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Jubilee at Rural Grit Happy Hour

The members of the Rural Grit music collective, Kansas City's own bluegrassy-folksy Americana outfit, have been singing, strumming, producing, collaborating, planning, gigging and supporting one another for the past 10 years. Their long-running Rural Grit Happy Hour is every Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Brick where, if a featured act isn't scheduled, members of the group perform solo, in duets or trios, or with whomever drops in and signs up. Then around 8:45 p.m., all the regular upright-bass players, fiddlers, singers, stompers and guitar strummers crowd the stage for the evening's final songs. Sometimes, this leaves few people in the crowd to listen. Whoever's not onstage, though, sure gets the $3 cover charge's worth as some of the city finest musicians (Betse Ellis, Mark Smeltzer, Kasey Rausch, David Regnier, to name a few) dive into rousing renditions of "High Steppin' Country Girl" or "Wrecking Ball" (both Smeltzer originals). They call this moment the Jubilee, and it's the very definition of celebrating friends, family, liquor and song.

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