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A Conversation with Ron Teamer
Interview with Ron Teamer, a Kansas City blues musician and guitarist/vocalist for the Ron Teamer Band. In the article, Teamer discusses when he first started playing guitar and life experiences that have...
Photos of the performers of three local radio shows: (1) the "Three-on-a Song" musical group on WHB-AM; (2) Walt Lockett's play-by-play announcing of Kansas City Blues baseball on W9XBY-AM; and (3) the...
Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, In Rememberance
A collection of stories by various Kansas City musicians in remembrance of Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, "Kansas City's Queen of the Blues," who passed away on Dec. 25, 2007.
Another Festival That Once Was
Article citing the lack of attendance and support for the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival, leading to its cancellation in 2002.
Another Kansas City Great
Profile article on Tulsa Read, "one of the most respected professional harmonica players" in Kansas City. Read was inducted into the America's Old Time "Country Musical Hall of Fame" by the National Traditional...
Arts: Keeping the Blues Alive in KC
Photo and article about the history of the Kansas City Blues Society, founded in 1981 at the Charlotte Street Mission and growing to become "a national force" by 2001 with signing of several prominent...
Blues A ''Mystery'' Team: Uncertain Quality Intrigues Fans' Interest
April 21, 1931
Pre-1931 season article about the Kansas City Blues baseball team, stating that George Muehlebach has owned the team since 1918. And as of 1931 held the record of all minor league cities for a single day's...
Bye-Bye Jazz and Blues Fest
Article lamenting the loss of the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival. Reasons for the festival being cancelled in 2002 are described.
Clear Your Calendar -- Stan's Big Joe Turner Birthday Bash Coming May 20!
May 1, 2006
Article announces the May 20, 2006 celebration of Big Joe Turner's birthday by the Kansas City Blues Society. Turner (whose birth date is actually May 18th), is best remembered for his original version...
Profile article on local musician and guitarist Dennis "DP" LaPlant. Born in Sedalia, Missouri, LaPlant started his first band at age 10. During his musical career, he performed and recorded with the Jerry...
Entertainment: The Best Is yet to Come!
Information about the city's jazz history and its revitalization with the annual festival at Penn Valley Park.
Famous Local Musican: Bill Organ
Profile article on Bill Organ, known as "Billie O", who began playing drums with a local group known as the By-Gones "of which Larry Emmet had joined, a band started by the bassist from 'Larry Emmett &...
Famous Local Musician: Allen Monroe
Profile article on keyboardist Allen Monroe, getting his start in the Kansas City music scene when he was in high school. He and local musicians Wes Blackman and the late Aaron Strawn formed a band called...
Famous Local Musician: Groovy Grant Hopkins
Brief biographical article on Groovy Grant Hopkins, an on-air personality on KKFI. Hopkins hosts the program "OG's Hang-Out" which airs weekly playing Old School, R & B, Jazz, Gospel and some one-of-a-kind...
Famous Local Musician: Jim "Sweet Lips" Wilson
Profile article on Jim Wilson, a local saxophonist, who got his first professional gig at the age of 15 with Larry Emmett & the Sliders playing West coast swing music. Wilson has played with the likes...
Finding Juke Joints in Kansas City in the '50's
March 1, 2006
Article recalls the author's experiences in historic Kansas City "juke joints," known for their blues music and barbecue. Mentioned by name are the Jackson Inn at 39th and Jackson (also once known as the...
Growing a Community on Troost
May 1, 2006
Article previews the second annual Troost Avenue Festival, scheduled for May 21, 2006, at 31st and Troost. The festival seeks to build community along the Troost Avenue corridor with "music, dancing and...
Kansas City--A Music Mecca (Blues)
Overview of the state of blues music in Kansas City in 2005, penned by the president of the Kansas City Blues Society.
Kansas-Missouri Finals of the 'Miss America Pageant'
Photo of Kid Nichols, "only Kansas Citian in Baseball's Hall of Fame" among other fan club members of "the 'Blues,' Kansas City's N. Y. Yankee farm club baseball team."
Keepin It in the Family
Interview with the three members of Trampled Under Foot (TUF), a local blues band consisting of siblings Nick Schnebelen, Kris Schnebelen, and Danielle Schnebelen. The three were raised in the Kansas City...
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