Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Kanrocksas: Avett Brothers Vs. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

The KanROCKsas Music and Arts Festival is an almost annual two day festival held at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.  Music festivals are really how a lot of bands tour during the summer. It gives them, the bands, a center to pull in a vast audience from a larger geographical area (as opposed to smaller local clubs) as well as a chance to introduce their music and passion to a new audience that may have come to see other bands. I don't think I have ever left a festival without love for a handful of new bands and artists.

I'm kinda proud of our little big Kanrocksas festival, that I have no connection with or to whatsoever. It gives us a chance to show off our little piece of the map, show our enduring passion for the music and hopefully give all these bands a reason to come back. So let's not be jerks there in mass of humanity in the pits and in the crowds and in the midways. Let the heart of the Heartland shine bright, even after standing in the same spot for 5 hours with someone's elbow in your spleen, all to catch your favorite band. We are the Midwest after all, and we have oodles of hospitality.

Earlier this week the powers that be released the festival schedule-what bands would be playing on what days. Each week until the festival I am going to put up a band from each of the two days as a little face off. Not really as a competition, we love each and every of the visiting musicians, but so we all become fully aware of the sheer grandeur that is coming our way.

This week the Avett Brothers (playing Friday) faces off with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (playing Saturday).

The Avett Brothers
I have mentioned before how the Avett Brothers's music has changed my life and how each time I see them live in concert, my little heart comes *this close* to exploding. So with all that, behold the Avett Brothers singing Salvation Song:

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Whenever I try to describe seeing the Edward Sharpe play live the first word that always comes to mind is joyful. The mere number of tambourines that are always on stage is only the beginning.  Their songs are rich and deep and just fill you up when you listen to them.  Singing "Man on Fire:"

 Trivia fact: Nora Kirkpatrick the accordion player played Esther, Dwight's beet farm girlfriend this last season on The Office (she has other film and tv credits too).

Tickets and general information about the festival can be found on the Kanrocksas Festival website.

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