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Georgia Gordon

Show recap: Chris Haghirian's Birthday Bash at recordBar, 6.29.12

(pictured above: Oriole Post)

Friday night saw the celebration of a few events at the recordBar. First, the birthday of Chris Haghirian of Ink Magazine. 
Second, the farewell show for Oriole Post, who performed a hearty but bittersweet set to a packed dinner crowd.
An unspoken celebration was one for the local music scene. The early show (Olassa/Oriole Post) was packed nearly to capacity with the faces of familiar musicians, families and friends. The late show was not quite as full, but the spirit was jovial with the lively sounds of The Hearts of Darkness and the dynamic instrumentation of She's A Keeper. 17-year-old Georgia Gordon, who hails from Scotland, opened up the show with a series of acoustic songs to lead into the other eclectic acts of the evening. Chicago's Stephen Paul Smoker also added a heavier, psychedelic element to the show, keeping the crowd on its feet for the headliner, The Hearts of Darkness. With a blend of fantastic local acts and emerging national/international acts, and a mixture of new and old faces, recordBar helped prove that there's a viable, up-and-coming music scene in Kansas City.


Georgia Gordon

She's A Keeper

Stephen Paul Smoker

The Hearts of Darkness

Photos © Todd Zimmer, 2012. Please do not use without permission.

Show of the day: Chris Haghirian's Birthday Bash at recordBar

Tonight, several of the best artists in Kansas City and beyond will be at the recordBar to help celebrate the birthday of Ink Magazine's Chris Haghirian. Haghirian is one of the biggest proponents and supporters of the Kansas City music scene, co-establishing the Middle of the Map Fest, which has helped get national acts on the Kansas City stage. He's spearheaded a number of events to get regional and national exposure for Kansas City acts, including MidCoast Takeover at SXSW, MidCoast Cares: A Benefit for Joplin, the Ink Music Stage at the Plaza Art Fair, and Ink's Local Music Showcase at Kauffman Stadium. Most notably coming up, he and Ink have teamed up with the MLB host an All-Star FanFest for the MLB All-Star Game at Bartle Hall on July 8-9.

The show will begin at 7:00 p.m. with Oriole Post; this will also be the folk band's farewell show. Olassa from Lawrence will follow. This early show is $7.
The music continues at 9:00 for $10, or you can get a combo ticket for both shows for only $12. Acoustic performer Georgia Gordon, who hails from Edinburgh, will kick off the set. After that, emerging Kansas City group She's A Keeper (check out our album review here), followed by psychedelic Chicago musician Stephen Paul Smoker. Closing out the evening in true party fashion will be local favorites Hearts of Darkness. It'll be a fine way to celebrate a fine man. If you're a part of or a supporter of the Kansas City music scene, come out and watch some great artists, and pat the birthday boy on the back.

Here's the video for "Green City" from Stephen Paul Smoker:


"Vega" by Olassa:

And something off Hearts of Darkness's upcoming release:


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