Middle of the Map Fest.

Kansas City's spring festival is back for its fourth year: three weeks of Film, Forums, and Music. I am missing the film and forums weeks, and will be focusing on a few performances on Friday evening during the last weekend of MOTM. When beginning this endeavor, I was only interested in seeing Lord Huron (my current musical obsession); now I am interested in the experience of the festival itself. Hopefully, Friday will be an accurate sampling. 

Middle of the Map Fest was co-founded in 2011 by The Record Machine, a local Kansas City independent record label and  Ink, a sister publication of the Kansas City Star. From The Record Machine's website:

"The festival has featured artists like Fun, Grizzly Bear, Of Montreal, The Get Up Kids, Kate Nash, Two Door Cinema Club, Daniel Johnston, and many more. The festival has also grown to include Ink’s Middle of the Map Forum (a civic minded arts, tech, culture conference) and Ink’s Middle of the Map Film Fest( 5 days of films at Alamo Drafthouse). In four years the event has cemented a place in Kansas City Culture. In a recent Kansas City Business Journal article Mayor Sly James remarked about Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest “It’s a great way for Kansas City to show off and, more specifically, showcase our flourishing arts and culture scene,” Mayor James said. “Events like Middle of the Map Fest bring crowds of people to our city who often times leave in awe of everything Kansas City has to offer.”

This is the first festival on my list this year. It's close to home (under three hours away) and this is only a two day excursion. Plus our sleeping arrangements are free, thanks to my parents living in KC. Fairly low key and not so far out of my comfort zone that I will feel the need to hide. 

We also plan on visiting the Boulevard Brewery, the Arabia Steamboat museum, and generally wondering around KC for the weekend. Stay tuned.

Middle of the Map website: http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/

Google Street View of Last Years MOTMFest