Written collaboratively by Trey Hunt, Sam Krebs and Mitch Morrison.
It is easy for one to find himself laying around during the weekend with nothing to do, completely bored and listless. However, Kansas City is full of opportunities for entertainment and excitement if one cannot find it at home.
Many students will be leaving right after school today and heading down to Sporting Park. This is not for a Sporting KC game but rather, today marks the annual Buzz Beach Ball music festival sponsored by 96.5 the Buzz. Twelve alternative bands are lined up from 3:30p.m. to 11:45 p.m.
First up is the Aussie band The Griswolds, who will be playing from their debut album Be Impressive with the hit song “Beware the Dog.” Following them is the New Zealand duo Broods, with their debut album “Evergreen” and their hit song “Bridges.” The next set consists of the band Ume followed by J Roddy Walston & the Business.
Playing at 5:35 p.m. is the English band Thumpers. After them is a rising alternative band called The Mowgli’s, whose lead singer Colin Dieden is a native to Kansas City. They released their first major label debut “Waiting for the Dawn” on June 18th.
After them is Bear Hand, who are known for the chart-topper song “Giants.” Following them is the English band The 1975, who released their debut, self-titled album September 2nd of last year with hit songs “The City” and “Chocolate.”
Big Data plays next, with lone member Alan Wilkis, native of Brooklyn, New York. Following them at 9:00 p.m. is the band older than every student at Rockhurst, Weezer. Formed in 1992, the band is set to release their ninth album, “Everything Will Be Alright in the End” on October 7th with the single “Back to the Shack.”
Meg Myers, Tennessee native, is the next to play. She has released multiple EP’s with hit songs such as “Adelaide” and “Desire.” Following her is the headlining band, the Arctic Monkeys, who play at 10:30 p.m. Their fifth album “AM” was released last year on September 6th. They are the last band to play and are set to finish at 11:45 p.m.
Besides Buzz Beachball, there are many other events going on in Kansas City to enjoy. “First Fridays” in the Crossroads of Kansas City is a monthly event in which local art galleries open their doors to show and sell the best art made by local Kansas Citians. First Fridays is a fairly large event, and many people will be attending the Crossroads for the amazing food and free entertainment provided. This is a monthly event, so this Friday will be the only chance to attend in September.
On Sunday the Kansas City Chiefs play the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium, starting at 12 p.m. Football has often been described as the true American pastime, and many Rockhurst students seem to agree. Additionally, seeing the Chiefs play would be a great way to support KC.
This weekend would be a great time to visit Bonner Springs to attend the annual Renaissance Festival, open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Renaissance is an amazingly fun event that celebrates the “magic” of the 16th century; many people dress in costume and almost all events are somewhat Renaissance themed, from jousting competitions to swordfighting. There are plenty of things to do, buy, and eat at the festival. It will be open from now until Oct. 13, so feel free to wait a few more weeks until going.
The Kansas Jayhawks kick off their football season this weekend in Lawrence. Their home opener is against Southeast Missouri State and will be on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Go out and support the Jayhawks as they try to defeat the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks.
Another event going on this weekend is the Kansas City Walk and Chalk Festival. Held right outside of Crown Center, artists are given an empty square of asphalt and transform it into a magnificent work of art. This will take place Saturday and Sunday and will go from 11:00 in the morning to 7:00 on Saturday. On Sunday, the festival runs from11:00 to 5:00. Be sure to come support some of the local artists in the Kansas City area.
Let’s not forget about our own football team. Coach Severino and the Hawklets travel down to Bentonville, Arkansas on Friday to face the Arkansas state champions, the Bentonville Tigers. Even though this game is just over three hours away, it would mean a ton to the players to see a student section in the stands. With parent permission, of course, take a little road trip down to Arkansas and cheer on your Hawklets as they try and defeat the Tigers of Bentonville.
Other Events Happening This Weekend
Lil Boosie & 2 Chainz
When: Sep 6 – 8:00 PM
Where: Sprint Center
When: Sep 5 – 8:30 PM
Where: Crossroads KC at Grinder’s