The word on the street is that the Beaumont Club is no more. Here's Tim Finn's report. The Westport venue's low-slung stage and restrictive in-and-out policy kept it from being one of my favorite rooms. Even so, I attended about 150 shows at the Beaumont Club. The staff was always gracious. (I knew not to mess around with the bouncers.) Here's a list of the artists responsible for twenty of my favorite performances at the venue.
1. Nas with Damian Marley
2. Lee "Scratch" Perry
3. Nikka Costa
4. Daniel Johnston with Capybara
5. Making Movies
9. Katy Perry
12. The Architects
14. Cafe Tacuba
15. Tech N9ne
16. Musiq Soulchild
18. Social Distortion
19. Brandi Carlile
Jon Caramanica wrote an extensive obituary of Marva Whitney for The New York Times. My remembrance is here.
Ray Collins, best known as the vocalist for Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, has died.
The 2013 edition of the Middle of the Map festival is April 4-6.
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads concerts in Salina, Kansas.
Tony's Kansas City was nice enough to link to this site's Top Ten Kansas City Music Videos of 2012 post. Get a load of this (edited) comment he received: From afar, it looks like Kansas City is nothing but N******, mayhem, drinking and murders. Yeah, I think enough said too.
The Kansas City Symphony drops the Mahler hammer.
Plastic Sax revealed the recipients of the site's 2013 people of the year.
Kansas City Click: My official picks are published here.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)