In Tulsa, Oklahoma, “get weird” can mean something cool, something good, like a great party. It’s also the right phrase to describe the mix of psychedelic, progressive rock, fusion and experimental music played last night. The Jazzhaus was moderately busy Friday night when The Cosmopolitics took the stage at midnight. The band’s set was a shot of adrenaline to the crowd when they started loud and proud. The band’s experimental prog-rock was especially weird and quirky last night. After one of the first songs, the band members admitted it was a totally unpracticed jam. The experimentation didn’t stop there, with every song of their set switching and changing, moving from one rhythm and melody to another. The psychedelic sound in some of the songs was especially intricate, and well-done. Odd chords and awkward pauses can be forgiven when the music is totally original material, and the band members are improvising together to make something different.
The medium-sized crowd showed their appreciation by trying to dance, but there’s no way to get down to fusion jams when the harmonies all sound slightly off key. While the stirring progressive rock captivated the audience and followed a well-practiced path of instrumental brilliance, the element of experimental music was so strong, it was almost overwhelming, and difficult to dance to.
Still, despite the weirdness, the set was impressive and the crowd enjoyed it. The Cosmopolitics have a wide variety of sounds and a great knack for improvising. In this kind of style every song is not always a guaranteed hit, but it was interesting.
Now for Previews:
Between Lawrence and Kansas City there is a good show almost every night, especially on the weekends. This weekend there will be great shows everywhere, giving everyone choices for what party they want to rage it at.
Saturday night Rocket Science will be playing at the Bottleneck with Funkotron and Nadis Warriors. This show should be a great time for everyone in town. Rocket Science’s style of groovy electronic funk and original drum and bass jams makes for great dancing, drinking, partying music. Anyone looking for fun downtown should check out this show at 8 p.m.!
The same exact night at 9 p.m. Mouth and Electric Theory will be playing in Kansas City at the Riot Room with Avant Du Futur, TooTheFace, and Re:Animated. Mouth’s funky, jazzy jams have made some of the very best shows in Lawrence to date, so it’s worth it to make the trip to KC just to catch them. On top of that the rising star Electric Theory is playing electronic breakbeats to get down to. They will undoubtedly have a great set. These two bands alone guarantee a fantastic show, but they’re playing along with three other bands, for just $8. This is the best bang for your buck, hands down. So, if you’re in Kansas City, or really interested in hearing some awesome music, this would be a great night to check out the Riot Room.
Sunday night Rogue Wave will be coming through town, playing their unique style of folksy, pop indie rock at the Granada at 7 p.m. for $15, according to Lawrence.com. Rogue Wave came through town a year or two ago, and played a fun set at the Bottleneck where the band members were friendly and talkative with their audience, if the show at the Granada is anything like that show, it will be a cool time for anyone down for some well-practiced indie rock.
Stay tuned for more great shows coming up in the next few weeks!