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Photo gallery by Anna Selle, Story by Stevie Ervay, Poster by Jess Bonniwell
It’s that weird time of year in the midwest. You know, when the weather should be cooling off but it’s not. It feels like it should be fall, but you’re still in shorts and t-shirt; that time of year. Through the hazy summer streets of Prairie Village – a suburb of Kansas City – 40+ guests found their way to a beautiful home. Inside: Sofar Sounds.
Tom West, an Australian folk singer kicked off the evening. Starting with a funny story of running into a dangerous snake, West flawlessly transitioned into a serious tone when he started playing. With a distinct vocal style, West’s metaphor and storytelling were gripping. Four songs went by too quickly.
From Pittsburgh, singer-songwriter Noa Jordan kept the tunes rolling. With a bombastic voice and peppy guitar, Jordan too had the crowd’s attention. Performing songs that played to her strengths, Jordan’s set was dynamic. A cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” had the whole room singing, voices resonating off the high ceilings.
Bringing the evening home Austin, Texas outfit Star Parks brought a lot of soul to the table. A rather folksy performance was elevated with the addition of mellow trumpet. The impeccable storytelling, wrapped tightly inside an blanket of sharp keys and gentle guitar, guaranteed a perfect night cap.