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DAY IN THE LIFE: MIDDLE OF THE MAP MUSIC FESTIVAL

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It’s finally festival season and we got to run all around Middle of the Map Music Festival in Kansas City, Mo. taking photos and enjoying 4 days of music discovery. The festival highlights national / global acts as well as hometown favorites. Take a look below to get an idea of what our Saturday at the festival was like and imagine that you were right there with us (you can totally be our concert buddy).

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2:00 pm Said bye to Yola (our editor)

This smushed little face wasn’t too happy to see us go. Maybe next year she can take one of our press passes and hang out at Middle of the Map.

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2:20 pm People’s Punk Band at The Brick

Nothing like starting the day with a little punk rock in your face. Who needs coffee when you have these guys.

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2:51 pm Arrived at the Collection for Connor Leimer

An immensely talented and humble individual. This guy knows how to write a love song.

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3:38 pm Lunch at Grinders, 2 clucked baskets with half ass tots, crinkle cut fries and a (really good) mimosa

Grinder’s doesn’t mess around. They serve up bar food that slaps some sauce on your smile and some pounds on your belly along with a great list of brews. Plus, their backyard is the main venue of the festival: Crossroads Kc.

Seriously, that mimosa was pretty killer.

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4:26 pm Interview with Bassh

A cool group of fellas who talked to us about recording new songs, their past band experience, and visiting a castle in Texas. Be on the lookout for our Liner Note with the band coming out later this week.

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5:00 pm Tall Tales

These guys got the room moving with their cover of Two Door Cinema Club. Keep an eye on these guys as they continue to grow.

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5:44 pm saw 30 seconds on Hipshot Killer’s and cried

The results of accidental poor time management during a festival. Not much else to say except other than our hearts are broken.

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5:50 pm 2 Flowers of Evil and a meat & cheese plate at the Belfry

Best snack we could ask for to keep us going through the day: a savory meat and cheese assembly as well as a tasty absinthe based drink.

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6:08 pm Brother at the Collection

Pretty sure these guys had all the teenage girls in the venue swooning with their synth-based rock.

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6:47 pm Bathroom break at the Tank Room

There’s a lot more to the Tank Room than the bathrooms but hey, when ya gotta pee, ya gotta pee.

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8:05 pm Bassh plays at Crossroads KC at Grinders

Bassh starts off the night at the main stage. They are a fairly new band but they’re sure to be a name that people bring home with them at festival’s end.

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8:40 pm Pretzel, pizza, angry orchard and wine from the Grinders window

We seriously cannot stay away from this place,

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8:51 pm Josey Records

When we see a record store close by, especially when it’s just on the other side of the street, we’ve gotta peruse the bins. It’s mandatory.

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9:15 pm All Get Out Grinder’s

Easily one of the best sets at the festival. These guys brought a very welcome change of pace to Middle of the Map.

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10:00 pm Fake Drugs & free shot from 360 vodka

They kinda went hand in hand together. Perfect on both accounts (groovy electronic-rock and vodka alike).

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10:37 pm Manchester Orchestra

This was the 3rd time for us seeing them and we were absolutely floored from the moment they came out. Not sure what they are doing differently, but the excitement and the energy of the band and fans was pretty contagious.

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12:00 pm STRFKR

The most packed set we attended at the entire festival. It was also the grooviest and sweatiest.

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12:21 pm Illphonics

What’s an awesome way to close out the Middle of the Map Music Festival? By moving to the soulful sounds of one of Kansas City’s standout artists with a group of people just as tired and excited as you are.

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There’s was a whole lot going on at Middle of the Map this year and a lot we got to do. Here’s a bit of our day by the numbers.

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