As many of you know Knuckleheads is my favorite clubs in Kansas City. It’s located at 2715 Rochester in the East Bottoms and the easiest way to get there is to go to Independence Avenue, north on Chestnut Avenue, over the bridge into the East Bottoms, make two lefts and your Knuckleheads!
Knuckleheads has three stages – a large outdoor stage featuring a converted caboose to the side as a VIP seating area, a 220 seat indoor stage and a 50 seat lounge known as the “Retro Room”. The “Retro Room” also doubles as a blues music oriented church on Wednesdayevenings when it is renamed the “Gospel Lounge”.
Knucklehead’s Saloon is owned by Frank and Mary Hicks, who owned an auto body shop called Mid-City Collision Repair. They opened a Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership across the street from Mid-City in 1997 and called it FOG Cycles and sponsored street parties as a promotional tool, giving away free beer. In 2001, Hicks obtained a liquor license and the bar opened as Knucklehead’s Saloon. Hicks closed FOG Cycles to concentrate on the club and has since become a huge success.
Leon Russell, Nick Lowe, Edgar Winter and his brother Johnny Winter, Ray Price are just a few who has performed on the Knucklehead’s stage and this week the lineup is outstanding.
The NACE Brothers
The Nace Brothers are performing tonight! Led by brothers David and Jimmy, the Nace Brothers are a model of artistic integrity and stability who are at ease in a number of musical styles. Brilliant songwriting, expressive vocals, soaring guitars and a rock solid rhythm section combine for entertainment at it’s best.
Iris DeMent performs Saturday, November 23rd on the Knucklehead stage. Iris DeMent began writing songs at the age of 25 and her first album, Infamous Angel, was released in 1992 and the single “Let the Mystery Be” has been covered by a number of artist including 10,000 Maniacs and was used in the opening scenes of the film Little Buddha. In October of 2012 DeMent released her first album of original songs in 16 years, “Sing the Delta”.
RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE
Riders of the Purple Sage performs Sunday, November 24th.
TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT
Trampled Under Foot performs Wednesday, November 27th.
TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT RUMBLE BACK WITH “BADLANDS” by Barry Kerzner
Trampled Under Foot are the kind of success story we all love to experience. After years of paying dues and putting in the hard work, they are finally hitting their stride. In 2008, TUF won the Blues Foundation’s 24th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and Nick Schnebelen (guitar and vocals) took home the prestigious Albert King Award for best guitarist. In 2009, they played a landmark set at the Notodden Blues Festival in Norway, gaining much recognition and acclaim. Finally, in 2011 Trampled released the well received Wrong Slide of the Blues on the Vizzitone label, gaining an even larger and more devoted following. Now, Trampled Under Foot rumble back with Badlands, a breathtaking and well executed album. The sound on this album is pristine and very well mixed; it has depth, allowing the listener to experience every delightful nook and cranny of the music.
The Bel Airs performs next Friday, November 29th.
Fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt on bass and electric guitars, with Michael Cherry on drums, the Bel Airs play a danceable mix with an authentic but eclectic bluesy-country-soul-and rock-n-roll sound influenced by the likes of Wilson Picket, Slim Harpo, Howlin’ Wolf and Johnny Cash.
Go and enjoy live music at Kansas City’s best venue!