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Photo gallery by Anna Selle, Story by Steven Ervay, Poster by Nick Howland
Flashback to a cool April Monday night in Kansas City’s West Bottoms district. The haunting neighborhood chock full of towering warehouses hosts many hidden gems. Amoung these gems is Wickstock West. A sprawling loft space ambitiously transformed into a creative haven. Wickstock West played host to April’s first Sofar.
Kicking things off was James Lockhart. Lockhart, from the Fayetteville, AR-based Brother Moses charmed the crowd with his awkward sensibilities and quiet demeanor. Performing four original tracks, ranging from love lost to comedic coping of touring the midwest, Lockhart’s set seemed to end too early.
Adding a little pep in the step of the evening, Kansas City ukulele guru and looping expert Eems graced the stage. With an eager and bright attitude, Eems beatboxed, strummed, and sang his way into everyone’s ears. His ear-worm songs are certainly still stuck in our heads.
Closing the evening was something alien to Sofar Sounds Kansas City: a classical musician. Composer and pianist, Philip D. Zach, accompanied by two violins, hooked the crowd on his contemporary scores. Zach lulled the room into pure bliss.