I had a date last night. I'll spare/deny you all the embarrassing details except to say that I had a great time. We went to Harling's in Midtown, for their weekly Big Band night. They've been doing it there for years, but for some reason they just don't get the kind of crowds that something like that event deserves. A full complement of horn-players set up chairs and music stands in a convenient, orchestra-sized corner of the bar, and spent three hours belting out some really fantastic, usually original big band music.
Why nobody knows about this, I cannot fathom. It's a truly remarkable experience to go and see this kind of performance. No tickets, no reservations, no wait, no overpriced anything. Not even a cover charge! We walked in at the stroke of nine, and still managed to get a four-person table by the window all to ourselves. This happens every week, people! The only reason I haven't been going to this in a number of years is because I thought they'd stopped doing it. Well, they haven't.
Go to Harling's at Main and Westport on a Tuesday at 9pm and take in some great Kansas City Big Band music. Also, go on a date there.