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Thollem McDonas

  • YJ's Snack Bar 1746 Washington Street Kansas City, MO, 64108 United States (map)

Come join us at YJ's Snack Bar's new location! We're thrilled to bring musician/artist/activist Thollem McDonas back to town on this evening to perform two sets of music - one solo and one with local drummer Brian Steever.

$10 suggested donation at the door

Set 1: Thollem's Greatest Hits
With a keyboard and a microphone Thollem forges a quality brew of revolutionary entertainment somewhere between PsychPunk, WorldBlues, NoiseLounge and Post-Americana. Thollem is "an intense keyboardist" (TimeOut, New York) with “endless worlds of possibility" (Columbia Free Times) and “great whorls of voltage-charged sound" (Dusted Magazine). 

Set 2: Thollem/Steever
Brian Steever - Drums | Thollem - Electric Synth
Together these two adventurous musicians create a unique sonic experience in the moment for the moment. They join in the revolution of ideas, jettisoning us all forth in joyfully radical directions during radical times.

About Thollem
Over the last decade, Thollem's toured non-stop internationally, performing and recording with hundreds of musicians from a wide variety of genres resulting in more than 60 albums on 22 different vanguard labels. As a vocalist, Thollem's been releasing albums the last 10 years with his Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti (5th album coming this year) and Hand To Man Band (Mike Watt, John Dieterich, Tim Barnes).

In the rockin' world, Thollem has performed and recorded with members of Deerhoof, The Minutemen, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Half Japanese, Wilco, Unwound, Old Time Relijun, Cibo Matto, The Stooges, Jealousy Party, Stars Like Fleas, Tenderizor, A Love Electric, Can and more.

Thollem is "an intense keyboardist" (TimeOut, New York) with “endless worlds of possibility" (J. Lawrence, Columbia Free Times) and “great whorls of voltage-charged sound" (Bill Meyer, Dusted Magazine). "Thollem might be a musician, or he might be some kind of wizard scientist.” (The Denver Westword)

About Brian Steever
Brian is a drummer on a mission to inject joy into every musical situation that he finds himself. The drums have been his passion since he was born. He began his studies with Loyd Warden in Columbia Missouri and is an alumnus of UMKC where he was fortunate enough to study with Doug Auwarter, Brandon Draper, Curtis Lundy, Michael Carvin and Bobby Watson. Brian enjoys many performance opportunities in the Kansas City area and beyond. He can be seen around town with Mike Metheny, Matt Otto, Bob Bowman, Jeff Harshbarger, and Hermon Mehari. Brian has also had opportunity to play with musicians from all over the world including Steve Cardenas, Ben Allison, Javon Jackson, Deborah Brown, Bob Sheppard, Jerry Dodgion, Tony Tixier, Shunzo Ohno, Frank Basile, Roger Rosenberg, and Sam Newsome among others.