Photo gallery by Morgan Jones, Story by Stevie Ervay, Poster by Jess Bonniwell.
The Rino is now a year old. Situated in North Kansas City, the small music venue has recently celebrated their first year of hosting live music and comedy nearly every night of the week. Right next door sits Colony KC, the smallest craft brewery in Kansas City, pumping out new experimental beers every week while serving unique cocktails and killer coffee. This past Sunday night things got switched up.
As the crowd trickled into the space, they were surprised to see that the music wasn’t being performed on the stage, but rather on the coffee shop side. Placed in the entryway, the night’s artists filled Colony KC with an assortment of sounds. Thames, a young band from St. Louis kicked off the evening. The trio (who usually play as a quartet, but one member was absent) took their radio-ready sound and stripped it back, playing songs that don’t usually make it on the set list. “We’re going to play a song we don’t usually play live, our bassist says is a mood killer but we like this vibe”.
Up next was Kansas City artist Jo. Jo has recently gotten attention from area radio stations, getting airplay on 90.1 KKFI, 90.9 The Bridge, and more. The young musician’s charm and infectious smile set the tone for her set, that while short, was heavy. Jo’s songwriting incorporates heavy subject matter into danceable pop tunes. Joined by her sister for a song, the pair easily won over the crowd.
Kenya Woods closed the night. Woods, who has been flying under the radar for far too long, stunned the unassuming audience. “You guys are in for a real treat. The first time I saw Kenya Woods, my jaw hit the floor,” Sofar emcee Tevin Williams stated before Woods’ set. And he was right. The room shifted to utter silence, all eyes on Woods. Joined by a keyboardist, the duo serenaded the captive audience into a trance.
Great beer, great music, and another great Sofar in the books.