After more than a decade, dozens of releases, a personal battle with cancer and touring relentlessly, Andrew McMahon should be ready to settle down as a retiree on a Florida golf course at the ripe old age of 29. But he’s not. His band, Jack’s Mannequin, brought its unrivaled energy to Kansas City’s Beaumont Club support of its latest album People and Things.
It was a bit disappointing to only hear two songs from the band’s older album Progress and the many compilations and EPs the band has recorded over the years. All in all, it was a good show. Not the best from the Bandits, but the crowd was good, the venue was good, and it’s always fun reliving the glory days through yet another band that provided the soundtrack to the drunken youth of so many.
Electric Six finally graced the Riot Room in Kansas City, Missouri with its presence after a five-month postponement of its original show date back in the fall. It was a night filled with covers, middle-aged folks dancing, and murmurs towards diverse establishments.
If ska is dead, then consider Less Than Jake Jesus, rising from the grave and rocking so hard that even hipster-laden Lawrence, Kansas was moving. For almost two decades, Less Than Jake has toured fervently delivering its unmistakable ska-pop-punk sound to fans across the globe. Saturday night in Lawrence was no exception.