MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser, Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds, Erik Voeks & The Vague Lakes, Of Tree, Violet & the Undercurrents

MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser

Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds

Erik Voeks & The Vague Lakes

Of Tree

Violet & the Undercurrents

Sat, February 25, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser
MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser
MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #3 featuring Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds, Erik Voeks and the Vague Lakes, Violet and the Undercurrents, and Of Tree.

The Midwest Music Foundation is proud to present MidCoast Takeover. The event began in 2010 as a group of musicians and music lovers gathering for a Kansas City-focused showcase at the nation’s largest music festival in Austin, Texas. The showcase has grown into a four-day, two-stage event. Taking musicians to Austin reflects attention back on the vibrant music scenes in Kansas City and throughout the Midwest.

These fundraiser shows help us raise funds to pay for the production costs of hosting this showcase. MidCoast Takeover is funded through these fundraiser shows and sponsors, separate from our other programs and services.

Doors at 8
Music starts at 9:00

18 and over
Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds
Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds
When you listen to Chris Meck play guitar, it’s almost as though you’re listening to someone speak. He plays his instrument with finesse, thoughtfulness and passion. Sometimes it shreds, sometimes it weeps, sometimes it lacerates.

Meck has made a considerable contribution to Kansas City’s music scene over the past two decades as a founding member of Americana rock bands Tiny Horse, Atlantic Fadeout and The Gaslights with his wife and musical partner Abigail Henderson. He’s also lent his abilities to acts like Alejandro Escovedo, The Architects, Jon Dee Graham and Kristie Stremel. After his wife’s passing in 2013, Meck formed Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds, his first project as frontman and primary songwriter.

Now a soul and roots rock-influenced power trio, Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds have earned coveted spots on festivals such as Middle of the Map and Boulevardia, along with support slots for prestigious touring acts including Los Lobos and Band of Heathens.

With the early 2016 release of their debut full-length album, "It's 4 AM Somewhere," the Guilty Birds have received high praise for Meck's salient guitar work and girl group harmonies from the lock-step rhythm section of Calandra Rene (bass) and Michelle Bacon (drums). The album is currently in regular rotation on over 50 stations across the country, including KTBG 90.9 The Bridge (Kansas City, MO), KBOO 90.7 (Portland, OR), and WAER 88.3 (Syracuse, NY).
Violet & the Undercurrents
Four-piece, all-female band Violet and the Undercurrents have been described as "..Sophisticated folk-rockers .." (Columbia Daily Tribune) The Columbia, Mo.-based power house of inventive and creative energy pulls influences from several genres of music and artists, such as The Local Natives, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Ani Difranco, Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, and St. Vincent. With such varied inspirations, it's hard to peg their sound to one genre. From classically trained vocalist, Violet Vonder Haar, Phylshawn Johnson's and Linda Bott's years of jazz and indie rock involvement, to Suzuki cellist Caitlin Lukin, the girls bring a lot to the musical table.

Violet and the Undercurrents released their first full-length album, "Hour After Hour" on the Nation of Love record label in July of 2013. The Undercurrents have played to audiences in over 10 US States and countless cities across the country. Most recently, the Undercurrents successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign for a month-long tour through the Western U.S. in April and released their newest full length album, "WAVES".

Who's who?

Violet Vonder Haar: song manufacturer/manager/booking agent/graphic designer/band fashion consultant/guitarist/VOCALIST started her music career as a solo singer/songwriter with a collection of introspective folk songs, many inspired by failed relationships. After college, she formed The Undercurrents as a musical backdrop for those songs. The band evolved into it's own entity and took on a life of it's own. You can hear the evolution of her songwriting when listening to her early songs released on her solo album "The Way Home"compared to such songs as "Hour After Hour", the title track from the Undercurrents' first album.

Phylshawn Johnson: master van packer/recording engineer/sound woman/label manager/secretary/background vocalist/DRUMMER extraordinaire is the only original member of the band, which means she gets extra points for putting up with Violet the longest. Johnson grew up listening to Tina Turner, The Police, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, and Curtis Mayfield, and their influences show in her music's funky beats and rhythms. Phylshawn brings years of experience playing with bands of all different genres and styles, which has been a great influence on the formation and evolution of The Undercurrents. You can also see Phylshawn in other musical projects picking on the mandolin, guitar and bass and, if you're lucky, singing her soulful heart out.

Caitlin Lukin: band skeptic/maker of jokes/band mom/reader of books/copy editor/public relations/CELLIST joined the Undercurrents after recording with Violet Vonder Haar on an EP of love songs, "Good Morning I Love You." Her addition to the band has created beautiful melody lines and amplified low-end sounds that compliment both the acoustic and bass guitars. She draws influence from cello-driven bands like Pearl and the Beard, the Lumineers, and the Decemberists, but adds a twinge of Appalachian folk styling to the sound. It's safe to say her decision to be a full-time Undercurrent was the right one.

Linda Bott: TBA
Venue Information:
1520 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO, 64108