What do you think of when you hear Valentine’s Day? Flowers, chocolate, fancy dinners by candlelight? Now that’s cute and all, but there were 70+ people in Kansas City that took a different route. Instead, they spilled into the quaint literature-centric bar Afterword Tavern & Shelves nestled in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District. Featuring creative cocktails, small plates, and book after book after book, Afterword played host to the evening’s eclectic Sofar.
Kicking off the evening was the hometown, self-described “Folk N Roll With A Twang” artist Lily B Moonflower. Paired with fiddle extraordinaire Shannon O’Shay, the duo quickly caught the attention of the crowd. Powering through their short set with ease, the pair left a lasting impression. Turning the vibe completely on its head, local emcee Shilow hit the stage next. The hip hop artist spent his time with the mic to not only entertain the crowd with his quippy and clever sociopolitical songs, but also by bringing to light topics of acceptance and love. The wiley set culminated with a collab between Shilow and Amira Wang; “This is a song about what you’re going to do after this” (hint: it was raunchy). Closing out the night was the bluesy, jazzy, rock duo The Black Mariah Theater. The powerhouse duo ran through a selection of new and old cuts, all driven by peppy drums, an eccentric guitar, and sultry vocals.