This past Saturday, the Roots N Blues crew joined Logboat Brewing and The Bridge 90.9FM at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri for a night of BBQ, beer and live music — because you can never get too much BBQ, beer and music. Los Lonely Boys took the stage at 8:30, followed by Los Lobos.
Before the show, we set up outside the venue on what turned out to be a beautiful, breezy August day and greeted people with free samples of Logboat beer, RNBNBBQ branded coozies and t-shirts. That’s right, folks, if you come to Roots N Blues events, you are sometimes treated like royalty with free samples and swag. Everyone was already in a great mood and looking forward to the night; plus, the Kansas City crowd seemed thrilled to hear about the incredible lineup of music that would be only two hours away from them in just a few short weeks.
Knuckleheads actually SOLD OUT tickets to this show, which is impressive considering the size of the venue. Originally a railroad boarding house, the Knuckleheads Saloon has a cool, industrial feel to its space which features four stages, two indoor lounges, and a large outdoor courtyard. When Los Lonely Boys took the stage, I was impressed by how easy it was to enjoy the music from anywhere in the venue, even though a lot of it is segmented into different rooms and areas; Knuckleheads has TV screens and projectors set up all over the place so that you don’t have to miss a second of the show, even when you stray from the main stage.
After an absolutely delicious pulled pork sandwich from Greg-Co BBQ’s food truck, I was ready to let loose and grabbed a spot in the middle of Knuckleheads’ outdoor stage. I had never heard of either band before this night, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect; that said, I blindly trust anything Roots N Blues-approved, so I came with high hopes. I wasn’t disappointed. Los Lonely Boys describe their sound as “Texican Rock ’n’ Roll;” they seamlessly fuse a classic bluesy rock with a Latin/Tex-Mex flair. The result is dancey and a whole lot of fun. Los Lobos, with a similar blues-inspired Chicano rock sound, has an electric grooviness that brought the crowd to life.