Josh Roberts and The Hinges w/ Kansas Bible Company

When: Sat., Aug. 23 2014

country, punk, rock, blues, 9 p.m.

The Kansas Bible Company’s a big band, all right. The 12-man wrecking crew features a five-man horn line, three guitarists, two percussionists, a bassist, and a keyboardist. While that probably makes for some crowded stages, it adds some heft and dexterity to the Bible Co.’s funky, jammy rock. Triple guitars pile on the spiraling psychedelic riffs while twin percussionists layer complex rhythms. Frontman Carl Violet doles out goofy stream-of-altered-consciousness lines, and the horn section imparts variegated energies that vacillate between songs. For example, the brass section adds bright R&B backing to the ballad-y “Good and Better Decisions,” space-oddity cacophony to “Sunglasses,” and swamp-funk energy to “Rooster Crow.” Without the horns, KBC would be vaguely reminiscent of a more straightforward Phish or Widespread Panic. But in the case of Kansas Bible Company, the horn section turns relatively pedestrian jam rock into something approaching the cosmic. Or, at the very least, a pretty good time. Josh Roberts and the Hinges, a ripping roots-rock band that’s spent more time on the road than at home since moving from Columbia to the Holy City, will open. —Patrick Wall SATURDAY

Price: $8/adv, $10/door

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