Kansas with special guests Arc & Stones The NYCB Theatre At Westbury Westbury, NY May 29, 2014 In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Kansas, with its Americana-heartland-meets-classical-with-a-dash-of-prog-rock sound, owned a large portion of AOR FM airplay. Songs such as Carry On Wayward Son," Song For America," Point Of Know Return," and Dust In The Wind" could be heard blaring from car radios and boom boxes across the country. Touring in celebration of its fortieth anniversary, the band (drummer Phil Ehart, guitarist Rich Williams, keyboard player/lead vocalist Steve Walsh, bassist Billy Greer and ...read more
The debut recording by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra marks the pinnacle of a dream come true for cofounders Jim Mair and Gene Hall--a repertory orchestra comprised of top-notch musicians from the Kansas City area, patterned after others around the country with local sponsors, a board of directors and national grants to lend financial support. After honing its chops during three highly successful concerts, the band entered KC's Soundtrek Studio in November '04 to establish a more permanent record of its burgeoning prowess.
Keenly aware of the long and glorious tradition of big band jazz in Kansas City, the KCJO ...read more
Kansas had a multitude of chart topping singles and LPs during the '70s. And were known for melding progressive rock with catchy twists and melodic hooks. However, this recording represents the band during the formative years, consisting of live and studio tracks. While the group’s founder and leader, guitarist Kerry Livgren lays it all out rather nicely in the liners.
The musicians’ midwestern roots presented a fish-out-of-water syndrome. Especially, when considering the period - and the band’s progressive rock style initiatives. With the opener titled “Hegemonium,” Dan Wright’s profoundly stated Hammond B-3 riffs and John Bolton’s electric ...read more
After having gone through more roster changes during the 90's than the Pittsburgh Pirates, those old champions of American progressive music - Kansas - have returned with a new CD titled Somewhere to Elsewhere. This version of Kansas contains seven members (Earth, Wind and Fire - call your offices), most notably the distinctive violins of Robby Steinnhardt, Steve Walsh on vox, and hard rockin' Richard Williams on guitar. But the major player in this incarnation of the band is most definitely keyboardist Kerry Livgren, who is back from a 17-year absence, and single handedly writes all of the tracks on ...read more