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Jeff Harshbarger

Jeff Harshbarger, the go-to man for bass-ism in Kansas City, is everywhere. Over here, he's playing jazz with Mark Southerland at the Record Bar. Over there, he's getting under the bop with the Mark Lowrey Trio. Across town, he's host at an open jam at the Blue Room. Out in Lawrence, he's knocking out the lowdown grooves that make the ladies of Etta Vendetta's Eyeful Tower shake their coconuts. Somewhere else, he's trading the upright for an electric and bringing the John Paul Jones thunder for his Led Zeppelin tribute band. Wait, there he is playing with singers Megan Birdsall, Krystle Warren and Shay Estes — all at the same time! Look, over there! He's jamming in the kitchen! No, he's on your car! He's on the wall! He's coming out of the vending machine! He's in ur wallet, stealing all ur tipz! Seriously, though, Harshbarger is one of the only instrumentalists who makes a living just playing music. And in doing so, he's an adhesive agent, helping fellow musicians and performers in various scenes across the city stay in touch and keep working toward the same goal of bringing live, creative music to the masses. Hats off to Harshbarger.

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