I wanna go back cause I'm feeling so much older.- Eddie Money, "I Wanna Go Back"
Three large-scale fashionable pop music events transpired in Kansas City last night. The Shins and Foster the People were among the acts at Buzz Beach Ball. Wiz Khalifa and Yelawolf were scheduled to appear at Dancefestopia. Jennifer Holliday was among the headliners at a gay pride festival.
In a mildly pathetic but cost-conscious decision, I opted to go back thirty years to catch Eddie Money and The Clocks at Old Shawnee Days on Saturday.
I was giddy at the rare opportunity to hear The Clocks, a Wichita-based "new wave" band that had a minor hit in 1981 with "She Looks a Lot Like You". I don't recall seeing the band back in the day. I regret to report that I was disappointed. Instead of a set of power-pop gems, the band favored sentimental songs that I associate with the likes of Quarterflash and the Motels. I hadn't realized that the power-pop of "She Looks a Lot Like You" was atypical of the band's style.
Eddie Money, conversely, was a pleasant surprise. Wearing a personalized Royals jersey and backed by a solid band with a bar band feel, Money made old hits like "Baby Hold On" and "Gimme Some Water" sound shockingly vital. Money is still a goofball with a shaky voice, but his genial personality immediately won me and the audience of about 2,500 over.
I wondered why the Brooklynite repeatedly complimented the "shawties" in the audience. I eventually realized he was actually addressing the people of Shawnee. I shared his affection. The six dollars I spent on delicious custards represented my only expenditure on the gorgeous evening.
The suburban festival also featured country artist Rickie Lee Tanner. I enjoyed his covers of mainstream country hits, although I gasped at his introduction to "Wave On Wave." "Any Pat Green fans in the house tonight?" Tanner queried. Green was performing a few miles away at Crossroads KC.
An enthusiastic report by Patrick Neas altered me to the debut album by the Kansas City area's Behzod Abduraimov.
Kansas City Click: Buck 65 plays the Riot Room on Sunday.
The RecordBar hosts Grass Widow on Monday.
Seether opens for Nickelback at the Sprint Center on Tuesday.
A set by She's a Keeper precedes the Royals game on Wednesday.
(Original image of the moon over Old Shawnee Days by There Stands the Glass.)