Saturday, June 03, 2017
THE TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! ROCKFEST IRRELEVANT AFTER MOVE TO LAME LEFT TURN KANSAS SPEEDWAY!!!
Tonight's annual hard rock festival deserves just a bit of consideration given the implications for the ongoing Kansas Vs. KCMO biz poaching war and the uncertain consequences for biz that skips across town to enjoy tax breaks.
Reality . . .
THE ROCK FEST MOVE TO THE KANSAS SPEEDWAY RENDERS THE LIVE MUSIC CELEBRATION COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT AND OFF THE LOCAL MUSIC SCENE RADAR!!!
Supporting facts . . .
- We love Johnny Dare. Don't get it twisted but the Internets and satellite radio has created a new reality for DJs and the King of Kansas City hard rock music. His audience is smaller, older and far less connected to other local music than in days past. Also, he was joking about how he wasn't going to show up to back this event. Reality: Promotion has been lackluster at best.
- Hard rock isn't supposed to be generic and safe. Life is struggle and the music in the middle of a field amid high security might be a smart option but also keeps these locals away from any semblance of real life outside of their bubble. For most biz, that might be a benefit but (like it or not) music is art and related to the effort to connect and unite listeners.
- Hard rock as a genre has declined since its glory days in the 90s and early 2000s. Check the Rockfest line-up. Most of the singers are over 40. Sammy Hagar ranks high on the list of artists at Rockfest - He will celebrate his 70th birthday next year. We respect ALL ARTISTS NO MATTER THEIR AGE but it has also been awhile since he had a hit.
Tonight we see a great deal of hype and propaganda for the show courtesy of hack music reporters and photogs using fish-eye lenses but the numbers claiming 50k fans are suspect just like all of the data coming out of Kansas.
The larger life lesson is that Kansas City Proper remains a cultural oasis in the Midwest with an art scene that is unparalleled by any other municipality in the four state area. Moving away from the epicenter of KCMO is a bad decision for a festival in the biz of "cool" and cutting edge branding. Corporate radio execs should have known better and there is no denying the industry of Downtown Kansas City hype shapes the local discourse.
Still, while there are more important controversies around the world, we celebrate the legacy of Rock Fest tonight and remember its better days.
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.