The Kansas City Blues Society presents the Kansas City Blues News

The Kansas City Blues Society (KCBS) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation founded on March 4, 1981.


MISSION STATEMENT: The Kansas City Blues Society is dedicated to preserving the rich Blues Heritage of Kansas City, supporting Blues education to ensure the future of this uniquely American art form, celebrating Blues excellence, and bringing value to its Members, Musicians and its Community.

KCBS is the second oldest Blues Society in the nation and has served as the model for other blues societies. KCBS is an affiliate of The Blues Foundation . As an affiliate, we implement programs such as Blues In The Schools and the International Blues Challenge.

The Kansas City Blues News is a free multimedia publication dedicated to supporting the Blues. We encourage our readership to contribute articles of their own in the spirit of lifting up Blues artists and the venues that book them, as well as retelling the rich history of Blues in our city.

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Music filled the air

The joints were jumping

It was closing time

Everyone was too high to leave 

They took the music to the streets 

That night in Kansas City

The jam was brought to life.


Kansas City’s musical history is a rich one.  Its horn-based swing and jump blues grew out of the wide open “Paris of the Plains”  of the 20’s and 30’s.  Unlike other parts of the country, musicians could readily find work here.  And jam sessions could last 24 hours, with cutting contests pitting youth against experience.


Blues is a broad genre, encompassing hill country music from the northern Delta of Mississippi, to the psychedelic blues of Jimi Hendrix and way beyond.  The genre is widening as other genres are mixed in and fused, creating new sounds.



KANSAS CITY BLUES SOCIETY (KCBS) is dedicated to increasing awareness, understanding, and appreciation of blues music and preserving its place in America’s musical heritage. KCBS works to expand the presence and vitality of the Blues through promotional events and educational programs. KCBS works to strengthen links between the community and local musicians.


WHO ARE WE?  We are a collection of diverse people with a like-minded passion for blues music and who promote and preserve blues music through activities, events, and education.


· sponsors Blues in the Schools in local schools, educating kids about the history, sound, and meaning of blues music.

· sponsors entries in the International Blues Challenge. 

· maintains a presence through meetings and weekly email blasts.

· hosts fundraisers and sells merchandise to support our programs. 

· hosts tours of local musical landmarks to bring visibility to our cultural history.

· networks and reaches out to build cultural and organizational bridges.

· brainstorms for bigger and better ways to promote awareness of our musical heritage.

· maintains a virtual Blues Hall of Fame.

· maintains this website to inform the reader of Blues events, jam sessions, activities, music reviews, news, and resources.

· provides emergency financial assistance to music industry people experiencing health care crises.


In 2015 KCBS created the Michael Shannon Musicians' Fund in conjunction with its new sponsorship of the Michael Shannon Memorial Golf Tournament. KCBS has paid out over $30,000 in assistance as of March 31, 2017. 




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