February 24, 2018

The bands

Sure, some acts have come close, like Brewer and Shipley and the Rainmakers. And some natives, like Byrd Gene Clark and James Brown protege Marva Whitney, have gone on the star with top-flight groups. But no rock superstar has yet emerged directly from the Kansas City area. Still, many fine groups have risen and fallen over the years. Who are/were your favorites?

The shows

Kansas City has seen some legendary rock concerts, including the Beatles’ appearance in 1964 at Municipal Stadium, the Who at Shawnee Mission South High School in 1967 and the Jacksons’ Victory Tour kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium in 1986.

Who out there was at these shows? What do you remember? Please comment below.

Do you have photos, tickets or memorabilia to share? Contact rick@kcrockhistory.com

The places

The KC Rock History Project is documenting the places where local rock history was made — the clubs and concert halls. Some of the names — like Cowtown Ballroom and the Grand Emporium — are still well known. Others, less so. What memories do you have of Coya’s Castle, the Soc Hop, the Downliner and others? Share them here.

Stan Plesser's Vanguard was at 43rd and Main.

I am avidly seeking photos of the places mentioned above and more, particularly including one short-lived yet influential rock venue — Freedom Palace on Main Street. Likewise, the storied and yet poorly documented Orchid Room on 12th Street and Vine.

If you have photos, posters, handbills, etc., you are willing to share, please write to rick@kcrockhistory.com