"I look up at blue sky of perfect lost purity and feel the warp of wood of old America beneath me." An influential passage from "October in the Railroad Earth," written by Jack Kerouac, sums up the exultant vibe of Saturday night's Railroad Earth show at the Pageant.
The crowd was sweaty (and drunk) and the beats were thumping at artsy-grungy venue 2720 Cherokee last night as Kansas City-based, YouTube-sensation rapper Mac Lethal (aka David McCleary Sheldon) followed three local, rising hip-hop artists with an hour set of his rapid-fire rhymes.
"This is kind of one of our favorite rooms in the whole country," said Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny as he looked into the sold-out crowd that lined the rows of the Sheldon Concert Hall for this KDHX-presented show.
The Sun and the Sea, a five-piece, emo-influenced synth band, opened the night at the Firebird with a short set of tunes which included "Waves" and "Valiant" from 2012's "Vega." "Valiant" came off as drippy, with the droll sentiment, "You are the one, what am I to do?"