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Photo gallery by Anna Selle, Story by Steven Ervay, Poster by Nick Howland

Last Friday night, 30 or so music lovers grabbed their wine bottles and beer coolers and headed to a stranger’s house in the South Plaza area. Why? Because Sofar Sounds Kansas City was kicking out another great night of intimate music. The stunning family home was the gathering place, warm and cozy, the patrons steadily streamed in and found their spot.

Instant Karma! started the evening. This dynamic group mixes everything you love about soul, funk, and rock to create their unique peppy sound. The songs carry a palpable groove to them, accentuated by frontman Colby Bales’ smooth voice and the charming call and responses of the female backup singers.

Carrying the evening forward, country folk trio OLIVIA FOX hit the proverbial stage. Keys, guitar, violin, drums, and the most beautiful three piece harmonies to hit the Plaza. The relatively new trio has been playing around KC for the past year or so, but we can expect to start seeing them on larger stages.

Closing out the night was Kat King from Lawrence, Kansas. The singer songwriter – fresh off the release of her new EP “Falling Up” – performed a solid mix of both old and new songs. Folk tinged heartbreak songs for our generation.

Sofar Sounds KC would like to thank it’s sponsors: Playlistplay, Fine Dining ProductionsDo816, Boulevard Brewing, Virgin Mobile, and Night In Media and the hosts.


  1. Folks I’ve often wanted to do a rooftop concert with my band Broken Arrows somewhere in KC. I also like the idea of doing something literally underground somewhere. Who can I talk to to see if you’re interested in doing something with us?

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