Monday, October 22

This Wednesday Oct 24 @ The Hurricane!


This show should really kick. I've heard great things about the Rumblejetts - Kansas City's best Rockabilly band.

Doors open around 9. Show will start a little later.

We'll probably go on second of three acts (Brian Maloney is first!)

Jesse Kates *

Sunday, October 21

Acoustic show preparations

So I've booked a solo show at the Westport coffeehouse on Saturday, November 17.

I have three hours (three hours!) of stage time. The owner assured me that I could just do the same 45 minute set three times, but that's way too easy.

Instead I'm going to do three sets of non-repeating music. So far, I've worked up acoustic arrangements of ten Sexy Accident songs. There are at least five others that I can play on an acoustic and have it sound good, so that gets me to 15 songs, which is more than enough for one set.

I figure I'll do a few covers and some loop material from Sleight of Hand. That gives me a second set. And for the third, I'm thinking Whitford and Bandocalrissian tunes! None of which have been played in years!

I'll probably end up mixing it all up, rather than doing sets. I'm pretty excited. It's a nice challenge to have to fill so much time.

Jesse Kates *

Tuesday, October 16


I gotta say, I've had a great few days. Which isn't to say that I don't miss Tobias & Steph, who are gone for the week, leaving me in pseudo-bachelor mode again for the second time this month! All of this will be less common in the years to come, though, because Toby will soon need his own seat on airplanes! So I'm diggin the brief bursts of absolute freedom while I can. Break it down -

Thursday: fast-breaking dinner with Brigid at Eden Alley (not my fast, hers!) followed by chess, which Brigid doesn't play much. I was fortunate to win this once before she inevitably becomes incredibly good, as she does at all games of the brains.

Friday: I hosted a stupid party. As in: all activities must be stupid. I set the house up like some sort of demented Escher print - chairs all over the place. Cat scratching post blocking the door. Spoons in the coat hooks. Metronome clacking away. Egg timer set to go off every two minutes or so. Shoes on the coat rack. Hats on the fan. Forks sticking up out of the couch in pointy fashion. Served the wine in bowls alongside a bottle of Vitamin C. Wore my pants and shirt backwards and a Lucha Libre mask (I am the White Tiger). Laurianne provided a fantastic New Jack Swing soundtrack and she and Belle sort of taught me to dance. Sort of. :) Krantz bedeviled us with some redneck bellybutton action and joined me in a LOG attack. Mark & Jason arrived to pump up the volume. Then we played Wise & Otherwise, making for a second day of games. As is expected, Brigid won.

Saturday: Went to see Russell sit in with a cool lounge act at the Mango Room. Discussed the virtues of various saxophones (saxophi?). Met a cool girl there who had lived in a zillion states, including Montana. Can't remember her name, though. I'm getting better at explaining my job in a few words. Then walked all over town with said Russell and contemplated renting the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie, but that unfortunately didn't happen.

Sunday: Joined Brigid on a quest for the ingredients to her mother's renowned split-pea soup, which includes Smoked Ham Hocks. Bought the wrong Ham Hocks (uncooked) and narrowly avoided poisoning ourselves to death with said uncooked Ham. Acquired an amazing multi-fruit tart from Whole Foods (to wash down the pork), 75% of which is still at our mercy in Brigid's fridge. Washed dishes. Watched Kinsey, which I found fascinating. Were then joined by Brigid's friends and neighbors for their weekly Sunday dinner. I am a vegetarian and have been for more than a decade, but in the spirit of the week I decided to bend the rules a bit to partake of the soup. It was surprisingly and seriously difficult to push myself to eat it, but I did and it was delicious and well worth it. Had two things for the first time at once: red bull and jagermeister. Then had wonderful home-made (by Brigid!) bread pudding after an 11th hour run to the Walgreens with Daniel, who drives very... assertively. Played Monopoly (game playing day 3). Was winning when the night ended, but had the game been played to completion, it is my belief that Brigid would have won. :)

Monday (tonight): Procured incredibly amazing Boss's day gifts with Jason Ward after eating dinner at the Leawood Blue Koi, which is just as good as the midtown one, but slightly more expensive. Got home, restrung and intonated my stratocaster for E-flat using secret ninja string set ordered from the interweb. Then, went to the Recordbar for the near-religious experience of seeing Adam Franklin and band belt out 45 minutes of psychedelic space pop bliss, most of which was from his new album, Bolts of Melody. The last time I had seen Adam play was with Swervedriver ten years ago in Cleveland, Ohio. Felt compelled to tell him that I think he's making more amazing music than ever before (which he is!), so I did. Also enjoyed Kirstan Paludan, the opening act, muchly. She is a great singer. Now feel compelled to practice obsessively and steal Adam's delightfully robotic stage moves.

Which brings us to now, 1:43AM on a Monday night. Time to go to bed! What will Tuesday bring? Hopefully round two with the tart.

Jesse Kates *

Thursday, October 11

Live Video - Flirting with Disaster

Sunday, October 7

Tonight @ The Mission Theatre

OK, I have the details for our show tonight -

We're hitting The Mission Theatre at 5909 Johnson Drive (map)

We're playing w/Music For Animals, a very catchy band from San Francisco.

Doors open at 7

Drink Specials: $6 pitchers, 5/$10 domestic beer buckets, $1.50 Mission Lager pints

This venue is supposed to be very, very cool and theatrical (since it's a theater.) :) Come on out!

Jesse Kates *

Wednesday, October 3

Two shows this weekend

Friday, October 5th, we're rocking the Brick w/Sometimes Three around 10pm. Be there! Here's a map

Then on Sunday the 7th we're headlining a show at the Mission Theater (map) with a cool band from San Francisco called Music for Animals This show is ALL AGES, but drinks will be available for those 21+

Haven't heard us? Listen to Bottled in Glass

Jesse Kates *

Tuesday, October 2

The best thing said to me today

R. Kelly is EVERYWHERE. You must live in a bubble to not know R. Kelly and his song "I believe I can fly"

Jesse Kates *