Crowd at CrossroadsKC for Manchester Orchestra during Middle of the Map 2016
Middle of the Map Fest 2016 wrapped up with a diverse mix of artists from indie rock to rap. Here’s my rundown of Saturday at Middle of the Map:
Past interview subjects Pink Royal got the day rolling at CrossroadsKC with some potent, groovy indie jams.
Pink Royal at Middle of the Map Fest 2016
Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Light Music brought their trippy electronica-tinged indie jams to CrossroadsKC. The past interview subjects played one of the strongest sets of the fest.
Light Music at Middle of the Map Fest 2016
Past interview subjects Bassh showcased their indie pop jams. The Nashville-based band delivered a tight set. Their single “Body” was a big highlight.
Bassh at Middle of the Map Fest 2016
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires delivered an extremely passionate and soulful set at The Midland. I was fortunate to meet the Screaming Eagle of Soul before his set. He is a class act and an inspiration.
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires at Middle of the Map Fest 2016
Manchester Orchestra smashed the CrossroadsKC crowd with their epic style of indie rock. The Atlanta-based band’s songs sounded even bigger live.
Manchester Orchestra at Middle of the Map Fest 2016
St. Louis-based rap group Illphonics delivered a hard-hitting set of hip hop late night at The Tank Room. The set closed out my coverage of Middle of the Map.
Illphonics at Middle of the Map Fest 2016
The quality and diversity represented in the artists playing Middle of the Map helped to make it a wonderful experience. Over the course of the 20 sets I witnessed in three days, I saw no bad sets. The emphasis on local artists really showcased the strength of the Kansas City music scene. It will be fascinating to see what the future holds for Middle of the Map Fest.
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