Consider February the month to wake up and get dancing! Shows are finally picking back up, and you’ll find reasons to avoid the miserably cold weather and head inside for some live music. If you’re not headed to KC for Folk Alliance, there are plenty of country crooners to tickle your folk fancy here. There are also a few notable events for the movers and shakers looking to combat the chilly temps by cutting a rug. Here are our picks for shows this February.
Liberty Hall | February 10
Early this month, Lawrence gets treated to some authentic cowboy sounds when Ian Munsick rides into town. The Wyoming native, rancher, and apparent Kevin Costner favorite stops by Liberty Hall to promote his latest album, White Buffalo, the newest release since 2021’s Coyote Cry. Munsick brings country sounds from the West (rather than the usual Southeastern regions) with tales of love, loss, and (of course) plenty of fiddle.
You can listen to his latest single, “River Run,” below.
Valentine’s Day Slow Dance Party
Cider Gallery | February 14
If you love love and dig romance but really like dancing then you’ll want to mark your calendar for the Valentine’s Day Slow Dance Party. The show comes courtesy Carswell and Hope, who promise to play “cheesy love songs” and may even take a few requests. Bring your dancing shoes for this one, but limited spacing means tickets will sell fast.
Carnaval Latino En Lawrence
Lucia | February 17
We love it when unique events show up at the local venues, and this is a special one. You can expect plenty of dancing thanks to Kansas City salsa orchestra Mundo Nuovo at the helm. Opening the night will be Kansas City Haitian Kompa group Zikap music.
The Bottleneck | February 17
If you’re looking to get out of the cold and enjoy a good rock-and-roll show, head to The Bottleneck on February 17th for Detroit’s Mac Saturn. This stop comes in the midst of a massive tour for the band that started at the beginning of the year and doesn’t end until May. The band sports a massive and electrifying energy onstage, and it’s reflected on their latest release Until The Money Runs Out. Billy Tibbals opens the show.
You can listen to their latest single, “Mr. Cadillac,” below.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Liberty Hall | February 24
If you were around in the 90’s (DON’T TELL ANYONE HOW OLD I AM, SHHH!), you likely got caught up in the Swing phase. It was everywhere— commercials, popular films, TV shows… you couldn’t escape it. It was the next, natural step progressing out of the ska phase, and one of the bands at the forefront of this movement was Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Like many of their cohorts, they were also all over media (Ally McBeal, Swingers, you may have even spotted them at the Super Bowl in 1999). Though they haven’t released a album since 2017, they’ve continued touring regularly. You’ll want to bring your dancing shoes (and pinstripe suit?) to this one.
Other events to keep on your radar:
The Ghosts of Johnny Cash
The Replay | February 3
The Bottleneck | February 3
Marty Bush / Johnny Lawhorn / The Big Sky
The Replay | February 6
Marcel P. Black / Approach / Bambi
The Replay | February 10
Bob Marley Birthday Bash with Rhythm Collective and Page 7
Lucia | February 11
We Came As Romans
The Granada | February 13
Thy Art Is Murder
The Granada | February 17
Fit For A King
The Granada | February 24
Manor Records Showcase: Indiglow / Scabb / Tidal
The Replay | February 25
Cover Photo: Mundo Nuovo by Heather Kearns