On the first Monday of February, 12 years ago, Rural Grit Happy Hour was born on the stage of the Grand Emporium. Its host, Ike Shelton, presided over a melange of local musicians in KC's roots scene who were bonded together by the Rural Grit collective, a recording label and artistic community.
Dedicated to the promotion, performance and preservation of roots music, Rural Grit strives to provide opportunities for like-minded individuals to further their artistic causes. A bedrock for many of the city's finest country, bluegrass and Americana acts -- Tony Ladesich, all of the Wilders, Amy Farrand, Kasey Rausch, Dave Regnier -- the Rural Grit Happy Hour continues every Monday night from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Brick.
Tonight, they are celebrating 12 years of making it work. The show starts at 6 p.m.; cover is $3. Door prizes like Rural Grit recordings, T-shirts and instruments will be available.