1520 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO, 64108
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM (event ends at 11:30 PM)
This event is 18 and over
I have spent the last 20 years making music. During the past 11, I have been the singer, songwriter, and guitar player in Bayside. Over the years I have written a lot of songs that I've loved, but knew that they didn't fit into the sound that we have crafted for Bayside. That being said, I have decided to launch a solo project: my outlet for songs that I've written that won't be used for my band. I have a very eclectic taste in music and I love exploring and writing in the various different styles that I enjoy listening to. Since I can't start a new side project every time I write a new style of song, I have decided to keep my solo project free of a genre classification. As evident on my first EP, "New Cathedrals", each song differs from each other, whether it be slightly or dramatically. If I write a song and I like it, I'm going to put it out regardless of it being country or reggae.
I have made the difficult decision of going completely on my own with this one. In an effort to keep this project as a true expression of my ideas (not only musically), I decided to release all of the music myself under my own label. In addition to funding this project myself, I am solely responsible for the production of the music, distribution, online stores, social networks, merchandise, advertising and everything else that a band usually has a staff of 50 plus people to do. This has kept me up late at night and worn down the buttons on my computer and phone, but it is, and will continue to be, something that I am proud doing with my own bare hands.
We live in a time where music fans are fed up with being taken advantage of by the people who supply them with the drug that they need to live. Artists are fed up by being taken advantage of by the companies that have become the lifeline that they rely on to make the music that they need to make. I am both the fed up music fan and the fed up artist and I want to prove to myself and everyone like me that all that matters is the artists and the music lovers. Even if I die of exhaustion in the process.
With that said, if you can help and you like the music that I make, please support it. When you buy an EP for $5, I use it in turn to buy a pack of strings for the show that night. When you buy a shirt, you help pay for the cost of mastering. I need the fans and the fans need me.
Allison Weiss (Brooklyn, NY) is an energetic 24-year-old with an electric guitar, an avid online following, and a whole lot of feelings. With her quirky charm and sharp pop sensibilities, Weiss makes losing a little more fun.
"I'm all about catchy, upbeat, feel-good music, but the one thing I seem to aways write about is heartbreak," she recently told Billboard.com, "I say [my songs] sound like your saddest memories sung to the tune of your happiest."
Weiss first picked up a guitar at age 14 in an attempt to impress her high school crush, and though the teenage romance died after one short month, her passion for music lived on.
After moving to Athens, GA in 2005, Weiss spent the next five years in and out of various pseudo-relationships which fueled the fire for one infectious breakup song after another. She toured the southeast relentlessly and wrote constantly, self-releasing three EPs and a fan-funded full length album by the end of 2009.
At the same time, Weiss quietly built up a dedicated internet fanbase and a reputation for shameless self promotion. She gained recognition in the music community for her effective grassroots marketing techniques and spoke on a 2010 SXSW panel about crowdfunding, all while earning a BFA at the University of Georgia.
Now performing with a full band, her live shows are louder and faster and more fun than ever, showcasing her unique brand of punk/folk infused powerpop and knack for keeping the audience wanting more. In August of 2010 she packed her bags and moved to Brooklyn, NY with plans to spend 2011 recording and touring and never looking back.