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Comment Archives: stories: Music: Wayward Son

Re: “In the early '70s, Kansas City was young, high and horny, and everyone went to the Ballroom

I was but a kid of 14 living in Overland Park . The years between 67 to 70. I remember thumbing into KCMO a lot back then and hanging out in Westport at the head shop Tiny Tim's Magic circus OR as I better remember it as Fat Franks . It's where I bought my first ZAP comic book and Fringed stash pouch ( everyone remember all the suede fringe LOL ) . It was next to the very Underground gay bar ( The carousel ? ) Across the street was Uncle Sams hip clothing store .... Volkler Park on Sunday's was the place to be ! I remeber the Water melon festival in 69 I think, where Me and a female friend at the time, where crowned Mr. & Miss HAIR !!!! ( we were both young teens . she had hair almost to the ground . it was flaming red . And I could almost sit on mine )
I also remember the opening of Freedom Palace Concert hall ... It was really magnificent , an 18 lane old bowling ally turned into a slice of San Francisco. Fake grass on the floor with in house head shop and music store . I saw some amazing music there from the first row . Like Ike and Tina ... SteppinWolf . The MOST wonderful aspect of the Freedom Palace was the Light shows. They were so well done and all pretty much Live and by hand .. color wheels and film clips with colored oil squshing sheets and over head projectors . I will NEVER forget the light shows these guys did .... all of that was a good 45 years ago now . Wonderful memories . Been living in Boston now for 43 years

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Posted by Mark Peters on 04/16/2015 at 3:49 PM

Re: “In the early '70s, Kansas City was young, high and horny, and everyone went to the Ballroom

I too grew up at Volker park, what a wonderful time. I remember every Sunday listening to the band's of the time and passing the hat to gather money to help pay the current band. Amazingly, my sister and I would go to see a great rock band at Cowtown Ballroom tripping R asses off on good mescaline. Afterwards we mellow out at Volker Park at nite with other concert gower's throw out the ole sleeping blankets and drink some cheap wine and smoke some pot. Those were the days my friends and I hated too see them come to end! Ahh, youth... Gofast.

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Posted by Gofast on 09/28/2014 at 2:05 AM

Re: “In the early '70s, Kansas City was young, high and horny, and everyone went to the Ballroom

All you old KC hippies from the late 60s, early 70s should check out my novel Last One to Kansas City is a Hippie, available on Amazon.com. It's a tragicomedy set in both 1970 and 1993 with KC as the centerpiece. Enjoy!

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Posted by rickahill777 on 09/22/2014 at 12:01 AM

Re: “In the early '70s, Kansas City was young, high and horny, and everyone went to the Ballroom

Hi
I remember you Devin. I owned the Genuine Article at 39th and Main which was a retail store from 1968 until 1975. We continued to use that name until 2005 for our wholesale jewelry business. Your mother, Susan Sells, worked at Genuine Article for a while and then left to go to Tennessee where she married David Marrow. Once they came back to Kansas City she worked, again, at Genuine Article for another 2 maybe 3 years. She's a great person and was a great employee and everyone loved her laugh and smile. I knew Steve Mitchell. He lived about 1 1/2 blocks east of the Genuine Articel on 39th street on the second floor of what became the Fish & Chips place. He was tall with at light complection. He had long thinning blond hair. He was a frequent customer at the Genuine Article and I knew that he was the father of Susan's son. You. There were several occasions where we had problems with some people and we called on him to come and help us deal with them. At the time I knew him I was renting a house on Troost. It was called "Troost House" (now a church parking lot) on occasion he would come over and visit us at that house. I think that we had about 9 people living there at the time, one group of which was the band "Tank" who had come to Kansas City from Cleveland. I am still in communication with Robert Leonard (Bob) who was the lead man from that band. There were a couple of guys from that band (all now dead except Bob) that were good friends with Steve. I am not certain who his other friends were. It might be worth trying to contact Chuck Boyd (now living in Canada) Or Bill Rublee (Dallas) they may know somebody who has more information. Rhonda Dixon who lives in Eureka Springs, AR. might be able to give you some information. Vivian, my wife, knew Steve and remembers having a number of conversations with him, but doesn't know what ever happened to him. As I remember Steve Mitchell left Kansas City about 1970. I have a lot of photos from the "olden" days but I don't remember seeing any with Steve in them. There are some photos I have with your mother in them.
Ralph Mathey
ralphma@cox.net

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Posted by Ralph Mathey on 03/30/2014 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Highway to Hip-Hop: Kansas City rapper James Christos and crew pack up the van and hit the road DIY-style

Hey James this is Shannon I've been trying to contact u my number is 785-375-7729 call me I live in Raytown hum asap

Posted by Shannon Kley on 11/16/2012 at 10:58 AM

Re: “In the early '70s, Kansas City was young, high and horny, and everyone went to the Ballroom

Dear Devin,
> I had a friend during that time named Steve Mitchell, but it was in 1970 to the mid-to-late 1970s. He was childhood best friends with a friend of mine who lived in my neighbourhood in West Independence near 31st & Hardy Avenue.
> The Steve Mitchell I knew grew up down in East Kansas City between 27th Street & I-70 on Poplar, Chelsea, or Wenzel... I cannot remember.
> He also had a cousin with whom I was in a band in 1970 & 1971 named Tom. Tom was three years younger than I.
> Steve had really long hair back then, and I consider him the best guitar player from Kansas City that I have ever heard to this day. He could play anything acoustic or electric & heavy; and, like me, loved the late-1960s to mid-1970s really hard stuff by BLACK SABBATH, URIAH HEEP, LED ZEPPELIN, et al.
> I was in a band with him briefly in 1971 or 1972. There was Steve, a drummer nicknamed 'Spider' who lived East of Van Brunt and up the hill near 27th & Van Brunt, myself, and a bass player who's name I do not recollect.
> I remember we sounded good because they were such good musicians.
> I saw Steve many times between 1970 and 1973; then a number of times in the mid-1970s. The last time I saw him was briefly in early 1990 when he lived in Independence.
> I am not sure, but I think he would be 58-60 years old today. I would have to see a photo of him to know if it is the same Steve Mitchell.
> If you read this, contact me here through Pitch, or on Facebook. My name is Ted Bryant, and I live in Palm Springs, California.

