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Danielle & Friends to Hold Michael Ledbetter Benefit

February 7, 2019

Otis Rush, Influential Blues Singer and Guitarist, Is Dead at 83

October 2, 2018

KCBS Annual Election Party Jan. 10

October 2, 2018

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October 8, 2017

In October, the Jim Kilroy’s Roxy Bar, long a fixture at 75th and Metcalf, moved to a new location in Shawnee, 13410 W 62nd Terrace-- the northeast corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Pflumm.  The space was formerly a Twisters Bar and, before that, a Johnny’s Tavern.

It is going through a soft reopening phase currently, and ill have a grand reopening with the Stolen Winnebagos on Fri., Nov. 3.  Four Fried Chickens and a Coke will perform on Sat., Nov. 4 at 4pm; the following Sat. at 4 fea...

May 5, 2017

The Ship is a Kansas City bar originally established in 1935 shortly after the repeal of Prohibition (well, Kansas City never took Prohibition seriously to begin with, but that is another story).  That site closed in 1993 and the Ship was opened in its present West Bottoms location in 2004, complete with much of the original decor. 

Describing itself as a classic cocktail lounge, It is a charming little place with a south-side entrance off the alley below the lighted sign but watch out...

May 5, 2017

Longtime Kansas City bass player Patrick Recob achieved a dream Friday with the nationwide release of his CD Perpetual Luau. Longtime friend and harp player James Harman insisted on producing an album and Recob couldn't refuse. The songs are originals, including one named for Recob's cat Kitty LaMieux, who makes a vocal appearance at the end of that tune (and she is given credit in the liner notes).

Recob and wife Lisa were married in 2012 in Hawaii, which had some influence on the name of...

April 3, 2017

Music Education Works  A two-year study by researchers at the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the University of Southern California shows that exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill and speech perception.

The study of 6-7-year-old children began in 2012, when neuroscientists started monitoring a group of 37 children from an underprivileged neighbourhood of Los Ange...

March 8, 2017

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George Thorogood March 29, Uptown Theater. Tickets at www.uptowntheater.com

With 2017 marking the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, George Thorogood and the Destroyers are preparing to hit the road soon for a U.S. trek dubbed the Rock Party Tour. So far, 17 dates have been confirmed, stretching from a February 28 show in Tucson, Arizona, through a March 30 concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

All of the announced gigs...

February 28, 2017

(Reprint from Lifehack Wellness Inc.) There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

More and more scientific st...

February 23, 2017

(Reprint from Guitar World 02/22/2017) Joe Bonamassa, March 13, 2017, Arvest Bank Midland Theater. Tickets: http://theaterkansascity.com

Joe Bonamassa is known for his collection of incredibly rare sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standards. But his own signature Gibson Les Paul is a goldtop, created for him by the company in 2008.

Bonamassa recently traded in the prototype of the model at Norman’s Rare Guitars. In the video below, he talks about the guitar and how he felt when the prototype was del...

February 6, 2017

(Reprint from September 30th, 2016, The Bluegrass Situation) 

February 19th, 2017 Kansas City FolkFest

Westin Crown Center

Tickets: www.KCfolkfest.org  

Bobby Rush is a character, the lines between his true self and his stage act blurring until it’s hard to tell which is which. And perhaps that’s the point. There really can’t be any sharp distinction, because Rush is a performer through and through, his time on stage merely a larger -- and sparklier -- version of the man he is day to day. Rush isn’...

February 1, 2017

Live at Knuckleheads February 3rd


(Reprint from Blues Blast Magazine, January 26, 2017) He’s not a politician, he’s not a lobbyist and he doesn’t hold a degree in environmental sciences.

Mato Nanji is the vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and front man for the band Indigenous.

In addition to the skills that have helped to make Indigenous a force on the blues scene ever since their first album – Things We Do (Pachyderm Records) – came out in 1998, Mato (Ma-TOE) is also blessed...

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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