During concerts, a musician's wild side emerges, such as when a guitarist destroys an amplifier or a singer eats a zebra. Observe untamed talent with this GrouponLive deal to ICT Fest at Wichita State University's Shiftspace Gallery on July 27–28. For $10, you get a two-day general-admission pass (a $20 value).
From the basements of prom-dress boutiques to bustling indoor skate parks, the musicians of Wichita's underground scene play wherever they can manage. Because of the city's scarcity of music venues, resourceful bands get creative and share their songs in some of the most unexpected places, often renting out auto-repair garages or community buildings for weekly concerts. In keeping with the DIY tradition, Daniel Davis of the now-defunct post-punk group Ricky Fitts founded ICT Fest in 2004, corralling his favorite local acts for a multigenre concert at a makeshift venue.
Now in its ninth year, the two-day festival has since grown into a grand production, where a lineup of more than 30 local and regional bands anchors Shiftspace Gallery's stage with high-volume performances and drum sets filled with cement. Hailing from Kansas City, avant-garde group Ssion expands minds with its infectious art-pop and colorful garb, and the indie-punkers in Minneapolis's Stnnng leave audiences barefoot after rocking socks off with intricate guitar riffs and odd time signatures. Pictureplane from Denver incites crowd-wide dance parties with bass-heavy songs such as "Black Nails," and local DJs continue the revelry with sets at the end of each night.