Monday, September 7, 2009
August 29 at 18th & Vine
Two festivals took place simultaneously in Kansas City's jazz district on August 29. Exciting, right? Not exactly.
Neither event had any online presence, but much of the coverage of they received are compiled in the September 1 post at Plastic Sax. Here are my impressions.
About 200 people attended the modest Bird Lives Festival on Highland Avenue outside the Mutual Musicians Foundation. The street fair vibe felt like an outdoor extension of the genial, relaxed atmosphere associated with the Foundation's late-night jam sessions. Good times. (Photo above.)
Just a couple hundred yards away, an unrelated event behind the American Jazz Museum had an entirely different tone. Less than 25 jazz fans fruitlessly waited for something interesting to happen at the desultory First Annual Kansas City Yardbird Jazz & Film Festival. Bad times. (Photo below.)
(Original images by Plastic Sax.)