Parlor is a place where people gather. Nestled in Kansas City’s arts district, the multi-level complex boasts two bars, several restaurants, and a lot of space to lounge. Oh, and an event space in the basement, just recently opened, and ready to host a Sofar gig.
As the guests streamed in and found their spots, the gentle whisps of Clinton Wesley Hale flooded the room. The Kansas City-based singer/songwriter wooed the crowd early on, and kept the magic going throughout his short set. Distinct vocals draped over a humming guitar kept the room silent. Kicking up the energy, Ayllu hit the stage. The KC quartet has deep roots in Latin folk, with members representing America, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, and Argentina, and bring an exceptionally contemporary sound to traditional art. With lively grooves and infectious smiles, Ayllu got the crowd bopping in their seats. Finishing up the show, and fresh off the release of their debut EP, Kansas City’s Larsen brought their large sound to the Sofar stage. The typical six-piece rock band truly treated the audience by inviting a seventh member to sing harmonies during their set. Swelling keys and intricate guitars weave throughout Larsen’s songs as singer Jon Kinne’s booming voice commands the crowd. Four short songs later, the night came to a close.