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Photo gallery by Anna Selle, Story by Kara Love, Poster by Nick Howland
It was chilly and raining in Kansas City on Saturday, the perfect weather for gathering with dozens of music lovers to experience intimate sets by three artists. Men’s apparel store ULAH hosted Sofar Sounds, featuring Miki P, Sheven, and Keelan Donovan – three musicians with very different styles.
Miki P, a singer/songwriter whose soft, lilting love songs reminded me of A Fine Frenzy, enchanted us with ukulele and bassoon (Rachel Lovelace) duets. The duo, who confided this was their first time performing together, created a perfect soundtrack for the rainy evening.
Local rapper Sheven really embraced the “intimate” vibe when he moved out to kneel among the seated crowd for most of his set. Performing with tracks, keys, and a guitar, Sheven took his set to the next level with such a dynamic set up. A big highlight? Seeing an entire Sofar crowd holding their middle fingers on the hook of one of Sheven’s songs.
Keelan Donovan closed out the night with straight up, old fashioned rock. His high energy performance coupled with eerily well timed lightning strikes visible from the windows behind him had people whooping and hollering. That energy wasn’t reserved just for the music, though. Keelan charmed everyone in the room with his sense of humor and quick wit. His single, “Like A Radio,” which he said is available “whatever way you want to listen to it… except the radio, I guess,” is definitely worth a download.