The KBC started as an irregular gathering of artistically balling players, organized by Nisa Asokan and Randy Castello in Asokan's Kirkwood home of the last six years.
"Initially, we had close friends come over to the house and just rock it," says Castello. "Get a keg, hang out and play music. It was all improv-based and all over the place -- beats, MCs and jam sessions."
After Castello's own freeform Americana act, the Flakes, played an open-mic night at the Brandyhouse in Buckhead, he decided to initiate his own grittier improv night closer to home. Asokan, Castello and his fellow Flakes -- drummer Alex Lambert (Blame Game, Lie and Swell) and guitarist Patrick Foley -- along with James "Mr. Mips" Parker and Bradford "Deer Hunter" Cox began moderating the weekly event.
Everyone from noise provocateurs Wilson+Heath to jazz percussionist Kinah Boto (the artist formerly known as Woody Williams) have made appearances. The number of spectators for the event has noticeably increased, prompted by no means other than e-mail notice and word-of-mouth.
"You never know what to expect," says Castello. "Just when you think it's going to be a stale night, there's one performance that makes it a memorable night."
The Kirkwod Ballers Club takes place at Lenny's every Monday at 9 p.m. Free.