Homegrown Kansas City music collides with world history when celebrated local rockers Howard Iceberg & the Titanics perform a live-music tribute to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on Friday, April 13, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. on the Rooftop Terrace at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Video: Watch a YouTube video of Howard singing his own version of the folk song "Titanic (It Was Sad When That Great Ship Went Down) " set to clips from famous cinematic retellings of the story. Feel free to grab the embed code for the video and use it on your website or blog.
It's a scene that's been immortalized in song, art, and film for a century: As the Titanic sinks into the freezing north Atlantic on the night of April 14 and into the early morning hours of April 15, 1912, the musicians on the deck keep on playing.
We'll never know for sure what would've happened if Howard Iceberg and his top-notch backing band had been on board the R.M.S. Titanic that fateful night. But we're willing to bet that people might have lingered a little while longer on deck before heading for the lifeboats.
Rest assured there'll be no danger of going down with the ship on Friday the 13th at the Central Library. Instead, you can expect to swoon to a rousing set of the country-and-blues-tinged rock music that Titanics fans have enjoyed hearing in local haunts for the past 25 years - but with a unique, historical twist.
In all their years together, Howard and his band have never commemorated the historic event that gave them their moniker. So, to mark this "night to remember," the Titanics are debuting a brand-new song written especially for the occasion, titled "Water, Water Everywhere." The band will also play a rollicking rendition of "It Was Sad When that Great Ship Went Down" and close the evening with "Nearer My God to Thee," the song the original Titanic house band played as the great ship sank.
This event also comes at a high-water mark in Howard's own career. An immigration lawyer by day, the prolific 65-year-old songwriter has attained cult status in the Kansas City music scene for his massive oeuvre of sharp, witty, and heartfelt songs that evoke Bob Dylan's spirit and Shel Silverstein's playfulness. Iceberg recently cemented his reputation with the release of the 105-track, 7-disc collection Welcome Aboard, which was named Best Album of 2011 by The Pitch.
Don't miss this opportunity to relive the final musical moments of Titanic - but with less drowning and lots more rock and roll.
At this event, the Library will give away two tickets to Union Station's Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Attendees who RSVP  by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2012, will be entered into the drawing for the tickets. You must be present to win.
Admission is free. The event will be preceded by a 6 p.m. reception. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.