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Brandmeyer stresses the amenities, comfort level and extracurriculars as selling points, in addition to the lineup. "We're spending basically whatever we can on this thing to make sure everyone involved has a great time," he says. "We're not cutting corners. We want to have a long-term run with this. The challenge has been convincing Kansas City to embrace this incredible festival we've been able to build."
There's no doubt that these men believe in the value and integrity of Kanrocksas, just as there's no doubt that they're taking an enormous gamble by putting it on. Will the execution match the ambition? We'll soon find out.
"When you talk to people at the national level, and they see what we've been able to accomplish so far, it's unbelievable to them that some group from Kansas City could put it together," Brandmeyer says. "It's like, 'Where'd these guys come from?'"
A History of Notable Concerts in KC
September 17, 1964
November 17, 1967
Shawnee Mission South High School
June 22, 1972
The Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder
August 2, 1973
Three Dog Night, with T. Rex
August 18, 1973
July 19–21, 1974
Ozark Music Festival
Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia
Performers included the Eagles, Jefferson Starship, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, and America.
October 31, 1975
July 6–8, 1984
Kickoff of the so-called Victory tour
July 10, 1988
Monsters of Rock
Performers included Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken and Metallica.
July 30, 1991
Performers included Jane's Addiction, Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails and Ice-T.
July 16, 1996
Performers included Fishbone, the Deftones, NOFX and Rocket From the Crypt.
July 14, 1997
Performers included Sarah McLachlan, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Fiona Apple.
November 5-14, 2007