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KCBS Annual Election Party Jan. 10

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January 31, 2017

The Blues is a timeless art form. It hasn’t stayed exactly the same over the years, what with technology and all, but it still comes down to the basic blend of three chords and the truth. “Takin’ & Givin’” the latest release by Kansas City’s Levee Town, nails this basic blend, but also spices it up with various influences and dynamics to create a Blues album that is both classic and modern without going overboard in either direction. At times there is a little country flavor, a little swing, a...

January 30, 2017

Having just come from the IBC Sendoff Party for Amanda Fish Band and Brody Buster, I was counting up how many times Kansas City has been represented in the finals of the International Blues Challenge.  Since the Blues Foundation began sponsoring an annual band contest in 1984, Kansas City has been fortunate to have many talented musicians reach that coveted spot on stage.  While not all bands reach the finals, they still get to be discovered by new fans, sell CDs, and network with music industr...

January 28, 2017

Every year, Blues Foundation chief operating officer Joe Whitmer tallies the numbers and marvels. “260-plus acts from 38 states and 14 countries performing,” says Whitmer, rattling off the figures for the 2017 International Blues Challenge.

In addition to the main IBC competition — which will run for three nights on Beale Street before the finals at the Orpheum — the annual five-day extravaganza includes youth and international showcases and the Keeping the Blues Alive awards presentation, and i...

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