We can’t say enough positive things about Kansas City’s Middle of the Map Fest, but by god, we’re gonna try. Middle of the Map is truly a celebration of the Kansas City community and a showcase for some of the area’s amazing musical talent. MotM is also one of the few festivals that puts so much effort into giving local, regional and independent bands the same amount of stage time and support as the biggest national and headlining acts.
Thanks to all of our friends who made it to a show, and thanks to all the new folks who checked us out for the first time. It was nice to meet you. Apologies if you were struck in the face with one of our beach balls.
Special thanks to everyone involved in all the hard work putting together such a special weekend: Chris Haghirian, Nathan Reusch, Alex Ellis, Steven Ervay at The Record Machine, INK Magazine, all of the volunteers and venues, 90.9 The Bridge, KKFI 90.1 FM, Fally and everyone at iHeartLocalMusic, and Rhonda, Sondra and our friends at Midwest Music Foundation, to name just a few. It’s an amazing feat to organize an event like this and pull it off so effortlessly.
Check out Fally from I Heart Local Music’s photos from our Wednesday night show HERE.
Extra special thanks to the talented Todd Zimmer, an amazing photographer who we also discovered makes equally amazing hot sauces over at Zim’s Sauces. We consider ourselves connoisseurs of only two things: 1) Alternative 90s music circa 1996-1998 (we dare you to challenge us to a round of Collective Soul trivia) and 2) hot sauces. Todd hooked us up with a couple bottles and boy oh boy is this stuff is incredible. http://www.zims-sauces.com/
We kicked the festival off on Wednesday, April 22 along with the fantastic Republic Tigers opening for one of our favorite bands, OK Go.
Check out Todd Zimmer’s photos from the night HERE.
Here are just a few of the amazing sets we were able to catch over the week:
Our Chicago buds in Ghastly Menace (thanks to Clint for joining us on drums for our cover of Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself” at Ernie Biggs on Saturday!), Hembree, Bonzo Madrid, Spirit Is The Spirit, Westerners, Me Like Bees, La Guerre, EBONY TUSKS, Something and The Whatevers, Not A Planet, Yore, and we were absolutely blown away by Reach and his live band on the Riot Room patio.
It was a hell of a weekend.
Check out Mix 93.3 music writer Emily Katz’s recap of the weekend HERE:
“…The Noise FM gave one of the most fun and energetic performances I saw all weekend. The alt-rock trio, now residing in Chicago, returned to their familiar stomping grounds of Kansas City for a performance at Ernie Biggs. They kicked off the festival Wednesday night opening for OK Go, but I was unable to watch their set. Their high energy performance at Ernie Biggs on Saturday had me dancing non-stop…”