Sarah Bent 
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Re: “The endless drama of the Kansas City Blues Society

I used to be a member but quit after Bruce Hibbs resigned. This Joe Sherrick person running the KCBS is a two-bit musician with a blow-hard attitude. He has Napleon, short mans syndrome. After the Emporium shuttered (the real Emporium not the one that followed) it was end of a nice era of blues in this town. Knuckleheads has tried to pick up the slack but it is a poor second. It never has had the atmosphere that old GE had. But Knucklheads attracted a different audience of blues people and I think that marked the beginning of the downward trend for KCBS. The very poor attempt for a blues festival was marred by poor promotion and high ticket prices. Not paying the bands was a major faux pax. You have to pay the talent. I think the high ticket prices were meant to keep the local people of the KCK neighborhood out. I know there are plenty of blues bars in town but BB's Lawnside is one of the last of its type in town. Things have not been the same since the original GE closed and The Club Paradox burned down and John Wilson died. The old people are dying and the younger ones are being mislead.

The article is correct. Dawayne Gilley was always up front and open about KCK St. Festival expenses. Everyone who worked on that festival knew what a scramble to get funding was every year. The economy helped kill that festival. But, the musicians came first, we're treated well, and were always paid.

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Posted by Sarah Bent on 02/24/2013 at 5:09 PM

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