Manor Fest is a gem of a local music weekend: Best of KC 2019

Lawrence’s toughies performing at Brewery Emperial as part of Manor Fest. // Photo by Doug Bybee.

Our annual Best of Kansas City 2019 issue is out now. Go grab a copy. Alternatively, you can browse the results of the readers’ poll here. The issue also includes a list, compiled and written by The Pitch’s editorial staff, shouting out some of our current favorite things about KC. We’ll be publishing these items online throughout the month of October.

Have you ever gone to a dive bar and watched a six-band local metal show that’s billed as a “music festival”? That shit sucks. We’re not crazy about “fests” that feature one big out-of-town band plus a whole bunch of local acts that are largely ignored by the crowd, either. Manor Fest 3, on the other hand? That shit ruled

Upgraded from the dingy Shawnee-basement confines of its first two years, the third Manor Fest leveled up into a three-day August celebration clustered at venues in different KC neighborhoods each night: Midtown on Thursday, West Bottoms/KCK on Friday, Crossroads on Saturday. It was a delightful mix of regional acts you’ve been meaning to see and local groups you know and love. Memories: Olathe indie-pop wonder trio bigfatcat playing their first show (!) alongside Lawrence indie-rockers LK Ultra at Mills Record Company. Boozy, sweat-soaked sets from Arkansas garage rockers Bambis and The Phlegms in a jam-packed room at the Colonial Club in Strawberry Hill. The synthed-out double-whammy of Kansas City’s Fullbloods and Chicago’s Paul Cherry at miniBar. And a “Happy Birthday” singalong for fest organizer and Momma’s Boy guitarist Shaun Crowley at RecordBar on night three, followed by many, many hugs. Just a few months later, we’re already looking forward to Manor Fest 4—it’s the kind of vital grassroots community event that makes us proud to live around these parts.

Categories: Music