Outer Reaches 2016

Rebranded festival, Outer Reaches, launches this Fall at recordBar


KANSAS CITY, MO – The organizers of Kansas City Psych Fest, an annual live music festival in its fifth year, have announced a name change and official dates for their upcoming two-night event. On Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, 2016, the festival Outer Reaches will take over recordBar’s new location at 1520 Grand Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. The fresh moniker is part of the festival’s rebranding, with aims to include music outside the psychedelic genre.


“The term ‘psych’ was convenient at first, but we’ve found it to be limiting,” said Brenton Cook, owner of Haymaker Records and festival organizer. “We really want to branch out from a particular genre, widening the base for adventurous music.”


The festival began in 2012 at FOKL Center, a community art space in downtown Kansas City, Kansas and was organized by Dedric Moore of Monta At Odds, a local psych/experimental indie band. From the beginning, Moore and partners have sought to include regional acts along with national touring bands.


“When we started, the intent was to bring a focus to bands and artists that wouldn’t otherwise have a stage or forum,” Moore said. “And we wanted it to be an immersive, interactive multimedia experience. So we’ve always had video projection and visual elements to lend to that idea. We plan to continue that as we move forward into the next phase of the festival’s evolution.”


In subsequent years, the festival expanded into other venues, finding a home at recordBar in 2014 and 2015, when recordBar owner Steve Tulipana became involved.


“This new vision for the festival is really about experimenting within and pushing boundaries in every genre,” Tulipana said. “We want to showcase the ‘out there,’ left-of-center, under-the-radar bands putting on great shows.”


The Outer Reaches full festival lineup will be announced in August and there are plans to host two stages in recordBar’s new space during each night of the event. The artists showcased over the years have been culled from a wide range of talent, with past acts including Gringo Star, White Mystery, Slim Twig, and David Hasselhoff on Acid.

For more information, please visit www.outerreachesfest.com

Be/Non Record Release Party – Scottish Rite 2016/02/28

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KANSAS CITY, MO. – Kansas City-based Haymaker Records releases the album Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic by space rock group Be/Non on vinyl LP and digital media on leap day February 29, 2016. Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic is the sixth album for Be/Non and will be celebrated with an album release concert entitled MEDITATION: A Live Presentation of Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic by Be/Non in the temple of the Kansas City Scottish Rite, 1330 Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO, on Sunday February 28th 6-10PM.

In 1996, Brodie Rush and his rock band Be/Non recorded two sets of songs in a small home studio in Lawrence, Kansas – material that would become their first two EPs released on cassette. Twenty years later and with a rotating cast of band members, Be/Non is still at it and proud to present the release Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic. Recorded over the course of six years in Brodie Rush’s home studio, the album features Be/Non family old and new performing compelling songs that incorporate pop elements into synth-drenched space rock. A musical direction unlike all previous endeavors, Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic is a meditative album based on deep thought and cosmic oneness. It’s a one-two punch into the unknown with intuitive trajectory, a must-listen for those with a bucket-list for the bizarre. The vinyl is pressed in limited edition purple blob vinyl with digital download included. It is the fifth vinyl release for Haymaker Records.

The show on February 28th will feature Be/Non playing the new album in its entirety, rotating in musicians who assisted in its creation. The Kansas City Scottish Rite was chosen as a location for the event out of a curiosity surrounding the Masonic temple itself that will undoubtedly compliment the music and viewing experience. Built in 1928 and featuring classic Greek design inspired by the ancient mausoleum at Halicarnassus in Caria, the temple has a rich history in Kansas City but little in the way of public music performances. Christian Hankel will be handling stage production for the event and Kansas City catering company Cool Guy Foods will provide catered small bites. Copies of the new vinyl record will be available to the public for the first time at this event. Check out the Facebook Event Page for more details.

Thank to our Sponsors
Haymaker Records
Kansas City Scottish Rite
Cool Guy Foods
Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club
KC Psych Fest
Money Wolf Music

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