighted by his scorching, extended solo to close out the show on "Riding With The King".
Hiatt himself was in fine voice and mood and his career-spanning setlist was comprised from around 9 or 10 of his albums which seemed to satisfy most of his longtime fans while still mixing in a couple of tunes from his forthcoming album, Mystic Pinball, as well as one from last year's excellent, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns. While indeed a great song, his "Have A Little Faith" has become almost a cliche part of his shows at this point (which didn't seem to keep one fan from shouting out a request for it more than once) and so I was pleasantly surprised by last night's full-band version which was presented almost more as a mid-tempo shuffle as opposed to the typical Hiatt solo piano version that I'm most familiar with from past shows.
Getting back to the band, interesting dynamic in that Lancio's guitar tech was the only harmony, backup singer to Hiatt so while holding and tuning guitars, he periodically stepped up to the only other vocal mic to assist Hiatt at various points throughout the show. Not sure I'd ever seen that before, making for basically a 4 1/2 piece band.
Finally, as for the crowd, fairly sparse as compared to past Hiatt shows, I'm guessing maybe around 500 so after watching opening act, Samantha Fish (typically solid btw), from some floor seats under the overhang where the sound didn't seem to be as good, we moved up to a mostly empty balcony for Hiatt and really benefited from that change in seating.
In summation, as expected, a great show as Hiatt never really disappoints.
August 28, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Quiet Corral was really good, not sure why I have not heard of them before. Funny how those local bands slip past me like that. Sid glad you enjoyed the show, some more great shows coming up, hope to see you there!
August 28, 2012 at 09:29 PM
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