Sincerely,
Ted G. Bryant
Palm Springs, California (formerly of Kansas City MO area)

Posted by Ted Bryant on 07/08/2012 at 12:30 AM

Re: “Jazz Blues

Thanks for covering the music, Jason. I particularly like the optimism in the following quote:

"It's good that Kansas City made Down Beat's list. Better a Blue Room than no Blue Room. And its calendar has looked pleasingly full these days."

We are doing some pretty cool things over at the American Jazz Museum with regard to programming and communicating all of the great things that are happening. The museum is part of the city and does receive some limited funding and in-kind support. However, we "stay in business" primarily through the support of people who participate in our programs and attend our events. Our goal is to simply get the word out to everyone, and recently, it seems that the public is responding to these efforts.

Beyond the interconnected fact of truly being an art form, the coolest thing about "jazz" music is that it is inclusive - inclusive of most all forms of contemporary musical expression, from the Cosby-sweater jazz to the wild and dirty.

Best wishes for a great 2012!

Chris Burnett
Marketing Communications Manager
American Jazz Museum
http://AmericanJazzMuseum.org

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Posted by Chris Burnett on 01/08/2012 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Tech N9ne slays in Denver but still faces a mountain at home

Maybe nobody respects you here tech because you live in the Suburbs and rap about being all hard and stuff.... Your dichotomy is all wrong.

Posted by guest on 03/25/2011 at 11:44 AM

Re: “In the early '70s, Kansas City was young, high and horny, and everyone went to the Ballroom

This article was UMKC and volker park related so I thought somone might want to read it:

http://www.intellectualconserv...

Posted by Sam Sewell on 12/11/2010 at 4:59 PM

Re: “In the early '70s, Kansas City was young, high and horny, and everyone went to the Ballroom

This article was UMKC and volker park related so I thought somone might want to read it: http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2010/12/08/how-to-create-a-crisis-and-steal-a-nation/

Posted by Sam Sewell on 12/11/2010 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Tommy Ramone gives the Mountain Music Shoppe a brush with CBGB

He is right, The Ramones played in the same gear as all those bluegrass guys, only their gear (and looks and accent)were different. Goes to show, what goes around, comes around. I enjoyed this piece tremendously. Not just because I am a mandolin-playing Ramones fan.

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Posted by Berry Tunderman on 10/07/2010 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Tommy Ramone gives the Mountain Music Shoppe a brush with CBGB

He is right, The Ramones played in the same gear as all those bluegrass guys, only their gear (and looks and accent)were different. Goes to show, what goes around, comes around. I enjoyed this piece tremendously. Not just because I am a mandolin-playing Ramones fan.

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Posted by Berry Tunderman on 10/07/2010 at 8:28 PM

Re: “In the early '70s, Kansas City was young, high and horny, and everyone went to the Ballroom

I think this is a wonderful idea and any of us who was there will enjoy it I know I will!!!! That area was my old stomping grounds anyone remember The Place??

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Posted by cyndi Mathews on 07/03/2010 at 12:08 AM

Re: “In the early '70s, Kansas City was young, high and horny, and everyone went to the Ballroom

I think this is a wonderful idea and any of us who was there will enjoy it I know I will!!!! That area was my old stomping grounds anyone remember The Place??

Posted by cyndi Mathews on 07/02/2010 at 9:08 PM

Re: “In the early '70s, Kansas City was young, high and horny, and everyone went to the Ballroom

I was in K.C, living with a bunch of hippies around the westport area...help build that freedom palace place,...then split for Calif/oregon and am still here...where did all the hippies go?

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Posted by chuck on 03/09/2010 at 3:02 PM

Re: “In the early '70s, Kansas City was young, high and horny, and everyone went to the Ballroom

I was in K.C, living with a bunch of hippies around the westport area...help build that freedom palace place,...then split for Calif/oregon and am still here...where did all the hippies go?

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Posted by chuck on 03/09/2010 at 12:02 PM

Re: “We give Pandora Radio's Nolan Gasser a sample of Kansas City's musical genes

Hi!

Pandora radio is not available is my country - Portugal.

I have found tv243.com a great alternative to listen online music

Posted by music on 02/09/2010 at 2:33 PM

Re: “We give Pandora Radio's Nolan Gasser a sample of Kansas City's musical genes

Hi! Pandora radio is not available is my country - Portugal. I have found tv243.com a great alternative to listen online music

Posted by music on 02/09/2010 at 11:33 AM

Re: “The Wayward Son thanks you, Kansas City, for five years of rock and roll

Good luck Jason, enjoyed the blogs and reviews over the years. Thanks for doing so much for the KCMO music scene.

Posted by Wayne on 01/08/2010 at 11:04 AM

Re: “The Wayward Son thanks you, Kansas City, for five years of rock and roll

Good luck Jason, enjoyed the blogs and reviews over the years. Thanks for doing so much for the KCMO music scene.

Posted by Wayne on 01/08/2010 at 11:04 AM

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