RoamBarbecue, blues, and jazz are some Kansas City staples. While here on business, I definitely got my share of barbecue and blues. But it was the Hopeless Noise Tour that brought me out to the Rino for a fun night with some other out-of-towners.

The night started for me with Story Untold. This young band hailing from Montreal, Canada was a lot of fun to watch. The stage at the Rino is pretty small, but Story Untold definitely made the most of it. Their high-energy performance came coupled with a positive message about mental health. Story Untold displayed hopefulness in their music and it was met with a warm reception from the audience.

Also from northern lands, Like Pacific took to the stage next. I had first heard of these guys earlier this year by a happy accident when I mixed up their name looking for another band on Spotify. Even with frontman Jordan Black losing his voice due to illness, Like Pacific gave their all to the Rino’s audience. They were met with a head-bobbing audience and sing-alongs to stand-out tracks. 

All the way from the UK, Roam came out to give Kansas City their brand of pop punk. With the audience formed tight around the stage’s edge, the band gave a fast-paced performance. Their music often featured dueling vocals so the audience’s attention bounced around as much as the band members did. You could tell these guys and the other bands are having a great time on tour. The camaraderie shows with members of the other bands joking alongside Roam while they’re on stage.