We started September with a packed house at Stockyards Brewing. If you haven’t been to Stockyards before, it’s a great backdrop for us. We blend right in with the covered wagons and cattle brand decor of this Kansas City western themed brewery.
The following weekend we were out at the Crossroads Music Festival - a one day, eight venue music festival in Kansas City's growing art district. A big part of what makes the Kansas City music scene special is that so many musicians in town have embraced a sense of openness and collaboration. Going to all of the other shows that night and spending time with musicians and fans from a cross-section of genres in the city drove this home (and was a lot of fun).
On the third weekend of September, we drove down and pitched our tents in Winfield, Kansas for the Walnut Valley Festival (or Winfield, for short). During this annual event, a temporary village pops up in the campgrounds just outside of the main festival grounds. There is just as much music being played in the campgrounds as there is on the four official stages. Besides jam sessions, there are a number of campground stages, and we played at two in one night! Saturday night we traded tunes with another Kansas City-based band, Grassfed, on Stage 7, then did a quick costume change (literally) and headed to Stage 5 for a late night set.
Winfield has special meaning for us. Last year, a few short weeks after playing our first public show, Cowtown Country Club played on Winfield's Stage 5. We met some of our most enthusiastic supporters and fans that weekend. We could gush about the magic of Winfield for hours...so if you want to hear more (including the late night stories), ask us in person.
We capped off the month with a Saturday morning performance at the Plaza Art Fair. It was a nice showing of friends and fans for a 10 AM start, and we drew in quite a few passersby who stopped, watched, and even danced. It's always great to watch the faces of people who unexpectedly hear us for the first time.
We're taking a little break from live shows for the next few months, as Brian (on bass and bass) and his wife Lindsay are expecting their first child this November. In the meantime, we'll be working on new songs and promoting the album.
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