Howdy Neighbors!

Join us June 7th for the Crossroads Summer Block Party presented by Golden Sound Records and The Pitch! Enjoy an evening of live music from some of the best bands in town, tasty treats from food trucks, live art, and friendly neighbors.

Bring your friends & family to the First Fridays event of 2013 and discover a taste of what makes Kansas City and the Crossroads Arts District one-of-a-kind. Then cool down with us at the after party hosted by Snow & Co.

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2013 Schedule

  • Akkilles
    6:00 - 6:30

    Akkilles, stage name for Kansas City songwriter David Bennett, will release his first full-length album in July 2013, titled Something You’d Say. The ten tracks, written and recorded in October 2012, represent a year in review, or rather, a year thinking nostalgically about and processing loss. “It’s all sort of a response to what was going on at a really specific time a couple years back. I couldn’t seem to find stability in many different areas of my life, but it wasn’t all bad. It was just new and unexpected… and difficult,” explains Bennett. The result is an anecdotal songwriting, candid though reserved, as if to protect the privacy of the story.

    Something You’d Say is heavily layered, though with simple song structures. “The whole record is guitar driven, but I found myself most interested in ambient noises, usually from the piano or auxiliary percussion,” Bennett says. “We spent a lot of time layering guitars, voices and sounds we accidentally created. There’s a lot going on. It would definitely be a stretch to try to perform these songs with just an acoustic guitar.”

    In addition, Bennett reveals that his material isn’t isolated to his own experience or ability to make music. “I feel like this record belongs to a lot of people—the engineer, my band mates, my friends and even this city, “ he says. “I had a lot of help from a lot of generous people along the way.”

    Look for the album, Something You’d Say, to be released on The Record Machine July 2, 2013.

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  • Opossum Trot
    6:45 - 7:15
  • Oils
    7:30 - 8:00
  • Millions of Boys
    8:15 - 8:45

    Omaha trio Millions of Boys bloomed out of Sara Bertuldo and Alex van Beaumont’s mutual friendship with Ryan Haas during the everlasting summer of 2010. Inside jokes, late nights, and an undying appreciation for punk fortified a nuclear chemistry that left them with haunting songs of contemplative love. Counting two boys to one, the trio soon had their hard work realized.

    The band’s first release, Competing for Your Love, exemplifies their eclectic yet cohesive sound in less than twenty-five minutes, and leaves you wondering how many more boys there could be.

  • Hidden Pictures
    9:00 - 9:30
  • Shy Boys
    9:45 - 10:15

    Falling short of their goal to become an oldies cover band, these three roommates eventually took to playing their own material. The transition was a smooth one. Shy Boys draw from the sweet, mellow sounds of good 60s pop.

    Rather than covering 1960s classics, they’ve built an aesthetic inspired by them, with high harmonies, gentle jangles and innocent lyrics. A little bit of the Association, a little bit of Real Estate. And sometimes, Dirty Beaches. Live sets of tender jams will often move to wild, unexpected places.

    Shy Boys have almost completed their first lp, soon to be released on High Dive Records. Come see them play, and you might see why this new band is generating a lot of excitement.

  • Fullbloods
    10:30 - 11:00
  • Cowboy Indian Bear
    11:15 - 12:00

    Lawrence, Kansas’ favorite sons (and daughter), Cowboy Indian Bear, make both a reaffirmation and a grand leap forward with their second full-length album Live Old, Die Young. It was captured alongside producer/engineer Joshua Browning and over three years that included a grueling touring regimen through multiple blizzards, blown tires, shouting matches in art galleries, travels to exotic locales and the loss of beloved family members. Trust that the joys and adversities of that period all find their way onto LO,DY in multiple ways.

    If their debut album Each Other All The Time was about constructing a framework, the laying of a foundation, their latest collection of ethereal indie rock is about the subtleties and embellishments that turn a house into a home. The individual memories and collective hardships of the quartet are spread throughout LO,DY like family portraits on a mantle. While all the pictures may be beautifully rendered and cleanly framed at first glance, a deeper look suggests something a little more difficult to work around. But life is not as linear as it is often idealized. Once again those challenges, both musically and narratively, are being put forth in Cowboy Indian Bear’s work. LO,DY, however, is a testament to bonding, growth and family ties. If you look a bit closer the results are likely better – a lot better – than the last time you paid a visit. Maybe stay a while this time.

  • After Party at Snow & Co.

    You're already here, why not cool down at Snow & Co. after the event with some of their tasty frozen cocktails?