Photo gallery by Anna Selle, Story by Steven Ervay, Poster by Nick Howland
On a slightly rainy, windy Saturday night, 100+ people made their way through Kansas City’s Power & Light District and arrived at Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland. Signs pointing up were spattered about the entry way. On the top floor of the building, above the theatre, lives the Ink Live Lounge, the location for the night’s Sofar Sounds KC show. With large windows monopolizing two of the walls in the lounge, the downtown cityscape of KC was the backdrop for the evening.
The sun quickly set as Crystal Rose kicked off her performance. Accompanied by guitarist Payge Turner, and bassist Robert Castillo, Rose performed a soulful, sweet set. Rose’s incredible vocal work, accentuated by the harmonies of Turner, carried the crowd through an intense and exciting set of smart pop music.
Lawrence, Kansas’ Spencer Mackenzie Brown was the second act for the night. His sultry voice combined with his acoustic guitar and aided by his bassist Jared Anderson serenaded the captivated crowd. “Alright, this is my last song, if you know it, please sing along,” Brown declares before ending his set, and in one of those rare this-is-why-we-love-Sofar moments, Brown jumps straight into his country-roots version of The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air theme song; everyone was hooked.
Closing out the night was KC quartet Rachel Mallin And The Wild Type. Bringing their 60’s pop tinged surf sounds to the Ink Live Lounge, the band performed a rare, semi-stripped down set. Their dancy-sensibilities shone through and left a light-hearted mood cast over the crowd.
The night was winding down, some attendees trickled down the stairs, some stayed to chat with the artists. The largest Sofar Sounds Kansas City to date is in the books, and there are only more to come. To stay up to date on when the next show will be, please visit the Sofar Sounds Kansas City website.