The Pub reaches for the upper shelf but can’t quite get there

Samuel Towns

Establishing a community and getting its members involved with one another is a sure-fire way to promote growth.

On Thursday, Jan. 27 Crosstown Station hosted a show called the Pub Party. Every artist in attendance operates locally.

Kicking off the evening was a killer band with massive potential, The Bleeding Cheetahs. The Bleeding Cheetahs were comprised of a lead singer and his two little girls.

The band Kamera is John Knust and various featured guests. His set included a guitarist for one song, but mostly himself and his keyboard. His songs were hypnotic, Moby-esque that featured poetic lyrics and airy keyboards.

After Kamera finished, James Christos began his set. Christos’ music is raw, electrified awesomeness. With the assistance of two turntables and an assortment of other electronic instrumentation, Christos brought the whole club to the dance floor and some serious mosh-pitting took place.

The Pub Party also played host to a couple up-and-coming artists in the KC area. Sikenomics, a clothing line created by Phil Shafer and G Jewelry Designs, a line of jewelry, each had a table at the event.

G Jewelry Designs was showing off some of their best stuff yet at the event that depicted striking imagery of love and faith coupled with bullet-shells and skulls. The yin and yang came together beautifully in their captivating pieces.

You can shop online for Shafer’s work and G Jewelry Designs, too, at and

Sikenomics had an expansive selection of shirts laid out for purchase at the event. Shafer was there in person, promoting his company and enjoying the music. Shafer’s work is being shown in a gallery at University of Central Missouri’s Gallery of Art and Design, in Warrensburg, Mo.

Being that it was held on a Thursday, however, attendance was rather poor.

Chris Rush, the proprietor of The Pub’s events, spoke a bit about what The Pub is all about. He knows that artists are everywhere, and many of those artists aren’t able to express themselves as there is less and less place for them in today’s society.

The society itself suffers because their voices are unheard. Rush is trying to infuse each society with its own artists’ voices, thereby creating a more solidified and understanding society.

As the night winded down, people wandered off, richer for the experience, perhaps, but seemingly unaffected.

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