Originally a distribution center for Pabst Blue Ribbon, the building at 2101 Central in Kansas City is now home to the Crossroads Hotel; an elegantly casual place to dine, drink, and stay in the heart of the city’s art district. Sprawling concrete floors meet bare-brick walls, lie parallel to high ceilings adorned with lavish lighting and metal work, and made the perfect surface to set up a stage and host a Sofar Sounds show.
Filling the large room with hauntingly beautiful harmonies, Blue False Indigo started the evening. The trio – originally from Springfield, MO – wooed the whole audience, and aside from the distant sounds of the lobby bar, the crowd was dead silent. Following up that awesome performance was husband and wife duo Violent Bear. Playing in a more intimate manner than usual, the duo crooned sad, country-folk tinged, songs out into the room. Gentle harmonies carried the soft acoustic guitar and tasteful electric throughout the whole space. Yet again, the audience sat in silence, wowed by the powerful performance. Closing out the evening, and changing the vibe completely, Lawrence, KS duo Y god Y urged people to get on their feet and dance. And boy, did they dance. The poppy, synth-driven sounds produced by the duo are impossible not to wiggle your hips to.