A pop-up show outside Union Station courtesy of Troostival and a West Bottoms concert that begins the two-day ‘Bottoms Up’ festival are on tap for this First Friday evening as live music reemerges to blow away the Covid blues.
The Troostival Street Tour event runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Union Station streetcar stop. The free event will feature performances by Brass and Boujee and The Black Creatures.
Brass and Boujee is an 18-piece, hip-hop big band that also serves as the hip-hop unit of the Marcus Lewis Big Band, according to a press release announcing the show. The Black Creatures are a duo representing Center Cut Records.
Local musician Kemet Coleman launched Troostival in 2020 with the mission to unmute Black musicians, celebrate Black creativity, and challenge racial injustice.
“Growing up as a musician along the street that racially divided KC really had an impact on me,” Coleman said in a statement.
“As a longtime community member I felt as though it was time to use music to bring our community together by showcasing the talent that shares a legacy with the rich musical heritage Kansas City is known for internationally.”
Attendees are encouraged to ride the streetcar to the pop-up show and to bring their own chair to watch the performance outside the streetcar stop.
Today’s pop-up show is the first of several events Troostival has planned. Another pop-up show is planned for Juneteenth at Buck O’Neil Tribute Park and the second annual Troostival will take place on Saturday, October 2, according to the release.
The Second Annual Bottoms Up – An Arts and Music Festival runs today and Saturday. It’s presented by a collaboration that includes The Arts Asylum, Block Box KC, and several Northeast Kansas City organizations.
The event highlights the work of local artists from Historic Northeast of Kansas City, and includes hands-on art activities and performances from local musicians and actors, according to a release.
Bottoms Up begins today from 6- to 10 p.m. with a live concert with performers Zava and Felix at The Black Box KC in the West Bottoms, 1060 Union Ave. Tickets are $20 and food trucks, beverages and more will be on site.
Saturday provides art opportunities at three sites in the Historic Northeast from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a live performance on the grounds of the Kansas City Museum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The sites and activities for Saturday: Artist/creative booths at the EGG Gallery, 2659 Independence Ave.; Chalk Your Walk with Northeast Arts KC, a Facebook event; and a chance to mingle, create and purchase art at Art Garden KC/FMK Social Gallery/PH Coffee, 2233 Lexington.
The event concludes with “Reflections: A Concert on the Lawn of the Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd., a benefit for The Arts Asylum. A ticket for a 10′ by 10′ socially-distant diamond on the lawn that will accommodate up to six people is $50.
The gate opens at 5:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 6 p.m..
Bottoms Up Event information and ticket links to the Friday and Saturday concerts, can be found here.
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My friend asks: Where did you grow up, Gary?
I grew up in the beautiful Kansas City. I attended Longfellow Elementary and Westport High. I attended Troost Ave Methodist Church. Kansas City has (I think) more fountains than any other city in America. It has many parks, Swope Park being the largest. Inside Swope Park is Starlight Theatre, summer stock. The Christmas decorations in downtown Kansas City are spectacular, if they are still there. Crowns over intersections. I am so very proud of Missouri and especially of Kansas City.
My friend says: O, I have never been to Kansas.
Then I have to explain about the difference between Kansas City Mo and Kansas City Ks.
However after what I heard today about Missouri, I think I will think twice about telling people I am from Missouri. Let me count the ways
1. Tricia Dergress, a Republican state representative from Missouri. She has been accused of illegally providing prescription drugs to clients and making false statements to federal agents investigating the case. The Republicans in Missouri see no reason to remove her from office.
2. Rick Roeber, another Republican state representative is from Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He has been accused of having sex with his own minor children, who have written to the Republican state legislature recommending they not seat him. They did anyway. He has since either resigned or was expelled.
3. Kevin Stickland, has been serving time for over 40 years in Missouri prison for a crime he says he never committed. Heard that story before? Here is a twist. The evidence was based on a story of one woman, who says the police forced her to say what she had to say in court, but now she says he wasn’t at the crime scene. The two men, who were at the crime scene, have served their time and are no longer in prison. They say Mr. Stickland was no where near the crime scene. The Prosecutors in the case made an appeal to Missouri Supreme Court saying “we made a mistake…..Mr. Stickland was not at the crime scene”. The Missouri Supreme Court refused to hear his case. The governor just signed many pardons. Kevin Stickland was not one of them. Can you guess what race Mr. Stickland is?
4. The Republicand want the governor to call a special session of the legislature for a very important measure that will affect every Missouri voter. Can you guess what this very important issue is that requires a special session of the Missouri legislature? What to do with Ms. Dergess? No. What to do with Mr. Roeber? No. To bring justice to Kevin Stickland, who has been in prison for 40 years, for a crime he probably did not commit? No.
The Republicans have a far more serious reason to have a special session of Missouri state legislature. How can we make it harder for voters to vote?
So forgive if I tell people that I grew up in Detroit.
Proud I live in California now
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